The Toby series of animated, faith-based family films is made by a diverse collection of artists in South Africa with a mission to teach children about Jesus. My family and I recently reviewed a DVD from the collection called The Adventures of Toby: Making Friends.
Toby’s mom is a little irritable with him when he wants to do something that will take too much time, like walk slowly. The mom is perhaps a little more blunt and down-to-earth than most moms seen in American cartoons.
While Toby’s family are busy bustling about, Toby meets Jesus. On his journey he sees how Jesus creates friends for him and a world for everyone to live in. The character of Jesus is very friendly and soft spoken. Jesus is the one who listens to Toby and Toby appreciates having a friend who will listen.
The animation of the DVD is simple, yet effective…and by that I mean that the animation does not have a whole lot of razzle dazzle, but the drawings and animation work with the subject matter. The adults look like real people, while Toby is a little more cartoon-like. All in all the animation fit with the subject matter.
I also appreciated that Toby speaks with a South African-English accent, rather than having been dubbed over by an American actor. The voices of all the characters were very easy to understand for me — and my son. I found myself listening to the message of the DVD, which is that to have friends you need to be a good friend.
Toby is from the Bugbox Animation studio and the creative minds of husband-and-wife team Tim and Candice Argall. In addition to creating a series of religious DVDs for children, the Argalls have created commercial animations for Kellogg’s, Lego, Disney, Nestle, and Coca Cola. Also available from Bugbox Animation are the following DVDs:
- Monsters & Me — Toby needs Jesus’ help to chase monsters from his room.
- Crunch Time — Jesus uses Toby’s favorite action hero to explain sacrifice.
- Upcoming release — Amazing Grapes — Toby learns to see as God sees.
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