September 14, 2003


Q&A with Larry the Cucumber: 'Vegetarians make me nervous': VeggieTales star reveals his fears, faith in God and opinion of facial hair and toupees (Dallas Morning News, September 5, 2003)

In the beginning, they were just a cucumber and tomato, two evangelical vegetables trying to make it in the world of Mickey and Minnie. But they were neither as nimble nor as pretty as Disney's famously marketable mice.

Larry the Cucumber was gawky and missing all but one tooth. Bob the Tomato was cranky and corpulent. In the secular world of human entertainment, the odds were decidedly against them.

But Larry and Bob had, in show-biz parlance, a good schtick. Supported by a talented cast of peas, carrots, gourds, and other vegetables, they recreated Bible stories, drawing humorously on American pop culture.

VeggieTales first conquered the evangelical markets with creative videos such as Dave and the Giant Pickle, the vegetable version of the David and Goliath tale. The videos eventually moved into the mainstream. Last year, Big Idea, the Lombard, Ill., company behind VeggieTales, made it to the big screen with Jonah - A VeggieTales Movie. [...]

Question: How has your life changed now that you're a celebrity cucumber?

Answer: It used to be a lot harder to find a table in restaurants ... unless I was an entrée.

Question: If you had five minutes with Jesus, what would you say?

Answer: I know you love us both the same, but who do you think is funnier, me, or SpongeBob SquarePants?

Question: How do you feel about vegetarians?

Answer: Vegetarians make me nervous. Gotta keep your eye on 'em. You never know when they might snap.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 14, 2003 7:51 AM

What? They didn't ask Larry about Veggie Tales' owners filling for Chapter 11 bankruptcy this week and being bought out by Classic Media? What a softball interview. I was hoping for some in-depth dirt on how Larry really feels about his new compatriots at Classic Media (which makes a habit of buying bankrupt animation companies), such as Casper, Mr. Magoo and Baby Huey. There could be a lot of behind-the-scenes jealousy brewing here, and the Morning News just missed it completely...

Posted by: John at September 14, 2003 12:34 PM


remember, we post snippets--you've gotta follow the link to read about the Chapter 11.

Posted by: oj at September 14, 2003 3:31 PM

Sorry OJ -- I erred in opting to bypass the DMN's registration procedure and just read the snippet.

Posted by: John at September 14, 2003 7:12 PM