I recently received the movie, Iesodo, from a company to review.
Iesodo is a family friendly, Christian, animated movie. This movie is about a wise dove named Iesodo (pronounced Yay-So-Do). His name literally means: "The Way of Jesus." He and his other bird friends live in the Holy Land in a Cypress Tree on the Sea of Galilee.
When I first found out about this DVD I didn't really know what to think. You know how sometimes children's cartoons (whether Christian based or not) can be a little boring and hard to get into for adults and the children. I thought maybe this one would be that way. I'd never heard about this series before and I had no idea what was in store.
I was pleasantly surprised! We turned on this DVD and watched it as a family: my husband, myself, our two oldest girls and even the baby.....well, maybe the baby didn't watch it. She crawled around trying to find things to get into! ;) Let me just say that I was thrilled with what I saw. The animation was very cute. Very good graphics. The music and the lyrics of the songs were catchy and easy to sing along. The people who did the cartoon voices did a great job. I especially enjoyed the songs! They weren't cheesy or boring. It was exactly the opposite. It was a fun, but Biblically based cartoon! There were several teachable moments where we could stop and talk about what Jesus would want us to do in that particular situation.
The overall message of the DVD is a message that is vital to teaching our children who are growing up in this world that has been overrun with negative examples. These cartoons had a positive message, a message that is Biblical and one that I would much rather my kids learn than the alternative of secular television.
Now you're probably wondering: 'All that is great and wonderful that it teaches biblical principles....but what about the kids? Did they like it?' The answer to that question is a resounding YES! They actually loved it. The DVD is broken into two short episodes. As soon as the first one was over my oldest daughter was disappointed that it was already over. We watched the second episode and as soon as it was over she was asking if they could watch it again! We actually started it back over from the beginning as soon as we had finished it the first time!
My husband also enjoyed it, saying it was a great choice for entertainment for the children! Plus, we were both pleased to find out that this DVD had been endorsed by Michael Catt and his daughter is actually one of the voices of the characters! If you don't know, Michael Catt is the pastor at Sherwood Baptist Church--the church that has made all those fantastic Christian movies like Fireproof, Courageous, etc! We also listened to the "extras" after the movie which were very enjoyable. We learned more of the background of why this series was created and what their vision was!
After watching this DVD, I definitely would recommend this series to other parents who are looking for good, wholesome, Christian entertainment for their children! Look for Iesodo videos in your Christian bookstores or online. You can also visit their facebook page here!
I reviewed the Iesodo DVD entitled "Love," but there are numerous other DVDs in the series! There are even several available on Amazon if you are interested in checking them out.
Disclaimer: I was compensated $25 for reviewing this DVD as well as being able to keep the DVD for our family. All opinions stated are honest opinions and my own thoughts about the DVD. I would have enjoyed it and recommended it as a great Christian resource whether or not I had been compensated! :)
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