Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Worst news of the day in popular culture - Veggie Tales losing faith...

This from Brent Bozell via WashTimes:
Maybe you're familiar with the computer-animated cartoon "Veggie Tales," a video series targeted at children ages 2 to 8, and which features moral and religious tales hosted by Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber. Beginning in 1993, the series was distributed on VHS tapes, telling biblical stories like the Battle of Jericho, David and Goliath and the tale of the Good Samaritan. Each show ended with a Bible verse.

And it's been a marketing phenomenon. Without any broadcasting or syndication on television, "Veggie Tales" has sold more than 50 million "Veggie Tales" DVDs and videotapes -- primarily, but quietly, through big chain stores like Target, Wal-Mart and Family Christian Stores. As their popularity spread, so did "Veggie Tales" T-shirts, plush toys and other products.

Eventually, someone in Tinseltown saw the commercial possibilities. Now, the news breaks that NBC (as well as NBC-owned Telemundo) will begin showing "Veggie Tales" cartoons on Saturday mornings for the new fall season....

But here is what should be news. The early word from producers is that NBC has grown increasingly fierce about editing something out of "Veggie Tales" -- those apparently unacceptable, insensitive references to God and the Bible.

So NBC has taken the very essence of "Veggie Tales" -- and ripped it out. It's like "Gunsmoke" without the guns, or "Monday Night Football" without the football.
Maybe somewhere in the near future Christians who want to make it big have to decide not to make it big. Keep your product and maintain integrity.

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At 9:32 PM, Blogger Thinking in Ohio said...

This is very sad. What NBC doesn't realize (or perhaps do?) is that they will immediately lose the VeggieTale's market base with this move. It isn't simply disappointing for Christians, it's dumb business too. Soon VeggieTales will be a thing of the past altogether.

At 9:33 AM, Anonymous Holly said...

Veggie Tales hasn't been a Christian company for quite some time. They were bought out by Warner Brothers a few years back.

(Hey. I'm the mom of seven kids. I know these things.)

At 8:42 AM, Blogger Cedric said...

VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer gives his point of view on his blog:


At 4:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Didn't I read the news a few years ago that the founders of Veggie Tales lost a lawsuit with the distributor of their theatrical movie and consequently lost the company? My impression has been that the company is no longer run by Christians anyway.


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