The 20th and 21st episodes of VeggieTales in the House, now available on Netflix! In “For the Honor of LarryBoy,” LarryBoy must save Ichabeezer from super-villain, and in “The Birthday Thief,” Motato is stealing birthdays!
“For the Honor of LarryBoy”
These episodes are our first introduction to LarryBoy in this series. Like in the old videos, LarryBoy seems to exist outside of regular canon, particularly due to his wealth and resources (how did he build his secret hideout anyway??). It’s a little weirder in VeggieTales in the House because there’s no prior indication of Larry’s alter-ego, he just kind of . . . exists. I suppose that’s preferable to a convoluted “origin story.”
As you can see, LarryBoy’s gotten a new costume – one that has wings and glows in the dark!
He still has a car to drive around in, though, and uses it similarly to the Batmobile by driving dramatically – and recklessly – all over town.
The start of “For the Honor of LarryBoy” focuses on Ichabeezer, emphasizing his curmudgeon-ness. He’s gotten a new Segway-esque toy, and when testing it, he drives himself up the chimney and has to be rescued by LarryBoy, much to his dismay. LarryBoy – really, Larry – doesn’t appreciate Ichabeezer’s ungratefulness and swears that he won’t be rescuing the old Veggie again.
Larry goes home, frustrated. Junior is playing a video game with Bob, and Larry asks them, “What if we got to the end of this game and rescued a guy, but he didn’t even thank us? It would make the whole game seem like a waste of time, right?” Bob responds that it would depend on why they were trying to save him in the first place: for thanks or because it’s the right thing to do. (While Bob explains this, Junior manages to beat him in whatever battle they were fighting, and Bob scolds Junior for beating him while he’s in the middle of a teachable moment.)
Still unsure that he made the right decision, Larry – er, LarryBoy – doesn’t respond when Archibald sets off the LarryBoy signal, requesting a rescue for Ichabeezer, who has been kidnapped by Motato, a new character and villain (voiced by Rob Paulsen, bringing his character total up to four!).
Motato is delightfully smarmy and uses radishes as minions for his nefarious deeds. (Quick aside: When Ichabeezer is taken from his home, he cries, “Unhand me, you handless villains!) Anyway, news of Ichabeezer’s kidnapping spreads, and Petunia appears as a news-anchor on TV, asking for LarryBoy’s help. Larry refuses to answer, despite Bob’s adorable encouragement to get him to do what’s right and be a hero. Bob goes off to town, and he and Archie seem a hilariously dramatic song, calling for LarryBoy.
Finally, Larry decides to step up and flies off as LarryBoy to Motato’s lair (which is in the bathroom, XD). When Motato is surprised to see him, LarryBoy announces he came because he has a code of honor to uphold: to help every citizen. Needless to say, Ichabeezer is (grudgingly) rescued and Motato trapped in his own cage. LarryBoy insists that he doesn’t need any thanks from Ichabeezer, who (grudgingly) thanks him anyway.
“The Birthday Thief”
(You may have noticed that with this episode, the theme song has been updated with shots of recent episodes.)
This episode begins as the title suggests: some evildoer is stealing birthdays – or rather, birthday cakes and presents. Junior is one of the citizens who calls for LarryBoy, as one of the ruined parties was Laura’s, who also got swept up in the giant machine that is sucking up all the birthday stuff. Junior then joins LarryBoy to go rescue her and save everyone’s birthday.
Meanwhile, Bob has gotten stuck in LarryBoy’s hideout, since Larry took off and accidentally left him behind. None of the myriad machines do anything useful, so his antics are mostly for slapstick comic relief.
Junior and Larry sneak into Motato’s lair (as who is revealed to be behind the birthday thievings). Motato is apparently bitter about never getting a proper birthday when he was young, so he decided to steal everyone else’s. Laura managed to escape Motato’s clutches (off-screen) and then randomly decides she’s ready to go home now – and so leaves.
Motato, having noticed LarryBoy in his lair, gloats about having stolen all the birthdays and is now going to make sure that no one has a birthday ever again, telling LarryBoy to prepare for the De-birthday-ficator. He sings about how it’s his “unhappy not-birthday” and his intent to make sure no one’s wishes will ever come true again. Motato then activates his De-birthday-ficator, telling LarryBoy and Junior that he’s going to freeze the whole town. On cue, the house’s air-conditioning kicks on, sending out incredibly powerful streams of icy cold air.
LarryBoy heads to the nearest vent to try to block it, but the wind is far too cold for him to get very close. Luckily, Bob (remember him?) has managed to escape LarryBoy’s hideout via an inflatable raft and uses said raft to block the vent, somehow destroying the De-birthday-ficator and returning all the birthday presents. Magic!
At the very end, Motato is moping around his lair, mourning his failure, when he spots a remaining cake and present: it is a gift from LarryBoy.
Apparently, Larry really did learn his lesson about doing the right thing from the last episode. (Though his name is mysteriously misspelled . . . )
Overall, these actiony LarryBoy episodes are better suited to VeggieTales in the House‘s quick-paced, silly format. They allow for more ridiculousness and slapstick than the more moral-oriented ones (you may have noticed there were no Bible verses mentioned in either of these) and as such, are fairly enjoyable.
What about you? How do you help your children learn about doing the right thing and helping others? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Images: VeggieTales in the House from Big Idea Entertainment, DreamWorks Animation Television, and Bardel Entertainment