Jonah - A VeggieTales Movie
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One of the best-known stories from the Bible gets a new and decidedly playful retelling in this animated comedy, the first feature film from the creators of the popular video series VeggieTales. Archibald Asparagus (voice of Phil Vischer) stars as Jonah, who is chosen by God to help spread his message to the world. Unfortunately, his first stop on his evangelical tour is the city of Nineveh, where the residents while away their days bingeing on cheese snacks and arguing, usually settling a war of words by throwing fish at one another. Circumstances force Jonah to set sail across the ocean,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Bouncy animation and catchy songs keep the film from tasting too much like spinach."
‑ Bruce Fretts, Entertainment Weekly
"Spears of Afro-topped asparagus singing gospel and French-accented peas working as maitre d's at a seafood restaurant -- what's not to love?"
‑ Megan Turner, New York Post
"Entertaining, humorous take on biblical story."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Probably the best case for Christianity since Chesterton and Lewis."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"The movie is a blast of educational energy, as bouncy animation and catchy songs escort you through the entire 85 minutes."
‑ Pete Croatto,
"If a big musical number like 'Praise the Lord, He's the God of Second Chances' doesn't put you off, this will be an enjoyable choice for younger kids."
‑ C.W. Nevius, San Francisco Chronicle
"You and your kids could do worse. You and your kids probably have done worse."
‑ Gene Seymour, Newsday
"The main characters tha us kids know and love disappear. We're introduced to a new cast, and they really aren't very funny or interesting."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"Seeing as I'm a 31-year-old Jewish cynic from Philadelphia, it's plainly obvious that I am not the intended audience for Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie. But I know a feature-length advertisement when I see one."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"Even if you're an agnostic carnivore, you can enjoy much of Jonah simply, and gratefully, as laugh-out-loud lunacy with a pronounced Monty Pythonesque flavor."
‑ Joe Leydon, San Francisco Examiner
"The movie's heart is in the right place, but all its messages of tolerance might resonate better if the Spanish-accented pirate didn't get drawn with a gold tooth and the turban-wearing Khalil wasn't an opportunistic rug merchant."
‑ Janice Page, Boston Globe
"The animation is competent, and some of the gags are quite funny, but Jonah ... never shakes the oppressive, morally superior good-for-you quality that almost automatically accompanies didactic entertainment."
‑ Dave Kehr, New York Times
"A fun-filled adventure story that is certain to keep kids on the edge of their seats while teaching them important life lessons."
‑ Derek Smith, Apollo Guide
"The film is a hoot, and is just as good, if not better than much of what's on Saturday morning TV especially the pseudo-educational stuff we all can't stand."
‑ Eric Lurio, Greenwich Village Gazette
"A whale of a good time for both children and parents seeking Christian-themed fun."
‑ Mary Kalin-Casey,
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