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VeggieTales - Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Samson's Hairbrush

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  • Actors: Phil Vischer, Mike Nawrocki, Lisa Vischer, Kristin Blegen, Brian Roberts
  • Directors: Tim Hodge
  • Writers: Tim Hodge, Robert G. Lee
  • Producers: Colin M. Davis, David Pitts
  • Format: Color, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: ANConnect
  • Release Date: Jan. 4 2010
  • Run Time: 43 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0006IIOMW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,529 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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One of the things I love about the Veggie Tales stories (aside from the fact that they've taken a cue from Disney and Pixar and made them just as enjoyable for adults as kids) is that the creators seem to like all the same things I like. Any child of the 1980s grew up loving Indiana Jones, and has had to endure countless poor imitations, as well as some good ones (ie, Romancing the Stone). Here we have a parody, of sorts, which hits all of the right notes. Fans of the original film will appreciate touches such as the female lead running a malt shop (rather than a bar), the search for an "iconic" religious artifact (Samson's Hair Brush, which is slightly less famous than the Lost Ark, or the Holy Grail), and lines cribbed from the film ("Didn't you ever go to Sunday School?"). They'll also appreciate the snappy 1940's dialogue (Cuke: "I'm looking for a clue" / Julia: "You don't seem like the clueless type."). It is a fast-paced caper, which, as always, has a moral at its centre - in this case, how to deal with bullies. For non-Christians, the religious underpinnings are easier to take too, because Indiana Jones never shied away from the source of the relics' interest either.

Aside from the main story, there is also a story about Jr. Asparagus (who, personally I find, as a character, a little too annoyingly earnest - much like Kermit's nephew, Robin, in the Muppets). And the instant classic silly song: "Pizza Angel".

If you're watching with your kids (which I assume you are), the rewatchability factor is very important. I'm glad to state that there is a lot here to enjoy over and over again. Minnesota Cuke is one Veggie Tales' best!
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This is a favourite around here. It used to be on Netflix and we were so sad when they took it off. Now we have it in our collection and the kids can watch it when they like. Excellent kids cartoon with great messages.
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58 of 71 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa75a3db0) out of 5 stars Missed the Mark? July 22 2008
By Booksiedaisy - Published on Amazon.com
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Some Veggie Tales are safe to plop your kid in front of so you can fix dinner in peace, because you know it's just a fun break for them with encouraging themes and a much better alternative to programming on TV. This isn't one of them.

Not to state the obvious, but different parents are going to have different ways in which they want their kids dealing with situations. Parents should simply be aware that in this episode of Veggie Tales, "turning the other cheek" means telling kids that it's okay to get beat up by a bully as long as they show the bully they're not afraid. What?!

The second story segment with Minnesota Cuke simply talks about not using a position of ability or prominence to hurt others--even if they've earned it. No problem, and good idea--I'm all about the mercy thing.

However, it's the first segment, with Junior Asparagus dealing with a playground bully, that's more disturbing, and unfortunately, purposely made to be very realistic. I can see what the producers wanted to do, but there were so many problems with this first segment it just can't hold water. Your parental preference might be to tell your child to never fight back, but I think no matter what your bully policy is, all parents should be aware that this is the message before they purchase it. Additionally, Junior Asparagus' dad leaves him to deal with the bully without parental help--not something I'm crazy about since this involved Junior getting hurt in the first place. I understand that kids are not always able to get adult help, but at the same time, you better believe I'm not going to stand there over the grill and let my kid go walk off to get beat up at the neighborhood playground.

Further, Junior solves this by getting all of his friends to stand up to the bully and make the bully feel bad. While that could present problems in and of itself, it's been my experience that bullying involves one or two main players who pick on one kid for the benefit of a huge audience that won't step in to aid the victim. Perhaps the situations I've had to step into are worse than what the Veggie Tales producers were working toward, but I just cringed all of the way through this segment.

My first recommendation is to get the other Veggie Tales before purchasing this one--all of the Larry Boys are favorites in our house, for example. If you want this for Minnesota Cuke (not a bad piece!) then my second recommendation would be to make sure you're clear on what you want your children to do in the face of bullying and discuss this as you watch this one (i.e., "I know this is what Junior did, but what would *you* do?").
25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa75a51f8) out of 5 stars Oh Where is The Hairbrush? June 28 2005
By Mark Baker - Carstairs Considers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
With two letters asking what to do about bullies, both Larry and a slightly bullied Bob decided it's the topic to cover in this episode.

"Bully Trouble" is up first. It finds Junior Asparagus faced with a bully that doesn't want to share the neighborhood playground. Will his daydreams help? Or will a talk with his father set him on the right path?

Our main feature is the title. Our hero, Minnesota Cuke, is on a quest to find Samson's hairbrush and gain its power to defeat all the bullies of the world before it falls into the wrong hands. Like the Canadians who want to control both sides of Niagara Falls. Or his old nemesis Professor Rattan. But will Minnesota turn into a bully himself? And does the hairbrush really have Samson's strength?

And of course, I can't forget the silly song. "Pizza Angel" reminded me of some song, I just can't place it. Either way, it's the tragic tale of Larry late at night waiting for the pizza he's ordered. As such, it's silly and likely to make you laugh out loud.

Overall, this is another fun release in the Veggie series. The puns, especially in the second video, are fast and funny. Maybe it's because I was expecting too much, but the plots seemed a little too contrived and the solutions a little too easy to me. Not that the theme was at all bad. The ideas of turning the other cheek and praying for our enemies is important. More adults could use the reminder in this day and age, myself included. The DVD itself is what I expected with sharp full frame picture, surround sound, commentaries (studio and a veggie one again), behind the scenes, Easter eggs, and activities for families to do together.

Despite my reservations, this is another outing worth owning if you or your kids love these Veggies.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa75a524c) out of 5 stars The Kids and Parents All Loved It June 27 2005
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I was able to attend a preview of this DVD on Sunday before it was released on Tuesday. The kids were all given stickers and activity books on their way into the showing and had snacks following. A puppet play with Veggie Tales characters preceeded the showing.

As with all the Veggie Tales series I thought it was cute, but a little silly. It is an obvious satire of Indiana Jones. The theme (stand up to bullys with kindness, strength, and a willingness to turn the other cheek) comes across very strongly.

The kids and their parents loved it. It makes a good addition to the Veggie Tale collection.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa75a5594) out of 5 stars The Best in the Series! July 5 2005
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Minnesota Cuke was a great Veggietales episode! It was much better than the computer game, which I thought was quite boring.

Besides Minnesota Cuke, there is also the short "Bully Trouble." It's about Junior Asparagus, and a bully on the playground. In Minnesota Cuke, Minnesota (Larry) has to stop the Canadians from taking over both sides of Niagara Falls. So, he needs to find Samson's Hairbrush, a hairbrush with powers.

No matter how old you are (considering I'm 11), Minnesota Cuke is a great Veggietales adventure with lots of action. It has as much action as the Larryboy episodes!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa75a5750) out of 5 stars I've seen the preview copy May 18 2005
By J. Wright - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I'm a veggie ambassador and have gotten a preview copy of the video in the mail today. Another top notch video. This video is great for kids and adult fans will appreciate the Minnesota Cuke short. The message about bullies and confidence in facing them is well done and children should relate to this well. I actually enjoyed this more than the previous two videos.