VeggieTales to Celebrate 20th Anniversary at Atlanta Megachurch

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By Leonardo Blair, CP Reporter
February 18, 2013|4:49 pm

They are probably the only vegetables that don't make children squirm … because they only talk, sing, dance and don't have to be eaten. Now, kids can add party to that list of things they can do with these vegetables.

The popular Christian children's animated series, VeggieTales, will be hosting a family party in honor of their 20 years of teaching valuable life lessons to children from a Christian perspective at the World Changers Church in College Park, Ga., on Saturday Mar. 30, and everyone is invited.

"Children of all ages will enjoy a high energy song and dance spectacular filled with classic silly songs like 'The Hairbrush Song,' 'His Cheeseburger,' 'I Love My Lips' and 'Song of Cebu'," note the organizers of the party in a recent media release.

The price of general admission to the party is listed on itickets.com at $20. Children two years old and under will be admitted free.

VeggieTales became a subject of a controversy in 2006 when NBC decided to edit references to God from episodes it aired from the show. Initially citing time constraints for editing the references, NBC later admitted that the edits were made because they didn't want to appear to be supporting any religion. At the time, VeggieTales was one of the top rated children's shows on the network.

Created by Phil Vischer and Mike Nawrocki in 1993, VeggieTales has been using its friendly animated videos headlined by 'Larry the Cucumber' and 'Bob the Tomato' to inspire godly values in young children.

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In 2003, however, Vischer left Big Idea Entertainment, the company behind "VeggieTales," after it went bankrupt. In 2011, Vischer told the audience at the Evangelical Press Association that everything went wrong during that time. The staff members of the business were arguing, video sales stopped and he was forced to fire more than half the staff. A former distributor also sued him and when the court ruled in the distributor's favor, he lost everything.

Co-creator Mike Nawrocki told CP in an interview that same year that he and Vischer have remained very good friends. "In some ways not working together every day on the business end of things has made us closer. He was the entrepreneurial force behind 'VeggieTales' at first and thus the boss. It was hard for us as it wasn't always side by side. The stresses of the business world no longer play a part in our relationship. He still voices a lot of our characters. He's incredibly talented and has a great heart for God. I have the utmost respect for him," he told CP.

VeggieTales is the highest selling home video children's series for mothers with preschoolers of all time with more than 56 million videos sold. Some 13 million books and seven million CDs on the show have also been sold, according to Hoganson Media. The series has produced two hit movies, "Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie" in 2002 and "The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie" in 2008. VeggieTales has also released six video games and 38 albums.

 

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