Everyone in the garden looks to Antonio the ant to protect all the bugs so when Angus and his friends move into the garden disturbing the peace and being discourteous to their neighbors, the bugs in the garden look to Antonio to make Angus leave. God reminds Angus, though, that all of us are asked to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. Angus and his friends to not make this easy with their bagpipe playing, fruit throwing and golfing wherever they want. Frustrations escalate to the point where Angus suggests that he and Antonio compete in an Olympics of sorts. The loser has to move out of the garden. I won’t ruin the climax, but I will say that Antonio manages to show love to Angus in spite of how selfish and mean Angus is.
I watched this DVD with my two oldest children (10 and 8 years old). They thought it was OK. I agreed. Compared to a few other Hermie videos that I’ve watched, I was rather impressed with this one. I’ve been disappointed by previous Hermies videos at how over-simplistic tough issues are dealt with. This video dealing with loving your neighbor, though, doesn’t do that. Antonio struggles with the difference between what it means to tolerate someone and love someone.
This video and the others in the series are great for pre-school and Kindergarten aged children. If you are interested in purchasing this video, you can get in online at someplace like Amazon.
(I received a complimentary copy of the DVD “Antonio Meets His Match” which is part of Max Lucado’s Hermie and Friends video series from Thomas Nelson Publishing as part of their Book Sneeze program.)