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Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie (2002)

G  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Comedy  |  4 October 2002 (USA)
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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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Dad Asparagus (voice)
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Annie (voice)
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Message from the Lord Choir (voice) (as Mike Harrison)
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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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Also Known As:

Big Idea's Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$25,571,351 (USA) (24 January 2003)
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The license plate on the van reads, "IN A PKL" 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 »

Quotes

Jonah: I bring you a Message From the Lord
Crowd: [Gasps]
Jonah: Oh, it's a message of encouragement.
Crowd: Oh.
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No vegetables were harmed in the making of this picture. See more »

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Spoofs The Blues Brothers (1980) See more »

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Jonah Was a Prophet
Produced by David Mullen
Written by Phil Vischer and David Mullen
©2002 Bob and Larry Publishing, Seat of the Pants Productions and Word Music
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Jonah is a catch!
5 October 2002 | by (Carpentersville, IL) – See all my reviews

I just got back from the theatre from seeing this film. I took my 3 year old daughter who is an avid veggie fan to see the film. It was her first movie and Jonah was well worth being her inaugural film going experience. But this is far from just a kid's movie. One of the Chicago newspaper reviewers said that this was not a film for adults without children. This would be far from accurate. The movie certainly works for children, but those familiar with the Veggie franchise understand that much in the same way as Bugs Bunny, The Flintstones, and the Muppets that much of the humor is for the adults.

The movie works on a number of levels:

1) It tells a cohesive story for both the Veghead and the Veggie novice. Three of the main characters in the film are the Pirates who don't do anything who have a prominent part in the Veggie sing-a-long videos. However, there is nothing in the film that hinges on previous experience with Bob, Larry et al.

2) The movie entertains and instructs. Veggie Tales are educational. They are meant to be. This film is certainly no exception. The point of this story is to be compassionate and merciful. It makes that point by telling the story of a character who was neither and a God who was both. The story effectively segues between Veggie present and Bible past to let the modern day characters learn from the Biblical ones. I do not want to leave you with the impression that this film is merely a 90 minute flannel graph (Oooh flannel graph) for church going children. This is a fine and funny film for kids of all ages (Including 38). The animation is crisp. The musical numbers are fun and provocative.

3) Junior Asparagus is in a limited role. I am not certain if I am the only one who thinks this but Jr. Asparagus is the animated Wesley Crusher. (He actually does help save the ship in one episode.) I like Jr. in small doses and I was certainly able to swallow his part in this movie.

4) Larry the Cucumber is an integral part of the film. I am a big fan of Larry and I certainly think he is the funniest cucumber making movies today.

5) Silliness abounds. From the opening car trip sing-a-long to the closing credits, the high standard of Veggie insanity is maintained.

The film is certainly not Citizen Kane for the green grocer section. It could certainly be better in parts. Some of the teaching points are a little too pronounced. I also took umbrage with a legal proceeding taking place in a land where we are continually told that they did not know wrong from right. Also I write very silly songs and live near Lombard, IL where the movie was filmed and my phone never rang once. The film is certainly strong enough to overcome these minor flaws (but when Veggie 2 starts being created, I better get a call!)

Overall, Big Idea Productions should be very pleased with this movie and I think the film going public should be as well.


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