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Veggie Tales: Lord of the Beans, A Lesson in Using Your GIfts
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60 of 64 people found the following review helpful
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Phil Vischer is back to writing and the target is Lord of the Rings. Can hilarity be far behind?

On the occasion of his 122 birthday, Billboy Baggypants (Archibald Asparagus) prepares to leave his flobbit house in search of happiness. He leaves all his possessions, including a bean, to his nephew Toto (Jr. Asparagus). The bean has incredible power to grant wishes, but Toto wants to know why he was given the gift. Resolved not to use it for himself, he sets out on an epic quest to find the answer.

Aiding him in the quest is the fellowship of the bean. It's lead by Randolf (Mr. Nezzer in a surprisingly noble role) and includes Ear-O-Corn (Larry), Leg-O-Lamb (Jimmy Gourd) and his brother elf, and Grumpy (Pa Grape). Together, this group sets off to cross the mountains of Much-Snowia and reach the Razzberry Forest to find the answers. Meanwhile, the evil Lord Scaryman (the leek who's been around since episode one but still doesn't have a name) and his army of Sporks are searching for the group to take the bean from Toto. Will they succeed? And will Toto discover why he was given this great power?

The episode includes a great counter top wrap around with Larry on his new "ukulele" (the kind with one wheel). And Bob has a confession about the "What We Have Learned" song as well. Unlike most entries in the series, the entire video is devoted to the bean story, with the exception of the silly song. This time around, we get a Silly Song with Elves in which Ear-O-Corn comes out and sings a silly song. Is it a real elf, or an elfish impersonator? Either way, it's a wonderfully fun moment.

Ok, I'll confess. I'm one of the few people who doesn't like Lord of the Rings. But since this is VeggieTales, I had to give them a chance. This episode is hilarious with some of the best jokes of recent episodes. While it obviously spoofs Tolkein, it doesn't require a complete knowledge of his works to enjoy the video or the humor because this is first and foremost a VeggieTales episode. As usual, the message is brought home in a powerful way without being preachy. Using our gifts for others is very counter culture and is something that really should be heard by more adults and kids alike.

Clocking in at 50 minutes, this is one of the longest Veggies to date. The time spent at the Shire seemed a bit long to me, but that was the only part. Once they started the journey, the action moved quickly and then it felt like it was over too soon. The background settings are beautiful, some of their best work yet. And the musical score is beautiful, borrowing on the ideas from the recent Lord of the Rings films. Unfortunately, the songs in this episode are mostly forgettable.

This DVD will feature no surprises for the Veggie fans, and that's a good thing. The full frame picture is sharp and the full surround is impressive. Extras include the usual commentary, making of featurette, and a featurette on the process of computer animation. Wynonna recorded the song that plays over the end credits, and there's a music video and interview with her. Kids will enjoy the usual trivia games, family activities, how to draw, sing along, and recipe.

This set of kid videos can really be enjoyed by kids of all ages. I'm not ashamed of being counted as a Veggie fan, and this DVD is another great example of why.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on November 11, 2005
Format: DVD
You really need to be familiar with the 'Lord of the Rings' movies to see the parodies for what they are. The Billboy (Bilbo) speech at his birthday party cracked us up, but it wouldn't have if he wadn't seen the movie. There are a few laugh-out-loud moments. Overall, these just aren't quite the same, it seems they're trying to fit the message to the story when it used to be the other way around. Still, its better than most of the entertainment that's available, and this is worth watching. I'd rate it in my top 10:

1.Lyle the Kindly Viking
2.Little Joe
3.King George
4.Dave and the Giant Pickle
5.Madame Blueberry
6.Josh and the Big Wall
7.Lord of the Beans
8.Are You My Neighbor?
9.Rack, Shack and Benny
10.A Snoodle's Tale
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on November 1, 2005
Format: DVD
So I am not a huge fan of the Veggie Tales series but tonight our church pre-released the movie at our Halloween Party and the kids loved it! This is a must buy movie if you love watching a bunch of vegetables being crazy... They even have a funny Smeegal impression talking about his Precious Bean! FUNNY!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2005
Format: DVD
I admit I haven't gotten to witness many of the Veggie-works. I do own Jonah and have seen a couple of the others. The idea of the Lord of the Rings parody was intriguing to me so I got this one.

The parody is great.. I wouldn't say it parodies the story completely because there is so much there, it'd take waaay more than an hour to cover. As they comment in the extras, this is more of a character parody. The overall message of this one is using your gifts (such as a magic bean that can give you anything you desire) wisely. Good message for the kids. Big laughs for the adults.

The characters are Leg-o-lamb (legolas), Ear-o-corn (aragorn), Ahem (a hilarious gollum parody) and "the other elf" (looking suspiciously like a keebler employee). The parody is spot-on with some of it taken from the movie and not the books.

And to the reviewer making remarks of the pagan story.. give it up. Lord of the Rings was written by a Christian.. a Christian who witnessed to C.S. Lewis and Lewis converted from being an atheist to the well-respected Christian author he is today. Rings, although I don't know if it was originally intended by Tolkein, can draw many spiritual paralells.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 20, 2006
Format: DVD
I've been dying to see this since I first saw the preview. It has a good message: Using your gifts for the benefit of others. They also do well with spoofing the characters. They have Todo Baggypants, Randalf, Ear-o-corn, Leg-o-lamb, Grumpy, and Leg-o-lamb's brother. It is well done, even down to the music. It's a must see for all who love veggie's and Lord of the Rings.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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The "VeggieTales" gang have done it again. "Lord of the Beans" is a wonderful tale built around (obviously) the "Lord of the Rings" films and the books they are based on. In this particular tale, Jr. Asparagus is Toto Baggypants, who is given a magical bean that can make anything happen and grants all of its owner's desires. Of course, this poses a dilemma since Toto doesn't know what to do with his gift. He decides to journey to the land of Woe to find out what he must do with his gift. He is aided by the fellowship of the bean on his journey. This fellowship contains the funny characters Randalf, Can-O-Corn, Leg-O-Lamb, Grumpy and The Other Elf.

In typical Veggie fashion, there are plenty of plays on words, silly jokes and cute songs. My personal favorite part of this movie is the "Spork" army and how The Other Elf deals with them. Of course, there is a solid Biblical message of sharing your gift with others, even if you'll receive no benefit from it.

The DVD is jam-packed with extras. They include a video and interview with Wynonna Judd, games and fun, a family activity, a recipe and plenty more. The DVD-ROM includes coloring and activity sheets among other things.

I highly recommend this and ALL of the "VeggieTales" adventures. They teach great morals and life lessons that are so lacking in mainstream entertainment these days. They teach kids in a fun way that doesn't push anything on them. In fact, the children will learn without even knowing they are learning. Pick up a copy of this DVD now!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 18, 2005
Format: VHS Tape
I have never seen a Veggie Tales movie prior to this one, nor have I even been interested until now. My young children and I are huge LOTR fans and couldn't wait to try this one out. It is hilarious!! Many of the lines are taken directly from the movies, and the parodies of the characters were great. We especially loved the SPORKS! The story kept moving, the message was clear, the humor was intelligent. I could have done without the seemingly impromptu songs, but we will most certainly check out other Veggie Tales movies now.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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. . .laugh until it hurts addition to the VeggieTales collection.

As anyone who reads my reviews can tell, I am a "Lord of the Rings" aficionado in the worst way! I am also a huge fan of VeggieTales.

Combine the two and what do you get? The hysterically funny "Lord of the Beans".

Not only is the novel spoofed -- but so are the movies. Children who have not seen the movies will miss some of the humor -- but adults familiar with either version of the story will find much at which to laugh. In the midst of the hilarity, however, the important message about using the gifts one has been given is driven home in a way kids will easily understand.

And the characterizations?

Pa Grape as Grumpy, the Dwarf! (Did I mention it was meatloaf night)?

The Other Elf! (Who bakes cookies in a tree)?

Spiegel! (The flobbit who buys everything mail order)?

And the Elders of the Raspberry Forest?

Loads of fun -- just LOADS -- with an important message.

This VeggieTale is one which SHOULD NOT BE MISSED!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 12, 2006
Format: DVD
It was fun. It was funny. But, as another reviewer pointed out, a 7 year old with no knowledge of LOTR wouldn't get most of the jokes. And then, Veggie Tales songs work best when they are funny. The "Stuff Mart Rap," and "I'm So Blue," (both from Madame Blueberry) for example, are very funny songs which still convey their messages.(I still clench my teeth at the very thought of that cornball Esther song--but then I was one who rejected Shirley Temple as "too corny" when I was six).

Having said all that, the jokes were lively, the message of using your "gifts" wisely was good, and the characters within characters were well done. Maybe this is Veggie Tales for those on the older side of elementary school
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 29, 2005
Format: DVD
Being a Veggietales and Lord of the Rings fan, I couldn't wait for the release of Lord of the Beans. It was well worth the wait! My 3 year old son loves it and so do we! All of our friends who watched it - those familiar with Veggietales and those not - thought this was hilarious! This has been my favorite Veggietales. Keep it up!
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