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The Pilgrim's Progress

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Moviemaking Quality:

Primary Audience:
• Kids 11-12 • Teens • Adults
Genre:
Christian Animation Family Drama Adaptation
Length:
2 hr. 10 min.
Year of Release:
2019
USA Release:
April 18 and 20, 2019 (wide exclusive showings)
DVD: October 1, 2019
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Relevant Issues
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Christian allegory

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John Bunyan’s spiritual autobiography is titled Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners (off-site)

About John Bunyan (1628-1688) (off-site)

How do we know the Bible is TRUE? Answer

INFALLIBILITY—How can the Bible be infallible if it is written by fallible humans? Answer

The Interpreter—The Holy Spirit

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What advice do you have for new and growing Christians? Answer

Christian

Evangelist

Shining Ones—Holy Angels

Apollyon

Hopeful

Valley of Humiliation (about the prime importance of HUMILITY)

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Beelzebub

Who is SATAN, the enemy of God and all people? Answer

Is Satan A REAL PERSON that influences our world today? Is he affecting you? Answer

SATAN’S STRATEGY—What is one of Satan’s most successful strategies in dealing with followers of Christ? Answer

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What are DEVILS and DEMONS in the Bible

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Hypocrisy

Atheist

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Featuring: David Thorpe (voice) … Christian Pilgrim
John Rhys-Davies (voice) … Evangelist
Kristyn Getty (voice) … The Interpreter
Ben Price (voice) … Christian Pilgrim
Director: Robert Fernandez
Producer: Steve Cleary—“The Animated Bible,” “Tortured for Christ”
Revelation Media [Costa Rica]
Tim Wildmon
William Curtis
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Distributor: Vision Video
Fathom Events
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Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “Based on one of the best-selling books of all time, The Pilgrim’s Progress is the one story that can give our children the courage to stay on the straight path in a culture that often stands against them. An epic tale of a pilgrim and his burden. Journey with Christian as he travels from the city of Destruction to the Celestial City. This powerful allegory helps families understand the spiritual journey is the most important journey in life, as well as the importance of sticking to the path, even when the journey gets difficult.

Based on John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress

Link to official Web siteOfficial site for more information

Additional information is available from the producer: Revelation Media (Dallas TX). They intend to translate this film into dozens of languages to assist missions worldwide, starting with Farsi (the language of Iran/Persia), Mandarin and Spanish.

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Comments below:
Positive
Positive—I am over the moon that Pilgrim’s Progress is coming out as a feature length CGI animated film. …The quality is breathtaking. It is so timely and so needed..
Ray Comfort, President, Way of the Master Ministries —a Christian Answers Team Member
Positive—I absolutely loved this movie, and I can't wait to buy it, watch it again and share it with others! I was so moved to tears many times, as it spoke to me about my spiritual walk with Jesus. I believe it will speak to others, as well. It was so very well done. Congratulations on an excellent movie!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 5
Susan Puckett, age 67 (USA)
Positive—This animated 2019 version of this classic story is based on John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress. The story has been updated using modern phrases, yet seems to be faithful to the original author’s intent.

Since the original book was based on a dream John Bunyan had, while imprisoned for his faith in the 1600s, this movie truly keeps much of the original story details, yet adds enhancements to the story in areas such as the depiction of demonic involvement, that was mentioned in the book, but not as fully described as was shown in this movie version of the story.

If you or your children are afraid of the devil or demons, then this movie might be offensive to you. The depiction in The Pilgrim’s Progress movie of the demonic attacks against the pilgrim named Christian, seem accurate and justified, for dramatic emphasis of what is going on behind the scenes in the spiritual realm.

The filmmaking quality is quite high compared with other Christian films. The animation appears to be thoughtfully done with vivid colors and details.

I highly recommend that you watch this Pilgrim’s Progress movie. It appears to be a highly accurate view into the spiritual battle over souls that is going on in the spiritual realm and also on the earth today.

If nothing else, it should help open the eyes of all people as to the great and precious reward that is waiting for them in God’s Kingdom, if they will just endure in faith in Jesus Christ, and ask for God’s Help in overcoming all the obstacles that this world and the devil will try to throw towards them in this life.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
Robert Woeger, age 54 (USA)
Positive—This called a family film, but as a retired professor of early childhood education and a Christian, I recommend this film for middle school students and adults. For children below middle school, the monsters can be scary and young children will not understand their purposes in the story. For middle-schoolers and adults, this is a very fine movie.
Robert, age 90 (USA)
Positive—I really was looking forward to this animated adaption of The Pilgrim’s Progress. I have read the book and the story, and message has never left me. I was excited to see it and mostly enjoyed it. The animation fluctuated in quality and did detract from the overall presentation of the characters. But, regardless, I enjoyed it and so did the people who attended with me. Two of us have read the book and one had not, and we all got something out of the plight of Christian getting to the celestial city. There are some demons, that are animated with more detail, that might frighten some children, although the child behind me was not affected by their scariness. I think most people would enjoy the movie, although the book is so much better and a must read for all Christians.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 4½
Sharon M Ulstad, age 59 (USA)
Neutral
Neutral—Watched tonight at church for family night. All ages were present. It was very intense and frightening for young children, with images of demons—disturbing for me and others. True to the children’s version of the book, though I wish the cross was more visible when he loses his burden, as this is a poignant message in the book. 12 year old daughter is concerned about the missional intent of the movie, as she says it could be very scary for people in other countries who are actively aware of spiritual warfare, although the message of victory is clear.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 3½
Sarah, age 48 (USA)
Comments from non-viewers
Neutral—I have not seen it but read reviews before taking my grandchildren and feel it is for teens and older. Some of my grandchildren are not yet teens, and I believe they are too young, even though it is animated. I am going to see it and suggest my teens see it.
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Susan Quigley, age 70 (USA)

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