9 Christian Alternatives to Disney and PBS Cartoons for Your Kids

Michael Foust

9 Christian Alternatives to Disney and PBS Cartoons for Your Kids

My children have watched their share of animated movies from Disney and the other big Hollywood studios. They’ve also seen plenty of PBS Kids cartoons.

Occasionally, though, these supposedly kid-friendly movies and shows have introduced adult-oriented themes and concepts I would rather have introduced myself, in my own time with my kids.

But there are alternatives to the mega-popular movies and children’s series from Disney, PBS and others.

Of course, these alternatives aren’t perfect. Yet they’re far more likely to support your family’s faith rather than conflict with it.

Here are nine Christians alternatives to Disney and PBS cartoons:

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1. PureFlix.com

1. PureFlix.com

Its parent company is the studio behind such films as the God’s Not Dead series and Do You Believe? PureFlix.com is set up similar to Netflix and offers a wide range of programming for adults and children. For kids, the offerings include Bugtime Adventures, Friends and Heroes, Owlegories, Greatest Heroes and Legends of the Bibleand VeggieTales. PureFlix.com also includes content from Answers in Genesis. A monthly fee is required. Visit PureFlix.com.

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2. Up Faith & Family

2. Up Faith & Family

Up Faith & Family is the streaming service for UP TV, the channel found on most cable and satellite lineups. Similar to its cable and satellite counterpart, Up Faith & Family includes programming for adults and children, including faith-based series (Owlegories and The Torchlighters, for example) and more mainstream content (Animals Are People, Tooand Meow Manor). A monthly fee is required. Visit UPTV.com.

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3. JellyTelly

3. JellyTelly

It’s a streaming service that caters to children. Jelly Telly includes Biblestories (The Jesus Storybook Bible, Awesome Bible Adventures, Bugtime Adventures, Read and Share Bible), adventure series (Angel Wars, Owlegoriesand Adventures in Booga Booga Land) and history programs (The Torchlighters, Friends and Heroes). JellyTelly was created by Phil Vischer, the co-creator of VeggieTales. Of course, it has VeggieTales episodes, too. A monthly fee is required. Visit JellyTelly.com.

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4. FaithLifeTV

4. FaithLifeTV

The same company that produces the Logos Bible Software is behind FaithLifeTV, which offers thousands of hours of faith-based movies, documentaries and children’s programs for a monthly fee. For kids, it includes well-known programming (such as The Torchlighters, Bugtime Adventures and Davey and Goliath) and original programming, too. Its newest original animated series is Bible Agent 7, which follows a young detective-like agent who solves mysteries using Scripture’s text and history. Visit FaithLifeTV.com.

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5. Dove Channel

5. Dove Channel

The Dove Channel was founded by the Dove Foundation, the same company behind the famous Dove-approved symbols on DVD covers. It is a Netflix-type channel that includes faith-based and Dove-approved mainstream content for adults and children. Kid-themed content includes Owlegories, The Little Rascals, Davey and Goliath, Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego? and Storybook Classics (Peter Pan and Robin Hood, among others). Some content is free, but the premium version requires a monthly fee. Visit DoveChannel.com.

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6. VidAngel

6. VidAngel

VidAngel is unique streaming service because it allows parents to filter out objectionable content in popular movies and television shows. Don’t like the potty humor in the Despicable Me series? Then skip it. Don’t like the scary scenes in the How to Train Your Dragon trilogy? You can skip that, too. VidAngel works only with subscriptions to Netflix or Amazon Prime. A monthly fee is required. Visit VidAngel.com.

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7. Smile of a Child

7. Smile of a Child

This TBN children’s channel launched in 2005, delivering a variety of animated and live-action faith-based programming for kids. The schedule includes well-known programs such as VeggieTales, Bugtime Adventures and Hermie and Friends, and lesser-known programs like Monster Truck Adventures, Wild About Animals and Storykeepers. Smile of a Child is free. Visit SmileofaChildTV.org.

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8. Christian Cinema

8. Christian Cinema

Perhaps you want a Christian streaming platform without a subscription or commitment. That’s Christian Cinema. Instead of paying a monthly fee, you rent or pay only for the movies or shows you watch. Christian Cinema has faith-based content for adults and for children, too. Like The Torchlighters. And Davey & Goliath. And Bugtime Adventures. Christian Cinema also offers a few mainstream films, so you might want to monitor your children while they’re browsing. Visit ChristianCinema.com.

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9. CrossFlix

9. CrossFlix

Its website says its goal is to educate, entertain and inspire, and its lineup has content for adults and children. The kids’ section includes such series as Little Leaders, The Torchlighters and The Messengers. CrossFlix offers kid-friendly movies, too, including Lion of Judah and Tugger: The Jeep 4×4 Who Wanted to Fly. Visit CrossFlix.com.

 

I Gave Up Something Great to Follow Jesus. How Do I Cope?

Kelly-Jayne McGlynnCrosswalk.com Family Editor

I Gave Up Something Great to Follow Jesus. How Do I Cope?

Editor’s Note: Crosswalk’s Singles Advice is an advice column for singles featuring an anonymous question from a Crosswalk.com reader with a thoughtful, biblical reply from one of our single editors.

 

I’m 37 and single, and I have had a strong desire to meet and one day marry a Christian lady for 16 or so years.  About 16 years ago, at the end of my backsliding stage, I knew the Lord was calling me to himself, so I thought it wise to break up with my unsaved girlfriend. There were multiple ways that the Lord humbled me, and then started to replace those sacrifices I made……however, never a relationship. What is your advice in coping with being single, especially in the light that I sacrificed a great relationship?

 

Hello! What an encouragement to hear about the tough decisions you made to be right with God. Following Jesus certainly does take sacrifice—just ask the Rich Young Ruler! I’m sure that time was difficult for you, and even though I’m sure you know it was worth it, it is still hard to lose important things in our lives. Thanks for writing in!

Believe in the 100-Fold

Your question reminds me of an interaction between Jesus and his disciples, right after the Rich Young Ruler walked away from Jesus:

“Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”

The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, “Who then can be saved?”

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man, this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”

Then Peter spoke up, “We have left everything to follow you!”

It’s so easy to imagine what Peter sounded like, because we can relate so much. “…But Jesus! Hello! We left everything to follow you. Don’t you see our sacrifice for you?? Don’t you care what we had to do to get here? Why isn’t that enough for you?”

But I love Jesus’ response so much. He shares:

“No one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—along with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life” (Mark 10:29-30).

I love that he affirms their sacrifices instead of scoffing at them. He could have said “Ha! What you’ve left behind to follow me—that’s cute. Do you know what left behind to pursue you? A cushy throne in heaven with my Dad/closest friend and 10,000 angels attending to me. And do you know what sacrifice I’m about the go make for you? The pain and betrayal I’m about to experience for you is beyond what any human as ever experienced, and makes your puny sacrifices look like nothing.” But, being the loving Shepherd that he is, he instead promises them 100 times whatever they left behind for his sake and the sake of the Gospel. What Return-on-Investment!

Now, I’m sure Jesus was not talking literally here. I’m fairly certain that Andrew and John* didn’t literally get 100 new fishing businesses or 100 new fathers (Mark 1). I’m sure his disciples didn’t literally receive 100 new fields. But Jesus was more-so meaning whatever these fields and family members meant to his disciples, whatever love and goodness they brought them, whatever provision—living a life for God would supply 100 times that: life to the full. And on top of that, as if that weren’t enough, Jesus also promises (along with persecutions) eternal life.

This scripture for me is personally near and dear to my heart. I also broke up with my significant other in order to become a Christian, and this scripture during that hard season was my mantra and battle cry. And although I certainly do hope that God will literally replace that relationship with a boyfriend/husband that is 100 times as great—I’ve already seen this scripture come true for me.