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TEEN TITANS GO! TO THE MOVIES

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WARNER BROS. PICTURES
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 7-12
Topic - Family
Description - It seems to the Teens that all the major superheroes out there are starring in their own movies-everyone but the Teen Titans, that is. But de facto leader Robin is determined to remedy the situation, and be seen as a star instead of a sidekick. If only they could get the hottest Hollywood film director to notice them. With a few madcap ideas and a song in their heart, the Teen Titans head to Tinsel Town, certain to pull off their dream. But when the group is radically misdirected by a seriously super villain and his maniacal plan to take over the Earth, things really go awry. The team finds their friendship and their fighting spirit failing, putting the very fate of the Teen Titans themselves on the line.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Teen Titans Go! To the Movies is such a hilarious film. During the premier at the Chinese Theatre, the laughs echoed around the room. The film stays true to the TV show, with inside jokes about Robin's baby hands and beautiful butt. Even with those things from the TV show, the film still makes sense if you haven't watched the show before. And, there are new things for people who have watched the TV show.

This film is about the Teen Titans trying to get their own movie in order to become official superheroes. To do that, they need an arch nemesis and they come across Slade (Will Arnett). This causes them to get a movie deal with Jade Wilson (Kristen Bell) who has some ulterior motives.

As an original viewer of the TV show, I can tell you that it's classic Teen Titans with many added aspects. One of which is the songs. There are occasional songs in the TV show, but this movie is jam packed with amazing songs by Jared Faber that help keep it interesting and move the story along. They are so catchy that I could hear people singing them as they left the theatre. The jokes in this film only make it better. This film just keeps you laughing throughout and at the edge of your seat with all the action.

The cast is really spectacular! They have the original five from the TV show - Tara Strong (Raven), Greg Cipes (Beast Boy), Khary Payton (Cyborg), Hynden Walch (Starfire) and Scott Menville (Robin). They also have a couple of new voices, including Kristen Bell (Jade Wilson), Will Arnett (Slade), Nicolas Cage (Superman), Stan Lee (Stan Lee), Halsey (Wonder Woman) and Lil Yachty (Green Lantern) who also does a remix of Go! My favorite character would have to be Beast Boy, because he is so hilarious and is always there for all the Titans. My favorite line is Robin's catchphrase, "Crack an egg on it... ca caw!" It's just so ridiculously funny and random.

The message of this film is the classic: "You don't have to be super to be a superhero, you just have to be yourself." I give this film 5 out of 5 stars, because it kept me laughing and smiling for an hour and a half. I recommend it for ages 7 to 14, because the jokes are more geared to older audiences, with some really more for adults. Check it out when it opens, July 27, 2018.

By Dariana Alvarez, KIDS FIRST Film Critic, age 12

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 7-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


FAMOUS LITTLE GIRLS

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FAMOUS LITTLE GIRLS
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Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 5-10
Topic - Family
Description - Jenny is a 7 years old girl that is suffering bullying at school. Her life changes after she starts to dream of little girls - her fanciful version of famous, powerful women that she is reading about - visiting and talking to her.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The best thing about this film is its story line which empowers women. I like how it explains that women don't have to wear skirts or wear makeup in order to make men happy. I think many children would benefit from watching this movie.

Although the young performers are quite adorable, their performances are a tad lackluster. However, they speak clearly, which is a plus. The audio and video aspect has some quality issues. At times, there is a lot of background noise and sometimes the actors lines are lost. The camera work is pretty good. The sets, costumes, hair and make up are extraordinary, particularly for the historical characters. Kudos to the production team for executing those so well. The film has good structure and makes sense. It has good continuity, age appropriate vocabulary and a topic suitable for its target audience.

I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 10. Reviewed by Dariana A., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
Runtime: 18 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-10
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


DREAM BIG: ENGINEERING OUR WORLD

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SHOUT! FACTORY
Series: DOCUMENTARY, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - Narrated by Academy Award� winner Jeff Bridges, DREAM BIG: Engineering Our World is a first film of its kind for IMAX� and giant screen theaters that will transform how we think about engineering. From the Great Wall of China and the world's tallest buildings to underwater robots, solar cars and smart, sustainable cities, DREAM BIG celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small, and shows how engineers push the limits of innovation in unexpected and amazing ways. With its inspiring stories of human grit and aspiration, and extraordinary visuals for the world's largest screens, DREAM BIG reveals the compassion and creativity that drive engineers to create better lives for people and a more sustainable future for us all. DREAM BIG is a MacGillivray Freeman film produced in partnership with American Society of Civil Engineers and presented by Bechtel Corporation.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This documentary is extremely educational and filled with a lot of information about engineering. I enjoyed the narration by Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges and found the different scenes quite amazing! The scenery is my favorite thing about this film. I also enjoyed the background music and the inspirational stories by all the different engineers. Overall, this is enlightening, inspirational and quite interesting. I like how it shows that engineering really makes a difference in our lives. My grandfather, who was an engineer, would have loved this film. That being said, I think kids may get a bit bored after a while, unless engineering is something that really interests them and they want to learn more about it. I wanted to love it, but have to admit, even I was a bit bored about half way through, because there is a lot of information. I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18 and anyone who is interested in learning more about engineering and all its wonders. Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This film is really informational and the camera shots are amazing. The only drawback is that it gets a bit boring after a while. There is so much information that isn't all that interesting. This documentary would really appeal to those interested in architecture and engineering.

The film reveals stories about different engineers who all want to make the world a better place. They create buildings that won't collapse in earthquakes and build bridges across rivers so people can get to school. It shows that engineering is an occupation that can really impact the world and make it a safer place.

Jeff Bridges, as narrator of the film, has the sort of deep voice that suits the documentary. Some of the information seems a bit random and doesn't enhance the story. The best parts for me are when they tell the back stories of peoples' lives and how difficult they are. After the engineers help them, I love seeing them so happy and having easier lives. Those are things that inspire people to want to become engineers.

I have to say, the camera shots and angles are truly amazing. They capture massive cities and buildings beautifully. There is obviously lots of effort that went into editing this film and adding suitable background music. These all really help the viewer picture engineering as an art, that is very helpful. They show majestic buildings that glow at night, roller coasters that give so much happiness and thrills, and bridges that help you access high areas and look down at the scenery or up at the beautiful stars.

My favorite scene is definitely the story about the engineers building a bridge across a river so kids could get to their school. Before the bridge, they literally risked their lives getting to school. Many people have drowned in the river, but they crossed it everyday in order to get an education. After the bridge is built everyone, including the children, is extremely excited and relieved. They are dancing, playing music and getting to school without risking their lives or getting wet. The bridge changed their lives.

The moral of this film is that engineering is a profession that helps people. This film shows that engineering is interesting and rewarding. However, I did find parts of it a bit boring, with the exhaustive information. I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages of 11 to 18, as well as adults. If you are interested in engineering, you will definitely enjoy this documentary. It is available now on DVD so check it out.

By Jolleen M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


PECK - A LONELY, LITTLE LOVEBIRD DOWN UNDER

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PECK - A LONELY, LITTLE LOVEBIRD DOWN UNDER
REMI NICOLE
Series: BOOK, AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - A little lovebird named Peck lives happily in Australia with his animal friends until he starts to feel like he is the only one without someone to share his life with. Peck decides he must travel to a faraway land to find what he seeks, but he learns through his many adventures that there is so much fun in the journey along the way.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a simple story with likable characters and engaging illustrations. Peck is a likable character and the illustrations are quite lovely. It's a simple story and appropriate for younger children who will enjoy Peck and the images. It has a nice message about meeting new people. But, the ending is bit surprising since you may think that Peck will find someone to really become his friend. The ending is not a strong which is slightly disappointing. The beginning and middle flow really well. It does make sense and is suitable for the target audience. There is nothing inappropriate or out of place. Peck feels lonely and got on a search to find someone to love. Most of the characters he meets are pleasant, except for a jealous Bee. Young children could be asked what does Peck learn by going out on his own? The illustrations fit the story and are quite eye-catching. There is a message that the main character realizes he won't be lonely because there are new creatures to meet. There is also a subtle message that you don't have to find someone just like you to not be lonely. I'm not sure if it will motivate kids of the target age to further action or inquiry. However, I think they will get the subtle message. It certainly meets and exceeds the KIDS FIRST! criteria, is appealing and engaging. I recommend this for ages 3 through 6 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
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KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $ 2.99
Media: Book


MUCHOKIDS: GALAXIA AND HER QUEST TO SAVE THE UNIVERSE

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MUCHOKIDS: GALAXIA AND HER QUEST TO SAVE THE UNIVERSE
MUCHOKIDS
Series: BOOK, AGES 8-12
Topic - Family
Description - Thee Book of Azbel, whispered in fable across the universe as the key to all knowledge and magic. The Book was kept safe by Galaxia on Amethyst, a world of beautiful, rare minerals and kind people. But one fateful night, Alekko, a mysterious boy and force of destruction beyond compare came looking for it and left Galaxia's planet in pieces. Now, with Alekko hot on her trail, Galaxia must assemble a team to help protect The Book and save the universe. Let the adventures begin!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This story is wonderfully engaging. I love the descriptions. It left me wanting to read more about Galaxia and Kazar and hear more about the Muchokids that Galaxia was starting to form. The story is only the beginning, so I do not know how it will all end and whether Galaxia will save planet Earth. The two main characters are excellent role models. It has a great story line about space. Children will find it entertaining and will want to know if Earth will be saved by the Muchokids in future chapters. The story flows well and makes sense. I was a bit uncertain about Galaxia being on her own, but other than that it makes sense and has a great plot. The vocabulary and the subject matter are suitable for the target age and there is no violence or bad language.�The storyline demonstrates a keen It friendship and trust between Kazar and Galaxia. I like when Kazar could have stolen The Book from Galaxia, but decides not to do so because he realizes the consequences and makes the best choice.�I like all the characters, but especially Galaxia. It has great illustrations which add a lot to the book. I would have loved to see even more. Perhaps in subsequent volumes, the author will consider that. Ultimately, this has excellent entertainment value as well as pro-social messages about trust and friendship. I am not sure it will motivate children to further action, but I do feel very strongly that they will want to read more about Galaxia and Kazar and the Muchokids. I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 7 thru 12. Personally, I would like to see more about the Muchokids.
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KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 5.99
Media: Book


CAMP ANDYLAND

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CAMP ANDYLAND
ANDYLAND MUSIC
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 5-8
Topic - Family
Description - Strikingly crafted pop songs for kids, with stick-in-your-head lyrics and catchy melodies - plus a memorable cast of characters that bring kids into Andy's world, taking them on a musical adventure. The camp every kid will want to go to.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Lets go to Camp Andyland or camp in general or stay at home and listen to the CD! This CD is well produced and entertaining. If your busy schedule does not allow you to take your valuable time and refresh and renew at a Camp near you, then sit back, relax and listen to the infectiously fun Camp Andyland - a world inhabited by zany dinosaurs, not-so-scary pirates and a host of other silly sausages! The songs are engaging, delightful adventures that will tickle your ear lobes - and we all need that - so make a date to have some fun and sing-a-long with your new found friends at Camp Andyland! The character voices are quite engaging as are the different musical styles and fun kid-friendly topics. I predict lots of fun and participation from young audiences as they experience the quirky adventures and music. This exemplifies good songwriting skills, terrific use of tempo and instrumentation and very experienced kid-friendly content. Explore and learn about the many wondrous things in this big wide world! Andy respectfully connects to the kids, because he still retains the joys of the child within. He has a handle on what kids like and respond to and doesn't talk down them, but leans in to their level. This is a professional recording all around. Andy does most of the heavy lifting on vocals, instruments and character voices and the recording quality is well done. I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 8. Reviewed by John W., KIDS FIRST! Adult Music Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Are you ready for camp? Sit back, relax and listen to the upbeat, feel-good music to cheer you up! Let's take a trip with Camp Andy, the camp every kid will want to go, with true joy from beginning to end. I perfectly love tuning in, singing and grooving to the songs. This collection of appealing, remarkable fun, lovely adventures is produced, arranged and engineered by Andy Z.

This CD is filled with strikingly crafted pop songs for kids, stick-in-your-head lyrics and catchy melodies - plus, a memorable cast of characters that bring kids into Andy Z's world. This infectious collection of songs contains many from the popular AndyLand series such as "Welcome to AndyLand," "Return to AndyLand" and "Summer in AndyLand."

This collection includes 16 songs, each with a catchy melody and memorable lyrics. I must say, it's an astonishing set of songs. Each song puts you into the camp vibe. Plus, the memorable cast of characters brings kids into Andy Z's world. You can see Andy's creativity and imagination in each song. This whole CD definitely kept me engaged from the beginning to the end.

My favorite song is definitely "I Went to a Party with Dinosaurs," because the lyric are outstandingly funny. This song certainly gave me a laugh-out-loud moment. The rhymes have a way of making you giggle. For example, here's one of my favorites lyrics: "I went on over to say 'hello' and he almost bit off my nose." That rhyme shows why it made me laugh like crazy. The song brings has a professional vibe with its high pitch instruments and great vocals.

Who is Andy Z? Andy is the creator of Camp AndyLand and all its humorous songs. He is an multiple award-winning children's performer, singer, songwriter and educator who combines music, movement, storytelling and character puppets to create a experience that capture children's attention.

I believe the whole family will enjoy this musical collection and kids will enjoy the funny, kid-friendly, exciting, intriguing set of songs. I give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 8. This CD is now available online and at discriminating music stores.

By Nathalia J., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 9
Runtime: 34 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-8
Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.98
Media: AUDIO


HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: SUMMER VACATION

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SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT
Series: FEATURE, AGES 6-18
Topic - Family
Description - Mavis surprises Dracula with a family voyage on a luxury Monster Cruise Ship so he can take a vacation from providing everyone else's vacation at the hotel. The rest of Drac's Pack cannot resist going along. But once they leave port, romance arises when Dracula meets the mysterious ship Captain, Ericka. Now it's Mavis' turn to play the overprotective parent, keeping her dad and Ericka apart. Little do they know that his "too good to be true" love interest is actually a descendant of Abraham Van Helsing, ancient nemesis to Dracula and all other monsters.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This comedy film had me laughing the entire time with all the ways the creatures are portrayed and how the director, Genndy Tartakovsky, manages to bring them to life through the exceptional animations. I love how all the actors resonate with their creature, making it sound natural and fitting. I was excited waiting for this movie to come out since it is the third film in the Hotel Transylvania series. I have seen the previous films and, when I found out there was going to be a sequel, I practically counted the days to the premiere.

The story follows the monster family embarking a vacation on a monster cruise ship. They mostly go so that Drac can take a summer vacation from providing everyone else vacations at his hotel. The whole pack starts to have fun by getting involved in all of the activities the cruise has to offer such as monster volleyball, excursions and tanning. But, the amazing vacation turns into a nightmare when Mavis realizes her father likes Ericka, the captain of the ship, who she suspects to be hiding something from Drac and his family.

My favorite scene is when Ericka, the captain of the ship, welcomes all the guests and informs everyone that the first time that a monster cruise has been created. Because monsters are not allowed to live and socialize with people that are not monsters, they have had the opportunity to take a cruise before. I like this scene because, in it the variety of creatures are shown and I was amazed at the creative animations that the creators designed and brought to life.

The important message of this film is that letting go of old grudges and being open to changes in your life are very important. This film is a reminder that one has to honor the past, but be willing to allow new aspects to take place in your life. For example, since his mother's death, Drac has never fallen for anyone else. But when the family arrives for the cruise, the head of the pack starts having feelings for someone else, making it weird for the rest of the family. As time progresses, Mavis, her daughter and the rest of the family accept the fact that they have to let go of the past and be open to new changes in their lives. I recommend this film for ages 5 to 18 and I rate this 5 out of 5 stars. This film opens in theaters July 13, 2018 so look for it.

Reviewed by Alejandra G., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation is an entertaining animated film filled with unique creativity. Wonderful voice acting and a distinctive animation style separate this from the majority of animated films. This is sure to be a worthwhile watch for all families.

The movie follows Dracula (Adam Sandler) as his boring hotel business and lack of love continue to bring him down. Wanting to bring back his joy, daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez) surprises Dracula and the rest of his best friend-monster pack with an adventurous monster cruise. Initially angered by this, Dracula slowly begins enjoying himself and even finds a new crush in the mysterious yet charming cruise captain Ericka (Kathryn Hahn). However, things take a left turn when former nemesis Abraham Van Helsing (Jim Gaffigan) hunts the cruise, threatening the lives of all monsters aboard.

Adam Sandler, as Dracula, is my favorite character as his transformation to being his old adventurous self is well-presented. His love for his daughter and kind acceptance of humans also provide for a nice central message. Selena Gomez, as Mavis, continues to shine by providing an equally strong father-daughter bond with Dracula. Kevin James, as Frankenstein, greatly presents a dumbfound friend to Dracula whose deteriorating body assures for some inventive comedy. Steve Buscemi, as Wayne/Wolfman, regales with his signature voice highlighting the character's parenting struggles with his many cubs. David Spade, as Griffin/Invisible Man, equally entertains despite not having a corporeal form. Last but not least, Keegan Michael-Kay, as Murray/ Mummy, completes the pack with his unique, child-like nature. Kathryn Hahn, as Ericka, adeptly portrays her mysterious past and interesting attraction for Dracula. Jim Gaffigan, as Abraham Van Helsing, exhibits a new take on the legend monster hunter.

Genddy Tartakovsky brings out his zany and fast-paced direction in new ways. In spite of that, this is nowhere as memorable and groundbreaking as his other works, such as Samurai Jack and Dexter's Laboratory. My favorite scene is the opening one which quickly introduces us to the Dracula-Van Helsing rivalry and sets the stage for a grand adventure. The biggest flaw in the movie is that some of the humor comes across as farcical and this could dissuade adults from watching. Also, the plot is rather one-note and forgettable, especially when compared to the standard of Tartakovsky's other work.

The movie's message is to never discriminate against a person based on their looks and instead, appreciate them for who they are. I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 6 to 18. The movie releases in theaters on July 13, 2018, so check it out.

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

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 6-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


TREASURE HUNT

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TREASURE HUNT
RUSTY RHODES
Series: STUDENT FEATURE, AGES 8-13
Topic - Family
Description - Three desperate treasure hunters form an uneasy partnership to find hidden bank robbery loot. The difficulty of their quest escalates each moment because the married couple might lose their home, the wife doesn't trust her philandering cousin, there's a desperado in hot pursuit, and someone plans a betrayal.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Treasure Hunt is a pretty decent film, especially considering that it is essentially a student project. The story follows Lily, her husband Earnest and estranged cousin Sadie as they try to find a hidden wealth of money from a bank heist. I enjoyed some parts of the film and others not so much. The locations are really well selected. They really tried to capture the old west. The soundtrack is pretty good. It tries to deliver typical western songs with guitars and other instruments and accomplishes it quite well. The most appealing thing has to be the story which has a good heart to it. Most children will enjoy the old west theme. The story flows well. It does drag at times, but not too badly. It is easy to follow and makes a good deal of sense. Some of the language might go over the heads of younger kids. I need to discuss the acting in this film. In some parts the acting is fine, but in other parts it lacks emotion. For example, in one part it seems as if Sadie has betrayed Lily and Earnest. Then we discover it's a ruse when Lily, who has been angry at Sadie for a long time, delivers lines expressing her love for Sadie. But, the lines are delivered really flatly.

Overall, it is an okay film. Considering that it was created by the Christian Youth Film Society and that both the cast and crew are students who have attended their camps and workshops, I have to give the filmmaker credit for creating a credible product. It isn't completely mind-blowing, but it is entirely watchable. I believe it is most suitable for a student film festival since, the key above and below the line talent are all students (the youngest being 11 years old). I give this 3.5 out of 5 Stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 13.
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Runtime: 90 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-13
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


FOLKTALE

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FOLKTALE
AJITESH SHARMA
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - A young Indian boy's idea of heroism depicted in fables is challenged in the real world as he takes up a journey with his little Russian friend, who he believes is a fairy.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is truly a wonderful, heartfelt short film with wonderful music and actors. If you believe in magic, you'll love this film. It is a cool example of how storytelling can transport you to a happier world!

An Indian boy named Prince Veer is seemingly hypnotized by a blonde-haired Russian girl, Masha. Prince Veer's wooden sword that he carries around is his constant reminder that life is truly an adventure, with many opportunities to be a hero.

The production quality is terrific, from the camera work to the background music to the editing. I didn't want this film to end. It truly exemplifies excellence in filmmaking and is quite appropriate to a youth and family audience. Coming from India, it offers the viewer the opportunity to glimpse into the world of another culture. The dialogue is in both English and Hindi, with the latter sub-titled. I like the use of slow-motion and the distant shots.

There is simplicity in the lives of these villagers and we see the children playing simple games. I enjoyed the emphasis on the trees in Veer's village. They serve as a fun place to hang out with friends to relax. They use some simple 2D animation to portray Dada's stories. These moving images help convey the sense of far-flung travel, magic and mystical characters. There are sweeping scenes of the beautiful mountainside where Veer believes God resides.

My favorite part is when Veer plunges his sword into the rocky terrain as a way of praying for the rains to return to his village. It's almost an Excalibur kind of moment. The spiritual message is that, despite our struggles, God is always there to help everyone. It's very important to keep the faith! Dreams can come true, if you make special sacrifices such as giving up your precious warrior's sword! You must understand that dreams may take a while to come true. They can turn into stories for future generations to enjoy. Dreams are what legends are made of!

I wholeheartedly recommend this film for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12. Reviewed by Jeff M. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Jurors.
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Runtime: 23 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


GRIZZY AND THE LEMMINGS- TELEPORTATION'S THE WAY TO GO!

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GRIZZY AND THE LEMMINGS- TELEPORTATION'S THE WAY TO GO!
JOSSELIN CHARIER
Series: FOREIGN ANIMATED SHORT, AGES 6-12
Topic - Family
Description - As soon as the Forest Ranger is away, GRIZZY feels it's only natural that the Ranger Station becomes his territory. And no other animal dares to contest this privilege. Except the LEMMINGS! They are small, but there are a lot of them - and they want their share of the Eldorado! Grizzy finds two identical vases that are actually communicating vessels in a Native American Indian chest. If he sticks his hand in one, it comes out the other, regardless of the distance between them. This should satisfy Grizzy's natural lazy streak, unless the Lemmings realize the incredible games they could play with the magic vases. by Victor Moulin, graduate of Supinfocom in France.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Very well executed piece of animation. I would love to see other episodes of this series. It has a bit of gratuitous cartoon violence, but nothing replicable per se. The storyline follows the antics of a greedy bear and a group of lemmings who seem to thwart his plans at every turn. It's bright, colorful, has good background music and is well constructed. The most interesting part is the ending which you will have to watch to find out what it entails. I recommend it for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival, for ages 6 to 12 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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Runtime: 7 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 6-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


NATURE CAT: ONWARD AND PONDWARD
PBS DISTRIBUTION
Series: DVD, AGES 5-10
Topic - Family
Description - Streams, swamps, ponds, and more! Go Onward and Pondward with everyone's favorite backyard explorer extraordinaire, Nature Cat! Along with his friends Hal, Squeeks, and Daisy, the team learns where a stream begins and explores new environments along the way. These are a few of the seven fun-filled outdoor adventures you do not want to miss! Tally Ho!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This fun and educational DVD includes ?seven stories about Nature Cat and his friends Hal,? ?Squeeks and Daisy. I like that ?it ?teaches about things such as where a stream begins and ends and really focuses on Earth Day. I have to say that the Earth Day episodes ?are my favorite?. I love how it shows how bad plastic bags ?are for the environment. Children will love the silly characters, fun music and ?all the adventures. It truly explores nature and encourage?s? children to go out?, explore and have their own adventures in ?nature. I give this 4.5 out of 5 ?stars and recommend it for ages 3 to 7. It is thoroughly engaging, entertaining and educational. There are no major extras on the DVD?,? but there are previews of other DVD?s. Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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Runtime: 80 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.99
Media: DVD
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THOMAS EDISON'S SECRET LAB: IT'S ALWAYS SHARKEST (2018)       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 8 - 15
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. Join Angie and friends as they learn and explore a variety of science topics from a shark s sense of smell to plants and pollinator s roles to radioactive decay to DNA and more! 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 - This is a great DVD! Watching this team of kids makes you see the value of science and helping others. They provide positive role models for the viewer as you see them think, behave as friends and students of science. I appreciate the mentions of Thomas Edison and Charles Darwin, as well as others. Watching this made me want to learn more, so I imagine young children will feel inspired to discover "scientific motives" to resolve issues in their everyday lives. This DVD made me think, laugh and want massive amounts of garlicky fried chicken! I really appreciate the music video that informs kids about the real dangers of sharks, while teaching about them, their DNA and what makes them hunt thousand of miles a year for food. The Secret Lab kids tackle problems, transform a business owner, and benefit their community in a big way. They are very smart and friendly. They travel through a teleport, shrink in size and have a very cool yet informative chat with Thomas Edison.

Sharks are one of the most popular types of fish, but they're dangerous too. Learning about them, in an informative but not as scary way, is fun. Sharks, science, cartoon characters and lab experiences are all included in this DVD. We see a shark being lured up a mega slide that the kids help build, in hopes for a piece of famous fried chicken. The colors are bright. The motion from the wind gadgets, teleport and even the non-fat garlic butter dripping from the slide look appealing. The only thing I would change, because I am a fan of fried chicken, is to add more of a crunch sound since this chicken is supposedly so good! There is a menu that helps you selecting a certain episode or play everything. The DVD cover shows each episode title as well. There is a bonus segment but I did not see different language options.

This DVD flows well and has tons of educational benefits. I learned that sharks can smell one part of blood per every million parts of water. The social benefits are endless. There are some jokes and phrases that I, as an adult found comical and relatable, such as "ultimate negative vibes." I should mention that some of the characters sound a bit stuffy so it took a replay to hear the names clearly. The music video and breakdown from Charles Darwin to Thomas Edison to Von Bolt provides a helpful recap of scientific terms and facts.

Even if you're not into science, there are plenty of informative, eye-opening, and music moments to enjoy. I recommend it for ages 8 to 12 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. I felt good after watching this movie and I believe kids will too. All I can say is that I want to watch more episodes. Reviewed by Elle S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Thomas Edison's Secret Lab: It's Always Sharkest is an entertaining DVD that helps children find fun in learning about science related topics.

This DVD contains eight episodes. The series follows a group of children who find the famous scientist Thomas Edison's secret lab, where he built a virtual version of himself as well as a robot named Von Bolt. Each episode includes a science related topic that teaches us about things such as DNA or a shark's sense of smell.

This is the second DVD I have watched from this series and, I must say, they are lots of fun. The episodes are very informative and perfect for kids interested in science. There are a couple of different famous scientists that appear in the episodes, including John B. Watson and Charles Darwin. They help teach the kids about the different topics. It's nice seeing a children's DVD that is both funny and informative. There are lots of silly jokes embed throughout the episodes, which makes the episodes much more humorous. I am not in the target age for this DVD, but I would thoroughly enjoy it if I was younger. Believe it or not, I actually learned some things about sharks that I had no idea about! The episodes are short and sweet, which helps hold the audience's attention. Some children's TV shows tend to drag on for a long time, but these episodes are a perfect length at less than 15 minutes long.

I absolutely love the fun songs in this DVD. In each episode, there is a music video at the end of the episode. The songs are very upbeat and usually have a very catchy tune. The songs relate to what is being taught or something that relates to the episode we just watched. The songs bring lots of lightness to the series, which is perfect for a younger audience. The songs definitely will get the kids up and dancing.

The animation brings a lot of character to the show. When animated programs have an overwhelming amount of colors and precision detail, it's difficult for children to focus on what the show is trying to teach. This series has calm, relaxing colors and pretty basic looking characters. I think that helps kids stay focused.

I found this series fun and entertaining. The storylines are interesting. The characters have great personalities. It all makes learning fun. I recommend this DVD for ages 4 to 9 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. This DVD is out now so, look for it.

Reviewed by Talia J., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15

This DVD is a collection of episodes from the slightly odd TV series, Thomas Edison's Secret Lab. It includes lots of science, but makes it interesting enough that you are not be bored. It features Thomas Edison as a hologram, a robot called Van Bolt and kids named JD, Angie, Nicky and Kent.

In each of the eight episodes, the kids find a problem that seems unsolvable such as when their hamster starts growing rapidly in "Mutant Mascot." They go through the Virtual Reality Window, which instantly transports them to a scientist who helps them. They usually end up finding a scientific solution.

Even though the whole series is built upon facts, the unrealistic parts make for some of the appeal. The talking shark in "It's Always Sharkest" is so amusing that you will not care about the strangeness. The giant slime monster in "Slime Time!" is also fun.

The scientific factoids are explained clearly so you will not forget them easily! Unlike actual teachers, the characters do not talking directly to you. I find it easier to learn when I feel "invisible." Other kids might feel this way as well.

I think this is an amazing TV series and DVD of select episodes. It has just the right balance of fact vs. fiction and is chock-full of science. The plots have twists that keep you hooked until the very end! I give this DVD 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 6 to 10. If you are a kid who loves science or a parent who wants your child to learn something, check this out! It's available now in the usual places.

Reviewed by Eden T., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 9

Thomas Edison's Secret Lab: It's Always Sharkest is a really good blend of entertaining content mixed with lessons about science. This show is the perfect thing for kids to watch during summer break, because it is entertaining and yet, kids will also learn a lot. I watched this DVD during my summer break and learned a lot from watching it.

Thomas Edison's Secret Lab is an animated TV series that teaches science to kids through entertaining episodes that are filled with adventure and fun. Thomas Edison is a hologram and the main characters can talk to him. The shows are all about science, but they are also funny and have lots of interesting characters who learn about science or are expert scientists. There is a group of kids named Angie, JD, Kent and Nicky who are the stars of the show. They are kids who are just a little bit older than me and work very well as a team, figuring out problems.

In each episode there are different stories and every single one explains how something works. When I watched the shows, I learned how something works or why it happens. The stories taught me a lot and they also have lots of factoids, which I really like. I love factoids! The lessons are very good. I think watching these shows can actually help kids understand what is taught in their science classes in school.

The animation is a bit simple compared to other flashy, animated shows. Also there are music videos between the episodes, which I found a little bit bizarre. But, they sort of wrap up the lesson that was taught in the previous episode.

Even though I learned a lot from this DVD, I also had fun. That is what makes it so easy to watch a bunch of these episodes in a row. This DVD definitely kept me entertained for a long time. I give this DVD 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 6 to 10. It is available on DVD now, so look for it.

By Izzy C., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 9

Thomas Edison's Secret Lab: It's Always Sharkest is an entertaining DVD that helps children find fun in learning about science related topics.

This DVD contains eight episodes. The series follows a group of children who find the famous scientist Thomas Edison's secret lab, where he built a virtual version of himself as well as a robot named Von Bolt. Each episode includes a science related topic that teaches us about things such as DNA or a shark's sense of smell.

This is the second DVD I have watched from this series and, I must say, they are lots of fun. The episodes are very informative and perfect for kids interested in science. There are a couple of different famous scientists that appear in the episodes, including John B. Watson and Charles Darwin. They help teach the kids about the different topics. It's nice seeing a children's DVD that is both funny and informative. There are lots of silly jokes embed throughout the episodes, which makes the episodes much more humorous. I am not in the target age for this DVD, but I would thoroughly enjoy it if I was younger. Believe it or not, I actually learned some things about sharks that I had no idea about! The episodes are short and sweet, which helps hold the audience's attention. Some children's TV shows tend to drag on for a long time, but these episodes are a perfect length at less than 15 minutes long.

I absolutely love the fun songs in this DVD. In each episode, there is a music video at the end of the episode. The songs are very upbeat and usually have a very catchy tune. The songs relate to what is being taught or something that relates to the episode we just watched. The songs bring lots of lightness to the series, which is perfect for a younger audience. The songs definitely will get the kids up and dancing.

The animation brings a lot of character to the show. When animated programs have an overwhelming amount of colors and precision detail, it's difficult for children to focus on what the show is trying to teach. This series has calm, relaxing colors and pretty basic looking characters. I think that helps kids stay focused.

I found this series fun and entertaining. The storylines are interesting. The characters have great personalities. It all makes learning fun. I recommend this DVD for ages 4 to 9 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. This DVD is out now so, look for it.

Reviewed by Talia J., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15
Runtime: 90 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 6.99
Media: DVD


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ALISA KNOWS WHAT TO DO! SEASON 1 (2018)       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
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 - Based on the Russian science fiction novels by well-known Russian author Kir Bulychiov, this is the story of a young teen form the future (end of 21st century) and her group of friends. The characters are quite unique with their brightly colored outfits, hairstyles and personalities. Kids will enjoy watching them in their adventures. The group of teens go on adventures, solving mysteries and battling evil. The animated series is fun and futuristic and, even has moments of edge of your seat excitement! I really like that this series is not only fun to watch, but also teaches about global problems of today. The group of friends are very concerned with global problems on the planet and in space. I give this 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 7 thru 14. This will be a hit with kids this summer and has over 10 hours of fun that will entertain them.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Alisa Knows What to Do: Season 1, directed by Olga Baulina, is an action packed, Star Wars like universe where thrills are around every corner! Each episode seems as if I am watching a movie, with high depths of emotion, mystery, humor, and untold tales. The animation is realistic in some aspects yet surreal in others forming the futuristic universe of a myriad of planets and species.

The story follows a group of five teenagers who can't seem to escape trouble, in or out of school. When their daily actions lead them to trouble, or Alisa becomes entangled in one of her father's scientific cases, they work together to solve the case in front of them. Through a series of hysterical events and intense scenes, each teenager's unique personality plays a role in their exciting victory.

The animation is a combination of a variety of elements because of its realistic yet science fictional story. On Earth, the humans are life-like with their facial features but their hair and outfits are an original, special addition to the teenagers. The city has skyscrapers with soft and circular edges forming distinctive spires. However, these obscure features are contrasted with the familiar bushes and trees decorating the streets. Each episode also consists of a journey to a different planet. On these journeys the clips of space are the most naturalistic, with beautiful hues of all different colors and millions of stars decorating the night like glitter. Once they land on the planet, any familiarity with our world today diminishes and a new surprising and imaginative world is created. These were my favorite parts of the shows because even though there is a world like ours, there are a variety of other ones in this episode which are fascinating and captivating to watch.

Although the story and animation are original and engaging aspects, the dialogue and jokes can be clich� at times which takes away from the story. However, there are an abundance of humorous scenes and dialogue which made me smile and relate to these characters.

The messages of Alisa Knows What to Do: Season 1 are countless but some of the most pertinent are to being different is wonderful, and teamwork can help you in any situation. I give this show 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12. Be sure to check out Alisa Knows What to Do: Season 1 on DVD June 13, 2018.

Reviewed by Sahiba K., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 12.99
Media: CDROM


BLUE TOES

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BLUE TOES
ISOBELLA ANTELIS
Series: STUDENT FILMS 8-16
Topic - Family
Description - Blue Toes is a story that fights to break the rules of gender normative behavior between kids. It follows a young boy named Mickey, who is teased for liking things boys usually don't like. In the beginning we establish that Mickey does not have many friends, and is often alone. The one place where he feels accepted is afterschool with his swim team. He is one of the best swimmers on the team and feels a part of the group. Mickey also has an older sister that helps him express himself whether it be through trying different kinds of makeup, or throwing on an old dress of hers. The point of the story is to show that kids should be accepted, no matter what their interests are, regardless of their gender.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This film gives shy and awkward kids a fair shake. It shows that it's alright to be different. Everyone has something positive to offer, if given a chance or if you look beyond the surface.

Mickey's loving sister really gets what he's about and supports him. She shares her belongings with him and helps him see the lighter side of life, even though he doesn't act like a traditional boy. She accepts him for what he is.

There is one funny scene where Mickey is hiding under his bed sheet with his flashlight on. His sister knocks on his head to ask if she can come in. It's a fun way to see how siblings can comfort each other when life gets tough.

My favorite part of this film is when Mickey's black team mate, with his toes painted purple, sits down next to Mickey and cracks a good-natured joke. It's great to see Mickey smile and feel accepted. If only life's differences could be solved by accepting the color of each other's toes!

The message of this film is to treat all people with respect, despite our differences. It brings to light that everyone has their own unique way of being in the world. To stigmatize any one based on their outward behavior only builds walls among people. Acceptance is the theme and I applaud it. Recommend this film for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival because it can be a good discussion starter on the topic of tolerance. I give this film 4 out of 5 stars. I recommend it for ages 8 to 16. Reviewed by Jeff M. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Jurors.
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Runtime: 11 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
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PIGTAILS

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PIGTAILS
CAITLYN CHASE
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 2-12
Topic - Family
Description - A pig in a pet store only wants to be adopted, but doesn't realize he only needs to be himself to do it. Directed by Caitlyn Chase, graduate of Huntington University.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Too cute. Great message, lovely 2D animation. I love this short film. It's message is so on target for kids and families. Be yourself. There is someone out there who will appreciate you for exactly who you are. Love comes from the most unexpected places sometimes. Lovely background music, lovely concept. Highly recommended for ages 2 to 12. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 3 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-12
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FEARLESS AND FLUFFY

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FEARLESS AND FLUFFY
DILPREET KAUR WALIA
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - The friendly Grim Reaper Junior is not a chip off the old block, leaving his dad open to being hoodwinked by the evil Birthday Candlewicks.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This screen play is not what I expected and I mean that in a good way! The ones I thought would be bad are the good guys and the ones I thought would be good...are bad. This is a refreshing change! I really like the imagination and creativity of the characters and the story line and could see this as a movie that tweens and teens would enjoy. I recommend it for ages 8 through 18. I also like that it is entertaining but has a message about not changing for others and being yourself. I give this 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
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Media: Screenplay


MINNIE NOIR

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MINNIE NOIR
KATIE GROTZINGER
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 5-8
Topic - Family
Description - Minnie Hughes is a hardboiled noir detective that also just so happens to also be the shortest girl in the fourth grade. When a candidate for class president's show and tell South African ostrich egg goes missing, Minnie jumps on the case. Meanwhile, she also deals with her best friend Lincoln Park feeling under appreciated after she calls him her secretary and struggles with asking her crush, Vijay Sampat, a kind of male femme fatale, to be her dance partner for gym class.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The script was enjoyable to read. The term Film Noir (French for suspense film) is most likely a double-entendre since the main character is African-American and is a mystery solver. Strengths- Multicultural cast of characters, main character is an African-American female, which is unusual for any story. Weaknesses - One character is a bit stereotyped. Yes because the WHODUNIT mystery theme is very universal and the school setting makes it relatable to most viewers. Theme- Helping another out in a time of crisis and helping them receive justice. In an increasingly terrifying world and last years headlines exposing injustices against women, Kids need to know that they can attain control over some situations and feel empowered. Plot and Structure- Narrative Logic: A good example is when the viewer can sense that Minnie will get to dance with Vijay when in gym class by the end of the story. Emotional Impact: the best example is when the viewer wonders where Minnie's parents are (or what happened to them) at the synopsis' conclusion. Dramatic drive: a good example is when Vijay kicks open the bathroom door and Dash appears with a bloodied nose. Structure of the storyline: Introduction of characters and story, mystery to be solved, finding the culprit, and conclusion are clear and straightforward. Characters and dialogue: Minnie is the most thoroughly developed character because she is the main protagonist. She is quick-witted and adept, yet comes across as bashful to her crush Vijay, and is annoyed/irritated by her ally in crime-solving, Lincoln. The characters, such as Lincoln and Dash, are not as fully drawn out. They can be described as geeky and devious, respectively. Dialogue- an example of the wittiness, humor, and power in the dialogue includes Lincoln injecting comments at Minnie which irritates/annoy her, but makes the audience laugh. Rhythm/ pace: script does not seem to lag and is easy to read from beginning to end, making it a good film production choice (viewers would not zone out.) Tone of script is light-heartedness. Narrative voice: Minnie is the type of character who is driven and will fight for justice of the deserved and will not stop until she finds the justice. Nothing will get in her way. Highly recommended for ages 5-8. Reviewed by Kimberly M., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-8
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Media: Screenplay


FEET OF FIRE

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FEET OF FIRE
AMANDA ABICALAFFE
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - When a fiery pair of red dance shoes unleash a burning passion for contemporary dance, an obedient ballerina stands up to her cold controlling mother in order to become her new true self.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - What a shining example of independence and assertion at an early age! The young dancer, Amelia, proves that what's in your heart is what matters most. It is refreshing to see a child take a stand against an overbearing parent.

We see the control-freak mom lose her balance when she tries on some old ballet slippers. She gets teary eyed when she realizes she can no longer perform and rigidly expects her daughter to follow in her footsteps. Then, the mother turns to booze and screaming when she finds evidence that her daughter is finding her own way. I wanted to cheer when Amelia shows signs of independence and daring, borrowing the red dance shoes, brushing her own hair and putting on her own makeup. The French-speaking dance instructor seems very realistic.

This is well produced with good video and audio. It is well cast. The young protagonist dances well and is suited for this role. The mother is also quite believable. At times the lighting could use some work as the images are very flat at times.

My favorite part of this film is when the heel of one red shoe breaks off, at the start of Amelia's audition. It makes you wonder if her mom is trying to sabotage her daughter's future. Jealousy and anger rear their ugly heads, inside the mom's private world. At the same time, the girl's performance truly breaks out of the boundaries she has been held back by.

The message is how restricting it can be to live someone else's dreams. It is better to be brave and reach for one's own stars. There is also a darker message that resorting to drinking does not solve one's problems.

I highly recommend this for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. You can tell that the creator is a dancer because of the insight she provides. I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8-18. Reviewed by Jeff M. and Julie S. KIDS FIRST! Adult Jurors.
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Runtime: 19 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
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Media: VIDEO


PIGJUICE

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PIGJUICE
CASEY LAING
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 8-12
Topic - Family
Description - A young girl fights to save her town from an evil farmer who wants to transform it into a giant pig farm, while rediscovering her mother, who died when she was just a baby.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This screenplay is very engaging. It has great characters, a story line that flows well and a happy ending. I also like the subtle way a young girl and her father are able to bond over the past death of the mom / wife in a more positive way. The dialogue is natural and realistic and I can see this on a big screen. There are few grammar and spelling mistakes and over all it is entertaining and has lessons to be learned.

The characters are my favorite, especially Emma and her dad Basil. The dialogue is done well and, although it is a bit predictable at times, it does hold your interest. I wanted to keep reading to discover how it ends. The one weakness is that I wasn't quite sure how the bad guy ended up with the winning pig that belonged to someone else. I suspect that he paid Percy's father for it but would have liked for this to be clearer.

I believe it has commercial potential and like that there is a soundtrack and descriptions of the scenes. It's a realistic theme that resonates with today's environment, where the rich and powerful try to own everything, yet it ends well. It does have conflict and resolution, and the story line is done quite well. It flows well and the characters are natural and realistic. It has a bad guy but he actually changes at the end, which is a nice twist.

I liked how well the dialogue is formed and how natural it seems. It fits the characters and flows well.

I like that one of the main characters, Emma is persistent and does not give up easily. She is a good role model. I also like that the rich and powerful do not always win.

Kids could be asked what they learned from the story and who their favorite character is and why?

I would possibly make it a little more straight forward about how Bulbous Swigbottom (what a name!) gets hold of the pig that wins. Did he steal it or did he pay for it?

I found very few grammar and spelling mistakes. On page 11 there is one sentence that needs correction: She is doesn't seem to know anyone. But, over all there are few mistakes. YES ! Highly recommended. It meets or exceeds the KIDS FIRST! criteria, is appealing and engaging.
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KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
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HARVIE AND THE MAGIC MUSEUM

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HARVIE AND THE MAGIC MUSEUM
MARTIN KOTIK
Series: FOREIGN FEATURE, AGES 5-18
Topic - Family
Description - Harvie is a smart but a bit lively boy with one ambition, to finish the last level of his computer game. Once in the Gamers Hall of Fame, his absent-minded father, Mr. Spejbl, would finally be proud of him. But finishing the game turns out to be only the start of a real adventure that takes Harvie, his dog Jerry, and his friend Monica deep into the forgotten realms of the city's old puppet museum.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I thoroughly enjoyed this wonderfully animated film from the Czech Republic. The animation style is outstanding and sure to garner the attention of kids as well as adults. As for Harvie's adventures, it will have you wanting more adventures such as this one from Harvie and his friends. In the beginning, Harvie seems like a typical, somewhat spoiled kid who is rather gamer addicted. He does what he wants without listening to anyone else, even his friends and father. However, in the end, he realizes that he is wrong and steps up to the plate. His dedication to saving his father and the entire city shows that ultimately, he is well intentioned. This film teaches a very important lesson about selflessness and determination. The colorful expression of this animated piece makes it fun and entertaining, with little quirks that will make you laugh. The storyline flows well. The concept and presentation are suitable for the target age. The special effects are highly entertaining and fun to watch. The quality of the film is outstanding. I recommend this for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival for ages 5-18, as well as adults, and give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Raquel Y., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This movie features a very animation style that any audience is sure to enjoy. It will have you wanting more adventures such as this one from Harvie, and his friends. The call to action in this film is heavily influential. Harvie's dedication to saving his father and the entire city shows great characteristics that everyone should foster. This film teaches a very important lesson about selflessness and determination through colorful expression which made it fun to watch. I believe any child would enjoy this because it teaches an important lesson through colorful expression. The storyline flows well. The material is suitable for the target age. The special effects are highly entertaining and fun to watch. The quality of the film enhances as the screen gets bigger, watching it the first time on my phone, and then again on my laptop, the images became more defined. I recommend this for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival for ages 5-18 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Raquel Y., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 85 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-19
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


LAND OF WOGE, THE

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LAND OF WOGE, THE
UNITED AUBURN INDIAN COMMUNITY MEDIA
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 4-8
Topic - Family
Description - In a time before humans inhabited the Earth, the animals could talk to each other. They taught each other through music and dance. Led by Little Big, of the Big Foot clan, the animals of the Redwood Forest teach each other how to be kind and caring. "The Land of Woge" is an educational children's TV program based off an old Native American legend: An ancient space creature comes to Earth to teach the plant people, rock people, and animals about the humans who would be arriving to Earth. The show is geared towards young children, ages 2-6, and focuses on teaching about gratitude. The show is musically charged, with lots of fun song and dance numbers, as well as encourages reading skills, cultural appreciation, and social intelligence skills.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The Land of Woge is a simple yet heartfelt short that teaches kids pro-social values. Jack Kohler writes, directs and produces this film. He is a member of the Hoopa Valley Tribe and has worked with young people for some time. As a Native filmmaker, he has garnered many prestigious awards for his work, including working with young talent.

This educational show is based on an old Native American legend and focuses on teaching gratitude. The story follows a group of animals, which are actors in animal costumes, to learn life lessons. For example, in one scenario, Mouse is afraid of Sasquatch because he has heard stories about how mean and scary Sasquatch is. However, Mouse discovers that Sasquatch is exactly the opposite. This story teaches kids not to stereotype people, which is a great lesson to learn at a young age.

This film definitely has a good heart. It wants to teach viewers to respect the earth as well as other life lessons. Some of the vocabulary might be over the heads of younger kinds, but they would still get the core message. The sound track is quite well done and the cinematography is pretty good, for the most part. It's primarily shot outdoors and the setting is quite suitable for the show. One problem with the show is the acting by the child actors. At times, they seem to be reciting their lines but they don't seem to "live them." The music is well suited to the show and quite original.

For a low budget film, it truly strives to step up to the plate. And, it definitely has a heart behind it, which you can see in every scene. I recommend this film to the KIDS FIRST! Film Critic with the caveat that, the programmer needs to remember that the performers are not professional actors so, but the message is superb.

I give this film 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 to 8. Reviewed by Angel U., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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Runtime: 26 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-8
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MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC: RARITY       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
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Series: DVD, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Friendship Is In Fashion! welcome to the Carousel Boutique, home of Ponyville's own fashionista -- not to mention Spike's #1 crush -- Rarity! But in addition to being up-to-date on the latest trends and styles, Rarity is particularly known for her generosity. See for yourself, as Rarity, along with her best friends, Twilight Sparkle, Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash, Applejack, Fluttershy and, of course, Spike, prepare for the Grand Galloping Gala, search for the loveliest of gems, investigate crimes, and more!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This very wildly entertaining series is based off a sassy and sophisticated pony, Rarity. It's easy to consider her as a fan favorite, because she is a trend setter, go getter and very creative character. There are plenty of cameos of primary cast members, so this DVD appeals to a wide audience. The show has so many characters with powers, big personalities and lots of problem solving that children will enjoy. All the characters encounter circumstances and challenges, yet remain positive, honest, fair and friendly.

This DVD starts out by showing us a very patient Rarity going through drastic measures to prepare for an upcoming fashion show. Things don't go as planned. Most people will relate to putting others first or being flat out embarrassed which makes this completely relatable. Episode 2 is filled with suspense and action. Rarity is in sudden danger due to some greedy diamond dogs that want to strip her of her magical advantages. You won't believe how she strategically deals with these dogs. Episode 3 is about mystery and fashion. Lastly, episodes 4 and 5 really tie together nicely because they focus on internal beauty and lasting relationships.

The production is bright and colorful with excellent animation. The menu allows you to play separate episodes or all at once. It is only available in English as there are no other language choices to make. There are no bonus features. It does teach some practical skills such as sewing in Episode One. Episodes Two through Five address lots of pro-social behaviors and fashionable commentary. The comedic timing is extraordinarily entertaining as are the fun songs about friendship. The message of this show is about being true to your self, accepting of change and to learn more about what is pleasing inside of you.

I rate this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12. There are lessons to be learned in every episode, a fun sing-a-long and an overall loving and joyous show.

By Elle S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I love how My Little Pony always teaches kids different lessons and morals in an interesting scenario. It is always intriguing to watch. These episodes teach deep messages that are crucial to know.

This DVD is mainly about Rarity and some of the challenges she goes through. The other ponies make appearances and help her through her problems, but sometimes they are the cause. It is fascinating to see all of the ponies' different takes on how the problems should be solved. They each have unique personalities, which sometimes clash, but may also be beneficial. This DVD is perfect to teach many great morals.

Rarity is either super confident or super stressed out. Tabith St. Germain, the voice of Rarity, articulates these emotions really well, while maintaining the sophisticated character that Rarity is. St. Germain is the perfect voice for this character. Fluttershy (Andrea Libman) is the kind of character who is very quiet, sounds very timid and doesn't use very much expression. Even though she is quite reserved, you can still sense her emotions. With the help of animating Fluttershy's face, we are able to see Fluttershy's emotions. Libman's voice over goes from very quiet and reserved to a whole other range of emotions.

Rarity's costumes are quite beautiful. They are unique to her personality, but with a little twist. I love the dresses that she comes up with, as well as the "ugly" dresses that the ponies closely monitor the making of. I thought it was so interesting to see the ponies' characteristics and personalities come out even more in the ugly dress.

My favorite scene in this DVD is when Rarity shows off the dresses she likes in her fashion show and, when asked who is the designer, she confidently struts out in a dress of her own. On the contrary, everyone hates the other dresses she showed the first time when she shamefully came out as the designer. I love this scene because, she is so happy to be the designer of her work the second time. The first time she tried to please her friends and that made a huge mess of her work.

The message of this DVD is all about working with other people, knowing you can't please everyone and forgiveness. Rarity learns all these lessons through her mistakes and the help of her friends. This DVD is very helpful for children experiencing problems of their own or just for learning new things. I give it 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 12. This is available on DVD now so look for it. Reviewed by Jolleen M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12
Runtime: 110 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.98
Media: DVD


GRAVITY FALLS: THE COMPLETE SERIES

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Series: DVD, AGES 8 - 15
Topic - Family
Description - Collector's Edition. Welcome To Gravity Falls! Twin brother and sister Dipper and Mabel Pines are sent to the small town of Gravity Falls, Oregon to spend their summer vacation with their great uncle (Grunkle) Stan. Upon arrival, Grunkle Stan enlists the siblings' help in running The Mystery Shack, a self-owned tourist trap that overcharges unsuspecting customers. While Dipper has a hard time getting used to his new surroundings, Mabel's upbeat optimism comes in handy in her quest to find true love. But there may be more to Gravity Falls than meets the eye as Dipper and Mabel encounter strange occurrences and weird creatures. When Dipper stumbles upon an elusive book, he discovers it is the answer to uncovering the town's mysterious happenings. Soon, Dipper and Mabel realize they must rely on each other to navigate this unfamiliar place. Meanwhile, Grunkle Stan guards a secret of his own: one that just might hold the key to unlocking the deeper mystery that is Gravity Falls. Includes All 40 Episodes!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Let's not mince words here, people! Gravity Falls may be one of the finest western animations of all time. Large claim, no? Allow me to back up why this show deserves this recognition.

Gravity Falls follows the main characters, Dipper and Mabel Pines, preteen twin siblings who are spending their summer vacation visiting their Great Uncle or "Grunkle" (and local con man), Stanford Pines in the small town of Gravity Falls, Oregon. Stan lives in and operates a local tourist trap called the Mystery Shack, where he employees the other two main characters - lovable loser and gentle giant Soos, and local teenage, cool girl Wendy. Not all is what is seems in Gravity Falls, as our characters are made to tangle with everything from abducting gnomes, autonomous video game characters, vengeful apparitions, living wax statues, time travelling police officers, extra-dimensional eldritch entities and many more! All the while, Dipper and Mabel attempt to unravel the many mysteries of Gravity Falls with the help of a mysterious journal that they find which catalogues all of the creepy goings on in this sleepy town.

Interesting premise, no? The sheer plethora of all the different, and mostly antagonistic creatures the protagonists run into is staggering, and not a single one of them is boring. But, despite a great plot, it's the shocking amount of attention given to tiny details that exemplifies the deep quality of this program. The show contains a large amount of Easter eggs and tiny plot devices that carry through the entire the series. In fact, almost every ending credit contains a different word cipher puzzle that contributes plot details to the series! But, if you had to pinpoint the most distinguishing feature of this series, it's most certainly the pitch perfect writing. It's truly one of the funniest shows I've ever seen and my children (age 2 to 17) both agree. The humor varies so dramatically between all the main characters, yet they seem to mesh perfectly. I truly believe this series is enjoyable for kids aged 2 to 18 and virtually any adult. And, despite being aimed at kids, the story (delicately woven over 40 episodes) is astoundingly deep and touching by the end. It's strong emphasis on interpersonal relationships and personal character arcs is second to none and makes for a story that invests you in virtually every character in the show. Full disclosure, I cried on several occasions while watching this program. Also, without spoiling any plot for the readers, this series contains a genuinely terrifying antagonist for older viewers. However, this antagonist is not frightening for the younger crowd, so you've nothing to worry about in that regard.

If this series can galvanize the attention of every toddler, pre-teen, adolescent and adult that gave it a glance in my house, I have no issue recommending this to a wide audience. The Special Edition DVD set contains a full DVD devoted to extras, ranging from commentary, childhood stories, shorts and deleted scenes. Before receiving this Special Edition, I had seen the full series probably a dozen times. Getting the chance to relive the fun with all the extras has been a blast. I give this series 5 out of 5 stars and honestly, I believe this series will stand the test of time.

By Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Adult Reviewer
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - To be honest, this is one of the best shows I've ever watched. I could talk for hours about how fantastic this series is. It is short for television show standards, but it is a perfect show to binge watch with friends due to the mysteries that keep you invested until they're solved and the comedy is spot on.

The story follows twins, Dipper and Mabel Pines, who are sent to Gravity Falls, Oregon for the summer with their Great Uncle Stan. Things change when Dipper finds a journal revealing that the town is filled with all kinds of paranormal creatures and the show follows the adventures that Dipper, Mabel and their friends undertake in this strange town.

It's pretty much my tradition to discuss the animation and the animation in this show looks great. While I feel it is technically the weakest aspect of the show, it is anything but bad. The animation is still very charming and very atmospheric. There's a nice "summer Oregon feel" to the world that makes the forest of Gravity Falls very inviting. Later episodes look great. The colors and scale of the setting quickly goes from great to amazing in the last few episodes. The character designs are also outstanding. I'm not sure why, but I really like how each character design has its own flare and shows off the individual personalities.

The best thing in the show is definitely the characters. Aside from the Pines twins, their friends, Wendy and Soos are truly cool. Wendy's personality is pretty much just being the coolest person imaginable. And I'm not making this up. She's laid back, incredibly skilled and just cool in general. As for Soos (one of the many characters voiced by the show's creator, Alex Hirsch), he's just the sweetest character and a great guy overall. I have to give credit to the voice acting as well. I mentioned that the show's creator, Alex Hirsch voices Soos. He also voices Stan Pines, Old Man McGucket, a bunch of background characters and the show's main villain. It's pretty hard to tell, unless you know he's voicing these characters. Another stand out actor is Kristen Schaal who voices Mabel. Mabel's adorable, hyperactive energy is all due to Kristen Schaal. The relationship between Dipper and Mabel is the epitome of what anyone with a sibling would be envious of and hope to model.

This show is also a perfect show for those who like theorizing about shows because this show is jam packed with mysteries, clues, codes and more. It keeps you invested. I recommend this show for ages 7 to 18 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. The DVD box set also has some pretty cool stuff such as audio commentaries, shorts and funny deleted footage. It is must buy if you are a Gravity Falls fan! Available on DVD July 24, 2018.

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

Gravity Falls is a very thrilling series. It keeps you at the edge of your seat with new mysteries in every episode. With baffling things happening in every episode, all you want to do is keep on watching. Since this DVD includes all 40 episodes as well as the special features, you really can do just that! Although it is a show about mysteries, the writers still find a way to insert comedy, so it has an element for every type of viewer.

This show is about the twins Dipper (Jason Ritter) and Mabel (Kristen Schaal) Pines who summer in Gravity Falls, Oregon with their Great Uncle Stan (Alex Hirsch), working in his tourist trap, The Mystery Shack. During their vacation, Dipper finds an elusive book that contains writings about all the mysterious occurrences that happen in Gravity Falls.

Gravity Falls is anything but a predictable show. It has an amazing blend of comedy and mystery that keeps you wanting to watch until the end. This DVD includes every episode plus some special features such as deleted scenes, behind the animation and interviews with the cast and creators of the show, looking back at the past 40 episodes. This show has the perfect blend of every element a TV show should have, with a little something for every type of viewer. For example, Dipper and Mabel are twins, but complete opposites. Dipper is very logical and nerdy while Mabel is an imaginative free spirit. So, even there you have two different elements many people can relate to. One of my favorite characters is Soos (Alex Hirsch). He works at the Mystery Shack and accompanies Dipper and Mabel on many of their adventures. He is always there for the young Pines and is the first person to believe Dipper about his findings in the book and even helps the twins hunt down the Gobblewonker. The cast of this show really makes the characters. Jason Ritter's voice is on the deep side, but it adds so much more to the character and his relationship with Kristen Schaal (Mabel Pines) higher pitched voice. Alex Hirsch who wrote, produced and voices the characters Gruncle Stan and Soos really makes the show what it is because the whole story is based on his own summer experiences. My favorite episode is season 2, episode 19, Weirdmageddon 2: Escape From Reality because it is so sweet to see the brother sister relationship in the way that Dipper saves Mabel in that episode.

The message of this show is about asking questions and investigating thing you're curious about, just like Dipper does. I give this series 5 out of 5 stars for being the most unique comedy mystery sci-fi fantasy cartoon show out there and recommend it for ages 10 to 14 and beyond, because it has something for people of every age. You can find Gravity Falls: The Complete Series on DVD now so, look for it.

By Dariana A., KIDS FIRST Film Critics, age 12

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-15
Suggested Retail Price: $ 99
Media: CDROM


SUPER 4: MEET RUBY

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N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 5-8
Topic - Family
Description - Inspired by the world of PLAYMOBIL� toys, set out on a series of adventures with the Super 4 as they travel through the wider PLAYMOBIL� universes. Join Ruby and friends as they embark on 7 fun-filled pirate adventures! First, understand how Ruby came to be the amazing pirate she is. A wicker basket washes up on the shore of Gunpowder Island holding a little baby. Surprise, it's a girl! When Ruby is old enough to jump on ship to join in on a pirate raid, little Ruby sits on the sidelines and watches it all. To prove she is a real pirate, Ruby must set out to obtain a mythical treasure. Will she find it and become a true pirate? Find out in Meet Ruby!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Pirates! Who doesn't love a good pirate tale? That's the first thought that came to me when I saw the cover of this DVD. What adventures will she get into and, since girls were not allowed on pirate ships, will Ruby really become a pirate? The story of Ruby and her adoptive dad, Pirate Rubins is very interesting because stories of pirates usually begin with a pirate ship a sea, looking for treasures and other ships to capture. This story begins with a wicker basket washing up on the shore of Gunpowder Island holding a baby, a girl baby! Since Rubins is the pirate who finds her, he feels it is his duty to keep and raise her, hence he named her Ruby. He knows that he can't continue the life of a pirate and raise a daughter so he works and raises her the best he knows how. She hears so much about pirates while growing up she knows one day she will become a pirate. When the time comes for her to become a pirate, sets out to prove her worth to everyone, including her dad. The vocabulary and concepts are suitable for the intended audience. Most children have experienced a pirate phase at a young age and these episodes are exciting enough to hold their interest. Even though pirates are usually portrayed as villains, there are a lot of good pirates who help Ruby become the pirate she wants to be. Questioning, probing and problem-solving are encouraged in an appropriate manner. The episodes encourage lots of critical thinking and problem solving skills such as team work, asking questions, use of reasoning and logic. The animation is clear, easy to identify and quite colorful. The visuals are characteristic of the period of the pirate era. There are no menu access, chapters, nor special features. This is an adventure that will appeal to school age children between 5 and 10. I give it 5 out of 5 stars. It really is a must see! Reviewed by Tina B., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This film has a great plotline and gives each character lots of personality. The plotline becomes even more interesting because of all the strong personalities. Even though this film is meant for younger ages, I still was quite entertained.

This film is all about meeting and getting to know who Ruby is. It starts from pirates discovering her as a baby, watching her go on adventures and figuring out who she wants to be. She goes off to the sea for the first time by herself and encounters problems. Eventually she is able to overcome them. She then goes off and solves multiple tests to be able to acquire treasure.

Laetitia Lefebvre has a determined and strong child-like voice which perfectly fits Ruby because Ruby has all of these traits. Ruby at times can sound very stubborn, scared, determined and strong. The Black Baron (Tom Wayland) sounds determined as well. The Black Baron is a very manipulative character and Wayland changes his voice accordingly. For example, he can sound convincing, caring and sweet, but also ominous.

The animation is very colorful and has lots of details. I also love that their faces express emotion and their body language does as well. The pirate costumes are very unique. I loved seeing all the different types of clothing that doesn't repeat for everyone.

My favorite scene is when Ruby smartly doesn't get distracted by the Black Baron when he wants to steal the treasure. I felt really proud of her and I knew that she was fit to become a knight.

The message of the story is to always believe in yourself no matter what. Ruby was born as a pirate, but girls aren't allowed to be pirates. Even though this is true, Ruby goes out and proves her worthiness. She encounters many problems, but stays strong and believes in herself. She stays determined every time. She doesn't stop continuing on her journey. Instead she just becomes stronger and fights even harder. This is a good message for female empowerment. Even though people want to limit you because you are a girl, don't let them. Do what Ruby does. Everyone is against her and she still manages to achieve all of her goals and become successful.

This DVD, just like the rest of the Super 4 series, is well made. It has a wonderful message and an entertaining plotline. I recommend this for ages 6 to 11 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. This is available on DVD now, so definitely check it out.

By Jolleen M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13.
Runtime: 45 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-8
Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.99
Media: DVD


ABC MONSTERS: THE COMPLETE SEASON

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N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - Enjoy the complete season of ABC Monsters! Embark on one phonics adventure after another while learning each letter of the alphabet in this complete set! Twenty six cuddly ABC Monsters live within the walls of Capital Castle. Each monster represents a letter of the alphabet but should any of the monsters go missing for longer than a day, all the letters will be wiped out from every book in Capital Town! So it's very important to make sure that all the ABC Monsters are safely back in Alphabet Gardens before the sun goes down. However, this isn't as easy as it sounds. The ABC Monsters are naturally curious creatures and often wander off from Alphabet Gardens to try and find new and fun items, inevitably getting themselves lost in the process. When Alice, Brian and Cherry Berry set out to find the ABC Monsters, they learn to spell multiple items that start with that ABC Monsters letter as well as play other phonics games and sing songs! Get set for a spellbinding series of magical adventures that engages the imagination all while making learning the alphabet exciting and entertaining!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - In the city of Capitol Castle live 26 adorable Alphabet Monsters. The city is full of fun and excitement. However, there is one sad fact - should a monster go missing for more than a day all of the letters disappear from all literature in Capitol Castle! Be prepared for tons of adventures and rescue missions. I have watched several volumes of ABC Monsters, but I was super excited to watch the complete season. Different episodes and volumes of this series feature a select few alphabet monsters, so you get a limited view of this very fun, living alphabet. Being able to sit down and watch the full season has been very enjoyable. Every single monster is different in both personality and look and they work so well with their pals Alice, Brian and Cherry Berry. Every episode focuses around trying to find a lost letter and discovering new things that just happen to start with the specific letter featured in the episode. There are plenty of fun and catchy song to sing along with. I genuinely love watching how the creators managed to make this so jam packed with educational opportunities and yet, so attention grabbing. It's wonderful! I love the cute animation and my toddler agrees. This is great for ages 3 to 6. This lovely series has earned itself 5 out of 5 stars! Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror

Learning can be fun! ABC Monsters: Complete Series DVD is quite an exciting tool for learning the alphabet, learning new words large and small, solving puzzles, writing, learning about directions (north, south, east, west) and the characters teach children about the importance of teamwork. This series concentrates on the alphabet in a fun, lively and energetic way. It also helps with counting. Young children will enjoy singing along with Alice, Brian, Cherry Berry and all the letters when they sing the alphabet song. The song is repeated twice in each episode, bringing the audience back to the original focus of the show - learning the alphabet, writing the letters and learning new words. Each letter comes alive with their colorful outfits, colorful hair, hats, clothes, eyes and funny looking feet and hands. The songs also help with learning the alphabet, as well and learning new words, and finding the missing letters in the puzzle clues. I enjoyed watching this series and rate it 5 out of 5 stars. I recommend it for ages 4 to 8. I know these kids will love this series.

Reviewed by Tina B., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This delightful, animated series had me smiling the entire time. I learned how to read and write many years ago, but it was quite exciting to relearn both with the ABC Monsters. From the vibrant animation to exciting adventures and amusing characters, a child is sure to learn their phonics in no time. If you want to take a trip down memory lane, and enhance your vocabulary, let the ABC Monsters help you, because they make learning so much fun.

Set within the boundaries of Capital Castle, twenty six lovable and friendly ABC Monsters appreciate the beauty life has to offer. Each monster symbolizes a distinct letter of the alphabet. If one of the letters goes missing for longer than a day, everything becomes chaotic and every letter becomes erased from all of the books in Capital Town. Because of this, it is imperative that all twenty six letters are home in the Alphabet Gardens before sunset. However, it is an immense challenge to keep all of the letters in one place, since each letter is inquisitive and analytical about every situation, leading them to constantly wander off and explore as much as they can. The viewer joins Brian, Alice and Cherry Berry in finding the ABC Monsters, and watching them learn early language skills through sing-along videos and unforeseen circumstances.

Alice is such a sweet, little girl who loves adventures and meeting new people. She is not afraid to discover new places and enjoys a difficult challenge. Whenever a problem arises, she goes above and beyond to have the ABC Monsters back safely. Brian is Alice's best friend and one of the happiest people you will ever see. Given that he is from Capital Town, he often visits Alice at the castle and always has intriguing questions to ask. He and Alice both are more than eager to correctly solve puzzles and games that are very prominent in their daily lives. Cherry Berry is a lovely Court Jester in Capital Castle who cheers on Alice and Brian as they try their best to find the ABC Monsters. She becomes ecstatic when they get a puzzle correct and will flip and do multiple cartwheels to demonstrate her excitement. Since I used to be a gymnast, Cherry Berry is easy to relate to, and she makes tumbling look so easy. I wish she could teach me how to be a better gymnast.

The animation in this series is beyond adorable. Each letter has a different personality and appearance, which I greatly admire. No matter who you are or what you believe in, you are sure to fall in love with one of the twenty six letters. My favorite part of this series has to be seeing King Wordy in action. He is Alice's dad and he never puts a book down. He reminds me of my sister who loves to read. It amazes me how some people love reading so much, but others do not. You are sure to love King Wordy, because he is hilarious and a great dad to Alice.

The message of the series is to never give up in any situation. As long as you have friends and the will to persevere, nothing is impossible. Reading and writing are essential in everyday life. Even if it is not your cup of tea, there are ways to make it fun. Just ask the ABC Monsters!

I give this series 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 6 to 10. Although it is intended for a very young audience, it is a fantastic, comedic series to watch with your entire family because, no matter how old you are, there is always something new to learn about the alphabet. ABC Monsters: The Complete Season is available on DVD now so check it out. Find out which letter you truly are.

Reviewed by Samantha M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 18

ABC Monsters: The Complete Season is a fun and educational experience for young kids. It inspires them to learn, enjoy learning and even encourages them to participate in physical activity. It is creative and interesting all the way through. If I was a parent, I would use this DVD to help me teach my kid about the alphabet and early language skills.

I have reviewed other episodes of ABC Monsters previously and enjoy how each episode is different. For example, one of the episodes is based on introducing kids to the letter "A." In this episode, the Alphabet Monsters are so excited about the archery competition when suddenly, all the arrows go missing! Alice, Bryan and Cherry Berry (the protagonists) go on a mission to find the missing arrows and the missing letter of the alphabet, which just so happens to be Letter "A." On the way, they go on a lot of mini quests such as helping Amy the Alligator find her armband and help Farmer Alex find his apple. At the end of the episode, Alice, Bryan and Cherry Berry review everything we learned in the episode and include fun little songs and dances for us to do and sing.

Everything about this show is child friendly and appropriate for a young age group. The storylines are consistent without being repetitive and are quite easy to follow. This show would be very entertaining for young kids. The visuals are bright and colorful which will attract young viewers. The music is upbeat and cheery. The characters are adorable and likable. I think that all of these aspects are important in order for kids to enjoy watching a program.

I give this DVD 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for kids ages 1 to 5. I believe that this show will intrigue kids with its cute characters and interesting plotlines. It will get them excited about learning, music and physical fitness. It will help parents teach their kids about spelling, grammar and phonics while keeping them hooked and wanting to learn more. This show offers quality entertainment for young children who need to be introduced to the alphabet. Parents can feel confident about using this DVD to enlighten their little ones about the English language. It is available on DVD now so, check it out.

By Ella L., KIDS FIRST! Film Critics, age 14
Runtime: 575 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.99
Media: DVD


INCREDIBLES 2

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WALT DISNEY STUDIOS MOTION PICTURES
Series: FEATURES, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - Bob Parr (Mr. Incredible) is left to care for Jack-Jack while Helen (Elastigirl) is out saving the world.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Incredibles 2 is here! It has been 14 years since Incredibles and, I believe that the long -awaited sequel is quite good. I thoroughly enjoyed this Pixar super hero sequel.

The storyline is about the Parr family - Bob/Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson), Helen/Elastigirl (Holly Hunter), Violet (Sarah Vowell), Dash (Huck Milner) and baby Jack-Jack (Eli Fucile) returning to save the world. The Incredibles continues their battle in balancing family life with saving the world with their super powers.

I like the addition of the new cast of super heroes including Lucius Best/Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson) and Voyd (Sophia Bush). This film continues with action similar to the original film and the animation is truly amazing as it shows the various adventures of the family members.

The storyline features Elastigirl taking the lead in a campaign to bring Supers back, while Mr. Incredible is given the responsibility of caring for the kids. Their mission is derailed, as a new villain emerges with a brilliant and dangerous plot that threatens everything. But the Parrs don't shy away from a challenge, especially with Frozone by their side. This is what makes this family so incredible.

My favorite scene is when Bob Parr/Mr. Incredible discovers baby Jack Jack has super powers. He goes through walls, becomes a ferocious beast and duplicates himself, just to name a few of his powers.

This film contains action, adventure, comedy and It could be too intense for very young or sensitive kids. I think it will surely be a fun summer movie for many families.

I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10 to 18. Many adults will enjoy it also. The film opens in theaters nationwide June 15, 2018. Be sure to check it out.

By Juanita L., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Fourteen years after the first film was released, we finally have the continuation of the Pixar animated hit and I would dare say, every year of waiting was worth it because this film is truly incredible.

The story follows the Parr Family, as it looks like being super heroes (Supers) is against the law, but then an opportunity for Elastigirl to change people's view of Supers occurs, while Mr. Incredible stays at home with the kids.

I always talk about the animation first, so let's do that. The animation in the first movie was pretty good by 2004 standards. What I find interesting is that this movie looks really similar to the first. It feels as if it's the same animation, just updated. That isn't a bad thing. In fact, I actually like it. I love how you can actually see such small details such as the fabric textures on the clothes. You can see the sleep deprivation on the characters' faces and not just in bags under the eyes. I really like seeing all these details.

Since the main characters are all super heroes, there's lots of action. I feel like this movie is really creative with all the different powers, particularly those for Violet and Elastigirl. There's lots of cool stuff they do with Violet's force fields and Elastigirl's stretching. They also introduce a group of new Supers who are very creative. From the design, to the powers, I think the group is a cool addition to the story.

Of course the elephant in the room is Jack-Jack. In the first movie, they show that Jack-Jack has powers. They never specify what powers he has. An important plot point in the movie is about Jack-Jack's powers. However, now I'm even more confused. Off the top of my head, he has 11 powers and I may have forgotten some. The movie also has slight implications that this isn't normal and now I'm incredibly curious. Hopefully it won't take 14 years for an answer. Yes, I am ready for Incredibles 3!

This movie also excels in character development. Since the typical parent roles are switched, with the mom working and the dad staying at home watching the kids, it very subtly shows off both Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl's character and motivations. It genuinely feels like a continuation, as it does address Mr. Incredible's desire to be a super hero again. It also shows how raising a family is team work.

I give this movie 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, as the movie is kind of dark at times. The movie opens in theaters June 15m 2018 so check it out!

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

Incredibles 2, directed by the legendary Brad Bird is a timeless classic that has been reborn fourteen years after The Incredibles! Although bound to be compared to the original, Incredibles 2 creates a legacy and masterpiece in itself with a myriad of creativity and uniqueness. The story takes me back to my childhood and into the future with the retro, but futuristic feel created by integrating new superhero technology and vintage technology.

The story picks off from where the Incredibles ends, when the Underminer threatens the city and superheroes are still illegal. To try and bring the superheroes back into business, a rich entrepreneur by the name of Winston Deavor (Bob Odenkirk) enlists the help of Helen Parr, also known as Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) to win the people's hearts once again. Bob Parr, also known as Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) stays at home to take care of his three super children.

The same voice actors play the same characters in The Incredibles and Incredibles 2 except Dash Parr, played by Huck Milner. It made me feel as though no time has passed since I was a young child watching The Incredibles. When I was watching this film, I didn't realize the actor was different for Dash. He has the same childish innocence and humor in his voice, as well as Dash's famous sarcasm. Due to the fact that the same cast plays the same characters fourteen years later, Craig T. Nelson's voice is more raspy, but it adds an element that elevates Bob Parr's character. Bob is a lot more exhausted throughout the film and the raspy addition makes the character feel realistic and relatable.

The animation uses many of the features from the first film, while adding new perspectives and elements of modern filmmaking. The animated camera angles are a special component. During a variety of fight scenes and other relaxed scenes, the perspective switches from third person to first person quite often. This engaged me as a viewer and adds to the intensity and excitement of a superhero chase and being in a world with superheroes. The fight scenes are memorable with each one becoming better and more innovative than the last. The director, Brad Bird makes sure each of the superhero's powers are used to the best of their ability. For example, Elastigirl acquires a new motorbike that can split apart while she provides the bridge keeping it intact, allowing for easy mobility in difficult situations.

The message of this film is that parents are heroes, whether or not they wear super suits. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 6 to 18. Be sure to check out this long-awaited sequel in theatres nationwide June 15, 2018. Reviewed by Sahiba K., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14

The Incredibles 2 is a great sequel to an amazing movie. The animation is brilliant, plus, the two main plots balance out well to create a well-rounded film.

The Incredibles 2 continues the story of the Parrs, a super hero family that had to go into hiding because of a law banning supers. This film focuses on Elastigirl as she tries to end the anti-super laws that stop her from being a superhero. Meanwhile, Mr. Incredible struggles to keep the kids in check.

My favorite part is when Jack-Jack uses his powers to fight a raccoon because he thinks it's a criminal. This scene is hilarious. I really enjoyed how Mr. Incredible is sleeping in the foreground, while all the action happens in the back. I also like the scene when Elastigirl chases after the new hover train. This scene is fast paced and funny.

The animation in this film is great. I specifically like the glass breaking, the water features of the house and Frozone's ice. The glass and the water are both super realistic and I really like how they kept the same style as the original film for Frozone's ice. I felt they underused Dash in this film though. His only part in this film is needing help with math. I feel this wastes Dash, because I really enjoy him as a character. The Incredibles 2 has some very topical morals in it. It asks the question of whether a law should be followed if it is unlawful. It also focuses on the concept of "when enough people have the same idea and they fight for it, that things will change".

The voice acting is quite good. You can hear the emotion in the actors' voices, so you can really connect to their characters. The music in this film is truly brilliant. They wrote theme songs for Frozone, Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl that are written like 60s super hero themes. These are scattered around the movie and really make a major comedic effect.

I give this film 5 out of 5 stars because, while it's not as good as the original, it is still an incredible film. I recommend it for ages 7 through 18 because it's really a film a huge variety of different people will enjoy. I believe adults will really enjoy watching this film as well. It opens in theaters nationwide June 15, 2018 so, check it out.

Reviewed by Rohan F., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 1

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
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Media: FeatureFilm


WE ARE ERCOLINI

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WE ARE ERCOLINI
GIACOMO DEL BUNO
Series: FOREIGN DOCUMENTARY, AGES 5-16
Topic - Family
Description - the history of the first youth soccer team made up of young Roma, dreams, expectations and hopes of a group of young players towards integration.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I thoroughly enjoyed this film and highly recommend it to the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. This documentary film from Italy shows how life-changing team sports can be! The enthusiasm of a great coach can raise kids' confidence to amazing new levels. Insisting on good school grades, in order to play on the Ercolini team, is a powerful way to improve kids' futures. Gypsy boys from the "wrong side of the tracks" in Italy are helped by a terrific soccer coach who is stern, yet generous. He demands that the kids attend school and that they study a lot at home. In return, he offers free transportation for them to soccer matches in different towns. The coach teaches them the power of a positive attitude and good teamwork. He encourages an energetic, brave outlook on life, and shows these boys how to set the world on fire, with or without him being there. It is fun to watch the boys all singing together in the team van after losing a game. This keeps their spirits high and their sense of belonging alive. Their first trip ever to a beach is a real treat for them all. The set and location of the trailer park and abandoned gypsy camp where the coach first met these boys is a moving scene. It makes you appreciate how sports combined with education can be a way to escape this poverty. My favorite part is when the boys unfold a large sign in front of the hospital, pleading for the coach to recover and come back to the team soon. What a display of love and caring for their adult hero! The message of this film is that a kid's real goal and victory in his or her young life is to get good grades in school to ensure a better future. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 16. In Italian with English sub-titles. Reviewed by Jeff M., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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Runtime: 52 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-16
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Media: VIDEO


GIRL WHO TALKS TO THE MOON, THE

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GIRL WHO TALKS TO THE MOON, THE
FREDERICK KROETSCH
Series: FOREIGN ANIMATED SHORT, AGES 4-7
Topic - Family
Description - The Girl Who Talks to the Moon is a web-series funded by the CBC in Canada. It follows the adventures of an inquisitive girl named Harmony who lives on the magical island of Haida Gwaii. Every night before she falls asleep, the moon gives Harmony a fun task, like learning how to make a kite. In her dreams Harmony completes the task with the help of friendly animals. Along the way she learns about the ancient Haida language through song and play. The show is a combination of stopmotion animation, live action and hand puppets. Pilot Episode Synopsis: Wanting a new toy, Harmony learns how to make a kite from �uuya the Raven.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This short Canadian film starts using stop-motion animation showing a girl named Harmony who talks to the moon before bed each evening. The moon then gives her a small task based upon what they talked about, which she then completes with the help of some animal friends (puppets) while she is dreaming. This part takes place in live action. The production quality is very good. It switches from stop motion to live action to parts that are slightly animated. It is very fun to watch. The material covers Harmony learning new words in the ancient Haida language through music, while she builds a toy kite with the help of her friend, the raven. There are talking animals, a child on a mission and lots of wonderful music. The structure flows well. It teaches a new language. The young actress portraying the girl is quite charming and radiant. All the voice over talent is excellent as well. Visually the set is quite well done and all the different types of media - animation, live action and stop motion make it intriguing to watch. I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars! This film is most suitable for children ages 4 to 7 and I highly recommend it for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. Reviewed by Amana M. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Jurors
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Runtime: 5 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-7
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OUR WAY TO FALL

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OUR WAY TO FALL
ZOEY PECK
Series: STUDENT FILM, AGES 5 TO 12
Topic - Family
Description - A young girl on the playground is unsatisfied with her life until she encounters a girl who changes her perspective.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Lovely short live action student film. Set on a playground, this short film shows a young girl and her grandmother. The girl is acting bored. Grandma tells her to go and play. She plays by herself for a bit, but then gets bored once again. A few other girls are playing with a ball that is thrown in her direction. She brings it back and hopes they'll ask her to play with them. Instead, they make fun of her because she is carrying around a stuffed animal. She becomes discouraged and goes back to playing alone. There is another girl playing on the monkey bars whose mom shows interest in her child, unlike the protagonist's grandmother. She joins the girl on the monkey bars and they both fall down laughing. The protagonist realizes that the other girl uses a wheelchair and all of a sudden, she realizes her life isn't all bad. It's a lovely awakening about recognizing the positive things in your life. The production values of the film are quite good. The location and costumes are very realistic. Video and audio quality are quite acceptable and would work well for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. For a five minute short, it tells a compelling story. I love the message about inclusion. Recommended for ages 5 to 12 and I give this 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Amanda M. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! jurors.
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Runtime: 5 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
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ALL IN GOOD TIME

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ALL IN GOOD TIME
DYEHOUSE FILMS
Series: FOREIGN INDIE SHORT, AGE 8-12
Topic - Family
Description - All In Good Time is a comic fantasy for children. It's about the friendship that develops between Mal, an Irish boy who lives on the west coast of Ireland in 1918 and Sam, an Indian-Irish girl who lives in the same place in 2018. They are magically able to communicate across the ages through messages in a bottle they throw into the sea. Their parents are too busy or sceptical to believe them but they don't care. They're having too much fun learning about each other's world and sending each other things through the bottle. Sam is also able to help Malachy confront the older boy who bullies him with the help of some modern intervention. But when Sam's Dad tells her they have to move away due to financial difficulties Malachy and Sam hatch a time-twisting plan to solve the problem. This is a visually-driven story with an emphasis on fun about the culture clash and unique friendship that develops between two mismatched kids who come from different worlds.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I highly recommend this charming short from Dublin, Ireland. This is exactly the sort of film that we look for! The fantastical time and space elements are particularly enjoyable. I believe children will be drawn to it as they tend to love magical stories. This has an enticing story which draws the viewer in from the beginning to end. It flows well. The cinematography is excellent with clear audio and visuals. The sounds of the ocean and the breaking of the bottle stand out. The cinematography in coastal Ireland are stunningly beautiful. The lighting correlates well with the fantasy nature of the story and adds to its mystery. I love the key cast characters, the boy and the girl both give quite believable performances that make them seem quite real. Their expressions in their close-ups are completely charming. I really enjoyed the soundtrack. It is quite suitable for the storyline with sort of a Celtic sound and it adds to the sense of wonder throughout the film. To differentiate the 100 year difference in time, the characters' costumes obviously have to be different - some for the early 1900s and others for present day. They are well executed and suitable for the two time periods. The language is appropriate for the target age as well. This would make a great addition to any children or family film festival that wants to show how different cultures live in different times. I love the ending! The whole film is magically realistic! I heart fully recommend it for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival for ages 8 to 12 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Kimberly M. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! jurors.
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Runtime: 13 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
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Media: VIDEO


SHERLOCK GNOMES

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PARAMOUNT PICTURES
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - After a string of garden gnome disappearances in London, Gnome & Juliet look to legendary detective Sherlock Gnomes to solve the case of their missing friends and family.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Breaking news from London - garden gnomes have been kidnapped! "Oh fertilizer!" This is one of many amusing jokes from the very British characters in Sherlock Gnomes, sequel to the 2011 animated film Gnomeo and Juliet. Although the plot of this family-friendly movie is somewhat predictable, it is still quite funny and clever.

In this sequel, the formerly star-crossed lovers Gnomeo (James McAvoy) and Juliet (Emily Blunt) are married and have just moved to London where they are appointed by their parents as joint heads of the garden. Both Juliet and Gnomeo feel the pressures of their new leadership roles and the marriage begins to suffer through lack of communication and mutual appreciation. Meanwhile, their gnome friends are disappearing from homes all over London, and they attempt to search for and save them. With the help of Sherlock Gnomes (Johnny Depp) and Watson (Chiwetel Ejiofor), the adventure begins - to defeat the evil pie company called Moriarty (Jamie Demetriou) and save all gnomes. We also see that poor Watson is quite ignored and under-appreciated by Sherlock.

My favorite aspects of this movie are the music, Johnny Depp and the "planning" sequences. I love the song choices used in transitions between scenes. If you are a fan of Sir Elton John, you will be pleased to hear many of his hits, including "Don't Go Breaking My Heart," "I'm Still Standing," "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting" and a fantastic new song performed by the great Mary J. Blige. Johnny Depp is hilarious with his condescending British accent. I have seen almost every movie he has ever been in and he never disappoints with his comedic intensity. Another interesting thing that happens is when we see the inner workings of Sherlock's mind in 2-D black-and-white animation. One clinker for me is when super-intelligent Watson, looking for Gnomeo, says "Gnomeo, Gnomeo! Oh don't make me say it - wherefore art thou, Gnomeo?" (Of course "wherefore" means "why" in Romeo and Juliet.)

The message of this story is a good one - that you will succeed by respecting the people who support you. Sherlock learns that lesson when he realizes that Watson feels that Sherlock isn't listening to him or respecting him. Juliet learns it when she realizes that Gnomeo feels as if Juliet is ignoring him, too.

I rate this film 5 out of 5 stars because, almost all the scenes kept me laughing, the music is great, and I love the message. I recommend this movie for ages 7 to 18. This is available on DVD/Blu-ray June 12, 2018 and on Digital June 5, 2018. If you are looking for a fun family movie, this is it!

Reviewed by Lucia F., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 19
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Sherlock Gnomes is a great movie! I really like the storyline because it has an amazing good versus evil plot.

The story follows Gnomeo and Juliet's move to London where they become the new leaders of the garden. On their first day, somebody kidnaps all the gnomes in the garden! Luckily, Sherlock Gnomes and Watson are there. Gnomeo and Juliet help Sherlock save all the gnomes in London.

The animation in this movie is excellent. The gnomes look like real life gnomes with a small touch of cartoon. I like how, in the beginning, a couple of gnomes are standing on a book talking about how they are going to read about Sherlock Gnomes. Sherlock Gnomes is a great detective just like Sherlock Holmes, but instead of protecting people he is the sworn protector of Gnomes. This gives the feeling that the entire movie is about those three gnomes reading us a book about Sherlock Gnomes.

The movie has lots of characters named from other movies and books such as Gnomeo and Juliet whose names are take offs of Romeo and Juliet. Sherlock Gnomes is based on Sherlock Holmes. I like how the gnomes freeze around humans. They just stay completely still so humans don't realize they move. The frozen position is also what they do when fall asleep. As soon as they get frozen, they can choose to fall asleep instantly or not.

The characters in the film include Gnomeo (James McAvoy), Juliet (Emily Blunt), Sherlock Gnomes (Johnny Depp) and Watson (Chiwetel Ejiofor). My favorite character is Benny, (Matt Lucas) because he is smart with technology, but otherwise very clumsy. I find that funny.

My favorite scene is when Benny trips and he is forced to put on a show to distract the guard while Gnomeo escapes. That scene is a mix of action and comedy. Another of my favorite scenes is when Gnomeo comes up with a plan to get past Reggie the gargoyle (Dexter Fletcher). I like how they show the plan with paper versions of all the gnomes.

The message of this movie is never take advantage of your friends. I rate this movie 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 through 11 because of its great storyline and message. I think adults will like watching this movie as well. It comes out on DVD and Blu-ray June 10 so, be sure to check it out. Reviewed by Damon Foxe, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10.

Sherlock Gnomes is a frequently clever animated film that has a few fun moments, yet suffers from a jumbled story and too many characters to fully engage you in the movie as a whole.

Sherlock Gnomes is a sequel to Gnomeo and Juliet and brings together garden gnome versions of the famous detective and the Shakespearean couple from the first installment. Gnomeo and Juliet move to a new garden in London that disappoints their entire faction of gnomes. Gnomeo and Juliet are appointed the new leaders to turn the garden into a beautiful wonderland for their little village. Meanwhile, several gardens have been erased of all signs of gnomekind and soon, Gnomeo and Juliet's is too. The dynamic duo of the incredibly smart, but sometimes selfish detective and protector of London's garden gnomes Sherlock Gnomes and his trusty sidekick Watson are on the case and intend to catch the culprit and track down the missing gnomes, with the help of Gnomeo and Juliet.

Unfortunately the collision of these literary duos doesn't work very well. Their stories have very different characters and tones. The film makes clever references to Sherlock Holmes and his works that will be enjoyable for fans of the character's inspiration, but the collaboration still feels forced. Gnomeo and Juliet go through a storyline that feels out of place and their conversations have a repetitive message. The characters feel less developed against the more engaging Sherlock Gnomes.

My favorite character is Sherlock Gnomes (Johnny Depp). He embodies the qualities of the literary detective and makes his portrayal of Sherlock his own, giving him a more fun and comedic manner. He also nails Sherlock's complex relationship with Watson.

I recommend this film for ages 5 to 9 due to some crude humor. Younger kids will enjoy the film's bright colors and caper elements and older kids and adults might enjoy some of the humor. However, this film lacks the vivid animation and nuance that offers the same wide appeal of other animated films. I give it 2.5 out of 5 stars because the story is a bit confusing, although it has some characters and good laughs.

Reviewed by Benjamin P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12
Runtime: 86 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD


RAIN TOWN

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RAIN TOWN
MEXICAN FILM INSTITUTE
Series: FOREIGN INDIE SHORT, AGE 7-18
Topic - Family
Description - Carmen and her grandparents live in Oaxaca�s mixtec region. When a drought threatens her family�s crops, Carmen finds a way to make it rain.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This thoughtful documentary provides insight into the rural residents of the Oaxaca region of Mexico and their lifestyle. The performers are very authentic in their dress. The set is very typical of the region. The interaction between the child and grandparents very typical. Although the pace is pretty slow for an American audience, it is thoughtful and delivered with grace and style. I recommend it for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival for ages 7 to 18 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
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Runtime: 12 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 7-18
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Media: VIDEO


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HORSE'S STONE
MEXICAN FILM INSTITUTE
Series: FOREIGN INDIE SHORT, AGE 8-14
Topic - Family
Description - Matilde, a dying Little girl, will search for the Stone that will not only allow her to fulfill her dream of becoming a horse, but also, perhaps, even cheat death.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This exceptional film from Mexico accomplishes a lot in its short runtime. The dialogue is in Spanish with English sub-titles. It is filled with hope and magic that is sure to capture anyone's imagination.

The story follows a young girl who is terminally, Matilde, who dreams of becoming a horse. Her rancher father catches a horse that won't let anyone ride it and the horse and Matilde develop a bond. Matilde is portrayed by Camila Robertson Glennie as a very sensitive little girl who may be wise beyond her years. Even though the subject of death underlies this story, it is not done in a dark or menacing way.

The cinematography is very well done and captures every scene with great beauty. The actors are also really talented, from the father with his stern, yet caring demeanor to the hopeful character of Matilde. The storyline flows well and is easy for kids to follow and relate to. The vocabulary is appropriate for a youth and family audience. The film is well paced and all the characters draw you in. A child would like its message about how your dreams can come true. I particularly enjoyed the animated segments when the grandmother tells Matilde the story about humans and horses. It's quite beautiful aesthetically and magical in its storyline.

The cinematography is excellent although there are times when the scenes are very dark and it's difficult to see people clearly. Yet, the close-ups are beautifully shot and reveal the characters' emotions very believably. The background music is quite lovely, especially during the animated section. The sets and locations are well chosen and the costuming quite appropriate. The closing credits are extraordinarily well done with terrific animation reflecting the entire film once again.

This is exactly the type of film that we look for! I give this film 4.5 out of 5 stars and highly recommend it for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. I recommend it for ages 8 to 14 as well as adults. Reviewed by Angel Urquidi, KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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Runtime: 20 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-14
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HALKAA (PICHKU'S DREAM)

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HALKAA (PICHKU'S DREAM)
NIL AMADHAB PANDA
Series: FOREIGN FEATURE, AGES 10-18
Topic - Family
Description - This is a portrayal of eight-year-old, Pichku and all the questions about his basic existence as a child and his questions to adult. Growing up in one of the oldest slum in Delhi. His existence becomes more important, when he realizes, that he is a big boy (9 year old) now and cannot roam around naked. And the intolerant nose, which can't breathe the filthy smell of the community, where he lives! This realization leads to the unusual decision of not defecating in open, where it is a common practice every morning in his community on the railway tracks. The story is about a child's thought, translating and unfolding inner mysteries of the world in their own way and on their own terms. Pichku knows he lives in an isolation inside the community because he is different from the others. But he knows there is nothing called miracle. He himself has to do something to end this misery. All he realizes that he has to fight over it. From India, directed by Nilamadhab Panda
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - What a beautiful film that provides insight into the culture of India. The most appealing thing about this film is Pichku's kind nature and his will to achieve his dream. I believe that a child will appreciate how Pichku works hard to achieve his dream once he realizes that no one is going to provide it for him. The pace is a bit slower than many films but it is suitable to the storyline. It has easy to follow concepts and dialogue that most children will be able to follow. The cinematography is really well done and the music is delightful. There are some musical numbers that show off all the different locations to their fullest.

The story is really terrific. It follows Pichku, a young boy from the slums of India, an area so poor that they don't have indoor toilets so most people use the bathroom outside. Pichku is different from many of the other people from his slum in that he doesn't want to use the bathroom in public. So Pichku and another young boy decide to build a bathroom for the village. In order to do so, they have to raise money by working various jobs around town such as recycling trash.

I found myself rooting for Pichku because, once he sees that no one will give him the thing he wants most, that he decides to go after it himself. There are some scenes where the rich kids come down to the slums to see how the other half lives and they never make fun of Pichku and his friends. In fact, quite the opposite happens. There is a scene where Pichku and Gopi sneak into the rich kid's school and walk through the halls and they are absolutely awestruck. The only character that I didn't care for is Pichku's father. I know what they were going for, but in some parts it feels as if they drop the ball with him several times.

The cinematography is very well done, the background music is excellent and the locations are well chosen. They show both sides of the wage gap, from the small huts where Pichku and his family live to the clean interiors of modern buildings. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed this film, except for perhaps how Pichku's father is portrayed.

The film is in Hindi with English subtitles. There is some mild cursing which they censor out in the subtitles. There is also a scene where a man is urinating but you do not see his private parts. This is exactly the type of film that the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival seeks to showcase. I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars and highly recommend it to kids ages 10 to 18. The filmmaker is quite accomplished and has received some very prestigious awards for his work including one of the highest civilian honors of India, "Padmashree" in 2016, by the President of India. Reviewed by Angel U., and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Jurors.
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Runtime: 110 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
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BREAKFAST CHICKEN

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BREAKFAST CHICKEN
THOMAS KASTRATI
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 7-18
Topic - Family
Description - Life from the point of view of an egg.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I highly recommend this short animation film to the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. It examines life from the point of view of an egg and two pieces of bacon. I love the simplicity of the animation. It is straightforward, comical and a bit sad all at once. When an egg has eyes, it makes you think twice about consuming it. The sound quality is excellent. The animation is simple, yet well executed. The storyline flows very well and is easily watchable as well as entertaining. The film has a funny way of expressing how being eaten by a human might be an animal's nightmare. I believe children will appreciate the funny aspect of the film and, at the same time, understand and think about the message. In its subtle way, it teaches you about caring how other beings feel. I definitely recommend this for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival, especially if the venue is focused on ethics or insight. I recommend it for ages 7 to 18, as well as adults and give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Elizabeth V. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Jurors.
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Runtime: 1 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 7-18
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GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU: AN ENCHANTING EASTER       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 2-7
Topic - Family
Description - Enjoy this Easter special adventure based on the classic picture book that has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, written by Sam McBratney, illustrated by Anita Jeram and published by Walker Books. As winter melts into spring and the meadow bursts forth with new life, Little Nutbrown Hare sees a rare sight... a pure white fawn, dancing in the moonlight. Nobody in the meadow has ever seen a white fawn so his friends think he's making it up. But Little White Owl tells of a place of mystical white creatures in the next valley, so the friends go on an adventure... across the streamy stream, and through the woody woods to search for the mythical white fawn. Little do they know that the tiny fawn is hiding from them, on the patches of white snow, thinking they are all playing a game of hide-and seek. Only when she falls into the stream and the friends save her do they believe Little Nutbrown Hare. The fawn visits them on Easter Day, but isn't so good at playing hide and seek in the grassy meadow, until they find a field of pure white flowers to play in.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I thoroughly enjoyed this DVD and found it quite interesting to learn about a white fawn. This is a heartwarming tale about Little Brown Hare who wanders outside one night when he can't sleep and discovers a rare, all white fawn dancing in the snow. He knows all white fawns are rare and when he talks to her she runs away. Through lots of escapades Little Brown Hare finally is able to convince his forest friends the fawn is real and able to befriend the white fawn. The characters are interesting and charming. A field mouse and a squirrel friends are all friends with Little Brown Hare and they interact with each other in the most loving way. I felt sorry for Little Brown Hare when no one believes that he had seen the white fawn. Eventually the truth comes out and they finally see her and believe Little Brown Hare.

The morale of this story is about love. The love between Little Brown Hare and his dad, the love of friends and possibility of the love of strangers. The negative behaviors shown are about doubt, but that disappears over time. I particularly enjoyed seeing the field mouse trying to protect Little Brown Hare by making a white fawn out of snow. He tries to protect his friend's honor in doing so.

The educational and social elements that make this title valuable emphasize the various ways that you can show someone how you love them. Adults often tell children that they love them and they can hear it in this story in a way they can relate to.

I recommend this for ages 3 to 7 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. It uses vocabulary and ideas which little children can understand and enjoy. Questioning, probing and problem-solving are developed in a manner suitable for the target age. It is very enjoyable and available now on DVD, so check it out.

Reviewed by Tina B., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The DVD Guess How Much I Love You: An Enchanting Easter is a great movie for the whole family. This film has beautiful animation and an adorable storyline that I love.

Guess How Much I Love You: An Enchanting Easter follows a group of forest animals. One, the Little Nutbrown Hare sees a pure white fawn that enchants him. He tells his father and his friends - the field mouse, the fox and the grey squirrel. They do not believe him at first but Little Nutbrown Hare convinces them to help find the white fawn.

The animation in this series is adorable. The characters and background are very colorful. In every scene, there is always a pop of color, whether it is a vibrant blue or a soft pink. The characters look just like the illustrations in the original book, which I love. It is remarkable how detailed the characters are. For example, the fox has orange fur that fades at the end. It looks like a watercolor painting.

If I was to pick my favorite character, it would be the field mouse or perhaps Little Nutbrown Hare's father. I like the field mouse, because he is the only one who believes in Little Nutbrown Hare and what he saw. I also like Little Nutbrown Hare's father, because he is so kind. He takes care of the mother bird's eggs while she goes to get feathers for her nest. When the birds hatched, he takes them to where he kept warm during the storms until their mother cam back.

The message of this movie is to trust your friends. The fox and the grey squirrel did not believe Little Nutbrown Hare's story about seeing a pure white fawn. The only one that really believes him is the field mouse. He keeps Little Nutbrown Hare's hopes up when his friends did not believe him. I rate this DVD 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages five to seven. This is available on DVD so, look for it.

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

Easter! I love Easter! This 30 minute fantastic, delightful and pure film is directed by Jo Boag. It's so rare to find a truly quality children's film such as this. I love how the storyline brings together so many themes including friendship, believing, togetherness and Easter. Wow! What an amazing combination! Get ready to head down a road filled with adventure.

The story follows Little Nutbrown Hare leading a journey to find a pure white fawn that he sees shining and dancing in the moonlight near his village. His friends think he's making it up. They take a gamble endeavor through the woods in the next valley, down the flowing creek and past the rocks to find her. As their doubt grows, she is right there hiding on the patches of white snow. She instantly thinks it's a big game of hide and seek. She promises to visit them on Easter Day, making Easter that much special for them all.

This film is based on the classic book that has sold worldwide, written by Sam McBratney, illustrated by Anita Jeram and published by Walker Books. The animation is astonishing from beginning to end. The characters are beautiful, colorful, appealing and attractive throughout the entire movie. This film is downright delightful, bringing so much joy for one to appreciate. I just love the animals, especially the cute baby birds! The music really supports the lovely characters and action.

My favorite part is when Little Nutbrown Hare and his friends save the pure white fawn from drowning in the stream. It shows how much he cares and adores her. Absolutely touching! This part in the film has many different actions happening at the same time. All of Little Nutbrown Hare's friends find out the pure white fawn is real and not in Little Nutbrown Hare's imagination. At this moment they are reminded the world is full of marvelous animals. My favorite characters are the pure white fawn and Little Nutbrown Hare, because they are both happy, intriguing, playable and friendly.

This film has a great message of friendship and love and the meaning behind them. True friendships are displayed in this film and we see the genuine love and understanding the characters have for each other. It absolutely calls you to action when they venture out to find pure white fawn. All the characters treat one another appropriately, helping help each other, saying nice things and being friendly to one another.

I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 3 to 11, as well as adults. This film is available now on DVD and Digital, so go check it out before Easter.

Reviewed by Nathalia J., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 9

I love Guess How Much I Love You: An Enchanting Easter! It is a great addition for my collection of Easter movies because it is so cute!

Easter is on its way and this hare is perfect for the holiday season. The life lessons are about friendship and being kind to others. We see this in the kindness extended to the pure white fawn when they show her that they can be friends. The other life lessons are about teamwork and believing in your friends.

The animation is just breathtaking. It is so perfectly executed that it looks like a perfect little story book with live animals. The scenes with the snow are amazing because of the color mix. It is truly magical.

My favorite character is the pure white fawn. She is a new character that I will always remember. I love her personality. She has a sweet side, which she shows towards the end of the film and a funny, silly, playful side that she shows in the beginning. I am in love with her character's voice which is so soft and sweet, making her the perfect fawn. Her interaction with all the different animals shows that she fits right in and they all gain a new BFF.

Another thing that I like about this DVD are the voiceovers. They match the characters wonderfully with their soft tones, making sound a lot like young children. Each character has a small, adorable and squeaky voice.

All the animals are lovable and each one has a different personality. This makes me feel like I am meeting them for real. I want to jump into the screen and give them a big welcome hug. It also makes me want to jump through the TV and play in the meadow as they celebrate Easter. This is a perfect way to get into the spirit of spring after a long, cold and rainy winter.

I recommend this DVD for kids age 4 to 13 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. It is available now on DVD so look for it. Reviewed by Morgan B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13
Runtime: 30 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-7
Suggested Retail Price: $ 6.99
Media: DVD


NATURE: ANIMALS WITH CAMERAS
PBS DISTRIBUTION
Series: DOCUMENTARY, AGES 7-18
Topic - Education/Instructional
Description - Wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan and animal behaviorists join forces to explore stories of animal lives "told" by the animals themselves. The series explores the secret side of the animal kingdom where human cameramen can't go, and camera-wearing animals film their own stories. Sprint across the savannah with a cheetah, plunge into the ocean with a seal, and swing through the trees with a chimp!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This documentary is exquisitely remarkable, thanks to the engineering of tiny camera and collars the animals wear. I was quite impressed with everything about this show. It offers rare glimpses into the lives of many animals including chimpanzees, penguins and meerkats. And, that is only in Episode 1! There are three episodes included in this collection. It is fascinating to see the birthing chamber of the meerkats and see their new pups at five days old. It is wonderful to see how bonded the chimpanzee family is. The film is educational and thoroughly entertaining as you observe these animals lives from their own point of view. The film shows many things that have never been seen before. I really enjoyed watching how the young penguins learn to hunt in the ocean and how the adults feed their babies. Thanks to these little cameras they wear on their backs we see a totally new aspect of these animals. I was just amazed as I watched them swim past shrimp and to reach their superfood - anchovies. I recommend them this film for ages 7 to 18 as well as adults. The groundbreaking footage will truly sweep you away. I give this 5 stars out of 5 stars. It is absolutely one of my new favorite Nature films from PBS. I plan to watch it again! Reviewed by Denise A. Bloomfield
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Runtime: 180 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 7-18
Suggested Retail Price: $ 15.45
Media: DVD


STRING OF BUTTERFLIES

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STRING OF BUTTERFLIES
RUOLIN XU
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic - Education/Instructional
Description - A story about the friendship between a lonely little girl and a grotesque narcissistic monster
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Quite enjoyable. This is a quirky, yet charming short is about a little girl who befriends a monster that can be a little full of himself. After moving to a new town with her father, Alissa meets a monster who likes to steal things. However, she shows him unexpected kindness and they wind up becoming friends. This reminds me of similar stories where unlikely friends are made. The storyline flows well, makes sense and is completely watchable. Some vocabulary may be over the heads of the target audience. I really enjoyed the story and its message: be kind to others, you never know who your next friend might be. Children would enjoy the focus on friendship.

The cinematography is well done such as when we see the details of the butterfly pin given to the monster. The actors are well cast, especially the little girl. There are not a lot of locations but they are well suited to the story.

Where this film falls short is the lighting. In some parts, it is so dark that you can't see what's going on. This definitely hurts the film's quality and the impact of the story. However, I still enjoyed this film very much and wished it was longer. I give it 4 out of 5 stars and highly recommend it for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. I recommend it for ages 5 to 12 as well as adults. Reviewed by Angel U. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Jurors.
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Runtime: 18 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
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Media: VIDEO


GREENHOUSE ACADEMY

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GREENHOUSE ACADEMY
ADDY RUOTOLO-PERETS
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 8-14
Topic - Education/Instructional
Description - After losing their mother, two siblings arrive at a boarding school for gifted future leaders. They join two competing houses at school and become rivals. Soon, mysterious events draw both groups into a secret investigation and uncover a deadly plot to destroy the planet. They must come together to save each other.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Greenhouse Academy is a Netflix series from Israel that is geared for a teen and perhaps tween audience. In watching this episode, one feels as if you missed something by not seeing earlier episodes. There are references to past events that we're not privy to. One of the writers, Paula Yoo, is known for her work on West Wing, one of my all time favorite TV shows and I feel the writing is spot on in terms of its believability. This show plays out similar to other tween/teen shows such as Degrassi and Tower Prep. However, it was hard to get invested in the characters because they aren't really introduced in this episode, which clearly is not the first in the series. Consequently, the viewer has no idea why these students are in this school, except from reading the synopsis, or what goes on there. I have no idea who are the good guys or the bad guys. This episode presumes that the viewer has seen previous episodes of the show and knows the background on the characters and the plot. That being said, I still found myself drawn to them and their scenarios, but was frustrated at my lack of information about what happened previously.

From reading the synopsis, I know that two siblings (brother and sister) are enrolled at the Greenhouse Academy after their mother dies, are placed in competing houses within the school and become rivals. Mysterious events draw them into a secret investigation where they uncover a plot to destroy the planet which, of course, they must band together to thwart. None of that happens in this episodes however. We just see them at the school, trying to fit in and the girl drops out to go home and be with her dad.

The cinematography is very good and the actors are quite believable. They come across as authentic. As for the storyline, this episodes drives it forward, but as a stand alone, it falls short. The writing is contemporary with pretty realistic teen dialogue. The dad seems like he's a bit of a loser. His grief over losing his wife overshadows any authentic connection with his kids. He dresses like a slob and looks pretty unkempt. After an encounter with his daughter, he expresses his desire to get his life back on track but, it's rather an abrupt change which time will reveal whether or not its successful. The most appealing thing of this show is the cinematography and the technology is exceptionally cool. Kids would really enjoy the nifty technology. It flows well, but I had a difficult time making sense of it with the missing history. The vocabulary is suitable for the target age group. The sets and lighting and background music are all spot on. No complaints about any of that. My only complaint is dropping into the middle of a series. Therefore, I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars. I recommend that for festival viewing the earlier episodes be shown, if possible. I recommend it for ages 8 to 14. Reviewed by Angel U. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Jurors.
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Runtime: 25 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-14
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


GLASSES

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GLASSES
MINA AMINI ABCHOOYE
Series: FOREIGN FEATURE, AGES 7-12
Topic - Education/Instructional
Description - About two children Saeed and Sara who break their grandmother's glasses. As they look to repair her glasses they get acquainted with an Afghan boy.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I love how this Iranian feature gives such a great perspective on the resourcefulness and persistence of kids and the beauty of collaboration. The young brother and sister demonstrate an admirable, never-give-up attitude as they overcome several obstacles while on their mission.

The young boy, Saeed has a big responsibility to take care of his sick grandmother. He's also got his hands full dealing with his impulsive sister, Sarah, who does a lot of annoying things that she's not supposed to. The siblings are on a journey around town to find a way to fix their grandmother's broken eyeglasses.

It is comical how these two kids clap their hands and shout out their sales pitch to passersby, to help sell the boy's goldfish and flowers, so they can all make the long trip together to the eyeglass repair shop outside of town. It is charming to see the children helping each other reach their goals and becoming friends in the process. Adults could learn from their example.

These kids are great at problem-solving for the benefit of their elders. This film shows strong family loyalty and respect within the Iranian and Afghan cultures.

My favorite parts of the film are the runaway aquarium cart that is rolls out-of-control downhill. I enjoyed the slapstick scenes of kids falling down and laughing after a long, hard day.

The talented Mr. Dadgol uses a sharp knife to perform some sort of mysterious, quick outpatient medical procedure on a squealing young boy. This had me wondering what that procedure was. He is also an eyeglass repairer, soldering technician, aquarium fixer and chauffeur. It is exciting to see a jack-of-all trades as a hero in this story. Another cultural curiosity is a smoke-emitting container being carried around during the Afghan wedding scene in Aman's town. There is also an interesting water-spilling and spreading ceremony at an Iranian gravesite.

This film demonstrates how teamwork goes a long way! I rate this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 7 to 12. It should be a huge hit at the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival showing the resourcefulness of young people and giving us insight into a different culture. Reviewed by Jeff M., KIDS FIRST! Adult Critic
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Runtime: 75 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 7-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


BICYCLE LIFE: A DUTCH LOVE OF PEDAL POWER, THE

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BICYCLE LIFE: A DUTCH LOVE OF PEDAL POWER, THE
SHAKE JONES
Series: FOREIGN DOCUMENTARY, AGES 5-18
Topic - Education/Instructional
Description - Arriving Amsterdam, I was mesmerized and awe struck by the shear number of bikes. They were literally everywhere: chained to every lamp-post, tree, other bike, on bridges, outside restaurants, super markets & every now and then, a bike rack and the list goes on! In Amsterdam, a bicycle is just part of every day life! A bike is a real form of transport, not just a recreational toy. In fact, a bicycle is the primary means of transport in Amsterdam and in most Dutch cities. Cycling is just a fundamental part of life for the Dutch. A bike is used for every day activities like getting groceries, taking and picking up the kids from school, running errands, meeting up with friends or just going to visit family! A bike is truly the smartest and fastest way of getting around town. Best of all you have freedom, complete utter freedom, to stop and go - as you wish! This film was shot in Amsterdam over the course of 6-years beginning June 2012. Were we completely immersed ourselves in Amsterdam's bicycle lifestyle and culture. Via this deeper understanding we present our story to you. We hope our film will inspire and resonate with children of all ages and their parents. Encouraging families to make cycling a viable, integral part of their every day lives. Never before has the distinction between what most Americans focus on - exercise, versus what we should do more of, physical activity - been so crystal clear. We can learn a thing or two from the experts themselves, The Dutch.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This documentary makes bicycling seem as natural as breathing. Everybody should do it! I got a kick out of the different styles and functions of the bikes shown here in Amsterdam. It is clear that everyday bike riding keeps the population of this city physically fit and happy. There is an initial sense of "bike pollution," based on the sheer number of bikes present.

Bikes are shown to be a major cultural phenomenon in this country, used by all ages of people while pursuing all aspects of life. One interviewee describes her bike as her best friend! The convenience, quickness, affordability and overall safety of bike transportation are very obvious. Biking is an easy way to interact with other people around you and also to preserve the environment.

I enjoyed the ongoing relationship that the Director, Shake Jones, had with one of Amsterdam's resident bikers, Claudia Sky. At first, it seems a little suspicious how he keeps repeatedly interviewing her, almost like he is stalking her. Then SURPRISE, at the end of the film, you find out that he actually becomes the proud father of Claudia's daughter, Isabella. It turns out to be a nice love story.

The background music has a peppy, staccato beat. It is energizing and helps the viewer visualize riding and movement. The architectural views of Amsterdam are great, especially the 3-tier bike garage and the ice skating scenes on the frozen canals just outside the school building.

I have many favorite parts of the movie. The quotes about bikes from famous historical figures such as Albert Einstein are fun. It is humorous seeing how easy it is to lose your bike in a huge crowd of other parked bikes. There are some unique uses for bikes such as the BBQ bike, the mobile coffee shop, the folding bike for commuting on buses or trains, and the "spare" bike wheeled around as backup in case your primary bike breaks down.

The message of the film is that bicycling needs to be an integral part of life, even in rain or snow. Bicycling should be viewed as an effortless, enjoyable, beneficial form of physical activity, rather than as exercising chore or task. It will have a positive impact on your life.

I give this documentary 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 18 as well as adults. Reviewed by Jeff M., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 74 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


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MARBLES
HALLIE FARMER
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 8-12
Topic - Education/Instructional
Description - A young witch and her curious cat go on an adventure through enchanted marble worlds.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I am a fan of both animation and magic so this film hits two points with me from the get go. The high school filmmaker has created a charming, non-narrative short film in 2D animation that leaves much to the imagination about what really is going on with her and her cat. The marbles seem to have a magical impact that takes them to various places which they both enjoy. This would make a delightful addition to any film festival with a youth and family audience. Its artistry and imagination jump off the screen, making it a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Highly recommended for ages 8 to 12. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - It's not often that I see an animated film in youth film festivals, so this is a nice change. The story is cute and quite creative. It genuinely has potential for a series. The animation is charming, although I did have issues with it. In the beginning it is hard to tell what is in the background or the foreground. However, that happens only in the beginning. The animation is quite impressive. Hallie Farmer has a great future ahead of her and I hope to see more of your work soon! I highly recommend Marbles for ages 6 to 12. Reviewed by Calista B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
Runtime: 7 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


TRAWL THRU TIME, A

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TRAWL THRU TIME, A
SCIENCE AND MEDIA MUSEUM
Series: FOREIGN STUDENT SHORT, AGES 7-12
Topic - Family
Description - Lilly and her friends go on an amazing time travelling journey into Hulls past. Inspired by the true story of Lilly's Granddad's nautical adventures, they find themselves on a seafaring adventure aboard the Arctic Corsair, meet historical figures and find themselves caught up in key moments of Hull's history.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I really enjoyed watching this student short from the U.K. The animation is cleverly constructed out of torn paper and hand drawings in a most creative way. Local history is expressed very cleverly and the youth voice overs are a delight. This is exactly what I look for in a student production and this one is made by a group of students. It is very enjoyable. Fun and educational at the same time. Great background music which is quite suitable for the period in time. I highly recommend it for ages 7 to 12 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror
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Runtime: 10 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 7-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


WASH DAY

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WASH DAY
CHRISTA CARR
Series: AFRICAN AMERICAN, SHORT, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - In a daydream, a young girl parallels her natural hair care routine to the taming of an intergalactic beast. Although the process is strenuous, tedious, and lengthy, she wouldn't have it any other way.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Adorable storyline, told as a non-narrative animated short. At first, I was unhappy with the color palette and then remembered that it is her dream, which explains the limited colors. I think any African American kid, girl or boy, will relate to the issue of taming their hair and treating it as if it's an intergalactic beast is not inappropriate. Recommended for ages 8 to 18, 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 4 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
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Media: VIDEO


URBAN LEGENDS/ AUNTIE VERONICA

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URBAN LEGENDS/ AUNTIE VERONICA
MARIA BOROS
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - A story about auntie Veronica, to whom Jesus had appeared many times in various forms and poses.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I love this film! It is wildly creative and made me laugh multiple times. I liked it so much, I had to watch it twice. It goes by so fast that I needed to watch it again to catch everything. It is incredibly clever and has a unique storyline. I absolutely love that the story is told by a man who had only heard of Auntie Veronica. The concept is wild. It shows someone's imagination running amuck (in a great way). It truly exceeded my expectations in every way. I truly enjoyed it. The animation is quite different from anything I have ever seen. It seems to be made from paper cut outs, in layers. It is adorable, quirky and has lots of different patterns and colors. The images are clear and the images are constantly creative. The background music is also fun and playful and fits the film very well. The whole mood of the film is light, silly and fun. The story flows well. It has a beginning and ending, but there are no pressing conflicts or issues. The narrator describes and introduces Auntie Veronica who is quite the character. The description of her, her associates and her take on life is the whole storyline. She is some character. Silliness is the overriding theme of this film. It is very much watchable and completely enjoyable. The vocabulary and concepts are terrific and suitable for the recommended age. I recommend it for ages 8 to 18. Children will enjoy it because it is silly and humorous. And, adults will truly get a kick out of it as well. You should know that the narrative is in Hungarian with English sub-titles. I recommend this for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival and give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. It has a brilliant story and it is told so well. Reviewed by Chandler D. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Jurors. My congratulations to Katalin Glaser, the filmmaker, for her cleverness in creating this. It is short at 3 minutes - and well worth every second!
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Runtime: 3 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
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GYPSY TALES/ THE FIERY RED SNAKE

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GYPSY TALES/ THE FIERY RED SNAKE
MARIA BOROS
Series: EPISODICS
Topic - Family
Description - The events of a little boy's life usher him into the world of life among the gypsies, where he seeks unconditional love, and his closest family members are put to the test.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Love this! The animation in this short film from Hungary is absolutely incredible. The colors are magnificent and truly catch the audience's eye. The music is beautiful and unlike anything I have ever heard. The overall production quality is excellent. You can see the hard work the animators put into making this. This episode has a strong main character who learns that money is not everything. It imparts an important message and teaches young viewers the importance of family and love. The most appealing aspects of this film are the animation and story, both of which are very child friendly. The animation includes such brilliant and beautiful colors. Also, it is worth mentioning that this is an episode of a television series. This episode stands alone quite well, has a clear story that is easy to follow and will keep the audience engaged. I found it a bit confusing when Aluno meets Lunica and he tells her that his father told him that she would come one day. It does not make sense because Aluno's father rarely speaks to Aluno. There are some words in this short that may be a bit too advanced for younger children but can easily be explained. One theme that is prevalent is greed, although it is emphasized that family and love are far more important than money. I highly recommend this for KIDS FIRST! Film Festival programmers. It is overflowing with positive messages, gorgeous animation is gorgeous and beautiful songs and music. I recommend it for ages 8 to 18 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. You should know the dialogue is in Hungarian with English subtitles. Reviewed by Chandler D., KIDS FIRST! Juror
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Runtime: 8 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


TENKARA KID

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TENKARA KID
MARK STEUDEL
Series: SHORTS 5-18
Topic - Family
Description - For many of us, we work hard all year and then only get to spend our two weeks of vacation on fly fishing. We fly hundreds of miles to rivers that measure fish-per-mile in the thousands and have elusive new species to catch. We spend thousands of dollars on gear to maximize our precious time on the water. This film hearkens back to the time in our youth when our fishing gear was easily carried in one hand, when we measured our trips in steps, where each fish mattered and every species was relished.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Highly recommended!. I have to admit, this is one of my favorite short films of this season. It is exactly what I look for in terms of programming for youth and families. It is bright, happy, imaginative and inspiring! What a delight. And the ending just brings a huge grin to your face. This short film shows how meditative fishing can be while on a summer vacation or weekend getaway. It's a great incentive to wake up in the morning, especially when you've got a special fishing pole to use. The Fisher Girl goes straight for her fishing rod and fly lures, skipping breakfast. Dressed in bright pink jacket and matching shoes, she wades out into the pond water, casts out her line and quickly catches a couple of fish. Based on how gently she removes the hook from each fish's mouth, you feel her admiration for the creatures. You get the sense that these fish will live happily ever after in her indoor fish tank. They will skip the dinner table! I love the cinematography. It has great camera angles and a wonderfully playful point of view. The underwater shots are exceptionally fun. The camera angles make the fish seem a lot larger underwater, compared to how puny they look dangling from the fishing line out of the water. The background music sounds very Oriental and gives the impression of underwater motion. The outer cylinder that the fishing rod is stored in raises my curiosity. Why is a fishing pole stashed inside a decorated container? It seems very Japanese in nature. My favorite part is watching just the girls' feet and hands move across the screen during the first half of the film. You do not see her face for quite a while, so it makes one wonder where she is going and what is she about to do. I also like the way she gingerly and respectfully removes the rod from its container. It seems as if it is some type of traditional ceremony, maybe passed down from one generation of her family to the next. The message of the film seems to be about respecting your property and also valuing what nature has to offer. Treat your equipment well and you will live to fish another day! It inspired me to try fishing as a hobby. Maybe it will help me wake up earlier in the morning with a stronger sense of purpose. Perhaps it will motivate me to set up an indoor aquarium at home and raise some tropical fish. It gets me thinking about tying my own fly lures, since I like making things and working with my hands. Fishing would also be a fun thing to do with friends. It seems like a pleasant social activity. I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 18. I think it would make a dandy addition to any film festival for youth and families. By Jeff M., and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Critics
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Runtime: 4 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-18
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Media: VIDEO


ASTRONAUT, THE

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ASTRONAUT, THE
ADAM MURRAY
Series: SHORTS 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Jacob's dream of becoming an astronaut may be at risk.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The Astronaut is an adorable short film that touches upon the importance of inspirations. One appealing aspect of this film is that it teaches children that their dreams are not ridiculous and anything you dream can be achieved. You can be anything you want! The short film also stresses the importance of not letting bullies get you down and to believe in yourself.

The film follows a young boy, Jacob, whose dream is to become an astronaut and go to outer space. As the film progresses, Jacob is teased at school by a fellow classmate who tells him that he can't become an astronaut because it isn't a real career. An interesting aspect about all the key actors is that they are all related. The director, Adam Murray, uses his children to play the young boy and girl which makes the film seem even more realistic and relevant because they are so believable.

The production quality for this short film is extremely well executed, especially for a first time filmmaker. The special effects in the beginning are astounding and out of this world. The lighting is well done and the visual quality is impressive. The only issue I have in terms of audio quality is that the filmmaker should have put a microphone on the boy, because it is difficult to hear him speak.

My favorite aspect of this film is the relationship between the father and the son. Also, I like the costumes. They are adorable and really showcase Jacob's love for space. The message of the film is simple: never give up on your dreams and don't let anyone tell you that you can't do something. I give this 4 out of 5 stars because it is a great story with a very positive message. I recommend it for ages 5 to 12 and adults will enjoy it as well. Reviewed by Chandler D., KIDS FIRST! Juror
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Runtime: 7 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


SGT STUBBY - AN UNLIKELY HERO

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SGT STUBBY - AN UNLIKELY HERO
RICHARD LANNI
Series: FOREIGN FEATURE, AGES 6-12
Topic - Family
Description - With World War I looming, a young Army Pvt. Robert Conroy is adopted by a stray, stump-tailed terrier. Conroy names his new friend Stubby and gives him a home, a family, and a chance to embark on the adventure that would define a century. The two quickly find themselves in the trenches of France and on the path to history. French soldier Gaston Baptiste befriends the duo and accompanies them along their epic journey through harsh conditions and incredible acts of courage.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This film tells a beautiful story about the bond between a decorated war dog and a young private that lasts an entire war. The storyline follows Robert Conroy who joins the war effort when the U.S enters World War I. At his training camp, Conroy meets a stray dog named Stubby and his platoon takes in the dog as its own. Stubby becomes their mascot and subsequently heads to war after he shows great performance training with the soldiers. I like the World War I setting of this film. It is quite a somber historical period for an animated film to take place in. Few animated films have ever taken place during this conflict. While it does not address the bleaker parts of WWI, it does explore some sad topics. I appreciated that it does this, since most animated films don't. Stubby is very likeable as a relentless protagonist. The film puts ventures into interesting territory placing such an innocent creature in a non-innocent world. The 2D animation suits the film and well executed. The production design by Celine Desrumaux is very true to the time period, without romanticizing it. The score, by Patrick Doyle, is very patriotic, giving a sense of pride for one's country. The first and second act flow well, but the third act gets to be a wee bit long. I particularly like how WWI is explained as it helps you relate better to the conflict. This film makes an excellent way for children to learn about WWI. The voice over cast is terrific, key cast members include Logan Lerman, Helena Bonham Carter and G�rard Depardieu. Yes. This film is entertaining and heartwarming and I highly recommend this it for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. It is particularly suitable to any festival with a focus on war heroes or history or dogs! I recommend it for ages 6 to 12 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Benjamin P. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and KIDS FIRST! Adult Reviewer.
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Runtime: 90 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 6-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


DINO DAN TREK'S ADVENTURES: THE COMPLETE SERIES

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N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - In this complete series set, enjoy 50 dino-filled adventures with junior dinosaur expert, Trek Henderson, as he imagines dinosaurs in the real world! While Trek's brother, Dan, is away helping his dad, it's time for Trek to get his own dino time. Trek is going to finish some of the experiments in Dino Dan's Field Guide including seeing at least eighteen dinosaurs that Dan has never seen before! Trek will even meet marine reptiles for the very first time! It's time to join Trek Henderson as he embarks on one dino adventure after another and all in his very own way.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Dino Dan: Trek's Adventures: The Complete Series is a series for young kids with a lot of excitement, and fun adventures to go on! Kids will love this series if they have a big imagination and of course, have a love of dinosaurs.

On this DVD, there are 50 dino-filled adventures with the dinosaur expert, Trek Henderson. Trek imagines different types of dinosaurs in the real world throughout all of his experiences! While Trek's brother, Dan is away helping his dad with something, Trek takes over and entertains himself with his dinosaur world. The goal is to finish up some of the experiments that Dan has started. Trek even meets some new dinosaurs and marine reptiles that he hasn't seen before! Join Trek on his wonderful adventures throughout the world of dinosaurs!

One reason I really like this show is how they incorporate educational lessons into it. It's not everyday that you see a kids TV show that includes all kinds of educational facts within the story line. This is exactly what this series does. For example, in the episode "Trek Rex," Trek is having trouble figuring out what dinosaur he wants to dress up as for a party. Throughout the episode, he has various encounters with several dinosaurs to help him make his final decision. Trek and the dinosaurs' encounters happen in the real world, in front of real people, so he is imagining it. I believe that creates a connection between Trek and kids in the real world, since many have big imaginations.

The overall message in this series is that it's okay to have an imagination and even share it with others! Trek has no problem sharing his findings out loud for everyone to see and has no shame about doing that. This is what kids should feel. And, sharing their findings throughout their childhood is a cool thing to do.

I rate this show 4 out of 5 stars for its playful storyline, exciting cast, imagination and much more. I would love to see the storyline develop more, but it's perfect for younger kids. I recommend it for ages 5 through 10 . This is available now on DVD, so check it out.

By Imani B.G, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 16
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This series is great for keeping younglings entertained over the summer. With over 500 minutes in its 50 episodes, this will keep them busy and will keep them interested. I found Trek talking to an imaginary dinosaur somewhat strange but hey, it doesn't seem to bother his mom.

The storyline is about when Trek's brother who goes away to dig up fossils and Trek misses him. Then, one day a package arrives in the mail with a message from Dan asking Trek to help him do some dinosaur experiments. In later episodes, he gets better and better at conducting these experiments. One of his tasks is to find out if albertosaurus hunt in packs. For this, he gets a ham sandwich and gets the albertosaurus to chase him.

Trek is played by Trek Buccino who lives in Toronto, Ontario and attended Claude Watson School for the Arts. He has also been in Pacific Rim and PJ Masks. Trek's mom is played by Allana Harkin who has been nominated for the Primetime Emmy award for Full Frontal which she produced.

What I like about the show is that it is enjoyable to watch while you learn some facts along the way. I recommend it for ages 3 to 8 and give it 3 out of 5 stars. It is available now on Digital and DVD/Blu-ray so, check it out.

By Abraham F., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13
Runtime: 575 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 12.99
Media: DVD
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