VeggieTales: Behind the scenes of Beauty & the Beet

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Earlier this week I had the incredible opportunity to fly down to Nashville and get a behind-the-scenes look into the making of VeggieTales. One of the highlights of my trip was learning about their upcoming film Beauty and the Beet, scheduled for release this October 14th.

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The VeggieTales are back just in time for winter with an all-new take on the classic fairy tale. Kellie 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.

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Kellie drew inspiration for her first role in an animate film from her grandmother (who raised her as a child). She said that her grandma had an amazing ability to forgive and forget, and showed great amounts of love through kindness. To help get herself into character, Kellie shared she would often think “how would my grandma have said this?”

While at the studio, I was able try out my own voiceover skills by reading a line as Katrina, Mirabelle (Kellie Pickler’s) sister.

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ADR (Automatic Dialog Replacement), also known as “looping”, is tougher than it looks. Once you’re in the booth, you have to pay attention to the script so you say the right words, pay attention to the screen, so you match the character’s mouth, plus you have to listen for your cue when to start. Then the sound mixers and producers work their magic.

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Tom, the director, gave me some great advice before heading into the recording booth. He quoted Kellie Pickler’s thoughts on ADR recording, “If you feel like you sound a little silly, you’re probably doing it right.” I did feel a little silly, but I think I did a pretty good job for my first time as a vegetable.

After spending time behind the scenes of Beauty and the Beet with the directors, producers, and voice talent, I’m even more excited for the DVD release on October 14th!

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  1. I love the story of Beauty and the Beast. I just might have to get this when it comes out. Thanks for sharing this inside look.
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  2. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    My kids loved Veggie Tales when they were smaller. It is a great, educational series.

  3. Ha, that sounds like fun to do the voice-over. What a great inside peek.
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  4. How awesome is that!?! My kids LOVE Veggie tales.

  5. I love Veggie Tales we spent many a night watching them when my girls were young.

  6. I feel like VeggieTales is creating some really great new stuff lately :)
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  7. My kiddo is a realist. Any time I try to turn on veggie tales he tells me that veggies don’t talk.
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  8. How cool! I love Veggie Tales and my kids enjoy the programs too.
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  9. Veggie tales rock amd Kellie Pickler is so cute.
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  10. I love the name, too cute! I have never watched Veggie Tales before…
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  11. Veggies Tales are so awesome. My kids love watching it and all the shows have great messages.
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  12. I love VeggieTales. They teach kids about proper nutrition and kids enjoy watching them in action too.

  13. I love how Veggie Tales has a play on their titles with popular movies and books. I haven’t seen any of these but their covers are all so cute.

  14. I’m so looking forward to the release of this one. My daughter just loved Celery Night Fever!
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  15. Beauty and the Beet!! Love the pun. I adored Kellie Pickler in American Idol. What a great gig for her and what a fun trip for you too!!
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  16. This looks like so much fun. My 7 year old just adores veggie tales. She cannot get enough to if.
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  17. LOL how fun! First time as a vegetable = success!
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  18. This is great! I love Veggie Tales! Good clean fun and great lessons!
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  19. Oh gosh I really want to see this now, it has been year since I saw Veggie Tales! x
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  20. How fun to go into the recording studio and have a go at it! Veggie Tales is such a fun, wholesome show for the whole family!
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  21. I have not seen VeggieTales in so many years, I didn’t know that they were still making movies.
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  22. We saw Veggie Tales on TV this morning. I was delighted to find it, usually we watch on DVD.

  23. Oh how cool is this? It seemed like it was a great experience

  24. I have never seen a Veggies Tales episode. I have heard lots of good things- but never seen it first hand.
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  25. Is it bad that I know almost all the veggie tales songs? This is what I get for being the coolest Aunt ever. I use to play these for my nephew when he was little. I think it’s fantastic that you got a behind the scenes look. Too cool!
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  26. This is awesome. My boys love veggie tales and I do too. Such a great wholesome show.
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  27. Elvis & Me says:

    Thought you would have been a Pickle ( cucumber) But yu are s SWEET POTATO ! YoU SOUND GREAT Kellie !

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