Broccoli… Celery… Gotta be… VEGGIETALES!
I don’t know about you, but in my household, the words to the VeggieTales themesong are heard and sung several times each week. My kids are hooked on this series and they’ve been a fun way to teach them about good decisions, loving and trusting God, and stories from the bible. If you’ve never heard of this series, think of what would happen if you had Monty Python write a children’s sermon. As they say in the videos, it is Saturday morning fun with Sunday morning values (or something like that).
Anyway, I digress.
I’ve long wondered what happened to Bob and Larry (a tomato and a cucumber, in case you didn’t know), Big Idea (the company that made the VeggieTales series), and Phil Vischer (the man who created Big Idea, Bob, Larry, and basically drove the company and the series). With the Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything movie recently released in theaters, my curiosity just couldn’t hold out any longer. So, the other day, I googled for the information… and found Phil’s blog. And on his blog was the story – Phil’s sincere account of his dream, the successes, the decisions, the mistakes, and ultimately how Big Idea failed – and the pain and heartache that went with it (link to the story below).
Since I also have struggled to build a company (although it never achieved the kind of success of Big Idea) and mourned when it died a most horrible death, I could relate to alot of what Phil says. Wow – someone else asked the same questions I did! “Why did God give me this dream?” and “What does God want me to do?” and “I thought God led me to this.. so why is it all going so horribly wrong?” Oh! the drama and agony and joy and pain! It is a great read – I highly recommend it.
Phil, if you ever read this post, please know that there are many many people who benefited (and continue to do so) from your dream and efforts to give God and vegetables a more prominent place in our kids entertainment portfolio. Thank you!