Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber always had a moral message in their long-running “VeggieTales” series, a collection of animated home videos for children that encourage moral behavior based on Christian principles. But now that the vegetable stars have hit network television, they cannot speak as freely as they once did, and that has got the Parents Television Council steamed.The conservative media-watchdog group issued a statement Wednesday blasting NBC, which airs “VeggieTales,” for editing out some references to God from the children’s animated show.
Two weeks ago, NBC began airing 30-minute episodes of “VeggieTales” on Saturday mornings. The show was edited to comply with the network’s broadcast standards, said NBC spokeswoman Rebecca Marks.
Had he known how much he would have to change the show — including Bob and Larry’s tagline, “Remember kids, God made you special and he loves you very much,” that concludes each episode — Vischer said he would not have signed on for the network deal.
But this is the quote that has me scratching my head:
“If NBC is so concerned about that four-letter-word God, then they shouldn’t have taken `VeggieTales’,” he said. “This just documents the disconnect between Hollywood and the real world.“