Frequently Asked Questions!
- Version 5.1, February 1999 -
VeggieTales (and all characters) is copyrighted by Big Idea Productions, and is distributed by Everland Entertainment (a division of Word Entertainment). Neither The VeggieTales FAQ nor The Ultimate VeggieTales Web Site are affiliated with Big Idea Productions, Everland Entertainment or Word Entertainment.
|Name:||Type of Vegetable:||First Appearance:||(Episode #):|
|Bob the Tomato*||tomato||"Where's God When I'm S-Scared?"||(1)|
|Larry the Cucumber*||cucumber||"Where's God When I'm S-Scared?"||(1)|
|Junior Asparagus*||asparagus||Tales From the Crisper||(1)|
|Mom Asparagus*||asparagus||Tales From the Crisper||(1)|
|Dad Asparagus*||asparagus||Tales From the Crisper||(1)|
|Frankencelery*||celery||Tales From the Crisper||(1)|
|Singing monsters||monsters||Tales From the Crisper||(1)|
|Archibald Asparagus*||asparagus||SSWL: The Water Buffalo Song||(1)|
|The Scallions*||scallions||Daniel and the Lion's Den||(1)|
|King Darius' maids||pear, asparagus||Daniel and the Lion's Den||(1)|
|Qwerty*||computer||"Where's God When I'm S-Scared?"||(1)|
|Pa Grape*||grape||The Grapes of Wrath||(2)|
|Ma Grape||grape||The Grapes of Wrath||(2)|
|Rosey Grape||grape||The Grapes of Wrath||(2)|
|Tom Grape*||grape||The Grape of Wrath||(2)|
|Asparagus woman*||asparagus||Larry's Lagoon||(2)|
|Palmy*||palm tree||Larry's Lagoon||(2)|
|Flibber-o-loo citizens||miscellaneous||Tale of Two Cities||(3)|
|Jibberty-lot citizens||miscellaneous||Tale of Two Cities||(3)|
|Laura*||carrot||Tale of Two Cities||(3)|
|Lenny*||carrot||Tale of Two Cities||(3)|
|The Peach*||peach||SSWL: The Hairbrush Song||(3)|
|Scooter*||carrot||The Gourds Must Be Crazy||(3)|
|Jimmy Gourd*||gourd||The Gourds Must Be Crazy||(3)|
|Jerry Gourd*||gourd||The Gourds Must Be Crazy||(3)|
|George*||scallion||Rack, Shack & Benny||(4)|
|Mr. Lunt*||squash/gourd||Rack, Shack & Benny||(4)|
|Chocolate factory workers||peas||Rack, Shack & Benny||(4)|
|Nebby K. Nezzer||zucchini||Rack, Shack & Benny||(4)|
|Chocolate factory guards||carrots||Rack, Shack & Benny||(4)|
|Sheep*||sheep||Dave and the Giant Pickle||(5)|
|French Peas*||peas||Dave and the Giant Pickle||(5)|
|Jean Claude Pea*||pea||Dave and the Giant Pickle||(5)|
|Phillipe Pea*||pea||Dave and the Giant Pickle||(5)|
|Cristoffe Pea*||pea||Dave and the Giant Pickle||(5)|
|Goliath*||pickle||Dave and the Giant Pickle||(5)|
|Annie*||scallion||The Toy That Saved Christmas||(Special)|
|Pea family||peas||The Toy That Saved Christmas||(Special)|
|Percy Pea*||pea||The Toy That Saved Christmas||(Special)|
|Li'l Pea*||pea||The Toy That Saved Christmas||(Special)|
|Carrot family||carrots||The Toy That Saved Christmas||(Special)|
|Wally P. Nezzer||zucchini||The Toy That Saved Christmas||(Special)|
|Toy factory workers||penguins||The Toy That Saved Christmas||(Special)|
|Harry||penguin||The Toy That Saved Christmas||(Special)|
|Buzzsaw Louie||toy||The Toy That Saved Christmas||(Special)|
|Manuel||???||A Very Veggie Christmas||(album)|
|Oscar the Polish Caterer||???||A Very Veggie Christmas||(album)|
|Fibrilious Minimus ("Fib")||alien||Larry-Boy! & the Fib from Outer Space!||(6)|
|Moses||zucchini||Josh and the Big Wall!||(7)|
|The Giant family||pickles||Josh and the Big Wall!||(7)|
|Israelite ark-bearers||peas||Josh and the Big Wall!||(7)|
|Israelite priests||peas||Josh and the Big Wall!||(7)|
|Madame Blueberry||blueberry||Madame Blueberry||(8)|
|Mom and Dad Onion||scallions||Madame Blueberry||(8)|
SSWL = Silly Songs With Larry
Most voices are performed by Phil Vischer and Mike Nawrocki (see SECTION 1.1). The performers currently known for each character are listed below, in order of the characters' appearance.
|Bob the Tomato||Phil Vischer|
|Larry the Cucumber||Mike Nawrocki|
|Junior Asparagus||Lisa Vischer|
|Junior's Mom||Lisa Vischer|
|Silly Song Narrator||Phil Vischer|
|Archibald Asparagus||Phil Vischer|
|Scallion leader||Phil Vischer|
|Scallion #2||Mike Nawrocki|
|Scallion #3||Mike Sage|
|Pa Grape||Phil Vischer|
|Ma Grape||Bridget Miller|
|Rosey Grape||Bridget Miller|
|Tom Grape||Phil Vischer|
|Jimmy Gourd||Phil Vischer|
|Jerry Gourd||Mike Nawrocki|
|Mr. Lunt||Phil Vischer|
|Nebby K. Nezzer||Phil Vischer|
|Sheep||Phil Vischer, Mike Nawrocki, Kurt Heinecke|
|Jean Claude Pea||Mike Nawrocki|
|Phillipe Pea||Phil Vischer|
|Buzz-Saw Louie||Ken Cavannaugh|
|Percy Pea||Phil Vischer|
|Li'l Pea||Lesly Benodin|
|Wally P. Nezzer||Phil Vischer|
|Cristoffe Pea||Chris Olsen|
|Oscar the Polish Caterer||Mike Nawrocki|
|Madame Blueberry||Megan Moore Burns|
The identities of these two characters (from "Rack, Shack & Benny" and "The Toy That Saved Christmas") have been somewhat in dispute. But Big Idea Productions confirms that Mr. Lunt is a "decorative gourd" (a type of squash), like Jimmy and Jerry. Other theories have included some type of nut, or a spanish onion.
Mr. Nezzer has been a bit more difficult to deduce. He appears to be a cucumber, like Larry, but is bumpy - leading to the belief that he may be a pickle. He also has a stem on top of his head, leading to the more likely conclusion that he is a zucchini. In fact, Big Idea Productions has confirmed that he is a zucchini.
"Silly Songs With Larry" ("the part of the show where Larry comes out and sings a silly song") is narrated by VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer, and usually appears in the middle of a video. There are currently eight Silly Songs, one on each video with the exception of Episode 2: "God Wants Me to Forgive Them?!?", Episode 6: "Larry-Boy! & the Fib from Outer Space!" and Episode 8: "Madame Blueberry."
Instead, Episode 2 contains the sketch, "The Forgive-o-Matic," and Episode 6 contains "Larry-Boy's Music Video." Silly Songs was cancelled in Episode 8, and replaced by "Love Songs With Mr. Lunt," in which the gourd sang the ballad "His Cheeseburger." Silly Songs was reinstated in "Silly Sing-Along 2: The End of Silliness?", thanks to the outcry of Silly Songs fans!
Silly Songs With Larry are as follows:
|Title:||Episode #:||Guest Performers:|
|The Water Buffalo Song||1||Archibald Asparagus|
|The Hairbrush Song||3||Pa Grape, Junior, Bob, the Peach|
|The Dance of the Cucumber||4||Bob, Junior, Junior's Mom & Dad|
|Love My Lips||5||Archibald Asparagus|
|Oh, Santa!||Christmas Special||Scallion, Pa Grape, the Peach, Bob|
|The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything||Sing-Along Special||Pa Grape, Mr. Lunt|
|The Song of the Cebu||7||Jimmy, Jerry, Junior, Archibald|
|The Yodeling Veterinarian of the Alps||Sing-Along Special||Pa Grape, Junior, Bob, Percy, Harry, the Scallions, Frankencelery|
The merchandising of VeggieTales continues to grow. In addition to the best-selling videos, items such as CDs and cassettes, t-shirts, neckties, stationary, notepads, toys, activity kits, books, gift wrap and much more are available.
A (nearly) complete listing of VeggieTales merchandise currently available (along with pictures for many items) can be found on The Ultimate VeggieTales Web Site, at Mr. Lunt's Merchandise.
Videos, CDs and cassettes, read-along books, sheet music and the VeggieTales VBS can be purchased right here on the web site! Visit Mr. Lunt's Merchandise and look for the "Buy It!" buttons.
For other items, check your local Christian bookstore first. VeggieTales is the best selling video series in Christian retailing, so it is very likely that most Christian retailers will also carry some of the other VeggieTales items. If you cannot locate an item, contact the item's manufacturer directly. In most cases, manufacturers deal only with retailers, and cannot ship out small order to individual customers - but hopefully they can tell you how to get ahold of the item.
Mr. Lunt's Merchandise here at The Ultimate VeggieTales Web Site is the most complete catalog of VeggieTales merchandise I have seen. The web site not affiliated with Big Idea Productions or Everland Entertainment, so I do not have access to any catalogs to mail out. To contact Big Idea or Everland, just click here for addresses and phone numbers!
No. But there is certainly a demand for one! Phil Vischer, the show's creator, was recently quoted as saying that a CD-ROM project would be "way too expensive to be worth the effort." Keep your eye on The Ultimate VeggieTales Web Site for the latest info.
Yes! You can find info and pricing for plates, cups, napkins and invitations in Mr. Lunt's Merchandise at The Ultimate VeggieTales Web Site!
No. But at the rate new merchandise is currently being released, it would not be a surprise if we saw such items hit the market very soon. Keep your eye on Bob's Newsbriefs and Mr. Lunt's Merchandise at The Ultimate VeggieTales Web Site for the latest info!
Big Idea Productions rents out adult-sized Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber costumes for Christian bookstore events, theater premieres, etc. You can contact Big Idea Productions at their web site, or click here for the company's mailing address and phone number. Kids' costumes and patterns are not yet available. Keep your eye on Bob's Newsbriefs and Mr. Lunt's Merchandise at The Ultimate VeggieTales Web Site for the latest info!
If you don't see an item you want listed in the merchandise section, you can contact the licensing department at Big Idea Productions with your suggestion! Click here for the company's mailing address and phone number.
This is one of those questions that just does not have a good answer. But since VeggieTales are targetted primarily at children, the question inevitably comes up!
There is an obvious difference between the physical laws of our world and those of the cartoon world. Animators sometimes refer to the different physical laws of the world of cartoons as the "plausible impossible." When Wile E. Coyote (Warner Brothers) runs off a cliff and does not fall until he looks down, we have witnessed the plausible impossible.
The same altered state of reality exists within VeggieTales. Vegetables open and close doors and drive cars without feet or hands because these are necessary actions for them to make; nevermind that they shouldn't be able to.
In short: it's just a cartoon!
The producers of VeggieTales at times will insert comments and jokes about the fact that the characters don't have hands. In "The Toy That Saved Christmas," Louie states: "Okay, everybody who's got hands, start tieing," soon discovering that he's the only one. Also, on the album "A Very Veggie Christmas," Larry enlists the help of his friend Manuel to play the maracas, "'cause he's got hands." And in "Josh and the Big Wall!", Tom Grape asks Pa, "How are we clapping??"
This is a running joke which finds new expression with each new video. In Episode 1, Bob was interrupted by the song but could not figure out where the music was coming from. In later episodes he attempted to destroy whatever it is that plays the "What Have We Learned?" song.
Bob is simply irritated with the song because it interrupts what he is saying (twice) each and every episode. Other characters, such as Larry and the French Peas, on the other hand, have taken a liking to the song.
Larry the Cucumber sings "The Song of the Cebu" in Episode 7, "Josh and the Big Wall!" The song is about a little boy and his three cow-like cebu (...and also a hippo).
"Cebu" is actually the name of an island in the Philippines. But there is an animal called a "zebu" (pronounced 'zee-byoo') - Spanish for "cebu'." It's a domesticated, cow-like animal of Asia and Africa, and has a prominent hump on its back and a large dewlap. Zebus are beasts of burden and are reared for their milk and meat. The hump on the zebu's back is made up of muscle fibers that seem to serve no useful purpose.
Whether the producers deliberately changed the spelling of the animal's name is uncertain.
If you have any concerns about copyright, please contact Big Idea Productions. This web site is not at all affiliated with the show's producers, and can grant no copyright permissions. Click here to find out how to contact Big Idea, or visit their web site at www.bigidea.com!
As long as the event is not for profit, you should not have trouble securing permission - so don't worry when you ask!
All VeggieTales characters and most of the images on The Ultimate VeggieTales Web Site! are copyrighted by Big Idea Productions. This is a fan site, and I cannot grant copyright permission for any of it. You can find Big Idea's web site at www.bigidea.com if you'd like to contact them, or click here for the company's mailing address and phone number. See the Webmasters page for more info!
Take the tape back to the place of purchase if it is defective. If the retailer refuses to replace the tape or refund your money, or if you cannot return to the place of purchase, contact Everland Entertainment (a division of Word Entertaiment), Lyrick Studios or Big Idea Productions directly. Click here for info on how to contact them.
The following note to parents was included in newer editions of "Where's God When I'm S-Scared?":
"In the VeggieTales production of Daniel in The Lion's Den you will notice that we have combined the lion's den incident with the story of King Nebuchadnezzer's dream. We felt that this simplification while preserving the themes and integrity of the book of Daniel produced a paraphrase more suitable to the attention spans and comprehension levels of young children. All editorial decisions in segments based on Bible stories are taken very seriously and discussed at length with our independent content advisors. Still, we encourage you to actively scrutinize our stories and drop us a note with any criticism comments or suggestions."
No. The sale of VeggieTales or Big Idea Productions to Disney is just a rumor. Phil Vischer, founder of Big Idea and creator of VeggieTales, cites Walt Disney as one of his greatest inspirations. But Big Idea's goal is not just to make money - its goal is to become a major media company with a Christian worldview, "to lead a revolution reintroducing Christian values into popular media." This goal cannot be accomplished by selling out to another company.
Watching Episode 8: "Madame Blueberry" carefully will reveal that Madame's hair color changes from brown to blonde and then back again throughout the course of the video. Even on the cover of the video Madame has blonde hair, but in the pictures on the back she is a brunette.
It is unlikely that this is just an accident on the part of the show's producers, since her hair also changes styles. Most likely, Madame bought a wig or had her hair done at the Stuff Mart - for this is where it changes. When she realizes that she doesn't need all that stuff to be happy, she gets rid of her sunglasses, the flowers on her hat, and her new hairdo.
There is one point where an error may have been made by the producers: when Madame first arrives at the Stuff Mart and takes off shopping, her hair is briefly blonde. The next shot of her finds her cruising down the aisles with brown hair. Finally, when she takes a break at the snack bar, she is blonde.
No. Sheet music for songs from the first three VeggieTales videos ("Where's God When I'm S-Scared?", "God Wants Me to Forgive Them?!?" and "Are You My Neighbor?") are available from Word Music in the "VeggieTunes Easy Songbook." It retails for about $9.95. Check your local Christian bookstore, or order it right here on the web site!
Sheet music and guitar tabs are not available, either in print or on the Internet, for other songs. You can find song lyrics here on the web site!
The Ultimate VeggieTales Web Site! is not affiliated with Big Idea Productions, the show's producers, so you might want to contact them if you want an 'official' answer. (Click here for contact info.) But remember that Big Idea has articulated itself to be not a Christian media company specifically, but rather a media company with a Christian worldview. VeggieTales should teach biblically based values, but not necessary the story of Jesus Himself. (Besides, what sort of vegetable do you choose to be Jesus??)
Yes. The lyrics on the original version, the words that Rack, Shack and Benny refused to sing because they were bad, included such lines as "I don't love my mom or my dad, just the bunny!" The song was so catchy that many kids started singing it, and many parents complained. Big Idea Productions created "The New & Improved Bunny Song" for the first sing-along video, which had a positive slant to the song: "I didn't eat my soup or my bread, just the bunny!" A third version now appears on "Rack, Shack & Benny," including the line "I won't eat no beans, and I won't eat tofu. That stuff is for sissies but bunnies are cool!"
If you'd like to hear the original version of "The Bunny Song," you can download it here. (Just don't sing it!)
Older videos were not closed captioned when first produced. But as the videos are being rereleased into the mainstream market, distributed by Lyrick Studios, they are being closed captioned. Newer videos (after July, 1998) distributed by Everland Entertainment are also now closed captioned. Look for videos marked as distributed by Lyrick, or check toward the bottom of the back of the box to see if it is closed captioned.
Nope. But watch PaxTV next December to see if it will be rebroadcast! You can find "The Toy That Saved Christmas" in stores.
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