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VeggieTales - Lyle the Kindly Viking (2000)

 NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Format: Animated, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Big Idea
  • DVD Release Date: March 24, 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000056WR7
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #284,101 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • Interview with Phil Vischer, Big Idea Founder and Top Tomato, and Tim Hodge, Lyle director
  • Widescreen version of the Silly Song, "Larry's High Silk Hat"
  • Story reel: A spilt-screen peek at animation development

Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover

Lyle the Kindly Viking

Product Description

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!"

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
Our family just watched this video and it was one of the best, I think! Esther was good, but I missed the Silly Song, and the wonderful humor that has become so characteristic of Veggie Tales.
Remember when Jimmy and Jerry Gourd decided to take over the show? Well, in this episode Archibald Asparagus tries to put some class into the story - the story is "Omelet" bearing strong resemblance to "Hamlet". Adults, listen carefully - there are MANY hilarious allusions to Shakespeare in this segment!
The "Silly Song with Larry" was "Classic Song with Larry" - just as hilarious, though!
The theme of the whole video is sharing and the main story, about Lyle, a Viking who does not enjoy the pillaging and plundering that seems to be part of being a Viking. Instead, Lyle (played by Junior Asparagus) goes out and gives the small bag of loot that the others give him back to the people, along with his handmade potholders! It is very touching and very funny at the same time.
The music for this most recent Veggie video was OUTSTANDING! Songs that will definitely stick in your head. Extremely creative, very well-produced, and lots of fun. Not to mention having the lesson of the importance of sharing.
Please do not think that these Veggie Tales videos are just for kids! Indeed, children would not pick up on a lot of the humor -Big Idea has really found something that appeals to children and adults alike. The group that watched the video tonight consisted of 2 40-somethings, 2 21-year-olds, and an 18 year old. I'm eager to have some little kids over so I can watch it with them!
Please check out my other reviews of Christian books, music, and videos! King George and the Ducky was excellent as well!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shakespeare, Gilbert & Sullivan, and a high silk hat April 13, 2001
Format:DVD
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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lyle Brings Veggies Back From The Brink March 27, 2001
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Okay, I have to admit that when I watched Esther and only laughed like 3 times I was sacred that Big Idea had lost the big idea. But not so. LYLE THE KINDLY VIKING takes us back to the good old veggie days. THe songs are silly, the jokes are funny and the plot hillarious. AS Archibald takes over to add a highbrow attitude to the show we find the play Omlet featuring my favorites: THE GOURDS! It is way funny! Then the lost Goilbert and Sullivan operetta LYLE THE KINDLY VIKING is discovered. Another halarious romp. This is the first Veggie DVD and it is a nice attempt. I am sure there will be more special features to come. The storyboard speecial feature was a little lame but the interviews are nice. THe widescreen silly song was an interesting choice....END
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Veggie Tales Yet! May 30, 2001
By A Customer
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
We've been fans of Veggie Tales since most people were still asking "Larry who?" and were thrilled to find that the first Veggie Tales program on DVD was our most favorite yet. For those that loved the compilation of the first Silly Songs video, this is a return to hilarity, with no boring spots anywhere in the program.
The DVD also has excellent bonus features on the making of "Lyle", and the trailer for Jonah (due in theaters next year - Yes! on the BIG screen!) shouldn't be missed.
If you love Veggie Tales and watch them as often as we do, be sure to buy them on DVD - they will last MUCH longer before starting to show the wear of having been played too much. Now we just have to wait for them to re-release the others on DVD!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shakespeare done by veggies...who could ask for more? January 8, 2003
Format:DVD
My fiance and I are huge V-T fans, though we've only been able to see a few episodes so far. We're trying to keep our collection limited to DVDs so they'll still be in good shape when we have kids.
I teach literature and my fiance is a norse history buff, so when I saw the Viking title, I had to pick this one up. We love it!!! The lessons are clear without being preachy and the subtle jokes are wonderful. "The last yolks? I'll chew them, Horatio." Bravo! We adore the Gilbert & Sullivan takeoff too. One warning-- the songs are so catchy, they'll be stuck in your head!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I have a bootleg DVD
When I was little, I had a very special present that made me smile. The 2001 Lyrick Studios bootleg DVD of this show. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Great For Children while keeping adult interests.
This is a well done DVD with great animation and story telling. The characters get the message across while keeping kids interest with music and secondary stories to keep up with... Read more
Published 14 months ago by usabbcfan
5.0 out of 5 stars A show starring Junior? What could be better?
The first part of the show is the Shakespeare play "Omlet". This is another great version of a literary classic. Read more
Published on November 30, 2004 by Kelli
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 November 18, 2003 by Michael Rossander
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific for the whole family!
I have a 9 month old that will sit and watch this one all the way through while moving his hands and feet to the music. Read more
Published on August 27, 2003 by Jennifer Seeby
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Video for Kids under 4 yrs old
This video was received within 2 business days. I told my son that I had ordered a veggietale video and when he got home from school there it was in the mail. Read more
Published on September 12, 2002
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 August 15, 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Funniest Yet.
This Veggie Tales movie is the funniest one I have seen yet. I love the humor and of course the visual aspects are incredible. Read more
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Actually, closer to 4.5
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... Read more
Published on March 24, 2002 by Amazon Customer
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