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VeggieTales - Esther, The Girl Who Became Queen [VHS]
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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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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.
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.Read more ›
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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Veggie tales are a great way to connect children with gods word.Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
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