Ahhhh… Tis the season of Christmas movies! For once I’m the one putting in the DVDs each day, instead of waiting for Esmé to beg for her movie time.
The ones I enjoy most are those that depict that first Christmas. And The Promise does just that, bringing the first story in Luke to life in animated musical form.
My soul magnifies the Lord,
And my spirit rejoices in God, my Savior.
Holy, Holy is His name.
About Glorious Films
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.
Glorious Films is the 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. Their first film, The Promise, is an animated musical about the nativity story that will be released in 2013. The second film, The Prodigal, an animated musical based on the parable of the prodigal son, is in production for a Spring 2014 release.
6yo Esmé’s Unsolicited Review:
I really liked that! There are lots of movies about Baby Jesus, but this is special because it is mostly music, and I get to learn the songs as well as see the story!
What Mom Liked
Ah, the Promise! God always keeps His promises, and I love how this movie weaves that theme into the storyline.
So much of the nativity story is lyrical, musical, just in the reading, and this DVD really brings out that element of the story. As Esmé pointed out, she’s seen a lot of movies about that first Christmas, and this would be the feature that stands out most when compared to all the rest.
Also, while there are some creative dramatizations (e.g. the personalities of Mary’s parents) to build a flowing storyline, I like how the storyline stays true to scripture and incorporates actual verses into the dialogue and music. While we have a lot of favorites in the fictional genre regarding that first Christmas night, it is refreshing to have a more Biblical account in movie format as well.
The animation is nicely done, including panoramic views.
Esmé and I both weren’t ready for the movie to end when it did. There is so much more to the Jesus story! Maybe there’ll be some follow-ups?
One negative for me: I wish it had subtitles. Having hearing loss and just being a more visual learner to begin with, I find that I get a lot more out of movies when the subtitles are running, even if the volume is high enough for me to understand everything.
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