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Superbook: The Series II
In 1981, the Christian Broadcasting Network created a children animated Bible series as part of an outreach to the nation of Japan. Little did we realize what impact the series would have in Japan and throughout the world. The English name for this series was “Superbook”.
Research performed during and after the outreach showed that this series was an unprecedented success. Superbook, also known as Animated Parent and Child Theater (Anime Oyako Gekijo), is an anime television series produced by Tatsunoko Productions in Japan in conjunction with the Christian Broadcasting Network in the United States. Over 8 million people a night watched Superbook on Japanese prime-time television, 104 episodes were produced and aired on television throughout Japan, and the Bible became the best selling book in Japan. From Japan, the Superbook series went on to air throughout the world from Asia to North America… by John J. Schafer
Now it’s time to believe God for even greater things. We are bringing the new “Superbook” to a new generation!
Using state-the-art animation, each episode features Superbook’s heroes — Chris, Joy and Gizmo — as they travel through time finding adventure and discovering biblical truth that speaks to today’s kids.
These beloved Superbook characters are being re-imagined in CBN’s updated version of the animated classic. First airing in Japan in the early 1980s, the series sparked an interest in the Bible in the minds of kids around the world. Today, a team of talented artists, including a few industry veterans, is bringing these adventures back to life.
There are Thirteen 22-minute episodes in production. We intend to begin their release to the retail market in late summer/early fall of 2011. Our vision is to produce a total of 104 episodes over a period of eight years.
Episode 1: A Giant Adventure
For “A Giant Adventure,” there were key moments that Gordon Robertson (Executive Producer) really wanted in there. The biggest thing was that the anointing of David had to be a powerful moment. He wanted to really show that no one saw value in David, not even his own father. Gordon wanted the children of the world to know… “You have a purpose. You have a destiny, and no matter what anyone says about you God has a plan for you.”
Of all the episodes we could have done as a pilot, we thought of David and Goliath mainly because we could show people the cool fight scene. Gordon approved it not because of the action scene, but he thought that it could really speak to people. He wanted to show that this kid was plucked out of obscurity to all of the sudden one day he is going to become king. The anointing scene was a very powerful one, and then he was in the chambers with Saul. At that moment, he wanted there to be a powerful time when Saul saw something David.
Episode 2: In the Beginning
When Chris disobeys his father by sneaking into the Quantum lab to look at the Professor’s latest invention, he has an accident that almost destroys the top secret work-in-progress. Chris is mortified and doesn’t know what he’ll say to his father. Superbook intervenes and takes our three heroes on a journey to witness Lucifer’s fall and transformation into Satan during a blistering heavenly battle. After Satan has been cast to Earth, Chris, Joy and Gizmo are witness to the destruction of Adam and Eve’s perfect world in Eden due to their own disobedience. Superbook eventually returns our kids home with an important message about God’s love and forgiveness. Chris has come to understand that we’re all human and in our weakness we do things we shouldn’t; however, God knows this and is forgiving. Chris applies his new found knowledge to his relationship with his own father. Although the Professor is disappointed in his son’s disobedience, he does love Chris and ultimately forgives him – but there are repercussions and Chris knows he will need to make amends for what’s occurred through his act of disobedience.
Episode 3: Let My People Go
You and your children will experience the adventure as you watch Moses confront Pharaoh, witness the miracles God performed, survive the plagues, and see the parting of the Red Sea. You’ll discover the important lesson that when God is for us, it doesn’t matter who is against us! We can always count on God and His great love.
Episode 4: The First Christmas
The kids in your life will love this new Superbook adventure as they learn the true meaning of Christmas and why Jesus came into our world. From Bethlehem’s manger to the majestic choir of angels – it’s sure to be a holiday classic in your home for many years to come!
Episode 5: Roar
Daniel and the lions’ den. Chris is morally challenged, “to do the right thing,” when a smaller boy, Tommy, is harassed by Skateboard Park bully, Barry. SUPERBOOK takes the kids off to an adventure where they meet Daniel and King Darius in the land of Babylon. Through this adventure, Chris learns that no matter how difficult the situation, when you stand up for what is right, God will be with you.
Your kids will learn about courage and God’s awesome power and protection.
Episode 6: The Test
The story of Abraham and Isaac. Chris is stoked because he got an HoloStation 4, the ultimate holographic gaming system! But Chris starts to feel a twinge of guilt, when he hears that a sick boy in the hospital would like to have one. It takes SUPERBOOK’S assistance to turn Chris around after he meets Abraham and Issac. Through Abraham’s obedience to God, Chris learns that you should put God first, above all else (even an Holostation 4) and everything else will work out.
Your kids will learn that unexpected joy and happiness sometimes come through the hardest choices we have to make.
Episode 7: The Road to Damascus
The story of when Saul becomes Paul!
When a delinquent teen enters Chris and Joy’s lives they don’t see any chance of him changing his ways. However, Superbook takes our heroes on a journey where they encounter the sinister Saul of Tarsus. Through experiencing Saul’s dramatic life change, the kids return home with a renewed hope that amazing change is always possible with God.
Episode 8: The Ten Commandments
The Quantum family along with Joy and Gizmo are enjoying a family camp out when Chris secretly decides it’ll be more adventurous to ignore the rules laid down by his parents and the park ranger. His flagrant disregard ends up causing Superbook to send our dynamic trio on a trip back in time, so they can learn that rules are in place to protect you – not to make your life no fun!
Episode 9: Miracles of Jesus
When Chris begins to believe that Miraculo The Miracle Maker magician possesses real powers, Superbook whisks the kids off to historical Galilee where Jesus is performing true miracles like healing a cripple, calming a storm on the sea and banishing demons from a possessed man. During the course of their miraculous adventure, Chris comes to understand the power to perform miracles comes only from God.
Episode 10: The Last Supper
Chris is getting big-headed because his band has been invited to audition for an American Idol-like show, called World’s Best Band. To address this issue, SUPERBOOK whisks the kids off to Jerusalem and Chris learns from Jesus that even though Jesus is famous, he was humble and served others. During the Last Supper, the gang ultimately returns home and Chris has a major shift in his attitude towards others.
Episode 11: Jacob and Esau
In the Quantum yard, during a spirited water fight, Joy accidentally gets Gizmo’s inner workings wet and he fritzes out. Because of this, Chris becomes furious with Joy, saying he’ll never forgive her. SUPERBOOK intercedes and whisks the kids back to the days of Jacob and Esau. The two brothers compete over many things, but when Esau gives up his birthright and Jacob tricks his father out of a blessing they become estranged for many years thereafter. When Jacob finally goes to Esau and his brother finds it in his heart to forgive Jacob, Chris takes the cue and forgives Joy as well.
Episode 12: He Is Risen
Chris is arguing with his mom, Phoebe. SUPERBOOK intervenes and in a very special episode, takes Chris, Joy, Gizmo AND Phoebe back in time, for an encounter with Jesus’ mother Mary during the time of her son’s crucifixion. When Superbook returns the family home, a wiser Chris apologizes for their argument and their relationship is restored.
Episode 13: Jonah
The story of God’s amazing compassion, a giant fish, and a second chance!
Joy witnesses Sharon Myers stealing a bike, and reports it to the principal. To Joy’s surprise, Principal Travis offers Sharon mercy instead of demanding justice. As Joy questions why Sharon shouldn’t punished, Superbook transports her, Chris and Gizmo, to meet up with a prophet named Jonah. Jonah is running away from God because he doesn’t think the people of Ninevah deserve God’s mercy. Through Jonah’s experiences, Joy realizes that mercy is a great gift to give as well as to receive.
Episode 14: Joseph & Pharaoh’s Dream
Learn about ‘Joseph the Dreamer’ and his rise to governor of Egypt.
Superbook transports Chris back to ancient Egypt. Chris, Gizmo, and Joy travel with Joseph through several trials and triumphs. in all of their journeys, Joseph continues to trust in God. After witnessing God take Joseph from the pit to the palace, Chris realizes the value of trusting in God’s plans.
Coming Superbook Episodes …
Episode : Revelation
Episode : Mary and Jesus
Check out the Prequel Series “Superbook: The Series I“
Check out the sister series: “The Flying House“
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