An Easter Carol


An Easter Carol

Infobox_Film
name = An Easter Carol


caption = DVD cover
writer = Tim Hodge
director = Tim Hodge
producer =
distributor = Sony Wonder
starring = Phil Vischer,
Mike Nawrocki,
Rebecca St. James,
Lisa Vischer,
Tim Hodge,
Dan Anderson
music = Kurt Heinecke
released = February 10, 2004 | runtime = 49 minutes
language = English
preceded_by = "The Ballad of Little Joe"
followed_by = "A Snoodle's Tale"
imdb_id = 0410839

"An Easter Carol" is the 21st episode in the "VeggieTales" animated series, released in early 2004 on DVD and VHS format. It lacks a subtitle, but the lesson it conveys is to remind viewers of the Christian significance of Easter. It is longer than most episodes, running to approximately 45 minutes.

The episode is a reworking of "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens. The storyline is similar with Mr. Nezzer playing the role of Ebenezer. It is the sequel to "The Star of Christmas" and picks up where that episode left off with Cavis and Millward going to work in Mr. Nezzer's Easter Egg factory.

'Hope the Music Box Angel' is voiced by popular Christian singer Rebecca St. James.

Cast of characters

* Mr. Nezzer as Ebenezer Nezzer
* Bob the Tomato as Cavis Appythart
* Larry The Cucumber as Millward Phelps
* Junior Asparagus as Edmund Gilbert
* Dad Asparagus as Reverend Gilbert
* Mom Asparagus as Rachel Gilbert
* Rebecca St. James as Hope the Music Box Angel

Plot

The movie opens with Ebenezer Nezzer visiting his grandmother's grave. We see that we're in a city that has echoes of Victorian London. Ebenezer is a rich, plastic-Easter-egg-factory owner. The local church is having a new window unveiling service the next day on Easter. We find out Ebenezer used to go with his grandmother to church, but no longer goes. Reverend Gilbert and his son Edmond agree to visit Ebenezer later on and invite him to the unveiling service.

Next we see Ebenezer's factory which is full of mechanical chickens hatching plastic Easter eggs. Cavis Appythart and Millward Phelps are workers in the factory and the two are arguing over who should approach Ebenezer and ask for a day off for Easter. When they finally do ask, Ebenezer goes into a long history of how his grandmother started Easter by making Easter eggs. Before Grandma Nezzer died she whispered in Ebenezer's ear, "Tell every single person Easter means no death." Ebenezer took this to mean that as long as he kept making Easter eggs, his grandmother would be kept alive. This is why he plans to tear down the church and build Easterland in its place.

The Reverend and his son have arrived. Cavis and Millward attempt to persuade Mr Nezzer not to pull down the church, but Ebenezer refuses to listen, and fires Cavis and Millward from the Easter Egg factory.

Evening arrives and everyone is worrying about the demolition of the church. Ebenezer is in his factory planning details for Easterland when he falls asleep. He sees a vision of his grandmother who tells him he has "missed the point" and that he will receive a visitor to help him understand. Meanwhile Cavis and Millward are trying to break into the factory to steal the blueprints for Easterland.

Ebenezer has fallen asleep waiting for the visitor when a clockwork egg suddenly opens and Hope emerges. She wakes Ebenezer and starts showing him Easter past - a church service. They see young Ebenezer and his grandmother. Grandma Nezzer is trying to get Ebenezer to listen to the sermon but the youngster is busy selling his Easter eggs. Next, Hope shows him Easter a year ago, when Ebenezer first started making plastic Easter eggs. He talks to an inventor and gets the latter to design the mechanical chickens, although does not pay him (although he does give him an early free pass to Easterland).

They return to Easter present and visit the Reverend's house. Ebenezer finds out that little Edmond is very ill and will not live for another year if nothing changes. He is shocked and bewildered to see how Edmond's parents can be so calm with such news. Hope asks him if he's ready to listen and he nods.

Hope takes him back to the church and tells him the story of Jesus' birth, ministry, death and resurrection in song, using the stained glass windows.

Then Hope welcomes Nezzer to 'Easter future'. The church is being demolished. The orphanage is gone and without the hope of Easter the once-brave policeman has lost the courage to stop robbers. Little Edmond has died. Ebenezer is horrified at what he has done. Hope disappears back into the egg and Ebenezer pleads with her to come back because they need her. He rushes back to the church to try and stop the demolition, and wakes up.

He discovers it is still Easter present and that he has a second chance. He stops the demolition crew just as they are about to start tearing down the church.

Millward suddenly rushes in. Cavis is trapped in the factory and the chickens are overheating. The entire place is about to explode.

Nezzer rushes back into the factory to save Cavis and they escape by being catapulted out of one of the factory's windows by one of the machines as the building explodes. It starts raining Easter eggs across the town from the explosion and Nezzer promises to help young Edmond get the medicine he needs with the money he has left after fixing the orphanage.

See also

* List of A Christmas Carol adaptations

References

1. http://www1.epinions.com/content_136884686468

2. http://www.veggietalesreview.com/2006/08/06/veggietales-an-easter-carol/

External links

* [http://bigidea.com/products/shows/shows_content.aspx?pid=35 Official Website]
* [http://www.qubo.com/veggie_show.asp Veggietales at Qubo.com]
* [http://christiancartoons.blogspot.com/2007/05/veggietales-christian-animation-cg-3d.html VeggieTales] at [http://christiancartoons.blogspot.com/ Christian Cartoons Online]
* [http://www.darrenandchristy.com/veggie/classic/index.html Ultimate Veggie]
*The Star of Christmas Video Clips at Big Idea .com
*The Star of Christmas Show Trailer at Big Idea .com
*The Making of The Star of Christmas at Big Idea .com
*The Star of Christmas Sneak Peek at Big Idea .com


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