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VeggieTales - An Easter Carol (2004)

Dan Anderson (III) , Tim Hodge , Tim Hodge  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Dan Anderson (III), Tim Hodge, Mike Nawrocki, Rebecca St. James, Lisa Vischer
  • Directors: Tim Hodge
  • Format: Anamorphic, Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Big Idea
  • DVD Release Date: February 10, 2004
  • Run Time: 49 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00013WWNY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,590 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "VeggieTales - An Easter Carol" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Animated shorts from "Larrboy" & "3-2-1 Penguins"
  • Animation progression reel
  • How to draw the characters
  • Making-of featurette
  • Veggie karoke
  • Interactive storybooks
  • DVD-ROM content
  • Trivia, easter eggs, maze game and more activities

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com

VeggieTales goes Dickensian for this sprightly and inventive take on the Christian significance of Easter. Greedy Ebenezer Nezzer, a Scrooge equivalent and manufacturer of such Easter kitsch as plastic eggs and mechanical chickens, mounts a huge commercial campaign to reap further profits from a day that should be about remembering the resurrection of Jesus. With series regulars Bob the Tomato (cast, fittingly, as a Bob Cratchit type) and Larry the Cucumber on board, An Easter Carol finds Ebenezer led by a music-box angel named Hope (voiced by Rebecca S. James) through a spectral journey to discover the real meaning of Christ's death and return. As usual, the animation is lively but the script is less heavy-handed than some other Biblically inspired VeggieTales. Production art includes some wonderful stained glass backgrounds. The overall effect is clever and pleasing. --Tom Keogh

Product Description

It's back to 1880's London in this companion special to the hit VeggieTales video, The Star of Christmas. In the tradition of a great Dickens classic, Nezzer goes on a wild tour of his past, present and future in the company of Hope, a little Angel with a loving heart. Voiced by Contemporary Christian Music superstar, Rebecca St. James, Hope teaches Nezzer the true meaning of Easter. Filled with music, mechanical chickens and way too many plastic Easter eggs, An Easter Carol, will be an instant holiday classic.

Customer Reviews

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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very cute! February 23, 2004
Format:DVD
There's a lot to love about this DVD - it's got beautiful animation and beautiful music. The angel, voiced by Rebecca St. James, is especially lovely, and her voice is gorgeous. The mechanical chickens and the chicken rap are absolutely hysterical, and the story about Mrs. Nezzer, the Christian grandma, is extremely touching for both young and old.

However, in adapting it from Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," there are times when I thought the story dragged on a bit just for the sake of having "parallels" to the other story. Easter Future was especially convoluted. My 6yo couldn't understand why there could be no Easter just because there wasn't a pretty church nearby ("You don't need a church to believe in Jesus, right, Mommy?") It could have used some serious editing.

This is the most explicitly Christian of all the Veggie Tales videos thus far. The other ones (Jonah, Josh and the Big Wall, The Ballad of Little Joe, Madame Blueberry) all could be said to fall under the general category of "Judeo-Christian values" or Barney-esque "good morality tales," but this one makes explicit to children why belief in Jesus is so important and why Easter is such a joyous occasion. The timing of this video couldn't be better, either. I suspect a lot of little ones will get reminders about Mr. Nezzer when pining after chocolate bunnies this year. =)

Though it has some shortcomings, they are negligible in terms of its overall enjoyability, and it's definitely a beautiful video worth watching.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Piece of Work yet February 23, 2004
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Yes, there's no silly song :(
Yes, Bob and Larry take a back seat to Nezzar :(
But I must say this is such a solid piece of work for Big Idea, that I really can't complain. The music is excellent. The humor is very witty. The characters are very lovable. The only problem is my son just wants to see it over and over and over.
The best part of this video is that for the first time VeggieTales gives the whole Gospel message for kids. It's all here: Jesus birth, life, death, and resurrection! Unlike other VeggieTales which use Old Testament stories as a means to promote great virtues and morals, this video uses a fun story to promote the story of Jesus and the hope we receive from his victory over death. This video isn't branded "Christian" at the end with a single verse from Qwerty, rather it is thoroughly Christian through and through. The closest Big Idea got to this previously was with its Christmas videos--which rightly only focused on Jesus' birth.
This video truly rounds out the VeggieTales catalog. Neither the animation nor the theology could be any better. Although it coincides with the Star of Christmas video, I strongly disagree with the reviewer who says that you need to see that video first. Both of these videos work well as stand-alones...in fact, if I were to buy only one, this is the one of the two to buy.
p.s. Although the packaging refers to two animated shorts, they are nowhere to be found on the DVD. Since the Big Idea website does not refer to these shorts in their description of the product, I am guessing that they were removed from the DVD at the last minute.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Super and Fun February 28, 2004
Format:DVD
Until The Passion of the Christ, the VeggieTales Movie was the highest grossing Christian movie. The Veggie tales are fun for kids and do not have that awful, cheap, washed-out look that so many Christian cartoons have. These are fresh fun and this Easter Carol would be a great addition to any home's library. the material is safe, the Easter message (and NOT the Easter BUNNY junk) is clear. Next Easter, play your The Passion DVD and this DVD for the kids and you to lighten things up once again.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Easter Carol April 2, 2010
Format:DVD
An Easter Carol - Veggie Tales
An Easter Carol is one of the last Veggie movies that was produced under the Big Idea studio (as far as I can tell) and so it is one of the last that has a truly Christian theme. More on that later.
An Easter Carol is a lot like. . . you guessed it "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens. With a few other comedic throw in's from other movies. Mr Nezzer, Millward's (Larry) uncle is the owner of an egg making factory. A plastic egg making factory (with plastic chickens who lay those eggs;) ) Mr Nezzer believes that Easter is all about the eggs, and he is preparing to tear down the church to make an "Easter Land". He is visited by his Grandma (who had passed away the year before) who told him he would have a visitor who would explain to him what he was doing wrong. Hope (Rebecca St. James) is a little angel who takes him to the past, present and future.
The gospel is presented in the very end, mostly in a single song, but it is clear that Jesus is the reason for Easter and that He died on the cross for our sins.

A fun/short little movie about why we celebrate Easter.

** This is a review of a movie my kids got from Grandma and Grandpa this Easter, and has in no way been paid for by Big Idea's, Veggie Tales or anyone else who might have a connection to Veggie Tales

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best veggie tale yet! June 3, 2004
Format:DVD
Wow!
I didn't think they could top my other favorites. This one is simple and direct about the Christian meaning of Easter. I would say that it explains the true meaning of Christianity (pretty impresive for an animated adventure!). The stained glass panels which tell the story at the end of the movie are well done, and I really enjoyed watching this with my kids. This is the best Veggie Tale in a while. My sincere thanks to the people who produced this movie.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Kids like the music.
I always liked the animation up to Esther but the colors are not as bright & the characters look like plush toys. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Stephen B. Priest
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful illustration for children using vegetables as the main and...
Classic Veggie Tales - Wonderful way of illustrating moral lessons for young children from a Christian perspective with vegetables (cucumbers, tomatoes, peas, etc. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Stephen P. Ford
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute with a nice Christian focus
Pretty typical veggie tales movie, not going to teach any deep theology but good clean family fun, I like that it addresses the secular trappings of the holiday and points out the... Read more
Published 9 months ago by LostinCleveland
5.0 out of 5 stars Always a pleasure
VeggieTales has been a family favorite for us for quite a long time now...I am well past the age where this would seem appropriate, but I still love and watch these films... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Lauren
5.0 out of 5 stars My daughter loved it
Nice take on an old classic. My daughter is 3 and loved watching it, you won't be disappointed. Nice veggie movie to add to collection.
Published 10 months ago by Michael J. Roth
5.0 out of 5 stars Added to the collection!
My son's Pre-K4 class loved it and learned a lot. We will be watching it every year at Easter time!
Published 11 months ago by K. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It
As always, Veggie Tales rocks! My 10 year-old likes it and I use it to teach religion to middle school students. Even the middle school students enjoy the silly songs from Larry.
Published 11 months ago by Daphne Stephens
3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't keep my granddaughters interest
I rented this as my little families Easter movie. Unlike other Veggie Tales movies this one didn't keep my 4 year old granddaughter's interest. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Marta Betts
5.0 out of 5 stars Who doesn't love Veggie Tales?!
Always a great message about God and values presented to kids young and old in a manner that is fun, easy to follow, and captivating. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Tess Krane
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
My grandchildren already owned the book and had read it over and over because they like it so much. This DVD was a nice Easter surprise for their family!
Published 11 months ago by Maureen Cook
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