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


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


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


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

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


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

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 15.95
Media: DVD


BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (2017)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


DANA'S BEST JUMP & JAM TUNES

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DANA'S BEST JUMP & JAM TUNES
XXX
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 2-5
Topic - Music
Description - Dana Cohenour, a pioneering independent singer, songwriter and educator whose music has earned 17 national awards and acclaim from critics and families alike, leaps back into the scene with a brand-new collection of action songs for kids. Dana's sixth highly interactive album includes 12 mostly original songs designed to get kids ages one to seven up and moving, grooving and laughing. Wordplay, catchy melodies and top-notch musicianship.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Dana is a seasoned, veteran performer and her work shows it. Her vocals are crystal clear and engaging, the production values are terrific featuring some smoking good musicians. The songs are high-energy and demand participation unless you are Velcroed or hot-melt glued to your seat. Great for classrooms, home schools and for kids you just need to tire out with good positive, down-home, funky fun music! Pick up this CD and you might not be able to put it down. Love the energy, the participation and production quality. Songs are terrific for activity and downright fun! The album flows nicely. The artist knows her audience well and her songs follow suit. Listeners will probably seek out more Dana music! It's just that good. Reviewed by John Wood, KIDS FIRST! Music juror.
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Runtime: 38 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 1-7
Suggested Retail Price: $ 13
Media: AUDIO


BEST OF RAFFI

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BEST OF RAFFI
ROUNDER RECORDS/CONCORD MUSIC GROUP
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 2-5
Topic - Music
Description - A career-spanning collection, celebrating 40 years of hits from the legendary children's troubadour Raffi. The album includes 16 classics including "Down By The Bay" (1976), "Bananaphone" (1994) and, perhaps his most iconic hit, "Baby Beluga" (1980). Beginning with 1976's Singable Songs For The Very Young, pioneering troubadour Raffi Cavoukian (better known simply as "Raffi") is one of the world's best-selling and most influential children's entertainers.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I need not remind you that Raffi came to prominence in the Plasticine Period when most children's music was seeking its way in the woolly wilderness - most things were molded in brightly colored clay and deemed most precious. And then, this clarion voice came shining through the stark wilderness, broke the mold and boldly mixed traditional songs in clever ways and wrote original insightful songs of social relevance with love and gentle understanding of his young adoring audience. Somewhere in a faraway distant galaxy little Xnobian children are pointing their antennas toward the Milky Way and receiving the first faint notes of "Baby Beluga". What a treat. Listen and smile and applaud 40 years of this true artist for the ages! This CD has terrific performances, songwriting and production qualities. Raffi's songs are extremely well crafted and provide a relevant message for kids today just as they did when he started out. They are aimed directly with love at their core audience of children from toddlers to 8-year-olds. They model behaviors of love, acceptance, protection and fun! This artist is totally in touch with his audience and the importance of the world in which they live. With its beautiful arrangements and vocal prowess, it provides an absolute learning adventure odyssey. Let's all get involved in saving the Earth for future kids and protecting the innocent. This is a must get for parents of young ones. Reviewed by John Wood, KIDS FIRST! Music Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I love to sing dance and just be a child at heart so I love this CD. It is simply wonderful because it has songs for kids of all ages. It has songs that had me wanting to get up, dance, sing and have fun and I found myself doing just that. I love that Raffi sings songs that are fun and memorable and just plain silly!

Included are 16 unique songs kids can dance, sing, learn and just have a good time along with Raffi. This would be great for parties or sleepovers and will pick you up if you are feeling blue. They are very kid-friendly and teach lessons such as everyone grows up, what the sun is and what it does best. On the flip side, there are songs that are funny and silly and will have you up out of your seat and whirling around your house.

The Wheels on the Bus and If You're Happy and You Know It are classics that have a few twists added which make them even cuter. My favorites are Baby Beluga and Love Bug. I love these two because they are very sweet and very clever and had me laughing and dancing. The Baby Beluga is about a baby beluga's day and what it did. Love Bug is about the love bug and how everyone has one and how it shares love and happiness throughout the world.

This CD really made me feel like I was 5 or 6 again and I loved it. It really lets you be carefree and silly and not have to worry about things that older kids have to worry about. For example, things that really bothers me is that I have to do school, worry about money, boys and report cards and what my parents think of me. When I listen to this music I let all that stress go and kicked back to relax and just have fun and go back to that time of my life when I had no worries, bills or strife. I think that it could really help kids deal with all kinds of things and bring them a bit of joy to their day.

I recommend this for kids ages 2 to 12. Kids will love how Raffi sings songs that are fun and educational. They are easy to follow and invite the listeners to sing and dance along. I give this CD 5 out of 5 singing and dancing stars shooting across the sky.

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

This CD is a mixture of new and old children's songs. Many of the old songs are favorites and the children got up and danced and sang along to them. Some of the newer or, not so familiar songs, are upbeat and exciting. The first half of the CD are fun, fast paced and kids loved them and danced along. Some of the slower paced ones did not hold my grandchildren's interest as much. An old favorite, "The Wheels on the Bus" was their favorite. Also a new version of De O, Daylight Come and Me Wanna Go Home is delightful. They know the words to this song and clapped their hands and danced along. They also were quite partial to "Down By the Bay," "Apples & Bananas," "Ring, Ring Banana Phone," "Let's Play" and "Shake the Sillies Out." My kids loved the faster paced songs.
Runtime: 45 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 1-8
Suggested Retail Price: $ 10
Media: AUDIO


KIKORIKI. LEGEND OF THE GOLDEN DRAGON

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KIKORIKI. LEGEND OF THE GOLDEN DRAGON       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
SHOUT! FACTORY
Series: DVD, AGES 8-15
Topic - Family
Description - The lovably simple residents of peaceful Kikoriki Island are thrown kicking and screaming into big adventure when their resident scientist invents an amazing device (a helmet called "the Improverizor") which takes personality traits from one person and swaps them with someone else's! But when spineless young Wally tries to use the untested device to cure his cowardice, he ends up even more spineless: by getting accidentally body-switched with a squirmy little caterpillar. Now he's got more to fear than he ever dreamed, and so do his fellow villagers, as they're dragged into a madcap adventure packed with plane crashes, mistaken identities, erupting volcanoes and angry natives on the warpath. Boy, do the Kikoriki crew wish they could switch places now: with anyone!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Kikoriki is about a character named Wally trying to cure his cowardly ways by using a local scientist's invention which allows you to swap personalities with someone else. Wally accidentally switches personalities with a caterpillar and things really take off from there. It's lovely seeing Wally wanting to be himself again and working so hard to get there. I personally thought this was funny. This is one of those kids movies that attempts to keep adults engaged as well as their children. Between having a random celibacy joke and polite kid curse words, it really draws all ages in. I feel that this is most suitable for ages 5 to 12. I have a 13-month-old who was glued to the screen and I have a 15-year-old who giggled at the jokes as well. I give this program a 4 out of 5 stars just because I feel the light adult humor and the visuals do not always match up. Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Kikoriki: Legend of the Golden Dragon is a family-friendly animated film based on the television series GoGoRiki. Directed by Dennis Chernov and originally voiced by Russian actors, this film is one of two DVDs that are being brought to American audiences by Shout! Kids Factory.

The story begins with the local scientist creating a machine called the "Improverizer" which swaps people's personalities. But something goes terribly wrong when a young coward, Wally, gets hold of the device. Wally's friends and other Kikoriki residents take a journey to help him return to his original body. It is a tale about finding yourself, learning to trust your own instincts and not rely on silly mechanisms like an "Improverizer" in order to change and grow and develop friendships.

The animation is done with CGI (Computer Generation) and is colorful and esthetically pleasing. Each of the characters are based on different animals and their personalities are very fitting. Their bodies are egg-shaped and the DVD actually includes an egg decorating kit so you can make your own Kikoriki villagers at home. The animation looks very cartoony and fun, but some times I did feel the storyline was a bit slow. As an illustrator myself, I found the landscaping and various imaginative backdrops were my favorite part.

My favorite character is Wally. Wally starts off as a coward and tries to use the "Improverizer" to change his personality. In the end he learns that bravery comes from within. I found myself laughing several times during the film.

I feel Kikoriki: Legend of the Golden Dragon is appropriately rated PG due to some rude humor and mild peril. It also includes a few adult references and jokes, but nothing so noticeable I feel a younger child would pick up on. I recommend this film for ages 6 to 12 and give it 3 out of 5 stars. It came out on DVD, March 7, 2017 so, go check it out.

Reviewed by Tristan T., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14
Runtime: 85 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.96
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MACK & MOXY: ADVENTURES IN HELPEELAND!

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Series: DVD, AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - Join Mack, a blue moose with a heart of gold and two left feet, and Moxy, a perky pink raccoon, on four new exciting adventures! Watch Mack & Moxy rescue another Great Helpee in a far off mystical place called HelpeeLand. In the first adventure, Mack & Moxy start a lively game of foursquare at the HelpeeLand School. When a disagreement develops over who won, Trooper Sydnee suggests Rock, Paper, Scissors to settle the dispute. It works like a charm except for one problem Shelfish Sheldon (played by Hank Azaria) is about to snatch the Great Helpee and keep all its happiness for himself. Guest celebrity, Simone Biles (Olympic Gymnastic Gold Medal winner), helps the Heroes on their mission. Three more adventures introduce kids to subjects like autism, buckling-up for safety and eating healthy foods. Other guest celebrities featured include Keegan Michael-Key (The Angry Birds Movie, Key & Peele), Melissa Fumero (Brooklyn 99) and Matt Lucas (Little Britain, Alice Through the Looking Glass). In the episode, A Spectrum of Possibilities, Trooper Charlie is a wonderfully talented boy who lives with autism. Mack & Moxy teaches children life-long lessons of charity and compassion while celebrating the joy of helping others.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This DVD has a beautiful way of explaining and expressing important ways of helping children understand some of life's complicated issues. Friendship, honesty, tolerance, patience, healthy eating habits, dancing, singing, playing together, solving conflicts and working together are not always easy for children to understand and the Mack & Moxy series really helps parents instill good values in their children and helps parents find ways to teach these qualities to their children in a playful, colorful yet firm way. A must for all parents! The topics discussed, the music, the lyrics, the funny and unusual characters, and the vibrant colors are all spot on and will all appeal to children. Each story has a great topic and the characters are lively, honest, funny, believable and colorful. Each segment concentrates on a powerful message to help young children understand. The songs emphasize the message and make a great addition at the end of each segment. Having the words written on the screen also helps parents relay the words. The material in each segment is very relevant and is very easy for children to follow. Subjects such as honesty, proper car seats for children of different ages, healthy eating, friendship, cooperation, team work, understanding children with autism, respect and organized games at recess time, are all introduced. At the end of each segment a mention of where to find more information is listed. The vocabulary is age-appropriate and the subject matter is very relevant. The songs are so lively and sing-able.

The theme song throughout the DVD when the team is ready to go out on their mission, 'Here We Go, Na Na Na, Off to Healthyland' is great. I found myself singing to it too! The animation is fantastic. The colors are so bright and rich for each of the characters and each of the Great Helpees hatched is a different color! The songs are upbeat and uplifting! Having the words written on the screen helps adults learn the songs. The settings for each of the segments has lots of imagination built in and also has awesome colors. Each of the characters has their own unique costume and name. Shellfish Sheldon is a red lobster, Clicks the robot, Patches the tiger, Little Bird is Autistic as well as Trooper Charlie, who dances very well, and so many others. These segments are all very interesting and colorful and playful and educational as well. Some of the segments dealt with normalizing Autism and one explains about the devices that help Autistic children communicate with others. It stresses that 'even though we are all different, we are all the same'. The song, 'Each One of Us Is Different' helps us to understand more. The theme of this segment is that children with Autism can be a great friend, and our differences are Okay. Yes, I love this! Reviewed by Tina B., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Mack & Moxy: Adventures in Helpeeland! is a great DVD for preschoolers. It teaches basic lessons that kids will need for school. This colorful DVD contains four episodes that combine animation, live-action, puppets and songs. The first episode teaches how to solve and arguments using "Rock, Paper, Scissors." The second teaches you about buckling your car seat belt. The third talks about healthy eating and the fourth is about autism. In each episode, Mack (a moose-like giant) and Moxy (a perky pink raccoon) and their friends go to Helpee Island to save the great Helpee egg? One day they meet a new friend who helps them get the Helpee Egg. Meanwhile, the show's enemy, Shellfish Sheldon is trying to steal the Great Helpee and keep all its happiness for himself. My favorite part of each episode is when Shellfish Sheldon is about to achieve his goal but fails, usually helping Mack and Moxy get the Helpee Egg. This show contains lots of repetition. At the end of each episode, they use exactly the same script as they did at the beginning. Repetition is good for younger children but can get tedious for older kids and adults so, I recommend this film for ages 1 to 4 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Rohan F., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11.
Runtime: 75 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-6
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
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DOCTOR OF MONSTER
GUSTAVO TEIXEIRA
Series: FOREIGN ANIMATIED SHORT, AGES 8-15
Topic - Family
Description - Dudu has already chosen his future profession, now will have to face his fears to become a doctor of monsters.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a great submission. It is from Brazil and the dialogue is in Portuguese with English sub-titles. It's very cute and full or hopes and dreams that a child can be whatever they wish to be. I believe children will love this. After all, who wouldn't want to be a monster doctor? I particularly enjoyed the opening scene. It offers a great look into the imagination of a child. I love the cast and sets. The child actors are quite adorable. Just watching them is enjoyable. I love the kid watching TV wearing his Frankenstein mask. But, the main thing about this is the story. This story is fun and imaginative. It is well shot with good audio and it flows very well. All around it is just fun story, well executed. The language is suitable although, the word dumb appears once. My only problem is with the sub-titles. They are centered at the bottom of the screen and sometimes fly by so fast you miss what they say. I am also concerned about how they will appear on the large screen. That might be an issue. I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend for age 7 to 15. Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Juror
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Runtime: 11 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-15
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WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD
JOYCE FITZPATRICK
Series: SHORT, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - Someone new moves into the neighborhood and doesn't make friends easily; one kid is curious to find out why.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Highly recommended. This is a very cute, pleasant and uplifting film. The ending is adorable and very satisfying. It raises awareness of deafness without treating it in a negative way. It also made me want to learn sign language. It is well shot, has good background music and pleasant characters. I love the interaction between them. I was disappointed that it's so short. After it ends, I wanted to watch more. It is amazing how invested in the story and characters I felt even though it is only 90 seconds long. Ultimately, it is short but sweet and a must watch. Reviewed by Calista B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 2 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
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EYES IN THE BACK OF HER HEAD
MADISON DURAND
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - A little monster wonders if his well-meaning mother is hiding an unusual secret. Music by Grammy-winning Danny Weinkauf; video created by 16-year-old Madison Durand.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Love this short student produced animation. Very clever and funny. It flows well, is very watchable. The original music is adorable and I love the subtitles in it. They make it fun for a younger audience that is just learning to read to be able to participate. Cute storyline, bright and colorful animation. Highly recommended for ages 3 to 12. Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 4 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 3-12
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ADVENTURES OF TRACY & FELT, THE
ELIZABETH SCHIFFLER
Series: SERIES, AGES 8-12
Topic - Family
Description - A mini-web series following two explorers learning the magic of science. This mini-webisode series was conceived on Whidbey Island, WA with a team of talented artists.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Highly recommended. This short film is very simple, but funny. One moment in particular made me laugh out loud. Obviously this is a low budget production and it is very cleverly done The production quality isn't great, but it has a certain style that is very compelling. With a bigger budget, it has potential as a sitcom on maybe Disney or Nickelodeon. The two main characters, a boy and an octopus, are not that bright. They are very immature and na�ve, but quite likable. The background music doesn't stand out or add much. This mini web-series is definitely is aimed at a younger demographic who will appreciate its silliness. There are more episodes on their YouTube Channel by the same name. I enjoyed it enough to subscribe. I recommend this for ages 8 to 15, particularly those who want to watch a simple, silly and fun series. I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Calista B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-15
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BAD LITTLE FAIRIES
GAYLA GOEHI
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 7-12
Topic - Family
Description - A group of young fairies must train to fight the evils trying to make their way into their beloved Fairy Fairy land.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a wonderful student short film with a very cute concept. My daughters sat in with me to watch this one and thought it was adorable. The concept of mischievous little fairies is very appealing. The visuals and music are great, the cinematography quite well done. The acting is quite acceptable. This is a graduation film made by young acting students from Gary Spatz's "The Playground" Acting Conservatory in Los Angeles. The outdoor shots in the beginning are quite gorgeous and it stays pretty consistent throughout the film. The background music is quite complimentary and feels light and magical. This will play well on the big screen. It is very visually appealing and also teaches a very valuable lesson. Everyone can be naughty and it's okay to play tricks, but you must be considerate of how others might feel. I recommended it for ages 5 to 12 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. It should fit well into most film festival for youth and families. Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 5 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
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THIS BEAUTIFUL FANTASTIC

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Series: FEATURE, AGES 8-12
Topic - Family
Description - A reclusive young woman who dreams of becoming a children's author finds an unlikely mentor in the rich curmudgeon who lives next door.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This Beautiful Fantastic is an incredible cinematic experience that I'll never forget! It is a stunning movie that brings two lonely people together to enjoy the beauty of nature. I love seeing each character grow throughout the film.

This incredible film is about an aspiring author with OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) named Bella (Jessica Brown Findlay). She befriends her next door neighbor, Alfred (Tom Wilkinson), when she is told she will be evicted from her house if she doesn't tend to her garden. With the help from Alfred and Vernon (Andrew Scott), Bella's personal chef, they try to find a way to tend to the garden and, in doing so, discover how a garden influences them.

This film has stunning visuals, character development and a spellbinding script that turns it into a cinematic masterpiece. The flowers in Alfred's garden add to the visual appeal of the film because of its juxtaposition to Bella's garden. The set design also creates visual appeal, with sets such as Bella's canopy bed and the setup of the garden. The garden is what inspired the film's title because Bella describes it as "beautiful, fantastic." The cinematography is gorgeous as well. An example of this is when the downpour starts and a rainbow reflects over Bella's face.

In this movie, the characters grow alongside each other. Alfred starts off as a grumpy and mean old man, but grows to be kind, gentle and treats Bella as though she is his daughter. Bella is introduced as timid and scared of nature, but she overcomes her fear when she befriends Alfred and learns to care for the garden. Throughout the movie, you also see Bella become less and less OCD. At the end, she leaves her door open versus, in the beginning she checks the door five times before leaving the house. There is also a change in Vernon. In the beginning, he is very nervous and acts as a "slave" towards Alfred. But by the end, he becomes less scared and more independent.

The music adds an ethereal effect to the movie, such as when Alfred watches Bella tend to the garden. Also, when Billy (Jeremy Irvine) shows Bella the mechanical bird, Luna, he is making. The music in this scene adds a very magical tone.

I love how eloquent the script is. An example of this is when Billy talks to Bella about a statue he is studying called The Ecstasy of Theresa. He describes it as "destroying logic with emotion." His detail in explaining the statue shows how impactful art can be to a person.

This film demonstrates how much another person can help you thrive and adore the importance of nature. I rate it 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for people ages 10 to 18 and adults will enjoy it as well. This movie comes out March 10, 2017 in theaters nation wide, so check it out.

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

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


LEGO BATMAN MOVIE, THE

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Series: FEATURE, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - There are big changes brewing in Gotham, but if Batman (Will Arnett) wants to save the city from the Joker's (Zach Galifianakis) hostile takeover, he may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up. Maybe his superhero sidekick Robin (Michael Cera) and loyal butler Alfred (Ralph Fiennes) can show him a thing or two.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is not the type of film I usually enjoy but, after seeing the trailers I really wanted to see it and I was not disappointed. The animation is very clever and looks almost as if the characters are truly made out of LEGOs. Kudos to the animation team for that. Then, the jokes and references to Batman and DC characters just never stops. Thankfully, my screening partner was even more of a DC comic fan than me and, when I got lost, he filled me in. I love that the storyline has such a strong message about needing other people, needing a family and not having to tackle the world all on your own. At first, I thought this was unique in this film but yet, if you think about it, it is a recurring theme in almost all the Batman movies. Definitely strong here though. I found myself laughing through most of the film but when I walked out of the theater and discussed it with my partner, it was the theme that stuck with us most. It is definitely worth taking in and, in the midst of all the heavy stuff going on today, provides great comic relief. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The LEGO Batman Movie is a superb superhero movie which serves as a great homage to many aspects of Batman history. I really liked the animation, voice acting and humor in this movie. This exactly what a Batman fan would want.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
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MILY MISS QUESTIONS: 10 ADVENTURES FOR CURIOUS MINDS!

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Series: DVD AGES 6-10
Topic - Family
Description - Join Mily and her friends as they investigate the major themes of life encountered in everyday situations. Mily is a funny, curious and uncertain little 9-year-old girl. Like many children her age, she has a great many questions about life, people, and the world. She's never lost for words; in fact, life for her is a goody-bag full of questions to be dipped into. Whenever a particular situation raises a question worthy of examination, Mily is immediately on the case! From one episode to the next, through everyday situations and without ever favoring a particular point of view, Mily introduces young viewers to the art of questioning and the development of an inquiring mind.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This program is so adorable! It's about an all too curious 9-year-old girl who has all sorts of fun questions. I remember my older children being at that stage where they had non-stop questions and this show really portrays that well. It's also really good about getting her questions answered. The animation is well done. I recommend the show for ages 5 to 11, although my 10-year-old disagrees and thinks she is too old for it. Little does she know, she still asks a million funny questions. I give this 5 out of 5! Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Juror

I found each segment quite interesting once I realized that this is a continuation of events in a child's life. The stories are thought-provoking and made for children, teens and adults because the themes are relative to everyone. I really enjoyed the animation and colorization of the videos. In each segment, a story opens with Mily asking a question about life. The first segment about the family history had Mily and her baby sister, Lola, curious as to 'where are babies before they are born!' The story takes Mily and Lola to various people for clarification and finally to their Mom who explains it to them on their level. They explore various themes throughout the segments including decision making, ideas about choices in jobs, rules vs. laws and, when it applies, "telling the truth and teaching responsibility. I really enjoyed this DVD and I think it will help children understand more about life's themes. I rate it 5 out of 5 stars and recommend to ages 5 to 12.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This DVD is collection of 2D animated stories that are both educational and entertaining. I like this series because it teaches children to ask questions about things they are curious about. The lead character, Mily is a girl who asks everyone questions. Mily asks questions about typical things that kids are thinking and about everyday situations as well. The show originated in France.

I like the style of the animation. The background of each scene is an actual photo of where it takes place, such as a kitchen. We see an actual photo of a kitchen. The characters' animation is over the background. I found that cool because I've never seen that before in animation.

The message of this movie is to ask questions when you wonder about things. It teaches kids to ask questions even if they seems dumb. If someone doesn't know something, they have the right to ask. No one should judge them for asking. It also teaches kids to be creative. In one of the episodes, Mily gets bored and doesn't know what to do. Her friends come up with ideas to keep her from not being bored. They get creative and make games.

My favorite character is Mily's little sister Lola because she nags Mily in a funny way. She annoys Mily sometimes but you can tell that they love each other. I love how she helps Mily with her questions. She may be younger but she helps Mily a lot.

I give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 5 to 10. This DVD is available now wherever DVDs are sold so, be sure to look for it.

Reviewed by Carla P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12
Runtime: 75 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-10
Suggested Retail Price: $ 6.99
Media: DVD
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CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT SPACE, THE

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Series: DVD, AGES 3-8
Topic - Family
Description - The Cat in the Hat joins Nick and Sally who are exploring the backyard when something extraordinary finds them--a flying robotic dog! The robot lands and does some exploring of his own, gulping up rock samples and photographing the Cat, Nick, Sally, and Fish before blasting off back into space! What was that thing? Where did it come from? Where is it going? The Cat in the Hat fires up his Space-ama-racer and whisks Nick, Sally and Fish off on a cosmic adventure in search of the robot. Together, they survive a dust storm on the surface of Mars, rocket through an asteroid belt, and then narrowly escape being sucked into Jupiter by its huge gravitational pull! Ultimately, they hitch a ride on a comet that leads them all safely back to the Space Station, along with plenty of space samples, and stories and even a small souvenir that follows The Cat in the Hat and our crew back to Earth!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The Cat in the Hat has always been a favorite storybook character of mine and I have fond memories of reading the books with my son from an early age. I am impressed how this story is brought to life in this film. It can be viewed in either English or Spanish and features Martin Short as The Cat In The Hat. It is fun to watch and has the usual likable characters - Nick & Sally, Thing 1 and Thing 2, The Fish and, introduces a flying Robotic Dog named Space Rover. The film follows the book with its catchy rhyming style that the Cat In The Hat is known for and adds catchy musical songs which are quite entertaining. It has a lot of adventure and entertainment value and also teaches a lot about space with an emphasis on the different planets. What a fun way for children ages 3 to 9 to learn about space including gravity, the asteroid belt and so much more! I give this 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Denise A. Bloomfield

I have always been a huge Dr. Seuss fan. I have all of the original books and such. I was super excited when I watched my first The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot about That show! Here I am in my 20s and still just as excited as I was when I was little reading The Cat in the Hat. I love the way this show gets information across while managing to have the fun and goofy rhymes and great visuals. This creates a promising way for younger kids to learn while having fun. I highly recommend this show for anyone with small children. I recommend this for ages 3 through 8, although my one-year-old was pretty enthralled with the visuals and voices. I give this 5 out of 5 stars! Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The Cat in the Hat knows a lot about Space is a delightful animated film that incorporates learning with fun. Young imaginations soar as Cat in the Hat leads Nick and Sally through space on this easy to follow, yet engaging film.

It is just another day playing in the backyard for Nick and Sally, until they are once again joined by the always lovable Cat in the Hat and his trusty pal, Fish. They soon have a visitor from outer-space - a flying robotic dog. The Cat in the Hat prepares his Space-ama-racer and takes Nick and Sally on an adventure to follow this space dog on a cosmic mission. The team encounters many obstacles along the way and must work together to help their new space dog friend and find their way back to planet Earth.

My favorite character is Space Rover because he has fun while learning and exploring his environment. Much like a real dog, Rover uses his senses to guide him and sometimes this gets him into some sticky situations. Thankfully the Cat in the Hat, Nick, Sally and Fish are there to help him out. This teaches the value of teamwork and problem-solving skills.

While Cat in the Hat knows a lot about Space is not considered a musical, the characters do break into an occasional song. I find these songs enjoyable and they actually add another level of fun to the experience. The Cat in the Hat (Martin Short) has a goofy voice that kids feel comfortable with and he uses words and phrases that are age appropriate, making the story easy for young audiences to follow. In line with other Dr. Seuss videos, this also speaks in rhyme throughout, but never to the point where I felt it was annoying. The animation is simple and plain, but still visually appealing. It is consistent with other Cat in the Hat videos.

I recommend this film for ages 2 to 8. Young children will appreciate the rhyming lyrics and easy to follow story line. Parents can be assured their children are learning within a fun environment. The Cat in the Hat knows a lot about Space does not disappoint, as it is right in-line with the other Dr. Seuss stories. I rate this DVD 4 out of 5 stars. It is available now on DVD.

Reviewed by Tristan R., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15

I really enjoyed this DVD. The animation is colorful, the storyline is engaging and the characters are fun to watch. I like how the Cat rhymes and sings. I also like learning about space and the solar system. My favorite character is Rover the Dog who explores different planets and takes pictures of them. His tail squirts out fire when he flies, which I think is hysterical.

The story is about the adventures of Cat in the Hat with Sally, Nick and Fish as they follow a robot dog into space. They meet up with Rover's owner, Astronaut Audrey who guides them to different planets, through Asteroid fields and space junk. We learn that when Rover is on different planets he brings back rock samples to the space station so Astronaut Audrey can study them. The cool thing is that not only do the characters learn facts about space but so do we!

My favorite part of the DVD is when Rover the Dog goes to Nick and Sally's house and spends time digging in the yard, taking photos of flowers and everyone. I laughed my head off when Rover takes a picture of Fish which causes him to freak out! Fish freaks out because he thinks he's going to be eaten. Oh do I love Martin Short as the voice of The Cat in the Hat. He's super animated and super funny. I can't think of a better voice.

The message of this collection is that space is fun and, as The Cat in The Hat says, "Space is planet Earth's biggest backyard." This means that space has a lot for us to explore and learn about such as: Venus is the hottest planet in the solar system. Mars is half the size of earth and has no gravity. Dust storms can cover the entire planet of Mars and last for days. Jupiter is the biggest planet, has no surface to land on and has a red spot that is a storm which has lasted for years. Also, the sun is so large that you can fit all the planets in the solar system into it. Wow! My head is spinning with all this exciting new information!

There are a lot of great songs and rhymes by the Cat in the Hat. Fish is really funny, has lots of personality and attitude, but at the same time is always worried. This DVD is extremely enjoyable. Not only does it teach kids about space but it has a dog. Who doesn't like a cute robot dog? I recommend it for ages 4 to 7 and give it 4 out of 5 stars (or should I say) cat hats for its humor, colorful animation and educational lessons. The DVD is available now wherever DVDs are sold so, be sure to check it out for your budding scientists!

Reviewed by Abigail Zoe L., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 9
Runtime: 60 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 3-8
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
Media: DVD


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MACHINE, THE
MEXICAN FILM INSTITUTE
Series: FOREIGN INDIE SHORT, AGES 3-8
Topic - Family
Description - Don Juan is a very funny inventor who lives with his young son Diego, who loves nature. After testing his latest machine for making cakes, Diego amazed to see the terrible consequences that his father's invention causes to the environment and the waste it produces. Could Diego help solve the problem?
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Great story, great lesson! A kid saves the day by suggesting to his father that he recycle and it teaches that recycling is good. There's a visual example of kids in this film and we all learn concepts better when we see examples instead of being told. This is an awesome, cute, little film teaching kids to be socially responsible. There's nothing wrong with running a business but we must remember to be responsible. Visually, this is a great short film. The story flows well with a beginning, middle and end. It makes sense and is very watchable. This film is definitely suitable for all audiences. Sound quality is great. The production quality is excellent. There is a social responsibility that one must respect. The same way that the father neglected that one day his resources would run out, this too can happen in other aspects. Highly recommended for KIDS FIRST! Film Festival for ages 3-8. Reviewed by Melanie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror
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Runtime: 4 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 3-8
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BARNYARD ACES
MEXICAN FILM INSTITUTE
Series: FOREIGN INDIE SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Avelita, a mischievous chick, wants a jukebox. Her grandpa wants a musician to brighten the atmosphere of his restaurant. In Spanish with English sub-titles.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a very entertaining short film beautiful animation and lots of laughs. The storyline is really cute. A little girl wants to help her grandfather's restaurant business and believes she has the answer - to buy a jukebox. But, he wants musicians to play live music. After sabotaging each audition without her grandfather knowing, she successfully convinces him to get the jukebox and then see that he plays the same droll songs over and over. She can't get a break and her reactions and facial expressions are awesome. They made me laugh out loud a couple of times. The little girl is a bit of a schemer and it's hilarious to see the outcomes of what she does to the musicians who audition. Visually, it's very appealing. Everything flows well with a beginning, middle and end. It's perfect for school aged kids. There is very little dialogue. It is more of a visual piece. The message is "be careful what you wish for." We see the little girl so determined to get the jukebox that, after messing with the musicians and finally getting the jukebox, it backfires on her. Happy to recommend for KIDS FIRST! Film Festival, for ages 5 to 12. Reviewed by Melanie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror
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Runtime: 15 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
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WAVES FROM THE SKY
MEXICAN FILM INSTITUTE
Series: FOREIGN INDIE SHORT, AGES 3-10
Topic - Family
Description - Pedro, a bird who cannot fly in sync with his flock, decides to branch out on his own. After plummeting to a beach, Francisca, the friendly sea turtle, will teach him to connect with rhythm and harmony. In Spanish with English sub-titles.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I recommend this as a cute film with a cute story. It is well animated with great audio. A child would enjoy this because it's well produced, has really cute characters and a child-friendly storyline. There's no dialogue. The set, sound, clarity and everything about it is great. It flows well with a beginning, middle and end. It's very watchable. It's a story about a little bird who takes a break from flying with his herd to have fun with his imagination and meets a turtle on the beach who enjoys being silly. Recommended for KIDS FIRST! Film Festival for ages 3-10. Reviewed by Melanie s., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 9 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 3-10
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PORK CHOPS
MEXICAN FILM INSTITUTE
Series: FOREIGN INDIE SHORT, AGES 8-12
Topic - Family
Description - The only relief to Valentina�s solitude is an imaginary friend, until the arrival of Pork Chops, a pig who is destined to become her best friend, as well as her family�s Christmas dinner. In Spanish with English sub-titles.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This live action film has a sweet story about a young girl who is determined to not have her new pet pig get eaten by her poor family. She loves her piglet very much and when she learns that her father has a plan to fatten it in order to eat it later, she is determined to put the pig on a diet and even goes as far as to eat its food, causing her to get sick. Because of this, her mother learns that it's a sow and is pregnant and the little girls protection causes the sow's life to be spared so there is a blessing after all. The family is no longer going to be poor or hungry because they can create a business from the sow. She essentially saves the pig and at the end there is the nice surprise that the pig is a sow and is pregnant with piglets. It has a beginning, middle, and end because you see her relationship with the piglet develop but I don't think the story makes sense. It first starts with her mother preparing dinner and her father annoyed that it is the same meal of beans and tortillas. I think so. There wasn't anything inappropriate except for when the father goes behind the mother a little too sensually about craving meat for dinner. We got to see a lot of where she is from while walking her piglet around. We saw that she lives in a nice open land and she's not too far from town. Overall, it was well done. I just don't care for the delivery of the story. In Spanish with English sub-titles. Recommended for KIDS FIRST! Film Festival for ages 8-12. Reviewed by Melanie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 15 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
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TRUMPETEER, THE
MEXICAN FILM INSTITUTE
Series: FOREIGN INDIE SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - A trumpet player is trapped in an army marching band in the epitome of authoritarian control and fear. His nature prevents him from playing the note he's being told to play, and he is punished as a consequence. In his recurring arrest and, after engaging in a musical dialogue, he recognizes his creative power; it's in his confinement where he finds freedom to play his own music. Once he is deprived of his instrument, he finds another expression: a brave and disobedient act that will provoke an awakening in the conscience of his platoon and result in his subsequent freedom.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a most short film with amazing animation, beautiful colors and a really cute storyline about a little boy that simply wants to play what he feels from his heart as opposed to playing his trumpet with military-like structure. The story has a great structure with a beginning, middle and end. It is colorful, has great music and is well produced. The animation and design is flawless and it has a great lesson about not being afraid to be yourself. Who doesn't love that? I recommend this for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival because it teaches kids a valuable lesson of always staying true to who you are. Recommended for ages 5 to 12. Reviewed by Melanie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 10 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
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TEACHER AND THE FLOWER, THE
MEXICAN FILM INSTITUTE
Series: FOREIGN INDIE SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - In a selfish and violent world, where everyone is against everyone, a teacher finds refuge taking care of a delicate flower, to which he tells his dreams and desires. Nevertheless, one day he stumbles upon a pretty young woman, and falls in love with her. Without money and not much else to offer, he decides to give this young woman his most precious possession in an attempt to win her heart.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Great message. The protagonist seems to have bad luck but continues to live optimistically and never gives up. Children often give up and, even though we don't see if the protagonist succeeds or has a good day, he continues to push through and seize the day again which we should all remember to do. The story flows well, makes sense, has a beginning middle and end and is very watchable. The animation is nicely executed with great sound and outstanding production qualities. The message is appropriate: remember to keep your chin up and never give up. I recommend this film for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival because it reminds us to always think positively no matter how horrible a day we have. I recommend this for ages 5 to 12. Reviewed by Melanie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 9 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
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MISTER MIRROR MAN
MEXICAN FILM INSTITUTE
Series: FOREIGN INDIE SHORT, AGES 6-12
Topic - Family
Description - A stubborn fish collector faces his own boundaries in this maritime history.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Very enjoyable. The illustration and sound affects are exceptional well done. This is a story about a fisherman who enjoys studying fish as a hobby and finds a fish that he has been meaning to capture. Unfortunately, the fish outsmarts the fisherman's contraption over and over again. There is no dialogue. All that is heard is the water and the commotion that occurs and a soccer game that is being broadcast via radio. The sounds are all well delivered and the illustrations are beautiful. Simple, clean and well done. The film is well made and I highly recommend it for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival for ages 8-12. Reviewed by Melanie S.
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Runtime: 10 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 6-12
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LOST IN SPRING
FRED WALL
Series: FOREIGN INDIE SHORT, AGES 6-18
Topic - Family
Description - A confidence stricken seven year old, embarks upon a journey to self belief.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Accepted! This is exactly the kind of film that KIDS FIRST! champions. This short film tells a simple story with honesty and a touch of humor. The main character is a young girl who is smart and capable but lacks confidence. This film is about the girl overcoming her fears and gaining confidence. Through her journey, we see her meeting adults who help her find the courage to own who she is and who she wants to become. The teacher is a positive character and other students are presented in a genuine light. This film features strong performances from both children and adults, and effective cinematography. It is a well-made film that audiences of all ages can enjoy together. Both boys and girls can relate to the main character. For example, in math class, Rosie tells the teacher that she doesn't know the answer when, in fact, she knows the right answer. There is an added element that children will enjoy when Rosie takes a walk in the park and meets a film crew where the lead actress welcomes her and inspires her to dream of being an actress because "she can become anyone". It makes her happy. The story has a solid structure, with a beginning, middle and end. It makes sense and flows smoothly. The language, concepts and vocabulary are appropriate for its audience. It is well directed, has strong performances from both the adult and child actors, simple and effective cinematography, good sound and a simple but effective music track. Recommended for ages 6 to 18.
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Runtime: 12 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 6-12
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VOM SMOLICEK
BARBARA LACKERMEIER
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 8-12
Topic - Family
Description - The little laddie Smoli k lives with his grandfather in a cottage on the edge of a dark forest. A spell forces the grandfather to delay his existence as a deer. He exhorted Smoli k to lock the door well and not to let anyone in. All goes well. Up to the day a creepy old forest fairy is knocking...
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Beautifully shot fairy tale set in charming interiors and natural locales. The live-action is combined with occasional, simply-drawn animated animals, which lend a storybook element and charm. The traditional fairy tale structure of "Once Upon a Time" to "The Moral of the Story" is told with well-performed narration and character portrayal, as if the storybook is being read out loud. While there are some goblins, they are more comical than frightening. Their fantastical costumes and makeup are inventive, colorful and fun. Kids will likely recognize some of their favorite fairy tale characters including Red Riding Hood and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The grandfather character is loving and tender, and the little boy is adorable and well-behaved. But like most little boys, he does disobey his grandfather and gets into trouble. Fortunately, he knows how get out of it using his wits and courage and so, the ending and message is a happy one. The cinematography is excellent, the musical soundtrack, almost like folk music, is upbeat, and the lighting is evocative and appropriate. Overall production quality is high. The film is in German with English subtitles. While I recommend it for ages 8 to 12, it may be suitable for younger children since the visuals are compelling and convey the story even without the subtitles. This makes a great addition to any film festival. Reviewed by Ann B., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 23 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


HOLE, THE

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


NOTORIOUS CORN

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

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

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


STELLA AMORE

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


WHAT'S WEARING MUMMY

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

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

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


ELIMINATE HATE IN ONE GENERATION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

KIDS FIRST! Reporter, Nathaniel B., age 10

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


DOG'S PURPOSE, A

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


SLEEPTALKER

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


SUMMER WITH MONKEY KING

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


CHASING RABBITS

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


MALTESE GUINEA PIG, THE

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


MY HAGGAN DREAM

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


LOST & FOUND

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

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

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

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

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

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


BUNYAN & BABE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


FRENCH FOR KIDS: LES SAISONS (THE SEASONS)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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