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THE VELVETEEN RABBIT

"The Redemptive Magic of Sacrificial Love"

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THE VELVETEEN RABBIT is a wonderful short movie on Apple TV+. William is a shy boy who has trouble connecting with other children. Things become even more difficult when his family moves. His parents give William a stuffed rabbit for Christmas. Rabbit becomes William’s new best friend. The pair are inseparable as they embark on treasure seeking adventures. Rabbit is rejected by the other toys because he’s not real. Wise Horse tells him that the magic of uncon-ditional love is what makes a toy real. When William becomes seriously ill, Rabbit risks every-thing to help his friend.

THE VELVETEEN RABBIT is full of warmth and entertainment, with a refreshing twist of bril-liant cinematography. The message echoes the Good News of the Bible. God loves us with an ev-erlasting love. This is what gives us value and meaning. We in turn find joy in knowing, loving

and serving God and others. Adapted from the classic book by Margery Williams, THE VEL-VETEEN RABBIT is a storytelling triumph suitable for the whole family. Discernment is ad-vised for younger children for some scary thematic elements.

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(CCC, BBB, M) Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Ele-ments: Very strong Christian, biblical, moral worldview includes God’s loving plan for the fam-ily, and promotes the power of sacrificial love

Foul Language:
No foul language

Violence:
Rabbit is thrown on a pile to be set on fire, plus scenes involve the sickness of a child

Sex:
No sex

Nudity:
No nudity

Alcohol Use:
No alcohol use

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
No smoking or drugs; and,

Miscellaneous Immorality:
The other toys and animals are mean to a stuffed rabbit toy.

More Detail:

THE VELVETEEN RABBIT is a movie short on Apple TV+ about a stuffed rabbit who helps bring a shy, lonely boy out of his shell. Accompanied by the excellent storytelling of the original book by Margery Williams, THE VELVETEEN RABBIT is sheer artistic genius and shows that sacrificial love is the key that unlocks the door to the magic of self-discovery, purpose and life.

William is a shy boy who doesn’t understand that he’s lovable. The situation escalates when he has to move away with his family. He bids farewell to his classmates and heads out to a whole new world.

Though the environment and other children are friendly, William is unable to connect with any-one. His loving and kind parents surprise him with a stuffed rabbit at Christmastime. William is delighted with his new friend, Rabbit. The two are inseparable, which becomes concerning to William’s parents who want him to make real friends. Meanwhile, most of the other toys reject Rabbit because he doesn’t have moving parts, and so they believe he isn’t real.

William and Rabbit go on fantastical adventures searching for lost treasure. On one such adven-ture, William falls deathly ill and leaves Rabbit behind. The dejected Rabbit encounters rabbits in the wild. After a short interrogation, they conclude he’s not real. However, Wise Horse tells Rab-bit that being unconditionally loved makes you real.

The other toys warn Rabbit that he should hide, so that he is not chosen to be with William this night. Because he is very sick, any toy who touches him will be burned in order to avoid the

spread of disease. Rabbit insists on being with his best friend, even though he may die. The toys try to dissuade him by trying to convince him that William doesn’t love him. With a tear in his eye, Rabbit agrees it may be true, but he loves William. He is content to be with his sick friend, even to the end.

THE VELVETEEN RABBIT is the kind of story that makes people feel like everything is right in the world. It captures the ideal of a children’s bedtime story, something we never outgrow. The classic warmth and cleverly inserted animation sequences make this a masterpiece for everyone. Some discernment is advised for younger children due to some scary thematic elements in THE VELVETEEN RABBIT.

THE VELVETEEN RABBIT is full of classic warmth and entertainment, with a refreshing new twist of brilliant cinematography. The message echoes the Good News of the Bible. Jeremiah 31:3 says God loves us with an everlasting love (see also John 3:16). This is what gives us value and meaning. We in turn find joy in knowing, loving and serving God and others (John 5:12). Adapted from the classic book by Margery Williams, THE VELVETEEN RABBIT is a storytell-ing triumph suitable for the whole family.

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