VeggieTales: Merry Larry & the True Light of Christmas
By Renee Longstreet,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Simple, faith-based look at the true meaning of Christmas.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to inspire and entertain, not educate.
Promotes the "true" meaning of Christmas: giving, loving, and helping others. This faith-based story advocates letting God's "love shine through you."
Positive Role Models
Christina, a little girl with an unselfish mission, inspires everyone else in the story (who are all well-intentioned but have lost sight of Christmas's true spirit) to remember what's really important about Christmas: giving of ourselves and helping others. The featured Veggies who associate the Christmas spirit with lights, decorations, candy, fireworks, and spectacular effects ultimately learn that Christmas's brightest light is found within each of us.
Violence & Scariness
Light cartoon action in several scenes. A few characters lose their balance and tumble to the ground. A train speeds through a mall, scaring some kids and knocking things down. A bit of suspense as the Veggies race to prevent a fireworks display from exploding near a house.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Violence & Scariness in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Products & Purchases
Veggie Tales is a vast franchise of faith-based television programs, DVDs, and toys. The DVD includes a link for the sale of related products.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that in Veggie Tales: Merry Larry and the True Light of Christmas "The Veggies" (led, as usual, by Larry the Cucumber and Bob the Tomato) hope to inspire children to remember the true spirit of Christmas: to be loving, to be giving, to be helpful, and to "let God's love shine through you." A few cartoon tumbles, a race to prevent fireworks from exploding, and a funny misunderstanding provide the gentle action and mild suspense. The creators of this clever, entertaining, widely advertised brand of children's films and products encourage children to believe in God and good deeds and, in this episode, to honor the birth of Jesus Christ.
To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Where to Watch
Based on 1 parent review
Report this review
What's the Story?
In MERRY LARRY AND THE TRUE LIGHT OF CHRISTMAS, there's excitement in Spring Valley. Veggie Philip (played with gusto by Bob the Tomato) and Veggie Reggie have a fabulous opportunity: They've been asked to decorate the entire Spring Valley Mall for Christmas! There's no end to the lights, the sparkle, the dazzle they can create. There's even a glimmering train and a massive fireworks display. Only the mall's Christmas Elf (played winningly by Larry the Cucumber) is doubtful. Isn't there more to Christmas than shine and spectacle? Enter Christina, a little girl who comes to the mall hoping only to raise money and find helpers for an elderly neighbor whose home is nearly falling apart. It isn't long before Phillip and Reggie, aided by the Christmas Elf and the discovery of an ancient creche (a replica of the Nativity), really do find the holiday's true meaning.
Is It Any Good?
Simplicity, humor, clever music and songs, and a desire to inspire good works and faith are the trademarks of The Veggie Tales. This entry is no exception. There's a pervasive gentleness and an earnest wish to connect to kids in a positive way. Some entries in the Christian series are more religious than others; because this episode is about Christmas, the values are very clearly tied to God and the birth of Jesus. Still, the underlying message is about giving, helping, and "loving thy neighbor," which works in any season.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can discuss ways in which giving and helping are satisfying. Describe how you feel when you give a gift to someone you love. How is that different from the feelings you have when you receive such a gift? Are both meaningful to you?
How can you and your family be giving and helpful at Christmas time? Plan one activity with your family to make a difference in someone's holiday experience.
What do you think is meant by the phrase "Christmas spirit"?
- On DVD or streaming: October 22, 2013
- Cast: Mike Nawrocki, Phil Vischer, Si Robertson
- Director: Brian K. Roberts
- Studio: Big Idea
- Genre: Family and Kids
- Topics: Holidays, Music and Sing-Along
- Run time: 47 minutes
- MPAA rating: NR
- Last updated: February 26, 2022
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.
Suggest an Update
Where to Watch
Our Editors Recommend
Best Holiday Movies for Kids
Holiday Books for Kids
Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.See how we rate