An unconventional and charming new narration of the birth of Jesus

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The birth of Jesus Christ – the singular event that changed the course of history and the future of mankind – is by far the most famous story on record. So, faced with the challenge of telling the Nativity story in a new, but biblically accurate way, the filmmakers behind “The Star” came up with an unconventional idea: They would tell it from an animal point of view. .

“The Star,” the first faith-based animated film to hit theaters on a large scale since 1998 along with “Prince of Egypt,” first introduces viewers to Bo, a fiery ass who longs for a bigger and more exciting life than the village mill – in fact, his dream is to one day carry a king on his back. With the help of another donkey, he breaks free – not without some burlesque setbacks, of course – and meets a young newlywed couple, Joseph and his pregnant wife, Mary.

Mary, a soft-spoken, kind woman, takes Bo under her wing, much to Joseph’s dismay, who sees no need for a stubborn donkey in their already cramped quarters. Soon Mary and Joseph were forced by royal decree to travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem to register for the census. Unbeknownst to them, they are followed by an armored soldier sent by Herod and his two bloodthirsty dogs, Thaddeus and Rufus, who are on a mission to find and kill the prophesied king. Three Wise Men and Their Camels, voiced by Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry and Tracy Morgan, also search for the unborn king, hoping to honor him with gifts.

Bo, along with some animal friends, Dave the Dove and Ruth the Sheep, embark on an action-packed adventure, following a bright star that lights up the entire sky. Along the way, the animals find Mary and Joseph, and together they arrive in Bethlehem. Because there is no room in the inn, the couple and their animal friends are forced to take refuge in a stable, located directly under the Star. There, they meet even more animal friends, including a sarcastic cow and a musical horse, and together they prepare for the birth of Mary’s baby.

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Between the star cast including Gina Rodriguez, Oprah Winfrey, Kelly Clarkson and Patricia Heaton, and compelling animation, “The Star” will appeal to audiences outside the religious community, albeit an overtly focused film. on the Bible. Both devout Catholic and Oscar-nominated writer / director, Timothy Reckart expertly balances the lightness of animated films with the respect associated with the Nativity story. The film is packed with learning moments and biblical messages, focusing on the themes of family, faith and friendship. Overall, “The Star” is a lightweight Christmas movie that will thrill audiences of all ages.

The film’s soundtrack is spectacular, comprising both classic and modern Christmas carols from Kirk Franklin, Casting Crowns and Pentatonix. Mariah Carey performs the powerful themed ballad, aptly titled “The Star”.

“The Star” opens its doors on Friday November 17th. For more information and resources, including Bible studies and awareness kits, click here.

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