Jul 17, 2016 Movie Reviews
The Fire : The Duck : The Seasons
For their third volume, the Owlegories creators keep it fresh with three new thrilling adventures.
Starting with “The Fire,” where the pupils learn about pure gold and the references in the Bible about how God refines us like pure gold. The primary verse linked to this episode is Hebrews 12:28-29. It’s very cool how they blend the technical/scientific aspects of refinement and the biblical parallels.
The second tale, “The Duck,” features Silas Robertson (aka Uncle Si. The scenery is quite fitting, as the owls find themselves deep in the swamps where they learn about working together and how God has enabled us to do so with the gifts of life, salvation through Jesus, and a third “gift” to be revealed at just the right time (no spoilers here). The key verse in this episode is 1 Peter 4:10. The presence of Uncle Si adds to the entertainment with a grandpa like figure that many are familiar with (along with the iconic green cup).
The third episode, “The Seasons,” have your young-lings exploring the seasons through a “souped-up” simulator. The “S6” is a high-tech simulator that assists the young owls understand three lessons God teaches us through the seasons. This episode really enforces the main point of the series overall and that is seeing God in creation. The lessons take the biblical text and relate it to something that they can tangibly experience.
The “Recap” at the end of every episodes helps you unpack the meaning behind each episode. It is a great resource for parents and/or Sunday school teachers. However, it is not as interesting for a toddler to listen to another adult on the screen so it may take a bit of interaction in person to keep them engaged. One way to engage them, might be to count the number of “okay’s” that Uncle Si uses in his recap.
Eph 2:8 – For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God (NKJV).
For more on “The Owelegories” check out http://owlegories.com/.
– Ken W.
Mar 1, 2016 Movie Reviews
Owlegories Vol. 2
The Ant, The Fruit, and the Butterfly
Volume 2 of the Owlegories series continues to provide wonderful family entertainment with a strong biblical message. There are many theories on repetitive instructions from Classical Conversations to the Montessori Method, and I believe they would all agree that Owlegories is a creative mode of reinforcing character lessons in an entertaining, in a meaningful way. It’s something that I find to be another instrument in my teaching toolbox.
What better way to teach children about the value of getting their work done first and doing all things as if for Jesus (The Ant). I can say it over and over again and reinforce it by rewards or punishments, but for some reason my children seem to get it better when the message comes from an adorable little animated owl. The same can be said of following Christ actively (The Butterfly) and living a fruitful life that is a testimony to others (The Fruit).
The Owlegories is a great new series that brings a fresh appeal to the animated storytelling genre which was once dominated by adorable little vegetables. For more on the Owlegories check out their official website at http://www.owlegories.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Owlegories. And don’t forget to check out their iOS and Android apps!
– Ken W.
Dec 8, 2015 Movie Reviews
The inaugural volume of Owlegories introduces us to new cast of adorable characters including Professor Owlster, and his five students of which my favorite is Twitch. The stories included on the first volume include “The Sun,” “The Seed,” and “The Water.” Each of which finds our students on a learning adventure that’s exciting and enlightening.
The animation is of high quality and the storylines are well written, which makes these adventures more than just a story. The impact of such a series does in some way depend on the quality of the production and the “Owlegoies” series is both well constructed and that adds to the already positive message.
Aside from the DVD series, there are also some new apps for your mobile devices. The Owelgories TV and Story App are already available and a Memory Verse app is in the works. On the TV app you can purchase individual episodes. I am not certain about this model as most people would be use to getting the same episodes they’ve purchased on a physical format, for free in a digital format. It may evolve, but I think it is a good idea to have the episodes available on multiple formats.
With Vol. 1, the Owlegories are off to a great start; funny, entertaining, and educational all in one. For more on the Owlegories, check out their official website at http://owlegories.com/.
– Ken W.