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SUNNY DAY
CHENXIN YANG
Series: COLLEGE STUDENT SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic -
Description - A 2D animation depicting a sweet moment of the old lady use magic comforting the sad little boy.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This short animated film is very interesting. Something about the story is extremely compelling, as simple as it is. The 2 D animation is delightful. The music plays to the simplicity of the art form. The story is so simple and yet, could be interpreted in many very complex ways. Over all, I adored this. I would definitely consider it for a youth or family film festival and would definitely watch more by this filmmaker. Reviewed by Megan C. KIDS FIRST! Juror
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Runtime: 1 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Video and DVD


PLACES YOU'LL GO, THE

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PLACES YOU'LL GO, THE
JESSE SALAZAR III
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic -
Description - An 8 year old's adventure across America. Director, Jesse Salazar III is an independent Texas filmmaker that has made an impact on the South Texas film and journalism community. Since 2009, he has worked in virtually every area of digital video and cinema production, winning the accolades and approval of his peers and mentors along the way.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - A lovingly created film documenting a young boy's experience traveling across America as he is observed by his own father. His fondness for LEGOs which he brings everywhere is a nice touch. Well filmed, good audio, good visuals. Would make a nice addition for a kids or family film festival.
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Runtime: 21 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Video and DVD


SNOW WHITE & THE SEVEN DWARFS (BLU-RAY/DIGITAL HD)

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WALT DISNEY STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Series: FEATURE, AGES 4-18
Topic - Family
Description - Forever enchanting and inspiring, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs embodies The Walt Disney Signature Collection's legacy of animation. In this epic story of love and friendship, the kind and beautiful princess SNOW WHITE wins the hearts of the Seven Dwarfs and triumphs over the evil plans of a wicked Queen. Share the movie called "The Greatest Animated Film Of All Time," in High Definition Blu-ray and for the first time ever on Digital HD, with special features for the entire family!

Special Features include: In Walt's Words - For The First Time Ever, Hear Walt Talk About Snow White; Iconography - Explore How This Film Influences Pop Culture, Art And Fashion at Disney Animation: Designing Disney's First Princess - Modern-Day; Disney Artists Discuss The Design Of Snow White and how it influences the look of some of your favorite Disney characters; The Fairest Facts Of Them All - Disney Channel Star Sofia Carson Reveals Seven Intriguing Facts About Snow White; Alternate Sequence - Never Before Seen Storyboard Sequence Where The Prince Meets Snow White; And Much More!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - One of the hardships I encounter as a KIDS FIRST! Film Critic is trying to objectively review older films. The difficulty is mostly because they are often better than many films today. Even more difficult is reviewing a film objectively that was a part of my childhood. It's so easy for nostalgia to cloud my view. So, before I watched Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, I told myself to review it without passion or prejudice, and tackle it like I would any other film. Then I started watching it and everything I had prepped myself for went out the window. I got caught up in the songs, the vintage style of animated filmmaking and the general feeling of classic, feel-good Disney. Then I realized that the nostalgia that befell me WAS the appeal of the movie. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is timeless because it transcends generations. Watching it now as I did ten years ago, took me back 10 years. It felt nice to return to an innocent state for 80 minutes.

The film hasn't lost anything. The songs are still just as catchy, the story is still just as cute and the animation still puts a smile on your face. It's interesting watching the first Disney animated feature today, because we're all so taken with the animation and maturity of Pixar. Even the Disney Renaissance films which are now 20 years old aren't as cute or innocent as Snow White is. Fortunately, that's not a bad thing; it's actually quite refreshing. It's feel-good and puts a smile on your face. The simplicity of it all is a great contrast to the complex animated features of today and it's quite affecting. It transports you to a different state of mind that allows you to let go and enjoy.

So many times parodied and adapted, watching where it all started gives you a great appreciation for all the other adaptations, and reminds you of which is best. I actually contend that Snow White is the best of the classic Disney princesses. It has the best collection of songs with "Heigh-Ho," "Some Day My Prince Will Come," and "I'm Wishing/One Song." The band of dwarfs are still an entertaining, eclectic group of characters than compliment the more one-dimensional princess. I watched it with my younger sister and she was in love with it from start to finish. I was in love with it, all over again, from start to finish. I recommend this classic film for ages 3 to 18 as well as adults and give it 5 out of 5 stars.

Reviewed by Willie J., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16.

Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs is a Disney favorite of mine since I was a young child many years ago. It is such an enchanting story of friendship, love and good prevailing over evil. I enjoyed watching this again on Digital HD. This is truly an enchanting classic that young and old will enjoy and I recommend for both adults and children. The music and the characters really make this film! I found myself singing along with such songs as "Hi Ho, Hi Ho off to work I go." It has a message that good wins over evil and is entertainment at its finest. I also was delighted to see deleted scenes included in the Bonus Features. I give this one 5 out of 5 stars and recommend for ages 6 to 18. Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Before Cinderella lost her slipper and before Aladdin met the Genie, Walt Disney did his most crazy and insane project ever - a feature animated movie, the first of its kind. The title of the film is Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Parents and kids loved this film decades ago and, a generation later, families can now enjoy this beautiful classic in Blu-Ray.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a musical with catchy, and beautiful singing done by Adriana Caselotti, (Snow White), Lucille La Verne (Queen) and others. There is also a sense of adventure, and a magical romance, between Snow White and the Prince.

The story begins when the Queen discovers that she is not the fairest of them all, and that Snow White is. Out of jealousy, she orders the death of Snow White. However, Snow White gets away. She comes upon 7 dwarfs which she befriends. The Queen angrily learns about her failed death, and decides to poison the young princess!

Since this is the Blu-Ray/Digital HD Edition of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, it is packed with extra features including a tour of the animation studios in the 1930s, actual interviews with Walt Disney, cool facts, (Did you know Snow White was originally designed to have gold hair? Who knew!) and so much more. My favorite part concentrates on how Walt Disney hired over 300 artists, how he spent so much money on making it perfect, and just how much speculation and hate he got for attempting to make (and being very successful as a result) a 90 minute animated film.

Even though this film was made almost a century ago, the quality of the animation is as good as films made today. Hand-drawn animation has a quality of from the human touch that CGI can never achieve. In terms of the soundtrack, Walt Disney had a knack for making his animated films not only have background music, but he created it in such as way that the music becomes an integral part of the story. For example, when Snow White and the Prince first meet, they sing a song together and it represents almost, "Instant love," better than words ever could. This story is based on a classic European fairy tale, and Walt Disney hired a few people who specifically made European-styled drawings, to make the film feel like the original fairy tale, which was perfect for the film. The voice-over sound quality is also top notch, amazingly so since again, it was made almost 100 years ago. I would easily compare it to the voice over acting and quality of the late 90s. This film was ambitious in terms of being the first animated feature film, but also was first feature film to have a female lead.

My favorite scene is the meeting of The Prince and Snow White. In the scene, Snow White is cleaning outside and she explains to her bird friends what a wishing well is. A prince overhears her fantastic singing and is love-struck when he meets her. This scene is one of my favorites because the music is beautiful, the animation is spectacular and this scene specifically illustrates my point about European artists designing the backgrounds. It really looks like a European castle of some sort.

This film was designed for all ages and I still agree. I recommend it for ages 6 to 13 specifically. Younger kids will enjoy the bright colors, dancing and singing. Older kids can appreciate how difficult it was to make this film and the storyline itself. Adults who have happy memories of seeing this film years ago will also enjoy it. Overall, it's a great film for the family. I rate it 5 out of 5 stars because of the spectacular animation, exciting story (typical of films made by Walt Disney) and clear voice acting. The Blu-ray/Digital HD Edition of Snow White is available in stores and online on January 19.
Runtime: 83 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-18
Suggested Retail Price: $ 29.99
Media: Video and DVD


KUNG FU PANDA 3

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TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX FILM CORPORATION
Series: FEATURE 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Continuing his "legendary adventures of awesomeness", Po must face two hugely epic, but different threats: one supernatural and the other a little closer to his home.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Kung Fu Panda 3 is a great film with excellent animation, a great villain and hilarious humor. My favorite dumpling-loving panda is back. I liked this movie because it was a lot of fun and it still has a captivating plot even though it's a sequel. I also really like the new villain. He was so evil and greedy, it made me want to SKIDOOSH! him so bad.

As you can see, I am a big fan of this franchise and I promise you this latest installment does not disappoint. Kung Fu Panda 3 is about Po figuring out who he wants to be and adapting to a lot of changes in his life. As the movie begins, Master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman) tells Po that next to being the Dragon Warrior, it will be Po's job to teach the Furious Five. Before Po can learn how to be a teacher, he meets his long-lost father Li (Bryan Cranston). Their celebration is cut short by the arrival of Kai (J.K Simmons), the villain who is stealing the energy of Kung Fu masters from all over the land and who wants to destroy Po. To fight back, Po has to learn to master being a panda after he finds out pandas have special powers that might be able to help defeat Kai.

The lesson of this film is figure out who want you to be and then be your best self, even if you have to try new things you don't know how to do. Po has to try to figure out how to live like a panda and become a teacher by trying things he's not good at.

It's nice to see the original characters back and it's hard to pick a villain as a favorite character, but Kai is an excellent bad guy that I love to hate. He is surprisingly funny while being Po's most formidable foe so far.

I love the animation because it uses a lot of different styles. There is a lot of detail. It's very colorful and the animators use Chinese calligraphy and other cultural symbols to give the movie's setting an authentic feeling. I also really enjoyed the score by Hans Zimmer because it has a lot of energy that goes perfectly with the high-action scenes.

I recommend this film for ages 4 to 12 because there are some scary scenes that may upset younger viewers. Adults will also enjoy this film. I give Kung Fu Panda 3 four out of five stars.

Reviewed by Benjamin P., age 10.

In the third installment of the popular family film series Kung Fu Panda, you will find yourself on an emotional roller coaster, with just enough action, comedy and love to go around.

Large and adorable panda Po (Jack Black) realizes he has a lot to learn if he wants to surpass his next obstacle from his role-model instructor. During this long, adventurous process, he finds himself reunited with his long-lost father (Bryan Cranston). Po must find a way to morph into the teacher he was always destined to be. With help from his new panda family, the martial-arts masters come together to fight the envious and malevolent Kai (J.K. Simmons), a warrior who came back from the spirit realm, in order to steal everyone's chi.

I have always been a kid at heart but watching this film truly made me feel like it was my first time ever watching Kung Fu Panda in the movie theater. Since it brought back a ton of memories, I couldn't help but notice all of the fantastic, quality changes the film has gone through. This has always been a great series from the start, but this movie takes the gold when it comes down to storyline and visual effects. There is no doubt in my mind that the creative directors and graphic designers behind this film spent tons and tons of hours developing such amazing oriental scenes within this movie. Every single color, movement, saying or setting in this film truly embodies what Kung Fu Pand" is all about, which makes the meaning and experience for an avid movie-goer all the more understanding and worthwhile. Because of the sincere storyline, it will hit home to lots of viewers and family members. One thing I do wish I had the opportunity to see more of are the famous and Furious Five (voiced by Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu, Angelina Jolie, David Cross, and Seth Rogen) and Master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman) in action altogether, especially when attempting to defeat the evil Kai.

Ultimately, Kung Fu Panda 3 is a hilarious and charming film for everyone in the family to enjoy. Whether it's moving you to tears from laughter or gloominess, you'll find it hard not to smile with satisfaction when the credits begin rolling. This movie is rated PG for its martial arts action and some mild rude humor, so I think this will be just perfect for kids ages 5 to 18. I rate this film 4.5 out of 5 five stars.

Reviewed by Michelle C., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 17

This film rocks! It holds nothing back as it is full of adventures that are fun and full of heart. This third film of the awesome Kung Fu Panda series has us once again rooting for the most loveable Panda, Po. Watching Po in this movie is like watching myself because of his endless enthusiasm and passion for life which is just like me! He's silly, funny and clumsy and still able to save the day!

We find Po battling a villain, discovering his true father and discovering his true self. The villain, Kai, wants to take the chi from all the great Kung Fu masters so he can become the most powerful grand master of the world. Kai will stop at nothing and the only possible way to defeat him is Po. Po must channel his inner chi and confidence to stop Kai.

Part of Po's adventure is set in Panda Village where the student must learn how to become the teacher. For the first time Po meets other pandas. He changes this panda community and they also change him. Also, with the help of his mentor Shifu and the Furious Five, Po learns what it is to overcome challenges and become his own hero. At the heart of the story is the lesson that what is important in life is to become the best you can be. Po finally realizes this.

My favorite part of this film is when Po meets his real dad, Li. This occurs in his adoptive father's restaurant when Li breaks Po's dumpling eating record. This is both a touching and yet hilarious scene as everyone in the restaurant realizes that they are father and son except them.

While all the voices are amazing and perfectly match the characters I really like Jack Black's voice as Po. I really can't think of any other actor's voice better for this role than Jack's. Po's look, personality and most importantly his soul is just totally Jack Black. I also love J. K. Simmons who voices the villain, Kai. His voice is so perfectly evil yet it also has this lack of confidence in it that can make you giggle at times. For instance, Kai considers himself very special and famous but when he escapes the Spirit World and arrives on earth he finds that no one has ever even heard of him.

There are many wonderful and positive messages in this film. One of my favorites message is that you have to believe in yourself and never give up. Another beautiful message from the film is that you are not alone in this world and that family is important. However, the message that stands out in my mind is when Shifu tells Po: "If you only do what you can you will only be what you are." This means a lot to me because I think everyone is special and we all have something very special to offer and bring to the world.

Reviewed by Abigail Zoe L., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 8

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


DADDY'S HOME

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PARAMOUNT PICTURES
Series: FEATURE 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Stepdad, Brad Whitaker, is a radio host trying to get his stepchildren to love him and call him Dad. But his plans turn upside down when the biological father, Dusty Mayron, returns.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I really enjoy watching this funny movie directed by Sean Anders. It is pretty hysterical and enjoyable for preteens. I think adults might like this as well. This movie made me laugh because the movie has a lot of humor and the jokes are spot on.

The movie is about the good stepdad, Brad played by Will Ferrell. He wants to be accepted by his family because the kids aren't happy that he is their stepdad. Eventually, they do accept him, but things change when their dad, Dusty played by Mark Wahlberg tries to come back into their life. Brad and Dusty slowly begin to start a "Dad Off". They try to beat one another to show the kids who the cooler Dad is. Will they fight until there is a winner or will they make a truce and end up liking each other?

One of the things I enjoyed most about this film is the cast. They are really great! I love the message because it talks about acceptance. I also like the jokes in this movie because they are very hilarious.

My favorite character is Dusty because he is comes off as this mean person but he is actually not so bad. Dusty makes changes throughout this movie and makes many hilarious jokes that will make you like him.

The message of this movie is acceptance. Both of the dads are trying to get acceptance. Brad wants to be accepted by his step kids so they can be one happy family. Dusty wants to be accepted again after the divorce. Dusty wants to have a family, but he can be irresponsible. In this movie, acceptance is a huge thing. It takes a long amount of time since things don't happen overnight.

I give this movie 5 out of 5 stars. I recommend this movie for kids ages 11 to 18. It is perfect for tweens and teens but it does contains some inappropriate mild profanity, rude humor and mild violence that make it unsuitable for younger children. I think adults will enjoy this as well. It comes out on Christmas Day so mark your calendars.

Reviewed by Ryan R., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


NORM OF THE NORTH

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LIONSGATE FILMS
Series: FEATURE 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - When a real estate development invades his Arctic home, Norm and his three lemming friends head to New York City, where Norm becomes the mascot of the corporation in an attempt to bring it down from the inside and protect his homeland.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - In this abnormally ambitious first feature film from Splash Entertainment, Norm of the North is about Norm (Rob Schneider), a Polar Bear who is able to communicate with humans. When his home, the Arctic is threatened by the evil developer Mr. Greene (Ken Jeong), he must journey to the concrete jungle and convince people to save his home.

This feature film offers laughs and appealing characters for young audiences and I think it also represents something bigger that older audiences will also enjoy. Splash Entertainment is an independent animation studio that has been given the chance, by its association with Lionsgate, to create a film for the big screen. That's not an easy task especially with so much competition from other animation companies. Is it revolutionary? No, but it's a nice start for Splash Entertainment's movie making journey.

The film's delightful animation is colorful and fluent. I love how the characters move and dance. I particularly enjoyed watching Mr. Greene's rubber legs. Much like his personality, his movements are snake like - always slithering from place to place. He is my favorite character because he's so over the top. It also helps that he is voiced by the hilarious comedian Ken Jeong. Speaking of which, all the voice actors in this film portray their characters very well. I'm not particularly a Rob Schneider fan but, in this film he makes Norm a lovable and plush Polar Bear.

For me, the humor is hit and miss. But, I'm not really the audience for this film. A lot of the comedy is geared for younger kids and there is a lot of potty humor. Although there are some jokes for parents and older kids to chuckle at, it is best suited for the younger set. While the slapstick is fast paced, I have a problem with how the characters come in contact. What makes slapstick funny is cause and effect. Tom and Jerry are a perfect example. When Tom runs smack into a pole his whole body makes solid contact causing him pain. In this the film, the characters seem to be made of rubber. When they come in contact with each other it's like silly putty being squished together. Now it does kind of work with Norm's furry sidekicks, the Lemmings, because their running joke is that they feel no pain. However, it does not work when the other characters react like rubber. With that said, while watching the film the kids in the theater went nuts and loved every moment of it. Just goes to show you that humor is diverse.

My favorite scene is the opening of the film when Norm tries to hunt. Not only does it reveal the status quo of the main character, it also provides a lovely introduction to the comedy that will follow. The Arctic landscape adds to the visual ambiance of the animation.

The moral of this film is "nature belongs to the animals." Mr. Greene plans to build condominiums in the Arctic and that's why Norm goes to New York and tries to convince them not to do that. I was glad to see this environmental message presented to young children.

I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it to 3 through 12- year-olds. This film proves that just because you're not a big Polar Bear does not mean you can't make a big splash. I can't wait to see more from Splash Entertainment. This film is in theaters January 15 so mark your calendars now.

Reviewed by Keefer B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15.

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


BIG FREEZE, THE

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BIG FREEZE, THE
LITTLE MAMMOTH MEDIA
Series: SHORT, AGES 5-8
Topic - Family
Description - SEE what happens when things FREEZE...A FROZEN ADVENTURE where artists carve ice and snow into amazing shapes - some are more than 60 feet high! Join skaters on the world's largest skating rink, and see how they make ice cream at Ben & Jerry's! LEARN about glaciers and how they form and grow and melt. Ride on a giant ice explorer, and see why huge icebergs act like the ice cubes in your drink! TRAVEL around the world, from Sapporo, Japan for the annual Snow Festival, to Canada's Columbia Ice Fields, to the frozen Great Lakes on a US Coast Guard icebreaker! Join us for this freezing BIG Adventure!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Who knew there was so much to be learned about Frozen Stuff! From icicles to snow covered hills to ice skating rinks to ice and snow sculptures to ice cream, think Ben & Jerry's, this informational show examines all things frozen. How about the largest skating rink in the world? Where's that you ask? You have to watch this to find out. Little Mammoth Media has assembled a great collection of ice-inspired situations that give you a new definition of ICE!

The videography is professionally accomplished, the background music quite fun and inspiring and the youth narrator clearly describes every situation. This is a film that could be shown in a classroom setting and works very well as a stand alone that curious kids will enjoy. The language is age-appropriate for school-aged kids. And, even I learned stuff about ice that I never knew, like how water is used as glue in ice sculptures. It almost made me like winter. The quality is excellent. The structure is simple and straight forward.

I am a huge fan of Little Mammoth Media's "big" series and this latest addition is as delightful as I anticipated. My favorite part is seeing all the extraordinary ice and snow sculptures. Reviewed by Sarah S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This film starts off showing educational facts about water and how ice is made and then goes to Ottawa, Canada and shows educational facts and interesting things such as ice sculptures. It is pretty cool and there is some music which makes it more fun to watch. I liked that it shows some different places around the world but I think that some parts were too long such as showing the ice skating in Canada. I think it is also good that there is more than one person talking in the film and that kids will learn a lot about ice from watching this film. I liked seeing the different ice sculptures and a building made out of ice. I would recommend this for younger kids ages 5-8. This would be the only downfall. The narration and the educational part would be too simple for kids over the age of 8. There is a bonus treat after the credits which are mainly scenes from the film without the narration. I think that there could have been something more exciting at the end but it was okay to watch. I give this 4 stars for educational and interesting facts and the ice sculptures are really cool. Reviewed by Joshua B., KIDS FIRST! Reviewer

I loved this program! I like to learn and this is the perfect learning experience during cold days like we're having. I really enjoyed learning about glaciers and it made me want to see one person really bad! This show is great for all ages I believe, but I suppose I'd say ages 8 to 15 will enjoy it most! I give it 5 out of 5 stars! Reviewed by Britney V, age 11

I love Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream and was a little disappointed when I realized how its made, but it is still really neat! I hope to make ice cream one day and this show made me hope more. I like the other stuff as well, but I liked the ice cream part the most. I think kids ages 5 to 12 will like this show and I give it 4 out of 5 stars only because I didn't care for the narrator so much. Reviewed by Evelynn V, age 9.
Runtime: 40 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.95
Media: Video and DVD
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KIWI: MEET TWIKI AND TWINI

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KIWI: MEET TWIKI AND TWINI
N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - Let's learn English with Twiki and Twini! In this DVD, Twiki and Twini will help teach your little one phonic skills! In each episode, Twiki and Twini takes us on an adventure to discover new words and new sounds. Get ready to enter into an unexpected universe comprised of sounds, words, and images. Enjoy eighteen phonic based episodes with Twiki and Twini!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This program has multiple mini-programs and not one main storyline. All mini-programs started out introducing the characters in a situation where they would then learn how to spell new words. After the situation is resolved, they review the words to end. The show is simple and easy to follow for younger viewers. It shows two cute claymation kiwi birds that get into little situations where the opportunity arises to learn how to spell new words and also learn manners. My six and three year olds liked the program but it is too slow to watch with anyone older than six. Overall it has high quality content and is perfect for very young viewers. It is very good in helping teach kids to spell simple words, teaching manners and teaching how to control your emotions. I can see my children trying to spell simple words if they watched this often enough.

The cover is clean and colorful. The stop motion claymation is interesting and appealing. The vocabulary is appropriate for a young group. However, you should be aware that it was made in New Zealand and there are Kiwi words and phrases that U.S. kids don't relate to such as: "Going on holiday" and "Don't be cross." My children didn't know what those phrases and keywords meant so I had to explain them in "American terms".

Another thing I thought was a bit confusing was how it seemed like it was geared towards a very young viewer but they were teaching them how to spell a word. I think that the age they are hoping to capture with this program is too young to remember or understand that part. But, it flows well and is very logical. Both my three year old and six year old enjoyed it. The only unappealing thing to me is that, because it is so simple, it is difficult to watch as an adult. Also, the characters talk in grunts with an adult and child narrating. I would prefer the characters spoke themselves instead of grunting.

Reviewed by Jan B., KIDS FIRST! juror.

This DVD contains 18 short episodes of Twiki and Twini, 2 entertaining, kiwi-looking birds. Each episode uses claymation (stop-motion clay animation) to teach words through Twiki and Twini's adventures. The episodes are funny and educational and my kids enjoyed watching them. The way that the birds interact with the voice-over narrators is unique and the additional characters in each episode are likable and colorful. My only negative critique of the show is that the words are loosely based on the theme of the episode, but they are pretty random, following no particular phonetical pattern. I don't think kids would really learn much about phonics or reading from watching this, aside from basic vocabulary words or the overall general correlation of words to a group of letters. However, my children were captivated by the episodes and I feel they would enjoy watching them for sheer entertainment, with some minimal educational aspect. This DVD is very cute and entertaining, and I would recommend it for ages 2 to 7. By Karyn A., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Twiki and Twini are kiwi birds. The show was about the two kiwi birds going places. One of our favorite parts was when the red guy liked the princess, and he tried to save the princess and there was a dragon! We also liked when they went to the beach. It showed us how to spell words. We liked it because it was funny. We liked that the birds did funny things. There wasn't anything we didn't like about it. We loved all the parts. But it was long.

"It's funny. I liked the Kiwis. I liked both of them. I liked them because they are so fun and so funny. I want to watch it again." 6 year old. "They are mad and tease each other. I like it. It is funny. I like when they are driving a car and they are making a train. I would watch it again." 3 year old.

The kids noted that sometimes they are mean to each other but then they say, "sorry". The children talked about how the two kiwi birds had to apologize for teasing the giant. They also were interested to learn what "not get cross" meant.

"There is a giant. They spell words. They are mean to each other but then they said sorry. It was so fun, fun, fun, fun!"
Runtime: 95 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-6
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
Media: Video and DVD
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LITTLE PRINCE, THE: THE PLANET OF BUBBLE GOB

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N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 4 - 12
Topic - Family
Description - The universe is in grave danger of extinction! The evil Snake extinguishes the stars as he passes through the galaxy, causing chaos and plunging the planets into darkness. The Little Prince must leave his Asteroid home and beloved friend, Rose, in his quest to outsmart the Snake and save the universe from doom.� Accompanied by his trusted companion, the Fox, the Little Prince travels from planet to planet, braving danger and discovering vast and enchanted worlds.� Will the extraordinary gifts of the Little Prince bring each of the planets back to life? And will he ever find his way home?

When the Little Prince reaches the Planet of the Bubble Gob, the whole ocean is covered with items discarded by the Creatall. This causes the water level to rise daily, threatening the Creatall's fragile homes. The Little Prince realizes that the problem is the Bubble Gob.� The Bubble Gob is an underwater mechanical creature, who is supposed to destroy the rubbish and clean the ocean. However, the Bubble Gob is faulty and continues to grow bigger and bigger! �It has grown so big that its slightest movement causes the ocean level to rise dangerously.� Will the Little Prince be able to save the Creatall and their homes?� Find out in The Planet of the Bubble Gob!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The Little Prince: The Planet of Bubble Gob is a fun, entertaining animated treasure! This film brings to life the journeys of the Little Prince as he travels to different planets. On the Planet of the Bubble Gob, The Little Prince and The Fox work with the Creatall's to solve the problem of their litter-strewn seas.

While familiarity with the classic tale of The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exup�ry, would introduce the characters of the Little Prince, the Rose and Fox, it is not necessary in order for a child to immediately get enthralled with the plot of this film.

The animation sets this film apart from other children's films. The vibrant colors and very imaginative animation bring life to the artistic inventions created by the Creatall's. Because of the richness of the animation, I couldn't help but compare similarities with the setting and use of repurposed materials to that of the 1995 futuristic thriller Waterworld.

While there are antagonists and protagonists alike, I appreciate that all of the humans are positive role models. I rate The Little Prince: The Planet of Bubble Gob 4.5 out 5 stars. I recommend the ages 4 to 12 because there are some suspenseful moments that might frighten younger children.

By Ruth A., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror

I really enjoyed this film and it made me think of how important it is to keep our ocean clean. This is an issue that is very important to both my 12-year-old son and I since we participate in beach clean up monthly. The Bubble Bob is not exactly the same concept but it is still endangering the ocean and its creatures. The characters are entertaining and the animation, although a bit simple, ;is a strong aspect of this film. Honestly, I expected this to be a mainly fun film to watch for younger children but it really is packed with meaningful life lesson messages. It shows how important recycling is and how important it is to take care of our planet Earth which includes our ocean. I think that this is shown in a rather unique way with the Bubble Gob. I like that this film may teach and inspire young children to get involved in recycling and in other ways of taking care of our planet. Just when I thought that would be the only message, I found that it also teaches that mistakes can be fixed and that team work is important. This is a film that I would recommend for children ages 4 to 12. I had thought when it first started that my 12-year-old son would not want to watch it and he would think that it was for younger children but it held his interest and he liked the storyline and the main message of the film. I give this 4 out of 5 stars for its entertaining, educational and social aspects. Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The Little Prince: The Planet of the Bubble Gob is an imaginative, colorful film with great animation and takes some of my favorite characters from a classic story on a new exciting journey. I really like the modern characters the show adds because they have a lot of perseverance and they always want to create something new to help their planet.

The Little Prince: The Planet of the Bubble Gob is based on the characters from a famous French story by Antoine de St. Exup�ry published in 1943. Here, the Little Prince, alongside his best friend Fox, are sent around a futuristic universe saving planets from the evil clutches of the malevolent Snake. One day, the Little Prince and Fox discover a mysterious new planet and find out it is inhabited by a species called the Creatall who are always inventing new things to help their people and their planet, like a kooky machine that shoots toast. Soon, the Creatalls' technology senses a wave coming to destroy their planet. The Little Prince finds out that a giant recycling machine called the Bubble Gob is causing these massive and dangerous waves. The Little Prince must find the Great Inventor who made the Bubble Gob to fix the glitch but he has gone into hiding and no one knows why. The Little Prince must find the inventor before the entire planet is wiped out so the Little Prince, some brave Creatalls and the goofy but loyal Fox set off to save it.

My favorite character is Oddzn'end, the first Creatall the Little Prince meets, because no matter what others think of him, he always tries to come up with inventions to help them.

The Little Prince: The Planet of Bubble Gob made me think about what to do to help the environment and be more aware of how to help the planet. It also showed me how important it is to help others even if you won't benefit yourself. The Little Prince helps people even when he knows he could get hurt and it's not his planet that's in trouble.

I really enjoyed the animation because it takes the story to a magical level with the creation of the planet and its oceans. It is rich and lush and made me wish the planet was real so I could go visit it.

I recommend The Little Prince: The Planet of Bubble Gob for ages 6 to 12. The Snake and the Bubble Gob are a little scary and may be alarming to younger children. I give The Little Prince: The Planet of Bubble Gob 4 out of 5 stars.

Reviewed by Benjamin P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10.

The Little Prince: The Planet of Bubble Gob, directed by Pierre-Alain Chartier, is a fun and creative movie that I enjoyed, especially because of the animation.

This version of The Little Prince is about the Little Prince going to The Planet of the Bubble Gob, a planet where the people are called Creatall's because they create a lot of things. Sadly, their ocean is completely full of the useless inventions. The Master Creator creates a big trash collector (the Bubble Gob) to fix the problem, but it actually causes big waves. The Little Prince has to help to fix the problem.

The characters, the Rose, Fox and Little Prince, are from the book The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exup�ry. In this movie, the plot is different than the original book, but his friends the Rose and the Fox are included. My favorite character is the Fox because he is the only animal. He is a cute talking animal who is very feisty and just wants to get the job done so he can go eat a snack.

The animation brings a new twist and is as entertaining as the plot of the movie. The colors are especially vibrant and repeatedly draw my attention to the Fox and the settings. I found myself really wanting to look at each of the different inventions the Creatall's have made.

The animation brings the settings in the movie to life! The buildings are very unusual and are made with a lot of cool items that otherwise would have been junk. The houses are very unique because they are on poles that rise up and down to avoid the dangerously high waves of the littered ocean. Even the litter in the ocean is interesting to look at as you can see all the different colors even though you are looking down on it from the sky.

Young girls will like the character of Ilmus. She is a strong female character who is smart, works hard and doesn't give up on people. The moral behind The Little Prince is that even if you make a mistake, people will forgive you.

I rank The Little Prince: The Planet of Bubble Gob 4.5 out 5 stars. I recommend the ages 5 to 12 because there are fights in the dark with an evil snake and ghouls, which might be frightening to younger kids.

Reviewed by Mia A, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11.
Runtime: 85 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
Media: DVD
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SAVE THE BEES

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SAVE THE BEES
MARK MOS C/O MARTA TOPOLSKA
Series: INDEPENDENT SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Short animation shows how important bees are in our environment.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Nicely done short. Good message, great visuals, lovely music. Recommended. Accepted. KIDS FIRST!
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Runtime: 2 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Video and DVD


ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE ROAD CHIP

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TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX FILM CORPORATION
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Through a series of misunderstandings, Alvin, Simon and Theodore come to believe that Dave is going to propose to his new girlfriend in Miami...and dump them. They have three days to get to him and stop the proposal, saving themselves not only from losing Dave but possibly from gaining a terrible stepbrother.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - coming soon

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


LEMONADE STANDOFF

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LEMONADE STANDOFF
ZOE COHEN
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Things quickly turn sour when a brother and a sister launch competing lemonade stands right next to each other. Lemonade Standoff was created by students at Light House Studio, a nonprofit youth media center located in Charlottesville, VA.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Well constructed student film, cute original concept. Good visuals, good audio. Would make a good addition for a kid or family film festival.
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Runtime: 6 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Video and DVD


ADVENTURES OF CATTY WOMPUS, THE

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ADVENTURES OF CATTY WOMPUS, THE
JULIE HOWE
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 5-8
Topic - Family
Description - An adventurous young girl named Catty Wompus, takes her three best friends on a quest to see a "musical" sandcastle. Once there, they're magically transported inside with the help of their Super-Thinking-Noggin-Toppers and the powers of positive thinking. It's here they meet The Fins, a reclusive group of musician sea creatures who harbor strong fears of the outside world due to their unusual appearances. When Catty and the gang hear about a beach litterbug, they convince The Fins to venture outside to help and it's all uphill from there!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Cute show. Pretty campy but in a charming way. A variety of locations. Variety of messages. Lots of music and interesting characters. It's not quite ready for prime time but I think it would work at a KIDS FIRST! Film Festival, especially those looking for an environmental message.
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Runtime: 24 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-8
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Video and DVD


WORSE THAN POOP!

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WORSE THAN POOP!
VANESSA WARHEIT
Series: ENVIRONMENTAL SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Who says CO2 pollution can't be funny? In this delightful short, an 8-year-old climate scientist and the Green Ninja take on a fleet of pooping cars to save the world.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Well made, great visuals, delightful host and a catchy title. I can't vouch for the content of the information but, presuming that it is well researched, it certainly makes some stunningly revealing statements. I recommend this for anyone programming for an environmental film festival or, a for youth and family programming at any festival. It is definitely entertaining and holds your attention. It's well produced, very colorful and, did I already say - a great host. This young guy looks like he's around 9 years of age and he has a great online presence. The only thing I would change about it is the background music which just doesn't measure up to the rest of the film.
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Runtime: 6 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Video and DVD


SECRET FOREST, THE

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SECRET FOREST, THE
ANNA ANTONOVA
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - This short children's story teaches us to appreciate the ties between our sisters and brothers more than anything in the World. Only having lost her younger sister, Polina comes to understand, that she has to find her sister, despite all the problems she has to deal with. During her Search, Polina comes across various Magical Creatures. At this time she has to overcome a lot of obstacles, fears and even sacrifices her most beloved thing to get her sister back.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - With colorful costumes, talking animals and a touch of animation magic, this title feels like a classic Eastern European fairy tale. It is an entertaining and well-made adventure that celebrates kindness and a strong family bond. Two young girls learn to respect the environment and be kind to animals. When the younger sister gets in trouble after picking flowers she had promised not to pick, the older sister overcomes her own fears in order to rescue her from the Flower Fairy. This film may encourage children to respect the environment the next time they are out in nature. This film introduces children to classic Eastern European fairy tale characters. Beautiful imagery with colorful costumes for the fairy tale characters: Mermaid, Flower Fairy, talking goose. There are visual effects that make the forest look even more beautiful with butterflies, and a taste of fairy tale magic. The younger sister disobeys the mother's orders not to pick flowers in the forest. The older sister falls asleep and has a dream that becomes like a fairy tale: as a consequence of picking the flowers, her younger sister disappears, hidden by the Flower Fairy. The older sister goes on a quest to find her. She must pass a series of tests, including moving a frog from a talking goose's nest (she is afraid of frogs, but the frog is not scary), and making the decision whether she will kill a rabbit to free her sister. She has a kind heart and cannot kill the rabbit. The Flower Fairy tells her that she passed the test, and turns the rabbit back into her little sister. The older sister promises to teach the little sister how to respect the forest, and to protect her and be there for her always. Older sister is a good role model for the younger sister. She feels responsible to protect and teach her younger sibling. North American parents may object to the mother allowing young girls to go for a walk in the forest by themselves, but in the context of Eastern European culture (where this story comes from), this is a normal scenario. It is also a common scenario in fairy tales (Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood). Reviewed by Katarzyna K. KIDS FIRST! Juror
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Runtime: 15 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Video and DVD


STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

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WALT DISNEY STUDIOS
Series: FEATURE, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - 30 years after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, a new threat rises. The First Order attempts to rule the galaxy and only a ragtag group of Heroes can stop them, along with the help of the Resistance. Directed by J.J. Abrams, Starring Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and more. Everyone knows Star Wars is a sci-fi, action franchise, but this film is very unique for the fact that it goes much deeper. With Evil getting more and more powerful, there is drama and fighting between the characters, but that doesn't stop romance from sneaking in with a little bit of comedy. Granted, I was worried it would turn into a kid's comedy, but quite a few times I found my self thinking that not only are the jokes perfect, they are also not over used! Alright, let's get to the part everyone wants to read, the plot of the most hyped, but hidden film of the decade. The events start out 20 years after what took place in Episode 6, (spoiler alert for people who didn't see episode 6). The Empire has fallen, yes, but a new Evil has risen, known as The First Order. The rebellion needs new Jedi now more than ever, but Luke (Mark Hamill) is missing and they need to find (wait for it) a new hope! Is the film worth the wait? Ever since almost a year ago, people have been talking about new Star Wars episode, and it is SO worth it. Famous directors have taken on some great challenges before, including Spielberg finishing Kubrick's AI. But J.J. Abrams took on something completely out of the ball field trying to continue Star Wars. The cinematography is spectacular, the ending shot (no spoiler) is one of the greatest endings I have ever seen in a film, and the whole story itself is unexpected and very enjoyable. Although there are many aspects that are not in the original Star Wars films, I think it is actually very nice to see Star Wars not get ruined, but go through its own evolving evolution. As for the acting, of course, the original A-Team - Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and more - are phenomenal and I think it was the perfect idea to bring these characters back for the pure enjoyment of long standing fans. However, it is really Daisy Ridley who steals the show. Her character, Rey, is so fresh and unique, full of emotion, and this character (still no spoilers, sorry) goes through so much drama in the film. It must have been a very hard role to play. Daisy gives it 110%. I predict she will be win an Oscar nomination for this role. The special effects obviously got better since the last Star Wars film in the early 2000s, and I still want to mention how breathtaking they are. Even for 2015, with all the CGI aliens, ships and spectacular space scenes, it is quite literally "eye candy." My only criticism of the film is that it is a bit too long. However, not one single scene is out of place or feels unneeded. One of my favorite scenes is when we are reunited with Hollywood's favorite space ship. Rey and Finn (John Boyega) are trying to escape The First Order. They have two options for space flight, a "piece of junk" or another space ship. Well, the space ship gets blown up and it turns out the "piece of junk" is the millennium falcon! Of course, everyone cheers, claps and whistles in the audience once the camera shows the breathtaking ship. It is not only enjoyable, and a bit funny, but the camera technique is perfect. If you want to know the rest of the story, go get your tickets and watch the film! This film is actually pretty mature. It isn't as kind as episodes 1, 2 and 3. It has its violence, so I recommend it for ages ten to eighteen. And, adults who saw previous Star Wars films and appreciate them will enjoy this film as well. I give it five out of five stars, because, even if it is a little bit boring in the middle, (it is 2 hours and 10 minutes long) J.J. Abrams, the cast and crew achieved the impossible and created a new masterpiece that can be proudly added to the Star Wars franchise. I am also glad to say that, for the first time in over 20 years, Star Wars returns! You can see Star Wars: The Force Awakens in theaters starting December 18th!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The wait is over! Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens this weekend and, the word is that you will NOT be disappointed! KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Gerry O. comments, "People have been waiting for a good Star Wars story ever since Episode VI came out 32 years ago. Fellow Star Wars fans, I am pleased to tell you, it has come." The secrecy surrounding this release has been extraordinary. Even our KIDS FIRST! Film Critics who were scheduled to attend press screenings had to pledge to secrecy the time and location and weren't allowed to even tell anyone they were going to it. You should know that the pace of this film is very fast and the action, quite intense. The original film's iconic characters played by Harrison Ford, Mark Hammill and Carrie Fisher, are back, older and even more incredible than ever. But, the new team, played by Daisy Ridley and John Boyega, definitely strike out on their own and command attention. The film is long at 135 minutes but then, so were the first ones - Episode IV (121 minutes); Episode VI (131 min.); Episode I (136 min.). Nathaniel B. (KIDS FIRST! Film Critic) adds, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a wonderful film that many people will love. Today's technology really makes the fantasy of Star Wars seem like reality." See our youth reporters' full reviews in the youth section.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - It is surprising that only 10 to 12 hours of films created the giant franchise we know as Star Wars. People have been waiting for a good Star Wars story ever since Episode 6 came out 32 years ago. Fellow Star Wars fans, I am pleased to tell you, it has come.

Everyone knows Star Wars is a sci-fi, action franchise, but this film is very unique for the fact that it goes much deeper. With Evil getting more and more powerful, there is drama and fighting between the characters, but that doesn't stop romance from sneaking in with a little bit of comedy. Granted, I was worried it would turn into a kid's comedy, but quite a few times I found my self thinking that not only are the jokes perfect, they are also not over used!

Alright, let's get to the part everyone wants to read, the plot of the most hyped, but hidden film of the decade. The events start out 20 years after what took place in Episode 6, (spoiler alert for people who didn't see episode 6). The Empire has fallen, yes, but a new Evil has risen, known as The First Order. The rebellion needs new Jedi now more than ever, but Luke (Mark Hamill) is missing and they need to find (wait for it) a new hope!

Is the film worth the wait? Ever since almost a year ago, people have been talking about new Star Wars episode, and it is SO worth it. Famous directors have taken on some great challenges before, including Spielberg finishing Kubrick's AI. But J.J. Abrams took on something completely out of the ball field trying to continue Star Wars. The cinematography is spectacular, the ending shot (no spoiler) is one of the greatest endings I have ever seen in a film, and the whole story itself is unexpected and very enjoyable. Although there are many aspects that are not in the original Star Wars films, I think it is actually very nice to see Star Wars not get ruined, but go through its own evolving evolution.

As for the acting, of course, the original A-Team - Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and more - are phenomenal and I think it was the perfect idea to bring these characters back for the pure enjoyment of long standing fans. However, it is really Daisy Ridley who steals the show. Her character, Rey, is so fresh and unique, full of emotion, and this character (still no spoilers, sorry) goes through so much drama in the film. It must have been a very hard role to play. Daisy gives it 110%. I predict she will be win an Oscar nomination for this role.

The special effects obviously got better since the last Star Wars film in the early 2000s, and I still want to mention how breathtaking they are. Even for 2015, with all the CGI aliens, ships and spectacular space scenes, it is quite literally "eye candy." My only criticism of the film is that it is a bit too long. However, not one single scene is out of place or feels unneeded.

One of my favorite scenes is when we are reunited with Hollywood's favorite space ship. Rey and Finn (John Boyega) are trying to escape The First Order. They have two options for space flight, a "piece of junk" or another space ship. Well, the space ship gets blown up and it turns out the "piece of junk" is the millennium falcon! Of course, everyone cheers, claps and whistles in the audience once the camera shows the breathtaking ship. It is not only enjoyable, and a bit funny, but the camera technique is perfect. If you want to know the rest of the story, go get your tickets and watch the film!

This film is actually pretty mature. It isn't as kind as episodes 1, 2 and 3. It has its violence, so I recommend it for ages ten to eighteen. And, adults who saw previous Star Wars films and appreciate them will enjoy this film as well. I give it five out of five stars, because, even if it is a little bit boring in the middle, (it is 2 hours and 10 minutes long) J.J. Abrams, the cast and crew achieved the impossible and created a new masterpiece that can be proudly added to the Star Wars franchise. I am also glad to say that, for the first time in over 20 years, Star Wars returns! You can see Star Wars: The Force Awakens in theaters starting December 18th!

Reviewed by Gerry O., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a wonderful film that many people will love. Today's technology really makes the fantasy of Star Wars seem like reality. The scenery is great from the beginning to the end. The forests are vast and really fit the movie wonderfully. The beautiful stars, planets and, even the spaceships, are amazingly real looking.

The storyline It tells what happens after peace was established in the galaxy at the end of Episode 6, but now it's more than 30 years later and there is no longer peace.

The actors lured me into believing everything is really happening. Daisy Ridley as Rey shows emotion and strength. John Boyega portrays Finn as a man who starts out being afraid but must overcome his fears. And Adam Driver is excellent playing Kylo Ren, the new bad guy who tries to live up to the evil of Darth Vader and does many foolish things in the process. Each characters enliven the new story. Also, Star Wars fans of all ages will love reconnecting with characters from the original films.

The costumes are great and fit the characters in many ways. Rey's costume, a rugged suit for the desert planet Jakku, shows that she is resourceful and can take care of herself. The unusual and cool costumes fit in well with the previous films in the series.

Many strange creatures add the element of being on other worlds. I really enjoyed seeing all the extra characters in each scene like pirates, gangs and a variety of aliens. A fun new sidekick is BB-8, a feisty round astromech droid that belongs to the rebellion.

The buildings look real and at the same time like they belong in Star Wars. The props, such as blasters and space ships, are also realistic. They are grungy and look like they have seen some use. The only things I didn't like were the Stormtrooper's blasters and armor which looked plastic and fake.

The special effects are wonderful from lightsabers to explosions and lasers from the guns. They are a huge part in the film and bring the movie to life.

I do love this film but some parts of it are not quite the way I expected. There are not many breaks from battles and there's so much action that it feels intense and rushed.

This film is best for ages 7 to 18 because of the intensity of the action. I give this movie 4 1/2 out of 5 stars. It will definitely awaken the Star Wars fan in everyone.

Reviewed by Nathaniel B. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 9.

After months and years of waiting for the next installment of the epic movie series Star Wars, it finally arrived as the seventh movie in the franchise. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is here! The film is set some time after the events of Episode 6 (Return of the Jedi) featuring a mixture of new characters (Finn, Rey, Kylo Ren, Poe Dameron) and many of the beloved characters from the original trilogy (Han Solo, Chewbacca, Leia Organa, Luke Skywalker).

The film begins with the premise that Luke Skywalker has gone into hiding and no one knows where he is. From the ashes of the fallen Empire comes the rise of a new evil army called The First Order. Led by the powerful Kylo Ren, The First Order searches the galaxy trying to find Luke and destroy the Rebellion. Meanwhile, a Stormtrooper runs into Poe Dameron (a pilot) who gives him the name Finn and, along the way, bumps into Rey and a new droid named BB-8.

To say that The Force Awakens excels in transitioning into the new a Star Wars series is an understatement. The characters from each series mesh incredibly well together, as if they were all apart from the same series. Director J.J. Abrams has outdone himself again in creating multi-layered characters who are interesting to watch. Even a dark character like Kylo Ren is perplexing to watch just because of his motives and the way he reacts to certain situations.

From a visual standpoint, Star Wars fans will be happy to know that there is just enough CGI that it will not look old like the original trilogy but that there are enough real effects so that it will not look like a bunch of added stuff like the prequels. On the technical side, the only aspect I found unappealing was the music. It felt like the music was just pasted in there and that there was little connection between the score and the scene. In the action sequences, I was in awe of every scene. Even an outsider, someone who has never seen Star Wars, can appreciate the action scenes in this movie, especially the lightsaber battle. The battle seems like an actual fight, in that the attacks are rough and it do not seem like much of it is choreographed.

In the end, as a Star Wars fan, I am very much impressed by how well The Force Awakens is executed. If you have never seen Star Wars before, it may be a little bit tough to sink your teeth into but the experience is still great. If you are a fan, you are in for an absolute treat. I give Star Wars: The Force Awakens 5 Stormtrooper heads out of 5 because of the riveting story, remarkable characters, spectacular effects and, most of all, for living up to the hype.

Reviewed by Brandon Cela, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16.

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


DINOTRUX

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DINOTRUX
NETFLIX
Series: TV SERIES, AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - Welcome to a world of giant creatures that are half dinosaur, half truck. Meet Ty Rux, a massive Tyrannosaurus Trux, and his best friend Revvit, a razor-sharp Reptool. Different species join forces for the first time ever to build a bigger, better world and battle back against the biggest and baddest of all: D-Structs, who threatens to wreck everything they've built.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Although this has a slightly slow take off in the first show, it packs some meaningful important messages for young children. The characters are fun and entertaining and the message of friendship and teamwork is a strong focus of the three shows in the first season. Yes, there is a bully in the first show and he doesn't exactly become a friend but it does teach that teamwork, friendship and sticking together can win. I like that it also shows that it is good to make friends with those who are different than you and I believe this is an important lesson for children of all ages to learn. As most of us know, we aren't born hating those who are different than ourselves. It is, in fact, something that is learned. This series has entertaining value and meaningful social lessons and I highly recommend it. I give it 4 stars and recommend for ages 4 to 9.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Dinotrux is about trucks that are like dinosaurs. The bad guy is a dinosaur truck who is a bully and doesn't want to share and doesn't want to be friends. We learned that the good trucks stood up to the bullies. They all stood up to the bullies together. We liked the red guy and the little tiny small green guy. They are the good guys. We liked it a lot, and we want to watch it again.
Runtime: 23 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 3-6
Suggested Retail Price: $ 7.99
Media: DVD


THOMAS EDISON'S SECRET LAB: SECRET LAB MEETING

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THOMAS EDISON'S SECRET LAB: SECRET LAB MEETING       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 5-8
Topic - Family
Description - Unknown to the world, Thomas Edison had a secret lab where he invented a virtual version of himself and a nearly-completed robot to guide and inspire future generation of young scientists.

The secret lab, Edison's virtual alter ego, and his prototype robot remained hidden until a 12-year-old prodigy cracked the secret coded message that Edison left behind.� This young genius named Angie and her science club friends move into the lab and the fun begins!� Each episode covers fun scientific topics from dinosaur fossils to minerals to gravity and so much more!� Join Angie, JD, Kent and Nicky as they work with the robot, Von Bolt, and Thomas Edison's virtual alter ego in this wacky world of scientific discovery!�
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a very entertaining and informative way to give science lessons to young people ages 5 to 12. Thomas Edison, inventor appears as an alter ego and teaches his young potential scientists. The team includes, Angie, her brother JD, friend Rex and robot Volt Bolt. Each episode focuses on a different aspect of scientific discoveries. One episode I found very interesting was "If Fossil Fits." It gives a very good explanation of what are fossils and how they are created. Rex finds what he thinks to be a fossil of a new dinosaur. After a virtual trip back to prehistoric time, the young scientists learn that Rex's discovery is not a new dinosaur. They learn how the earth creates a fossil and make their own versions of fossils.

The entire show Lab is enjoyable and even I learned some scientific facts that I did not know. I like the way Thomas Edison appears to encourage and motivate his young prot�g�s. For example, in the "Dunkin Zombies" episode, when the young people are squabbling about how to save JD for his zombie addition to donuts, Edison reminds them "Finding solutions not pointing fingers" is the key.

I recommend this DVD to ages 5 to 12 and think adults will enjoy it as well. The film meets the baseline KIDS FIRST! criteria and is very enjoyable and entertaining. I rate it 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Juanita S., KIDS FIRST! juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I just love the animated series, Thomas Edison's Secret Lab: Secret Lab Meeting. I found myself smiling, giggling and bouncing in my seat. I actually never left the couch because science is my favorite school subject and I didn't want to miss a thing! I really like all eight fun-filled episodes that are about solving interesting scientific problems. I like the different animated characters, story line and upbeat music that make science come to life! I also absolutely love that we meet many very important scientists like Thomas Edison, Louis Pasteur and others that help the world be a better place.

Guided by a virtual Thomas Edison, each episode is packed with fascinating scientific information and vocabulary that entertain and inspire the young scientist in each of us! The Lab Team Angie, JD, Kent and Nicky jump into virtual worlds in each episode through a machine called, ALVA where they seek the advice of many important and famous scientists to solve scientific problems. The robot Von Bolt is a nice addition to the team and funny as he tries to attract a girl robot in one of the episodes. At the end of each episode a robot group, the Von Bytes, perform happy, upbeat, catchy, fun songs with pop up scientific vocabulary words used in that episode.

Elements, enzymes, fossils, fertilizers, cloning, animal behavior and even body odor are just some of the fun scientific topics we learn about in this animated series.

While there are many super fun episodes, my favorite is Dunkin' Zombies because the character JD turns into a funny green donut craving zombie after he gets infected by a virus. There are several hilarious scenes in this episode alone like zombies not liking gluten-free donuts and craving donuts instead of brains. By the end of this episode we learn how viruses spread and also how they can be cured by a vaccine. Through challenge and perseverance the lab friends with the help of Thomas Edison and Louis Pasteur defeat the virus.

The only downside to this series are first, some viewers may find the animation kind of square and simple when compared to other more sophisticated animated shows. The other downside is that it would be better for the kid voice-over roles to be actual kids so that young viewers can better connect to the kid characters. At the same time, the kid characters are quirky and you can't help but love them.

This film teaches viewers that science is not only important but fun. All the different episodes spark the imagination and, if you are not someone who likes science, you may just be by the end of this series, or at least you will have a better understanding of the world of science. Thomas Edison's Secret Lab: Secret Lab Meeting is a great educational series and an entertaining way to introduce kids to many different scientific topics. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 10.

Reviewed by Abigail Zoe L., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 9.

Our tour guide today is Thomas Edison. What a great person to learn science with. This movie is educational and cute. It is a fun way to learn many science facts that can normally be boring.

There are many quirky characters to guide you through each episode. I like that each one is different with a unique story line. Thomas Edison listens to the problem at hand and then guides the junior scientist to an expert from the past to help them solve problems. We see Zombies who eat donuts. Learn what happens when a robot is too smart and you have no chemistry. And, how to determine if you a real fossil. All your problems are solved with science. This DVD contains eight episodes.

One of my favorite is Zero Chemistry. It is hilarious. No matter what Von Bolt, the ever helpful robot, does he cannot make another robot like him. Now I know what makes people like each other or at least one of the many reasons some people are attracted to other people.

The animation is pretty old style. I know that a lot of work went into making this film but, it is somewhat hard to watch because the graphics don't compare with those of today that are so amazing. It is definitely not as advanced as the newer cartoons we typically see today. I think that with better graphics it might reach a larger audience.

The voiceovers are somewhat hit and miss. Some of them are simply annoying. It sounds as if adults are doing the children's voices. Many sound too high pitched to be actual kids.

I do love the concept of learning science through watching an animated show. It makes it interesting and fun. Having a visual aid is a big help to remember facts. I can visualize the cartoon and remember the answers to questions and the scientist who studied a specific problem. This video makes learning science easier.

The videos are all followed by a music video which is easy to remember and to sing-a-along to. Scientific words pop up during the video so you can see the spelling and have another resource to help you remember.

I give this DVD four out of five stars and I recommend this DVD for ages 5 to 14. The cartoons will keep younger ones interested. The learning of science and big words will keep older ones paying attention because they will learn a lot and remember what they learned, thanks to the animations. Since it is split up into eight separate episodes you can watch one or all of them at once.

Reviewed by Morgan B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10
Runtime: 90 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-11
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
Media: DVD


MIKE THE KNIGHT: MIKE�S BRAVEST MISSION

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N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: TV SERIES, AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - BRAND NEW Christmas Special!! When a special visitor surprises Mike for Christmas, excitement fills the air. The royal family decides to play a game, but Evie's magic causes Christmas chaos. Will everything be back to normal in time for the Christmas feast? Mike's merry missions include giant snowballs, slippery sled rides, a sneezing reindeer, and a visit with Santa Claus! Celebrate the season with Mike the Knight, and unwrap the ho-ho-holiday fun!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Mike the Knight, Mike's Bravest Mission, is an entertaining DVD that my kids have enjoyed watching over and over again. Mike is trying to solve the famous Knight's Puzzle, with the help of his friends. But the evil Edward is trying to steal the puzzle and solve it for himself because the legend says whoever solves it will have a great adventure. The characters are endearing, and there are many lessons about teamwork, friendship, mystery-solving, etc. There are several adorable songs throughout the show to make it even more fun. There are even some cute music video bonus features. I highly recommend this DVD to any Mike the Knight fans or any kids from about ages two through eight.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I like that Mike is very brave and confident. This program shows kids how to be confident in themselves and encourages them to believe you can do anything when you put your mind to it. I like how Mike doesn't cheat and always plays fair. That is a great lesson that Mike shows you throughout the film.

Meet Mike, voiced by Trek Buccino, a knight in training who dreams of being a brave knight like his father when he grows up. His father, the King, is a knight who is away exploring other lands. Looking up to his father, Mike wants to learn to become a knight too. However, he is still in training. With his two dragon friends, Sparkie and Squirt, his sister, Evie, who is a witch-in-training and his horse, Galahad, Mike tries to be the bravest knight of all.

When his mom and dad think he's prepared, they put him on a quest to solve the "Knight's Puzzle" to see if he is ready to be a knight. Mike goes along on this journey with his friend, Richard to complete his mission. Can Mike complete the quest?

My favorite characters are Mike and Evie. Evie is one of my favorites because, unfortunately for her, her magic always goes wrong and it leads to disastrous but hilarious effects. Even though her spells go wrong she keeps persisting and never gives up. Mike is another one of my favorites because he also never gives up on the idea of becoming a knight. You see his persistence throughout the entire film which is a great message for kids to see - If you want to accomplish something, never give up and keep trying.

What I didn't like about this show is that it has very little humor. Also, this show wasn't very entertaining for me as an 11-year-old. But, keep in mind that this movie is perfect for little kids. I recommend it for ages 5 to 8 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. I also recommend it to people who like action, adventure, family and kids films. The DVD has some trailers of other Mike the Knight DVDs and The Doozers DVD. It also offers bonus features where you can meet the characters or do karaoke to the theme song. That's sort of fun!

Reviewed by Ryan R., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11.

Knights, wizards, kings, dragons and more will put a smile on your face! The planes make me want to jump in and take a ride. The animation is colorful and has great details. The many action adventure scenes are spot on and flawless. The animation is so detailed that it is just mind-blowing.

At first I thought the film was just for little boys but after watching it, I think that little girls will love it too. The animals and the girl wizard will definitely be some kids' favorites. The wizard is cute and, since she is still learning, this leads to many mistakes and funny moments. The story line includes a treasure hunt and a mystery which will capture your attention. The two story lines flow together into a fun, family-friendly, animation adventure.

The movie has great relationships between father and son. You can see all the similar qualities they share, both good and bad. The voice actors are quite wonderful and the emotions between the characters really come across. The characters show what true friends really do for each other.

The characters are adorable and the voice over work matches well with the individual characters. They are all cute and quirky. My favorites are the dragons which are surprisingly kind, not your usual breed of fire breathing beasts that want to eat or barbeque you.

The villains have a beast of their own which terrifies them. I really wanted to like them because they are funny and made me laugh. However, they are not nice and think that everything is theirs.

Mike the Knight: Mikes Bravest Mission teaches us to never give up. If you try and fail maybe you should look at the problem another way and try something different. No matter what, you should always keep trying and eventually it will all work out.

This new DVD by N Circle Entertainment is perfect for kids ages 4 to 18.The colorful movie will keep little ones entertained and older kids will love the story line.

Reviewed by Morgan B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11.
Runtime: 60 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $ 7.99
Media: DVD
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MY HEART

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MY HEART
YASER TALEBI
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Miss Teacher's heart is sick, and students want to give her a big heart as a present.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - My Heart is a short film about a class making cards for their sick teacher. It's mostly narration with shots of artwork the kids have made for their teacher who is sick and in the hospital. This film is short and sweet and might be a nice filler for a film festival. Although it has religious tones, it still has a good message. Accepted.
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Runtime: 2 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-8
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Video and DVD


STAR TAXI

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STAR TAXI
JURAJ KRUMPOLEC
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Adventures of a little boy Hugo and a taxi driver Peppino on their journey through dangerous universe. One meter faster than light they flee from the furious monsters of Aldebaran. Animated short by Juraj Krumpolec and Igor Derevenec based on the original story by famous author of children's books Gianni Rodari.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - From Slovakia, Star Taxi is a clever short film about a boy with a large imagination. On his way home from school he is run over by Peppino and his Star Taxi. Peppino offers him a ride home through space and recounts how he was given his Star Taxi. The animation style is very unique - colorful and grand - and the story is humorous and entertaining. I recommend this for a film festival.
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Runtime: 14 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Video and DVD


FORCE-FULL IMAGINATION

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FORCE-FULL IMAGINATION
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Series: INDEPENDENT SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Michelle, an imaginative seven-year old, lies entangled in the schemes of her little brother while trying to save her toys and obey her mom! Screened at 2016 Fam Film Awards, Magic City Comic Con Super Geek Film Fest, 2015 Int'l Family Film Fest, 2015 Rhode Island Comic Con Film Fest, 2015 Adelaide Kids Film Fest, 2015 GeekFest Film Fest, 2015 San Diego Kids Int'l Film Fest, 2015 The From Beyond Online Film Fest, 2015 Fan Film Follies, 2015 Official Lucadfilm Star Wars Fan Film Awards. http://stillpointfilms.com/
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Force-Full Imagination is about a girl playing with her Star Wars action figures at home. During a lunch break her sneaky brother drops one of her action figures off the balcony and it is up to her to save him, without leaving the balcony. I love this short because they decided to use a little girl instead of a boy, showing girls also enjoy Star Wars and action figures. The little girl is super cool and had a great imagination. I think this film is perfect for a children's film festival! Reviewed by Addie.
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Runtime: 4 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Video and DVD


LEGO DIMENSIONS

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LEGO DIMENSIONS
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Series: VIDEOGAME, AGES 5-18
Topic - Family
Description - The all-new collection merges physical LEGO brick building and interactive console gameplay. Includes the videogame, bricks to build the LEGO Gateway, three LEGO Minifigures, Batman, Gandalf and Wyldstyle, plus the LEGO Batmobile, and the LEGO Toy Pad, which allows players to transport special LEGO minifigures and models into the game, as well as direct in-game action all with the movement of the physical toys.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I really enjoyed playing LEGO Dimensions for PlayStation 3. In this game, you must stop Lord Vortex from taking over the world. You can play as any character and there are many to choose from. In the starter pack, there is Batman (from the LEGO Batman series not Batman from the LEGO movie), Wildstyle and Gandalf, from Lord of the Rings.

Something I really enjoyed in LEGO Dimensions is the toy pad. I love how it's really interactive and glows while you are playing the game. You have to actually build the components with the LEGO pieces that are provided in the starter pack and then you can use them in the game. (You can't build a car with your own regular LEGO and put it in the game because it only works with the LEGOs that are provided.)

Something I didn't like were instructions for building characters and vehicles. The manuals are in the starter pack, but if you buy a different character like Wonder Woman, they are no physical manuals for new characters to show you how to put them together. They are available only through the game. Other than that, I really loved the game.

My favorite part of the game is that you can visit a bunch of different worlds. For example, you can visit the DC Universe World or the Simpsons World. My favorite character is Gandalf because I love how this character can hit items from faraway places.

The Starter Pack also includes a poster with all the worlds and characters that are available for you to purchase when you want to expand from the starter pack.

I recommend this for kids ages 7 to 14. I also recommend this to people who like LEGOs, action and adventure, and family games. I give this game 5 out of 5 amazing stars. LEGO Dimensions is available now for most video consoles.

Reviewed by Ryan R., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-18
Suggested Retail Price: $ 99.99
Media: Videogame


SANTA'S BOOT CAMP

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SANTA'S BOOT CAMP
KEN FEINBERG
Series: INDEPENDENT FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - When kids and teens become so self-centered and bratty, Santa's elves go on strike, putting Santa in such a vulnerable position that he must bring in 6 teenagers to save Christmas. Imagine the Breakfast Club goes to Willy Wonka's Factory at Christmas time.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This film is based around a group of naughty children who get transported to the North Pole for Santa's Boot Camp. The need for these naughty children arises when Santa's elves believe they are not getting credit for their hard work and go on strike. The actors are diverse and very talented. The quality of the film is impressive-with many scenery changes, smooth transitions from scene to scene and lots of fun and unique music. The characters face many challenges both socially and personally. There are beautiful and colorful costumes and festive sets. The overall message of the film is that every person has naughty and nice qualities and through realizing and working on them, every person deserves a jolly holiday. The characters also find fulfillment in giving to others as opposed to receiving. 4 out of 5 stars! I would recommend this film to families with children ages 8-13.
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KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-14
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


NURSERY RHYME PARADE!

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NURSERY RHYME PARADE!
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Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - This new album, exclusive to Amazon, presents 35 familiar nursery rhymes and songs, collected from hundreds of possibilities in the children's canon. These fresh and sparely produced tracks provide the perfect opportunity for parents to remember their own childhoods, and to connect with their kids through melody, rhythm and rhyme. Acclaimed children's book and magazine illustrator Ekaterina Truhan created the sprightly animal parade art for the album, which also features a "selfie" image of Lisa Loeb on the front cover, and noted singer Renee Stahl guests.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Nursery rhymes have been around for hundreds of years and many of the characters are based on real historical figures. Babies don't really care about that but they love the repetitive lyrics and easy to sing melodies especially when loved ones are bonding with them. Lisa Loeb has assembled the definitive collection of 36 familiar nursery rhymes with simple yet sturdy production that accents her lovely distinctive voice, delivers a compelling album that will favor many repeated listenings and join the lexicon of evergreen children's music.

These songs will stick and be passed on to future generations just as we learned them. The performances are first rate across the board. Some language is antiquated but it doesn't matter. The fun is the repetition. i.e.. Row, Row Row Your Boat. The songs are intended for the target age group and their parents who share them. The quality is consistently good. There is a simple structure of voices, percussion and guitar. Reviewed by John Wood, KIDS FIRST! Music Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - We liked this CD. It was fun. We liked the music. Our favorite songs were Humpty Dumpty Sat on a Wall, Farmer in the Dell, and Hush Little Baby. We acted out the songs while we listened. We played with each other while we were acting out the songs. We knew some of the songs already. We have a giant book of all the rhymes that Mother Goose made. It was fun acting out the rhymes. We liked the singing. We want to listen to it again another time. Reviewed by KIDS FIRST! preschool jurors.
Runtime: 30 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $ 10
Media: AUDIO
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GOOD DINOSAUR, THE

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WALT DISNEY ANIMATED STUDIOS
Series: FEATURE, AGES 4-12
Topic - Family
Description - "The Good Dinosaur" asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? In this epic journey into the world of dinosaurs, an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The Good Dinosaur, which opens this weekend, asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? In this epic journey into the world of dinosaurs, an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend and learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Ryan R. (age 11) comments, "I like how it touches our emotions and admit that it made me cry in some parts. I also liked the jokes because they are really funny." Willie J. (age 16) adds, "It is some of the most beautiful animation I've seen with a story so familiar that its heartwarming qualities hit home." See their full reviews below.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I find it strange that Pixar has released two films in the same year. Especially considering that Inside Out has been locked for every Animated Feature award since it was released. It's almost unfair because, The Good Dinosaur is a very good film that, I'm afraid will get lost in the shadow of its all too recent predecessor. Despite such lofty competition, The Good Dinosaur, in just about any other year, would be a great candidate for Best Animated Feature. It is some of the most beautiful animation I've seen with a story so familiar that its heartwarming qualities hit home.

The story is something we've seen many times before in both animated films and live action ones. It is the story of the young boy who's too afraid to live life and has to be shown the world to overcome his fears. Throw in some family death and comic relief friends and you could write the rest yourself. Luckily, this movie features great relational bonding between our protagonist, Arlo, and his young friend Spot. They start out not liking each other and, by the end they're nearly inseparable. It is a relationship that develops with humor and a sweetness that brings tears to the eye.�

That young boy, Spot, is portrayed as a dog actually. That is a part of an interesting dynamic with this movie. The dinosaurs are like people, and the young cave boy plays the pet. He even has a pet name. It adds to the humor of the film and it is full of humor. The opening joke, in which the film plays with the audience and threatens a meteor strike on earth, sets the tone of the film. There are other laughs and, they are laugh out loud laughs at that.

The most impressive part of the movie is the animation. I'd almost call it cinematography, that's how beautiful it was. There is actually a point in the movie I thought J.J Abrams was directing, because there are some beautiful lens flares in there. Lens flares. That's how intricate the animation is and how true to its environment it is. Very good direction!

Unfortunately, the familiar story limits how good this film really can be. Considering that, there isn't anything groundbreaking. There is even an homage to The Lion King included.�

For these reasons, I give this film 4 out of 5 stars. It is a fantastic family film and one I highly recommend. Kids ages 7 to 18 should really enjoy this.�

Reviewed by Willie Jones, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16.

I enjoyed watching this 3D, computer-animated, adventure, dramatic comedy. The Good Dinosaur is very emotional and funny, a perfect movie for the family. This movie is about what would happen if an asteroid missed the Earth and never killed the dinosaurs. In the movie you meet Arlo (Raymond Ochoa), who is a very insecure, scared dinosaur. He meets a human kid named Spot. Something happens. Arlo chases Spot and falls into the water taking Arlo very far away from his family. Will Arlo make it back to his family or will he be lost?

I enjoyed this movie. I like how it touches our emotions and admit that it made me cry in some parts. I also liked the jokes because they are really funny. I love the action scenes that involve the water. It kept me on the edge of my seat.

My favorite character is Arlo who is very ecstatic, extremely compassionate and learns to face his fears. Arlo is very relatable because everyone has fears and people think it is silly but it isn't. I love that he is very motivated.

The moral lesson in this movie is you can discover what you're truly capable of if you are willing to face your fears. Arlo proves that in this movie.

I give this film 5 out of 5 amazing stars and recommend it for kids ages 5 to 18. Adults might like this as well. I also recommend this to kids who like family, action, adventure, drama, comedies, dinosaurs and Disney movies. This movie comes out November 25 so, mark your calendar!

Reviewed by Ryan R., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11

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


SNOWMAN, THE & THE SNOWMAN AND THE SNOWDOG

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SNOWMAN, THE & THE SNOWMAN AND THE SNOWDOG       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Two films are included in this package: The Snowman - Wordless (save for the song "Walking in the Air") animated adventure about a young English boy who makes a snowman one Christmas Eve, only for it to come to life that night and take him on a magical adventure to the North Pole to meet Santa Claus. And, The Snowman and the Snowdog - The brand new charming sequel to the Christmas classic the Snowman about a young boy whose dog has just died moves into the house in whose backyard the snowman was built. Finding a photograph of the snowman the boy rebuilds him, fashioning a snow dog out of the excess snow. The trio fly off in a plane to meet Santa, who gives the boy a magical dog collar which will make it the happiest Christmas ever for him.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The Snowman is one of my all-time favorite pieces of animation. Directed by Dianne Jackson and produced by Jonathan Coates, this non-narrative film truly is filled with wonder. The haunting music by Howard Blake ("Walking in the Air") stays with me for days after each time I watch this film. And, I mean that in a good way. Based on the best-selling book by Raymond Briggs, this is a piece of animation that is true to the original story and one to share with your family during the holiday season.

N Circle Entertainment has done a brilliant thing in creating this two DVD pack and including the sequel to this classic film, The Snowman and Snowdog which was created to mark the 30th anniversary of the original. Another non-narrative film, this one brings in a new character in a short film that is as charming as the original. Dedicated to John Coates and featuring a new song, "Light the Night" by former Razorlight drummer Andy Burrows, this is an extremely thoughtful sequel and was made using traditional hand-drawn animation, not CGI. This collection is really a treasure! Reviewed by Sarah S., KIDS FIRST! Juror

These movies are instant classics that bring out the feeling of Christmas Spirit. The first thing you notice is the beautiful animation. The next is the story which is wholesome and great for the whole family. The Snowman is about a boy whom builds a snowman and when that snowman comes to life they embark on a lovely adventure to the North Pole. Similarly, the sequel is about a boy building a snowman and a Snowdog that both come to life. I highly recommend these two short films and recommend them for ages 2 to 9. I also believe some older children and adults will like it as well. I give these 5 out of 5 stars! Happy Holidays!

Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The Snowman and The Snowman and The Snow Dog is a double feature masterpiece that will bring families closer together for the holidays. The two short films are based on the classic UK picture book by Raymond Briggs, which has sold more than 8.5 million copies since it was first published in 1978. This double feature collector's edition is a true keepsake that includes the original film, The Snowman and the sequel, The Snowman and the Snow Dog. It also includes three bonus features: The story of The Snowman, an alternate introduction from David Bowie, and a behind-the-scenes documentary and interview with Raymond Briggs. The total length of the two films is 60 minutes, plus the bonus content.

In The Snowman, a young boy James wakes up one morning and finds snow on the ground. He quickly gets dressed and runs outside. He then builds a huge snowman. He gives it eyes, a nose, a scarf and a hat. He even gives it a big smiley face. After building the entire snowman by himself, it is time for James to go to bed. When he wakes up he notices that the Snowman has moved a little, so he runs downstairs and out the door. He then notices that the Snowman is glowing, moves some more and then, totally comes to life. James is flabbergasted to see a live Snowman. The Snowman and James introduce themselves and become great friends. The rest the film shows the two flying around having so much fun and adventure throughout the day.

In The Snowman and the Snow Dog, a young boy and his mother move to a new house. The boy finds a box with a snowman-making kit under the flooring. He then runs outside and starts to build a snowman. After he is done, he uses all the leftover snow to make a little, adorable snow dog. When he is finished, it is time to go to bed. When he wakes up he sees the dog move a little, he then jumps with joy and races down the stairs to see what is happening. To his surprise, the snowman and the snow dog start to glow and move. Even more to his surprise, they come alive. He then becomes friends with them and they travel and have adventures all around the North Pole and meet a special someone.

The Snowman book was adapted for the screen in 1982. It was nominated for an Academy Award for best animated short film. The animation of the drawings is just amazing, bringing to lire so many memories from the days of movie shorts. The silence in the film, meaning that there is no dialogue, makes it even more beautiful and old fashioned. The music by Howard Blake, Peter Auty and the Sinfonia of London is amazing. It fits perfectly with everything the boy and the snowman are doing at given times. Each song tells a story, with each pluck of a string or push of a piano key. The songs in the movie are also catchy and addicting to sing along with. I am sixteen and I sung along with the songs!

The Snowman is directed by Dianne Jackson and produced by John Coates. This extravagant film has a little touch of magic which will keep you on your toes with excitement.

The Snowman and The Snowman and The Snow Dog are appropriate for ages 1 to 12. I rate this whimsical double-feature 5 out of 5 stars.

Reviewed by Clayton P, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16
Runtime: 50 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Video and DVD


BIRD AND RHINO BY THE POP UPS

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BIRD AND RHINO BY THE POP UPS
THE POP UPS
Series: MUSIC VIDEO, AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - This is a hit new animated video based on a song on The Pop Ups' "Great Pretenders Club," the Brooklyn musical duo's fourth full album, bringing together a collection of 11 original songs. Through danceable electro-pop beat and smart lyrics, the album looks to engage children in imaginative play as a means of exploration and learning with their environment and others. Animator: Garrett Davis; Catch The Pop Ups' newest album, Great Pretenders Club, on Amazon Prime: Digital: http://amzn.to/1OJvmpv
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Bird and Rhino are best of friends and quite animated in The Pop Ups distinctive adventurous storytelling style. Rhino, you see, has a proclivity for putting out dangerous fires - Don't think I've used that word in a review before but it's a good one, look it up. Bird is along for the ride wherever the fear of fire takes them. At least he gets to eat bugs from Rhino's back (sometimes called a Serengeti win-win). The production value from song to video is a pleasure and the lessons are subtle and true. Onward and upward Bird and Rhino! Reviewed by John Wood, KIDS FIRST! Music Judge.
Runtime: 3 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 3-8
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Video and DVD


BREAKFAST CLUB BY TIM KUBART

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BREAKFAST CLUB BY TIM KUBART
SUGAR MOUNTAIN PR
Series: MUSIC VIDEO, AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - Tim Kubart's music video features fellow Sprout Channel host Carly Ciarrocchi, plus special guest Kal Penn and a host of parents and kids, all singing to his new hit "Breakfast Club" from the album "Home." Director: Tim Kubart; Editor: Glenn Garthwaite
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Who knew that breakfast could be this much fun? Well, maybe a few of us...but not this much fun! Tim Kubart's live-action bouncy bundle of hip music and stellar performances will get any family up and ready for whatever their day brings! Carly Ciarrocchi joyous breakfast rap is a high point. The fine dining mixture of adults and kid performances are infectious and adorable. Breakfast Club is a must for any menu and can be served all day...Hint: Turn it up. Not a morning person? You will be after listening to Tim's terrific danceable tune. Reviewed by John Wood, KIDS FIRST! Music Judge.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - coming soon
Runtime: 3 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 3-8
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Video and DVD


INSIDE OUT

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WALT DISNEY STUDIOS
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley's mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley's main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school. Directed by Pete Doctor and Ronaldo del Carmen. Starring Diane Lane, Rashida Jones and Amy Poehler.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Ladies and gentlemen, we have a masterpiece on our hands. Pixar has done it again. They already lay claim to two of the top 100 movies of all-time with Up and Wall-E and they have now added Inside Out to their mantelpiece. I will gladly go on record by calling this one of the finest animated features to ever be created. Why? Because it's THE most innovative, imaginative and creative film to be made since 2008s Synecdoche, New York.

The beautiful thing about this movie is that both adults and children can enjoy it. As a matter of fact, I'd say that adults may enjoy it more, because they can have a more fundamental understanding of what this film is. It is 100 minutes of analogous brilliance, that changes our idea of what goes on in our heads. Is this idea fathomable or true? No. But the analogy provides the very product film was invented to produce: a stimulation of the imagination.

Children will enjoy the beautiful colors and the basic plot. What the children can understand is what they can relate to: growing up and adjusting to life as they enter puberty. They will laugh at things that SEEM funny or the more, for lack of better word, simple pieces of humor. But the true jokes, the pieces of humor that have the most intellect are the ones children won't understand. I appreciate those the most because they're fathomable. It's the moment when you laugh, not because the joke is ridiculous, but because you can actually imagine that happening.

Amidst the hilarity there is also a certain depth of emotion. There is a tear-jerking moment, yes, but I mean more along the lines of nostalgia. The way the movie portrays the effects of the emotions and the rationalization that go along with them, conjure a desire to reflect on oneself in their pre-teen days. This film may literally get into the mind of a pre-teen, but the metaphorical representation is what seals the reflection. "I was like that?", "Is that how I thought then...I that how I think now?" may be questions you find yourself asking yourself. These are the effects of a brilliant screenplay.

On a final and personal note, I'll tell this short story. There is a scene in the film, where two officers are questioning a cloud in Imagination Land about her dead husband. Then, in the middle of the interrogation the cloud herself is killed as she is run through by our main character. One cop goes, "Hey wait...", but as he says that, the other cop grabs him and says, "Forget it Jake, it's Cloud Town."...get it? It's a parody of the famous final words from the classic 1974 noir, Chinatown. I'll tell you, it wasn't very comfortable being the only person in the theater laughing at that joke.

It's just one joke amongst many. Beyond the hilarity and, mainly due to the aforementioned reasons I explained, I happily give this instant classic 5 out of 5 stars. I recommend it for ages 7 to 18. It can be seen at a local theater near you. Enjoy.

By Willie Jones, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Pixar's New Inside Out is a Brilliant Creative Masterpiece!

Inside Out is one of the most creative movies that I have ever seen. Created and directed by Pete Doctor, Inside Out features the voices of Amy Poehler, Phillis Smith, Bill Hader, Lewis Black and Mindy Kaling. The film was produced by the wonderful animation house, Pixar and is being distributed by Disney.

Inside Out is about the mind of a young girl, Riley and the emotions that rule her day to day existence. The emotions are characters: Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust and Fear--and they live in her brain, at headquarters. When Riley and her family move to San Francisco from Minnesota, this presents a huge emotional challenge for Riley. Joy tries to keep Riley thinking positively about her new home, but the other emotions have other ideas and make the transition to San Francisco more complicated.

My favorite part of Inside Out is when Riley and her parents are at the dinner table and all their emotions are battling for center stage. "Anger" in Riley is fighting against "Anger" in the father. Meanwhile, the Mother's emotions are frustrated by the Father and they are remembering some hot Brazilian guy that the Mother knew and wishing she had married him! This sequence is hysterical!

The writing of Inside Out is rich and complex. The script takes the audience and their emotions on a rollercoaster ride as well. At one point I saw my mother and many other people in the audience crying!

The directing of Inside Out is terrific. Like Pete Doctor's previous films, Monster's Inc. and Up, Inside Out is not only entertaining but also reveals something brilliant about what it means to be human. There's a great sense of invention to how the film lays out the mind with different areas like the subconscious, long, short and core memories and train of thought. The animation in these sequences is really surreal.

Inside Out has a wonderful, simple message. We need all our emotions to be an actual human being. It's not enough to just have Joy--you need Sadness to offset the Joy and to be compassionate. You need Fear to help you to make good decisions and to not be too risky. You need Anger to stick up for yourself. And, you need Disgust to make the right fashion choices!!

Inside Out is appropriate for ages 6 to18. It can be appreciated on lots of levels. Kids will enjoy all the slapstick humor and teens will enjoy the sophisticated writing and inside jokes about the brain. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars.

Reviewed by Clayton P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


PEANUTS MOVIE, THE

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TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX FILM CORPORATION
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-18
Topic - Family
Description - Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and the rest of the beloved "Peanuts" gang make their big-screen debut, like they've never been seen before, in state-of-the-art 3D animation. Snoopy, the world's most lovable beagle � and flying ace �embarks upon his greatest mission as he takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis The Red Baron, while his best pal, Charlie Brown, begins his own epic quest. From the imagination of Charles M. Schulz and the creators of the ICE AGE films, THE PEANUTS MOVIE will prove that every underdog has his day.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I really enjoy The Peanuts Movie. It reminds me of the classic Charlie Brown movies, but even better! Even though the Peanuts creator, Charles M. Schulz passed away in 2000, this movie is a tribute to his memory and the legacy that he left behind.

While the members of the Peanuts Gang look and act like their loveable selves, there are many updates to this film. The animation is much more detailed than the previous movies and viewers are able to watch it in 3D. There are many new upbeat songs in addition to the much loved tunes. "Better When I'm Dancin'" by Meghan Trainor is a great addition to the original songs.

The Peanuts Movie is about Charlie Brown trying to break his losing streak so the little Red Haired Girl (voiced by Disney's Francesca Capaldi) will view him differently than his friends do. He tries to change his luck in a dance contest, a talent show, flying a kite and writing a book report. Also, Snoopy tries to defeat the Red Baron in order to win the love of his life Fi Fi, voiced by Kristen Chenoweth.

My favorite character is Snoopy because he is very funny. His story is well written and filled with love, comedy and adventure. Some of the funniest characters are Lucy, Sally, Snoopy and Woodstock. They got great laughs from the audience including kids as young as three. All the voice talent perfectly suits their characters. Fans of Linus, Schroeder, Pig Pen, Peppermint Patty and all the others will not be disappointed.

The moral to this film is, "if you see yourself as a winner or a loser in life, you are probably going to act like one. If you think you are a winner, act like one and others might think so too."

I rate The Peanuts Movie 5 out of 5 stars because of the colorful animation and it being true to the original Peanuts Gang. I recommend this movie for ages 3 to 15 or any people who have enjoyed the other Peanuts movies. At the end of this film there is a 3 second clip. The credits are very long so be sure to stick around until the end. You may love it!

The Peanuts Movie opens on November 6th in theaters nationwide.

Reviewed by Mia A., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11.

Many kids today have never heard about the Peanuts Gang and some don't even know who Charlie Brown and Snoopy are. Well, that's about to change! So many children will have the opportunity to discover characters that their parents grew up with. That's right! The Peanuts Gang are back and they are stronger than ever!

The Peanuts Movie has a lot to offer. It's funny, lighthearted and has a great message to share. In addition, the creators worked in a few surprises that will captivate new viewers and bring back childhood memories for adults, keeping the whole audience entertained.

The story is about a well-known Peanut named Charlie Brown and his interactions during a new school year. Although Charlie is always running into bad luck, he still remains good old Charlie Brown. Always doing the right thing and never giving up is what Charlie Brown is all about. Even when he hits a moment of good luck, Charlie remains the same endearing character everyone has grown to love.

This story is beautiful, colorful, and the animation is unique. Even though it is based on familiar characters, the story itself is original and prepared so well. Director Steve Martino manages to make use of modern technology and CGI to makes the Peanut's world 3D while keeping the feel of the original comics. The son and grandson of the Peanuts creator Charles Schultz are the screenwriters of this story. There's no question of whether or not you can feel how much love and affection is put into every line and every scene. It jumps off the screen.

My favorite scene is when Charlie Brown is trying to impress his object of affection. He decides to learn how to dance for a school competition. As he starts, his friend Snoopy comes in and starts dancing to Latin tunes. This comical scene shows the bond that Charlie and his dog have like no other. Viewers can't help but hold their breath to see if they will succeed and Charlie Brown becomes the best dancer.

This film is very child friendly! I recommend it for ages 4 to 18. Younger kids will enjoy the colors and catchy music but may not completely understand the story. I give this movie 5 out of 5 stars for an engaging story line and a successful effort to bring the beloved Peanuts Gang back to us.

Reviewed by Gerry O., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13.

The Peanuts Movie is mildly entertaining...yeah! This movie follows Charlie Brown, voiced by Noah Schnapp and the gang through fun times and adventures. The story itself revolves around Charlie Brown's obsession over the Little Red-Haired Girl, voiced by Francesca Capaldi.

Everyone's favorite characters are on full display in this cute movie, featuring Snoopy, Linus, Patty, Lucy and many more. Everyone gets their big quote or line, which is great for older fans yet still funny to younger ones. As a fan of the Peanuts comics, I believe director Steve Martino does every character justice and stays true to every character's funny quirks and qualities.

Visually, the world in The Peanuts Movie is stunning. The hair detail is the one thing that really stands out to me, maybe not hair movement but the detail. The audio is very clear. However, the musical score could use some improvement.

I was going to give this film 4 out of 5 Woodstocks because it is a fun, cute movie. However, I got slightly bored towards the end. Everything carries on just a bit too much. The characters get a bit old. So, I'll admit it. I took a nap. Now, I did not completely doze off. But, I just was not feeling it.

The Peanuts Movie has a very wide appeal, as the film contains slapstick comedy for the kids and great, funny dialogue for parents and older fans. Because the movie got a bit boring towards the end, I give The Peanuts Movie a reluctant 3 out of 5 Woodstocks for its great dialogue and funny moments. If only the movie was a bit shorter, I would have probably given it 4 out of 5 Woodstocks.

Reviewed by Brandon C., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16.

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


SANJAY'S SUPER TEAM

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WALT DISNEY ANIMATED STUDIOS
Series: SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Inspired by Patel's own childhood when he felt conflicted by the modern world and Hindu traditions of his family, Sanjay's Super Team follows the daydream of a young Indian boy, bored with his father's religious meditation, who imagines Hindu gods as superheroes.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I love this animated Disney/Pixar short called because I love the plot. This short film is about the director, Sanjay Patel's childhood and how he has a conflict between doing what he likes and his father's traditions.

I like this film because it has a nice message - "Traditions may seem boring at times until you take the time to learn about them." You can find ways to incorporate what you like and still keep your family traditions. You will see that it can be fun to do what your parents want to do with you.

I think many people will relate to this film. My favorite part of the film is when Sanjay imagines himself inside his Dad's cabinet where he is small and these heroes save him.

I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 5 to 18. I think adults might like it as well. Some of these scenes might be intense for kids ages under the age of 4. I recommend this to people who like family and adventure shorts. This short will play prior to the new Disney/Pixar film, The Good Dinosaur which opens nationwide in November, 2015.

Reviewed by Ryan R., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11.
Runtime: 7 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-15
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Video and DVD


SUPERGIRL (TV SERIES)

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CBS
Series: TV SERIES, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - The adventures of Superman's cousin in her own superhero career.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I think this is a charming show with a cheerful, female heroine who young girls can emulate. Her innocence is refreshing and the setting very up to date. Kara is cute, nerdy and someone you can actually relate to. She doesn't try to be something she isn't. She has a devil of a boss and yet, she deals with her straight on. This is definitely a show I wouldn't mind my younger kids watching.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Supergirl is an incredible TV about the other side of Superman's life that we were never told. Supergirl is Superman's cousin who was sent to earth to protect her cousin, Superman. Unfortunately, her coordinates to earth were disrupted when her planet Krypton blew up and she arrives years later. Kara (Melissa Benoist), aka Supergirl, ends up getting stuck in a time vertex for 24 years and does not age. When she arrives to earth she realizes her cousin is grown and doesn't really need her help so she tries to blend in with everyone else and we will soon see how far that takes her.

There are many great characters and actors in this series. James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks), Hank Henshaw (David Harewood) and Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart). I have to say my favorite character is Kara Danvers (Melissa Benoist) because she is brave, strong and courageous. She is only 13-years-old when her parents give her the mission to escape their planet and leave everyone and everything she knows to protect her baby cousin on a completely different planet!

My favorite scene is when Kara is talking to her adopted sister and says, "I think I'm going to go to bed now, I just carried an entire plane on my back." It is hilarious! She makes the statement so calmly and it's not every day a girl carries a large plane on her back.

The message of this series is "if someone tells you to hide who you are and not be yourself, don't listen to them because you have to do what you are created to do and that's all that matters." We all have a unique purpose that only we can fulfill.

Supergirl promises to be a fantastic and interesting series! I recommend this series to boys and girls ages 5 years old to 18. I give this series 5 out of 5 stars. You can watch Supergirl on CBS every Monday beginning October 26, 8:30/7:30c.

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

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: TV


UP ON THE WOOFTOP

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LEVEL 33 ENTERTAINMENT
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - When Santa (Dennis Haskins of "Saved by the Bell") discovers that his dog Toby (Voiced by Adam Hicks of "Zeke and Luther") is missing, he enlists the help of everyone in the North Pole to find the adorable little pup. It turns out that Toby was left behind at the suburban Iowa home of the Anderson family during a test flight of Santa's sleigh. Now Toby must convince the Andersons of his true identity so that they can help him get back to the North Pole by Christmas Eve! Along the way, Toby learns that it's more important to have a big heart than to be a big dog, as he helps the Anderson kids foil the evil plans of a crooked mall Santa & his elf henchmen, and most importantly, helps their dad rediscover the magic of Christmas.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I think this movie is adorable and fun loving. I have always had an issue with live action movies that have talking animals; however, this movie does it properly. I think that this movie is great for the holidays and fantastic for people whom don't enjoy the "standard" holiday films. Toby (the dog) makes you fall in love with instantly as he interacts with Santa and even manages to take down some bad guys in the process. This movie I truly believe is perfect for all ages, but just to be safe we will call it a PG movie. There is a tad bit of violence such as: hitting someone with a hockey stick and throwing snowballs. Don't let the violence deter you from showing your kids this movie, it has a lot of great morals to offer and is quite cute. I give this movie a 5 out of 5 stars. It is great quality and well directed. And, I recommend it for ages 6 to 12.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I enjoyed this DVD because it is funny and entertaining for all ages. This movie takes place at the North Pole, where Santa (Dennis Haskins) lives. His elves and talking dogs are helping him prepare for Christmas. You will meet Toby (voiced by Adam Hicks), a small and mischievous dog. He wants the other dogs to like him because they think that since he is a little dog, he can't do anything. Then one day, Toby sneaks into Santa's sleigh where he falls off and lands in a house where his adventure begins. To find out about his adventure, you'll have to watch the DVD.

I like the special effects in this movie. They are really amazing. My favorite effect is when Santa's sleigh flies around. I also like how they make the dogs speak. I enjoyed the DVD's message of staying true to yourself because Toby, at first, thinks that he has to act bad so the other dogs will like him. Then, he meets a girl who changes and inspires Toby and makes him realize that he is perfect the way he is and that he doesn't have to pretend to be something he's not. I also like the bonus features on the DVD. There is a photo gallery, an interview with Dennis Haskins and a behind the scenes look at the people who worked on the film and who talk about the process of making it.

Something I didn't like was how the Dad and Mom don't notice that their son is getting bullied. Besides that I enjoyed it.

I give this movie 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it for kids ages 3 to 12. Some kids older than this might find it boring. I recommend it to people who like family and adventure movies.

Reviewed by Ryan R., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11.
Runtime: 75 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 3-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
Media: DVD


TURTLE TALE, A

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TURTLE TALE, A
LUC CAMPEAU
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - This film is inspired by events that took place at the George C. McGough Nature Park in Largo, Florida - the story of Jr. the Owl as witnessed and told by the nature park's first inhabitants, 'the turtles."

The turtles, Hank, Rafi and Goliath and their community live in a beautiful pond with nice clean water, lots of food and are witnesses to all the events of the park as they get ready for another busy summer camp season, never suspecting what is about to happen at the park and to themselves.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Turtle Tale is a really fantastic film. The story has many twists, but it centers around a skateboarding teen, Calvin, who makes a mistake and lands himself community service. He's placed at an animal sanctuary, where he learns that he's a natural with the animals and the rangers who volunteer there. After learning some tough lessons, Calvin takes responsibility for his actions and even becomes friends with the family whom suffered due to his accident. There's also talking turtles who provide great comedic relief! All of the turtles have their own personalities and stories that tie into some of the themes in this title. There are romances (both human and turtle), the overcoming of adversities, conquering of fears and a message of kindness throughout the story. I recommend this movie for the whole family.
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KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


INSIDE OUT (DVD)

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WALT DISNEY STUDIOS
Series: FEATURES, AGES 5-18
Topic - Family
Description - Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley's mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley's main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Ladies and gentlemen, we have a masterpiece on our hands. Pixar has done it again. They already lay claim to two of the top 100 movies of all-time with Up and Wall-E and they have now added Inside Out to their mantelpiece. I will gladly go on record by calling this one of the finest animated features to ever be created. Why? Because it's THE most innovative, imaginative and creative film to be made since 2008s Synecdoche, New York.

The beautiful thing about this movie is that both adults and children can enjoy it. As a matter of fact, I'd say that adults may enjoy it more, because they can have a more fundamental understanding of what this film is. It is 100 minutes of analogous brilliance, that changes our idea of what goes on in our heads. Is this idea fathomable or true? No. But the analogy provides the very product film was invented to produce: a stimulation of the imagination.

Children will enjoy the beautiful colors and the basic plot. What the children can understand is what they can relate to: growing up and adjusting to life as they enter puberty. They will laugh at things that SEEM funny or the more, for lack of better word, simple pieces of humor. But the true jokes, the pieces of humor that have the most intellect are the ones children won't understand. I appreciate those the most because they're fathomable. It's the moment when you laugh, not because the joke is ridiculous, but because you can actually imagine that happening.

Amidst the hilarity there is also a certain depth of emotion. There is a tear-jerking moment, yes, but I mean more along the lines of nostalgia. The way the movie portrays the effects of the emotions and the rationalization that go along with them, conjure a desire to reflect on oneself in their pre-teen days. This film may literally get into the mind of a pre-teen, but the metaphorical representation is what seals the reflection. "I was like that?", "Is that how I thought then...I that how I think now?" may be questions you find yourself asking yourself. These are the effects of a brilliant screenplay.

On a final and personal note, I'll tell this short story. There is a scene in the film, where two officers are questioning a cloud in Imagination Land about her dead husband. Then, in the middle of the interrogation the cloud herself is killed as she is run through by our main character. One cop goes, "Hey wait...", but as he says that, the other cop grabs him and says, "Forget it Jake, it's Cloud Town."...get it? It's a parody of the famous final words from the classic 1974 noir, Chinatown. I'll tell you, it wasn't very comfortable being the only person in the theater laughing at that joke.

It's just one joke amongst many. Beyond the hilarity and, mainly due to the aforementioned reasons I explained, I happily give this instant classic 5 out of 5 stars. I recommend it for ages 7 to 18.

This film will be released on DVD/Blu-ray/Digital on November 3 and its bonus features are very informative and engaging. They give wonderful insights to the making of the movie. The feature, Story of the Story really tells you how much thinking went into this story. Mixed Emotions and Mapping the Mind go hand in hand as they provide both characterizations of the emotions and scientific findings pertaining to our emotions. There are also great features about the underrated parts of making this movie, like how the score was created and what the editing was like. My favorite of all of them, is the short film Lava which has become one of my favorite short films.

By Willie Jones, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Pixar's New Inside Out is a Brilliant Creative Masterpiece!

Inside Out is one of the most creative movies that I have ever seen. Created and directed by Pete Doctor, Inside Out features the voices of Amy Poehler, Phillis Smith, Bill Hader, Lewis Black and Mindy Kaling. The film was produced by the wonderful animation house, Pixar and is being distributed by Disney.

Inside Out is about the mind of a young girl, Riley and the emotions that rule her day to day existence. The emotions are characters: Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust and Fear--and they live in her brain, at headquarters. When Riley and her family move to San Francisco from Minnesota, this presents a huge emotional challenge for Riley. Joy tries to keep Riley thinking positively about her new home, but the other emotions have other ideas and make the transition to San Francisco more complicated.

My favorite part of Inside Out is when Riley and her parents are at the dinner table and all their emotions are battling for center stage. "Anger" in Riley is fighting against "Anger" in the father. Meanwhile, the Mother's emotions are frustrated by the Father and they are remembering some hot Brazilian guy that the Mother knew and wishing she had married him! This sequence is hysterical!

The writing of Inside Out is rich and complex. The script takes the audience and their emotions on a rollercoaster ride as well. At one point I saw my mother and many other people in the audience crying!

The directing of Inside Out is terrific. Like Pete Doctor's previous films, Monster's Inc. and Up, Inside Out is not only entertaining but also reveals something brilliant about what it means to be human. There's a great sense of invention to how the film lays out the mind with different areas like the subconscious, long, short and core memories and train of thought. The animation in these sequences is really surreal.

Inside Out has a wonderful, simple message. We need all our emotions to be an actual human being. It's not enough to just have Joy--you need Sadness to offset the Joy and to be compassionate. You need Fear to help you to make good decisions and to not be too risky. You need Anger to stick up for yourself. And, you need Disgust to make the right fashion choices!!

Inside Out is appropriate for ages 6 to18. It can be appreciated on lots of levels. Kids will enjoy all the slapstick humor and teens will enjoy the sophisticated writing and inside jokes about the brain. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars.

Reviewed by Clayton P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15
Runtime: 120 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-18
Suggested Retail Price: $ 29.66
Media: Video and DVD
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SHAMAJIRO MOVIE: SHIMAJIRO AND THE MOTHER TREE

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SHAMAJIRO MOVIE: SHIMAJIRO AND THE MOTHER TREE
MADOKA KATSUMATA
Series: ANIMATED FILM, AGES 5-18
Topic - Family
Description - This is the third movie starring a tiger boy named Shimajiro, and it will be screened in movie theaters around Japan. Like its two predecessors, the movie has been conceived to be a child's first movie theater experience, and has been designed in a way that will hold the attention of a young audience throughout the film. Each child is given a cardboard megaphone that they are encouraged to use at various times by the story's characters to cheer them on or shout a particular phrase, and even use as a weapon to thwart the film's villain. The film itself features a wide variety of entertainment, from sing-alongs to dance-alongs, puppet animation, and regular animation. Japanese screenings of the movie come with a short break in the middle, while the lighting and sound in the theater are adjusted to give the children the most comfortable experience possible.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I definitely recommend The Shimajiro Movie: Shimajiro and the Mother Tree for inclusion in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. I really enjoyed watching the characters and although in Japanese, the English subtitles are done very well. I enjoyed the inclusion of the audience with the use of the Flower phones to help the characters in situations of danger. I enjoyed the learning that takes place with the use of riddles, puzzles and games such as "Rock, Paper, and Scissors".

Shimajiro and The Mother Tree is full of fun activities, songs and positive messages. It includes two languages - Japanese and English subtitles. The story of Shimajiro and his friends is familiar to children and adults. We all want attention from the people in our lives, our mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers. When we feel that we are not getting that attention and it causes us to be sad and react in a negative manner and then when we share and hear others tell their stories it makes us know that we are not the only one feeling that way. The character Nikki helps Shimajiro view his feelings about his sister and his responsibility of being a big brother in a different way.

The appeal to me is the color, animation and the great story. While the language is Japanese, the English subtitle were easy to follow.

I feel a child will enjoy seeing this because of the activities. It is very inclusive. You sing along, clap and help the characters win in the struggles.

A child will enjoy the participation and feel the unity and being a part of a team. Reviewed by Juanita S. KIDS FIRST! reviewer
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Runtime: 61 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Video and DVD


KRUSING AMERICA

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KRUSING AMERICA
LINDA KRUSE
Series: SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - It's the oldest story known to man -- coming home -- but with a twist. After spending most of his life living outside the United States defending his country, where does a decorated 20-year Army soldier, back from the War, go home to if he's never really had a home? In this docu-series, Lt. Colonel Victor Krus and his family travel the country on a quest to find their home, sweet home. KRUSING AMERICA is the story of an American hero's search for an American hometown.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This film is part of a series designed for TV or a web series. As a travelogue, it takes the pop of a returning vet and his family who set out to see America. This episode focuses on their experience on Martha's Vineyard. Because it is short, at 24 minutes, I think it works. It's fast faced enough to hold your attention and, I think kids would be interested in watching it. I did test it with one child who said she enjoyed it. She gave it a 3 out of 5 star rating so I will do the same. Recommended for KIDS FIRST! Festival.
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Runtime: 24 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Video and DVD


ALADDIN (DIAMOND EDITION)

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WALT DISNEY STUDIOS
Series: FEATURE 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Aladdin is a street-urchin who lives in a large and busy town long ago with his faithful monkey friend Abu. When Princess Jasmine gets tired of being forced to remain in the palace that overlooks the city, she sneaks out to the marketplace, where she accidentally meets Aladdin. Under the orders of the evil Jafar (the sultan's advisor), Aladdin is thrown in jail and becomes caught up in Jafar's plot to rule the land with the aid of a mysterious lamp. Legend has it that only a person who is a "diamond in the rough" can retrieve the lamp from the Cave of Wonders. Aladdin might fit that description, but that's not enough to marry the princess, who must (by law) marry a prince. Starring the voice talent of Robin Williams, Scott Weinger and Linda Larkin.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This Oscar-winning film has been re-released in Disney's Diamond edition DVD/Blu-ray/Digital which means you can watch it anywhere on just about anything. One of my favorite Disney films, this one breaks the traditional Disney princess mode. The sheer lunacy of Robin Williams' misbehaving, blue Genie is worth watching it alone! It makes me miss him all that much more. Also, the songs are fabulous and you walk around singing them for days afterwards. It's really a perfect family film that holds its own over the years.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Disney has so many classics, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, but one of the greatest is Aladdin with flying carpets, magical Genies, giant talking sand monsters. Aladdin is beloved by me along with millions of others and it will be loved by many more with this new Diamond DVD.

Aladdin has so many jokes that it makes you laugh, but also has quite a few dramatic scenes that keep you on the edge of your seat with relationships sprouting into wonderful romance. And, it is all wrapped together in one fantastic adventure.

The story begins when a Middle Eastern princess decides she had enough of being stuck in her palace and goes out into the city for once in her life. She goes to the market and gets in a little bit of trouble, thanks to a poor young man named Aladdin. Sadly, he is accused of kidnapping the princess. Now in jail, he and another man manage to escape to go find a massive treasure and most importantly - a Genie bottle. The Genie (our favorite Robin Williams) comes out and grants Aladdin three wishes - now Aladdin can decide what he wants to do.

Aladdin is such a fantastic and entertaining film. The animation is just mind blowing. How good it is, considering that it was made over 20 years ago, how full of emotion the voice actors ate, it is quite different than many other famous Disney animations. With such a famous cast, it is truly a masterpiece. And, quite nostalgic to hear Robin Williams' so recognizable voice as this is one of his most iconic roles. It really shows how he entertained the world with laughter for so many years. The soundtrack in Aladdin is incredible. Each song is catchy and kind of gets stuck in your head (I will show you the woooorld!) and so many of them are now classic songs that people of different generations sing.

This special Diamond edition of Aladdin comes with quite a few bonus features. In one of my favorites, conversations with the casts, I found out a lot of interesting facts such as Scott Weinger, the voice of Aladdin, actually didn't know how to sing when he auditioned for it at the age of 15! There are also several deleted scenes, showing how different they originally planned the film and even a deleted song that was done by Jafar, (Jonathon Freeman)!

My favorite scene is when Aladdin releases Genie for the first time and he quickly gets out of his small bottle (he is rather big). I love his first line, "10,000 years will give you such a crick in the neck!" I love this scene because instead of ranting about something, he just does his first line as a pretty funny joke, which forever brought this lovable special character into our lives.

Aladdin has something similar to the other Disney animated films in that they are meant for the whole family. So, I recommend it for ages 7 to 18. I wouldn't show it to kids younger than seven because there are a few dramatic scenes that might be frightening for then. It isn't exactly bright and fun throughout the whole film. I give it five out of five stars because this is truly a classic and I love every aspect of it, especially our wonderful Genie who we miss every day.

Reviewed by Gerry O., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13


Runtime: 90 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-18
Suggested Retail Price: $ 23.44
Media: Video and DVD
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ONCE UPON A SIGN: THE NEW JACK AND THE BEANSTALK

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ONCE UPON A SIGN: THE NEW JACK AND THE BEANSTALK
DAWNSIGNPRESS
Series: DVD, AGES 5-8
Topic - Family
Description - Jack and his family are struggling to make ends meet. After Jack returns from a chance encounter, it seems his family will continue to struggle. But overnight, a dramatic change happens in their front yard. How will this change impact the family? And how will it impact Los Angeles?
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Brilliant! As a former special education administrator for a public school district, I am thrilled to see the Once Upon a Sign series by DawnSignPress, which brings fairy tales to life using American Sign Language as a major mode of communication. Watching The New Jack and the Beanstalk with your child, whether hearing impaired or not, is a fun and brilliant way to introduce sign language and provide a glimpse into different modes of communication. The actors act and sign ASL while the dialogue is voiced in the background. Animation, humor and a twist or two to update the familiar story make The New Jack and the Beanstalk enjoyable for the whole family. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, I recommend the viewing age 3 to 12 years of age.

Reviewed by Ruth A., KIDS FIRST! Reviewer
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The New Jack and the Beanstalk by DawnSignPress is funny and has a twist to make it more modern. It is in sign language but also has voices too. This is good for all kids who enjoy fairy tales and want to learn some sign language. The animation is great. When Jack climbs a bean stalk, the animation is realistic and it looks like he is actually climbing it. As a bonus feature, they teach key words in sign language which is cool and interesting. I recommend The New Jack and the Beanstalk for ages 3 to 8. I rate it 4 out of 5 stars because of the sign language and the good moral messages.

Reviewed by Mia A., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11
Runtime: 26 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 3-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 15.95
Media: Video and DVD


ONCE UPON A SIGN: STONE SOUP

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ONCE UPON A SIGN: STONE SOUP
DAWNSIGNPRESS
Series: SHORT, AGES 5-8
Topic - Family
Description - Deep in the Redwoods of Northern California, a quaint village is just starting the day. A trio of traveling performers arrive and wow the townspeople. But the villagers need a little help showing their appreciation. How will three little stones accomplish that?
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Stone Soup is a more modern version of the original Stone Soup story and, most importantly, includes sign language. The modern day version is easier to relate to and the special effects are quite fun to watch. The actors play their parts very well and I like that many different ethnicities are featured in this short film. The story is entertaining and the best thing is the lesson that comes shining through - that sharing with others is important. I like that both sign language and audio is in this film and the fun signs at the end are also educational and fun. They show simple words and how to sign. I recommend for ages 6-18 and I give this 5 out of 5 stars for entertainment and educational value. Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! reviewer
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Stone Soup by DawnSignPress is entertaining, very creative and has great animation. This episode, just like the other Once Upon a Sign fairy tales, uses both sign language and voices to tell the story. This is good for all kids.

Three gypsy magicians come to town and do magic tricks. They trick the townspeople into sharing vegetables and meat to make a delicious soup for everyone to share. The moral of this episode is that coming together and sharing makes everything more enjoyable.

As a bonus feature, some words used in the episode are taught in sign language. This is a cool and interesting bonus. I recommend Stone Soup for ages 3 to 8. I rate it 4.5 out of 5 stars because of the sign language and great animation.

Reviewed by Mia A., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11
Runtime: 25 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-8
Suggested Retail Price: $ 15.95
Media: Video and DVD


HAPPY KIDS SONGS (FRIENDS & SHARING, BULLYING; HAPPINESS & ATTITUDE)

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HAPPY KIDS SONGS (FRIENDS & SHARING, BULLYING; HAPPINESS & ATTITUDE)
HAPPY KIDS SONGS
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 5-8
Topic - Family
Description - These full-production songs are both highly entertaining and age appropriate--adult quality music with words and themes that tap into the most common issues confronting 4- to 8-year-olds. These songs were written and produced by award-winning child psychologist, Dr. Mac, who has also been the music director and songwriter for the PBS hit, Jay Jay the Jet Plane. The songs come with a workbook with 125 pages of reproducible lyrics, coloring pages and activities for each of the songs. Collections reviewed include: Friends & Sharing; Social Skills & Bullying; Manners & Character; Happiness & Attitude.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - To date Happy Kids has released 8, five song, theme-based CDs that are highly produced and performed and share an abundance of sweet, life-affirming lessons wrapped in audio candy for the ears. 'Social Skills & Bullying', for instance, features songs that present tools to deal with bullies and messages on sharing and celebrating differences. The producers and writers know their young audience well and are fully aware of the pressures and concerns that confront them from within and without. Terrific tools for the classroom and anywhere kids are present!

Across the board, the performances - both child and adult - are first rate. The arrangements are terrific and the recording quality is highly professional.

As the songs resonate and as the child sings along and learns the many songs the lessons will start to become life-style changes for the positive
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Runtime: 60 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-8
Suggested Retail Price: $ 19.8
Media: AUDIO


LET'S BOOGIE

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LET'S BOOGIE
RAINBOW SONGS INC.
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 5-8
Topic - Family
Description - The debut album from Toronto children's' rock band, Rock'n'Rainbow, this CD is a family dance party of high energy tunes with catchy hooks & funk-rock rhythms, exploring favorite forms of exercise: biking, heading out on scooters & boogying-on-down.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - 'Let's Boogie' lives up to its name and gets you up moving from the first downbeat. I recognize the musical influences and hip performances but the album never talks down to its intended young audience and in places lifts them up to higher ground. Sharp clean production value and solid vocal and songwriting skills will most certainly lead to repeated listening. A nice mixture of participation and a nod to classic children's songs make this album a certain choice for a road trip..

This CD is a fun one for younger kids. I would recommend for ages 3-6. The music is fun and lively and it will definitely make younger kids want to get up and dance! The music is a bit funky and the lyrics are easy for younger kids to relate to and want to sing along. Songs like Faster Scooter Cat and Let's Dance Today are energetic rhythms and just a whole lot of fun to listen to. They even turn classic kids games into songs like The Freeze and the Hokey Funky. I like that the music is a bit reminiscent of the good old 70's. I give this one 5 stars and it would make a great gift suggestion! Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Reviewer
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Rock 'n' Rainbow is a super fun band to listen to. Their CD Let's Boogie is full of fun songs. This is definitely not music that is played on the radio. I believe this is so much better. Their is no foul language on any of the songs. The songs on here are very catchy. My favorite song is "The Freeze". Some of the songs are learning songs like "Hands Together, Hands Apart" and the rest are cool songs to get you moving. This is a CD that can be played at birthday parties or possibly while kids are cleaning up their rooms (I have and it makes cleaning faster). Inside the CD cover, there is a booklet with all the songs and their lyrics. If you get a chance, check out the videos, they are just as fun as the CD. I recommend Rock 'n' Rainbow's Let's Boogie CD for ages 3 to 9.

Reviewed by Kamren W., age 9, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
Runtime: 60 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-10
Suggested Retail Price: $ 15.95
Media: AUDIO


TOMORROWLAND (DVD)

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WALT DISNEY STUDIOS
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-18
Topic - Family
Description - Bound by a shared destiny, a teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor embark on a mission to unearth the secrets of a place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory. Directed by Brad Bird. Starring George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Hugh Laurie, Judy Greer, Tim McGraw.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Love this film. Walt would have been smiling I think. Britt Robertson, who we just saw in The Longest Ride, plays this role exceedingly well and outshines her two co-stars, George Clooney and Hugh Laurie. But, the real attraction of this film is the Tomorrowland imagery. Flying trains, personal air packs and all the accoutrements of an imaginary life in the future drew me in. It is fun, fantastic and simple. I would take my younger children to see this.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - How can you describe this film, a film that is original (very rare these days), surprising (also rare) and it has a perfect ratio of pretty much everything! Tomorrowland is a movie of WOW, that makes you want to go out and do something knowing that nothing is impossible!

This film has everything. It has a wonderful, heartwarming plot with a good 50/50 split of drama and comedy and in this story are many wonderful morals and messages. It can be called a tale, sci-fi, adventure or more, but this film has something for everyone.

Tomorrowland starts off when a young high schoolgirl named Casey, (Britt Robertson) is being told that the world is being polluted, destroyed and pretty much slowly ending. She asks why they don't do something about it. One day, she finds a mysterious pin which takes her to a world not in the future, not on Earth but somewhere beyond our knowledge, known only as Tomorrowland. She goes on adventure trying to get there and meets many people including Frank Walker (George Clooney) who is a former child genius and who actually lived in this place for some time.

This film is truly an enjoyable experience just to watch! Director Brad Bird has outdone himself making this master piece. From the perfect cast, to the original story, it is just breathtaking to watch. The cinematography is perfect. It is not too modest but not to forced either. The acting is spot on. George, Britt and the rest of the cast have great chemistry. They joke with other, pull us into their drama and make us believe their story. The relationship between the main characters vacillates. At times you're sad; at other times happy times in seeing these heartwarming relationships develop. Disney has outdone itself so many times, but again they have surprises us with a very original and nicely created film based on Walt's original vision of Tomorrow.

My favorite scene is when Casey, Frank and a girl named Athena (watch the film to learn more about this very special character) go to Paris where they launch something out of the Eiffel tower! It is action packed, funny and just stunning to watch. The special effects are out of this world and perfectly executed.

There are so many moral messages, but the main one is - Nothing is impossible and never stop questioning the world around you. In this film, Casey never stops asking questions and, because of this, a very surprising thing happens.

With the release of Tomorrowland on Blu-Ray and DVD, there are a whole bunch of cool and interesting bonus features. My favorite thing is that most of them are narrated by Brad Bird. These include the first day they started shooting, deleted scenes, Brad Bird vs. Weather (that was my favorite!) and even an exclusive animated short showing the creation of Tomorrowland!

This film has very few scenes that are too mature for younger kids so, I recommend it for ages 8 to 18. I also give this 5 out of 5 stars as this film is truly one of the greatest family films of the year.

Reviewed by Gerry Orz, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13

This futuristic film has an advanced plot and is full of surprises. It uses a lot of special effects, green screen work and wires and contains a lot of action! This film is about a teenage girl who has glimpsed the future and is determined to figure out how to get there.

My favorite character is Frank Walker played by George Clooney. In the movie, he is very funny and sarcastic. I like this character because it seems like he has no hope, but then something happens and he is suddenly soaked in hope. I love everyone in the cast because their acting is so good and their work with ropes and harnesses and special effects is nothing short of amazing. The action looks very real.

I was very confused at the start of the movie because it does not give you a lot of information and I was not sure where the movie was going. I think that they did not have any idea how to start the movie so they chose to do it as if it was a documentary. It has that feel to it. However, it got less confusing as it developed and the actors and all the action scenes are fun and exciting. The ending is the best part because it leaves you hopeful and, now I want to see Tomorrowland 2.

Definitely get the DVD because there are a lot of fun extra scenes they had to cut out of the movie. I wish they had left these scenes in the movie because it would been less confusing. But, thankfully, most of it is saved and is now part of the extras. Also, the extras show how the movie was made. It looks like it was difficult for the actors and took a lot of takes. Brad Bird (Director) exercised his wild imagination and excelled in making things look realistic. I understand that he was an animator before he was a Director and had specific ideas about how he wanted everything to look. Well, he succeeded as everything looks beautiful and interesting.

I recommend this movie for ages 6 to 18 up because it shows some violence. I rate this 4.5 out of 5 stars. I hope you enjoy the movie!

Reviewed by Miles T., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11
Runtime: 120 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-18
Suggested Retail Price: $ 23.4
Media: Video and DVD


STAR WARS REBELS

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WALT DISNEY STUDIOS
Series: TV SERIES, AGES 8-15
Topic - Family
Description - An animated TV series set between the events of Episode III and IV, Star Wars Rebels takes place in a time where the Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights as a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking shape.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This animated show returns October 14 on Disney XD and promised to be a great follow up to the first season. Starring Vanessa Marshall, Freddie Prinze Jr and Steve Blum, it follows a brave and clever ragtag starship crew that stands up against the evil Empire as it tightens its grip on the galaxy and hunts down the last of the Jedi Knights. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Gerry O. comments, "One thing I love about the series is that they include a lot of characters from Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the last TV series featuring Star Wars." See his full review and his interview with Vanessa Marshall below.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - It has been around 40 years since the very first Star Wars film came out and, the legendary universe is back again with this animated Disney TV show. Star Wars Rebels has action, drama, comedy and everything else you would love and come to expect from the epic Star Wars franchise.

Star Wars is an action series with a compelling story full of drama and comedy that makes the viewers pity the characters and also fall in love with them as they grow and become more familiar. Relationships between the characters are created, causing some romance, but it is not overdone.

The story takes place 40 years between the events of Episode III and IV, when the Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights as a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking shape. The story focuses on a group of rebels as they try to do what little they can to take down the evil and powerful empire. In the first season, the group goes against small government and not many big people. But in the second season, they get the attention of some bugger figures including Darth Vader himself.

One thing I love about the series is that they include a lot of characters from Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the last TV series featuring Star Wars.

My favorite episode is the Season 2 premiere. It features many characters from Star Wars: The Clone Wars, a series close to my heart because it is one of the first things related to Star Wars that I ever saw. And, it is one of my favorite TV series ever. I fell in love with the characters and it is nice to see them back in Star Wars Rebels, better than ever before.

For the most part, this series is very nicely made for several reasons. Dave Filoni, one of the creators, includes a lot of aspects from Clone Wars, which I like. The animation is very similar. The dialogue is common. And, I like the way he makes it seem like it's all connected in one big universe.

The voice acting is wonderful. It is rather hard to voice act a Jedi because you need to make them kind, and peaceful, but powerful. Freddie Prinze Jr. who plays Kanan, one of the Jedis, really excels in his role. The rest of the cast is very good as well.

Star Wars is not meant for little kids. It is more suitable for pre-teens, teens and adults. It is something really the whole family can enjoy together. I give it 5 out of 5 stars because Star Wars Rebels is very entertaining and continues the ever-lasting story of Star Wars. If you would like to see Season 2, watch for it on Disney XD on October 14th.

Reviewed by Gerry Orz, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: TV
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COSMOSPINGUIN, THE

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COSMOSPINGUIN, THE
RUSLANA BERNDL
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - A long journey of gold-hungry Cosmospenguin to the Earth. The search for the Gold ends with finding of friends. The Cosmospenguin is never more lonely.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This young filmmaker is to be commended. He is 7 years old and has created a fun short film with a message. It's a bit disjointed in its story line but, I think that kids, especially young ones, ages 5-12, will enjoy this. Accepted to KIDS FIRST!
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Runtime: 4 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Video and DVD


MAGIC PATH, THE

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MAGIC PATH, THE
COLIN DOWNEY
Series: FEATURE 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - To find their king, they have to cross...The Magic Path. This film is a fantasy adventure for all ages inspired by a story from the father of fairytales, George McDonald. Directed by Colin Downey. Produced in Ireland.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This film , based on a fairy tale, is geared toward a young audience. Children would enjoy this film because of the story and the magical characters. Director Colin Downey is a well-trained writer, director and cinematographer and he includes some incredible cinematography of the snowy mountains and forest. Also, the soundtrack is exceptional and suitable for the audience.

The story of The Magic Path was inspired by a fairy tale. Colin Downey successfully mixes fantasy with adventure, the Old World of the Shadows with the New Human World. The old is represented by the dead grandfather who was the leader of the Shadows and the new is represented by the grandson who one day will become their King. First, the child must go through some sort of initiation and kill a powerful witch so he can believe in himself and leave his fears behind. He succeeds with the help of his grandfather and two Shadows who are the Keepers of the Treasure, the King's crown. The film is enjoyable due to not only the story, but also some little suspense and light comedy. This would be a good addition to any film festival.
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KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


SAVY & SQUEE

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SAVY & SQUEE
YASHINTA ATIKA
Series: SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Savy the little girl is alone in the Mushroom forest until Squee zips through the forest
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is adorable. Very cute and sweet tempered characters. Very short! Probably it's biggest drawback. But, included in a collection of shorts, it would work quite well.
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Runtime: 2 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Video and DVD


SHIMAJIRO MOVIE, THE: SHIMAJIRO AND THE MOTHER TREE

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SHIMAJIRO MOVIE, THE: SHIMAJIRO AND THE MOTHER TREE
XXX
Series: FEATURE 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - This is the third movie starring a tiger boy named Shimajiro, and it will be screened in movie theaters around Japan. Like its two predecessors, the movie has been conceived to be a child's first movie theater experience, and has been designed in a way that will hold the attention of a young audience throughout the film. Each child is given a cardboard megaphone that they are encouraged to use at various times by the story's characters to cheer them on or shout a particular phrase, and even use as a weapon to thwart the film's villain. The film itself features a wide variety of entertainment, from sing-alongs to dance-alongs, puppet animation, and regular animation. Japanese screenings of the movie come with a short break in the middle, while the lighting and sound in the theater are adjusted to give the children the most comfortable experience possible.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I really enjoyed watching the characters and although in Japanese, the English subtitles are done very well. I enjoyed the inclusion of the audience with the use of the Flower phones to help the characters in situations of danger. I enjoyed the learning that takes place with the use of riddles, puzzles and games such as "Rock, Paper, and Scissors".

Shimajiro and The Mother Tree is full of fun activities, songs and positive messages. It includes two languages - Japanese and English subtitles. The story of Shimajiro and his friends is familiar to children and adults. We all want attention from the people in our lives, our mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers. When we feel that we are not getting that attention and it causes us to be sad and react in a negative manner and then when we share and hear others tell their stories it makes us know that we are not the only one feeling that way. The character Nikki helps Shimajiro view his feelings about his sister and his responsibility of being a big brother in a different way.

The appeal to me is the color, animation and the great story. While the language is Japanese, the English subtitles were easy to follow. I feel a child will enjoy seeing this because of the activities. It is very inclusive. You sing along, clap and help the characters win in the struggles. A child will enjoy the participation and feel the unity and being a part of a team.

Reviewed by Juanita S., KIDS FIRST! reviewer
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KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


MY LITTLE PONY: EQUESTRIA GIRLS: FRIENDSHIP GAMES (DVD/BLU-RAY)

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MY LITTLE PONY: EQUESTRIA GIRLS: FRIENDSHIP GAMES (DVD/BLU-RAY)       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
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Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - In 2013 original film My Little Pony Equestria Girls, Twilight Sparkle's crown was stolen from the Crystal Empire, and she pursued the thief, Sunset Shimmer, into an alternate world where she finds herself turned into...a teenage girl! To regain her crown and return to Equestria, Twilight had to learn how to fit into this strange, new world and defeat Sunset Shimmer in a competition to become crowned Princess of the Fall Formal at Canterlot High.

My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks, released in 2014, found Canterlot High hosting a musical showcase, and Rainbow Dash, Applejack, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, and Fluttershy performing with their new band, The Rainbooms. But when The Dazzlings, a new girl group, arrived at CHS and convinced everyone to turn the friendly showcase into a Battle of the Bands, tensions mounted between the competing musical acts. After a reformed Sunset Shimmer realized that The Dazzlings may not be ordinary girls and were after something far more sinister than just being named Best Band at Canterlot High, Princess Twilight was called upon to help win a battle that would determine the fate of the entire school.

Now, in the new animated film My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Friendship Games, Canterlot High meets its rival school, Crystal Prep Academy, in a competition that's a long-standing tradition: The Friendship Games, a series of exciting events that includes archery, motocross, and rollerskating! Sunset Shimmer is tasked with keeping magic out of the games to keep things fair while she and her friends compete against Crystal Prep's top students led by someone with an equal amount of interest in Equestrian magic: this world's Twilight Sparkle.

Continue the journey through high school with the Mane 6 in this alternate My Little Pony universe, and find out what happens next in My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Friendship Games!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This title is very colorful with great animation and songs. It teaches lots of positive lessons including kindness, forgiveness, courage and teamwork. This title approaches many social elements for children to consider. Throughout the film, characters prevail by using kindness, honesty, courage, teamwork, friendship, sacrifice and a little "Equestrian Magic". This title will prompt any child to examine the way treating others affects everyone including themselves. The ponies face many challenges and through teamwork, courage and kindness, they find resolve. This title also teaches that although cheating may seem easy and produce results, that trying and losing is better than winning dishonestly. Its great to see so many different and at times opposing characters come together to find the common goodness in everyone. This DVD has bonus features including audio commentary, animated shorts, sing-a-longs and deleted scenes. You can easily choose specific chapters to watch or stop and play as needed. Reviewed by Eli B., KIDS FIRST! reviewer. My Little Pony media has always done well advocating friendship and love. Equestria Girls is no different. This particular film features many aspects we're familiar with in other My Little Pony media and, something that's really nice is the magical and multi-reality bits of this movie. The graphics in this program are great and have the standard "cute" feel you see in anime programming geared for young girls. My daughters watched the movie with me and they greatly liked the fact that it has a story line about good conquering evil and that you get to see multiple realities intertwine and connect. They also liked how funny the movie is and how many great jokes it contains. Their only minor complaint is the musical numbers because they felt they were unnecessary. The girls and I agree that this is a cute movie with good morals. We recommend it for kids ages 3 to 14 years as well as select adults. We give this movie 4 out of 5 stars.

Reviewed by Rachael V. KIDS FIRST! reviewer.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - After two series consisting of seven seasons, almost 200 episodes and two movies, people might think the series is getting old. But, I think it is not even half way over. The third installment in My Little Pony: Equestrian Girls does not disappoint My Little Pony fans of all ages.

This movie is an adventure about the main characters. However, with most My Little Pony titles, friendship is a magic related thing. There is also a good amount of silly humor that viewers can enjoy and a small dose of drama which makes it more entertaining.

The story follows Twilight Sparkle, the only pony who seems to be able to go between the human and pony world. She hasn't been in contact with any of her human friends and one day she arrives there. However, it isn't the Twilight they know. Additionally, the six friends are starting to get better control of their hidden magic powers which they need to learn to control for the friendship games (an athletic and academic competition between rivalry schools). If you would like to find out what happens, you have to watch the movie or read the book.

This film continues developing the positive reputation for the My Little Pony Friendship is Magic movies. The story is exciting, with many twists, and you still learn an important message. For this film, there are many. One of them is that, when help comes, accept it. The animation looks very tidy and, even though this is 2D animated, they are very creative with adding some 3D camera shots. The voice talent for Ashleigh Ball, Apple Jack and Rainbow Dash are spot on. Tara Strong who plays Twilight Sparkle makes us love the character, hate her and pity her all at the same time. The rest of the cast are also great at projecting the emotion of their characters. For example, in one scene with Applejack, she is helping her competition with archery and you don't hear pity in her voice, you hear a kind, friendly tone, which Ashleigh Ball is so known for.

My favorite scene is when two of the main characters are fighting the enemy high school on a dirt bike course. It includes my favorite character, Rainbow Dash and another main character, Fluttershy. The race goes well at first. However when the other Twilight Sparkle accidentally releases some strange magic, the race goes haywire.

There is something you should be aware of. You don't need to follow the TV show that the film is based on in order to understand the storyline of the film. However, it is probably best if you watch the first movie, My Little Pony: Equestrian Girls, in order to understand this story.

Age rating is surprising for My Little Pony. A lot of people think this show is meant for 2 to 6-year-olds. But really, it is suitable for older kids and event adults. Many of this show's fans (including me) are 12 years old and older so, I recommend this for ages 2 to 18 and adults as well. Small children will enjoy the fun, bright, colors and the funny characters. But, older kids and adults enjoy the show as a fans. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars because it entertains people while teaching important messages.

Reviewed by Gerry Orz, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13
Runtime: 70 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-18
Suggested Retail Price: $ 17.98
Media: DVD
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