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LEGO BATMAN MOVIE, THE       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
WARNER BRO. HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Series: FEATURE, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - There are big changes brewing in Gotham, but if Batman (Will Arnett) wants to save the city from the Joker's (Zach Galifianakis) hostile takeover, he may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up. Maybe his superhero sidekick Robin (Michael Cera) and loyal butler Alfred (Ralph Fiennes) can show him a thing or two.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The LEGO Batman Movie is a superb superhero movie which serves as a great homage to many aspects of Batman history. I really liked the animation, voice acting and humor in this movie. This exactly what a Batman fan would want.

This movie is about Batman/Bruce Wayne (Will Arnett) who is the crime fighting vigilante of Gotham. Despite all his glory, he feels lonely. He wants to be part of a family, despite his selfish behavior. His butler, Alfred (Ralph Fiennes) soon brings him an adopted kid, Richard Grayson (Michael Cera). Richard grows fond of Batman, and the two go to fight crime, with Richard's superhero name being Robin. Once the Joker (Zach Galifianakis) attacks Gotham with a various variety of villains, Batman must team with Robin, Alfred and the new commissioner of the GCPD, Barbara Gordon (Rosario Dawson) to stop the attack. During this, Batman must also learn to accept his new family.

Will Arnett delivers a show-stealing performance as Batman, my favorite character in the movie, and he is great in switching between the dark vigilante of Batman and the charismatic billionaire of Bruce Wayne. Also, he greatly presents the aspect of wanting a family. Ralph Fiennes as Alfred is impressive as a caring guardian for Bruce. Michael Cera portrays another excellent performance as Robin, and his nerdy characteristics are put into play. Zach Galifianakis is good in presenting the Joker with his humor and villainy. Rosario Dawson also manages to deliver with her heroic motives.

The animation by Stewart Alves is incredible. It improves on the what The LEGO Movie did right, and the color pallet used for Gotham really fits how Gotham looks like. The movie's humor impressed me. The movie has a ton of fourth wall breaks. The characters in the movie even act like they know they are movie characters which adds to the fun. The movie even makes jokes about other movie franchises. My favorite scene in the movie is when Batman just happens to chill for a moment and watches a bit of Jerry Maguire. It really gave a good laugh.

The movie has a good message in working as a team. When Gotham is invaded by large number of criminals, the only way to fix the problem is to work as a team. I give this movie 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 6 to 18 years old. This is a movie which will appeal to all ages. This film opens in theaters on February 10rd, so go and check it out for a unique superhero experience.

Reviewed by Arjun N., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15

The LEGO Batman Movie is fantastic! I was laughing throughout the entire film! I really enjoy all of the jokes and comedy that was put into it. But I wish they would have added some more jokes into the movie that younger kids would appreciate because after all Batman is a superhero and little kids love superheroes.

This movie is about Bruce Wayne aka Batman (Will Arnett). Batman has been fighting crime for a very long time, but he is starting to do and say some very bad things to the people around him because he is very lonely without a family. Because of his loneliness Batman adopts a son, Robin (Michael Cera), which forces him to be more responsible and take care of his son. Usually, Batman doesn't want to work with others but he is forced to during the film.

This movie is made by the same production company as The Lego Movie so if you liked that movie then you will definitely love this movie. But, if you haven't seen The Lego Movie you will probably still enjoy this movie.

My favorite part of the movie is the use CGI, which made each scene in the movie really entertaining. The action in this movie is so incredible that when I watched the movie in IMAX I was blown away. I recommend that you do not sit in the front unless you want your eyes to actually fall out.

This movie teaches kids how to work together with others, be responsible, and be kind to others. Even though this is a superhero movie, it was not directed towards little kids because of the humor and violence. I give the movie 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend this movie for kid's ages 6 to 18 and also adults would really enjoy it. Go check this movie out in theaters February 10, 2017.

Reviewed by Na'im S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11

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


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MACHINE, THE
MEXICAN FILM INSTITUTE
Series: FOREIGN INDIE SHORT, AGES 3-8
Topic - Family
Description - Don Juan is a very funny inventor who lives with his young son Diego, who loves nature. After testing his latest machine for making cakes, Diego amazed to see the terrible consequences that his father's invention causes to the environment and the waste it produces. Could Diego help solve the problem?
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Great story, great lesson! A kid saves the day by suggesting to his father that he recycle and it teaches that recycling is good. There's a visual example of kids in this film and we all learn concepts better when we see examples instead of being told. This is an awesome, cute, little film teaching kids to be socially responsible. There's nothing wrong with running a business but we must remember to be responsible. Visually, this is a great short film. The story flows well with a beginning, middle and end. It makes sense and is very watchable. This film is definitely suitable for all audiences. Sound quality is great. The production quality is excellent. There is a social responsibility that one must respect. The same way that the father neglected that one day his resources would run out, this too can happen in other aspects. Highly recommended for KIDS FIRST! Film Festival for ages 3-8. Reviewed by Melanie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror
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Runtime: 4 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 3-8
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Media: VIDEO


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BARNYARD ACES
MEXICAN FILM INSTITUTE
Series: FOREIGN INDIE SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Avelita, a mischievous chick, wants a jukebox. Her grandpa wants a musician to brighten the atmosphere of his restaurant. In Spanish with English sub-titles.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a very entertaining short film beautiful animation and lots of laughs. The storyline is really cute. A little girl wants to help her grandfather's restaurant business and believes she has the answer - to buy a jukebox. But, he wants musicians to play live music. After sabotaging each audition without her grandfather knowing, she successfully convinces him to get the jukebox and then see that he plays the same droll songs over and over. She can't get a break and her reactions and facial expressions are awesome. They made me laugh out loud a couple of times. The little girl is a bit of a schemer and it's hilarious to see the outcomes of what she does to the musicians who audition. Visually, it's very appealing. Everything flows well with a beginning, middle and end. It's perfect for school aged kids. There is very little dialogue. It is more of a visual piece. The message is "be careful what you wish for." We see the little girl so determined to get the jukebox that, after messing with the musicians and finally getting the jukebox, it backfires on her. Happy to recommend for KIDS FIRST! Film Festival, for ages 5 to 12. Reviewed by Melanie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror
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Runtime: 15 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


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WAVES FROM THE SKY
MEXICAN FILM INSTITUTE
Series: FOREIGN INDIE SHORT, AGES 3-10
Topic - Family
Description - Pedro, a bird who cannot fly in sync with his flock, decides to branch out on his own. After plummeting to a beach, Francisca, the friendly sea turtle, will teach him to connect with rhythm and harmony. In Spanish with English sub-titles.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I recommend this as a cute film with a cute story. It is well animated with great audio. A child would enjoy this because it's well produced, has really cute characters and a child-friendly storyline. There's no dialogue. The set, sound, clarity and everything about it is great. It flows well with a beginning, middle and end. It's very watchable. It's a story about a little bird who takes a break from flying with his herd to have fun with his imagination and meets a turtle on the beach who enjoys being silly. Recommended for KIDS FIRST! Film Festival for ages 3-10. Reviewed by Melanie s., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 9 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 3-10
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Media: VIDEO


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PORT CHOPS
MEXICAN FILM INSTITUTE
Series: FOREIGN INDIE SHORT, AGES 8-12
Topic - Family
Description - The only relief to Valentina�s solitude is an imaginary friend, until the arrival of Pork Chops, a pig who is destined to become her best friend, as well as her family�s Christmas dinner. In Spanish with English sub-titles.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This live action film has a sweet story about a young girl who is determined to not have her new pet pig get eaten by her poor family. She loves her piglet very much and when she learns that her father has a plan to fatten it in order to eat it later, she is determined to put the pig on a diet and even goes as far as to eat its food, causing her to get sick. Because of this, her mother learns that it's a sow and is pregnant and the little girls protection causes the sow's life to be spared so there is a blessing after all. The family is no longer going to be poor or hungry because they can create a business from the sow. She essentially saves the pig and at the end there is the nice surprise that the pig is a sow and is pregnant with piglets. It has a beginning, middle, and end because you see her relationship with the piglet develop but I don't think the story makes sense. It first starts with her mother preparing dinner and her father annoyed that it is the same meal of beans and tortillas. I think so. There wasn't anything inappropriate except for when the father goes behind the mother a little too sensually about craving meat for dinner. We got to see a lot of where she is from while walking her piglet around. We saw that she lives in a nice open land and she's not too far from town. Overall, it was well done. I just don't care for the delivery of the story. In Spanish with English sub-titles. Recommended for KIDS FIRST! Film Festival for ages 8-12. Reviewed by Melanie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 15 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
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Media: VIDEO


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TRUMPETEER, THE
MEXICAN FILM INSTITUTE
Series: FOREIGN INDIE SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - A trumpet player is trapped in an army marching band in the epitome of authoritarian control and fear. His nature prevents him from playing the note he's being told to play, and he is punished as a consequence. In his recurring arrest and, after engaging in a musical dialogue, he recognizes his creative power; it's in his confinement where he finds freedom to play his own music. Once he is deprived of his instrument, he finds another expression: a brave and disobedient act that will provoke an awakening in the conscience of his platoon and result in his subsequent freedom.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a most short film with amazing animation, beautiful colors and a really cute storyline about a little boy that simply wants to play what he feels from his heart as opposed to playing his trumpet with military-like structure. The story has a great structure with a beginning, middle and end. It is colorful, has great music and is well produced. The animation and design is flawless and it has a great lesson about not being afraid to be yourself. Who doesn't love that? I recommend this for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival because it teaches kids a valuable lesson of always staying true to who you are. Recommended for ages 5 to 12. Reviewed by Melanie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 10 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
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Media: VIDEO


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TEACHER AND THE FLOWER, THE
MEXICAN FILM INSTITUTE
Series: FOREIGN INDIE SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - In a selfish and violent world, where everyone is against everyone, a teacher finds refuge taking care of a delicate flower, to which he tells his dreams and desires. Nevertheless, one day he stumbles upon a pretty young woman, and falls in love with her. Without money and not much else to offer, he decides to give this young woman his most precious possession in an attempt to win her heart.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Great message. The protagonist seems to have bad luck but continues to live optimistically and never gives up. Children often give up and, even though we don't see if the protagonist succeeds or has a good day, he continues to push through and seize the day again which we should all remember to do. The story flows well, makes sense, has a beginning middle and end and is very watchable. The animation is nicely executed with great sound and outstanding production qualities. The message is appropriate: remember to keep your chin up and never give up. I recommend this film for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival because it reminds us to always think positively no matter how horrible a day we have. I recommend this for ages 5 to 12. Reviewed by Melanie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 9 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


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MISTER MIRROR MAN
MEXICAN FILM INSTITUTE
Series: FOREIGN INDIE SHORT, AGES 6-12
Topic - Family
Description - A stubborn fish collector faces his own boundaries in this maritime history.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Very enjoyable. The illustration and sound affects are exceptional well done. This is a story about a fisherman who enjoys studying fish as a hobby and finds a fish that he has been meaning to capture. Unfortunately, the fish outsmarts the fisherman's contraption over and over again. There is no dialogue. All that is heard is the water and the commotion that occurs and a soccer game that is being broadcast via radio. The sounds are all well delivered and the illustrations are beautiful. Simple, clean and well done. The film is well made and I highly recommend it for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival for ages 8-12. Reviewed by Melanie S.
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Runtime: 10 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 6-12
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Media: VIDEO


KIDS FIRST ALL STAR

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LOST IN SPRING
FRED WALL
Series: FOREIGN INDIE SHORT, AGES 6-18
Topic - Family
Description - A confidence stricken seven year old, embarks upon a journey to self belief.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Accepted! This is exactly the kind of film that KIDS FIRST! champions. This short film tells a simple story with honesty and a touch of humor. The main character is a young girl who is smart and capable but lacks confidence. This film is about the girl overcoming her fears and gaining confidence. Through her journey, we see her meeting adults who help her find the courage to own who she is and who she wants to become. The teacher is a positive character and other students are presented in a genuine light. This film features strong performances from both children and adults, and effective cinematography. It is a well-made film that audiences of all ages can enjoy together. Both boys and girls can relate to the main character. For example, in math class, Rosie tells the teacher that she doesn't know the answer when, in fact, she knows the right answer. There is an added element that children will enjoy when Rosie takes a walk in the park and meets a film crew where the lead actress welcomes her and inspires her to dream of being an actress because "she can become anyone". It makes her happy. The story has a solid structure, with a beginning, middle and end. It makes sense and flows smoothly. The language, concepts and vocabulary are appropriate for its audience. It is well directed, has strong performances from both the adult and child actors, simple and effective cinematography, good sound and a simple but effective music track. Recommended for ages 6 to 18.
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Runtime: 12 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 6-12
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Media: VIDEO


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VOM SMOLICEK
BARBARA LACKERMEIER
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 8-12
Topic - Family
Description - The little laddie Smoli k lives with his grandfather in a cottage on the edge of a dark forest. A spell forces the grandfather to delay his existence as a deer. He exhorted Smoli k to lock the door well and not to let anyone in. All goes well. Up to the day a creepy old forest fairy is knocking...
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Beautifully shot fairy tale set in charming interiors and natural locales. The live-action is combined with occasional, simply-drawn animated animals, which lend a storybook element and charm. The traditional fairy tale structure of "Once Upon a Time" to "The Moral of the Story" is told with well-performed narration and character portrayal, as if the storybook is being read out loud. While there are some goblins, they are more comical than frightening. Their fantastical costumes and makeup are inventive, colorful and fun. Kids will likely recognize some of their favorite fairy tale characters including Red Riding Hood and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The grandfather character is loving and tender, and the little boy is adorable and well-behaved. But like most little boys, he does disobey his grandfather and gets into trouble. Fortunately, he knows how get out of it using his wits and courage and so, the ending and message is a happy one. The cinematography is excellent, the musical soundtrack, almost like folk music, is upbeat, and the lighting is evocative and appropriate. Overall production quality is high. The film is in German with English subtitles. While I recommend it for ages 8 to 12, it may be suitable for younger children since the visuals are compelling and convey the story even without the subtitles. This makes a great addition to any film festival. Reviewed by Ann B., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 23 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
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Media: VIDEO


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HOLE, THE
MARIBEL SUAREZ
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 5-8
Topic - Family
Description - A little girl comes out to play in the garden and discovers a hole. She begins to take care of it and wants to play with it. As nothing happens she gets very mad, until one day a tiny leaf pops up and she became very happy to see that her efforts have been rewarded.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a delightfully animated short film with a most appealing storyline. A little girl comes across a hole in the ground and is curious as to why there is a random hole in the ground. She befriends it by keeping it company, playing with it, bringing it toys, food and other stuff. One day, she see that something sprouting from the hole. With great excitement she and her cat celebrate and bring it all kinds of trinkets and ornaments. Then, she brings a flower pot and transplants the growing plant and takes it with her. A child would enjoy this film because of the silly things that the little girl does to befriend the hole in the ground. The story definitely flows well with a beginning, middle, and end. It makes sense and is very watchable. A little girl narrates her story and the concepts are definitely suitable for a young audience. The animation is well produced with great sound affects and clear, beautiful illustrations. I very much like the sketched look of the film and certain parts being in color while others are shades of gray. The narration is in Spanish with English sub-titles. Highly recommended for KIDS FIRST! Film Festival, for ages 5-8. Reviewed by Melanie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 4 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-8
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


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NOTORIOUS CORN
MALLORY GROLLEAU
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 8-12
Topic - Family
Description - The story of a small grain of corn that dreamed about glory. He's going to succeed but unfortunately...
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This short film follows a single grain of corn whose ambitions are quite extraordinary. He dreams of becoming an entertainer and we see him in all his glory. The animation is pretty simple 2D with bright colors and delightful graphics. It's only 1:35 minutes but, at that, is quite fun and entertaining. From France. Accepted, recommended for ages 3 to 12.
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Runtime: 1 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 3-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


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ZTRIPES
NICLAS WARNER
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGE 8-15
Topic - Family
Description - Ziggy is the coolest zebra on the savannah. All the other zebras worship him. You cannot wash black with white so when Ziggy goes for a dip in the water hole, he takes his stripes off. To his utter horror the stripes are stolen, and can he now return to the herd? Does it make sense to say that you are a zebra if you have no stripes?
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Excellent animation, fun story, humor, animal characters, positive message that real friends will like you for who you are. Good storyline as told through the story of a cool-dude zebra who loses his social status when his stripes are stolen. The music style is suitable for kids and enjoyable for adults as well. Excellent production design. The quality of animation is as good as some of the feature films that play in theaters. Audiences of all ages can relate to this story about peer pressure and having to decide whether you can be yourself in order to be accepted. The story has a clear beginning, middle and end, with good pacing. It makes sense and is enjoyable to watch. The Zebra's fight with the giraffe could be scary for very young children in the same way as the violent parts of The Lion King are scary for very young children. I recommend this for ages 6 to 15. Reviewed by Katarzyna K., KIDS FIRST! Juror
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Runtime: 10 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-15
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


FREEDOM OF THE PRESS: NY TIMES V. UNITED STATES

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FREEDOM OF THE PRESS: NY TIMES V. UNITED STATES
THE DOCUMENTARY GROUP
Series: DOCUMENTARY, AGES 12 - 18
Topic - Family
Description - This documentary examines the First Amendment's protection of a free press as well as the historic origins of this right and the ramifications of the landmark ruling in New York Times v. United States, the Pentagon Papers case, in which the Supreme Court ruled that prior restraint is unconstitutional. Justice Hugo Black wrote: "Only a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose deception in government..."
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Recommended. The information is very appealing, as is the approach to the storytelling. It never gets boring and uses multiple filmmaking techniques to tell the story visually and orally. It is informative and very appealing to its target audience. The development is beautiful in style. It is a perfectly constructed documentary. It starts with our origins which serves as exposition. It transitions to rising action which would be the WWI segment. Then it goes to a climax regarding the Pentagon Papers and concludes nicely. It employs beautiful animated work and filmmaking magic. The editing is top notch and the cinematography is nice. There are very good filmmaking techniques used. Recommended for ages 13 to 18. Reviewed by Willie J. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Recommended. The information is very appealing, as is the approach to the storytelling. It never gets boring and uses multiple filmmaking techniques to tell the story visually and orally. It is informative and very appealing to its target audience. The development is beautiful in style. It is a perfectly constructed documentary. It starts with our origins which serves as exposition. It transitions to rising action which would be the WWI segment. Then it goes to a climax regarding the Pentagon Papers and concludes nicely. It employs beautiful animated work and filmmaking magic. The editing is top notch and the cinematography is nice. There are very good filmmaking techniques used. Recommended for ages 13 to 18. Reviewed by Willie J. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 25 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


STELLA AMORE

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STELLA AMORE
OH!PEN ITALIA
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGE 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - Stella Amore is a girl and her shoe size is 28 and a half. Today is a very important day for her, because she's about to fulfill her greatest dream: being an actress. But the magic world of cinema is not as magic as she thought, it is also made of people that no longer believe in dreams, and on the contrary some of them like to destroy them. How will Stella react to this new cruel and silly reality?
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I am so in love with the color palate of this film. The costumes are so great because they look really good on camera. It is eye catching and full of color. The director really spent time on props and making the movie set look like a movie set with trailers, props table, and craft services. The story takes through every aspect of shooting a film: costume, hair and makeup, waiting room, and on set. The story looks even more believable with the amount of extras in the background standing in as a crew member. The most appealing thing about this film is the camera that the film was shot on. There are very clear images of the actors and the color scheme makes the film more visually appealing. It definitely has a clear beginning, middle and end. The director includes subtitles in the film but the language is spoken so clearly. For people that are, like me, trying to learn some Italian, watching this film is a way to pick on some words and learn about the culture. The overall message and moral of the story is appropriate. However, the film does say one curse word throughout it - the word "bitch". I think a child would definitely enjoy this film because it shows what is like to be a child actor. The director really tackles all of the little things that actors must go through when shooting a film. It is about a young girl pursuing a big dream. Overall the film has great cinematography, costumes and a strong plot. I really related to this story because that's what it is like being on set with adults. They are all grumpy and tired and want to go home as soon as possible. They have to deal with divas and repeating the same motion for hours at a time, just to shoot one scene. The director definitely answers the question that most young kids have "What's it like being a movie actress?" Recommended for ages 10 to 18. Reviewed by Shelby R., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The movie is overall very cute. It is a nice story that makes you smile and the protagonist is incredibly likable. The film is lit beautifully so it is very vibrant, attributing to a lighthearted tone. I would buy this film. I believe a child would enjoy this because it is clearly shot and it is a story that is easy to follow. It flows very well, and has a clear exposition, climax, and conclusion. It clearly makes sense, and is immensely watchable. There is one word in particular that may not be suitable for children, but it isn't wasted or used for shock value. It's used for effective comic effect. The film is shot beautifully. It is clear and crisp and everything can be seen. The colors are vibrant and the lighting makes the movie very appealing to watch. I enjoyed the sets and the Italian actors who are quite charming especially Eleonora Gentileschi. The dialogue is in Italian with English sub-titles. Recommended for ages 7 to 18. Reviewed by Willie J., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 19 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


WHAT'S WEARING MUMMY

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WHAT'S WEARING MUMMY
MARIANA NASCIMENTO
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - What's Wearing Mummy? tells the story of two little sisters, Sofia and Matti, who believe their mother has been taking over by aliens due to her suspicious behavior, and will do anything in their power to get mummy back.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is one of the best student films I have seen this season. It is very well written, acted and executed. Great video and audio. Excellent performances by all the actors. Fun and imaginative storyline. I would love to see this expanded into a feature! Highly recommended for KIDS FIRST! Film Festival partners for ages 8 through 12 and could go older, to 18 and adults. 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
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PRIYANATH

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PRIYANATH
ANIETIE ANTIA-OBONG
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - Six year-old Priyanath imagines himself to be a superhero taking down imaginary villains with his extraordinary powers. But when he learns of a real danger near his home, Priyanath must decide if he's actually got what it takes to be a real life superhero.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I highly recommend this film for our film festival partners. The story is simple and is acted out realistically. It has a good message about looking fear in the face and having courage to deal with it. The acting is quite good and the film is suitable for school aged children. It is truly entertaining, makes sense and has a happy conclusion. It teaches your to look fear in the face. I recommend it for ages 8 to 18. Reviewed by Denise B. KIDS FIRST! Juror
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Runtime: 11 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
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Media: VIDEO


ONE FRIEND

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ONE FRIEND
LORA BATCHELOR MIDDLE SCHOOL
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 8-12
Topic - Family
Description - This is an animation created by middle school students out of duck tape that shows the power of one person standing up for a victim of bullying / exclusion. It is a PSA reminding the viewer the power of one person standing up for another person has.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The original way in which this story is told is extremely appealing. It leaves a smile on your face. I can't get past its originality. This deserves to be seen, and a crime if it isn't. 52 seconds of great filmmaking. This movie is so very original in the way it was told. The 52 seconds it was on was pure bliss to watch. So interesting and so enjoyable. Very watchable. It's fitting for a youth audience group because of its simplicity. And the concept is so clearly presented. A child would enjoy this because of the objects used and how they're used. The effects used to cause the tape to roll in all different directions and continuously is very cool. Recommended for ages 8 to 18. Reviewed by Willie J., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 1 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


ELIMINATE HATE IN ONE GENERATION

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ELIMINATE HATE IN ONE GENERATION
LORA BATCHELOR MIDDLE SCHOOL
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 8-12
Topic - Family
Description - This is a video about how hate causes a lack of peace in the world and leads to wars and genocides, Hate is learned and students encourage others to teach their kids to not hate so we can repair the world.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The message of this film is its strong point. As a middle school production, the production values are commendable. It does feel a bit didactic but you have to give credit to the young filmmakers who worked on this project. It is very watchable and has a variety of people of different ages and backgrounds give their opinions about what hate is and how to eliminate it. It would work well in a student film festival. Recommended for ages 8 to 12. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! juror.
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Runtime: 5 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


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MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC: EXPLORING THE CRYSTAL EMPIRE       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 5-8
Topic - Family
Description - Join Twilight Sparkle and her best pony pals as they explore one of the most beautiful places in Equestria. In the Crystal Empire, Twilight must find out if there is a spy in the empire. She also dedicates herself to helping a reformed pony learn the magic of friendship. Meanwhile, the Mane Six will work together to ensure a ceremony for Cadences and Shining Armor's new baby goes as planned. With the power of friendship, there is nothing the ponies can't do!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - To be honest, I did not look forward to watching MLP because my daughters watch it so much, but I am always shocked about how much I end up enjoy watching it. This DVD definitely fits that scenario. With various solutions to problems, this keeps right along trucking while letting little fans know that they too can make a difference. Twilight is fantastic and helps Equestria with a curse. Friendship really is magic and I am grateful that stories like this help my daughters realize that. I recommend this for ages 5 to 12 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.

If you have a child that loves My Little Pony, this one is sure to entertain and delight. It has great animation, a delightful story-line and it teaches all about the magic of friendship. It is entertaining but also has a powerful message as Twilight Sparkle and her friends go back in time. It is a true magical adventure with great characters, cool special effects and of course, good wins over evil. There is also a great sing-a-long bonus on the DVD titled "A Changeling Can Change." This one is fun to sing a long with and ?there are subtitles which makes it easy to do so. I recommend this one for ages 5? to 8 and give it 4 ?out of 5 ?stars.

Reviewed by Denise B.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I love watching the My Little Pony series and this season does not disappoint. I was captivated by the unique plot and relatable characters. This new season has around 110 minutes of fun and exciting adventures that are both entertaining and educational.

The main purpose of My Little Pony is to educate both kids and adults about friendship and everyday issues. It teaches these lessons in a variety of ways, with each and every episode having its own independent adventure that contains hilarious comedy and even action from time to time.

There are five episodes total on DVD and they all focus on adventures around the Crystal Empire, a city in the My Little Pony world. Each adventure is completely different from the others. One is a time travel adventure, another is about protecting the Crystal Empire from freezing weather and another is about making friends with a creature that everyone assumes to be a monster. Despite the differences in each episode, they are all entertaining, unique and have wonderful messages behind them.

The production quality of this animated series has never gone down, but instead continues to improve. One key thing that surprises me most is the plot and the message behind the plot. This season fantastically creates new and interesting elements to continue the exciting journey of the characters. Speaking of characters, the voice-over work is still as emotional, original and natural as it was in the first episode.

Out of the five episodes, my favorite is the last one called The Times They are A Changeling. In this episode, one of the characters discovers a creature known as a changeling that can take the form of any other character. Unlike the rest of his species, he is not driven by hate and anger. The changeling struggles to prove to others that he is not a monster but just someone who wants a friend. This is a fantastic moral because it talks about how one specific person does not reflect what their entire race or nation is doing and should not be judged for the actions of others. It is a marvelous message that I feel is very important for both kids and adults to listen to in today's world.

My Little Pony is still great for kids, with bright colors, simple but hilarious jokes, and educational morals. But this series also appeals to adults with its compelling stories, relatable characters and morals that can apply to adults as much as they do to kids. I give My Little Pony Friendship is Magic: Exploring the Crystal Empire 5 out of 5 stars for its beautiful animation, wonderful episodes, entertaining plot and compelling morals. This DVD is available now so, go check it out.

Reviewed by Gerry O., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14

I love this My Little Pony DVD! These episodes are educating, exciting and captivating. I felt happy throughout the entire film and learned more about friendship. This film follows an alicorn, a unicorn and a pegasus, named Twilight Sparkle (Tara Strong) and her pet dragon, Spike (Cathy Weseluck) on their adventures in saving Equestria and the Crystal Empire.

In the first episode, Twilight Sparkle and Spike go on a quest to save the friendship between the ponies from Starlight Glimmer. Starlight Glimmer goes back in time to make sure Rainbow Dash (Ashleigh Ball) never creates a sonic boom. Twilight Sparkle has to figure out a way to stop Starlight Glimmer and save the friendship between the ponies.

In the second episode, the eight ponies attend a Crystalling for Twilight's baby brother, Shining Armour (Andrew Francis) who is also an alicorn. A baby, named Flurry Heart, cannot control her powers and destroys the crystal heart, a major part of the Crystalling ceremony. The team now must work together to fix the heart before the ceremony begins. In the final episode, an unexpected friendship forms between Spike and the feared changeling.

The greatest feature of this film is the value of friendship. I learned many lessons, including how you can be friends with anyone, how you can reconnect with old friends, and how you can make a friend of an enemy. Another great quality of the film was the many different personalities of the ponies, which simulated the diversity of the real world. My favorite character in this film was Rainbow Dash because she is loyal, strong, and courageous. My favorite part is when Twilight Sparkle and her friends first meet Flurry Heart, because she is so cute and everyone surprisingly finds out she had strong magical powers.

I give this film 5 out of 5 stars because I was both informed and entertained by Twilight Sparkle and her friend's adventures. I would recommend this film for ages 4 to 10 because children this age may be excited to learn about friendship from mystical creatures. This film is out on DVD now, so make sure to watch it.

Reviewed by Linda D., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

I really enjoyed My Little Pony: Exploring the Crystal Empire. It is a very positive story. I always have a strong liking towards this group of ponies' adventures because of their fun and exciting personalities. Friendship is the main theme of this collection of five episodes and a sing-along. Viewers are invited to join the Equestria crew for fun filled magical adventures filled with great spirit, along with interactive scenes which younger ages will enjoy.

Twilight Sparkle (Tara Strong) and her friends go on an adventure to explore the wonderful Crystal Empire. They are encountered by old enemies and obstacles, but are able to make new friendships along the way.

I have two scenes that are my favorites. The first is when Twilight finally connects with Starlight resulting in her to change her unfriendly ways and learn the true meaning of friendship. This is a very good representation showing how people are able to change no matter what the circumstances. Also, it represents how new friendships can be made within or without conflicts. My other favorite scene is the sing-along with all of the Equestria girls. I really like the songs because the ponies explain how friendship can change the world and make it a better place. Without friendship, the magic in Equestria isn't complete! Some other positive aspects of the movie are how every episode deals with friendship and the growth of it. Also, every episode has vibrant colors, great animation and, of course, a great cast!

The message prevalent in this DVD collection is about how strong friendships are for the entire world. Twilight Sparkle, along with her other friends, make is very clear throughout the film how powerful their friendship is. They discuss how they would not know what they would do without each other. Friendship is a powerful source of magic that the kids learn about throughout this film which makes it so fun and magical.

I rate this film 4 � out of 5 stars for its wonderful animation, bright colors, music and interesting storyline. I recommend this film for ages 5 through 10 because of its kid friendly theme. Parents will enjoy watching this as well because it is very family friendly. My Little Pony: Exploring the Crystal Empire is available now on DVD.

Reviewed by Imani B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15
Runtime: 110 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-8
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
Media: DVD
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RED TURTLE, THE

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SONY CLASSICAL
Series: FEATURE, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - A massive sea turtle destroys a stranded man's raft every time he tries to sail away from a tropical island.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The latest Studio Ghibli release, The Red Turtle is a quiet, visually stunning film that represents a new direction for the Japanese film studio. Directed by Dudok de Wit, the animated film is the first time the studio has commissioned a director from outside Japan.

The Red Turtle is a desert island, castaway story that morphs into a charming fairytale. A man is stranded on a desert island. He tries to leave by building a raft, but each time he gets shipwrecked by a red turtle. The rest of the story is magical, so I don't want to be a spoiler. The story is completely told through imagery. There is no real dialogue in the film.

The animation is quite beautiful. It appears to be hand-painted with water colors. It does not have a saturated, south seas palette as one would expect, but rather a more subtle use of color. Some of it monochromatic. The music helps tell the story as well. All the music goes well with the scenes, rising in intensity when needed.

This is a very contemplative film. At first, I thought it didn't fit into the Studio Ghibli oeuvre. But after thinking about the last few films from the studio, I see why they commissioned it. I'm thinking of the later Ghibli films from 2011 and onward - From Up on Poppy Hill, The Wind Rises, The Tale of Princess Kaguya and When Marnie Was There. They are all of a much softer palette and slower pace than earlier Ghibli films.

The other aspect that this film has in common with other Studio Ghibli films is its inventiveness. There are cute, charming creatures in The Red Turtle, which help move the story along and provide comic relief. Another is the Ghibli respect for nature and for dealing with important subjects, such as life and death, survival and ecology.

The Red Turtle is the complete opposite of today's fast-paced entertainment and, for that reason I think the film is appropriate for more mature kids, ages 13 to 18. Seen in context with other Ghibli films, it's a satisfying entertainment experience. I give the film 4 out of 5 stars.

Review by Clayton Pickard, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 17
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I enjoyed the film The Red Turtle, even though I didn't understand some parts of it. This movie is mostly without words except words like "Hey!" and "Ugg!". It starts with a person being flung around by waves who then swims over to a boat that has tipped over. I'm guessing that might have been the boat he was in. Then we see him being washed up onto an island. He starts to explore and he thinks he sees another person but it's only seaweed. He hears a voice but it is only a seal. Then he goes out to explore the island and you get to see what it looks like. There is a mountain, a bamboo forest, a beach and a cluster of boulders. Next, he is on top of a mountain and yells out to see if anyone else is on the island. No one replies and he accepts that no one else on the island. He climbs back down and begins to search the jungle, finds a tree with fruit and begins to eat it. He also finds a little pond.

He is going along pretty well when he decides to build a raft to get of this island he is stranded on. He gathers bamboo to build the raft and, once he gets it done, he sets of to sea. A bit into the journey, his raft starts shaking and breaks apart. He does not find the source of his raft breaking and swims back to the island where he faces troubles and has to problem solve many times.

This film has a way of drawing you in and getting you emotionally connected to the characters, so you get worried when they are hurt or something bad happens. I believe that is a good thing to see in a movie because it means the people who made this film made it seem real. That is a good trait that films should have.

There is one thing that is not realistic, and that is the animation. Even though it does not look real, it is beautiful because of its amazing colors and the movement of the trees, water and animals. I also enjoyed the music which is lovely and shows the emotions that the characters are feeling which is definitely a good thing since there is no dialogue.

The Red Turtle is a wonderful movie that I would recommend for ages 7 to 18 and 4 � out of 5 stars because of its beauty.

KIDS FIRST! Reporter, Nathaniel B., age 10

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


DOG'S PURPOSE, A

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UNIVERSAL STUDIOS - THEATRICAL DIVISION
Series: FEATURE, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - A devoted dog (Josh Gad) discovers the meaning of its own existence through the lives of the humans it teaches to laugh and love. Reincarnated as multiple canines over the course of five decades, the lovable pooch develops an unbreakable bond with a kindred spirit named Ethan (Bryce Gheisar). As the boy grows older and comes to a crossroad, the dog once again comes back into his life to remind him of his true self.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - There are many movies that focus on a dog's world but not about what the dog is actually thinking. A Dog's Purpose does the opposite, by focusing on the dog and a dog's place in the world. This perfect story will make you laugh, cry and question the true purpose of life. The movie sets out to inspire the audience and does it by taking the main character through an emotional and long adventure filled with comedy, drama and even some romance.

The story begins with a happy puppy entering the world, ready to play and explore. Sadly for the puppy, his life doesn't last long. After passing away, the puppy is surprised to come back as a puppy again. This time in a different body. Soon, he becomes a family pet named Bailey and specifically, is a best friend to the son of the family. As time passes, the boy grows up and heads to college. Bailey passes away once again, but this time he's happy to have lived a long life with a human he loves. Bailey comes back again and again and again. Each time Bailey comes back as a different dog breed (or gender) with a different life purpose. Finally, after many lives, he realizes that his main purpose is to spend time with the people he loves and to help them in their lives as much as he can.

Only a few movies truly make me cry and, within the first 15 minutes, this became one of them. This was done not by blasting sad emotions with sad music at the viewer, but by building a real connection with the characters. The story doesn't put a smile on everything. It is realistic and very sad and depressing at times. People who own dogs, like me, will never look at their dogs the same way. They will look at them as true companions and family members.

I really enjoyed the voice-over (Josh Gad) for Bailey and his other incarnations. His voice-over work is phenomenal and suits all the dogs in the story so well. The cinematography is also spot on. It often shows specific scenes from the dog's perspective which is a genius idea and truly allows one to have a deeper connection with the character. The entire cast evokes emotion and keep a complex story entertaining.

The scene where Bailey/Ellie swim in the water is my favorite because it is an action-packed scene that is exciting but also very sad. Another reason to bring up this scene is that it is the scene that has elicited accusations of animal abuse by some animal activists. In this scene, you can clearly see the dog is not in distress. The dog is happy and greatly enjoying the activity as is the case for almost every single scene in the film. Throughout, you see things happening to the main character which would make anyone want to adopt a dog. The message of dog adoption is so strong that it makes me wonder why animal rights activists are boycotting this film when it does nothing but hurts this wonderful and inspirational story to come out and support animal adoption. A Dog's Purpose will inspire hundreds, if not thousands, to go out and adopt dogs to take care of and love.

A Dog's Purpose has some brutally sad facts about the world around us which would be too much for younger kids. There is also mild violence in several scenes, so I recommend it for ages 9 to 18. I give it 5 out of 5 stars for its beautiful message about the purpose of life, its call to action for dog adoption, spectacular voice-over work, emotional acting and unique cinematography. It opens in theaters nationwide on January 27, 2017 so, go check it out.

Reviewed by Gerry O., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14

This charming, appealing film had me on a rollercoaster of emotions. It has many beloved scenes that captivates the audience's heart such as when Ethan saves Bailey from a steaming heat car and adopts the dog as his new companion. Additionally, throughout multiple scenes you see the heartwarming relationship and bond between dogs and their owners. For example, Maya has such a strong bond with her dog that the dog can guess what she is thinking.

The storyline of this film is about a caring dog (Josh Gad) following him through several lifetimes with several different humans as he discovers the purpose and the reason for his journey. Throughout his several lifetimes, every time he is reincarnated he comes back as a different breed, in a different decade and with a new owner. Although he meets several different owners and faces a different experience every time he is reincarnated, he is mostly impacted by Ethan (Bryce Gheisar) who is a young caring boy that rescues him. As Ethan matures and faces the challenges of life, their relationship will be lost but they are reunited in future years.

The idea and structure of this film is very creative and rare. Great attention is paid to all the details and ideas that make up this film. My favorite concept is how it's told from the point of view and perspective of the dog. I love that you can hear the dog's thoughts as he experiences several lives. I really like that every time he reincarnates he is a different breed of dog. For example, in one life he is a male German Shepherd who works with the Chicago Police Department and in another he is a college women's companion. All these different point of views make this film great, although it might get a bit repetitious every time he is born.

The protagonist of the film, Ethan, is played by three characters as they portray his different ages. Young Ethan is played by Bryce Gheisar (Walk the Prank, The Bus Stop). Young high school football star Ethan is played by K.J Apa (Riverdale). Adult Ethan is played by Dennis Quaid (Vantage Point, Frequency, The Day After Tomorrow).

Although this film is told by a dog and is about his experiences, there are several morals and messages that the viewer can take in. As the dog experiences five different decades from the 60s to the 90s, it tries to find its calling in life. This can be reflected in society, in the sense that each and everyone of us has a mission here on earth. Just like the loveable dog trying to figure out its journey and purpose, people also can relate to the goal of discovering what their calling is. Teenagers can particularly relate to this as they are maturing and discovering who they are as a person. I personally can connect with this moral and my philosophy in life is in sync with it - we all have a special unique purpose in this world.

I give A Dog's Purpose 5 out of 5 stars. It's a great film to watch with your friends and family. Its perfect for ages 6 to 18. Young adults and adults will also enjoy watching this heartfelt film about man's best friend. This film comes out January 27, 2017 so, go check it out.

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

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


SLEEPTALKER

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SLEEPTALKER
JILLIAN LEBLING
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 10-18
Topic - Family
Description - A group of girls go to a sleepover. There is one girl that doesn't quite fit in, but maybe the sleeptalker can help with that.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Sleeptalker is a creative film with a plot line that isn't often seen and would be enjoyable for the majority of the family to watch together. It's suspenseful, keeps you on the edge of your seat, and keeps you wondering what's going to happen next. This is a good movie for just about anyone mainly because it's really easy to relate to the main character, Meghan (Jillian Lebling), when she is being bullied by the other girls. I think what Meghan's alter ego says to the mean girl is along the lines of something we've all probably wanted to say to someone who was being mean to us at some point in our lives. Children will enjoy this because everyone can relate to the main character, Meghan, who's the subject of bullying. Kids can be mean this film has an interesting plot twist that turns the meannies around. It has a slight suspenseful feel to it, but there are no jump scares or anything really scary at all. This short film is about a young girl, Meghan, who is disliked by some of the girls in her class and yet invited to a class sleepover. During the night, there is a mix-up of identities and the result is that the meanest girl tells everyone to stop being mean to Meghan. The plot line is creative and not overly done. It's very relatable because most people have been bullied at some point in their life. It keeps you on the edge of your seat, wondering what's going to happen next. It flows rather well and gives you a little backstory on what is going on before we get to the scene where the meannie goes into action. It's suitable for the target age group and while some may say it's a horror film, there is really nothing scary in it and it doesn't give off much of a horror movie vibe. All of the language is understandable and not outrageous and none of it would go over a child's head. The cinematography is well done and smooth. As are the transitions between scenes. The sound is pretty good, always understandable with occasional room noise in the background. Directed by Jillian Lebling, a versatile young actress who played Peggy Donovan in Bridge of Spies and Elizabeth Keen on The Blacklist. Happy to accept for KIDS FIRST! Film Festival, for ages 8 to 15. Reviewed by Kelsey M., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 10 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-15
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD


SUMMER WITH MONKEY KING

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SUMMER WITH MONKEY KING
EWING LUO
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 5-18
Topic - Family
Description - A five-year-old Chinese girl's dream to become a "boys-only" superhero.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This movie is adorable and fun to watch. The whole time, you'll find yourself rooting for the little girl. You might even find your heart breaking when she's told she can't play the Monkey King because she's not a boy (I know I did). This is a fun, heartwarming movie for the whole family to watch. This short film is about a little girl who wants to play the Monkey King in her class play. Repeatedly, she is told she can't be the Monkey King because she is a girl, has long hair and she might get hurt practicing kung fu. She finally convinces her teacher to let her audition for the part and the entire class votes for her to play the Monkey King. What is most appealing about this film is watching the little girl overcome the obstacles that prevent her from doing what she wants to do just because she is a girl. The message of this movie is very important and very clear: just because you are a girl, doesn't mean you can't achieve what you want to achieve. A child would like this film because of how relatable it is. We're often told when we're young that we can't do this or that because of multiple reasons. Any kid would like to see that they are not the only one who gets told things like that, and then see this young girl achieve what she wanted. I definitely think it's a very important film for little girls to see so they know that they can do whatever they put their mind to and shouldn't listen to people who tell them they can't do something just because they're a girl. The movie flows very well. While the movie dialogue is in Chinese, the English subtitles are easy to follow and understand. The vocabulary is suitable for the target age group and the subtitles move slowly enough that you can read them. The cinematography is impeccable. Everything is perfectly clear and the camera moves smoothly and captures everything quite well. The sound is crisp, clear and easy to hear. Happy to accept for play in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. Recommended for ages 10 to 18. Reviewed by Kelsey M., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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Runtime: 12 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 6-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD


CHASING RABBITS

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CHASING RABBITS
JACOB SMITH 2017 FF
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - Thirteen year-old Ericka suspects her mom might be a spy and launches her own espionage effort - with her best friend - to find out what's really going on.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a cute family-centered, female lead movie that is fun for the whole family. Just about anyone of any age would enjoy this. It's adventurous and suspenseful as we wonder whether Ericka's mom is a secret agent or if Ericka is just overreacting. The storyline follows a girl, Ericka, who thinks her mom is a spy. Ericka and her friend Maggie do a bit of their own spying to try to discover what Ericka's mom is up to, only to find out the other spy her mom is meeting is actually her dad. Little does she know that both of her parents have a big secret. Children will enjoy the spy aspect of this film. It's adventurous and fun and I think it would really keep kids hooked and on the edges of their seats, wondering how it's all going to turn out. Everything flows really well. It all makes perfect sense while watching it. The cinematography is done very well, especially the parts that were filmed by the drone. The drone is a very nice addition and contributed to the overall camera work. The sound is clear and understandable and the editing is quite smooth. While it is definitely suitable for the indicated aged group with age-appropriate language and easy to follow plot, it's also fun enough for parents and other adults to enjoy. I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it to the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. Reviewed by Kelsey M., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 12 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD


MALTESE GUINEA PIG, THE

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MALTESE GUINEA PIG, THE
LUKE GRANDMONT
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 7-18
Topic - Family
Description - When the grade 4 class pet goes missing, self-proclaimed sleuth, Samuel Stapleton takes the case, uncovering playground secrets and classroom conspiracies in his search for the beloved guinea pig. From Canada, in English.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The Maltese Guinea Pig is a family friendly movie that everyone will enjoy. It's adventurous and just a tad bit thrilling, making you wonder just what happened to the class pet, Sprinkles. The detective aspect gives the movie a really fun and creative vibe, which makes the movie great for everyone, even parents. This movie taps into the old style of detective movies on occasion. The storyline is about Sam's class's pet that goes missing and he's on the case. Sam runs all over town trying to figure out where Sprinkles went. The self-proclaimed detective is completely puzzled until the last day of class before summer break when he notices something that cracks the case wide open. Children would really enjoy this because of its story line. The detective style telling of the story really makes it fun to watch. The story flows really well. Everything is in chronological order which helps make it easy to follow. The vocabulary and concepts are well suited for the age group. It is really easy and fun to understand and follow along with. The cinematography is well done. I particularly enjoined how it switched between color and black and white. The sound is clear and easy to understand. Very enjoyable. Recommended for ages 7 to 18. Reviewed by Kelsey M., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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Runtime: 14 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 7-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD


MY HAGGAN DREAM

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MY HAGGAN DREAM
STEPHANI GORDON
Series: ENVIRONMENTAL SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - On the island of Saipan, a young girl's mysterious dream about a haggan, or green sea turtle, leads her to investigate the sea turtles that live around her home. Join her adventure to find turtles, which leads to a wonderful birthday wish.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This documentary style, short film is about a girl named Kaya who has a dream about sea turtles. In the dream, a haggan (also known as the green sea turtle) comes to Kaya and asks her, "If I was born on this island, where will my children be born?" Kaya then goes on a mission to figure out the answer to that question. In her expedition to find the truth, she learns about sea turtles and how they're endangered. For her birthday, her friends and her put signs up around the beach to help warn people to be observant and make sure not to do anything that could harm the sea turtles. This is a lovely film to get kids and adults alike interested in environmental and animal awareness. I think children would enjoy this short film because it makes caring about animals and the environment more fun. Everything flows rather nicely. It all makes sense and no parts seem to be missing or anything that would make it potentially confusing. This film fits well for the intended age group. It features a kid which will help children relate to it and it also shines a light on important issues which can reach both children and adults. The cinematography is excellent and clear. The scenes filmed underwater are truly outstanding. The sound is crisp, clear and easy to understand. Happy to accept this and recommend it for ages 6 to 18. Reviewed by Kelsey M., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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Runtime: 8 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD


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MISS MELODEE STUDIOS
Series: FEATURE, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - Sent to spend the summer with their uncle on a remote island, young brothers Andy and Mark learn that their eccentric grandfather once owned the island, but vanished without a trace...taking with him the secret to a vast fortune. Delving into the mysterious past, the brothers discover that their grandfather designed a complex treasure hunt, a hunt that could lead to unimaginable wealth and heal their broken family - if they can find it in time. Sinister forces also search for the money and will stop at nothing to keep the boys from their quest. As the adventure unfolds, the boys learn that the bonds of family are the most valuable riches of all, and that some family secrets can't stay buried forever.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I enjoyed watching Lost & Found. It has elements of mystery, combined with compassion and underlying evil. It has Star Power. Lost & Found opens with Andy Walton (Justin Kelly) competing in a swim meet. Winning the meet can mean a scholarship for college. Andy, an excellent swimmer mentions that he can hold his breath for 90 seconds. Andy does not win and the disappointment sends his life in a different direction.

After breaking the law, he is sent to spend the summer with an unknown uncle. Uncle Trent (Jason Patrick) lives on the remote island, once owned by his grandfather. He and his younger brother Mark (Benjamin Stockham) learn that their eccentric grandfather once owned the island, but vanished without a trace, taking with him the secret to a huge fortune.

The boys discover a challenging treasure hunt and follow the clues with hope of finding the treasure in time to save and heal their broken family. Along the way, they face many obstacles. Andy is not happy about having his younger brother Mark tag along, but later realizes and comes to appreciate Mark's loyalty and knowledge. I liked one scene in which Mark is lying in bed with his life jacket on and Andy asks him why? He replies to Andy because "Mom" told me to keep it on" and besides it is cozy.

There is a small side story about young love between Andy and Claire Broman (Celeste Desjardins). Claire is the daughter of John Broman (Cary Elwes), who is seeking the Walton fortune and wants to change the island.

Since Lost & Found takes place on a remote costal island, it has a cloudy, mysterious feel. It is filmed partly along the coast of Washington state and Canada. It has good production values and would work well on the big screen. It is very watchable and I plan to watch it again. It has several lessons appropriate for the entire family. The main lesson is voiced in a statement "what we do in the dark will come out in the light." Keeping secrets from family members can lead to discord, anger and pain. I recommend this film for ages 8 to 18 and adults will enjoy it also. I rate it 5 out of 5 stars. This is an independent production with big production values so, look for it at your local Film Festival or on DVD. Discover the results of Andy and Mark's treasure hunt! Reviewed by Juanita L., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - With beautiful filming locations and promising filmmakers, this Indie film is wonderfully entertaining. The story is about teenage brothers (Benjamin Stockham & Justin Kelly) who embark on a treasure hunt to restore their family's lost fortune. The directors and producers noble attempt at making a fun family treasure hunt film are evident in the production aspect. Joseph Itaya, who has been a part of incredible short films in the past like Monsoon, sits in the directing chair of his first feature and manages to make the look of the film riveting. Delightful use of lighting and outdoor sites invite people right into the adventure. However, looks can only go so far and where this film falls a bit short is in the screenplay. Some lines are droll and there is an unnecessary plot twist. Even with its minor bumps, if you're looking for a campy mystery, Lost and Found will provide enough entertainment for movie night with the family. I recommend it for ages 8 to 18 and give it 3.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Keefer B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $ 19.99
Media: FeatureFilm


BUNYAN & BABE

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CINEDIGN
Series: ANIMATED FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Travis (Johnny Orlando) and his sister Whitney visit their grandparents for the summer and stumble upon the evil plan of a greedy land developer (Kelsey Grammer) to steal the land of the town's longtime residents. While running from one of the developer's goons, Travis falls through a magical portal which transports him to the world of American hero, Paul Bunyan (John Goodman) & his pet ox, Babe (Jeff Foxworthy). Bunyan and Babe get wrapped up in a brand new adventure, and with the help of their new friends Travis and Whitney, they save the town. Together they learn firsthand that you don't have to be big to do big things. Starring John Goodman, Kelsey Grammer, Jeff Foxworthy, Mark Hamill and Johnny Orlando (YouTube Sensation)
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This film has entertainment value and also teaches an important lesson. The characters are a strong point and I love the story line. It's original and creative. A young boy goes with his sister to his Grandparent's farm. The young boy, who loves his video games and cell phone, goes off to nature which is a great lesson in itself, but there is much more to the story. There are the greedy villains, who are twin brothers, that need to be defeated. The young boy transports back in time to the time period of Paul Bunyan and Babe. This film flows well and the animation and sound effects really bring it to life. It also has star power with characters being voiced by Kelsey Grammer, John Goodman, Jeff Foxworthy and Mark Hamill. I give this 5 out of 5 stars for its excellent entertainment value and powerful message. I recommend it for ages 7-18. Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This movie is really unique and interesting. I have never before seen a plot quite like this. The events that happen are quite unusual and I really enjoyed how the ending turned out.

The film follows Travis (Johnny Orlando) who encounters some challenges when he goes to his grandparent's farm for the summer. By accident, he travels to a different world and gets some big help from the legendary Paul Bunyan (John Goodman) and his talking blue ox, Babe. When they get back to the normal world, they realize that he didn't just end up in a different world for no reason. He is chased after witnessing Blackstone, a magician, hypnotize a store owner and force her to sell her land to him. Blackstone's bodyguard is the one who chased him. Eventually, everyone realizes that Blackstone and his brother, Norm Blandsford (Kelsey Grammer) a greedy land developer, are working together. They realize the problem is bigger than they initially thought.

I love how John Goodman's voice perfectly fits what I think Paul Bunyan might sound like. His voice is deep and strong like a macho man, which seems really fitting. I also liked how Travis (Johnny Orlando) uses his voice to help us know what Travis is feeling. For example, when Travis wants to help Paul Bunyan find Babe, his voice sounds really determined, which shows the audience how persevering he is.

The animation is spectacular. I particularly enjoyed seeing how the body language of each character shows what they are feeling. I also enjoyed seeing Blackstone's hypnotic device on his hand. It is amazing how the animators made the light look like it was going toward the character and not just staying on the screen of the device. I almost felt like I was being hypnotized myself!

My favorite part of the film is when Babe escapes and starts drinking the toxic water. It amused me that he was so careless. I couldn't believe that he didn't see how the color of the water was abnormal and it looked really gross. It was funny to me when Norm Blandsford sees Babe who is just lying there, out cold.

This film's message is one that many children and even adults can relate to - even though you are small, you can still do big things. This doesn't only mean small size-wise. It can also mean small, as in just one person in a big world. This message encourages people to keep trying and to never give up, no matter what challenges are in your way, such as being small. The message can also inspire people to not limit themselves as to what they can do, because of things they can't control, such as being small, not pretty, or not being smart. This message is very important and could help a lot of people get over their insecurities and be more confident in themselves.

I really enjoyed watching this movie and I give it 5 out of 5 stars. I recommend it to ages of 4 to 10. You can watch this fantastic film on Google Play on January 12 and in theaters February 3. You should definitely check out this awesome movie. I think you'll be glad you did.

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

The tall tale legends that everyone loves are back in this terrific, animated adventurous comedy. Paul Bunyan and Babe the blue talking Ox are hilarious once again they bring adventure and fun to Minnesota. I love the tales about Paul Bunyan and Babe, and how they can chop down tress with one swift whack of Paul's Ax. Babe is always by his side to help him, no matter how far they have to travel together. I am so happy to learn about this new comical animated film of 2017. It is the perfect movie to start the year off with your friends and family.

My favorite character is Travis because he is goodhearted, adventurous and comical. He shows that, by helping his grandparents around the farm where he lifts pumpkins, plants seeds and rakes leaves. He does all this because he is compassionate and protective about his grandparents and his family. He also has a funny since of humor and knows how to make a quick remark or two.

The scene when Travis first meets Paul Bunyan is hilarious. This scene reminds me of the rabbit hole in Alice in Wonderland, when she falls down it and how everything flouts around and it seems like there is no gravity. Paul is pretending to be a mean scary giant like the one from Jack and the Bean Stalk. He even repeats the lines from the giant. In a deep voice, he threatens to eat him and grind his bones but not even Paul Bunyan cannot keep a straight face.

The animation is great with many dimensions and it makes the story quite believable. There are great details and the scene where Paul Bunyan pushes a car is humorous, especially the expressions on the passengers' faces. And, since they do not know how to drive, it's doubly funny. The scenery made me want to take a visit to the country and go to a fair.

The story begins with a young boy named Travis (Johnny Orlando) who goes to his grandparents farm with his sister Whitney (Lola Wayne Villa). When his Grandpa (Mark Hamill, Star Wars - the one and only Luke Skywalker) asks him to buy a tape measurer, he is chased by a stranger and falls into a tree that leads him to the world of Paul Bunyan and Babe. Paul Bunyan (John Goodman) and Babe (Jeff Foxworthy) help Travis by getting him home to his grandparent's farm. While Travis is with Paul and Babe he finds out that an evil, greedy land developer and his brother who is a hypnotist (Kelsey Grammer) are trying to hypnotize the townspeople to get them sell their land. While they are trying to do this, Travis's Grandma (Kay Cole) is protesting against the mall they plan to build.

I recommend this to ages 6 to 18. Kids will love the funny jokes, the bright animation and the quirky characters and the fun plot. Adults will also like the silliness of the film, but it isn't too silly so they will also enjoy it with their family. It is the perfect way to relax and have a good time smiling and laughing with your favorite tall tale legends and some new characters as well. I give this film 5 out of 5 gigantic blue talking stars.

By Morgan Bertsch, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 12
Runtime: 90 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD


FRENCH FOR KIDS: LES SAISONS (THE SEASONS)

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WHISTLEFRITZ LLC
Series: DVD, AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - From l'hiver (winter) to l'automne (autumn), it's a year-round language-learning celebration! This lively French immersion video engages children with colorful backgrounds, animation, catchy songs, live-action footage, and lots of fun!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Young children will love French for Kids: Les Saisons and parents will love that they thought to purchase it for them! French for Kids: Les Saisons by Whistlefritz is one of a series of total immersion French instruction videos for children, aged appropriately for viewers 1 to 7 years of age.

The 35-minute lesson is fast paced, kid-focused instruction, that doesn't feel like instruction at all. The teacher, Marie Laure, is engaging, welcoming and animated in her delivery. Marie uses animated backgrounds, props and body language to demonstrate the meanings of words.

French for Kids: Les Saisons has return animated characters Fritzi, the mouse and Rito the fox planning a birthday celebration for Fritzi. Catchy, yet parent-friendly songs are interspersed throughout the stories to further help explain the concepts and add visual and auditory interest. The curriculum is reinforced with print words of key concepts (French only), bright colors, animation and cute videos of kids from diverse races playing in the different seasons - summer in the pool, autumn at a pumpkin farm and trick or treating.

Total immersion instruction means that there is no other language presented other than the one you are wanting to teach. This approach leaves learners relying on their other senses, besides auditory, to determine the meaning of words. Total immersion typically incorporates different learning strategies including visual, auditory and kinesthetic through a variety of multimedia approaches. The lack of English on this DVD was more distracting to me as an adult, than my daughter, who readily embraced the French only instruction. The literature says that there are English subtitles, which this reviewer was not able to locate. Thankfully, a parent/teacher translation guide is included which lists the English translation of the songs as well as key concepts of the lessons.

The Whistlefritz educator's French collection is highlighted on homeschool.com's Top 100 Educational Websites of 2016 as the perfect companion for parents who are homeschooling their young children. I give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 5. French for Kids: Les Saisons is available now wherever DVDs are sold so, go check it out. Reviewed by Ruth A.,KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - French for Kids: Les Saisons (The Seasons) is a fun, colorful DVD language course from Whistlefritz that is perfect for helping your kids learn French.

Les Saisons follows Fritzi, a cute and cheery mouse who attends a birthday party and then wonders when his own birthday is. His friend Marie helps guide him through the year and tells him all the special traits of winter, spring, summer and fall so he can figure it out. I had fun joining Marie and Fritzi in a well-paced lesson and jovial sing-a-long about the seasons - all in French.

The entire program runs 35 minutes and, while it's about the seasons, it also covers vocabulary on saying "hi," saying your name and other basic phrases as well as special vocabulary about holidays. This program really helps children understand by repeating words over and over and singing about the words to make it fun. The teacher Marie pronounces everything very slowly and clearly. A group of kids also repeat key words and contribute to a better understanding of what is going on onscreen. This DVD mixes animation and live action together successfully to make sure kids can follow the pronunciation but also have fun with its cast of animated characters. The lesson also includes footage of kids doing several pastimes related to the season being discussed which keeps things interesting. For instance, when they talk about fall, they shows kids jumping into piles of leaves.

This DVD has a special features video that explains Whistlefritz's inventive philosophy about immersion and what exactly learning by immersion means. I recommend you watch that before showing kids the DVD.

I give French for Kids: Les Saisons an age recommendation of 2 to 8. There is nothing objectionable about this DVD, but I think it is most comprehensible for children at least 2-years-old. I'm not a parent, so that's your call. The DVD's length and cheerful atmosphere should keep your child's attention. I give French for Kids: Les Saisons 4 out of 5 stars. This is an excellent resource for your child to begin to learn some basic French. This DVD is available on Amazon and other places where DVDs are sold. Do check out some of the other titles from its producer, Whistlefritz while you're at it.

Reviewed by Benjamin P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11

I love this fun filled DVD that teaches kids how to read and speak French while learning about the seasons. I like how they mix learning with something that I had a wonderful time watching. I found myself dancing, singing and laughing the whole time.

This DVD is full of colorful animation and adorable videos of children swimming, having snowball fights, jumping into leaf piles and enjoying all the seasons. It is the perfect blend of animation, live action and music that will have any child laughing, dancing and learning. The live action videos show what the weather is like and how to find entertainment that each season offers. While these videos play, they have a song in French describing that season and activities the children are doing.

The unique characters will have you laughing and smiling throughout the entire DVD. The characters are a mouse, cat, dog and Marie. Marie teaches the correct pronunciation of words through her storytelling. The video also includes children who speak French which adds a bit of cuteness to the video and shows kids that it's easy for other kids to learn to speak French too.

I love the way they teach French by immersion. It is very different but kept me interested. I delight in the fact that the entire video is in French. I have never seen this use of immersion in learning a language before and I really appreciate that in this DVD.

I recommend this program for ages 2 to 7. Kids will love the storyline, characters and animation in this DVD. The videos will encourage them to try something new, get up and exercise. Older kids might think it is a bit too childish and might not like it as much as the younger ones do. I give this DVD 4 out of 5 French fantastic stars. If you want to learn French and have fun at the same time, then this is the perfect DVD for you. Bonne chance and au revoir. The DVD is available in stores and online now so, go check it out! You'll be glad you did.

Reviewed by Morgan B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12
Runtime: 35 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $ 19.99
Media: DVD

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MONSTER TRUCKS

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PARAMOUNT PICTURES
Series: FEATURE, AGES 8-12
Topic - Family
Description - Looking for any way to get away from the life and town he was born into, Tripp (Lucas Till), a high school senior, builds a Monster Truck from bits and pieces of scrapped cars. After an accident at a nearby oil-drilling site displaces a strange and subterranean creature with a taste and a talent for speed, Tripp may have just found the key to getting out of town and a most unlikely friend.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is the fun, adventurous comedy that is perfect for the whole family. In this stupendous movie, there is a fun story line, quirky characters and terrific graphics. The way they incorporate each and every person's unique talents and personality traits is incredible. On top of that, there is an adorable comedic monster that is not scary but cute, silly and goodhearted.

This movie is about a teenager named Tripp (Lucas Till) and his tutor Meredith (Jane Levy). One day, Tripp finds a remarkable creature that has never been heard of before. He decides to keep the creature and names him Creech. Tripp makes a huge truck where he can keep Creech inside and use Creech as the engine. He then has to get Creech back home with the help of Meredith. The oil people, which only loves money, want him dead. If people find out about him they will want to study him and protect him. This would cause the company to shut down.

My favorite scene is when Creech Meredith and Tripp are hiding and doing a speed chase with the evil people who want to take Creech away from them to experiment on him. I love this because Creech is climbing walls, jumping on top of buildings and driving on top of the roofs. The graphics in this scene are spectacular and had me staring in awe at how well are executed. The characters have some hilarious jokes that had me laughing until my stomach hurt.

My favorite characters are Creech and Meredith. I love him because he is funny, adorable, sweet and silly. I usually do not like creepy squids but this one is adorable. He provides comic relief that will have you smiling and laughing all the way. Meredith is the smart, quirky kind one who just wants to do what's right and help everyone that she can. Tripp is also very humorous and goodhearted and I love that about him. He brings the film to life and has you cheering for him throughout the movie.

I recommend this to kids ages 7 to 18. Kids will love the characters that they can relate to, the adorable monster Creech and the story. Adults will love the graphics and the well written jokes. It is perfect for the whole family as a silly, feel good movie. I give this 5 out of 5 Monster Truck Stars.

By Morgan Bertsch, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

I really enjoyed watching the film Monster Trucks. It is a very action packed, science filled and exciting. It's a film that will have younger views hooked from the very beginning. The animation, cast and storyline all help tie this movie together in a way that is so amazing.

The story is about Tripp (Lucas Till) who lives in a small town that he isn't all that fond of. He builds a Monster Truck from pieces of scrapped cars. After an unexpected accident at a oil-drilling site called Trevaax, a strange creature is let loose who meets Tripp and Meredith (Jane Levy). The three set out on a joyride to protect their new subterranean creature friend.

My favorite part about the film is when all three creatures reunite with each other-thanks to Tripp and the gang and are set off to return to their homes. I really like this part because it is almost a happy ending, even though it isn't the end yet. Throughout the film, there are many pleasant scenes and I love the positive way that we see how Tripp and Creech's relationship grows. Friendship is a huge theme which is great because that is something that everyone benefits from.

Without giving away the ending, the message of this film is that family and friends are very important no matter what they look like. Another message is to always fight for what you believe is right in the end. Tripp is skeptical about Creech at the beginning of the film, but as it progressed, so do his feelings for the friendly creature. They form a bond with each other to keep one another safe no matter what the circumstances. Another example is with one of the scientists who works for the "evil" oil-drilling company. He realizes towards the end that what his company is doing could be harming others and has a change of heart for the creatures. I recommend Monster Trucks for ages 5 through 13 due to the lively colors, action packed theme and fun filled excitement. I rate this film a 5 out of 5 stars for its kid-friendly, thrilling storyline and talented cast. This film opens nationwide in theaters on January 13, 2017.

By Imani B. G., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 15

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 7-112
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


MIRACULOUS: TALES OF LADYBUG & CAT NOIR - BE MIRACULOUS

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SHOUT! FACTORY
Series: DVD, AGES 8-12
Topic - Family
Description - A third volume of action adventure that will have you feeling Miraculous! The time is now. The city is Paris. And two amazing heroes, Ladybug and Cat Noir, stand to protect its citizens against evildoers. But can this uncanny duo continue to keep their city safe from these dastardly ne'er-do-wells... and get their homework in on time?! That's right. The superheroes known as Ladybug and Cat Noir are actually Marinette and Adrien, two young students with super-secret lives filled with super-awesome excitement! Episodes include: Ladybug & Cat Noir (Origins, part 1), Stone Heart (Origins, part 2), Animan, Simon Says, Pixelator, Guitar Villain, Kung Food.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir: Be Miraculous is an action filled story. I enjoyed several things about this DVD. It is a story with two typical teenagers who transform into superheroes and addresses the diversity of their characters.

Marinette Cheng (Cristina Vee), a shy high-school student, has inherited some magical ladybug-shaped earrings. The earrings grant the power of luck to whomever wears them. Whenever the situation needs it, Marinette turns into Ladybug, the guardian angel.

The series features a great cast of diverse characters who represent different races, body types and gender. Marinette takes center stage as one of the main protagonists. In my opinion, there are not enough female main heroes in TV shows. Her character is very well-written and she provides a great role model for younger viewers, and even adults, to look up to and relate to. Cat Noir/Adrien (Brice Papenbrook ) also stands out as the other key protagonist. Adrien is a rich boy who is well-liked but reserved. Little do they know that they fight together daily as their alter egos.

Both characters by themselves are very interesting. When she turns into Ladybug, Marinette is much more confident in herself. When Adrien transforms into Cat Noir, his personality change is more drastic, becoming more outgoing, flirty and even cocky. Their underlying romance becomes even more interesting when Cat Noir develops a crush on Ladybug, who she does not know is Adrien and brushes off his flirty behavior. I found myself wanting them to discover their true identities. However, the interactions between them are adorable to watch, making them one of the best duos I've ever seen in a animated show.

Since the show is set in France, it exposes viewers to the culture of Paris. It is refreshing to see a different setting as this superhero duo is charged with protecting Paris from evil.

No superhero story will be complete without a villain. Hawk Moth (Keith Silverstein) is a typical villain who has no clear reasoning. He is one of those bad guys that just wants to 'take over the world' just because.

Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir reminds us that no one is perfect and that it is important to stand up for your beliefs. It reminded of a quote by Edmund Burke: "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."

I recommend this DVD for ages 5 to 12 years old and give it 5 out of 5 stars. This DVD comes out January 10, 2017 so, be sure to check it out. By Juanita Seon Leary, KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This show is actually pretty entertaining. I am legitimately intrigued by the fascinating characters, the story and what is happening. As a big superhero fan, I can say, this is a good superhero style cartoon.

The story is about two teenagers, Marinette and Adrien, who are granted the powers of "The Ladybug" and "The Cat. " They use their new powers to fight evil villains that have started appearing in Paris. The friendship between these two characters is quite charming.

One thing I enjoy a lot about this show is the animation. I can't exactly figure out why, but the animation feels different and I really like it. I especially like Ladybug and Cat Noir's transformation scenes. I think they are really well done and nicely animated. Something about them gets me pumped for the fight scenes.

The characters are also really likeable, especially Marinette. She's awkward and clumsy, but also smart and strong. She's not the Queen Bee, instead she's a Ladybug! I can see her as a positive role model for young girls. Adrien is also a good-natured, enjoyable character. I like both of them equally.

Most of the other characters are cool as well. I especially like Marinette's best friend, Alya. I think she's a quirky, funny, charming character and a good friend. She is supportive and kind. She also helps Marinette with her love life.

My only suggestion to the show's creator is to make the main antagonist more exciting. He's pretty bland and is honestly the only dull character in the show. He stands in a room, by himself, doing a monologue in all of his scenes in every episode. Super hero's need an exciting villain to defeat. Another thing that's interesting, is that this show is actually dubbed in English. It first aired in France, then in South Korea, then in America on Nickelodeon.

I give this show 4 out of 5 stars. I recommend it for kids between the ages of 6 to 12. I recommend it for kids of both genders. Girls will enjoy the main lead, while boys will enjoy the action and superheroes. Heads up though - the theme song is super catchy. You will be singing it in your head all night! In fact, I am singing it right now! This comes out on DVD on January 10, 2017 so, go check it out.

By Calista B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 13

Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir: Be Miraculous is a fun and entertaining animated show. It is a set of seven short stories, including two episodes explaining how they get their powers., all on one DVD that brings the viewer through many exciting adventures. It is cool how they show scenes from both sides of the characters' lives. We see them both as normal teenagers living with their parents to their hidden identities of crime-fighting, world-saving superheroes. It's also exciting how both human teenagers each have a crush on the other's superhero counterpart. This is a will they - won't they theme that goes through the whole series.

The first origin story in Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir is about how Ladybug and Cat Noir got their superpowers. They were given jewelry by an old man on the street that they randomly helped. The jewelry gave them powers just in time to stop Hawk Moth's rock monster called a stone hearth get his revenge on everyone who ever wronged him. In the second episode, they must try and save Paris from more stone hearths. In the third episode Animan, Ladybug and Cat Noir must fight another one of Hawk Moth's monsters called Animan. The next episode, called Simon Says is about a hypnotist that gets controlled by Hawk Moth to capture Ladybug's and Cat Noir's powers. In pixelator one of Jagged Stone, a rock star, gets controlled by Hawk Moth and starts storing people digitally in is camera.

This DVD has some very clear storylines and detailed animation. It contains many bright colors and teaches some important lessons about teen life. I would have liked to know more about how their powers work and what Hawk Moths motives were.

My favorite episode was Simon Says. I enjoyed this episode because it was very funny and had me on the edge of my seat the entire time.

Each episode has its moral. Overall, the main moral is to be kind and not let negative feelings control you. Other lessons you could learn are that good always conquers evil and that if you believe in yourself you can do anything.

Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir is a fast-paced and entertaining DVD. I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars because it was very creative. I recommend it for ages 6 to 15.

By Rohan D. F., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11
Runtime: 154 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 13.98
Media: DVD
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LONG WAY NORTH (BLU-RAY/DVD COMBO)       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
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Series: FEATURE, AGES 8-12
Topic - Family
Description - 1882, Saint Petersburg. Sasha, a young Russian aristocrat, has always been fascinated by her grandfather's life as an adventurer. A renowned explorer, he designed a magnificent arctic ship, but he hasn't returned from his last expedition to the North Pole. To save her family's honor, Sasha runs away. Headed towards the Great North, she follows her grandfather's trail in search of his famous ship.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I really enjoyed this animated film because it is very adventurous, heart-warming and exciting. Not your normal, everyday plot. It is different since it's based in Russia with unusual names for the characters. The story is about Princess Sacha who is determined to prove that her Grandfather had found what he set out to find. The title gives you food for thought about what the story is about. (North to where? North Pole, North Canada, North America?) The colors are soft and the animation is spectacular, unlike any I've ever seen! I felt that the cover doesn't do justice to the actual movie. It's better then the cover would lead you to believe. I believe that watching this movie stimulates kids to question, probe and problem-solve. The vocabulary is age-appropriate and the music definitely adds depth to the production. Any young child would love this movie! I know I did! It flows evenly from the beginning to end, has great characters, a fantastic storyline and it definitely kept my interest. The animation and colors are fantastic! The message of this story is that you should believe in yourself and follow through with your plans. I recommend this movie for ages 5-10 and give it 5 out of 5 stars! Reviewed by Tina B. KIDS FIRST! Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I loved this film. It surprised me a lot. I have to admit that, when it first started it was a bit boring, but as the movie progressed, it got better and better. I like the film because the events are so unexpected. I would predict that something would happen and then, something completely different happened and I would stare at the screen in shock. I love that feeling because it's exciting. For me, when that happens, when you don't know what's going to happen next or that anything could happen, it makes the film intriguing and interesting. You are curious about what will happen next.

The movie takes place in 19th Century Saint Petersburg when a young girl from the Russian aristocracy named Sacha suffers over the fate of her grandfather. He is a renowned scientist and Arctic explorer who has yet to return from an expedition to the North Pole. Against the wishes of her parents, who have made marriage arrangements for her, Sacha flees home and launches her quest to search for her grandfather and his ship.

My favorite part is when Sacha saves the captain from falling off a cliff and dying. I like this scene because Sacha manages to win the captain's respect. Sacha was very judged and underestimated by the crew and captain, but she manages to prove all of them wrong. With her hard work and dedication, she shows them who she really is. Everyone finally starts respecting her and treats her respectfully. After she saves the captain's life, they stopped judging her.

The life lesson taught in this film is to never underestimate anyone, because you can be surprised. You can be surprised at who they really are or how they might change to attain a goal. Don't ever judge a book by its cover. Sacha changes throughout the movie in a huge way. She starts out as a spoiled girl that doesn't know how to work or make herself useful. But she is also very decided and dedicated in what she wants to accomplish and she will do anything to get that, even if it means preparing herself to work. During her journey, the sailors have very little faith in her and judge her heavily. They think she is a superficial girl that doesn't know what she is doing, but they are wrong. Sacha manages to prove the ship's crew that she is courageous, determined and a special young woman through her actions. So, this film teaches us an important lesson, to never judge a person by they way they look. You don't know what that person is capable of doing to achieve something that's important to them.

I recommend this movie to kids ages 6 to 14 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. This film is available now on DVD so, go check it out.

By Alejandra Garcia, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14

This film is really cute and I enjoyed most of it but, I'm not going to lie, the beginning wasn't as promising as I thought it would be. It's gets off to a bit of a slow pace so, it took me time to get into it but eventually I did and ended up enjoying it. I really like the clean animation. It is pretty simple and I really enjoyed the music which gives a lasting tone to the overall film.

The story line is about a young Russian girl named Sasha who is in desperate need to find her grandfather who she had a very close relationship with. Throughout the film, she gets closer to finding her grandfather as well as becoming a mature woman.

My favorite part, hands down, is when Sasha prepares herself to go find her grandfather, not only physically but mentally. She is very determined and she works hard to get what she wants which is different for her since she is a pretty spoiled girl who gets everything done for her. So, it was inspiring to see that change in her.

The two lessons I learned from the film are, don't judge a book by its cover and be determined. She is judged very negatively by the townspeople and, although she could have been wrong, she wasn't. Also, she is very determined and that was inspiring to watch. I recommend this film to ages 5 to 10 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. This film comes out on DVD January 17, 2017 so, look for it wherever DVDs are sold.

By Nathalie Avendano, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14
Runtime: 81 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 21.99
Media: DVD
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HIDDEN FIGURES

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TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX FILM CORPORATION
Series: FEATURES, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history. Based on the unbelievably true life stories of three of these women, known as "human computers", we follow these women as they quickly rose the ranks of NASA alongside many of history's greatest minds specifically tasked with calculating the momentous launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, and guaranteeing his safe return. Dorothy Vaughn, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson crossed all gender, race, and professional lines while their brilliance and desire to dream big, beyond anything ever accomplished before by the human race, firmly cemented them in U.S. history as true American heroes
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This absolutely fantastic film will inspire so many people to never give up on their dreams and talents. It shows that you can do anything if you put your mind to it.

The movie takes place in the 1960s where sexism and racial discrimination is still at a high. There is fear of the Soviet Union since they already have the technology to send astronauts into space, though there is still hope for America. This is a true story which revolves around three extremely intelligent African-American women - Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Mary Jackson (Janelle Mon�e) and Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) who all work for the NASA program. They are the brains behind the launch of astronaut John Glenn (Glen Powell). The woman struggle with using their brilliance since they live in a world where the color of their skin defines who they are and who they are not going to be.

The acting is fabulous! Taraji P. Henson is made to play Katherine Johnson. Taraji highlights the braveness and intelligence of her character, adding a bit of a quirky side as well. I feel that I know her character like a friend. Mary Jackson (Janelle Mon�e) is my favorite character out of them all. She has this determination in her that is mind blowing. She can be very serious at times, but one of the most hilarious people at others. Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) definitely takes on the leader role. When watching this film you feel for her struggles and want her to succeed so badly. Octavia brings boldness and sarcasm that just makes you adore her. I felt the strong friendship between these woman.

I could tell how much time was spent in designing the set and costumes. The sets are so realistic that I felt transformed into that time period. I loved looking at the small details added to each set. Renee Ehrlich Kalfus designed the costumes which are so colorful and suit each character perfectly. It is so interesting to see how different the clothes were back then. The costumes helped add to it being the 60s.

My favorite scene is when Al Harrison (Kevin Costner) breaks down the colored woman's bathroom sign to show that everyone can share the same restroom. Al Harrison is the head of the NASA launch program. This is my favorite scene because I loved seeing someone who looked beyond the color of people's skin.

The main message of this film is to never give up on your dreams, even when people tell you that you can't. The three woman look beyond their gender and their skin color. They look at the talents they have. One example of this is when Katherine Johnson is talking to Jim Johnson. Jim is surprised as to why they are having a woman do such important things at NASA. Katherine retorts with an inspiring line "Yes they let women do some things at NASA Mister Johnson. And it's not because we wear skirts. It's because we wear glasses!" I recommend this film for ages 9 to 18. The younger audiences will enjoy learning about the past and be inspired to shoot for the stars. The older audiences will like the comedy and the amazing story. I give this film a 5 out of 5 astronaut stars. It opens in theaters on January 6, 2017 so go check it out!

Reviewed by Talia J., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13

This inspirational feature film, based on a true story, captured my full-focused attention for the entire movie. Not only is it emotionally charged, but it is also historically educational. This movie is sure to give your family a lot of thought provoking conversations to have around the dinner table.

Based on a true story, three African-American women, Mary Jackson, Katherine G. Johnson and Dorothy Vaughan, work for NASA during a time of racial tension and segregation in the 1960s. Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) became NASA's first African-American female supervisor and self-taught FORTRAN programmer. Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae) became the first African-American woman engineer and Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Hensen) was a mathematician and physicist. These three women not only helped NASA send a man to space, but carved a path for other women and African-Americans to hold high powered positions previously held only by Caucasian men.

My favorite character is Mary Jackson. Janelle Monae truly captures the spunk and tenacity of the real-life character she plays. She is inspiring, dedicated and truthful. I find it interesting that Ms. Monae's first passion is singing and songwriting and Hidden Figures is only her second feature film as an actress, with the other being the award winning Moonlight from 2016. The only negative comment I might share is that I would have preferred some elements to be expanded within the storyline so that I could learn even more about the lives of these three women, especially my favorite character, Mary Jackson.

There are so many messages one can take from Hidden Figures, but two specifically stick out in my mind. First, that you should not allow someone else to put a ceiling on your dreams and second, that history teaches us empathy for others.

Hidden Figures has some cussing, but nothing derogatory toward another person. It is a period piece set in 1961 and based on a true story. Audiences do encounter terminology and situations that were the harsh reality at that time, so some kids may not be mature enough to understand and grasp the full message of the movie. This film is correctly rated PG and is suitable for the whole family to enjoy together. But, because of the period content, I recommend for ages 8 to 18 and give it 5 out of 5 stars.

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

Hidden Figures is a very inspirational movie. The acting and the informative material impressed me tremendously and the costume design adds to the greatness of this movie.

It is based on a true story is about three African American women living in the 1960s. Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughn (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae) are gifted in math and science and the three manage to work at NASA. They face many difficulties due to their color and gender. Despite working initially in the segregated computer room, the three manage to help America in the space race which was dominated by Russia. The trio also ensure the entry and the return of John Glenn (Glen Powell), who is aboard the Friendship 7 orbiting Earth.

Taraji P. Henson's acting is extremely powerful as Katherine Johnson. She has the look of a mathematical genius. The scene where she explains her struggles to her boss is my most favorite scene in this movie and it brings out Taraji's excellent acting. Octavia Spencer as Dorothy Vaughn is great at both drama and comedy. Janelle Monae's depiction of Mary Jackson as a determined and steadfast lady is excellent and believable. Kevin Costner is another standout performer as Al Harris, head of the Space Task Group. His caring nature of not being a racist is one of the sides of the character which is presented well, as well as his portrayal of always being focused on the task. Glen Powell brings charisma and respect in the famous astronaut, John Glenn.

Theordore Belfi's direction gives the movie room for all three of the women to show their hardships and triumphs. The music, composed by Hans Zimmer and Pharrell Williams appropriately enhances the setting of the movie. The costumes, for all the characters, are well designed and really look like attire from the 1960s. My only complaint is that only Katherine Johnson gets a proper back story, explaining her past, but we don't really learn about the background of the other two women. The movie excels at defining the contributions of all three women.

The movie has a positive message about never giving up, no matter how much of a struggle. Despite the racist behavior and the challenges of the job, the trio never give up. For example, Katherine is constantly faced with the cold behavior of her colleagues. I give this movie 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 7 to 18. The youngest audience members might be a bit bored since this is an informative type of movie, but if they are interested in math, science or history, then they should go and see it. This film is available in theaters January 6, 2017, so go and check it out for an inspirational true story.

By Arjun Nair, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15

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


SING

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UNIVERSAL STUDIOS - THEATRICAL DIVISION
Series: FEATURE, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, Buster Moon a dapper koala who presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times. Buster is an eternal-some might even say delusional-optimist who loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it. Now faced with the crumbling of his life's ambition, he has one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world's greatest singing competition.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Great film! Perfect for taking your kids or grandkids between the ages of 7 and 18, maybe even younger. Wonderful storyline, delightful music, excellent animation. Most importantly is the music. It is simply wonderful and worth going to see for that alone. The animated characters are lovingly illustrated and I found myself rooting for Buster Moon even though he was a bit of a goofball. This is definitely one to not miss. It's in theaters now.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Illumination Entertainment has done it again! The creators of Despicable Me, Pets and Minions have brought us more talking animals to love; and this time they sing!

Sing is about a Koala named Buster Moon who loves the theater so much that he buys a theater and follows his dreams. His theater is going through some hard times, so he holds a singing competition. Ash, Buster Moon, Rosita, Mike, Meena, Johnny and Gunter are some of the competitors, and they all have important stories to tell.

Each character is like a small subplot, so you get some good background information. Voiced by big names such as Matthew McConaughey, Scarlett Johansson, Reese Witherspoon and Seth MacFarlane, we get to know and love each character. Ash is a rock singer who lives with a stuck up boyfriend. Rosita is a pig who has many kids and a husband, but she doesn't feel appreciated by any of them. Mike is a little street mouse or rat with attitude that gets him in some interesting situations. Meena is an elephant that is super shy and Johnny is an ape that is stuck in a family job of robbery.

My favorite character is Johnny because he believes in what he loves and never stops trying to pursue his dreams. He almost runs two lives, doing what he wants to do while also participating in the family business of robbery.

My favorite scene is the car wash scene. Buster Moon has to wash cars to make some money, so his friend Eddie helps him. Buster Moon washes as Eddie dries. This scene is very funny because they use their bodies to wash and dry.

The moral to this film is to never give up on your dreams. We see how all the characters have an event in their lives that holds them back from what they really want to do and what their true talents are.

This movie is called Sing, so I expected some major singing. I like how there are popular songs incorporated into the movie. All the characters have amazing voices and some are very comical. The singing really made me want to get up and start singing.

The animation is super colorful, creative and detailed. You can see small details on the animals like the fur on the apes and the quills on the porcupines. I love how the animal characteristics and human characteristics are combined and balanced out perfectly to make a human animal. The animals may walk and talk like humans, but they also have some animal traits. The porcupine's quills fly out and the apes run on their feet and hands.

I recommend Sing to ages 6-18 because this is a great family movie for all ages. I give this movie 4.5 out of 5 stars. If you are looking for good clean family fun, go enjoy Sing in theaters near you!

By Mia A., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

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


LONELINESS OF THE SHORT DISTANCE RUNNER, THE

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LONELINESS OF THE SHORT DISTANCE RUNNER, THE
BEN JACOBSON
Series: STUDENT FILM, AGES 8 TO 12
Topic - Family
Description - A young girl dreams of competing in the Olympics and a local fun run offers her a first opportunity to prove herself. This short comedy was 100% improvised by the lead actor (also the director) when she was just 11 years old.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a fun film that brings up issues for great discussions among the viewers. Without giving away the ending, I'll stay away from what those issues may be. I was concerned about the use of the music and whether the filmmaker has the rights to use it. However, he has assured me that he does. My other concern is that in the beginning of the film, when the girl is whispering into her cell phone you can hardly make out what she is saying. But, it's cute and well constructed as a student film so, I am going to give it a recommendation. Julie S. KIDS FIRST! juror
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Runtime: 8 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD


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ABC MONSTERS: STARRING QRSTU       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - 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 clean from every book in Capital Town!

In this DVD, embark on adventures with Alice, Brian and Cherry Berry to search high and low for the letters Q, R, S, T, and U. Queen Scribble is organizing a Quick Quiz at Capital Castle. She has been writing�the questions for several days and today is the day they have all been waiting for. King Wordy was asked to be the quizmaster, and he is very excited! However, one of the contestants, Q-Monster, is missing! Will they find him in time so that he can play in the quiz with the other ABC Monsters? Find out!

Get set for a spellbinding series of magical adventures that engages preschool children's imaginations, while making learning exciting and entertaining.���
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - There are 26 ABC monsters, one for each letter of the alphabet and this DVD highlights five of them - Q,R,S,T and U. A letter monster is missing corresponding to the letter for each episode and, as the others search for them, they meet alphabet characters Q,R,S,T and U along the way. In the end, each ABC Monster is found. I have to say that I really enjoyed this DVD along with the 4 young children who watched with me. Cherry Berry is great guide throughout the episodes. The kids also enjoyed Una Underhill and her umbrella. The songs are great and very catchy. The characters are colorful and helpful to one another and there is not any violence of any sort. The kids really enjoyed the music and they really liked that the music is included within each episode and not just at the very end. The DVD has a sing along portion as well as dancing and acting out the letter shapes that are very kid friendly. My team clapped and laughed a lot while watching this. They shouted out answers to the word and alphabet questions. One thing I really appreciate is how this DVD really gets kids involved. It is not just something that they sit back and watch. There is a lot of interaction and learning. In addition, each episode is short enough to hold the younger ones' attention. Also, there is repetition of the letters within each episode that helps younger ones learn their letters. After watching this DVD, the kids were still singing the alphabet song and talking about the letters. This DVD is perfect for preschoolers or young ones learning the alphabet. There is lots of interaction, helpful characters and a fun sing-along that will have your kids dancing and entertained. The bright colors and calling out answers to the word puzzles make it even more exciting. My favorite part is the assortment of songs. They are catchy and really help kids to learn the alphabet, even after the episodes has ended. My kids danced, acted out the letter shapes and sang for the rest of the night. This DVD will definitely be watched again as the sing-along and word puzzle sections are awesome. Reviewed by Jennifer V., KIDS FIRST! Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I definitely want to recommend this colorful, quirky show that teaches your kids about letters and words. It will definitely have them singing and laughing while they learn. I found myself doing that. I even found myself doing exercises and having a wonderful time with all the fun characters including Cherry Berry who's a magical fairy. I love her because she is very inquisitive and she knows what to do. We also have the funny and adorable Alice who is a princess that lives at Capital Castle with her mother and father, the King and Queen. I love them. She also has her BFF with her named Brian who wants to help all the ABC Monsters, just like Alice and Cherry Berry. And, he wants to help his BFFs Alice and Cherry Berry. I love that about his character. He is very kind and sweet.

This is a perfect show for all little kids because it teaches phonics, writing and reading, how to recognize words and letters and so much more. It's really important for kids to learn how to solve puzzles and how to solve problems. This DVD is great at teaching them how to do those things as well. This is a perfect series. It has a wonderful, fun way of teaching. It's energetic and gets them up, dancing and laughing and, the next thing you know, they're singing the alphabet just like Alice, Cherry Berry and Brian. You'll be smiling and telling them what a great job they're doing.

I definitely encourage you to share this with your preschoolers because it teaches things that most kids don't want to learn, but makes it fun and energetic so they will want to watch this DVD over and over again. My favorites episode is Rain and Raffles. I love that one because there is the adorable R-Monster, who is my favorite monster or alphabet letter. One of my favorites I should say, because there are many. Other than that episode, I really like the way that they have so many fun and new characters such as the adorable rabbit who has a magnificent garden full of radishes, carrots, tomatoes, lettuce, any kind of vegetable you can think of. They've probably got it. There is even a gigantic radish that you'll learn more about when you watch the DVD. I love this DVD because it's fun and exciting and I love how it teaches so many different letters and so many different words. I mean, they have one amazing episode about the letter R. That's what I call terrific. All these letters are just magnificent because they all are so different from each other. None of them are the same color and they all have their own perspective and personality which I love.

I recommend this DVD for ages 2 to 5. Kids will learn and have a great time. They'll have fun as they sing, dance and learn. It's also great teaching kids how to solve problems. Have fun. I give this 4 out of 5 Alphabet Fantastic Stars. This is available on DVD January 24, 2017 so, go check it out.

Reviewed by Morgan B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12.

ABC Monsters: Starring QRSTU is very impressive with its colorful animation and learning style. I really like the nature backgrounds when the characters are outside. I also like how, at the end of every episode, a song plays and the characters sing and dance. The color and life put into the animation accentuates the themes of happiness and playfulness that the show exudes.

In this DVD, there are five different stories - Queen Scribble's Quiz, Rain and Raffles, Sandy Shores, Ticket to Ride and Unique Cycle. Each story follows Alice, Bryan and Cherry Berry in finding missing the letters Q, R, S, T and U. They follow clues and have to find words starting with the featured letter. For example, in the Q section, one of the clues is "Q Monster was nervous for the Q - - Z." You have to fill in the blank with the clues the show provides the audience with (such as Q Monster saying, "I'm nervous for the quiz"). The show is a great educational experience for young learners.

This DVD targets preschoolers who are learning how to spell and they deliver a great production. This is a wonderful show for teaching young learners alphabet letters and simple words. The producers have been careful to make sure that the spelling and reading comprehension skills are tattooed into the audience's brains by including songs and cute little riddles. I'm impressed with what the team at ABC Monsters has created.

This DVD is a colorful and energetic learning show suitable for ages 2 to 5 and I give it 3 out of 5 stars. If you're looking for a great learning show for your wee ones, be sure to check this out. It's available on DVD January 24, 2017 wherever DVDs are sold.

Reviewed by Ella L, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12
Runtime: 120 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
Media: DVD


LITTLE PRINCE, THE: THE PLANET OF THE SNAKE

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N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 5-11
Topic - Family
Description - The universe is in danger. The evil Snake extinguishes the stars as he passes through the galaxy, causing chaos and plunging the planets into darkness. The Little Prince must leave his Asteroid home and beloved friend, Rose, in his quest to outsmart the Snake and save the universe from doom. Accompanied by his trusted companion, the Fox, the Little Prince travels from planet to planet, braving danger and discovering vast and enchanted worlds.� Will the extraordinary gifts of the Little Prince bring each of the planets back to life? And will he ever find his way home?

The Snake is tired of constantly losing against the Little Prince so he decides to risk it all! He goes back to B612, kidnaps Rose and brings her back to his planet. By doing so, he might lose everything because if the Little Prince comes to the Snake's home planet and frees Rose, the Little Prince will also rescue all the gloomy prisoners! Will the Snake regret kidnapping Rose and possibly losing all of his prisoners?
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a modern day version of the Little Prince and is slightly darker because of the evil Snake. I like that it takes place in space, because I know my son and many other young kids really like other planets and things in space. The animation is done well, but is a bit old school and not as cool as some of today's animation. The storyline is very good. It is entertaining and has a good plot that is easy to follow. There are some issues with the voices as they are delayed at times. Younger children may not notice the, but the older children will notice it. I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 8. It is a bite scary so I would not recommend for younger than 5. The storyline is entertaining although it's not completely unique. Reviewed by Denise B. KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The Little Prince: The Planet the Snake is a twisting, action-packed animated show for kids. It is based on characters from a famous book by Antoine de Saint-Exup�ry called The Little Prince. It comes as a set of three episodes that create one adventure-filled story. It is fun, fast-paced and very exciting. I enjoyed how it made me feel for The Prince while keeping me excited and interested.

The Little Prince: The Planet the Snake is about The Little Prince's journey to rescue his Rose who has been kidnapped by an evil Snake. The prince uses his magic, the help of his friends and his courage to follow the clues to get to the Snake's planet. He faces many treacheries and traps set up by the Snake on his journey, but he perseveres to rescue his Rose. The series has some very detailed animation and the characters show some great expressions. The overall result very visually interesting. This DVD is a bit darker than other titles in The Little Prince series. I didn't like how it references other episodes of the series because, this makes it unable to stand alone, but it does make me want to see the others! Aidan Drummond and Brian Drummond do the voices of The Little Prince and his Fox. Their expressions, like sadness and joy, are done with great character in their voices.

My favorite part of the DVD are the fight scenes between The Little Prince and the Gloomies. These are monsters that are created out of sadness and the loss of hope. These scenes are always very exciting and kept me on the edge of my seat. I also felt that they are spread out enough that they don't get boring or repetitive but keep a consistent theme throughout the show.

The moral of the show is to never lose hope. I feel this is important because it teaches kids to never to give up on their dreams. It also teaches the importance and power of love and reassures us that good always conquers evil. The Little Prince: The Planet the Snake is an interesting film and makes a great addition to the Little Prince series. I give it 5 out of five stars because it is dramatic and exciting. I recommend it for ages 5 to15. It is available on DVD January 10, 2017 so, go check it out.

By Rohan F., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10

The Little Prince: The Planet of the Snake is one of the sequels of the series based on this book. This is a wonderful movie for children and I like it because of its message.

Some of you might know the very popular novel The Little Prince by French author Antoine de Saint-Exup�ry. The Little Prince has been adapted into numerous forms over the decades, books, theater, film, audio record, as well as movies. The Little Prince: The Planet of the Snake is about a young boy that should leave his home planet with his companion Fox to try to defeat the snake that is creating chaos, putting the universe in danger and has also kidnapped his flower friend, Rose. The Little Prince and Fox go on a quest to save Rose, but in their journey, they fight danger and go through many adventures. The Little Prince and Fox discover many interesting things in their journey to rescue Rose and protect the planets. The other challenge is to find their way back home.

I like how the producers adapted this iconic novel into a contemporary animated video for kids. Through this film, kids get to know another tale of adventures based on this classic children's literature. The voice actors are quite wonderful. I particularly like Paul Dobson's voice as the Snake as his sinister act was very believable. The animation is modern CGI which brings this classic into a contemporary format. However, the animation isn't like a Disney film; it is more like the show Miraculous Ladybug.

My favorite character is Fox. I love how comic he is and laughed a lot at his funny comments. I also like how the Fox helps The Prince not lose hope when they think they lost Rose. The message of this movie is to not lose hope. The Prince loses hope but the Fox helps him carry on in saving Rose. That is a good message for children. They can learn to help their friends when they feel sad or want to give up. I give this movie 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 4 to 7. You can find this movie at your local store or on Amazon on January 10, 2017 so, go check it out.

Reviewed by Carla P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13
Runtime: 85 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-11
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
Media: DVD


NOSH: BITE-SIZE ADVENTURES

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NOSH: BITE-SIZE ADVENTURES
NIKKI BONNER
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 8-12
Topic - Family
Description - Preteens Alex and Taylor are the hosts of Nosh, a kids' cooking show that focuses on one popular dish per episode. With the assistance of their bumbling yet well-meaning young producer, Reese, and occasional guest chefs, the hosts show kids at home how to cook simple, delicious recipes, from spaghetti to chicken pot pie to pizza. In each episode, the hosts delve deeper into the history behind their favorite foods. Through the magic of time travel (and green screen), they teleport through time and space to better understand the origins of the recipes they're creating.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This episodic show has great potential. As a play off the plethora of "made by adult" cooking shows, having these youth hosts is refreshing and new. The somewhat incompetent producer provides some comic relief and the time travel to discover the origins of the food du jour - chile - is perfect. The pace works well. The graphics are bright and fun. The charming talent couldn't be better. I can't wait to see the next episode. Recommended for KIDS FIRST! Film Festivals for ages 8 to 12. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! juror.
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Runtime: 22 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD


THOMAS EDISON'S SECRET LAB: TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE LIFTOFF

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N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 5-12
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. When an old friend of Edison's visits the lab and asks the Secret Lab Kids to help him with an urgent, top-secret project, they have to follow him through a wormhole to get to his own secret lab. Who could this mysterious friend be and what is this top secret project during the holiday season?
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a fun ?DVD with a mystery to solve which makes it more interesting than the typical holiday type ?of ?show. I like that this is family friendly, engaging and fun to watch. I also like that this isn't just for the little kids but is appropriate for ages 5? to 12. The characters are my favorite part and they will appeal to kids ?in this age range. I give this 4 ?out of 5 ?stars for ?its entertainment value?. ?I am not sure if it will keep all 12-year-olds interest?ed? but they may ?enjoy ?watch?ing? it with their younger siblings. It's a fun holiday film? and available now on DVD. ?Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Thomas Edison's Secret Lab: 'Twas the Night Before Liftoff is a wonderful DVD that is educational and interesting and still very funny and entertaining. In it, some very colorful characters have a very important and exciting adventure. It also has an educational, original music video at the end of each episode.

This DVD contains six seasonal episodes of Thomas Edison's Secret Lab that create one special holiday story. It features four kid geniuses who help a virtual Thomas Edison to solve every day and unusual problems using science. In the first episode, Stranger in a Strange Lab, the kids learn about wormholes from Albert Einstein so they can help Thomas Edison's Friend, Bob, with an urgent, top-secret project. In the following episodes, which include Sturm und Drag, All the Heavy Lifting, Twas the Night Before Liftoff, Von Bolt Meets Santa, and And to all a Good Flight, they help him solve problems with his project using their scientific knowledge, scientific theories and the help of historic geniuses such as Isaac Newton, Pythagoras and George Cayley. Meanwhile, Thomas Edison's steampunk robot, Van Bolt, digs deeper into Bob's secrets to reveal his true identity and the real reason his project is so urgent.

This film is very funny and educational, teaching science, history and vocabulary in a very entertaining way. It also contains loads of cool fun facts. I really like how all the scientists that help the four kids are real scientists from history such as Albert Einstein. From watching this DVD, I learned that George Cayley created one of the first flying machine, how airplanes fly and the amount of time you can be in freezing temperatures before getting hypothermia or frostbit. I also learned that batteries die quicker in cold temperatures and how space suits work. My favorite part of the DVD is the original music videos at the end of every episode. They are funny, cool, and catchy and actually help to remember the facts!

I give this DVD five out of five stars because there was nothing I didn't like about it. I recommend it for children age 5 to 13 and I think it would make great holiday viewing for kids that are interested in science and engineering. It is available on DVD now so go check it out.

By Rohan Foxe, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 11

My overall thought about this film is very positive. It is a very fun interactive movie that various kids will enjoy due to its learning experience. While watching, I felt as if I was being taught something new while celebrating the Christmas spirit. You will definitely not be bored throughout the film.

The story is about a secret lab developed by Thomas Edison (Livingston Taylor) in a world that no one knows about. In that lab, a virtual version of Thomas was built along with a robot named Von Bolt. A long period of time passes and a young girl named Angie (Philipa Alexander) discovers the lab. An old friend of Edison comes to town and asks the Secret Lab Kids to help him. The viewer is invited to join the cast of Thomas Edison's Secret Lab in solving the mystery of the secret project and the mysterious friend.

My favorite scenes would have to be the sudden sing along tunes. Each tune has a new lesson that is introduced at different times. Science is taught with touches of the Christmas spirit as well. I really admire how the writers create similarities between science and Christmas for kids to get them into the spirit of the holidays. For example, a song explains the scientific history of Thomas Edison and Albert Einstein, but the characters also talk about what they want to do for Christmas. Another example is when Von Bot teaches the kids about the magic of Christmas and what it is really about. I felt as if I was being taught new information and opinions about science by the characters in the film, which I found positive and enjoyable.

Without giving away the ending, the moral message is to focus on the task at hand and work together as a team to get things done. At first, the characters have trouble realizing that they were given a special mission that needed to be completed by a certain time because they were so focused on the fact that Christmas was coming soon. I really like how the writers tried to not to make the message so repetitive since many children's movies are. It really is a fun and calm, interactive movie to watch. I recommend this film for children ages 5 to 12 due to its childish, yet mature message and educational information. I also think parents would enjoy watching this along with their kids and they may even learn something new like I did. I rate this 5 out of 5 stars because of its merry Holiday spirit and interactive learning experiences. This DVD is available now so, go check it out.

By Imani Baptiste-Green, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 15
Runtime: 70 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
Media: DVD


PAWO

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PAWO
ANTJE HEYN
Series: INDIE ANIMATED SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - PAWO (Tibetan for �being brave�) is the magical adventure of a little toy figure, who finds herself in a curious world. Thanks to some strange companions, she gradually becomes aware of her strength and skills.

About the Director: Antje Heyn (*1979 in Bergen auf R�gen) is a Berlin based animation director and illustrator. Her work is inspired by daily observations of urban living and culture as well as nature and animals. Besides setting her heart on creating characters and bringing them to life she teaches animation at art academys and is running the Protoplanet Studio.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Clever, cute, compelling. The animation of this film is quite unique and charming. I found myself drawn into the story from the very get go. The simple line drawings are remarkably expressive and I kept wondering what was going to happen next - from seeing Pawo ski to straddling a hole in the ground. Oh my, that hole became a being of sorts. One thing becomes another in the most playful way - An octopus, a pig, a panda, a blob. The girl becomes fat, changes her hair. I love how imaginative this film is and cute. Even when the cute character becomes suddenly strange. Great sound effects and music and no dialogue. I could have watched it much longer and was disappointed when it ended. Even the ending credits are fun. Recommended for ages 5-12. This would make a fun addition to any film festival. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 8 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD


KOJO: A SHORT DOCUMENTARY

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KOJO: A SHORT DOCUMENTARY
MICHAEL FEQUIERE
Series: AFRICAN AMERICAN SHORT, AGES 7-18
Topic - Family
Description - KOJO is a short documentary on gifted twelve year old jazz drummer Kojo Odu Roney. In this candid interview, Kojo reflects on his tireless work ethic, the current state of Jazz music, learning from his mentor and father, Jazz saxophonist Antoine Roney and much more. Kojo's charisma, sensibility, and passion are as mesmerizing as his drum skills and for the first time in this documentary he shares it with you.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Very enjoyable documentary about a young African American jazz drummer. You can't help but be inspired by this young man who is mentored by his musician father but, certainly is motivated by his own love of music. Recommended for ages 8 to 18 for KIDS FIRST! Film Festival partners. If you love music, love children, and love to see people working hard doing what they love, you will love this short film. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This film would play well at a KIDS FIRST! Film festival because it follows the passion of a young person who many kids would be able to relate to. Kojo loves playing drums, but also wants people to appreciate his creativity and style. He is influenced by great drummers and we can all learn something from him. Whatever you do or play, you should want to have a high level of performance and do the very best you are capable of. I have never heard of him before but I'm going to follow him now. Anyone can relate to the amount of practice it takes to be prepared to perform well. This film flows well and has very good visual and audio quality. It explores the life of a young drummer and his passion for his art. Kojo's narration keeps you interested. I like how it doesn't only focuses on Kojo but includes his friends and general public. It feels very real and unscripted, just like you are getting a sneak peek into Kojo's life. I recommend it for ages 7 to 18. Reviewed by Brianna Hope B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 14 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 7-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD


I AM DYSLEXIC

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MADS JOHAN OGAARD
Series: FOREIGN INDEPENDENT SHORT, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - The animated short film I AM DYSLEXIC expresses what it feels like to have a learning difference in our current school system. Those with learning differences should be proud of who they are and should never be made to feel alone. The film uses strong metaphors to portray these emotions, as we follow a little boy in his journey to climb a mountain in a world made of books.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This has a powerful message about learning differences and emphasizes that you are not alone. It is done with animation, very little words and a song. It is appealing, different and I was amazed. This impressed me a great deal. The animation is entertaining and well executed, a soundtrack with a song and a message about how when you have a learning disability you are not alone. Very powerful! As someone who has worked with many kids with learning disabilities, I highly recommend this for all to see. The soundtrack and visual appeal make it worth watching. I give it 5 out of 5 stars because it has visual appeal and a wonderful soundtrack that portrays the message. It flows well and makes sense. It shows that it is okay to have learning differences or learning disability. Recommended for ages 8 to 18. Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! juror.
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Runtime: 7 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD


AGRINOUI

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AGRINOUI
ALEXIS CHAVIARAS
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 5-8
Topic - Family
Description - A young mare visits Cyprus to take part in races. Frustrated from failure, she abandons the racetrack after confronting her strict father. The mare will meet new friends who will try to help her find her lost courage.

Director's statement: The incredibly talented people that contributed to this production made this film a joy to create. This film aims to be appealing to a wide range of ages. So, no violence, no sex, no explosions! These apparent restrictions enabled the story to focus on the building of relationships between friends and the psychological challenge the protagonist is faced with. Certain philosophical matters that subtly deal with questions such as racism and the path to success will be easier to be picked up by the more mature members of the audience. In this film we also get to know Cyprus by seeing traditions in front of significant landmarks and by hearing Cypriot characters communicate in their native language.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Enjoyable story that kids can relate to. The plot is very appealing but the animation is a bit rudimentary. I really enjoyed the voice over talent, especially that of the bird. The story line flows well and it is very cheerful and happy. Most children will enjoy this, particularly the humor. I like that the message encourages teamwork and effort. A child would enjoy this movie because it is has a nice ending. The story is excellent and would make a good addition to any film festival. I recommend it for ages 5 to 9. The dialogue is in Greek with English sub-titles. Reviewed by Eden P.
Runtime: 20 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-9
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD


BALLOONS

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BALLOONS
BARRY BOSS
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 8-12
Topic - Family
Description - A collaborative short film created by Marley Boss and several fellow campers at French Woods summer camp about the role of friends in overcoming sadness
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - An adorable student production by a 6th grader. Charming and thoughtful with good intent all around. The performance by the young actors is quite believable and shows us the deep concern they have for others. I believe this short would play well at a youth/family film festival and heartfully recommend it for ages 8 to 15. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! juror.
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Runtime: 4 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-15
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD


BELIEVE (2016)

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SMITH GLOBAL MEDIA
Series: FEATURE, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - A small-town business owner tries to save the local Christmas pageant against all odds.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - There are many holiday films that attempt to show you a story of faith, or hope or maybe just positivity. Believe tries to tackle all those things in a fantastic and entertaining holiday adventure.

Believe begins showing Matthew Peyton (Ryan O'Quinn), a business owner in a small town, going through financial trouble. Despite owning a business, he also has had the responsibility of hosting the famous local Christmas Pageant every year. Sadly, this year, his company has not been doing well and is losing money. When he tries to plead to the townspeople he cannot do it, he is accused of being greedy. The entire town hates him and it is up to him to save his business and attempt to save the spirit of Christmas in a poverty-stricken town.

Believe perfectly achieves its message - never lose hope and always believe in a better tomorrow. The story clearly represents that. The cinematography is unique and beautiful in many scenes, from slow motion of falling snowflakes, to unique close ups and first person prospective. The actors, for the most part, play their emotions well and make the story feel dramatic. One character falls a bit short. Clarence (Isaac Ryan Brown) often feels out of place in some scenes, almost as if included for comedic effect or to help solidify the message. This is not because of bad acting. Isaac Ryan Brown plays Clarence as an excited and positive kid perfectly. The major problem is the interactions and his role in the story. Throughout the whole story, it feels like Clarence and Matthew have separate adventures and goals of being hopeful and faithful. This does not integrate well and makes for awkward scenes. Another major issue is that the film is too long at 2 hours. It would benefit from some judicious editing as there are many scenes that had no purpose and add to the length, making the story feel stretched.

My favorite scene is when Matthew gets mugged and his car is set on fire. The cinematography of this scene is great with close ups of Matthew as his car is on fire and snowflakes slowly falling in the background. The entire time, the camera is shaking and distorted as if the viewer is experiencing some sort of head injury along with Matthew. I loved this because it gives you both a third person view of Matthew and a first person feeling of what he is experiencing.

There are very few with some mild violence and some dramatic scenes so I recommend it for ages 9 to 18. I also give it 3.5 out of 5 stars because, despite it having an issue with one character and the story, it has a strong moral, beautiful cinematography and fantastic acting. It opens in theaters on December 2, 2016 so, go check it out.

Reviewed by Gerry O., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14

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


MOANA

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WALT DISNEY STUDIOS
Series: FEATURE, AGES 7-18
Topic - Family
Description - The main character will be Moana Waialiki, a sea voyaging enthusiast, and the only daughter of a chief in a long line of navigators. When her family needs her help, she sets off on an epic journey. The film will also include demi-gods and spirits taken from real mythology.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I like this film because it shows how brave girls can be. Moana is the daughter of the Chief of a Village in the Pacific Island who's destined to become the leader of her tribe. At a young age, Moana was taught by her Grandma to love the sea and she told her stories about how the islands were made. Moana's father always told her to not go beyond the lagoon in the ocean since it's dangerous. He was concerned about losing her.

Against her father's permission, Moana has to leave her Village and embarks in an ocean adventure to save her people. The demigod Maui took the heart of the maker of all lands Te Ka and Moana has to find him to give back the heart to Te Ka, otherwise their land is going to be ruined.

Moana is produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios in a unique CG animation style that looks very realistic, like virtual reality. The voice over actors are all quite wonderful, especially Rachel House. I love how she portrays her character Grandma Tala because her voice delivers such grant emotion. Also, Dwayne Johnson portrays his character Maui very well with a very adventurous tone. I like how they animate Te Ka with extraordinary animation effects. The writers really make this story about an emotional heroine quite a fantastic story. I got emotional when I saw this movie because of the relationship between Moana and her grandma. I commend the directors, John Musker and Ron Clements for delivering such a great film with outstanding visuals and sound.

My favorite characters are Grandma Tala because she has so much faith in Moana. She doesn't mind that people call her crazy for loving the sea. I also love Moana because she is very brave and courageous. I like how, even though her father is afraid for her she still goes to fight for her people.

The message of this movie is to believe in yourself, follow your heart and fight challenges. Moana believes in herself when only one other person does. I give this movie 5 out of 5 stars because of its inspiring message. I recommend it to ages 6 to 18. This is the perfect movie to see over the holidays with family and friends. You can find this movie at your local movie theater on November 23!

Reviewed by Carla P. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

With its beautiful soundtrack, diverse cultural representation, and unique plot, Moana is a movie that is fun for all. The enchanting adventure incorporates a lot of mythology and folktales. The film is about an adventurous teenage girl named Moana who has been attracted to the sea since birth and sails the ocean in a quest to save her people. Along the way she finds the mighty demi-god named Maui who has caused her people's misfortune. In hopes of saving her people, she brings Maui along on her journey to fight the enormous monsters and obstacles, with his guidance. On their journey, Moana not only discovers Maui's true identity, but also her own.

The big thing that stands out in this film is that it is one of the very few Disney movies that does not revolve around a love story or romance of any type. On top of that, the film truly draws in the audience's emotions without a death or depressing factor. The film is unique in that it goes beyond the typical Disney formula.

The delightful and memorable soundtrack by the creator of Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda, stayed with me days after the screening, which is proof that it is quality music. After only seeing the film once I had memorized a great portion of the lyrics. The animation, without a doubt, is phenomenal. The detail in the hair and water is unbelievable. The 3D aspect is also memorable particularly in one scene where I flinched when an object seemingly flew out of the screen and towards the audience.

When watching films about a quest or journey of survival that revolve around one or two people and the game plan is made apparent, it is easy for the plot to drag or and feel very long, or choppy and flooded with random scenes of unfortunate obstacles. In films like those, it is especially important to make the plot flow well and be well paced so the audience feels that they are alongside the protagonist. This film executes the survival style plot in a fun and feel-good manner. Also, it is rich in culture and extends Disney's diversity, which is wonderful. It casts very talented voice actors including the well-known Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson as Maui and Auli'i Cravalho as Moana. Johnson was fantastic. His voice is quite distinctive but, because of his spirited voice work and accent, I did not realize it was his until the credits. Auli'i Cravalho makes her first appearance as a voice actress in this film and is absolutely amazing.

Given the brilliant animation, impactful soundtrack, strategic plot and spirited voice work, this film is one you need to see. I recommend it for people ages 7 to 18 and give it four out of five stars. It is in theaters now so, go check it out.

Reviewed by Harmony M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 17

Moana is another excellent Disney film full of fun songs, lovable characters and detailed, colorful animation. I left the theater in a happy mood and replayed the songs in my head for days after.

This film follows a Polynesian girl named Moana (Auli'i Cravalho ) about to become the chief of her island. She is chosen by the ocean to go on a journey to retrieve Maui, an egotistical demigod with a magical fishhook. He must help her locate the heart of Te Fiti, a relic that keeps the islands in balance. Now, with the help of a not-so-bright rooster, she must complete her task and save her island from destruction.

My favorite character in this film is Maui (Dwayne Johnson). He is hilarious, a little arrogant at first, but grew on me as the film developed. Maui also has mystical tattoos that jump around his skin and are very fun to watch. Dwayne Johnson is spot on, perfectly portraying all sides of the character and even a good singer. Auli'i Cravalho is a standout in this film, giving Moana a real personality and really excels in her first voice acting role.

In every Disney movie, there are fun sidekicks for comic relief and this film is no different. Pua is Moana's adorable pig companion and Hei Hei is a foolish chicken that follows her onto her boat. They are actually representations of Disney legends, Ron Clements and John Musker, the directors of this film.

The animation in this film is visually groundbreaking. Everything from Moana's hair to the ocean is detailed and creative. The songs in this film are memorable and fun. My favorite song is You're Welcome, a catchy tune that mixes Dwayne Johnson's vocals with Lin-Manuel Miranda's inventive lyrics.

The movie plays with Disney's formula by not giving Moana a love interest. Instead the film focuses on Moana's personal journey to becoming her own hero.

Moana is preceded by a smart short film called Inner Workings about the relationship between the heart and the brain that is, in itself, worth the ticket price.

I recommend this film to ages 6 to 12 as there are some perilous, scary moments and mildly crude humor. Moana left me with a smile and catchy songs that stuck in my head. I give Moana 4 out of 5 stars. If you like the music of Lin-Manuel Miranda or a good Disney movie, you'll enjoy this great film.

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

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 7-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


MY LITTLE PONY: EQUESTRIA GIRLS: LEGEND OF EVERFREE

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SHOUT! FACTORY
Series: DVD, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - What Could Be More Fun Than A Field Trip To Everypony's Favorite Camp?

When Canterlot High School goes on a field trip to Camp Everfree, they're surprised to find a magical force is causing strange things to happen. Twilight Sparkle , with the help of the Mane 6 and especially Sunset Shimmer (who refuses to give up on her), must confront the dark "Midnight Sparkle", within herself and embrace her newfound magical abilities to save the beloved camp from closing down for good!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - You may remember the original My Little Pony shows like I do. I wasn't so certain as to what to expect from these new shows. Would this be better than the ones I remembered? The answer is yes! I was quite impressed with this show because the animation is quite modern and up to date and I really enjoyed the story line. I also really love the characters and their fun names which will delight young children! Applejack is my favorite character. What I really like most are the positive messages of helping one another and making a positive difference in the world. This show also has more of a musical feel to it that will entertain children ages 6 to 15 (and many adults too). I give this one 5 out of 5 stars because it is entertaining, colorful and full of positive messages. Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - My Little Pony has caught up with sci-fi and now has dimensions where the ponies are teenagers. WOW! This is an awesome concept! I love this colorful DVD with its amazing storyline, fantastic characters and terrific animation. This film is one of my favorites of this series. I love the story line and how it fits perfectly with the rest of the series. The animation is fantastic. I love that they mix it with a little bit of Japanese anime. It really brings this film to life.

The cast is so fun and entertaining. Twilight Sparkle (Tara Strong) is a loving main character. She shows this by helping her friends and trying to find ways to make the world a better place for everyone. She does this despite the fact that she is dealing with her evil dark side that came out in the last film. Plus, things at Camp Everfree are going wrong and strange things are happening all around camp. Sunset Shimmer (Rebecca Shoichet) is thoughtful, generous, wants to help everybody and wants to solve the mystery. She also helps Twilight Sparkle overcome her fear and gain more confidence about herself. Rainbow Dash and Applejack (Ashleigh Ball) is daring, adventurous and a total tomboy. She tries to do the most outrageous and dangerous stuff with her friends including rock climbing and archery. Applejack is brutally honest and cares deeply for everyone. She can be a bit mean at times, but she just wants you to know the truth about everything. She once told Rarity that her idea of a runway was dumb because they were in a forest and no one but her would use it. Pinkie Pie (Andrea Libman) is hyper and loves to throw parties anywhere, anytime and any place. She brings marshmallows to everything to make s'mores. She tries her best to be fun and bring life to the party. She even dares Rainbow to eat as many marshmallows as she can fit in her mouth in one bite while they are telling scary stories by the campfire. Fluttershy (Andrea Libman) is shy, quiet and loves animals with all of her heart. She even goes to help a bird get back into its nest when she is in a hurry. Rarity (Tabitha St. Germain) loves to sew clothes for all her friends and is a complete girly girl at heart. She even wants a runway where she can show the other campers the clothes she has made.

Sunset Shimer is my stand out character. She wears a crown that has a spell cast on it and ends up with a demon inside her that she must fight off. Her character is compassionate. I like that she is always battling her caring side against her evil side. She is thoughtful of others. The way she tries everything in her power to help Twilight Sparkle overcome her fear is a great reminder to take good care of your friends and family, which is the theme of this film.

This is filled with magnificent songs that provide a musical theater vibe because the girls sing throughout the movie. They all have beautiful voices. You will want to learn the lyrics and sing along with them. They are so heartfelt that they really make you feel the emotions the characters are feeling.

I recommend this film for ages 7 to 16. Younger kids will love the story and fun characters. Older kids will find it inspiring. I give this 5 out of 5 pony stars.

Reviewed by Morgan B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

I enjoyed watching this film. The storyline is engaging, the animation is stylized with bright colors and the characters have a bouncy feel when they move.

Twilight Sparkle (played by who?) and her friends go to a Summer Camp, when strange things start happening. I can't really say more because I don't want to give away the ending. I will admit the characters only have one personality trait, but they still manage to be entertaining. One of my favorite things about this movie is the character designs. If you ignore the unnatural skin and hair colors, Scott MacDonald makes characters that look really attractive and the clothes are outfits I actually want to wear.

The animation isn't the best, but I appreciate the effort and it has a unique style, so I give it a pass. My only complaint is that it feels like you have to watch the previous shows and previous movies to understand it since the characters reference past events. As someone who doesn't watch this show, I was often quite confused. However, that is only a slight problem, and it's not really the movie's fault.

I should also say that the composer of the original songs, Daniel Ingram, has created some really catchy tunes that managed to get stuck in my head. The voice actors are convincing, and obviously very invested in voicing their characters, even if I don't understand how Andrea Libman manages to make her voice that high for Pinkie Pie's voice.

I recommend this show for ages 8 to 13 and I can see some older kids and teens enjoying this too. Although, I wouldn't use this particular film as an introduction to the show. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

Calista B. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 13
Runtime: 73 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 13.73
Media: DVD
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SNOWTIME!

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Series: FEATURE 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - To amuse themselves during the winter school break, the kids in a small village decide to have a massive snowball fight. Luke and Sophie, both 11 years old, become the leaders of the opposing sides. Sophie and her cohort defend an elaborate snow fort against the assault of Luke's horde. Whichever side occupies the fort at the end of the winter break, wins. The voice cast includes Ross Lynch (of the pop band R5, and Disney Channel's "Austin & Ally") and Sandra Oh ("Grey's Anatomy"). The soundtrack includes songs by C�line Dion and Simple Plan.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Snowtime is an animated feature based on a live-action classic called "The Dog Who Stopped the War." It takes place in a small town during the kids' winter break. They build forts and have a war. The fighting escalates, and what starts out as fun, in the end causes a serious tragedy. I really enjoyed this show. The animation, voices, and music were all high-quality, and the story was well-written and meaningful. I wanted my little boys ages 4 and 6 to watch it, so I warned them about the sad ending, and, once they knew what to expect, they thoroughly enjoyed the rest of the movie. There are many good lessons taught such as friendship, loyalty, kindness, and avoiding conflict. I would recommend this movie for ages 5 to 18. Reviewed by Karyn A., KIDS FIRST! Juror

This animated film seemed a bit slow at times and honestly, at first...I was thinking..."Wait! This whole film is simply about a bunch of kids trying to entertain themselves on Winter school break by having a major snowball fight." I was wondering how a film could be based around this whole concept. But, this film is packed with some very powerful life lessons and messages. The characters are entertaining and two of the main characters, Luke and Sophie were my favorites. They are the leaders of the opposing teams of the snowball fight. The beginning of the film starts out as a way to have fun during Winter break but this fun turns into a more serious not so fun war and there are sadly some consequences. But, this is when the characters learn about friendship and even more important...that when there is war....no one wins. This message came thru loud and clear and really left me saying "Wow! This film is so much more than kids having a major snowball fight to entertain themselves." I was actually speechless and impressed with how this meaningful message was portrayed through this film. I give this one 4 stars and highly recommend for ages 8 to18. Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I love watching the new film Snowtime. This film is one to watch. In this film, it is winter break and Luke (voiced by Angela Galuppo) and his friends prepare for an epic snowball fight. They divide themselves into two teams. One team builds an amazing snow fort and the other team wants to win the snowball fight to claim ownership of the fort. Watch these two teams go head to head in this snowball fight to see who gets to win and claim the snow fort. Who will win? Who will lose?

I appreciate this film because I love how it shows a beautiful, snowy village and the kids in this village having fun in the snow. I also like the fort the kids make in this movie. I love the characters. They are silly, quirky and sometimes bashful. I also liked their appearance and how they are drawn. The jokes are also funny; this is another great film for kids. I really enjoyed the scenery too.

The moral theme in this film is an important one. Basically, there are no winners when it comes to war. The kids end up learning this lesson. Their friendly snowball fight soon takes an ugly turn which leads to some serious conflicts and a surprise. I think there are other life lessons in this film but that is the main one that stands out for me.

My favorite character is Nicky (voiced by Liz MacRae). When Nicky shares his ideas with his friends, they underestimate him and knock his ideas down. I love that he doesn't allow what they say to discourage him and he continues on his own and accomplishes his idea. I respect his persistence and how he collaborates so well with his friends. I enjoyed how he makes things and they turn out well. I appreciate his imagination. I can relate to him because people sometimes knock down some of my ideas too. But I continue to go forward with my ideas and prove them wrong.

I give this movie 4 out of 5 stars because the animation is great and it has an important message. I recommend this to kids ages 3 to 18. I think adults might like this as well. I also recommend this to people who like family, comedy, adventure and action movies. Snowtime! is available now on DVD so, go check it out.

Reviewed by Ryan R., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12.

It is 90 degrees in Los Angeles California and 48 degrees in Colorado and it is winter for another month, with snow falling in other states. What is a group of kids to do over winter break? Have a snowball fight, of course. The group splits into two teams and away we go. The story line is great. We got a glimpse of the backstory of characters and learn what motivates them and makes them who they are.

I have two favorite characters. The first is Sophie voiced by Luchina Paris. She is the older sister and is always coming up with a plan to defeat the other team. My second is four eyes because of his crazy glasses. Many of the best parts of the movie are due to his ingenious inventions he makes to keep the fort in his team's control. They are creative and awesome. I would have picked his team just to see the inventions he made - slides, escape hatches, automated snowball throws and traps to keep the other team on their toes. The story line has a bit of a love story angle but seems to fizzle out and is not completed. If they make a part two I hope they continue this story line and leave it with a better conclusion.

The hardest part of having two teams is the fact that they are all really good friends. There are many moments when you see them struggle because they are fighting their friends. It is all in fun but still there is a goal, which is to take the fort from the other team

I loved the graphics and animation. It is believable and easy to watch. You forget the characters are animated and look at them as if they are real people. The fort, well let's say it is the most awesome snow castle ever and I would love to play in it.

Most children's movies are fun, cute and quirky and leave you feeling upbeat. This movie left me feeling sad. I loved the movie but I did not like the ending. No spoilers, but I wish they had added more to the ending of the movie. But, there is a message and everyone will get it. It is one, which we should all know.

I recommend this movie for ages 6 and up. Younger kids might not totally grasp the story line but they will love the graphics and a good snowball fight.

I give this movie 4 1/2 out of 5 shooting snowballs. This movie is brought to you by Shout! Factory and is available now on DVD so, go check it out.

Reviewed by Morgan B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12
Runtime: 80 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD


MECH-X4

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DISNEY CHANNEL
Series: TV SERIES, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - Mech-X4 is an American comedy television series created by Steve Marmel. The series stars Nathaniel James Potvin, Kamran Lucas, Pearce Joza and Raymond Cham. The series is scheduled to premiere on November 12, 2016, on Disney XD.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - see youth review
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Amazing! I got a sneak peek of the first episode of Mech-X4 and was pleasantly surprised because this is not your typical Disney TV show. It made me feel like I was watching a movie with its wonderful storyline, graphics and acting. This fun-filled adventure show airs on Disney and Disney XD Saturday, November 12 so be sure to check it out. In this incredible show, there is an amazing cast, graphics and an awesome storyline - all of which are quite believable.

This show stars Ryan Walker (Nathaniel James Potvin). With his dreamy eyes, he is a typical teenage boy who finds out that he is a technopath. While chit chatting with Nathaniel, I discovered that he loves his super power which is being the master of all technology. His personality matches his character perfectly as he is fun and easy to talk to. His new-found superpower awakens a 150 foot robot called Mech-X4 and its job is to protect the city from crazy monsters.

Ryan Walker then recruits his friends to help. Harris (Kamran Lucas) is the brains of the group. In real life, he has been doing Martial arts since he was 5 years old and he does most of his own stunts. Harris is cautious and protective of his friends and the new-found robot. Harris is a geek who wants to make sure that everyone has their facts straight before they jump into things. He is amazing at martial arts and play his character quite believingly.

Spyder (Pearce Joza) is adventurous and ready for anything. I also met him and found his easy going nature quite enjoyable. In real life, he loves snowboarding. He provides the comedic relief for the group and is extremely funny. He loves all the gadgets for the robot and, since this is all new for them, sometimes things don't work out as planned.

Ryan also recruits his brother Mark (Raymond Cham) to help. He is not a mechanic in real life, like his character and the two of them are exact opposites. Mark's main job is to be the mechanic and fix everything. Mark is usually the leader in his family so he has to get used to the fact that he needs to let his brother shine and he has to stand back a bit. Raymond loves the idea of mixing two animals together to get cool and creative monsters for the show. He wishes he had the super power to see free movies at the box office. Skateboarding is his thing.

I was lucky enough to be able to meet all these fantastic actors and visit with them about their roles in this show. They are all so grateful to be a part of this magnificent show. The one thing that is missing is girl power. Disney already gave the green on Season 2 before Season 1 even airs. WOW ! And, the guys told me to keep a look out for girl power coming soon.

The graphics of this show are spectacular. I love the way the robot and monsters all seem so realistic. It feels like you really are there and as if you are going on this adventure with Ryan and his friends while protecting the world. I love all the amazing places they shot in Canada, the wonderful acting and the insight into each character.

My favorite scene in this episode is when Ryan, Spyder, Mark and Harris are fighting a gigantic snake/octopus monster with the robot. It is filled with action, adventure and a little comedy. Plus the graphics are incredible and realistic.

I recommend this series for ages 8 to 18 because the action and comedy. I also think adults will enjoy it, especially the story line and the characters. According to Steve Marmel and Anupam Nigam, Executive Producers of the show, their target audience is a wide range. They want parents to enjoy watching this TV show with their kids. Be sure to check out my amazing interviews and learn more about the cast on our YouTube Channel. I give this TV show 5 out of 5 gigantic robot stars.

Reviewed by Morgan B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

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



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