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BLANKET QUITE RARE, A

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BLANKET QUITE RARE, A
NEPTUNE PRESS LLC/ D.G. STERN
Series: BOOK, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - There once was a boy with a blanket quite rare that his mother had told him was made with great care. It came on his birthday with colors so bright It made him feel happy all day and all night.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - A Blanket Quite Rare, written and illustrated by Lisa Geotis Ikegami is a rare gem of a book for children ages 4 to 10. A young boy receives a special hand-knit blanket for his birthday. That evening he is frightened during a thunderstorm and takes refuge in bed under the safety of his birthday blanket. Not only does the blanket calm him, but it takes him on a magical journey.

Both boys and girls will find A Blanket Quite Rare to be appealing and engaging. The story is written solely using rhymes, but there are several pages with only artwork which keeps the flow of narration from becoming trite. Using watercolors, the illustrations are attractive and children can depict the emotions of a frightening thunderstorm and the resulting joy in the peace and calm of a sunny day. Some of the drawings are very detailed and might encourage a child to linger on the page and enjoy looking to see what all has been included.

This book meets the KIDS FIRST!. Overall content of the book is good. The story is easy to follow with a clear beginning, middle and end. The production quality and the visual appeal of the book are very appealing. I recommend this book for any child who might ever be fearful during a thunderstorm.

Reviewed by Ruth A.

This title is very whimsical with beautiful watercolor illustrations throughout. The pictures are unique and very colorful. The book mainly takes place in a boy's room while he is under his favorite blanket weathering a storm.This ebook may give children a new perspective on nature and how it is why it is. It may also help them cope with fear or insecurity. The main character's challenge will encourage a child to imagine and inquire in ways that maybe they wouldn't have before. Reviewed by Elizabeth B.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This book by Lisa Ikegami is a very loving story. In the story, a kid gets a beautiful blanket and loves it up. He goes through a problem and the blanket fixes it. Reading this book would help kids not be afraid of thunderstorms. The pictures are not just fantastic, the author painted them too. I love all the water colors and how she blends the colors together. The book is not a long book so it's a good length for a short story. The language rhymes sometimes and sometimes not, it can be a tad confusing but it does not make too big a difference. This is a book for little kids but also may be a good bedtime story for some older kids. I rate this book 4 out of 5 rainbow blankets because of the pictures and tale of a sweet boy and his blanket. My age recommendation is 3 to 10-years-old because it's not a scary picture book and it is a very cute, sweet story. Reviewed by Mia A., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11.

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-10
Suggested Retail Price: $ 12
Media: Book


MONKEY KINGDOM

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WALT DISNEY STUDIOS
Series: DOCUMENTARY, AGES 5-18
Topic - Family
Description - In South Asia, Maya the monkey and her son Kip struggle to survive within the competitive social hierarchy of the troop at Castle Rock. When neighboring monkeys take over their home, Maya's whole troop is forced to relocate. She uses her ingenuity to lead the members of her extended family to untapped resources amid strange new creatures and unfamiliar surroundings. Ultimately, the entire troop must work together to reclaim Castle Rock, where Maya hopes her son will have a bright future. Narrated by Tina Fey. Directed and produced by Mark Linfield and Alastair Fothergill.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Monkey Kingdom opened my mind to learning about animals in the wild! This is a great nature documentary, especially if you like monkeys and, contributions from ticket sales of this movie will help save the monkeys in south Asia.

Monkey Kingdom begins with an explanation of how a certain group of monkeys live. Specifically, it focuses on Maya and her baby, who are considered the lowest of the group. It discusses their lifestyle, their routines and how they have to deal with the different seasons and the weather. They also talk about their struggle for survival. Finding food, especially for the ones at the bottom of the tree, is a challenge. These monkeys have a king and three queens. It is amazing that even though they are monkeys, they still have a social hierarchy.

My favorite part of this movie is when all the monkeys are playing with each other and swinging from their homemade "original" jungle gym. I also like the part when the lower class runs out of food and have to find a way to survive. They locate the humans' house and raid their kitchen. They even confiscate all the eggs from the hen house!! It is hysterical to see a monkey running off with a sub sandwich.

My favorite character is Kip, Maya's son! He is a cute baby monkey that is so innocent and, most of the time, has no idea what is going one. He depends on his mom for protection. Maya is on the low end of the social hierarchy. She is a female monkey with a nice personality unlike the three sister queens who act as if they own everything. I love how Maya protects her baby at all costs. Tina Fey is a wonderful narrator for this, giving a clear understanding of what is taking place.

The thrust of this documentary is to raise money to help maintain the habitat of monkeys that live in the jungles of South Asia. I recommend this film for kids age 6 through 18. Both boys and girls will enjoy it because, who can resist watching monkeys play. I rate this movie a five out of five dazzling stars! Be sure to check it out when it comes out in theaters on April 17, 2015.

Reviewed by Haley Powell, KIDS FIRST! Critic, age 12

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


DANCIN' IN THE KITCHEN

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COMMUNITY MUSIC, INC.
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 0-2
Topic - Family
Description - Grammy Award-winning musical duo Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer celebrate 21st century families with this new album of songs and stories. The 15 tracks reflect the diversity of families in the US today, and highlight the idea that families are bound by love. Guest stars include Riders in the Sky, the Savoy Family Cajun Band, The Canote Twins and Kim & Reggie Harris. At the request of Nora Guthrie, Cathy Fink set Woody Guthrie's poem "Howdy Little Newlycome" to music, enlisting Irish super group Cherish the Ladies to perform. The title song reflects the fact that the kitchen is the center of many homes.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Dancin' in the Kitchen by Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer knocked my socks off so I immediately decided to dance barefoot in the kitchen - great decision. This album is a breath of fresh air that climbs the mountain of rarefied musical integrity and promotes acceptance and tolerance on so many levels. First and foremost, I doff my symbolic cap to a duo that I have admired for so many years for their ultimate musicianship and steadfastness to true North. When you wrangle high-class talent, incorporate brilliant songs and deliver unswerving production values the gestation of your endeavor has value for the ages. Could I break down every song for you? Yes. Could you listen to samples somewhere? Yes. Is my review a teaser? Yes. Are samples a teaser? Yes. Get on up, people! You will not be disappointed or dismayed, this album is special and grabs you from the first downbeat to the last fade-away. XOXO.

This is an exciting and vibrant CD from the first downbeat to the final fade. There is a lot of wonderful music and supporting messages regarding the diversity of families and their makeup.

Cathy and Marcy know how to producer, perform, pace and structure an album. This CD has many guest groups and a wide range of songs that flow seamlessly.

Though topics of divorce, adoption and same gender parents are presented through song, it is never heavy-handed but presented with love and joy. Better learn how to get your dance on! Sit back and enjoy funny word play and stories and a wonderful array of musical sounds. These 15 performances are absolutely top rate. Vocals are spot on and engaging and the musicianship is stellar. The production value is impeccable. Review by John Wood.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This CD by Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer is sweet and loving. The title song Dancin' in the Kitchen is very upbeat in a zydeco style. My two birds loved this song. They moved their heads to the beat. It was so funny! My favorite song is Everything Possible. It's very calming and has a sweet message that you can be anything. The two songs Dinnertime Orchestra and Who's in Charge of Naming the Colors are both stories. In I'm my own Grampa, I enjoyed the tune but found the words very strange. Also From Scratch is a sweet lullaby. Most of the songs have amazing lessons to learn about accepting our differences, such as if your family is different or your skin color is different than your friends. I belong to a Family is also very sweet. I recommend this for kids age 2 to 8. I can see a lot younger kids dancing to it. I give this CD four out of five stars because it is fun and a good CD for little kids.

Reviewed by Mia Anderson, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11

This CD is a good form of entertainment to bring children of this age together. The kids in our group had a good time listening and dancing to the music. Though they are young and distracted, the music brought them right back to dance together. The stories told in the music are simple and their responses to all ones of enjoyment, smiles abound. The children loved the music and had a good time. The music is about families and togetherness and they could relate to that.

The dinnertime orchestra was particularly fun and kids responded to it enthusiastically. They listened intently and danced along. They were too young to sit and listen to the entire thing all at once but wandered off and returned frequently. The pace of the music is perfect, fast enough to be engaging but not frenetic.
Runtime: 35 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.95
Media: AUDIO
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MAYA THE BEE MOVIE

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SHOUT! FACTORY
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Freshly hatched bee Maya is a little whirlwind and won't follow the rules of the hive. One of these rules is not to trust the hornets that live beyond the meadow. When the Royal Jelly is stolen, the hornets are suspected and Maya is thought to be their accomplice. No one believes that she is the innocent victim and no one will stand by her except for her good-natured and best friend Willy. After a long and eventful journey to the hornets hive Maya and Willy soon discover the true culprit and the two friends finally bond with the other residents of the opulent meadow.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Maya the Bee Movie is one of our new favorites! Maya is an adorable little bee trying to find her place in the world. My children and I were mesmerized from the start. This movie is feature film quality, the voices are all believable, and the story is an adventure worth watching. I personally loved the numerous teaching moments and lessons woven throughout the movie. Themes of being yourself, courage, acceptance, friendship, teamwork, kindness, and creativity are all central to the storyline. I loved having my kids see this little bee refusing to judge others based on appearance, and instead finding best friends in those she was told to judge. Maya has courage to stand up and do the right thing against insurmountable odds. When she feels like she doesn't have a place and doesn't belong, she learns that it's okay to be different and that her differences are needed and valued by others.

Overall, I adored this movie and will show it to my kids again and again. I'm wondering why I've never heard of Maya the Bee before, and I'm hoping we will see more of her in the future.

Reviewed by Karyn A.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Maya the Bee is an incredible animated film, written by Fin Edquist and Marcus Sauermann, directed by Alexs Stadermann. Maya the Bee is a very funny movie. I laughed during many scenes and I also cried during a few scenes. I love the movie because the characters are funny and it teach great lessons throughout the film.

The movie takes place in a bee hive located in a colorful meadow full of beautiful flowers. In the meadow, there are many different types of bugs. Inside of the bee hive, there are lots of worker bees. All of the bees have different jobs and the jobs are assigned by the royal advisor, Buzzlina (Jacki Weaver). For instance, one of the jobs is picking up pollen. Another job is watching the adorable little baby bees. This is also where Maya (Coco Jack Gillies) stays until spring. Maya wants to be independent and explore the hive. She does not like staying with the babies, so she sneaks out when she has the first opportunity. When Maya sneaks out, she causes a lot of chaos within the hive because she is very young and does not know what she is doing. She takes you on a fun and exciting adventure.

The movie is well written. Alexs Stadermann draws out remarkable performances from the voice actors and brings out the best in each character. I love how Coco Jack Gillies expresses Maya's feelings. Jacki Weaver makes the royal advisor, Buzzlina seem so real.

My favorite scene is when Willi (Kodi Smit-McPhee) and Maya meet. They seem to like each other from the very beginning. Another favorite part is when there is a battle between the bees and another group of bugs. My least favorite part of the film is when something horrible happens to Maya and she finds out a secret about the queen.

The message of the story is, everyone has a role to play in life. It takes everyone working as a team to get the job done.

The movie is fun, fabulous and family-friendly. I recommend it for ages 4 to 18 as well as adults. I give this movie 5 out of 5 gold stars.

Reviewed by Brooke S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 9

Maya the Bee Movie is a cute and funny movie! It's about a young little bee named Maya who is very curious and eager to learn about the beehive. As Maya explores the beehive without permission, she asks a bunch of questions. Maya quickly learns that she is completely different from the other bees. She repeatedly finds herself in trouble by Buzzlena, the queen's assistant. As a result, Maya gets banned from the hive. Her friend Willie does not want Maya to be alone, so he leaves the hive and follows her. As Maya and Willie are out in the meadows, they learn that hornets and the other bugs and insects are not as bad as they have been told. While Maya has been banned from the beehive because of her curiosity, Buzzleana devises a plan to harm the Queen so that she can take control of the bees and the hive.

There are several different messages in this movie. The one that stands out the most to me is, "dare to be different." In this movie, the bees have to follow specific rules, specific directions and they must do as they are told. Maya is different and she is told that she does not belong in the beehive. She works hard to find her place among the bees. She learns that she is an important bee in the kingdom and that her voice is important.

My favorite part is when Willie is mad at Maya and decides to fly back to the beehive. Willie is scared of everything. But, when a frog sticks out his tongue to try to capture Willie for dinner, Willie hits the frog's tongue and flies away without looking back. That's pretty impressive for a fearful bee.

My favorite character is Willie. Willie is a very loyal and a true friend. He supports Maya and helps her when she's down and he's not afraid to tell her when she's not right. Willie is also very funny.

Maya and the Bee Movie is a wonderful movie! It has great messages for kids! I recommend this movie for boys and girls ages 5 to 10. I give this movie 3 out of 5 shinning stars!

Reviewed by Kayla Powell, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13.

If you enjoy comedy mixed with great animation, then you will love Maya the Bee Movie. Maya is unlike other young bees her age. Instead of following orders, Maya has a mind of her own. For example, instead of staying within the safety of the beehive, Maya decides to go off on her own to visit the surrounding meadow wish she became friends with Flip the grasshopper. At some point, Maya's curiosity led to her finding out that the Royal Advisor to the Queen Bee had stolen the Royal jelly saved especially for the Queen Bee which leads to the Royal Advisor's kicking Maya out of the beehive. At this point, Maya has to survive on her own in the meadow and is soon joined by her close friend Willy who fears for her safety and cannot let Maya be by herself in the mysterious meadow. Together, the two bees become friendly with a variety of other insects and other creatures. Eventually, Maya and Willie learn that the Royal Advisor has stolen the Queen's royal jelly because she was seeking to make war with the hornets. By the end of the movie, Maya, Willy, and their other young hornet friend Buzzy stop the Royal Adviser's evil plans and, after recapturing the royal jelly, bring it back to the Queen who then makes a complete recovery. For her efforts, Maya is appointed as the Hive Ambassador by the Queen Bee and she and Willy are made responsible for observing the meadow and reporting new friends that arrive.

My favorite character in the movie is Maya (Coco Jack Gillies). Maya is easy to relate to for me because she is very much a free spirit, unable to sit still, who always wants to be in on the action. I also enjoyed hearing from Flip the grasshopper. Flip is always able to provide Maya with excellent advice such as telling her to always "bee positive." The scenery is also colorful and beautiful and will be enjoyed by everyone.

My favorite part of the movie is when Maya and Willy are together out in the meadow attending the Jitterbug Hollow Musical Festival. There, they hear different insects playing a large number of musical instruments while Flip the grasshopper sings "It Don't Matter What They Say, Be Yourself Every Day."

This film has many positive messages that apply to younger audiences. For me, the most powerful message of the movie s that a person should be himself and does not need to follow in the footsteps of others. The movie also show the strong bonds of loyalty between Maya and Willy who have to work together in order to stop the Royal Advisers' plans. I also enjoyed the lesson that young people can make a huge difference in this world. In the movie, many grown-up bees and grown-up hornets are prepared to fight to see who would gain control of the meadow. In the end, it is too young bees and one young hornet who save everybody from being destroyed. I give Maya the Bee Movie 5 out of 5 stars. It is a great family movie. I recommend it for ages 4 to 9. I'm 9 and I enjoyed watching this movie and very much appreciated its excellent messages and wonderful music. Maya the Bee Move opens in theaters May 1 and is available on DVD on May 18. It is well worth the cost of buying it for a fun-filled night of family entertainment.

Reviewed by Adam C., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 9
Runtime: 89 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 17.99
Media: DVD


HOME

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TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX FILM CORPORATION
Series: ANIMATED FEATURE, AGES 4-15
Topic - Family
Description - When Oh, a loveable misfit from another planet, lands on Earth and finds himself on the run from his own people, he forms an unlikely friendship with an adventurous girl named Tip who is on a quest of her own. Through a series of comic adventures with Tip, Oh comes to understand that being different and making mistakes is all part of being human. And while he changes her planet and she changes his world, they discover the true meaning of the word HOME.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - From Dreamworks comes a new animated feature, Home with an adorable misfit from another planet who lands on Earth, makes friends with the locals and everyone discovers the true meaning of the word Home. Starring Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez and Steve Martin, this film is filled with music and humor and is perfect for you to share with the younger members of your family. KIDS FIRST! Critics Harmony M. comments, "The film serves as great entertainment with its loveable characters, hilarious dialogue and feel good tone." Madeline R. adds, "The message of this film is that family is important and it's good to face your problems or fears instead of running from them." See their full reviews and Gerry O's interviews with cast and crew below.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - From DreamWorks, comes the delightful film Home. The film serves as great entertainment with its loveable characters, hilarious dialogue and feel good tone. The film is about an alien species, called the Boov, that invade planet Earth in an attempt to hide from an evil monster called the Gorg. By doing so, the alien race makes themselves at home and relocates all the humans elsewhere. While all the humans are transported, a young girl named Tip gets left behind and later encounters a Boov named Oh. Oh and Tip join together in search of Tip's mother who got taken away during previous alien invasion. A lot unfolds when Tip's mother is not the only one who needs saving.

It is very enjoyable and even shocking to hear familiar voices in the film such as Jim Parsons who plays Oh, Rihanna who plays Tip, Steve Martin who plays Captain Smek and Jennifer Lopez who plays Lucy. Jim Parsons is delightful as the voice of Oh. They couldn't have chosen a better actor for that role. Oh is an overly friendly, silly, trouble-making, outcast, who not only steals the hearts of the audience with his facial expressions and personality, but also with a voice that fits that perfectly. Fans of The Big Bang Theory will be so pleased to see his character, Sheldon in cartoon form. Home is Rihanna's first role in an animation film. Considering that, her portrayal of the sassy and adventurous Tip are spot on. I find it very unique that the Boovs change colors depending on their emotion, especially because I have not seen that feature in any other type of film. The dialogue is really funny because the Boovs speak with improper grammar which adds a comedic touch that all ages will love. The futuristic technology shown in the movie is fascinating, it will be especially appealing to the younger crowd.

The film is entertaining to watch and one I would enjoy watching again. Although the film is very good, it's not good enough to be a new classic or one that will be very memorable in the long run. It is cute, friendly, very funny, has amazing messages and puts you in a good mood. I recommend this uplifting film to people of all ages, especially between the ages of 5 and 11. Overall, I give the film a 4 out of 5 stars. It is playing in theaters now.

By Harmony M, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15

Home is a new animated family film from Dreamworks. The screenplay was written by Tom Astle and Matt Ember and he film was directed by Tim Johnson.

I love this movie! It is a fun, action-packed adventurous movie the whole family can enjoy together.

Home is about an alien named Oh who runs away from his own people, the Boovs who are trying to hide from the Gorg. He lands on Earth and meets an adorable and feisty girl named Gratuity Tucci, who everyone calls Tip. Oh and Tip form an unlikely friendship and go on an exciting adventure together to find Lucy, Tip's mom.

Home features a star studded cast. Jim Parsons is brilliant as the voice and personality of Oh and Steve Martin is hilarious as the voice of the Captain Smek, the cowardly leader of the Oh's. Rihanna plays the fun, yet determined Tip and Jennifer Lopez plays her sweet Mother, Lucy.

As a special bonus, both superstars perform original songs for the film which adds a lot of emotion and drama. Be sure to listen for Rihanna's new single "Towards the Sun" and Jennifer Lopez's new song "Feel the Light".

The animation is spectacular. I love how Oh and Tip ride in Tip's newly "fixed" car powered by multi-flavored slushis. My favorite scene is when Tip tries to teach Oh jokes to help make him feel better. She does the "Interrupting Cow" Knock Knock joke. It's really funny because it takes him a while to get it!

The message of this film is that family is important and it's good to face your problems or fears instead of running from them. Home is great for families of all ages, especially for families with kids between 4 and 14. I give Home 5 out of 5 stars. I love it and think you will too! Home is in theaters nationwide now.

By Madeline Rose, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-15
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


BIG BLOCK SINGSONG,  VOLUME ONE

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GODDARD/BROWN
Series: DVD, AGES 0-2
Topic - Family
Description - The DVD features animated Big Block Singsong music videos. This is a fun and entertaining animated musical short format series which currently airs on the CBC in Canada, Disney Junior in the US and Nick Jr. in the UK, among other international networks. Season 2 music videos debut on the Disney Channel and Disney Junior TV in May, and they already air on CBC TV in Canada. For more info, go to www.bigblocksingsong.com. "Season 2" episodes will debut on Disney Junior in May. www.bigblocksingsong.com
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Who knew that being so square could be so cool! Big Block Singsong is a terrific musical, visual DVD romp. Creators Warren Brown and Adam Goddard have hit the creative mother load here - what seems so simple is so deceiving in its well-designed construction - the 'simple' individual block characters sing a two-minute nicely produced song that covers subjects from noses and hair to emotions of sadness and happiness, so you see the sky's the limit, or not. Two of my favorite pieces are 'Octopus' who is so proud of his eight legs and 'Moose' who touts the joys of visiting the park. If I was a betting man I'd bet you couldn't watch just one, could you, I bet not.

This might be the best invention since the Wheel! Simplicity and cleverness of design mixed with catchy songs and melodies. Great to look at and fun to hear. I'm 65 and mesmerized ... the colors and movement will entrance toddlers while adults will get the in-jokes.

Each two-minute animated song is a complete story and true to its mission of making what might be a mundane single word into a revelation that being so square could be so cool. I love that some of the lyrics are above the head of the little ones. It doesn't matter because the visual and audio support each other so well.

The songs are positive and supportive and applaud individualism and uniqueness. I bet this DVD will get worn out from repeat viewings!

The DVD cover shows the diversity of each character, an animated block that is colorful, very fun-looking and inviting. The technical features are all sound but the joy is letting each of the 24 segments play through. Cool!

The entertainment value is topnotch - colorful and unique animation coupled with a creative two minute song on a theme such as monkey, spider, robot, ears, moose and similar.

Bet you can't watch just one! The characters and songs are all so engaging that the children will learn while being highly entertained.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The kids really liked this program. They watched it with interest and they were excited for each next song to begin. They laughed and jumped around during the song about hair. We watched it in two sessions because it was a little long for them to watch in one session. They lost interest halfway through but came back excited about it again later. They loved the different colors of the blocks and were interacting and discussing the songs with each other.

"It's big music!" "My favorite part was the hair person that had hair all over her eyebrows." "We liked everything." "We liked that it said, oh yeah!"

They really liked the format of short, fun songs, laughed hysterically at the hair song. The baby had his eyes open really big. They also liked the space song. Thought it was really cool.

"We learned about colors, fruit and flamingos. The owl looked so mean." They were loud and enthusiastic about each new song. The baby cooed at the fruit song. Very enjoyable for all, ages 4 months to 5 years.
Runtime: 48 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 1-18
Suggested Retail Price: $ 12.99
Media: DVD


ALLONS DANSER! (LET'S DANCE) FRENCH LEARNING SONGS

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ALLONS DANSER! (LET'S DANCE) FRENCH LEARNING SONGS
WHISTLEFRITZ LLC
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 0-2
Topic - Family
Description - Allons chanter! (Let's sing) Allons danser! (Let's dance) Apprenons le Francais! (Let's learn French) Get in the language-learning groove with this fun-filled collection of original tunes and beloved traditional favorites. Makes learning French as easy as un, deux, trois!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Allons Danser (Lets Dance) is a charming and inviting way for young children to learn French words and phrases through familiar children's songs. These twenty ditties for little kiddies will have the whole family dancing from 'Bonjour Les Amis' (Hello Friends) to 'Au Revoir' (Goodbye) and did I mention the highlight of 'Le Vieux MacDonald' (Old MacDonald)? He had a farm in France too, apparently. Renowned French artists Marie-Louise Desage and Didier Prossaird add a major touch of class to make this musical vintage an album for many a listen! Very musically engaging. Learning to speak French is a bit of a hard sell to kids but this makes it seem extra cool! Offers exposure to brilliant musical performances and another culture, always a good thing. Very upbeat instrumentation. Promotes cultural awareness and introduces familiar children's songs in French. Hits the bulls-eye for its target audience of young children. Great production values across the board. Stellar! Love the vocals and the bouncy arrangements. Instrumentation is infectious.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Filled with songs for learning the French language, this CD is so fun and pleasant I found myself dancing as I listened to each and every song. The vocals and catchy songs stuck in my head even when I wasn't listening to the CD!

Allons Danser! contains 20 short songs intended to teach children French. Song topics range from the classic Old MacDonald to parties for kids. The songs are sung by a woman and children, while the music is provided by a keyboard, percussion, trumpet, trombone and guitars.

It comes with a lyric book containing the French lyrics and word-by-word English translations on the side - perfect for the young English-speaking child trying to learn French. Every song is different and very fun, but one of the most exciting to listen to was "Un Deux et Trois" which translates to "One, Two, and Three." This song is very happy and, just like the other songs, it has a catchy hook and refrain. Another standout song is "Les Petits Poissons" or "The Little Fish." This song is a little bit slower but still very whimsical and enjoyable.

The vocals are provided by Marie-Louie Desage and her voice is very smooth and pleasant. She enunciates very clearly and it is very easy to follow along with her in the lyric book. There are child vocalists that come in at a couple parts in each song, providing more of a backbone of background vocals to Desage. The music accompaniment is very clean and does not overwhelm the French lyrics that Desage is singing to the children.

One thing that sticks out in particular is the enjoyment I got out of this. I genuinely had a great time listening to each song and learning French along the way, so children will have a blast as well. The film meets the KIDS FIRST! criteria perfectly and is suitable for children from the ages of 4 to 12. Both boys and girls would enjoy the CD equally as long as they are keen on learning French. The CD earns a 5 out of 5 star rating and is extremely well made.

Reviewed by Carissa P.
Runtime: 40 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 3-7
Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.99
Media: AUDIO

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KAZAZ!!

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KAZAZ!!
AMERICAN STORY CHANNEL
Series: APP, AGES 5-8
Topic - Family
Description - Kazaz! uses technology and storytelling as a vehicle to support learning for young children. It's an immersive tablet-based world designed to help children develop visual literacy and support social emotional learning as well as language development
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The iPad app Kazaz! combines story, animation and factual information. The opening screen presents a planet with various islands to explore. The islands pop up links to a story with illustrations accompanying a voice narration. As you revisit the story, animations and "gems" appear on the illustrations that link to informational videos relating to the topic of the story.

This is a good learning tool for ages 5 to 8. The narration is very interesting, engaging and helps kids to read along. The music is good and, after all the stories are developed, it should be a good app for this age group.

/The stories are perhaps a bit too long for kids in the younger part of this age group. But, they have simple words and concepts that are age-appropriate. And, the stories model positive behaviors. They are also constructed well and encourage you to continue reading to find out what happens at the end. A page turner!

The app is very easy to navigate and to listen to the stories and the music. The sounds and visual quality are great. The sound effects for the instruments are quite good. The app seems to be in the beginning stages so all the stories are not yet developed. Those that are show good sound and picture quality. I could not find a way to start from where I left off and that was disappointing.

The entertainment value of the music and the music man are good. The children can learn about different instruments when using this app.

I was able to view only one story, the namesake of the app. All other content is available for purchase or says "coming soon."

This app stands out from other story apps because as you revisit the story, animations and "gems" appear on the illustrations that link to informational videos relating to the topic of the story. These animations and gems are not only fun to discover, but the level of information presented is accessible to the target audience. I enjoyed exploring the one story that is available because the graphics are visually appealing and the element of surprise made me want to come back for more.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is a fun and educational app that will encourage young kids to learn about reading and the world around them.

This app has a core of education and learning with a sprinkle of fun adventure and a little humor. It is a series of audio picture books that all talk about different characters in this world called Kazaz.

Personally, I thought that the app was a bit limited. The GUI is very complicated with no instructions or guidance and I could only get one book for free. The rest, which was only around two, are $2.99 each. As far as the books go, they are fun. However I really felt like the books could concentrate on more educational things. The free book that I read was mostly about the creation of Kazaz, the planet. In my opinion, it would be more educational if instead it provides a story about how Earth formed and evolved. Kids would be very curious about that!

My favorite feature is how you find the stories. There is a map of the planet and you click on certain areas to get the books instead of going into a folder and choosing one. I think that is a nice touch.

I recommend this app for ages 2-5. It is definitely meant for younger kids. I also give it 3.5 out of 5 stars for some disappointing features. But, it is a very smart and civic minded idea which, with some enhancement, can become a very popular product for early education.

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 3-7
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: App


HERO OF COLOR CITY, THE

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MAGNOLIA PICTURES
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - A diverse band of crayons strive to protect not only their magical multihued homeland but the imagination of children everywhere from a terrifying monster. Starring Owen Wilson, Christina Ricci and Rosie Perez.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - coming
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The Hero of Color City is an interesting film that has wonderful animation and a great message for our youth.

The movie is about a little boy who enjoys coloring and drawing pictures. He has crayons that come to life every night once he falls asleep. When the crayons come to life they travel to a town known as Color City. Trouble begins when one of the crayons, Yellow, is left behind and wakes up two unfinished drawings, King Scroll and Gnat, who both follow yellow to Color City. The unfinished drawings are mad at Yellow for not coloring them and they try to destroy Color City. It's up to yellow and her friends to save Color City.

The message of this film is to believe in your self; throughout the film, yellow is fearful and lacks courage. Throughout the adventure, Yellow learns a lot about her self which helps the others at Color City as well.

My favorite character is Blue. I like him because he is always very positive and optimistic. My favorite scene is when you are able to see the entire town of Color City. The city is bright and colorful.

The voice actors Elizabeth Daily, Christina Ricci, Rosie Perez and Wayne Brady are wonderful at showing their expressions and bringing the crayons to life.

Hero of Color City is a perfect movie for Kids ages 2-8. I give this film 3 out of 5 golden stars! The Hero of Color City will be in theaters October 3, 2014. You do not want to miss this spectacular movie!

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-8
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


MY LITTLE PONY: EQUESTRIA GIRLS - RAINBOW ROCKS

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SHOUT! FACTORY
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-18
Topic - Family
Description - Music rules and rainbows rock as Twilight Sparkle and pals complete for the top spot in the Canterlot High "Mane Event" talent show. The girls must rock their way to the top, and outshine rival Adagio Dazzle and her band The Dazzlings, to restore harmony back to Canterlot High.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This movie Music rules and rainbows rock as Twilight Sparkle and her pals compete for the top spot in the Canterlot High "Mane Event" talent show. This latest installment of the My Little Pony franchise does not disappoint and is perfect for your younger set as well as the die hard Brony fans. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Gerry O, age 12 comments, "It is definitely a combination of adventure with a cr�me of comedy and a sprinkle of excitement all rapped up in a friendship sandwich." Samantha A adds, "This movie teaches kids that friendship is stronger than any powers or spells. See their full reviews in the youth comment's section and catch Gerry and Haley's interviews with Tara Strong, Andrea Libman, Will Anderson, Jamie Foxx and more at the premiere below.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - What an addition to the "My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic" franchise! This film has references to the first movie, a bit of story from the last season of the show and even all the little extra characters that My Little Pony fans love!

It is definitely a combination of adventure with a cr�me of comedy and a sprinkle of excitement all rapped up in a friendship sandwich.

The adventure starts when a band performance is planned at Canterlot High where the kids can make bands and raise funds and three very unusual girls turn it into a super competitive battle of the bands. When they run out of things to do, Twilight's friends from that world call to another world where Twilight is. Will they be able to come there and save them or will evil prevail?

This film is just fantastic! Hasbro was smart to include a lot of little fun things from the shows that fans adore including the beloved Derby Hooves pony who is really never part of the story, just in the background for fun. The songs are great as well. We hear not just the classic My Little Pony songs from the TV show. Instead, the music is very pop like which suits the story well. I imagine that sing-along coming to the fans shortly and being a smash hit. The show's creators also connected to the first Equestria Girls movie which I thought was perfect.

My favorite scene is when girls are having a sleep-over at Pinkie Pie's house. When Twilight gets out of bed and walks to the kitchen she finds Pinkie's older sister feeding her pet boulder. I love this scene because, in the show, there is an episode where we meet this sister. So, I thought having her in the movie is a great idea and so unexpected.

This film does not have anything parents should be worried about and for extremely little kids who do not understand the ponies, they will enjoy the bright colors. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars for its original story, fantastic songs and those little characters that fans and Bronies love so much! If you want to see "My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic, Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks," it comes out in theaters, near you, September 27th 2014.

Reviewed by Gerry Orz, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

My Little Pony, Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks is a movie about a group of friends (Twilight Sparkle, Apple Jack, Rainbow Dash, Pinky Pie, Flutter Shy, and Rarity) who battle three girls (new to the school) who use their dark magic to turn people against each other and then feed off of their negative energy. This movie teaches kids that friendship is stronger than any powers or spells.

I think that this movie is PERFECT for any little girl because it has singing, you get to see all of your favorite ponies (and even some new characters) AND it has a few great messages. There are three that come to mind: 1) there is no power greater than friendship, 2) never let anybody put you down and 3) always keep your head up.

Some of my favorite movies are animated movies because I think that it's AMAZING how people can change their voices to sound like their characters. Sometimes they don't even change their voices but still change the way they sound to match the characters' expressions. Tara Strong does a great job with that when she plays the voice of Twilight Sparkle. Ashleigh Ball plays the voice of two characters, Apple Jack and Rainbow Dash. And, Andrea Libman also plays two characters, Pinkie Pie and Flutter Shy. They all are fantastic will give you yet ANOTHER reason to like this movie.

While this movie doesn't teach any subjects like math, it teaches kids about teamwork, forgiveness and especially friendship. I think that this is one of the few kid's movies that I have seen with actual role models and these role models would be all of the ponies. Even though they all have their little flaws (for example Rainbow Dash has a huge ego), they all show great personalities and each pony has a good quality that shows throughout the movie like Twilight Sparkle's leadership skills.

I give this movie 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for kids 4 to 7 because it is a movie that has singing, and a lot of little jokes that kids will love. And, the best part is that it doesn't have any bad scenes so it is completely kid friendly. This is also a movie that most kids over the age of 7 or 8 will probably not enjoy as much as those younger than that. Unless, of course you are a "My Little Pony" fan. This movie will have you singing songs and laughing all day long!

Reviewed by Samantha Alexander, age 11, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


POSTMAN PAT, THE MOVIE

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PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - A veteran postman finds his beliefs challenged after he enters a TV talent show competition. Starring Jim Broadbent, Jane Carr and Robin Atkin Downes. Directed by Mike Disa. Based on the book by the same name.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - coming soon
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This animation has tons of color that burst all over the screen with music that will make you want to dance. Pat, (Stephen Mangan-Voice), a small town postman finds his priority system challenged after he enters a popular TV talent show competition. Meanwhile Mr. Carbunkle, (Peter Woodward-Voice), plans to take over the SDS postal company with robots.

I really enjoy this film. The part that I like the most is that every character has their own personality. Not one person has the same feelings and attitudes as any other character which makes it really great to feed off of each other. The music has an upbeat tone and keeps you energized throughout the film but the opening song makes you feel really good. It literally gets you in the mood to dance and I was snapping my fingers to it. You can understand the plot and the little ones will have no problem in comprehending it. Pat's Cat, Jess, tops with being my favorite character. He has a humorous personality and is very cute. He makes the most adorable facial expressions and actions. My favorite scene is when Jess accidently pops the soccer ball that Pat is playing with. The air escapes the ball; Jess launches airborne and flies all around into the sky. Being jerked around by a soccer ball and hitting many different things in his path is definitely not what he wants to happen. When he finally gets shoved in the car by the ball, no one even notices what's happening. It's my favorite scene because it's funny to see and no one seems to notice Jess's struggle.

Postman Pat: The Movie also stars Jim Broadbent (CEO-Voice), Jane Carr (Mrs. Goggins-Voice) and Robin Atkin Downes (Simon Cowbell-Voice)

When you meet people, you should treat them nice. It's just the right thing to do and one of the main messages in this film.

Little kids, girls and boys, will enjoy this film and I recommend it for ages 7 to 13.

I give this film 4 out of 5 five stars because of the message, the beautiful colors and of course the wonderful music with its upbeat tone.

Postman Pat: The Movie is available on DVD and Blu-Ray. So please check it out.

Reviewed by Brianna Hope Beaton, Age 14, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
Runtime: 88 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-10
Suggested Retail Price: $ 19.99
Media: DVD

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SHINE: LULLABIES FOR EVERYONE
SUZANNE SELMO
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - From Disney to the Beatles, Standards to Billy Joel, this album of cool, acoustic arrangements will successfully soothe little ones to sleep while adult listeners relax to the satisfying, fresh take on 'kids' music.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - "Shine" is well-produced, well-performed and is well aware of its intended audience of sleepy little ones. Thirteen songs are represented from some of the world's beloved songwriters and one lovely original soon to be a classic. Suzanne Jamieson Selmo's vocals are clear and soothing and are supported by terrific arrangements. There is a consistent flow to the album despite divergent songs from a myriad of sources and intent- kudos to the production team! The subtitle to the album is 'Lullabies for Everyone' and that is true because I fell asleep three times while listening... and that's a good thing!

The album flows well helped by good arrangement and smooth and soothing vocals. It is perfect for sleepy time and parents will enjoy it as well. Should stand up to many repeats.

The album was obviously designed for young audiences; the content follows suit even though it comes from 14 different writers. The behaviors of love and caring shine through the songs and the presentation. Some of the language may be beyond little ones but that allows adults to appreciate the songs as well.

The vocals are consistently solid as well as the arrangements and players. The recording quality is top-notch. I think this is a favorite album that a child can grow with and learn to appreciate all the fine songwriters represented herein. They may want to know about other songs by them. Reviewed by KIDS FIRST! Music Juror John Wood.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The music is very soothing and can be used for bedtime. It worked well as background music for them, not demanding their full attention.
Runtime: 40 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
Media: AUDIO


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BAILEY BEE BELIEVES, THE FIVE B'S       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
JENNIFER HILLMAN
Series: DVD AGES 2-5
Topic - Education/Instructional
Description - Bailey Bee and Jennifer will take you on an amazing journey inside a hive. Once they get inside the hive, Bailey will introduce Jennifer to an important book. The book jumps right into the animated characters of them learning the five B's. The children and Jennifer learn about: Body Parts, Boundaries, how to Be Brave: Yell and Tell, how to Bust Secrets, and to Be Bold and Believe. Throughout the DVD, there are opportunities for the children and Jennifer to earn stickers on their chart. Once the stickers are earned, then they receive Bailey's badge. Also, there is high repetition and wonderful music to engage this age group. For purchase, go to http://baileybeebelieves.com/store/
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This DVD is meant to increase awareness of sexual abuse for young children ages 2 to 6. Kids are taught about the five B's - body parts, boundaries, bravery, bust secrets and be bold and believe. This DVD discusses in a child friendly manner a very sensitive topic.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is a very important video and can be very useful for increasing awareness of sexual abuse among very young children. The children themselves enjoyed the cartoon and music. It may be useful to create a girl version and a boy version. At the ages of 2-6, some parents did not want anatomical terms used. In that case, the majority of the video could not be viewed by the children. Those parents did not let their child watch the video starting from 5:19 when the terms "penis" and "vagina" are used. Those children had not heard these terms before. For parents who are comfortable with anatomical terms being used, this works well. Hence our qualitied yes ranking.
Runtime: 33 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $ 34.99
Media: DVD


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WARNER HOME VIDEO
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Your favorite cat and mouse are back with song, sorcery and slapstick in this enchanted tale with two bonus cartoons. The adventure begins when Tom and Jerry happen upon a mysterious glowing egg. Little do they know, this egg was stolen from a very large fire breathing dragon! In short time, baby Puffy hatches from his egg and takes Tom as his mommy. The angry mama dragon wants her baby back, but she's not the only one...a powerful witch named Drizelda captures the baby dragon for her own wicked plans! With the help of powerful allies and animal friends, Tom and Jerry must fight tooth and claw to stop the witch and get the baby dragon back to its mother. The action takes flight in a climactic ending filled with might, magic, and cartoon mayhem of course! Starring the voice talent of Kelly Stables, Vicki Lewis, Jim Cummings, Laraine Newman and Wayne Knight. Directed by Spike Brandt and Tony Cervone. Writer: Brian Swenlin.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I loved watching this film with my ten-year-old son because we are BIG Tom & Jerry fans. This film does not disappoint! It still has the classic Tom & Jerry humor and is filled with a fun family story and grand adventure! It really is a film for the whole family! Tom & Jerry find a mystery egg that hatches into a lost baby dragon who thinks Tom is his Mama. Tom & Jerry face some bad evil characters but, of course, good wins over bad as the duo save the day! 5 stars!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is a classic Tom and Jerry film with all the goodness included! I thought Tom and Jerry would find a lost dragon in their normal house, but no! Tom And Jerry: The Lost Dragon is a hilarious family friendly adventure with a lot of unexpected turns.

This is a story with a lot packed in it - adventure to start with covered in Tom and Jerry classic humor, with a sprinkle of thrilling and all topped with family wrapped in one huge delicious story sandwich.

The story begins with a girl who owns an animal-care shop but, it is going out of business. Then, they find a dragon egg and a whole bunch of stuff happens including the girl facing her evil Aunty Witch! Of course, the girl's two little helpers are a cat named Tom and a mouse named Jerry!

What a fantastic Tom and Jerry film! This has everything right about it. Tom and Jerry don't talk, but imitate talking. The slapstick humor makes you crack up throughout the entire film and much, much more! They cover all of it! The voices of the talking characters are fantastic and they also make it so that Tom and Jerry are very close to main characters but are not in every scene. I like this because it lets the story develop much smoother and takes it much further.

My favorite scene is probably in the very beginning when Jerry is awake and running around doing chores while Tom is lazily chilling on his pillow not doing anything - the classic Tom and Jerry scene. As usual, Jerry gets upset and teaches Tom a lesson. I love it because it's such a classic moment for these favorite characters.

This film is extremely family friendly. Even kids who don't understand the characters will enjoy the bright colors, so a good age rating is 4 to18. I also give it 5 out of 5 stars for just an overall fantastic Tom and Jerry adventure. Reviewed by Gerry Orz, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12.
Runtime: 57 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 19.98
Media: DVD


MUMFIE'S QUEST: THE MOVIE

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MUMFIE'S QUEST: THE MOVIE
LIONSGATE FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - From Britt Allcroft, creator of Thomas & Friends, comes Mumfie's Quest. Discover how Mumfie the special elephant first meets his friends Scarecrow, Pinkey, Whale and many more. Share the excitement as they hunt for Pinkey's mother on a mysterious island taken over by the evil Secretary to the Queen of Night at last returning home with a treasure beyond price. Magic, mystery, songs and laughter.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - see youth comments
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Mumfie's Quest - The Movie is an adventurous, funny and exciting animated film for preschoolers. The Animation Director (John Collins) does a great job of making the characters look so realistic.

This film is about a young elephant named Mumfie who lives all by himself. One day he decides he wants to go on an adventure. He makes a lot of friends on the way such as Scarecrow, Whale, and Pinky the flying pig, who is lost from his mother. Mumfie, Scarecrow and Whale decide to take Pinky back to her mysterious island home, but the Queen's evil secretary has taken over the island. They have to work together to defeat him and bring back the Queen of Night.

I really enjoyed this movie! It is very adventurous and suspenseful. It captured my attention the whole time and the suspenseful parts kept me wondering if Mumfie and his friends were going to get caught by the evil secretary. This movie is also very funny. There are lots of jokes throughout the whole film. Britt Allcroft does a great job writing amusing scripts and creating interesting characters. The music, by Larry Grossman, is also great! Some of the music is dark and scary during evil parts and then bright and upbeat during the happy parts in the film. My favorite character in this film is Whale because he is built like a ship. On the inside he has hammocks for beds, chairs, tables and food. It is so cool that he looks like a whale on the outside and a cruise ship on the inside!

The message in this movie is that friends will always help you if you ever get into trouble and need them. In the end, Mumfie realizes that friends and teamwork are more important than anything else. His friends help him a lot throughout the film and when they are in trouble Mumfie helps them too! In the end they have to learn to work together to stop the secretary.

I give Mumfie's Quest - The Movie 4 out of 5 stars because it is adventurous, exciting, and funny. I recommend it for kids ages 2 through 6 especially those who like animals, adventures, and pirates.

Reviewed by: Jeremy B. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 67 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.98
Media: Video and DVD

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FRENCH FOR KIDS: DEDANS ET DEHORS (INSIDE AND OUT)

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FRENCH FOR KIDS: DEDANS ET DEHORS (INSIDE AND OUT)
WHISTLEFRITZ LLC
Series: FRENCH FOR KIDS
Topic - Education/Instructional
Description - Finding the mischievous mouse, Fritzi, is part of the fun in this lively French language learning video. An engaging interactive format teaches parts of the house, foods, activities and more. Colorful backgrounds, lively music, charming animation, and live action are your passport to fun.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a fun way for young children to learn French. It makes learning the language of French easier and has fun characters. I did not find anything unappealing. Young children will like finding the mischievous mouse Fritzi and enjoy the upbeat songs. There are fun characters and is engaging. It flows flow well and has an engaging format that young children will be delighted with. It is watchable, educational and fun. This DVD will make learning French easier for young children as they explore inside and out of the adorable Mouse's (Fritzi) house learning different words in French such as le salon (the living room). It is fun to watch and also includes an easy-to-use translation guide. Liveliness, fun and wanting to learn are a few behaviors shown through out. Characters are treated with respect and there really isn't any negativity displayed in this DVD. "What new words did you learn in French?" What is la cuisine? (the kitchen) and so on. "What was your favorite part and why?" It is fun to watch with colorful animation, upbeat music and fun characters. It does have visual and sound appeal and will delight and entertain young children while they also learn new words in French. It includes and easy-to-use translation guide for parents and teachers as well as French subtitles. It is entertaining and will entertain young children but it will also teach new words in French so it is also very educational and is a great, fun way to learn French. Young children may want to learn more French or another language in the series. Most likely they will also want to watch this one again.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This DVD is a fun way to learn beginning French. It has upbeat music, fun characters like Fritzi the Mouse and colorful animation. It is a great way for kids ages 2 to 7 to learn how to speak simple French words and I think that they will want to watch it over and over. It's also fun to try to find Fritzi throughout the DVD but over all, the best part is that it is fun! It has fun, colorful images and backgrounds and the live animation is good too. The music is upbeat and I think that kids would like to dance and jump around when they watch it. My nephew also watched it and he's 3. He really liked it and was repeating the French words.
Runtime: 40 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-8
Suggested Retail Price: $ 19.99
Media: DVD

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MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC: SPOOKTACULAR PONY TALES       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
SHOUT! FACTORY
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Join your favorite residents of Ponyville (Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, Rarity, Applejack, Pinkie Pie and, of course, Spike) as they take on some of the spookiest adventures Equestria's ever seen! Time to gather around and hold on tight, because these six exciting tales are a chillingly good romp! Starring Tara Strong, Ashleigh Ball. Directed by Jayson Thiessen.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - cominig soon
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - My Little Pony Friendship is Magic: Spooktacular Pony Tales is a clever and amusing collection. This exciting and adventurous DVD is comprised of six episodes and a bonus sing-along. When you watch this DVD it surely makes you smile with great delight.

This series is a Halloween/spooky edition, but don't worry it is not scary at all, but there are a few really great lessons in each series.

My favorite episode is Boast Buster. It is really interesting and keeps you on the edge of your seat. The Boast Buster episode teaches you a really impressive lesson, which is do not boast or brag instead remain humble. If you have a special talent or, if you learned how to do a really cool trick, do not use your talent to make others feel bad. Another lesson you will glean from this particular episode is to have an admirable spirit and use your special talents for good and not just to show off or brag that you are better than others.

My favorite character is Apple Jack, who is very enthusiastic, gracious and good-natured. Everyone loves her. She has a very unique southern accent that brings a new style to the My Little Pony series.

The voiceover actors Tara Strong, Ashleigh Ball and Andr�a Libman are simply stupendous at making each pony unique and special.

My Little Pony, Friendship is Magic: Spooktacular Pony Tales is definitely an entertaining series that you will not want to miss. I recommend this DVD series for ages 5 to 12, probably more to girls than boys but, who knows. And, I give it 5 out of 5 shining stars. This DVD will be in stores September 9, 2014 so go check it out.

Reviewed by Kendyl Powell, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12
Runtime: 132 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.97
Media: DVD


NIGHTLIGHT DAYLIGHT

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NIGHTLIGHT DAYLIGHT       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
CGD MUSIC
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - The first interactive lighted cover art. Two CD set of 30 tunes for anyone who wants beautiful music to drift to sleep and optimistic music to awaken. A calming yet intellectually stimulating experience for children, with world class musicians and Nashville Symphony's live string orchestra.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Nightlight Daylight is an exceptional package from first look and apparently you can tell a book, uh, CD by its cover. Its lovely, interactive fiber optic cover is off the charts - push the moon and the stars and fireflies light up. Impressive! It just gets better. After I finished pushing the moon for about half an hour I delved into the treasures within: an ambitious 30-song two-CD set. Hence the title. The artist, Muriel Anderson, is a force of nature and a brilliant guitarist. The first CD, Nightlight, is perfect for winding down and drifting into dreamland with soft and soothing guitars and vocals with support from some major talent. The Daylight CD, although equally talented, is more suited for an adult audience. The music is absolutely stunning and so well played. Primarily acoustic guitar supported occasionally with other unobtrusive instruments. Half the album (lullaby) is directed to children while the second disc is more suitable for adults which is not necessarily a bad thing. I recommend this to anyone - there is so much to like - great for lullabies and meditation. Very soothing. This double album flows along seamlessly from night to day. The classical-based guitar work is exemplary. However this is not totally a children's album. The quality is amazing across the board. It will retain a youth audience on the first CD but not on the second. I cannot express how much the performances and production quality resonates. I look forward to Muriel Anderson's next release! Reviewed by John Wood.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I liked this CD set because it has both day and night songs. It has really cool bonus features too like light up stars on the cover and removable guitar pics. The Nightlight CD is my favorite because it would be good to listen to at night if you can't fall asleep. I liked the Daylight CD too but would have liked faster melodies and more lyrics. I would recommend this for ages 2 to 7 because older kids may get bored. There are few lyrics. It is mostly instrumental. The packaging is really cool. When you push down on the cover, the stars light up.
Runtime: 109 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-8
Suggested Retail Price: $ 35
Media: AUDIO


APPETITE FOR CONSTRUCTION

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APPETITE FOR CONSTRUCTION
THE POP UPS
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - These songs provide an active participation point for whole-family engagement, celebrating imaginative play, building, dance, puppet making and more. "We wanted to make something that wasn't only about listening, but could actually be recreated and re-imagined at home," explains Stein. "The Pop Ups are all about making things," adds Rabinowitz. "We want our fans to be able to engage in that experience for themselves and really take part in the record, and to experience The Pop Ups world."
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Stop the presses! Late breaking news: The Pop Ups have done it again! Their latest album 'Appetite For Construction' is a fanciful, danceable explosion of ideas and get-down rhymes and rhythms. The group is in touch with its musical lineage and producer/arranger Jason Rabinowitz does a masterful job of paying/playing homage to a myriad of pop culture voicing and styles. The group has a special spark and presents a moving target of attention grabbing hip nouveau vaudeville. Oh, and by the way, I liked the album. This is a finely constructed and produced album from the first downbeat. Nothing unappealing unlike a banana. Each song segues into the next seamlessly with a myriad of pop culture styles. Their liner notes hit it on the head, "This album is dedicated to the simple joy of making things with family & friends!" The group knows how to integrate terrific music with creative voice work that they perform live with the puppet portion of their shows. They always present a moving target of attention-grabbing modern vaudeville. Top rate sound quality has layers of harmonies, excellent musicianship and masterful recording technique. Reviewed by John Wood.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The kids absolutely loved this CD, especially the upbeat music that made them dance. They liked the vocalist, the instruments and the fun music. The kids that reviewed the CD were ages 2-7. The slower songs were not enjoyed as much as the faster paced ones but overall they really enjoyed this. One 2-year-old came running in from another room dancing along to it. Their favorite song is "Getting the Job Done" and they repeatedly said, "give it a 5" (rating).
Runtime: 40 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $ 12
Media: AUDIO


LOVE BUG BY RAFFI

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Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - This 16 song collection embodies all of the qualities that have already established Raffi as a beloved and trusted icon for young listeners. These are songs about love ("Love Bug," "Seeing the Heart"), nature ("In the Real World," "Blue White Planet"), play ("Free to Play," "To the Park"), chores ("Mama Loves It"), teamwork ("On Hockey Days"), imagination ("Magic Wand") and the need to slow down and catch one's breath amidst the accelerated pace of modern life ("Cool Down Reggae").
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Let's start with the obvious, 'Love Bug' is a terrific album filled with lovely and entrancing songs. I could say, ridiculously, where have you been for twelve years? And the answer might be, doing lots of fun and satisfying stuff. It's like we never missed you, Raffi. The soothing voice and positive artistic sensibilities are sharper than ever. The love for the individual child and family, care for our world and the simple joys of playing ice hockey, and enjoying the park are just a sampling of this splendidly produced and performed 16-song set. And a nod to the updated lyrics to 'This Land is Your Land.' Beautiful guitar work. engaging production and that voice that makes a stadium performance sound like a personal concert in your living room. Pick this up, you won't put it down.

I really like the choice of mainly acoustic instruments (guitars, banjo, fiddle, drums, bass piano and dulcimer). This music breathes. Raffi is one of the foundations of children's music - a national treasure that generations have grown up with.

There are terrific songs, exceptionally performed and spot-on for the target audience. The structure and continuity are near-perfect.

The title says it all: Love Bug! Raffi is all about love, respect, our planet and the power children have to change their surroundings for the better. Like Fred Rogers, he is true to himself, respectful of his audience and always in a gentle, loving way. He is a seeker of good intentions for the World we live in.

Raffi's voice is an instrument that soothes and draws the audience to scoot just a little bit closer. The kid choruses are lovely. The production fabulous. The musicians add so much energy and propulsion. I hope that children will see a bigger picture of their involvement and heir apparent to a smaller, brighter and more loving world.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The kids really enjoyed this CD. This is the first time I've heard a Raffi CD and, although the lyrics are very intelligent and often mature, the kids still were completely drawn in to the songs. They sang along almost immediately and they wanted to hear more. After the original review, I started playing it in the car when they were out of control and they would immediately calm down and start singing along. They especially love the first two songs. Based on the kids' reactions, I recommend this CD to anyone. They particularly loved the Dogwood Song and Love Bug was their second favorite.
Runtime: 40 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-7
Suggested Retail Price: $ 15
Media: AUDIO


MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC: THE KEYS OF FRIENDSHIP

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SHOUT! FACTORY
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Since her arrival in Ponyville, Twilight Sparkle has learned the true meaning and value of friendship. With her very best friends -- Rainbow Dash, Rarity, Pinkie Pie, Applejack, Fluttershy and, of course, Spike -- Twilight goes on the greatest of adventures and comes back with even more lessons. All of this has earned Twilight her wings and the crown of a Princess and now you can learn what Princess Twilight Sparkle has learned and take with you The Keys Of Friendship. from Shout! Factory Kids in collaboration with Hasbro Studios. The 5 episodes include "Rarity Takes Manhattan," "Pinkie Apple Pie," "It Ain't Easy Being Breezies," "Twilight's Kingdom, Part 1," and "Twilight's Kingdom, Part 2." A fun sing-along is included as a bonus feature. http://www.amazon.com/My-Little-Pony-Friendship-Magic/dp/B00JJOY4FU
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - My Little Pony is a perennial favorite with kids of a certain age and adults as well, as I discovered last year at the premiere of My Little Pony: Equestria Girls. A huge following of 20 and 30-year-olds arrived in costume to celebrate the feature film debut of this iconic series. About this DVD Gerry O, age 12, a self-proclaimed fan comments, "This collection has more than just favorite characters - there are a lot of family matters, some good lessons, a lot of comedy and some pretty thrilling moments as well as great and catchy music." Kendyl P, age 12, adds, "(This DVD) is an adorable collection of episodes complied on one DVD! While watching the different episodes it reminds me of the fun times my sister and I shared when we were younger watching My Little Pony on television." Their full reviews are in the youth comment section.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is a fantastic collection of My Little Pony episodes. My Little Pony Friendship is Magic: Keys of Friendship is a collection of the best episodes from My little Pony including a sing-along. If you are as big of a fan as I am, you will be very entertained by this collection.

This collection has more than just favorite characters - there are a lot of family matters, some good lessons, a lot of comedy and some pretty thrilling moments as well as great and catchy music.

The episodes show, as usual, the pony friends learning about friendship. However, Twilight, who recently became an alicorn (unicorn and Pegasus) doesn't feel like she is doing enough of her job as a princess. However, she will become more important than ever when an ancient beast comes back from his prison to rain chaos in Equestria! (The country where ponies live.)

I thought this was a very smart choice of episodes since the DVD contains about half of the full season. These episodes really are exciting and, even though some people may not know it, pretty funny and really show some good lessons. For example, in one episode about family, ponies argue a lot but at the end they are still just a family.

My favorite episode is when one of them learns that she is a cousin of another friend. When they realize there may be an error, they go on a road trip to find out the truth. On the way there, the family argues and feels bad that they may look like a dysfunctional family. At the end, they see that even though they argue, they are still a great family. I like it because so many families in real life feel like that and we all need to understand that it happens with everyone. Nobody is perfect.

There is nothing parents should worry about and even infants will like the bright colors of the show and its wonderful sounds. I give this DVD an age rating of one to 18. I also give it 5 out of 5 stars.

Reviewed by KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Gerry Orz, age 12.

My Little Pony Friendship is Magic: The Keys to Friendship is an adorable collection of episodes complied on one DVD! While watching the different episodes it reminds me of the fun times my sister and I shared when we were younger watching My Little Pony on television.

This DVD includes four different episodes and each one offers a different friendship lesson. The DVD is filled with beautiful music, great family lessons, a bonus sing along and wonderful comedy!

My favorite character is Rarity; she is a beautiful pony! Rarity and I have some similarities - she likes fashion, enjoys working with her friends and working hard to get the job done - just like me!

My favorite episodes are Twilight Kingdom, Parts 1 and 2 when Twilight has to defeat the evil monster but has to find her own special power! I enjoyed watching the ponies work together to help Twilight discover her special gift.

The message of this series is everyone has a special talent or character trait that makes him or her unique and important. After each episode, one of the ponies does something brave and commendable by putting its friend first. The pony then receives a little object, as a reminder, and it is very useful at the end of the show.

I love the voices of actors, Tara Strong, Ashleigh Ball and Andrea Libmar in this DVD Their voices are perfect for their characters.

My Little Pony Friendship is Magic: The Keys to Friendship is the perfect show for little girls. I highly recommend this movie for girl's ages 2 to11. They would love this movie! I give it 5 out of 5 shining stars. You can purchase this DVD in stores near you July 29, 2014.
Runtime: 110 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.97
Media: DVD


MY LITTLE PONY - FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC: SPOOKTACULAR PONY TALES

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SHOUT! FACTORY
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Everypony loves Halloween... the candy, the pumpkins, the costumes, the friends! Join your favorite residents of Ponyville -- Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, Rarity, Applejack, Pinkie Pie and, of course, Spike -- as they take on some of the spookiest adventures Equestria's ever seen! Time to gather around and hold on tight, because these six exciting tales are a chillingly good romp. Episodes Include: Boast Busters, Stare Master Luna Eclipsed, Sleepless In Ponyville, Castle Mane-ia, Bats!
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is a fantastic grouping of episodes from the "My little Pony Friendship is Magic series!" I saw the episodes that are listed and I have to say that it is a wonderful selection for the chosen theme.

These episodes are mainly around being spooky and a little bit scary even though each one has a different story. From a Halloween special to an episode about a haunted castle, the episodes make you laugh, be entertained and learn good lessons from our pony friends.

These episodes are fantastic, each shows a different side of a specific character. There is even an episode where they bring back the very first villain in My Little Pony! All episodes have unique jokes, songs, heartfelt meaning behind each and every one and, of course, demonstrate unbreakable friendship.

My favorite episode would be when six ponies go camping and three of them are kids. One of the filly looks up to a older Pegasus named Rainbowdash (my favorite character by the way) and when she has nightmares, she is too scared to tell Rainbowdash but has to forget her fears and do it. I like the episode because it shows a fantastic lesson and is pretty funny.

This famous series really has nothing parents should worry about and kids of any age will enjoy the bright colors. I recommend it for ages 2 to18 and give it 5 out of 5 stars because of the good stories, fantastic voices and unique jokes.

Reviewed by KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Gerry O, age 12.
Runtime: 132 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.97
Media: DVD


KRISTA-LINK-A-LA AND THE SIZE 13 SHOES

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Series: BOOK, AGES 2-8
Topic - Family
Description - Krista-link-a-la is a precocious 8 year old immigrant girl from Eastern Europe. Her family settles in a remote town in Northern Ontario to make a better life for themselves. Surrounding herself with friends and family, she finds a clever way to build a bridge between her old life, and the new. She writes a hysterical homage to the classic Cinderella story- casting herself as Cinderella replacing the glass slipper with her oldest brother's Sze. 13 Red Running Shoes.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This children's book is the true story about the author and one of her favorite memories when she was a little girl.

This enchanting tale is very cute. I found it to be inspirational. It is great to read a story about an adult who started out with a dream when she was little girl. Lucky for her she continues that passion and now has a job she loves.

I really enjoy how real pictures and illustrations are combined together. It gives you the overall feeling of the setting. The illustrations are well done and match what I would picture in my head. They made me laugh as they told a story in themselves.

This book portrays the true nature of little girls, and what great imaginations we have. My favorite part of the story is when Karlko tries to put a shoe on Krista-Link-a-La. I love trying on my Mother's shoes and walking around the house in them. The giant red tennis shoes are very funny and I wish I had a pair of them.

When Krista-Link-a-La makes a stage and costumes out of her Mothers dirty clothes, I found it hilarious. I will have to try this sometime.

Although she has a big problem for a child - big feet - she finds a way to find humor in it.

The moral of this story is, "If you have a passion, you should follow it and see where it leads you. Be adventurous." Krista-Link-a-La has an idea and comes up with a plan and follows it through. Even as an adult, she still remembers this special time of her childhood.

This book is suitable for ages 2 to 9 as it will make them laugh. There are complicated words so I would recommend the self- reader for ages 9 and under. I give Krista-Link-a-La four out of five golden book marks. Remember to keep reading, it always a fun adventure with KIDS FIRST! Reviewed By Morgan Bertsch, age 9, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-9
Suggested Retail Price: $ 3.59
Media: Book


COOL KIND KID

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COOL KIND KID
Series: STUDENT MUSIC CD, ELEMENTARY
Topic - Education/Instructional
Description - Winner of more than 15 national awards, including Parents' Choice and Teachers' Choice. 17 original songs, each teaching a different social skill. The fun way for kids 2-9 to learn social skills to reject bullying. Kids are engaged as they learn "the kind kid is a COOL kid, not the bully."
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This CD is a 17 set of character-affirming songs that present children with options to make positive choices in their daily existence of life, school and home with special attention paid t peer pressure. The songs are well produced and performed with a mix of adult and child performers. An array of musical styles from rock to pop to folk infuse the messages of manners, respect and making a stand with an accessible immediacy. The collection is a valuable teaching tool for parents and educators to integrate into their bag of tricks. The structure is sound. Every song has a behavior that ideally should be modeled - manners, standing up for what is right, following rules, kindness and similar. The content is age appropriate and, of course, emphasizes that it is "cool to be kind."
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is a very cool music CD which includes 17 songs that demonstrate how to be polite and well mannered, with a catchy beat! I honestly thought it may be a little cheesy but the CD pleasantly surprised me. The first song of the album, "Cool Kind Kid," is simply perfect for teaching younger kids about proper behavior.

All songs in the album not only send positive message but lead kids with an example. Music ranges from rock and roll to slow and soothing, to upbeat and modern. Each song is completely different from the last and concentrates on one specific item. For example, one of my favorites, "When the Telephone Rings" talks about how to pick up and answer telephone correctly.

There are 17 songs in total. Each of the songs is about two to three minutes long. All somewhat tell a story and even though you may not realize, all teach you a lesson as well.

Most of the songs are catchy. However, there are a couple that feel a bit forced and probably would have benefited from a better singer. But those are an exception and I do like the fact that the majority of the songs are sung by kids. Since I'm 12, the songs were a bit childish for me but I could see a class of preschoolers enjoying it and singing along. I also found it very smart to make this for such little kids, so when they grow up, they have good manners and a clear understanding between right and wrong.

My favorite song is "When the Telephone Rings." The song is about being polite during a call, and I like it the most because the voice is very impressive and the lyrics are catchy. It all wraps up nicely as the song explores three different situations with a good sense of humor.

These songs are for little kids, so I think the best age rating is 2 to 6. I don't believe older kids would enjoy it or benefit from the message as much. Younger kids would not understand the purpose of it. I also give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed By Gerry Orz, age 12, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 40 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 3-8
Suggested Retail Price: $ 10.95
Media: AUDIO


FRENCH FOR KIDS: ON VA JOUER (LET'S PLAY)

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WHISTLEFRITZ LLC
Series: FEATURE, AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - Join host Marie, Fritzi the mouse and playful peers who make learning French as easy as un, deux, trois. Delightful sing-along and dance-along songs, irresistible world music rhythms and an engaging combination of live-action, animation and colorful illustrated backgrounds immerse children in French and language learning fun. Designed to teach English speakers the French language. http://www.whistlefritz.com/french-onvajouer.html
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I enjoyed this DVD for the enthusiastic way Marie, the children, and the puppets presented each little French lesson. Not being a French speaker, I found it difficult to say some of the words, but I could get the gist of what she was saying through her actions, followed by those of the children. I believe that young children would need lots of adult support to help them pronounce and practice the basic vocabulary. The enclosed French-English pamphlet was very helpful particularly for making sense of some of her phrases. We know that nouns are the easiest words to learn in a new language, but putting them into simple sentences requires more instruction. This is a sweet, colorful production and the child actors in it will make all viewers smile as well as attempt to sing and dance along to the catchy music.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Our younger kids who watched this took a bit of time to adjust to the "immersion" technique used in this DVD but, once they figured out that it was all in French, they were intrigued. They enjoyed the music, the characters, especially Fritzi the Mouse and the animation. Afterwards, we noticed that they were experimenting with some of the French words they had learned in the program. One kid didn't take to it but all the others did, especially one 4 year old who wanted to watch it several times after the first viewing. He said, "My Grandma speaks French so I know some of these words."
Runtime: 40 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 1-7
Suggested Retail Price: $ 19.98
Media: DVD

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SMART SONGS FOR ACTIVE CHILDREN

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LIGHTHOUSE RECORDS
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - The 7th CD by early childhood music specialist and award-winning composer Vincent Nunes. The sixteen tracks are original songs, each curriculum rich and loaded with catchy melodies which make you want to sing along
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - What is the adage you can't tell a book by its cover? Well in the case of 'Smart Songs for Active Children' the cover artwork for all the songs is there but, with that in mind, when you open a book and play an album - in whatever format you choose - the artist, the story, and investiture takes over. This album comes from a pure place of what communicates to children, what uplifts and involves them and ultimately what brings joy and the 'play it again phenom' we have experienced as parents. This album works on a multitude of levels. The music strides a variety of styles with lots of room for participation. Vincent is a consummate writer and performer who knows his audience. Great continuity and variety of styles. The lyrics are filled with love, fun and positive values throughout. The title gives it away. These are indeed smart songs and kids will be dancing and singing along from the first downbeat. The vocals are well placed out front of the tracks. The production values are very good with a nice mix of instruments. Check it out.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The kids really like some of the songs and lost interest on some. They really liked the Spanish song, the store song and the washing hands song. They also seems to like Manuel the great and danced around to all the music. Overall, they had a fun time listening to it and remembered a lot of it afterwards.
Runtime: 48 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $ 15
Media: AUDIO


POPPY CAT: BIRTHDAY TREASURE AND OTHER ADVENTURES

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ENTERTAINMENT ONE
Series: SERIES, AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - Join Poppy Cat and her friends in these 7 fun-filled episodes as they embark on extraordinary adventures through fantastical lands. Seen through the eyes of Poppy's imaginative young owner, a little girl named Lara, each episode tells the tale of a very special cat and her colorful band of friends. In Birthday Treasure, it's Poppy's birthday and one of her presents is a treasure map. All aboard the hot air balloon for an exciting ride to Mystery Jungle, plus lots more adventures to enjoy! Episodes include: Birthday Treasure, Bad Robot, Magic Show, Sunken Ship, Bumble Fumble, Cheese Mountain, Marshmallow Mines
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a fun and entertaining collection of short episodes that are narrated by Poppy the Cat's owner, Lara who is a little girl. Lara tells imaginative stories about Poppy the Cat and her animal friends that teach about kindness, friendship and using your imagination. Poppy is a positive role model who although is just a cat, has a positive outlook on life. Great for young children who will love the bright colored characters and their adventures.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Poppy Cat: Birthday Treasure and Other Adventures is an exciting, funny, and adventurous series of animated films for preschoolers. They are based on the best-selling books by Lara Jones. They have a lot of bright colors and friendly characters throughout the film which will keep kids entertained for a long time.

This DVD is a collection of seven animated films. In the main episode, Poppy Cat is celebrating her birthday. She receives a lot of presents from her friends including a treasure map. Poppy and her friends journey to the Mystery Jungle to find the treasure.

Each episode on this DVD takes you on a different adventure and they all are really cute. The characters are friendly and treat each other nicely, which is good for preschoolers to see. Each episode only lasts for eleven minutes so it is a good length for young children whose attention span is pretty short. The episodes are full of bright colors that are very appealing and I think young children will really like. The music is very pleasant too. My favorite episode is "Marshmallow Mines" because one of my favorite characters, Rocket Cat, is in it. Rocket Cat is brave and thankful throughout the episode, which I really appreciate and I know parents will too. Another great thing about this DVD is that it made my imagination fly. I immediately wanted to create boots that had magnets in them so that I could walk on walls, just like Rocket Cat.

What I like best about Poppy Cat: Birthday Treasure and Other Adventures is that each episode teaches an important lesson about friendship and teamwork. At the end of each segment, Poppy Cat's owner explains the message and gives examples.

I give this DVD 5 out of 5 stars because it is educational, adventurous and funny. I recommend it for kids ages 2 to5, especially for kids who like animals, music and bright colors. I think young kids will really enjoy the friendly and silly characters.

Reviewed by Jeremy Badour, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 7.

Are you ready for fun and adventure?

These stories begin with Poppy's owner, Lara, telling her cat a story. In Poppy Cat Birthday Treasures and other Adventures we see seven episodes with Poppy's friends - Owl, Zuzu, Mo, Egbert and Alma. My favorite character is Alma because she is an adorable white bunny with a cute Southern accent.

I loved "The Birthday Treasure" because it has lots of adventures. This episode is about Poppy receiving a treasure map for her birthday and following the treasure map as it leads them to a mysterious jungle. A Bad Robot attacks Poppy and her gang's favorite superhero, Rocket Cat so they take a spaceship to see if they can help him. When Owl performs his magic show, Owl makes Zuzu's skateboard accidentally disappear. Then, Owl's magic wand breaks and the gang must find a way to fix it or lose the skateboard forever. This leads them to a dark and dangerous cave. "Sunken Ship" has the gang making a statue for their friend the Frog Prince. Egbert the Badger ruins the day by telling them they need gold for their statue and they set out to find some. They head to the ocean in hopes of finding a sunken ship full of treasure. "Bumble Fumble" is about a bird that loses her baby egg. Poppy Cat and friends are at a picnic and they spot the lost polka dotted egg. Owl notices that the egg is from a Bumble Fumble who is known for his poor eyesight and the gang tries to find the mother and the nest. "Cheese Mountain" begins when the gang slides down a slide and decides to go to Cheese Mountain. "Marshmallow Mines" is another story featuring Rocket Cat. The electricity goes out during a show and they decide to help Rocket Cat out of his marshmallow world.

All the episodes feature Egbert the Badger causing some sort of trouble. Plus, there are all kinds of ways that they travel - an airplane, rocket ship, car, submarine and a hot air balloon. My favorite was the rocket ship. I like the animation of the ship traveling in space.

I really enjoyed the DVD because it took back to my youth when I used to love watching Poppy Cat on Sprout. I recommend this for ages 2 to 9. I loved this DVD because it is fun and full of adventure.

Reviewed by Morgan Bertsch, age 9, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 80 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD

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ISLAND OF LEMURS: MADAGASCAR

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WARNER BROS. PICTURES
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-18
Topic - Family
Description - A documentary that follows Dr. Patricia C. Wright's mission to help lemurs, the highly evolved creatures who arrived on Madagascar millions of years ago as castaways but are now highly endangered.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman narrates Island of Lemurs: Madagascar, the true story of nature's greatest explorers - lemurs. Captured with IMAX 3D cameras, the film takes audiences on a spectacular journey to the remote and wondrous world of Madagascar. Lemurs arrived in Madagascar as castaways millions of years ago and evolved into hundreds of diverse species but are now highly endangered. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Gerry O says, "Island of "Lemurs: Madagascar" is a fantastic documentary that every animal or nature lover will enjoy." See his full review in youth comments.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I thought this movie would be a story of a specific lemur living in Madagascar, but I was very wrong. Nothing could have prepared me for the wonderful adventure I experienced. Island of Lemurs: Madagascar is a fantastic documentary that every animal or nature lover will enjoy.

This documentary has more to offer than lemurs. It has action, comedy, adventure, thrill, education and so much more. Of course, who could possibly know that there are so many species of lemurs - the unforgettable bamboo lemur, the brown lemur, the hustle lemur and the adorable (and my personal favorite) - the mouse lemur.

The story begins when a scientist by the name of Dr. Patricia Wright goes to Madagascar to study lemurs. She goes to the wildest part of the vast jungles to look for one thing: bamboo lemurs, which were thought to be extinct. Lucky she proves them wrong and spends many years saving their species from extinction. We join her adventure and learn about the real dangers to the cute and furry animals and hear about her stories in Madagascar.

I love this film. The most mind-blowing part is how the camera crew gets so close to the wild, and sometimes imposing, lemurs. There are some angles that look simply impossible to accomplish with wild animals. The film is enhanced by Morgan Freeman's narration which makes this documentary truly unique. The filmmakers are so smart, using simple techniques to get their dream shots. The entire cast of lemurs (no, they are not paid actors) are adorable and, the coolest thing is, they are not trained. Every lemur in this movie is wild.

My favorite scene is when they talk about the adorable, but powerful hand-sized, smaller primate, the mouse lemur. This little guy is captured in a trap that does not hurt him and is then taken to a place where they study and scan him. Afterwards, he is released back to the wild with a story to tell his family.

This movie is meant for all ages but does have a bit of intensity. So, I recommend it to kids ages six to 18. This move also easily deserves 5 out of 5 stars. The only thing I would add is that it is too short. I wish it was longer because it is so well made and so interesting. Reviewed by KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Gerry O., age 12.

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


SLEEPING BEAUTY, THE: BY THE ROYAL BALLET CINEMA

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NATIONAL CINEMEDIA
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - NCM Fathom Events, Mr. Wolf, Arts Alliance Media and the Royal Opera House invite you to journey to an enchanted world of princesses, fairy godmothers and magic spells with the captivating Tchaikovsky's The Sleeping Beauty as it comes to the big screen in a special one-night event on Thursday, March 20 at 7:00pm (local time) to select cinemas nationwide.

Don't miss Marius Petipa's enchanting ballet as a wicked fairy places a fatal curse on the baby Princess Aurora, which the good Lilac Fairy softens to a sleep of 100 years and only a prince's kiss can break the spell.

Special Fathom Features: Behind-the-scenes look at the Royal Opera House and Royal Ballet with exclusive cast interviews.

Tickets are available by clicking on the orange "Buy Tickets" button. If online ticketing is not available for your location, you can purchase your tickets by visiting the box office at your local participating cinema. Marius Petipa's classic 19th-century choreography is combined with newly created sections by Frederick Ashton, Anthony Dowell and Christopher Wheeldon. First staged in St. Petersburg in 1890, The Sleeping Beauty is the pinnacle of classical ballet: a perfect marriage of Petipa's choreography and Tchaikovsky's music and a glorious challenge for every dancer on stage. Today's The Sleeping Beauty not only captures the mood of the original but shows that this is very much a living work for The Royal Ballet, growing and changing with the Company while celebrating its past.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Wonderful presentation of this classic ballet which includes aerial shots of London to set the scene. Sarah Lamb and Steven McRae are both wonderful dancers and you feel almost as if you are actually at a live ballet performance. Definitely a "must see" for balletomanes.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - What takes 700 fittings, 500 costumes and 80 tutus? Each season the Royal Ballet dancers go through 1200 dancing shoes. Wow, this was my first professional ballet and I loved it. Great Britain's Royal Opera House in collaboration with Arts Alliance Media presented this ballet via movie theater experience to more than 350 cinemas at the same time.

We start off with a brief history and orientation about the ballet. Then you are taken into the theater to await the movie. You really feel as if you are part of the live audience as you see people on the screen sitting in front of you. You get to see all the beautiful details of the opera house and glimpses of its architectural details.

Then, the curtain goes up and you feel like you are really there at a live ballet. The orchestra is amazing as you see all the instruments and players up close.

The ballet, "Sleeping Beauty" was the first to be performed, in 1946, after the theater reopened following WW II.

The story is about a new-born princesses' party. Everyone is invited. OOOPS, they forgot to invite one and this fairy is not happy. Although everyone tries to apologize, she does not believe them. She rides a jet black caboose pulled by black rats. A spell is casted over the new princess which means if she pricks herself on a spinal before her 16th Birthday that she and everyone in the castle will die.

The princess Aurora is then visited by a good fairy who casts another spell that says Aurora will not die but along with everyone else in the Kingdom will fall into a dead sleep until she is kissed by true love. All spindles are then removed from the castle and outlawed.

The big day arrives and Princess Aurora celebrates her 16th Birthday. My favorite scene is when Princess Aurora, danced by Sarah Lamb, is visited by four handsome Princes. I cannot stand on my tip toes for more the a few seconds and she manages to do this forever. She is so incredibly strong and elegant. I was astonished. All 98 members of this production are incredible dancers.

The evil fairy, in a disguise, tricks Aurora into taking a spindle from her, thus pricking her finger and throwing everyone in the castle into a deep sleep.

Many years go by until the good fairy finds a prince true of heart that is brave enough to find and kiss Aurora and wake up Sleeping Beauty and the whole kingdom. Steven McRae is a wonderful prince and his dance is powerful and believable.

All the dancers are marvelous. They show outstanding technique and elocution. I also loved seeing the rows of dancers in perfect sync with each other while forming lines and arches.

Peter Farmer does a stunning job with all the various costumes. They have intricate details and amazing textures which are fabulous to see up close through the movie experience. The scenery is awesome and flows flawlessly into the next scene. The best part is when a dancer disappears before your eyes.

This is an unbelievable experience. Even if you paid hundreds of dollars to go in person you would still not get the up-close experience of this new media. Much like in a really opera house, play house or live theater there are acts and breaks. This gives you the opportunity to use the facilities and get popcorn. The applauding part is a ton of fun which adds to the feeling of being there live.

I give this new movie experience of "Sleeping Beauty" by The Royal Ballet 5 out of 5 twirling stars and recommend it for ages 4 through 18. Reviewed by Morgan B., age 9, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


WIND RISES, THE (KAZE TACHINU)

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WALT DISNEY STUDIOS
Series: FEATURE, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - Jiro dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni. Nearsighted from a young age and unable to be a pilot, Jiro joins a major Japanese engineering company in 1927 and becomes one of the world's most innovative and accomplished airplane designers. The film chronicles much of his life, depicting key historical events, including the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, the Great Depression, the tuberculosis epidemic and Japan's plunge into war. Jiro meets and falls in love with Nahoko, and grows and cherishes his friendship with his colleague Honjo. Director and writer: Hayao Miyazaki. Voice talent: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Martin Short, Stanley Tucci and Mae Whitman.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is a breathtaking masterpiece of art that allows your mind and heart to soar like the wind. The story is loosely based on the real life story of Jiro Horikoshi (Joseph Gordon- Levitt). He dreams of flying but, because he's nearsighted, decides to be a Japanese airplane designer. We observe his life from child to adulthood as he makes his dream plane and, in the process, falls in love with Naoko (Emily Blunt). Will Jiro create the beautiful plane or realize that the beauty he's seeking is right in front of him all along?

The film is a work of art. Hayao Miyazaki (Director and Writer) creates unique color palettes and designs. Since the movie takes place in the sky, the animators go above and beyond to hand draw backgrounds and movements for the planes. We witness them majestically soaring through the skies and you feel as if you're with them. The voice acting is well done. I think they portrayed the characters and their relationships exceptionally well. Much of the film focuses on the romance between Naoko and Jiro. Their connection is both loving and tragic. The film was first released in Japan, so American voice-overs are dubbed over the animation and yes, it can be distracting. They confront actual events that happened in Japan, such as the Kanto earth-quake of 1923 and Japan entering the war. I love the truth in this film. It doesn't shy away from talking about the real issues that happened during this time.

My favorite character is Mr. Caproni (Stanley Tucci) a historical Italian aircraft designer who is Jiro's mentor in his dreams. I enjoy Stanley's voice acting skills. He's one of those character actors who is fantastic at everything he does. The character himself is fascinating. He looks at aircraft not as a bringer of war, but a creator of dreams.

My favorite scene is the last dream sequence, after Jiro goes through a life changing experience. This is one of those bitter sweet endings, where you don't know what to think at first. You just need to take it all in.

The message in this film is, "Sometimes the outcome to your dream is not always what you expect." Jiro spends his whole life wanting to make his aircraft, determined to do anything to fulfill his goal. After a few sacrifices, he realizes his potential but it's not what he expects. Mr. Caproni then asks him, "Did you have a good ten years?"

I give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to 11 to18-year-olds. This film shows people smoking and deals with serious issues of the time. This is a must see film! This film is released widely in theaters February 28.

Keefer C. Blakeslee, age 13, KIDS FIRST Film Critic

I didn't know what to expect from this movie. When I saw it, however, I was pleasantly surprised! "The Wind Rises" is a heartwarming movie that many people will love. Especially, since it is based on true events.

This film has something for everyone to enjoy - action, drama, suspense, romance, history, Japanese culture, adventure and, of course, planes.

The story is about a life of a young boy, who dreams of flying and designing planes. However, he can't see very well and has to wear glasses. Luckily, he grows up during pre-World War II in Japan to become a super successful engineer. Then, though, he needs to build a plane for the military - a powerful one.

I lov this movie. The animation is breathtaking and pretty. The plot is interesting and it is also based on a true story as well. However, there are many time transitions and some can be a bit confusing. Everything else though is fantastic. This is the last film of a famous director Hayao Miyazaki and it sparked a lot of controversy in the U.S. and Japan.

My favorite scene is when the boy is a bit older. He is on a train and everything is fine until - BAM, the infamous earthquake of Japan that shook the world. The boy gets off the train very calmly. He sees a girl crouching next to a lady and goes to them. He rescues the lady who was injured and becomes a hero.

I recommend this movie for ages 13 -18. It is very mature and contains a lot of adult concepts that younger kids may not understand or appreciate. I also give it 4.5 out 5 stars.

Reviewed by Gerry O. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11.

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


LEGO MOVIE, THE

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WARNER BROS. PICTURES
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - An ordinary LEGO minifigure, mistakenly thought to be the extraordinary Master Builder, is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil LEGO tyrant from gluing the universe together. Starring Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman, Will Ferrell, Liam Neeson and Alison Brie.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This movie is something special. This movie will make kids' dreams come true everywhere. What movie I'm talking about? Well it's "The Lego Movie" of course.

This great film has comedy, adventure, suspense, music, romance, LEGOS and a great story line.

The story is about an unlikely hero, who turns out to be part of a big prophesy and a lot of exciting battles and adventures. But, is this just all a part of a kid's imagination or do Legos truly come to life when we are not looking?

I love so many things about this movie! A very unique part is the animation. It's plastic, smooth and looks a lot like real Lego pieces. At parts it feels like its stop motion but it's not. Most of the sets where were made out of hundreds of Legos. Imagine it, five adults playing with a whole bunch of Legos for work. I am sure most kids would wish to be a part of such production. If you add to the mix the voice-overs by amazing actors such as Morgan Freeman, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett and Will Ferrell - you get an animated film that will captivate your heart for sure.

I have a couple of favorite scenes. First, when Batman, Emmet, Wyldstyle, the Wizard and Benny are all stuck in the ocean on a 'double decker couch.' Batman says "It's not like a gigantic ship will show up" and right when he says that, a ship comes out of nowhere. Then later, when they need a part and he says "It's not like there's a spaceship or anything" and what do you know, the Millennium Falcon drops by!

I recommend this movie to ages 2 to 17. Older people may not enjoy the humor as much as younger kids. I also give it 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Gerry Orz, age 11, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-15
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


NUT JOB, THE

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OPEN ROAD PRODUCTIONS
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 5-12 ANIMATION
Topic - Family
Description - Surly, a curmudgeon, independent squirrel is banished from his park and forced to survive in the city. Lucky for him, he stumbles on the one thing that may be able to save his life, and the rest of park community, as they gear up for winter - Maury's Nut Store.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This movie is pretty cool. It is funny and has a good amount of action. It is really good and I think you would like it too.

This movie is all about a squirrel named Surly who, at the beginning, fends for himself and only himself (with his friend Buddy) until his actions contribute to the burning of the large tree where all the squirrels live, along with what little food they have left. He is banished to the city and soon finds a shop full of nuts. He makes a deal with another squirrel named Andie that he would get half and they would get half. They run into a lot of obstacles such as mouse traps, rats, guns and people.

The main characters in the movie are Surly (Will Arnett), King (Stephen Lang), Grayson (Brendan Fraser), Raccoon (Liam Neeson), Andie (Katherine Heigl) and Precious (Maya Rudolph). My favorite character in this movie is Precious because she is such a funny dog and helps Surly and loves him after a while. She is also really funny.

My favorite part in the movie is when Surly and Buddy meets Precious because, as I said she is my favorite character, and she is so funny. She thinks she has to hate the squirrels because her owners don't want animals in their shop but she soon realizes she loves them. She starts showing them tricks likes fetching, playing dead, sitting and she thinks that her tail is amazing because it wiggles a lot. She says it has a mind of its own!

I give this movie 5 out of 5 stars and recommend this movie for ages 4 to 10 because it is really suitable for a younger audience. I think younger kids will really love it. Reviewed by KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Anthony A., age 10.

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


DINOSAUR STOMP - MOTHER GOOSE CLUB NURSERY RHYMES

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DINOSAUR STOMP - MOTHER GOOSE CLUB NURSERY RHYMES
SOCKEYE MEDIA, LLC
Series: SHORT, AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - Join Eep the Mouse and Mary Quite Contrary and dinosaurs on a prehistoric learning adventure. Chomp-chomp-chomp and stomp-stomp-stomp your way to dancing, learning and fun. Just be sure to share your veggies!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Wow, the costumes alone on this short film are completely amazing. Great visuals, combination of live action and animation is seamless. The music is appealing and the message - very appropriate for this age. (Veggies were eaten by dinosaurs). This three minute short leaves you wanting to see more!
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Runtime: 3 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD


CLIFFORD'S BIG BIRTHDAY APP

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CLIFFORD'S BIG BIRTHDAY APP
SCHOLASTIC MEDIA
Series: APP, AGES 5-8
Topic - Family
Description - Happy Birthday, Clifford! Watch as Clifford arrives and the party gets started revealing three exciting and highly interactive party games that teach essential literacy skills, including one that brings Clifford and his friends right to you through augmented reality.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a cute app that has a variety of components from word games to matching games. The background music could be annoying but thankfully can easily be turned off. It introduces simple words and concepts, allows you to create a "party" by identifying objects for that party. It is easy to install and easy to use. You just press buttons.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Kids enjoyed this although the older ones, age 8, said their friends would not like it. Younger ones, age 6) said their friends would enjoy it. It is easy to navigate, the characters treat one another respectfully. Older kids thought they didn't learn anything, younger ones found it somewhat challenging. Their favorite part with the song, "Shout and Cheer Your Friends are Here." They could not stop singing this song.

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-7
Suggested Retail Price: $ 0.99
Media: App


LAMI

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AOKI STUDIO
Series: WEBSERIES, AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - This animation series has characters for the musical notes with different personalities so that children can enjoy discovering the musical world. La is a shy little blue boy. He is always singing alone on the line. One day, he meets a little girl, Mi, crying and discovers friendship. He finds out that singing together with friends becomes a melody.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Cute story about a note who seeks friendship and battles to overcome loneliness. The show begins with the blue note by himself and at the end of the series ends with him by himself. However, during the duration he slowly builds up a friendship base and, by the end, rem over missing them. He realizes he can conjure them up at any time and he's never really alone. This has great music and fun characters that kids can readily identify with. The colors are bright and the environment is simple. The plot may be a bit complex for its target audience of toddlers. This lacks engagement to keep a child busy and involved. However, each episode is only two minutes long. Some episodes lack conclusion. For example, in one episode two characters see two other characters and call out their names to see if they can make friends. The other two are preoccupied in their play and never actually stop to greet the other characters. The production value of this show is perfect for its audience. There are no negative behaviors to speak of. The soundtrack is catchy and well done. The main theme song is appealing even after multiple viewings.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - coming

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 0-5
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Web Series


CURIOUS GEORGE (HDNET KIDSCENE)
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS - THEATRICAL DIVISION
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - The Man in the Yellow Hat must keep a close eye on his adorable and very inquisitive monkey that often, yet unintentionally, gets in trouble.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - coming soon

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm
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ARCTIC TALE (HDNET)       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
HDNET MOVIES LLC
Series: FEATURE DOCUMENTARY, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Life in the arctic is examined through the experiences of a mother walrus and her calf and a polar bear and her cubs.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Originally released in 2007. Screening throughout January 2013 on HDNet Movies - kidScene.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is a cute, touching and great documentary. This 2007 documentary took years in the making and tells two different stories of a Polar Bear and a Walrus. Nanu is a new born polar bear cub and is with her mother and younger brother. Their mom is trying to teach them the ways of the polar bear. Seela is a walrus pup that is under the shelter of her mom and aunt. She likes wandering off, having fun and learning how to be a great walrus. Seela and Nanu, with their families, are going through everything to try to survive global warming. I love this film because it's a documentary on animals and how they live in the Arctic. Some of it is funny, sad and makes me a little teary. I like the background music as I recognize some of the songs and it is entertaining. My favorite scene is when the walruses eat their clams they begin to go to sleep, but before they do, they start passing gas, but not just one of them, all of them. It is like dominoes, once one starts passing gas they all start passing gas. This is too funny. My favorite character is Nanu, because she is a cute baby polar bear. Queen Latifah narrates this documentary film and I think she is does an amazing job. She delivers the stories so great and keeps my interest. Directors Adam Ravetch and Sarah Robertson direct Arctic Tale and do a great job too. A lesson here is that we need to do our part in cutting the global warming pollution. There are easy steps we can do right now by conserving energy on a daily basis. Animals have their own ways of living which is very different from us. For example, polar bear cubs stay and learn from their mothers for three years and then they go off on their own. This is very different from us, as children usually stay with their parents until they are at least 18 years old. I recommend Arctic Tale for ages 8 to adults. It's a great film for those who love animals and documentaries about animals. I give this film 5 out of 5 five stars. I think it's very good, educational and I like it a lot. See how polar bears and walruses live their life in the film Arctic Tale, the coolest place up north. Playing all month on HDNet Movies Kids Scene. Brianna Hope Beaton, age 13, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.

Queen Latifah takes us on a magical journey through the Arctic. You won't hear about these famous actresses because Nanu is a polar bear and Seela is a walrus. We meet them when they are first born and follow them for more than seven years. This is from National Geographic. The photography is awesome. The real live footage is amazing and a great chance to see the Arctic up close while staying warm. Our story begins with the birth of twin polar bears Nano and her brother, and a Walrus named Seela. These animals have had the same routine for hundreds of years but this year is different. The ice is melting and the temperature is getting warmer. We see how they adapt to the changing climate. They have many struggles and have to learn a new way of life. The walruses had the funniest moments and made me laugh a lot. They stay in large family units that do everything together. If one walrus does something the whole herd follows along. They love to eat clams but they are slippery and can fly, float or run away so this is not an easy job. When the male walruses like a female they can sing to her for up to 50 hours. They make the craziest sounds. We get to see how a mother polar bear teaches her young to survive. I love when she is teaching them how to break through the ice. They are amazing swimmers. They can smell through three feet of ice and snow. It is like trying to play hide-and-go-seek with a bear that has x-ray vision. This is how they hunt for food. Unlike the walruses polar bears like to live alone. My favorite type of whales are featured, they are called Narwhals, or unicorns of the sea. They have horns that can tell the temperature, taste the air and the sea. It is like a giant radar horn. They travel in pods of about 10 up to 100 whales at a time. You get to see a lot of different animals including birds, whales, foxes, seals and many others. Some of the scenes were very sad but nature is not always kind. The songs were upbeat and made you want to sing along. The age range is 7 and up because there a few scenes involving what the polar bears eat, which might be a bit much for some. I give this movie 4.5 stars because it made me very sad at times. Although it is reality and the Arctic is not a kind place. This movie is playing all month long on HDNet Movies - kidScene. Morgan Bertsch, age 8, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 3-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: TV
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OHMIES: MORNING WISH GARDEN, THE

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OHMIES: MORNING WISH GARDEN, THE
OHMAZING TUNES, LLC
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - The Ohmies first full-length musical album for preschoolers features cast members from the hit New York stage show. The album features ten original songs for playtime or anytime.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - "Morning Wish Garden" is a colorful, upbeat musical foray that introduces and encourages young children to dance, move and sing along with a talented cast of brightly, sprightly performers who lead the audience on a quest to find Mr. Sun and wake him up so their garden of wishes may grow. The performances and production values are strong and the songs inviting and engaging. Hopefully this will motivate the child to stay active and not vegetate with TV and video-related games. The production value is very good and supports the upbeat, participatory songs. The character vocal performances are good and work well together. Musicianship is strong. It uses content and lyrics that youngsters can grasp and follow. The album is respectful to its audience. It speaks directly to its intended audience with the use of colorful costumes and upbeat songs to entertain. I'm not crazy about characters in costume, and any clown named after a fruit or vegetable are suspect. But, I still like it! Reviewed by John Wood.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is a well-made, entertaining, and appropriate album that the kids enjoyed. The lyrics are fun and encourage movement, the production quality is great, the vocals are quality, and the overall presentation is impressive. Some is in Spanish. The only drawback might be that some of the lyrics are too complicated for kids in this age group. These songs encourage kids to be active, and also teach about various animals. One song exposes them to Spanish also. Overall, though, it is excellent.
Runtime: 30 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-6
Suggested Retail Price: $ 12
Media: DVD
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WHERE DO YOU WANT TO GO TODAY?

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WHERE DO YOU WANT TO GO TODAY?
ARTSONG MUSIC
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 5-8
Topic - Family
Description - This second children's music CD by Francie Kelley showcases her clear and lovely singing voice and a multinational theme binds the joyous songs together with a sense of exploration and wonder. Different tunes draw upon the rhythms and traditions of lands ranging from Jamaican drumming to Irish fiddle playing to Argentinean tango and much more. Jubilantly brimming with enthusiasm of a grand international vacation, it is a child's musical passport to the world.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a fine album filled with sounds and white rabbits that draw you into a world of predominantly world rhythms enticing the listener to become an amateur explorer of other cultures. The vocals are endearing and the production value, with an absolute nod to cultural instrumentation, is spot on. I must give a nod to the child performance at the beginning of "This Land Is Your Land." The song is seminal as we hand it over to future generations. The overall recording experience is terrific due to production values, vocals and song choice. The musicianship: exemplary. It is very uplifting, loving and accepting of other cultures and their music. This album is in touch with its audience and respectful. In addition, it lasers in on its target audience. I love the World Music component of this album. Five thumbs up if I had five thumbs. Reviewed by John Wood.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Francie Kelley's album let's you travel the world. There is music from many different cultures - from the Argentinean tango to the Hawaiian Islands' ukulele, Francie's upbeat and poetic vocals make this album. She carries a note for miles with her clear voice. She has help from Pat Kelley's soothing guitar music and Katie Kelley's fantastic vocals. When I listen to each song I'm transported to another place. It's a journey around the world in one album.
Runtime: 34 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $ 12.99
Media: AUDIO
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BOB'S FAVORITE SING ALONG SONGS

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BOB'S FAVORITE SING ALONG SONGS
BOB'S KIDS MUSIC
Series: AUDIO CD, AGES 5-8
Topic - Family
Description - Bright new versions of 15 favorite children's songs with first class musicianship and vocals. Bob encourages children to join the fun with him and sing without him as each song is repeated with an instrumental-only track.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Bob's Favorite Sing-Along Songs are just that with a little added punch. Bob McGrath, a familiar face and voice on Sesame Street has put together 15 fun tracks (in addition to instrumental versions of each) of traditional endearing songs like "When You're Happy and You Know It," "When the Saints," and "Hokey Pokey" to name a few. It encourages lots of participation and love ensues. Bob's accessible endearing tenor and likability drives the bus but the destination is a safe and magical place. After listening to it, you simply want to listen to it again and again and again. The added instrumental tracks are a plus. I think that Bob McGrath is a positive pied piper who is so endearing and respected and trusted, like Mister Rogers. Thank you for inadvertently assuming the mantle, Bob. This CD keeps traditional children's songs alive in a fun and entertaining way. I like the overall quality of the content/production and I applaud the effort to keep traditional children's music alive and well. Reviewed by John Wood.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The songs are fun and upbeat and I remember many of them from when I was younger. I like songs such as "If You're Happy and You Know it" and "Wheels on the Bus" because they make you want to dance along or sing. There are also instrumentals of each song. Kids ages four to eight would enjoy this CD. All the songs are fun, interactive and upbeat. They are songs that are pretty common. They are well recorded, and I especially enjoyed the instrumental versions of the songs. This is definitely a sing-along, dance-along CD.
Runtime: 51 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-8
Suggested Retail Price: $ 12.99
Media: AUDIO
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CELESTE SINGS, KIDS DANCE

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CELESTE SINGS, KIDS DANCE
ROMANTIC REALIST RECORDS
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - Happy beats for little feets.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - "Celeste Sings, Kids Dance" is a nice collection of upbeat tunes from an amalgam of writers including John Denver (For Baby), Tom Paxton (The Marvelous Toy) and Richard Starkey (Octopus's Garden), to name a few, and a couple of instrumentals, Music Box Dancer and Pachelbel's Canon, to round out the set. The vocals are strong and secure, the musicianship is stellar and the production quality is solid. My Mommy Comes Back is an uplifting, satisfying standout.

I really enjoyed the performances - both vocal and instrumental. The recording quality is very good. It uplifts and embraces its intended age group. This project constantly supports love and happiness through a variety of song choices by a variant of artists. It is very appropriate and uplifting for young audiences. The quality is superior across the board. The music is quite appealing due to terrific production values from the vocals to the instrumental performances. I was a little distracted by the inclusion of the instrumental version of Pachelbel's Canon which I felt broke the momentum of the album. There is a lot for young ears to like and divergent styles and engaging vocals and sounds. Reviewed by John Wood.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Kids enjoyed this. They got up and moved around. "I want to listen to that one today." They enjoyed the characters and found the music to be very danceable. "I danced with my seahorse and my friends." Most important though they liked it because "I like singing."
Runtime: 41 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-8
Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.98
Media: AUDIO
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COCOA!

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COCOA!
PLUMJUICE RECORDS
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 5-8
Topic - Family
Description - Six tunes of diverse styles: Back to School, Cocoa!, Feet, Feet!, Jammin', Kalico Kat's Jug Band and Everybody's Irish on St. Patrick's Day.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This 6-song extended play CD (EP) is pure magic and available for download. Marla Lewis's vocals and songwriting abilities are off the charts. These are brilliant songs that educate and entertain seamlessly. The tracks are divinely produced, the musicianship is top of the line, and the message transcends cultural divides. Marla's voice is pure honey that would confuse a bee. Her songwriting is a master's class and the songs deliver like a guided musical missile. We can't say enough so, enuff said! Buy this CD and do your bit to help the debt crisis! Reviewed by John Wood.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This CD is made by singer/songwriter Marlow Lewis. I was jamming and I was singing through the entire music starting from the beginning. The songs are cute, quirky and all up beat. It is wonderful and I loved it. My favorite song was "Feet." "Feet" is adorable and I found myself still singing the catchy tune the next day. Everything has feet - from ducks to snakes. This song gives you the dancing shakes. Just around the corner is St. Patrick's Day. The song "Everybody's Irish:" is a must for St. Patty's Day. It's great when they make songs for kids for holidays. You will certainly be in the mood to wear green after listening to this one. "Cocoa" teaches you about hot chocolate. Be careful or you will end up craving a hot chocolate with marshmallows. "Kalico Kat's Jug Band" and "Jammiin" will also make you want to get up and dance. So, if you are in a bad mood and need a lift or if you are just in the mood to dance and sing, this is the CD for you. All the songs are kid friends with kids friends words too. It is really fun and enjoyable for the whole family. I recommend it for ages two to five. I have listened to this over and over and find the lyrics so adorable that I have to give it five out of five twinkling stars. Reviewed by Morgan Bertsch, KIDS FIRST! Critics, age 9
Runtime: 16 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 4.99
Media: AUDIO


SPOOKLEY THE SQUARE PUMPKIN

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SPOOKLEY THE SQUARE PUMPKIN
LIONSGATE FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT
Topic - Family
Description - In a world where 'The only good pumpkins are round pumpkins'! Spookley The Square Pumpkin is shunned by the other pumpkins until a mighty storm threatens to destroy the entire patch. As the storm rages - Spookley realizes 'it's fine to be round while the weather is fair, but there are times it's better to be a square!'
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Fun, non-scary animated story for Halloween that is just right for wee ones. It reminds us that not everyone is the same and sometimes, it's our differences that make us stand out from the crowd and needed for certain special things. Based on the book by Joe Troiano, this cheerful animated story unfolds in a predictable but loveable way.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Enjoyed it. Kids love Halloween and were very responsive to a new Halloween story that wasn't scary. Many of them talked afterwards about what they do for Halloween - from carving pumpkins to costumes to trick-or-treating. They liked how Spookley became a hero in the story.
Runtime: 45 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-8
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD
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GIGGLEBELLIES SWEET SONGS & LULLABIES

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3D MAGIC FACTORY
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - A tender collection of animated sweet songs and lullabies. Carefully paced from beginning to end, this DVD was created to engage and soothe for quiet, nap and sleepy times. Enjoy unique adaptations to beloved traditional lullabies complimented with original sweet GiggleBellie songs.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This DVD for 2-4 year olds is a collection of animated songs. Some are traditional pieces and others were created for this program. The songs are all soft and melodic and they are mostly about the outdoors and magical creatures. The animation is done in a rainbow of colors with very cute little animals, insects, flowers and similar. I envision this as a calming influence on a roomful of toddlers in a daycare setting or at home for naptime.
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Runtime: 32 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 1-5
Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.98
Media: Video and DVD
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I'VE GOT A DINOSAUR ON MY HEAD

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I'VE GOT A DINOSAUR ON MY HEAD
PETER APEL
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - This CD features singable original songs like "Sometimes I Have Oatmeal for Breakfast" and "I Love Bananas." Movement and counting songs and educational lessons are sprinkled throughout along with colorful illustrations, liner notes and lyrics are included with the CD.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The title song "I've Got a Dinosaur On My Head" gives a big hint that this album is not going to chart new musical waters but it sure is fun, filled with whimsy and lots of sing-alongs and dance-alongs. The vocals are upbeat and engaging and the production values are unobtrusive and supportive. If you don't laugh during "The Laughing Song," I'm sorry, you have issues. Everybody loves "Train Whistles" and "Locomotives" so get on board and put a dinosaur on your head! This CD knows its audience and is fun, silly and filled with participation activities. It flows well, is simply structured but effective. There is vocal energy to the songs that will engage the listeners. Reviewed by John Wood.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is filled with catchy tunes, fun to dance to songs and the Fred Pinsocket Alien Space Dude is kind of cool. It is for younger kids, ages 2 to seven. I don't think older kids would think it was very cool. Younger kids would like most of the catchy songs such as "I Love Bananas." Younger kids would enjoy the songs and dance and sing along. I would like this if I was younger. It even is kind of funny. Songs such as Twinkle Twinkle Little Star are skewed to little kids. I can see my 3-year-old cousin dancing and laughing to some of the songs. Stylistically, all the songs fit together but they are different enough that they don't sound too much alike. There is a good selection of songs and the spaceman character is particularly cool. It is very upbeat.
Runtime: 30 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-6
Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.98
Media: AUDIO


FRED'S BACK

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FRED'S BACK
PETER APEL
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Thirteen original songs including "Lipstick Blah Blah," "I Love Sopaipillas" and "Bombones (Marshmallows)" come together in a catchy collection that entertains kids and parents alike. Engaging digipack contains an eight page mini-booklet with colorful illustrations, liner notes and song lyrics.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - You just can't go wrong with an album filled with witty tunes about loving moms and dads, squirting grapefruits that nearly blind you, marshmallows, Spanish sopaipillas, donuts, dinosaurs, leprechauns and...you get my point: a little something for the child in us all. The humor is engaging, the musicianship is sound and the characters' voices and the child performances are terrific. And, if this review is not enough to whet your appetite then my bad! This is a fun album! Check it out. The songs are upbeat and will hold any child's attention. The structure is similar to Peter Apel's first release, "There's a Dinosaur On My Head." He knows what works and will hold a child's attention. It is well paced, has a great variety of musical styles and instrumentation. It is very enjoyable. Reviewed by John Wood.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - coming soon.
Runtime: 38 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-8
Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.98
Media: AUDIO


BLACK STALLION, THE (HDNET)

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HDNET MOVIES LLC
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 12-18
Topic - Family
Description - A young boy and an Arabian horse survive a tragic ship accident and learn to live with one another on a deserted island. After their rescue, the boy and a veteran horse trainer groom the stallion to become a world champion racing horse. Starring Kelly Reno, Mickey Rooney, Teri Garr and Clarence Muse. Originally released in 1979.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - An uplifting and spirited story with strong humanistic appeal. Every turn of events leads to a positive outcome. Vivid settings. Originally released in 1979, this is an HDNet re-release, screening throughout November, 2013 on HDNet Movies - kidScene. This classic family film (G rated) was hailed by film critic Pauline Kael as "it may be the greatest children's movie ever made." It stands up to the test of time.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This film is very appealing to the eye, inspirational, and touching. Alec Ramsey (Kelly Reno) is on a ship with his father and a very wild black Arabian stallion, which Alec calls Black. A terrible storm happens and only he and Black survive. They end up on a small island and Alec befriends Black. Some travelers stumble across the island and bring them to England, where retired horse trainer, Henry Dailey (Mickey Rooney) helps Alec train Black. I like this film because of the cinematography and the plot. This is a beautiful story and there are a lot of scenes with great angles and close ups which catch my eye. Black is a very pretty, strong and fast horse. The acting is very believable and I can sometimes feel their emotions. My favorite character is Alex because he is able to earn the trust of Black and this is very hard to do. My favorite scene is when Alec is tries to get Black to like him so he gives him some food and after that he puts some food in his hand and then walks around the beach of the island to get the horse to follow him. After a while this turns into a game. If Black follows Alec then he will get some food. Carroll Ballard directs "The Black Stallion" while Melissa Mathison along with Jeanne Rosenberg writes the screen play. Other actors in this film are Clarence Muse (Snoe), Hoyt Axton (Alec's Father), and Ed McNamara (Jake). A message in this film is that you can become friends with any person or any animal and it doesn't matter if you're young or old. Also, everything that happens, happens for a reason. I recommend, "The Black Stallion" for ages 7 to 14. Younger ages may be scared at some of the scenes, but if they are watching with this family, it may not be too scary. Of course, if you are a horse lover, this film is for you and you can add this to your collection. I give this film 4 out of 5 stars. Some of the scenes are a little too short and has too little details, but even with that, this is still a great family film. See how Alec and Black create their friendship in this 1979 film, The Black Stallion. Brianna Hope Beaton, age 13, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-18
Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.98
Media: TV
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PLANES (BLU-RAY/DVD/DIGITAL)

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WALT DISNEY ANIMATED STUDIOS
Series: ANIMATED FEATURE, AGES 3-12
Topic - Family
Description - Dusty is a crop-dusting plane who dreams of competing in a famous aerial race. The problem? He is hopelessly afraid of heights. With the support of his mentor Skipper and a host of new friends, Dusty sets off to make his dreams come true. Available in English, Spanish and French. The DVD comes packed with bonus features including musical number "Franz's Song," "Meet the Racers" featurettes, a look at ten of the greatest aviators in history (hosted by ESPN's Colin Cowherd) and more.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - If you thought "Cars" was brilliant, then you'll be sure to love their latest animated adventure, "Planes!" It's an action-packed comedy featuring Dusty, a small plane with dreams of competing in an around-the-world race. The only problem is that Dusty is a crop-duster who's afraid of heights! As you can imagine, this makes it very difficult for Dusty to achieve his dreams. But, with the help of his best friends and a trained navy fighter plane named Skipper, Dusty finds new hope and inspiration. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Molly J, thought that "the visual effects in this film are spectacular" and at times it feels as if you are flying right alongside Dusty. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Brianna Hope B says, "It is a great film. It has hope, adventure and good humor."
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This film is too cute, funny and has great animation.

Dusty, (Dane Cook-Voice) is a basic crop-dusting plane with big dreams of competing in an aerial race. However he is afraid of heights, yes that's right, heights! In order for him to even get up the nerve to compete and pursue his dreams; he needs the help of his mentor, Skipper, (Stacy Keach-Voice) and his friends.

"Planes" has a good story line and I really like it. It has hope, adventure and good humor with comedians Brad Garrett (Chug-Voice), Sinbad (Roper-Voice) and many more. All the voice actors do a great job portraying their characters. Of course, the 3D animation is spectacular with great detail and lots of lively colors. My favorite scene is when Skipper starts training Dusty and Chug and Dottie (Terri Hatcher-Voice) are talking too loud for Dusty to concentrate. Skipper yells at them to be quiet and they straighten up immediately, but keep talking. This is really funny. My favorite character is Roper, because he says and does the funniest things. He always seems to be rambling about something and is funny.

Writer, Jeffrey M. Howard, writes a comedic script that gives kids something to enjoy and feel good about. Another well known comedian voice cast who I enjoyed in this film is Cedric the Entertainer (Leadbottom-Voice).

As Walt Disney once said, "All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." I really like this and believe this message is demonstrated throughout the film.

I recommend this film for ages 7 to 13. Kids who love Disney animation films will love this one as it is similar to other Disney films. It's also a great film for the family to see although older teens may not be too interested in it.

I give "Planes" 4 out of 5 stars because I would like to see more originality and uniqueness, but overall it is a great film and I really enjoy watching it. I know you will too. Reviewed by Brianna Hope B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

Well folks, Disney's done it again! "Planes" is truly a heartfelt underdog story that tells the audience to believe in themselves. There are always plenty of obstacles in life, but if you dig deep, you can find the courage to become whatever you dream of. In Dusty's case, he dreams of becoming the fastest air racer in the world! His closest friend is Dottie, a forklift and ace mechanic. Although she tells Dusty that he isn't built to race and that chasing his dreams is downright dangerous, Dottie always has his back, no matter what he decides. I love Dottie because she is such a loyal friend to Dusty. She is strong, super smart and practical. When anyone messes with her friend, she lets them have it!

Skipper is also very protective of Dusty. He was an ace flier in WWII and chooses to be alone and quiet until Dusty talks him into training him for the race. He wants to train Dusty hard so that he races well and stays safe. Skipper finds that he can learn a few things from Dusty, too.

The visual effects in the film are spectacular and, being 3D, there are plenty of scenes where the audience feels as if they are flying along with Dusty! The race takes us to amazing places like India, Europe and Mexico. The music is great too, combining old favorites with lots of new songs. Since the racers come from countries all over the world, the music is based on the background of the characters, which includes Italian, Mexican and British music, plus many more types.

It's no surprise that the director of Planes, Klay Hall, is an airplane enthusiast. He started drawing airplanes at an early age and his father and grandfather were both pilots. The executive producer of "Planes," John Lasseter, is a two-time Academy Award-winning director. He directed huge hits like "Toy Story," "A Bug's Life," "Cars" and "Cars 2." The voice-over cast includes such big names as Dane Cook, Stacy Keach, Teri Hatcher, Sinbad, Val Kilmer and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

My favorite scene in the film is when El Chupacabra (El Chu), the legendary Mexican racer, sings to a female racer, Rochelle. El Chu is trying desperately to win her affection but, keeps failing in hilarious ways.

I give "Planes" five out of five stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12, although it's fun for whole families to watch together, like mine did! It comes to theaters Friday, August 9th, so be sure to check it out! Reviewed by Molly J., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 60 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 3-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 44.99
Media: Video and DVD
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RUBY'S STUDIO: THE FRIENDSHIP SHOW

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THE MOTHER COMPANY
Series: INDEPENDENT SHORT, AGES 2-5
Topic - Education/Instructional
Description - Part of the award-winning Ruby's Studio series. Features adorable live-action host, Ruby, who leads viewers on an engaging adventure through fun animated sequences, art projects and original music - all geared toward helping children resolve conflict and show empathy, kindness and loyalty toward their peers.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is such a simple and sweet video about friends. The main character is so nice and the kids will love watching her. She is very inviting and her studio is warm and welcoming. This is a wonderful show for preschoolers and young children to learn about what it means to be a friend, have a friend and get along with others. The golden rule is taught early on and the kids in the video talk a lot about their friends. The actual studio is very colorful, warm and engaging. The pace changes often from talking, to singing and dancing, to animation, etc., and it keep your attention as a result. Kids are given a chance to think about their feelings and how to behave with others. Ruby's studio is very colorful and engaging. It resembles a preschool classroom. Ruby breaks into song and dance with the kids occasionally and it breaks up any monotony in the flow. There is also an animated cartoon, "Friendship", after activity time, which explains step-by-step how to make a friend.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This award winning show is a must have for every child and will definitely help with their childhood. In "Ruby's Studio", Ruby tells you everything there is to know about friendship. She tells you how to make friends, keep friends, how to treat your friends and cover real life situations on how to relate to them. She also tells stories that show you what to do if you and your friend have a disagreement. Most importantly, Ruby covers the golden rule; treat others the way you want to be treated. I like "Ruby's Studio: The Friendship Show" because of the real life scenes, the activities and the songs which teach you valuable lessons. It seems as though the kids on the show are giving real honest answers, not fake at all. I like that it's interactive with the kids on the show and the fun they are having with the different activities. One craft activity I like is the making of a friendship tree. You can place the names of your friends on it with what you think they enjoy or like. I like that this is a show that is very kid friendly. It's fun with bright colors, upbeat songs, and interesting stories. It provides great tips and gives you a recap of everything. Kids 3 to 7 well definitely love this show because it is interactive with its viewers, making you feel like you are included. Kids will also like it if they are seeking help for their relationships with their own friends. I give Ruby's Studio 5 out of 5 stars. It gives great lessons, it's interactive and has real life examples of problems that kids may face with their friends. There is not one thing that I dislike about this show. I believe it is a great program. For parents, this show is educational in every way and you will love it with helping to raise your child. "Ruby's Studio: The Friendship Show" is available now on DVD. Brianna Hope Beaton, age 13, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.

This is a great movie for kids to learn the Golden Rule. Ruby's Studio has many different shows. This particular one is about Friendship. This movie shows children how to make friends, understand to their friends and how to talk to them. The movie shows real kids feelings and has a lot of colorful displays, arts and crafts to keep children's attention. It also repeats the messages several times so younger children can remember what the messages of the movie are all about. We need to hear how other kids are feeling so we can understand better. We should try to talk to our friends and see why they are feeling the sadness or not want to play. My favorite character is Ruby. She is pretty and speaks slowly and make sure that all the children understand the message. The movie is fun and full of arts and crafts. The lesson in this movie is "The Golden Rule"; you treat others like you want to be treated. I rank this movie 5 out of 5 stars. This movie's age range is 3 -5. Cheyenne Nguyen, age 9, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.

I like this show because it really explores the elements of friendship and what it means to be a friend. "Ruby's Studio: The Friendship Show" stars a daycare manager named Ruby played by Kelsey Collins who teaches four kids, played by Skylar Cano, Levi James, Armani Pickett, and Maxwell Vu, about friendship and how to be a good friend. Many fun activities and videos help promote friendship. My favorite scene in this episode of "Ruby's Studio" is a video clip with animated cartoon soccer balls, basketballs, and bowling balls who teach kids that they can overcome their differences and become friends. My favorite character is the soccer ball in the video clip. I like the soccer ball because he is not afraid of anything and he stands up for himself. This forty-five minute preschool show is directed by Samantha Kurtzman-Counter, produced by Christine Ecklund, and written by Ruby Vanderzee. I recommend this show for kids ages five through eight because it teaches kids skills that they should know before fourth grade. I give this show three and a half out of five stars because although this show does teach helpful skills, it can be very slow at times. Camille Bajema, age 11, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
Runtime: 40 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 3-6
Suggested Retail Price: $ 19.99
Media: DVD
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TRAVIS CHEN
Series: STUDENT PRODUCTION, HIGH SCHOOL, ANIMATION
Topic - Education/Instructional
Description - A team of explorer robots lands on a planet to undertake a specialized mission. Unfortunately, one curious member gets accidentally left behind.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a short cute animation about a robot who has to find his way home and uses his ingenuity and found materials to build himself a spaceship. There is no dialogue in this film and it is very pleasant to watch. I like how the film maker sets the mood with only simple piano music, especially important with no dialogue or facial expressions.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I really like this short animated film because it promotes recycling. Four aliens travel to another planet to collect junk and one gets left behind. He is very resourceful. The animation is adorable and good for any age.
Runtime: 3 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD



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