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  • Author's Saving Throw: The upcoming revival series, The VeggieTales Show, uses the original character designs instead of the widely-reviled In The House ones, brings back Lisa Vischer after her roles were handed off to Tress MacNeille in In The House and "Noah's Ark", and brought back Mr. Nezzer after he was replaced by Ichabeezer, which pleased a lot of fans.
  • 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, untintentionally coming across as aggressive in the process?
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  • Americans Hate Tingle: Despite Superlative Dubbing, the series never gained enough popularity to last in Finland or Japan. One reason for the latter is because Japan preferred Buddhism over Christianity (the religion the series tried to teach to young viewers).
  • 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, though one could easily mistake it for an Ashcan Copy that was released in desperation due to its nonsensical narrative, random crossover with 3-2-1 Penguins (Big Idea's other animated show), and the inclusion of a completely-unrelated animated short that doesn't feature any of the VeggieTales cast. The only thing the episode is really remembered for is giving us the "weedeater" meme.
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  • Cargo Ship: Larry is in love with his Barbara Manatee plush, much to Bob's confusion.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: In the Silly Song "Oh, Santa", Larry bakes three cookies for Santa; however, when a 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.
  • 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 on accident, but still). Thankfully in The Cartoon Adventures & The Bad Apple this got much better; while he still has flaws and the villains still thwart him to some degree, he actually figures out how to stop them and aids in doing so too.
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  • 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 .
  • 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?
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff:
    • The series was hugely popular in Brazil beginning in 2005, to the point of becoming a Cash Cow Franchise there. This essentially gave way to a fan club, lots of double features/compilation releases, a dub of Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie, a spin-off that aired on Rede Record, and a CD and DVD featuring Cristina Mel (the latter being a show recorded at Teatro da Rede Record).
    • It was also quite popular in Germany as well. There, it gave way to three songs written for the show and a live show.
  • Growing the Beard: The early episodes are... awkward, to say the least. The models are very stiff (and shiny), the characters don't have their quirks yet, and Larry has a lisp and a much less silly voice. Roundabouts "The Toy That Saved Christmas" and "Josh and the Big Wall", the models were vastly improved, the characters had been fully established with all of their quirks and idiosyncrasies, Larry's voice now sounds perfect for the character, and it was very evident that Big Idea! had come a long way. This brought a surge in popularity that culminated in the series making a full theatrical movie.
  • Harsher in Hindsight / Name's the Same: "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.
    • In the Silly Song "Barbara Manatee", Larry plays a closeted Barbara Manatee fan who collects plushies and enjoys singing the songs, while hiding his fandom from Bob, who disapproves. Ten years later, the Brony fandom would gain popularity, with much of the same behavior.
      • The same segment also seems to have similarities to the "waifu" meme that spawned in the early 2000's, in which people are deeply obsessed with certain fictional characters, and also predicted VeggieTales gaining a Periphery Demographic later in its' run.
    • 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 the only early 90s CGI show with a character named Bob.
      • Plus, Junior looks like young Enzo.
    • The episode "Lyle the Kindly Viking" has a segment of the story of "Omelette", based on not being able to find a copy of Hamlet. The musical Something Rotten would later run with a similar plot point as this, including the name of the play.
    • A number of fans have noted that the scene where Bob and Larry visit the comedians of the future predicts modern shitpost-style humor on the internet with startling accuracy.
    • The bizarre opening of "The End of Silliness?" is basically a 90s YouTube Poopnote .
  • I Am Not Shazam: Although not many make this mistake, VeggieTales is the name of the show, not the characters.
  • 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.
  • Magnificent Bastard: The Bad Apple, from Larryboy and the Bad Apple, is a manipulative fruit who considers herself the embodiment of temptation. Seeking vengeance on all of Bumblyburg for the humiliation of her ancestor, the Bad Apple plans to lure every citizen into a temptation-based funhouse to trap them forever so she can claim the city in her family's name. To accomplish this, the Bad Apple lures the mayor of Bumblyburg and its top reporter Petunia into her "temptation webs", trapping them both before doing the same to Larryboy himself and his butler Alfred. With a silver tongue always ready to spin a web of lies and deceit to accomplish her goals, the Bad Apple comes dangerously close to succeeding in her scheme, proving to be one of Larryboy's most notable and dangerous adversaries.
  • 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: Right here.
  • Narm: On September 11, 2017, a certain post on the VeggieTales social media commemorating 9/11 became the subject of mockery. The accompanying picture featured Bob and Larry with the text "Never Forget 9/11", which wouldn't have been bad if Bob and Larry hadn't had looked oddly happy. The internet quickly responded to this in as exactly as respectfully a manner as the internet usually does.
  • Narm Charm: As a tribute to/parody of sad soft-rock ballads based around a fairly ridiculous-sounding premise that was clearly being Played for Laughs, "Pizza Angel" really has no business being the Tear Jerker that it is. Yet Larry is so anxious as he awaits his missing pizza that it makes you feel legitimately concerned and sorry for him, especially when it turns out that the pizza delivery boy got lost looking for Larry's house ended up eating Larry's pizza, after a Hope Spot no less, and Larry's heart just utterly breaks.
  • Only the Creator Does It Right: The episodes Phil and Mike wrote from the post-Jonah era seem to be the best ones out of the era.
  • 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 for main-stay character Mr. Nezzer during the In The House era. Despite having a very well-liked voice-actor, very few felt Ichabeezer had the charm (and occasional menace) of the show's beloved resident Jerk with a Heart of Gold Nezzer. Needless to say, many were relieved to see Mr. Nezzer return for the 2019 relaunch.
  • Seasonal Rot: A show about talking vegetables was bound to succumb to this. 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.
    • The Saturday Night Live TV Funhouse parody, entitled Religetables. It features everything from a corncob going to Hell for masturbating, to a carrot being accused of being a witch, and even a priest confessing to having molested children.
  • 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.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Yes, the show is unabashedly Anvilicious, but that's kind of the point and the show works better for it.
  • 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:
      • The GBA game is kind of a zigzagged case as, while at the end of the day it was still a pretty good and well put-together 2D puzzle-platformer and much more playable and enjoyable than most other examples, it was also somewhat derivative of the first Mario vs. Donkey Kong at the same time.
      • The PS2 game (a 3D platformer), however, was hampered by messy controls, somewhat repetitive gameplay, and wasted potential, and as such is a very played-straight example.
    • 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!:
    • In more recent years, VeggieTales has changed its intro (which cuts off a verse of the theme song), its animation studio (the quality seems to have gone down), its logo, QWERTY, the format of the letters (they're now videos from kids), and the DVD cases are no longer green. The DVDs also no longer have those fun little Easter Eggs on them, like they used to...
    • In mid 2014, Big Idea unveiled new redesigns of the characters. The fan base did not approve. Luckily, in 2018, when Mike Nawrocki announced the possibility of more episodes, he announced that the show would return to using the original designs. Big Idea made good on those words come the announcement of the show's relaunch in 2019, which showed that the characters had indeed returned to their original designs.
  • 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.
  • Win Back the Crowd: The 2019 relaunch of the show as The Veggietales Show seems bent on going back to the series' roots and pointedly avoiding and/or removing many of the unpopular changes that ultimately made Veggietales In The House/City a Dork Age for the franchise, not the least of which includes discarding the base-breaking at best redesigns and using a slightly updated version of the veggies' "classic" designs, as well as bringing back Mr. Nezzer, having Lisa Vischer voice Junior again (while still keeping Tress MacNeille as Madame Blueberry, as well as bit parts) and unceremoniously dumping Scrappies such as Bacon Bill and Tina Celerina. The reaction from the fanbase so far has been very positive.
  • The Woobie: Larry has his moments, particularly in "The End Of Silliness".
  • Woolseyism: Some international dubs have so many of these that Big Idea Wiki has a page of its own.


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