Larry Learns to Listen

| September 27, 2011

“Oh, Pistachio, you need to listen to those who love you the most: your parents.”
Larry Learns to Listen is fun from start to finish. The included imperfections in this hilarious tale made up of two shorts reassure kids that nobody’s perfect, not even talking vegetables! You never really know what to expect from moment to moment in this silly series. Larry Learns to Listen is funny, and it boasts a clever script, great chemistry among the characters, and a pretty advanced use of vocabulary. That can’t be a bad thing in today’s society.
First comes the tale of Pistachio, a young puppet who lives in the fictional town of Bologna-Salami with his father, lone toymaker Gelato. It’s the classic tale of “Pistachio” with a twist. There are funny pop culture references throughout, from a group of ducklings who love to play Monopoly to a long lost brother named Dorito, who is lost on a voyage to bring meatballs to Chef Boyardee.
Fun characters fill up the hour, like a half-caterpillar, half-worm named Cricket that kids will recognize as Khalil from Jonah: A Veggietales Movie. This is only the first of many references made to the first Veggie Tales movie.
The soundtrack is fun, and the figures of speech that are taken literally add to it. The whole program is really sweet. There’s just enough excitement for kids, and one could argue that animators spend the same amount of time working on the set and costume design as a costume/set designer would. Larry Learns to Love has some great animation and a lot of heart.
After a barbershop quartet performs an interlude – this time about listening – viewers are told the story of Josh and the Big Wall. Josh and the Big Wall is a retelling of the story of Joshua and the children of Israel when they made it to Jericho. Unlike the newer episodes of Veggie Tales, it’s a direct retelling of the Bible story, not a story based loosely on a scripture.
There’s more narration in this film, but it’s just as interesting, if not more. It’s historically accurate, down to the carrying of the holy Ark of the Covenant. There are diverse accents throughout. Sure, the French accents don’t go with the middle eastern location, but slushees don’t go with the time period either! It all adds to the fun. Factors like these make the tale more kid-friendly! There are plenty of songs in the 15 minute short, but it’s not at all overbearing—it’s too fun and relevant to be overbearing.
At the end, kids relate the tales to Proverbs 1:5. While the main lesson is about listening, there are several smaller lessons throughout the program. Telling the truth, having faith, and being courageous are among these lessons. Larry Learns to Listen is a great program for the whole family!

About the Author:

Caress is a grad student from Chicago who has a deep fascination with film. Her love for movies began as an undergraduate at Roosevelt University, where her teacher suggested she write a movie review. Caress' favorite genres include indie dramas, foreign films, experimental films, and psychological thrillers. When she's not watching movies, Caress enjoys writing, photography, travel, fashion and music.
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