|Are You My Neighbor?|
January 3, 1995
Are You My Neighbor? is the third episode of VeggieTales.
Bob and Larry are on the countertop again, though Larry is seen with a shoe on his head. When Larry asks why he has a shoe on his head, Bob explains that he got a letter from Latasha Robbins of Savannah, Georgia, who wants to know what it means to love your neighbor. Bob then says that he's going to tell Latasha "The Story of Flibber-o-loo".
The Story of Flibber-o-loo
The Gourds Must Be Crazy
Leviticus 19:18; Love your neighbor as yourself. (Actually 19:18b)
Phil had been wanting to make an episode that he could base on old Dr. Seuss stories that he would read to his children. He ended up choosing the parable of the Good Samaritan and it proved to be a time consuming challenge, but in the end proved to be very successful.
Meanwhile, Big Idea just went through backlash from angry fans asking why there was no silly song in the previous episode. Phil went to Mike and told him to come up with a new silly song. Mike was up for the challenge and came back with The Hairbrush Song.
Phil then went on to make another pop culture spoof for the second segment after spoofing Gilligan's Island, this time based on the 60s' sci-fi television series Star Trek.
It was first released in January 3, 1995 by Word Entertainment. It was reprinted in 1997 by Lyrick Studios. In 1998, Word Entertainment and Lyrick Studios reprinted it. In 1999, they reprinted it again. In 2006, it was released to DVD for the first time in the VeggieTales Classics line by Sony Wonder.
- Bob the Tomato
- Larry the Cucumber
- Junior Asparagus
- Archibald Asparagus (Mayor of Flibber-o-Loo)
- Lovey Asparagus
- Mike Asparagus
- Lisa Asparagus (Photo)
- Jimmy and Jerry Gourd
- Scooter Carrot
- Dad Carrot
- Laura Carrot
- Lenny Carrot
- The Peach
- Pa Grape (appears in Silly Song)
- Word Entertainment/Everland Entertainment (original release)
- Lyrick Studios (December 6, 1997/March 31, 1998)
- Sony Wonder (March 14, 2006)
- Sony Wonder (March 14, 2006)
- This is the first episode for several things:
- The first appearance of The Peach, Scooter, Laura, Lenny, their dad, Jimmy and Jerry Gourd.
- The first episode Ron Smith worked on.
- Bob and Larry's new voices.
- The first episode not to have "God" in the title.
- The first episode to have high quality sound and audio, contrast to the previous two.
- The first episode not to have Tom, Ma or Rosie Grape since their debut appearances.
- The first episode to be made by Lyrick Studios in 1997.
- This is also the last episode for several things:
- The last appearance of Henry the Miner
- The last episode to have two story segments until King George and the Ducky.
- The last classic VeggieTales episode to be released on DVD.
- The inspiration for the shoes being on the citizens of Flibber-o-Loo's heads' was inspired by the 1985 film Brazil. The film features women wearing hats with upside down shoes on them.
- According to the DVD rom feature, the scripts for the two stories were written in 1994.
- Some scenes on the "Flibber-O-Loo" segment were rendered in a differen frame rate as stated by Phil and Mike. This was done with a process called "field rendering".
- Jimmy and Jerry can breathe in space, despite not wearing any helmets.
- The audio for recent releases are different than in the original. This includes the door opening being omitted.
- Phil Vischer stated on the DVD commentary that the scene where the spaceship comes out of the USS Applepies to take Junior back home after the song "I can be your friend" was so hard to render that he ended up working out all the kinks himself until it could render properly.
- According to the audio commentary on Dave and the Giant Pickle, Phil Vischer has stated that the space environment, along with the desert environment, was the easiest environment to create at the time.
- The verse was actually Leviticus 19:18b, which they dropped out the part about revenge despite not stating it.
- The table, despite losing one leg, still stands.
- Bob said that Jibber-de-lot would look down at the shoe people, but the towns are actually the same height.
- In the original version of the scene after Jerry turns the power back, the whole entire ship lights up. However the next scene with Scooter, the lights were still dimmed prior to the power being turned on. This was somewhat fixed when the story was repackaged for God Made You Special, where they adjusted the brightness.
- In the original Word Entertainment print of this episode (the version widely sold at Christian bookstores before the more well-known mass market Lyrick tapes came about), there was animation error that was fixed later on. During the "Love Your Neighbor" song, after Junior finishes the first verse, the other three gather in to sing a vocal-only segment; this was originally much more roughly animated, with Larry popping into view on the right before starting to walk in and the other two rushing in to make it in time for the verse to start. The reprint altered this so it was a bit more clean-looking, and this change stuck for every release after.
- There are a few instances where the characters' pupils phase through their eyelids. These include:
- Junior when he gets started by Bob and Larry.
- Bob when his eyes are in closeup.
- In the scene where Bob and Larry take Junior back home in the second segment, you'll notice the shadow of the spaceship is stuck on the wall near the window before heading out the window.
- One shot shows Jerry phasing through his seat.
- One shot shows Jerry without his headset, and he has it in the next shot.
- During the end of the second segment, when Bob and Larry come back to Junior for directions for the freeway, the lights on the spaceship don't light up on Junior's face.
Real World References
- Play-Doh is a modeling compound used by young children for arts and craft. It's pretty much a child's version of molding clay.
- Jell-O is a trademark of Kraft Foods for varieties of gelatin.