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Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie is the first VeggieTales feature film. In October 4, 2002 in theaters and movies, in March 4, 2003 on VHS and DVD. It was reprinted in DVD on January 29, 2008 by Word Entertainment.

PlotEdit

Bob and Dad Asparagus are driving Junior, Laura, Annie, and Percy Pea to concert hosted by kids' singer Twippo. Laura, who has won a contest to see Twippo backstage, keeps bragging to her friends about how she won and teases them. Bob has become very frustrated on finding a route to the concert and with Dad on him singing songs and playing his guitar instead of helping him with the map. On the way, Bob hits a bump and makes Laura lose her Twippo ticket and runs into a family of porcupines in which they pop out the tires. They crash down a hill and become lost. As everyone gets out of the car, they see a seafood restaurant.

They head to the restaurant to call a tow truck and grab a bite to eat. They are greeted and are given a table by the French Peas. After Junior blames Laura for the trouble, he goes to sit down and is greeted by The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything. They tell him that what he said to Laura was too mean and show a little compassion. To illustrate, they begin to tell all the Veggies a story.

Jonah (Archibald Asparagus) is a Prophet from Israel who goes from town to town delivering God's messages. One night, God asks him to leave Israel and deliver a message to Nineveh, a rough and dangerous city in Assyria, and known for behaving badly and slapping others with fishes. Jonah panics and tries to flee from the Lord. He goes to his travel agent, Angus (Scooter Carrot), who tells him that the farthest he can get from Nineveh is Tarshish. He asks the Pirates in the harbor to take him to Tarshish. They resist, but Jonah convinces them by paying them. On the way, a guilt-stricken Jonah goes below deck to rest. There, he meets Khalil the Caterpillar, a traveling Persian rug salesman.

After having a bad dream about running from God, Jonah finds the ship beset by a great storm. Captain Pa Grape concludes that the storm has been sent because God is angry at someone on the ship. They all play Go Fish to determine who it is. Jonah loses the game and admits that he is running from God. Jonah is forced to walk the plank. With Jonah off the ship, the skies clear immediately. The Pirates attempt to reel him back in, but a whale swallows Jonah. The Pirates are forced to use a bowling ball (with Khalil inside it) as ammo. The whale swallows the ball, disgorges the lifebelt, and swims away.

Inside the belly of the whale, Khalil finds Jonah saddened that he is going to die for disobeying God, but they are visited by a host of God's Angels. They explain through a rousing number that if Jonah repents, then God will grant him a second chance too. He and Khalil are spit up onto the shore; they ride his camel, Reginald, to Nineveh.

After Jonah is denied entrance to the city, the Pirates Who Don't Do Anything appear. They explain that they spent all the money Jonah gave them on Mr. Twisty's Twisted Cheese Curls and won a sweepstakes, giving them free access to Ninevah where the Cheese Curls are produced. They sneak Jonah into the city disguised as winners of the sweepstakes, thought they are all promptly arrested for Larry's theft of the King's personal Cheese Twists. After sentenced to death by "the Fish Slap of No Return", they are granted an audience with King Twistomer (Apollo Gourd). When King Twistomer hears that Jonah has survived in the belly of a whale, he listens to his message. Jonah delivers the message given to him by God. He tells them they should repent and amend their ways, or Nineveh will be destroyed. King Twistomer and the Ninevites quickly repent.

Still expecting the Ninevites to be destroyed, Jonah watches and waits from a distance. Khalil is disappointed in Jonah, and tries to explain to him that God is compassionate and merciful. But Jonah, feeling pathetic and self-important, can't accept that. The story ends with Khalil and Reginald leaving Jonah on a cliff overlooking the city.

Back in the present day, the Veggies are disappointed in the anticlimactic ending but come to understand the point of the story: that God wants everybody to show compassion and mercy, even to those that don't seem to deserve it. Twippo (also Archibald Asparagus) appears in the restaurant unexpectedly and offers to give everybody a lift to the concert, while Bob forgives Dad Asparagus and Junior gives his Twippo ticket to Laura. The film ends with a grand musical number and the arrival of the tow truck driver (Khalil), whom Twippo seems to recognize.

CharactersEdit

  • Unnamed porcupine (debut, cameo in the begining)
  • Bob the Tomato
  • Dad Asparagus
  • Joshua (junior) Asparagus (debut)
  • Laura Carrot
  • Annie
  • Percy Pea
  • a family of porcupines (debut)
  • Jean Claude Pea
  • Phillipe Pea
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything
  • Jonah (debut)
  • Reginald the Camel (debut)
  • Sheep
  • Unnamed female german gourds (debut)
  • Jopponian Townsperson of Isrel:
    • Jopponina asparagus (debut)
    • Aaron (debut)
    • Joppa cucumber #1 (debut)
    • Joppa scallion (debut)
    • Jopponian green tomato #1 (debut)
    • Joppa Zucchini (debut)
    • Jopponian green tomato #2 (debut)
    • Joppa bright-orange gourd (debut)
    • Joppa Green Squash (debut)
    • Joppa Onion (debut)
    • Penelope
    • Jerry Gourd
    • Jimmy Gourd (non-speaking)
    • Joppa bright-yellow gourd #1 (debut)
    • Joppa Cucumber (debut)
    • Jopponian green onion (debut)
    • Jopponian Cucumber (debut)
    • Joppa small pea (debut)
    • Joppa Pea aka Wisemen (debut)
    • Joppa gourd (debut)
    • Miriam's mother (debut)
    • Joppa bright-yellow gourd #2 (debut)
    • Jopponina small pea (debut)
    • Miriam's father (debut)
    • Joppa pea father and his baby (debut)
    • Joppa yellow tomato (debut)
    • Joppa yellow gourd (debut)
    • Joppa asparagus #1 (debut)
    • Joppa asparagus #2 (debut)
    • Jopponian grape children (debut)
    • Mabel
  • Unnamed nineveh guardians (debut, cameo)
  • Whooping BBQ Pea (debut, cameo)
  • Scooter
  • Self Help Tape Voice (debut)
  • Khalil (debut)
  • The Whale (debut)
  • Vegetables Singers:
    • Singer 1 (debut)
    • Singer 2 (debut)
    • Singer 3 (debut)
    • Singers (debut)
  • Crazy Jopponian (debut)
  • Cockney Pea #1 (debut)
  • Cockney Pea #2 (debut)
  • Citizens of Nineveh:
    • Unnamed villager old man
    • Unnamed nineveh carrot men #1 (debut)
    • Unnamed nineveh carrot men #2 (debut)
    • Unnamed nineveh carrot men #3 (debut)
    • Unnamed nineveh carrot men #4 (debut)
    • Unnamed nineveh carrot men #5 (debut)
    • Unnamed nineveh carrot men #6 (debut)
    • Unnamed nineveh carrot men #7 (debut)
    • Unnamed nineveh carrot men #8 (debut)
    • Unnamed nineveh carrot men #9 (debut)
    • Unnamed nineveh carrot men #10 (debut)
    • Unnamed nineveh carrot women #1 (debut)
    • Unnamed nineveh carrot women #2 (debut)
    • Unnamed nineveh carrot women #3 (debut)
    • Unnamed nineveh carrot women #4 (debut)
    • Unnamed nineveh carrot women #5 (debut)
    • Unnamed nineveh carrot women #6 (debut)
    • Unnamed nineveh carrot women #7 (debut)
    • Unnamed nineveh carrot women #8 (debut)
    • Unnamed nineveh carrot women #9 (debut)
    • Unnamed nineveh carrot women #10 (debut)
    • Unnamed england boy
    • Unnamed village girl
    • Unnamed nineveh carrot women (jr.) #1 (debut)
    • Unnamed nineveh carrot women (jr.) #2 (debut)
  • Peas of Nineveh:
    • Unnamed nineveh pea men #1 (debut)
    • Unnamed nineveh pea men #2 (debut)
    • Unnamed nineveh pea men #3 (debut)
    • Unnamed nineveh pea men #4 (debut)
    • Unnamed nineveh pea men #5 (debut)
    • Unnamed nineveh pea men #6 (debut)
    • Unnamed nineveh pea men #7 (debut)
    • Unnamed nineveh pea men #8 (debut)
    • Unnamed nineveh pea men #9 (debut)
    • Unnamed nineveh pea men #10 (debut)
    • Unnamed nineveh pea women #1 (debut)
    • Unnamed nineveh pea women #2 (debut)
    • Unnamed nineveh pea women #3 (debut)
    • Unnamed nineveh pea women #4 (debut)
    • Unnamed nineveh pea women #5 (debut)
    • Unnamed nineveh pea women #6 (debut)
    • Unnamed nineveh pea women #7 (debut)
    • Unnamed nineveh pea women #8 (debut)
    • Unnamed nineveh pea women #9 (debut)
    • Unnamed nineveh pea women #10 (debut)
  • City Officer (debut)
  • City Officer's guards and men (debut)
  • King Twistomer (debut)

MusicEdit

  • "Billy Joe McGuffrey"
  • "Bald Bunny" (a cappella version, the remix version can be heard on the soundtrack only)
  • "Steak and Shrimp" (Remix) (Heard in both the movie and on the soundtrack)
  • "The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything", sung by Relient K (not played in the movie, but in the soundtrack)
  • "Message from the Lord" (was considered a single with a music video in April 2003 and played in the movie and heard on the soundtrack)
  • "No, It Cannot Be"
  • "Second Chances", sung by Anointed (also heard in the soundtrack of The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie, except during the movie)
  • "Jonah Was a Prophet"
  • "Belly of a Whale", sung by Newsboys
  • "The Credits Song Remix" (end credits only)
  • "Billy Joe McGuffrey" (Single Version), sung by Chris Rice (not played in the movie, but in the soundtrack)
  • "Jump, Jive an' Wail", sung by Brian Setzer (not played in the movie, but in the trailer)

Fun FactsEdit

ProductionEdit

Originally, the movie was going to be a 45 minute VeggieTales episode about Noah's Ark. But because animating animal fur is difficult, the story was switched over to Jonah due to water being easier to animate. After a long script writing, the team decided that the episode should be a feature-length film. All the characters for the movie were made in 1999, but production didn't begin until a year later due to the lack of people at Big Idea. They would eventually do an adaption on Noah later. When finding out who Jonah would be, the team though that Archibald shouldn't be Jonah since he wasn't deemed as a main character in the series. Larry was considered but was scrapped because he doesn't get serious, Bob was then a consideration since he's serious but since the story of Jonah ends with Jonah not learning the team didn't feel right about Bob not learning anything. At one point, Junior was even considered which didn't make sense at all. At the end, the team had no choice but to go with Archibald. After the film's release, Big Idea faced bankruptcy and got bought out by Classic Media (which then later got bought out by DreamWorks and was renamed to DreamWorks Classics.) After the bankruptcy, Phil Vischer left his position as President of Big Idea but he still writes scripts for the episodes and still does the voices.