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Veggie Tales: The Wonderful Wizard of Ha's

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Meet Darby [Junior Asparagus] who more than anything else in the world just wants to have fun. When he learns about the Wonderful Land of Ha's - an amusement park with all the fixins - and its mysterious wizard who promises to make his dreams come … see full wiki

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They're Not In Kansas Anymore

  • Oct 7, 2007
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+5
In this latest story from the people at Big Idea, the VeggieTale gang takes on the parable of the prodigal son by parodying THE WIZARD OF OZ. At the beginning of the segment, Larry is fretting about having broken his father's toy water buffalo and what his reaction will be. Later Bob reads a letter from a viewer who is afraid that God will no longer love him because of the things he has done in life. Thus Bob begins the tale of THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF HA'S. The story follows young Darby O'Gill (another shout out to the folks at Disney) as portrayed by Junior Asparagus. Darby lives on a dental floss farm with his father. Times have been tough and they are having difficulties bringing in the crop. Darby really wants to go to a new amusement park that has just opened up, The Land of Ha's. His father explains that they just don't have the money. Darby insists that he can go with the money that his father has been saving for him, but his father reminds Darby that that money is for his future. Feeling alone and deprived, Darby takes the money and sneaks out of the house with his pet pig, Tutu. As they make their way to the park, a Kansas tornado comes through. They seek shelter in a small trailer that is lifted off the ground by the twister. After a flying cow and Mary Poppins fly by, the trailer eventually crashes in a world that looks like the board game Candy Land. It is Munchy Land. Greeted by the Munchies and the fairy Splenda Sweet (Madame Blueberry), Darby and Tutu set out to visit the Land of Ha's by following a giant Scottish amphibian, Yellow McToad. Only the way they meet a scarecrow (Mr. Lunt), a tin man (Larry), and a lion (Grandpa Grape). The strange entourage makes its way through a field of puppies until they reach the Land of Ha's and meet the Wizard (Archibald Asparagus). They ride the rides and eat the junk food and have a great time. But frivolities don't last if you don't have the cash, as Darby and his friends soon discover and Darby finds himself at the bottom of a garbage dump.

The main story is broken up by a Silly Song with Larry. The song is entitled "If It Doesn't Have a Tail, It's Not a Monkey." It involves Larry and Bob on a jungle sight-seeing trip looking for monkeys and not apes.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable VeggieTales episode. This is only one of two VeggieTales that Phil Vischer, co-creator of VeggieTales has written since loosing the rights to VeggieTales a few years ago to bankruptcy. Vischer always did write good material with stories that flowed smoothly. THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF HA'S is another great example of this. Including the intermission of the Silly Song with Larry, THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF HA'S clocks in near fifty minutes. Stick around through the credits for a bonus of Mr. Lunt singing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." A great video for children and for fans of VeggieTales, especially those who like THE WIZARD OF OZ.

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