Join us this week on Christian Devotions SPEAK UP! as host Scott McCausey shares the rise and fall of Big Idea Productions with Phil Vischer.
Author and filmmaker Phil Vischer has had a significant impact on American culture. His groundbreaking children’s series, VeggieTales, has sold more than 65 million copies, been featured in major magazines and newspapers and even spoofed by Saturday Night Live and The Simpsons. Phil created Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber as a 25 year-old Chicago-based computer animator, searching for ways to integrate his faith and his filmmaking. With the help of his wife, Lisa, his college buddy Mike Nawrocki, two art school grads and his church’s music director, Kurt Heinecke, Phil landed VeggieTales videos in a third of all American households with young children.
Since the bankruptcy of Big Idea Productions, Phil has produced What’s in the Bible? – a 13-part DVD series walking families all the way through from Genesis to Revelation, explaining the origins, meaning, and some of the “trickier bits” of the world’s most influential book. Phil is also a frequent radio guest on Family Life Radio, Focus on the Family, Moody Radio and others.
Phil’s story has also given him a speaking ministry, as he has crisscrossed the country speaking at conferences and colleges from coast to coast. From Pepperdine to Baylor to Liberty (and back again for return visits to many), Phil’s humor and heart have proven extremely popular with the same college kids that laughed at Bob and Larry when they were small.
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