Biblefresh is all about helping the church regain confidence and appetite for the Bible. Today I received in the post review copies of the much anticipated new project from Phil Vischer the creator of the hugely successful Vegetales animations.
Before I had a chance to even load them into my DVD player my pastor has commandeered two of the discs, so I only have the first disc to give an immediate reaction too. We’re going to trial the DVDs in our Sunday School so will keep you posted on how they go down.
The productions values of this series are very high. So from the very moment you load up the programme they ooze quality. As you can see for yourself in the clip below. Vischer is passionate about helping young people come to understand and love the Bible. This series has the feel of a cross between the Muppets, horrible histories and a bible study. The puppetry is first class, with great voices and dialogue, funny songs and a clear educative agenda to help young people come to love and understand the Bible.
The first three DVDs are :
In the Beginning
Let my people go!
Wandering in the Desert
Which as you can see is a chronological look at the creation and the exodus.
I have now watched these DVDs thanks to my church pastor returning them to me! When I asked him whether we would use them he said “The trouble is they are too good – what will do the rest of the time!” which I took to be a ringing endorsement!
5 things I love about these DVDs
1. Production Quality
these are better than any other children’s DVDs I have ever seen. OK we would need to exclude feature films like Pixar. But compared to all the educational, singalong or general television programmes for children the production values of the “What’s in the Bible” are better. The videos are fast paced, colourful, well shot and timed with amazing graphics. Well done !
2. Education Quality
Phil Vischer has gone for content – there’s plenty of church history – thanks to the church history Pirate, theology thanks to Mrs Sunday School teacher and application thanks to Phil himself. In one episode alone the Canon of scripture was explained, salvation and redemption all explained and applied. But because there are so many different characters, songs and use of fast cuts you don’t notice how much content is being put across.
The DVDs work through whole books of the Bible. The first DVD looked at Genesis, the second Exodus and so on. So the scale of the project is audacious and ambitious. With new DVDs appearing regularly. We will get an overview of the whole Bible. This is going to be a fantastic resource to children everywhere.
I was worried that the use of puppets would restrict the age range – my 8 year old thought it was going to be too young for her. But the number of throw away gags, funny characters and off the wall jokes keep the attention. So my 11 year old son happily watched two 25 minute episodes back to back whilst laughing outloud regularly.
5. No Dumbing Down
This is the first resource in a long time aimed at children which wasn’t patronizing or condescending. Phil treats the children as intelligent and capable of assimilating lots of information if its presented in a format they can digest. I cannot recommend this resource highly enough!