VeggieTales: Larry's Favorite Stories: Larry-Boy and the Rumor Weed
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March 28th, 2000 VHS cover

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Phil Vischer
Animation Direction:
Chris Olsen
David Pitts
Tim Hodge

Phil Vischer

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Jon Gadsby

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Phil Vischer

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Phil Vischer
Mike Nawrocki
G. Bock
Lisa Vischer
Kristin Blegen
Dan Anderson
Jim Poole
Mike Sage

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Kurt Heinecke
Phil Vischer
Theme Song:
Nicole C. Mullen

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John Wahba
Adam Frick

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Big Idea Productions

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Lyrick Studios
Word Entertainment

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March 28th, 2000 (Everland Entertainment)
October 22nd, 2002 (Warner Home Video)
May 20th, 2003 (Warner Home Video)
May 18th, 2004 (Warner Home Video)
July 29th, 2006 (Sony Wonder)

Running time

35 minutes

Larry-Boy and the Rumor Weed is the 12th episode in the VeggieTales animated series, and the second installment of the Larry-Boy adventures. Little Shop of Horrors. On March 28th, 2000 by Everland Entertainment on VHS, on October 22nd, 2002 by Warner Home Video on DVD and VHS, on May 20th, 2003 by Warner Home Video on DVD and VHS, on May 18th, 2004 by Warner Home Video on DVD and VHS, and on July 29th, 2006 by Sony Wonder on DVD and VHS. Subtitled "A Lesson in the Power of Words", it does illustrate how destructive false rumors or negative words can be, and conversely, how positive words can do good. It is a mild parody of Little Shop Of Horrors. Unlike other episodes with the VeggieTales theme song at the start, this is one of the episodes without Bob the Tomato and the countertop segments. Marc Vulcano, the animation supervisor for the film had just joined Big Idea Productions from Sierra On-Line, Inc. This video was the last VeggieTals production to be rendered entirely in Softimage.

Larry-Boy and the Rumor WeedEdit

Any rumors did catch your ear lately?

Junior Asparagus and Laura Carrot learn just how easily rumors get started when they accidently launch a whopper about Larry-Boy's butler, Alfred! Before they do know it, their little story is spreading all over Bumblyburg like a weed! Can Larry-Boy stop the rumor before Alfred does get hurt? Can anyone stop the rumor before Larry-Boy does get hurt?!?

In the end, the kids learn that God doesn't want us to tell stories that can hurt. He does want us to spread nice words!

Don't miss the action in ... Larry-Boy and the Rumor Weed!

VHS Edit

1999 Release Edit

Opening Edit

  1. Larry-Boy: The Soundtrack/
  2. 1994-2000 FBI Warning
  3. 1998-2000 Big Idea logo
  4. VeggieTales Theme Song 1998-2000

2000 Lyrick Studios Reprint Edit

Opening Edit

  1. 1998-2001 FBI Warning
  2. 1998-2001 Lyrick Studios logo
  3. 1998-2000 Big Idea logo
  4. VeggieTales Theme Song 1998-2000

Plot Edit

Percy Pea and Lil' Pea are leaving a movie theater and are cornered by a shady Scallion (Scallion #3, the "Milk Money Bandit") who asks them for a nickel. Percy refuses, but the Scallion then demands the money he is carrying for milk money. After stealing the money and escaping to the rooftops with his loot, Larry-Boy (Larry the Cucumber) confronts him and shakes the stolen money off of him before throwing him into Officer Scooter's patrol car. Soon after, he begins reviewing his capture technique with his butler, Alfred (Archibald Asparagus), but in the process accidentally knocks an unfinished plant off the ledge. The plant gets caught on some telephone wires on the way down, where a woman is gossiping on the phone, then falls into the sewers where the gossip brings the plant to life.

The next morning, Alfred is speaking at a school and tells the teacher he needs to go home and "recharge his batteries" (meaning he needs to rest). Junior Asparagus and Laura Carrot take the figure of speech literally and jump to the false conclusion that Alfred is a robot. As they walk home, discussing what they had heard Alfred say, they encounter a small talking weed. Similar weeds begin to appear throughout town, spreading the rumor. Larry and Alfred are tending to a garden when Alfred heads inside to answer the phone. Another weed appears and tries to spread the rumor, but Larry doesn't listen. Alfred then calls Larry in. Mayor Blueberry (Madame Blueberry) informs him that strange weeds are growing all over the city and saying that the story that Alfred is a robot is a rumor. Suiting up as Larry-Boy, he dives into action.

Larry-Boy manages to find a weed and attempts to shred it with a weed whacker, which malfunctions. Back at the Larry-Cave, Alfred discovers that all the weeds are connected to a "Mother Weed" underground. Upon arriving in the sewer, Larry-Boy meets the Mother Weed and is quickly overpowered. Alfred learns the citizens are afraid of him, saying that he is a "killer robot with laser eyes." Suddenly, the Mother Weed breaks free out from underground and snatches Alfred, but the citizens refuse to help.

Dad Asparagus arrives and asks what is going on. The Mother Weed says she heard the story from "very reliable sources." Junior and Laura confess that they took Alfred literally and started the rumor. Dad explains to them that "even if it's true, God doesn't want us to tell stories that can hurt. He want us to spread nice words." Dad's words cause flowers to grow on the Mother Weed. Junior and Laura decide that the best way to save Alfred is to spread good words about him. They convince the citizens that Alfred is not a robot. The Mother Weed continues sprouting flowers until she transforms into a giant flower. Alfred forgives them for the misunderstanding just as a battered Larry-Boy drags himself out of the sewer.

Unaware of the preceding events, he almost accidentally starts the rumor again by saying someone told him Alfred was a robot (obviously the rumor weed), thus everyone gently shushes him, hoping the other Bumblyburg residents didn't hear what he just said. But he doesn't get it, and the story ends rather strangely with asking if there was a flower show (having seen flowers on what was once the rumor weed), and everyone laughs, thinking it's a joke as the story ends with a choral reminder, and a flower landing on the screen.

In the final scene, Larry-Boy and Alfred enact their own What Have We Learned segment with the verse: "Reckless words pierce like a sword , but the tongue of the wise brings healing," Proverbs 12:18.

Characters Edit

  • Larry/Larry-Boy
  • Alfred/Archibald Asparagus
  • Junior Asparagus
  • Laura Carrot
  • Mr. Nezzer
  • Madame Blueberry
  • Percy Pea
  • Lil' Pea
  • Dad Pea
  • The Rumor Weed
  • Mike Asparagus
  • Milk Money Bandit
  • Scooter Carrot
  • Bob (poster only)

Locations Edit

  • Bumblyburg

Songs Edit

  • VeggieTales Theme Song
  • Larry-Boy
  • The Song of the Cebú (from: Josh and the Big Wall!)
  • The Promised Land (from: Josh and the Big Wall!)
  • Good Morning George (from: Rack, Shack & Benny)
  • Thankfulness Song (from: Madame Blueberry)
  • Keep Walking (from: Josh and the Big Wall!)
  • Big Things Too (from: Dave and the Giant Pickle)
  • Stuff-Mart Rap (from: Madame Blueberry)
  • His Cheeseburger (from: Madame Blueberry)
  • The Yodeling Veterinarian of the Alps
  • The Rumor Weed Song