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KINGDOMS OF THE SKY
PBS DISTRIBUTION
Series: DVD, AGES 7-18
Topic - Family
Description - This landmark three-part series, presented in partnership with the BBC, reveals the extraordinary animals and remarkable people who make a home on the iconic mountain ranges of the world, including the Himalaya, the Rockies, and the Andes. Episodes for this program include: HIMALAYA - Meet the extraordinary wildlife and people of the Himalaya--the highest mountain range on earth, where the air is the thinnest, the wind the strongest, the storms the fiercest. The higher you climb, the tougher it gets to survive. See snub-nosed monkeys, snow leopards on the prowl, and Tibetan monks performing ancient rituals high in the mountains. ROCKIES - The Rockies stretch 3000 miles across a beautiful wilderness of snow-capped peaks and hidden valleys. It is home to cougars, wolverines, wolves, and grizzlies, and where daredevil wingsuit fliers jump from high peaks and Native Americans compete in breakneck horse races. ANDES - The longest mountain range on the planet holds dozens of hidden worlds, from the driest desert on Earth to cloud forests teeming with life. Pumas hunt guanaco, shape-shifting frogs hide in remote forests, and the descendants of Inca build bridges of grass. Magnificent snow sculptures, huge salt lakes, and spectacular peaks are all found in these rugged peaks.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This amazing DVD has three main themes: Himalaya, Rockies and Andes. It shows amazing scenes which includes wildlife and people. I love the Himalaya and learning about the snub-nosed monkeys and the snow leopards. My favorite things about all three places was learning about all the amazing animals. The scenes are absolutely breath-taking and you can really imagine what it is like to be there. This DVD is educational and very entertaining. I learned so much about all three places. I recommend this show to anyone who loves to watch nature films and learn about different places and wildlife. I recommend it for ages 7 through 18, as well as adults. I give this 5 out of 5 stars for its educational and entertainment value.
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Runtime: 159 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
Suggested Retail Price: $ 24.99
Media: DVD


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GAMECHANGERS: DREAMS OF BLIZZCON
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Series: DVD, AGES 12-18
Topic - Family
Description - GAMECHANGERS: DREAMS OF BLIZZCON enters the unexplored realm of professional eSports, as told through the eyes of two of the world's best StarCraft II players. Together with striking visuals and a mesmerizing original score, go behind the scenes and experience the high-pressure, high-stakes lifestyles of professional gamers. DVD includes: 5.1 Surround, Stereo, English and Korean with English subtitles for the deaf and hearing-impaired.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - GameChangers: Dreams of BlizzCon focuses on the world of e-sports and the game StarCraft 2, which is a military science fiction, real-time strategy video game. The world of StarCraft has become a competitive one and this documentary follows two of the world's best StarCraft 2 players and their journey from South Korea to BlizzCon, located in Anaheim. I was not expecting this film to be in-depth at all, but it is shockingly informative and entertaining. We learn about their life experiences and how it has shaped them into the well-known players they are today. It is absolutely enthralling watching them discuss the difficulties keeping up with the younger players and the personal challenges they face in their own lives. The idea of becoming wealthy because of becoming successful at StarCraft is shocking and fun. My children were intrigued about the idea of becoming professional gamers. The production value is really good and I really enjoyed watching this. While I believe that this film is more interesting for adults, I believe that children ages 15 to 18 will really enjoy it. I give it 5 out of 5 stars for being super interesting! Reviewed by Rachael Vickers, KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
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Runtime: 91 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
Suggested Retail Price: $ 19.95
Media: DVD
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SOUFRA

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CONTENT MEDIA
Series: DOCUMENTARY, AGES 10 - 18
Topic - Family
Description - South of Beirut, Lebanon is a 68 year old refugee camp housing refugees from Palestine, Syria and Iraq. Many have lived in this camp their entire lives-- Mariam AlShaar is one of them. Now, Mariam has pulled the women of this camp together to do what has never been done before. They started with a small kitchen from a micro-loan. With nearly insurmountable political odds against them-- they look to start the first refugee food truck. Their journey is one of many ups and downs but it is the community that is built, their sense of hope and how they see themselves that makes this a moving, touching film about their journey. Mariam has been known as 'the crazy lady' and now she will show just how crazy she is.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This documentary is about one woman's quest to start a food-truck business in the refugee camp where she resides, in Lebanon. The quality of life for the camp's residents is quite low, with many people living in very condensed dwellings. Mariam Shaar, with her adept business sense and entrepreneurial spirit sets out to improve the quality of life for herself and those around her. She, along with other women, cook high quality Mediterranean food and through a Kickstarter Campaign, raise and exceed the amount of funds needed to buy a van and get the permit for the business. Not surprisingly, things do not go as planned. Mariam's lawyer tells her there may be hurdles in terms of getting the permit and obtaining a truck because she resides in the refugee camp and because of her ethnicity. Therefore, when she goes to the automobile dealer, she is turned down. Inevitably, a few months later, she is turned down for the license to operate Soufra also. She feels defeated at this point, but her lawyer explains a way in which she can circumvent these laws regarding license, location and ethnicity Mariam can find a brick and mortar place as a legitimate residential location for her business on the outskirts of Beirut. She does in fact find a place and is then granted a license. The van approval for her food truck comes smoothly after that. Her dream of a food truck business is then realized. I enjoyed watching this documentary mainly because it has a happy ending. Many documentaries seem to end on a desolate note. In addition, people residing in the West think about the Mid-East as being repressive towards women, in general. This documentary counters this thought process. We see Mariam as a determined businesswoman making lots of decisions and meeting with others on her own to get the business up and running. As the director of a Foundation stated, she would "get this going with or without financial help." I give this documentary 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10 to 18 as well as adults. This film is being shown at select theaters throughout the country. To find a screening near you, visit https://www.soufrafilm.com/
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Soufra is a fantastic film filled with delicious-looking food and inspiring messages for women and others. This documentary is clearly made with passion, purpose and heart. It is a little heart wrenching, but still fun and interesting at the same time. The production values are high, particularly the cinematography. I felt so connected with the women in this film and was really intrigued by their stories, as well as what they have to say. This is an incredible film in so many ways.

The filmmaker follows a group of women in a Lebanese refugee camp who enjoy and have a passion for cooking. They are hired by a fellow refugee, named Mariam, to start a catering company called Soufra. The film documents the struggles of these women being unable to purchase a food truck for their business. Even though they raise the money to purchase it, thanks to a Kickstarter campaign, it is still difficult for them to get the proper permits to own the truck, due to local laws.

What really intrigued me initially, was the beginning scene in the kitchen. It is so lively, entertaining and captivating. The introduction to a film is so important. The rest of the film is equally well shot. The camera quality is clear and the cinematography is pretty spot on. This film really is quite entertaining and educating at the same time. I thoroughly enjoyed watching it and I because every aspect is so incredible.

The messages the film promotes are completely pure and positive. These women deal with really tough situations and lead extremely tough lives. However, they manage to stay strong and powerful regardless. The message is about never giving up or quitting, even when it feels like the entire world is telling you to. Never loose sight of your goals. I recommend this for ages 10 to 18, as well as adults and give it 5 out of 5 stars. I am so impressed with the women in this film and everything they have accomplished. I admire them all very much. This is a film that is truly incredible and one I will remember for years to come. This film is available at select film festivals this fall so, check to see if it is playing near you.

Reviewed by Ella L., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 10-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


OPERATION FINALE

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MGM STUDIOS
Series: FEATURE, AGES 12-18
Topic - Family
Description - Director Chris Weitz's historical thriller is based on the story of how a group of Israeli secret agents arrested notorious SS officer Adolf Eichmann - the man who masterminded the "Final Solution" - in Argentina. Oscar Isaac plays the legendary Mossad agent Peter Malkin, while Ben Kingsley plays his emotionally manipulative arch-nemesis. After tracking Eichmann down to Buenos Aires, Malkin and his men captured him and brought him to Israel for a historic 8-month trial.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Operation Finale is horrifyingly intense as well as funny at times. The two main characters, Peter Malkin (Oscar Isaac) and Adolf Eichmann (Ben Kingsley) are terrifyingly realistic. The suspense feels like it's on real stakes because this film is based on actual events. One criticism I have is that all the secondary characters are easily forgettable.

The story of this film focuses on a group of Israeli agents who are tasked with capturing and bringing back Adolf Eichmann, a Nazi Lieutenant who escaped justice after World War II to Israel. The agents spot him at his house after a spy tells them where he lives. They watch his daily routine until they memorize it and fake their car being broken in, to jump him. They take him back to where they are staying and take turns watching him. One day, the airport calls saying that they have to get a signature from Adolf Eichmann to let them board so they try to convince him to sign. Malkin tries a more friendly approach to make him sign and they get to know each other.

My favorite part in this film is when Malkin and Eichmann are getting to know each other. You get to see Eichmann's side and how he interprets the holocaust. That is very interesting.

There are two big names in this film. Ben Kingsley plays Adolf Eichmann and Oscar Isaac plays Peter Malkin. Ben Kingsley has been in numerous award winning films such as Ghandi, which he won an Oscar for best actor. Oscar Isaac has been in Ex Machina, an Oscar winning film and the Star Wars series.

I recommend this film to anyone who wants to know more about the Holocaust or World War II. You should be aware that the adults in this film smoke and drink. I recommend Operation Finale for ages 13 to 18, as well as adults. I give it 4 out of 5 stars. This film opens in theaters August 29, 2018 so look for it.

By Abraham F., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


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SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 12-18
Topic - Family
Description - After David Kim (John Cho)'s 16-year-old daughter goes missing, a local investigation is opened and a detective is assigned to the case. But 37 hours later and without a single lead, David decides to search the one place no one has looked yet, where all secrets are kept today: his daughter's laptop. In a hyper-modern thriller told via the technology devices we use every day to communicate, David must trace his daughter's digital footprints before she disappears forever.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This new drama/thriller grabbed my attention since the beginning, because of its amazing and unique storyline. I felt thrilled to discover what would happen at the end and, whether or not the outcome would be what I expected. I came up with my theory for the conclusion by putting together the clues from the movie, little by little. It is very entertaining, because the film gives the audience an opportunity to be detectives for a moment and try to solve the very unique mystery in the film.

The storyline is about a father, David, that enjoys watching his daughter Margot grow up while posting pictures and videos of her to social media, sharing his happiness with his love ones. As Margot enters her teenage years, she starts to grow apart and seem distant from him. One day, she disappears after telling her father that she went to a study group. David looks on the internet to try to find clues about where she may be. Her friends don't seem to know much and don't help either David or the detective that comes on the case to figure out what happened to her and hopefully find her alive.

My favorite scene is when David starts to get desperate because of Margot's disappearance, leading to him brainstorming ideas about how to find her. This results with him going into Margot's computer to find answers as to whereabouts. This is my favorite scene because it is very meaningful and is the moment he starts to realize, although he doesn't admit it, that he truly does not know his daughter at all. When he opens her laptop, it is as if he is entering unknown territory and we see the distance between him and Margot. He was very close to her, while she was growing up, but as soon as she hit the teenage years, she became a stranger.

The important message in this film is that better communication between family members is encouraged and will improve the dynamics of the family. For example, in the beginning of the movie, the reason for her disappearance is unknown and that leads to the suspense and mystery of the storyline. But, let's say hypothetically that Margot disappeared on purpose, because she was dealing with a problem and, since she had grown apart from her dad, she didn't feel he could help her. If parents, especially those raising their children alone, communicate and interact better, they can help their kids through the tough times. They ease the process of going through conflicts, so that running away is not their only choice. I recommend this film for ages 13 to 18, as well as adults and I rate it 4.5 out of 5 stars. It opens in theaters August, 31, 2018 so, check it out.

Reviewed by Alejandra G., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


PICK OF THE LITTER

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SUNDANCE SELECTS
Series: DOCUMENTARY, AGES 5-18
Topic - Family
Description - Pick of the Litter follows a litter of puppies from the moment they're born and begin their quest to become Guide Dogs for the Blind, the ultimate canine career. Cameras follow these pups through a two-year odyssey as they train to become dogs whose ultimate responsibility is to protect their blind partners from harm. Along the way, the dogs meet a community of dedicated individuals who train them to do amazing, life-changing things in the service of their human. The stakes are high and not every dog can make the cut. Only the best of the best. The pick of the litter.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Pick of the Litter is such an adorable movie. It has an amazing topic that not many people know about, so you are not bored. It's a great family movie with all of the cute dogs. Pick of the Litter follows such a sweet storyline that you just fall in love with all of the dogs and their journey through many different homes.

Pick of the Litter follows a litter of puppies from the moment they are born through their journey to become Guide Dogs for the Blind. The "P" litter has to go through two years of training with many different owners to train them on their journey to become Guide Dogs. But only the pick of the litter will get the chance to become Guide Dogs.

This documentary is such a feel good movie. There are some moments that bring tears to your eyes. When my family and I watched the movie, it was fun for us to guess which dogs would pass the tests and become Guide Dogs. All the dogs are so cute and the relationships the dogs go through with their trainers and finally when they get paired with their official owners, is very emotional. The five dogs in the litter are Patriot, Potomac, Phil, Primrose and Poppet. All the dogs have such unique personalities. My favorite out would have to be Patriot because he has a lot of different trainers and he has so much energy. He has the biggest personality. He also ends up with such a sweet family and really helps the family he's with. The movie has so much for people of all ages. The charming dogs are enjoyable for everyone and the story they tell is delightful and sends a great message.

The message The Pick of the Litter sends is that dogs go through a lot of work to become Guide Dogs and, even if they don't become one, they still bring joy to whomever owns them. I recommend this film for ages 8 to 17. There is so much to learn about the training Guide Dogs go through and this film has lots of things for kids to learn. I give it 5 out of 5 stars, because it has such a great topic and the dogs are super adorable. You can find this film in a theatre near you on August 31, 2018 so, check it out!

Reviewed by Dariana A., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

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


FRANKIE DRAKE MYSTERIES

FRANKIE DRAKE MYSTERIES
PBS DISTRIBUTION
Series: TV SERIES, AGES 8 TO 18
Topic - Family
Description - Period drama set in stylish 1920s Toronto, following the female-only agency Drake Private Detectives led by the eponymous Frankie Drake and her partner Trudy Clarke, as they investigate mysteries and crimes that either the police refuse to take on, or that their clients cannot take to the police at all. Set against a backdrop of social change, radical politics and jazz music, the series is immersed in both the real Toronto of the 1920s and the world of mystery and suspense conjured by creators Carol Hay and Michelle Ricci.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This 30 minute mystery series is new to the PBS line-up this season. Private Detective Frankie Drake, along with fellow detective Trudy combine their skills to solve distinctive cases within each episode. Frankie Drake is head of her own detective agency located in Toronto, CA in the 1920s. The pilot episode, involves a case of a wealthy man whose pearls are apparently stolen from the safe at his residence. In its place is a mysterious white feather. A policewoman notifies Frankie and brings the feather along to tell her that the feather was the trademark of her father, Ned Drake, a con-man who passed away ten years prior. While investigating the case, Frankie finds out that the wealthy man's wife is Frankie's mother, Nora Drake. This is shocking for Frankie, as she thought her mother had been long dead. Nora Drake is a hustler in her own right, as she married rich men and left them not long after, simply for the payday. Frankie is the total opposite - choosing to work for a living, which is very avant garde for the time. By the end of this premiere episode, it is clear that Frankie is stuck with Nora in Toronto for awhile, whether she likes it or not. As the series develops, I believe Frankie and Nora will learn to tolerate and inevitably like each other. I believe Nora will be some sort of ally to Frankie in helping to solve cases.

The Frankie Drake Mysteries is a very female-friendly program, set in the Roaring 20s, the era when one of the first big Feminist Movements occurred. Young girls, in particular, can look up to Frankie as being ahead of her time. Young black girls can also look up to Trudy as being equal to Frankie at the detective agency. She will also be considered ahead of her time, working as a professional private eye. In this era, many black woman could only find servitude work, as Nora Drake assumes Trudy for when she first visits Frankie's agency.

As a serial drama, the Frankie Drake Mysteries is straightforward and flows easily from beginning to end - the set-up of the mystery; Frankie and Trudy notified of the case; the who, what, where, when, how; the conflict, climax, and conclusion of the case.

Based on watching this pilot, I would guess that the rating would be TV-PG or TV-G. It is witty and the humorous dialogue will hold your attention. The setting and costumes make it interesting for the viewer, especially children, since most are unfamiliar with the timeframe. There appears to be little or no bloody violence. I recommend it for ages 8 to 18, as well as adults and give it 5 out of 5 stars. I thoroughly enjoyed this mini-series and will remind myself to catch an episode or two whenever I can, on PBS this season.

Reviewed by Kimberly M., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: TV


WORLD FAMOUS INANIMATES, THE

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WORLD FAMOUS INANIMATES, THE
GUILLERMO MACHADO
Series: BOOK, AGES 5-10
Topic - Family
Description - A spent sock, puny penny, kicky key, brainy bookmark and soft spoon each have a special story to tell.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I like this e-book of different stories and found it refreshing and appropriate for the intended age group. I felt that it would inspire young children to take a more positive outlook on every day, ordinary items such as a sock that lacks a matching sock. The rhyming storytelling is fun and engaging. The colorful illustrations really add a colorful pop and makes these items even more appealing! I recommend this for ages 5 through 10 and give it 4 out of 5 stars.
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KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-10
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Book


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MOVE, MOVE, MOVE
LIGHTHOUSE RECORDS
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 2-5
Topic - Education/Instructional
Description - The 10th CD of original, interactive music from Vincent Nunes emphasizes age-appropriate movement fundamentals for early learners. This fun, catchy collection of songs is already the winner of a 2018 NAPPA award, Tilliwig Award and Parents' Picks Award.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I adore this new and silly CD because it has lots of rhythm and cute new songs to sing. It not only brings joy to every child listening, but it also teaches life lessons and moral values which stick with you for a long time. This is something I treasure because it makes this CD perfect for the whole family.

My favorite song is "ABC Jones." I couldn't help but sing this song to my mom because her last name is Jones and it made me think of her and my family. This song is perfect for young kids who don't yet know their ABCs because it is funny and catchy. At the same time, it is a fun new way to think about the Alphabet. If you want, you can even make a version for yourself.

I can see why Move, Move, Move has won multiple awards including NAPPA, Tilliwig and Parents' Picks. It is due to the catchy music and upbeat rhythm, which has everybody dancing and singing. Kids as young as 2 to even 13-year-old kids will enjoy this. Some of the songs are very quirky, so they are bound to grab the attention of younger audiences.

The creators of this CD are very talented and they know how to appeal to different ages. Both kids and adults will want to listen to the same songs on the CD and adults won't get bored. A;; the music is catchy and fun to listen to and there is a variety of music genres so there is something for every one.

Another thing to like about this CD is its versatile language. The songs use simple words that younger kids will understand and more complex words that older kids will understand. I recommend this CD for ages 2 to-11 and give it 5 out of 5 stars.

Reviewed by Morgan B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13
Runtime: 38 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 15
Media: AUDIO


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BILLIE
MAKI YOSHIKURA
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 8-12
Topic - Education/Instructional
Description - The Labradoodle Billie's happy life comes to a sudden end when one morning her beloved owner doesn't wake up anymore. She is taken away to a place she does not recognize. She is sad and lonely until one day her life takes a new turn...
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - What's not to like - dogs and happy endings! It's heartwarming to see how dogs enrich our lives. Billie the pooch gets so attached to his new owners as he learns to love them like he did his original owner. Show him a walking cane and he'll show you some great affection.

Billie's original owner, who walked with a cane, dies suddenly in his sleep. Billie has fond memories of playing ball with that owner. When a new family adopts him, their ball toy doesn't seem to interest Billie. But the grandmother, who walks with a cane, gets his spirit going again.

This short has some issues with continuity. Jump cuts take place that move the story along very quickly but make it a little hard to follow at times. I liked the zooming-in special effects that highlight Billie's facial features and the curly patterns of his fur. Also, the visual effect of the thrown ball rolling into a washed-out, featureless wasteland emphasizes Billie's initial feeling of loneliness after his original owner dies.

My favorite part is when Billie warms up to the new family, after Grandma shows up with her walking cane. The message of this film is to give dogs and other shelter animals a chance. They can very easily learn to love again.

I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 12. It would make a lovely addition to a film festival for youth and families, especially one that showcases the importance of animals in our lives. Reviewed by Jeff M., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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Runtime: 4 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


ALPHA

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SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT
Series: FEATURE, AGES 10-18
Topic - Family
Description - An epic adventure set in the last Ice Age, ALPHA tells a fascinating, visually stunning story that shines a light on the origins of man's best friend. While on his first hunt with his tribe's most elite group, a young man is injured and must learn to survive alone in the wilderness. Reluctantly taming a lone wolf abandoned by its pack, the pair learn to rely on each other and become unlikely allies, enduring countless dangers and overwhelming odds in order to find their way home before winter arrives.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This unpredictable film is a roller coaster of emotions. Although some parts are pretty graphic, it makes the whole thing more real and it helps you feel empathy for the characters.

The film starts off with the turning point scene, then goes to the backstory, then goes back to review what happened in the turning point scene in dramatic snippets and finally continues with the rest of the story. The film tells the story of how a man's best friend came to be. In the story, Keda helps an injured wolf who he eventually become friends with and they help each other survive.

The actors all have amazing abilities. They really draw in the audience in an emotional way. Kodi Smit-McPhee plays Keda wonderfully in this film. He cries tears of sadness, longing and joy. Keda also leads us to believe he is cold or sick in different scenarios.

The cinematography in this film is amazing. The different camera scenes are shot most creatively. The cinematography really helps conveying different emotions, depending on how different scenes are shot. All the different biomes and climates look so beautiful.

My favorite scene is the scene where Alpha, the wolf, cuddles up next to Keda one cold night. Usually, whenever Alpha tries to get close to Keda, he pushes Alpha away. Seeing Alpha and Keda finally become close warmed my heart.

The message of this film is to always show kindness. Even though the wolf tried to hurt Keda, he still helped it heal. Later on, Alpha is very helpful to Keda. The wolf, who was once his enemy, becomes his best friend. Another message of this film is to never give up. Many times Keda considers giving up. He feels so hopeless at times and thinks he isn't getting anywhere. Even so, he keeps going no matter how hard it is and it pays off big time in the end.

This film is such a wonderful experience. I give it 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 11 to 18, as well as adults. This film will also appeal to nature lovers and dog lovers! Even if you don't fall into one of these categories still check this film out. You might become a nature or a dog lover! It opens August 17, 2018, so go check it out.

Reviewed by Jolleen M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is a beautiful film about survival. I love everything about this live action film. The editing flows nicely and there are many visually stunning scenes. The story is about survival, loyalty and, most importantly, following your instincts.

In this film, a boy named Keda (Kodi Smit-McPhee) is attacked by a buffalo. His father thinks he died, so he leaves him on the cliff where he was attacked. When he finally makes it to the ground, a pack of wolves attack. One of the wolves is very hurt and he decides tries to help him. During the course of movie, they help each other in many different ways. At the end of the film, you discover a beautiful surprise about the wolf.

Please keep in mind that this film takes place in prehistoric times and the dialogue is not in English, but is subtitled in English. I could understand the movie perfectly, even though it isn't in English. Keda becomes a man as the story unfolds. It is a coming-of-age story, wherein the boy and the wolf look out after each other as if they are family. The boy tries to prove to himself and his tribe that he can become a man and can be strong. By bonding with the wolf, he accomplishes the unimaginable.

This type of film is uncommon in contemporary cinema. The editing is very well done and there is a flash back at the beginning that helps you understand the back story. The costumes are tribal, which makes the characters seem more believable and tribe-like. The landscapes are quite extraordinary. In so many ways, this film is truly beautiful. Everything that happens takes place in natural environments.

The message of this film is that we should bond with nature, follow our own instincts and preserve our innate quality of being kind. I rate this film 5 out of 5 stars because of the beautiful landscapes and touching story. I recommend it for ages 8 to 18, as well as adults. I was very lucky to watch this movie with my dog, because I attended a special screening that allowed dogs, so that experience was truly unforgettable. Alpha opens in theaters August 17, 2018 so, look for it. Reviewed by Zoe C., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 9

Everyone get your time machines set up to go to a land filled with adventure and love because we are going to the Ice Age. On our journey we will find stunning views and magnificent creatures that no longer exist, so get ready for one terrific ride.

The graphics in Alpha are breathtaking. I love that we get to see so many animals and different views because they make this film really stand out from other films. We don't see animals like mammoths, saber tooth tigers and warthogs everyday. This not only adds history, but also a few fun facts for kids to enjoy as they watch this film.

During this era there were hardships that were dealt with by brutal force. However, sometimes one finds a kind, cautious and adorable friend to help you along the way. In this case, Alpha. love the wolf Alpha and his new found owner Keda (Kodi Smit-McPhee). Since there are only two main charters, I might add that I like them both because they are too gosh darn cute together. Also Keda's performance as a caveman is quite believable.

My favorite scene is when Alpha and Keda spend the night together for the first time. I admire this scene because it shows Alpha's love when he listens to Keda. This scene made me miss my dog Dusty because Alpha reminds me of him. Alpha is definitely a film for pet owners, especially those with furry friends. Even if you don't have a pet, you will want one after seeing Alpha. This film is truly about man's best friend and how the bond was made over a short period of time.

I recommend this film for ages 10 to 18. Kids will love the wolf and will learn a few things about being future pet owners. Also they will learn about the Ice Age and the creatures that lived during this time period. Older kids and adults will love the animation and the acting. Please note that children need to be able to read, because this film is subtitled. I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. Alpha is in theaters now so check it out.

Reviewed by Morgan B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


FRONTLINE: TRUMP'S TAKEOVER

FRONTLINE: TRUMP'S TAKEOVER
PBS DISTRIBUTION
Series: DOCUMENTARY, AGES 12 - 18
Topic - Family
Description - President Donald Trump's first year in office has been marked by ongoing turmoil - including in his own Republican party, where presidential tweetstorms, inflammatory rhetoric and high-profile dissent have fueled open conflict. Gripping and revealing, this program tells the story of Trump's takeover of the Republican Party - from the perspective of Republican lawmakers and insiders themselves. TRUMP'S TAKEOVER examines the president's unorthodox governing style, showing how after taking office, he displayed a lack of interest in the ins and outs of legislation and policy, and instead took to Twitter, attacking opponents. The film goes behind closed doors in the negotiations to repeal and replace Obamacare -- Trump's first major legislative test -- revealing through accounts of people who were there how little Trump seemed to understand or care about the details of the bill.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - You either love him or hate him., or so it seems. I have to be honest and say I actually cried when Donald Trump became the 45th President. And those were not happy tears. This documentary shows a brief story of how President Trump took over the Republican party. His campaign seemed to be fueled by anger and his anger, more than anything, was directed at the establishment. This film shows how there was fighting among the Republican party itself and how Donald Trump was most concerned about "the win." One of my favorite parts of the movie is when John McCain took a stand and said to the President, "You're not a king. You're the President." This film also shows his racism and anger and his over-tweeting. And, it shows how he succeeded as being the leader when the Tax Cut Bill was passed. This film is well done and, although it doesn't show the President in the most favorable light, I feel it is quite truthful. Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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Runtime: 56 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
Suggested Retail Price: $ 17.99
Media: DVD
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MEG, THE

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WARNER BROS. PICTURES
Series: FEATURE, AGES 12-18
Topic - Family
Description - Five years ago, expert sea diver and Naval Captain Jonas Taylor encountered an unknown danger in the unexplored recesses of the Mariana Trench that forced him to abort his mission and abandon half his crew. Though the tragic incident earned him a dishonorable discharge, what ultimately cost him his career, his marriage and any semblance of honor was his unsupported and incredulous claims of what caused it - an attack on his vessel by a mammoth, 70-foot sea creature, believed to be extinct for more than a million years. But when a submersible lies sunk and disabled at the bottom of the ocean - carrying his ex-wife among the team onboard - he is the one who gets the call. Whether a shot at redemption or a suicide mission, Jonas must confront his fears and risk his own life and the lives of everyone trapped below on a single question: Could the Carcharodon Megalodon - the largest marine predator that ever existed - still be alive ... and on the hunt?
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The Meg is a somewhat entertaining homage to old-era shark flicks. A frightful direction and vibrant special effects provide a serviceable summer-end movie. Fans of shark flicks may want to check it out.

The movie follows a Shanghai-based, deep-sea team as they seek to postulate new discoveries among the underwater trenches. However, their discoveries go awry when a previously thought extinct Megalodon attacks their submersibles and threatens to roam the Shanghai seas. With time on the run, team leader Dr. Zhao (Winston Chao) recruits former rescue diver Jonas (Jason Statham). Unbeknownst to everyone, Jonas has previously encountered the same Megalodon and must now confront his fears to save those aboard.

Jason Statham, as Jonas, is always a vibrant presence with his charm and smarm making gold of the cheesy script. He also excels in his underwater stunts, creating some nail-biting thrills. Bingbing Li, as Suyin, proves herself as a smart, yet impatient presence, who wants to prove herself. However, she does fall key to an unnecessary clich� father-daughter subplot, but makes the best of what she is given. Winston Chao, as Dr. Zhang, greatly presents his fears and desperation for Suyin and the mission, in spite of the weak backing for the emotional stakes of the two. Rainn Wilson, as Jacks, heightens his stereotypical rich guy presence with well-timed remarks alike his in The Office. Shuya Sophia Cai, as Meiyang, is my favorite character in her banter with Statham and brave actions power her from just being a 8-year-old damsel in distress. She truly excels in her first, breakout role. Ruby Rose, Page Kennedy, and Cliff Curtis complete the rest of the pack, each giving a unique performance, even if the characters can be viewed as expendable at times.

Jon Turteltaub's direction allows for brisk thrills taking inspiration from Jaws, but allowing for his own unique takes on the genre. My favorite scene is the final act, as it goes all in with the illogic of the shark conflicts allowing for a fun conclusion. The other flaws are the inconsistency of the tone and writing of the movie, which goes from serious to knowingly funny at times and the placement of the scenes feels off at times. The movie also suffers by detracting from the shark conflict and focusing on poorly written character situations. In fact, it takes a long amount of occasionally grueling time and development for the Megalodon to even show up.

The movie's message is that being a hero can come with its fair share of compromises. I give this film 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, because of intense action, gore and some language. The movie releases in theaters on August 10, 2018 so check it out.

Reviewed by Arjun N., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The Meg is a very exciting film to close out summer. The huge shark is very scary and the images look very real. The chase scenes are intense and the action scenes are really entertaining.

The film begins with Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham), a marine explorer having to save an underwater exploration team that is stranded after something broke their sub. He saves all but one crew member. He goes back to the exploration center later and one of the scientist's daughters sees a Megalodon, which is what stranded the other scientists in the Mariana Trench. He realizes that they broke the barrier between the modern world and the world of prehistoric animals. Now, it is up to Jonas Taylor to save millions of people from the Meg.

My favorite part of this film is when the shark heads towards an overcrowded beach in China and we see how much terror a shark can cause. The protagonist Jonas Taylor is played by Jason Statham (Fast and Furious, Spy and Parker). DJ is played by Page Kennedy (Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G., Rhett and Link's Buddy System).

This film begs the question: Should you save everyone and risk everything or should you sacrifice a few people for the better good. There are some risky thing kids should not imitate and the main character is portrayed as an alcoholic. I recommend it for ages 13 to 18 and People that like Jaws or other thrillers. I give it 3 out of 5 stars. This film hits theatres August 10, 2018 so look for it.

By Abraham F., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic age 13

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


ARE YOU VOLLEYBALL?!

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ARE YOU VOLLEYBALL?!
MOHAMMAD BAKHSHI
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 12-18
Topic - Family
Description - A group of Arabian spoken asylum seekers arrive to an English spoken country border and can't keep going. They conflict with border soldiers everyday till a deaf-mute baby becomes a catalyst for better communication between two groups.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Recommended. The beginning is pretty depressing and uses some mild profanity, such as "damn" and "goddamned." Once the children's find a volleyball, the whole feeling of the film changes dramatically. Not just the children, but the adults become more lively and happy. And, the change in tone once the asylum seekers and the soldiers start playing volleyball is heartwarming. It shows us how something as simple as a sport can make all the difference in our life, that we are all humans and share some of the same things that give us happiness. The sub-titles are lacking in accuracy, but you still get the gist of what is intended. I highly recommend this film for ages 12-18 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. If it could only bring peace in the Middle East, how happy it would make us all. Reviewed by Julie S. KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
Runtime: 15 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


NOVA: WONDERS, SEASON 1

NOVA: WONDERS, SEASON 1
PBS DISTRIBUTION
Series: DVD, AGES 11-18
Topic - Family
Description - NOVA: WONDERS is a fresh, lively series that makes complicated concepts accessible while taking a deep dive into the scientific process. Each episode poses a big scientific question and takes viewers along on a journey to explore how far we've come in our quest for answers, and how we've managed to get here. Among the intriguing topics pondered are the secret language of animals, what's hidden in the human body, the artificial intelligence technologies that could rival and surpass the abilities of the human mind, the controversial power to engineer life in a lab, and the mysteries of the universe.

The program travels to some unexpected places to look for answers -- including deep underwater, where humpback whales are essentially playing a game of "telephone" across the world, with pods teaching each other new songs; deep beneath our skin, where trillions of microbes are living in our bodies; deep below the earth, in mines where researchers are trying to detect elusive dark matter particles; deep into space, where astrophysicists are hunting for signs of extra-terrestrial life, and more.

Three young scientists serve as enthusiastic guides and science communicators. Talithia Williams is a mathematician and statistician who also applies data models to the human body and the environment. She is joined by co-hosts Rana el Kaliouby, a computer scientist developing emotion recognition technology used in artificial intelligence, and Andr� Fenton, a neuroscientist studying the biology of memory. All three set-up the inquiry, demonstrate key aspects of the challenges facing scientists, and ask provocative questions about research carried out on the winding paths of uncertainty and the unknown.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - If you are looking to be amazed, this is the DVD to watch! It is interesting, educational and simply amazing. Each episode answers a scientific question. There are two discs and the questions they address are: What are animals saying? Can we build a brain? What's living in you? Are we alone? Can we make life? What's the Universe made of? Such interesting questions and the answers will mesmerize you. There are three main scientists featured in the series, but there are many other people involved in all the various research and studies. There is even someone who studies the sex life of spiders. My favorite (maybe it is because I am such the animal lover) is the episode, "What are animals saying?" It takes such a fresh approach to language and it's not about whether or not animals can learn our language but can we understand their language. I learned that in many ways, we can understand their language and it is not all vocal or verbal language, but there is a lot of nonverbal communication. Just from one episode, I learned so much about chimpanzees, whales, dogs, spiders and bats! Did you know that spiders mate only once or that a whale's song can last from 5 to 30 minutes? These are only two of the amazing facts I learned. I give this series 5 stars out of 5 stars and highly recommend it for ages 11 to 18, as well as adults. Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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Runtime: 360 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 11-18
Suggested Retail Price: $ 19.99
Media: DVD


CHRISTOPHER ROBIN (2018)

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Series: FEATURE, AGES 10-18
Topic - Family
Description - An adult Christopher Robin, who is now focused on his new life, work, and family, suddenly meets his old friend Winnie the Pooh, who returns to his unforgotten childhood past to help him return to the Hundred Acre Wood and help find Pooh's lost friends.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - What day is it? Why it is today, my favorite day. I am a life-long Disney fan. While it is not surprising I loved seeing the characters from the Hundred Acre Wood come to life via CGI transformation, I was surprised to see A.A. Milne's beloved characters in their original book form, not their Disney animation form.

Christopher Robin does not spend a lot of time introducing the viewer to the characters from the idyllic forest where a young British boy spent time creating adventures with his friends - Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore, Rabbit, Owl, Kanga and Roo. If one is not a Disney-phile, it may be hard to comprehend why a boy arrives from a tree to have picnics with animals.

That said, the Winnie the Pooh, Disney lover that I am, saw so much love in this film with its themes of friendship, love, family and tenderness. The vintage, live-action look is appealing and kept me intrigued wondering what the "silly old bear" would do next. Winne the Pooh is quite the adventurous wanderer as he goes in search of Christopher Robin who has grown up and works in London. The adventures suspend belief as grown-up Christopher Robin, well played by Ewan McGregor, originally annoyed by Pooh, remembers some of his favorite things, like "doing nothing" and realizing true north is his family and friends, plush or live.

As a grown man who has returned from World War II, married to Evelyn (Hayley Atwell) and father of a daughter, Christopher Robin is an efficiency manager for a luggage company or "a fish in the sea" as Winnie the Pooh says. He is a work-a-holic and has a taskmaster as a thankless boss. When told he must work rather than go on holiday to the country with his family, Christopher Robin attempts to take Pooh back to the forest where he and his woodsy friends awaken the lost child from within. They also meet his daughter Madeleine (Bronte Carmichael) and another adventure ensues. Madeline assists Pooh in getting to Christopher Robin when he needs all of them most.

For a franchise, which has historically targeted the very young, the film has melancholy themes. Visually, it is beautiful with its artistic production values and cinematography. The score is also very good. I give this film 4.5 out of 5 stars for the casting, cinematography, life lessons, amazing cult Winnie the Pooh references and music. I recommend it to ages 8 to 18, due to some mature themes. Reviewed by Kimbirly O., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - If you're a fan of Winnie the Pooh, it's safe to say you are going to love this movie. But even if you aren't, you might still enjoy it. This film is absolutely adorable and it makes you feel like a kid again.

The story follows a grown up Christopher Robin, with a wife and daughter, as he struggles with his job and runs into Winnie the Pooh. The movie follows him interacting with his old friends, while also remembering what's important.

This movie is straight up gorgeous. The Hundred Acre Wood is so lovely. It definitely looks like a place I would like to hang out and read a great book under a tree. It is just how I imagine Winnie the Pooh's home to be. The special effects on the Pooh characters look great as well. There's something charming about their designs, especially Pooh's. I just wanted to hug all of them and take them home with me.

Speaking of cute, that's a good way to describe this movie. Pooh is absolutely precious and is super charming. Every single one of his lines are just so pleasant. He's very likable and he really made me think about my younger self. I feel like Winnie the Pooh is one of those franchises that you always associate with childlike wonder and this film represents that very well. There's something kind of innocent in this film's tone. There's so many scenes that remind me of what it was like to be a younger child and it made me really happy.

This movie also made me tear up a lot. I had tears in my eyes almost instantly, mainly because of how adorable a lot of the scenes are, but there are also a lot of pretty emotional scenes. We see how innocent Pooh is and how a child doesn't stay a child but grows up to have different ideas about what is important.

The soundtrack is really pretty and atmospheric. The background music really works well with the setting and the instrumental version of the Winnie the Pooh song made me really nostalgic. The voice acting is also really great. Each of the Pooh character's voices fit incredibly well with the actual characters. I can't imagine any other voice than these ones. The Pooh characters are the real stars of this movie. Ewan McGregor is wonderful as the adult Christopher Robins. I felt the acting from Bronte Carmichael, who plays Madeline, Christopher's daughter, to be average.

Be sure you stay till the end for a charming scene. I give it 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 7 to 18 as well as adults. It opens August 3, 2018 so go see it with your family. Pooh is 93 years old, so everyone, no matter their age, can enjoy it.

Reviewed by Calista B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14

I honestly love Winnie the Pooh, because this bear never goes out of style. After all, my grandmother grew up with this bear in the original book that came out in October 14, 1926. Then, my mother and sister grew up with him and his friends -Tigger, Piglet and Eeyore - when the first Winnie the Pooh movie came out March 11, 1977. Now, I am growing up this silly old bear and soon my children will as well, because not only is this bear cute, but he has a kind heart and is a timeless classic.

The cast in Christopher Robin all act and sound exactly as I imagine these charters. Jim Cummings (Pooh, Tigger) brings such a beloved bear to life. He really sounds like Pooh and I found myself wanting to grab him right off the screen and make him my own. As you can tell, I am a Winnie the Pooh fan and this he is one of my all time favorite characters, because of his kind and courageous heart and the way he enjoys life, which is in little things like honey and balloons. That is a characteristic we should all have. Also his voice of Tigger makes this character fun to watch and his version of the Tigger song is one I truly love.

Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor) is a very complex character and different from the rest. You see, he is Christopher Robin as a grown up and his viewpoint of the world has changed along with is characteristics. He has given up his childhood dreams and has moved onto things like bills and jobs. This grown Christopher Robin is portrayed perfectly by Ewan McGregor and I greatly enjoyed his performance. Also he is great at interacting with the other characters because, as we know, they are mainly animated. Therefore, he is staring at nothing while talking to his beloved Pooh bear.

Hayley Atwell (Evelyn Robin) plays a magnificent mother and she shows many sides to Evelyn, which I liked. Bronte Carmichael (Madeline Robin) is just too cute. She might be one of my favorite childhood characters named Darby from My Friends Tigger and Pooh. I really hope they make a sequel about her and her new found friends. Brad Garrett (Eeyore) is hilarious. I couldn't help but laugh at his performance, because he was not only funny to me because he brought this carter to life in a new found way but because he reminds me of my sister Chantel in how he acts. One top of that, when I was 6 years old Brad Garrett gave me the most adorable hamster who I named Hamie. That hamster was an amazing hamster and so very adorable.

My favorite scene in Christopher Robin is when Madeline Robin joins Pooh, Tigger, Piglet and Eeyore on their great adventure to help Christopher get his important papers. What makes this scene funny is that while they are trying to help Christopher, they cause a lot of mischievous and the whole town goes into panic. Also I like all the bouncing, playing naptime and going to a getaway car along the way, which makes their journey very fun and entertaining to watch.

The animation is very life-like and, at times while watching the film, I felt as if I was really holding my very own Pooh bear. It took me a while to get used to the stuffed animals' new looks because they look a bit ragged, but after a bit, I didn't notice it anymore. I found out it was due to aging. I felt that the movie gets better and better as it develops.

During the film, I noticed that they kept some of the Whinny the Pooh language, so seems closer to the book. This is something I really enjoyed, because I love the fun words used in the books and I think the writer A. A. Milne would smile down upon for sure.

I recommend this film for ages 3 to 18 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. It is in theaters now, so look for it.

Reviewed by Morgan B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 10-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


RWANDA: THE ROYAL TOUR

RWANDA: THE ROYAL TOUR
PBS DISTRIBUTION
Series: DVD, AGES 10-18
Topic - Family
Description - In this one-hour documentary, viewers follow host Peter Greenberg as he explores the country known as the "land of a thousand hills." President Paul Kagame proves to be the ultimate guide as he shows Greenberg the visual gems his country has to offer. Together, Greenberg and Mr. Kagame go gorilla trekking through Volcanoes National Park, jet-skiing in Lake Kivu, and exploring Nyungwe Forest National Park on an elevated canopy walkway. Finally, they observe a variety of wildlife during a safari through Akagera National Park.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This entertaining travelogue of the African country of Rwanda finds amiable host Peter Greenburg joined by the country's beloved President Paul Kagame as they hike a mountain forest to see gorillas in the wild, cross a wobbly canopy bridge two hundred feet above the forest floor and visit a tea estate. President Kagame, who brought the nation out of an infamous civil war to peace and relative prosperity, proves a charismatic guide and one gets a substantial, if general sense of the country's culture, landmarks and terrain. Missing is any exploration of Rwandan daily life but the emphasis here is squarely on the culture and very recent history. The 55-minute program, an episode of the PBS series Royal Tour, is distinguished by outstanding camera work, giving viewers a nice sense of being along for the tour. A short behind-the-scenes video gives a brief glimpse into the crew behind the cameras. Recommended for ages 8 to 18 and older. I give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Michael F., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
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Runtime: 55 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
Suggested Retail Price: $ 19.99
Media: DVD


AMERICAN MASTERS: TED WILLIAMS, THE GREATEST HITTER WHO EVER LIVED

AMERICAN MASTERS: TED WILLIAMS, THE GREATEST HITTER WHO EVER LIVED
PBS DISTRIBUTION
Series: DOCUMENTARY, AGES 10 - 18
Topic - Family
Description - During his remarkable career with the Boston Red Sox, Ted Williams earned many nicknames - The Kid, The Splendid Splinter and Teddy Ballgame, but the only nickname that he wanted was "the greatest hitter who ever lived." In that pursuit, he combined his preternatural gifts with a fierce work ethic to become widely regarded as one of the greatest ever to play the game of baseball and in the process elevated the science of hitting in ways still emulated today. Through never-before-seen archival footage and in-depth interviews with those who knew and studied Williams, including his daughter Claudia Williams, author/journalist Ben Bradlee, Jr., veteran baseball writer Roger Angela, and award-winning broadcasters Bob Costas and the late Dick Enberg, the program demonstrates the power of the heroic myth-making culture in which Williams flourished. Lesser-known topics explored in the eh film include Williams' Mexican-American background, his experiences serving during World War II and the Korean War, and his deep rage over his mother's virtual abandonment of him and his younger brother.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This nicely-paced American Masters program, narrated by actor Jon Hamm, expertly dives into the story of baseball great Ted Williams, who played for the Boston Red Sox in the 1940s and 50s. Archival footage is interspersed with interviews with sportscasters, family members and Williams himself to present a well-rounded portrait of the ball player's complicated adult life. Dedicating himself to the science of batting, Williams earned his nickname while displaying a difficult personality that put him at odds with family, friends and the press. The tightly-structured program does an admirable job of covering other major areas of his life, most notably his time in the military that culminated with him becoming a celebrated fighter pilot during the Korean War. The hour-long show excels at presenting Williams' return to the game after the war as well as the day he bowed out from his career on an awe-inspiring note by hitting one last home run. Along the way, the program documents his stubbornness in refusing to tip his hat to the crowd whenever he hit a home run, finally doing so in a ceremony years after he retired. The show should have great appeal to baseball fans though many may wish for a more in-depth description of Williams's science of batting. The DVD includes extras in the form of four short but illuminating stories about Williams that help round out the portrait. Warning: Contains some strong language. Recommended for ages 14 to 18 and older. 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Mike F., KIDS FIRST! Juror
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Runtime: 60 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 10-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD


TEEN TITANS GO! TO THE MOVIES

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Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 7-12
Topic - Family
Description - It seems to the Teens that all the major superheroes out there are starring in their own movies-everyone but the Teen Titans, that is. But de facto leader Robin is determined to remedy the situation, and be seen as a star instead of a sidekick. If only they could get the hottest Hollywood film director to notice them. With a few madcap ideas and a song in their heart, the Teen Titans head to Tinsel Town, certain to pull off their dream. But when the group is radically misdirected by a seriously super villain and his maniacal plan to take over the Earth, things really go awry. The team finds their friendship and their fighting spirit failing, putting the very fate of the Teen Titans themselves on the line.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Teen Titans Go! To the Movies is such a hilarious film. During the premier at the Chinese Theatre, the laughs echoed around the room. The film stays true to the TV show, with inside jokes about Robin's baby hands and beautiful butt. Even with those things from the TV show, the film still makes sense if you haven't watched the show before. And, there are new things for people who have watched the TV show.

This film is about the Teen Titans trying to get their own movie in order to become official superheroes. To do that, they need an arch nemesis and they come across Slade (Will Arnett). This causes them to get a movie deal with Jade Wilson (Kristen Bell) who has some ulterior motives.

As an original viewer of the TV show, I can tell you that it's classic Teen Titans with many added aspects. One of which is the songs. There are occasional songs in the TV show, but this movie is jam packed with amazing songs by Jared Faber that help keep it interesting and move the story along. They are so catchy that I could hear people singing them as they left the theatre. The jokes in this film only make it better. This film just keeps you laughing throughout and at the edge of your seat with all the action.

The cast is really spectacular! They have the original five from the TV show - Tara Strong (Raven), Greg Cipes (Beast Boy), Khary Payton (Cyborg), Hynden Walch (Starfire) and Scott Menville (Robin). They also have a couple of new voices, including Kristen Bell (Jade Wilson), Will Arnett (Slade), Nicolas Cage (Superman), Stan Lee (Stan Lee), Halsey (Wonder Woman) and Lil Yachty (Green Lantern) who also does a remix of Go! My favorite character would have to be Beast Boy, because he is so hilarious and is always there for all the Titans. My favorite line is Robin's catchphrase, "Crack an egg on it... ca caw!" It's just so ridiculously funny and random.

The message of this film is the classic: "You don't have to be super to be a superhero, you just have to be yourself." I give this film 5 out of 5 stars, because it kept me laughing and smiling for an hour and a half. I recommend it for ages 7 to 14, because the jokes are more geared to older audiences, with some really more for adults. Check it out when it opens, July 27, 2018.

By Dariana Alvarez, KIDS FIRST Film Critic, age 12

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 7-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


FROGSPAWN CODE, THE

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FROGSPAWN CODE, THE
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Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 12-18
Topic - Family
Description - Milton Riggles, age 14, nerd, loser, president of the Frog Club becomes involved in a life and death situation when his science teacher and mentor disappears and weird sightings of humanoid frogs jumping around the neighborhood. Milton and his side-kick Jenny begin to focus on the Frogspawn Laboratory Industry. When our undaunted duo begin their investigation they encounter the evil Doctor Prince, head of Research and Experimentation at the Frogspawn Corporation headquarters. A villain ready to cash in on gene splicing with a miracle drug that can change the course of human evolution and the coming of global warming. Now Milton and Jenny are in a nail-biting situation to stop the sinister Doctor Prince from turning the world into evil huphibians. Sometimes evolution makes a giant leap, sometimes it just takes a hop.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - A definite yes. This is an interesting and engaging story and the characters are a very strong part of the screenplay. There are a couple of subtle messages for teens about not judging others too quickly and getting to know them, but most of its value is entertainment. The story flows well and there is conflict and resolution with a good ending. It is a bit predictable, but I think it would be well received by teenagers. (mine enjoyed the story) Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Juror. Recommended for ages 12 to 18. Ranked 4 out of 5 stars.
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KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Screenplay


FAMOUS LITTLE GIRLS

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FAMOUS LITTLE GIRLS
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Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 5-10
Topic - Family
Description - Jenny is a 7 years old girl that is suffering bullying at school. Her life changes after she starts to dream of little girls - her fanciful version of famous, powerful women that she is reading about - visiting and talking to her.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The best thing about this film is its story line which empowers women. I like how it explains that women don't have to wear skirts or wear makeup in order to make men happy. I think many children would benefit from watching this movie.

Although the young performers are quite adorable, their performances are a tad lackluster. However, they speak clearly, which is a plus. The audio and video aspect has some quality issues. At times, there is a lot of background noise and sometimes the actors lines are lost. The camera work is pretty good. The sets, costumes, hair and make up are extraordinary, particularly for the historical characters. Kudos to the production team for executing those so well. The film has good structure and makes sense. It has good continuity, age appropriate vocabulary and a topic suitable for its target audience.

I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 10. Reviewed by Dariana A., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
Runtime: 18 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-10
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


DREAM BIG: ENGINEERING OUR WORLD

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SHOUT! FACTORY
Series: DOCUMENTARY, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - Narrated by Academy Award� winner Jeff Bridges, DREAM BIG: Engineering Our World is a first film of its kind for IMAX� and giant screen theaters that will transform how we think about engineering. From the Great Wall of China and the world's tallest buildings to underwater robots, solar cars and smart, sustainable cities, DREAM BIG celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small, and shows how engineers push the limits of innovation in unexpected and amazing ways. With its inspiring stories of human grit and aspiration, and extraordinary visuals for the world's largest screens, DREAM BIG reveals the compassion and creativity that drive engineers to create better lives for people and a more sustainable future for us all. DREAM BIG is a MacGillivray Freeman film produced in partnership with American Society of Civil Engineers and presented by Bechtel Corporation.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This documentary is extremely educational and filled with a lot of information about engineering. I enjoyed the narration by Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges and found the different scenes quite amazing! The scenery is my favorite thing about this film. I also enjoyed the background music and the inspirational stories by all the different engineers. Overall, this is enlightening, inspirational and quite interesting. I like how it shows that engineering really makes a difference in our lives. My grandfather, who was an engineer, would have loved this film. That being said, I think kids may get a bit bored after a while, unless engineering is something that really interests them and they want to learn more about it. I wanted to love it, but have to admit, even I was a bit bored about half way through, because there is a lot of information. I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18 and anyone who is interested in learning more about engineering and all its wonders. Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This film is really informational and the camera shots are amazing. The only drawback is that it gets a bit boring after a while. There is so much information that isn't all that interesting. This documentary would really appeal to those interested in architecture and engineering.

The film reveals stories about different engineers who all want to make the world a better place. They create buildings that won't collapse in earthquakes and build bridges across rivers so people can get to school. It shows that engineering is an occupation that can really impact the world and make it a safer place.

Jeff Bridges, as narrator of the film, has the sort of deep voice that suits the documentary. Some of the information seems a bit random and doesn't enhance the story. The best parts for me are when they tell the back stories of peoples' lives and how difficult they are. After the engineers help them, I love seeing them so happy and having easier lives. Those are things that inspire people to want to become engineers.

I have to say, the camera shots and angles are truly amazing. They capture massive cities and buildings beautifully. There is obviously lots of effort that went into editing this film and adding suitable background music. These all really help the viewer picture engineering as an art, that is very helpful. They show majestic buildings that glow at night, roller coasters that give so much happiness and thrills, and bridges that help you access high areas and look down at the scenery or up at the beautiful stars.

My favorite scene is definitely the story about the engineers building a bridge across a river so kids could get to their school. Before the bridge, they literally risked their lives getting to school. Many people have drowned in the river, but they crossed it everyday in order to get an education. After the bridge is built everyone, including the children, is extremely excited and relieved. They are dancing, playing music and getting to school without risking their lives or getting wet. The bridge changed their lives.

The moral of this film is that engineering is a profession that helps people. This film shows that engineering is interesting and rewarding. However, I did find parts of it a bit boring, with the exhaustive information. I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages of 11 to 18, as well as adults. If you are interested in engineering, you will definitely enjoy this documentary. It is available now on DVD so check it out.

By Jolleen M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13

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


SKYSCRAPER

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UNIVERSAL STUDIOS - THEATRICAL DIVISION
Series: FEATURE, AGES 10-18
Topic - Family
Description - FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and U.S. war veteran Will Sawyer now assesses security for skyscrapers. On assignment in Hong Kong he finds the tallest, safest building in the world suddenly ablaze, and he's been framed for it. A wanted man on the run, Will must find those responsible, clear his name and somehow rescue his family who are trapped inside the building...above the fire line.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This science fiction film grabbed my attention from the beginning, because of its very interesting plot and fascinating storyline. It made me feel driven to discover what would happen at the end. From the beginning of the film, I couldn't take my eyes off the screen, because it has a combination of topics that I love seeing in movies - action and suspense! These drew me in. I wanted to finally find out what the outcome of the movie would be. I also liked it because I admire Dwayne Johnson's exceptional work as an actor. He is very expressive with his actions and makes the audience empathize with what he is going through. Because of that, I always follow the movies he works in.

Skyscraper is about a past FBI leader and war veteran called Will Ford who is now managing security programs for skyscrapers. He's been sent on a once-in-a-lifetime work opportunity to establish security measures for the tallest and safest building in the world, located in China. Suddenly, the skyscraper turns into flames and the security measures fail. He is the primary suspect since he is the only one authorized to control the security. As the story progresses, Will must find those responsible for the destruction in order to clear his name and somehow rescue his family who are trapped inside the building, above the fire line.

My favorite scene in this film is when Will runs away from the authorities, climbs up the construction equipment, moves it so that it will point at a floor close to the fire line, and jumps towards a broken window. I love this scene because it shows what a man is capable of doing for his family's welfare. He risks his life in order to save them from the fire that is threatening their lives. Aside from that, I was astonished at all the special effects used to create this action sequence. The post production of this scene is flawless. It all seems as if it really happens. You don't notice the editing at all.

The main message of this film is that family comes before anything else. Some people are driven to do the impossible because of the love they feel towards their family. In this film, Will's devotion to his wife and kids is very impressive and is admirable. It sends a very family oriented message and teaches a valuable lesson that can be applied to anyone's life. I rate this movie 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 13 and up. The film is available now in theaters so, check it out.

By Alejandra G., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Skyscraper is an entertaining, yet derivative homage to the 80s action era. A towering pace and consistent acting provide for a memorable summer detour. This is sure to be a worthwhile watch for any action movie fans.

The movie follows former hostage negotiator Will (Dwayne Johnson), who now accesses building security after a tragic misfire left him as an amputee. While analyzing the world's tallest and safest building, terrorists led by Kores (Roland M�ller) mysteriously access building schematics to take control. However, things reach an all time low for Will once Kores takes Will's family hostage and frames him for the infiltration. With everything left to lose, Will must push past his setbacks in order to sort out this mess and save his family.

Dwayne Johnson, as Will, is my favorite character due to his ever-present charisma and even relate-ability with his physical struggles. His love and determination for his family also make the movie all the more intense. Neve Campbell, as Sarah, is just as believable with her determination to the family and has more nuances than just resorting to a damsel in distress. Chin Han, as Zhao, brings a mysterious layer to his involvement with the skyscraper as his business is not what it seems. Roland M�ller, as Kores, gives Dwayne Johnson a run for his money in terms of strength and is a formidable yet clich�d threat for him. However, his vibrant expressions are enough to lighten his clich�d dialogue. Noah Cottrell and McKenna Roberts, as Henry and Georgia, complete the pack as the cute twins of Will and Sarah, whose combined braveness helps forward the family dynamic. However, Henry's asthma seems a little too situational at times.

Rawson Marshall Thurber's direction brings out a brisk pace with fresh new takes at fisticuffs and shootouts alike many 80s action movies. However, a few of the scenes lack in originality, feeling like a borderline copy of other action films. My favorite scene is the opening hostage negotiation, as it sets a thrilling and unexpected array of events, even if it is not set in the main skyscraper centerpiece. The other flaw is that it could have used more nuances in the scenarios as opposed to having such a predictable plot with unsurprising twists. At times, it feels more like a parody than a movie, with unintentionally funny scenes. However, the fact that it never takes itself too seriously adds to its quality and creates pure escapism.

The movie's message is to never judge a man by his impediments, as pure willpower can defy many obstacles. I give this film 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10 to 18 because of its intense action and language. The movie releases in theaters July 13, 2018, so check it out.

Reviewed by Arjun N., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


MUCHOKIDS: GALAXIA AND HER QUEST TO SAVE THE UNIVERSE

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MUCHOKIDS: GALAXIA AND HER QUEST TO SAVE THE UNIVERSE
MUCHOKIDS
Series: BOOK, AGES 8-12
Topic - Family
Description - Thee Book of Azbel, whispered in fable across the universe as the key to all knowledge and magic. The Book was kept safe by Galaxia on Amethyst, a world of beautiful, rare minerals and kind people. But one fateful night, Alekko, a mysterious boy and force of destruction beyond compare came looking for it and left Galaxia's planet in pieces. Now, with Alekko hot on her trail, Galaxia must assemble a team to help protect The Book and save the universe. Let the adventures begin!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This story is wonderfully engaging. I love the descriptions. It left me wanting to read more about Galaxia and Kazar and hear more about the Muchokids that Galaxia was starting to form. The story is only the beginning, so I do not know how it will all end and whether Galaxia will save planet Earth. The two main characters are excellent role models. It has a great story line about space. Children will find it entertaining and will want to know if Earth will be saved by the Muchokids in future chapters. The story flows well and makes sense. I was a bit uncertain about Galaxia being on her own, but other than that it makes sense and has a great plot. The vocabulary and the subject matter are suitable for the target age and there is no violence or bad language.�The storyline demonstrates a keen It friendship and trust between Kazar and Galaxia. I like when Kazar could have stolen The Book from Galaxia, but decides not to do so because he realizes the consequences and makes the best choice.�I like all the characters, but especially Galaxia. It has great illustrations which add a lot to the book. I would have loved to see even more. Perhaps in subsequent volumes, the author will consider that. Ultimately, this has excellent entertainment value as well as pro-social messages about trust and friendship. I am not sure it will motivate children to further action, but I do feel very strongly that they will want to read more about Galaxia and Kazar and the Muchokids. I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 7 thru 12. Personally, I would like to see more about the Muchokids.
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KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 5.99
Media: Book


CAMP ANDYLAND

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CAMP ANDYLAND
ANDYLAND MUSIC
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 5-8
Topic - Family
Description - Strikingly crafted pop songs for kids, with stick-in-your-head lyrics and catchy melodies - plus a memorable cast of characters that bring kids into Andy's world, taking them on a musical adventure. The camp every kid will want to go to.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Lets go to Camp Andyland or camp in general or stay at home and listen to the CD! This CD is well produced and entertaining. If your busy schedule does not allow you to take your valuable time and refresh and renew at a Camp near you, then sit back, relax and listen to the infectiously fun Camp Andyland - a world inhabited by zany dinosaurs, not-so-scary pirates and a host of other silly sausages! The songs are engaging, delightful adventures that will tickle your ear lobes - and we all need that - so make a date to have some fun and sing-a-long with your new found friends at Camp Andyland! The character voices are quite engaging as are the different musical styles and fun kid-friendly topics. I predict lots of fun and participation from young audiences as they experience the quirky adventures and music. This exemplifies good songwriting skills, terrific use of tempo and instrumentation and very experienced kid-friendly content. Explore and learn about the many wondrous things in this big wide world! Andy respectfully connects to the kids, because he still retains the joys of the child within. He has a handle on what kids like and respond to and doesn't talk down them, but leans in to their level. This is a professional recording all around. Andy does most of the heavy lifting on vocals, instruments and character voices and the recording quality is well done. I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 8. Reviewed by John W., KIDS FIRST! Adult Music Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Are you ready for camp? Sit back, relax and listen to the upbeat, feel-good music to cheer you up! Let's take a trip with Camp Andy, the camp every kid will want to go, with true joy from beginning to end. I perfectly love tuning in, singing and grooving to the songs. This collection of appealing, remarkable fun, lovely adventures is produced, arranged and engineered by Andy Z.

This CD is filled with strikingly crafted pop songs for kids, stick-in-your-head lyrics and catchy melodies - plus, a memorable cast of characters that bring kids into Andy Z's world. This infectious collection of songs contains many from the popular AndyLand series such as "Welcome to AndyLand," "Return to AndyLand" and "Summer in AndyLand."

This collection includes 16 songs, each with a catchy melody and memorable lyrics. I must say, it's an astonishing set of songs. Each song puts you into the camp vibe. Plus, the memorable cast of characters brings kids into Andy Z's world. You can see Andy's creativity and imagination in each song. This whole CD definitely kept me engaged from the beginning to the end.

My favorite song is definitely "I Went to a Party with Dinosaurs," because the lyric are outstandingly funny. This song certainly gave me a laugh-out-loud moment. The rhymes have a way of making you giggle. For example, here's one of my favorites lyrics: "I went on over to say 'hello' and he almost bit off my nose." That rhyme shows why it made me laugh like crazy. The song brings has a professional vibe with its high pitch instruments and great vocals.

Who is Andy Z? Andy is the creator of Camp AndyLand and all its humorous songs. He is an multiple award-winning children's performer, singer, songwriter and educator who combines music, movement, storytelling and character puppets to create a experience that capture children's attention.

I believe the whole family will enjoy this musical collection and kids will enjoy the funny, kid-friendly, exciting, intriguing set of songs. I give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 8. This CD is now available online and at discriminating music stores.

By Nathalia J., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 9
Runtime: 34 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-8
Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.98
Media: AUDIO


HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: SUMMER VACATION

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SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT
Series: FEATURE, AGES 6-18
Topic - Family
Description - Mavis surprises Dracula with a family voyage on a luxury Monster Cruise Ship so he can take a vacation from providing everyone else's vacation at the hotel. The rest of Drac's Pack cannot resist going along. But once they leave port, romance arises when Dracula meets the mysterious ship Captain, Ericka. Now it's Mavis' turn to play the overprotective parent, keeping her dad and Ericka apart. Little do they know that his "too good to be true" love interest is actually a descendant of Abraham Van Helsing, ancient nemesis to Dracula and all other monsters.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This comedy film had me laughing the entire time with all the ways the creatures are portrayed and how the director, Genndy Tartakovsky, manages to bring them to life through the exceptional animations. I love how all the actors resonate with their creature, making it sound natural and fitting. I was excited waiting for this movie to come out since it is the third film in the Hotel Transylvania series. I have seen the previous films and, when I found out there was going to be a sequel, I practically counted the days to the premiere.

The story follows the monster family embarking a vacation on a monster cruise ship. They mostly go so that Drac can take a summer vacation from providing everyone else vacations at his hotel. The whole pack starts to have fun by getting involved in all of the activities the cruise has to offer such as monster volleyball, excursions and tanning. But, the amazing vacation turns into a nightmare when Mavis realizes her father likes Ericka, the captain of the ship, who she suspects to be hiding something from Drac and his family.

My favorite scene is when Ericka, the captain of the ship, welcomes all the guests and informs everyone that the first time that a monster cruise has been created. Because monsters are not allowed to live and socialize with people that are not monsters, they have had the opportunity to take a cruise before. I like this scene because, in it the variety of creatures are shown and I was amazed at the creative animations that the creators designed and brought to life.

The important message of this film is that letting go of old grudges and being open to changes in your life are very important. This film is a reminder that one has to honor the past, but be willing to allow new aspects to take place in your life. For example, since his mother's death, Drac has never fallen for anyone else. But when the family arrives for the cruise, the head of the pack starts having feelings for someone else, making it weird for the rest of the family. As time progresses, Mavis, her daughter and the rest of the family accept the fact that they have to let go of the past and be open to new changes in their lives. I recommend this film for ages 5 to 18 and I rate this 5 out of 5 stars. This film opens in theaters July 13, 2018 so look for it.

Reviewed by Alejandra G., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation is an entertaining animated film filled with unique creativity. Wonderful voice acting and a distinctive animation style separate this from the majority of animated films. This is sure to be a worthwhile watch for all families.

The movie follows Dracula (Adam Sandler) as his boring hotel business and lack of love continue to bring him down. Wanting to bring back his joy, daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez) surprises Dracula and the rest of his best friend-monster pack with an adventurous monster cruise. Initially angered by this, Dracula slowly begins enjoying himself and even finds a new crush in the mysterious yet charming cruise captain Ericka (Kathryn Hahn). However, things take a left turn when former nemesis Abraham Van Helsing (Jim Gaffigan) hunts the cruise, threatening the lives of all monsters aboard.

Adam Sandler, as Dracula, is my favorite character as his transformation to being his old adventurous self is well-presented. His love for his daughter and kind acceptance of humans also provide for a nice central message. Selena Gomez, as Mavis, continues to shine by providing an equally strong father-daughter bond with Dracula. Kevin James, as Frankenstein, greatly presents a dumbfound friend to Dracula whose deteriorating body assures for some inventive comedy. Steve Buscemi, as Wayne/Wolfman, regales with his signature voice highlighting the character's parenting struggles with his many cubs. David Spade, as Griffin/Invisible Man, equally entertains despite not having a corporeal form. Last but not least, Keegan Michael-Kay, as Murray/ Mummy, completes the pack with his unique, child-like nature. Kathryn Hahn, as Ericka, adeptly portrays her mysterious past and interesting attraction for Dracula. Jim Gaffigan, as Abraham Van Helsing, exhibits a new take on the legend monster hunter.

Genddy Tartakovsky brings out his zany and fast-paced direction in new ways. In spite of that, this is nowhere as memorable and groundbreaking as his other works, such as Samurai Jack and Dexter's Laboratory. My favorite scene is the opening one which quickly introduces us to the Dracula-Van Helsing rivalry and sets the stage for a grand adventure. The biggest flaw in the movie is that some of the humor comes across as farcical and this could dissuade adults from watching. Also, the plot is rather one-note and forgettable, especially when compared to the standard of Tartakovsky's other work.

The movie's message is to never discriminate against a person based on their looks and instead, appreciate them for who they are. I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 6 to 18. The movie releases in theaters on July 13, 2018, so check it out.

Reviewed by Arjun N., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 6-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


ANT-MAN AND THE WASP

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WALT DISNEY STUDIOS MOTION PICTURES
Series: FEATURE, AGES 12-18
Topic - Family
Description - As Scott Lang balances being both a Super Hero and a father, Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym present an urgent new mission that finds the Ant-Man fighting alongside The Wasp to uncover secrets from their past.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This phenomenal, action-packed film kept my eyes glued to the screen for the full two hours. 2018 is the summer of Marvel. The writers had very big shoes to fill, following on the heels of the blockbuster Avengers movie. My expectations were greatly exceeded, with a combination of comedy, action and some heartfelt moments.

With the help of the Wasp, Ant-Man must come to the rescue, in order to bring back Dr. Hank Pym's wife, who vanished years before, by saving the world from a nuclear missile. Before Pym's wife can be rescued, our hero has to find the technology the team needs to extract her from the subatomic particle abyss. Along the way, Ant-Man finds himself transforming into various sizes, from the size of a microscopic dot, to a massive skyscraper. The race is on to capture Pym's lab, with the law always one step behind.

The major characters from the first film return for the sequel. Paul Rudd, who plays Ant-Man/Scott Lang, is teamed up once again with him love interest, Hope Van Dyne/the Wasp, brilliantly played by Evangeline Lilly. As an individual, Paul Rudd's character is at best, ordinary. But, with his suit and sharp wit, he becomes a formidable superhero. Hope's no-nonsense personality traits come directly from her father, Dr. Pym, played by Michael Douglas. The coldness in both characters will leave you warm by the end of the movie. Luis, Ant-Man's sidekick, played by Michael Pe�a, offers up lots of comic relief, with a personality that everyone would want for their best friend. With more than one show-stealing scene, Luis balances out the comedic moments in the film.

The special effects are just what you would expect them to be, for a Marvel extravaganza. Disappearing cars, shrinking buildings and giant ants entertain the audience, while the action swirls around Ant-Man's crew. The IMAX 3-D animation is breathtaking, because you feel as if you're right in the middle of the movie. The giant ants are a seamless fit.

My favorite part of the movie is when the criminals interrogate Luis, to try and find Ant-Man. There is an interaction between a number of people, that had me laughing, even after the movie concluded. Speaking of which, do not, under any circumstances, leave the theater, until all of the credits have rolled. Enough said.

The sanctity of the father-daughter relationship permeates the film. It starts with Lang and his daughter, playing in a man-made fort, which takes up most of the house. It continues with the relationship between Dr. Pym and his daughter, Hope, after the loss of her mother. Love your parents to the ends of the earth, because you never know when they will be gone.

I give this film 5 out of 5 stars, but I wish I had more stars to give. I recommend this for ages 12 to 18, and adults will certainly enjoy it too. There are a few scenes with violence, so it is not suitable for young children. Also, the ants can be scary, so if you don't like ants, make sure to bring some bug spray.

Check it out in theaters nationwide on July 6, 2018. The sequel is just as good as the original.

Reviewed by Samantha M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 1
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I laughed so much when watching this film! It has an amazing storyline as well as great humor. There also is wonderful CGI and acting. There are a lot of characters in this film, but I never became confused or overwhelmed.

Ant-Man and the Wasp takes place around the same time that the film Avengers: Infinity War (another film in the MCU series) takes place. It shows what Ant-Man is up to while the rest of the avengers are fighting a war. There are a lot of hilarious jokes that I enjoyed, but younger children might not understand. There also is a little bit of bad language in this film.

Paul Rudd, who plays the main role of Ant-Man / Scott Lang, is such an incredible actor. In some of the uncomfortable scenes, he really gets into his character and is unfazed by some of the weird stuff he does. He is also a hilarious character and brings comedy to this action filled film which makes it even more enjoyable. Hannah John Kamen, who plays the role of Ghost (a new character who was affected by the Quantum Realm and now has powers), is also a very good actress. Just through her face she expresses so much desperation and sadness. Even though the things that she does are violent and unnecessary, you can't help but have empathy for her.

The CGI in the Quantum Realm is out of this world. Even though I have never seen anything like it before, all of the movement and colors make it seem real. It is truly incredible that they are able to make a world that we have never seen before look as if it is real and not like some imaginary magical world.

My favorite part of the film would be a spoiler. So instead I'll talk about my favorite character, Jimmy Woo, the detective. He is my favorite character because, first of all, he is extremely hilarious when working or talking with Scott. Second, he is such a determined and hardworking character. He really wants to do his job right. Even though he isn't perfect, I still give him credit for working so hard.

There are multiple morals in this film. The ones that stand out to me are about family and helping others. Hope Pym (Evangeline Lilly), the daughter of the Wasp who gets stuck in the Quantum Realm, misses her mom so much and does everything she can to rescue her. But the Ghost also needs the Wasp to save herself which would be fatal to the Wasp. I don't want to give too much away, but they both need the same thing and they have to find a way to make it work. Whether that is through just fighting it out or other means.

As you can probably tell, I was intrigued the whole time watching this film and I really enjoyed it. I give it 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10 to 18. Adults too will enjoy this film. You should definitely check it out to see what happens! It comes out in theaters July 6, 2018.

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

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


TREASURE HUNT

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TREASURE HUNT
RUSTY RHODES
Series: STUDENT FEATURE, AGES 8-13
Topic - Family
Description - Three desperate treasure hunters form an uneasy partnership to find hidden bank robbery loot. The difficulty of their quest escalates each moment because the married couple might lose their home, the wife doesn't trust her philandering cousin, there's a desperado in hot pursuit, and someone plans a betrayal.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Treasure Hunt is a pretty decent film, especially considering that it is essentially a student project. The story follows Lily, her husband Earnest and estranged cousin Sadie as they try to find a hidden wealth of money from a bank heist. I enjoyed some parts of the film and others not so much. The locations are really well selected. They really tried to capture the old west. The soundtrack is pretty good. It tries to deliver typical western songs with guitars and other instruments and accomplishes it quite well. The most appealing thing has to be the story which has a good heart to it. Most children will enjoy the old west theme. The story flows well. It does drag at times, but not too badly. It is easy to follow and makes a good deal of sense. Some of the language might go over the heads of younger kids. I need to discuss the acting in this film. In some parts the acting is fine, but in other parts it lacks emotion. For example, in one part it seems as if Sadie has betrayed Lily and Earnest. Then we discover it's a ruse when Lily, who has been angry at Sadie for a long time, delivers lines expressing her love for Sadie. But, the lines are delivered really flatly.

Overall, it is an okay film. Considering that it was created by the Christian Youth Film Society and that both the cast and crew are students who have attended their camps and workshops, I have to give the filmmaker credit for creating a credible product. It isn't completely mind-blowing, but it is entirely watchable. I believe it is most suitable for a student film festival since, the key above and below the line talent are all students (the youngest being 11 years old). I give this 3.5 out of 5 Stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 13.
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Runtime: 90 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-13
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


GIVE AND TAKE, THE

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GIVE AND TAKE, THE
ANNA HOPKINS
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 10-18
Topic - Family
Description - When eleven year old Amy finds an old eighties video game magazine she dials the phone number displayed on the back, and in a strange cosmic glitch gets connected to Caesar Spinone, a video game call center employee in the year 1989.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Cute storyline, great performances, fun "time travel" aspect. The interplay between the protagonist and the gaming rep is intriguing because they exist in different time periods. It makes one think about how much things have changed in the tech world between the 80s and current time. Both kids and adults will relate to this, in different ways, but nonetheless, it will ring a bell with them. This is exactly the type of film we look for at KIDS FIRST! Highly recommended for ages 10 to 18. 4.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 9 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 10-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


FOLKTALE

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FOLKTALE
AJITESH SHARMA
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - A young Indian boy's idea of heroism depicted in fables is challenged in the real world as he takes up a journey with his little Russian friend, who he believes is a fairy.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is truly a wonderful, heartfelt short film with wonderful music and actors. If you believe in magic, you'll love this film. It is a cool example of how storytelling can transport you to a happier world!

An Indian boy named Prince Veer is seemingly hypnotized by a blonde-haired Russian girl, Masha. Prince Veer's wooden sword that he carries around is his constant reminder that life is truly an adventure, with many opportunities to be a hero.

The production quality is terrific, from the camera work to the background music to the editing. I didn't want this film to end. It truly exemplifies excellence in filmmaking and is quite appropriate to a youth and family audience. Coming from India, it offers the viewer the opportunity to glimpse into the world of another culture. The dialogue is in both English and Hindi, with the latter sub-titled. I like the use of slow-motion and the distant shots.

There is simplicity in the lives of these villagers and we see the children playing simple games. I enjoyed the emphasis on the trees in Veer's village. They serve as a fun place to hang out with friends to relax. They use some simple 2D animation to portray Dada's stories. These moving images help convey the sense of far-flung travel, magic and mystical characters. There are sweeping scenes of the beautiful mountainside where Veer believes God resides.

My favorite part is when Veer plunges his sword into the rocky terrain as a way of praying for the rains to return to his village. It's almost an Excalibur kind of moment. The spiritual message is that, despite our struggles, God is always there to help everyone. It's very important to keep the faith! Dreams can come true, if you make special sacrifices such as giving up your precious warrior's sword! You must understand that dreams may take a while to come true. They can turn into stories for future generations to enjoy. Dreams are what legends are made of!

I wholeheartedly recommend this film for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12. Reviewed by Jeff M. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Jurors.
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Runtime: 23 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


GRIZZY AND THE LEMMINGS- TELEPORTATION'S THE WAY TO GO!

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GRIZZY AND THE LEMMINGS- TELEPORTATION'S THE WAY TO GO!
JOSSELIN CHARIER
Series: FOREIGN ANIMATED SHORT, AGES 6-12
Topic - Family
Description - As soon as the Forest Ranger is away, GRIZZY feels it's only natural that the Ranger Station becomes his territory. And no other animal dares to contest this privilege. Except the LEMMINGS! They are small, but there are a lot of them - and they want their share of the Eldorado! Grizzy finds two identical vases that are actually communicating vessels in a Native American Indian chest. If he sticks his hand in one, it comes out the other, regardless of the distance between them. This should satisfy Grizzy's natural lazy streak, unless the Lemmings realize the incredible games they could play with the magic vases. by Victor Moulin, graduate of Supinfocom in France.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Very well executed piece of animation. I would love to see other episodes of this series. It has a bit of gratuitous cartoon violence, but nothing replicable per se. The storyline follows the antics of a greedy bear and a group of lemmings who seem to thwart his plans at every turn. It's bright, colorful, has good background music and is well constructed. The most interesting part is the ending which you will have to watch to find out what it entails. I recommend it for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival, for ages 6 to 12 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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Runtime: 7 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 6-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


NATURE CAT: ONWARD AND PONDWARD
PBS DISTRIBUTION
Series: DVD, AGES 5-10
Topic - Family
Description - Streams, swamps, ponds, and more! Go Onward and Pondward with everyone's favorite backyard explorer extraordinaire, Nature Cat! Along with his friends Hal, Squeeks, and Daisy, the team learns where a stream begins and explores new environments along the way. These are a few of the seven fun-filled outdoor adventures you do not want to miss! Tally Ho!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This fun and educational DVD includes ?seven stories about Nature Cat and his friends Hal,? ?Squeeks and Daisy. I like that ?it ?teaches about things such as where a stream begins and ends and really focuses on Earth Day. I have to say that the Earth Day episodes ?are my favorite?. I love how it shows how bad plastic bags ?are for the environment. Children will love the silly characters, fun music and ?all the adventures. It truly explores nature and encourage?s? children to go out?, explore and have their own adventures in ?nature. I give this 4.5 out of 5 ?stars and recommend it for ages 3 to 7. It is thoroughly engaging, entertaining and educational. There are no major extras on the DVD?,? but there are previews of other DVD?s. Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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Runtime: 80 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.99
Media: DVD
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THOMAS EDISON'S SECRET LAB: IT'S ALWAYS SHARKEST (2018)       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 8 - 15
Topic - Family
Description - Unknown to the world, Thomas Edison built a secret lab where he invented a virtual version of himself and a steampunk robot named Von Bolt. Years later, Angie, a twelve-year-old science prodigy, discovers the lab. Join Angie and friends as they learn and explore a variety of science topics from a shark s sense of smell to plants and pollinator s roles to radioactive decay to DNA and more! While visiting one of Kent s relatives, the kids come up with a great idea for attracting more tourists to his restaurant - the only catch is that it also attracts a very big shark with very big teeth! What will the Secret Lab Kids do? Guided by fun-loving Edison, Angie and friends will show just how fun science can be!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a great DVD! Watching this team of kids makes you see the value of science and helping others. They provide positive role models for the viewer as you see them think, behave as friends and students of science. I appreciate the mentions of Thomas Edison and Charles Darwin, as well as others. Watching this made me want to learn more, so I imagine young children will feel inspired to discover "scientific motives" to resolve issues in their everyday lives. This DVD made me think, laugh and want massive amounts of garlicky fried chicken! I really appreciate the music video that informs kids about the real dangers of sharks, while teaching about them, their DNA and what makes them hunt thousand of miles a year for food. The Secret Lab kids tackle problems, transform a business owner, and benefit their community in a big way. They are very smart and friendly. They travel through a teleport, shrink in size and have a very cool yet informative chat with Thomas Edison.

Sharks are one of the most popular types of fish, but they're dangerous too. Learning about them, in an informative but not as scary way, is fun. Sharks, science, cartoon characters and lab experiences are all included in this DVD. We see a shark being lured up a mega slide that the kids help build, in hopes for a piece of famous fried chicken. The colors are bright. The motion from the wind gadgets, teleport and even the non-fat garlic butter dripping from the slide look appealing. The only thing I would change, because I am a fan of fried chicken, is to add more of a crunch sound since this chicken is supposedly so good! There is a menu that helps you selecting a certain episode or play everything. The DVD cover shows each episode title as well. There is a bonus segment but I did not see different language options.

This DVD flows well and has tons of educational benefits. I learned that sharks can smell one part of blood per every million parts of water. The social benefits are endless. There are some jokes and phrases that I, as an adult found comical and relatable, such as "ultimate negative vibes." I should mention that some of the characters sound a bit stuffy so it took a replay to hear the names clearly. The music video and breakdown from Charles Darwin to Thomas Edison to Von Bolt provides a helpful recap of scientific terms and facts.

Even if you're not into science, there are plenty of informative, eye-opening, and music moments to enjoy. I recommend it for ages 8 to 12 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. I felt good after watching this movie and I believe kids will too. All I can say is that I want to watch more episodes. Reviewed by Elle S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Thomas Edison's Secret Lab: It's Always Sharkest is an entertaining DVD that helps children find fun in learning about science related topics.

This DVD contains eight episodes. The series follows a group of children who find the famous scientist Thomas Edison's secret lab, where he built a virtual version of himself as well as a robot named Von Bolt. Each episode includes a science related topic that teaches us about things such as DNA or a shark's sense of smell.

This is the second DVD I have watched from this series and, I must say, they are lots of fun. The episodes are very informative and perfect for kids interested in science. There are a couple of different famous scientists that appear in the episodes, including John B. Watson and Charles Darwin. They help teach the kids about the different topics. It's nice seeing a children's DVD that is both funny and informative. There are lots of silly jokes embed throughout the episodes, which makes the episodes much more humorous. I am not in the target age for this DVD, but I would thoroughly enjoy it if I was younger. Believe it or not, I actually learned some things about sharks that I had no idea about! The episodes are short and sweet, which helps hold the audience's attention. Some children's TV shows tend to drag on for a long time, but these episodes are a perfect length at less than 15 minutes long.

I absolutely love the fun songs in this DVD. In each episode, there is a music video at the end of the episode. The songs are very upbeat and usually have a very catchy tune. The songs relate to what is being taught or something that relates to the episode we just watched. The songs bring lots of lightness to the series, which is perfect for a younger audience. The songs definitely will get the kids up and dancing.

The animation brings a lot of character to the show. When animated programs have an overwhelming amount of colors and precision detail, it's difficult for children to focus on what the show is trying to teach. This series has calm, relaxing colors and pretty basic looking characters. I think that helps kids stay focused.

I found this series fun and entertaining. The storylines are interesting. The characters have great personalities. It all makes learning fun. I recommend this DVD for ages 4 to 9 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. This DVD is out now so, look for it.

Reviewed by Talia J., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15

This DVD is a collection of episodes from the slightly odd TV series, Thomas Edison's Secret Lab. It includes lots of science, but makes it interesting enough that you are not be bored. It features Thomas Edison as a hologram, a robot called Van Bolt and kids named JD, Angie, Nicky and Kent.

In each of the eight episodes, the kids find a problem that seems unsolvable such as when their hamster starts growing rapidly in "Mutant Mascot." They go through the Virtual Reality Window, which instantly transports them to a scientist who helps them. They usually end up finding a scientific solution.

Even though the whole series is built upon facts, the unrealistic parts make for some of the appeal. The talking shark in "It's Always Sharkest" is so amusing that you will not care about the strangeness. The giant slime monster in "Slime Time!" is also fun.

The scientific factoids are explained clearly so you will not forget them easily! Unlike actual teachers, the characters do not talking directly to you. I find it easier to learn when I feel "invisible." Other kids might feel this way as well.

I think this is an amazing TV series and DVD of select episodes. It has just the right balance of fact vs. fiction and is chock-full of science. The plots have twists that keep you hooked until the very end! I give this DVD 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 6 to 10. If you are a kid who loves science or a parent who wants your child to learn something, check this out! It's available now in the usual places.

Reviewed by Eden T., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 9

Thomas Edison's Secret Lab: It's Always Sharkest is a really good blend of entertaining content mixed with lessons about science. This show is the perfect thing for kids to watch during summer break, because it is entertaining and yet, kids will also learn a lot. I watched this DVD during my summer break and learned a lot from watching it.

Thomas Edison's Secret Lab is an animated TV series that teaches science to kids through entertaining episodes that are filled with adventure and fun. Thomas Edison is a hologram and the main characters can talk to him. The shows are all about science, but they are also funny and have lots of interesting characters who learn about science or are expert scientists. There is a group of kids named Angie, JD, Kent and Nicky who are the stars of the show. They are kids who are just a little bit older than me and work very well as a team, figuring out problems.

In each episode there are different stories and every single one explains how something works. When I watched the shows, I learned how something works or why it happens. The stories taught me a lot and they also have lots of factoids, which I really like. I love factoids! The lessons are very good. I think watching these shows can actually help kids understand what is taught in their science classes in school.

The animation is a bit simple compared to other flashy, animated shows. Also there are music videos between the episodes, which I found a little bit bizarre. But, they sort of wrap up the lesson that was taught in the previous episode.

Even though I learned a lot from this DVD, I also had fun. That is what makes it so easy to watch a bunch of these episodes in a row. This DVD definitely kept me entertained for a long time. I give this DVD 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 6 to 10. It is available on DVD now, so look for it.

By Izzy C., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 9

Thomas Edison's Secret Lab: It's Always Sharkest is an entertaining DVD that helps children find fun in learning about science related topics.

This DVD contains eight episodes. The series follows a group of children who find the famous scientist Thomas Edison's secret lab, where he built a virtual version of himself as well as a robot named Von Bolt. Each episode includes a science related topic that teaches us about things such as DNA or a shark's sense of smell.

This is the second DVD I have watched from this series and, I must say, they are lots of fun. The episodes are very informative and perfect for kids interested in science. There are a couple of different famous scientists that appear in the episodes, including John B. Watson and Charles Darwin. They help teach the kids about the different topics. It's nice seeing a children's DVD that is both funny and informative. There are lots of silly jokes embed throughout the episodes, which makes the episodes much more humorous. I am not in the target age for this DVD, but I would thoroughly enjoy it if I was younger. Believe it or not, I actually learned some things about sharks that I had no idea about! The episodes are short and sweet, which helps hold the audience's attention. Some children's TV shows tend to drag on for a long time, but these episodes are a perfect length at less than 15 minutes long.

I absolutely love the fun songs in this DVD. In each episode, there is a music video at the end of the episode. The songs are very upbeat and usually have a very catchy tune. The songs relate to what is being taught or something that relates to the episode we just watched. The songs bring lots of lightness to the series, which is perfect for a younger audience. The songs definitely will get the kids up and dancing.

The animation brings a lot of character to the show. When animated programs have an overwhelming amount of colors and precision detail, it's difficult for children to focus on what the show is trying to teach. This series has calm, relaxing colors and pretty basic looking characters. I think that helps kids stay focused.

I found this series fun and entertaining. The storylines are interesting. The characters have great personalities. It all makes learning fun. I recommend this DVD for ages 4 to 9 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. This DVD is out now so, look for it.

Reviewed by Talia J., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15
Runtime: 90 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 6.99
Media: DVD


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ALISA KNOWS WHAT TO DO! SEASON 1 (2018)       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Alisa Knows What to Do! Is based on the extremely popular Russian science-fiction novels by famous Russian author Kir Bulychiov about a young girl from the future, Alisa Salazar. This animated series weaves a tale about the adventures of a group of teenagers living at the end of the 21st century. The world has changed yet the burning questions that occupied people at the beginning of the century are still pertinent today. Alisa and her friends not only battle evil and injustice but they are also concerned with global problems like the natural balance, both on the planet and in space.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Based on the Russian science fiction novels by well-known Russian author Kir Bulychiov, this is the story of a young teen form the future (end of 21st century) and her group of friends. The characters are quite unique with their brightly colored outfits, hairstyles and personalities. Kids will enjoy watching them in their adventures. The group of teens go on adventures, solving mysteries and battling evil. The animated series is fun and futuristic and, even has moments of edge of your seat excitement! I really like that this series is not only fun to watch, but also teaches about global problems of today. The group of friends are very concerned with global problems on the planet and in space. I give this 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 7 thru 14. This will be a hit with kids this summer and has over 10 hours of fun that will entertain them. REviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Alisa Knows What to Do: Season 1, directed by Olga Baulina, is an action packed, Star Wars like universe where thrills are around every corner! Each episode seems as if I am watching a movie, with high depths of emotion, mystery, humor, and untold tales. The animation is realistic in some aspects yet surreal in others forming the futuristic universe of a myriad of planets and species.

The story follows a group of five teenagers who can't seem to escape trouble, in or out of school. When their daily actions lead them to trouble, or Alisa becomes entangled in one of her father's scientific cases, they work together to solve the case in front of them. Through a series of hysterical events and intense scenes, each teenager's unique personality plays a role in their exciting victory.

The animation is a combination of a variety of elements because of its realistic yet science fictional story. On Earth, the humans are life-like with their facial features but their hair and outfits are an original, special addition to the teenagers. The city has skyscrapers with soft and circular edges forming distinctive spires. However, these obscure features are contrasted with the familiar bushes and trees decorating the streets. Each episode also consists of a journey to a different planet. On these journeys the clips of space are the most naturalistic, with beautiful hues of all different colors and millions of stars decorating the night like glitter. Once they land on the planet, any familiarity with our world today diminishes and a new surprising and imaginative world is created. These were my favorite parts of the shows because even though there is a world like ours, there are a variety of other ones in this episode which are fascinating and captivating to watch.

Although the story and animation are original and engaging aspects, the dialogue and jokes can be clich� at times which takes away from the story. However, there are an abundance of humorous scenes and dialogue which made me smile and relate to these characters.

The messages of Alisa Knows What to Do: Season 1 are countless but some of the most pertinent are to being different is wonderful, and teamwork can help you in any situation. I give this show 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12. Be sure to check out Alisa Knows What to Do: Season 1 on DVD June 13, 2018.

Reviewed by Sahiba K., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 12.99
Media: CDROM


JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM

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JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS - THEATRICAL DIVISION
Series: FEATURE, AGES 10-18
Topic - Family
Description - Four years after the Jurassic World theme park was closed down, Owen and Claire return to Isla Nublar to save the dinosaurs when they learn that a once dormant volcano on the island is active and is threatening to extinguish all life there. Along the way, Owen sets out to find Blue, his lead raptor, and discovers a conspiracy that could disrupt the natural order of the entire planet. Life has found a way, again.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I've never really been a huge fan of the Jurassic Park franchise. I felt it went on for way too long and it needed to end. But, I was surprised by how much I liked this movie. It is genuinely entertaining and, I think it's a good way to conclude the franchise, even though I know it probably won't be the end.

The story takes place three years after the events of Jurassic World. When the island the dinosaurs inhabit is about to be destroyed by a volcano, Claire and Owen go to rescue the remaining dinosaurs.

So first I want to talk about visuals. It's not really a surprise that the visuals are really good. The dinosaurs look great. Combine that with great sound and the fact that, you can essentially feel the scale and weight of the dinosaurs. It feels as if they are actually there. Along with some really cool shots of the island and the Lockwood Mansion, the presentation of this movie is fantastic. The shot that was used in the trailers of Owen running from the volcano with the dinosaurs and being encompassed by ash, looked really compelling to me. It is one of my favorite shots in the movie and the presentation helps a lot. But, there is one particular scene that they hold on a brontosaurus that really tugs at your heartstrings. It probably wouldn't have been as good if it wasn't for the way the shot was directed. (J. A. Bayona)

The actors in this movie are also really good. Chris Pratt as Owen stands out to me, but that's mostly because I really like Chris Pratt. But, Chris Pratt is still very good. He has great comedic timing and he is really funny in general. However, he's the second best actor. Hands down, the best actor in the whole movie is Isabella Sermon as Maisie, the granddaughter of Benjamin Lockwood. This girl is absolutely amazing in this film. Talented child actors are hard to come by and wow, this girl is really fantastic. Her scenes are very compelling and she clearly is very invested in her role. I really felt for her, especially during the emotionally terrifying scenes. This is Isabella Sermon's first role and she is great. I genuinely look forward to what she has next in store. She has a bright future ahead.

Now, I mentioned earlier that I felt this movie would be a good conclusion to the franchise. The Jurassic Park franchise has been around since the 90s and the series is still going. I feel like it's been going for too long and I hope it doesn't continue for much longer. I know the series is very popular, but a lot of franchises have worsened from going on for a long time just because of their popularity.

I give this movie 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10 to 18. It comes out June 22, 2018 so be sure to check it out.

By Calista B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 14

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is a serviceably entertaining addition to the series, even if genuinely compelling thrills are a bit in short supply. Regardless, the enthralling direction and special effects provide for an outstanding visual experience. This is sure to be an essential watch for any sci-fi fan.

The movie follows the chaotic closing of the unethical, yet technologically advanced Jurassic World as park-created dinosaurs are forced to seclude themselves at Isla Nubar. When a dormant volcano threatens to extinguish the lives of those dinosaurs, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) join a rescue operation in the midst of a controversial debate over leaving the animals to die. However, the rescue team has alternate intentions to enslave and auction the animals, resulting in Owen and Claire urgently trying to free the dinosaurs before the rest of the rescue team gets to them.

Chris Pratt, as Owen, is my favorite character, with his never-ending charm that allows for well-timed banter with Claire. He is also great with his dramatic range, especially in his estranged relationship with raptor Blue. Bryce Dallas Howard, as Claire, equally entertains in her scenes with Owen, as well with leading her dinosaur protection group that eventually joins the rescue operation. Justice Smith, as Franklin, regales with his intelligently fast-talking nature and his phobia for all things nature related never get old. Daniella Pineda, as Zia, excellently presents her caring and rebellious stance to the dino-debate as she risks her life for the goodness in humanity. Isabella Sermon, as Maisie, breaks the norm of predictable child actors with a charismatic and emotional performance that gives even older actors a run for their money. Rafe Spall, as Eli, serviceably depicts his history with Claire while holding a mysterious motive. Last but not least, Jeff Goldblum's short but sweet cameo, as Dr. Ian Malcolm, adds further nuance to the dino-debate.

Director J. A. Bayona captures each sequence with spectacle whether it is from his masterful use of shadows to his wonderful color contrasts. My favorite scene is the whole island escape, as it is one of the most thrilling scenes of any Jurassic Park movie. The sound design and wondrous special effects truly depict an apocalyptic level event. The flaws with the movie are mainly in its second half, which undercuts any of the well-thought out thrills of the first half by presenting one predictably illogical situation to the next, with an unnecessarily mediocre plot-twist. Even so, the consistent talent of acting and direction are enough to lighten the blow.

The message of this movie is to always be careful when playing with nature as it comes with consequences. I give this film 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10 to 18 because of intense action, horror and some gore. The movie releases in theaters on June 22, 2018, so check it out.

By Arjun Nair, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


BLUE TOES

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BLUE TOES
ISOBELLA ANTELIS
Series: STUDENT FILMS 8-16
Topic - Family
Description - Blue Toes is a story that fights to break the rules of gender normative behavior between kids. It follows a young boy named Mickey, who is teased for liking things boys usually don't like. In the beginning we establish that Mickey does not have many friends, and is often alone. The one place where he feels accepted is afterschool with his swim team. He is one of the best swimmers on the team and feels a part of the group. Mickey also has an older sister that helps him express himself whether it be through trying different kinds of makeup, or throwing on an old dress of hers. The point of the story is to show that kids should be accepted, no matter what their interests are, regardless of their gender.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This film gives shy and awkward kids a fair shake. It shows that it's alright to be different. Everyone has something positive to offer, if given a chance or if you look beyond the surface.

Mickey's loving sister really gets what he's about and supports him. She shares her belongings with him and helps him see the lighter side of life, even though he doesn't act like a traditional boy. She accepts him for what he is.

There is one funny scene where Mickey is hiding under his bed sheet with his flashlight on. His sister knocks on his head to ask if she can come in. It's a fun way to see how siblings can comfort each other when life gets tough.

My favorite part of this film is when Mickey's black team mate, with his toes painted purple, sits down next to Mickey and cracks a good-natured joke. It's great to see Mickey smile and feel accepted. If only life's differences could be solved by accepting the color of each other's toes!

The message of this film is to treat all people with respect, despite our differences. It brings to light that everyone has their own unique way of being in the world. To stigmatize any one based on their outward behavior only builds walls among people. Acceptance is the theme and I applaud it. Recommend this film for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival because it can be a good discussion starter on the topic of tolerance. I give this film 4 out of 5 stars. I recommend it for ages 8 to 16. Reviewed by Jeff M. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Jurors.
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Runtime: 11 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


KYLE & CAPTAIN COURAGE

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KYLE & CAPTAIN COURAGE
AARON HOWARD
Series: SHORT, AGES 9-14
Topic - Family
Description - Kyle, the cutest 1st grader ever, realizes his favorite comic book superhero, Captain Courage, is real & gets caught up in the next issue. Directed by Aaron Howard, an award-winning photographer and filmmaker from Dallas.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This short should appeal to anyone who's ever been a comic book fan. The young protagonist is very cute and the live action parts are well executed. You've got to love seeing your favorite super hero jump off the page and show up in your very own bedroom. Most kids would get a kick out of that. I enjoyed the animation. It's comic book style, not full range motion. The ending takes a new twist on dealing with bullies as Kyle channels Captain Courage to help him. I recommend this for ages 9 to 14 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 9 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 9-14
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


PIGTAILS

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PIGTAILS
CAITLYN CHASE
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 2-12
Topic - Family
Description - A pig in a pet store only wants to be adopted, but doesn't realize he only needs to be himself to do it. Directed by Caitlyn Chase, graduate of Huntington University.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Too cute. Great message, lovely 2D animation. I love this short film. It's message is so on target for kids and families. Be yourself. There is someone out there who will appreciate you for exactly who you are. Love comes from the most unexpected places sometimes. Lovely background music, lovely concept. Highly recommended for ages 2 to 12. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 3 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


FEARLESS AND FLUFFY

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FEARLESS AND FLUFFY
DILPREET KAUR WALIA
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - The friendly Grim Reaper Junior is not a chip off the old block, leaving his dad open to being hoodwinked by the evil Birthday Candlewicks.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This screen play is not what I expected and I mean that in a good way! The ones I thought would be bad are the good guys and the ones I thought would be good...are bad. This is a refreshing change! I really like the imagination and creativity of the characters and the story line and could see this as a movie that tweens and teens would enjoy. I recommend it for ages 8 through 18. I also like that it is entertaining but has a message about not changing for others and being yourself. I give this 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Screenplay


MINNIE NOIR

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MINNIE NOIR
KATIE GROTZINGER
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 5-8
Topic - Family
Description - Minnie Hughes is a hardboiled noir detective that also just so happens to also be the shortest girl in the fourth grade. When a candidate for class president's show and tell South African ostrich egg goes missing, Minnie jumps on the case. Meanwhile, she also deals with her best friend Lincoln Park feeling under appreciated after she calls him her secretary and struggles with asking her crush, Vijay Sampat, a kind of male femme fatale, to be her dance partner for gym class.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The script was enjoyable to read. The term Film Noir (French for suspense film) is most likely a double-entendre since the main character is African-American and is a mystery solver. Strengths- Multicultural cast of characters, main character is an African-American female, which is unusual for any story. Weaknesses - One character is a bit stereotyped. Yes because the WHODUNIT mystery theme is very universal and the school setting makes it relatable to most viewers. Theme- Helping another out in a time of crisis and helping them receive justice. In an increasingly terrifying world and last years headlines exposing injustices against women, Kids need to know that they can attain control over some situations and feel empowered. Plot and Structure- Narrative Logic: A good example is when the viewer can sense that Minnie will get to dance with Vijay when in gym class by the end of the story. Emotional Impact: the best example is when the viewer wonders where Minnie's parents are (or what happened to them) at the synopsis' conclusion. Dramatic drive: a good example is when Vijay kicks open the bathroom door and Dash appears with a bloodied nose. Structure of the storyline: Introduction of characters and story, mystery to be solved, finding the culprit, and conclusion are clear and straightforward. Characters and dialogue: Minnie is the most thoroughly developed character because she is the main protagonist. She is quick-witted and adept, yet comes across as bashful to her crush Vijay, and is annoyed/irritated by her ally in crime-solving, Lincoln. The characters, such as Lincoln and Dash, are not as fully drawn out. They can be described as geeky and devious, respectively. Dialogue- an example of the wittiness, humor, and power in the dialogue includes Lincoln injecting comments at Minnie which irritates/annoy her, but makes the audience laugh. Rhythm/ pace: script does not seem to lag and is easy to read from beginning to end, making it a good film production choice (viewers would not zone out.) Tone of script is light-heartedness. Narrative voice: Minnie is the type of character who is driven and will fight for justice of the deserved and will not stop until she finds the justice. Nothing will get in her way. Highly recommended for ages 5-8. Reviewed by Kimberly M., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-8
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Media: Screenplay


FEET OF FIRE

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FEET OF FIRE
AMANDA ABICALAFFE
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - When a fiery pair of red dance shoes unleash a burning passion for contemporary dance, an obedient ballerina stands up to her cold controlling mother in order to become her new true self.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - What a shining example of independence and assertion at an early age! The young dancer, Amelia, proves that what's in your heart is what matters most. It is refreshing to see a child take a stand against an overbearing parent.

We see the control-freak mom lose her balance when she tries on some old ballet slippers. She gets teary eyed when she realizes she can no longer perform and rigidly expects her daughter to follow in her footsteps. Then, the mother turns to booze and screaming when she finds evidence that her daughter is finding her own way. I wanted to cheer when Amelia shows signs of independence and daring, borrowing the red dance shoes, brushing her own hair and putting on her own makeup. The French-speaking dance instructor seems very realistic.

This is well produced with good video and audio. It is well cast. The young protagonist dances well and is suited for this role. The mother is also quite believable. At times the lighting could use some work as the images are very flat at times.

My favorite part of this film is when the heel of one red shoe breaks off, at the start of Amelia's audition. It makes you wonder if her mom is trying to sabotage her daughter's future. Jealousy and anger rear their ugly heads, inside the mom's private world. At the same time, the girl's performance truly breaks out of the boundaries she has been held back by.

The message is how restricting it can be to live someone else's dreams. It is better to be brave and reach for one's own stars. There is also a darker message that resorting to drinking does not solve one's problems.

I highly recommend this for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. You can tell that the creator is a dancer because of the insight she provides. I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8-18. Reviewed by Jeff M. and Julie S. KIDS FIRST! Adult Jurors.
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Runtime: 19 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


PIGJUICE

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PIGJUICE
CASEY LAING
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 8-12
Topic - Family
Description - A young girl fights to save her town from an evil farmer who wants to transform it into a giant pig farm, while rediscovering her mother, who died when she was just a baby.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This screenplay is very engaging. It has great characters, a story line that flows well and a happy ending. I also like the subtle way a young girl and her father are able to bond over the past death of the mom / wife in a more positive way. The dialogue is natural and realistic and I can see this on a big screen. There are few grammar and spelling mistakes and over all it is entertaining and has lessons to be learned.

The characters are my favorite, especially Emma and her dad Basil. The dialogue is done well and, although it is a bit predictable at times, it does hold your interest. I wanted to keep reading to discover how it ends. The one weakness is that I wasn't quite sure how the bad guy ended up with the winning pig that belonged to someone else. I suspect that he paid Percy's father for it but would have liked for this to be clearer.

I believe it has commercial potential and like that there is a soundtrack and descriptions of the scenes. It's a realistic theme that resonates with today's environment, where the rich and powerful try to own everything, yet it ends well. It does have conflict and resolution, and the story line is done quite well. It flows well and the characters are natural and realistic. It has a bad guy but he actually changes at the end, which is a nice twist.

I liked how well the dialogue is formed and how natural it seems. It fits the characters and flows well.

I like that one of the main characters, Emma is persistent and does not give up easily. She is a good role model. I also like that the rich and powerful do not always win.

Kids could be asked what they learned from the story and who their favorite character is and why?

I would possibly make it a little more straight forward about how Bulbous Swigbottom (what a name!) gets hold of the pig that wins. Did he steal it or did he pay for it?

I found very few grammar and spelling mistakes. On page 11 there is one sentence that needs correction: She is doesn't seem to know anyone. But, over all there are few mistakes. YES ! Highly recommended. It meets or exceeds the KIDS FIRST! criteria, is appealing and engaging.
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KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Screenplay


GHOST, THE

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GHOST, THE
GARRICK HAMM
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 10-18
Topic - Family
Description - A true story of a boy's search for his father, a footballing legend.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This short from the U.K is inspired by the true story of the English photographer Rob White, as a young man wanting to learn more about his father who was a football (soccer) legend. The story is well executed. It's heartfelt, emotional and well paced. The cinematography, background music and actors' performances are all exceptional. For child acting standards, the boy who plays Rob is very good. Children would enjoy this because it addresses things that kids often ask about, such as what their parents were like. It flows very well and is highly watchable. The vocabulary is suitable for the target audience. The cinematography is excellent as is the sound design and sets. It hits emotional moments as needed, with appropriate background music. For a 20 minute short, it delivers a big story. However, some parts of it are confusing such as why the older boy is forcing the younger kids to play soccer. His bullying behavior is weird and not connected to the rest of the story until the ending. I like when the boy discovers artifacts from his father's career in the attic and discovers what happened to his dad. I give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10 to 18. Sports fans will particularly enjoy it. Reviewed by Angel U. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult jurors.
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Runtime: 23 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 10-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


HARVIE AND THE MAGIC MUSEUM

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HARVIE AND THE MAGIC MUSEUM
MARTIN KOTIK
Series: FOREIGN FEATURE, AGES 5-18
Topic - Family
Description - Harvie is a smart but a bit lively boy with one ambition, to finish the last level of his computer game. Once in the Gamers Hall of Fame, his absent-minded father, Mr. Spejbl, would finally be proud of him. But finishing the game turns out to be only the start of a real adventure that takes Harvie, his dog Jerry, and his friend Monica deep into the forgotten realms of the city's old puppet museum.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I thoroughly enjoyed this wonderfully animated film from the Czech Republic. The animation style is outstanding and sure to garner the attention of kids as well as adults. As for Harvie's adventures, it will have you wanting more adventures such as this one from Harvie and his friends. In the beginning, Harvie seems like a typical, somewhat spoiled kid who is rather gamer addicted. He does what he wants without listening to anyone else, even his friends and father. However, in the end, he realizes that he is wrong and steps up to the plate. His dedication to saving his father and the entire city shows that ultimately, he is well intentioned. This film teaches a very important lesson about selflessness and determination. The colorful expression of this animated piece makes it fun and entertaining, with little quirks that will make you laugh. The storyline flows well. The concept and presentation are suitable for the target age. The special effects are highly entertaining and fun to watch. The quality of the film is outstanding. I recommend this for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival for ages 5-18, as well as adults, and give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Raquel Y., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This movie features a very animation style that any audience is sure to enjoy. It will have you wanting more adventures such as this one from Harvie, and his friends. The call to action in this film is heavily influential. Harvie's dedication to saving his father and the entire city shows great characteristics that everyone should foster. This film teaches a very important lesson about selflessness and determination through colorful expression which made it fun to watch. I believe any child would enjoy this because it teaches an important lesson through colorful expression. The storyline flows well. The material is suitable for the target age. The special effects are highly entertaining and fun to watch. The quality of the film enhances as the screen gets bigger, watching it the first time on my phone, and then again on my laptop, the images became more defined. I recommend this for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival for ages 5-18 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Raquel Y., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 85 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-19
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


LAND OF WOGE, THE

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LAND OF WOGE, THE
UNITED AUBURN INDIAN COMMUNITY MEDIA
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 4-8
Topic - Family
Description - In a time before humans inhabited the Earth, the animals could talk to each other. They taught each other through music and dance. Led by Little Big, of the Big Foot clan, the animals of the Redwood Forest teach each other how to be kind and caring. "The Land of Woge" is an educational children's TV program based off an old Native American legend: An ancient space creature comes to Earth to teach the plant people, rock people, and animals about the humans who would be arriving to Earth. The show is geared towards young children, ages 2-6, and focuses on teaching about gratitude. The show is musically charged, with lots of fun song and dance numbers, as well as encourages reading skills, cultural appreciation, and social intelligence skills.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The Land of Woge is a simple yet heartfelt short that teaches kids pro-social values. Jack Kohler writes, directs and produces this film. He is a member of the Hoopa Valley Tribe and has worked with young people for some time. As a Native filmmaker, he has garnered many prestigious awards for his work, including working with young talent.

This educational show is based on an old Native American legend and focuses on teaching gratitude. The story follows a group of animals, which are actors in animal costumes, to learn life lessons. For example, in one scenario, Mouse is afraid of Sasquatch because he has heard stories about how mean and scary Sasquatch is. However, Mouse discovers that Sasquatch is exactly the opposite. This story teaches kids not to stereotype people, which is a great lesson to learn at a young age.

This film definitely has a good heart. It wants to teach viewers to respect the earth as well as other life lessons. Some of the vocabulary might be over the heads of younger kinds, but they would still get the core message. The sound track is quite well done and the cinematography is pretty good, for the most part. It's primarily shot outdoors and the setting is quite suitable for the show. One problem with the show is the acting by the child actors. At times, they seem to be reciting their lines but they don't seem to "live them." The music is well suited to the show and quite original.

For a low budget film, it truly strives to step up to the plate. And, it definitely has a heart behind it, which you can see in every scene. I recommend this film to the KIDS FIRST! Film Critic with the caveat that, the programmer needs to remember that the performers are not professional actors so, but the message is superb.

I give this film 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 to 8. Reviewed by Angel U., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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Runtime: 26 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-8
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR

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Series: DOCUMENTARY, AGES 10 - 18
Topic - Family
Description - Charmingly soft-spoken and yet powerfully incisive expressing his profound ideals, Fred Rogers was a unique presence on television for generations. Through interviews of his family and colleagues, the life of this would-be pastor is explored as a man who found a more important calling to provide an oasis for children in a video sea of violent bombardment. That proved to be his landmark series, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968), a show that could gently delve into important subjects no other children's show would have dared for that time. In doing so, Rogers experienced a career where his sweet-tempered idealism charmed and influenced the world whether it be scores of children on TV or recalcitrant authorities in government. However, that beloved personality also hid Rogers' deep self-doubts about himself and occasional misjudgments even as he proved a rock of understanding in times of tragedy for a world that did not always comprehend a man of such noble character.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This should be required viewing for anyone interested in the history of children's television. Fred Rogers was truly a visionary and an amazing man. He wrote, directed and starred in his own show for over twenty years and brought to it an authenticity that we rarely see on TV or elsewhere. Even the most jaded of industry leaders have to admire what Mr. Rogers brought to the table. He is beyond good; he is truly truly outstandingly awesome. This beautifully crafted documentary reaches back to the beginning of Fred's career, to before he even started his own show, showing us what drove him to create something outside the realm of what was becoming standard fare in the 1960s. Oh my, I miss him so very much. It's good to see how revered he is today. I admit that that documentary brought tears to my eyes more than once. Reviewed by Ranny L., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Won't You Be My Neighbor? is the best documentary I've ever seen! I still hear its catchy theme song in my head. I usually don't like documentaries because they are very slow paced. But this one has jokes throughout that makes it so much more interesting to watch. I not only learned a lot about Fred Rogers' life and career, but also about how television shows were made and produced back in the 1960s.

This documentary is about Mr. Rogers and his television show for young children "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood." Produced by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville, we learn about Mr. Rogers' ideas on how important it is to talk to children about every aspect of life and how television can be used as a positive influence. During his show, Mr. Rogers sings songs about specific topics so that kids, as young as pre-school age, can understand the topic of the day.

The film shows scenes from the actual show as well as behind the scenes. I really enjoyed the interviews with the crew from the show. Those parts made me belly laugh. The film brings back the original lessons of the show and re-promotes them. For adults, this film might make them remember watching the show as a child and they might find some episodes to share with their own kids. For children, this film might spark an interest in the show and make them want to watch it, just like I did. The film gives everybody something. One thing I love about the film is that it really goes in depth about Mr. Rogers' sunny disposition and how he truly was like that in real life, even through all his struggles. It shows us that there are still kind people in the world. My favorite scene is when Mr. Rogers goes to Congress to try to get the funding to save PBS. That scene shows who Mr. Rogers really is, his personality and love for children. By the time he finishes his speech, I was tearing up and could hear the audience sniffing.

The message of this film is to love yourself as you are, just like Mr. Rogers says in his song. I recommend this film for ages 12 to 18 because it talks about topics such as divorce and war, in a serious way, which is not appropriate for very young children. I give this film 4.5 out of 5 stars because of its amazing message and all the cool inside facts about Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. This film opens nationwide

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 10-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


DIGIMON TRI ADVENTURE: COEXISTENCE

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Series: DVD, AGES 8 - 15
Topic - Family
Description - THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES...The arrival of the super powerful Meicoomon starts a countdown to the real world's collapse. The DigiDestined are cast out of the Digital World, and even after returning to the real world, are driven away by people, due to their partnerships with the Digimon. Meanwhile, a cruel fate appears imminent for Kari, who has a more honest and sensitive spirit than anyone.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The storyline in this episode, about dark forces taking over, flows well. There are no long lagging sequences. The viewer will empathize with the protagonist Kari and the evil force overtaking Meicoomon. Created in Japanese anime style, Digimon-tri has sharp-edge graphics and action sequences that draws the viewers in. The storyline addresses the struggles that many of us have to deal with, but shows how there are friends to help along the way. Some might be even be going through something similar.

This entire series is very good at displaying consequences of both negative or positive behavior. It also displays excellent problem solving behavior. Watching this show might convince viewers to seek out others when they are going through tough times. The message is that life has complicated challenges but you can overcome them.

The vocabulary and concepts are suitable for the intended age group and could further enhance vocabulary and concepts the viewer does not understand. A good example of portraying social models is when the main protagonist feels that she might be responsible for a specific situation. One of the other main characters reassures her that this definitely isn't the case. This entire series is very good in displaying consequences of either negative or positive behavior.

The DVD menu allows scene selections, subtitles and a bonus feature interview.

You should be aware that at one point, a character pulls out a gun, but is no blast, and at another point we see a powerful being shaped somewhat like a naked woman. For that reason I give it 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18, as well as adults. I would raise the highest age to 25 if I could, because it is so thought-provoking and intellectual.

Reviewed by Kimberly M., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Digimon Adventure Tri 5: Coexistence is an enjoyable show that I loved.

This animated film is the fifth sequel to the Digimon Adventures and it definitely builds a lot from the previous films.

The story is about how Meicoomon becomes a vicious creature, thus creating a perilous fight between the real world and the digital world.

My favorite part about this film is the authenticity of the characters and their emotions. It might sound weird that the animated characters are able to display a significant amount of passion and care for other characters in the film, but they do. Their emotions and reactions allow me to see past the drawings and the unlikelihood of this scenario.

My least favorite part is the style of the animation. The artwork looks like any main stream anime. The graphics didn't really hook me or caught my attention. Even the action and the fighting scenes are uneventful. They look somewhat dull and downplayed. I was looking forward to more intense explosions or epic toe-to-toe fighting scenes, but there is only a glimpse of exciting action throughout the whole film.

I give this DVD 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 6 to 14. It is available now so, look for it.

Reviewed by Raquel Y., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14
Runtime: 80 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 10-18
Suggested Retail Price: $ 24.97
Media: DVD


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MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC: RARITY       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
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Series: DVD, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Friendship Is In Fashion! welcome to the Carousel Boutique, home of Ponyville's own fashionista -- not to mention Spike's #1 crush -- Rarity! But in addition to being up-to-date on the latest trends and styles, Rarity is particularly known for her generosity. See for yourself, as Rarity, along with her best friends, Twilight Sparkle, Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash, Applejack, Fluttershy and, of course, Spike, prepare for the Grand Galloping Gala, search for the loveliest of gems, investigate crimes, and more!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This very wildly entertaining series is based off a sassy and sophisticated pony, Rarity. It's easy to consider her as a fan favorite, because she is a trend setter, go getter and very creative character. There are plenty of cameos of primary cast members, so this DVD appeals to a wide audience. The show has so many characters with powers, big personalities and lots of problem solving that children will enjoy. All the characters encounter circumstances and challenges, yet remain positive, honest, fair and friendly.

This DVD starts out by showing us a very patient Rarity going through drastic measures to prepare for an upcoming fashion show. Things don't go as planned. Most people will relate to putting others first or being flat out embarrassed which makes this completely relatable. Episode 2 is filled with suspense and action. Rarity is in sudden danger due to some greedy diamond dogs that want to strip her of her magical advantages. You won't believe how she strategically deals with these dogs. Episode 3 is about mystery and fashion. Lastly, episodes 4 and 5 really tie together nicely because they focus on internal beauty and lasting relationships.

The production is bright and colorful with excellent animation. The menu allows you to play separate episodes or all at once. It is only available in English as there are no other language choices to make. There are no bonus features. It does teach some practical skills such as sewing in Episode One. Episodes Two through Five address lots of pro-social behaviors and fashionable commentary. The comedic timing is extraordinarily entertaining as are the fun songs about friendship. The message of this show is about being true to your self, accepting of change and to learn more about what is pleasing inside of you.

I rate this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12. There are lessons to be learned in every episode, a fun sing-a-long and an overall loving and joyous show.

By Elle S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I love how My Little Pony always teaches kids different lessons and morals in an interesting scenario. It is always intriguing to watch. These episodes teach deep messages that are crucial to know.

This DVD is mainly about Rarity and some of the challenges she goes through. The other ponies make appearances and help her through her problems, but sometimes they are the cause. It is fascinating to see all of the ponies' different takes on how the problems should be solved. They each have unique personalities, which sometimes clash, but may also be beneficial. This DVD is perfect to teach many great morals.

Rarity is either super confident or super stressed out. Tabith St. Germain, the voice of Rarity, articulates these emotions really well, while maintaining the sophisticated character that Rarity is. St. Germain is the perfect voice for this character. Fluttershy (Andrea Libman) is the kind of character who is very quiet, sounds very timid and doesn't use very much expression. Even though she is quite reserved, you can still sense her emotions. With the help of animating Fluttershy's face, we are able to see Fluttershy's emotions. Libman's voice over goes from very quiet and reserved to a whole other range of emotions.

Rarity's costumes are quite beautiful. They are unique to her personality, but with a little twist. I love the dresses that she comes up with, as well as the "ugly" dresses that the ponies closely monitor the making of. I thought it was so interesting to see the ponies' characteristics and personalities come out even more in the ugly dress.

My favorite scene in this DVD is when Rarity shows off the dresses she likes in her fashion show and, when asked who is the designer, she confidently struts out in a dress of her own. On the contrary, everyone hates the other dresses she showed the first time when she shamefully came out as the designer. I love this scene because, she is so happy to be the designer of her work the second time. The first time she tried to please her friends and that made a huge mess of her work.

The message of this DVD is all about working with other people, knowing you can't please everyone and forgiveness. Rarity learns all these lessons through her mistakes and the help of her friends. This DVD is very helpful for children experiencing problems of their own or just for learning new things. I give it 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 12. This is available on DVD now so look for it. Reviewed by Jolleen M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

Everyone clap your hands and get ready for a show! No, I don't mean just any show, I mean a fashion show by the one and only Rarity! This stunning and amazing pony is on a role, because in My Little Pony Friendship is Magic: Rarity she has brand new gowns and fabulous new looks, all while being a detective, a great sister and good friend. So, come on and let's see what Miss Rarity is up to now.

With this DVD, I got a Friendship card for National Friendship Day. I like it very much and can't wait to give it someone. After all, it is very cute and has the main six on it. If you have a friend who likes the show, you can bond over the card as well as the show. It is one of my favorites and I have quite a few friends who like it, because of the unique characters and storylines. Make sure to check out the sing-along so you can sing with Rarity and her friends.

The show's animation is very detailed. I sometimes feel like I'm a pony walking along the streets of Ponyville and Canterlot. Also, the town is just too adorable with all its bright colors and fun houses. This really adds eye candy. Young children will love the colors of the streets, as well as the ponies with their silly cutie marks on their flanks.

I enjoyed all the new episodes on this DVD, as well as some of the older ones, because we get Rarity (Tabitha St. Germain) for the kind, courteous and fabulous pony she truly is. They show her work life and her personal life so we see two different sides of her - one is very sweet and gentle towards the other ponies and her sister Sweetie Belle (Claire Margaret Corlett). The other side is very persuasive and passionate, but also full of flare and style, while making her outfits. Rarity is my pick of ponies, because she is not only a girly girl, but she is also a business woman and a magnificent friend.

My favorite episode on this DVD is "No Longer a Foal." I like this episode because it reminds me of my sister and how she sometimes thinks I'm a child (or in this case, a foal) and doesn't remember that I am 13! It also made me laugh when Sweetie Belle and Rarity take pictures and eat tiny ice creams.

I recommend this DVD for ages 4 to 15 and give it 4� out of 5 stars. It is available on DVD and Digital now so, go check it out.

Reviewed by Morgan B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13
Runtime: 110 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.98
Media: DVD


GRAVITY FALLS: THE COMPLETE SERIES

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Series: DVD, AGES 8 - 15
Topic - Family
Description - Collector's Edition. Welcome To Gravity Falls! Twin brother and sister Dipper and Mabel Pines are sent to the small town of Gravity Falls, Oregon to spend their summer vacation with their great uncle (Grunkle) Stan. Upon arrival, Grunkle Stan enlists the siblings' help in running The Mystery Shack, a self-owned tourist trap that overcharges unsuspecting customers. While Dipper has a hard time getting used to his new surroundings, Mabel's upbeat optimism comes in handy in her quest to find true love. But there may be more to Gravity Falls than meets the eye as Dipper and Mabel encounter strange occurrences and weird creatures. When Dipper stumbles upon an elusive book, he discovers it is the answer to uncovering the town's mysterious happenings. Soon, Dipper and Mabel realize they must rely on each other to navigate this unfamiliar place. Meanwhile, Grunkle Stan guards a secret of his own: one that just might hold the key to unlocking the deeper mystery that is Gravity Falls. Includes All 40 Episodes!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Let's not mince words here, people! Gravity Falls may be one of the finest western animations of all time. Large claim, no? Allow me to back up why this show deserves this recognition.

Gravity Falls follows the main characters, Dipper and Mabel Pines, preteen twin siblings who are spending their summer vacation visiting their Great Uncle or "Grunkle" (and local con man), Stanford Pines in the small town of Gravity Falls, Oregon. Stan lives in and operates a local tourist trap called the Mystery Shack, where he employees the other two main characters - lovable loser and gentle giant Soos, and local teenage, cool girl Wendy. Not all is what is seems in Gravity Falls, as our characters are made to tangle with everything from abducting gnomes, autonomous video game characters, vengeful apparitions, living wax statues, time travelling police officers, extra-dimensional eldritch entities and many more! All the while, Dipper and Mabel attempt to unravel the many mysteries of Gravity Falls with the help of a mysterious journal that they find which catalogues all of the creepy goings on in this sleepy town.

Interesting premise, no? The sheer plethora of all the different, and mostly antagonistic creatures the protagonists run into is staggering, and not a single one of them is boring. But, despite a great plot, it's the shocking amount of attention given to tiny details that exemplifies the deep quality of this program. The show contains a large amount of Easter eggs and tiny plot devices that carry through the entire the series. In fact, almost every ending credit contains a different word cipher puzzle that contributes plot details to the series! But, if you had to pinpoint the most distinguishing feature of this series, it's most certainly the pitch perfect writing. It's truly one of the funniest shows I've ever seen and my children (age 2 to 17) both agree. The humor varies so dramatically between all the main characters, yet they seem to mesh perfectly. I truly believe this series is enjoyable for kids aged 2 to 18 and virtually any adult. And, despite being aimed at kids, the story (delicately woven over 40 episodes) is astoundingly deep and touching by the end. It's strong emphasis on interpersonal relationships and personal character arcs is second to none and makes for a story that invests you in virtually every character in the show. Full disclosure, I cried on several occasions while watching this program. Also, without spoiling any plot for the readers, this series contains a genuinely terrifying antagonist for older viewers. However, this antagonist is not frightening for the younger crowd, so you've nothing to worry about in that regard.

If this series can galvanize the attention of every toddler, pre-teen, adolescent and adult that gave it a glance in my house, I have no issue recommending this to a wide audience. The Special Edition DVD set contains a full DVD devoted to extras, ranging from commentary, childhood stories, shorts and deleted scenes. Before receiving this Special Edition, I had seen the full series probably a dozen times. Getting the chance to relive the fun with all the extras has been a blast. I give this series 5 out of 5 stars and honestly, I believe this series will stand the test of time.

By Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Adult Reviewer
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - To be honest, this is one of the best shows I've ever watched. I could talk for hours about how fantastic this series is. It is short for television show standards, but it is a perfect show to binge watch with friends due to the mysteries that keep you invested until they're solved and the comedy is spot on.

The story follows twins, Dipper and Mabel Pines, who are sent to Gravity Falls, Oregon for the summer with their Great Uncle Stan. Things change when Dipper finds a journal revealing that the town is filled with all kinds of paranormal creatures and the show follows the adventures that Dipper, Mabel and their friends undertake in this strange town.

It's pretty much my tradition to discuss the animation and the animation in this show looks great. While I feel it is technically the weakest aspect of the show, it is anything but bad. The animation is still very charming and very atmospheric. There's a nice "summer Oregon feel" to the world that makes the forest of Gravity Falls very inviting. Later episodes look great. The colors and scale of the setting quickly goes from great to amazing in the last few episodes. The character designs are also outstanding. I'm not sure why, but I really like how each character design has its own flare and shows off the individual personalities.

The best thing in the show is definitely the characters. Aside from the Pines twins, their friends, Wendy and Soos are truly cool. Wendy's personality is pretty much just being the coolest person imaginable. And I'm not making this up. She's laid back, incredibly skilled and just cool in general. As for Soos (one of the many characters voiced by the show's creator, Alex Hirsch), he's just the sweetest character and a great guy overall. I have to give credit to the voice acting as well. I mentioned that the show's creator, Alex Hirsch voices Soos. He also voices Stan Pines, Old Man McGucket, a bunch of background characters and the show's main villain. It's pretty hard to tell, unless you know he's voicing these characters. Another stand out actor is Kristen Schaal who voices Mabel. Mabel's adorable, hyperactive energy is all due to Kristen Schaal. The relationship between Dipper and Mabel is the epitome of what anyone with a sibling would be envious of and hope to model.

This show is also a perfect show for those who like theorizing about shows because this show is jam packed with mysteries, clues, codes and more. It keeps you invested. I recommend this show for ages 7 to 18 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. The DVD box set also has some pretty cool stuff such as audio commentaries, shorts and funny deleted footage. It is must buy if you are a Gravity Falls fan! Available on DVD July 24, 2018.

Reviewed by Calista B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14

Gravity Falls is a very thrilling series. It keeps you at the edge of your seat with new mysteries in every episode. With baffling things happening in every episode, all you want to do is keep on watching. Since this DVD includes all 40 episodes as well as the special features, you really can do just that! Although it is a show about mysteries, the writers still find a way to insert comedy, so it has an element for every type of viewer.

This show is about the twins Dipper (Jason Ritter) and Mabel (Kristen Schaal) Pines who summer in Gravity Falls, Oregon with their Great Uncle Stan (Alex Hirsch), working in his tourist trap, The Mystery Shack. During their vacation, Dipper finds an elusive book that contains writings about all the mysterious occurrences that happen in Gravity Falls.

Gravity Falls is anything but a predictable show. It has an amazing blend of comedy and mystery that keeps you wanting to watch until the end. This DVD includes every episode plus some special features such as deleted scenes, behind the animation and interviews with the cast and creators of the show, looking back at the past 40 episodes. This show has the perfect blend of every element a TV show should have, with a little something for every type of viewer. For example, Dipper and Mabel are twins, but complete opposites. Dipper is very logical and nerdy while Mabel is an imaginative free spirit. So, even there you have two different elements many people can relate to. One of my favorite characters is Soos (Alex Hirsch). He works at the Mystery Shack and accompanies Dipper and Mabel on many of their adventures. He is always there for the young Pines and is the first person to believe Dipper about his findings in the book and even helps the twins hunt down the Gobblewonker. The cast of this show really makes the characters. Jason Ritter's voice is on the deep side, but it adds so much more to the character and his relationship with Kristen Schaal (Mabel Pines) higher pitched voice. Alex Hirsch who wrote, produced and voices the characters Gruncle Stan and Soos really makes the show what it is because the whole story is based on his own summer experiences. My favorite episode is season 2, episode 19, Weirdmageddon 2: Escape From Reality because it is so sweet to see the brother sister relationship in the way that Dipper saves Mabel in that episode.

The message of this show is about asking questions and investigating thing you're curious about, just like Dipper does. I give this series 5 out of 5 stars for being the most unique comedy mystery sci-fi fantasy cartoon show out there and recommend it for ages 10 to 14 and beyond, because it has something for people of every age. You can find Gravity Falls: The Complete Series on DVD now so, look for it.

By Dariana A., KIDS FIRST Film Critics, age 12

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-15
Suggested Retail Price: $ 99
Media: CDROM


SUPER 4: MEET RUBY

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N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 5-8
Topic - Family
Description - Inspired by the world of PLAYMOBIL� toys, set out on a series of adventures with the Super 4 as they travel through the wider PLAYMOBIL� universes. Join Ruby and friends as they embark on 7 fun-filled pirate adventures! First, understand how Ruby came to be the amazing pirate she is. A wicker basket washes up on the shore of Gunpowder Island holding a little baby. Surprise, it's a girl! When Ruby is old enough to jump on ship to join in on a pirate raid, little Ruby sits on the sidelines and watches it all. To prove she is a real pirate, Ruby must set out to obtain a mythical treasure. Will she find it and become a true pirate? Find out in Meet Ruby!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Pirates! Who doesn't love a good pirate tale? That's the first thought that came to me when I saw the cover of this DVD. What adventures will she get into and, since girls were not allowed on pirate ships, will Ruby really become a pirate? The story of Ruby and her adoptive dad, Pirate Rubins is very interesting because stories of pirates usually begin with a pirate ship a sea, looking for treasures and other ships to capture. This story begins with a wicker basket washing up on the shore of Gunpowder Island holding a baby, a girl baby! Since Rubins is the pirate who finds her, he feels it is his duty to keep and raise her, hence he named her Ruby. He knows that he can't continue the life of a pirate and raise a daughter so he works and raises her the best he knows how. She hears so much about pirates while growing up she knows one day she will become a pirate. When the time comes for her to become a pirate, sets out to prove her worth to everyone, including her dad. The vocabulary and concepts are suitable for the intended audience. Most children have experienced a pirate phase at a young age and these episodes are exciting enough to hold their interest. Even though pirates are usually portrayed as villains, there are a lot of good pirates who help Ruby become the pirate she wants to be. Questioning, probing and problem-solving are encouraged in an appropriate manner. The episodes encourage lots of critical thinking and problem solving skills such as team work, asking questions, use of reasoning and logic. The animation is clear, easy to identify and quite colorful. The visuals are characteristic of the period of the pirate era. There are no menu access, chapters, nor special features. This is an adventure that will appeal to school age children between 5 and 10. I give it 5 out of 5 stars. It really is a must see! Reviewed by Tina B., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This film has a great plotline and gives each character lots of personality. The plotline becomes even more interesting because of all the strong personalities. Even though this film is meant for younger ages, I still was quite entertained.

This film is all about meeting and getting to know who Ruby is. It starts from pirates discovering her as a baby, watching her go on adventures and figuring out who she wants to be. She goes off to the sea for the first time by herself and encounters problems. Eventually she is able to overcome them. She then goes off and solves multiple tests to be able to acquire treasure.

Laetitia Lefebvre has a determined and strong child-like voice which perfectly fits Ruby because Ruby has all of these traits. Ruby at times can sound very stubborn, scared, determined and strong. The Black Baron (Tom Wayland) sounds determined as well. The Black Baron is a very manipulative character and Wayland changes his voice accordingly. For example, he can sound convincing, caring and sweet, but also ominous.

The animation is very colorful and has lots of details. I also love that their faces express emotion and their body language does as well. The pirate costumes are very unique. I loved seeing all the different types of clothing that doesn't repeat for everyone.

My favorite scene is when Ruby smartly doesn't get distracted by the Black Baron when he wants to steal the treasure. I felt really proud of her and I knew that she was fit to become a knight.

The message of the story is to always believe in yourself no matter what. Ruby was born as a pirate, but girls aren't allowed to be pirates. Even though this is true, Ruby goes out and proves her worthiness. She encounters many problems, but stays strong and believes in herself. She stays determined every time. She doesn't stop continuing on her journey. Instead she just becomes stronger and fights even harder. This is a good message for female empowerment. Even though people want to limit you because you are a girl, don't let them. Do what Ruby does. Everyone is against her and she still manages to achieve all of her goals and become successful.

This DVD, just like the rest of the Super 4 series, is well made. It has a wonderful message and an entertaining plotline. I recommend this for ages 6 to 11 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. This is available on DVD now, so definitely check it out.

By Jolleen M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13.
Runtime: 45 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-8
Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.99
Media: DVD



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