Feb 28, 2015

Review: Larry-Boy! And the Fib from Outer Space! (1997)

There's something quite ironic about watching and reviewing all these Christian friendly VeggieTales videos. If it's not already clear, I hate the series, I hate the characters and I hate the songs. I hate pretty much everything to do with VeggieTales. Sorry fans of the series, but it's the truth. Don't want to be caught in a lie now do I (heheh)?

Despite hating the series as much as I do, I think Cinema Whatever might end up becoming one of the best resources for VT reviews on the internet. Albeit, all negative ones most probably. I aim to make that happen anyway because I intend to watch every single video which currently stands at fifty in total, not including the two feature length films. To say that's a tall order would be an understatement.

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Genre: animation, short, family
Directed by: Chris Olsen, Phil Vischer
Produced by: Chris Olsen
Written by: Phil Vischer
Music by: Kurt Heinecke
Running time: 30 minutes
Production company: Big Idea Entertainment
Distributed by: Anderson Digital, Lyrick Studios Video
Country: United States
Language: English
Budget: N/A
Box office: N/A

IMDb entry
Rotten Tomatoes entry

Starring: Mike Nawrocki, Tim Gregory, Phil Vischer, Lisa Vischer, Kristin Blegen, Natalia Lozano, Dan Anderson, Jim Poole, Lesley Benodin

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Synopsis


An alien life form coming down from space is spotted in Bumblyburg and Larry-Boy (voice: Mike Nawrocki) is quickly called in. Despite his best efforts, he's unable to locate any sign of the alien. (voice: Tim Gregory) The alien, called a Fibrillus Minimus, is hiding and has befriended Junior (voice: Lisa Vischer) after he broke a collectible plate of his father's (voice: Dan Anderson). Encouraging Junior to lie his way out of trouble since "a little fib couldn't hurt anybody,"  things are about to get serious.

Review


If you have any inkling of how much I detest Larry the Cucumber, you can understand my initial trepidation as I began watching Larry-Boy! And the Fib from Outer Space! I mean, a whole thirty minutes dedicated to a character played by Larry? That doesn't sound like my idea of fun at all.

Luckily, Larry-Boy! And the Fib from Outer Space! isn't as Larry-Boy heavy as I thought it was going to be. Junior the Asparagus plays the major part as I suppose the idea of VT is to always have its stories be relatable for kids. No better way to do that than by having a child asparagus get into a sticky situation and be saved by a superhero cucumber right? Junior isn't all that far off from being as annoying as Larry is mainly due to Lisa Visher's irritating voice, but it's a better situation than I expected.

So the main lesson to be learned in this entry is to always tell the truth. Fibrillus Minimus, or Fib for short, encourages Junior to lie so he doesn't get into trouble over breaking his father's plate. Junior's not a very good liar though and his friends all get angry at him for good reason. With every lie that Junior tells, Fib grows bigger until he's a giant monster and threatens to take over all of Bumblyburg. Junior is taken as hostage and literally "caught in a lie." Who will rescue him I wonder?

Larry-Boy of course! Besides a toilet plunger-wheeled Larrymobile most likely full of gadgets as well as his skills with a plunger, Larry-Boy doesn't have much to offer. He relies on his butler Alfred (voice: Phil Vischer) to give him all the information he needs through a trusty computer that is able to analyze any given situation in order to save the day. The whole thing is just a pretty bad spin on Batman and none of it is even remotely funny.

There are some attempts at creating suspense, but they all fails miserably. I'd almost think that this was done on purpose in order to ensure that VeggieTales not be considered too intense for young children. Larry-Boy! And the Fib from Outer Space! ends up being quite dull and you know what? That's a good thing.

Overall, I thought Larry-Boy! And the Fib from Outer Space! was terrible as opposed to being a movie that made me as why it was even made in the first place. That's maybe not that much of a compliment, but it's something. The decrease in songs is probably the biggest reason to celebrate and I do have to say that "Larry-Boy Theme" is probably one of the best sounding VT songs I've heard yet. I'm not saying it's brilliant or anything. It's just a song that manages to actually sound like music for once which is a nice change.

Rating


4/10