- Where's God When I'm S-Scared?
name = Where's God When I'm S-Scared?
caption = DVD cover
Warner Home Video Big Idea Productions Lyrick Studios
(2000 to 2003)
(2003 to present) | starring =
Phil Vischer, Mike Nawrocki,
music = Kurt Heinecke,
Phil Vischer, Mike Nawrocki
released = December 1993 (VHS release) February 10,2004 (DVD release)
runtime = 30 minutes
language = English
followed_by = God Wants Me to Forgive Them?!?
imdb_id = 0500177
"Where's God When I'm S-Scared?" is the first episode of the "
VeggieTales" animated series. It was released in December of 1993and issued on DVD February 10, 2004. [ [http://www.alibris.com/search/movies/upc/074645874296 DVD release] ] Subtitled "A Lesson in Handling Fear", it features two short stories titled "Tales from the Crisper" & "Daniel and the Lion's Den", as well as the first Silly Song, The Water Buffalo Song. The first features Junior Asparagus who lies awake at night after watching a scary Frankencelery movie, while the second is a re-telling of the Biblical story Daniel and the Lion's Den.
This being the very first episode of "
VeggieTales", we are introduced to Bob the Tomatoand Larry the Cucumberfor the first time on the countertop, which is to become the stage for most opening and closing segments, various silly songs and even some stories in most following episodes.
In this show and the second one, Larry the Cucumber's voice is deeper and more dopey. As more videos were made, Larry's voice became higher. Larry's voice also had a slight lisp in early episodes.
Bob reads a letter from Lucy Anderson (Age 6) of
Phoenix, Arizonawho is scared because she sometimes thinks there are monsters in her closet. Bob then asks her to watch a story about when Junior Asparagus got scared.
In this segment, we see Junior Asparagus watching a late-night Frankencelery movie and is told by his mom that he needs to go to bed. Like any boy his age, he asks for a few more minutes but his mom lovingly sends him up to bed with a slight reprimand for watching spooky movies that late. As he troops up the stairs, he begins to get a bit scared and while trying to gain comfort from a family portrait he 'sees' them all turn into monsters. He then rushes upstairs and hides under the covers.
As he's lying in bed, afraid, Bob and Larry drop in to help him by singing a song to cheer Junior Asparagus up. They tell Junior that he doesn't need to be afraid because God is watching out for him, and that God is bigger than anything he is afraid of King Kong or The Slime Monster. Junior is even confronted by Frankencelery who is really an actor named Phil Winklestein from
Toledo, Ohioand apologizes for intimidating Junior. Junior is convinced and sings along that God is Bigger Than Anything.
Junior's dad comes in to his room and they talk about how God takes care of them and how he needs to be more careful about what he watches. A VeggieTales poster can be seen on the bedroom wall.
Following this segment is the introduction to the first "
Silly Songs with Larry", "The Water Buffalo Song". It is the first time we see Archibald Asparagus. Originally, the Silly Song in this VeggieTales video was going to be the only one.
Without going back to the countertop, the story of "Daniel and the Lion's Den" immediately begins. The Narrater introduces the story.
King Dariusis in his court with his wisemen and he confides that he is confused by a dream and wants help with what it means. The wisemen concede that they cannot help, but that Daniel can. Daniel comes in and help the King who is very pleased and promotes Daniel. The wisemen become envious and plot to trap Daniel breaking a newly penned law that one may only pray to King Darius.
The wisemen catch Daniel praying to God and have him thrown into the lion's den. Daniel is scared but an angel comforts him. King Darius appears the next morning expecting him to have perished, however, Daniel spent the night eating pizza with his new lion friends. A narrator is included in this Daniel Segment, making it one of two episodes in the Veggietales canon to feature a human narrator.
In the closing countertop sequence, we are introduced to
QWERTYthe computer who gives a recipe for Yummy Meatloaf and a scripture ( Isaiah41:10). We also see the beginning of Bob's perpetual frustration with the "What We Have Learned" song, as well as the common ending of 'God made you special and He loves you very much' which ends nearly every episode. This is the only episode in which the counterop segment letter is read by the letter's author, rather than Bob and Larry.
In the first version of the video, the credits were placed after each segment. Later versions were edited due to parent complaints of their kids leaving after the first segment.
Cast of Characters
Tales from the Crisper
Junior Asparagusas himself (debut)
* Mom Asparagus as herself (debut)
Bob the Tomatoas himself (debut)
Larry the Cucumberas himself (debut)
* Dad Asparagus as himself (debut)
* Frankencelery (Phil Winklestein) as himself (debut)
Daniel and the Lion's Den
* Cedric as Wiseman #1
* Scallion #2 as Wiseman #2
* Scallion #3 as Wiseman #3
* Penelope and Mabel as the King's maids
Archibald Asparagusas King Darius
Larry the Cucumberas Daniel
* Opening Countertop
* Tales from the Crisper
* Silly Song: The Water Buffalo Song
* Daniel and the Lion's Den
* Closing Countertop
In addition to the ubiquitous "VeggieTales Theme" and "What We Have Learned," this episode contains the following songs:
* "God is Bigger", sung by Bob, Larry and Junior with Frankencelery
* "The Water Buffalo Song" (Silly Song), sung by
Larry the Cucumberand interrupted by Archibald Asparagus
* "Opening Theme", sung by King Darius, and Wisemen
* "My Name is Daniel", sung by Daniel
* "Oh No!", sung by Wisemen
* "We've Got Some News", sung by King Darius, and Wisemen
* "Fear Not Daniel", sung by the narrator
*"You Are In His Hand" sung by King Darius
15th Anniversary Re-release
Since Bigidea is celebrating their 15th Anniversary during September 20,2008,Bigidea re-released "Where's God when I'm S-Scared?" with Remastered Picture and Sound.
* [http://www.bigidea.com Official Website]
* [http://www.qubo.com/veggie_show.asp Veggietales at Qubo.com]
* [http://christiancartoons.blogspot.com/2007/05/veggietales-christian-animation-cg-3d.html VeggieTales] at [http://christiancartoons.blogspot.com/ Christian Cartoons Online]
* [http://www.darrenandchristy.com/veggie/classic/index.html Ultimate Veggie]
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