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JOURNEY TO SPACE (BLU-RAY)

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JOURNEY TO SPACE (BLU-RAY)
SHOUT! FACTORY
Series: DOCUMENTARY, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - Brilliantly narrated by film and television legend Sir Patrick Stewart, Journey To Space gives a sweeping overview of humanity's accomplishments in space, as well as our ongoing activities and future plans. Journey To Space puts into historical context the magnificent contributions made by the Space Shuttle program and its intrepid space pioneers. It uses the most spectacular space footage (including unique views of Earth and operations in space) such as deploying and repairing the Hubble Space Telescope. It then goes on to show how the shuttle launched and assembled the International Space Station (ISS). Together, these programs have taught us how to live, build and conduct scientific experiments in space. The ISS will continue operating in space until 2024, and the film shows how it is building a foundation for the next giant leaps into space, concluding with a fascinating, realistic scenario of how astronauts will actually get to Mars, live there for long durations, and then return home after a two-and-a-half-year mission.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I really liked Journey to Space. This film is greatly educational and adventurous. The film includes amazing photographs that made me feel like such a small being in the vastness of space. This documentary includes authentic pictures from the Hubble space telescope that are out of this world, literally (*wink*). I found myself mesmerized by all the information and discoveries made in space.

This amazing documentary on space exploration is narrated by Patrick Stewart (X-Men series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Ice Age: Continental Drift, and many more).The film is very informative. I learned so much. It even shows NASA's 3D diagrams for how they will build new spacecraft for Mars. The challenges that the human body has to endure while orbiting the Earth in the ISS (International Space Station) are great. For example, some people's bones and eyes start deteriorating within a few days of being in zero gravity. Physical exercise and nutrition are two key components of their staying healthy.

I have many favorite parts of this film. One is when Patrick Stewart describes the human's hunger for knowledge and discovery. Another is the introduction which shares diverse environments of our planet Earth. Patrick Stewart is a great narrator for this film with his captivating tone of voice and amazing vocabulary. Also, this documentary included Chris Ferguson who is an experienced astronaut, Serena Aunon, an astronaut-in-training and Lindsay Aitchison who designs and makes space suits. All three people are passionate about what they do and each plays an important part of the success to travel into deep space and beyond!

The moral of this film is that mankind is, and will always be, exploring new environments and places on this planet and in deep space. I relate to this concept on many levels because I love to explore. The things that really stick out to me in this film are the music, the fabulous scenery and all the information throughout the film.

I recommend this movie for ages 8 to 18 and think adults will enjoy it as well because the extraordinary knowledge given is great for all ages and is very inspirational for all who wish to invent and discover new things. I give this documentary 5 out of 5 galactic stars.

Reviewed by Bison B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 11
Runtime: 45 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $ 29.99
Media: DVD


ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLAD (2016)

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Series: FEATURE FILM AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - When Alice wakes up in Wonderland she must travel through a mysterious new world to retrieve a magical scepter that can stop the evil Lord of Time before he turns forward the clock and turns Wonderland into a barren, lifeless old world. With the help of some new friends, Alice must also uncover an evil plot to put the Queen of Hearts back on the throne.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Disney's Alice Through The Looking Glass is a magical fantasy adventure film in the great Tim Burton tradition. It is also a refreshing, feminist take on the classic Lewis Carroll story. This sequel to 2010's blockbuster, Alice in Wonderland, again stars Mia Wasikowska as Alice, Johnny Depp as The Mad Hatter, Helena Bonham Carter as Iracebeth (Queen of Hearts) and Anne Hathaway as Mirana. New to the cast is Sasha Baron Cohen as "Time."

In the real world of 18th century England, Alice Kingsleigh is a captain of an English merchant ship. She is about to lose her commission when she re-enters Wonderland for the second time. She is given a warm welcome by all her old friends: the White Rabbit, TweedleDee and TweedleDum, the Cheshire Cat and Mirana. She learns that her best friend, The Mad Hatter, is depressed because he misses his parents and his siblings. She decides that the only way to help him is to find his family. They are presumed dead, but the Hatter doesn't believe so. She then goes in search of the chronosphere, a time travel device located at Time's castle. What follows is an epic journey in search of "The Hatter's" parents.

Alice Through the Looking Glass is very creative and colorful. Tim Burton is one of the producers, so this is not surprising. The costumes and the makeup are top notch. The special effects are inventive, especially the sequence at Time's castle. Time has an amazing castle, which is run by a group of creatures called "seconds," which are made of nuts, bolts and gears. These "seconds" can combine to make even bigger creatures called "minutes." These "minutes" can combine to make a enormous, transformer-like creature called "hours."

There is a lot of smart wordplay based on the character Time. Think of all the puns having to do with time and they are all in the movie. Sasha Baron Cohen as Time steals the whole film. He is very funny, exciting and works well with this great ensemble cast. My favorite line of the film is when The Mad Hatter exclaims "dream or reality - who's to say which is which." This sums up the message of the movie and the magic in all Tim Burton movies.

Alice Through The Looking Glass is an enchanting adventure/fairy tale for the whole family. It is appropriate for ages 8 to 18. I rate this film 4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed by Clayton P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16

This film is visually amazing with a legendary cast. A few generations have grown up with the characters of this series. Based on all the details and success of the first movie, it was built up to be a fantastic film. What came out, however, was far from that.

This film mixes many elements, which makes it confusing at times. First, there is comedy. On top of that is lots of drama with some adventure and fantasy thrown in. To make things even stranger for a "Wonderland" film is the presence of sci-fi as well.

The film is just under two hours long and has a dozen different things happening. First, Alice (Mia Wasikowska) is now a grown, independent young woman. She is an extremely talented British Captain of her father's ship. However, since it is the late 1800s, that is unheard of. After a dangerous voyage, she discovers that her ship and her status are taken away. While thinking about the future, she encounters an old friend from Wonderland, which leads her through a "mirror portal" back to Wonderland. In Wonderland, she finds that her old friend, Hatter (Johnny Depp) is slowly dying from despair of losing his family and trying to find them. Alice tries to help out the Hatters and discover what happened to his family by time travelling.

This story takes up only the first twenty minutes of the movie. The film has way too many climaxes and problems. It seems like it is moving onto the next film every 10 to 20 minutes. But that's not the biggest issue. On top of that, there are so many holes that it is clear the screenwriters did not think twice about what they were writing. That makes the audience wonder, "Wait, why didn't they just do this and save so much time and problems?" Also, the effect of going from fantasy to slightly sci-fi is a bit much and confuses the viewer even further. So, the script and the storyline are weak. Then, there are the interactions between characters which I found boring and bland. I don't fault of the actors who are legendary and very experienced, but blame it on the screenplay. The writer, Linda Woolverton clearly did not do the justice to the story. Compared to Disney's Alice in Wonderland which came out in 2010 or the 1951 version, this is a disappointment. If Walt Disney ever saw this version of Alice, he'd not be happy and, most likely would make some drastic changes. It was disappointed that the storyline in this movie has very little to do with the original book by Lewis Carroll. I'm all up for being creative but, when it ventures so far astray, why not call it something else?

On the other hand, there are some positives about this film. Even though the writing has issues, the visual effects are simply spectacular. The realistic interaction between animated characters and live actors is amazingly well executed. Even the CGI characters still look a lot like something you'd expect from Alice in Wonderland. There are probably a good five to ten minutes of visual aerial shots showing spectacular buildings and contraptions, all created digitally. Throughout the shots, I stared in awe at the beautiful world created by digital designers and artists. On top of that, even though the dialogue was bland, the performance of the actors is top notch. They did all they could to enlighten the dialogues and the story. Hatter's facial impressions are priceless.

My favorite part in the movie is the eye candy of all those visual effects that made you forget the lack of story structure, or rushed script writing and just enjoy this fantasized world that has been around for so many years. Unlike the story or script, the visuals are in great detail and very fitting.

This film is filled with great acting and or spectacular visuals so I recommend it for ages 7 to 18. There are some action scenes that are too intense for younger children. Because of poor screenplay and storyline, I rate it 2 out of 5 stars.

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

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


ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE, THE

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Series: FEATURE, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - In the 3D animated comedy, The Angry Birds Movie, we'll finally find out why the birds are so angry. The movie takes us to an island populated entirely by happy, flightless birds - or almost entirely. In this paradise, Red (Jason Sudeikis, We're the Millers, Horrible Bosses), a bird with a temper problem, speedy Chuck (Josh Gad in his first animated role since Frozen), and the volatile Bomb (Danny McBride, This is the End, Eastbound and Down) have always been outsiders. But when the island is visited by mysterious green piggies, it's up to these unlikely outcasts to figure out what the pigs are up to. Featuring a hilarious, all-star voice cast that includes Bill Hader (Trainwreck, Inside Out), Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids, Sisters), and Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), as well as Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live, Ghostbusters), Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele), Tony Hale (Veep, Arrested Development), Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Ike Barinholtz (Neighbors, Sisters),
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I absolutely loved this family friendly cartoon because it made me laugh out loud! The animation in this movie is exquisite. It is so detailed that you can clearly see all the feathers on the birds and tiny waves of the ocean. When they show scenes of the town you can see the patch work on the houses and the real looking scenery. Each character is unique because the creative animation matches their personalities.

This movie is about, Red (Jason Sudeikis), a red bird who never fit in and has anger issues. One day, he has to go to an anger management class and meets the birds Bomb, Matilda, Chuck and Terence, and they all become friends.

Then, pigs come to the island on an unexpected visit. They have parties with the birds and they give the birds weird gifts like trampolines and motorcycles and generally cause havoc in the town. A horrible turn of events happens and Red and all of the other birds need to save the day.

My favorite scene is when Red attends anger management class. Matilda, the instructor talks with all the birds about their issues. They participate in many funny exercises such as poetry writing and yoga. This is a funny scene. Red has the wrong attitude and is definitely negative and Matilda the instructor demonstrates some anger issues too.

My favorite character is Terence (Sean Penn), a giant red and black bird who doesn't really talk as much as he grunts. His facial expressions are particularly funny. Terence gets a lot of laughs from the audience and appears to be a crowd favorite.

The Angry Birds Movie is definitely a comedy. Almost every scene, even the sad ones, have funny lines. There is some humor that would make sense to older kids and adults but not little kids. There are some parts that some adults might not feel comfortable with some of the content. For example, when the pigs slap their butts and joke about reproducing.

I rate this movie 5 out of 5 stars because of the humor and recommend it for ages 4 to 18. It is a fun and silly animated movie about angry birds. Who doesn't love angry birds? If you like the game Angry Birds or just want to have a good laugh, then The Angry Birds Movie is the movie for you. It opens in theaters nationwide May 20, 2016 so, go check it out.

Reviewed by Mia A., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14.

Do you like birds, pigs and sling shots and laughing? I know I do and I am so excited that they finally made a movie about the angry birds and their story.

If you're a diehard fan of Angry Birds, then you should see this because it explains everything and it will make you like the game even more. You find out why Red (Jason Sudeikis), a fellow Lithuanian. is always angry. The pigs are cute and cunning and all will be explained. They have an evil plot which leads up to the big pig vs bird war.

This movie is totally stupendous, hilarious and explains why the birds are so angry. There are so many punch lines and jokes that I was laughing and rolling on the floor. I find myself quoting so many of the jokes that are still stuck in my head. I think that adults and kids will both like the humor in this movie because it is appropriate and it appeals to a large audience.

The animation is crisp, clear and detailed. The island the pigs live on is amazing. No detail is left out and it is an incredible, giant city they live in. Each pig and bird is designed to show its peculiarity. The baby birds make your heart go awe every time you see one. They all match the game. I love how they keep the game details in the story.

The voice-over talent - Peter Dinklage, Sean Penn, Danny Mc Bride and Maya Rudolph - all excel in delivering an unique and interesting personality. The star-studded cast brings out the emotions of each individual bird. The birds look so real. I didn't even realize that they were animated until after I left the theater because they were so well portrayed. I loved the way it made me feel like I was part of this film.

The music is also quite suitable. I thought it was really funny that the birds were shown in rock 'n roll and the pigs as country. The mighty eagle and the mighty red song are just adorable to me. There is a large variety of different music throughout this film.

My favorite character is Josh Gad who voices Chuck. He is hysterical, goodhearted and ready for anything. I am starting to think that I have the need for speed and this is the bird for the job. Josh Gad deserves a huge pat on the back for his fast talking and energetic voice, which fit his part perfectly.

My favorite scene is one in which Chuck is so fast that he throws paint, moves pigs around and sets up the scene to distract the pigs for the bids. He starts this while Red is in the middle of a sentence and finishes before the sentence is over. That is what I call FAST! Of course, Chuck pretends that he has no idea as to what has just happened as chaos ensues.

I recommend this film for ages 5 to 18. Everyone in the theater laughed throughout the film and both the adults and the kids left with a giant smile on their faces. I give this movie 5 out of 5 sling shots with exploding angry birds attached. I really hope you can see this in a theater near you. Brought to you by Columbia Pictures and Rovio Animation, it comes out on May 20, 2016.

Reviewed by Morgan B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11

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


BEAUTIFUL PLANET, A

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WALT DISNEY STUDIOS
Series: DOCUMENTARY, AGES 5-18
Topic - Family
Description - An exploration of Earth and beyond as seen from the International Space Station. Narrated by Jennifer Lawrence.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Now playing in IMAX theaters, this film is an exploration of Earth and beyond as seen from the International Space Station. Narrated by Jennifer Lawrence and directed by Toni Myers, it is truly a visual treat and also shows the impact that humans have had on Mother Earth. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Torri P. comments, "Every think looks so realistic. It feels like you are in space with the astronauts. All the pictures are stunning. Plus, all the angles and shots taken are perfect." See her full review in youth comments.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - A Beautiful Planet is a phenomenal documentary narrated by award winning actress, Jennifer Lawrence. The cinematography is spot-on. Every think looks so realistic. It feels like you are in space with the astronauts. All the pictures are stunning. Plus, all the angles and shots taken are perfect.

This film explores the Earth, as seen from the International Space Station (ISS) by three astronauts apart of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) who spent six months there. They are able to see the effects we humans have made on the planet and explore the galaxy in an attempt to understand the Earth a bit more. At night you can actually see major cities around the world. You also see the different storms taking place on earth. Even though it is not so pleasant when you're on earth experiencing a storm, from space it looks pretty cool! Surprisingly, there are many places that have storms occurring at the exact same time. It is very interesting to watch. Not only do you get to see the beauty of our planet, you also see the wear and tear we have contributed to it. Who would have thought humans would have such an effect!

The astronauts show us what it is like for them to live in space for an extended period of time as they venture out into space and go about their daily activities.

The part I enjoyed the most is seeing the Earth at night. It is so beautiful. You can really see where everything is, from the oceans to the continents. The whole planet is dark but then you see a many lights and even cities. It is breathtaking!

I recommend this move for ages 5 5o 18 and I give it 4 out of 5 golden stars. A Beautiful Planet will be in theaters near you, be sure to check it out.

Reviewed by Kayla P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14

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


X-MEN: APOCALYPSE

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TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX FILM CORPORATION
Series: FEATURE, AGES 10-18
Topic - Family
Description - Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshiped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel's X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto, to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven with the help of Professor X must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Marvel has come out with another astonishing film, X-Men: Apocalypse. After the first five minutes of the movie, I wanted to yell, "Rewind it!" I want to see that again.

There are so many eye candy moments and graphics that are truly some of best that I have ever seen. I need to watch this movie again just to catch them all. They are so amazing. Every minute is shock and awe. The stunts are fabulous and make all the mutants' super powers come to life. Mind boggling graphics and mouth dropping stunts, now that is what I call a movie.

The story line starts in ancient Egypt when the first-ever mutant thinks he is a God because he possesses super strong powers. Apocalypse thinks he is the ruler of the world. He can transfer his conscience into other mutants and gain their powers, which enable him to live forever. He believes that the world that is ruled by the weak should be ruled by the strong. This is why he decides that he will start an apocalypse and the weak will die and the strong will live. Apocalypse plans to rule the entire world.

My favorite character and scene is the moment when Quicksilver saves as many students as he can from death using his power of super-fast speed. I laughed during this scene because he ate pizza at the same time he was rescuing them. And, of course, the slow motion graphics are stupendous.

My favorite character, because I am a girl and believe in girl power, has to be Jennifer Lawrence who plays Mystique. Her costume is awesomely cool. Her character is a strong, believable leader who stands by her principles. She also has my favorite super power, transforming herself into other people.

On the other hand, I do love Evan Peters who plays Quicksilver who is absolutely dreamy. I have a huge crush on this humorous, adorable, dreamy gamer. He is a snazzy dresser. Kudos to the custom designers and make-up artists who help bring his character credibility. Magneto is at his best when he is angry and we gain insight into just how deep his issues go. Ben Hardy as The Angel is simply stunning. I want his wings, both sets. They are simply amazing. In this film, we meet some new characters and an abundance of super powers, which makes you wonder which one would be right for you. There are guest appearances, which brought applause and cheers from the audience at my screening. Sorry, no spoilers. I can't tell you more than that.

The story line answers many questions about the origin of the X-Men and how they became who they are. It answers many questions, which have arisen from previous X-Men movies.

I recommend this film for ages 10 to 18 because the story line is too complicated for younger audiences and there is a fair amount of scary violence. Oftentimes the characters are in great peril and danger. I rate this film give 5 out of 5 ever changing mutant stars. It opens in theaters May 27 so, if you like action and adventure, comic-book based films, be sure to check it out.

Reviewed by Morgan B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11

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


QUACKERZ (BLU-RAY & DVD)

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SHOUT! FACTORY
Series: FEATURE, AGES 8-12
Topic - Family
Description - When the peaceful island of the Mandarin Ducks is mistakenly invaded by the Military Mallards, a conflict flares up between the Mandarin Emperor and the Mallard Commander. Longway, the Emperor's son, and Erica, the daughter of the Mallard Commander, meet... and before long, a friendship takes wing. While their feathered fathers fight and egg each other on, the wicked Ms. Knout is con-duck-ting a scheme to destroy the sun. The kids will have to get all their ducks in a row to battle their foe... but waddle they do if her foul plan succeeds?
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Do you like crazy ducks, silly henchmen and a love story? Then the Quackers movie is just ducky for you. The comical, adventures and fun movie is perfect for the whole family. The story is about Mallard military ducks vs. Mandarin ducks. I like the way it all plays out with all the different story lines, characters and all the jokes.

The characters in this film are very detailed. They all have different, wonderful voices, which I enjoyed dearly. Robbie Daymond who plays Longway is spectacular. He fits the teenage duck and you can hear the frustration he feels as his desire is to spread his wings and see the world. Andrea Becker who plays Erica is magnificent. She connects with Longway and the two ducks are destined to be together. Enn Reitel who voices Peng Li is hysterical. It is sweet of him to be so protective of his son. Mallard Commander is tough, but he has a soft side and loves his daughter dearly. You can tell that he wants the best for Erica. The story is really about how far fathers will go to protect their children. The voice-over actors are simply amazing and they all have peculiarities that fit their characters and make them sound unique.

The animation in this film is amazing. I love that it is so detailed. I like the way they show the town where people live as well as the mountains the ducks call home. All of the cooking scenes with the henchmen have astonishing details.

I loved the scene when Longway and Erica are flying and having such a good time. I am also a huge fan of romance. The ducks chewing gum and blowing pink bubbles in the air makes your heart go pitter patter and puts a smile on your face. You can just tell that these two are definitely love birds. The animation in this scene is very detailed. I am a tad bit jealous that she got a gorgeous blue firefly bouquet. It is so amazing.

I have a lot in common with Erica and can relate to her. She has girl power which makes her unique and fun. Erica is goodhearted, curious, adorable, smart and a tough cookie when needed. Those are just some of the qualities that I like about this awesome ducky.

This movie reminds me of Kung Fu Panda which also takes place in China, has talking animals and features the martial art of Kung Fu. Then, there is Romeo and Juliet's feathered fathers who keep the star-crossed duckies apart. It also reminded me of Rio because the Mandarin ducks cannot fly. This combination of movies put into one, has a slice of cake for everyone and I love that.

I recommend for ages 10 to 18. It is certainly family friendly. So, get a box of crackers and have a family adventure of your own. Be forewarned that there is some violence and the evil Ms. Knout could use a tad more feathers. I give this movie 4.5 out of 5 quacking flapping stars!

Brought to you by Shout Factory, it is available on DVD and Digital Platforms July 14, 2016.

Reviewed by Morgan B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11.
Runtime: 81 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-15
Suggested Retail Price: $ 24.97
Media: DVD
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CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR

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WALT DISNEY STUDIOS MOTION PICTURES
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 12-18
Topic - Family
Description - With many people fearing the actions of super heroes, the government decides to push for the Anti-Hero Registration Act, a law that limits a heroes actions. This results in a division in The Avengers. Iron Man stands with this Act, claiming that their actions must be kept in check otherwise cities will continue to be destroyed, but Captain America feels that saving the world is daring enough and that they cannot rely on the government to protect the world. This escalates into an all-out war between Team Iron Man (Iron Man, Black Panther, Vision, Black Widow, War Machine, and Spiderman) and Team Captain America (Captain America, Bucky Barnes, Falcon, Sharon Carter, Scarlett Witch, Hawkeye, and Ant Man) while a new villain emerges.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The time has come! Marvel's latest super hero film lands in theaters just in time for summer viewing. Based on the Civil War comic series which pits two favorite characters against each other - Captain America and Iron Man - this film's story unfolds in a two and a half hour epic that, according to our KIDS FIRST! reporters, is worth every minute. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Brandon C., comments, "I have never had as much of a great time as I had watching Captain America: Civil War. Is that a great amount of hyperbole? Probably yes. But, hear me out." Gerry O. adds, "The length of the film is very long (142 minutes) with many characters and with that Captain America: Civil War still ends up being so far, one of the best films of 2016." Ryan R. concludes with, "The movie Captain America Civil War is finally here and let me tell you, "It is awesome!" I loved watching this movie for its amazing special effects, the high impact action scenes and the acting." See their full reviews below.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - After about eleven years of watching and reading Marvel - from comics to video games to movies to TV shows - I have never had as much of a great time as I had watching Captain America: Civil War. Is that a great amount of hyperbole? Probably yes. But, hear me out.

Captain America: Civil War is based on the Civil War comic series which feature Marvel heroes Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and Iron Man/Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) facing off in an incredible battle. The comic series had multiple issues and pulled several elite characters into it, creating an epic battle along with an epic concept. Captain America: Civil War did not disappoint.

The film's plot revolves around the idea that there have been too many casualties surrounding The Avengers - including their battles in New York, Washington and Sokovia. The United Nations present the remaining superheroes (as Thor and Hulk have disappeared) with a document called the Sokovian Accords, which state that the heroes can do their jobs only when they are told to do so and if they act outside of their boundaries then they will be arrested. Tony Stark and several others agree to sign the document, while Steve Rogers declines to sign. The superheroes form their teams throughout the movie and they eventually clash in a captivating and entertaining battle.

Captain America: Civil War includes the debuts of great characters such as Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and the new Spider-Man (Tom Holland). I cannot say enough how incredible of a job Tom Holland does as Spider-Man, as he is just one of the many actors in this film that creates intrigue and entertainment with their characters. As far as the storyline goes, the audience is presented with an excellent conflict which only furthers the anticipation as to who is going to win the battle. With other Marvel films, the good guys face the bad guy(s) and the good guys usually win. While some may get hurt, they usually end up fine at the end. In Captain America: Civil War, the audience does not have that luxury of just siding with "the good guys". Both teams present great points and deliver spectacular dialogue that keeps the audience involved in whatever is going on.

Technically, Marvel Studios proves once again that it knows how to make a film. Everything, from the lighting, to the camera shot variety is darn perfect. While the introduction is a bit messy and hard to follow, it is a minor setback in an otherwise great film. On a personal note, the fight choreography is what stood out for me. I like realistic approaches to stories and films. In Captain America: Civil War, some of the fights feel almost too real as every punch and kick means something. Every blow and action creates a devastating impact that is so compelling you needed to just sit back in awe of what is transpiring.

In conclusion, Captain America: Civil War will get you on the edge of your seats and leave you fully entertained and satisfied. I believe the movie is intended for the other side of 13-year-olds, as the action scenes are very intense and the occasional cursing is rough as well. I give this movie 5 out of 5 Captain America shields because of its brutal fight scenes, beautiful story, flawless visuals and incredible dialogue.

Reviewed by Brandon C., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 17

Captain America: Civil War can easily be considered an action film, but it doesn't stick to just that. The dramatic plot excites with careful writing and spectacular twists and turns. Of course, there can never be a superhero film without jokes here and there, but they don't push it over the limit and keep the audience entertained.

The length of the film is very long (142 minutes) with many characters and, with that Captain America: Civil War still ends up being so far, one of the best films of 2016.

Captain America: Civil War starts off with several Avengers attempting to stop the robbing of a strong bio-weapon. The mission's going well, however, Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) accidentally kills dozens of civilians. The avengers must now sign a document saying that the UN (United Nations) can dictate where and what to do. The event becomes a disaster when a bomb goes off outside their headquarters. The Avengers are now split. Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) agrees to accept whatever the UN has to say and not interfere. Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) wants to find the terrorist. Eventually, this split gets worse and worse. To find out who wins, what happens and who ignites the bomb, you need to watch the film.

The length of the film may be one big thing about it that some people will see as negative - two and a half hour run time can be trying. However, it perfectly fits this film. The plot unfolds as very thick, complex and long. To try to squeeze it in a shorter run time would make the story feel rushed and confusing. There are other negatives to this film. Much like Captain America: Winter Soldier, the fight scenes go way too fast. Camera shots are only a split second long in the most intense fight scenes, making it very hard to understand what's going on. On top of that, there are a few plot holes in the film. And then, the viewer comes to the point that defeats all the other negatives: the final fight scenes. These fight scenes between characters combine exciting soundtrack, emotional acting, spectacular visual effects, smooth choreography and more. At times, up to 12 characters fight each other in the same scene and the end result is nothing less than epic!

My favorite scene features one of the fight sequences. It takes place in an airport with so many different superheroes including Black Panther, Spider man, Ant man, Iron Man, Captain America and many more. The feeling the viewer gets from it can only be called pure adrenaline. There many exciting moments in this film, but these perfectly put together fight scenes are easily the most exciting.

The film is not meant for young kids in the slightest. I recommend it to ages 13 through 18. I give it 5 out of 5 stars because, despite a few flaws - dramatic interactions between characters, emotional acting and nothing less than perfect fight scenes easily make up for those flaws.

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

The movie Captain America Civil War is finally here and let me tell you, "It is awesome!" I loved watching this movie for its amazing special effects, the high impact action scenes and the acting. In this film, the government's political interference regarding the Avengers' activities and the repercussions that happen when they are trying to save lives causes Captain America and Iron Man to take opposing sides. The rift between them forces the other Avengers to choose sides, even though they don't want to. Now are you behind Team Captain America or Team Iron Man?

Actors Chris Evans (Captain America), Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Don Cheadle (War Machine), Sebastian Stan (Winter Soldier), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) and Paul Bettany (Vision) all give great performances that are dramatic, witty and comedic when necessary. Not to mention the stellar performances from the two newcomers Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther and Tom Holland as Spiderman. Chadwick Boseman's performance as Black Panther is very regal, strong and makes him one character not to mess with. Tom Holland is an excellent choice for Spiderman. I love how he portrays the character. He is funny, clever and his interactions with Iron Man are great. I can't wait to see the next Spiderman spinoff starring him. I also enjoyed the special effects, which are amazing and, in some instances, just jaw dropping! The character's costumes look fantastic as well. The only characters I missed in this movie were The Hulk and Thor.

The moral of this film is "don't jump to conclusions." For example, when Bucky is accused of something, everyone in the government tries to kill him. Captain America tries to discover who did it, so he can prove the government wrong. Another moral theme is "vengeance won't make you feel whole and satisfied." One of the Avengers learns this lesson at one point in the movie.

I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to people who like action, adventure, comic book-based and comedy movies. I recommend this film to kids ages 9 to18 and I think adults might like this as well. Some scenes may be a little intense for younger audiences. Make sure to see this film, which comes out May 6.

Reviewed by Ryan R., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 11-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


SING STREET

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WEINSTEIN CO, THE
Series: FEATURE, AGES 12-18
Topic - Family
Description - This touching film follows a boy growing up in Dublin during the 1980s who escapes his strained family life by starting a band to impress the mysterious girl he likes. It touches on so many different themes while delivering a strong story about a boy and his music. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Jasmyn D. comments, "This movie left me speechless. Its different components are what made the movie outstanding. It shows the life of the poor as well as how emotional the life of a teenager can be." See her full review in youth comments.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This movie left me speechless. Its different components are what made the movie outstanding. It shows the life of the poor as well as how emotional the life of a teenager can be. The different personalities coming together and bonding show how distinctive all these young adults can be, while sharing such a powerful art.

Sing Street is about a teenage boy living in a rural neighborhood and how he copes with his hurdles. Throughout his difficult moments he meets a girl that brings out a whole new side of him. One of the kids in the band known as Eamon (Mark McKenna) involved his pet rabbits in all the meetings with the band. He has this weird obsession with them and has about ten of them. It is hilarious how, everywhere he goes, he holds a bunny.

The location plays a huge part in this movie. It takes place in Ireland, in a poor community where everyone just looks forward to leaving for the city or sailing to London to find hope. The high school they go to is religious and only for males. It's also very liberal in the sense kids smoke everywhere and do whatever they want at lunch, but it is very strict about uniform policies and respect. For instance, at one moment the main actor Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, referred to as Cosmo in the film, wears make up to school to make an image for himself with his band. The priest who is also the principal of the school, forces Cosmo physically to remove it.

Most importantly, I found this movie to be very inspirational. One of its messages is "never do anything halfway, just do it right." As mentioned earlier, Cosmo meets a girl, Raphina, who motivates him to do something for her when, in fact, he benefits from it the most. She helps him manage his problems. One of the things she says that will always stick in my mind is to not only be sad, but make your sadness happy. Although you are in a bad place, make the best out of it. Write a song or express it in some way. I recommend this film for ages 14 to 18 and rate it 5 out of 5 stars. Viewer discretion is advised due to explicit language and violence.

Reviewed by Giselle T., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16

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


MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY, THE

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Series: FEATURE, AGES 10-18
Topic - Family
Description - Based on the true story about an mathematician, unknown outside the academic community, it's a story waiting to be told - almost a century after his death in 1920. Growing up poor in Madras, India, Srinivasa Ramanujan Iyengar earns admittance to Cambridge University during WWI, where he becomes a pioneer in mathematical theories with the guidance of his professor, G.H. Hardy. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Lainey A. comments, "This live action feature film is incredible! I fell in love with the main characters and enjoyed the true story. This biographical movie is very dramatic." See her full review in youth comments.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This live action feature film is incredible! I fell in love with the main characters and enjoyed the true story. This biographical movie is very dramatic.

This movie is set during WWI and takes place in India and at Trinity College in Cambridge. Srinivasa Ramanujan (Dev Patel) is 25 years old, lives in India and is recently married. He is an exceptional mathematician that receives mathematical formulas by meditating and in his sleep. His mentor encourages him to send his work to the professors at Trinity College.

Dr. Hardy (Jeremy Irons) is very impressed with Ramanujan's work and tells him to come to England so Hardy can help create publications of his mathematical formulas. Ramanujan leaves India and travels to Cambridge, England, sadly leaving his mom and loving wife at home. When he arrives at Trinity College, he misses his family and the foods he was accustomed to having at home.

Making things more difficult, some of the professors are jealous of how smart Ramanujan is and are prejudiced because he is Indian. He comes up with many formulas, but Dr. Hardy says that no one will publish his work without proof of how he came up with the mathematical formulas since he only says, "It comes to me."

Throughout the film, the relationship between Dr. Hardy and Ramanujan develops into a very strong one. Dr. Hardy, in particular, is transformed because of knowing and eventually caring for Ramanujan. Dr. Hardy, a devout atheist, does not believe in God and doesn't believe in anything that cannot be proven scientifically. He does not understand how his student comes up with all of these formulas and struggles with Ramanujan being as brilliant as he appears to be.

This movie is amazing in so many ways and also very inspirational and emotional. I couldn't help but fall in love with Dev Patel's version of Ramanujan's character. He is so extraordinary and seems like such a nice person who I would want to know and be friends with. My favorite scene is when Ramanujan is meditating and is given another formula. His excitement in receiving this information is contagious.

The settings and scenery are very appropriate for the time this takes place and made me feel as if it could be during WWI. The costumes are well thought out for scenes in both India and Cambridge, and they definitely fit the time period.

I give this film five out of five stars because it is entertaining, informational and has a very interesting plot. I recommend this movie for ages 12 to 18. It may be difficult for younger audiences to follow, but I do believe that people should watch this movie to learn about other cultures and times and, of course, they should enjoy this very inspirational true story.

Reviewed by Lainey A., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14

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


AGAINST THE WILD 2: SURVIVE THE SERENGETI

AGAINST THE WILD 2: SURVIVE THE SERENGETI
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Series: DVD, AGES 8-12
Topic - Family
Description - For bickering siblings Ryan (John Paul Ruttan of Shelby: The Dog Who Saved Christmas) and Emma (Ella Ballentine), it was going to be a fun weekend visit with their dad at his job in Africa. But when their small plane crash-lands in the Serengeti, they have only each other along with their fellow passenger, a Malamute named Chinook to rely on. The rescue teams are searching. Their mom (Jeri Ryan of Star Trek: Voyager and Boston Public) is panicked. Can brother, sister and one courageous dog now learn how to conquer their fears and trust each other in the most beautiful yet untamed wilderness of all?
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I really enjoyed this film. At first, I was a little worried that there would be no animals. I hate when movies advertise animals and there aren't any in the film. I was wrong! There are tons of animals and it was really fun to see them in their natural habitats. We see lions, elephants, snakes, monkeys, giraffes and so many more. I learned a lot too. I actually had no idea that lions and hyenas are afraid of fire. All of these majestic, friendly and not so friendly animals were my favorite part of this film.

This film revolves about a brother and sister, Ryan (John Paul Ruttan) and Emma (Ella Ballentine). They take an airplane to see their father and their plane gets shot down over the Serengeti. With the pilot injured and no one else to help them except a Malamute dog called Chinook, they have to rely on each other for survival.

My favorite character in this film is Emma because she is upbeat and tries her hardest to be positive, even though it is difficult. She is also a little scared and I could definitely relate to that. Emma and Ryan desperately want to go home to mom and dad. She portrays the character well and shows a bit of girl power, humor, wit and courage.

My favorite scene is when we see an aerial view of zebras, wildebeest and giraffes from the plane. This was an incredible scene because we got to learn more about the animals.

Some things about this movie bothered me. Emma had a cut on her face which moved from scene to scene. In one shot, it was on her left cheek and then, it was on the right. Continuity is a big deal on a film and this was a goof. Also, I found some of the fire scenes and, there are many, a little worrisome. I kept thinking, "Please, stop and clear all the grass away so you do not start a brush fire." I thought more could have been done with content of the kids' backpacks and what could help them. It lacked teaching and educational moments, to me. But, overall, I loved the film and seeing the cool animals.

This film is suitable for ages 6 to 18. My mom and dad liked it so, I think other adults would enjoy it as well. Younger children might find the lions, crocodiles and hyenas frightening because they all are all real and scary looking.

I rate this film 4.5 out of 5 stars as it felt as if I was on a safari in the Serengeti in Africa.

Reviewed by Morgan B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11
Runtime: 91 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-15
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
Media: DVD
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MIRACULOUS: TALES OF LADYBUG & CAT NOIR

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Series: DVD, AGES 6-11
Topic - Family
Description - Marinette and Adrien, two seemingly normal kids live what appears to be an ordinary teen life in Paris with daily encounters that create amusing circumstances in school, with friends, family, and even with strangers. But when the evil Hawk Moth threatens their beloved city of Paris, they transform into the superheroes Ladybug and Cat Noir using super powers gained with the help of their magical friends. Hawk Moth is using his evil energy to transform normal people into super villains, so our two heroes need to use all their skills to defeat him.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This show is about two best friends that are in school together, they become superheroes known as Ladybug and Cat Noir. I like this series. I find it to be very cute with all of its clever puns and adorable outfits and it's also full of friendly values such as sticking together through thick and thin and keeping each others secrets. It really makes you want to be a superhero as well. However, there is one thing I had an issue with and that is the voices and the moving mouths which do not always match up. I also don't care for the transformation scenes where the girls change into their outfits. I hope the make more episodes in the future though as the good outweighs the negative. I recommend this series for ages 6 to 13 and give it 4 out of 5 stars.

Miraculous is a very fun series about two friends who lead normal lives during the day and then transform into superheroes with many skills. The kids watching this video ranged in ages from 3 to 11 and they loved it! The characters are fun and sassy which keeps the attention of the older kids. The younger kids liked the fast-paced storyline and vibrant colors of the cartoon. There are "good guys" and "bad guys" that the children could easily identify and root for. Some of the ideas are new and innovative making it interesting for parents to watch too!

Reviewed by Hanna M., KIDS FIRST! Juror
Runtime: 132 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-11
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
Media: DVD


MACK & MOXY: THE GREAT HELPEE HEROES

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Series: DVD, AGES 3-7
Topic - Family
Description - Join Mack, a loveable, moose-like lummox, and Moxy, a feisty whirlwind of a raccoon/fox go-getter, on four exciting adventures! Together with a helpful Trooper, Mack & Moxy set out to rescue another Great Helpee in a far off mystical place called HelpeeLand. Along the way, Mack & Moxy meet a new Friend in Need who ends up teaching us a new important cause. Let's embark on the first adventure! Mack & Moxy set out on a colorful adventure to HelpeeLand in search of a Great Helpee. Along the way, they met Nolie, a loveable little puffball who has never had any friends to play with. As the Heroes become her first friends, they share and sing about the joys of reading books. Guest celebrity, Josh Duhamel (Transformers, All My Children), helps the Heroes' mission in support of Save the Children, providing quality preschool programs to underserved children around the world since 1932. In this DVD, Mack & Moxy introduces us to Save the Children, American Red Cross, Feeding America, and World Wildlife Fund. Other guest celebrities featured include Kal Penn (House M.D., How I Met Your Mother) and Eva LaRue (CSI Miami, All My Children). Mack & Moxy teaches children life-long lessons of charity and compassion while celebrating the joy of helping others.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The Mack & Moxy: The Great Helpee Heroes DVD is great! It is as entertaining as it is educational. I learned a lot about different ways to care for others, compassion, important causes and the joy of helping others. In short, I learned what it is to be a humanitarian.

This DVD features four different episodes from the new children's TV show, Mack & Moxy. In each episode the main characters go to Helpee Land to save a "Great Helpee" from evil Shelfish Sheldon. This greedy character wants to steal all the happiness in the world just for himself.

On their journey, they always meet a friend in need who introduces them to a new and important cause. For example, in "Feeding Rainbow" we learn about the charity organization, "Feeding America" that provides hunger-relief through food banks/pantries for those who can't afford to purchase their own food. In the episode "Always be Prepared," we learn the importance of Emergency Preparedness and about the American Red Cross organization. Basically, we learn things about what to do in scary situations such as, if there is a fire, we should not grab a thing, "get low and go" and have a plan of action.

My favorite episode is a "Ty-Grrrr's Tale" because it is about saving tigers and I love animals. We also learn about the World Wildlife Fund that helps raise awareness and money to help and protect animals.

I love that each episode has a special celebrity guest. My favorite actor on this DVD is, Josh Duhamel who plays the Admirable in the episode, "Save The Children." He reminds us the importance of early education. I really like Josh because he's funny and entertaining.

The message of this DVD, like the show, is about inspiring children to become great humanitarians.

I actually had an opportunity to visit a live taping of the show and interview both the creator of the show, Brahm Wenger and Kelly McQuinn, the Co-Executive Producer. One of the things they shared was that the show teaches children in the language that they know. They explained that this is done with the show's bright colored characters, fun music, songs, dance and awesome stories that teach humanitarian lessons. They also shared how excited they are to be part of America's first kid's TV show about causes.

I believe 3 to 8-year-olds will really like this DVD and TV show with its adventurous stories, fun music and lively characters. I give the show five out of five stars, or should I say humanitarian stars. Finally, I hope that you too will find a cause from this DVD or in your own life that inspires you to become one of the next generation's great humanitarians. This DVD is available in stores on May 24, 2016 so be sure to check it out.

Reviewed by Abigail Zoe L., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 8.

I like this show because it shows compassion while celebrating the happiness of others. I try to demonstrate this in my everyday life by helping friends when they need help and giving to the needy and donating clothes. I love the musical songs and that the animated characters speak throughout the whole film. The director explains this film as a child-friendly way of raising the next generations of humanitarians.

This animated series combines action, adventure and comedy. The colorful characters will stimulate children's imaginations and draw them into this fascinating, fairy land world.

This movie is about Mack, a lovable, moose-like lummax and Moxy, a feisty whirlwind of a raccoon/fox go-getter who set out on adventures. One day their operator, Admiral Josh puts them on an assignment to solve a case and get a baby animal from the animation world. The operator accompanies a little hunter girl to help find the baby animal, but they are transformed in the animation world to find the baby animal. After the recovery of the baby animal, they go back to real life world. I can't reveal any more.

My favorite part is when the moose and the raccoon go to save the baby animal in the animation world. I like this part because, it is so cool to see the animation world and all this fairy dust in the sky and around the characters.

The message of this film is to teach children life-long lessons about giving, to be understanding of different situations and to help others all around the world. Mack and Moxy are noted as the great helpee heroes.

I recommend this movie for ages 3 to 5 because it is educational, informative and gives children a sense of humaneness. I give this film 3 out of 5 stars because, it does get a bit boring at times. But, the meaning of the film is awesome. I definitely believe that children from 3 to 5 will enjoy it. This DVD is available now so, go check it out.

Reviewed by Tre'ana H., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12
Runtime: 90 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 3-8
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
Media: DVD


DINO DAN: DINO BABIES

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Series: DVD, AGES 2-8
Topic - Family
Description - Join junior dinosaur expert Trek Henderson as he imagines dinosaurs into the real world! �Trek is amazed when he sees an Edmontosaurus laying her egg in a Triceratop's nest.� With his friends' help, Trek learns that some animals will lay their eggs in the nests of animals that can do a better job of protecting their babies.� Then, before Grandma heads south for the winter, she and Trek create a comic book about three pterosaur babies who get lost on their migration south and the cave-people superheroes that save them: Tyrannosaurus Trek and Quetza Grandma! Embark on these dino baby adventures and more with Trek and friends!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I enjoyed the way this DVD uses CGI of dinosaurs in the story. This show is truly entertaining and educational. It is very colorful and teaches a great deal about dinosaurs and how they live in their environment. We learn all about several species of dinosaurs - Edmontosaurus, Triceratops, Brachiosaurus and Spinosaurus. Trek teaches us about what they eat, how they care for their babies, how their foot prints give paleontologist information about how they lived and more. It is also quite entertaining in the way Trek's imagination put the dinosaurs into the world now.

Dino Babies uses great story lines in each episode. I enjoyed the way each episode has a real life familiarity. For example "Switched at Nest" tells us how dinos care for not only their young but other species young. "Dino Tooth Fairy" examines the various species teeth. The vocabulary and material are very well suited for the intended age group and they do a great job explaining terms and answering why dinosaurs do the things they do. I enjoyed the introduction of each episode with a situation that causes Trek to work on the solution and, in the process, he uncovers information about dinosaurs that he shares with the audience.

We see many positive role models. Trek and his friends demonstrate a friendship and willingness to work together on their school project. They all recognize Trek's expertise when it comes to Dinosaurs.

This is exceptionally well produced. It has excellent options on the menu that are easy to use, allowing you to view all episodes or select a specific chapter.

I definitely give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12.

Reviewed by Juanita S., KIDS FIRST! Juror

This is such a cool video! There are real people and real sets with animated dinosaurs in them. The storyline includes great real life lessons including planting trees and gardening. The human characters also talk about dinosaurs so kids can learn details about the different types of dinosaurs. There were a few scary instances with larger dinosaurs and confrontation but they were resolved peacefully. The transitioning from real sets with animated dinosaurs and full animation keeps the interest level high. The sound effects of the dinosaurs and high energy music also helps to keep one engaged. Overall, loved this title and how a wide range of kids would also enjoy watching fun human characters interact with these extinct creatures.

Reviewed by Hanna M., KIDS FIRST! Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Kids ranging from 3 to 10 liked this video because the animation of the dinosaurs is amazing and almost believable. The storyline is fun and the kids' attention did not wander. Seeing different animated dinosaurs was quite intriguing to the kids. They liked the scenes with dinosaurs the best as opposed to human characters. When the film went to complete animation the kids became more excited in anticipation that the story would get even better. A wide age range of kids enjoyed watching this title immensely from 3 to 10.

Reviewed by Hanna M.'s youth jury
Runtime: 90 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-10
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
Media: DVD


RATCHET & CLANK

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Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Ratchet and Clank tells the story of two unlikely heroes as they struggle to stop a vile alien named Chairman Drek from destroying every planet in the Solana Galaxy. When the two stumble upon a dangerous weapon capable of destroying entire planets, they must join forces with a team of colorful heroes called The Galactic Rangers in order to save the galaxy. Along the way they'll learn about heroism, friendship, and the importance of discovering one's own identity
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I love the animated movie Ratchet & Clank which is based on the popular Play Station video game. From the beginning to the end, the film kept me on the edge of my seat, as it is an adventurous, funny, heartwarming and witty story. One of the funniest scenes is when Dr. Nefarious shoots Chairman Drek with a laser gun and turns him into a sheep.

The story follows the main character, Ratchet who wants to be a member of the famously respected Galactic Rangers team but unfortunately, is told he doesn't have the right "stuff." According to Captian Qwark, Ratchet may have heart but physically just doesn't measure up as he is too small. However, Ratchet meets and names a robot Clank who is similarly small and both human and robot not only become the best of friends but a powerful duo. Together they make it their mission to try to save the Solana Galaxy from the evil Chairman Drek.

My favorite part of the story is when we learn the robot doesn't measure up to his own kind. In fact, he is considered a "defect" to be terminated because he's small, thinks for himself and doesn't want to hurt humans but wants to help them.

I particularly enjoyed all the various voices talent for the animated characters. My favorite is that of Ratchet's and I was fortunate enough to personally meet and interview both James Arnold Taylor and Bella Thorne (the voices of Ratchet and Cora) immediately following the movie screening. I loved seeing how their actual facial characteristics and physical mannerisms are incorporated into their animated on-screen film characters.

There's not just one moral to this movie but three stand out in my mind. First, is to always believe in yourself and never give up. Second, as told to Ratchet, "To be a hero you don't have to do big things just right things." Third, if the right thing requires you to do the wrong thing then probably the right thing is the wrong thing to do. I love these golden nuggets that make the characters seem very real as cleverly penned by the director, Kevin Munroe.

All ages will like Ratchet &Clank and it's particularly well suited for ages 5 to 12. There's no bad language that make it appropriate for young audiences. The sophisticated storyline, fun adventure, basic struggle of good vs. evil and plenty of twists and turns will appeal to more mature audience, as well. It's also a story about two underdogs who together try to rise to the challenge. Do they succeed? Well, you'll have to see the movie to find out!

Finally and on a personal note, I just love the relationship between Ratchet and Clank - two orphans in the universe finding each other and creating a lasting bond. Together the dynamic human and robot duo try to do the right thing in the right way.

I can't wait until the sequel or maybe even a TV series. I give this film 5 out of 5 galactic stars. Go see this movie. You're going to love it!

Reviewed by Abigail Zoe L., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 8.

I was very entertained watching Ratchet and Clank, which is a CG animated movie based on the iconic PlayStation video game. Its animations are delightful and it has a great plot. Ratchet and Clank prove that, if you want to do something, it is not the size of the individual that matters it's the heart!

In this movie, we meet Ratchet (James Arnold Taylor) who is the last of his kind, a foolhardy "lombax" who has grown up alone and dreams of being a Galactic Ranger, a well known hero. When he meets Clank (David Kaye), a small-sized robot who helps him accomplish his dream. Together they join forces with a team of interesting heroes called The Galactic Rangers in order to save every planet in the Solana Galaxy from being destroyed by the alien, Chairman Drek. I enjoyed this movie and I think other kids will enjoy this film.

I loved watching this movie because the CG animation is amazing and the colors are very vivid and rich. The characters look great. It looks very child-friendly for younger audiences. I was satisfied with the comedy, because the jokes are funny and some of them are related to technology in our everyday lives. I enjoyed the plot of the movie because it tells a wonderful story of Ratchet and Clank without doing a disservice to the franchise. I also loved the voice acting performances of Paul Giamatti, John Goodman, Bella Thorne, Rosario Dawson, Jim Ward, James Arnold Taylor, David Kaye, Armin Shimerman and Sylvester Stallone. They all give stellar performances suitable for their characters. This movie also has a nice pace. It's not rushed and doesn't drag either. I can't say anything negative I have to say about this film.

This movie has messages about friendship, heroism, discovering one's identity and the importance of listening to each other. It also shows that you should think before you act. These lessons can help kids learn about the importance of listening and understanding.

I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for kids ages 4 to 18. I think adults might like this as well. I also recommend it to people who like family, action, adventure, movies based on video games and comedy movies. It's in theaters April 29, so make sure you go see it with your kids.

Reviewed by Ryan R., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12.

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


APRIL AND THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD

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Series: FEATURE, AGES 10-18
Topic - Family
Description - In 1941, the world is radically different from the one we know from history books. Geopolitics has developed strangely: Napoleon V rules France and, for the last 70 years, scholars have been mysteriously disappearing, depriving mankind of their inventions. Without radio, television, electricity, aviation, and the combustion engine, the world is mired in outdated technology, dozing in the previous century's knowhow dominated by coal and steam. In this bizarre universe, Avril (Marion Cotillard), a teenage girl, Darwin (Philippe Katerine), her talking cat, Pops (Jean Rochefort), her grandfather, and Julius (Marc-Andr� Grondin), a young scoundrel and police informer, go off in search of Avril's parents, two of the missing scientists. The quartet will face many dangers and mysteries in this strange new Rigged World.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - April and the Extraordinary World is a unique and creative animated feature film from France. Based on the steam-punk graphic novel by Jacques Tardi, the film is voiced by Marion Cotillard, Philippe Katerine and Jean Rochefort. It is directed by Christian Desmares and Franck Ekinci. Steam-punk is a genre that mixes science fiction and fantasy in a world powered by steam engine technology, usually of Victorian design. This makes for a very cool animation style.

The film takes place in an alternate Paris of the 1940s, where France is ruled by a totalitarian regime. There are two Eiffel Towers and the Parisians go around in blimps powered by bicycles. April is a third generation scientist. Her grandfather and both her parents are chemists. But, her parents disappear early in the film when hunted down by the authorities. The scientists of the world have been disappearing and her parents are the most recent casualties. April lives in a secret hideout in the head of a massive public statue with her intellectual, talking cat, Darwin. She is the last scientist to evade capture. The adventure heats up when a robotic rat tells her that her parents are still alive and being held captive in a jungle laboratory. With the help of her Grandfather's inventions, Darwin and Julius, a shady, police informer, April goes in search of her parents. Thus begins an incredible adventure.

April and the Extraordinary World has a magical, hand-drawn, animation style. Although it has a very gray palate, the film is highly inventive and has a fresh feeling, compared to the computer generated animated films that we are now accustomed to. You can see the dedication and effort of the creators in each frame of the film.

The film also has a strong moral message about pollution, conserving the earth and responsible science. There's a poignant scene where her Grandfather tells her to meet him at the "Oak". It's the last tree in Paris and it's exhibited in a conservatory!

April and the Extraordinary World has won a Cristal award at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival and was nominated for a Cesar last year as well. It is 105 minutes. The film is appropriate for 8 to 18 year olds. I give April and the Extraordinary World 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Reviewed by Clayton P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - April and the Extraordinary World is hard to describe but fun to watch. This is a science fiction film with sprinkles of history, science, comedy and action. April, an independent girl who doesn't give up, and her talking cat Darwin take you along on a thrilling ride through a gloomy past that shows you how important science and history are to where we are today. This animated film made me think and kept me on the edge of my seat.

Inspired by the works of French writer Jacques Tardi, April and the Extraordinary World starts out in 1870 when Napoleon III wants to create an invincible army. His project fails and unleashes two super lizards into the world. This change in history causes a world many years later that relies on steam and coal. In that dark dystopia, we meet a girl named April, who has inherited a knack for chemistry from her ancestor, the scientist at the center of Napoleon III's plot. April's parents are about to discover, at last, an invincibility serum. They are about to test their creation when, they are pursued by the authorities and the ruthless inspector Pizoni (Bouli Lanners). April's parents mysteriously disappear.

After April escapes the police and avoids going to an orphanage, she decides that she must live by herself on the streets with her cat Darwin. Ten years later, April gets a message from her father through a bionic rat spy and is convinced her parents are still out there. With the help of her cat, a street kid named Julius (Marc-Andre Grondin) who is not as he seems and her grandpa Pops (Jean Rochefort), she intends to find her parents.

My favorite part of this film is when Pops' house turns into an almost spider-like vehicle so April can escape from a mysterious dark cloud that seems to be chasing her. The scene has high-octane action that kept me on the edge of my seat for the entire scene. My favorite character is Darwin the cat because he is very funny and is very loyal to April throughout the film.

This film is surprisingly good and different than most other animated films. The filmmakers make the steam-punk world look very cool and science fiction fans will enjoy it. I definitely wouldn't recommend this movie for really little kids even though it's animated. You have to know a little bit about science and history and there is gunplay and scenes of peril. I give April and the Extraordinary World an age rating of 10 to16. Adults will also enjoy this film.

This film was made in France and thanks to GKIDS is distributed in the United States. This film has been released in two different versions - one in French with subtitles and one in English. They are both in limited release, so if you can it find playing at a theater near you, I highly recommend you see it. I give April and the Extraordinary World 4 out of 5 stars.

Reviewed by Benjamin P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10

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


JUNGLE BOOK, THE

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WALT DISNEY ANIMATED STUDIOS
Series: FEATURE, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - The man-cub Mowgli flees the jungle after a threat from the tiger Shere Khan. Guided by Bagheera the panther and the bear Baloo, Mowgli embarks on a journey of self-discovery, though he also meets creatures who don't have his best interests at heart. Directed by Jon Favreau. Starring Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong'o, Scarlett Johansson and Christopher Walken
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Disney steps it up in this reboot of the Rudyard Kipling classic tale. This live-action film with enhanced animated animals stays true to the original story while delivering a big Wow! factor with it's realistic animations. Had it not been for the animals talking, I would have sworn they were real.

A stunning voiceover cast combined with an outstanding score equate to, what I believe, is something that outshines the original class from the 60s. I would have loved to have been a fly inside Jon Favreau's mind as he was generating the concept for this film. The visual effects team also deserves a huge applaud for their incredible work. The casting was straight on. Newcomer Neel Sethi, for whom this is his first feature role delivers a lively and believable performance while charming us with his precociousness and adorable smile. You can hardly ask for better voice over work than what we get from Bill Murray as Baloo, Ben Kingsley as Bagheera, Idris Elba as the formidable Shere Khan , Lupita Nyong'o as Raksha and Scarlett Johansson as the seductive Kaa. She and Christopher Walken as King Louis steal the show with their cameo roles. I love this! Can you tell. However, it does have some "scare the pants off you" scenes so, be cautious when determining which child to take with you. It is not for the faint of heart.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I enjoyed watching the new Disney film, The Jungle Book with its vivid and realistic 3D animation. It is slightly different from the 1967 animated film and has outstanding voice acting from Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray, Christopher Walken and others.

In this movie you meet Mowgli (Neel Sethi), the only man cub in the jungle and he wants to be a wolf, but in reality he's not. He is raised by wolves and feels he has a nice life. One day, Shere Khan (Idris Elba) threatens Mowgli's life. While the wolves argue about whether or not Mowgli should leave for the safety of the pack, Mowgli decides for them and leaves. He heads out to the "man village". On his way, he meets many enemies and friends such as King Louie (Christopher Walken), Kaa (Scarlett Johansson) and Baloo (Bill Murray). What will happen next? Will he make it to the man village? Does Shere Khan catch him? You just have to watch the movie to find out.

What I like most about this movie is the 3D animation and the voice acting. The animals look so realistic and the sets look amazing as well with very detailed backgrounds. The voice acting is superb. Idris Elba and Scarlett Johansson are scary. Bill Murray is funny and Christopher Walken is scary and funny at the same time. They and the other voice actors truly bring the animals to life in this film. The music adds even more energy and excitement to the film and makes the scenes more interesting.

What I didn't like about this movie is that there are many intense scenes. I jumped out of my seat a few times. This isn't a movie for children younger than 9 years old. This is definitely a "know your kid" type of movie. I also didn't like that King Louie wasn't as friendly looking as in the original film, but besides that this movie is great and entertaining.

The themes of this movie are 1) you can't deny who you are and 2) animals who stick together, survive together. The wolves have their pack and Mowgli is raised as part of the pack. His natural instincts kick in and he makes inventions to make his life easier but is discouraged by the pack because "it is not the wolves' way of doing things." They are man's way. When he is in trouble, his manmade inventions save him.

I recommend this to kids ages 9 to 18. As I said, this really is a "know your kid movie." It contains some very intense scenes that will be frightening to those who aren't accustomed to such things. I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it to people who like to watch action, adventure and comedy movies. It is in theaters now so, go check it out.

Reviewed by Ryan R., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

Having now see three versions of the Rudyard Kipling classic, I can honestly say that Jon Favreau's 2016 adaptation reigns supreme. I know that may come as a far-fetched opinion for the faithful fans of the 1967 animated classic, but open your mind to the possibility that this version is above the rest.

The darker, more realistic tone of this live-action adventure is a sharp contrast to the lighter tone of the 1967 musical comedy. That may be off-putting to some fans, but once you're swept up in the visual splendor of the movie, the story becomes ever more engaging. Speaking of which, don't be surprised if a few elements of the 1967 version's story aren't in this one or are rearranged.

Jon Favreau gives the story the proper grandeur it deserves. He uses lush art direction and sweeping cinematography to make the story look bigger. Visual effects aside, the aesthetic of the film gets across the monumental stature a family adventure should have. Combine the visuals with the score of John Debney and you'll find beauty and thrills that bring back a child like wonder.

One thing I really appreciate is the way the film treats the animals as characters, not denying them close-ups or treating them as spectacles. They are instead, portrayed as natural beings within the world of the screenplay. It enhances the brilliant voice acting of the cast. Speaking of which, I hope this film can rekindle the campaign to get voice acting a category with the major awards. Idris Elba is perfectly evil. Ben Kingsley and Bill Murray provide such natural and fitting voice work. And, Scarlett Johansson and Christopher Walken steal the show. Their scenes are the highlights of the movie and are easily the most memorable.

This movie is an overall construction of perfect cinematic elements. Disney has hit a grand slam with The Jungle Book as it will be etched in the memories of audiences for decades. I say this film is one of the best films of this decade and maybe even the last ten years.

With that said, I give this movie 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18. It can be seen at a local theater near you.

Reviewed by Willie J., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 17

After analyzing this film, I really appreciated it because it is family oriented and explores the relationship of a young man. This film made me wonder if something happened to my parents who would take care of me. I love the fact that the animated jungle animals look so real and talk like human beings. This film blends adventure, drama, fantasy and family in an entertaining story. I enjoyed this film because of the way it takes a classic story and turns it into something amazing. Director Jon Favreau's fantastic adaptation of the story and his devotion to the animals cherish exceeded my expectations. The special effects and 3D portrayal of all the animals are breathtakingly awesome.

The story follows the man-cub Mowgli (Neel Sethi) who departs the jungle after a threat from the tiger, Shere Khan (Idris Elba). The panther Bagheera (Ben Kingsley) serves as his protector and keeps him out of harms way until Baloo the Bear (Bill Murray) comes on board and joins the team. Mowgli embarks on a journey of self-discovery and meets creatures along the way who don't have his best interests at heart. The film shows his innocence and you have to respect and honor him.

I loved the scene when Baloo the Bear and Mowgli go to the lake with Mowgli sitting on Baloo's stomach as they float down the river. I really adored this moment because it is hilarious and it reminded me of a special time I spent with my friends in the pool. A bond is formed that you knew could not be broken.

The message of this film is do not ever hold a grudge against someone because of something that happened in the past. Try to make amends because life is too short and precious. Live each moment to the fullest. That is what Mowgli realizes and does. You should always give someone a chance to fit in.

I recommend this film for ages 7 to 18 because they will definitely be entertained. I give it 5 out of 5 Stars because it is child friendly, hilarious, exciting and enjoyable it even though some terrifying moments exist. This movie opens in theaters Friday, April 15, 2016 so go check it out, you will not be disappointed.

Reviewed by Tre'ana H., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

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


AFRAID OF THE DARK

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AFRAID OF THE DARK
OYVIND MIKKELSEN SAUGERUD
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 8 -12
Topic - Family
Description - This is a small film in every way. Limited in space and time, dealing with the oh so insignificant troubles of a father whose son refuses to go to sleep. Director's comment: I wanted to make a warm film about something that really is so insignificant, yet can be so frustrating when you are in the midst of it. How we handle it might not always be the best way, neither for the kids nor for ourselves. The story is inspired by the classic bedtime story "Can�t you sleep, Little bear?" In Norwegian with English subtitles.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I love the camera shots, the color and feel of this film. The story tackles a topic that many kids have experienced - fear of the dark and how a dad helps his son overcome that fear. Watching this might help kids cope with their fear of the dark, especially the ending. The cinematography and the ambience of the film are very well done and quite believable as are the set, costumes and soundtrack. The cinematography is also quite good with well chosen shots that make the viewer feel involved. It flows well with a clear beginning, middle and end. It is clear and easy to understand. There is a bit of repetition in the middle which made my attention drift but the ending is solid. I recommend this be included in a film festival although, you should be aware that there is one instance of moderately inappropriate language. I recommend it for ages 8 to 12. In Norwegian with English subtitles.
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Runtime: 10 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD


HEY DEER!

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HEY DEER!
ORS BARCZY
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 8-12
Topic - Family
Description - Short Animated Film about an adorable, cocoa-drinking deer who is eager to tidy and shoveling in front of his house every day. However, there is a suspicious earthquake all night which causes the mess day by day and make unbearable our fella's life. Between two cups of cocoa the amazing truth comes out which change the deer's life forever.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Thoroughly enjoyable! It goes to show what you can accomplish in six minutes with no dialogue. The production won me over because of the really cool animation and sound design. It won me over because of the interesting and unique premise. And, it won me over because of its awesome ending and interesting blend of real world cinematography and animation during that ending. The animation is extremely well done. I can only imagine that it must have taken hours upon hours to create. It has a really unique premise and is quite enjoyable to watch. It particularly impressed me that it is so good despite not having dialogue. It flows well and easy to watch. Children would enjoy this because of the unique setting and captivating animation. The concept is something I think younger audiences are interested in - snow globes! Combine snow globes with cool animation and deer that lives inside it and, what's not to like? I can't talk enough about how well the animation and soundtrack are done. Very unique and interesting. This film blends animation with real world cinematography in a most enjoyable way. Highly recommended for ages 8 to 18. Director Ors Barczy from Hungary should be commended!
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Runtime: 6 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD


CANDY GIRL, THE

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CANDY GIRL, THE
JOSHUA COSTEA
Series: STUDENT FILM, AGES 7 TO 15
Topic - Family
Description - The Candy Girl clandestine business has been operating smoothly in school until the principal infiltrates an undercover spy in the group. Would the infiltrator betray them?
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Quite admirable student production! Any elementary or middle school student would truly relate to this and get a few laughs out of it. This short is well crafted and has good production values, most notably the cinematography and the soundtrack. While there are strengths in the production values, it does suffer at times that the story lacks depth and the acting is a bit sub-par. However, considering that this is from a 14-year-old filmmaker, it is quite commendable. The sets are very well designed and the location works very well. The story flows well with a clear beginning middle and end and it makes sense. The plot is quite believable and would appeal to grade school and middle school kids as they can relate to the setting, the characters and the storyline. Highly recommended for a youth or family film festival as a student production. It is most suitable for kids 8 to 12 years old.
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Runtime: 14 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD


BLUE BEYOND, THE

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BLUE BEYOND, THE
BLUEWAVEFILMS
Series: FOREIGN DOCUMENTARY, AGES 10 - 18
Topic - Family
Description - The Blue Beyond takes us on a journey straight into the blue of the beautiful Maldivian islands and under the surface of the Indian Ocean. There we meet giant manta rays, sharks, moray eels and many other inhabitants of our seas. From Germany in English. Big and small, colorful or well hidden fish and other creatures just wait for us to be discovered.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Fantastic cinematography and visual appeal. We are treated to a variety of breathtaking sequences ranging from above the clouds to below the depths of the ocean. We are treated to high-definition viewing of the cool creatures that live in the ocean. The only downside that really sticks out is the fact that, as a documentary, it could have done a better job of teaching the audience about the ocean and the creatures that is showcases. I recommend this production to ages 10 to 18.

The cinematography, the shots, and the camera angles are crucially important to a production like this. Thankfully this production succeeds in that respect with flying colors. If the purpose was to showcase the beauty of undersea life, than this is a near perfect production. It flows well, has a clear beginning, middle and end and it very watchable. It's captivating to see these animals in their natural habitats. Thee is fantastic visual appeal with a variety of shots. My only complaint is I would have liked to learn a bit more about what I was watching.
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Runtime: 13 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 10-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD


NEW HOME FOR CHARLIE THE CHOCOLATE CHIHUAHUA, A

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FAT RED COUCH
Series: APP, AGES 5-8
Topic - Family
Description - Small is the New Big! Read, Watch, Play, Create, and Discover with Charlie the Chocolate Chihuahua! It isn't easy being little, but it sure is fun! Charlie the Chocolate Chihuahua is a tiny dog in a big world! Help Charlie find his way in his new home with this engaging, fun, and thoughtful family entertainment that will inspire creativity.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This app offers two major games and a reading comprehension section. Charlie, a Chihuahua, is in his new home and learns to get along with the two other dogs who are already live there as part of the family, as well as relating to other animals including a squirrel and birds though this is quite minimal. A jigsaw puzzle section featuring Charlie in various settings can become quite challenging and represents the most likely part children would return to.

It is very bright and colorful, fun to use and has exceptional audio quality. The games are slightly challenging. They use audio reinforcement nicely as one solves the small challenges. However, after a few times playing the games, a child could lose interest as the challenge lacks depth.

The navigation could be a bit clearer. To get back to the home page, you have to move your finger (on iPad) to the top left corner to make the icon for Charlie re-appear. In the reading section, you need to swipe up on the bottom to get arrows to direct you back. I found it a bit confusing.

In the Reading Comprehensive section, there is conflict between one large dog and a squirrel and the lesson learned seems out of context. The animation is basic but smooth and definitely colorful. The sound is great, very clear and makes use of a variety of voice types.

There is little entertainment value but the educational benefits include concentration skills that can be developed with the jigsaw puzzle. The social benefits are minimal as the lessons learned in the reading section are so basic and not always convincing based on the story. Interestingly, it is mentioned that Charlie is a rescued dog. This idea could have been explored further to give more depth to the story. Of course, the reading section itself is helpful for young readers and allows for users to be read to or to read by themselves. I recommend it for ages 5 to 7. REviewed by Michael F., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - A New Home for Charlie the Chocolate Chihuahua is an exciting app that makes use of really cool visuals and sound effects (including voice acting). It is an easy to use app that makes use of colored buttons to assist in navigating it. This app contains a selection of things to do that I think kids between the ages of 5 and 9 would really enjoy, these include stories to read, videos to watch, games to play, and artwork to create. All of these have an emphasis on exploration and creativity. I think that it is a great app for younger children with the only downside being occasional performance issues that I experienced, including lag.

There is a ton of variety for kids to enjoy in this app. There are things to read, videos to watch, games to play, and artwork to create. This extensive content for kids to explore is complete with enjoyable graphics, artwork, and animation.

I believe a child would enjoy this because it features a loveable cast of dogs (and who doesn't like dogs) that are created using impressive visuals. The user also gets to interact with these dogs in ways that are kid friendly such as games and videos.

This app features a simple, but effective user interface that uses colored icons to help navigate. The content is definitely suited to the audience with appropriate vocabulary and concepts. The characters portray characteristics that show positive values of friendship and cooperation. When there is conflict, the characters work together to resolve it. They definitely are uplifting and positive.

The app offers a collection of learning opportunities for children to read, watch informative videos, play games and use their imagination creatively. Reviewed by Michael O., KIDS FIRST! Juror

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-9
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: App


ATTACHED AT THE SOUL

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ATTACHED AT THE SOUL
WILLIAM LEON
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 10-18
Topic - Family
Description - Donald Kline struggles with having to leave his wife Margie's death bed in order to attend a ceremony where he and his wife will be honored for their life time achievements, which include promoting diversity, equal rights, and acceptance. Donald's daughter, Theresa, however, convinces him that going to the ceremony is the right thing to do. Donald reluctantly goes to the ceremony, but he is only there physically; mentally, he is back in time to the 1950's when he first met Margie. We see their struggles as two teenagers from different ethnic backgrounds growing up in the racially divided South. They open their hearts to find acceptance, friendship, compassion, and love. When Donald finally becomes both physically and mentally present, we realize just how close and attached he and the love of his life, Margie, really are.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - From first time filmmakers, these high school student have created a powerful story about a mixed race couple who truly are "Attached at the Soul" as the title accurately states. A wonderful addition to any film festival that wants to address issues and history pertinent to our daily lives. Kudos to these young people for creating a beautiful short film. Recommended for ages 10 to 18.
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Runtime: 11 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 10-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD


YOUNG VOICES FOR THE PLANET: 10 SHORT SUCCESS STORIES

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YOUNG VOICES FOR THE PLANET: 10 SHORT SUCCESS STORIES
LYNNE CHERRY
Series: STUDENT DOCUMENTARY, AGES 10-18
Topic - Family
Description - Young Voices for the Planet is a compilation of 10 stories of youth solutions to the climate crisis. The youth in the YVFP films learn about climate change, are concerned, and take action to reduce CO2. Their passion, commitment and earnestness give the films an emotional punch: they move adult audiences to tears, but they affect young people differently empowering them to act. The films provide replicable templates; reduce CO2 emissions, save the environment, save money, save humanity. For example, Dreaming in Green documents 4 students who learn that Miami will suffer serious economic loss from sea level rise; their school energy audit reduces C02 emissions and saves the school $53,000 in energy bills. In Plant for the Planet, 11-year-old Felix plants millions of trees to take up CO2. Olivia's Birds and the Oil Spill documents 11-year-old Olivia who raises $200,000 to clean oiled birds after the BP spill and speaks to her congressmen about supporting renewable energy. And in We Sing Out! , the Rivertown kids sing with folk legend Pete Seeger and speak out musically; about a renewable-energy-powered future. Climate change can be doom and gloom but these films are about HOPE and EMPOWERMENT.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This film is an interesting, documentary style film that examines 10 different stories about kids who have taken and are taking action against environmental issues, mainly climate change. The production quality is solid, camera quality is good, and the use of text overlays and news graphics really enhances the visual experience. I recommend this production for presentation at a film festival because I feel it has the capability to inspire children into taking action on issues that they are passionate about by showcasing the stories of kids who actually have made a difference in their communities.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Young Voices for the Planet is an interesting, documentary style film that examines ten different stories of kids who have taken and are taking action against environmental issues, mainly climate change. The production quality is solid, camera quality is good and the use of text overlays and news graphics really enhances the visual experience. I recommend this production for film festivals because I feel that it has the capability to inspire children into taking action on issues that they are passionate about by showcasing the stories of kids who actually made a difference in their communities.

The cinematography is well done, shots and angles are clean and there are no awkward scenes. The camera work meets the standards of a professionally done documentary production.

What I enjoy about this film is the fact that it takes a complex and divisive topic like climate change and other environmental hazards and makes them approachable and easy for kids to understand. I feel that it might help spark the passions in other kids, and inspire them to take action.

What is appealing about this title is the fact that it is inspiring to learn that young people can have such profound effects on society, and that they have the power to bring about change. What is unappealing is that some of the stories drag on too long and could have been condensed.
Runtime: 59 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 10-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD


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BOX, THE
ISAIAH FERGUSON
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 5-18
Topic - Family
Description - A boy's imagination takes him places when he discovers an ordinary cardboard box in the streets of his neighborhood.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Wonderfully executed short that explores the world of imagination beyond the box. Every child loved to play in boxes when they were younger and this tween/teen takes it to a new level. Delightful. Recommended for ages 5 to 18.
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Runtime: 5 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD


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INSTA TREE, THE
ISAIAH FERGUSON
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 5-18
Topic - Family
Description - An animated "commercial" that advertises an all new growing alternative to vegetation.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This short student makes a wonderful spoof about growing alternatives to actual vegetation. I love its tongue in cheek nature and the perfectly executed animation. Recommended for ages 5 to 18.
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Runtime: 3 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD


MAN'S BEST FRIEND

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MAN'S BEST FRIEND
ROB SPRACKLING
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - 10 year old Zach loves his football - and his football loves him back. They enjoy playing in the garden, going to the park and spending time together, just like a boy with a faithful dog. But when his ball gets lost, Zach must team up with his neglected Mum, to find his best friend. In doing so, Zach and his Mum re-find each other.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - They say a picture is worth a thousand words well, this short animated moving picture must be worth a million words then! The expressiveness of the actors certainly deliver the emotions of this storyline in a fashion that you cannot miss. The animations of the ball/s are only surpassed by the young boy whose love for his soccer ball goes without saying. Mum holds her own, particularly when it comes to finding the ball when it goes missing. Charming, recommended for ages 5 to 12. Older kids and adults will enjoy it too. I can't wait to see more from this filmmaking team.
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Runtime: 8 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD


HIGHWATER

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HIGHWATER
KHAREN HARPER
Series: INDI SHORT, AGES 12-18
Topic - Family
Description - HIGHWATER is a drama based on true events. Six at- risk teenagers, two ex-prisoners - cum trainee artists and three passionate, na�ve community artists have the daunting task of establishing an alternative school in a conservative border town of Australia. All of these kids' lives are predicated on poverty, drugs and crime. All are heading to become yet another teenage statistic; a juvenile justice case, a young mother, junkie - dead. These are the kids society doesn't want to know about, the smelly kids who don't fit into a neat box, won't do as they are told, are labeled 'drop kicks' 'ferals' or in funding terms: 'units.' Creativity is their equal meeting ground. A performance is booked... Can this unruly bunch of misfits rise to the challenge of staging a theatre performance for the wider community? HIGHWATER offers a glimmer of hope of what tomorrow could bring.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Highwater opens graphically showing the young people against a beautiful background of nature, trees and water and sharing statistics about the 22,000 children of school age not enrolled in any form of education. We are asked "So, where are they"? Next, we are introduced to the characters who tell us their stories. It makes sense and is very watchable.

Overall, Highwater uses great visual techniques as it shows the backgrounds of these young people and we watch them from making their mistakes to their determination to move forward and achieve success.

I recommend Highwater for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festivals because it has several messages and lessons for not only young people but also adults who are looking for ways to help children struggling with life issues. This film can be used to encourage and inspire ways to create alternative education programs for students unsuited for mainstream educational situations. It exemplies a "creative led education program for young people who can't do "mainstream" school. While it is based on students in Australia, the message applies to any community. As a special interest topic, this film can be used to encourage and inspire ways to create alternative education programs. The production value is high enough to meet big screen standards. The imagery and sounds are very good.

Since the film is based on a true story, the vocabulary and concepts are suitable for ages 12 to 18. What is most appealing to me about this title is the stories of a few young people who represent thousands who are struggling with the events of life - drugs, abuse, prostitution and hopelessness.

Reviewed by Juanita S., KIDS FIRST! Juror
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Runtime: 48 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD


MOUNTAIN PONY

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Series: E-BOOK, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - This is a digital storybook with a soundtrack CD. The story is about a singing pony and his band who travel through the Old West, and through time, seeking adventure, knowledge, and their next gig.

Jobey is the band's leader. A true wandering spirit, Jobey has an insatiable appetite for new places and the ability to write and sing beautiful songs at the drop of a ten-gallon hat. Jobey's bandmates and two best friends are Sly, a guitar-slinging cowboy who acts as the narrator, and Rocco, a brilliant raccoon who not only plays drums for the band, but also designed the time machine that sends them soaring across space and time.

They all embark on magical adventures where they discover the meaning of life, play toe tappin' music, make new friends and learn about history. Available on the app store: https://appsto.re/us/bwzt_.i??
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - What a fun story with cute, creative characters, an interesting storyline and a bit of stealth learning. The artwork truly brings the story to life and entertain younger children. It has entertainment value in addition to educational value and teaches history in a fun way. The easy to read story follows a very likable singing pony and his band, including a fun raccoon. The band travels throughout the old west and through time. Children will enjoy the characters and learning about their adventures. I recommend this ages 4 to 8. The soundtrack is also fun to sing along with and features the catchy Mountain Pony theme song. It's lively, fun to dance and sing along to and is quite catchy. I also recommend the CD for ages 4 to 8 and give it 4 out of 5 stars.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - "Howdy y'all!" I'm talking like a cowboy today because I'm reviewing a storybook app called Mountain Pony and the main character is a cowboy. This book is available on the App Store for iPads and is about Sly and his friends. They are trying to get to a music festival in 1969 but they are in 1869 and they have a solar-powered time machine that's broken, so their mechanic has to fix it. They go on a very exciting adventure to get to 1969. They sing a lot of songs along the way which I found very interesting. I would recommend watching the first two or three chapters and then taking a break and coming back because, sitting through five chapters might be a little long. I recommend this for kids ages 4 to 8 and give it 3 out of 5 stars because, some parts get a little slow for older kids.

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-8
Suggested Retail Price: $ 1.99
Media: Book


ALBERT: UP, UP AND AWAY!

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SHOUT! FACTORY
Series: DVD, AGES 7 TO 12
Topic - Family
Description - Inspired by the beloved children's book, Albert by Ole Lund Kirkegaard, this lively, animated tale whisks you on a journey that has to be seen to be believed! Albert is a smart and cheeky boy, but his taste for mischievous pranks make him a menace in his small hometown. When he accidentally destroys the statue of a local hero and famous hot-air balloon captain, Albert is determined to make up for his mistake. He decides to venture into the world with his best friend Egon... and return as a hot-air balloon captain himself! But Albert and Egon's quest takes a detour when a mean bandit takes advantage of the clueless boys to help him steal the world's largest diamond. Adventure and excitement hit an all-time high in Albert Up, Up And Away!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Albert, born smart and somewhat cheeky, accidentally destroys the town's statue of a local hero - a hot-air balloon captain. Albert is determined to make up for his mistake. He feels that the town's people do not like him and decides that he needs to go on an adventure with his best friend Egon and then return to town as a hot-air balloon captain himself. The adventure takes a twist when they are taken advantage of by a mean bandit who wants them to help steal the world's largest diamond.

The color of the visuals and clarity of the audio is very appealing. The opening is a bit confusing. It opens with a baby's cry. Then you see the baby being held out of a window and then, see him talking and walking.

This will appeal to a child because of the visuals and the characters which are very relatable. The vocabulary and concepts are age appropriate and easy to understand. Albert, while mischievous, knows right from wrong and is always thinking about ways to make wrongs right. The menu allows you to access chapters and view various scenes which is handy when you want to review your favorite.

There are multiple lessons in this show. 1. Follow your dream and never give up. 2. Remember your friends, family and neighbors and treat them kindly and respectfully. 3. Be wary of people who are not so honest and try to hurt others. This show can motivate children to value friendships, be determined to do their best in all they do and think and be creative. Very enjoyable.

Reviewed by Juanita S., KIDS FIRST! juror. This show was a disappointment. The cover, the animation and sound were all exciting and I had high hopes. If I was Danish and saw it in its original language, I may have liked it. The characters often said things out of context, I believe for the purpose of having their words fit the movement of their lips. Because they couldn't say what was originally scripted, it often leads to misfires with the energy of the show. That, coupled with some unresolved bullying and dangerous behavior deems this show unsuitable for young children.

Reviewed by Jan B., KIDS FIRST! Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Albert Up, Up, and Away! is a cute animated DVD for younger kids that delivers positive messages about friendship, kindness and making smart choices. The story revolves around two best friends, Albert and Egon and the adventures they share. Not an average kid Albert learned to walk and talk at two months old. He has a tenacity for getting into trouble but never on purpose. His parents knew he would change the world one day. Years pass and Albert decides he wants get an air balloon and become its captain so he can replace the statue that he accidentally destroyed when he was younger. His best friend Egon wants to become a pirate captain. However, a mean bandit takes advantage of the bewildered boys and wants them to help him steal the world's biggest diamond. Together they have to face this obstacle while their adventure develops.

This is a good film. The animation is well done but I found myself comparing it to other animated and it scores about average. I liked it although the storyline was too predictable for me, and the pace a bit slow. It is definitely better suited for a much younger audience. I recommend it for ages 3 to 7. It has good, clean humor and lots of action scenes, which younger kids would enjoy.

The menu offers scene selection, trailers and setup. Or you can just play the film. I enjoyed the scene selection feature because it makes it easy to return to where you left off. I enjoyed the trailer because it filled me in on what the movie looks like and gave me the general idea about the film before I started watching it.

I give this film 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it to people who like action, adventure and children films. It is now available now on DVD so, so go check it out.

Reviewed by Ryan R., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

I found this movie to be very cute, quirky and funny. At first this movie reminded me of Dennis the Menace as it starts off in super hyper mood, but as the movie moves forward Albert calms down. I found this movie to be very cute, quirky and funny.

I loved the graphics and all the detail that went into creating the village scenes. It is crisp and clear and has incredible dimension to it. I re-watched the scene when Albert flies down a hillside in a barrel several times because it is so amazing and laughable.

The characters are like most kids their age. You can see yourself hanging out with them. Albert is my favorite because of his great heart and his willingness to tackle anything, to do the right thing and make people happy. He is very trusting which gets him into all kinds of trouble. This makes him a believable kid because, really we all want to trust people and believe that they are all good at heart. Unfortunately, there are bad people in the world that muck it all up.

When they set out to find another statue for the town, their adventure begins and we meet new characters and find Albert getting into the middle of a diamond heist with pirates. The pirates amused me with their comedic lines. They reminded me of vaudeville comedy. You wanted to shout "boo" whenever you saw them. They are the villains you love to hate. You can tell what they are planning and I found myself yelling at the screen, "Albert don't do it!"

The street market is full of rides, food and games. It made me think of summer and I wanted to join in on the fun. One of the many lessons learned here is "do not steal." It's a great lesson everyone should learn. Also, I know that it is hard for children to know who to trust and who not to. Another less is "you can't trust everyone you meet." Friendship is very valuable as friends can help you out. Last lesson: If you make a mistake, just admit it and have an adult help you figure out a solution.

This was a very funny film with lots of lessons and laughs. I love that this was released in countries other than the United States such as Denmark. They use words which are not in our everyday vocabulary such as cheeky, which is my new favorite word. I recommend this film for ages 5 to 18 and give it 4.5 out of 5 hot air balloon stars. It is quirky and funny and a cute comedy - sure to make you laugh out loud!

Reviewed by Morgan B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11
Runtime: 81 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 7-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.98
Media: DVD
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BEAUTY OF THE SANDS

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BRIANNA PLATT
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 10-18
Topic - Family
Description - Mystical dream sequence set in the Moroccan Sahara and ancient Fez. Epic quest for the hidden jewel of the sands.

Director's statement: Filmed on location in the Moroccan Sahara and ancient Fez, a mystical dream sequence and search for the lost jewel of the sands.

Director Bio: Brianna Platt has been making movies since she was 9 years old. She's now 13 and lives in Bellevue, WA. Her collection of videos are featured on her YouTube channel, Brianna Caroline. Several of her videos have been featured as the 'Best of LittleBits Projects of 2013/14'. She was accepted to Prodigy Camp at the age of 13, where she had her first taste of making a full-fledged movie production.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Absolutely charming short film by this young student filmmaker. The Moroccan location certainly surprised me. The pace, background music and performance by the filmmaker/actress all surpassed my expectations. Very charming and original. I would love to see more from this talented young woman. Accepted.
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Runtime: 4 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 10-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD


THEN AGAIN

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BRIANNA PLATT
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 12-18
Topic - Family
Description - When an annoying classmate falls in the lake, Lucy ponders whether he's worth saving.

Director's statement: Whether it be helping someone potentially drowning in a lake, or simply holding the door open, one of the best things you can do is to help other people, despite previous experience or consequences.

Director's bio: Brianna Platt has been making movies since she was 9 years old. She's now 13. Her collection of videos are featured on her YouTube channel, Brianna Caroline. Several of her videos have been featured as the 'Best of LittleBits Projects of 2013/14'. She was accepted to Prodigy Camp at the age of 13, where she had her first taste of making a full-fledged movie production.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Love this. Very insightful. Well made - from the storyline to the production values. Good video, good audio. Love the flashbacks. Anyone who's ever been a teen can certainly relate to this. You can feel her thinking, "should I save this jerk or not." We don't know until the end what the true situation is. Accepted.
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Runtime: 3 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-15
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD


OTTER OF THE UNDERGROUND

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OTTER OF THE UNDERGROUND
CHRISTINA BENENATI
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - When their gold mine experiences a mysterious power outage, Otter and Mole's journey to restore the mine spirals into a wild adventure. Director Bio: Christina Jean Benenati is a story developer, fabricator, and animator. She recently graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in May 2015, with a degree in Film & Television and a focus in Animation. She is currently working as a Puppet Fabricator at Laika Inc. Christina has always enjoyed making art and began her storytelling adventures at an early age. She has a strong interest in creating children's media and particularly enjoys stop-motion animation. Her film, Otter of the Underground, was completed for her advanced senior project at NYU.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Shiver me timbers! Watch out for the unusual suspects! This short piece has fantastic puppets and sets, great background music and sound effects and a cute storyline. I love Otter and Mole. They are adorable with great voices. Beet makes a perfect villain as well. Great addition to any children or family film festival. Accepted.
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Runtime: 5 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD


BIG ENERGY DEBATE, THE / EL FUTURO DEL C�MBIO CLIM�TICO

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BIG ENERGY DEBATE, THE / EL FUTURO DEL C�MBIO CLIM�TICO
JAVIER ANGELES
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 5-8
Topic - Family
Description - During recess, three little kids discuss about their recent lecture about renewable energy. Each with their own particular understanding.

Director's Statement: I direct and produce this film to try to make an impact in the audiences about renewable energy and the cost of having fossil fuels as one of the main energy sources and its cost. From Mexico. In English, also available in Spanish
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Well done and addresses an important environment issue. The characters are cute and charming. I was surprised at their British accents since the filmmaker is from Mexico City. The 2D animation is well executed although the colors seemed quite muted. I highly recommend this for a youth film festival, especially for younger kids.
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Runtime: 5 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-8
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD


DEDE: MEHMET WITH THE YELLOW BOOTS

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DEDE: MEHMET WITH THE YELLOW BOOTS
NATHALIE FREY
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 12-18
Topic - Family
Description - By chance, 11 year old Dutch Merel discovers a big family secret: her biological grandfather is Turkish. Against her mother's wishes, Merel and her new friend Emre, start a quest for her mysterious grandfather Mehmet. During this adventurous journey, Merel meets remarkable persons and gets caught up in funny and difficult situations. To find out in the end that true family is closer than she thinks. Dutch with English sub-titles
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Watching how this young girl manages to explore her Turkish roots in such a way as to bring about a major change in her family brought a smile to my face. Some programmers may take issue with the 11 year old running off to Amsterdam in search of her grandfather. Even though her slightly older neighbor boy accompanies her, she is still running away. But, there are appropriate consequences and a cheerful ending. This is well produced - good video and audio, a good story line and moves along at a quick pace. I recommend it.
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Runtime: 25 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD


BRAVE BUNCH: CHILDREN OF WARSAW UPRISING

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BRAVE BUNCH: CHILDREN OF WARSAW UPRISING
ZOFIA PREGOWSKA
Series: FOREIGN DOCUMENTARY, AGES 12-18
Topic - Family
Description - A group of children run through the streets of modern-day Warsaw; the city their playground. One of them spies a discarded journal and they are transported back to August 1944. As the children enter the Warsaw Rising Museum, the exhibits soon step out of the past. Based on fact, with a sprinkling of magic realism and driven by the children's curiosity, Brave Bunch. The Uprising through children's eyes relates tender, often moving accounts of those who witnessed the uprising as children themselves, drawing a line between past and present with playful dexterity. From Poland in Polish with English sub-titles.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This retelling of the Warsaw Uprising is very personal in the way that the stories are told by people who appear to have actually experienced it. It makes their stories very accessible to young people and drives their stories home.
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Runtime: 30 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD


SONIC BOOM

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SEGA OF AMERICA
Series: SHORT, AGES 7-15
Topic - Family
Description - "Sonic Boom" is the funny bone of the iconic Sonic the Hedgehog universe, which began as a Sega video game 25 years ago. This 52 part TV series follows team Sonic, including the Blue Blur himself, Tails, Amy, Knuckles, and Sticks, as they cleverly battle nefarious genius Dr. Eggman and his hench bots.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Well executed! Film Festivals will love this episode which is very topical for filmmakers as it addresses the "star", the "director/producer" and the behind the scenes of filmmaking. Based on the 25-year-old "Sonic the Hedgehog" video game, the animation zings with color and depth. The surprise plot, discovered mid way through the episode makes a turn around turn into another turn around. Might be a bit confusing to the youngest kids but older kids will get a kick out of it. Recommended for ages 7 to 15.
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Runtime: 11 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 7-15
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD


LEARNING ALLIANCE, THE

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LEARNING ALLIANCE, THE
MUHAMMAD UMAR SAEED
Series: FOREIGN DOCUMENTARY, AGES 10-18
Topic - Family
Description - Collecting garbage for earning and paying their fees for school. Three brothers who are changing their future by studying and at the same time selling garbage in Lahore, Pakistan. The Learning Alliance is a portrait of children with dreams and their struggle towards achieving it. Director Bio: After graduating in film production, Umar started producing documentaries and short films which have been screened in many reputable film festivals around the globe. Umar was the part of Sesame Street production in Pakistan (A project by USAID). He is also curating and programming film festivals in Lahore. The Learning Alliance is his latest documentary. From Pakistan. In Urdu with English sub-titles.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Education is not free for everyone! This short documentary shows the passion for education that these young Pakistani children have and what they are willing to do to pay for it. Watching this brought tears to my eyes. When I think of all the children who take their education for granted, I want them to see this - to see how much it means to those less privileged. Thanks to this fine director for bringing this subject to the forefront and showing us the lives of these children. Recommended for ages 10 to 18.
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Runtime: 9 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 10-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD


BULLETPROOF KARMA

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BULLETPROOF KARMA
HALONAH ABRAHAM PAISS
Series: STUDENT DOCUMENTARY, AGES 10-18
Topic - Family
Description - This is a true story about Barry Shoda, a man diagnosed with an aggressive cancer and a deadly brain tumor. His doctor told him he had only a short time to live. Barry did several things to save his life, including taking a CBD oil made from hemp. This documentary provides hope that people with cancer can have an effective alternative to chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Screenings at: Boulder International Film Festival Youth Pavilion; Niwot Student Film Festival ; Longmont Front Range Film Festival
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Visually stunning images open this insightful student documentary which examines the impact of CBD hemp oil on stunting a cancerous brain tumor. This high school student filmmaker has tackled an important subject in a touching way by interviewing the subject and his physicians. Recommended for any student or youth film festival for ages 12 to 18.
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Runtime: 9.5 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 10-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD


MY JOURNEY: FINDING WATER SPRINGS

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MY JOURNEY: FINDING WATER SPRINGS
FAUZI SAAAD
Series: ENVIRONMENTAL FEATURE, AGES 10-18
Topic - Family
Description - Four young people; Chinta, Cindy, Tasya and Celine intend to fill their holidays with friends drove from New York named Lucas who are interested in the environment, especially the water springs. They are desperate to roam the wilds find a spring that allegedly are increasingly rare becauseof the development of civilization. In Indonesian with English sub-titles.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The film is very aesthetically very pleasing. The cinematography is beautiful and well executed. The short-coming of the film is the slow movement of the storyline and the poorly executed subtitles. The structure is long and drawn out but stylistically it's beautiful. The production values are absolutely amazing. I was so impressed by them. The landscape shots are like nothing I have ever seen outside of a theater. The editing is also incredible. I recommend it for ages 12 to 18.
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Runtime: 95 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 10-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD


GONE WITH THE TIME

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GONE WITH THE TIME
AMOPIX
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Gone with the time humorously tells the story of two archeologists sent out to a site to carry out a thorough analysis. Their investigation leads them to the remains of a 2500-year-old Gallic village.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - A brilliantly animated overview of archeological studies that serves as an introduction to school aged kids to this field of science. Filled with humor and a silly chicken, the student filmmaker has created a short that will hold the interest of kids while they're learning about this field of study. Produced in France with English dialogue. Highly recommended for a student or youth film festival for ages 6 to 12.
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Runtime: 15 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD


POLKA DOTT

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POLKA DOTT
CPCOLLABORATIONS
Series: SHORT, AGES 5-8
Topic - Family
Description - Dott has a wild and wonderful imagination. She likes to be silly and she enjoys a good homonym. She can "knot" say "know" to ice cream. Sometimes she imagines being a very spoiled princess. Occasionally she plays the flute with a hummingbird. Every so often she floats like a mermaid up into a tree. Then Dott gets another idea: How about a party? Dott and all her friends gather to dance the afternoon away!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This fun and imaginative film stars a charming young girl playfully teasing us with homonyms and silliness, ending with a dancing party with her friends. Sweet little short that would be perfect as an interstitial for any youth or family film festival. Recommended for ages 5 to 8.
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Runtime: 6.5 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-8
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD


THOMAS EDISON'S SECRET LAB: ROCK IT TO THE MOON

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N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 5-12
Topic - Education/Instructional
Description - The Secret Lab Kids are ready to demo their new science song for web entrepreneur Mook Zookerboom when he learns that a satellite is coming down out of orbit, panics and heads for the airport. So the team must gather some data on gravity to convince him to return.� Then, when Von Bolt accidentally destroys the museum's new moon rock, the Secret Lab Kids must find a way to replace it.� Enjoy these adventures and more with the Secret Lab Kids
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This starts off with a really catchy theme song and has different episodes such as Dancing Machine and Rock It to the Moon. The characters are fun and there are also eight music videos throughout the DVD - one after each episode and the music videos feature words taught in the episodes. This DVD really makes learning science, including chemical reactions and Murphy's Law of Gravity, so much fun. It combines high entertainment value with educational value. It would appeal to a wide variety of ages because it is geared towards the younger kids but the music and topics will also appeal to slightly older kids. I recommend this for ages 4 to 11. My favorite parts are the music videos, because they are catchy and really make this DVD! I give this one 5 out of 5 stars!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Very entertaining and informative, the animation is filled with vivid color which draws your attention. It truly makes education fun. Its language is easy to understand, giving young viewers the ability to process the information presented. This is an excellent educational series with each episode containing a different message. In the first episode, the robot teaches the viewers to never not do something because they are told not to and to just be happy doing what you love.

The series teaches various things from human anatomy to space science. For instance, they explain gravitational pull and how it differs from in space versus on Earth. I learned that the quantity of atoms doesn't change but gravitational pull makes you weigh less on the moon and the closer the object, the greater the gravitational pull. Jupiter has more mass than Earth which means it has more gravity and, according to the show, it would be less fun there due to the fact that you couldn't float around. The show uses comedy as well to get its point across.

Every episode has an adventure or a problem to solve. Writers Steven Banks, Steven Darancette and Brian Stampnitsky excelled at creating such a cute show that inspires its audience. In fact, it encourages kids to be scientists. Angie, played by Phillipa Alexander who has a lot of experience doing voice-overs for animated films and, it's great to see her here. I like how they have included text when songs come up. It's a small detail that helps you grasp the significance of the words in the songs.

My favorite scene is in the first episode. When learning about space, the characters portray what is being taught by some green aliens and one of them gets attached to the moon due to the fact the gravitational pull has increased as a result of the mass of the moon. This part was just very funny. I recommend this animated film for ages 2 to 6 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. It is available on DVD now so, go check it out.

Reviewed by Giselle T., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16

Thomas Edison's Secret Lab: Rock It to the Moon is a fun, educational series that made me laugh while I was learning. This show teaches new cool stuff about gravity, nanobots and the birth of the remote control.

Angie, Kent, JD and Nicky are back with Thomas Edison and Von Bolt the robot to solve all kinds of problems by going back in time to learn from pioneers in science throughout history.

In the first episode, Dancing Machine, Von Bolt is invited to try out for a dance competition. The gang and Thomas Edison realize that he's not such a good dancer and decide to build a remote-controlled suit so Von Bolt can make it to the show. They use the virtual reality room to travel back to Spain in 1903 and discover how to use radio and remote control from Leonardo Torres y Quevedo, an engineer and mathematician who created one of the first designs for a remote-controlled device.

My favorite episode is Murphy's Law of Gravity. The kids are trying to impress web celebrity Mark Zoomerboom with their song about science. Instead he discovers a satellite is falling out of the sky and he panics. The kids must find a way to keep him calm to get their song to go viral. This episode was laugh-out-loud funny and there's a cool gag with penguins to watch out for.

My favorite character in the series is Thomas Edison (Livingston Taylor) because whenever the kids are under pressure or doubting themselves, he comforts them and gives them good advice. I really hoped there would be an episode in this volume that showed how the kids found the lab but that is a loose end for me in the story line and I hope they work it in on a later volume.

Some of the other episodes I liked are Rock It to the Moon because they talk about gravity. Another episode I enjoyed is Nanobots Byte because I didn't know what nanobots were. They are really, really tiny robots - and the episode helped me understand how they work.

I like the music videos in this volume even more than the first DVD, Secret Lab Meeting. Some of them are really catchy and some of them are just kind of weird. I recommend Thomas Edison Secret Lab: Rock It to the Moon to ages 5 to 12. Kids will fall in love with this show pretty easily and I think there are some pretty advanced subjects that older kids might want to learn about.

I give Rock It to the Moon 3 out of 5 stars. I recommend you science fans watch this show that presents high-level science with high amounts of fun. Thomas Edison's Secret Lab: Rock It to the Moon is in stores April 26th so, go check it out.

Reviewed by Benjamin P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12.
Runtime: 90 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-11
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
Media: DVD


MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2

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UNIVERSAL STUDIOS - THEATRICAL DIVISION
Series: FEATURE FILM AGES 12-18
Topic - Family
Description - Still working in her parents' Greek restaurant, Toula Portokalos's daughter Paris is growing up. She is getting ready to graduate high school and Toula and Ian are experiencing marital issues. When Toula's parents find out they were never officially married, another wedding is in the works. Can this big, fat, Greek event help to bring the family together?
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Although it doesn't live up to the first one, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 kept me laughing and wondering what was going to happen next. It felt like I visited with my own family! Many fans of the original movie felt worried that Part 2 would be a forced sequel with stereotypical jokes. But rest assured it turned out into a sweet, hilarious and heartwarming tale.

The film defiantly belongs to a comedy genre, but contains quite a bit of romance. Another huge element the film represents - coming together of a family, which fits nicely with the other two genres.

The film follows Toula, (Nia Vardalos), the main character from the previous film, a happily married middle aged woman and a 17-year-old daughter, Paris, nearing the end of high school. Just like with Toula, her family tries to find a Greek boyfriend for Paris, but everything changes when they discover an issue with Toula's parent's marriage certificate. Because of this, the family tries to get them married in a real ceremony and hits surprising roadblocks right and left.

I have to say that some scenes felt forced and not necessary in the film and thus, made it a bit boring and it dragged somewhat. It connects to the first film extremely well, which I enjoyed greatly. Original jokes had perfect timing and a great sense of humor. Spot on acting benefited the film and, seeing the same actors play these roles as they did 14 years ago came as a welcome treat. The storyline surprised me and took completely unexpected turns. The soundtrack resembled the music in the previous movie and fit perfectly with the style of the film.

My favorite scene happens when Paris attends a college fair at school. Her parents come with her but stay out of her way. However, the rest of the family finds out about the fair and close to 20 family members come running in. As you might imagine, it gets a little chaotic, with some university representatives getting a few surprise visits along the way. The acting impressed me in this scene. Dealing with so many people on set, actors didn't lose their energy and kept it heartfelt and really funny.

The film seems rather mature in terms of jokes and the story itself so I recommend it for kids ages 14 to 18. I give it 4 out of 5 stars because this film made the audience laugh again and again, has an unexpected story and fantastic acting. However, several scenes make it feel stretched out at times and, once or twice, it gets a bit boring.

Reviewed by Gerry O., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13.

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


LITTLE PRINCE, THE: THE PLANET OF BAMALIAS

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N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 4-10
Topic - Education/Instructional
Description - On Planet Bamalias, the Little Prince will go through a terrible experience - he will lose his memory. He can't even remember where and why he is there! Planet Bamalias is at the center of five other planets and all these planets depend on it for their survival. Fox is going to try everything to help him recover his lost memory.� Fox tells the Little Prince their story: why they are here, planet-hopping chasing the snake and how it all started. Slowly the Little Prince remembers but will he remember everything in time to save the Bamalias constellation?� Find out in The Planet of Bamalias!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The Little Prince: The Planet of Bamalias is not your average fairytale. With many twists and turns, The Little Prince must undertake a difficult journey to gain his memories back and stop the vicious Snake from fulfilling his evil plans to destroy planets. It is the fight between what's right and what is worth fighting for. This is a fight worth watching.

This film is everything but predictable. Just when everything starts to be okay, the evil Snake appears and causes chaos. The most memorable moment is when The Little Prince has a flashback about saving his best friend, Fox. Fox needed the Little Prince to help him get out of a volcano that the Snake threw him in. As they try to get out, the Little Prince finally realizes that he possesses power within himself to conquer all things. It was very sad because he had to decide what was more important friendship or love.

Usually my favorite characters are the heroes but here, Snake is my favorite. Although he is bad, there is just something enticing about the way he moves. I love how he disappears and reappears in a matter of seconds. The editor builds suspense by having dark music play just before he appears. The best characteristic of Snake is his ability to change his form and feed off of people's fears.

This film stands out from others because the director doesn't set a limit to his creativity and imagination. The plot is well developed and the setting takes place in a different galaxy where things are quite different. That is one of the reasons why I recommend this film to ages 4 to 10 because it is an escape from reality but it also discusses important lessons. One of the most important messages is that you should fight for what you believe in. Kids would really identify with the Little Prince because he is little kid trying to learn from his own mistakes and to do the right thing. Parents can really appreciate that this film is educational and encourages the viewers to never give up.

I give this film 5 out of 5 stars. The Little Prince: The Planet of Bamalias is now available through DVD so, go check it out.

Reviewed by Shelby R., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 17
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The Little Prince: The Planet of Bamalias is a whimsical, colorful show with great animation, lovable characters and an excellent villain. At the end of the volume, I still wanted to see more of the adventures of the Little Prince and his buddy Fox.

Based on the characters created by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, this film follows the Little Prince as he finds the villain, the Snake, casting his shadow over a planet. On this planet, he meets Kimi and Tiksi who every year guide the Bamalias, a sort of sky whale, to the Great Eye. The energy of the Bamalias' song travels through the Great Eye to power the whole constellation of planets that depend on them. Then something terrible happens. The Little Prince and Kimi forget everything, who they are and what their mission is. The Prince's friend and comrade, Fox must help him retrieve his memory so he can stop Snake and get Kimi to remember how to lead the Bamalias to the Great Eye or the constellation is doomed.

My favorite character is Fox because he never gives up on his friend and is very funny. My favorite part is a flashback in which the Little Prince must get Fox out of a hole. The reason he is stuck in a hole is because Snake tricks him into thinking he is going to the planet of chickens. The scene really shows the inseparable camaraderie between the Prince and Fox. The lesson I take from this installment of the Little Prince's adventures is always be loyal to people you love.

The villain in this show, the Snake, is very good at being very bad. He gives people bad ideas and tricks them into carrying out his evil plots. My one problem with this volume is that there are some things left hanging at the end, but I don't want to ruin it for you.

The animation in this show is very good, particularly the character design. The animation is so detailed that even the scales on the Snake look realistic.

I recommend this show for ages 8 to 11 because some younger kids might find the snake scary. If you are a fan of the French book, The Little Prince, you will certainly enjoy this show. I give this DVD 3 out of 5 stars.

Reviewed by Benjamin P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10
Runtime: 85 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-10
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
Media: DVD
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ALISA KNOWS WHAT TO DO!: THE MYSTERY OF THE LAST TRUENOX

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N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Alisa Knows What to Do! is based on the extremely popular science-fictional novels about Alise Seleznyova, a young girl from the future, by famous Russian author Kir Bulychiov. 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 and a clean environment, both on the planet and in space. From the far-off planet Verum, Alisa's father, Professor Salazar, brings back a truenox - a mysterious creature that is able to predict the future. Without warning, Professor Salazar's colleague Doctor Gilliam kidnaps the truenox, who Alisa and her friends have grown very fond of. Alisa rushes to the aid of her new friend
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The kids had never heard of this series and had no opinions beforehand. The story is fast paced and keeps the children's attention from beginning to end. The main character, Alisa is smart and engaging. She is courageous and up to a challenge. There are funny moments and intriguing ones. Characters are easily relatable. Older children thought it was "fine" and younger end thought it was "good". One older boy liked "the catastrophe after catastrophe".
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - There are so many great Sci-fi movies and TV shows out there. However, very few of them are meant for kids or are poorly done. Well, Alisa Knows What to Do!, is a beautifully animated and exciting Sci-fi series distributed by N Circle Entertainment that is great for kids and adults.

Each episode is a separate adventure featuring middle school student Alisa and her friends filled with action and even some fun teenage romance. All the stories are kids friendly and yet, contain original humor that adults will appreciate too. Add to that some stunning animated visual effects and it makes it for a great show that a wide audience will enjoy.

Alisa is a young girl living many years in the future. The show follows all her crazy and fun adventures with her family and friends and involves animals and technical gadgets that we hope to have in a future. Additionally, each episode delivers a positive moral story which is nicely portrayed nicely within the show itself. The show stays exciting with fun adventures. If you are a fan of science fiction or enjoy dreaming about the future possibilities like I do, you will enjoy this show where we see lots of technology such as space jumpers, hover boots and even cloning!

The Russian-produced show is produced by Timur Bekmambetov's Bazelevs Group, Riki Group and Animation Studio Moskva. It is exciting to see a very unique style of camera shots and coloring. On top of that, the English dubbing is exceptionally well don and very smooth. I didn't even realize that characters were re-voiced until the second episode. The series is based on the books by Russian science fiction author, Kir Bulychiov. For people who have read his books, as my family did for many years, it is cool to see the characters come to life. However, the stories are original to the show, which allows even readers of his books to be surprised.

My favorite episode is Wipe Out Creativity in which a few of Alisa's friends sign up to take implants to make them smarter and stronger. However, they get in trouble and Alisa and some of her new friends rescue them. I love this episode because the subject is very interesting and starting to come up in today's world. The moral of it is: Don't let others mold you; only you can make you. I think that is very important and agree 100 per cent.

The show is designed for young kids. A few parts may be a bit intense so, I recommend it for ages 7 to 18. I also give it 5 out of 5 stars because it is beautifully animated, has an exciting story, impressive voiceovers and original comedy. Welcome to United States, Alisa Selesneva - kids here are going to love you!

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

I found this movie to be unique and interesting. This four episode DVD tells all about Alisa and her four teenage friends embarking on many adventures. The first episode focuses on an adorable creature called a Truenox. Original, funny and quirky with the added bonus of mysteries to solve, I found it very enjoyable to watch.

My favorite episode, A Singing Showdown has a mystery and a shocking outcome. Hilariously funny with great music, this show down wants to see who will rule the planet.

The colorful characters resemble real teenagers. Real geniuses who think outside of the box, they create new and cool ideas to save people, creatures and their planet. My favorite character has to be Alisa because she shows girl power, humor and her potential as a great best friend. She rises to the occasion whenever there danger lurks.

The voiceovers actors truly match the emotions and voices of real teenagers. Each character has its own unique voice and characteristics, which match their avatar. This makes the film very believable.

The Truenox, which they rescue in the first episode The Mysteries of the Last Truenox, has to be the cutest pet that I could hug for days. He turns out to be an alien that helps Alisa and her friends on their adventures. Comical almost to a fault, he adds humor to the series which made me laugh a lot. Just one smile from him and I found myself smiling back.

Their adventures have many learning lessons including: The power of friendship is greater than anything; You should not judge people or animals based on their looks; Personality and their true hearts are better traits then just good looks.

The colorful animation has amazing details. I felt as if I lived in the future and could actually live on this futuristic planet. The animated people feel like they are real. I found this an amusing place that I would enjoy being a part of. Flying cars and boots would be amazing to own. The unusual design of the different gadgets and modes of transportation add to the futuristic feel of this movie. All of the space aliens look peculiar and plausible.

I recommend this film for ages 6 to 15 because of its cuteness, bright animation and easy to follow storyline. I give this movie 5 out of 5 galactic stars.

Reviewed by Morgan B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11
Runtime: 110 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
Media: DVD
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MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN

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SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT
Series: FEATURE, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN is based on the incredible true story of the Beam family. When Christy (Jennifer Garner) discovers her 10-year-old daughter Anna (Kylie Rogers) has a rare, incurable disease, she becomes a ferocious advocate for her daughter's healing as she searches for a solution. After Anna has a freak accident, an extraordinary miracle unfolds in the wake of her dramatic rescue that leaves medical specialists mystified, her family restored and their community inspired. Starring Jennifer Garner, Kylie Rogers and Martin Henderson
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Whether your are religious or not, this film speaks about the power of faith and perseverance. Jennifer Garner plays the mom and, as the only high profile star, definitely lends a credible performance that pulls the whole film together. Kylie Rogers who plays the young girl also delivers a believable performance that brought a tear to my eye more than once. Martin Henderson plays the dad with great conviction as do the performances of Brighton Sharbino and Courtney Fansler who portray Anna's sisters. The rural Texas setting, the scenes inside the church and around the Beams home all seem very authentic. Eugenio Derbez steals the show with his portrayal of Dr. Nurko, a slightly kooky yet brilliant pediatrician who tackles the most difficult cases. I took my husband to see this with me and we both needed a small box of tissues to deal with the tragic circumstances. But, there is a happy ending and it renewed my faith in miracles. Highly recommended.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I love this movie! Miracles from Heaven is very inspirational, very religious and all about miracles. It really makes you think about all the miracles that are happening in your life.

Miracles from Heaven is about a young girl named Anna Beam (Kylie Rogers) who has a very rare stomach disorder. Her family pulls out all the stops to help her. When an amazing event happens it changes everything.

This is a real story and it is very heartwarming. The Beam family's faith in God is undeniable. They are very religious and go to church every Sunday. Even if you are not really religious, I still think that you would enjoy this movie.

All of the characters in Miracles from Heaven are likable, but especially Christy Beam (Jennifer Garner). She is very believable and makes you feel really sad when she is sad and happy when she is happy. She is a mom that a lot of people would want to have as their own, because she would never give up and she works very hard. The dad, Kevin Beam (Martin Henderson) is a very good dad and cares a lot about his kids.

My favorite character is Dr. Nurko (Eugenio Derbez). He is very funny and he works very hard to make all the kids in the hospital happy. And if I was ever really sick I would want a doctor like him.

My favorite scene is at the end of the movie where it is showing all the miracles that happen in their lives. This scene really makes you think about what miracles could be happening to you and it makes you feel great about other people around you.

The moral of the story is never to give up on hope. Even though Anna struggles and she ends up in the hospital many times, her family never gives up and tries to help her. You learn to love Anna and root for her along the way. This movie made a lot of people in the audience cry and tear up.

I rate Miracles from Heaven five out of five stars because it is very inspirational and it makes you really think about what miracles you could be having in your life. I recommend the ages 7 to 18 because there are some surgical procedures, but they're not that graphic. Go see this movie on March 16 in theaters near you.

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

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


ZOOTOPIA

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WALT DISNEY ANIMATED STUDIOS
Series: ANIMATED FEATURE, AGES 3-12
Topic - Family
Description - From the largest elephant to the smallest shrew, the city of Zootopia is a mammal metropolis where various animals live and thrive. When Judy Hopps becomes the first rabbit to join the police force, she quickly learns how tough it is to enforce the law. Determined to prove herself, Judy jumps at the opportunity to solve a mysterious case. Unfortunately, that means working with Nick Wilde, a wily fox who makes her job even harder. Starring the voice talent of Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman and Idris Elba.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - From our friends at Walt Disney Animation comes Zootopia, the story about a city of anthropomorphic animals where a fugitive con artist fox and a rookie bunny cop must work together to uncover a conspiracy. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Mia A. comments, "I thoroughly enjoyed Disney's Zootopia because the animation took me into a beautiful world just like ours, but completely filled with animals." Tre'ana H. chimes in with, "I really adored this film because it is very different from any ordinary film. The characters belong to the zoo animals' collection. It is hilarious because all the animals act like humans and engage in everyday, normal conversations like we do." See their full reviews in the kid comments section.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I thoroughly enjoyed Disney's Zootopia because the animation took me into a beautiful world just like ours, but completely filled with animals.

Zootopia is about a bunny named Judy (Ginnifer Goodwin) who grew up on a carrot farm. Judy always wanted to be a cop when she grew up even though she is a bunny and bunnies do not become policemen. She goes to police training and then becomes a cop in Zootopia.

Zootopia is a land where all different types of animals, prey and predators, live together in peace. When Judy gets to Zootopia she is not taken seriously as a Bunny Cop, so Judy has to finish a case in 48 hours or else she resign. She teams up with a fox named Nick (Jason Bateman) to help figure out the case. Will she get taken seriously as a cop and finish the case? You'll have to watch it to find out.

My favorite character in Zootopia is Nick, a clever, funny and mischievous fox. Nick got lots of laughs from the audience and I learned to care about him after his back story was revealed.

My favorite scene is with the sloths. Judy and Nick go to check a license plate and all the workers at the DMV are sloths. The main sloth named Flash (Raymond S. Persi) says everything slowly. Judy is in a big rush and to make the process even slower, Nick tells Flash a joke. This is one of the funniest scenes that got lots of laughs from the audience.

The film's animation is incredible. It's filled with lots of color and creative, minute details. In one scene, Judy travels through the different zones of Zootopia and, in the rainforest zone, it starts raining and the rain hits the train. This scene is filled with detailed colors and light.

Zootopia is a mystery movie, but it is also a comedy. The mystery part of this movie could be scary to little kids because there are dark scenes with intense action and it shows some animals going savage.

There are a couple scenes with nude animals. This isn't that bad because it only shows animals without clothes on. It is funny though because the animals freak out even though, in real life, animals are always "nude".

I rate this movie a 4.5 out of 5 stars because there are some scenes little kids might find scary but everything has a reason even if it doesn't seem important at the time. Since this is a Disney movie, some parents might think it is good for all ages. But, I recommend it for kids age 6 to 15 because of the fear factor. If your kids like mysteries and dark scenes then, that won't be a problem. Go see Disney's Zootopia in theaters near you when it opens March 4.

Reviewed by Mia A., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11. Be sure to check out Mia's interview with Animation supervisor Kira Lehtomaki.

I really adored this film because it is very different from any ordinary film. The characters belong to the zoo animals' collection. It is hilarious because all the animals act like humans and engage in everyday, normal conversations like we do. Directors, Byron Howard and Rich Moore have delivered a creative and amazing story filled with imagination.

In the city of Zootopia the animals live a diversified life. They all get along with each other until a plague hits some of the animals and they start to be aggressive with each other. A fugitive con artist / fox named Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman) and a rookie bunny cop named Judy Hoops, (Ginnifer Godwin) work together to uncover the conspiracy that is taking over their city. You will not believe the deception that is taking place.

My most memorable scene is when the bunny first goes to Zootopia. I liked this part best because, when she is on the train, you see the entire city of Zootopia. It made me feel like I was part of the scene touring Zootopia with Judy. This section of the filmzootopia.d.jpg shows each part of the city and reveals all the different scenery in each section. This is the coolest scene and is so beautifully detailed.

The setting of this story made me feel like I wanted to be a part of this world of Zootopia. The colors are very bright and it looks like an amusement park with plenty of animals.

The moral message of this film is that you should never let anyone bring you down or stop you from being the person you want to be. People may try to break you down, but you can't let them. You can be whatever you want to be in this world of freedom.

I recommend Zootopia for ages 6 to 18 and I give it 5 out of 5 Stars because it is child friendly, hilarious, exciting and everyone will enjoy it. This movie opens in theaters Friday, March 4, 2016 so go check it out, you will not be disappointed.

Reviewed by Tre'ana H., age 12.

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KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 3-15
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


SMART-EZE: MINUTES A DAY, MATH, ENGLISH AND READING COMPREHENSION

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FAT RED COUCH
Series: APP, AGES 5-12
Topic - Education/Instructional
Description - Smart-EZE apps are designed for review of Math, English Grammar, and Reading Comprehension materials learned during the previous school year, for grades 1-5. The first Smart-EZE lesson is free for a single subject and grade level of your choice. Available for iOS, Android and Kindle tablets. http://fatredcouch.com/products/smart-eze-math-english-and-reading-comprehension-summer-review/
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is an intuitive app that is designed to help students, ages 5-12 review and expand upon concepts they learn in school. In my experience with the app, I noticed that it has a well designed user interface that is easy to navigate and is pleasant to look at. There are three subject areas that the app covers: Math, English and Reading. These subjects are covered in sections that each contain questions that will challenge the user to think deeper, to solve problems and to interpret reading. The user can also select the grade level content they wish to work with, making it easy to tailor the experience to individual needs. I believe children will enjoy learning on this app because of its fun style and the fact that it offers rewards for users based on how hard they work. Overall, I believe it is a great example of meeting KIDS FIRST! criteria, but there are a few negatives that I should address. First, I experienced some performance issues, my app was laggy and slow. Secondly, there is not very much sound in the app, which is strange for an app with such a good visual style. Despite those drawbacks, this is a very solid app, which is why I give it 4 stars out of 5.

This app has great exercises in the three subject areas I mentioned above, the obvious benefit is that it is a useful tool for elementary and middle school aged kids to review and expand upon what they learn in class. There are lots of tools that track the user's progress and there is a handy level selector that the user uses to pick up where they left off. Users are also allowed to go back and fix mistakes before moving on.

This app has graphics and colors that help to refine the experience and increase its appeal. Reading, English and math skills are taught in a series of questions. Reading skills require investigation and understanding of passages that are given, the user then has to answer questions about the reading. Math is taught using a more standard approach: multiple choice or write-in questions. English questions require users to complete tasks such as correcting mistakes and defining words. The app has an easily navigable user interface with colored buttons and directions; as well as large, easy to read fonts. I do believe a child would enjoy this because of the fun and colorful design of the app, and because there are periodic rewards for the completion of goals. REviewed by Michael O., KIDS FIRST! Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This learning tool is perfect for school-aged kids and I love that it's not boring like a lot of other educational apps I have tried. The main reason for that is the way it awards you digital medals depending on how well you perform. I love getting medals! It made me want to keep playing so I could get more. I wished they used this app in schools. I would look forward to it every day. Parents who prefer only educational games for their kids should definitely check this app out.

Smart-EZE has three different categories: math, reading and writing. Each section asks you a series of questions. Sometimes you have multiple choice answers to choose from and sometimes you have to write in your own answer. I like the reading sections best because the stories are all very funny. I had a trickier time with math because, even though I was playing at my grade level, there were some math concepts I had never seen before and didn't understand. It might be a good idea to make sure your kids know that the app covers lots of different materials and concepts and they might not know all of them. It all just depends what they have covered in school.

Another part that I like is that you are able to go back and repeat questions that you missed until you get them right. Also, Smart-EZE has a parent mode that allows parents to check on their kid's progress and see how many questions they got right or wrong. The only part that bothered me is that the app seemed a little laggy when I played. This was particularly noticeable when using the note pad and watching animation.

I recommend this for kids ages 8 to 12. I rate this app 4 out of 5 stars because it is lots of fun, but the lag is a little frustrating.

Reviewed by Miles Tallia, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11

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


ONCE UPON A SIGN: THE NEW THREE LITTLE PIGS

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DAWNSIGNPRESS
Series: SHORT, AGES 5-8
Topic - Education/Instructional
Description - Tom, Larry, and Sunny have all purchased their own land and will be building their own house. All have different ideas on how to build the best house. But which house will be able to stand up to the Wolf? And what valuable lessons will the Piggy family learn in the end?
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Parents, if your child loves fairy tales and you want them to see another side of life as they know it, please have them watch The New Three Little Pigs by DawnSign Press! Their Once Upon a Sign series brings fairy tales to life using American Sign Language as a major mode of communication. The actors act and sign ASL while the dialogue is voiced in the background.

This DVD is thoroughly entertaining, current and humorous. The clever dialogue and animation make it fun for parents to sit and watch with the kids. Who doesn't love the older sister pig who is the voice of reason for her sillier younger pig brothers?

Watching this DVD with your child, whether hearing impaired or not, is a fun and brilliant way to introduce sign language and provide a glimpse into different modes of communication. What a great way to broach the conversation with your child about differences and similarities between people with good hearing and those needing sign language.

I heartily rate The New Three Little Pigs 5 out of 5 stars, and recommend the viewing age 3 to 12 years of age.

Reviewed by Ruth A., KIDS FIRST! Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is cute and adorable movie that almost everybody will love. It is perfect for little kids because they will learn a lot. It's also great for older kids because it has a modern twist on a fairy tale. I think they will really enjoy it and relate to it as well. It is really funny how they play on words when they are playing with video games and stuff. It is really funny and made me laugh.

Now, the background is awesome. It looks like it is hand drawn and it kind of made me feel as if I jumped into the fairy tale. It made me feel as if I was there, standing as a little pig myself. Standing ... It is just so cute. They have real life props that look like you could pick them up and play with them. And the cute little piggies are so so so adorable. Plus, I learned how to garden, how to use sign language and also, about how this family could have fun.

Now, we get to learn sign language at the end which is very cool. I have always been interested in learning how to do sign language for quite a while and I bet other kids have as well. With this DVD, the hearing impaired can also listen to it and watch it and know what is being said.

My favorite character is probably Funny Piggy. She is a great female character. She shows kids that it's great to work hard and they can have fun doing that as well. She reminds us to always try to do your best no matter what. This is a life action film. I think adults would enjoy it as well as kids. I recommend it for ages 3 to 11 depending on your style. I give this DVD 4.5 out of 5 twinkling stars. It is available now from DawnSign Press and wherever DVDs are sold so, check it out.

Reviewed by Morgan B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11.
Runtime: 25 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-8
Suggested Retail Price: $ 15.96
Media: DVD


HOLIDAY AND EVERYDAY SONGS

KIDS FIRST ALL STAR
HOLIDAY AND EVERYDAY SONGS
HAP-PAL MUSIC, INC.
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - This is a collection of songs about holidays throughout the year combined with songs about special things that happen every day. Included songs for Martin Luther King Day, Valentines Day, Chinese New Year, Halloween, Fourth of July, Cinco de Mayo, Christmas and more.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - At last count Hap Palmer has written over a million songs - most people will be too lazy to fact check that fact. It's an election year. I elect Mr. Palmer to the Kids Music Hall of Fame alongside Mister Rogers another bastion of children's rights even when they're wrong sometime and need a hug and a cup of musical cocoa. 'Holiday and Everyday Songs' is a 19-song extravaganza of musical styles and feel good candy kisses that will have mom and dad dancing in Neolithic ways and kids downright digging the tunes and sharing and learning different cultural celebrations and appreciations. This album is memorable! Reviewed by John Wood, KIDS FIRST! Music Judge.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Hap Palmer Holiday and Everyday Songs is fun to listen to. We like the music and the singing. The singing is not like other songs. The songs have expression and feelings. We especially like the song Witches' Brew. The words are so fun and it's catchy. That song gets stuck in your head all day. We love it! It's our favorite. We also like the song Scamper a lot. We think other kids would like this CD because it's really fun!
Runtime: 90 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.95
Media: AUDIO



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