|Twas The Night Before Easter|
March 8th, 2011
Twas the Night Before Easter is the 40th episode of VeggieTales, and the second Easter special.
Bob and Larry were hunting for Easter eggs, but Bob isn't really good at finding them. His friend ultimately finds all of the them, including a giant golden egg. He's very curious to know what's inside, hoping it's a creme filled bunny. The two get a video email on Timmy Tucker who asks them if they'll have a show with eggs, candy, and bunnies, which gets Larry very excited. Bob then tells them that Easter is not always on that kind of stuff, and it can makes us forget sometimes the true meaning of the holiday.
The story starts on a young reporter named Marlee Meade who does daily reports at her home town,Crisper County. However, she feels unsatisfied that she's not doing anything big that would help people make a difference. Marlee wishes she could do something related to theater, and her partner/friend Louis states there's something interesting down the street. An old theater owned by Prescott E. Huddlecoat is planning to be torn down since it's out of business for 15 years and plans to make it as a playground for the homeless shelter next to it. Marlee hesitated to keep it open since she has a show idea for Easter. A musical called "Up with Bunnies", which would make everyone feel happy about the upcoming holiday.
Unfortunately, the rehearsals aren't as good and they need a lead singer. Prescott gets a phone call from his brother Winston, a judge from "America's Got British Judges" that season 3 winner Cassie Cassava is heading back to Crisper County so she attend her church service there.
- Thespian is a way to describe anything involving drama or theater
- A quartet is a group of four people singing.
- The show's original title was "The 27th Annual Crisper County Easter Pageant".
- This is the first episode for several things:
- The first episode Petunia has a main role. In previous episodes, she was a secondary character alongside Larry.
- The first episode not to use a verse from Qwerty. (Sumo doesn't count since a verse was used from his hard drive.)
- The first episode Maggie Roberts joined the cast.
- The first episode since Pistachio - The Little Boy That Woodn't to be animated by Huhu Studios.
- This is one of the episodes where Bob and Larry don't greet the audience.
- In the teaser that was released from the previous episode, there was concept art that Marlee was going against someone else instead of the church. According to Mike, the script was different compared to the final. So it might be possible the concept art from the teaser was from the original script idea.
- The characters who auditioned were:
- Jimmy and Jerry Gourd
- Howard Greenman
- The Scallions
- Percy Pea
- Mr. Nezzer
- Pa Grape
- The French Peas
- Miss Achmetha
- This is the only Easter special filmed in 16:9.
- Even though Qwerty's off on the episode due to it being Easter, he's still on showing the video message. It's confirmed by Mark and Mike that the program is off and Bob and Larry are just using the computer manually.
- Erwin's outfit on the DVD cover and menus are different from what he wore in the episode. It might be suggested it was a prototype outfit.
- The eyelid colors on Scallions Two and Three are different than normal.
- As stated in the commentary, Junior's size has been reduced in this episode. This is mostly because he looked off next to his mother.
- Speaking of which, Mom Asparagus is only credited as Homeless Mom and her actual name doesn't appear with the brackets.
- If you look at the calendar, the first day of April is in a Saturday. Calculating the real calendars, it's possible the story takes place in 2006.
- Considering snow fell the night before Easter, it's possible Crisper County is in the north.
- During the camera turn on some of the citizens singing in the church, there's one guy who doesn't sing and appears to be frozen. This can be noticed in the widescreen version.
- As many fans pointed out, the story structure is similar to The Star of Christmas (eg. the main character wants to do something, but goes wrong.) It was later confirmed by Mike that it was done this way.
- The Scallions singing in a barbershop trio-esqe style is similar what they did in the ninth silly song.
- Benny was on the street eating a donut, like he did in his debut silly song.
Real World References
- The episode's title refers to the classic story Twas the Night Before Christmas.
- Tums are antacid that help relief heartburn problems.
- This episode contains many American Idol references.
- "America's Got British Judges" is a play on words on both that said show and America's Got Talent
- The talents being judged by three people is similar to American Idol's judging system.
- Cassie being a winner in "America's Got British Judges".