Can You Name All of These "Veggie Tales" Characters?
By: Ashley Palkovics
Image: Big Idea Entertainment, DreamWorks Animation, Huhu Studios
About This Quiz
If you ever went to church as a kid, odds are someone has played you an episode of "Veggie Tales." This series took to VHS tapes nationwide back in 1993, with a new incarnation premiering fall of 2019. Each episode tackles a different bible story/lesson, often mixed with pop culture references or other lore to give it a unique spin. The first original episode was titled "Where's God When I'm S-Scared?", which was released in December of 1993 to critical acclaim from the Christian community.
With two feature-length films, over 50 videos from the original series, two Netflix shows and countless vegetable companions, there's a lot to remember about this franchise. Think you can remember all of your fiber-filled friends from this staple children's program? Prepare to sing some silly songs, get out your Larry-Boy collectible pencil case and have a seat as we test your knowledge on the fruits & veggies we have come to love. This pop-culture parody and biblical crossover has a plethora of characters and stories to tell. All that time you spent in Sunday school singing "Oh where is my hairbrush?" is all about to pay off right now. We can only give you bragging rights, but we can guarantee your inner child will thank you by the end of this.
He serves as the butler to Larry Boy! Which veggie speaks with an Oxford English accent?
The stuffy, monocle-wearing asparagus known as Archibald also serves as the butler/sidekick of Larry Boy in the side-franchise, though in the original 3-D animation series he is dubbed "Alfred" instead.
He's an adult male asparagus. What is Junior's father's name?
Mike Asparagus hasn't actually been "Mike" for very long. He was referred to as "Dad Asparagus" for several years until having a name introduced in later installments. Mike is happily married with two children, and has a recurring role as the voice of reason for Junior.
We'll tell you that they're siblings, but who are Percy & Li'l?
These peas are not to be mixed up with the French Peas, as they have entirely different characters in the show. No French accents either, but they do on occasion appear next to their pea companions in stories.
Grandma Gourd wasn't introduced until the "Sumo" special released in 2004. She later appeared as a side character in various Silly Songs. She often has non-speaking roles, but is occasionally voiced by Keri Pisapia.
He's GIANT according to the rest of the veggies. Which kind of vegetable plays the villain Goliath?
Hence the name "Dave & The Giant PICKLE". This large vegetable is originally seen being taken down by Junior with simply a slingshot and rock. He does not appear in any other stories later in the series except in small cameos during "Josh & The Big Wall" & "Madame Blueberry".
What group of veggies are one of the most recurrent villains on the original show?
The French Peas
The running joke with this trio is that they've "been around since show one and [they] still don't have a name". The Scallions have never appeared as more than three individuals. During "Lyle the Kindly Viking", Big Idea released a poll letting fans vote on a potential name for the character, but it was never used.
Archibald didn't receive a wife until after a year of the show being on the air but still has not received an actual name. On one occasion he did refer to her as "Lovey." The character is voiced by G. Bock.
His minions are portrayed by "The Radishes." This not-so-sweet potato made his first appearance in the Larry Boy movie series in 2015. He is voiced by Rob Paulsen, but is not featured outside of the "Larry Boy" universe.
Which of these characters acts as both a co-host and superhero figure of the show?
Larry the Cucumber
Larry reprises his role as "Larry Boy" in a multitude of straight-to-video features, as well as playing a main crew member of "The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything." He is voiced by co-creator Mike Nawrocki.
Who sings the song "Lost Puppies" in the Esther adaptation?
Characterized by her twitching eye and uncomfortable demeanor, Miss Achmetha is a green onion who primarily plays as supporting cast in Silly Songs. She is granted her first appearance in the Esther story as a very bad singer attempting to impress Mr. Nezzer.
Her first appearance was in the "Pirates Who Don't Do Anything" movie in 2008. She since played other roles as supporting cast, such as in "It's a Meaningful Life" and "The Good Egg of Gooseville." She is voiced by Keri Pisapia.
Who is the only other food-but-non-vegetable character (in the Netflix series)?
If anything can bridge the gap between the veggies and other food, it would be bacon. Bill got his start in the Netflix series and has not been confirmed to appear in the remake. He is closest to Larry the Cucumber, who he sees as an older brotherly figure.
He hails from Toledo, Ohio and sometimes hides in Junior's closet. Phil Winkelstein has been around since the release of the first VeggieTales feature in 1993. His most notable roles are in "Where's God When I'm S-Scared" and in the barbershop quartet in "The Yodeling Veterinarian of the Alps".
What is the name of the half-worm half-caterpillar from "Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie"?
This wormy companion got his first role in "Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie". He is characterized best by his thick Indian accent and select sense of humor. He is not to be mixed up with the bacon character from the Netflix series, who is technically still considered food.
Who is the schoolyard bully who appears with Junior in the series?
Among his credits are the Larry Boy spin-off series, and "The Wonderful Wizard of Ha's." Don is portrayed primarily as an antagonist for Junior, first appearing in "Bully Trouble." He is voiced by Brian K. Roberts.
Which character starred in the very first VeggieTales video "Where is God When I'm S-scared?"?
At the start of the series, Jr is estimated to be about 5 years old, and yet somehow ended up as a member of the in-universe boy band "Boyz in the Sink." He lives with his parents and his little sister.
Which scallion made his first appearance in "The Star of Christmas"?
This character is known for having a cockney accent, a type of London-area dialect. His typical trope is that of a hermit-type, and he has appeared in titles such as "The Ballad of Little Joe" & "Lord of the Beans."
What group was inspired by "Monty Python & The Holy Grail"?
The French Peas
Oui Oui! This group of comical peas is headed by Jean Claude & Phillipe, who got their debut in the feature "Dave & The Giant Pickle." Their annoying, persistent jabs toward others were inspired by the guards of Monty Python who tormented those below the wall. We can definitely see the similarities...
Every heroine needs a sidekick. What is the name of Petunia's celery best friend?
Her first appearance was in 2015 during the Netflix series' airing. She assists Petunia in running her flower shop in the show, and hasn't had much airtime aside from that. She is voiced by Tress MacNeille.
She's so blue, she's so blue, but what is her name?
This blueberry got her origins from a French story published in 1856 called "Madame Bovary". Her character makes a few appearances throughout the show later, including a recurring role as the Mayor of Bubblyburg in the Larry Boy series.
She may look like a grape, but indeed Annie is a green onion! She is seen primarily alongside her family in the series. This character is actually voiced by the co-creator Phil Vischer's daughter, Shelby Vischer.
Which veggie/fruit pair is almost always seen as a unit in the original series?
Petunia & Polly
Mabel & Penelope
Mabel Pear & Penelope Asparagus are a pair of secondary characters who often play roles such as "servants" or "wives" in various shows of the series. They also often happen to be allied with the antagonist of the stories they're in.
Junior Asparagus' best friend is a regular on the show. What is her full name?
Laura is a 6-year-old carrot who often plays the young female lead in stories that call for such, like "The Princess & The Popstar." She is officially Junior's best friend, according to the creators of the show.
What zucchini got his name from the King of Babylon?
The full name is actually Nebuchadnezzar (try spelling that without looking). Introduced in 1995, Mr. Nezzer made his first appearance in "Rack, Shack, & Benny". His title came from the original name of the King of Babylon, and has since stuck with his character.
Larry was *quite* jealous of The Peach's beautiful hair that he could use a hairbrush for. This character is only ever referred to as "The Peach" despite his later appearances in "Oh! Santa" & "Merry Larry".
Junior & Lisa's parents got names eventually. Who is Mike Asparagus' wife?
Like her husband, Lisa Asparagus was referred to as "Mom Asparagus" in the early features of the show. She made her first appearance in the first video from 1993. She has been voiced by various voice actors, but as of recently is played by Tress MacNeille.
Did you know the shirt he's wearing says "Gourd's Gym"? VeggieTales always has room for subtle parodies. This gourd has made appearances in the "Jonah" movie, "Sumo of the Opera," and "Huckleberry Larry's Big River Rescue."
What is the name of the grandfather fruit who holds a spot in the "Pirates Who Don't Do Anything"?
In a pretend interview created by the Big Idea team, Pa Grape is stated to have been held back from second grade for 13 years. Yikes! His first appearance was in the "Grapes of Wrath" special, and is voiced by Phil Vischer.
His sister's name is Rosie, and his mother is referred to as Ma Grape. Tom's first appearance was in "God Wants Me to Forgive Them!?", and followed by two others. Since this, he and his family (aside from Pa Grape) have not been featured in any other shows.