Saturday, June 12, 2010

DVD Review: Hermie: Who is in Charge Anyway?

Hermie: Who is in Charge Anyway is the latest DVD addition to Max Lucado's Hermie and Friends series. I'm thinking that I just might be one of the last parents on planet Earth to hear about this series...

The stars of the show is a flea named Freddie and a group of his buggy friends, all cleverly named and brightly animated. In this DVD Freddie struggles to understand his purpose in his bug community. The story flashes back to introduce all the characters of the garden and their talents. Freddie discovers that God does not make mistakes and made even Freddie with a purpose. This DVD, like most these days, offers bonus material including a trivia game, a behind the scenes short film, a sing-along, and a read-along.

As a Christian parent, I love that the DVD is founded on the scripture of Psalm 90:16,
"Show your servants the wonderful things you do; show your greatness to their children."
The DVD succeeds to present God as approachable, loving, and perfect. My 3 year old was entertained and was able to verbalize, "God doesn't make mistakes." after watching the DVD. My heart is always joyful to witness my kids learning Biblical truths like this.

Here's where I cringed...While I want my children to know that God is approachable and that they can pray to him in anyway and anywhere, I also feel a little funny about a flea talking to clouds. I understand that it is difficult illustrate God but somehow moving clouds do not sit well with me just as a Caucasian Jesus robed in white fabric with a blue sash makes me cringe. That said, I still recommend the DVD and encourage parents to sit WITH their children to watch movies and to have conversations about what they have seen as a follow up.

I plan to keep this DVD in our collection because overall, it teaches strong Biblical values and truths. I recommend this DVD to families with children ages 2-5. Please leave a comment if you have seen any of the Hermie & Friends series with your thoughts!

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Kelli said...

I enjoy this series for my kids also! I have to agree with you where you cringe...that seems to be my only "beef" with it as well! Haven't seen this one yet, we'll have to check it out! Thanks for the review!

Kristin said...

I love Hermie, but we only have one DVD. I was introduced to it when our pastor (I'm a church secretary) received a free sample of Sunday School material in the mail, and he gave me the talking stuffed Hermie to take home to my son (who loves it btw). I found one dvd and I really like it. Didn't realize there were more, but I guess I'll have to go look for them! Thanks for sharing this!!