American Christian animated series

VeggieTales is a children's animated direct-to-video series created by Big Idea. They have vegetables in stories with moral themes based on Christianity. The original series lasted from December 23, 1993 to March 3, 2015. It was eventually cancelled around 2018. In March 2019, Phil Vischer announced on his Twitter that a revival spin-off titled The VeggieTales Show would be released in the fall of that year, along with an untitled 'VeggieTales' movie with an unclear release date.

History change

The show was created by Phil Vischer and Mike Nawrocki when they wanted to create a series of videos teaching children about stories and lessons from the Bible, while making it fun and entertaining.

Phil originally started out in 1990 when he wanted to use candy bars as a basis. However, his wife objected the idea as she thought it was a bad influence on kids. So he drew a cucumber and thought that was the best choice, vegetables. He chose these objects as he said they were easy to animate as compared to characters with limbs, clothes, or hair because of the limitations on 3D graphics during the early 1990s.

In order to create VeggieTales, Phil had to follow a few rules given to him by his mother. They included: 1) you will not portray Jesus Christ as a vegetable, and 2) try not imply that vegetables can have redemptive relationships with God.

Phil then joined with Mike Nawrocki, who they both did puppet shows in Bible college. Phil did one on "The Princess and the Pea," but telling it from the pea's perspective, but never made it as a puppet show. Ultimately, the sketches Phil drew became the basis for VeggieTales.

The name itself came from Mike Nawrocki, as he felt it was a good title as it was about vegetables telling stories.

While Toy Story is considered the first animated film to use computer imagery for film, VeggieTales is the first video series using that type of animation prior to the film's release.

The series started with only either one or two episode(s) per year, until the company grew and produced three videos per year as of 2014. Since then, no new episodes of the series have been produced, likely due to Big Idea being too busy making and focusing on the Netflix series.

In 2014, shortly after the release of Beauty and the Beet (the last episode to feature the original look of the characters), Netflix released 11 minute shorts exclusively along with new redesigns of the original cast. In a recent podcast, Phil says that they have colored iris' (similar to the Sonic the Hedgehog series) and their mouths are more dynamic. He also says that Archibald's hair looks swirly.

"Cancellation"/Hiatus change

Following the release of the episode Noah's Ark on March 3, 2015, Big Idea did not announce any new plans for further VeggieTales home video releases, seemingly focusing solely on the Netflix series. In June 2017, Mike Nawrocki appeared on the Christian talk show Today's Life, and said "If there's ever an opportunity to do something VeggieTales-related again, I would love to do that." Furthermore, Nawrocki's LinkedIn profile states that he left his position at Big Idea in February 2016. The second and final season of VeggieTales in the City subsequently premiered on Netflix in late 2017.

At the 2018 Christian Worldview Film Festival, Mike Nawrocki confirmed that he was no longer working on VeggieTales, and there was nothing in production. Phil Vischer stated that he was not returning to work on new episodes, and on July 1, 2018, he explained on Twitter that the team who specifically produced home video releases was dismissed in 2015, while the Netflix series team wrapped up their work in Summer 2017. Comcast shut down Big Idea's offices in Nashville shortly afterward. Vischer has confirmed that Big Idea's employees continue to work for Big Idea, and have not been laid off. This could mean that the show may still continue in the future.

Revival change

On March 28th, Eric Metaxas posted a tweet featuring him with Phil Vischer and Mike Nawrocki. He said that TBN had purchased the rights to VeggieTales and are making a new series. Later on, Phil posted a tweet correcting the misconception; it turns out TBN only purchased licensing rights and will use the characters. Phil and Mike are going to be key writers for a new spin-off show that is currently known as The VeggieTales Show, which was released in late 2019. On the same day, Phil Vischer confirmed that Universal had also started early development on a VeggieTales feature film. It will also have Phil's involvement, possibly as a key writer.

Episode Set-Ups change

  • Every episode (with the exception of some special episodes) starts on a kitchen countertop where Bob and Larry introduce themselves and receive a letter from a kid. After reading the letter, Bob and Larry would have small discussions on how they would answer the kids letter via a story.
  • After the first segment of an episode, Silly Songs with Larry are served as the shows intermissions where Larry appears on the countertop and sing ridiculous songs.
  • After Silly Songs with Larry, the second segment of that episode is then shown. Are You My Neighbor? is the first VeggieTales episode to have it's main segment served as the second segment while the first two episodes main segments were shown first.
  • At the end of every show, Bob and Larry would receive a verse from Qwerty as the What Have We Learned song is played. The episode then ends with Bob and Larry saying "God made you special, and he loves you very much" and the credits roll.

Characters change

Specials change

  1. Where's God When I'm S-Scared?
  2. God Wants Me to Forgive Them!?!
  3. Are You My Neighbor?
  4. Rack, Shack and Benny
  5. Dave and the Giant Pickle
  6. The Toy That Saved Christmas
  7. Very Silly Songs!
  8. Larry-Boy! and the Fib from Outer Space!
  9. Josh and the Big Wall!
  10. Madame Blueberry
  11. The End of Silliness?
  12. Larry-Boy and the Rumor Weed
  13. King George and the Ducky
  14. Esther...The Girl Who Became Queen
  15. Lyle the Kindly Viking
  16. The Ultimate Silly Song Countdown
  17. The Star of Christmas
  18. The Wonderful World of Auto-Tainment!
  19. The Ballad of Little Joe
  20. An Easter Carol
  21. A Snoodle's Tale
  22. Sumo of the Opera
  23. Duke and the Great Pie War
  24. Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Samson's Hairbrush
  25. Lord of the Beans
  26. Sheerluck Holmes and the Golden Ruler
  27. LarryBoy and the Bad Apple
  28. Gideon: Tuba Warrior
  29. Moe and the Big Exit
  30. The Wonderful Wizard of Ha's
  31. Tomato Sawyer and Huckleberry Larry's Big River Rescue
  32. Abe and the Amazing Promise
  33. Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Noah's Umbrella
  34. Saint Nicholas: A Story of Joyful Giving
  35. Pistachio - The Little Boy That Woodn't
  36. Sweetpea Beauty
  37. It's a Meaningful Life
  38. 'Twas the Night Before Easter
  39. Princess and the Popstar
  40. The Little Drummer Boy
  41. Robin Good and His Not-So-Merry Men
  42. The Penniless Princess
  43. The League of Incredible Vegetables
  44. The Little House That Stood
  45. MacLarry and the Stinky Cheese Battle
  46. Merry Larry and the True Light of Christmas
  47. Veggies in Space: The Fennel Frontier
  48. Celery Night Fever
  49. Beauty and the Beet
  50. Noah's Ark

Feature Films change

  1. Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie
  2. The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie
  3. Untitled VeggieTales Movie