Clive & Ian’s Wonderblimp of Knowledge


VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer has just released a new DVD called Clive and Ian’s Wonderblimp of Knowledge. The series features two popular puppet brothers from Phil’s ongoing series What’s In The Bible?.

The purple monkey puppet in the background was designed by yours truly. Here’s the final design (you can see my concept sketches in an earlier post):

Monkey Puppet Design

Clive and Ian’s Wonderblimp of Knowledge answers six big questions kids have about God, such as:

  • How old is God?
  • How strong is God? Is he stronger than a Superhero?
  • If God is so busy with the whole universe, can I count on Him?
  • Who made the world?
  • Why do parents sometimes let us down?
  • Is God truthful?


I can’t figure out how to embed the trailer for the DVD but you can watch it here. Here’s a free sample episode Vischer has posted on YouTube:

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Want to order a copy of the DVD? Just click here. (Full disclosure: I don’t get any extra money or royalties if you buy. I just like the series and want to promote it.)

Monkey Puppet is a fun website project from Phil Vischer, creator of VeggieTales. He’s partnered with Focus on the Family to create online daily episodes combining animation, puppetry, and live action to present Biblical concepts to kids in fun and entertaining ways. Sort of like a Christian Sesame Street. It’s really fun stuff!

Much of the site’s content is populated by puppet characters. Recently Phil hired me to create a new monkey puppet for a bit he was working up for the show. He sent me some rough thumbnail doodles and photos of the two puppet characters the monkey would be interacting with. My job was to work up a final design for the puppet, one that would look good next to the other two puppets and feel like it came from the same “puppet world” that they inhabit.

I started with a round of rough thumbnails, playing with various shapes and proportions without deviating too far from the rough design I was given:

Phil picked a design he liked and I sent him some possible color choices. After a few emails back and forth I worked up this final turnaroud for the puppeteer:

Phil recently sent me a photo of the final puppet, and with his permission I’m posting it here:

I don’t know when the episode will go live. When it does it will likely only be available to Jelly Telly subscribers. But if I can get permission I’ll post a screen shot or two.