Talking veggies stir controversy at NBC

From an AP article of the same title by Sandy Cohen on Yahoo News:

Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber always had a moral message in their long-running "VeggieTales" video series. But now that the vegetable stars have hit network television, they can't speak as freely as they once did, and that's got the Parents Television Council steamed.

The conservative media-watchdog group issued a statement Wednesday blasting NBC, which airs "VeggieTales," for editing out some references to God from the children's animated show...

"VeggieTales" creator Phil Vischer, who was responsible for readying episodes for network broadcast, said he didn't know until just weeks before the shows were to begin airing that non-historical references to God and the Bible would have to be removed.

Had he known how much he'd have to change the show — including Bob and Larry's tagline, "Remember kids, God made you special and he loves you very much," that concludes each episode — Vischer said he wouldn't have signed on for the network deal.

"I would have declined partly because I knew a lot of fans would feel like it was a sellout or it was done for money," he said, adding that "there weren't enough shows that could work well without those (religious) references."

I had seen a little bit of one of these episodes as the kids were watching it, and I wondered if the religious content had been toned down. It has.


You should point out a couple fo things. Phil said on his blog recently that they had gotten several episodes back recently with out ANY edits. That's good news.But what is more amazing to her is that, despite the reception he's getting from television, Hollywood movie studious are begging to make his movies and are asking things like "Phil, are you sure this is Christian enough?" Isn't that amazing?You can hear him talk about it at: