Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie

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Overview

One of the best-known stories from the Bible gets a new and decidedly playful retelling in this animated comedy, the first feature film from the creators of the popular video series VeggieTales. Archibald Asparagus voice of Phil Vischer stars as Jonah, who is chosen by God to help spread his message to the world. Unfortunately, his first stop on his evangelical tour is the city of Nineveh, where the residents while away their days bingeing on cheese snacks and arguing, usually settling a war of words by throwing ...
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Overview

One of the best-known stories from the Bible gets a new and decidedly playful retelling in this animated comedy, the first feature film from the creators of the popular video series VeggieTales. Archibald Asparagus voice of Phil Vischer stars as Jonah, who is chosen by God to help spread his message to the world. Unfortunately, his first stop on his evangelical tour is the city of Nineveh, where the residents while away their days bingeing on cheese snacks and arguing, usually settling a war of words by throwing fish at one another. Circumstances force Jonah to set sail across the ocean, where he's assisted by Khalil voice of Tim Hodge, a carpet peddler who is half caterpillar and half worm "but I'm OK with that now", and "The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything," who are led by the well-meaning but lethargic Mr. Lunt, Pa Grape both voiced by Phil Vischer, and Larry the Cucumber voice of Mike Nawrocki. However, Jonah's mission gets a bit of a setback when a mammoth whale changes his plans. Phil Vischer and Mike Nawrocki, who provide most of the character voices, also wrote and directed Jonah: A Veggie Tales Movie, and also created the original video series.
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Special Features

Audio commentaries with: Phil Vishcer and Mike Nawrocki, producer Ameake Owens and director or animation Marc Vulcano, Latty the cucumber and Mr. Lunt; Behind the scenes: the studio process, Big Idea tour with Phil Vishcer; Jonah and the bible; Khalil auditions; Outtakes; Digital dailies; Extra countertop scenes; Progeression reels; Trailers ; Previews
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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: 3/8/2011
  • UPC: 012236113720
  • Original Release: 2002
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Region Code: 1AB
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Bonus DVD / Subtitled
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:23:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 54,010

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

Disc #1 -- Jonah: A Veggie Tales Movie
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]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Jonah: A Veggie Tales Movie
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   Chapters
   Audio Commentary
      Phil Vischer & Mike Nawrocki
      Ameake 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
      Spanish Dub
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Customer Reviews

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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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