VeggieTales: The Little Drummer Boy 2011 CC

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In this Veggie-version of a holiday classic, Junior Asparagus stars as The Little Drummer Boy, a lonely child who finds the true meaning of Christmas when he stumbles upon the birth of the baby Jesus. A story of hope, love and forgiveness, this timeless tale will warm the hearts of children everywhere!

Starring:
Lisa Vischer, Mike Nawrocki
Runtime:
45 minutes

VeggieTales: The Little Drummer Boy

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Genres Kids & Family
Director Brian Roberts
Starring Lisa Vischer, Mike Nawrocki
Supporting actors Phil Vischer, Dan Anderson, Keri Pisapia, Maggie Roberts, Miles Fuqua
Studio Vivendi Entertainment
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

Love to watch with my children and now grandchildren.
Dr. Mark Richardson
This VeggieTales really touched my heart and I love it for my son to teach him about Jesus, sacrifice, humbleness and forgiveness.
Vicky
Great flick, catchy tunes, fun story for the whole family.
Wendy Brian

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mark Baker HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 2, 2011
Format: DVD
Junior Asparagus has become obsessed with the drums, playing them all the time. While his parents go out Christmas shopping, he is supposed to go caroling with his friends, but a mix up leaves him home with Grandpa (Pa Grape). Mad at his friends, Junior intends to sulk, but Grandpa decides to tell him the story of the little drummer boy.

Back in the time of the Romans lived a little boy named Aaron (Junior again) who had a happy home life and a gift with a drum that could make animals dance. When his family home is destroyed, he sets out with just the animals left, determined to live as isolated a life as possible. Will he stay angry or will he have an encounter with the newborn king?

This episode appears to be based on a story, or at least inspired by it, but I'm not familiar with the source material. The story is very tragic at the beginning, and you can really understand Aaron's anger, a theme that is played out through the entire story. And yet, when the climax comes, it is suddenly all washed away - it's just too easy. The resolution needed more context to the story.

Along the way, we do get some great humor with the characters that Aaron meets along the way. I especially loved the Star Wars references at one point.

They've finally animated "The 8 Polish Foods of Christmas" from the mid-90's Christmas CD, and it's still a hoot.

For much of this DVD, I was enjoying the story despite the sad beginning. I just wish that the climax had included more of a lesson; as it is, it was over all too quick.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Cherise Kachelmuss TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 11, 2011
Format: DVD
First off I should mention, we have never seen VeggieTales before but I am glad we finally have! My 3 year old loved this DVD! He laughed and laughed over vegetables dancing and talking! Once he got over that I was able to show him lessons learned from Veggie Tales, like forgiveness and friendship. There are funny songs and references (Star Wars is one) throughout the movie, that I don't mind watching it with them, because of course they have to watch it now over and over! The story does start out sad but turns around and how can you not smile from singing and talking vegetables! I also have a feeling we will be watching this DVD long past Christmas!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Hanna on January 20, 2012
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My little siblings love watching this over and over; it is a very cute story from Big Idea, and it is a completely new story line, unlike some of the other films coming out of Big Idea now. The only thing that I noticed about this video was Junior's perpetual bad attitude. My youngest brother has some mental difficulties and this causes him to pick up on a lot of negative attitudes right away. It is unfortunate that he could not escape bad attitudes even by watching a Christian film. Oh well...over all a cute movie!
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By EJB on December 14, 2011
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I was very disappointed in this VeggieTales movie and would not recommend it to anyone. Most of the movie was dark...then ends with a short biblically incorrect positive feel good message. Here is a summary of what happens.

1) Aaron is a boy who gets a drum. He is friends with a few animals and one day comes back to his house burnt down and you assume his parents are dead.

2) He hates people and goes off on his own instead of seeking help. Ends up with very bad people who try to exploit him.

3) People exploit him and then end up selling his camel who is one of his friends. (this is when my 5 year old was crying and asking why the people are mean and Aaron didn't get a good adult to help him) The buyers are the three Magi (wise men) who are following a star. So, Aaron again goes off on his own towards the star.

4) The star leads Aaron to the Magi but before he gets to him one of his other friends, the sheep, gets run over by a cart and is near death.

5) The wise men are there in front of baby Jesus in the manger with some shepherds. (Even Snopes know this is an urban myth and Jesus was a small boy and not an infant when the Magi came)

6) Aaron as in the song plays his drum for baby Jesus since he had no gift for him and sees his parents there who takes care of the injured sheep.

I wish I could return this movie and I probably won't buy next year's VeggieTales Christmas movie (we have Star, Toy that Saved, St Nicholas, and Meaningful life) before viewing it now.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Edema on December 12, 2011
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I am a big fan of having family Christmas movie time. However, if you are looking for entertainment value, skip this and grab you a copy of Elf, Charlie Brown Christmas, or The Grinch. This is not nearly so artful nor creative as VeggieTales has been in the past. And ultimately, I'd skip it.

If movies that are just sort of thrown together a la a fifth grader's short story for English class bother you because of poor writing, overdone plot elements, contrived and clunky conflict and resolution, and unlikable/unsympathetic characters, you'll also want to skip this one. It's kind of a kids' version of a cheesy Lifetime movie with old 80s sitcom stars from supporting roles.

And if you look to VeggieTales as an aide in teaching your children about the Bible and hope to find this as a way to relate to them the true meaning of Christmas, you're REALLY going to want to skip it--

I just watched this for the second time with two of my children (8 and 5) and asked them what they thought it was about. They got it right for the most part, they said it's about a little boy who thinks his parents have died. He's really sad and lost for a while and gets in with an odd (the kids seem confused about their character) crowd but then eventually finds his parents at the end. That about sums it up. Junior plays two characters, the Drummer Boy in the story set at the time of Christ's birth, and himself in the story set in modern times. The character from the part set in modern day is, in a word, smarmy. The character of the Drummer Boy is an Anakin Skywalker of sorts who, while not as dark as the future Darth Vader, is completely consumed by the death of his parents. First of all, why do so many writers of children's stories decide that one or both parents should be missing?
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