VeggieTales Presents: LarryBoy Adventures

 
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Morals and action in amped-up veggie adventures.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

There's always a message in VeggieTales productions -- they're all about the moral, and its usually offered in its original proverbial form as well as embedded (none-too-subtly) in the action.

Violence & scariness

This iteration of VeggieTales isn't violence free: Characters sometimes use one another as punching bags, cause car accidents, or perpetrate a very mild version of action-show violence.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

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

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there are two versions of VeggieTales' LarryBoy Adventures: Those available on DVD, in which the moral is openly based on the Bible, and those offered in this TV series, in which the moral may be the same, but its biblical origins are less obvious. The morals themselves are hard to argue with, no matter what your religious bent.

What's the story?

The TV version of VeggieTales and its sibling series (which are separate from the DVD releases) -- 3-2-1 Penguins! and LARRYBOY ADVENTURES -- offers the modern equivalent of Aesop's Fables, spelled-out moral and all. LarryBoy represents the brand's attempt to reach (and keep) a slightly older audience by offering a superhero series in veggie form -- even including mild cartoon violence and evil super-villains -- and losing the musical numbers that added charm to the original Tales.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The spelled-out morals that form the backbone of every Larryboy episode -- like "He who exalts himself shall be made humble, but he who is humble shall be exalted" -- haven't been made more subtle to accommodate that older target audience. Kids who are sophisticated enough to follow the sometimes-intricate storylines (complete with secret formulas, elaborate town-takeover plans, and gadgetry) are also sophisticated enough to realize that they're being preached to. But if your child doesn't mind hearing a moral hammered home a few times in the midst of watching a mildly amusing superhero cartoon with a little action, then there's certainly no harm to be found in LarryBoy Adventures -- although it's still the weakest of the three shows.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how the show's proverbs and homilies are limited by the adventure story. Of course it's better not to put down others just to build yourself up -- but isn't it even better not to put down others, period? There's nothing wrong with the morals the series presents, but life is sometimes a little more complex than the episodes' black-and-white rules would suggest. Kids, is it always easy to follow rules? Why or why not? On a lighter note, kids will enjoy thinking about how the veggie characters function without arms or legs.

TV details

Cast:Lisa Vischer, Mike Nawrocki, Phil Vischer
Network:NBC
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Superheroes, Adventures
TV rating:TV-Y
Available on:DVD

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Teen, 13 years old Written byreviewgirl13 April 13, 2009
 

Wonderful Show

This show is appealing for kids 7 and younger. Larryboy is a Christian show that teaches lessons about how to love one another, being humble, etc., while still keeping the viewer's interest. It does have some violence in it, so if you have a child that's scared of violence and/or is not permitted to watch violent shows, it's not for them. The violence is mild, like maybe a slap, or something, but overall, kids will be laughing at the humor that's put into every show.
Kid, 11 years old April 28, 2012
 

Larry's hilarity appeals to all ages

You will never outgrow Larryboy! Never!
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much consumerism
Teen, 14 years old Written byvikings622 July 30, 2009
 
ITS VEGGIETALES IT IS OK FOR EVERYONE

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