LarryBoy: The Cartoon Adventures "He is That Hero" (found extended version of theme song of animated series; early 2000s)
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Date found: 23 Dec 2020
Found by: Cylasbreakdown
LarryBoy: The Cartoon Adventures was a cartoon adaptation/spin-off of VeggieTales, created by Big Idea. It was put into production a few years after the production of the LarryBoy episodes of the main VeggieTales series, when the staff was asked to make a new show based off of the title character. But it had production troubles due to Big Idea working on their first feature film at the time. Due to this, they decided to make the show with Flash animation and outsource it to another studio. The show premiered on March 16th, 2002, with mixed reception from fans at the time. According to Phil Vischer, the founder of Big Idea, fans complained that it looked cheap and looked like something they should be able to watch on cable television for free. As a result of this mixed reception and because of the financial troubles that Big Idea was having, the series only lasted for four episodes total and officially ending on June 10th, 2003.
It was rumored that the series had an extended version of its theme song, "He is That Hero". This mainly comes from a MetroLyrics.com page that has lyrics to the theme song that are not in the final theme. The Amazon Music song embedded on the page, however, redirects to a track from the LarryBoy soundtrack and not the actual theme song.
The extended theme song was not yet confirmed to exist, so it was unclear if the extended cut of the song really did exist or not. The only video we may have of the theme song is a bonus feature from the DVD release of the first episode of the series that includes a mute pencil test of the theme song that has slightly different visuals than the final theme. According to a comment by Elijah Hechtman, the extended theme used to exist online as an MP3 file.
On April 23rd, 2019, VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer said the existence of an extended theme song isn't likely. However, this can be debatable as Phil has also stated he doesn't remember much from that period of time.
On August 8th, 2019, jordangaming101 discovered bits of the theme song's instrumental, of which were not in the final theme song, from the DVD menu of LarryBoy and the Angry Eyebrows. He pieced these bits of music together and uploaded his reconstruction to Discord. This proved that an extended version might exist after all. It has also been discovered that parts of the extended theme are in several trailers for the series, as well as an online LarryBoy game called "Flight Over Bumblyburg".
On December 23rd, 2020, Cylasbreakdown discovered the full theme song and uploaded it to Discord, thus confirming it's existence. According to a Reddit comment he made, his parents downloaded it from the internet shortly before the series premiered. This confirms the validity of Elijah Hechtman's comment.
- The Wikipedia page on LarryBoy: The Cartoon Adventures. Retrieved 17 Apr '19
- MetroLyrics page with the extended lyrics. Retrieved 17 Apr '19
- Phil Vischer on the production of the show. Retrieved 17 Apr '19
- Phil Vischer's tweet about the existence of an extended theme song. Retrieved 23 Apr '19
- One of Phil Vischer's replies on Twitter. Retrieved 21 Jul '20
- The partially extended instrumental by jordangaming101 Retrieved 21 Jul '20
- The full, extended theme song. Retrieved 23 Dec '20
- Reddit comment by Cylasbreakdown Retrieved 24 Dec '20