Josh and the Big Wall! is the ninth episode of the VeggieTales animated series. It was released in June 8, 1999 by Word Entertainment, and March 28, 2000 by Lyrick Studios on VHS. In April 16, 2002 on DVD. It is subtitled "A Lesson in Obedience." The story follows the plight of the Israelites and the Battle of Jericho.
On the Countertop, Bob the Tomato, accompanied by Junior Asparagus in place of Larry the Cucumber, greet the viewers. Bob then tells the viewers that Larry was a little bit tired after the last episode so he had to rest up for a while, before explaining further that Junior decided to help out as well. Bob then explains to Junior that they got a letter from Victor Bartholomew from Sausalito, California, who explains that there was a kid named Louis in his class who hit him, before learning in church that God wants us to follow God's directions, but he actually wants to hit Louis back, before asking whether to do it his way or God's way. Junior sympathizes with Victor, saying that sometimes, he doesn't always follow God's directions either, before asking Bob if they have any stories about that. Bob answers that question by asking Junior if he remembers the Israelites. Junior says that he remembers them, before asking Bob if the Israelites were supposed to be God's chosen people, which Bob confirms. Junior then confidently states that he bets that the Israelites always followed God's directions, before Bob tells him that they didn't always do what God said for them to do. When Junior asks why that is, Bob then tells Junior that it would be better to show him than to tell him, which confuses Junior. Bob then tells Junior to close his eyes and not to open them until he tells him to. When Bob and Junior both close their eyes, they find themselves transported into the deserts of Israel.
Josh and the Big WallEdit
Once Bob and Junior have been transported to the deserts of Israel, Junior is surprised, wondering how they got there, before Bob tells him that they are using their imaginations. There, the two find themselves in the desert, where the Israelites are tending to their sheep. When Junior asks what the Israelites are doing in the desert, Bob answers the question by telling Junior about how Moses helped to lead his people out of Egypt and to the Promised Land, thanks to some guidance from a burning bush. At first, Junior thinks that they're in the Promised Land, but Bob tells him that they're actually in the desert, while the Promised Land is actually a wonderful place where you could grow crops and that there was lots of food. Of course, he then explains that because the Israelites kept disobeying God's word, God had them stay in the desert for 40 years as punishment. When Bob also explains that Moses died after 40 years had passed, Junior is confused, thinking that the story was about Moses, but Bob corrects him, saying that the story is actually about Joshua.
The camera then Whip Pans over to Joshua (played by Larry the Cucumber) while Bob explains to Junior that Joshua was Moses' helper, and when Moses had passed away, Joshua was appointed as the new leader of the Israelites. Josh then asks Bob is he knows him, but Bob tells him that he's the narrator. Bob then tells Junior that while the Israelites were sad about Moses' death, it was also a happy day for them, because at last, it was finally time for them to leave the desert. Once all of the Israelites (played by Pa Grape, Tom Grape, Percy Pea, Scooter Carrot, Jimmy Gourd, and Jerry Gourd) find out about this, they become joyous, singing the song "Promised Land" about how they're happy to be finally heading for the Promised Land at last after so long. After the song ends, the Israelites, led by Josh, head off towards the Promised Land. However, they find that there is one obstacle standing in their way; Jericho!
The Song of the CebúEdit
Larry is showing Jimmy and Jerry Gourd and Junior Asparagus his vacation slides in what the announcer calls "a sequential stereophonic multimedia event". Larry then sings "The Song of the Cebu", telling Jimmy, Jerry, and Junior a story about a boy who had three cebu (a sick cebu, a sad cebu, and a mute cebu), along with a hippo. During the song, Larry also shows them pictures of his Aunt Ruth, and pictures of him at a bull fight, along with the bull's cousin, which is a cebu. Archibald then shows up, demanding to know what a cebu is, before Larry explains to him that it's kind of like a cow. Once Archibald sees the similarities, he then decides to let Larry resume. Larry then resumes singing, before Jimmy, Jerry, and Junior also join in the song as well, singing about how the boy rode into town in his canoe with his cebu. However, Larry ends up messing the slides, as Archibald shows up, wanting to know what happened next. When Larry shows more of his vacation slides, Archibald says that what Larry is doing is quite disappointing and wants to speak to Bob about this. Larry then finds a picture of what he thinks is a cebu, before realizing that it's actually a water buffalo. Jimmy, Jerry, and Junior then hop off while singing about how the song needs another verse, before Jimmy states that he wants his money back, which Jerry agrees with.
The Israelites find that Jericho is standing between them and the path to the Promised Land, before two of the Jerichites (played by the French Peas, Jean-Claude and Phillipe) look down to notice the Israelites down below. When Josh tells the Jerichites that they need to get through, the Jerichites just taunt them (in a jab to that of Monty Python and the Holy Grail), telling Josh that they have a wall but he does not. Josh then threatens the Jerichites that if they don't let him and the Israelites through, they'll have to come in after them, which the Jerichites laugh at, before one of them accidentally knocks his slushy off the edge. Jimmy ends up getting hit with the slushy as a result, as he states that they should fall back and regroup. The Israelites then go back the way they came, while Bob explains to Junior that Josh and the others needed to figure out a way to get past the wall, so they talked it over that night.
That night, while the Israelites are gathered around the fire, they discuss about how to get past the wall. Pa Grape wants to go back to Egypt, thinking that it was paradise there, and when Tom states that they were in slavery, Pa responds that nothing is perfect. Jimmy then says that the land is rightfully theirs and that the only way they can get through to it is to take out the wall, before asking Jerry if he agrees with him, which Jerry does rather hesitantly. Josh then decides to go out a ways to do some thinking, before he is approached by the Commander of the Lord's Army (played by Archibald Asparagus), to which Josh then (literally) falls face down to the ground in reverence. The Commander then explains to Josh about the Lord's plan to take out Jericho once and for all. He then explains that for the first six days, Josh and the Israelites are to march around Jericho once a day, and on the seventh day, to march around the city seven times. Also on the seventh day, they are to have priests blow some horns while they march, and once they've marched seven times around the city, and when the priests blow a loud blast on their horns, all the people are to give a loud shout and the walls of the city will collapse, and Jericho will be theirs.
The next morning, Josh then explains the plan to the Israelites. After Josh explains this plan, the plan is met with some skepticism, particularly from Jimmy who says that the plan would work better if the walls were made out of jello, before Jerry gleefully states that they could eat them. Jimmy then tells Josh that their plan is a bit more sophisticated, before revealing that he and Jerry have built a rocket, which they christen "The Wallminator 3000". The rest of the Israelites praise the two Gourd brothers for the rocket, while Junior is worried that the Israelites are going to ignore God's directions again. Fortunately, Bob tells him that Josh has something to say. Josh tells the Israelites that they've forgotten something, before he starts singing about how the Lord knows what he doing and that they should follow him. The Israelites have no other choice now but to reluctantly go along with the plan, before they start marching around Jericho.
Jean-Claude and Phillipe look down in time to notice the Israelites marching around the city, before they ask them what they're doing. When Jimmy explains what they're doing, the French Peas then start taunting them by singing the song "Keep Walking", before a bunch of other peas join in the song. After the peas finish singing, they then bombard the Israelites with a multitude of slushies, forcing the Israelites to retreat. That night, as Josh and the Israelites discuss about the plan once again, the Israelites are now on the verge of rebellion, as Josh tries to talk them out of it, to no avail. Fortunately, Junior is able to convince the Israelites to stick to the plan, and that even though God's directions don't always make sense, the least they could do is remember that God's way is the best way. After Junior sings to the Israelites about how God's way is the best way, he then asks who's ready to go back to Jericho. Soon, the Israelites decide to give the plan another chance.
The next morning, the Israelites are able to march around Jericho once again, despite the French Peas still throwing slushies at them. On the seventh day, the Israelites then march around the city seven times, while the priests blow their horns. Once the Israelites have marched around the city seven times and when the priests blow on their horns, everyone then yells really loud, but after several minutes of yelling, nothing happened. Jean-Claude and Phillipe start laughing, thinking that they're off the hook, before a single brick suddenly jumps loose from behind them. Once the French Peas realize what's going on, Josh and the Israelites then back up just as Jericho then collapses. After the French Peas regain themselves, they run off in terror when Josh appears in front of them. Bob then tells Junior that the Israelites finally did what God told them and the walls fell down, and that after 40 years, the Israelites were finally able to make it to their new home. During this explanation, Jimmy laments that he picked a lousy day to wear his contacts. The Israelites then journey on through Jericho, while Jimmy asks if anyone has any saline.
Back on the Countertop, Bob asks Junior what he thought of the story, which Junior says that it was fun. Junior then asks Bob if the Israelites really built a rocket and got slushies dropped on their heads, to which Bob replies that they didn't, and that they were just using their imaginations. Bob and Junior then appear next to Qwerty, saying that it's time to talk about what they've learned, before the "What We Have Learned" song plays again. Bob goes off to turn off the song, before a slushy falls right in front of his path, thanks to the French Peas, who state that they love that song. After the song ends, Junior explains that the Israelites learned that God's way is the best way and that God wants us to follow the directions that he gives us. Bob and Junior then consult Qwerty for a verse, to which Qwerty brings up the verse, which is "As for God, his way is perfect. 2nd Samuel 22:31a". Bob then tells Victor to remember what God told him, before stating that maybe Louis doesn't need a punch in the nose, but maybe needs a friend, which Junior agrees with. Bob and Junior then say goodbye to the viewers before leaving, but then Larry shows up in his pajamas (which are the same ones that he wore in "Oh, Santa" from "The Toy That Saved Christmas) before asking if it's time for the show. The lights then go dim and Qwerty turns off, leaving Larry in the dark as he says "Aw, nuts!" before the episode ends.
- Bob the Tomato
- Junior Asparagus
- Moses (Josh) (debut, cameo)
- a burning bush (debut, cameo)
- Pa Grape
- Tom Grape
- Percy Pea
- Scooter Carrot
- Jimmy Gourd
- Jerry Gourd
- Israelites ark-beares (debut)
- Aunt Ruth
- Baby Pickle (debut, cameo)
- Goliath (cameo)
- Ark Peas (debut)
- Silly Song Narrator
- a little boy (debut)
- three cebus (debut)
- a sick cebu (debut)
- a sad cebu (debut)
- a mute cebu (debut)
- a hippo (debut)
- Dad Asparagus (picture)
- Airport stewardess (debut)
- Pilot (debut)
- the bull (debut)
- Unnamed potato father
- Unnamed potato father
- Unnamed potato son #1
- Unnamed potato son #2
- the bull's cousin (debut)
- a cow (debut)
- The Peach (silly song only)
- Jerichites (debut)
- Injury Jerichitian (debut, cameo)
- The lord says to you Joshua; "See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands! March around the city once with all your men. Do this each day for six days! Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets! When you hear them sound a long blast, have all the people give a loud shout, and the walls of the city will collapse-- and Jericho will be yours!"
- The angel delivering God's message to Joshua
- Saline is a mixture of sodium chloride (salt and sterile water). It's commonly used for contact lens solution and nasal irrigation sprays.
- This is the first time someone spitted in a episode.
- This marks the last appearance for Tom Grape.
- This also marks the first physical debut appearance of Phillipe. Jean Claude was originally paired with Christophe and Phillipe was previously heard in the Christmas album.
- According to the concept art, there were a few differences between that and the final.
- The ark was going to be on wheels.
- The helmets on the army of Jericho were going to be colanders and something to an Asian straw hat. Also, the helmets would've covered the Peas' eyesight, but still would've see (ala Tom Grape and Mr. Lunt)
- The wall was going to be extendable, which starts as a low wall and folds up to become bigger.
- There was going to be a motorcycle.
- There was going to be more shots of the walls of Jericho collapsing for the episode, but they were cancelled due to money running low and the episode's deadline.
- This was one of the first episodes to be release on DVD back in 2002, which was later release in 2009. Besides the art cover, the DVDs (both menus and features) are identical, with the exception of the FBI warning and trailers.
- The lighting has changed from what was from the previous episodes. Phil stated this because they had a new lighting technician after the previous one left.
- This is also the first time the characters had a different color look, which results them not as shiny. This was done by their lighting director at the time and Jon Gadbsy.
- After God told Moses about the Promise Land, you can still see part of the clothing after he leaves the screen.
- As you'll notice in some shots, the legs on the sheep don't touch the ground, making them float in mid-air.
- In the first of Jericho, the slushie cup wasn't there until it showed up in the closeups of the Peas. It then vanished again after the Peas asked Joshua who they are. It then reappear after Joshua told the Peas that they have to leave.
- This episode has a few nods to Dave and the Giant Pickle, such as:
- It's a retelling of a Bible story
- The story takes place in the desert, and the costumes the characters wore (Jimmy, Jerry, Tom, and Junior) were recycled.
- Goliath and the sheep are in it.
- The French Peas were portrayed as the bad guys.
- A few mentions of lack of body parts, such as:
- Tom stating to his father how they're clapping.
- Jimmy saying he has slushy in his ear.
Real World ReferencesEdit
- Like Dave, this episode contained a small nod to the Monty Python series. Here, the French Peas taunt Josh and the Israelites from above the wall. This is reminiscent in Holy Grail, where the French taunt King Arthur and his men from their fort.
- As Phil confirmed, the moving arrow action on the map is similar what the Indiana Jones films did.
- Junior will become co-host again for a later episode, even the opening for this episode where they imagine themselves in the story.
Directed by CHRIS OLSEN PHIL VISCHER
Produced by CHRIS OLSEN
Production Coordinator JENNIFER COMBS
Written by MIKE NAWROCKI PHIL VISCHER
Storyboarding by LUIS CONTRERAS
Additional Storyboarding by EVERETT DOWNING DANIEL LOGSDON
Concept Art LUIS CONTRERAS DANIEL LOPEZ MUNOZ JOSEPH SAPULICH
Character Voices MIKE NAWROCKI JIM POOLE LISA VISCHER PHIL VISCHER
Edited by MIKE NAWROCKI
Sound Effects Editor MIKE NAWROCKI
Modeling Supervisor DANIEL LOPEZ MUNOZ
Modeling Artists AARON HARTLINE MIKE LAUBACH DANIEL LOPEZ MUNOZ BRYAN MOLL
Animation Supervisors THOMAS DANEN RON SMITH
Character Animators THOMAS DANEN ROBERT ELLIS JOE MCFADDEN LENA SPOKE NATHAN TUNGSETH
Additional Animation ADAM HOLMES MIKE LAUBACH BRYAN MOLL MIKE NAWROCKI
Lighting Supervisor JON GADSBY
Lighting Artists CARA BUKOVSKI ADAM HOLMES
Effects Supervisor JON GADSBY
Effects Artists CARA BUKOVSKI ADAM HOLMES
Render Management KEN GREENE
Software Development DAVE BOCK KEN GREENE
Musical Score Composed And Produced by KURT HEINECKE
Audio Engineering MIKE NAWROCKI
Choir KURT HEINECKE TIM JOHNSON PHIL VISCHER
Studio Systems Administrator TODD SEEMANN
Content Consultant SCOTTIE MAY Ed.D.
Special Thanks To JAMIE CHAVEZ BILL HALJUN BEN HOWARD KARYN LINDGREN TIM WILLIAMS WAYNE ZEITNER And The Big Idea Family