File puptcrit/puptcrit.0909, message 5

Date: Wed, 02 Sep 2009 07:24:22 -0400
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] JellyTelly

I didn't find what you were talking about, however, I was not too  
impressed by the BIG heads and tiny arms. They just looked weird to be  
representing people. Then I saw the Bentley Brothers.That was when I  
turned it off. But then again, I have never really like Veggietales.

On Sep 1, 2009, at 10:56 PM, Robert Rogers wrote:

> Today I received an e-mail announcement from   
> Maybe many other puppeteers did too.  JellyTelly is an internet  
> entertainment company that was started by Phil Vischer, the man  
> behind the "Veggietales" phenomenon.  This time, Phil Vischer is  
> producing adaptations of the Bible (overtly rather than covertly as  
> before) and selling them as downloads from his site.
> I must say that his production values are first rate (although  
> coincidentally, Alan Cook posted a link to some photos of some  
> George Latshaw puppets that were similar but oh, so much better).
> Anyway, excuse me for maybe getting off topic, but Phil Vischler's  
> videos interpret Jewish stories from a Christian point of view.   
> Hey, it's a free country, and we can all say as we please, and I'm  
> for that.  But as a Jewish person, I take offense.  Why?  Because in  
> this case Phil Vischler is communicating with young children, and he  
> is obliterating the true meaning of these ancient stories in order  
> to promote his personal view.
> This is a topic that could be hotly debated, and it's not my  
> intention to do so.  But as most puppeteers have taken it upon  
> themselves to be entertainers (and sometimes, educators) for  
> impressionable young people, it's our duty to make sure that we are  
> responsible and honest.
> You may wonder why I don't address my frustration to Phil Vischler  
> instead of venting on puptcrit.  Well, I did.  I sighted specific  
> examples where his work really went off on a tangent - and hey, I'm  
> no religious scholar, so it was all very obvious.  All I got was a  
> reply from a staff member telling me that Phil was an awfully nice  
> guy and hard worker.
> Anyway, while I usually applaud all efforts of puppet theater, I  
> hope this one fails.
> Just my two cents.
> Robert Rogers
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