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Veggietales Lyle...

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Well, it had to happen--Archibald Asparagus is hosting his own VeggieTales show. The 15th video from this groundbreaking Christian-lite company gives us plenty of what makes the series so much fun: leader Bob the Tomato, daffy Larry the Cucumber, catchy songs, and scattershot humor. Tired of the wacky ways of the normal VeggieTales shows, Archibald wants to inject an element of class. First up: an all-vegetable staging of Hamlet. Unfortunately, the only script that can be found is a slightly different version called "Omelet." The Bard's famous lines take a beating with the usual Monty Python-esque humor of the Veggie crew. Next, after an Archibald-influenced "Silly Songs with Larry" segment, the featured event of the evening proves to be the lost Gilbert & Sullivan musical Lyle the Kindly Viking. This brawny band of Vikings love their job (and have an affinity for big-screen TVs) but cannot understand why the meek Lyle (Junior Asparagus, natch) wants to share his meager belongings with their victims. Certainly, the sharing ways of Lyle will win the day. After such experiments as the Larry-Boy shows, which dropped the series' familiar opening and even Bob himself, this familiarly structured VeggieTales video is a joy to watch and illustrates how far the creators have come while sticking to their roots. For ages 4 and up. --Doug Thomas

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Oh, my! Determined to present something "classy" for a change, Archibald Asparagus has taken over VeggieTales! Assisted by those rascally French Peas, Archibald aims for new heights in "veggie programming" by attempting to produce "the world's first all-vegetable staging of Shakespeare's Hamlet," the first ever "Classy Songs with Larry," and for the grand finale, the world premier of what he believes to be Gilbert and Sullivan's "lost musical" - "Lyle the Kindly Viking!" Of course, working with the French Peas as assistants is a recipe for disaster and in the chaos - and hilarity - that ensues, Bob, Larry and Junior all learn a great lesson about sharing. Archibald, on the other hand, mostly just learns to never again work with the French Peas. Don't miss Junior Asparagus as "Lyle the Kindly Viking" in this hilarious VeggieTales musical adventure! Your whole family will sing - and laugh - along as they learn that "sharing gets us more of what we really want - friends!"

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5.0 out of 5 stars Actually, closer to 4.5 March 24 2002
Archiald Asparagus and the French Peas as hosts.... a perfect recepie for disaster and humor. Upset about the lack of culture on the show, Archie turns VT into an episode of Masterpeas Theater. *bad pun, I know...* The first feature is the first all Veggie production of Shakespear's classic "Omelete". A famine isin the land, and the citizens don't have enough to eat. Or at least not enough eggs. Prince Omlete has the last eggs in the kingdom, cooked light and fluffy. Will he learn to share his blessings, as God wants us to? Will the people of Denmark have eggs? This piece, aimed at the older 'children' viewers, paradies classic lines, King James English, and you get to find out how Elizebethian theatre is kind to VT's lack of female characters....
Archie for the second time in VT histories vuts out the Silly Song bit. In it's place is "Classy Songs with Larry", the part of the show where Larrysings a classy song.
The main feature is the first production of Gilbert and Sullivan's lost musical, "Lyle the Kindly Viking". Most of the vikings enjoy raiding the monastery and being 'the terrors of the sea', but the youngest member doesn't 'fit the Viking style'. Lyle is eventually found out to be giving his share of the booty back to the monks, as well as potholders. Can this bring something better than gold, money, and big-screen tv's? Will the other Vikings support him? Is Olaf finding out Lyle's biggest prolem?
Now, to the DVD features. Anyone who has seen the extras and scrrens on "Countdown" and "Angry Eyebrows" would know that this is the first venture to DVD. The chapter selection has no background music. The quality of the extras are good, ut there are only 3. There's an interview of Phil and the director, widescreen version of the Classy Song, and a peek at animation develpomnet.
All in all, a solid Veggie entry, though definatly not the best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quality Sound and Video for a quality movie. Dec 23 2001
I think this is the best of the Veggie Tails series, and I have seen all of them out so far. I was disappointed by the lack of slap stick humor in Ester, but when this came out it was back. More Veggie like than all the others I think, and I love it! My biggest complaint is that there are no subtitles on the DVD and I don't believe there is even closed caption, but the graphics are amazingly better, and the sound quality is unbelievable. I would definitely recommend this over the VHS. The only other thing I have to say against it is the commentary was a little shorter than I would have wished it to be, but it was still pretty long and lots of fun. I've watched the commentary just for fun! So that should tell you a lot!
Veggie Tails at is probably the highest quality Christian movie series and even isn't doing badly in the secular circles. If you haven't seen any of the movies let me quickly explain them for you: These movies were 'probably' made for kids from infancy to eight or ten years old, but sometimes I wonder. I love these movies myself, and I'm getting old! (Come to think of it who's getting young? But sorry!) Anyway, these are slap stick comedy that's funny for all ages along with cute characters and stunning animation, and really great songs to top it off. Each movie also has a great message for kids and often adults. (I would like to comment though. These aren't pushy evangelistic films. These are messages that I feel any religion could agree with such as to not be selfish.) I think these are both excellent Christian and non-Christian entertainment.
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When Archibald Asparagus takes the lead in the new VeggieTales production (focused on sharing), it is with the aim of making the show more serious and high minded. Fortunuately for us, the viewers, it makes it sillier than ever. Hoorah!
We start with a rendition of Shakespeare's not-so-famous play, "Omelet." We enjoy some amusing variations on well known lines, including "2B?" "Not 2B"--in the context of Battleship. The french peas are particularly endearing.
The standard Silly Song With Larry has been replaced by a Classy Song With Larry at Archibald's request, having a couple strong resemblances to Forrest Gump.
The title story, "Lyle the Kindly Viking", features an adorable Junior Asparagus as Lyle, the potholder-making, warbley-singing little viking boy. Larry the Cucumber is also amusing as Sven, who has a difficult time grasping the fact that, though this is a musical (this is where Gilbert & Sullivan come in), he doesn't have to sing EVERYTHING.
Everything about this VeggieTales is charming, hilarious, and filled with the kind of values that make the series so popular. The DVD is even better than the VHS, because in addition to the improved video and sound quality, we also get an interview with the creators, a wide screen version of Larry's song, and a storyboard comparison. Either way you go, the animation is high quality, the songs are catchy, and it's loads of fun!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Moral of the Video: "Sharing gets you more friends" March 29 2001
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Format:VHS Tape
Claiming to be a lost musical of Gilbert and Sullivan, Lyle the Kindly Viking tells of a band of Vikings who maraud a nearby monastery. Lyle, the kindly Viking, not only doesn't steal but returns some of the stolen goods to the monks. The Viking leader wonders why in a bluesy-style song: "What's up with Lyle? I'm telling you that boy doesn't fit the Viking style..." Mean while Lyle sneaks stuff to the monks, singing: "Dear monks, dear monks, what can I say my friends have taken your things away. I've come to bring some back to you."
While Lyle is returning things to the monks the Viking leader comes after him and intends to leave him stranded at sea. A sudden storm, however (reminiscent of the movie, "The Perfect Storm") washes everyone overboard. The monks save Lyle's life, and -- after some convincing from Lyle -- saves the other Vikings, too. The moral: They were saved because Lyle had made friends with them and shared. A fun, hum-able song follows -- "When we share we get our share of friends." So the Vikings change their theme, from "We're Vikings, terrors of the seas" to "We're Vikings, sharers of the sea."
The video features a hilarious "Classy Songs with Larry" , a short clip that spoofs Shakespeare's Hamlet (when two characters are playing battleship, one says, "2-B?" and the other replies, "No 2-B") and outstanding music throughout. The Veggie Tales people get even more creative with time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hysterical for you and your kids
I love the Veggie Tales movies almost as much as my three year old son. They are funny at multiple levels and carry a strong moral message that is age-appropriate for kids. Read more
Published on Nov. 18 2003 by Michael Rossander
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have Veggie Tales
This is the best in the Veggie Tales series on DVD. I have all the Veggie Tales DVDs, including the Silly Song (which I would also highly recommend), and I think the story script... Read more
Published on Aug. 15 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Funniest Yet.
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Published on July 16 2002 by Amber E. Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best
This is just a great Veggie Tales movie. It is funny just as many of the Veggie Tales movies are and the music is really great. Read more
Published on May 3 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best
We have almost every Veggie Tales video. This one and "Where is God When I'm s-s-Scared" are my kids' favorite. The music particularly seems to get them excited. Read more
Published on March 11 2002 by James C. White
5.0 out of 5 stars Get 5 servings of veggies a day
Veggie Tales rock and this is a perfect example. This dvd is colorful, fast-paced, has singable songs and teaches a good lesson. Read more
Published on March 3 2002 by "scottang"
5.0 out of 5 stars VeggieTales - Lyle the Kindly Viking (DVD)
I have only had this DVD a short time and already got it memorized. My son (1 year old) will sit and watch this entire DVD and is esp. fond of the silly songs. Read more
Published on Feb. 11 2002 by C. Espinoza
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
As with all the other videos, extremely well done. Not as popular as King George with my 2 year old, but enjoyed greatly as certain values seep insidiously in ...
Published on Jan. 27 2002 by Kraig A. Melville
5.0 out of 5 stars Lookin' better all the time
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Published on Jan. 17 2002 by Kent
3.0 out of 5 stars This is okay
We had bought silly songs dvd for my son and thought it was just hilarious. So when we saw this we decided it to get this for him. It was very cute and nice. Read more
Published on Dec 27 2001 by firefencer
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