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REVIEW: 5 Things Parents Should Know About ‘The Star’

REVIEW: 5 Things Parents Should Know About ‘The Star’

Bo is a first-century donkey full of spunk and energy – and he’s determined not to live his entire life inside a Nazareth grain mill.

“We were meant for something greater than this,” he says.

But … for what?

Perhaps that bright star in the sky – a star he gazes at each night – is a sign. Perhaps it’s even a sign for him!

Finally, Bo gets a big break. His barn mate helps him break out, with the owner in tow. And a chase through the streets of Nazareth ensues, until Bo loses his owner and winds up in the backyard of a young couple named Mary and Joseph. Maybe Bo really was meant for something great!

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It’s all part of The Star (PG), an animated film that opens this weekend and tells the nativity story through the eyes of animals who follow Mary and Joseph and witness the birth of Christ. It stars Steven Yeun as Bo, Keegan-Michael Key as Dave the dove, Aidy Bryant as Ruth the sheep, Gina Rodriguez as Mary and Zachary Levi as Joseph. Tyler Perry (Cyrus the camel), Oprah Winfrey (Deborah the camel) and Patricia Heaton (Edith the camel) and Kelly Clarkson (Leah the horse) also have roles.

It is being released by the same company – AFFIRM Films – that released War Room and Courageous. It’s also one of the better animated films of the year.

Here’s what parents need to know:

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