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Blueberry 1999 cover

Madame Blueberry is the tenth episode in the VeggieTales animated series. In July 21, 1998 by Word Entertainment on VHS, and in October 5, 1998 by Lyrick Studios on VHS with special quality. It was also re-released on VHS, May 20, 2003 by Warner Home Video and issued on DVD for the first time and was distributed by Sony Wonder. 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.

Plot

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 and 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 Jean-Claude begins 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 her parents having a bowl of birthday oatmeal and one 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's 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 Voice Actors

Segments

  • Countertop Intro
  • Madame Blueberry (Part I)
  • Silly Songs with Larry (as "Love Songs with Mr. Lunt"): His Cheeseburger
  • Madame Blueberry (Part II)
  • QWERTY Closer

Credits Roll

Written and Directed by MIKE NAWROCKI

Screenplay by MIKE NAWROCKI PHIL VISCHER

Art Direction JOSEPH SAPULICH

Senior Storyboard Artist LUIS CONTRERAS

Storyboard Team JAMES BRECKENRIDGE LUIS CONTRERAS EVERETT DOWNING

Layout Team JAMES BRECKENRIDGE STEVE LEEPER

Production Manager KARYN LINDGREN

Production Coordinator JENNIFER COMBS

Modeling Supervisor DANIEL LOPEZ MUNOZ

Digital Modeling Team AARON HARTLINE STEVE LEEPER BRYAN MOLL JEREMY VICKERY

Animation Supervisor THOMAS DANEN

Character Animation Team ROBERT ELLIS JOE MCFADDEN NATHAN TUNGSETH

Additional Character Animation BRYAN MOLL MIKE LAUBACH RON SMITH

Lighting & Effects Supervisor JON GADSBY

Lighting & Effects Team CARA BUKOVSKI ADAM HOLMES DANIEL O’BRIEN

Video Editing & Sound Effects JOHN WAHBA

Concept Design LUIS CONTRERAS AARON HARTLINE JOSEPH SAPULICH

Additional Concept Design AARON HARTLINE DANIEL LOPEZ MUNOZ JEREMY VICKERY

Software Development & Render Management KEN GREEN SCOTT NELSON

Additional Render Management THOMAS DANEN ROBERT ELLIS JOE MCFADDEN NATHAN TUNGSETH

Second Unit Animation AARON HARTLINE ADAM HOLMES DANIEL O’BRIEN JEREMY VICKERY

Additional Animation JON GADSBY DANIEL LOPEZ MUNOZ

Digital Compositing JON GADSBY DANIEL O’BRIEN ADAM HOLMES

Second Unit Digital Compositing CARA BUKOVSKI AARON HARTLINE DANIEL LOPEZ MUNOZ BRYAN MOLL DANIEL O’BRIEN CHARLES RAMSEY ARM THEINPENG JEREMY VICKERY

Research and Development Team CHRIS OLSEN RON SMITH MIKE LAUBACH ADAM HOLMES

Dialogue Breakdown CHARLES RAMSEY ARM THEINPENG

Character Voices DAN ANDERSON MEGAN MOORE BURNS MIKE NAWROCKI MIKE SAGE LISA VISCHER PHIL VISCHER SHELBY VISCHER

Stuff Mart Boy's Choir KURT HEINECKE MIKE NAWROCKI PHIL VISCHER

Score KURT HEINECKE

Content Advisors SCOTTIE MAY LISA VISCHER

Special Thanks MARK BUCZEK CHRIS OLSEN & The entire Big Idea Family

Executive Producer PHIL VISCHER

His Cheeseburger Credits Roll

Written and Directed by MIKE NAWROCKI

Art Direction LUIS M. CONTRERAS AARON HARTLINE

Storyboard Team JAMES BRECKENRIDGE LUIS M. CONTRERAS

Digital Modeling Team AARON HARTLINE DANIEL LOPEZ MUNOZ BRYAN MOLL JEREMY VICKERY

Character Animation Team THOMAS DANEN ROBERT ELLIS JOE MCFADDEN NATHAN TUNGSETH

Lighting & Effects Team JON GADSBY DANIEL O’BRIEN

Research and Development RON SMITH MIKE LAUBACH JOE MCFADDEN

Production Coordinator JENNIFER COMBS

Production Manager KARYN LINDGREN

Software Development & Render Management KEN GREEN

Audio & Video Editing MIKE NAWROCKI

Sound Effects JOHN WAHBA

Character Voices PHIL VISCHER MIKE NAWROCKI

Backup Vocals KURT HEINECKE RAEANN POWELL GINGER TAM

Instruments PETE DUGGAN KURT HEINECKE TIM JOHNSON BRAD SCHLUETER

Audio Engineering DOUG ACKMAN KURT HEINECKE LARRY HINDS

Produced by CHRIS OLSEN

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