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About The Star
The heartwarming animated comedy follows a small but brave donkey named Bo (voiced by Steven Yeun, “The Walking Dead”), who yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. One day he finds the courage to break free and finally goes on the adventure of his dreams.
On his journey, he teams up with Ruth (voiced by Aidy Bryant, “Saturday Night Live”), a lovable sheep who has lost her flock and Dave (voiced by Keegan-Michael Key, Friends From College), a dove with lofty aspirations, along with three wisecracking camels voiced by Tracy Morgan (“30 Rock”), Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey. Bo and his new friends follow the star and become accidental heroes in the greatest story ever told.
Rounding out the all-star voice cast including Gina Rodriguez (“Jane The Virgin”) as Mary, Zachary Levi (“Chuck”) as Joseph, Grammy® Award-Winner Kelly Clarkson as Leah the horse, Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”) as Zach the goat, Ving Rhames (Mission Impossible) as Thaddeus the dog, Gabriel Iglesias (Coco, Ferdinand) as Rufus the dog, Patricia Heaton (“The Middle”) as Edith the cow, Emmy® and Tony® Award-Winner Kristin Chenoweth as Abby the mouse, and Christopher Plummer (All the Money in the World) as King Herod.
BONUS materials on The Star DVD
Star-aoke: Sing-Along with Bo & Friends
“Life Is Good” Dance-Along
Lyric Sing-Along Videos
Sweet and Sparkly Stars (cookies!)
Star Mason Jar Votives
Faith All Year Round with DeVon Franklin
An All-Star Cast
Additionally, you can find a Guided Bible Study with Devon Franklin.
And there are more activity ideas for the family on The Star movie website.
Watch The Star Movie Trailer
Our Family’s Thoughts on The Star
My younger boys and I watched The Star this fall in theaters. My youngest and I really enjoyed it. My 9th grader was a bit more reserved in his thoughts and said it was ‘okay.’ However, I caught him laughing out loud several times during the movie. So, I think it is more about wanting to look cool than admitting it is a fun movie.
If you are seeking a strict telling of The Nativity, then this is not the family film for you. Given that the story is through the eyes of the animals, you can expect there to be some deviation to the familiar story. However, this film is engaging for many and can be a springboard to dig deeper in The Bible and ultimately grow your faith.
Things I enjoyed about the film included the comedic portions (because we can ALL use laughter in our lives) as well as the music. Of course, I also enjoy a film that fits well with our Christian beliefs. The Star is that kind of film. Everyone in the family can enjoy it and I know I am anticipating watching it when the holidays approach.
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Have you watched The Star yet?
What types of Christmas themed movies does your family most enjoy?