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"Faith is being sure of what we hope for, and certain of what we do not see."
— Reverend Gilbert
AnEasterCarol
An Easter Carol
Directed by

Tim Hodge

Produced by

David Pitts

Written by

John Duckworth
(Story)
Based on
A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens

Tim Hodge
Phil Vischer
Keith Lango

Music by

Kurt Heinecke

Distributed by

Warner Home Video
(Mass market)
Word Entertainment
(Christian market)

Released

2003
(production year)
February 7, 2004
(Christian market)
February 10, 2004
(Mass market)

Runtime

49 minutes

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The Ballad of
Little Joe

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A Snoodle's Tale

An Easter Carol is the twenty-first episode of VeggieTales.

It is the sequel to the previous special The Star of Christmas, and an adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.

Plot

The special begins during the winter. As the opening titles shows, Ebenezer Nezzer (played by Mr. Nezzer) visits the grave of his deceased grandmother in the cemetery to pay his respects.

Months later, it is now spring, one day before Easter, as everyone in the illustrious town of London is singing about it being "Another Easter Day," selling Easter lilies and looking for Easter eggs. However, Mr. Nezzer is the only one not interested in the festivities of Easter. A little orphan girl (played by Laura Carrot) is selling lilies as a fundraiser to save the orphanage, giving a lily to the Constable (played by Jerry Gourd). Mr. Nezzer then hops by, as the orphan girl tries to sell him a lily, but he's not interested, saying that a lily is real and won't last forever, whereas a plastic Easter egg will last forever, handing one to Laura. She tells him that his Grandmother always bought an Easter lily but he tells her his Grandmother made Easter. Mr. Nezzer then tells Laura that she has to pay for the egg, before she throws it back at him.

At St. Bart's Church, Reverend Gilbert (played by Dad Asparagus), his wife Mrs. Gilbert (played by Mom Asparagus), and Edmund Gilbert (played by Junior Asparagus) are preparing to unveil a brand new stained glass window on the church on Easter Sunday, with help from their friend Moyer (played by Scooter Carrot). While Edmund and his father are getting everything ready, Ebenezer passes by the church, with Edmund wondering why Mr. Nezzer hasn't been coming to church lately. Reverend Gilbert explains that Ebenezer Nezzer used to attend the church's Easter service with his Grandmother but stopped coming to church after his Grandmother died. In the process of this explanation, it is revealed that Edmund has been inflicted with a serious disease. Meanwhile, at Mr. Nezzer's egg factory, we are treated to a multitude of mechanical chickens working without rest to lay plastic eggs for Easter sales. Cavis Appythart (played by Bob the Tomato) and Millward Phelps (played by Larry the Cucumber) have been working at the factory for more than a year to pay him back as punishment for burning down his theater, with the two of them arguing about their punishment which one of them will ask Mr. Nezzer for a day off to attend the Easter service at the church. When Mr. Nezzer enters the factory, Cavis and Millward approach him, with Millward attempting to ask Mr. Nezzer for a day off, but he chickens out at the last minute, claiming that he "panicked." Because of this, Cavis is forced to do the honors of asking Mr. Nezzer for a day off, as well as the fact that the chickens are getting tired, but Mr. Nezzer turns down this request, saying that if no one buys his eggs, the factory will go out of business.

Mr. Nezzer then leads the duo to his office, showing them a portrait of his Grandmother Nezzer, before he proceeds to sing that 113 years ago, his Grandmother began to sell Easter eggs, which prompted her to build a factory to sell Easter eggs to people in town, right up before she died. Even after his Grandmother's death, Ebenezer will continue to carry on his Grandmother's legacy to produce more Easter eggs, taking to heart that his Grandmother told him that "Easter means no death." Unfortunately, Ebenezer took this message a bit too literally, thinking that it means that his Grandmother will never die as long as he continues to produce more and more Easter eggs. At that moment, Reverend Gilbert and Edmund enter Mr. Nezzer's office, asking him if he will be attending the Easter service tomorrow, but Mr. Nezzer answers that he won't, because he thinks that the church takes people away from having to buy his eggs, before announcing that he will be building an Easter-themed park known as Easterland, saying that it will have all of the things that are provided at Easter, such as Easter egg hunts and all-you-can-eat chocolate bunny buffets. When Mr. Nezzer announces that he will be building Easterland right where the church is, everyone is shocked, telling Mr. Nezzer that he cannot do that, but Mr. Nezzer doesn't care, before he fires Cavis and Millward, and tells them that "The world will be a better place if that church was never built." Afterwards, Cavis, Millward, Reverend Gilbert, and Edmund are upset that Mr. Nezzer actually intends to destroy the church. Edmund asks what to do and the Reverend assures him they just need to have hope.

Later that night, at St. Bart's Church, Moyer meets with the young girl she asks about the church and what will happen to the orphanage. He confirms it is true and offers to see her home. At the house, Edmund is bed, telling his father that Mr. Nezzer can't tear down the church, before Reverend Gilbert tells him that everything will turn out okay soon, which Edmund feels a little bit better about as he goes to sleep after that. At the same time this happens, Moyer is able to escort the orphan girl back home to the orphanage. Back at the factory, Ebenezer is still mulling over the plans for Easterland, telling the portrait of his Grandmother that it will be just what she wanted. Seconds later, Ebenezer then falls asleep as the Easterland plans then fall to the floor after that. After some time has passed, Ebenezer is suddenly awakened when he hears a voice calling out to him. When Mr. Nezzer is awakened, wondering who is calling out to him, he looks up at the portrait of his Grandmother, before an image of his Grandmother comes out from the picture frame and says, "Surprise!" This surprises Ebenezer so much that he faints to the ground, with Grandmother Nezzer telling him to get up off the floor. Ebenezer then gets up screaming that his Grandmother is a ghost, but his Grandmother tells him that there are no such things as ghosts and that she's merely just a vision that he is having, before telling him in song that he didn't listen and that he really missed the point. When Ebenezer is confused about what his Grandmother is talking about, Grandmother Nezzer answers that it's about Easter and that "You got it all backwards and upside-down!" Grandmother Nezzer then tells Ebenezer that at midnight, he will receive another visitor to tell him all about the true meaning of Easter. After that, Ebenezer wakes up after hearing a loud crashing sound from outside.

Outside of the factory, it is revealed that the loud crashing sound was caused by a trash can that Cavis and Millward have accidentally knocked over. Cavis then tells Millward to watch where he's going, before Millward says that he's sorry. We then learn that Cavis and Millward are planning to sneak into the factory so that they can take the plans for Easterland in order to prevent Mr. Nezzer from building Easterland on the land where St. Bart's Church is. Millward is hesitant about doing so, saying that the last time they tried "borrowing" something, it didn't work out so well. The two then proceed to put the first plan into action, which involves Millward giving Cavis a boost to try to get over the wall to the factory. Back inside the factory, Ebenezer is nervously helping himself to a cup of tea, intending to stay awake for the second visitor that the vision of Grandmother Nezzer told him about, just as the clock is almost midnight. Ebenezer then claims that he's not going to fall asleep, but he immediately drops off to sleep after a few seconds. Back outside the factory wall, Cavis is about close to reaching the wall, when Millward suddenly tells him to act casual. When Cavis is confused about this, it turns out that the Constable was passing by, when he notices Millward standing next to the factory wall, with Millward trying to act innocent, despite the Constable staring suspiciously at him. Millward then starts whistling just as the Constable then walks past once again, before Cavis then falls on top of Millward after that.

Back inside the office, Ebenezer is still asleep, just as the clock then strikes midnight, before the easter egg music box that sits on the shelf above the fireplace opens up and a beautiful angel named Hope pops out of it and the egg becomes a skirt for her for her dress. Hope then goes over to Ebenezer to wake him up, but when she pokes him, he does not respond, before she uses her key to smack him in the face, waking him up and causing him to run around in a panic, before he notices Hope and becomes terrified, mistaking her for a bug, before Hope retorts with "Do I look like a bug to you?!?" When Ebenezer correctly guesses that Hope is the visitor that his Grandmother told him about, Hope then asks Ebenezer if he remembered anything that his Grandmother told him, before she also asks him what the true point of the church is, with Ebenezer stating that it keeps people from buying his eggs, but Hope tells him that's wrong, before telling him that she's taking him on a little trip to teach him all about the true meaning of Easter. Soon, Hope and Ebenezer are flying through the sky, though Ebenezer has a tough time trying to stay upright during the flight, though he and Hope do manage to dodge fireplaces while flying. However, the second time, Ebenezer isn't so lucky as he winds up running into the cross of the church that he and Hope have arrived at. Hope then notices Ebenezer still on the church cross before she brings him back down again.

After making a bumpy landing, Ebenezer asks where they are, before Hope answers that they are at St. Bart's Church. Ebenezer and Hope then enter the church, where there is an Easter service going on as they walk down the aisles, before Ebenezer is surprised to see his Grandmother alive and well, but becomes surprised to see a young boy that he does not recognize sitting next to his Grandmother. Hope then tells Ebenezer that the boy is him, and that they are in Easter Past. Young Ebenezer opens up one of the Easter eggs that he got, but is dismayed to find that it's empty. When Young Ebenezer is surprised to hear that Christmas is actually connected to Easter, Grandmother Nezzer tells him that you cannot have one without the other. After that, Ebenezer and Hope and then exit the church, before finding that they are back in the office of the factory again, with Ebenezer thinking that he is back home again, but becomes dismayed to find a clone of himself in the office, before Hope reminds him that they are still in Easter Past, with them in Easter from the previous year. The past Ebenezer is mourning the death of his Grandmother, telling her that the chickens haven't been the same ever since she died. The Past Ebenezer then hears the door knock and goes to answer it, as Seymour Schwenk (played by Pa Grape) enters the office while carrying a wind-up toy that he invented and sets it on the table. Seymour then explains his newest invention to Ebenezer, demonstrating it as it opens up, showing two bunnies wearing Easter suits while playing soothing music. When Seymour asks Ebenezer if he called for an inventor, Ebenezer explains in song (in a similar matter to that of The Music Man's "Rock Island") that he did and that he wants Seymour to invent a bunch of mechanical chickens that can lay plastic eggs so that his plastic egg sales will be back on top again. However, Seymour stops him, saying that Easter isn't about eggs and chocolate and baskets, but when Ebenezer tells him that it's for a greater purpose, Seymour reluctantly decides to grant Ebenezer's request. The current Ebenezer and Hope have been watching the whole thing, with Hope asking Ebenezer if he ever paid Seymour for what he did, to which Ebenezer replies that he didn't, but he did give Seymour a free life-time pass to Easterland.

After that, Ebenezer and Hope then exit from the office, finding themselves back outside the factory this time, to which Hope explains to Ebenezer that they are now in Easter Present. The two then go over to St. Bart's Church, where they see Reverend Gilbert, Mrs. Gilbert, and Moyer talking about how Mr. Nezzer is too stubborn to attend church and that he cannot get away with tearing down the church, as well as the hope of Easter that awaits them, regarding Edmund's current condition. This time, Ebenezer is willing to hear the whole story of Easter from Hope. This time, Ebenezer now finds himself into the church, where Hope sings about how Jesus was born on Christmas day and all the miracles he did, as well as the people that opposed him and sentenced him to die on the cross. Of course, it is also explained that even though Jesus died on the cross, he rose again to give everyone hope. After the song ends, Ebenezer finally understands the true meaning of Easter, telling Hope that he understands now. However, Hope then reminds Ebenezer of his previous statement about how he thinks that the world would be a better place without the church, before introducing him to Easter Future.

Before Ebenezer can react, a wrecking ball suddenly begins striking the church, before Ebenezer finds himself falling through a void until he lands on the sidewalk, where he discovers the orphan girl standing in front of him trying to sell some pencils. However, Winston (played by Jean-Claude Pea) tells the orphan girl to go home, but she says that she can't go home because the orphanage no longer exists. Hope then explains to Ebenezer that ever since the church got torn down, so did the orphanage. Charlie Pincher then steals the orphan girl's pencils, but when the Constable tries to stop Mr. Pincher, Mr. Pincher taunts him, asking him what he's going to do, to which the Constable meekly replies, "Nothing. Nothing at all." Hope also explains to Ebenezer that the only reason the Constable was confident enough to catch criminals was because the hope of Easter made him confident. Ebenezer and Hope then come to the cemetery, where Ebenezer is horrified to discover that Edmund has passed away, with Reverend Gilbert coming to pay his respects. Ebenezer tries asking Hope what he can do, but Hope turns back into a music box once again, before Ebenezer returns to town to see the church still being destroyed. A part of the steeple on the church then falls off and falls towards Ebenezer, just as he quickly wakes up and finds himself back in his office again.

After waking up, Ebenezer looks out the window and asks the orphan girl what day it is, to which the orphan girl answers that it's Easter Sunday, which Ebenezer is joyous to hear, before he heads out towards the church, but not without taking the music box with him. Outside of the factory, Cavis and Millward are still trying to enter the factory, with no success, even though Cavis has a bunch of balloons tied to him. Mr. Nezzer then runs out from the gates of the factory, before Cavis notices that the gates are open, before he and Millward rush towards the factory, but Millward isn't too sure about the state of the factory. At St. Bart's Church, everyone has been gathered, with Reverend Gilbert telling them that this is their last service in the church before it is to be destroyed. However, after a few seconds, a bunch of pea workers show up, stating that the church must come down, but before they can even deliver the first blow to the church, Ebenezer stops them, telling everyone that he finally understands the true meaning of Easter, and that it's all about hope and how death is not the end. He then gives the music box to Edmund and tells everyone that he's seen the future of Easter and that you would not want to go there. Everyone is happy to hear that Ebenezer has finally changed his ways about Easter, before Millward shows up, warning everyone that Cavis is trapped in the factory, which is slated to blow because of the chickens that had been working overtime.

At the factory, everything has begun to overheat, especially the mechanical chickens, as Cavis quickly races out from the office while carrying the plans for Easterland. Unfortunately, the exit gets blocked off by a bunch of debris, leaving Cavis trapped inside the factory. Ebenezer then shows up by use of the emergency exit, which Cavis is surprised then angry about, telling Mr. Nezzer that he is not going to build Easterland, but Mr. Nezzer tells him that he didn't come for the plans, he came for Cavis, which Cavis is surprised then happy to hear. Before they can escape, the ramp for the emergency exit ends up getting destroyed, so Mr. Nezzer and Cavis have to find an alternate way to escape from the factory. They have until the needle on the pressure gauge hits the red, which means that the factory will explode at that time. Fortunately, Ebenezer comes up with an idea as he and Cavis get into the egg cart, before a mechanical claw picks up the cart and starts swinging it around, with Ebenezer telling Cavis not to push the yellow button for the remote until he says so. Outside of the factory, everyone has approached the doors, with Millward saying that all of the exits are blocked, but Reverend Gilbert tells him that their police officer is one of the bravest on the force. The Constable then charges forward to break down the doors, but unfortunately, he only succeeds in knocking himself silly, just as Millward says "Officer down." Back inside the factory, the mechanical claw still continues swinging the cart around with Mr. Nezzer and Cavis in it. As the needle gets closer to the red, the claw gets faster and faster--fast enough to fling them out. When the needle hits the red on the gauge, Mr. Nezzer tells Cavis to push the button, which Cavis does, which causes the claw to throw the cart out one of the windows, just as the factory explodes after that, as everyone starts following after the airborne cart.

The cart continues to bounce all over town, until it finally reaches the ground and comes to a stop, to which Cavis climbs out of the cart and kisses the ground in relief. Seconds later, it is now raining plastic Easter eggs as everyone is happy to see that Mr. Nezzer and Cavis are all right, as well as the fact that Mr. Nezzer has finally seen the light about Easter. Of course, Cavis expresses concern that all of the money that Mr. Nezzer made has now gone up in smoke from the explosion, before a loud clang is heard. It turns out that the safe with all of the money has survived the explosion of the factory. Once that's over with, everyone, including Ebenezer, then starts to attend the Easter service, all while singing a reprise of "Another Easter Day."

Later, Ebenezer has approached his Grandmother's grave again, this time with a more positive attitude, and places a lily on her grave while telling her "I'll see you later.", before he hops off after that, as the special ends.

Characters

Songs

Other Languages

  • أغاني ‏القيامة (Arabic) (Resurrection Songs)
  • 開心復活雷節 (Cantonese) (Happy Easter Day)
  • Uskršnja pjesma (Croatian) (Easter Song)
  • Pääsiäiskertomus (Finnish) (Easter Story)
  • Eine Ostergeschichte (German) (An Easter Story)
  • Húsvéti történet (Hungarian) (Easter Story)
  • 復活節特案 (Mandarin) (Taiwan) (Easter Special Case)
  • En påskefortelling (Norwegian) (An Easter Story)
  • سرود عید پاک (Persian) (Easter Hymn)
  • Um Conto de Páscoa (Portuguese) (Brazil) (An Easter Tale)
  • Пасхальная песенка (Russian) (Easter Song)
  • Velikonočna pesem (Slovenian) (Easter Song)
  • Un Cuento de Pascua (Spanish) (Latin America) (An Easter Story)
  • Niềm hy vọng trong lễ Phục Sinh (Vietnamese) (Hope in Easter)

Production

Having previously made a Christmas special, Phil Vischer knew that he would eventually have to make an Easter special. However, he couldn't figure out a proper way to tell the story of Easter without portraying Jesus as a vegetable.

In 1998, Phil hired 4 writers, including John Duckworth and Doug Peterson, to pitch several different story ideas. While Doug would pitch a future Larry-Boy episode, John pitched an idea called An Easter Carol, starring Ebenezer Nezzer, "..who's conception of Easter is as hollow as the plastic eggs he makes in his factory". Phil thought this was a wonderful idea, and a perfect way to tell the story of Easter. When production started in early 2001, an employee at Big Idea suggested that a new Christmas special be made alongside the Easter special. Phil agreed with this, but soon realized that if he wanted to properly tell the story of Easter, the Christmas special had to be released first.

Despite Phil liking the story, he still struggled to find a way to truly explain the story of Jesus' resurrection. However, in a brainstorming session with several Big Idea employees, one of them suggested telling the story through stained-glass windows.

Home Media

Main article: An Easter Carol/Home Video

Features

Trailer Appearances

Fun Facts

  • Moral: Easter is about the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Trivia

  • This is the first episode for a few things:
    • The first Easter episode.
    • The first episode not to have the Boyz in the Sink since their debut appearance.
    • The first episode that used explosion effects on the animation.
  • This is the last episode for several things:
    • The last episode of VeggieTales to be animated entirely by Big Idea. The next episode will begin the process of the show being animated outside of the company (beginning with Jam Filled Toronto).
      • For the next episode, it will start off with the characters, while the layout is still done by Big Idea. The next episode after that episode would be the first episode to be entirely animated outside of the company for the whole episode.
    • The last episode where Scott Nelson worked on.
    • The last holiday episode to be filmed in 4:3.
    • The last episode to not use the VeggieTales Theme Song until Saint Nicholas.
    • The last holiday episode to be released on VHS.
    • The last Holiday episode of the main series to be dubbed in Croatian, Finnish, German, Hungarian, Portuguese, Slovenian, Spanish, Taiwanese, and Vietnamese.
    • This is Mr. Nezzer's last speaking role until Duke and the Great Pie War.
    • The last episode to use the name "Big Idea Productions, Inc.". Starting with the next episode, the name "Big Idea, Inc." would be used.
    • The last episode where Jackie Ritz voices Lisa Asparagus.
    • The last release by Warner Home Video to be distributed by WEA at the same time until The Bumblyburg Superhero Value Pack!.
    • The last Easter episode distributed by Warner Home Video on VHS and DVD for the mass market. Starting with Sumo of the Opera, Sony Wonder had taken over for mass market distribution for VeggieTales.
    • The last episode featuring Lisa Asparagus to be released on VHS.
    • The last episode to be dubbed in Croatian.
  • This is the only episode for a few things:
    • The only Easter special filmed in 4:3.
    • The only Easter special to be released on VHS.
    • The only Easter special to be distributed by Warner Home Video and released by WEA at the same time on VHS and DVD for the mass market.
    • The only Easter special to be animated by Big Idea.
    • The only Easter special to be dubbed in Croatian, Finnish, German, Hungarian, Slovenian, Spanish, Portuguese, Taiwanese, and Vietnamese.
    • The only episode to feature Hope (although she would later appear via a pictured cameo in Gideon: Tuba Warrior).
  • According to Phil, he came up with the climax of the factory exploding after flying from Los Angeles.
  • The pictures at the Reverend's living room are a portrait of Charles Dickens and Grandmum's Cottage. Tim Hodge confirmed that he painted the portrait.
  • On several TV broadcasts, this episode was split in two parts.
  • This episode was included as a bonus feature on a premiere event disc for Sheerluck Holmes and the Golden Ruler.
  • There are several differences between the original script and the final episode:
    • In the script, Big Idea's credit in the opening scene says "Big Idea presents." The final episode, however, has it read "Big Idea Productions presents."
    • Archibald's line in Another Easter Day was originally going to be sung by The Banker, who would have been voiced by Ron Smith.
    • In the script, the woman whose hat is being used as a basket during Another Easter Day was originally meant to be the mother of the kid hunting for Easter eggs.
      • Also, "That's my new hat, you give it back!" was slightly different (and having its order reversed compared to the final episode) and even said "...or I'll call the constable!" instead of "Now aren't I beautiful?"
    • Before it shows Laura selling lilies for the orphanage, there would've been a shot of Ebenezer walking by her, but was most likely cut due to time constraints.
    • While Laura is selling lilies and a woman goes by the constable, their exchange before the former's part in said song was completely different.
      • Laura: Thank you, constable! We sure feel safe with you around!
        Woman: Yes, congratulations on your medal!
    • The second half was also originally going to end after Moyer's part of the song, with Reverend and Edmund Gilbert immediately noticing Ebenezer Nezzer after they are shown putting up the letters for the sign of St. Bart's Church.
      • Speaking of which, Reverend and Edmund's part was also going to be sung by the townsfolk and after Moyer notices Ebenezer.
    • There was also going to be a song after Cavis and Millward (which is sung by them) greet Ebenezer in the factory, but it was cut due to time constraints. Its lyrics are shown below.

Cavis and Millward:

♪ Oh, all our fri-ends ♪
♪ are the me-tal hens ♪
♪ at this ♪
♪ fine fac-to-ry ♪

♪ They work all day ♪
♪ as eggs they lay ♪
♪ and do it all ♪
♪ for free ♪

Ebenezer: Yes, I'm aware of that.

    • There were going to be lawn-mowers mowing plastic grass, but they were removed due to possible rendering difficulties.
    • There was going to be a giant egg counter on the wall in Ebenezer's office, as well as a couch instead of an armchair.
    • When Ebenezer is singing about Easter Land, two-dimensional illustrations of what he's saying were going to surround the characters, and this would have stopped when Ebenezer placed the paper Easter Land model on the paper model of the church.
    • Millward was going to mistake "throng" for "thong". This was most likely cut for sounding inappropriate.
    • Ebenezer was going to change the chickens' speed after the line "I'll go unaccompanied".
    • The script does not show Ebenezer handing Cavis a pink slip as the latter becomes fired.
    • Ebenezer was going to fall asleep for the first time at his desk instead of his armchair.
    • The script does not list Ebenezer fainting when Grandma Nezzer pops out of the portrait.
    • After Grandma Nezzer tells Ebenezer to hold on tight, she was also going to tell him to wind up the music box before he goes back to sleep. Before he could finish asking why, Grandma's portrait returned to normal. After winding the music box, he would sit on his couch, wide awake.
    • Instead of immediately falling back asleep, Ebenezer was going to roll out of the frame, his facial expressions remaining unchanged, onto the side of the couch. Once he was completely offscreen, he would start snoring.
    • The scenes with Moyer and Laura and Reverend Gilbert and Edmund were going to take place right after Cavis and Millward's second failed attempt to get into the factory. In the final product, both these scenes take place right before Ebenezer falls asleep for the first time.
    • After Hope smacks Ebenezer in the nose with a key, the script only says that the latter wakes up and sees Hope. In the final episode, he runs around after he wakes up but before looking at Hope. She also would have smacked him on the head rather than his nose.
    • When Ebenezer is trying to figure out what Hope is, she would have responded with "Your worst nightmare...oh, I've always wanted to say that!" Footage of Rebecca St. James recording this line can be seen in the behind-the-scenes featurette.
    • The script only has Hope saying "ding" twice. In the final episode, she says this three times.
    • Instead of simply flying out the window, Ebenezer was going to wind Hope up, and the scene would fade to them flying over London.
    • Ebenezer was going to narrowly miss the church's steeple instead of running face first into it. Afterwards, he was going to gently land on the ground instead of violently bouncing around.
    • Ebenezer was originally going to ask Hope's name after she finishes singing her song. In the final product, this was asked as they both enter Easter Past.
    • Hope's music box was originally going to be in the younger Ebenezer's Easter basket. Tim Hodge explained that this was removed because it would have been confusing to have two different Hopes in the same frame.
    • When Ebenezer opened his door to let Seymour in, there were going to be sounds of real chickens clucking.
    • Seymour stated that he was going to deliver the Easter-Ma-Phonia to the church.
    • Seymour and past Ebenezer were going to dance out of the office, leaving present Ebenezer and Hope alone.
    • When Hope is explaining Easter Present to Ebenezer, Cavis was originally going to attempt to swing over the wall with a rope. Afterwards, Millward would suggest using one of Seymour's rockets from his rocketcar.
    • Hope was going to tell Ebenezer that there was medicine for Edmund's illness, but it was too expensive for his parents.
    • After Hope sings the last stanza of her song, there was going to be a choir of 30 male and female Hopes in an angelic choir, repeating the last stanza.
    • Before Hope tells Ebenezer that the hope of Easter is everlasting, she was going to quote "1 Corinthians 15:55". Afterwards, Ebenezer would vocally realize he didn't need to build Easter Land to keep his Grandma alive, and Hope would have explained to him that his Grandma believed in Him, as well as her ancestors, and that if Ebenezer believes, he might join them.
    • When Hope and Ebenezer run out of the church, they were going to see several workmen demolishing the church. In the final product, we immediately cut to Ebenezer falling onto the streets.
    • A workman was going to toss a coin into Laura's pencil cup instead of Winston. This is most likely why Jean-Claude appeared as both Winston and a workman in the final episode. (See Remarks)
    • According to both the script and concept art seen in an easter egg on the DVD for The Toy That Saved Christmas, the Milk Money Bandit was going to steal Laura's pencil cup instead of Charlie Pincher.
    • Before winding down, Hope was going to explain to Ebenezer why Edmund died.
    • The script doesn't list Ebenezer grabbing Hope's music box before leaving the factory.
      • Because of this, it also doesn't list Ebenezer giving the music box to Edmund.
    • Instead of immediately hurrying into the factory after Ebenezer bursts open the gates, he was going to look at the factory worriedly with Millward.
    • The scene where Cavis stands up to Ebenezer in the factory is completely absent, and in its place is a scene where both of them comment on the fire escape that Ebenezer entered through.
    • After the fire escape door is blocked off, Cavis would lament over trying to turn off the chickens, before Ebenezer calms him down, telling Cavis that he has hope they will escape.
    • Everyone was going to stand outside the gates instead of the front door.
    • After Jerry slammed into the gates, Revered Gilbert was going to ask his wife if they started a prayer chain.
    • A tradesman from The Star of Christmas would have appeared after the cart bounced around and asked, "Why does everyone want their laundry picked up on Easter Sunday all of a sudden?!?"
    • Instead of landing on the street before coming to a complete stop, it would've instead landed in his laundry cart, going around before stopping in front of a surprised shopkeeper.
      • The script also does not list Cavis kissing the ground before the Easter eggs fall from the sky. This was added in the animation stages by Justin Barrett.
    • The script does not list Ebenezer's safe landing in the middle of the street.
    • The reprise of Another Easter Day's lyrics would've had a different order from the final episode.
    • The script does not list Ebenezer saying "I'll see you later." after he visits his grandmother's tombstone.
      • Even though the camera shows a view of Ebenezer walking away from the tombstone, the script has it show a closeup of his lily.
  • While the German and Norwegian titles translate to "An Easter Story," the Latin Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese titles translate to "An Easter Tale."
  • The sequence where Grandma Nezzer tells Ebenezer about the second visitor (including You Didn't Listen Ebenezer) is cut in the Brazilian Portuguese Audio News dub, instead being replaced with a narration that explains what happened before cutting to Ebenezer waking up.

Remarks

  • Its disrespectful to call elderly people old.
  • It was never explained how Edmund became ill after the Christmas events.
  • Laura suddenly gained a British accent, which she lacked from the previous special.
  • In the previous special, the church's stained-glass windows have different patterns without a consistent picture. Here, however, the windows each depict a moment in Jesus' life to tell his story.
  • The fireplace is glowing without any fire. Tim and Phil state it's just embers.
  • When the Peas first barged in the church, Jean Claude was in front. But when he talks to the Reverend, he is in the back.
    • Speaking of which, Jean Claude appears as two different characters in this episode.
  • In the credits, Percy's name was seen despite not appearing. It might be possible that he was one of the worker peas.
    • Also, in the credits, Edmund is misspelled as "Edmond".
  • The credits state the video was released in 2003, but it did not release until February 2004. Though it is likely due to the episode having been completed in 2003, and that the VHS's/DVDs were manufactured ahead of time.
  • In the original 2004 DVD release, the preview option has a preview for the episode itself.
  • Robert Ellis is strangely not credited as an animator, despite him animating the factory explosion.
  • The back of the Warner Home Video and Word Entertainment DVDs says that there are bonus LarryBoy and 3-2-1 Penguins! shorts, but there are no shorts anywhere to be found on the DVD. This error was fixed for the 2005 Sony Wonder release.
    • Because of this, the DVD was originally planned to include LarryBoy and 3-2-1 Penguins! shorts, but scrapped at the last minute or because it was too late.
  • The church patrons somehow do not get harmed by the explosion, despite being right outside the factory.
  • There's no way Ebenezzer could have heard the trashcan clattering as it would be drowned out by the noisy machinery in the factory.
  • Cavis and Ebenezzer could of simply thrown something at the windows and they both could of gotten out.

Goofs

  • When Nezzer sings about how his Grandma's business grew, his pupils clip through his eyelids.
  • When Nezzer kicks everyone out of his factory, Millward's tooth is yellow.
  • When Nezzer asks if his Grandma is okay, the carrot at the doorway is floating.
  • The scenes where Nezzer was planning to help Edmund is fuzzier compared to the in-between scenes.
  • On the "Fun!" menu, when the stained-glass Ebenezer and Cavis fade back to their original position, the order of features are different for a second before repeating the cycle. This does not happen again in the "Settings" menu.

Inside References

  • Mike Asparagus fainting when Nezzer proclaims Easterland will be where the church was is similar to what he did in Larry-Boy! and the Fib from Outer Space!. Also like in that episode, during the events of the incident, Lisa Asparagas and Scooter are with him when Hope showed Nezzer that Junior was sick.
  • The tree seen at the graveyard is the same one from Lyle the Kindly Viking, along with the chair in Nezzer's office.
  • One of Mr. Nezzer's plans for his Easterland is everybody will eat his chocolate bunnies. He also mentions needing to build a chocolate bunny factory. These are both nods to Rack, Shack & Benny.
  • Mr. Nezzer's line "You'd think so, wouldn't ya?" had been previously been uttered by Bob in Josh and the Big Wall!
  • The picture of Grandmum's Cottage from 3-2-1 Penguins! can be seen on the wall of Reverend Gilbert's living room.
  • The picture in Edmund's room is the background of the village from Omelet.
  • The music that plays when Hope and Mr. Nezzer enter the church is the What Have We Learned song.
  • Because it is a sequel to The Star of Christmas, a few past references are mentioned.
    • This story might have took place in 1884 because Cavis mentioning they're working for Nezzer about a year and a half after burning down his theater.
    • Cavis and Millward trying to "borrow" something important.
    • Some of the set pieces were reused from such an episode.

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