VeggieTales - The Wonderful World of Auto-tainment
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The song list includes:
There's a Hole in the Bottom of the Sea (French Peas)
Zacchaeus (Pa Grape)
Modern Major General (Archie)
You are My Sunshine (Larry)
Erie Canal (Pa Grape)
My Day (Junior)
Some of these aren't original...well, other than My Day, none of them are original (and My Day was on a VeggieTales CD last year -- Junior's Bedtime Songs). But they're well-executed, with visual and aural humor throughout. The between-songs shtick is a little annoying, but delights our girls (ages 3 and 1.5).
There aren't any Bible stories (though the Zacchaeus song is itself a short one), and not a huge message (My Day is what passes for that -- God loves us even when things go bad), and not even all the traditional trappings of a VeggieTale (no visit to QWERTY at the end). Still, it's cute -- and it's a lot better entertainment for kids than some of what's out there! The songs are memorable and fun to sing(though Modern Major General may be more for listening to than singing...but the tune is stuck in my head after hearing it just a couple times).
Not a bad purchase, all considered, but I wish they'd let themselves stick with the formula that worked. I'm sure they get bored with it, but the kids don't seem to!
Although the content draws less from biblical content than many VT videos, I think the headline lesson (unconditional love) warranted this approach. I also found the satirical elements (lost on me in the first several viewings but more apparent thereafter) made this video stand up well to the kind of repetitive viewing my household demographic seems to demand.
I found the production quality of this video truly stunning; all of the songs are also terrific. Junior Asparagus' "My Day" alone is well worth the admission price.
I'm giving it 5 stars, and also recommending that you view it a couple of times before making up your mind on it.
Nope -- this one is not a Bible story or a classic tale humorously re-told. It's just fun! With Mr. Lunt (the "techo-gourd of the future") running a random song generator (Pa Grape singing about Biblical Dwarves or Archibald Asparagus singing about Military Intelligence) and two silly robots attempting vaudeville -- this VeggieTales video is not what you would expect.
But my family sure has gotten a kick out of it -- from the babies, up to the teens (and, frankly, the adults).
All KINDS of fun!
The main thrust of the show is songs done by "randomly selected" characters on "randomly selected" topics. As a result, we get to hear the French peas singing "There's a hole in the Bottom of the Sea," and Pa Grape singing, "Erie Canal" among others. One gets the sense that the video was made purely for entertainment purposes. Now, a veggie tales that just tries to entertain isn't necessarily a bad thing (my family has practically worn out our copy of "Ultimate Silly Songs Countdown.")
Unfortunately, the writers try to stick in lessons that just don't work. For example there is a short called "Lunch" that illustrates a lesson against greed in a way kids can relate to. They also include a quote from "John," the only scripture in the episode. Unfortunately, "Lunch" is a silent short with non-veggie characters. It seems so out of place it is jarring rather than enlightening.
At the end, Junior Asparagas sings a song about God loving him no matter what. This is a good lesson, one that deserves to be the subject of a full video. As it is in "Auto-tainment," it feels tacked on as an afterthought.
In short, buy this video expecting to be entertained with a good presentation of kid songs. There may not be a proper lesson to discuss with your kids, but hey, there are lots of veggie-tales videos that provide that.
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We looked for this movie all over! So happy to have found it on Amazon! As with most Veggie Tales it's great for a good laugh and a great message! Catchy songs and funny jokes!Published 4 months ago by Jennie Marie
This DVD of the Veggie Tales' THE WONDERFUL WORLD of AUTO-TAINMENT is one of the happiest purchases I've made recently; and having sold and bought two homes this year, it... Read morePublished 9 months ago by FyvieAnna
Who can't love the VeggieTales??? Just pop this in and the kids will be outta your hair for the next couple of hours. Main feature ended? No problem! Read morePublished on June 8, 2014 by Jimmy D.
I watched the movie and make my headache. Most of parts are ignoring and it leads the conclusion to God's Mercy. But I don't like the way to present it. Read morePublished on May 8, 2013 by Johnny Wong
This is a DVD I would recommend for any one loves Veggies Tales. I also recommend for children and any one else who wants some wholesome entertainment.Published on August 3, 2012 by Jennifer Bright
Yep. I Liked it! It had pleanty of great songs in it. Including
There Is A Hole In The Bottom Of the Sea: The Freanch Peas
Zachuess (Sorry, I can't spell it):... Read more