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Western Animation / The Miracle Maker

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John the Baptist: "Make a way in the desert... Prepare a straight path for the Lord! Who is coming..."

"John... John. When we were children we played by this river. Our mothers called and we ran to them... We followed them. Now, there is another call. My Father in Heaven. And I must follow."
Jesus Christ

The Miracle Maker is an animated film released in the Year of Our Lord twenty hundred AD, on the 31st of March, relating the missionary of Jesus, largely through the eyes of Jairus' daughter Tamar. It features both 3D puppet animation and 2D traditional animation for parables or dream sequences, and serves as a sort of a Spiritual Successor (no pun intended) to the animated Testament tales.

Despite being an animated film, it features several examples of Nightmare Fuel and generally unpleasant scenes, as well as intelligent Alternate Character Interpretation and an All-Star Cast, led by Ralph Fiennes as Jesus.


This film provides examples of:

  • Adaptational Villainy: Herod Antipas shows no interest in Jesus and is simply a Smug Snake who enjoys mocking him. However he does seem less decadent than he is usually depicted and is committed to governing his people.
  • Affably Evil: Pontius Pilate.
  • Art Shift: All the parables, flashbacks or dream sequences are told in the form of 2D cartoons.
  • Ascended Extra: Tamar, who features in one tale in The Bible where she is not even named, becomes a viewpoint character.
  • "Awesome McCool" Name: And how!
    • Peter "The Rock", upon which Jesus built His Church.
    • James and John, "The Sons of Thunder". In-Universe recognition is given to the awesomeness.
    • Overlapping example with Try to Fit THAT on a Business Card!: Gaius Velius Quintilus, Chief Centurion of the 12th Legion, Prefect of the Detachment of the 9 Legions, and Tribune of the 13th Urban Cohort.
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  • Broken Bird: Mary Magdalene.
  • Canon Foreigner: Asher Ben Azra, leader of the Sadduccees who has been sent to file a report on Jesus.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The way Jesus lifts the bread for the blessing is how Tamar recognises him following the resurrection.
  • Crucified Hero Shot: Obviously. No points for guessing where or whom.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Several characters, especially Pontius Pilate.
    • For example, this exchange when Caiaphas, Annas, the Pharisees, and Asher Ben Azra present Jesus for trial:
    Pilate: Jesus? Oh, is this the man?
    Annas: He opposes paying taxes to Caesar!
    Pilate: In other words, he shares your opinion.
  • Evil Gloating: Herod with the captured Jesus, whilst crowning him with thorns.
  • Foreshadowing: Tribune Quintilus mentions to Pilate that he's crucified 117 rebels in Galilee. This is less than a week before Jesus is also crucified.
  • Heroic BSoD: Jesus after hearing of John the Baptist's death, and whilst in Gethsemane.
  • Ill Girl: Tamar, for the first half of the film.
  • Incurable Cough of Death: Tamar's illness.
  • La Résistance: The rebel cell, composed of Barabbas, Joram, at least one other, and Judas Iscariot (by association) see themselves as this.
  • Large Ham: Several characters, including ones which are only hammy at certain moments, but special mention goes to Joram, whose lines are all shouted.
    • During a conversation between the rebels about possibly involving Jesus in their operations:
    Judas Iscariot: The people love Him!
    Barabbas: You're young. You've got fine ideals, Judas.
    Joram (loudly interrupting): Oh YES, his ideals — are to have a house like Herod's court with baths and couches!
  • Leitmotif: The music that plays when Lucifer offers Jesus all the kingdoms of the world is reprised whenever Judas has visions of Jesus as a warrior prophet.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Judas Iscariot, after Jesus' trial against Caiaphas.
  • Named by the Adaptation: Tamar. Also in an unusual case, Pilate's lieutenant is given the same name (Quintilus) the noncanon character received in Jesus of Nazareth
  • Nightmare Face: Mary Magdalene, when possessed. Earlier, she sees two Roman soldiers transform into snake like humanoids.
  • The Quisling: Simon the Pharisee, who remains loyal to the Romans in order to keep his estates. Also Matthew, although he performs a Heel–Face Turn .
    • Herod, as a client king under the Romans, is an example of this, concerned that Jesus' example will cause Jewish revolt and for the Romans to crush him.
  • Rage Against the Heavens: Literally, in Gethsemane.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Mary Magdalene.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Jesus to Lucifer in the desert: "You shall worship the Lord your God! And no one else shall you serve! NO ONE!"
  • Small Role, Big Impact: John the Baptist is a One-Scene Wonder but we continue to hear about him long after his appearance.
  • Smug Snake: Herod. Though he expresses regret at having killed John.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Judas, though it may be more a case of What Happened to the Mouse?.
  • This Is Something He's Got to Do Himself: When Jesus leaves for the wilderness.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Barrabas accuses Judas of being this.


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