VeggieTales - Sheerluck Holmes and the Golden Ruler
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The latest serving of VeggieTales' offbeat life lessons teaches (but never preaches) the value of friendship and of being considerate of others. The main feature stars Larry the Cucumber as Sheerluck Holmes and his sidekick Bob the Tomato as Watson; together they are London's crack crime-solving team. But Sheerluck starts to take credit for all the duo's achievements, leaving Watson to stew in his own juices (and trust us, we've worked with cucumbers like that; it's no fun to be left out). When Watson sulks off, Sheerlock faces just what a pickle things can be without teamwork, thus emphasizing the Golden Rule: "Treat others as you want to be treated." Bonus features include a tale based on Don Quixote, with delicious surreal dreamscapes and a rich flamenco score. One of the disc's many highlights is the Silly Song with Larry, "The Gated Community," whose intricate harmonies and peppily clueless lyrical delivery are worthy of Gilbert & Sullivan (Filbert & Sullivan?). There's a great behind-the-scenes feature with the creators talking about how long they had wanted to bring this story to the screen; lots of kid-friendly games and sing-alongs; and even a yummy "Bean Dip of LaMancha" recipe that kids demonstrate how to make. The verdict on the entire disc? Delish. --A.T. Hurley
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The latest in the series takes on the issue of friendship. What exactly does it take to be a good friend? Naturally, Bob the Tomato is ready with two stories that help answer the question.
First up, we get "The Asparagus of La Mancha." Don Quixote (Archibald Asparagus) runs a popular restaurant. When he starts having a series of bad dreams, he tries to figure out what they mean. Could the grand opening of the latest Food Factory restaurant right across the street be what the dreams were foretelling?
Naturally, Don's business drops off immediately, and he becomes concerned about loosing his business and best friends/waiter Poncho (Mr. Lunt). Is there anything he can do to get the Food Factory to go away or is it as useless as tilting at windmills?
Up next is the silly song, one of the weaker ones. In it, Larry tries to get his ball back from behind the wall of a "Gated Community" while the residences sing about how great life there is. It's been a while, but I think I now have a new least favorite silly song. This one had an interesting premise, but it didn't really go anywhere.
Finally comes the main feature. Larry the Cucumber takes on the role of Sheerluck Holmes, the best detective in London. That is, if you believe the press. Holmes is actually not nearly as brilliant as everyone thinks he is. The true detective is Dr. Watson (Bob the Tomato). The two are summoned to Buckingham Palace where they must find the missing keys to the vault that contains the secret of England's greatness, The Golden Ruler. But Watson is getting tired of Holmes hogging all the credit. Will the riff in their relationship mean the loss of this valuable asset?
I didn't feel this entry in the series was quite up to par. The stories were good and animation fine, but it lacked the humor of the previous entries. Normally, these videos can be counted on to make you laugh and smile no matter your age, but this one contained few good jokes. Instead, the stories seemed to be heavier handed then normal in getting the moral across. On top of this, the two songs weren't especially memorable.
This isn't to say I didn't like the video. The lessons on sticking by your friends and treating them well are important and the stories are fun. Kids, the true audience, should love it. This one just won't be as popular with the adult fans of the series.
The imagination shown by the creators is excellent, and entertaining to all ages. Some of the humor is so subtle, it makes you smile that you weren't expecting it.
They are great. And children love them as well.
Your child will learn the important lesson to think about others feelings first. This is a very important lesson for toddlers. Especially when they are going through the "it's all about me" stage. Next time you need a reminder of how to treat others, just pop this story in. You won't be disappointed.
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