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YMMV / Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie

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  • Adaptation Displacement: It was dubbed in more languages than the series it was based on.
  • Americans Hate Tingle: Even though the Brazilian Portuguese dub was released around the time of the source material's popularity in Brazil, this movie never caught on and thus became very hard to find in said country.
  • Anvilicious: The movie has to make sure that the message of compassion and mercy is completely hammered down until it pierces the inside of your skull. Ironically, it's forcing you the message without any compassion or mercy.
  • Awesome Music:
    • "Second Chances" in Jonah, performed by a gospel choir. It's also one of the catchiest songs in the film.
    • "In the Belly of the Whale", which is the first song that plays under the credits before "The Credits Song."
    • Crowning Music Of Funny: The second song to play under the credits. "This is the song / That runs under the credits / These are the credits / So this is where it goes..."
    • Dad Asparagus refused to end the movie without a "big musical number". Cue the song "Jonah Was A Prophet", which is basically a very brief summary of the whole movie to very catchy music.
    • Tropers tend to enjoy the Lampshade Hanging song The Credits Song.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The outboard motor. When Jonah was faced with Walking The Plank, The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything think they can get him out of it by using a surprisingly modern motor to get back to shore. But they don't know how it works, so Khalil offers to help. But in doing so, the motor runs out of control and falls into the ocean, rendering that scene...completely pointless. According to the commentary, the scene was meant to adapt Jonah 1:13, where the sailors tried to row back to land rather than toss Jonah overboard.
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  • Crosses the Line Twice: “The Slap of No Return.”
  • Designated Hero: Jonah is a deconstructed version of this. While he does bring enlightening messages to the people of Israel, he never actually does anything particularly heroic. When he is ordered by God to deliver a message to the infamously sinful Nineveh, Jonah disobeys his orders by sailing the other way, though he does show shades of guilt at doing this. When the pirates and their ship are endangered by a massive storm, Jonah realizes his mistake and abandons ship to suffer the consequences for his actions. After being eaten then vomited by a whale, Jonah decides to get the message delivered to Nineveh and be done with it. After he sends the message, the citizens of Nineveh change their ways, but Jonah still expects God to annihilate the city. However, after God had a large plant grow to shade Jonah from the sun as he waits, Jonah has the gall to be upset when Khalil eats the stem of the plant. Even after Klahil gets it through Jonah's head that God has given Nineveh a second chance at redemption, which was exactly what He had given Jonah, Jonah still complains at how unfair all of it is. Of course, Khalil and Reginald decide to leave Jonah to wallow in his selfish misery, which is done to get the message of the story across.
    Lunt: The question, my friends, is not "what did Jonah learn." The question is — what did you learn?
  • Genius Bonus: Several subtle biblical and religious references that kids would likely not get.
  • Nightmare Fuel: "The Slap of No Return". Basically it's a giant club on a lever that smashes its victims like a bug. That they actually give a demonstration of how it works (with a thankfully non-sentient pumpkin) just made it even more disturbing.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Big Idea notes that most tellings of the story end after Nineveh repents, which turns the story into one about obedience. The full story, faithfully recreated (in its own way), talks about Jonah expecting God to destroy Nineveh anyway, and his indignation when God didn't, which makes the story one about redemption.
    • While some may shy away from the film due to the religious themes, the lesson of stepping up when you don't want to, and being compassionate and merciful to people whom you feel don't deserve it are good lessons.
  • Wangst: Jonah, when he learns God gave the Ninevites a second chance. This actually fits in with the original Bible story.
  • What an Idiot!: Even if Larry was under the impression that the Cheese Curl bags he and the other pirates were accused of stealing were free samples, he should have at least asked for clarification first, especially considering how the worst-case-scenario would be the Ninevites reacting with hostility, which is exactly what happened.


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