File puptcrit/puptcrit.0909, message 8


Date: Wed, 2 Sep 2009 09:01:18 -0400
To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] JellyTelly


So what fairytales address this?  "The Emperor has No Clothes" comes to mind.

On Wed, Sep 2, 2009 at 8:43 AM, Hobey Ford<hobeyone-AT-gmail.com> wrote:
> It seems like we live in times when accuracy, fact and interpretation
> lines have become very fuzzy. =A0Perhaps it has always been this way.
> News used to be news, now you must question whether it is news or
> opinion or hype just to get you to look at ads. =A0Science is up for
> reinterpretation by fundamentalists who find evolution uncomfortable.
> Its probably worst in politics where facts are totally up for grabs.
> Maybe we just fell for a lot more propaganda in the past, perhaps the
> availability of facts is more prevalent with the internet today if you
> can sort through the rest of the fiction. =A0We live in 21st century in
> a modern country where education is valued and yet people very freely
> parce facts and take liberties with truth.
>
>
>
> On Tue, Sep 1, 2009 at 10:56 PM, Robert
> Rogers<robertrogers-AT-robertrogerspuppets.com> wrote:
>> Today I received an e-mail announcement from www.jellytelly.com. =A0Maybe many other puppeteers did too. =A0JellyTelly is an internet entertainment company that was started by Phil Vischer, the man behind the "Veggietales" phenomenon. =A0This 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. =A0Hey, it's a free country, and we can all say as we please, and I'm for that. =A0But as a Jewish person, I take offense. =A0Why? =A0Because 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. =A0But 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. =A0Well, I did. =A0I 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. =A0All 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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