The Adventures of Toby: Making Friends (DVD Review)

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 is a cute little tot who wants to meander around observing his world. You know how little kids want to take forever to walk from the house to the car? Well, Toby is too busy observing his world to rush. But, like most little kids, Toby’s mom and family are too busy to stop and smell the roses.

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.

Don’t forget to Like the Adventures of Toby on Facebook.

Disclosure: I was compensated to write this post. The views expressed in this post are my own. I follow the tenets of Blog With Integrity.

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