The Lion of Judah
The Lion of Judah.jpg
American theatrical release poster
Directed byDeryck Broom
Roger Hawkins
Produced byJacqui Cunningham
Phil Cunningham
Sunu Gonera
Daniel Santefort
Rose Warner
Animated Family Films
Written byBrent Dawes
StarringScott Eastwood
Ernest Borgnine
Georgina Cordova
Sandi Patty
Anupam Kher
Michael Madsen
Alphonso McAuley
Omar Benson Miller
Vic Mignogna
Music byAMG Music Group (Produced by: Greg Sims & Adam Carpenter)
CinematographyDeryck Broom
Edited byRoger Hawkins
Gareth Ahrens
Animated Family Films
Character Matters
Sunrise Productions
Distributed byRocky Mountain Pictures[1]
Release date
  • June 3, 2011 (2011-06-03)
Running time
87 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$15 million
Box office$15,000,000

The Lion of Judah is a 2011 American 3D computer-animated Christian comedy-drama film produced by Animated Family Films, distributed by Rocky Mountain Pictures and starring Scott Eastwood, Georgina Cordova, Sandi Patty, Anupam Kher, Michael Madsen, Alphonso McAuley, Omar Benson Miller, Vic Mignogna and Ernest Borgnine. It is the sequel to the Christmas short film Once Upon A Stable, taking place 30 years earlier in a Bethlehem stable as The Stable-Mates witness the birth of "The King". Lion of Judah had a limited release to theaters starting June 3, 2011, and a domestic DVD release Easter 2012.


Follow the adventures of a bold lamb (Judah) and her stable friends as they try to avoid the sacrificial altar the week preceding the crucifixion of Christ. It is a heart-warming account of the Easter story as seen through the eyes of a lovable pig (Horace), a faint-hearted horse (Monty), a pedantic rat (Slink), a rambling rooster (Drake), a motherly cow (Esmay) and a downtrodden donkey (Jack). This magnificent period piece with its epic sets is a roller coaster ride of emotions. Enveloped in humor, this quest follows the animals from the stable in Bethlehem to the great temple in Jerusalem and onto the hillside of Calvary as these unlikely heroes try to save their friend. The journey weaves seamlessly through the biblical accounts of Palm Sunday, Jesus turning the tables in the temple, Peter's denial and with a tense, heart-rending climax, depicts the crucifixion and resurrection with gentleness and breathtaking beauty. For Judah, the lamb with the heart of a lion, it is a story of courage and faith. For Jack, the disappointed donkey, it becomes a pivotal voyage of hope. For Horace, the, well the dirty pig, and Drake the ignorant rooster, it is an opportunity to do something inappropriate and get into trouble.



The film was animated at the Character Matters Animation Studio in Cape Town, South Africa. It was converted to Stereoscopic 3D for theaters and was released in the United States by Rocky Mountain Pictures on June 3, 2011.


The film was abhorrent to critics; it has a 0% on Rotten Tomatoes. Audiences were kinder; it has a 62% audience rating.[2]


The film was released on 7 June 2011 in cinemas and 27 March 2012 and 8 March 2013 in the DVD Premieres in the United States and Germany.

Home media[edit]

The Lion of Judah was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc by Warner Home Video on March 27, 2012.[3]

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  3. ^ "The Lion of Judah Blu-ray". Retrieved November 9, 2011.

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