VeggieTales: Are You My Neighbor?

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Are You My Neighbor? contains two hilarious, fully computer-animated stories that teach kids a biblical perspective on loving others.

The Story of Flibber-o-loo

Big Idea’s award-winning writing and animation bring the parable of the Good Samaritan to life in this delightful, storybook adaptation of the biblical tale. Through rhyme and song, kids learn that loving your neighbor means helping those in need– even if they don’t live next door!

The Gourds Must Be Crazy!

Join five year-old Junior Asparagus and the crew of the U.S.S. Applepies as they boldly go where no vegetable has gone before! Can Junior’s and ship’s engineer Scooter repair the Applepies before a giant meteor smashes it to bits?!? And what about “oddball” crew members, Jimmy and Jerry Gourd? Could they possibly help? This hilarious sci-fi spoof shows kids that “loving your neighbor” means appreciating those who are different instead of making fun.

Review

This is the second VeggieTales episode, and it starts out much like the first one– with one of the two segments featuring Junior, Bob and Larry in Junior’s room. This video also has one of the best silly songs of all time, and an over-used Dr. Seuss like retelling of the Good Samaritan.

The Story of Flibber-o-loo

The people of this town have a big problem. And I’m not talking about the fact that they live on top of a pillar in the middle of the clouds, that they wear stinky shoes on their head, or that they consider a wind up lobster a pet (one day I hope to find another reference to this pet of Larry’s!). They are enemies with a town that wears pots on their head, and they like to shoot things at one another. Personally, think getting hit with a pot would be worse than the shoe.

In any case, this is the setup for Larry getting mugged and his lunch money stolen. After being placed upside down in a hole, both the Mayor and Doctor come by but are too busy to help him out– though they’re not too busy to sing a song. After these two leave, Junior comes from the other town, bring Larry to the doctor, and sings about how loving your neighbor means lending a hand.

Now they shoot flowers and candy instead of pots and shoes. Let’s just hope that they aren’t shooting roses with thorns.

The Hairbrush Song

Personally, I don’t know how many times I’ve sang a variation of this song– it sticks with you! Larry is in his towel, and looking for his hairbrush. After getting bad directions from Pa, Junior barges in and wonders why Larry needs a hairbrush when he doesn’t have a hairbrush.

Never mind the absurdity of all these people barging into Larry’s house, the fact that he’s in a towel, and that everyone is shocked and embarrassed about Larry in said towel when usually he’s just his natural cucumber self!

Finally, Bob enters and tells Larry that he gave it to the Peach, because the Peach has hair. Larry then meets the Peach in a towel and asks him to take care of his hairbrush.

The Gourds Must be Crazy!

The U.S.S. Applepies is in trouble, and who can save them? A 5-year-old who took some advanced classes in pre-school. So begins this escapade into outer space to a ship that looks a lot like the U.S.S. Enterprise from Star Trek, but with an apple pie for the saucer section.

Upon arriving on the ship, we find that the ship has no power (though life support seems fine) and there are two pop corn meteors on their way to destroy the ship. Fortunately, there are two gourds on the ship that are always comparing just how hungry they are– and they think that they could eat a planet.

Off they go, and they eat the popcorn just in time. How they get back in the ship, we don’t know, but they sing a great song about being friends no matter how people look, and discover that the engine just needs to be plugged into a wall socket.

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