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VeggieTales: Esther: The Girl Who Became Queen 2000

TV-Y7 CC
4.4 out of 5 stars (97) IMDb 7.3/10

The king needs a new queen, and Esther has been chosen! But she's about to find out that being queen is going to take more courage than she ever imagined!

Starring:
Jessica Kaplan, Pamela Thomas
Runtime:
39 minutes

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Genres Drama, Kids & Family
Director Mike Nawrocki
Starring Jessica Kaplan, Pamela Thomas
Supporting actors Phil Vischer, Mike Nawrocki, Kristi V.K. Bramlett, Char Jackson, Eric Metaxas
Studio Big Idea Entertainment
MPAA rating TV-Y7
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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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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Format: VHS Tape
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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Format: VHS Tape
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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