It doesn’t get any better than this!
The new Veggie Tales movie, The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything, premiered tonight at the Carmike 20 theaters in Franklin, Tenn.
It wasn’t quite like the world premieres you see on serious news programs like the CBS Evening News, Entertainment Tonight, or Inside Edition. The celebrities wore cucumber, tomato, and green pea costumes, and the audience was decked out in Oshkosh, Gap Kids, and Old Navy. Valentino, Dior, and Versace were nowhere to be found. Toddlers to tweens, their keepers in tow, the excited crowd piled into three theaters. There was lots of “double occupancy” seating.
Then a 20-something came in and announced things were “about to get started … in 10 minutes.” That’s an eternity in kid time. Eventually, 30 minutes after the scheduled start, a line of adults took the stage for introductions and comments. The children were riveted by the opportunity to hear key members of the movie-making team introduced: film editor, artist, composer, producer, etc., plus Phil Vischer and Mike Nawrocki, who at least did character voices for the kids.
But all that was forgotten when the lights went down and the big screen lit up. Sedgwick, Elliott, and George embarked on their grand adventure into the 17th century. In the great Veggie Tales tradition, the humor was broad enough for toddlers and sly enough for adults. We were thrilled and enthralled by sea mirages, walking rocks, mechanical sea monsters, and voracious cheese curls. The toddler on the lap next to mine shouted every time the bad guys threatened our three heroes.
And by evening’s end, those heroes – unlikely as they were – discovered you don’t have to be “tall and strong and brave and handsome” to be a hero. In fact, “even cabin boys can do what’s right.” The King, for his part, doesn’t make a mistake when he sends ordinary guys to be heroes; he just sees to it they have everything they need. “The journey is not always easy, but you are never alone. … The hero is the one who does what is right, no matter how hard it is.”
The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything opens in theaters Jan. 11. If you’ve got kids, you don’t want them to miss it. If you don’t have kids, you don’t want to miss it! The Web site, veggiepirates.com, has lots of great games, photos, videos, downloads, and printables (like coloring pages). There’s a fan club to join, a sweepstakes to enter, and a store where you can trade dollars for all kinds of cool stuff.
It was a great evening. The only thing better would have been if the premiere had been held Sept. 19.
Elliott looms large at the theater.