An Old Classic with a Veggie-twist
This October, Big Idea Entertainment will release its all-new Veggie-version of the classic 1968 Rankin and Bass stop-motion animated holiday film, VeggieTales®: The Little Drummer Boy. Thisheartwarming tale teaches kids about the joy found in giving your best gift to others, using your talents, and forgiveness, based on Ephesians 4:32, which says, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
Grandpa Grape babysits while Junior Asparagus practices his drum playing for caroling with a group of friends. A mistake causes Junior to miss the caroling and he gets mad at his friends. Grandpa offers to read “The Little Drummer Boy,” a story that will help Junior understand the importance of forgiveness.
Aaron – a young boy with a talent for drumming – loses his parents in a house fire. Determined to remain free from people, Aaron wanders into the desert with his animals. Ben Haramed – the head of a group of traveling performers – convinces Aaron to join them, in order capitalize on the boy’s talent. A twist of fate leads Aaron to a stable where the baby Jesus was born.
The creative team at Big Idea takes this classic story up to a new level. The essence of the Rankin and Bass story is still there, but they removed elements that were dark or biblically questionable and added several lighter Veggie-twists. One plus is using Grandpa to explain that certain Christmas traditions – such as the names of the wise men – are not found in Scripture, but are inspired by the Bible story.
No version of The Little Drummer Boy would be complete without the traditional song. The Veggie-version features multi-Grammy and Dove Award-winning artists BeBe and CeCe Winans’ performance of the song, which provides a moving undertone to the climactic scene of the story. Additional music on the DVD include original tunes such as, “Can’t Smile Without Ewe,” and the Silly Song, “The 8 Polish Foods of Christmas.”
Bonus Features on the DVD include:
- Audio Commentary
- “The Little Drummer Boy” Music Video
- Sing-Along Songs – “The 8 Polish Foods of Christmas” and “Can’t Smile Without Ewe”
- Behind the Music of “The Little Drummer Boy”
- Visit a Drum Factory with Junior
- Family Activity – Make Your Own Drum
- Interactive Book Preview – Christmas is Finally Here
In conjunction with the DVD, Big Idea is releasing a holiday CD, “VeggieTales: O Holy Night – A Journey of A Little Drummer Boy,” In addition to all-new Christmas arrangements and favorite holiday carols by the Veggies, fans will hear never-before released on CD songs by BeBe and CeCe Winans, Amy Grant & Matthew West, Wynonna Judd and Steven Curtis Chapman.
Often when a company re-does an old classic, they change the original so much that the magic and beauty is gone. This is not true with VeggieTales®: The Little Drummer Boy. Big Idea handled the original story with respect, while adding elements and twists that make this a tender and moving holiday film. VeggieTales®: The Little Drummer Boy is sure to become a Veggie-classic.