VeggieTales is an American Christian-themed direct-to-video computer-animated children's TV show created by Phil Vischer and Mike Nawrocki. It was the first TV series by Big Idea Productions and overall, the very first CG animated TV series in the world.


General censorship[]

  • In the original version of Rack, Shack and Benny, during Mr. Nezzer's signature song "The Bunny Song", the lyrics "I don't love my mom or my dad" and "I won't go to church, and I won't go to school" led to parental complaints being sent to Big Idea after their children ran around singing the song. As a result, Big Idea managed to alter the lyrics for two different edits of the Bunny Song: one for Very Silly Songs!, and one rewriting the lyrics entirely for future releases.
  • Big Idea received a few angry letters regarding the episode Larry-Boy! and the Fib from Outer Space! on several subjects:
    • Larry insulted Bob at the beginning, despite no response from him.
    • Larry was way too serious in this episode.
    • This episode was a bit controversial as it was too intense for some kids.
    • It was wrong for Mike Asparagus to faint twice in the water tower scene. They decided to make Mike faint instead of Lisa Asparagus because it would be deemed stereotypical of a woman to faint in a bad situation and they thought it would be funnier if it was the other way around.
  • When Larry-Boy and the Rumor Weed was released, Big Idea received angry letters about the Rumor Weed being a stereotypical gossipy woman. Phil Vischer stated that he was parodying a particular woman (Joan Rivers), not women in general.
  • When NBC acquired the series to air on broadcast television, they ordered Big Idea to censor all mentions of God and the Bible before airing, as the network has restricted religious content from broadcast.
    • The same occurs for non-religious cuts being used in certain foreign dubs, hence why episodes having God in the title are retitled for some international releases.

Arabic censorship[]

  • Are You My Neighbor? was banned from release in the Arab World because its lesson is allegedly related to the fear that one of Egypt's neighboring countries is politically regarded as an enemy.

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