Lyle the Kindly Viking
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|Lyle the Kindly Viking|
DVD cover art
|Directed by||Tim Hodge
|Produced by||Jennifer Combs|
|Written by||Phil Vischer
|Music by||Kurt Heinecke
|Editing by||John Wahba|
|Studio||Big Idea Productions|
|Distributed by||Lyrick Studios
Warner Home Video
|Release dates||March 24, 2001|
|Running time||37 minutes|
Lyle the Kindly Viking is the 15th episode of the VeggieTales animated series. It was released on March 24, 2001 on both DVD and VHS. It features two short stories about sharing, one a parody of Shakespeare's Hamlet, the other a parody of a Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera.
In an attempt to bring a higher level of class and sophistication to VeggieTales, Archibald Asparagus requests and receives permission to run the show. The countertop is then modified with a faux fireplace and wing chair (a la Masterpiece Theatre) and Archibald introduces the first segment.
This segment was intended to be a VeggieTales production of the Shakespearean play Hamlet with the help of Phillipe and Jean-Claude, The French Peas. In the story, Omelet, played by Jimmy Gourd, is a prince of a kingdom in Denmark who desires some eggs "cooked light and fluffy" to eat. A baker brings them to him and informs Omelet that these are the last eggs in the kingdom. Regardless, Omelet feels happy about eating the eggs until Ophelia (played by a cross-dressing Mr. Lunt, who remarks "I think we're gonna get letters about this.") asks him to instead share the eggs with the kingdom. However Omelet selfishly refuses. Later, Omelet joins a game of Battleship with young lad and is encouraged by him to share the eggs. As Omelet announces his plan to share, he learns that the town has plenty of eggs (they were being used for ping-pong balls) and has light-and-fluffy eggs, or "omelettes", cooked for everybody. Larry and Junior in the audience bewildered by the antiquated English.
Following this segment is the introduction to the usual "Silly Songs with Larry". Archibald intervenes and changes the segment to "Classy Songs with Larry". Opening with a bus stop scene similar to Forrest Gump and sung to the tune of Funiculi Funicula, Larry tells a growing group of bystanders (including Art Bigotti, Miss Achmetha,Jean Claude,Mr.Nezzer and Scallion #1) about his "high silk hat" and box of chocolates, while trying to keep his hat from being ruined or his chocolates from melting in the hot sun. Eventually Apollo Gourd comes and sits on Larry's hat and chocolate, much to his dismay.
Finally, Archibald presents the "long lost musical of Gilbert and Sullivan," provided by The French Peas, entitled Lyle the Kindly Viking. In this segment, the plot focuses on Lyle (Junior Asparagus) who quietly lives on an island with his fellow Vikings. As the Vikings return to the island with loot pillaged from a nearby monastery, Lyle slips out on his own ship and gives the monks his minuscule share of loot (and homemade potholders) as a small act of recompensation. One day, Lyle's trips are discovered by fellow Vikings Sven and Otar (Bob and Larry), who confront him but Lyle convinces them that sharing is a much nicer alternative to pillaging and plundering. The next day, Lyle is discovered by the Viking leader Olaf (Mr. Nezzer), who does not approve of Lyle's beliefs and wants to make an example of him. But when a great storm causes huge waves to capsize the Viking ships, the monks rescue Lyle and Lyle then convinces the Monks to save the rest of the doomed Vikings. This show of kindness convinces the Vikings to turn over a new leaf and share what they have.
In the closing countertop sequence, Archibald discovers that his story was NOT written by Gilbert and Sullivan, as he had been told. Angry at being duped, Archibald chases the Peas off and the scene falls into chaos.
Tim Hodge a former Disney animator directed the film, which was his first video he directed. Marc Vulcano wrote, directed and composed "Larry's High Silk Hat" for the Classy Songs with Larry segment of the video.
Cast of Characters
- Mike Nawrocki does the following voices:
- Larry the Cucumber as Sven/Himself
- Jerry Gourd as Polonious/Erik
- Jean-Claude Pea as Servant 1/Himself
- Phil Vischer does the following voices:
- Lisa Vischer does the following voice:
- Junior Asparagus as Lyle
- Jim Poole does the following voice:
- Scooter as Horatio
- Countertop Intro
- Classy Songs with Larry: Larry's High Silk Hat
- Lyle the Kindly Viking
- What We Learned Today
In addition to the ubiquitous "VeggieTales Theme" and "What We Have Learned," this episode contains the following songs:
- We're Vikings, sung by the Viking company
- What's Up With Lyle, sung by Olaf
- Dear Monks, sung by Lyle
- Thank You, sung by the Monks
- Not So Fast, sung by Sven and Ottar
- Share of Friends, sung by Lyle
- Look, Olaf!, sung by Sven and Ottar
- What Do You Think You're Doing?, sung by Olaf
- Closing Medley, sung by the entire cast
- Larry's High Silk Hat (Tune: "Funiculi, Funicula") (Silly Song), sung by Archibald Asparagus and Larry the Cucumber