Faith, Media & Culture

Here’s this week’s dispatch from the crossroads of faith and media.

Coming attraction:

The trailer for Sony Pictures Animation’s THE STAR was released online this morning, via USA Today.  So, here’s a The a first look at the faith-and-family film telling the story of the first Christmas through the eyes of the animals who witnessed it. Enjoy. 

 THE STAR is executive produced by DeVon Franklin (MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN) and Lisa and Brian Henson (CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS). The star-studded animated feature premieres in theaters nationwide Nov. 10 with a voice cast that includ Steven Yeun (Bo the donkey), Gina Rodriguez (Mary), Zachary Levi (Joseph), Keegan-Michael Key (Dave the dove), Kelly Clarkson (Leah the horse), Anthony Anderson (Zach the goat), Aidy Bryant (Ruth the sheep), Ving Rhames (Thaddeus the dog), Gabriel Iglesias (Rufus the dog), Patricia Heaton (Edith the cow), Kristin Chenoweth (Abby the mouse), national radio personality Delilah Rene (Elizabeth), Christopher Plummer (King Herod), Kris Kristofferson (Old Donkey), and Tracy Morgan (Felix), Tyler Perry (Cyrus), Oprah Winfrey (Deborah) as the three camels. The film will also feature new music from Mariah Carey. THE STAR is directed by  Timothy Reckart (HEAD OVER HEELS) and produced by Jennifer Magee-Cook off a story by Simon Moore and Carlos Kotkin and screenplay by Carlos Kotkin.  Digital animation is by Cinesite StudiosColumbia Pictures and AFFIRM Films will present THE STAR in association with Walden Media, Franklin Entertainment and The Jim Henson Company.   

SYNOPSIS: A small but brave donkey named Bo 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, a loveable sheep who has lost her flock, and Dave, a dove with lofty aspirations. Along with three wisecracking camels and some eccentric stable animals, Bo and his new friends follow the Star and become unlikely heroes in the greatest story ever told – the first Christmas.


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