An Easter Carol: Review by William Mortensen Vaughan
As of: 8:40 p.m. E.S.T., Saturday, April 22, 2017


Title:  " An Easter Carol
featuring the voice of Phil Vischer as Ebenezer Nezzer
My Rating:   ****

Adaptation: Veggie Tales

Date Released: Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Format Reviewed: 3D, animated film, on DVD

Is this adaptation reverent?: Yes, this adaptation is very reverent, in a humorous way, featuring a collared, Christian Priest, the Reverend Gilbert Asparagus (voice of Dan Anderson.

Does it include the phrase, "God bless us..."? Yes.

What does my wife think of it? She thinks it's unusually reverent, and kind of funny.

How closely does this adaptation follow the original novel, by Charles Dickens? This adaptation is an Easter-oriented adaptation of the novel, in a world inhabited by walking, talking vegetables. It therefore does not follow the original novel very closely, but does have recognizable similarities. Ebenezer Nezzer is obviously "the Scrooge," but, instead of being visited by the ghost of a former partner, he is visited by the ghost of his grandmother.

The Priest's son, Edmund (voice of Lisa Vischer) is comparable to Tiny Tim, so his father is comparable to Bob Cratchit.

Mr. Nezzer has a nephew, Millward (voice of Mike Nawrocki), who also works for him, as does a tomato named Bob (voice of Phil Vischer).

What dialect is used? British English.

When and where does this adaptation take place? In a fantasy world inhabited by walking, talking vegetables...

Is this adaptation a prequel or a sequel? No.

Is this adaptation supernatural? Yes, this adaptation is supernatural; it features ghosts and time travel.

Is this adaptation "framed"? No.

What original musical numbers and/or dance routines are included? This film is a musical, so the characters sometimes sing to "talk."

How attractive is the visual art? The three-dimensional, animated art is good, but creepy.

How creative and instense are the transitions, especially when "the Scrooge" is taken from one time and/or place to another? The transitions are good, with effective scene cutting.

What is the most remarkable thing about this adaptation? The most remarkable thing about this adaptation is that the main characters are walking, talking vegetables. It's also unusual for adaptations of A Christmas Carol to be about Easter, instead of Christmas.

What extras are included on the DVD? [TBC]

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