Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this full-length movie is a faith-based morality tale like all of the films and products in the Veggie Tales franchise. The moments of peril, such as a raging storm at sea, a van careening out of control on a country road, and Jonah and friend being swallowed by a whale (and worrying about dying), are handled with such a light touch that they are unlikely to scare most children. Jonah may be tossed into the water, but he is wearing a very reassuring ducky lifesaver ring, and the credits explain that no vegetables were hurt in the making of the movie. Jonah's story references only the Old Testament, except for the presence of a gospel choir and visual images of the cross in one sequence.
Cartoon action and suspense throughout. The movie opens with a wild ride in which a van and its passengers careen down a hillside, crash through barriers, nearly run over a porcupine family, and hover on the edge of a cliff. No one is injured. Jonah and his shipmates are caught in a violent storm, but as the ship tosses and turns, all on board play Go Fish and don't appear panicky. Finally, the mythic whale swallows Jonah (among others), and the prophet does fear for his life.
Primarily advances the virtues of compassion (when you see someone in need and you want to help) and mercy (when you give someone a second chance even if they don't deserve it). These two concepts are introduced and cleverly repeated in multiple situations with a variety of characters. Along the way other positive-values messages are delivered: do not fight, do not cheat, do what's right, don't provoke, and many more.
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