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The Story of Christmas


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Product Details

  • Directors: Henri Heidsieck
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Gaiam - Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 6, 2007
  • Run Time: 47 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000PHVY62
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,449 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Customer Reviews

We showed this to REP classes and family everyone enjoys it.
Linda G Ida
The Bible deals with reality and reality is that Jesus did threaten Herod's world, and ultimately He rocks the world of every person.
ViolinAnnie
My review is based on the first half of the movie only, as I didn't make it past that point.
Josh Wilkerson

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By ViolinAnnie on December 13, 2007
Format: DVD
I can't decide if I liked this DVD or not. The animation from 1994 leaves a lot to be desired compared to the fantastic CGI of today. And the dialogue was a little... how shall I say... canned. But I really didn't mind that it was basic. That's what I was looking for: something basic for my preschool age children.

What I didn't like was that it was a little too intense. The story, told from a donkey's perspective, seems to be more focused on King Herod and his jealousy than on Jesus himself. The film starts with the villainous Herod and keeps going back to his murderous intent on Jesus life. Of course they don't "show" anything, but the terrified mothers and the vicious looking soldiers raising their weapons were enough to give you a good picture of what happened in Bethlehem and why Jeremiah prophesied that there would be great weeping there. The story then follows Joseph and Mary as they take their child to Egypt to protect him from assassination. I can't remember ever seeing a film portray the time Jesus spent in Egypt and, as an adult, I enjoyed this segment of the film quite a bit. I feel like it gave me a better perspective on who Jesus was. (One of Rich Mullin's final uncut songs comes to mind: "My Deliverer" on The Jesus Record. Terrific stuff.) Even so, it was too much for my kids. A good chunk of the film's 45 minutes was "scary" for them. Not how I want them to remember their first nativity movie.

Now that I think about it, this DVD follows Matthew 2 very closely. Nothing wrong with that. It's just not the gentle Luke 2 version to which we are more accustomed. Maybe I need to change my perspective.
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By Alanna on December 2, 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
My family and I watched this movie every year in December when I was growing up. Somehow, the VHS got lost and for several years, we have missed our annual Christmas tradition. I was so happy when I found this on DVD! The animation is obviously simple as it is an old movie, but it still looks great. The story is wonderful. I am happy to have this back in my yearly holiday lineup.
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By Bill Stockstill VINE VOICE on December 17, 2011
Format: DVD
An interesting take on the story of the birth of Jesus. Not state of the art animation and no big stars or flashy script but somehow, it keeps your interest. I enjoyed it and so did my 8 year old. As noted in another review, much of the story is from the perspective of an old donkey, which actually adds to the story. A new treat we discovered to enjoy during the holidays.
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By Heather M. May on July 11, 2014
Format: Amazon Instant Video Verified Purchase
I don't like the non-Biblical additional storyline.
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