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Keller family’s animated series available in stores

One local family’s animated series on DVD recently hit stores nationwide with a tale of faith through nature.

Thomas and Julie Boto, of Keller, enjoyed reading to their sons each night, and a few years ago, they though it’d be fun to create their own story, Thomas said. They wanted to combine their faith with their love of nature, and came up with an interactive smartphone app called “Owlegories.”

Voiced by some of their kids and other family members, the free app “started to gain traction,” Thomas said, and they began looking at making it into an animated series.

“I think there’s a big need for quality faith-based kids content,” Thomas said. “Veggietales is pretty much it.”

Thomas, an attorney, and Julie, an online professor, balanced their careers with doing table reads at the dining room table with their kids and animation production. Three episodes of “Owlegories” TV were released digitally in 2014, and a few months ago, the DVDs became available in nationwide stores.

“Owlegories Vol. 1 -- The Sun, The Seed and The Water” is now available at Walmart, Amazon, Christian bookstores and elsewhere.

The public’s reaction, Thomas said, has been “phenomenal.” He said “Owlegories” is a Walmart bestseller already. Some of the show’s biggest fans are the Boto kids: Austin, 6, and Everett, 5, who voice characters in the show, and Ian “Gus”, 2, and Owen, 6 months.

Each “Owlegories” episode focuses on an element of creation, such as sun or water. A small group of owls enrolled in “Theowlogy 101” embark on adventures to learn about nature and God.

The family said the series is based on the premise, “You can tell a lot about an artist by what he creates,” as a group of animated owl students explore nature with a faith-based message of creation and the series key, “God loves you, and God loves me. He gives life to all we see.”

Another three-episode DVD of “Owlegories” is expected to be in stores early next year, and the first season will consist of 18 episodes, Thomas said.

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