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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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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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All the places Jonah (Archibald) sings about in "It Cannot Be" are real places from that period of history, among them Joppa, Jericho, and Damascus, which are still inhabited cities. See more »

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When Jonah is in the process of receiving the oracle for Ninevah, he asks, "Where would you like me to go? Jericho? Damascus?" just before it is revealed that he is unwilling to go to non-Israelite towns. In the song that follows, he again states his willingness to bring a message to Damascus. Damascus was never an Israelite-controlled city, but was rather the capital of Aram (now Syria), making it just as unappealing as Ninevah (the capital of Assyria). See more »

Quotes

Larry: [looking through telescope] Thar she blows!
Mr. Lunt: Where?
Larry: Right there! Over by the barbecue!
Mr. Lunt: [picks up ping-pong ball] Got it!
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No vegetables were harmed in the making of this picture. See more »

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References VeggieTales: Very Silly Songs (1997) See more »

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There's a Wideness in God's Mercy
-Hymn
Music by Lizzie S. Tourjée
Music by 1878
Words by Frederick W. Faber, 1862
Public Domain
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A view from the other side of the pond.
26 January 2004 | by (Reading, England) – See all my reviews

My family and I are big VeggieTales fan from the UK. The movie wasn't released over here, so I had to get a Region 1 DVD and a Multi-region player just to see it.

To be honest, the film, while good, was slightly disappointing. However the DVD extras were fantastic and also explained the reason for my initial disappointment.

One of the DVD extras tries to justify what I consider the movies two biggest faults. These are the choice of story and the choice of characters from the VeggieTale universe.

The problem with the story is that they stick to the well-known Bible Story TOO WELL. They carry on past the 'famous bit' and show the end of the story, which shows that actually Jonah is a bit mean and was disappointed that God didn't kill everyone! This means the main story ends on a bit of a down, and the tacked on `big finale' seems out of place to me.

The fact that the main character turns out to be not so nice partially explains the "casting".

If you're a big VeggieTale fan, you'll be left wondering why both the stars `Bob and Larry' have such a small part. If you're not a fan, you'll be wondering who all these characters are, especially "The Pirates who don't do anything!"

As a VeggieTale fan, I was also disappointed by a) The introduction of a major non-vegetable character!!! b) The fact that they continue to move away from the original ‘joke' that vegetables can't hold anything (due to lack of arms). The movie has object's being held by ‘invisible' hands and that just doesn't seem right to me.

All that aside, the movie is pretty good. Bright, fun, silly, and a good `moral' Bible story without `morality' being laid on too thickly.

The DVD extras disk was full of VERY funny stuff, and made up for the aggravation of having to send across the pond for a DVD.

P.S. It took me a while to realise that while the Outtakes appear in Spanish (!?!) the English version is available as an ‘alternative' language.


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