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Iesodo: Love (DVD) Review

 
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Length: 55 mins
 
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4.5/ 5


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A child friendly way to present classic stories.

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The messages can feel a bit subtle at times.


Final Fiendish Findings?

Iesodo (pronounced yay-sa-doe) is a series of children’s cartoons featuring a variety of birds whose day to day antices act out stories from the bible in a way that is appealing to children. Iesodo is a white dove who is the Jesus figure of the group, and his friends follow his teachings and look to him for guidance, which he offers in a gentle and nonjudgmental way. While the stories may differ greatly in details, the basic ideas definitely come through – and in a way that kids really enjoy.

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Posted March 15, 2014 by

 
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“Where fun and faith take flight.”

Iesodo (pronounced yay-sa-doe) is a series of children’s cartoons featuring a variety of birds whose day to day antices act out stories from the bible in a way that is appealing to children. Iesodo is a white dove who is the Jesus figure of the group, and his friends follow his teachings and look to him for guidance, which he offers in a gentle and nonjudgmental way. While the stories may differ greatly in details, the basic ideas definitely come through – and in a way that kids really enjoy.

In Love, Iesodo features in two different episodes. In “Birds of a Feather, Fish Together”, the birds are all excited for the wedding of two finches named Freddie and Fiona. Every bird has a task to help the wedding go smoothly, but the two pelican brothers who are meant to catch the wedding’s main course of fish haven’t come through on their end of the deal. Instead of working together to catch the needed fish, they are competing and arguing – and they haven’t caught a single fish. A little time to work things out and a gentle nudge from Iesodo soon have things turned around for the better. But while the fish may finally be procured, another disaster looms when they realize their isn’t enough nectar to feed the wedding party. Though feathers start to get a little ruffled, a little water and a miracle from Iesodo save the day.

The second episode is entitled “Love Your Enemies”. In this adventure, the followr birds are all up in arms about a tax collector who is taking far more than his fair share. While Iesodo is off dealing with the case of a bird who has stolen another’s mate and is awaiting punishment, the birds decide to take things into their own hands by stealing back what they are owed. Fortunately, Iesodo returns just in time to head off disaster, and asks his friends to try loving their enemy. Though they’re skeptical at first, a lovely dinner with Zack the tax collector soon has everyone seeing things differently.

Iesodo: Love is a cute dvd that has a message kids will enjoy and absorb. Though the stories are instantly familiar, they are also fresh and new – and presenting them through the eyes of a group of animals instantly makes them a little more kid friendly. I watched the dvd with a group of kids ranging in age from 5 to 13, and all of them sat quietly and watched through both episodes – though it definitely seemed geared more toward the younger set. Though I hadn’t told them anything about it, they instantly recognized Iesodo as “Jesus bird”, and really enjoyed seeing the stories presented so creatively. With colorful characters, plenty of kid gags (like the wedding fish being dropped on one of the birds’ heads), and some really catchy songs, it’s an entertaining way to present stories that can seem a bit daunting for younger kids. No matter how it’s presented, the message comes across loud and clear.


Amy

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