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I love Christmas themed shows. I especially love ones that point my family towards the true meaning of Christmas. The Promise: Birth of the Messiah does just that with the show being quite family friendly and focusing upon the reason for Christmas.
About The Promise: Birth of the Messiah
The Promise: The Birth of the Messiah is an animated musical celebration of one of the most pivotal events in all human history, the birth of Jesus Christ.
This beautifully crafted musical is a faithful adaptation of the birth narrative from the Gospel of Luke in both story and song. The animated production leverages optical motion technology to blend traditional animation techniques with the performance talents of ballet dancers and dramatic stage actors. The result is a unique and worshipful story experience that will inspire audiences young and old for years to come.
The Promise is from Glorious Films,home of high quality entertainment products created from a strong biblical worldview. The creative and technical teams are world-class and have come to from all over the globe. The Promise,an animated musical about the nativity story, is their first film. The second film, The Prodigal, an animated musical based on the parable of the prodigal son, is in production for a Spring 2014 release.
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Our Thoughts on The Promise: Birth of the Messiah
Overall, this was an enjoyable short ‘movie’ coming in at around 45 minutes in length. That made it perfect for my younger son who sometimes loses interest around that mark.
My 13 year old son and I both agreed that the 3D animation was well done, especially when it was about the scenery. The animation of the people was a little less stellar and all of the boys commented about how the babies (John and Jesus) looked odd with a big head that was as large as the rest of their swaddled body. Even with the strangely shaped adult faces and baby bodies, the animation comes off wonderfully and creates a mostly believable visual adaptation of the Nativity story.
Being a musical, I wasn’t sure how the boys would respond. The older ones found it a little strange as you do not normally see someone just break out into song. My youngest son didn’t mind at all, though. I found some of the songs to be fantastic, especially when the Angel Gabriel appears to Mary and then after John is born and Zachariah can speak again.
The show is true to the Gospel and a great addition to any Christian household with kids who like to be entertained with some great education at the same time.
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