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DIGIMON ADVENTURE TRI.: CONFESSION

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Series: DVD AGES 8-18
Description - Tai and his friends are haunted by the infection that resulted in Meicoomon destroying Leomon. What could have caused it? When did it occur? Now, all of the Digimon are quarantined, in hopes that answers can be found and the infection can be stopped. Unfortunately, one of the quarantined Digimon is already showing symptoms. The adventure now evolves once again...
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Digimon Adventure Tri. 3: Confession is a beautifully made anime film that touched my hearts and will touch the hearts of others. The storyline picks up right after the events that took place in past movies. Tai and his friends are still trying to figure out what caused the infection that made Leomon go rogue. All the Digimon are quarantined in hopes to keep them safe from the infection and buy the friends some time to figure out ways to stop it from spreading. Sadly, one of the Digimon is showing some indications that they might have the infection.

This DVD is the third film in the franchise Digimon Adventure Tri. I had absolutely no background knowledge of the first film Digimon Adventure Tri, nor did I know anything about the second film Digimon Adventure Tri.2: Decision. Consequently, it was a bit difficult for me to understand what was happening in the beginning of the film, since the characters referred to things that happened in the previous two films. For example, the character Leomon is discussed a lot in the beginning of the movie. I had no idea who or what that character was for the first twenty minutes. Eventually I picked up that Leoman is a Digimon. Then, I had to re-watch the scenes where they talked about that character. The one very helpful thing in this film are the flashback scenes. They really helped me understand the plot. I recommend that people watch the first and second films before watching this one as it will help them understand the plot of the film.

This is not my first anime film, but it is my first anime dealing with magical characters like Digimons. I was not a fan of Pokemon growing up so I never watched too many anime films. Occasionally I have watched a realistic fiction anime but never fantasy ones. After watching this film I'm definitely going to put more time in watching anime films. This film gives justice to the world of anime. The storyline is compelling and the whole concept of digital monsters is absolutely fascinating. I love the relationships between the people and their Digimons. My favorite duo has to be Patamon (Anna Garduno) and TK (Johnny Yong Bosch). I could feel the love they have for each other. I grew very fond of these characters over time. I emphasized with them when times were bad. These two characters make this film even better.

The animation is absolutely stunning. There is so much detail that goes into making anime films. This film meets that high standard. The Digimon are drawn beautifully. Their exterior designs match their personalities so well. I could tell a lot of time went into drawing these monsters. The humans also have a very special look to them. My favorite feature is the characters' eyes. You can feel the characters' emotions by looking into their eyes. It can be difficult to truly connect with animated characters at times, due to their not looking realistic. These characters are drawn very realistically and I personally connected to them.

I recommend this film for ages 7 to 16. Younger audiences will love the fun characters and the older audiences will find the story line interesting. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars. I felt a connection to the characters and an urge to know the ending. I think the animation is stunning. This film is available now on DVD now so go check it out!

Reviewed by Talia J., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14

Digimon Adventure Tri: Confession impressed me because of its wonderful style and action. The voice-acting is spectacular and the impressive animation allows for amazing visuals. This is sure to be a hit with Digimon and anime fans.

The story follows the events after an infected Meicoomon (Kate Higgons) turns to the dark side and kills Leomon. Due to this, Meicoomon's owner, Meiko (Miho Arakawa), is dealing with extreme guilt and all the other Digimon are left in the office of Izzy (Mona Marshall) to prevent further infection. However, when Takeru (Junya Enoki) finds out his Digimon, Patamon (Laura Summer), is facing infection, he tries to stop it before it is too late. Meanwhile, Meicoomon returns to cause more havoc on Earth.

Miho Arakawa, as Meiko, excellently presents her guilt and blame after Meicoomon turns to the dark side. Her sadness is well presented as she tries to abandon her team. Junya Enoki, as Takeru, is a highlight delivering a well-ranged performance full of charisma and urgency, as he tries to put his team back together to save Patamon. Also, the emotional drama between Takeru and Patomon is well done, and due to this he is my favorite character. Tom Fahn, as Agumon, is a well-presented team leader of the Digimon who will do anything to save his friends. Laura Summer, as Patamon, delivers and equally emotional performance to Takeru as she is facing a possible impending infection, which will turn her against her Digimon friends. Kate Higgons, as Meicoomon, is a well-developed antagonist who is a formidable foe for the Digimon to fight.

The direction by Keitaro Motonaro is wonderful due to a pace that feels as if it's an interesting magna story. My favorite scene is the scene when Takeru tells Patamon that he is infected, because it is extremely emotional due to the incredible acting of the two characters. My only problem with this movie is the large amounts of expository flashbacks that further progress the story. It feels like a lazy way to tell a story.

The message of the movie is about finding a way to forgive yourself. Meiko's intense guilt and blame for herself is a big plot point, but she learns that moving on and helping the team will be for the better. I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18 because of its action and emotional themes. The movie is available now on DVD and Blu-Ray, so check it out.

Reviewed by Arjun N., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15
Runtime: 105 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ 13.42 Media: DVD


VERMEER, BEYOND TIME - PBS DISTRIBUTION
Series: DOCUMENTARY, AGES 12 - 18
Description - Vermeer, Beyond Time explores the life and work of one of the most loved, influential, and well-known artists, Johannes Vermeer. Images from his paintings have become part of our collective imagination and are instantly recognizable.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I enjoyed the juxtaposition of seeing Vermeer's paintings and scenes of modern day Holland, as well as museum goers viewing and admiring his works in the museums of Europe today.

Vermeer, Beyond Time is a documentary film portraying the interesting life and work of the Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer. Today he is admired and loved for well- known paintings such as "Girl with a Pearl Earring," "The Lacemaker," "Girl by an Open Window" and others.

Narrated by well-known actor, comedian and musician Steve Martin who weaves a story of the trials and tribulations that Vermeer experienced in his short life. He died in 1672 at the age of 40, destitute and desperate.

What I found extremely interesting and was unaware of, is that after his death, twenty years later, in 1696, twenty-one of his works were sold and then disappeared for 150 years. They were discovered later, in the middle of the 19th century. Admired by masters of his time such as Rembrandt, Peter de Hooch as well as the writer Marcel Proust, he never got to see the fruits of his creative labor.

Born in 1645, Vermeer came from humble beginnings. At the age of 21, he married into wealth and his marriage changed the course of his life. He fell in love with an older woman very different from him, had 15 children and a mother-in-law who was instrumental in his career. His life was imbued with his family of women.

Yet in his paintings, there is an element of mystery as he was known for silence, solitude and thought in his approach. When one looks at his paintings, it's as if time disappears. Historians wonder why he painted so few pictures and yet for those known today, people are extremely passionate. His paintings tell stories and represent symbols of a society in Delft, which had a leading economy and was the richest city in Europe at that time. This is known as the golden age in Holland, as people were creating their own culture.

Vermeer had an intense engagement and admiration for women, and his paintings portray them in a refined manner. He painted elegant women and men of learning, and introduced musical instruments into many of his paintings.

The film explores his techniques and approach in great detail. One of his paintings created in the golden age of 1657-8, called "Little Street" is discussed as an exercise of the mind. It is suggested that perhaps the artist reinvented reality by imagining and creating a house as the central character, with a woman doing needlework, a servant girl cleaning the yard and a small boy and girl at play.

I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 15 to 18 as well as adults. Those who are into art and art history and who want to know more about Vermeer's technique and the time he lived in will particularly enjoy it. It is rich in detail and history of that time. This film is available now on DVD so be sure to check it out.

Reviewed by Terry S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 90 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 12-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ 17.99 Media: DVD


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SNOWMAN, THE & THE SNOWMAN AND THE SNOWDOG
SNOWMAN, THE & THE SNOWMAN AND THE SNOWDOG - N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD AGES 2-5
Description - Relive Raymond Brigg's holiday classic, The Snowman! One crisp, winter morning, a young boy wakes up to find a thick blanket of snow has covered the ground as far as the eye can see. Filled with excitement, the boy decides to build a snowman using a tangerine for his nose, coal for his buttons and eyes, and tops him off with a hat and scarf. Later that night, at the stroke of midnight, the snowman comes to life! The young boy and the snowman embark on a magical adventure of discovery where the snowman explores the young boy s world and in return he takes him flying to his home in the North Pole. Upon arriving at the North Pole, the two join a party as the guests of honor to a very special person. Then, embark on a new adventure in the charming sequel, The Snowman and the Snowdog! When a young boy and his mother move to a new house, the boy discovers a secret box hidden under the floorboards of his bedroom. In the box, he finds a hat, scarf, some lumps of coal and a shriveled tangerine - it's a snowman-making kit! Later that day it starts to snow and the boy builds a Snowman and with the little spare snow leftover, a Snowdog. That night they come to life and take him on a wonderful adventure. As dawn breaks they fly home, but before the boy returns to bed a magical surprise awaits him...
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The Snowman is one of my all-time favorite pieces of animation. Directed by Dianne Jackson and produced by Jonathan Coates, this non-narrative film truly is filled with wonder. The haunting music by Howard Blake ("Walking in the Air") stays with me for days after each time I watch this film. And, I mean that in a good way. Based on the best-selling book by Raymond Briggs, this is a piece of animation that is true to the original story and one to share with your family during the holiday season.

N Circle Entertainment has done a brilliant thing in creating this two DVD pack and including the sequel to this classic film, The Snowman and Snowdog which was created to mark the 30th anniversary of the original. Another non-narrative film, this one brings in a new character in a short film that is as charming as the original. Dedicated to John Coates and featuring a new song, "Light the Night" by former Razorlight drummer Andy Burrows, this is an extremely thoughtful sequel and was made using traditional hand-drawn animation, not CGI. This collection is really a treasure! Reviewed by Sarah S., KIDS FIRST! Juror

These movies are instant classics that bring out the feeling of Christmas Spirit. The first thing you notice is the beautiful animation. The next is the story which is wholesome and great for the whole family. The Snowman is about a boy whom builds a snowman and when that snowman comes to life they embark on a lovely adventure to the North Pole. Similarly, the sequel is about a boy building a snowman and a Snowdog that both come to life. I highly recommend these two short films and recommend them for ages 2 to 9. I also believe some older children and adults will like it as well. I give these 5 out of 5 stars! Happy Holidays!

Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This double feature DVD includes heartwarming films about the winter season that never ceases to amaze me. I like both movies because they remind me of myself during the holidays. For example, when the boy has to scrounge up snow for his snowman, I thought about when I tried to do the same thing! This DVD includes two movies: The Snowman and The Snowman and The Snowdog. I love both equally!

In The Snowman, a young British boy in a classic 1950s English rural home builds a snowman on Christmas Eve. At midnight, the snowman comes to life and takes the boy on a flying trip around the world! The scenes become grander and grander until you think nothing more can happen! After all of this is over, they travel back home. The next morning, the boy...well, you'll see. The ending brought meaningful tears to my eyes!

The sequel movie, The Snowman and The Snowdog picks up where the first movie left off. It takes place in modern times with another boy who has recently moved into the exact same English house (now renovated). Less than a year after moving in, the boy discovers under a floorboard a time capsule left behind by the previous boy. This box includes a picture of the same snowman and the original objects used to decorate it. The lad builds the snowman according to the picture and the Snowman is reborn! Still, the boy isn't finished. While saddened with the recent loss of his dog, he also builds a Snowdog! They travel around the world in similar fashion as the first boy, but there is a surprise ending!

The detail in these movies is stunning! Even though there is no talking, the artistry makes up for that. Each scene is hand-drawn, which must have been a technical pain for the scenes in motion! These movies are based on Raymond Briggs' classic picture books. Besides young children, adults who have read this book in their youth will also appreciate these quality films. The unexpected ending is truly memorable!

I give this DVD 5 out of 5 stars. I recommend it for kids ages 2 to 6 and adults who enjoy fine art. This movie is available both on DVD and VOD. So, enjoy this winter delight!

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


Runtime: 60 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.96 Media: DVD


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GUMBY: GUMBY'S ARCTIC ANTICS

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Series: DVD, AGES 5-12
Description - Gumby and Pokey, television's legendary clay characters, live one great adventure after another in a timeless world of stop motion magic and wonder. Join our favorite duo in this fun-filled collection of 50's, 60's and 80's episodes! When Santa gets sick right before Christmas, will the holiday be ruined or can the Witty Witch save the day and deliver the gifts with the help of a certain someone? Then, Scrooge escapes from his book and sets out to destroy all of the toys in Toyland, but luckily Gumby is there to save the day. From helping the Pilgrims, George Washington, and even the Moon Boggles, to rescuing a baby mastodon in the arctic, these unique shows will spark your imagination and bring a smile to your heart.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I believe the DVD Gumby: Arctic Antics is a great series because of its claymation and characters. I found it brought cheer to my Christmas and made me happy.

This DVD is a collection of holiday themed episodes from the 50s, 60s and 80s about Gumby and his friend Pokey as they look into famous stories about Christmas, Thanksgiving and the fourth of July. Gumby and Pokey are an iconic duo from the 60s.

This type of animation is known as claymation. It reminds me of Christmas movies such as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and other classics such as Santa is Coming to Town. They poke fun of the fact that the characters are clay by making them melt. I like how they incorporate live action with the animation. In one scene, Gumby and Pokey fall down into a pile of things and they are live action.

The characters in the show are fantastic. I love the banter between Gumby and Pokey. Gumby always tells Pokey to pay attention to the story they are watching, but he always disobeys. Instead, he helps the characters in the story.

The message of this film is to help people no matter the consequences. It spreads a message about helping friends or people in need. Pokey helps a prince who was scammed by shop owners when they gave him a plum tree with a pigeon in it. So, he tells a man with fairy dust to turn the tree and pigeon into gold. The prince is surprised of what happens and the girl he gives it to is ecstatic.

I give this DVD 5 out of 5 stars recommend it to ages 6 to 9. This is available on DVD now so go check it out.

Reviewed by Carla P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13
Runtime: 80 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ 3.99 Media: DVD


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SUPER 4: WELCOME TO KINGSLAND!

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SUPER 4: WELCOME TO KINGSLAND! - N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 4-10
Description - Inspired by the world of Playmobil� toys, embark on a series of adventures with the Super 4 as they travel throughout the wider Playmobil� universes. Whether it be a sci-fi futuristic world, a magical fairy world, a world of pirates, or a world of medieval knights, the adventures are never ending! Welcome to Kingsland, a world of chivalry, dragons, quests, tournaments, and castles! Kingsland is ruled by the corrupt King John, who is Prince Alexander's uncle. King John ascended the throne when Alex's father and mother were lost at sea. Prince Alexander is the heir to the throne but cannot abide living under his uncle's corrupt authority. Join Prince Alexander, or Alex as he'd prefer to be called, along with his Super 4 friends as they band together to fight villains especially dragons and save their worlds from chaos.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Welcome to Kingsland is about the Super 4 and a lovely prince named Alex joining forces to take down the evil king (who just happens to be Alex's uncle) and fight many medieval monsters such as dragons to save the world! Although I enjoyed the story, I have to be honest., I really disliked the CGI animation. While I understand that this is a Playmobil property and they do things very similar to LEGO. I just really feel like their animation doesn't work well here. By the end of this program, it felt as if it was a long commercial for the Kingsland Playset and less an actual story. My son enjoyed it though and I believe that the younger aged kids will like it. I just wish there was more to learn from this program and less to buy. It is very comical and definitely tries to teach children to problem solve, but falls a bit short of the mark for my liking. I recommend it for ages 5 to 9 and give it 3 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I love this DVD with its seven, fun-filled episodes with wonderful story lines, exciting characters and fun animation. The animation is similar to what LEGO movies use, but it Is different and transports you to a new place.

The stories usually start off at King's castle and the characters leaving on an adventure. The PLAYMOBIL characters are young, quirky and still trying to figure out their abilities. They all have clothing that matches their various characters which adds to making them look realistic. The Super 4 leader is a prince who is the brave knight, Alex (Damien Ferrette). A rambunctious and quirky pirate, Ruby (Laetitia Lefebvre) has their backs at all times although she is a bit of a thief. A shy and adorable fairy, Twinkle (Sarah Natochenny) is still learning how to use her magic wand. An intelligent and boastful scientist, Gene (Franck Lorrain) stands out from the others because he is a scientist from the future. Also, there is a silly girly girl, Leonora Princess (Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld) who loves her brother but can be a bit of a burden at times. She is very kind and clever and tries to help the Super 4 save the day and the kingdom.

This is set in medieval times, a period I always take joy in watching with its knights, dragons, castles and, of course, a catapult. The background and castles put you the mood to grab your sword and defend the castles. Gene makes this a unique story line. His futuristic vehicle with computers, wheels and an engine sure beats walking or riding horseback. He always tells the viewers facts and science knowledge to help them solve the problems.

The voice talent are perfectly matched for their characters. The fairy is a bit high pitched perhaps but, one thing I like is that you can always tell who is talking because their voices are re all so distinct. The episode "Princely Wedding" is humorous because the Princess is put under a love spell and falls in love with the Black Knight and Super 4 must figure out what is going on. She wants nothing to do with them because she is madly in love and will not listen to anyone, but her "love" is a sworn enemy of the kingdom. She is a girly girl, so this episode is totally out of character for her. I smiled from ear to ear in the "Baby Dragon" episode when Gene, the mature scientist, is singing a lullaby and is attached to the baby.

The lesson learned here is that we all need each other to conquer problems. You should never give up as there are always different ways to look at things. When you do, you can find a solution. I recommend this to kids age 5 to 12. The episodes are short enough to keep young ones' attention and the unique animation, story lines and science information will entertain older kids. I give this 5 out of 5 super PLAYMOBIL stars. You can find this DVD wherever DVDs are sold.

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

Super4 is a decent Playmobil series that is more suitable for younger kids. The voice acting kept me in interested, but, the childish jokes were definitely not suited for my age group. Also, the CGI is not as sophisticated. Despite these flaws, it is very watchable by a younger audience.

The story line follows the adventures of four characters who go on adventures in Kingsland. The four characters include Prince Alexander (Damien Ferrette), Twinkle the fairy (Sarah Natochenny), Ruby the pirate (Laetitia Lefebvre) and Gene the scientist (Franck Lorrain). The team face certain challenges such as opposing kingdoms and dragons in six different episodes.

Damien Ferrette delivers a decent performance as Prince Alexander and expresses the character's adventurous side quite well. Sarah Natochenny plays a fun Twinkle the fairy, showing the magical side of the character well. Ruby the Pirate (Laetitia Lefebvre) presents a very believable pirate that likes to steal. Gene the Scientist (Franck Lorrain) is the most interesting character due to his intelligence and wittiness.

The movie's CGI is not as sophisticated as most of today's animated TV shows, which bothered me a little. Most movies today, such as the Pixar movies have realistic animations of the characters. The animation here seems choppy and the characters are not very detailed. Despite this, I appreciate the effort of the animation team because their efforts display the characters well. My favorite part would be the scenes involving the dragons. I think that the dragons are a great, fantastical element.

This movie has a good message about people working as a team and that, as a team, they can solve any problem. The team is faced with various dangers and they work together to overcome these dangers. This show would appeal more to anyone interested in Playmobil line of toys. I give this show 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 8 years old. This series is available on DVD so, go check it out.

Reviewed by Arjun N., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14

Super 4: Welcome to Kingsland is a DVD of episodes about the Playmobil characters known as the Super 4. The series is based on the worlds of Playmobil. The worlds shown on this DVD are: Kingsland, which holds knights, barons, kings, princes, princesses and dragons; Fairy World, where fairies and little strange monsters live; and the Lost World, which includes dinosaurs. I must admit, I didn't really enjoy this DVD. It is very repetitive. The characters that aren't Super 4 members do the same thing in every episode. For example, the knights just worship the king and don't fight. The plot where the baron tries to marry the princess is used in two different episodes.

The members of the Super 4 are: Alex, (Damien Ferrette), the prince of Kingsland and the leader who started the Super 4; Twinkle, (Annouck Hautbois), a fairy from Fairy World, who doesn't always get her spells right the first time; Ruby, (Laetitia Lefebvre), a pirate from the Pirate Lost Island, who sometimes gets in trouble for stealing treasure but always gives it back unless it is owned by the enemy; Gene, (Franck Lorrain), the team's genius from the Agents' world, who never gets things wrong. The Super 4 are a group of friends who embark on many adventures and missions to fight villains. This collection is about a few of their adventures saving Kingsland, Alex's home world from chaos.

My favorite episode is called "Rage of Dragon" which is about the enchanted witch from fairy world who puts a spell on Ruby that turns her into a dragon. Super 4's remaining members must figure out what happened to her and help her break the spell. That episode really stands out. My favorite character is Alien, Twinkles strange little monster pet who is really scared of dragons. He is funny because he is always clumsy.

The message of this show is that if you work together, you can do anything. I don't like that the series repeats the same plot multiple times, but younger kids who like repetition and play with Playmobil might love this. For that reason, this series isn't really my taste. I rate this DVD 2 out of 5 stars for its ability to look like Playmobil. I recommend this DVD for ages 2 through 6 because it has a lot of repetition of plots and characters and little kids love that. This DVD/Blu-ray is available now so go check it out.

Reviewed by Damon Foxe, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10
Runtime: 85 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99 Media: DVD


REGAL ACADEMY: ROSE CINDERELLA IN FAIRY TALE LAND - 0
Series: DVD, AGES 5-12
Description - Rose Cinderella thinks she is a regular teenager, but things change when she finds a magic key unlocking a world where fairy tales come to life! Rose Cinderella quite literally falls into Fairy Tale Land and discovers that Cinderella is not only her grandmother but also the headmistress of Regal Academy, a school where fairytale families teach the next generation how to become heroes. Episodes included are: A School for Fairy Tales, The Great Dragon Race and The Swan in Swamp Lake.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - What's most appealing about this DVD is that it's an animated series starring Cinderella's granddaughter. I like this series because it separates fact from fiction. For instance, the viewers see Regal Academy as an enchanting and magical world filled with mythical creatures, while earth is simply earth. Furthermore, I like that Rose has a magical ability, which is called pumpkin magic. With her wand, Rose turns pumpkins into cars and objects. Rose is a likable character that will be relatable to children between the ages of 5 to 12. She's clumsy, a bit nosy, loud, outspoken, and has a positive outlook on life. This series has great visuals and includes vocabulary and concepts that are suitable for this age group. In fact, each episode flows well, the sound is clear, and has a beginning, middle and end. I highly recommend this series and give it 4 out of 5 stars.
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Runtime: 72 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ 12.99 Media: DVD

VISIONS OF PUERTO RICO
VISIONS OF PUERTO RICO - PBS DISTRIBUTION
Series: DVD, AGES 12-18
Description - Viewers are given the opportunity to take a journey through paradise around the island of Puerto Rico and back again, by using the lighthouses at the four corners of the island as transition points. Featuring informative narration about the island's rich history, architecture and lush natural beauty, the program uses aerial and ground footage shot in high-definition with the latest technology, and a soundtrack of local favorites including the omnipresent chirp of the tiny coqui frog to submerge viewers in this special place.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This hour-long PBS program takes us on a tour of Puerto Rico (a U.S. territory since 1898) using aerial photography to swoop along the stunning coastline and survey the old fortresses and classic beaches. Moving inland, the camera lingers over the Spanish-influenced architecture and vast countryside, farms and forests. The sunny streets of Old San Juan come alive as we see children playing and people going about their daily lives. Lighthouses at each of the four points of the island anchor the travelogue, and along the way bits of history about the land and the people are accompanied by lively Spanish music. The editing is relaxed, in keeping with the island's rhythms, though a sense is felt of the encroachment of modern skyscrapers on its natural beauty. While lush forests and stretches of green countryside are hovered over, one can't help but ruminate upon the devastating effects of 2017s Hurricane Maria that flooded so many of the peaceful streets and plazas, after this program was made. Recommended for ages 12 to 18 as well as adults and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Mike F., KIDS FIRST! Juror
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Runtime: 55 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 12-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ 24.99 Media: DVD

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DOOZERS: GIANT GINGERBREAD HOUSE
DOOZERS: GIANT GINGERBREAD HOUSE - N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 2-7
Description - Welcome to Doozer Creek where the Doozers live! They're green. They're cute. They're three inches tall and they're full of energy, ideas, and enthusiasm! It's family time at Doozer Creek! The Pod Squad want to build a Doozer-sized Gingerbread House! However, in order to achieve such a large size Gingerbread House it's going to take some clever construction to create. Can the Pod Squad do it? Then, Daisy Wheel wants to ice skate with the others, but she doesn't know how. Together, the Pod Squad build her a custom Doo-Step Skating Dress that lets her glide across the ice in no time. Weee! Enjoy these adventures and six more focusing on science, technology, engineering and math!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I really enjoy watching The Doozers because I was always a huge fan of Fraggle Rock. My son loves Fraggle Rock and he totally recognized the Doozers when they came on! In this DVD collection, the Doozers set out to make a large gingerbread house and the show really goes into the math and engineering of building the house. It's great how it manages to simplify it enough for young viewers to enjoy. Next you get to see the gang help out a friend and engineer a really cute dress in the process. There's even little present exchanges in this story. I really love how educational and engaging this show is for younger children. I think teamwork is an important life skill and any child watching this is sure to learn very quickly the importance and joy that comes from being part of a team. This is great for ages 3 to 7, but my 21-month-old really enjoyed as well. I give it 5 out of 5 stars! Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Juror
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Runtime: 90 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 3-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99 Media: DVD

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ABC MONSTERS: STARRING VWXYZ

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ABC MONSTERS: STARRING VWXYZ - N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD AGES 2-5
Description - Twenty six cuddly ABC Monsters live within the walls of Capital Castle. Each monster represents a letter of the alphabet, but should any of the monsters go missing for longer than a day, all the letters will be wiped clean from every book in Capital Town! In this DVD, embark on adventures with Alice, Brian, and Cherry Berry to search high and low for the letters V, W, X, Y, and Z. It's a very windy day in Capital Town. After checking the ABC Monsters, it seems that one of them is missing - W-Monster! So Alice, Brian and Cherry Berry head into town in hopes of finding their missing friend, W-Monster. Along the way they meet, Wanda the Weaver, Wendy the Window Cleaner and then Willie Webster. Hopefully, one of them will be able to help Alice, Brian and Cherry Berry find W-Monster during this windy day. Get set for a spellbinding series of magical adventures that engages preschool children's imaginations, while making learning exciting and entertaining.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Oh no, W-Monster is missing! Capital Castle is a grand place that houses the 26 Alphabet Monsters, but today we have one missing and we must find it! My son was loving the search and kept asking where W had gone. It was adorable. My favorite thing about this DVD is the alliteration and how it coincides with the main cast. For example: since we are searching for W, we encounter Willie Webster and Wanda the Weaver and all this takes place on a windy day! Isn't that fun? One of the children searching for W-Monster is named Alice and she is such a sweetheart. I love seeing such a positive portrayal of little girls on screen. All of the Alphabet Monsters are funny and somehow manage to have different personalities. This show provides fun adventures, but I honestly just love the fact that these 26 monsters have 26 distinct looks and 26 distinct personalities. It's wonderfully done. This is best for preschool aged children, however, I recommend it for ages 2 to 6 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This educational DVD is super cute and hilarious. I love that it is interactive and that there is music. The animation is very colorful, bright and vivid.

In the story, the letters of the alphabet are all different monsters. Each episode stars one of the letters of the alphabet. Later in the episode, the letter goes missing and it's up to Alice, Brian and Cherry Berry to find the missing letter. If one of the monsters goes missing for more than a day, then all of the letters will be erased from every book. Throughout the episodes, they teach letter recognition, spelling, writing each letter, identifying the missing letter in a word and there are parts where you can sing-along.

I like the style of animation in this show. It is really cute, cheerful, colorful and pleasing. The animation flows well and has lots of detail. The backgrounds look really cool as well. I love the way the characters' faces have different expressions and they show a variety of emotions through their facial expressions.

Each of the characters has a different hairstyle and different personality. This shows me that the creators took the time and the effort to give each character a completely different and unique look as well as a completely distinctive personality. It makes the DVD just that much more interesting to watch and it impacts the storyline as well.

My favorite part of the episodes is when they can make alliterations with the letter that is starring. It is really creative and amazing to see how many words they come up with. For example, on the episode that stars the letter W, they met Wanda the Weaver, Wendy the Window Cleaner and Willie the Webster.

The message of this DVD is about teaching kids to do the right things when different situations arise. The goal is to educate kids about the alphabet and help them develop their language skills. The film also has sing-alongs, which can help in developing your reading skills. This show excels at teaching while entertaining kids. I believe that a child can learn a lot about the alphabet from watching it. I give this DVD 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 to 7. It is available on DVD now so go check it out.

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

ABC Monsters Starring VWXYZ, directed by Ah Loong, is an interactive adventure full of fun and games! Songs, puzzles and dances encircle each episode with excitement. Puzzles where viewers are asked to help kept me engaged as I felt I was a part of the show, helping the main characters along their journey to find the missing monsters.

The story follows Alice, Brian and their fairy Cherry Berry, who embark on different adventures to find the missing letters. On their way, they face many puzzles, meet new friends and visit new places. They even learn new songs and dance moves as they embark on their exhilarating quests.

The animation and songs are unforgettable. The children and adults have a larger head than body, which allows an exaggeration of emotions. It makes it easy to understand what the characters are feeling. The monsters come in different colors, have distinctive hairstyles and unique personalities. Each characteristic adds to their charm including their smiles and even their unique teeth. The backgrounds are colorful and radiant. They appear to have been drawn as there are sketchy lines that outline the trees, hills and houses. This adds to the calm feeling of watching different, lively scenes. The animation becomes more visually appealing when different patches of designs merge to create walls, floors and hills. It prevents certain areas from being one solid color and gave me more to look at on their adventures.

When a song begins, the scene changes into vibrant shades of yellow, pink and blue with a multitude of flowery shapes. The characters dance on screen while colors and patterns flow past them. There are sparkles everywhere and lights flash as if the characters are at a disco. Captions also appear at the bottom, encouraging viewers to sing along. The ambience of these scenes are exuberant and energetic. The songs themselves are catchy and made me want to sing along too.

My favorite part is the journey of finding the monsters because, even I had the pleasure of guessing the riddles and seeing how one puzzle would lead to the next. The message of this DVD is "always help those in need and good will always transpire." I give this DVD 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 6. This DVD is available now so be sure to check it out, especially if you have preschoolers.

Reviewed by Sahiba K., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15
Runtime: 125 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 2-5 Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99 Media: DVD


COLLECTION, THE
COLLECTION, THE - PBS DISTRIBUTION
Series: DOCUMENTARY, AGES 14-18
Description - 1947. A fashion empire rises from the ashes of war-torn Paris, run by the breathtakingly charming and thoroughly ruthless Paul Sabine. But behind the glamour and elegance lies a devastating secret that threatens to destroy the company's delicately built success. Sophisticated and contemporary in tone, this is a story about the price of success, set during a pivotal moment in France's history.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The Collection is truly a captivating miniseries highlighting Paris fashion and glamour while providing a glimpse into the history of this iconic city. It follows the Sabine family, their friends and acquaintances as they bring Paris back to the forefront as the fashion capital of the world. The Sabine family consists of Paul, who runs the business side of things and occasionally has to get his hands dirty to keep the business operating, his American wife who has connections in the fashion world and is a major component in keeping the business afloat, Paul's brother Claude who is a brilliant designer and their mother Yvette.

The Collection entertains from the beginning to the end. It provides a glimpse into the behind the scenes workings of the fashion world. The cinematography is stunning, especially the freeze frame shots of the models in various outfits and the photographs of the fashion house's collection, which add to its allure. This miniseries serves as a reminder of tempestuous times in France, the world and people's resilience. However, this miniseries is most suited for an older audience as there are several scenes that include adult language, behavior and violence. I recommend it for ages 14 to 18. I give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Jennifer V., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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Runtime: 480 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 14-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ 27.57 Media: DVD


VISIONS OF NEW YORK CITY
VISIONS OF NEW YORK CITY - PBS DISTRIBUTION
Series: DVD, AGES 12-18
Description - New York City has long been a symbol of the American Dream, the first stop for immigrant families for generations - and in modern times the symbol of America's continuing strength. The vivid film offers striking views of New York: the harbor from Lady Liberty's perspective; Central Park as the birds experience it; the crucifix architecture of St. Patrick's Cathedral as intended from the heavens; neighborhoods from the Lower East Side, Little Italy, Chinatown, Harlem, and the Upper West Side, and more. Aerial and ground footage highlight the city's iconic images, boundless energy and enduring allure.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This highly-entertaining tour of New York City, focus?s?e??s largely on Manhattan, ta?king viewers from Battery Park to Harlem, occasionally offering little pearls of wisdom about its most iconic buildings, structures and spaces (the Guggenheim Museum is best experienced by starting from the top so you can take in the artwork on the walls of its distinctive circular design as you make your way down). Though necessarily painted in broad strokes with a running time of just under an hour, this PBS program hits all the expected highlights, from Ellis Island to Wall Street, jazz clubs, museums, Broadway and Times Square. Backed by a blend of jazz and classical music, narrator Frank Deford waxes enthusiastically to often-stunning aerial photography of the streets and skyscrapers, most notably in a sequence covering Central Park. While lifelong New Yorkers won't be surprised by much of the material, anyone familiar with the City That Never Sleeps will bask in the brisk editing and many shots of the constantly moving city from street level and above. Recommended for ages 12 ?to 18 as well as adults. I give this 4 out of 5 stars. ?Reviewed by Michael Fishman, KIDS FIRST! Juror?
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Runtime: 55 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 12-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ 24.99 Media: DVD

STORY OF CHINA WITH MICHAEL WOOD, THE - PBS DISTRIBUTION
Series: DOCUMENTARY, AGES 12 - 18
Description - The Story of China, written and presented by historian Michael Wood, explores the history of the world's oldest continuous state, from the ancient past to the present day.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The Story of China is quite interesting. It appears to offer a realistic and complete look of China and its culture. The first disc covers ancestors, silk roads, China ships and the Golden Age. I learned a lot about China and can't think of a more entertaining way to learn. I like its set up. It is quite long and the episodes make it easy to go back to where you left off. The narration is by Michael Wood whose voice keeps you awake, rather than droning on. I really enjoyed learning about China's history and especially liked the scenery and the narration. The second disc covers the Ming Dynasty, the Last Empire and the Age of Revolution. There are also special features that are equally entertaining such as "Anyone for Coffee"? This is a very thorough filmed history of China and anyone watching it will surely learn a lot. I give this 5 stars out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10 to18 as well as adults. Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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Runtime: 360 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 12-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ 34.99 Media: DVD

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SHOPKINS: WORLD VACATION

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Series: DVD AGES 5-8
Description - Grab your boarding pass and come on a worldwide ride with our favorite Shoppies and Shopkins. Vacation with the gang as they meet crazy bandits and go on even crazier adventures! When Kooky Cookie gets caught up in a diamond heist and goes missing, the Shoppies must go on a wild chase around the world to find her and help bring back the 'Shop Diamond' to its royal owner. Watch as they attempt amazing challenges and face Kooky fans to try and clear her name. Fasten your seatbelt for a world vacation you'll never forget!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This fantastic animated film made me smile. With its unique characters, adorable animation and catchy tunes, my eyes never left the screen. I have never seen a film with characters that resemble food. From bananas to strawberries, and even chocolate bars, you are sure to relate to your favorite food.

Join all of the Shopkins' characters on an exciting adventure to one of the most beautiful places in the world: London. When Kooky Cookie wins a trip to anywhere in the world, she is shocked. Little does she know, she will be in for the trip of a lifetime. When Kooky Cookie goes missing and gets caught in a diamond heist, the Shopkins and their new friends must find a way to return the Shoppe Diamond back to Royal Crown Jewels before the bandits get their hands on it. Kooky Cookie has become part of a beautiful, new fashion trend by a famous designer, Macy Macaron. Another reason why it is imperative that the Shopkins reunite, in order to reduce havoc among the city.

Kooky Cookie (Cassandra Lee) is sweet, humble and is always eager to try new activities with her friends. She asks all of the other Shopkins to pick a place to go when she wins the trip, because she values the opinions of others. Jessicake (Cassandra Lee) has the most stylish outfits, and loves decorating cupcakes. She has to be my favorite character, because I love dessert - especially cupcakes. Apple Blossom (Harlacher) is very kind, has big dreams and loves fall weather. It is very easy to relate to Apple Blossom because, even though she is timid on the outside, her heart is so pure and she is such a great friend. I would love to have a friend like Apple Blossom.

I've never seen such adorable, exquisite animation in a film before. Even though all of the characters are different, they all share the same big, beautiful eyes that will undoubtedly melt your heart. I didn't originally like bananas, but after seeing how cute Buncho Bananas is, I can't wait to try a banana again. My favorite part of the film is when all of the Shopkins talk about what they will do in London. For example, Buncho Bananas says, "I'm going to cause an international incident." I laughed very hard, because it made me think of how we all have that one friend who jokes around and loves living life on the edge.

The message of this film is to always stick together. No matter what happens with Kooky Cookie, her friends always come to the rescue. Teamwork is very important, because without Kooky Cookie's support system, the situation would have been much worse. In addition, it is imperative to enjoy your life and to see the beauty it has to offer, because life always works itself out. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 6 to 12. It is perfect to watch with your family, because it will give you a good laugh. This DVD is available on October 17, 2017 s go check it out. I can't wait to get my stuffed animal Shopkins' characters.

By Samantha M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 18
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I really enjoyed this DVD because I am a huge Shopkins fan and I love all the vibrant colors that are used in the animation. It is very creative how they make certain objects come alive like Apple Blossom with her resident worm and Strawberry Kiss. Actually, the worm in Apple Blossom is my favorite character. He is silent but cute and he, together with Apple Blossom save the day! But you'll have to watch it to find out how they do it.

The Shopkins: World Vacation DVD is a fun adventure of travel with the Shopkins' characters. They travel to many different countries after Kooky Cookie wins a trip to anywhere in the world with her friends. Together they decide to visit London. While in London, they get separated from their friend, Kooky Cookie. She gets taken away on another adventure in France after she is bedazzled with a stolen jewel unbeknownst to her. The Biscuit Bandits and the Shopkins friends chase Kooky to France and then to New York and then to Japan to get their friend and stolen jewel back. In the end the Biscuit Bandits get tricked by the clever Shopkins friends.

My favorite scene is at the beginning when they all are deciding where to go. I love the upbeat song. There are two songs and I wish there were more because I the melody and singing are great. I think more music would enhance the show. Also, the animation voices are perfect for their characters. Each has their own special sounding voice such as Lippy Lips, Kooky Cookie, and Cheeky Chocolate. Believe it or not, voice-over actor, Kate Murphy gives the unique voices to five of the Shopkins' characters and they each sound so different!

The message of Shopkins: World Vacation is that friends stick together, help each other and persevere as they do when they travel all over the world to find their lost friend, Kooky Cookie. I recommend this fun family DVD for ages 3 to 10 and I give it 5 out of 5 Shoppie stars!

Reviewed by Abigail Zoe L., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10
Runtime: 71 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-8 Suggested Retail Price: $ 19.99 Media: DVD


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

SMITHSONIAN: THE REAL STORY: PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN
SMITHSONIAN: THE REAL STORY: PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN - PBS DISTRIBUTION
Series: DVD, AGES 14-18
Description - Johnny Depp and the cast of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" present the buccaneer lifestyle as a back-stabbing, high-living, hard-drinking world. It makes for an entertaining series, but is it a true depiction of the times? Evidence shows that amidst the lawless merriment, pirates formed a highly organized society, where democracy ruled and voting and health care preceded England by 100 years. We interview historians, weaponry experts, and one of the film's screenwriters to show how true pirate adventures inspired this blockbuster franchise.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This Smithsonian Channel program considers how realistic the first "Pirates of the Caribbean" film is. By looking at the reality of the weaponry, social life and habits of real pirates who operated in the Caribbean in the early 18th Century, a strong case is made for the Johnny Depp film as presenting a surprisingly accurate representation. Though very little of the actual "Pirates" film is shown, reenactments of pirates are well-done and a weapons' expert enthusiastically, if a bit gruesomely, demonstrates the weapons of the era. Much attention is given to Blackbeard, the most infamous of pirates, upon whom Geoffrey Rush's Barbossa is partly based. A fascinating segment focuses on the discovery and restoration of canons from Blackbeard's sunken ship. Computer-generated drawings of ships provide detail as to the structure and operation of pirate ships, of which I wish there had been more. The fast moving production really just skims the surface of the subject matter, but production quality is excellent and it is chockfull of fascinating details. Recommended for ages 14 to 18, as well as adult. I give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Michael F., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
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Runtime: 46 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 14-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.99 Media: DVD

AMERICAN MASTERS: EDGAR ALLAN POE: BURIED ALIVE
AMERICAN MASTERS: EDGAR ALLAN POE: BURIED ALIVE - PBS DISTRIBUTION
Series: DOCUMENTARY, AGES 14-18
Description - Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive draws on the rich palette of Poe's evocative imagery and sharply drawn plots to tell the real story of the notorious author. Featuring Tony Award-winning actor Denis O'Hare, the film explores the misrepresentations of Poe as an alcoholic madman. It reveals the way in which Poe tapped into what it means to be a human in our modern and sometimes frightening world.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This American Masterpiece production weaves together actor Denis O'Hare portraying writer Edgar Allan Poe with archival photography, actors reciting passages from Poe's work, and commentary from literary experts to create an impressionistic, well-rounded and occasionally surprising portrait. Fans of the hugely influential 19th century writer will revel in the details of Poe's upbringing and the fascinating, though tragic trajectory of his personal life which, while informed by death and alcoholism, was not quite the life of the madmen that Poe is often portrayed as. Narrated by Kathleen Turner, this artfully directed and edited program shines a light on Poe as both ground-breaking writer of horror, mystery and detective stories, and as a very opinionated editor of literary magazines. The 84-minute program whisks by in an engrossing and entertaining flow of talking heads, period detail, arresting images and O'Hare's impersonation to give a riveting glimpse into the life and talent of the writer. Included as extras on the DVD are readings of two of Poe's most famous poems, "The Raven" and "Annabel Lee" by Garrison Keillor and others. Recommended for ages 14 and up. Five stars. Reviewed by Mike F., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
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Runtime: 84 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 14-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ 24.99 Media: DVD

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CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT HALLOWEEN!

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Series: DVD, AGES 4-8
Description - The Cat in the Hat takes Nick and Sally on the craziest Halloween ride filled with howlers and shockers and scary fandangle's, big laughs and music and fun from all angles! Their fright-filled adventure takes them deep into the Oooky-ma-kooky Closet where Nick and Sally discover the very best Halloween costumes ever.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I always get super excited about watching this series. Martin Short is the brilliant voice actor of The Cat in the Hat and he's hilarious. In general this series has always been very fun and educational, so it's not a shock the this Halloween special follows suit. In this episode we learn the science behind things such as the changing colors in fall. I am very happy that the story features creepy crawlies and monsters and still makes it fun and fearless for children. Fear is actually a large part of this episode. The Cat in the Hat and the kids address scary costumes and how to overcome those fears. Their adventure consists of a really cute camping trip complete with adorable squirrel interactions and teaching respect for nature and wildlife. This is perfect for ages 3 to 10 and I give it 5 out of 5 stars for being fun and educational! Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Halloween is a wonderful Halloween movie for children. The theme is about facing your fears because they are not as big as you think. That is what is interesting about the film.

The storyline is about two kids named Nick and Sally who need to find the perfect Halloween costume. They find the Cat in the Hat and he tells them about a closet that has all the best costumes. They go on the hunt for the perfect costume and face their fears on the way.

The characters are very unique, creative and beautifully animated. Some of them are astonishing. I love the wacky and crazy lady who owns all the costumes. She's very helpful to the kids as she helps them find the perfect costume. I love how she dances with the Cat in the Hat. She is a fun, energetic, loving character that children will love. The Fish that follows The Cat in the Hat on his journeys is also hilarious! I love how he tries to scare The Cat in the Hat but he is so oblivious about his fear of pumpkins.

The animation is close to the Cat in the Hat books. The storyline is identical to the books, which doesn't always happen when you make a book into a movie. There are some movies that do not look anything like the original book. The voice acting is applaud-able. I love how Martin Short's (The Cat in the Hat) voice is exactly how I imagine the Cat in the Hat would sound. I love how he sounds whimsical and kooky. I also adore the voice actors of Sally and Nick. I love how they make their voices so perfectly childlike.

The message of this film is to get over your fears because they are not as big as you think. It teaches kids that you can get over your fear whether it's a small fear of ghosts or a big fear like stage fright. All of the main characters get over fears that they couldn't get over before. The Cat in the Hat gives great advice - the fears you have are not bigger than you think. This is a great lesson for kids that have fears that they cannot get over. I rate this film 5 out of 5 and recommend it to ages 5 to 9. This DVD is available now so, be sure to check it out.

Reviewed by Carla P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13

This is a film about a friendly, large cat that goes on a fun adventure with two kids named Sally and Nick and their pet fish to find the perfect Halloween costume. Along the way, the group indulges in some spooky fun and silly musical numbers. It is really a fun and festive film to enjoy with your children. This movie is action-packed (for a kids film) and full of magical fun for younger kids to enjoy.

The musical numbers add an innocent and fun component to the film. They are fun, silly and highly entertaining. The musical numbers certainly add lots of fun.

The storyline is easy to follow and actually quite intriguing. When I was younger, I would have watched it and enjoyed it immensely. It leaves you wondering what will happen next. The songs, the animation and the plot are amusing and interesting and very family friendly.

Another aspect that is commendable is the animation. It is cool, clever, brightly colorful and aesthetically pleasing. It reminds me of the animated films I used to watch when I was younger. The animation style is absolutely one of my favorite parts of the film. Then, of course is Martin Sheen as the voice of The Cat. He is simply delightful to listen to. He delivers a stunning performance that takes me back time and time again. He is worth the price of admission, so to speak.

I rate it 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 6. It is available on DVD now so, be sure to check it out. Reviewed by Ella L., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13
Runtime: 60 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 4-7 Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99 Media: DVD


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Series: DVD, AGES 5-10
Description - All Little Wolf wants to do is stay at home with Mum, Dad and his brother, Smellybreff. However, Mum and Dad are worried that their precious son, Little Wolf, is not as bad as a small wolf should be. So they decide to send him off to Cunning College in Frettnin Forest to learn the Nine Rules of Badness from his Uncle Bigbad. Uncle Bigbad is a hopeless teacher, but armed with determination and native wit, Little Wolf thinks things out for himself. Sent out by his Uncle to round up a troop of boy scouts to eat for supper, Little Wolf discovers that the scouts have many useful skills that Little Wolf can learn from them. In the end, Little Wolf decides not to follow outdated rules of proper wolf behavior but to be true to himself. As a result, he inherits his Uncle's fortune and becomes master of Cunning College. Based on a world-famous series of best-selling Little Wolf story books, this one-off is a treat for the whole family!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I really enjoyed this animated short film! Little Wolf is charming throughout the film. The whole concept of Little Wolf's Book of Badness is also keen.

Based on the book written by Andre-Morgan and directed by Karsten Kiilerish, the show is about a wolf named, Little Wolf and his perceptions about being bad. His family is disgusted as they watch Little Wolf comb his hair and brush his teeth because, being a wolf you must be unclean and rude. Little Wolfs' Dad and Mom can't put up with his behavior any longer, so they send him to his uncle Big Bad. Big Bad is the head of Cunning College where Little Wolf is taught the nine rules for being bad. In reality though, Big Bad doesn't care about teaching his nephew, he only cares about how much food Little Wolf can give to him.

Big Bad is voiced by Michael Gambon who puts a 'great bad wolf' in his voice. Little Wolf is voiced by Alexander Pownall. Smellybreff, Little Wolf's younger brother is voiced by Matthew Gillespie. Smellybreff knows that Little Wolf isn't acting like a terrible wolf like their parents raised them to be. Lucy Whybrow voices the mom and Richard Hope, the dad.

I enjoyed watching the story come to life. The animation looks like drawing from the book which is very delightful. My favorite part is when Little Wolf tries to warn his uncle of the effects of eating baked beans too fast, but Big Bad just waves his comments away. As he gobbles up all the beans, Little Wolf continues to warn his uncle when he stands to close to the fire. Big Bad once again doesn't listen and toots right in front of the fire, making an explosion at Cunning College. This was my favorite part because it brought some great humor to the climax of the story.

The message of the film is to be yourself by being good, even if being good is bad. I give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 to 9. This DVD is available now so, be sure to check it out.

Reviewed by Kamryn B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Little Wolf's Book of Badness, directed by Karsten Kiilerich, is unique and unexpected! With its spiral of surprises, I never could predict what would happen in the next scene. The story also puts a twist on common fairy tales such as Three Little Pigs and Little Red Riding Hood.

The story follows Little Wolf (Alexander Pownall), who is not bad enough for his family. So his Mum (Lucy Whybrow) and Dad (Richard Hope) send him on a journey to Cunning College to learn from his Uncle Bigbad how to be a true bad wolf. On his quest, he learns the 'Nine Rules of Badness.'

Alexander Pownall, the voice actor for Little Wolf, creates personality through his voice. His voice is high, making it sound like that of a young child. As Little Wolf ventures through the woods to reach Cunning College, I heard the fear in his voice and sympathized with him. When he writes letters back to his family and reads them, I heard the unwillingness to be where he was and the sense of defeat just through his voice. Michael Gambon, voice actor for Uncle Bigbad, has terror in his voice that gave me goose bumps. For example, when he is first introduced and he speaks, I knew Little Wolf was going to have a tough time in Cunning College.

The animation is dark but appealing. It sets the tone of the movie as it reflects Little Wolf's feelings. For example, when Little Wolf feels that his trip was a waste of time and nothing good will come out of his journey, the scenery is dark, it is raining and there are shadowy clouds looming above him. The costume designs add to the personalities of each character. For example, Little Wolf has simple clothes that are similar to a schoolboy's outfit, reflecting what his purpose is in the movie. Uncle Big Bad wears a grey suit, with a yellow shirt and blue tie which reflects his personality as an evil wolf but also one who has the potential to have color or goodness in his life.

My favorite part of this show is the animation. The type of animation that is used made me feel as if I was watching my own imagination. The message here is that goodness will always outshine darkness. I give this DVD 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 15. This is available on DVD now so check it out.

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

Little Wolf's Book of Badness is a very odd type of film. It's not your typical Dora the Explorer type of kids' show, which is good because there are too many of those types of shows out there. This is a story and a good story at that. It teaches kids through a wolf who is supposed to be bad, but wants to be good.

The storyline is about Little Wolf who just wants to stay at home with his family, but his parents don't think he's bad enough to live up to the Wolf family name. So, they send Little Wolf to Cunning College to learn the Nine Rules of Badness from his Uncle Big Bad. But it turns out Uncle Big Bad isn't such an amazing teacher after all.

As I said, the show is pretty great. The animation is wiggles a bit, even when they are standing still. This is probably intended, but it is kind of distracting. One of the things I really like about this show is its plot and the simple way it shows the lessons they are trying to teach without even saying so. This is what makes it a different type of kids' film. It is also very slow paced. There isn't very much action. One thing I wondered about the whole time is why Little Wolf always sneezes when he's around Mr. Twister. Is he allergic? Michael Gambon, the voice talent for Big Bad is really cool. David Thewlis voices Mr. Twister, which is pretty awesome. I know and like both Gamgon and Thewlis from the Harry Potter films. Another thing I really enjoyed about this film is how scary they make Big Bad. I really was kind of scared when the character Big Bad came on and yelled at Little Wolf. That is probably my favorite scene because it really shows who Big Bad truly is.

The message this film teaches is that, even if you're bad or scary, that doesn't mean that you are happy. I rate this film 4 out of 5 stars because it has a cool, different way of teaching kids. I recommend this film for ages 2 to 6. This film is available now on DVD so, go check it out.

Reviewed by Jolleen M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11
Runtime: 30 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-8 Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99 Media: DVD


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MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC: HOLIDAY HEARTS

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Series: DVD, AGES 5-10
Description - Gather Around For Six Hearth-Warming Holiday Tales! Tis the season to celebrate with family and your very best friends. But you know that no holiday in Equestria is complete without a little adventure. Join Twilight Sparkle, Spike, Pinkie Pie, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Rarity and Fluttershy as they embark on six exciting adventures sure to put you in the holiday spirit!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - If you are a fan of My Little Pony, this holiday-themed DVD will not disappoint! There are six hearth-warming holiday tales full of friendship, magic and adventure! The entire DVD has a winter holiday feel to it and young children will love watching the magic of Twilight Sparkle, her brother Spike and the other well-known characters including Rainbow Dash. There is lots of music and the soundtrack is catchy! I like that there are problems to be solved and disagreements, but it teaches important things to learn about such as organization and teamwork and, most of all - friendship. Although Twilight is magic as in the episode Winter Wrap Up, there is something more helpful than magic. There is also a fun but short Bonus Feature which is a sing-along entitled "Hearth's Warming Eve Is Here Again" that is quite festive and catchy. It will have young children singing along. Another bonus features is there are a few My Little Pony gift tags that you can use for gifts this holiday season! I give this one 4 stars out of 5 and I recommend it for ages 4 years old to 7 years old.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I really enjoyed watching the episodes on this DVD. A few are a little bit too young for my taste but I still had fun watching them.

This DVD is a collection of six episodes from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Most of the episodes aren't connected and you might actually need to have knowledge of the show to understand what's going on all of the time. That's a bit of a problem since I don't watch the show on TV. I originally thought this DVD could be a good introduction to new fans, but by the third episode, Twilight Sparkle had wings all of a sudden, her house was destroyed and she became a princess. None of this was explained and it left me very confused. So this DVD definitely feels like it's for people who already have knowledge about the show.

Although I didn't know everything that was happening, I still really appreciate My Little Pony for its great characters and animation. Let's start with the animation. The animation of My Little Pony is fluid, unique and, best of all, colorful. The colors in My Little Pony are amazing. I love the different combinations of colors on all the different characters and how every pony has distinct color combinations. My favorite designs are probably Rainbow Dash's and Twilight Sparkle's. Now, characters development is always important and I think My Little Pony has some great characters. The main focus of the show is on six characters, or "The Mane 6", as the fan base calls them. Each of them are equally fascinating and all are quite different from each other, which makes the show more enjoyable. Each of them is special. My favorite of The Mane 6 is Fluttershy. I found her really likeable and absolutely adorable. Unfortunately, she doesn't seem to get enough screen time.

I have to say my favorite episode of this collection is A Hearth's Warming Tail, which is a parody of A Christmas Carol. The episode excels in parodying the story, yet making it fit the My Little Pony Universe. However, what drives this episode for me are the songs. I love all five of the songs in this episode. I might even listen to them on my own time. I give this DVD 4 out 5 stars and recommend it for anyone ages 4 to 12. The DVD is available now and would make an excellent gift for a My Little Pony Fan!

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

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic: Holiday Hearts is a great DVD! I like all the different ponies and their personalities. The holiday cheer put me into the mood for Christmas and the remembrance of what friendship really is. The moral of each episode is important for children who watch this show to remember. The morals addresses issues of friendship, holiday cheer, being who you are and caring for others.

This DVD captures the adventures of Twilight, Applejack, Rarity, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash. There are six episodes included and each features a different adventure. The first episode shows an Applejack who seems to know how to do everything in Equestria. Refusing to say no, she begins to drain herself from sleep and doesn't seem to stop working. While Applejack perseveres, Twilight Sparkle tries to come up with ways to help her friend with the work she is enduring.

Twilight is voiced by Tara Strong. Ashleigh Ball voices Applejack. Rainbow Dash and Rarity are voiced by Tabitha Germain. Andrea Libman voices both Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy. I didn't realized that some of the actors voice two different characters in the show until I looked at the credits. That shows how well the acting is in all of the episodes.

The colors in these shows are very crisp. I like that each pony in Equestria has its own style. For example, Rainbow Dash has a rainbow as her tail and Dash's shows how she is able to fly. The ponies even know how to sing. The songs are very catchy and relate to the story in each episode. My favorite episode is the last one. It has to do with ponies of the past, present and future coming to warn them about a witch that wants to curse the town. I like this one because it reminded me of other Christmas movies.

I give this DVD 5 out of 5 stars because of all the amazing images and interesting plots. I recommend this DVD for ages 6 to 10. Younger kids will love the ponies, but they may not understand the messages like older children. This DVD is available now so go catch these amazing ponies.

Reviewed by Kamryn B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16

This DVD is a great way of putting you in the holiday mood. I love these episodes because of the cute characters and the message in each episode.

This DVD is a collection of episodes from the show, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. It's a compilation of the holiday-based episodes from the show that follows Twilight Sparkle and her friends from Ponyville (Pinkie Pie, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Rarity and Fluttershy) as they explore Hearts Warming Eve.

The voice actors in these shows are quite extraordinary. I love how the voice actor for Twilight, Tara Strong, has such a matter of fact voice that matches Twilight's character. I'm impressed by Ashleigh Ball's voice acting as both Rainbow Dash and Applejack. She pulls off a great southern accent so that I actually believed she was Southern. All the voice actors portray exactly how I might imagine these characters would actually sound if they came to life.

I love how the animators pay attention to detail. Every character is quite unique. They don't all look the same, even though they are the same type of pony. The main characters are also all different. Rarity and Twilight are both unicorns, but both are very different in the way they are imagined. Rarity looks way more fashionable with her wavy hair, while Twilight looks a little bit more ordinary.

The message of this show is to be yourself. Each one of the characters has different interests and styles, but they still all get along. Their uniqueness plays a huge role in the storyline of the show.

I recommend this to ages 5 to 10 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. This DVD is available now so go check it out.

Reviewed by Carla P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 13
Runtime: 132 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-8 Suggested Retail Price: $ 6.95 Media: DVD


GREAT YELLOWSTONE THAW: HOW NATURE SURVIVES
GREAT YELLOWSTONE THAW: HOW NATURE SURVIVES - PBS DISTRIBUTION
Series: DVD, AGES 12-18
Description - Yellowstone is home to North America's most iconic wildlife, and every year these animals must survive the Thaw one of the harshest seasonal changes on Earth when temperatures can swing from minus 40 F in winter to almost 100 F in summer. Learn how animals cope with this range, and witness the impact on individual families of wolves, grizzly bears, beavers, and great gray owls.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This three-part BBC Earth production series vividly portrays how various animals cope with the seasonal thaw in Yellowstone Park, an extreme weather transformation that sees temperatures range from minus 40 degrees F. in winter to over 100 degrees F. in summer. The astounding beauty and brutal harshness of nature are well-documented in this impeccably photographed look at the effect of the challenging weather conditions on wildlife in the park, from wolves and bears to beavers and Great Grey owls. Kirk Johnson of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History makes for a genial host as he is joined by fellow scientists and wildlife photographers who demonstrate in the field how they track and monitor the particular animals they specialize in. Johnson is occasionally humorous but not overly so, remaining focused on providing a clear-eyed view of how climate change is threatening the balance of life between predators and prey and affecting the vegetation that provides sustenance for many of the animals. The camera work throughout is impressive - getting inside a beaver's nest as they loll about and observing owlets as they first attempt to fly. Images of animals hunting and eating their prey are present but rarely lingered on and there is very little that would be disturbing to any but the youngest of viewers. Recommended for ages 12 to 18 as well as certified adults. I give it 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Mike Fishman, KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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Runtime: 180 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 12-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ 24.99 Media: DVD

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GADGETGANG IN OUTERSPACE

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Series: DVD, AGES 5-12
Description - A group of kids help five quirky little aliens who crashed into Earth, fix their spaceship, and together they save the universe from danger.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This hilarious animated film teaches so many important morals. I laughed the whole time. The animation is colorful and pleasing to watch. Also, the storyline is interesting and really inspiring.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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DOGGONE HOLLYWOOD, A

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Series: DVD, AGES 8-12
Description - Murphy ("Just Jesse the Jack") is a mega-famous canine TV star who is fed up with being treated like a 'cash machine' by Hollywood executives. He escapes and a group of loving kids save him.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This movie is an electrifying blend of humor, warmth and suspense! Jack Russell Terrier Murphy (Jesse the Jack Russell Terrier) is a super intelligent, talking dog who no longer wants to act. Some kids are determined to photograph Murphy for Peter (Walker Mintz), a severely depressed boy who recently lost his father and legs.

The kids are Sydney (Sydney Thackray), Isaac (Dilan Patton), Ronnie (Jonathan Tysor), and Kyle (Patrick Geringer). These children help Murphy escape, but with the whole world searching, Murphy's freedom is not going to last long. Joe and Fred (Freddy John James and Jaret Sacrey) are two employees who search for Murphy in fear for their jobs. These two men go to great lengths to recover Murphy, including an epic zip-line pursuit that involves bees, lakes and flying pies. When siblings Sydney and Peter have no choice but to confess they have been secretly harboring Murphy, their mother (Jennifer Marshall) makes them return Murphy. They are reluctant (Murphy has been filling their heads with the facts that he has been mistreated), but agree. When the people from QN Productions arrive to transport Murphy back, they find that Peter has fled with Murphy on his motorized wheelchair. The end is a heartwarming unexpected surprise. If you like a good plot twist, humor and are just in the mood for a loving story, this is for you!

There are actually two messages in this movie. One is that the actors you see in movies are rarely as happy as they seem. This is proven by Murphy saying that he was cared for, but not actually loved. Another example occurs when the director's daughter asks her mom, "Do you really care?" This leaves the director speechless and unsure of how to respond as she realizes that her daughter is more caring than her. The second message is that sometimes animals choose their owners, not the other way around. The first thing Murphy does as soon as he is free is run to Sydney's house. The director's daughter also says animals choose their owners and that she could not wait to see who Murphy will choose.

I think this movie promotes actually loving animals instead of just caring because of your job. I give this movie 5 out of 5 stars. I recommend this movie for kids ages 8 to18. This film is available now on VOD so, go check it out.

Reviewed by Eden T., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 8

This is a really fun and funny dog movie. The cast of kids kept me interested the entire time. Doggone Hollywood has so many funny moments. Not a minute is boring!

A Doggone Hollywood has some dramatic moments and also very comical ones. There are action scenes that look like they must have been fun to shoot. The kids and the dog are really the stars of the film. That's one of the things that make it such a good movie for kids!

The story is about Murphy the Jack Russell Terrier (Jesse) who is a huge Hollywood star on a hit TV show, but he doesn't enjoy his celebrity life. One day, some kids accidentally help Murphy escape the film set. He runs away to find a better life and a loving owner.

The dog can talk! He follows the kids home and tells the kids how miserable his life is. He doesn't want to go back to Hollywood. The kids are determined to help Murphy find a new home. The movie studio people are just as determined to get Murphy and bring him back to work.

My favorite thing about the movie is that the main star is a dog. I love dogs. I really love that the dog can talk. He sends out his thoughts to the kids with his mind. It didn't bother me at all that the dog's mouth doesn't move. I wish my dog could talk like that! It is believable and I think it adds a funny element too.

The message of the movie comes from Murphy's story. In the beginning it looks like he has everything people dream about having. But even with fame and money, he still isn't happy. The movies teaches lessons about what is really important in life. I think you are successful when you have a lot of love all around you and you love people. Love is the most powerful thing in the world.

I give A Doggone Hollywood 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to kids ages 5 to 18. Adults might like it too. Doggone Hollywood is available now on VOD so, check it out. By Izzy C., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 9

The film A Doggone Hollywood is a wholesome film! The movie has all the right criteria to make it a good film the whole family can enjoy. The movie features characters that make this film colorful and a theme that any age should appreciate.

The storyline is about a dog named Murphy (Steve Altman and Jesse the Jack Russell Terrier) who escapes his life of fame because he isn't receiving the love and attention he craves from the money-loving executives that produce his show. He finds exactly those caring traits from the four children that help him escape.

I found this film captivating, although the setting leaves much to be desired. For example, you can tell in the scene when the characters are driving that they are shot in front of a green screen. Still, there are parts I enjoyed. My favorite character is most definitely Candice Smith (Andrea Lee Davis). She is one of the characters that goes through the biggest moral change throughout the whole movie, thanks to the persuasion of her warm-hearted daughter.

The message of this movie is about treating everyone with respect no matter what role they might play in your life. This film absolutely called me into action. It made me want to adopt every single dog in every single pound. The lack of compassion Murphy receives in the movie really made me want to help other animals in the type of situation that he was in.

The cast of the film really excel in their roles. The mother (Jennifer Marshall) of Sydney (Sydney Thackray) and Peter Harris (Walker Mintz) really shows motherly characteristics and the kids portray their sibling relationships in a very believable way.

I give A Doggone Hollywood 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 9. This film is available now on VOD so, go check it out.

By Raquel S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14
Runtime: 85 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99 Media: DVD


VIETNAM WAR, THE
VIETNAM WAR, THE - PBS DISTRIBUTION
Series: DOCUMENTARY, AGES 12 - 18
Description - In an immersive narrative, Burns and Novick tell the epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never before been told on film. THE VIETNAM WAR features testimony from nearly 100 witnesses, including many Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as Vietnamese combatants and civilians from both the winning and losing sides. Ten years in the making, the series brings the war and the chaotic epoch it encompassed viscerally to life. Written by Geoffrey C. Ward, produced by Sarah Botstein, Novick and Burns, it includes rarely seen, digitally re-mastered archival footage from sources around the globe, photographs taken by some of the most celebrated photojournalists of the 20thcentury, historic television broadcasts, evocative home movies, and revelatory audio recordings from inside the Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon administrations.

The run time of the program is approximately 1080 minutes on 10 discs. There are over 100 minutes of extra bonus footage, including a 45-minute preview program, 2 pieces on contemporary lives of 2 of the participants, and bonus content. The program will also be available for digital download. "The Vietnam War was a decade of agony that took the lives of more than 58,000 Americans," Burns said. "Not since the Civil War have we as a country been so torn apart. There wasn't an American alive then who wasn't affected in some way -- from those who fought and sacrificed in the war, to families of service members and POWs, to those who protested the war in open conflict with their government and fellow citizens. More than 40 years after it ended, we can't forget Vietnam, and we are still arguing about why it went wrong, who was to blame and whether it was all worth it."

THE VIETNAM WAR features new, original music written and recorded by Academy Award-winning composers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. The film also features new music arranged and performed by Grammy Award-winning cellist Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble. It is the first time Burns and Novick have worked with Reznor and Ross, as well as with Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble. Additional music in the film was composed by David Cieri and Doug Wamble, both of whom are longtime collaborators with Florentine Films.

The series also features more than 120 popular songs that define the era, including tracks from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Simon & Garfunkel, Janis Joplin, Ben E. King, Phil Ochs, Donovan, Johnny Cash, Barry McGuire, Buffalo Springfield, The Byrds, Otis Redding, Santana, Joni Mitchell, Nina Simone, The Temptations, Booker T. and the M.G.s, Pete Seeger and more.

The film will be accompanied by an outreach and public engagement program, providing opportunities -- facilitated by public television stations -- for communities to participate in a national conversation about what happened during theVietnam War, what went wrong and what lessons are to be learned. In addition, there will be a robust interactive website and an educational initiative designed to engage teachers and students through multiple platforms, including PBS Learning Media.

Viewers are encouraged to join the conversation: #VietnamWarPBS
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I am a huge fan of war films and often associate them with sitting on the couch with my dad and listening to him tell me stories of my grandfather's experience at war. This particular series is among one of the most powerful I have seen. There are many interviews from people that were involved or witnessed the war from various sides of the battle. There are some graphic moments, but nothing too graphic since it is a PBS production. I feel that this is an important series for everyone to watch regardless if you are curious or not. Learning of the horrors of war gives you an understanding and an appreciation to those that fought. Many of the interviews are heartbreaking because, as you can imagine, there is nothing glamorous about war. I feel that the educational aspects of this are so powerful that they will stay with me for a long time. I give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 13 to 18 as well as adults. Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Juror, Adult
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Runtime: 999 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 12-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ 129.99 Media: DVD


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P. KING DUCKLING: SEIZE THE DAY!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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GUMBY MOVIE, THE

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Series: DVD, AGES 5-10
Description - Not every Pegasus pony in Equestria is the same. Just ask Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy. While Rainbow Dash is bold and daring, Fluttershy is quite reserved and caring. But that's what makes Fluttershy such a wonderful friend to everyone around her, whether they're her pony friends, like Twilight Sparkle, Rarity, Pinkie Pie, Applejack and, yes, even Rainbow Dash , or her non-equestrian friends, like Angel the bunny. Join in for five adventures that feature everypony's lovably quiet Pegasus, Fluttershy.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This delightful animated series brought me back to my childhood. With many comedic jokes, valuable life lessons and exciting adventures, there is something for everyone to enjoy. There are six Pegasus ponies who are unique in every way. You are certainly able to relate to at least one of them. Join Fluttershy and her friends in five enticing adventures to find out which pony you truly are.

Elaborating upon the importance of friendship and self confidence, this series documents Fluttershy's journey through life. Fluttershy is a timid pony, but she will do anything to stick up for her friends. Watch how Fluttershy discovers who she really is with the help of her friends Twilight Sparkle, Pinkie Pie, Applejack, Rainbow Dash and Rarity.

Tabitha St. Germain, who plays Rarity, successfully portrays a teenage girl through Rarity's desire to shine bright in the fashion world. In the episode, "Green Isn't Your Color," Rarity urges Fluttershy (Andrea Libman) to model for Photo Finish, a famous fashion designer. Libman's sweet voice acting characterizes Fluttershy as a shy pony with a beautiful heart. You can hear the confidence build up in her voice with every new adventure she experiences.

The animation in this series is incredible. Compared to the My Little Pony that I watched as a kid, these Pegasus ponies are depicted as teenagers instead of children. The ponies are older, bigger and more knowledgeable, which makes them very relatable. Even though the ponies are older, their charm and kind hearts continue to grow, yet they still manage to enjoy life just like little kids, with no worries in the world.

My favorite part is when Spike tells Twilight Sparkle and Pinkie Pie that he has a crush on Rarity. I love how Spike completely trusts Rarity's friends to keep a secret. Friendship is extremely important and Spike is very lucky to have such caring friends.

The message of the series is to value friendships that you make with others. Friends help you become a better person and they always have your back. No matter what happens in your life, as long as you have a good friend when the world seems to turn on you, you'll be fine. I give this DVD 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 6 to 12. Teenagers and adults will love it too, since friendship is applicable to everyone. This DVD is available now, so check it out. It is sure to warm your heart.

By Samantha M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 17
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic: Fluttershy, created by Lauren Faust is lively and cheerful! The storylines are well thought out, with plots that relate to real life. The variety of the personalities of each pony creates a realistic atmosphere where everyone is accepted. Each episode teaches how to deal with certain setbacks and different realistic situations through colorful and merry narratives.

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

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

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

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

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

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



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