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VeggieTales: Sumo of the Opera (Video 2004) Poster

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At the time of its release, this set a record for the number of animators on a Big Idea production - 26.
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The producers felt the theme of "perseverance" was almost prophetic: most of this film was created during a period when Big Idea was on the verge of closing (they declared bankruptcy and were bought), and so simply continuing daily production was a struggle.
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The countries that Maewyn/Patrick visits in the flannelgraph segment each have their own color schemes: Ireland is green (obviously), Britain is Red White and Blue (colors of the Union Jack flag), and France is Blue.
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The villagers that St. Patrick preaches to in the flannelgraph segment are based on several Big Idea staff.
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The inspiration for "Lutfi's Playhouse" was a hand puppet theater that Mike Nawrocki's daughter received for Christmas.
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The script originally called for the "Lutfi" puppet to be removed (revealing Khalil beneath), but this was scrapped for budgetary reasons; Khalil is more detailed and complex than other characters, and so requires more animation and rendering resources.
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In the "Piano Movers" segment, the two trucks (the one Mr. Nezzer drives, and the Ice Cream Man truck) are based on the same rendering model, but with different "paint" and configuration options.
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Larry's appearance in the "School House Polka" segment, with glasses and hair, is based on a teacher friend of Mike Nawrocki's named Hans.
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In the flannelgraph segment, when Maewyn visits France, the original script called for a scene which made reference to the French fascination with Jerry Lewis. The scene was cut for timing.
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The soundtrack for the "Sumo" segment is mostly the score from W.S. Gilbert & Arthur Sullivan's Mikado (but with new lyrics). The Scallion training song, though, is based mostly on Survivor's "Eye Of The Tiger" (the theme from Rocky III (1982)).
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The "Going Up" sequence (a silent-movie tribute to The Three Stooges and Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy) was originally rendered to *look* like an old silent movie (black-and-white, with dust and celluloid scratches in the picture), and the words panels were silent. After test screenings, it was decided that many kids don't like black-and-white, and some of the younger kids need help reading the words, so the segment was re-rendered in color with the French Peas reading the word panels. The original version is included as a DVD supplement.
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