Friday, December 5, 2014

Thanks-Giveaway #6 - 3 Free Months of NetFlix





The almanac is predicting a very unfriendly winter.  Boo!  After missing 13 days of school last year, I shutter to think what this will mean for the coming three months.  But this threat makes today's Thanks-Giveaway that much more exciting.  A free 3 month Netflix subscription.  The opportunity to have commercial-free, family-friendly entertainment (if you choose) when the weather makes it impossible to get outside.

Most of you know that we watch very little TV and spend little time on battery-operated boxes.  But I am learning there is a place in our "impressing" for electronics.  Plus, there is some great, God-honoring options out there.

Of course you know my love for the What's in the Bible? DVDs.  But, did you know that What's in the Bible? was created by Phil Vischer, who developed the most popular faith-based children's entertainment brand  VeggieTales?  One and the same!

While Phil has closed the "window" on Veggie Tales (he still voices some of the characters), DreamWorks has picked up where he left off and has created new videos and a brand new Netflix-exclusive VeggieTales series entitled "In the House!"

For the first time in 21 years, Bob, Larry, and the Veggie crew venture off the countertop for exciting new adventures.  
Our family was excited to see the new series so we quickly grabbed the beanbags and quilts (remember how I said it was going to be an unfriendly winter?) to see what the new VeggieTales had in store!


First of all, change.

Almost immediately Sweet Pea said, "Bob and Larry look different."  Bubs came in a few minutes later and stated the same thing.  The characters now have color to their eyes.  While Bob and Larry are still voiced by Phil Vischer and Mike Nawrocki, other key characters have a different vocal.  Also there is more texture to each character.  Just take a little to get used to.

Next, the beloved theme song has been retired.  Kind of sad. 

Third, instead of taking place in the kitchen, most of the scenes reside at Larry and Bob's house or Pa Grape's store.  Some minor characters have received big promotions.  Laura Carrot and Petunia will quickly become household names in this new series.  On the flip side, some characters got the ax.  Ugh!

But change isn't always bad.  It's just different.

VeggieTales in the House still contains the same witty humor and quirky, funny songs that made the series famous.  The content is completely family friendly and teaches morals and Biblical values.  A key Bible verse is shared in each episode. 

But...

I am always saddened when a godly mission inches toward the secular genre.  If you have heard Phil Vischer's testimony, you know that he set out with Veggie Tales to teach kids the Bible.  But somewhere between the Veggie Tales garden gloves and Bob and Larry toolbox, Phil lost his original vision.  And I couldn't agree more.  Somewhere between the peak of Big Ideas Entertainment and Phil leaving, the vision of teaching the Bible turned into a goal of teaching good morals.  Long gone are the days of Dave and the Giant Pickle and Rack, Shack & Benny.  Thus the creation of What's in the Bible?.

If you sit down to view VeggieTales in the House to learn about the Bible, you will be sorely disappointed.  A Bible verse is thrown into most episodes but that is about it.

If your goal is to provide your family with wholesome, fun entertainment with a moral lesson, then you will be happy.  In my opinion, there is nothing wrong with VeggieTales in the House if you accept it for what it is.  And frankly, our kids really enjoyed the shows.

But, that is a choice that you will have to make for yourself.  

As stated, VeggieTales in the House is only available on Netflix.  Did I hear you mutter that you don't have Netflix????  Have no fear!  I have a 3-month subscription to giveaway.  Just in time for the unfriendly winter months!  And if you already have a subscription, this giftcard can be applied directly to your account!  Woo-hoo!


Giveaway:


Enter: To enter to win a three-month subscription to Netflix, leave a comment with your first name and last initial on this post along with your favorite kids' show or video (religious or secular).
  (i.e. Heidi F. My favorite kids' program is ... )

Bonus Points: Want to earn extra chances to win? If you are not currently subscribed to this blog, now is the time! Leave a separate comment with the beginning part of your email address and the date you subscribed below telling me that you subscribed ~and~ confirmed your email address or that you subscribed to the RSS Feed. This must be a new subscription.
(i.e. heidi@ 12-1-14)


Giveaway details:  I will choose and announce one random winners on this blog on Tuesday, December 8th.   (So, be sure to check back to see if you have won!)  You will have until Monday (12-7-14) at 7:00 (CST) to enter in this giveaway.  You must have an US address to win.  If you have won a product on this blog in the last 3 months, you are not eligible to win again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.


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Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.  Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

43 comments :

  1. Melissa R. My favorite kid's program is BOZ the Big Green Bear

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  2. Amber R. - my favorite kids show/series would be the NEST Entertainment Stories from the bible old& new testament. SO good, but also a bit expensive.

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  3. Rachel R. My kids love Wild Kratts. My son recalls so much about animals from the shows and he's only 4.

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  4. Dalcie T. My children like to watch The Storykeepers, Adventures in Odyssey, VeggieTales, and Curious George

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  5. Amberly C. We love Dora the Explorer because she engages our two year old and gets her to talk. We also love What's in the Bible? My kids amaze their Sunday School teachers!

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  6. Lisa M, my daughter loves Daniel Tiger.

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  7. Mary R. The favorite shows in my house right now are Creative Galaxy, Tumble Leaf, and Peg + Cat.

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  8. My kids favorites are: LeapFrog, Vegggietales, Creation Series, and the littlest ones love singing along to Frozen right now.

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  9. Sarah K. My favorites for the kids are Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood and Super Why

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  10. Amanda I. My little one loves veggie tales!!

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  11. Elizabeth s. My son's current favorite is anything with mickey mouse, curious George Some of the veggie tales. We did get the what's in the Bible for him for Christmas.

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  12. April S. My favorite kids program is Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood.

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  13. Sue H.I enjoy watching movies with the kids. We just got "What's in the bible?" and are excited to watch.

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  14. Cindy W - my favorite kids show is Super Why!

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  15. Denise D. - My little one loves Mickey Mouse and Veggie Tales the best.

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  16. Bethany S - My favorite kids' show is Phineas and Ferb because it's entertaining for the adults too.

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  17. Debra C. My son and I were very excited to see Veggie Tales In The House on our Netflix this week. The kids have already watched almost all the episodes. I will say that I made sure to watch the first one with my son, just to make sure they hadn't changed too much. I was glad to see that bible verses were still in there. I was worried that they would ditch the bible altogether. Some other favorites in our house: Jake and the Neverland Pirates and Littlest Pet Shop (I think she likes it just because of the animals).

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  18. Renee R My favorite kids show is the What's in the Bible? series. We've ordered episodes 6-13 for my boys for Christmas. So excited!

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  19. Nicole M- my son's favorite show is Harry and his bucket full of dinosaurs

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  20. Katie K - favorites for my kids are Curious George & Signing Time.

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  21. Lindsay M. my daughter's favorite show is anything Veggie Tales!

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  22. Meredith S. My daughter's favorite show is Boz: Colors and Shapes but really anything Boz!

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  23. Mary F. My kids like Curious George.

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  24. Gisella H. My sons favorite is Sponge Bob.

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  25. Charity R My favorite kids program is veggie tales sweet pea beauty

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  26. Jill S. It's toss-up between Veggie Tales and Hermie & Friends.

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  27. Courtney T. Our current favorite is Veggie Tales!

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  28. Kelly D. Our favorite is The Cat in the Hat.
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  29. PAULETTE V. My kid's favorite Veggie Tales is Jonah and the whale and Ruth.

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  30. Terry S. My grandkids like Adventure time.

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  31. Erin H. My favorite is What's in the Bible or Veggie Tales.

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  32. Cheryl P. We have a range of ages so we have a variety of favorites. Older ones like Wild Kratts and several other fluff, brain candy. Younger ones loves Daniel the Tiger. But we all LOVE What's in the Bible and the older Veggie Tales- we even subscribe to Jelly Telly!! We have not had Netflix for several years now so maybe it would be nice to give them a look over again. Thanks for the give-a-way!

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  33. Renee R. We love Veggie Tales, Curious George and My Little Pony. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway and Happy Holidays :)

    Renee
    fattybumpkins at yahoo dot com

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  34. Melanie P. My 2 year old loves Dino Dan! :)

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  35. Jeri S. - My favorite kids show is Daniel Tiger

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  36. Tara W - My kids love Mickey Mouse Clubhouse!

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  37. JoAnn R: We are not allowed to show movies or cartoons at school. I have purchased WHAT'S In The BIBLE? personally b/c we can use that as a portion of our curriculum. Looking forward to it. Since it is the Christmas season, we will begin with the Christmas DVD.

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  38. Lisa N - My son loves spongebob squarepants

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  39. Sarah H. My kids love Curious George!

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  40. Christine M. my kids favorite show is My Little Pony.

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  41. Thanks a lot I appreciate what you guys are doing.God bless you all.

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