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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (February 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595551220
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595551221
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

When computer-animator Phil Vischer sat down to create delightfully weird characters to teach Christian values to kids, Bob the tomato and a Larry the cucumber were born. VeggieTales revolutionized Christian filmmaking, sold more than 40 million videos and placed faith-filled stories in one of three American households with young children. Phil continues to pursue new ways to integrate faith and storytelling. Phil lives with his wife Lisa, their three kids, and one dog in Illinois.

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Phil Vischer is just another person telling his story.
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He now runs Jellyfish Labs (there's a really good reason behind that silly-sounding name.
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I read "Me, Myself & Bob" out loud to my husband - almost finishing the book in one day.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Frank D. Nicodem III on February 13, 2008
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I was handed this book to read as I have made many people aware of my long train ride and constant need for new things to read. I love veggie tales but had no understanding of the company or its history, other than my sister taking a tour after winning a contest years ago. So I didn't know what to expect or why it would be worth publishing.

What a pleasant surprise!!! This has become one of my favorite books and I have since purchased many copies for gifts and lent my own copy out multiple times. Phil's writing style is easy to read and he is fantastically funny no matter how good/bad/normal/technical the content is.

There are many lessons to be learned through the roller coaster ride that the author and his company, Big Idea, went on. This is a must-read for anyone considering joining or starting a full time ministry, or for anyone about to embark in a leadership role of any kind. For the rest of us who grew up mesmerized by CGI, its a great and funny book.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By theberad on June 10, 2008
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I just got finished reading this and was totally blown away. I really appreciated his honesty and openness about what happened to Big Idea and this reaffirmed my feelings about the other so-called business books out there: it's easy to look like a genius when you study successful companies and draw contrasts, but the same methods don't work for every company.

Phil is a great storyteller, and I'm pleased to have been let into his world for a few hours.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cow Byte on September 1, 2012
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There were many reasons for me not to read this book. I was told I would cry while reading it. Psh. I also have a pretty high bar for what I consider to be good writing, and after skimming the first 3 pages of this book, I wasn't sold. Also, being a diligent researcher, I looked the book up on Amazon and read the reviews. Eh, mixed. The consensus, however, was that the last third of the book was worth waiting for. This is also what was told to me by the person who recommended the book. So, even while in middle of reading another book, and because I needed a major distraction with an easy read, I decided to take a stab.

Me, Myself & Bob is a memoir written by Phil Vischer. If you don't know who he is, you might've heard about his company, Big Idea. If that doesn't ring a bell, Bob the Tomato probably would. If that doesn't cut it, you should come out of the hole you've been living in and take a shower or something. When I say "his company," I really should say, "ex-company" since he is no longer the CEO of Big Idea, the workings behind things like VeggieTales, 3-2-1 Penguins, and the Larryboy shows (the latter are lesser-known.) He now runs Jellyfish Labs (there's a really good reason behind that silly-sounding name. You get there at the end of the book.)

The first two-thirds of the book outlines the massive success of his company and the massive failure it became. I was pretty surprised--and impressed--by getting an insider's look (and take) on the world of animation at that time. The show was pretty impressive and I'll probably never look at another episode the same way. Vischer then outlines the agonizing process through which his dream was taken from his hands.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Marie on June 20, 2008
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As a Veggie fan since the inception of VeggieTales, I found this book riveting. The story of the spectacular rise of the Veggie kingdom and the lessons Phil V. learned along the way was interesting because I knew only parts of the whole story. The leadership lessons at the end were something I can apply to my specific situation. When some authors attempt to pass on wisdom they have gleaned, the book gets dry and boring. That didn't happen with this book, it was well-written all the way to the end. I can't wait to see what Phil Vischer comes up with next!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dearly Loved on March 3, 2009
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I was wandering through our local library when I spied this book displayed in the biography section. Because I had always wondered about the story behind the fall of Vischer's Big Idea, I checked it out. All I can say is "Wow!". This is an account of Phil Vischer's journey with the God who loves him. Yes, it's about the rise and fall of Big Idea, and it's about the business/management lessons he learned along the way. But most importantly it's about the love and mercy of God --- so big and deep and expansive---that revealed truth and life to Phil.
It's well-written, witty, and at times suspensful. I just could not put it down --- even while wading through the chapter or so of Greek-to-me computer/CGI-speak. Phil Vischer writes candidly of his own life; hurts, joys, pride and humility, the heart-wrenching questions and eye-opening answers. He shares valuable business lessons and rich nuggets of truth. The last chapters are beautiful, as Phil describes the realization of God's love for and whole acceptance of and joy in him. This is a must-read for anyone who wants to love and serve people with integrity and humility, and especially for those who love God, whatever their place in life. I'll return the book to the library for someone else to enjoy, and buy one for myself! Thanks, Phil Vischer!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Gardner on July 14, 2011
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Bob the Tomato is a fancy vegetable.

So fancy, in fact, that he isn't really a vegetable at all! Like his partner Larry the Cucumber, Bob is technically a fruit, but who cares?

Phil Vischer is a creative guy who knows how to tell a story, and in this book, he tells the story of his creation of VeggieTales. As stories go, it's a pretty interesting one, documenting the meteoric rise and catastrophic collapse of the VeggieTales franchise, and its parent company, Big Idea Productions.

The story begins with events in Phil's life that shaped him and the quirky personality type that devises a wildly successful video series based on talking vegetables. From a pedigree that includes a great-grandfather who was a pioneering radio preacher, to the divorce that rocked his Christian family, to his expulsion from Bible college, there were many factors that influenced his dream to find a way to get a positive message into homes around the world, in a way that wouldn't feel "cheap" or "cheesy" like so many lame Christian productions.

(Having recently read Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers, I took special note of the seemingly unrelated things that ultimately led to Vischer spending most of his childhood tinkering with movie-making equipment and computer graphics programs, ending up with him uniquely positioned to take advantage of new technology at just the right time to make it big in the CGI video industry.)

No doubt about it: Phil Vischer is a talented guy, with a knack for generating great ideas and figuring out how to make them work. The success of VeggieTales was no accident! I was fascinated to see the behind-the-scenes stuff that went into making the videos, even though I'm not a huge fan of the series.
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Phil Vischer is the CEO and Chief Creative Officer of Big Idea Productions. As co-creator of the popular series, VeggieTales™, he has also served as writer, director and voice for more than a dozen characters, including Bob the Tomato. Since the release of the first VeggieTales™ episode in 1993, more than 30 million units have been sold in the series. Vischer and his wife, Lisa, live in the Chicago, IL with their 3 children.

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