One of the best animated films I have seen lately. The idea of the Christmas Story seen through the eyes of the animals was totally a new angle on the story and a wonderful inspiration for children and adults.Although there is obvious evidence of artistic right in the story, has to be with talking animals it does follow along with the heart and written encounters of Baby Jesus family journey to His birth in Bethlehem.I will be going this week for second viewing and checking with friends and family about borrowing some children to take with me. I want every child I know to see this.As soon <more>
as it becomes available on DVD my order will be placed. I have 4 groups of children I will be encouraging to have their parents take them to see this. Movie night at my house will have several showings of this movie.
An Instant True Christmas Classic! (by tommyvasquez-80575)
This is a must see for the whole family. Moving, funny, and adventurous. A great cast with a great soundtrack and all the while portraying the greatest story ever told. The birth of a baby, that forever changed the world. See it with the family, see it with friends, and then see it again.
Go See "The Star"! It is a great entertaining movie. (by dgranger)
I'll start this review off by mentioning something specific and unique about this film that proves that I have seen this film while I suspect one reviewer didn't. The film handles the traditional nativity story while modifying the King Herod's attempt to find the Christ child and the Holy Family and murder them. And, frankly, IMO, that part of the story that leads to the slaughter of the children of Bethlehem is not a suitable subject for family animated movie for children and is wisely left out of this film. How they changed the King Herod part was to tell the story from the <more>
animal's point of view. The donkey Bo, Dave the bird, and Ruth the lamb all notice a new star in the sky and conclude that something great is doing to happen. Now Bo, who is a donkey of a miller, escapes his cruel master, and is adopted by Mary and Joesph. Only after Mary and Joesph leave on their journey to Bethlehem, does Bo learn that Herod has sent a soldier henchman with a long nasty looking sword and two mean chained together dogs to search for Mary and the baby and kill them. Bo enlists the aid of his friend Dave the dove and a lamb named Ruth, to chase after Mary and Joesph in order to warn them of the Soldier hunting them and to protect the holy family. Bo doesn't know why Mary is being hunted. The camels of the Magi, who Bo, Dave, and Ruth don't meet until the end of the film, witness Herod's original plotting. As I said, the film wisely leaves out the massacre of the children of Bethlehem and stops before that point in the biblical narrative means this film does not have a very violent, bloody, and adult scary scene in it for children to watch.While telling the nativity story from the animals' point of view is not a new idea, using them to modify, and soften Herod's part is.The animation is stunning in this film. The story is easy to fallow and treats the traditional nativity story respectfully while infusing the obviously fictional part of the animals talking. It also has jokes in it to keep the tone of the picture light and easy .The soundtrack's use of the carols and new music is lively, and enjoyable without getting too heavy handed with the religious theme. But the soundtrack doesn't get too light ether. It hits the right balence of seriousness and entertaining.I would highly recommend taking children to see this film.
My kids and I completely enjoyed this film! To be honest, I wasn't expecting much, I thought it was just gonna be yet another animated retelling of the first Christmas, but was much better than that! The jokes and gags are actually hilarious and will make kids and grown ups alike burst with laughter. I like that this tells the story of the first Christmas from the perspective of the animals. That makes it different and something I have not seen before. Artistic license is used a lot of course, but I think they stuck to the spirit of the story and kept the most important biblical details <more>
Story of the manger told from the animals perspective- adorable (by downthehobbitholeblog)
This is the must see holiday movie of the year! Take your kids and your kids friends, take your small group, college roommate, or grandmother! And even if you're not so sure about Jesus right now but you love holiday spirit, a cute manger scene, Oprah, Mariah Carey, Kelly Clarkson or Kristin Chenoweth- GO see it!! This is truly a holiday movie for the whole family. A beautifully designed movie with excellent visuals, storytelling and music that reminds us of the redemptive magic that should really be at the heart of Christmas. We have a discussion guide for it on downthehobbitholeblog
nice family movie (by sparentslp)
Uplifting tale about Mary, Joseph and the Baby Jesus told from a miniature donkey's perspective. I am a very strong Christian and I didn't mind the slightly watered down story to make it kid friendly. My kids loved the movie and so did my husband and I. I even got a little teary-eyed at the end! Message of love, hard work,and forgiveness. The soundtrack was beautiful. This movie will leave a lasting impression on me.
Grand kids loved it! (by Tmorgan112)
I saw a preview of this on utube and immediately made sure my grand babies went to see it. I guess I'll use the same word as previous reviewer who thought it was INDOCTRINATION. Yep, I guess I've wanted my kids/gk to be indoctrinated to Christmas being about Jesus. It's hard "fitting it in" with all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Was proud to be there with ALL 5 of them ages 4-7 Animation was OK, not like Disney of course, but it kept the kids attention. It has some funny parts. It's all from the perspective of the animals, and it takes a while to get <more>
to where the star is leading. I hope the kids got it with the typical noise in a movie for children. But either way, I'm glad they can see a movie that tells the story of Jesus at Christmas time. Better than most of what is offered to them on TV and theatre these days!!
Too many negative reviews due to accuracy issues (by Skellons2-211-170992)
I would start this by saying I'm a Christian and I'm not offended, upset or angered by this. It doesn't trivialise or 'preach' - it's a family film unusual nowadays as we have to dodge innunendo or other issues which tells that story from a different perspective.Those who through out negative reviews based on its authenticity need to get their heads out of the sand.This is fun and poignant - beautifully made and good for all - to those who came before and negatively reviewed...get a life!
Great for my kids (by edrago-95711)
We took our 5 year old and 3 year old to see it today. It was great! They loved it. It kept their attention the whole time. They got the humorous parts and it told a pretty solid Biblical Christmas Story. It wasn't too cheesy for us adults either. Although our family does celebrate the birth of Jesus at Christmas, I think children of all faiths can enjoy this movie. It's not too preachy nor does it push any "religious agenda."