Veggie Tales: The Little Drummer Boy
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In this Veggie-version of a holiday classic, Junior Asparagus stars as The Little Drummer Boy, a lonely child who finds the true meaning of Christmas when he stumbles upon the birth of the baby Jesus.
(C) 2011 Big Idea Entertainment
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Introduces the classic Christmas story of the Little Drummer Boy, along with some spiritual lessons.
A basic premise of this story is that feelings of anger and a refusal to forgive must be replaced by love and forgiveness ("God forgives us so that we can forgive others"). It's stressed that every good story has some bumps along the way.
Parents and grandparents are portrayed as loving, caring, and responsible. Aaron (the Little Drummer Boy) learns a valuable lesson about forgiveness. On the flip side, Ben Haramid, a greedy, manipulative character, speaks with an African-American dialect.
Roman soldiers burn down the Little Drummer Boy's home as he watches, and his parents disappear. Later, a chariot runs over and injures a pet lamb who ultimately survives.
Parents need to know that this Christian-themed movie considers some weighty human emotions, such as loss, anger, greed, forgiveness, and love, accompanied by lots of humor and music. In one scene, Roman soldiers burn down the main character's house, and his parents disappear. The boy is angry and inconsolable but ultimately finds new faith and learns about forgiveness, love, and redemption. Expect some threat to the life of a dear pet, as well as a stereotypically African-American dialect from a negative character.