Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie

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Overview

Big Idea's Biblically-themed, computer-generated Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie tapped out at about 26 million dollars in domestic box office, but the producers nonetheless were ready for an all-out home video assault. The double-disc DVD contains hours of appealing original material, from the whimsical interactive menus to the bright behind-the-scenes featurettes, much of it with a fresh twist. Nothing is static. For instance, on disc two, the "Concept Art" galleries page through the pre-production renderings with ...
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Overview

Big Idea's Biblically-themed, computer-generated Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie tapped out at about 26 million dollars in domestic box office, but the producers nonetheless were ready for an all-out home video assault. The double-disc DVD contains hours of appealing original material, from the whimsical interactive menus to the bright behind-the-scenes featurettes, much of it with a fresh twist. Nothing is static. For instance, on disc two, the "Concept Art" galleries page through the pre-production renderings with detailed, separate audio commentaries by vice president of visual development Michael Spooner (nine minutes) and art director Joe Sapulich (21 minutes); three scenes are detailed in "Progression Reels," quartering the screen to show the CG film craft from storyboard to finished product. Under the "Games" heading are "Blind Puzzle," in which blindfolded players (human actors) assemble a puzzle by following vocal directions (it's said to teach compassion), and "Second Chance Card," which shows a family issuing homemade cards when they've been wronged by a family member (it teaches forgiveness). There are live-action music videos (Chris Rice, the Newsboys, Relient K), trivia games, a "karaoke" function, a read-along storybook, and a plethora of how-they-did-it featurettes. "Outtakes" (with a Spanish-language option) are plain goofy, and the humor of this gimcrack, pioneered by Pixar, may have played itself out. But "Digital Dailies" goes a step above the outtakes by providing character commentary à la Mystery Science Theater. Disc one includes the feature film (in Dolby 2.0 or 5.1) and commentaries.
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Special Features

Full screen version; Widescreen version; Spanish dubbed version; 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround; 2.0 Dolby Stereo; English subtitles; Audio commentaries with Phil Vischer and Mike Nawrocki, producer Ameake Owens and director of animation Marc Vulcano, and Lary the cucumber and Mr. Lunt; Behind the scenes; Music videos; Khalil's answering machine; Even Fishslappers Need a Second Chance storybook; Animated menus; Extra countertop scenes; Movie script; Progression reel; Score progression reel; Previews; Concept art; Jonah Was a Prophet karaoke; Failed Khalil auditions; Two family fun activities; Digital dailies; Six DVD-ROM games; Trivia; Character bios; Web links; Hidden easter eggs
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
The average VeggieTales video -- a faith-based outing marked by cleverly irreverent humor -- clocks in at a crisp 30 minutes. Fans will be pleased to know that in their leap to the big screen, the computer-generated all-veggie cast do not wilt under the feature-length running time. Jonah is a bountiful blend of Python-esque looniness, silly songs, and non-preachy lessons in compassion and mercy. The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything, a root beer-swilling trio, recall the story of Jonah. The prophet basks in the prestige of being God's messenger ("Do not fight, do not cheat, wash your hands before you eat," he sings at one point) but balks at God's command to travel to Nineveh (where the unruly residents slap each other with fish). Desperate circumstances ensue when Jonah finds himself in a whale of an adventure. But an inspired new character, Khalil, joins him. This enterprising traveling buddy touts a mother who was a caterpillar and whose father was a worm ("But I'm okay with that now," he insists). This is all very easy to swallow, even for secular audiences. Viewers of any denomination will enjoy the aptly named "The Credit Song," which runs over the end credits. And not to worry: A disclaimer reassures us that no vegetable was harmed in the making of this film.
All Movie Guide - Ryan Shriver
Asparagus and tomatoes and cucumbers, oh my! Big Idea Productions and their beloved Veggie Tales animated characters make their first jump to the big screen with enough inspired zaniness to make Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie an unexpected delight. Positing the familiar characters of Archibald Asparagus, Mr. Lunt, Larry the Cucumber, et al. from the popular Christian values-themed video series into this loose adaptation of the Biblical book of Jonah makes for a seamless transition for the series faithful, while also providing a somewhat intriguing introduction for movie-goers less familiar with the VeggieTales canon. Perhaps the most notable and endearing aspect of this film is its lack of overt preachiness -- which is instead replaced with a healthy dose of good-natured humor and creative embellishment, a must since the Book of Jonah is one of the Bible's shortest. Included in the creative embellishment department are a number of loony musical numbers that vary in hilarity -- the best of which can be found at the end of the movie as the credits roll -- and the addition of such plot points as fish-slapping heathens and a self-help addicted caterpillar, two of the most Monty Pythonesque jokes in a film filled with Monty Pythonesque humor. While certainly aimed at younger family members, Jonah is light and witty enough to entertain all members of the family -- which in and of itself is no small achievement.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/4/2003
  • UPC: 012236134565
  • Original Release: 2002
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Español
  • Time: 1:23:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 3,686

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Phil Vischer Voice Only
Mike Nawrocki Voice Only
Tim Hodge Voice Only
Lisa Vischer Voice Only
Dana Anderson Voice Only
Kristin Blegen Voice Only
Shelby Vischer Voice Only
Jim Poole Voice Only
Ron Smith Voice Only
Technical Credits
Mike Nawrocki Director, Score Composer, Songwriter, Screenwriter
Phil Vischer Director, Score Composer, Songwriter, Executive Producer, Screenwriter
Stephen Barden Sound/Sound Designer
Terry Botwick Executive Producer
Kurt Heinecke Score Composer, Songwriter
David Mullen Songwriter
Ameake Owens Producer
Dan Philips Executive Producer
Joe Sapulich Art Director
John Wahba Editor
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Main Feature
1. Heading to the Concert [6:34]
2. The Seafood Restaurant [5:16]
3. Out of Money [1:57]
4. A Message From the Lord [3:37]
5. A Message for Nineveh [3:57]
6. Compassion and Mercy [1:23]
7. Jonah's Escape [2:05]
8. Setting Sail [1:56]
9. Jonah Meets Khalil [5:09]
10. Jonah's Dream [1:01]
11. The Storm Hits [4:59]
12. The Outboard Motor [1:49]
13. Jonah Walks the Plank [3:16]
14. Hooked by the Whale [2:02]
15. In the Whale's Belly [2:45]
16. Second Chances [4:01]
17. Journey to Nineveh [3:11]
18. The Sweepstakes Winners [3:47]
19. Slap of No Return [4:05]
20. Jonah's Message [2:48]
21. Jonah Doesn't Get It [5:34]
22. What Did You Learn? [3:12]
23. A Big Musical Number! [3:01]
24. Credits [5:18]
1. Heading to the Concert [6:34]
2. The Seafood Restaurant [5:16]
3. Out of Money [1:57]
4. A Message From the Lord [3:37]
5. A Message for Nineveh [3:56]
6. Compassion and Mercy [1:23]
7. Jonah's Escape [2:05]
8. Setting Sail [1:56]
9. Jonah Meets Khalil [5:09]
10. Jonah's Dream [1:01]
11. The Storm Hits [4:59]
12. The Outboard Motor [1:49]
13. Jonah Walks the Plank [3:17]
14. Hooked by the Whale [2:01]
15. In the Whale's Belly [2:45]
16. Second Chances [4:01]
17. Journey to Nineveh [3:11]
18. The Sweepstakes Winners [3:47]
19. Slap of No Return [4:06]
20. Jonah's Message [2:47]
21. Jonah Doesn't Get It [5:34]
22. What Did You Learn? [3:12]
23. A Big Musical Number! [3:02]
24. Credits [5:17]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Main Feature
   Play Movie
   Chapters (Full Screen)
   Chapters (Widescreen)
   Audio Commentary
      Phil Vischer & Mike Nawrocki
      Aneake Owens & Marc Vulcano
      Larry & Mr. Lunt
      Commentary Off
   Settings
      Audio Options
         2.0 Stereo
         5.1 Digital Surround
      Viewing Options
         Widescreen
         Full Screen
      English Subtitles
         On
         Off
      Spanish Dub
         On
         Off
Side #2 -- Special Features
   Behind the Scenes
      Making the Movie
      The Studio Process
      Big Idea Tour
      Jonah and the Bible
      Khalil Auditions
         A
         B
         C
         D
      Character Bios
   The Music
      The Score
      Score Progression Reels
         Walking the Plank
         Entering Nineveh
      Superchick Pirate Remix
      Belly of the Whale
      Billy Joe McGuffrey
      Hidden Easter Egg (Guitar)
         Hear Khalil's Motivational Tapes
   Bonus Material
      Outtakes
      Outtakes (Spanish)
      Progression Reels
         Jonah Enters Joppa
         Ship Deck Fun
         Rescuing Jonah
      Concept Art
         Michael Spooner
         Joe Sapulich
         View Without Commentary
      Digital Dailies
      Extra Countertop Scenes
   Trailers & Previews
      Jonah Teaser
      Jonah
      Little Joe
      Larryboy
      3-2-1 Penguins!
      Jonah Game
      Jonah Soundtrack
      Hidden Easter Egg (Bottom Shrimp)
   Fun!
      Khalil's Answering Machine
         Play Greetings
         Play Incoming Messages
      Jonah Sing-Along
         Go!
      Trivia Challenge!
         Play Easy
         Play Hard
      Interactive Storybook
         Have the Story Read to You
         Read on Your Own
      Family Fun Activities
         Blind Puzzle
         Second Chance Card
      DVD-ROM Fun
      Hidden Easter Egg (Red Button)
   Hidden Easter Egg (Anchor Near the Fish Tank)
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    A Fun Movie!

    My 3 year old is still crazy about this movie, even though he has seen it several times. I enjoy watching it too- it is humourous, and the songs are cute.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very Nice!

    Very Nice movie for children under 7. I highly recommend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Absolutely priceless!

    My son got this as a birthday present about a year ago (when he turned 2). We are still watching this movie. Not only does he enjoy it, but I also love this one. It is sweet, funny and exceedingly well done. The tunes are great as is the animation. Every time I watch it I see some nuance I missed....and given the number of times I've seen it, that is really something! This one is very enjoyable for people of all ages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fabulous!

    Absolutely loved this movie. It teaches that good morals and faith still do exist. My children adore the VeggieTales and can't get enough!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Moral, Safe and Fun!

    What a find! I know I can always be sure of the content of these darling and hilariously funny little characters. My 2 year old twin grandsons Kenneth and Peyton just adore them and they have so much fun watching them. It is a great way to introduce Jesus to small children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ...runs very deep in my family...

    I love this movie. Look I may be 12 but I love Veggietales as stupid as that may sound. A lot of my friends do to. It's a great twist on an old tale. I love it. I can mimic the whole thing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ''There was this one time we did that one thing for that one guy...''

    A suprisingly accurate retelling of the story of Jonah, including the end, where Jonah learned NOTHING. Not the happy ending most would expect. Luckily, the kids in the contemporary wrap-around story did. The animation was excellent, the music outstanding. Extra stars for all the extra stuff on the DVD. Big Idea went all out to give you your money's worth... three different commentary tracks, ''blooper'' reel, music videos, interviews, easter eggs... wow. Buy it, enjoy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    These Veggie's are good for your smile!

    Big Idea's first full-length Veggietales movie is a very funny, heartwarming film. The new addition to the veggie family, khalil, is a really funny one. Also adding the pirates who don't do anything to the story was a terrific idea. For great family entertaiment with a message nothing is better than ''Jonah-a veggietales movie''

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Family Entertainment

    Jonah is an exellent example of good family entertainment. The focus is on mercy, compassion and second chances. The animation is top notch and as with all the Veggie Tales title, there is absolutely nothing offensive or distasteful.

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    Posted June 19, 2009

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