The Lion of Judah is an animated affair aimed at the story of Easter, and while it doesn’t manage to rise above many in terms of its animation, or its writing, when compared on a general level, it’s one of the more solid efforts you’ll run into when it comes to developing a complex (and tricky) subject for a young audience.
A group of farm animals are introduced to Judah, a lamb, only to have him quickly taken away. They decide to rescue him, and, meeting up with a donkey along the way, head out to find their new friend. Unprepared for pretty much anything that might come their way, the band gets separated, and quickly learn that the city has a lot of dangers in store for them, some that aren’t so obvious.
The whimsical characters are developed with the especially young in mind, and the film manages a fairly slick adventure that hits the right notes in delivering the story its ultimately after. This is actually pretty dangerous ground if you think about the multitude of ways in which a wide variety of people might not take kindly to anything “going wrong” with the overall plot development, and the movie does a fine job.
The animation is distractingly rough, but the target audience won’t mind, and there are enough antics and fast-paced moments to keep attention away from how things look.
It’s a fine adventure tale, and unique enough that there is little to choose over it. If the idea grabs your interest, the movie isn’t likely to disappoint.
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A band of cute critters has captured the hearts of audiences around the globe, and now you can bring home the heartwarming family fun and laughter when The Lion of Judah debuts as a Blu-ray 3D™ Pack March 27 from Warner Home Video. Starring the vocal talents of Ernest Borgnine (The Dirty Dozen, The Wild Bunch), Georgina Cordova (Nickelodeon’s Winx Club, The Tale of Despereaux) Scott Eastwood (Invictus, Gran Torino) and Michael Madsen (Free Willy, Donnie Brasco), The Lion of Judah showcases the best work of Tom Roth, a 40- year animation veteran (Shrek, Hercules, Looney Tunes, Mrs. Doubtfire), and Eric Lessard (Shrek 3, Madagascar).
Winner of the Best Animated Film award at the Sabaoth International Film Festival in Milan (March 2011), The Lion of Judah tells the story that changed the world. When Judah the Lamb is taken by the townspeople to become a sacrifice, his six new friends from a Bethlehem stable must go to his rescue! An incredible adventure follows, full of danger, drama, friendship and heroics. The Lion of Judah is 5-Star Dove Approved for the whole family and all ages. The Dove Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage and promote the creation, production, distribution and consumption of wholesome family entertainment.
The Blu-ray 3D release of The Lion of Judah boasts Blu-ray 3D, which allows delivery of full high-definition 1080p resolution to each eye, bringing a richer, more enhanced 3D experience into home entertainment screening rooms and 3D TV’s. Older 3D technology used paper glasses with colored lenses, which produced low-quality 3D images.
About the Film
Judah’s new friends, led by Slink the clever mouse (Ernest Borgnine) and Esmay the motherly cow (Sandy Patti) meet up with Jack (Scott Eastwood), a teenaged donkey with an attitude. Jack is less than happy to be part of the crew, but when the furry and feathered band of stable animals get separated and needs saving, it’s Jack who rushes to their rescue. Even the best efforts of Jack and the rest of the stable friends are not enough to save Judah. In this incredible tale of adventure and compassion, it takes the greatest hero of all, The King, to save Judah… and all the other animals, too!
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A laugh-filled, heartwarming animated tale for the entire family, The Lion of Judah reimagines the Easter story in a uniquely entertaining and contemporary manner. Starring the voice talents of Scott Eastwood, Michael Madsen and Ernest Borgine, it is a moving adventure with a heroic lamb (Judah), motherly cow (Esmay), lovable pig (Horace), faint-hearted horse (Monty), finicky rat (Slink), rambling rooster (Drake) and a downtrodden donkey (Jack). Learning that the townspeople have Judah and plan to make him the highlight of the annual festival feast, the stablemates leave their cozy barn and embark on an action-packed series of exploits to free their friend. During their daring journey, they interact and entwine with history, finally seeking out the King, born in the stable more than 30 years earlier.