New animated film about Jesus features professionals from Disney and Pixar

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Talitha's parents were mourning her death when Jesus came and said to her, "Arise."

Scenes like this are part of the new animated film of the life of Jesus, told according to the Gospels of St. Luke and St. Mark.

The first version of the film was released in 1979 and has since been translated into more than 2,000 languages. Now, this new production aims to reach even more people.

Jesus Film Project, Historic Partnerships

Everyone needs hope and there's really no greater story told than the story of Jesus especially as can relate to hope. So we really wanna take the annimation that is so attractive to so many people and use it as a platform to bring the story and life of Jesus to the world. It's exciting and we wanna see every country, every person have a chance to hear Jesus speak in their own language.

To make this adaptation, the project's promoters worked with historians, theologians and biblical scholars to ensure that the film would recreate the Palestine of 2,000 years ago. In fact, the team traveled to Jerusalem to research, which enabled them to get the smallest details right.

Jesus Film Project, Historic Partnerships

The Church has bible scholars, directors of missionaries, evangelists, historians, archeologists, and so we are actually able in one place, in the Vatican, to bring so many experts into something so important that of course is to the very heart of who we are as Christians.

The animators, who also work for big name companies like Pixar and Disney, helped bring this biblical story to life. And they made sure to be as faithful as possible to the Gospels.

Jesus Film Project, Historic Partnerships

But we do wanna take the fullest extent that we can to make sure that the stones that built the walls on Via Dolorosa that they are the same size, as best as they can. To find the color purple that Jesus may have worn is the same color.

The film will hit theaters and streaming platforms Christmas 2025. And its creators expect it to be translated into as many languages as the first version almost 50 years ago.


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