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|Larry-Boy! and the Fib|
from Outer Space!
April 22, 1997
Larry-Boy! and the Fib from Outer Space! is the eighth episode of VeggieTales. The story is about Larry the Cucumber's super alter-ego, Larry-Boy, as he tries to battle an alien from outer space who grows from lies created by Junior Asparagus. It deals with the theme of telling the truth.
This is also the first of many episodes to feature the superhero centric misadventures of Larry-Boy.
Bob & Larry greet the kids once again while on the Countertop. Bob then asks the audience who's got a question for them. Larry then chimes in & says that he just remembered that he got an e-mail from a kid named Ezzio Vietti who hails from the city of Hackensack, in the state of New Jersey. Bob is confused about the concept of e-mail. Larry then tries to use various online terms. Bob then states that he got cable last month, before Larry replies rather condescendingly that Bob is so early 90's. Larry then explains that Ezzio said he just did something he knew he wasn't supposed to do and now his friends are telling him to lie about it so that he won't get in trouble, & wants to know what he should do. Bob then notes that a lie can be a very dangerous thing, before asking if they have any stories about that. Larry has it covered, stating that the same thing happened to Junior Asparagus once. Bob tries to say that he does not remember it happening, but Larry interrupts Bob by telling Ezzio to grab his popcorn, turn down the lights and get ready for today's feature story: "Larry-Boy And The Fib From Outer Space". Larry then says "Roll film!" before the lights go dim after that, leaving Bob in the dark (both figuratively and literally.)
Larry-Boy! And The Fib From Outer Space
The story begins with Percy and his little brother discussing the film they just saw and they see what appears to be a comet flying by in the sky. Jimmy and Jerry Gourd, who are staff at an early-warning radar station, notice the comet and alert Larry-Boy of it. Larry-Boy notices the signal and then starts up the Larry-mobile and drives off into the night. It turns out that the comet is really a blue alien that starts to walk off.
The next morning, Junior Asparagus and his buddy Laura Carrot are having a tea party. Junior decides to make use of his father's "Art Bigoti" limited edition collector's plate for Mr. Snuggly. While trying to retrieve it, the shelf tips and the plate breaks. Laura immediately leaves. The tennis ball-sized alien "Fibrillus Minimus" (or Fib, for short) emerges from behind Mr. Snuggly and convinces Junior to lie to his dad claiming that, "A little fib couldn't hurt anybody." Junior is unsure, but when his dad soon notices the broken plate and asks his son what happened to it, Junior lies and says that it was Laura who broke the plate by using her new apple chopper on it. Junior's dad naively buys the lie and decides to call Laura's dad and talk to him about what happened. Fib comes out of hiding and congratulates Junior, although Junior notices that Fib looks a bit bigger. Fib shakes this comment off and then the two of them leave the crime scene unpunished. Larry-Boy begins to search for the alien but passes him, but not before greeting Junior and Fib.
Later on, Junior is confronted by his friend Percy. Fib then goes and hides in an alleyway. Percy tells Junior about the situation with the plate and expresses his confusion at the claims that two different people broke the plate. Junior then decides (against his better judgement) to pin the blame Laura's brother Lenny for breaking the plate by giving it to a crocodile to chew it up. Like Junior's father, Percy naively buys the story and leaves him be. Junior tells Fib that it worked again. Only now, Fib has now grown and has gotten feet.
Larry-Boy reports to Alfred that he has found no extraterrestrial life in Bumblyburg and is therefore heading back to the Larry-Cave because he has been driving around in the Larry-mobile all day. Not to mention, he is tired, hungry, and in desperate need of a bathroom. Also, the super suit is very constricting. Then, the Larry-mobile passes by Fib again.
Later that evening, Junior and Fib are still out, but Junior's three buddies confront him about his lies while Fib hides. When Junior tells a lie about aliens snatching all of these cows, swapping brains with the cows and the cows with the alien brains coming back to earth and breaking the plate (which was literally the plot of the entire movie Percy and his little brother saw at the beginning of the story), Fib grows to be a massive giant with hands who has swapped out his friendly demeanor for an extremely callous one and holds Junior captive and pretty soon, Fib starts causing misery and mayhem all over Bumblyburg by destroying stuff.
Back at the Larry-mansion, Larry is in the middle of a game of Candy Land with Alfred. Unfortunately for Larry, he has been stuck in the molasses swamp for 38 consecutive turns, while Alfred gets to see Princess Lolly. Larry pulls another card, but he is still stuck. He then sarcastically says, "I sure hope the rest of Bumblyburg is having a better day than I am." After looking outside of the window, Larry then sees the destruction, as does Alfred. Larry then tells his butler that he has got work to do and to consider their game... postponed. Alfred looks and agrees.
Back outside, Fib continues to wreak havoc upon the city. Junior does not understand why the creature who he thought was a friend is doing this to him. Turns out Fib reveals that this is the thing that happens with fibs: they grow! And now that Fib is big, it is his turn to call the shots. And now, Junior belongs to Fib rather than the other way around. Larry-Boy shows up to try to save the day. Percy comments that if anyone can stop Fib, Larry-Boy can. Larry-Boy commands Fib to drop Junior, but Fib taunts him. Soon, Larry-Boy pursues Fib via the Larry-Mobile as the Fib tries to escape by climbing to the top of the Bumblyburg Water Tower. It turns out that Alfred made some modifications to his vehicle. Alfred tells him to press the blue and green buttons, but those activate the wipers & the horn respectively. Alfred then reveals that it is the yellow button, and soon the Larry-Mobile is turned into the Larry-Plane and flies into the sky.
It turns out that the Larry-Plane is unarmed because Alfred did not bother making any weapons. Larry-Boy then ejects himself out of the plane. He tries to somehow tackle Fib like a missile, but he is grabbed at the last second. Turns out, according to Alfred's calculations, Larry-Boy can do nothing to stop Fib. Alfred then makes a discovery. Although Larry-Boy can do nothing to stop the Fib, there is someone else who can. Fib later chooses to eat Larry-Boy because he "sort of looks like candy." Just when Larry-Boy is about to get eaten, Alfred's computer get unplugs and unfortunately for him, he does not know who can stop Fib. Fortunately, he plugs it back in, but he has to wait for it to reboot. Just when it seems like Larry-Boy is doomed, Alfred informs him that Junior is the only one who can stop the Fib. Junior soon realizes he has to tell the truth. He confesses to his parents and the entire crowd that he broke the plate. Fib spits out Larry-Boy, and as Junior confesses about the lies he told about Laura and Lenny, and also admitting that it was his fault, the Fib shrinks out of existence. Junior gets down from the water tower via Larry-Boy's other plunger ear and ate humble pie to his dad about the plate. Junior's dad forgives him, but he wishes that Junior had told him from the beginning. Junior thought that his dad would get pretty mad at him by telling the truth, but his dad tells Junior that he is worth more to him than some bowling plate. Junior then inquires if he should be punished, but his parents come to a consensus that what he experienced today was punishment enough, but only if he promises to tell them the truth from that point on. Officer Scooter then gets emotional & tries to thank Larry-Boy, but he has already left. We then see Larry-Boy making the missing piece of the Larry-Signal for dramatic purposes!
Later that evening, we see a red version of Fib falling into another neighborhood, and it hops away in the opposite direction while looking for someone to help it grow.
Back on the Countertop, Bob congratulates Larry, now in his Larry-Boy costume, for doing a good job. Larry thanks Bob before saying that he has a meeting with the action figure people in 10 minutes. When Bob questions this, Larry responds that "Larry-Boy mania is sweeping the nation. If you're not on board, you're gonna miss the train". Bob then says that they're over by Qwerty to talk about what they've learned today, before Qwerty once again plays the first half of the "What Have We Learned" song. Bob hops off to turn it off, but Larry-Boy uses his Super-Suction Ear to pull Bob back. Larry-Boy says that he likes the song & Bob should let it play. After the second verse plays, Larry-Boy retracts his Super-Suction Ear again. Bob then explains that Junior thought that the best way to get out of trouble was by telling a lie. Larry-Boy then adds that in order to cover up for the first lie, Junior had to keep telling more & more lies until he was trapped & eventually became a slave to his lies. Bob then notes that Junior thought that a lie would set him free, but in the end the only way for him to get free was by telling the truth. Qwerty then brings up the verse, which is "The truth will set you free. John 8:32b". Bob then turns & explains to Ezzio that the only way for him to really be free is to tell the truth & while he might punished for what he did, facing his parents and owning up to his actions is a lot less painful him than getting stuck in a big lie. Larry-Boy then agrees before telling Bob that they need to clear the stage now because it's time for the premiere of his new music video. Larry-Boy then leaves and Bob is confused & asks Larry if he is joking. Bob then realizes that Larry's not joking, so he leaves the countertop & says "Larry, we got to talk!" We are then treated to a music video of The Larry-Boy Theme Song. Then, the credits roll.
- Larry the Cucumber/Larry-Boy
- Junior Asparagus
- The Fib
- Archibald Asparagus (as Alfred)
- Laura Carrot
- Lenny Carrot
- Percy Pea
- Mike Asparagus
- Bob the Tomato
- Art Bigotti (pictured and mentioned)
- Pa Grape
- Ma Grape
- Tom Grape
- Rosie Grape
- The Peach
- The Scallions
- Phil Winklestein
- Mr. Nezzer
- Dad Carrot
- Mom Carrot
- Dad Pea
Featured in the Larry-Boy Music Video
- Phil Vischer as Bob the Tomato, Archibald Asparagus, Jimmy Gourd and Percy Pea
- Mike Nawrocki as Larry the Cucumber/Larry-Boy and Jerry Gourd
- Lisa Vischer as Junior Asparagus and Lisa Asparagus
- Tim Gregory as the Fib
- Dan Anderson as Mike Asparagus
- Jim Poole as Scooter Carrot
- Kristen Blegen as Laura Carrot
- Natalia Lozano as Lenny Carrot
- Lesly Benodin as Lil' Pea
- VeggieTales Theme Song
- VeggieTales on TV Theme Song (TV version only)
- It's Laura's Fault
- It's Lenny's Fault
- What Have We Learned
After the production for episodes two and three were done, Phil wanted to do a Tim Burton Batman parody episode. Originally, it was going to be Bat-Bob and the concept was that he tends to be serious. But he also wanted to add Larry as his sidekick, so he created a character named Larry-Boy, who attends to be the funny one. During Dave and the Giant Pickle, Larry role-played Larry-Boy and both fans and crew actually like the character so much, Phil decided to let Larry-Boy be the main hero. As a result, Bat-Bob never fell through, but Bob later became a hero named Thingamabob in The League of Incredible Vegetables, which came out almost 2 decades later.
- Main article: Larry-Boy! and the Fib from Outer Space!/Home Video
- تيخة العجيب يواجه الأكاذيب (Arabic)
- 力仔與來自外太空的小偽 (Cantonese)
- Ihmelari ja puppu ulkoavaruudesta (Finnish)
- Ο Λάρι και η Ιστορία απο το Διάστημα (Greek)
- LarryBoy dan Fib Dari Luar Angkasa (Indonesian) (Translated
- 래리보이외 부공킹바 (Korean)
- /外星人危機 (Mandarin) (Taiwanese)
- Super-Snurk! Skrønen l'ra verdensronnet (Norwegian)
- Super-Larry e uma mentira do outro mundo (Portuguese) (Brazil) (1st dub)
- LarryBoy e a Grande Mentira (Portuguese) (Brazil) (2nd dub)
- Pepinho e o Petas Espacial (Portuguese) (Portugal)
- Super L. in laž iz vesolja/Laž iz vesolja (Slovenian)
- Larry-Boy y la Fib del Espacio Exterior (Spanish)
- Larry Boy và kẻ nói dối ngoài không gian (Vietnamese)
- The only way for you to really be free from an ugly situation is to do what God wants you to do, and God wants you to always tell the truth.
- While you might get punished for what you did, facing the music is a lot less painful than getting stuck in a big pile of lies!
- HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) is a markup language to create web pages.
- "Call the shots" means to take the initiative in deciding how something should be done.
- This is the first episode for several things:
- The first episode where Bob and Larry receive e-mail messages from kids.
- The first appearance of Art Bigotti. However, he only appears pictured on the bowling plate, and would not appear in person until Lyle the Kindly Viking where he is seen in Larry's High Silk Hat.
- The first episode where both Junior and Laura get into a conflict, although there was no apology Laura, her brother Lenny, and his buddy Percy received from the vegetable who accused them.
- The first episode where The Peach appears outside a Silly Song.
- The first episode where the animated Big Idea logo from 1997 is used.
- The first episode to feature a bigger production crew, consisting of Joseph Sapulich, Daniel López Muñoz, and Joe McFadden. It is also the first episode with more crew members like Aaron Hartline, Cara Bukovski, Lena Spoke, Nathan Tungseth, Jennifer Combs, and Jon Gadsby.
- The first episode to have a lighting department.
- The first episode to feature a much bigger musical score than the previous episodes.
- The first episode after their debuts where none of The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything or the French Peas appear.
- The first episode where Mr. Nezzer appears without Mr. Lunt.
- This is the first episode for several things:
- The first episode where Bob and Larry don't say the normal closing signature sign-off message, "Remember kids, God Made You special and He Loves You Very Much!" or a normal goodbye, as the Larry-Boy music video at the end replaced it. This would also apply to VeggieTales on TV nearly a decade later, but for a completely different reason.
- The only Larry-Boy episode to use the VeggieTales logo and intro used from 1993 to 1997.
- The only Larry-Boy episode to use the Palatino font for the end credits.
- It is also the last episode until King George and the Ducky that has the font for Qwerty's computer screen.
- The only episode where Tom Grape and The Peach appear, but do not speak.
- The only Larry-Boy episode with the countertop segments rendered in SoftImage.
- This is the only Larry-Boy episode that Phil Winklestein, Scallion #2, Pa Grape, Ma Grape, Tom Grape, Rosie Grape, The Blue Wind-Up Lobster, Mom Carrot, and The Peach appear in.
- This marks The Blue Wind-Up Lobster and Rosie Grape's last appearances to date.
- Larry's voice starts to become more high pitched starting with this episode.
- There were a few differences between pre-production and the final version:
- The beginning was going to have Larry-Boy stopping a burglar, but was cut due to time constraints. This was, however, carried over in the next Larry-Boy episode.
- Concept art shows Alfred with a motorcycle.
- The shot of Dad from Junior's perspective was going to be upside down.
- Original design sketches of the Fib suggest it was going to have arms from the beginning. In the final version, it never grows arms until it holds Junior captive.
- In the script, the closing credits were going to have the Red Fib hopping through the black background, but this never came to be in the final version.
- When this episode aired on Qubo, the scene of Larry-Boy saying he is tired of searching was cut, most likely due to time constraints.
- There is a rare teaser of this episode that is featured on the original 1997 Very Silly Songs! (originally "A Very Silly Sing-Along!") VHS copy. This makes it the first VeggieTales video to have a trailer made for it.
- This is the second episode to not have a Silly Song.
- According to Phil Vischer and Mike Nawrocki on the DVD commentary, they received a few angry letters for this episode on several subjects:
- Larry insulted Bob at the beginning, despite no direct response from him.
- Larry was way too serious in this episode.
- This episode was a bit controversial as it was too intense for some kids.
- It was wrong for Mike Asparagus to faint twice in the water tower scene. They chose to have him faint instead of Lisa Asparagus because it would be deemed stereotypical of a woman to faint in a bad situation and they thought it would be funnier if it was the other way around.
- This episode was featured as a bonus feature on a re-release of The Ballad of Little Joe.
- The classroom edition of this episode has the original Sonny Bono version of Love My Lips.
- Almost all international dubs except for Arabic and Taiwanese Mandarin cut the Larry-Boy Theme Song and put an instrumental of the theme song in the credits.
- This is one of the few episodes whose original unremastered visuals in almost their entirety are available on DVD, including its own classroom edition. This includes most of the episode, minus the opening and closing countertops and the Larry-Boy music video. The title card on the beginning of the closing credits, however, has an added copyright byline below the screen.
- There exists an extremely rare early 2002 VHS reprint of this episode by Lyrick Studios/HiT Entertainment. It has a black tape with a white ink label, and it has a print date of March 15th, 2002.
- When Scooter shouts, "Larry-Boy! Where could he be?!", there is an echo on the word "be." This was muted in the 2004 Classics release for unknown reasons.
- The back cover shows an image of the Fib smiling when he is about to eat Larry-Boy, which never occurred in the episode. The shot was either an alternative take or was edited for marketing.
- Bob saying he fails to remember the story is quite odd, considering he makes a cameo when Junior is about to fess up.
- It is unknown how the Fib got into Junior's house. Although it is possible that he came in as Laura was leaving the crime scene.
- The Fib is really small when it lands, but why is it able to be seen from so far away, with the exception of the Gourds' screen?
- The Peach is either standing or sitting, but he is in the middle of the road while Larry-Boy is searching for the supposed alien. One can only hope he got out of the road in time before being run over by a car.
- Alfred's research reveals the Fib is a monster called a "lie." Even with the magic of 1997 Internet, what kind of research did Alfred do to learn this? Apparently, no one except the Internet knows anything about the Lie for some reason.
- The Fib mysteriously gains lips while sucking on Larry-Boy.
- Lisa Asparagus calls her husband "Dad." This may have been done likely because neither of Junior's parents had names at the time of this video's creation.
- Junior's house looks like it is a bungalow, yet it has stairs.
- Larry says he has been stuck in the Molasses Swamp for 39 consecutive turns, which is exceedingly unrealistic since he would have been out by that point.
- Officer Scooter does not drive away but instead chooses to flee on foot when the Fib is near him. It would be just as easy (if not, easier) to flee from the Fib on wheels.
- The horn is where the gear shift should be.
- The red Fib landing on the street is essentially Fib landing in Junior's neighbourhood at the beginning of the episode. Except this time, the fib is red and it is flipped.
- It is unknown how Larry-Boy got his plunger ear back after Junior fessed up & ate humble pie to his father about the shattered plate.
- The preview menu on the DVD edition has a preview for the next episode.
- In the DVD-ROM section, it shows pictures from Dave and the Giant Pickle, Madame Blueberry, and Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie.
- The Fib crushes every vehicle except for the Volkswagen van. That is because Ron Smith modeled it, which is an exact one that he owned and refused to destroy it (even in a piece of media).
- Bob is seen with the other veggies looking up at the water tower at The Fib.
- Some animation errors are seen when Larry-Boy is searching for the alien.
- Scallions #2 and #3 are sliding in place, and #3 is standing on the fire hydrant.
- The wind-up lobster is hovering.
- Dad Asparagus' broken bowling plate appears and disappears randomly between shots.
- Something flashes after Alfred say "What do you mean, you can't find it?".
- Alfred's bow-tie floats in some shots.
- Larry-Boy's straps are missing in the shot where he tells Alfred he never found the Fib.
- As Larry and Alfred are playing Candy Land, Alfred appears to be holding down his card in a way it is clipping into Larry.
- There is no glass in the window behind Larry and Alfred when they are playing Candy Land, which was acknowledged by Phil and Mike on the commentary.
- Junior says that Fib has got legs. They are actually feet.
- Part of the police car flashes after the Fib steps on it.
- Percy's mouth gets scrambled with a question mark on it for one frame after Larry-Boy arrives to stop Fib.
- When the Peach hops, his mouth gets scrambled with a question mark.
- After the wipers pop out, the background freezes for a split-second.
- When Junior realizes that he just created a big lie, the background is black.
- Larry-Boy is missing his tooth when the Fib is about to eat him.
- The yellow part of Larry-Boy's costume clips through his body after Alfred's computer shuts off.
- The cow from the billboard that the Fib destroys suddenly disappears after it passes by Scooter's police car.
- As Alfred is about to reveal who can stop the Fib before he unplugs the computer, his monocle somewhat clips into his nose.
- Junior told the carrot siblings that they did not break the plate, & it was the cows with the alien brains that broke the plate instead. But when the Fib shrinks, Junior never admitted that the cows with the alien brains breaking the plate was a lie too. He just went straight to how he framed the carrot siblings for breaking the plate, then it was him.
- Bob is shown without Qwerty behind him, but appears in front of him in the next shot.
- Qwerty's verse background is still on his screen even when he is done displaying John 8:32b.
- A few nods from Are You My Neighbor? are referred to in the episode:
- Larry states he has been stuck in the molasses swamp for 38 turns.
- Larry's bathrobe is just a recolor of Goliath's robe from Dave and the Giant Pickle.
- "I'm a Cucumber Records" is most likely a reference to Larry's quote whenever someone mistakes him for a pickle.
- When Junior says, "Who said that?", which is likely a reference to The Toy That Saved Christmas, his television from the first show can be seen.
- As the giant garage door for the Larry-Mobile to be let out opens up, the fence it contains was previously used in The Toy That Saved Christmas.
- This episode is mainly intended to be a spoof of Tim Burton's Batman film released in 1989.
- The game Larry and Alfred were playing is Candy Land. The Molasses Swamp is an area that the player can get stuck on if they land on a black dot.
- The Fib climbing the water tower and holding a small figure is a reference to the climax of King Kong.
- Jerry, in the laboratory scene can be seen wearing Spock ears. Spock is a fictional character from the 1960s Sci-Fi television series, Star Trek.
- When Larry-Boy accidentally knocks Alfred over, Alfred says "I've fallen, and I can't get up." This is a reference to a television commercial that ran in 1987 for a medical alarm and protection company called Life Call, now called Life-Alert (which is headquartered in Encino, California).
- The song the Larry-Mobile was honking was "Dixie Land."
- The first car the Fib crushes is a Volkswagen Beetle, a German car which was built from 1938 to 2003.
- Larry-Boy would once again yell "Goodbye, Bumblyburg!" in his next episode.
- Bob would later drive the van the Fib did not crush in Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie.
- Mike Asparagus fainting as well as Lisa Asparagus and Scooter with him during the events of an incident would later happen again.
- There would be two other Larry-Boy episodes with a lesson about telling the truth.
- This wouldn't be the only time they did a space alien character.