Of all the church’s attempts to infiltrate mainstream culture in the ’90s, none was more successful than VeggieTales. Phil Vischer’s mix of biblical morality, smart character chemistry and (of course) silly songs was set to the then-new genre of computer animation for something charmingly original.
The fad waned, but VeggieTales’ parent company, Big Idea, is now looking to the new Fountain of Youth for franchises: Netflix. The company is launching a new VeggieTales series—complete with redesigned characters.
Will it win back old fans hungry for a dose of nostalgia? Maybe, but Netflix is also known for using old franchises to lure new fans.