On Stalking Vegetables {And a Giveaway}

I have been a fan of VeggieTales since I was thirteen years old and a babysitter-in-training. The kids I babysat for introduced me to it and I was all like “Whaaaaaat? Vegetables on cartoons?? That can’t be good.”

Until I watched one.

I *might* have bought my own VHS copies as a teenager.

I also *might* have bought myself a stuffed Bob and Larry.

And my kids *might* own over half of the movies released in the past 21 years.

So, although I don’t usually participate in the Blogger Media Circuit, when I got an invitation to come to VeggieTales, it was clearly the occasion for rule-bending.

Bob and Larry Director's Chair

I knew I must go. Whether, whether, whether, whether, whether you like it or not. Weather, weather, weather, weather, the weather was cold, warm or hot.

I packed my bags and arrived via Cebu in Nashville only to discover that in my haste I had accidentally brought the most Nashvillian outfit that I own.

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I looked like a freaking waitress. At at Honky Tonk.

Shocked and Slightly Embarrassed, I could visualize Tim Gunn putting his fingers on his chin, creasing his brow, and saying, “Are you sure that’s not too…costumey? Maybe something a little less…LITERAL.”

But I assumed it was A Lesson in Enduring Embarrassment and showed up anyway. Just like Junior Asparagus would do.

After which I promptly ate Junior, and his best friend Laura Carrot.

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They’re delicious.

The fine people at Big Idea shared all sorts of exciting VeggieTales news with us, including letting us be the very first non-veggies to lay eyes on the newly imagined stars of “VeggieTales in the House”, the upcoming Netflix Series.

THEY GREW EYEBROWS, Y’all.

VeggieTales In the House

I think they’re perfectly adorable. And they’re even better in action – but you’ll have to wait to see that for yourselves.

The current plan is to release the first ten episodes Thanksgiving Weekend, so the kids and I are already planning on binge-Vegging rather than Black Friday Shopping.

I also received a drawing lesson from one of the a storyboard artists,

Drawing Lessons

which Ali was totally jealous of since her favorite bonus features are the “How to Draw Bob and Larry” segments. But then when she saw how a sub-par my learning curve was, she forgave me out of pity.

Bob and Bob

I’m sure I would have done better if he’d taught with a flannel graph. (Oooooh! Flannel graph!)

We had a Q&A session with Mike Nawrocki, the co-founder of VeggieTales and voice of Larry.

Mike Nawrocki

I was doubly blessed when he sat next to me at lunch and even serenaded me with a few lines of Barbara Manatee – no greater a love song has ever been written.

(By a cucumber.)

After lunch, we got to chat with Kellie Pickler, star of the upcoming Beauty and the Beet. She makes for a precious vegetable and human being.

Kellie Pickler at Veggie Tales

Aaaaaand….we were escorted individually into a sound booth to record a bit of Beauty in the Beet alongside her voice, which happens to nearly render my southern accent null and void in comparison.

Recording Beauty and the Beet

(I’m the blond, she’s the reddish-brunette. A bit backwards I know.)

When I arrived back home, I tried to make it up to the kids by bringing them the just-released Celery Night Fever, which is a show about forgiveness, therefore attempting to subconsciously help them forgive their mother for hanging out with their favorite celebrities without them.

It totally worked.

Laura the Carrot’s character further reinforced to Ali the beauty in being Type-A, and she has carried around a checklist ever since, begging me for items that she could add to it.

Laura the Carrot and Ali With Checklists

(Though she wasn’t a fan when I suggested adding bedtime.)

I brought Noah home his own Larry the Cucumber, since my teenage version of Larry is packed somewhere in a box of high school keepsakes. And since we haven’t had baths between my return home and the writing of this post, I can say with certainty that Larry has not left Noah’s presence in at least 72 hours.

Noah and Larry the Cucumber

Between the two of them, they invented a game called “Larry Draws”, and apparently Larry does know how to draw because quite suddenly, Noah began coloring in the lines.

Noah Coloring Celery Night Fever with Larry the Cucumber

Cucumbers are INSPIRATIONAL. And probably steal abandoned Pop Tarts when kids aren’t looking.

Ali was also inspired, and showed up my previously exposed drawing skills with this portrait of Noah and his new best friend.

Ali's Drawing of Noah and Larry the Cucumber

The trip was fantastic, and I left with a newly revived vigor for all things veggie. To celebrate, I went out and bought my six favorite VeggieTales movies to share with you guys!

Veggie Tales Giveaway

I love all of these for different reasons: The Wonderful Wizard of Ha’s and Lord of the Beans have unbelievably brilliant nods to the classics that inspired them, A Snoodles Tale makes me sniffle with joy every time I see it, Little Joe and King George are adorable and have great lessons that we all need reminded of, and Celery Night Fever, the newest release, is an always-needed reminder not to hold grudges – and has some dang catchy music.

So. I will pick six winners and send you all one of the above DVDs (I’ll contact you to see which would be your preferences after I choose the winners.) To enter, just comment below and tell me your favorite VeggieTales movie. If you’ve never seen one, you can just tell me that, too.

The contest is open until Monday, August 25, and I’ll announce the winners on my Giveaway Winners Page.

Best of luck!

Disclaimer: I personally bought the prizes for this giveaway because I adore VeggieTales. My trip to Nashville was paid for by Dreamworks Entertainment but did not require a blog post or any other media services by me. All opinions are my own. And Junior Asparagus is my favorite, although now that I’ve actually met Larry, Junior does have competition.

A Brief Analysis of Doc McStuffins.

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My kids were late the the Stuffin party, but we arrived with gusto and obsession.

Doc is now the preferable cartoon above all others – including but not limited to Sophia the First, Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Team Umizoomi, and even the revered My Little Pony.

(Which is a shame because the latter show is the only kid’s show worth watching.)

(Seriously. Unlike the sham of a My Little Pony that I had as a kid, the latest rendition is quality television. It’s like the M*A*S*H of the cartoon world. Why else would tens of thousands of Bronies exist? Even adult men can appreciate Twilight Sparkle and the Magic of Friendship.)

But back to Doc.

She’s not Number One on my list of most annoying cartoon characters, but I do have some issues with her.

Let’s discuss.

1. Does she have a first name? Her parents call her Doc, her brother calls her Doc, her friends-she-hardly-sees-because-she’s-too-busy-with-her-fantasy-life call her Doc. Was her Doctor Mom simply so narcissistic that she had to name her firstborn child after her career choice?

(If so, then my friend who works at the wastewater treatment plant really missed one heck of an opportunity.)

Or does she have an elusive first name but Doc has everyone so severely bought into her playworld-in-which-she-won’t-let-any-of-them-participate that no one uses it? I mean, I insisted on being called Carmen Sandiego for a while, but c’mon, Doc, it’s been four seasons. Give the family a break.

(I’m considering insisting on being called Veronica Mars next. She’s my new I-Wanna-Be-A-Detective HERO.)

2. Does Doc’s lab coat ever get washed? Or is her closet full of nothing but white lab coats? Because I am a Mom. And my children don’t own any white clothing. The only Moms who dare tiptoe into the world of white children’s clothing are those that buy $40 white t-shirts with their kid’s name embroidered over a sailboat. And there’s no sailboat on that lab coat. Therefore, we can clearly assume that the writers are not Moms or they would see this glaring continuity issue.

3. Speaking of continuity, how am I supposed to explain the chasm between Toy Story, where the toys only talk when no one is in the room, and Doc McStuffins, where apparently Doc possesses the only power in the known universe to be in the presence of toys when they talk?

Because my kid is a thinker.

And she asks about this conundrum regularly.

And I have no acceptable answer.

4. But most importantly, Doc has led many a child astray with the “It will only tickle a little” line.

I can only imagine how much real doctors and nurses despise Doc for her blatant lies and unrealistic expectations that she’s forcing onto young, impressionable minds. As such, I need to see an episode when it’s time for Doc to go to the actual doctor and get four or more immunizations. I imagine it’d go something like this…

Doc: “OOOOOW!! What the HALLIE?!? That actually HURT! And wait – AM I BLEEDING?!? WHY! AM! I! BLEEDING!!!”

Lambie:“Quit flailing your arm – I thought you were a professional! Now I have blood splattered all over me!! I wanna cuddle.”

Chilly: **faints**

Because if I were her nurse, I’d jab her just a little harder than necessary.

The Effect of Frozen on Marital Relationships.

I told you we had a problem.

This was a typical yet random text exchange between my husband and I yesterday. All because I answered a question with “Yeah”…

 

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And then a few minutes later…

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Okay. “A problem” was an understatement.