Friday, January 11, 2008

Veggie Tales: The Pirates who Don't Do Anything

Today is the opening day of VeggieTales: The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything. Not really my cup of tea, and certainly not something I'm going to pay full price to see with just the wife, but it is almost certainly going to be a good time for young kids. Ahh, Veggie Tales, you've come a long way, for good or ill, from telling Bible stories on VHS tapes in the Christian bookstore. A roundup of recent stories about the new Veggie Tales movie: An interesting overview of the marketing behind the movie from The Tenessean reports and the studio's newfound desire to seek Christian audiences. Vischer also mentions in this article that he had mortgaged his house to make the first VeggieTales movie. It might sound a bit crazy, but I just learned today that Walt Disney had to mortgage his house to make Snow White. So sometimes it works out, I guess. Apparently, Catholic Online got a screener of the film when almost no other movie review site did. They liked it. Nashville Scene has an interview with Mike Nawrocki, director of The Pirates who don't Do Anything and voice of Larry the Cucumber. WKRN has a bit about the movie premiere, and they may be the only news article that notes the continued diminished role of Bob the Tomato. Christianity Today has a nice interview with Phil Vischer, talking about how preaching at people is not a good way to get them to see your movie. Truthwar blog points out a good point in the CT interview that Vischer makes about current Christian market's being a lot less tolerant of allegory and metaphor. Aslan might not make the cut today, and Narnia might be banned outright for promoting magic. If any of our readers see the film, be sure to drop us a line and let us know! Save This Page Add to Technorati Favorites

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