Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie

Released 2003


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Phil Vischer , Mike Nawrocki
Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie is a 2002 animated movie featuring the much-loved quirky VeggieTales characters. The story starts off with Bob the tomato (voiced by Phil Vischer) and his friends on their way to a concert. When their car breaks down, Bob and the gang are forced to take shelter in a nearby seafood restaurant where they meet the "Pirates Who Don't Do Anything". Trouble starts brewing within the group when Junior Asparagus (voiced by Lisa Vischer) blames Laura Carrot (Voiced by Kristin Blegen) for making them miss the concert. The pirates then try to teach them compassion and share a story about a man Jonah (also voiced by Phil Vischer) who gets swallowed by a whale and lives to tell the (veggie) tale. The movie is shown in two segments where the first part follows Bob the tomato and the second is the story of Jonah. As with any VeggieTales movie, this one comes with a moral. The Veggies learn about love, compassion, and mercy in this retelling of the well-known Bible story "Jonah and the whale".moreless


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  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    This animated retelling of the familiar Old Testament story is playful, high-spirited and unmistakably amusing. It's nice to see that a sense of humor and a sense of values don't i...

  • 70

    Variety Joe Leydon

    Uses humor and high spirits to entertain while spreading the Good Word. Much of this slick and sprightly CGI feature is sufficiently funny to amuse even the most resolutely unrelig...

  • 50

    The New York Times Dave Kehr

    The animation is competent, and some of the gags are quite funny, but Jonah never shakes the oppressive, morally superior good-for-you quality that almost automatically accompanies...

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Family Comedies, Family Dramas