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Larry the Cucumber is detective dynamo Sheerluck Holmes and Bob the Tomato his venerable sidekick Dr. Watson. Together their superlative powers of observation and forensic fortitude can solve any crime. But because Sheerluck takes all of the credit for the pair’s sleuthing savvy, the missing Golden Ruler– the most valuable and prized position in all of Buckingham Palace– may never be recovered. Will Sheerluck remember the all-important golden rule in time to rescue the ruler and save his friendship? Find out in this nail-biting VeggieTales® mystery Sheerluck Holmes and the Golden Ruler.
The Asparagus of LaMancha
Archibald Asparagus is Don Quixote in this retelling of the Man of LaMancha. Because of some very spicy chip dip, Don believes that the only way to go up against the arrival of a rival restaurant is to first try something gimmicky and then trying to attack it physically. It’s not until he ends up in jail for attacking the windmill on the food factory with a mop that he lays off the dip and, in turn, doesn’t have any nightmares.
This segment is a little strange in that it goes it splits time between some weird dreams and the reality of the story. It’s really amusing to see the parodies of the different restaurants that Don and Pancho try to come up with to compete, though.
The Gated Community
Larry has kicked his ball up a tree and into a gated community, but instead of returning the ball to him, all the people inside the gate want to do is sing about how great their community is.
This terrific song has a catchy tune and I like the harmonies that are going on here. To me, it’s in the upper tier of VeggieTales silly songs.
Sheerluck Holmes and the Golden Ruler
Sheerluck and Watson are a great team– and we catch up with them as they celebrate their latest crime being solved– except Sheerluck’s taking all the credit and Watson all the strange looks (mostly for using big words). They get called off on another caper, this time someone has taken the key to the Golden Ruler. As Watson is examining the room, Sheerluck stumbles on a secret panel, and they are hot on the trail.
Back at the restaurant, Sheerluck claims that it’s all him, and when Watson confronts him for doing so, Sheerluck can’t even see it. So Watson leaves him all alone, and goes off to solve the case alone.
After a report that the Golden Ruler was stolen gets to Sheerluck, he figures out that he needs Watson, and goes to Buckingham Palace to try to help solve the case. Together, with Watson, they are able to identify the thief, that’s still in the Palace, and Sheerluck shares the glory with Watson.
This story is pretty good, with some pretty good gags, and some cool CSI-type looks. The lesson is solid– friends do not hog the spot light.