A clever way for parents to instill Christian values to their children is to make them go to church. Another way of instilling values without having to move, is to pop in a Veggie Tales movie and let it do all the work for you.
Veggie Tales is a misleading title for what the show is really about. When I first heard about the show, I figured it was simply tales about vegetables. I mean, what else could it really be? When I learned that the vegetables on the show reenacted stories from the bible, my 8 year old self was like, “Da fuq?”
Don’t get me wrong, Veggie Tales is charming. It just seemed so weird to me that vegetables, of all things, were teaching me about God and Jesus and Moses and all the other biblical bros. Like, I’m pretty sure vegetables can’t read, so unless they’re the new prophets of God, I feel like I can punch holes in this show pretty easily. Did vegetables even exist in biblical times? I feel like people only ate bread and goats back then.
Veggie Tales started as a straight-to-movie show in 1993. I don’t think I knew about the show until ‘95 though because I was slightly behind the times. Eventually, in the 2000’s it aired on television for all of those kids who couldn’t live without their daily dose of talking vegetables.
The show is hosted by Larry the cucumber and Bob the tomato. Bob is the smarter, normal one, and Larry, you guessed it, is the silly, dumb one. Why is this odd-couple combination of characters so popular and predictable? Tried and true, I guess.
Another host is a child-type character called Junior Asparagus. I’m pretty sure his mom and dad were Mr. and Mrs. Asparagus or something clever like that. They were the only veggies that wore accessories. This was probably to help the audience distinguish the mom from the dad. (Why am I thinking about this right now? Why is this my life?)
Bob and Larry would often use their imagination to transport themselves into biblical times. They would tell these stories in a manner that was easy to comprehend, and probably helpful to most adults trying to understand the Bible and it’s teachings.
There were other random vegetables sprinkled throughout the show and used as characters in the telling of the tales. Some of the variety include: gourds, carrots, peas, zucchini, grapes (not vegetables, but okay), and a blueberry (still, not a vegetable). They’re all usually sprinkled throughout the show and barely look anything like the vegetables that they’re supposed to be.
Often times, the episodes would be similar to Bible stories, but they would have different names. For example, instead of David and Goliath, it would be “Dave and the Giant Pickle” or something totally embarrassing like that. Even as a child, I knew this show was stupid.
Not all of the show is Christian themed, luckily. There are parts where Larry sings songs that have to do with nothing in particular. There is also a bit where Larry imagines himself to be a super hero named LarryBoy. If anything, Larry would be the one to eventually get into gambling, become an alcoholic, and make a deal with Satan.
I guess the thing that I still can’t get over is the anatomy of the characters. During the opening credits, Bob asks Larry to play the guitar and Larry says, “But Bob, I don’t have any hands!” so Bob gives him a tuba, which you would still need hands for. Bob, Larry and the rest of the gang shouldn’t have eyes or mouths either, but they do. I’m also supposed to believe that they have brains that comprehend the Bible as well. Okay yep.
That makes sense.