Friday, July 2, 2010

Review: Hermie & Friends: Who is in Charge Anyway?

I have loved Max Lucado's books for years, so was really excited to get the chance to review a DVD based on his children's book series. The DVD that I received was Hermie & Friends: Who is in Charge Anyway?

Here's the description of the DVD from the publisher's website:
Meet the Garden gang before they grew up!
Sitting around a camp fire on a beautiful star-lit night, the garden gang is talking about their favorite memories. Antonio recounts the Garden Olympics, but admits he was a scrawny kid-ant whose parents did not think he would ever amount to much. Flo confesses she used to be shy and introverted. Turns out all Hermie and Friends’ adventures are made possible by the things that happened to them as kids. And it’s also clear that God has had a plan for all of the garden characters right from the start – as long as they had the sense to listen and follow God’s message. Includes new and previous animation.
The lesson in the DVD was based on Psalm 90:16, and featured stories from many different characters,  showing that each of them were made by God for a purpose and that God didn't make anyone by accident.  Hermie & Friends are new to our house, so I was glad for the chance to get a bit of an introduction to all the characters and their personalities in this DVD through the flashbacks of this episode.  Hermie, the title character, is voiced by the hysterically funny Tim Conway, and I laughed out loud at many of his lines.  I was watching with my son who is almost 3. He liked the DVD enough to sit through it twice in a row last night (the main story is 30 minutes long and then there are 30 more minutes of bonus features on the DVD).  My son is too young to get the jokes, but he seemed to really like the animation and the characters.

Personally, I really liked this DVD and will definitely be adding more Hermie & Friends episodes to our DVD library.  The spiritual lesson was fabulous, the graphics very nice and I thought the storyline moved quickly and featured good humor along with the theology. If you're looking for a great Christian DVD for your child, definitely check this one out!

Disclosure:  I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”