Despite its Christian origins, VeggieTales has always stood firm on the concept of scientific classification being a social construct. How do we see this most clearly? Whell, the two main characters defy the name of the show.
Bob, the wise leader of the show, who does his best to keep the antics to a minimum, is a tomato! By scientific classification, Bob SHOULD be a fruit. But, thanks to Veggietales, he shows us that we can classify as whatever we want to.
Larry, the show’s wild and goofy co-host, is a cucumber! Not only does a cucumber classify as a fruit technically, one of Larry’s catchphrases is, “I’m not a pickle; I’m a cucumber!” Larry has a clear desire to make sure his personal identity is known, and this pioneering spirit can be used to encourage children to live their truth as well.
Additionally, VeggieTales does a fantastic job of diversity within its cast. The show uses characters of all colors so as to be race-inclusive. Orange carrots, green peas, red tomatoes, purple radishes, etc. all serve as examples of the show’s commitment to diversity.
They also showcase a range of ethnicities with characters like the French Madame Blueberry, the Jewish Pa Grape, the French Peas, Scottish carrot Scooter, the Italian Scallion (played by Larry the Cucumber), and many other characters.
Evidence of the show’s progressiveness is also seen in the body-positivity The range of sizes of the characters cannot be overstated. In one the show’s classic “Silly Songs with Larry,” Larry’s character orates to his therapist a passion for his own lips, focusing on the ever important movement of self-love. Big Things Too is a song sung by tiny Jr. the Asparagus in which he tell us “little guys can do big things too.” This song teaches kids that despite maybe not being built to do something should never get in the way of continuously trying it anyway (although they definitely could have included a push for more Affirmative Action).
So while there is definitely room for improvement in the show, if you stop paying attention to all those Bible stories and all of the subjective morality, you get to see the REAL message: LIVE YOUR TRUTH!!
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