Movie Review

Veggie Tales: Larry Boy and the Rumor Weed

Reviewed by: Tim Emmerich
CONTRIBUTOR

Excellent!
Moviemaking Quality:

Primary Audience:
All Ages
Genre:
Computer Animation
Length:
30 min.
Not rated
Bob and Larry

Larry Boy is ready to defend Bumblyburg from any menaces like space aliens or milk-money bandits! However, something is spreading that he, and no one else, is expecting. What could that be? A rumor weed!

A small misinterpretation of Alfred’s figure of speech has Junior and Laura believing that Alfred is a robot. They happen to mention it to a rumor weed that delights in spreading it all around Bumblyburg! Before you know it, the whole town is convinced that good, kind-hearted Alfred is really a dangerous robot that has lasers for eyeballs! As the rumor grows, so does the weed!

Borrowing from “Batman” and “Little Shop of Horrors”, Big Idea mixes familiar elements (for older movie goers) and new plot complications to create a film that is enjoyable by all ages. A three-year-old won’t get all the jokes like the Larrymobile’s airbag going off, but us older “kids” will. You also have to be quick to notice that the movie theatre is on the corner of Vischer and Nawrocki Streets. A question arises though… is plaid back in style (Junior and Laura’s attire)?

Regular Veggie-ites will notice that Bob the Tomato is missing from the entire half-hour episode (except for the opening and closing logos). There are lots of familiar characters though and some assuming new identities within Bumblyburg. For instance, the Mayor looks a lot like Madame Blueberry with blonde hair. Interestingly, there were several “extras” that appeared to be new. They were mainly portrayed as citizens in general. Specifically, there was a family of grey mushrooms and also a red apple that was wearing a Gourd’s Gym T-shirt. Following in the steps of the original Larry Boy video, there is no silly song. Instead, a music video is presented to further the story along.

The lesson to be learned by all in this video is that God wants us to speak well of people, not spreading rumors. This wonderful lesson applies to kids of ALL ages. It should encourage you to re-examine how you talk about people and the example you are setting. Parents should watch the video with their younger children as portions could come across a little scary for them.

Big Idea has done an excellent job on the animation, story line, and music! All spectacular. You will actually enjoy learning! A slogan on the video box sums it up nicely: “Sunday Morning Values, Saturday Morning Fun!”

Year of Release—1999

Viewer Comments
As all Veggie Tales, this is a cute movie for kids, teenagers and adults alike. As much as I liked it, I don’t think it’s the best. It seems slightly lacking something. And I think that something was Bob, and Silly Songs with Larry. But the big idea that they’re trying to get across to everyone comes across! Gossip and romors can be destructive. And finding out how the romor started and seeking the truth is the only way to get rid of the rumor. All in all, it was good! :-)
—Bess, age 16
Compared to the other “VeggieTales” movies, this one was a big let down. It had no Veggie Theme Song, no Bob, and no Silly or Love songs.
—Josh Nicholson, age 15
I thought that the movie making quality and the Christian values to this movie is superb. It is the best animation out there. These guys from Big Ideas Productions are not only top notch movie maker, but so “Christ Centered.” I pray that this movie becomes a success. The only problem that I had was that I thought that the story line was similar to Larry Boy and the Fib from Outer Space. Junior and Laura did something which cause a rucus in town. Once they corrected their wrong, the problem was solved i.e. technically Larry Boy did not “save the day.” It was when Junior and Laura recognized their faults the problem was solved.
—Karen Flores, age 34
I love all the Veggie Tales movies. Despite the mild disappointments (no Bob!), I really enjoyed this story. I didn’t find it quite as funny as most Veggie films, but I really appreciated the message. It seemed to me that Big Idea did a particularly good job of dealing with the issue of gossip; this movie seemed somehow deeper than some of the others.
—Evan Shanks, age 17
I must agree that the animation and production is very good. This video was a big event with my friends and I. However, when we watched it, we were disappointed. The story is just a copy of the first LB with a different situation. This will not bother kids, but, how can the older fans say that this is a great movie when it lacks the creativity that Veggietales is known for?
—Keith, age 19
This was a really good movie. So far, it’s Big Idea’s best. Larry is as bumbling as ever, and his “super heroing” is toned down from his first video, “Larry Boy and the Fib from Outer Space.” He is not as serious, and neither is the Weed. (She’s not as malicious as the Fib.) Alfred is really a great character, and there are some parts in the movie where you’re watching with everything you’ve got. I can’t even count how many times I and my 5 siblings have watched it now. Very enoyable (even Mom and Dad watch it!)
—K. Hollar, age 17
The release of this video was a long-awaited EVENT at our house! This release generated more excitement around our house than the release of Star Wars Episode 1! We are definitely Veggietales fans. But the material is so good, we just can’t help but love it! The only thing that puzzles me is why there was no silly song. I thought that with the events related in Silly Songs 2 we would finally get to see the silly song that Larry was preparing to sing in Madame Blueberry before he got cancelled and Mr. Lunt was brought in! Oh well, maybe it will turn up in the next video…
—Timothy Blaisdell, age 35