Boys of Valor (2013)

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Christian Superheroes Fight Evil in New Kids’ Series

Boys of Valor: Four DVD Set Coming Soon!

A superhero team of brothers fights evil in four faith-based adventures for kids. Armed with faith lasers, special martial arts skills, and the power of the Holy Bible, the young and courageous Boys of Valor protect their friends and the community from dangers that range from the terrible Evil Bots to the bully on the street corner.

Throughout each entertaining episode, the brothers teach literacy, math, and science skills while instilling Christian values in young viewers. An action-packed animated series, the Boys of Valor: Four DVD Set is full of inspiration and entertainment for the entire family.

33 Responses so far.

  1. Danette Jones says:

    This series is filled with spiritual and educational resources for children of all ages! I absolutely love this new animated series. Is so awesome to see that my boys have positive role models to follow through this series. Young African American males do not have many positive role models; therefore, I am glad that the producer chose to create such a wonderful resource!!!! I agree with the Dove Foundation, I award this series with 5 stars!!!!!!

    • Christian St John (Editor) says:

      I’m glad you, and your boys, are enjoying this series. I will make sure my boys watch it when I get my hands on a copy. Thanks Dannette :)

      Christian

  2. Kurry Seymour says:

    AWESOME!

  3. Jane from N-nfei Schools Kenya, Africa says:

    I like this and would wish to establish partnership for use to have Boys of Valor on Elimu TV.We are based in Kenya.

  4. Leon Wheaton says:

    Great stuff, I like it very much!

  5. Timothy Bryant says:

    This is a great avenue to be used by God to help our future for tomorrow to make the right decision.

  6. Jackie Simpson says:

    Love the ninja outfits!!!!

  7. Brenda says:

    What an awesome strategy to capture and inspire the youth! I see this production as a great tool to empower young people to make better decisions and to increase skills in literacy, math, and science.

  8. Johnny Bridgewater says:

    These boys are in to something!!!

  9. Brenda says:

    This piece of work is extraordinary creative. What powerful messages it sends. Children all over the world can be blessed just by watching these episodes. I will certainly buy them for my grandchildren. In today’s time, technology and the media has a great impact on children and most of it is not on a positive note. Thank God for the creative hands and the passion to reach this generation. May God bless the man of God through this ministry.

  10. O Esquire says:

    Very positive work and a great fun example for the youth to look to and learn from. The academic component mixed w/ a positive religious message in a fun form is a great idea. I’ll definitely be sharing w/ young men I mentor.

  11. Virginia Bartels says:

    What a positive, detailed review of your Boys of Valor! Please keep up the great work!

    Virginia

  12. Serveant of God says:

    I think this idea came from God! With all the negative secular cartoons out there…, it’s good to know that we can find positive cartoons with a Christian message!!!

    I like the way the author tried to highlight the spiritual warfare of the Christian experience. I rate this cartoon series FIVE stars along with the DOVE FOUNDATION!!!!

  13. Patricia Press says:

    SHAWN AMD I JUST GOT THROUGH LOOKING AT ALL 4 DVDS AND THEY ARE GREAT AND ACTION PACKED WITH INSPIRATION FROM THE WORD OF GOD. MADE MY HEART REALLY WENT WILD IN BEATING PRAYING WITH THE BOYS OF VALOR TO CONQUER ALL THE EVIL SPIRITS. MAKES YOU JUMP RIGHT INTO THE PICTURE TO WANT TO HELP OUT. WE REALLY LOVE THEM. GREAT JOB WELL DONE. THOSE AND ALL OF YOU OUT THERE, PLEASE GET YOUR COPIES, ESP. IF YOU HAVE KIDS. THESE WILL HELP THEM IN THIER SPIRITUAL WALK AND HELP THEM KNOW HOW TO FIGHT OFF ALL THE EVIL FORCES AND HELP THEM UNDERSTAND THEM. TRUST ME, IT WOULD BE WELL WORTH IT, GET YOUR COPIES NOW!!!!!!!

  14. Patricia Press says:

    SHAWN CONTINUES TO LOOK AT THEM OVER AND OVER. HE LOVES THEM SO MUCH BECAUSE THEY ARE SO ACTION PACKED AND SPIRIT LED. EVEN HE SEES THE SPIRITUAL APPLICATION THAT THESE DVDS PRESENTS.

  15. Through the years in my work with children, I have found that they need to be reached according to their sex. Girls and boys learn differently, and quite frankly, I feel they learn better when separated by sex. Girls need to be encouraged, because somewhere during their girlhood, they loose their confidence. They need to be validated, and encouraged to be the best that they can be. They will also learn easier than the males, excelling in what they do. Boys, however, are a different story. They usually have a hard time sitting still for conventional learning. They are geared to math, science, and other sciences. They just need to find someone to emulate and encourage them. Enter….heroes. Art teacher, Daniel Bryant, at Oakbrook Elementary school, has developed a cartoon series about “Boys of Valor”. As an African-American, he realizes the need for encouraging young boys, so he came up with the idea for his cartoon series. With six brothers, he developed six characters, and each of his brothers read the various parts. His super heroes encourage the boys in the subjects they are normally gifted in, and shows them that they are capable to use those gifts. The boys see themselves in the characters, and will jump out of their seats in enthusiasm. He also wants black children to know they can excel without being in music or playing professional sports. He feels all students are our future workforce, and “goodness knows”, we can certainly use super heroes good in math and science. The Bible is full of super heroes, with stories that thrill, excite, and encourage kids. Read a Bible story to your kids tonight, and help them to become a super hero for God.

    “The righteous man leads a blameless life; blessed are his children after him.” Proverbs 20:7

  16. Early Engineers says:

    Daniel Bryant mixes positive role models with the power of math and science in his cartoon series, Boys of Valor

  17. As an African-American, art teacher Daniel Bryant, 30, is bothered when he sees black males associated with negativity in the news and in entertainment.

    For him, the road to changing that stereotype begins with giving children a positive image of black males to admire.
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    Catching up with cartoonist Daniel Bryant

    Bryant turned to his own artistic skills to find that image and created “Boys of Valor,” a cartoon made entirely of black male superheroes.

    “Boys of Valor” isn’t Bryant’s first venture into the world of animation.

    He also created “Karate Dawgs,” featuring cartoon canines that help educate young children.

    The shows developed a following on the Internet before being picked up locally on WLCN-TV. Bryant recently found out a national station is considering airing them as well.

    Both shows are meant to educate children and instill positive values, such as discouraging bullying and encouraging high self-esteem, but to Bryant, “Boys of Valor” hits closer to home.

    “I did ‘Karate Dawgs’ for the school system. ‘Boys of Valor’ I did for the community,” he said.

    With six brothers and an active imagination, Bryant’s childhood was full of adventure.

    Those memories form the foundation of the show. Each character represents a brother, with each brother providing its voice.

    Teaching tools

    Bryant also draws from the experiences of his students at Joseph R. Pye and Oakbrook Elementary schools to make the cartoon more relatable. He includes the show in his lesson plans, showing students the possibilities of what their art can accomplish.

    “(The students) just love it, the boys especially. The boys are jumping out of their seats saying, ‘That’s me! That’s me,’” Bryant said.

    Inspired by an educational partnership between Boeing and area schools, Bryant emphasizes math and science in his story lines to renew interest in the subjects and increase test scores.

    “We are partners with Boeing at Joe Pye Elementary, and they approached us as a staff and wanted us to find creative ways to get kids excited about flying and engineering. I took my own initiative to do that and was able to turn some heads with it,” Bryant said.

    Boeing spokeswoman Candy Eslinger said the partnership is one of several community outreach projects Boeing has taken on. It includes sending guest speakers to classrooms and assisting with robotics teams.

    “We really try to focus heavily on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Those students are our future work force. It’s critical that we get kids excited about those subjects,” she said. “It’s great any time a teacher takes the time to work on something new and innovative that can help with that.”

    Outside music, sports

    Bryant said he hopes to see filmmaking incorporated into the public school system.

    Oakbrook Elementary School third-grader Christian White, 8, said an episode of “Boys of Valor” showing a character flying with a jet pack reminded him of his mother, a Boeing employee. His classmate Johnaye Cromedy, 9, said she loves watching cartoons but never thought about how they’re made until Bryant’s class.

    “It’s cool. You get to be inspired and think of your own ideas with it,” Johnaye said while learning how to draw Charlie Brown of “Peanuts” fame.

    Through “Boys of Valor,” Bryant said he hopes black children will see they can be successful outside of athletics and the music industry where they often find their role models.

    “They don’t have to be rappers and athletes,” he said. “If you want children to study math and become engineers, show them a character that’s an engineer that they can look up to and they’ll want to be that too.”

  18. “Art teacher brings animation to Learning”

    When Daniel Bryant first debuted his animated creation, The Karate Dawgs, three years ago, he knew from the reaction of his students that he had a winner.

    Four of them, to be exact – Chuck Chuck, Tiger Dawg, Karate K-9, and Sophie all have been an important, and much beloved part of Bryant’s methods, teaching character, self-esteem, and fair play.

    Bryant teaches the principles of art, but says his mission is more than just teaching children how to draw, he says.

    He wants to spark creativity and channel it into exciting learning experiences for his students, but he also wants to show that art is an integral and relevant aspect of life. A child can imagine and create new worlds, but that child can also learn about, experience, and shape the present world through artistic expression and perception, he says.

    “When I came up with the Karate Dawgs, I knew I definitely wanted them to address self-esteem,” he said. “They deal with a lot of character-oriented issues and learning to do the right things, issues such as dealing with bullying and how to stop it – and they do it in a way the kids can relate to.”

    Bryant, who currently teaches art at Joseph Pye Elementary/Oakbrook Elementary, and coaches at Oakbrook Middle School. Mr. Bryant is all about reaching his young charges every way possible. Mr. Bryant does not teach cartooning or animation; however, his cartoons are an additional effective tool in his bag of teaching tricks, he said. In fact, they are not only catching on in his schools – they air on the schools’ morning news show — but he is receiving very positive feedback from the district and even beyond. In fact, he recently received a letter from Charleston Mayor Joe Riley praising his work. Bryant has also drawn the attention of a well-known movie producer named Dave Christiano.

    The cartoons also run on local television, he said. One can catch episodes of the Karate Dawgs Saturday mornings on local cable network channels, including Comcast channel 119, Time/Warner Channel 155, and Knology Channel 131.

    This year, Bryant has debuted a new cartoon, “Boys of Valor,” which is based on his life experiences – and his own family. Whereas the Karate Dawgs are hand drawn and deal more with day-to-day self esteem and life issues, the brothers are computer animated and their adventures center more around classroom work.

    “I have an episode where they teach the times tables, for example,” he said. “The idea, again, is to help engage the kids in a way they enjoy and understand.”

    The Boys of Valor are also receiving kudos and even have led to some interesting collaborations, including some soundtrack work contributions from the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Bryant said.

    But ultimately it comes back to the children, Bryant says.

    “You have to love your children, and when you do, you go the extra step, you do everything you can for them, and that’s what I’m trying to do here,” he said.

  19. Catching up with teacher, cartoonist

    By Jade McDuffie

    Editor’s Note: Christina Elmore wrote about art teacher and cartoonist Daniel Bryant in “Boys of Valor,” published in Your Lowcountry on March 19. We caught up with Bryant to see how things have been going since then and what he looks forward to in 2013.

    Students over 7,000 miles away in Nairobi, Kenya, soon will be watching Daniel Bryant’s cartoon, “Boys of Valor.”

    When we last spoke to Bryant, the Summerville cartoonist and art teacher at Joe Pye and Oakbrook elementary schools was airing his cartoon on WLCN-TV (Comcast, Knology and Time Warner Cable). He had just found out the show was being picked up nationally by the Christian Television Network.

    Since then, he was contacted in December by Jane Ngima Muriuki of Elimu TV in Nairobi to air “Boys of Valor” there.

    The educational cartoon is based on his seven brothers and includes lessons on math and science. It also includes life lessons like encouraging self-esteem and discouraging bullying. “I didn’t know whether to be excited or not. I was flabbergasted because No. 1, she (Muriuki) saw it, and No. 2, she liked it and thought the children over there would enjoy it,” Bryant said about hearing from the Nairobi station.

    But Bryant said he was a bit apprehensive to sign the deal because copyright infringement is a big problem over there. All those concerns went away soon after the Bridgestone Multimedia Group offered him a contract. Bridgestone covers the whole world. I don’t have to worry about piracy issues now,” he said.

    Bryant said the contract with Bridgestone came from a connection with a producer, Dave Christiano, he met his senior year in college. He contacted Christiano in December just to chat, and Christiano put him in contact with a distributor at Bridgestone who contacted him only days after seeing his work.

    But because of his contract with Bridgestone, his 2 -year run on WLCN locally will have to end. The new company now has rights to the cartoon. “Boys of Valor” still will air on CTN nationally.

    Bryant said he thinks the show will do well in Kenya because “the kids will be able to connect with the characters.”

    Bryant also was able to share his story with students at his alma mater, Charleston Southern University, during several speeches his gave last year.

    He said the most important lesson he learned in 2012 was “hard work, perseverance and patience.”

    “You have to have perseverance because not everyone is going to be in agreement with you. I’ve had some rejections from television stations, but I persevered,” he said.

    Bryant said he has big plans for this year. He wants to create a franchise with action figures, T-shirts and an educational video game.

    Although he has worked hard to get to where he is today, he said it’s all because of his family. He said he also appreciates the support from his principals, the Charleston Digital Corridor, Charleston Southern, Pastor Larry Brown and Charleston Mayor Joe Riley, who wrote him a letter thanking him for his positive contribution to youths.

    “They (my parents) instilled in us things we needed to be successful. I contribute my success to a hard-working father and loving mother,” he said.

    Copyright, 2013, The Post and Courier. All Rights Reserved.

  20. Dr. Jerry Hunter president of Charleston Southern University says:

    “Wow, we are so proud of Daniel Bryant and this project!”

  21. Kalen Milford says:

    Keep up the great work man, we are proud of this DVD series!!!

    Very positive and uplifting for kids all over the world!

  22. Reverend Larry Brown says:

    I watched every disc 1 through 4 and this series is really good! I was very impressed by the different level of components of education, action, and the Holy Bible. Great Sunday School resource for kids of all ages, 5 stars from me!!!!!

  23. Joy Johnson says:

    Very good for my students/children, I wonder what this producer can do with an actual animation team backing him. Great work with limited resources!

  24. Gracey says:

    I just received a copy of the dvd and my kids love it. I am glad to have another avenue to teach my children biblical principles in a way that they can relate and understand. Great stuff!

  25. James Murdaugh says:

    I ENJOYED THIS DVD SERIES! THE BOYS OF VALOR IS A HIT!

  26. How do you raise seven boys and a girl so that not only does the house remain intact, but the kids go on to serve God and a community that needs them? You could start with a mom, a teacher no less, who stresses education and runs the home like a seasoned administrator.

    “Boys of Valor” is a faith-based animated DVD series in which a cast of boys fight evil with faith lasers, friendship and God. “Boys of Valor” is a faith-based animated DVD series in which a cast of boys fight evil with faith lasers, friendship and God.

    Summerville art teacher Daniel Bryant recently released his new computer-animated series, “Boys of Valor,” a faith-based cartoon that has received wide acclaim and is being distributed internationally. Summerville art teacher Daniel Bryant recently released his new computer-animated series, “Boys of Valor,” a faith-based cartoon that has received wide acclaim and is being distributed internationally.

    Daniel Bryant and his siblings learned the value of education, family and faith from their parents, Calvin and Brenda Bryant. In this 1986 photo, the parents are with their sons (before David and their only daughter, Cherniqua, were born): Micah (counterclockwise from left), Timmy, Calvin Jr., Jerry, cousin Stacey, Danny and Sammy. Daniel Bryant and his siblings learned the value of education, family and faith from their parents, Calvin and Brenda Bryant. In this 1986 photo, the parents are with their sons (before David and their only daughter, Cherniqua, were born): Micah (counterclockwise from left), Timmy, Calvin Jr., Jerry, cousin Stacey, Danny and Sammy.

    Siblings Daniel (counterclockwise from foreground), Micah, Calvin Jr., David, Timothy and Samuel Bryant at the church they grew up in, Summerville Miracle Bible Center. Daniel has created a faith-oriented cartoon based on the brothers. Siblings Daniel (counterclockwise from foreground), Micah, Calvin Jr., David, Timothy and Samuel Bryant at the church they grew up in, Summerville Miracle Bible Center. Daniel has created a faith-oriented cartoon based on the brothers.

    “Boys of Valor” creator Daniel Bryant. “Boys of Valor” creator Daniel Bryant. From “Boys of Valor,” a faith-oriented cartoon by Daniel Bryant. From “Boys of Valor,” a faith-oriented cartoon by Daniel Bryant. Brothers David, Daniel, Timothy, Calvin Jr., Micah and Samuel Bryant review a scene in one of the “Boys of Valor” cartoons at Summerville Miracle Bible Center.

    Youngest siblings David and Cherniqua Bryant. Youngest siblings David and Cherniqua Bryant. Daniel Bryant created the animated series “Karate Dawgs” with help from his students attending in-school suspension. Then, you could take a hardworking dad, an Air Force aircraft maintenance specialist, the kind of man who gets hit by a car while walking to work, skids across the road and then keeps on walking. You might add a church. Make it one where the pastor takes kids out into the community to show them what service really looks like. And last, add a big old splash of imagination. The drainage ditch behind the kids’ home? Not a ditch. A fort, or a trench, depending on the warfare at hand, which definitely should involve launching giant dirt bombs.

    Because all of the above sure worked for Daniel Bryant. Though he’s 31 now, he and his Summerville siblings haven’t left their antics to the dust of old photo albums. Bryant, an art teacher at Oakbrook and Fort Dorchester elementary schools, is using them as fodder for his newly released, and widely acclaimed, Christian cartoon series, “Boys of Valor.”

    After being released last month, it’s already being distributed internationally and received high praise from the nonprofit Dove Foundation. The cartoon features a cast of kid superheroes (played by Bryant’s siblings) saving the world from evil using faith lasers, friends and God the Almighty. Oh, and that good old imagination.

    Today, the siblings are 34, 33, 32, 31, 30, 25, 24 and 18. What was growing up together like? A whole lot of fun with quite a cast of characters. Bryant and his brother Samuel were visual artists. Calvin Jr. wrote poetry. Jerry was, like their father, gifted with his hands. Timothy possessed oratorical skills. Micah could dress and play drums. Cherniqua had the voice. And David could play some serious football. Yet, each day held devotion times. Their mother, Brenda, taught educational skills with workbooks and scriptural lessons with the Bible.

    After hearing the Bible stories, Bryant would concoct plot details and draw characters, often graphic-novel style. “They would just keep going through my mind,” he says. As he grew up, those stories kept on going.

    Bryant went to Stratford High, “the perfect place for me to blossom,” he recalls. He played basketball and delved into its arts program where teachers introduced technique to match his enthusiasm. They also introduced him to the digital image he’d come to love. He headed for Charleston Southern University next, wondering how to marry his art with faith. “I felt the Lord wanted me to stay here, so I didn’t fight it,” he recalls.

    Bryant excelled at the school, says Dr. Rick Brewer, CSU’s vice president for student affairs and athletics. “Rarely does a basketball walk-on persist with the program and earn an athletic scholarship and playing time. But challenges don’t deter Daniel from reaching his goals,” Brewer says. By the time Bryant was a senior, he’d become a fan favorite. “Our students stood in applause and cheered the entire time he played,” Brewer recalls.

    Meanwhile, something else rooted within him on the Christian school campus: a passion for helping young people. He figured he’d go to seminary next. But then he landed a summer job at an all-boy military academy and realized God had a different plan.

    It was not a job for the timid, not handling sixth through 12th graders, most recently expelled from their home schools. Sure, there were state educational standards to meet. “But teaching is much more than standards. That’s what got me hooked. I saw how you can connect to their hearts,” Bryant says. “You’re dealing with all these things that you’re unaccustomed to. I fell in love with teaching them.”

    He moved to Oakbrook Middle and oversaw in-school suspension for three years. There, he found inspiration. Many students in ISS lacked goals and self-esteem. Some had been bullied. Many struggled with character issues. “That’s when the Lord gave me an idea,” Bryant says.

    Starting in 2008, he created “Karate Dawgs,” a cartoon series whose plots came straight from ISS. Students helped write stories and voice characters for the show, which aired in the Dorchester County District 2 schools. Excited, Bryant took the show to a local cable network and was rejected.

    Later, he tried again. And was accepted. It was the ultimate teachable moment about perseverance. “Karate Dawgs” ran Saturday mornings for two years on cable’s WLCN-TV. Yet, the animation was hand-drawn and labor-intensive. And by then, Bryant had married Lashawna (“my rock”) and become a father. He also wanted to create something about his faith, which he couldn’t do as part of the public schools.

    So, he turned down a new path, or rather an old favored one: that of computer animation. He was talking through series ideas with his siblings when one piped up, “Do one about us. That would be a great story!” What if he created a computer-animated Christian cartoon based on their childhoods? And what if his brothers played themselves? “We had a childhood that was very special — with two very special parents,” Bryant says. Many kids he grew up with didn’t have dads in their households. Yet his father, Calvin, was hardworking and loving. “We had a representative of what a man should be like,” Bryant says.

    He would create his new series for boys, especially those who lack male role models. The animated series, “Boys of Valor,” infuses things most boys love (superheroes, explosions, martial arts, bad guys) with things most parents love (morals, faith, math and literacy skills, good guys). Armed with faith lasers and the Holy Bible, the Boys of Valor protect their friends and community from dangers that range from Evil Bots to street bullies.

    The cartoon aired in 2011 and 2012 on WLCN tagging into the “Karate Dawgs” spot. Then came another teachable moment. Excited about his new creation, Bryant contacted Dave Christiano, a Christian movie producer. “It’s not good enough,” came the first reply. When he had five full episodes ready, Bryant tried again. “This is amazing!” came the second reply. Christiano even knew of a Christian distribution company that might be interested.

    The result: In April, Bryant signed a five-year contract with Bridgestone Multimedia Group, a Christian media company. His DVD series was released July 2 and is being distributed in South Africa, Canada, Japan, China and Australia, among others. Bryant is even talking with a Kenyan TV station to air “Boys of Valor” there. The series is sold everywhere from Amazon to Walmart to Christian bookstores.

    Then came more good news. “Boys of Valor” received five doves from the Dove Foundation, a prominent nonprofit that ranks media’s family friendliness. “This is a terrific animated series with the ‘Boys of Valor’ bringing their ‘old time religion’ to a contemporary audience, complete with faith laser battles and high energy,” a Dove reviewer wrote. Nearly 400 voters have given “Boys of Valor” five stars on the Christian Film Guide’s website.

    Next up: Bryant, now a father of four, is working on season two. He wants to create a franchise with action figures, apps, educational video games and a movie. He’s even assembling a team to bring more expertise to the creative table. “I don’t want to limit it to a DVD series,” Bryant says. “I want it to be more than that — all to help others and serve my faith. I’m in ministry now, just in a creative way.”

  27. Beverly Dickerson says:

    Creative and very engaging stories! I love the pieces on education, as well as spiritual warfare. I showed it to my youth group today and they really enjoyed it!!!!!

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