A Living Description of the Bible by Master Puppeteer Phil Vischer
November 28, 2014
The "What's in the Bible" series takes us on a journey through the Bible in the company of helpful and lovable puppets, and a guy wearing a black t-shirt, Phil Vischer, who is also the creator of "VeggieTales," and voice of "Bob the Tomato" and many other beloved characters.
This DVD is valuable for all ages, including for adults who've never seen or heard an understandable explanation about how the Northern kingdom of Israel and the Southern kingdom of Judah came into being. It asks and answers some interesting questions.
What were the consequences of King Solomon's sins? How did the wicked daughter of Ahab and Jezebel become a ruler over Judah?
This video, "A Nation Divided," gives us stories from the books of Kings and Chronicles. One chosen nation, because it sinned, was divided, as it was warned it could be.
We hear about Rehoboam, King Solomon's son, has most of his kingdom given to Jeroboam, who sets up golden calves for the people to worship.
Elijah and Elisha the prophets are told about in a wondrous song as Popsicle Puppet Theatre highlights Rhett McLaughlin and Lincoln Neal's remarkable ability to make funny learning songs in their role as the fabulous "Bentley Brothers."
Elijah and the 450 prophets of Baal are described, and puppet Brother Louie sings with the choir "The Lord He is God."
There were 39 kings in 385 years. Who were they? Who was good and who was evil?
We get the answer for the kingdom of Judah in an inventive way, with another great cartoon-illustrated "Bentley Brothers" song that delightfully rhymes their names, and is alone worth more than the cost of the whole video: "So you want to know the kings of Judah? Read chronicles number Two-ah."
Hilarious--but don't be surprised if you can recite their 20 names in a catchy tunes after hearing this song a few times.
These videos are good for watching time after time. Jam-packed with interesting details, there are two 25-minutes episodes, and it's amazing what Vischer managed to put into a 1-hour DVD.
Another highlight is puppet Brother Louie and the cartoon choir singing a rousing rendition from Handel's Messiah, "For Unto Us A Child Is Born."
Bonus Features include Pirate Pete with his pirate parrot Reginald rolling back time to 251 A.D. to give "The Life of Anthony," along with "Michael's Deleted Scene" and "Show Outtakes."
Great DVD, excellent series. Having gotten a few out of the library, seeing the quality, I bought the entire series and I plan to review them all.
My ten-year-old son LOVES all 6 of these DVDs, and he retains the information well when he learns it in this format. We can't wait for more to be released. (One character has an annoying voice; overhearing it from another room is unpleasant, but its not bad when watching it.)
The kids absolutely love this series! The title of the series truly describes the contents - through watching the videos, not only are the kids entertained, but they are absorbing the contents of the Bible, its principles, history, and teachings. Interestingly, adults find that they also learn things about the Bible they either didn't know or have forgotten. This series gets my very highest recommendation. Extremely comprehensive for any age.