Dave and the Giant Pickle was the fifth episode in released on March 5, 1996 by Word Entertainment on VHS, in August 25, 1998 by Lyrick Studios on VHS, in October 29, 2002 by Warner Home Video on VHS and DVD, in December 24, 2002 by Warner Home Video on VHS, in February 10, 2004 by Warner Home Video on VHS and DVD, and in August 1, 2006 by SONY Wonder on VHS and DVD.
The story begins in the desert near Jerusalem, where David (Junior Asparagus) and his brothers (Jimmy Gourd, Jerry Gourd, and Tom Grape) are tending a flock of sheep. These sheep tend to tip over a lot which keeps the shepherds busy. Worse, Dave's brothers are constantly picking on him by purposely tipping over their sheep and forcing Dave to pick them up, or making him get them food while he is working.
Their father Jesse (Pa Grape) comes with the news that the Philistines are attacking, and that King Saul (Archibald Asparagus) is gathering an army to face the threat. All the brothers run to volunteer, but Dave is stopped by Jesse who tells him that "big people do big things and little people do little things," so Dave must stay and tend the sheep.
At King Saul's camp, the Israelites and the Philistines (portrayed by the French Peas) make a deal to end the war quickly. They agree to have their two greatest fighters face off. The tribe whose champion is victorious shall win the war. As the Philistines are not especially big, King Saul agrees. He faints in fright when his opponents bring out the massive Goliath (the Giant Pickle). The Israelites run away and hide.
No one is willing to fight Goliath. The Israelites stall for forty days. Dave is sent to the camp to deliver some food and is ashamed at the sight of his brothers and the rest of the Israelites hiding and shuddering with fear. Jimmy and Jerry warn Dave about Goliath, but Dave tells King Saul that he will fight Goliath. King Saul is shocked but reluctantly grants his request.
Dave goes into battle armed only with stones and a sling, while Goliath dons boxing gloves. The battle is short. Dave slings a stone at Goliath and hits him between the eyes, sending him falling to the ground. The Philistines panic and run away, while the Israelites congratulate Dave for his victory and his faith.
The show opens up with Larry dressed as his alter ego Larry-Boy with a cardboard cutout of a city skyline. He demonstrates his super-suction ears by jumping on a cardboard building. He gets stuck as Bob walks out on the countertop. Larry asks for Bob's help getting down, but falls off before Bob can help. When Bob asks Larry to get out of his costume, Larry says that he doesn't feel special about his normal self. Bob then mentions that he got a letter from Myra Eggleston from Youngstown, Pennsylvania. She says that her siblings are all older than her and can do all kinds of things but she is too little for any of those things and wonders what is special about her. Bob then tells the story of Dave and the Giant Pickle.
A long time ago in land called Israel, Dave (Junior Asparagus) was shepherd who lived with his three brothers (Jimmy and Jerry Gourd and Tom Grape) and his father Jesse (Pa Grape). Everyday while Dave tended his sheep, the sheep would tip over and his older brothers would pick on him by making him pick up their tipped over sheep and get them food. One day, their father Jesse comes running to the boys to tell them that Israel's sworn enemies, the Philistines, are attacking. In order to defeat them, Israel's king, King Saul (Archibald) is putting together an army to defeat the Philistines. As everyone heads towards the battle grounds, Jesse tells Dave that saving Israel is a big man's job and not intended for boy and that he needs to stay with the sheep.
At the battlefield, the army of the Israellites were camped out on one hill while the Philistines were on another hill. The Philistines began to throw insults at the Israellites. Then the two upfront Philistines (Jean Claude and Christophe Pea) begin to make a deal with the Israellites. The two armies will bring out there great champions and if one of them wins, the losing army will be the winning army's slaves. King Saul agrees to the offer and the Philistines bring out their champion, a giant pickle named Goliath. The story stops for the silly song (see Love My Lips.)
After the silly song, the story resumes. The Isreallites are frighten by the sight of Goliath and they run away and hide. Goliath came back day after day for 40 days to see who would fight him. But every time he showed up, all Israellites were in hiding. After a while, Jesse begins to worry about his boys, and he sends Dave to the campgrounds to deliver some pizza. At the grounds, Dave sees his brothers in hiding from Goliath and overhears Goliath calling the Israellites cowards. Fed up with no one willing to fight Goliath, Dave goes to King Saul and says that he will fight Goliath. King Saul has major doubts that Dave, at his young age, can defeat Goliath. Dave, through song, convinces Saul to let him out on the field. Saul tells Dave to put on his old royal armor. Dave is not fit for the armor and says that he will confront Goliath with all he has and the will of God. Saul reluctantly lets Dave go out and fight.
As Dave heads for the camp, he stops by a stream and picks up five smooth stones. At the camps, Dave goes to Goliath and accepts his challenge. Goliath suits up in his boxing uniform and heads out in the battlefield and confronts Dave. Dave then takes a stone he picked up and uses a sling shot to fling a stone at Goliath. The stone hits Goliath's head, knocking him completely out. The Israellites are cheering with victory as the Philistines run away in defeat and fear. The story ends with Dave riding on his sheep in the sunset, and falling off.
Back on the countertop, Larry is moved by the story and is feeling special again. The bible verse of the day is Matthew 19:26; with God all things are possible. Larry thinks that he can do anything he wants and says that he wants to be a chicken. Bob then corrects him by saying that the verse means whatever God wants us to do, we can do. As Bob leaves the countertop, Larry stays behind to play around as Larry-Boy for fun. He then uses his super-suction ears to hang onto the camera and gets stuck then falls off onto the kitchen floor.
- Larry-Boy (debut)
- Bob the Tomato
- Sheep (debut)
- Junior Asparagus
- Jimmy and Jerry Gourd and Tom Grape
- Pa Grape
- Unnamed israellite children (debut)
- Archibald Asparagus
- The French Peas (debut)
- The Philistines (debut)
- Jean Claude Pea (debut)
- Christophe Pea (debut)
- Goliath (debut)
- Larry the Cucumber (silly song only)
- This was said to be the first of the easiest episodes to make for Big Idea. The other videos before this involved a lot of trouble making it.
- The first episode to feature Larry's alter-ego Larry-Boy. Believe it or not, Larry-Boy was going to appear just in this episode and not come back ever. But people loved Larry-Boy so much that he was kept.
- The silly song was originally called, "I Love my Tongue." It was going to be Larry sharing his love for yodeling. But Mike Nawrocki thought that the concept was weird so he changed the tongue to lips and made Larry scat instead of yodeling. But the yodeling concept was saved until the second sing-along video.
- In the silly song when Archibald is doing the Rorschach tests, you will see a picture of a human being. Originally, when in the making of the silly song, Mike Nawrocki was going to put in a picture of Newt Gingrich. After seeing this, Phil Vischer made Mike take it out prevent any political controversy. Then Mike put in a picture of Sonny Bono and it stuck. But after eight months since the video was out, Sonny Bono had died in a skiing accident, and out of respect for Bono's family, the picture was taken out and replaced. The photo that was then put in was a painting of one of Big Idea's old animators named Robert Ellis. Eventually, Ellis hated the photo and requested to take that out. The current photo that's now in all modern copies of the video is a caricature of Mike Nawrocki. The crew of Bid Idea joked of these frequent changes as, "the curse of the Rorschach card."
- The "Couldn't you just play your harp and I'll throw things at you" line in the "Big Things Too!" song is a reference to King Saul trying to kill David by throwing a spear at him.
- In the original Bible story, Dave severs Goliath's head after knocking him out with the stone. But since VeggieTales is a kid friendly show, the battle ends with just Goliath getting knocked out.
- In the scene where Larry-Boy is eating popcorn and talking to Bob about the story, there is a piece of popcorn on Larry-Boy's helmet. Phil Vischer stated on the DVD commentary that it was his idea as he thought it'd be funny, but no one found it funny at all.
- Tom Danen, Robert Ellis, Mike Nawrocki and Chris Olsen were impressed to see Ron Smith animating Junior tap-dancing.
- Speaking of which, Junior is tap-dancing even though he has no feet.
- Phil Vischer has stated that this is the first video to feature animals. However, in God Wants Me to Forgive Them!?!, there is a snake and two whales featured in it.
- According to the DVD commentary, Phil Vischer has stated that the desert environment, along with the space environment used in episode 3, were the easiest environments to create at the time.
Directed by PHIL VISCHER
Written by PHIL VISCHER
Storyboarding by PHIL VISCHER
Concept Art MIKE NAWROCKI CHRIS OLSEN PHIL VISCHER
Character Voices MIKE NAWROCKI CHRIS OLSEN LISA VISCHER PHIL VISCHER
Edited by MIKE NAWROCKI
Sound Effects Editor MIKE NAWROCKI
Dialogue Editor BRIDGET MILLER
Animation Supervisor CHRIS OLSEN
Character Animators THOMAS DANEN ROBERT ELLIS MIKE NAWROCKI CHRIS OLSEN RON SMITH
Render Management LESLY BENODIN JEFF SCHAAP
Software Development LESLY BENODIN JEFF SCHAAP
Musical Score Composed And Produced by KURT HEINECKE PHIL VISCHER
Audio Engineering MIKE NAWROCKI
Content Consultant SCOTTIE MAY Ed.D.