Madame Blueberry is the tenth episode of VeggieTales. It was released in October 5, 1999 on VHS. This is loosely based on the French novel "Madame Bovary."
Madame Blueberry is rich and lives in a sparsely-decorated treehouse. Though her butlers (portrayed by Bob and Larry) attend to her every whim, they find themselves unable to lift Blueberry's spirits. The only happiness she seems to have comes from photographs of her neighbor's possessions. One day, a trio of salesmen (the Scallions) arrive at Madame Blueberry's treehouse to promote a new local mega-store, saying the store has everything Blueberry needs to be happy. Though Bob has his doubts, Blueberry eagerly follows the three salesmen to the store.
Along the way, she sees Annie happily celebrating her birthday with her parents, though all she has to celebrate with is a piece of apple pie. She wonders why Annie is so happy with so little, but forgets about it upon entering the store. Blueberry goes on a buying spree and has it all delivered to her tree house.
During a lunch break, Blueberry sees Junior Asparagus's excitement over a new ball his dad bought for him and his disappointment that his dad could not afford the train set he really wanted. Blueberry again wonders how someone can be happy with so little while she is not happy despite having everything she wants. Blueberry finally is thankful for what she has.
The on-going deliveries to the tree house cause the back door to open and dump her possessions into the lake below. The sudden loss of weight causes the tree to fling the house onto the ground where it collapses. Blueberry is comforted by the presence of her butlers, Annie, Junior, and their parents, and trusts that everything will turn out right in the end.
We see Bob the Tomato standing all alone on the Countertop, while trying to greet the kids, when the sound of a horn honking is heard before Larry drives past him from behind in a jeep. Bob tries again in greeting the kids when the jeep drives by once again. Bob then asks Larry what he's doing and for him to come over, to which Larry replies that he'll be right there. Larry then drives up to Bob in the jeep after that. When Bob asks what this thing is that Larry is driving, Larry explains that it's his "Soo-Vee Action Jeep", which he's been waiting for forever and now it's his at last. Bob tells Larry that he must be happy to have a cool toy like that, before Larry admits that he's almost happy, which Bob is confused about. Larry then hops out from the jeep and explains that there's one more thing he needs to be happy, which is the "Soo-Vee Action Camper", which he explains that you hook up to the back of the jeep and that he'll be ready for a weekend of wilderness fun. When Bob asks Larry if he'll be happy once he gets the camper, Larry explains that there's also the Dirtbike, the Jetski, and the Hang-glider, to which Bob asks Larry how much stuff he needs to be happy. Larry also does not know how much stuff he needs, before Bob then says that this would be a good topic for today's show. However, Jean-Claude and Phillipe Pea show up, saying that they may be able to help out, before Jean-Claude asks Bob where French Peas come from. When Bob answers "France", Jean-Claude then tells him that in France, they have a story that can help their problems called "Madame Blueberry". Larry says that he's seen it before, asking if it has Jerry Lewis in it, to which Jean-Claude says that it does not, before saying, "Be quiet and watch the show".
We are then treated to a beautiful forest scenery, before the camera pans across the forest, as a butterfly flies across the sky. Finally, the camera then pans towards what looks like a large and beautiful treehouse in the middle of the forest, which stands in front of a pond. Jean-Claude then narrates that Madame Blueberry was a sad little berry who lived by herself in a house in a tree. Her butlers, Bob and Larry, show up every morning at nine, before Madame Blueberry then opens the door as she starts singing about how she's so blue that she don't know what to do. Bob and Larry are able to help Madame Blueberry with washing the dishes, but Madame Blueberry complains about how the things she has aren't as good as they were, as well as envying all the things that her neighbors have. After the song ends, Madame Blueberry starts crying, while Bob and Larry try her best to help her snap out of her funk, to no avail.
When Larry is bringing a tray of tea, he looks out the window to see some construction going on a little ways off. Bob and Madame Blueberry also join him, before seeing that what is being built is a brand new store called "Stuff-Mart". The doorbell then rings, before Bob goes to answer it. Bob then calls out to Madame Blueberry that there's someone to see her. A trio of salesmen (played by The Scallions) explain to Madame Blueberry that they come from Stuff-Mart and were wondering if Madame Blueberry would be interested in going shopping there. When Madame Blueberry expresses interest, the salesmen then give her a Stuff-Mart catalog, before they start singing the "Stuffmart Rap", explaining to Madame Blueberry about all the interesting things you can buy there. However, Bob is dubious, thinking that it's not good to just buy more and more stuff to be happy, while the lead salesman tries to tell him otherwise. Soon, the salesmen lead Bob, Larry, and Madame Blueberry to the direction of Stuff-Mart after that.
Silly Songs with LarryEdit
We see that Larry is stuck in a bear trap, before Archibald Asparagus shows up, explaining that due to the disastrous outcome of the previous Silly Song, management has decided to review compositions from other performers for this segment. Among the alternate songs that we screened, one was selected based on the sense of artistry and all-around propriety. When Larry asks what Archibald is saying, Archibald answers that Silly Songs is cancelled until further notice. Larry then asks how he's supposed to get out of the bear trap, with Archibald telling him that he'll think of something. (Archibald & Larry: Just a moment! Wait! Stop talking! Excuse me, I have an announcement! (clears throat) "Because of the high standards we on this show strive to adhere to, and as a result of the disastrous outcome of the previous silly song, management has decided to review compositions from other performers for this segment. Several songs were screened and we chose one based on the applicants sense of artistry and all around proprietary." Thank you. So what are you saying? I'm saying, "Silly Songs is cancelled until further notice." Oh Yeah?! Well them how'm I supposed to get out of this bear trap? I'm sure you'll figure something out.)
Mr. Lunt starts singing the song "His Cheeseburger", telling the story about how Jerry Gourd is desperate for a cheeseburger from Burger Bell, but is unable to get one on account of the restaurant being closed. Because of that, he stays at the restaurant all night until the morning comes. When Jerry awakes, he looks ahead to see a billboard for Denny's, promoting an offer of bacon and eggs for half price. Jerry then decides to take this offer, promising to come back for a cheeseburger when lunchtime comes. After the song ends, Archibald then tells Mr. Lunt "I thought you were going to sing about growing up in Connecticut!", with Mr. Lunt replying "I grew up in New Jersey.".
Bob, Larry, and Madame Blueberry are stilling following after the Stuff-Mart salesmen towards the direction (while Larry runs into a low-hanging tree branch along the way), before Madame Blueberry looks over to see a little girl (played by Annie the Onion) and her parents celebrating the little girl's birthday with some oatmeal and a piece of apple pie, since they don't have very much. The little girl then starts singing about all the things she's thankful for, which confuses Madame Blueberry, before she continues onward towards Stuff-Mart. Once inside Stuff-Mart, Madame Blueberry then starts shopping for all the things that she could ever want, with everything that she's purchased getting shipped to her house.
While Bob, Larry, and Madame Blueberry take a lunch break at the food court, Bob asks Madame Blueberry if she's done shopping and ready to go home yet, but Madame Blueberry says that she will not leave until she had everything she needs to be happy. After she says this, a little boy (played by Junior Asparagus) asks his dad (played by Dad Asparagus) for the train set that he saw on TV, but Dad tells him that they cannot afford it. Then, as an alternative, he asks Junior if he would like a ball, which Junior says that he would like. Junior then starts singing, thanking his dad for the day they had together and the fun that they had together while playing with the ball his dad bought him. This confuses Madame Blueberry even further, before realizing that she wasn't really all that happy, even with everything she's been buying.
The salesmen then approach Madame Blueberry, telling her about another aisle for her to check out, which is toaster ovens. Madame Blueberry then says that she doesn't need a toaster oven, before telling the salesmen that what she really wants in life, like the boy with the ball and the girl with the piece of pie has, which is a happy heart. Madame Blueberry then says that she was so foolish, realizing that she's had so much that she ever had, and that all she wanted in life was more stuff, but now she's seen the light and that she'll be thankful for what she has, which Bob and Larry are happy to here. However, the trio then look over and notice that the treehouse is now starting to tip over, due to the weight of all of the stuff that's being stuffed into it. Bob and Madame Blueberry are able to commandeer shopping carts, but Larry is left with a shopping basket instead, which he just pushes along one step at a time.
Bob and Madame Blueberry are able to make it to her house, just as her treehouse finally becomes stable. However, the butterfly then comes along before landing on the weather vane, which causes the house to tip over and dump out all of Madame Blueberry's stuff into the pond. The last item to fall out is the air compressor, which causes the house to get flung off the tree before it crashes to the ground. Later, Bob, Larry, Madame Blueberry, Junior, and Dad Asparagus have been invited by Annie and her parents to join them in Annie's birthday celebration. Madame Blueberry and her friends then start singing a reprise of "The Thankfulness Song", singing about how they're thankful for everything that they have and that a thankful heart is a thankful heart, before the camera then pans on the sun setting in the distance.
Bob and Larry are both crying over the outcome of the story, with Jean-Claude telling them to pull themselves together. Jean-Claude and Phillipe then tell Bob that it's time to start the song, before the "What Have We Learned" song starts playing once again. Bob takes the time to blow his nose before the song resumes once again. After the song ends, Jean-Claude and Phillipe then leave Bob and Larry to review the lesson, with Larry explaining that "Madame Blueberry learned that being greedy makes you grumpy, but a thankful heart is a happy heart". Bob and Larry then go to see Qwerty for a verse, which Qwerty brings up as "He who is greedy for gain troubles his own house.... Proverbs 15:27a". Larry then states that being greedy gave Madame Blueberry trouble, with Bob adding that even before Madame Blueberry's house got smashed, being greedy made her a very grumpy berry. Larry agrees before saying that even if he doesn't get the Camper, the Dirtbike, or the Jetsky, he'll be thankful for what he has. Bob and Larry then sign off before leaving, as the episode ends.
- Bob the Tomato
- Larry the Cucumber
- Jean-Claude Pea
- Philippe Pea
- Madame butterfly (debut)
- Madame Blueberry (character) (debut)
- Monsieur LaGoon (debut, mentioned)
- Monsieur DesPlanes (debut, mentioned)
- Phillip Van Pea (debut, mentioned)
- Madame Lacrosse (debut, mentioned)
- Edward and Tammy (debut, mentioned)
- Art Bigotti (picture)
- Pa Grape (picture)
- Phil Winklestein (picture)
- Stuff-Mart choir (debut)
- The Scallions
- Silly Song Narrator
- Archibald Asparagus (silly song only)
- Mr. Lunt (silly song only)
- Jerry Gourd (silly song only)
- Mom and Dad Onion (debut)
- Banner Model
- an asparagus women (debut)
- Gladis (banner model) (debut)
- Dad Carrot
- Buzz-Saw Louie
- Grandpa Scallion (debut)
- Jimmy Gourd
- Stan Pea (debut)
- Fibrilious Minimus
- Junior Asparagus
- Dad Asparagus
- Madame Blueberry was actually concieved during the early process of VeggieTales when Phil Vischer and Mike Nawrocki were thinking of spoofing classic literature, before Where's God When I'm S-Scared? even came up.
- This was Chris Olsen's last video to work on, as well as John Wahba's first. He'd been working on VeggieTales at Big Idea since Where's God When I'm S-Scared?.
Directed by MIKE NAWROCKI
Produced by CHRIS OLSEN
Production Manager KARYN LINDGREN
Production Coordinator JENNIFER COMBS
Written by MIKE NAWROCKI PHIL VISCHER
Senior Storyboard Artist LUIS CONTRERAS
Storyboarding by JAMES BRECKENRIDGE LUIS CONTRERAS EVERETT DOWNING
Concept Art LUIS CONTRERAS AARON HARTLINE JOSEPH SAPULICH
Additional Concept Art AARON HARTLINE DANIEL LOPEZ MUNOZ JEREMY VICKERY
Character Voices DAN ANDERSON MEGAN MOORE BURNS MIKE NAWROCKI MIKE SAGE LISA VISCHER PHIL VISCHER SHELBY VISCHER
Edited by MIKE NAWROCKI JOHN WAHBA
Sound Effects Editor JOHN WAHBA
Dialogue Editors CHARLES RAMSEY ARM THEINPENG
Modeling Supervisor DANIEL LOPEZ MUNOZ
Modeling Artists AARON HARTLINE STEVE LEEPER DANIEL LOPEZ MUNOZ BRYAN MOLL JEREMY VICKERY
Layout Artists JAMES BRECKENRIDGE STEVE LEEPER
Animation Supervisor THOMAS DANEN
Character Animators THOMAS DANEN ROBERT ELLIS AARON HARTLINE ADAM HOLMES JOE MCFADDEN DANIEL PATRICK O’BRIEN NATHAN TUNGSETH JEREMY VICKERY
Additional Animation JON GADSBY MIKE LAUBACH DANIEL LOPEZ MUNOZ BRYAN MOLL RON SMITH
Lighting Supervisor JON GADSBY
Lighting Artists CARA BUKOVSKI ADAM HOLMES DANIEL PATRICK O’BRIEN
Effects Supervisor JON GADSBY
Effects Artists CARA BUKOVSKI ADAM HOLMES DANIEL PATRICK O’BRIEN
Render Management KEN GREENE SCOTT NELSON
Additional Render Management THOMAS DANEN ROBERT ELLIS JOE MCFADDEN NATHAN TUNGSETH
Software Development KEN GREENE SCOTT NELSON
Compositors CARA BUKOVSKI JON GADSBY AARON HARTLINE ADAM HOLMES DANIEL LOPEZ MUNOZ BRYAN MOLL DANIEL PATRICK O’BRIEN CHARLES RAMSEY ARM THEINPENG JEREMY VICKERY
Research and Development ADAM HOLMES MIKE LAUBACH JOE MCFADDEN CHRIS OLSEN RON SMITH
Musical Score Composed And Produced by KURT HEINECKE
Audio Engineering DOUG ACKMAN KURT HEINECKE LARRY HINDS MIKE NAWROCKI
Choir KURT HEINECKE MIKE NAWROCKI RAEANN POWELL GINGER TAM PHIL VISCHER
Instruments PETE DUGGAN KURT HEINECKE TIM JOHNSON BRAD SCHLUETER
Content Consultants SCOTTIE MAY Ed.D. LISA VISCHER
Special Thanks To MARK BUCZEK CHRIS OLSEN And The Big Idea Family
Executive Producer PHIL VISCHER