Monday, July 14, 2014

CCC of America's Saints and Heroes Series {Review and Giveaway}

I'm taking a break from our summer shenanigans to check in here on ye ol' blog and share a giveaway with you from CCC of America. The break honestly wasn't planned, and I figure offering you a great deal and chance to win something is the perfect apology, right? Or something like that? Well, I hope so. 

CCC of America graciously offered me a copy of one their DVDs to review and then they also offered one as a giveaway prize to one of my readers. Since I'm never one to say no to freebies, at least to awesome ones, I jumped at the chance. Plus, just hearing a little bit about their company made me want to learn more and share them with you. As a family that's striving to live out the liturgical year in an intentional manner, I'm always on the lookout for age appropriate material, whether it be in the form of book, game, or movie, to help our children be excited for the Faith we have. 

This provided the perfect chance to check out something new!

If you've never heard of them, CCC of America is a company committed to offering family entertainment that promotes moral values, telling stories of real life heroes (as well as a few fictional ones) through animated films. The Saints and Heroes Collection is targeted at families with younger children with films right around 30 minutes long.

Right now, just so I don't forget to let you know, they are having a 60% off sale, which includes all the copies in the Saints and Heroes Collection! To receive the discount, all you have to do is enter 'SUMMER60' when you checkout. This sale is happening now through July 17th at 11:59pm. Grab your copies of these great videos now!

I was sent a copy of The Day the Sun Danced: The True Story of Fatima, which tells the story of when Our Lady appeared to three shepherd children, Lucia, Jacinta, and Francisco in Portugal in 1917. She entrusted them with the message to daily pray the Holy Rosary for peace. The children stood fast, assuring their fellow townspeople that they had indeed seen a Lady despite threats against their lives. Finally, Mary sent the children a miracle, causing the sun to dance in the sky, and it was clear that she had specially chosen these three young children to be her messengers.

The animation is sweet and colorful and kept my wiggly 2 and 4 year old still for its entirety. It's short, attention grabbing, and included just enough facts for both my children to take hold of what was happening. As an introductory piece to Marian apparitions, this was perfect since it told of young kids getting to see and speak with Our Lady. The children are shown being devoted to the Rosary and learning their faith, which is an inspiration for anybody.

The story of Our Lady of Fatima includes some heavy material (at least I think so) for young children. A depiction of Hell is shown to the children and the officials of the town, at least in this telling, threaten the children with being boiled alive in oil. These are the only points where I would tell parents to make their own decisions on whether or not this is the right time to share this story with their children. I have two fairly sensitive boys, and neither of them were scared by these scenes. I think the complex issues were touched on enough to be implied but were perfectly dwelt on, so small minds weren't in the least traumatized. I thought the way in which Hell was approached was appropriate with what we are already teaching our children.

All in all, I was impressed and look forward to checking out more films from CCC in the future. I'm especially looking forward to sharing their takes on St. Francis Xavier and St. Patrick with my boys. The stories of the Saints as the pillars of Our Faith are so important for us to teach our children, and these videos are the perfect way to do so.

Since I am the adult in this family, my opinion matters only so much as to what a child might think, so before I close up with the giveaway, here's what my sons thought:

Dominic, age 4
"I loved it so much that I think I will watch it another day. I think it was a really good movie. It was about these children. It had Mary in it, too. The people of the town did not believe the children. But then they saw the sun go crazy. And they even got to see Mary. They actually did believe then. The End."

Blaise, age 2
"I actually liked it. It was about different parts. I sawed the kids and they did see Mary."

I think the main point mostly got across, right?

And now, on that note, I have a chance for YOU to win a copy of any DVD of your choice in the Saints and Heroes collection. Enter in the Rafflecopter widget below for your chance to win!

You must BOTH comment and 'Like' CCC of America's Facebook page to be a valid entry.

**Don't forget to check out the 60% off sale happening right now at CCC!**

There are 18 possible entries, with a few options to come back daily and earn extra entries. I will use Rafflecopter's generator to choose the winner, who will then be announced here on the blog + via social media. I will also e-mail them - e-mail address you provide will only be used to contact you if you win. U.S. mailing addresses only. Entries will be accepted until 12:00am 21 July 2014. 

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Disclaimer: This giveaway is sponsored by CCC of America, and they have been kind enough to provide me with a complimentary copy to review. However, all opinions are solely my own. 

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  1. I'm glad to hear a good review of that movie! We have listened to the Glory Stories version of the children of Fatima, which also includes the bit about hell and boiling in oil. I was shocked by it, and I think the kids were upset a bit by it, but we talked about it and they've listened to it several times since. I'm off to check out the other movies, too! Thanks for sharing the discount.

  2. Oh wow, I love this! I'm way too tempted to get the entire Saint's Set for my nephews in lieu of The Wiggles. If I had to pick one though, it would definitely be the story of Fatima, as it's one of my absolute favorites.

  3. The entire Saint's Collection would be amazing, but I'd choose between The True Story of Fatima or Patrick: Brave Shepherd of the Emerald Isle! Glad you did a review of this because these would be great to own!

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  6. Ahhh! I've been looking for where I can buy these... they're so awesome! We're on a strict budget these days so it'd be awesome to win one. :) Francis would really speak to my boys, I think.

  7. I loved this one when you guys were kids, but I think my favorites are St. Bernadette and St. Patrick

  8. Oh, I have been curious about these! Thank you for the review of the Fatima movie, I think I'd want St. Francis or St. Patrick if I won.

  9. Sounds like a great resource for my family!

  10. These sound interesting. Must keep them in mind. I'd probably pick the St. Nicholas one.
    ~Ruth Anne

  11. I'd choose Bernadette, pending approval from my daughter of course!


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