Each lesson focuses on a spiritual topic that both entertains and teaches children about key aspects in the Christian faith.
Luther demonstrates an “act of the flesh” as he bashes his thumb in the episode opener. More bad behavior follows as he covets Belfry’s cheese, giving Theo an opportunity to teach a lesson on the Fruit of the Spirit. He begins by illustrating some “humorous” acts of the flesh that humans often engage in, then he describes each of the spiritual fruits in the Shoebox Bible Theatre––love, joy, peace, and so on. Luther and Belfry think they’ve learned the lesson, until they try to outdo each other with acts of “kindness.”
Scratch the cat is at it again, chasing Luther and Belfry. The mice escape onto a log in the river and think they’ve escaped danger until, plunging into the water, they are pursued by an even greater danger––a monstrous fish! A nail-biting chase ensues, where it’s certain the mice are goners. In desperation they cry out for Theo to save them, which he does, and uses the occasion to teach about Salvation. In the Shoebox Bible Theatre section Theo takes us on a journey along the “Romans Road,” where we learn how to be saved.
Luther and Belfry are happily enjoying their lunch when they are surprised by a food thief––a mangy river rat named R.W. Wigglesworth, Esq. The mice don’t like river rats, because they carry...fleas! Theo tells them that they should love their neighbor, even though we may not get along with them. Yes, even rats! Using Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan, he shows us who our neighbor is, and how we ought to love them as Jesus loves us. Belfry takes the lesson to heart and gives Wigglesworth some of his cheese, an act of kindness that brings two enemies together in true friendship.
"A Great Message You'll Want Your Kids to Watch! Michael Joens is the producer and director of Theo and has produced dozens of animated commercials for Milton Bradley, Hasbro, Kenner, McDonald's and Playskool. In addition to commercial work, he produced and directed the animation segments of the award-winning series, "McGee and Me," as well as the animated "Adventures in Odyssey" for Focus on the Family. He is now using his talents to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ through Theo into all the world."
(P. K. - CA)
"Excellent for young children ages 2 - 12. I found this DVD to be quite adorable. My children, ages 10, 7, & 3 especially loved watching the funny antics of Belfry and Luther - the 2 mice. It is difficult to find good videos and teaching tools for children that teach about God and the Bible while also entertaining at the same time. I was pleased to see scriptures quoted throughout the segments, as well as snippets of hymns in the background. A unique way to acclimate young ones to traditional hymns and sneak in some wonderful scripture while they are entertained by the adorable mice and Bible stories. The animation is exceptionally well done. The stories are short and cute. The kids were entertained, and I was even interested in watching the whole episode with them. I highly recommend checking out this new DVD series! Click on some of the links below for more information. This DVD was released in stores on September 13th, 2011 - make sure to get a copy!!!"
(S. M. - IL)
"My husband found this DVD to teach our daughter about God and we love it! We are buying more in the series."
(M. M. - MA)
"Bought this as a gift for my grandchildren and was very pleased. Since I wanted a DVD that would span different ages, I wanted something that could keep the little ones attention but not bore the older ones. This DVD did the trick! What a good message of faith to pass on to the next generation! I would highly recommend this DVD."
(J. L. - WI)
"With a mom of two little ones, finding movies that offer a really cute story line and the teachings of God's is really important to me. I was really happy with the length of the movies not to long but just the right amount of time to get the point across. Plus, the animation was quit well. My kids have learned quit a bit from this DVD God's word and I couldn't be happier. I know personally this DVD is a much better teacher then I could be. I am sure my future little ones will love this just as much as my two little ones I have right now."
(A. M. - AZ)
"I will first say, I was expecting this to be full length like most other kids DVD's, 20-30 minutes at least. I was a little disappointed when after 5 minutes for one and 9 for the other, they were over. The content was great, just short. I will say for my younger kids it is perfect. They loved them and will watch them over and over. As mentioned above, there are two episodes, Saving Faith which was about having faith in the right things and Good News which was about salvation. Theo is a grandfather type guy and he talks straight to the kids in terms my kids can understand. I love Theo, you might remember him from McGee and Me and Adventures in Odyssey. There are also two mice who are quite funny, but I would have liked to see them more. Although, in such short stories I think they added a great touch. I think overall most parents would be somewhat disappointed at the length if purchasing just for pleasure but if used in homeschool, as a teaching tool, they would be fabulous. Also, with us being Children's Ministry Consultants, I can see these short Theo episodes being a great "go to" tool to reinforce something already being taught. They do have a Children's Church curriculum available from LifeWay Christian stores and I will be recommending it to our children church contacts for use in their preschool classes."
(A. M. - OK)