|Very Silly Songs!|
February 4th, 1997
Very Silly Songs! (originally known as A Very Silly Sing-Along!) is the seventh episode of VeggieTales and the first sing along video.
The episode begins on the countertop as Larry welcomes the viewers to what he thinks is the first "VeggieTales Workout Video." He starts exercising, and then proceeds to the trampoline and jumps gradually until he is high enough he starts hitting a cupboard directly above him. As he begins to yell to Bob for help, Bob comes onscreen and informs the viewers that Larry is confused and that today's video is actually the first "VeggieTales Sing-Along tape." He explains that they will play their favorite VeggieTales songs and place the lyrics on the bottom of the screen. To demonstrate, Bob sings the theme song while the French Peas type on Qwerty, after which they continue to type even after Bob calls for them to stop and Larry still yells for him to help. Bob immediately asks for the songs to be started as chaos begins to ensue in the kitchen.
In the second countertop scene, Larry does it again by welcoming the viewers to the first "VeggieTales Home Improvement Video," in which he begins teaching them how to replace a leaky fixture on a sink whilst reminding them to turn off the water and that he had Jimmy do it before he began. As Larry starts wrenching off the fixture, however, Jimmy admits to turning off the wrong water supply. Despite this, Larry continues and is launched offscreen by water gushing out of the fixture. Jimmy comes onscreen and elaborates that he thought he was dealing with bathrooms and decks as Larry once again yells out for Bob to get him down.
In the third countertop scene, Bob informs the viewers that they are going to be singing the Bunny Song, though he is quickly interrupted by Jean-Claude, who reminds him that children are not supposed to be singing the Bunny song. Bob informs him that it is the "new and improved Bunny Song" they will be singing, which Jean-Claude soon realizes.
In the final countertop scene, Larry welcomes everyone to the first "VeggieTales Success Video" about financial success. Fed up with Larry getting confused on what today's video is, Bob comes out and reminds Larry that he is in a sing-along video. After Larry realizes this, he asks Bob what song should be played first. Not wanting to tell Larry that the sing-along is almost over, Bob walks away. Larry follows, however, and informs him of his purchase of a chocolate factory "with no money down," which surprises Bob.
- Bob the Tomato
- Larry the Cucumber
- Jimmy Gourd
- The French Peas
- Mr. Lunt
- Pa Grape
- Harry the Penguin
- Mr. Nezzer
- VeggieTales Theme Song
- I Can Be Your Friend (from "The Gourds Must Be Crazy" story in "Are You My Neighbor?")
- Silly Songs with Larry: Dance of the Cucumber (from "Rack, Shack and Benny")
- The Forgiveness Song (from the "Larry's Lagoon" story in "God Wants Me to Forgive Them!?!")
- Silly Songs with Larry: The Water Buffalo Song (from "Where's God When I'm S-Scared?")
- God is Bigger (from the "Tales From the Crisper" story in "Where's God When I'm S-Scared?")
- Silly Songs with Larry: Love My Lips (from "Dave and the Giant Pickle")
- Oh, No! (from the "Daniel and the Lion's Den" story in "Where's God When I'm S-Scared?")
- Stand Up! (from: "Rack, Shack and Benny")
- Silly Songs with Larry: Hairbrush Song (from: "Are You My Neighbor?")
- The (New and Improved) Bunny Song (from "Rack, Shack and Benny")
- Silly Songs with Larry: The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything
According to Mike Nawrocki, the reason for the sing-along tape was from the success of VeggieTunes, a deal that Word Records wanted to promote as a giveaway of the songs. He was the one who edited the words on the video, which resulted in him throwing out his back while sitting on his mother's old dining room chair, which had a hutch that was bad on the back. After the video was released, he and his wife went to Columbia for about two weeks while he had a bad back.
- Main article: Very Silly Songs!/Home Video
- "No money down" means a possible way to get financing for a home where you are not required by the lender to make a down payment.
- This is the first episode for several things:
- The first sing-along video.
- The first episode not to introduce any new characters, not counting the first appearance of The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything.
- The first episode to not have Annie, Mom Carrot, Baby Lou or Buzz-Saw Louie since their debut appearances.
- The first episode Mr. Lunt appears without Mr. Nezzer (not counting the song Stand Up!).
- The first episode to use the 1997 Big Idea logo. The animated version would be used in the following video.
- The first episode where Jimmy appears without Jerry, and it is also the first time Jimmy Gourd appears on the countertop.
- The first onscreen appearance of Philippe Pea.
- The first episode whose 2004 DVD release does not include a Family Fun Activity. However, it includes a music lesson with Kurt Heinecke.
- The first time Jean Claude is referred to by name.
- The first episode where Junior does not appear, not counting the clips of the songs he sang.
- The first episode to not be directed by Phil Vischer.
- The original 1997 release has a teaser trailer for the next episode.
- The 1999 Word Entertainment VHS has a rare variant of the "Big Idea presents" opening bumper which has the 1997 Big Idea logo with the "PRESENTS" word in Times New Roman font.
- This episode was first released on DVD in 2004 as part of The Complete Silly Song Collection. It was given a separate DVD release under the VeggieTales Classics line in 2006.
- The original release uses the original version of the theme song, while the 1999 re-release uses the 1998 theme. The DVD, instead of using the 1998 theme song that was featured in the 1999 VHS reprints, oddly uses the original theme song while using the audio of the 2004 version.
- In the Pirates Who Don't Do Anything section of the credits, the crew's names are given pirate nicknames.
- This won a GMA Dove Award for the 1998 Long Form Music Video of the Year.
- Before this video, Big Idea made CDs and audio cassettes of the album VeggieTunes, which features music from the first three episodes.
- When this episode was about to be re-released in 1999, the cover was vastly different and had some differences.
- The asparagus singers were kept in from the 1997 cover.
- The episode title was originally planned to be kept the same as the original.
- Both Bob and Larry were on the cover looking happy. The final cover replaced Bob with the Peach and has Larry looking somewhat worried.
- The prototype cover originally had a purple Star Box background pattern and had a red banner at the top with "Deliciously silly!" as the critic review. The final version had "The Veggies Kids Actually Like!" as the critic review and the banner was purple and there was a very light blue ducky pattern.
- The final cover is based off The Hairbrush Song, while the prototype cover used a unique style.
- The Dance of the Cucumber, The Forgiveness Song and The Water Buffalo Song came in the same order on Sing-Alongs: Dance of the Cucumber.
- When Larry was jumping on the trampoline and yells to Bob for help on getting him off the trampoline, Bob would have to move the trampoline and catch Larry before he falls to the ground. However, more characters would have to gather together with him to catch Larry after they move the trampoline over, because in real life, if Bob were to catch Larry himself, Larry's fast kinetic gravity force would hit Bob and they could possibly die or get crushed.
- When water spews up in the air with Larry at the top after he wrenches the fixture, Bob would have to turn off the water to the kitchen as Jimmy does not know how, and more characters would have to gather together to catch Larry before he falls into the kitchen sink. However, the paths on either edge of the sink are too narrow and it is possible that Larry could easily fall into the sink.
- The quality of the songs from Where's God When I'm S-Scared? is lower than the rest of the video.
- Though not technically considered a goof, Larry leaves the screen in one shot without his tooth.
- Its unknown who exactly Jane is, unless he/she was considered to be a third French Pea or another character off-screen. However, this could just be a reference to a famous quote from George Jetson from the 1962 Hanna-Barbera cartoon "The Jetsons."
- When the video was re-released on DVD in 2004, the audio was re-mastered in higher quality, which meant that all the songs except for "The Water Buffalo Song" had a different quality to the music and also with newly added instruments but still had the same rhythm.
- In the DVD-ROM section, it shows pictures from Good Morning George and Big Things Too, but those songs are not on the video, because they were not added in until later in The End of Silliness.
- On the DVD, the script for The Story of Flibber-o-loo was included as a placeholder for the Very Silly Songs! script. It is unknown what happened to the original script for Very Silly Songs!.
- From reading the subtitle "NEED VERY SILLY SONGS SCRIPT, THIS IS A PLACEHOLDER: a retelling of the parable of the Good Samaritan", it is possible that the original script for Very Silly Songs! was lost or misplaced.
- Though not technically considered a goof, Qwerty is two times larger in size than in other episodes.
- International versions of this episode only appear in non-religious dubs/voiceovers and exclusively use the non-religious foreign cut, which in this case has a few differences from the American version.
- The VeggieTales theme is placed before the workout countertop segment (as usual like with all other episodes in the non-religious cut, and it uses the 2001-2003 theme song).
- A title card for the episode is added between the VeggieTales theme and the opening segment.
- In the opening segment, after Bob says "Actually, this is the very first VeggieTales sing-along tape," the rest of the segment where Bob explains they are going to put the lyrics on the bottom of the screen and the peas typing on Qwerty's keyboard was cut, due to the songs being textless in this version.
- The title cards before each song have a different look compared to the original.
- The songs as seen in this episode use a textless version.
- Dance of the Cucumber and Lagoon Song were omitted to fit the running time the non-religious cut requires.
- The two songs were bizarrely still kept listed in the credits.
- While Larry is jumping on the trampoline and hitting his head on the cupboards, his line when he's calling for Bob is off lip-sync.
- Before the shot focusing on Bob, Larry is up in the air hitting the ceiling, but on the shot focusing on Bob, Larry has instantly landed back down facing upward.
- The type bar flies off Qwerty's screen in one line.
- When Bob tells the peas to stop typing ("Guys... Hey, hey, hey Peas! Peas!"), a question mark appears on Christophe Pea's mouth. Additionally, there is also a strange black bongo-like object lying in the right corner beside Qwerty on the same shot.
- On a similar note, in the international releases of the episode, when the camera cuts to a long shot of the countertop before Larry says "I hope you're ready to sweat!," a question mark appears on Larry's mouth for a split-second before he starts talking.
- As Larry hops over to the sink, his belt clips through his body.
- Before Larry turns the water faucet, his tooth clips through.
- For the most part of the video, Larry's tooth is not visible when his mouth is closed, with a few exceptions where that problem is fixed during the Home Improvement sketch and the last shot during the Success sketch.
- Due to it being rendered in high quality for this video, a goof makes it into Lagoon Song in which Palmy completely disappears for a frame before returning in the next.
- There are a number of spelling and grammar errors which appear within the lyrics throughout the video. For one, during The Water Buffalo Song, "yours" and "hers" are spelled as "your's" and "her's," which would be alright, except the apostrophe is usually used to abbreviate "is," so the end result of both of these is "your is" and "her is," neither of which are grammatically correct in the context they are applied in. Also, during God Is Bigger, although "boogie" is spelled correctly twice, it is spelled as "boogy" for the rest of the song, which was acknowledged by Mike and Kurt during the commentary. And in the theme song, “produce aisle” is misspelled as “produce isle”. “Isle” refers to an island, not a walkway as “aisle” does.
- In the credits listing "Lagoon Song," Kurt Heinecke's last name is misspelled. The last letter in his last name has an "i" instead of an "e", spelling it "Heinecki." People actually wrote letters to Big Idea about it.
- On some Sony Wonder DVD releases, the disc does not have the episode's title on it.
- The audio commentary on the DVD release is off-sync by about 2 seconds.
- Gourd's Gym is a take on Gold's Gym.
- "Jane, stop this crazy thing!" is a quote from "The Jetsons."
- The second segment is a spoof of "Tool Time" from the sitcom "Home Improvement."
- 笨笨的歌 (Cantonese) (Stupid song)
- Hullunkurisia lauluja (Finnish) (Silly songs)
- Unknown (Hungarian)
- (Indonesian) (Title left in English)
- ヴェジテールズと一緒に歌いましょう！/非常に愚かな歌 ! (Japanese) (Let's sing with VeggieTales!/same translation)
- Veldig dumme sanger (Norwergian) (Very stupid songs)
- Canções Muito Divertidas! (Portugeuse) (Brazil) (same translation) (existence unconfirmed)
- Unknown (Taiwanese)
- Những bài hát cực kỳ ngốc nghếch (Vietnamese) (same translation)