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RAG DOLLS

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RAG DOLLS
ABOVE THE LINE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 4-14
Topic -
Description - Playtime turns into uncontrolled shenanigans when a young girl discovers rag dolls in an antique chest. For the dolls' very real counterparts, self-control is out of their hands.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a very fun and enjoyable short film. I like the film's premise about a little girl who is able to control the adults with rag dolls she found in an antique chest. It makes for some very funny actions by the characters who don't understand what's happening to them. This film is perfect for children because the dolls get to know each other better and they see them in live action form. It makes sense and flows very well. The storyline is consistent and the language is appropriate for its intended audience. The music is very complimentary, almost like what is used in a silent film. It sets the mood and drives the pace. And, it's a happy sound. The quality of the cinematography is high, as is the audio. It should project well on a big screen. Most importantly, I think it will make young viewers laugh. I give it 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 to 14. Reviewed by Ryan R. and Julie S, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and KIDS FIRST! adult juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is a very fun and enjoyable short film. I like the film's premise about a little girl who is able to control the adults with rag dolls she found in an antique chest. It makes for some very funny actions by the characters who don't understand what's happening to them. This film is perfect for children because the dolls get to know each other better and they see them in live action form. It makes sense and flows very well. The storyline is consistent and the language is appropriate for its intended audience. The music is very complimentary, almost like what is used in a silent film. It sets the mood and drives the pace. And, it's a happy sound. The quality of the cinematography is high, as is the audio. It should project well on a big screen. Most importantly, I think it will make young viewers laugh. I give it 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 to 14. Reviewed by Ryan R. and Julie S, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and KIDS FIRST! adult juror.
Runtime: 4 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-14
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


NATURE: YOSEMITE

NATURE: YOSEMITE
PBS DISTRIBUTION
Series: DVD, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - Yosemite was forged by time and shaped by the power of water. Water made life possible in this "stone wilderness," carved out the iconic Yosemite Valley, and gave birth to the Earth's largest living trees. But with climate change, Yosemite is feeling the heat. Water is scarcer and the threat of wildfire is more common. Join scientists and adventurers as they explore the past, present, and future of the Sierra Nevada's (a mountain range which stretches from California into Nevada through Yosemite) most precious resource, its water. Glide over the Yosemite Valley, climb trees as tall as buildings, and see how critters both great and small - from the bighorn sheep to the American pika - survive through drought, wildfires, and mountains of snow, as we investigate one of America's great wildernesses.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is an entertaining and educational film about Yosemite and the breath-taking scenes are amazing. If you have never been to Yosemite, this film will make you want to visit! I really enjoyed seeing the wildlife and the narration is superb! I highly recommend for children ages 8 to 18. I even learned about a little critter that is related to the rabbit (the pika) and thought a great part of this film was learning about this little critter who looks like a rodent but isn't. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars for being both educational and entertaining with breath-taking cinematography. There are no special features but this truly is a special film all by itself. Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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Runtime: 60 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $ 19.99
Media: DVD


LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE, THE

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WARNER BROS. ANIMATION
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - The battle for NINJAGO City calls to action young Master Builder Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, also secret ninja warriors. Led by Master Wu (Jackie Chan), as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat the evil warlord Garmadon (Justin Theroux), who also happens to be Lloyd's dad. Pitting father against son, the epic showdown tests these fierce but undisciplined modern-day ninjas as they learn to check their egos and pull together to unleash the inner power of Spinjitzu.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - What do you get when you mix a crazy cat, stealth ninjas and an evil villain? The LEGO Ninjago Movie which is an action packed adventure. I want to watch The LEGO Ninjago Movie again and again because the animation is fantastic and uses real life LEGOs. This story, told through the eyes of a young boy, captures your heart with friendship, parent controversies and team work.

The voiceovers are magnificent. It's as if you can feel the characters' emotions from the tone of their voices. This film has terrific characters such as Master Wu (Jackie Chan). I love Master Wu and the way that Jackie Chan portrays this character as someone who knows some amazing karate moves to help their students. My favorite character is Master Wu because he is hilarious and tells some good jokes, even when he doesn't know that he is making them. Guess what? A crazy fact about Jackie Chan (who has been acting since he was 7-years-old) is that he performs his own stunts and has broken every bone in his body. He is remarkable. I talked with him in person at LEGOLAND California just a few days ago. During our conversation, I discovered that his goal is to introduce children to martial arts and teach them how to find inner peace. Jackie Chan also plays Mr. Liu in The LEGO Ninjago Movie.

Cole (Fred Armisen) is a very kind and musical ninja at heart. When I met Fred Armisen, I discovered that he is very musical and knows how to sing Jingle Bells very well. I love the way that he connects with Cole through music and I love that they both love being ninjas, even when not on camera. Cole is a ninja who is very calm and quiet, yet when it is time to lay a bet no one is better for the task than him.

Lloyd (Dave Franco) is an amazing ninja who tries his best to do what is right and find a way to eradicate the evil Garmadon (Justin Theroux). Lloyd is the kid in school who no one likes because his dad is the evil villain Garmadon. During the daytime, Lloyd deals with bullies. Then at night and when he is needed most, he turns into a ninja with his friends Cole, Jay, Kai, Nya and Zane.

Jay (Kumail Nanjiani) is the anxious, yet adorable kid who I love and, who in real life he thinks that the cat was a pain to shoot with. When they were shooting they used two identical, twin cats and it was very hard to shoot them for technical reasons. Kai (Michael Pena) loved the shoot and thought it was a dream come true because, when he was hired he automatically became a ninja inside and out and he loves that feeling. Zane (Zach Woods) says that he was practically born with a robot voice and that he didn't have to practice at all for this role. Nya (Abbi Jacobson) told me that we all are ninjas and that we don't have to worry about not being cool or amazing, as we are all those things at heart.

The best scene in this film is when Garmadon and Master Wu have a gigantic martial arts battle and fight each other for good vs evil. I love this scene because it is spot on with the timing and the ending was quite shocking. I recommend this film for ages 6 to 18 as well as adults. People will love it because of the adventure. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars. You can see The LEGO Ninjago Movie on September 22 when it opens in theaters nationwide.

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

The LEGO Ninjago Movie, directed by Charlie Bean, is confusing yet manages to deliver some humor and entertainment. With many story lines and disconcerting ideas, it is a bit difficult to follow. Some of the plot lines are left unfinished. However, interspersed through the movie are scenes and dialogues where I couldn't help but smile.

The story follows six ninjas - Lloyd (Dave Franco), Cole (Fred Armisen), Jay (Kumail Nanijani), Kai (Michael Pena), Zane (Zach Woods) and Nya (Abbi Jacobson), who protect their home against the abominable Garmadon (Justin Thereox). Garmadon is Lloyd's father but Lloyd would do anything to get rid of him. Together the ninjas journey to find an answer to eliminating Garmadon once and for all.

Dave Franco as the voice of Lloyd easily adds emotion to his character. In one scene, when Lloyd wakes up to answer a phone, his voice tells us that he is weary and has just awakened. In other scenes, when Lloyd is irritated or confused, he uses different vocalizations to easily emphasize these emotions.

The animation and cinematography are the most prominent aspects of this film. The water of the ocean and pools is very realistic. When something emerges from the water, droplets trickle down from the object. The reflection of water on different surfaces is life-like and beautiful. Each individual LEGO block is detailed and, when looked at closely, you can even see scratches. The animation of the faces also brings about a lot of the emotion. The lines of the faces move when the character feels different sentiments. For example, when a character is confused or angry, different lines appear and disappear on the face showing sentiments. The cinematography is unique. In each of the battle scenes, the virtual cinematography allows one to view it from many different perspectives. In one scene, the perspective is Garmadon's point of view while, in the next scene we see the civilians' point of view.

The message of this film is that the superpowers that are invisible are sometimes the most powerful. I give this film 2.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12. Check out The LEGO Ninjago Movie when it opens in theaters nationwide September 22, 2017.

By Sahiba K., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 15

Surprisingly, I found this movie really enjoyable. I say surprisingly because I am not a fan of Ninjago, yet I managed to find it as funny and charming as the previous LEGO Movies.

The movie follows the story of the Green Ninja Lloyd, as he struggles to cope with his father Garmadon, an evil villain. This affects how the citizens of Ninjago see him and how they treat him. After Garmadon takes over Ninjago, the ninjas take a journey to find the ultimate weapon to save Ninjago

Of course, I have to start this review by mentioning the visuals. This movie is stop motion animation made using LEGOs. And aside from a few live action parts, everything is made out of LEGOs. And, it looks amazing. Like The LEGO Movie and The LEGO Batman Movie, this movie looks so good. The city of Ninjago, the subtle Japanese atmosphere, the expressions all look great. Since this movie has a lot of action, it took over four years to make. It is so impressive and I can't imagine what patience it took to create.

Similar to the other LEGO Movies, this film manages to be both hilarious, yet deep and meaningful. The story is all about a kid's life being in influenced by his dad's bad choices, which is a heavy subject. It is handled very seriously and maturely. Kudos to the writers, Dan and Kevin Hageman. They've made an amazing product. The movie has moments where Garmadon and Lloyd just talk about their relationship and their broken family, and it's really well done. The voice actors are also really great. Kumail Nanjiani as Jay is a particular stand out. For some reason, I found his voice very adorable and energetic. Honestly, all the voice actors show a lot of energy and effort.

As I previously mentioned, I don't know much about Ninjago. I was nervous that I wouldn't understand this movie because I don't follow the series. Thankfully, I can say that is not the case. I know almost nothing, yet I easily got the general idea of the story. So, if you're worried about not understanding the story, you're in luck. This movie stands on its own.

I give this movie 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 18. Remember, you don't need to like Ninjago to enjoy it. This movie comes out in theaters on September 22, 2017 so, go check it out.

Reviewed by Calista B, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12 What do you get when you mix a crazy cat, stealth ninjas and an evil villain? The LEGO Ninjago Movie which is an action packed adventure. I want to watch The LEGO Ninjago Movie again and again because the animation is fantastic and uses real life LEGOs. This story, told through the eyes of a young boy, captures your heart with friendship, parent controversies and team work.

The voiceovers are magnificent. It's as if you can feel the characters' emotions from the tone of their voices. This film has terrific characters such as Master Wu (Jackie Chan). I love Master Wu and the way that Jackie Chan portrays this character as someone who knows some amazing karate moves to help their students. My favorite character is Master Wu because he is hilarious and tells some good jokes, even when he doesn't know that he is making them. Guess what? A crazy fact about Jackie Chan (who has been acting since he was 7-years-old) is that he performs his own stunts and has broken every bone in his body. He is remarkable. I talked with him in person at LEGOLAND California just a few days ago. During our conversation, I discovered that his goal is to introduce children to martial arts and teach them how to find inner peace. Jackie Chan also plays Mr. Liu in The LEGO Ninjago Movie.

Cole (Fred Armisen) is a very kind and musical ninja at heart. When I met Fred Armisen, I discovered that he is very musical and knows how to sing Jingle Bells very well. I love the way that he connects with Cole through music and I love that they both love being ninjas, even when not on camera. Cole is a ninja who is very calm and quiet, yet when it is time to lay a bet no one is better for the task than him.

Lloyd (Dave Franco) is an amazing ninja who tries his best to do what is right and find a way to eradicate the evil Garmadon (Justin Theroux). Lloyd is the kid in school who no one likes because his dad is the evil villain Garmadon. During the daytime, Lloyd deals with bullies. Then at night and when he is needed most, he turns into a ninja with his friends Cole, Jay, Kai, Nya and Zane.

Jay (Kumail Nanjiani) is the anxious, yet adorable kid who I love and, who in real life he thinks that the cat was a pain to shoot with. When they were shooting they used two identical, twin cats and it was very hard to shoot them for technical reasons. Kai (Michael Pena) loved the shoot and thought it was a dream come true because, when he was hired he automatically became a ninja inside and out and he loves that feeling. Zane (Zach Woods) says that he was practically born with a robot voice and that he didn't have to practice at all for this role. Nya (Abbi Jacobson) told me that we all are ninjas and that we don't have to worry about not being cool or amazing, as we are all those things at heart.

The best scene in this film is when Garmadon and Master Wu have a gigantic martial arts battle and fight each other for good vs evil. I love this scene because it is spot on with the timing and the ending was quite shocking. I recommend this film for ages 6 to 18 as well as adults. People will love it because of the adventure. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars. You can see The LEGO Ninjago Movie on September 22 when it opens in theaters nationwide.

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

The LEGO Ninjago Movie, directed by Charlie Bean, is confusing yet manages to deliver some humor and entertainment. With many story lines and disconcerting ideas, it is a bit difficult to follow. Some of the plot lines are left unfinished. However, interspersed through the movie are scenes and dialogues where I couldn't help but smile.

The story follows six ninjas - Lloyd (Dave Franco), Cole (Fred Armisen), Jay (Kumail Nanijani), Kai (Michael Pena), Zane (Zach Woods) and Nya (Abbi Jacobson), who protect their home against the abominable Garmadon (Justin Thereox). Garmadon is Lloyd's father but Lloyd would do anything to get rid of him. Together the ninjas journey to find an answer to eliminating Garmadon once and for all.

Dave Franco as the voice of Lloyd easily adds emotion to his character. In one scene, when Lloyd wakes up to answer a phone, his voice tells us that he is weary and has just awakened. In other scenes, when Lloyd is irritated or confused, he uses different vocalizations to easily emphasize these emotions.

The animation and cinematography are the most prominent aspects of this film. The water of the ocean and pools is very realistic. When something emerges from the water, droplets trickle down from the object. The reflection of water on different surfaces is life-like and beautiful. Each individual LEGO block is detailed and, when looked at closely, you can even see scratches. The animation of the faces also brings about a lot of the emotion. The lines of the faces move when the character feels different sentiments. For example, when a character is confused or angry, different lines appear and disappear on the face showing sentiments. The cinematography is unique. In each of the battle scenes, the virtual cinematography allows one to view it from many different perspectives. In one scene, the perspective is Garmadon's point of view while, in the next scene we see the civilians' point of view.

The message of this film is that the superpowers that are invisible are sometimes the most powerful. I give this film 2.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12. Check out The LEGO Ninjago Movie when it opens in theaters nationwide September 22, 2017.

By Sahiba K., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 15

Surprisingly, I found this movie really enjoyable. I say surprisingly because I am not a fan of Ninjago, yet I managed to find it as funny and charming as the previous LEGO Movies.

The movie follows the story of the Green Ninja Lloyd, as he struggles to cope with his father Garmadon, an evil villain. This affects how the citizens of Ninjago see him and how they treat him. After Garmadon takes over Ninjago, the ninjas take a journey to find the ultimate weapon to save Ninjago

Of course, I have to start this review by mentioning the visuals. This movie is stop motion animation made using LEGOs. And aside from a few live action parts, everything is made out of LEGOs. And, it looks amazing. Like The LEGO Movie and The LEGO Batman Movie, this movie looks so good. The city of Ninjago, the subtle Japanese atmosphere, the expressions all look great. Since this movie has a lot of action, it took over four years to make. It is so impressive and I can't imagine what patience it took to create.

Similar to the other LEGO Movies, this film manages to be both hilarious, yet deep and meaningful. The story is all about a kid's life being in influenced by his dad's bad choices, which is a heavy subject. It is handled very seriously and maturely. Kudos to the writers, Dan and Kevin Hageman. They've made an amazing product. The movie has moments where Garmadon and Lloyd just talk about their relationship and their broken family, and it's really well done. The voice actors are also really great. Kumail Nanjiani as Jay is a particular stand out. For some reason, I found his voice very adorable and energetic. Honestly, all the voice actors show a lot of energy and effort.

As I previously mentioned, I don't know much about Ninjago. I was nervous that I wouldn't understand this movie because I don't follow the series. Thankfully, I can say that is not the case. I know almost nothing, yet I easily got the general idea of the story. So, if you're worried about not understanding the story, you're in luck. This movie stands on its own.

I give this movie 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 18. Remember, you don't need to like Ninjago to enjoy it. This movie comes out in theaters on September 22, 2017 so, go check it out.

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

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


GADGETGANG IN OUTERSPACE

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GADGETGANG IN OUTERSPACE       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
VISION FILMS
Series: DVD, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - A group of kids help five quirky little aliens who crashed into Earth, fix their spaceship, and together they save the universe from danger.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This hilarious animated film teaches so many important morals. I laughed the whole time. The animation is colorful and pleasing to watch. Also, the storyline is interesting and really inspiring.

The whole adventure begins when the Inva's (quirky little green space aliens) spaceship crashes onto planet Earth. When the Gagetgang kids (Gus, Phoebe, Mary Ann, Francesco, Mitsue, Banana and Tank) go to investigate the loud noise they heard, they see the spaceship and the Invas. The Invas tell the Gagetgang that they need help because an evil warlord is holding hostage the Confederation of Planet Leaders and all the planets are in grave danger.

Antony Serlano (Invas) can make his voice high-pitched, which is the perfect sound for an alien. The voice is very strange and fits the characteristics of the Invas. The writer of this story, Ale MacHaddo has interwoven many different morals into the story. I don't usually see films with multiple morals so prominent in the story. It is cool to see them all and be inspired in so many different ways.

The animation is very detailed and colorful. The different kinds of aliens they come up with look awesome! They are all completely different! They each have their own different characteristics and personalities.

My favorite part is when the Gagetgang offers to help the Invas. This is a perfect example of what you should do for someone in need. It warmed my heart to see the Invas so happy to get help from them.

There are multiple messages in this story. The first is about helping others in need. The Gagetgang help the Invas and the entire universe when they are in need. The second message is about no being defined by the category you are given. The Invas are seen by everyone as a weak, unintelligent species. Even when the Invas are put through a lot of persecution, they prove everyone wrong when they save the universe. The last message is that "no matter how small you are, you can still do big things together." The Gagetgang, even though they are so small compared to the universe, get together and save everyone.

This film is really inspirational, colorful and detailed. I give it 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages of 5 to 11. Gagetgang in Outer Space is a wonderful movie! You can check it out now on Digital!

Reviewed by Jolleen M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 12

Gadgetgang In Outer Space fascinates me because of its excellent animation. The voice acting is top level and the spectacular direction captures every detail of a space opera. This is sure to be a crowd-pleaser with the kids.

The story is about a spaceship that crashes to Earth and reveals a group of quirky little space aliens on the run for their lives. The GadgetGang kids - Gregory, Phoebe, Francesco, Mitsue, Mary Ann, Banana and Tank soon discover this won't be the same old stuff they are accustomed to. Instead it's an adventure which will heroically test all of their skills as a team. They learn that far away from the galaxy, an evil warlord named Gana Golber has seized control of the Confederation of Planets and now all the whole universe is in danger. Can the GadgetGang stand up to the test, or will all of humanity fall?

Brian Munn, as Gregory, excellently presents his leadership of the team, and relies on his quirky one-liners and street-smart to save the world. Due to this, he is my favorite character. Maisa Silva, as Phoebe, is great in how she shows her love for her brother, Gregory, as well as her adventurous attitude. Marc Thompson, as Francesco, provides a book-smart companion to Gregory. Lisa Adams, as Mitsue, provides exceptional comic relief and gadgets for the team. Alyson Leigh Rosenfield, as Mary Ann, is more concerned about her beauty and appearance as she tags along for the ride. David McDonald, as Gana Golber, is a threat, but his weakness comes beneath his exoskeleton.

The direction by Al McHaddo is splendid. Homage is given to many sci-fi movies, such as Star Wars and E.T. The Extra Terrestrial. My favorite scene is the final space battle because there is a mix of spacecraft battles and artillery combat which I found entertaining. The Gadget Gang's banter only heightens the final battle. My only problem with this film is that it is a little too fast with its explanation of key plot points and kids could have trouble following the story line. However, all of the scenes of the movie are filled with humor and action.

The message of the film is about working as a team, because the GadgetGang would not be able to accomplish their purpose without the teamwork from everyone involved. I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 10.

By Arjun Nair, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15
Runtime: 80 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 12.48
Media: DVD


JUNGLE JIM, A MUSICAL WILDLIFE ADVENTURE

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JUNGLE JIM, A MUSICAL WILDLIFE ADVENTURE       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
WAGNER PRODUCTIONS
Series: WEB SERIES, AGES 2-5
Topic - Education/Instructional
Description - Original music and charismatic characters make it easy for kids to learn fun facts about animals from inside their magic world. Jungle Jim is a young boy whose vivid imagination takes him and his animal friends on magical interactive adventures throughout the animal world.

Amazing facts about wildlife are entertainingly communicated through musical skits performed by the animals themselves. Catchy singable tunes make it easy for kids to learn about lots of different animals. http://junglejimmusic.com/
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Very cute animated short, geared for a preschool audience. Content is very suitable and straightforward. This is a pilot episode and, as such, offers a great example of what the finished series will show.

The background music is quite charming, sung by a choir of kids. The show features an animated character and his friends as they explore life action things. The voice over talent is quite good with voices that representing the characters in engaging ways. The storyline teaches kids facts about animals that reside in the jungle accompanied with fun music. This makes learning fun.

The graphics and visuals are clear, colorful and charming without going over the top. The pace of the production is quite appropriate for its target audience. Not too fast or too slow. The words are repetitive but that is suitable for preschoolers. The storyline is presented as a bit of an adventure which makes it fun and engaging.

This is a very watchable piece and I highly recommend it to parents and educators working with toddlers. It allows them to explore wildlife in a fun and informative way.

I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 2 to 5. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This show is designed for a preschool audience and it's quite suitable for them. The episodes are colorful and the characters look adorable. The songs are a pretty simple but work for its audience. The content is information but not very detailed. Again, remember that it's geared for a preschool audience so, the content is pretty basic and repetitive.

The voice acting is really great! I enjoyed listening to the different characters and give credit to the voice actors for their outstanding work. I found the animation a bit choppy and most of the backgrounds are pretty plain without much detail. There are occasional gaps between lines in a song or in between dialogue lines, but this is a pilot so, I'm sure that will smooth out in the final show.

The message that the film's creators are focused on is that learning can be fun! You should learn more about the things around you, specifically wild life and what all the different types are like. These episodes are short and cute. I give them 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 3 to 6. It is available on YouTube now so, check it out. Reviewed by Jolleen M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Web Series


P. KING DUCKLING: SEIZE THE DAY!

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SHOUT! FACTORY
Series: DVD, AGES 3-8
Topic - Family
Description - Adventure takes flight with the plucky P. King Duckling! Meet P. King, a slightly hapless but intrepid young duck, and his two best friends, Chumpkins (a sarcastic pig) and Wombat (who helps P. King with his schemes even though she knows better)! Together, they work to seize the day: which always leads to wild adventures and hilarious consequences. Created by award-winning Josh Selig (Sesame Street, Wonder Pets!) and featuring music from Grammy winner Marty Beller of They Might Be Giants, P. King Duckling is a wholly satisfying family experience that engages children in problem-solving and creative thinking: all while quacking you up!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a cute show about a group of friends who take funny adventures and find solutions to problems along the way. P. King is a funny duckling who constantly gets the group into trouble with his big adventures. Luckily, he has two friends that help keep him centered and out of trouble. There's Wombat who always supports P. King's decisions and Chumpkins, an attitude-riddled pig who is the muscle of the group. He is my personal favorite because he is funny and sarcastic all the time. This trio deals with the bad guy, Greg the Goose and teaches us that there are many creative solutions to even the smallest of problems. My 19-month-old absolutely loves this program. The art style reminds me of Phineas and Ferb. I recommend this DVD for ages 3 to 7 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. My only complaint is its lack of story depth. Everything is over simplified, which is expected for the target age group, but I wanted more. Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The fun adventures shared here are creative and quite enjoyable. The lessons that P. King Duckling, Wombat and Chumpkins teach are also quite useful. The animation in this show is simple with lots of colors and shapes. It is perfect for kids. It is easy to follow and understand so you can do some of the experiments that they do in your imagination.

My favorite episode is "Wombats Big Surprise!" This episode is so funny and enjoyable because of the humor and how Wombat doesn't know about her big surprise birthday party. I also love that Chumpkins and P. King Duckling hide things. It also teaches you about patience, which is a difficult lesson.

My favorite character is Wombat (Courtney Shaw). She is smart, creative and likes to help her friends. Wombat knows how to make lots of fun things such as painting pictures. Courtney Shaw voices Wombat and makes her sound very inquisitive and caring. She fills Wombat's voice with lots of emotion in all the episodes, which is something I admire. P. King Duckling (Marc Thompson) is very goodhearted and a silly duck who loves adventure. He finds new fun ways of doing things such as cooling the town he lives in during a heat wave, jogging the Great Wall of China and many more that have great moral values. Marc Thompson's P. King Duckling has an adorable voice that sounds like a nerd which brings P. King Duckling to life and makes him enjoyable.

Chumpkins (Benjie Randall) is a computer geek and loves technology. Chumpkins is proud of this and wears a shirt with a computer on it. Whenever you need something delivered house right away, have Chumpkins order it online. He also knows a lot about gadgets and gizmos so he is the Pig to call. Benjie Randall makes Chumpkins sound older then he is and that is reflected in his personality and makes you believe he is very smart.

Some of the life lessons in this story are about being a good friend, what friendship really is, how to exercise creativity, using your imagination and learn how to work as a team. The lessons are very valuable, because even I forget how to be a good friend sometimes. It is a great reminder about how to be a good friend for older kids while teaching younger kids the basics of friendship. It reminds you to use your brains and work with others when trying to solve problems.

I recommend this DVD for ages 4 to 8. Even tweens and teens will benefit from it the life lessons are priceless and everyone will enjoy the characters with their quacky, quirk personalities. I give this DVD 5 out of 5 Quacking Ducks. This is available now on DVD so, check it out. You'll be glad you did.

Reviewed by Morgan B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12
Runtime: 110 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 3-7
Suggested Retail Price: $ 12.65
Media: DVD
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GUMBY MOVIE, THE

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GUMBY MOVIE, THE
N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Take a magical romp with the world s most popular clay boy in The Gumby Movie. For the first time, you will enjoy this heartwarming adventure, fully re-mastered from its original film rolls. This is the complete movie, with all its scenes intact. This clay-animated masterpiece was written and directed by Gumby Creator Art Clokey, and showcases Gumby, Pokey, Prickle, Goo, the Blockheads, Professor Kapp, and introduces the Clayboys and singing sensation Tara. Gumby rocks out with the Clayboys for a concert benefiting local farmers. But things go awry when Gumby s arch enemies, the Blockheads, dognap his pet pooch, Lowbelly! Bad turns to worse when the Blockheads also kidnap the band...and replace them with clones! The battle between Clayboys and clones is filled with trains and planes, knights and fights, thrills and spills! True to classic Gumby adventures, The Gumby Movie takes viewers in and out of books, to Toyland, Camelot, outer space and beyond! The Gumby Movie Bonus Features include: Photo Gallery and Behind the Scenes.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I always love watching anything Gumby related. I remember watching Gumby when I was younger and it was always a blast. It was always quirky and weird, which is something I can really get behind. The movie is a well done flashback to the series and has the same goofy animation and weird storylines. If this is not something that you've grown up with, chances are you might not like this movie as much. It's a hard style to get into if you are not watching it for nostalgia. My children were a little confused when watching this because the animation is so old school. I personally really enjoyed it and I am 26! I recommend it for ages 6 to 12 and give it 5 out of 5 stars, fully admitting that I am a sucker for nostalgia. Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.

This Blu-ray release of the original 1995 feature-length film has been re-mastered and restored to its original running time of 90 minutes. The plot follows Gumby and his pals as they thwart the villainous Blockheads, who have created evil robotic clones of Gumby and his friends. The stop-motion clay animation, from the creator of the original TV series, is charming as ever in its stilted nature and the filmmakers utilize bright colors and wild re-shaping of the clay characters to often startling results. Thought not as lovably quirky as the TV show, which ran from 1953 to 1969 and was revived 1982 to 1989, the film should prove catnip to older fans of the iconic green character and entertaining for young viewers (most likely two to ten years of age). There is some pop-culture humor, including a nod to the original Star Wars film, but nothing crude or offensive. The DVD box set comes in a fun green Gumby head-shaped box. Included as an extra is a short film comprised of stills and video from the film's production. I give this 3 out of 5 stars. and recommend it for ages 5 to 12 and over 30.

I am a Gumby fan! I fondly remember watching Gumby and his pals when I was younger and was not disappointed with this movie! It is highly entertaining. It's pretty much like the Gumby I remember with more of a modern twist to it. I especially enjoyed watching Gumby vs. the Bad Robot Gumby and felt myself rooting for Gumby and his pals to win over bad, which back in the day were the blockheads of course! Children ages 7 to 11 will most likely enjoy this and Gumby fans of any age will enjoy it as well. I also like the music in the movie. The soundtrack really adds to the movie. The DVD also has a few surprises such as a photo gallery and behind-the-scenes which I found quite interesting to watch. I give this 5 stars out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is the youngest of the Gumby series and is far from the best. However, even though there are some moments that could be improved on,�Gumby: The Movie�still delivers the timeless entertaining charm that the earlier decades of the Gumby series are so famous for.This film follows the trend of the show by concentrating on Gumby's adventures. There are some light action scenes to keep these adventures exciting as well as a few jokes that the whole family can enjoy.

Gumby: The Movie's plot is about Gumby and his friends attempting to stage a concert. During the concert, two investors in the audience accidentally find out that Gumby's dog (Lowbelly) cries pearls when he listens to their music. They come up with a scheme to steal the dog and make thousands of dollars, but get discovered and Gumby and his friends have to save Lowbelly in one epic and complex adventure.

For the most part, this film really has a lot of great perks. The detail in the stop-motion clay animation really looks spectacular and mostly natural. The plot has lots of fun twists as well as quite a few references (i.e. one fighting scene contains light sabers in a ship that looks like it belongs in�Star Wars) to other series that allows for a good laugh. The background soundtrack by Jerry Gerber fits the tune of the quirky cartoon well and adds a little spice to the movie as a whole. There are a few technical hiccups that can be improved on to make this film perfect. One example is the visible and obvious wires holding up some of the characters. Even though this film was made in 1995, wire removal editing tools have existed since the late 80s. At times, the animation lags quite a bit and could be sped up to make more fluid motions. Nevertheless, none of these little things ruin the watching experience, as�Gumby: The Movie�still is a great film to watch with the family.

There are some filler scenes that don't do much to further the plot nor add any reoccurring elements to the story. Even though they sound bad, they are enjoyable and make it feel like several separate episodes, each with a unique adventure. My favorite scene takes place towards the beginning of the runtime when Pokey looks for Gumby everywhere. On his way, he passes by a slide. At the same time, two of Pokey's friends come out of the slide and run into him. The three turn into a big clay ball and need to go to the hospital to get un-separated. The scene has quite a few made up procedures that are both funny and realistic looking, which adds to the humor. Even though this has no purpose to the story, it still provides a few good laughs and, in general, is a fun mini-story.Gumby: The Movie�can be a family movie but its main purpose is being a kid's movie. For that reason, I recommend it for ages 8 to 18.�I give�Gumby: The Movie�4.5 out of 5 stars because it has a few technical faults here and there, but still really provides a good quality Gumby feature film. By Gerry O. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 90 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 24.99
Media: DVD


MONSTER ISLAND

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VISION FILMS
Series: DVD, AGES 5-10
Topic - Family
Description - When not-so-popular Lucas finds out he is not really a human, but actually a monster, the news changes his whole world! Embarking on a quest to Monster Island to discover his real roots, Lucas undergoes a journey he will never forget. He finds himself face to face with more tentacles, fangs and far-out situations than he can shake one of his new wings at. Ultimately Lucas learns that being a freak, isn't freaky--it means you're a member of a brand new type of family that you can proudly call your own.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Monster Island is a good film with animation that gave me feel a feeling of eeriness and anticipation. I enjoyed the story line.

Monster Island is about a boy named Lucas, a lonely kid who is getting bullied at school and his overprotective dad won't let him go anywhere without his inhaler. We learn that the reason is not that overexcitement might bring on an asthmatic attack, but an awful metamorphosis. The boy's secret is that he is a monster, like his dad. Lucas discovers his monster identity at the biggest party of the year, in front of all his friends, when he forgets his inhaler. He turns into a monster and scares everyone. His dad shows up with his inhaler and he returns to his human state. His dad explains his origins and his powers. Lucas learns they are from an island called Calvera and sets out to find the island and his Grandmother Carlotta.

The movie is very watchable. One message of the movie is to accept who you. Lucas' uncle is not a monster like the others in his family and he resents it. He becomes a mad scientist and causes problems for the family and Calvera.

Every monster is unique and the animators truly show off great creative talent here. The storyline is simple, easy to understand and makes sense. The coordination between sound and movement is good. The music gives a haunting and scary feeling.

I rate this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 6 to 10. Look for this entertaining film on-line at YouTube, Google Play, ITunes and similar. It's available now so go check it out.

Reviewed by Juanita L., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror

The animation reminded me of early Jimmy Neutron shows. The story is about a 13-year-old boy who finds out his asthma inhaler is actually a device that keeps him from transforming into a monster. He travels to Monster Island to discover who he really is. It's a cute fantastical story with tons of potential that doesn't develop completely. I wanted it to do so much more. But, let's talk about what is good in this movie. The small lessons are great. I loved watching the confused child realize who he is, who his father is and watch him grow to appreciate all of that. It's a great lesson for anyone interested in self discovery. I give this movie 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 13. Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Monster Island is a great film because of its animation and unique storyline. I love how the monsters are animated. I also adore the storyline. It's something I've never seen before.

Monster Island is about a boy named Lucas who's a monster, but doesn't know it since his dad hid it from him his whole life. His dad has given him a potion to stop him from turning into a monster by hiding it as an inhaler. When Lucas forgets his inhaler at home to go the biggest party of the year, he turns into a monster which scares everyone. Luckily, his dad comes to the rescue with his inhaler which turns him back into a human. His dad explains what's happening and where he got his powers from. Turns out, they're from an island called Calvera. Lucas goes on an adventure to find this island. But will he find it? Watch it to find out!

The animation reminds me of Frankenweenie and Coraline which are some of my favorite Halloween movies. Unlike Frankenweenie and Coraline, Monster Island is all computer animation. However, it looks like claymation. I'm fascinated by the attention to detail. Every monster is unique. There are squid monsters and humongous monsters who tower over people.

I love the characters in this movie. Two of my favorites are the two police officers. I love their banter as they try to catch Lucas, but always fail. I love how the pumpkin monster is the "brains" of their team while the deer head monster is the tough dumb one. They had me cracking up the whole time.

The message of this movie is to accept yourself. Lucas' uncle tries to become a monster since he never became a monster. He felt left out because all of his family are monsters, but he isn't. Although his family loves him either way, he still tries to find a way to become a monster through science.

I rate this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 6 to 10. You can find this incredible movie online now so, go check it out.

Reviewed by Carla P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12
Runtime: 80 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 6-10
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC: FLUTTERSHY

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SHOUT! FACTORY
Series: DVD, AGES 5-10
Topic - Family
Description - Not every Pegasus pony in Equestria is the same. Just ask Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy. While Rainbow Dash is bold and daring, Fluttershy is quite reserved and caring. But that's what makes Fluttershy such a wonderful friend to everyone around her, whether they're her pony friends, like Twilight Sparkle, Rarity, Pinkie Pie, Applejack and, yes, even Rainbow Dash , or her non-equestrian friends, like Angel the bunny. Join in for five adventures that feature everypony's lovably quiet Pegasus, Fluttershy.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic: Fluttershy, created by Lauren Faust is lively and cheerful! The storylines are well thought out, with plots that relate to real life. The variety of the personalities of each pony creates a realistic atmosphere where everyone is accepted. Each episode teaches how to deal with certain setbacks and different realistic situations through colorful and merry narratives.

The story follows a pony named Fluttershy (Andrea Libman) who is timid and would do anything for friendships. She adventures through life with her fellow ponies including Rarity (Tabitha St. Germain) and Rainbow Dash (Ashleigh Ball), facing different challenges and never giving up. They maintain their friendships no matter what.

Andrea Libman is the voice actor for Fluttershy and has a high pitch but soft-toned voice. This builds upon her personality as a shy, timid pony. When she lowers her voice to a light tone, one can tell she is feeling shy and when her voice rises, one can tell she is feeling more confident. Tabitha St. Germain voices Rarity who also has a high pitch voice. However, she uses more inflections in her voice to show how excited Rarity is.

The animation and the sound effects are the highlights of this DVD. There are many different colors used throughout for the skin and hair of the ponies and for the scenic backgrounds. The variety of these colors is very visually appealing. The animation of the ponies' eyes convey a multitude of emotions. For example, when a pony is excited, its eyes widen. When they are scared, their pupils shrink. And when they are shy, their eyes look down. The sound effects add more emotion to the scenes. Different sound effects emerge as different words are emphasized. When Fluttershy is mad, loud and low sound effects further accentuate these emotions.

My favorite part was seeing how all the ponies in different colors, shapes and sizes. Everyone gets along and nobody cares how their friends or fellow ponies look. It is an analogy for real life.

The messages are about the importance of friendship and about never giving up despite the circumstances. I give this DVD 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 10. Check out My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic: Fluttershy when it's released nationwide on DVD September 12, 2017.

Reviewed by Sahiba K., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15
Runtime: 110 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-10
Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.98
Media: DVD
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FLOOGALS: MISSION COMPLETE

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Series: DVD, AGES 3-8
Topic - Family
Description - Join the Floogals on a mission of discovery as they explore Earth and the funny hoomans who live there! Each day, Captain Fleeker, First Officer Flo, and Junior Boomer encounter something that sparks their curiosity, setting in motion the day s research project and triggering an exciting adventure! First, the Floogals have an adventure in which they must learn the difficult task of assembling the Girl Hooman s jigsaw puzzle. They learn working in a team wins the day! The projects continue with investigating Boy Hooman s building of a model rocket, learning how to fly a toy helicopter to rescue Boomer, discovering who stole Dad Hooman s veggies in the garden and so much more! Adventure is everywhere they go. They re the Floogals! 3, 2, 1, let s go!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - As far as young children's programming goes, Floogals is one of my favorites. The adventures that the Floogals take are so unique and fun. It makes you wish that you were there as well. One of my favorite episodes is when the Floogals try to assemble a human jigsaw puzzle and it is horribly funny. I'm not a puzzle gal myself and I was shocked to see these little guys make something such as assembling a jigsaw puzzle interesting. This program really has a way of making normal everyday events into huge fantastical events for the Floogals. The animation is cute with bright, eye-catching colors. My 19-month-old cracked up the whole time he was watching. I recommend this for ages 4 to 8, but I am most definitely letting my little guy watch it now. I give this DVD 5 out of 5 stars for being so darn creative! Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This hilarious animated series had me laughing the entire time. Seeing aliens interact with humans is something I've never witnessed before, and the obstacles that the Floogals face are incredibly unique. As soon as I began watching the series, the Floogals have to face a giant cat, which did not fail to make me laugh. With many twists and turns, you will never get bored.

A story is about three aliens from outer space, Captain Fleeker, First Officer Flo and Junior Boomer who experience many exciting adventures with humans. They must stay hidden, conduct research projects and report back to their space captain about what it's like to live on earth. The Floogals learn about jigsaw puzzles, mail, a model rocket, a helicopter and so much more! And, if they do a good job with their research, they get badges to wear on their uniforms. Join Fleeker, Flo and Boomer as they learn what it's like to be a "hooman."

Rasmus Hardiker, who plays Captain Fleeker, is the lead Floogal. Fleeker always manages to come up with solutions to problems that the Floogals face. For example, when the Floogals ruin a jigsaw puzzle that a little girl built, they have to find a way to rebuild it before she comes back. Hardiker's voice is very deep, but it's also very optimistic, which makes his character very relatable. Hugo Harold- Harrison, who plays Boomer, is the funniest character I've ever seen. Boomer doesn't think before he acts, which lands him in difficult situations. Boomer is in charge of watching the cat while the other Floogals rebuild the jigsaw puzzle. Harrison's voice is filled with fear, which makes it hilarious.

The animation in this show is very realistic. The house that the Floogals live in looks just like mine! Their uniforms are the coolest uniforms I've ever seen. I wish I could be a Floogal! My favorite part about this series is its theme song. It is incredibly catchy, so prepare to have it get stuck in your head. I love the ending of each episode, because Fleeker, Flo and Boomer each provide their personal perspective about their daily adventures. It's great to hear their differing opinions, which makes their friendship work. Fleeker, Flo and Boomer are undoubtedly best friends, and you'll wish that you could join them on their adventures.

The message of this series is to explore everything that life has to offer and to keep an open mind. The Floogals are nothing like humans, but they learn to love what humans can do. I give this DVD 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to kids ages 4 to 8. With non-stop adventures and many jokes, there is something for everyone to enjoy. This DVD is available on September 12, 2017 so, be sure to look for it. I can't wait to watch the second series.

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

Floogals: Mission Complete is a spectacular DVD. It has great animation, a great way to teach kids about day to day things and the Floogals are such a great way to get kids hooked on learning. It has an amazing dynamic and a review of everything they learn at the end, so the kids don't forget. It also never has a dull moment, so it will keep kids very interested and wanting to watch more.

Floogals is about three little aliens that move into a "hoomans" house. Everyday, they discover something new about Earth and they investigate. While doing that, they teach kids about all those things. There is a wide variety of episodes from teaching kids how mail works, to finding out how seeds grow.

This show has such amazing animation. The Floogals are little animated aliens, but they live in a live action world. It's so cool to see them pick up objects that aren't animated and they still look like real objects. Another thing I really like is the personalities of all the Floogals. Take Boomer for example. He relates to kids that are more shy and helps them be more out there just like him. I also love the way each episode is formatted. Every episode starts with the Floogals seeing something they don't understand. Then, they find funny uses for it and, in the end when they find out what it is, they go over everything they learned. It's a great tool to help kids remember what they learn. One of my favorite episodes is "Project Mail." I really like it because, as a kid, I never would have known how mail worked and this would have been really cool for me to watch at a younger age. If I could change one thing about the Floogals, it would be how long Boomer's name is. On the show they call him Junior-Floogal-Boomer. I think it would be better as just Boomer.

The message of this show is that you should go out and learn something new every day. I give this DVD 4 out of 5 stars for its great animation, awesome plots and incredible characters. I recommend this DVD for ages 3 to 6. This DVD will be released on September 12, 2017 so be sure to check it out.

By Dariana A., KIDS FIRST Film Critics, age 11.
Runtime: 95 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 3-8
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
Media: DVD
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UPTON CHARLES - DOG DETECTIVE, PICTURE PERFECT

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UPTON CHARLES - DOG DETECTIVE, PICTURE PERFECT
NEPTUNE PRESS LLC/ D.G. STERN
Series: E-BOOK, AGES 8-12
Topic - Family
Description - Fire engines race to a smokey house, but Upton's nose knows there is something wrong. Join Upton, his assistant Watson and the rest of the Charles family to find the answer.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Upton Charles and his family is back for yet another mystery! This is very entertaining and has an educational twist to it, as well. It flows well from beginning to end. Children will want to know how the mystery is solved. The educational art history facts make this more than a fun read. Children will learn interesting information as they read. The vocabulary is appropriate to its intended audience. The illustrations, although simple, have good visual appeal. There are positive role models in the story and it's quite clever that Upton is not a talking dog, but his thoughts are shown throughout the story. Great chapter book for children ages 8 to 12.? I give it 4 out of 5 stars.?
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KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-8
Suggested Retail Price: $ 7.99
Media: Book


LEAP!

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WEINSTEIN CO, THE
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-18
Topic - Family
Description - Paris, 1884. An orphaned girl arrives in Paris from Brittany. F�licie Milliner is 11 and has no money but one big, passionate dream: to become a dancer. With nothing left to lose, F�licie takes a big risk: she 'borrows' a spoiled brats identity and enters the Opera Ballet School. But how long can she be someone else? Mentored by the tough and mysterious cleaner, Odette , F�licie learns that talent is not enough - it takes hard work to be better than her ruthless, conniving fellow students. That and friendship. Felicie's inventive, exhausting and charismatic best friend Victor also has a dream: becoming a famous inventor. Together, they both encourage each other to reach for the stars.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Leap! is a great film with a big meaning. This film teaches it all - honesty, perseverance and the importance of practice, family, believing in yourself, believing in your dreams and passion. F�licie makes a lot of mistakes during her journey, which set her back, but that doesn't stop her from continuing to push through.

The story begins when F�licie and her best friend, Victor escape from an orphanage. They take a train to Paris so that F�licie can attend a dance school there and Victor can become an inventor. They arrive in Paris without any money. During their journey, they encounter many challenges. As F�licie meets new people, a love conflict arises as well as a conflict with a wealthy lady who is pure evil and wants to crush Felicie's dream.

A wealthy woman Regine (Kate McKinnon) is cruel, rude and arrogant, but a boy with a crush on F�licie protects her from Regine. McKinnon makes Regine sound totally wicked in a bad but great way. The boy, Victor (Natt Wolf) is portrayed as a timid, but an optimistic and caring friend.

The animation in this film is spectacular! It is very detailed and their mouths move with the words they are saying so well the animated characters seem real. The voice acting is spot on. The voices are filled with emotion and an inspiration to the audience, including me.

My favorite part is when F�licie watches a ballerina at the French dance school. She takes just one look at the ballerina's dance and knows she wants to dance and that she can dance. You can really see Felicie's passion for dancing right there. The whole movie is all about passion and the movie will inspire viewers to follow their dreams.

The message of this film is to follow your dreams. It show how, in order to succeed, you have to work very hard, believe in yourself and have passion. F�licie is an exemplary role model.

Leap! is a very inspirational film with a very important lesson and a pleasure to watch. I give it 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 3 to 18. Adults will love this movie as well. I really enjoyed watching this film. Definitely check this awesome movie out when it opens nationwide in theaters August 30, 2017.

Reviewed by Jolleen M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

Leap!, directed by Eric Summer is a fun filled, adventurous experience! A quick dive into the storyline and action captivated me from the beginning. The animation engrossed me with its beautiful and realistic settings of buildings, streets and skies. The designs of the characters' outfits are unique and exquisite.

The story follows two best friends, F�licie (Elle Fanning) and Victor (Dane DeHaan) who have tremendous dreams. F�licie yearns to be a ballerina and Victor, an inventor. Together they escape their home at an orphanage and arrive in Paris to pursue their ambitions.

Elle Fanning as Felicie's voice communicate sadness when she sniffles, happiness as she squeals with joy and courage with a firm voice. Through Felicie's voice, I connected to her. Dane Dehaan as Victor's voice adds great joy and lightness to the film. The humor in his voice made me laugh out loud along with the audience.

The animation is the highlight of this film. The settings and surroundings are intricately detailed. When F�licie and Victor walk through the streets of Paris, the walls of the different buildings are covered with posters that have been ripped or worn down, the individual bricks or stones that make up the walls and street floors are covered with moss and miniscule cracks which adds to their realistic look. The architecture is angelic. The images of the Grand Opera house does true justice to the actual opera house. The ballet choreographer, Benjamin Millepied, wonderfully creates dance masterpieces. Although animated, I felt as if I was watching F�licie dance in real life. In one scene, two girls dance side by side and gracefully migrate from the stage to the chairs in the audience, to outside the stage. They use multiple areas as their stage and still look skillful and elegant.

My favorite part are the costumes. Designed to be sophisticated, from the ballerina's tutus to the vest of the Director of Opera, they have beautiful flower prints with bright colors and are very visually appealing.

The messages of this film is "never give up on your dreams" and "persevere towards your goals." I give 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18. It opens nationwide in theaters August 25, 2017 so, check it out.

Reviewed by Sahiba K., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15

Leap! is a marvelous movie that is so inspirational. It has a classic plot of a dance movie, with amazing twists that keep you on the edge of your seat wanting more. Leap! has fantastic animation and shows some of the real struggles of being a ballerina. This film shows how hard work pays off and really motivates you to work as hard as the characters in the film. I love how it has clich�s, but still kept me glued and wanting to know more.

The storyline is about an orphan girl, F�licie (Elle Fanning) and her best friend Victor (Dane DeHaan) who escape an orphanage to pursue their dreams. Felicie's dream is to dance and she gets her own chance to pursue that. Along the way, she faces challenges and setbacks that help her learn about her longing to dance.

Something really amazing about this film is that during the group dance scenes, they only show the dancers feet, while they dance on pointe. I love it because of how in sync all the feet are and how realistic the animated ballet shoes are. The one thing I didn't like about the movie is how old some the characters sound compared to their age. For example, F�licie is 11 years old and is voiced by Elle Fanning whose voice sounds much older. In some scenes, Odette (Carly Rae Jepsen) who is much older than F�licie sounds younger than her. But, the animation is so beautifully unique and unlike anything I've seen in any other movie. My favorite scene is when Victor (Dane DeHaan) and Rudy (Tamir Kapelian) fight over F�licie and it turns into a very funny slap fight. My favorite character is Odette because she is the one who teaches F�licie how to dance and always believes in her no matter what happens.

I think there are two messages in this film. The first is to follow your dreams because, if you can dream it, you can do it (shout out to Walt on this one). The second message is that practice makes perfect. This is what F�licie has to do in order to achieve her dream. I give this film 4.5 out of 5 stars because it is such a marvelous movie that I loved watching. I recommend this film for ages 6 to 18 because even my 17-year-old brother enjoyed it! You can find this film in a theatre near you on August 25.

Reviewed by Dariana A., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11

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


FLOWER'S EYES, A

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FLOWER'S EYES, A
XILANG PRODUCTIONS
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Eight students of different ethnic background are learning Mandarin at a tuition class. They are behind in their Chinese schoolwork but are learning happily with their gentle, caring tuition teacher in a colorful natural environment. A beautiful and harmonious bond awakens a pure heart.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - A Flower's Eyes is a calming short film perfect for a youth and family audience. The songs are melodious, lovable and made me smile. The story follows students learning Chinese with a warm-hearted teacher who loves her students dearly. The children are adorable and add an innocence that younger audiences will enjoy. In the beginning, the camera's point of view is from the eye of a flower that is watching the children on their way to class. Once in class, the camera stays outside the classroom, so viewers cannot see inside but can hear the laughter and voices of the children. The bond between the sweet children and their teacher is very appealing, as are the visuals of the Malaysian nature and wildlife. I also enjoyed the songs. There are some scenes that don't seem to have a purpose, but the ambience of the film emanates a peaceful and loving feeling. The film flows well most of the time, however some transitions are confusing. For example, there is a scene where the teacher and her son are sitting together and then it switches to showing the teacher teaching her students a song about a snowman. There is a sudden change in topic that doesn't make sense. However, it is still very watchable. The film uses vocabulary and concepts suitable to its audience most of the time, although there is a scene where the teacher mentions menstruating, which I think is unsuitable for younger kids. The visual appeal and soundtrack are what stand out to me most. There are multiple nature shots. These are my favorite and they make it interesting and unique. For example, during the first song, we see a forest in the rain. The close-ups of the leaves show beads of water and small insects crawling around them. The two songs, "The Eyes of a Flower" and "Why is the Snowman Missing" are delightful and suitable for younger kids. The sound quality is consistent and clear throughout the film. The message of the film is that, when you look at the world through a flower's eyes, it is extraordinarily beautiful. I recommend this film for ages 5 to 12 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. I recommend this film for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival because I believe little children will enjoy the songs, the nature visuals and the bright colors. Reviewed by Sahiba K., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 14 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
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Media: VIDEO


COSMOSPENGUIN IN SUSHILAND, THE

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COSMOSPENGUIN IN SUSHILAND, THE
RUSLANA BERNDL
Series: FOREIGN STUDENT SHORT, AGES 2-6
Topic - Family
Description - The adventures of the Cosmospenguin (which is just on diet) lead him from his home planet Jupiter up to the light years distant, praised Sushiland. In search of a treasure he meets the frog (which suffers at iron deficiency). His trip to San Francisco ends in the chaos. In his visit in Vienna he saves together with the frog the squirrel (which can shout very loudly). On his odyssey in the desert he hits on the camel Simon (who needs no gasoline). For what is looking the Cosmospinguin on the Sushiland, seems at first unclear. Only after he has travelled around half a planet, finally, the sense of his trip becomes by him conscious ...
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The student short, Cosmopenguin In Sushiland is a fun imaginative romp through spectacular locations such as Sushiland, Abu Dabhi and Vienna. It follows a penguin from Jupiter who goes on a bizarre journey around the world with characters like a frog who eats meteorites and a squirrel. It is very childlike, colorful and fun. I appreciate how everyday objects like toy cars and toy penguins are incorporated into the film. It doesn't have amazing production quality, but it has an endearing homemade quality to it. I think children will enjoy it and it could inspire them to make their own films in the future. This short film is very weird, but I believe younger kids could very much enjoy it. I recommend this offbeat tale for inclusion in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. I recommend it for ages 2 to 6 and give it 3.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Benjamin P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The student short, Cosmopenguin In Sushiland is a fun imaginative romp through spectacular locations such as Sushiland, Abu Dabhi and Vienna. It follows a penguin from Jupiter who goes on a bizarre journey around the world with characters like a frog who eats meteorites and a squirrel. It is very childlike, colorful and fun. I appreciate how everyday objects like toy cars and toy penguins are incorporated into the film. It doesn't have amazing production quality, but it has an endearing homemade quality to it. I think children will enjoy it and it could inspire them to make their own films in the future. This short film is very weird, but I believe younger kids could very much enjoy it. I recommend this offbeat tale for inclusion in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. I recommend it for ages 2 to 6 and give it 3.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Benjamin P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
Runtime: 12 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-6
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


PUP STAR: BETTER 2GETHER

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AIR BUD ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 4 - 12
Topic - Family
Description - The action-packed new season of the franchise continues with the story of Tiny, an adorable Yorkie pup who, after winning the 'Pup Star' TV singing competition, is suddenly launched into an adventure when she's replaced by a street Yorkie, Scrappy, and the two swap lives in a dog-filled, fish-out-of-water tale that ultimately demonstrates life truly is 'better together.'
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I have to admit that I liked this so much more than I thought I would. The dogs are absolutely adorable and they storyline, while a bit trite, is quite suitable for its intended audience. The humans are all pretty stereotyped and goofy but in a good way. This is one of those films that I definitely recommend for kids, especially dog lovers. My hat is off to the animators for making the dogs appear to be speaking. They way their mouths move is pretty credible. I would definitely take my granddaughter to this! I give it 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 to 12. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Air Bud Entertainment has done it again and created a fun-filled family film with this follow up sequel to Pup Star. I like the movie because the story has a fun adventure and also introduces lots of new characters including the disco dog Shampoo, the perfect pal P.U.P. (Mackenzie Sol) and the "cantankerous" Kitty Purry (Madison Pettis).

The story begins when Roland (Jed Rees) and Bark (George Newbern) kidnap Tiny (Kaitlyn Maher); or should I say dognap. Scrappy (Kaitlyn Maher) is put in Tiny's place for the Pup Star finals because Bark wants revenge on Tiny. My favorite scene is Shampoo's disco party! It is hilarious because it is quite unusual to see dogs dancing. Wow! He slides all around and spins on the ground like fidget spinner. My next favorite scene is in Kitty Purry's cat alley. When Roland enters, his clothes are in perfect condition, but when he comes out, his entire outfit is in shreds.

My favorite characters are Tiny, Scrappy and Roland. Tiny is so loveable and a great singer. Scrappy is an awesome rapper with lots of attitude. Roland thinks he is pretty smart but he's really like a dodo bird. It's so funny that in almost every scene something bad happens to him which made me laugh like a howling husky.

I absolutely love the music because it includes rap, pop, country, upbeat and sad songs that draws you in and touches your heart. Kaitlyn Mayer has an amazing and versatile voice. She is able to not only sing pop but rap like nobody's business. I like the special effects because they make the talking dogs and facial expressions look so real and, by the end of the movie, I believed that dogs can really talk and sing. Can't they?

I don't want to give away the ending, but you'll most likely have tears in your eyes. The heartfelt messages of the film are about sticking together and that families are better together. I recommend this to ages 3 to 13. I rate this film 5 out of 5 Pup Stars. I highly encourage you to see this film! It is available on VOD August 29, 2017 so go check it out.

By Abigail Zoe L., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10

This wonderful, animated film is one of my all-time favorites. Firstly, it's about dogs. Secondly, any kind of dog you can imagine is in this film, so you are sure to love at least one. If you don't love dogs as much as I do, that's okay, because there are plenty of cats to go around as well.

After Tiny, a Yorkshire terrier, wins the Pup Star finale, her fame begins to flourish. Having multiple interviews and traveling around the country, she's forced to remain astray from her family. Scrappy, an identical street Yorkshire terrier, switches lives with Tiny and their families and friends are completely unaware. Tiny and Scrappy encounter multiple adventures and learn a valuable life lesson: life is better together.

Kaitlyn Maher, who voices both Tiny and Scrappy, successfully illustrates the differences between the two, through Scrappy's low-pitched raps and Tiny's intense singing voice. During the film, there are also times where you aren't able to tell the difference. Mackenzie Moss, who plays Tiny's owner Lou, is the perfect dog owner. She loves Tiny more than anything in the world and, even though she's actually loving Scrappy for a majority of the film, her heart is always with Tiny. You can see it in her smile when it's Tiny's birthday. The entire house is decorated. There is a cake - what more could you ask for?

The set is incredible! It looks so similar to the set of America's Got Talent. The stage is filled with colorful lights, incredible singers and there's even a real audience. It feels as if you're a part of the show. My favorite part is when Tiny goes on "Jimmy Kibble Live" and competes with a super-fan. They play a game called "Who Knows Tiny Best?" Jimmy Kimmel Live is one of my favorite talk shows, so it is hilarious to see an imitation of it.

The message of the film is concise, yet extremely powerful: life is better when you're together. No matter who you may be with, as long as you have a support system, there is nothing that can tear you down. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to kids ages 6 to18. Adults will love it too. You're never too young or old to love an animal. I fell in love with the first Pup Star film and seeing the second one made my heart melt. If you love animals as much as I do, this is undoubtedly the film for you. Catch this film on VOD August 29, 2017. I can't wait to see Pup Star 3.

By Samantha Marcus, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 17

This film is a perfectly cute kid and family furry-friendly movie. Sorry, there are lots of puns in this film. It is clearly geared to younger kids, but at least I can say there is a very clear effort to make this film watchable for older siblings and even parents.

The story centers around a celebrity pooch named Tiny and a streetwise dog named Scrappy who are forced to switch places after Tiny is dog-napped. Scrappy is coerced to purposely lose The Pup Stars Final competition pretending to be Tiny.

First, I want to acknowledge the really good editing in this movie. Since most of the characters are dogs, you must make their lip movements and actions look convincing. And I must admit, the lip movements and actions actually do look real. That must have taken a lot of time. Kudos to the film's editor, Jason Dale. All the dogs in the film are likable and you just want to cuddle up with Tiny and Scrappy.

This film has some flaws in terms of its story. First, the humans are incredibly oblivious and bumbling. When Scrappy meets Tiny's family, she does a terrible job hiding that she isn't Tiny, yet they completely buy it. No one seems to realize Tiny and Scrappy have switched places. All the human characters are either self-absorbed or really incompetent. I also have an issue with how predictable the storyline is. I knew the big reveal within the first few minutes of the film. Not only that, this type of story has been done before. This movie is pretty much Parent Trap, but with dogs and an American Idol twist.

I have to say that the music is surprisingly really good. The song Tiny sings, "Is This For Real?" is pretty catchy and I even found it stuck in my head after the movie was over. The singing overall is also great. I admit, the movie's soundtrack is kind of a guilty pleasure for me.

Before the movie starts, it is revealed that they are working on Pup Stars 3 and I am curious how many movies they can make, especially since the first one only came out last year and they go straight to VOD. I wonder what the plot will be for the next movie and hope they don't depict the humans as totally incompetent next time.

I give this film 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 3 to 10, as this is a solid family film. It will be released on VOD on August 29, 2017 so, check it out.

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

Pup Star: Better 2Gether, the sequel to Pup Star, is an amazing original film that really hits the heart. The storyline is unique and the ending is so adorable. The film teaches the important messages of honesty and owning up to your mistakes. The storyline begins when Scrappy gets put up to impersonate Tiny. Bark instructs Scrappy to lose the Pup Star Competition as Tiny so that he can win. Bark kidnaps Tiny and tries to keep him contained. Eventually he escapes and tries to find his owner and reveal the truth.

Kaitlyn Maher voices two completely different characters and personalities well. She voices Tiny's sweet and affectionate personality and also voices Scrappy's rough, snarky personality. I also love the voice acting of Steve Valentine as Simon Growl. It is a really good Simon Cowell impression. At first, I thought it was actually Simon Cowell voicing his dog counterpart.

The animation that makes the dogs dance and talk looks so real. It is so cool to see the dogs break-dancing at the disco party. It is also amazing to see the dogs singing and talking. They sound beautiful and angelic.

My favorite character is Scrappy, because she is so courageous and has such a strong personality, even if she seems harsh. She is a great example of "don't judge a book by its cover." I don't want to give any spoilers, but she is very confident and knows what's right.

The message of this film is to have confidence in yourself and do what's right. Tiny has confidence that she can find her owner. She doesn't give up and that helps her greatly. Scrappy knows what's right and she becomes successful and happy at the end. These things benefit both dogs and the film teaches that it will benefit you as well. They are very important lessons that will help you throughout your life.

This film is very inspirational and super-cute. I give it 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages of 3 to 18. Who doesn't love puppies? Definitely check this film out when it comes out on VOD August 29, 2017.

By Jolleen M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 1

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


NUT JOB 2, THE: NUTTY BY NATURE

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OPEN ROAD PRODUCTIONS
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Surly the squirrel and his animal friends find out that the corrupt mayor of Oakton plans to bulldoze their beloved Liberty Park to make way for an amusement park. Hoping to save the place they call home, Surly, Andie, Buddy and the rest of the gang join forces with Mr. Feng, a seemingly cute and innocent mouse who happens to be a fierce master of kung fu.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The Nut Job 2 is wonderful! With some movies, the sequel is never as good as the original, but with this movie, they are both awesome films. There is never a boring part or unnecessary scene. It keeps you wanting more and gets you really attached about the characters' lives. The background music really helps keep the story going and makes the chase scenes more suspenseful since there are no silent moments.

In the film, an accident happens and all the animals who are eating at the nut shop are forced to move back to the park. Unfortunately, Mayor Muldoon (Bobby Moynihan) has some nefarious plans to destroy the park. So, Surly (Will Arnett) and his friends have to find a way to work together to save the park.

One of the things I care for in both of The Nut Job films is the animation. I love how you can see every single hair on all the animals and how each one is different. Another thing that I love about this film is the music. That, you can thank Heitor Pereira for. The music goes with the lines and scenes so well, that it truly enhances the story. My favorite character is Buddy because, even though he never talks, he is always there for Surly and it's funny to see Buddy's expressions that make it seem as if he's talking. I also really like the backstory showing Surly and Buddy's friendship. Another thing I really like is Mr. Feng's (Jackie Chan) tail because it makes him more intimidating, which adds to his character. My favorite scene is when Andie (Katherine Heigl) starts singing about how the park is their home and they make a joke about how "no one can break into a spontaneous song." Go watch it and you'll see!

The two messages in this film are to work together, which this movie is all about, and that nothing comes easy. This message comes into place when the animals have to move back to the park and scrounge for food. I rate this film 5 out of 5 stars because of the extraordinary animation, plot and music. I recommend this film for ages 5 to 14 and parents and older siblings will enjoy it too. You can find this film theaters nationwide on August 11, 2017.

By Dariana A., KIDS FIRST Film Critics, age 11

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


BIBI FUN PARK

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BIBI FUN PARK
JOEL STUTZ
Series: FOREIGN ANIMATED SHORT, AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - Children see the world as a big fun park. Everything is exciting and adventurous. The loss of a soother is a big tragedy for our small Bibi friends. In this big world, characterized by the unreachable tall tower, Bibi's mother becomes the most precious support children have to grow with happiness.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This well executed piece of animation has a fast pace, a clear storyline and fun and colorful characters. The story about an anthropomorphic animal losing his soother (pacifier in US) is something young kids can relate to. The ending is quite satisfying. I'm recommending this to ages 2 to 5 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 3 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


DRAIN RANGERS: EPISODE 4

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DRAIN RANGERS: EPISODE 4
FAITH HANEY
Series: SHORT FILM, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Too much stormwater can be a big problem! This educational stop-motion animation series illustrates the causes of - and solutions to - dirty stormwater runoff. Join the Drain Rangers as they discover ways we can all help keep our lakes, rivers and streams clean.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This film is amazing and I recommend it for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival in the Environment Short Film category. Children will enjoy it because it has unique and interesting animation and a wonderful message about problems children should find interesting. The stop motion animation is really well done. The costumes and sets are also quite good. I love the sound track, which makes the animation spring to life. All the production values are high enough to meet big screen standards. The vocabulary and concepts are suitable for school aged children. The main character is a young child. The only potential unappealing factor is the word engineering in the title. Unless, you are a nerd like me, you might take a look at the title and assume the film is going to be boring. The word stormwater in the title is appealing, I believe. When I saw it, I wondered exactly what storm water. I believe the film encourages kids to help protect the environment and it belongs in a youth and family film festival. I recommend it for ages 5 to 12 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Jolleen M. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! jurors.
Runtime: 5 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


LILY'S DRIFTWOOD BAY: SEASON ONE

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N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 3-8
Topic - Family
Description - Welcome to Lily's Driftwood Bay! Lily is six years old and lives with her dad and her best friend, who is a seagull named Gull, in a little hut on the beach. Across the way is Driftwood Bay, a special island that exists in Lily's imagination. Every day the sea washes up a new treasure which sparks Lily's imagination about what might be happening on Driftwood Bay. Join Lily and her friends, Salty Dog, Bull, Nonna, Hatsie, Wee Rabbit and Lord Stag as they sail to Driftwood Bay where wonderful adventures await! Along with each adventure is a valuable lesson learned in each story from learning to tell the truth to saying sorry to asking for help. Embark on new adventures with Lily and friends as they travel to Driftwood Bay!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I love this series! Lily is a great role model and is so creative. A good chunk of this program follows Lily finding "treasures" that have washed up on the shore and being inspired to go on adventures that are based on those items. One the best parts of this series is that Lily resides in a single parent home. Her father is a wonderful character and they have such a great relationship. There aren't enough programs out there that show this type of relationship and I am very pleased to have found one. One of the best episodes on this DVD is called "A New Arrival." In this episode, Lily uses some of her treasures to make a beautiful gift for the new baby lamb. Episodes like this are why I love having my son watching it. There is a lot of heart in this program and the artwork is wonderful. It's mixed media that feels like a blend of colored pencils and water colors. I recommend this for ages 3 to 6 and give it five out of five stars. It's available on DVD now so, look for it! You'll be glad you did. Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Juror, Adult
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This creative animated series made me feel like a little kid again. Lily's imagination is so big, and she is so creative, which is exactly how I felt when I was younger. With 52 unique adventures, there is never a dull moment in each episode.

Lily (Orlagh O' Keefe) is a 6-year-old girl who lives with her dad and a seagull on the beach. Right across from her is Driftwood Bay, an imaginary island that she has created. With each passing day, Lily finds a new object washed up on the shore. These objects give life to her Driftwood Bay imagination. Lily and her friends sail to Driftwood Bay and Lily learns valuable life lessons that keep her imagination alive.

Peter Mullan, who plays one of Lily's friends, Salty Dog, is easily one of the funniest actors that I've ever seen. Mullan portrays Salty as being vulnerable, especially in the episode, "The Honking Haddock," where Salty is unaware of his massive stench. Lily continues to tell him that he smells very bad, but Salty is clueless, which makes it hilarious. Salty is a cute Scottish dog who is the Captain of the boat that sails to Driftwood Bay and he always says, "Slippery scallions," which is sure to make you laugh.

The animation in the series is adorable! The characters look so friendly and look as if they are drawn by little kids! Because of this, the series is more relatable and entertaining. The characters aren't perfect and that is exactly how every person is. But, that is the beauty of life, and it is evident through Lily's big imagination.

My favorite part of this DVD collection is when Lily asks about flowers on the beach. She loves them, but her dad has to take them to the market. She is disappointed, but he brings her a flower at the end of the day. He says, "It's a lily for my Lily." I love puns and sweet moments, and this scene is fortunate enough to have both.

The messages of the show are to be creative, enjoy your life, learn from your mistakes and be nice to everyone you meet. Aside from these major life lessons, each episode has little ones asking for help and saying they are sorry. There is always something valuable to take away from each episode. I give it 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 8. Check out this series on DVD. You won't want to miss it.

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

This hilarious animated series is very educational and cute. Lily has a great heart and sets a good example for children who watch this. Lily is helpful, positive and caring to everyone no matter what. These shows teach really important morals about positivity, telling the truth and making sure you stay safe.

The episodes start when Lily finds some sort of weird treasure washed up on the beach. She goes to find out what it really is and what its true purpose is on Driftwood Bay, her imaginary island. She meets up with her friends on the island and some of them ask for her help. She tries to solve their problems and realizes that the tool she needs is one that she got on the shore. She realizes its purpose and learns a characteristic such as, grit, honesty, trust, forgiveness and being fair.

Orlagh O'Keefe voices Lily as a sweet, young and na�ve girl. She sounds innocent and ready learn everything she can. Salty Dog (Peter Mullan) really does sound like an old, rusty dog who has been out on the sea for a while, but speaks English. Salty Dog sounds very old, but looks very young, which I find somewhat confusing.

The animation has a lot more details than most animated TV shows do. For example, they show each of the strands in the hair, their faces look very life like, especially in the way the mouths move. This animation is made with a lot of quality which I appreciate.

There are lots of messages in these shows. Lily models being positive, caring, helpful, staying safe and being truthful. She is a great role model for kids and this DVD about her adventures allow her to teach multiple morals in just one episode. Mainly the show educates kids about having good character and following the golden rule - be kind to others if you want them to be kind to you. Lily is kind to others, so she has a lot of good friends that stick by her side.

I give this DVD 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for children ages 5 to 8. It is available now so, go check it out.

By Jolleen M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12
Runtime: 370 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 3-8
Suggested Retail Price: $ 6.79
Media: DVD
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MATHXPLOSION

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MATHXPLOSION
HODA ELATAWI
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 5-8
Topic - Family
Description - Math is everywhere! In fact, outside, inside, everywhere, and every day is a mathXplosion! In each exciting, entertaining, and funny math-short, 'mathemagician' Eric shares secrets from the not-so-hidden world of math, such as measuring the height of a tree using your thumb -- no ladder, no measuring tape, no kidding! But make no mistake, it's not magic, it's math! Discover your own amazing mathematical abilities. Guided by Ontario's elementary mathematics curriculum, these fun math-shorts will give children aged 6 to 8 and beyond, the tools to thrill family and amaze friends!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Move over Bill Nye! Eric Leclerc and his production team have created a really really fun math show that any kid worth their salt will love. The graphics are terrific. The sound effects fun and silly. Great production values all around and a wonderful host. Math is critical to any kid's cerebral repertoire and this short film (hopefully to become a series in the not too distant future) makes learning fun. All Star around. 5 out of 5 stars and recommended for ages 5 to 8. Can't wait to see more! Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Great educational film that deals with measuring the height of an object. The production value is high and the material used is accurate and informative. The camera work is done well and the host of the show is both entertaining and endearing. The script is well written and kids will certainly learn a lot from it. I give it 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12. Reviewed by Ella L. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
Runtime: 3 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 6-8
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


YOU GOT A PROBLEM...

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YOU GOT A PROBLEM...
CHARLES MANDRACCHIA
Series: EPISODICS
Topic - Family
Description - Uncle Louie and his Italian-American Paisanos solve a problem that the Pizza Man is having with a bunch of kids from a Brooklyn neighborhood. You got a problem, no problem...just call uncle Louie. He'll take care of it! No Problem!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Cleverly constructed. I enjoyed the characters and the animation. Quite a different approach to teaching fractions. Not sure how many of the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival partners will incorporate this into their programming but, I will definitely recommend it. It's off kilter, has a different spin on the mafia and their impact on society. I rate this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10 to 14. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 8 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


THE EMOJI MOVIE

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SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT
Series: FEATURE 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - The Emoji Movie - Exhilarating Storyline, Wonderful Cast, Colorful Animation and More
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The Emoji Movie is a kid-friendly fun and exciting film for people of all ages to enjoy and connect with. I love how the world of emojis in smartphone relates to the human world throughout the film. It gives the audience a way to identify with the characters and the plot. Families will definitely enjoy this amusing motion film and may even learn from it.

Alex's (Jake T Austin) smartphone is home to all of the emojis. Each has its own facial expression except for Gene (TJ Miller). Gene struggles with being an emoji with multiple expressions and is determined to become normal like all of the other emojis. Gene asks for help from his new best friends, Hi-5 (James Corden) and Jailbreak (Anna Faris), a popular code breaker. During their epic adventure, the three face great danger and conflict with other characters. Join them on their experience.

I enjoyed every aspect of this film, but my favorite scene is when Gene realizes his uniqueness from the other emojis. Alex is having phone troubles and is on the verge of getting it fixed, which means the end for all things emojis. Gene steps in to make sure that doesn't happen, which is a perk since he recognizes his worth. This scene sends a powerful message for kids to learn about liking themselves and recognizing their importance in the world.The overall message of the film is to learn to accept who you are, no matter what others think of you. In the beginning, Gene has trouble figuring out who he is and why he isn't like the rest. That leads him to wanting to be normal. Fortunately, Gene later realizes who he is, with a little help from his friends, and finally accepts himself. Kids and even adults can learn a lesson from this and apply it to their lives by building up their own self confidence.

I recommend this film for ages 5 to 18. There are scenes that tweens and teens can enjoy, but it also contains some scenes are suitable for 5 to 13 year olds. Adults will most likely enjoy this as well. It really is a film that the whole family will get a kick out of.

I rate The Emoji Movie 4 out of 5 because of its exhilarating storyline, wonderful cast, colorful animation and overall message. The Emoji Movie opens on July 28th, 2017 so, be sure to check it out so you can laugh along with the characters and enjoy it as much as I did.

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-13
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


BEGGARS

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BEGGARS
RAVINDER DHAKA TELEFILMS
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 8-15
Topic - Family
Description - Desire to live with Self esteem and pride awakes in his heart. When thinking of a person starts changing that thought affected his society as well . Then, along with the man he seems to change the society. In our film "Beggars" a boy has changed the attitude of his beggars society .He taught them and People of his age to live with dignity and pride.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This fictionalized film follows the life story of a young Indian boy trying to get food to eat. Although the characters are made up, the story is a true one about life for boys such as these who live in poverty. The lesson learned by the younger boy is to do something useful for others and get paid rather than simply beg. It's a life changing moment for the younger boy who thrives under the tutelage of the older one and is no longer starving. I recommend this film for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival because it has a great lesson about working hard rather than beg. The scenes are very realistic as they show the life of a street beggar. We see how a stranger helps the young beggar to understand that you need to serve others in order to earn food or money legitimately. The movie starts out sad when we see the beggar boy as very hungry and no one will give him food. Later, he is saved by another boy who shows him how to work hard at small jobs to earn money or food. The most appealing part about the film is the moral of the story. I think children will relate to it because the primary characters are children. The movie flows well. The vocabulary and concepts are suitable for its intended age. The sound, camerawork, sets and locations are all done well and appropriate to the story. I recommend it for ages 5 to 18 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Arjun N., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
Runtime: 8 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-15
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


CONNECTED: THE FUTURE

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CONNECTED: THE FUTURE
ANGELA VAULT
Series: DOCUMENTARY, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Two years ago, Alexa Payesko created 'Connected', a documentary about four adorable seven and eight year-old girls who discuss what technology means in their lives. The charming, funny, future rock stars, artists, and teachers explain how iPhones, iPads, and LeapPads inform and dominate their lives. Now, two years later, and two years older, Alexa went back to find how their views on technology have changed. 'Connected: The Future' looks at each girl to see if they are really connected with their technology. They all love their selfies, but as one girl noted in 'Connected', "too much technology isn't good for the brain." Is that how they still feel?
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Connected: The Future is a documentary film about four ten year old girls who compare how technology in their lives in present time versus when they were eight years old. Something that I found interesting, and many viewers will too, was the fact that eight year olds now text and Face Time on their cell phones. When I was eight, I had an iPod that I couldn't text on. I was one of the more fortunate people, as a lot of my friends didn't even have iPods. It is crazy to see how the times have changed. Another thing that many people will find interesting is the fact that the young girls noticed how often their mothers went onto technology and how obsessed they are. My only complaint with the film was that the way the girls use technology didn't change drastically in two years, yet it was still intriguing to see how technology affected these four totally different girls. For these reasons, I think it would make a good addition to the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. Recommended for ages 5-12. 3.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Ella L. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
Runtime: 13 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


DAY HENRY MET, THE: SEASON 1

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DAY HENRY MET, THE: SEASON 1       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 2-7
Topic - Family
Description - Henry is a 4-year-old boy who always wants to learn and find out more. In each episode, Henry has a friendly chat with whatever he meets and discovers something new! No matter what Henry meets, they're always delighted to talk, laugh and share their amazing world with him. After finding out so many amazing things about his new friends, Henry lets his imagination run wild and imagines himself...As a knight rescuing the missing sword...As a singer performing in a band...As a deep sea diver swimming along sea creatures...As a fireman rescuing others... As an astronaut flying to the moon...
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is truly a neat little program. This show is exactly as it sounds. It's all about Henry meeting all kinds of people and things. He goes on tons of wacky adventures and I loved every minute of it. The art is goofy and feels as if it came from a child. I believe that is appealing to children who think that they too could create such a little journey. My favorite episode is "The Day Henry Met... A Panda." It may because I love pandas, ha-ha. In this episode, Henry helps a panda at the zoo search for its cousin and, in turn, becomes a zookeeper for the day. it's very fun seeing him meet all the zoo animals and create a friendship with the panda as they search together. I think this show really inspires adventure and curiosity. I love how it makes every small event seem so fun and worthwhile. I recommend this DVD for ages 3 to 5 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This creative animated series left me feeling intrigued the entire time. I enjoyed watching Henry act as an inquisitive 4-year-old. I am a little jealous because he is so intelligent and I wish I was that intelligent when I was 4! Throughout the series, I couldn't wait to see what Henry would encounter next.

Henry is a young boy who desires to learn something new in his everyday life. In each episode, Henry meets a new object and his imagination comes to life when he puts the object to use. He finds a soccer ball and acts as a referee, finds a shield and acts as a knight and even acts as a deep sea diver, swimming alongside marine life. The best part is, Henry builds so many friendships and everyone he meets is eager to help him find the answers to his questions.

Steve Austin, the series animator, makes the setting and characters look incredibly realistic, since they aren't picture-perfect. The animation looks pencil sketched, which makes the series more relatable, since nothing in life is perfect. Susan Broe, the series producer, incorporates a multitude of family-friendly themes to make this series fun for everyone to watch.

The music in the series is centralized with an orchestra, which is very calming for young kids and was for me also. It's very unique, which I greatly admire, because most TV shows today have similar types of music. My favorite episode is called, "A Parrot." Henry meets a parrot, begins talking to him and finds out it's his 101st birthday. He tells Henry about his famous grandfather parrot, which is hilarious because parrots aren't usually famous. It reminded me of going into pet stores and seeing talking parrots.

The message of the series is to explore everything life has to offer and to be nice to everyone you meet. Henry is grateful for his life and treats everyone with compassion and respect, which is what everyone should do. I give this DVD 5 out of 5 stars, recommend it to kids ages 6 to18 and adults would enjoy it too. I love how every object comes to life in Henry's imagination and the unique plot had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. This comes out on DVD August 15, 2017. I can't wait to watch Season 2.

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

This DVD is very educational and cute. It is simply amazing that a child can enjoy watching a film while learning so much at the same time. A child can acquire so many positive traits and behaviors from watching this show. The animation is so cute. I have never seen this style of animation before. In this show, Henry meets a new object every day and goes on adventures learning more about them. He helps his object friends with their problems and learns the correct way to act in different situations. He learns to be fair, honest and kind. The show is somewhat predictable and not as original as some educational kids' shows. I love the plot of Henry meeting a new object. That is very original. One interesting thing is that all of the objects (trees, clouds, pillars) have eyes on them. The eyes are huge and wide, even on Henry. Another thing is that everything is always moving. For example, all the trees in the background sway in the wind. There are tiny details like that which make everything seem a bit more life like.

My favorite episode is "The Day Henry Met a Football." In this episode, there is Henry, two boots and a football. The two boots argue with each other about who is the best. The two boots play a game together with the football and eventually get super tired. Then they start arguing that they aren't the best. This reminds me of when me and my brother argue and it made me laugh. I wonder if the boots are siblings as well

There are multiple message in the stories. The most common ones are about being honest, kind to others, playing fair and facing your fears. These are all very important and good to teach to children at an early age.

This DVD is great for young children who are ready to learn. I recommend it ages 3 to 7 and give it 3 out of 5 stars. The animation is super cute and unique, but the stories are not all that original. Still this is a wonderful DVD and is available now, so check it out!

Reviewed by Jolleen M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12
Runtime: 135 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-7
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
Media: DVD


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LITTLE PRINCE, THE: THE NEW MISSION       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 4-12
Topic - Family
Description - Life on B612 has resumed to normalcy. Rose, Fox, and the Little Prince are living peacefully, maybe too peacefully...Then one night, Rose hears the Snake telling her that she has a home planet with a family. Can this be true? Rose asks Little Prince to find her planet because she's afraid it's in grave danger. The Little Prince asks Fox to keep an eye on Rose as he flies off on his plane to try to find more information on her planet. The Little Prince promises he will return before the next sunset to trim the baobabs germinating on B612. While searching for Rose's planet, the Little Prince encounters four characters, the geographer, the hunter, the king, and the businessman. They tell him that Rose's planet is in another galaxy far beyond interstellar space. Meanwhile, back on B612, days have passed so Little Prince hasn't had a chance to tend to the baobabs like he promised Rose. So Rose is starting to be bothered with nightmares and is becoming irritated. The tones begin to rise between Rose and Fox and arguments occur. After an argument between the two, it's decided to open the sketchbook and free the Snake. When the Little Prince finally returns to B612 and learns that the Snake has been freed, he collapses. His friend, the aviator, comforts him and urges him to set off on a new adventure to fight his worst enemy again. But what about Rose's planet? The aviator mysteriously explains - those you will save will guide you.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I really love the whimsical components shown in this story. Most of the characters are well thought out and fun to discover. For the most part, the Little Prince is a great role model. He's kind and caring, with an adventurous spirit. Though the story makes sense, it is a bit weak. I feel the stakes for the Little Prince are not high enough. It lacks a strong motivation for him to leave his planet behind. Also, the opposition isn't very strong, until the snake is set free and that is towards the end of the story. Sometimes it feels as if the protagonist's obstacles are too easy to concord, so it is hard to feel empathy for him and his cause. It feels as if he doesn't have to work hard enough to overcome the challenges he encounters.

I like the design of the show, especially the character designs. Although, I think that the snake may be too scary for younger kids. The most appealing thing about this show are its elements of imagination. I love how each of the characters the Little Prince encounters are whimsical. The whole story is full of surprises. The whimsical factor of the story makes it very enjoyable for kids. The characters are engaging and the story is written in a way that, as viewers, we want to know what happens next. On the other hand, because the story has some weaknesses, older kids might not enjoy it as much.

You can tell the Little Prince loves his friends and his planet and wants to protect them. One thing I didn't like is that in the scene with the hunter, he lies to him and, after the lie, the hunter decides to help him. I think he could have found a better way to solve the issue with the hunter without lying. Also, Fox and Rose constantly fight and we definitely see the consequences of their behavior. They let the prince down and release the snake. However, because this is such an important moment, I feel that the dialog in that scene could have been stronger.

The examples of problem solving throughout the story are not as strong as they could be. They are present, but the prince could have dealt with them in better ways. For instance, his first instinct to fight the snake is to use his sword. He even says he had fought the snake before, so why doesn't he stop and figure out what is it that the snake wants this time. Why doesn't he use the information he knows about the snake from the past to confront it again? Part of the problem is that it isn't clear exactly what the snake's goal is.

The show is done in 3D animation. The visuals are not breathtaking, but they are suitable for its target audience. This is the first DVD I've seen that doesn't have a Menu. It opens with previews of other shows from the same distributor and then the movie starts. It would be nice if a menu was available so you can select to start and stop and go to specific scenes. I can see kids play pretend being the Little Prince, imagining new planets and characters. I think more than inquiry, it will motivate their creativity.

This DVD is best suited for kids ages 6 to 10. The vocabulary and concepts are age appropriate. It is a safe story for parents to watch with their kids. It's entertaining and enjoyable. I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars. It is available on DVD now so, be sure to look for it. Reviewed by Martha S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This imaginative animated film warmed my heart. Elaborating upon a conquest to find Rose's family, the friendship that Little Prince, Fox and Rose share is remarkable. Each character differs from one another, but they all manage to combat the forces of evil together, which in turn, strengthens their relationship in a way never seen before. With such a divine plot, exquisite action scenes and heartwarming friendships, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Previously, the Little Prince defeated an evil snake and trapped him in his beloved sketchbook. Everything on B612 is peaceful again. Rose, Fox and the Little Prince are enjoying life, playing games with one another and building stable friendships. But one night, the Snake tells Rose that she has a family that is in danger. It is up to the Little Prince, Fox and Rose to work as a team, and try to reunite Rose with her family.

Marion Cotillard, who plays Rose, delivers exceptional dialogue with her sweet voice. Her laugh is infectious and seeing Rose smile through every difficult situation is very inspiring. Cotillard portrays Rose as optimistic, through her desire to never give up and this is something that everyone can learn from. Riley Osborne, who plays the Little Prince, is very charming, because he cares about Rose and will do anything to help her find her family. He asks Fox (James Franco) to keep an eye on her as he searches the galaxy for her family.

The animation in this film is incredible. Seeing the galaxy for the first time left me speechless. The costumes are very realistic, which makes the characters look like they don't belong in space. But, that is the beauty of this film, because we can see how opposites attract. My favorite part is when Rose, Fox and the Little Prince play a game called, "Red Light, Green Light." Rose covers her eyes and Fox and the Little Prince can only move on green light. If they move on red light, Rose wins. It's fascinating to see their friendship grow and it makes you want to join the game.

The message of this film is to work as a team and to never give up. No matter what obstacle you encounter, there is always a way to combat it and push forward. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars for its nonstop action and unique plot. I have never been this intrigued by a film before. I recommend this to kids ages 6 to 12 and it is great to watch for parents as well. With such comedic jokes, relatable characters and a mysterious plot, there is something for everyone to enjoy. This film is available now on DVD. Check it out and find out if the Little Prince can find the Planet of the Roses.

By Samantha M.s, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 17
Runtime: 85 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 6-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
Media: DVD


DREW'S DANCING DRUM

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DREW'S DANCING DRUM
SHERRE CHAPPELL
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 4-12
Topic - Family
Description - Drew loves playing his drum for people until he is bullied by a boy named Malcolm. His dad encourages Drew to go on drumming and befriend the very boy that bullied him.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Great visuals. Wonderful animations. I love the detailed backgrounds such as the moving fish in the fish bowl. I love the father/son relationship also. Bullies are everywhere and this one is ever so typical as is the boy's reaction. Inviting the bully to join them is perhaps an overly optimistic solution but hey, it works in this film. And, everyone ends up dancing together at the end. Love happy endings. And, I really love the visuals and background music. I recommend this for inclusion in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival and suggest its appropriate age group as 4 to 12. Reviewed by Julie S. KIDS FIRST! Juror
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Runtime: 5 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


MOLANG, SEASON 1

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MOLANG, SEASON 1       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 2-7
Topic - Family
Description - Join Molang, a round, fluffy, and happy rabbit, and his friend, Piu Piu, a poised, timid, and reserved yellow chick, as they explore everyday life. Molang savors every moment of his life, imbuing it with joy and wonder. He pays attention to the smallest details, giving meaning to even the tiniest things. Molang puts his heart into his actions, and he has a huge heart. Even when he does absolutely nothing, he does it well! Piu Piu, on the other hand, doesn't t like calling attention to himself. He likes to do things carefully and well. When unexpected situations arise (and Molang s unpredictable behavior often causes such situations to occur!), Piu Piu can become quickly unsettled, even panicked. Despite their many differences, Molang and Piu Piu enjoy a unique friendship. They have amazing times together ranging from the mundane to the extraordinary. From finding themselves in a lifeboat in the middle of the ocean to riding camels in the desert, Molang and Piu Piu experience unexpected situations. Throughout it all though, every single moment with these two is filled with happiness. Embark on 52 unforgettable adventures with Molang and Piu Piu!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Molang is about a very cute relationship between Molang, a joyful rabbit and Piu Piu, a reluctant chick. Their dynamic is adorable and, together they go on many adventures and have great fun. The animation in this program is amazing and fun. The fluffy thick lines make it very kid-friendly and hold the attention of the viewer. There are many episodes on this DVD and my favorite is called "The Underground Walk." In this episode, the duo goes on an underground tour and, due to their mischievous behavior and lack of discipline, they get lost from the tour group and must work together to find their way out of the tunnels. I like this episode because you really get a good taste of why they work so well together and you get the feeling that maybe without each other they could not accomplish as much. I recommend this for ages 2 to 6 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Juror, Adult.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Molang: Season 1 is full of fun and laughter! Molang and Piu Piu's innocent demeanor makes them lovable characters that I rooted for every step of the way. Their love for each other and their society made me fall in love with both of them. Each episode is overrun with happiness which made me smile nonstop.

The story follows the everyday life of a fluffy rabbit named Molang and its best friend Piu Piu the chicken. On their journeys together, Molang and Piu Piu face different situations and find creative ways to help others and fix their unique problems. Together, they happily enjoy the surprises their lives bring.

There is no dialogue in this show, but the animation and music easily make it understandable. The animation is bright and rounded giving it a soft and calming feeling. During the daytime, the trees, hills and grass are radiant shades of yellows, greens, pinks and oranges. It adds to the brightness of the mood when Molang and Piu Piu are adventuring through their world. During the night, the aura changes as the colors turn soft shades of purples and blues. The hills, trees, snow, sand and nature are drawn with different colorful patterns as are the walls, floors and ceilings which adds a playful and cheerful feeling. The character's expressions easily convey their thoughts and increase the visual appeal.

The music spoke to me as the dialogue would. Throughout the different episodes, the music changes whenever the situations change. For example, when Molang and Piu Piu are going to the beach or on vacation, the music becomes lively and venturesome. When they run into a problem, the music transforms to a slow rhythm. The music imbued the feelings of Molang and Piu Piu into me. It made me feel a part of their journey.

My favorite part of this show is the character, Molang the bunny. Molang never gets worried and always remains calm when everything seems to be going wrong for Piu Piu. Molang is quick to think of ideas and does anything to help others. Therefore, Molang took a spot in my heart.

The messages of the show address the importance of friendship, teamwork, kindness, loving everybody and helping those in need. I give this DVD 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 8. Check out Molang: Season 1 on DVD when it is released on August 15, 2017.

By Sahiba Kaur, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 15

This delightful series had me laughing the entire time. I enjoyed it tremendously, because there is no dialogue. Each episode is filled with multiple adventures, so you will never be bored!

You are invited to join Molang and Piu Piu as they explore what life has to offer. Molang is a big, ecstatic rabbit, who finds ways to enjoy his life in every circumstance. Piu Piu is his best friend, a small, shy little chick who is dragged along on every adventure and is often frightened by the unexpected situations they both face. These best friends are completely opposite, but both manage to experience happiness in every situation.

Bruno Gueracague, the sound coordinator, composed an extremely catchy, opening song. While there are 52 episodes, it only takes two to get it stuck in your head, which is a great way for kids to remember the series. Marie-Caroline Villand, one of the series' directors, successfully communicates themes of happiness and friendship to kids, no matter their culture or dialect. The absence of dialogue leaves the interpretation up to the audience, which gives something for everyone to relate to.

The animation is adorable and leaves you on the edge of your seat the entire time. The characters are incredibly cute, which makes them very relatable. I could not stop watching the series, because I love the unique friendship that Molang and Piu Piu share. My favorite episode is, "The Goldfish." Molang and Piu Piu try to get the goldfish's attention and have a disco party, which is hilarious. The fish loves the party, so next time you want your fish's attention, make sure to involve a disco ball!

The themes of the series are happiness, friendship, respect and unity. It is important to maintain great friendships, live your life to the fullest, care for one another and stick together.

I give this series a 5 out of 5 stars, recommend it to kids ages 3 to 18 and believe that adults will enjoy it too. I could not stop laughing, because it is funny seeing animals act as people in everyday situations. Check out Molang: Season 1 on DVD now, because it will undoubtedly make you laugh.

By Samantha Marcus, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 17
Runtime: 185 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-7
Suggested Retail Price: $ 12.99
Media: DVD
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MY LITTLE PONY: EQUESTRIA GIRLS: MAGICAL MOVIE NIGHT

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SHOUT! FACTORY
Series: DVD, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Grab Your Popcorn, Because The Equestria Girls Are Back For A Magic-Filled Triple Feature!? ?DANCE MAGIC? - When Rarity finds out about a music video competition, she's eager to convince her friends at Canterlot High to enter the contest. The girls soon learn that Crystal Prep Academy are also interested in participating in the contest. The students at CPA have many more resources and are better dancers! Will they be able to pull together and make a winning music video?? MOVIE MAGIC? - The Equestria Girls have been specially invited by A.K. Yearling to go on the set of the upcoming Daring Do movie and they are overjoyed. For super-fan Rainbow Dash, watching behind the scenes as her favorite heroine comes to life is a dream come true. But when a rare and important prop from the set goes missing, putting the movie on hold, Rainbow Dash's dream becomes a nightmare.? MIRROR MAGIC?- As the pages in her journal run out, there's only one thing for Sunset Shimmer to do: return to Equestria to get a new journal! There, she meets Starlight Glimmer and agrees to bring her back to experience life at Canterlot High. But while Sunset Shimmer was away, a revenge-seeking Juniper Montage finds a beautiful hand mirror enchanted with Equestrian magic. Not only can it provide a window into another land, but if you push the right button, it can also make things disappear into limbo, trapped between the two realms.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - As always, My Little Pony has delivered a wonderful, heartfelt of episodes on this DVD. I always enjoy watching how well the episodes are chosen to be consolidated for the specific DVDs such as this one, Magical Movie Night. There are so many lessons packed into this DVD from feeling betrayed to feeling unsure of oneself. I love how the cast of ponies handles these problems and creates a familiar story that becomes a beacon of hope and reassurance for children who have gone or will go through similar trials. My favorite episode on this DVD is called "Movie Magic." In this episode, you get to see Rainbow Dash as a fan girl to a movie franchise and discover that the movie world isn't all it's cracked up to be. The animation in this collection is great, as always, and the music is fun and catchy. One of the best parts of the DVD is the bonus feature sing-along. This is a great DVD that I recommend for ages 5 to 12 and it definitely gets 5 out of 5 stars! Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Juror, Adult
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This animated film has a great storyline and important morals that I loved to watch. Plus, all of the characters have their own unique personalities, which is cool to see. The animation is spot on with detailed facial expressions and body language of the characters.

The stories, Dance Magic, Movie Magic and Mirror Magic are all about friendship, teamwork, persevering and forgiving. In the stories, the Equestria Girls work together solving obstacles that come up. They befriend, forgive and help their enemies. The Equestria Girls create peace among every one and teach others to create peace as well.

Ali Liebert makes Juniper Montage sound very determined, jealous and greedy, but also shows Juniper's hurt side, where she is apologetic and depressed. Tabitha St. Germain portrays Rarity as very elegant, creative and calm. But at times, she is easily frustrated and very competitive. The animation for all of the My Little Pony films is really cute and detailed. I love this type of animation. The backgrounds are very detailed and the animation is really pleasing to watch.

My favorite part is when Pinky Pie's (Andrea Libman) dream comes true when she sees a building made of pudding. Her eyes light up and you can see her pure happiness. I really love this part because it made me really happy to see Pinky Pie so excited. The pudding also looks delicious

The message of these stories is that you should be kind to everyone, no matter what. Also, it promotes forgiving people and giving them second chances. The Equestrian Girls have their stuff and their ideas stolen, but they still forgive and become great friends even with the thieves. This collection of stories teaches children to have a good heart and enjoy life in the moment.

This is a wonderful DVD with big messages. I give it 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 3 to 8. This DVD is available August 8, 2017, be sure to check it out.

Reviewed by Jolleen M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

With three unique stories and beautiful animation, this DVD collection entertains younger audiences while teaching them about friendship. It has a room for improvement and is far from the best of the My Little Pony Friendship is Magic series. Like the previous shows and movies of this series, the three episodes focus heavily on adventure and comedy. The episodes all teach kids about friendship, teamwork and many other positive behavior. At times, the stories concentrate more on action or drama but they are never too mature for young children.

The three episodes start after the latest film, My Little Pony: Equestria Girls - Legend of Everfree. The stories are all different, but generally focus on seven girls solving problems together. At the end, an answer comes to them and they all learn an important message about friendship. Watching at least the previous film is helpful to the viewer since there are some references to previous plot elements. It would be very difficult to enjoy this DVD without having any prior experience with the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic series.

Overall, this DVD has an enjoyable series of stories. They are bright, educational and are simple enough for younger kids to understand. Compared to the previous films and shows, the quality has dropped in some places. One of the strongest outliers to me is the comedy. In the past, the main character called Pinkie Pie (Andrea Libman) often plays a comedic role. In this collection, the comedy doesn't come out goofy and funny as it usually does. It feels forced and almost annoying. Something else that I found lacking is the conflict in the stories. The first episode, Dance Magic, really suffers the most. The conflict in this episode focuses on the girls trying to raise money for a spring dance. Sadly, it has no good introduction and is simply explained at the beginning. This makes it not too important to the viewer and the way the characters treat this issue furthers the problem. One thing that has stayed consistent throughout the series is the voice acting and animation. Both have still maintained high quality and are one of the best parts of the show.

Out of the three, my favorite episode is Mirror Magic. The storyline is quite unique. It's about a girl jealous of the seven friends who puts six of them in a magic mirror. It's up to the seventh, Sunset Shimmer and her new friend Starlight Glimmer. This plays out interestingly in the show as Starlight, just like Sunset, is a villain turned good. This makes for some interesting chemistry between the two, which is entertaining.

As always, this series is meant for kids. For that reason, I recommend it for ages 7 to 13. I give this DVD 4 out of 5 stars for an overall good collection of episodes and high-quality animation, but a lack of good conflicts and a drop in quality.

Reviewed by Gerry O., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15
Runtime: 66 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 13.99
Media: DVD
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FREESTYLE

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FREESTYLE
ANTHONY WILLIAMS
Series: SHORT, AGES 4-11
Topic - Family
Description - Opposite's attract. A playful 2D pup encounters a curious new toy, a 3D basketball that unfortunately has a mind (and stomach) of it's own... .
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a fun short film that explores a very cute dog fantasy. It is entertaining to watch, although I wish it was longer because it feels as if something is missing. The animation is very well done. The dog is done in 2D animation and, when it moves you sometimes see the drawing lines which seems odd, but is shockingly charming. The music and sound effects are minimal and get the point across. It flows well and will project nicely on the big screen. Kids will love it! I recommend this for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. It is perfect for the festival kind of environment. A child would enjoy this. Dogs are a strong subject for children. I recommend it for ages 4 to 11 and give it 5 out of 5 stars.
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Runtime: 4 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-11
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


BEST FRIEND

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BEST FRIEND
CORY REEDER
Series: SHORT, AGES 6-18
Topic - Family
Description - After moving across the country a little girl finds more than a best friend when her parents let her adopt a dog.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This film touches your heart in so many ways. Moving cross country can be an emotionally traumatic experience for young children and, this film addresses that straight on. Additionally, the young actress who plays the protagonist has Down Syndrome and plays her role unbelievably well. There are some surprises when the family goes to pick out a rescue dog and meet another family that has also just moved. Can't tell you the ending but, let's just say it is heartfelt and honestly encouraging. A big recommendation for a family film festival.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Wonderful film! It deals with a child moving and turns it into a very charming story. Moving is an issue many kids deal with. This is a story that I personally can relate to. I have been involved in a move so I empathize with the main character, Deirdre. The characters are very likable and relatable. I also think including a dog in a story about a kid moving is a fantastic choice. Dogs have been known who help people with emotional issues such as anxiety, depression and PTSD. They also help with loneliness associated with moving. This film is very well thought out. I like that the actress who plays the main character actually has Down Syndrome. It's rare to see this condition represented in media and this is a remarkable step forward. The disabled representation doesn't stop there, as the dog chosen by Deirdre's friend, Alvie, has wheels attached to him. Another thing I like about this film is how the kids' parents end up becoming friends. The four of them end up having very entertaining reactions that are very believable. This film flows very well and is easy to watch. The cinematography is very appealing and it has a very charming story. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 6 to 18. Reviewed by Calista B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 7 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 6-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


SHIMAJIRO AND THE RAINBOW OASIS

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SHIMAJIRO AND THE RAINBOW OASIS
ISAMU HIRABAYASHI
Series: FOREIGN FEATURE, AGES 3-7
Topic - Family
Description - Shimajiro and his friends meet Coco, a girl who was separated from her mother during a severe sandstorm. They decide to help Coco find her mother, leaving Dr. Roarson behind to repair the Dig-Bug so they can all go home. This is the fifth movie starring a tiger boy named Shimajiro, and it was screened in movie theaters around Japan. The movie has been conceived to be a child's first movie theater experience, and has been designed in a way that will hold the attention of a young audience throughout the film. Each child is given a cardboard megaphone that they are encouraged to use at various times by the story's characters to cheer them on or shout a particular phrase, and even use as a weapon to thwart the film's villain. The film itself features a wide variety of entertainment, from sing-alongs to dance-alongs, puppet animation, and regular animation. Japanese screenings of the movie come with a short break in the middle, while the lighting and sound in the theater are adjusted to give the children the most comfortable experience possible.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I was intrigued by this film's title, Rainbow Oasis. I was very curious about what this film was all about, having never hears of a rainbow oasis before. I definitely believe that a child would enjoy this because everything is so colorful and very interactive. The quality is great, especially the animation. The background music fits in nicely and really sets the mood, such as the time they are being chased by a snake. I also like the costumes. A child can easily relate to the storyline. It uses vocabulary and concepts that kids will understand. Coco and her mom live in the desert, so it is awesome to see them wear something different than Shimanjiro and his friends. You can also see the cultural differences. This movie flows very well. I also love that there is a six minute break in the middle of the movie for little kids. The movie makes sense, and even though this is for younger audiences, I was entertained. The only bad thing about this film is that at one point, instead of the characters being animated, they switch to puppets and then back to animation which was confusing. I believe kids ages 3 to 7 will love this, so I recommend it for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. I give it 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Jolleen M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 60 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 3-7
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


AUDUBON

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AUDUBON
PBS DISTRIBUTION
Series: DOCUMENTARY, AGES 12 - 18
Topic - Family
Description - Naturalist and 19th century painter, John James Audubon was one of the most remarkable men of early America. The program brings to life his timeless paintings with dazzling footage of the living birds he immortalized - and celebrates visually the natural world he described in his writings. Interviews reveal the man, explore his art, and put his groundbreaking work in modern perspective.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This documentary gives an in-depth history of the life of John James Audubon. There are many examples of his beautiful works of art, maps charting his journey from Haiti to America and excerpts from the journals he kept throughout his life. This DVD offers a great way to teach anyone about John James Audubon. The art and story telling is not only beautiful and interesting, but important scientifically and in regards to American history.

The film flows well with great detail and historical accuracy. The material is easily understood and, after scientific elaborations, often a more simplified explanation is given. John James Audubon was a man of incredible talent and fortitude. He faced many challenges such as childhood abandonment, adult poverty and immigration during the 1800s. The film wonderfully details not only his countless contributions to art, science and conservation, but the challenges he faced and surpassed are an equally important part of his story. This film will prompt many questions regarding many topics! Throughout it, Audubon's travels are documented on a virtual map. The map brings about questions regarding geography, immigration, cultural differences, animal species of North America and many other topics that appeal to many age groups.

The film has great visual appeal. It is filmed in locations where Audubon painted and, throughout it, these works are shown in all their glory. Selections of Audubon's original journal entries are seen for the first time in this film as well. The cover of the DVD and the CD have iconic Audubon images titled "Wild Turkey" and "The Great Horned Owl". This offers the option of viewing the 90 minute theatrical version or the 60 minute broadcast version. English subtitles are available. Scene selection is not available, but you can pause, rewind or fast forward as necessary.

Audubon is such a great film about the life and contributions of John James Audubon. His struggle and journey as a Haitian immigrant to the United States of America is inspiring. The paintings he created forever immortalized the subjects (some of which are now extinct) and the research he did ultimately led to our nation's first conservation organization. This film will prompt many questions regarding many topics including birds, painting, hiking and travel, American history in the early 1800s and more. The message of this film is in its detailed historical look at the life and contributions of John James Audubon to art, science and Conservation.

I give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 8 to 18, plus adults. Audubon will be available on DVD June 20, 2017. Reviewed by Eli B., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 150 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $ 17.99
Media: DVD
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DINOSAUR TRAIN: DINOSAURS TAKE FLIGHT

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DINOSAUR TRAIN: DINOSAURS TAKE FLIGHT
PBS DISTRIBUTION
Series: DVD AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - Join the Pteranodon family on high-flying adventures! In four of the eight dino-mite stories on this DVD, take to the sky with Buddy and his family as they ride in Dinosaur Train Industry's newest creation the Dinosaur Train Zeppelin. As they soar above the clouds, the Pteranodon family visits a waterfall, explores a crater made by an asteroid, and more!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This DVD has a good balance of entertainment and educational elements for kids ages 4 to 6. Because the characters sound like kids and, for the most part, behave like kids too, I feel that the characters are engaging, and relatable. The wow factor for a kid, especially boys, is that the dinosaur characters ride a train and zeppelin. The conductor character is silly and engaging and I'm sure kids watching look forward to seeing the conductor. The storylines clearly aim to educate its audience about dinosaur, paleontology, natural science, natural history and positive social behaviors. I think it is great that one of the brothers from the pack looks different, as it gives the audience a good introduction to inclusion and diversity. The character designs are adorable and the use of bright colors appeals to its intended audience. I also enjoyed the songs and the relationship between the kids and their parents. Overall a great show!
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Runtime: 120 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-6
Suggested Retail Price: $ 6.71
Media: DVD
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BENCH, THE

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BENCH, THE
HANK ISAAC
Series: SHORTS, AGES 8-14
Topic - Family
Description - In this short homage to the days of silent film, "The Bench" tells the story of young love in a familiar triangle of rich versus poor.

Director's statement: "The Bench" began as a workshop for my young actors to challenge them to tell a story without speaking. We decided to follow it through as a finished film with the goal of expressing not just the "look" of the late 1920s but also the naive sensibilities of the period. Please note that the four principal cast members were between 10 and 12 years old at the time of filming.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Gotta love the homage to silent films and this short delivers its message just as clearly as it might had it contained dialogue. As a silent film fan, I am slightly biased. Nevertheless, the production values are quite good, the piano accompaniment classic and the acting by these young students quite admirable. Yup, it's a yes from me. I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 14. Adults will most likely get a chuckle to of it as well. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror
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Runtime: 6 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 6-14
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


NOT ONE OF US

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NOT ONE OF US
BILL JARCHO
Series: INDEPENDENT SHORT, AGES 10-18
Topic - Family
Description - When a small tribe of green natives are conquered by a 'superior" orange race, things go from bad to worse for everyone involved. On the surface, "Not One of Us" is a child-like fable, but ultimately it's a dark commentary about the walls that get built in the name of greed, violence, and xenophobia . This 8 min. stop motion animated film was created by Bill Jarcho and Sean Burns of Bill & Sean's Excellent Animation. The voices are all in the universal language of gibberish.

Bill Jarcho is an animation director and puppeteer living on Vashon Isl. in Washington State. In the 1980's he was co-founder and creative director of Olive Jar Studios in Boston, where they produced many of the early MTV and Nickelodeon spots, as-well-as music videos, shorts, and TV commercials. Later he worked for Will Vinton Studios in Portland Oregon where he directed episodes of the PJ's (a nationally broadcast animated series on Fox TV). In 2016 he opened Bill and Sean's Excellent Animation with long time friend and fellow animator Sean Burns.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - An emotionally engaging stop motion clay animation film. There is no dialogue. It is truthful and mirrors both historical and current events from the Colonization of America to Donald Trump building a wall. The orange men (symbolizing Trump, Columbus, etc.) attack the innocent multi-colored people after they gave them food and shared their talents with them. With everything going on in today's world, people will see similarities between the film and reality and will connect emotionally. Underlying themes of xenophobia, racism, and violence are sure to stir up some important conversations between parents, kids and friends. I like how this film motivates that type of conversation. However, it is not appropriate for little ones because of the violence. The claymation gives the film an aesthetically pleasing visual appeal. One thing that stands out to me in films is the soundtrack which, for a non-narrative film, is critical. I most definitely think this film deserves a space in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival and recommend it to ages 10 to 18. I give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Ella L., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
Runtime: 9 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


OUTSIDE

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OUTSIDE
LAURA NORRIS
Series: STUDENT FILM, AGES 8 TO 12
Topic - Family
Description - When a lonely little boy finds a strange creature in the woods, he must keep it a secret from his mom or risk losing his only friend.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Children will greatly enjoy this. The mischievous nature is quite fun. I love the playful nature of this animation. It brings back fantastic memories of being a kid and being fascinated by wild life, but my parents were not all that thrilled by all the new friends I brought home. The story of this short film is very relatable and full of fun bits of imagination that really feel as if it came from the mind of a child. The animation itself is lovely, with a beautiful water color background and simple animations. I really liked the whole thing, but the art is my favorite. I feel there is a great deal love in this project and the simplicity of it is quite heart warming. This story flows very well and is very watchable. The people behind this animation deserve recognition. I highly recommend this for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival and recommend it for ages 5 to 12. I give it 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 4 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


DESPICABLE ME 3

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UNIVERSAL STUDIOS - THEATRICAL DIVISION
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - After he is fired from the Anti-Villain League for failing to take down the latest bad guy to threaten humanity, Gru finds himself in the midst of a major identity crisis. But when a mysterious stranger shows up to inform Gru that he has a long-lost twin brother-a brother who desperately wishes to follow in his twin's despicable footsteps-one former super-villain will rediscover just how good it feels to be bad.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I have reviewed quite a few films for KIDS FIRST! and many of them have been memorable, fantastic additions to my media life. Despicable Me 3 has officially taken the spot as my favorite KIDS FIRST! film to review and is one of my favorite five animated movies of all time. I really liked the first two Despicable Me films, which led me to believe I would enjoy this one as well. This movie is fantastic. It is lovely to see a story with a bit of a serious side to it and one that I can relate to so thoroughly. In this film, you get your standard goofy storyline with the Minions and villains, but you also get a more in depth look at Gru's family life and how it has evolved. In the last film, Gru married Lucy and, in this film, you get to see Lucy and the girls figure out the mother/daughter dynamics. It's wonderful and very touching. Being a step-mother myself, watching this film for the first time with my step-children was a great experience. The family feeling is great and the step-parent or adopted-parent bonds seem would really help freshly blended families or give a lovely reminder to not so freshly blended families. The animation s great as always, the music is fun and engaging and the story is beyond wonderful. This film is perfect for children ages 5 to 14. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars. If you haven't seen it, you really should. It opens June 20, 2017 in theaters nationwide. By Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I love this movie! It is a funny, fast-paced film about Gru and his family discovering his charming, long-lost twin brother Dru. After Gru and Lucy lose their jobs and the Minions quit, the brothers team up against Balthezar Bratt, the new villain, while Lucy and the girls have some of their own adventures.

My favorite scene is when Gru and Dru attempt to break into Bratts' headquarters. Dru, who isn't used to the idea of a heist, continuously messes up the plan. Its laugh-out-loud funny! The long lost twin brothers are two of my favorite characters, brilliantly voiced and acted by Steve Carrell. I also love Gru's wife Lucy voiced by Kristen Wiig.

Now of course we can't forget Balthazr Bratt (Trey Parker), an old school villain determined to get revenge on Hollywood for canceling his hit TV show in the 80s. Gubble gum that blows up on impact is his choice of weapon. His purple pantsuit inspires him to break into an 80s song. You can imagine that he is a fun character and, I think he is very good addition to this movie. You want him defeated, but you enjoy thinking what he might do next. Although the good guy/bad guy element of the movie is slightly predictable, I would definitely go see it again.

The music in this film is all around great. The villain Bratt is stuck in the 80s and constantly breaks out in dance whenever there is 80s music. I know adults will remember those songs. In addition there are Pharrell Williams' awesome new songs. Illumination Studios nails it again with so much creativity, great animation and new characters to join the familiar ones. The Minions are adorable as always!

I give this film 5 out of 5 shining stars and I recommend it for ages 5 to 18 because of its laugh-out-loud, but not crude humor, creative plot twists, fabulous acting and great music. Though it's the 3rd sequel, it doesn't matter if you didn't see the previous films. It is great on its own!! Check it out when it opens June 20, 2017 in theaters nationwide.

By Katherine S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

I love this movie. It is an action-packed film that is entertaining from beginning to end! It is an excellent sequel to the two other Despicable Me films and the Minions. But to love this film, seeing the others is not required. It is great all on its own!

Despicable Me 3 picks up where Despicable Me 2 left off and takes us on an exciting new adventure. After Gru and Lucy get fired by the new boss of AVL (Anti-Villain League), the Minions want Gru to return to a life of crime. Instead, they are taken on an adventure to find Gru's long-lost twin brother Dru! Gru, Lucy and their three kids fly to his brother's house in Freedonia. As soon as they walk in, they notice Dru has an extravagant lifestyle, very different to the one they're used to, with lots of awesome vehicles.

My favorite scene is when the Minions are running from the police and end up on a television show called Sing. There are three judges waiting for them to start and, at first the Minions don't want to sing. When one Minion gets pushed to the front, he starts singing and all the others join in. Shortly after, the crowd and the judges love them. It is hilarious!

Although, I love the Minions, my favorite character is Lucy, performed brilliantly by Kristen Wiig. She is such a fun, high-spirited person and she is always the one to come in and save the day. I also think Balthazar Bratt, the new villain, is a great addition to the film. He starts out as a child actor in Hollywood until he is kicked off the show as a teen. He then thinks and acts as if he is the evil character he played on TV and starts destroying and stealing things. Gru and Dru decide to take down Balthazar Bratt and carry on their family tradition as special agents.

The animation in this film is fantastic. It allows for creativity that live action films just can't achieve. Balthazar Bratt's bubble gum guns are a great example of that, especially when they blow up Hollywood. I love how the hundreds of Minions change their expressions, their color or their clothes, especially when they change from their jail jumpsuits to their overalls.

The music is awesome. It's a fun mix of Pharrell Williams' new songs and 80s music that adults are sure to remember! this movie is very family friendly. I recommend it for ages 5 to 12. Many teens and adults will enjoy it as well. I give it 5 out of 5 stars. It's a super fun summer film that opens nationwide in theaters June 30, 2017. Go check it out. I hope you enjoy the movie.

By Madeline R., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

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


MAGIC BRACELET, THE

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MAGIC BRACELET, THE
RINA GOLDBERG
Series: SHORTS, AGES 12-18
Topic - Family
Description - Make A Film Foundation is a non-profit organization which grants film wishes to children who have serious or life-threatening medical conditions. This short film, The Magic Bracelet, fulfills the final wish of Rina Goldberg who passed away of Mitochondrial disease just after her 15th birthday. Some of her final words to her mom were, "Promise to take care of my film." We are honored to showcase this film with our KIDS FIRST! Film Festival partners. Concept by Rina Goldberg, adapted by Diablo Cody.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I recommend this film for a couple reasons. The story behind the film drew me and will draw many other people in as well. That is one reason I loved it. It's a girl's story that she dreamed of putting on the big screen before she passed. And, now it is getting the chance to do just that. It is also a great story. People will love the magic and wonder in this film. They will also see familiar faces of some famous and amazing actors such as Bailee Madison (Bridge to Terabithia, Once Upon a Time), Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit, Pitch Perfect 2), Jackson Rathbone (Twilight), James Van Der Beek (Dawson's Creek), JK Simmons (Spider-Man), and Kaitlin Doubleday (Catch Me if You Can). The production quality of this film is amazing. I think people will find this appealing because Ashley, the protagonist, manages to do all the things she does, while battling mitochondrial disease. Most appealing about this film is that, even thought they use a magic bracelet, they still remind everybody that their magic comes from them. This movie flows well. It has a good back story that explains everything. This will inspire people to, as Rina Goldberg (screenplay writer) says, "Always love life, dream big, be positive." I recommend this title for playing at the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival because it is inspiring and will appeal to many types of people. I recommend it for ages 7 to 18 age and give it 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Rachael V. and Dariana A.
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Runtime: 19 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 7-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


COMMON GROUND (SYLVIA NICOLAIDES)

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COMMON GROUND (SYLVIA NICOLAIDES)
SYLVIA NICOLAIDES
Series: DOCUMENTARY, AGES 8 TO 18
Topic - Family
Description - Following war in 1974, in which more than 200,000 Turkish and Greek Cypriots were displaced, the island of Cyprus has remained divided until today, separating the two communities that once lived together. The Turkish Cypriot community were made refugees fleeing to the north of the island, and the Greek Cypriots to the South, a separation with borders that remains until today. 'Common Ground' is a documentary about an art project between children of the two communities that they never actually met, but exchanged video messages between them and materials from their city, creating a communication bridge between them.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I really love this documentary, it is full of so much heart and positive thinking. The story is a warm one that I believe will make kids want to do something similar. I watched it twice, because I had to show my husband how beautiful the actions of the children in the documentary are. The world is full of so much conflict that it is wonderful to see young people creating a bond between two forcefully separated native cultures. The interviews are very well done and the camera work is very good. I would love to see a feature length documentary on this subject. It flows well and is a joy to watch. Although I believe children and adults of all ages could benefit from watching this short documentary, I recommend it for ages 9 to 18 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 19 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


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DIWAL'OWEEN
SHILPA MANKIKAR
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - Neenu and Bobby are introducing their parents on the night when Diwali meets Halloween. Neenu wants the perfect Diwali, but her nephew Jai wants a spooktacular Halloween. Everything goes wrong in this multicultural comedy of errors. The dog runs away. Bobby gets into trouble. Will they ever have the perfect holiday?
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Recommended. This has a charming storyline, good performances, locations and background music. There is a bit of stereotyping with the gay guys and the looney, soon-to-be mother-in-law, but not in a negative way. The sub plot about the dot getting lost is a bit distracting but adds to the overall nuttiness of the story, especially with all the costumed kids looking for it. Overall, the multi-cultural aspect of this makes it appealing for a family audience. Whether you come from a similar background or not, we live in a time when so many people live amongst those different from them that tolerance is called for. For that reason, I highly recommend this for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival for ages 8 to 18. I am concerned a bit about the video quality of this film because the image on filmfreeway seems pretty muted. I hope there is a better quality version available. For that reason, I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror
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Runtime: 33 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


PICNIC PERFECT

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PICNIC PERFECT
CAL THACHER
Series: STUDENT FILM, AGES 5 TO 18
Topic - Family
Description - A young girl arranges an elaborate picnic for her 92-year-old great-grandmother but for one reason or another things don't go as planned.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Recommended. I love the young actress who plays the girl. She has a wonderful sense of delivery and style. The background music is equally appealing and the young guitarist's deadpan humor is also well played. The grandmother (the director's actual great grandmother) steals the show. This is a fun multi-generational short that would fare well at a family film festival. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I found this movie to be enjoyable and charming. It is a simple film and I like that. It isn't overly complicated and is very easy to follow. This is very clearly a comedy and does a decent job as a comedy. Some moments are legitimately really funny. However, the comedy was clearly supposed to be over the top, which, sadly it didn't quite get to. While the over the top expressions are really funny, the movement is not. The girl runs flailing her arms like she's on a sugar rush and she just looks ridiculous. I don't know if she was told to flail her arms or not, but either way it looks too silly is really distracting. One thing that confuses me, is when the grandma's blindfold is lifted by the wind. Even though she is able to see, she continues to acts as if she doesn't. Unless the sunglasses imply she is blind, which makes the blindfold even more useless. The sound is the best aspect of the film because it has no dialogue. Flawed, but still enjoyable. I give it 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 18. Reviewed by Calista B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 6 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


CLIQUE TO ACCEPT

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CLIQUE TO ACCEPT
ARIN DINEEN
Series: STUDENT FILM, AGES 7 TO 18
Topic - Family
Description - Michelle is used to being excluded and bullied by the 'popular girls', but when she meets Sabrina, that all changes.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I really like the message of this film however, I found it didn't really draw me in. Excluding people is a form of bullying as this points out but it doesn't quite make a story out of it. Its seems to move along sort of in bits and pieces. We see a girl who is excluded from the clique, then befriended by one girl, then invited to sit with the clique, then she chooses not to, then the friend she made leaves the clique too to hang with her. The student actors play their roles well. I think it is just not quite ready for exposition. It needs a little tweking either in terms of editing or script in order to make it more interesting. The camera work is quite good although there are lots of shadows in the outdoor parts. The audio is clear and I like the background music. Occasionally, it's difficult to hear what people are saying. The storyline is not unique but I don't have a problem with that. I just want it tightened up a bit. I do not recommend this for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival at this time. Reviewed by Jolleen M and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 7 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 7-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


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WE CAN CHANGE
ARIN DINEEN
Series: STUDENT FILM, AGES 7 TO 18
Topic - Family
Description - A PSA about othering and taking responsibility for your actions, created by the 8th grade class at Santa Fe School for the Arts & Sciences
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I highly recommend this PSA about bullying and making someone feel bad. It gives important messages and is worth watching. The way it is presented makes sense and makes it easily watchable. It is exactly the right length. Various children discuss their experience. It's very simply made and the message is very clear. The quality of the images is good. Kids of all ages should be watching this video as they may relate to it. The film discusses the being "othered" as a verb and gives tips on how to address this issue in daily life. The part I found most interesting is how kids who have been "othered" have also "othered" others. They have not only realized that, but understand what they would do differently if put in that situation again. This film is great at introducing kids to bullying and making them understand that they are not alone. It's common and it's not their fault. This approach to bullying is quite unique and I highly recommend it as a way to increase awareness. Recommended for ages 6 to 18. Reviewed by Hanna M., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 3 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 7-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


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I CAN HELP
ARIN DINEEN
Series: STUDENT FILM, AGES 7 TO 18
Topic - Family
Description - A PSA on othering and not being a bystander, created by the 7th grade class at Santa Fe School for the Arts & Sciences.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a beautiful PSA about "othering" and gives examples of how to help someone not feel left out and because the message is given by young adults, even more impactful. It's message is worthwhile and well presented. It flows well and is watchable. The vocabulary and concepts are suitable for grade school, middle school and high school aged kids. The cinematography is well executed and clear. Short films like this can influence children so they can implement what they've seen in their own lives. This video discusses what it means to be left out as we watch children discuss briefly their experiences and how to avoid doing the same to others. The production is very well done. The PSA gets the message across quickly. The characters are very easy to empathize with. I highly recommend this film for ages 6 to 18. Reviewed by Hanna M. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! jurors.
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Runtime: 3 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 7-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


ACE OF SPADES

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ACE OF SPADES
ARIN DINEEN
Series: STUDENT FILM, AGES 7 TO 18
Topic - Family
Description - When new student Riley gets drawn into conflict with the school bullies, magic might just save the day.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I highly recommend this student film. It takes on the issue of bullying in an interesting way. The story is well done, especially the ending. The children who watched this found it engaging and liked the story. The beginning is a little bit slow, but the story flows well, makes sense and is easily watchable. The film is great for teaching about bullying and being "othered". It's easy to empathize with the main character Riley and his nerdy friend. The bullies are really mean. I give credit to the student actors for commendable performances. The message is clear and the film is entertaining. Kids will relate to this and be able to apply the concepts in their own lives. I highly recommend this film for ages 5 to 18. Reviewed by Hanna M. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Jurors
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Runtime: 4 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 7-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


SNOWGIRL

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SNOWGIRL
ILINA PERIANOVA
Series: ENVIRONMENTAL FILM
Topic - Family
Description - A mysterious girl appears in the lives of an elderly childless couple and a troubled young man and transforms their understanding about love and life. Loosely based on the Russian fairy tale about Snegurochka, this story is about miracles , but also about trusting the divine forces at work.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This story is very magical and extremely charming. The fact that it is based on a Russian fairy tale makes it feel simple yet effective. I love being exposed to other cultures' fairy tales and folklore, especially through film.The relationship between the girl and the elderly couple is very sweet and reminds me of loving grandparents that many of us have fond memories of. It is cool that the director implies that she comes to life from a snowman. Seeing the girl interact with objects such as mirrors and baking is very cute. The relationship between Vlad and the Snowgirl is not a typical love story relationship, which is something I particularly like about this film. The cinematography is very beautiful, maybe it's just because I'm always a sucker for snow. The acting is very good and immensely believable. The ending is beautiful and sad. It made me cry. I think this fairy tale concept is perfect as a short film and I would not change a thing. Reviewed by Calista B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic. Recommended for ages 8 to 18. 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dialogue is in Russian with English sub-titles.
Runtime: 28 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


MISS PERSONA

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MISS PERSONA
KIMBERLY PERSONA
Series: WEB SERIES, AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - The Miss Persona web series gently approaches problem solving though dress-up imaginative play. Miss Persona is an industrious little lady with a big imagination! Her tippy-top number-one favourite activity in her tiny little world is to take care of the forest's creatures and look after every little thing, especially her best friend -- a loyal and shy teddy bear who loves bowties named Bernard who lives with her in her treehouse. Along the way Miss Persona encounters tricky problems that she must then figure out how to solve. The good news is problems aren't a problem.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Miss Persona is a bit goofy, yet charming. I love her music and her topics are spot on. She's a bit like Raffi for 2017! Fun music, fun visuals. Perfect for pre-schoolers. Her sidekick, a stuffed bear is equally charming. Love to see more from Miss Persona. This is a clip from her web series that takes on imaginative play and problem solving. Very enjoyable and would be a nice 2 � minute break at a film festival. 4 out of 5 stars. Ages 2 to 6. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 3-6
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Web Series


KIWI: SEASON 1

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N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 2-7
Topic - Family
Description - It's time to learn phonics skills with Twiki and Twini! In this collection of twenty six episodes, Twiki and Twini will take us on fun and educational adventures to discover new words and new sounds. In this Season 1 collection, your little one will learn how to spell colors like "red" and "blue" to food words like "fruit" to animal words like "snake". The fun and learning never end with Twiki and Twini! Get ready to enter into an unexpected universe comprised of sounds, words, and images.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Kiwi is a stop-motion, animated educational children's series with two very funny and lovable kiwi birds, Twiki & Twini, as the lead characters. In each episode, the kiwis go on adventures discovering new worlds of words and sounds. For example, some of the focus words include "cow," "fruit," "map," "house" and "blue." Words are spelled out phonetically and are used in clear and cohesive imagery and storyline. Twiki & Twini are curious little birds that lead us to lots of discoveries! There are plenty of relevant and silly sounds along the way. The stories are led by the narration and interaction with the kiwis via a child and an adult. This gives a sense of inquiry and offers soft guidance simultaneously. I really enjoyed this DVD and recommend it for children ages 2 to 6. The menu offers "Play All" or "Stories, individually" (26 of them at 11 minutes each). I give this 5 Star out of 5 stars. Review by Eli B., KIDS FIRST! Juror.

Kiwi: Season 1 is a series directed at children between the ages of 2 through 7. Two characters, Twiki and Twini interact with each other and teach the audience how to spell words. There are 26 short episodes, approximately 5 to10 minutes in length. Each episode teaches the audience a few different words, grouping the words together. For example, the chicken episode has the words "cow, duck, chicken and egg." The episodes' animation is made from colorful clay objects that draw the kids in. It's not too busy, which I like. The background is white and the characters are the only thing on the screen. The characters start each episode by grouping similar items together, such as animals. Then, they spell out each word and link it to the next word. At the end of the episode, they respell each word. The characters are happy and kind. There isn't much problem solving involved as there is not much of a story line. The purpose is to teach kids how to spell and sound out words using phonics. This characters are made of clay animation (claymation), which is fun to watch. The structure of each episode flows very well and draws the viewer in. The DVD case shows examples of the words and pictures featured in each collection. It's fun to look at. The menu is simple with two choices, either watch by selected episode or watch all episodes. There are quite a few previews before it gets to the main menu, but they are all kid appropriate and entertaining. There is no option to change the language or any other bonus features. The message is that learning can be fun and entertaining. I recommend this DVD to any parent or teacher that is looking for an educational video for their child. It is appropriate for ages 2 through 7 and I give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Amanda M., KIDS FIRST! Juror.

Very well produced. The show is well thought for preschoolers. I really enjoyed the design and the animation of the show. I love that the letter design is in line with the word being spelled out. The characters are appealing for the intended audience. I thought it is a smart choice to have a child voice one of the narrators. I do not feel strongly about the stories. To me, the stories feel a bit random. Overall the show is fun to watch, has good intentions and is beautiful to look at. The goal of the show is to get kids to learn about phonics and develop their world building skills. As far as positive social models, it scores well here for the most part. There is an episode where the two main characters are in a restaurant setting and their server keeps eating their food before serving it. In that particular episode I think they missed the mark because the characters didn't deal with the situation in a realistic or constructive way. For the most part, the show uses vocabulary and concepts suitable for its intended audience. The show is well paced, doesn't overload kids with information and the subject matter is suitable for young minds. However, I did find that some of the words they break down or spelled are a bit too long. I think it would be better if there was a build up in learning. By that, I mean start with small words and gradually go bigger in a slow succession. I would certainly show this to my young children. Reviewed by Martha S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I like that this DVD teaches vocabulary and spelling to little kids. They learn how to spell words correctly and expands their vocabulary. This show is great for learning words that used in daily life.

Kiwi: Season One teaches little kids vocabulary and spelling. This DVD has 26 episodes that teach new words and sounds so kids can learn how to spell words correctly and expand their vocabulary.

The series features two kiwi birds named Twiki and Twini who go on adventures and teach kids how to spell out words in a fun way. They encounter new animals, objects and other items as they teach kids how to spell out each word. The objects or animals are all related to a particular theme. There is barely any speaking by the characters in the show, but there is great narration that gets the kids intrigued with the story.

The animation is a stop motion clay animation (claymation) technique similar to other popular kid's shows such as Pingu. Claymation is not used a lot today since currently computer generated imagery (CGI) is used more frequently. However, the show does features some computer animation like the graphics when word are spelled out on the screen.

There are not too many other characters, but my favorite character is the recurring rabbit in the first few episodes. The rabbit eats a lot and even tries to eat a whole cake! The rabbit is very funny and had me chuckling the whole time. The premise of this show is to teach little kids phonics, vocabulary and spelling. It's great for preschool learning and for introducing kids to spelling words that are used in everyday conversations. I give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 3 to 6. This DVD is available now so, go check it out.

By Carla P, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

This DVD is about friendship, education and fun. This series is about two kiwis named Twiki and Twini, who go on different adventures throughout different episodes. All of the adventures have a different storyline and include lots of word building exercises and other educational things to help learn different things such as spelling and grammar.

This show is directed towards little kids, ages 2 to 5. I watched this DVD as if I was younger and I would definitely like it as a younger kid. I would enjoy watching it, but I would probably get out of my seat and start playing around and doing the things that they tell me to do and try to spell the words. This show is best to watch before bedtime because you might stay seated and repeat what they tell you to say. I watched it with a 5-year-old and a two-year-old and got to observe them watching it. The 5-year-old said she loved every part of it and she started dancing to the music. The 2-year-old was a little more descriptive and loved the way the characters interacted with each other.

The graphics are really good for a animated show. It does remind me of music video style graphics because they often stand in front of a white background and there isn't much going on in the different places they explore.

I give this show 3 out of 5 stars because of the graphics and because I felt the episodes were too short at 5 minutes. Because the episodes so short, they don't pack a lot of things in which makes it kind of boring. I recommend this DVD for ages 2 to 5. It is available now on DVD, so go check it out.

By Na'im S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11
Runtime: 135 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-7
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
Media: DVD
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KUU KUU HARAJUKU: MUSIC BABY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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