March 3, 2015
It is a bibical adaption of Noah's Ark.
The countertop opens with Bob and Larry remarking how they looked different, and the cucumber telling Bob about the elephant in the room. He introduces his pal Roger, which Bob is puzzled why there's an elephant on the countertop. Larry hints to Bob that they're telling the story of Noah because they got an email from Chris, who wanted a brother than a sister.
Origins/ProductionIn 1998/1999, Big Idea wanted to do a 45 minute VeggieTales video. They thought about Noah's Ark but then decided on Jonah due to fur being hard to animate. While writing, the story of Jonah didn't even start when on the 17th page, so they decided to make it a full theatrical release.
According to an episode of The Phil Vischer Podcast, Big Idea went through 3 different versions of the script before ending up with the version that had 10 songs when 20 were written in total.
As confirmed on their Tumblr, Elena & Olivia Ceballos (the twin sisters who redesigned the characters for VeggieTales in the House) provided the redesigns for Katrina & Sabrina (who plays Shem's wife Sadie) from Beauty and the Beet for this show.
- Elephant in the room is a idiom for not explaining the truth either ignored or going unaddressed. This was clearly joking about the series being redesigned.
- Bacon and Pork Chop are names for the type of meats based around pork, which is from pigs. This also connects towards Ham, another kind of meat from a pig.
- Tar is a sort of black liquid, commonly used to mend roads.
- Job (jobe with a silent e) is a bible story from the Old Testament.
- This episode was the first for several things:
- There were a few differences between pre-production and the final version.
- The credits shows different pieces of concept art of the Ark, meaning it was staged differently than the final pitched. Concept artist Cedric Hohnstadt stated in his blog that the characters were changed from what was pitched.
- This episode does not have a sneak peek of the upcoming episode before the menu nor does it have one in the paper slip released in the DVD packaging.
- So, it's currently unknown what the upcoming episode is as of now or if there will be one at all, so this is possibly the last episode of the series. This is most likely because the staff is working on VeggieTales In The House.
- During the opening sequence, pictures from almost all of the previous episodes are shown, all of which consist of the artwork on the front cover of each episode (some of the earlier episodes' photos are from the DVD reissues, as opposed to the original VHS artwork).
- Bob and Larry break the fourth wall by referencing they have a new design, unlike the other episodes.
- In spite of VeggieTales' redesign, several characters and animals retain their previous designs (ie; Qwerty,the penguins, pigs, etc.)
- The back of the DVD states it includes sing-along versions of No More Rain and God's Got Plans.
- In the Studio Store section, the original character designs were literally kept in.
- A few nods from Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie were used here:
- The camels originated from Reginald.
- A puzzle of the poster can be seen.
- The whale appearing when the wave was about to hit the Ark.
- The characters use umbrellas just like the one in Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Noah's Umbrella.
- During the opening countertop scene, Bob and Larry lampshade the fact they have been redesigned. Larry then says they must address the elephant in the room, only to dance around outright stating they were redesigned by addressing an actual elephant.
- Nell's line "Hasta la vista, leakies!" is a parody of from "Terminator 2: Judgment Day". A similar variant of that quote was previously said in Larry-Boy and the Rumor Weed.
- The monkey eating the puzzle pieces is probably a reference towards the Curious George story "Curious George Goes to the Hospital".
- The scream used when the squid attacks the Ark is the iconic Wilhelm Scream. It originated from the film "The Charge at Feather River" by actor Sheb Wooley. It has been used in countless movies, television shows, and video games.