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Animation Addicts Podcast 152: ‘Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie’ – If Only

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Rotoscopers take a look into the wide world of VeggieTales as they cover Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie from Big Idea Entertainment. Thank you to our patron, Mathew L., for choosing this film!


  • Nerdy Couch Discussion: Big Idea Entertainment
  • Main discussion: Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie
  • We love quotes!
  • What kind of family is this?
  • The lost tradition of the car sing-a-long
  • Who is this Jonah guy?
  • Before pirates were cool.
  • Do we really need that much padding?
  • Bring in the gospel choir!
  • “Can I tell a tangent?”
  • The gospel of NBC vs VeggieTales according to Morgan.
  • Is ‘The Slap of No Return’ a euphemism?
  • What is the origin story of the talking veggies?
  • Live the Golden Rule.
  • They should have brought back the gospel choir.
  • We rate it!
  • Voicemail: Jared & Joshua K.
  • Don’t forget to use the hashtags #AnimationAddicts and #AnimationAddicts152 when talking about this episode on Twitter!

Runtime: 01:00:44, 44.9MB 


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About Chelsea Robson

Chelsea Robson, Co-host of the Animation Addicts Podcast, studied studio engineering and is a singer/songwriter and is know as "The World Traveler of the Podcast." She speaks fluent Portuguese, loves being outdoors, hiking small mountains, riding horses, and talking about human nature.
  • Phoenix Wright

    Its been so many years since I’ve seen anything Veggietales, so this was really fun to listen to. I don’t really remember but I’m sure I probably watched this movie way back. I probably won’t watch it again anytime soon, though maybe one day when I have little kids. Thanks again for another great episode

  • Josh Evans

    Tons of factual errors in this one. I’m not going to go one by one but I recommend reading ‘Me, Myself, and Bob’ which digs into the actual proceedings behind the scenes at Big Idea. In particular, your ‘Morgan rant time’ was extremely speculative and based on incorrect or partial information at best. This is the first time I’ve listened to the podcast and probably the last. Please research your subject next time before dedicating an hour to talking about it. :/

    • Jeremiah

      I’ve listened to most of it and so far they have their facts right. VT was sold to Classic Media, it was reincarnated and at that point the original creator Phil Vischer had been kinda brushed aside, that’s all correct. You have to get kinda nitpicky to say any of the facts are wrong. Eg, yes Jonah never shows again, but I believe he’s played by Archibald, who is a recurring character.

    • Casey Oswald

      You are correct that much about their information regarding Big Idea was not fully understood on this episode. I noticed that as well. However, I have been listening for quite a while and this is the first time I have noticed this happening. I would encourage you to give them another try.

      • Josh Evans

        Good point, I’ll do that!

    • Hey Josh, thank you so much for your comments. My “rant” was indeed speculative. I did mention it was that way, but I agree that I should have left those thoughts out. Since we were discussing a new studio for the first time on the podcast, we definitely should have done our research more to make sure that we presented the studio in the best and most accurate light. It was not my intention to misrepresent the studio in that way. To be honest, I didn’t have the time to do my proper in-depth research on the studio that I normally would have. Instead of just pulling from my speculation, I should have not said anything.

      I will go in and make sure we edit the episode to remove those inaccuracies so that future listeners don’t have the inaccurate information presented to them and have the same reaction as you did.

      Again, I apologize for this and hope you give the podcast another chance. If not, I completely understand.

      • Josh Evans

        I was responding in a much too reactionary fashion, the result of being way too big of a big idea and Phil Vischer fan I suppose. That said, I know what it’s like to create regular content and how difficult it can be to find the time to really perfect every little detail. You are entitled to your rants, God knows I’ve gone off the handle after reading the headline of an article only to read the contents thereof and form a very different opinion. I get it. I’m sorry that I was initially so harsh. After another commenter had wise words for me, I’ve listened to some of your other episodes and found them delightful. Worry not, you have a new fan! Keep being awesome and I’m sorry you have to deal with reactionary me!

        • Nonetheless, I think you were fair to call us out. 🙂 I’m definitely going to check out that book this weekend.

  • Jeremiah

    My takeaway: you guys don’t like Totoro!? But, but, butbutbutbutututut… WHAT???

    • Ugh, I need to rewatch the film and perhaps give it another pass. I enjoyed it well enough, but there are other Miyazaki films that I much prefer such as Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away. :/

      • Jeremiah

        No, you don’t need to watch it again, don’t make yourself rewatch something you don’t like. I don’t think you’ll see some new layer or anything, it’s just not to all tastes. It’s super gentle and simple. 🙂 To be honest, I wouldn’t watch it sooner than Spirited Away either.

  • Casey Oswald

    I am a former youth pastor. I’ve actually used VeggieTales to teach teens Bible stories! (My favorite is the Snoodle’s Tale which is about the least veggieish of any of them.)
    The movie itself was not as strong as the early episodes of the show. I appreciated Chelsea’s four stars, but I understand that was mostly based on it reaching its target audience.
    There were a couple issues I’d like to help clarify regarding Phil Vischer, the VeggieTales creator: Vischer did not sell VeggieTales so much as go bankrupt due to not being prepared for the success of the show, overextending the company when making the movie, and dealing with a lawsuit from Lyrik Studios. When they declared bankruptcy, the company was sold off to Classic Media. After that, Vischer had no more control over what was done with series. He continued working as an employee only, providing voices and writing for some episodes. He now does other Christian programing for children and runs a podcast. His journey with God and Big Idea Studios is talked about thouroughly in his book, Me, Myself and Bob.
    Thanks for the podcasts, Rotoscopers!

  • Miguel Roselló Ruiz

    I’m not sure if I want to keep listening to the Rotoscopers anymore. Every single time they go out of their comfort zone (a very small area packed with Disney classics, massively mainstream studio projects and nostalgia-based miscelanea) they just don’t know what to say, or how to make a reflexive comment, and after a one hour narration of what happens in the movie, they simply conclude they didn’t like it that much.

    It was so frustrating to hear Chelsea and Morgan struggle and failing to get the point of such a trascendent piece of art like Fantasia, reducing everything to “this one has good story, this one doesn’t” and “I remember seeing this movie when I was 7”. And don’t get me wrong, it’s OK to not like Fantasia, but always after proving that you can articulate the complex thoughts that a complex work demands before making an opinion. You can talk for HOURS about Fantasia and, after that, concluding you don’t like it. Instead of that, we get less than 50′ of awkward chat about the so-called ‘story’ of a movie strongly un-narrative. Fantasia doesn’t deserve that. Or Totoro, or Bambi, or The Nightmare Before Christmas, or any animated movie that challenges the limits of the medium and the expectations of their audience, may it be story-wise or audiovisual-wise.

    Also, it’s OK to not being capable of dissect the multiple layers of a movie and get to nuanced conclusions, but in that case you just don’t start an ‘animation lovers’ podcast.

    Ps.: Sorry for any grammar mistake I may have made, I’m Spanish and work-related mailing aside, I don’t get to articulate in English that often.

    Ps. 2: This comment doesn’t invalidate the years of joy and company this podcast has given to me. I like these guys, both three. My love for animation may have matured, that’s all.

    • If you recall, Miguel, I love Fantasia and had a lot of praise for the film. I consider it to be an animation masterpiece by Disney. I do, however, I agree with your comments about the format of the podcast. I recently discussed with Chelsea about how I would like to go away from the scene-by-scene recap and instead talk higher level about themes, motifs, and characters, which is what we used to do.

      If you like to discuss more about your thoughts about the podcast, I’m absolutely open to suggestions and I’d be happy to chat more. Email me at

      • Miguel Roselló Ruiz

        You know, Morgan, if your capable of give such an elegant answer to a message like mine, you’re a real gentle… woman? Does that exist? Thanks.

        Anyway, I’m quite glad to hear that. I’d really like to keep listening as I’ve been doing since the dragons and dinosaurs series. Sometimes I nod when you say something and sometimes I just want to kill someone (I absolutely dislike Frozen, and that oscar to the mediocre Big Hero 6 over four great, vastly superior movies was criminal), but that just proves how into your podcast one can be. I just want to get excited again when you announce an episode dedicated to a movie I love.

        Ps.: For example, El Dorado. You better give it high ranks!

  • Evan here from the Strangers and Aliens Podcast,

    Cool to see a review of this kind of movie. Kudos for doing it!

    I know one of you said that you’ve never seen Veggie Tales, but can I just say, you owe it yourself, nay, your audience, to at least watch “Larryboy and the Fib from Outer Space”

    It’s old, it’s dated, they did the best they could with what they had, but I’d love to hear your thoughts.

    • Hey Evan! Thanks for the suggestion! I definitely am going to check it out. I feel I have a big pop culture gap in not having seen any VeggieTales, which I need to fix ASAP!

  • Ray


    I’m a lifelong VeggieTales fan/collector, and I just discovered your podcast because of this episode. I gotta say… I love it! This is a great podcast for animation freaks like me, and I look forward to listening to other episodes!

    Thanks for the pod,

  • I just got to listen to this podcast yesterday. I always enjoy this show. Now I know you don’t need to hear this, but even if I did not believe in God. I would have no problem with you giving a straight froward review of this movie, it’s, subject mater, or your opinions and beliefs on said subject matter. Because if I wasn’t interested in hearing what you honestly thought, I would have taken your advice and not listened to this episode. Keep up the good work.