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"When you know God made you special, it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks, you can just be yourself!"
— Mr. Butterbun to Dr. Jiggle
A Snoodle's Tale
Directed by

Mike Nawrocki
Marc Vulcano (pre-production)

Produced by

David Pitts

Written by

Phil Vischer
Mike Nawrocki

Music by

Kurt Heinecke

Distributed by

Warner Home Video
(Mass market)
Word Entertainment
(Christian market)


May 15, 2004
(Christian market)
May 18, 2004
(Mass market)


50 minutes (original release (going by The Story of Flibber-o-loo bonus feature))
39 minutes (later releases)

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A Snoodle's Tale is the twenty-second episode of VeggieTales. The first story is a parody of "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" while the main story is told in the style of a Dr. Seuss story.

In addition, the original version of this episode includes The Story of Flibber-o-loo as a post-credits bonus feature.


Opening Countertop

On the Countertop, Bob is all alone, setting up a "Welcome Home" party for Larry, who is returning home from Danish Immersion Camp. As Bob readies himself after the bus comes over, Larry arrives on the Countertop with Bob yelling "Surprise." This confuses Larry, asking if there was supposed to be a huge group of people in a surprise party, to which Bob says that he was the only one in the party. When Larry notices the welcome home sign, written in Danish as "Velkommen Hjem, Larry," he doesn't pronounce it in proper Danish, which Bob points out to him. Larry then explains to Bob that he didn't actually go to Danish Immersion Camp, having only been there one day, before he and a kid named Bjorn took a canoe ride out on a lake and the two of them found themselves at another camp called "Overdone British Literary Adaptations Camp." This makes Bob very frustrated, telling Larry that he had a story arranged, which involved a Danish truck driver named Jorgen and his pet monkey (in a similar matter as that of B.J. and the Bear, as Larry points out), and that Larry was slated to play the part of Jorgen. When Bob is upset that Larry didn't actually learn any Danish to play the part, he despondently wonders what he's going to tell Chester, which was the name of the kid that they got a letter from. Larry asks what Chester's problem is & Bob shows him. Chester explains in his letter to Bob & Larry that some of the kids at school make fun of him. They call him names & tell him that he's no good at anything and wants to know what should he do. Despite things not turning out the way Bob wanted them to, Larry has a backup plan, deciding to tell Chester the story of "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," to which Bob is concerned that that story is a little scary, but Larry tells him that if they change things around a little bit, he thinks they'll have a story that Chester will enjoy. Larry then tells Chester to get ready for "Dr. Jiggle and Mr. Sly."

The Strange Case of Dr. Jiggle and Mr. Sly

See main page for full plot.

Silly Song

Sport Utility Vehicle

A Snoodle's Tale

Bob then reads from a book a story about the Snoodles, "a curious folk who eat pancakes and noodles and spend half their days making sketches and doodles and cutting their hair into shapes like French poodles." In Snoodleburg, the hometown of all of the Snoodles, there is a large tower in the center that produces a new Snoodle "every fourth Tuesday at quarter past nine." One day, a brand new Snoodle, named Snoodle-Doo, is born, before he starts wondering what his purpose is. Inside the pack on his back, Snoodle-Doo discovers some paints and a Snoodle kazoo, before discovering a string, to which when pulled, causes a pair of wings to pop out. Snoodle-Doo then decides to show all of the other Snoodles what he can do. First, he tries to fly, but he doesn't fly very high before he falls back to the ground, before the Snoodles make fun of him for not being good at flying. One of the Snoodles then paints a picture of how silly the young Snoodle looked before placing this picture in his backpack.

Snoodle-Doo is sad that he's not very good at flying, before he notices a bunch of beautiful flowers, realizing that he can paint a picture of the flowers, claiming that he's got more than wings. After the picture is all painted, Snoodle-Doo then shows the picture that he painted to the other Snoodles, who admonish him that he's no better at painting than flying. Another Snoodle paints another picture of Snoodle-Doo and places it in his pack as well, before the Snoodles all tell him, "You're puny, you're silly, you're not all that smart, you can't use your wings and you're no good at art!" Snoodle-Doo then decides to leave Snoodleburg to find another place to live. After traveling for a while, Snoodle-Doo decides to take a break, but he ends up falling forward when he attempts to sit down, before being approached by a Snoodle farmer who also paints a picture and places it in Snoodle-Doo's backpack. Snoodle-Doo then asks if there's any place where he can truly be alone, before looking up to see two birds flying across the sky, so he decides to climb up the mountain peak of Mt. Ginches.

After tirelessly climbing up the mountain, Snoodle-Doo then makes it to the top, where he is suddenly approached by a kindly stranger who invites him inside his home on top of the mountain. After entering the stranger's home, Snoodle-Doo is given a cup of tea, before the stranger asks him what brings him to his home. Snoodle-Doo then explains that he ran away because all of the other Snoodles have been making fun of him because he cannot do all of the things that they do, while also gesturing to the pictures that were placed in his backpack. The stranger then removes the pictures from Snoodle-Doo's backpack, saying that they do not look a thing like him, before he tosses the hurtful pictures into the fire. The stranger then shows Snoodle-Doo a picture of what he really looks like, showing him a picture of a Snoodle who looks older and much stronger. Snoodle-Doo is amazed to see this picture, saying that he would love to believe, but he's afraid.

At that moment, the stranger then tells Snoodle-Doo that he knows who he is because he made him. He also explains that he built the tower, planted the bushes and flowers, put the fish in the ocean, and that he feeds the birds. The stranger also adds rather sadly that the Snoodles just use their gifts to make others feel bad. Snoodle-Doo then asks the stranger that if he made the land, couldn't he make Snoodles obey his command? The stranger then answers that a gift that is commanded is no gift at all, and that he wants Snoodle-Doo to not just fly, but to soar, at the same time that he places the inspiring picture in Snoodle-Doo's backpack. Snoodle-Doo then asks how he can fly with the picture in his pack, before the stranger tells him that this is a special picture. When Snoodle-Doo looks down, he sees that he is now a few inches off the ground, before he quickly flies out from the stranger's home and he quickly flies back towards Snoodleburg and meets up with all of the other Snoodles who feel ashamed of how they treated him. All of the Snoodles listen to Snoodle-Doo's story and then they all start to fly across the sky as the story then comes to an end.

Closing Countertop

After the story is finished, Larry praises Bob for the story, to which Bob is flattered by, saying that he did go to "Overused Literary Emulation Camp," before Larry states that there was something about that story that made him want to eat green ham. Bob is a bit suspicious before quickly saying that they're over by Qwerty to talk about what they've learned today, before the What Have We Learned song plays, which in a rare uncharacteristic moment, Bob dances to. Larry then adds "And eggs, eggs too," before the song resumes again. After the song ends, Bob then explains that the little Snoodle got weighed down by all of those pictures that the others painted of him, just like the names that people call us make us feel awful. Bob then explains that like the Snoodles, we have a creator, because God made us and when we know what he thinks of us, and how he sees us, it doesn't matter what anyone else says. Larry then asks Qwerty if he can show them what the Bible says, before Qwerty brings up the verse, which is:

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."
— Psalms 139:14

Bob then explains to Chester that the kids at school can only see the way he looks right now. But God sees him the way he is meant to be. Bob then tells Chester that he's stronger, smarter and braver than he thinks, and God has giving him amazing gifts! Chester can use his gifts to make the people around him feel better, and to do things for God that'll end up on His fridge. When Bob asks why, Larry quickly says that he knows why, which is "God Made You Special, and He Loves You Very Much," with Bob adding that he wants you to paint, sing, and soar, and Larry adds, "and maybe even dance." When Bob tells Larry to say goodbye, Larry says "Farvel!," which he says that he learned before the canoe trip, before the show ends.

The episode segues into The Story of Flibber-o-loo after the credits in the original version.


Featured in the Silly Song

Archival Footage (original version only)


All versions

Original version only (bonus feature)

Other Languages

  • حكاية سنودل (Arabic) (same translation)
  • Snoodle 的故事 (Cantonese) (Snoodle's Story)
  • Kukkelin tarina (Finnish) (Snoodle's Story)
  • Bigyófalva lakói (Hungarian) (Residents of Snoodle Village)
  • 葫蘆博士與神秘先生 (Mandarin) (Taiwan) (same translation as Dr. Jiggle and Mr. Sly not counting name changes)
  • Dr. Dingle og Herr Slu (Norwegian) (same translation as Dr. Jiggle and Mr. Sly not counting name changes)
  • دکتر جیگل و آقای اسلی (Persian (1st dub) (same translation as Dr. Jiggle and Mr. Sly)
    • داستان یک اسنودلز (Persian) (2nd dub) (The Story of a Snoodle)
  • A História de um Snoodle (Portuguese) (Brazil) (The Story of a Snoodle)
  • Nenavadna zgodba (Slovenian) (An Unusual Story)
  • Un Cuento de Snoodle (Spanish) (Latin America) (same translation)
  • Câu chuyện Snoodle (Vietnamese) (Snoodle Story)

Home Media

Main article: A Snoodle's Tale/Home Video


Trailer Appearances

Fun Facts


  • In life, people can mock us. But we can ignore what they think because we are special just the way God made us.


  • This is the first episode for several things:
  • This is the last episode for several things:
  • According to Brian Roberts, the hand and feet models used for Butterbun were created for the villain of the cancelled Bob and Larry Movie.[1]
  • Dr. Jiggle and Mr. Sly is also featured in Lessons from the Sock Drawer.
  • A Snoodle's Tale is also featured in God Made You Special, and Growing Confident Kids!.
  • There were a few differences between pre-production and the final product:
    • On the flyer for the 10th anniversary release of "Where's God When I'm S-Scared?," the show was scheduled to be released in November 2003. This is further proven by Bob's statement, "You just spent the last three months in Danish Immersion Camp".
    • When Bob tells Larry that he's the only one that was waiting for him, Larry would pretend to act surprised and let out a "...ehh...hee...". Disappointed, Bob would complain about Larry's reaction, exclaiming that he missed him and put a lot of time and effort into blowing the balloons and painting the banner. After Bob tells him everybody is getting ready for the show, Larry would apologize and exclaim that he's glad to be back.
    • The title card for Dr. Jiggle and Mr. Sly was going to appear after Mr. Sly started dancing.
    • Mr. Butterbun was going to call Mr. Sly a "detestable disco dancin' demon" instead of villain. Similarly, when Mr. Butterbun turns off Mr. Sly's boombox later, he would call him a "Disco Devil" instead of a "Flashy Fiend". This was most likely done to avoid referencing Satan, as VeggieTales is a kids' show.
    • Poole was going to stop dancing by himself, and Mr. Butterbun would angrily approach him afterwards. In the final episode, Mr. Butterbun gets caught in Poole's spinning and they both hit Dr. Jiggle's back gate.
    • Instead of telling Dr. Jiggle he was special just the way God made him, he was going to tell him that wearing the "spleen-bruisin'" Mr. Sly outfit would hurt himself, to which Dr. Jiggle would agree.
    • The silly song Belly Button was intended to debut in this episode due to the fact that it fits the lesson of having nothing to hide, but was moved to The Ballad of Little Joe.
    • I Want to Dance was originally going to be sung by an opera singer at Mike Nawrocki's church, but when Phil Vischer sang the song in Jimmy's regular voice, they decided to use his vocals instead.
    • The stranger was going to be voiced by Peter Iverson, but when issues were found in his delivery, Tim Hodge (who was one of the original auditionees for the voice) re-recorded his lines.
  • The TV version of this has Modern Major General (from The Wonderful World of Auto-Tainment!) and the Silly Songs segment Endangered Love (from "King George and the Ducky"). Barber of Seville also appears as Jimmy's dream.
  • The countertop has a duller color palette than other episodes. This is presumably due to an error with material conversion between studios.
  • There exists an extremely rare 2004 VHS reprint of this episode by Word Entertainment. It has a black tape with a white ink label.
  • This is the only episode to be animated by two companies instead of just one, as well as Big Idea's only conjunction with another company to animate an episode.


  • On the TBN/Smile of a Child version, the countertop segments were shortened and references towards when Bob states what his original story pitch were removed. Because of this, Bob being frustrated feels a bit off as he's angry about nothing.
  • In the DVD-ROM section, it shows pictures from "Dave and the Giant Pickle", "Madame Blueberry", and Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie.
  • International releases as well as later versions after 2004 cut out The Story of Flibber-o-loo.


  • In various shots, the banker's pupils seem to disappear.
  • In the 25th Anniversary 10 Movie Collection, the captions incorrectly state Larry narrating "Dr. Jiggle and Mr. Sly"
  • After Mr. Sly reveals himself, the one woman's mouth wasn't colored in black.
  • In the shots after Mr. Sly's costume is destroyed, it disappeared completely.
  • As the old Snoodle says "Carry this with you!", his mouth doesn't move.
  • Miss Achmetha's name is misspelled as "Miss Akmetha" during the credits. This error would be present again during the credits for 'Twas the Night Before Easter.

Inside References


Real-World References

  • B.J. and the Bear was an American action comedy television series about a freelance trucker who travels with his pet chimpanzee named Bear.
  • Larry mentioned about wanting to eat both green eggs and ham. He is referring to the Dr. Seuss' book "Green Eggs and Ham."
  • Jeep is an American car brand owned by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, while Subaru is a Japanese brand.
  • When Dr. Jiggle first performs, the song his cassette player plays is a soundalike of "Funkytown" by Lipps Inc., which would later be featured on Bob & Larry Sing the 70s.
  • Several food related items and places brought up in Sport Utility Vehicle include 7 Eleven, Frito Lays and Dunkin' Donuts.




A snoodle's tale title card


VeggieTales episodes