At Jesus Side

DVD Release: January 21, 2010
At Jesus Side
Dove "Family-Approved"
For All Ages

Synopsis

A sure to become classic animated movie that brings the teachings of Jesus to life in today’s families through the story of five misfit animals on a journey toward love and forgiveness. Our hero, Jericho, is a vagabond street dog who befriends Jesus and follows him throughout the last week of his life through the resurrection. After Jesus’ arrest at Gethsemane, Jericho rallies an epic charge of animal friends to try to save Jesus from his fate.

Dove Review

This is an imaginative story which has a dog named Jericho and other animals involved in bits and pieces of Jesus’ life before the crucifixion and briefly following the resurrection. The characters are delightful, including Miguel the chameleon, dogs Jericho, Ulysses, Ariana and the baby dog Dim Sum. Other characters include Petra and an evil character named Sykosus, who kills and sells local dogs in Jerusalem and who is determined to put an end to Jericho’s life. The story reveals how the love of Jesus impacts the various characters’ lives, including the evil Sykosus.

Although the events regarding the animals interaction with Jesus are obviously fictionalized, Jesus is portrayed as he is in the Bible, loving and compassionate, and true events are portrayed such as the Triumphal Entry, overturning of the money changers’ tables, and his false arrest, trial, crucifixion and resurrection. This is a warm and nice story and every family member can enjoy this DVD. We happily award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to this DVD. It is terrific!

Content Description

Sex: None
Language: None
Violence: Dogs are not liked in Jerusalem and one dog is stepped on by a horse, hit with rocks, and kicked by a human and it cries out in pain but Jesus stops the violence; a character uses a knife to cut a large bag loose which contains animals and it goes over the side of a cliff but they survive; a character learns his family (dogs) are all dead; a creature eats a butterfly; a dog is about to attack Jesus but is overcome by his love; it is said that lions which attacked each other are made to become friends by Jesus; Jesus overturns money changers' tables as they are only interested in profits; dogs strike each other but no blood is shown; a dog is dog napped; a character falls backward into a well but survives; Jesus carries cross and rocks are thrown at him; Jesus is seen receiving one lashing from whip but it is not graphic; crucifixion is shown mainly close-up with Jesus' face and no blood is seen.
Drugs: None
Nudity: Jesus, on cross, seen in loin cloth.
Other: Scriptures are seen on screen as well as heard; a bitter dog forgives evil man.

Info

Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter
Source: Video
Company: Phase 4 Films
Writer: Ken Reiner
Director: Bill Kowalchuk
Genre: Animated
Runtime: 82 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated