‘VeggieTales in the House’

November 24th, 2014

On November 26, Netflix will premiere a new Saturday morning style series of VeggieTales cartoons. In the original cartoons, Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber would introduce the shorts from the kitchen counter. I never thought about it much, but obviously they lived in a kitchen. “VeggieTales in the House” lets the veggies explore the rest of the house. It provides a chance for some creative animation. While the animation has gotten an upgrade, and the setting is beyond the kitchen counter, the new show will continue the tradition of storytelling through music and silliness with spiritual truths and themes. 

The new show will have a different feel and style to it than the first VeggieTales cartoons. The first five episodes of the new series will be available on Netflix starting November 26; each episode contains two 11-minute stories. Over the course of three years, 75 episodes will be released.

I had a chance this past week to watch the first episode of “VeggieTales in the House.”  I really like the new animation and the new concept. In one of the cartoons, Bob wins the town’s pie-baking contest. But there is a concern that he cheated and bought his pie. This leads to a whole lot of antics that set up an important lesson about choosing your words carefully. Once you bake the pie, you can't unbake it. The same, we learn is true with our words.

Here’s a quick preview: 

Overall, I think it’s going to be a great new series and lots of fun for kids and families. Each episode of the new series will end the same way the DVDs ended: “God made you special, and he loves you very much.”

That's a message that can never go out of style.

Jason blogs at JasonCStanley.com.

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