Cheese curls and vegetables not just a party menu

By Dwayne Hastings
Jan 15, 2008

Even with the writers’ strike in Hollywood, who would imagine a cucumber, a gourd and a grape would be strolling the red carpet at the world premiere of a movie from Universal Studios?

Only in the world of VeggieTales.

Larry (the cuke) and his co-stars reveled in the moment in marking the premiere showing of The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything — A VeggieTales Movie.

Mr. Lunt (the gourd voiced by Phil Vischer) plays Sedgewick, who would rather be home watching Love Boat on television. Pa Grape plays George (Phil Vischer), who is overly content with the status quo. Larry plays Elliot (Mike Nawrocki), who is on phobia overload.

Sedgewick, George and Elliot are simply cabin boys (busboys) at The Pieces of Ate Dinner Theatre when the movie opens, but when the final curtain drops each of them have been transformed into true-to-life heroes!

The trio, backed by a sterling cast of edibles, is featured in this full-length feature film that, while not based on a Bible story, is based on biblical truths. While each character exhibits a fatal personality flaw in this allegory, the stars want to believe in themselves by believing in something beyond themselves.

In the end, the reluctant heroes realize their strength comes not from within but from God. They each must face their fears and those who want to ensure their undoing, including the wise king’s evil brother and a horde of animated cheese curls with an attitude.

The movie ended its first weekend at the box office in 9th place, with over four million dollars in receipts and with showings in only 1,337 theatres.

This film is more than family-friendly; it is a family must-see. And don’t think for one moment this is a movie just for kids. As with every VeggieTales production, there is plenty of humor tucked in the movie that will fly right over your children’s heads.

As everything else from Big Idea, the movie is masterful and a bonanza of entertainment for the ticket price. Treat your family and make it a night—or a matinee—at the movies this week. Not only will you leave smiling about the film, you can also be pleased you supported a thoroughly Christian production company.

Dwayne Hastings and his family were fortunate to be at the film’s premiere in Franklin, Tenn., and can personally attest that Larry is just as striking in person as he is onscreen.

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