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My children loved Esther. The format was slightly different; it didn't include a "Silly Song" segment, but there was a very silly song about puppies. And my children absolutely loved Esther's song. They got the message about being courageous and trusting God during difficult situations. It was a serious story, but they handled the touchy topics in a way that got the basic idea across without making it too serious, gruesome, or graphic for kids...the usual VeggieTales way. For example instead of being executed, criminals were sent to the Isle of Perpetual Tickling. My children and I highly recommend Esther; they learned a lot, laughed a lot, and sang a lot.
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For a start, I don't know if anything here counts as a spoiler- I just want to stay on the safe side. Okay, so I have always wished that Veggie tales would go back to the exact pattern of the first couple of videos, and this one definitely did NOT. That said, I actually enjoyed it very much. I first saw a picture of Esther, I thought, "A *new* veggie? And she has HAIR?". But she won me over from the start, sweet and cute and talented, perfectly conveying the rolemodelishness of Esther. One review said that the 'Death' like character that take victims to the IPT is a bit too scary for little kids. It's possible... I for one (When I was younger, OK!), and my ultra-sensitive baby sister were far more scared by the Fib from Outer Space- The Death of Tickles was nothing. Esther is (My sister's best friend)'s favorite book of the Bible- I think this did her love justice.
I was rather disappointed with this one. By the time this came out we had watched almost all 13 of the Veggie videos which had already been released by Big IDea, and it was a good thing, since we knew that they were capable of far better things. We thought hard about what made Esther less appealing than the rest of the series, and finally hit on it: the veggies were taking themselves too seriously. The silliness was gone (no Silly Song, even), the wackiness was gone, the Monty-Pythonesque humor was gone, and all we were left with was a beautiful young scallion with hair (but no limbs) and a serious dramatic difficulty before her. Which sounds stupid, and, well, it did kind of come across that way without the zaniness to buoy it. We own it, and we let the kids watch it because there's nothing really *wrong* with it, but we don't enjoy it while it's on.
I was stunned by the graphics in this one. They did an excellent job. The story is well told and moves along at a great pace. I did feel the character who leads the Peas to the Island of perpetual tickling is a little to scary looking for the youngest ones in the audience. Aside, from that this video is awesome.
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