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Mr. Cuke's Screen Test-0

Mr. Cuke's Screen Test is an early animation test featuring VeggieTales character Larry the Cucumber that was created in 1991, two years before the first VeggieTales episode was released. Nothing of the episode has been seen or heard of ever 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. Also, this short inspired Phil Vischer and Mike Nawrocki to create VeggieTales in 1993.

Fate

Like the other VeggieTales Screen Test Take 38, it's been missing for a whole while, and was only mentioned on audio commentaries found on DVD's. Around July 2014, YouTuber olivermuffinsailor shared a video of Phil Vischer talking about early animation tests on VeggieTales, which actually shows a couple of early animation tests, including a short screen test of a walking Nerf ball man, and the official 12-second video of Mr. Cuke's Screen Test. Also, as of this month, a better-quality video of Mr. Cuke's Screen Test also surfaced on YouTube, this time as a separate clip. The screen test is not on a Where's God When I'm S-Scared?! DVD, it is only found on the VeggieTales classic edition VHS.

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 VeggieTales Promo: Take 38.
  • 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.
  • Vischer founded GRAFx Studios 1991 in order to produce animated commercials and logos. This screen test and Take 38 were both produced under GRAFx studios before the company became "Big Idea Productions" when the first episode was produced.

Video

Veggie Tales- Early Animation Tests

Veggie Tales- Early Animation Tests

An interview with Phil Visher talking about his early animation tests on VeggieTales.

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