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"You have been selfish, King George. And when we are selfish, we hurt the people around us... Just as you have hurt Thomas."
— Melvin telling King George what he has done
King George and the Ducky

Mike Nawrocki


Jennifer Combs


Phil Vischer
(Big Idea)
Sean Gaffney
(Original story)

Music by

Kurt Heinecke


Word Entertainment


April 1, 2000


36 minutes

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Esther... The Girl
Who Became Queen

King George and the Ducky is the thirteenth episode of VeggieTales.

This story is a retelling of David and Bathsheba from the Book of II Samuel.


Countertop Intro

The show opens up on the countertop with Jimmy and Jerry Gourd, who are disguised poorly as Bob and Larry. They say they've received a letter from a guy named Jimmy who lives somewhere near Texas. He mentions a friend of his named Jerry who is very selfish. Jerry (dressed as Larry) speaks up and says that Jerry is a very nice guy and the guy who is really selfish is called Hubert. Jimmy (dressed as Bob) is annoyed with Jerry for messing up the letter. Jerry takes off his Larry costume and lashes out at Jimmy. All of a sudden, the real Bob and Larry appear and confront Jimmy and Jerry. Jimmy and Jerry say they figured Bob could use a break and they've wanted to host a show ever since Dave and the Giant Pickle. Bob at first isn't sure about letting the gourds host it at first, but he lets them when they say that they have a story to tell. The story they have is a poorly acted play called "The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill (and Came Down with All the Bananas)."

The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill (and Came Down with All the Bananas)

(see page for full plot)

After The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill (and Came Down with All the Bananas)

After the story ends, Jimmy and Jerry head towards Qwerty for a verse, only to find that he is completely shut off. As Jimmy tries to figure out a way to turn him back on, Jerry shows a piece of cardboard with "Don't be selfish" (which obviously isn't a real verse from the Bible) scribbled on instead. As the gourds attempt to wrap up the show, a fed up Bob comes out and discredits Jimmy and Jerry for their performance, plus he scolds them with their results. Bob hops over to the camera and apologizes to all of the boys and girls in the audience for the abnormal activity, saying that they will certainly try doing the show again, and he asks Larry if he remembers about a letter from a little girl named Lucy Thomas who hails from the city of Bismarck, in the state of North Dakota. Larry says that he does and it turns out little Lucy wrote to Bob & Larry because she did not wish to share any of her toys with her little sister. The two then begin to play the story of "King George and the Ducky."

King George and the Ducky

In the story, there lives a king named George (Larry) who resides in a very big castle on a mountain. While his kingdom is in the middle of a pie war, all he ever does is spend time in his bathtub and play with his rubber ducky. King George's assistant Louis (Bob) always urges him to stop fooling around and start taking part in leading his troops in the epic pie war, but George always ignores Louis and focuses on him and his rubber ducky collection. One day, as George looks over his kingdom, he notices a poor peasant boy named Thomas (Junior Asparagus) bathing outside and playing with his own rubber duck. Filled with envy, King George's focus is all on Thomas' duck and will do stop at nothing to get the duck. Just then, Cedric (Scallion #1), King George's top general of his army, comes by to inform George that the war has grown ferocious and that his army is desperate need of more soldiers. Seeing this as an opportunity to snatch Thomas' ducky, King George says that Thomas will be willing to enlist and to send him to the front line alone. George and Louis begin to prepare for taking the ducky.

Later that night, King George and Louis head out to the village to take the duck. They take the duck from Thomas' house and head back to the castle. George puts the ducky on a pedestal and claims that it is, “the most perfect ducky the world has ever known.” Louis points out that it is literally no different than George's other duckies, but George ignores him. Just then, Cedric comes in with Thomas, who has won the battle all by himself but is suffering terrible PTSD from the battle. While Louis feels awful for allowing this to happen, King George doesn't feel any remorse and focuses on the duck. Louis snaps at George for being selfish and always focusing on what the only thing he cares about: himself and for being a terrible king in general. Just then, Melvin, (Pa Grape) a storyteller, comes in and tells a parable about a rich man who has a lot of sheep and a poor man who has only one sheep which he loves very deeply. When the rich man is visited by the guest, he goes to the poor man and steals his sheep to serve as dinner to his guest. Demanding who the horrible rich man is, Melvin points out that the rich man is King George himself. Melvin tells George that "whether you're a king or just a kid, God wants us all to think of the people around us, not ourselves." King George then brings Thomas back to his castle, gives him a toasty hot bath in his tub to cure his PTSD, apologize, and give back his duck to make up for his sins. King George, Louis, Melvin, and Thomas then sing a song about how it is always right about putting people first.

Countertop Outro and What Have We Learned

Back on the countertop, the gourds sing the song. After, Bob tells Larry that the very next day, King George went out giving away all his old duckies to his people the next day to start his new life of being a good king. The Bible verse of the day is Romans 12:10; "Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves." Bob informs the viewers that instead of honoring ourselves or making ourselves happy, we should think about the people around us, such as our friends, family, and neighbors. Bob also tells little Lucy of Bismark that she really should consider sharing all of her toys with her little sister. The show ends with the French Peas, who are dressed as Bob and Larry, coming out and asking if they can host a show of their own.



Other Languages

  • الملك و البطة الصغيرة (Arabic)
  • Unknown (Bengali)
  • George 國王與小鴨 (Cantonese)
  • Kralj George i Patkica (Croatian)
  • Kuningas ja kumiankka (Finnish)
  • Das Abenteuer von König David (German)
  • Unknown (Hungarian) (existence unconfirmed)
  • King George and the Ducky (Indonesian)
  • ロイヤルキングのラバーダック中毒 (Japanese)
  • 욕심쟁이 오이 대왕 (Korean)
  • Unknown (Mandarin) (Taiwan)
  • Kong George og gakkgakken (Norwegian)
  • قسمت سوم (Persian)
  • Rei George e o Patinho (Portuguese) (Brazil)
  • O Rei Jorge e o Patinho (Portuguese) (Portugal)
  • Король Георг и Даки (Russian)
  • Kralj Jurij in račka (Slovenian)
  • El Rey George y el Patito (Spanish) (Latin America)
  • Vua George và con vịt (Vietnamese)

Home media

Main article: King George and the Ducky/Home Video

Fun Facts


  • When we are selfish, we hurt the people around us.
  • Be considerate of other people.



  • "Break a leg" is show terms for saying "Good luck!",
  • Infidel is another term for someone who doesn't believe.
  • Boysenberry is a type of berry, which is a cross between a raspberry and a blackberry.
  • A cobbler is similar to a pie, but with a biscuit topping.
  • The "Bye-bye, Lumpy!" message is a farewell for using the previous server (Softimage) for the shows.


  • This is the first episode for several things:
    • The first episode to be animated in Maya.
    • The first appearance of Scallion #1 with his new hairdo.
    • The first episode Tod Carter worked on.
    • The first post-1998 episode where Madame Blueberry does not make an appearance.
    • The first time Larry played an antagonistic role. He turns nice at the end afterwards.
      • Speaking of which, some fans wrote letters saying they didn't like Larry being mean.
    • The first episode where someone else sings the What Have We Learned song in its entirety (in this case Jimmy and Jerry), as Bob cut off Larry before he finishes the song in Rack, Shack and Benny.
    • The first episode to have two story segments since Are You My Neighbor?.
    • This is the second episode replacing the Palatino font for the end credits; however, it has returned as the font on Qwerty's screen for the Bible verse.
    • The first VeggieTales episode (and Big Idea production in general) to be produced in the 2000s.
    • The first episode to use the Why We Do What We Do Promo (mass-market release only).
  • This is the only episode to feature 2 stories with a Silly Song in the middle of the second story.
  • The costumes Jimmy and Jerry wore were based on the ones Mike Nawrocki experienced when he was a spokesperson for a Vacation Bible School. The kids who participated actually made cardboard cutouts of Bob and Larry.
  • This is the last episode for a few things:
    • The last episode to use the VeggieTales intro from 1998 to 2000.
    • The last episode that Ron Smith worked on as a full-time animator for VeggieTales, as he would start working full-time on 3-2-1 Penguins!
  • This episode marks the return of letters received from a kid by Bob and Larry since Josh and the Big Wall! However, this episode would mark the last mention of letters until The Ballad of Little Joe.
  • This episode has been featured in Larry's Favorite Stories!, Lettuce Love One Another!, and Growing Generous Kids!.
  • The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill (and Came Down with All the Bananas) was later featured in Englishman with an Omelet and Lessons from the Sock Drawer.
  • Endangered Love will return in Larry's Favorite Stories!, The Ultimate Silly Song Countdown, Sing-Alongs: Do the Moo Shoo, Silly Little Thing Called Love, If I Sang A Silly Song and the TV version of A Snoodle's Tale.
  • During the scenes of King George taking Thomas's duck, there's a graffiti of King George and his castle on the viewer's right. It also has "Selfi," which probably means "Selfish." So the picture is probably drawn by someone who didn't like King George.
  • Phil said this was the riskiest episode they wrote since the original Bible story it's based after is more "adult" themed. Sean Gaffney helped out when he wrote a ten-page draft called "King Dave and the Bath Ducky," which is basically just the same Bible story but with a rubber duck. Phil then decided to tweak it (eg. names and locations) because he didn't want kids to know what Bible story it's based on.
  • According to Phil, Pa Grape's character was named Nathan but then changed to Melvin in the final version.
  • Mike Nawrocki reads the interactive storybook version on Madame Blueberry.
  • On the original Word Entertainment VHS release, it contains the 3-2-1 Penguins! Promo.
  • The script for the main story has a copyright of 1999 and also lists a difference; even though the screen cuts to black at the end of the story, the script says "fade to black."
  • Even though Bob said "God made you special and he loves you very much," Jimmy and Jerry said goodbye to the viewers instead of him and Larry.
  • This is the second episode where Scallion #1 has his voice sound very similar to Archibald. The first was Madame Blueberry and the last was Esther... The Girl Who Became Queen.
  • Pa Grape's line, "What you have done has made God very unhappy," has become an internet meme.
  • A 2017 reprint of this episode included 5 bonus episodes of VeggieTales in the House. These include "Sickabeezer", "The Camp Out", "Coach Ichabeezer", "Blueberry's Tickets", and "The Lost Tooth".
    • "The Lost Tooth" is named "Madame Clueberry" on the back cover.


  • One of the screenshots on the back of the cover has King George and Louis smiling. Louis is smiling with his teeth, whilst in the actual episode, he has his mouth opened. It could be possible that this was an alternate take.
  • The bananas, hills, and strawberries are all drawn as opposed to the models.
  • If you watch the video on a computer, you'll notice some white behind in the scene where George and Louis were down the castle.
  • There are two 3-D throws toward the camera, King George's duck and the manatee doll from Endangered Love.
  • Watching a five-year-old while bathing is a horrible, indecent thing to do.
  • The countertop scenes have a yellow tint. Mike Nawrocki states this is because they wanted to get a softer, less harsh feel on the countertop, but it didn't turn out as planned.
  • All of King George's other ducks are all just the same generic yellow, which pretty much removes the point of keeping multiple of the same in storage, as Louis points out when King George steals Thomas' ducky. 
  • Jimmy presses "Option" on Qwerty, but the "Option" key is only on a Macintosh keyboard.
  • George states that he wants the message sent out to every boy and girl. Considering the time that the story takes place, it would be unlikely as he'll only be able to reach rural and border states.
  • The disguise may be useless, as most people know King George via his uniform. Also, how did he steal the duck without anyone waking up from it despite already making some noise?
    • However, it's likely that a few people woke up, considering police sirens can be heard as he's heading back to his castle.
  • Somehow, Thomas manages to tank the Pie War by himself, depending on who he was against at the time.
  • The back of the DVD states there is a how-to-draw on Junior Asparagus.
  • The previews option has a preview for the episode itself.
  • Some international releases replace Endangered Love with The Yodeling Veterinarian of the Alps.


"It's way down near the bottom of the screen, so it's not that big of a deal." - Ron Smith

  • When Bob tells Jimmy and Jerry he just had a break, Larry loses his mouth.
  • At the very end of "The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill and came down with all the bananas", the image displayed underneath the projector effects was clearly an early animation-studio rendering, missing the 3D textures.
  • Jean-Claude's right eye clips through the pie crust after the pie hits him.
  • In I Love My Duck there are some continuity errors in some scenes:
    • When King George is in the screen changer, he changes to his robe, but in the next shot he is back to his towel, and then is back in his robe again in the next shot. This shot was animated by Ron Smith, who later apologized for it in one of the Easter Eggs on the DVD. (see image)
    • After the portrait fell, the candles were perfectly standing still. When King George and Louis are outside, the candles were laying down, but they are standing still in the next scene.
  • Background mountain shots are shown at inconsistent angles. One shot shows in a lower position, but the shots after that show the mountains back to their normal position.
  • The Croatian and Slovenian dubs leave out Bob's "Wait a minute, you mean 'wasn't'..." dialogue during The Selfish Song.
    • Jean-Claude also doesn't scream before he is hit with a pie in the pie war in the Croatian dub, although he still moves his mouth as if he did.
  • The Smile of a Child and TBN airings cut out the Silly Song and The Selfish Song, possibly to save time.
  • The DVD Chapters menu starts playing the "Endangered Love" preview backwards after 20 seconds or so. None of the other Chapter previews do this.

Inside References

Real-World References

  • In the teaser trailer from the second sing along, the narrator mentions King Arthur and Henry the 8th.
  • The first story's title is a spoof on "The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain" starring Hugh Grant.
  • The glasses King George wore while stealing Thomas' duck are Groucho Marx glasses.
  • King George could be named after George I of Britain, the first Monarch of the United Kingdom.

Fast Forward


  • Jimmy Gourd: Now, Jimmy said that this kid, Jerry, is SO selfish, one of the most selfish kids in the whole world. So selfish, it-it just makes you sick!
  • Jerry Gourd: No, he's not.
  • Jimmy Gourd: Who's not?
  • Jerry Gourd: Jerry. He's not selfish. He's nice.
  • Jean-Claude Pea: You're so selfish!
  • Scallion One: I know, but I've got all the bananas!
  • Jimmy Gourd: Hey! You wouldn't let us do the show, we've gotta do something!
  • Bob the Tomato: It's "more wrong." Not "more wronger."
  • Larry the Cucumber: It had to rhyme! Don't question the king's grammar!
  • Junior Asparagus: Cobbler in the hole, hit the deck
  • Pa Grape: It's a flannelgraph. To illustrate.
  • Larry the Cucumber, Bob the Tomato: Ooh! Flannelgraph!

Episode Transcript




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