Where's God When I'm S-Scared?
|Where's God When I'm S-Scared?|
Cover art of the 2008 DVD
|Directed by||Phil Vischer|
|Written by||Phil Vischer|
|Narrated by||G. Bock|
|Music by||Kurt Heinecke
|Edited by||Mike Nawrocki|
|Big Idea Home Entertainment, Inc.|
|Distributed by||Word Entertainment|
|Release date(s)||December 21, 1993|
|Running time||30 minutes|
Where's God When I'm S-Scared? is the first episode of the Christian computer-animated series VeggieTales. It was initially released on December 21, 1993 directly by Big Idea based on a "burn-on-demand"-like service, the first tapes being shipped out on December 21 (the day after the episode was finished), and was released on DVD February 10, 2004. Subtitled "A Lesson in Handling Fear," it features two short stories titled Tales from the Crisper and Daniel and the Lion's Den, as well as the first Silly Song, "The Water Buffalo Song". The first segment features Junior Asparagus who lies awake at night after watching a scary Frankencelery movie. The second is a re-telling of the biblical story Daniel in the lions' den.
In this episode of VeggieTales, Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber are on the counter-top of a kitchen. Bob reads a letter from Lucy Anderson of Phoenix, AZ who is scared because she sometimes thinks there are monsters in her closet. Larry says he once thought the same thing, but later found out that they were actually his fluffy bunny slippers, which are only "squishy", as opposed to "scary". Bob then asks her to watch a story about when Junior Asparagus got scared.
In the first segment, Tales from the Crisper, Junior Asparagus watches a late night "Frankencelery" movie before being told by his mother that he needs to go to bed. After being scared of the dark and imagining that there are monsters in his room, Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber drop in to help him. After some discussion, the pair sing a song in an effort to comfort Junior about how Junior doesn't need to be afraid because God is watching out for him and He is bigger than anything. Junior is then confronted by Frankencelery who reveals that he is really an actor named Phil Winklestein from Toledo. Junior is then convinced that he shouldn't be afraid and celebrates in song that "God is Bigger" than anything. After Bob and Larry leave, Junior's father comes in to his room and they discuss how God takes care of them and how Junior needs to be more careful about what he watches in the future.
Following this segment is the introduction to the first of "Silly Songs with Larry," The Water Buffalo Song. Wearing a cowboy hat, Larry comes out and sings that "everybody's got a water buffalo," but Archibald Asparagus brings the song to an abrupt end over the obvious falseness of the statement. The segment ends when Larry starts singing that "everybody's got a baby kangaroo," much to Archibald's displeasure.
The second segment is the story of Daniel and the Lions' Den. After the narrator introduces the story, we find King Darius (Archibald Asparagus) in his court with his wisemen (The Scallions) 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 then Daniel (Larry the Cucumber) arrives, he correctly interpretes the dream, and is made the King's second-in-command. Afterwards, the Wisemen become envious and plot to trap Daniel into breaking a newly penned law that stipulates that the kingdom may only pray to King Darius, due to the King's belief that only he is worthy of adulation. The Wisemen then catch Daniel praying to God and have him thrown into the lions' den. Although Daniel is scared, an angel comforts him and calm the lions. While the Wisemen celebrate their (apparent) victory, the King has a sleepless night believing that Daniel has died. The next morning King Darius and his wisemen goes to the lions' den and finds that not only is Daniel alive, but he spent the night eating pizza with his new lion friends. Realizing that their days are numbered, the Wisemen quit their jobs and flee to Egypt with Daniel and Darius on their heels.
In the closing countertop sequence, Bob & Larry's computer, Qwerty, gives the audience a recipe for yummy meatloaf, followed by a Bible verse in which God says "So do not fear; for I am with you." [Is. 41:10]
Tales from the Crisper
- Lisa Vischer - Junior Asparagus as himself (debut)
- Gail Freeman - Mom Asparagus as herself (debut)
- Phil Vischer - Bob the Tomato as himself (debut)
- Michael Nawrocki - Larry the Cucumber as himself (debut)
- Dan Anderson- Dad Asparagus as himself (debut)
- Phil Vischer - Phil Winkelstein as Frankencelery (debut)
- Phil Vischer, Michael Nawrocki, and Mike Sage - Singing Monsters
The Water Buffalo Song
- Phil Vischer - Archibald Asparagus and the Silly Song Narrator (debut)
- Michael Nawrocki - Larry the Cucumber
Daniel and the Lions' Den
- Michael Nawrocki - Larry the Cucumber as Daniel
- Phil Vischer - Archibald Asparagus as King Darius
- Phil Vischer, Mike Nawrocki and Mike Sage - The Scallions (debut)
- Gail Freeman and Lisa Vischer - Mabel and Penelope as the King's maids (debut)
- Gail Freeman as the Narrator
"Where's God when I'm S-Scared?" was released on VHS on December 21, 1993 by Word Entertainment. It was re-released on VHS in 1998 by Lyrick Studios. It was released for the first time ever on DVD in 2003 in the VeggieTales Classics line by Warner Home Video. As part of their 15th Anniversary promotion in 2008, Big Idea re-released the episode on DVD with remastered picture and sound.
- VeggieTales Theme Song
- God is Bigger
- The Water Buffalo Song
- King Darius Suite
- Oh-No! What We Gonna Do
- We've Got Some News
- Fear Not, Daniel!
- What We Have Learned
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- "VeggieTales - Where's God When I'm S-scared?". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2009-02-10.
- "Where's God When I'm S-scared? VeggieTales Remastered DVD". Retrieved 2009-03-12.
- Where's God When I'm S-Scared? at the Internet Movie Database
- Where's God When I'm S-Scared? at Rotten Tomatoes
- Review at ChristianAnswers.net