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Larry the Cucumber

Larry the Cucumber

Larry the Cucumber

Larry the Cucumber

Larry the Cucumber is a character created in 1938 by author and illustrator Walt Disney, who was trying to interest children in reading. The most popular stories of Larry the Cucumber involve him becoming long and twisted, with an unappetizing aspect, until he is rewarded with a taste of fresh watermelon. The most popular and often used scene in the story is where Larry is rewarded.

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In 1990, animators Phil Vischer and Mike Nawrocki had the idea to create a children’s show, using brand-new 3-D computer-animation technology, that would convey Christian themes and teach biblical values and lessons. Vischer initially conceived an animated chocolate bar as the main character, but after his wife suggested that parents might see it as promoting unhealthy eating habits, he switched to fruits and vegetables. And thus, VeggieTales was born, a show populated by Bob the Tomato, Larry the Cucumber, and a whole motley crew of talking asparagus, gourds, peas, and zucchini.

Most episodes of the direct-to-video series retold Bible stories like the Battle of Jericho or David and Goliath or focused on teaching vaguely Christian principles such as loving your neighbor and telling the truth. But VeggieTales eventually transcended its churchy roots, spawning a Saturday-morning cartoon and two theatrically released movies. Even if you weren’t raised as a religious Christian, if you grew up in the 1990s or 2000s, you’ve probably seen at least one VeggieTales video. And if you were one of those kids for whom the Christian messaging sailed straight over your head, your memories are most likely tied not to parables via the produce aisle but to “Silly Songs With Larry” — a funny little segment inserted into the middle of each episode, in which Larry the Cucumber comes out and sings, well, a silly song. (Source: www.vulture.com)

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Most episodes of the direct-to-video series retold Bible stories like the Battle of Jericho or David and Goliath or focused on teaching vaguely Christian principles such as loving your neighbor and telling the truth. But VeggieTales eventually transcended its churchy roots, spawning a Saturday-morning cartoon and two theatrically released movies. Even if you weren’t raised as a religious Christian, if you grew up in the 1990s or 2000s, you’ve probably seen at least one VeggieTales video. And if you were one of those kids for whom the Christian messaging sailed straight over your head, your memories are most likely tied not to parables via the produce aisle but to “Silly Songs With Larry” — a funny little segment inserted into the middle of each episode, in which Larry the Cucumber comes out and sings, well, a silly song.

In 2014, Netflix commissioned a new VeggieTales series that included an updated character design. “My Golden Egg” is the only Silly Song that utilizes the new design, and for good reason — it’s an insult to vegetables everywhere. The song is decent, I suppose, though I confess I didn’t listen to it carefully, as I was too busy pointing at the cucumber on my screen and shouting “Impostor!” I have no idea who performed this song, but it certainly wasn’t the Larry we all know and love. (Source: www.vulture.com)

 

 

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