|VeggieTales: Josh and the Big Wall!|
|Season 1, Episode 9|
|Air date|| June 8th, 1999 (Everland Entertainment)|
July 27th, 1999 (Lyrick Studios)
April 23rd, 2002 (WEA DVD)
February 9th, 2003 (Warner Home Video)
June 8th, 2004 (Warner Home Video)
November 7th, 2006 (Sony Wonder)
|Written by||Phil Vischer|
|Directed by|| Phil Vischer|
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Josh and the Big Wall! is the 9th episode in the VeggieTales animated series. The Story of Joshua. It was released on June 8th, 1999 by Everland Entertainment on VHS, in July 27th, 1999 by Lyrick Studios on VHS, in April 23rd, 2002 by Word Entertainment on VHS and DVD, in February 9th, 2003 by Warner Home Video on VHS and DVD, June 8th, 2004 by Warner Home Video on VHS and DVD, in November 7th, 2006 by Sony Wonder on DVD. It is subtitled "A Lesson in Obedience". The story follows the plight of the Israelites and the Battle of Jericho.
The Israelites, having been held as slaves in Egypt, are liberated by Moses (Mr. Nezzer) and led to the Promised Land. However, they flee upon seeing Goliath's family in the land and are barred from the Promised Land for forty years. Upon the completion of their forty-year exile, Moses has died, and Joshua (Larry the Cucumber) has become leader of the Israelites. Joshua leads them back to the Promised Land, but the city of Jericho stands in their way. The Israelites are then met by the defenders of Jericho (the French Peas) who taunt them from atop the city's great walls. Joshua tries to explain that God has given this land to the Israelites and that therefore the defenders will have to step aside, but the Israelites are instead met by more insults and smug jeering. When a slushy falls off the wall and hits Jimmy on the head, Joshua decides that the Israelites should fall bck and regroup.
That night, Joshua meets the commander (Archibald Asparagus) of the Army of the Lord who tells him how the Israelites are to take Jericho: they must march around the city once a day for six days; on the seventh day they are to march around it seven times while the priests blow their horns, and all scream as loud as they can at the same time. At this point, the messenger states, the walls of Jericho will fall. Joshua reports this to his team the next morning, but the rest of the Israelites have ideas of their own. Pa Grape wants to go back to Egypt, and Jimmy and Jerry plan to attack the wall with a giant rocket they just constructed and the Israelites applaud (despite not having hands). Eventually, they agree to try it God's way and proceed to Jericho later that day.
While marching around the walls, the Israelites face more trouble; the city's defenders insult them all the more, turning their taunts into a choreographed musical number, while Joshua and the agitated Israelites try to ignore them. Unfortunately, the taunting turns to a super semi-frozen battle when the Jericho defenders use slushies as their weapons to attack the Israelites, forcing them to retreat. The end of the day finds the drenched and desperate Israelites on the verge of rebellion, while Joshua refuses to quit. At this point, Junior, one of the Israelites and the co-narrator, intervenes and convinces them to continue with the plan. He says that God's way always works out in the end.
The Israelites agree to stick with the plan, despite more slushy attacks and taunts. On the seventh day, they blow their horns and scream. At first, nothing happens. The Jericho peas laugh, but then the walls collapse under them. With that, the Israelites continue their journey towards the Promised Land.
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