Tell a friend

Donate

Email sign-up

defending the First Amendment against the Christian right ...

Jews On First!

... because if Jews don't speak out, they'll think we don't mind

Christian conservatives claim new NBC kids' show Veggie Tales got raw deal

NBC edits sectarian religious references from cartoon series

by JewsOnFirst.org, October 3, 2006

NBC drew protests recently from religious conservatives over edits the network made to a Saturday morning cartoon that exclude references to God.

The dispute began when Phil Vischer, the creator of VeggieTales, the popular kids' videos now airing as part of NBC's Saturday-morning kids programming block, said that the cuts he was asked to make by NBC on the show were to take out references to God and the Bible.

Initially, NBC said the edits were made to cut fit their time slot. It was several days after Vischer's comments sparked a controversy that NBC finally conceded that the references to God had been deliberately edited out.

On his website, Phil Vischer says that as the person who cut the episodes, he sent the first one to NBC at "exactly" the right length, but "they rejected it because, at the end, Bob the Tomato said, 'Remember kids, God made you special and he loves you very much.' They demanded we remove that line. The show wasn't too long, it was too Christian."

Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber always had a moral message in their long-running "VeggieTales" video series. "VeggieTales" is a collection of animated home videos for children that encourage moral behavior based on Christian and biblical principles. More than 50 million copies have been sold since 1993, according to Big Idea Inc., which produces the series.

But now that the vegetable stars have hit network television, they can't speak as freely as they once did, and that's got the Parents Television Council steamed. The conservative media watchdog group issued a statement blasting NBC for editing out references to God from the children's animated show. "What struck me and continues to strike me is the inanity of ripping the heart and soul out of a successful product and not thinking that there will be consequences to it," said L. Brent Bozell, the organization's president..

NBC spokeswoman Rebecca Marks says the show was edited to comply with the network's standards. "Our goal is to reach as broad an audience as possible with these positive messages while being careful not to advocate any one religious point of view," she said.


NBC edits VeggieTales for religion
Series' co-creator says fans unhappy

By Anita Wadhwani, The Tennessean, September 23, 2006

A creator of the animated Christian-themed VeggieTales series says NBC ordered some references to God and the Bible be chopped from the popular cartoon just before it made its Saturday morning network debut earlier this month. Continue.

Conservatives Want More Religion in One NBC Show, and Less in Another

By Edward Wyatt, The New York Times, September 23, 2006

NBC has drawn protests this week from religious conservatives over the content of two television shows, but for different reasons -- in one instance for excluding references to God and in the other for possibly including religious imagery.

The disputes, over the network's proposed broadcast of a Madonna concert that includes a crucifixion scene and over its cutting religious references from the animated children's show ''VeggieTales,'' have some critics charging that NBC maintains a double standard toward Christianity. Continue.

Religious group is angry at NBC edits
To comply with standards, network cut out references to God, the Bible.

By Sandy Cohen, Press- Telegram, September 22, 2006

LOS ANGELES - Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber always had a moral message in their long-running "VeggieTales" video series. But now that the vegetable stars have hit network television, they can't speak as freely as they once did, and that's got the Parents Television Council steamed.

The conservative media watchdog group issued a statement Wednesday blasting NBC, which airs "Veggie-Tales," for editing out some references to God from the children's animated show. Continue.

NBC edits VeggieTales for religion
Series' co-creator says fans unhappy

By Anita Wadhwani, The Tennessean, September 23, 2006

A creator of the animated Christian-themed VeggieTales series says NBC ordered some references to God and the Bible be chopped from the popular cartoon just before it made its Saturday morning network debut earlier this month. Continue.

Big Idea’s Veggietales To Launch On NBC, Telemundo And The I Network This September
Programming Line-Up Also Includes Big Idea’s 3-2-1 Penguins! and LarryBoy Adventures

News release, Big Idea, August 24, 2006

Franklin, TN (August 24, 2006) – Big Idea’s VeggieTales, the most recognized kids faith and values-based property in the U.S., will launch this fall in a regular time slot on NBC, Telemundo and the i network as part of the new qubo programming block. Along with VeggieTales, the programming block will also include Big Idea’s 3-2-1 Penguins! and its 2D LarryBoy Adventures. The launch marks the national television debut for the Big Idea properties, which have sold over 52 million videos since the company began in 1993. In addition to the English language broadcast on NBC and the i network. Click to continue reading this PDF document.

NBC: Bible Verses In Veggie Tales Offensive, But Not Madonna's Mockery Of The Crucifixion Of Christ

Emailed action alert from American Family Association, September 28, 2006

NBC anti-Christian bigotry continues. This time NBC censored Bible verses and expressions of Christian love from the children's cartoon Veggie Tales being shown Saturday mornings on NBC.

NBC says comments such as "God made you special and He loves you very much" were offensive and censored them from the show. Continue.

Veggie Tales Debut on NBC’s Saturday Morning Cartoon Lineup
The only catch? The veggies have to limit what they say about God and the Bible.

Jessica Stollings, Focus on the Family, September 27,2007

Bob the Tomato, Larry the Cucumber, Archibald Asparagus and the rest of ‘starchy’ gang on the hit children’s cartoon, Veggie Tales, gladly accepted NBC’s invitation to join their Saturday morning cartoon lineup. Only one twist; there had to be an editing process. Have the veggies lost their flavorful appeal? Not according to Veggie spokesman, Ron Smith. Continue