The co-creator of a faith-based animated series, now rolling out new episodes, says the goal is reaching and teaching a new generation, even if it takes ninja chickens to discuss bitterness of the heart.
American Family Studios rolled out the very first episode of Ryan Defrates: Secret Agent in 2017, introducing families to the secret agent and his helpful partner, his own mom.
The newest episodes feature new characters and new themes.
"We have a new villain named Bucktooth Becky and her angry ninja chickens," says creator-writer Kendra Knox. "We talk about dealing with a grudge and how do you get rid of bitterness when it's in your heart."
Episode 8 teaches about respecting authority and Episode 9 warns about the dangers of telling a “white lie” instead of the truth.
"Ryan gets caught in a web,” Knox says of that episode. “Literally he gets caught in a giant spider web that is taking over the town."
AFS is a division of the Mississippi-based American Family Association, which traces it beginnings to 1976 when a Methodist pastor, Rev. Don Wildmon, turned off the family's TV due to the lewd and vulgar programs.
American Family Studios launched in 2011, producing films such as "Summer Snow” and documentaries such as “The God who Speaks.”
Knox and her brother, Jeremy White, brought the idea of Ryan Defrates to AFS in 2014, and both have served as main writers for the cartoon series.
Knox compares the biblical themes of Ryan Defrates: Secret Agent to the long-running PBS cartoon “Arthur,” which recently depicted teacher Mr. Ratburn getting “married” to Patrick, another man.
"American Family Association has been accused of indoctrinating children with the messages of Ryan Defrates, and by that we mean we are putting doctrine into children," Knox tells OneNewsNow. "The only agenda that we have is to teach your children to love the Lord with all their hearts and to try to conform them to the image of Christ."
All nine episodes of Ryan Defrates: Secret Agent can be purchased here.
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