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VeggieTales - Esther, The Girl Who Became Queen [VHS]

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Product Details

  • Format: Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Rated:
    General Audience
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Lyons / Hit Ent.
  • VHS Release Date: January 9, 2001
  • Run Time: 30 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000051WAF
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,571 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

A lonely trumpet solo and a narrator sporting a Jersey accent set a somewhat ominous, Godfather-esque stage for this stylish, 35-minute lesson about courage. But fear not: it's a VeggieTales story after all, and it soon kicks into action. Based on the Bible story of Esther, "just an ordinary girl" who becomes queen of Persia, this animated retelling tosses in the usual cup of Veggie humor to lighten the flavor of its very serious message. Esther, a young green onion, cannot understand why she has been chosen to wed King Xerxes (played by the humble pickle, Mr. Nezzer). Her cousin Mordecai (Pa Grape) assures her that God must have a reason; she soon discovers that her entire family's fate rests upon her ability to show courage under pressure. While this particular tale drops many of the comical sing-along aspects of other favorite VeggieTales (such as Dave and the Giant Pickle and Where Is God When I'm S-Scared), its strength comes from its story line; its rich, inspired artwork; and its impressive musical score. The creative team at Big Idea continues to produce quality Christian videos for the entire family. One quibble: there's no "Silly Songs with Larry" segment. --Liane Thomas


Early into the 14th episode of VeggieTales, the viewer gets a sense that Esther is going to be a veggie of epic proportions. Panoramic shots of the city give the impression that Esther was filmed on location, rather than on one of Big Idea's studio back lots (figuratively speaking, of course), and the soundtrack and musical numbers are as impressive as any found in a Disney feature. The characters are great as always, featuring Pa Grape (God Wants Me to Forgive Them?) as "Mordecai," Mr. Lunt ("The Cheeseburger Song") as "Haman" and a fresh green onion newcomer as the beautiful and sweet "Essie."

The book of Esther is a dramatic story of courage and faith, and it is truly treated as such in this animated adventure. One example is how the hangings of Haman and others are represented: They are banished to the gallows-less land of perpetual tickling, but there is a grim reaper figure who comes to claim his victims (albeit with a large "tickling" feather). Not exactly frightening, but it does come across as a better representation of death than a pie in the face (see King George and the Ducky). Although not as abundant as in other Veggie productions, the trademark wit and nonsensical moments are still here (including a couple of real gut busters), making Esther the complete package. -- Chris McNeece (c) 2000 CCM Communications, Inc. -- From CCM Magazine -- Subscribe Now!

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Format: VHS Tape
I looked at all of the reviews on this page, and one theme kept coming back: that this film is too serious to be a Veggie Tale. I'm sorry if I disagree with all of you, but I think that this is probably one of their finest pieces of animation to date, and my kids love it (they're 6 and 3). Contrary to what everyone seems to be claiming, not all of the Veggie Tales have silly songs segments, and it would be very difficult to make the story of Esther any lighter than this. That being said, this is one of the finest moments in computer animation history, as well as in the history of Veggie Tales. They've tried to do something very different here, and it is this style that will probably inform the announced Veggie Tales movie, since the half-hour format with the Bob and Larry intros would be impossible to sustain for a feature length film. I may be in the minority, but I really like this one.
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I really hate to say this, but I thought Esther was a huge dissappointment. We *adore* VeggieTales and we own [and love] all of them. I was extremely excited about this one with "Esther" in particular, because it would have a female lead character. [I am the mom of a little girl, and that's my only real complaint about VeggieTales - hardly any female main characters. Laura the Carrot is the only recurring female really, and she gets very little air time compared to the guys. Since I'm trying to raise a devout Christian woman, I'd like some help with a couple of female role models!].
How sad I was when I bought this one though - the female lead, Esther, is a whiny, pouty, obnoxious little thing [and I can't even identify her as an actual vegetable - she looks more like a green stick to me]. The wonderful VeggieTale format has been altered with this one [no intro with Bob and Larry, no Silly Song, no closing comment from Querty], much to the detriment of this video, in my opinion. The whole tone of this story is very dark compared to the others, and there are two scenes that include a very scary Grim Reaper who comes out with a feather to take the 'bad guys' to the "Island of Perpetual Tickling". The Grim Reaper scared my two year old to tears, however, and now she screams "No, I'm scared of the Tickling Guy!" and cries if we try to watch Esther again. Not a big plus.
There are some good things about this one however - the animation in particular is spectacular. Also, Pa Grape makes a great showing as Esther's wise cousin Malachai, Mr. Lundt is a very entertaining villian, and Mr. Nezzer as the King is wonderful as well.
I wouldn't neccessarily reccommend Esther - and definitely I'd get all the other VeggieTales first, but this one is probably worth owning for a die hard Veggie Fan.
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Format: DVD
Esther represents a slight departure for the VeggieTales crew. In focusing on the retelling of this story from the Bible, some of the traditional humorous elements from previous videos are gone. Instead, the video focuses completely on the story of the girl picked to be queen who discovers God has placed her there in order to save her people. But will she have the courage to follow through?
Big Idea did a good job of packing all the twists and turns of the story from the Bible into 35 minutes while still making it appropriate for kids. My favorite change was "The Land of Perpetual Tickling." I completely missed the references to "The Godfather," but I�ve never seen those movies to begin with. Still, this explains the reference to "family" and not "the Jews" in the story line. While I missed the "Silly Songs with Larry" segment, it would have broken the flow and tone of the story, and I'm glad it was left out. Instead, we have the hilarious "Lost Puppies" song from the audition scene. And Esther gets several great songs. They might not be the bouncy, upbeat songs we're used to hearing, but they are beautiful songs of God's protection that fit the video well.
This movie was visually the most stunning and complex they had tried to date, and this transfers well to the new DVD release. As always, the DVD contains a behind the scenes featurette and some Easter eggs that give a better idea of what went into the production of this episode. There are some fun things for kids to do (even I enjoyed the maze). But the highlight is the audio commentary with Phil and Mike. This seems to be one of the better ones. They talk a lot about the leaps forward they tried with this episode and what they learned from it. Plus we get to hear why using vegetables is a blessing and a saddlement.
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After eagerly awaiting this new release in the superior VeggieTales series, my family was a bit disappointed. This episode lacks the silliness that makes the others so enjoyable. While my two daughters did enjoy watching the video over and over, I don't think it compares to the other VeggieTales.
As a mother of two girls, I appreciate Big Idea's use of a Biblical story with a heroine. None of the other videos have featured a lead female character. Esther is indeed a story with rebellion, revenge, and violence. Big Idea has toned all this down, of course. Still, it's difficult to find other Biblical tales with women in active, positive roles that don't involve even more violence, vengeance, and worse. Tamar? Rebecca making off with her father's household idols?
I agree with the other reviewer that Esther comes off as a bit whiny. She lacks the vivid characterization at the heart of the appeal of the sorely-missed Bob, Larry, Archibald, et al. In a nutshell: "Esther" is not up to the quality of "Rack, Shack, and Benny" or "Dave and the Giant Pickle." But it is a far better choice for your home collection than 90% of kids' videos around today.
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