From the creator of some of the most successful animated children’s series in Nickelodeon history–including The Fairly OddParents (which ranks as Nickelodeon’s third longest running animated series), Danny Phantom, T.U.F.F. Puppy, and Bunsen is a Beast—Butch Hartman with his wife Julieann set out to produce a brand new animated children’s show: ‘THE GARDEN’ – teaching biblical lessons for children ages 3-8 told through the adventures of LENNY THE LION and LUCY THE LAMB who live in a magical garden.
“We all know how much Veggie Tales impacted the lives of millions of children,” Butch states. “We’d like to follow in their footsteps and do the same thing with ‘The Garden’. Our goal is to make the truth of the Bible easier to understand. ‘THE GARDEN’ will provide a fun way for kids to comprehend the Gospel and who Jesus is through stories and songs.”
Songs have been an important part of Butch’s work repertoire. His ‘THE FAIRLY ODDPARENTS’ was nominated for an Emmy in 2002 in the Outstanding Music and Lyrics category for an original song co-written by Hartman entitled, “I Wish Every Day Could Be Christmas.” The series garnered two additional Emmy nominations the following year in the same category for original songs co-written by the creator entitled, “What Girls Love” and “It’s Great to be a Guy,” and in 2004 for “Wish Come True!”
“Songs make memorization so much easier, says Butch. “As a kid, I could remember Beatles songs but couldn’t remember my times tables! We want kids to memorize scripture more than pop tunes. Providing kids with amazing songs to sing is one of our goals to help them learn the Bible.”
The Hartmans have at least two seasons of episodes already planned and are in negotiations to secure the right strategic partner and platform to launch by the third quarter, 2022. “These episodes will be seeds we plant in the hearts of kids,” adds Julieann. “Ultimately, we want to partner with parents to help teach their kids about the love of Jesus.”
Additionally, Butch’s plans include a VBS curriculum for churches and illustrating a children’s bible for Harper/Collins entitled ‘The Garden Children’s Bible’ which stars the characters from ‘The Garden’ and is due out in 2023.
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