I'm going to be very honest... When I first heard the title to this movie, I was a bit uneasy about this one. Now I am certainly a fan of VeggieTales, but when I heard there was going to be a story about a Popstar I was a little uneasy. I figured this, because mainstream music has made the idea of being a popstar into something idolistic and much of it outside of Christianity in my opinion is sinful; though not all music is sinful of course but that discussion is for another day. Nevertheless out of journalistic integrity and simply curiosity, I bought Princess and the Popstar and was hoping VeggieTales wasn't going to encourage children the wrong message. Good thing you can't judge a book by its cover!
Princess and the Popstar is a modified version of the classic Charles Dickens book: The Prince and the Pauper. In this version of the tale, it concerns two girls: one who is a country girl named Princess, and the other who is a popstar named Vanna Banana (even though she's not a banana, although I think the name is just poking fun at Hannah Montana). Both girls see something about each other that is different from how their lives currently operate and they both agree to themselves one day at the park, "let's trade places, we'll have it so much better there". But do they really think the grass is greener once they've crossed the fence...? And were their lives really as terrible as they originally imagined?
Now Princess and the Popstar is definitely targeted for girls primarily, but I really liked this and feel this is also good for the whole family. This story shows children they need to appreciate what they have instead of envying what they don't have, because maybe what they have is better than what they're imagine they're not having. I really, really like what Princess' mom says to Vanna Banana as she's putting her to sleep in particular; I practically cried at the thought of how sweet it sounded. One interesting thing to note is that I never would have guessed Pepper was played by Logan White; she does a really good job at modifying her voice. I also thought the silly song Astonishing Wigs was really hilarious sounding especially because of Archibald singing it; who is VeggieTales' Mr. Proper so it was surprisingly funny. The girl who sings as Vanna Banana, Moriah Peters, is very good and I hope she becomes a successful Christian artist. I'm glad I was wrong with my assumption, because this was a great story and had a great message.
My 2 grandsons enjoyed this film and have watched it over and over again. They enjoyed the music and the characters and it is the first DVD they now select when asked what movie they want to watch. I do encourage them to watch other Veggie Tale editions and usually can persuade them to do so. The 5 year old usually can start his own DVD's and the only flaw I have found in this series is the menu system does not allow for single step starting of the DVD. I goes through a menu an advertisement and a screen size selection which is too complicated for a 5 year old to maneuver through.