Larry Cucumber and Bob Tomato have gone to market and ended up in Classic Media’s shopping cart. The family entertainment group has bought out Big Idea Prods., the company responsible for the popular, faith-based VeggieTales home video and feature film franchise.
According to Daily Variety, Classic intends to keep growing the series of CG animated bible stories acted out by musically inclined produce. Despite selling more than 30 million video units over the past nine years, Big Idea recently filed bankruptcy. The cause is said to be an increase in operating costs associated with the feature film Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie. While the $14 million movie made a tidy $25 million at the box office, the studio put the brakes on its lucrative home video business to self-finance the film. Big Idea had also begun work on a follow-up feature, The Bob & Larry Movie. Big Idea could not be reached for details on the status of that film.
Classic Media owns and manages some to the world’s most famous family properties, including Rocky & Bullwinkle, Casper the Friendly Ghost, Turok, Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Underdog, Richie Rich, Mr. Magoo and Gerald McBoing Boing.