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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Phil Vischer Phil Vischer ... Archibald Asparagus / Jonah / Twippo / Bob the Tomato / Mr. Lunt / Pirate Lunt / Percy Pea / Phillipe Pea / Pa Grape / Pirate Pa / Nezzer / King Twistomer / Cockney Pea #2 (voice)
Mike Nawrocki ... Larry the Cucumber / Pirate Larry / Jean Claude Pea / Cockney Pea #1 / Self-Help Tape Voice / Jerry Gourd / Whooping BBQ Pea (voice)
Tim Hodge ... Khalil (voice)
Lisa Vischer Lisa Vischer ... Junior Asparagus (voice)
Dan Anderson Dan Anderson ... Dad Asparagus (voice)
Kristin Blegen Kristin Blegen ... Laura Carrot (voice)
Shelby Morimoto Shelby Morimoto ... Annie (voice) (as Shelby Vischer)
Jim Poole Jim Poole ... Scooter / Townsperson (voice)
Ron Smith Ron Smith ... City Official / Crazy Jopponian (voice)
Sarah Catherine Brooks Sarah Catherine Brooks ... Message from the Lord Choir (voice)
Paige Craig Paige Craig ... Message from the Lord Choir (voice)
Adam Frick Adam Frick ... Message from the Lord Choir (voice)
Chris Geiger Chris Geiger ... Message from the Lord Choir (voice)
Michael Harrison Michael Harrison ... Message from the Lord Choir (voice) (as Mike Harrison)
Amy Howard Amy Howard ... Message from the Lord Choir (voice)
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Storyline

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 »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Big Idea's Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie See more »

Filming Locations:

Lombard, Illinois, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,201,345, 6 October 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$25,581,229
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Big Idea Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Keep watching after the end of the credits. See more »

Goofs

King Twistomer refers to the whale as "The Great Fish" even though whales are actually mammals. See more »

Quotes

[as Bob dodges obstacles]
Dad: Tree!... Cabin!... Underwear!
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Crazy Credits

This movie filmed entirely on location in a mall in Lombard, Illinois. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Benchwarmers (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Second Chances
Produced by David Mullen
Written by Phil Vischer and David Mullen
©2002 Bob and Larry Publishing, Seat of the Pants Productions and Word Music
Music Performed by Anointed
Anointed Appears Courtesy of Word Entertainment
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The Veggie gang makes its way onto the big screen to tell the tale of Jonah.
24 May 2005 | by schmimicSee all my reviews

I bought this movie before I ever even bothered watching it because I figured, hey, it's Veggie Tales. How can you go wrong, right? Well, I don't regret buying it, but it's not quite as good as most of the regular Veggie stuff.

Most of us have a pretty good grasp on the Jonah story right? Well, just as always with Veggie Tales, the heart of the story is there with the most important details, and then everything else gets mixed up and screwed around with. It starts off with Dad Asparagus and Bob the Tomato driving a bunch of the little veggies to a Twippo concert. Then they encounter some difficulties on the road and find themselves with two flat tires and crashed into a tree stump.

They get out and head for the nearest building, a seafood restaurant. When Junior Asparagus sits down at the table, he hears some people talking on the other side of the glass. It's the pirates who don't do anything! I don't remember what they ask Junior, but they eventually strike up a conversation, and the pirates tell Junior the story of that one time when they met Jonah and had a little adventure… Jonah was a prophet who traveled across Israel delivering God's messages to His people. Then Jonah gets a call from God to deliver a "turn and repent" message to Ninevah. But why Ninevah? The Israelites and the Ninevites don't get along, and Jonah would rather die than go there. So he decides to go against God's orders and sail as far as possible in the opposite direction, to Tarshish. He hires the pirates who don't do anything to take him out there, and so the four of them set sail for Tarshish.

Just like in the Bible story, there's a big storm because of Jonah, and after they cast lots to determine who is responsible (done quite ingeniously in the movie I think), they throw Jonah into the ocean. The storm goes away when they throw him in, and a whale (not a big fish like the story) comes along and swallows Jonah up. There Jonah has a little encounter with a choir of asparagus angels, and then the whale barfs him up on the shore, and he heads out for Ninevah.

I think the hilarious thing is how the pirates end the story. Just like in the Bible story, at the end, Jonah is wailing and mourning and whining and crying and there's no real conclusion, and that's how it ends in the movie. The pirates just say "the end" and that's pretty much it. Of course, there's still some other stuff that happens outside of the story segment of the movie.

Overall it's done pretty cleverly, but it doesn't quite have the same Veggie Tales zip that it should. The special features on the DVD and certainly worth the cost though.

Bottom Line: 3 out of 4 (worth watching)


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