Thursday, January 27, 2011

Adventures In Booga Booga Land (#2)

"Adventures In Booga Booga Land" are based on Richard Milner's allegories and published by Tommy Nelson (Thomas Nelson). The 3 titles and the parables upon which they are based are:

1. Squid Sushi Loses His Marbles (The Lost Pearl) Matthew 13:45-46
2. Wally The Waiter (The Soil and the Seeds) Matthew 13:24-30
3. The Flaming Monkey (The Wedding Banquet) Matthew 22:2-14

We are invited to "join Marty the monkey and Gerard the giraffe as they bungle their way through the paradise of Booga Booga Land inadvertently learning lessons that Jesus taught many years ago." I taught preschoolers for many years, and have had to use my imagination to make a point to tie together a story, but I simply had difficulty seeing the correlation between some of these stories and the parable they were meant to teach. Had I not been told on the DVD cover that these are parables of Jesus, I don't know that I would have made the connection.

Despite my age, I still love cartoons, and I got bored watching these. The humor did not even get a smile out of me and I found the characters to be cliched (an Irish cop, for example). There were bright colors and the stories were short (each lasts about 15 minutes), but I would not purchase these. I'm not even sure what age group would be interested. However, my biggest complaint is that if you are using a medium to promote the teachings of Christ, it would have been nice to have mentioned Him.

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