08 September 2014

Video Review: "VeggieTales: Tomato Sawyer and Huckleberry Larry's Big River Rescue"

Rated: G (Canadian Home Video Rating)
Starring: Phil Vischer and Mike Nawrocki
Released: July 15, 2008
Tomato Sawyer (Bob the Tomato) and Huckleberry Larry (Larry the Cucumber) are homesteaders only days away from getting to own their plot of land...when escaped criminal Little Jimmie arrives, with the police hot on his trail! Little Jimmie claims to be innocent, and Tom and Huck believe him...but, Jimmie also needs help getting to St. Louis, which means that Tom and Huck won't be able to claim their land! Huck wants to help out Jimmie no matter what, but Tom isn't so sure about it.  Will they be able to reunite Jimmie and his mother? Meanwhile, Larry and Archibald sing about a road trip to find a biscuit with a very long name!

The Good
What Big Idea has excelled at before, they continue (in some ways; more on that later) to do well here.  The animation is spot-on, with detailed character designs and backgrounds, as well as shading effects, all of which look fabulous.  As usual, a moral is included; plus, some of the vegetables are criticized for reading Norm's Notes--an obvious parody of Cliff's Notes--instead of the actual literary work.

The Bad
The story wasn't as good this time around; not only was it uninteresting, but, it bore little resemblance to the Mark Twain work.  Sure, it's fun to have an old-school-style tale, but, if you're going to do a classic novel, do it right.  Also, the Silly Song was nearly unintelligible; most of it felt like I was watching a foreign dubbed version instead.

Though not terrible, this is not Big Idea's best work.  If you're new to the world of VeggieTales, I wouldn't suggest starting with this episode, as there are much better ones out there.  Some fans of the series might like it, but, I have a feeling that most viewers will be a bit underwhelmed.

Score: 2.5/5

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