Click For Photo: https://religionnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/webRNS-VeggieTales-25th-122018.jpg
(RNS) — Twenty-five years ago, Phil Vischer had a big idea.
He and a college friend, Mike Nawrocki, had dreamed up a Monty Python-esque Christian cartoon for kids— a mix of silly songs, wisecracks and Bible lessons, delivered by a host of lovable animated vegetables.
Family - Friends - Episode - Computer - Vischer
Armed with $60,000 borrowed from family and friends, they put together the first episode, working mostly on a computer in Vischer’s spare bedroom.
The first episode, “Where is God When I’m S-Scared?” — starring the comic duo of Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber — debuted just in time for Christmas. Sales were slow at first. Then college kids who worked at Christian bookstores began to play copies of the videos for customers.
Show - Home - Video - Hit - Headlines
The show became a home video hit, making national headlines with more than $25 million in sales and spawning a major motion picture, “Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie.” After nearly a decade of success, however, VeggieTales fell on hard times. Vischer’s company, Big Idea Productions, went bankrupt and was sold.
Still, 25 years later, VeggieTales lives on. The show had stints on Saturday morning TV and Netflix and even spawned a second film, “The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything.” It’s currently owned by Universal.
Vischer - Voices - VeggieTales - Years - Author
Vischer, who continued to do voices for VeggieTales for years, moved on. He’s become an author, speaker and host of The Holy Post podcast. And he is still making videos about the Bible for kids.
Religion News Service editor Bob Smietana recently caught up with Vischer to discuss the 25thanniversary of VeggieTales and what he’s learned along the way.
Interview - Clarity - Length
This interview has been edited for clarity and length.
What are you up to these days? Are you still involved with VeggieTales?
Universal - VeggieTales - Conversations - Round - Nothing
Now that Universal owns VeggieTales, I’m involved in some conversations about if, when or how to bring it back for another round. Nothing is guaranteed yet, but...
Wake Up To Breaking News!