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—Dave Edison

Synopsis: But children at nearby St. Bart's Church are planning a nativity play for the same evening, and they plan to feature the Star of Christmas, a religious artifact unseen by the public for decades. The London Post Gazette writes a front-page story about the nativity play and the Star, and Cavis and Millward hatch a plan to make their musical better than the children's play.

Reaction: Simple and well made. Not my favorite Christmas movie, nor my favorite VeggieTale, but it's still solid.

Personal Rating: 7/10

Select Cast and Crew
Tim Hodge => Director / Charles Pincher / Walla Group (voice)
Phil Vischer => Writer / Percy Pea / Uncle Ebenezer (Mr. Nezzer) / Phillipe Pea / Prince Fredrick (Mr. Lunt) / Cast Members (voice) / Arthur Hollingshead (Archibald Asparagus) / Seymour Schwenk (Pa Grape) / Plumber (Jimmy Gourd) / Stranger Pea / Cavis Appythart (Bob the Tomato) / Faerie Peas
Chris Davis => Composer
Christopher Davis => Composer
Dan Anderson => Rev. Gilbert (Dad Asparagus) (voice)
Jacquelyn Ritz => Miss Effie Pickering (Madame Blueberry) / Laura Carrot (voice)
Jim Poole => Moyer (Scooter) (voice)
Josh Vulcano => Angel Pea (voice)
Lisa Vischer => Edmond Gilbert (Junior Asparagus) (voice)
Matthew Hodge => Wiseman Pea (voice)
Mike Nawrocki => Cast Members (voice) / Winston (Jean Claude Pea) / Constable (Jerry Gourd) / Faerie Peas / Stranger Pea / Millward Phelps (Larry the Cucumber)
Mike Sage => Tradesman (voice)
Shelby Vischer => Abigail (Annie) (voice)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • EASTER EGG: From the Fun! menu, select "Family Fun Activity", then go right. You will see a large Star. Press Enter to hear and read about an advertising jingle Cavis and Millward wrote early in their careers, for "Goldie's Hogbottom Lard".
  • EASTER EGG: From the Features menu, select "Progression Reel", then go left. You will see a large Star. Press Enter to see Tim Hodge discussing playing the harmonica in the film.
  • Phil Vischer originally wanted to use Rebecca St. James' recording of O Come, O Come Emmanuel for the end titles for this video, but was unable to acquire the rights (a new recording was used instead, but with a similar musical arrangement). However, because of the contact he had with St. James during the negotiations, he was able to arrange for her to do the character voicework as Hope in the sequel, An Easter Carol.
  • Real-life playwrights [?] William S. Gilbert and [?] Arthur Sullivan (a.k.a. Gilbert and Sullivan) are referenced in several ways:
    • Cavis and Millward are loosely inspired by Gilbert and Sullivan
    • On the wall of Cavis' office are framed posters for H.M.S. Pinafore and The Mikado, two of Gilbert and Sullivans' most famous works
    • The Asparagus family becomes the Gilbert family
    • Also, The Mikado was later used as the basis for the final segment of VeggieTales: Sumo of the Opera.
  • Although this film was produced and released prior to An Easter Carol, that story was actually written first. The two were written as a matched set of "bookends" for the two most important holidays in Christianity.