Veggie Tales: Lord of the Beans, A Lesson in Using Your GIfts
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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.Read more ›
1.Lyle the Kindly Viking
4.Dave and the Giant Pickle
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
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So sweet - my 3 year old grandson watches this in my car, alternating with other vegetales movies. Great Bible message tooPublished 3 months ago by Rita Monk
My kids love the Veggie Tales and this is another they are fond of.Published 5 months ago by Kangel
The movie is funny and well made, the only draw back is the one line where Randalf mentions "diabolic language class. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Eleazar
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