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An Easter Carol (Video 2004) Poster

(2004 Video)

Trivia

Rebecca St. James had to "work back into" her Australian accent for this film. She had been in the US for several months prior to her voice recording, and her accent had become "Americanized".
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Although this film was produced and released after The Star of Christmas (2002), that story was actually written later, as a sort of prequel. The two were written as a matched set of "bookends" for the two most important holidays in Christianity.
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The oval picture on the wall in the Gilberts' home is Charles Dickens, author of A Christmas Carol which this video is based on.
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St. Michael's orphanage was named in honor of Mike Nawrocki.
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The stained glass artwork during "Hope Song" is animated (some scenes more than others). The final panel, showing Jesus resurrected, has a very subtle animation of His ascension.
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When the lyrics for Mr. Nezzer's song were written, the song was intended to be fast paced (like the "Bunny Song" in VeggieTales: Rack, Shack & Benny (1995)). However, when the score was composed, the song was slow. As a result, this is one of the longest (if not *the* longest) songs in VeggieTales videos.
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The stained glass was created as a plot device to help tell the story of Easter without having to show Jesus as a vegetable.
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EASTER EGG: From the main menu, select "Fun!", then go right. You will see a large Easter egg. Press Enter to see David Pitts discussing how clever editing can simplify the animation of complex scenes. He shows rough-rendered versions of the "Bob and Nezzer spinning in the factory" scene to demonstrate.
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EASTER EGG: From the Features menu, select "Stained Glass Documentary", then go right. You will see a large Easter egg. Press Enter to see David Pitts discussing the design and development of Hope's character, and showing some maquette sculpture footage.
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EASTER EGG: From the Fun! menu, select "Main Menu", then go left. You will see a large Easter egg. Press Enter to see some footage of the exploding factory scene with Big Idea animators inserted into the bucket.
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EASTER EGG (sort of): From the Fun! menu, solve the "Get Mr. Nezzer To Church" maze. You will see a brief video of Rebecca St. James discussing "Hope's Song".
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Granny Nezzer tells Mr. Nezzer that he will have a vision - a deliberate departure from the ghosts of Charles Dickens' Christmas Carol. Ghosts were deemed to be inappropriate in a Christian kids' video.
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Phil Vischer originally contacted Rebecca St. James to get permission to use her recording of "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" in The Star of Christmas (2002). That negotiation failed, but they remained in contact, eventually landing her the role of Hope in this video.
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

When Mr. Nezzer gives the Hope music box to Edmund (Junior) at the end, it is a metaphor for the hope that he wants to give Edmund by supporting his medical needs.
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