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Encyclopedia > Bob the Tomato

Bob the Tomato is a computer-animated character in the animated series, VeggieTales, by Big Idea Productions. Bob and co-star, Larry the Cucumber, are the frontveggies for the series. Since his first appearance in "Where is God when I'm S-Scared?", Bob has played a role in nearly every one of VeggieTales' episodes. Bob the Tomato File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Computer animation is the art of creating moving images via the use of computers. ... VeggieTales is a series of childrens books and computer animated videos conveying Christian ideals to children via humorous, anthropomorphic vegetable-shaped characters. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Larry the Cucumber is a computer-animated character in the animated series, VeggieTales, by Big Idea. ...


Voiced by VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer, Bob the Tomato is usually the straightveggie in his partnership with Larry, the "Costello" of the pair, as they introduce many of the stories at the beginning and wrap-up the biblical lesson at the end of most of the cartoons. However, he plays many character roles in the story segments, some of which contrast his mature persona. More recently, Bob the Tomato has taken a less central role, getting less onscreen time compared to several other characters. Phil Vischer is a writer, actor, animator, puppeteer, and the founder of Big Idea Productions, the company best known for bringing computer-animated vegetables to life in the popular VeggieTales series. ... Bud Abbott (top) & Lou Costello Louis Francis Cristillo aka Lou Costello (March 6, 1906 - March 3, 1959) He is best known as half of the comedy team of Abbott and Costello, with Bud Abbott. ...

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Origin and Evolution

Bob first appeared in the 1993 release, "Where is God when I'm S-Scared?", Big Idea's first video. In it, he and Larry set the precedent for the opening format which became a VeggieTales standard, where a letter is read from a viewer by the duo on the kitchen counter which served as a sort of studio. He also played himself in the first of the two 15-minute segments in the video, comforting a frightened Junior Asparagus with a cheerful ditty, "God Is Bigger Than the Boogeyman." [br] [br][br][br][br][br][br] Though a convincing and easily identifiable anthropomorphic tomato from the start, his animation evolved over time to make him first more tomato-like, and later more cartoony. While in the first episodes Bob was very elastic in his animation, distorting himself significantly, this tendency was toned down greatly, giving him a more fruit-like consistency. Artistic changes were made as well; Bob's body became smaller with proportion to his face and more round, his skin became less shiny and more brightly red, eventually developing a smooth glow, which was more stylistic and probably more kid-friendly. With improving technology at the disposal of Big Idea's artists, Bob's skin became gradually less angular, and the polygons that made his shell essentially disappeared. Also, Phil Vischer's voice acting for Bob has taken a slightly higher pitch, though not nearly as significantly as Mike Nawrocki's voice acting for Larry the Cucumber. Veggie Tales is a series of childrens books and computer animated videos conveying Christian ideals to children via humorous, anthropomorphic vegetable-shaped characters. ... Mike Nawrocki is the voice actor who plays Larry the Cucumber in the VeggieTales video series. ...


Performances

  • Where's God When I'm S-Scared? -- Co-hosts the episode and plays himself in the "Tales From the Crisper."
  • God Wants Me to Forgive Them? -- Co-hosts the episode and plays Skipper Bob in "Larry's Lagoon."
  • Are You My Neighbor? -- Co-hosts the episode, narrates the story of "Flibber-o-loo," plays himself in "The Hairbrush Song," and plays himself as the captain of the USS Applepies in "The Gourds Must Be Crazy."
  • Rack, Shack & Benny -- Co-hosts the episode, plays Rack (Shadrach) in the story, and translates for Larry in "The Dance of the Cucumber."
  • Dave and the Giant Pickle -- Co-hosts and narrates the episode."
  • The Toy That Saved Christmas -- Plays himself in the story, and plays Santa in "Oh, Santa."
  • Very Silly Songs! -- Co-hosts the sing-along.
  • Larry-Boy and the Fib from Outer Space -- Attempts to co-host the episode, though Larry takes the story over.
  • Josh and the Big Wall -- Co-hosts/narrates the episode.
  • Madame Blueberry -- Plays Butler Bob.
  • Silly Sing-Along 2: The End of Silliness? -- Appears in a non-speaking role in "the Yodeling Veterinarian of the Alps."
  • King George and the Ducky -- Plays an assistant to the king named Louis in the episode, and has a short appearance as himself in "Endangered Love."
  • Lyle the Kindly Viking -- Plays a viking named Otar.
  • The Ultimate Silly Song Countdown -- Appears in "Dance of the Cucumber", "Endangered Love" and "The Hairbrush Song"
  • The Star of Christmas -- Plays Cavis Appythart, a character resembling William Gilbert of playwriting team Gilbert and Sullivan.
  • The Wonderful World of Auto-Tainment! -- Plays himself.
  • Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie -- Plays himself.
  • The Ballad of Little Joe -- Plays a sheriff.
  • An Easter Carol -- Reprises his role as Cavis Appythart.
  • A Snoodle's Tale -- Co-hosts the episode and narrates "A Snoodle's Tale."
  • Sumo of the Opera -- Co-hosts the episode.
  • Duke and the Great Pie War -- Co-hosts the episode and plays Lucas, Duke's best friend.
  • Sheerluck Holmes and the Golden Ruler -- Plays Sheerluck's assistant, Dr. Wattson.
  • The Asparagus of La Muncha -- Plays a sheriff.

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Quotations

Unlike many characters in children's animation, Bob does not have a humorous catchphrase, but he does have some common sayings and several memorable lines:

  • "Hi kids, and welcome to VeggieTales..."
  • "God made you special, and He loves you very much..."
  • "I'm Bob, I'm a tomato, and I'm here to help you!"
  • "Okay no more bunnies. I'm doin' it for my mom! ..."
  • "Uh, shoo there Fluffy!"

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  Results from FactBites:
 
Bob the Tomato - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (696 words)
Bob and co-star, Larry the Cucumber, are the frontveggies for the series.
Voiced by VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer, Bob the Tomato is usually the straightveggie in his partnership with Larry, the "Costello" of the pair, as they introduce many of the stories at the beginning and wrap-up the biblical lesson at the end of most of the cartoons.
Artistic changes were made as well; Bob's body became smaller with proportion to his face and more round, his skin became less shiny and more brightly red, eventually developing a smooth glow, which was more stylistic and probably more kid-friendly.
Tomato Observer (10498 words)
Tomato Observer has noticed, however, that those whose names are known do not themselves appear to be substantively engaged in the creation of quality ideas, nor in their exchange.
Tomato Observer used to imagine that those whose names are known (re)create silly ideas because they are afraid for their economic well-being, their family's standard of living, or even for their very lives.
Tomato Observer has noted that many people in positions of prominence in media, public office, and corporate America, have become so cowed by the panopticon of public opinion they have created, they barely speak at all, let alone speak their minds.
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