Trinity Broadcasting Network and Big Idea Content Group are teaming up for new VeggieTales episodes that will remain true to the classic brand and present Bible-based lessons.
The new episodes – which will debut on TBN this fall – will include nine new shows which detail the nine fruits of the Spirit. Other shows will be based on Bible stories, including an all-new Christmas special with the theme of “Christmas: God With Us.” The Christmas special will be the first of the new episodes and will premiere on TBN during the holiday season. It will also be distributed on DVD and digital through Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
Some familiar voices will be heard in the episodes as veteran voice actors Phil Vischer and Mike Nawrocki will reprise their roles as Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber, respectively.
“TBN is excited to partner with Big Idea Content Group to bring new life to a much-loved children's brand,” said TBN’s head of development and production Tom Newman in a statement. “These all-new episodes will re-introduce VeggieTales to existing fans and remind new ones the importance of presenting biblical values through high-quality children’s entertainment.”
The episodes will deliver “clever storytelling, biblically-based lessons and memorable songs,” according to a press release.
The project was announced at the National Religious Broadcasters convention in March.
The VeggieTales franchise has sold 75 million videos, 16 million books and 7 million CDs. It branched out with a pair of theatrical films – Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie(2002), and The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything(2008) – in addition to a streaming deal with Netflix.
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