The Greatest Adventure: Stories from the Bible

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The Greatest Adventure: Stories from the Bible
GreatestAdventureBackArt.jpg
This clip is from the back of the VHS cover to "The Creation" episode. (From left to right): Seph, Storyteller, Moki, Margo, Derek, Nod children, Seph's father (distance, far right).
Genre
Directed by
Voices of (See cast below)
Narrated by Michael Rye (Opening only)
Theme music composer Hoyt Curtin
Composer(s)
  • Hoyt Curtin
  • Gary William Friedman (Ep. 8 only)
  • Tom Worrall (Episode 8; Episode 9, additional music)
  • Vaughn Johnson (last 2 episodes)
  • Albert Lloyd Olson (Episode 11 only)
  • Russell Fox (choral music, eps. 7&9)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 13
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Kay Wright
  • Bruce David Johnson (supervising producer, 4 episodes)
  • Lew Saw (associate producer, first 6 episodes)
Editor(s)
  • Gil Iverson
  • Tim Iverson (last 3 episodes)
  • Tom Gleason (last 2 episodes)
Running time 25–30 minutes
Production company(s) Hanna-Barbera Productions
Release
Original release June 1986 – 1992

The Greatest Adventure: Stories from the Bible is an animated direct-to-video series produced by Hanna-Barbera that tells of three young adventurers who travel back in time to watch biblical events take place. Thirteen videos were released between 1986 and 1992.

Overview[edit]

Derek and Margo, two young archaeologists, are on a dig accompanied by "their nomad friend", a boy named Moki. They come across a door in an ancient ruin that turns out to be a portal through time. Though the introduction is the same in all videos, each episode sends the three friends into a different story from the Bible. They often interact with principal figures from each story, but without any significant effect upon the plot so as not to change the Bible.

However, it is possible that the trio are there to learn more about the Bible's stories than they already know. The episodes were not released in an order consistent with the Biblical chronology, but can be construed to give a coherent story beginning with "The Creation" and ending with "The Easter Story", which is told from a Christian viewpoint.

Production and distribution[edit]

The series was initially conceived by Hanna-Barbera co-founder Joseph Barbera some seventeen years before it was produced, but he had difficulty in procuring support for the project. Eventually, however, Hanna-Barbera's parent company Taft Broadcasting agreed to provide funding, and the first video was released in 1986, then Turner Home Entertainment continued production after they bought Hanna-Barbera in 1991. Sparrow-Star Song assisted with distribution, releasing all thirteen episodes on VHS, one episode per tape. Five of these episodes ("The Miracles of Jesus", "David and Goliath", "Noah's Ark", "The Easter Story", and "Moses") were released on DVD in 2006.[1][2][3]

Voice cast[edit]

Main[edit]

Additionals[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No. Title Story by Storyboarded by Original release date
1 "Moses" Harvey Bullock Ric Estrada June 1986 (June 1986)
The trio witnesses the ten plagues of Egypt and follow Moses through the parting of the Red Sea.
2 "David and Goliath" Harvey Bullock Ric Estrada June 1986 (June 1986)
The three meet David and eventually see him defeat Goliath.
3 "Noah's Ark" Harvey Bullock Ric Estrada June 1986 (June 1986)
The protagonists find themselves aboard Noah's Ark.
4 "Daniel and the Lion's Den" Dennis Marks Ric Estrada June 1986 (June 1986)
The trio find themselves in Babylon, where they witness the miracle of Daniel in the lions' den.
5 "Joshua and the Battle of Jericho" Harvey Bullock Ric Estrada June 1986 (June 1986)
The trio find themselves ensnared in the Battle of Jericho.
6 "Samson and Delilah" Harvey Bullock Ric Estrada June 1986 (June 1986)
The protagonists find themselves witnessing the story of Samson and Delilah.
7 "The Nativity" Bruce D. Johnson and Harvey Bullock
Dennis Marks (teleplay)
Ric Estrada and Robert Taylor October 1987 (October 1987)
The trio witnesses the birth of Jesus.
8 "The Creation" Dennis Marks Lew Saw and Kay Wright August 1988 (August 1988)
The three protagonists listen to a storyteller recount the creation as well as the Fall. At the same time, they learn their own lessons in honesty after tricking a gardener into giving them fruit for free.
9 "The Easter Story" Dennis Marks Jim Willoughby 1989 (1989)
Mark describes the last days of Jesus' life, leading up to the crucifixion and resurrection.
10 "Joseph and His Brothers" Dennis Marks and Karran Eccles Wright Jim Willoughby September 1990 (September 1990)
The trio befriend Joseph and learn about his coat of many colors.
11 "The Miracles of Jesus" Karran Eccles Wright Ric Estrada September 1991 (September 1991)
The time travelers encounter an elderly version of the young man raised from the dead in the city of Nain, who recounts the various miracles of Jesus.
12 "Queen Esther" Karran Eccles Wright Ric Estrada February 1992 (February 1992)
Esther and Mordecai expose the duplicity of Haman.
13 "Jonah" Karran Eccles Wright Ric Estrada August 1992 (August 1992)
Jonah recounts the story of his journey to Nineveh and being swallowed by a whale.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Barbera, Joseph (1994). My Life in "Toons": From Flatbush to Bedrock in Under a Century. Atlanta, GA: Turner Publishing. pp. 210–215. ISBN 1-57036-042-1. 
  2. ^ Alasdair, Steven (2001-03-28). "William Hanna, animator and cartoon creator". The Scotsman. p. 16. 
  3. ^ Natale, Richard; Phil Gallo (2001-03-21). "William Hanna". Variety. p. 151. 

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