When my son was younger, I was always looking for high quality video entertainment for him…especially around the holidays. We loved having great cartoon DVDs to watch at home. Some of our favorites were holiday features, for Christmas and Easter. You may have heard that Sony Pictures and Affirm Films produced a wonderful movie for families to enjoy around Christmastime (or really, even the whole rest of the year) called The Star. FlyBy/Propeller Promotions has offered me the chance to share more about this neat DVD with you!
What is The Star?
This animated feature tells the story of a donkey, Bo, who longs to escape his humdrum life at the village mill. He sets off one day and experiences an adventure he never dreamed of! Joined by a sheep (Ruth) and a dove (Dave), the group ends up inside the courtyard of a young couple, Joseph and Mary. Bo has injured his hoof, which Mary treats as the animals and people get to know each other. But as the new friends interact, more is going on in the world; a star has appeared in the heavens, prompting the travel of 3 wise men on camels to head to Israel. King Herod has also heard about this star, and he is worried. And a census is called for all of Israel, requiring Mary and Joseph…and their new animal friends…to head to Bethlehem. Danger is ahead not only for the new parents-to-be, but also for the animals, as they head to a stable that will become famous for what will happen there.
Isn’t that an interesting way to tell the story of Jesus’ birth? The Star includes not only amazing animation but spectacular voice talent as well. You’ll get to enjoy the voice acting of:
- Steven Yeun
- Keegan-Michael Key
- Tyler Perry
- Oprah Winfrey
- Patricia Heaton
- Gina Rodriguez
- Kelly Clarkson
- Ving Rhames
- Anthony Anderson
- and many more!
In addition, viewers will get to enjoy Mariah Carey singing the movie’s theme song, “The Star.” The film has a running time of 86 minutes and is rated PG.
The Star on DVD
The Star is now available on DVD, and it’s packed with tons of extras—in fact, an entire hour’s worth of bonus materials in addition to the movie itself! Viewers can enjoy:
- “Star-aoke: Sing Along with Bo & Friends”
- Making a craft with “Star Votives”
- Baking “Sweet and Sparkly Stars”
- Behind-the-scene moments with the stars of the film
- A lovely children’s sermon with DeVon Franklin in “Faith All Year Round”
- “Life Is Good” dance-along
- Lyric sing-along portions with the 5 songs in the show
There is also an online weekly Bible study to go along with The Star with Devon Franklin. You can find more info about it on The Star‘s Facebook link.
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Website (where you can purchase the DVD)
I just love the idea of this movie! It is a fantastic idea and great for the entire family. With an incredible voice cast and beautiful animation (not to mention music and DVD extras), this is definitely something you should check out!
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