Me, Myself and Bob
Ever wondered how Bob and Larry came to be? How a young computer animator and a few friends with no money and no clue managed to launch the most successful direct-to-video series EVER? Even more interesting… how did such a huge success flame-out and fall to pieces – and what role did faith and God play in what happened to Big Idea Productions and in what has happened since then to that computer animator with the big idea?
Shortly after the bankruptcy of Big Idea Productions, Phil wrote an account on this website to briefly explain what had happened to everyone’s favorite vegetables. A lot of people really enjoyed that account – some even made it required reading for their own employees at their own ‘big ideas’. And then some asked, “But how did it all start? What was it like when it was a big hit? And what did Phil learn from the entire experience?” And Phil realized he had more to say than one website article could contain.
Two years later, here it is. The whole story. A tale so big, it could only be called Me, Myself & Bob. If you thought VeggieTales and Big Idea were interesting to watch from the outside – whoo boy! Strap yourselves in for the real adventure!
Unedited “Lost Chapter” of Me, Myself and Bob
While reviewing Me, Myself and Bob for publishing, the editors thought that one of the chapters was too long and too technical for the average reader. Wanting to offer the full, unedited version of that chapter to fans, Phil has published the contents of the original text here on the blog. Check it out!
Sidney and Norman
Long before VeggieTales and NBC came together, Phil was working on one of his first official Jellyfish creations: a tale about two pigs called Sidney and Norman. No not three pigs…that’s a different story. This tale is about a good pig named Norman who always seems to get things right and a messy pig named Sidney who has a bit more trouble getting things together. Norman looks down on Sidney for his messes and Sidney can’t help but look down on himself for the same reasons. That all changes one day when they both receive an invitation from God.
Phil worked with illustrator Justin Gerard who created the book’s amazing artwork.
47 Beavers on the Big Blue Sea
Somehow 47 beavers have scrambled into the Jellyfish Press! Don’t worry. There’s no need to notify PETA. These beavers are the heroes of Phil’s next book 47 Beavers on the Big Blue Sea. This is the story of, you guessed it, 47 beavers who have been caught by Trapper Stu and must learn to work together to get out of their messy jam. Phil thought it would be fun if he sang the story for everyone to hear on a CD that will come with the book so after Phil wrote the words and melody, he handed it off to Chris Davis to transcribe and orchestrate the music. Chris has worked with Phil on many Veggie Tales projects including the VeggieTales NBC show. 47 Beavers makes its way to bookstores in March of 2007. Jared Chapman’s delightful illustrations bring Dana Thompson’s retro characters to life.