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Iesodo: Joy (DVD) Review

 
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Length: 50 mins
 
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A fun take on the traditional Christmas story.

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While it holds true to the basics of the story, some may be bothered be the artistic license needed to turn it into a story about birds.


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“Where Fun and Faith Take Flight” With the holidays fast approaching, the time is right for many families to think about the true meaning behind the season. For Christians, this means the story of the birth of Jesus. While most kids have heard the nativity story before, Iesodo: Joy presents it in a kid friendly […]

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Posted November 4, 2014 by

 
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“Where Fun and Faith Take Flight”

With the holidays fast approaching, the time is right for many families to think about the true meaning behind the season. For Christians, this means the story of the birth of Jesus. While most kids have heard the nativity story before, Iesodo: Joy presents it in a kid friendly yet unique way that is sure to get your kids talking.

The Iesodo series seeks to offer a kid friendly approack to stories from the New Testament. Capitalizing on the popularity of animals with that age group, the movies in the series feature a group of birds as they present the stories in a way kids can understand. Iesodo is the bird group’s leader. A gentle white dove with a kind heart and many words of wisdom, he is the bird equivalent of Jesus. The other birds in the group are a variety of colors, sizes, and species, each with their own quirks and personalities.

In Joy, the birds in the flock are preparing The Cypress Tree for a very special event – a surprise party for Iesodo’s birthday. As the birds prepare decorations of holly and evergreen, some of them worry about finding the perfect gift for someone like Iesodo. Rocky is especially worried, as nothing seems perfect enough to honor his friends. But when the other birds remind him that a gift straight from the heart is always appreciated, he comes up with a great idea – he’ll tell the story of Iesodo’s birth.

Just when it seems like everything is going to go off without a hitch, the flock receives devastating news. You see, not everyone loves Iesodo and what he stands for, and a decree has been handed down that no one is allowed to celebrate on Iesodo’s birthday. As the birds try to figure out what to do, Rocky begins to tell the story about Iesodo’s birth, and the troubles his parents Joe and Molly faced when there was no room in the tree.

There are many tweaks to the story to make it all fit with the bird theme, but all the main points of the nativity story are there, and they’re told in a way that kids will understand and enjoy. When things start to get a little scary, like when the creepy king peacock orders his hawk to find the newborn king, the action cuts back to the flock for a little comic relief. It all flows fairly well, and my six and eight year old testers were pretty much spellbound for the entire thing.

The birds and the environments they are in are colorful and very well done, giving busy little eyes a lot to look at as they watch. The little tweaks, like changing the three wise men to the three wise owls and having them ride turtles instead of camels, mostly just made the kids giggle – and the main idea of the story comes through clearly. There are also a number of songs spread throughout the film. These range from traditional Christmas songs modified to fit the bird theme to some original numbers, but all are catchy and well done. There’s even a sing along in the bonus features where kids can join in and sing to their hearts content.

For parent’s looking for something a little different this holiday season, Iesodo: Joy is a unique way to get your kids thinking about the reason for the season. The bird characters are full of personality and a lot of fun to look at, and there’s some great songs in there too. It’s a great gift for the little Christians on your holiday list.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)