It's a Meaningful Life

Brian Roberts


Leslie Ferrell
Brian Roberts


Mark Steele
Mike Nawrocki
Brian Roberts

Music by

Kurt Heinecke


Vivendi Entertainment
(Mass market)
Word Entertainment
(Christian market)


October 5, 2010

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It's a Meaningful Life is the thirty-ninth episode of VeggieTales.

It is a parody of the 1946 film, "It's a Wonderful Life."


Opening Countertop

Bob and Larry start the countertop normally, until Bob decides not to proceed. Larry ask why he's not continuing, and replies that whenever he starts, something else happens that doesn't go to plan, such as Western Bible stories or reading another letter. Larry discovers Bob was talking about himself, and decides not to talk since he didn't want mess his friend's plans. Bob decides to answer the video mail from Maggie Greenman from Centennial, Texas. Maggie says that she tried out for cheerleading at school, but she didn't get picked and that her bud Samantha did.


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Fun Facts


  • God has a plan for all of us.


  • When this episode aired on Smile of a Child, Meant To Be was replaced with background music from the episode.
  • On some airings on Smile of a Child, the episode was divided in two parts. The first part would go from the actual beginning to when Stewart sees the train. The second part would start with a long recap from the first part.
  • This is the second and last episode animated by Hawaii Animation Studios.
  • This is the first Christmas related episode to start with the countertop.
  • This is the last original episode to feature Lil' Pea.
  • There were a few differences between pre-production and the final product:
    • Originally, Gourdon's line was supposed to be said by Percy, but the animators accidentally animated Gourdon's mouth movements instead. So, they decided to redub Percy's voice with Gourdon's.
    • In the scene of Emma in the orphanage, she was initially going to be kicked out and left shivering in the snow.


  • Even though it's set around Christmas, this episode can be watched anytime, whether it's close to the Holidays or not.
  • This is the first Christmas episode not to have a holiday-related Silly Song.
  • Although not a goof, there are some shots where Morty's seen without his teeth.


  • Throughout the episode, Art and Barney's voices often swap each other.
  • Morty doesn't really seem to move when he's on the train.
  • After the toy factory goes berserk, there is a small scene where Stewart's tooth was missing while he was screaming.
  • Scooter is missing his mouth singing at the end.
  • In some shots of the What-If Express, the wheels and siderods aren't moving.
  • When Maggie tells Bob and Larry she isn't allowed to be a cheerleader, Bob and Larry show up in front of Qwerty, but when Larry says "Exactly Maggie," his mouth doesn't move, and Qwerty vanishes. Was Qwerty still offscreen next to the jars on the countertop? Because when he says "You know, I do," he comes back.

Inside References

Real-World References

  • Superman is one of the most beloved characters in comic book history.
  • While the episode is a parody of It's a Wonderful Life, it is also similar to Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol and the Robert Zemeckis film "The Polar Express."

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