by Davy Liu
Davy Liu is the founder of Kendu Films. Kendu is derived from “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” The name signifies the importance of empowering kids to place their core values and strengths on Christ alone. Their strengths and identities are not found in what they can do, but rather in who God created them to be. Kendu Films is a unique media company dedicated to producing inspiring, character-based animated stories of faith, which engage the hearts and minds of children and families. Our vision is to tell stories using superior production through creative processes with the highest integrity in visual arts.
Liu had been an animator and film maker in Hollywood for over twenty years. After working on major films such as Beauty and the Beast , Aladdin , The Lion King and Star Wars , Liu noticed these films had successfully reached the hearts of this generation. However, he also noticed that our culture is delivering a message of sin and evil through movies and media. This medium is both powerful and influential to our children.
Kids are enchanted by and unconsciously emulate supernatural role models such as vampires, magicians and sorcerers. Every child may know the Lion King , but what if one day each of them personally came to know The King of Kings, the one who really saves?
Liu created the Invisible Tails© series, allowing children to experience
the Bible from the perspective of different animals and sea creatures. He unfolds the parables in the Bible stories with the same captivating quality as if the children were watching Disney or Pixar animations. Children are able to grasp the biblical truths through Liu’s films almost as easily as they are through Jesus’ parables.
The following titles are major feature animated films coming to a theater near you.
The Giant Leaf– This is the gripping story of Noah’s Ark from the forest animals’ perspective . The theme is faith.
Through studying the book of Genesis in the Bible, we see how God called all the animals to enter the Ark just before the storm. This shows God saved one male and one female of each species as part of his divine plan. He knew each of their names and prepared a shelter from the storm for them.
As a film maker, Liu often wondered how God communicated with the animals about the existence of the ark. Did He speak to them through visions? Or in dreams? If so, what did they see? Maybe all the animals ran away from Noah’s awesome invention, since this ark looked more like a monster who had eaten all the trees and animals in the forest. Because they feared the unknown, perhaps all the animals ran as far away from the ark as they could. The same could be said of us when we see Jesus for the first time. If you did not know who he was, you might run too! But those animals who took a giant “leaf” of faith and entered this animal-eater’s mouth soon discovered that the rumors of the monstrous Animal Eater was simply a lie. Inside the belly was in fact their only shelter from the storm, their refuge and savior.
The moral of the story is that God could have destroyed the whole earth which was filled with sin and evil. But there was one God-fearing man who chose to do what was right. He chose God, therefore God chose him and many were saved. God still gives us the free will to choose. Today, we can teach our children these life-changing parables through animation.
Fire Fish– This is the incredible story of the parting of the Red Sea from fishes’ perspective. The theme is prayer.
How do you communicate the concept of prayer to little ones?
These questions are delt with in this story as the “fish parents” attempt to teach their little ones to “call on the fin maker” in many difficult situations. These little fish lose their parents and are challenged to trust the fin maker’s calling. One day, the fish face the great white sharks, and one of the siblings quickly turns to prayer, remembering their parent’s advice of “calling the fin maker.” However, other sea creatures laugh because they did not believe in such a thing as the “fin maker.”
So the little fish held their fins together, faced their enemies and cried out,
“Fin maker, could you please put the good fish on one side and bad fish on the other?” Just then, the Red Sea was parted! The good fish were on one side and their enemies were on the other side. Right then and there, the marine creatures witnessed the miracle of the Fire Fish swimming right before their eyes.
The allegory of the story is that Moses also faced the intimidating Red Sea. Others complained as Moses looked up and cried out for God’s deliverance. God immediately answered his prayer and sent a pillar of fire to protect them. The Israelites were safe from the Egyptian Army as they walked across the dry ocean floor during the night. The Israelites’ fire torches resembled a huge school of Fire Fish swimming between them and their enemies.
Jordan’s Guest – This is the story of the Sacrifice of Christ from barn animals’ perspective. The themes are purpose and destiny .
For centuries, the animals in this barn disliked the coming of spring, because their sons
would inevitably be taken to the sacrificial palace, never to return. Some animals believe that by working harder, such as producing more milk or growing more wool, they can avoid this unfortunate ritual from taking place this year.
Yet this year, an incompetent and clumsy donkey named Jordan was chosen to take a special guest to the cross. And this year, this guest became the ultimate animal sacrifice. They now celebrate Jordan’s special guest in the springtime.
The Royal Feast– This is a heroic tale of the book of Daniel from lions’ perspective. The theme is character.
There was a little lion cub named Belt who was adopted by a porcupine family. He thinks that being a powerful lion means growing lots of hair and having big muscles. After being bullied by the zebras, he soon fell into a trap that took him far away to a royal kingdom. There he met a royal lion king who taught him that being a great and powerful lion is not how much hair or muscle you have, but having character .
It is our hope that these characters and films will be instrumental in whetting children’s appetites for the Word of God. We pray that each child would desire to know Christ personally and accept Him as their Lord and Savior.
By teaching children biblical parables through animation, we desire that they will be able to know God and put their faith solely in Christ. In the generations to come, we hope to witness God raise up godly leaders.
The world uses excellence to make millions, but we desire to use excellence to save millions. We invite you to join us in our efforts to reach souls for God’s kingdom through this upcoming CPC workshop and films. Davy Liu will be there to share his amazing story and to give everyone a preview of the exciting projects to come. Please visit Kendu Films at www.kendufilms.com