YouTube Friday: Kids Retell The Crucifixion

This series, including the original Oscar-nominated short, from Brown Bag Films is based upon the 1960s recordings of young children telling Bible stories in a classroom to their schoolteacher. When a film crew arrives at an inner city Dublin National School to record the children, the result is a warm, funny and spontaneous animated documentary, featuring young children telling the story of John the Baptist, The birth of Jesus, the Crucifixion, Saint Patrick and others.

Give Up Yer Aul Sins combines simple humour with clever animation to create films with a timeless quality and appeal to a family audience. Give Up Yer Aul Sins has screened in almost 50 film festivals, including The Galway Film Fleadh (where it won Best Animation), Cork Film Festival (Best Irish and Best International Animation), Cartoons on Bay (Special Award for Original Idea), NewYork Comedy Festival, Boston Irish Film Festival, Aspen Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival.

I found this video funny and profound at the same time. It is amazing the detail these kids know about the story. What things can we learn from Catholic catechism and  apply in a way that is applicable to today’s kids.


1 thought on “YouTube Friday: Kids Retell The Crucifixion”

  1. I’m so glad you looped this back around to Catholic Catechism and effectiveness. When my four-year-old leaves her class each week, I compare her responses to what I know the curriculum contains (since my team created it). Without exception, she comes out knowing the most details from the storybook told live by the teacher. Unless I pry, I get nothing about the videos or the crafts or the games (except a brief explanation of the glue-soaked paper she carries to the car like it’s made of china).

    I’ve made the point to my team several times that the most effective minute of the hour of our video programming is Safety Sam’s rules which is played exactly the same every week and they can (and do with a matching accent) recite the whole segment word-for-word while it plays.

    I think it’s easy for the adults, and even more so staff or writers who see it all repeatedly, to forget the importance of a good story told passionately and repetition. To me, those are two of the keys to curriculum that sticks (much better than the pools of Elmer’s I might add).

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