ヴェジテールズ (rōmaji: Vejitēruzu) is the Japanese dub of VeggieTales.
The show was released exclusively on VHS, with the exception of the two feature films that were dubbed in recent years. The first dub, which was distributed by Word of Life Press Ministries (despite the Word/Everland Entertainment logos appearing on the back covers), was produced in June 30, 1998 at Dream Force, Inc. in Meguro, Tokyo (voice recording) and Zack Promotion in Shibuya City, Tokyo (sound production) and featured the same number of episodes as the original Latin Spanish dub. A second dub, whose distributor is unidentified as of 2021, is believed to exist for episodes including Larry-Boy! and the Fib from Outer Space! and Lyle the Kindly Viking (more on that below).
Translations and Voices
|English Name||Japanese Name||Japanese Voice Actor|
|Bob the Tomato||トマトのボブ||Masami Kikuchi|
|Larry the Cucumber||きゆうりのラリー||Tomokazu Seki (1st dub)|
Kappei Yamaguchi (2nd dub)
Mitsuaki Madono (The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything)
|Junior Asparagus||アスパラガス・ジュニア||Yuri Mori|
|Mr. Nezzer||Yū Shimaka (1st dub)|
|Mr. Lunt||Kenzo Hamada (1st dub)|
Kappei Yamaguchi (The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything)
|Pa Grape||グレープ・パパ||Kōzō Shioya (The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything)|
|Grandpa George||Ikuo Nishikawa|
|Annie Onion||Satomi Kōrogi|
|The Scallions||新玉ねぎ||Yasunori Matsumoto (Scallion #1)|
Ikue Ōtani (Scallion #3)
|English Name||Japanese Name||Japanese Voice Actor|
|Silly Song Announcer||「ラリーと歌おうのコーナー」のアナウンサー||Tōru Ōkawa|
|Ma Grape||グレープ・ママ||Miyuki Ichijō|
|Rosie Grape||グレープ・ロージー||Ikue Ōtani|
|Buzz-Saw Louie||Kosuke Okano|
Additional voices: Tōru Ōkawa
- ラリーと歌おうのコーナー (Silly Songs with Larry) (Larry and the Song Corner)
- ぼくが怖い時、神様はどこにいるの？(rōmaji: Boku ga kowai toki, kamisama wa doko ni iru no?) (Where's God When I'm S-Scared?) (If I'm Scared, Where's God?)
- 神様が赦せとおっしゃっているんだ！(rōmaji: Kamisama ga yuruse to osshatte iru nda!) (God Wants Me to Forgive Them!?!) (God Says That He Forgives!)
- ほんとうの友だちって？(rōmaji: Hontō no tomodachi tte?) (Are You My Neighbor?) (Are You True Friends?)
- だれに従ったらいいの？(rōmaji: Dare ni shitagattara ī no?) (Rack, Shack and Benny) (Who Should I Obey?)
- 少年ダビデとジャイアントピクルス (rōmaji: Shōnen dabide to jaiantopikurusu) (Dave and the Giant Pickle) (The Boys, David, and the Giant Pickles)
- クリスマスを救え！(rōmaji: Kurisumasu o sukue!) (The Toy That Saved Christmas) (Save Christmas!)
- とてもばかげた歌！ (Very Silly Songs!)
- ラリーボーイ！ そして宇宙からのフィブ！ (Larry-Boy! and the Fib from Outer Space!)
- ライル親切バイキング (Lyle the Kindly Viking)
- へっぽこヒーロー大冒険!!〜ジョナくじらに飲まれる〜 (Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie) (The Great Adventure of the Lazy Heroes!! ~Jonah Gets Drunk by a Whale~)
- 腰抜けヒーロー大冒険！！！ (The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie) (Adventure of the Cowardly Heroes!!!)
God Wants Me to Forgive Them!?!
Are You My Neighbor?
- Singing direction: Keiko Takenouchi
- While the Japanese dubs for the two feature films are available on digital retailer sites but only in Japan, the first six episodes (and possibly more episodes after) that were dubbed exclusively for VHS have been long out of print and never reprinted on DVD, somehow owing to licensing issues. The six tapes were available on Words of Life Press Ministries' online catalog, but because they since discontinued them, it makes this dub now very rare to find. As a result, this dub was nowadays famously labeled by fans as the most sought-after VeggieTales foreign dub. However, as of 2021, some YouTubers posted almost all of the tapes (via U.S. import, due to Japan copyright law prohibiting YouTube uploads of TV shows) so other fans can watch them, making Where's God When I'm S-Scared? the only known episode leftover awaiting to resurface – unless there are more Japanese episodes missing (more on that below).
- Despite this, the Japanese dub of The Hairbrush Song was also included on the Have We Got A Show For You: 10 Years Of VeggieTales album and even as an Easter Egg on the DVD releases of The Ultimate Silly Song Countdown (without the text localization in the title card). Portions of the Japanese dub of said Silly Song were also included on a couple of other albums:
- Packaged volumes having three tapes per volume (one volume having Where's God When I'm S-Scared? to Are You My Neighbor?; another volume having Rack, Shack and Benny to The Toy That Saved Christmas) were also available on Words of Life Press Ministries' online catalog.
- According to a user on deviantART, some of the later episodes, including Larry-Boy! and the Fib from Outer Space! and Lyle the Kindly Viking, were dubbed after The Toy That Saved Christmas, but the covers for those are no longer found online and are considered lost.
- It is rumored that some of these episodes in between such as Very Silly Songs! were also dubbed in Japanese, but so far, no physical evidence of this has been put forward, as any webpages online showing covers for those episodes have been deleted and none of the images for those episodes' Japanese covers have been saved.
- Although these episodes were dubbed in Japanese, their distributor is unknown as Life Entertainment stopped distributing the series after The Toy That Saved Christmas.
- Despite only 1% of Japan believing in Christianity, this dub oddly (and intentionally) keeps Biblical references, including God, intact, due to it being distributed by a Christian company. A non-religious cut of this dub was never made.
- This dub renames two of the story segments and an episode as follows:
- The covers for the 1993-1996 episodes replace "Big Idea Productions presents" with "Entertainment by pleasant vegetables."
- The cover spines, VHS end labels, and theme song title card also make heavy use of it, thus making it a slogan rather than just plain text.
- The Japanese dubs of the first six episodes from 1998 use the same foreign cut from the original Latin American Spanish dub.
- The Japanese dub of God Wants Me to Forgive Them!?! uses the theme song from Where's God When I'm S-Scared?.
- The beginning portion of the theme song (up until Bob says "Have we got a show for you...") was also spliced from this episode during the theme song for Are You My Neighbor? in this dub.
- Like with the original Latin American Spanish dub, Dave and the Giant Pickle entirely keeps the American visuals intact, with localizations plastered onscreen and the unedited original Big Idea logo intact. This could be because either that was the version the studio was given (Dream Force, Inc. usually dubs content with the generic 90s foreign cut), or the only 90s foreign cut of this episode had The Hairbrush Song (as seen in the Arabic dub which this episode's foreign cut was most likely produced for) and no such version of it with Love My Lips exists.
- Additionally, a Japanese title card is added during the black screen of death after the theme song and remains onscreen for a few seconds when the opening countertop fades in.
- The prime ministers in office at the time this dub was created were Ryūtarō Hashimoto, Keizō Obuchi, Yoshirō Mori, and Junichirō Koizumi.
- Though the dub was produced in 1998, the first six episodes oddly use the original 1993-1996 covers after the 1993 VeggieTales logo was already revamped at that time. Although it is possible the dub may have been created and released before the logo was changed.
- In the theme song for Rack, Shack and Benny and Dave and the Giant Pickle, Bob and Larry's intro dialogue is rerecorded (and is slightly different à la the recording used in the English version from 1998-2009) due to the fact that Larry's voice in it is not the same as in the previous three episodes.
- The theme song also fades in a few seconds before it starts.
- While most of the episodes use onscreen localizations for the episodes' signature moral-themed songs, God Wants Me to Forgive Them!?! oddly doesn't.
- This dub sometimes dubs in additional non-verbal noises for characters (i.e. Larry cheering while taking a bow at the end of The Hairbrush Song) which weren't present in the original English version.
- Palmy's coconuts are given lower voices compared to the English version.
- During Busy, Busy and Love Your Neighbor, the original English titles are sung rather than translated versions. This could be because English is one of the most spoken second languages in Japan.
- Scallion #3 is given a voice similar to that of a young girl.
- The Hairbrush Song and Love My Lips keep the original English title cards intact, with the Japanese title of the Silly Song segment localized below the screen.
- Spoken lines in The Story of Flibber-o-loo do not rhyme, unlike most dubs.
- Before The Toy That Saved Christmas opens, the Japanese VeggieTales logo (along with the "Entertainment by pleasant vegetables" caption) appears on a black background. The "Big Idea Productions presents" caption that appears during the opening credits also uses a Typist font instead of rather being plastered from the American visuals.
- During the closing credits for each episode, the English version of the credits (from the American visuals) appears first, then the Japanese credits appear after.
- However, God Wants Me to Forgive Them!?! oddly uses the credits from the Latin Spanish dub.
- Are You My Neighbor? is the only episode found thus far to lack the English credits.
- Rack, Shack and Benny also has the 1995 year (in a Typist font) plastered over the 1996 one on the Big Idea logo that was used from the original master of Dave and the Giant Pickle.
- The Toy That Saved Christmas also replaces the Big Idea logo at the end of the English credits with a simple black screen of death, with just the 1996 copyright info in a Typist font on the bottom of the screen. The Japanese credits that follow also appear in a blue background.
- The only characters credited for their voice actors in any episode are Bob, Larry, and Junior.
- The Silly Songs have localizations on the title cards during the beginning, but oddly not at the end.
- Like in the other two dubs, whenever verses (except in Rack, Shack and Benny) appear, either there is a white covering plastered or the screen freezes before cutting to Qwerty showing them.
- During Love Your Neighbor, Junior does not sing during when he and Larry sing "When you love your neighbor" until the song's title is sung.
- When the Flibber-o-loo mayor (Archibald) declares friendship between Flibber-o-loo and Jibber-de-lot, the sound of the citizens from both towns cheering in the distance is left out.
- At the beginning of Are You My Neighbor?, Bob says the letter "べ" (be) rather than "ヴェ" (ve) in the show's title.
- At the end of Dance of the Cucumber, there's an animation error of a duplicate Bob running off to the right edge of the screen before another Bob, as seen in the other two dubs.
- During the closing countertop of Dave and the Giant Pickle, when Qwerty pulls up the verse, the entire shot where he squiggles his head and the English verse pops up is intact, and his close-up shot has his screen covered with a plain blue square (not adjusted in any proportions) with the Japanese-translated version of the Matthew 19:26 verse, making the cut between shots odd.
- https://comments.deviantart.com/1/458205515/3625038666 "I also found out a few facts about the Japanese version"
- いのちのことば社 CD/DVD/アーティスト (archived)
- YouTube comment via a user's memory about the Japanese Very Silly Songs cover
- God Wants Me to Forgive Them?!?
- Are You My Neighbor?
- Rack, Shack and Benny
- The Toy That Saved Christmas