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I love having the ability to share the gospel with my children through multimedia products like music and DVD’s. While there are some good-quality, Christian DVD products out there for kids, there’s definitely room (and need) for more. So, I was pleased to hear about the Theo Presents series. Michael Joens may be best known for producing and directing the “McGee and Me” and “Adventures in Odyssey” series. While Theo Presents was in his head for many, many years, God just recently opened the doors for Michael to produce this new series. Mike’s hope is that God will use Theo to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ to children and adults in every country of the world!
Theo Presents is centered around the adventures and teachings of the main character, Theo, a student of Godʼs Word. Theo lives in a cozy corner of a quaint English village, in the heart of the Cotswolds, and entertains many guests, including two mice, Belfry and Luther.
The animation series of Theo guides children and adults through a careful study of systematic theology. Theo discusses doctrines about sin, Godʼs character, the Bible, salvation and godly living with easy-to-understand illustrations that make children want to learn more about the Christian faith.
Theo Presents recognizes a universal fact: children and adults alike love cartoons. Theo captures the attention of young minds with liberal amounts of humor and high quality animation to present the Gospel of the Christian faith through the teachings of Theo and with the use of his two object lessons, Belfry and Luther.
Theo Presents is designed to serve as a multi-media resource tool that will help men, women and children fulfill the Great Commission of Christ, to go into all the world and make disciples and to teach those disciples Godʼs Word. The multi-media outlets include a DVD series, curriculum, books and audio CD series. Each of these facets are designed to work with one another or individually.
Theo was created to reach kids of all ages. The lessons and teachings of Theo can be used for Sunday school lessons, Christian school curriculum, missions, evangelism and homeschooling. The overall purpose of Theo Presents is to provide as many tools as possible to help present the Gospel to many kids and audiences around the world.
The DVD that we received to review is called Introducing Theo and contains two videos. The first is Saving Faith and the second (bonus video) is Good News. Being the Disney fanatic that I am, as soon as the video started, I commented that the library scene reminded me of Beauty and the Beast. My kids caught on and found other Disney similarities – for example, the two mice in the series reminded us of Gus and Jaq in Cinderella (as did the bluebird).
The animation is great, the characters are fun, and the storyline is spectacular. The gospel is presented clearly and forthrightly. Sin is presented as the separation between God and man, and salvation is presented as the only way to close that separation gap.
To me, these videos are way too short. I found myself wanting more. However, on the other hand, my teacher’s brain was thinking that these would make great introductions to a Sunday School class or children’s Bible study. Watch the short video, and then discuss what was presented.
On the Theo Presents website, you will find free downloadable coloring pages for kids. Parent Guides are also available and would be useful for both homeschool parents and Sunday School teachers.
NOTE: I received the DVD mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. I only recommend products or services that I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.