We got a cool new opportunity this past month to start sharing some Christian DVD movie reviews with you! I was especially excited last week when we received the DVD VeggieTales in the House – Puppies and Guppies. I grew up with the original Veggie Tales series and love the opportunity to introduce Sarabeth to something from my childhood.
VeggieTales in the House is a new spin off of the old series but continues to tell stories with your favorite vegetable characters. On this particular DVD, there are 8 stories about responsibility and kindness. There are four new songs to sing along with (and although I would say the actual signing of the songs could use some work, Sarabeth seems to absolutely love these songs), and the stories are engaging – even for an 18-month-old. We watched the DVD for the first time last weekend, and Sarabeth has actually picked up the DVD case several times in the last week and handing it to me so that she can watch them again.
I love the values taught in the stories and the fact that the characters actually exhibit some similar behaviors to what you would actually see in kids. For instance, in the episode Puppies and Guppies, Junior and Laura want a puppy. The decide to work for the puppy to show they can take care of it, but quickly learn that they are not ready for the responsibility of taking care of a puppy. Laura and Junior struggle to maintain a level of responsibility that shows they can even take care of a fish, and ultimately learn that when they show they can be trusted with little, they can be trusted with much. I can imagine that when Sarabeth is old enough to start begging for a puppy (her favorite animal), she will say she’s ready for the responsibility, and this story, in particular, will help us navigate discussions about how she can show us that she is actually ready for the responsibility of caring for a pet.
I can already tell that this DVD will be a staple in our line-up, and I love that Sarabeth can still enjoy cartoons while getting the truth and good lessons taught to her at the same time. As she gets older we will definitely be able to unpack these stories and talk about what she learned from them.
I also love the fact that I could play all 8 stories at once or choose which story to play.