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JellyTelly

JellyTelly is a new kids site that’s about to launch this fall. It’s created by Phil Vischer, who is a writer, actor, animator, puppeteer, and best known for co-creating VeggieTales. There’s a video trailer on the website right now with Phil explaining why he’s creating JellyTelly and gives a sneak peak of the kind of videos that’s going to be on it.

Basically, the idea is, while kids are spending many hours every day in front of the TV exposed to Disney channel and Nickelodeon, many are only exposed to Christian values and stories one day per week in church. And one problem is that there are not enough easily accessible Christian kids programs out there, so JellyTelly is created. Some of the content will be user-generated, and some of them will be generated by Phil’s team and other video makers that will also work to generate content.

After watching the trailer on the website, I have even more respect for the man. This is a man that has a vision, and is dedicating himself to making the world a better place. He had some success with VeggieTales, and now he’s thinking about how to give back even more. What a great man!

As for the content, from what I’ve saw in the trailer, I’d say that they are definitely not as big production as those Disney and Nickelodeon shows. Like he said and demonstrated, you just need a camera and some ideas. Many of the segments that I’ve seen in the video are just really fun and I would seriously rather watch this stuff over Disney channel and Nickelodeon. And I’m not even Christian! From watching these short segments, I learned something about the Bible and how Christians look at the world… even though I don’t necessarily agree with everything they teach.

And we’ll see how sustainable this is. At this point, he is asking parents to sign up for an one month trial. And then after that one month, you start paying what you think it’s worth, whether you can only afford one dollar a month or ten. That’s basically a model relying on donations and sponsorship. Will it work? I think so.

There are two kinds of people that I have a lot of respect for: One is the people that do what they can to give back to the society, and another is people that can create great work out of simple things and small budgets. Phil is both and that’s rather inspiring to me.

The website hasn’t officially launch as of the day that this post is written, but there’s a video (about half an hour long) with Phil talking why he’s doing this and some of the contents that’s going to be on it. It’s a simple production but the sketches are better written than many kids stuff I see on TV nowadays. Take a look and it just might be what you are looking for if you are a Christian parent.

Comments

  1. October 8th, 2008 | 12:25 pm

    Thanks so much for the link, Kelvin. I am so excited about this project. Phil has done some great work since leaving VeggieTales, including writing one of my son’s favorite children’s books (47 Beavers in the Big Blue Sea).

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  2. October 8th, 2008 | 2:58 pm

    I knew you would like it. 😉
    That beaver book sounds very interesting. I wouldn’t mind hearing the story before bed.

  3. October 13th, 2008 | 2:11 pm

    That is really inspiring. There is such a paucity of quality children’s programming out there, period, so it is refreshing to read this! I hope it becomes really popular so others follow the lead!

  4. October 13th, 2008 | 10:47 pm

    Yeah, I would like to see it succeed as well!

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