This stop-frame animation mashes Stranger Things with the Nativity story

Christian Aid have launched an inventive style stop-frame animation film interlacing themes from Netflix series Stranger Things with the classic Nativity story, reaching out to 65 million people displaced by conflict and disaster this Christmas.

A Stranger Christmas Story follows the journey of three wise boys who use their special gifts to search for a boy who is far from home – the ambiguous boy referring to Stranger Things’ character Will Byers, baby Jesus and millions of displaced people who will not be at home on Christmas. An angelic young girl helps the boys on their journey.

The film, directed by Rebecca Gower with music composed by David M Saunders reflects the charity’s Light the Way Christmas appeal.

Rebecca creates a magical Christmas nighttime scene, in which the three boys ride neon red bikes through the dark, using a compass, phone and slingshot and the help of a “guiding star” to locate the house where “the boy”, whom we do not see, is waiting. 

“With a narrative that involves the search for a young boy, a messenger who bridges two world and lights that guide the way, strong parallels can be made between the TV series and the Nativity,” says Emma Wigley from Christian Aid.

Emma says the film uses contemporary pop culture to draw attention to the worst global displacement crisis of our time. 

Christian Aid supports refugees from war-torn countries such as Syria and Iraq, after it was originally set up in the wake of World War Two.

The charity is based in around 40 countries providing practical assistance to poverty, such as helping communities to prepare for natural disasters and supporting those with HIV in South Africa. Find out how you can donate here.

Director Rebecca Gower works for Cherryduck to create video projects ranging from YouTube documentaries to stop-motion commercials. She has a background in producing, post-production and editing.

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