Larry-Boy and the Rumor Weed

Larry-Boy and the Rumor Weed

name = Larry-Boy and the Rumor Weed
caption = DVD cover
writer = Phil Vischer
director = Phil Vischer
distributor = Sony Wonder
producer = Jon Gadsby
starring = Phil Vischer,
Mike Nawrocki,
G. Bock,
Lisa Pautz Vischer,
Kristin Blegen,
Dan Ansderson,
Jim Poole
music = Phil Vischer,
Kurt Heinecke | released = July 1999
runtime = 35 minutes
language = English
preceded_by = ""
followed_by = "King George and the Ducky"
imdb_id = 0284610

"Larry-Boy and the Rumor Weed" is the tweflth episode in the "VeggieTales" animated series, and the second installment of the Larry-Boy adventures. It was released in July 1999 on both DVD and VHS formats. Subtitled "A Lesson in the Power of Words", it illustrates how destructive negative words can be, and conversely, how positive words can do good. It is a mild parody of Little Shop Of Horrors.


The episode begins immediately with the story, where Percy Pea and Li'l Pea are leaving a movie theater. They are met by a bandit who robs them of their milk money, but he doesn't get far; on a neighboring rooftop he runs into Larry-Boy who brings him quickly to justice.

Following this, Larry-Boy stands on a rooftop reviewing his technique with Alfred, when he accidentally knocks a plant off the ledge. It falls into the sewer getting caught on some electrical wires on the way down. The electrical charge brings the plant to life, and the Rumor Weed is born.

The next morning Alfred is speaking before Junior Asparagus and Laura Carrot's class at Veggie Valley Elementary. He makes the comment that he must go home and "recharge his batteries". The children don't understand the expression (the phrase in American English means to rest and relax), and come to the false conclusion that Alfred must be a robot. As they are walking home, they run into a small Rumor Weed who extracts their secret and promptly passes it along. She quickly moves from yard to yard spreading the rumor. Percy Pea, Mr. Nezzer, and Dad Carrot unintentionally contribute to the rumor, but Larry-Boy proves impervious to it.

He gets a call from Mayor Blueberry who informs him that weeds are taking over the city. He springs into action, trying to destroy the weeds by conventional means, but weed-whackers and sheers have no effect. He returns to the Larry-Cave where Alfred has been doing research on the Weed. They study a map of Bumblyburg and discover that all the weeds are connected by a vast root system to a huge Mother Weed deep underground. Realizing that the Weed has the ability to smash sidewalks and crumble walls, they decide they must attack it underground, at its root.

Fortunately Alfred has made some modifications to the Larry-Mobile that enable it to bore holes in the ground. Larry-Boy is oblivious as Alfred guides him into the underground sewer, and once inside the sewer they lose contact with each other. The Mother Rumor Weed finds him by his crashed vehicle, and Larry-Boy, unaware of how to stop her, gets battered and bruised.

Meanwhile, Alfred has gone into Bumblyburg to try and get help. There he is astonished to find that the usually kind citizens are afraid of him and saying strange things about him. They ignore his desperate assertions that he is not a robot; the rumor has grown out of control. When the giant Rumor Weed crashes up out of the sewer and grabs Alfred, they believe he is getting what he deserves.

Dad Asparagus arrives on the scene and recognizes the absurdity of the rumor. He figures out that Junior and Laura accidentally started the rumor and explains to them that God doesn't want us to spread negative stories about people. Given a second chance they decide to spread "good" words and are able to convince the citizens of Bumblyburg that Alfred is not a robot at all, but a very nice man. As the word spreads, the Rumor Weed turns into a flower and Alfred is saved.

The episode is wrapped up in the Larry-Cave with Alfred and Larry-Boy. They reiterate that God wants us to say nice words about people rather than propagating rumors of the verse iS on the Larry-Computer "Reckless words pirecre like a sword, but the tongue of the wise works healing" (Romans 12:18).


* Larry the Cucumber as LarryBoy
* Archibald Asparagus as Alfred
* Madame Blueberry as the Mayor of Bumblyburg
* Junior Asparagus as himself
* Laura Carrot as herself
* Scooter Carrot as the Policeman
*Percy, Li'l, and Dad Peas
*Dad Asparagus as himself
*Mr. Nezzer as himself
*The Rumor Weed (not a vegetable)
*Scallion as the Bandit


This episode consists of a single uninterrupted story and therefore has only one segment.


This episode has a unique format and does not include the usual "VeggieTales Theme" and "What We Have Learned" songs. It does contain the following songs:

* "Larry Boy Theme Song" (Sung by Nicole C. Mullen. It is played at the show's beginning)
* "Rumor Weed" (Sung by the Rumor Weed with Mr. Nezzer, Dad Carrot, and Dad Pea)
* "Rumor Weed (cover)" (Sung over the closing credits by The W's)

DVD Content

Big Idea has consistently packed the "VeggieTales" DVDs with a variety of additional features intended to appeal to both children and adults alike. This section itemizes the content of the DVD.


* 1. Introduction
* 2. Bumblyburg High
* 3. I'm a Rumor Weed
* 4. The Plan
* 5. Larry-Boy Goes Underground
* 6. Larry-Boy vs. the Weed
* 7. Nice Words for Alfred
* 8. What We Learned

Bonus Features

Behind the Scenes - Audio Commentary - Art Gallery - Previews - Progression Reel - Larry-Boy Trivia - "What's the Difference" Game - Veggie Karaoke - How to Draw Larry-Boy - How to Draw the Larry-Plane - Family Fun Activity - Interactive Storybook - DVD-ROM Fun




External links

* [ Official Website]
* [ IMDB Article]
* [ VeggieTales] at [ Christian Cartoons Online]
* [ Ultimate Veggie]

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