One could argue that the success of the What’s in the Bible DVD series paved the way for The Muppets to return to pop culture prominence in the last five years. It would be a short argument, but one could try. However, despite a lack of formal relationship between the two, the timing doesn’t hurt.

GALAXY BUCK: MISSION TO SECTOR 9

Phil Vischer, a creative kid-at-heart, continues to produce wholesome, thoughtful, and whimsical entertainment for the family to enjoy. galaxybuckHe did it through VeggieTales, 3-2-1 Penguins, and the aforementioned What’s in the Bible series. Now, Vischer casts his latest lead, Buck Denver, as an average guy with an above average calling: Save the Galaxy. And this time it’s personal. (More on that in a bit).

First, the details. Buck answers phone calls for Pastor Paul and dreams of impacting the world in a big way. Bigger than making sure channel subscribers receive their free tote bag. Buck is easily relatable since every job has its share of doldrums and everyone wants to achieve greatness and leave our mark on the world. This leaves us in an internal struggle between chasing our dreams and chasing after God. The two goals are not always in conflict, but the key is remembering who deserves the honor and glory. Buck’s journey in the story helps him confront this head on as he travels to the farthest reaches of the galaxy and the deepest corners of his heart and soul.

The gist of the lesson – because there’s always a lesson – is that God wants to use you wherever you are in life. You may think you are playing an insignificant role or long for better days and bigger challenges, but doing big things (or anything) for God always begins with obedience in the little things. Buck learns this by way of a mysterious mentor studying the ways of the Gluun, the intergalactic equivalent of the jellyfish.

As I watched this, I couldn’t help but recall Vischer’s own story as captured in ME, MYSELF, AND BOB, a book I read years ago and a fascinating read for those familiar with veggies and their tales. With that book as a backdrop, it’s easy to see Vischer working out his faith through Buck’s character, albeit in hindsight at this point, and sharing his personal journey in a new way, perhaps for those who don’t read biographies.

Finding the right balance between dream chasing and God following can be confusing to readers and/or viewers – especially youngsters who may take the moral to mean they need to abandon all dreams – but Vischer handles this well enough to offer guidance to all ages. Plus, the humor, production value, and visual appeal all make this a highly enjoyable and definitely worthwhile viewing experience. I’m not sure if we’ll see more of Galaxy Buck, but you can always go back and enjoy his other adventures with the What’s in the Bible series.

peace… love… bdg…