The 30th episode of VeggieTales in the House, now available on Netflix! In “Captain LarryBeard,” Larry finds a toy pirate ship and decides to keep it.
This is the final episode of Season 1 of VeggieTales in the House! And also the final review on this blog until the new year – I’m taking a break for the rest of the month due to how hectic December is, but when we return, it’ll be with the brand new Season 2 episodes! Watch this space~ (and by space, I mean this blog. ;P)
“Captain LarryBeard” begins with Larry playing in the lake, using a boot for a boat (heh). Even when we join his imagination, a bearded Larry with a pirate hat is still standing on a giant shoe in the middle of the ocean. His first mate, Bob, has two eyepatches, a beard, and a tendency to forget to talk “pirate-y.” (I love that Larry plays “with” Bob, even when his friend isn’t actually around.)
Larry begins to bore of the boot when he spots a toy boat floating in the water. He immediately seizes it in excitement. At last, a real toy pirate ship!
He takes it home to show Bob, who doesn’t share his enthusiasm. He reminds Larry that it must belong to someone and that it should be returned. Larry’s response is, “Finders keepers!” as he darts to the bathroom. “Yeah, and losers weepers,” Bob says (to an empty room).
Apparently having no desire to return to the lake, Larry makes a bath and begins playing with his new ship. His imagination world changes accordingly: now Captain LarryBeard and First Mate Bob are on a properly sized version of the toy, with Jerry apparently joining the crew as a parrot. Even in Larry’s subconscious, Bob is the voice of reason and tells Larry that – even though they are pirates – they shouldn’t have taken the ship and should return it. LarryBeard agrees, but only after they find his buried treasure. Unseen by the crew, a Radish (one of Motato’s minions) sneaks aboard and steals the treasure map.
Back in the real world, Ichabeezer is hopping around smacking flyers onto doors and walls – and Bob’s face when he opens the door at the noise. On the flyer is a picture of the toy ship that Larry found: it belongs to Ichabeezer. Bob tries desperately to tell Ichabeezer that he knows where his toy is, but Ichabeezer is completely distracted and doesn’t hear a word Bob says.
We jump back to Captain LarryBeard to hear him sing a fun little song about being a pirate – the kid-friendly aspects of it, of course. He also discovers that the map is gone, but he isn’t worried about it, since he’s surprisingly got it memorized.
Bob follows Ichabeezer home, still trying to tell him Larry has the toy, but all Ichabeezer will talk about is pirates and how much he loves them, especially their piracy. Eventually, Bob gives up and returns home.
LarryBeard and First Mate Bob arrive at the island where the treasure is, but it’s gone! (Bob: “Your treasure is a big hole in the ground?”) LarryBeard is very upset, and Motato races by, laughing maniacally about having stolen the treasure. Before LarryBeard and the rest of his crew can chase after him, the ship appears to fly through the air . . . and it’s the real Bob, lifting the toy out of the bathtub.
Having jolted Larry out of his imagination, Bob tells him that the ship belongs to Ichabeezer. (Larry: “Icky likes pirate ships?”) Larry tries to use the “finders keepers” line again, but Bob counters with “losers weepers,” saying that Ichabeezer is very sad that his toy is gone. Larry is still uncertain and takes it back. Bob leaves, now completely fed up with no one listening to him.
Back on the imagination ship, LarryBeard fights off the Radishes while chasing down Motato. They catch up and reclaim their treasure, but Motato complains that it was “finders keepers” – which sharply reminds the real Larry about why that isn’t a good philosophy to live by. He shakes away his imagination world (Motato is sent flying into the sea) and decides to go immediately to give the toy back to Ichabeezer.
Ichabeezer is overwhelmingly grateful and thanks Larry multiple times. He invites Larry inside his house to play pirates with him – letting Larry use one of the many “replica” ships he has. Which . . . well, whatever. Larry learned about not taking things that don’t belong to him, etc., and everyone was happy. Seriously, though, this was a good episode that neatly complemented action scenes with more contemplative ones, and it ends up being quite balanced.
What about you? How do you help your children learn about returning lost items and why it’s the right thing to do? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Images: VeggieTales in the House from Big Idea Entertainment, DreamWorks Animation Television, and Bardel Entertainment