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VeggieTales - Rack, Shack and Benny

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  • Format: Color, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • 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
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B001LOR3V8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #27,521 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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The latest in an animated Christian children's series, this video teaches kids the importance of standing up to peer pressure through a thinly disguised Bible story. When Bob the Tomato, our host, sees that Larry the Cucumber is trying to fit into what's "cool" by wearing an oven mitt as a hat, he tells Larry that it's important to be true to yourself no matter what the consequences. Bob tells Larry a story about three vegetables, Rag, Shack, and Benny, who are held hostage in a factory and forced to make chocolate bunnies. When the owner, Mr. Nezzar, takes a liking to them, he offers to promote them if they will only worship a giant chocolate bunny.

The story is based on the book of Daniel in the Old Testament, in which three friends stand up to King Nebuchadnezzar, refusing to worship a false idol. The slavery and death themes may be too dark for kids under 7, but the animation and songs are fun. --Elisabeth Keating --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: DVD
It's difficult to say something about this or any VeggieTales title that hasn't been said already. It's a Christian-lite message that kids will be entertained and educated by. It's amusing to the whole family and it's probably the best thing to happen to our religion since Easter. So to write an entire review of this volume, being a comic retelling of Shadrach, Meshiach and Abendego and the Fiery Furnace, would be banal to say the least.
But here goes.
Rack, Shack, and Benny (as the protagonists are called for short) have been removed from the King's castle and now work all day in a chocolate bunny factory under the guiding eyes of Nebby K. Nezzer (I know it's a [silly] joke, but he's a pickle! Come on!). Nezzer decides that everyone in the factory should love The Bunny as much as he does. To this end, he builds a ninety-foot rabbit and makes everyone sing "The Bunny Song" (this caused some real-life controversy, discussed on the DVD in detail). But our boys know not to do things that aren't right and, well, there's a lot not right about that song. Their faith saves them from the furnace and everyone lives happily ever after, even Nezzer who learns he was wrong to make them sing the song. Throw in the traditional Argentinean ballad "The Dance of the Cucumber" in the "Silly Songs" segment (and yes, the translation is accurate) and you have one of the top five VeggieTales videos ever.
Now, for the original part of my review. The other day I returned to my dorm after a long day of work. Classes, research, rehearsal, I was beat. I opened my mailbox and inside was a note that alerted me to the presence of a package at the front desk for me. It was the VeggieTales DVD I ordered. So I wasted no time popping it in and watching it. And it made my night so much better.
There, that'll do.
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Format: VHS Tape
Veggie Tales' RACK, SHACK, AND BENNY is a retelling of the Biblical story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. You know, those three guys who were best friends of Daniel (the guy famous for being thrown into a lion's den and interpretting the handwriting on the wall) who were thrown into a fiery furnace for their refusal to worship anyone but God. Instead of Babylon, this Veggie version of the story takes place in a far-off candy factory where world famous Nezzer Chocolate Bunnies are made. Larry, Bob, and Junior Asparagus star as the title trio.
Like most Veggie Tales, this one is filled with humor and wit that appeals not only to kids, but to adults as well. The lesson in the film is not about proper nutrition (as some seem to think), but instead is about standing up when you think things are wrong and not compromising one's integrity by bowing down to peer pressure.
The Silly Songs with Larry in this episode is popular "Dance of the Cucumber". Look for the rip on Disney parody, if you're not observant it will pass you by.
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I love the Veggie Tales videos. They are the rare kind of kids video that entertains PARENTS, too, not just kids. So maybe a 3 rating is a little hard on them. But I definitely found it inferior to the other Veggie Tales videos, and thought I would expain why.
It is based on the Bible story in Daniel about Shadrack, Meshach, and Abednigo. In the Bible, the three men refused to worship an idol to a false god and were thrown into a fire because of it. They survived, because God was with them.
In Veggie Tales, Rack, Shack, and Benny also refused to do something the "boss" at the chocolate factory told them to do -- pig out on chocolate bunnies while neglecting more nutritious foods. For that, they were thrown into a fiery furnace and survived.
The problem I see is that what the men in the Bible took a stand for was worth risking their lives for. Proper nutrition, while certainly wise and desirable to do, is not. I thought that rather than properly tell this Bible story, (in an entertaining way, as the other Veggie Tales do) the video distorted it.
It still has a lot going for it, and I think it is certainly possible for parents to teach their child the REAL story and the more important truth behind it on their own, so I wouldn't want to discourage people from getting it. But if you don't have all the Veggie Tales videos, well, buy another one first.
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In our family's opinion, this is the best VeggieTales Video - and we love them all! VeggieTales is the best thing to happen to kid's entertainment [and adult entertainment!] ever. Our whole family enjoys watching these videos over and over, and we know the songs by heart - toddler and adults alike! VeggieTales truly has something for every age group and I don't know anyone who doesn't enjoy these videos [even my non-Christian family members can't help but enjoy them!].
Rack, Shack, and Benny is the best in our opinion - even though they are all awesome. The music in this one is GREAT [all the songs stick in your brain and make you want to sing out loud]. We also like the characters in this one. As the mom of a small daughter, I really like the fact that Laura the Carrot [the only real recurring female character in the whole series] gets to do something brave to try to save Rack, Shack, and Benny. This a great tale and is redone marvelously in this video! I highly recommend this one to everyone!
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