VeggieTales: Lord of the Beans



Doing good deeds is focus of less overtly religious tale.
  • Review Date: March 23, 2012
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2005
  • Running Time: 51 minutes

What parents need to know

Educational value

Introduces kids to the basic story of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Intended to teach values rather than provide factual information.

Positive messages

Strong message about the value of using whatever gifts or talents one is given to help others. Fame and fortune can make us happy, but not for long. Real happiness, described here as joy, is found in using the gifts we've received to make a difference in the lives of the people around us.

Positive role models

Toto, the little Veggie "flobbit" at the center of this story, is consistently honorable, brave, curious, and earnest. The elfin friends who accompany him on his important journey are faithful and true. Adding humor and character to the mix are two Veggie elves with comic ethnic dialects. Veggies come in all colors, shapes, and sizes.

Violence & scariness

A few comic tumbles: the six heroes slide down the a snowy mountain ending up together as a giant snowball, and later fall from a ledge without injury. "Villains" include a marching troop of dinner forks with glowing eyes, Scaryman (who isn't very scary), and a talking tree who is more silly than threatening. The musical score, which is recorded on a grand scale, includes some dark, suspenseful themes to accompany scenes of mild conflict.

Sexy stuff
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VeggieTales is a thriving franchise with toys, DVDs, merchandise, etc.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that in spite of this tale being a parody of The Lord of the Rings, there's not much scary stuff here -- a couple of spills, some bad guys in the form of table forks with glowing eyes, and a villain who isn't very frightening. The music, which spoofs the movie trilogy's outstanding score, is the only really suspenseful element in this episode. In fact, continued warnings from well-meaning characters about the hero potentially meeting up with evil creatures in a land filled with woe or experiencing a difficult journey never amount to much. While this very funny entry in the Christian VeggieTales franchise is consistent in its purpose to deliver valuable life lessons to kids, the only religious reference comes at the very end of the story.

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What's the story?

Toto, a little flobbit in a kingdom of elves, magic, and warriors, has been given the gift of a bean, perhaps the most powerful bean in all the realm. Encouraged by some to use his gift to gain fame, fortune, and a life of ease, Toto decides instead to find out why he's been given the wonderful bean, and then to use it wisely. To his dismay, he discovers that only the Elders of the Razzberry Forest have an answer for him; the journey there would be difficult and fraught with danger. Undaunted, Toto sets out, accompanied by the Fellowship of The Bean -- a team of vegetables-at-arms who are eager to help the brave little flobbit on his quest.

Is it any good?


Consistently very funny, clever, and warm-hearted, this tribute to J.R.R. Tolkien provides the VeggieTales family with a terrific platform from which to deliver this episode's relevant message. The appearance of the basic story and iconic characters from The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit -- "Billboy Baggypants," "Randalf," "Ahem" (a great "Gollum" character) and all the little "flobbits" -- should entertain everyone on a variety of levels. For those familiar with The Ring Trilogy, it's a hoot.

Less religious than most of the entries in the VeggieTales franchise, this parable about wisely using the gifts we have been given goes down very easily.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about using one's gifts to help others. What gifts do you have? How do you use your gifts? What gifts do your friends or family have and how do they use them?

  • Do you think certain types of happiness are better than others? What makes you most happy? When you think back on all your experiences, what are some of the best ones and why?

Movie details

DVD release date:November 1, 2005
Cast:Lisa Vischer, Mike Nawrocki, Phil Vischer
Director:Mike Nawrocki
Studio:Big Idea
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Book characters
Run time:51 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Kid, 9 years old April 13, 2013


pretty funny
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Teen, 16 years old Written bylovzhisdad October 20, 2012

This movie has a Message every kid should soak up mixed in with some humorous dialouge like "did I mention that tonight was taco night?", but will kids get too much of a scare?

while the main character of this movie is a great role model for kids, and his decision sends a great message to kids, the "sporks' " glowing, angry, yellow eyes might be a bit scary to kids five and under.
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Too much violence


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