Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Review: 'Minnesota Cuke and the Search For Samson's Hairbrush'

Hi everybody! You can stop looking for your hairbrush because it is now time to join Minnesota Cuke in a new adventure.

"On the countertop, Bob and Larry both get letters from two different kids. Bob gets a letter from a kid from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, and Larry gets a letter from a kid from San Antonio, Texas about being bullied and what God says to do about it and start a couple of stories.

In "Bully Trouble", Junior is a young boy who is discouraged when a big bully named Mount Gordon claims the playground as his own and threatens to pound anyone who trespasses. Back in his tree house, Junior starts daydreaming about being very heroic with Gordon always being the antagonist of his dreams. When he declares that he is not afraid, Dad comes and gives him advice on how to overcome his fears.

Later, the kids return to the playground. Gordon appears and threatens to pound Junior every day. But soon, the other kids gain courage to stand up to Gordon as well. Gordon leaves and everyone cheers.

In the Silly Love Song "Pizza Angel," Larry sends out for a pizza, but for some reason, it takes a long time to arrive. Larry sings about missing his pizza in the style of a teen tragedy. Towards the middle of the song, some pea angels appear as backup singers. Finally, Jimmy [Gourd] arrives and tells Larry that he couldn't find his house, so he got hungry and ate his pizza.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Review: 'The Star of Christmas'

Merry Christmas, everybody! For this festival holiday I am reviewing the second VeggieTales Christmas special.
"The episode is set in London in 1882. It begins with Cavis Appythart and Millward Phelps—jingle writers who decide to make their big break into musical theatre. While Millward is content to see their work featured on billboards and in newspapers, Cavis believes they can make a difference in crime-ridden London by staging a grand musical that will move the citizens to greater expressions of love. Their opportunity arises when Millward's Uncle Nezzer grants them the use of his theater on Christmas Eve. They plan the huge production of a new musical called "The Princess and the Plumber". Unfortunately, the script is not yet complete, and the premiere is only three days away.

Seymour Schwenk (Sullivan's and Gilbert's middle names), their friend and an inventor, shows up in an experimental rocket car (a direct reference to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) and delivers a box of light bulbs to them. Cavis maintains that if their production is glitzy and bright (electric lights are still a novelty at this time and were first introduced at the Savoy Theatre for Gilbert and Sullivan's Patience) then it will be a bigger hit and reach more people. He plans to integrate the lights directly into the scenery itself (and, soon, the costumes as well).

However, they still have much work to do. They need to convince the city's premiere talent, Constance Effie Pickering, to star in the lead role, and they need to get a commitment from Prince Calvin Fredrick to attend the premier. While Cavis and his assistant Bob Winston work on Pickering and the Prince, Millward struggles to complete the script. Everything comes together, and Cavis starts feeling confident that their production will be a huge success. The Prince tells Pickering that her pipes are corroded they water can't drain and her toilet exploded, she's flushing in vain.

After noticing a flyer for a Christmas pageant planned to debut on the same night at a local church, Cavis goes to investigate. He observes Edmund Gilbert preparing a low-budget children's play, and concludes that it poses no threat to their grand production. However, the pageant intends to feature an object called the "Star of Christmas". Wondering aloud about this as he leaves the church, Cavis is overheard by Arthur McHollingshead. Arthur, a historian, reveals that the Star of Christmas is an ancient relic that has not been seen by the public in 79 years. He rushes off with great excitement to report the news, which promptly makes the front page headline the following morning.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

New 'VT in the House' Episodes Coming!

Hi everybody! On the VeggieTales Facebook page, most what you would find is comments saying they hate or love the new veggies.

But now, on that Facebook page they have confirmed that the next set of episodes will be released January 30th. Most likely it will be is it will be ten 11-minute episodes like we got last time. But their might be a chance that their will be a couple 30-minute specials. The VeggieTales crew are calling this news a Christmas gift to all of their fans.

So be sure to check here for news on the new episodes. Also, stay tuned tomorrow for a Christmas review on The Star of Christmas. See you soon!

Review: 'Duke and the Great Pie War'

Hi everybody! With Christmas coming tomorrow why not talk about one of the best parts of the holiday, family, as seen in Duke and the Great Pie War.

"Opening on the counter-top, Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber introduce the show with a letter, from Cody Gordan of Evergreen, Colorado who is having difficulty coming to terms with the introduction of a younger sibling. Larry answers by telling her about the stories he was told by his mother when he became an older brother as the video segues into the first segment.

In "Babysitter in De-Nile", Laura Carrot portrays Miriam, who wonders why people in the village refuse to acknowledge that her new baby brother Moses is a boy. She is forced to look after the baby because her parents and elder brother Aaron are working in the brickyards. She finds babysitting tougher than she thought and complains about her plight. But when Aaron is almost run down by a chariot, she learns the value of family. Once she learns that the Egyptians are taking away all the Hebrew baby boys, Miriam decides to hide Baby Moses in the Nile River. After he is plucked out of the river by Pharaoh's daughter (Miss Achmetha), Miriam offers to have her family care for the new prince.

In the Silly Song, "The Blues with Larry", Larry tries to sing the blues (with Blind Lemon Lincoln accompanying on guitar and harmonica). However, Larry is just too happy to sing the blues despite tips from Blind Lemon, who eventually leaves in disgust.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

In House Recaps: 'Puppies & Guppies'

Hi everybody! VeggieTales in the House has been around for a while and I will say it is time to look at the series by looking at all the episodes. Starting with the first episode Puppies & Guppies.

-I should probably give my thoughts of the theme song out of the way now. I think it is pretty good. It is not as good as the DVD series' theme song, but I can tell they were trying.

-The title card for these episodes are also pretty nicely made as well, it makes me want to see a traditionally animated episode of this show.

-I should tell you that I am a fan of both Rob Paulsen and Tress Macneille and it is nice to see them play voices in this show.

-I also think it is kind of funny that the dogs in this universe are olives, originally as you probably know, I thought it was a sweet pea. But you got to admit they did look like sweet peas.

-Now I want to talk about the character designs, I will talk about them as they appear. First off, Larry and Bob don't really look that bad, there isn't even that much of a difference between the old and new designs. Petunia isn't that bad and I like her new hairdo a lot. Then there is Laura, who isn't that great but I can tell what they were going with her.

-Also, if you are wondering about my thoughts on replacing Mr. Nezzer, I think it just fine. I will miss what Phil did, but at least it is now Rob Paulsen.

-Madame Blueberry and her new design appears briefly, so let's talk about it. I think it is just the right mix between the classic design but adding what the new designs have.

-Pa Grape first appears as well. I think it is a bit too much by adding eyes and taking off his mouth, but I think it okay as long as they go this extreme with any other characters.

-Am I the only one who thinks it is weird that they draw human dogs instead of veggie dogs?

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Review: 'Sumo of the Opera'

Hi everybody! Sorry that I wasn't that active on this blog, I'll try to make it up in the last days of the month and I have something planned for Christmas! Anyways, with that out of the way here is my review of Sumo of the Opera!
"The opening countertop sequence finds Bob the Tomato alone with a cucumber sock puppet named Lutfi (played/voiced by Khalil). Larry the Cucumber, we learn, is on his way to do charity work but is having trouble getting there. Bob and Lutfi need to convince him via telephone to persevere rather than giving up and coming home.

The first segment, "Going Up!", is a silent film short based on Laurel and Hardy and The Three Stooges. Three Stooge-like veggies are assigned to deliver a piano to a mansion at the top of a hill. While his fellow workers give up on the seemingly impossible task, Larry perseveres and is rewarded for his eventual success.
The Silly Song follows, a "Schoolhouse Polka" reminiscent of the Schoolhouse Rock! series of educational shorts. Larry plays the accordion and sings a song about homophones.