Immediate Release . . .
“Bugtime Adventures”: The Big Adventures of the Little Bugs and the
Giant Stories of the Bible
Mar 22, 2005 ---- Lightning Bug Flix -and- Willowcreek Marketing have
teamed up for the
upcoming May 10th release of the first two episodes in the new thirteen-part animated series,
This series presents a unique blend of two worlds: the “GIANT” world
of the Bible with human characters and the tiny world down below featuring an original cast of fun bug characters,
each conveying and reinforcing the themes found in the Bible stories. The Bible story and bug story contained in each episode
unfold together in an interwoven format that gives children double the entertainment value. The bug world is situated at the
feet of the Bible characters and occasionally the bug characters get caught up into the action of the “GIANTS”
which allows the bugs to gain the insight and inspiration needed to resolve the crisis in their own story. This unique format
makes the Judeo-Christian values more accessible to children and presents two entertaining ways for viewers to “catch”
the important lessons found within. The bug stories enable children to apply the truths contained in Scripture to their everyday
The first video, “Blessing in Disguise”, tells the story of Joseph and his brothers. In Buggelsville,
Antoni, the town’s fix-it ant, is humiliated by Roderick, the pesky cockroach, at the annual bug picnic. Using one of
his inventions, Antoni seeks his revenge by setting up a slimy surprise attack that doesn’t unfold quite as planned.
In the world of the “GIANTS”, Joseph is horribly betrayed by his brothers. Throughout his hardships, though, he
keeps his faith and eventually finds himself in a position of authority in Egypt. Joseph now holds the power over his brothers
and is faced with the choice of seeking forgiveness or revenge!
The second video, “A Giant Problem”, presents the story of David and Goliath. At the feet of the
“GIANTS”, a bug drama unfolds as Buggelsville is about to get wiped out by rising waters coming from the leaking
dam. Spud, the potato-bug civil engineer, has figured out a way for some-“bug” to plug up the hole before the
dam breaks. The problem is, who will be brave enough to try? Can Megan, the town’s teacher ant, gather enough courage
to accomplish the job?
Meanwhile, up above, the Hebrew Army is challenged to send out a single soldier to do battle with Goliath. No
soldier is brave enough to take on the task; at least not until little David walks onto the scene.
This series was developed and produced by veterans of the entertainment industry, including associate producer
and creative consultant Jeff Holder who brought a wealth of experience and knowledge to the project from his former positions
at Sony Wonder, ABC Television and Hanna Barbera. Bugtime Adventures is narrated by Willie Aames. Mr. Aames, the former actor,
writer and producer of the hit series “Bibleman”, felt that Bugtime Adventures was a series that he needed to be involved with. “Instilling God’s Word into our children at an early age will give
them valuable wisdom and guidance to protect them through the coming years of being a teenager”, exclaimed Willie. The
“Bibleman” series became a national hit with millions of videos sold and a successful multi-city road tour.
The Bugtime Adventures series,
which has been over 3 years in the making, is Lightning Bug Flix’s first animation project and was a co-production with
Kim’s Communications of Seoul, South Korea. Making a bold commitment to long-term success of the series, Lightning Bug
Flix has thirteen completed episodes with more to be produced should demand remain strong. The goal is to release two new
episodes every three months. A 32-page comic book based on the first episode, “Blessing in Disguise”, is also
being released to continue the adventure and inspire children to not only watch but read through the stories. President of
Lightning Bug Flix, Bruno John, describes the foresight, “We want to be more than just an entertainment company. We
want to be a company that impacts lives and shapes tomorrow's society by instilling the proven truths contained in the Word
of God.” An interactive website, www.Bugtime.com, has been launched as a way to extend the fun. This website features
games, coloring pages and character downloads for children to enjoy.
The website will grow with additional content for children and video retailers as future episodes are released.
Willowcreek Marketing is committed to bringing Biblically-based products of this caliber to the marketplace
through its partnership with CNI Distribution warehouse
out of Antioch/Nashville, Tennessee. Byron Jones, President of Willowcreek Marketing and former VP of Cloud Ten Pictures,
said, “It is important to not hide the message of the Bible so much in the product that you are not sure if you are
watching mainstream television or Christian programming.” This series is designed for teachers, parents, children’s
pastors and VBS schools as well as being great children’s entertainment. Following the release of the first two episodes,
the companies will provide a steady stream of Bugtime-related products to the Christian bookstore marketplace.
For additional information, please contact:
Nik Duncan - National Press Agent
Office: (905) 984-3168
Fax: (905) 346-0219