'Puzzle' is Well Made, but a Few Pieces are Missing

Based on the film Rompecabezas, Puzzle is one of those little-known independent films that sneaks into theaters with little to no fanfare, although the fact that it is being promoted “from the producer of Little Miss Sunshine” should help it get noticed somewhat. Puzzle is a quiet, little film about a woman who discovers that jigsaw puzzles are the key to changing her life. While the subject matter doesn’t sound all that exciting, the film really isn’t about puzzles but instead about one finding their voice, or so it appears. It’s also a message film that has its own agenda expecting the audience to agree with the choices of the main character and applaud her “brave” behavior. Frankly, it just feels manipulative.

Directed by Marc Turtletaub, Puzzle’s most impactful scene comes within the first few minutes. We see Agnes (Kelly MacDonald) cleaning up the house and they decorating it for a birthday party. Then we see her serving appetizers while being ignored by the guests. …

These Veggies Don’t Need Tupperware to Stay Fresh


In 1993, America was first introduced to Junior Asparagus, the little veggie with the big annoying voice. He starred in the very first Veggie Tales animated project, Where’s God When I’m S-Scared? in the episode, Tales from the Crisper. If you remember, this is the story where Junior learns that “God is bigger than the boogey-man” and his fear of Frankencelery was unfounded.

Veggie Tales was created by Mike Nawrocki and Phil Vischer 20 years ago providing a new, unique animated experience for children and their parents with Biblical values. Computer animation was still pretty new back then and the new series was unlike anything else out there on the shelves of Christian bookstores. Veggie

Tales was such a new product, that the first edition of the new cartoon was finished at Big Idea Studios on one day and then shipped off the next. The first batch was just 500 VHS cassettes. Soon Larry the cucumber, Bob the tomato and Junior became household names and a staple for many a Sunday school class. Since that time, Nawrocki has gone on to be involved with every facet of production including editing, animation, sound, story development, writing, directing and of course, voice acting (no, he doesn’t sound like Larry in real life). Nawrocki and friends have created numerous stories for home viewing, two full length theatrical cartoons, and many, many toys making him the Walt Disney of Christian animation. And no, he doesn’t sound like a giant cucumber in real life.

After 20 years, the vegetables are showing no signs of mold and will be presenting their next big adventure, MacLarry and the Stinky Cheese Battle which debuts July 30th. It tells the tale of one of the “silliest prank feuds of all time” featuring pies and water balloons as weapons of mass destruction among the Veggie clan. However, when the biggest prank of all is presented, the feuding tribes are in danger of becoming overcome by the stinkiest cheese in the land. Larry the Cucumber stars as MacLarry who discovers that his God-given talent may be just was is needed to save them from the rotten cheddar. 

Mike Nawrocki and Big Idea Entertainment, (now a division of DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc.) are pretty excited about this new milestone and the new story. At the center of “Stinky Cheese” there is a lesson about getting along with others and recognizing others’ special talents. A storyline based on the results of a special poll taken from the mothers of fans about what they would like their kids to learn from produce.


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