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VeggieTales is a children's animated series created by Big Idea featuring anthropomorphic vegetables in stories conveying moral themes based on Christianity.

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.

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 influnce 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 90s.

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 animation 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. In 2016, no new episodes of the series were produced, likely due to Big Idea being too busy making and focusing on the Netflix series.

According to Phil in a recent podcast, Netflix will release 11 minute shorts exclusively along with new redesigns of the original cast. Not much is said about them, though 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.

Episodes

  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 Films

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

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