VeggieTales on Netflix is a boon for Christianity
I am excited to see VeggieTales coming to Netflix for Thanksgiving 2014. In this Netflix exclusive from Big Idea Entertainment there are 13 episodes lined up for season one alone! If you or your children have ever enjoyed the VeggieTales series, do they have a show for you!
I’m excited about VeggieTales in the House for a lot of reasons. For one, I’m a big fan. From the time I was in College to today, I’ve always enjoyed the art produced by Big Idea. Since 1993, VeggieTales stories has provided uber high quality media that the entire family can enjoy together. I have never had to skip a scene, or mute the television, or any other manual filtering of the program. The shows are wholesome. What’s more, their appeal is broad. If you can remember any of the niche “Christian” shows that were tossed at you as a kid, you might remember that they were either poorly produced, poorly written, or over the top denominational commercials. As a result, most kids just didn’t enjoy them. Why watch some poorly drawn show or puppets that aren’t engaging at all when there is a coyote in roller skates and a rocket backpack chasing a roadrunner around the desert?
Art sells, not the stupid label. If I had a nickel for every time somebody told me to buy “Christian” music, I would own Apple right now. Buying something because of the label is a poor reason. The real question to ask yourself when it comes to media is “Is this good art?” If it is poorly done, ugly, degrading, immoral, or glorifying of evil, I’m gonna say “Pass” on that work. Sadly, this is the state of much of what is passed off for “Christian” music, television, and entertainment these days. For the “artist” it’s a quick way to make a buck and cash in on those who can only do their shopping in a niche bookstore, or possibly a way to make a name for themselves before jumping into “mainstream” media and let their true colors show.
I was taught in seminary that good art attracts. Even grotesque works of art, such as gargoyles or even a piece on human suffering, attracts attention and points outside itself to something greater. Good music lifts us out of ourselves. Good writing draws us in. Art is attractive. When it is done well, people will notice. THEN they can receive the message of the artist. We need more good artists who can paint, sing, write, type, speak, and engage the world around them and EARN the right to be heard. Let the message of the Gospel speak in their words and deeds without having to put a Jesus fish on it to alert the media that this is something done to honor God.
From almost the very beginning, VeggieTales were available in mass media outlets and retail centers. Yes, they had them at the Christian bookstores, but you could get them at Wal-Mart too. Wide appeal! They continue to this day because they put out good art. Distribution through film, web, Netflix, television, books, merchandise, and more. What’s even cooler is that it’s good business. Imagine that – a business built on a Christian worldview that makes a profit to allow it to do even more. Phil and Mike and the whole crew are an object lesson for any of us who want to honor God in their business and ESPECIALLY for anyone who would dare to grow a ministry online.
Our challenge is this: Do what we do to the best of our ability and honor God with the art we produce. If we can do that, we won’t need cheap tricks and gimmicks to attract a crowd. Nor will we have to bait and switch our audience to tell them anything about Jesus.
Good on ya, VeggieTales. We are looking forward to having you in our house yet again.
Posted on November 25, 2014, in Dialogue, Economics, Family Fun, Good Media, New Evangelism and tagged christian art, christian worldview, good art attracts, veggietales. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.