About the Love episodes:
“Birds of a Feather, Fish Together”– The wedding of Freddie and Fiona finch is headed for disaster! Iesodo steps in to calm everyone’s ruffled feathers and make the event a success.
“Love Your Enemies”– Zack, the tax collector, doesn’t play by the rules. Iesodo shows the flock that treating those who are mean to you with kindness really does make a big difference.
About the Faith episodes:
“Miracles are Everywhere”– A big event is happening! Thousands of birds from all over the world have gathered to meet Iesodo, but food is scarce and the flocks are getting hungry. Iesodo provides in a way no one could have expected.
“The Wind and the Rain”– The flock is soaring through the sky on their way back to the Cypress Tree when a sudden storm approaches out of nowhere! Trapped at sea and frightened, they learn that when you have faith, anything is possible.
Press release for Iesodo:
Los Angeles, California- 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.
Capitol Christian Distribution, the market leader in Christian and Gospel music distribution, as well as chart topping Christian films and books, distributes the Iesodo DVD series, which can be purchased at Christian retail stores, Walmart and Amazon.com. For more information on Iesodo, visit http://www.iesodo.com.
I’m always on the watch for quality, faith building movies and shows for my children and when I was contacted by Edify Media to recieve two copies of Iesodo DVDs for review I knew I had to get them for my 12, 9 and 7 year old children. I was sent two DVDs, the Love episodes which include “Birds of a Feather, Fish Together” and “Love Your Enemies” as well as the Faith episodes which include “Miracles are Everywhere” and “The Wind and the Rain”. Both have a running time of approximately 55 minutes and sell for $14.99 and can be found at brick and mortar retail stores as well as Amazon – making them easy to find and purchase. Both DVDs come with several special features videos to the songs sung during the show, Bible verses, and the I-E-S-O-D-O music video which is great – my children found the music to be catchy and were singing it long after the show ended, of course I liked the fact that it was teaching Biblical concepts in a new way that kept their attention, even if my 12 year old was a bit old for them she said they were cute.
Early on my children picked up that Iesodo was supposed to represent Jesus in a bird-of-a-feather kind of way so it was great to see them pick up on that and while some may have an issue with representing Jesus as a bird it was a great way to bring home some of His truths in a way children can relate too, such as animals, singing and colorful cartoons. I think these would be great to share with children who haven’t been exposed to church or to Jesus as a way to introduce Him to them especially with the added features of Bible verses and Biblical truths. These will be DVDs that we keep on our shelf for a long, long time and I can see us buying some for gifts in the near future – and I think that they would be great for even young children who may not fully understand the entire message but it would be a great way to help parents who want to not only provide quality entertainment for their children but to also have faith based entertainment.
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