Went to see the new VeggieTales movie - The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything - for J's birthday. Very fun show.
I had no idea the movie would be based on Star Wars! OK, it's not a perfect one-to-one match, but the number of similarities (plot, characters, etc) is remarkable. Oh, and I'm talking about the real Star Wars (episode IV, specifically), not the prequels that came later (ugh!).
In Pirates, the bad guy is clearly inspired by Darth Vader, the man/machine (he's a vegetable that built himself a mechanical body). The princess in trouble sends a distress signal via a small, round "helper finder" that goes to an unlikely place and locates an unlikely set of heroes. There's a tall, skinny, C3PO-ish character. They have a rickety mode of transportation, ala the Millennium Falcon. I could go on and on. Anyone else notice this?
Fun movie. I liked it. The kids liked it. The "Rock Monster" video at the end was a blast too.