The Penniless Princess DVD: God's Little Girl
A Lesson in True Worth
by Veggie Tales
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VeggieTales is an iconic brand known around the world for teaching children Christian values. This DVD helps kids understand where their true worth comes from through a fun re-telling of the classic story 'A Little Princess'.
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Veggietales 'A Penniless Princess - God's Little Girl' takes a story grown-ups have known and loved from childhood and presents it anew for today's generation of children. This high quality animated movie gives you all the charm the classic rags to riches story of 'A Penniless Princess' (famously acted by child star Shirley Temple) and picks out the Christian message your children will remember - and through a story they'll love to watch again and again.
Reasons to buy, give and share Veggietales 'A Penniless Princess - God's Little Girl' DVD
• Entertaining family movie 3s to 8s will watch again and again
• Biblical truth that your worth isn't in how much you own
• Brings out the Christian truth of the classic children's story
• Connects the story how to behave with compassion to others
• Animated adventure that simply explains unconditional love
Veggie Tales latest release - 'A Penniless Princess' - takes the classic from riches to rags story to teach that true worth is outside of money, looks and how much stuff you own. Sara Crewe couldn't dream of being richer, in life and possessions. She has a loving family, loving friends and all the clothes in the whole land. But everything suddenly changes.
Will Sara discover her true worth? Will she uncover the truth about how God sees her? And will she find that it's what she has in her heart that counts? Starring all our favourite Veggie Tales character, this feature film teaches kids all about how God sees use, and how we should live in God's favour not the worlds. And let's not forget that Larry has an all-new silly song to sing: Bubble Rap!
This DVD is Region 2, and will play on a UK DVD player.
Sweet Sara Crewe has everything a little girl could want - a loving family, lots of friends, and a closet full of frilly dresses! But when life takes a turn and Sara goes from riches to rags, will she realize that her true worth lies not in what she has, but what she has in her heart? Find out in this inspiring new story from VeggieTales that reminds kids who they are in God's eyes. Features the new Silly Song: Best Friends Forever.
Narrator: ‘Veggie Tales presents ‘The Penniless Princess: God’s Little Girl’.
Sara’s Dad (singing): ‘My little princess, I’m so blessed to be your Papa, you’re my everything...’
Narrator: ‘Sara is a little girl in a BIG city...’
Petunia Rhubarb (thrilled): ‘She’s royalty! Take a picture!’
Papa Razzi: ‘I told you it’s someone famous on the train, or my name’s not Razzi... Papa Razzi’ (takes picture)
(Approaching ‘The Minchin School for Lovely Little Ladies’)
Sara: ‘Is this my new home?’
Sara’s Dad: ‘It most certainly is sweetheart, (to blueberry that comes to the door) Sara’s my little princess - she’s to have anything she needs - I’ll pay every bill you send me, without question!’
Narrator: ‘A new home, a new school, and new friends!’
Ermengard (while upside down): ‘I’m Ermengard... but YOU can call me Ermie! (Sara laughs)
(In Sara’s room) look at the frills on this dress, are these bed sheets silk?’
Sara: ‘Oh, Ermie...’
Ermie: ‘The adventures we’re going to have together!’
Together sing: ‘So fun and inviting... it’s gonna be so exciting.’
Narrator: ‘But when life takes a turn, everything changes and Sara goes from riches to rags.’
Headmistress Minchin (menacingly): ‘I am headmistress Minchin.’
Narrator: ‘She (Sara) is reminded of what her father taught her.’
Sara (Reading to friends): ‘Joseph went from having everything to having nothing.’
Friends: ‘He was dressed up all fancy - like a prince! But then... oh... not so much.’
Narrator: ‘When her faith is tested (Headmistress cuts in ‘You’re not a princess any more’) will Sara remember where her true worth lies?’
Sara: ‘My father said I would always be God’s little princess’.
Sara and friends sing: ‘Growing and growing... and keeping on, keeping on... and someone who’s loving us, no matter what!’
Narrator: ‘Plus, as Silly Song with a message - a text message!’
Characters sing: ‘LOLOLOLOLOLOL, ROTFL, hahahahaha!’
Narrator: ‘Veggie Tales: The Penniless Princess, God’s Little Girl - a lesson in true worth. Coming to DVD August 14th’.
- Song cuts in -
‘You’ll be - God’s little princess!’
“The Penniless Princess” is a Veggietales retelling of the well loved classic children’s story, “The Little Princess”. This riches to rags and back to riches tale shows your little ones that who you are has nothing to do with how much you own. From the author of ‘The Secret Garden’, the original tale is enriched with the songs, straightforward teaching and life affirming values you’ve come to expect of a Veggietales DVD. Follow the adventure of the Little Princess as she finds the truth of her own worth in God’s eyes, and learns to see the same worth in the lives of others.”
‘We got to watch this movie before it was released at a Princess Party at our church. My four year old was absolutely captivated by the movie.The message is wonderful and the BFF Silly Song is hilarious. Great take on The Little Princess with a wonderful message about inner beauty.’ - S. Wilson - Veggie Tales viewer.
‘I won a copy of this movie and received it a few weeks before it was released. My husband, 6 year old daughter, and I really enjoyed it! Cute movie, good songs, and a good message.’ - Mandy - Veggie Tales fan.
‘I have been doing reviews for Veggie Tales for some time now. My family owns every single DVD (& some old VHS). For a while, Big Idea has been struggling after Phil Vischer lost control of the company but they have been coming back strong in the last few years. (I HIGHLY recommend his book, ‘Me, Myself & Bob’ that tells the story.)
Anyway, back to the Princess. They just went beyond all expectations with this one. It is a perfect retelling of ‘The Little Princess’ story. What surprised me was while they did take some artistic liberties, they stayed very true to the story....you know as well as you can with vegetables. The message of always staying kind through all of your struggles was just perfectly executed. Now, I will say that the usual silliness is there but NOT as much as in the former videos. The silly song about texting gave me a headache but my kids loved it... and understood it... which I find kind of scary!’ - Mrs Dani - regular reviewer.
‘It might be pretty safe to say that this is my favorite Veggie Tales video so far and that is saying something. We love Veggie Tales in general for the fun and valuable material that it provides for the family, but lately I have been extremely satisfied with the retelling or touching of classic stories. Earlier this year with Robin Hood and now with the classic tale of A Little Princess. Watching the film a Little Princess was a big part of my childhood, and I have many memories of watching it again and again. Having two daughters of my own I look forward to reading the story aloud with them as they get older to a long read-aloud story time. (We're getting there!) A Little Princess is such a wonderful story with so many elements on being a good person and not giving up hope. This movie has it all and delivers it in a great and fun family friendly way full of entertainment. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it as a must-have for every family.’ - Margaret Chind - Veggie Tales and general films enthusiast.
‘Such a great story about how our self worth should lie in who Christ says we are! So sweet, and one of my favourite veggie tales yet. Definitely every little/big girl should see this one.’ - Dori Rogers - succinct Veggie Tales reviewer.
SARA CREWE: The Penniless Princess
Catchphrase: “Papa said ...”
Character Bio: Sara Crewe is daddies little girl. She can have whatever she wants, whenever she wants. But when all the money disappears Sara must remember what her dad taught her about true worth through the dramatic story of Joshua.
Greg Fritz, Sales Rep at Big Ideas, says about Sara – “our ‘penniless’ princess is the opposite of traditional royalty – she’s not wealthy and she’s not glamorous. Yet she is rich with faith, hope and love and forgiveness – qualities that help her face life with strength of character and a strong sense of worth, which is a treasure that will last a lifetime.”
Favourite Bible Verse: Your heart will be where your treasure is – Luke 12:34
Favourite Silly Song: ‘Belly Button’
MISS MINCHIN: The Mean Headmistress
Catchphrase: “You’re not a princess anymore”
Character Bio: Mrs Trunchbull in vegetable form! She’s heartless, cold and never says a nice word to anyone. Miss Minchin is the Headmistress at the school for poor children that Sara find herself trapped in, under the mercy of the mean asparagus.
Favourite Bible Verse: A foolish person refuses to listen to his father’s advice – Proverbs 15:5
Favourite Silly Song: ‘Sneeze If You Need To’
CAPTAIN CREWE (Larry the Cucumber): Sara’s Father
Catchphrase: “Sara is my little princess”
Character Bio: The wealthy Captain and father to Sara, Captain Crewe, sings a loving song to her beloved daughter in the opening sequence of the movie. Then, regrettably, he must leave his daughter to embark on adventures to distant lands.
Favourite Bible Verse: Trust the Lord with all your heart – Proverbs 3:5.
Favourite Silly Song: ‘Hairbrush’
ERMENGARD: Sara’s friend at school
Catchphrase: “you can call me Ermie”
Character Bio: Sara’s doll in the original version of ‘The Little Princess’, Ermengard prefers to be called Ermie, and soon becomes Sara’s best friend. They do everything together. When Sara falls on hard times, Ermie sticks with her friend, even when her riches fade.
Favourite Bible Verse: Forgive each other the same as God forgave you – Ephesians 4:32.
Favourite Silly Song: ‘Pirates’
PAPA RAZZI: Cameo, one-liner role
Catchphrase: “or my names not Razzi, Papa Razzi”
Character Bio: Papa Razzi inserts humour in every scene he appears. He offers relief from the storyline and seems to pop up just when needed.
Favourite Bible Verse: I can do all things through Christ, because he gives me strength – Philippians 4:13
Favourite Silly Song: ‘His Cheeseburger’
Catchphrase: “little guys can do big things too!”
Character Bio: The much-loved asparagus makes a small appearance in ‘The Penniless Princess’. He is one of the boarding school pupils and offers his cute advice when asked.
Favourite Bible Verse: A friend loves at all times! – Proverbs 17:17.
Favourite Silly Song: ‘Goodnight Junior’
PETUNIA: Sara’s Mother
Catchphrase: “Beauty on the inside is what truly matters.”
Character Bio: Petunia Rhubarb plays Sara’s mother, who is covered in luxury and upper-class snobbery.
Favourite Bible Verse: Love is patient, love is kind – 1 Corinthians.
Favourite Silly Song: ‘Staplers’
Continuing his free retellings of classic stories and children’s tales, Phil Vischer turns his attention to the much loved narrative underpinning the 1939 Shirley Temple movie, ‘A Little Princess’. The world’s most famous child actor in the title role, the story traces the riches to rags and back to riches journey of the constantly kind and generous, Sara Crewe. But the roots of the original tale go back a long way before Hollywood got hold of the story.
Sara Crewe makes her fist appearance in a serialised novel written by English playwright and author, Frances Eliza Hodgson Burnett. Most famous for her 1911 children’s story ‘The Secret Garden’ and her earlier work ‘Little Lord Fauntleroy’, she reworked her 1888 serialisation of ‘Sara Crewe: or, What Happened at Miss Minchin's Boarding School’ into the stage play ‘A Little Un-fairy Princess’ and then into the novel ‘A Little Princess’ which first appeared in print in 1905.
Born in Manchester in 1849, Eliza and the Hodgsons migrated to Knoxville, Tennessee on the death of he father when Eliza was only 3. Writing to support the family, Eliza’s work began to appear in magazines from the age of 19. In 1872 she married a doctor, Swan Burnett, living for a while in Paris before returning to Washington DC and embarking on a successful career as a novelist. The tragic death of a son and recurring bouts of depression probably contributed to her two divorces prior to her death on Long Island, New York in 1924.
Eliza’s own life story may have provided some of the inspiration for ‘A Little Princess’ in which Sara Crewe falls on hard times following the death of her father, suffers at the hands of a mean and jealous mistress, and is redeemed by her own wit, kindness and good fortune. But the basic plot is much older. The young heroine has much in common the mysterious heiress abandoned at boarding school in Charlotte Bronte’s ‘Emma’: part published in 1860 and unfinished.
The story has much appeal, especially in an age when women were beginning to find their identity and independence through creative expression in the late Victorian and Edwardian eras. The emerging art form of cinema was quick to take up the story and theme of the novel. A silent film version – adapted by the pioneering female screenwriter, Frances Marion, was screened in 1917 with Mary Pickford taking the lead. Shirley Temple’s version followed in 1939, with later re-workings - including Filipino, Russian and Japanese interpretations, reflecting the tale’s enduring popularity and relevance.
Phil Vischer’s VeggieTale ‘The Penniless Princess’ takes full advantage of the original novel’s public domain status, reworking the original story with state-or-the-art computer generated animation. But the message of the story remains that what you are is not about what you own. Sara Crewe continues to act with the honour, grace and kindness of a princess even when she is literally penniless. And the theme of sacrificial service has great Christian resonance even though the original story is not itself a religious work.
In Eliza Burnett’s classic, the endurance and kindness of the little princess is rewarded by redemption when her identity is realised by a friend of her father. She is rescued from the clutches of the wicked mistress of the boarding school, and her father’s fortune is restored to Eliza in full. And this is where Sara proves her worth as a princess on the inside. In wealth, she is as generous as she was in poverty. Not only does she extend the riches of her redemption to the beggar girl she previously befriended, she more than compensates the baker who followed her example and gave freely to the poor. The story is completely modern illustration of Jesus’ words in Matthew 25: 40, “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” – Les Ellison
‘THE PENNILESS PRINCESS’ CAST:
Anna Grace Stewart played: Sara Crewe
Marin Miller played: Miss Minchin
Phil Vischer played: Baker / Mr. Carrisford / Pierre / Papa Razzi / Steward 1 / Silly Song Narrator
Mike Nawrocki played: Captain Crewe / Steward 2 / Jaques
Lisa Vischer played: Junior
Keri Pisapia played: Becky
Megan Murphy played: Miss Ameila / Ermengard
Cydney Trent played: Petunia
‘THE PENNILESS PRINCESS’ CREW:
Directed by: Brian Roberts
Writers: Mike Nawrocki & Mark Steele
Produced by: J. Chris Wall
Original Music by: Kurt Heinecke
Film Editing by: John Wahba
Production Coordinator: Dustin Ballard
‘THE PENNILESS PRINCESS’ SOUND PRODUCTION CREW:
Brian Calhoon: Character Dialogue Recording and Editorial
Miles Fuqua: Sound Editor
Fred Paragano: Sound Re-recording Mixer
Fred Paragano: Supervising Sound Editor
Sarah Vorhees: Recording Assistant
Sarah Vorhees: Sound Effects Editor
|Page last updated||26th February 2013|
|Publisher||Authentic (November 2012)|
|Recommended for Ages||from 2 years up to 8 years|