Sunday, October 26, 2014

Review: 'King George and the Ducky'

Hi everybody! Time for a bath, but first my King George and the Ducky review!

"The episode opens with Jimmy and Jerry Gourd looking like Bob and Larry, who both are trying to host the show but aren't doing a convincing job of it. When the real Bob and Larry arrive, Jimmy and Jerry explain that they figured that Bob and Larry could use a break, and they've been wanted to host a show ever since Dave and the Giant Pickle. Bob argues that he just had a break, but humors the gourds and lets them tell a short story they wrote called "The Englishman Who Went Up A Hill (And Came Down With All The Bananas)".

In this "story", an Englishman (Scallion #1) goes up a hill and steals all the bananas which he doesn't eat or share. Then a Swede (Jerry) goes up another hill and steals all the strawberries. As both men refuse to eat their own fruit without some of the other to go with it, but are both too selfish to lend some to each other, they are stuck hoarding their respective piles from one another indefinitely, and the story ends with Jean Claude (the higher-voiced of the French Peas), who has been interjecting the story from off-screen with cries of "you're so selfish!", pointing out that they are "not very bright".

The story ends there and Jimmy tries to get a verse from QWERTY, but he's been switched off. Jerry substitutes a crudely written "Don't be selfish" message in its place, but Bob finally cuts in and tells the gourds to let him tell a real story, that of King George and the Ducky.

In this story, King George (Larry) only cares about rubber ducks. His servant Louis (Bob) tries to tell him the kingdom is in the middle of the Great Pie War though George doesn't care. To him, the most important person in the world is himself. As George proclaims his love for himself and his rubber duck, he notices a rubber duck which belongs to a poor boy named Thomas (Junior). Jealous, King George tells Louis to get him the duck, but Louis refuses.

At this point, Cedric the General (Scallion #) says that they need more men on the battlefield. Seeing his opportunity, George announces that Thomas wants to help and tells Cedric to put Thomas on the front line of the battle alone. With Thomas out of the way, George tells Louis to meet him at Thomas's house so they can take the duck.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Review: 'Larry-Boy and the Rumor Weed'

Hi everybody! It's time to return to the world of Larry-Boy with Larry-Boy and the Rumor Weed!

"The episode begins immediately with Percy Pea and Li'l Pea leaving the movie theater. As they pause to think about what had happened the last time they were there, they are cornered by a shady character (Scallion #3) who asks them for a nickel. Percy refuses, but the Scallion then demands the money he is carrying for milk money. As the "Milk Money Bandit" escapes to the rooftops with his loot, he is cornered by Larry-Boy (Larry the Cucumber), who shakes the stolen money off of the scallion and throws him into Officer Scooter's patrol car.

Following this, Larry-Boy is busy reviewing his capture technique with Alfred (Archibald Asparagus) when he accidentally knocks an unfinished plant off the ledge. The pot falls and breaks on the sidewalk while the plant gets caught on some electrical telephone wires on the way down, where a nearby woman is busy gossiping on the phone on the 2nd floor of the apartment building, electriflying it, and then falls into the sewers where the strange combination of electricity and gossip brings the plant to life.

The next morning, Alfred is speaking at Veggie Valley Elementary. As his story comes to a close, he tells the teacher that he needs to go home and "recharge his batteries." Not quite understanding the figure of speech, students Junior Asparagus and Laura Carrot come to the false conclusion that Alfred is a robot. As they are walking home, they run into a small talking weed who overhears the two children and talks them into sharing their secret with her. Similar weeds then begin to appear throughout Bumblyburg, spreading the rumor and twisting the faulty assumptions of the citizens into fear of Alfred.

At Larry Manor, Larry and Alfred are tending to the garden when Alfred heads inside to answer the phone. Another Rumor Weed appears and tries to spread the word about Alfred, but Larry doesn't let it get a word in edgewise. Alfred then calls Larry in to answer the phone: Mayor Blueberry (Madame Blueberry) informs him that strange weeds are growing all over the city and saying strange things about Alfred. Suiting up as Larry-Boy, the hero drives into action.

Larry-Boy manages to find a Rumor Weed and attempts to prune it, but weed-whackers and shears have no effect. Alfred then tells him to scan the weed by putting his plunger-ear by it, which only serves to get Larry-Boy thrown away by the seemingly-tiny weed's strength. Back at the Larry-Cave, Alfred reports his findings and reveals that all the weeds are connected through a vast root system leading to a giant "Mother Weed" deep underground.

Friday, October 17, 2014

And the Next 'VeggieTales' DVD Episode Is...

Hi everyone, If you got the DVD of Beauty and the Beet then you know that the next DVD episode of VeggieTales is, Noah's Ark! It might be important to note that the crew at Big Idea always wanted to do the story of Noah ever since around the early 2000s, so it's fun to be that they will be doing it. Also, I should note that it will be using the new redesign from what I saw in the teaser art. Anyways, it will be coming out in Spring of 2015, most likely in March. Until then, see you soon!

What do you think the episode will be like?

A New Silly Song Contest is Here!

Hi everybody, if you remember a couple of years back, VeggieTales did a contest and if your Silly Song idea was the best they would make it a silly song in the DVD If I Sang a Silly Song... And now another silly contest is going on right now!

"We want you to show off your creativity and sing one of these classic Silly Songs.  Feel free to mix up the beat or change the genre; do anything that puts your unique spin on it or showcases the talent of your family, choir, or group of VeggieFans who love to sing!
You could also win a new smart television, a Blu-ray player, and a gift card to Netflix so you can watch VeggieTales In The House in style!

Here’s How The Contest Works

Step 1: Download the sheet music, karaoke track and reference track for one of the three Silly Songs
Step 2:  Make a music video of your interpretation of the song and upload it to YouTube
Step 3: Come back to to enter your video into the contest
  • You can choose the “Families, Fans, and Friends” group or the “Choirs and Bands” group. There will be one Grand Prize Winner from each category!
6 semi-finalists will be chosen, 3 from each category. Come back during the voting period to see if your video was chosen. If it was, great! Get your family and friends to vote for you! If it wasn’t, we thank you for participating! And you can still make your voice heard by casting your vote for one of the selected videos!

And stay tuned for the big winner’s announcement on November 26th, the day VeggieTales In The House premieres on Netflix! Make sure you like the VeggieTales Facebook page to hear about further announcements, like when the semi-finalists will be announced (hint: some time in early November)!" -VeggieTales

If you want to enter the contest go to the link that is on step 3. So get your silly on now! See you soon!

Will you want to enter and contest or did you?

'Beauty and the Beet' Out NOW!

Go to this link and get your copy now! Review is coming soon! Also, Rob Paulsen from Animaniacs in this episode is awesome.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Review: 'Madame Blueberry'

Hi everybody! Are you feeling like you want it all? Well I've got special VeggieTales episode that I would recommend:

"The show opens with Larry the Cucumber driving onto the countertop in a brand-new "Soo-Vee Action Jeep", which causes Bob the Tomato to feel upset. Larry has been waiting for the Action Jeep for a really long time.. Larry goes on to admit that he will not be really happy until he has all the additional vehicles in the Soo-Vee line, and Bob the Tomato decides that this would be a good theme for an episode. The French Peas, Jean-Claude and Philippe, they appear and begin narrating the story.

Madame Blueberry is a rich but perpetually blueberry with a beauty mark, which she lives in a sparsely-decorated treehouse. Though her butlers (portrayed by Bob and Larry) attend to her every whim, they find themselves unable to lift Blueberry out of her ever-present doldrums. The only happiness she seems to have comes from gazing at photographs of her neighbor's possessions. One day, a trio of salesmen (the Scallions) arrive at Madame Blueberry's treehouse to promote "Stuff-Mart," a new local mega-store, and claim that the store has anything and everything that Blueberry needs to be happy. Though Bob has his doubts, Blueberry eagerly buys into the sales pitch, following the three salesmen to Stuff-Mart.

Along the way there, there is considered Annie and his parents having a bowl of birthday oatmeal and 1 piece of apple pie with a candle on top. Madame wonders why Annie was so happy even with so little, but instantly forgets about it upon entering the Stuff-Mart. As to feel woozy, Madame's numerous purchases are delivered to her tree house via pea-driven shopping carts.

During a lunch break, Madame Blueberry sees Junior Asparagus' excitement over a new ball his dad bought for him at the "Stuff Mart," despite his disappointment over learning that his dad couldn't afford the train set he really wanted. Madame Blueberry again wonders why someone can be happy even though he isn't getting what "he really wants" and then wonders why she isn't happy despite receiving everything she wants. Realizing that she already has a wonderful home and two loyal friends in her butlers, Madame Blueberry finally sees her folly in not being thankful for what she has and tells the salesmen that she is done giving in to their materialistic temptations.

When she leaves the Stuff-Mart, Madame Blueberry beholds to her horror her treehouse tipping over in the distance, full of the stuff she bought still being delivered to her home. The arrival of a giant air compressor proves to be too much for the tree house to handle as the back door opens and dumps every one of her possessions into the lake below. In turn, the sudden loss of weight causes the tree to fling the house out of its branches, over the forest, and onto the ground where it immediately collapses. As the story draws to a close, Madame Blueberry is comforted by the presence of her butlers, Annie, MJunior, and their respective parents, and trusts that everything will turn out right in the end. Although she is now homeless, Madame Blueberry is nonetheless happy and finally understands that "a thankful heart is a happy heart".

At the end of the story, Bob and Larry are returning being seen crying because the story was beautiful, but proceeds to the end of the show with the bible verse, Proverbs 15:27a." -Wikipedia

Other Notes:
"Madame Blueberry is the tenth episode in the VeggieTales animated series. It was released in 1998 and 1999 on VHS cassette and distributed by both Everland Entertainment and Lyrick Studios Home Video and issued on DVD on May 20th in 2003 by both Warner Home Video and Sony Wonder Home Entertainment. Subtitled "A Lesson in Thankfulness", it conveys the message that material possessions will never truly make us happy, and that we must instead be grateful for what we have." -Wikipedia

Final Thoughts:
This has one of my favorite lessons in an episode of this show it show it in a nice way too. Also, this has one of my favorite Silly Songs, way up there with Song of the Cebu and The Yodeling Veterinarian of the Alps. Also in the Silly Song they cancel the segment, but they continue the story line there into End of Silliness? ,that is really clever. Anyways, my rating is...

My Rating: 9/10

What do you think of this episode?

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

'VeggieTales in the House' FIRST TRAILER!

Check out the trailer here: Link
Hi everybody! The first fully finished version sneak peek of VeggieTales in the House, the new Netflix series with a new design. And while watching the trailer I noticed a few things.
  • 0:01-0:02: It looks like they changed Junior's voice to sound more like a boy. And also he sounds a bit older which I like, because his voice hasn't changed for over 20 years. But it sounds a bit weird, it could get some getting used to.
  • 0:05: Is Larry breaking the fourth wall here?
  • 0:06: Sea Chicken Chomps?
  • 0:08: What drink is that?
  • 0:09: It looks like there is a evil and good Petunia thing going on. A classic bit that has been done before like in The Emperor's New Groove.
  • 0:10: Nice bikes!
  • 0:16: They gave Pa Grape eyes!?! It doesn't look bad, but it just feels awkward.
  • 0:17: What is up with that dust bunny and why are Bob and Larry scared of it?
  • 0:19: Sweet pea dog?
  • 0:23: What is Larry trying to serve?
  • 0:27: Rock and roll Bob!
  • 0:30: I love that face!
  • 0:31: Ketchup in VeggieTales?
  • 0:32: Is that Larry with the leaves growing on him?
  • 0:33: Why is there a such a thing as "store greeter"?
  • 0:36: Fishes? What? Is this a Silly Song or something?
  • 0:39: We seem to have a lot of Petunia in this, and she has a verse in the theme song about her so is she a main character?
  • 0:41: What is Petunia doing here?
  • 0:42: Why are Junior and Laura laughing at? AND WHAT IS THAT FLOATING THING? 
  • 0:44: It might be cheesy but I like that joke. And I love that new pea's look, it look so cute!
  • 0:47: Are they trapped in the store, is this why they have a "store greeter"?
  • 0:50: I am glad they still have the same voices for Larry and from what I heard Bob, you could never beat what they do with these characters.
  • 0:52: What is that?!? Is this where the reported first VeggieTales meat characters come in or is this the return of... LARRY-BOY!
  • 1:04: So according to the trailer, the show will premiere next month.
Well I hope my questions are answered in the show. And also these new character designs are actually growing on me. And I can't wait to see what the show is really like. See you soon!
What do you think of the trailer? 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Review: 'Josh and the Big Wall'

Hi everybody! It's time for one of my favorite episodes of all of VeggieTales:

"The opening countertop finds Junior Asparagus filling in for Larry the Cucumber, (he is tired from Larry-Boy! & the Fib from Outer Space!, the previous episode). Junior and Bob the Tomato field a question for Victor of Sausalito, California about obedience and, using their imaginations, are transported to the Holy Land.

Bob acts as narrator and provides Junior with some background information. The Israelites, having been held as slaves in Egypt, are liberated by Moses and led to the Promised Land. However, they question God's methods and are banished from Israel for forty years. Upon the completion of their exile, Moses has died, and Joshua (played here by Larry) has become leader of the Israelites. Joshua leads them back to the Promised Land, but one thing stands in their way... Jericho.

The story is interrupted here by Larry's Silly Songs with Larry. "Song of the Cebu," introduced as a "sequential image, stereophonic, multimedia event," finds Larry on the countertop with a slide projector and a captive audience comprising Jimmy and Jerry Gourd and Junior Asparagus. The song, about a boy and three cebu (and a hippo) frequently goes off track and is interrupted several times by Archibald Asparagus.

When the story resumes, the Israelites are met by the defenders of Jericho (the French Peas) who taunt them from atop the city's great wall. Joshua explains that God has given this land to the Israelites and that therefore the defenders will have to step aside. They are met by more insults and jeering. When a slushy falls and hits Jimmy, they fall back and regroup.

That night Joshua meets the Commander of the Army of the Lord who tells him how the Israelites are to take Jericho: they must march around the city once a day for six days; on the seventh day they are to march around it seven times, blow their horns, and all yell at the same time. At this point, the messenger states, the walls of Jericho will fall. Naturally this plan leads to some skepticism. Joshua must deal with dissent among his people, some of whom want to return to Egypt and some of whom want to attack the wall with might.

But they agree to try it God's way and proceed to Jericho the next day. The city's defenders insult them all the more, turning their taunts into a choreographed musical number while bombing them constantly with slushies. The end of the day finds the Israelites on the verge of rebellion. At this point, Junior, the co-narrator, intervenes and convinces them to continue with the plan God laid out. He explains that God's way doesn't always make sense, but provides examples of how it always works out in the end.

The Israelites agree to stick with the plan and, in spite of renewed counter-attacks, march around the city for seven days as specified. On the seventh day they blow their horns and the Israelites scream, at first nothing happens. The Jericho peas laugh at the Israelites for not being so clever, before they knew it, a crack on the wall causes the end of Jericho's world to be destroyed, just like God said it would be.

Bob and Junior wrap up on the closing countertop, reiterating the lesson in the film, a slushie falls. Larry appears in his pajamas (as seen in the Silly Song "Oh Santa" from "The Toy That Saved Christmas") at the end, but seconds later the lights go out as the computer screen turns off and Larry says "Aw nuts!". "-Wikipedia

Other Notes:
"Josh and the Big Wall is the ninth episode of the VeggieTales animated series. It was released in 1997 and distributed by Everland Home Entertainment. It is subtitled "A Lesson in Obedience". The story follows the plight of the Israelites and the Battle of Jericho." -Wikipedia

Final Thoughts:
Tough the animation is still a bit rough, the story and music is good. I really enjoy the silly song and it has a good idea of what they are trying to teach kids in this episode.

MY RATING: 10/10

What do you think of the episode?