The Star Movie Review: Hopeful & Humorous #TheStarMovie

Sony Pictures has released THE STAR and it's a touching tale of how the donkey BO, with the help of some animal friends, had a part in one of the most amazing moments in history - the birth of Jesus Christ.

Note: I was invited as media to the movie screening. However any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

While for some such a story might seem a bit farfetched, I think THE STAR retelling of the events surrounding Jesus Christ's immaculate conception to birth in a manger, puts an interesting spin on it.

Parents will appreciate the kid friendly and simple storytelling of what can be a deep tale.

THE STAR Vignette - The Amazing Cast

Kids will enjoy meeting both the animals and human characters. I really liked how THE STAR brought Mary and Joseph to life. They are shown as a regular couple who has to adjust to having something extraordinary happening to them. Which just happens to include having BO the donkey become part of their life.

THE STAR Vignette - Meet Mary & Joseph

BO and his animal friends Dave (the pigeon) and Ruth (the sheep) bring humor and their own adventure along the main story-line. There's other animals that also become part of the story telling, including the wise men's camels. I swear the camels need their own movie. Their so fun to watch!

While the THE STAR does take some creative liberties with the original story, overall it's stays true to the message of hope that the messiahs birth brings.

Along with screening the film, I also received a THE STAR gift bag that included Look & Find and the Sound books supplied by Pikids Books and novelization and picture books supplied by Simon & Schuster. The books were a great way to re-experience the film and the story at home.

Along with books, Sony Pictures Consumer Products, also released other products including an assortment of plush, stockings, ornaments, décor, melamine sets, figures, nativity sets, wooden blocks and slippers all inspired by the film, which can be found exclusively at Walmart and


In Sony Pictures Animation's The Star, 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.

Starring: 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) Christopher Plummer (King Herod) and Tracy Morgan (Felix) and Tyler Perry (Cyrus) and Oprah Winfrey (Deborah)

Directed By: Timothy Reckart
Produced By: Jennifer Magee-Cook
Executive Produced By: DeVon Franklin, Lisa Henson, Brian Henson

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