Saint Nicholas: A Story of Joyful Giving is the 35th episode of VeggieTales and the third holiday special of the series.
Everyone at town center are very happy Christmas is coming, especially Junior after getting two gold coins from his grandparents. Just then, Laura's dad shows up with his delivery truck breaking down, and he persuades Gus to repair it. However, because of his grouchy ways, Gus doesn't help out and closes his autoshop. Both Laura and her dad were sadden about this, because that means he'll lose his job and they won't get a Christmas tree. Junior suggests that Santa can help out, but Bob doesn't really think that's gonna work. He then decides to tell everyone at the center about the story of Nicholas, the origins of Santa.
The story starts at ancient Greece (which is now part of Turkey) and focuses on a small boy, who lives with happy and caring parents. However, he didn't understand why his parents like to help a lot towards others. Later that afternoon, Nicholas was fishing by the pier with his father when they spotted Gustav. The grouchy gourd fired one of his employees and the employee's daughters were worried about what happened. Nicholas' father gave the fired employee free fish, much to Gustav's appalled. Later that night, Nicholas' parents had a call from someone who was sick and needed help. Nicholas was worried that something might happened, which his predictions were right when he heard his parents died from the illness. Nicholas was left with wealth, but with no family with the exception of his servant Octavius.
Gustav came back and asks Nicholas on how he'll run the fishing business now his dad is gone. He decided to do the same thing by giving fish away, but one of Gustav's henchmen stole the basket of fish away from Nicholas and everyone was asking for some. With no other way, he runs away to a ship and sailed off to escape the calamity. Nicholas decided to head to Bethlehem, so he can find out about what his parents were talking about helping others. He eventually figured out when he spotted the church where Jesus was born, and a nun told about the goodness about helping others.
Nicky came back to his hometown afterwards, only to find it's been run by Gustav. He later told Octavius about what happened, and the servant knows about it as well. They decided to only to help others is to sneak the fish inside their clothing. As they're doing so, the daughters of Gustav's former employee were caught by giving toys away. As punishment, Gustav sentenced them that they'll have to pay three gold coins, or else they'll be thrown in jail.
Nicholas decides to help the daughters out, but he needs to be very stealthy as the Roman guards might spot him. So both he and Octavius decided to be in disguise, and it worked for the most part until Larry makes it worse by making the story to have snow. Because of the snow, Gustav and his army were able to track down both Nicky and Octavius. Things get worse as the pepper and gourd bumped into Bob and Larry, and they get stuck in a cart with sheep being dragged. Just as they're about to fall off the cliffs, the sheep decided to pull the cart with our heroes, and managed to safety cross. The old folk thanked Nicholas (who is still in disguise) for helping out his daughters, and the story ends with Nicky and Octavius hopping giving themselves nicknames.
Back in the town square, Junior was thinking how he can help his friend Laura. He then had an idea, and asked Jimmy, who then told Larry to see if they can help. The small asparagus went to Gus' shop, and gave him his gold coin to help pay the repairs for the truck to get fixed. He resisted as he needs more than just one coin, but soon the other town folks helped out thanks to Bob. Gus asked to Junior why he's doing, and his response is that we need to help others. Meanwhile, Larry and Jimmy decided to get a Christmas tree for the Carrot family, and had to do it in Santa's way. The Carrot family were surprised that they got the truck fixed, as well having a Christmas tree. The veggies felt happy to help out.
- Junior Asparagus
- Pa Grape
- Laura Carrot
- Mr. Lunt
- Epiphanus and Tona
- The Sea of Galilee is Israel's largest freshwater lake.
- The octopus is a cephalopod mollusc of the order Octopoda.
- October is the tenth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars and one of seven months with a length of 31 days.
- An octagon is an eight-sided polygon or 8-gon.
- According to Brian Roberts, this was the hardest episode to work on as there's hardly any information on the real St. Nicholas.
- Some of the nicknames Octavius tried to give to Nicky are Halibut, Nickerdoodle, Nickelback, Nickybopper, and Nick Junior.
- There were a few differences between pre-production and the final version:
- Originally, Nicholas ran away because everything at his town reminded too much of his parents.
- Laura's dad was just going to lose his job, and the other decided to help them by getting gifts. Brian changed it because he wanted to show Christmas is more than just gifts. Also because of this, he decided to bring Gustav in the town segments to give him some sort of redemption from the story.
- After the story ended, Bob told everyone about how the legend of Nicholas passed on.
- Extra dialogue from George was cut.
- The small girl pea who ran away was voiced by Sarah Vorhees.
- Like most of the episodes after The Wonderful Wizard of Ha's, the episode is made in 16:9 (widescreen), but is formatted into 4:3 (fullscreen) on the DVD release. This was fixed in the Netflix version.
- The scissors are cutting the fabric, despite it's not closed in.
- Despite the guards didn't spot Nicky the first time, a wanted poster of him was made.
- When the father tells Nicky the good news, Gustav is further away from the fish market. But in the next shot, he is closer.
- As stated in the commentary, there's no explanation why the stocking is by the fireplace, or why nothing's sticking it.
- The back cover states Larry suggests on writing a letter to Santa for Laura's help. However, it was Junior who suggested it.
- Nicky's pupils are slightly off in the wanted poster.
- When the cart was going uphill, Larry's toga vanished. But came back in the next scene when Larry asked Nicky about his Christmas list.
- Because the interior was reused from St. Bart's, the entrance has the London background.
- Bob says "You roll your dice, you move your mice. Nobody get's hurt". This was added by Brian Roberts
- This is the second time Mr. Lunt crossdressed.
- Nicky's first costume is reminisces to Larry-Boy.
Real World ReferencesEdit
- Nick Jr. is a television block, later channel owned by MTV Networks Kids & Family Group.
- Nickelback is a Canadian rock band that was formed in 1995.
- Because of Larry mentioning a lot of Christmas, he mentioned some of the Rakin/Bass specials, including;
- Toys "R" Us (spelled as Toys-R-Us in the captions) is a American toy retailer.
- Octavus' disguises are based off of DC heroes. These included:
- Wonder Woman
- Green Arrow (this could also be Robin Hood, who the former was based after)
- Gustav's glowing eyes when he plans to catch the "thief" is similar in Aladdin, where the Peddler's eyes glowed before he starts the story.
- The scene where Nicholas is jumping off the cliff with the sheep is possibly a reference to E.T.
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Directed by JASON ADAMS FABIANO PETRONI BRIAN K. ROBERTS
Produced by FRASER CLARK ROB DI FIGLIA KEVIN GAMBLE J. CHRIS WALL CHRIS WATERS
Story Development MIKE NAWROCKI BRIAN K. ROBERTS PHIL VISHCER J. CHRIS WALL
Production Manager MEGAN TRAUGHBER
Production Coordinators JACQUI FOO ANDREW YOUSSI
Writing by ROBERT G. LEE MIKE NAWROCKI PHIL VISCHER
Additional Screenplay Material by BRIAN K. ROBERTS MARK STEELE
Story Supervisor TOD CARTER
Storyboarding by BRIAN FREEZE ENTERTAINMENT
Additional Storyboarding by TIM HODGE BRIAN K. ROBERTS GARY SCOTT MICHAEL SPOONER
Concept Art JOE SPADAFORD CHARLES VOLLMER
Matte Paintings ANDY CHANG CALEB FOOTE
Crowd Extras BRIAN K. ROBERTS JOE SPADAFORD SARAH VORHEES
Post-Production Supervisor COREY FREW
Edited by NEIL GOWAN J. CHRIS WALL
Editorial BRIAN CALHOON
Character Dialog Recording BRIAN CALHOON GLEN WEST
Engineering Assistant SARAH VORHEES
Online Editor J. CHRIS WALL
Supervising Sound Editor ADAM FRICK
Modeling Supervisor WARREN DOWSON
Modeling Artists PETER CHOU CHARLIE GOULD SHYO HATAKEDA ANDREW JACKSON DAVE McGRATH ADAM MOORE ADAM SHAW DAVE TAYLOR SOMPONG TEEKASATHIEN
Texturing Supervisor ALLAN SHEBOLM
Texturing Artists WEI CHEIN KYLE DEY REBEKAH HOLGUIN JOSH KELL
Layout Supervisors BILL BOYCE MYKE SUTHERLAND
Animation Supervisors JUANI GUIRALDES PETER MONGA MYKE SUTHERLAND
Character Animators KELVIN CHOW JOE CHYE CONNIE HOLLAND SHINE MUHABOOBJAN GLORIA LIAO KEITH LUMB SUSHIL SHARMA ADAM SHAW JOCELYN SY LOPHY VELLARA GARY ZENG
Rigging REBEKAH HORTON BRADLEY JOHN NASH MORLEY
Lighting Supervisor SEAN GUSH
Lighting Artists YONNIE CHONG JO-ELLEN HUTANA KAREN PEOPLES ANDREW SMYTH
Effects Artists JASON BROWN MARKUS KRISTENSEN CHRIS OMUNDSEN
Lead Compositor MARK BOWEN
Compositors JACOB GROSSMAN MING-I LAI JUAN LAMPE JEREMY WANHILL
Musical Score Composed And Produced by KURT HEINECKE
Instrument DENNIS DEARING
Choir GIGI ABRAHAM CLAYTON HEINECKE GRETCHEN HEINECKE WESLEY HEINECKE KURT HEINECKE TORRY MARTIN CHELSEA McCOY MEGAN MURPHY ALLY NAWROCKI KERI PISAPIA BRIAN K. ROBERTS JOHN WAHBA
Additional Huhu Management DAN WANG TREVOR YAXLEY
Accounts Administrator CAMILLE MOORE
Finance Controller MICHAEL PEARCE
Business Affairs JON MARKS JOHN RUZICH
Special Thanks To The Big Idea Family
Executive In Charge Of Production LESLIE FERRELL