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2003 VeggieTales Classics DVD Cover
|Directed by||Mike Nawrocki|
|Produced by||Chris Olsen|
|Written by||Mike Nawrocki
Megan Moore Burns
|Music by||Kurt Heinecke
|Edited by||John Wahba
|Distributed by||Everland Entertainment
|Running time||38 minutes|
Madame Blueberry is the tenth episode in the VeggieTales animated series. It was released in 1998 and 1999 on VHS cassette and distributed by both Everland Entertainment and Lyrick Studios Home Video and issued on DVD on May 20th in 2003 by both Warner Home Video and Sony Wonder Home Entertainment. Subtitled "A Lesson in Thankfulness", it conveys the message that material possessions will never truly make us happy, and that we must instead be grateful for what we have.
The show opens with Larry the Cucumber driving onto the countertop in a brand-new "Soo-Vee Action Jeep", which causes Bob the Tomato to feel upset. Larry has been waiting for the Action Jeep for a really long time.. Larry goes on to admit that he will not be really happy until he has all the additional vehicles in the Soo-Vee line, and Bob the Tomato decides that this would be a good theme for an episode. The French Peas, Jean-Claude and Philippe, they appear and begin narrating the story.
Madame Blueberry is a rich but perpetually blueberry with a beauty mark, which she lives in a sparsely-decorated treehouse. Though her butlers (portrayed by Bob and Larry) attend to her every whim, they find themselves unable to lift Blueberry out of her ever-present doldrums. The only happiness she seems to have comes from gazing at photographs of her neighbor's possessions. One day, a trio of salesmen (the Scallions) arrive at Madame Blueberry's treehouse to promote "Stuff-Mart," a new local mega-store, and claim that the store has anything and everything that Blueberry needs to be happy. Though Bob has his doubts, Blueberry eagerly buys into the sales pitch, following the three salesmen to Stuff-Mart.
Along the way there, there is considered Annie and his parents having a bowl of birthday oatmeal and 1 piece of apple pie with a candle on top. Madame wonders why Annie was so happy even with so little, but instantly forgets about it upon entering the Stuff-Mart. As to feel woozy, Madame's numerous purchases are delivered to her tree house via pea-driven shopping carts.
During a lunch break, Madame Blueberry sees Junior Asparagus' excitement over a new ball his dad bought for him at the "Stuff Mart," despite his disappointment over learning that his dad couldn't afford the train set he really wanted. Madame Blueberry again wonders why someone can be happy even though he isn't getting what "he really wants" and then wonders why she isn't happy despite receiving everything she wants. Realizing that she already has a wonderful home and two loyal friends in her butlers, Madame Blueberry finally sees her folly in not being thankful for what she has and tells the salesmen that she is done giving in to their materialistic temptations.
When she leaves the Stuff-Mart, Madame Blueberry beholds to her horror her treehouse tipping over in the distance, full of the stuff she bought still being delivered to her home. The arrival of a giant air compressor proves to be too much for the tree house to handle as the back door opens and dumps every one of her possessions into the lake below. In turn, the sudden loss of weight causes the tree to fling the house out of its branches, over the forest, and onto the ground where it immediately collapses. As the story draws to a close, Madame Blueberry is comforted by the presence of her butlers, Annie, Junior, and their respective parents, and trusts that everything will turn out right in the end. Although she is now homeless, Madame Blueberry is nonetheless happy and finally understands that "a thankful heart is a happy heart".
At the end of the story, Bob and Larry are returning being seen crying because the story was beautiful, but proceeds to the end of the show with the bible verse, Proverbs 15:27a.
Cast of Characters
- Madame Blueberry as herself
- Phillipe Pea the French Pea
- Jean Claude Pea the French Pea as the narrator
- Bob the Tomato as Bob the Butler and himself
- Larry the Cucumber as Larry the Butler and himself
- Scallion #1 as Stuff Mart Salesman #1
- Scallion #2 as Stuff Mart Salesman #2
- Scallion #3 as Stuff Mart Salesman #3
- Female Green Onion as Mom
- Male Green Onion as Dad
- Annie the Green Onion as Girl with Apple Pie
- Archibald Asparagus as himself
- Mr. Lunt as himself
- Jerry Gourd as himself
- The French Peas as Stuff Mart Employees
- Dad Asparagus as Stuff Mart Shopper
- Junior Asparagus as Little Boy with Ball
- Countertop Intro
- Madame Blueberry (Part I)
- Silly Songs with Larry (as "Love Songs with Mr. Lunt"): His Cheeseburger
- Madame Blueberry (Part II)
- QWERTY Closer
In addition to the ubiquitous "VeggieTales Theme" and "What We Have Learned," this episode contains the following songs:
- I'm So Blue, sung by Madame Blueberry, Bob & Larry
- Stuff Mart Rap (also called the Salezmunz Rap), sung by the Scallions
- His Cheeseburger, sung by Mr. Lunt during the Silly Songs segment
- The Thankfulness Song, Part 1, sung by Annie the Green Onion
- The Thankfulness Song, Part 2, sung by Dad Asparagus and Junior Asparagus
- The Thankfulness Song, Part 3, sung by Madame Blueberry, Junior, Annie, Dad Asparagus, and Annie's Dad
- Stuff Mart Blue Danube, End Credits