Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Samson's Hairbrush is the 25th episode of VeggieTales and the first Minnesota Cuke episode.
The main feature is a parody of the Indiana Jones films, specificity "Raiders of the Lost Ark".
On the countertop Bob and Larry both get letters from two different kids Bob gets a letter from a kid from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. And Larry gets a Letter from a kid from San Antonio, Texas about being bullied and what God says to do about it and start a couple of stories.
In "Bully Trouble", Junior is a young boy who is discouraged when a big bully named Mount Gourdon claims the playground as his own and threatens to pound anyone who trespasses. Back in his tree house, Junior starts daydreaming about being very heroic. When he declares that he is not afraid, Dad comes and gives him advice on how to overcome his fears.
Later, the kids return to the playground. Gourdon appears and threatens to pound Junior every day. But soon, the other kids gain courage to stand up to Gourdon as well. Gourdon leaves and everyone cheers.
In the Silly Song "Pizza Angel", Larry sends out for a pizza, but for some reason, it's taking a long time to arrive. Larry sings about missing his pizza in the style of a teen tragedy. Towards the middle of the song, some pea angels appear as backup singers. Finally, the Pizza man arrives and tells Larry that he couldn't find his house, so he got hungry and ate his pizza.
The main feature, "Minnesota Cuke", begins with Minnesota searching for the Golden Carrot Nose of the Abominable Snowman in the Himalayas. However, after a chain of events, his arch enemy, Professor Rattan, ends up swiping the Golden Carrot Nose and declaring, "Finders keepers!"
At the Moose Lake Children's Museum, Minnesota complains about Rattan to his assistant, Martin. Then, a Parkman from New York City arrives to inform Minnesota about a plot to steal Samson's hairbrush, which is believed to possess the great powers of Samson. Apparently, Canadians want to use the power of the hairbrush to take over both halves of Niagara Falls. Minnesota decides he wants to use the power of the brush to get revenge on Rattan.
The first stop in his search is an ice cream shop in Malta. He seeks advice from an old friend, a former archaeologist named Julia. She gives him an address where he can find out more. Shortly after he leaves, Rattan arrives seeking the same information. When Julia refuses, Rattan sets the freezer to melt causing strawberry ice cream to flood the entire shop. Minnesota returns to save Julia, and she informs Minnesota they must go to Seville.
In the Barbershop of Seville, they are welcomed by barbers Figaro and Leo, who tell Minnesota of the Catacombs where the hairbrush is secluded. They offer him a map, which Rattan immediately steals. However, they also inform Minnesota of a shortcut to the Catacombs. Minnesota finds the hairbrush, but is confronted by Rattan and the Parkman (who was working for Rattan the entire time) who have captured Julia. Minnesota offers him the brush for Julia's freedom. Martin calls and claims that the brush has no power, that Samson's power came from God rather than the artifact. Minnesota and Julia escape the Catacombs but again run into Rattan and the Parkman. Figaro and Leo arrive with two Canadian Mounties who attempt to arrest Rattan, but Minnesota shows compassion by convincing them to let him go. This redeems Rattan, who offers the brush in return for friendship and Minnesota keeps it in Martin's Children's Museum. Back at the countertop the lessons learned are that sometimes we can't do anything to change a bully and that God doesn't want us to try to get even because that just make us bullies too but God wants to love them.
- Bob the Tomato
- Larry the Cucumber
- Joshua (junior) Asparagus
- Percy Pea
- Laura Carrot
- Lil' Pea
- Unnamed villager women
- a pea with a gray cloak
- Unnamed villager man
- a pea with a white pants and hat
- a pea with a gray hat
- Don Gourdon (gound-dragon) (debut)
- Don Gourdon (debut)
- Unnamed french-football players (debut, flashback)
- Don Gourdon (footbal players) (debut)
- Da Couch (debut only)
- Scooter Carrot
- Unnamed female pea cheerleaders (debut)
- Pizza Angel singers (debut)
- Jimmy Gourd
- Minnesota Cuke (debut)
- Marten (debut)
- Professor Rattan (debut)
- The Parkman (debut)
- Julia (debut)
- The Philistines (mentioned)
- picture model:
- The Peach
- Unnamed carrot women (debut)
- The Barbershoppers (debut)
- Soleil (a poodle)
- Oscar the Polish Cateter
- Blind Lincoln Lemon
- Jerry Gourd
- White, wheat, and sourdough are different types of beard.
- The stops Minn made before he went to Malta were Lombard and Franklin. Lombard was the previous location where Big Idea reside before, and Franklin is the current place the company is.
- Capsise is Italian for "You get it?" or "You understand?".
- This is the first episode to have more than one letter to answer. Not counting Lyle since they never state who wrote the letters for that episode.
- This episode was gonna be released on May 2005, then it was pushed to late August. It was finally released on late June.
- In some shots of Malta, there's a poster about a missing falcon.
- The canisters returned, but only two came back. The third would return after the countertop's redesign.
- Larry did get fan letter in the first Larry-Boy episode, though it was in the form of a email.
- Scooter's nose is in a different color.
- In the dream sequences, Annie isn't wearing her glasses.
- After Matren shows the newspaper to Minn, he puts it away behind, and it disappears, as it was hammerspace.
- It was never explained why Julia gave up being an archaeologist in the first place.
- Minnesota sorta breaks the fourth wall when the camera was looking at the bottom.
- The melted ice cream in the malt shop is portrayed as a yogurt type liquid. In real life, the ice cream would've been more frothy type. The crew acknowledged this.
- After Minnesota rescues Julia, the table that she was standing that's about to be shredded was already in pieces.
- Some of the background characters were from the previous episode.
- The crushed can Gourdon kicks is the same from Sumo.
- During the credits, you can spot a whale, a pirate ship with a life saver, Lyle's boat, and four penguins, who are Zidgel, Midgel, Fidgel, and Kevin.
- Cuke says when he's suspended over the bridge, "Worms! Why'd it have to be worms?" This is a reference to a quote from Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. Only Indiana says "Snakes! Why'd it have to be Snakes."
Real World ReferencesEdit
- Junior's dream in the begging and end of Bully Trouble is a spoof on Robin Hood.
- Mr. Nezzer's dream outfit is a spoof on Mike Ditka's.
- Minn mention Rattan once stole Salvador's dolly. This is most likely referring to the painter Salvador Dali.
- Mr. Cuke would eventually find Noah's umbrella.
- The arrow plungers would be used again in the next episode.
There's a later episode where they spoof Robin Hood.
Directed by TIM HODGE
Produced by COLIN M. DAVIS SUSAN KAPIGIAN DAVID PITTS
Story Development TIM HODGE MIKE NAWROCKI DAVID PITTS GAIL SCHENBAUM
Production Coordinators COLIN M. DAVIS AMY HENDON LISA ANN MEAWASIGE-KERTESZ ANDREW YOUSSI
Written by TIM HODGE ROBERT G. LEE
Storyboarding by TOD CARTER BRIAN K. ROBERTS
Art Director JAE WOOK CHUNG
Concept Art JONATHAN REICH JOSEPH SAPULICH JOE SPADAFORD CHARLES VOLLMER
Additional Concept Art BRIAN K. ROBERTS
Title Designs PAUL CONRAD RODNEY PAYTON JOHN TRAUSCHT
Character Voices DAN ANDERSON KRISTIN BLEGEN TIM HODGE ALLY NAWROCKI MIKE NAWROCKI BRIAN K. ROBERTS JOE SPADAFORD CYDNEY TRENT LISA VISCHER PHIL VISCHER
Post-Production Supervisor DAVE McCARTNEY
Edited by FRED PARAGANO J. CHRIS WALL
Online Editor BRYAN LUREN
Offline Editors ADAM GARNER PAT WAKEFIELD
Character Dialog Recording FRED PARAGANO
Recording Assistant RIC JURGENS
Supervising Sound Editor JUSTIN DRURY
Sound Effects Editor BAXTER MERRY
Executive Sound Editor Supervisor JOE SERAFINI
Dialog Editor ADAM BOLDUC
CG Supervisor JEFF BELL
Modeling Supervisors MIKE GAUTHIER MARK NEYSMITH
Modeling Artists JEFF CAPOGRECO AAZIM KHAN IAIN MCLUCKIE PATRICK PAUTLER MARC SOULIERE
Surfacing Artist HEATHER GAGNIER
Animation Supervisors PAUL KOHUT DANIEL KRZYWANIA
Character Animators MOYSIS ANTONIOU MARY BEKIARIS SEAN COGHLIN MICHAEL DEMUR MIKE DHARNEY EMILY DOEHLER-KNOX KRISTEN LESTER JESSE LICKMAN CEDRIC LO SONIA LUK ERIC MURRAY DAN TURNER
Lighting Supervisors KANG SUB LEE SCOTT SANDERSON
Lighting Artist CHRISTOPHER DERWIANKO
Lighting T.D. MARK BODANIS
Effects Supervisor WARREN LAWTEY
Effects Artists PAUL JEWELL EDDY YIFENG XUAN
Lead Compositors ALAN KENNEDY PAUL STODOLNY
Compositors ALLISON GARDNER DANIEL LOWENBERG BRYAN LUREN RIAN McNAMARA ZEBULON PIKE PAT WAKEFIELD
Directors of Technical Development TERRY DALE JOS’H R. L. FULLER SIMON FUNG
Software Development MIKE HARRIS TOMMY ZHU
Musical Score Composed And Produced by KURT HEINECKE
Instrument JOHN TRAUSCHT
Choir GRETCHEN HEINECKE KURT HEINECKE RACHAEL PITTS
Office Managers LISA GRIFFIN CRYSTAL HENRICKSON
Studio Systems Administrators ANDREW KLAASSEN DAMIAN UPTON GREG WHYNOTT
Human Resources RENA DALMASSO
Special Thanks To The Big Idea Family
Executive In Charge Of Production TERRY PEFANIS