THE PIRATES WHO DON'T DO ANYTHING
Help Comes from Above
Release Date: January 11, 2008
Audience: All ages
Runtime: 85 minutes
Distributor: Universal Pictures/General Electric
Director: Mike Nawrocki
Writer: Phil Vischer
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Jeff Zucker, President/CEO
NBC Universal Entertainment
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Released by a major Hollywood studio, the movie tells the tale of Elliott (a timid cucumber), George (a grape who lacks confidence) and Sedgewick (a lazy gourd), three hapless bus boys at a Pirate-themed dinner theater, the Pieces of Ate. Unable to land a role in the restaurant’s pirate show, Elliott and Sedgwick are embarrassed before their girlfriends, and George has trouble earning the respect of his wife, son and daughter.
When they wreck the stage props trying to audition, the three veggies are fired and thrown out the door. A mysterious mechanical ball with flashing lights in the alley suddenly drops a rowboat into the alley and transports them out to sea in the 17th Century. Soon, they spy a large ship. On the ship is Princess Eloise, who asks them to help her find her missing brother Alexander. Alexander has been kidnapped by the evil Uncle Robert, a pirate who wants to become king and take over their absent father’s throne. The Princess sent out her father’s mechanical ball, the “helpseeker,” to find heroes who can help her and Prince Alexander and stop Uncle Robert.
Still dressed in their restaurant costumes, Elliott, George and Sedgewick know that they are phony pirates who don’t do anything, but they decide to play along, in hopes of getting back home. Their decision leads to a series of crazy adventures that tests their courage, stamina and moral conscience.
As with most VeggieTales videos and movies, the animation in THE PIRATES WHO DON’T DO ANYTHING is clever and colorful. The bigger budget definitely shows, however, especially in the elaborate action scenes and two production numbers. It is exciting to wonder what the team at Big Idea Productions and its new partners at Universal Studios could do with an even bigger budget.
Most of all, it is clear that some time has been spent on developing the movie’s witty, funny, adventurous, exciting, and winsome script. Like the best Pixar movies, this script is based on the classic narrative structure of the hero myth, where ordinary characters are thrust into an unexpected situation that tests their personal, moral and spiritual mettle.
Best of all, THE PIRATES WHO DON’T DO ANYTHING has a very strong worldview with very strong moral, biblical, redemptive, and Christian values and metaphors. It teaches many valuable lessons for everyone, but without being overly preachy or getting in the way of the plot. A hero can be anyone, even a busboy, who does the right thing, especially in a difficult situation full of unexpected obstacles. When you need it most, however, help comes from above.
As with most VeggieTales videos and movies, the animation in THE PIRATES WHO DON’T DO ANYTHING is clever and colorful. Helping move things along is the movie’s witty, funny, exciting, and winsome script. Best of all, the movie has a very strong worldview with moral, biblical and redemptive Christian values and metaphors. A hero can be anyone, even a busboy, who does the right thing, especially in a difficult situation full of unexpected obstacles. When you need it most, however, help comes from above.