May 13, 2011
Lubavitchers Create 3D Movie

Three creative Lubavitchers from Montreal - artist Haim Sherrf, Shliach Yisroel Bernath and screenwriter Zvi Hershcovich - are behind a $1.8 million animated film.

The era of primitively animated Jewish animations – with their cheap production values, "flat" look and stultifying scripts – appears to be coming to an end.

Canadian-produced Young Avraham is set to usher in a generation of slick and sophisticated "direct-to-video" CGI (computer-generated imagery)-animated Jewish films that will not repeat the same stories over and over again.

It is a project of three Lubavitchers in Montreal, Canada: Artist Haim Sherrf, Shliach Rabbi Yisroel Bernath and screenwriter Rabbi Zvi Hershcovich.

Bernath and Hershcovich researched the story with all of its Midrashic sources and wrote Hollywood style script that has already captured the attention of the entire spectrum of the Jewish world.

Sherrf artistically created the characters that were later used by the animation team to produce the masterpiece. The script was later polished by J. Jacob Potashnik.

Three years in the making at a cost of $1.8 million, Young Avraham gives new texture, depth and meaning to the age-old story of mankind's first Jew.

"The idea of the film," explains Rabbi Bernath, "is for it be good enough for our children to watch and appealing enough to our Bal Habatim and the broader Jewish market. Its really time for us to bring the Torah to life in a way world has never seen before and Chabad needs to be on the forefront of this."

Produced and funded by Eliyahu Cohen, Moshe Dayan and Sidney El Hadad, the direct-to-video DVD uses the latest in digital animation technology while coming up with a story that would genuinely enthrall viewers.

"Our aim was to get away from the renderings seen in previous, conventionally animated fare like The Prince of Egypt and The Ten Commandments," said executive producer, Eliyahu Cohen.

The animation was done by Big Bang Digital Studios, one of Canada's premiere animation companies.

"I am already working some new stuff," said Rabbi Zvi Hershcovich, who ran Chabad-Lubavitch of Stavropol in Russia. When asked to reveal his secrets, he responded, "you'll just have to wait and find out."

For more info, visit YoungAvrahamFilm.com


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1
Amazing
My kids love this video (so do the adults!) It is amazing. So worth getting.
(5/13/2011 2:01:25 PM)
2
wow
amazing
(5/13/2011 2:06:14 PM)
3
have it
its AMAZING you gotta watch the whole thing buy it!
(5/13/2011 2:08:15 PM)
4
awesome!!!
much hastlacha
(5/13/2011 2:12:19 PM)
5
looks AMAZING!!!
(5/13/2011 2:40:33 PM)
6
WOW!
looks incredible! where can we buy in bulk?
(5/13/2011 3:00:42 PM)
7
loca ljudauca stores?
is it being sold in the local crown heights stores? and for how much?
It's amazing! keep making more!
(5/13/2011 3:15:31 PM)
8
here's the link to order
https://jewishmonklandcom.clhosting.org/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/1512589/jewish/Buy-Young-Avraham-Now/lang/en
(5/13/2011 3:28:35 PM)
9
cool
Love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
(5/13/2011 3:29:13 PM)
10
empire kosher
$20
ITS AMAZING!!!
(5/13/2011 3:42:15 PM)
11
way beyond heimishe standards
I bought the video at Empire Kosher (at the counter). My kids can't stop watching it. The claymation is realy beyond any standards of the heimishe productions.
Great animation and script. I know a little about production... this is realy a first!
(5/13/2011 3:45:46 PM)
12
Very well done!
Can't wait to see more, keep them coming!
(5/13/2011 3:48:47 PM)
13
Very proffesional
Highly proffesional, just a little to much display of Avodoh Zoroh. But certainly great quality.
(5/13/2011 3:59:16 PM)
14
benuni #10
Go zvi!!
(5/13/2011 4:01:33 PM)
15
cool
its a really funny video
(5/13/2011 4:05:25 PM)
16
Love it
My daughter watched this the entire Pesach and during the driving for hours. Great dvd thank you very much.
(5/13/2011 4:21:35 PM)
17
thank you
My kids love it.
Gershon
(5/13/2011 4:27:20 PM)
18
Perhaps
Perhaps they can collaborate with Rabbi Moscowitz who made the chanuka and yetzias mitzrayim video, to have EVEN MORE talent on team to produce future films.
(5/13/2011 4:30:13 PM)
19
Lovin It
I love it!! I really want to watch the whole thing!!
(5/13/2011 4:46:47 PM)
20
amazing
rabbi bernath ur dream becoming a reality, thank you and all who made this. My kids (and I) can't stop watching it time and again!

can't wait for the next one
(5/13/2011 4:53:39 PM)
21
Incredible!!
I love it!! Very well made!! I would buy the whole serious if they made them!! Defenitely the best Jewish video so far!!!
(5/13/2011 4:55:56 PM)
22
found it for so cheap!
the cheapest i found it was on kingston in merkaz stam for 19$!
bought it for my nephew before pesach and he's obssessed!!!
(5/13/2011 5:05:23 PM)
23
unreal
Best one yet!! Great animation.
(5/13/2011 5:16:54 PM)
24
it's a must to watch
its so amazing i watched it yesterday !!!!!!
awesome!!!
(5/13/2011 5:18:08 PM)
25
to 18
and purim ;)
(5/13/2011 5:36:38 PM)
26
zee
Unbelievable!
(5/13/2011 5:37:59 PM)
27
excellent
it's really great and the children really enjoy it. all the more important that all the details be according to our mesorah, i.e. gemorah or midrash, and not made up, as this is what the children wiil accept as "fact". keep up the great work
(5/13/2011 5:51:57 PM)
28
PLEASE
MORE!!!!!!!!
(5/13/2011 5:56:55 PM)
29
Amazing
This is by far the nicest Jewish film I have ever seen!
(5/13/2011 6:04:53 PM)
30
AMAZING!
I NEED TO BUY IT!
(5/13/2011 6:31:59 PM)
31
merkaz stam
i just went there and bought it now after reading this article lol
(5/13/2011 6:32:26 PM)
32
wowww
great job!!!
(5/13/2011 6:46:46 PM)
33
I watched it
It is an excellent production! It is equal to the quality of dreamworks and the like
(5/13/2011 6:54:27 PM)
34
correction
its not 3D!! it's CGI! maaaaaaasive different.
(5/13/2011 7:19:43 PM)
35
please sell them!
love love love!!! We need more of these!!
(5/13/2011 7:40:03 PM)
36
Math
If it was a 1.8 million dollar project and they sell at $20 a piece they would have to sell 90,000 DVD's before they would start seeing a profit. That's tough!
(5/13/2011 9:18:59 PM)
37
@34
i second that.
(5/14/2011 9:27:10 AM)
38
awsome
its really cool got to buy it!

(5/14/2011 6:30:31 PM)
39
i never comment
G-d bless you guys. so many people talk about this day and you made it happen. you definitely opened the door for many more.
(5/14/2011 10:13:08 PM)
40
cool
guess i got lucky to get storytelling tips from rabbi bernath!!!!
(5/14/2011 10:18:04 PM)
41
this video is the best!
i luv this video!!
(5/14/2011 10:37:05 PM)
42
BS''D
Amazing!
(5/14/2011 11:51:48 PM)
43
Next high quality production
I believe the next highly produced video should be a documentary of the Anti Semitic conviction of SM Rubashkin. Enron which crushed millions of people with INTENTIONAL fraud had the CEO sentenced to 24 years.
(5/15/2011 2:54:53 AM)
44
go oots!!!
omg this movie rocksssssss
(5/15/2011 3:13:24 AM)
45
Wow
looks really cool! But seems like it would be a bit scary for kids
(5/15/2011 4:52:29 AM)
46
To #34
Whats CG?
(5/15/2011 9:38:17 AM)
47
amazing
When is it coming out?
(5/15/2011 11:31:13 AM)
48
My wife and I can't stop watching it
The kids like it too ;)
(5/15/2011 11:52:28 AM)
49
WOW i wanna see the whole thing!!!
ENCORE, ENCORE, WE WANT AN ENCORE!!! ANOTHER FILM!!! MAYBE YOSEF?? AMAZING JOB! SHKOICH! HASHEM SHOUld bless u with wealth and health etc.
(5/15/2011 1:27:03 PM)
50
to 45
im a kid and i got it and its not scary at all
(5/15/2011 2:24:13 PM)
51
amazing
very intresting and fun to watch you guys are the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(5/15/2011 6:28:52 PM)
52
Awesome movie!
This looks amazing! I can't wait to see it! I'm just counting the minutes till we get's it for the kids. They'll love it and I to watch it with them!
(5/15/2011 7:16:20 PM)
53
zvi!!!!
Lots of success

YisroKel
(5/15/2011 8:09:33 PM)
54
We have it!
I watched it today and I felt like I connected w/ the characters!
It is a great movie everyone should watch it!
(5/15/2011 8:11:54 PM)
55
Wow!
Wow! We just downloaded it off www.youngavrahamfilm.com and watched it. We can't believe that this is a Jewish film made by frum Jews. It is incredible. It is so well done. I am surprised that they were able to stay true to the Midrash. I would love to to get a list of sources.

Thank you for illuminating the path to Torah! Mazel tov on a job well done.
(5/16/2011 12:15:23 AM)
56
awsome video
it's a awsome video it's amazing from the chatecters to voices scenes eveything about is amazing I think every one sould go and buy it's great to keep the kids busy in bad weather and all year around
(5/16/2011 4:37:44 PM)
57
Zvi Hershkowitz
is AWESOME!
(5/16/2011 5:23:21 PM)
58
job well done
my husband bought this video and we were so pleasantly suprised by it's high quality, my kids love it . will you be making more movies?
(5/16/2011 7:59:02 PM)
59
job well done
my husband bought this video and we were so pleasantly suprised by it's high quality, my kids love it . will you be making more movies?
(5/16/2011 8:13:36 PM)
60
PLEASE!!!!!!!
MAKE THE NEXT VOLUME ALREADY!!!!!!!!! SO MUCH BETTER THAN KIDS WATCHING SHREK!!!!! WAITING ON TOES FOR THE NEXT ONE!!!!!
(5/16/2011 10:25:50 PM)
61
This is amazing!
Unbelievable!!! Where has this talent been hiding. We need to hire you guys to make curiculuums for our schools. Our children need this!
(5/17/2011 10:49:56 AM)
62
Montrealer
If anyone wants a list of the sources, please contact Zvi Hershcovich or Rabbi Yisroel Bernath.

Their emails: ybernath at gmail dot com and rabbizvi44 at yahoo dot com
(5/17/2011 2:57:48 PM)
63
please
please make more like maybe purim, pesach, chanuka, even from the begining of the chamisha chumshie torah till the end of all the parshios we need more I'm sure ther;s peaple whow will sponser it
(5/17/2011 4:19:50 PM)
64
This is a whole new level!!
I was sure this was some big Hollywood company. Yashar Koach! We have entered a new era!
(5/17/2011 8:09:37 PM)
65
MAZEL TOV!
It was soooo good! You have to buy it!
(5/17/2011 8:15:50 PM)
66
1.8 MIL?!
i can make a live action film with just 20grand how did they get such sponsors? i want their numbers!!
(5/17/2011 10:03:52 PM)
67
When's the next one coming out?
My kids think it's great...so do my husband and I. Never knew Lubavitchers where the creators of this film!
(5/17/2011 10:29:20 PM)
68
anazing!!!!!!
so happy there is something out there for frum kids :)
(5/18/2011 12:42:52 AM)
69
My kids love it!
We think it is amazing!
(5/18/2011 11:43:15 AM)
70
Are you working on another one?
What's the next one? Don't keep us in suspense....
(5/18/2011 1:36:57 PM)
71
Just saw it! The best! The best! the Best!
this is the best I have ever seen! Thanks!
(5/19/2011 12:02:08 PM)
72
SOOOOOOOOOOOOO GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG!
ITS SOOOOOOOO GOOD SO WERTHEAT BUYING IT SIERIUSLY
(5/30/2011 10:19:47 AM)
73
BEST! BEST! BEST!
BEST! BEST! BEST! BEST! BEST! BEST! BEST! BEST! BEST! I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(6/2/2011 2:58:08 PM)
74
hazslacha
make many moreand the more you make them the better they should come out
(6/6/2011 10:51:28 PM)
75
AMAIZING
i want to buy it
(7/3/2011 8:21:20 AM)
76
ITS THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
i watched the whole vidio today menucha herson
(7/3/2011 5:19:19 PM)
77
Zvi H.
Your talents are unbelievable! Keep the furnace burning with your extraordinary creations.
(1/1/2012 1:40:51 AM)
78
wow
it is fantastic
(10/23/2012 2:31:46 PM)
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