Larry the Cucumber and Bob the Tomato Named Official Citizens of Tennessee

( [email protected] ) Jul 19, 2004 11:42 AM EDT

After a massive expansion, subsequent retreat, bankrupcy and change in ownership, the famous Big Idea Production - creater of Veggie Tales - has moved its headquarters from Chicago to the bustling Franklin, Tenn., July 14, 2004. Hundreds of children gathered for the welcoming ceremony and carnival celebrating Big Ideas' new move and new beginning, and the governor of the state named Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber - stars of Veggie Tales - official citizens of the Tennessee.

"Today's announcement is a testament to what can happen when we all work together -- state and local governments, as well as private interests -- to make something positive and exciting happen in our state," Governor Phil Bredesen said. "Big Idea's decision to relocate its corporate headquarters to Tennessee, where it began, is reflective of a growing interest in developing family entertainment in the Franklin area. Big Idea's move here is sure to spark additional entertainment investment in this community and its workforce."

Big Ideas also redesigned 12,000 square feet of space at a former stove production facility, with plans to grow in staff and revenue. The location will house Big Idea's executive, creative and production teams near thier major distribution parters Word and EMI in Nashville.

"Big Idea is thrilled to call Tennessee home," said Terry Pefanis, chief operating officer at Big Idea, Inc. "This vibrant area of the country is not only rich in culture and hospitality, it is also the center of the Christian entertainment and country music industries. It is the ideal place for Big Idea and VeggieTales to grow and prosper."

WIth a news loction, new office, new staff, new ownership and new vision, Big Ideas are releasing "VeggieTales: Sumo of the Opera" by DVD and Video in late August. The lesson of the film, which features Larry the Cucumber as The Italian Scallion, is perseverance, as based on Hebrews 10:36.