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10 Bible Movies Weirder Than Noah

Bob Chipman | 28 Mar 2014 12:00
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Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie

Hey, here's an Internet Oldie-But-Goodie: Beatles 3000, a sharp parody of just how much conjecture and guesswork is often involved in reconstructing cultures of the past. Funny stuff, but also kind of sobering when you think about it. For example: Should our world ever be rendered near-forgotten, which might archaeologists of the future conclude based on the notion that at one point in time one of the most popular retellings of Christian religious tradition was VeggieTales, an animated series where Bible stories were acted out by humanized talking vegetables? Will far-future theologians believe that Bob The Tomato and Elijah were prophets of equal importance?

Well, whatever. In 2002 the singularly bizarre phenomenon of VeggieTales was just big enough to generate a feature film, which took the form of a (loose) retelling of the story of Jonah, the Old Testament prophet who tried to duck out on an assignment and got swallowed by a whale for his trouble. This version added some comedic pirates to the story, who then went on to star in a (non-Bible-based) spin-off of their own.

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