As you expect, Princess and the Popstar is a knock off of the famous, Prince and the Pauper story by Mark Twain only this version was written by another Mark, Mark Steele. In place of the prince, we have a pop star, Hannah Banana (obviously patterned after Hannah Montana, A.K.A. Miley Cyrus, before her “Can’t Be Tamed” video.) Why a carrot is pretending to be a banana is never explained.
The pauper of the story is a little farm girl, also a carrot, named, Princess Poppyseed. She lives with her progressive family (her mother is a carrot, but her father is a cucumber) and her many siblings. Her family grow apple pie trees, (which hints of cannibalism if you think it through) and milk cows. How does a carrot milk a cow without hands? The magic of animation.
Now, despite what I said earlier, I am a big Veggie Tales fan, but this new story lacks some of the creative wit of the series. The original crew knew how to tell a children’s story with humor that their parents’ could appreciate. This story’s humor is more silly than creative. The episode is still hosted by Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber, so that’s good. The main story has some nice songs, but they all sound alike. Generally, boys and girls alike enjoy the Tales, but this particular one may be a bit “too girly” for some boys. Writer Steele tries to throw in a little dramatic tension near the ending, but it falls flat. A nice surprise was the “silly song” that takes place between acts one a two. Instead of “A Silly Song with Larry,” Archibald Asparagus decides to give a lesson on fashion throughout the ages with the song, with Larry making an appearance at the end saying, “And you think I’m silly.” Bottom line, if your kids love these stories, they will probably like this one too. It’s not bad by a long shot, but it isn’t up to par with some the best like, and