Larry-Boy and the Rumor Weed is the 12th episode of VeggieTales, and the second Larry-Boy episode. In July 27, 1999 by Everland Entertainment on VHS, in July 27, 1999 by Lyrick Studios on VHS, and in March 29, 2000 by Lyrick Studios on VHS, on October 22, 2002 by Warner Home Video on DVD and VHS, on May 18, 2004 by Warner Home Videoon DVD and VHS, and in August 1, 2006 by Sony Wonder on VHS and DVD.
The episode begins at the Bumblyburg movie theater, which is promoting a movie called "The Pecking". Percy Pea and his little brother, Li'l Pea, exit from the theater, stating that the movie was really lousy and that the monster in that movie looked like a chicken in a wig.
While the two peas hop down the sidewalk, they are being stalked by a mysterious figure, before they stop, remembering what they say the last time as they look up at the dark night sky. However, the mysterious figure, revealed to be a bandit (played by Charles Scallion), appears in front of Percy and Li'l Pea, asking them to spare a nickel. Percy tells him that they're not supposed to talk to strangers and that he doesn't have any money. The bandit doesn't believe him before asking Percy if he has a dollar and twenty-eight cents, which Percy is surprised when he realizes that the bandit knows that that's how much he has. But when the bandit says that he wants it, Percy protests that it's his milk money.
Later, after the bandit has apparently stolen Percy's money, he then climbs up a ladder while laughing and telling the boys, "I hope you like water with your lunches!" However, before the bandit can escape, he is suddenly confronted by Super Collin Green, who was on top of the building the whole time. The bandit is intimidated by Super Collin Green, who then grabs him up with his Super-Suction Ear, turns him upside-down, and shakes him so hard that it causes the money that he stole from Percy to fall back down in front of Percy and Li'l Pea again, who are happy that they got their money back. After Super Collin Green turns the bandit right-side up again, the bandit says that he doesn't feel so good, before Super Collin Green then carries him off and drops him into the police car of Officer Scooter, who identifies the bandit as the 'Milk Money Bandit'. Scooter then thanks Larry-Boy for catching the bandit.
On the radio, Princess Daisy congratulates Super Collin Green for doing a good job, before telling Collin Green that the next time he needs to release a criminal from his Super-Suction Ear, he should turn his head left and snap his neck down. Collin Green then says that even in spite of that, he was super, before he inadvertently knocks a potted plant off the edge of the building, with the plant falling onto some telephone lines while the pot falls down below and breaks.
However, the plant ends up getting electrocuted by the phone lines, due to a gossiping woman on the phone. The plant then falls off the phone lines and falls into the sewer while still electrocuted.
Super Collin Green then asks Princess Daisy if he would like to get some pizza to celebrate, but Princess Daisy tells him that it's late and that she needs to get some rest because he's volunteering at the Veggie Valley Grade School the next day. Larry-Boy understands before telling Alfred goodnight, then confidently says that if any space aliens want to fall into Bumblyburg, he's ready for them. The camera then pans downwards into the sewer, where the plant has now come to life and smiles at the viewers after that.
After the Larry-Boy theme plays, Princess Daisy is telling all of the students at school the story of how he was able to help Mr. Nezzer out with his dinner party. After Daisy finishes her story, Mike Asparagus is fascinated by the story, but the students are a little bit unsure what to think of the story. Mike then asks Daisy if she would like to stay and watch, but Princess Daisy tells him that she's a bit winded from his storytelling and that she really needs to go home and "recharge my batteries". Junior and Laura both become confused when they hear Princess Daisy say this, before Mike tells the students to thank Alfred for coming to their school. Dad then tells the students that tomorrow, they're going to learn about rumors, little stories that can hurt.
After school is over, Junior and Laura are hopping down the sidewalk while discussing about what Princess Daisy said and why he would say something like that. After they do a little bit of speculating, they begin to come to the conclusion that Princess Daisy must be a robot. When Junior and Laura want to keep this secret to themselves, they meet up with a strange-looking weed who asks them what it is they're keeping to themselves. Despite trying to resist saying anything to this strange weed, Junior and Laura finally give in before telling the weed that they think Alfred is a robot. When Junior and Laura ask the weed not to tell anyone else, the weed says that she has roots and that she's not going anywhere. However, the weed then gives a wicked smile at the viewers after that.
Meanwhile, Percy Pea is bouncing a soccer ball up and down on his head before he meets up with another weed who tells him about how Princess Daisy is a robot, which surprises Percy very much.
The next area is the backyard of Mr. Nezzer, who is barbecuing a steak on the grill, while Josh Carrot is with him, before they are both approached by another weed who tells them about Princess Daisy being a robot. Dad Carrot then remembers reading a book about dangerous robots that took over the world, while Mr. Nezzer asks him if Daisy really is a robot, before Josh Carrot replies that she's on the library board.
- Rumor Weed: Today the library, tomorrow...
- Mr. Nezzer: The world!
The Rumor Weed then gives off another smile at the viewers after that.
Larry is portrayed as a veterinarian who believes he is able to cure sick pets simply by yodeling to them. Meanwhile, his nurse is slipping medicine to the pets' owners behind Dr. Larry's back.
This time, Princess Daisy and Collin are both admiring the beautiful petunia that has been growing in Daisy’s garden, before the phone starts ringing, so Daisy goes to answer the phone. When Collin looks down at the garden again, he becomes angry to see a weed appear in the garden, the weed tries telling Collin about Alfred, but Collin doesn't listen, telling the weed that Alfred hates weeds in his garden and for the weed to leave before Daisy comes back. Daisy then calls out for Collin, so Collin goes back into the house, telling Daisy about the weed in the garden. Daisy then tells Collin to hear what the Mayor has to say. When Collin picks up the phone, the Mayor (played by Madame Blueberry) explains to Collin about all of the weeds that have been appearing in Bumblyburg and that he should get Super Collin Green to take care of the problem. Collin then proclaims to the Mayor not to worry about a thing because help is on the way. After hanging up, Collin tells Daisy, "We've got some gardening to do".
Super Collin Green then takes off towards Bumblyburg in the Larrymobile, while the Rumor Weed starts singing "The Rumor Weed Song", explaining to Mr. Nezzer, Josh Carrot, and Baird Pea about how she's a Rumor Weed that a tiny story is what she needs to make a big mess. Super Collin Green then shows up with a weed eater, which is Plan A, but when he uses the weed eater, it doesn't do a thing to the weed. Super Collin Green then tells Daisy that he'll try Plan B.
After Super Collin Green leaves, the song resumes, with the Rumor Weed saying that rumors have a tendency to grow just like a weed in the ground. Larry-Boy then returns with a pair of garden shears, which is Plan B, but like with the weed eater, the shears also don't do anything to the Rumor Weed.
Super Collin Green then tells Princess Daisy that he can't stop it, before Princess Daisy tells Super Collin Green to put his Super-Suction Ear down by the weed, which Princess Daisy explains that she installed sensors in Super Collin Greens plungers that can tell them about the weed's genetic code. Super Collin Green then does so as the weed talks into his Super-Suction Ear, however, the weed then grabs hold of Super Collin Green’s Super-Suction Ear, before she resumes singing the song once again. Super Collin Green tries to free himself, before the Rumor Weed lets go, sending Super Collin Green flying, before the song, then it ends after that.
Back at the Larry-Cave, Super Collin Green returns, just as Princess Daisy is able to get the information that is needed to find out more about the Rumor Weed. They then discover that this weed does not get energy from the sunlight like regular plants do. Princess Daisy then explains that he inputted the data about the weed into the Larry-Satellite, showing that every minute, a new weed grows in Bumblyburg, as well as the fact that these weeds are also strong enough to break up sidewalks and smash through brick walls and that Bumblyburg will be destroyed if these weeds are not stopped. Super Collin Green then bumps the control for the Larry-Satellite which causes the satellite to look underground, revealing that all of the weeds are connected to what is known as the Mother Weed.
Princess Daisy then tells Super Collin Green that it's up to him to take out the Mother Weed, which Super Collin Green doesn't want to do because he doesn't know what to do, but Princess Daisy assures him that he made some modifications to the Larrymobile that can help him.
Soon, Super Collin Green then takes off as he speeds down the road, with Princess Daisy telling him to press the yellow button, which Super Collin Green presses, causing the Larrymobile to turn into the Larry-Plane, as it flies up into the sky. Super Collin Green says that he thought that the weed was under the ground, with Alfred telling him that it is. After a few minutes of flying in the sky, Princess Daisy then tells Super Collin Green to press the red button, which Super Collin Green does, causing the Larry-Plane's wings to retracting, putting the Larry-Plane in a free fall, which shocks Super Collin Green very much, asking Princess Daisy if she's gone insane. Princess Daisy then assures Super Collin Green that everything is alright, before telling him to press the blue button, which Super Collin Green presses, causing the windshield of the Larrymobile to get covered up, and for the front of the Larrymobile to come apart, revealing three boring shovels on the front. The boring shovels then sprout a bunch of spikes before they start spinning rapidly and tunnel right into the ground After he says his final farewell.
Inside the tunnel, Super Collin Green is surprised to find that he's still alive, with Princess Daisy explaining to him that he's boring in the ground to the source of where the Mother Weed is. Once Super Collin Green finally arrives in the sewer, he and Princess Daisy end up losing radio contact with each, meaning that Princess Daisy cannot give Collin Green any more directions. Because of this, Princess Daisy goes off to help Super Collin Green himself as he drives off in a bloom coach.
Back inside the sewer, Super Collin Green tries to calm himself before noticing a little weed, thinking that there's nothing to be afraid of as he goes over to confront this little weed. However, he is proven wrong when the real Mother Weed, who is an enormous weed shows up in front of him.
Back on the ground, Daisy continues riding in her bloom coach when he notices Scooter's police car and tries to tell him about Larry-Boy's plight, but Scooter recoils in fright when he sees Princess Daisy, recognizing her as the robot, before he drives away frantically. Princess Daisy then rides after him after that.
Back in the sewer, Super Collin Green tries to combat the Mother Weed after she asks how is his ear doing, and she asked him if he has heard the one about Princess Daisy, Collin combat the Weed with some weed killer by saying, haste la vista, weedy. but unfortunately, he presses the wrong button on the weapons. This made The Mother Weed very Angry. and she attacked Super Collin green.
Meanwhile, in the courtyard in the bumblyburg city hall, Everyone was talking about the rumors of Princess Daisy, but then, she shows up in town where she tries to ask them for help, but they are immediately afraid of her, due to the rumors that the Rumor Weeds told them about Princess Daisy being a robot. Princess Daisy tries to get help from Scooter and Mayor Blueberry, but they also regard her as a robot, which confuses Princess Daisy very greatly. This time, Princess Daisy finds himself cornered by all of the angry townsfolk, as she tries to insist to them that she's not a robot.
Back in the sewer, Super Collin Green ends up getting beaten up very badly by the Mother Weed who then explains that thanks to all his friends up on the surface, she's getting bigger by the minute. The Rumor Weed asks Super Collin Green if he has heard the story about Princess Daisy once again. Super Collin Green only said his last word like it was, What?
Back on the ground, the townsfolk are still cornering Daisy. Mr. Scallion says the robot wants to take over the earth. Josh Carrot says he hears there are teenagers inside her that know karate. Mom the Cucumber says that their kids are in Danger. Princess Daisy tries to convince everyone that she is not a robot one more time. But then they feel like they are in shock that the ground is shaking under neath them, cracks are created. Mr. Nezzer says that the robot is shaking the world. Everyone realized what was going on. But Daisy says she is not shaking the earth, the earth is shaking her. The townsfolk fled. Suddenly, The Mother Weed then bursts from the ground as she grabs Daisy and slithers up the city hall while carrying Daisy. The townsfolk don't do anything, saying that it serves Daisy right. Mr. Scallion says that the Mother Weed caught the robot. Mom the Cucumber yells at the robot that it serves her right and calls her the meneace.
Junior and Laura stand off to the side when Mike Asparagus comes by, asking what's going on. When the townsfolk explains what they heard about Daisy, Mike asks the Mother Weed if she made up this story, but she responds that she never makes up anything and that she heard this story from "two very reliable sources", before asking Junior and Laura if they're right.
Because of this, Junior and Laura are forced to admit the truth about what they heard about Princess Daisy saying that she needed to recharge her batteries and so they got the idea that she is a robot. Mike Asparagus then explains to them that it was just a figure of speech and that grown-ups say things that really mean something else. He then tells them that when Princess Daisy said that she needed to recharge his batteries, it really meant that she was tired and that she needed to go home and rest. Once Junior and Laura find out the truth about this, Mike then tells them not to spread rumors about someone, saying that God doesn't want us to tell stories that can hurt, he wants us to spread nice words. When Mike says that Princess Daisy is a really nice woman, some flowers appear on the Mother Weed's lower stalk. Junior and Laura then start spreading nice words about Daisy to the people, as they start to recall all the nice things Alfred did for them.
Mr. Nezzer says he remembered when Daisy helped him out with his dinner party.
Tom Scallion says that Daisy helped him change a tire.
Mom cucumber says that Daisy carried her groceries for her.
Scooter Realized What he has done to spread a rumor on Princess Daisy, he then says that Daisy helped them with their Bake sale and he started to Sob.
And then, all of the people of Bumblyburg say that Princess Daisy is a nice woman. The Mother Weed looked at Princess Daisy, when Princess Daisy felt better when the townsfolk spreaded nice words, they looked down.
Jack took a bow after he and everyone else spreaded nice words. Suddenly, the townsfolk backed up as a bunch of flowers started sprouting all over the Mother Weed, before her head then turns into a flower, defeating her once and for all, After she said her last word, Bye.
Princess Daisy Yodels then slides down the weed's stem before landing in front of the people, who apologize to her for what happened. Princess Daisy then forgives everyone before asking them if they've seen Super Collin Green.
Super Collin green then uses his Super-Suction Ear to pull himself out of the sewer before telling Princess Daisy that he heard that Daisy was a robot, but the others shush him, not wanting the rumor to start up again. When Super Collin Green sees the flowers on the weed, he then asks if there's a flower show, before everyone starts laughing about it thinking that it was a joke. A flower then appears on the screen at the end after that.
Back in the Larry-Cave, Super Collin Green then tells the viewers about the wild adventure they've had today. He is about to say that the problem really spread like a weed before Princess Daisy tells him to knock off the puns. Super Collin Green Apologized and then says that they're back at the Larry-Cave to wrap up the adventure and send the viewers home, before asking Princess Daisy if the Bible has anything to say about what happened today.
The Larry-Computer then brings up the verse, which is, "Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Proverbs 12:18".
Super Collin Green explains that it means that if we aren't careful, our words can hurt people, just like a sword, before explaining that Junior and Laura didn't mean to hurt Princess Daisy, but they weren't careful about what they said and who they said it to, and that that caused big problems. Princess Daisy also explains that the verse means that if we use nice words, we can make it all better and make everyone feel good. Super Collin Green then reminds the viewers that God doesn't want us to tell stories that can hurt, he wants us to spread nice words, and that if they can do that, "you'll be that hero too". Super Collin Green and Daisy then say goodbye to the viewers, before Larry-Boy turns off the screen, ending the episode.
- 4 asparagus (debut)
- giant crazed chicken (debut)
- Dad Asparagus
- Mr. Nezzer
- Lenny Carrot (cameo)
- Dad Carrot
- Percy Pea
- Li'l Pea
- Scallion #3
- Mom Pea (mentioned)
- Dad Pea
- Collin/Super Collin Green
- Jimmy Gourd (picture)
- Scooter Carrot
- Laura Carrot
- Junior Asparagus
- Princess Daisy
- The Rumor Weed (debut)
- Women of the Shadow (debut)
- Fibrilious Minimus (picture)
- Bob and Larry (young) (debut, picture)
- Madame Blueberry
- Barth (debut, cameo)
- Gordy (debut, cameo)
- Renee Blueberry (debut, cameo)
- The Mother Weed (debut)
- Bumblyburg Citizens
- Mom Cucumber (debut)
- Mr. Scallion (debut)
- Tom Scallion (debut)
- Baby Cucumber (debut, cameo)
- Hector (debut, cameo)
- Francois (debut, cameo)
- Kenny (debut, cameo)
- Tim Carrot (debut, cameo)
- Grandpa Carrot (debut, cameo)
- Keith Carrot (debut, cameo)
- Chili (debut, cameo)
- Dr. Glocken (debut, cameo)
- Jack (debut, cameo)
- The Mushroom Family (debut, cameo)
- Pepe (debut, cameo)
The story concept was written by Doug Peterson, which at the time Phil was accepting ideas for future episodes when the company was growing. Mike Nawrocki was a bit skeptic at the time, due to the fact the episode sounded similar to the first Larry-Boy episode (kids caused trouble from something that grow big). But they eventually tweaked it to work it out. Phil at the time decided to push the limits on what they can do for the episode since they're getting ready for their first feature film, and he originally considered this as the last episode they'll work on
- This was the first episode to be rendered entirely in Softimage.
- The beginning scene was originally intended to be part of the previous Larry-Boy episode, but was cut due to time.
- This video is shown in the 2015 action thriller film 'Agent 47'.
- the first Larry-Boy episode Madame blueberry appears in.
- This is the first episode to have many sorts of characters, and things and objects.
- the first appearances of the Mother Weed, Mom the Cucumber, Tom Scallion, Mr. Scallion, Barth the Cucumber, Gordy Gourd, Renee Blueberry, Dr. Glocken the Onion, The Mushroom Family, Pepe the Bell Pepper, Chili the Chili Pepper, Jack the Pumpkin, Tim Carrot, Keith Carrot, Grandpa Carrot, Baby Cucumber, Hector Scallion, Kenny the USA Zucchini, and Francois the French Zucchini.
- The Milk Money Bandit Mentioned Mom Pea Giving Percy Pea, and Lil pea $1.28 Every Monday Morning.
- There are some characters like Mom the Cucumber, Hector Scallion, Tom Scallion, Mr. Scallion, Keith Carrot, Tim Carrot, Grandpa Carrot, Kenny the USA Zucchini, & Francois the French Zucchini, Renee Blueberry, Gordy Gourd, & Barth the Cucumber who are the family members of Larry the Cucumber, Laura Carrot, Mr. Nezzer, Jimmy & Jerry Gourd, & Madame Blueberry, & Charles Scallion.
- When Collin is talking to the mayor of Bumblyburg on his phone, you'll notice there is no chord but an antennae. The reason for the antennae is because animating chords is very hard.
- This is the first VeggieTales episode not to feature Bob. The poster with him and Larry in the back of the classroom doesn't count as his appearance.
- Two major animation goofs were during after the Mother Weed merges from the sewers. One is that she's missing her lipstick, and the second is that there's a black hole behind her head. This is noticeable once she grabs Princess Daisy.
- The milk money bandit is a reference to the bandits from Flibber-o-Loo where they steal Larry's milk money. Which makes sense 'cause Charles Scallion played one of those bandits.
- On the streets their are street signs that say Vischer Street and Nawrocki Road. These are references to VeggieTales co-creators Mike Nawrocki and Phil Vischer.
A few mentions from the previous Larry-Boy episode:
- Percy and his brother remembering what happened before when they left the movies.
- Scooter saying it's another space alien, and him listening to I Can Be Your Friend in the car.
- The weed's smile after her creation is somewhat similar to Jim Carrey's smile from "The Mask".
- Dad Carrot's line about Princess Daisy having teenagers inside her that know karate is a reference to the Power Rangers series.
- The phrase "Sweet, sweet petunia" would later be used for Petunia Rhubarb
Directed by PHIL VISCHER
Produced by JON GADSBY
Story by DOUG PETERSON
Production Coordinator JENNIFER COMBS
Production Assistant HOLLY VICKERY
Written by PHIL VISCHER
Story Supervisor LUIS CONTRERAS
Storyboarding by LUIS CONTRERAS EVERETT DOWNING
Concept Art AARON HARTLINE DANIEL LOPEZ MUNOZ JOSEPH SAPULICH
Matte Paintings EVERETT DOWNING DANIEL LOPEZ MUNOZ JOSEPH SAPULICH
Character Voices DAN ANDERSON LESLY BENODIN KRISTIN BLEGEN G. BOCK HENRY CAPAROSO STEVE LEEPER MIKE NAWROCKI MIKE SAGE LISA VISCHER PHIL VISCHER JOHN WAHBA
Kid Extras JUSTIN EDDY STEVEN EDDY GRETCHEN HEINECKE ARIEL MOCK HAILEY MOCK SHELBY VISCHER
Edited by JOHN WAHBA
Sound Effects Editor JOHN WAHBA
Modeling Supervisor DANIEL LOPEZ MUNOZ
Modeling Artists AARON HARTLINE DANIEL LOPEZ MUNOZ JEREMY VICKERY
Additional Modeling JOSEPH SAPULICH
Texturing Supervisor DANIEL LOPEZ MUNOZ
Texturing Artists AARON HARTLINE DANIEL LOPEZ MUNOZ JEREMY VICKERY
Layout Supervisor STEVE LEEPER
Layout Artists STEVE LEEPER CHARLES RAMSEY RYAN WILLIAMS
Animation Supervisors RON SMITH MARC VULCANO
Character Animators ANDY ARNETT THOMAS DANEN ROBERT ELLIS JOE MCFADDEN BRYAN MOLL RON SMITH NATHAN TUNGSETH MARC VULCANO
Additional Animation AARON HARTLINE MIKE LAUBACH CHARLES RAMSEY JEREMY VICKERY RYAN WILLIAMS
Lighting Supervisor DANIEL PATRICK O’BRIEN
Lighting Artists NICOLE ALLEN RICHARD GOUGE ADAM HOLMES DANIEL PATRICK O’BRIEN
Effects Supervisor DANIEL PATRICK O’BRIEN
Effects Artists NICOLE ALLEN RICHARD GOUGE ADAM HOLMES DANIEL PATRICK O’BRIEN
Engineering Artists MIKE LAUBACH RON SMITH JEREMY VICKERY
Director of Technical Development HENRY VERA
Render Management KEN GREENE SCOTT NELSON
Additional Render Management JENNIFER COMBS
Software Development KEN GREENE SCOTT NELSON
Digital Assets Supervisor PATTY O’KELLEY
Musical Score Composed And Produced by KURT HEINECKE PHIL VISCHER
Audio Engineering ADAM FRICK
Additional Engineering DOUG ACKMAN CONRAD STRAUSS
Conducted by KURT HEINECKE
String Section MICHAEL DUGGAN PETER LABELLA
Instruments KURT HEINECKE BRIAN RIP BRAD SCHLUETER
Content Consultant SCOTTIE MAY Ed.D.
Special Thanks To The Big Idea Family
Executive In Charge Of Production MARK BUCZEK
Executive Producer PHIL VISCHER