It's a Meaningful Life
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|It's a Meaningful Life|
|Directed by||Phil Vischer|
|Produced by||Jon Gadsby|
|Written by||Phil Vischer|
|Music by||Kurt Heinecke
|Edited by||John Wahba
|Distributed by||Big Idea Productions
|Release date(s)||October 5, 2010|
|Running time||35 minutes|
"It's a Meaningful Life" is the 33rd VeggieTales episode. It was released directly-to-DVD on October 5, 2010. Larry the Cucumber stars in the main role of "Stewart" in the episode which is inspired by the movie It's A Wonderful Life starring Jimmy Stewart. Stevey Joy Ru Chapman Co-Stars as "Emma the Rhubarb" and her adopted dad Steven Curtis Chapman sings "Meant to Be". "It's a Meaningful Life" and "Meant to Be" are dedicated to the memory of Maria Sue Chunxi Chapman.
Stewart Green (Larry the Cucumber) is the star of the football team in his hometown, Rockwell. Morty Bumble (Mr. Lunt), Stewart's teammate, is always used as a decoy during plays, much to his scorn. In the final play of the season, Stewart is about to make the winning touchdown when he trips over Bumble, sustaining severe injuries. Meanwhile, Bumble accidentally catches the ball, causing his teammates to see him as the town hero. Shortly after the game, Bumble leaves Rockwell to play major league football. Meanwhile, Stewart's father offers to give Stewart the family toy train company. Stewart declines, but his father reminds him that God has a plan for him and leaves.
15 years later, Stewart has inherited the toy train company. He has quit football, but now coaches the town's little league football team. He is married to Donna (Petunia Rhubarb), and has three kids. Stewart is also dealing with problems of his own after the toy factory he owns is threatened with closure by Bumble, now a famous football star. Stewart wonders "what if things were different?" and when a train called the "What If Express" magically appears in front of Stewart, the conductor, Gabe (Grandpa George), whisks him away to see what would've happened if Stewart had caught the football.
After his past is changed, Stewart discovers life in Rockwell isn't what he had imagined it would be like if he had caught that ball. Stewart has nearly forgotten about Rockwell, soon to be renamed Stewartville. Since he went off to fulfill his dreams of football stardom, the town has become practically deserted, his wife never married, his twins were never born, and his daughter, Emma, was never adopted and spent the rest of her life in an orphanage.
Stewart asks Gabe if all this is real. Gabe gives Stewart one last choice: he can either stay in the world of "What if", where he was personally successful, or go back home to face his problems with his loving family. Stewart chooses to go home and learns that God has a plan for his life that is better than anything that he can come up with on his own.
After returning home, Stewart finds the entire town working in his factory making toys in order to save it. Overjoyed, he declares his life is meaningful, and runs into Bumble, who is looking sad. Stewart tells him there is still time to make his life meaningful too and Bumble says he knows, because he had also taken the What If Express. Later, as a train passes by, Stewart whispers "Merry Christmas, Gabe."
Cast of characters
- Bob the Tomato as Coach Bob and Himself
- Larry the Cucumber as Stewart Green and Himself
- Petunia Rhubarb as Donna Green
- Junior Asparagus as Pajamas Junior
- Mr Lunt as Morty Bumble
- Jimmy Gourd as Jim Gourdly
- Mr. Nezzer as Mr. Stewart
- Grandpa George as Gabe
- Scooter Carrot as Policeman