After a heated battle with a clothesline, a pair of boxer shorts and, yes, porcupines, Bob the Tomato and the Veggie kids find themselves at an old, rundown seafood joint where nothing is quite as it seems. Here they encounter "The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything," the laziest bunch of scalawags and biggest root beer consumers to never sail the Seven Seas. As Bob and the kids settle in to wait for a tow truck to help get their van back on the road, these curious Pirates share a little story about a guy named Jonah, a mailman of sorts whose messages come straight from God.
A talking asparagus has no hands, yet it is able to play the guitar. This is one of the relatively minor miracles in "Jonah: A Veggie Tales Movie," a computer-animated feature written and directed by Phil Vischer and Mike Nawrocki that otherwise appropriates the biblical story of Jonah and the whale and turns it to cheerfully didactic purposes. The big-screen successor to a long running series of direct-to-video features produced by Mr. Vischer and Mr. Nawrocki, "Jonah" uses computer-generated tomatoes, carrots, peas, gourds and assorted other vegetables to teach some simple moral lessons and impart some strictly nondenominational religious values. — Dave Kehr
2002-10-18 | Dave Kehr | Read the New York Times Review of Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie