VeggieTales fan alert! Regardless of whether you liked the big-screen debut of Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber in Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie, you must agree that the two main characters of the popular video series were reduced to supporting characters. For better or worse, an asparagus and a caterpillar stepped into the movie's spotlight. Next time, though, that won't be the case.

Reuters reports that VeggieTales are on their way back to the big screen with The Bob and Larry Movie. But fans of these nutritious cartoons will have to wait until 2005. Big Idea estimates that the new film will cost in the range of $20 million to $25 million to produce, about the same amount that the first film has grossed to date. The higher production cost is partly due to the introduction of some "human characters." And there will be other differences: The Bob and Larry Movie "won't feature an overtly religious yarn."

Watch this column for updates—over the next two years.


In other movie news, Peter T. Chattaway (Canadian Christianity), reports that a few Christian rock bands have turned down the invitation to have their work appear in a new movie called Saved. Their reason? The film seems designed to ridicule Christians as evangelical zombies hunting down saveable prey. The movie, produced by rock star Michael Stipe, stars Jena Malone (The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys) and Mandy Moore (A Walk to Remember.) Chattaway offers a plot summary and comments from the cast.

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