YMMV / VeggieTales

  • Acceptable Targets: In the Silly Song "Oh, Santa", Larry bakes three cookies for Santa; however, when a bank robber breaks in, Larry decides to give him one out of generosity, and the same goes for a Norse Viking. However, he brazenly slams the door in the face of an agent from the IRS, and even gives a knowing smirk to the camera. At the end of the song, the agent comes in anyway, asks if Larry has "claimed" the cookie, then takes it anyway.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: In "Madame Blueberry", the scallions play a trio of salesman who offer the titular character an extravagant trip to the "Stuff Mart". Were they a group of sleazy businessmen who were trying to turn Madame towards a materialistic lifestyle, or were they simply doing their jobs and promoting their store to the nearby townsfolk?
  • Anvilicious: Of the Delicious variety.
  • Bizarro Episode: "The Wonderful World of Auto-Tainment" has been called one of the weirdest VeggieTales videos yet. Bob and Larry travel to the future, where they learn entertainment will rely entirely on making characters perform songs and jokes related to subjects picked at random. Some might also find the Aesop randomly tacked on ("Even if your day doesn't go as planned, at least God still loves you!"). The episode started out as a compilation of music videos for songs from VeggieTales-themed soundtracks.
  • Broken Base: The new character designs were met with polarizing reception when they were announced in September 2014.
  • Designated Hero: Larry-Boy in his first two appearances comes off this way. Although he is supposed to be The Ditz and this is kind of the point, he ultimately doesn't do a whole lot to solve the problems in either episode. In The Fib From Outer Space, he not only fails to find the Fib before he grows out of control entirely (in fact, he actually drives by and greets him and Junior at one point, right after stating that he will have no problem tracking down the alien), it's not even him that helps solve the problem — he just happens to be in close proximity to Junior when Alfred yells through his headset that Junior is the only one that can stop the Fib from growing. In The Rumor Weed, he does even less; he at least attempts to stop the weed from growing, but still never realizes that the only way it can be stopped is through refusing to spread rumors, so his attempts end up doing nothing at all. Worst of all, he was the one responsible for creating the villain of the episode (albeit unintentionally, but still). Thankfully in The Bad Apple this got much better; while he still has flaws and the villain still thwarts him to some degree, he actually figures out how to stop her and aids in doing so too.
  • Designated Villain: In "The Grapes of Wrath", the eponymous grapes are supposed to be a bunch of jerks, but the only ones among them actively causing trouble are the children, Tom and Rosie Grape. Their parents, on the other hand, are shown to be quite a bit saner, especially Ma Grape, who gets on her children's case after Junior Asparagus gets humiliated trying to get back at them for their latest prank. This is pretty much justified considering the story is intended to teach the value of forgivenessnote .
  • Ear Worm: Many of the songs, especially in the "Silly Songs with Larry" section.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Parodied with the Bad Apple.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop:
    • The George Mueller story. Putting the lives of several orphans in the hands of chance is better than taking money from the government, apparently.
    • According to "Where's God When I'm S-Scared?", you shouldn't call the police if you hear something strange in your house, because God is here to protect you! This can apply if it's a boogeyman that only exists in your imagination, but what if it's a very real threat, like a burglar or a serial killer?
  • Harsher in Hindsight: "Bob" and "Larry" are the names of two molesters in Freeway.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In the commentary for "Duke and the Great Pie War", David Pitts asked if they had any apple characters. A year later, an apple character shows up.
    • NBC airing VeggieTales at one point, coupled with The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie being released by Universal, can be seen as a collective foreshadowing of NBCUniversal acquiring VeggieTales owner DreamWorks Animation, taking Big Idea Entertainment with it.
      • VeggieTales would later be aired on Cozi TV, another network that NBCUniversal owned.
    • In The Pirates Who Don't do anything, Mr. Lunt's character comes across a pit of what appears to be Cheese Curls and decides to indulge. Turns out they're actually sentient.
    • This isn't early 90s CGI show with a character named Bob.
      • Plus, Junior looks like young Enzo.
  • Idiot Plot: A minor example — during the opening countertop segment of Rack, Shack, and Benny, when Bob brings up what the topic of the show is (trying to do the right thing), Larry's first reaction is to go straight to Qwerty for help. The only reason they have him do this is because he has an oven mitt on his head (thus he can't see), so of course he doesn't see where he's going and falls into the sink. While Larry is a Ditz, this is a course of action that never happens until the closing countertop segment; they specifically made him break away from the usual routine just to make him fall into the sink.
  • Misaimed Fandom: A minor example. Because of the show's popularity, it was soon sold in regular video stores like Blockbuster, rather than confined to the Christian bookstores where it was originally intended to be sold, and was enjoyed by plenty of children who weren't devoutly Christian. There were a handful of non-Christian parents who were upset about this, as they felt it was propaganda, though they were few and far-between. Even Phil Vischer had this fear himself when he initially dove into the mass market.
  • Memetic Mutation: Larry's Big "NO!" from "The End of Silliness?", primarily by way of YouTube Poop.
  • Only the Creator Does It Right: The episodes Phil wrote from the post-Jonah era seem to be the best ones out of the era.
  • Painful Rhyme: It wouldn't be surprising if this was intentional (it arguably even adds to the charm of the song), but we have this one admittedly creative lyric from "What We Gonna Do" from "Where's God When I'm S-Scared?"
    "We could use him as a footstool or a table to play Scrabble on then tie him up and beat him up and throw him out of Babylon!"
  • Periphery Demographic: Who got VeggieTales going in its early years? College students note . The show is also enjoyed by many non-Christians.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Ichabeezer.
  • Seasonal Rot: Phil stated in a podcast that he noticed that the post-Jonah episodes aren't as successful (in terms of selling) as the older ones, and speculates how it's probably how the media reacts nowadays.
  • Shallow Parody: The show isn't usually guilty of this itself, but VeggieTales has been the target of some rather mean-spirited mockeries.
    • Though The Simpsons managed to do a rather funny, two-second-long parody of the series by playing its premise totally straight — heck, the line could pretty much be from the real thing:
      Moses: Mighty Yamses, we grow weary of building your food pyramids. Let my pickles go.
      Homer: (watching the video) Mmmmmmmmm, Moses....
    • The Grapes of Wrath sketch is just a pun on the name; other than the accents on the titular angry grapes, it has nothing to do with the original whatsoever. Bob calls Larry on this, having been expecting to hear the actual story being told.
  • So Bad, It's Good: In-universe. When Jimmy and Jerry sub in for the beginning of King George and the Ducky, their story is The Englishman Who Went up a Hill (and came down with all the bananas). It has to be seen to be believed.
  • Special Effects Failure: Sweetpea Beauty has probably the worst animation of any VeggieTales video. The lighting is very basic, props randomly move from one position to another, one character's mouth randomly grows and drops in framerate, and entire backgrounds and textures disappear for no apparent reason.
  • Tear Jerker: The silly song "Pizza Angel" is one of the saddest things in the show. It even ends with Larry, one of the funniest characters on the show crying because the delivery guy ate his pizza.
    Larry: "Pizza Angel, I'm on my knees. You'll live forever in my memories.''
  • The Problem with Licensed Games:
    • Larryboy and the Bad Apple actually got two different games for both the PS2 and the GBA. While the GBA game was a pretty good 2D puzzle-platformer, the PS2 game (a 3D platformer), however, was hampered by messy controls, somewhat repetitive gameplay, and wasted potential.
    • VeggieTales also has gotten several PC games over the years, such as The Mystery Of Veggie Island (a point-and-click adventure game with Junior as the main character), Minnesota Cuke and the Coconut Apes (a side-scrolling platformer), and Jonah: A VeggieTales Game (a minigame compilation based on the movie). Most of them, while definitely playable and cleverly written like the show, come off as unremarkable gameplay-wise, however.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks:
  • Uncanny Valley: Even cartoonish vegetables aren't exempt from this trope. While the animation was serviceable for early 90's standards, the facial expressions on the characters in the earlier episodes could slightly veer into this at times. This, of course, subsided as the animation became more fluid over time.
  • We're Still Relevant, Dammit!: While the series isn't too bad at parodying stuff, some of their recent work seem to rely too much on recent ongoing trends. These include:
    • "Veggies in Space" pandering on Angry Birds and the recent seasons of Doctor Who.
    • The Silly Song "Best Friends Forever", which has the characters texting. It doesn't help that the phones used are a keyboard phone and a flip phone, which have both been supplanted by smartphones, leading to jokes that Bob (who has a history of being behind the times) was in charge of the song.
    • Vanna Banana from "Princess and the Popstar" being a spoof on Hannah Montana.
  • The Woobie: Larry has his moments, particularly in "The End Of Silliness".

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