- Animation Quality
- Entertainment Value
- Educational Value
I was recently contacted by the creators of an Animated Video Series - “Friends & Heroes.” So now I have friends in the UK! Actually their request was for me to review a DVD and share my thoughts with you.
In my house one of the first opinions I count on when it involves products designed for children is my eight year old daughter, Christy. I asked her to watch the video and share with me what she thought. One of the tests I use for videos is does she want to watch it again? Does she want the story to continue? Can she relate to the characters in the stories? Well, I can say that each of these questions was answered with a resounding YES!
As for me I look at things like the quality of the animation. Does it compare with what we see on Cartoon Network? Is the music right for this age group? Is the writing well done? Do the stories align with scripture? Again, I would respond with a YES on all counts.
Also, with having five boys grow up in my house I’m always cognizant of how they perceive entertainment/education designed for them. My 11 year old son, Tanner, will enjoy the character Mackey and his exploits. At the same time, he will be hearing stories he knows told with an eye on how a teen should react in some trying situations.
Below is the Program Description written by the creators:
“Based in a fascinating and turbulent period of history, 69-71 AD, Friends and Heroes places Bible stories in a vivid historical context. It uses animated adventure stories to introduce a new generation of children, whatever their faith, to the stories of the Old and New Testaments in an appealing, fresh and memorable way. Children love the stories: “Friends and Heroes rocks!” said one recent e-mail. Boys are strongly attracted by the central male characters, the danger and the exciting action! This approach – of setting Bible stories in living contexts amongst the people who kept them alive, by passing them on ‘down the line’ to children – runs throughout the series as a constant motif.
Friends and Heroes is the tale of two young people – Macky and Portia – whose idealism and friendship leads them across the ancient world, from the fabled Egyptian port of Alexandria, to the besieged city of Jerusalem and finally, to the very heart of the Empire: Rome. As they fight for justice and even survival against the might of the Roman Empire, they become friends and then, in turn, heroes. Like our heroes, children will be empowered by what they see and hear, as they share the courage and compassion, the everyday dangers faced by Macky and his friends.”
Let me encourage you to visit their website “Friend and Heroes” and take a look at the Video Series. After you visit the site share with us your thoughts and observations by leaving a Comment here at CM Buzz!