ABOUT THE PROMISE
You have probably already heard the story of Mary and Joseph, their journey to Bethlehem, and the birth of Jesus. This DVD, The Promise: The Birth of the Messiah, is something a little different. It is an animated musical. At first, I didn’t know what to expect. Would it be a little cheesy? Animated characters singing and dancing about the Savior’s birth? But I LOVED it!
We received the DVD on Friday, after Thanksgiving, when my in-laws were all over helping us do Christmas decorating, so we ended our day with a movie night. It has not been a week yet, and we have watched it a second time already. This account of Jesus’ birth is from the Gospel of Luke.
Melody (age 6)
What the DVD is about: The Promise was about before Jesus was born, and when he was born. Mary and Joseph got engaged and married, and they had Jesus. The shepherds came.
Like: I like the music and the animations. I like how it talks about Jesus.
Dislike: I didn’t like that they did have closed captioning, so I didn’t know what was going on in the parts where I couldn’t hear what they were saying.
Recommend: Older kids
Emily (age 4)
What the DVD is about: The DVD is about when God/Jesus was born on Earth.
Like: I like when the baby was born. I like the “Jooooohhhhhhnnnnnn” part. (Zechariah got his voice back and was saying he wanted his son to be named John.)
Dislike: I liked all the stuff.
Recommend: My friends Ashlyn and Jadyn should watch this. Those are my best buddies. And Becca, my best friend.
Notes from Melody and Emily’s mom:
The beginning was a little confusing because it started out with the priest in the temple singing. There were a few other parts in the musical that was a little confusing to the girls, like who the characters were, but that was a good thing because we got to take a look in the Bible to really read about the story in its details. My favorite part is Mary’s song, I Will Magnify. (You can listen to the song, and others on the website HERE.)
I think the musical is a pretty accurate account of everything surrounding The Promise of God sending the Messiah. I really liked that we really see the emotions of Mary and Joseph. I feel like we usually focus only on the baby Jesus, but throughout the musical, you get a peek at the love that the young couple had for one another. Melody even commented, “I think they are in love.” And maybe it is just me, but whenever I hear the story, I just see them as Mary, mother of Jesus, riding on the donkey, and Joseph, father of Jesus, pulling the donkey along and knocking on doors to see where there was room for them. In this musical, you really see them as they probably would have been after the appearance of the angel, kind of struggling to grasp the truth of what is happening, and then, the tender moments before the birth and after as they were in the stable together, a family of three for the first time.
The animation was incredible, and while it felt like the ballet did not quite fit in during some parts of the story, the performance of actual ballet dancers and dramatic stage actors blended with traditional animation techniques using optical motion technology was impressive. When my dad caught a glimpse of the movie when we were watching it, he asked if they were real people or animation.
Glorious Films will be releasing their second film, The Prodigal, in Spring 2014. It should be a good one too.
GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! Congrats to our winner, Janna!
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