Psalty (the singing song book) vs. Risky Rat (the singing Jewish villain)

26 Jun


Psalty’s Salvation Celebration  (VHS)

psalty video coverStarring:

Ernie Rettino as Psalty

Robb Rigg as Risky Rat

Joy Lenz (now known as Bethany Joy Galeotti) as Shelly Barns

Psalty was Created by Ernie and Debby Rettino. This movie’s screenplay was written by Wayne Zeitner, who also directed it.

So Where are They Now?

First off I have to say, Risky Rat is my favorite. The actor who plays him manages to be even more “over the top” then Psalty himself, which is no easy feat. And he plays a darn good villain. So who is this Robb Rigg guy?

Apparently, he’s a big time drama teacher. And the students at San Juan Hills High gave him fair ratings:

Total Ratings: 7
Overall Easiness: 4.4 (out of 5)
Overall Helpfulness: 4.9
Overall Clarity: 4.6
Overall Popularity: 7
He also directs shows, like a play called “Fools” at the Camino Real Playhouse. Oh, and because I know you’re curious… here he is without his rat face on:’
Robb Rigg who played Risky Rat

Robb Rigg

Joy Lenz grows up to be Bethany Joy Galeotti. She has had roles on Guiding Light, and a starring role on One Tree Hill. Good for her.

Joy Lenz or Bethany Joy Galeotti

Joy Lenz or Bethany Joy Galeotti

Wayne Zeitner, the screenplay writer and director now owns ZeeWorks Media. I’m not exactly sure what they do, but it looks like they produce movies. He also has some christian themed videos on Vimeo.

And of course the creators of Psalty himself, Ernie and Debby Rettino. They still run the Psalty Empire, though I’m not sure you would call it an empire anymore.

Ernie Rettino

This movie gives a glimpse at the real life Psalty;  a living, breathing, 7 ft. golem book that walks the earth. We also get to meet his perpetual gang of kids who hang on his every word, the equally annoying Charity church mouse, and the scoundrel Risky Rat. If I didn’t know better, Risky Rat looks a little Jewish… hmm, maybe it’s just me. Starring Bethany Joy Galeotti as the little girl Shelly Barns.

Below are some “highlights” from the movie. Welcome to the Nightmare.

Dad leaves Girl with creepy giant blue book

Risky Rat montage

Psalty being cooked by cannibals…why not

Kids, know what you believe. No need to know why.

How to Witness to Atheist Nerds and celebrate a”Happy Re-birthday”.

Solomon the lisping Supersonic salamander hawks some wares


8 Responses to “Psalty (the singing song book) vs. Risky Rat (the singing Jewish villain)”

  1. Michael Denton August 2, 2011 at 3:35 am #

    Risky also seems a bit fey. I think they were going for a two-fer of evil with his character. Thanks for serving up this cauldron of terrible. 🙂

    • ldarwin August 2, 2011 at 5:59 pm #

      Haha! Yes excellent point, Risky is the whole package. Glad you liked.

  2. Dick Diver August 4, 2011 at 4:29 pm #

    Wow. When one has been outside the maelstrom for so long, it is unnerving yet life-affirming to take a look back and see what one has escaped. Thank you for this.

    I grew up on all this stuff–we had many volumes of Psalty on LP, in addition to so much more Christian kids’ music. (Seek and ye shall find: I would recommend “Colby” or the “Wee Sing Praises” series). All this was poured into our little heads along with, of course, the weekly Bible exegeses which now appear at once banal and vile.

    Before the Psalty stuff, I believe Rettino/Kerner were active in the 1970s Jesus movement, putting out Christian easy-listening folky tunes on the Maranatha record label. Each new album showed a new stage in the progression of their love (“Friends”, “Joy in the Morning”, “More than Friends”, “Changin'”), and my parents had all of them. As a child I would sometimes wonder if their courtship progressed similarly. They were evangelized by a campus group calling themselves the Navigators.

    • ldarwin August 4, 2011 at 5:41 pm #

      I remember a lot of the Maranatha music too. It is strange hearing it again after so long. I wonder if many kids still watch/listen to their stuff?

  3. jordan September 18, 2012 at 9:24 pm #

    risky rat ruined my life he look scary and creepy every time i look at him i start shaking and i am not able to breathe it is like i am alergic to him

    • jordan April 23, 2013 at 7:12 pm #

      jordan he scared me to he haunted my dreams and was a nightmare that never ended i wish i had never seen his face i am so sorry you had to go through what you went through i can imagine we are very alike

  4. Rachel Graybill July 12, 2014 at 1:55 pm #

    Psalty ? i bet that risky rat is always my bestest favorite talented strongest high pitch mouse than ever that i could be imagined but i know that really he is been the greatest villian ever of all time so please he needs more plenty of good example guy to me i think he’s the only one that i really liked the very best.

  5. Rachel Graybill July 12, 2014 at 1:57 pm #

    I really liked that Risky Rat The Bestest one.

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