Love, 2nd in the series
Release Date: January 21, 2014
Format: DVD, 55 minutes
Birds of a Feather, Fish Together
Love Your Enemies
Release Date: October 15, 2013
Format: DVD, 50 minutes
About the DVD Series and its Creators:
Iesodo (YAY-sa-doe) is a highly acclaimed Telly and Accolade Award winning series featuring a cast of animated birds who live in a Cypress Tree on the shores of Galilee. Presented with cutting edge imagery, Iesodo, which means “The way of Jesus”, is a wise and gentle dove that gives an allegory to the stories and messages of Jesus with “solid biblical teaching.” (American Family Journal). With each and every story, he and his lovable feathered friends “present the essence of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a winsome, compelling way” through music and adventure (MovieGuide.org).
Zaya Toonz and Rollman Entertainment, the animation companies behind Iesodo, assembled a collaboration of experts with experience in both the children’s and Christian markets.
“Children learn and sometimes even emulate the actions and personalities of loveable animated characters such as Bugs Bunny or Mickey Mouse, and we want them to do the same with Iesodo,” said executive producers Jared and Natalie Hankins. “The Iesodo character is a representation of Jesus, and the stories shared throughout each episode are based on Jesus’ teachings. They are universal principles we hope all parents wants to instill in their children, such as loving one another, conquering fear, sharing and being kind.”
Directors for the series include Brian E. Ray whose credits consist of Muppet Babies, My Little Pony Tales and Ed, Ed, and Eddy, as well as Colin Brady, whose credits include Toy Story, Toy Story 2 and A Bug’s Life. Brady also served as the former animation supervisor for Pixar Animation Studios. Producer Eric S. Rollman, President/CEO of Rollman Entertainment, formerly served as President of Production for Fox Kids and Marvel, and writer/producer Rob Loos is an Emmy Nominee and writer/producer for McGee and Me! Christmas Lamb, Kids 10 Commandments and Touched by an Angel. The Iesodo series also features the voice of Erin Bethea (Fireproof, Amazing Love) as Maggie.
“Where Fun and Faith Take Flight” is the slogan for Iesodo. And that’s a perfect way to describe what you get in these animated episodes: Biblical lessons presented in a fresh, fun way that the whole family will enjoy!
Iesodo episodes tell an overarching linear story. In the first DVD, Believe, you meet the primary cast [Rocky (Peter), Jack and Jacob (James and John), Maggie (Mary Magdalene), Tom (Thomas), Barry (Paul)] and see how each comes to a personal belief in Iesodo (Jesus). The subsequent story lines in each DVD tell different stories from the life of Jesus as recounted in the New Testament.
I like that birds were chosen as the animals in Iesodo. A dove is the natural representation of Jesus, but beyond that, it’s fitting that Iesodo’s followers, like Jesus’ followers, may be referred to as “the flock”. Iesodo is not the Good Shepherd who takes care not to lose a single sheep from the flock, but he’s a peaceful, loving Dove who shows that God provides for even the smallest sparrow.
The Iesodo series offers engaging animation, humor, and music that children (and parents or grandparents) will just plain love. Kids will feel like they are at play rather than at study, but they will be absorbing valuable life and faith lessons. Bonus features make the songs available for play separately from the story, so kids can watch and sing along with the words whenever they like. Additional bonus features include mini lessons/sermons from Pastor and Co-Producer, Tim Timmons, as well as “Natalie’s Nest”, where mothers hear firsthand from the Producer mom who started Iesodo. Timmons’ brief talks, which are among my favorite inclusions on the disc, will serve as helpful tools for parents and Bible study or Sunday school teachers.
You get your money’s worth with these DVDs: Two animated episodes, mini-talks to go along with them, song videos with lyrics, Bible verses, and other tools to help children (and grown-ups!) get the most out of each lesson. But let’s not forget one of the main ingredients: F – U – N!
5 of 5 hearts. Fun, Faith-Based Entertainment for the Whole Family!
Through the work of talented writers, animators, and voices, the Iesodo series brings the message and teachings of Jesus into the hearts of the young and the old in a brand new way.
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