The VeggieTales Show is a revival series of the original VeggieTales, co-produced by Universal and TBN (through their animation division Trilogy Animation Group) with Big Idea. The series most notably brought back many original crew members including Phil Vischer and Mike Nawrocki, along with bringing back the original designs of the characters after they were redesigned for VeggieTales in the House. The series debuted on iTunes on October 15th, 2019 and on DVD on October 22nd, 2019 with the Christmas special, The Best Christmas Gift. The series officially started its first season on February 28th, 2020 and premieres new episodes on TBN's streaming service, Yippee.
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.
When working on the two Netflix series, VeggieTales in the House and its spin-off 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).
Around late 2018, TBN requested to Universal that they license a brand new revival of the VeggieTales series, to which they accepted. Both companies then called Phil Vischer, asking him to do voices on the new show. Phil was a bit skeptical about this, and he stated that he would accept the offer if they were capturing the classic VeggieTales feel. TBN and Universal explained that that's what they were going for, and that they had a pilot already written. When they sent him the pilot script, Phil said that he liked it, but requested that he re-write the pilot entirely. The companies ended up liking Phil's script better, and Phil further requested that they have Mike Nawrocki and Kurt Heinecke involved.
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, 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 Convention, where Phil Vischer and Mike Nawrocki announced their return as writers and voice actors. Details about the series itself were revealed around the same time, including the announcements of 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. The trailer also showed off a small piece of test animation and storyboards of the first episode.
In May 2019, during the K-LOVE Fan Awards, another shorter version of the trailer premiered with some rough, mostly unfinished animation of the series.
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 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 from 18 episodes to 26 episodes (thus adding eight more episodes to the season).
- Bob the Tomato
- Larry the Cucumber
- Junior Asparagus
- Archibald Asparagus
- Pa Grape
- Laura Carrot
- Jimmy and Jerry Gourd
- Mr. Nezzer
- Mr. Lunt
- The French Peas
- Madame Blueberry
- Petunia Rhubarb
- The Scallions
- Miss Achmetha
- Miss Minchin
- Dr. Flurry
- Callie Flower
- Bruce Onion
- Adele Pepper
- God Wants Us to Make Peace
- The Best Christmas Gift
- A Lifetime Supply of Joy
- The Power of Love
- It's Cool to Be Kind
- A ShakeSparagus Play
- When Being Good Means Giving Up
- Little Things Matter
- Patience Takes Practice
- Being Gentle Makes You Great
- LarryBoy and the Cape-Coat Caper
- The Wonderfulness of Wisdom
- Forgiveness Brings the Fixing
- A Tale of True Courage
- Samson's Bad Hair Day
- Phil Vischer as Bob the Tomato, Archibald Asparagus, Jimmy Gourd, Mr. Nezzer (understudy), Mr. Lunt, Phillipe, Goliath, and Scallion #1
- Mike Nawrocki as Larry the Cucumber/LarryBoy, Jerry Gourd, Jean-Claude, Scallion #2 and Scallion #3
- Lisa Vischer as Junior Asparagus
- Kira Buckland as Petunia Rhubarb and Laura Carrot
- Stephanie Southerland as Madame Blueberry, Callie Flower and Miss Minchin
- David Mann as Mr. Nezzer
- Elise Napier as Miss Achmetha
- Joe Zieja as Dr. Flurry
- Sean Chiplock as Scallini
- Melissa Mabie as Adele Pepper
- The original VeggieTales designs and models have been revived for this series, with a couple of visual differences:
- Mouth animations are now built into character models, can open wider, and are also able to close completely.
- Some characters, including Larry, have different textures.
- Mr. Lunt no longer has his golden tooth from the original series. Instead, he's got a full set of normal teeth like he did in VeggieTales in the House and City.
- Most of the time, the characters' lower eyelids are a bit higher up than usual.
- 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 went 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 23-minute running time of the episodes, others will not and will have different shorter segments instead.