Owlegories: The Ant, the Fruit, and the Butterfly (Crew DVD Review)
Before I share about the movie itself, I want to take a minute to tell you about this wonderful company. FishFlix.com was started by a Turkish Christian named Dr. Enis Sakirgil after he helped produce a film about the Apostle Paul as a way of letting western Christians know about the rich biblical history of his home country. Turkey is one of the nations least reached with the gospel, so when Dr. Sakirgil and his family immigrated to the United States, he began selling the film (Apostle Paul and the Earliest Churches) online, as well as other Christian movies, as a way of helping a radio ministry back in Turkey. FishFlix.com is currently based in Mora, Minnesota, and the company’s goal is to “glorify God though amazing customer service, quality Christian content, creating honorable jobs, and expanding the Kingdom of God in Turkey.”
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In Roman’s 1:20, Paul writes that God’s invisible attributes are clearly perceived in the things He has created, and that is the driving force behind the Owlegories series. Each episode features five memorable young owls attending “Theowlogy 101” with Professor Owlester. They begin each class by reciting the “Owl Pledge”:
We love to learn about creation.
It helps us become wise.
God’s nature is all around us
If you look through heaven’s eyes
Then the professor introduces the topic that will be discussed in that episode’s lesson (in Volume 2, that’s ants, fruit, and butterflies). The inquisitive young owls are then given missions that must be completed by traveling to various places around the world where they make a connection between their subject and the God’s truth. For example, when they study butterflies, they learn that “God looks at our heart. It does not matter what we look like on the outside. A caterpillar changes into a butterfly just as we are changed through salvation. And just as the caterpillar is free when it becomes a butterfly, we find true freedom when we accept Christ as our Savior.”
After the animated portion of each episode, there is a short live message with an adult taking the lesson a little further and showing kids how it applies to their lives. While my children didn’t enjoy these as much as the main part of the episode, they never complained about them either, and I appreciated the time taken to lead them a little deeper into the theology behind each story.
Owlegories doesn’t come across as “preachy” at all. On the contrary, the unique characters are hilarious, and my kids got a kick out of the villain, Devlin, who appears in each story trying to thwart the little owls’ plans. I loved that the young owls were always respectful and encouraging, and even the “class clown” Joey avoids making jokes at someone else’s expense or being rude (unlike the characters in so many modern children’s programs).
Owlegories is a well-produced series with colorful animation, catchy music, and memorable characters. And best of all, in the midst of all the fun, important theological truths are being imparted to children. We have watched the first two volumes over and over, and we look forward to seeing future episodes!