The Star * DVD Review

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The Star
DVD Release Date: February 20, 2018
Run Time: 172 minutes
Genre: Animated
Age: 5+
Number of Discs: 1
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Rating: PG
SMRP: $30.99
Available: Online and at local retailers

Official Press Release:
CULVER CITY, Calif. (January XX, 2018) –From the studio that brought you MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN& CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS comes the timeless tale about faith, friendship, and the importance of believing in yourself.AFFIRM Films and Sony Pictures Animation’s THE STAR arrives for the first time on Digital on February 6 and on Blu-ray + DVD + Digital February 20 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

The heartwarming animated comedy follows a small but brave donkey named Bo (voiced by Steven Yeun,“The Walking Dead”), who yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. One day he finds the courage to break free and finally goes on the adventure of his dreams. On his journey, he teams up with Ruth (voiced by Aidy Bryant, “Saturday Night Live”), a lovable sheep who has lost her flock and Dave (voiced by Keegan-Michael Key, Friends From College), a dove with lofty aspirations, along with three wisecracking camels voiced by Tracy Morgan (“30 Rock”), Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey. Bo and his new friends follow the star and become accidental heroes in the greatest story ever told. Rounding out the all-star voice castincluding Gina Rodriguez (“Jane The Virgin”) as Mary, Zachary Levi (“Chuck”) as Joseph, Grammy® Award-Winner Kelly Clarkson as Leah the horse, Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”) as Zach the goat, Ving Rhames (Mission Impossible) as Thaddeus the dog, Gabriel Iglesias (Coco, Ferdinand) as Rufus the dog, Patricia Heaton (“The Middle”) as Edith the cow, Emmy® and Tony® Award-Winner Kristin Chenoweth as Abby the mouse, and Christopher Plummer (All the Money in the World) as King Herod.

Special Features:
Star-aoke: Sing-Along with Bo & Friends
Dance-Along to: A Great Big World “Life Is Good”
Lyric Videos from:
Mariah Carey, Fifth Harmony, A Great Big World, Kelsey Ballerina, Kirk Franklin
Faith All Year Round
And More….

This Reviewer’s Take:
The Star’s offbeat talking animals make this universally familiar Christian plot focusing on Mary, Joseph and the birth of Jesus stand apart from other nativity telling. Be sure to check out wise cracking camel Deborah AKA Opra Winfrey. Her voice castings as well as those of celebrities Tyler Perry, Kristin Chenoweth, Kelly Clarkson Aidy Bryant, Keegan-Michael Key, Anthony Anderson, Gabriel Iglesias, Ving Rhames, Delilah Rene, Kris Kristofferson, Patricia Heaton, Christopher Plummer, Gina Rodrigues, Zachary Levi, and Mariah Carey is notable because each star casted reflects the role he/she plays not rather than a superstar persona.

The Star’s positive themes of faith, friendship, and forgiveness well fit with the beginning of the greatest story ever told. Solid CGI produces solid lifelike animation with colors, textures, and detail topped off by a catchy soundtrack featuring Mariah Carey, Kirk Franklin, Casting Crowns, and Pentatonic sets The Star apart from most traditional Christmas offerings. Too bad that it was released to DVD after Christmas. What a great stocking stuffer or gift exchange it would have made! It is a genuinely funny, family-friendly animated film combining Biblical adventure with anthropomorphical creature fun. Running slapstick commentaries both on humans and story events, provide insights character to and life lessons without offending. Its light tone more than makes up for its biblical liberties.

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