Sumo of the Opera, VeggieTales DVDSumo of the Opera, VeggieTales DVD
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Your favorite Veggie friends teach a lesson on perseverance based on Hebrews 10:36 in this zany tale! Larry the Cucumber stars as the "Italian Scallion," a joking pro wrestler who has a knack of not actually finishing what he starts. But Larry finds that it's no laughing matter when he lands in the ring with Apollo Gourd. Can he stick with it long enough to finish the match? Will he learn that when you finish what you start, you always come out a winner? How does a cucumber look in wrestling gear, anyway?

Don't miss the animated VeggieTales short "Going Up." It follows the slapstick adventures of the Three Veggie Stooges as they try to deliver a very grand piano to a mansion on the top of a very big hill! Also, Larry sings "School House Polka," a funatically phonetical silly song with Larry! Running time: Approximately 50 minutes.

Bonus Features:

  • Behind the scenes video
  • Trivia Game
  • Persistence Maze with random setbacks
  • Director's Cut of Going Up!
  • Audio commentary by Mike Nawrocki (Larry) and David Pitts, producer
  • Concept Art Gallery
  • Veggie Karaoke (Schoolhouse Polka)
  • How to Draw Potato
  • How to Draw Maewyn
  • Family Fun Activity
  • How to make a sock puppet video
  • Interactive Storybook
  • Progression Reel
  • Easter Eggs
  • DVD-ROM fun (coloring pages, script, links to Big Idea websites)


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Ever wonder what goes on inside the heads of a showbiz cucumber and a creative genius? We had the chance to catch up with Larry the Cucumber and Mike Nawrocki over e-mail and ask them a few questions about what it's like to be involved in VeggieTales. Take a look at this interview and learn about VeggieTales' DVD, Sumo of the Opera, and what some new changes at Big Idea will mean.

So, tell us Larry, how did a cucumber like you get into show business?

It was kind of an accident. I come from a long line of hardware store employees. My brothers are all great with table saws and cordless drills, but I've always been all thumbs with that kind of stuff... well no thumbs anyway. I just have always loved to sing and tell stories and then one day, bam! I got my own T.V. show.

What is Bob really like to work with? How about Junior Asparagus, or Archibald?

Bob's great. He's better to work with after a meal, though. He gets a little grumpy when his blood sugar gets low. Junior is a great kid. Smart as a whip. He learns his lines faster than any of us. Archibald is nice, too. Did you know he's British? Some people don't know that.

Tell us about your latest show, Sumo of the Opera. What do you want kids and parents to know about it?

It's a really fun show and it teaches a really great lesson in perseverance. I play the part of the "Italian Scallion". I'm a sumo wrestler that needs to learn a thing or two about perseverance. My character was raised by scallions, and he grew up thinking he was a scallion and the "Italian" part is because it rhymes. It's kind of a Rocky meets the Mikado meets WWF (or WW whatever). Also, there's a Silly Song (School House Polka), and two other short stories. It's a blast!

Why did you choose to do a show on perseverance?

We like to do shows that help teach great lessons to kids. I think it's really important to teach kids to "keep on keeping on" even when things get tough. And that when we're doing something that we know God wants us to do, it's important that we finish.

What does it mean now that the teensy weensy cucumber named Lutfi has co-hosted the show? I hope no personnel changes are in store...

He's a great co-host. As soon as he finishes washing dishes to pay for what he did to Qwerty, we hope to have him back on!

Were those Sumo outfits really uncomfortable?

Not for a vegetable.

You've been doing this show for over ten years now. What's your favorite part of doing the show? What do you find most challenging?

I really like the Silly Songs and all the different characters I get to play. There's never a dull moment. One month we're shooting in outer space and the next month we're in ancient Mesopotamia. The challenge of that is adjusting from zero gravity right into cous-cous. That's pretty messy.

The Big Idea offices recently moved to Nashville, Tennessee. So, after ten years on the same countertop, how do you like your new home?

We brought the countertop along and it fits great in our new space. I love Nashville, too. I can wear my cowboy hat any time I want and nobody asks questions.

Ok, this is a question that I've had for a while. How do Veggies, who don't have hands, move things and pick things up?

It's trick photography that and technology. With trick photography and technology you can do amazing things.

I know you're a busy cucumber, so I won't keep you. Is there anything else you'd like to talk about?

I just hope everyone can check out Sumo of the Opera. I hope you have as much fun watching it as we had making it. And remember God made you special and He loves you very much!


Now let's switch gears and ask some questions of Mike Nawrocki, one of the creative geniuses behind VeggieTales:

Now that Big Idea is no longer an independent company, what changes are fans likely to see?

Hopefully none. We're still committed to telling really entertaining stories with solid Biblical values. We have all the creative and content freedom we've always had. One of the biggest blessings throughout this whole transition is that the new owners don't want us to change anything about how we tell our stories and what lessons we teach. All of the creative team will remain involved in future episodes.

How have you seen God's hand continuing to work out the mission of VeggieTales, even in the midst of all of these challenges?

The fact that everything could have fallen apart but didn't is a big testimony to God's hand on what we're doing here, I believe. I believe we've learned a great deal from what we've been through. God has drawn me closer to Him as a result knowing that I need to continually depend on Him.

Did you move to Nashville yourself?

Yes. And even though it's August, so far I love it here.

Did you ever imagine how popular VeggieTales would become ten years ago?

I had no idea. I knew we had a fun concept and that there was a big need for an entertaining show that really focused on Biblical values. I had no idea where God was going to take it. We just felt like it was something that we needed to do and we wanted to be faithful to God's calling in our lives.

Also, did you ever imagine the powerful impact that computer animation would have on the animation industry as a whole in the last ten years?

In retrospect, it makes sense. The reason we could make a show in the first place on a fairly light budget was because of the technology. Five of us made, Where's God When I'm Scccared? If it were not for computer animation and desktop editing and audio, that same show would have required many more people and dollars. Also, computer animation has a very distinctive look and feel, which is very appealing. But at the same time, I'm more of a purist who believes that it really is about the story. I believe, on the whole, better stories have been coming out of CGI studios in the past 10 years.

What words of direction and encouragement would you have for upcoming art students who want to impact the Christian market with quality media entertainment?

Learn your craft well. Concentrate on becoming excellent at what you do. There's a whole lot to learn about the art of telling a story.

How long does it take for a show to go from plot conception to completion?

Anywhere from 6 months to 6 years. It all depends on how long it takes the idea to develop. It took me 6 years to write Madame Blueberry partly because I had a lot of other things I was working on in the mean time and because I needed to learn how to work an idea out. We concentrate more on the development process these days to help ideas like that move along a little faster.

What has been your creative role in the VeggieTales videos?

I've done everything from animating to sound to editing to writing and directing. Right now my business card reads, "Writer/Director/Cucumber."

Judging from feedback and sales, who is the most popular vegetable in the cast?

I think it's a three-way tie between Bob, Larry and Jr. I'm not sure how you would track that based on sales that just comes from fan letters.

What have the last ten years been like for you? What lessons have you learned?

It's been an amazing journey. I'm so thankful and humbled that God has chosen to use me in the way that He has. I think the most important lesson is that I need to seek Him first.

Where do you see VeggieTales going in the future?

My hope is that it's a property that God will continue to use to touch kids' lives. We just want to keep telling stories and reminding kids that God made them special and He loves them very much.

And finally, isn't it about time for a VeggieTales Star Wars parody!?

Maybe, but there's so much to parody. I might go into spoof spasms and explode like the death star.