I had the opportunity to watch the newest edition to the VeggieTales collection, and I was not really sure what to expect when I put in Veggies in Space: The Fennel Frontier. From the cover of the DVD I was guessing I could expect to see some plays on Star Trek, and that there would very likely be a space theme. This DVD won me over as soon as I saw the Dr. Who reference near the beginning of it. We are big Whovian fans in this house.
Captain Cuke (Larry the Cucumber) and his first officer, Mr Spork (Bob the Tomato) are on an adventure in space aboard the USS Applepies. They find themselves taking on Luntar the Looter, the antagonist, who is stealing power from any where he can. But is Luntar really the bad guy, or is there something else going on?
Tied into this story line is a theme focused on sharing. Sharing is clearly presented throughout the DVD. It is evident very early on that those on the USS Appliepies have difficulties sharing, leading to some problems. While trying to stop Luntar, Cuke and Mr Spork end up meeting Luntar’s nephew who shares his lunch with them. This causes Mr Spork to wonder about the crew of the USS Applepies, maybe sharing is the key to making everything better on the space ship.
There is of course a break with Larry, and his Silly Songs with Larry. The song in this one is called Asteroid Cowboys that even ties in the tune for Home on the Range. Instead the lyrics are home out in space. It will definitely get stuck in your head, and you will find yourself singing it when you least expect it.
Sharing is something many youngsters struggle with learning about, they are often all about “mine” for a period of time. The phrase that stuck out to me was When you have enough to spare, you have enough to share. There are many other great lines that reinforce why sharing is so important. If sharing becomes something my daughter struggles with in the future, I can see this movie being a visual to help her understand the concept.
This is a great action packed VeggieTales movie. I know a lot of young boys who will love this episode. With everything from wrestling robots, to fun looking space ships. It is a great movie for the whole family, and will keep everyone entertained.
You can find some activities and colouring sheets over at the VeggieTales Pinterest page http://www.pinterest.com/veggietales/veggies-in-space/