No skeptic could explain just how, nor could one oft rebut
The wondrous deeds that went on in that little Alpine hut
I was re-reading this thread, and I’m quite confident that in “Endangered Love”, the guy hanging out with Barbara Manatee on the TV show was named “Bill”, not “Phil”, and every place I’ve looked online says it’s “Bill” as well. Using “Bill” gives the song more alliteration. I point this out because when I read it on the second page of this thread, I thought the song might be making an allusion to Phil Vischer, one of VeggieTales’s creators. However, that doesn’t seem to be the case.
In preparation for writing this post, I watched Phil Vischer and Mike Nawrocki talking about this song on the “King George and the Ducky” commentary and the “Ultimate Silly Song Countdown” behind the scenes. (A Veggie Tales wikia page recommended those sources.) It turns out that the song as originally pitched by Mike Nawrocki was referenced as “Albino Manatee” and was about Larry watching a Cajun cooking show…where the chef was cooking manatee. Phil Vischer anticipated getting letters about a song like that, even if the moral turned out to be “don’t cook manatees”, so he had Mike shelve the song idea and re-work it later.
The verse from the original that Mike quoted:
A glorious mammalian sensation
With a curious lack of pigmentation;
First you scoop them from the river,
Then to serve them up for dinner,
You just sing this little song with me:
Fricassee, Fricassee, Manatee
So in case you were wondering: Yes, there were silly song ideas that were too silly to be made into silly songs.
Where have all the staplers gone?
What happened to our paper clips?
If it doesn’t have a tail, it’s not a monkey,
Even if it has a monkey-kind of shape.
If it doesn’t have a tail, it’s not a monkey.
If it doesn’t have a tail, it’s not a monkey; it’s an ape.
“If you like to talk to tomatoes”
“If a squash can make you smile”
“If you like to waltz with potatoes
Up and down the produce aisle”
“Have we got a show for you”
Anyone else feel weird about the waltzing line now, cause I do, I don’t think the line ever sunk in on what it meant until I got older XD
I can understand why they didn’t use that as the original, but I would, at this point in my life, appreciate a song about cooking manatees.
What are you talking about?
She was referring the above post:
Oh thanks Jeff, I didn’t see that post before
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