Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that The Miracle Maker: The Story of Jesus is a European production, in English, that tells Jesus' story based on the New Testament Gospel of Luke using sophisticated stop-action puppets (Claymation) techniques. Jesus' teachings, the miracles he performed, his ultimate recognition as the son of God, and the brutal treatment he and his converts receive from the Romans are the film's focus. Violent scenes (the crucifixion, the whipping of "Mad" Mary) are handled with care; minimal blood and pain are shown. Illness, with some characters on the brink of death, and some references to off-camera deaths are an integral part of the story of Jesus as a healer. The puppets have a wide variety of skin tones -- light, dark, and darker -- which accurately reflects the racial makeup of the Holy Land during Jesus' lifetime. Over five years in the making and originally aired on television in Great Britain, the movie attracted a roster of major actors and actresses. Many of the concepts and the teachings, as well as the miracles performed, may require some explanation or discussion with younger kids. Even older ones will benefit from having some previous knowledge of the biblical events and religious precepts depicted in the movie.
Numerous intense scenes in which plotters plot, Jesus is in danger, and life is at stake. Violent scenes include a woman knocked to the ground as an official raises his whip to her; robbers bloodying a victim; and Jesus's crucifixion shot at careful angles -- he's bloodied, his hands are punctured, and he clearly suffers. Several very ill characters are near death. Jesus collapses from exhaustion. Flashback scenes using traditional animation show villains with scary faces and obvious evil intention. Offscreen deaths (John the Baptist, Lazarus) referenced.
The teachings of Jesus are spoken throughout. Jesus preaches and uses parables to encourage love, peace, kindness, humility, forgiveness, and belief in God and to motivate his followers to "build God's kingdom on earth."
Drugs / Tobacco /
Wine as part of a sacrament.