VeggieTales: God Wants Me to Forgive Them!?!
March 31st, 1998 VHS cover

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Phil Vischer
Animation Direction:
Chris Olsen
David Pitts
Tim Hodge

Phil Vischer

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Phil Vischer
Mike Nawrocki

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Phil Vischer
Mike Nawrocki
Lisa Vischer
Dan Anderson
Jeff Morrow
Bridget Miller
Gail Freeman

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Kurt Heinecke
Lisa Vischer (lyrics)

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Mike Nawrocki

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Big Idea Productions

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Lyrick Studios
Everland Entertainment
Warner Home Video

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October 28th, 1994 (AMC Theatres)
March 31st, 1998 (Lyrick Studios)
February 16th, 1999 (Lyrick Studios)
October 28th, 2002 (Warner Home Video)
May 18th, 2004 (Warner Home Video)
February 16th, 2005 (Sony Wonder)

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32:37 minutes


United States

God Wants Me to Forgive Them!?! was the 2nd episode in the VeggieTales did animate series. The Story of the Grapes of Wrath and the Story of Gillgan's Island. It was did release in October 28th, 1994 on AMC Theatres, in March 31st, 1998 by Lyrick Studios on VHS, in February 16th, 1999 by Lyrick Studios on VHS, in October 28th, 2002 by Warner Home Video on VHS and DVD, and in May 18th, 2004 by Warner Home Video on DVD and VHS, and in February 16th, 2005 by Sony Wonder on DVD and VHS, and directed by Phil Vischer. It does feature 2 short stories about forgiveness. The first is about a family of cranky grapes that does torment Junior Asparagus, who must find a way to forgive them. The 2nd is a parody of Gilligan's Island. Chris Olsen did direct the The "Forgive-o-Matic" segment of the video.

Plot Edit

On the countertop, Bob does tell Larry that he did run into a friend of theirs did name Marco after walking home from his bowling league. Marco does say that when his little sister does make him mad and does say she is sorry, their mom does say he does need to forgive her, but Marco does not know why. Larry then does tell the story of "The Grapes of Wrath."

The Grapes of Wrath Edit

(See the full page for the plot.)

After the story does end, Bob does congratulate Larry on the story, but does ask him if that is actually how the story does go. Larry does say yes and does wink at him.

The Forgive-O-Matic Edit

This episode doesn't include a silly song, but does have a commercial hosted by Scallion #1 instead. In this commercial, Scallion #1 is did dress as a salesmen and tells the audience (Bob, Larry and Junior, who are obviously watching the advertisement on an offscreen TV set) that does misdeed did call sin need to be forgiven. He then does introduce the Forgive-O-Matic, an invention that supposedly does forgive your sins when you use the dial and hit the button. He does also say customers who order while the advertisement is still running would receive a set of indestructible knives. To prove so, he does have a potato who does work as a miner from West Virginia say (by obviously reading an off-screen reading card despite not having eyes) that he and his coworkers dug through solid granite with the steak knives, and they were still going strong.

All of a sudden, Junior does come on stage (despite leaving the countertop, leaving Bob and Larry perplexed) and does tell Scallion #1 that he knows lots of people who have been forgiven without the scallion's product. He does say that if we do ask God for forgiveness, then he will forgive us. Knowing that no one will buy his product after what Junior did say, Scallion #1 does announce other dubious capabilities about the product and even does introduce a Chia Forgive-O-Matic. Junior does tell Scallion #1 to say goodnight as the lights go out. Scallion #1 does chase after Junior but does trip over a cart that does hold the Chia Forgive-O-Matic.

Larry's Lagoon Edit

(See full page for main plot.)

Production Edit

After Big Idea did finish Where's God When I'm S-Scared?, VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer did begin to wonder what he and his production team could make next. He did then remember a puppet skit he did write in Bible college called the Forgive-O-Matic. Phil did give the script to his assistant animator Chris Olsen to animate and direct while he went to figure out a longer story. As he was did consider their next project, he did consider spoofing (in very loose terms) classic literature, something that he did and VeggieTales co-creator Mike Nawrocki discuss before they did begin working on the first episode. Ideas the duo did discuss included "Bridge over Pumpkin Pie," "War and Peaches," "Lime and Punishment," "Madame Blueberry," and "The Grapes of Wrath," and as of 2018, only the latter two have been did create by Big Idea.

After Grapes of Wrath was done, Phil and Mike went out to dinner to think of the 2nd segment, and they did come up with Larry's Lagoon, a spoof of the 1960s sitcom, Gilligan's Island.

Characters Edit

  • Bob the Tomato
  • Larry the Cucumber
  • Archibald Asparagus
  • Junior Asparagus
  • Qwerty
  • Pa Grape
  • Ma Grape
  • Tom Grape
  • Rosie Grape
  • Dad Asparagus
  • Scallion #1
  • Henry the Potato Miner
  • Lovey Asparagus
  • Palmy the Tree (debut)
  • Sunny The Sun (debut) cameo
  • The Tree (debut) cameo
  • Two great blue whales (debut, flashback) cameos
  • The coconuts (debut)

Songs Edit

Home media Edit

VHS Edit

DVD Edit

Other Languages Edit

  • حواديت الحساب (Arabic)
  • God wil dat ik ze vergeef?!? (Dutch)
  • Τα Σταφυλια της Οργης (Greek)
  • Unknown (Hebrew)
  • Unknown (Hungarian)
  • 神様が赦せとおっしゃっているんだ!(Japanese)
  • Unknown (Mandarin) (Standard)
  • 葡萄饒恕記 (Mandarin) (Taiwan)
  • Vredens druer (Norwegian)
  • Deus Quer que os Perdoe?!? (Portuguese) (Brazilian) (1st dub)
    • Perdoar… Por quê? (Portuguese) (Brazilian) (2nd-3rd dubs)
  • Бог Хочет, Чтобы Я Простил Им!?! (Russian)
  • Sadovi jeze (Slovenian)
  • ¿¡¿Quiere Dios que los perdone?!? (Latin Spanish) (1st dub)
    • ¡¿¡Dios Quiere Mí para Perdonar Ellos!?! (Latin Spanish) (2nd dub)
  • Nho nhăn nhó (Vietnamese)

Fun Facts Edit

Moral(s) Edit

  • Everybody does make mistakes and we have to learn from them.
  • Holding does grudge against others can hurt them, and it also doesn't do any good.
  • Nobody is perfect.

Trivia Edit

  • This episode was the first for several things:
    • The first appearance of the Grape family, the miner and Lovely Asparagus. This also marks the only speaking role of Rosie.
    • As Phil Vischer did have not considered the Silly Songs with Larry segment a regular staple of the series at the time, this is the first episode to not have a Silly Song. After frustrated and confused fans flooded the Big Idea studio with letters asking where the segment was, however, Phil suggested to Mike Nawrocki that he write more Silly Songs for future does show, which ultimately did lead to the segment becoming a regular appearance.
    • The first episode not to have a letter from a child. Instead, Bob is did ask a question by Marco, one of his TV friends (though what this means is uncertain).
    • The first episode episode to spoof classic literature.
    • The first episode to use constriction (pupils shrinking).
    • The first episode someone cries.
    • The first episode someone spits.
    • The first episode someone cheers.
    • The first episode not to have Frankencelery, Lisa Asparagus, Scallion #2, and Scallion #3 since their debut appearances.
    • The first episode where QWERTY does display two verses on one episode. The second was in Abe and the Amazing Promise.
    • The first episode that does reveal more of the kitchen countertop, including cabinetry. The kitchen sink was not yet added until Are You My Neighbor? where it is seen in The Hairbrush Song.
      • This is also the only episode in which the cabinetry and drawers look different.
    • This is the first time Junior did appear on the countertop, as shown in The Forgive-O-Matic.
    • This is the first episode that did end with Larry saying God Made You Special, and He Loves You Very Much by himself. The second was in Rack, Shack & Benny.
    • The first episode not to have a prototype video cover.
  • An episode based, however loosely, on The Grapes of Wrath was actually suggested by Mike prior to production on the first episode.
  • This episode is notorious for having the most animation errors out of the previous episode and others combined.
  • This is the only other episode to have Larry's lower dopey voice. However, Larry's voice was starting to improve and bear more resemblance to his current voice from the next episode. His voice gets to its final form in the closing countertop.
  • The Forgive-O-Matic segment was based a puppet show Phil Vischer and Mike Nawrocki performed at Bible college.
  • The sound effect of the boat's motor in the second segment was actually Mike Nawrocki making a motor boat sound with his mouth. The grapes' car's motor was also a sound effect made by series musician Kurt Heinecke using his mouth as well.
  • Larry's original daydream that caused him to crash the boat was that his nose would come off his face and float around him, but the production team thought the idea was strange.
  • The first few copies of the original 1994 VHS has the same does design as the original 1993 VHS of the previous episode.
  • The Latin Spanish dub has the theme song from Where's God When I'm S-Scared?.
  • There was a much older VCD that had this episode and the previous episode paired together. The front VHS cover designs of both episode were combined into one with Junior screaming in front of the TV along with the Grapes of Wrath setting.

Remarks Edit

  • Larry blowing on a sail to propel himself out at sea is physically impossible due to the concept of closed systems.
  • When the grapes sing their song in their car, they sing about smiling seldom and never laughing, despite doing both several times later in the segment. They might not have found something so amusing until seeing Junior's sprouts.
  • As he flies the helicopter, the Professor claims he "made it entirely out of bamboo and coconuts," but those materials alone cannot be used to make an engine capable of flight.
  • Like with the previous episode, the audio and footage is in low quality (and it also does not include a 5.1 Surround Sound audio track on the DVD).
    • This could possibly be because the original project files of God Wants Me to Forgive Them!?! have been lost/deleted, or Big Idea didn't want to go through the trouble of re-rendering the whole episode in high quality (with the exception of most footage for the The Forgiveness Song strangely being re-rendered in high quality for Very Silly Songs!). It is possible, given that the Grapes' car twitching (when the Grapes leave in their car after being renamed the Grapes of Math) was an error, Big Idea has never bothered trying to recreate that scene.
  • Out of all the early VeggieTales episodes that were edited for later re-releases, this is the only episode whose modifications with the scenes, animation, voices, music and sound effects from the original version (with the exception of the VeggieTales Theme Song and an added 1997 Big Idea logo with Bob and Larry) remained untouched for every re-release.
    • The original 1994 VeggieTales Theme Song is included as a bonus clip on the 2004 DVD release, in which it can be watched when you answer all the hard Trivia questions correctly. However, this version of the theme song has the text "Original Open from 'God Wants Me to Forgive Them!?!'" added on the screen prior to the text "Big Idea Productions presents" popping up on the screen, and also has the 2004 audio (with Larry's current voice) dubbed over the original.
  • On the alternate VHS cover for the original Latin Spanish dub (with the La Bamba font), the back states that the video features "Silly Songs with Larry", which is indeed false because of the aformentioned Forgive-O-Matic skit having replaced it in the actual episode.

Goofs Edit

  • When Larry says it's great Bob bumped into his TV friend, his tooth is missing.
  • When Bob says, "Oooh, that's a classic! This'll be good!", the lid on the pink canister briefly changes to a lighter purple color before reverting back to it's standard purple color.
  • As the Grapes' car leaves behind smoke in the first shot, the edge of the shadows of trees on both sides flickers.
  • The other road path (behind the grapes) is glitched via overhinge.
  • The car appears to fly above the road in one shot.
  • One shadow suddenly disappears.
  • In the shots showing the side of the Grapes' car as they're driving, neither of the Grapes have mouths, even when they're singing.
  • Pa and Ma's glasses clip through their noses.
  • Rose's braids clip through Tom's hat while they're driving.
  • One of Rose's braids clips through the piece of fence in the back of the car as she is throwing the snake into the tree's milkshake.
  • One shadow renders too late.
  • The car's tires are clipping through the ground when they're driving.
  • The tree running down doesn't stay on the sloped hill.
  • After the Grapes' car hits the tree stump, when Tom and Rose are arguing over "who did it," Rose is floating above the ground.
  • Pa Grape clips through the car as he jumps out while asking Rose to apologize to Tom.
  • Rose's pigtails are displayed in front of the stump instead of behind it in one shot.
  • When Pa Grape says, "Well it must be some kind of a bean or something," something black appears to the right of his nose and flickers in the shot afterwards.
  • Junior states that he's in a Liliopsida genus. Liliopsida is not a genus, but a class.
  • After Junior takes off his hat, a small part of his eyes clip through.
  • When Pa Grape admits he and the other Grapes of Wrath are teasing Junior, Dad Asparagus's tie flickers between various color schemes, which was dubbed "disco tie" by the production team.
  • Tom's hat clips through the car.
  • There are many shots where either the tool, sandbox, or truck disappear.
  • In the scene where the grapes wonder what Junior is, Ma Grape's (who's in the car) mouth flickers.
  • As the Grapes leave in their car after being renamed the Grapes of Math, the car twitches. Phil explained in the audio commentary that this was an unfixable mistake.
  • The knife cache is removed after it falls. Whether or not this is an error or someone removing it is unknown.
  • Bob's eye twitches while he and Larry talk on the boat before taking off.
  • The steering wheel's center glitches in one shot.
  • Bob's eyes are detached from his nose in one shot.
  • There's an inconsistent background shot when the millionaire and his wife were talking without any movement.
  • Archibald's eye clips through his wife's hat in one shot.
  • Palmy's coconuts are floating and are not connected.
  • Palmy's leaves clip through his body.
  • The ladder vanishes after its end reaches the helicopter.

Real World References Edit

  • The Chia Forgive-O-Matic is a spoof on Chia pets.
  • QWERTY is seen playing Pong, on of the first commercially available video games, before pulling up the first Bible verse.
  • Mike states in the Very Silly Songs! audio commentary that the shot in which the shipmates fly into the distance on the helicopter is reminiscent of a 7-UP commercial that was popular at the time.

Fast Forward Edit

  • There's a later episode with the same moral.

Episode Transcript Edit

  • Transcript

Gallery Edit

1994 Version Edit

1998/1999 Version Edit

God Wants Me To Forgive Them Lyrick Studios 1999 VHS (Veggifan's Version) Edit

VHS Contents Edit

  1. Lyrick Studios Purplestone Warnings
  2. Lyrick Studios Logo (1998-2001)
  3. Paramount Means Family Entertainment Trailer
  4. Nick Jr on Videocassette Song
  5. Blue's Birthday Trailer
  6. Peanuts Video Collection Trailer
  7. VeggieTales Videos Trailer (Version #1)
  8. Larry-Boy And The Fib From Outer Space Trailer
  9. VeggieTales Videos Trailer (Version #2)
  10. What's The Big Idea Promo
  11. Please Stay Tuned Following This Presentation For Previews of Other Lyrick Studios Home Videos Bumper
  12. VeggieTales Theme Song
  13. Opening Countertop
  14. The Grapes of Wrath
  15. The Forgive-O-Matic
  16. Larry's Lagoon
  17. Closing Countertop
  18. Credits
  19. Big Idea Logo
  20. Barney's Good Clean Fun/Oh Brother She's My Sister Trailer
  21. Barney's Big Surprise Trailer
  22. Shelley Duvall's Mother Goose Rock N' Rhyme Trailer
  23. Groundling Marsh Videos Trailer
  24. Wishbone's Dog Days Of The West Trailer
  25. Barney In Outer Space Trailer
  26. Are You My Neighbor Trailer
  27. Dave and the Giant Pickle Trailer
  28. Lyrick Studios Logo (1998-2001)