This short animation about the birth of Jesus, which lasts only about half an hour, has rich coloring and quality background orchestration. I believe it would be appropriate for ages 4 to 10. There is a beautiful, melodic song during the introductory portion. The song is Disney quality, but better because it’s based on a Biblical story, rather than a fantasy.

The story begins with a devout man named Simeon declaring that he was promised he would see the Messiah before he died. [Luke 2:26 tells us that the Holy Spirit revealed it to him.] The story then goes to the evil Roman ruler, Herod, then on to the angel’s appearance to Mary. In this version of the story, Joseph is doing carpenter work when Mary tells him that she is to give birth to God’s Son. Joseph informs her that an angel has already told him about it. He promises to love the Child as his own.

​After Mary and Joseph travel to Bethlehem and Jesus is born in a stable there, some bored shepherds nearby suddenly hear an angelic message about Jesus’ birth and go to see the newborn Baby. Then the scene shifts to the Wise Men observing the star that heralded the birth of the King.

Mary and Joseph take newborn Baby Jesus to the temple [40 days after His birth, to fulfill Old Testament law]. When Simeon sees Him there, he rejoices that he can die in peace, now that he has seen the Messiah. [Luke 2:27 tells us that the Holy Spirit led him to visit the temple courts on that day.] This ties in nicely with the way the animation was begun, with Simeon declaring the promise he was given that he would see the Messiah before he died. It shows that God keeps His promises.

The evil ruler Herod hears of the newborn King. The Wise Men come to Herod to ask where the newborn King might be. One of Herod’s scholars tells him that the King was to be born in Bethlehem [Micah 5:2], so the Wise Men travel to Bethlehem to see Baby Jesus and present their gifts to Him. Mary and Joseph and the Baby were residing in a house in Bethlehem by then. I appreciate that this animation accurately portrays the Wise Men visiting Jesus quite some time after His birth, rather than perpetuating the myth that they visited on the night after Jesus was born, as the shepherds did. Whenever I set up a nativity scene, I try to position the Wise Men some distance away from the stable, to show that they were still far away when Jesus was born.

Jealous Herod commands all the babies in the area to be killed, to try to make certain that Jesus, the newborn King, is killed. But an angel warns Joseph that they must flee from danger. Mary and Joseph stay in Egypt until Herod is dead, then take Jesus to their hometown, Nazareth, to live.

The presentation ends with saying that the Child grew and God’s grace was upon Him. It seems a rather abrupt ending to me, but it can be easily remedied. The menu offers a “Sing-Along” segment, along with the “Chapter Selection” segment. The “Sing-Along” segment goes back to the angel’s announcement to Mary, then goes through the high points of the animation as the song is being sung. It lasts about three minutes. The lyrics are provided at the bottom of the screen. It seems like the perfect way to end the viewing of The King is Born.

In looking for a preview of this presentation, I discovered a couple of other animations with the same title. Look for the one produced by Nest Family Entertainment. Below is a preview. (The picture quality in the real video is much clearer.)

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