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VeggieTales - An Easter Carol
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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.
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
- 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
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I will admit I have only seen one other VeggieTales story, but I was under the impression the series focused on Biblical stories and the teaching of Jesus. This movie was a huge disappointment. Easter is the cornerstone of the Christian faith, and the fact that Jesus' death and resurrection is so briefly mentioned makes no sense.
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.