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LOVE BUG BY RAFFI

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

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

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

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

Raffi's voice is an instrument that soothes and draws the audience to scoot just a little bit closer. The kid choruses are lovely. The production fabulous. The musicians add so much energy and propulsion. I hope that children will see a bigger picture of their involvement and heir apparent to a smaller, brighter and more loving world.
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Runtime: 40 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-7
Suggested Retail Price: $ 15
Media: AUDIO


MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC: THE KEYS OF FRIENDSHIP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


COOL KIND KID

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

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

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

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

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

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


SMART SONGS FOR ACTIVE CHILDREN

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


POPPY CAT: BIRTHDAY TREASURE AND OTHER ADVENTURES

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

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

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

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

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

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

Are you ready for fun and adventure?

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

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

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

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

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

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ISLAND OF LEMURS: MADAGASCAR

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


SLEEPING BEAUTY, THE: BY THE ROYAL BALLET CINEMA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


WIND RISES, THE (KAZE TACHINU)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


LEGO MOVIE, THE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


NUT JOB, THE

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

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

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

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

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

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


DINOSAUR STOMP - MOTHER GOOSE CLUB NURSERY RHYMES

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


CLIFFORD'S BIG BIRTHDAY APP

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

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


LAMI

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AOKI STUDIO
Series: WEBSERIES, AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - This animation series has characters for the musical notes with different personalities so that children can enjoy discovering the musical world. La is a shy little blue boy. He is always singing alone on the line. One day, he meets a little girl, Mi, crying and discovers friendship. He finds out that singing together with friends becomes a melody.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Cute story about a note who seeks friendship and battles to overcome loneliness. The show begins with the blue note by himself and at the end of the series ends with him by himself. However, during the duration he slowly builds up a friendship base and, by the end, rem over missing them. He realizes he can conjure them up at any time and he's never really alone. This has great music and fun characters that kids can readily identify with. The colors are bright and the environment is simple. The plot may be a bit complex for its target audience of toddlers. This lacks engagement to keep a child busy and involved. However, each episode is only two minutes long. Some episodes lack conclusion. For example, in one episode two characters see two other characters and call out their names to see if they can make friends. The other two are preoccupied in their play and never actually stop to greet the other characters. The production value of this show is perfect for its audience. There are no negative behaviors to speak of. The soundtrack is catchy and well done. The main theme song is appealing even after multiple viewings.
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KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 0-5
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Web Series


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


SPOOKLEY THE SQUARE PUMPKIN

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

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

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


FRED'S BACK

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


BLACK STALLION, THE (HDNET)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


SPACE BUDDIES (HDNET)

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HDNET MOVIES LLC
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - When a group of precocious puppies get trapped aboard an experimental space ship without enough fuel to return home, they must band together to figure out a way home.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Screening throughout December 2012 on HDNet Movies - kidScene. Originally released in 2009.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I like this movie because the dogs make space travel look like so much fun! Space Buddies is about five golden retrievers, Buddha, Budderball, B-Dawg, Mudbud, and Rosebud, voiced by Field Cate, Josh Flitter, Skyler Gisondo, Henry Hodges, and Liliana Mumy, who follow their kid owners on a school field trip to the space station to watch a spaceship take off to the moon. The five dogs sneak onto the spacecraft to take a look and they accidentally get launched into space. While on their way to the moon, they stop to refuel at another spacecraft owned by a Russian man, Yuri, played by Diedrich Bader. These curious puppies venture onto Yuri's spaceship to take a look around and meet Yuri's dog, Spudnick, voiced by Jason Earles. He wants to hitch a ride back with the five friends to get back to his owner on Earth. You'll have to watch this fantasy, adventure film to find out if the dogs will be trapped up in space forever! My favorite character in this film is a little ferret named Gravity voiced by Amy Sedaris. Gravity is so cute and she has such a sweet bond with her owner. My favorite scene in this film is when the dogs enter the spaceship and everything is so white and clean and modern. I really like the image and the looks on the dogs' faces are rather amusing. Directed by Robert Vince, written by Kevin DiCicco, with music that set the daring mood of this film by Sherman Kelly and Arnold Rezler. The cinematography in this film is pretty good, although some scenes aren't the best quality. I really like how the spaceships look. Yuri and Spudnick's spacecraft is rather old and beaten up, but they have their own garden which is a great source of air and nutrients. The puppies' spaceship is so modern! They even have a snack bar, which I thought was funny. I recommend this film to kids ages five through twelve because it's entertaining and fun for the whole family, although it moved slowly at some points. I give Space Buddies three and a half out of five stars because although I do like this movie, I feel it needs a little more action. Look for this classic family film on HDNet movies KidScene this month. Camille Bajema, age 10, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.

Ready to go on intergalactic space adventure? Well then hop on board and watch this film. This film follows along the five talking pups on their latest adventure. Follow along as Rosebud (Liliana Mumy), Mudbud (Henry Hodges), Budderball (Josh Flitter), Buddha (Filed Cate) and B-Dawg (Skyler Gisondo) tag along on their young owners' class field trip and accidentally get launched into space and head to a Russian space station. Once there, they meet a new friend, a Russian Dog Astronaut, Spudnick (Jason Earles), who is stuck in the space station. Spudnick desperately wants to go home to his boy owner, Sasha. My favorite characters are the Buddies. I like them, because they were very adorable and very, very cute and they each have their own unique personality, like a real person. These dogs are very curious and that's how they got into so much trouble, however they do manage to save the day, with some help from their new friend, Spudnick. I also like Spudnick because he is extremely adorable and smart. My favorite scene is when Spudnick's dream comes true. I like this scene because it's very cute how he had had to dream to be the first dog astronaut to walk on the moon and his dreams became fulfilled with the help of the Buddies. The cinematography is very well done, and the blow up scene was awesome. Also, I love how very cool it looks seeing the dogs walking and jumping on the moon, as well watching them moving and floating through space. While the story is a bit farfetched, I think it's a movie that young children will love. Adults may find the story to crazy and not really for them. This film is very touching and it almost brings you to cheer out loud at some scenes. I rate this film 4 out of 5 stars because not everyone in your family will enjoy it, but the kids will definitely love it! Look for this movie and other fantastic films on HDNet movies KidScene this month. One small step for dog, one giant step for dog kind! Julianna Noone, age 12, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.

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


GREAT MUPPET CAPER, THE (HDNET)

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HDNET MOVIES LLC
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Kermit and Fozzie are newspaper reporters sent to London to interview Lady Holiday, a wealthy fashion designer whose priceless diamond necklace is stolen. Kermit meets and falls in love with her secretary, Miss Piggy. The jewel thieves strike again, and this time frame Miss Piggy. It's up to Kermit and Muppets to bring the real culprits to justice. (1981) Directed by Jim Henson. Starring Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz and more.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Screening throughout December 2012 on HDNet Movies - kidScene. Originally released in 1981.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I really like this film because it's hilarious. I am absolutely in love with the Muppets. This comedy-mystery movie is about three muppets, Kermit, Gonzo, and Fozzie, voiced by Jim Henson, Frank Oz, and Dave Goelz, who are failing reporters. The three friends travel to Britain to try to prove to their boss that they are good at their job, to get a great story, and to solve the case of the missing jewels that belong to the famous clothing designer, Lady Holiday, played by Diana Rigg. Along the way, they stop at the Happiness Hotel, a run-down place, and meet some friends there. Kermit meets the lovely secretary of Lady Holiday, Miss Piggy, also voiced by Frank Oz. When Lady Holiday's brother, Nicky Holiday, played by Charles Grodin, has evil plans to steal one of Lady Holiday's precious jewels, it's up to the Muppets to stop him and three of his accomplices. My favorite character in this film is Fozzie. I like Fozzie because he's a very cute, huggable, funny bear! He reminds me of my favorite teddy bear. My favorite scene in this film is when Lady Holiday is having a fashion preview and Miss Piggy comes on stage wearing a swimsuit and there's a song with girls in a swimming pool with Miss Piggy as the star because she's so happy she's finally getting to be a model! Directed by Jim Henson, written by Tom Hatchett and Jay Tarses, and produced by Henson Associates. Most of the music in this film is by Joe Raposo and is very much like a musical. I really enjoy this kind of music. I think that the cinematography in this film is great. I love that it is filmed in Britain, because it's a beautiful place to shoot a movie. I also really like the mix of puppets and real people in this film. It's nice that the real people treat the puppets as they're equals, even though they're pigs, frogs, bears, and many other animals! I recommend this film to people of all ages because I think that this film is easy to follow, is very appropriate, and is a great family film! I give 'The Muppet Caper' five out of five stars because I think that the Muppets are awesome and hilarious! Look for this classic family film on HDNet movies KidScene this month. Camille Bajema, age 10,KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.

This film has lots of comedy, music and has the adorable Muppets. Kermit (Jim Henson), Gonzo (Dave Goelz), and Fozzie Bear (Frank Oz) are all reporters who get fired because of their lack of interesting news stories. They travel to London to interview Lady Holiday (Diana Rigg), who is a rich fashion designer that is a victim of a jewel theft. With the help of her new secretary, Miss. Piggy, (Frank Oz), Kermit and his friends slowly get more clues to who the thieves really are. This film has something for everyone; adventure, romance and a little danger. Since this film is a musical with good music and songs, I like it even more. My favorite scene is when Kermit sees Miss. Piggy for the first time. She is on a desk and acting like she is accepting an award, oblivious that Kermit is watching her. This is funny to see. Of course my favorite character is the famous Miss Piggy because she is really dramatic. I think she steals the show every time. I've seen a couple of other Muppet films, and Director, Jim Henson is doing another great job with directing this one. The plot is easy to understand. Actors Charles Grodin (Nicky Holiday), John Cleese (Neville), and Jack Warden (Mike Tarkanian) are also staring in the Great Muppet Caper. One message that I found is to never give up until you've completely finished the job. Kermit is trying to find the criminals and not many people are assisting him. He is not complaining or anything, but keeps on trying to find the thieves. I recommend The Great Muppet Caper, for ages 5 to 12. I think that older ages will be somewhat bored when they see it, but it's a great film for the family to get together and watch. I give this film 4 out of 5 stars. I like that it's a musical, but some of the scenes I feel are not needed. Tune in to see The Great Muppet Caper; playing all month on HDNet Movies kidScene. Brianna Hope Beaton, age 13, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.

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


MR. HALLOWEENSTER

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MR. HALLOWEENSTER
Series: INDEPENDENT SHORT, AGES 2-5
Topic - Holiday
Description - Mr. Halloweenster is the kids Halloween hero. He's always there to help with costumes, pumpkin carving and everything else that makes Halloween fun. But this time, while Mr. Halloweenster is helping the kids, there's something tricky happening at the JunkVittles Candy factory. Mr. MeanyPants and Dr. JunkVittles are making candy that will make the kids forget about their costumes and the Halloween parade. Only Mr. Halloweenster can save the day!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Mr. Halloweenster is a short, fun cartoon, that tells the story of a town where there are no signs of Halloween, due to a sinister character. Similar to the idea of the Grinch, the bad guy is trying to keep Halloween from happening. Mr. Halloweenster works to bring Halloween back to the children. His attitude is pleasant and upbeat. This is a fun short for children excited about Halloween. Displays problem-solving and an optimistic attitude in the face of negativity. Simple and innocent, the colors are vibrant and the music is upbeat and catchy.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - "The kids were not ready for Halloween, but Mr. Halloweenster helped them get costumes." "The villain made candy that would make the kids 'candy-kooky' and not enjoy Halloween." "Mr. Halloweenster steps in to save the day." The kids are glued to the screen and want to watch it again, right away. Appeals mostly to kids under age 7, though everyone watched intently. The younger kids even knew the song and repeated it after.
Runtime: 9 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-6
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD


STEPS4KIDS TO DRAW

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STEPS4KIDS TO DRAW
STEPS4KIDS, LLC
Series: INDEPENDENT SHORT, AGES 5-8
Topic - Education/Instructional
Description - Video modeling to help teach children aged 4 and up how to draw shapes, animals, people and things! Viewers can easily learn how to draw over 40 items ranging from zoo animals to faces and profiles.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is an interactive drawing program. A narrator shows step-by-step how to draw different things including people, animals and objects. The narrator is very clear in how she explains her drawings and shows alternative ways of drawing the same things. She also gives options of how to enhance the drawing. It is easy to follow along and will motivate all ages to try because they make it looks so easy. Simple production, music and lighting are appropriate to the educational content.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This DVD helped kids draw people, shapes, things and animals. They like drawing the objects most. The kids enjoy trying to copy the different drawings and follow the video exactly. They also like to add their own enhancements. The kids wanted to draw along and each told stories about how they made things in their school. They were inspired to create and to discuss.
Runtime: 90 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-9
Suggested Retail Price: $ 24.99
Media: DVD

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FINDING NEMO 3D

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DISNEY FEATURE FILMS
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 2-5, ANIMATED
Topic - Family
Description - After his son is captured in the Great Barrier Reef and taken to Sydney, a timid clownfish sets out on a journey to bring him home.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - coming soon.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Hello everyone. My name is Anthony Aranda from KIDS FIRST! I just got finished watching a new twist on an all-time favorite Disney classic movie called "Finding Nemo 3D." This movie is all about a fish named Nemo whose dad is bringing him to school. His dad gets too worried though and goes after Nemo. This made Nemo mad so he goes to open water, touches a boat and gets captured by divers. Then his dad has to go on a big adventure to save him. The main characters in this movie are Nemo, Dory, and Marlin. My favorite character is Dory because she is a really funny character and she helps Marlin go to Sydney to find his son. She also loves meeting new people but a second later she forgets them, which makes her really funny. My favorite part in this movie is when Dory sees a little jelly fish and names it Squishy and she got stung and said "Ouch! Bad squishy, bad!" and then a big bunch of jelly fish come out and she bounces on the top so Marlin gets an idea so he says whoever gets to the end of the jelly fish wins. So they raced through the jelly fish but Dory got stung so Marlin had to go save her, luckily he did, but that made him pass out. If I was to rate this movie with stars I would give it 7 out of 10 because I thought the 3D was cool but they needed to add more 3D parts to the movie and I've seen this movie too many times so the fact that it didn't have a lot of 3D made it kind of boring to me. I would recommend this movie for all ages. Because it is a good classic movie that everyone is able to watch. Go out and see this movie when it comes out in theaters on September 14. Anthony Aranda, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic. Watching Finding Nemo 3D is like you are snorkeling and looking through your goggles and enjoy the colorful fish and sea life. This story is about Marlin (voice by Albert Brooks), an overprotective father of Nemo (voice by Alexander Gould), as a clown fish with a defective fin. It all started with Nemo's mom and dad looking at all 400 eggs and try to determine names for each of the egg. Suddenly, a barracuda came to the coral and knock Marlin unconscious. When Marlin wakes up, the reef is empty; with no fish around, the only egg left under the coral was Nemo. Marlin became very protective dad and will not let Nemo out of his sight. However, Nemo is the opposite of his dad. He always wants to swim into the unknown. On the first day of school, Nemo wander off outside the reef and was captured by a dentist. This started Marlin's journey to find his son. He swims as fast as he can and asks for help finding Nemo. The only fish stopped to help Marlin is Dory (voice by Ellen DeGeneres). Dory has a big heart and always positive. The only problem is she has short term memory loss. The story line is the father and son love, unpredictable, and very funny. There are so many punch lines in this movie that will keep you laughing throughout the movie. The clear and crisp color with 3D is magical. It feels like I am snorkeling and ready to touch these sea creatures. I can see the layers of rainbow coral reef, several rows of teeth in Bruce the shark mouth, the pelican beak and jelly fish seem so soft and real. The best 3D part is with the whale and the krill swimming toward the audience. I love how production and design makes Dory velvety, Marlin and Nemo soft and gummy. The rest of the fish are metallic, typical scaly fish. This makes Dory, Marlin and Nemo more lovable. The sound effects of water sloshing and crashing are very realistic. The only part I did not like is what happens to Nemo mom. Will Disney come back with Nemo reunited with his mom? The lessons in this movie are Marlin deal with his fear and swims all the way to Australia to find his son Nemo and he learn to have faith. My favorite character is Dory with her big heart and Crush the laid back father turtle and his children. The message of this movie is listens to your parents, they only try to protect you and give you good advice. Parents are alive longer so they know a lot more than their children. I rank this movie 5 out of 5 stars. I give this age ranged 3 and up. Cheyenne Nguyen, age 8, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic. Hi I'm Victoria Burns here reporting for Kids First! When I watched Finding Nemo in 3D it brought back so many memories of being a little kid. When I saw Finding Nemo for the first time, I was about six or seven and I remember being awed by all of the sea creatures. I now realize that this movie is really educational, and the creators were smart to make a what would be a boring didactic movie exciting and interesting. It informs children about marine life and sparks their interest in these topics. I have always loved this movie and watching it in 3D makes this classic even better. This movie is about Nemo (Alexander Gould) who's dad, Marlin (Albert Brooks), never lets Nemo go anywhere because before he was born a shark killed Nemo's mother and eggs. Nemo's dad finally lets him go to school, but when they go on a field trip Nemo disobeys his father and touches a boat and says, "I hate you." Nemo is then taken by a diver and his father goes through anything and everything to find his son. Along the way Marlon gets help from a fish who has short term memory loss named Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), and together they through non fish eating sharks, the abyss, jellyfish, sea turtles, and swimming in a whale's mouth all to get to Sydney, Australia. Meanwhile Nemo is in a fish tank trying to escape with the help of his new friend Gill (Willem Dafoe). The rest is a heartwarming surprise. This movie really made me happy because until now I had forgotten about how much I like it until I watched it again. In 3D this movie makes some things stand out like: fish swimming towards you, balloon explosions, birds, and sharks. I would definitely give this movie five out of five stars because it is an educational movie disguised as a cartoon, so children would be entertained by it and I always like it no matter how many times that I watch it. I think it is clever how some of the characters personified the actual qualities of the marine life in the ocean, and it is cool to see what they would be like if talking was a possibility for them. I recommend this movie for anyone, but if I had to give ages it would be from 5-35 or older if some parents love these movies like mine do. Victoria Burns, age 14, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC: ROYAL PONY WEDDING

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MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC: ROYAL PONY WEDDING
SHOUT! FACTORY
Series: TV SERIES, AGES 5-8 ANIMATION
Topic - Family
Description - When it is announced that Twilight Sparkle's brother, Shining Armor, will marry Princess Celestia's niece, Cadence, all of Equestria should be celebrating. But Twilight Sparkle is not happy with the news! Will the royal wedding go off without a hitch?
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Fantastical unicorns living in a magic world, royal weddings with all the trimmings, a holiday to celebrate love - all with a focus on caring and friendship. If, like me, you haven't seen the ponies since the 1980's, My Little Pony has a new look and a new theme song. The ponies aren't as round and baby-like as they used to be. Very colorful and energetic. Includes two sing-a-longs and printable coloring sheets. Despite the varying situations that confront them, the ponies are true friend and overcome any obstacles by their committeemen to each other.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The ponies get invited to a wedding between a princess and Twilight Sparkle's brother. Twilight has doubts about the bride, but no one believes her accusations. "Pinky-pie is so cute and I like how she dresses her hair." "It doesn't have anything bad in it and it is a good show to watch together." "I think they make Twilight Sparkle not always perfect, because she is new to Ponyville and is just learning how to be a good friend." "The ponies work together in friendship." "I like the sing-a-long." The kids enjoy most of the characters and how they act together. They recognize the story, but like how the ponies portray it in their own way. They all want to watch it again.
Runtime: 120 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.97
Media: DVD


MOEY'S MUSIC PARTY: PRINCESS REVOLUTION

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MOEY'S MUSIC PARTY: PRINCESS REVOLUTION       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
MOEY'S MUSIC PARTY LEMONADE PRODUCTIONS LLC
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 2-5
Topic - Music
Description - Moey's Music Party, the award-winning children's band, encourages tiara-rific girls everywhere to revel in their brainpower, independence, joy and style. Contains 15 rocking original songs that promote confidence and self-expression while tackling subjects like sharing, body image, keeping promises, and standing up to bullies. Princess Revolution! includes modern musical retellings of classic fairy tales such as "Sleeping Beauty," "The Princess and the Pea," and "Snow White."
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Cute rock n' roll take on music for your favorite princess. Princess theme, but music isn't too girly, appealing to a wide range of pre-school aged girls. Little girls love anything princess, so the title and pink cover are great. The content empowers little princesses. Cute. Some piggyback songs that will be familiar to kids, but with new words about princesses. Gets kids up and moving by interacting with songs like "Princess Pokey" and "Five Little Princesses." Along with the familiar melodies are original entertaining songs.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - "These are fun songs." "I like princesses a lot." "I know some of the songs, but not like on the CD." "I like to dance to the songs and I took my princess dolls and let them jump on the bed too!" "I'd like to listen to the Jumping On The Bed song right now."
Runtime: 39 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 1-5
Suggested Retail Price: $ 13.98
Media: AUDIO


ADVENTURES OF CHUCK AND FRIENDS: MONSTER RALLY

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ADVENTURES OF CHUCK AND FRIENDS: MONSTER RALLY
SHOUT! FACTORY
Series: TV SERIES, AGES 2-5 ANIMATION
Topic - Family
Description - Join Chuck and his pals as they race and climb their way through fun-fueled adventures. No matter what obstacles are in Chuck's Way, he knows that with good friends and a little imagination, he's always going to cross the finish line a winner.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This DVD has ten chapters, each with a different story that is fun and engaging. Vibrant colors and upbeat music while teaching valuable life lessons. The trucks are all nice and respectful in an action-packed but non-violent environment. The trucks learn not to give up and how to laugh at themselves and admit fault. Very high quality animation.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The kids like the characters and watching the different chapters on the DVD. They all sang along and want to watch more. "Supergreat!" "I want to watch it again - 1600 times!" "They fell in the mud and when he fell everyone laughed at him. Then it was funny to laugh at your own self." "I like it because it is fun." Everyone sang along to the title song that was in between each chapter.
Runtime: 110 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-9
Suggested Retail Price: $ 12.99
Media: DVD


TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS: ROLL TO THE RESCUE

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TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS: ROLL TO THE RESCUE
SHOUT! FACTORY
Series: TV SERIES, AGES 2-5, ANIMATION
Topic - Family
Description - Meet the Rescue Bots: Chase, Heatwave, Blades and Boulder. Stationed undercover, they have the task of protecting and learning about mankind by teaming up with a family of first responders. With help from Cody, the family's youngest, the Rescue Bots help keep people safe, and along the way they learn what it really means to be a hero.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - A fun animation about robots that protect humans by becoming first responder vehicles. Teaches children about helping others and being useful in society. Kids, particularly boys, will enjoy the action-packed sequences and learn something about first responders that they see on the road. Teamwork is highly stressed. Very dynamic with interesting scenes and storylines. Some content might be scary to very young children (i.e.. dinosaurs running around town.) Each episode has a unique story that has a modern feel.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Alien transformers come to earth to live with and study humans. They transform into rescue vehicles including a helicopter, police vehicle, fire engine, etc., and save humans. The young boys are very engaged and like the action. "The way the Transformers transform is cool." "Wow!" "The Rescue Bots save lives." All of the kids want to play with their Transformer titles after previewing. "I like when the rescue bots transform for the first time." "The beginning is cool when they come to Earth."
Runtime: 130 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-9
Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.93
Media: DVD
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OOGIELOVES IN THE BIG BALLOON ADVENTURE

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OOGIELOVES IN THE BIG BALLOON ADVENTURE       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
BBAM, LLC
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 2-5, ANIMATED
Topic - Family
Description - It's Schluufy's birthday, and the Oogieloves (Goobie, Zoozie and Toofie), along with their friends J. Edgar, Windy Window and Ruffy, are organizing a party. (Shh! It's a secret.) Everything is going along just perfectly until J. Edgar trips and loses the last five magical balloons in all of Lovelyloveville--OH NO! The Oogiloves set out to find the magical balloons in time to save their friend's party. Along the way, they meet some very interesting characters indeed, including Dotty Rounder (Cloris Leachman), Bobby Wobbly (Carey Elwes), Milky Marvin (Chazz Palminteri), Rosalie Rosebud (Toni Braxton) and Lola and Lero Sombero (Christopher Lloyd and Jaime Pressly). Can these new friends help them recover the magical balloons and get back to the cottage in time to celebrate Schluufy's surprise birthday?
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - coming soon
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Kenn Viselman, who helped make Thomas the Tank Engine and Teletubbies a household name, has come up with a new movie concept for kids with Matthew Diamond as the Director. Scott Stabile is the writer. The concept is awesome. This is a movie like no other I have ever seen. You actually get to dance, sing and cheer in the movie theater. No one tells you to please sit down and be quiet. You get to have fun. The butterflies tell you when it is time to get up and move around and the turtles tell you when it is time to slow down, take a seat and enjoy the show. Don't forget to clap for all the little dancer when they are done. The movie is interactive and you feel like you are part of the movie because you get to participate in the actual show. There is no violence or villains, just a fun family friendly movie. Chazz Palminten aka Marvin Milkshake and Guistina Chirco aka Marna make you rethink what you want in your milkshake the next time you order one. The Oogieloves Goobie, Zoozie and Toofie live in Lovelyloveville which is a colorful happy place. When their 5 balloons fly away they go on an adventure to retrieve them. Windy Window provides clues to J. Edger (Hoover) to help them on their hunt for the balloons to give to their friend Schluufy's for the big surprise Birthday party. They must use problem solving skills at each adventure to solve the many puzzles of how to capture the balloons. The clock is ticking will they make it in time for the big party? Along the way they meet a great cast of characters: The Fabulous Cloris Leachman plays Dotty Rounder, Jamie Pressly is Lola Sombrero, Christopher Lloyd the bongo playing Lero Sombrero, Cary Elwes with his crazy bird is Bobby Wobbly, Toni Braxton is the singer Rosalie Rosebud and many more people you will get to know and love. The songs are original, creative and you will have the lyrics stuck in your head with a smile on your face. The puppets look real and are very funny. Wait till you see what the raccoons can do. It is appropriate for all your youngsters. Your children can go see a movie and act like a kid. I would recommend this movie for ages 3 and up. I give it five twinkling stars. This movie will be showing nationwide "Oogust" 29, 2012. Morgan Bertsch, age 7, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.

This is the first ever interactive movie. I can't wait to watch it again with friends, so we can do the Oogie Cheers and dances together. The fun characters in this movie are Goobie, Zoobie and Toofie. They went to an adventure to look for the balloons that flew away from Lovelyloveville. They are able to trace the balloons locations one by one. However, The Ooglieloves need the audience to and their friends to help get the balloons. They need to find these balloons before Schluufy wakes up. These magical balloons are for Schluufy's surprise birthday party. This movie has so many famous and fun actors. Toni Braxton, Cloris Leachman, Christopher Lloyd, Cary Elves and Jaime Pressley. These great actors sing, dance and cheers through-out the movie. All the songs are very catchy and easy to remember. They explain to us that when we see the butterflies going across the screen, we can stand up follow the actors lead. When we see the turtles going across the screen, we can sit down. I was not comfortable with getting out of my seat at first until I see the two-year-old in front of me just go out in the aisle dance and sing. The songs are so good that I just stand up and sing along. I am so surprise that the same two-year-old is so focus on the movie and gets the cues right away. Most of the audience interacts with the movie so it was great being able to do what I feel like doing, while watching a movie. All the kids make sing, dance and have a great time. It's like watching a movie, sing-a-long and dance at a party. The costumes in this movie are vibrant with colors and full of designs that kids love to see. The music makes us all want to dance and move around. This movie set is magical. My favorite character is Ruffy the fish. He's always wanted to do the hard tasks and protecting the Oogieloves. He is the funniest character in this movie. The messages of this movie are lots of love and teamwork. I rank this movie 5 out of 5 stars. I give this age ranged 2-8. Cheyenne Nguyen, age 10, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-7
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


BARBIE: THE PRINCESS & THE POPSTAR

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UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-12 ANIM
Topic - Family
Description - In this sparkling musical adventure, BarbieT stars as ToriT, the kind-hearted princess of Meribella who would rather sing and dance than perform her royal duties. When her favorite pop star KeiraT visits the kingdom, the girls discover they have much in common, including a magical secret that lets them look like one another. At first, swapping places seems like a great idea, until each girl realizes that the other's life isn't as easy as it seems! But Meribella also has a magical secret, and when it's stolen, the whole kingdom is put in danger. Will true friendship save the day? Filled with fantastic songs, fabulous fashions, and fun new friends, it's an exciting musical celebration that shows the best thing you can be is yourself!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - coming soon
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The story follows two girls, Tori and Keira. Tori is the princess who whishes she was a popstar and Keira is the popstar longing to be a princess. Interesting fact: Did you know that the original author of the Prince and the Pauper is Mark Twain of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn fame? Woo say that 5 times fast! The original story was published in 1881. Tori, the princess, is classic blonde Barbie that is bored of her royal life. Keira, the popstar, is the brunette Barbie that dreams of being a princess. When the two of them meet they magically trade places but it's not all that it appears as the pop stars manager, Crider, has plans to steal the spotlight from Keira. The girls have to figure out a way to stop his evil plot and never forget the show must go on. I've always been a big fan of the Barbie franchise and I love what they have done in this movie. The music and singing was fun and upbeat, "Girls Just Want to Have Fun." They had many different songs. I loved learning to sing the words. The dance moves were amazing and made me want to stand up and dance along with the movie. The live animation and the great set designs made me feel like I was really at a live concert. If given the choice I would choose to be the Barbie Pop star. Whoops, sorry I'd prefer to be Morgan because you learn in this story that it's best to be who you are. Humm, Morgan the Pretty Princess Pop Star sounds kind of fun though! My favorite part of the movie was when she finds a crystal diamond gardenia. Wait till you see what it can do. The dogs were the cutest. Although they could talk I would like to hear more of what they had to say. I love all the different hair colors and styles. The dresses are incredible and amazing. I wish I could twirl and just change clothes like Barbie or at least borrow that magic microphone for the day. I also love all the glitter and sparkles. No Barbie movie is complete until the glitter sparkle ending. The ages for this movie are 4 and up or anybody who's a fan of Barbie. This is a must-own for your collection. I give it 5 twinkling stars. This DVD is scheduled to be available September 2012 in celebration of Universal's 100th anniversary. Thank You Universal for all your great movies! Morgan Bertsch, age 7, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.

Today I'm reviewing the 2012 Universal Studios Home Entertainment animated, musical fantasy film, Barbie the Princess and the Popstar. I like the overall message that you should just be yourself. Barbie the Princess and the Popstar is about a princess named Tory, voiced by Kelly Sheridan, and a popstar named Keira, voiced by Ashleigh Ball. When Keira visits Tory in her kingdom of Meribella, the two meet and become best friends! They figure out that they can switch places with Keira's magic microphone and Tory's magic hairbrush. They magically switch places, but when things go awry, the two must work together to save the kingdom. My favorite characters in this film are princess Tory's little sisters, Meredith and Trevi, voiced by Lauren Lavoie and Ashlyn Drummond. I like Meredith and Trevi because they don't really act like princess' and they just like to have a good time! My favorite scene in this film is when the girls switch places and they sing a song telling one another what it's like to be a princess and a popstar. I like this scene because it's fun and the song has really catchy lyrics. The music is written by Becky Kneubuhl and Gabriel Manni. Barbie the Princess and the Popstar is directed by Zeke Norton, written by Steve Granat and Cydne Clark, and produced by Shelly Dvi-Vardhana and Shawn McCorkindale. I recommend this film to girls between the ages of four through nine. Camille Bajema, age 11, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic. This movie is full of great songs and dance. Princess Tori is a big fan of Popstar Keira. They finally meet at the Princess castle and hit it off right away. They started talking and the princess wishes to be a Popstar and the Popstar wishes to be the princess for a day. Then they realized they look so much alike and try on each other clothes and pretend to each other. Princess Tori and Keira are so much alike that they can fool a lot of people around them. Except for Princess Tori's two younger sisters, they knew right away it wasn't their sister. They share many secrets. One of the secrets was overheard by the Keira's evil manager. This is when all bad things started to happen. They must overcome a lot of obstacles in the process getting their lives back. The awesome songs and dances in this movie are put together like magic. All the songs are well known songs and the dance moves so cool. It makes me want to get up and dance to all the songs. The cartoon quality is very clear, it's like watching real life person dancing. The details to the hair and make up on each character are so real. Great storyline, most little girls dream of being a princess or a popstar. This really show the daily routine of a princess and a popstar. Only small portion of their daily lives are good to have, the rest of their daily routines are hard work. It's not what most people would want for their lives. My favorite character is Princess Tori's dog "Vanessa". She is so wise and cute. The message of this movie is be happy with what you are. There are always things that you would like to change, but accepting who you are will make you a happy person. I rank this movie 5 out of 5 stars. I give this age ranged 3-10. Cheyenne Nguyen, age 8, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
Runtime: 91 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 19.98
Media: DVD
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SPANISH FOR KIDS: LA FIESTA DE FRITZI

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SPANISH FOR KIDS: LA FIESTA DE FRITZI
WHISTLEFRITZ LLC
Series: INDEPENDENT SHORT, AGES 2-5, ANIMATION
Topic - Education/Instructional
Description - Join the language-learning celebration as Maria and kids plan a party for Fritzi. Entertaining animation, live-action and songs teach words for toys, colors, familiar objects and more. Features traditional birthday serenade by Jorge Anaya.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Spanish for Kids is a wonderful, fun video full of songs and energy. There is a main character who talks to a mouse and a group of kids in Spanish and teaches new words. Kids will love to watch the fun and likely learn new words, but more importantly they will become excited to learn a new language. The Spanish words are accurate and ell selected. The whole thing is very upbeat and enjoyable.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - coming soon
Runtime: 30 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-7
Suggested Retail Price: $ 19.99
Media: DVD

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CAN YOU CANOE?

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CAN YOU CANOE?
THE OKEE DOKEE BROTHERS
Series: INDEPENDENT SHORT DVD AND AUDIO CD SET, AGES 5-8
Topic - Music
Description - This CD and DVD set features The Okee Dokee Brothers' Mississippi River canoe journey from St. Paul to St. Louis. After 30 days of camping, canoeing and writing bluegrassy songs, the duo wrote the songs featured on the CD in the set. The Okee Dokee Brothers have won national acclaim.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a fun and inspiring trip in a canoe down the Mississippi River. We not only learn about the Okee Dokee Brothers, but we learn about the great outdoors and the creatures that live on the river. You see the music videos, but also what it's like to come up with music lyrics and write songs. The Okee Dokee Brothers have real charm, even if they are pretty silly at times. Their silliness helps kids over 4- or 5-years old relate to them. It shows them camping, canoeing, filming, singing and even writing songs. Sometimes the Okee Dokee Brothers are like big kids themselves, but this is part of their charm. Slow paced, to match the pace of rolling on the river. They appeal to a wide age range.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - One group of kids ages 6-9 like the audio CD and think younger kids will too. The songs are fun and they sing and dance along. "This is an awesome DVD about being out in the great outdoors!" "It not only shows them performing their music, but it shows the entire adventure on the Mississippi River, and it's totally cool to see them camping and being in a canoe throughout the DVD." All of the children enjoy the adventure and said they would watch it again. It made them want to go outdoors, camping and go in a canoe. "I like watching them perform the songs. It is better than just listening to the CD!" "It was fun to see them act silly." "I like the scenery and adventure." This DVD has kids singing and laughing along.
Runtime: 40 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 15
Media: DVD


BLIZZARD

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BLIZZARD
ONE-DIVE
Series: INDEPENDENT SHORT, AGES 8-12
Topic - Nature
Description - An organic spectacle engulfs the decks of U.S. Navy cargo vessel, La Salvatierra, which struck rocks near La Paz, Baja California Sur and sank in 60 feet of water. See how nature recycles this wreckage into shelter and nurture for a frenzy of new life.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is an interesting film. Beautiful underwater shots and relaxing music. It peaks the interest of anyone who Is curious about how it feels (at least visually) to go on an underwater dive. It is relaxing and will play well in the background during a pre-school program or at a party. It is too slow moving for average kids to sit and stare at for too long, but perhaps would return to the screen occasionally to get a glimpse of what is going on. If you can hang with it long enough to see the wreckage, it is engaging as an educational program about nature and habitats. Special bonus feature called "Sharks" shows more beautiful underwater footage including some lovely sharks.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - It moves slowly, but the fish are beautiful. I always wondered what it would feel like to swim with fish, and this film helps me to understand. I don't know why it is called Blizzard. I was expecting a film about the weather, but this is about fish. I like to watch parts of it and try to identify some of the creatures. I do not think my friends can watch this entire movie unless they were studying fish or wanted to be a diver.
Runtime: 28 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD


ROMA

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ROMA
ONE-DIVE
Series: INDEPENDENT SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic - Nature
Description - Dive on a spectacular coral garden. Divers encounter schools of fusiliers, redtooth triggerfish, unicorn fish and midnight snappers. Also, solitary creatures like nudibranchs, titan triggerfish, cuttlefish, lion fish and leaf scorpionfish.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Beautiful underwater photography with no narration. It's fun to see fish and creatures in their own environment. However, since there is no narration, it does leave you wondering what everything is. Shows a variety of different plant and animal species which are visually appealing. Background music is very calming. Video footage is appealing and colorful. This is an extremely visually appealing video. It has wonderful underwater footage that makes you feel as if you are scuba diving with them. The colorful plants and animals in the ocean are great to look at. Non narrative but the music is very calming. Not sure why this is titles, "Roma."
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The divers went underwater and they filmed a lot of fish and corals, and a lot of sea life. There are four divers, it seems like two are filming. My favorite fish is the eel. I like the music - it's soothing. I like the sea life, because I like animals. It got me to think about how much more wildlife is under the water - more than I could ever imagine. I thought about maybe diving someday. Good for rest or quiet time too.
Runtime: 25 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD


DIVE, THE

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DIVE, THE
ONE-DIVE
Series: INDEPENDENT SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic - Nature
Description - Join a spectacular dive on a huge seamount, covered with hard and soft corals, and giant sea fans. Divers encounter schools of blue anthias, drums, blackfin barracuda, a hawksbill turtle, an eel, anemone fish, giant trevallies and more.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - A deep sea dive filled with coral reefs and exotic fish with classical music set in the background. The shots are beautiful, but the pace is very slow. It's interesting to see the dive from the perspective of the dive. This may be useful in a classroom of toddlers to help them nap, or even for adults looking for relaxation.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The kids are intrigued by the visuals at first, but then are a bit bored. This film might works better when shown in small pieces as a way to help relax. Little kids like the fish and it is appealing to kids especially interested in underwater life.
Runtime: 33 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-8
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD


FLIGHT!

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FLIGHT!
ONE-DIVE
Series: INDEPENDENT SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic - Nature
Description - Travel with pilot Carl Foster and friends on a vintage light airplane, as they fly to the Village of Mulege from La Paz, Baja California Sur. The landing at Mulege is thrilling and the views from the air are spectacular.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - A short film about an airplane trip to the east coast of Mexico's Baja Peninsula, to the Village of Mulege. It shows all of this from inside the airplane. There are some nice views and a few beautiful shots, especially as they approached landing. Too many of the scenes are of inside the airplane and focus on the pilot, so close sometimes all you see is a single body part. This film shows what a trip in a private plane is like. The pilot, Carl Foster and his wife seem excited about the trip, but it is hard to understand them, given the home movie style quality of the film. The film is non-narrative, but the characters converse among themselves in both English and Spanish.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Kids are not engaged and do not understand the home movie style of filming. The landing is everyone's favorite, and the scenes as they approached landing. They like this because you can see more of the great view outside the plane. They had trouble understanding the English dialogue, and did not understand the Spanish which was not subtitled.
Runtime: 19 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD


RUGRATS MOVIE, THE (HDNET)

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Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 5-8, ANIMATION
Topic - Family
Description - Tommy, Angelica, Chuckie, Phil an Lil get lost while going on vacation, now they must find the way back to their home.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Coming Soon!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - If you're a kid who enjoys funny, crazy cartoons, then this movie is for you! I enjoyed this storyline because it was original and wacky. This movie is about Tommy Pickles and his friends, an unusual group of kids who end up in some crazy situations while trying to return Tommy's baby brother to the hospital. They get REALLY lost and must then find their way back home. This movie is based on the Nickelodeon cartoon TV series, The Rugrats, which is still being shown today. It was the first ever animated film released from Nickelodeon. They use a lot of the original TV voice actors for the movie and there are also a few celebrity additions like David Spade and Whoopi Goldberg. They added a lot of excitement to the film. The main character, Tommy Pickles, is very likeable. The story begins when he is about to become a big brother. He is really excited until his friends tell him that his parents won't pay attention to him anymore! Once Baby Dylan is born, he becomes a real problem for the entire family. He never stops crying, he refuses to sleep and he makes a mess everywhere. This forces Tommy and his friends to decide to take him back to where he came from...the hospital! I have to say that I didn't really enjoy this movie as much as other cartoon movies or Nickelodeon TV shows that I've watched. The baby cries a lot, and it was as annoying for me as it was for the parents and the other kids in the story. There were some good jokes, but others were not as funny. The animation was not that great, compared to other movies I'm used to seeing but is was made in 1998 and I think a lot has improved with animation since then. Although this was not my favorite film, there were many enjoyable moments. I thought the songs in this movie were really good to listen to, especially because it gave me a break from all the crying. Also, even though he is annoying, Dyl is an adorable character. Even his name is adorable - Dyl Pickles! I am giving this film a 2 out of 5 stars. Since it has a lot of silly moments and wacky dialog, I am recommending this movie for ages 5-9 years old. Look for this classic family film on HD Net Movies Kid Scene this month. Talia Rashba, age 11, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
Runtime: 79 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 3-7
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD


MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC: THE FRIENDSHIP EXPRESS

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SHOUT! FACTORY
Series: TV SERIES, AGES 5-12, ANIMATION
Topic - Family
Description - Princess Celestia selects unicorn Twilight Sparkle to learn about the most important magic of all: Friendship. Includes 5 episodes and bonus features like a sing-a-long and coloring sheet.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - We love the animation. She captures a whole world and draws you in. The ponies are adorable, sassy and magical. The story lines are funny and uplifting. I love the style, even better than the original. There is an added element of adventure and fun. The overall visual appeal, sound quality and production are excellent. The voice acting and singing is fantastic and the animation is brilliant. It shows that friends are wonderful, that we all make mistakes and no one is perfect, but as friends, we stand by each other and help when we are in need. This is shown in a light and fun way. Covers a large age group audience, even though at first glance it seems very young, the stories are really well written and the content shines.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This movie is about friendship and teaches how evil can be disguised. Twilight Sparkle loves to read and study. Sometimes she does not talk to any of her friends and just study. The princess sent her on a mission and reminded Twilight Sparkle to make friends. Her mission to search for all six gems of the magic spell to make the darkness pony vanish, so night will not last forever. Five other ponies join Twilight Sparkle to search for these Gems. All five ponies have special gifts, and different personalities, this makes it very entertaining. Apple Jack is a harvest pony, she plants apples. Pinky Pie is a very talkative pony. She can talk her way out of anything. Flutter Shy is a nature lover and conducts music. Rainbow Dash controls the weather and Ponyville. And Rarity is a fashion pony. She gave up her beautiful ponytail to help others. They all join forces with Twilight Sparkle to find the gems. During her mission, Twilight Sparkle realizes the value of friendship and how evil can be disguised. The five new friends are able to help her escape danger. Twilight learned to balance her study time and fun time. The graphics in this movie are standard, there are no special effects. The music is very upbeat, but they tend to play the theme music too many times. This movie is good for 4 to 8 years old. I recommend this age group because the story line is easy to follow and the music is upbeat. I give this movie 5 out of 5 stars. Cheyenne Nguyen, age 8, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 120 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 3-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.97
Media: DVD ISBN # 978-1-60399-710-2


POUND PUPPIES: HOMEWARD POUND

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POUND PUPPIES: HOMEWARD POUND
SHOUT! FACTORY
Series: TV SERIES, AGES 2-5, ANIMATION
Topic - Family
Description - They might look like regular dogs, but the Pound Puppies of Shelter 17 are on a sworn mission to find great homes for all the lonely pooches under their watch. Join the puppies as they attempt to match their canine friends with loving families and have a few adventures along the way. Includes 5 episodes plus a bonus feature: Learn to Draw Lucky!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The premise is that there is an organization within the pound, ran by dogs, to help puppies find new homes. In "Homeward Pound," we find out that the Pound Puppies is an international organization. It is fun to think that there is a secret organization around the world to help puppies. The characters are diverse, but slightly stereotyped; the Chihuahua has a Spanish or Mexican accent and a temper, while the Dachshund is German and stern. There is some name-calling, "stupid" and "jerk," to watch for, especially with very young children. In the first episode, two dogs who don't always get along are working together to help a puppy find his perfect human. They get lost and need to work together to get back home. Community building is a major theme of this series. The Pound Puppies are sworn to protect and help puppies. Entertaining, creative and humorous. This appeals to a wide range of kids. The stories vary in content and presentation and the characters are friendly and appealing.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - "The dog is funny." The kids laughed at the dogs, and though they played throughout, they never left the room and frequently turned their attention back to the story. The boys played with trains, pretending to go pick up dogs and other little animals and deliver them to the adults in the room. They included character names from the stories in their games. The length of the stories and complication of the story lines is better suited to kids over age 3, but all enjoy it.
Runtime: 115 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $ 12.99
Media: DVD ISBN # 978-1-30699-713-3


ADVENTURES OF CHUCK & FRIENDS: FRIENDS TO THE FINISH

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ADVENTURES OF CHUCK & FRIENDS: FRIENDS TO THE FINISH
SHOUT! FACTORY
Series: TV SERIES, AGES 2-5, ANIMATION
Topic - Family
Description - Follow Chuck The Dump Truck and his incredible cast of friends, in this delightfully fast-paced, song-filled, high-energy series. Every visitor to the truck stop where Chuck lives fuels his exciting fantasies, and he enlists his pals Digger, Boomer, Rowdy, Soku, Biggs and Handy to turn them into reality. Includes ten episodes plus a bonus: Color your very own cover!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Boy-friendly, uncomplicated and fun. Focuses around truck friends and their love of racing, but interjects simple life lessons about being a good friend and helping others. For instance, in Race to the Race, Chuck makes the decision to stay and help a friend out, risking missing his brother's race. These stories are easy to follow and will appeal to young boys especially. The characters model honesty and responsibility. In Need For Speed, the friends test different hypotheses regarding how to get their toy truck to go faster. This introduces the scientific method in a fun and concrete way, easily translated into a project that kids and parents can work on together. Overall the series if fun and though boy-centric, it can be enjoyed by girls as well. The characters are likable and the animation and sound are very enjoyable. The trucks are mindful of one another and embody the concept of teamwork, while they work through various tasks. Young children will love to watch these trucks as they maneuver through different situations.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - "I like the trucks and how they build stuff without any hands." The kids relayed stories and recalled details in each. "My favorite part is when they fall down, and then were upside down, and were racing upside down, and then the dump truck won." Kids laugh out loud, even slapped their knees. The stories are fun and keep their attention easily. They watched it over and over again. "I want to watch it again! I want to see the trucks again!" "The trucks are nice to each other, they say sorry and take turns." Kids like the music. They used the stories in their playtime, all interested in playing with trucks and racing them. One group of four 3-year-olds, who rarely sit still, stayed attentive throughout. They were engaged and excited, and conversations were sparked about the stories in the show.
Runtime: 110 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-8
Suggested Retail Price: $ 12.99
Media: DVD



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