Comcast/Universal/DreamWorks, Reopen Big Idea's Offices in Nashville! Save VeggieTales!
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This year marks the 25th anniversary of VeggieTales.
VeggieTales was created by Phil Vischer and Mike Nawrocki through their company Big Idea Productions. Their aim was to produce children's videos which conveyed Christian moral themes and taught Biblical values and lessons. The animated feature involved stories told by a group of recurring fruit and vegetable characters who lived on a kitchen countertop. The program was offered in the direct-to-video market, with the first 30-minute program, Where's God When I'm S-Scared?, released in December 1993.
In 2003, after management and financial issues and a lawsuit by Lyrick Studios in 2001, Big Idea declared bankruptcy and was auctioned off to Classic Media. After purchase by Classic Media, the company relocated to Nashville, Tennessee in 2004.
In July 2012, Big Idea's parent company, Classic Media, was acquired by DreamWorks Animation and renamed DreamWorks Classics.
On April 28, 2016, NBCUniversal announced it would be acquiring DreamWorks Animation for $3.8 billion. The sale was completed on August 22, 2016.
Following the release of the episode Noah's Ark, Big Idea did not announce any new plans for further VeggieTales home video releases, seemingly focusing solely on the Netflix series. In June 2017, Mike Nawrocki appeared on the Christian talk show Today's Life and said "if there's ever an opportunity to do something VeggieTales-related again, I would love to do that." Furthermore, Nawrocki's LinkedIn profile states that he left his position at Big Idea in February 2016. The second and final season of VeggieTales in the City subsequently premiered on Netflix in late 2017.
At the 2018 Christian Worldview Film Festival, Mike Nawrocki confirmed that he was no longer working on VeggieTales, and there was nothing in production. Phil Vischer stated that he was not coming back to work on new episodes, and on July 1, 2018, he explained on Twitter that the team that specifically produced home video releases was dismissed in 2015, while the Netflix series team wrapped up their work in summer 2017. Comcast shut down Big Idea's offices in Nashville shortly afterward. Vischer has confirmed that Big Idea's employees continue to work for Big Idea and have not been laid off.
We fans who grew up with the series do not wish to see the series end. We supporters ask for Big Idea to reopen their offices, bring back the home video production team, bring back the original character designs as oppose to those abominations on Netflix, and let them do what they've been doing since the beginning.
To show support: https://www.veggietales.com
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