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KUU KUU HARAJUKU: MUSIC BABY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


EMISSARY, THE

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


CARS 3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


REJECTED/ACCEPTED

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


CUDDLEFISH

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


DREAMWEAVER

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


WHAT DO WE WISH FOR THE WORLD?

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


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(STOP) CYBER BULLYING!
KELLI GAUTREAU
Series: SHORT, AGES 8-15
Topic - Family
Description - (Stop Cyber Bullying! is a silent film that uses dance as the medium to tell the story of the negative effects cyber bullying has on children and /teens.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Well executed, good dancing and sets, excellent message. This topic is important for all children to know about and know how to address. Seeing kids suffer is unappealing. This video has no spoken words, but conveys feelings and emotions through acting and dance. The actors display their emotions quite well, showing how what seems like benign words and actions can have profound effects. Children need to be exposed to videos like this, which are non-threatening, yet, get the message across. The ending is very positive and strong. The language is suitable for older kids. At times, the dancing doesn't blend with the rest of the story. A child may not necessarily enjoy this but it gives a strong message. Recommended for ages 8 to 18. Reviewed by Hannah M. KIDS FIRST! Juror. Impressive dance theater piece that takes on an issue of our times - cyberbullying. It sensitively shows how thoughtless comments can negatively impact a young person. Throughout the piece we are shown a group of young people dancing an emotional dance that shows us their inner troubled feelings. I really really recommend this. It is beautifully shot and edited and I give credit to the young dancers who perform in this. This would make a wonderful addition to any film festival. Recommended for ages 8 to 18. Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 4 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-16
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


WHO STOLE FIFI'S FRUIT-EATING GENE

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


HORACIO QUIROGA, STORYTELLER

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


PROBABILITY OF LOVE, THE

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


CHATTER GROUP OF MOMS AND GRANDMAS, THE

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


NANHI NEEND (MOM)

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


STUCK

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

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


GEEZ LOUISE

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GEEZ LOUISE
MARY KERRIGAN
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - A rollerblading 9 year old, has a knack for creative danger. Her kooky Grandma and brothers spend the day searching for the family's escaped pet bird but Louise has other plans inside the neighborhood construction site. While innocently swinging from the beams of a half built home Louise manages to make the biggest mistake of her life. She must confront her crazed community and the realities of messing up. A family film.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I highly recommend this film for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. It's fun and has a great lesson. It meets all the KIDS FIRST! Criteria. I loved watching this creative, but mischievous little girl creating her own fun and watching her funny aunt join her. The kooky family chemistry is amazing. The only thing I disliked was the musical number. However, it does fit right in with the goofy feel of the whole film. I believe children will really like the main character Louise because of her mischievous adventures. This film flows well. This is very suitable and relatable for young children. There is a scene where Louise is gathering supplies to make herself a swing and it's fantastic watching this creative little girl. The camera work is very well done, as is the audio. The storyline is age appropriate and, of course, something goes wrong and it has to be made it right, no matter how reluctant Louise might be. I really appreciate that, by the end, Louise has paid for her mistakes and but there is not a feeling of doom. Instead there is a feeling of a lesson learned and hope for the future. I recommend this for ages 5 to 12 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 19 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


SHORT SILENT SCENES

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


CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


LASER TAG PRINCESS

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


DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE LONG HAUL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


ALISA KNOWS WHAT TO DO SEASON 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


TASHI NON-STOP

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

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


SUPER 4: WELCOME TO ENCHANTED ISLAND

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

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

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

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

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


DIGIMON ADVENTURE TRI: REUNION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


OCTONAUTS: 12 RESCUE MISSIONS

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

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

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

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

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

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


CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT CAMPING, THE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


WHALE RIDER

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WHALE RIDER
SHOUT! FACTORY
Series: DVD, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - On the east coast of New Zealand, the Whangara people believe their presence there dates back a thousand years or more to a single ancestor, Paikea, who escaped death when his canoe capsized by riding to shore on the back of a whale. From then on, Whangara chiefs, always the first-born, always male, have been considered Paikea's direct descendants. Pai, an 11-year-old girl in a patriarchal New Zealand tribe, believes she is destined to be the new chief. But her grandfather Koro is bound by tradition to pick a male leader. Pai loves Koro more than anyone in the world, but she must fight him and a thousand years of tradition to fulfill her destiny.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - One of the beautiful and touching films I have ever seen. This 15th anniversary edition will be welcomed everywhere as it brings this film to new audiences. The story, based on the book by Witi Ihimaera delivers an uplifting story that has its moments of sadness. The cast is entirely indigenous New Zealanders and they all deliver stunning performances. needless to say, this is an all time favorite of mine. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
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Runtime: 101 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.99
Media: DVD


ADVENTURES OF TRACY & FELT, THE

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ADVENTURES OF TRACY & FELT, THE
ELIZABETH SCHIFFLER
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGE 8-15
Topic - Family
Description - A mini-web series following two explorers learning the magic of science. Director Statement: The Adventures of Tracy & Felt was born out of a desire to work with talented young Washington filmmakers, writers, and artists to ground work in the location we love and learn from. Developed on Whidbey Island, WA we challenged ourselves to create a story full of laughs (mostly our own) and exploring the magical and not-to-distant world of science and nature.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Highly recommended. This short film is very simple, but funny. One moment in particular made me laugh out loud. Obviously this is a low budget production and it is very cleverly done The production quality isn't great, but it has a certain style that is very compelling. With a bigger budget, it has potential as a sitcom on maybe Disney or Nickelodeon. The two main characters, a boy and an octopus, are not that bright. They are very immature and na�ve, but quite likable. The background music doesn't stand out or add much. This mini web-series is definitely is aimed at a younger demographic who will appreciate its silliness. There are more episodes on their YouTube Channel by the same name. I enjoyed it enough to subscribe. I recommend this for ages 8 to 15, particularly those who want to watch a simple, silly and fun series. I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Calista B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 5 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-15
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


WEDDING PLAN, THE

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Series: FEATURE, AGES 8-16
Topic - Family
Description - After her fianc� calls off their wedding a month before the ceremony, a woman decides to keep the reservation and trusts God will provide her with a husband.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Many people say that they have faith, but how many are willing to give it 100 % and put their family, money, beliefs and trust into the hands of God. This is a fabulous tale of faith and how things can be rough, but you need to buckle down, be kind and try your best to have faith in God and in yourself, no matter what happens. The writing and the acting is brilliant and will have you on the edge of your seat throughout this humorous story.

It is a common human belief that, as we grow up, everyone's goal is to find a mate or someone to spend the rest of their lives with. While Michal (Noa Kooler) is planning her big wedding, she finds out the man she plans to marry does not love her.

Exhausted by dating and trying to find the perfect mate, she puts her faith in God and plans an entire wedding with the faith that a groom will show up by her wedding day. This leads to a string of matchmakers, blind dates, rock stars and many other possible grooms before the wedding day.

The acting is superb and Michal (Noa Kooler) tells her story in the most believable way, showing how difficult it can be to find the perfect mate. I love how Noa Kooler portrays her character with such passion and poise. Her facial expressions are fantastic she really makes you relate to Michal and the way she feels. Kooler deserves an award for her wonderfully portrayal of such a hard-working, honest and opinionated person. Michal is very quirky and honest with everyone she meets. Yos (Oz Zshavi) is a super-cute rock star who Michal meets. Although she wants a groom, it cannot be just anyone. She wants to marry someone for life.

You can see the shock in people faces when she tells them that she is getting married on the eighth day of Hanukah but has no idea who the groom will be. This is why I was fascinated by this movie because you never know until the end whether she will be married or if she will be single forever. I like the music. Adding the lyrics to the screen is a great idea.

One of my favorite things about this story is that Michal travels with a petting zoo. Her job is introducing the animals to the children and letting them hold and pet them. The van that she drives which holds all the animals, adds to the charm of this film. It made me laugh. One of my favorite scenes is Michal's introduction of a snake at a little girl's birthday party when she tries to get them to pet a snake.

The dialogue of the story, set in Jerusalem, Israel is Hebrew and subtitled in English. After a while I didn't even notice that I was reading subtitles because the story is so intriguing and interesting. Every once in a while there were a few points where the subtitles went a little too fast for me. This movie is fascinating and thought provoking. It made me think and laugh at the same time.

I give this 5 out of 5 gigantic wedding bouquets and recommend it for ages 10 to 18 because, in order to read the sub-titles, you must know how to read. Also, it is a very intense story and teaches good values such as don't give up, always give 100% or more, always believe in one another, especially God and, even when you think you can't succeed, you need to have faith. It is full of cute outfits, great acting, a stunning cast and an adorable story. It opens in theaters May 12, 2017 so, put it on your to see list.

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

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


ALBEDO ABSOLUTE

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ALBEDO ABSOLUTE
TATIANA CHKHOVA
Series: SHORT AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - This film is a fairytale adventure of Violet and Savannah, two sisters who disobey their parent's warning by venturing into a brooding forest. There, they discover a large plug wedged into the forest floor. What lurks beneath the plug? The girls cannot resist finding out. Their curiosity sends them down a kaleidoscopic drain pipe and into a strange and startling journey of no return.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This film has a very artistic feeling to it. It's exceptionally well produced and the young actors are quite engaging. It's intriguing to watch because, while it's not overtly suspenseful, you're on the edge of your seat wondering what is going to happen next. The colors in the film are all so vibrant and wonderfully eye catching. So much that I did not want to look away from the screen for even a second. The story is about two young girls who venture outside against their parents' warnings and find a large bathtub plug in the ground. When they pull the plug, they find something they would have never thought they would find, and they end up wishing they would've listened to their parents. The film leaves us with a cliffhanger. I wanted to know what happened but, you don't find out. I suppose we'll have to wait for its sequel. The film flows well and has a very mysterious feel to it. The cinematography is quite wonderful. The camera work and sound quality are excellent. The animation adds to the film and is appropriately used. The storyline is intriguing and suspenseful. I think that adults would enjoy watching it with their middle and high school aged children. I recommend it for ages 8 to 15 and give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. Perhaps the only hiccup with it is that the girls venture into the woods against their parents' warnings. Reviewed by Kelsey M and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Jurors.
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Runtime: 15 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-15
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


BONECA DE ATAURO: SEARCHING FOR THE LOST LOVE

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BONECA DE ATAURO: SEARCHING FOR THE LOST LOVE
DAVID PALAZ�N
Series: FOREIGN ANIMATED SHORT, AGES 8-15
Topic - Family
Description - 'Boneca de Ata�ro: Searching for the Lost Love' is the first stop-motion film coming out the young nation of Timor-Leste. On this non-stop laughter and action-packed film, the main character--a handmade rag doll called Ataurina--while looking for her abducted partner, takes us into an adventurous journey through some of the most beautiful locations in Ata�ro island (a new eco-tourism paradise destination in South East Asia). During the trip, Ataurina travels by all means encountering unexpected dangers and meeting curious characters across the island in a mission to get her loved one back. The Boneca de Ata�ro (Ata�ro's Doll--in Portuguese) is a well-established women cooperative producing for the last 10 years the most well-known handicraft brand in the young nation of Timor-Leste. The cooperative produces intricately handmade embroidery dolls, handbags, toys, housewares and educational products. Based in Ata�ro island--25km north off the coast of Dili--it is one of those projects truly born out of love, passion and hard work, providing income to over 60 families in the island. The film was made totally pro-bono by award-winning filmmaker David Palaz�n, co-written by Karen Reidy and Swiss artist Ester Piera Zuercher (the founder) and co-produced in collaboration with the women at the cooperative.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This lovely short film is about a doll who goes on an exciting and adventurous journey to find her boyfriend. She travels all over this island before she finds him, meeting many different walks of life along the way. This film is very cute and, somewhat educational because we learn how the dolls are made, which is interesting and exciting. A child would enjoy this because its fun and lighthearted and the story about a doll's adventure is silly at times but we get to meet a lot of fun, colorful characters along the way. I love the dolls. They're sort of like a rag doll and, when they come to life, they're absolutely charming. The voice over for them is also quite charming. And then, the characters they meet are also rag doll type characters of different sorts. The film flows nicely and is quite watchable. I believe it would make a lovely addition to a children's or family film festival, especially if there was a focus on international culture. The film's dialogue is in Tetun, the local language, with English subtitles. They move slowly enough that it is easy to follow along. The sound quality is wonderful. It is crisp and easy to understand. At times, it is so realistic, while at other times - quite hilarious. All the sound effects really add to the film and make it amazing. The cinematography is impeccable as well. The picture is very clear and only unsteady when it is required. I recommend it for ages 8 to 18 and give it 5 out of 5 stars because it's really funny and cute and I think just about anyone would love it! Reviewed by Kelsey M. and Julie S.
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Runtime: 20 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-15
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


SONIC UNDERGROUND: VOLUME 2

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N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 5-10
Topic - Family
Description - Join Sonic (voiced by Family Matters' Jaleel White), and his siblings, Sonia and Manic, as they fight to be reunited with their long-lost mother, Queen Aleena. In this second and final set of episodes, we return to Robotnik having his sights set upon Queen Aleena's crown jewel, which glows as it moves closer to her. Sonic, Manic, and Sonia plan to recover the jewel before Robotnik, not only to find their mother but also to protect her. Will they succeed? When they aren't battling Dr. Robotnik and his henchmen, Sonic and his siblings make time for their rock band, Sonic Underground. With over seven hours of content, this final set is sure to showcase all the best Sonic episodes from the tunes to the great battles. Based on the popular SEGA videogame character, this Sonic the Hedgehog collection is a must-have for all Sonic fans!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - What's most appealing about this title is that it's an animated series based on a video game. A child would enjoy this series because it's visually appealing with vibrant colors and animation. However, I can also see how a child could dislike this series based on the appearance of the characters. For example, the appearance of the villains may frighten some younger children. Each episode flows well, the sound is clear and each one has a beginning, middle and end. The episodes make sense and are quite watchable. The show uses vocabulary and concepts that are suitable for the target age group. Furthermore, this collector's edition includes 20 bonus music videos, which I'm sure children ages 5 to 10 will enjoy as Sonic and his siblings play instruments, dance, and sing catchy songs that kids can dance and sing along with. I'd recommend this series because it's adventurous, entertaining, and action packed. Recommended for ages 5 to 10 and I give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Geanice G., KIDS FIRST! Juror.

This show is very cheesy, but that's exactly what makes it charming. The animation is pretty good, especially compared to the older Sonic TV series. The story is really great and consists of Sonic and his siblings fighting Dr. Robotnik to find their mother. Due to the subject matter, starting with Vol. 2 takes away from some of the story so, I wanted to watch a copy of Sonic Underground Vol. 1 to watch. I do believe that you will get this best if you watch Vol. 1 before Vol. 2. Once you do that, it is really cute and full of examples of family members looking out for one another and never giving up. Something that I think is really neat is the fact that the set comes with music videos and they are pretty cool. This is a great program for anyone who has been a fan of the Sonic video games. I believe it is best suited for ages 6 to 14 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. By Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This series is entertaining. It has its fair share of problems and it is a little cheesy at times, but since I am a Sonic the Hedgehog fan, I may have high standards.

The plot is about Sonic (Jaleel White) and his siblings, Sonia (Jaleel White) and Manic (Jaleel White) who team up, to search for their missing mother, Queen Aleena and to stop the evil Dr. Robotnik. I wouldn't say the animation is amazing, as it is a bit choppy and sluggish at times. However, it isn't the worst animated show to come out in the 90s, as it does have a style and it does feel like it belongs in the Sonic The Hedgehog universe. Also, I find it interesting that Sonic, Sonia and Manic's weapons are magic musical instruments. I really like that decision, as it shows that the series is a more creative and original adaptation.

Speaking of which, the main difference between this show and the games are the two completely original characters who are Sonic's siblings, Sonia and Manic. I found them interesting, but it feels as if they often get pushed aside to let Sonic be the star. I understand he's the main character, but Sonia and Manic don't really get much of a chance to show their personalities. Most of the time, it seems that they are just there to be there. Also, Sonia's voice is kind of irritating. It's super high pitched and nasal, and is somewhat distracting.

This show is an adaptation of the Sonic The Hedgehog series. As an adaptation, it's pretty good. However, it bares more resemblance to the Sonic comic books than the games. It has a similar setting to the comics and some of the characters seem similar. Sonic even looks like the comic adaptation of him, shorter and chubbier.

Sonic The Hedgehog has never really been known for fantastic, well written stories. Sometimes, the games have an engaging story, but writing has never been the focus of the series. So how is the story in Sonic Underground? Actually, not too shabby. The show has a set goal and some actual character development. However, there is only one season, with only forty episodes and that is probably a good thing. If it went on for multiple seasons, the show would probably turn into a wild goose chase looking for Queen Aleena.

By Calista B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 13
Runtime: 420 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-10
Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.99
Media: DVD


LET'S GO POCOYO: PLAYTIME!

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Series: DVD, AGES 2-6
Topic - Family
Description - Pocoyo, the unforgettable little boy with a very big personality, returns with all of his friends, Elly, Pato, Loula, Sleepy Bird, and more, in this new series! Let's Go Pocoyo offers children a unique approach to learning about language through simple, basic vocabulary. This new series of Pocoyo continues to embody the core philosophy of "learning through laughter". By utilizing a blend of humor and learning, Pocoyo inspires and informs children about the world around them. Embark on eleven playtime adventures with Pocoyo and friends as they learn the importance of playtime is enjoying it with others. Enjoy playing hide and seek to playing dress up as pirates! Ahoy there, Pocoyo! Learning through laughter has never been this fun! Plus, each episode includes a refresher section in which children are reminded of key words that have been covered during Pocoyo's adventures such as color, animals, and shapes. Then, at the end of each episode, a catchy music clip will revisit one last time those important new words. Every day is an adventure with Pocoyo and friends!
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I really enjoyed the DVD, Let's Go Pocoyo with its kid-friendly scenes, colors and characters. This exciting DVD is filled with fun, educational activities that kids can remember and use during their everyday lives at school or when hanging out with family and friends.

Pocoyo (Alex Marty) is accompanied by his lovely friends Elly, Pato, Loula, Sleepy Bird and many more for a fun and exciting time of playing. The DVD helps preschool children learn languages in a simple and eye grabbing way. This compilation of the series elaborates on learning new vocabulary while laughing along in the adventures. The viewer can join Pocoyo and his friends on 11 playtime adventures as they learn the importance of playing with others!

I really like how the narrator (Stephen Fry) describes what goes on during the playtime sessions. This helps the kids pay attention and interact with the activities that are going on, which is a very positive aspect of this series. I also like how, at the end of each episode, there is a recap of all the words the kids and characters learned in each lesson. What is also good about the recaps is that it addresses the lesson in song, which is another fun way for kids to remember the information they obtained.

The theme of Let's Go Pocoyo: Playtime! is about learning new vocabulary in a fun and entertaining way that helps kids easily remember them. A message that comes through is to remember to have fun, with or without friends. For example, during the first episode, Pocoyo wants to play by himself, but later, he realizes that playing with his friends is more fun because it makes him happier.

I rate this DVD 4 out of 5 stars for its vibrant colors, wonderful cast, educational content, exciting storyline and much more. I recommend it for ages 2 to 6. I encourage parents to sit and watch this lively series with their children to learn how laughter can be incorporated while learning new languages and more. This DVD is available now so, go check it out.

By Imani Baptiste-Green, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 15

To begin, I want to say that I think Let's Go Pocoyo: Playtime! affects kids in a positive way because it teaches them vocabulary and important life values while still making them laugh and have fun. It is very well produced in such a way as to draw the kids attention and entertain them with all the bright colors and very friendly, fun animals and shapes. I relate to this because, when I was little I watched it and I remember being drawn into the series because of all the entertaining shapes and the great stories with important messages.

The 11 episodes of Let's go Pocoyo: Playtime! all have different stories which have things in common. In each episode, Pocoyo, Pato, Elly and Sleepy Bird go through an adventure that teaches kids basic English vocabulary and life lessons for them to grow up. For example, in one episode, Pocoyo shows up with a box full of toys including building blocks and a puzzle. He decides that he is going to keep all the toys for himself and not share with anyone, not even his friends. He notices that he is doing something wrong by doing this. So later he goes up to his friends, shares the toys with them, and has an even better time in doing so. While teaching vocabulary words, it teaches kids a lesson that they may apply even at their young age.

My favorite part of all the episodes is the ending in each one when they sing a song to recap everything they learned in it. All the vocabulary words and the life lessons are easily presented so a child can remember them. I love this part because it allows the kids a recap of what they just saw and helps them remember everything they just learned.

The most important message that I got from watching this DVD is its emphasis on diversity. It teaches them that no matter how different anyone is, it doesn't make them less of a person or a weird person. If you look closely, all of Pocoyo's friends are different. All of them have different characteristics, traits or something unique that makes them who they are. It makes them special and one of a kind. It's beautiful how this series teaches kids to accept diversity since this is very essential message they will stay with them as they grow up help them be accepting of all different types of people. I rate Let's Go Pocoyo: Playtime! 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 5. This is available on DVD now, so be sure to go check it out!

By Alejandra Garcia, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16
Runtime: 80 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-6
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
Media: DVD


DINO DAN: DINO GO SEEK

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Series: DVD, AGES 2-8
Topic - Family
Description - Join junior dinosaur expert, Trek Henderson as he imagines dinosaurs in the real world! During an indoor game of hide and seek with his friends and Grandma, Trek discovers that Microraptors use their natural abilities to hide with the best of them! Enjoy playing dino go seek and more dino game-filled adventures with Trek and friends!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Although it is animated, the dinosaurs look quite realistic most of the time. I know that when my son was younger, he loved dinosaurs and he would have enjoyed this one because it has interesting facts about them. The acting and script are quite wonderful which makes it interesting and fun to watch. Also, it has great educational value since it teaches kids many things about dinosaurs. It is a perfect length at 60 minutes. I recommend it for ages 3 to 9 and I give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Dino Dan: Dino go Seek is a very educational DVD for young kids. It contains lots of interesting facts about dinosaurs. Unfortunately, there are lots of plot holes that left me wondering what was going on. I enjoyed the concepts of each episode, but found myself getting somewhat bored. Also, in the five episodes, the same dinosaurs are featured in four of them which I found very repetitive. They don't really change the facts up, so basically three episodes tell the same thing in different ways.

This DVD is a compilation of five episodes that aired on Nick Jr. including Dino Go Seek, Train of Dino's, Robots & Dino's, Dino Clash and Dino Racing. In Dino Go Seek, Trek learns about dinosaurs during a game of hide and seek. In Train of Dino's, Trek incorporates dinosaurs into his friend Penelope's train set. In Robots & Dino's, Trek helps protect a Dromaeosaurs egg using his friend Bobby's robots. Dino Racing is about Trek and his friends having imaginary races between humans and dinosaurs. Finally, Dino Clash Is about Trek and Bobby playing a game and learning about dinosaurs and teamwork.

I really enjoyed how they used CGI dinosaurs over video footage. I couldn't tell if his friends knew he could see dinosaurs or not because in some episodes they talk about it to him and in others they are wishing there were dinosaurs. My favorite episode is Train of Dino's because, it not only uses the usual CGI over video, it also uses stop motion animation in the form of the train set people moving. This is very creative and I love the variety.

The main character Trek is played by Trek Buccino. Jordyn Nergri plays Hannah. Katherine Forrester plays Penelope. Bobby is played by Colin Petierre. His brilliant facial expressions are one of my favorite things. Each episode has its own moral. The clearest message ii in Dino Clash. It is about teamwork because, in the end they have to work together to get to the finish line.

I loved the variety of styles in this DVD so I give it 4 out of 5 stars. I also find it quite informational, so I recommend It for kids who love dinosaurs from ages 3 to 10. I also think parents will probably enjoy watching this with their younger children. It's available on DVD now, so go check it out.

By Rohan Foxe, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 11
Runtime: 60 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-8
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
Media: DVD


TOMMY'S HONOUR

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Series: FEATURE, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - Set against the early days of the sport and stunning landscape of Scotland, TOMMY'S HONOUR is based on the intimate and powerfully moving true story of the challenging relationship between "Old" Tom Morris (Peter Mullan) and "Young" Tommy Morris (Jack Lowden), the dynamic father-son team who ushered in the modern game of golf. As their fame grew exponentially, Tom and Tommy, Scotland's Golf Royalty, were touched by drama and personal tragedy. At first matching his father's success, Tommy's talent and fame grew to outshine his father's accomplishments as founder of the Open Championship in 1860, his stellar playing record, and his reputation as the local caddie master, greenskeeper and club & ball maker. In contrast to his public persona, Tommy's inner turmoil ultimately led him to rebel against the aristocracy who gave him opportunity, led by The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews chief Alexander Boothby (Sam Neill), and the parents who shunned his passionate relationship with his girlfriend-then-wife Meg Drinnen (Ophelia Lovibond).
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I really enjoyed this film. It reminds me that golf isn't as easy as it looks. In fact, the sport is rigorous and difficult and, at times, unpleasant and uncomfortable. In the film, players are forced to play through all kinds of weather, including heavy rain and harsh snow. Going into this movie, I wasn't a great fan of golf. However, you don't need to be in order to enjoy the film. The movie combines elements of romance and allure along with a superb storyline which kept my mind stimulated and thinking as I watched the film.

Tommy's Honour tells a story about a father and son who both love the game of golf. Tommy Morris Sr. is considered the game's founding father and Tommy Jr. was the best golfer in the nineteenth century.

One thing that surprised me is how interesting Tommy Jr.'s character is. He is loyal, chivalrous, intelligent and determined. He always perseveres, no matter what obstacles stand in his way. I especially like the scene in which young Tommy chops down the tree. Although heartbreaking to watch, it really showcases his vulnerability.

Also jaw-dropping are the scenery and the locations. Tommy's Honour was filmed in Scotland where the actual story took place. The wide, open oceans and the vast greenery along with the architecture and culture absolutely blew me away. I've always wanted to travel to Scotland, but now, I am driven to go and experience the culture for myself. Scotland seems like an incredible country, with both natural and manmade artifacts and geography that are gorgeous.

The background music also keeps it stimulating and interesting. The music suits the tone of each scene and also puts a very Scottish spin on the movie. Another thing I like is the subtle humor. Although this film is not a comedy, the writers manage to sneak in a few laughs.

I would rate this film 5 out of 5 stars for its incredible storyline and enchanting cinematography and recommend it for kids ages 8 to 18. Adults will enjoy it as well. You should know there are some intense scenes. This film comes out in theaters on April 14 so, go check it out.

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

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
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SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE

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Series: FEATURE, AGE 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does. Embarking on a roller-coaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history!
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Smurfs: The Lost Village is a fun family film full of creativity and good animation. The movie takes kids into a vibrant new world with a new crew of Smurfs. Unfortunately, some bland characters and stale laughs don't live up to the visual achievement of this movie.

Based on the works of Belgian cartoonist Peyo, this film follows Smurfette as she struggles to discover her identity. Smurfette was a lump of clay created by the evil wizard, Gargamel, who is the Smurfs' sworn foe. Whenever she tries to forget the terrible notion that she is not a true Smurf, something happens that reaffirms her of it. One day, while playing with a group of Smurfs, she sees something that may lead to the uncovering of a new faction of Smurfs. Smurfette, Hefty, Brainy and Clumsy set out on a journey together. With Gargamel on their heels, what they find could change the world around them forever.

The animation in this film is vibrant. The creatures in the forest surrounding the Lost Village are colorful and creative. The look and feel of the film overall pays homage to the original comics but also exploits the nuance and richness of modern computer animation techniques.

I don't care for the story in this film. Other than the addition of the Lost Village and its inhabitants, it feels pretty formulaic. The story has a lot of the tropes of the original cartoon and that isn't a bad thing, but the plot is predictable and the antics between Gargamel and the Smurfs in a full-length feature film grow old very fast. I would have liked to see this film take a different path than the adaptations before it, but it plays it safe.

The voice cast of this film includes a broad range of actors from Julia Roberts to Jack McBrayer. The film never really uses these actors to their full potential, sidelining many to bit cameos rather than real roles. Mandy Patinkin is a standout in this film as Papa Smurf, a wise guy who helps the Smurfs when they seek guidance. Patinkin is the perfect choice to play this role. His voice is both soothing and authoritative. Patinkin also has the right amount of charisma to voice this character.

The lesson of this film is that you will not be remembered for what you were good at, but the kindness in your heart. Smurfette has trouble finding a skill that will define her personality unlike her other Smurf pals. But that is not what is important in life. The way people will remember your legacy is by how you treated others. I recommend this film for ages 4 to 10 and you should be aware there is some crude humor. I give it 2.5 out of 5 stars.

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

I enjoyed the film Smurfs: The Lost Village because it teaches girls to be strong and confident within themselves. This movie also teaches kids that working together is better than working alone. I don't like that the movie implies there is a relationship between Papa Smurf and Smurfwillow or that it pushes a relationship between Smurfette and Hefty Smurf. This is not needed. I found this movie to not be as funny as the live action ones, which is weird since most children's animated films have a lot of funny moments.

The story is about Smurfette feeling lost and alone because she is the only girl in the village. She also feels like she isn't a real Smurf because she was made by Gargamel, who wants to take all the Smurfs to steal their magic. To save another Smurf Village from evil, Gargamel, Hefty, Clumsy, Nerdy and Smurfette work together to find the lost village and warn them about Gargamel. On this journey they discover the biggest secret in Smurf history and help Smurfette realize the power inside of her, that she is strong and fits in.

The animation in this movie is very detailed. It reminds me of a lot of the claymation in The Nightmare Before Christmas. It is much better than The Smurfs 2 (2013). It seems more animated and not as realistic which adds to the fantasy of being in the Smurf world. The backgrounds are quite pretty and mystical, especially when The Smurfs go to the Forbidden Forest.

The star-studded cast includes Demi Lovato, Julia Roberts, Rainn Wilson, Joe Manganiello and many, many more. Their voice acting is one of the best parts of the film, especially Demi Lovato's voice as Smurfetts. She acts in such a docile manner but still projects the strength of girl power.

My favorite character is Clumsy (Jack McBrayer) who is the funniest characters. I can relate to Clumsy in that I too am very clumsy. I always manage to trip over some object. I also really enjoyed the character Brainy (Danny Pudi) who is another funny character. I admire how he relies on his books for most of the movie, but gets over listening to how things should be and just cherishes living in the moment.

The message of this movie is all about team work and how girls are powerful. I recommend this movie to ages 5 to 7 and give this a 3 out of 5 stars. This film comes out April 7, 2017 in theaters nationwide so, check it out.

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

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


4 TO 5

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4 TO 5
CRAIG KNOWLES
Series: DOCUMENTARY, AGES 4-18
Topic - Family
Description - On the eve of his 5th birthday, a young boy discusses his last day of being 4.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Charming. This short documentary is about a little boy who talks about not being four years old anymore the day before he turns five. It very sweetly portrays an adorable young boy whom we see a little bit of what goes on inside his head. The sound quality is crisp and easy to understand. The camera work is clear and steady. I believe it will project well onto a big screen. This film flows well with a beginning, middle and an end. It makes perfect sense and is completely watchable without any hiccups. We don't often get the chance to listen to what a four or five year old thinks so this is refreshing. I think children will enjoy this, especially those close to his age, because they can relate to him. Older kids and adults can relate to him in their own way, as the child they used to be or perhaps a child of their own when they were younger. For the most part, I think many children and adults alike will really enjoy this film and hence, recommend it for ages 4 to 18 and adults as well. I give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Kelsey M. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Jurors.
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Runtime: 5 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


DEAR HENRI

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DEAR HENRI
MATTHEW SANDAGER
Series: INDEPENDENT SHORT, 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Nine-year-old Henri recently lost her beloved namesake and pen pal, Grandpa Henry. She misses him deeply, and his sudden absence raises the question: can their correspondence continue, and if so, how? Henri is old enough to anticipate what grown-ups might say, but young enough to imagine there might be a way. Over the course of one summer day in Brooklyn, Henri "sends" a series of letters in imaginative ways--nested in the basket of a handmade air balloon, folded into an origami boat that sails into the tunnels under the city--and with each attempt, she imagines the magically circuitous route her message takes to reach her grandfather. DEAR HENRI, combines live action with animation to depict the vivid inner world of a young girl grappling with cosmic questions. Will she ever receive a response?
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Kudos to Matthew Sandager, the filmmaker, for this lovely, uplifting short film. The topic is not an easy one, dealing with the loss of a beloved family member. The story is about a girl who has recently lost her grandfather and still writes him letters and tries to talk to him. While the topic has a sadness to it, this film is very cute and uplifting. I would encourage programmers to include this in their festivals since, it's universal topic is something that everyone deals with at some time in their life, including young children. It is rare to see this handled in such a positive way.

The production value is quite good. The sound quality is excellent, crisp and the dialogue is completely understandable. The cinematography is clear and steady. I particularly enjoyed the stop motion animation which is very well done. The actors deliver believable performances. The story flows well with a well structured beginning, middle and end and it makes perfect sense and is completely understandable.

I love how the little girl does not stop trying to write to her grandfather. Her positive nature is refreshing. I believe that children will enjoy this because it is quite relatable. For older kids and adults, it offers a cute story about dealing with the death of a loved one. The content is perfectly suited for ages 6 to 18 and I believe adults will enjoy it as well. I give this 4.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Kelsey M and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Jurors.
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Runtime: 13 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 6-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


KCKPL'S STORIES: MATT DE LA PENA READS LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET

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KCKPL'S STORIES: MATT DE LA PENA READS LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET
ERIC J. SMITH
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 4-10
Topic - Family
Description - KCKPL's Stories on the Bus: Matt de la Pe�a Reads Last Stop on Market Street: Watch as Matt de la Pe�a's award winning book comes alive! This energetic ride through a bustling city highlights the wonderful perspective only grandparent and grandchild can share, and comes to life through Matt de la Pe�a's vibrant text and Christian Robinson's radiant illustrations. "Last Stop on Market Street" is the winner of the 2016 Newbery Medal; a 2016 Caldecott Honor Book; a 2016 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book; and was a #1 New York Times Bestseller.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is an engaging short documentary that conveys the message that being aware of other people and supporting them in many ways can not only make other people feel good, but can make you feel good as well. It brings home the point that much of the time we are caught up in our own world and thoughts, but to notice, truly notice, our surroundings makes our lives richer and more connected. We are all connected to one another in such interesting ways and we can only realize this if our eyes are open and our hearts and minds are open. This is the point that I feel the author, who narrates a book on a bus to his school children, tries to make. One of the primary relationships in the film is between a grandmother and her grandson. The grandmother is very wise in how she looks at the world from a positive point of view and teaches her grandson to think in the same manner. This story is interweaved with the author narrating his book in a very creative way. There are many valuable lessons to be taken from this short and engaging documentary. Recommended for ages 4 to 10. Review by Ella L., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
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Runtime: 11 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-10
Suggested Retail Price: $
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ONLY ONE YOU

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ONLY ONE YOU
MADISON DURAND
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 2-8
Topic - Family
Description - Grammy-winning Danny Weinkauf delivers a great, and rather catchy, message about being yourself. Video created by 15 year-old Madison Durand.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Delightful, charming, makes a perfect short music video break for any children's or family film festival. Adorable and colorful 2D animation. Music is well timed to the images. Great message. What is not to like! I love it. Recommend for pre-K to school-aged kids. 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - In this fun and adorable music video we get to see kids of all ages and ethnicity. The message that everyone is different and special is a great lesson to teach kids. The quality of the sound, especially when the singer sings is beautiful and very clear. The camerawork sets and special effects were very simple but good for the audience they are intended for. The animation is adorable and clever, showing children doing all kinds of fun and cool things. It shows that there are tons of fun to be had if you copy these onscreen kids doing things like ballet, balancing books on your head, wearing red jeans and even more fun and silly things that make them all different and unique. I love the fact that they use a fun, simple kind of 2D animation to show this important and amazing rule that everyone needs to know. The singer in this music video sings in a very happy, bubbly voice that brings this song to life for everyone, young and old, small and big. I recommend this to kids ages 2 to 8. Kids will love singing along to this catchy and quirky beat that will stick in their heads for days. It's time to get up dance and run around the house singing to this terrific and educational song. I give this 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Morgan B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12
Runtime: 4 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-8
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


THANK GOD FOR JELLY

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THANK GOD FOR JELLY
MARCI KROWN
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 6-18
Topic - Family
Description - A girl's mission is to carry out her father's values on gratitude and goes on a journey with her stuffed rabbit, brother and two friends in order to do so. What she finds is clearly unexpected.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I think a child would enjoy this film because it follows children on an a small quest to thank someone. The most appealing thing about this film is that all different ages of children can relate to it. Something you should be aware of is the religious overtone and references to God. It is one of the most important themes in this film. This film has a great structure and makes sense. The plot flows easily and it is very watchable. It has accurate information about how jelly is made and tells it in a simple way that even young children can understand. The production quality was great. There are many different sets which make the story come alive. The costumes are appropriate. The special effects are a little sloppy, but this might have been intentional. The lighting is great throughout the film, even outdoors. The camera and sound production are both clear both too see and to hear. I recommend this film for playing at a film festival because it has a great message about gratitude and being grateful for what you have. This might be categorized as a religious or spiritual film. I give this film 4 out of 5 stars because of its sound and production quality. I recommend it for ages 7 to 16. Although it does not possess star power, the actors are very relatable. Recommended, Linda D., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
Runtime: 21 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 6-16
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


GO CART, THE

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GO CART, THE
KAILYNE WATERS
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 10-18
Topic - Family
Description - A lone shopping cart injured and seized for scrap breaks free and navigates a world of danger, changing his fate and bringing happiness to those he encounters.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Happily accepted! Being a person who goes to the super market and uses a cart to put all my food in, I have never once thought about a story involving those squeaky baskets, but Kailyn R. Waters has. This short film is an extremely original story that is definitely child friendly. It is a very unique story, but I lost interest about 4 minutes before it ended! The plot drags a bit too long and eventually, lost the freshness that hooked me in. Another thing that fell short is the animation. The characters are drawn almost like stick figures. There is a hand-drawn look to them that I enjoyed. I adore the music in this film. It helps change the moods of the scenes. And, the sound effects are spot on - birds chirping, cart squeaking, train driving, crane moving etc. The main message is the best part of it all. It is all about finding your purpose in life. This is a great lesson to teach children. Also the story has some rather interesting characters. There is a disabled boy who feels that he is an outcast. This is another fantastic example of what we should be teaching children. To try to help out people with struggles. The first time the go cart sees the boy, they feel a connection since they are both disabled. I recommend this film for ages 5 to 13. Children will learn valuable lessons from this short movie. I give this film 3.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Talia J. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 12 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-13
Suggested Retail Price: $
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ODD SQUAD: THE MOVIE

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ODD SQUAD: THE MOVIE
SINKING SHIP
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Odd Squad: The Movie is a live-action comedy featuring government agent kids who investigate weird and unusual phenomena in their town and put things right. The kid agents are up against a group of grown-ups called Weird Team who runs Odd Squad out of business and the agents are forced to retire and become regular kids again. All seems lost until Odd Squad discovers Weird Team is not actually solving problems and they are up to no good. Armed with only their wits, the kids regroup and break into their old headquarters to save the day. The movie features big action set pieces, odd creatures, and even a trip to space. There's lots more action, problem solving, great visual effects and even a trip to outer Space! This film is targeted to children ages from 5 to 10. Adults may also enjoy!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Great show! It has visual appeal, good acting and an awesome story line featuring kids as government agents who, dressed in their school uniforms, look like they are mini adults. They are on the stop investigating weird things happening in their home town like a gigantic rat that shows up from who knows where. It is fast paced, highly entertaining and has great messages that teach kids about working together, friendship and more. Very appealing visually and good acting - especially from the kids. Flows well, excellent sound and video quality and very watchable. What kid wouldn't like watching other kids their age who are heroes? Fun music; great pace. I rate this 4 out of 5 stars for great entertainment value and messages and I recommend it for ages 5 to 12. Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Kids will love this and families think it is adorable. In this fun and adventures movie we get to meet odd squad. They are a team or squad of adorable and adventurous kids who solve cases that are odd and weird and they are always trying their best to do what is right and help those who are in need the most. One of the most appealing things about this film is the way they teach math and make it fun and interesting for everyone, big and small, young and old. The sound is very clear and I could hear everything, loud and clear. Sets and locations are different. For example, the office where the Odd Squad works is amazing and I love it with all the fun and cool things it has to offer kids in terms of fun and games. The costumes are spot on. I love the outfits they wear as agents. By the way, Jack McBrayer (30 Rock) appears in this film and so does Hanna Simone (New Girl), Millie David (Annedroid) Tim McKeon (Adventure Time) and J. J. Johnson (Dino Dan, Annedroid) . I recommend this film for ages 4 to 18. Kids will love the way that the Odd Squad agents solve cases and how they work things out no matter what the case is. I give this 5 out of 5 gigantic Odd Amazing Shooting Stars. Reviewed by Morgan B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

Very enjoyable, especially the cinematography and the script. The movie is surely watchable and suitable for younger kids. The introduction is interesting and makes sense. It does illustrate some basic mathematical concepts which may be appreciated by kids. The costumes and camera work are well executed. I didn't care for the special effects which looked fake to me, but the humor and characters are all very appealing. I like the story and characters in this movie. The jokes are very funny and suitable for a school-age audience. Also I like the costumes. The concepts and language are surely suitable for its audience. I give this a rating of 4 out of 5 stars. I recommend this movie for kids of ages 6 to 12 years. Reviewed by Arjun N., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 65 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


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ONCE UPON A SIGN: THE BOY WHO CRIED WOLF       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
DAWNSIGNPRESS
Series: DVD, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - An off-the-grid village in the Southwest is preparing to celebrate their Juice harvest. Their friend Wolf helps by bringing the Juice to the city to sell, and upon his return, the annual celebration kicks off. Small One is responsible for alerting the village of Wolf's return but will he remember the complicated directions?
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I think this is absolutely brilliant. I have never seen anything from Once Upon a Sign before this and, the wait was well worth it. The actors are artists with their sign language. They really have the body language and visual expressions down. The voice over work is great and its lovely that I can enjoy something like this as well. I was actually catching on to some of the ASL and I looked up more of their videos afterwards. The animation is really cute and blends great with the live action actors. I recommend this for ages 5 to 16 and, as I said earlier, I enjoyed it as well. I give it 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Juror
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Runtime: 25 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 15.95
Media: DVD


BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (2017)

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WALT DISNEY STUDIOS
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-18
Topic - Family
Description - Disney's animated classic takes on a new form, with a widened mythology and an all-star cast. A young prince, imprisoned in the form of a beast, can be freed only by true love. What may be his only opportunity arrives when he meets Belle, the only human girl to ever visit the castle since it was enchanted.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Beauty and the Beast, directed by Bill Condon is a whimsical yet captivating film that I highly adored watching. This live action film has made my "Top 10 List" due to its incredible singing performances, marvelous set designs and accuracy of the original Disney story. As a Disney fanatic myself, I absolutely love that this film has the power to take me back to my younger days.

Daughter of a wise and humble merchant (Kevin Kline), Belle (Emma Watson) is a bright and independent young lady who will be taken as a prisoner by a monstrous beast (Dan Stevens) in place of her elderly, caring father. As prisoner of the Beast in his cold dark castle, Belle soon builds a strong bond with the talking enchanted objects of the castle. Who will help break the lasting "forever curse" by bringing the Beast and Belle closer? Belle learns to look past the frightening physical appearance of the Beast and looks upon his caring gentle soul. But, will this be enough to break the lasting forever curse upon the castle and the Beast?

Incorporated as a live action film from Disney's original animated film, Beauty and the Beast, the whole cast delivers exquisite performances portraying each unique and iconic character. The caring, yet brave Belle is played by the talented actress Emma Watson. Watson has appeared in numerous films including the Harry Potter films, My Week with Marilyn and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Dan Stevens, known from Legion TV Series deftly portrays the terrifying Beast, a difficult character to play due to its temper.

From the songs, to the set designs, this film has it all. I truly appreciate and love that they took the 1991 Disney classic and turned it into a live action film. This is something that has not been seen before and was well directed by Bill Condon (Mr. Holmes, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 and 2, Dreamgirls). Being a huge Disney princess fan, I am highly pleased with the accuracy of this live action version. The costumes, songs, characters and plot are all very accurate. It made me feel as if I was in a Disney story book.

One of favorite things about this film and the story of Beauty and the Beast itself, is the message it depicts - that of looking past the physical and looking within. This is a moral that every viewer can learn from. The film is very successful in massaging this message and the audience will easily relate to the moral as the film unfolds before their eyes.

This enchanted, unbelievable film deserves 5 out of 5. I highly recommend it to families, young children and Disney fanatics. Kids and adults both will enjoy watching it and singing along with the iconic songs. You can catch Beauty and the Beast when it opens nationwide on March 17, 2017. Reviewed by Maria G., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 17

It has been 26 years since Disney released the animated film, Beauty and the Beast. Now, we have a remake with a slightly updated story, stunning visual effects, beautiful acting and an epic soundtrack. Here is another attempt to convert an animated film into a live action film. The classic fairy tale of Beauty and the Beast is predominantly a romance and, just like the original animated film, this one also has a strong comedic take with lots of funny scenes. There are also a hand full of scenes that are quite the opposite. These are filled with heart-wrenching drama that make you either hate or love the characters and get sucked into the story.

Beauty and the Beast (2017) is pretty much a carbon copy of the 1991 animated film. Belle is a beautiful but smart village girl who goes into the woods after her father goes missing. She discovers a cursed castle full of inanimate objects brought to life and a hateful prince turned into Beast. The Beast has locked up her father and she takes her father's place, being sentenced by the monster to live in the castle with him forever. The Beast's curse can be removed though. All he needs to do is to fall in love with someone and that person needs to love them back. The Beast and Belle start falling in love in what seems an impossible romance at first. There are challenges, as Belle still feels she is a prisoner and the townspeople think the Beast is a monster that needs to be destroyed.

The previous Disney live-action remake was the classic Cinderella (2015). It suffered from the same problem as this one - the fact that an animated film is different from a live action film. The story, musical numbers and character interaction all feel much more real in a live action film, which causes fantasy love stories to lack credibility. Cinderella suffered from this problem and Beauty and the Beast is also affected by this challenge. However, its creators did a much better attempt at addressing the issue. Instead of simply taking a story and using a camera instead of a drawing pencil, the writers incorporated more intricacies to the plot than were in the 1991 version. There are back stories about the characters which enhanced and refined their personalities and made the plot richer. This allows for a film that isn't just a spin off on a 25-year-old animated film, but a truly enjoyable story on its own.

The film's quality is superb and the acting is a big plus. Two actors who stand out the most are Luke Evans (Gaston) and Josh Gad (Lefou). They are absolutely spectacular together and Disney generously incorporates some changes to Lefou from 1991, which shows him being slightly in love with Gaston. This change adds a lot of fun and silly moments. Emma Watson (Belle) also delivers a stupendous performance as Belle, although the my favorite Belle is that played by Paige O'Hara. Emma Watson's Belle doesn't seem like a main character, but more of a supporting one. There is no strong presence as we saw in the 1991 version where Paige's performance makes it apparent that Belle is the star along with the Beast. The rest of the cast performs wonderfully and bring the characters to life, with some slight changes to keep the film fresh and new.

The film's two strongest points are more technical. The cinematography and special effects are outstanding. The Beast looks very real and has immense detail, from his facial expressions, to his fur. The castle, magical servants and landscape are the pure definition of eye candy, and are the most beautiful parts of this film. This integrates perfectly with unique and spectacular cinematography that really does the film version justice. Another part that I commend the sound designers and mixers for is the music. The entire soundtrack plays impeccably with every scene and the musical numbers are extraordinary.

Out of all the wonderful cinematics and special effects, I would choose one musical number as my favorite scene - the Gaston number. In this scene, Lefou sings a song and gets the entire village to join in - about how great Gaston is. Not only does the song come out as entertaining, but the scene has fantastic visuals by everyone participating and truly brings justice to the scene. I prefer this version of the song over the original, which doesn't happen often with the remakes.

In general, this film, from its comedy, to its story, is meant for kids. This doesn't mean adults won't enjoy it. The nostalgia alone makes Beauty and the Beast an entertaining film and, dozens of times in the film, there are small references that adults can truly appreciate and enjoy. I recommend this film for ages 6 to 18 and believe adults will enjoy it as well. I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars because it does outdo any other film this year in visuals, acting, music, cinematography and plot, but has some weak acting and still feels a bit like a forced conversion from animation to live action. Reviewed by Gerry O., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Age 14

Disney has done it again! I was enchanted as I watched Disney's live-action remake of the 1991 animated classic, Beauty and the Beast. This film is different enough and certainly strong enough to stand on its own, and much better than the remake of Cinderella. Meet Belle (Emma Watson), who is a young woman who loves to read. She feels different because no one in her village knows how to read. They choose not to and treat her as if she is the oddball because of it. All she wants is an adventure. One day, her father, Maurice (Kevin Kline), gets taken and imprisoned by the Beast (Dan Stevens) in his remote castle. Belle searches for her father and finds him. To free her father, she exchanges her freedom for his and stays in the castle with the Beast. She starts to befriend everyone in the castle and she begins to develop a friendship with the Beast. If you want to know what else happens, you should go see the movie.

I enjoyed this movie because as soon as you see Emma Watson in action, you are enchanted by how she brings Belle to life. Her portrayal of the Disney princess, Belle, is perfect. I have never seen Ms. Watson sing before, and she sings considerably well. Dan Stevens is hilarious as the grumpy Beast. The CGIs are outstanding, especially the Beast. It is incredible how he transforms. I also like how they designed all the talking objects. Lumi�re, the candelabra (voiced by Ewan McGregor), Cogsworth, the pendulum clock (Ian McKellen) and Garderobe, the wardrobe (Audra McDonald) all look like real talking objects and are very comedic. On another note, the soundtrack is beautiful. I love the song, Beauty and the Beast by Ariana Grande and John Legend.

The only things I don't like about this movie are the few scary scenes. Because of them, I don't recommend this to younger kids. Some other scenes are a bit dark also. This is a know-your-kid kind of movie. Something interesting I want to point out is that one of the characters is gay (although if your blink you might miss the quick reference) and I like that Disney is trying to add more diversity in their films.

I give this film 5 out of 5 stars. I recommend this to the ages 8 to 18 and I think adults might like it as well. I recommend this to people who like action, adventure, adaptations, family and Disney movies. Make sure to see Beauty and The Beast which comes out in theaters nationwide on Friday, March 17. This is definitely a must see and you won't regret watching at the theater. Reviewed by Ryan R., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

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


BLANCHE'S BICHON BUZZ

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BLANCHE'S BICHON BUZZ
ISSYSHARPRADIO/PINK POODLE PRODUCTIONS
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 7-18
Topic - Family
Description - Following in the footsteps of acclaimed, indie, found-footage, big screen treatments (think Blair Witch, Unfriended, and Paranormal Activity) comes the parody short Blanche's Bichon Buzz. Buzzworthy Bichon Frise' Blanche DuBois Sharp accidentally unleashes her bladder on the pristine floor of Grandma's house. In order to escape her soap-and-watery fate, Blanche must outrun her pursuers. Her journey proves to be an authentic, cinematic, epic nail-biter and possible head scratcher. However, the best cinema is that which makes one think about adorable animals! Important production note: Blanche's Bichon Buzz proudly shot on location at Grandma's actual house in New Orleans, Louisiana.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - You have to admire the skills of this 10-year-old filmmaker who created this. It's fast, furious and funny. It feels like a trailer and, I can't wait to see the rest of the film. In just over a minute, she has created intrigue, set us up to wonder what is going to happen to Blanche and made us want to come back for more - always a good goal for any film. I feel a sequel here. Approved and recommended for ages 8-12. 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror
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Runtime: 1 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


WATER PATH FOR A FISH

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WATER PATH FOR A FISH
PROMOFEST
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - It's a starry night when Oscar sees from his window... a little goldfish jumping on a dirty puddle! Two cats are watching from the shadows. Oscar will help the goldfish through a rampant adventure in a nighty Latin American, with the lack of water as a backdrop
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This non-narrative film is absolutely adorable, is easy to understand and teaches a valuable lesson about helping others. The animation is stunningly beautiful with brilliant colors and interesting characters. The sound effects and music are charming and engaging. The story takes place in a town that has no water when a small boy is awakened in the middle of the night by some stray cats harassing a stray fish. The little boy rescues the fish but there isn't enough water and the fish almost dies. Water miraculously returns to the town and the boy is able to provide the fish with adequate water. In gratitude, the fish repays them with something that will changes the boy's life. This short film is full of heart and a valuable lesson about how important it is to help someone, no matter how small or how big they are. I recommend this for ages 5 to 12 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Kelsey M. KIDS FIRST! Juror
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Runtime: 7 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-15
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


DANA'S BEST JUMP & JAM TUNES

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Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 2-5
Topic - Music
Description - Dana Cohenour, a pioneering independent singer, songwriter and educator whose music has earned 17 national awards and acclaim from critics and families alike, leaps back into the scene with a brand-new collection of action songs for kids. Dana's sixth highly interactive album includes 12 mostly original songs designed to get kids ages one to seven up and moving, grooving and laughing. Wordplay, catchy melodies and top-notch musicianship.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Dana is a seasoned, veteran performer and her work shows it. Her vocals are crystal clear and engaging, the production values are terrific featuring some smoking good musicians. The songs are high-energy and demand participation unless you are Velcroed or hot-melt glued to your seat. Great for classrooms, home schools and for kids you just need to tire out with good positive, down-home, funky fun music! Pick up this CD and you might not be able to put it down. Love the energy, the participation and production quality. Songs are terrific for activity and downright fun! The album flows nicely. The artist knows her audience well and her songs follow suit. Listeners will probably seek out more Dana music! It's just that good. Reviewed by John Wood, KIDS FIRST! Music juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I enjoyed listening to Dana's Best Jump & Jam Tunes CD! I found myself tapping to the beat of many songs. One of the things I like about this CD is that so many of the songs are nursery rhymes. They have simple melodies, fun rhythms and positive, upbeat messages. Many of them are about animals and the importance of doing the right thing in life. The "I Love Mommy" song is very simple yet it is a reminder of the most important people in our lives - our family.

There are twelve songs on the CD. It's too difficult to pick a favorite, I love "Barnyard Hoedown," "Jumping Beans," "Five Green and Speckled Frogs and "I Love Mommy. The reason why I like "Barnyard Hoedown" so much is because it is a country song with animal voices, a kid's choir and ends with a cow mooing. The "Jumping Beans" is really cool because of its Spanish flavor and the inclusion of a xylophone. I also think "Five Green and Speckled Frogs" is funny because of the frogs croaking in it. Finally, the "I Love Mommy" is particularly touching lullaby with having a heartfelt simple message about loving your family.

Dana Cohenour sings all the songs on the CD is really great. Her voice is very pretty and she can make funny sounds with her voice like singing with different accents. She also does the fun musical arrangements.

The message of this CD is about the importance of respecting animals, doing the right thing and loving your family. What sticks out in mind the most is the kids' choir singing, the animal voices and Dana singing in different styles. I also like all the nursery rhymes.

While I think kids of various ages will enjoy this, I recommend it to ages 3 to 7 because the songs are nursery rhymes with animal sounds. I give this 4 out of 5 musical stars for its positive upbeat songs and inclusion of animal and kid voices.

By Abigail Zoe L., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 9
Runtime: 38 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 1-7
Suggested Retail Price: $ 13
Media: AUDIO



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