-- Newest DVD episode available at CBN.com/Superbook --
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., Dec. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Just in time for the holidays, The Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) is airing seven episodes of its Emmy nominated, animated series Superbook on ABC Family Channel. Beginning December 24th the following episodes will air at 9:30 AM:
December 24th: "A Giant Adventure," the story of David and Goliath
December 25th: "The First Christmas," the story of Jesus' birth
December 26th: "In the Beginning," the story of creation and Adam and Eve
December 27th: "The Road to Damascus," the story of when Saul becomes Paul
December 28th: "Let My People Go," the story of Moses and Israel's exodus from Egypt
December 31: "The Ten Commandments," the story of Moses and the Israelites receiving God's laws
January 1: "Roar!" the story of Daniel and the lions' den
"We are so excited to continue our mission through CBN's Superbook DVD Club and our Superbook series that will help us reach a new generation with the message of Jesus Christ," said CBN CEO Gordon Robertson.
CBN launched the animation series Superbook in Japan in 1981, as an adventure-fueled cartoon whose mission was to bring the Gospel to the Asian nation. It didn't take long for Japan's children to come to know Christ. In fact, Superbook became so popular that the Bible became Japan's best-selling book.
Since the first episode aired, more than a half-billion people have viewed Superbook. To date, Superbook has been dubbed in 43 languages and broadcast in more than 100 countries. Our vision is to produce a total of 104 episodes over a period of eight years.
CBN and a team of Emmy-winning artists and storytellers (whose credits include Mulan, The Lion King, and Beauty and the Beast) are collaborating to repurpose the series in CG animation, bringing the hope of God's Word to a new generation of children and families.
"The tremendous technology advances in animation have enhanced Superbook," said Robertson. "Animation is extremely popular around the world with children and adults, alike. CBN's new version of Superbook will be viewed and enjoyed by a new generation of viewers."
In addition to the series, the Superbook team has created a website—Superbook.TV. The website provides a fun and entertaining way for the entire family to learn the Bible. For example, kids can create their own avatars, play Bible-themed games, learn about God and His Word, listen to Superbook Radio, and even download a 30-day devotional. For parents, the website offers special resources, so they can assist their children in learning the Bible.
"We are taking the Superbook series to the next level," said Superbook producer John Schafer. "Today's kids move through content on mobile devices and the Web, and we're well-positioned to get their attention."
In the latest episode, Superbook: "The Last Supper," Superbook heroes Chris, Joy, and their robot Gizmo travel back in time to when Jesus was preparing to finish His earthly ministry. In this episode, Jesus makes a triumphal entry into Jerusalem, clears the money changers out of the temple, and shares a final meal with His disciples. Most importantly, viewers will discover that Jesus is the true King who came not to be served, but to serve others.
"We are being as biblically accurate as possible with our new Superbook series," said Schafer. To ensure biblical accuracy, Bible scholars are consulted on every script and the series' writers include actual biblical dialogue in each episode.
The latest Superbook episode, "The Last Supper," is now available on DVD at CBN.com. A special bonus offer during the month of December: three DVDs of "The First Christmas" in addition to the membership premium, 3 DVDs of "The Last Supper."
Joining The Superbook DVD Club is easy. Members receive regular shipments of each new episode, approximately every 4–6 weeks, as it becomes available. For their gift of $25, each member receives three DVDs—one to keep, and two copies to share with others.
For details go to http://www.CBN.com/Superbook, or call 800-759-0700. Supporting the Superbook series will help CBN continue its mission to reach a new generation with the message of Christ's love.
SOURCE The Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN)