Usually when Jason and I squeeze in a movie over the weekend, it takes the form of a Redbox rental we missed in the theaters. Not so last night, when we cozied up in the living room to watch the latest Veggie Tales release: Robin Good and His Not-So-Merry Men. I know…it seems a little strange that we would land on a kid’s movie for our weekend entertainment, but Henry’s not quite old enough to share his opinion, and I needed a little company on the couch. This well-quipped and highly enjoyable film arrived in our mailbox a few days ago for review*, and I can honestly say it was a pleasure to watch. I don’t always laugh out loud during a movie–in fact, it’s probably more the exception than the rule, but this had us both cracking up! Perhaps its something about vegetables posing as classic characters and being tongue-in-cheek funny that does the trick. No matter. Robin Good grew on me from the minute it began.
“So what’s the story?” you ask. In Robin Good and His Not-So-Merry Men, Robin Good and crew set out in the town of Bethlingham to help the poor by fundraising from the rich. All is well until the Sheriff of Bethlingham, by order of the greedy (and hungry) Prince John, halts the merry men’s efforts and gathers the ham they’ve worked so hard to fund. Without anything to show for their hard work, the merry men go rogue, leaving Robin Good on his own, and setting out to steal from the rich instead. Things don’t go so well for the suddenly Not-So-Merry men when Prince John’s guards capture them for stealing hams within Bethlingham’s walls. All the while, Robin Good is left to his own devices as he tries to bargain with the Prince on the poor’s behalf. Alone and frustrated after his friends have deserted him, Robin Good learns the important lesson that no hurt is too big for God. He puts his new understanding to good use as he sets out to rescue his friends and to restore hope to the town of Bethlingham once and for all.
In light of the plethora of challenging material we encounter in the media daily, Veggie Tales has forged on in the world of children’s entertainment to provide–not only appropriate and encouraging material, but quality stories and well-crafted characters that will delight the whole family. Robin Good and His Not-So-Merry men is no exception. As a bonus to an already great show, Jason and I thoroughly enjoyed the included short, “Lenny and the Lost Birthday,” featuring Junior Asparagus:) Just when it seems as though everyone has forgotten his special day, Lenny learns an important lesson about Leap Year and how the calendar changes once every four years.
Robin Good and His Not-So-Merry Men is now available for purchase in stores and online here, as well as on Amazon. If you’re in the mood for something to brighten up the DVD player, all the while encouraging your children to understand more clearly how God loves and cares for their every hurt, this would make a great purchase!
*Disclosure: Big Idea Entertainment did supply me with a copy of this DVD in exchange for my review. I was not compensated in any other way. All opinions stated here are my own. Cheers!