- Dave and the Giant Pickle
Dave and the Giant Pickle
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Directed by Phil Vischer Written by Phil Vischer Starring Phil Vischer
Music by Kurt Heinecke
Editing by Mike Nawrocki Studio Big Idea Productions Distributed by Lyrick Studios Release date(s) March 1996 Running time 27 minutes Country United States Language English
Dave and the Giant Pickle is the fifth episode in the VeggieTales animated series. Also, this video was the first time Larry the Cucumber was LarryBoy. It was released in March 1996 on VHS. Subtitled "A Lesson in Self-Esteem", it sends the message that with God's help humans can accomplish anything we set our minds to. The lesson is illustrated through a retelling of the Bible story of David and Goliath from the Book of Samuel.
The countertop opens with Larry the Cucumber dressed as the superhero Larry Boy. Backed by a cardboard cityscape, Larry declares that the world needs a hero, a hero, a superhero. He utters his catchphrase for the first time: "I am that hero!" and then gets stuck to the wall, prior to contemplating the idea of joining the naked wizard sect of his neighbourhood courgette group. Bob the Tomato enters and asks about the superhero costume; Larry explains that he doesn't feel special, that "plain old Larry" is "plain old boring". This of course dovetails with the viewer's letter, and Bob gets a letter from Myra Egleston of Youngstown, Pennsylvania about self-esteem and starts the story.
The story begins in the desert near Jerusalem Israel where Dave and his brothers are tending a flock of sheep. These sheep tend to tip over a lot which keeps the shepherds busy. Worse, Dave's brothers are constantly picking on him, by purposely tipping over their sheep, and forcing Dave to pick them up, or making him get them food, when he is working.
Jesse, their father, comes with the news that the Philistines are attacking. King Saul is gathering an army to face the threat and all the brothers run to volunteer. But Dave is stopped by Jesse who tells him that "Big people do big things and little people do little things." Dave must stay and tend the sheep. Meanwhile, Larry asks about the Philippines and Bob says the Philippines are a group of Islands off the coast of southeast Asia, but the Philistines were an empire that hated Israel and the Lord, and they wanted to take the Israelites as their slaves.
At King Saul's camp, the Israelites and the Philistines make a deal to end the war quickly. They agree to have their champions, their two greatest fighters, face off; the tribe whose champion is victorious shall win the war, and the losing tribe will become their slaves. Since the Philistines were all Peas, this seemed like a good idea to King Saul until they brought out their champion: the massive and towering Goliath, the Giant Pickle.
The episode breaks here for Silly Songs with Larry, a number in which Larry, lying on a psychiatrist's couch confesses his love for his lips and his fear of losing them.
Naturally no one would fight Goliath. For forty days he awaited an adversary. Then one day Dave is sent to the camp to deliver some pizza to his brothers, and he is ashamed at the sight of his brothers and the rest of the Israelites cowering in fear. He goes to King Saul and tells him that he will fight Goliath. King Saul is skeptical but grants his permission. He attempts to make Dave over with his royal armor and sword, but they are much too big. Dave resolves to go into battle just as he is.
Dave goes into battle armed only with stones and his faith in God while Goliath dons boxing gloves. The battle is short; Dave slings a stone at Goliath and hits him just above the eyes. Goliath stands dazed for a couple of seconds, and then falls to the ground knocked out and Israel are victorious. Finally realizing they had lost, the Philistines retreat from the battlefield before they can become the slaves of Israel.
Back on the countertop Bob explains that through God all things are possible. This means that little people can do big things and that Larry doesn't need to dress up as a superhero to be special. Larry-Boy then gets himself stuck on the camera and asks for Bob's help.
- Junior Asparagus as Dave
- Jimmy and Jerry Gourd, and Tom Grape as Dave's brothers
- Goliath as himself (debut)
- Pa Grape as Jesse (Dave's father)
- List of VeggieTales characters#Archibald Asparagus as King Saul
- Jean-Claude, Philippe and Christoph as the Philistines's Generals
- Lenny Carrot and Peas as additional Israelites
- French Peas as additional Philistines
In addition to the ubiquitous "VeggieTales Theme" and "What We Have Learned," this episode contains the following two songs:
- Big Things Too!, sung by Dave (Junior Asparagus)
- I Love My Lips (Silly Song), sung by Larry with Archibald Asparagus
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VeggieTales episodes Succeeded by
The Toy That Saved Christmas
VeggieTales Feature filmsJonah: A VeggieTales Movie (2002) · The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie (2008) EpisodesWhere's God When I'm S-Scared? (1993) · God Wants Me to Forgive Them!?! (1994) · Are You My Neighbor? (1995) · Rack, Shack, and Benny (1995) · Dave and the Giant Pickle (1996) · The Toy That Saved Christmas (1996) · Josh and the Big Wall! (1997) · Madame Blueberry (1998) · King George and the Ducky (2000) · Esther... The Girl Who Became Queen (2000) · Lyle the Kindly Viking (2001) · The Star of Christmas (2002) · The Ballad of Little Joe (2003) · An Easter Carol (2004) · A Snoodle's Tale (2004) · Sumo of the Opera (2004) · Duke and the Great Pie War (2005) · Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Samson's Hairbrush (2005) · Lord of the Beans (2005) · Sheerluck Holmes and the Golden Ruler (2005) · Gideon: Tuba Warrior (2006) · Moe and the Big Exit (2007) · The Wonderful Wizard of Ha's (2007) · Tomato Sawyer and Huckleberry Larry's Big River Rescue (2008) · Abe and the Amazing Promise (2009) · Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Noah's Umbrella (2009) · Saint Nicholas: A Story of Joyful Giving (2009) · Pistachio – The Little Boy That Woodn't (2010) · Sweetpea Beauty: A Girl After God's Own Heart (2010) · It's a Meaningful Life (2010) · Twas The Night Before Easter (2011) LarryBoy Silly Songs with Larry Minnesota Cuke ListsCharacters · Albums Other
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