Trivia / VeggieTales

  • Adored by the Network: TBN's Smile Of A Child channel loves this show. It's the first show you see when you go on their website, and the specials air often, with the most common one played being "If I Sang A Silly Song".
  • Channel Hop: VeggieTales has gone through a lot of distributors over the years. While in the Christian market it has always been through Word Entertainment (alternatively known as Everland Entertainment), itís a different story for wider video outlets. The episodes were first released by Lyrick Studios, then very briefly by their new parent Hit Entertainment before moving to Warner Home Video for a little longernote  then going from Sony Wonder, Genius Entertainment, Vivendi Entertainment to finally Anderson. Phew.
    • The "On TV" version of the show aired its first two seasons on NBC, and its' third season note  in syndication six years after leaving qubo.
  • Creator Backlash
    • In an interview conducted with World Magazine in 2011, Phil Vischer, who no longer has any control of VeggieTales or of Big Idea, said that he now considers the series something of a disappointment due to him using it just to teach basic morals rather than specific Christian beliefs (something he decided to rectify in his new series, Jelly Telly, which he produces through his new company, Jellyfish L.L.C.). Those doesn't mean he doesn't still like working on the show, and knows that it's in good hands with Doug TenNapel (yes, that one).
    • There was another recent podcast where he states that he didn't mind the new designs of the characters, though he does think that Jimmy looks kinda scary with his new teeth.
    • While they held no ill will towards it, the crew of Larry Boy & The Rumor Weed later admitted that trying to create a "racially diverse" metropolitan area was more trouble than it was worth, as they not only had to create a ton of new characters from scratch out of veggies they'd never featured before, but there had to be enough to fill out any potential dead space in the frame. Some of them tried to cheat by making larger characters, such as a pumpkin and a broccoli florette.
  • Cross-Dressing Voices: Junior is voiced by Lisa Vischer, Phil Vischer's wife.
  • The Danza: In "Where's God When I'm Scared?", Phil Winklestein was voiced by Phil Vischer.
  • Development Hell: The idea to adapt the story of Noah was pitched in 1998 but ditched in favor of what became Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie because "the fur would've killed us!'. The story was finally tackled for a show released in March 2015 (more than 15 years after the original idea was proposed).
  • Edited for Syndication:
    • When the show aired on NBC and any of its subchannels or blocks (Cozi, Qubo, etc.), any religious references were cut out. For example, in "Dr. Jiggle and Mr. Slide", "You're special just the way God made ya!" was cut to "You're special!" Sometimes, scenes that weren't religious at all were cut for time constraints. For instance, the line in "Larry-Boy! And the Fib From Outer Space" where LarryBoy says that he is tired, hungry, and he has to go to the bathroom was cut for an odd reason, probably to allow more commercials to run.
      • A particularly egregious example of this is in The Toy That Saved Christmas. They cut to the ending straight after Mr. Nezzer's HeelĖFace Turn, completely leaving out the entire climax!
    • This is also in effect with the Smile of a Child airings.
  • Fake Brit: Phil Vischer, Iowa-native and cofounder of Big Idea, does the voice for Archibald Asparagus, Scallion 1, and the increasingly-similar-sounding "Silly Songs" narrator.
  • I Am Not Spock: Phil Winklestein, the character who played Frankencelery, is often credited by the character he plays instead of his real name.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Aside from short snippets of Archibald, Pa Grape and Mr. Lunt story segments, the NBC version of the show has never been released to DVD, and can only be caught if you have a local station that airs the show in syndication. And even that package does not include that particular version of Sheerluck Holmes and the Golden Ruler-it's a version that instead uses the original theme song and is just the titular story of the episode.
  • Name's the Same: This isn't the only early 90s CGI show with a character named Bob...
  • No Budget: A running visual gag in the early episodes is that the veggies are throwing the show together with whatever resources they have available. Many of the sets are clearly painted cardboard sitting on the countertop.
  • The Other Darrin: Mom Asparagus has been voiced by at least five different (possibly six if her appearance in Take 38 as Archie's wife is counted) people as of 2014 note .
    • There is currently at least one known instance of Bob the Tomato being voiced by someone other than Phil Vischer. He was voiced by John Trauscht for one of the live touring shows due to negotiation issues in Phil's contract.
    • Starting in 2014, Junior Asparagus has been voiced by Tress MacNeille replacing Lisa Vischer whose had the role since his debut in 1993.
    • Laura has been voiced by at least six different people since her debut in 1995 note .
    • Madame Blueberry has been voiced by five different people since her debut in 1998 note .
    • Similar to Junior, Tress MacNeille has been doing the voice of Petunia Rhubarb since 2014 replacing her original voice actress Cydney Trent whose voiced her since her debut in 2005.
    • Annie has gone through three different voices since her debut in 1996 due to her two previous voice actors going through puberty.
    • Scallion #3 was originally voiced by Mike Sage from 1993 - 2003. Even since 2006, he's now voiced by Brian K. Roberts.
    • Some other minor characters have also had different voices over the years.
  • Playing Against Type:
    • Larry plays a villainous character in King George and the Ducky.
    • In Josh and the Big Wall, Mr. Nezzer gets a cameo as Moses, and in Lord of the Beans, he plays Randalf. In both cases, he is playing a character who is good and wise. Typically the characters he plays lack either goodness (at first), wisdom, or both.
  • Real-Life Relative: Done this very much since the show's run. Junior Asparagus is voiced by Phil's wife, Lisa.
    • Annie was originally voiced by Phil and Mike's daughters Shelby and Ally. She is currently voiced by Brian Roberts' daughter, Maggie.
  • Recycled Script: 'Twas the Night Before Easter has the same plot as The Star of Christmas. Protagonist wants to teach the city to love through theater, senses competition, tries to keep making the show more spectacular, gets desperate, and does something wrong. Then their plans all go awry when the theater burns down. Protagonist learns a lesson.
  • Shallow Parody: As one of the more mainstream Christian shows out there, it is occasionally the target of these. Drawn Together's is, perhaps unsurprisingly, one of the shallower ones (the veggies even have arms!), while The Simpsons came out with a pretty good one.
  • Talking to Himself: Creators Phil Vischer and Mike Nawrocki voice most of the main cast and any minor characters who occur in pairs.
  • Trope Namer: For The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything, introduced through a "Silly Song" and became popular enough to appear in later releases, including having prominent roles in both feature films.
  • Troubled Production:
    • The first video, Where's God When I'm S-s-scared?!, was reportedly a nightmare to make. It began with Phil Vischer animating the entire thing himself, only to hire two more animators on the fly when it was clear he couldn't achieve the level of animation quality he was aiming for alone. The three animators then moved into a rented storefront for extra space, which stretched the already minuscule budget. The project was funded by a Christian mail-order service, with customers ordering the video while it was still in production, meaning that the creators were legally required to finish the project on a stone-set date, lest they be charged with mail fraud.
    • Rack, Shack, and Benny, while not nightmarish to the same degree, still reportedly had everyone suffering from exhaustion by the end of it due to the ambitious nature of the episode, and only 10 employees armed with four computers. Many of the original workers still say it was the hardest project they ever took on; it was only natural that the next episode, Dave and the Giant Pickle, was much smaller scale.
    • The Toy That Saved Christmas also had a troubled production, due to being another ambitious episode and having a very set-in-stone deadline (since you can't ship a Christmas special late). Not only did the episode end up Christmas Rushed, the air conditioning broke at the headquarters just in the wake of a heat wave hitting Chicago. Phil Vischer was bed-ridden afterwards for almost two months as well due to bacteria in his heart. This was one of the few cases where the team was unsatisfied with the episode's original end result, and the following year they went back and re-animated a lot of the scenes, creating a second version of the show that was overall much cleaner than the original. Fans dub the two versions as the "old animation" and the "new animation".
  • Unintentional Period Piece:
    • The opening to "Larry-Boy! and the Fib from Outer Space", as most of Larry's slang about the internet is somewhat outdated, as the terms were used in the 90's. Not to mention, Larry's insult to Bob.
    • Vanna Banana from "Princess and the Popstar", as Hannah Montana already ended by the time the video came out.
  • Viral Marketing: Word of mouth was a huge reason this show boomed in its early years. The series had its roots in Christian bookstores, and as mentioned in Phil Vischer's autobiography, typically there would be a children's section with a TV and a VCR playing a tape in the store on an endless loop; when the series hit stores, the workers would eventually give the show a look and discover themselves enjoying it an unexpected amount, which led to the workers recommending it to families and said families recommending it to everyone they knew. Chances are if you attended a Christian church during the show's height and you were a kid or had kids (or heck, even if you didn't), you couldn't leave without at least one family recommending it to you.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Examples from shows that have their own recap pages can be found in the trivia section of those pages.
    • The whole concept was originally going to be centered around a cast of candy bars, but Phil Vischer saw his wife's point after hearing it: "You know, parents will be mad if you make their kids fall in love with candy bars."
    • Early in the show's development, there was also going to be an anthropomorphic toaster. However, he was cut from the series due to proving to be difficult to animate using the limited early 90's computer technology (he may have also been cut due to fears that it would invite comparison to The Brave Little Toaster). However, he can be briefly glimpsed at in an early ad that was placed in several Christian magazines in order to promote the series.
    • Gaspard the skunk's role in Sweetpea Beauty was originally written for the porcupine from Jonah who was to be named Gaspard. However, the skunk became Gaspard after it became too difficult to animate the porcupine due to the model's agenote .
    • The qubo version was supposed to have a third season, but plans fell thorough for some reason and the show instead showed re-runs for another year and was removed from qubo during the next season along with Turbo Dogs, Lamb Chop's Play-Along, Theodore Tugboat and 3-2-1 Penguins! and LarryBoy Stories. note  These episodes did turn up in foreign runs of the show and in syndication.
  • The Wiki Rule: Has a few of them. The list includes...
  • Working Title:
    • Larry-Boy and the League of Superheroes became The League of Incredible Vegetables.
    • MacLarry and the Barber-barians became MacLarry and the Stinky Cheese Battle.
    • Miracle at Spring Valley Mall became Merry Larry and the True Light of Christmas.

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