Award-winning filmmaker and producer DeVon Franklin’s lastest film, The Star, has put a unique twist on the first Christmas – told from the perspective of the animals.
The animated film, distributed by Sony Pictures and executive produced by Franklin and Lisa and Brian Henson under Franklin Entertainment, brings the story surrounding Christ’s birth to life through the eyes of the main character, a small donkey, named Bo, who yearns to join the King’s Caravan. His desire to live a life of significance gives him the courage to break free and sets him on the adventure of his dreams. On his journey, he teams up with Dave, a dove who shares his lofty aspirations and later Ruth, a loveable sheep who has left her flock on her own visionary journey.
Bo and his impassioned company of stable animals along with a eclectic trio of quick-witted camels follow the Star and become witnesses to and unlikely heroes in the greatest story ever told – the first Christmas.
The film, directed by Timothy Reckart, features high profile voice overs from Oprah Winfrey (Deborah), Tracy Morgan (Felix), Tyler Perry (Cyrus), Gina Rodriguez (Mary), (Keegan-Michael Key (Dave, the dove), Kelly Clarkson (Leah, the horse), Anthony Anderson (Zach, the goat), and Christopher Plummer (King Herod).
The movie ranked No. 6 at the box office behind Murder on the Orient Express in its opening weekend according to data compiled by Box Office Mojo for Nov. 17 – 19.
Franklin produced Miracles from Heaven, the first faith-based film released under his production company, Franklin Entertainment in 2016.
Empower Magazine gives “The Star” 5 Stars for its innovative telling of the first Christmas and heartwarming cast of animated characters – a story that has the feel of a family and holiday classic.
Photo gallery credit: Sony Pictures / Franklin Entertainment
‘The Star’ tells Christmas story from unique perspective