VeggieTales Creator Brings Gospel-Centered Biblical Theology to Kids

Matt Smethurst | October 22, 2013


Remember Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber? The animated vegetable stars may have left the scene, but the guy who created them hasn't. Phil Vischer, whose popular kids television series VeggieTales originally aired in 1993, has returned with a fresh project and a conspicuously different approach. What's in the Bible? is a new DVD series designed to communicate the unfolding storyline of Scripture from a decidedly gospel-centered perspective.

Buck-Denver-AsksNews reporter Buck Denver leads the cast of puppet characters in this fun and engaging exploration currently spanning Genesis through the letters of Paul. In addition to gospel-shaped biblical theology, Vischer laces apologetics and hermeneutics throughout in a way that kids can understand. The result is a resource bound to help kids and adults alike better grasp the Bible's epic story and prize its ultimate hero—Jesus Christ.

I talked with Vischer about VeggieTales moralism, how What's in the Bible? is unique, his concerns about kids television, and more.

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What realization did you have 10 years into VeggieTales, and how has that shaped your approach to What's in the Bible?

I launched Bob and Larry back in 1993, and personally oversaw each video release and product until 2003, when a lawsuit forced…


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