We enjoyed Beauty and the Beet so much that I jumped at the chance to review another VeggieTales movie.
We received the not yet released Noah's Ark DVD from Family Christian. I watched it with Hannah and Katie and Jack and Eli. The kids were a little surprised that the Veggies have gotten a "makeover." Their eyes have changed.
However, the story quickly captured our interest, and the difference was forgotten. There are still Silly Songs, like My Golden Egg:
colored by Katie, age 4
I found some coloring pages on the VeggieTales website to go along with the movie.
colored by Hannah, age 7
In addition to the Noah's Ark story we all know and love, the plotline was the personal journey of Shem, one of Noah's sons, who had doubts. He had dreams before the flood, and he's questioning God. I could relate to Shem.
It wasn't all seriousness, of course. There's quite the Veggie spin on things in the orange wedge ark. Little things made me smile, like when they named Mount Whereweat.
I think our sanitized Sunday School version of Bible stories does us a disservice by glossing over the hardships that come along with following God. The visual drama of the breaking storm reminded me that it wasn't easy or pleasant for Noah. I guess I'd always pictured the "rain" part without ever imagining the "springs of the deep" part in Genesis 8:2. It must have been terrifying. I found myself wondering if anyone on the ark got seasick.
I was struck by the scene with the birds, when they sent out birds and waited over and over again. God's promise wasn't instantly fulfilled. They had to wait. Since I really hate waiting, this was a good reminder for me.
We've been fans of VeggieTales for many years (we actually still have some on VHS), but there was a depth to this release that I really appreciated. Our family gave this DVD many thumbs up.
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