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.
  • 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.).
    • Though a podcast Phil posted (which no longer exists) says that he still likes working with the show, and knows that it's in good hands with Doug TenNapel (yes, that one... and, depending on your point of view, THAT one).
    • There was another recent podcast that he didn't mind the new designs of the characters, though he thinks Jimmy looks kinda scary with his new teeth.
  • Cross-Dressing Voices: Junior is voiced by Lisa Vischer, Phil Vischer's wife.
  • 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 Larry Boy 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.
  • 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.
  • Periphery Demographic: While the show wears its Christian identity on its sleeve, it's charming and funny enough to have a large secular (and otherwise non-Christian) fanbase.
  • 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.
  • 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, leading to the rental of a 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.
  • 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.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • 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."
    • The "Larry's Lagoon" segment of God Wants Me to Forgive Them?!? was originally going to have Larry crash the boat by having his daydream be his nose coming off and flying around his face. This was considered too hallucinogenic and replaced with him daydreaming about being an iceberg smashing captain.
      • Speaking of Larry-Boy, the opening scene of him with the Milk Money Bandit in Larry-Boy and the Rumor Weed was originally written for Larry-Boy & the Fib from Outer Space!.
    • 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 .
    • Early in the show's development, there were 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. However, he can be briefly glimpsed at in an early ad that was placed in several Christian magazines in order to promote the series.
      • In the same promo, Bob speaks with a Southern accent, Larry sounds more like Scallion #2, Archibald Asparagus disapproves of the concept of the series, and Mom Asparagus is Archibald's wife.
  • 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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