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July 8, 1966
|Education||University of Illinois|
|Occupation||Voice Actor, Writer, Director, Animator, Composer, Producer, Editor, Company Executive, Songwriter|
Michael Nawrocki (born July 8, 1966) is an American animator, writer and voice actor. He is the co-founder (along with Phil Vischer) and Executive Vice President of Big Idea Entertainment, the company best known for bringing computer-animated vegetables to life in the popular VeggieTales series. Nawrocki is a voice actor who performs several of the VeggieTales characters, including Larry the Cucumber. His work as writer and director includes directing most of the "Silly Songs with Larry" segments, along with several of the VeggieTales episodes, and developing the 3-2-1 Penguins! series. He directed The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie.
Life and career
Nawrocki originally wanted a career in the medicine field. He studied at St. Paul Bible College (now Crown College) where he met Phil Vischer while serving on a puppet ministry. Nawrocki later enrolled at the University of Illinois-Chicago, and joined Vischer at GRAFx, Michael helped to finance his medical education by taking a job with Renaissance Video, a video production facility where he gained experience in video production and animation. In 1994, Michael Nawrocki left Film & Tape Works, a company that had purchased GRAFx Studios, and his future in medicine to join Vischer and founded Big Idea Productions.
After the Vischer's departure from Big Idea, Mike Nawrocki took charge of the company.
On September 30, 2008, Big Idea, Inc. announced that Michael Nawrocki has been appointed Vice President of Development. He will "oversee all creative and production at the Big Idea studio," "spearhead the development and launch of new series, brands and properties for Big Idea," will have the "initial focus will include developing an original new VeggieTales TV series," and "cultivate new strategic partnerships and alliances in the creative community to help expand the Big Idea portfolio."
He resides in Franklin, Tennessee with his wife Lisa, and his two children, Alejandra "Ally" and Michael Jr. Nawrocki
"Veggies" voiced by Mike Nawrocki
As co-creator of VeggieTales, Nawrocki has voiced hundreds of characters. These are the most notable.
Books by Nawrocki include the following:
- Bob Lends a Helping . . . Hand? (2003) ISBN 0-310-70538-X (co-author with Cindy Kenney)
- Peas and Thank You! (2003) ISBN 0-310-70540-1 (writing as the voice of Larry the Cucumber)
- The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything and Me! (2004) (co-author with Karen Poth)
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