VeggieTales - Lyle the Kindly Viking
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From the Back Cover
- 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
Top Customer Reviews
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!
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The standard Silly Song With Larry has been replaced by a Classy Song With Larry at Archibald's request, having a couple strong resemblances to Forrest Gump.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!
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!
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lyle the Kindly Viking in my opinion and the opinion of my kids (certainly at the time this came out or over the next few years afterwards) was pretty good, but not as good as... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jeff
I personally do NOT know what Archibald was thinking, seeing as the show is mostly for little kids, and the "fancy language" was a bit hard for children to understand. Read morePublished 22 months ago by L. Shih
When I was little, I had a very special present that made me smile. The 2001 Lyrick Studios bootleg DVD of this show. Read morePublished on June 20, 2014 by Chris
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 morePublished on May 17, 2013 by usabbcfan
We love Veggie Tales! My boys are 11, 13 and 15 and we've watched all the Veggie Tales movies and songs. Read morePublished on November 5, 2012 by Carol Haddock
This is a DVD I would recommend for any one loves Veggies Tales. I also recommend for children and any one else who wants some wholesome entertainment.Published on August 3, 2012 by Jennifer Bright
We love 'Lyle'. It is such a tenderhearted tale, and I never get tired of seeing this with my children. I love the lessons it teaches. Read morePublished on February 15, 2006 by Wild Horse Flower
The first part of the show is the Shakespeare play "Omlet". This is another great version of a literary classic. Read morePublished on November 30, 2004 by Kelli