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Book Image Angry Eyebrows, The

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The creators of the sensational 3-D computer-animated series VeggieTales transport their goofiest character--Larryboy--into the traditional world of 2-D line-drawing animation for a new Christian-lite comedy series. In this first episode, Larryboy (the superhero alter ego of Larry the Cucumber) takes on the dastardly Awful Alvin, who has made sure any angry citizen of Bumblyburg stays angry thanks to his legions of batlike eyebrows. The gentle lesson of letting go of anger is massaged with the typical VeggieTales high jinks. Many of the well-known VeggieTales stars make appearances; Bob the Tomato is editor of the newspaper where Larry is not a Clark Kent-like reporter but rather a janitor. Also included is the silent short "Fly by Night," in which Larryboy takes on a pesky fly. Ages 4 and older. --Doug Thomas


Book Image Angry Eyebrows, The - DVD


Book Image Are You My Neighbor?

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Those lovable, googly-eyed vegetables are back with another 30-minute animated episode of fun-spirited morality. In The Story of Flibber-o-loo, Jr. Asparagus rises above his town's hatred of Flibbians to rescue a cucumber who's in a real pickle. The little guy's choice to love his neighbor ends a long history of trouble between the two towns. The Gourds Must Be Crazy teaches a second lesson about appreciating differences among each other. When the crew of the Starship Applepies faces impending doom, Jr. Asparagus is the only one willing to ask the newest crew members (a couple of ravenous, singing gourds) for help. As always, co-hosts Larry the Cucumber and Bob the Tomato smartly recap and apply the lesson to everyday life, complete with a quick Bible reference. If your family enjoys the wit and imagination found in Muppet movies or Sesame Street episodes, you'll find this musical group of Christian-lite vegetables inspiring and entertaining. --Liane Thomas


Book Image Ballad of Little Joe, The - DVD

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Why do bad things happen to good cucumbers? The Ballad of Little Joe takes an Old Testament look at the question of suffering and injustice via this cowboy-inflected VeggieTales take on the story of Joseph, the youngest son of Jacob sold into slavery by his jealous brothers. Typically, the VeggieTales version of the familiar tale is sweetened and abridged to a fault--why do VeggieTales creators insist that young children confront complex Bible passages until they're actually ready for them?. But in Joseph's case the issue of forgiveness is certainly accessible to little ones, even if the larger idea of accepting one's destiny as "God's plan" gets muddled in Little Joe's salad-bar nonsense. Featuring familiar VeggieTales characters Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber, and a baffling song interlude by Boyz in the Sink called "Belly Button." --Tom Keogh


Book Image Ballad of Little Joe, The - VHS

You've heard the story of Joseph many times, but only VeggieTales? can tell it in the Wild Wild West. The Ballad of Little Joe begins at the Lazy Eye Ranch, the Veggie equivalent of the Ponderosa. Leading the colorful pack is Larry the Cucumber as Little Joe and eleven French peas as his jealous brothers. It's a journey that will take Joe from an abandoned mine shaft, to a pizza saloon in Dodgeball City, with his faith being tested every step of the way (as well as his uncanny organizational skills). This video will also feature an all new and ever popular Silly Song with Larry. "The Bellybutton Song" is a spoof of boy bands featuring the latest VeggieTales superstars - Boyz in the Sink!


Book Image Dave and the Giant Pickle

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Another winning video from the VeggieTales folk. To teach Larry the Cucumber about self-esteem, Bob the Tomato tells the story, slightly renamed, of David and Goliath. Jr. Asparagus plays the young man who wants to prove himself and will face the towering pickle. These adorable tales, brightly animated and containing bouncy songs, teach Christian-lite values in an entertaining way. Telling a single story (instead of the normal two), this 30-minute video goes on a bit too long, but it does contain the funniest entry in the "Silly Songs with Larry" series: Love My Lips. --Doug Thomas


Book Image End of Silliness?, The

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There's Larry, drowning his sorrows at the corner soda shop. So opens this zippy 30-minute collection of songs from the VeggieTales series. Larry is, of course, Larry the Cucumber, and his trouble is that he has lost his precious "Silly Songs with Larry" segment that has been a mainstay of the series. Through flashbacks, we see where his troubles started ("The Song of the Cebu") and other songs from the series, including "Promised Land," "The Thankfulness Song," "His Cheeseburger," and the "Stuff-Mart Rap." Fans of the Christian-lite series that practices "Sunday morning values, Saturday morning fun" will want to add this to their collection. Newbies to VeggieTales will find this and the earlier volume of songs (Very Silly Songs ) a great way to survey the series since the music is one of the strongest elements. The wacky lyrics appear onscreen so you can have your own sing-along at home. Of course, everything turns right in the end, including Larry's latest song (only available here), "The Yodeling Veterinarian of the Alps." --Doug Thomas


Book Image Esther, The Girl Who Became Queen

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A lonely trumpet solo and a narrator sporting a Jersey accent set a somewhat ominous, Godfather -esque stage for this stylish, 35-minute lesson about courage. But fear not: it's a VeggieTales story after all, and it soon kicks into action. Based on the Bible story of Esther, "just an ordinary girl" who becomes queen of Persia, this animated retelling tosses in the usual cup of Veggie humor to lighten the flavor of its very serious message. Esther, a young green onion, cannot understand why she has been chosen to wed King Xerxes (played by the humble pickle, Mr. Nezzer). Her cousin Mordecai (Pa Grape) assures her that God must have a reason; she soon discovers that her entire family's fate rests upon her ability to show courage under pressure. While this particular tale drops many of the comical sing-along aspects of other favorite VeggieTales (such as Dave and the Giant Pickle and Where Is God When I'm S-Scared ), its strength comes from its story line; its rich, inspired artwork; and its impressive musical score. The creative team at Big Idea continues to produce quality Christian videos for the entire family. One quibble: there's no "Silly Songs with Larry" segment. --Liane Thomas


Book Image God Wants Me to Forgive Them!?!

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Another early entry in the VeggieTales series offers two lessons on forgiveness. These colorful and very funny 30-minute tapes are an entertaining way to teach Christian-lite morals to youngsters (and those young at heart). In the first episode, Jr. Asparagus has trouble understanding why he must forgive an irritating grape tourist family (who call themselves "the grapes of wrath") after they insult him. The second episode, a parody of Gilligan's Island , deals with the bumbling Larry the Cucumber when he gets a tourist boat lost on a deserted island. It moves a little faster than the first episode, and Larry's antics--always a highlight--are in top form. Along with the bouncy songs, there's also a commercial for the Forgive-o-Matic. Remember: bamboo can be used for many things! --Doug Thomas


Book Image Josh and the Big Wall

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Larry the Cucumber has slept in late. But that's all right because the plucky Jr. Asparagus is at the ready to narrate the story of the wall of Jericho with Bob the Tomato. This half-hour computer-animated video from the VeggieTale folk is another bouncy retelling of a traditional Bible story. We follow Josh (alas, Larry appears!), who has taken over for Moses leading the Israelites to the Promised Land. In their way is the city of Jericho, full of nasty French peas armed with purple slushies to lob below. Focusing on being obedient to God's wishes, this video has more Christian gist than most and is a bit long (the tales are better when they're shorter), but for any fan, it's a keeper. There are plenty of hip songs, and Larry puts his own slant on receiving word from a messenger of God. The Silly Song with Larry segment is one of the silliest: "The Song of the Cebú." --Doug Thomas


Book Image Josh and the Big Wall - DVD


Book Image King George and the Ducky

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Bob is back! After being suspiciously absent from the last three VeggieTales videos, Bob the Tomato is back with his loony sidekick, Larry the Cucumber. First, Jerry and Jimmy Gourd take their turn in creating a tale of selfishness, titled "The Englishman Who Went Up the Hill (And Came Down with All the Bananas)." Lucky, Bob, and Larry take over with their tale of King George (Larry) and his affinity for rubber duckies. When the greedy king spies a new ducky in a boy's (played by Jr. Asparagus) tub, he goes ballistic, sending the child to the front lines of the Great Pie War. Of course, there is a silver lining in this Christian-lite animated series, and King George sees the error of his ways. With Bob back as straight man, Larry is even funnier than usual, including his silly song segment, "Endangered Love," that combines TV soap operas and a stuffed manatee (well, they aren't called "silly songs" for nothing). One of the best of the series and a great introduction for those who don't know VeggieTales are good for you. (Ages 4 to adult) --Doug Thomas


Book Image Larry-Boy and the Fib From Outer Space

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If you want some morality tossed lightly with education in the videos your children watch, then this is a series for you. These Christian vegetables with a hip sensibility (sample dialogue: "You are so early-'90s.") play out a Batman-meets-Back to the Future scenario when a young asparagus tells his dad a lie to get out of trouble. That lie, embodied by a space alien, grows until it threatens the entire vegetable village, provoking Larry the Cucumber to heed the signal in the sky and hop into his flying Larrymobile designed by the eccentric and fallible inventor Alfred Asparagus. Action, music, and a Jerry-Springer-style deconstruction at the end with a blink-and-you-missed-it reference to God make for a half hour of involving and wholesome entertainment. --Kimberly Heinrichs


Book Image Larry-Boy and the Rumor Weed

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Weeds are taking over Bumblyburg--flowery, talkative, sunglasses-wearing weeds that bear a striking resemblance to the clichéd blathering old ladies who enjoy nothing more than yakking about the neighbors over a game of mahjong. No, these aren't ordinary weeds; these weeds are interconnected, and they are multiplying at an alarming rate. What could cause these wild plants to bloom at such a rapid pace? Why, they're just keeping pace with the rumors that are flying around town. Only Larry-Boy can save the city. Or can he? Larry-Boy doesn't have the powers of most superheroes; in fact, his main sources of might are his suction-cup ears and an overeducated butler. Yet in this installment of VeggieTales , Larry-Boy's real skill is in teaching us that "God doesn't want us to tell stories that can hurt." In the lively series that has "Sunday morning values, and Saturday morning fun," a group of vegetables provides moral lessons for everyday life. Strong on Christian themes and light on seriousness, VeggieTales has enough humor for adults to appreciate and enough fun for the kids. While this episode may have us longing for the not-present Bob the Tomato and Silly Songs, there's still enough of the impressive computer animation and appealing story lines to make this a valuable resource for teaching kids right from wrong. --Jenny Brown


Book Image Lyle the Kindly Viking

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Well, it had to happen--Archibald Asparagus is hosting his own VeggieTales show. The 15th video from this groundbreaking Christian-lite company gives us plenty of what makes the series so much fun: leader Bob the Tomato, daffy Larry the Cucumber, catchy songs, and scattershot humor. Tired of the wacky ways of the normal VeggieTales shows, Archibald wants to inject an element of class. First up: an all-vegetable staging of Hamlet. Unfortunately, the only script that can be found is a slightly different version called "Omelet." The Bard's famous lines take a beating with the usual Monty Python-esque humor of the Veggie crew. Next, after an Archibald-influenced "Silly Songs with Larry" segment, the featured event of the evening proves to be the lost Gilbert & Sullivan musical Lyle the Kindly Viking. This brawny band of Vikings love their job (and have an affinity for big-screen TVs) but cannot understand why the meek Lyle (Junior Asparagus, natch) wants to share his meager belongings with their victims. Certainly, the sharing ways of Lyle will win the day. After such experiments as the Larry-Boy shows, which dropped the series' familiar opening and even Bob himself, this familiarly structured VeggieTales video is a joy to watch and illustrates how far the creators have come while sticking to their roots. For ages 4 and up. --Doug Thomas


Book Image Lyle the Kindly Viking - DVD


Book Image Madame Blueberry

Amazon.com A new VeggieTale character is introduced in the most song-filled video yet from this Christian-lite series that promotes "Sunday morning values, and Saturday morning fun." Madame Blueberry is so blue, even her butlers (Bob and Larry, natch) can't fill her every need. But wait--the giant Stuff-Mart is just opening down the lane--promising joy to those who buy everything (a typical sales pitch: "Of course you don't need an air compressor, but don't you want one?"). Madame Blueberry will learn a hard lesson in being thankful. Bad news: "Silly Songs with Larry" has been canceled. Good news: "Love Songs with Mr. Lunt" has a whopper of a tune in its place. Note: the family picnicking near Stuff-Mart has a strong resemblance to cocreator Phil Vischer's family. --Doug Thomas


Book Image Madame Blueberry - DVD


Book Image Rack, Shack, and Benny

Amazon.com 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


Book Image Rack, Shack, and Benny - DVD


Book Image Toy That Saved Christmas, The

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The video is sadly the first misstep from the Christian-lite VeggieTale folks. The tale, about the true meaning of Christmas, seems like a rip-off of the Grinch and the splendid Charlie Brown Christmas. The VeggieTale stalwarts--Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber--don't even show until the tale is half over (not even the catchy theme is used here). In an echo of their own chocolate bunny show (Rack, Shack, and Benny), another Mr. Nezzer wants to sell over the airwaves his Buzz-Saw Louis doll that delivers this Christmas message: "Christmas Is When You Get Stuff." One Buzz doll that believes that is wrong sets off to find the true meaning of Christmas and finds some friends to spread the word. Pretty flat all around (though the cute penguins are a plus) and, like the worst of Hollywood, gives us an action sequence instead of the goods. Even, heaven forbid, the Silly Songs with Larry segment ("Oh, Santa") is stale. --Doug Thomas


Book Image Ultimate Silly Song Countdown, The

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The VeggieTales folks took a poll of their numerous fans and came up with the top 10 silliest songs from their library of made-for-video shows. The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything (played by Pa Grape, Mr. Lunt, and Larry the Cucumber) host the simple event, counting down the top 10 music videos. Will it be "Love My Lips" or "The Song of the Cébu" or possibly "The Dance of the Cucumber?" We ain't telling. But for any fan, and especially those who haven't seen all of the "Silly Songs with Larry" segments, the show's a treat. Stay around for the catchy dance-mix version of the songs over the end credits. (Ages 3 and up) --Doug Thomas


Book Image Ultimate Silly Song Countdown, The - DVD


Book Image Very Silly Sing-Along, A

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How's the singing-pickle genre of your video collection coming along? Here is the first collection of songs spanning the first few Christian-lite computer-animated VeggieTales videos. The lyrics appear on the screen, and that's good news since they are so much fun. The variety of music is also remarkable: calypso ("The Lagoon Song"), Argentinean folk ("Dance of the Cucumber"), and Broadway spectacle ("The Bunny Song"). It also contains the first catchy number from the singing vegetables, "God Is Bigger (than the Boogie Man)." The music in the videos is the most consistently entertaining element of the series, and this collection (11 songs) is great for any fan. The popular Silly Songs with Larry segment is represented by "Love My Lips," "The Hairbrush Song," and a new, witty song, only available on this video, "The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything" ("...and we've never been to Boston in the fall!"). --Doug Thomas


Book Image Where's God When I'm Scared?

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Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber host another winning episode in this Christian-lite animated series aimed at 3-9 year olds, combining parable and parody in two lessons about fear. After watching a scary Frankencelery movie, Jr. Asparagus works through his fears of darkness and monsters to learn that "God is bigger than the Boogie Man." In Daniel and the Lions' Den , our cast of rollicking vegetables performs a highly engaging adaptation of the classic Bible story. Larry the Cucumber stars as God's humble and faithful servant Daniel. A supporting cast of green onions and asparagus--wisemen gone bad--sing their way to Daniel's fate: "We could use him as a footstool or a table to play Scrabble on then tie him up and beat him up and throw him out of Babylon." Co-creators Phil Vischer and Mike Nawrocki expertly combine classical, rock, jazz, and funk music with bold, energetic 3-D computer animation and plenty of witty dialogue. --Liane Thomas



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