Several years ago (probably before I began this blog), my in-laws got a VeggieTales video for my daughters entitled Sheerluck Holmes and the Golden Ruler. (The video came out in 2006, but my children probably received it sometime after 2011.) I had forgotten about the DVD until I recently stumbled across it. For anyone who hasn't heard of VeggieTales, it is one of the more successful properties in Christian/family entertainment history. Many VeggieTales videos have been parodies of popular culture icons, such as The Wizard of Oz (Wizard of Ha's), Indiana Jones (Minnesota Cuke), Lord of the Rings (Lord of the Beans), and of course, Sherlock Holmes (Sheerluck Holmes).
I just gave it a watch, and it's actually a pretty enjoyable Holmes parody, that uses Sheerluck Holmes (portrayed by Larry the Cucumber) and Dr. Watson (portrayed by Bob the Tomato) to teach a fun lesson about...wait for it...the Golden Rule. ("Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.") The parody borrows an idea from the film Without a Clue, portraying Watson as the true brains of the operation, who gets frustrated by Holmes's disregard of his role in solving all the cases. The characters frequent a pub (of sorts) called "Doylie's," although, this being Christian media, milk seems to be the only beverage served. Meanwhile, Sheerluck's Calabash shaped pipe only blows bubbles. The characters frequently say, "The game's afoot!" (Of course they do!) As you can see from the cover design of the video, the deerstalker cap and Inverness cape are present in Sheerluck's design, while Watson is given mutton chop whiskers and a bowler. In a non-Holmes-related joke, a duo of police officers, named "Fish" and "Chips" show up throughout the video. If you want to keep small children entertained with something that won't put you to sleep, you could do worse.
NOTE: If you like, you can read an expanded review of this film that I wrote on I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere.
I'm a stay-at-home dad, and Director of Music Ministries at a United Methodist Church in Mt. Juliet, TN. And a longtime fan of Sherlock Holmes.