The Lion of Judah
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|The Lion of Judah|
American theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Deryck Broom
|Produced by||Jacqui Cunningham
Animated Family Films
|Written by||Brent Dawes|
Omar Benson Miller
|Music by||AMG Music Group (Produced by: Greg Sims & Adam Carpenter)|
|Edited by||Roger Hawkins
Animated Family Films
|Distributed by||Rocky Mountain Pictures|
The Lion of Judah is a 2011 American 3D computer-animated Christian comedy-drama film produced by Animated Family Films, distributed by Rocky Mountain Pictures and starring Scott Eastwood, Georgina Cordova, Sandi Patty, Anupam Kher, Michael Madsen, Alphonso McAuley, Omar Benson Miller, Vic Mignogna and Ernest Borgnine. It is the sequel to the Christmas short film Once Upon A Stable, taking place 30 years earlier in a Bethlehem stable as The Stable-Mates witness the birth of "The King". Lion of Judah had a limited release to theaters starting June 3, 2011, and a domestic DVD release Easter 2012.
Follow the adventures of a bold lamb (Judah) and her stable friends as they try to avoid the sacrificial alter the week preceding the crucifixion of Christ. It is a heart-warming account of the Easter story as seen through the eyes of a lovable pig (Horace), a faint-hearted horse (Monty), a pedantic rat (Slink), a rambling rooster (Drake), a motherly cow (Esmay) and a downtrodden donkey (Jack). This magnificent period piece with its epic sets is a roller coaster ride of emotions. Enveloped in humor, this quest follows the animals from the stable in Bethlehem to the great temple in Jerusalem and onto the hillside of Calvary as these unlikely heroes try to save their friend. The journey weaves seamlessly through the biblical accounts of Palm Sunday, Jesus turning the tables in the temple, Peter's denial and with a tense, heart-rending climax, depicts the crucifixion and resurrection with gentleness and breathtaking beauty. For Judah, the lamb with the heart of a lion, it is a story of courage and faith. For Jack, the disappointed donkey, it becomes a pivotal voyage of hope. For Horace, the, well the dirty pig, and Drake the ignorant rooster, it is an opportunity to do something inappropriate and get into trouble.
- Bruce Marchiano as Jesus
- Scott Eastwood as Jack
- Ernest Borgnine as Slink
- Anupam Kher as Monty
- Sandi Patty as Esmay
- Michael Madsen as Boss
- Georgina Cordova as Judah
- Omar Benson Miller as Horace
- Vic Mignogna as Raven
- Alphonso McAuley as Drake
The film was animated at the Character Matters Animation Studio in Cape Town, South Africa. It was converted to Stereoscopic 3D for theaters and was released in the United States by Rocky Mountain Pictures on June 3, 2011.
The film has a mixed-reviewed 58% audience rating, but was largely panned by critics.
The film was released on 7 June 2011 in cinemas and 27 March 2012 and 8 March 2013 in the DVD Premieres in the United States and Germany.
- "The Lion of Judah Blu-ray". Blu-ray.com. Retrieved November 9, 2011.