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"I'm sorry, that I scared you, when you saw me on TV."
— Phil Winklestein

Phil Winklestein is the minor character of VeggieTales. He is an actor from Toledo, Ohio. Everyone calls him by his monster name, Frankencelery, due to that portrayal being his most famed role.


Bob and Larry explained to Junior that he doesn't need to be afraid because God created us and will protect us. They then introduce to him the real Frankencelery. He apologized for scaring Junior, explaining that he is actually a guy named Phil Winklestein from Toledo and was only acting in the movie. This made Junior feel better and he was no longer scared of him. Phil later appeared in the Silly Song The Yodeling Veterinarian of the Alps singing with the Scallions. He later sang with them yet again in the songs in Larry Learns to Listen and Bob Lends a Helping Hand.


Young Ebenezzer

But there's nothing here! Not even a jellybean...

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Very Veggie Silly Stories

Fun Facts


  • His voice is quite similar to Jimmy Gourd's.
  • Despite being a day one character, he only made two significant appearances during the show's initial run.
    • This doesn't count his final appearances in two of the compilation DVDs.
  • He is likely based on the late classic horror film actor Boris Karloff (best known for portraying Frankenstein's Monster, The Mummy, and the 1966 Grinch).