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THE EMOJI MOVIE

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SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT
Series: FEATURE 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - The Emoji Movie - Exhilarating Storyline, Wonderful Cast, Colorful Animation and More
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The Emoji Movie is a kid-friendly fun and exciting film for people of all ages to enjoy and connect with. I love how the world of emojis in smartphone relates to the human world throughout the film. It gives the audience a way to identify with the characters and the plot. Families will definitely enjoy this amusing motion film and may even learn from it.

Alex's (Jake T Austin) smartphone is home to all of the emojis. Each has its own facial expression except for Gene (TJ Miller). Gene struggles with being an emoji with multiple expressions and is determined to become normal like all of the other emojis. Gene asks for help from his new best friends, Hi-5 (James Corden) and Jailbreak (Anna Faris), a popular code breaker. During their epic adventure, the three face great danger and conflict with other characters. Join them on their experience.

I enjoyed every aspect of this film, but my favorite scene is when Gene realizes his uniqueness from the other emojis. Alex is having phone troubles and is on the verge of getting it fixed, which means the end for all things emojis. Gene steps in to make sure that doesn't happen, which is a perk since he recognizes his worth. This scene sends a powerful message for kids to learn about liking themselves and recognizing their importance in the world.The overall message of the film is to learn to accept who you are, no matter what others think of you. In the beginning, Gene has trouble figuring out who he is and why he isn't like the rest. That leads him to wanting to be normal. Fortunately, Gene later realizes who he is, with a little help from his friends, and finally accepts himself. Kids and even adults can learn a lesson from this and apply it to their lives by building up their own self confidence.

I recommend this film for ages 5 to 18. There are scenes that tweens and teens can enjoy, but it also contains some scenes are suitable for 5 to 13 year olds. Adults will most likely enjoy this as well. It really is a film that the whole family will get a kick out of.

I rate The Emoji Movie 4 out of 5 because of its exhilarating storyline, wonderful cast, colorful animation and overall message. The Emoji Movie opens on July 28th, 2017 so, be sure to check it out so you can laugh along with the characters and enjoy it as much as I did.

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-13
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


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CONNECTED: THE FUTURE
ANGELA VAULT
Series: DOCUMENTARY, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Two years ago, Alexa Payesko created 'Connected', a documentary about four adorable seven and eight year-old girls who discuss what technology means in their lives. The charming, funny, future rock stars, artists, and teachers explain how iPhones, iPads, and LeapPads inform and dominate their lives. Now, two years later, and two years older, Alexa went back to find how their views on technology have changed. 'Connected: The Future' looks at each girl to see if they are really connected with their technology. They all love their selfies, but as one girl noted in 'Connected', "too much technology isn't good for the brain." Is that how they still feel?
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Connected: The Future is a documentary film about four ten year old girls who compare how technology in their lives in present time versus when they were eight years old. Something that I found interesting, and many viewers will too, was the fact that eight year olds now text and Face Time on their cell phones. When I was eight, I had an iPod that I couldn't text on. I was one of the more fortunate people, as a lot of my friends didn't even have iPods. It is crazy to see how the times have changed. Another thing that many people will find interesting is the fact that the young girls noticed how often their mothers went onto technology and how obsessed they are. My only complaint with the film was that the way the girls use technology didn't change drastically in two years, yet it was still intriguing to see how technology affected these four totally different girls. For these reasons, I think it would make a good addition to the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. Recommended for ages 5-12. 3.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Ella L. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
Runtime: 13 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


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FREESTYLE
ANTHONY WILLIAMS
Series: SHORT, AGES 5-18
Topic - Family
Description - Opposite's attract. A playful 2D pup encounters a curious new toy, a 3D basketball that unfortunately has a mind (and stomach) of it's own... .
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a fun short film that explores a very cute dog fantasy. It is entertaining to watch, although I wish it was longer because it feels as if something is missing. The animation is very well done. The dog is done in 2D animation and, when it moves you sometimes see the drawing lines which seems odd, but is shockingly charming. The music and sound effects are minimal and get the point across. It flows well and will project nicely on the big screen. Kids will love it! I recommend this for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. It is perfect for the festival kind of environment. A child would enjoy this. Dogs are a strong subject for children. I recommend it for ages 4 to 11 and give it 5 out of 5 stars.
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Runtime: 4 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


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BEST FRIEND
CORY REEDER
Series: SHORT, AGES 6-18
Topic - Family
Description - After moving across the country a little girl finds more than a best friend when her parents let her adopt a dog.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This film touches your heart in so many ways. Moving cross country can be an emotionally traumatic experience for young children and, this film addresses that straight on. Additionally, the young actress who plays the protagonist has Down Syndrome and plays her role unbelievably well. There are some surprises when the family goes to pick out a rescue dog and meet another family that has also just moved. Can't tell you the ending but, let's just say it is heartfelt and honestly encouraging. A big recommendation for a family film festival.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Wonderful film! It deals with a child moving and turns it into a very charming story. Moving is an issue many kids deal with. This is a story that I personally can relate to. I have been involved in a move so I empathize with the main character, Deirdre. The characters are very likable and relatable. I also think including a dog in a story about a kid moving is a fantastic choice. Dogs have been known who help people with emotional issues such as anxiety, depression and PTSD. They also help with loneliness associated with moving. This film is very well thought out. I like that the actress who plays the main character actually has Down Syndrome. It's rare to see this condition represented in media and this is a remarkable step forward. The disabled representation doesn't stop there, as the dog chosen by Deirdre's friend, Alvie, has wheels attached to him. Another thing I like about this film is how the kids' parents end up becoming friends. The four of them end up having very entertaining reactions that are very believable. This film flows very well and is easy to watch. The cinematography is very appealing and it has a very charming story. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 6 to 18. Reviewed by Calista B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 7 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 6-18
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Media: VIDEO


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


AUDUBON

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AUDUBON
PBS DISTRIBUTION
Series: DOCUMENTARY, AGES 12 - 18
Topic - Family
Description - Naturalist and 19th century painter, John James Audubon was one of the most remarkable men of early America. The program brings to life his timeless paintings with dazzling footage of the living birds he immortalized - and celebrates visually the natural world he described in his writings. Interviews reveal the man, explore his art, and put his groundbreaking work in modern perspective.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This documentary gives an in-depth history of the life of John James Audubon. There are many examples of his beautiful works of art, maps charting his journey from Haiti to America and excerpts from the journals he kept throughout his life. This DVD offers a great way to teach anyone about John James Audubon. The art and story telling is not only beautiful and interesting, but important scientifically and in regards to American history.

The film flows well with great detail and historical accuracy. The material is easily understood and, after scientific elaborations, often a more simplified explanation is given. John James Audubon was a man of incredible talent and fortitude. He faced many challenges such as childhood abandonment, adult poverty and immigration during the 1800s. The film wonderfully details not only his countless contributions to art, science and conservation, but the challenges he faced and surpassed are an equally important part of his story. This film will prompt many questions regarding many topics! Throughout it, Audubon's travels are documented on a virtual map. The map brings about questions regarding geography, immigration, cultural differences, animal species of North America and many other topics that appeal to many age groups.

The film has great visual appeal. It is filmed in locations where Audubon painted and, throughout it, these works are shown in all their glory. Selections of Audubon's original journal entries are seen for the first time in this film as well. The cover of the DVD and the CD have iconic Audubon images titled "Wild Turkey" and "The Great Horned Owl". This offers the option of viewing the 90 minute theatrical version or the 60 minute broadcast version. English subtitles are available. Scene selection is not available, but you can pause, rewind or fast forward as necessary.

Audubon is such a great film about the life and contributions of John James Audubon. His struggle and journey as a Haitian immigrant to the United States of America is inspiring. The paintings he created forever immortalized the subjects (some of which are now extinct) and the research he did ultimately led to our nation's first conservation organization. This film will prompt many questions regarding many topics including birds, painting, hiking and travel, American history in the early 1800s and more. The message of this film is in its detailed historical look at the life and contributions of John James Audubon to art, science and Conservation.

I give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 8 to 18, plus adults. Audubon will be available on DVD June 20, 2017. Reviewed by Eli B., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 150 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $ 17.99
Media: DVD
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DINOSAUR TRAIN: DINOSAURS TAKE FLIGHT

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DINOSAUR TRAIN: DINOSAURS TAKE FLIGHT
PBS DISTRIBUTION
Series: DVD AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - Join the Pteranodon family on high-flying adventures! In four of the eight dino-mite stories on this DVD, take to the sky with Buddy and his family as they ride in Dinosaur Train Industry's newest creation the Dinosaur Train Zeppelin. As they soar above the clouds, the Pteranodon family visits a waterfall, explores a crater made by an asteroid, and more!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This DVD has a good balance of entertainment and educational elements for kids ages 4 to 6. Because the characters sound like kids and, for the most part, behave like kids too, I feel that the characters are engaging, and relatable. The wow factor for a kid, especially boys, is that the dinosaur characters ride a train and zeppelin. The conductor character is silly and engaging and I'm sure kids watching look forward to seeing the conductor. The storylines clearly aim to educate its audience about dinosaur, paleontology, natural science, natural history and positive social behaviors. I think it is great that one of the brothers from the pack looks different, as it gives the audience a good introduction to inclusion and diversity. The character designs are adorable and the use of bright colors appeals to its intended audience. I also enjoyed the songs and the relationship between the kids and their parents. Overall a great show!
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Runtime: 120 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-6
Suggested Retail Price: $ 6.71
Media: DVD
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NOT ONE OF US
BILL JARCHO
Series: INDEPENDENT SHORT, AGES 10-18
Topic - Family
Description - When a small tribe of green natives are conquered by a 'superior" orange race, things go from bad to worse for everyone involved. On the surface, "Not One of Us" is a child-like fable, but ultimately it's a dark commentary about the walls that get built in the name of greed, violence, and xenophobia . This 8 min. stop motion animated film was created by Bill Jarcho and Sean Burns of Bill & Sean's Excellent Animation. The voices are all in the universal language of gibberish.

Bill Jarcho is an animation director and puppeteer living on Vashon Isl. in Washington State. In the 1980's he was co-founder and creative director of Olive Jar Studios in Boston, where they produced many of the early MTV and Nickelodeon spots, as-well-as music videos, shorts, and TV commercials. Later he worked for Will Vinton Studios in Portland Oregon where he directed episodes of the PJ's (a nationally broadcast animated series on Fox TV). In 2016 he opened Bill and Sean's Excellent Animation with long time friend and fellow animator Sean Burns.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Not One of Us is an emotionally engaging stop motion clay animation film. There is no dialogue. It is truthful and mirrors both historical and current events from the Colonization of America to Donald Trump building a wall. The orange men (symbolizing Trump, Columbus, etc.) attack the innocent multi-colored people after they gave them food and shared their talents with them. With everything going on in today's world, people will see similarities between the film and reality and will connect emotionally. Underlying themes of xenophobia, racism, and violence are sure to stir up some important conversations between parents, kids and friends. I like how this film motivates that type of conversation. However, it is not appropriate for little ones because of the violence. The claymation gives the film an aesthetically pleasing visual appeal. One thing that stands out to me in films is the soundtrack which, for a non-narrative film, is critical. I most definitely think this film deserves a space in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival and recommend it to ages 10 to 18. I give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Ella L., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
Runtime: 9 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


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OUTSIDE
LAURA NORRIS
Series: STUDENT FILM, AGES 8 TO 12
Topic - Family
Description - When a lonely little boy finds a strange creature in the woods, he must keep it a secret from his mom or risk losing his only friend.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Children will greatly enjoy this. The mischievous nature is quite fun. I love the playful nature of this animation. It brings back fantastic memories of being a kid and being fascinated by wild life, but my parents were not all that thrilled by all the new friends I brought home. The story of this short film is very relatable and full of fun bits of imagination that really feel as if it came from the mind of a child. The animation itself is lovely, with a beautiful water color background and simple animations. I really liked the whole thing, but the art is my favorite. I feel there is a great deal love in this project and the simplicity of it is quite heart warming. This story flows very well and is very watchable. The people behind this animation deserve recognition. I highly recommend this for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival and recommend it for ages 5 to 12. I give it 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 4 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


DESPICABLE ME 3

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UNIVERSAL STUDIOS - THEATRICAL DIVISION
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - After he is fired from the Anti-Villain League for failing to take down the latest bad guy to threaten humanity, Gru finds himself in the midst of a major identity crisis. But when a mysterious stranger shows up to inform Gru that he has a long-lost twin brother-a brother who desperately wishes to follow in his twin's despicable footsteps-one former super-villain will rediscover just how good it feels to be bad.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I have reviewed quite a few films for KIDS FIRST! and many of them have been memorable, fantastic additions to my media life. Despicable Me 3 has officially taken the spot as my favorite KIDS FIRST! film to review and is one of my favorite five animated movies of all time. I really liked the first two Despicable Me films, which led me to believe I would enjoy this one as well. This movie is fantastic. It is lovely to see a story with a bit of a serious side to it and one that I can relate to so thoroughly. In this film, you get your standard goofy storyline with the Minions and villains, but you also get a more in depth look at Gru's family life and how it has evolved. In the last film, Gru married Lucy and, in this film, you get to see Lucy and the girls figure out the mother/daughter dynamics. It's wonderful and very touching. Being a step-mother myself, watching this film for the first time with my step-children was a great experience. The family feeling is great and the step-parent or adopted-parent bonds seem would really help freshly blended families or give a lovely reminder to not so freshly blended families. The animation s great as always, the music is fun and engaging and the story is beyond wonderful. This film is perfect for children ages 5 to 14. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars. If you haven't seen it, you really should. It opens June 20, 2017 in theaters nationwide. By Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I love this movie! It is a funny, fast-paced film about Gru and his family discovering his charming, long-lost twin brother Dru. After Gru and Lucy lose their jobs and the Minions quit, the brothers team up against Balthezar Bratt, the new villain, while Lucy and the girls have some of their own adventures.

My favorite scene is when Gru and Dru attempt to break into Bratts' headquarters. Dru, who isn't used to the idea of a heist, continuously messes up the plan. Its laugh-out-loud funny! The long lost twin brothers are two of my favorite characters, brilliantly voiced and acted by Steve Carrell. I also love Gru's wife Lucy voiced by Kristen Wiig.

Now of course we can't forget Balthazr Bratt (Trey Parker), an old school villain determined to get revenge on Hollywood for canceling his hit TV show in the 80s. Gubble gum that blows up on impact is his choice of weapon. His purple pantsuit inspires him to break into an 80s song. You can imagine that he is a fun character and, I think he is very good addition to this movie. You want him defeated, but you enjoy thinking what he might do next. Although the good guy/bad guy element of the movie is slightly predictable, I would definitely go see it again.

The music in this film is all around great. The villain Bratt is stuck in the 80s and constantly breaks out in dance whenever there is 80s music. I know adults will remember those songs. In addition there are Pharrell Williams' awesome new songs. Illumination Studios nails it again with so much creativity, great animation and new characters to join the familiar ones. The Minions are adorable as always!

I give this film 5 out of 5 shining stars and I recommend it for ages 5 to 18 because of its laugh-out-loud, but not crude humor, creative plot twists, fabulous acting and great music. Though it's the 3rd sequel, it doesn't matter if you didn't see the previous films. It is great on its own!! Check it out when it opens June 20, 2017 in theaters nationwide.

By Katherine S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

I love this movie. It is an action-packed film that is entertaining from beginning to end! It is an excellent sequel to the two other Despicable Me films and the Minions. But to love this film, seeing the others is not required. It is great all on its own!

Despicable Me 3 picks up where Despicable Me 2 left off and takes us on an exciting new adventure. After Gru and Lucy get fired by the new boss of AVL (Anti-Villain League), the Minions want Gru to return to a life of crime. Instead, they are taken on an adventure to find Gru's long-lost twin brother Dru! Gru, Lucy and their three kids fly to his brother's house in Freedonia. As soon as they walk in, they notice Dru has an extravagant lifestyle, very different to the one they're used to, with lots of awesome vehicles.

My favorite scene is when the Minions are running from the police and end up on a television show called Sing. There are three judges waiting for them to start and, at first the Minions don't want to sing. When one Minion gets pushed to the front, he starts singing and all the others join in. Shortly after, the crowd and the judges love them. It is hilarious!

Although, I love the Minions, my favorite character is Lucy, performed brilliantly by Kristen Wiig. She is such a fun, high-spirited person and she is always the one to come in and save the day. I also think Balthazar Bratt, the new villain, is a great addition to the film. He starts out as a child actor in Hollywood until he is kicked off the show as a teen. He then thinks and acts as if he is the evil character he played on TV and starts destroying and stealing things. Gru and Dru decide to take down Balthazar Bratt and carry on their family tradition as special agents.

The animation in this film is fantastic. It allows for creativity that live action films just can't achieve. Balthazar Bratt's bubble gum guns are a great example of that, especially when they blow up Hollywood. I love how the hundreds of Minions change their expressions, their color or their clothes, especially when they change from their jail jumpsuits to their overalls.

The music is awesome. It's a fun mix of Pharrell Williams' new songs and 80s music that adults are sure to remember! this movie is very family friendly. I recommend it for ages 5 to 12. Many teens and adults will enjoy it as well. I give it 5 out of 5 stars. It's a super fun summer film that opens nationwide in theaters June 30, 2017. Go check it out. I hope you enjoy the movie.

By Madeline R., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
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MAGIC BRACELET, THE
STACY GOLDBERG
Series: SHORTS, AGES 12-18
Topic - Family
Description - Make A Film Foundation is a non-profit organization which grants film wishes to children who have serious or life-threatening medical conditions. Our current project is the short film "The Magic Bracelet". It fulfills the final wish of Rina Goldberg who passed away of Mitochondrial disease just after her 15th birthday and some of her final words to her mom were, "Promise to take care of my film.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I recommend this film for a couple reasons. The story behind the film drew me and will draw many other people in as well. That is one reason I loved it. It's a girl's story that she dreamed of putting on the big screen before she passed. And, now it is getting the chance to do just that. It is also a great story. People will love the magic and wonder in this film. They will also see familiar faces of some famous and amazing actors such as Bailee Madison (Bridge to Terabithia, Once Upon a Time), Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit, Pitch Perfect 2), Jackson Rathbone (Twilight), James Van Der Beek (Dawson's Creek), JK Simmons (Spider-Man), and Kaitlin Doubleday (Catch Me if You Can). The production quality of this film is amazing. I think people will find this appealing because Ashley, the protagonist, manages to do all the things she does, while battling mitochondrial disease. Most appealing about this film is that, even thought they use a magic bracelet, they still remind everybody that their magic comes from them. This movie flows well. It has a good back story that explains everything. This will inspire people to, as Rina Goldberg (the writer of the original story of this film) says, "Always love life, dream big, be positive." I recommend this title for playing at the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival because it is inspiring and will appeal to many types of people. I recommend it for ages 7 to 18 age and give it 5 out of 5 stars.
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Runtime: 19 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 7-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


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COMMON GROUND
SYLVIA NICOLAIDES
Series: DOCUMENTARY, AGES 8 TO 18
Topic - Family
Description - Following war in 1974, in which more than 200,000 Turkish and Greek Cypriots were displaced, the island of Cyprus has remained divided until today, separating the two communities that once lived together. The Turkish Cypriot community were made refugees fleeing to the north of the island, and the Greek Cypriots to the South, a separation with borders that remains until today. 'Common Ground' is a documentary about an art project between children of the two communities that they never actually met, but exchanged video messages between them and materials from their city, creating a communication bridge between them.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I really love this documentary, it is full of so much heart and positive thinking. The story is a warm one that I believe will make kids want to do something similar. I watched it twice, because I had to show my husband how beautiful the actions of the children in the documentary are. The world is full of so much conflict that it is wonderful to see young people creating a bond between two forcefully separated native cultures. The interviews are very well done and the camera work is very good. I would love to see a feature length documentary on this subject. It flows well and is a joy to watch. Although I believe children and adults of all ages could benefit from watching this short documentary, I recommend it for ages 9 to 18 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 19 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
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Media: VIDEO


PICNIC PERFECT

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PICNIC PERFECT
CAL THACHER
Series: STUDENT FILM, AGES 5 TO 18
Topic - Family
Description - A young girl arranges an elaborate picnic for her 92-year-old great-grandmother but for one reason or another things don't go as planned.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Recommended. I love the young actress who plays the girl. She has a wonderful sense of delivery and style. The background music is equally appealing and the young guitarist's deadpan humor is also well played. The grandmother (the director's actual great grandmother) steals the show. This is a fun multi-generational short that would fare well at a family film festival. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I found this movie to be enjoyable and charming. It is a simple film and I like that. It isn't overly complicated and is very easy to follow. This is very clearly a comedy and does a decent job as a comedy. Some moments are legitimately really funny. However, the comedy was clearly supposed to be over the top, which, sadly it didn't quite get to. While the over the top expressions are really funny, the movement is not. The girl runs flailing her arms like she's on a sugar rush and she just looks ridiculous. I don't know if she was told to flail her arms or not, but either way it looks too silly is really distracting. One thing that confuses me, is when the grandma's blindfold is lifted by the wind. Even though she is able to see, she continues to acts as if she doesn't. Unless the sunglasses imply she is blind, which makes the blindfold even more useless. The sound is the best aspect of the film because it has no dialogue. Flawed, but still enjoyable. I give it 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 18. Reviewed by Calista B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 6 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


CLIQUE TO ACCEPT

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CLIQUE TO ACCEPT
ARIN DINEEN
Series: STUDENT FILM, AGES 7 TO 18
Topic - Family
Description - Michelle is used to being excluded and bullied by the 'popular girls', but when she meets Sabrina, that all changes.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I really like the message of this film however, I found it didn't really draw me in. Excluding people is a form of bullying as this points out but it doesn't quite make a story out of it. Its seems to move along sort of in bits and pieces. We see a girl who is excluded from the clique, then befriended by one girl, then invited to sit with the clique, then she chooses not to, then the friend she made leaves the clique too to hang with her. The student actors play their roles well. I think it is just not quite ready for exposition. It needs a little tweking either in terms of editing or script in order to make it more interesting. The camera work is quite good although there are lots of shadows in the outdoor parts. The audio is clear and I like the background music. Occasionally, it's difficult to hear what people are saying. The storyline is not unique but I don't have a problem with that. I just want it tightened up a bit. I do not recommend this for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival at this time. Reviewed by Jolleen M and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 7 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 7-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


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WE CAN CHANGE
ARIN DINEEN
Series: STUDENT FILM, AGES 7 TO 18
Topic - Family
Description - A PSA about othering and taking responsibility for your actions, created by the 8th grade class at Santa Fe School for the Arts & Sciences
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I highly recommend this PSA about bullying and making someone feel bad. It gives important messages and is worth watching. The way it is presented makes sense and makes it easily watchable. It is exactly the right length. Various children discuss their experience. It's very simply made and the message is very clear. The quality of the images is good. Kids of all ages should be watching this video as they may relate to it. The film discusses the being "othered" as a verb and gives tips on how to address this issue in daily life. The part I found most interesting is how kids who have been "othered" have also "othered" others. They have not only realized that, but understand what they would do differently if put in that situation again. This film is great at introducing kids to bullying and making them understand that they are not alone. It's common and it's not their fault. This approach to bullying is quite unique and I highly recommend it as a way to increase awareness. Recommended for ages 6 to 18. Reviewed by Hanna M., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 3 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 7-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


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I CAN HELP
ARIN DINEEN
Series: STUDENT FILM, AGES 7 TO 18
Topic - Family
Description - A PSA on othering and not being a bystander, created by the 7th grade class at Santa Fe School for the Arts & Sciences.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a beautiful PSA about "othering" and gives examples of how to help someone not feel left out and because the message is given by young adults, even more impactful. It's message is worthwhile and well presented. It flows well and is watchable. The vocabulary and concepts are suitable for grade school, middle school and high school aged kids. The cinematography is well executed and clear. Short films like this can influence children so they can implement what they've seen in their own lives. This video discusses what it means to be left out as we watch children discuss briefly their experiences and how to avoid doing the same to others. The production is very well done. The PSA gets the message across quickly. The characters are very easy to empathize with. I highly recommend this film for ages 6 to 18. Reviewed by Hanna M. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! jurors.
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Runtime: 3 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 7-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


ACE OF SPADES

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ACE OF SPADES
ARIN DINEEN
Series: STUDENT FILM, AGES 7 TO 18
Topic - Family
Description - When new student Riley gets drawn into conflict with the school bullies, magic might just save the day.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I highly recommend this student film. It takes on the issue of bullying in an interesting way. The story is well done, especially the ending. The children who watched this found it engaging and liked the story. The beginning is a little bit slow, but the story flows well, makes sense and is easily watchable. The film is great for teaching about bullying and being "othered". It's easy to empathize with the main character Riley and his nerdy friend. The bullies are really mean. I give credit to the student actors for commendable performances. The message is clear and the film is entertaining. Kids will relate to this and be able to apply the concepts in their own lives. I highly recommend this film for ages 5 to 18. Reviewed by Hanna M. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Jurors
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Runtime: 4 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 7-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


SNOWGIRL

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SNOWGIRL
ILINA PERIANOVA
Series: ENVIRONMENTAL FILM
Topic - Family
Description - A mysterious girl appears in the lives of an elderly childless couple and a troubled young man and transforms their understanding about love and life. Loosely based on the Russian fairy tale about Snegurochka, this story is about miracles , but also about trusting the divine forces at work.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This story is very magical and extremely charming. The fact that it is based on a Russian fairy tale makes it feel simple yet effective. I love being exposed to other cultures' fairy tales and folklore, especially through film.The relationship between the girl and the elderly couple is very sweet and reminds me of loving grandparents that many of us have fond memories of. It is cool that the director implies that she comes to life from a snowman. Seeing the girl interact with objects such as mirrors and baking is very cute. The relationship between Vlad and the Snowgirl is not a typical love story relationship, which is something I particularly like about this film. The cinematography is very beautiful, maybe it's just because I'm always a sucker for snow. The acting is very good and immensely believable. The ending is beautiful and sad. It made me cry. I think this fairy tale concept is perfect as a short film and I would not change a thing. Reviewed by Calista B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic. Recommended for ages 8 to 18. 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dialogue is in Russian with English sub-titles.
Runtime: 28 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


MISS PERSONA

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


KIWI: SEASON 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SHOUT! FACTORY
Series: DVD, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - From the mind of Gwen Stefani comes the world of Kuu Kuu Harajuku! Say hello to HJ5! A super cool band made of five super cool girls! Love, Angel, Music, Baby and their inspirational leader G love to sing, dance and sport the latest kawaii fashions (Kawaii is "cute " in Harajuku speak)! With help from their loveably incompetent manager Rudie, HJ5 travels all over to put on shows for their fans! Although they are totally talented, every time they start a gig, something wild and crazy happens before they finish the first bar! I mean, it's not easy performing while you are being attacked by space aliens, adorable (and ravenous) monster pets OR hunger (you don't want to mess with Baby when she's hangry). No matter what challenges come their way, they always work together to save the day!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This program was ?co-?created by Gwen Stephani (No Doubt) and you can really tell. It's extremely girly and stylistic and the music is fantastic. It's about a band called HJ5?. It has a real cutesy Spice Girls meets My Little Pony feel to it. The girls are always running into problems while trying to do a gig. Nothing seems to go their way, but because they are such great friends they always find a way to salvage the day. There is an adorable episode called Baby's Birthday. Baby is on the girls in the band and it's fun watching the other members scrambling to make this day worthwhile for Baby. This is definitely not a program that I ?think? boys would ?particularly enjoy. There are ?no action moments?. It is all heavily focused towards girls?,? which is fine.? The music is great and ?it ?has a fun pop sound. The animation is ?quite ?good and ?the storyline flows well. I ?recommend this for ages 4 through 11 and give it 5 out 5 stars for really teaching girls to be tough and stay positive! Reviewed by Rachael Vickers, KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The adventures on this DVD are crazy and humorous! The perfect animation colors and style make this concoction a work of art that is pure genius. This is an adorable fun world full of fashion, original songs and five smart girls with problem solving skills and teamwork.

I adore the likable, optimistic characters including G (Maggie Chretien), the leader of the band HJ5 who is ready for a challenge at all times. She believes nothing is impossible. This is why she is my favorite character. Fun fact: G is supposed to be represent Gwen Stefani in encouraging young girls to become themselves and to have faith in each other as well. Baby (Charlotte Nicdao) loves everything and just wants to give everyone a hug and talk things out. Love (Daisy Masterman) is the Brainiac. She knows her technology and her brain is big and chocked full of knowledge. She is one smart cookie. Music (Sally Taylor-Isherwood) is the sarcastic, sassy one who knows what to do and when to do it. Angle (Emma Taylor-Isherwood) is the girl to call on when you need an outfit for an event. She loves fashion and shopping. They all want the best for each other while they try to make it as a girl band. They are true to themselves and believe every problem has a solution.

The voiceover talent is fantastic. They know how to bring out the perfect tones for each character. Gwen Stefani is the executive producer and along with her, many other wonderful actresses are a part of this crew. Lessons to be learned from the show are inspirational and helpful. HJ5 helps kids learn to be themselves and accept who they are. That is what makes this show so special. People are all different and have a unique quality about them. The world would be boring if everyone was the same. We should accept each other's differences. It is okay to be different. Embrace our differences and have fun with it. That is what makes you who you are and what makes you special and unique.

Phony ponies is the cutest episode. It reminds me of the Kentucky Derby because of the hats that they wear, like the actual Kentucky Derby. My mom and I always wear crazy hats and watch the horse races. Team work is a great theme for this show. The music is originally and catchy. It makes you feel good and you want to sing along. The animation is perfect as are the colors and style. All the colors are eye catching and fun. On the other hand, the style is perfect. I love the complex shapes and details and the way that they make it all work together.

I recommend this funtastic DVD for ages 4 to 12. For kids who love music, fashion and adorableness, this fabulous DVD will be a hit. I give it 5 out of 5 "Kawaii" (Japanese for cute) singing stars. This DVD comes out on June 13, 2017 so, keep your eye out for it.

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

Kuu Kuu Harajuku is a jamming new TV series that is now available on DVD. This show is filled with humor and adventurous episodes. The vibrant colors make the show even more "Kawaii," the Japanese term for cute. The characters Music, Baby, Love, Angel and G experience different puzzling situations together as they sing to their accumulating fan base. Their unorganized manager Rudie and General No Fun are always trying to ruin the band's plans.

This show was created by Gwen Stephanie based on her Harajuku Lovers brand. Steve Aranguren, Gillian Carr and Madellaine Paxson are credited as co-developers. The cast includes Charlotte Nicdao as Baby, Emma Taylor-Isherwood as Angel, Daisy Masterman as Love, Danny Smith as Rudie and Sally Taylor-Isherwood as Music. I commend the voice actors for the way they make the characters' emotions seem real.

The animation is quite unique, compared to other animated shows. The show has multiple shades of purple and pink that would make any girl squeal. The characters are all quite unique and well defined. G, the leader of the band, helps the group focus on the task at hand. Whenever General No Fun gets in the way of fun, she helps figure out a way to have fun despite his intentions. Since their manager Rudie isn't much help, G has an important role to play. Baby is childish and knows what's cute and what isn't. Love has all the smarts to create a formula of success. Angel is the fashionista who wears all the newest looks and styles. And Music is my favorite character because of her sense of humor and a hint of sass.

My favorite scene involved Music in one of the episodes when she suspects something fishy is going on that would negatively affect the band. Music does her best to protect her friends. The different episodes evoke a different message. One that I resonate with is the idea of teamwork and working together as a group. It also emphasizes that people should not be ashamed of who they are or what they love to do.

I give this DVD 4 out of 5 stars. The animation is great, the characters are lovable and enjoyable. I recommend this DVD to kids age 5 to 10. This DVD comes out on June 13, 2017 so, be sure to check it out. By Kamryn Bouyett, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15
Runtime: 60 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.98
Media: DVD


EMISSARY, THE

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EMISSARY, THE
NIGHT SKY VENTURES, INC
Series: FEATURE, AGES 8 - 18
Topic - Family
Description - Jim, a curious engineer and scientist, is beginning to learn mindfulness mediation, and drags two of his friends into the woods for a sunset "awareness" walk. They accidentally meet a mysterious spaceman named Koyper, who has travelled to Earth from a secret alien-built colony of humans living on the edge of the solar system. His mission: deactivate a worn-out alien power generator, lost decades before during the shipwreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald...but get in a round of mini-golf, eat ice-cream for the first time and drive go-karts while he's at it.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The Emissary is a different and enjoyable space story. It has several points that make you think 1) You are who you associate with, 2) Is there a difference between a jack-ass and a regular ass?, 3) Everyone can experience the 3 Legs on the Chair of Happiness - Love Relationship, Meaningful Work and Physical Challenge. In the beginning, the film moves a bit slow and it's a challenge to understand the characters. As it progresses, the story becomes clearer. It refers to events surrounding the lost ship, the Edmund Fitzgerald and the recovery of a generator that might cause damage. It makes you think about other universes and space exploration. The visual are excellent with beautiful scenes of Wisconsin's state parks, lakes and surrounding towns. Excellent renditions of a space craft makes it believable. I recommend this for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival because it is filled with adventure, drama and some comedy. We follow the four main characters as they set out on their mission. A child who interested in space, aliens and science fiction will enjoy this. I give it 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18. Reviewed by Juanita L. and Julia S. KIDS FIRST! Jurors
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Runtime: 99 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


CARS 3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


REJECTED/ACCEPTED

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REJECTED/ACCEPTED
SANTA FE SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS & SCIENCES MOVING IMAGES PROGRAM
Series: STUDENT FILM, AGES 7 TO 18
Topic - Family
Description - Getting accepted into High School is always stressful- especially when you're competing against your best friend! Alex and Jerry find out that sometimes, what you want and what's best for you are not the same thing.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Rejection is a very relatable situation for teens. Kids will relate to this because it gives a view that is realistic. It takes off a bit slowly but, in general it flows well. The camera is a bit shaky at times and the sound mix is inconsistent, but you can tell that a lot of love and work went into creating this short film. The topic is excellent and well presented. The story is about two high school friends applying to the same school and, when things don't work out, you see the disappointment and the hardship associated with competing with your best friend. Things work out in the end and it's very cute and bittersweet. I like seeing work that reminds you that problems occur, but they don't always stay. I believe children can benefit from the way this topic is handled. Good sets, good acting, relatable topic. I recommend it for ages 10 to 18 and give it 3.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Juror
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Runtime: 6 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 7-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


CUDDLEFISH

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CUDDLEFISH
CHERYL BRIGGS
Series: STUDENT FILM, AGES 5 TO 18
Topic - Family
Description - Cuddlefish is the story of Viktor, a daring Viking on the adventure of a lifetime. His travels come to a grinding halt when he meets the adorable love-sick kraken, Kaimana, who falls in love with the anchor on Viktor's mighty ship. The two face off in an epic conflict of wit which teaches both of them that love is blind as far as the eye can "sea."
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Highly recommended. This is a beautiful piece of animation filled with vibrant colors and wonderful imagery. It's very funny, but there is no dialogue. Child will enjoy this because it's clever and funny. It flows very well. It takes place on and in the water. The filmmakers based the location on beautiful Palau and they truly nailed the vivid colors, gorgeous aquatic life and stunning landscapes. It would be a pleasure to watch on the big screen. It's funny and child-appropriate. It would make a great addition to any film festival, particularly if you have any a theme of oceans, marine life or similar. The animation is clever and cute and manages tell the story without dialogue. It has a funny twist at the end. Recommended for ages 5 to 18. 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Rachael V. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! jurors.
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Runtime: 7 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-18
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Media: VIDEO


DREAMWEAVER

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DREAMWEAVER
CHERYL BRIGGS
Series: STUDENT FILM, AGES 5 TO 18
Topic - Family
Description - The Chippewa tribe believes that Asibikaashi, the spider woman, protects children from bad dreams at night by weaving dream catchers to hang above their heads while they sleep. In Dreamweaver, she teaches Namid, a scared eight year old Chippewa girl who suffers from nightmares, to overcome her fears.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I really enjoyed the storyline, message and the animation. With the exception of the introduction, it is a non-narrative film so, the images tell its story about overcoming your fears of nightmares and being strong. The images are strinkingly beautiful and would appeal to children as well as adults. The film flows beautifully and, shows us how the young girl gains her strength and power. I have to say that I love films such as this, filled with imagination, creativity and beauty. I highly recommend it for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival for ages 5 to 12. Older teen who have an interest in the arts and adults will appreciate it as well. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 6 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


WHAT DO WE WISH FOR THE WORLD?

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WHAT DO WE WISH FOR THE WORLD?
JOANA BRAGA
Series: FEATURE, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - Luzia, also called Luz, is a shy young girl who has a very creative and good-humored imagination. Due to a school project, she is faced with the challenge of interacting with her classmates to create a music project. From then on, Luz expands her creativity and materializes her ideas.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Wonderful film. It promotes creativity, hope, love, teamwork and love. The characters, Bela and Lua start as bullies but become friends with the main character. I feel this is very important as that doesn't happen a lot in media. All four of the main girls are likeable and relatable. There are also segments of this film that are animated in an origami fashion. They are used to show off Luz's creativity and I think they succeed. The music and the vocals at the end are very pleasant and the song is very unique. This film is creative, imaginative and inspiring. The pacing works quite well. I like how the main character believes in a Japanese legend. I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18 as well as adults. Reviewed by Calista B. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and KIDS FIRST! Juror. It is from Brazil with dialogue in Portuguese and sub-titled in English
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Runtime: 110 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 7-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


(STOP) CYBER BULLYING!

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(STOP) CYBER BULLYING!
KELLI GAUTREAU
Series: SHORT, AGES 8-16
Topic - Family
Description - (Stop Cyber Bullying! is a silent film that uses dance as the medium to tell the story of the negative effects cyber bullying has on children and /teens.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Well executed, good dancing and sets, excellent message. This topic is important for all children to know about and know how to address. Seeing kids suffer is unappealing. This video has no spoken words, but conveys feelings and emotions through acting and dance. The actors display their emotions quite well, showing how what seems like benign words and actions can have profound effects. Children need to be exposed to videos like this, which are non-threatening, yet, get the message across. The ending is very positive and strong. The language is suitable for older kids. At times, the dancing doesn't blend with the rest of the story. A child may not necessarily enjoy this but it gives a strong message. Recommended for ages 8 to 18. Reviewed by Hannah M. KIDS FIRST! Juror. Impressive dance theater piece that takes on an issue of our times - cyberbullying. It sensitively shows how thoughtless comments can negatively impact a young person. Throughout the piece we are shown a group of young people dancing an emotional dance that shows us their inner troubled feelings. I really really recommend this. It is beautifully shot and edited and I give credit to the young dancers who perform in this. This would make a wonderful addition to any film festival. Recommended for ages 8 to 18. Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 4 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-16
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Media: VIDEO


WHO STOLE FIFI'S FRUIT-EATING GENE

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WHO STOLE FIFI'S FRUIT-EATING GENE
PUBLIC TELEVISION SERVICE, TAIWAN
Series: FOREIGN STUDENT SHORT, AGES 7-12
Topic - Family
Description - Fifi doesn't like to eat fruit but her twin brother loves all kinds of fruit. The grownups wonder why the twin are so different and whisper "the brother must have eaten up her fruit-eating gene." Wondering what "fruit-eating gene" is, the brother comes up with an operational plan to save his sister's "fruit-eating gene."
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Very enjoyable student film from Taiwan. The most appealing feature of this film is its unique animation which reminds me of appliqu� in the way the characters and scenes appear to be sewn onto the background. I believe children will enjoy this film because of its message which says, before you say you do not like something, give it a try. It is presented in a simple and fun way. The visuals and sounds are unique and entertaining. The film opens introducing us to Fifi and, as it moves along, we see how she rejects eating fruit without any concrete reason. Fifi dislikes eating fruit, while her twin brother is a fruit-eating monster. One of the relatives says "Someone stole Fifi's fruit-eating gene." As the story develops, Fifi's brother tries several ways to get Fifi to at least try eating fruit. The visuals are quite appealing. And the story shows many family members, Fifi's brother, grandmother and cousin try different says to get Fifi to eat fruit. I like when it shows Fifi's introduction to fruit, one at a time and then making a smoothie. I recommend this student short to be included in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival for ages 6 to 12. Reviewed by Juanita S. L. KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 10 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 7-12
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Media: VIDEO


HORACIO QUIROGA, STORYTELLER

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HORACIO QUIROGA, STORYTELLER
IRENE BLEI
Series: STUDENT DOCUMENTARY, AGES 10-18
Topic - Family
Description - A journey through the life and work of the writer Horacio Quiroga: his stories, passions and time. Collaboratively developed by children and adults - parents and teachers included - at "El Mate" Cinema Workshop, a film school for children in Argentina. The film is a profuse narrative and visual "collage" that seamlessly brings together fiction, documentary material and animated sequences transiting cities of Uruguay and Argentina.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Horacio Quiroga, Storyteller is a visually endearing film that mixes elements of animation and the advantages of a documentary to craft an all around gem of a film. Ths film chronicles the life of Horacio Quiroga, a genius of his time who wrote short stories and poems throughout his entire life. This film encompasses his achievements into a film presented by the students and teachers from El Mate Film School in Argentina. I enjoyed the various visual tools used to enhance the interest and understanding of what was going on onscreen. This gives every scene a new color scheme to experiment with and gave me a better idea of what to expect. The animation makes it more unique and more interesting. It has several different animated segments featuring dazzling colors and different animals. Quiroga was a person full of ideas; a movie about him should be the same. I found this film hard to get into at first. The first ten to fifteen minutes were confusing. The styles of animation and nuances of documentaries didn't blend well together and weren't represented well onscreen. As the film continued, it found its calling and sharply improved. It becomes more of a tribute to Quiroga and I appreciated this. You should know that there are some unsettling subjects explored in the film that could lead to conversations at home. I'm not talking about anything too edgy, but I think suicide is a difficult topic for younger kids. Also most of the segments don't seem like they were made for younger audiences. I recommend this film for ages 7 to 18. I think adults and fans of Quiroga's work will particularly enjoy this film. Horacio Quiroga, Storyteller should be screened at KIDS FIRST! Film Festivals and I give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Benjamin P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
Runtime: 60 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


PROBABILITY OF LOVE, THE

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PROBABILITY OF LOVE, THE
GAYLA GOEHI
Series: STUDENT FILM, AGES 8 TO 13
Topic - Family
Description - A Saturday pool party at the multi-million dollar home of the school's prettiest and most popular girl. A young mathlete who only recently learned to shave and just recently stopped wearing white socks with most of his outfits. What is the probability of love?
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This film is about two groups of kids that don't usually talk to each other coming together at a house party and realizing they have a lot in common. During this, a girl who's been in love with the guy who was invited by the popular girl gets scared that the popular girl will steal him away. She confesses her love for him and realizes that he likes her too. The camerawork is crystal clear and the acting is pretty good. It's a film the whole family will enjoy. I rate this a 4 out of 5 and recommend this to ages 8 to 13.
Runtime: 9 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-13
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


CHATTER GROUP OF MOMS AND GRANDMAS, THE

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CHATTER GROUP OF MOMS AND GRANDMAS, THE
PUBLIC TELEVISION SERVICE, TAIWAN
Series: STUDENT FILM, AGES 7 TO 12
Topic - Family
Description - There's a spring fountain besides the Land Good Temple (Tudigong) in Yilan. The spring is a unique place to rest with the waters warm in winter and chill in summer. Many women, young and old alike, start gathering around here when the dawn breaks everyday. What's the magic of the spring fountain that attracts the moms and grandmas all year round?
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The most appealing thing to me about this film is the opening scenes of the beauty of nature and country side of the Spring Pool at Longtan Villas of Jiaoxi Township, Yilan County - Taiwan . Children will enjoy The Chatter Group of Moms and Grandmas because it is a great example of moms, grandmothers and children working together and having fun doing the laundry. The Chatter Group of Moms and Grandmas begins with beautiful images of the water of the spring pool, animals and foliage. You get to experience the gathering of the women of the city at the spring pool to do the laundry and chat about what is going on in the community. The material is suitable for intended age group It shows how other cultures live, especially how laundry is done. There are no automatic washing machines or dryers. Good visual showing the flowing water of the spring and the aquatic life in the spring pool, the shrimp and clams and green foliage. You can experience the washing of the clothes and feel the hard work exercised by the women. Yes, The Chatter Group of Moms and Grandmas production values are high enough to meet big screen standards. There are very moving images of the children who decide to do the laundry and they discover the work is not easy, but fun and the water is freezing. Yes, I recommend this film to play at a film festival. Good example of a community working together to support and care for everyone. I give in 4 out of 5 stars Again, the most appealing thing to me about this film is the beautiful scenes of nature and country side of The Spring Pool of Longtan Villas of Jiaoxi Township, Yilan County. You can feel the care and unity of the community of the Moms and Grandmas who gather to do the laundry.
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Runtime: 8 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 7-12
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Media: VIDEO


NANHI NEEND (MOM)

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NANHI NEEND (MOM)
MATHENO FILMS
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - Nanhi Neend' is a film I have made with the intent of highlighting the role that our mothers play in our lives. It is some times easy to take our mothers for granted because of their selfless love towards us, and this is what I've tried to bring out with this short film. I find this is the right time to pay my humble tribute to mothers everywhere - just a little 'thank you' for everything they've done for us.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I enjoyed this very much. It is a sweet story that kids will easily relate to. A child will enjoy the nice ending and the characters in it are very positive characters. The only thing that concerns me is that there are a lot of words to read, so a child has to be able to read fast enough to keep up. It has several important messages for children - taking care of your parents and family, showing generosity and picking up on social cues. The characters are easy to relate to. This is a family life, multi generational topic. The costuming is appropriate. The vocabulary is appropriate. The story flows well and can easily be followed. Recommended for ages 8 to 18. Reviewed by Hanna M., KIDS FIRST! Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I absolutely love this film! It is an ode to mothers - young and old - and the importance they play in our lives. All of the actors in this film are compelling and tell this story well. The ending is particularly touching. A great addition to any family or children's film festival. Recommended for ages 7 to 18. Reviewed by Julie S. KIDS FIRST! Juror.
Runtime: 4 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


STUCK

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STUCK
SHAELYN KOOPS
Series: STUDENT FILM, AGES 8 TO 14
Topic - Family
Description - What can go wrong with true love's first kiss?

Director Biography: Samuel Parker can be seen this summer in the Paramount movie Transformers 5: The Last Knight. He recently shared the small screen with Conan O'Brien, and with Elizabeth Banks for realtor.com. Other TV work includes NCIS: Los Angeles, Married, and numerous commercials. His feature films include Nosferatu, City of Dogs, and Vermin Town. He also served as the lead host of the popular YouTube series LEGO: The Build Zone (2015). Sam is a SoCal native and an avid skateboarder, video gamer, and writer.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This short film directed by young actor Samuel Parker is pretty funny. Some of the methods used to get the young couple unstuck are not exactly safe or recommend, but I think kids understand that. It is entertaining and makes sense. It has a good soundtrack and visual appeal. This offers an entertaining look at a young couple whose braces get stuck as they are having their first kiss. A younger sister helps them figure out how to get unstuck and she steals the show. I give kudos to the directing, camerawork and editing. All are well executed. I can't wait to see what Samuel Parker does next! I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 8 to 14. Reviewed by Denise B. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Jurors.
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Runtime: 4 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-14
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Media: VIDEO


GEEZ LOUISE

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GEEZ LOUISE
MARY KERRIGAN
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - A rollerblading 9-year-old, has a knack for creative danger. Her kooky Grandma and brothers spend the day searching for the family's escaped pet bird but Louise has other plans inside the neighborhood construction site. While innocently swinging from the beams of a half built home Louise manages to make the biggest mistake of her life. She must confront her crazed community and the realities of messing up. A family film.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I highly recommend this film for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. It's fun and has a great lesson. It meets all the KIDS FIRST! Criteria. I loved watching this creative, but mischievous little girl creating her own fun and watching her funny aunt join her. The kooky family chemistry is amazing. The only thing I disliked was the musical number. However, it does fit right in with the goofy feel of the whole film. I believe children will really like the main character Louise because of her mischievous adventures. This film flows well. This is very suitable and relatable for young children. There is a scene where Louise is gathering supplies to make herself a swing and it's fantastic watching this creative little girl. The camera work is very well done, as is the audio. The storyline is age appropriate and, of course, something goes wrong and it has to be made it right, no matter how reluctant Louise might be. I really appreciate that, by the end, Louise has paid for her mistakes and but there is not a feeling of doom. Instead there is a feeling of a lesson learned and hope for the future. I recommend this for ages 5 to 12 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is an eye catching and very quirky short film. The camera work is fantastic, especially when they do the musical number about the bird. Yes, let's all blame the bird and make him into a nice yummy bird stew. Humor abounds in this short film. The cast made me laugh with all the fun, quirky characters. The little girl is adorable and Grandmother is one every kid would love to have. I can relate to all the characters. The sets and locations are a perfect fit. They do a lot in 18 minutes and tell a whole story. Actually I could see this being a cute kid series along the line of Denise the Menace. The first few minutes of the film however, are a bit slow, but then it picks up and I liked it. It is it fun, energetic and, best of all, original. I recommend this for ages 4 to 10. It is silly and fun so that kids will enjoy it. I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Runtime: 19 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


SHORT SILENT SCENES

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SHORT SILENT SCENES
THIAGO MONTELLI
Series: FOREIGN INDI SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Short Silent Scenes is an animated series with puppets and cinematographic language inspired by silent movies. Each episode is a different story, mixing the most divers styles of live action animation: puppets, shadows, toy theatre and "th�atre noir". From Sao Paulo, Brazil.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I love the puppet work, but I am concerned that it is so dark on screen. A child would enjoy this for its fun puppets. It flows well and is age appropriate. There is a scene where the man interacts with his dog and it's one of the most sound filled parts with kissing sounds and it works well. This scene is also the most well lit. I love the whole thing, except for the darkness. I'm not sure how well it will hold up on the big screen. It was a pleasure to watch and reminded me of works by Jim Henson and Tim Burton. It is funny. I am a fan of silent films and this has all of the spirit of a silent film, with more sound effects. Children would really like the creativity. I wanted to see more episodes. This meets the KIDS FIRST! criteria. I think this series has a great deal of potential. I had fun watching the puppet cook! Recommended for ages 5 to 12. Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is a very unique and creative series. It is also very humorous and entertaining with charming storylines. There is a certain limitation since it is without dialogue. Today's viewers are so accustomed to noisy entertainment that they might be put off by the quietness of the series. The stories make sense and flow well. The films use a unique and different type of puppet animation that I am not used to. It reminds me a lot of Nick Parks' Wallace and Gromit films, although that series is claymation. I personally enjoy silent films and these shorts work well. A child would highly enjoy then because of the funny and surprising scenes. I feel that these shorts could be very addicting for young viewers. One of my favorite scenes is when the puppet cooks pancakes. I recommend this for ages 4 to 11 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Clayton P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 11 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE

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CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX FILM CORPORATION
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - George Beard and Harold Hutchins are two overly imaginative pranksters who spend hours in a treehouse creating comic books. When their mean principal threatens to separate them into different classes, the mischievous boys accidentally hypnotize him into thinking that he's a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie is hilarious! I really enjoyed this film. It is an animated comedy with plenty of action based on a series of books by author Dav Pilkey. It gives us a chance to experience the genius of two fourth grade smart pranksters, George Beard (Kevin Hart) and Harold Hutchins (Thomas Middleditch) as they bring to life their comic book character Captain Underpants, a silly, dimwitted superhero wearing his underwear and a cape. Captain Underpants and his side-kicks George and Harold are fighting against the evil Professor Poopy-Pants (Nick Kroll) who wants to rid the world of happiness.

The animation and visual images of the film are exciting and colorful. Since the book series is known for its action sequences and gross, potty humor, expect plenty of rude language and cartoonish violence. The music makes you sing along and tap your feet. There is a message about friendship. For kids, it's a reminder that friendship does not mean you must be in the same class to remain friends.

My favorite scene is when George and Harold discover that they can hypnotize the mean-hearted school principal Mr. Krugg (Ed Helms) and turn him into their comic book super hero, Captain Underpants. They realize a snap of the finger gives them Captain Underpants and water changes him back to Principal Krugg. To hide his identity, the duo is challenged with keeping him as Principal Krugg when needed and bringing out Captain Underpants to fight bad guys.

I recommend this for ages 7 to 18 as well as some adults. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars. It opens nationwide June 2, 2017 so, be sure to go check it out.

Reviewed by Juanita L. KIDS FIRST! juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie is sure to kick off many kids' summer breaks with lots of laughs (especially if potty jokes are funny to you). I was never a fan of the Captain Underpants books, so I have to say I am not a big fan of this film. I feel it lacks plot and humor.

What I do appreciate about this film is the ongoing theme of friendship and the fun of using your imagination. Best friends, Harold and George grow a strong friendship through making comic books and pulling pranks at their "boring" elementary school. Through some odd force, their comic book hero, Captain Underpants, comes to life. He soon helps the boys rid the school of an even greater threat than their school principal, Professor Poopypants.

This feature animation from DreamWorks has a great voice-over cast. This, by the way, is my favorite part of the film. Kevin Hart plays one of the main characters, George Beard. But, my favorite character is his partner in prank-playing crime, Harold Hutchins (Thomas Middleditch). This character is very relatable, funny and true. And, since I like drawing and illustrating, I found an instant connection with him.

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie is written by Nicholas Stoller, although it is based on the Epic Novels by Dav Pilkey. You might remember Nicholas Stoller from previous screenplays he has written, including Storks, The Muppets and Gulliver's Travels - to name a few. The movie is right in line with the books and gives you insight into the concept origin.

My favorite part is Harold and George's tree-house. This is where the friends spend so much time developing their comic books. It is such a cool tree house with so many moving parts. It made me want to go home and add to my own.

This film is rated PG for mild rude humor. If you are a fan of the Captain Underpants books, you will enjoy this film. I recommend it for ages 4 to 11 and I give it 2.5 out of 5 stars. Catch it in theaters everywhere, June 2.

By Tristan Tierce, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14

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


LASER TAG PRINCESS

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LASER TAG PRINCESS
NI-COLA ENTERTAINMENT, LLC
Series: SCREENPLAY FOR AGES 8-12
Topic - Family
Description - Starflake is a Cosmic Pixie, who can live in outer space without any life support. A Deep Space Ranger enlists Starflake's help because kids have been vanishing from a Laser Tag Arena. Star flake discovers they are being taken to a distant planet where they are forced to work in the mines of Spelunk. Using her wits, she frees the kids and captures the villain, Sync.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Laser Tag Princess from the Starflake, the Cosmic Sprite series is a kind, unique and positive character who is kind and helps others. The comic book is engaging, entertaining and the illustrations really bring the story to life. This is a great start to a series of many adventures. Its storyline flows well from beginning to end and leaves you with the feeling of wanting to read more about Starflake's adventures. It is engaging and fun to read. The illustrations are colorful, detailed and catch your attention. Starflake is very likable character and quite unique. There is plenty of action to capture the attention of young viewers. Kids will like the characters and find the story refreshing and different. It is primarily entertaining, but there is some social appeal since Starflake helps others and is a positive role model. I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18.
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KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
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Media: Screenplay


KIDS FIRST ENDORSED

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MILY MISS QUESTIONS: SEASON ONE       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD AGES 6-10
Topic - Family
Description - Join Mily, a funny and inquisitive 8-year-old girl, as she embarks on adventures hoping to answer the many questions she has about life, people, and the world. In this collection of twenty four episodes, join Mily and her friends as they investigate everyday situations from learning how to deal with fear to playing by the rules to using your imagination and so much more. Whenever a particular situation raises a question worthy of examination, Mily is immediately on the case! From one episode to the next, through everyday situations, Mily introduces young viewers to the art of questioning in order to further develop an inquisitive mind
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Mily is an adorably funny 8-year-old with a curious mind. She's always going on adventures in an attempt to answer various questions that she has about, well everything! I love all of her wacky and interesting adventures with her friends and family. They really make you want to be part of the fun. This is a great program for all children, but even more so for that child in your life that never seems to run out of questions. Something quite wonderful about this show that I particularly love is that, every once in a while I learn something new as well. It's nice to watch a kid's show that peaks your adult interest. The animation is neat and includes live backgrounds which is interesting and intriguing. The sound is mixed very well and the stories are just wonderful. I recommend this DVD for ages 5 to 12 and I give it 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Juror.

I love the design of this show! The combination of live pictures and animation is beautiful. The animation is well done. However, the story lines are not as strong. The stories touch on subjects that are relevant to the target audience. However, some of the explanations are not accurate. Sometimes the characters don't feel natural and, part of the reason is the script. The main character looks like a child, but does not sound like one. The other thing the show lacks is diversity. Most of the characters are white and, from a high socio-economical background. At the same time, I feel as if this show would leave kids wanting to know more. Some of the subjects they focus on are not common such as being involved, being bored and feeling like a failure. I believe this show can be a great conversation starter for kids and parents. Overall I think this show means well and the design and animation are really well done. I recommend it for ages 6 to 8 and give it 3.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Martha S., KIDS FIRST! Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - These wonderful animated episodes are very interesting and they teach a lot of social skills. You can learn a lot of things science-wise, plus you can learn things about being confident, telling the truth and knowing that you are beautiful and unique. There are very deep messages in this series, which is awesome, but the animation lacks detail.

In each episode Mily has a different question that she wants answered or a different problem to be solved. She travels her neighborhood, goes to her friends, asks her family and learns as much as she can. Eventually she understands and gets her questions answered.

The director, Alexis Ducord impressed me by how he developed the plotlines, the different personalities of the characters and the types of questions that Mily asks. The questions are appropriate questions for the targeted audience. I love how the questions are answered. You really get a deep understanding, most of the time. Sometimes the question is not fully answered and leaves you hanging. But most of the time the answers are great.

The animation comes up short when the characters talk, either their mouths don't move in sync with the words or sometimes the audio is late. I really love all of the facial expressions and the body language that indirectly portrays emotion.

My favorite episode is number 3, when Mily isn't accepted onto the swim team. She says to herself that she will never set foot in a pool again and gives up her dream of swimming. But she soon realizes that to succeed you have to make mistakes. Sometimes you might not get accepted, but you have to keep trying and not give up. This episode is a really deep one and gets the message across very clearly.

The DVD Mily Miss Questions: Season 1 has great educational, animated episodes that I recommend for kids ages of 5 to 9. This series teaches a lot of valuable morals in a very interesting way. I give this DVD 3 out of 5 stars because some questions aren't fully answered and the animation could use improvement. Yet, I still enjoyed watching this DVD and you should too. You can find it on DVD July 4, 2017.

Reviewed by Jolleen Mejia, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

This DVD is about a young girl who goes on adventures with her friends to solve different questions. Mily is an 8-year-old girl who is very curious about all kinds of things and definitely will not take "no" for an answer. While Mily goes on her adventures, she also teaches people about the importance of education and learning true facts. On this DVD, there are 24 different and unique episodes which I think is a perfect amount of episodes. Since the episodes are so short, you could just sit in front of the TV and watch all of them. They are only seven minutes each, but I didn't notice that they were so short because there is so much going on that I thought it was a 30 minute show. I really enjoyed them. I think that this show isn't directed only towards younger kids because I'm 11 and I enjoyed watching this also.

I showed it to my 5-year-old cousin to see what she thought about it. She thinks that the show is well made and loves the story line. She also loves the ending and how entertaining it is. My 2-year-old cousin likes the fact that it features an 8-year-old that little kids can relate to. Really, all ages can relate to her and her younger sister. All of the different episodes show strong friendship and bravery, which I think is a great message. Kids can watch this show over and over because when you watch it once, you don't necessarily get all the details of the story, but after watching an episode multiple times you start to notice the things that you missed. The only thing that I don't like is that some of the episodes are a little slow paced, but overall I give this movie 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 3 to 9. Kids over the age of 8 would enjoy it, but not as much. This is available on DVD now so, go check it out.

Reviewed by Na'im S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11
Runtime: 60 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
Media: DVD


DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE LONG HAUL

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TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX FILM CORPORATION
Series: FEATURE, AGES 7-14
Topic - Family
Description - A Heffley family road trip to attend Meemaw's 90th birthday party goes hilariously off course thanks to Greg's newest scheme to get to a video gaming convention. This family cross-country adventure turns into an experience the Heffleys will never forget.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul has the same wonderful entertaining impact as the rest of the series. For those who don't know, Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a fiction comedy novel for children and teenagers written and illustrated by Jeff Kinney. Over the years, these books have been brought to life in films that have the same well-liked effect on the audience as the original books. I was and still am a huge fan of the Wimpy Kid series and I recall always being excited for the new book or the new film to come out.

This film follows the Heffley's taking a road trip to attend Meemaw's (their grandmother's) 90th birthday party. But of course, this trip goes off course thanks to Greg's newest strategy to get to a video gaming convention. They flee from their parents, drive themselves to the convention, violate the no technology rule and many events take place that will make this not-so-family trip unforgettably crazy. Their family adventure turns into an experience filled with different funny moments you don't get in a normal family vacation.

My favorite scene of is when they are entering the grandmother's house. Greg gets into a boat that is outside and he goes inside the house with it. Somehow, he slides into the house and makes it to the pool, thereby making a special entrance. This is a very funny scene because it shows how Greg's delirious mind operates.

The message that I get from this film is to never give up on what you want and don't let anyone stop you. The film teaches this message in a funny and comical way. Gregory sees himself in a position that he doesn't like due to something he does wrong so, he does what he can to clear his image. His way of doing it is to go to the video gaming convention and become famous. This is how Greg thinks he can fix this, by doing all these crazy things. But that's not the important part. The point is that he goes out of his way to achieve his goal and he never stops until he gets it. I rate this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 6 to 15. This opens in theaters on May 19th, 2017 so go check it out.

Reviewed by Alejandra G., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul is an upbeat, fun and humorous movie based on the books by the same name. It has an entertaining script with interesting relationships between characters. This movie also has moments where I burst out laughing. However, although it is delightful, this film falls flat in many areas.

The film follows twelve-year-old Greg Heffley (Jason Drucker), his brothers Rodrick (Charlie Wright) and Manny (Dylan Walters) and their parents (Tom Everett Scott and Alicia Silverstone). The family takes a road trip to attend Meemaw's 90th birthday in Indiana. However, Greg has plans to go to a video game convention that land him (and his family) in some hot water.

This film has many positive qualities. One i the clever writing. I really like the scene where Rodrick gets "shot," when Greg and Beardo remake the scene from Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. Also, the scene where Manny and the pig are reunited is absolutely adorable. I applaud the writers for their brilliant writing. Another positive quality that quite impressed me is the story line. The chain of events had me on the edge of my seat, wondering what would happen next. Mischief and misfortune seems to follow the Heffley family wherever they go! It is clear that the writing and the physical humor in this film are quite outstanding.

However, although the script is quite good, the direction is not. The shots don't feel quite right all the time. For example, throughout the movie, the camera is often focused on Alicia Silverstone's teeth. The scene transition is also choppy and disorganized. It just is not smooth. I feel as though there could be more music underneath the dialogue. The acting falls flat as well. I am quite disappointed by these aspects.

I rate this film 3 out of 5 stars. The excessive potty humor throughout the film may appeal to younger kids, so I recommend it for ages 7 to 13. This film is funny and entertaining, yet it lacks several essential components. It opens in theatres on May 19, so if you're looking for some family-friendly fun, go check it out.

Reviewed by Ella L., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13

This family friendly film will have you laughing as you join the Heffley's in their first summer road trip. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul is a fun entertaining film that I highly enjoyed with its funny scenes, unique character personalities and the different adventures the Heffley's take on.

As the Heffley's embark on their summer road trip to rural Indiana for their grandmother's 90th birthday, young and witty Greg Heffley (Jason Drucker) will do whatever it takes to get to a video game convention and meet his favorite gamer. To everyone's surprise, technology will be restricted on the trip since Greg's mother, Susan (Alicia Silverstone) wishes to grow closer to her son and create unforgettable memories. Throughout the trip the whole Heffley family faces numerous adventures and trials as the trip goes hilariously off course and becomes a mission.

I really enjoyed the personality of each character in this film. Their different charisma contributes greatly to tone the film. My favorite character is Rodrick, the older but not so wise brother. His humor, style and spirit brings laughter to the screen. Although he is not the brightest, he is highly funny. One of my favorite scenes is when Rodrick orders an Uber and believes that the ride is free, although the destination is an hour away and it's charged to his parents' credit card. Also hysterical is the scene where Rodrick eats one too many fried butter sticks and regrets it later when riding the roller coasters.

Young and witty Greg Heffley is played by Jason Drucker of Barely Lethal, Every Witch Way and many commercials. Lead rock singer of Loaded Diper and Greg's sixteen-year-old brother Rodrick is played by Charlie Wright, known for Ingrid Goes West and Better Things. Alicia Silverstone and Tom Everett Scott play the parents of Greg and Rodrick.

Although this film is hilariously funny, it is filled with several life lessons for the viewer to learn from such as, disconnect from technology and connect with those around you. Today, everyone seems to be so attached to technology and social media that they loose the concept of socializing. This film grasps the importance of family values and disconnecting from technology to spend quality family time.

I highly enjoyed watching this fun, summer movie and recommend it to families and children between the ages of 5 and 10. This is a great film for kids to watch over summer break and remember the value of family. I give this film 4 out of 5 stars because of its many funny scenes, unique story line and unique characters. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul opens in theaters May 29, 2017 so, be sure to check it out.

Reviewed by Maria G., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 17

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 7-14
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


ALISA KNOWS WHAT TO DO SEASON 1

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N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Alisa Knows What to Do! is based on the extremely popular Russian science-fiction novels by famous Russian author Kir Bulychiov about a young girl from the future, Alisa Salazar. This animated series weaves a tale about the adventures of a group of teenagers living at the end of the 21st century. The world has changed yet the burning questions that occupied people at the beginning of the century are still pertinent today. Alisa and her friends not only battle evil and injustice but they are also concerned with global problems like the natural balance, both on the planet and in space.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - What's most appealing about this title is that it's an animated science-fiction series that shows life at the end of the 21st century. During this time, humans learn to co-exist with different life forms. Each episode takes children on a journey of exploration as a group of teens fight for justice while also dealing with global problems on their planet as well as in space. I believe a child between the ages of 5 to12 would enjoy this series because it's entertaining, has futuristic technology, great visuals and graphics and includes vocabulary and concepts that are suitable for this age group. In fact, each episode flows well, the sound is clear and it has a clear beginning, middle and end. Furthermore, season one of Alisa Knows What to Do! is a 3-disc set that runs approximately 630 minutes. I highly recommend this series and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Geanice G., KIDS FIRST! Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - What I find appealing is that Alisa is everyone's boss and, as the title says, she obviously knows what to do. I like the animation because the special effects are very cool. Young children will enjoy this because it is filled with adventure and action. One part I don't care for is how strict the teacher is. I wish he was nicer to the young teens. At first I was bothered by the audio which is not in sync with the mouth movements and then I realized that the original language is Russian and this version is dubbed in English.

This DVD is a compilation of episodes from the TV show. Based on a popular Russian science fiction novel by Kir Bulychiov, the show follows a group of teens in the future who learn to solve problems with help from their leader Alisa. Alisa and her friends face many difficulties and they have to figure out how to fight the villains that are trying to defeat them. They are also concerned about the environment and how the earth will survive. They live near the end of the 21st century, so there is lots of advanced technology included in this show.

There are two messages in this show - every problem has a solution and teamwork is the key. I love that the person who usually comes up with the right answer is a girl. I also love how everyone helps each other out in complicated situations.

What really stands in this show is that each episode is self-contained. It has a beginning, middle and end. The animation and audio quality are also amazing. It took me a while to realize that this show takes place at the end of the 21st Century. Most episodes start out showing the kids at school doing class work or something funny. Then someone tells Alisa about a problem and she usually finds the situation. Her friends are her sidekicks so they help her when she needs them. Alisa and her friends are very concerned about the earth, the environment and how to protect it. They are constantly trying to save the universe. Everyone will want to root for Alisa and her friends!

I recommend this show to ages 5 to 10 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. I believe children will enjoy the action, adventure and problem-solving. It is fun and also educational. It is available June 13, 2019 on DVD so, go check it out.

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

There are not many animated kid shows that can teach important life lessons, entertain and spark the viewer's imagination. Alisa Knows What to Do: Season One accomplishes all of this and more. Even though it is meant for kids, this animated series is perfect for the entire family.

The show has a core of a futuristic adventure with many different elements for viewers to enjoy. Throughout the episodes, viewers will find plenty of comedy that makes everyone laugh. It also includes quite a few of child-friendly action sequences and even some slight young romance between the characters.

Even though each episode has a different plot, the series follows the story of five teenagers living in the year 2090, where there are aliens, robots, spaceships and many advanced pieces of technology. Alisa is always there to save the day with her skills and quick wit to stop evil monsters and evil scientists, rescue her friends and preserve endangered inter-galactical animals.

Overall, this DVD offers a very entertaining collection of episodes with unique stories that always have surprise endings. I also love the interesting perspective of the future. It feels possible but still makes you dream about endless possibilities. The animation itself is a quite different style than what is generally seen on TV, due to being produced in Moscow. One small issue that is very apparent throughout the show is the dubbing. Due to being converted from Russian to English, there are many times when the characters' lips do not match the audio perfectly. The problem isn't too noticeable most of the time, but there are scenes where it is distracting.

My favorite episode is Games without Rules. In this episode, a new museum about the history of the galaxy opens on Pluto. The top scientists, including Alisa's father, attend the opening. Disaster strikes when an eclipse by a Pluto moon causes the release of "Zye" waves, which turns people into statues. Luckily Alisa and her friend find out about this and destroy a crystal to rescue the people. The animation of the museum and the dwarf planet is beautiful and the plot has unexpected and entertaining twists.

The show is meant for kids, but there are some darker aspects of some episodes. For that reason, I recommend it for ages 10 to 18. I give the DVD 4.5 out of 5 stars because there of the small issue with the dubbing, but other than that, the show is entertaining, has strong messages and is perfect for the whole family.

By Gerry O., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 15
Runtime: 630 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 8.99
Media: DVD


THOMAS EDISON'S SECRET LAB: IT'S ALWAYS SHARKEST

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THOMAS EDISON'S SECRET LAB: IT'S ALWAYS SHARKEST
N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 5-11
Topic - Family
Description - Unknown to the world, Thomas Edison built a secret lab where he invented a virtual version of himself and a steampunk robot named Von Bolt. Years later, Angie, a twelve-year-old science prodigy, discovers the lab. While visiting one of Kent's relatives, the kids come up with a great idea for attracting more tourists to his restaurant - the only catch is that it also attracts a very big shark with very big teeth! What will the Secret Lab Kids do? Guided by fun-loving Edison, Angie and friends will show just how fun science can be
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I've been lucky enough to review two of the Thomas Edison's Secret Lab DVDs and I just love them. As a kid I always loved science class, but I know that not everyone did. There were lessons that appealed to me less than others and I was lucky enough to have ?shows such as Bill Nye the Science Guy and The Magic School Bus? to inspire me?. ?This collection is called "?It's Always Sharkest" because it features an episode regarding a shark?'?s sense of smell. Thinking about subjects ?such as?? DNA and ?radioactive ?decay? doesn't ?seem to be very appealing to younger ?kids, but these episodes change that. It gives a very hands on, kid friendly approach to not just learning about these subjects, but enjoying the adventure along the way. One of my favorite things about this program is meeting the creators take on other scientists like Darwin and Watson. The animation is phenomenal and the lessons learned are even better. I? recommend this to kids ages ?5? to 12, but ?make no mistake, ?I greatly enjoyed learning new things and relearning things I had long forgotten. If I could ?rate this higher than 5 stars I would, but since I can't?, I give it 5 out of 5 stars! Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I like Thomas Edison's Secret Lab: It's Always Sharkest because it is an educational show, has very unique features and really good animation.

This show is about a group of kids and with a few robots that do scientific research. They do it in a secret lab that Thomas Edison left behind with a digital version of himself. They do research about a shark's sense of smell. When the group gets into situations where they mess up on a project or experiment, they always find a way to fix it. And, they have adventures with famous scientists such as Charles Darwin.

The show has cool features that I've rarely seen on a TV show. At the end of every episode, they have a music video recapping what they learned in that episode. I've only seen this once before on Bill Nye's old TV series. The only thing different between Thomas Edison's Secret Lab: It's Always Sharkest and Bill Nye's music video is that Bill Nye's was a parody of popular songs while the songs on this show are all original songs.

The animation reminds me somewhat of the TV show The Fairly Odd Parents. Both have similar animation styles. They both look sort of like paper cutouts. Furthermore, I like how the robot's actions are animated. In the first episode, one of the robots is almost eaten by a shark so he spins out of control to try to get away from the shark's mouth. I thought that was hilarious, seeing him spin out of control.

The message of the show is to find ways to fix problems and it encourages kids to appreciate and learn more science. In the first episode, the group tries to make a slide but fails because there was too much friction. The whole series is based around science and boosts kids' interest in science. The program shows how science can be fun. I rate this show 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 6 to 9. It is available now on DVD so, go check it out.

By Carla Paz, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12
Runtime: 90 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
Media: DVD


TASHI NON-STOP

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

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


SUPER 4: WELCOME TO ENCHANTED ISLAND

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N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 4-10
Topic - Family
Description - Inspired by the world of Playmobil� toys, embark on a series of adventures with the Super 4 as they travel throughout the wider Playmobil� universes. Whether it be a sci-fi futuristic world, a magical fairy world, a world of pirates, or a world of medieval knights, the adventures are never ending! Welcome to Enchanted Island, an island covered with a mysterious enchanted forest, which is home to every form of magical creature you could ever imagine fairies, mischievous boy sprites, unicorns, sirens, ancient tree spirits, and magic wishing wells. Visitors to Enchanted Isle must beware for nothing is ever quite what it seems, and dreams and reality quickly become one. At the center of the forest is the palace of the capricious Fairy Queen, who is in a constant temper due to being turned into a frog by a talented young fairy who overdid herself and, in an attempt to grant the ultimate favor to the queen by making her even more pretty , she cast a spell that in fact gave her the head of a frog! Unfortunately, that talented young fairy is our friend, Twinkle. Twinkle has great potential as a fairy but she must learn to master her wand and its magic. Join Twinkle along with her Super 4 friends as they band together to fight villains and save their worlds from chaos.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is an exciting series of adventures with the Super4 gang - Alex, Gene, Ruby and Twinkle. Enchanted Island is home to many magical creatures, trolls, witches, sirens, knights and just about anything your imagination can conjure up! The main story line revolves around a hot tempered Fairy Queen who has been turned into a frog. This spell was accidentally cast by Twinkle while practicing her fairy charms and she enlists the help of her friends to reverse the spell and bring order back to the Island. The animation is beautiful. The continuity and overall structure are comparable to similar animated shows currently available in children's entertainment. There are lots of changes of scenery and storyline, which can be a bit confusing, but actually kept my interest. I especially like that the characters are unique and diverse. They share their feelings and help each other work through difficult emotions and situations. One thing I did not like is the use of negative language such as when the characters call each other stupid, loser or greasy witch. The characters also use magic, cheating and manipulation to get what they want. This DVD is entertaining, but may be unsuitable for a child who is sensitive to violence, scary encounters, unsavory language or over stimulation. The menu offers a "play all" feature or the option to play the episodes individually. The episodes vary in length from 10 to 15 minutes. This DVD may prompt children to ask questions about magic and spells and whether they are real. I rate this DVD 2 out of 5 stars and recommend it to children between the ages to 8 and 12. Reviewed by Eli B., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I love that this DVD is filled with creativity and fantasy, factors that truly draw children's attention. Each story has witches, fairies, enchanted worlds and many other fanciful things. Since young children have big imaginations and tend to be extremely creative, they are automatically drawn to the show since they can relate to the fantasies in each episode. Their open imagination allows them to dream about these unique and special creatures. I understand why kids love the series so much.

In this show, the characters go on adventure after adventure to help their friends solve problems or situations they are in on the Enchanted Island. They get into very funny and odd situations that children will relate to as something that is actually possible. Of course, using magic to help them adds to the intrigue.

My favorite scene from this collection is when the queen's head turns into a frog as she attempts to make herself more beautiful. She wants to try, but fails and has to deal with the consequences. This scene demonstrates how the shows' makers incorporate things that children will easily be drawn into. It's typical of young children dream of and imagine. Also, it is quite funny to see how they manage to make this funny scene part of the story.

The episodes truly excels at entertaining children and making them have a great time while watching. It offers positive role models and a theme of friendship. The Super 4 friends band together to fight villains and save their worlds from chaos. I can honestly commend the makers of this show on their smart and intelligent writing. While at first look, it appears as a length infomercial for Playmobil toys, it is more than that. The stories are unique and special and geared appropriate for its young audience. It's highly entertaining and fun. I wish the females were more engaging. I rate this DVD 3 out of 5 and recommend it for ages 3 to 8.

By Alejandra Garcia, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15
Runtime: 80 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
Media: DVD


DIGIMON ADVENTURE TRI: REUNION

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SHOUT! FACTORY
Series: DVD, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - It's been six years since that summer adventure when Taichi and the rest of the DigiDestined crossed over to the Digital World and nearly three years since the final battle between Hikari's group and BelialVamdemon. And, at some point, while the peaceful days went by, the gate to the Digital World mysteriously closed. But when a Kuwagamon suddenly appears in Odaiba, its rampage leaves the town in ruins, and the people there in turmoil. Taichi chases after it, in an effort to halt its rampage. But there's nothing he can do against a Kuwagamon. Not by himself. And that's where a new adventure begins.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This story takes place six years after the events of the original Digimon Series. New threats to the real world from the digital world occur and it's up our reunited heroes to save us. It's really neat seeing the Digi-destin (heroes) grown up. They are so different from when they were kids. The animation, despite being digitally animated, is quite nice. The sound track is great and really gives you the feel of the older show. I believe this is suitable for ages 6 to 18, but I really enjoyed it as well. I give this great revamp of a classic 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - While I am not a big fan of Digimon (I prefer Pok�mon), I have to say that the animation in this DVD is really well executed. It is very colorful, vivid and very realistic. After a slow start, the plot picks up and brings fans right back into the Digital World full of adventure and battles.

If you were a fan of the Digimon series in the 1990s and early 2000s, then this is the movie for you. Toei Animation and Shout! Factory have reunited the original characters to produce its first animated feature film. It has been six years since Tai and the rest of the "DigiDestined" crossed over into the Digital World. The gate remains closed but new adventures await.

There is a DVD combo pack option that includes both Japanese and English language versions as well as bonus content. The English dubbing is highly professional. Joshua Seth returns as the voice artist for Tayi Kamiya. He is a well-known voice-over artist, not just for his work on the Digimon series, but multiple other anime and video game projects. My favorite character is Angemon (Dave Mallow). I really enjoy the way he voices this character, making him sound creative and quirky.

Digimon Adventure Tri. - Reunion would not be a good place to start if you are new to Digimon, as it picks up where the series left off many years ago. It is best to have at least some understanding of the back story of the characters and storyline or you will not be able to really grasp what is going on. But the message of working together to achieve a common goal is easy to understand. My favorite scene is when Tai and Angemon stand looking over the cliff. This scene is dramatic and relatable and changes the tone of the film.

This is a dramatic, yet lighthearted film reuniting all of the Digimon characters from the original series. I recommend this film for ages 10 to 16 and give this film 3 out of 5 stars. It is available on DVD, March 16, 2017 so be sure to check it out.

By Tristan Tierce, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, 14 years old

Digimon Adventure Tri.: Reunion is a fun return to the world of Digimon's Digital Monsters with epic battles and powerful Digimon that should definitely appeal to fans of the original series.

Many years have passed since the original show and the characters are now in high school. Tai encounters a strange Digimon that jeopardizes the reputation of the rest of the magical creatures. Tai is reunited with the rest of the Digidestined and they come together with their Digimon to fight against the destructive monsters that Tai encounters. As this threat becomes more hostile, the Digidestined must work together to fight against it.

My favorite part of this film is the climactic final battle. Seeing the Digidestined fight against one common evil is very epic. This scene feels like it has real stakes to it. I honestly was unsure of what would happen next. It is a nice pay-off for what the film has been building up to the whole time. The Digimon really let loose and you finally really get to see the grand scale of their powers onscreen in a rewarding way.

I do not like the ending to this film. It might catch you off guard with an ending that feels abrupt. You could argue that they chose to end it this way because this film has two other sequels, but I think they could have at least added one more scene.

This film is a little confusing. I know little of the Digimon mythos and there is some exposition that I don't understand. However, this series' welcoming nature though makes up for that. Even though I do not know the characters, they interact in a way that made me feel as if I knew them already. I mostly credit the voice cast for this. They have never played these characters before or worked together, but it feels as if they've known each other for a long time and their chemistry feels very much believable.

I give this DVD an age rating of 5 to 14. It's pretty much for all ages and, if you're a fan of Digimon, I highly recommend it. I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars. Fans of Digimon will really enjoy it. You can find it now on DVD so, go check it out.

By Benjamin P, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 11
Runtime: 96 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 6-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 21.97
Media: DVD


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MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC: TWILIGHT AND STARLIGHT       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
SHOUT! FACTORY
Series: DVD, AGES 5-8
Topic - Family
Description - Twilight Sparkle is determined to prove that anyone can learn the magic of friendship. So when a reformed Starlight Glimmer wants a fresh start, Twilight is only too happy to take her under her alicorn wing and lend a helping hoof. And though challenges await Starlight as she learns about friendship, Twilight and the rest of the Mane 6 will do whatever it takes to ensure Starlight succeeds!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - As usual, My Little Pony doesn't disappoint. This particular DVD has 5 episodes, there are two 2-parters and then a standalone episode. Obviously these specific episodes focus heavily on Twilight and Starlight. The animation is fantastic and the voice acting is on point. The songs are very cute and catchy. One episode set focuses on the idea that you can't force someone to be your friend, which I thought to be quite interesting. I have not seen that topic brought up in a kids program before and, it is definitely a topic that should be addressed. The only complaint that I have about this DVD is that it bounces around multiple seasons of the TV series. Pretty much all of the DVDs do and I suppose they need to bounce around to gather enough episodes about a specific situation or character, but it gets confusing sometimes. All in all, it is a pleasure to watch. I recommend this for ages 5 to 13 and it probably appeals to girls more than boys. But, then, there are Bronies. I happily grant it 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - My Little Pony Friendship is Magic: Twilight and Starlight is a very positive show. I love how friendship is always the main theme with these magical ponies. I also love how, in each episode, there is a lesson to learn about friendship and how to apply the skills throughout life. Kids will definitely enjoy watching the Equestria girls and learn more about the journey of friendship.

Twilight Sparkle is determined to prove to everyone that making friends is an easy thing to do and how magical friendship is. A changed Starlight Glimmer visits the land of Equestria, hoping to develop a friendship with any pony. Twilight is ecstatic to help her throughout her journey and is willing to lend a helping hoof. Although Starlight faces various challenges throughout the episodes, Twilight and the Mane 6 will do whatever it takes to make sure that Starlight succeeds in making new friends.

Each episode is purposeful, but my favorite is the third episode when Starlight finally realizes who she is and what she is capable of doing in life. At first, Starlight is scared to return to her old town because she is afraid of what people might think of her and how she may even change back to her old ways. She is then forced to look at herself as a pony when her friends and other civilizations of the world are captured by the naughty changelings. You can obviously tell that Starlight wants to change from her old ways, but is too scared to accept it. I like how, at the end, she learns the true meaning of friendship on her own and that it is okay to change!

The overall message expressed throughout every episode is about dealing with friendship. Twilight continuously tries to show Starlight that it is possible to make friends, even with a bad past. People can be very understanding and tend to give others a chance to explain themselves. That's exactly what Twilight tries to explain to Starlight. Kids will be able to learn from this DVD how to make new friends and how to reconnect with old ones.

I recommend this fun-filled DVD for ages 4 to 6. I also encourage parents and older siblings to watch the episodes with their younger siblings to learn a few things about the magic friendship has to offer. They may even be able to apply some of the skills and lessons they learn from the show. I rate this DVD 5 out of 5 stars due to its vibrant colors, magical storyline, amazing cast, educational lessons and so much more! This lively DVD is available now so, check out. Please enjoy this as much as I did!

By Imani Baptiste-Green, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 15
Runtime: 110 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-8
Suggested Retail Price: $ 13.98
Media: DVD


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TRANSFORMERS ROBOTS IN DISGUISE COLLECTION: OVERLOADED & DECEPTION ISLAND       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
SHOUT! FACTORY
Series: DVD, AGES 8-12
Topic - Family
Description - Overloaded: The Autobots must split their forces to battle two different, but both dangerous, Decepticons. While Optimus takes his team to the Artic Circle to face off against Polarclaw, Bumblee and his team must battle against Overload, an ancient Decepticon who has a grudge against Optimus. Decepticon Island: The Autobot teams are reunited, but all is not well as they discover that Steeljaw is leading a Decepticon guerilla army. Though outnumbered, the Autobots will have to defeat Steeljaw's army if they want to keep the world safe.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This DVD is a double feature with two episodes, approximately 40 minutes each. Because I have never been interested in Transformers, it was hard to keep my attention on the story line. Kids will most likely not have that problem and will find it entertaining. There are robots and bottles between good and evil. There is a message about teamwork and working together to solve problems. The episodes do not have any negative language or inappropriate behavior so this is suitable for them. By all means let kids watch it. They might question how robots work. The animation is good as is the sound quality and the overall quality of production. The DVD is very easy to navigate, there are only two episode options and there are no previews or ads, which I like. There was not a chapter feature to navigate. I recommend it for kids ages 5 to 12 and give it 3 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Amanda M. KIDS FIRST! juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This movie has great animations! The battle scenes are very detailed and it is pleasing to see that there are diverse types of conflict. In this film, the conflict isn't always good vs. bad. Sometimes it is conflict within the team about who should lead, or even who loves conflicts. The plotline is awesome as well. It really helps move the story forward.

This is a film where the autobots (Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Strongarm, Sideswipe, Fixit) fight against the Decepticons. The goal of the Decepticons is to take over Earth and inhabit the planet for themselves. The autobots protect the humans and try to prevent any damage that the Decepticons might make.

Bumblebee (Will Friedle) is the leader of the autobots. Will Friedle's voice sounds strong and makes you think that he knows what he's doing. Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen) is the mentor of Bumblebee and was the leader before Bumblebee. Peter Cullen's voice sounds old, making Optimus Prime seem wise and experienced. The casting director really found great voice talent for these roles!

The animation is spot on. All the movements are easy to follow, the quality of the movie is great and the backdrops are nicely done as well. Everything is very detailed and looks quite realistic. My favorite part is when the whole autobot team works together and comes up with a strategy to defeat the polar bear Decepticon. It is amazing to see them planning and then actually following through with their plan until it works out in the end. I loved seeing the autobots accomplish something together.

The message of this film is to stay strong, focused and remember that teamwork is important. Bumblebee and Optimus prime fight over something so small, but it almost tears apart their friendship. It almost costs the lives of their comrades. But they stay focused, work together and are successful in their mission. The autobots are very moral characters who fight for the greater good. The film tries to influence people to be like the autobots and teaches people how to react in times of trouble.

This film is well thought out. I give it 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for the ages 5 to 12. It has a positive message that everyone should hear. I recommend that parents watch it with together with their child. This is available on DVD May 30, 2017 so, go check it out.

By Jolleen Mejia, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12
Runtime: 88 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 6-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 13.98
Media: DVD


OCTONAUTS: 12 RESCUE MISSIONS

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

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

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

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

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

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


CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT CAMPING, THE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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