Archive for March, 2016

Guess How Much I Love You: The Song of Spring – Wonderfully Cute and Perfect for Spring

Friday, March 4th, 2016

Jguesshowmuch.jpgoin Little Nutbrown Hare and his father, Big Nutbrown Hare, as they romp through more charming adventures!  Fun-loving Little Field Mouse, mischievous Little Grey Squirrel and tricky Little Redwood Fox are back, as well as Little White Owl with her tales of mystery. Together the friends explore the meadows, forests and streams and on to Cloudy Mountain…playing, laughing and discovering the wonder that the world holds. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Abigail L. comments, “It is super cute and has lots of life lessons to learn. I especially like the main character, Little Nutbrown Hare because he is always so curious. If there is a problem he tries to figure it out.” Morgan B. adds, “This collection of TV episodes is adorable. The hand drawn features are exquisitely detailed. It looks like just what I pictured it would in my head when I read the stories on my Leapster when I was younger. It has a quaint fairy tale feel to it with huggable characters.” See their full reviews below.

Guess How Much I Love You: The Song of Spring
By Abigail Zoe L., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, 8 years old

The animated DVD, Guess How Much I Love You: The Song of Spring is really wonderful. It is super cute and has lots of life lessons to learn. I especially like the main character, Little Nutbrown Hare because he is always so curious. If there is a problem he tries to figure it out.

There are seven different stories on this DVD based on the classic books by Sam McBratney. In each of the stories there is a mystery to solve and important lessons to learn. Every episode is about growing up and learning life lessons by friends helping each other. One of the episodes I especially like is the Busy as a Bee story. In this fun episode Little Nutbrown Hare makes a promise to help his father but really wants to play with his friend, Little Field Mouse. Little Nutbrown Hare learns a valuable life lesson; in this case, even when you may want to do something else like play with your friends, if you have already made a promise it is important to keep that promise. Another episode I really like is Little Green Worm. Here we learn some science facts such as discovering how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly. We also learn some cool science vocabulary like chrysalis, which means cocoon.

The message of this film is to feel free to explore, don’t be scared and how having a friend at your side helps you get through anything. I love that this message is told through heartwarming stories about friendship, family science and more.
guesshowmuch.c.jpgI think the character voices are amazing and fit the characters just perfectly. The animation is simple, but very believable. The animated characters are adorable and all the stories take place in an animated forest and meadow that are beautifully colorful.

I think viewers will love this DVD released by N Circle Entertainment because, overall there is a lot of heart, great messages and lots of educational lessons. It is a fun and an entertaining DVD. N Circle offers a nicely package product and they even include a fun craft activity. The animation and stories are simple enough for little ones to understand and, at the same time, offer good learning lessons for older kids. I give Guess How Much I Love You DVD 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 to 8. Check it out!

Guess How Much I Love You: The Song of Spring
Morgan B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 11

This collection of TV episodes is adorable. The hand drawn features are exquisitely detailed. It looks like just what I pictured it would in my head when I read the stories on my Leapster when I was younger. It has a quaint fairy tale feel to it with huggable characters. guesshowmuch.d.jpgIt is a fun collection to watch. The DVD comes with seven episodes that flow flawlessly together and it is easy to sit and watch the whole collection although your face might hurt from smiling and giggling too long. It was refreshing to sit back, chill and watch a DVD that was easy to watch and made me smile.

The Little Green Worn is my favorite episode because I laughed out loud while watching the animals investigating their newfound insect.

My favorite character is Little Nutbrown Hare. I like seeing how he interacts with all the different animals. His relationship with his father is adorable. He spends his days playing in the meadow and discovering mysteries and, with the assistance of his father and the other animals, they learn many new things and solve mysteries. They think up different ways to express their love for each other – “as much as all the insects in the meadow,” “bigger then the moon,” and things like that. I find this to be a cute game that all parents should play with their children. This game applies to any relationship. It is a fun way tguesshowmuch.b.jpgo express our feelings towards others and is very fun and loveable.

One of my favorite things about this series are the voiceover talent. They are perfect. They matched the characters wonderfully. For example, the tiny characters have small, squeaky and adorable voices. All the animals are cute, huggable and each one has a different personality that makes you love them and smile each time you meet another one. It makes you want to jump through the TV and play in the meadow. This is a perfect way to get into the spirit of the spring season after a long winter. Easter is on its way and these hare-based stories are perfect for the holiday. They offer a good refresher course on basic science and have many learning lessons. The best lesson is that things change.

I recommend these stories for kids age 3 to 9. Older kids might like it as well because, although they already know the lessons this DVD teaches, many kids might enjoy remembering what life was like when they were younger and seeing how much they have learned. I give this movie 5 out of 5 sparkling carrots. It is available now on DVD so, go check it out.

Gumby Returns! Holds his own next to today’s animation series.

Friday, March 4th, 2016

The Adventures of Gumby, the 60s Series is perfect fun for young children. With over 40 episodes in this collection, its cute lessons and humor bring enjoyment through short adventures of its fun characters. Gumby, Pokey and their friends embark on fun adventures taking place at various times in history, learning lessons along the way. This series will appeal to the oldest, die-hard fans as well as new kids who will find joy in these classic stories.  KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Samantha A. comments, “This is a very enjoyable and fun claymation series that is about a green humanoid character named Gumby and his side-kick and best friend Pokey. They go on wacky adventures throughout all the episodes.” See her full review below.

The Adventures of Gumby, the 60s series
Samantha A., 12 years old

This is a very enjoyable and fun claymation series that is about a green humanoid character named Gumby and his side-kick and best friend Pokey. They go on wacky adventures throughout all the episodes. Some of my favorite episodes are “The Zoops,” “The Glob,” “Santa Witch,” and “Hidden Valley.” There are lots of other great episodes in this series as well, but these really stand out.

This is a very enjoyable and fun claymation series that is about a green humanoid character named Gumby and his side-kick and best friend Pokey. They go on wacky adventures throughout all the episodes. Some of my favorite episodes are “The Zoops,” “The Glob,” “Santa Witch,” and “Hidden Valley.” There are lots of other great episodes in this series as well, but these really stand out.

Something I immediately noticed about this series is that the animation isn’t like any film series you see made today. It is a clay animated show. This type of animation is particularly interesting because, they photograph each movement the characters make. The animation process is described in the bonus features. This show is also very creative. I watched the episodes and was amazed. I often wondered how they came up with these ideas. From the punch lines to the plot lines of each and every episode, it is fun and unusual.

The bonus features on this DVD disc are something special. They included behind the scene footage, a photo gallery from making the series, the first aired pilot episode with sound and a very rare episode called “space ball.” I love that they includes photos because it gives you an inside look at what was happening when they animated and it makes you feel connected to the show even more. Also, getting an exclusive look at never before seen special episodes is very cool because, while watching them, I kept thinking about how rare they are.

I recommend this series for ages 5 to 18 because they are classic films that anyone can enjoy and they first aired over 60 years ago so this disc is perfect for anyone who grew up with Gumby and would like to see him in action again. I give this series 5 out of 5 stars because they are fun episodes that anyone can enjoy and the animation is interesting. Also, seeing the bonus features on the disc make a it much more enjoyable because I knew what went into making this classic show.

This DVD is available in stores now so, go check it out.