Josh and the Big Wall!
|Josh and the Big Wall|
2002 VeggieTales Classics DVD cover
|Directed by||Phil Vischer,
|Produced by||Chris Olsen|
|Written by||Phil Vischer|
|Music by||Phil Vischer,
|Distributed by||Word Entertainment
Lyrick Studios (re-release)
Warner Home Video
Josh and the Big Wall is the ninth episode of the VeggieTales animated series. It was released in 1997 and distributed by Everland Home Entertainment. It is subtitled "A Lesson in Obedience". The story follows the plight of the Israelites and the Battle of Jericho.
The opening countertop finds Junior Asparagus filling in for Larry the Cucumber, (he is tired from Larry-Boy! & the Fib from Outer Space!, the previous episode). Junior and Bob the Tomato field a question for Victor of Sausalito, California about obedience and, using their imaginations, are transported to the Holy Land.
Bob acts as narrator and provides Junior with some background information. The Israelites, having been held as slaves in Egypt, are liberated by Moses and led to the Promised Land. However, they question God's methods and are banished from Israel for forty years. Upon the completion of their exile, Moses has died, and Joshua (played here by Larry) has become leader of the Israelites. Joshua leads them back to the Promised Land, but one thing stands in their way... Jericho.
The story is interrupted here by Larry's Silly Songs with Larry. "Song of the Cebu," introduced as a "sequential image, stereophonic, multimedia event," finds Larry on the countertop with a slide projector and a captive audience comprising Jimmy and Jerry Gourd and Junior Asparagus. The song, about a boy and three cebu (and a hippo) frequently goes off track and is interrupted several times by Archibald Asparagus.
When the story resumes, the Israelites are met by the defenders of Jericho (the French Peas) who taunt them from atop the city's great wall. Joshua explains that God has given this land to the Israelites and that therefore the defenders will have to step aside. They are met by more insults and jeering. When a slushy falls and hits Jimmy, they fall back and regroup.
That night Joshua meets the Commander of the Army of the Lord who tells him how the Israelites are to take Jericho: they must march around the city once a day for six days; on the seventh day they are to march around it seven times, blow their horns, and all yell at the same time. At this point, the messenger states, the walls of Jericho will fall. Naturally this plan leads to some skepticism. Joshua must deal with dissent among his people, some of whom want to return to Egypt and some of whom want to attack the wall with might.
But they agree to try it God's way and proceed to Jericho the next day. The city's defenders insult them all the more, turning their taunts into a choreographed musical number while bombing them constantly with slushies. The end of the day finds the Israelites on the verge of rebellion. At this point, Junior, the co-narrator, intervenes and convinces them to continue with the plan God laid out. He explains that God's way doesn't always make sense, but provides examples of how it always works out in the end.
The Israelites agree to stick with the plan and, in spite of renewed counter-attacks, march around the city for seven days as specified. On the seventh day they blow their horns and the Israelites scream, at first nothing happens. The Jericho peas laugh at the Israelites for not being so clever, before they knew it, a crack on the wall causes the end of Jericho's world to be destroyed, just like God said it would be.
Bob and Junior wrap up on the closing countertop, reiterating the lesson in the film, a slushie falls. Larry appears in his pajamas (as seen in the Silly Song "Oh Santa" from "The Toy That Saved Christmas") at the end, but seconds later the lights go out as the computer screen turns off and Larry says "Aw nuts!".
- Phil Vischer Voices:
- Mike Nawrocki Voices:
- Lisa Vischer Voices:
- Junior Asparagus as an Israelite
- Jim Poole Voices:
- Scooter Carrot as an Israelite
- Chris Olsen Voices:
- Christophe Pea as Defenders of Jericho
- Countertop Intro
- Josh and the Big Wall! (Part I)
- Silly Song: Song of the Cebu
- Josh and the Big Wall! (Part II)
- QWERTY Closer
In addition to the ubiquitous "VeggieTales Theme" and "What We Have Learned," this episode contains the following songs:
- Promised Land, sung by the Israelites
- The Lord Has Given (Part 1), sung by Larry and the Israelites
- The Lord Has Given (Part 2), sung by Junior Asparagus
- Keep Walking, sung by the French Peas
- Song of the Cebu (Silly Song), sung by Larry with Jimmy, Jerry, and Junior
VHS & DVD Releases
On December 5th, 1997, the VHS was released and distributed by Word Entertainment. In mid-1999, Lyrick Studios re-released the tape with extra previews, including a preview for Very Silly Songs!. In 2000, Lyrick Studios re-released the tape with extra previews, including a preview for Larry-Boy and the Rumor Weed. Then in 2002, it was re-released once again in the VeggieTales Classics line on both VHS & DVD. In 2009, the DVD was re-released with newer previews.