Lest we in the Rabbit Room get too intellectual or elitist, I present to you a clip from the bonus features of the new VeggieTales video, titled Tomato Sawyer and Huckleberry Larry’s BIG RIVER RESCUE. Randall Goodgame and I once again had the pleasure of writing the silly song for the episode (and are putting the finishing touches on the song for the next video, too). This one’s a road trip song called “The Biscuit of Zazzamarandabo.” Go ahead. Say it aloud a few times. Savor it.
Franklin (a wonderful little postcard town just south of Nashville) has a weekly Movies in the Park event, where they show family films on the lawn, and last Friday was the premiere of BIG RIVER RESCUE. I sat on the lawn with my family and some friends (Randy couldn’t be there but his family was right next to us), along with six or eight hundred people and watched the movie in an awkward anonymity. They didn’t know the dude who co-wrote the silly song was sitting there too, so there was no chance they’d laugh at it out of pity. I broke into a sweat when the biscuit song came up, even though nobody was looking at me, and I was giddy with relief when (in spite of the distractions that come with watching a film in a park) they actually laughed. Or, at least they chuckled, in the proper places. That was good enough for me.
The Big Idea folks filmed this little interview in which Randy and I tried our best to pull off a Stephen Colbert-style ridiculousness. (You know, for kids!*) Many thanks to the VeggieTales crew who allow Randy and I to be a part of the team. The video releases July 12. I hope you and your kiddos enjoy it.
*Yes, from The Hudsucker Proxy