This dream of teaching theology to children using humor and cartoons was born in the heart of Mike Joens over thirty years ago. While he waited for God to bring his dream to fruition, Mike Joens honed his cartooning and production skills in the secular and Christian world of cartoons. If you've viewed the McGee & Me movies, or the Adventures in Odyssey cartoons, then you'll recognize Mike Joens' style in the Theo movies.
So what will you find in a Theo movie? Well, you'll find Luther and Belfry -- two charming little mice who are witnesses to each lesson that the grandfatherly Theo shares with the viewers. They also offer comic relief with their antics as they scamper about Theo's charming and warm country cottage.
The introductory DVD I received (and 2 readers can win) includes the first episode - Saving Faith, as well as the bonus episode - Good News. Saving Faith is a ten minute lesson but Good News is a 5 minute presentation of the gospel message that is available on their website and included on each DVD.
The animation of Theo is excellent and warm, and the changing styles of animation throughout the episodes hold children's interest. Changing styles? Well, the animation style changes when Theo starts teaching. The cartoon demonstrations enhance Theo's explanations perfectly -- with color, humor, and action.
You can view the bonus episode, Good News, right here. It is being offered free on the Theo Presents website, for download or online viewing.
I admit that at first I was disappointed by the short nature of these episodes. But, their length helps maintain the focus and interest of the children for the entire episode. It also makes them perfect for use in a group setting, allowing time for discussion and other activities afterward. Theo is perfect for family use, as well as church use. In fact, the makers are partnering with Lifeway Christian to create a corresponding curriculum for church use. Parent Guides are also available for download, for home use.
The very first Theo DVD is available NOW for $14.99. It is entitled God's Love and it includes 3 episodes, a bonus episode, and two special features:
- Saving Faith
- Loving Obedience
- Bonus Episode: Good News
- Special Feature: Animation Basics
- Special Feature: A Chat with Mike Joens, the Creator of Theo
Theo episodes can be purchased from the Theo Presents store in DVD format, or as instant downloads. The DVD can also be purchased from Amazon. Theo Presents also has a buy-one-give-one program, which sends Theo DVDs around the world through the ministry of Child Evangelism Fellowship.
If you're curious, you can check out these video samples of the Theo episodes. Your kids won't want to miss out on the coloring pages available in the Kids Section. Don't forget to follow Theo Presents on facebook!
I did mention a giveaway earlier, didn't I?
Well, TWO of my readers can win their own copy of the Introducing Theo DVD. As I said earlier, this introductory DVD includes episode 1 - Saving Faith and the bonus episode - Good News. This little introductory DVD teaches our children about the gospel and faith. It may be little, but it packs a powerful punch of TRUTH.
To enter, just leave me a comment below. You can enter once per day, so come back and leave more comments!
If you follow Theo Presents on facebook, you'll get an extra entry, so leave a comment for that, as well.
This giveaway will close on September 30, 2011 at noon CDT, so you have a week to comment and earn entries. I'll draw a winner the afternoon of September 30, 2011. Make sure you use a valid email address so I can contact you.
This DVD was given to me free, in order for me to review it on my blog. The opinions int his post are my own honest thoughts. I was not required to post a positive review.