FRANKLIN, TN—After conducting a viewer focus study ahead of their upcoming season, members of the VeggieTales creative team reported Wednesday that they’ve begun to have second thoughts about their upcoming episode titled “Shamgar and the Grisly Goad.”
“Really, I’m not so sure about this—I just don’t know if this is going to fly,” one member of the creative team confessed to sources. “It sounded like a good idea during storyboard, but in audience test after audience test, kindergarteners seem traumatized by the images of Junior Asparagus crushing and obliterating Pa Grape, Petunia Rhubarb, and a horde of 598 screaming radishes. I guess it’s one of those things that sounds good in the brainstorming session, but in the real world it makes children weep and gives them nightmares.”
While most of the creative team voted to take “Shamgar” back to the drawing board, the show’s directors reportedly seemed inclined to press on with the concept.
“We’ve been doing this show since 1993,” Associate Producer Aaron Fultz is said to have shrugged. “At some point, even with some great writers, you’re going to run low on the stories you can tell. Shamgar was a Judge of Israel, and there’s not really a cutesy way to retell the story of him killing 600 Philistines with an ox-goad. I mean, we have a single Bible verse to run with—that’s it. So if that means some broccoli gets splattered, or kids have to see some celery guts, well, I guess that’s where we are.”
Although the fate of the episode is still up in the air, the team is hoping to salvage the “Silly Songs With Larry” clip, with its humorous, catchy take on girding one’s loins.