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"GET OFF MY LAWN!!!"
— Ichabeezer's catchphrase
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Ichabeezer
  • Species: Zucchini
  • Eye Color: Pale Blue
  • Hair Color: Gray (Brown in his youth)

Ichabeezer is a crotchety billionaire zucchini from the series’ VeggieTales in the House and VeggieTales in the City.

He is very uptight, often showing disdain towards his fellow neighbors. Ichabeezer can often be heard saying his recurring grouchy catchphrase “Get off my lawn!” and complaining about all the things he doesn’t agree with.

He resides inside a large mansion built into the backside of a couch with his beloved pet olive-dog, Rooney.

Bio

Ichabeezer comes from an extremely wealthy family of whom he has inherited many riches. Readily available to him are stacks of dollar bills, solid gold bars, and the ability to purchase as many fancy or expensive things as he pleases. Because of his seemingly endless wealth, he is fairly selfish and considers himself better than others. He values his money first and often overlooks important values such as modesty, kindness, or compassion.

Ichabeezer also owns a fast food restaurant called Ichaburger, where he provides lighting-fast service and sells tasty burgers.

As a small boy, Ichabeezer was known for being a whiner. He was very spoiled and got whatever he wanted. He actually whined so much, he was able to get through school at the top of his class just by whining. He also played baseball as a youth, but he quit due to the other kids bullying him, calling him “Miss-abeezer”.

Personality

Young Ebenezzer

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Ichabeezer vs. Mr. Nezzer 

During the development for new VeggieTales series with DreamWorks and Netflix, a new character named Ichabeezer joined the cast. He is similar to Mr. Nezzer, sharing many physical and character traits such as being zucchinis, rich businessmen, and sharing questionable morals and values. The only difference between the two is that Ichabeezer is grumpier and has a new gruff voice provided by veteran voice actor Rob Paulsen.

According to the concept artists Elena and Olivia Ceballos, Ichabeezer was, in fact, intended to be the redesign of Mr. Nezzer. The reason for the name change is due to the crew feeling Nezzer’s new design was a drastic departure from his original design.

However, according to Phil Vischer, he states Ichabeezer is a different character altogether. On an episode of Vischer’s podcast, The Holy Post, the reasoning behind the name change and recasting of Mr. Nezzer happened because of the involvement of DreamWorks.

DreamWorks has a strict policy of characters in their animated productions having to be portrayed by voice actors that share the same racial or ethnic background. Because Phil Vischer’s voice for Mr. Nezzer is an imitation of the character “Oogie Boogie” from The Nightmare Before Christmas, who was portrayed by African-American actor Ken Page, Vischer’s vocal performance was considered insensitive by the company (although Mr. Nezzer has never been established with any sort of definitive racial status in any VeggieTales media).

Filmography

Voice Actors

English

International

  • Ronaldo Júlio (Brazilian Portuguese dub)
  • Siguard Holmen Le Dous (Danish dub, VeggieTales in the House, episodes 1-10, VeggieTales in the City, later episodes)
  • Lars Thiesgaard (Danish dub, VeggieTales in the House, rest of series, VeggieTales in the City, earlier episodes)
  • Huub Dikstaal (Dutch dub)
  • Rafael Turia (European Spanish dub)
  • Joonathan Kettunen (Finnish dub)
  • Jean-Claude Donda (French dub)
  • Stefan Gossler (German dub, VeggieTales in the House and VeggieTales in the City, earlier episodes)
  • Reinhard Scheunemann (German dub, VeggieTales in the City, later episodes)
  • Szabó Endre (Hungarian dub)
  • Alejandro Villeli (Latin Spanish dub, VeggieTales in the House and VeggieTales in the City, earlier episodes)
  • Pedro D'aguillón (Latin Spanish dub, VeggieTales in the City, later episodes)
  • Preben Olram (Norwegian dub)
  • Jarosław Domin (Polish dub)

Fun Facts

  • Ichabeezer's name is a reference to Ebeneezer Scrooge from “A Christmas Carol” and Ichabod Crane from “Sleepy Hollow”.
    • In fact, for the Polish dub of VeggieTales in the House, his name is changed to "Ebenezer".
  • He was the first new character to be part of the main VeggieTales cast since Petunia Rhubarb was introduced to the series in 2005.
  • His favorite drink is prune iced tea with mint and dash of lime.

Gallery

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