Friday, April 29, 2011

Catholic Children's Illustrated Movies {Review and Giveaway}

Have you been looking for good Catholic movies your kiddos can watch?  Maybe in the van on the way to a family reunion this Summer or just to keep them busy while you clean something up?  If you are like me, you want your kids active as much as possible but there are unavoidable times that the TV becomes the sitter and well, if that is going to be the case I want my kids watching something educational.  By educational I mean, enriching their minds, hearts, and souls because after all that is what our whole being is all about {made in His image and likeness}.  I've been searching high and low for these kinds of movies for a couple of years now.  It was such a blessing when I came across CCC of America! 

If you are not familar with them, the are the makers of Catholic Animated movies for children.  Maybe you've seen one but didn't know the company's name?  Or maybe you never knew there were some great movies for kids out there covering the lives of saints and the apparitions of our Blessed Mother?  But yes, dear friends, they are out there! So I decided to contacted them and asked if they would be willing to send me some videos to preview and review for them - guess what they said?  YES!   Is that awesome or what?  It gets better, read on.

In case you missed my initial post about Catholic Children's Animated Videos.

Here are the three great movies I was so blessed to get review:

1) The Day the Sun Danced, the True Story of Fatima
Description From their website: In 1917, three children named Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta experienced a great miracle. While herding a flock of sheep outside the tiny village of Fatima, Portugal, the Blessed Mother visited them, not once, but many times, telling the children great and wondrous secrets that would affect all of creation.
When the children tried to share the joyous news of Our Lady of Fatima, no one believed them, until the day the sun seemed to dance in the sky. It soon became clear that they had been chosen by the Blessed Mother to share her message.

(All ages/English/Spanish/French/30 min)


2)  Nicholas - The Boy Who Became Santa

Description From their website:  Nicholas was still a young child when he discovered a very special secret that changed his life forever. It was the gift of giving, by which he brought happiness to many people; but in sharing this gift Nicholas had to face many dangers. Here is the fascinating story of the boy whose love and care for others make him one of the most popular figures of all times, Today, more than sixteen centuries later, the entire world celebrates the kindness and generosity of the man we call Santa Claus.
Base on historical facts and traditions, Nicholas The Boy Who Became Santa, is the beautifully animated film worth watching all year long.

(All ages/English/Spanish/French/30 min)

 3)  Juan Diego - Messenger of Guadalupe                                                   

Description From their website:  In 1591 Juan Diego found himself between two worlds…that of the Spanish conquerors and that of his own Aztec heritage. Because of his love for his people and his strong faith, Juan Diego turned to Jesus and His Mother, Mary for help in uniting his people. The answer to Juan Diego’s prayers has become one of the greatest events in the history of the Americas.
JUAN DIEGO, MESSENGER OF GUADALUPE is the true story of how the Blessed Mother chose a hero for a key role in a beautiful miracle that would united diverse peoples and change the course of history. In the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City the miracle of the tilma of Juan Diego may still be seen, just as it was seen by the bishop in 1531.
(All ages/English/Spanish/French/30 min)


Why did I rate all three movies with Five Crosses = A+?  Well because simply my kids devoured all three movies, from my toddler to my kindergartner, they just loved it! 

Our 2 year old watching St. Nicholas, it was his favorite!
Our 2 and 6 year olds watching the Fatima Movie.
Another reason why I gave these three an A+ was that the animation was wasn't cheesy like some other Catholic/Christian Children's videos we've seen.  In addition, I just LOVE that I can play the movies in three different languages.  We've seen them in English and in Spanish.  So not only do they compliment our Religion curriculum but also our Spanish one!  I love it because as a child, I learned all of my prayers in Spanish.  :)  The thirty minute videos are also perfect for small, active little ones!

These were the three fantastic Catholic Children's movies we received!
Ready to buy one (or two, or more) for your family?  The movies can be ordered online at CCC of America or by phone Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Central, at 800-935-2222.

I will share in another post our adventure with the Juan Diego DVD so as to not make this so long {and to not keep you from the Giveaway portion}, .  Once I post that one I'll link it on here!  So the part you've been waiting for...{drum roll please}

One Raising {& Teaching} Little Saints friend will get a chance to win your very own copy of the Juan Diego movie (a $15.00 value)!!!  It's easy to enter:

REQUIRED:  Visit CCC of America, come back and leave a comment with which movie you would love to have in your home = 1 entry.

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For each item that you do listed above, please leave a comment here telling us what you did.  Remember, each item you do is an entry!  Also, if you already subscribe to any of these listed, please leave a comment, "I already follow you on Google Friend Connect."

SUPER BONUS ENTRY (= 5 entries):
Read another post (that isn't a review or a giveaway) and leave a comment.  Come back here and tell me where you went (the title of the post).

Official Rules:

One winner will be chosen via Only entries that follow the above rules will count. Entries close May 10th, 2011 at 11pm EST. Winner will be announced on May 11th, 2011.  US ONLY!

About CCC of America, our Sponsor:
CCC of America is a media company that distributes and produces "entertainment you can believe in." We pride ourselves on producing and distributing a full line of wholesome Christian family entertainment to promote sound moral values in an engaging way.

CCC of America is committed to the production and distribution of quality family entertainment that is not only enjoyable, but also conveys moral values. We are determined to provide wholesome fun for families, wherein they discover stories of real heroes of the faith who lived lives of courage, love and truth.

Best wishes,

Disclosure (ah, yes, the fine print): Special thanks to CCC of America for partnering with Raising {& Teaching}Little Saints on this giveaway. CCC of America, is provided us with the Juan Diego DVD for our contest. I was compensated with three free DVDs from their collection for offering this review and awesome giveaway!

The winner is  entry #4, Judy (Benmakesten)!!!  Congratulations Judy!!!!  Go visit her blog and congratulate her!  :)  Thanks to everyone who participated in this giveaway and thanks to CCC of America for offering this wonderful DVD to a lovely Catholic family! 

Judy, please e-mail me with your mailing address so that I may forward it to CCC of America!  :)  raisinglittlesaints {at}

Blessings everyone!

Mama Erika

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