GLENDALE, Calif. (July 11, 2014) – All the music, fun and values-based storytelling of VeggieTales return in two brand-new movies starring the veggie crew, whose antics are fresher than ever in Celery Night Fever, debuting on Aug. 5, and Beauty and the Beet, which premieres Oct. 14.
Actor Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Who Wants to be a Millionaire) stars – and sings – in Celery Night Fever, while country-music superstar Kellie Pickler (American Idol, “Best Days of Your Life”) brings her unmistakable voice and irresistible charm to Beauty and the Beet.
“Having two brand-new movies premiere in the same year is pretty exciting news for any veggie – but starring right alongside Terry and Kellie is just dressing on the salad,” said VeggieTales stars Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber.
In Celery Night Fever, the retro funkadelic sights and sounds of polyester leisure suits and disco balls take center stage – along with a timeless message of friendship and forgiveness.
Crews provides the voice of Bruce Onion, a nefarious real-estate developer who plans to turn the serene, green Celery Park into a parking lot. His unsavory scheme spurs Laura Carrot and Junior Asparagus to enact a bold plan: reuniting the long-lost ’70s band The Groovy Brothers to play at a fund-raising concert.
The problem is, The Groovy Brothers haven’t spoken to each other in decades, and the members have little interest in getting back together. Their long-simmering feud spills over to affect Laura and Junior. It’s not just Celery Park that’s in jeopardy – if best friends can’t learn to forgive each other and accept each other’s faults, the veggies might lose their cherished community gathering spot.
Celery Night Fever features six original songs, including a rousing number from Bruce Onion, showcasing the musical side of Terry Crews.
“I’ve been a fan of VeggieTales for the longest time,” said Crews. “To actually be a part of it is phenomenal. VeggieTales is good-hearted entertainment that I’m excited to share with my own family – plus, it’s awesome to be able to sing!”
Celery Night Fever debuts Aug. 5 exclusively on DVD.
In October – just in time for the holidays – the veggies return in the winter-themed Beauty and the Beet, an all-new take on the classic fairy tale. Pickler stars as Mirabelle, the sweet-potato lead singer of a family band that meets with unexpected trouble when an angry innkeeper makes them feel unwelcome. As she befriends the Beet and matches his harshness with loving acts, Mirabelle proves that compassion and kindness reap their own rewards.
Beauty and the Beet features seven original songs performed by Pickler, which will be collected on a companion CD that features a special rendition of “Deck the Halls” also sung by Pickler. The holiday album will be released to coincide with the DVD and will be available for download via iTunes.
These two all-new VeggieTales feature-length movies lead up to even more fresh, exciting news for VeggieTales fans: A brand-new Netflix original TV series, VeggieTales In the House, that will premiere on the streaming platform on Thanksgiving weekend.