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Mr. Cuke's Screen Test (Lost 1991 VeggieTales Animation Test)

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Mr. Cuke's Screen Test
 is an animation test featuring VeggieTales character Larry the Cucumber that was created in 1991, 2 years before the first VeggieTales episode was released. Nothing of the episode has been seen or heard of since.

The animation test was created by VeggieTales co-creator Phil Vischer. According to Visher, on the commentary on Where's God When I'm S-Scared?, the test was the very first piece of VeggieTales animation featuring the first VeggieTales character ever made; Larry the Cucumber. The short is said to be 12 seconds long and just has Larry the Cucumber (or Mr. Cuke as he was known back then) looking off center at the camera and smiles and then hops around on the kitchen countertop. This would soon be the center stage for Bob and Larry during each VeggieTales episode.

Trivia

  • This marks the debut of Larry the Cucumber.
  • The canisters in the background have their spices named on it: Tea, Sugar, and Flour. The markings are taken off later after the Take 38 promo.
  • According to Phil Vischer's autobiography, he actually pitched this animation test to Nickelodeon but they turned the idea down because they didn't accept computer animation at the time.
  • Along with the other screen test Take 38Mr. Cuke's Screen Test was also only included on the 2004 Warner Home Video VHS of Where's God When I'm S-Scared?.

Video

Here is a VHS rip featuring Phil Vischer discussing the origins of VeggieTales and showcasing some early animation tests has been uploaded to Youtube. "Mr. Cuke's Screen Test" is at 2:36. The video can be seen below.

A Rare VeggieTales Bonus Feature Early Animation Tests (Featuring Take 38)05:57

A Rare VeggieTales Bonus Feature Early Animation Tests (Featuring Take 38)

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