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ANTBOY

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CINEDIGN
Series: FEATURE 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - 12-year-old Pelle is bitten by an ant and develops superpowers. Aided by comic book nerd Wilhelm, Pelle creates a secret identity as superhero Antboy. When a super villain The Flea enters the scene, Antboy must step up to the challenge.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Antboy is based on a popular Danish comic book series and although I have never read the comic series, I think this movie is pretty cool. It is funny and has a small amount of action. It is really good and I think other kids would enjoy it too.

This movie is about a boy named Pelle who is bitten by a rare and genetically altered ant. This ant gives Pelle superpowers. Eventually, Pelle realizes these super powers only work when he eats sugar. He finds out his real powers when he runs into a boy named Wilhelm, who later becomes his friend and helps him discover what super powers he has. Pelle decides that his super hero name is going to be Antboy. When a super villain named "The Flea" captures a girl and invades the school, Antboy has to figure out how to stop him.

The main characters in the movie are Pelle, Wilhelm, Ida and the Flea. My favorite character in this movie is Wilhelm because he is a really nice guy and he is the reason Pelle decides to help people and become Antboy. He also loves comics and, while I wouldn't say I love comics, I do like them.

My favorite part in the movie is when Pelle figures out his super powers. He can bite through hard things. He can climb walls. He is really strong and his pee is acid. Sadly, his super hero powers only work when he has eaten sugar. Sometimes he doesn't realize he has eaten any sugar at all. Sometimes he sleepwalks and eats all the candy in the house.

I recommend this movie for ages 5 to 10 because it is really good with a lot of weird and quirky action. It is more of a movie for kids as teens and adults usually prefer films with more action. Reviewed by Anthony Aranda, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12
Runtime: 77 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD


BEARS

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WALT DISNEY STUDIOS
Series: FEATURE 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - In an epic story of breathtaking scale, Disneynature's new True Life Adventure "Bears" showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two impressionable young cubs are taught life's most important lessons. Set against a majestic Alaskan backdrop teeming with life, their journey begins as winter comes to an end and the bears emerge from hibernation to face the bitter cold. The world outside is exciting-but risky-as the cubs' playful descent down the mountain carries with it a looming threat of avalanches. As the season changes from spring to summer, the brown bears must work hard to find food-ultimately feasting at a plentiful salmon run-while staying safe from rival male bears and predators, including an ever-present wolf. "Bears" captures the fast-moving action and suspense of life in one of the planet's last great wildernesses-Alaska! Directed by Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I thought this documentary would be like a usual educational lecture-like film about bears and the life of a Mama-bear. Boy, was I completely wrong. Bears is a fantastic and inspirational wild life adventure that many people will adore and watch again and again.

The movie has a mix of action, thrills, adventure, education, comedy and, of course, adorable human-like cubs. They make you fall in love the second you see them on the screen.

The story begins when a brown bear who lives in Alaska's national park has just gave birth. She is planning to leaves her winter nest soon with new born cubs (Amber and Scout). Then she begins her big and hard journey trying to store enough food through the season. Her name is Sky. She meets a couple of friends and protects her little ones from predators.

This film has crazy close-ups on the bears. At one point I swore the bear was less than an inch from the camera. Unlike other documentaries, this one has a storyline. Honestly, I thought that this fit better as a movie. The narrator makes us believe that the bears have feelings. I would love to know how the cameramen got so close to the bears and watched bear when she was in her winter den. That was perfect and nearly impossible. Kudos to Disney Nature for bringing us this unforgettable experience.

My favorite scene is when they search for salmon. Scout and Amber go to the beach for the first time. While Amber keeps close to mommy, Scout is in the water getting clams stuck to his claws. The scene shows that there is some family fun time anywhere in the world. Even with bears.

This movie has some thrills and some violence, remarkable since it is unscripted. I recommend this for ages 9 to 18 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Gerry O., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12.

Disney Nature's Bears is a heartwarming documentary that shows being a parent is definitely not an easy job.

Filmed in Alaska, directors Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey's cinematography captures the breathtaking beauty of the bears' in their natural habitat. The cameras are so close to the animals, it makes you want to reach out and touch them.

The movie follows Sky, an Alaskan Brown Bear and her cubs Amber and Scout through their first year together. Sky must teach her cubs how to survive in the harsh world outside their den. She must also find food so she can prepare for the long winter ahead of them. We learn that life for a bear cub is not easy and they must stay close to mom if they want to make it to adulthood. Sky must protect her cubs from the countless dangers the Alaskan wilderness has to offer and get them to their destination before it's too late.

My favorite part of this film is when the bears try catching their first salmon of the season. This scene is hilarious because the fish seem to land everywhere but in the bears' mouths. Although I'm more of a city girl, nature lovers will enjoy the many shots of Sky and her cubs roaming across the wilderness.

John C. Reilly's talent for story telling shines through in this movie. He does such an amazing job voicing what Scout and Amber would say if they could talk that I sometimes forgot it was just a narration. George Fenton's music is a perfect fit with the emotion and tone of the film. I could feel the suspense whenever the bears found themselves in a scary situation.

The message of this film is that nothing is stronger than family. The message is easy to recognize because it is obvious throughout the entire movie that Sky would do anything to keep her cubs out of harm's way, including not backing down from a bear three times her size. Also, no matter how bad things get Sky and her cubs are always there for each other.

Disney Nature's Bears is a great movie for all audiences; especially for boys and girls ages 7 to 13. I give this movie 4 out of 5 dazzling stars.

Celebrate Earth Day with this inspiring film when it hits theaters on Friday, April 18. Reviewed by Simone Sharrieff, age 13, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

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


ISLAND OF LEMURS: MADAGASCAR

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


SLEEPING BEAUTY, THE: BY THE ROYAL BALLET CINEMA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


SCOOBY DOO WRESTLEMANIA MYSTERY

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SCOOBY DOO WRESTLEMANIA MYSTERY
WARNER HOME VIDEO
Series: FEATURE, AGES 8-12
Topic - Family
Description - When Shaggy and Scooby win tickets to WrestleMania, the entire gang travels in the Mystery Machine to WWE City to attend the epic event. However, when a mysterious ghostly bear appears and threatens to ruin the show, Scooby, Shaggy, Velma, Daphne and Fred work with WWE Superstars to solve the case. Starring John Cena, Frank Welker, Mindy Cohn.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This movie is about Shaggy and Scooby winning a trip to WWE city to see WrestleMania. The gang runs into trouble when Scooby is accused of stealing the WWE championship belt. Some of their new friends must prove Scooby's innocence before it's too late and the mysterious Ghost bear ruins the main event. Daphne (Grey DeLisle) is my favorite character because she is in love with John Cena and it reminds of me of myself when I have a big crush on a celebrity. I love when she confesses to Fred that she gave John her phone number, cellular number, email address and home address. That is pretty funny and cute and - Fred gets jealous. Scooby (Frank Welker) is my second favorite character because I love his voice and he is a better fighter than Shaggy because his moves are so swift and smooth.

I enjoyed the wrestling scenes in this movie, especially when Scooby is dreaming of being in a video game and he is up against a slice of a pizza, two delicious hotdogs and a huge cup of soda.

My favorite scene is Scooby playing the bonus level of the video game by doing Sin Cara's victory dance because Scooby has some nice dance moves. I is really cool to see WWE city animated because you get to experience what it is like to be a wrestler and what it is like to see a fight in the stadium. The upbeat music allows the audience to feel the excitement of the opponents. My least favorite part is the beginning because it takes forever to get to the plot and I is confusing for the first 30 minutes of the film.

The moral of the film is to not allow one's anger to turn into revenge. It's okay to be angry. It is not okay to act on the anger and make bad decisions. Parents should be aware that there are fighting scenes and a Ghost bear before allowing small children to view this movie. I recommend this movie for ages nine year to 18 years. I give this movie 3 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Shelby E., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 90 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-15
Suggested Retail Price: $ 19.98
Media: DVD


MUPPETS MOST WANTED

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WALT DISNEY STUDIOS
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - While on a grand world tour, The Muppets find themselves wrapped into an European jewel-heist caper headed by a Kermit the Frog look-alike and his dastardly sidekick. Starring Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell and Tina Fey.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - It's time to think green. It's March and we have Saint Patrick's Day, the beginning of spring and March 21st Kermit will be on the big screen once again in The Muppets sequel "Muppets Most Wanted."

Can you say World Tour? Kermit finds he's been confused with the world's most dangerous frog "Constantine." Constantine has a diabolic plot that involves fleeing a Siberian Russian Gulag and taking the Muppets from Kermit. He needs a good cover while he and his side kick #2 use them as a cover to steal the crown jewels. First, he and #2 must travel the world unraveling the clues. They need to find a way to open the secrete passage way into the Tower of London where the jewels are kept.

I really enjoyed seeing the Muppets in many different settings around the world. It just proves the Muppets are loved every where they go.

My favorite scene is when Kermit tries to get Constantine away from Miss Piggy at their wedding. That's right, there is a huge wedding between Kermit and Miss Piggy, kind of. Miss Piggy has the most beautiful dress and Kermit looks so handsome in his tuxedo. We were lucky enough to see this movie at the El Capitan in Hollywood, California. They have the costumes and props on display there including her elegant wedding dress.

I was a bit disappointed that Miss Piggy didn't give anybody her famous "Hi yea" karate chop.

My favorite character of course is Miss Piggy. She's unbeatable in her duet with Celine Dion. There are so many guest appearances I can't even list them all here. You'll have to see the movie to see who all shows up for cameo appearances.

The cast itself is awesome. Ricky Gervais is brilliant as Dominick Badguy (pronounced as Bad G, it's French). I love Tina Fey as Nadya. She is adorable and has a great singing voice. Ty Burrell as Inspector Napoleon is very funny.

In true Muppet fashion the music is terrific and I enjoyed the "Sequel" song in the beginning of the movie. It's the best.

It is wonderful seeing the whole Muppet gang back together again.

From beginning to end it's a ton of fun for everybody. You are sure to leave with a smile on your face and a new quirky joke to tell everyone.

The age range is 5 to 18 because all your favorite Muppets make an appearance in the movie at some point in time.

I give this movie 5 out of 5 twinkling stars.

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

"Muppets Most Wanted" is a thrilling movie. I love it because it is full of puppets (Muppets)! During this adventure, the Muppets decide to get back together as a group and then go on a world tour. However, the world's "most DANGEROUS frog" who looks like Kermit escapes and uses the tour as a cover to steal all the jewels in Europe.

My favorite part is when Ms. Piggy whacks Constantine, the villain, in the face for tricking her into believing he is Kermit. Now, that is funny!! Another funny part is when Kermit gets mistakenly taken to prison. He eventually trains the prisoners to do a musical but it just doesn't work - they do a horrible job. This movie totally cracks me up.

I absolutely love Miss Piggy (Eric Jacobson). She decides on her own that she is going to marry Kermit even though he does not propose. She says he can propose on their honeymoon. How crazy is that? Kermit (Steve Whitmire) is having a hard time because the Muppets aren't listening to him about how to make the tour work and he has to deal with Miss Piggy forcing him to get married. What a disaster. Constantine (Matt Vogel) uses a horrible accent. He doesn't sound like Kermit even though he tries. Also, I do not like the mole on his face. However, as a villain, he plays his character very well. All the other actors do awesome jobs too.

The moral of this story is "if something is working for you don't be so quick to change it for something else that comes along just because it may seem like a better idea."

This movie is a good fit for ages 5 through 12. Both boys and girls will enjoy this classic puppet adventure. If you like silly, imaginative musicals, this is the one for you. Therefore, I rate it a five out of five "dazzling" stars.

Reviewed by Haley Powell, age 11, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

I did not know what to expect from this movie. Believe it or not, this was my first experience with the Muppets. I kind of thought it would be a show for little kids, but boy was I wrong. "Muppets Most Wanted" is a great family movie many people would enjoy.

This film has quite a bit to love. It has action, adventure, comedy, mystery, suspense, thrill, romance, history and of course everyone's favorite, The Muppets.

The adventure begins when Kermit and the Muppets are about to begin a world tour. However at their first destination, something terrible happens to Kermit. If you want to find out what happens, you got to watch the film.

I love this film. The idea is priceless and original and of course, just the concept of Muppets is fun. The directing is fantastic - the Muppets move, run, kiss, jump and fall smoothly and realistically. The Muppets are hilarious. The voice talent also are fantastic. You can't loose with a cast that includes Ty Burrell, Ricky Gervais and Tina Fey just to name a few.

My favorite scene is when there is a crime at a famous European museum. The European agency and the CIA are at the scene. Two of the agents are seeing who has the bigger badge. It looks like a the French agent wins but, 5 minutes later, A UPS guy (What is he doing here by the way?) comes with a big box. The CIA agent pulls a rope and a gigantic badge is there. It's funny, lighthearted and the idea alone is kind of ironic.

This film is meant for younger kids but is a bit of violence in it. So I recommend it for ages 9 to 18. I also give it 5 out of 5 stars.

I'm sure that this new Muppet adventure will very quickly become a favorite among families everywhere and I can't wait to see what's next in store for our beloved Kermit and Piggy - will they finally get married and perhaps go on their honeymoon? Stay tuned.

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

The Muppets Most Wanted is a fantastic movie packed with comedy and excitement. The crowd was laughing so loudly that sometimes it was hard to hear the movie. This film is fantastic because it has the perfect combination of catchy songs and talented actors. It keeps you on the edge of your seat because you never know who was going to show up next.

The Muppets are back for the eighth time and before they finish catching up with each other, they meet Dominic Badguy (Ricky Gervais.) Dominic convinces the Muppets to go out on a world tour. At the same time Constantine, the world's most dangerous frog, escapes from prison and hatches an evil plan to hide his identity. Constantine kidnaps Kermit and takes over Kermit's identity. Kermit is mistaken for Constantine and is sent to prison. This leaves Constantine free to steal the crown jewels of England. It is up to the Muppets to save Kermit and stop Constantine before the world's most beloved puppets become the world's most wanted criminals.

The scene where the inmates put on a show in prison is hilarious. It's my favorite part of the movie. Watching scary looking men sing and dance like they are on Broadway is priceless. I also enjoyed watching Constantine act like he is Kermit. You will laugh out loud when you see what happens to him as he gets ready to go on stage during a musical performance.

All the actors do an amazing job in this movie. One actor who really stands out for me is Ty Burrell who plays Jean Pierre. His witty comments and funny attitude really add to the comedy. My favorite actress in this movie is Tina Fey who plays Nadya. What makes her performance great is that on the outside she is so strict, but on the inside she is really very warm and caring. Her accent is so realistic that I thought she was actually from Russia.

The message of this movie is that true friends will always be there for you no matter how bad things get. "The Muppets Most Wanted" is perfect for both boys and girls ages 8 to 16 and I give it five out of five shimmering stars. You definitely don't want to miss this one.

Reviewed by Simone Sharrieff, age 13, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

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


RIO 2

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TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX FILM CORPORATION
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 5-12 ANIMATED
Topic - Family
Description - It's a jungle out there for Blu, Jewel and their three kids in RIO 2, after they're hurtled from that magical city to the wilds of the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in, he goes beak-to-beak with the vengeful Nigel, and meets the most fearsome adversary of all - his father-in-law. Starring voice talent of Anne Hathaway, Rodrigo Santoro, Leslie Mann, Jamie Fox, John Leguizamo and Jesse Eisenberg
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This sequel to the 2011 movie Rio, takes the loveable Blue Macaws, Blu, Jewel and their three kids on an adventure in the wilds of the Amazon. They are faced with adversity in the form of an overbearing father-in-law but, more importantly, some humans who are cutting down the trees where the Macaws live. "I like the story line which has lots of humor as well as some amazing songs which really enhance the film," comments KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Brianna B, age 14. And critic Jeremy B (age 7) adds, "Another thing I really enjoy is the setting. The Amazon is so colorful and beautiful. The brightly colored birds and butterflies are incredible!" Their full reviews are in the youth comments section.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Rio 2 is a wonderful animation with great comedy for the entire family.

Blu (voiced by Jesse Eisenberg) and Jewel (voiced by Anne Hathaway) are back in Rio 2 with their three children. Their kids really need to learn to live like actual birds so Jewel insists that the family take an adventure to the Amazon where she is from. However on this trip there are some dangers that could lie ahead for them like meeting the revengeful Nigel (voiced by Jemaine Clement) and other things. Will they survive the jungle?

I like that this film is a clear continuation of the first one. It's just not about Blu and Jewel but it also lets us know more about their family and their roots. I like the story line which has lots of humor as well as some amazing songs which really enhance the film. I love the romance and really love all the dancing in the rain forest. It's so pretty, especially in 3D. The animation is stunning with lots of bright colors and spectacular attention to detail, especially of the Amazon.

I truly like everything about this film but my favorite part is in the beginning when we hear the first song, "What is Love" by Janelle Monae. This song puts me in an upbeat and happy mood. I knew immediately that this was going to be a great film. My favorite two characters are Pedro (voiced by Will I Am) and Nico (voiced by Jamie Foxx). These two are so hilarious to watch especially when Nico tries on different items he wants as a hat.

Director, Carlos Saldanha, directs a much bigger and better film in Rio 2 with sounds, exciting new songs and great comedy. A message in this film is that "Family is extremely important and you need each other to support each other."

I recommend this film for ages 6 to 15 and anyone that loved the first Rio. The whole family will definitely enjoy it. I give it 5 out of 5 stars because everything about it is great. Reviewed by Brianna Hope B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14.

Rio 2 (3D) is an adventurous, exciting and funny animated film. It has a lot of music, dancing and fun! The music director (John Powell) chose fun and festive music that plays throughout the film. Be careful, you might want to get up and dance right along with the characters!

The story line is about Blu (Jesse Eisenberg), his wife Jewel (Anne Hathaway) and their children who travel to the Amazon to find other Blue Macaws who might be family. Once they arrive they find that some bad people are cutting down trees where the Blue Macaws live. They must work together to stop the humans and save the rainforest.

I really enjoyed this film. The 3D animation is incredible! The images pop right off the screen in front of you. I like the new characters added in this film from the first Rio movie, especially Eduardo the father-in-law (Andy Garcia) who is very funny. I also like that some of the old characters reappear such as Nigel (Jemaine Clement), Nico (Jamie Foxx) and Rafael (George Lopez). They bring lots of humor and excitement to this film. Another thing I really enjoy is the setting. The Amazon is so colorful and beautiful. The brightly colored birds and butterflies are incredible! There lots of great parts in this movie but my favorite part is when the Blue Macaws and the Parrots play soccer in the Pit of Doom. It is so crazy and suspenseful!

This film has a couple really good messages. One is that it teaches us to always put family first. If Blu does not learn this he will end up alone. Another one is to believe in yourself. Blu has to prove to himself that he is important no matter what anyone else tells him. You have to watch the movie to see what happens in the end!

I give this movie 4 out of 5 stars. It is funny, exciting and adventurous. Kids and adults will love it, especially those who love nature, music and Brazil! I recommend this movie for ages 5 to 18. I think young children will Anreally like the music, the colorful setting and all the animals throughout the film. Reviewed by Jeremy B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 7.

As I started watching this film, I had mixed feelings. I wondered if the sequel would be as good as the original. I loved Rio and was excited to see what awaited my favorite characters in this new adventure. When I saw the film, it pleasantly surprised me. Rio 2 is a fantastic and original story that will make fans of these Rio movies watch it again and again. Rio 2 has more to offer than what people expect from most animated films - comedy, romance, action, sports, family, thrills, nature, adventure and, of course, great characters - Blu, Jewel and their adorable offspring. The story begins with Jewel and Blu's three kids being a bit unruly. The oldest girl, Carla only wants to listen to her music. Her younger sister, Bia, knows everything. And, the youngest brother Tiago is a trouble maker. He just wants to have fun. They discover that more of their kind exists and travel to the Amazon to meet them but stay a bit longer than expected. If you would like to know why they were delayed in the Amazon and how city boy Blu reacts to the wild life, you have to see the film.

I love this movie! One big thing I adore is that one character is back who I did not anticipate coming back. Also, the filmmakers added some pretty funny characters such as Bruno Mars who plays a 'perfect strong and athletic bird' who all the females adore. The animation is similar to the last one - bright and colorful. I think the whole plot is perfect and right on the mark. Another cool thing I love is the message in this film. "What looks small may be your biggest fear or your biggest friend." This is a great production. With a bunch of new songs and sound effects, you will get 100 minutes of perfection.

The scene I found the greatest is when Nico and Pedro are holding contests in the Amazon for the carnival, similar to what American Idol does. A whole bunch of animals audition and it shows how they keep are affected by predators. It's funny and cute. Plus, Carla shows off her skills as the show's producer and talent agent.

The story line of this film is a bit complicated so I would recommend it for ages 4 to 18 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. Anyone who enjoyed the original film will definitely love this one. Reviewed by Gerry O, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12.

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


WIND RISES, THE (KAZE TACHINU)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


SURF'S UP (HDNET MOVIES KIDSCENE)       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
HDNET MOVIES LLC
Series: FEATURE 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - This story follows a teenage rock hopper penguin named Cody Maverick from his hometown of Shiverpool, Antarctica, where all of the other penguins think he's nothing but a surfing fool, to the "Big Z Memorial Surf Off" on Pen Gu Island. Young Cody is determined to win the most important competition in the world of penguin surfing in honor of "Big Z," a deceased surfing legend whom he has idolized since childhood. But the waves in Pen Gu are different than in Shiverpool, and the competition is steep. The current champ, egotistical Tank Evans, isn't just about to let this little penguin knock him from first place without a fight. When Cody wipes out and encounters Geek, a recluse aging former surfer, living in the jungle, he learns some important lessons about life and surfing, and even teaches Geek a thing or two. Starring the voice talent of Shia LaBeouf, Jeff Bridges, Zoey Deschanel, Jon Heder and James Woods.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Do you have a passion you believe in? I know I do and I love the way this movie inspires me to follow my passion. In the movie Surf's Up, Cody Maverick (Shia LaBeouf) definitely has a passion for surfing. This movie is about a penguin that loves to surf and wants to enter a major surfing contest. His goal in life is to surf like his idol, Zeke Topango (Jeff Bridges) also known as Geek. Cody leaves home to enter the contest. However, no one believes in him. Even so, he trains with a mystery person and becomes a great surfer in the end. The plot of the story is for Cody to prove to his mother (Dana Belben) and brother Glen (Brian Posehn) as well as others that he is not a failure and that he will ride the top of a wave.

The most entertaining part of this movie is when Cody challenges Tank (Deidrich Bader), the nine year winner of the contest. Cody falls off his surfboard, into the ocean, steps on a sea urchin and almost drowns. The sea urchin tells his version of what happens which is hilarious. You have got to watch this movie to see how Cody is cured from the sea urchin's poison. Just be prepared to say "eeewwww!" My least favorite part is the narration and interviewing process. Between each scene there are interviews with the characters. They talk about how they feel and what is happening with Cody's quest to become a great surfer. Instead, it seems more like an interruption to the movie.

Chicken Joe (Jon Heder) does a great job. He is the funniest character in the movie. There is a scene where he thinks he is being served dinner by wild penguins, not knowing he is actually their dinner. The animation is also great. I love the surfboards in Antarctica that are made out of ice. They look crystal clear.

The moral of this story is to never give up and to believe in yourself even when nobody else does. I recommend this movie for ages 8 through 18. Both girls and boys will enjoy this movie as it is a fun family comedy.

I give this movie a 3 out of 5 dazzling stars!

Reviewed by KIDS FIRST! Critic Haley P.

Surf's Up is a hilarious comedy that will have you rolling on the floor laughing throughout the entire movie! This movie is so funny I can't remember a time when I wasn't laughing. Directors Chris Buck and Ash Brannon did an amazing job making this movie stand out from the thousands of other family comedies. Cody Maverick (Shia LaBeouf) is a penguin surfer stuck in the boring town of Shiverpool, Antarctica. It is always Cody's dream to follow in the footsteps of his idol, surf champ Big Z. Just when it looks like Cody will spend the rest of his life sorting fish, a surfing scout comes to Shiverpool to see how much talent Cody actually has. With hard work, Cody gets a shot at surfing in the Big Z Memorial tournament. Cody meets Tank, a bully, and the island's best surfer, at the tournament. Cody decides to stand up to Tank and challenges him to a surf off. Unfortunately, the surf off doesn't end well for Cody. His luck begins to change when Cody stumbles across fellow surfers Geek and Lani. They quickly become Cody's friends and mentors. With their help, Cody learns the real reason for surfing and that competition has nothing to do with it.

There are many humorous scenes in this movie. One funny part is when we meet Ivan the sea urchin. Cody accidentally steps on Ivan during his surf off with Tank. Ivan lets Cody know just how unhappy he is about being stepped on. Another comedy scene is when Tank introduces his trophies and calls them his "ladies." Tank also gives his trophies names like Lea and Brianna. The voice talent did an amazing job in using their voices to add to the comedy. My favorite character in the film is Chicken Jo (Jon Heder). Cody meets Jo early in the movie and they become good friends. What makes his character stand out from the rest is his "go-with-the-flow" attitude. Jo is by far the funniest character in the movie! As a 13 year old, I could really relate to the message of this film which is, you don't have to win everything to be a winner.

I recommend Surf's Up for kids 7 to 14 and I give it 5 out of 5 shimmering stars! Surfs Up is airing all month on Kids Scene so please make sure you check it out.

Reviewed by KIDS FIRST! Critic Simone S., Age 13

This is a story about a penguin who is an independent thinker named Cody Maverick (Shia La Beouf) who wants to be a world famous surfer. His ideal is BIG Z (Jeff Bridges) who died in a surfing accident. There is a world class surf contest held each year in his honor. Cody dreams on being able to surf and win the big race.

His family doesn't understand him. His brother Glen wants him to be like all the other penguins and work at the fish company.

Fate comes along and Cody gets his wish. Are you ready for some big waves?

When we arrive on Pen Gu Island where the big competition takes place we are introduced to Chicken Joe (Jon Heder). Yes, that is right another Maverick but this one is a chicken. We also meet Lani Aliikia Zooey Deschanel) a beautiful life guard.

The waves on the island prove to be bigger and faster than the ones Cody is used to. After a bad fall, Lani takes Cody to a relative's hut so he can heel. He ends up learning many life lessons here and finds out who he really is. You'll have to watch the movie to see if he learned enough to win the competition and walk away with the big trophy.

My favorite character is Chicken Joe because he makes me laugh. My favorite scene is when he meets the native penguins on the island and thinks he is in a hot tub, being feed delicious fruits and vegetables.

Through a penguin's journey we learn a lot of great lessons: Life is meant to be enjoyed and lived to the fullest. You should follow and do what you are passionate about. Everyone is different and unique in their own way.

The animation in this movie is awesome. The waves and the ocean look life-like and made me want to surf myself. This movie is perfect to get you into the mood for spring and vacation planning. It will make you feel as if you are at the ocean. I recommend this movie for age six to 18 and give it 4 � twinkling stars. Younger ones will love the animation but might not understand the story line. Adults will also enjoy it since they have added a lot of humor to the movie. So grab a beach towel and settle in to enjoy Surf's Up.

Reviewed by Morgan Bertsch, age 9, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

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


ROOKIE OF THE YEAR (HDNET MOVIES 2014)

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HDNET MOVIES LLC
Series: FEATURE 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - When the cast is removed from his severely broken arm, clumsy 12-year-old Henry Rowen Gartner (Thomas Ian Nicholas) is shocked to find his arm has become a 100 mile per-hour thunderbolt. His throw from the bleachers directly to home plate alerts the last place Chicago Cubs and before you can shout "play ball!" he is signed as their new ace pitcher. With a few pointers from an aging star pitcher (Gary Busey) young Henry actually manages to pull of the impossible. Directed by Daniel Stern; Writer - Sam Harper. Actors: Thomas Ian Nicholas, Gary Busey, Albert Hall, Amy Morton and Dan Hedaya.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Fun fantasy. Contains some socially inappropriate actions, such as insults from the coach in opening scene, the mother punching her boyfriend and saying, "I should have killed him." Overall, enjoyable, nicely paced, girls and boys both like this.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I expected this movie to be about an inspirational story of a legendary player, but it's not exactly what happens. "Rookie of the Year" is a wonderful story that all kids and families will enjoy.

This movie has quite a bit to love. It has adventure, comedy, a bit of suspense, romance and, my favorite, baseball.

The story is about a kid who loves baseball, but kind of stinks at it. However something happens and he has a chance of greatness.

I love many things about this film - the storyline, the acting, the editing, but most importantly, how the producers show that anybody can fulfill their dreams. The directing is also amazing. Everything wraps up very nicely in the end. I almost wished I was that kid and had a chance of at least a few minutes in MLB.

My favorite scene is when the boy is getting pushed around by his manager and his mother pops out of nowhere, argues with the manager and finally punches him down stairs, which I think is pretty awesome.

I recommend this movie to ages 9 to 18. Kids under 9 probably won't enjoy it as much but there's certainly nothing objectionable about it. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

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

"Rookie of the Year" is such an inspirational movie! A lot of kids dream about playing in the Major Leagues one day and this movie makes it seem real. Linda Lowy, the casting director, does a great job picking a cast that is really good at making such an unbelievable plot believable.

"Rookie of the Year" is about a boy named Henry (Thomas Ian Nicholas) who likes to play Little League baseball, even though he is not very good. He breaks his arm while playing baseball at school with his friends, and magically gets a special power in his pitching arm. When his cast comes off he can throw a ball 104 mph! While Henry is at a Major League baseball game, general manager Larry Fisher (Dan Hedaya) sees Henry throw a ball 435 feet! He wants him to be a pitcher on his Major League team, and then Henry, amazingly, ends up playing for the Chicago Cubs.

There are so many great parts in this film. One of my favorite parts is when Henry and his friends build a boat with wood, paint and a motor. The boat they make goes so fast that water sprays up in an arc and they get soaked. After they are wet, they start grabbing more water and have a water fight. I laughed so hard and wished I could join them! I also really enjoyed seeing all the different Major League Baseball stadiums throughout the film. Robert Harper, the producer, does a great job selecting some really cool stadiums for the onsite filming.

"Rookie of the Year" shares a really good message with its audience. It teaches us that friends and family are way more important than glory, fame and money. Before Henry gets his special power, he thinks his friends and family are the most important people in the world, but after he gets his power he feels that fame is more important. Because of this, his friends do not play with him anymore and his mom is sad. In the end, Henry has to decide what is more important to him.

I give this film 5 out of 5 stars because it is funny and inspiring. I recommend it for kids ages 8 to 14, but it is definitely a movie the whole family can enjoy, especially those who like baseball.

Reviewed by Jeremy B.A, KIDS FIRST! Critic, age 7.

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.98
Media: FeatureFilm


MR. MAGORIUM'S WONDER EMPORIUM (HDNET MOVIES KIDSCENE)

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HDNET MOVIES LLC
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Mr. Magorium is 243 years old and still runs his magical emporium, the most magical and spectacular toy store in the entire world. But when he is ready to finally retire and leave the store to the manager, the magic takes a dark turn.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium is a great movie. It is magical, literally. Mr. Magorium (Dustin Hoffman) is a 243 year-old-man who owns a magical toy store. He has to leave and plans to pass the toy store on to the manager, Molly Mahoney, who is also like a daughter to him. Even though Molly doesn't want him to leave, Mr. Magorium hires an accountant to help sort out all his paperwork so she can manage the store more smoothly. Molly doesn't want the store and is confused. She tries to find her inner talent but doesn't know where to go to pursue it. Mr. Magorium helps her find her potential and shows her she has the power to control all the toys and the whole store.

I like this movie because there is a lot of excitement involved. This is not a normal toy store. All the toys are alive. Legos walk around, paper air planes fly themselves through the air and balls bounce on their own. Even the stuffed animals move. My favorite part is when the store gets mad and throws a temper tantrum because Mr. Magorium is leaving. The walls turn grey and the toys go psycho.

Eric (Zach Mills) does a spectacular job. He is the only one who doesn't give up on the store. He, also has an awesome hat collection, and I like him the most. Henry, (Jason Bateman), is a boring adult but in the end he finally lets his inner child out to play with Eric. Molly Mahoney (Natalie Portman) does a great job of showing how an adult gets stuck and doesn't know where to go next in life. The special effects are phenomenal because it seems like the toys are really moving which kept my attention.

The moral of this story is to have faith in yourself which goes along with a quote in the movie stating "Your life is an occasion, rise to it." This movie is perfect for ages 8 through18. Both boys and girls will love to watch this movie because it is all about magical toys. I give it a five out of five dazzling stars.

Reviewed by Haley P, KIDS FIRST! Critics, age 11

This is a whimsical, heart-felt film that has a lot going for it, but it doesn't exploit the story to its full potential. It takes place in Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, a magical toy shop. Mr. Magorium (Dustin Hoffman) plays an eccentric child-like character who's over 240 years old. Molly Mahoney (Natalie Portman) a piano-prodigy works for him When Magorium tells Mahoney that he's giving the store to her because he's going away, she panics and the two embark on an emotional journey that will change their lives.

This film has me whistling the musical score while I'm writing this. It matches the film's visuals and atmosphere. Just listening to the piano, mixed in with the orchestra, is superb. The acting is amazing. I love Hoffman's performance. Magorium looks at the simple things in life and lives each second to spread joy to the world. It's surprisingly inspiring. The other actors such as Portman and Jason Bateman (Henry Weston A.K.A. Mutant) share a friendly connection on-screen and do a fantastic job working with one another. Eric (Zach Mills) plays an avid hat wearer/collector who has trouble making friends. He's a fantastic child actor.

With great characters and an okay story line, what could go wrong? Well, the ending. Without giving anything away, we see the characters go through their personal transitions, then wham, Mahoney and Henry have a confusing scene. It's almost as if they cut a line or two. What happens doesn't fit the film. It really angered me because we go through so much and then there is a rushed ending.

The moral of the story is, "Live your life so that people can remember your legacy." Mr. Magorium creates his legacy by spreading joy to people with his toy shop. He now wants Mahoney to live her life and create her legacy.

My favorite scene is when Mr. Magorium talks about his departure with Mahoney. I love this scene because of the truth and sincerity behind it. Magorium doesn't want her to be sad, but wants her to remember him as he was. It's touching.

I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommended this to 6- through 11-year-olds. While I didn't like the ending, this is a family film with enough magic, creativity and goodwill for an evening of enjoyment.

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

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


LEGO MOVIE, THE

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

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

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

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

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

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

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-15
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Media: FeatureFilm


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MIRAMAX FILMS
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - A 10 year old boy goes on a search for God after his grandfather dies. Starring Denise Leary, Rosie O'Donnell, Robert Loggia, Camryn Manheim. Directed by M. Night Shyamalan.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - If you are a family film lover like me, then you'll love "Wide Awake." It's a wonderful family film that deals sensitively, and even with humor, with a fairly unusual situation for the screen: a 9-year-old's struggles with his faith in God.

In this movie a young boy learns lessons about life and God during a trying year of discovery in fifth grade at a Catholic boys' school. As the school year opens, Joshua Beal (Joseph Cross) is sad over the recent death of his grandfather (Robert Loggia) . On his first day at school, Joshua is harassed by the class bully. Because his grandfather played football, Joshua tries out for the school team, over the objections of his parents (Dana Delaney and Denis Leary), two physicians who don't like the risk of injury. But Joshua is not very athletic and does not make the team. Joshua continues to seek answers from God about his grandfather, so his teacher, Sister Terry (Rosie O'Donnell) advises him to approach a cardinal who is coming to visit the nearby girls' school. Joshua meets a young girl at the school and falls for her. As the year goes by, Joshua continues his quest for spiritual answers and finds them in unexpected places, such as a winter snowstorm.

The main characters are Joshua Beal (Joseph Cross), Mrs. Beal (Dana Delany), Sister Terry (Rosie O'Donnell), Neena Beal (Julia Stiles), grandfather Beal (Robert Loggia) and Mr. Beal (Denis Leary).

I like this movie because of that way that it is structured, meaning the way that it is put together, the characters seem as if they already knew each other for a very long time.

I would recommend this movie to kids age 5 to 12 but, it's really a family movie that parents would enjoy as well. I give this movie 4 out of 5 stars because some of the music doesn't go well with the scenes.

Reviewed by Valdi Belizaire, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12
Runtime: 88 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Video and DVD
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MICROCOSMOS
MIRAMAX FILMS
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - A documentary of insect life in meadows and ponds, using incredible close-ups, slow motion, and time-lapse photography. It includes bees collecting nectar, ladybugs eating mites, snails mating, spiders wrapping their catch, a scarab beetle relentlessly pushing its ball of dung uphill, endless lines of caterpillars, an underwater spider creating an air bubble to live in, and a mosquito hatching.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - There are about 950,000 species of insects on Earth. This was an amazing movie that lets us see just a few of them in their everyday lives - caterpillars, ladybugs, bees, wasp, butterflies, beetles, snails, grass hoppers, spiders and many more.

The cinematography is breath taking. I still wonder how they got a camera tiny enough to fit into an ant colony so we could watch them store food. Watching a spider eat a shrimp under water is head tilting.

It is an amazing film which lets you watch insects being born. I never thought of bugs as cute before. Well, maybe a lady bug and I do have a pet preying mantis but, this film actually made me want to pet a few of them. You could actually see that bumble buzzes are cute and fluffy, that snails fall in love and ants like to have clean faces. The birth of the insects is fascinating. They all come from eggs and eat them when they are born. Then they dry off and are ready to play in the world.

My favorite scene is watching a butterfly come out of its cocoon. They are stunning and you get to see every detail of their beautiful wings. I also loved watching the lady bugs take off and fly with their hard, bright red spotted shells and hidden wings for flight.

The caterpillars are very cute. There is a large variety of them, all with different faces.

Viewing the flowers waking up each morning and how they wrap themselves up for a good night sleep was stunning. I never knew how insects got pollen and now I do.

The time lapse photography of watching a Venus fly trap capture a bee is another wow moment in this movie.

This is a visual film with the audio being that of the surroundings. Insects don't really talk so it is all about natural sounds.

I recommend this film for ages 4 to 18. I think an audience as young as 4 would love this movie. It might seem a bit long so I would split it up into a few viewings. For bugs lovers, this is a must see. I give this movie 4 � Twinkling Stars.

Even though this movie gave me a new prospective on insects and I found them to be incredible I think I will still keep my fly swatter handy.

Reviewed by KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Morgan B.
Runtime: 80 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Video and DVD


INTO THE WEST

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ECHO BRIDGE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 8-12
Topic - Family
Description - A gigantic white stallion appears mysteriously to a Traveler grandfather and his two grandsons in an Irish slum. Since, puzzlingly, the younger of the two boys is the only individual who can control the horse, ownership falls to him and his older brother by default. There being no place for the animal, they move him into the apartment of their alcoholic Traveler father. Police remove him and, in a shady deal, he ends up under control of a wealthy, underhanded horse breeder. The boys manage to retrieve him and escape on his back, but the stallion seems to have his own travelling agenda.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I loved this movie, having seen it when it first came out. It is brilliantly mysterious and draws you in from the beginning. The acting, particularly from the boys, is charming and believable. Gabriel Byne's portrayal of Papa Reillyl is equally stunning. And, one of the key components is the incredible cinematography showing the gorgeous scenery of Ireland. It is a film that can be enjoyed by your entire family as it ties together both myth and fable. It gives insight into the urban poor in a way that is compassionate but not overly romantic. For those who haven't watched many foreign films, this is a good entre since it's in English and yet thoroughly explores a different culture.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Today we are headed for Ireland.

What better way to get the Irish spirit then to watch a movie with fantastic scenes of Ireland.

A quick review of this movie would be: It is a movie about two young boys and horse.

Once you watch it you will see that it is so much more. This movie has many laugh out loud moments, serious moments and OK a few times I yelled at the TV hoping things would turn out.

A great white horse from the sea of Dublin, follows a Grandfather (Gabriel Byrne) who is a Traveler. The horse is soon the love of his two small Grandsons. They will do anything to keep the horse. Other people find the horse to be magnificent also and want it for their own.

The two brothers, Tito (Ruaidhri Conroy) and Ossie (Clarian Fitzgerald) set off on adventure or so they think. The horse is really in charge. The boys are very resourceful and do a great job of surviving the great outdoors. They begin to believe that they are cowboys headed for the Wild West. The scenery is amazing and made me want to go and visit Ireland.

Their father has issues and misses his wife. He was once King of the Travelers but has lost his way. He has own story and adventure in finding out who he really is and where his children have gone.

I found this movie adorable. My favorite scene is when the horse is eating popcorn, drinking punch and enjoying a movie. The horse is beautiful and made me want, what all kids want, a pony.

The acting is superb and authentic. The two little boys are at ease with T�r na n�g, a large beautiful white horse they all had bond. There wae truly friends on and off screen.

The story line is complicated and you really have to pay attention. If you do, the movie will be well worth it. It is truly a fairy tale come true. Not all fairy tales have good endings or do they?

I recommend this to ages 7 to 18. The drunken father might be a bit much for younger ones. And, there is very, very mild violence. I would watch this movie over and over and so I give it 5 out of 5 twinkling stars. Reviewed by Morgan B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic age 9

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


NUT JOB, THE

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

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

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

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

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

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


ELENA'S CRAZY KITCHEN:  HAPPY HOLIDAY SPECIAL

ELENA'S CRAZY KITCHEN: HAPPY HOLIDAY SPECIAL       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
JPG, INC.
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 5-8
Topic - Education/Instructional
Description - Elena and Razzle make treats for the holidays! In this episode they make a Snowman Cookie, and a Reindeer Candy Cane ornament. They exchange gifts and Razzle anxiously awaits a visit from Secret Santa Sock.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This DVD teaches crafting with sugary sweet food and has an adorable puppet as Elena's co-star. In some ways, it makes sugary sweet food even more sweet. If you are concerned about your child's sugar intake, this is not for you. It's cute. Elena is cute and the green sock puppet, Razzle is adorable. The interaction between Elena and Razzle tends to be a bit confrontational though. Elena's presentation skills need a bit of work. For example, she shows everything needed to make the snowman but when it comes time to make it, she already has the colored icing made and doesn't show how it was done. An adult can figure that out but a child, the audience for this, might not get it. We could do without the laugh track as well. To benefit from the instructions here, we recommend parental involvement. It's a good start for Elena who is a young and promising talent.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is a colorful holiday shows that shows you how to make Christmas crafts. It has a quirky puppet that wants in on the action.

There are cute and easy crafts to make. Two things that I would have liked added were a close up shot after the crafts were complete and a list of all the items you needed to make them.

The bright colors and puppet make it suitable for a young audience but they will need help if they want to make the crafts. The older children will enjoy making the crafts and all of them will enjoy eating them. I would say the age range is 4 to 10.

You will find out about a new Christmas present called the Christmas potato. I give it 4 � twinkling stars. Reviewed by Morgan Bertsch, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 9.

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


ELENA'S CRAZY KITCHEN:  SPOOKY TREATS SPECIAL

ELENA'S CRAZY KITCHEN: SPOOKY TREATS SPECIAL       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
JPG, INC.
Series: FEATURE 5-12
Topic - Holiday
Description - Elena and Razzle create some spooky party treats! On this episode they make skeleton cookies, monster cookies, and ghoul grog.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - One should keep in mind that Elena is a student. She is charming and good-natured and this is a commendable attempt but it does have some short comings. What is most appealing is seeing treats made into fun finger foods. What is unappealing is the apparent lack of interest from the host, Elena. A set of purple hands, called Hand, does the actual touching of the food while she does her nails. Elena does one item, the drink. A child would enjoy this to some extent. It would get their imagination going about wanting to engage in making things to eat. Plus the sock puppet, Razzle, is adorable. Booth Razzle and Elena make jabs at one another's costumes. It seems to be in good fun but comes across at not too nice. The sound and video quality are okay for the most part though at times the soundtrack is too loud and too frequent. The ending has Elena and the others singing Elena's Crazy Kitchen over and over again - a bit over the top. We would love to see Elena grow as the host of this series and become more of an instructor than just a pretty face.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - "Elena's Crazy Kitchen Spooky Special" is a great video that is cute and funny!

This short video has a surprisingly quite a bit to love about it! Its educational while including comedy and cooking tips! This film shows 4 quick and simple cute recipes that are fun and easy to do.

This video has pretty much expected story line. It's about a girl and her two companions who are getting ready with treats for a Halloween costume party!

I liked the way it was set up and scripted nicely. This was adorable video and great to watch. However, the main character sounded a bit too much rehearsed. I also did not like the speed of it. They may have been able to go into more depth and make a video just a little longer. Otherwise it was a great and fun episode.

My favorite scene is when cook's puppet friend pops up and makes fun jokes. I love comedy and he had a lot of it. He was adorable and cute.

This film really is nothing that parents should worry about, so I recommend this film to ages 1 to 10. I also give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Gerry O.

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


AMERICAN HEROES #4

KIDS FIRST ALL STAR
AMERICAN HEROES #4
SPROUT RECORDINGS
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 5-8
Topic - Music
Description - Extraordinary accomplishments of 11 Americans are set to music in Sprout's fourth CD celebrating heroes. From well-known figures including Dr. Seuss and Walt Disney to lesser known but influential citizens like Samantha Smith and Mary McLeod Bethune.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Jonathan Sprout's American Heroes #4 is a beautifully realized and produced album that continues his award winning series honoring American heroes.. Among the stellar cast this go-round features President Teddy Roosevelt, Dr. Seuss, Walt Disney, Girl Scout icon Juliette Gordon and ten year old Samantha Smith (who waged her own personal peace detente with Russia) among other shining stars. This project is by no means a boring slog down history lane. This is a dynamic, exhilarating foray into the hearts and minds of inspiring shakers and movers that rock our world to this day. The song writing is crisp, the performances are spot-on and the production values are beyond reproach. I cannot recommend this album enough!! Reviewed by John Wood.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - coming
Runtime: 41 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-8
Suggested Retail Price: $ 13.98
Media: AUDIO


SPY KIDS 3-D:GAMEOVER (HDNET KIDSCENE)       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
MIRAMAX FILMS
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - The spy family is back. When Carmen gets caught in a virtual reality, her brother must save her before they run out of lives and the game defeats them.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - coming
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over is absolutely fantastic! The movie is based around a virtual reality video game. The greenscreen special effects are mind blowing and make me feel like I am actually in the game. The plot of the story is for special agent Juni Cortez, played by Daryl Sabara, to save his sister who is stuck in the game, and then stop the Toymaker, an evil villain, from controlling the minds of all kids and taking over the world.

I like this movie because there is a lot of adventure and it involves kids my age acting as under cover spies. In the game, you travel through different dimensions and your character is like an updated version of yourself. There are different levels and programming that make the levels even harder. There is a trick part in the game when the characters have to jump off a cliff into what they think is hot lava but on the way down they land on rocks they use to surf with, on the lava. Turns out that the lava is cold and they can swim through to the level that shuts down the game.

My favorite part is when Juni's dad, played by Antonio Banderas, is working on a mechanic brain. He says it is the most important part of his life and nothing can stop him from activating the brain which will make him smarter. However, when Juni desperately needs him, he smashes his invention and flies to rescue his son. It is a moment when a father plays hero.

Demetra played by Courtney Jines does an awesome job. She actually helps Juni escape. Even though she is a deceiver, her outfit rocks! My favorite character is Grandpa played by Ricardo Montalba. In the real world, he is in a wheel chair. However, in the game, the energy he has in his legs from 30 years of sitting make him twice as strong which is helpful to Juni because he is protected by his overly powerful Grandpa.

The moral of this story is revenge solves nothing and forgiveness is a key to feeling free inside. Also, it is better to work as a team than to stand alone.

This movie is perfect for ages 5 through18. If you are a gamer, and most boys are, you will definitely love the animation. If you are a girl, you will still enjoy it because it's just fun to watch with lots of excitement. I give it a five out of five dazzling stars!

Reviewed by Haley Powell, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11
Runtime: 84 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD


BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM (HDNET KIDSCENE)       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - The daughter of strict Indian parents defies her family and joins a soccer team instead of planning for a traditional life of marriage and motherhood.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I love this film. It touches me in so many ways but mostly because of the courage we see in this young girl to pursue her own dreams in spite of her family's traditional values. She does it with grace and courage and does her best to not be disrespectful in any way. It makes a wonderful statement about standing up for yourself.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Bend It like Beckham is a fantastic movie with a great plot and talented cast. This movie kept me on the edge of my seat.

I am fascinated by the main character Jess Bhamra, played by Parminder Nagra. It is easy for me to relate to Jess as a teenage girl who loves the game of soccer. The movie is set in West London and introduces us to Jess's very traditional East Indian family who does not believe that girls should play sports. Jess refuses to give up soccer even when it means lying to her parents.

The story becomes even more fascinating when Jess meets Jules, played by Keira Knightley. It's friendship at first sight and Jules convinces Jess to join the girls' soccer team. A conflict builds when both girls develop feelings for their soccer coach Jo, played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Life for Jess gets worse when her parents find out about the soccer team. Jess's parents become even stricter about what she is allowed to do. Thankfully, her sister's wedding distracts Jess's parents and they do not notice that she is still sneaking off to play soccer. The girls' soccer team makes it to the top of their league and Jess must make an important decision. She can either live a life making her parents happy, or live a life chasing her dreams. Jess also has to find a way to make things right with her best friend Jules.

My favorite part of the film is the climax. Jess is taking the final kick in the last game of the season. Everyone is watching including a soccer scout from America. Right before she takes the kick, Jess visualizes the players on the other team as her family members. This is a brilliant way of showing that Jess was not going to let her family stand in the way of her dreams. The message of this film is reaching your goal is not always easy but it is always worth it.

The movie also does a great job of showing the East Indian culture through its costume and set designs.

I recommend this movie for girl's ages 13 to 16 and I give this movie four out of five stars. Reviewed by Simone S. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13.
Runtime: 112 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Video and DVD

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FLICKA (HDNET KIDSCENE)       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - To prove to her father that she can one day run the family ranch, a young girl tames a wild horse.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Great film, beautifully made. Stunning cinematography of Wyoming. True to the original story. Alison Lohman plays Katy in a very credible way - not always the most charming teen, and very believable. Tim McGraw's acting is only surpassed by his music. Ryan Kwanden's role of Katy's brother should not be overlooked, nor should Maria Bello's.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I love animals and after watching the adventurous movie Flicka, I decided I want a horse instead of a cat! This movie is about a girl named Katie who grows up on a ranch with a major passion for horses. She falls in love with a wild Mustang and wants to train it to be her own. However, her father is completely against it because he feels wild Mustangs cannot be trained and will cause trouble for his ranch and other horses, which it does. The plot of the story is about a girl wanting to raise a wild Mustang she names Flicka on her own to prove to her father she is responsible and capable of taking care of the family ranch, unlike her brother who chooses to leave for college instead.

This movie captured my attention because it's an emotional and dramatic piece and the background music enhances all that. I didn't know what was going to happen next which keeps me on the edge of my seat. It's shocking to see Flicka stand on her hind legs to scare a lion away. There are many climaxes in this movie such as when Katie, against her father's orders, tries to catch Flicka with a rope but falls off her horse. Flicka escapes dragging Katie on the ground then runs near the ranch startling the other horses who all take off following Flicka heading towards a cliff. Katie's father chases Flicka down, ropes her and gets Flicka to turn just before she runs off the cliff with all the other horses. When you least expect it there is more excitement and at the end, Katie makes her most dangerous attempt to get Flicka back.

My favorite character is Flicka because she is fierce horse. Katie, played by Alison Lohman, is just like her, fierce and also determined. Tim McGraw plays Katie's father. He realizes in the end that he is just like Katie. The entire cast is great!

The moral of this story is when you are passionate about something, fight for what you believe in and follow your heart. This movie is perfect for ages 11 through18. Even if you are not familiar with ranches or horses it's a great film with life lessons for the entire family, even parents.

I give it five out of five dazzling stars! Reviewed by Haley Powell, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11.
Runtime: 95 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Video and DVD

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CLOUDY WITH AS CHANCE OF MEATBALLS       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs tells the story of an eccentric wannabe scientist, Flint Lockwood. His latest contraption is a miraculous device designed to solve the world hunger crisis. But when Flint bites off more than he can chew, he sets in motion a global disaster of epic proportions. Based on the #1 best-selling book by Judi and Ron Barrett.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a somewhat distorted version of a wonderful children's book. In this, a young scientist devises an invention to get food from the sky when the town has nothing to eat but sardines. At first this works pretty well, but when a food tornado hits the town and threatens the rest of the world, this kid has to do something to save everyone. Throughout the film there are a number of side adventures resulting from the different types of food that have fallen.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" is a deliciously hilarious comedy. This film is so funny it made my eyes start water. It has a lot of sections that made me laugh out loud!

First, Bill Hader who plays Flint acts as if he does not know anything and he acts like he is not thinking straight. In some parts Bill Hader reminds me of a kid in my class because some of his actions are like a kid.

In the film, Flint Lockwood makes many different inventions that no one else even thinks of. Unfortunately, all of his inventions do not work; they turn out to be flops. Then, Flint makes an invention that turns water into food. Flint makes three meals per day. The mayor thinks it's a great invention that will attract more tourists. After almost a month of creating all this scrumptious foods, things start to change a bit. Flint is excited that his new invention becomes a great success, or so he thinks.

My favorite part is the ice cream scene. I LOVE ice cream and it is really funny when Flint starts chucking ice cream balls at random people.

Anna Faris and James Caan do a splendid job showing emotion while they are talking. The moral of this story is bigger is not always better. The mayor continues to eat all the food and he puts on a few pounds. Then he wants Flint to make bigger and bigger foods. The animation really stands out because the animator makes the food so big and realistic that I wanted to eat some of it. I asked my mom to make popcorn afterwards because all the food made me super hungry. Be sure to have a little snack nearby when you watch this film.

"Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" is a family movie for boys and girls ages 7-16. I mean what kid doesn't want to see all you can eat foods and desserts in a movie?! I give this move 4 out of 5 shining stars! Reviewed by Kendyl Powell, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.

The movie Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is a mouthwatering movie to watch. It has so much action it is epic! I like this movie because of the splendid animation. The animation is totally different from other animated movies I watched in the past because of the different ways the artist drew the people, the town and the food.

This film is about a guy named Flint Lockwood, played by Bill Hader, who is the antagonist and wants to become a famous scientist. His father Tim Lockwood (James Cann), who is the protagonist, tells him that his ideas are just silly. Flint does not listen and makes a machine that can create any food you want by pouring water on top of it. Sounds great doesn't it? Imagine having any food that you would like by just pouring water on top of it.

My favorite part of the movie is when a character named Sam Sparks (Anna Faris) starts sharing the weather report and she starts going crazy over what happens to Flint's food machine. I really enjoyed the background music because it matches the actions in the movie perfectly. The voice over actors do a marvelous job portraying their characters. I am amazed at how well the actor's voices match the characters.

The message of this film is to never let what other people think or say control you. In the film, Flint let's everyone else's thoughts and feelings control him as he designs his food machine.

This movie will be great for both girls and boys and I recommend this movie for ages 6-13. If you are a person who is a fan of food and one who has a great imagination, then this movie is for you. It is also a perfect selection for a family movie night. I give this film 3 out of 5 Golden STARS!! Cloudy with a Chance of Meatball is airing all month long on KidScene. Thanks for watching. Reviewed by Kayla P, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 90 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Video and DVD

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ANGELS SING       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
LIONSGATE FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - As a child, Michael Walker wished every day could be Christmas. That is, until a tragic accident crushed his holiday spirit. Thirty years later, Michael still can't muster any joy for the holidays, despite encouragement from his playful wife and well-intentioned parents. But when his young son faces a tragedy, Michael needs to make amends with his past. A mysterious man named Nick gives Michael a gift and instills in him the courage to find the joy that he lost. Starring Harry Connick Jr, Connie Britton and Chandler Canterbury.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - coming soon
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is a wonderful Holiday film that I really enjoyed watching.

Michael Walker (Harry Connick, Jr.) loved Christmas when he was a kid. Then, an accident crushed his holiday spirit. Years pass and he is married to Susan Walker (Connie Britton) and he still cannot enjoy the holidays. His family tries to help him. When his son David (Chandler Canterbury), faces his own tragedy, Michael needs to make amends with his past so he can help his son through his tough time. A stranger named Nick (Willie Nelson), gives Michael an amazing gift that helps him find the joyfulness that he lost.

"Angels Sing" is a great family film. The story line is original and unique. The acting, I feel, is very truthful and believable. I also like the singing by the cast, because it is very harmonious. I like how the writers Lou Berney and Turk Pipkin basically take a holiday scrooge and make him into a person that loves and enjoys the holidays with real life messages. This film is entertaining, and funny at times with some great comedy in lots of the scenes.

My favorite character is David because he is a kid like me and I like how he wants to help his dad with what is bothering him about the holiday season.

My favorite scene is when Michael is teaching David how to fly a remote control toy airplane, because it shows me how much David loves his father and how close he is to his father. I also like this scene because it shows how loose and carefree Michael is with his son and vice versa.

A great message that in this film is that that family love conquers all. If you love your family and your family loves you, the love between you will be more important than all your problems and all your worries.

I recommend "Angels Sing" for ages 10 to 17 and adults will enjoy it as well. It is great for a movie night with the whole family.

I give this film 4 out of 5 stars. "Angels Sing" is in theaters now and will also be available on Video on Demand and DVD December 10th.

Brianna Hope Beaton, Age 14, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 87 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD

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DINOSAUR STOMP - MOTHER GOOSE CLUB NURSERY RHYMES

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


CLIFFORD'S BIG BIRTHDAY APP

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

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


LAMI

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

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


This title is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
BLUE BUTTERFLY, THE
MONTEREY MEDIA
Topic - Family
Description - A film by Lea Pool, starring Academy Award Winner William Hurt, Genie Award Winner Pascale Bussieres, and Marc Donato. Based on the true story of a terminally ill 10-year-old boy whose dream is to catch the most beautiful butterfly on earth, the mythic and elusive Blue Morpho. His mother persuades a renowned entomologist (William Hurt) to take them on a trip to the jungle to search for the butterfly, leading to an adventure that transforms their lives. The young boy is now a young man. This compelling adventure about courage, redemption and love is filmed in the rain forests of Costa Rica and in Montreal.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - We loved this film and played it in many film festivals around the country when it first came out. It is beautiful and touching without being overly dramatic. Based on a true story that brings tears to your eyes and warmth to your heart, it delivers a lesson about love and believing. The scenes in the rainforest are absolutely stunning and the surprises we find there awe-inspiring. Can't say enough good things about it.
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Runtime: 100 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD ISBN # 7/30/2006
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CURIOUS GEORGE (HDNET KIDSCENE)
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS - THEATRICAL DIVISION
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - The Man in the Yellow Hat must keep a close eye on his adorable and very inquisitive monkey that often, yet unintentionally, gets in trouble.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - coming soon

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm
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GREATEST GAME EVER PLAYED, THE (HDNET)       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
HDNET MOVIES LLC
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 12-18
Topic - Family
Description - Based on the true story of Francis Ouimet, an underdog that never gave up on his dreams, who became the unlikely champion of the 1913 US Open.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - coming soon
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I really enjoyed this film. It's based on the true story of Francis Ouilmet, the champion of the 1913 US Open. He's pretty much a normal guy except that he has an amazing talent for golf. However, he's a caddy at a local golf club, so nobody thinks he can do anything. Through a lot of hard work and perseverance he gets himself a spot in the US Open. The beginning is very slow but at the end, my dad and I were sitting on the edge of our seats. The movie shows the ball rolling and rolling, Ahhhh! It is really strange because we were having these big reactions over something that we knew how it would turn out and that says something about the workmanship of the film. I really like the film aspects and one in particular shot really sticks in my head. The guy swings and the ball goes flying. You fly along with the ball and then you actually go through the ball and you get to see what is inside the ball, which is a little disconcerting, and then you're seeing things from the point of view of the ball. It's very strange and very cool. I'd say this is appropriate for ages 8 to 14 and I give this a four out of five stars. Review by Sam Connan, Age 13, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 120 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD


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

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

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 3-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: TV
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FROZEN

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WALT DISNEY ANIMATED STUDIOS
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 5-12 ANIMATED
Topic - Family
Description - Anna, a fearless optimist, sets off on an epic journey - teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven - to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom. From the outside Anna's sister, Elsa looks poised, regal and reserved, but in reality, she lives in fear as she wrestles with a mighty secret-she was born with the power to create ice and snow. It's a beautiful ability, but also extremely dangerous. Haunted by the moment her magic nearly killed her younger sister Anna, Elsa has isolated herself, spending every waking minute trying to suppress her growing powers. Her mounting emotions trigger the magic, accidentally setting off an eternal winter that she can't stop. She fears she's becoming a monster and that no one, not even her sister, can help her.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I loved this film. It takes the classic tale by Hans Christian Anderson and updates it with state-of-the-art 3D animation that truly is magnificent. The ice castle created by Elsa, aka The Snow Queen, is an elaborate form of imagery that exudes elegance. The tale takes a creative leap from the original but still centers on the struggle between good and evil and, in the end, we learn how love overcomes the most dire circumstances. There are some scenes which may be too frightening to your younger viewers such as the giant snow monster the Queen creates to guard her castle. But, for the most part, this is a tale to be shared with your younger children and even pre-teens will enjoy it - particularly the imagery.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I expected the movie to be kind of like "Tangled" with a main plot and a long, long quest. Well... I was almost right. "Frozen" is a great movie the whole family should see!

The movie has so much to love - comedy, romance, adventure, suspense, thrillers, fantasy and so, so much more. It also teaches us a valuable lesson of not being afraid to show who we are and put our "powers" to a good use.

The fun starts when two young royal sisters get into an accident. One has a magical power to summon ice. The magical girl hits her little sister, Anna. She lives but, has no memory of the magic and does not see her sister for many years. When Anna finally gets to see her sister, it turns into a tragedy.

The animation is so adorable and fitting for the actors. They play the voices very well. The two sisters, Anna (Kristen Bell) and Elsa (Idina Menzel) sound so much alike. The other actors, like Josh Gad do fantastic as well. The film flows very nicely too. The graphics and animation look unbelievably real.

My favorite scene is when Elsa (the one with powers) runs away and builds her own ice castle. She is also my favorite character because she tries to protect her sister, but keeps messing up at it. The castle is built very nicely and it shows her true powers of being the "Snow Queen." I wouldn't mind living in a castle like that myself, if you know what I mean.

Since the movie is so kind, bright and educational, I recommend it to ages 4-18 and give it 5 out of 5 stars.

Gerry Orz, age 11, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

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


SHAME AND GLASSES

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SHAME AND GLASSES
ALESSANDRO RICONDA
Series: SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Mirko has to face his worst fear: wearing glasses. That is the only way to do his school test, but what would happen if the little girl he is secretly in love with could see him?
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This film has positive messages for kids because it not only quickly shows that you should be yourself, it also shows that wearing glasses is not something to feel shame over. The boy in the film is so afraid that the girl next to him will not like him that he doesn't put his glasses on in class to do his test. He finds out at the end that was a silly thing to do and also that the girls wears glasses as well. It is realistic and has visual appeal and would be a nice addition to a film festival. It's well shot, with adorable close ups of the boy's face as he deals with his dilemma.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This film warmed my heart so much that it brought me to realize I had been smiling for a while and I hadn't even noticed. The boy in the film is very cute, and in the 5 or so minutes that the movie occurs, I found myself becoming charmed by him.

This silent film revolves around a young boy who is embarrassed by the fact that he wears glasses. It takes place in a classroom, and the boy is so insecure that the girl he has a crush on will dislike him if he wears them that he doesn't put them on. The film shows him with his dilemma of being unable to read his test due to poor vision but not wanting to look unattractive to the girl.

My favorite part occurs about a minute and a half into the film, where the boy imagines his crush laughing at him when he puts on his glasses. This part was extremely adorable to me, because it shows the boy's overwhelming paranoia about his appearance and shows that he cares a lot about what the girl thinks of him.

Mirko Talon plays as the young male protagonist that the film revolves around, and his performance is well done. He portrays his self-conscious character as if the person is actually facing the problem in real life, and even though Talon is young, his acting does not look fake in any way; it looks authentic and realistic.

This film sends a theme to young children that it is okay to appear different than others. In fact, these little nuances are what make each individual unique. Children should not be afraid to be judged by others, because other people will accept them just the way they are. I, too, have this predicament, because I feel like if I stand out or look different from the crowd, I will be mocked or laughed at. However, this film shows that it is silly to have these concerns and being different is beautiful.

The music adds emotion and creates a feeling in the audience members that would otherwise not be felt due to the lack of dialogue in the film. The music is instrumental, and well chosen, because at the climactic moments of the film, it is intense; likewise, at calm moments, the music is light and peaceful. The shots and filming are also very well done, with great close ups of the young boy and angles that bring the movie to appear realistic and natural.

This mini movie definitely meets the KIDS FILM! criteria and would suit children from elementary school up to high school. There is no violence, inappropriate language, or anything vulgar for people of youth. All kids would enjoy it, but the audience that would love it most would most likely be girls ages 8-12. Young girls tend to be keen on short, cute films such as this one, but the film would be delightful for other ages and boys as well.

I would give the movie a four out of 5 star rating, due to its simplistic nature and positive message for children. "Shame and Glasses" is a film that is excellent for all children to watch. Reviewed by Carissa P, age 15.
Runtime: 7 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Video and DVD


FREE BIRDS

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RELATIVITY MEDIA
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks must put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history - and get turkey off the holiday menu for good. Starring Woody Harrelson, Owen Wilson, Amy Poehler, George Takei, and Kaitlyn Maher.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - coming soon
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - You should think twice before you eat that Thanksgiving turkey this year! Especially after you watch the movie, "Free Birds"! This is a wonderful animated comedy, packed with lots of action and adventure. Two turkeys team up to travel back in time to try to take turkey off the Thanksgiving menu for good. If this doesn't sound funny enough, these two turkeys have nothing in common with each other, argue constantly, and run into some hilarious situations when they travel back to pilgrim days.

In order to change the course of history, the turkeys, Reggie (Owen Wilson) and Jake (Woody Harrelson), must first learn to get along and put aside their differences. Reggie is a smart, although a rather lazy and weak turkey, while Jake is a strong and brave turkey, but very dumb. This duo makes for some great comedy! Then a female turkey that Reggie has a crush on makes it even funnier! This role of Jenny is voiced by the very funny Amy Poehler, which could not have been cast any better.

The director, Jimmy Hayward, also directed "Horton Hears a Who!" He is also known for his work on "Finding Nemo," "Toy Story," "Monsters Inc.," and many more great animated hits. The soundtrack for "Free Birds" is also great.

My favorite scene in this movie is when Jake rescues a bunch of baby turkeys, chicks, from a blazing fire. These adorable, tiny puffballs are clinging to his feathers, and looking up at this massive hero with huge eyes. It is just too cute!

"Free Birds" is a family movie that is great for all ages. I give this movie 5 out of 5 stars. So don't miss out! Go see this movie when it opens at theaters near you on Nov. 3rd. Reviewed by Molly Jackson, age 11, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-15
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


PETE'S CHRISTMAS

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ARCLIGHT STUDIOS
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - An overlooked middle child finds himself in the unexpected spotlight when he realizes his family's terrible Christmas day keeps repeating. As the only one experiencing the day over and over, he decides to use his unique gift to give the holidays a makeover and his family a Christmas they will never forget. Starring Bailee Madison, Zachary Gordon, Bruce Dern, Molly Parker.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This film begins with the family celebrating Christmas and the middle son keeps getting blamed for all the day's mishaps. Christmas is pretty much a disaster for the family and Pete is the only one who realizes that the day is being repeated over and over. As the film progresses, Pete develops a relationship with his grandfather and discovers the importance of appreciateing what you have and the ultimate lesson - that life is not what you get but what you put into it. It definitely has a feel good, happy ending. Pete grows and changes as the film progresses. He begins to realize and appreciate his different family members. The magical aspect of reliving the same day over and over and seeing the changes that happen as Pete begins to understand that he has some control over his life is compelling. It is well produced with colorful sets and settings depicting the storybook look of Christmas. There is no menu for chapter selection but one can rewind or go fast forward easily. Overall, it's a delightful holiday film that families will enjoy watching together.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is a uplifting, coming of age film. The story is about Pete (Zachary Gordon) a middle child who has the worst Christmas ever. He wakes up the next day and realizes...it's Christmas day again and again and again... Will Pete fix Christmas and have the best day of his life or will he be stuck in the same day forever?

What I love about this film is the cinematography. The Christmas decorations and snow look amazing. The sets create a great atmosphere for the film. I also like the story. At first it seems clich� - boy has a bad day and has a chance to fix it - standard issue. However, the pacing is different. Instead of it being just a few days of Pete reliving the same day, it feels like months before he realizes that he can affect the outcome of his Christmas. At first I didn't like this, but once I thought out it as a coming of age film I accepted the change. One think that distracted me is the writing. Don't get me wrong, the dialog is fine. I just felt the set-up for the story to be a bit rushed. The writers want the story to go a certain way and force it by placing the pieces together instead of allowing the characters to live through this situation.

My favorite character is Grandpa (Bruce Dern). He's a grumpy man who doesn't want to get the cold shoulder this Christmas. I love how Bruce plays this role, how he wants to spend time with family. Sadly he wants Christmas to be like his deceased wife's Christmases. In his mind, the family doesn't celebrate it right.

My favorite scene is when Pete tells his dad why Grandpa judges their Christmas. I pick this scene for one reason - the reaction on the father's face. He takes his time to roll through all the emotions and it's just perfect.

The moral here is, "It's not what you put in the box that matters. It's what you take out." No matter how much Pete recreates Christmas and gets what he wants, he stills feels that something is missing, something that is important in Christmas. Giving!

I rate this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to 6 to 15-year-olds. Younger kids can enjoy the funny moments and the merriness. When you get a little bit older, you know the story is predictable but it is still a movie to get you into the Christmas spirit.

Reviewed by Keefer Blakeslee, age 13, KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions

This movie is definitely a great holiday movie and a very loving movie at that! It has so much comedy and a lot of other elements too. "Pete's Christmas" is a movie the entire family just must see.

This movie has so much to love about it as well as many things to enjoy. It has comedy, romance, thrilling scenes, adventure, a heartwarming story and so much more.

The adventure begins when a young boy (Zachary Gordon) has a horrible, horrible Christmas. We are talking about no presents, no home cooked meal, getting beat up and a lot of other crazy stuff. His grandfather gives him a box and leaves. When he goes to bed, he wakes up on Christmas morning again.

The movie had very nice actors that play the emotions very well. You would never think they were acting. The directing is very smooth and clear. The camera work is also very nicely done. Overall, it is an amazing and very cool film.

My favorite scene has to be when the boy wakes up and thinks everyone is playing a big prank on him. It's very funny and very, well, confusing too. It makes you want give him a hug.

I recommend it for kids ages 5 to 18 and give it 5 out of 5 stars.

Reviewed by Gerry Orz, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11

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


OHMIES: MORNING WISH GARDEN, THE

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

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

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INCREDIBLE FLEXIBLE YOU, THE
SUNDANCE MUSIC
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 5-8
Topic - Family
Description - Catch, fun songs from the 3-time GRAMMY-winning pioneer of children's music (created in tandem w/the groundbreaking book of the same title) has special appeal to young listeners navigating the tricky waters of social interaction.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a quality produced and performed album by a celebrity of family music, Tom Chapin, and a gifted co-writer and producer/performer Phil Galdston. The energy and foresight in this project is palpable. Co-joined yet artistically separate from a book of the same name, these 12 beautifully produced and performed songs uplift the challenges that young people experience every day in regards to good choices and infusing into socialization with their peers with tools that will help and uplift them with a positive sense of self. Lovely! This album is multi-leveled: engaging music and fun songs on one level and wait, what, on another level - food for thought. The songs that keep on giving. I feel a tightrope successfully crossed that, in other hands, could have come across preachy or pushy are the antithesis of that. Intelligent lyrics. Really! Tom's vocals ride effortless atop Phil Galdston's terrific production and arrangement with a lovely mix of folk meets Beatles that I love. Recording quality is beautiful. This album addresses socialization issues and promotes cognitive thinking more so than any album that's crossed my desk in a while. Reviewed by John Wood.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This CD is great for kids ages four to seven because it teaches about getting along with others and expressing your feelings. The lyrics are appropriate and have good messages about feelings. I liked one song called "The Plan" because it explains to kids that you can do whatever you feel like doing such as reading or playing a certain game but when there is more than one of you, you need to make a plan. The lyrics are really geared to the younger audience but the tune is enjoyable for anyone.
Runtime: 35 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-8
Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.98
Media: AUDIO
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BOB'S FAVORITE SING ALONG SONGS

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

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SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - An astronaut lands on Planet 51 where he is mistaken for an alien invader by the pleasant, little green people that live there. Starring Dwayne Johnson, Jessica Biel, Justin Long, Gary Oldman and Seann William Scott.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - "Planet 51" is a really funny movie. I think the characters are really silly and cool. This movie talks about some aliens who live in a different planet: Planet 51. Planet 51 is basically a galactic sized animated alien adventure comedy based on American astronaut Captain Charles "Chuck" Baker who lands on Planet 51 thinking he's the first person to step foot on it. He later figures out that this planet is inhabited by little green people who are living in a white picket fence world reminiscent of a cheerfully innocent 1950s America and whose only fear is that it will be overrun by alien invaders - like Chuck! With the help of his robot companion "Rover" and his new friend Lem, Chuck must navigate his way through the dazzling, but bewildering, landscape of Planet 51 in order to escape becoming a permanent part of the Planet 51 Alien Invaders Space Museum.

My favorite part is when Rover is captured by the alien army for the first time. I think that is really funny and weird how Rover, the robot, is captured by the alien army.(But you have to watch the movie to find out!) I also like the beginning when it is kind of scary when out of nowhere there is a big invasion and then they completely change the subject and start showing a typical day on this Planet and start playing the song Lollipop by The Chordettes. I think it is actually a clever way to capture someone's attention. The twist in this movie is that aliens think that the humans are aliens and the humans think the aliens are aliens. That is another reason why I like this movie. There is a lot of music in this movie which really makes the action stand out.

The main characters of this film are Dwayne Johnson (Captain Charles T. Baker), Jessica Biel (Neera), Seann William Scott (Skiff) ,John Cleese (Proffesor Kibble), Justin Long (Lem), and Gary Oldman (General Grawl). My favorite character is Captain Baker because I think is a very brave captain and really funny.

I think that his task proves to be harder than expected, especially when alien General Grawl and Professor Kipple get involved. Convinced that the "humaniac" is out to take over the Planet 51 inhabitants' brains, the General and his army set out to capture Chuck. At great peril to himself, Lem continues to try and help Chuck. With the help of a few of Lem's friends and Chuck's trusty pal Rover, they just might succeed. If Chuck can put aside his grand vision of himself, he just might be able to teach the inhabitants of Planet 51 a thing or two about what lies beyond.

I recommend "Planet 51" to kids ages 5 to 12 because I think it's a very good movie for a family to watch and enjoy together. I give it 5 out of 5 stars because I loved it so much. It had comedy, friendship, action, adventure and much more.

Stacy-Love Belizaire, age 10, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 91 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Video and DVD


CELESTE SINGS, KIDS DANCE

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

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

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MAMA DONI'S JEWLISH HOLIDAY PARTY DVD/CD COMBO
MAMA DONI PRODUCTIONS
Series: AUDIO DVD/CD COMBO, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Mama Doni's "Jewish Holiday Party" is her debut DVD with a brand new bonus soulful, acoustic CD soundtrack as a bonus! From a bluegrass "Chanukah Oh Chanukah" medley sing-along to a fun instructional "Making Challah with Mama Doni" video throwdown in the kitchen, this DVD celebrates Chanukah, Passover and Shabbat like never before. Join Doni as she sings and dances through the holidays. Party along at home with helpful how-to's for making mouth-watering matzo pizza, sizzling latkes and other scrumptious surprises! The exciting new soundtrack features 12 original acoustic versions of classic Jewish favorites by Doni Zasloff and guitarist Eric Lindberg.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a upbeat introduction to the Jewish holidays. Mama Doni talks about the three main holidays in the Jewish culture - Chanukah, Passover, and Shabbat. She teaches you about them through fun energy-filled country dances and songs.

What I like about the DVD is its informative lessons. Doni warmheartedly explains why people celebrate the holidays. She says, "Chanukah allows us to celebrate what we are grateful for in our lives" and teaches us to never loose hope. During Chanukah, a game called "dreidel" is played with your friends. Doni tells you how to play it, step by step. I also love the "how to" cooking parts. This is when food lovers can get into the kitchen and learn how to make Jewish foods such as from latkes (fried potato pancakes) and matzo pizza. She tells exactly what you need and how much, except how long to cook it. The food looked so good I think I may make some. The music it is upbeat, catchy and it may be the only time you hear country music mixed with Jewish lyrics. What makes it even more fantastic is the musical accompaniment by Eric Lindberg. He's a wonderful guitar and banjo player. One little issue that I have is that all the lyrics for the beautiful songs like Dayenu, Bim Bam, and Lecha Dodi are all in the Jewish language. Subtitles in English would be a great improvement. I have no idea what they are singing about.

My favorite part is when Doni shows how to make challah - a braided bread you make on Shabbat. I -love bread! The smell, the taste - I go nuts for it. I was so excited that I wrote down the ingredients and plan to make it.

Mama Doni is a beautiful singer and has personality plus. You can tell she's really passionate about the Jewish holidays and loves sharing them with us.

The moral is "try new things." Whether you participate in the Jewish culture or not, you can still enjoy learning about a new way to celebrate with friends and family. You can make new foods or play new games as long as it's with the people you love.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars and recommend this to 5 to 12 year olds. For this age group, this is a great introduction on how Jewish holidays are celebrated and why.

Keefer C. Blakeslee, Age 13, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

Do you know what Chanukah, Passover and Shabbat are? Whether or not you do, you'll have a blast watching Mama Doni in this very fun three-episode Holiday Party DVD.

This DVD is great for when you want to celebrate a Jewish holiday but you don't know how. She tells you everything you need to know about getting into the holiday spirit - the Jewish Holiday Spirit, as she takes you through the Winter Holiday of Chanukah, the spring holiday of Passover and the weekly holiday of Shabbat.

The main character, of course, is Mama Doni. She has many friends, young and old, that pop in throughout the show. But she is the star! We learn about all three holidays thru some new takes on old Jewish songs as well as some new songs. They were all upbeat and fun to listen to. She also tells many great stories as she guides us through her kitchen and shares some wonderful recipes on classic dishes like Latkes, Challah Bread and a new one I wouldn't call an old classic but something that I sure want to try - Matzo Pizza!

My 8-year-old sister and I were so inspired that we made the Challah Bread and the Latkes right away. They were both very delicious!

I like the lighting and how it compliments Mama Doni's face. She is such an energetic and appealing host. With all the movement going on, the camera man does a great job by giving us clear and steady shots. I also enjoyed the editing because it isn't too fast or too slow and I like seeing Mama Doni in different settings and outfits.

I think what this film teaches families is that celebrating holidays is fun even if it is not your practiced religion. I'd even say these three episodes have nothing to do with religion at all as it celebrates the Jewish Culture and not whose God you believe in.

I give this show 5 out of 5 stars because it is lively and there is never a dull moment.

I think this film is appropriate for all ages because you can watch these three episodes and learn new interesting stuff with your family that you have never experienced before.

Mama Doni's Jewish Holiday Party is now available on DVD. Reviewed by Canela Roey, age 11, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is a upbeat introduction to the Jewish holidays. Mama Doni talks about the three main holidays in the Jewish culture - Chanukah, Passover, and Shabbat. She teaches you about them through fun energy-filled country dances and songs.

What I like about the DVD is its informative lessons. Doni warmheartedly explains why people celebrate the holidays. She says, "Chanukah allows us to celebrate what we are grateful for in our lives" and teaches us to never loose hope. During Chanukah, a game called "dreidel" is played with your friends. Doni tells you how to play it, step by step. I also love the "how to" cooking parts. This is when food lovers can get into the kitchen and learn how to make Jewish foods such as from latkes (fried potato pancakes) and matzo pizza. She tells exactly what you need and how much, except how long to cook it. The food looked so good I think I may make some. The music it is upbeat, catchy and it may be the only time you hear country music mixed with Jewish lyrics. What makes it even more fantastic is the musical accompaniment by Eric Lindberg. He's a wonderful guitar and banjo player. One little issue that I have is that all the lyrics for the beautiful songs like Dayenu, Bim Bam, and Lecha Dodi are all in the Jewish language. Subtitles in English would be a great improvement. I have no idea what they are singing about.

My favorite part is when Doni shows how to make challah - a braided bread you make on Shabbat. I -love bread! The smell, the taste - I go nuts for it. I was so excited that I wrote down the ingredients and plan to make it.

Mama Doni is a beautiful singer and has personality plus. You can tell she's really passionate about the Jewish holidays and loves sharing them with us.

The moral is "try new things." Whether you participate in the Jewish culture or not, you can still enjoy learning about a new way to celebrate with friends and family. You can make new foods or play new games as long as it's with the people you love.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars and recommend this to 5 to 12 year olds. For this age group, this is a great introduction on how Jewish holidays are celebrated and why.

Keefer C. Blakeslee, Age 13, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

Out of all the movies I've seen, this one was the most unique. It's not a movie about a fiction story or a documentary. It is, in fact, almost like an activity movie! "Jewish holiday Party" is a great way to learn how to celebrate Jewish holidays!

This movie has comedy, wonderful music and ...some yummy recipes and traditions for all the Jewish holidays! This movie also tells the story of how each holiday came to exist and history behind each one.

Technically there is not story line. However, the video is broken into mini episodes with different holidays - Passover, Chanukah, Rosh Hashanah (Jewish new years) and so much more! It's very educational!

Since I'm Jewish this movie appeals to me greatly. A lot of those traditions and recipes are frequent visitors in my house. The facts are quite accurate with a few minor items that can be left to interpretation but still have the main point of each exciting day or days. The actors are great and the camera work is very clear as well. One small thing I felt was missing was focus. On some occasions, the focus of the camera was not on the item that was important at that moment. But, I still think that it teaches you a lot about the Jewish holidays.

My favorite scene is when everyone thinks that something called "gelts" are real money. (They are chocolate coins used in a game called "dreidel"). They are all very confused and it's pretty funny!

I recommend this movie for ages 5-18 because it's definitely meant for kids. I give it 4 out of 5 stars because I think it could have been more clear.

Gerry Orz, age 11, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

Do you know what Chanukah, Passover and Shabbat are? Whether or not you do, you'll have a blast watching Mama Doni in this very fun three-episode Holiday Party DVD.

This DVD is great for when you want to celebrate a Jewish holiday but you don't know how. She tells you everything you need to know about getting into the holiday spirit - the Jewish Holiday Spirit, as she takes you through the Winter Holiday of Chanukah, the spring holiday of Passover and the weekly holiday of Shabbat.

The main character, of course, is Mama Doni. She has many friends, young and old, that pop in throughout the show. But she is the star! We learn about all three holidays thru some new takes on old Jewish songs as well as some new songs. They were all upbeat and fun to listen to. She also tells many great stories as she guides us through her kitchen and shares some wonderful recipes on classic dishes like Latkes, Challah Bread and a new one I wouldn't call an old classic but something that I sure want to try - Matzo Pizza!

My 8-year-old sister and I were so inspired that we made the Challah Bread and the Latkes right away. They were both very delicious!

I like the lighting and how it compliments Mama Doni's face. She is such an energetic and appealing host. With all the movement going on, the camera man does a great job by giving us clear and steady shots. I also enjoyed the editing because it isn't too fast or too slow and I like seeing Mama Doni in different settings and outfits.

I think what this film teaches families is that celebrating holidays is fun even if it is not your practiced religion. I'd even say these three episodes have nothing to do with religion at all as it celebrates the Jewish Culture and not whose God you believe in.

I give this show 5 out of 5 stars because it is lively and there is never a dull moment.

I think this film is appropriate for all ages because you can watch these three episodes and learn new interesting stuff with your family that you have never experienced before.

Mama Doni's Jewish Holiday Party is now available on DVD. Reviewed by Canela Roey, age 11, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 64 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 19.95
Media: DVD
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COCOA!

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


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

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LITTLE MERMAID, SECOND SCREEN LIVE
WALT DISNEY STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - With unforgettable characters, thrilling adventures, soaring Academy Award�-winning music (1989: Best Music, Original Score, and Best Music, Original Song, "Under The Sea"), The Little Mermaid is one of the most celebrated animated films of all time. Now spectacularly transformed for the first time on Blu-ray with digitally restored picture and brilliant high-definition sound! Venture under the sea where Ariel, a free-spirited mermaid princess, longs to be part of the human world. After bravely striking a bargain with Ursula, a sneaky sea witch, Ariel embarks on the adventure of a lifetime. With Flounder and Sebastian at her side, Ariel will need all of her courage and determination to make things right in both her worlds. Bring your ipad with you to the movie. Interact with the film - play games, sing along, find surprises and compete with the audience.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - "The Little Mermaid" just got a little bit cooler. If you want to see how, then you're going to need to listen up.

"Little Mermaid Second Screen Live" is a new App that you can get on your iPad or iPad Mini. It allows you to interact with the movie on the big screen. The way it works is you bring an ipad and on the movie screen directions will pop up and tell you when the next game or sing alongs will begin on your Ipad. So instead of just one screen, you have two!

"The Little Mermaid" is, of course, a movie about a young mermaid named Ariel who falls in love with a human but is forbidden to go up to the surface (or at least, that's what her father the King says).

And now, we can experience all of this on our iPad at the same time.

One of the best things about "The Little Mermaid" is the songs. With the interactive App, I have a sing-a-long at my fingertips for some of my favorite Little Mermaid songs like "Kiss the Girl" and "Under the Sea." And when there's not singing, I can do mazes, uncover puzzles, and play trivia games that take you anywhere inside Ariel's world as the movie unfolds.

My favorite part of this Cinema/App Combo is interacting with the movie by playing games to earn treasure (points). If you get the most points, you get a special prize. I really like the games; but also, it doesn't take away from the magic of the movie itself - and that's a good thing considering I was watching a classic.

"The Little Mermaid" App definitely makes for a better repeat viewing. For example, I've already seen this movie many times, obviously; but now, with the App, it's as if I was a seeing a great film from a totally new perspective.

I think all ages will like "The Little Mermaid Second Screen Live" because instead of just watching a "little kids" movie you get to play games and sing-a-long with the action.

I rate this Movie/App five out of five stars because this is a very clever way to watch a movie and kids of all ages (and adults too) will really enjoy it just as much as me.

"The Little Mermaid Second Screen Live" is out in exclusive theaters now. Reviewed by Canella R., age 11, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 83 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 49.99
Media: DVD
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CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2

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SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Flint Lockwood now works at The Live Corp Company for his idol Chester V. But he's forced to leave his post when he learns that his most infamous machine is still operational and is churning out menacing food-animal hybrids. Starring Bill Hader, Anna Faris, Will Forte, Neil Patrick Harris and James Caan. Directed by Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn.
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KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm
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GIGGLEBELLIES SWEET SONGS & LULLABIES

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

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


FRED'S BACK

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


WIZARD OF OZ, THE(75TH ANNIVERSRY)

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WARNER BRO. HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Topic - Family
Description - When it was released during Hollywood's golden year of 1939, The Wizard of Oz didn't start out as the perennial classic it has since become. The film did respectable business, but it wasn't until its debut on television that this family favorite saw its popularity soar. And while Oz's TV broadcasts are now controlled by media mogul Ted Turner (who owns the rights), the advent of home video has made this lively musical a mainstay in the staple diet of great American films. Young Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland), her dog, Toto, and her three companions on the yellow brick road to Oz--the Tin Man (Jack Haley), the Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr), and the Scarecrow (Ray Bolger)--have become pop-culture icons and central figures in the legacy of fantasy for children. As the Wicked Witch who covets Dorothy's enchanted ruby slippers, Margaret Hamilton has had the singular honor of scaring the wits out of children for more than six decades. The film's still as fresh, frightening, and funny as it was when first released. It may take some liberal detours from the original story by L. Frank Baum, but it's loyal to the Baum legacy while charting its own course as a spectacular film. Shot in glorious Technicolor, befitting its dynamic production design (Munchkinland alone is a psychedelic explosion of color and decor), The Wizard of Oz may not appeal to every taste as the years go by, but it's required viewing for kids of all ages.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - In celebration of its 75th anniversary, the original film has been digitally re-mastered and is being released theatrically in 3D IMAX as well as direct to DVD/Blu-ray. What a delight to watch this timeless classic about courage, love, brains, family and adventure. Though the special effects are a bit hokey, this story is as appealing today as when the film was first released. The Wicked Witch is still scary, Judy is still charming, The Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion still capture our hearts. And, of course, Judy Garland's singing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" remains firmly imbedded in the memory of every adult viewer and will become so for children new to the story as well. Could lead to discussion about society, make-believe versus reality, and idea of "home." Has value for repeat viewing. Great for entire family.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This movie is an old time favorite. I have always loved this movie and it is redone really well. It is really heartwarming. This movie is re-mastered in 3D and is pretty cool. Personally, I think that the movie is better without the 3D. It is still amazing but overall I think the 3D doesn't enhance the movie like I expected.

This movie is all about a girl named Dorothy who is trapped in the world of Oz where see meets some new people including the Tin Man, the Lion and the Scarecrow. They all want and need something from the Great Wizard of Oz. The Tin Man wants a heart. The Scarecrow wants a brain. The Lion wants courage and Dorothy just wants to go back home to Kansas and her family. Dorothy meets a lot of people in Oz, some good and some bad.

The main characters in this movie are Dorothy, Toto her dog, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, the Lion, Glinda, the good witch and the wicked witch of the west. My favorite character is the Lion because he is always so afraid. He is fearful for Dorothy and of all the things around him. In spite of that, he will do whatever it takes to help get Dorothy home - courage or not.

My favorite part in this movie is when they are all meeting with the Wizard of Oz. After the Wizard sends them away to kill the wicked witch of the west, the lion is so scared he runs down the hall and jumps right through a window and smashes right through it. It is really funny because that is a crazy thing to do just because you so scared.

I recommend this movie for all ages because it is a great classic film and it is so amazing. Kids and parents alike will love seeing this movie on the big screen again. Go out and see this movie in theaters on September 20th. Reviewed by Anthony A, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11.
Runtime: 101 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-18
Suggested Retail Price: $ 16.95
Media: AUDIO
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