Sunday, May 29, 2011

grandma's movie reviews - It's a Meaningful Life from VeggieTales!

Over the years I've had the opportunity to review many Veggie stories . . . nearly all of them to be exact. But It's a Meaningful Life is one of my absolute favorites - it is clearly a "must-have" for every grandma's home movie collection! Not only is it a great and enjoyable story, but one with a "point" for every child, parent and grandparent!

VeggieTales: It's a Meaningful Life
  • Favorite Features -
    • based on Jeremiah 29:11 which says, ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’
    • includes an original new song from multi-GRAMMY and Dove Award-winning artist Steven Curtis Chapman - “Meant To Be", music video of that song, an interview with Steven Curtis Chapman and more bonus features
    • kids, parents and grandparents will love the brand new Silly Song - “Goodnight Junior”
    • a family discussion guide called “A Meaningful Family Life” available on the DVD
    • important lessons about being content and understanding God put us where we are for a reason
I really appreciate the quality job the writers did in tying an old "classic" holiday story to Jeremiah 29:11 to give children, and adults, a strong and much needed message about being content and understanding God put us where we are for a reason - ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’  Sure to become a favorite, this is one of the best Veggie stories ever! Love the characters, love the music, love the story-line and most importantly, love the message! This story shows why Big Idea/VeggieTales continues to be the family favorite they have been and will most certainly be for years to come! I particularly enjoyed the creativity and humor worked into the story-line. The characters are ones children will love with the return of Larry, Petunia and Mr. Lunt as well as the new character - Emma the rhubarb. My "kid-reviewer" Brienna said she really liked how VeggieTales used the train to "transport" Stewart/Larry into the "past and future that might have been". There are strong messages for children in this story, but in particular the message of being content and knowing God has a plan for us is one all parents - and grandparents - need to hear as well! On top of all these "pluses" Big Idea provided a family discussion guide called “A Meaningful Family Life” available on the DVD to help families really think through the message of this story. When you watch it with your grandchildren be sure to talk with them about how we find real meaning for our lives by loving God and serving others.


And then as if this wasn't enough, Veggies added a service project through Show Hope for children and families to work on together by collecting "change" to change the world of a orphan! I love how VeggieTales includes service projects with their stories so children and families have the opportunity to live what they learn form the stories. This sets VeggieTales apart from other movie makers - their stories really do have a point! Big Idea has outdone themselves with "It's a Meaningful Life"! Tremendously well done!

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