2020-09-23

VeggieTales: The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything – The Controversy

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It’s still swirling.  I’m subscribed to this forum that talks about VeggieTales and one poster had this to say:

Having said that, I also want to take this opportunity to air my grievances about the Pirates. Okay, they were funny with the Silly Song. The Countdown was cool. But seriously, didn’t we just have a Pirates movie a few years ago? Or am I imagining things? (That’s sarcasm, by the way, but I’m partially serious too. The Pirates took up at least 60-75% of ‘Jonah’, I think)

Now, for those who like the Pirates, more power to ya’. By all rights, you are entitled to enjoy them.

Maybe I’m just one of those bitter fans who’s upset at all the ‘fame’ the series has gotten. You know, like the indie music fans who turn their backs and loathe the band because they ‘sold out’ to the bigger fish industry? That kinda explains where I’m at with VeggieTales right now in my life. I think the NBC censorship debacle a year or so ago was the straw that broke the camel’s back too.

Which is sad, because VeggieTales brought me and my family back to the Christian faith several years ago. So you can kinda understand why I’m a little upset at everything that’s happened.

But for what it’s worth, I do plan on seeing the ‘Pirates’ movie ONLY out of nostalgia and the hope against hope that somehow it’ll recapture the charm of the early Veggie episodes. Even if it centered around the now-overplayed Pirates.

He is right, to some degree.  The pirates are the most overused set of Veggies there are.  And I can’t even find where they started as a silly song.  I mean, I have them on the silly song countdown, but where are they?  Where’s the original.

So, have they gotten too big?  That’s part of the problem that a lot of people are having– wondering whether or not the dollar is now driving them, or some desire to broaden their tent to bring more people in.  Only they don’t really have a strong gospel message on many of their videos (The Easter Carol and the Toy that Saved Christmas being the exceptions).

What do you think?  Which way do you fall on this discussion?

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  1. Pirates started as a bonus extra on (I think) the first silly songs VHS tape. It was either right before or right after the end credits. Wasn’t even listed on the package if I recall…

    sorta like how yodeling veterinarian of the alps was a new song on the end of silliness sing along tape (except that wasn’t a surprise but almost expected).

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