The Torchlighters is a series of 30-minute children’s DVDs that spotlight heroes of the faith throughout history. Despite some low quality production, the stories are well thought out and simultaneously education and entertaining.
We decided to do something a little different this week by reviewing our very first children’s series on the podcast. For me personally, shows like Veggietales and 321 Penguins were a very big part of my growing up, so I was excited to review another animated series targeted especially for kids.
Since I wasn’t able to watch the entire series, the two I watched were the Corrie Ten Boom story and the Samuel Morris story.
The Samuel Morris story tells the story of the African boy named Kaboo and how he was brought to the Lord at a young age. He journeyed all the way to New York to learn more about his newfound faith and there impacted an incredible amount of people with his story.
The Corrie Ten Boom story was strongly inspired by the Hiding Place and of course tells the powerful tale of Corrie Ten Boom and their family’s calling to hide Jews during World War II.
Both of these films presented moving and accurate tales of these heroes, but also kept everything appropriate and easily understandable for younger children. The animation quality isn’t amazing, but it serves its purpose without much issue. The stories are well-written and cohesive and overall I really enjoyed watching these.
It’s encouraging to see that Children’s entertainment is being made that will also build them up spiritually and teach them historical lessons. This isn’t just mildly humorous filler to keep your kids occupied for a half hour, it’s entertainment with a purpose and a message.
As far as family-friendliness, these shows are okay to watch for children, although it is worth mentioning that there were a couple of characters drinking in the episodes we watched, and the Corrie Ten Boom story did feature some intense thematic elements. However, everything is definitely tamed down and kept appropriate enough for kids to watch.
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