Monday, January 13, 2020 at 9 PM
The behind-the-scenes history of a '90s cultural phenomenon that put singing vegetables in living rooms across America. A one-hour radio special from Preach, the podcast about the messiness of faith from KUER and PRX.
If you grew up in the 1990s, or if you're the parent of someone who did, your life was probably touched in some way by VeggieTales. The computer-animated show featured singing vegetables that teach kids bible stories. It became a Christian media empire, with a bestselling VHS and DVD series, a broadcast TV version and even a feature film. Then it went bankrupt.
In this one-hour special from the podcast Preach, host Lee Hale explores the rise and fall of VeggieTales with its two creators, a.k.a. Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber, who first met on their bible college's (wait for it, wait for it...) puppet team.
With VeggieTales staging a comeback, hear the story of how Phil Vischer and Mike Nawrocki created a massive cultural franchise, why it all fell apart, and what they learned about faith along the way.