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The Lion of Judah

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Amateurish animation mars Christian animal tale about Jesus.

Movie PG 2011 86 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 5+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 8+

Overt mysticism

Movie features mysticism and indoctrinating symbolism. Animation and music are poor. Talking animals are also concerning. Younger children may be not be able to understand the messages and may become confused. Parents should watch this title together with kids to advise about messages that might be misleading.
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age 3+

Good Easter Week Movie

My oldest is almost 4 and really starting to understand the reason for Easter next week. This movie was fun to watch with him and tie together several other podcasts, Superbook episodes and Bible stories we’ve been reading leading up to Resurrection Sunday. The animation is less than enjoyable for me to watch but he doesn’t mind it. There are some continuity issues to get past also - like how Jesus was born in the farm animals’ stable but 30 years later they are still alive and surprisingly not any older.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (6 ):

It feels a bit off to criticize a well-intentioned movie about animals witnessing Jesus' final days, but this isn't up to par with even Christian movies like Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie. The animation is reminiscent of video-game quality, with foreground characters moving around in front of static, undetailed backgrounds. Scenes of the animals in motion are particularly uninspired; at least most humans aren't shown in detail (usually viewers only see people's sandaled feet, arms, or faces in shadow).

Animation style aside, the story feels like an odd mix of Barnyard and The Passion of the Christ. Still, if an animated depiction of the crucifixion and resurrection from the perspective of stable animals is OK with your family, there's some good news. The best part of the movie is the soundtrack, which includes music by contemporary Christian artists Pearl, Lindell Cooley, Kari Jobe, and Klaus. Judah's faith in the fact that Jesus' love saved him from slaughter is sweetly handled, as is the donkey Jack's decision to return to Jerusalem to help the disciples left behind. Ultimately, though, this movie probably won't be a good fit for families who don't share the filmmakers' Christian faith.

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