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The VeggieTales Show is a revival series of VeggieTales that airs on TBN. The broadcasting company also produces the series, with Phil Vischer and Mike Nawrocki serving as writers, Kurt Heinecke returning to score music and Todd Waterman as the show-runner. Phil and Mike, along with Lisa Vischer reprise their respective roles for the show. The first episode debuted on iTunes on October 15th, 2019 and on DVD on October 22nd, 2019 with the Christmas special, The Best Christmas Gift, with it premiering on TBN and its streaming services later that year and officially started its first season in February 2020. 

The show focuses on Bob, Larry, and their friends leaving the kitchen countertop and producing shows in Mr. Nezzer's live theater for an actual audience.

History

When working on the two Netflix series, VeggieTales in the House and VeggieTales in the City, DreamWorks was originally intending on closing down Big Idea after the two series were done being made. But, when Universal bought DreamWorks, they were allowed to stay open with the possibility of doing more VeggieTales content without any supervision from DreamWorks (unlike the two Netflix series, which were mainly made by a new team that was separate from the crew of the main series).

In 2018, there was some speculation about a possible VeggieTales revival coming soon. This was mainly because of the social media accounts re-branding and going back to using the original designs instead of the Netflix ones, Phil Vischer being busy writing various projects again and e-mails from the VeggieTales customer support stating that the staff was in a conversation about a "possible new release".

The series was officially announced on March 28th, 2019 at the National Religious Broadcast 2019 Convention, where Phil and Mike announced their return to the series. Details about the series itself reveled around the same time, such as confirming a holiday special, a nine-part series on the Fruits of the Spirit and the return of the League of Incredible Vegetables.

The first trailer for the series was released on April 24th, 2019, where more details about the production and the show, in general, were announced. It also showed off a small piece of test animation and storyboards and voice snippets of the first episode. 

In May 2019, during the K-LOVE Fan Awards 2019, another shorter version of the trailer premiered with some rough animation of the series, with a lot of it being not rendered or unfinished. 

On August 2nd, 2019, VeggieTales announced on their social media accounts that the show would premiere on October 22nd of the same year. 

On August 16, 2019, the first official trailer for the first episode (which is also the previously announced Christmas special) was released with more finished animated footage, with pre-orders of the DVD release on various online shopping sites becoming available around the same time.

After the first episode came out on digital platforms and DVD, TBN extended the first season to 26 episodes instead of 18 (thus adding eight more episodes to the season).

Characters

Episodes

Season 1

  1. God Wants Us to Make Peace
  2. The Best Christmas Gift
  3. A Lifetime Supply of Joy
  4. The Power of Love
  5. It's Cool to Be Kind
  6. A ShakeSparagus Play
  7. When Being Good Means Giving Up
  8. Episode 8 (Episode title not released yet; Releasing September 1st, 2020)
  9. Episode 9 (Episode title not released yet; Releasing October 1st, 2020)
  10. Episode 10 (Episode title not released yet; Releasing November 1st, 2020)
  11. Episode 11 (Episode title not released yet; Releasing December 1st, 2020)
  12. Episode 12 (Episode title not released yet; Releasing January 1st, 2021)
  13. Episode 13 (Episode title not released yet; Releasing February 1st, 2021)
  14. Episode 14 (Episode title not released yet)
  15. Episode 15 (Episode title not released yet)
  16. Episode 16 (Episode title not released yet)
  17. Be Brave
  18. Episode 18 (Episode title not released yet)
  19. Episode 19 (Episode title not released yet)
  20. Episode 20 (Episode title not released yet)
  21. Episode 21 (Episode title not released yet)
  22. Episode 22 (Episode title not released yet)
  23. Episode 23 (Episode title not released yet)
  24. Episode 24 (Episode title not released yet)
  25. Episode 25 (Episode title not released yet)
  26. Episode 26 (Episode title not released yet)

Quotes

  • Bob the Tomato: "You're the president of the VeggieTales Fan Club. Are you aware of any letters we've received that deal with this particular situation?"
  • Petunia Rhubarb: "We have... one."
  • Jimmy Gourd: "Is it about food?"
  • Larry the Cucumber: "Did someone ask for a Christmas tree? Ta-da!"
  • Mr. Nezzer: "Ho-ho-ho, it's time for the show! Curtain's up in ten seconds."
  • Bob the Tomato: "Oh, dear."
  • Larry the Cucumber: "Guys, let's stick with the story."
  • Junior Asparagus: "What's next, Mr. Bob? How do we start the show?"

Facts

  • The original VeggieTales designs have been revived for this series, with a couple of visual differences:
    • Mouth animations are now built in to character models, can open wider, and are also able to close completely.
    • Lower eyelids are more pronounced, most notably on Petunia.
    • Mr. Lunt no longer has a golden tooth, like VeggieTales in the House and City. He also has a new texture.
    • Larry's cucumber texture is more opaque.
  • Because of the e-mails by the VeggieTales customer support, the series might have been originally planned to be released sometime earlier than 2019.
  • The show was originally being animated by Prana Studios, who also worked on Planes: Fire & Rescue and multiple other projects, before moving to 88 Pictures when Prana goes out of business.
  • Some episodes will take place outside of the theater, according to Phil Vischer, including Larry-Boy episodes.
  • The series will go more in-depth with the Gospel and the New Testament, with more obscure Bible stories.
  • Some episodes will have Silly Songs, but due to the 22-minute running time of the episodes, others will not and will have different shorter segments instead.

Gallery

Promo Images

Behind the Scenes

Sources

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