Last night, our church secretary gave us a big poster for the Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything Movie that’s coming out in January. The kids are excited to see it, but it led to a discussion like the one Phil Vischer had on his site a while back:
Aren’t all VeggieTales stories based on Bible stories? Well, actually, only about half the stories we’ve told in VeggieTales films have been based on Bible stories. The other half have been either parodies of other works (like Star Trek, Gilligan’s Island or the Lord of the Rings), or entirely original stories not based on anything, like Snoodle’s Tale or the Star of Christmas. [A Good Question About the Pirate Movie…]
And he’s right. If you look back, there was a Bible story in the very first VeggieTales episode (Where’s God When I’m Scared?), and that was Daniel– although I have to quibble with them about the way it ended up.
In reality, VeggieTales has always been more Christian-lite than Christian in that it’s goal was to be popular and appeal to kids and parents. Hence the whole “Sunday Morning Values– Saturday Morning Fun” slogan that I’m not sure they are still using.
And I agree with Penny (my lovely wife the peach) that it seems that Big Idea is now more about getting the most audience that it can possibly get than it is about teaching Bible stories well. I’m not saying they aren’t worth watching, that they aren’t following a moral principle, or that they aren’t good entertainment. What I am saying is that they’re following the trend of divorcing morality for authority in some cases (like it says in this post on the Authority of Christ).
What do you think? Are they “doing what they’ve always done” or have they gone more mainstream and compromised to reach a bigger audience?