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WE'RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT
PBS DISTRIBUTION
Series: DVD, AGES 4-9
Topic - Family
Description - Based on the bestselling bedtime story book written by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, which has sold over 11 million copies globally, the film follows siblings Stan, Katie, Rosie, Max, the baby, and Rufus the dog, who decide one day to go on an adventure through whirling snowstorms, oozing mud, and dark forests in search of bears! Featuring the voices of Olivia Colman (The Night Manager, Broadchurch), Pam Ferris (Matilda, Call The Midwife), and Mark Williams (Harry Potter), this animated story is filled with stunning visuals sure to enchant viewers along with its story of perseverance, optimism, and love of nature.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This animated film, based on the best-selling storybook We're Going on a Bear Hunt written by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, brings the story to life! The vibrant visuals and brilliant musical score add a special quality to telling the story of a group of five siblings and their dog Rufus who decide to go on a bear hunt while their parents go to aid Grandma and her broken down car.

Their big brother Peter leads them on their quest over the countryside, lakes, oceans, and mountains and through a treacherous snowstorm. Throughout, they sing the famous chant: "We're going on a bear hunt. We're going to catch a big one. What a beautiful day! We're not scared."

I love the children's positive outlook and excitement as they never give up, continue and approach their various destinations. As they encounter "long, wavy grass", "a deep cold river", "thick, oozy mud", "a big dark forest", "a swirling, whirling snowstorm" and "a narrow, gloomy cave", they also sing their other chant: "We can't go over it. We can't go under it. Oh, no! We've go to go through it."

When one of the siblings, Rosie and their dog Rufus become separated from the rest of the family, their adventure takes an interesting turn, delivering more than they ever expected. I really enjoyed the suspense the additional storyline adds to the film. It brings an extra excitement to the story. Do the paw prints add up to anything? You will have to see this film to find out!

I have fond memories of reading this story in my early teaching days as well as singing the chants with the children. Currently I read to children in the schools and look forward to sharing this film with them in addition to reading the story. The accompanying Adventure Field Guide is a perfect addition for children, teachers and families as a supplement to explore their own great outdoor adventures!

I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 to 9 as well as parents, caregivers and teachers. It will be available on DVD February 13, 2018, so be sure to check it out.

Reviewed by Terry Solowey, KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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Runtime: 24 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-9
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.45
Media: DVD
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LILY'S DRIFTWOOD BAY: SEASON 1 (2018)
N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - Welcome to Lily's Driftwood Bay. Lily is six years old and lives with her dad and her best friend, who is a seagull named Gull, in a little hut on the beach. Across the way is Driftwood Bay, a special island that exists in Lily's imagination. Every day the sea washes up a new treasure which sparks Lily's imagination about what might be happening on Driftwood Bay. Join Lily and her friends, Salty Dog, Bull, Nonna, Hatsie, Wee Rabbit and Lord Stag as they sail to Driftwood Bay where wonderful adventures await! Along with each adventure is a valuable lesson learned in each story from learning to tell the truth to saying sorry to asking for help. Embark on new adventures with Lily and friends as they travel to Driftwood Bay
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Watching Lily's Driftwood Bay gives me hope for future generations. Lily is always so kind to those around her and her life is filled with simple adventures that are genuinely interesting, shedding light on the fact that life doesn't always have to be busy to be enjoyable. Lily is an adorable little 5-year-old whom I adore for things like how respectful she is to her father. It is so touching to see a single father raising a daughter represented so positively. In this season, there is an episode called Goodbye Seabird and it is particularly touching and heart-breaking. In this episode, you learn a little bit about Lily's mom. What makes it so special is that not many children's shows acknowledge death, especially the death of a parent. The art is extremely cute. It looks like mixed media using colored pencils and paper cut-outs. The music is charming and blends well with the scenery. I highly recommend this for ages 3 to 6 and give it 5 out of 5 stars! Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Lily's Driftwood Bay: Season 1 is an amazing DVD. It's a fun way to teach kids about exploring their curiosity and discovering new things. The show takes its viewers into the world of Lily's fantasy. Each episode on this DVD has a great plot that brings you along the adventures in Lily's imagination. These episodes keep it very interesting and there is never a dull moment. It teaches good lessons in fun ways.

Lily's Driftwood Bay focuses on a world in Lily's imagination called Driftwood Bay. Lily finds new treasures on the sea shore everyday that spark her interest. She then travels in her imagination to Driftwood Bay where friends like Salty Dog, Lord Stag and Wee Rabbit help her find out what the object is and what it's used for.

My favorite thing about this show is the accents of the characters. All have British accents, which I love because it gives a different vibe to the show. Each adventure you take with Lily, teaches you a valuable lesson in such a fun way. This is truly a kid's dream film, because it shows a 6-year-old having fun in her own world, just like any other kid. My favorite episode would have to be Starfish in the Sky. That episode is about when Lily finds a telescope on the sea shore and wants to look at a constellation in the sky that looks like a star. At the end of the episode, everybody comes together to see the starfish and it is nice to see all of the characters in one spot. The show is really interesting and shows Lily's day to day life as well as the lives of her friends in Driftwood Bay. My favorite character has to be Salty Dog. He is such an amazing character and is always there for Lily. Salty is the one to drive the boat to take Lily to Driftwood and the one who tells her about the stars in the sky.

The message of this show is to not be afraid to ask others questions about things that interest you, just like Lily who asks her friends questions all the time. I recommend this DVD for ages 4 to 8 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. This DVD is available now, so check it out.

Reviewed by Dariana A., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12
Runtime: 375 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-6
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
Media: DVD


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CICADA
SCHOOL OF VISUAL ARTS BFA COMPUTER ART
Series: STUDENT FILM, AGES 4-18
Topic - Family
Description - This film tells a story about a sweet cicada that learns being yourself is the most beautiful song of all.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Wonderful animated student short. I love the magic portrayed. It flows well, is very brief with very little narration (just grunts and tweaks), yet the message is powerful and easy to understand It's a magical short that shows that just being who you are is magical. It shows the importance of being yourself and encourages you to not to let anyone try to change you. The animated characters are unique and fun to watch. It has very few words, is visual appealing, has lovely characters, fun background music and a powerful message. Plus, it has a happy ending. It is entertaining. Who would think animated insects would be so entertaining? I give it 5 out of 5 stars and I recommend it for ages 4 to 18 years old. Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 4 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


PADDINGTON 2

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WARNER BROS. PICTURES
Series: FEATURE, AGES 4-15
Topic - Family
Description - Paddington is happily settled with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens, where he has become a popular member of the community, spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes. While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy's 100th birthday, Paddington spots a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber's antique shop, and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it. But when the book is stolen, it's up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This sequel to the hit family film, Paddington delivers in all the right places and truly lives up to its predecessor and even surpasses the 2014 film in many ways. Paddington 2, like the first one, is definitely a family film filled with many morals and messages, generally surrounded by unique jokes and fun adventures. To add conflict to the story, there are some dramatic scenes, but the film manages to always stay kid-friendly.

The movie picks up sometime after the first film. Paddington the bear still lives happily with the Brown family in London. By now, he has a daily routine and has become friendly with the whole neighborhood. In a few days, his aunt will have her 100th birthday. Paddington decides to get her a perfect present. Little does Paddington know that the present he has chosen actually contains a big secret and gets stolen. Paddington is blamed for the theft and sent to jail. Now two conflicts emerge, Paddington must fit in prison and the Brown family must figure out how to get him out of jail.

Paddington's realism really stands out. He clearly still contains character-like features with big brown eyes and heavenly fluffy fur, but he essentially fits-in properly with his surroundings. Not only does the special effects' team deserve credit for this, but the actors deserve double kudos for performing so realistically with a character that doesn't really exist. Adding a superstar as Hugh Grant also brings the film to a completely new level of goodness.

Rare for a sequel, the story stays original and separate from the last film while still maintaining the good parts of the previous story. The humor becomes almost slapstick at times, and other times it's purely situational and always results in a laugh. Paddington as a character really pulls at the heartstrings of the audience, both because of a well-written script and a bear who's designed to be adorable in every way. My favorite scene starts when Paddington gets into jail. He, of course, does not fit in as a well-mannered, kind bear. After proving his skill at making marmalade sandwiches for everyone, the prison stops looking like the one in Shawshank Redemption and begins to look like a cute bed and breakfast you'd pay to stay at. This really shows a large amount of irony due to the fact that many gruff convicts become well-mannered and kind. This scene not only demonstrates the power of the humor in Paddington 2, but truly brings up all of the main characteristics of Paddington as a character.

I recommend this film for ages 7 to 18. Surprisingly, in the audience, there were more adults laughing than kids, while the kids were simply fixed on the realism and adventures of Paddington. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars for being an outstanding family film that truly outdoes its predecessor and leaves you wanting more. It opens nationwide in theaters on January 12, 2018 so, be sure to check it out.

Reviewed by Gerry O., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 1
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Paddington 2 seamlessly blends heart and comedy for a truly charming family film. This sequel revisits the title character, a precocious young bear living in London as part of the Brown family. As the movie opens, Aunt Lucy is celebrating her birthday in darkest Peru and Paddington is struggling to find a suitable gift to send to her. He settles on a pop-up book of London at a local antique shop and takes on a series of sometimes hilarious odd jobs to pay for it. One night, the book is stolen. Paddington is accused of the theft and sent to prison, but the real culprit is Phoenix Buchanan, a narcissistic actor who craves the spotlight and wants to use the book's value to fund his one-man-show. Paddington sets out to clear his name, while the Browns try to prove that Phoenix is the real criminal.

Paddington 2 is a warm fuzzy blanket of a film. Its title character is a symbol of kindness in a world that needs more of it. He never gives up and always believes in the best in those around him. I love coming back to Paddington's London and being reacquainted with the Brown family and their quirks. The cheerful tone of this film radiates throughout. The lesson of Paddington 2 is be kind to others, always, and its timing could not be better.

Paddington 2 surpasses the first Paddington film in many ways. It brings back endearing characters and everything you love about them, while introducing memorable new ones as well. I love how, once again the modern take on the widely loved story of Paddington Bear stays true to the character while still telling an original story.

Hugh Grant is very good as Phoenix Buchanan. Grant embodies Phoenix's charisma and sly humor. It is nice to see an actor typically known for romantic comedies go to a more villainous place to play this sinister has-been actor who will do anything to be famous again. Grant's top moments are his most bizarre. Be sure to stay for the credits for one of his best.

My favorite character in this film is Knuckles McGinty, the prison chef played by Brendan Gleeson. Gleeson subtly and comically shows us the intensity and warmth of his character. Knuckles's anger and pessimism is a nice foil to Paddington's constant glowing positivity. Gleeson also illustrates how Paddington brings out the softer sides of those around him.

I recommend this film to ages 4 to 15 and adults will love its positive attitude. I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars for putting a smile on my face and recreating the magic of the original and then some. It opens nationwide in theaters on January 12, 2018 so be sure to check it out.

Reviewed by Benjamin P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

This film is hilarious and made me cry a cry of joy and also of sadness, multiple times. It is amazing to watch live characters bond with an imaginary, animated bear. Even though there's not actually a bear there, you can feel the love within the family.

The film starts off with a little flash back showing how Paddington was saved from falling off the waterfall when he was a cub, by Uncle Pastuzo and Aunt Lucy. They adopted him and raised him as if he was their own son. Then it returns to present time. Paddington wants to get the perfect gift for Aunt Lucy on her 100th Birthday and decides on a present, but it is expensive. He works hard to earn enough money to buy the gift. One night while he is walking past the store where the gift is, a thief breaks into the store and steals it. Paddington chases after the burglar, but when the police arrive they assume that he is the thief. Paddington is sentenced to 10 years in prison even though he didn't commit the crime. His family tries to prove his innocence, but they don't have much evidence.

Paddington (Ben Whishaw) is supposed to be a young bear. Ben Wishaw, who does his voice, doesn't sound like a young bear to me. He sounds more like a polite and proper man. Even though he doesn't sound young, his voice matches Paddington's personality, particularly because Paddington is very polite, kind and sweet.

The animation for this film is very realistic. Paddington interacts with objects that aren't animated, which makes him seem like he is actually there. Paddington looks very realistic with very detailed fur, eyes and feet. My favorite part of this film are all of the jokes throughout it. They are so funny and sarcastic. The whole audience was laughing together. Everyone understood the jokes, adults and children both, which is always great.

The moral of this story is to be kind and positive, so that life will be kind and positive to you. Throughout all the hardships that Paddington goes through, he stays positive, remains kind and eventually everything becomes right in the end. Paddington 2 is such an amazing film to watch with your whole family. I give it 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 3 to 18, as well as adults. It opens in theaters nationwide on January 12, 2018 so, go check it out.

Reviewed by Jolleen m., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

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


OCTONAUTS: THE GREAT SWAMP SEARCH

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OCTONAUTS: THE GREAT SWAMP SEARCH       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 3-7
Topic - Family
Description - Dive into adventure with your favorite underwater explorers, the Octonauts! Join brave Captain Barnacles, daredevil ex-pirate, Kwazii, and medic Peso Penguin, along with the other Octonauts as they explore the world's oceans, rescue the creatures who live there and protect their habitats - above and below the waves! On this exciting DVD, join the Octonauts as they journey to the Everglades to help Tweak's dad, Ranger Marsh, track down several invasive species - including a Burmese Python and her babies! The adventures continue with six more exciting underwater missions!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I love The Octonauts. This series is such a cute, effective way to convey real world issues, such as pollution, to children without making it seem wildly scary and overbearing. I genuinely adore watching these little creatures, led by their fearless leader Captain Barnacles who take on so many problems and have so much fun doing it. Tweak and Peso are very cute little characters and I personally love Peso because I am a penguin person. Who wouldn't want to have a medic penguin? In each episode, we meet new creatures and learn all about their habitats and how we can help to keep them safe and happy. My favorite parts by far are The Octonaut Creature Reports. These reports are mini, in-depth views into the creatures The Octonauts encounter along the way in their adventures. The music featured in these episodes is fun, informative and catchy! The animation is simple and my two-year-old really seems to love the style. This show is great for ages 2 to 6 and I give it 5 out of 5 stars! Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Juror.

Octonauts: The Great Swamp is appealing to the watch, and educational! The show effectively teaches kids about social issues such as invasive species and forest fires without making it scary. The characters are cute, and easy to follow. Each episode has a distinct goal to achieve, whether finding a lost flamingo in the swamp, or rescuing a family of Burmese pythons! The Octonauts, led by Captain Barnacles, work tirelessly to solve the mission together, focusing on the clues they find to guide them to a solution. They are led by the Octonaut motto, "Explore, rescue, protect!" The creature reports produce a fun and catchy song about each animal in the mission giving viewers more information, but the opportunity to learn through song. It's a fun, and educational feature! I recommend it for ages 2 to 7 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Kristin H., KIDS FIRST! Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is a fun, educational, adventure-filled DVD with animals. The voice acting and plots bring a unique feel unlike other animated work. This is sure to be a hit with kids who love animation.

The story follows the adventures of an underwater exploring crew, the Octonauts which includes Captain Barnacles (Simon Greenall), Lieutenant Kwazii (Rob Rackstraw), Medic Peso (Wayne Greyson), Biologist Shellington (Keith Wickham), and Founder Grimpoteuthis (Keith Wickham). They are enticed by many adventures including the likes of returning animals to their homes, rescuing baby animals and finding the right turf for a group of hippos. Meanwhile, they discover new information about all the animals they are investigating.

Simon Greenall, as Barnicles, presents a commanding presence in leading the Octonauts, especially when choosing what is a priority. He is my favorite character because of this. Rob Rackstrawis, as Kwazii, is a fun member of the team who loves to help the animals and learn more about them. It is also interesting to see her reunion with her father who plays a big part in the first adventure. Wayne Greyson, as Peso, is an incredibly smart medic who wants to use his skills to save lives. Keith Wickham, as Shellington and Grimpteuthis, portrays two different characters who are of great importance to the team.

Darragh O'Connell directs this show with a Star Trek-esque tone of discovery. My favorite scene is the chase from the hippos because of the creative ways in which the Octonauts flee. It also feels like an extremely urgent scene. My only problem with the show is that, at times, the episodes are repetitive such as when they use the same plots with different animals.

The message of the show is to protect all animals and the ecosystem. Despite being treated unfairly by the animals, the Octonauts work around that to help them. They even give food to the hungry carnivores who threaten the ecosystem, while protecting the other animals. I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 6 to 12. This DVD is available now so be sure to check it out.

Reviewed by Arjun N., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16

Octonauts: The Great Swamp Search is like Mission: Impossible for younger audiences! There is danger and action at every corner and unique adventures. The music is engaging and made my heart race, adding to the thrilling effect. Along with the gripping stories, each episode cleverly incorporates interesting fun facts casually into the Octonauts' conversations.

The story follows the Octonauts - Captain Barnacles, Kwazii, Peso Penguin, Dashi Dog, Shellington, Tweak and Tunip who always come to the rescue. Each episode follows an entertaining and fresh storyline where the Octonauts face peril and must use teamwork and problem solving to save the day. They help a myriad of animals and learn much from their adventures.

Every species has a distinctive voice and accent. This adds to the element of diversity and uniqueness. Simon Greenall as Captain Barnacles makes it obvious through his authoritative voice that he is the captain. Kwazii (Rob Rackstraw) is a pirate and incorporates an interesting accent to enhance his character and add humor.

The animation is quite realistic, particularly the water, shadows, clouds and colors during different times of the day. The water moves so smoothly that I felt I could reach into their world and touch it. Throughout many scenes, reflections can be seen in the water and are extremely naturalistic. The clouds move subtly across different shots and the movement is memorable. Shadows of the trees, animals and the Octonauts are beautifully portrayed. In the shadows, underwater and during different times of day, the colors change intensity which boosts the sublime qualities of the animation.

The animated cinematography is special. There are many wide shots that show the Octonauts from afar and then zoom in, allowing the viewer a chance to enjoy the scenery, light and depth of the animation. The 3D effects create a world that doesn't seem so far from reality even though it is. It immersed me in the experience while learning about all the different species.

My favorite part is how fun facts are blended into the conversations. Even though it doesn't feel as you are leaning something, you learn many different things about hippos, crawfish and a multitude of other animals. The messages of this show is about teamwork, putting others before yourself and being kind to everyone. I give this DVD 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 12. It is available on DVD now so, be sure to check it out. It's great stealth learning.

By Sahiba K., KIDSFIRST! Film Critic, Age 15
Runtime: 90 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 3-7
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
Media: DVD


OCTONAUTS: SEASON 1

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N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Dive into adventure with your favorite underwater explorers, the Octonauts! Join brave Captain Barnacles, daredevil ex-pirate, Kwazii, medic Peso Penguin and the rest of the crew, as they explore the world s oceans, rescue the creatures who live there and protect their habitats above and below the waves! Based on the richly imaginative books by Meomi, this series combines immersive visuals and submersive humor to transport young children into a world that is both real and fantastic, full of mysteries to unravel and surprises around every corner. So come aboard the Octopod for 52 exciting missions!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The Octonauts: Season 1 definitely grows on child and adult alike. The stories teach about various underwater creatures and the importance as a team to help others. I am sure this DVD will be a favorite for children because of the great animation, excellent characters, catchy songs and brightly colored underwater locations. It will definitely keep their attention and parents will not be bored either. The episodes offer a lot of educational information about sea animals. I love how it doesn't make it seem as if the carnivorous sea animals, such as sharks, are bad creatures. It is simply what they do and it plays very well, so children don't even notice that the carnivores are different from the non carnivores. Its refreshing to have a series that does not play good against the bad and makes it more about helping each other. Our favorite part is at the end of each segment when they show videos or pictures of what the sea animals looks like. That way the children learn not just what the creature can do while watching the show, but also what they really look like. Now when we go to the aquarium, we will be able to spot these different sea creatures. The animation on this DVD is broadcast quality with a color palette that is bright enough to catch little ones' attention. My kids greatly enjoyed playing with the toys that came with this DVD. It was a nice treat for them to have and help them remember what they learned in the show by play acting with the characters. Our whole family learned something new about the ocean from each episode, especially from the creature reports. They are now looking forward to going to the aquarium to see how many sea creatures they can find! The overall message of this show is about having fun while working together as a team, especially while exploring the seas. I give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 through 8.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The Octonauts have always been one of my favorite TV/DVD series. The Octonauts are selfless and brave, human-like animals and have great teamwork. Aside from the multiple wonderful messages that they teach in every episode, they also have detailed animation.

The Octonauts live in the ocean in their octopus-like structure called the Octopod. Whenever there is trouble in the ocean, the team of Octonauts does not hesitate to help anyone in need. The main characters include Captain Barnacles (the bear who leads the team), Kwazi (the pirate-like cat) and Peso (the timid penguin). At the end of the episode, there is always a Creature Report, a song giving facts about one of the creatures that they saw or helped during the mission.

Captain Barnacles (Ross Breen) sounds like a bear who has everything under control. He has a very deep, commanding and strong voice which implies that he is the boss, and he is. Peso (Paul Panting) has a very soft, sometimes shaky and uncertain voice. Peso is a happy, but conservative penguin, and you can hear that through his voice. You can also easily hear when he is scared.

The animation is detailed and shows the ocean as a beautiful place with the wide variety of colors. Another thing that I like about this series is that on the Octonauts team, there are different species of animals aboard the Octopod. They work together great as a team, even though they are all different. It shows that even though you don't have many similarities, you can still work together successfully and be friends. This is just one of the great messages taught in this series.

My favorite episode is "Undersea Storm." During this episode, a storm is heading near the reef where the Octonauts live. A strong current sweeps up a baby lobster, but Kwazi saves it and returns him to its family and they are very grateful. Later, Kwazi crashes and can't get his submarine to work. The whole family of lobsters shows up to help him out. Everyone makes it safe inside before the storm hits. This is my favorite episode because it teaches the morals of The Golden Rule. It is very clever how they present this moral.

There are multiple different messages throughout this DVD. All are really important and sometimes are overlooked. I love that The Octonauts offer entertainment to young children while teaching them good lessons.

This is an awesome DVD to watch and I give it 5 out of 5 stars. I recommend it for ages 3 to 11. Maybe it could even be for 12 and 13-year-olds, because I really enjoyed watching it myself. It is available now on DVD so, be sure to check it out.

Reviewed by Jolleen M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

Octonauts is one of my favorite TV shows. I've been watching it my whole life, since I was a baby! This Season 1 DVD is filled with 52 episodes, which is over eleven hours of the best Octonauts adventures. In Octonauts: Season 1, everything that happens takes place underneath the ocean! That is my favorite thing about this show. It takes me on an underwater adventure every time. I get to live my dream of being aquatic!

Captain Barnacles leads his team. Tweak Bunny, Pero Penguin, Kwazii Kitten, Shellington Sea Otter and Dashi Dog all appear in Season 1. Every character is a different type of animal. They are have unique personalities and special traits that make them interesting. All of these traits make the Octonauts team a good group of characters that can handle any kind of problem that comes their way.

This is a fun series! The stories always move forward without a dull moment! Each episode keeps my attention and I am totally entertained. Nothing scary ever happens and that makes me feel relaxed and interested while I'm watching. I can watch one episode after another.

All of the episodes on this DVD have positive messages for kids about helping others or teamwork. I think kids can also learn a lot about the ocean and all of the sea creatures who live there. This is an educational show, but it doesn't feel like it. Those kinds of shows are the best! I have two favorite things about these shows. The Octopod is really cool. It is the big underwater spaceship that they travel around in and it is also the headquarters for the crew. It looks like a big mechanical octopus.

My other favorite thing about the show are the Vegimals. They are so silly and interesting. Think of putting together a vegetable and an animal and you get a Vegimal! For example, if you take a half-salmon and a half-jalepe�o, you have just made a Salape�o. The Vegimals are very cute and funny.

I give this DVD 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 10. It's calm and colorful and it looks like little bath toys that a baby would like to play with. I think even the smallest child would be mesmerized watching these shows. This is available on DVD now, so go check it out!

Reviewed by Izzy C., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 9

The Octonauts have always been one of my favorite TV/DVD series. The Octonauts are selfless and brave human-like animals and they have great teamwork. Aside from the multiple wonderful messages that they teach in the episodes, the episodes also have detailed animations.

The Octonauts live in the ocean in their octopus like structure called the Octopod. Whenever there is trouble in the ocean, the team of Octonauts will not hesitate to help anyone in need. The main Octonauts include Captain Barnacles (the bear who leads the team), Kwazi (the pirate-like cat) and Peso (the timid penguin). At the end of the episode, there is always a Creature Report, a song giving facts about one of the creatures that they saw/helped during the mission.

Captain Barnacles (Ross Breen) sounds like a bear who has everything under control. He has a very deep, commanding and strong voice which implies that he is the boss, and he is. Peso (Paul Panting) has a very soft, sometimes shaky and uncertain voice. Peso is a happy, but conservative penguin and you can hear that in his voice. You can also easily hear when he is scared.

The animation for these episodes is detailed and shows the ocean as a beautiful place with a wide variety of colors. Another thing that I like about this series is that, on the team of Octonauts, there are different species of animals aboard the Octopod. They work together great as a team even though they are all different. It shows that even though you don't have much similarities, you can still work together successfully and be friends. This is just one of the great messages that The Octonauts teach.

My favorite episode is "Undersea Storm". During this episode, a storm is heading near the reef the Octonauts live in. A strong current sweeps up a baby lobster, but Kwazi saves it and returns him to his family and they are very grateful. Later, Kwazi crashes and can't get his submarine to work. The whole family of lobsters shows up and helps him out. Everyone makes it safe inside before the storm hits. This is my favorite episode because it teaches the moral of the golden rule. It is very clever how they present this moral in this episode.

There are multiple different messages throughout the DVD. All of the messages are really important and sometimes are overlooked. I love that The Octonauts give entertainment to young children and teach them good lessons at the same time.

The Octonauts Season 1 is an awesome series to watch and I give it 5 out of 5 stars. I recommend this film for the ages of 3 to 11. Maybe it could even be for 12 and 13 year olds, because I really enjoyed watching it myself. Be sure to check this series out on DVD and on TV now!

Reviewed by Jolleen M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12
Runtime: 700 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.99
Media: DVD
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SOMEONE GOOD WILL FIND YOU

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SOMEONE GOOD WILL FIND YOU
MARKUS KAATSCH
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - A well-intentioned Chinese immigrant father tries to teach his son, David, how to "make it" in America. When David becomes enamored by a Superman costume in a store window, his father sees an opportunity to impart to him the importance of hard work, thrift, and delayed gratification. But when the time comes for David to reap the rewards of his efforts, it turns out that the lessons he's learned transcend those his father intended. Revealing the human capacity for connection, compassion, and sacrifice, Someone Good Will Find You is a story about the lessons parents try to teach their children, and the unintended ones children learn on their own.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I enjoyed this short film with its lesson about saving and spending. The story is about a little boy who lives with his parents, two young Chinese immigrants. While shopping one day, a Superman costume catches his attention and he pleads for his dad to buy it for him. His dad draws the line, saying that his son has to earn the money to buy the costume. He buys his son a piggy bank and the boy names it Peaches. He begins to learn a valuable lesson. In the end, the boy might have learned even more than his father has. The cinematography is very good, capturing beautiful shots of the skyline of where the boy lives. The message of this film is that you have to work for what you desire. The boy learns this and it changes his outlook on money. It has a surprise ending which you will enjoy. I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 3 to 15 as well as adults.
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Runtime: 9 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 3-15
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


TREETOP FAMILY: SPARROWS LEARN TO FLY

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TREETOP FAMILY: SPARROWS LEARN TO FLY
SKYSHIP ENTERTAINMENT
Series: FOREIGN ANIMATED SHORT, AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - It's a big day in the old oak tree! The baby sparrows are learning to fly! Featuring the original song, "Flap Your Wings Together," from the makers of Super Simple Songs. Treetop Family is a delightful series for children all about family and friendship. Join the sparrows, the mice, the possums, and the squirrels as they sing, and play, and discover the world around them...together. There's always something new to learn in the old oak tree. Treetop Family....home for you and me.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This short 2 D animated piece from Super Simple Songs is just that, super simple. And, I might add quite charming as well. It's an innocent piece showing how the baby birds learn how to fly. Probably not accurate in a scientific way but nonetheless, charming and appropriate for its intended audience - preschoolers. Lovely pastel colors, a wonderful tune and simple, uncluttered animation. Recommended for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival for ages 2 to 5. I give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror
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Runtime: 4 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


BUMBLE NUMS: UNDERWATER WATERMELON SALAD

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BUMBLE NUMS: UNDERWATER WATERMELON SALAD
SKYSHIP ENTERTAINMENT
Series: FOREIGN ANIMATED SHORT, AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - The Bumble Nums is a brand new cartoon full of counting and cooking fun! The Bumble Nums are going underwater for the secret ingredient for their next yum yum dish! Join Humble, Stumble, and Grumble in this children's cartoon as they go diving for underwater watermelons and then make a delicious Underwater Watermelon Salad!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This cheery animated short has a lot of things going for it. Nice 2D animation, good music and a reasonably good story line. Although not scientifically accurate, its fantasy is charming and fun. It also embed some stealth learning such as big, bigger, biggest. I recommend it for a KIDS FIRST! Film Festival for ages 2 to 5 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! juror.
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Runtime: 5 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


PIT STOP: RUNNING ON EMPTY

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PIT STOP: RUNNING ON EMPTY
SKYSHIP ENTERTAINMENT
Series: FOREIGN ANIMATED SHORT, AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - The race cars are having a showdown in the desert in Episode 3 of the car racing cartoon for kids, Pit Stop! But will the scorching hot conditions leave gas tanks bone dry? And can Racer #4 talk herself into the fastest race of her life? Whose race car will cross the finish line first? It's a hot one!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This four minute animated show is absolutely adorable, has great colors and the dialogue is clear and age appropriate. After I finished this episode I looked up other episodes on YouTube to share with my 20-month-old son. The 2D animation is very well done. The backgrounds as well as the moving images are clear and seamless. The facial expressions are absolutely precious. There are quite a few jokes that are fun for kids as well as their parents. I believe a child would enjoy watching number 4 talk to herself. I might add that I'm glad they have a female race driver among the group. It flows very well and the content is appropriate for its intended audience. I'd love to see this series become event longer. It has great potential in that way. I highly recommend it for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival for ages 2 to 5 and give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Rachael V and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Jurors.
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Runtime: 4 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


PAPER PUPPET PLAYHOUSE: THE THREE LITTLE PIGS & THE BIG BAD WOLF

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PAPER PUPPET PLAYHOUSE: THE THREE LITTLE PIGS & THE BIG BAD WOLF
SKYSHIP ENTERTAINMENT
Series: FOREIGN ANIMATED SHORT, AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - The Three Little Pigs is a fairly tale about three little pigs who each build new homes before being visited by the Big Bad Wolf. One pig takes the easiest way and builds a house out of straw. The second pig also chooses an easy way and builds his house out of sticks. The third little pig builds a strong house out of brick. Which house do you think will be the safest and strongest?
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I wholeheartedly recommend this for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. The whole Paper Puppet Playhouse is fantastic and so well done that I placed it on a playlist from YouTube so that I can watch the rest of the series. The narrator is quite engaging. Listening to his versions of the various characters is quite engaging. It makes you appreciate the talent of this voice over artist. The animation is wonderfully adorable and really immerses you in the story. It's simple 2D animation which is appropriate for its intended audience. My son is 20 months and thoroughly enjoyed this in every way. The storyline flows very well and is very suitable for its target audience. Watching the wolf trying to blow the houses down is really funny because the animation softens the aggressive wolf. This would look fantastic on the big screen. I think it's a great take on the story. I recommend this for ages 2 to 6, but I greatly enjoyed it myself. I give this 5 out of 5 stars. If you are looking for preschool programming for your festival, this is one that fits the bill! Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! juror.
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Runtime: 8 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-6
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


CARL'S CAR WASH: GUS'S GARBAGE TRUCK

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CARL'S CAR WASH: GUS'S GARBAGE TRUCK
SKYSHIP ENTERTAINMENT
Series: FOREIGN ANIMATED SHORT, AGES 3-6
Topic - Family
Description - Yikes! Gus's garbage truck is trashed! What a stinky mess! Time to head to Carl's Car Wash to get this rubbish truck all cleaned up! Can Carl can choose the right car wash settings to get Gus's garbage truck sparkling clean?
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I highly recommend Carl's Car Wash: Gus's Garbage Truck for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. It's very cute and well done. I love watching educational shows that are meant for pre-school aged children. It always gives me ideas regarding how to teach toddler my son. I love how the show embeds learning moments when Gus takes his garbage truck to the car wash and Carl selects the type of vehicle, the level of messiness and other things. Also, Carl the viewer helps the customer count tokens. Very nice early math and language skills. There are funny little jokes that small children will appreciate. The animation is simple and brightly colored which helps hold kid's attention. The voices and background noises are well done and help keep you interested in the story. It has a great structure and is well designed for its target audience. One of our favorite things is during the actual car wash. The bubbles are fun to watch and brightly colored. My son loved that. I want a car wash like this. The only thing I am a bit disappointed is lack of cultural diversity. All the characters are white. Darn, this is cutely educational and I highly recommend it but, for lack of diversity have to mark it down a bit. I believe this is well suited for ages 3 to 6 and give it 4.5 out of 5 stars.
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Runtime: 5 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 3-6
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


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TIME MACHINE GUITAR ADVENTURES
RALPH COVERT
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 2-8
Topic - Family
Description - Ralph from Ralph's World lives in a colorful TV Treehouse with 3 puppet friends, Beauregard, Rani, and Malcolm. With the help of his time machine guitar, they go on adventures through history to meet interesting people and learn about music. They have lots of fun, and play lots of songs along the way!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is simply wonderful. Ralph's style complete engages the kids both on screen and those watching. His songs are fun, varied and original. The puppets and the kids are all charming and believable. Love the backgrounds and sets. I love how he incorporates music education into this in a way the kids can easily apprehend. The Time Machine time travel segments are fun and, although not realistic, offer some history education to the show's content in a fun, fantastical way. All the visuals are exceptionally well done, the music fun and engaging and the format perfect for young kids. I recommend this for ages 4 to 12 as well as adults and give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 28 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-8
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


FERDINAND       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX FILM CORPORATION
Series: ANIMATED FEATURE, AGES 4-18
Topic - Family
Description - Ferdinand, is a giant bull with a big heart. he is mistaken for a dangerous beast and is captured and torn from his home and family. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team for the ultimate adventure. Set in Spain, Ferdinand proves you can't judge a bull by its cover.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I have to say, I really enjoyed this movie. It is definitely much better than I originally thought. I assumed it would be a bit bland, but I was pleasantly surprised.

This is the story about a bull named Ferdinand who dislikes violence. He is taken in by a girl named Nina and her dad. Due to being at the wrong place at the wrong time, he is taken to a ranch where they plan to put him in a bull fight. He is determined to escape and find his way back home. This is an adaptation of an old picture book from 1936, which I think is pretty interesting.

First, let's discuss the animation. I find the animation to be quite Disney-esque. It is fast, fluid and, best of all, colorful - just the way I like animation. The color scheme is very aesthetically pleasing. The flowers especially look amazing, as silly as that sounds. This movie has a good amount of star power with John Cena, Kate McKinnon, David Tennant, Daveed Diggs and more. The voice acting is probably one of the best things about this movie. Everyone sounds like they're having so much fun and that they clearly love their roles. That really helps every character feel so likeable. The voices of the horses are an excellent example. Their accents and mannerisms are hilarious.

Speaking of hilarious, this movie is actually really funny, a lot more funny than I originally expected. I assumed the humor would a bit like the general humor in most modern animated movies. Another thing I find interesting is that the movie is surprisingly kind of dark. Considering the whole story is about bullfighting, a few scenes are actually very serious. Certain scenes made me think to myself "this is a kids movie?!" I really didn't expect that. Honestly, a lot of things surprised me, which I'm really happy about. Since I never want movies to be bad, I love it when a movie surpasses my expectations.

Finally, I love the cast of characters. Lupe the goat, the hedgehogs and the horses are my favorite characters, but every character has something about them that makes them so interesting. The other bulls are likeable characters and so is the bullfighter villain. Even smaller side characters really made this movie. I love the message this movie puts out: peace over violence. I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 7 to 18. It comes out December 15, 2017 so go check it out.

Reviewed by Calista B. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic age 14

Ferdinand, directed by Carlos Saldanha is a spoonful of sugar! Ferdinand's compassion is contagious and, with his big innocent eyes and smile, he brightened my day. The animation is visually appealing and adds happiness and joyfulness to every aspect of this film. The music adds an exhilarating effect to the action scenes and made my heart pump faster and faster.

The story follows a timid, lovable bull named Ferdinand who loves flowers. He is born a fighter at a ranch, but has no desire to hurt anyone. He runs away and is taken in by a farmer and his daughter. Together, they grow up and through a series of events, Ferdinand is misunderstood and separated from his home and must do everything he can to return to his family.

John Cena plays Ferdinand and keeps a softness in his voice that reinforces Ferdinand's serene aura. Kate McKinnon plays Lupe, a hilarious, exuberant goat. The way she manipulates her voice made me laugh. The antagonist, Valiente, voiced by Bobby Cannavale, has an animosity against Ferdinand that is clear and terrifying.

The animation is sublime and gorgeous. There are many scenes where Ferdinand is sitting on his favorite hill, gazing into the distance. The landscape is intricately detailed. You can see the cracks on the cliffs and shadows with the pinkish orange sunset with the trees, flowers and grass swaying with the wind. These scenes transcend words and made me feel the peace and serenity that Ferdinand experiences. Ferdinand's expressions are priceless, revealing his feelings exquisitely. His ears flap when he is excited and his smile is enormous. The animation is excellent throughout.

My favorite part is Ferdinand's personality. Ferdinand would never hurt a fly and loves everyone and everything. He always does what is right and, no matter how anyone treats him, he considers everyone his friend.

The message of Ferdinand is don't be afraid of who you are and let your true self shine. I give this film 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 15. Ferdinand opens in theatres nationwide December 15, 2017 so be sure to put it on your holiday viewing list.

Reviewed by Sahiba K., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15

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


DOOZERS: GIANT GINGERBREAD HOUSE

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DOOZERS: GIANT GINGERBREAD HOUSE       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 2-7
Topic - Family
Description - Welcome to Doozer Creek where the Doozers live! They're green. They're cute. They're three inches tall and they're full of energy, ideas, and enthusiasm! It's family time at Doozer Creek! The Pod Squad want to build a Doozer-sized Gingerbread House! However, in order to achieve such a large size Gingerbread House it's going to take some clever construction to create. Can the Pod Squad do it? Then, Daisy Wheel wants to ice skate with the others, but she doesn't know how. Together, the Pod Squad build her a custom Doo-Step Skating Dress that lets her glide across the ice in no time. Weee! Enjoy these adventures and six more focusing on science, technology, engineering and math!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I really enjoy watching The Doozers because I was always a huge fan of Fraggle Rock. My son loves Fraggle Rock and he totally recognized the Doozers when they came on! In this DVD collection, the Doozers set out to make a large gingerbread house and the show really goes into the math and engineering of building the house. It's great how it manages to simplify it enough for young viewers to enjoy. Next you get to see the gang help out a friend and engineer a really cute dress in the process. There's even little present exchanges in this story. I really love how educational and engaging this show is for younger children. I think teamwork is an important life skill and any child watching this is sure to learn very quickly the importance and joy that comes from being part of a team. This is great for ages 3 to 7, but my 21-month-old really enjoyed as well. I give it 5 out of 5 stars! Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Jim Henson's three-inch green characters, The Doozers, from the wonderful Fraggle Rock Adventures are available on the new DVD, Doozers: Giant Gingerbread House. This is perfect for the holiday season because it is all about sweet treats, ice skating, presents and holiday joy that we know and love. If you aren't in the holiday spirit yet, then this DVD will put you in it.

One thing I love about The Doozers is that they teach young children about STEAM which stands for science, technology, engineering, art and math. It is so important that kids learn these basic skills when they are young and The Pod Squad demonstrates this perfectly. The Jim Henson team always seems to know what kids will enjoy and they are on target with this new DVD. You might not have the tools that The Doozers have, but it encourages you to want to build something. It makes me feel like there is never a problem that, with a little thought and creativity, cannot be solved.

The voice-overs are great because they are so cute. They match the little green Doozers perfectly. They all have different personalities and qualities. Each character has a terrific personality and that makes me feel as if I have been friends with them forever. My favorite episode is Daisy Wheel on Ice. It is hilarious when Daisy Wheel tries to ice skate but can't. She keeps falling until her friends invent something to help her skate while standing up. This invention could be very helpful for people who can't skate, including me. I think someone should invest in this invention.

Daisy Wheel might be the youngest of the Pod Squad, but she is ready for anything and always has a bright idea when needed. That is why she is my favorite character. Daisy Wheel is also very quirky and had me laughing through many episodes. Daisy Wheel is goodhearted because she loves helping others by building them things. This is another one of her qualities that I adore.

I recommend this DVD to ages 3 to 8 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. Kids will adore the fun things that The Doozers do and will be inspired by the fun projects to want to build things themselves. The animation is colorful and the story lines are easy to follow which makes it perfect for a young audience. It is available on DVD now so be sure to check it out.

Reviewed by Morgan B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13

This is a fun movie to watch during the Holiday Season. It takes place in a magical little community that is close to where humans live, but it is hidden from them. The movie stars members of the Doozer Pod Squad, known for using math, engineering and design to find solutions to problems, which they do again in this story.

The story is simple and sweet. It is a very enjoyable and easy to follow along with. The animation is gentle looking, round and happy. The bright colors and good voice actors make it fun to play on the TV. Like it says in the title, this movie is about a Giant Gingerbread House that the Doozers make. They are trying to sell Molly's father's gingerbread houses, but they need the right materials and some help. They have a positive mission, but will they be able to do it in time for Christmas?

Doozers: Giant Gingerbread House takes us on a fun adventure with four little children and their mission to be helpful. This movie is also about spending time with your friends. If you are the type of person who does not like to work with others, then this is the movie you need to watch to encourage you to work better with others.

There are two characters that I identify with - Mollybolt and Daisy Wheel. Molly is independent and kind. Those characteristics speak to me. I can also relate to Daisy Wheel when she learns how to ice skate. I remember learning how to ice skate and I felt just like her when I started. I relied on the encouragement from my Mom and my friends on the ice rink to help me keep going.

My favorite thing about the movie is its positive message. There is a very important lesson here that I have never seen in a Holiday movie. Doozers: Giant Gingerbread House shows kids that anything can be accomplished if you work with a team and do your best. I learned that if I need help with anything then I shouldn't be afraid to ask for help. I also learned that if anyone tries to do something on their own and are not successful, then they should remember that there are people who are ready to help make it happen. All you have to do is ask! When you work as a team, anything is possible. This movie reminds me of the saying "Teamwork Makes The Dream Work!"

I give this DVD 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for kids from 2 to 6 years old. I watched it with my 6-year-old brother and he was very entertained. I don't think older kids or adults will find this movie interesting enough, but it is perfect for little kids. This DVD is available now so, be sure to look for it.

Reviewed by Izzy C., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 9
Runtime: 90 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 3-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
Media: DVD


ABC MONSTERS: STARRING VWXYZ

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ABC MONSTERS: STARRING VWXYZ       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - Twenty six cuddly ABC Monsters live within the walls of Capital Castle. Each monster represents a letter of the alphabet, but should any of the monsters go missing for longer than a day, all the letters will be wiped clean from every book in Capital Town! In this DVD, embark on adventures with Alice, Brian, and Cherry Berry to search high and low for the letters V, W, X, Y, and Z. It's a very windy day in Capital Town. After checking the ABC Monsters, it seems that one of them is missing - W-Monster! So Alice, Brian and Cherry Berry head into town in hopes of finding their missing friend, W-Monster. Along the way they meet, Wanda the Weaver, Wendy the Window Cleaner and then Willie Webster. Hopefully, one of them will be able to help Alice, Brian and Cherry Berry find W-Monster during this windy day. Get set for a spellbinding series of magical adventures that engages preschool children's imaginations, while making learning exciting and entertaining.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Oh no, W-Monster is missing! Capital Castle is a grand place that houses the 26 Alphabet Monsters, but today we have one missing and we must find it! My son was loving the search and kept asking where W had gone. It was adorable. My favorite thing about this DVD is the alliteration and how it coincides with the main cast. For example: since we are searching for W, we encounter Willie Webster and Wanda the Weaver and all this takes place on a windy day! Isn't that fun? One of the children searching for W-Monster is named Alice and she is such a sweetheart. I love seeing such a positive portrayal of little girls on screen. All of the Alphabet Monsters are funny and somehow manage to have different personalities. This show provides fun adventures, but I honestly just love the fact that these 26 monsters have 26 distinct looks and 26 distinct personalities. It's wonderfully done. This is best for preschool aged children, however, I recommend it for ages 2 to 6 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This educational DVD is super cute and hilarious. I love that it is interactive and that there is music. The animation is very colorful, bright and vivid.

In the story, the letters of the alphabet are all different monsters. Each episode stars one of the letters of the alphabet. Later in the episode, the letter goes missing and it's up to Alice, Brian and Cherry Berry to find the missing letter. If one of the monsters goes missing for more than a day, then all of the letters will be erased from every book. Throughout the episodes, they teach letter recognition, spelling, writing each letter, identifying the missing letter in a word and there are parts where you can sing-along.

I like the style of animation in this show. It is really cute, cheerful, colorful and pleasing. The animation flows well and has lots of detail. The backgrounds look really cool as well. I love the way the characters' faces have different expressions and they show a variety of emotions through their facial expressions.

Each of the characters has a different hairstyle and different personality. This shows me that the creators took the time and the effort to give each character a completely different and unique look as well as a completely distinctive personality. It makes the DVD just that much more interesting to watch and it impacts the storyline as well.

My favorite part of the episodes is when they can make alliterations with the letter that is starring. It is really creative and amazing to see how many words they come up with. For example, on the episode that stars the letter W, they met Wanda the Weaver, Wendy the Window Cleaner and Willie the Webster.

The message of this DVD is about teaching kids to do the right things when different situations arise. The goal is to educate kids about the alphabet and help them develop their language skills. The film also has sing-alongs, which can help in developing your reading skills. This show excels at teaching while entertaining kids. I believe that a child can learn a lot about the alphabet from watching it. I give this DVD 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 to 7. It is available on DVD now so go check it out.

Reviewed by Jolleen M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

ABC Monsters Starring VWXYZ, directed by Ah Loong, is an interactive adventure full of fun and games! Songs, puzzles and dances encircle each episode with excitement. Puzzles where viewers are asked to help kept me engaged as I felt I was a part of the show, helping the main characters along their journey to find the missing monsters.

The story follows Alice, Brian and their fairy Cherry Berry, who embark on different adventures to find the missing letters. On their way, they face many puzzles, meet new friends and visit new places. They even learn new songs and dance moves as they embark on their exhilarating quests.

The animation and songs are unforgettable. The children and adults have a larger head than body, which allows an exaggeration of emotions. It makes it easy to understand what the characters are feeling. The monsters come in different colors, have distinctive hairstyles and unique personalities. Each characteristic adds to their charm including their smiles and even their unique teeth. The backgrounds are colorful and radiant. They appear to have been drawn as there are sketchy lines that outline the trees, hills and houses. This adds to the calm feeling of watching different, lively scenes. The animation becomes more visually appealing when different patches of designs merge to create walls, floors and hills. It prevents certain areas from being one solid color and gave me more to look at on their adventures.

When a song begins, the scene changes into vibrant shades of yellow, pink and blue with a multitude of flowery shapes. The characters dance on screen while colors and patterns flow past them. There are sparkles everywhere and lights flash as if the characters are at a disco. Captions also appear at the bottom, encouraging viewers to sing along. The ambience of these scenes are exuberant and energetic. The songs themselves are catchy and made me want to sing along too.

My favorite part is the journey of finding the monsters because, even I had the pleasure of guessing the riddles and seeing how one puzzle would lead to the next. The message of this DVD is "always help those in need and good will always transpire." I give this DVD 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 6. This DVD is available now so be sure to check it out, especially if you have preschoolers.

Reviewed by Sahiba K., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15
Runtime: 125 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
Media: DVD
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LIFE CIRCLES

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LIFE CIRCLES
CARRIE ATTUNE MUSIC
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - This is a musical treasure trove that joyfully celebrates the common chord of the human family. From Celtic to Cajun, African to Mexican, Caribbean to American blues as well as jazz and that Bo Diddly beat, "Life Circles" takes the listener on a spirited musical journey!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Like her song Sweet Potato Pie, Carrie Higgins' 'Life Circles' album is chock full of terrific musical ingredients that will bring a satisfied smile to your face and will keep you coming back for more. Her vocals and songwriting skills are terrific and her choice of subject matter skews well for her target audience. With the extra added baked-in pinch of love throughout, this CD is quite perfect for home, school and travel time! There are a lot of positive values, catchy tunes and variety in subject matter. The songs are well-produced and performed including stimulating musical styles and effects. It is very supportive with clear participatory call and response and overall gentleness and love. There are positive behaviors modeled: connection with the Earth, love for all people, appreciation of our differences and love of family. She never talks down to the children and keeps concepts understandable to her target audience. It is very well recorded. Carrie Higgins' voice is terrific! Well-played all around. It offers a plethora of pro social benefits from the importance of love and family, the boomerang effects from lying, the importance of healthy food and the idea that dreams and aspirations can be attained. I would hope that this album would be subject to repeated listening and instill a stronger sense of belonging and self-esteem in the children. I give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 3 to 8. Reviewed by John Wood, KIDS FIRST! Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Life Circles is a positive album with good background instruments and a unique set of songs. Singer / songwriter Carrie Higgins's album is geared towards families and features songs about everything from blood sugar, to an interesting connection with a robe, to a folk tale in song form. My favorite song is Rock-A-Bye. It's got a good rhythm and I appreciate that the repetition goes on just long enough to make it catchy without being annoying. I also like that the songs draw from a range of influences and styles from around the world, including Latin and African beats. My one criticism of this album is that there is no major shift in tone in the selection of songs. While these upbeat high-tempo tunes have a nice assortment of instruments, few songs stand out from the others.

Life Circles is a perfect CD for a road trip. It has 14 songs that will have you and your kids singing along. I also like that they use children's voices for some songs. Kids are more likely to enjoy it when they know that their peers contributed to the album. Overall, the songs are cheerful and easy to listen to. Younger kids and their families are sure to enjoy this fun CD. I recommend it for ages 3 to 9.
Runtime: 45 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 3-8
Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.98
Media: AUDIO


RAG DOLLS

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RAG DOLLS
ABOVE THE LINE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 4-14
Topic - Family
Description - Playtime turns into uncontrolled shenanigans when a young girl discovers rag dolls in an antique chest. For the dolls' very real counterparts, self-control is out of their hands.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a very fun and enjoyable short film. I like the film's premise about a little girl who is able to control the adults with rag dolls she found in an antique chest. It makes for some very funny actions by the characters who don't understand what's happening to them. This film is perfect for children because the dolls get to know each other better and they see them in live action form. It makes sense and flows very well. The storyline is consistent and the language is appropriate for its intended audience. The music is very complimentary, almost like what is used in a silent film. It sets the mood and drives the pace. And, it's a happy sound. The quality of the cinematography is high, as is the audio. It should project well on a big screen. Most importantly, I think it will make young viewers laugh. I give it 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 to 14. Reviewed by Ryan R. and Julie S, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and KIDS FIRST! adult juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is a very fun and enjoyable short film. I like the film's premise about a little girl who is able to control the adults with rag dolls she found in an antique chest. It makes for some very funny actions by the characters who don't understand what's happening to them. This film is perfect for children because the dolls get to know each other better and they see them in live action form. It makes sense and flows very well. The storyline is consistent and the language is appropriate for its intended audience. The music is very complimentary, almost like what is used in a silent film. It sets the mood and drives the pace. And, it's a happy sound. The quality of the cinematography is high, as is the audio. It should project well on a big screen. Most importantly, I think it will make young viewers laugh. I give it 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 to 14. Reviewed by Ryan R. and Julie S, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and KIDS FIRST! adult juror.
Runtime: 4 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-14
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT HALLOWEEN!

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N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 4-8
Topic - Family
Description - The Cat in the Hat takes Nick and Sally on the craziest Halloween ride filled with howlers and shockers and scary fandangle's, big laughs and music and fun from all angles! Their fright-filled adventure takes them deep into the Oooky-ma-kooky Closet where Nick and Sally discover the very best Halloween costumes ever.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I always get super excited about watching this series. Martin Short is the brilliant voice actor of The Cat in the Hat and he's hilarious. In general this series has always been very fun and educational, so it's not a shock the this Halloween special follows suit. In this episode we learn the science behind things such as the changing colors in fall. I am very happy that the story features creepy crawlies and monsters and still makes it fun and fearless for children. Fear is actually a large part of this episode. The Cat in the Hat and the kids address scary costumes and how to overcome those fears. Their adventure consists of a really cute camping trip complete with adorable squirrel interactions and teaching respect for nature and wildlife. This is perfect for ages 3 to 10 and I give it 5 out of 5 stars for being fun and educational! Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Halloween is a wonderful Halloween movie for children. The theme is about facing your fears because they are not as big as you think. That is what is interesting about the film.

The storyline is about two kids named Nick and Sally who need to find the perfect Halloween costume. They find the Cat in the Hat and he tells them about a closet that has all the best costumes. They go on the hunt for the perfect costume and face their fears on the way.

The characters are very unique, creative and beautifully animated. Some of them are astonishing. I love the wacky and crazy lady who owns all the costumes. She's very helpful to the kids as she helps them find the perfect costume. I love how she dances with the Cat in the Hat. She is a fun, energetic, loving character that children will love. The Fish that follows The Cat in the Hat on his journeys is also hilarious! I love how he tries to scare The Cat in the Hat but he is so oblivious about his fear of pumpkins.

The animation is close to the Cat in the Hat books. The storyline is identical to the books, which doesn't always happen when you make a book into a movie. There are some movies that do not look anything like the original book. The voice acting is applaud-able. I love how Martin Short's (The Cat in the Hat) voice is exactly how I imagine the Cat in the Hat would sound. I love how he sounds whimsical and kooky. I also adore the voice actors of Sally and Nick. I love how they make their voices so perfectly childlike.

The message of this film is to get over your fears because they are not as big as you think. It teaches kids that you can get over your fear whether it's a small fear of ghosts or a big fear like stage fright. All of the main characters get over fears that they couldn't get over before. The Cat in the Hat gives great advice - the fears you have are not bigger than you think. This is a great lesson for kids that have fears that they cannot get over. I rate this film 5 out of 5 and recommend it to ages 5 to 9. This DVD is available now so, be sure to check it out.

Reviewed by Carla P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13

This is a film about a friendly, large cat that goes on a fun adventure with two kids named Sally and Nick and their pet fish to find the perfect Halloween costume. Along the way, the group indulges in some spooky fun and silly musical numbers. It is really a fun and festive film to enjoy with your children. This movie is action-packed (for a kids film) and full of magical fun for younger kids to enjoy.

The musical numbers add an innocent and fun component to the film. They are fun, silly and highly entertaining. The musical numbers certainly add lots of fun.

The storyline is easy to follow and actually quite intriguing. When I was younger, I would have watched it and enjoyed it immensely. It leaves you wondering what will happen next. The songs, the animation and the plot are amusing and interesting and very family friendly.

Another aspect that is commendable is the animation. It is cool, clever, brightly colorful and aesthetically pleasing. It reminds me of the animated films I used to watch when I was younger. The animation style is absolutely one of my favorite parts of the film. Then, of course is Martin Sheen as the voice of The Cat. He is simply delightful to listen to. He delivers a stunning performance that takes me back time and time again. He is worth the price of admission, so to speak.

I rate it 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 6. It is available on DVD now so, be sure to check it out. Reviewed by Ella L., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13
Runtime: 60 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-7
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
Media: DVD
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JUNGLE JIM, A MUSICAL WILDLIFE ADVENTURE

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WAGNER PRODUCTIONS
Series: WEB SERIES, AGES 2-5
Topic - Education/Instructional
Description - Original music and charismatic characters make it easy for kids to learn fun facts about animals from inside their magic world. Jungle Jim is a young boy whose vivid imagination takes him and his animal friends on magical interactive adventures throughout the animal world.

Amazing facts about wildlife are entertainingly communicated through musical skits performed by the animals themselves. Catchy singable tunes make it easy for kids to learn about lots of different animals. http://junglejimmusic.com/
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Very cute animated short, geared for a preschool audience. Content is very suitable and straightforward. This is a pilot episode and, as such, offers a great example of what the finished series will show.

The background music is quite charming, sung by a choir of kids. The show features an animated character and his friends as they explore life action things. The voice over talent is quite good with voices that representing the characters in engaging ways. The storyline teaches kids facts about animals that reside in the jungle accompanied with fun music. This makes learning fun.

The graphics and visuals are clear, colorful and charming without going over the top. The pace of the production is quite appropriate for its target audience. Not too fast or too slow. The words are repetitive but that is suitable for preschoolers. The storyline is presented as a bit of an adventure which makes it fun and engaging.

This is a very watchable piece and I highly recommend it to parents and educators working with toddlers. It allows them to explore wildlife in a fun and informative way.

I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 2 to 5. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This show is designed for a preschool audience and it's quite suitable for them. The episodes are colorful and the characters look adorable. The songs are a pretty simple but work for its audience. The content is information but not very detailed. Again, remember that it's geared for a preschool audience so, the content is pretty basic and repetitive.

The voice acting is really great! I enjoyed listening to the different characters and give credit to the voice actors for their outstanding work. I found the animation a bit choppy and most of the backgrounds are pretty plain without much detail. There are occasional gaps between lines in a song or in between dialogue lines, but this is a pilot so, I'm sure that will smooth out in the final show.

The message that the film's creators are focused on is that learning can be fun! You should learn more about the things around you, specifically wild life and what all the different types are like. These episodes are short and cute. I give them 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 3 to 6. It is available on YouTube now so, check it out. Reviewed by Jolleen M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Web Series


CORKY

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CORKY
TY PRIMOSCH
Series: INDEPENDENT SHORT, AGES 5-8, ANIM
Topic - Education/Instructional
Description - A corkscrew with a screw loose battles a giant glass bottle to uncork seven magical lightning bugs trapped inside.The animated short has no dialogue. The story relies on visual story telling to express its themes of acceptance despite appearance and gratitude through understanding. In today's world, perhaps this tiny reminder can go a long way. Uncork the magic!!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Wow! My favorite film of this entire group of entries. This is simply fabulous! I can't say enough good things about this brilliant animated short! I definitely recommend this for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival with its wonderfully simple story and fantastic animation. It is non-narrative which requires greater effort on the part of the filmmaker to get the full story across. That is done outstandingly well in this film. The animation is stunningly beautiful and looks as if it is hand drawn. Corky, the lead character is a bit creepy looking, but his intentions are so sweet that you can't help but like him. The background music is extraordinary and really drives the pace of the film in a good way. By the end of this film you feel really good about the way things go. Kids would love to believe that inanimate objects in their home have mini adventures such as this when we are not around. It reminds me of Beauty and Beast with all the dancing and moving household objects. I was ready for the musical soundtrack and singing. (doesn't happen but it truly could) This would be fabulous to watch on the big screen. I'm sure it will be a hit at any film festival suited for kids and families. I recommend this for ages 4 to 18 as well as adults and give it 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Rachael V. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Jurors.
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Runtime: 6 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


P. KING DUCKLING: SEIZE THE DAY!

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SHOUT! FACTORY
Series: DVD, AGES 3-8
Topic - Family
Description - Adventure takes flight with the plucky P. King Duckling! Meet P. King, a slightly hapless but intrepid young duck, and his two best friends, Chumpkins (a sarcastic pig) and Wombat (who helps P. King with his schemes even though she knows better)! Together, they work to seize the day: which always leads to wild adventures and hilarious consequences. Created by award-winning Josh Selig (Sesame Street, Wonder Pets!) and featuring music from Grammy winner Marty Beller of They Might Be Giants, P. King Duckling is a wholly satisfying family experience that engages children in problem-solving and creative thinking: all while quacking you up!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a cute show about a group of friends who take funny adventures and find solutions to problems along the way. P. King is a funny duckling who constantly gets the group into trouble with his big adventures. Luckily, he has two friends that help keep him centered and out of trouble. There's Wombat who always supports P. King's decisions and Chumpkins, an attitude-riddled pig who is the muscle of the group. He is my personal favorite because he is funny and sarcastic all the time. This trio deals with the bad guy, Greg the Goose and teaches us that there are many creative solutions to even the smallest of problems. My 19-month-old absolutely loves this program. The art style reminds me of Phineas and Ferb. I recommend this DVD for ages 3 to 7 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. My only complaint is its lack of story depth. Everything is over simplified, which is expected for the target age group, but I wanted more. Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The fun adventures shared here are creative and quite enjoyable. The lessons that P. King Duckling, Wombat and Chumpkins teach are also quite useful. The animation in this show is simple with lots of colors and shapes. It is perfect for kids. It is easy to follow and understand so you can do some of the experiments that they do in your imagination.

My favorite episode is "Wombats Big Surprise!" This episode is so funny and enjoyable because of the humor and how Wombat doesn't know about her big surprise birthday party. I also love that Chumpkins and P. King Duckling hide things. It also teaches you about patience, which is a difficult lesson.

My favorite character is Wombat (Courtney Shaw). She is smart, creative and likes to help her friends. Wombat knows how to make lots of fun things such as painting pictures. Courtney Shaw voices Wombat and makes her sound very inquisitive and caring. She fills Wombat's voice with lots of emotion in all the episodes, which is something I admire. P. King Duckling (Marc Thompson) is very goodhearted and a silly duck who loves adventure. He finds new fun ways of doing things such as cooling the town he lives in during a heat wave, jogging the Great Wall of China and many more that have great moral values. Marc Thompson's P. King Duckling has an adorable voice that sounds like a nerd which brings P. King Duckling to life and makes him enjoyable.

Chumpkins (Benjie Randall) is a computer geek and loves technology. Chumpkins is proud of this and wears a shirt with a computer on it. Whenever you need something delivered house right away, have Chumpkins order it online. He also knows a lot about gadgets and gizmos so he is the Pig to call. Benjie Randall makes Chumpkins sound older then he is and that is reflected in his personality and makes you believe he is very smart.

Some of the life lessons in this story are about being a good friend, what friendship really is, how to exercise creativity, using your imagination and learn how to work as a team. The lessons are very valuable, because even I forget how to be a good friend sometimes. It is a great reminder about how to be a good friend for older kids while teaching younger kids the basics of friendship. It reminds you to use your brains and work with others when trying to solve problems.

I recommend this DVD for ages 4 to 8. Even tweens and teens will benefit from it the life lessons are priceless and everyone will enjoy the characters with their quacky, quirk personalities. I give this DVD 5 out of 5 Quacking Ducks. This is available now on DVD so, check it out. You'll be glad you did.

Reviewed by Morgan B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12
Runtime: 110 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 3-7
Suggested Retail Price: $ 12.65
Media: DVD
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FLOOGALS: MISSION COMPLETE

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N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 3-8
Topic - Family
Description - Join the Floogals on a mission of discovery as they explore Earth and the funny hoomans who live there! Each day, Captain Fleeker, First Officer Flo, and Junior Boomer encounter something that sparks their curiosity, setting in motion the day s research project and triggering an exciting adventure! First, the Floogals have an adventure in which they must learn the difficult task of assembling the Girl Hooman s jigsaw puzzle. They learn working in a team wins the day! The projects continue with investigating Boy Hooman s building of a model rocket, learning how to fly a toy helicopter to rescue Boomer, discovering who stole Dad Hooman s veggies in the garden and so much more! Adventure is everywhere they go. They re the Floogals! 3, 2, 1, let s go!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - As far as young children's programming goes, Floogals is one of my favorites. The adventures that the Floogals take are so unique and fun. It makes you wish that you were there as well. One of my favorite episodes is when the Floogals try to assemble a human jigsaw puzzle and it is horribly funny. I'm not a puzzle gal myself and I was shocked to see these little guys make something such as assembling a jigsaw puzzle interesting. This program really has a way of making normal everyday events into huge fantastical events for the Floogals. The animation is cute with bright, eye-catching colors. My 19-month-old cracked up the whole time he was watching. I recommend this for ages 4 to 8, but I am most definitely letting my little guy watch it now. I give this DVD 5 out of 5 stars for being so darn creative! Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This hilarious animated series had me laughing the entire time. Seeing aliens interact with humans is something I've never witnessed before, and the obstacles that the Floogals face are incredibly unique. As soon as I began watching the series, the Floogals have to face a giant cat, which did not fail to make me laugh. With many twists and turns, you will never get bored.

A story is about three aliens from outer space, Captain Fleeker, First Officer Flo and Junior Boomer who experience many exciting adventures with humans. They must stay hidden, conduct research projects and report back to their space captain about what it's like to live on earth. The Floogals learn about jigsaw puzzles, mail, a model rocket, a helicopter and so much more! And, if they do a good job with their research, they get badges to wear on their uniforms. Join Fleeker, Flo and Boomer as they learn what it's like to be a "hooman."

Rasmus Hardiker, who plays Captain Fleeker, is the lead Floogal. Fleeker always manages to come up with solutions to problems that the Floogals face. For example, when the Floogals ruin a jigsaw puzzle that a little girl built, they have to find a way to rebuild it before she comes back. Hardiker's voice is very deep, but it's also very optimistic, which makes his character very relatable. Hugo Harold- Harrison, who plays Boomer, is the funniest character I've ever seen. Boomer doesn't think before he acts, which lands him in difficult situations. Boomer is in charge of watching the cat while the other Floogals rebuild the jigsaw puzzle. Harrison's voice is filled with fear, which makes it hilarious.

The animation in this show is very realistic. The house that the Floogals live in looks just like mine! Their uniforms are the coolest uniforms I've ever seen. I wish I could be a Floogal! My favorite part about this series is its theme song. It is incredibly catchy, so prepare to have it get stuck in your head. I love the ending of each episode, because Fleeker, Flo and Boomer each provide their personal perspective about their daily adventures. It's great to hear their differing opinions, which makes their friendship work. Fleeker, Flo and Boomer are undoubtedly best friends, and you'll wish that you could join them on their adventures.

The message of this series is to explore everything that life has to offer and to keep an open mind. The Floogals are nothing like humans, but they learn to love what humans can do. I give this DVD 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to kids ages 4 to 8. With non-stop adventures and many jokes, there is something for everyone to enjoy. This DVD is available on September 12, 2017 so, be sure to look for it. I can't wait to watch the second series.

Reviewed by Samantha M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 17.

Floogals: Mission Complete is a spectacular DVD. It has great animation, a great way to teach kids about day to day things and the Floogals are such a great way to get kids hooked on learning. It has an amazing dynamic and a review of everything they learn at the end, so the kids don't forget. It also never has a dull moment, so it will keep kids very interested and wanting to watch more.

Floogals is about three little aliens that move into a "hoomans" house. Everyday, they discover something new about Earth and they investigate. While doing that, they teach kids about all those things. There is a wide variety of episodes from teaching kids how mail works, to finding out how seeds grow.

This show has such amazing animation. The Floogals are little animated aliens, but they live in a live action world. It's so cool to see them pick up objects that aren't animated and they still look like real objects. Another thing I really like is the personalities of all the Floogals. Take Boomer for example. He relates to kids that are more shy and helps them be more out there just like him. I also love the way each episode is formatted. Every episode starts with the Floogals seeing something they don't understand. Then, they find funny uses for it and, in the end when they find out what it is, they go over everything they learned. It's a great tool to help kids remember what they learn. One of my favorite episodes is "Project Mail." I really like it because, as a kid, I never would have known how mail worked and this would have been really cool for me to watch at a younger age. If I could change one thing about the Floogals, it would be how long Boomer's name is. On the show they call him Junior-Floogal-Boomer. I think it would be better as just Boomer.

The message of this show is that you should go out and learn something new every day. I give this DVD 4 out of 5 stars for its great animation, awesome plots and incredible characters. I recommend this DVD for ages 3 to 6. This DVD will be released on September 12, 2017 so be sure to check it out.

By Dariana A., KIDS FIRST Film Critics, age 11.
Runtime: 95 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 3-8
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
Media: DVD
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COSMOSPENGUIN IN SUSHILAND, THE

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COSMOSPENGUIN IN SUSHILAND, THE
RUSLANA BERNDL
Series: FOREIGN STUDENT SHORT, AGES 2-6
Topic - Family
Description - The adventures of the Cosmospenguin (which is just on diet) lead him from his home planet Jupiter up to the light years distant, praised Sushiland. In search of a treasure he meets the frog (which suffers at iron deficiency). His trip to San Francisco ends in the chaos. In his visit in Vienna he saves together with the frog the squirrel (which can shout very loudly). On his odyssey in the desert he hits on the camel Simon (who needs no gasoline). For what is looking the Cosmospinguin on the Sushiland, seems at first unclear. Only after he has travelled around half a planet, finally, the sense of his trip becomes by him conscious ...
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The student short, Cosmopenguin In Sushiland is a fun imaginative romp through spectacular locations such as Sushiland, Abu Dabhi and Vienna. It follows a penguin from Jupiter who goes on a bizarre journey around the world with characters like a frog who eats meteorites and a squirrel. It is very childlike, colorful and fun. I appreciate how everyday objects like toy cars and toy penguins are incorporated into the film. It doesn't have amazing production quality, but it has an endearing homemade quality to it. I think children will enjoy it and it could inspire them to make their own films in the future. This short film is very weird, but I believe younger kids could very much enjoy it. I recommend this offbeat tale for inclusion in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. I recommend it for ages 2 to 6 and give it 3.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Benjamin P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The student short, Cosmopenguin In Sushiland is a fun imaginative romp through spectacular locations such as Sushiland, Abu Dabhi and Vienna. It follows a penguin from Jupiter who goes on a bizarre journey around the world with characters like a frog who eats meteorites and a squirrel. It is very childlike, colorful and fun. I appreciate how everyday objects like toy cars and toy penguins are incorporated into the film. It doesn't have amazing production quality, but it has an endearing homemade quality to it. I think children will enjoy it and it could inspire them to make their own films in the future. This short film is very weird, but I believe younger kids could very much enjoy it. I recommend this offbeat tale for inclusion in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. I recommend it for ages 2 to 6 and give it 3.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Benjamin P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
Runtime: 12 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-6
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


PUP STAR: BETTER 2GETHER

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AIR BUD ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 4 - 12
Topic - Family
Description - The action-packed new season of the franchise continues with the story of Tiny, an adorable Yorkie pup who, after winning the 'Pup Star' TV singing competition, is suddenly launched into an adventure when she's replaced by a street Yorkie, Scrappy, and the two swap lives in a dog-filled, fish-out-of-water tale that ultimately demonstrates life truly is 'better together.'
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I have to admit that I liked this so much more than I thought I would. The dogs are absolutely adorable and they storyline, while a bit trite, is quite suitable for its intended audience. The humans are all pretty stereotyped and goofy but in a good way. This is one of those films that I definitely recommend for kids, especially dog lovers. My hat is off to the animators for making the dogs appear to be speaking. They way their mouths move is pretty credible. I would definitely take my granddaughter to this! I give it 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 to 12. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Air Bud Entertainment has done it again and created a fun-filled family film with this follow up sequel to Pup Star. I like the movie because the story has a fun adventure and also introduces lots of new characters including the disco dog Shampoo, the perfect pal P.U.P. (Mackenzie Sol) and the "cantankerous" Kitty Purry (Madison Pettis).

The story begins when Roland (Jed Rees) and Bark (George Newbern) kidnap Tiny (Kaitlyn Maher); or should I say dognap. Scrappy (Kaitlyn Maher) is put in Tiny's place for the Pup Star finals because Bark wants revenge on Tiny. My favorite scene is Shampoo's disco party! It is hilarious because it is quite unusual to see dogs dancing. Wow! He slides all around and spins on the ground like fidget spinner. My next favorite scene is in Kitty Purry's cat alley. When Roland enters, his clothes are in perfect condition, but when he comes out, his entire outfit is in shreds.

My favorite characters are Tiny, Scrappy and Roland. Tiny is so loveable and a great singer. Scrappy is an awesome rapper with lots of attitude. Roland thinks he is pretty smart but he's really like a dodo bird. It's so funny that in almost every scene something bad happens to him which made me laugh like a howling husky.

I absolutely love the music because it includes rap, pop, country, upbeat and sad songs that draws you in and touches your heart. Kaitlyn Mayer has an amazing and versatile voice. She is able to not only sing pop but rap like nobody's business. I like the special effects because they make the talking dogs and facial expressions look so real and, by the end of the movie, I believed that dogs can really talk and sing. Can't they?

I don't want to give away the ending, but you'll most likely have tears in your eyes. The heartfelt messages of the film are about sticking together and that families are better together. I recommend this to ages 3 to 13. I rate this film 5 out of 5 Pup Stars. I highly encourage you to see this film! It is available on VOD August 29, 2017 so go check it out.

By Abigail Zoe L., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10

This wonderful, animated film is one of my all-time favorites. Firstly, it's about dogs. Secondly, any kind of dog you can imagine is in this film, so you are sure to love at least one. If you don't love dogs as much as I do, that's okay, because there are plenty of cats to go around as well.

After Tiny, a Yorkshire terrier, wins the Pup Star finale, her fame begins to flourish. Having multiple interviews and traveling around the country, she's forced to remain astray from her family. Scrappy, an identical street Yorkshire terrier, switches lives with Tiny and their families and friends are completely unaware. Tiny and Scrappy encounter multiple adventures and learn a valuable life lesson: life is better together.

Kaitlyn Maher, who voices both Tiny and Scrappy, successfully illustrates the differences between the two, through Scrappy's low-pitched raps and Tiny's intense singing voice. During the film, there are also times where you aren't able to tell the difference. Mackenzie Moss, who plays Tiny's owner Lou, is the perfect dog owner. She loves Tiny more than anything in the world and, even though she's actually loving Scrappy for a majority of the film, her heart is always with Tiny. You can see it in her smile when it's Tiny's birthday. The entire house is decorated. There is a cake - what more could you ask for?

The set is incredible! It looks so similar to the set of America's Got Talent. The stage is filled with colorful lights, incredible singers and there's even a real audience. It feels as if you're a part of the show. My favorite part is when Tiny goes on "Jimmy Kibble Live" and competes with a super-fan. They play a game called "Who Knows Tiny Best?" Jimmy Kimmel Live is one of my favorite talk shows, so it is hilarious to see an imitation of it.

The message of the film is concise, yet extremely powerful: life is better when you're together. No matter who you may be with, as long as you have a support system, there is nothing that can tear you down. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to kids ages 6 to18. Adults will love it too. You're never too young or old to love an animal. I fell in love with the first Pup Star film and seeing the second one made my heart melt. If you love animals as much as I do, this is undoubtedly the film for you. Catch this film on VOD August 29, 2017. I can't wait to see Pup Star 3.

By Samantha Marcus, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 17

This film is a perfectly cute kid and family furry-friendly movie. Sorry, there are lots of puns in this film. It is clearly geared to younger kids, but at least I can say there is a very clear effort to make this film watchable for older siblings and even parents.

The story centers around a celebrity pooch named Tiny and a streetwise dog named Scrappy who are forced to switch places after Tiny is dog-napped. Scrappy is coerced to purposely lose The Pup Stars Final competition pretending to be Tiny.

First, I want to acknowledge the really good editing in this movie. Since most of the characters are dogs, you must make their lip movements and actions look convincing. And I must admit, the lip movements and actions actually do look real. That must have taken a lot of time. Kudos to the film's editor, Jason Dale. All the dogs in the film are likable and you just want to cuddle up with Tiny and Scrappy.

This film has some flaws in terms of its story. First, the humans are incredibly oblivious and bumbling. When Scrappy meets Tiny's family, she does a terrible job hiding that she isn't Tiny, yet they completely buy it. No one seems to realize Tiny and Scrappy have switched places. All the human characters are either self-absorbed or really incompetent. I also have an issue with how predictable the storyline is. I knew the big reveal within the first few minutes of the film. Not only that, this type of story has been done before. This movie is pretty much Parent Trap, but with dogs and an American Idol twist.

I have to say that the music is surprisingly really good. The song Tiny sings, "Is This For Real?" is pretty catchy and I even found it stuck in my head after the movie was over. The singing overall is also great. I admit, the movie's soundtrack is kind of a guilty pleasure for me.

Before the movie starts, it is revealed that they are working on Pup Stars 3 and I am curious how many movies they can make, especially since the first one only came out last year and they go straight to VOD. I wonder what the plot will be for the next movie and hope they don't depict the humans as totally incompetent next time.

I give this film 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 3 to 10, as this is a solid family film. It will be released on VOD on August 29, 2017 so, check it out.

By Calista B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 13

Pup Star: Better 2Gether, the sequel to Pup Star, is an amazing original film that really hits the heart. The storyline is unique and the ending is so adorable. The film teaches the important messages of honesty and owning up to your mistakes. The storyline begins when Scrappy gets put up to impersonate Tiny. Bark instructs Scrappy to lose the Pup Star Competition as Tiny so that he can win. Bark kidnaps Tiny and tries to keep him contained. Eventually he escapes and tries to find his owner and reveal the truth.

Kaitlyn Maher voices two completely different characters and personalities well. She voices Tiny's sweet and affectionate personality and also voices Scrappy's rough, snarky personality. I also love the voice acting of Steve Valentine as Simon Growl. It is a really good Simon Cowell impression. At first, I thought it was actually Simon Cowell voicing his dog counterpart.

The animation that makes the dogs dance and talk looks so real. It is so cool to see the dogs break-dancing at the disco party. It is also amazing to see the dogs singing and talking. They sound beautiful and angelic.

My favorite character is Scrappy, because she is so courageous and has such a strong personality, even if she seems harsh. She is a great example of "don't judge a book by its cover." I don't want to give any spoilers, but she is very confident and knows what's right.

The message of this film is to have confidence in yourself and do what's right. Tiny has confidence that she can find her owner. She doesn't give up and that helps her greatly. Scrappy knows what's right and she becomes successful and happy at the end. These things benefit both dogs and the film teaches that it will benefit you as well. They are very important lessons that will help you throughout your life.

This film is very inspirational and super-cute. I give it 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages of 3 to 18. Who doesn't love puppies? Definitely check this film out when it comes out on VOD August 29, 2017.

By Jolleen M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 1

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


BIBI FUN PARK

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BIBI FUN PARK
JOEL STUTZ
Series: FOREIGN ANIMATED SHORT, AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - Children see the world as a big fun park. Everything is exciting and adventurous. The loss of a soother is a big tragedy for our small Bibi friends. In this big world, characterized by the unreachable tall tower, Bibi's mother becomes the most precious support children have to grow with happiness.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This well executed piece of animation has a fast pace, a clear storyline and fun and colorful characters. The story about an anthropomorphic animal losing his soother (pacifier in US) is something young kids can relate to. The ending is quite satisfying. I'm recommending this to ages 2 to 5 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 3 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


LILY'S DRIFTWOOD BAY: SEASON ONE

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N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 3-8
Topic - Family
Description - Welcome to Lily's Driftwood Bay! Lily is six years old and lives with her dad and her best friend, who is a seagull named Gull, in a little hut on the beach. Across the way is Driftwood Bay, a special island that exists in Lily's imagination. Every day the sea washes up a new treasure which sparks Lily's imagination about what might be happening on Driftwood Bay. Join Lily and her friends, Salty Dog, Bull, Nonna, Hatsie, Wee Rabbit and Lord Stag as they sail to Driftwood Bay where wonderful adventures await! Along with each adventure is a valuable lesson learned in each story from learning to tell the truth to saying sorry to asking for help. Embark on new adventures with Lily and friends as they travel to Driftwood Bay!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I love this series! Lily is a great role model and is so creative. A good chunk of this program follows Lily finding "treasures" that have washed up on the shore and being inspired to go on adventures that are based on those items. One the best parts of this series is that Lily resides in a single parent home. Her father is a wonderful character and they have such a great relationship. There aren't enough programs out there that show this type of relationship and I am very pleased to have found one. One of the best episodes on this DVD is called "A New Arrival." In this episode, Lily uses some of her treasures to make a beautiful gift for the new baby lamb. Episodes like this are why I love having my son watching it. There is a lot of heart in this program and the artwork is wonderful. It's mixed media that feels like a blend of colored pencils and water colors. I recommend this for ages 3 to 6 and give it five out of five stars. It's available on DVD now so, look for it! You'll be glad you did. Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Juror, Adult
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This creative animated series made me feel like a little kid again. Lily's imagination is so big, and she is so creative, which is exactly how I felt when I was younger. With 52 unique adventures, there is never a dull moment in each episode.

Lily (Orlagh O' Keefe) is a 6-year-old girl who lives with her dad and a seagull on the beach. Right across from her is Driftwood Bay, an imaginary island that she has created. With each passing day, Lily finds a new object washed up on the shore. These objects give life to her Driftwood Bay imagination. Lily and her friends sail to Driftwood Bay and Lily learns valuable life lessons that keep her imagination alive.

Peter Mullan, who plays one of Lily's friends, Salty Dog, is easily one of the funniest actors that I've ever seen. Mullan portrays Salty as being vulnerable, especially in the episode, "The Honking Haddock," where Salty is unaware of his massive stench. Lily continues to tell him that he smells very bad, but Salty is clueless, which makes it hilarious. Salty is a cute Scottish dog who is the Captain of the boat that sails to Driftwood Bay and he always says, "Slippery scallions," which is sure to make you laugh.

The animation in the series is adorable! The characters look so friendly and look as if they are drawn by little kids! Because of this, the series is more relatable and entertaining. The characters aren't perfect and that is exactly how every person is. But, that is the beauty of life, and it is evident through Lily's big imagination.

My favorite part of this DVD collection is when Lily asks about flowers on the beach. She loves them, but her dad has to take them to the market. She is disappointed, but he brings her a flower at the end of the day. He says, "It's a lily for my Lily." I love puns and sweet moments, and this scene is fortunate enough to have both.

The messages of the show are to be creative, enjoy your life, learn from your mistakes and be nice to everyone you meet. Aside from these major life lessons, each episode has little ones asking for help and saying they are sorry. There is always something valuable to take away from each episode. I give it 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 8. Check out this series on DVD. You won't want to miss it.

Reviewed by Samantha M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 17

This hilarious animated series is very educational and cute. Lily has a great heart and sets a good example for children who watch this. Lily is helpful, positive and caring to everyone no matter what. These shows teach really important morals about positivity, telling the truth and making sure you stay safe.

The episodes start when Lily finds some sort of weird treasure washed up on the beach. She goes to find out what it really is and what its true purpose is on Driftwood Bay, her imaginary island. She meets up with her friends on the island and some of them ask for her help. She tries to solve their problems and realizes that the tool she needs is one that she got on the shore. She realizes its purpose and learns a characteristic such as, grit, honesty, trust, forgiveness and being fair.

Orlagh O'Keefe voices Lily as a sweet, young and na�ve girl. She sounds innocent and ready learn everything she can. Salty Dog (Peter Mullan) really does sound like an old, rusty dog who has been out on the sea for a while, but speaks English. Salty Dog sounds very old, but looks very young, which I find somewhat confusing.

The animation has a lot more details than most animated TV shows do. For example, they show each of the strands in the hair, their faces look very life like, especially in the way the mouths move. This animation is made with a lot of quality which I appreciate.

There are lots of messages in these shows. Lily models being positive, caring, helpful, staying safe and being truthful. She is a great role model for kids and this DVD about her adventures allow her to teach multiple morals in just one episode. Mainly the show educates kids about having good character and following the golden rule - be kind to others if you want them to be kind to you. Lily is kind to others, so she has a lot of good friends that stick by her side.

I give this DVD 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for children ages 5 to 8. It is available now so, go check it out.

By Jolleen M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12
Runtime: 370 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 3-8
Suggested Retail Price: $ 6.79
Media: DVD
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DAY HENRY MET, THE: SEASON 1

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N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 2-7
Topic - Family
Description - Henry is a 4-year-old boy who always wants to learn and find out more. In each episode, Henry has a friendly chat with whatever he meets and discovers something new! No matter what Henry meets, they're always delighted to talk, laugh and share their amazing world with him. After finding out so many amazing things about his new friends, Henry lets his imagination run wild and imagines himself...As a knight rescuing the missing sword...As a singer performing in a band...As a deep sea diver swimming along sea creatures...As a fireman rescuing others... As an astronaut flying to the moon...
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is truly a neat little program. This show is exactly as it sounds. It's all about Henry meeting all kinds of people and things. He goes on tons of wacky adventures and I loved every minute of it. The art is goofy and feels as if it came from a child. I believe that is appealing to children who think that they too could create such a little journey. My favorite episode is "The Day Henry Met... A Panda." It may because I love pandas, ha-ha. In this episode, Henry helps a panda at the zoo search for its cousin and, in turn, becomes a zookeeper for the day. it's very fun seeing him meet all the zoo animals and create a friendship with the panda as they search together. I think this show really inspires adventure and curiosity. I love how it makes every small event seem so fun and worthwhile. I recommend this DVD for ages 3 to 5 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This creative animated series left me feeling intrigued the entire time. I enjoyed watching Henry act as an inquisitive 4-year-old. I am a little jealous because he is so intelligent and I wish I was that intelligent when I was 4! Throughout the series, I couldn't wait to see what Henry would encounter next.

Henry is a young boy who desires to learn something new in his everyday life. In each episode, Henry meets a new object and his imagination comes to life when he puts the object to use. He finds a soccer ball and acts as a referee, finds a shield and acts as a knight and even acts as a deep sea diver, swimming alongside marine life. The best part is, Henry builds so many friendships and everyone he meets is eager to help him find the answers to his questions.

Steve Austin, the series animator, makes the setting and characters look incredibly realistic, since they aren't picture-perfect. The animation looks pencil sketched, which makes the series more relatable, since nothing in life is perfect. Susan Broe, the series producer, incorporates a multitude of family-friendly themes to make this series fun for everyone to watch.

The music in the series is centralized with an orchestra, which is very calming for young kids and was for me also. It's very unique, which I greatly admire, because most TV shows today have similar types of music. My favorite episode is called, "A Parrot." Henry meets a parrot, begins talking to him and finds out it's his 101st birthday. He tells Henry about his famous grandfather parrot, which is hilarious because parrots aren't usually famous. It reminded me of going into pet stores and seeing talking parrots.

The message of the series is to explore everything life has to offer and to be nice to everyone you meet. Henry is grateful for his life and treats everyone with compassion and respect, which is what everyone should do. I give this DVD 5 out of 5 stars, recommend it to kids ages 6 to18 and adults would enjoy it too. I love how every object comes to life in Henry's imagination and the unique plot had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. This comes out on DVD August 15, 2017. I can't wait to watch Season 2.

Reviewed by Samantha M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 17

This DVD is very educational and cute. It is simply amazing that a child can enjoy watching a film while learning so much at the same time. A child can acquire so many positive traits and behaviors from watching this show. The animation is so cute. I have never seen this style of animation before. In this show, Henry meets a new object every day and goes on adventures learning more about them. He helps his object friends with their problems and learns the correct way to act in different situations. He learns to be fair, honest and kind. The show is somewhat predictable and not as original as some educational kids' shows. I love the plot of Henry meeting a new object. That is very original. One interesting thing is that all of the objects (trees, clouds, pillars) have eyes on them. The eyes are huge and wide, even on Henry. Another thing is that everything is always moving. For example, all the trees in the background sway in the wind. There are tiny details like that which make everything seem a bit more life like.

My favorite episode is "The Day Henry Met a Football." In this episode, there is Henry, two boots and a football. The two boots argue with each other about who is the best. The two boots play a game together with the football and eventually get super tired. Then they start arguing that they aren't the best. This reminds me of when me and my brother argue and it made me laugh. I wonder if the boots are siblings as well

There are multiple message in the stories. The most common ones are about being honest, kind to others, playing fair and facing your fears. These are all very important and good to teach to children at an early age.

This DVD is great for young children who are ready to learn. I recommend it ages 3 to 7 and give it 3 out of 5 stars. The animation is super cute and unique, but the stories are not all that original. Still this is a wonderful DVD and is available now, so check it out!

Reviewed by Jolleen M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12
Runtime: 135 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-7
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
Media: DVD


DREW'S DANCING DRUM

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DREW'S DANCING DRUM
SHERRE CHAPPELL
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 4-12
Topic - Family
Description - Drew loves playing his drum for people until he is bullied by a boy named Malcolm. His dad encourages Drew to go on drumming and befriend the very boy that bullied him.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Great visuals. Wonderful animations. I love the detailed backgrounds such as the moving fish in the fish bowl. I love the father/son relationship also. Bullies are everywhere and this one is ever so typical as is the boy's reaction. Inviting the bully to join them is perhaps an overly optimistic solution but hey, it works in this film. And, everyone ends up dancing together at the end. Love happy endings. And, I really love the visuals and background music. I recommend this for inclusion in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival and suggest its appropriate age group as 4 to 12. Reviewed by Julie S. KIDS FIRST! Juror
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Runtime: 5 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
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MOLANG, SEASON 1

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N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 2-7
Topic - Family
Description - Join Molang, a round, fluffy, and happy rabbit, and his friend, Piu Piu, a poised, timid, and reserved yellow chick, as they explore everyday life. Molang savors every moment of his life, imbuing it with joy and wonder. He pays attention to the smallest details, giving meaning to even the tiniest things. Molang puts his heart into his actions, and he has a huge heart. Even when he does absolutely nothing, he does it well! Piu Piu, on the other hand, doesn't t like calling attention to himself. He likes to do things carefully and well. When unexpected situations arise (and Molang s unpredictable behavior often causes such situations to occur!), Piu Piu can become quickly unsettled, even panicked. Despite their many differences, Molang and Piu Piu enjoy a unique friendship. They have amazing times together ranging from the mundane to the extraordinary. From finding themselves in a lifeboat in the middle of the ocean to riding camels in the desert, Molang and Piu Piu experience unexpected situations. Throughout it all though, every single moment with these two is filled with happiness. Embark on 52 unforgettable adventures with Molang and Piu Piu!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Molang is about a very cute relationship between Molang, a joyful rabbit and Piu Piu, a reluctant chick. Their dynamic is adorable and, together they go on many adventures and have great fun. The animation in this program is amazing and fun. The fluffy thick lines make it very kid-friendly and hold the attention of the viewer. There are many episodes on this DVD and my favorite is called "The Underground Walk." In this episode, the duo goes on an underground tour and, due to their mischievous behavior and lack of discipline, they get lost from the tour group and must work together to find their way out of the tunnels. I like this episode because you really get a good taste of why they work so well together and you get the feeling that maybe without each other they could not accomplish as much. I recommend this for ages 2 to 6 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Juror, Adult.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Molang: Season 1 is full of fun and laughter! Molang and Piu Piu's innocent demeanor makes them lovable characters that I rooted for every step of the way. Their love for each other and their society made me fall in love with both of them. Each episode is overrun with happiness which made me smile nonstop.

The story follows the everyday life of a fluffy rabbit named Molang and its best friend Piu Piu the chicken. On their journeys together, Molang and Piu Piu face different situations and find creative ways to help others and fix their unique problems. Together, they happily enjoy the surprises their lives bring.

There is no dialogue in this show, but the animation and music easily make it understandable. The animation is bright and rounded giving it a soft and calming feeling. During the daytime, the trees, hills and grass are radiant shades of yellows, greens, pinks and oranges. It adds to the brightness of the mood when Molang and Piu Piu are adventuring through their world. During the night, the aura changes as the colors turn soft shades of purples and blues. The hills, trees, snow, sand and nature are drawn with different colorful patterns as are the walls, floors and ceilings which adds a playful and cheerful feeling. The character's expressions easily convey their thoughts and increase the visual appeal.

The music spoke to me as the dialogue would. Throughout the different episodes, the music changes whenever the situations change. For example, when Molang and Piu Piu are going to the beach or on vacation, the music becomes lively and venturesome. When they run into a problem, the music transforms to a slow rhythm. The music imbued the feelings of Molang and Piu Piu into me. It made me feel a part of their journey.

My favorite part of this show is the character, Molang the bunny. Molang never gets worried and always remains calm when everything seems to be going wrong for Piu Piu. Molang is quick to think of ideas and does anything to help others. Therefore, Molang took a spot in my heart.

The messages of the show address the importance of friendship, teamwork, kindness, loving everybody and helping those in need. I give this DVD 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 8. Check out Molang: Season 1 on DVD when it is released on August 15, 2017.

By Sahiba Kaur, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 15

This delightful series had me laughing the entire time. I enjoyed it tremendously, because there is no dialogue. Each episode is filled with multiple adventures, so you will never be bored!

You are invited to join Molang and Piu Piu as they explore what life has to offer. Molang is a big, ecstatic rabbit, who finds ways to enjoy his life in every circumstance. Piu Piu is his best friend, a small, shy little chick who is dragged along on every adventure and is often frightened by the unexpected situations they both face. These best friends are completely opposite, but both manage to experience happiness in every situation.

Bruno Gueracague, the sound coordinator, composed an extremely catchy, opening song. While there are 52 episodes, it only takes two to get it stuck in your head, which is a great way for kids to remember the series. Marie-Caroline Villand, one of the series' directors, successfully communicates themes of happiness and friendship to kids, no matter their culture or dialect. The absence of dialogue leaves the interpretation up to the audience, which gives something for everyone to relate to.

The animation is adorable and leaves you on the edge of your seat the entire time. The characters are incredibly cute, which makes them very relatable. I could not stop watching the series, because I love the unique friendship that Molang and Piu Piu share. My favorite episode is, "The Goldfish." Molang and Piu Piu try to get the goldfish's attention and have a disco party, which is hilarious. The fish loves the party, so next time you want your fish's attention, make sure to involve a disco ball!

The themes of the series are happiness, friendship, respect and unity. It is important to maintain great friendships, live your life to the fullest, care for one another and stick together.

I give this series a 5 out of 5 stars, recommend it to kids ages 3 to 18 and believe that adults will enjoy it too. I could not stop laughing, because it is funny seeing animals act as people in everyday situations. Check out Molang: Season 1 on DVD now, because it will undoubtedly make you laugh.

By Samantha Marcus, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 17
Runtime: 185 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-7
Suggested Retail Price: $ 12.99
Media: DVD
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FREESTYLE

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FREESTYLE
ANTHONY WILLIAMS
Series: SHORT, AGES 4-11
Topic - Family
Description - Opposite's attract. A playful 2D pup encounters a curious new toy, a 3D basketball that unfortunately has a mind (and stomach) of it's own... .
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a fun short film that explores a very cute dog fantasy. It is entertaining to watch, although I wish it was longer because it feels as if something is missing. The animation is very well done. The dog is done in 2D animation and, when it moves you sometimes see the drawing lines which seems odd, but is shockingly charming. The music and sound effects are minimal and get the point across. It flows well and will project nicely on the big screen. Kids will love it! I recommend this for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. It is perfect for the festival kind of environment. A child would enjoy this. Dogs are a strong subject for children. I recommend it for ages 4 to 11 and give it 5 out of 5 stars.
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Runtime: 4 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-11
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


SHIMAJIRO AND THE RAINBOW OASIS

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SHIMAJIRO AND THE RAINBOW OASIS
ISAMU HIRABAYASHI
Series: FOREIGN FEATURE, AGES 3-7
Topic - Family
Description - Shimajiro and his friends meet Coco, a girl who was separated from her mother during a severe sandstorm. They decide to help Coco find her mother, leaving Dr. Roarson behind to repair the Dig-Bug so they can all go home. This is the fifth movie starring a tiger boy named Shimajiro, and it was screened in movie theaters around Japan. The movie has been conceived to be a child's first movie theater experience, and has been designed in a way that will hold the attention of a young audience throughout the film. Each child is given a cardboard megaphone that they are encouraged to use at various times by the story's characters to cheer them on or shout a particular phrase, and even use as a weapon to thwart the film's villain. The film itself features a wide variety of entertainment, from sing-alongs to dance-alongs, puppet animation, and regular animation. Japanese screenings of the movie come with a short break in the middle, while the lighting and sound in the theater are adjusted to give the children the most comfortable experience possible.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I was intrigued by this film's title, Rainbow Oasis. I was very curious about what this film was all about, having never hears of a rainbow oasis before. I definitely believe that a child would enjoy this because everything is so colorful and very interactive. The quality is great, especially the animation. The background music fits in nicely and really sets the mood, such as the time they are being chased by a snake. I also like the costumes. A child can easily relate to the storyline. It uses vocabulary and concepts that kids will understand. Coco and her mom live in the desert, so it is awesome to see them wear something different than Shimanjiro and his friends. You can also see the cultural differences. This movie flows very well. I also love that there is a six minute break in the middle of the movie for little kids. The movie makes sense, and even though this is for younger audiences, I was entertained. The only bad thing about this film is that at one point, instead of the characters being animated, they switch to puppets and then back to animation which was confusing. I believe kids ages 3 to 7 will love this, so I recommend it for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. I give it 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Jolleen M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 60 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 3-7
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


DINOSAUR TRAIN: DINOSAURS TAKE FLIGHT

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DINOSAUR TRAIN: DINOSAURS TAKE FLIGHT
PBS DISTRIBUTION
Series: DVD AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - Join the Pteranodon family on high-flying adventures! In four of the eight dino-mite stories on this DVD, take to the sky with Buddy and his family as they ride in Dinosaur Train Industry's newest creation the Dinosaur Train Zeppelin. As they soar above the clouds, the Pteranodon family visits a waterfall, explores a crater made by an asteroid, and more!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This DVD has a good balance of entertainment and educational elements for kids ages 4 to 6. Because the characters sound like kids and, for the most part, behave like kids too, I feel that the characters are engaging, and relatable. The wow factor for a kid, especially boys, is that the dinosaur characters ride a train and zeppelin. The conductor character is silly and engaging and I'm sure kids watching look forward to seeing the conductor. The storylines clearly aim to educate its audience about dinosaur, paleontology, natural science, natural history and positive social behaviors. I think it is great that one of the brothers from the pack looks different, as it gives the audience a good introduction to inclusion and diversity. The character designs are adorable and the use of bright colors appeals to its intended audience. I also enjoyed the songs and the relationship between the kids and their parents. Overall a great show!
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Runtime: 120 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-6
Suggested Retail Price: $ 6.71
Media: DVD
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MISS PERSONA

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MISS PERSONA
KIMBERLY PERSONA
Series: WEB SERIES, AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - The Miss Persona web series gently approaches problem solving though dress-up imaginative play. Miss Persona is an industrious little lady with a big imagination! Her tippy-top number-one favourite activity in her tiny little world is to take care of the forest's creatures and look after every little thing, especially her best friend -- a loyal and shy teddy bear who loves bowties named Bernard who lives with her in her treehouse. Along the way Miss Persona encounters tricky problems that she must then figure out how to solve. The good news is problems aren't a problem.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Miss Persona is a bit goofy, yet charming. I love her music and her topics are spot on. She's a bit like Raffi for 2017! Fun music, fun visuals. Perfect for pre-schoolers. Her sidekick, a stuffed bear is equally charming. Love to see more from Miss Persona. This is a clip from her web series that takes on imaginative play and problem solving. Very enjoyable and would be a nice 2 � minute break at a film festival. 4 out of 5 stars. Ages 2 to 6. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 3-6
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Web Series


KIWI: SEASON 1

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N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 2-7
Topic - Family
Description - It's time to learn phonics skills with Twiki and Twini! In this collection of twenty six episodes, Twiki and Twini will take us on fun and educational adventures to discover new words and new sounds. In this Season 1 collection, your little one will learn how to spell colors like "red" and "blue" to food words like "fruit" to animal words like "snake". The fun and learning never end with Twiki and Twini! Get ready to enter into an unexpected universe comprised of sounds, words, and images.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Kiwi is a stop-motion, animated educational children's series with two very funny and lovable kiwi birds, Twiki & Twini, as the lead characters. In each episode, the kiwis go on adventures discovering new worlds of words and sounds. For example, some of the focus words include "cow," "fruit," "map," "house" and "blue." Words are spelled out phonetically and are used in clear and cohesive imagery and storyline. Twiki & Twini are curious little birds that lead us to lots of discoveries! There are plenty of relevant and silly sounds along the way. The stories are led by the narration and interaction with the kiwis via a child and an adult. This gives a sense of inquiry and offers soft guidance simultaneously. I really enjoyed this DVD and recommend it for children ages 2 to 6. The menu offers "Play All" or "Stories, individually" (26 of them at 11 minutes each). I give this 5 Star out of 5 stars. Review by Eli B., KIDS FIRST! Juror.

Kiwi: Season 1 is a series directed at children between the ages of 2 through 7. Two characters, Twiki and Twini interact with each other and teach the audience how to spell words. There are 26 short episodes, approximately 5 to10 minutes in length. Each episode teaches the audience a few different words, grouping the words together. For example, the chicken episode has the words "cow, duck, chicken and egg." The episodes' animation is made from colorful clay objects that draw the kids in. It's not too busy, which I like. The background is white and the characters are the only thing on the screen. The characters start each episode by grouping similar items together, such as animals. Then, they spell out each word and link it to the next word. At the end of the episode, they respell each word. The characters are happy and kind. There isn't much problem solving involved as there is not much of a story line. The purpose is to teach kids how to spell and sound out words using phonics. This characters are made of clay animation (claymation), which is fun to watch. The structure of each episode flows very well and draws the viewer in. The DVD case shows examples of the words and pictures featured in each collection. It's fun to look at. The menu is simple with two choices, either watch by selected episode or watch all episodes. There are quite a few previews before it gets to the main menu, but they are all kid appropriate and entertaining. There is no option to change the language or any other bonus features. The message is that learning can be fun and entertaining. I recommend this DVD to any parent or teacher that is looking for an educational video for their child. It is appropriate for ages 2 through 7 and I give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Amanda M., KIDS FIRST! Juror.

Very well produced. The show is well thought for preschoolers. I really enjoyed the design and the animation of the show. I love that the letter design is in line with the word being spelled out. The characters are appealing for the intended audience. I thought it is a smart choice to have a child voice one of the narrators. I do not feel strongly about the stories. To me, the stories feel a bit random. Overall the show is fun to watch, has good intentions and is beautiful to look at. The goal of the show is to get kids to learn about phonics and develop their world building skills. As far as positive social models, it scores well here for the most part. There is an episode where the two main characters are in a restaurant setting and their server keeps eating their food before serving it. In that particular episode I think they missed the mark because the characters didn't deal with the situation in a realistic or constructive way. For the most part, the show uses vocabulary and concepts suitable for its intended audience. The show is well paced, doesn't overload kids with information and the subject matter is suitable for young minds. However, I did find that some of the words they break down or spelled are a bit too long. I think it would be better if there was a build up in learning. By that, I mean start with small words and gradually go bigger in a slow succession. I would certainly show this to my young children. Reviewed by Martha S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I like that this DVD teaches vocabulary and spelling to little kids. They learn how to spell words correctly and expands their vocabulary. This show is great for learning words that used in daily life.

Kiwi: Season One teaches little kids vocabulary and spelling. This DVD has 26 episodes that teach new words and sounds so kids can learn how to spell words correctly and expand their vocabulary.

The series features two kiwi birds named Twiki and Twini who go on adventures and teach kids how to spell out words in a fun way. They encounter new animals, objects and other items as they teach kids how to spell out each word. The objects or animals are all related to a particular theme. There is barely any speaking by the characters in the show, but there is great narration that gets the kids intrigued with the story.

The animation is a stop motion clay animation (claymation) technique similar to other popular kid's shows such as Pingu. Claymation is not used a lot today since currently computer generated imagery (CGI) is used more frequently. However, the show does features some computer animation like the graphics when word are spelled out on the screen.

There are not too many other characters, but my favorite character is the recurring rabbit in the first few episodes. The rabbit eats a lot and even tries to eat a whole cake! The rabbit is very funny and had me chuckling the whole time. The premise of this show is to teach little kids phonics, vocabulary and spelling. It's great for preschool learning and for introducing kids to spelling words that are used in everyday conversations. I give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 3 to 6. This DVD is available now so, go check it out.

By Carla P, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

This DVD is about friendship, education and fun. This series is about two kiwis named Twiki and Twini, who go on different adventures throughout different episodes. All of the adventures have a different storyline and include lots of word building exercises and other educational things to help learn different things such as spelling and grammar.

This show is directed towards little kids, ages 2 to 5. I watched this DVD as if I was younger and I would definitely like it as a younger kid. I would enjoy watching it, but I would probably get out of my seat and start playing around and doing the things that they tell me to do and try to spell the words. This show is best to watch before bedtime because you might stay seated and repeat what they tell you to say. I watched it with a 5-year-old and a two-year-old and got to observe them watching it. The 5-year-old said she loved every part of it and she started dancing to the music. The 2-year-old was a little more descriptive and loved the way the characters interacted with each other.

The graphics are really good for a animated show. It does remind me of music video style graphics because they often stand in front of a white background and there isn't much going on in the different places they explore.

I give this show 3 out of 5 stars because of the graphics and because I felt the episodes were too short at 5 minutes. Because the episodes so short, they don't pack a lot of things in which makes it kind of boring. I recommend this DVD for ages 2 to 5. It is available now on DVD, so go check it out.

By Na'im S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11
Runtime: 135 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-7
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
Media: DVD
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CARS 3

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WALT DISNEY ANIMATED STUDIOS
Series: FEATURE, AGES 4-18
Topic - Family
Description - Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician with her own plan to win, inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet, and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn't through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing's biggest stage!
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Cars 3 is a great new chapter in the Cars series. While it doesn't soar to the heights of other Pixar films, it still is the best Cars film yet.

Cars 3 sees Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) undergo a series of losses and then a near fatal crash. His fellow racers are dropping out and being replaced by new, high tech cars like his rival Jackson Storm (Armie Hammer). McQueen realizes during his recovery that the game has changed and he's not the sharp rookie he used to be. He knows he needs to train harder than he ever has to keep doing what he loves. With the help of trainer Cruz Ramirez (Cristela Alonzo), McQueen plans to beat Storm at an upcoming race in Florida to start off the season. This is his last chance to prove his worth to his fans and his new corporate sponsor (Nathan Fillion) and McQueen is not going down without a fight.

My favorite character in Cars 3 is Cruz Ramirez. The reveal of a new car being added to Lightning's crew is exciting. This character's glowing positivity is a nice contrast to McQueen's snarky pessimism. Cristela Alonzo brings a lot of enthusiasm, but also plays the deeper sides of this character very well too and engages you in the evolution of Cruz Ramirez throughout the movie.

The animation in Cars 3 is great. No other film succeeds in making everyday objects feel truly human as well as this franchise does. This gives it a sense of realism and puts me more in tune with characters' emotions and makes me care more about them in the process. The backgrounds in this film are gorgeous. They're detailed, picturesque and really reflect the quality of Pixar's animation. The total effect makes me envy the characters and wish I could visit them in their rich, colorful world.

Preceding Cars 3 is the short film Lou about a creature made out of objects from a school lost-and-found bin. It's an interesting concept and carries an important message. It's one of my favorite Pixar shorts to date. I recommend Cars 3 for ages 5 to 12. The scene where Lightning McQueen crashes is quite intense and could scare younger children. I give this film 4 out of 5 stars. Cars 3 opens in theaters June 16 so be sure to go check it out.

By Benjamin P, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 11

This film is really unique and well made! I really enjoyed watching it. The storyline is well thought out and original. I also love the animation which is very detailed. I especially love the facial expressions of the cars which show a lot of emotions.

Cars 3 is about the famous racer, Lightning Macqueen. He is usually the winner of every race until a rookie racer comes along. The rookie, Jackson Storm, is younger, sleeker and faster than Lightning Macqueen and his "old-school" friends. Eventually, his friends retire, leaving room for more rookies to join the races. And Lightning McQueen goes on an adventure to figure out if his racing days must come to an end.

Owen Wilson, the voice of Lightning McQueen, perfectly performs Lightning McQueen's rage scenes. He makes McQueen sound desperate, frustrated and on the edge of breaking at times, but can make him also sound determined and hopeful. Armie Hammer, the voice of Jackson Storm, voices Jackson as an arrogant character. The voice fits very well because Storm always makes fun of Lightning McQueen.

The animation of this film is very pleasing to look at, is 3D, and even though they are cars, you can see their facial expressions. Their voices and facial expressions indirectly show their emotions which was really pleasing to watch.

My favorite part is when Lightning McQueen goes back to visit the hometown of his late crew chief and former racer Doc Hudson. McQueen sees all of the letters that Hudson sent back home about him. McQueen starts feeling emotional and begins to really miss Hudson. I really like this scene because it warmed my heart to see McQueen realize that he made Hudson happy till his last days. Lightning McQueen was like a son to Doc Hudson.

The message of this film is about persevering and empowering women. Cruz Ramirez, a female car with the dream of being a racer, is told by everyone that she can't be a racer, even though she works extremely hard every day to become one. Lightning McQueen gives her a chance to become a racer and she takes it no matter what anyone says.

Cars 3 is a great movie and I give it 5 out of 5 stars. I recommend it for ages 6 to 14. This film is very positive and has a different storyline. It's awesome for car lovers. Check it out when it opens in theaters June 16, 2017.

By Jolleen M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

As a teenage girl who did not see the first two Cars films, I had serious doubts about this movie. Imagine my surprise when I found myself enjoying Cars 3 from beginning to end. Although this movie is clearly an action movie, it is also hilarious! I am a huge Larry the Cable Guy fan and, as Mater the Tow Truck, he provides plenty of comic relief. I also love how loyal and heartwarming Mater is as a friend to the protagonist, Lightning McQueen. Of course, his is not the only remarkable performance. Owen Wilson, as Lightning McQueen, is a very effective leading man. His performance is pure genius.

The movie is intense. A new race car character, Jackson Storm (Armie Hammer) is introduced as competition to our hero, Lightning McQueen. Unfortunately, Storm steals Lightning's thunder (sorry, I couldn't resist). Viewers will find the many racing sequences extremely exciting. I actually jumped during the nighttime race through the forest with no headlights. Parents should know that there is another scene that might be disturbing to younger viewers which occurs during the Crazy 8's demolition derby race at Thunder Hollow. Since all the characters are cars, the destruction could be considered quite violent.

There are three messages in this film. The first is a message of girl power when a plot twist involving Lightning's female trainer provides a completely unexpected result. Another message is to value and honor the old-timers who succeeded before you and paved the way for your success. We see this when an older lady racer talks about the days when she was not allowed to have a number, so she stole one. The third message, which provides yet another surprise, is that those who support actual heroes are indeed, heroes themselves.

What really stands out for me throughout this film is the music and the animation. I love how the music, usually heavy-metal guitars, suits each race so perfectly. The images are of two types - absolutely breathtaking scenery, such as the trip to the Rusteeze Racing Center, and the appealing, animated car characters. It is also very interesting that Lightning McQueen keeps changing his look throughout the film.

I give this film 5 out of 5 stars. It very effectively tells a story about doing what you love to do regardless of public opinion. I recommend this film for girls and boys ages 7 to 18. Cars 3 races into theaters on Friday, June 16, 2017 so go check it out. You will absolutely enjoy the ride.

By Lucia F., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 18

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


TASHI NON-STOP

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NATASHA HANINA
Series: WEB SERIES, AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - This sketch comedy web series features a vast collection of colorful and original characters, and serves up an array of educational and entertaining themes aimed at appealing to kids ages three to seven.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Although this web series could use better production values including steady camera work, louder and clearer audio and better sound mixing, I still enjoyed it. The woman shows genuine care and understanding of children and how they learn life lessons. She has a great way of making these lessons fun and easy to understand. I believe Tashi (Natasha) is going places and has great potential. I'm looking forward to seeing her progress in the future. I recommend this for ages 3 to 10 and give it 4 out of 5 stars for being a fun and educational series. Reviewed by Rachael Vickers, KIDS FIRST! Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Tashi Non-Stop is a sweet and silly YouTube comedy series for kids 3 to 7/ This comedic web series is about problem solving in silly situations or sometimes, there really isn't a plot and it's just a silly situation. Sometimes Tashi plays a character like the Queen of England and sometimes inanimate objects speak to her.. It stars the very likable Tashi (Natasha Hanina). Each very short (around one minute) episode is fun, however some of them have an educational message, so young children will want to keep watching one after the other without even realizing that they are learning. I recommend this to parents of little kids because it's fun and educational. The single word that describes my reaction to this show is engaging. Each episode is very silly or cute and Tashi is very likable. What's great about that is that some of the episodes are just fun, whereas some of them have an educational message. Young children will want to keep watching one after the other without even realizing that they are learning. For example, "Putting on Mommy's Makeup" shows Tashi putting it on in the closet and coming out looking like a very messy clown and it is just funny. On the other hand "The Garbage Can", in which the can's feelings are hurt because Tashi forgot to change the bag, has a message about cleanliness. Although the situations are entertaining, some of them seemingly unintentionally don't make a lot of sense, even for a toddler. These videos are YouTube videos that are apparently made on a laptop or desktop. The lack of production values doesn't really detract from the entertainment value of the series though. Also, in "Tashi Calls Her Grandma and Tells Her that She Loves Her" she has some very cute sound effects when she dials her grandma. Since this series is for younger children, I have to imagine the educational value of the series. I think "Tashi Calls Her Grandma and Tells Her that She Loves Her" teaches the value of expressing love to one of your family members and the value of taking your time in doing so! One thing that stands out is that Tashi speaks with a British accent and all the other characters have American accents. That is a neat twist because it seems to provide emphasis and sort of makes her dialogue more important. I give it 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 3 to 7. Reviewed by Lucia F., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 18.

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


OCTONAUTS: 12 RESCUE MISSIONS

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N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 2-8
Topic - Family
Description - Dive into adventure with your favorite underwater explorers, the Octonauts! Join brave Captain Barnacles, daredevil ex-pirate, Kwazii and medic Peso Penguin, along with the other Octonauts as they explore the world's oceans, rescue the creatures who live there and protect their habitats - above and below the waves! On this exciting DVD, join the Octonauts as they embark on not one, not two, but 12 rescue missions! From attempting to dive deep into the abyssal zone to encountering a school of toothy barracudas to Barnacles seeking guidance from a mysterious sea turtle. It's time to sound the Octo-alert!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a great DVD! The collection not only features a new sea creature every episode, but includes facts about the ocean in general. This show helps children look at the world around them and realize that there are other forms of life that may need our help. The songs are fun and catchy. The characters present many facts about interesting sea life, problems facing our environment and marine life and offer ways in which we can do our part to spread the word and be proactive about positive change. Show this to children to boost their interest in marine life, sea creatures, pollution, global warming, endangered underwater species and much more. The option to choose individual episodes gives you the control to present as much or as little info as you like. Hopefully, kids will use fun and informative media to learn about important issues that we face today and use it to be the change our future depends on. This DVD includes a collection of twelve episodes that teaches lessons about teamwork, diversity, rules, seal life and protecting the planet. It has a main menu that includes Play All Episodes, Play episodes individually and Creature Reports which is an in depth look at the creatures and main songs from individual episodes. The DVD has great visual appeal! The cover is colorful and has a shiny, raised surface. The characters are fun and cute with unique personalities. The production quality is clear, concise and really fun to watch. There are catchy and informative songs that help you retain the information from the episode and will surely stick in your head for the day! The characters' voices are calm and your child is never prompted to yell, scream or shout out answers. In fact, the characters don't talk directly to you. They speak to each other about teamwork, determination, learning and helping other creatures and the environment. The characters are great social models for children. They show diversity in behaviors and personalities and also use teamwork to solve problems together. The interactions are done respectfully and characters with certain stronger skills step in and help out those who could use guidance and support. There are important issues approached in each episode, such as pollution, but they're presented in a way that children are comfortable moving forward with questions and exploring. This show debuted in 2010, so it has perfected its structure and style. It has a clear beginning and end that is easy for children to understand. Each episode averages between 10 to 14 minutes, so it is perfect for short viewings and discussion afterwards. The only unappealing factor in this collection is that there is no female character that actually lead adventures. All the proactive protagonists are male. The two female characters, Tweak and Dashi are generally left behind on the base while the three main male characters take an active role. Unfortunately, it's missed opportunities via media such as this that could encourage girls to pursue an interest in science. Children will enjoy this because of the relatable characters, fun songs, information about sea creatures and grand adventures! I give it 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 10. Reviewed by Eli Byerly, KIDS FIRST! Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Octonauts: 12 Rescue Missions is an entertaining educational film for young kids. The writing is intelligent and the amount of information supplied to the audience is plentiful. The show makes learning a fun, yet understandable experience for young kids. For the most part, this film succeeds in doing exactly that! However, I have some issues with the pace of the show.

Octonauts: 12 Rescue Mission is about a group of aquatic animal explorers named Kwazii, Captain Barnacles, Peso, Professor Inklings, Dr. Shellington, Tweak, Dashi and Turnip the Vegimal. Throughout the film, the Octonauts excavate the ocean, visit locations such as the Mariana Trench and see animals such as barracudas and harbor seals. This DVD is a collection of episodes from their TV show Octonauts.

One thing I really admire about this show is its colorful animation. The quality of the art really draws you in. I was also impressed with the humor that is written into the script. They make certain jokes that kids will find funny and the voice actors execute these quite well.

The DVD educates its viewers on topics such as urchins, yeti crabs, kelp forests and lion's mane jellyfish. It tells us where these animals live, what they prey on and who their predators are. It also touches on survival mechanisms such as camouflage. All of these are important for kids to know, even at such a young age. I have an issue with the pace of the show. It feels too fast for me and I had a difficult time keeping up with the information presented.

Overall, this is an entertaining DVD for kids. The animation is aesthetically pleasing and the voice acting is very well done. I rate this film 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 6. This DVD is cinematically stimulating and chocked full of educational information. It comes out on DVD May 9, 2017 so, be sure to check it out.

By Ella L., KIDS FIRST! Film Critics, age 13
Runtime: 160 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-10
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
Media: DVD


CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT CAMPING, THE

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N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 3-8
Topic - Family
Description - It's the first day of summer vacation and The Cat in the Hat whisks Nick, Sally and Fish off on the greatest great outdoor camping adventure ever! Our gang gets back to nature as they hike through the Fickle Fern Forest, camp out overnight, trek over Mt. Weewobble and canoe down the Tickle Drop River... just in time for Fish to meet up with his family for a grand reunion. Along for the ride are Little Cats A, B and C, who discover there's wonder in nature once their electronic devices are powered off! Nick and Sally help keep the Little Cats out of trouble, while Fish tries to keep his jacket pressed and the mud out of his fancy fishbowl... all while getting up close to some of nature's most awesome sights, and learning how best to respect them. After being lulled to sleep under the stars by a chorus of animals, the morning brings Everyone agrees it really has been the Greatest Great Outdoors Adventure Ever!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - What a great DVD to get you in the mood for the upcoming summer vacation! I'm a big fan of the Cat in the Hat and his shenanigans. This one does not disappoint! It's entertaining for the whole family and children, ages 3 to 9 will love it! I like that all the characters such as the Fish are included in this fun outdoor adventure. It also has a great story line from the beginning to end and it's just so fun to watch. I found myself laughing out loud more than a few times. I also like that it is rather original and the animation and soundtrack are great. I give this 5 out of 5 stars and think that the adults will also enjoy watching this one with their young children. Reviewed by Denise Bloomfield, KIDS FIRST! Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I absolutely love all the different things I learned about from this DVD! The animation is spot on for this show which brings out a lot of cool stuff. In this collection, the Cat in the Hat, Nick, Sally, Fish, Thing One and Thing Two are all back for new and exciting adventures about camping. It makes the perfect summer DVD for kids who love Dr. Seuss's terrific characters and stories. I enjoyed watching this so much because it is interesting and enjoyable and shows so many different people from all around the world. I imagine that kids from everywhere will enjoy this since camping is something everyone can do.

My favorite scene features a crafty squirrel who borrows food. We are in the great outdoors and have to remember that humans are in animal territory so, they need to be kind to the animals. The voice actors truly fit their characters, especially Martin Short as the Cat in the Hat. Mr. Short's energetic voice over suits the Cat so well. His voice is very unique which makes his character always so fun, happy, encouraging and knowledgeable. He makes watching the show a treat.

Electronics rule the world today, so camping is great way to get back to nature. Leave the phones at home and go outside and enjoy the world. This is the great lesson on this DVD. I would like to go camping this year for a fun vacation. It might even start a family tradition that my family and I would enjoy - time away from electronics exploring the wonderful world we live in. It is so easy to sit and worry that everything will go wrong, but things tend to always work out. Spend less time worrying and more time enjoying life is a message I took away from this.

There is no fishing on this camping trip since the goal is to take Fish to his family reunion. We see family members coming together from all difference places to get reacquainted with one another and connect in new ways. It is always fun to see our family members from far away, listen to their stories about the past and learn about others in your extended family. I'm going to make this part of my summer plan.

I recommend this DVD for kids ages 4 to 12. You can learn a lot about camping, friendship and family reunions while watching this adventure. It is very catchy and perfect for summer. If you're looking for something to do this summer, then this will give you some wonderful ideas. I give this terrific DVD 5 out of 5 camping adventure stars. This fun DVD is available now so, go check it out.

By Morgan B. B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 12

To start off, I want to comment this DVD on how it impacts children in a positive way with its great vocabulary and important lessons that are taught in each episode. This series is very enjoyable for kids to watch. The plot is well designed for kids to understand and relate to the stories. I can understand why kids are attracted to it. The way the show is made, with all the colorful objects and cute plots draw the kids in quite easily and, in that moment, their life seems interesting.

All the episodes on this DVD have different stories and plots, but the format and the meaning is pretty much the same. All the adventures are different, but every one teaches the lesson that you can play and have fun in nature enjoying the most awesome sights. You can have a great time without damaging the environment yet, you still need to respect and take care of it. Along with that, the viewer experiences some great adventures that are unforgettable.

My favorite scene is at the end of one episode when The Cat in the Hat, Nick, Sally, Fish and all his family gather together in one musical finale extravaganza where they are all celebrated as true adventurers. I like this scene because it is very creative, has great songs and the little musical finale is so well organized. It definitely gets children's attention since it really stands out.

The important message gleaned from these episodes is that people and children can have fun without electronic devices. This DVD teaches kids about the wonder in nature. It shows how phones, computers and other electronic devices are not more fascinating than the activities you can do in nature. It shows you how to share quality time with the people you love and learn about your surroundings. This DVD is available now so, go check it out. It's just in time for summer vacation.

By Alejandra Garcia, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15
Runtime: 60 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 3-10
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
Media: DVD
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BORN IN CHINA

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BORN IN CHINA
WALT DISNEY STUDIOS
Series: DOCUMENTARY, AGES 4-18
Topic - Family
Description - Narrated by John Krasinski, Disneynature's new True Life Adventure film "Born In China" takes an epic journey into the wilds of China where few people have ever ventured. Following the stories of three animal families, the film transports audiences to some of the most extreme environments on Earth to witness some of the most intimate moments ever captured in a nature film. A doting panda bear mother guides her growing baby as she begins to explore and seek independence. A two-year-old golden snub-nosed monkey who feels displaced by his new baby sister joins up with a group of free-spirited outcasts. And a mother snow leopard-an elusive animal rarely caught on camera-faces the very real drama of raising her two cubs in one of the harshest and most unforgiving environments on the planet. Featuring stunning, never-before-seen imagery, the film navigates China's vast terrain-from the frigid mountains.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Born in China is a beautifully shot documentary with fun narration, excellent cinematography and an inspiring story. I love the visual splendor of this film and I am still in awe from some of the shots of the vast Chinese landscape.

Narrated by John Krasinski (NBC's The Office, Amazon's Jack Ryan), Born in China chronicles the lives of three animals: Ya Ya, a giant panda who lives surrounded by bamboo and peace with her growing cub, the mischievous monkey Tao Tao who yearns for attention after the birth of his baby sister and later joins a group of outcasts, and the snow leopard Dawa struggling to protect her cubs from predators in harsh conditions. The film also follows the journey of a herd of chiru as they migrate to give birth to their young.

Born in China is one of the rare films that perfectly captures the magic and excitement of nature on screen. Not only does it have footage of some of the cutest animals on earth, but you really get to know some of the animals and their personalities. Also it has great shots of the stunning landscape of China that you're not going to find in any other movie.

John Krasinski is very versatile in his role as narrator. He knows his young audience well and adds some fun dialogue to make it more appealing to them. His narration also goes very well with what is going on onscreen and is key in helping you understand the animals. One flaw is that the subplot with the chiru feels unneeded. Unlike other storylines, there is no main character to gravitate toward or follow. It feels like extra baggage that overcrowds the movie.

One of the best parts is that it demonstrates the animals showcasing basic values we see in society today. The lesson I took away is that the importance of family outweighs everything else, no matter what situation you're in. Tao Tao goes to roam with The Lost Boys because he can't find attention at home but later he learns that those who care for you will be there when you need them.

I recommend this film for ages 4 to 18. It's pretty much suited for all ages, but some animal violence makes it a unsuitable for very young children. It also will be very much enjoyed by adults. I give Born in China 3.5 out of 5 stars. It arrives in theaters just in time for Earth Day, April 22, 2017. Don't forget to stay for the credits for a series of bloopers and outtakes.

By Benjamin P, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 11.

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


LET'S GO POCOYO: PLAYTIME!

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N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 2-6
Topic - Family
Description - Pocoyo, the unforgettable little boy with a very big personality, returns with all of his friends, Elly, Pato, Loula, Sleepy Bird, and more, in this new series! Let's Go Pocoyo offers children a unique approach to learning about language through simple, basic vocabulary. This new series of Pocoyo continues to embody the core philosophy of "learning through laughter". By utilizing a blend of humor and learning, Pocoyo inspires and informs children about the world around them. Embark on eleven playtime adventures with Pocoyo and friends as they learn the importance of playtime is enjoying it with others. Enjoy playing hide and seek to playing dress up as pirates! Ahoy there, Pocoyo! Learning through laughter has never been this fun! Plus, each episode includes a refresher section in which children are reminded of key words that have been covered during Pocoyo's adventures such as color, animals, and shapes. Then, at the end of each episode, a catchy music clip will revisit one last time those important new words. Every day is an adventure with Pocoyo and friends!
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I really enjoyed the DVD, Let's Go Pocoyo with its kid-friendly scenes, colors and characters. This exciting DVD is filled with fun, educational activities that kids can remember and use during their everyday lives at school or when hanging out with family and friends.

Pocoyo (Alex Marty) is accompanied by his lovely friends Elly, Pato, Loula, Sleepy Bird and many more for a fun and exciting time of playing. The DVD helps preschool children learn languages in a simple and eye grabbing way. This compilation of the series elaborates on learning new vocabulary while laughing along in the adventures. The viewer can join Pocoyo and his friends on 11 playtime adventures as they learn the importance of playing with others!

I really like how the narrator (Stephen Fry) describes what goes on during the playtime sessions. This helps the kids pay attention and interact with the activities that are going on, which is a very positive aspect of this series. I also like how, at the end of each episode, there is a recap of all the words the kids and characters learned in each lesson. What is also good about the recaps is that it addresses the lesson in song, which is another fun way for kids to remember the information they obtained.

The theme of Let's Go Pocoyo: Playtime! is about learning new vocabulary in a fun and entertaining way that helps kids easily remember them. A message that comes through is to remember to have fun, with or without friends. For example, during the first episode, Pocoyo wants to play by himself, but later, he realizes that playing with his friends is more fun because it makes him happier.

I rate this DVD 4 out of 5 stars for its vibrant colors, wonderful cast, educational content, exciting storyline and much more. I recommend it for ages 2 to 6. I encourage parents to sit and watch this lively series with their children to learn how laughter can be incorporated while learning new languages and more. This DVD is available now so, go check it out.

By Imani Baptiste-Green, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 15

To begin, I want to say that I think Let's Go Pocoyo: Playtime! affects kids in a positive way because it teaches them vocabulary and important life values while still making them laugh and have fun. It is very well produced in such a way as to draw the kids attention and entertain them with all the bright colors and very friendly, fun animals and shapes. I relate to this because, when I was little I watched it and I remember being drawn into the series because of all the entertaining shapes and the great stories with important messages.

The 11 episodes of Let's go Pocoyo: Playtime! all have different stories which have things in common. In each episode, Pocoyo, Pato, Elly and Sleepy Bird go through an adventure that teaches kids basic English vocabulary and life lessons for them to grow up. For example, in one episode, Pocoyo shows up with a box full of toys including building blocks and a puzzle. He decides that he is going to keep all the toys for himself and not share with anyone, not even his friends. He notices that he is doing something wrong by doing this. So later he goes up to his friends, shares the toys with them, and has an even better time in doing so. While teaching vocabulary words, it teaches kids a lesson that they may apply even at their young age.

My favorite part of all the episodes is the ending in each one when they sing a song to recap everything they learned in it. All the vocabulary words and the life lessons are easily presented so a child can remember them. I love this part because it allows the kids a recap of what they just saw and helps them remember everything they just learned.

The most important message that I got from watching this DVD is its emphasis on diversity. It teaches them that no matter how different anyone is, it doesn't make them less of a person or a weird person. If you look closely, all of Pocoyo's friends are different. All of them have different characteristics, traits or something unique that makes them who they are. It makes them special and one of a kind. It's beautiful how this series teaches kids to accept diversity since this is very essential message they will stay with them as they grow up help them be accepting of all different types of people. I rate Let's Go Pocoyo: Playtime! 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 5. This is available on DVD now, so be sure to go check it out!

By Alejandra Garcia, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16
Runtime: 80 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-6
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
Media: DVD


DINO DAN: DINO GO SEEK

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Series: DVD, AGES 2-8
Topic - Family
Description - Join junior dinosaur expert, Trek Henderson as he imagines dinosaurs in the real world! During an indoor game of hide and seek with his friends and Grandma, Trek discovers that Microraptors use their natural abilities to hide with the best of them! Enjoy playing dino go seek and more dino game-filled adventures with Trek and friends!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Although it is animated, the dinosaurs look quite realistic most of the time. I know that when my son was younger, he loved dinosaurs and he would have enjoyed this one because it has interesting facts about them. The acting and script are quite wonderful which makes it interesting and fun to watch. Also, it has great educational value since it teaches kids many things about dinosaurs. It is a perfect length at 60 minutes. I recommend it for ages 3 to 9 and I give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Dino Dan: Dino go Seek is a very educational DVD for young kids. It contains lots of interesting facts about dinosaurs. Unfortunately, there are lots of plot holes that left me wondering what was going on. I enjoyed the concepts of each episode, but found myself getting somewhat bored. Also, in the five episodes, the same dinosaurs are featured in four of them which I found very repetitive. They don't really change the facts up, so basically three episodes tell the same thing in different ways.

This DVD is a compilation of five episodes that aired on Nick Jr. including Dino Go Seek, Train of Dino's, Robots & Dino's, Dino Clash and Dino Racing. In Dino Go Seek, Trek learns about dinosaurs during a game of hide and seek. In Train of Dino's, Trek incorporates dinosaurs into his friend Penelope's train set. In Robots & Dino's, Trek helps protect a Dromaeosaurs egg using his friend Bobby's robots. Dino Racing is about Trek and his friends having imaginary races between humans and dinosaurs. Finally, Dino Clash Is about Trek and Bobby playing a game and learning about dinosaurs and teamwork.

I really enjoyed how they used CGI dinosaurs over video footage. I couldn't tell if his friends knew he could see dinosaurs or not because in some episodes they talk about it to him and in others they are wishing there were dinosaurs. My favorite episode is Train of Dino's because, it not only uses the usual CGI over video, it also uses stop motion animation in the form of the train set people moving. This is very creative and I love the variety.

The main character Trek is played by Trek Buccino. Jordyn Nergri plays Hannah. Katherine Forrester plays Penelope. Bobby is played by Colin Petierre. His brilliant facial expressions are one of my favorite things. Each episode has its own moral. The clearest message ii in Dino Clash. It is about teamwork because, in the end they have to work together to get to the finish line.

I loved the variety of styles in this DVD so I give it 4 out of 5 stars. I also find it quite informational, so I recommend It for kids who love dinosaurs from ages 3 to 10. I also think parents will probably enjoy watching this with their younger children. It's available on DVD now, so go check it out.

By Rohan Foxe, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 11
Runtime: 60 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-8
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
Media: DVD


4 TO 5

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4 TO 5
CRAIG KNOWLES
Series: DOCUMENTARY, AGES 4-18
Topic - Family
Description - On the eve of his 5th birthday, a young boy discusses his last day of being 4.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Charming. This short documentary is about a little boy who talks about not being four years old anymore the day before he turns five. It very sweetly portrays an adorable young boy whom we see a little bit of what goes on inside his head. The sound quality is crisp and easy to understand. The camera work is clear and steady. I believe it will project well onto a big screen. This film flows well with a beginning, middle and an end. It makes perfect sense and is completely watchable without any hiccups. We don't often get the chance to listen to what a four or five year old thinks so this is refreshing. I think children will enjoy this, especially those close to his age, because they can relate to him. Older kids and adults can relate to him in their own way, as the child they used to be or perhaps a child of their own when they were younger. For the most part, I think many children and adults alike will really enjoy this film and hence, recommend it for ages 4 to 18 and adults as well. I give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Kelsey M. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Jurors.
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Runtime: 5 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


KCKPL'S STORIES: MATT DE LA PENA READS LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET

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KCKPL'S STORIES: MATT DE LA PENA READS LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET
ERIC J. SMITH
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 4-10
Topic - Family
Description - KCKPL's Stories on the Bus: Matt de la Pe�a Reads Last Stop on Market Street: Watch as Matt de la Pe�a's award winning book comes alive! This energetic ride through a bustling city highlights the wonderful perspective only grandparent and grandchild can share, and comes to life through Matt de la Pe�a's vibrant text and Christian Robinson's radiant illustrations. "Last Stop on Market Street" is the winner of the 2016 Newbery Medal; a 2016 Caldecott Honor Book; a 2016 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book; and was a #1 New York Times Bestseller.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is an engaging short documentary that conveys the message that being aware of other people and supporting them in many ways can not only make other people feel good, but can make you feel good as well. It brings home the point that much of the time we are caught up in our own world and thoughts, but to notice, truly notice, our surroundings makes our lives richer and more connected. We are all connected to one another in such interesting ways and we can only realize this if our eyes are open and our hearts and minds are open. This is the point that I feel the author, who narrates a book on a bus to his school children, tries to make. One of the primary relationships in the film is between a grandmother and her grandson. The grandmother is very wise in how she looks at the world from a positive point of view and teaches her grandson to think in the same manner. This story is interweaved with the author narrating his book in a very creative way. There are many valuable lessons to be taken from this short and engaging documentary. Recommended for ages 4 to 10. Review by Ella L., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
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Runtime: 11 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-10
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


ONLY ONE YOU

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ONLY ONE YOU
MADISON DURAND
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 2-8
Topic - Family
Description - Grammy-winning Danny Weinkauf delivers a great, and rather catchy, message about being yourself. Video created by 15 year-old Madison Durand.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Delightful, charming, makes a perfect short music video break for any children's or family film festival. Adorable and colorful 2D animation. Music is well timed to the images. Great message. What is not to like! I love it. Recommend for pre-K to school-aged kids. 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - In this fun and adorable music video we get to see kids of all ages and ethnicity. The message that everyone is different and special is a great lesson to teach kids. The quality of the sound, especially when the singer sings is beautiful and very clear. The camerawork sets and special effects were very simple but good for the audience they are intended for. The animation is adorable and clever, showing children doing all kinds of fun and cool things. It shows that there are tons of fun to be had if you copy these onscreen kids doing things like ballet, balancing books on your head, wearing red jeans and even more fun and silly things that make them all different and unique. I love the fact that they use a fun, simple kind of 2D animation to show this important and amazing rule that everyone needs to know. The singer in this music video sings in a very happy, bubbly voice that brings this song to life for everyone, young and old, small and big. I recommend this to kids ages 2 to 8. Kids will love singing along to this catchy and quirky beat that will stick in their heads for days. It's time to get up dance and run around the house singing to this terrific and educational song. I give this 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Morgan B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12
Runtime: 4 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-8
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


DANA'S BEST JUMP & JAM TUNES

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LORETTE BAYLE
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 2-5
Topic - Music
Description - Dana Cohenour, a pioneering independent singer, songwriter and educator whose music has earned 17 national awards and acclaim from critics and families alike, leaps back into the scene with a brand-new collection of action songs for kids. Dana's sixth highly interactive album includes 12 mostly original songs designed to get kids ages one to seven up and moving, grooving and laughing. Wordplay, catchy melodies and top-notch musicianship.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Dana is a seasoned, veteran performer and her work shows it. Her vocals are crystal clear and engaging, the production values are terrific featuring some smoking good musicians. The songs are high-energy and demand participation unless you are Velcroed or hot-melt glued to your seat. Great for classrooms, home schools and for kids you just need to tire out with good positive, down-home, funky fun music! Pick up this CD and you might not be able to put it down. Love the energy, the participation and production quality. Songs are terrific for activity and downright fun! The album flows nicely. The artist knows her audience well and her songs follow suit. Listeners will probably seek out more Dana music! It's just that good. Reviewed by John Wood, KIDS FIRST! Music juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I enjoyed listening to Dana's Best Jump & Jam Tunes CD! I found myself tapping to the beat of many songs. One of the things I like about this CD is that so many of the songs are nursery rhymes. They have simple melodies, fun rhythms and positive, upbeat messages. Many of them are about animals and the importance of doing the right thing in life. The "I Love Mommy" song is very simple yet it is a reminder of the most important people in our lives - our family.

There are twelve songs on the CD. It's too difficult to pick a favorite, I love "Barnyard Hoedown," "Jumping Beans," "Five Green and Speckled Frogs and "I Love Mommy. The reason why I like "Barnyard Hoedown" so much is because it is a country song with animal voices, a kid's choir and ends with a cow mooing. The "Jumping Beans" is really cool because of its Spanish flavor and the inclusion of a xylophone. I also think "Five Green and Speckled Frogs" is funny because of the frogs croaking in it. Finally, the "I Love Mommy" is particularly touching lullaby with having a heartfelt simple message about loving your family.

Dana Cohenour sings all the songs on the CD is really great. Her voice is very pretty and she can make funny sounds with her voice like singing with different accents. She also does the fun musical arrangements.

The message of this CD is about the importance of respecting animals, doing the right thing and loving your family. What sticks out in mind the most is the kids' choir singing, the animal voices and Dana singing in different styles. I also like all the nursery rhymes.

While I think kids of various ages will enjoy this, I recommend it to ages 3 to 7 because the songs are nursery rhymes with animal sounds. I give this 4 out of 5 musical stars for its positive upbeat songs and inclusion of animal and kid voices.

By Abigail Zoe L., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 9
Runtime: 38 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 1-7
Suggested Retail Price: $ 13
Media: AUDIO


BEST OF RAFFI

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BEST OF RAFFI
ROUNDER RECORDS/CONCORD MUSIC GROUP
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 2-5
Topic - Music
Description - A career-spanning collection, celebrating 40 years of hits from the legendary children's troubadour Raffi. The album includes 16 classics including "Down By The Bay" (1976), "Bananaphone" (1994) and, perhaps his most iconic hit, "Baby Beluga" (1980). Beginning with 1976's Singable Songs For The Very Young, pioneering troubadour Raffi Cavoukian (better known simply as "Raffi") is one of the world's best-selling and most influential children's entertainers.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I need not remind you that Raffi came to prominence in the Plasticine Period when most children's music was seeking its way in the woolly wilderness - most things were molded in brightly colored clay and deemed most precious. And then, this clarion voice came shining through the stark wilderness, broke the mold and boldly mixed traditional songs in clever ways and wrote original insightful songs of social relevance with love and gentle understanding of his young adoring audience. Somewhere in a faraway distant galaxy little Xnobian children are pointing their antennas toward the Milky Way and receiving the first faint notes of "Baby Beluga". What a treat. Listen and smile and applaud 40 years of this true artist for the ages! This CD has terrific performances, songwriting and production qualities. Raffi's songs are extremely well crafted and provide a relevant message for kids today just as they did when he started out. They are aimed directly with love at their core audience of children from toddlers to 8-year-olds. They model behaviors of love, acceptance, protection and fun! This artist is totally in touch with his audience and the importance of the world in which they live. With its beautiful arrangements and vocal prowess, it provides an absolute learning adventure odyssey. Let's all get involved in saving the Earth for future kids and protecting the innocent. This is a must get for parents of young ones. Reviewed by John Wood, KIDS FIRST! Music Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I love to sing dance and just be a child at heart so I love this CD. It is simply wonderful because it has songs for kids of all ages. It has songs that had me wanting to get up, dance, sing and have fun and I found myself doing just that. I love that Raffi sings songs that are fun and memorable and just plain silly!

Included are 16 unique songs kids can dance, sing, learn and just have a good time along with Raffi. This would be great for parties or sleepovers and will pick you up if you are feeling blue. They are very kid-friendly and teach lessons such as everyone grows up, what the sun is and what it does best. On the flip side, there are songs that are funny and silly and will have you up out of your seat and whirling around your house.

The Wheels on the Bus and If You're Happy and You Know It are classics that have a few twists added which make them even cuter. My favorites are Baby Beluga and Love Bug. I love these two because they are very sweet and very clever and had me laughing and dancing. The Baby Beluga is about a baby beluga's day and what it did. Love Bug is about the love bug and how everyone has one and how it shares love and happiness throughout the world.

This CD really made me feel like I was 5 or 6 again and I loved it. It really lets you be carefree and silly and not have to worry about things that older kids have to worry about. For example, things that really bothers me is that I have to do school, worry about money, boys and report cards and what my parents think of me. When I listen to this music I let all that stress go and kicked back to relax and just have fun and go back to that time of my life when I had no worries, bills or strife. I think that it could really help kids deal with all kinds of things and bring them a bit of joy to their day.

I recommend this for kids ages 2 to 12. Kids will love how Raffi sings songs that are fun and educational. They are easy to follow and invite the listeners to sing and dance along. I give this CD 5 out of 5 singing and dancing stars shooting across the sky.

Reviewed by Morgan B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

This CD is a mixture of new and old children's songs. Many of the old songs are favorites and the children got up and danced and sang along to them. Some of the newer or, not so familiar songs, are upbeat and exciting. The first half of the CD are fun, fast paced and kids loved them and danced along. Some of the slower paced ones did not hold my grandchildren's interest as much. An old favorite, "The Wheels on the Bus" was their favorite. Also a new version of De O, Daylight Come and Me Wanna Go Home is delightful. They know the words to this song and clapped their hands and danced along. They also were quite partial to "Down By the Bay," "Apples & Bananas," "Ring, Ring Banana Phone," "Let's Play" and "Shake the Sillies Out." My kids loved the faster paced songs.
Runtime: 45 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 1-8
Suggested Retail Price: $ 10
Media: AUDIO


MACK & MOXY: ADVENTURES IN HELPEELAND!

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N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - Join Mack, a blue moose with a heart of gold and two left feet, and Moxy, a perky pink raccoon, on four new exciting adventures! Watch Mack & Moxy rescue another Great Helpee in a far off mystical place called HelpeeLand. In the first adventure, Mack & Moxy start a lively game of foursquare at the HelpeeLand School. When a disagreement develops over who won, Trooper Sydnee suggests Rock, Paper, Scissors to settle the dispute. It works like a charm except for one problem Shelfish Sheldon (played by Hank Azaria) is about to snatch the Great Helpee and keep all its happiness for himself. Guest celebrity, Simone Biles (Olympic Gymnastic Gold Medal winner), helps the Heroes on their mission. Three more adventures introduce kids to subjects like autism, buckling-up for safety and eating healthy foods. Other guest celebrities featured include Keegan Michael-Key (The Angry Birds Movie, Key & Peele), Melissa Fumero (Brooklyn 99) and Matt Lucas (Little Britain, Alice Through the Looking Glass). In the episode, A Spectrum of Possibilities, Trooper Charlie is a wonderfully talented boy who lives with autism. Mack & Moxy teaches children life-long lessons of charity and compassion while celebrating the joy of helping others.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This DVD has a beautiful way of explaining and expressing important ways of helping children understand some of life's complicated issues. Friendship, honesty, tolerance, patience, healthy eating habits, dancing, singing, playing together, solving conflicts and working together are not always easy for children to understand and the Mack & Moxy series really helps parents instill good values in their children and helps parents find ways to teach these qualities to their children in a playful, colorful yet firm way. A must for all parents! The topics discussed, the music, the lyrics, the funny and unusual characters, and the vibrant colors are all spot on and will all appeal to children. Each story has a great topic and the characters are lively, honest, funny, believable and colorful. Each segment concentrates on a powerful message to help young children understand. The songs emphasize the message and make a great addition at the end of each segment. Having the words written on the screen also helps parents relay the words. The material in each segment is very relevant and is very easy for children to follow. Subjects such as honesty, proper car seats for children of different ages, healthy eating, friendship, cooperation, team work, understanding children with autism, respect and organized games at recess time, are all introduced. At the end of each segment a mention of where to find more information is listed. The vocabulary is age-appropriate and the subject matter is very relevant. The songs are so lively and sing-able.

The theme song throughout the DVD when the team is ready to go out on their mission, 'Here We Go, Na Na Na, Off to Healthyland' is great. I found myself singing to it too! The animation is fantastic. The colors are so bright and rich for each of the characters and each of the Great Helpees hatched is a different color! The songs are upbeat and uplifting! Having the words written on the screen helps adults learn the songs. The settings for each of the segments has lots of imagination built in and also has awesome colors. Each of the characters has their own unique costume and name. Shellfish Sheldon is a red lobster, Clicks the robot, Patches the tiger, Little Bird is Autistic as well as Trooper Charlie, who dances very well, and so many others. These segments are all very interesting and colorful and playful and educational as well. Some of the segments dealt with normalizing Autism and one explains about the devices that help Autistic children communicate with others. It stresses that 'even though we are all different, we are all the same'. The song, 'Each One of Us Is Different' helps us to understand more. The theme of this segment is that children with Autism can be a great friend, and our differences are Okay. Yes, I love this! Reviewed by Tina B., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Mack & Moxy: Adventures in Helpeeland! is a great DVD for preschoolers. It teaches basic lessons that kids will need for school. This colorful DVD contains four episodes that combine animation, live-action, puppets and songs. The first episode teaches how to solve and arguments using "Rock, Paper, Scissors." The second teaches you about buckling your car seat belt. The third talks about healthy eating and the fourth is about autism. In each episode, Mack (a moose-like giant) and Moxy (a perky pink raccoon) and their friends go to Helpee Island to save the great Helpee egg? One day they meet a new friend who helps them get the Helpee Egg. Meanwhile, the show's enemy, Shellfish Sheldon is trying to steal the Great Helpee and keep all its happiness for himself. My favorite part of each episode is when Shellfish Sheldon is about to achieve his goal but fails, usually helping Mack and Moxy get the Helpee Egg. This show contains lots of repetition. At the end of each episode, they use exactly the same script as they did at the beginning. Repetition is good for younger children but can get tedious for older kids and adults so, I recommend this film for ages 1 to 4 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Rohan F., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11.

Mack and Moxy is a very enjoyable children's TV show series with multiple scenarios portraying life's messages in a fun and laughable tone. With its bright colors and relatable characters, this series is great for young children to enjoy.

In this four episode DVD, Mack, a tall blue moose who's a bit of an airhead, and Moxy, a pink and purple raccoon who's quick on her feet, take part in numerous adventures to help rescue the "Helpee Orbs" which play pivotal roles in helping others. In each episode, a human scout helps Mack and Moxy on their missions. Missions are assigned by multiple guest stars, such as Simone Biles or Keegan Michael-Key. Each episode is unique in its own way. The first has Mack and Moxy's team hunting for the Helpee in a playground. They play 4 square and even take a swing on the monkey bars. The second episode takes place in a desert. The third episode is underwater, with a family of octopi. These octopi grow a garden of fruits and veggies. The final episode takes place in a forest, where communication is controlled by music and technology.

My favorite character is Shellfish Sheldon (Hank Azaria) who has a lovable lisp and a persistency like none other. Even though Sheldon is supposed to be the bad guy, his personality makes his attempts to ruin the day a complete joke. Each time Sheldon makes his one time per episode appearance, he made me laugh. Additionally, the songs are very catchy and easy to remember. I played the songs in my head over and over again. I still remember lyrics from the song "Buckle Buckle, Seatbelts & Chuckle."

Each episode has a different message. One talks about how fairness is distributed on the playground. Another captures the importance of buckling your seat belt. One explains how eating the right food can greatly improve daily life. And one teaches how everyone is different, yet should be treated equally.

The catchy songs are the highlight of each episode and serve a purpose to help kids remember the important teachings. I recommend this DVD to ages 3 to 7 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. It is available on DVD now so, be sure to check it out.

Reviewed by Lara M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15
Runtime: 75 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-6
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
Media: DVD
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FLOOGALS: DESTINATION PLANET EARTH!       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - Join the Floogals on a mission of discovery as they explore Earth and the funny "hoomans" who live there! Captain Fleeker, First Officer Flo, and Junior Boomer are pocket sized alien adventurers on a mission to observe and experience a new and exciting world Planet Earth! Arriving in their spaceship from the distant planet of Floog, the Floogals are on a mission to document everything around them in the peculiar world of the "hoomans". Each day, Fleeker, Flo, and Boomer encounter something that sparks their curiosity, setting in motion the day's research "project" and triggering an exciting adventure! First, Boomer becomes very fond of the three stripy caterpillars the kids are keeping in the shed. Then, one day one of the caterpillars disappears and then another and another. It's up to the Floogals to learn the mystery of the disappearing caterpillars! Then, when the Floogals encounter a balloon that's intended for the Girl Hooman's birthday party they think it's a monster it's ten times bigger than them with a giant face! Can Fleeker conquer his fear to return the balloon to the little girl in time for her birthday? Find out! Adventure is everywhere they go. They're the Floogals! 3, 2, 1, let's go!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This show follows three little explorers observing the hooman (human) world in a way that we can only observe by watching a show like this. All the stories are fantastic, but the one I like the most is Project Garden Hose. Due to the size of The Floogals, something like a garden hose is a behemoth to them (which becomes adorably obvious in Project Hamster). They are skating down the hose and it looks like this neat little jungle. It's very fun. Something about this program that had me worried at first is that it mixes animation with live action. The Floogals and their belongings are shown in CGI, but the world in which they explore is all shown in live action. I've seen this before and didn't care for it. I was not looking forward to watching it because of that. But The Floogals really pull it off! I can honestly say that the exploration would not be nearly as entertaining without the brilliant visual media mix along with the fun writing. I look forward to showing this to my son when he gets a bit bigger. I recommend this for ages 2 to 5 and give it 5 out of 5 stars!

Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.

This DVD is a fun story about aliens from outer space coming to Earth and discovering "hoomans". The aliens don't know anything about life on Earth and they learn and discover how things work on Earth. They have to use problem solving skills to find out where all the caterpillars disappear to when they turn into butterflies. It teaches them about the lifespan of a butterfly. It teaches them how to work together as a team, build friendships and how things work. It emphasizes trust, respect, team work and problem solving. The menu is easy to understand and use. You can move backwards and forwards easily through chapters. Visually, it is stunning. Kids will certainly enjoy it. The story makes sense. It starts with aliens landing on Earth, goes into finding their way around and ends with them understanding how things work on this planet. It is definitely fun to watch. I recommend it to children ages 2 to 7. Reviewed by Amanda M., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Demonstrating the power of exploration and critical thinking, Floogals is a children's TV show with a mix of cartoon and real life images, exciting characters and unique episodes. Young children will enjoy the adventures the Floogals embark on.

This special Floogals DVD has eight episodes, stars Captain Fleeker, Officer Flo and Junior Boomer - aliens who have come to earth to explore the human's objects. Episode #1, Project Caterpillar, explains the process of metamorphosis to the Floogals as they watch and wait for the Hooman's caterpillars to change into butterflies. Episode #2 is Project Balloon, where the Floogals discover what a balloon is, how it works and why they are needed. The next Episode, #3 is Project Baby. The Floogals discover what a baby is exactly. Episode #4 is Project Bubbles. Along with discovering what a bubble is made of, the Floogals learn to work together to blow bubbles. In Project Hamster, the Floogals have to catch the Hooman's hamster that escapes the cage. In Project Robot, they take Hooman's son's robot to rescue officer Flo. The episode Project Garden Hose has them finding out that the hose is turned on by a lever and learning that hoses are used to water plants. The final episode is Project Magnet where the Floogals' learn what a magnet is and how it works. In each episode, kids learn the use of objects in our world.

My favorite character is Junior Boomer. Boomer's adolescent character and curiosity is fun to watch throughout every episode. Of course, the other characters are exciting to watch too. Officer Flo's intelligence and Captain Fleeker's leadership qualities greatly enhance the show. In addition, I enjoyed the live elements incorporated into the show. In Project Hamster, I like how a real hamster is in the show along with the animated Captain Fleeker, who are both in the hamster's cage.

Each episode teaches something different. Project Caterpillar teaches the audience about Metamorphosis. Project Balloon shows how balloons float. Project Baby demonstrates how we grow. Project Bubbles shows us what bubbles are made of. Project Hamster teaches about live animals and how to keep them in a cage. Project Robot shows how electronics work and how they run on batteries. Project Garden Hose demonstrates how a hose is used and how it works. Finally Project Magnet shows us how magnets work. As each episode teaches kids how ordinary objects in our world work, the Floogals' comedic characters and unique adventures make the show enjoyable. I recommend Floogals for ages 2 to 6 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. This DVD is available now wherever DVDs are sold so, go check it out. You're missing out if you don't share it with your preschoolers.

Reviewed by Lara M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15

I love this fun and adorable DVD with its eight fun episodes that made me want to go on scientific adventures with my friends and family. All the episodes have fun things about science and they use the scientific method to teach kids about pets, magnets, garden hoses, toys and so much more.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be an alien or to see an alien up close? Most people think that aliens would be bigger and better than us, but in this fun DVD there are aliens called Floogals that are adorable and fun-loving. The Floogals are aliens who want to find out more about humans, our surroundings and why we do all the different and quirky things that we love or need to do.

I love the animation and the way it is used together with live action to teach about the functions of ordinary household items. The aliens are animated, but the humans and the surrounding objects are live action. It is very different from what you mostly see today in the theater or on TV. I love that it isn't repetitive, but silly enough to have me laughing until I found myself wanting to do an experiment with the Floogals myself.

One of my favorite episodes is "Project Baby." I love this episode because it teaches kids about growing up, what babies are and what they need to grow up to become big and strong. They even think that the baby is the king of the humans and they also think that it was held in captivity because its crib looks like a hamster cage to them. My favorite character is Flo (Jules de Jongh). I love her voice and the way her character is so courteous and always on the lookout for adventure and projects to collaborate on with her fellow aliens. Another thing I enjoyed is the way that the Floogals guess things and then find out what they are. For example, in the episode "Project Garden Hose," they think that the hose is a snake or a straw of some sort, but, by using the work of science, they find out it is a garden hose and is used for watering plants in the garden.

I recommend this for ages 4 to 8. It is very creative and full of great conversations for adults and children. Children will learn in a fun, new, adventurous way. It will help them be great scientists and explorers when they are young and encourage them to do the same when they grow up. I give this fantastic DVD 5 out of 5 flying Floogal saucers. It is available now on DVD so, be sure to check it out.

By Morgan B. Bertsch, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 12
Runtime: 95 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
Media: DVD
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EYES IN THE BACK OF HER HEAD

This title is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
EYES IN THE BACK OF HER HEAD
MADISON DURAND
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - A little monster wonders if his well-meaning mother is hiding an unusual secret. Music by Grammy-winning Danny Weinkauf; video created by 16-year-old Madison Durand.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Love this short student produced animation. Very clever and funny. It flows well, is very watchable. The original music is adorable and I love the subtitles in it. They make it fun for a younger audience that is just learning to read to be able to participate. Cute storyline, bright and colorful animation. Highly recommended for ages 3 to 12. Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 4 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 3-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO



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