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[[File:VeggieTales2014Logo.png|thumb|250px]]'''VeggieTales''' is a children's animated direct-to-video series created by [[Big Idea]] featuring anthropomorphic vegetables in stories conveying moral themes based on Christianity. The original series lasted from December 21, 1993 to March 3, 2015. This show seems to be most popular, but despite fans' hopes and doubts it was going to continue running, it was eventually cancelled around 2018. In March 2019, Phil Vischer announced on his Twitter that a spin-off titled [[The VeggieTales Show]] which debuted in the fall of that year, along with an [[Untitled 'VeggieTales' film|Untitled ‘VeggieTales’ movie]] with a unclear release date.
'''VeggieTales''' is a children's animated series created by [[Big Idea]] featuring anthropomorphic vegetables in stories conveying moral themes based on Christianity.
 
   
 
==History==
 
==History==
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. It started right after 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
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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.
   
While Toy Story is considered the first animation film to use computer imagery, VeggieTales is the first video series using that type of animation.
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Phil originally started out in 1990 when he wanted to use candy bars as a basis. However, [[Lisa Vischer|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.
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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''.
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The name itself came from Mike Nawrocki, as he felt it was a good title as it was about vegetables telling stories.
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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.
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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.
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In 2014, shortly after the release of [[Beauty and the Beet]] (the last episode to feature the original look of the characters), Netflix released [[VeggieTales in the House|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.
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=== "Cancellation"/Hiatus ===
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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.
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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 [https://twitter.com/philvischer/status/1013474921954140160 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.<ref>[https://twitter.com/philvischer/status/1014152323298463745 Phil Vischer on Twitter: "Big Idea still exists. The HQ office in Nashville closed. Several people still work out of their homes managing social media and other deals. There could still be more veggies...."]</ref> This could mean that the show may still continue in the future.
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=== Revival ===
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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 Studios|Universal]] had also started early development on [[Untitled 'VeggieTales' film|a VeggieTales feature film]]. It will also have Phil's involvement, possibly as a key writer.
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== Episode Set-Ups ==
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* Every episode (with the exception of some special episodes) starts on a kitchen [[The Countertop|countertop]] where [[Bob the Tomato|Bob]] and [[Larry the Cucumber|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.
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* 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.
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* 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.
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* 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.
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== Characters ==
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* [[Bob |Bob the Tomato]]
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* [[Larry the Cucumber]]
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* [[Junior Asparagus]]
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* [[Laura Carrot]]
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* [[Jimmy and Jerry Gourd]]
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* [[Archibald Asparagus]]
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* [[Mr. Lunt]]
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* [[Mr. Nezzer]]
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* [[The French Peas]]
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* [[Petunia Rhubarb]]
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* [[Madame Blueberry]]
   
 
==Episodes==
 
==Episodes==
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#[[God Wants Me to Forgive Them!?!]]
 
#[[God Wants Me to Forgive Them!?!]]
 
#[[Are You My Neighbor?]]
 
#[[Are You My Neighbor?]]
#[[Rack, Shack & Benny]]
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#[[Rack, Shack and Benny (episode)|Rack, Shack and Benny]]
 
#[[Dave and the Giant Pickle]]
 
#[[Dave and the Giant Pickle]]
 
#[[The Toy That Saved Christmas]]
 
#[[The Toy That Saved Christmas]]
 
#[[Very Silly Songs!]]
 
#[[Very Silly Songs!]]
#[[Larry-Boy! And the Fib from Outer Space!]]
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#[[Larry-Boy! and the Fib from Outer Space!]]
 
#[[Josh and the Big Wall!]]
 
#[[Josh and the Big Wall!]]
#[[Madame Blueberry]]
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#[[Madame Blueberry (episode)|Madame Blueberry]]
 
#[[The End of Silliness?]]
 
#[[The End of Silliness?]]
 
#[[Larry-Boy and the Rumor Weed]]
 
#[[Larry-Boy and the Rumor Weed]]
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#[[A Snoodle's Tale]]
 
#[[A Snoodle's Tale]]
 
#[[Sumo of the Opera]]
 
#[[Sumo of the Opera]]
#[[Bob and Larry's How to Draw!]]
 
 
#[[Duke and the Great Pie War]]
 
#[[Duke and the Great Pie War]]
 
#[[Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Samson's Hairbrush]]
 
#[[Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Samson's Hairbrush]]
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#[[Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Noah's Umbrella]]
 
#[[Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Noah's Umbrella]]
 
#[[Saint Nicholas: A Story of Joyful Giving]]
 
#[[Saint Nicholas: A Story of Joyful Giving]]
#[[Pistachio The Little Boy That Woodn't]]
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#[[Pistachio - The Little Boy That Woodn't]]
#[[Sweetpea Beauty: A Girl After God's Own Heart]]
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#[[Sweetpea Beauty]]
 
#[[It's a Meaningful Life]]
 
#[[It's a Meaningful Life]]
 
#[[Twas The Night Before Easter]]
 
#[[Twas The Night Before Easter]]
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#[[Robin Good and His Not-So-Merry Men]]
 
#[[Robin Good and His Not-So-Merry Men]]
 
#[[The Penniless Princess ]]
 
#[[The Penniless Princess ]]
#[[The League of Incredible Vegetables |The League of Incredible Vegetables ]]
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#[[The League of Incredible Vegetables]]
#[[The Little House That Stood |The Little House That Stood ]]
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#[[The Little House That Stood]]
#[[MacLarry and the Stinky Cheese Battle ]]
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#[[MacLarry and the Stinky Cheese Battle]]
#[[Merry Larry and the True Light of Christmas ]]
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#[[Merry Larry and the True Light of Christmas]]
#[[Veggies in Space: The Fennel Frontier ]]
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#[[Veggies in Space: The Fennel Frontier]]
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#[[Celery Night Fever]]
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#[[Beauty and the Beet]]
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#[[Noah's Ark]]
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==Feature Films==
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#[[Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie]]
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#[[The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything (film)|The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie]]
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==Gallery==
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<gallery position="center" spacing="small" captionalign="center" bordersize="none">
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VeggieTalesOriginalLogo.png|(1993-1997)
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20170921 110450-0.jpg|(1998-2008)
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Vt logo hires.png|(2009-2014)
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VeggieTales2014Logo.png|(2014-Present)
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</gallery>
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==Other Languages==
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*[[w:c:de.bigidea:VeggieTales|''VeggieTales'' (German)]]
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*[[w:c:es.bigidea:VeggieTales|''VeggieTales'' (Spanish)]]
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*[[w:c:pt-br.bigidea:Os Vegetais|''Os Vegetais'' (Brazilian Portuguese)]]
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*[[VeggieTales (Dutch dub)]]
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*[[VeggieTales (Norwegian dub)]]
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==References==
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<references />
 
[[Category:VeggieTales]]
 
[[Category:VeggieTales]]
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[[Category:VeggieTales characters]]

Latest revision as of 14:25, June 2, 2020

VeggieTales2014Logo
VeggieTales is a children's animated direct-to-video series created by Big Idea featuring anthropomorphic vegetables in stories conveying moral themes based on Christianity. The original series lasted from December 21, 1993 to March 3, 2015. This show seems to be most popular, but despite fans' hopes and doubts it was going to continue running, it was eventually cancelled around 2018. In March 2019, Phil Vischer announced on his Twitter that a spin-off titled The VeggieTales Show which debuted in the fall of that year, along with an Untitled ‘VeggieTales’ movie with a unclear release date.

HistoryEdit

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.

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 Edit

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.[1] This could mean that the show may still continue in the future.

Revival Edit

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 Edit

  • 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 Edit

EpisodesEdit

  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. Jonah Sing-Along Songs and More!
  18. The Star of Christmas
  19. The Wonderful World of Auto-Tainment!
  20. The Ballad of Little Joe
  21. An Easter Carol
  22. A Snoodle's Tale
  23. Sumo of the Opera
  24. Duke and the Great Pie War
  25. Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Samson's Hairbrush
  26. Lord of the Beans
  27. Sheerluck Holmes and the Golden Ruler
  28. LarryBoy and the Bad Apple
  29. Gideon: Tuba Warrior
  30. Moe and the Big Exit
  31. The Wonderful Wizard of Ha's
  32. Tomato Sawyer and Huckleberry Larry's Big River Rescue
  33. Abe and the Amazing Promise
  34. Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Noah's Umbrella
  35. Saint Nicholas: A Story of Joyful Giving
  36. Pistachio - The Little Boy That Woodn't
  37. Sweetpea Beauty
  38. It's a Meaningful Life
  39. Twas The Night Before Easter
  40. Princess and the Popstar
  41. The Little Drummer Boy
  42. Robin Good and His Not-So-Merry Men
  43. The Penniless Princess
  44. The League of Incredible Vegetables
  45. The Little House That Stood
  46. MacLarry and the Stinky Cheese Battle
  47. Merry Larry and the True Light of Christmas
  48. Veggies in Space: The Fennel Frontier
  49. Celery Night Fever
  50. Beauty and the Beet
  51. Noah's Ark

Feature FilmsEdit

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

GalleryEdit

Other LanguagesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Phil Vischer on Twitter: "Big Idea still exists. The HQ office in Nashville closed. Several people still work out of their homes managing social media and other deals. There could still be more veggies...."
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