Owlegories DVD {TOS Crew Review}

We love to watch movies as a family and eat popcorn on a Saturday night.  A few weeks ago we received an Owlegories DVD entitled Owlegories: The Ant, The Fruit, The Butterfly from FishFlix.com as a review through the TOS Crew.

 

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FishFlix.com is an online store that offers family friendly Christian videos that are also educational and entertaining.  I chose to receive the Owlegories DVD as I knew it would be something that would appeal to all of my children plus still be cute enough that my husband and I wouldn’t mind watching it!  A fun fact about FishFlix.com is that they offer free shipping on all orders over $40.  Great way to stock up on new DVD’s for birthdays and holidays!  They have a wonderful variety to choose from.

The Owlegories DVD that we received to review is actually the 2nd DVD in a series.  The 1st DVD we have not yet seen though it has been added to our must watch list!  I think this has fast become a series that we’re going to want to add all of them to our library.  

This movie is so cute guys!  Like seriously adorable.  The animation is great and not lacking at all.  My kids loved watching it and have had to watch it several times since.  The characters are memorable and are so sweet.  The main characters are respectful and even the own who acts the part of the class clown never does so in a mean fashion or by making fun of the other little owl students.  Our antagonist(named Devlin) is even a rather nice little villain character.

Each DVD has three episodes.  Each episode teaches a small lesson.  After the episode is finished there is a short section where a “real” person comes on to talk about how kids can apply that principle that they have just learned in their own lives.  

 

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We loved this Owlegories DVD and learning about the fruits of the spirit while also watching cute little owls and ants work(or not work) to harvest sap to make syrup.  And of course, everyone enjoyed watching the caterpillars turn into butterflies.  Great reminder for us all of how we are transformed with Christ in our lives.  

The DVD including all three episodes is only 34 minutes long.  So it’s not a long movie that requires kids to sit still for what seems like forever.  If you break it down and only watch one episode at a time it’s even shorter.  The Owlegories DVD we received is currently priced at $9.99 through FishFlix.com.  They also have the first of the series for the same price if you’re wanting to get both.

Owlegories DVD {TOS Crew Review}

 

The first episode on the Owlegories DVD we received is titled The Ant.  In this story the professor of our class tells the class that they need to collect sap from the maple trees to make syrup.  Only the ants actually buckle down and look at the long term to complete the task.  A great lesson in doing things that we might not see as fun so that we can get the end result we desire.  A great tie in if you have your kids do chores(which we do).

The second episode on our Owlegories DVD is titled The Fruit.  This story teaches about the Fruits of the Spirit and even includes the class finding some of the bad fruits that we’d rather avoid like anger and envy.  

Episode three of the Owlegories DVD is called The Butterfly. In this episode we watch the transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly with the class and see how God can transform us if we let him.  Oh and add in a fear of bugs and this episode will have your kids giggling throughout.

If you’d like to learn about other movies that were reviewed by members of the crew please visit the Main TOS Crew Blog.  You can also find out more about FishFlix.com by visiting Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google +, YouTube, and Pinterest.  A few of the other movies on the review list we’ve had the privilege of watching prior to now and can tell you they’re wonderful!!

 

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Jesus is the Good News! @FamilyChristian

Have you ever wondered how to get your kids more interested in the Bible?  Wanted something that teaches them truth?  Well we’ve found that in What’s in the Bible.  What’s in the Bible is a great video series by Phil Vischer(one of the Veggie Tales creators).  Recently we received a copy of Volume 10 from Family Christian to review. Volume 10 Jesus is the Good News!  

Sounds like good news to us!  We have watched some of the What’s in the Bible movies and really couldn’t wait to watch this one.  They’re catchy, they’re cute, and they pack a punch with the kids.  My kids LOVE them!  

 

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Buck Denver is the news reporter who hosts this series.  He’s a great guy!  Unless he has too much coffee, then you’ve got problems!  Maybe he’s a bit like me. . . . .   Anyway!  This dvd takes us into the New Testament and learning all about the Good News that Jesus brought.  Basically as the title says, that Jesus is the Good News.  We visit Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John in this dvd.  

The whole dvd is 60 minutes in length.  There are two episodes within the same dvd.  They cover things such as Jesus calming the storm, and feeding the 5000.  We learn of Jesus dying but then we hear the “Good News” that Jesus wasn’t in the tomb when the stone was rolled away.  You get the whole salvation story all rolled up in a cute little show with catchy tunes and puppets!

My kids really have enjoyed this dvd.  We’ve shared it with friends who have enjoyed it as well.  I know some people who don’t like dvd’s like this because they take away some of the seriousness and sacredness of the Bible.  I like things like this for children because it brings the truth from the Bible to a language they can understand and a fun way for them to learn.  I approve of these for my kids.  They are based on the Bible and have sound teaching in my opinion.

 

What's in the Bible

The Discussion Guide for parents that comes inside the movie case.

 

My kids love the songs as well and go around the house singing them!  We love the singing cowboy and the pirate who never seems to fit in but always seems to get a part nevertheless.  Oh and don’t forget Sunday School lady.  It’s a great cast of characters(puppets) to go along with Phil Vischer himself.  The puppets as him questions and he then tells them the Bible stories that go along and explains them.  While he explains we see little clips of the puppets or flannelgrams or any number of cute sketches.  

Okay so I told you it is two episodes on one dvd.  The first episode is called God’s Perfect Timing.  It covers the 400 years between the Old and New Testament.  It goes into how Jesus arrives as prophesied and how everything was the perfect timing for His coming.

 

What's in the Bible

The coloring page that comes inside the movie case.

 

The second episode is called The Messiah Has Come(pretty self explanatory there).  It covers the life and ministry of Jesus.  

If you’re looking for a fun way to earn more about the Bible with your kids I would highly recommend getting the entire series for them.  It’s a great investment in something that your kids will love.  My kids are ages 18 months up to 9 years and they ALL love these shows.  Heck, I love them too!  You’re never too old to find something like this cute and funny.  

Things I liked as the parent.  Inside you’ll find a coloring page for your kids.  On the other side you have a discussion guide that you can use to discuss what they’ve learned with your kids.  I love that!  It helps to make sure they’ve learned what you want them to learn from this.  We give this show a big ol yes please and five stars!

 

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Beauty and the Beet #veggietales #review

Are you a Veggie Tales fan?  My kids are for sure!  They were super excited with our latest review from Family Christian!  We got to review the newest Veggie Tales Beauty and the Beet!  Talk about a great movie and a bunch of excited kids! 

 

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First let me tell you about some great deals you can get with Family Christian right now!  These are limited so pay attention to the dates given!  From December 12-14 you can order your copy of Beauty and the Beet for $7.49 as part of the Doorbusters Event!  Pretty awesome price!  I’d go for that one!  If you miss that though you can purchase from December 15-24 for $9.99.  Still a great price!  After the 24th and into the new year it’ll be standard regular price.

Okay, so now that the formalities are out of the way lets talk some more about the movie and how much we enjoyed it.  You know, I’m going to say that “we” a lot.  Because it’s not just my kids that like the Veggie Tales movies, I do too!  I think they’re adorable and carry a message.  It may not always be a specific Bible verse that we can target, but it’s a great principle or life lesson that kids should know.  And who doesn’t want to learn it through cute and adorable vegetables!  Well and maybe a fruit or two.  I always was taught that tomatoes were a fruit.  

Beauty and the Beet features someone new to the world of Veggie Tales.  Kellie Pickler lends her voice to Mirabelle( the Belle of the classic Beauty and the Beast story tale) and so of course there are some Country Western type songs being sung throughout!  

In our story we follow the Veggie Tones, a family band featuring Mirabelle.  All the children in the family are in the band somehow and dad is the manager.  When they go through the mountains in bad weather to try to get to a new gig they get stranded at a run down resort where Mr Beet is the manager.  They can’t pay to stay so they work it off by cleaning, waiting tables, and singing.  Mirabelle even gives the Beast err Beet singing lessons!   But can she help to make him kind and feeling again?

The movie is approximately 56 minutes long so almost an hour of delightful sillyness with a great message.  

There are some bonus features on the disc as well.  You get behind the scenes with Kellie Pickler on playing the sweetest sweet potato, a very veggie jukebox, in the kitchen with Bob, Show You Love sing along, Deck the Halls sing along, downloadable activities, and my favorite—- Offering Unconditional Love: Family Discussion Guide.  I’m  a sucker for these discussion guides.  I love them!  They normally contain a great message and a great way to help our kids understand and retain that message.

I have nine children ages 9 and under.  They all sit and watch this.  They love it!  I think it truly is a great lesson in unconditional love for children.

 

silly songs with Larry

 

The new Silly Song with Larry is also cute and definitely silly as always.  It’s called Mac and Cheese and is all about how Larry’s ancestor invented Mac and Cheese and how he did it!

Okay so if you don’t want to see a few spoilers then please feel free to stop reading here.  Really you can stop now.  I’m going to talk about a few of my favorite parts as a mom.

Spoilers ahead.

Stop reading and go watch the movie.

Watched the movie now?

Okay so here goes!

In the movie we have a reporter.  A critic of resorts.  She gives them a one star rating because she came as someone who had no money to stay and they turned her away.  She hears good things starting to be said about the resort after the Veggie Tones come and goes back for a second review.  She is pleasantly surprised.  But the Veggie Tones aren’t there to entertain as they’re trying to get to their next gig.  The Veggie Tones decide to go back and help Mr Beet only to be involved in an avalanche.  True kindness wins out.  The kindness that Mirabelle had shown to Mr Beet, and really not just her but the whole family, has paid off and he is now a nice man who risks his own life to save them.

Great movie.  We loved it.  You will too.  Make sure to go purchase your copy.  

 

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