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Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie (2002)

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When the singing Veggies encounter some car trouble, they're stranded at old, rundown seafood joint where nothing is quite as it seems. As Bob the Tomato and the kids settle in to wait for ... See full summary »
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Khalil (voice)
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Dan Anderson ...
Dad Asparagus (voice)
Kristin Blegen ...
Laura Carrot (voice)
Shelby Vischer ...
Annie (voice)
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Message from the Lord Choir (voice) (as Mike Harrison)
Amy Howard ...
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When the singing Veggies encounter some car trouble, they're stranded at old, rundown seafood joint where nothing is quite as it seems. As Bob the Tomato and the kids settle in to wait for a tow truck to help get their van back on the road, the "Pirates Who Don't Do Anything" share a little story about a guy named Jonah. Jonah was kind of like a mailman except his messages came straight from God. Jonah loves his job, until the day comes when he has to deliver a message to the people of Nineveh. Instead of carrying out his mission, Jonah turns and sets sail in the opposite direction onboard a pirate ship. Soon Jonah embarks on an adventure that leads him into the belly of a whale, and to the heart of Nineveh for a hilarious showdown. Written by Anonymous

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Fresh Fish. Mixed Vegetables. See more »


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4 October 2002 (USA)  »

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Big Idea's Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie  »

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$14,000,000 (estimated)

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$6,201,345 (USA) (4 October 2002)

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$25,571,351 (USA) (24 January 2003)
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Trivia

The first ever VeggieTales feature, following years of half-hour video releases. See more »

Goofs

As pointed out by the producers in audio commentary, when Dad Asparagus is coming through the revolving door to the Seafood restaurant, his head goes through the ceiling as he "walks" in. See more »

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Pirate PaLarryMr. Lunt: ["The Credits Song"] This is the song that runs under the credits. These are the credits, so this is where it goes. Has nothing to do with the movie so we'll say "Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey!..."
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No vegetables were harmed in the making of this picture. See more »

Connections

Followed by Veggietales: The Wonderful Wizard of Ha's (2007) See more »

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In the Belly of a Whale
Written and Produced by Steve Taylor and Peter Furler
©2002 Soylent Tunes/SESAC (admin. By ICG)
Ariose Music/ASCAP (admin. By EMI Christian Music Publishing)
Bob and Larry Publishing/ASCAP (admin. By EMI Christian Music Publishing)
All rights reserved. Used by Permission
Performed by Newsboys
Newboys Appear Courtesy of Sparrow Records
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as my introduction to VeggieTales, and as someone who isn't even too much into Christianity, I was very surprised by Jonah
19 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Jonah: A Veggie Tales movie should only be the kind of fodder to show to kids who have gotten too bored with the boring Bible readings in Sunday school. But somehow, based on a recommendation from a friend (who sometimes leans towards the strange and abstract anyway), I watched the Veggie Tales movie and it is actually much better than should ever be considered. A first impression I had looking at the Veggie-Tales, even from afar, was that it looked like the healthy, slightly (only slightly) more coherent version of Aqua Teen Hunger Force, which I am still mixed on. But it's a little different than that, at least as far as the movie goes.

It is ultimately very silly and marketed more for a specific target group of kids- Christian kids looking for morals in the stories of the Old Testament, in this case being the tale of 2nd chances taken and missed and slipped up on with a prophet via a giant whaler- and yet there is an appeal as far as taking less than two pages of the bible and making it into a 75 minute movie. And it actually works at being unpretentious in its less detailed CG animation in this form. This isn't Pixar that one will be getting, but a lot of very clean-looking talking vegetables (where are their arms, minus the caterpillar guy, you might ask), and with a lot of extra-goofy songs; one of them is even a gospel tune, sung by angels whilst Jonah is trapped in the whale's belly. All I could think watching this scene was "wow, what the hell, no pun intended, is this?" That was much of the reaction I had to what went on, and I even got a few genuine surprises through the story as I wasn't totally familiar with it all.

If there is any crossover appeal, aside for the parents in watching their kids having fun enjoying the coolest little figures out of cartoon-like abstractions, with creatures bouncy and bright and even very cute (those peas are about as adorable as Miyazaki creations, if less textured). It's nothing very special in the recent boom of computer animated features, but it's probably a whole lot less cynical (and maybe less cruel and sophomoric) than a lot of those films, and it is in a very oddly formed way almost brilliant.


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