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BOOK OF LIFE, THE

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TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX FILM CORPORATION
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - THE BOOK OF LIFE, a vibrant fantasy-adventure, tells the legend of Manolo, a conflicted hero and dreamer who sets off on an epic quest through magical, mythical and wondrous worlds in order to rescue his one true love and defend his village.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Just in time for Halloween comes this new animated feature by producer Guillermo del Toro and director Jorge Gutierrez. In an unique visual style, The Book of Life reveals the journey of Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart. Before choosing which path to follow, he embarks on an incredible adventure that spans three fantastical worlds where he must face his greatest fears. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Morgan Bertsch comments, "This animated feature is set in South America. It is colorful and festive and I enjoyed learning about all the different cultural beliefs of South America." See her full review in youth comments.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I love this movie. It's a terrific, animated family film full of adventure. It's a visual spectacular with fantastic sets, costumes and intriguing characters. And, it has a great positive message.

The movie begins with a museum tour-guide telling her field trip students about The Book of Life. Her voice is played by Christina Applegate who serves as narrator throughout, which is especially helpful with all the flashback and flash-forward scenes. In the book, it starts with a flashback to three children. Maria, Manolo and Joaquin are childhood best friends, living in San Angel, the 'center of the world' in Mexico, in the Land of the Living (aka Earth). As they grow up, we see the two grown men compete for Maria's affection. The story revolves around the celebration of the Day of the Dead, when Mexicans celebrate their loved ones who have passed away. As legend has it, as long as they are beloved, they live in the Land of the Remembered. For those not remembered well, they live in the Land of the Forgotten. The two rulers of these two lands, Meurta and Xibalba make a wager on which boy will marry Maria. The winner gets to rule the Land of the Remembered.

Great adventure and drama ensues as Manolo and Joaquin, voiced by Diego Luna and Tatum Channing, compete to win Maria's heart, and fend off the pressures from their families' expectations, while saving their home town. Joaquin's father was a war hero and Manolo comes from a long line of Bull Fighters, though he prefers to sing and play guitar.

My favorite part is when Manolo visits the Land of the Remembered and is reunited with his mother, grandfather and great grandfather, both matador heroes, who were killed. He learns of their common musical interests too, and what mother really wanted him to be.

This film has a terrific message: To never stop fighting for what you believe in, to follow your own dreams and be true to your heart.

The music throughout the movie is awesome and helps tell Manolo's story, especially with the songs "I Will Wait" and "The Apology Song."

The three sets are very distinctive and perfect for each of the three realms: San Angel is a beautiful town in the present day. The Land of Remembered is a colorful, vibrant, happy place and the Land of the Forgotten is dull, grey and has spiky architecture.

I really enjoyed the animation. The characters are wood-like with joints like Pinocchio. The boys have broad shoulders and super skinny legs. Maria and the other girls have skinny waists, full Mexican skirts and dramatic hair and eyes. While I love it in 3D, the animation is so good, it would be great in 2D also.

This is an all-around great family film. I recommend it for families with kids ages 7 to 18. There are some intense bull fighting scenes, slightly scary music and fights in the Land of the Forgotten. I give this film a 4.5 out of 5 star rating. Be sure to check out The Book of Life which is in theaters now. Reviewed by Katherine Starr, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 9.

On October 17th Twentieth Century Fox brings a new Halloween movie to the big screen. This is sure to become a must-see for everyone at Halloween time!

This animated feature is set in South America. It is colorful and festive and I enjoyed learning about all the different cultural beliefs of South America. On the day that we celebrate Halloween, they celebrate Mexican Day of the Dead. This movie is funny, cute and the story keeps your attention from beginning to the end.

Many of the movies we see today seem like the same story or theme told in different ways. This movie is truly an original. There are many hints of movies you have seen before but overall, it is truly a different movie. The animators' attention to detail is mind boggling.

The characters are made of wood but, after the first five minutes you see them as real people. The intercut details are astonishing. The unique personalities and different characters will keep you entertained. Animals, people, spirits - this movie has it all.

Maria is my favorite because she is a little girl with cute pig tails. She is fun, bubbly, tough and adventurous. Her independence gets her in trouble but at the same time it is her greatest asset. We watch her grow from a child to a young lady. She keeps the same spirit and kind heart. She must choose who to marry between her two best friends. Zoe Saldana voices the character and really brings her to life.

The candlestick maker, voiced by Ice Cube, is laugh-out-loud funny. Even though he is not in the movie for very much time, you will leave with a smile on your face just thinking about him.

Gabriel Iglesias, Cheech Marin, Hector Elizondo are three amigos who try to help one of our heroes win Maria's hand in marriage. The singing group is hilarious. The song choices are great and made me giggle.

There are many messages in this film. The two heroes follow in their father footsteps. We see how it is important to remember your ancestors but also know that you are your own person and should follow your own path. Although it has been a long-standing tradition, bull fighting is beginning to be thought of as wrong. The bulls should be allowed to live. We see how it takes a whole village of people to protect and look out for each other and how everyone needs to be on the same team helping everyone else.

I recommend this movie ages 7 to 18. It is about Halloween and the Mexican Day of the Dead. Although it is entertaining it is still about death and there is violence. I give this movie 5 out of 5 twinkling stars. Reviewed by KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Morgan Bertsch, age 9.

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


ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY

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WALT DISNEY STUDIOS
Series: FEATURE, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - Alexander's day begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by more calamities. Though he finds little sympathy from his family and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him, his mom, dad, brother, and sister all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Starring Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner and Ed Oxenbould as Alexander.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - What a hilarious adventure! Something I like about this film is that although it's a comedy, at the same time, the directors have created a story so it doesn't feel as if it's just one big joke. In my estimation, it is just perfect. This film has a bubble of unique comedy that sends the audience laughing out loud. And, it has a sprinkle of romance packaged with it which makes it a unique story.

The story starts out showing an eleven-(soon to be twelve)-year-old kid who always has bad days while everyone else in his entire family always has perfect days. On the very early morning of his 12th birthday he wishes that his family members would have a bad day. Well they do! And, phew, is it bad!

This film has comedy that isn't just little jokes or things that are commonly seen in lots of normal comedies but, unique and creative comedy that is really funny. The actors are all well suited to their roles and, something I love about this film is that the ending is not easily predictable. Also, the story is created in such a way that the comedy is just a part of the story. The creators managed to get a very important message through to the audience.

My favorite scene is when the sister is under the weather with a common cold but has a play that day. She decides to drink a whole bunch of cough medicine and gets drunk during the play. This part is absolutely hilarious. The entire audience, including me, could not stop laughing during this scene.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is a young kid film but not too young. I would recommend for ages 9 to 18 and I give it 5 out of 5 stars for a great story, fantastic acting and unbelievable comedy!

Reviewed by Gerry Orz, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible No Good Very Bad Day is an amazingly funny comedy for the whole family to enjoy. This movie is full of very humorous moments.

This film is about a boy named Alexander who always has awful days but other members of his family have great days; some of those days are even perfect, according to Alexander. On his 12th birthday, he decides to make a birthday sundae and he makes a wish that his family would know and understand the horrible conditions that he has to endure. Unfortunately, the next morning another horrible day begins. Everyone wakes up late, Anthony (Alexander's older brother) wakes up to a pimple and his girlfriend breaks up with him the morning before prom. Emily (Alexander's older sister) gets sick before her play and Trevor (Alexander's baby brother) runs out of diapers. It continues to get worse from there.

The message of this film is everyone will experience bad days; though the bad days will not last long. It is important to really enjoy the good days when they come.

My favorite character is Trevor, Alexander's baby brother. He is simply adorable. He has the cutest and funniest facial expressions at the right moment.

My favorite part is when Trevor starts to eat the ink from the marker. It is funny because no one notices him. Once the adults realize Trevor is eating the marker it is funny watching them try to wash it off and unfortunately, they learn it's a bit of a challenge to get the marker off.

The actors Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner and Ed Oxenbaould are all simply phenomenal in bringing humor to the film.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible No Good Very Bad Day is a fantastic movie for the whole family. I highly recommend it for boys and girls ages 9-18 and I give it 5 out of 5 shinning stars. You can watch Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day in a movie theater near you, October 10, 2014.

Reviewed by Kendyl Powell, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12.

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


DOLPHIN TALE 2

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WARNER BROS. PICTURES
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-18
Topic - Family
Description - The team of people who saved Winter's life reassemble in the wake of her surrogate mother's passing in order to find her a companion so she can remain at the Clearwater Marine Hospital. Starring Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd and Nathan Gamble.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - What an inspirational continuation to the first Dolphin Tail film. When I saw that they were making a sequel, I couldn't wait to see what was next in store for Winter and her friends. When I saw it, I laughed, cried and was overall inspired to see more. This is a fantastic film that everyone will love and re-watch time after time.

This is a huge mixture of hilarious and unique jokes sprinkled over a fantastic and entertaining story wrapped up in one huge adventure taco and all based on true events.

The story starts when Winter has been at the hospital (or, should I say a full blown aquarium now) for 7 years and Sawyer and Hazel, still doing the same things, have both grown a lot and Sawyer is not so shy anymore - even a littlie bossy at times, However, when Winter's best friend, an older dolphin, passes away from old age, they have a challenging task. They need to pair Winter with another female dolphin or she will be deported from the aquarium.

This film is pretty awesome. The cast returned and does a wonderful job again and they make the story so it has five sub stories which makes it so ever interesting. The only negative thing is that most of the storyline is predictable.

My favorite scene is when Hazel feels like she is not treated like an adult by her father. She decides to ask for a health record for one of the dolphins, but does it wearing very professional attire and also talks very adult-like and sassy. I love this scene because it is funny, entertaining and shows how mature Hazel has become.

The only thing parents have to be worried about is a few thrilling scenes that show damage to some of the animals. I recommend this to ages 4 to 18 since younger kids may not completely understand the situation. I also give it 4.5 out of 5 stars for a good cast, a great director and fantastic cinematography. Reviewed by KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Gerry Orz, age 12.

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


HERO OF COLOR CITY, THE

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MAGNOLIA PICTURES
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - A diverse band of crayons strive to protect not only their magical multihued homeland but the imagination of children everywhere from a terrifying monster. Starring Owen Wilson, Christina Ricci and Rosie Perez.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The Hero of Color City is an interesting film that has wonderful animation and a great message for our youth.

The movie is about a little boy who enjoys coloring and drawing pictures. He has crayons that come to life every night once he falls asleep. When the crayons come to life they travel to a town known as Color City. Trouble begins when one of the crayons, Yellow, is left behind and wakes up two unfinished drawings, King Scroll and Gnat, who both follow yellow to Color City. The unfinished drawings are mad at Yellow for not coloring them and they try to destroy Color City. It's up to yellow and her friends to save Color City.

The message of this film is to believe in your self; throughout the film, yellow is fearful and lacks courage. Throughout the adventure, Yellow learns a lot about her self which helps the others at Color City as well.

My favorite character is Blue. I like him because he is always very positive and optimistic. My favorite scene is when you are able to see the entire town of Color City. The city is bright and colorful.

The voice actors Elizabeth Daily, Christina Ricci, Rosie Perez and Wayne Brady are wonderful at showing their expressions and bringing the crayons to life.

Hero of Color City is a perfect movie for Kids ages 2-8. I give this film 3 out of 5 golden stars! The Hero of Color City will be in theaters October 3, 2014. You do not want to miss this spectacular movie!

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-8
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


BOXTROLLS, THE

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UNIVERSAL STUDIOS - THEATRICAL DIVISION
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - THE BOXTROLLS are a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs in the amazing cavernous home they've built beneath the streets of a city called Cheesebridge. The story is about a young orphaned boy raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors who tries to save his friends from an evil exterminator, the town's villain, Archibald Snatcher. When Snatcher comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls. Eggs decides to venture above ground and "into the light," where he meets and teams up with fabulously feisty Winnie. Together, they devise a daring plan to save The BoxTrolls family. The film is based upon the children's novel 'Here Be Monsters' by Alan Snow.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Splendid! The Boxtrolls is another fantastic stop motion film by Laika. In the city of Cheesebridge's a human boy named Eggs ( Isaac Hempstead- Wright) is raised by Boxtrolls, creatures that rummage the streets at night and live under the city. Mr. Snatcher (Ben Kingsley) intends to exterminate every last Boxtroll, all for the love of cheese and a white hat. Eggs needs to teach his family to stop hiding.

Stop motion dates back to Wallace and Gromit, Gumby and many of our favorite Christmas specials. Laika has created movies I adore such as Coraline. This film is another success with its fast pace stop-motion. The way the boxes fold, stack and bend are impressive to watch. The designs of the characters are distinct and detailed. From the trolls who are dirty with glowing eyes and pale blue skin, to the proper humans who are clean with fancy clothes and perfect hair.

The small scale sets are marvelous. The film transports you into two opposite worlds. Once is the view from above the city where we see buildings and streets of stones. At night it's dark with only lamp posts to light the way. The Boxtrolls' under ground lair is a whole other picture. The ground is covered in boxes and tin cans for the characters to slide around on. The room is lit with light bulbs they find and is filled with inventions that they have made.

The writing is witty. The comedy comes through in a very playful manner with its shock humor and, at times, straight-forward jokes. There is even a scene with a rim shot. The trolls, even though they speak gibberish, bring a lot of emotion into their delivery. Speaking of which, the voice talents are sensational. The villain Archibald Snatcher, who is my favorite, uses his amazing voice talents to create this mean, eccentric character. He fits the image that we see on screen. Same goes for the rest of the cast, particularly Elle Fanning who plays Winnie, a snobbish brat that befriends Eggs.

My favorite scene is in the middle of the credits. When the credits roll, please stay in your seat! What you will see is one of the funniest fourth wall jokes to be seen on-screen.

The moral of this story is you can change your nature. The Boxtrolls are used to sneaking around and hiding. Even when they are in danger, they don't fight back. They learn that they can change.

I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend this to 7 through 18-year-olds. This movie gives the audience jokes, engaging characters and beautiful visuals which make it a great film.

Reviewed by Keefer C. Blakeslee, Age 14, KIDSFIRST! Film Critic

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


MY LITTLE PONY: EQUESTRIA GIRLS - RAINBOW ROCKS

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SHOUT! FACTORY
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-18
Topic - Family
Description - Music rules and rainbows rock as Twilight Sparkle and pals complete for the top spot in the Canterlot High "Mane Event" talent show. The girls must rock their way to the top, and outshine rival Adagio Dazzle and her band The Dazzlings, to restore harmony back to Canterlot High.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - What an addition to the "My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic" franchise! This film has references to the first movie, a bit of story from the last season of the show and even all the little extra characters that My Little Pony fans love!

It is definitely a combination of adventure with a cr�me of comedy and a sprinkle of excitement all rapped up in a friendship sandwich.

The adventure starts when a band performance is planned at Canterlot High where the kids can make bands and raise funds and three very unusual girls turn it into a super competitive battle of the bands. When they run out of things to do, Twilight's friends from that world call to another world where Twilight is. Will they be able to come there and save them or will evil prevail?

This film is just fantastic! Hasbro was smart to include a lot of little fun things from the shows that fans adore including the beloved Derby Hooves pony who is really never part of the story, just in the background for fun. The songs are great as well. We hear not just the classic My Little Pony songs from the TV show. Instead, the music is very pop like which suits the story well. I imagine that sing-along coming to the fans shortly and being a smash hit. The show's creators also connected to the first Equestria Girls movie which I thought was perfect.

My favorite scene is when girls are having a sleep-over at Pinkie Pie's house. When Twilight gets out of bed and walks to the kitchen she finds Pinkie's older sister feeding her pet boulder. I love this scene because, in the show, there is an episode where we meet this sister. So, I thought having her in the movie is a great idea and so unexpected.

This film does not have anything parents should be worried about and for extremely little kids who do not understand the ponies, they will enjoy the bright colors. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars for its original story, fantastic songs and those little characters that fans and Bronies love so much! If you want to see "My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic, Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks," it comes out in theaters, near you, September 27th 2014.

Reviewed by Gerry Orz, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

My Little Pony, Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks is a movie about a group of friends (Twilight Sparkle, Apple Jack, Rainbow Dash, Pinky Pie, Flutter Shy, and Rarity) who battle three girls (new to the school) who use their dark magic to turn people against each other and then feed off of their negative energy. This movie teaches kids that friendship is stronger than any powers or spells.

I think that this movie is PERFECT for any little girl because it has singing, you get to see all of your favorite ponies (and even some new characters) AND it has a few great messages. There are three that come to mind: 1) there is no power greater than friendship, 2) never let anybody put you down and 3) always keep your head up.

Some of my favorite movies are animated movies because I think that it's AMAZING how people can change their voices to sound like their characters. Sometimes they don't even change their voices but still change the way they sound to match the characters' expressions. Tara Strong does a great job with that when she plays the voice of Twilight Sparkle. Ashleigh Ball plays the voice of two characters, Apple Jack and Rainbow Dash. And, Andrea Libman also plays two characters, Pinkie Pie and Flutter Shy. They all are fantastic will give you yet ANOTHER reason to like this movie.

While this movie doesn't teach any subjects like math, it teaches kids about teamwork, forgiveness and especially friendship. I think that this is one of the few kid's movies that I have seen with actual role models and these role models would be all of the ponies. Even though they all have their little flaws (for example Rainbow Dash has a huge ego), they all show great personalities and each pony has a good quality that shows throughout the movie like Twilight Sparkle's leadership skills.

I give this movie 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for kids 4 to 7 because it is a movie that has singing, and a lot of little jokes that kids will love. And, the best part is that it doesn't have any bad scenes so it is completely kid friendly. This is also a movie that most kids over the age of 7 or 8 will probably not enjoy as much as those younger than that. Unless, of course you are a "My Little Pony" fan. This movie will have you singing songs and laughing all day long!

Reviewed by Samantha Alexander, age 11, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

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


JACK AND THE CUCKOO CLOCK HEART

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SHOUT! FACTORY
Series: FEATURE, AGES 8-12
Topic - Family
Description - Edinburgh, late 19th century. Little Jack is born on a day so cold that his heart remains frozen. Madeleine the midwife replaces his heart with a cuckoo-clock. It will work, as long as Jack follows the rules, mainly not falling in love. But his encounter with a fiery-eyed girl singing on a street corner and his decision to chase after her will test the resistance of his makeshift heart to the breaking point... Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart is a magnificent love story set in an exciting period full of fabulous inventions, eccentric characters and fantastic adventures. Adapted by Mathias Malzieu from his best-selling novel and the gold-selling album by his band Dionysos, this superbly animated movie is about passion and acceptance of others.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is a phenomenal romantic animation! It is tricky to do an animated romance, but they did a pretty good job at it!

Interestingly enough, this film is not just about romance - it has that tiny little grain of comedy with adventure and thrills wrapped up in a great story!

The story starts when a newborn, named Jack, has a frozen heart. An expert with mechanics puts a clock in his chest to keep him alive. Sadly his 'heart" is very fragile so he can't fall in love, but when he meets a girl of his dreams, he can't stop it.

This is a fantastic film! I love how they veered off from comedy in animation to a romance film in animation! However, after about 60 minutes I knew the ending and it became a bit boring. Otherwise the film was fantastic!

I think my favorite scene is in the beginning when Jack is born. The lady who helps the mom give birth is very smooth and looks very warm. And how about pancakes - of course, they are the best and no one should give birth on a empty stomach! That was pretty funny!

This film has some dark discussions so I recommend it for ages 10 to 18. I also give it 3.5 out of 5 stars for a good film but a bit boring at times and the story feels a bit stretched. Also there were so many plots it got confusing at times.

Reviewed by Gerry Orz, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12
Runtime: 89 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-8
Suggested Retail Price: $ 24.97
Media: DVD


EQUATION OF LIFE, THE

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GERRY ORZ
Series: SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Seven-year-old Nathan is a lively and sweet child who wants nothing else but to please his mother, but getting constantly emotionally abused at home. Five years later, 10-year-old Adam moves to a new city where he meets Nathan who has become a violent bully and abuser himself due to the torment he continues to experience at home. Adam's sister, Miranda, encourages Adam to ask for help but fails to convince him. After 111 days of suffering, Adam makes a mistake and takes matters in his own hands. The tragedy that follows will captivate viewers hearts, show how one act of kindness could have changed the lives of many people and impacted future generations. It stresses how important it is to educate youth about how to take proper safety measures when faced with bullying.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This film is about a young boy who moves to a new school and is bullied on the way home from school every day by an older boy. In the beginning, we see the bully being verbally abused by his mother, which leads him to bullying himself. The younger boy tells his feelings while videotaping himself and, on occasion, talks to his older sister who tries to suggest solutions. Ultimately, in the process of fighting back, the younger boy has a tragic accident and the older ones goes to prison. The boy's family disintegrates. One mom loses her job and is depressed. His sister runs away from home. There are number of issues presented in this film besides bullying. Among them are the issues of child abuse, gay parents and life as a runaway. This film ends on a hopeful note about what could have happened had the characters grown up differently or handled the situation differently. This is a student production by an elementary student who deserves commendation for the intelligent way this film is produced and the authenticity of its story.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Genuinely spectacular! This is a well done story about the truth and tragedy of bullying. Directed, written and starring 10-year-old Gerry Orz, he portrays Adam Syder, the new kid in the neighborhood. Adam's being bullied by Nathan (Zane Paul), a boy who has a mother (Willow Hale) that treats him like garbage. Day after day Adam is beaten up and called names by Nathan and soon Adam takes enough.

One of the many reasons this film shines is the message it's stressing- Speak up! Bullying is problem in society. Whether it's physical, verbal, or cyber-bullying, it needs to stop and the message is addressed in a passionate way by the filmmaker. Orz shows the reality of what happens to many children who suffer through bullying. He doesn't take the easy route where someone is picked on and the teacher comes in and fixes the problem. He tells us the truth.

Everyone's point of view is examined including the bully Nathan, which I love. The bully is not the villain. He wants to be friends with Adam, but his mother says otherwise. Whenever someone picks on me, my mom always tells me, "You don't know what happened behind closed doors." She's right, I don't. The bully could be going through abuse or they might be jealous and bullying is the only way they know how to express it. My hats off to Zane for an outstanding performance. We also have a heartbreaking story with Adam's sister Miranda (Kaitlin Morgan). She knows Adam is being bullied, but she doesn't tell anyone. She thinks Adam will take care or it, which he does, in the wrong way.

By far, my favorite character is Adam's mom (Kate Orz). Let's just say something tragic happens and we see this emotional scene between her and Miranda. It's hard to sit through because both Kate's and Kaitlin's performances make this film even more powerful. It shows the struggle of not only the person being bullied, but the family's side of the grief.

All these aspects of the film are amazing and what makes it truly phenomenal is that it's done by a ten-year-old. Gerry Orz, tells a story in a mature manor that allows all ages to comprehends the dangers of bullying. Gerry's introduction to the film explains why he made it and what he wants you to learn from it. Just this introduction is worth the price for this film. He doesn't want anyone else to go through the pain of being bullied and this proves the power of film making. This is a film for adults and kids, especially.

I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to 8- to 18-year-olds. This film has one word in it that is not terrible, in fact it's appropriate, but parents may not want their kids to hear it. Even with that I still highly recommend this film to kids so they can know to speak and STOP bullying. This film comes out on DVD October 14, 2014.

Reviewed by Keefer C. Blakeslee, age 14, KIDSFIRST! Film Critic

Independent cinema nowadays is not what it used to be. Indie films used to be the unique ones, the ones with low budgets yet they still entertained. These films could get away with a lackadaisical script or acting in return for a fun or a good message. Keep in mind that films like Cloud Atlas, with a budget of over 100 million, are considered also independent films. What the young Gerry Orz has created is truly a throwback to true indie films.

The Equation of Life, directed, produced, written by and starring Gerry Orz, is a moving film that needs to be seen by anyone going to school. It is a film that is not just about bullying, but about understanding. It is about tolerance and guilt and reasoning. The Equation of Life is a unique anti-bullying film not because its message is different or because it presents the message in a different way, it is different because it doesn't rush to judge. That is the key to any film trying to get to the foundation of a problem - to make sure all the characters and their situations are considered in order to give the audience true, unbiased understanding.

As I stated earlier, a lot of independent films lack something due to having smaller budgets and little resources. The acting in this movie is tolerable. There are some truly moving moments from the cast and a few cast members are pretty good and, for the most part, the characters are believable. I promise you, their performances do not get in the way of the experience.

And the experience is quite moving. In a script like this that tries to teach and explain, both problems and solutions are offered. The Equation of Life offers problems and solutions so real, and so probable, that it comes off as a documentary at times. There aren't any crowd-pleasing cop-outs in order to make the film prettier. The movie is direct. Take this from a guy who has also done what Gerry has done. It is a difficult task to make a movie by yourself, with little financial support. But with a fine idea, support from family and friends and artistic know-how, any movie can be good. The Equation of Life, for that reason, gets 4 out of 5 stars from me. I recommend it for 6 to 18. Kids at the younger end here may not understand it but I believe they can get the concept. This film deserves to be shown to every student from elementary school until they graduate high school. It relates to any adolescent. It certainly does to me.

Congratulations Gerry, you did a very good job. Here's to a fine career! Reviewed by Willie Jones, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15
Runtime: 32 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD


POSTMAN PAT, THE MOVIE

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PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - A veteran postman finds his beliefs challenged after he enters a TV talent show competition. Starring Jim Broadbent, Jane Carr and Robin Atkin Downes. Directed by Mike Disa. Based on the book by the same name.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This animation has tons of color that burst all over the screen with music that will make you want to dance. Pat, (Stephen Mangan-Voice), a small town postman finds his priority system challenged after he enters a popular TV talent show competition. Meanwhile Mr. Carbunkle, (Peter Woodward-Voice), plans to take over the SDS postal company with robots.

I really enjoy this film. The part that I like the most is that every character has their own personality. Not one person has the same feelings and attitudes as any other character which makes it really great to feed off of each other. The music has an upbeat tone and keeps you energized throughout the film but the opening song makes you feel really good. It literally gets you in the mood to dance and I was snapping my fingers to it. You can understand the plot and the little ones will have no problem in comprehending it. Pat's Cat, Jess, tops with being my favorite character. He has a humorous personality and is very cute. He makes the most adorable facial expressions and actions. My favorite scene is when Jess accidently pops the soccer ball that Pat is playing with. The air escapes the ball; Jess launches airborne and flies all around into the sky. Being jerked around by a soccer ball and hitting many different things in his path is definitely not what he wants to happen. When he finally gets shoved in the car by the ball, no one even notices what's happening. It's my favorite scene because it's funny to see and no one seems to notice Jess's struggle.

Postman Pat: The Movie also stars Jim Broadbent (CEO-Voice), Jane Carr (Mrs. Goggins-Voice) and Robin Atkin Downes (Simon Cowbell-Voice)

When you meet people, you should treat them nice. It's just the right thing to do and one of the main messages in this film.

Little kids, girls and boys, will enjoy this film and I recommend it for ages 7 to 13.

I give this film 4 out of 5 five stars because of the message, the beautiful colors and of course the wonderful music with its upbeat tone.

Postman Pat: The Movie is available on DVD and Blu-Ray. So please check it out.

Reviewed by Brianna Hope Beaton, Age 14, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
Runtime: 88 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-10
Suggested Retail Price: $ 19.99
Media: DVD

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25 DAYS TO A TROPICAL CHRISTMAS

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25 DAYS TO A TROPICAL CHRISTMAS
NEPTUNE PRESS LLC
Series: BOOK, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - The e-book, 25 Days of a Tropical Christmas is a celebration of the holiday season incorporating beautiful illustrations with a variation of a classic melody. Similar to the 12 days of Christmas but extended with a tropical theme, this is a fun and entertaining read with beautiful beach- themed illustrations. Written by D.G. Stern and Illustrated by Susan Lane.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Similar to the 12 days of Christmas but extended with a beach / tropical theme, this is a fun and entertaining read with beautiful tropical beach themed illustrations. It makes me think of a warm Christmas instead of the traditional snow covered Christmas (which I have personally only seen once) and it will be easy for children to relate to that live in warmer climate places. Being a native of SoCal, I can relate to the reality of a sunny warm Christmas and so I really enjoyed this book. It is simple and easy to read and the illustrations remind you of beautiful water color beach images. I would recommend for all ages but is best for ages 5-18. 5 stars!
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KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 1.99
Media: Book


SLUGTERRA: RETURN OF THE ELEMENTALS

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SHOUT! FACTORY
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - A new member has joined Eli and the Shane Gang! Junjie, once the protector of the Eastern Caverns, is a master of the slugslinging art of Slug Fu! But even with the power of five slingers, the Shane Gang find themselves in over their heads as they race across the 99 caverns in search of the legendary Elemental Slugs. The five Elementals are ancient slugs of great power, and the forbearers of all slugs found in Slugterra today. In the wrong hands, they could bring Slugterra to the brink of destruction. So when an evil alliance starts hunting down the Elementals, Eli and his friends -- old and new -- take off in pursuit of the greatest threat their world has ever faced! Starrng the voice talent of Sam Vincent and Shannon Chankent.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This animation is adventurous with specks of comedy and laughter throughout the film. It's an enjoyable film to watch.

The Shane Gang is back and they now have the power and talents of five Slugslingers. With new member Junjie, they discover that they and their world are in deep trouble. The Elemental Slugs are being corrupted by an evil force and the only way to stop them is to gather up all of the 5 elementals, before it's too late.

Surprisingly, I really enjoy this movie with having all the Elementals coming together for a common cause. The aspect of the film that I love the most is that you never know what's going to happen next and it keeps you guessing. The action and anticipation makes it great especially when watching the fighting scenes. The film keeps moving at a good pace. It has lots of colors, but it is dark at times. The comedy keeps the film light and it never stays very serious for too long. Speaking of comedy, my favorite character is Pronto (Lee Tockar, voice), because he's funny and he's definitely the goof of the group. He is doing things that you wouldn't think that he would do.

Other voice actors include Sam Vincent (Eli Shane), Shannon Chan-Kent (Trixie) and Andrew Francis (Kord Zane). They all have high energy and are true to their on screen characters. The interaction between all of the slugs is great. Director, Johnny Darrel, is no stranger to adventurous animations, he also directed Hot Wheels: Battle Force 5 (2009), Spider-Man (2003) and Heavy Gear: The Animated Series (2001).

Trust people who have proven they can be trusted and who's good for you is one great message in this film. Trust is earned and not just given away.

I recommend Slugterra: Return of the Elementals for ages 8 to 14. It's a film that's perfect for a family movie night. Kids who love being courage and animation, this is your film. I give this film 4 out of 5 five stars because it interests me, it's adventurous and funny at times. I love the message about trusting. Slugterra: Return of the Elementals is now available on DVD and Blu-Ray. So please check it out.

Reviewed by Brianna Hope Beaton, Age 14, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
Runtime: 70 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.97
Media: DVD


TOM & JERRY: THE LOST DRAGON

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WARNER HOME VIDEO
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Your favorite cat and mouse are back with song, sorcery and slapstick in this enchanted tale with two bonus cartoons. The adventure begins when Tom and Jerry happen upon a mysterious glowing egg. Little do they know, this egg was stolen from a very large fire breathing dragon! In short time, baby Puffy hatches from his egg and takes Tom as his mommy. The angry mama dragon wants her baby back, but she's not the only one...a powerful witch named Drizelda captures the baby dragon for her own wicked plans! With the help of powerful allies and animal friends, Tom and Jerry must fight tooth and claw to stop the witch and get the baby dragon back to its mother. The action takes flight in a climactic ending filled with might, magic, and cartoon mayhem of course! Starring the voice talent of Kelly Stables, Vicki Lewis, Jim Cummings, Laraine Newman and Wayne Knight. Directed by Spike Brandt and Tony Cervone. Writer: Brian Swenlin.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I loved watching this film with my ten-year-old son because we are BIG Tom & Jerry fans. This film does not disappoint! It still has the classic Tom & Jerry humor and is filled with a fun family story and grand adventure! It really is a film for the whole family! Tom & Jerry find a mystery egg that hatches into a lost baby dragon who thinks Tom is his Mama. Tom & Jerry face some bad evil characters but, of course, good wins over bad as the duo save the day! 5 stars!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is a classic Tom and Jerry film with all the goodness included! I thought Tom and Jerry would find a lost dragon in their normal house, but no! Tom And Jerry: The Lost Dragon is a hilarious family friendly adventure with a lot of unexpected turns.

This is a story with a lot packed in it - adventure to start with covered in Tom and Jerry classic humor, with a sprinkle of thrilling and all topped with family wrapped in one huge delicious story sandwich.

The story begins with a girl who owns an animal-care shop but, it is going out of business. Then, they find a dragon egg and a whole bunch of stuff happens including the girl facing her evil Aunty Witch! Of course, the girl's two little helpers are a cat named Tom and a mouse named Jerry!

What a fantastic Tom and Jerry film! This has everything right about it. Tom and Jerry don't talk, but imitate talking. The slapstick humor makes you crack up throughout the entire film and much, much more! They cover all of it! The voices of the talking characters are fantastic and they also make it so that Tom and Jerry are very close to main characters but are not in every scene. I like this because it lets the story develop much smoother and takes it much further.

My favorite scene is probably in the very beginning when Jerry is awake and running around doing chores while Tom is lazily chilling on his pillow not doing anything - the classic Tom and Jerry scene. As usual, Jerry gets upset and teaches Tom a lesson. I love it because it's such a classic moment for these favorite characters.

This film is extremely family friendly. Even kids who don't understand the characters will enjoy the bright colors, so a good age rating is 4 to18. I also give it 5 out of 5 stars for just an overall fantastic Tom and Jerry adventure. Reviewed by Gerry Orz, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12.
Runtime: 57 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 19.98
Media: DVD


MUMFIE'S QUEST: THE MOVIE

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MUMFIE'S QUEST: THE MOVIE
LIONSGATE FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - From Britt Allcroft, creator of Thomas & Friends, comes Mumfie's Quest. Discover how Mumfie the special elephant first meets his friends Scarecrow, Pinkey, Whale and many more. Share the excitement as they hunt for Pinkey's mother on a mysterious island taken over by the evil Secretary to the Queen of Night at last returning home with a treasure beyond price. Magic, mystery, songs and laughter.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Mumfie's Quest - The Movie is an adventurous, funny and exciting animated film for preschoolers. The Animation Director (John Collins) does a great job of making the characters look so realistic.

This film is about a young elephant named Mumfie who lives all by himself. One day he decides he wants to go on an adventure. He makes a lot of friends on the way such as Scarecrow, Whale, and Pinky the flying pig, who is lost from his mother. Mumfie, Scarecrow and Whale decide to take Pinky back to her mysterious island home, but the Queen's evil secretary has taken over the island. They have to work together to defeat him and bring back the Queen of Night.

I really enjoyed this movie! It is very adventurous and suspenseful. It captured my attention the whole time and the suspenseful parts kept me wondering if Mumfie and his friends were going to get caught by the evil secretary. This movie is also very funny. There are lots of jokes throughout the whole film. Britt Allcroft does a great job writing amusing scripts and creating interesting characters. The music, by Larry Grossman, is also great! Some of the music is dark and scary during evil parts and then bright and upbeat during the happy parts in the film. My favorite character in this film is Whale because he is built like a ship. On the inside he has hammocks for beds, chairs, tables and food. It is so cool that he looks like a whale on the outside and a cruise ship on the inside!

The message in this movie is that friends will always help you if you ever get into trouble and need them. In the end, Mumfie realizes that friends and teamwork are more important than anything else. His friends help him a lot throughout the film and when they are in trouble Mumfie helps them too! In the end they have to learn to work together to stop the secretary.

I give Mumfie's Quest - The Movie 4 out of 5 stars because it is adventurous, exciting, and funny. I recommend it for kids ages 2 through 6 especially those who like animals, adventures, and pirates.

Reviewed by: Jeremy B. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 67 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.98
Media: Video and DVD

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LUNAR RHYTHM
DIANE RANDOLPH
Series: SHORT AGES 12-18
Topic - Nature
Description - The impact of the two principal moon phases, the new and full moons, on our ocean's inhabitants is very noticeable for those of us that care to observe. Many scholars and scientists have devoted their life's work to the study of the moon and its impact on marine creature behavior. The increased activity in marine life around these two lunar phases is fascinating to encounter and could be due to many factors such as higher than average tide changes causing stronger currents which would make this an ideal time to release eggs, or better than normal night lighting giving predators an added advantage when hunting, or perhaps the brighter than normal moon provides a time cue for synchronized events such as spawning. This film shows just a few captured moments of this amazing behavior as the marine creatures react to the rhythm of the moon.
Runtime: 5 m minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE

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WALT DISNEY STUDIOS
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - When world-famous air racer Dusty learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his team, a bunch of all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers. Together, the fearless team battles a massive wildfire, and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero. Starring the voice talent of Dane Cook, Ed Harris and Julie Bowen. Directed by Roberts Gannaway. Written by Jeffrey M. Howard.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Disney's sequel to its successful Planes film and in this one, world-famous air racer Dusty finds a new career as a fire fighting plane. This anthropomorphic character charms us once again in a tame adventure that you can feel comfortable taking your preschoolers to. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Gerry O, age 12, comments, "What a great add-on to the series... there are a lot of great messages and a lot of references to things in real life." Haley P, age 11, adds, "Planes: Fire & Rescue is not what I expected at all. It's even better! Although this is a kid movie, it has a message comparing real life situations even adults can relate to." Adam C, age 8 says, "If you enjoy fun, thrilling action scenes then Planes: Fire and Rescue is the movie for you." See their full reviews in youth comments.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - What a funny and entertaining film! I did not know what to expect, this is the fourth film in this vehicle's universe with the two Cars movies and then the first Planes movie. I was wondering if maybe Disney pushed it a little bit. However, Planes: Fire and Rescue is an entertaining film that is a fantastic sequel in this magical franchise.

The story isn't about just one topic. This is a little bit of humorous romance and also a lot of action. They make some pretty funny jokes while adding a little sprinkle of drama and a great message for the kids as well.

The story starts when Dusty sadly learns that a key component in him is broken and he thinks he will never race again. When a fire breaks out in his airport, they realize the town needs a second firefighter. Dusty steps up to the plate and goes into training. If you want to find out what happens and if he becomes a firefighter, you have got to watch the film.

What a great add-on to the series; the jokes are perfect. Julie Bowen (Lil' Dipper) is funny through the end. Also, there are a lot of great messages and a lot of references to things in real life. However, this film is very predictable. Ten minutes in, I knew the ending, so it probably would be more captivating for a younger audience. Also, Planes: Fire and Rescue is very similar to the last three films. There is a challenge, a serious character and some comedy. Other than that, the voices are well done and they even changed a Native American folk tale into the version of vehicles just for this film! Very clever! My favorite scene is when Dusty first arrives at the firefighting station for his training. He is introduced to some Smoke Jumpers, cars that parachute into the fire to tackle fallen trees and save wildlife. One nearly takes off his head and the other two introduce themselves. Once they all get acquainted, the first fire breaks out and cars and planes all get into action in a well-choreographed manner!

This is a kid's film and nothing really is here that parents should be worried about. I recommend it for ages 3 to18. Even kids that don't understand it will enjoy the bright colors. I give this film 4 out of 5 stars for great jokes and a fantastic story line, even though a bit predictable.

Reviewed by KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Gerry Orz, age 12.

Planes: Fire & Rescue is not what I expected at all. It's even better! Although this is a kid movie, it has a message comparing real life situations even adults can relate to.

Dusty Crophopper (Dan Cook) is a famous racing plane. While enjoying some fun and flying full speed, Dusty hears a sound he never heard before..."CRACK!" He looses control but is able to land safely. When his crew checks him out, they find Dusty's gear-box is broken - a part in his engine that has been discontinued. His crew promises to search everywhere for a replacement but in the mean time, he can no longer race. Feeling sorry for himself, Dusty gets angry and goes on a flying frenzy. His wing accidentally clips a building that bursts into fire. Inspectors shut down the town runway because the fire safety plan was totally outdated, especially the fire truck in charge. Dusty feels bad and decides to get certified as a firefighter to help get the town runway reopened. In the process, he realizes it means more to put other people first and he risks his engine to save the life of someone else.

My favorite scene is when the whole forest is on fire. It's the largest wildfire the smoke jumpers ever have to deal with. The crew springs into action to contain the wildfire and save everyone's life.

I just loved Dotty (Teri Hatcher) the most. It is hysterical the way she has a crush on Dusty. She doesn't' leave his side. Blade (Ed Harris) is also a great leader. He risks his own life to protect Dusty in the wildfire. The 3D animation makes the story come alive. It's like being in the middle of a real forest fire. The whole movie is action packed. The moral of this story is if life throws you lemons, make lemonade and never give up on your dreams in the process.

This movie is a good fit for ages 5 through 18. Boys, girls and even adults will enjoy Planes because it has many life lessons. I rate this movie a 5 out of 5 "dazzling" stars! Planes: Fire & Rescue is in theaters now.

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

If you enjoy fun, thrilling action scenes then Planes: Fire and Rescue is the movie for you. This is a sequel to the Disney movie Planes where Dusty Crophopper becomes a famous racing star. Dusty's engine is damaged and he may never race again due to his equipment failing. The local airport is closed due to safety concerns and the only way to save it is for Dusty to become a certified firefighter. Dusty decides to go to learn to be a firefighter with Blade Ranger and his team in a gorgeous National Park so he can be a certified firefighter.

My favorite character or should I say plane is Dusty Crophopper (voiced by Dane Cook). He portrays a wide range of emotions in the movie from sad to happy. I can relate to Dusty wanting to help the forest out when Blade Ranger was not able to do it.

The scenery is beautiful in this film. The national park is gorgeous and pristine. The animation is thrilling with the planes flying over the majestic national park and dropping fire retardant on the fires.

My favorite part of the movie is when Dusty and the team fight a huge fire without their leader Blaze Ranger. Dusty is brave to go out without his mentor and earns his certification as a firefighter. The firefighting scenes are beautiful and exciting to watch especially for boys my age.

The film's positive message can apply to all age ranges. Sometimes in life things do not go as we plan them to be and we have to have a positive attitude and not give up. Dusty provides a good role model for this as he takes on the brave role of fire fighter when he cannot race anymore.

I give this movie five out of five stars. I am eight-year-old boy and I loved it. It is geared more to young boys who will love it and want to buy the merchandise. I recommend it to ages four to ten, especially boys. The movie is in theaters now.

Reviewed by KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Adam C., age 8

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


BLUE MAGIC

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BLUE MAGIC
BLUEWAVEFILMS
Series: FOREIGN INDEPENDENT DOCUMENTARY, AGES 8-18
Topic - Nature
Description - Blue Magic is an underwater movie featuring the beauty of the Red Sea near Egypt. We discover coral reefs, dive through light-flooded canyons and search for big and small creatures. Even some wild dolphins pay us a visit.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Beautiful underwater cinematography showing the marine life of the Red Sea near Egypt. Stunningly beautiful.
Runtime: 12 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD


AMAZING WIZARD OF PAWS

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BRYAN MICHAEL STOILLER
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - What happens when you find out the family dog is actually six-hundred years old and was once owned by a great and powerful wizard? In this charming and magical adventure, young Bobby Spade and his faithful therapy dog, Ozzy, stumble upon an ancient wizard's mystical book of spells. The once shy boy and loveable canine are unprepared for what comes next as the two find themselves suddenly graced with extraordinary magical powers. Through this amazing miracle, Bobby is now inspired to become the world's most famous magician, accompanied by his enchanted talking dog Ozzy who inherits universal wisdom and is eager to share it. With their newly acquired supernatural talents, these great and powerful little magicians embark on a series of wondrous spellbinding adventures. With some amazing and breathtaking illusions, the two amaze and astound everyone they encounter. Bobby's magnificent skills also come in handy at school, and help him and Ozzy to escape the local bullies by showing them a supernatural thing or two they'll never forget! To save the family home from foreclosure, Bobby and Ozzy enter the National Million Dollar Talent Show in hopes of winning the grand prize. It seems a cinch to nab the Million Dollars with their inherited new powers-- until the evil Wizard, Lord Gragheon who fought for, and lost the book of spells centuries ago -- time travels to claim it back through a spectacular dual against the young magician and his mystical talking dog.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I have to admit that I wasn't too sure about this movie in the beginning. It seemed a tad dark and sad. It does touch on some emotional issues of loss, being bullied and social anxiety. But, this quickly turns into a mystical and magical movie that is very entertaining. There is a whole theme of bad magic and good magic and, although good magic is much more powerful, something more meaningful is portrayed in the film. It shows how real magic comes from within oneself and, in this case, a young boy named Bobby who has to deal with the loss of his dad at a young age. With the help of a magical dog, Ozzie, who becomes his best friend, he learns to deal with social anxiety and learns that magic doesn't solve problems.

This films had me on the edge of my seat at times and I enjoyed the happy twist at the end. The actors portray the characters really well. I would rate this film 5 out of 5 stars. It is entertaining and is quite magical. It is much more than just a bad vs. good kind of movie.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This movie is a really good movie and one you just want to share with everyone. I think a lot of people would like it because it is family friendly and really cute.

This story is about a boy named Bobby who has a dream of becoming the greatest magician ever. He got a dog named Ozzie when he was young because he was so depressed after his dad died and he needed Ozzie to come with him everywhere he went. One day, he went to a store to buy a magic book with $20 dollars that he found. He buys a magic book that gives him powers to do a lot of things.

The main characters in this movie are Bobby, Ozzie, his mom and two wizards. My favorite character is Ozzie because, he may be a dog but, he is actually a magic dog. He has lived for centuries and can talk. He can also do a few magic powers. He is also a really cool dog.

My favorite part in this movie is when Bobby is at a school talent show and he and Ozzie do a lot of cool magic tricks. They make Ozzie disappear and do a lot more tricks. He does some elusions and the dog helps him with a few things. One time, Ozzie goes into one box and comes out another. It is really cool and a quick hint he wasn't teleporting.

I recommend this movie for ages 5 to 12 because all of the magic tricks are cool. Reviewed by KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Anthon A., age 11.
Runtime: 96 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 7-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD


HANK THOMAS: FREEDOM RIDER

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HANK THOMAS: FREEDOM RIDER
LORA BATCHELOR MIDDLE SCHOOL
Series: STUDENT DOCUMENTARY, MIDDLE SCHOOL
Topic - Family
Description - This is a documentary produced by middle school students about Freedom Rider Hank Thomas and why he is an unsung hero of the civil rights movement. The video includes interview clips with Hank Thomas.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This short title tells the story of Hank Thomas, a Freedom Rider in the 1960's and his heroic and often dangerous experiences during the Civil Rights movement. It is inspirational and an important part of our nations history. The material is very accurate. Especially since you get a first hand account from Hank Thomas and others who survived and made a positive difference during the Civil Rights Movement. The concepts approached are often uncomfortable, but the overall message was very positive and inspirational. Reviewed by Ely B.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I found the subject intriguing. Learning about a person who does not receive much recognition for his/her acts is inspirational. The presentation by Phoebe Rensink is like an oral presentation - stating the facts, but emotionally flat. The footage is mixed with symbolic photos that show the brutality of segregation.

Kids are eager to learn. To show them what happened during this time of hardship is important. They may get bored because its history and it looks like something your teacher would put on in the classroom. No matter, this title sends out a great message that addresses our differences in color or religion and how we can all live in peace. I believe kids want to experience that.

The title has a three act structure showing a brief history, going into the life of Hank Thomas, and brings you to a close. This is done well. When we witness Hank publicly telling his story it shows promise for continued peace.

It has appropriate language for this period in time. Including the "N" word which is a quote by Hank Thomas that is only used once. This is an accurate representation of the events that Thomas experienced.

The audio is choppy. It sounds as if Phoebe recorded in different surroundings which makes it inconstant. Even the recordings of Hank have some background noise but this shows the quality of sound back when it was recorded.

African American History is an interesting topic, especially when seen on film. We all know the obvious heroes of the movement - Martin Luther King Jr. and Jackie Robinson. It is refreshing to learn different stories and about different people as portrayed on the big screen.

This makes a great addition to any youth film festival, particularly during Black History Week.
Runtime: 12 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 7-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD


FIRST T-REX THE

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FIRST T-REX THE
LUISA PARNES
Series: SCREENPLAY FOR AGES 8-12
Topic - Family
Description - Tee is the first T-Rex ever to walk the face of the Earth and is treated by everyone with unease. When his mom marries the mayor, he moves into town after years of homeschooling and the timing couldn't be worse. The mayor has just signed a deal allowing raptors to come into town and destroy the local forest to build cheap housing. When the town looks to Tee for help, he must learn to overcome his insecurities and defeat the raptors.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The First T-Rex is about the first T-Rex but it is much more than that because it has important messages for kids about standing up for what you believe in, being different and not being a bully. The characters make this script fun, entertaining and bring this script to life. It is appropriate for children ages 7+ but children ages 7-12 will relate to it more because of the fantasy aspect of it. The characters dialogue is humorous and will be easy for children to relate to. The tone is its strength, also important messages. The characters' personalities shine in this screenplay. They make the story. There is a strong message that it's okay to be different and it's not okay to be a bully. The dialogue is suitable for a youth audience.
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KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 7-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Screenplay


ICE DANCER THE

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ICE DANCER THE
NEPTUNE PRESS LLC
Series: SCREENPLAY FOR AGES 8-12
Topic - Family
Description - The Ice Dancer is an adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen classic with a twist. Set in rural New England, this tale weaves a web of romance adventure and fantasy featuring Max, a troll-like character, who becomes good. All his friends try to rescue him and keep him bad. The beauty and grace of figure skating sets the theme for this timeless piece.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The Ice Dancer is quite interesting and will appeal to children ages 8-14. As an adult, even I enjoyed reading it and could see commercial potential. I could imagine the beautiful snow-filled scenery and the characters bringing this story to life. It is based on the Hans Christian Andersen classic and does have a slight familiar ring to it but there is quite a modern-day twist with a lesson to be learned. Good wins over bad in this delightful story of friendship and teenage romance and it is engaging from beginning to the end.

The characters' dialogue is a strength of this script. The characters are very strong. It is easy to find Andrew and Sarah quite likable. Even though Maximillian is not very likable, the author does a great job at making the reader go from not liking him to liking him. The story structure is also another strength. It is easy to follow along with the story line and the scenes and characters are described quite well.

I do think this script has commercial potential. I think there could be beautiful scenes with the snow and ice and the characters could have real appeal. It's an interesting story line and I like that it isn't too predictable. It's like a classic fairy tale story with a modern day magical twist.

I would rate this 8 because I am not completely sure of the time frame. I am assuming it is pretty modern time but it would be helpful what the time frame is. What year does the story take place? I think children today could understand the story and I felt the magic wizard twist really gives it a more modern day feel. I feel children today would be more interested in this story than the classic fairy tale it is based on.

The story line is an absolute strength to the script and the conflict and resolution is appropriate. It's typically good and bad evil and magic and typically good wins over evil. But, this isn't so predictable and I think that the twist is very clever on the writer's part.

The characters are one of my favorite things about the script. The teenagers are easy to relate to and you can actually picture them in your mind. I think the writer describes them quite well and I like how he actually makes me feel sorry for the evil Maxmillian who really is more misunderstood than evil and turns good at the end. The dialogue seems very natural and fits right into the story line.

The lesson or moral simply is that good wins over bad and is portrayed very well in the script. I like that bad actually turns good in Maxmillian's case. A child will get this because the lesson shines through in the script. Other than that, it is very entertaining and kept my interest from beginning to ending.

I would likes to know the year this takes place but I am not quite sure if it is necessary. I do not think that I would make any changes because it is entertaining and teaches a moral lesson. I would have liked to know who the woman was that Maxmillian ends up with at the end. She is just brought up at the end but, then again, it is the end and I'm not sure if that is necessary. I feel that the writer does a superb job in writing this story.
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KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Screenplay


FRENCH FOR KIDS: DEDANS ET DEHORS (INSIDE AND OUT)

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FRENCH FOR KIDS: DEDANS ET DEHORS (INSIDE AND OUT)
WHISTLEFRITZ LLC
Series: FRENCH FOR KIDS
Topic - Education/Instructional
Description - Finding the mischievous mouse, Fritzi, is part of the fun in this lively French language learning video. An engaging interactive format teaches parts of the house, foods, activities and more. Colorful backgrounds, lively music, charming animation, and live action are your passport to fun.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a fun way for young children to learn French. It makes learning the language of French easier and has fun characters. I did not find anything unappealing. Young children will like finding the mischievous mouse Fritzi and enjoy the upbeat songs. There are fun characters and is engaging. It flows flow well and has an engaging format that young children will be delighted with. It is watchable, educational and fun. This DVD will make learning French easier for young children as they explore inside and out of the adorable Mouse's (Fritzi) house learning different words in French such as le salon (the living room). It is fun to watch and also includes an easy-to-use translation guide. Liveliness, fun and wanting to learn are a few behaviors shown through out. Characters are treated with respect and there really isn't any negativity displayed in this DVD. "What new words did you learn in French?" What is la cuisine? (the kitchen) and so on. "What was your favorite part and why?" It is fun to watch with colorful animation, upbeat music and fun characters. It does have visual and sound appeal and will delight and entertain young children while they also learn new words in French. It includes and easy-to-use translation guide for parents and teachers as well as French subtitles. It is entertaining and will entertain young children but it will also teach new words in French so it is also very educational and is a great, fun way to learn French. Young children may want to learn more French or another language in the series. Most likely they will also want to watch this one again.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This DVD is a fun way to learn beginning French. It has upbeat music, fun characters like Fritzi the Mouse and colorful animation. It is a great way for kids ages 2 to 7 to learn how to speak simple French words and I think that they will want to watch it over and over. It's also fun to try to find Fritzi throughout the DVD but over all, the best part is that it is fun! It has fun, colorful images and backgrounds and the live animation is good too. The music is upbeat and I think that kids would like to dance and jump around when they watch it. My nephew also watched it and he's 3. He really liked it and was repeating the French words.
Runtime: 40 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-8
Suggested Retail Price: $ 19.99
Media: DVD

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MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC: SPOOKTACULAR PONY TALES       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
SHOUT! FACTORY
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Join your favorite residents of Ponyville (Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, Rarity, Applejack, Pinkie Pie and, of course, Spike) as they take on some of the spookiest adventures Equestria's ever seen! Time to gather around and hold on tight, because these six exciting tales are a chillingly good romp! Starring Tara Strong, Ashleigh Ball. Directed by Jayson Thiessen.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - My Little Pony Friendship is Magic: Spooktacular Pony Tales is a clever and amusing collection. This exciting and adventurous DVD is comprised of six episodes and a bonus sing-along. When you watch this DVD it surely makes you smile with great delight.

This series is a Halloween/spooky edition, but don't worry it is not scary at all, but there are a few really great lessons in each series.

My favorite episode is Boast Buster. It is really interesting and keeps you on the edge of your seat. The Boast Buster episode teaches you a really impressive lesson, which is do not boast or brag instead remain humble. If you have a special talent or, if you learned how to do a really cool trick, do not use your talent to make others feel bad. Another lesson you will glean from this particular episode is to have an admirable spirit and use your special talents for good and not just to show off or brag that you are better than others.

My favorite character is Apple Jack, who is very enthusiastic, gracious and good-natured. Everyone loves her. She has a very unique southern accent that brings a new style to the My Little Pony series.

The voiceover actors Tara Strong, Ashleigh Ball and Andr�a Libman are simply stupendous at making each pony unique and special.

My Little Pony, Friendship is Magic: Spooktacular Pony Tales is definitely an entertaining series that you will not want to miss. I recommend this DVD series for ages 5 to 12, probably more to girls than boys but, who knows. And, I give it 5 out of 5 shining stars. This DVD will be in stores September 9, 2014 so go check it out.

Reviewed by Kendyl Powell, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12
Runtime: 132 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.97
Media: DVD


NIGHTLIGHT DAYLIGHT

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NIGHTLIGHT DAYLIGHT
CGD MUSIC
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - The first interactive lighted cover art. Two CD set of 30 tunes for anyone who wants beautiful music to drift to sleep and optimistic music to awaken. A calming yet intellectually stimulating experience for children, with world class musicians and Nashville Symphony's live string orchestra.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Nightlight Daylight is an exceptional package from first look and apparently you can tell a book, uh, CD by its cover. Its lovely, interactive fiber optic cover is off the charts - push the moon and the stars and fireflies light up. Impressive! It just gets better. After I finished pushing the moon for about half an hour I delved into the treasures within: an ambitious 30-song two-CD set. Hence the title. The artist, Muriel Anderson, is a force of nature and a brilliant guitarist. The first CD, Nightlight, is perfect for winding down and drifting into dreamland with soft and soothing guitars and vocals with support from some major talent. The Daylight CD, although equally talented, is more suited for an adult audience. The music is absolutely stunning and so well played. Primarily acoustic guitar supported occasionally with other unobtrusive instruments. Half the album (lullaby) is directed to children while the second disc is more suitable for adults which is not necessarily a bad thing. I recommend this to anyone - there is so much to like - great for lullabies and meditation. Very soothing. This double album flows along seamlessly from night to day. The classical-based guitar work is exemplary. However this is not totally a children's album. The quality is amazing across the board. It will retain a youth audience on the first CD but not on the second. I cannot express how much the performances and production quality resonates. I look forward to Muriel Anderson's next release! Reviewed by John Wood.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I liked this CD set because it has both day and night songs. It has really cool bonus features too like light up stars on the cover and removable guitar pics. The Nightlight CD is my favorite because it would be good to listen to at night if you can't fall asleep. I liked the Daylight CD too but would have liked faster melodies and more lyrics. I would recommend this for ages 2 to 7 because older kids may get bored. There are few lyrics. It is mostly instrumental. The packaging is really cool. When you push down on the cover, the stars light up.
Runtime: 109 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-8
Suggested Retail Price: $ 35
Media: AUDIO


APPETITE FOR CONSTRUCTION

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APPETITE FOR CONSTRUCTION
THE POP UPS
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - These songs provide an active participation point for whole-family engagement, celebrating imaginative play, building, dance, puppet making and more. "We wanted to make something that wasn't only about listening, but could actually be recreated and re-imagined at home," explains Stein. "The Pop Ups are all about making things," adds Rabinowitz. "We want our fans to be able to engage in that experience for themselves and really take part in the record, and to experience The Pop Ups world."
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Stop the presses! Late breaking news: The Pop Ups have done it again! Their latest album 'Appetite For Construction' is a fanciful, danceable explosion of ideas and get-down rhymes and rhythms. The group is in touch with its musical lineage and producer/arranger Jason Rabinowitz does a masterful job of paying/playing homage to a myriad of pop culture voicing and styles. The group has a special spark and presents a moving target of attention grabbing hip nouveau vaudeville. Oh, and by the way, I liked the album. This is a finely constructed and produced album from the first downbeat. Nothing unappealing unlike a banana. Each song segues into the next seamlessly with a myriad of pop culture styles. Their liner notes hit it on the head, "This album is dedicated to the simple joy of making things with family & friends!" The group knows how to integrate terrific music with creative voice work that they perform live with the puppet portion of their shows. They always present a moving target of attention-grabbing modern vaudeville. Top rate sound quality has layers of harmonies, excellent musicianship and masterful recording technique. Reviewed by John Wood.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The kids absolutely loved this CD, especially the upbeat music that made them dance. They liked the vocalist, the instruments and the fun music. The kids that reviewed the CD were ages 2-7. The slower songs were not enjoyed as much as the faster paced ones but overall they really enjoyed this. One 2-year-old came running in from another room dancing along to it. Their favorite song is "Getting the Job Done" and they repeatedly said, "give it a 5" (rating).
Runtime: 40 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $ 12
Media: AUDIO


SEA BLUE SEA

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SEA BLUE SEA
THE WHIZPOPS
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 5-8
Topic - Family
Description - This new album of original songs delivers educational content via a zany range of characters and grooving, upbeat music in a range of styles. In all, the 10 tunes present key facts about the ocean and its inhabitants in a lighthearted and engaging way, often from the perspective of the subject animal.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Unlike the glorious manatee, Sea Blue Sea clips along at a rockin' pace and doesn't let up until we have been musically introduced to a variety of engaging underwater characters like the dolphin, manta ray, sea turtle and octopus among others that abide beneath the waves. The songs are exquisitely arranged and performed with a musical nod to the 80's forward - especially enjoyed the B-3 organ and guitar work. Clear and present vocals enhance the outstanding educational values embedded but not buried or lost in the upbeat arrangements. The Whizpops are a group to be reckoned with - Jump on in the waters fine. Love the music, my kind of stuff. A variety of musical influences from the 80s on up! Sounds like a live band. No pun intended but, there is a nice ebb and flow to the album as the artists share the wonders of the sea. Excellent use of musical styles from rock to reggae. The quality reflects the research that the artist have included on the manatee, dolphin, manta ray, sea turtle and more. Enthralling for their audience. Most children are intrigued by the ocean and its inhabitants. What's not to like? The artists know their audience well and are very respectful, no condescending allowed. This album is a guide to the wonders of the sea disguised as a flat-out fun and gun rock album. Reviewed by John Wood.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Whizpops Sea Blue Sea music CD is awesome. It is very funny and rhythmic. The Whizpops do a great job writing enjoyable, upbeat music for each song. I like the CD so much I tap my fingers along to the beat of almost every song.

Throughout all the songs I learned about sea creatures that live inside and outside of the coral reefs. It is a good combination of music and education to explain what happens under the sea. For example, you learn about zooplankton, sea turtles and blue whales. You will have to listen for yourself to find out about all the other cool sea creatures and things they sing about.

This CD is so entertaining. I enjoyed all the musicians, different instruments, and music they played throughout the whole disc. I couldn't wait until the next song to see what they would play next! I especially like Matt Cornette who plays the banjo because he plays in all of my favorite songs and the banjo sounds really cool. My three favorite songs are Anglerfish, Coral Reef, and Manta Ray because they tell cool stories about each of the animals and have rock and roll type of music.

This CD by the Whizpops, shows that you can have fun learning about the sea and all of its creatures while listening to entertaining music.

I give this CD 5 out of 5 stars because it is funny, educational and the music makes you want to dance. I recommend it for kids ages 2 to 8, especially for those who like the ocean, sea animals and upbeat music. This is a CD the whole family can enjoy as I saw my dad dancing in the next room. .
Runtime: 30 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-8
Suggested Retail Price: $ 12
Media: AUDIO


LOVE BUG BY RAFFI

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LOVE BUG BY RAFFI       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
ROUNDER RECORDS/CONCORD MUSIC GROUP
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - This 16 song collection embodies all of the qualities that have already established Raffi as a beloved and trusted icon for young listeners. These are songs about love ("Love Bug," "Seeing the Heart"), nature ("In the Real World," "Blue White Planet"), play ("Free to Play," "To the Park"), chores ("Mama Loves It"), teamwork ("On Hockey Days"), imagination ("Magic Wand") and the need to slow down and catch one's breath amidst the accelerated pace of modern life ("Cool Down Reggae").
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Let's start with the obvious, 'Love Bug' is a terrific album filled with lovely and entrancing songs. I could say, ridiculously, where have you been for twelve years? And the answer might be, doing lots of fun and satisfying stuff. It's like we never missed you, Raffi. The soothing voice and positive artistic sensibilities are sharper than ever. The love for the individual child and family, care for our world and the simple joys of playing ice hockey, and enjoying the park are just a sampling of this splendidly produced and performed 16-song set. And a nod to the updated lyrics to 'This Land is Your Land.' Beautiful guitar work. engaging production and that voice that makes a stadium performance sound like a personal concert in your living room. Pick this up, you won't put it down.

I really like the choice of mainly acoustic instruments (guitars, banjo, fiddle, drums, bass piano and dulcimer). This music breathes. Raffi is one of the foundations of children's music - a national treasure that generations have grown up with.

There are terrific songs, exceptionally performed and spot-on for the target audience. The structure and continuity are near-perfect.

The title says it all: Love Bug! Raffi is all about love, respect, our planet and the power children have to change their surroundings for the better. Like Fred Rogers, he is true to himself, respectful of his audience and always in a gentle, loving way. He is a seeker of good intentions for the World we live in.

Raffi's voice is an instrument that soothes and draws the audience to scoot just a little bit closer. The kid choruses are lovely. The production fabulous. The musicians add so much energy and propulsion. I hope that children will see a bigger picture of their involvement and heir apparent to a smaller, brighter and more loving world.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The kids really enjoyed this CD. This is the first time I've heard a Raffi CD and, although the lyrics are very intelligent and often mature, the kids still were completely drawn in to the songs. They sang along almost immediately and they wanted to hear more. After the original review, I started playing it in the car when they were out of control and they would immediately calm down and start singing along. They especially love the first two songs. Based on the kids' reactions, I recommend this CD to anyone. They particularly loved the Dogwood Song and Love Bug was their second favorite.
Runtime: 40 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-7
Suggested Retail Price: $ 15
Media: AUDIO


WIZARD OF OZCAR, THE

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WIZARD OF OZCAR, THE
VARTANOUSH TOROSSIAN
Series: ANIMATED COLLEGE STUDENT SHORT, AGES 8-12
Topic - Family
Description - This is a magical story which takes place in a gypsy camp where nobody knows how to read. But one day, a little gypsy boy, Knicknack finds a book, The Wizard of Oz, and that book changes his life forever.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - coming soon
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is an interesting take on the original movie "The Wizard of Oz."

It is about a young boy named Knicknack, played by Barry James Montoya II, who finds a book, "The Wizard of Oz," but, he doesn't know how to read. He lives in a gypsy camp with his uncle Ozcar, played by Eliezer Ortiz, who tells people's fortunes for a living.

The opening of the film starts with the flipping of pages in an old parchment like book. The illustrations are interesting and draw the viewer into the characters and story line. There are two narrators reading the pages of the book aloud to us and the narrators also talk to each other on the side, which is amusing. At various times, the pages stop and the illustrations fade into color film. This is a great technique and interlaces the story with live action, which made me want to see more.

My favorite scene is shot outdoors in the gypsy camp. The camera travels through the camp and shows us all the interesting and colorful gypsies from Knicknack's point-of-view. We see dancers, jugglers and musicians as Knicknack walks through the camp lined with gypsy tents.

I also love the original music in this film, especially the theme song, "No Other Place" performed by Epilome the One. I think the music goes well with the setting of the story and it changes with different scenes.

In the film, Knicknack learns to accept and appreciate his lot in life. He has to come to terms with the realization that his mother has left him and he needs to help his uncle by earning some money to help support them. However, Knicknack finds this difficult, because he does not want to tell lies like his uncle does.

I recommend this short film for ages 9 to 18. Knicknack learns that he doesn't want to lie but, more importantly, he learns to appreciate his family even when they are not the best role models. It's a tricky lesson and younger kids probably would not grasp it.

I give this film 4 out of 5 stars for great costumes, good music and an interesting twist on an old tale. You can find it at the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. Reviewed by Katie G., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12.
Runtime: 21 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD


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BOXCAR CHILDREN, THE
HAMMERHEAD PRODUCTIONS
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-8
Topic - Family
Description - Based on the best selling book, a touching tale of family togetherness that explores themes of personal integrity, generosity and kindness. Four orphaned siblings mysteriously appear in a small town on a warm summer night. No one knows who these young wanderers are or where they have come from. They make a home for themselves in an abandoned boxcar they discover in the woods. Ambitious and resourceful, the plucky children make a happy life for themselves. Time passes and they discover the struggles and rewards of independence as well as the joys of family until one day, Violet gets too sick for the others to care for her. They must take Violet to a doctor and risk discovery and the loss of their secret forest home.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This film based on the best-selling book by the same name is unique and entertaining. The story is uplifting and the characters are lovable. The music is wonderful and really brings the story to life. Although, not always full of action, the characters use creative thinking to turn ordinary situations into something exciting and fun to watch. The animations are really cool and there are a lot of scenery changes and interesting scenarios that unfold.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The Boxcar Children is a thrilling and exciting film that makes you want to go on a adventure, it tells you a good lesson about don't be scared of something you have ever seen, and the whole family would like it. The production did a good job with smooth scripts and a good story. It is no too special, but not a everyday normal Hollywood film.

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


MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC: THE KEYS OF FRIENDSHIP

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MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC: THE KEYS OF FRIENDSHIP       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
SHOUT! FACTORY
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Since her arrival in Ponyville, Twilight Sparkle has learned the true meaning and value of friendship. With her very best friends -- Rainbow Dash, Rarity, Pinkie Pie, Applejack, Fluttershy and, of course, Spike -- Twilight goes on the greatest of adventures and comes back with even more lessons. All of this has earned Twilight her wings and the crown of a Princess and now you can learn what Princess Twilight Sparkle has learned and take with you The Keys Of Friendship. from Shout! Factory Kids in collaboration with Hasbro Studios. The 5 episodes include "Rarity Takes Manhattan," "Pinkie Apple Pie," "It Ain't Easy Being Breezies," "Twilight's Kingdom, Part 1," and "Twilight's Kingdom, Part 2." A fun sing-along is included as a bonus feature. http://www.amazon.com/My-Little-Pony-Friendship-Magic/dp/B00JJOY4FU
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - My Little Pony is a perennial favorite with kids of a certain age and adults as well, as I discovered last year at the premiere of My Little Pony: Equestria Girls. A huge following of 20 and 30-year-olds arrived in costume to celebrate the feature film debut of this iconic series. About this DVD Gerry O, age 12, a self-proclaimed fan comments, "This collection has more than just favorite characters - there are a lot of family matters, some good lessons, a lot of comedy and some pretty thrilling moments as well as great and catchy music." Kendyl P, age 12, adds, "(This DVD) is an adorable collection of episodes complied on one DVD! While watching the different episodes it reminds me of the fun times my sister and I shared when we were younger watching My Little Pony on television." Their full reviews are in the youth comment section.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is a fantastic collection of My Little Pony episodes. My Little Pony Friendship is Magic: Keys of Friendship is a collection of the best episodes from My little Pony including a sing-along. If you are as big of a fan as I am, you will be very entertained by this collection.

This collection has more than just favorite characters - there are a lot of family matters, some good lessons, a lot of comedy and some pretty thrilling moments as well as great and catchy music.

The episodes show, as usual, the pony friends learning about friendship. However, Twilight, who recently became an alicorn (unicorn and Pegasus) doesn't feel like she is doing enough of her job as a princess. However, she will become more important than ever when an ancient beast comes back from his prison to rain chaos in Equestria! (The country where ponies live.)

I thought this was a very smart choice of episodes since the DVD contains about half of the full season. These episodes really are exciting and, even though some people may not know it, pretty funny and really show some good lessons. For example, in one episode about family, ponies argue a lot but at the end they are still just a family.

My favorite episode is when one of them learns that she is a cousin of another friend. When they realize there may be an error, they go on a road trip to find out the truth. On the way there, the family argues and feels bad that they may look like a dysfunctional family. At the end, they see that even though they argue, they are still a great family. I like it because so many families in real life feel like that and we all need to understand that it happens with everyone. Nobody is perfect.

There is nothing parents should worry about and even infants will like the bright colors of the show and its wonderful sounds. I give this DVD an age rating of one to 18. I also give it 5 out of 5 stars.

Reviewed by KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Gerry Orz, age 12.

My Little Pony Friendship is Magic: The Keys to Friendship is an adorable collection of episodes complied on one DVD! While watching the different episodes it reminds me of the fun times my sister and I shared when we were younger watching My Little Pony on television.

This DVD includes four different episodes and each one offers a different friendship lesson. The DVD is filled with beautiful music, great family lessons, a bonus sing along and wonderful comedy!

My favorite character is Rarity; she is a beautiful pony! Rarity and I have some similarities - she likes fashion, enjoys working with her friends and working hard to get the job done - just like me!

My favorite episodes are Twilight Kingdom, Parts 1 and 2 when Twilight has to defeat the evil monster but has to find her own special power! I enjoyed watching the ponies work together to help Twilight discover her special gift.

The message of this series is everyone has a special talent or character trait that makes him or her unique and important. After each episode, one of the ponies does something brave and commendable by putting its friend first. The pony then receives a little object, as a reminder, and it is very useful at the end of the show.

I love the voices of actors, Tara Strong, Ashleigh Ball and Andrea Libmar in this DVD Their voices are perfect for their characters.

My Little Pony Friendship is Magic: The Keys to Friendship is the perfect show for little girls. I highly recommend this movie for girl's ages 2 to11. They would love this movie! I give it 5 out of 5 shining stars. You can purchase this DVD in stores near you July 29, 2014.
Runtime: 110 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.97
Media: DVD


MY LITTLE PONY - FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC: SPOOKTACULAR PONY TALES

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SHOUT! FACTORY
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Everypony loves Halloween... the candy, the pumpkins, the costumes, the friends! Join your favorite residents of Ponyville -- Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, Rarity, Applejack, Pinkie Pie and, of course, Spike -- as they take on some of the spookiest adventures Equestria's ever seen! Time to gather around and hold on tight, because these six exciting tales are a chillingly good romp. Episodes Include: Boast Busters, Stare Master Luna Eclipsed, Sleepless In Ponyville, Castle Mane-ia, Bats!
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is a fantastic grouping of episodes from the "My little Pony Friendship is Magic series!" I saw the episodes that are listed and I have to say that it is a wonderful selection for the chosen theme.

These episodes are mainly around being spooky and a little bit scary even though each one has a different story. From a Halloween special to an episode about a haunted castle, the episodes make you laugh, be entertained and learn good lessons from our pony friends.

These episodes are fantastic, each shows a different side of a specific character. There is even an episode where they bring back the very first villain in My Little Pony! All episodes have unique jokes, songs, heartfelt meaning behind each and every one and, of course, demonstrate unbreakable friendship.

My favorite episode would be when six ponies go camping and three of them are kids. One of the filly looks up to a older Pegasus named Rainbowdash (my favorite character by the way) and when she has nightmares, she is too scared to tell Rainbowdash but has to forget her fears and do it. I like the episode because it shows a fantastic lesson and is pretty funny.

This famous series really has nothing parents should worry about and kids of any age will enjoy the bright colors. I recommend it for ages 2 to18 and give it 5 out of 5 stars because of the good stories, fantastic voices and unique jokes.

Reviewed by KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Gerry O, age 12.
Runtime: 132 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.97
Media: DVD


KRISTA-LINK-A-LA AND THE SIZE 13 SHOES

KRISTA-LINK-A-LA AND THE SIZE 13 SHOES
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Series: BOOK, AGES 2-8
Topic - Family
Description - Krista-link-a-la is a precocious 8 year old immigrant girl from Eastern Europe. Her family settles in a remote town in Northern Ontario to make a better life for themselves. Surrounding herself with friends and family, she finds a clever way to build a bridge between her old life, and the new. She writes a hysterical homage to the classic Cinderella story- casting herself as Cinderella replacing the glass slipper with her oldest brother's Sze. 13 Red Running Shoes.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This children's book is the true story about the author and one of her favorite memories when she was a little girl.

This enchanting tale is very cute. I found it to be inspirational. It is great to read a story about an adult who started out with a dream when she was little girl. Lucky for her she continues that passion and now has a job she loves.

I really enjoy how real pictures and illustrations are combined together. It gives you the overall feeling of the setting. The illustrations are well done and match what I would picture in my head. They made me laugh as they told a story in themselves.

This book portrays the true nature of little girls, and what great imaginations we have. My favorite part of the story is when Karlko tries to put a shoe on Krista-Link-a-La. I love trying on my Mother's shoes and walking around the house in them. The giant red tennis shoes are very funny and I wish I had a pair of them.

When Krista-Link-a-La makes a stage and costumes out of her Mothers dirty clothes, I found it hilarious. I will have to try this sometime.

Although she has a big problem for a child - big feet - she finds a way to find humor in it.

The moral of this story is, "If you have a passion, you should follow it and see where it leads you. Be adventurous." Krista-Link-a-La has an idea and comes up with a plan and follows it through. Even as an adult, she still remembers this special time of her childhood.

This book is suitable for ages 2 to 9 as it will make them laugh. There are complicated words so I would recommend the self- reader for ages 9 and under. I give Krista-Link-a-La four out of five golden book marks. Remember to keep reading, it always a fun adventure with KIDS FIRST! Reviewed By Morgan Bertsch, age 9, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-9
Suggested Retail Price: $ 3.59
Media: Book


HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2

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TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX FILM CORPORATION
Series: FEATURE, AGES 8-12
Topic - Family
Description - It's been five years since Hiccup and Toothless successfully united dragons and vikings on the island of Berk. While Astrid, Snotlout and the rest of the gang are challenging each other to dragon races (the island's new favorite contact sport), the now inseparable pair journey through the skies, charting unmapped territories and exploring new worlds. When one of their adventures leads to the discovery of a secret ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace. Now, Hiccup and Toothless must unite to stand up for what they believe while recognizing that only together do they have the power to change the future of both men and dragons. Starring the voices of Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett and Gerard Butler. Directed by Dean DeBlois.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - How to Train Your Dragon 2 is an awesome animation! It is adventurous, funny, and suspenseful. The producer (Bonnie Arnold) does a great job keeping everyone on the edge of their seats throughout the whole film.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 is an incredible sequel to the first movie. It is a 3D animation about a boy named Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and his dragon, Toothless (Randy Thom), who are trying to stop a bad Viking named Drago (Djimon Hounsou) from capturing all the dragons and making an army out of them. Hiccup and his friends must work together in a battle to protect the peace.

This movie has you feeling many different emotions throughout the film. It is suspenseful, funny and even a little bit sad. The amount of thrilling scenes in this film is incredible. I kept wondering if Hiccup and his friends were going to get caught when they went on all their adventures. How to Train Your Dragon 2 is also very funny. All the characters and the dragons have a good sense of humor. The characters scripts are hilarious and the dragons have very comical body language. The animation in this film is also amazing. The 3D animators do a great job with the special effects. The dragons look like they are popping out right in front of you! My favorite part of the movie is when the two alpha dragons fight with each other. I like it because the special effects make it look like it is happening right in front of me. Like I could reach out and touch them!

How To Train Your Dragon 2 has a great message. It shares with us that you have to believe in yourself if you want to accomplish big goals or dreams. This message is used a couple times with a couple different characters throughout the film.

I give this movie 5 out of 5 stars because it is suspenseful and funny. Kids and adults will love it, especially those who love fantasies with dragons and Vikings. I recommend How To Train Your Dragon 2 for children ages 8 and up. This is a movie the whole family can enjoy.

Reviewed by Jeremy Badour, age 7, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

The movie How to Train Your Dragon 2 is absolutely spectacular and even more improved than the first one. It is a battle between peace and dragon domination or in today's world, as I see it, the battle between good and evil. This movie is definitely a mind blowing journey and I love it.

The plot begins when Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and Toothless (Randy Thom) go exploring. They find an old city that looks like an ice explosion and run into unfriendly dragon trappers who try to attack them and steal Toothless. They claim that a man named Drago Bludvist (Djimon Hounsou) is going to overcome all the dragons and achieve world domination. Bludvist is a very evil man. However, Hiccup has some peace making he wants to do with Drago instead. The good in Hiccup makes him want to restore peace in the land. Hiccup's determination for peace costs him both happiness and disappointment. However, in the end Hiccup finds out what his true destiny is.

My favorite part is when Hiccup runs into his long lost mother, Valka (Cate Blanchett). Everything immediately falls right into place. It turns out that Hiccup receives his peace making personality and love for dragons from his mother. They have a lot of things in common with each other.

All the dragons, I mean characters do a fabulous job and play each part well. My favorite human character is Hiccup because he is determined to make peace and show that dragons can be as loyal as humans. My favorite dragon character is Toothless. He proves his loyalty and stands up for Hiccup no matter what it may cost. The moral of this story is not to judge someone negatively before you get to really know him.

This movie is a good fit for ages 8 through 18. Both boys and girls will enjoy this action packed movie because it includes emotion as well as adventure with many unexpected turn of events. Therefore, I rate this movie a five out of five "dazzling" stars! How to Train your Dragon 2 is playing in theaters now. Reviewed by Haley Powell, age 11, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


EARTH TO ECHO

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WALT DISNEY STUDIOS
Series: FEATURE, AGES 8-12
Topic - Family
Description - After receiving a bizarre series of encrypted messages, a group of kids embark on an adventure with an alien who needs their help. Starring Teo Halm, Astro and Reese Hartwig. Rated PG for some action, peril and mild language.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - For those of use who hold a special place in our hearts for the sci-fi films of our youth such as E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, this film may seem like a blast from the past, only with new and fun twists. The story follows a group of kids who embark on an adventure with an alien who needs their help. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Gerry O. comments, "This movie brings the old sci-fi feel of the 80s back to life. It has the same style, which is my favorite." Kendyl P. adds, "Earth to Echo is a mind blowing movie. If you are a fan of movies like E.T. or discovering aliens from space, this movie is perfect for you." Kayla P has one last thought, "The actors are spectacular. They make the film come alive and make you feel like you are on the journey with them. Earth to Echo is the perfect summertime movie for the entire family." See their full reviews in kid comments and video reviews and interviews with cast and creators are in the video links below.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is an adventure Hollywood has been waiting for. This is not just another story about helping an alien to get to its home planet, Earth to Echo is an emotional and fun adventure that many kids will love and cherish for generations.

The story has a little sprinkle of romance, displays a true friendship, thrills when they discover Echo, and, of course, will pump you up with adrenaline. If you are the type of person that likes action - this film has plenty of it since there are also BAD guys chasing after them.

The adventure starts when four young kids have to move out of their homes because a highway project is going to demolish them. On their last day together, they follow maps that randomly appeared on their phones. What they find is greater than any of them anticipated. Now, if you want all the juicy details - you have to watch the film.

This movie brings the old sci-fi feel of the 80s back to life. It has the same style, which is my favorite. It relates a lot to the legendary film, E.T and I see Echo as a sort of E.T. Jr. character. However, the story starts rather abruptly. It feels like there is no well-defined beginning. Otherwise this is great adventure that kids will love and perhaps even look for their own Echo's in the neighborhoods.

The directing, I think, is very unique since it seems as if the movie is shot from the kid's prospective. There is a lot of complexity around this type of technique but I believe the end result is well worth the time and the effort that was put into the movie.

My favorite scene is when they are escaping BAD guys. The thing they find, which they name Echo is in danger because of those bad guys. They are about to crash into a truck, but Echo takes the truck apart in midair and puts it back together behind them! The special effects are amazing and it also shows that Echo is very protective of her friends.

I recommend this movie for ages 6 to 18. Younger kids may not understand the full complexity of the film. I also give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Gerry Orz, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13

Earth to Echo is a mind blowing movie. If you are a fan of movies like E.T. or discovering aliens from space, this movie is perfect for you. Earth to Echo is about a group of friends, Tuck (Astro), Alex (Teo Halm), Munch (Resse Heartwig) and Emma (Ella Wahlesedt) who are forced to move because of the construction of a big freeway near their houses. Before they move, their cell phones start acting up. It turns out to be a map and they follow it. It leads them to an alien that is trying to get back home but can't go. It's up to Tuck, Munch, Alex and Emma to save the day.

My favorite character is Alex because he is very helpful and cool. He sticks by the alien's side and he really cares about him. He is like the alien's best friend. My favorite part is when small parts of the space ship fly in from all over the neighborhood to form a really large spaceship and the main part of the ship is in Alex's backyard. I really enjoyed watching that.

The actors, Astro, Teo Halm, Resse Heartwig and Ella Wahlesedt do a great job expressing different emotions in the film. The message of this film is "true friendships can last a lifetime." The friendship the boys have continues long after they go their separate ways.

This is a great film. I recommend this film for kids age 9 to 16 and I give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Kendyl Powell, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

Earth to Echo is a fantastic family movie to watch this summer. This film is about three boys, Tuck, Alex and Munch who have a very close friendship. Unfortunately, their homes are being demolished because there are plans to build a major highway right through the middle of their community. As the boys prepare to pack up and leave their community, their cell phones began receiving strange pictures, which they learn is a map. The boys decide to follow the map and discover a robot named Echo. After communicating with Echo, the boys learn he is trying to build a key to unlock his space ship to go home. While the boys are helping Echo, they learn the real reason why their homes are being demolished. They may be able to save the community from being destroyed.

Tuck and his friends are told to stop trying to help Echo. They learn that by helping Echo they are also helping the families in their community. The message of the film is "do the right thing." You might face some opposition by some people, but you still have to do the right thing that will benefit all people.

My favorite scene is when Tuck, Alex and Munch discover Echo. At first they think he is a beeping machine. Every time Echo beeps Munch starts running for his life and acts crazy. He is my favorite character because he brings a lot of the humor to this film.

The actors are spectacular. They make the film come alive and make you feel like you are on the journey with them. Earth to Echo is the perfect summertime movie for the entire family. I recommend this film for kids ages 7 through 18. I give this movie 5 out of 5 stars. Earth to Echo will be in theatres July 2, 2014, don't miss it.

Reviewed by Kendyl Powell, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-15
Suggested Retail Price: $
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AS THE CROW FLIES

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AS THE CROW FLIES
ALLS HOUSE FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - Family recording artist Dan Crow offers a brand new collection of original songs that celebrate his fun with travels around the world.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Dan Crow's "As the Crow Flies" boasts the talents of a seasoned, much-traveled performer who knows his audience. The album is packed with outright fun and danceable hits that will have its audience on their feet and moving right along. Some of the highlights, supported by a band of all-stars, are the surf-inspired "Stevie's Got a Maui Owie," the multitude of fun available on the "Playground" and the timeless log of a little dog in "Greyfriar's Bobby" complete with authentic Scottish instrumentation. A fun, inspired album the whole family will enjoy. There are lots of opportunities for participation, out and out fun, and movement. The children's chorus is particularly appealing. The artist recalls growing up in his first house, the love of eating mac n'cheese, the fun of traveling, anti-bullying and something we can all remember - waiting for the Tooth Fairy. The recording quality is terrific and the guest musicians and youth singers are all top notch. We love this one! `
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This CD has a lot of fun and catchy songs. The lyrics don't always make sense and are sometimes just silly but they will make kids want to laugh out loud and dance around the room. The instrumental part is a very strong part of the CD. It is what will make you want to get up and dance around. Even when the words are a bit too silly the instrumental section holds your attention. Although, young kids may not learn a lot from listening to the CD, they will enjoy the music and sometimes that is just as important as learning something new. I did learn something from the song "Bully Girl and Bully Boy." The music styles are pretty similar throughout the CD. There is some rhyming and the songs touch on topics such as the tooth fairy and the playground, things kids can relate to. I recommend this for kids ages 4 to 8.
Runtime: 40 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-8
Suggested Retail Price: $ 12.99
Media: AUDIO


COOL KIND KID

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COOL KIND KID
Series: STUDENT MUSIC CD, ELEMENTARY
Topic - Education/Instructional
Description - Winner of more than 15 national awards, including Parents' Choice and Teachers' Choice. 17 original songs, each teaching a different social skill. The fun way for kids 2-9 to learn social skills to reject bullying. Kids are engaged as they learn "the kind kid is a COOL kid, not the bully."
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This CD is a 17 set of character-affirming songs that present children with options to make positive choices in their daily existence of life, school and home with special attention paid t peer pressure. The songs are well produced and performed with a mix of adult and child performers. An array of musical styles from rock to pop to folk infuse the messages of manners, respect and making a stand with an accessible immediacy. The collection is a valuable teaching tool for parents and educators to integrate into their bag of tricks. The structure is sound. Every song has a behavior that ideally should be modeled - manners, standing up for what is right, following rules, kindness and similar. The content is age appropriate and, of course, emphasizes that it is "cool to be kind."
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is a very cool music CD which includes 17 songs that demonstrate how to be polite and well mannered, with a catchy beat! I honestly thought it may be a little cheesy but the CD pleasantly surprised me. The first song of the album, "Cool Kind Kid," is simply perfect for teaching younger kids about proper behavior.

All songs in the album not only send positive message but lead kids with an example. Music ranges from rock and roll to slow and soothing, to upbeat and modern. Each song is completely different from the last and concentrates on one specific item. For example, one of my favorites, "When the Telephone Rings" talks about how to pick up and answer telephone correctly.

There are 17 songs in total. Each of the songs is about two to three minutes long. All somewhat tell a story and even though you may not realize, all teach you a lesson as well.

Most of the songs are catchy. However, there are a couple that feel a bit forced and probably would have benefited from a better singer. But those are an exception and I do like the fact that the majority of the songs are sung by kids. Since I'm 12, the songs were a bit childish for me but I could see a class of preschoolers enjoying it and singing along. I also found it very smart to make this for such little kids, so when they grow up, they have good manners and a clear understanding between right and wrong.

My favorite song is "When the Telephone Rings." The song is about being polite during a call, and I like it the most because the voice is very impressive and the lyrics are catchy. It all wraps up nicely as the song explores three different situations with a good sense of humor.

These songs are for little kids, so I think the best age rating is 2 to 6. I don't believe older kids would enjoy it or benefit from the message as much. Younger kids would not understand the purpose of it. I also give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed By Gerry Orz, age 12, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 40 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 3-8
Suggested Retail Price: $ 10.95
Media: AUDIO


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FRENCH FOR KIDS: ON VA JOUER (LET'S PLAY)       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
WHISTLEFRITZ LLC
Series: FEATURE, AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - Join host Marie, Fritzi the mouse and playful peers who make learning French as easy as un, deux, trois. Delightful sing-along and dance-along songs, irresistible world music rhythms and an engaging combination of live-action, animation and colorful illustrated backgrounds immerse children in French and language learning fun. Designed to teach English speakers the French language. http://www.whistlefritz.com/french-onvajouer.html
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I enjoyed this DVD for the enthusiastic way Marie, the children, and the puppets presented each little French lesson. Not being a French speaker, I found it difficult to say some of the words, but I could get the gist of what she was saying through her actions, followed by those of the children. I believe that young children would need lots of adult support to help them pronounce and practice the basic vocabulary. The enclosed French-English pamphlet was very helpful particularly for making sense of some of her phrases. We know that nouns are the easiest words to learn in a new language, but putting them into simple sentences requires more instruction. This is a sweet, colorful production and the child actors in it will make all viewers smile as well as attempt to sing and dance along to the catchy music.
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Runtime: 40 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 1-7
Suggested Retail Price: $ 19.98
Media: DVD

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SMART SONGS FOR ACTIVE CHILDREN

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LIGHTHOUSE RECORDS
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - The 7th CD by early childhood music specialist and award-winning composer Vincent Nunes. The sixteen tracks are original songs, each curriculum rich and loaded with catchy melodies which make you want to sing along
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - What is the adage you can't tell a book by its cover? Well in the case of 'Smart Songs for Active Children' the cover artwork for all the songs is there but, with that in mind, when you open a book and play an album - in whatever format you choose - the artist, the story, and investiture takes over. This album comes from a pure place of what communicates to children, what uplifts and involves them and ultimately what brings joy and the 'play it again phenom' we have experienced as parents. This album works on a multitude of levels. The music strides a variety of styles with lots of room for participation. Vincent is a consummate writer and performer who knows his audience. Great continuity and variety of styles. The lyrics are filled with love, fun and positive values throughout. The title gives it away. These are indeed smart songs and kids will be dancing and singing along from the first downbeat. The vocals are well placed out front of the tracks. The production values are very good with a nice mix of instruments. Check it out.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The kids really like some of the songs and lost interest on some. They really liked the Spanish song, the store song and the washing hands song. They also seems to like Manuel the great and danced around to all the music. Overall, they had a fun time listening to it and remembered a lot of it afterwards.
Runtime: 48 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $ 15
Media: AUDIO


POPPY CAT: BIRTHDAY TREASURE AND OTHER ADVENTURES

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ENTERTAINMENT ONE
Series: SERIES, AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - Join Poppy Cat and her friends in these 7 fun-filled episodes as they embark on extraordinary adventures through fantastical lands. Seen through the eyes of Poppy's imaginative young owner, a little girl named Lara, each episode tells the tale of a very special cat and her colorful band of friends. In Birthday Treasure, it's Poppy's birthday and one of her presents is a treasure map. All aboard the hot air balloon for an exciting ride to Mystery Jungle, plus lots more adventures to enjoy! Episodes include: Birthday Treasure, Bad Robot, Magic Show, Sunken Ship, Bumble Fumble, Cheese Mountain, Marshmallow Mines
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a fun and entertaining collection of short episodes that are narrated by Poppy the Cat's owner, Lara who is a little girl. Lara tells imaginative stories about Poppy the Cat and her animal friends that teach about kindness, friendship and using your imagination. Poppy is a positive role model who although is just a cat, has a positive outlook on life. Great for young children who will love the bright colored characters and their adventures.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Poppy Cat: Birthday Treasure and Other Adventures is an exciting, funny, and adventurous series of animated films for preschoolers. They are based on the best-selling books by Lara Jones. They have a lot of bright colors and friendly characters throughout the film which will keep kids entertained for a long time.

This DVD is a collection of seven animated films. In the main episode, Poppy Cat is celebrating her birthday. She receives a lot of presents from her friends including a treasure map. Poppy and her friends journey to the Mystery Jungle to find the treasure.

Each episode on this DVD takes you on a different adventure and they all are really cute. The characters are friendly and treat each other nicely, which is good for preschoolers to see. Each episode only lasts for eleven minutes so it is a good length for young children whose attention span is pretty short. The episodes are full of bright colors that are very appealing and I think young children will really like. The music is very pleasant too. My favorite episode is "Marshmallow Mines" because one of my favorite characters, Rocket Cat, is in it. Rocket Cat is brave and thankful throughout the episode, which I really appreciate and I know parents will too. Another great thing about this DVD is that it made my imagination fly. I immediately wanted to create boots that had magnets in them so that I could walk on walls, just like Rocket Cat.

What I like best about Poppy Cat: Birthday Treasure and Other Adventures is that each episode teaches an important lesson about friendship and teamwork. At the end of each segment, Poppy Cat's owner explains the message and gives examples.

I give this DVD 5 out of 5 stars because it is educational, adventurous and funny. I recommend it for kids ages 2 to5, especially for kids who like animals, music and bright colors. I think young kids will really enjoy the friendly and silly characters.

Reviewed by Jeremy Badour, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 7.

Are you ready for fun and adventure?

These stories begin with Poppy's owner, Lara, telling her cat a story. In Poppy Cat Birthday Treasures and other Adventures we see seven episodes with Poppy's friends - Owl, Zuzu, Mo, Egbert and Alma. My favorite character is Alma because she is an adorable white bunny with a cute Southern accent.

I loved "The Birthday Treasure" because it has lots of adventures. This episode is about Poppy receiving a treasure map for her birthday and following the treasure map as it leads them to a mysterious jungle. A Bad Robot attacks Poppy and her gang's favorite superhero, Rocket Cat so they take a spaceship to see if they can help him. When Owl performs his magic show, Owl makes Zuzu's skateboard accidentally disappear. Then, Owl's magic wand breaks and the gang must find a way to fix it or lose the skateboard forever. This leads them to a dark and dangerous cave. "Sunken Ship" has the gang making a statue for their friend the Frog Prince. Egbert the Badger ruins the day by telling them they need gold for their statue and they set out to find some. They head to the ocean in hopes of finding a sunken ship full of treasure. "Bumble Fumble" is about a bird that loses her baby egg. Poppy Cat and friends are at a picnic and they spot the lost polka dotted egg. Owl notices that the egg is from a Bumble Fumble who is known for his poor eyesight and the gang tries to find the mother and the nest. "Cheese Mountain" begins when the gang slides down a slide and decides to go to Cheese Mountain. "Marshmallow Mines" is another story featuring Rocket Cat. The electricity goes out during a show and they decide to help Rocket Cat out of his marshmallow world.

All the episodes feature Egbert the Badger causing some sort of trouble. Plus, there are all kinds of ways that they travel - an airplane, rocket ship, car, submarine and a hot air balloon. My favorite was the rocket ship. I like the animation of the ship traveling in space.

I really enjoyed the DVD because it took back to my youth when I used to love watching Poppy Cat on Sprout. I recommend this for ages 2 to 9. I loved this DVD because it is fun and full of adventure.

Reviewed by Morgan Bertsch, age 9, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 80 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD

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MILLION DOLLAR ARM

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WALT DISNEY STUDIOS
Series: FEATURE, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - A sports agent stages an unconventional recruitment strategy to get talented Indian cricket players to play Major League Baseball. Starring Jon Hamm, Aasif Mandvi, Alan Arkin.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Wonderfully played! This film has a well thought-out story with genuine interaction between the actors and their characters. Based on a true story, a sports agent from America, JB Bernstein (Jon Hamm) seeks to find a fast armed cricket pitcher in India for a reality show called, "Million Dollar Arm." His goal, to teach them the game of baseball and get them signed to a major league baseball team. However, JB may have gambled more than he thought.

The natural relationship and connections with these actors are what sparks the charm in this film. Seeing JB handle the streets of India or entering an elevator with Rinku Singh (Suraj Sharma) and Dinesh Patelv (Madhur Mittal) is what builds this film's character. The actors look and act their roles. During the credits we see a short video and pictures of the real Rinku, Dinesh and JB. The actors' looks sell the illusion. Even the real JB Bernstein, who was present during shooting, says, "He had several out-of-body moments watching Hamm recreate his life. It was spooky, almost like reliving the moment," he admits. This made my reaction stronger.

The cinematography is beautiful! This film captures the crowded streets and beautiful culture of India against the 21st century concrete jungle of L.A. Once these two worlds are established, it makes the collision on these characters even bigger.

My favorite scene is when Pitobash gives Rinku and Dinesh a pep talk. Think of this as the last stand speech. Saying, "Go out there and make our country proud." The irony of this is how a little Indian man has a huge voice.

My favorite character is Amit (Pitobash), he helps JB in document Rinku and Dinesh's journey. He loves baseball and hopes to become a coach one day. I admire how enthusiastic he is. The first time we see him he's up and ready to work - a little ball of fire with a huge heart.

The moral of the story is, "Don't put business in front of what's right." JB worries too much about another client and loses track on his main project. He needs to make it fun for Rinku and Dinesh.

I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it to 9- through 18-year-olds. There is tiny bit of bad language and some gross scenes that younger kids may not want to see, but this is a film that's well worth a view.

Reviewed by Keefer. C. Blakeslee, Age 13, KIDS FIRST, Film Critic

Million Dollar Arm tells the true story of a sports agent and three young men from small villages in India as they make baseball history. Jon Hamm plays a sports agent named JB whose business is teetering on either making it big or failing completely. When his big plan of managing a major league NFL player falls through, all seems lost. That is until one night when he finds himself watching Indian cricket with his friend and gets a brilliant idea. Cricket is such a huge sport in India. He wondered what would happen if he found two cricket players, brought them to America and trained them for major league baseball. His idea seemed foolproof, he would make baseball history by recruiting the first Indian players plus, he would get an entirely new following of Indian fans. Once JB finds the boys he is looking for, it becomes less about business, and more about friendship.

I found this film very pleasing. I didn't know much about it and wasn't quite sure what to expect but, once I got into it, I was very touched. The cinematography is very well executed and, during the portion of the film that is shot in India, the landscape and culture are captured beautifully. Even the slums and run down villages are filmed in a way that makes you feel as if you are under the sweltering heat of the sun or in the chaotic mix of vendors and civilians on the crowded streets. The music in this film is fantastic. It features the essence of Indian music with a twist of modern American pop, making it perfect for this multicultural film.

My favorite character is Amit played by Pitobash. He is recruited early on in the film, almost by accident, to be an assistant and translator for JB. He is one of the funniest characters because he is so polite and hospitable to JB and his recruiting team but he often gets himself into funny situations while trying to accommodate everyone. In one scene, Alan Arkin's character Ray says something along the lines of "...this guy has juice" as a way to express the potential he saw in a player. However, Amit overhears this and immediately goes sprinting away to find his boss some juice to drink. It is quite hilarious. My favorite scene is when Amit, Rinku and Dinesh come to America for the first time. They have spent their entire lives in small villages in India so you can imagine their adjustment to the extravagant LA lifestyle JB is living. There is such a funny scene when they all get into an elevator for the first time and Dinesh (Madhur Mittal) is so impressed by its motion sensors that he repeatedly sticks his hand in between the doors right as they close just to see the "magic" of them automatically opening again.

I was very touched by this film. Not only does it show the historical achievement of the first Indian major league baseball players but, it also made me laugh out loud and tugged on my heart strings. JB starts out viewing the boys as his project, a way to make a lot of money and propel himself forward in the sports industry, but soon he realizes that they are so much more than just a paycheck. As he lets his defensiveness down, he sees how kind, funny and talented they each are and an unforgettable bond is formed between them. Because of this, I give the film 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18. Million Dollar Arm hits a homerun into theaters on May 16th so be sure to check it out at a theater near you!

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
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MOM'S NIGHT OUT

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SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT
Series: FEATURE, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - All Allyson and her friends want is a peaceful, grown-up evening of dinner and fun - a long-needed moms' night out. But in order to enjoy high heels, adult conversation, and food not served in a bag, they need their husbands to watch the kids for a few hours ... what could go wrong? Starring Sarah Drew, Sean Astin, Patricia Heaton.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Mom's Night Out is a heartwarming and hilarious film that is great for the whole family.

Allyson (Sarah Drew) wants to have a night on the town with her friends. She wants to enjoy grown up stuff and have adult conversations. However, in order for this to happen, their husbands must watch the kids for a few hours and take care of everything at home. This should be easy enough, right? Wrong! All kinds of things happen which shows that a Mom's job is extremely important. Mom's Night Out is a little snapshot of the parenting journey.

I love this movie! It has real life situations that I'm sure a lot of Moms can relate to. They probably relate to the pain of struggling to be the perfect parent. The cast is so talented and their acting is so natural and real. The chemistry between them is great with the way they feed off of each other. They take this story and make it so believably funny and have you laughing out loud. I like the action sequences as it keeps your interest and it adds to the humor. My favorite character is the Cabbie (David Hunt) because the things he says makes no sense at all but cracked me up. Also, he is able to actually pull off an English accent although he is not from England. My favorite scene is when the ladies go to the Tattoo Parlor looking for the Baby and speak to the Desk Guy (Manwell Reyes). The ladies are hysterical and anxious but he is so cool and calm. He acts like he doesn't have a care in the world.

Andrew and Jon Erwin (October Baby) both direct this hilarious yet gratifying film. The comedy, action sequences and the genuine portrayal of the characters make it an enjoyable film. I like it when some of the words of wisdom come from the least likely person that you would imagine and it really touches your heart.

There are many messages about a mother's job in this film but, I like the unconditional love message. A mom's job is very important and, although she can take the place of others, no one can ever take her place.

I recommend this film for ages 6 to 18 and all the mom's who need a night out. This comedy is rated PG with no inappropriate language and is suitable for the whole family to see. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

Give your Mom an extra treat and take her to see Mom's Night Out. It comes out in theaters on May 9th just in time for Mother's Day weekend.

Reviewed by Brianna Hope Beaton, Age 14, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

What a funny family film, I expected an over the top try-too-hard comedy, but I was way off! Moms Night Out is a great film that is not only funny but also has a heartfelt story many moms can relate too. It gets you excited as the storyline unrolls and offers a mix of romance and thrills.

The story starts when a way-over-worked mom feels like she has had enough and really needs a break. So, she and her friends plan a girls' night out. However, the night doesn't quite work the way they expected. They 'enjoy' this insane night and have some pretty funny adventures. It is a movie that all moms can relate too and a film that is a perfect way of showing how hard mothers work.

I love this film for many reasons! The actors, Sarah Drew (Allyson) portrays her emotions well. The camera shots are smooth and perfect for the film. They catch the main idea of the scene and represent it at perfect angles. However, the comedy is on a smaller scale than I expected. Some of the jokes feel a bit outdated and are pretty predictable such as those about auto correct, cartoonish moves and stuff like that. Sadly, some of the jokes and situations have already been done a number of times in the movie industry.

My favorite scene is when they first introduce Sondra who has a teenage daughter. She tries to text on her phone and is terrible at it. Her auto correct version is way off from what she is trying to say. The brilliant Patricia Heaton portrays one of the lead characters so, you can imagine how entertaining it is. She types some interesting things to her daughter. It's a good scene to introduce her and funny as well. It made me laugh, while telling me a lot about the characters.

This film does have some adult content so I recommend it for ages 12 to 18 and give it 4.5 out 5 stars because it could use a bit more humor. Reviewed by Gerry Orz, age 12, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
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SOPHIA GRACE & ROSIE A ROYAL ADVENTURE

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Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Sophia Grace and Rosie are sent to Switzelvania by The Ellen DeGeneres Show as special correspondents tasked with covering the coronation of a new queen.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Eleven-year-old Sophia Grace Brownlee and eight-year-old Rosie McClelland are irresistible as singers, dancers, Red Carpet correspondents, and charming guests on The Ellen DeGeneres Show -- and now as talented actresses in this lively and entertaining family film.

Playing themselves in the movie, the adorable British cousins are sent to Switzelvania as Ellen's correspondents to cover the coronation of a new queen. They find two princesses aggressively vying for the job, and are determined to do whatever it takes to help the kind and true -- but shy - third princess gain confidence and, ultimately, the throne.

Hijinks and adventures ensue, punctuated by well-choreographed song and dance production numbers, cameo appearances by a magic duck, and the encouraging message that being yourself - and believing in yourself - will win the day.

Silly enough for giggles from young audiences, yet with enough cleverness for the older set (including parents), the film successfully borrows from classics as far afield as Cinderella, Aladdin and King Lear! Energetic and fine performances from the supporting cast, high production values, and fast-paced editing add to the plotlines.

Sophia Grace and Rosie's Royal Adventure appeals largely to girls ages 5 through 12, and to their fans who have followed their ascent to stardom from their original viral videos, to Ellen's show, and now to their own feature film. I watched the movie with an audience of girls, boys, and adults, and while some jokes might have gone over the heads of the younger kids, there was plenty of action and fun to keep everyone captivated.

Reviewed by Ann B, KIDS FIRST! Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The movie Sophia Grace & Rosie's Royal Adventure reminds me of a Cinderella fairy tale. There are two bratty sisters and a very innocent one named Abigail. It is similar to the Cinderella story because Abigail has two girls looking out for her as if they are her fairy godmothers. This movie is definitely an exciting royal adventure.

The story begins when Sophia Grace and Rosie are sent on a special assignment to meet the princesses of Switzelvania to see which one will be crowned Queen. However, they loose their guardian and become mistaken as the King's great grand nieces. They end up having to teach the King's daughter, Princess Abigail, the ways of being a real princess. In the process, they get thrown into a dungeon because the bratty princesses (Abigail's sisters) don't want her to become Queen. However, at least they have their secret weapon. To find out what that is, you will have to watch the movie. In the end, everyone gets what they deserve!

My favorite part is when the security guard tells the guardian, Phyllis Bunt (Amy Louise Wilson) that she can get out of jail if she reveals her true identity. She gives a made up name of Dynasty Composition knowing no one believes her real identity anyway. However, the security guard lies and won't let her out. Phyllis then jumps the security guard, ties her up and duck tapes her mouth. I didn't see that coming! It was hysterical.

All the characters are great, especially Princess Cordilla (Emma Pierson) one of the princesses who makes fun of Abigail. She has a funny voice and isn't very smart and plays the part well. The main idea of this movie is that if you believe in yourself, you can make anything happen.

I recommend this movie for kids ages 5 through 12. Specifically, girls will enjoy this movie, as every girl wants to imagine herself as a princess at some point. Therefore, I rate this movie a four out of five "dazzling" stars! Sophia Grace & Rosie's Royal Adventure is available now on DVD.

Reviewed by Haley Powell, age 11, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
Runtime: 89 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 24.95
Media: DVD


ANTBOY

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

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

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

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

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


BEARS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-18
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ISLAND OF LEMURS: MADAGASCAR

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

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

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

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

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

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

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
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SLEEPING BEAUTY, THE: BY THE ROYAL BALLET CINEMA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
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SCOOBY-DOO: WRESTLEMANIA MYSTERY

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

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

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

The moral of the film is to not allow one's anger to turn into revenge. It's okay to be angry. It is not okay to act on the anger and make bad decisions. Parents should be aware that there are fighting scenes and a Ghost bear before allowing small children to view this movie. I recommend this movie for ages nine year to 18 years. I give this movie 3 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Shelby R., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

To all cartoon fans, WWE fans and even Scooby-Doo fans, this might just be the best news that you've heard yet this year! WWE Studios and Warner Bros Productions releases another surprising and startling movie - "Scooby-Doo WrestleMania Mystery." If you're wondering why we said surprising, well that's because it is! Who would have thought that Warner Bros productions would partner Scooby-Doo with WWE?

"Scooby-Doo WrestleMania Mystery" is actually a pretty cool film to watch. It made us smile at moments, laugh at moments and even scared at moments. We expected it to be a typical kiddy type of show but it actually isn't. The unexpected happens. The movie is very interesting and they unexpectedly keep the villain and ghost mystery involved but this time it was with WWE superstars such as Triple H, John Cena, Kane and The Miz - just to name a few. Watching WWE Superstars in a "Scooby-Doo" movie is fascinating in every way. What happens when WWE Superstars are put in the same city with villains and the Scooby Doo gang?

Here is what happens, when Scooby and the gang win tickets to the WrestleMania event, they all travel through a wacky mysterious machine that gets them to WWE city. A lot of mysterious things are going on that lead them all to figuring out the Mystery. The movie offers cool visual animated effects especially in the chase scenes. Now is your chance. You can figure the mystery out with Scooby, Shaggy, Velma, Daphne, Fred and all your favorite WWE Super stars. The Storey twins give this movie 4 out of 5 stars. It is interesting, funny and kept us tuned in and you don't need to be a Scooby-Doo fan to enjoy it. SCOOBY-DOO Where are you?

Reviewed by Justin S., age 15, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic To all cartoon fans, WWE fans and even Scooby-Doo fans, this might just be the best news that you've heard yet this year! WWE Studios and Warner Bros Productions releases another surprising and startling movie - "Scooby-Doo WrestleMania Mystery." If you're wondering why we said surprising, well that's because it is! Who would have thought that Warner Bros productions would partner Scooby-Doo with WWE? "Scooby-Doo WrestleMania Mystery" is actually a pretty cool film to watch. It made us smile at moments, laugh at moments and even scared at moments. We expected it to be a typical kiddy type of show but it actually isn't. The unexpected happens. The movie is very interesting and they unexpectedly keep the villain and ghost mystery involved but this time it was with WWE superstars such as Triple H, John Cena, Kane and The Miz - just to name a few. Watching WWE Superstars in a "Scooby-Doo" movie is fascinating in every way. What happens when WWE Superstars are put in the same city with villains and the Scooby Doo gang? Here is what happens, when Scooby and the gang win tickets to the WrestleMania event, they all travel through a wacky mysterious machine that gets them to WWE city. A lot of mysterious things are going on that lead them all to figuring out the Mystery. The movie offers cool visual animated effects especially in the chase scenes. Now is your chance. You can figure the mystery out with Scooby, Shaggy, Velma, Daphne, Fred and all your favorite WWE Super stars. The Storey twins give this movie 4 out of 5 stars. It is interesting, funny and kept us tuned in and you don't need to be a Scooby-Doo fan to enjoy it. SCOOBY-DOO Where are you?
Runtime: 90 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-15
Suggested Retail Price: $ 19.98
Media: DVD


MUPPETS MOST WANTED

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I give this movie 5 out of 5 twinkling stars.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


RIO 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


WIND RISES, THE (KAZE TACHINU)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Reviewed by KIDS FIRST! Critic Haley P.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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