Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The Adventures of VeggieTales Fans, circa 2014

Since the day I was looking up a Veggie Tales film on IMDB.com in a few years ago, I have followed the creator Phil Vischer on his blog, and now the Phil Vischer Podcast. The podcast is entertaining and educational about current events in America to do with religious faith, art and Christian figures.

On a recent podcast, entitled "The History of Bob and Larry", Phil told the story of his involvement with VeggieTales since the bankruptcy of Big Idea Productions in 2004. It was a highly illuminating story, including great insight into God working in his life over that season. I won't go into all of it, but you can see it at the link here.

An interesting thing that happened during the podcast was Phil mentioning that the Veggie characters now have a new look:

Compared to their classic look:

Now, many fans on Facebook and twitter were livid at the new designs. "Creepy", "heretical", "terrible," were some of the words they used.

I don't mind the new look, and I will get used to them. Conceived for the new Netflix show "VeggieTales in the House", they will be the look for the DVD series too, from 2015.

One thing for fans to realise is that the classic look is not going anywhere. Dreamworks would be silly to get rid of 20 years of VeggieTales products. The DVDs will still be selling and the books and other products will be available online still. The classic look will remain, just not in the new episodes.

Also, for Dreamworks and Big Idea to bring Veggie Tales forward and successful for many years, a change was needed. Something obvious to say "We're doing something new! Come and watch!" Many Veggie fans of the late 90s had not watched a new episode for 7 to 10 years, since the release of Jonah and when they moved on to reading Ted Dekker books.

Now they can show their kids the new series - with a style that is from their world, the world of Ben 10 and Spongebob.

As for me, I haven't seen any of the new episodes yet. I'm in Australia, and Netflix is only coming here from March 2015. So my verdict on the new show is up in the air until then!

Quirky Petunia.