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Phil Vischer

Author of  Sidney & Norman

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Phil Vischer's Bio:
Phil Vischer made his first animated film when he was nine years old. By fourteen he was convinced he would make movies when he grew up. He also possessed a strong Christian faith, passed down from Christian leaders on both sides of his family. After a brief stint in Bible College and a few years creating animation for TV commercials and corporate training films, Phil struck out on his own, looking for a way to integrate his faith with his filmmaking. At first experimenting with computer-animated candy bars, Phil eventually settled on a cucumber and a tomato as the vehicles for his expressions of faith. The year was 1991, and Phil was a newly married 25 year-old with no financial backing and no idea how his vegetables would ever see the light of day.

Today, more than 35 million VeggieTales videos have been purchased and Philís faith-filled stories can be found in 1/3 of all American homes with young children. Although business missteps and overly aggressive growth pushed Philís original company, Big Idea Productions, into bankruptcy in 2003, Phil continues his involvement with VeggieTales and is actively pursuing new ways to integrate faith and storytelling.

Phil lives with his wife Lisa (aka Junior Asparagus), their three kids, one dog and two rats (donít ask), in Wheaton, Illinois.