The Press Release:
Join the Creator of VeggieTales on a Zany Adventure to Discover What’s In the Bible
Jellyfish Labs, Tyndale Kids to Release Volumes One and Two of New Series, Spring 2010
CAROL STREAM, IL, February 2010—From the man who made vegetables talk (and sing, dance,
and tell Bible stories), comes an engaging new series that walks kids through the entire Bible.
What’s In the Bible? springs from Phil Vischer’s passion to reverse the trend of biblical illiteracy in
the church. Unlike previous efforts to retell Bible stories, this 13-part DVD series explains the
Bible—from Genesis to Revelation—in a format that is humorous and entertaining for children
and adults alike.
In the Beginning and Let My People Go, the first two volumes of What’s In the Bible?, will release
in March 2010 from Jellyfish Labs and Tyndale Kids. In the Beginning introduces Buck Denver and
his friends as they share how the first 11 chapters of Genesis set up the rest of the Bible—and all
of life. Kids will learn the simple, yet challenging lesson that things go well when we listen to God,
and go very badly when we don’t.
In Let My People Go, Buck Denver and friends introduce kids to Abraham and how God used
him to start a great nation called Israel. Through the stories of Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, and Moses,
children will learn that they can always count on God and trust his promises. The entertaining
cast of characters explains what’s in the Bible, how it’s organized, who wrote it, and what it’s
all about. Vischer does it all in an engaging format, using a mix of animation, puppets, live
action, and music.
Each DVD includes two 25 to 30-minute episodes that each answer a different question about
the Bible, such as:
- Where did the Bible come from?
- How did we get it?
- Who wrote it?
- How do we know we can trust it?
- How do all the different books come together to tell one key story?
What’s In the Bible? continues the work Phil Vischer started 10 years ago with VeggieTales. While that series taught kids
important values and Bible stories, What’s In the Bible? provides an overview of all the books of the Bible, what they mean,
and how they affect our lives. Parents and children’s ministry leaders will appreciate how What’s In the Bible? lays the
foundation for deeper biblical understanding in children, ages four to 84.
The Author Bio:
In 1990, 24-year-old computer animator Phil Vischer sat down to create a group of characters that could teach Christian values to kids in a delightfully weird way. Hence, a tomato named Bob and a cucumber named Larry were born. VeggieTales would go on to revolutionize Christian filmmaking, selling more than 50 million videos and placing Phil’s faith-filled stories in one in every three American households with young children. Phil is highly respected by key leaders across the Christian landscape, from Joel Osteen to James Dobson. His company, Jellyfish Labs, provides faith-based daily programming via the Internet at jellytelly.com. The characters from the What’s in the Bible? series are featured, but the content is not specifically from the DVDs. Phil continues to pursue innovative ways to integrate faith and storytelling through Jellyfish Labs. He chose the name Jellyfish as a reminder to remain pliable to God’s plans and not his own. Phil lives with his wife, Lisa, and their three kids in Illinois.
I was am a Veggie Tales fan so I expected, “What’s in The Bible”, to entertain and educate me, but I was blown away by the depth of the material presented in the songs, puppet skits and moments with Phil. Kids — and hopefully their parents, too — will learn about early church history, who wrote the Bible, how they wrote it, how many books are in the Bible and how they came to be, plus much, much more. The vocabulary presented is not dumbed down, but it is explained very carefully. I especially like the way Phil presents every side of controversial subjects, like how many days did it take to make the world, and doesn’t tell his audience which one he expects them to believe.
The songs on the video are wonderfully informative and funny. The characters are earnest and quirky. Like Veggie Tales there is a good bit of silliness, but there is also a good bit of solid, Biblical learning. I very much enjoyed this video and highly recommend that parents get them (there are 13 in the series) and watch them with their children.
Tyndale House Publishers have presented me with two video vouchers. That means that two winners will receive a “Free Product Award Certificate” for either In the Beginning or Let My People Go. These certificates may be redeemed at your local Christian Book Store. If you don’t live near a Christian Book seller, the certificates may be redeemed by mailing them to Tynsdale directly. This giveaway is open to everybody. To enter leave a comment on this blog post telling me you are interested in receiving a video certificate. Two winners will be chosen by the random number generator this coming Friday at noon Pacific time.
There are 5 coloring pages available from Tyndale to use with these videos. Please EMAIL me if you are interested in receiving them.
I received a preview DVD free from Tyndale House Publishers as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”