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Princess and the Popstar
Directed by

Brian Roberts

Produced by

David Pitts

Written by

Mark Steele
Brian Roberts
Mike Nawrocki

Music by

Kurt Heinecke

Distributed by

Vivendi Entertainment
(Mass market)
Word Entertainment
(Christian market)


August 10, 2011
(Christian market)
August 13, 2011
(Mass market)


49 minutes

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Princess and the Popstar (sometimes sylized as Princess and the Pop Star) is the 40th episode of VeggieTales.

The story is based on the novel "The Prince and the Pauper" by Mark Twain. Coincidentally, a Barbie movie has an extremely similar premise to this episode.


Opening Countertop

Larry paints the countertop green until Bob approaches and becomes shocked at the sight of the paint and asks him why he did such. Larry replies that he was talking with Madison beforehand and so he was using the green paint to help visualize how the "grass is greener on the other side of the fence". Qwerty then shows a video email from Madison Scott in Ogallala, Nebraska; who is envious of her friend Taylor who "has everything." Bob is confused by Larry's analogy and tells that him that no one would understand what he means. He decides to show Madison a story while he and Larry clean up the paint before it dries.

Act 1

The story opens with a song, That's Not Everything (sung by Vanna Banana). Princess says that he won't see her there. Mr. Poppyseed tries pogoing, but falls. Mrs. Banana asks why isn't she dressed yet. Vanna explains that she plays with her sisters and skips through a meadow. Pa Grape is on TV, thanking God for the food. Princess must survive from spiky things and breaking the dishes on the floor. Mrs. Poppyseed slams the fridge door on her daughter 2 times. Pepper trips on a phone cord. Pepper says he's sorry. Princess says that she is going to meet Vanna Banana. Alone is sung by Vanna Banana. Once they go to the park, Princess has to do see-sawing with Vanna. Vanna is played by Laura Carrot, and Princess is played by Vanna Banana.

Silly Song

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Act 2

Princess practices her song "Radio Sweetheart" and Mrs. Banana is impressed by her song. Mr. Poppyseed pushes the red button before being hit by a pogo stick. Vanna begins doing her daily morning chores. Mrs. Banana says good night to Princess, but she sleeps on the dresser drawer, which is too big and it feels like home. When they get Princess, Pepper gets stuck in the dark hole. All that she has to do is rescue her brother. Princess doesn't want to be Vanna anymore, she really likes to be a Poppyseed again. The story closes with a song and with Princess and Vanna swapping back.

Closing Countertop

Bob and Larry eventually get the countertop clean and tell Madison that she should be glad for what she has rather than focus on all of the stuff that her friend Taylor has.



Fun Facts



  • As Bob stated in this episode, "The grass is always greener on the other side" is an expression for wanting something the other person has.
  • Analogy is a way to compare things, while anomaly is something that is different from normal.
  • Acapella is a way to sing without instruments.
  • Glass shatters when the right resonant frequency of sound is enough.


  • This is the first episode for several things:
  • This is the last episode Bob does not appear in the story (not counting Lenny and the Lost Birthday)
  • There were a few differences between pre-production and the final version:
    • The staff were debating whether Vanna and Princess switching was either done deliberately or accidentally.
    • Originally, Brian stated they wanted to avert the "fitting in someone else's shoes" plot (which kind of defeats the purpose of the original story) as he wanted the episode to focus more on Princess and Vanna's friendship. But they decided to go back to square one as they feel it's required.
    • Vanna's mother in the script was going to be somewhat a stage mom-esque role, but later changed it as they didn't want her to be unlikable.
    • On that similar note, there was also plans to have an antagonist, similar to the original story. But this was dropped due to it feeling it's not required. Had the idea gone through, the role likely would have gone to a stage manager or even Vanna's mother.
    • Concept art from the teaser trailer that Pepper was going to be orange.
    • Lunt and Jerry's costumes were going to be black. But when going through production, Brian saw them in teal, and thought it'll be great since they looked like 80s fashion.
    • Vanna was going to get the abuse from the farm animals, but was switched to Larry instead.
    • The guards watching were going to be potatoes.
  • This episode shares some similarities with a Barbie film by Universal Studios (which is also an adaptation of Mark Twain's novel), although that film released a year after this.
    • The main difference between these films is that the VeggieTales episode is titled "Princess and the Popstar", meaning that the main character is named Princess, while the Barbie movie is titled "The Princess and the Popstar", indicating that the main character is an actual princess.


  • Vanna's television is just a resize model of Qwerty.
  • During when Princess is singing on the phone her mother is not there. But on the close up, she is by the refrigerator.
  • Vanna mentions about meeting the president in her sleep, though it never stated whom.
  • Princess sings badly when she was in Vanna's place, though she seems to be good earlier in the story.
  • Although technically not a goof, the pancake under the table vanishes and reappears in certain shots.

Other Languages

  • أميرة وأميرة الغناء (Arabic) (Princess and Singing Princess)
  • Prinsessen og popstjernen (Norwegian) (same translation)
  • شاهزاده خانم و ستاره پاپ (Persian) (same translation)

Inside References

  • This episode has some connections towards The Wonderful Wizard of Ha's:
    • The background of "Little Peas on the Prairie" is the dental floss farm.
    • The Poppyseed house is the same house beside Darby's.
    • Larry wears the same Farmhand outfit.
    • The recoloring truck from "Going Up!" is used.
    • The cow from Monkey is in it.

Real-World References

  • AstroTurf is a brand of artificial turf, usually for game fields.
  • Vanna Banana is a spoof of Disney's Hannah Montana.
  • Jimmy's character, Rockin' Robin, is the name of the 1958 song by Bobby Day.
  • In the film commentary, Princess' radio device is called the PeaPod, which is a parody of the iPod.
  • The show "Little Peas on the Prairie" is a spoof on the classic NBC drama series, "Little House on the Prairie."
  • The Corvette is a sports car that has been built by Chevrolet since 1953.
  • Dairy Queen is a restaurant chain known for selling dairy products.

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