5 Stars Out Of 5
Phil Vischer Just Made Leviticus Interesting
September 3, 2014
One word that occurs to me about this DVD is generous. No one would have complained if the first five books of the Bible werent summed up by seven puppets singing on an animated river boat, or if Vischer had saved himself and others some effort by not including The Robot & the Rabbit (involving Buck Denver, a real pretend newsman, and Popsicle Stick Theatre with Chester Whigget telling a story that involves popcorn and an ant farm) as a Bonus Feature. Im glad he put them in.
This Volume #3 Wanderin in the Desert is packed full of interesting, excellent thought and full of teachings set like little gems into catchy and clever little tunes. Vischer is the one who came up with VeggieTales Silly Songs, and the magic of his nice little songs and the brilliant editing in his new series here prevents these episodes from getting old. Colorful, wise and imaginative.
Two 25-minute episodes ask and answer questions. Other Bonus Features include Our Miraculous Universe, The Pentateuch Sing-Along, Michaels Deleted Scene (which Michael protests, saying he will not participate in this travesty) and Show Outtakes.
The following includes some details to give prospective buyers an idea of the richness in this series.
What does the word holy mean? How does this relate to mashed potatoes? Why did they call this book Leviticus? The new Stage Manager wants a song about Leviticus, so the fabulous Bentley Brothers sing Rulesyou got rules .
Ian, one of two safari-gear wearing British brothers, asks about rules in Leviticus. Some make sense, but others sort go off the deep end about things like beard-trimming, and being allowed to eat bugs that swarm in the air, but not being allowed to ear bugs who swarm on the ground.
So whats with all these wacky rules and why dont we follow them today? is answered in Big Questions with Buck Denver as Sunday School Lady explains ritual holiness and ethical holiness, and their purposes and differences, while using a football team as an example, so viewers learn which rules were for that physical kingdom under the old promise, and which are for all of us.
Marcy the tiny stage manager says we need a song about ritual and ethical rules. The puppets wonder how to do this, but Chuck Waggin explains that a country song can be made about anything, then proves it with his song that begins Dont eat bacon, dont eat ants, use just one fabric for your pants .
Brilliant: Where else can you find a blue cowboy puppet singing about ritual and ethical rules of Leviticus, rhyming ethical with breathical, and rhyming you can still be holy with Bacon ravioli?
Next is the question, Are the stories of Moses make-believe? Vischer and his puppets explain.
Starts with the puppets singing the theme song from their animated spaceships, as each episode does.
Having finished Leviticus, they turn to the books of Numbers and Deuteronomy to ask and answer, What is a Pentateuch? Why would they name a book Numbers? Why were they stuck in the desert?
Pastor Paul and other puppets explain.
Were told about the twelve spies and why God put them on a forty-year time out. Moses gives a speech that becomes the book of Deuteronomy.
The Bentley Brothers sing their song starting I suppose you know of Moses done to marvelous little Popsicle puppets (some of which have goofy-looking teeth). Brilliant.
Rhett McLaughlin (grey tuxedo) and Lincoln Neal (green tux) write engaging songs and their expressive faces add enormous value. They wear Beatnik wigs that look as if small animals have nested on their heads. (They are friends from childhood. They aren't in every volume of "What's in the Bible," but they are great whenever they are). Their songs give marvelous good-spirited fun, and valuable explanations at the same time.
Next covered is the meaning of Deuteronomy (many adult Sunday school classed could learn from these), and then Moses dies outside the Promised Land.
Chuck Waggin asks about the Bibles severe punishment for breaking the rules. Ian wonders about the same thing. Why is death the penalty for cursing your mum or dad?
The questions, Why are the punishments in the Old Testament so severe? And are they still true today? are answered in Tricky Bits with Phil.
Phil and Sunday School Lady explain Gods holiness, and Gods rescue plan.
God isnt Santa Claus. Vischer and his puppets explain Gods power and whether those punishment are for us under the new covenant.
Marcy wants a big finish songon a riverboat, so seven puppets sing on an animated riverboat: I like the Bibleits not a fluke that it all starts out with the Pentateuch .
Bravo! Wonderful! Just what we needed, Marcy says following the Pentateuch showboat tune.
I agree. Thats true of the entire Whats in the Bible series: Bravo! Wonderful! Just what we needed.
I began getting this series from the library, but its such a remarkable and valuable group of DVDs, I bought the entire series and plan to review them all.