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SO MUCH TO LIVE FOR TODAY

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SO MUCH TO LIVE FOR TODAY
ALAN CHRIEST / POWERSPASH PROJECT
Series: SHORT, AGES 2-18
Topic -
Description - Music Video celebrating life.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is my new happy video. I watched it twice, then shared it with one of our other jurors who was having a difficult day. It made her smile as much as it did me. A short music video that celebrates life through a collection of images of fun activities by kids, young and old. This fast paced montage shows quick clips of images of people doing fun and cool things, from rollercoasters, to diving into a pool, to rafting rapids, blowing out candles on a birthday cake, dancing, standing on a mountaintop, parachuting, exercising with your child, running, winning a race, playing basketball, a cat drinking water, a child eating ice cream, hula hooping, marching in the band, playing tennis, juggling, making a snow angel, and oh... so much more. The background music is perfect - upbeat and fast paced. If you didn't feel so happy before you watched this, you certainly will burst out into a smile or more after you do. Quick edits work well for this short film. Kudos to filmmaker Alan J. Chriest for another fun and uplifting short film. The film's message is that there are lots of reasons to smile, just take a look at some. I give So Much To Live For Today 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 18, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is my new happy video. I watched it twice, then shared it with one of our other jurors who was having a difficult day. It made her smile as much as it did me. A short music video that celebrates life through a collection of images of fun activities by kids, young and old. This fast paced montage shows quick clips of images of people doing fun and cool things, from rollercoasters, to diving into a pool, to rafting rapids, blowing out candles on a birthday cake, dancing, standing on a mountaintop, parachuting, exercising with your child, running, winning a race, playing basketball, a cat drinking water, a child eating ice cream, hula hooping, marching in the band, playing tennis, juggling, making a snow angel, and oh... so much more. The background music is perfect - upbeat and fast paced. If you didn't feel so happy before you watched this, you certainly will burst out into a smile or more after you do. Quick edits work well for this short film. Kudos to filmmaker Alan J. Chriest for another fun and uplifting short film. The film's message is that there are lots of reasons to smile, just take a look at some. I give So Much To Live For Today 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 18, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 3 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


MY SUPERPOWER

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MY SUPERPOWER
MAXWELL WILLIAM ANDREWS
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 2-12
Topic -
Description - In his search for his superpower, nine year old Maxwell discovers that his words have the power to help and to harm.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - My Superpower is great, simply because we are shown a different approach to superpowers than the norm we are used to seeing. My Superpower is a short film that showcases a journey of a nine-year-old in search of his superpower, only to discover that his words have the power to help or to harm.

The New Zealand based writer, director, producer and star of this film is nine years old himself and deserves credit for an exceptionally well made film. The storyline is simple and appropriate for young ones seeking to discover themselves. The cinematography is simple and easy, which gives it the sense of discovery. I particularly love his use of close-ups, stop motion, shadows and a bit of claymation. Also, the animated words are a cool addition. I should add that some shots are out of focus and some are a bit shaky, but it doesn't detract from the overall film. The protagonist, Maxwell William, showcases great enthusiasm for having a natural superpower. I was drawn to it from the beginning simply because we are left to our imagination to determine what might be the power that Maxwell is excited about. If you are looking for a lovely film made by an elementary age student, with a great message, look no further, you have found it here!

The message is that a superpower doesn't have to be what we only see in movies but can be something that helps people. I give My Superpower 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 12. Reviewed by Eunnet C., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - My Superpower is great, simply because we are shown a different approach to superpowers than the norm we are used to seeing. My Superpower is a short film that showcases a journey of a nine-year-old in search of his superpower, only to discover that his words have the power to help or to harm.

The New Zealand based writer, director, producer and star of this film is nine years old himself and deserves credit for an exceptionally well made film. The storyline is simple and appropriate for young ones seeking to discover themselves. The cinematography is simple and easy, which gives it the sense of discovery. I particularly love his use of close-ups, stop motion, shadows and a bit of claymation. Also, the animated words are a cool addition. I should add that some shots are out of focus and some are a bit shaky, but it doesn't detract from the overall film. The protagonist, Maxwell William, showcases great enthusiasm for having a natural superpower. I was drawn to it from the beginning simply because we are left to our imagination to determine what might be the power that Maxwell is excited about. If you are looking for a lovely film made by an elementary age student, with a great message, look no further, you have found it here!

The message is that a superpower doesn't have to be what we only see in movies but can be something that helps people. I give My Superpower 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 12. Reviewed by Eunnet C., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 5 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


ROBOTS DON'T TELL JOKES

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ROBOTS DON'T TELL JOKES
KELLI CALDWELL
Series: ANIMATED SHORT, AGES 2-18
Topic -
Description - Robot thinks he has a wonderful joke, so he keeps trying to tell it, but none of the other robots ever laugh. They tell him "robots don't tell jokes..." Will Robot give up on his awesome joke or will he find his tribe? Stop-motion using mainly wood scraps and metal pieces.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - What a wonderful film! Fun, spunky, great music and great message. This is exactly what fits into a KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. Robot thinks he has a wonderful joke, so he keeps trying to tell it, but none of the other robots ever laugh. They tell him "robots don't tell jokes." Will Robot give up on his awesome joke or will he find his tribe?

Love this short film, from the music to the intent. And, the animation is adorable. It gives Robots personalities and human qualities, which endears them to us. The visuals are superb - plus bright and colorful. The stop-motion animation makes use of various stuff from wood scraps and metal pieces to children's blocks and clacking teeth. The film's message is a protest against the automation and dehumanization of everything as it anthropomorphizes "robots." I give Robots Don't Tell Jokes 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 18, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - What a wonderful film! Fun, spunky, great music and great message. This is exactly what fits into a KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. Robot thinks he has a wonderful joke, so he keeps trying to tell it, but none of the other robots ever laugh. They tell him "robots don't tell jokes." Will Robot give up on his awesome joke or will he find his tribe?

Love this short film, from the music to the intent. And, the animation is adorable. It gives Robots personalities and human qualities, which endears them to us. The visuals are superb - plus bright and colorful. The stop-motion animation makes use of various stuff from wood scraps and metal pieces to children's blocks and clacking teeth. The film's message is a protest against the automation and dehumanization of everything as it anthropomorphizes "robots." I give Robots Don't Tell Jokes 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 18, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 3 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


BE A GREEN HERO

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BE A GREEN HERO
DONNA BRITTON-BUKEVICZ
Series: ENVIRONMENTAL SHORT, AGES 2-8
Topic -
Description - Learn how to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle right every day with catchy upbeat songs sung by fun puppets (Mr. Recycle man, Chef Green and Daisy). Our song lyrics will teach children (and adults) how to "Think Ecologically" and Be a Green Hero!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a sweet animated short that teaches younger viewers how to help the environment.

Learn how to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle right every day with catchy upbeat songs sung by fun puppets (Mr. Recycle man, Chef Green and Daisy). Our song lyrics will teach children (and adults) how to "Think Ecologically" and Be a Green Hero! This delightful short music video features a team of puppets that teach kids about the environment and how to make positive impact on planet Earth. I love the Muppet style puppets; they are adorable and diverse. The music is fun and meaningful.

The film uses images and music to make a far-reaching, long-term impact on the lives of children by teaching them how to help our environment. I give Be A Green Hero 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 8, plus adults, By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is a sweet animated short that teaches younger viewers how to help the environment.

Learn how to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle right every day with catchy upbeat songs sung by fun puppets (Mr. Recycle man, Chef Green and Daisy). Our song lyrics will teach children (and adults) how to "Think Ecologically" and Be a Green Hero! This delightful short music video features a team of puppets that teach kids about the environment and how to make positive impact on planet Earth. I love the Muppet style puppets; they are adorable and diverse. The music is fun and meaningful.

The film uses images and music to make a far-reaching, long-term impact on the lives of children by teaching them how to help our environment. I give Be A Green Hero 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 8, plus adults, By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 14 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-8
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


MYSTERIOUS PLACES

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MYSTERIOUS PLACES
ANDREW LEOPARD
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic -
Description - A young boy finds a mysterious map which leads him on a hunt, where he comes across a mysterious friend. Where this map, and this mysterious friend lead him, nobody knows.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The short film Mysterious Places shows some promise, although the true mystery is hard to determine. Viewers are set up within the multiple scenes for a mystery and it is quite enjoyable yet, in the end, the storyline falls short in holding your suspense.

The story follows a young boy who finds a map that takes him on a journey to solve a mystery. The map takes him to a variety of locations which appear to be checkpoints, but what that mystery is is unclear.

The idea of the young boy finding a map that leads him on a mysterious journey is quite exciting. The film is adventurous and has the element of suspense to it. The young boy is determined to solve this mystery which engages the audience. His curiosity and perseverance keeps us interested until the end of the film. The cinematography and camera work is excellent. Scenes are captured with a great deal of detail and angles are perfect. Scenes flow nicely and transitions are great. The costumes are suitable for the age of the actors and perfect for the script. The sets and locations fit the script and are perfectly chosen. Some of the locations are ominous which goes well with the theme. The music choices for multiple scenes are loud and overpower the action of the scenes. I felt that the music takes away from the film and is a bit irritating at times. The main character (Ryan Savarese) is fun to watch as he makes several stops displayed on his map in an attempt to solve the mystery. His energy and enthusiasm held my interest. The film was produced by a fifth grader student, which is quite a feat and I commend them for their work. My favorite part of the film is the final scene which takes the young boy to a secluded shed-like structure in an overgrown garden. This scene has viewers in suspense as we wait to find out what the mystery is all about.

The film has potential, but I was disappointed in the ending. Still, it is well made, considering the age of the creator. So, you decide. The message of this film is about perseverance. When solving a mystery, you have to examine clues very carefully, have considerable dedication, and never give up. The young boy does just that!

I give Mysterious Places 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12. Reviewed by Dominic D., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The short film Mysterious Places shows some promise, although the true mystery is hard to determine. Viewers are set up within the multiple scenes for a mystery and it is quite enjoyable yet, in the end, the storyline falls short in holding your suspense.

The story follows a young boy who finds a map that takes him on a journey to solve a mystery. The map takes him to a variety of locations which appear to be checkpoints, but what that mystery is is unclear.

The idea of the young boy finding a map that leads him on a mysterious journey is quite exciting. The film is adventurous and has the element of suspense to it. The young boy is determined to solve this mystery which engages the audience. His curiosity and perseverance keeps us interested until the end of the film. The cinematography and camera work is excellent. Scenes are captured with a great deal of detail and angles are perfect. Scenes flow nicely and transitions are great. The costumes are suitable for the age of the actors and perfect for the script. The sets and locations fit the script and are perfectly chosen. Some of the locations are ominous which goes well with the theme. The music choices for multiple scenes are loud and overpower the action of the scenes. I felt that the music takes away from the film and is a bit irritating at times. The main character (Ryan Savarese) is fun to watch as he makes several stops displayed on his map in an attempt to solve the mystery. His energy and enthusiasm held my interest. The film was produced by a fifth grader student, which is quite a feat and I commend them for their work. My favorite part of the film is the final scene which takes the young boy to a secluded shed-like structure in an overgrown garden. This scene has viewers in suspense as we wait to find out what the mystery is all about.

The film has potential, but I was disappointed in the ending. Still, it is well made, considering the age of the creator. So, you decide. The message of this film is about perseverance. When solving a mystery, you have to examine clues very carefully, have considerable dedication, and never give up. The young boy does just that!

I give Mysterious Places 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12. Reviewed by Dominic D., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 8 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


RISE, FALL, HOPE

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RISE, FALL, HOPE
PEDER HILL
Series: FOREIGN DOCUMENTARY, AGES 5-12
Topic -
Description - 14-year-olds explore humanity's stumbling struggle for sustainability.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Rise, Fall, Hope is a documentary film which highlights the concept of sustainability and its importance for our generation and for future generations.

I really enjoyed the way the concept of sustainability is explained - methods are simplistic, yet perfect for a young audience. Causes and effects are highlighted as are solutions to the problems. The set is a school studio with a green screen. There are a variety of people in this short documentary; each has an important role in teaching about sustainability and its importance. This film is a good example of "simple is good." The cinematography and camera work are not high quality but they are sufficient to give the film what it needs for success. The camera is shaky at times and transitions between scenes are not smooth. The film is a cooperative effort of a team of students. The film is a team effort between high school students, each contributing to the project. The final scene shows how the film was made and how fun the cooperative effort was. The last scene is enjoyable and I'm glad it was included. My favorite part is the theme and its educational message. Eyes and ears need to be wide open when it comes to making a difference for our world's diminishing ecosystems. There can never be enough educational resources about sustainability and improving human's bad habits.

The film's message is about responsibility and commitment, emphasizing how we must all do our part, be responsible, and be committed to making a difference for Mother Earth. I give Rise, Fall, Hope 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12. By Dominic D., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Rise, Fall, Hope is a documentary film which highlights the concept of sustainability and its importance for our generation and for future generations.

I really enjoyed the way the concept of sustainability is explained - methods are simplistic, yet perfect for a young audience. Causes and effects are highlighted as are solutions to the problems. The set is a school studio with a green screen. There are a variety of people in this short documentary; each has an important role in teaching about sustainability and its importance. This film is a good example of "simple is good." The cinematography and camera work are not high quality but they are sufficient to give the film what it needs for success. The camera is shaky at times and transitions between scenes are not smooth. The film is a cooperative effort of a team of students. The film is a team effort between high school students, each contributing to the project. The final scene shows how the film was made and how fun the cooperative effort was. The last scene is enjoyable and I'm glad it was included. My favorite part is the theme and its educational message. Eyes and ears need to be wide open when it comes to making a difference for our world's diminishing ecosystems. There can never be enough educational resources about sustainability and improving human's bad habits.

The film's message is about responsibility and commitment, emphasizing how we must all do our part, be responsible, and be committed to making a difference for Mother Earth. I give Rise, Fall, Hope 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12. By Dominic D., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 7 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


WILLOW'S TALE

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WILLOW'S TALE
MARLENE SHARP
Series: ANIMATED SHORT, AGES 2-12
Topic -
Description - With animation by the neurodiverse artists of The Center for Learning Unlimited's Brainstorm Productions, here comes a motion picture that is the kitten's whiskers! Willow, a highly creative cartoon black cat, lives a domesticated life indoors with her human mama. However, her wild daydreams take her on flights of fancy around the world . . . and beyond!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Every film festival needs films that are "just for fun" and Willow's Tale is just that. It will make you giggle as you follow little Willow's antics in the real world and her dream world.

With animation by the neurodiverse artists of The Center for Learning Unlimited's Brainstorm Productions, here comes a motion picture that is the kitten's whiskers! Willow, a highly creative cartoon black cat, lives a domesticated life indoors with her human mama. However, her wild daydreams take her on flights of fancy around the world . . . and beyond!

Delightful animation, very colorful and dynamic. I love a cat that daydreams, especially when those daydreams are as fun and wacky as Willow's. The cat has two very different personalities, or life experiences - one of domestic contentedness, the other of a wildly adventurous kitty that travels worldwide and beyond. The juxtaposition of these two lives made me giggle as I love Willow's inventiveness. This is a fun romp that would play well in any children's or family film festival.

The film's message is that there are two sides to every coin, or cat - even if one is entirely make believe. I give Willow's Tale 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 12, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Every film festival needs films that are "just for fun" and Willow's Tale is just that. It will make you giggle as you follow little Willow's antics in the real world and her dream world.

With animation by the neurodiverse artists of The Center for Learning Unlimited's Brainstorm Productions, here comes a motion picture that is the kitten's whiskers! Willow, a highly creative cartoon black cat, lives a domesticated life indoors with her human mama. However, her wild daydreams take her on flights of fancy around the world . . . and beyond!

Delightful animation, very colorful and dynamic. I love a cat that daydreams, especially when those daydreams are as fun and wacky as Willow's. The cat has two very different personalities, or life experiences - one of domestic contentedness, the other of a wildly adventurous kitty that travels worldwide and beyond. The juxtaposition of these two lives made me giggle as I love Willow's inventiveness. This is a fun romp that would play well in any children's or family film festival.

The film's message is that there are two sides to every coin, or cat - even if one is entirely make believe. I give Willow's Tale 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 12, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 4 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 1-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


LE BALLON BLEU (THE BLUE BALLOON)

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LE BALLON BLEU (THE BLUE BALLOON)
KATHERINE GRIFFIN
Series: SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic -
Description - A curious blue balloon leads a girl on an adventure through the streets of Paris, but when she crosses paths with a little boy and his red balloon, it becomes clear there's a greater magical force at work between the balloons. The 1956 classic French film Le Ballon Rouge has a single scene with a girl and a blue balloon. Le Ballon Bleu is her story and the origin story for the red and blue balloons from the classic children's film. Like the original film, this is a story about the magic and innocence of childhood and the importance of friendship. The film showcases many of the same Parisian locations as the original film as the filmmakers designed the film so it could be intercut seamlessly with the original. Dialogue is in French with English subtitles and the film was shot on iPhone.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - As a long time fan of The Red Balloon, I was looking forward to watching this film which is based on it. I was not disappointed. It's true joy.

A curious blue balloon leads a girl on an adventure through the streets of Paris, but when she crosses paths with a little boy and his red balloon, it becomes clear there's a greater magical force at work between the balloons. As a takeoff of the 1956 classic French film Le Ballon Rouge Le Ballon Bleu is the origin story of the red and blue balloons. It is a story about the magic and innocence of childhood and the importance of friendship.

What a little delight. This short film is so reminiscent of the class film, the Red Balloon and takes place in many of the same Parisian locations as the original. The youth actors are delightful and their costuming is classic of the 1950s. Well shot, surprisingly on an iPhone. It is in French with English subtitles, but the dialogue is minimal. It does move pretty slowly, so for your action focused audience, they will need to slow themselves down to appreciate this one.

I give Le Ballon Bleu (The Blue Balloon) 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - As a long time fan of The Red Balloon, I was looking forward to watching this film which is based on it. I was not disappointed. It's true joy.

A curious blue balloon leads a girl on an adventure through the streets of Paris, but when she crosses paths with a little boy and his red balloon, it becomes clear there's a greater magical force at work between the balloons. As a takeoff of the 1956 classic French film Le Ballon Rouge Le Ballon Bleu is the origin story of the red and blue balloons. It is a story about the magic and innocence of childhood and the importance of friendship.

What a little delight. This short film is so reminiscent of the class film, the Red Balloon and takes place in many of the same Parisian locations as the original. The youth actors are delightful and their costuming is classic of the 1950s. Well shot, surprisingly on an iPhone. It is in French with English subtitles, but the dialogue is minimal. It does move pretty slowly, so for your action focused audience, they will need to slow themselves down to appreciate this one.

I give Le Ballon Bleu (The Blue Balloon) 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 15 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


ROCKING IN THE WIND

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ROCKING IN THE WIND
ALISSA SOPHIE LARKAMP
Series: FOREIGN ANIMATED SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic -
Description - The little stone is at his place, they gets visitors and can experience the world at a different pace, but as they watches the wind - how it plays with leaves and pebbles by whirling them around - they no longer wants to sit still. Can the wind grant them theirs wish?
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Rocking in the Wind is an enjoyable short abstract animated film that would fare well with a youth audience.

The story is about a little stone that is at his place, gets visitors and can experience the world at a different pace, but as they watch the wind and how it plays with leaves and pebbles by whirling them around - they no longer want to sit still.

Beautifully animated, with soft almost watercolor like treatment, accompanied by a lovely musical score, this short film would make a nice addition to any children's film festival as an interstitial. The storyline about the stone wanting a different life, is one we can all relate to, and makes an interesting discussion starter.

The film's message is about wanting to make changes in your life. I give Rocking in the Wind 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Rocking in the Wind is an enjoyable short abstract animated film that would fare well with a youth audience.

The story is about a little stone that is at his place, gets visitors and can experience the world at a different pace, but as they watch the wind and how it plays with leaves and pebbles by whirling them around - they no longer want to sit still.

Beautifully animated, with soft almost watercolor like treatment, accompanied by a lovely musical score, this short film would make a nice addition to any children's film festival as an interstitial. The storyline about the stone wanting a different life, is one we can all relate to, and makes an interesting discussion starter.

The film's message is about wanting to make changes in your life. I give Rocking in the Wind 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 3 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


COME ONE COME ALL - THE SALIDA CIRCUS

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COME ONE COME ALL - THE SALIDA CIRCUS
NATHAN WARD
Series: DOCUMENTARY SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic -
Description - Come One Come All is a 27 minute documentary telling the story of a small mountain town circus and its incredible power to change lives for the better. The Salida Circus is a social circus, using the circus arts to address social justice, promote personal wellness and create community among children and adults. Through unicycling, trapeze and juggling knives, the circus is changing lives.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Did you ever want to join the circus? Come One Come All - The Salida Circus is a fascinating and engaging documentary about a social circus. This relatively new movement uses circus arts as a medium for social justice and social good. The film shows how people are empowered though performing circus acts. It makes me want to run away and join the circus.

The documentary is about a social circus in Salida, Colorado. It addresses the history of the movement, details about this particular circus, and how both the adults and children train and benefit from the activities. The story line is very uplifting and motivational. The camera follows the performers from all angles and makes the audience feel as if you are viewing the circus in person. The colors are very vibrant. The performers' circus costumes fit the story line perfectly. The documentary is primarily filmed at the training location in Colorado, but there are also shots taken in Belfast, Ireland and other international locations.

We observe the adults and children who participate in the circus. The best parts of the film are watching the performances by the acrobats. It is as though you are performing with them.

The message of the film is that anyone can follow their dreams if they focus and work hard enough. I give Come One Come All - The Salida 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 18, plus adults. By Pamela L., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Did you ever want to join the circus? Come One Come All - The Salida Circus is a fascinating and engaging documentary about a social circus. This relatively new movement uses circus arts as a medium for social justice and social good. The film shows how people are empowered though performing circus acts. It makes me want to run away and join the circus.

The documentary is about a social circus in Salida, Colorado. It addresses the history of the movement, details about this particular circus, and how both the adults and children train and benefit from the activities. The story line is very uplifting and motivational. The camera follows the performers from all angles and makes the audience feel as if you are viewing the circus in person. The colors are very vibrant. The performers' circus costumes fit the story line perfectly. The documentary is primarily filmed at the training location in Colorado, but there are also shots taken in Belfast, Ireland and other international locations.

We observe the adults and children who participate in the circus. The best parts of the film are watching the performances by the acrobats. It is as though you are performing with them.

The message of the film is that anyone can follow their dreams if they focus and work hard enough. I give Come One Come All - The Salida 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 18, plus adults. By Pamela L., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 27 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


HOW CAN WE FIND OUT WHAT PLANTS NEED TO SURVIVE? WITH CHRIS!

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HOW CAN WE FIND OUT WHAT PLANTS NEED TO SURVIVE? WITH CHRIS!
GREEN OUR PLANET
Series: SHORT, AGES 5-8
Topic -
Description - How Can We Find Out What Plants Need to Survive? With Chris!" is an entertaining and educational film, a part of the Virtual Academy's environmentally-themed STEM series. This collection aims to help teachers engage students in STEM while sparking curiosity and care for the one planet we have to call home. Hydroponics Teacher, Chris Anderson kicks off this film by embarking on a trip to Mars! Traveling to space makes Chris think about what she'll need to bring to space to survive. Besides water and oxygen, Chris is going to need food! She decides she will need to grow her own food on the spaceship to last her long journey with hydroponics! First, she'll need to know what plants need to survive. To find out, she launches an experiment with her friend Lucia to see what plants need to grow. In the end, Chris finds out that with a little bit of help, anyone can be a space farmer!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Love this. This is a superb educational film that is entertaining and fun to follow. It's designed perfectly for a young audience.

This entertaining and educational film is part of the Virtual Academy's environmentally - themed STEM series. This collection aims to help teachers engage students in STEM while sparking curiosity and care for the one planet we have to call home. Hydroponics Teacher Chris Anderson kicks off this film by embarking on a trip to Mars. Traveling to space makes Chris think about what she needs to bring to space to survive. Besides water and oxygen, Chris will need food; she decides to grow her own food using hydroponics on the spaceship to last her long journey. To learn how to do that, she launches an experiment with her friend Lucia to see what plants need to grow. In the end, Chris finds out that with a little bit of help, anyone can be a space farmer.

Beautifully produced short documentary using a live host with a puppet sidekick. Great camerawork; excellent audio; superb presentation. This is a great way to present information in an entertaining way. The host, Chris, is a bit stiff in her delivery, but her puppet Lucia makes up for that, being more animated and more childlike. The information presented is well grounded and the language is suitable for its audience.

The message is about what plants need to grow and thrive. I give How Can We Find Out What Plants Need to Survive? With Chris! 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 8, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Love this. This is a superb educational film that is entertaining and fun to follow. It's designed perfectly for a young audience.

This entertaining and educational film is part of the Virtual Academy's environmentally - themed STEM series. This collection aims to help teachers engage students in STEM while sparking curiosity and care for the one planet we have to call home. Hydroponics Teacher Chris Anderson kicks off this film by embarking on a trip to Mars. Traveling to space makes Chris think about what she needs to bring to space to survive. Besides water and oxygen, Chris will need food; she decides to grow her own food using hydroponics on the spaceship to last her long journey. To learn how to do that, she launches an experiment with her friend Lucia to see what plants need to grow. In the end, Chris finds out that with a little bit of help, anyone can be a space farmer.

Beautifully produced short documentary using a live host with a puppet sidekick. Great camerawork; excellent audio; superb presentation. This is a great way to present information in an entertaining way. The host, Chris, is a bit stiff in her delivery, but her puppet Lucia makes up for that, being more animated and more childlike. The information presented is well grounded and the language is suitable for its audience.

The message is about what plants need to grow and thrive. I give How Can We Find Out What Plants Need to Survive? With Chris! 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 8, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 9 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-8
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


HOW TO KNOW IF SOMETHING IS ALIVE?

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HOW TO KNOW IF SOMETHING IS ALIVE?
GREEN OUR PLANET
Series: SHORT, AGES 5-8
Topic -
Description - Environmental education is more critical than ever. We cultivate students' connection to the natural world at a young age through school garden programs, so they want to conserve it for the rest of their lives. Using V-Tubing, we're anthropomorphizing the plants and creatures they find in their gardens into friends and teachers, fostering a deeper connection with the natural world. "How to know if something is alive?" is an entertaining and educational film, aiming to help teachers engage students in STEM while sparking curiosity and care for the one planet we have to call home. In this film, Sunny the Sunflower navigates through different natural environments during a tornado trying to remember who she is and what her name is with the help of a shark, an otter, and an owl.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This short film offers a fun and interactive way that young children can learn about different things that happen in the natural world. The characters are cute and personable and their vocabulary is definitely age appropriate for its intended audience.

Using V-Tubing, this short film anthropomorphizes plants and creatures you can find in your garden into friends and teachers, fostering a deeper connection with the natural world. Sunny the Sunflower navigates through different natural environments during a tornado trying to remember who she is and what her name is with the help of a shark, an otter and an owl. This film helps engage students in STEM learning, while sparking curiosity and care for the one planet we have to call home.

This short animated film offers environmental lessons in an entertaining format through talking plants and animals. The visuals also include live action shots of various creatures, big and small. It also poses questions for kids to answer about things in nature. It's a cute format, simply put together in such a way that kids can easily watch and learn on their own, or be guided by an older person. The need for environmental education is more critical now than ever before and this short film helps deliver messages that little ones can easily understand and learn from.

The film's intent is to teach young children about things that happen in the natural world and emphasize the importance of protecting our environment.

I give How To Know If Something Is Alive? 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 8, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This short film offers a fun and interactive way that young children can learn about different things that happen in the natural world. The characters are cute and personable and their vocabulary is definitely age appropriate for its intended audience.

Using V-Tubing, this short film anthropomorphizes plants and creatures you can find in your garden into friends and teachers, fostering a deeper connection with the natural world. Sunny the Sunflower navigates through different natural environments during a tornado trying to remember who she is and what her name is with the help of a shark, an otter and an owl. This film helps engage students in STEM learning, while sparking curiosity and care for the one planet we have to call home.

This short animated film offers environmental lessons in an entertaining format through talking plants and animals. The visuals also include live action shots of various creatures, big and small. It also poses questions for kids to answer about things in nature. It's a cute format, simply put together in such a way that kids can easily watch and learn on their own, or be guided by an older person. The need for environmental education is more critical now than ever before and this short film helps deliver messages that little ones can easily understand and learn from.

The film's intent is to teach young children about things that happen in the natural world and emphasize the importance of protecting our environment.

I give How To Know If Something Is Alive? 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 8, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 17 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-8
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


CAN WE PRACTICE COMMERCIAL HYDROPONICS ON EARTH AND ON MARS?

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CAN WE PRACTICE COMMERCIAL HYDROPONICS ON EARTH AND ON MARS?
GREEN OUR PLANET
Series: DOCUMENTARY, AGES 5-12
Topic -
Description - In the film, Farmer Tom blasts off from Earth in his vessel, the Green our Planet Orbiter. His mission: to plant seeds brought back from Earth on a hydroponic farm on Mars. Why does he have to go about farming differently on Mars than we do here? He sets out to find answers to this question and more while demonstrating how unique planet Earth is and exploring a new sustainable form of growing food.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - What a delightful STEM-focused short film. It is well presented with great visuals and a terrific narrator.

This is an entertaining and educational film, a part of the Virtual Academy's environmentally-themed STEM series. This collection aims to help teachers engage students in STEM while sparking curiosity and care for the one planet we call home. The film's narrator, Farmer Tom, blasts off from Earth in his vessel, the Green our Planet Orbiter. His mission: to plant seeds brought from Earth on a hydroponic farm on Mars. Why does he have to go about farming differently on Mars than we do here? He sets out to find answers to this question and more while demonstrating how unique planet Earth is and exploring a new sustainable form of growing food.Lovely production: great visuals and excellent audio. Terrific message - this ties in well with KIDS FIRST!'s climate change collection. I love the way they present information about how to farm hydroponically. Farmer Tom ( ) makes an excellent presenter; he's vibrant, enthusiastic and well informed. I love how the film presents questions for the audiences, in an effort to make this show interactive for them, and gives them time to discuss their answers with a partner. The use of greenscreen easily makes Farmer Tom appear to be speaking from inside a space ship or from Mars itself. A lot of useful information is presented in an easy-to-follow format.

The film teaches us how to analyze how we could plant a hydroponic garden on Mars. I give Can We Practice Commercial Hydroponics on Earth and on Mars? 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - What a delightful STEM-focused short film. It is well presented with great visuals and a terrific narrator.

This is an entertaining and educational film, a part of the Virtual Academy's environmentally-themed STEM series. This collection aims to help teachers engage students in STEM while sparking curiosity and care for the one planet we call home. The film's narrator, Farmer Tom, blasts off from Earth in his vessel, the Green our Planet Orbiter. His mission: to plant seeds brought from Earth on a hydroponic farm on Mars. Why does he have to go about farming differently on Mars than we do here? He sets out to find answers to this question and more while demonstrating how unique planet Earth is and exploring a new sustainable form of growing food.Lovely production: great visuals and excellent audio. Terrific message - this ties in well with KIDS FIRST!'s climate change collection. I love the way they present information about how to farm hydroponically. Farmer Tom ( ) makes an excellent presenter; he's vibrant, enthusiastic and well informed. I love how the film presents questions for the audiences, in an effort to make this show interactive for them, and gives them time to discuss their answers with a partner. The use of greenscreen easily makes Farmer Tom appear to be speaking from inside a space ship or from Mars itself. A lot of useful information is presented in an easy-to-follow format.

The film teaches us how to analyze how we could plant a hydroponic garden on Mars. I give Can We Practice Commercial Hydroponics on Earth and on Mars? 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 15 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


RIGHT ONE, THE

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RIGHT ONE, THE
ANTHONY DEPTULA
Series: SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic -
Description - A young girl is forced to pick between a violin and a cello only to discover the right instrument for her is something entirely out of the ordinary.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - What an interesting and charming short film from Anthony Deptula. I love the role of the young girl who knows what she wants immediately when she sees it.

A young girl (Nora Harriet) is forced to pick between a violin and a cello only to discover the right instrument for her is something entirely out of the ordinary.

Well produced; good visuals and excellent audio. Great background music! This non-narrative film, written and directed by Anthony Deptula, is driven by the background music, which pushes it along from start to finish. Nora Harriet is well cast as the young girl and so expressive. When she first sees her instrument (I believe it's a baritone horn), her eyes are as big as plates! Her parents pay her no heed; they walk out carrying a violin and the big brass instrument is tossed into the trash. But, much to our surprise it escapes and inadvertently has a wild night on the town until finally finds its way to the girl who picks it up and immediately begins to play.

The film's message is that sometimes only you know which one is the right one. I give The Right one 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - What an interesting and charming short film from Anthony Deptula. I love the role of the young girl who knows what she wants immediately when she sees it.

A young girl (Nora Harriet) is forced to pick between a violin and a cello only to discover the right instrument for her is something entirely out of the ordinary.

Well produced; good visuals and excellent audio. Great background music! This non-narrative film, written and directed by Anthony Deptula, is driven by the background music, which pushes it along from start to finish. Nora Harriet is well cast as the young girl and so expressive. When she first sees her instrument (I believe it's a baritone horn), her eyes are as big as plates! Her parents pay her no heed; they walk out carrying a violin and the big brass instrument is tossed into the trash. But, much to our surprise it escapes and inadvertently has a wild night on the town until finally finds its way to the girl who picks it up and immediately begins to play.

The film's message is that sometimes only you know which one is the right one. I give The Right one 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 9 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


D.A.D.

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D.A.D.
JAMES A SIMS
Series: SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic -
Description - A workaholic father comes home to discover his twin daughters have built a digital android doppelg�nger that they lovingly call D.A.D.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I love this short film. It delivers an inspiring and fun message to parents who put work before family.

A workaholic father comes home to discover his twin daughters have built a Digital Android Doppelg�nger that they lovingly call D.A.D.

What an interesting film and a message for workaholic dads everywhere - if you don't spend enough time with your children, something else will replace you. In this case... a robot. The film has great production values with excellent camera work and audio recording. The two girls, played by Gabriella Sims and Isabella Sims and the D.A.D., played by Darien Sills-Evans are well cast. They all play their characters quite realistically. The plot is well developed; I particularly enjoyed the scene when the robot D.A.D. is teaching the girls to ride hovercrafts. It drives home the idea that you can be replaced by a robot if you are absent enough. Kudos to writer/director James A. Sims for a well-developed short with a message.

The film's message is a funny and inspiring reminder for dads everywhere not to lose sight of what is most important to you.

I give D.A.D. 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I love this short film. It delivers an inspiring and fun message to parents who put work before family.

A workaholic father comes home to discover his twin daughters have built a Digital Android Doppelg�nger that they lovingly call D.A.D.

What an interesting film and a message for workaholic dads everywhere - if you don't spend enough time with your children, something else will replace you. In this case... a robot. The film has great production values with excellent camera work and audio recording. The two girls, played by Gabriella Sims and Isabella Sims and the D.A.D., played by Darien Sills-Evans are well cast. They all play their characters quite realistically. The plot is well developed; I particularly enjoyed the scene when the robot D.A.D. is teaching the girls to ride hovercrafts. It drives home the idea that you can be replaced by a robot if you are absent enough. Kudos to writer/director James A. Sims for a well-developed short with a message.

The film's message is a funny and inspiring reminder for dads everywhere not to lose sight of what is most important to you.

I give D.A.D. 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 14 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


KIND OF FISHY

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KIND OF FISHY
ALEKSANDER NORDAAS
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic -
Description - A unique fish tale - made with driftwood. Dive in with the fun, fast and furious fish in this animated children's short film! There's life in everything - if you just imagine. Just like Danny Driftwood does, as he creates his own underwater world in a bucket; with rocks, sand, leaves - and driftwood. And down here, magic dwells --new friends, exploration - and an angry halibut. Can Danny and his two friends trick it and escape?
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Enjoyable fantasy animation with amazing visuals.

The story offers a unique fish tale made with driftwood. Danny Driftwood creates his own underwater world with rocks, sand, leaves - and driftwood. And down there, magic dwells! New friendships, exploration - and an angry halibut.

This animation of this short film is outstanding with beautiful colors and realistic looking settings. The lead character, Danny Driftwood, makes an almost believable live creature as he explores his underwater world. New friendships are made and an angry critter tries to attack him and his newfound friends. But every escapes unharmed.

The message is about how a creative mind can conjure up stories out of the simplest inanimate objects. I give Kind of Fishy 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Enjoyable fantasy animation with amazing visuals.

The story offers a unique fish tale made with driftwood. Danny Driftwood creates his own underwater world with rocks, sand, leaves - and driftwood. And down there, magic dwells! New friendships, exploration - and an angry halibut.

This animation of this short film is outstanding with beautiful colors and realistic looking settings. The lead character, Danny Driftwood, makes an almost believable live creature as he explores his underwater world. New friendships are made and an angry critter tries to attack him and his newfound friends. But every escapes unharmed.

The message is about how a creative mind can conjure up stories out of the simplest inanimate objects. I give Kind of Fishy 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 5 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


GRAMMY GREEN THUMBS

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GRAMMY GREEN THUMBS
ANNIE CREMONT
Series: FOREIGN ANIMATED SHORT, AGES 2-8
Topic -
Description - Grammy Green Thumbs is a tale about a young girl called Elaine and her friends. Along the story, she will understand the power of nature, the respect for everything surrounding herself and discover different aspects of life.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - A charming short animated fantasy about a young girl and her grandmother experiencing magic in the garden.

Grammy Green Thumbs is a tale about a young girl called Elaine, her grandmother, and her friends. During the story, she learns to understand the power of nature, the respect for everything surrounding her and discover different aspects of life.

This sweet animated short film is a delightful way to expose young children to the magic that nature has to offer. It is well produced with sweet animation, a charming protagonist, and a nice pace. My one concern is about the inaccuracy of information when the sunflowers grow to full height in a few hours. However, in the spirit of fantasy, I can accept it.

The film's message is that having an open heart is one of the ways to see the magic of life.

I give Grammy Green Thumbs 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 8. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - A charming short animated fantasy about a young girl and her grandmother experiencing magic in the garden.

Grammy Green Thumbs is a tale about a young girl called Elaine, her grandmother, and her friends. During the story, she learns to understand the power of nature, the respect for everything surrounding her and discover different aspects of life.

This sweet animated short film is a delightful way to expose young children to the magic that nature has to offer. It is well produced with sweet animation, a charming protagonist, and a nice pace. My one concern is about the inaccuracy of information when the sunflowers grow to full height in a few hours. However, in the spirit of fantasy, I can accept it.

The film's message is that having an open heart is one of the ways to see the magic of life.

I give Grammy Green Thumbs 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 8. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 10 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-8
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


JILLY GOATS GRUFF

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JILLY GOATS GRUFF
JULIA RUDNITZKY
Series: STUDENT SHORT, 5-12
Topic -
Description - In the magic world of Wisconsin, a Norwegian fairytale comes to life. Three Jilly Goats stand up to a mean Troll. A colorful story of girl power told by aspiring young actresses and college film students.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Jilly Goats Gruff definitely made me laugh. It's cleverly constructed and well made. Definitely suitable for younger audiences.

In the magic world of Wisconsin, a Norwegian fairytale comes to life. Three Jilly Goats stand up to a mean Troll. A colorful story of girl power told by aspiring young actresses and college film students.

This is a fun college student produced short film that younger viewers will enjoy. It's a take off on a classic fairytale with humans playing animal characters, thanks to clever costuming. The camera work and audio recording is spot on. The storyline is fun and delivers a good message. I can see this as an interstitial at a kids and family film festival.

The message is "don't be too greedy or you might end up like that old troll - in the water under the bridge."

I give Jilly Goats Gruff 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Jilly Goats Gruff definitely made me laugh. It's cleverly constructed and well made. Definitely suitable for younger audiences.

In the magic world of Wisconsin, a Norwegian fairytale comes to life. Three Jilly Goats stand up to a mean Troll. A colorful story of girl power told by aspiring young actresses and college film students.

This is a fun college student produced short film that younger viewers will enjoy. It's a take off on a classic fairytale with humans playing animal characters, thanks to clever costuming. The camera work and audio recording is spot on. The storyline is fun and delivers a good message. I can see this as an interstitial at a kids and family film festival.

The message is "don't be too greedy or you might end up like that old troll - in the water under the bridge."

I give Jilly Goats Gruff 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 7 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


FIVE LITTLE DUCKS

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FIVE LITTLE DUCKS
KELLI CALDWELL
Series: MUSIC VIDEO, AGES 2-5
Topic -
Description - Not your typical version of Five Little Ducks. Can you keep up with which little duck is where? Created for children's musician Kelli Welli in needle-felted stop-motion animation.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Five Little Ducks is a cute and creative rendition of the classic nursery rhyme. The singing, in combination with unusual needle-felted animation provides a clever version of the nursery rhyme.

Not your typical version of Five Little Ducks. This short film puts a unique twist on an age-old children's song. Created in collaboration with children's musician Kelli Welli in needle-felted stop-motion animation.

This film features the song, Five Little Ducks and encourages views to try and keep up with the location that each duck is moving to. The stop-motion needle-felted animation is quite unusual and every character has an adorable look. One of the ducks even wears glasses. One wears a headband. One wears a purple hat. The background is a lake made of felt that the ducks swim about in. I really enjoy the singing which is sort of a bluegrass or country genre, which is in stark contrast from how we usually hear this song. The song is accompanied by the sounds of ducks quacking, which made me giggle. My favorite part is when the frog appears and starts watching the ducks line up. It adds another element to the story.

The film's purpose is about teaching young kids how to count to 5 and how to recognize different critters by their physical attributes or behaviors.

I give Five Little Ducks 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 5, plus adults. By Hanadie K. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Five Little Ducks is a cute and creative rendition of the classic nursery rhyme. The singing, in combination with unusual needle-felted animation provides a clever version of the nursery rhyme.

Not your typical version of Five Little Ducks. This short film puts a unique twist on an age-old children's song. Created in collaboration with children's musician Kelli Welli in needle-felted stop-motion animation.

This film features the song, Five Little Ducks and encourages views to try and keep up with the location that each duck is moving to. The stop-motion needle-felted animation is quite unusual and every character has an adorable look. One of the ducks even wears glasses. One wears a headband. One wears a purple hat. The background is a lake made of felt that the ducks swim about in. I really enjoy the singing which is sort of a bluegrass or country genre, which is in stark contrast from how we usually hear this song. The song is accompanied by the sounds of ducks quacking, which made me giggle. My favorite part is when the frog appears and starts watching the ducks line up. It adds another element to the story.

The film's purpose is about teaching young kids how to count to 5 and how to recognize different critters by their physical attributes or behaviors.

I give Five Little Ducks 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 5, plus adults. By Hanadie K. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 3 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


MY BASKETBALL JOURNEY - YEAR 1

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MY BASKETBALL JOURNEY - YEAR 1
RICO KING
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic -
Description - This is a documentary about my journey to accomplishing my basketball dreams. From missing layups to winning a silver medal on my first team this is year one of my basketball journey.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I immensely enjoyed My Basketball Journey - Year 1. The story is so captivating that when it ended, I wanted more. The story follows a young boy named Malcolm chasing his basketball dreams. It is inspiring to watch someone chase their dreams, despite the many obstacles. For example, the boy starts his basketball career at the height of COVID and he and his family get stuck in a different country for six months which keeps him from being able to train and play. Witnessing the triumph over these adversities is motivating.

This student made documentary follows the one year journey of a young aspiring basketball star. From missing layups to winning a silver medal on his first team, this is year one of a boy's basketball journey.

Unlike the numerous documentaries that tell the story of sports' prodigies and how they made it to the top, this film offers a more realistic perspective that allows viewers to see a raw and transparent look into the highs and lows of reaching for success. This honest approach makes this documentary relatable and inspiring simultaneously. I enjoyed the storyline and how it develops. I appreciate how the story unfolds. It is organized chronologically and makes you feel as if you are there with Malcolm throughout his one year journey. Malcolm is the writer, director and star of this film and he is as charming a kid as they come - personable and considerate. Good use is made of video clips, showing him in younger days, to clips showing more advanced moves that demonstrate his athletic growth. The combination of older footage, blog-style camera work, voice-over, and professional shots all add up to a believable story. As a documentary, the character development is that of Malcolm's as we watch his athletic progression over the years.

The film's message is to keep preserving and never give up!

My Basketball Journey - Year 1 gets 4.5 out of 5 stars from me and I recommend it for ages 5 to 12, plus adults. This is a perfect film for KIDS FIRST! It is motivational, especially someone who has big dreams or fears failure. It is both educational and inspiring. Plus, Malcolm is African American. By Hanadie K. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I immensely enjoyed My Basketball Journey - Year 1. The story is so captivating that when it ended, I wanted more. The story follows a young boy named Malcolm chasing his basketball dreams. It is inspiring to watch someone chase their dreams, despite the many obstacles. For example, the boy starts his basketball career at the height of COVID and he and his family get stuck in a different country for six months which keeps him from being able to train and play. Witnessing the triumph over these adversities is motivating.

This student made documentary follows the one year journey of a young aspiring basketball star. From missing layups to winning a silver medal on his first team, this is year one of a boy's basketball journey.

Unlike the numerous documentaries that tell the story of sports' prodigies and how they made it to the top, this film offers a more realistic perspective that allows viewers to see a raw and transparent look into the highs and lows of reaching for success. This honest approach makes this documentary relatable and inspiring simultaneously. I enjoyed the storyline and how it develops. I appreciate how the story unfolds. It is organized chronologically and makes you feel as if you are there with Malcolm throughout his one year journey. Malcolm is the writer, director and star of this film and he is as charming a kid as they come - personable and considerate. Good use is made of video clips, showing him in younger days, to clips showing more advanced moves that demonstrate his athletic growth. The combination of older footage, blog-style camera work, voice-over, and professional shots all add up to a believable story. As a documentary, the character development is that of Malcolm's as we watch his athletic progression over the years.

The film's message is to keep preserving and never give up!

My Basketball Journey - Year 1 gets 4.5 out of 5 stars from me and I recommend it for ages 5 to 12, plus adults. This is a perfect film for KIDS FIRST! It is motivational, especially someone who has big dreams or fears failure. It is both educational and inspiring. Plus, Malcolm is African American. By Hanadie K. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST!

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


SELFIES

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SELFIES
GEORGE SFARNAS
Series: ANIMATED SHORT, AGES 2-5
Topic -
Description - Everyone takes selfies with friends and family. But what about that one elusive selfie you just can't seem to capture? Is the pursuit worth it? Little Grapies think it is! Come along for the ride, the perfect selfie awaits.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Selfies is a sweet short animated film with a contemporary theme that even preschoolers can appreciate. I love the bright colors and the simple storyline. The story follows two characters taking selfies with each other, as well as others as they travel about to different locations. This sweet little animated short is well produced, uses bright colors that are appropriate for its intended preschool audience, simple background music and an easy to follow storyline. It would make a great interstitial at any film festival. The two main characters are little circle like critters who's sole interest is in taking selfies and they do that quite well, in many different ways and places. The message here is that you can take a selfie most anywhere. I give Selfies 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 5, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Selfies is a sweet short animated film with a contemporary theme that even preschoolers can appreciate. I love the bright colors and the simple storyline. The story follows two characters taking selfies with each other, as well as others as they travel about to different locations. This sweet little animated short is well produced, uses bright colors that are appropriate for its intended preschool audience, simple background music and an easy to follow storyline. It would make a great interstitial at any film festival. The two main characters are little circle like critters who's sole interest is in taking selfies and they do that quite well, in many different ways and places. The message here is that you can take a selfie most anywhere. I give Selfies 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 5, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 4 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


CYBER CADETS

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CYBER CADETS
TATIANA NINA YOUPA
Series: SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic -
Description - Three kids discover a secret lab at their school where they accidentally activate a portal and transport into a virtual world. With the help of their teacher Dagny, they must work together to figure out how to reboot the power source and get back home before the world falls apart and they're stuck in a computer...forever. Plus, they have to do all that while avoiding an enormous scary monster.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Imagine being able to escape from the boredom of school by teleporting to a new world. The fantasy film Cyber Cadets allows the viewer to go to a virtual planet and back again in 20 minutes!

This live action film has a storyline following three children with very different personalities who enter a restricted room at their school and find a secret lab. While looking around, they accidentally activate a portal that transports them into a virtual world. In order to return home, they need to work together to find the power source to reboot the portal and escape from a big pink monster.

The film is entertaining and fun, plus it teaches kids to work together to solve problems. The camera work is well done; it's well lit and has a range of shots, all of which are clear. The acting is quite good; the kids pretty well embody their characters. I especially like Carly Gendell's portrayal of Kala. The teacher (Amanda Huxtable) is also excellent and the other two kids (Sam Ornstein, Kelly Lukito) are noteworthy. The storyline feels almost believable thanks to Tatiana Nina Youpa's direction. Of course, you have to love the pink monster - the special effect creating the pink monster is a bit pixelated in order to make it look like a glitch in the program that created the virtual world. My favorite part is when the kids realize that the pink monster likes to play with light. I also like the surprise at the end.

The film's message is that in order to solve problems, we need to work together even if we are from different backgrounds.

I give Cyber Cadets 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12. By Pamela L., KIDS FIRST
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Imagine being able to escape from the boredom of school by teleporting to a new world. The fantasy film Cyber Cadets allows the viewer to go to a virtual planet and back again in 20 minutes!

This live action film has a storyline following three children with very different personalities who enter a restricted room at their school and find a secret lab. While looking around, they accidentally activate a portal that transports them into a virtual world. In order to return home, they need to work together to find the power source to reboot the portal and escape from a big pink monster.

The film is entertaining and fun, plus it teaches kids to work together to solve problems. The camera work is well done; it's well lit and has a range of shots, all of which are clear. The acting is quite good; the kids pretty well embody their characters. I especially like Carly Gendell's portrayal of Kala. The teacher (Amanda Huxtable) is also excellent and the other two kids (Sam Ornstein, Kelly Lukito) are noteworthy. The storyline feels almost believable thanks to Tatiana Nina Youpa's direction. Of course, you have to love the pink monster - the special effect creating the pink monster is a bit pixelated in order to make it look like a glitch in the program that created the virtual world. My favorite part is when the kids realize that the pink monster likes to play with light. I also like the surprise at the end.

The film's message is that in order to solve problems, we need to work together even if we are from different backgrounds.

I give Cyber Cadets 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12. By Pamela L., KIDS FIRST
Runtime: 21 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


GREAT LESSON FROM NONNA!, THE

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GREAT LESSON FROM NONNA!, THE
TOTOY CORP
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 2-8
Topic -
Description - Sara is baking a cake with Nonna and her sisters, but when Nonna gets distracted by the girls she loses her glasses in the cake mixture! Now only finishing baking the cake will help Sara get her grandma glasses back.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Cute, fun and full of lessons for little ones.

The storyline is about Sara baking a cake with Nonna and her sisters. When Nonna gets distracted by the girls she loses her glasses in the cake mixture. Only finishing baking the cake will help Sara get her grandma's glasses back.

Terrific animation, bright and colorful. The characters are three little girls and their grandmother (Nonna). They are quite adorable although I am not fond of their squeaky voices. The storyline has a good problem-solving lesson, as everyone has to work together to bake the cake and find Nonna's glasses.

The film's message is about teamwork and persistence. I give The Great Lesson From Nonna! 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 8. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Cute, fun and full of lessons for little ones.

The storyline is about Sara baking a cake with Nonna and her sisters. When Nonna gets distracted by the girls she loses her glasses in the cake mixture. Only finishing baking the cake will help Sara get her grandma's glasses back.

Terrific animation, bright and colorful. The characters are three little girls and their grandmother (Nonna). They are quite adorable although I am not fond of their squeaky voices. The storyline has a good problem-solving lesson, as everyone has to work together to bake the cake and find Nonna's glasses.

The film's message is about teamwork and persistence. I give The Great Lesson From Nonna! 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 8. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 5 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-8
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


JOSE COMELON'S BEDTIME STORIES

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JOSE COMELON'S BEDTIME STORIES
TOTOY CORP
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 2-8
Topic -
Description - Night comes, but Jose loses sleep. The Hand decides to tell him bedtime stories. From adventures in a distant kingdom to ghost stories, nothing makes Jose Comelon sleep! What will they do?
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Part of a series about Jose's adventures, Jose Camelon's Bedtime Stories is charming and sweetly animated.

The storyline follows Jose as he is having difficulties falling asleep. The Hand appears to tell him bedtime stories which are filled with adventures in a distant kingdom to ghost stories, but nothing makes Jose Comelon sleep.

The animation of this short film is delightful, brightly colored and appropriate for its intended audience of early learners. I love Jose with his multicolored teeth and The Hand is an interesting and kind character - shown only as a hand. I also like that, in all the stories told by The Hand, the leading character is Jose! Kids can relate to the issue of not being able to fall asleep and this short film addresses that. In the end, Jose is too bored to stay awake - but I don't want to give you spoilers. You have to watch it to find out why.

The film's message is that, eventually you will fall asleep, if from nothing other than boredom.

I give Jose Comelon's Bedtime Stories 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 8, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Part of a series about Jose's adventures, Jose Camelon's Bedtime Stories is charming and sweetly animated.

The storyline follows Jose as he is having difficulties falling asleep. The Hand appears to tell him bedtime stories which are filled with adventures in a distant kingdom to ghost stories, but nothing makes Jose Comelon sleep.

The animation of this short film is delightful, brightly colored and appropriate for its intended audience of early learners. I love Jose with his multicolored teeth and The Hand is an interesting and kind character - shown only as a hand. I also like that, in all the stories told by The Hand, the leading character is Jose! Kids can relate to the issue of not being able to fall asleep and this short film addresses that. In the end, Jose is too bored to stay awake - but I don't want to give you spoilers. You have to watch it to find out why.

The film's message is that, eventually you will fall asleep, if from nothing other than boredom.

I give Jose Comelon's Bedtime Stories 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 8, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 5 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-8
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


MAGIC BOOK STORY, THE

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MAGIC BOOK STORY, THE
TOTOY CORP
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 2-8
Topic -
Description - Jose finds a magic book! Everything he draws it appears in front of him! So instead of making a delicious cupcake with his own hands, Jose uses the magic book. But gradually this fun magic loses control and Jose learns that he has to work hard to get what he wants!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - What a fun short film The Magic Book Story is. We all love a little magic in our life, even when it goes somewhat astray, and especially when everything works out in the end.

The storyline follows Jose as he finds a magic book and everything he draws in it appears in front of him. Jose wants to make a carrot cake and, instead of making the cake himself, he uses the magic book. But the magic goes berserk and Jose learns that he has to work hard to get what he wants.

This animated film definitely will entertainment younger audiences. Jose, with his multicolored teeth, and his friend "The Hand" entertain us with their quest to make the most delicious carrot cake. The animation is top notch, with bright colors and clear backgrounds. The unnamed voiceover talent is terrific. The storyline is fun and silly, especially when Jose's carrots become mega carrots!

The film's message is that there are no shortcuts, sometimes you have to just do the work to get done what you want done.

I give The Magic Book Story 4 out of 5 stars and recommend if for ages 2 to 8, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - What a fun short film The Magic Book Story is. We all love a little magic in our life, even when it goes somewhat astray, and especially when everything works out in the end.

The storyline follows Jose as he finds a magic book and everything he draws in it appears in front of him. Jose wants to make a carrot cake and, instead of making the cake himself, he uses the magic book. But the magic goes berserk and Jose learns that he has to work hard to get what he wants.

This animated film definitely will entertainment younger audiences. Jose, with his multicolored teeth, and his friend "The Hand" entertain us with their quest to make the most delicious carrot cake. The animation is top notch, with bright colors and clear backgrounds. The unnamed voiceover talent is terrific. The storyline is fun and silly, especially when Jose's carrots become mega carrots!

The film's message is that there are no shortcuts, sometimes you have to just do the work to get done what you want done.

I give The Magic Book Story 4 out of 5 stars and recommend if for ages 2 to 8, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 5 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-8
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


LITTLE CLOUD, THE

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LITTLE CLOUD, THE
TOTOY CORP
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 2-5
Topic -
Description - Jos� is upset because it doesn't stop raining and he can't go outside to play. But then the unexpected happens: he meets a sad Cloud, who has a cold! Jos� brings his new friend into the house and decides to take care of her, but being a Little Cloud, she ends up leaving Jos� and his house soaked! Despite the confusion, Jos� forms a bond with the Little Cloud until she heals and can go back to the sky.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The story follows Jos� who is upset because it doesn't stop raining and he can't go outside to play. But then the unexpected happens: he meets a sad little cloud, who has a cold! Jos� brings his new friend into the house and decides to take care of her, but being a cloud, she leaves Jos� and his house soaked. Despite the confusion, Jos� forms a bond with Little Cloud until she heals and can go back to the sky.

I love the animation of this Brazilian film and I love Jose's compassion. The idea of bringing a cloud indoors is completely unrealistic and might be confusing to some kids, unless they can understand that it is entirely make believe. My favorite part is when Jose makes vegetable soup for Little Cloud to help her get over her cold. We see him chop up vegetables and carefully construct a delicious and nourishing meal for his new friend. When Little Cloud recovers and is led outside, we see the bond that she and Jose have made - a true friendship that will last a lifetime.

The message of this film is about friendship and caring for others, even in make believe situations.

I give The Little Cloud 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 5, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The story follows Jos� who is upset because it doesn't stop raining and he can't go outside to play. But then the unexpected happens: he meets a sad little cloud, who has a cold! Jos� brings his new friend into the house and decides to take care of her, but being a cloud, she leaves Jos� and his house soaked. Despite the confusion, Jos� forms a bond with Little Cloud until she heals and can go back to the sky.

I love the animation of this Brazilian film and I love Jose's compassion. The idea of bringing a cloud indoors is completely unrealistic and might be confusing to some kids, unless they can understand that it is entirely make believe. My favorite part is when Jose makes vegetable soup for Little Cloud to help her get over her cold. We see him chop up vegetables and carefully construct a delicious and nourishing meal for his new friend. When Little Cloud recovers and is led outside, we see the bond that she and Jose have made - a true friendship that will last a lifetime.

The message of this film is about friendship and caring for others, even in make believe situations.

I give The Little Cloud 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 5, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 4 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


KRIS THE CAT

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KRIS THE CAT
AIMEE TODOROFF
Series: ANIMATED SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic -
Description - A short animated film inspired by an old Icelandic folktale, Kris the Cat tells the story of the beloved and pampered Queen's male cat, who is a skilled mouse catcher. The cat has everything he could want except a mate. One day, while hunting a mouse, he becomes lost and lonely for the first time in the countryside, where his adventure begins. During his journey, he walks through an unknown land, chases a bee, falls into a stream, gets lost in a forest, and falls asleep. He is plucked up by a little girl, who takes him home to her farmhouse, which she shares with her father. He meets a female cat who is not happy he showed up. She gradually takes to him. The little girl and her father name him Kris. Several days pass before Helga, the Queen's Head of Household, finds him living at the farmhouse. Despite the little girl's objections, Helga buys the female cat, named Freyja, and takes both Kris and Freyja back to the castle, promising to give the little girl one of their kittens. Kris discovers that love, in its many forms, surrounds him.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - A short animated film inspired by an old Icelandic folktale about the beloved and pampered Queen's male cat, who has everything he could want except a mate. One day he becomes lost in the countryside and is plucked up by a little girl who takes him home where he meets a female cat who gradually takes to him. Days pass before Helga, the Queen's Head of Household, finds him. Despite the little girl's objections, Helga buys the female cat and takes both Kris and his new mate back to the castle, promising the little girl to give her one of their kittens.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Kris the Cat is a fun loving adventure of a pampered cat who has all he needs except a mate.

A short animated film inspired by an old Icelandic folktale, Kris the Cat tells the story of the beloved and pampered Queen's male cat, who is a skilled mouse catcher. The cat has everything he could want except a mate. One day, while hunting a mouse, he becomes lost in the countryside, where his adventure begins. He is plucked up by a little girl, who takes him home to her farmhouse. He meets a female cat who gradually takes to him. The little girl and her father name him Kris. Helga, the Queen's Head of Household, finds him at the farmhouse and, despite the girl's objections, buys the female cat and takes both Kris and Freyja back to the castle, promising to give the little girl one of their kittens. Kris discovers that love, in its many forms, surrounds him.

This sweet animated short film will warm your heart as Kris the cat finds true love. I love the 2D animation style. It's clear and very detailed. I also really enjoy the narration by Joanna Parson, with her clear voice filled with lots of inflections. The other voice talents are equally good. Helen Herbert plays the Little Girl and Russell Jordan plays Father. There is a bit of a dilemma when the head of castle offers to buy the girl's cat from her. She doesn't want to lose her cat, but her dad convinces her that the money will feed them for a year and they will be invited to the castle to select one of Kris and Freyja's kittens in the future. So the deed is done. Kris finds true love and the little girl and her dad find economic stability.

The film's message is a quite meditation on maturity and finding love.

I give Chris the Cat 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 13 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


ARTIST, FORMERLY KNOWN AS VARONA - GINJI SERIES, EPISODE 4

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ARTIST, FORMERLY KNOWN AS VARONA - GINJI SERIES, EPISODE 4
BLANCA PICTURES
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic -
Description - Ginji and Varona encounter the Mushrooms, a vast underground garbage collecting monopoly that is also the city's criminal network. Varona, in her new persona of a contemporary conceptual artist, gets herself in trouble with the head of the Family forcing Ginji and UB7 to save her.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Interesting and well made. This would fit well for our KIDS FIRST! Film Festivals that specialize in animation. Ginji and Varona encounter the Mushrooms, a vast underground garbage collecting monopoly that is also the city's criminal network. Varona, in her new persona of a contemporary conceptual artist, gets herself in trouble with the head of the family forcing Ginji and UB7 to save her.

Great animation, very colorful, detailed and comical. I love the characters; they are all so unique and well defined. Their movements are hysterical also. The voiceover talent is also very good, although I could forego the high squeaky voices of the Mushroom people crowd. The metaphor of the underground garbage collecting monopoly being synonymous with the criminal network is clever.

Artist, Formerly Known as Varona; Ginji series, Episode 4 gets 3.5 out of 5 stars from me and I recommend it for ages 5 to 12. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Interesting and well made. This would fit well for our KIDS FIRST! Film Festivals that specialize in animation. Ginji and Varona encounter the Mushrooms, a vast underground garbage collecting monopoly that is also the city's criminal network. Varona, in her new persona of a contemporary conceptual artist, gets herself in trouble with the head of the family forcing Ginji and UB7 to save her.

Great animation, very colorful, detailed and comical. I love the characters; they are all so unique and well defined. Their movements are hysterical also. The voiceover talent is also very good, although I could forego the high squeaky voices of the Mushroom people crowd. The metaphor of the underground garbage collecting monopoly being synonymous with the criminal network is clever.

Artist, Formerly Known as Varona; Ginji series, Episode 4 gets 3.5 out of 5 stars from me and I recommend it for ages 5 to 12. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 13 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


ESSENCE OF THE RIDGES, THE

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ESSENCE OF THE RIDGES, THE
AUSTIN KIM
Series: STUDENT DOCUMENTARY, AGES 5-18
Topic -
Description - This film shows what we should be fighting to keep, rather than change. It shows the beauty of winter and issues of climate change through skiing.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Very enjoyable student made short documentary, with images of Colorado mountains and skiers.

This film shows what we should be fighting to keep, rather than change. It shows the beauty of winter and issues of climate change through skiing.

Made by 15-year-old filmmaker Austin Kim, this film captures the beauty of winter in under three minutes, showing Austin enjoying a run down a snow covered mountain. There is nothing out of the ordinary about this, just a simple explanation at the beginning of how the days of winter weather have decreased in recent years due to climate change and a please to "keep winter". I resonate with this and with the extreme impact that global warming is making on our planet. I applaud Mr. Kim for his contribution to our thoughtfulness on the topic.

The message is about the impact of global warming on our planet.

I give The Essence of the Ridges 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 18, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Very enjoyable student made short documentary, with images of Colorado mountains and skiers.

This film shows what we should be fighting to keep, rather than change. It shows the beauty of winter and issues of climate change through skiing.

Made by 15-year-old filmmaker Austin Kim, this film captures the beauty of winter in under three minutes, showing Austin enjoying a run down a snow covered mountain. There is nothing out of the ordinary about this, just a simple explanation at the beginning of how the days of winter weather have decreased in recent years due to climate change and a please to "keep winter". I resonate with this and with the extreme impact that global warming is making on our planet. I applaud Mr. Kim for his contribution to our thoughtfulness on the topic.

The message is about the impact of global warming on our planet.

I give The Essence of the Ridges 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 18, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 3 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


MERA DADDU (MY GRANDPA)

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MERA DADDU (MY GRANDPA)
SRI MIRAJKAR
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 5-18
Topic -
Description - MERA DADDU is a heart-warming story of a grandfather and his orphaned grandson, Aslam. Daddu eeks a meager living by foraging for recyclables from a landfill. They live in a slum, but Daddu has resolved to give Aslam a better future not infested with the rotting life that he has had to live. It is a story of misfortune, love, and triumph with a message of environmental stewardship and social change.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Mera Daddu is an entertaining short film with an inspiring story about overcoming poverty, achieving dreams, and environmental stewardship. The dialogue is in Hindi with English subtitles.

The story follows a young orphaned boy named Aslam (Arya Thakur, Saurav Verma) and his grandfather Daddu (Shishir Sharma) who live in a slum in India. Aslam dreams of becoming a professional cricket player, but since his grandfather collects recyclables in a dump, it is highly unlikely that will ever happen.

This film examines life in an Indian slum from the perspective of a boy who grows up to become a cricket player. It provides a view of their squalid living conditions and how his grandfather earns a living by any means possible, including collecting recyclables. The camera work is phenomenal; the aerial shots of the slum are breathtaking. The actors wear the traditional clothing of people in India. The location is primarily in the slum and the dump nearby. The understated background music helps set the mood for the story. The character development is outstanding; the fortitude of the boy and his grandfather is admirable. My favorite part is when Daddu goes to buy a cricket ball for Aslam. We see how much the boy means to him and that he will do anything to help him get ahead. Then, another man comes with additional gear for him and we see the support of his community. When Aslam tries out for the cricket team I held my breath; he pulls from deep within himself and much to everyone's surprise, everything comes together. Daddu is promoted to teach others how to recycle - a perfect ending.

The film's message is that dreams can come true with hard work. It also delivers a message about the importance of recycling.

I give Mera Daddu 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 18. By Pamela L., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Mera Daddu is an entertaining short film with an inspiring story about overcoming poverty, achieving dreams, and environmental stewardship. The dialogue is in Hindi with English subtitles.

The story follows a young orphaned boy named Aslam (Arya Thakur, Saurav Verma) and his grandfather Daddu (Shishir Sharma) who live in a slum in India. Aslam dreams of becoming a professional cricket player, but since his grandfather collects recyclables in a dump, it is highly unlikely that will ever happen.

This film examines life in an Indian slum from the perspective of a boy who grows up to become a cricket player. It provides a view of their squalid living conditions and how his grandfather earns a living by any means possible, including collecting recyclables. The camera work is phenomenal; the aerial shots of the slum are breathtaking. The actors wear the traditional clothing of people in India. The location is primarily in the slum and the dump nearby. The understated background music helps set the mood for the story. The character development is outstanding; the fortitude of the boy and his grandfather is admirable. My favorite part is when Daddu goes to buy a cricket ball for Aslam. We see how much the boy means to him and that he will do anything to help him get ahead. Then, another man comes with additional gear for him and we see the support of his community. When Aslam tries out for the cricket team I held my breath; he pulls from deep within himself and much to everyone's surprise, everything comes together. Daddu is promoted to teach others how to recycle - a perfect ending.

The film's message is that dreams can come true with hard work. It also delivers a message about the importance of recycling.

I give Mera Daddu 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 18. By Pamela L., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 20 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


TO BEE OR NOT TO BEE

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TO BEE OR NOT TO BEE
JONATHAN MIRIN
Series: INDIE FEATURE, AGES 2-12
Topic -
Description - "To Bee or Not to Bee" tells Farmer James' comic, tragic and ultimately hopeful story - complete with puppetry, clowning, dance, live music and lots of audience participation. Piti created the show to raise awareness about the honeybee's plight and gives children and adults tools for helping pollinators thrive in their communities.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - To Bee or Not to Bee is an amazing, interactive, and educational film about bees, suitable for all ages. Not only does it tell us why we are not seeing many bees these days, it also provides information on things to do to encourage the survival of the bee population.

This feature length documentary explains the factors that have caused the decline in bees; how using pesticides and growing a single crop year after year on the same land and not growing plants or trees that attract bees contributes to the disappearance of bees. It also gives guidance as to what can be done to bring back the bee population.

The topic is relevant to all ages and is suitable for people that live in both rural and urban environments. The film inspires the audience to use their imagination and encourages them to make sounds, speak, and move around during the film. The camera work is well done -- the close-ups of the actors, who use props to create multiple characters, is very effective in stimulating the audience's imagination. The music is very catching and helps tell the story. There are no special effects per se, but the use of superimposed animation of bees and birds adds to the story line. The characters are very engaging and made me feel as if I was part of the story. Not only are there adults telling the story, there are children participating, which inspires the audience to play along. My favorite part of the film is when the actors are doing a fun dance to imitate how bees who have found sources of nectar tell the other bees where to find it.

The film's message is that money and greed are impacting the environment, but that humans can help restore things back to normal.

I give To Bee or Not to Bee 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 12, plus adults. Reviewed by Pamela L., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - To Bee or Not to Bee is an amazing, interactive, and educational film about bees, suitable for all ages. Not only does it tell us why we are not seeing many bees these days, it also provides information on things to do to encourage the survival of the bee population.

This feature length documentary explains the factors that have caused the decline in bees; how using pesticides and growing a single crop year after year on the same land and not growing plants or trees that attract bees contributes to the disappearance of bees. It also gives guidance as to what can be done to bring back the bee population.

The topic is relevant to all ages and is suitable for people that live in both rural and urban environments. The film inspires the audience to use their imagination and encourages them to make sounds, speak, and move around during the film. The camera work is well done -- the close-ups of the actors, who use props to create multiple characters, is very effective in stimulating the audience's imagination. The music is very catching and helps tell the story. There are no special effects per se, but the use of superimposed animation of bees and birds adds to the story line. The characters are very engaging and made me feel as if I was part of the story. Not only are there adults telling the story, there are children participating, which inspires the audience to play along. My favorite part of the film is when the actors are doing a fun dance to imitate how bees who have found sources of nectar tell the other bees where to find it.

The film's message is that money and greed are impacting the environment, but that humans can help restore things back to normal.

I give To Bee or Not to Bee 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 12, plus adults. Reviewed by Pamela L., KIDS FIRST!

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


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DEXTER AND THE DINOSAURS
JONATHAN MIRIN
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic -
Description - Dexter and the Dinosaurs looks at the life of Dexter Marsh, a citizen scientist from Greenfield, MA who discovered dinosaur tracks while laying a stone sidewalk in 1835 before the word "dinosaur" had been invented.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Did you know that dinosaurs were discovered in Massachusetts? This entertaining documentary, acted by children, provides the history of that discovery. The children's joy is infectious, the history is illuminating, and the film is a fun way to learn history.

The documentary tells the true story of Dexter Marsh, a citizen scientist from Greenfield, MA. When he was laying a stone sidewalk on his property in 1835, he found enormous bird tracks that appeared to be that of a dinosaur. (This was before the word "dinosaur" was invented by Sir Richard Owen in 1842.) The unearthing of the tracks and how Dexter Marsh finally got credit for his discovery is told in this marvelous film.

The documentary is not only educational, it is also entertaining. It is a wonderful way for children to learn history by watching other children play the roles of historical characters and through archival pictures of historical documents. The cinematography is amazing. While the film is mostly in color, black and white is effectively used to indicate that the story takes place in the past. The costumes depict typical clothing worn by people in the mid 1800s. The film was shot in Massachusetts where the discovery was made. The fun background music is all original and is effectively used to not only tell the story but it also keeps one's attention. All the characters are played by children, with the exception of a school teacher and Dexter March. My favorite part of the film are the black and white scenes that give the impression that the film is historical.

The film documents the little known history of Dexter Marsh. It also demonstrates that important discoveries are often made by citizen scientists and not just by people who have higher levels of education.

I give Dexter and the Dinosaurs 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12. By Pam L., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Did you know that dinosaurs were discovered in Massachusetts? This entertaining documentary, acted by children, provides the history of that discovery. The children's joy is infectious, the history is illuminating, and the film is a fun way to learn history.

The documentary tells the true story of Dexter Marsh, a citizen scientist from Greenfield, MA. When he was laying a stone sidewalk on his property in 1835, he found enormous bird tracks that appeared to be that of a dinosaur. (This was before the word "dinosaur" was invented by Sir Richard Owen in 1842.) The unearthing of the tracks and how Dexter Marsh finally got credit for his discovery is told in this marvelous film.

The documentary is not only educational, it is also entertaining. It is a wonderful way for children to learn history by watching other children play the roles of historical characters and through archival pictures of historical documents. The cinematography is amazing. While the film is mostly in color, black and white is effectively used to indicate that the story takes place in the past. The costumes depict typical clothing worn by people in the mid 1800s. The film was shot in Massachusetts where the discovery was made. The fun background music is all original and is effectively used to not only tell the story but it also keeps one's attention. All the characters are played by children, with the exception of a school teacher and Dexter March. My favorite part of the film are the black and white scenes that give the impression that the film is historical.

The film documents the little known history of Dexter Marsh. It also demonstrates that important discoveries are often made by citizen scientists and not just by people who have higher levels of education.

I give Dexter and the Dinosaurs 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12. By Pam L., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 29 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


LAND OF SECRET SUPERPOWERS: VEGETABLES

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LAND OF SECRET SUPERPOWERS: VEGETABLES
HAVE IT ALL PRESS
Series: EBOOK, AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - The Land of Secret Superpowers: Vegetables is health and lifestyle expert Devin Alexander's first book for children. Geared towards toddlers and preschoolers, the delightfully illustrated book entices little ones to open their eyes (and their mouths) to the heroic possibilities of a myriad of delicious vegetables, setting them up to be healthy humans and also help set parents up for peace in the kitchen!
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The Land of Secret Superpowers: Vegetables is an educational and charming children's book that instructs children about vegetables and their benefits while also making healthy eating relatable and fun. I love how each vegetable is used to introduce a new concept related to health. My favorite illustration is a cute carrot checking a kid's vision on an eye chart!

There are two pages dedicated to each vegetable - one a drawing, and one a description with a related cartoon. All 12 of the vegetables are uniquely associated with a different activity or action like tennis, swimming, and healing.

The illustrations are engaging and cater to kids who are learning to read and children who enjoy colorful images. The images are a great way to get kids interested in vegetables they might normally avoid. The language in the book is simple, but there are a few words that preschoolers may not understand, yet allows them to learn new vocabulary such as "fate," "sluggish," and "bask." As we all know, children's books with rhymes are just that much better, and the rhyming phrases in each stanza are fun and memorable. Each page has a different kid featured that your child may relate to. As a tennis lover, I would have enjoyed the beet playing tennis when I was younger. Children love naming inanimate objects, so the alliterative names for each of the vegetables are fun and catchy.

This book caters to children who are just learning to read and pronounce words as well as children who will enjoy a fun bedtime story. If parents want a cute and educational book to read to their kids (or if you kids refuse to eat vegetables) this is great!

I give The Land of Secret Superpowers: Vegetables 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 5. It is available wherever books are sold.

By Nyara A., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14

The Land of Secret Superpowers: Vegetables is an engaging and colorful book that teaches toddlers and preschoolers that eating healthy can be fun!

Health and lifestyle expert Devin Alexander's first book for children, The Land of Secret Superpowers: Vegetables, assigns each major vegetable a different persona. For example, Cayenne Carrot has such good vision that she hardly needs a flashlight at night. The rhyming style of writing is perfect for young audiences!

The illustrations by Michele Pederson add character and vibrancy to the storytelling by Alexander, and they gave me a shot of nostalgia -- as I read The Land of Secret Superpowers: Vegetables, I remembered all the fun picture books I used to love! Alexander is a New York Times bestselling author, and part of that stems from her knowledge of her audience. Although this is her first book for children, she hits the mark perfectly. It is such a smart idea to make vegetables into little characters and give them superpowers, so toddlers and preschoolers will be interested!

The Land of Secret Superpowers: Vegetables obviously promotes eating healthy, but also asks "why" before doing so, and helps us understand how each vegetable we eat can help us.

( give The Land of Secret Superpowers: Vegetables 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 8.The Land of Secret Superpowers: Vegetables releases January 24, 2023.

By Eshaan M., KIDS FIRST!, age 16

The most appealing thing about the book The Land Of Secret Superpower is the hook, and how it makes me want to read more. I particularly enjoyed the part when they list the powers each vegetable gives you.

The book The Land Of Secret Superpowers is about the benefits of eating healthy. It starts with a group of kids who are friends with vegetables. The story is told by a narrator outside of the story who talks about the vegetables, and the things they do for you.

The structure of the book is awesome. It held my attention from start to end with all the interesting facts. It's an awesome way to encourage kids to eat healthy foods. The book, which gives vegetables different names to call them, explains how different vegetables benefit your body and mind. For example, Scarlet Sweet Potato gives kids more endurance which means lots more time to play outside. Beets make you jump high which is good for sports. Avocados make you move fast, which is good for things like track. Mushrooms can help improve your mood; so if you're sad, eat some. Spinach makes you super strong, so you can lift heavy stuff. All these great benefits you can get from eating vegetables are great, and there are even more benefits from lots of other vegetables, so make sure you eat your vegetables and eat healthy. The facts throughout the book are pretty accurate; all the "superpowers" they can give you are true. The vocabulary is good for the target age group. One special feature is the amount of color and all the various types. The book is laid out well for preschoolers and is easy to read.

The message of the book is to encourage kids to make healthier food choices. Many kids do not eat healthy foods these days, and this book shows the benefits of healthier foods.

I give The Land of Secret Superpowers: Vegetables 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 5. It is available wherever books are sold.

By Gavin S., KIDS FIRST!, age 10

I really enjoyed the children's book, The Land of Secret Superpowers: Vegetables. It's full of helpful, interesting information that can benefit your body and mind through your diet.

The Land of Secret Superpowers: Vegetables is about the numerous foods, especially vegetables, that your body positively reacts to. Each vegetable targets a certain part of the body. For instance, tomatoes boost height, while spinach increases strength. Each kid incorporated has a story relating to a particular vegetable.

I love that this book incorporates rhyme and alliteration. This exposes children to new language styles that will be used in school and beyond. My favorite parts of the book are the drawings, which express how the kids in the book are having a blast with the help of vegetables. Along with entertaining imagery, this book provides important information about healthy food choices. Ever wondered why you felt energized after eating a certain type of food? You probably ate mushrooms! The way the author, Devin Alexander, balances all these key points in this children's book is very impressive and astonishing. Parents might benefit from reading this book too - less forcing your kid to eat vegetables. Devin Alexander is known for her culinary work; she is a celebrity chef and has been a New York Times bestselling cookbook author three times.

The message of this book is that vegetables can really make positive changes in your body, and give you your own "superpowers!" Knowing this, kids can be genuinely excited to eat a healthier diet. It's a fantastic, unique way to encourage kids to eat things that they may not normally want to.

I give The Land of Secret Superpowers: Vegetables 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 8. It is available wherever books are sold online and in stores beginning January 24, 2023.

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

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $ 16.99
Media: Book


MATILDA THE MUSICAL

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NETFLIX
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-18
Topic - Family
Description - An adaptation of the Tony and Olivier award-winning musical. Matilda tells the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a sharp mind and a vivid imagination, dares to take a stand to change her story with miraculous results.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Matilda the Musical is full of nostalgia and catchy songs, giving a new generation the chance to experience Matilda and her magic. Besides, who doesn't enjoy being a little naughty sometimes?

Matilda the Musical is the retelling of the classic 1996 film, Matilda. Matilda (Alisha Weir) is a young girl with a brilliant mind and a vivid imagination. After meeting a kindhearted and loving teacher named Miss Honey (Lashana Lynch), Matilda finally gets to go to school and get relief from her neglectful parents. It isn't all sunshine and rainbows, however, as she soon finds herself fighting back against the merciless principal of the school, Miss Trunchbull (Emma Thompson.)

Matilda the Musical is a musical whose songs will stick in your head all day. The casting for this musical is perfect for the characters and the story, especially in the roles for Alisha Weir and Lashana Lynch. They are both able to convey the delicate and innocent personalities that are Matilda and Miss Honey. When they are on screen together, the only thing the audience thinks about is how they want everything to work out for them. Matilda and Miss Honey are the definition of lovable characters. The process of Matilda developing telekinesis seems somewhat rushed, though -- it is such an important factor to the original story, and it might feel random or as though it came out of nowhere for some. We don't see Matilda building up her skills, so that is rather abrupt. The choreography, by Ellen Kane, is intricate and advanced. One of the concluding songs, Revolting Children, led by Hortensia (Meesha Garbett) and Bruce (Charlie Hodson-Prior) has choreography that has already become a fan favorite. The moves--combined with the talented dancers--capture everyone's attention.

The message of Matilda the Musical is that if there is something in your life that you believe is detrimental, or not adding value, it's okay to move on. Matilda the Musical shows the audience that you don't have to feel bad for choosing something better for your life.

I give Matilda the Musical 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 18, plus adults. Matilda the Musical comes out on Netflix in the U.S. and in cinemas in Ireland and the U.K. on December 25, 2022. Make sure you check it out!

Maica N., KIDS FIRST! Film Critics, Age 15

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


LITTLE FOOT 3

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WOW NOW ENTERTAINMENT
Series: FEATUREM, AGES 5-8
Topic - Family
Description - Say it isn't so! Little Foot has a foot odor problem! Will King Arthur defeat Little Foot's crawly, stinky, creepy foot cooties just in time for the Yeti Snow Party? Join the adventure and find out in Little Foot 3!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I found Little Foot 3 entertaining, especially for its target age. It is a funny and heartfelt story about a Yeti named Little Foot who has a foot odor problem. He embarks on a journey to cure it in time for the Yeti Snow Party. This film is all about how you should never give up. I really enjoyed the animation of this film and the vibrant colors for the characters. It is amazing that the film's 14 voices are all made by five voice actors. I give Little Foot 3 - 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 8. It releases on DVD and VOD December 6, 2022. By Elizabeth V., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Little Foot 3 is a fun, family-friendly mystery - full of adventure and definitely grabs your attention.

Little Foot 3 follows Little Foot the Sasquatch who goes into space with his snowman friend. While he's there, he visits Santa, who reveals to him that he's suffering from something called shadow toes. This is when your feet have a terrible odor, making you, and every room you enter smell. Throughout the film we follow Little Foot as he undertakes a journey to end his shadow toes.

Something that I really enjoy about the movie is its adventurous storyline. Little Foot's expedition is a constant process. He is always meeting fun new characters, some of which are helpful, and some -- not so much. Either way, it's entertaining to see Little Foot interact with all these different personalities. Additionally, the picture quality stands out. All the colors are very vibrant and fun. However, I will say that the audio track isn't always in synch with the characters' lip movement. At times it's very noticeable and can be quite distracting. This takes away from enjoying the film, because viewers are distracted. Lastly the storyline has a lot of creativity. They take already well-established characters like Snow White and Santa Claus, and put their own twist on them, by giving them different personalities or traits.

The message of the film is to never lose hope in finding a solution.

Little Foot 3 gets 3 out of 5 stars from me and I recommend it for ages 5 to 8. You can watch Little Foot 3 on DVD and VOD beginning December 6, 2022.

By Mikella G., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16

Little Foot 3 is one that I think younger kids would enjoy. The storyline is very unique, maybe a little repetitive. However, it is a funny story with many different and diverse characters.

This storyline is about a Yeti named Little Foot (Simon Hill) who has a foot odor problem. He treks all over the galaxy in search of King Arthur (Kelsey Painter) who can cure his sickness. He needs his foot to be odor free for the Yeti Snow Party. On his way he meets many characters in faraway parts of the galaxy including Santa (KJ Schrock) and Mr. Fox (John Thompson) from Robin Hood. It is a standalone sequel to Little Foot 1 and 2.

Little Foot 3 has a very impressive cast of voice actors. One thing that is so amazing is that there are only five voice actors, yet there are 14 voice parts! However, until I watched the credits I had no idea some actors voice multiple characters. The storyline is quite repetitive; every scene mostly involves Little Foot meeting someone and finding out where King Arthur is. There is one character that simply made me laugh every time -- Misty the Snowman; he never speaks and only makes sounds. Yet somehow Little Foot understands every sound he makes. The animation style is very unique; it uses a blurred background and the animated characters have very big heads.

The message of this film is to never give up and keep on searching as you may find what you are looking for.

Little Foot 3 gets 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 8, plus adults. Little Foot 3 releases on DVD and VOD December 6 2022.

By Avalon N., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-8
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


ELVIS THE PIG

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VISION FILMS
Series: FEATURES, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - A young girl learns she may have to sell her beloved pet pig Elvis to a local farmer to save the family farm. Unbeknownst to her, the farmer is planning a pig roast and not a forever home. The whole family bands together to save Elvis, uniting to reclaim their farm, proving that love is worth more than money.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Elvis the Pig has a wonderful message and gives a child plenty of issues they can relate to. The story is well written and delivered.

The story follows a family that has to move from their farm to the city due to financial stress and a young girl's beloved pet, Elvis the pig, has to be left behind. The farmer who buys the pig only wants it for food. With sheer determination, the girl tries to save Elvis from that terrible fate, and it motivates her whole family to join her adventure, ultimately proving that family relationships are worth more than anything. I found Elvis the Pig appealing in many ways and the message is evergreen. A favorite scene is the one at the market scene when Elvis hears the air horn and rushes towards it, wreaking havoc on the market, which is quite comedic. The ending is also very funny when the two antagonists are in the pile of waste. There are some scenes that are less than appealing, such as the negotiation of moving to the city and when the two antagonists first show up to buy the pig for food. It is very atypical for introducing villains.

The structure of the story is divided into very simple pieces -- girl gets the news of their move; she tries to convince her father to take Elvis with them; she takes matters into her own hands; finally, everyone joins in and, with their help she accomplishes her goal. The characters are well developed, especially the father as he changes from moving to the city and back to the farm, in spite of the hardships he has to deal with. I can understand the father, as the head of the household, does what he does. The young girl is the heroine of the story, as she remains undeterred in reaching her goal of saving Elvis. We are empathetic with her as it's hard to say goodbye to a pet or anything we've been attached to for a long time. The locations are very realistic, from farm to city. The easy-to-follow storyline is very suitable for its target audience, including the humor. In a good way, it emphasizes the importance of family bonding and the importance of determination. Although the father wants to move to the city, in the end he decides to stay at the farm for his daughter.

The message of the film is that sometimes, family love is more than anything.

I give Elvis the Pig 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12. It releases on DVD and VOD December 6, 2022

By Tom W., KIDS FIRST! .
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - How far would you go to save something you love? Many people have been faced with a dilemma such as this and, no matter how old you are, your love for something can run so deep that your heart involuntarily leads the way. Elvis the Pig is a film that allows viewers to appreciate the concept of deep love for family, even if that member is not human.

This drama film is about a young girl named Riley (Aggie Bell) and her beloved pet pig, Elvis, who live a great life on the farm they love until the family is forced to sell their home due to financial hardship. Riley's life is soon turned upside down when she learns that her best friend Elvis will not be moving to the city with their family. A local farmer makes a deal with the family to give Elvis a good home but his intentions are deceitful as his real plan for Elvis is to host a pig roast with Riley's best friend as the main course. Riley and her older sister, Nylee (Camryn Macdonald) make it their mission to find their missing family member and reunite him at the farm.

What I really like most about this film is the dedication the family has for one another and their willingness to bond together when they need each other the most. Riley and Nylee don't appear to have a close sister bond, but when Elvis's life is in danger, Nylee is not going to let her sister's best friend fall victim to a horrible fate. The film is very relatable as many families have pets which seem to be the glue holding families together. Elvis the Pig is a bit slow to get going and some of the scenes tend to be drawn out, but overall the storyline is enjoyable and it is a wonderful family movie. The set location of the family farm with its variety of animals is a dream come true for many kids and the talking animals give the film a special touch.

You don't have to be a big animal lover to connect to this film's message. Elvis the Pig is about love, friendship and special bonds. Love runs deep, no matter if that love is between family, friends, or pets; many people will go to great lengths to protect those bonds. Elvis isn't your "usual" pet, but one thing is for certain, he has won the hearts of his family and their lives would not be the same without him in it.

I give Elvis the Pig 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12. Elvis the Pig releases on December 6, 2022 on DVD and video on demand.

By Dominic D., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

Elvis The Pig is such an exciting film; it keeps you on your toes and puts you in a good mood as you watch the show. Elvis' constant remarks lighten the mood of the film.

The film is about Elvis, a funny character with a good sense of humor that he portrays even in difficult moments. We witness quite a bizarre relationship between a young girl named Riley and Elvis the pig who are best friends. However, Riley's family struggles financially and has to sell their family farm and leave Elvis behind. Little does the family know that the new owner has plans to roasting a pig (Elvis), but this leads to new adventures and a better understanding between all the family members.

The theme of the film revolves around family and friendship. I enjoyed seeing the quality time that the family spends together and how they are able to put aside their differences and come together solve the issue at hand. The story is really beautiful and demonstrates how unity can help overcome our difficult moments. Elvis captured my attention from the start, especially with his humorous comments. He motivated me to continue watching the film. What really stands out in this film is how involved the animals are and how they are personified they are in communicating their thoughts. It gives you an insight of how you will imagine animals talking. I particularly enjoyed the voice of Elvis, by Ryan Coates, which is brilliantly done. From the beginning of the film, through the end, you are drawn to Elvis' comments.

The message assures kids that things always work out regardless of the situation you find yourself in. It also showcases the importance of family relationship. Lastly, it reminds you that "a man's best friend" doesn't only apply to dogs, but can be any pet.

I give Elvis The Pig 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12. It releases December 6, 2022 on DVD and VOD.

By Mikella G., KIDS FIFRST! Film Critic, age 16

Elvis The Pig is an incredible film, full of life lessons that will influence audiences. I loved this beautiful story from beginning to end.

The storyline follows a little girl named Riley (Aggie Bell) who is unsatisfied with moving to another city and being away from her best friend, little Elvis, a pig. Something wrong happen and she and her sister help to rescue the pig from the hands of two silly bad guys.

The story is well written. I especially enjoyed the characters and their development during the film. They are special. My favorite parts are when the bad guys appear. Their scenes are so funny, because every time they plan to do something bad, they fail in a funny way. I also like the part when the parents are watching old family videos and they are emotional. I was emotional too during those scenes. The scene transitions are good and everything happens naturally. I love everything in this film. Congratulations to the production team!

The film's message is that love is above everything and, with teamwork, we can do things easier.

I give Elvis The Pig 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18, plus adults. This film releases on DVD and VOD December 6, 2022.

By Anna Clara B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13

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


DISENCHANTED

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DISNEY+
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-18
Topic - Family
Description - It's been fifteen years since Giselle and Robert wed, but Giselle has grown disillusioned with life in the city. They decide to move their growing family to the sleepy suburban community of Monroeville in search of a more fairy tale life - unfortunately, it isn't the quick fix she hoped for. Suburbia has a whole new set of rules and a local queen bee, Malvina Monroe, who makes Giselle feel more out of place than ever. Frustrated that her happily ever after hasn't been easy to find, she turns to the magic of Andalasia for help, accidentally transforming the entire town into a real-life fairy tale, placing her family's future happiness in jeopardy. Now, Giselle is in a race against time to reverse the spell and determine what happily ever after truly means to her and her family.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Disenchanted is a magical combination of part musical, part fairy tale and part adventure. The acting, singing and animated segments make the film truly shine as a worthy sequel to Disney's beloved Enchanted.

Disenchanted follows Giselle (Amy Adams) and her family as they move from New York City to suburban Monroeville to find a new "happily ever after." However, they are met with many challenges, specifically Giselle's daughter Morgan (Gabriella Baldacchino) has trouble fitting in at her new school. When Giselle makes a wish to try to solve all of their problems, it backfires, and they are left in a fairytale mess once again. Who knew that Malvina (Maya Rudolph) had the potential to be an evil queen? Will Andalasia disappear altogether? Or will Giselle find a way to save both worlds?

Featuring the entire original cast, Disenchanted is an excellent sequel. Although it includes all the same core pieces as Enchanted, it is more than a rewritten version. There's more music, with plenty of songs spread throughout the entire film. These upbeat and intense songs grabbed my attention; the ballads help tell the story and the softer pieces bring out the character's emotions. The dancing and animation help bring out the best in each song. One thing I noticed is that the songs are slightly repetitive. Sometimes, the song you're listening to sounds very similar to one you heard just a few minutes ago, which detracts from the musical aspect a bit. However, the singers are very talented. Specifically, Idina Menzel brings a lot to the table whenever she sings. The acting is also incredible. Amy Adams, Gabriella Baldacchino and Patrick Dempsey (as Giselle's husband, Robert) create a relatable family dynamic. The switching back and forth, between animation and live-action, is so cool. It makes the distinction clear between Andalasia and Monroeville, which could otherwise be a very confusing transition.

The message of Disenchanted is that you should be careful what you wish for. It may seem like there are so many problems that need to be fixed, but sometimes people need to solve them for themselves. Giselle wants to help Morgan fit into her new home, but her wanting to do that is unclear and causes more problems than before. Disenchanted also emphasizes the importance of family. Note that there is some very minor inappropriate language and some violence.

I give Disenchanted 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12. You can watch Disenchanted on Disney+ now.



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


COLOR QUEST AR

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ST. BEDE SCHOOL
Series: APP, AGES 5-8
Topic - Education/Instructional
Description - Color, learn, and discover fun characters that come to life in your exciting augmented reality quest for health! Stayhealthy's new educational app includes fruits, vegetables, and a magical look into the human body with engaging new characters every month! Color your favorite character, press the magic button, read a fun health fact, and see your new creation come to life and dance in front of you in augmented reality (AR). Keep on coloring to unlock all the characters to win badges, play bonus games, and become the ultimate Magic Health Master in this coloring adventure!
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Color Quest AR is a fantastic, interactive new app that I highly recommend. It is the ultimate creativity app, with a combination of digital drawing, coloring and augmented reality features that blew my mind.

In Color Quest AR, you can choose one of three fun characters available for free, or purchase any of other themed characters for a fee. Then, you proceed to the coloring screen, where you choose between various colors and brush sizes and use your finger to color in your chosen character. Once satisfied with your character, head on over to the augmented reality feature, where you can look through the screen and watch your personalized character come to life in front of you, no matter where you are!

There are apps for digital coloring; there are apps for augmented reality. But this one-of-a-kind app allows you to pursue both interests in a single app. My jaw dropped when I first saw my personally-colored character appear in front of me. I am so impressed by how real it truly seems. Your character just pops up in front of you, wherever you are. Another detail of the app that stands out is the wide variety of color options. There are six main colors, with five shades within each color option. In addition, there are four brush sizes. This allows you to color smaller areas without going outside of the lines, and use the brush more efficiently in larger areas. Even the eraser feature has different thicknesses, making it easier to make deletions. Color Quest AR has so many additional features that I can't even begin to name them all. An important one to call attention to is the educational aspect. While the character is being loaded into augmented reality, a health fact pops up. These involve animals, parts of the body and many fun facts. This helps hold your attention during the time the loading circle spins. There is also a music video with the app's characters, and background music options to immerse yourself in. If you look in the menu, you can even click to find a playlist that'll spark your creativity and motivate you as well.

Color Quest AR excels at developing creativity, problem-solving skills and patience while also being educational and tons of fun. It is totally child-safe. One thing I will note is that there are optional in-app purchases. While the app can still be enjoyed and used without these paid features, be sure that your child doesn't accidentally buy something without permission.

I give Color Quest AR 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 8. Color Quest AR is available now anywhere you get your apps.



KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-8
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: App


BLUE'S BIG CITY ADVENTURES

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NICKELODEON
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Blue's Big City Adventure follows Josh (Josh Dela Cruz), who gets the opportunity of a lifetime to audition for Rainbow Puppy's (Brianna Bryan) Broadway musical, and Blue (Traci Paige Johnson) as they skidoo to New York City where they meet new friends and discover the magic of music, dance and following one's dreams. The entire "Blue's Clues" crew is reunited for this special movie event, with the beloved animated friends and all three hosts--Josh, Steve (Steve Burns) and Joe (Donovan Patton)--together for the first time in the Big Apple.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The Blue's Clues & You cast takes a bite out of the "Big Apple" to follow their dreams in their new hit movie musical, Blue's Big City Adventures! This film has something for the entire family -- from big dreams, superb dance numbers, multi-talented guests appearances -- all while still managing to fit in Blue's clues to help along the way. While watching this magical film, you feel the joy and entertainment you always get from the Blue's Clues franchise!

Blue's Big City Adventures follows Blue's Clues & You host, Josh, (Joshua Dela Cruz), as he heads to New York for a dream audition for Rainbow Puppy, (Brianna Bryan), who is following her own dream of creating her first Broadway musical. As Josh and Blue (Traci Paige Johnson) start on the adventure of a lifetime to the big city, Josh realizes he left his handy-dandy notebook with the audition information and now has to uncover clues to help him get to the audition before three o'clock.

I love how well this film highlights all the incredible things that make New York, New York. From the busyness, its famous pretzels, Times Square jumbotrons, street performances, taxis and even, being known as the place where dreams are made true. This film is the perfect tour guide to New York. There are sensational cameos such as B.D. Wong, who helps Rainbow Puppy cast for her musical. The camera angles and the music are special features and contribute to keeping the storyline interesting and flowing, especially for younger viewers. Fun Fact: Joshua Dela Cruz's real-life story is very similar to his character Josh's in this film, in that he moved from Dubai to America to fulfill his dreams of being on Broadway the way Josh travels from Storybook World to New York to be on Broadway.

Of course, keeping with the Blue's Clues' theme of teaching life's lessons, Blue's Clues Big City Adventures, is packed with different messages. The biggest takeaway is how you should never give up on your dreams, otherwise, how will you know if you can make them a reality? Josh faces different obstacles while trying to pursue his "big break," including being nervous and losing his handy-dandy notebook, but he stays focus on his goal and ready to show what he can do.

I give Blue's Big City Adventures 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 18, plus adults who will love it too. This is truly the perfect movie for a family. Blue's Big City Adventures is available on Paramount+ beginning November 18, 2022

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

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
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Media: FeatureFilm


SANTA CLAUSES, THE

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DISNEY+
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-18
Topic - Family
Description - Scott Calvin is back! After being Santa Claus for nearly thirty years, he's as jolly as ever. But as Christmas declines in popularity, so does his Santa magic. Scott struggles to keep up with the demands of the job, as well as being there for his family. Upon discovering there is a way to retire from his post, Scott considers stepping down as Santa Claus and finding a worthy successor so that he can become a better father and husband.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Hang up the stockings; get out the cookies and milk, and say ho-ho-ho to The Santa Clauses! This is the perfect show to say hello to Christmas and the winter season. It proves that perseverance is everything and family matters most. This is a great way to bring up past Christmas classics, The Santa Clause 1, 2, and 3.

The show starts off with Santa himself, Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) and his elf, Noel (Devin Bright), giving presents to loving children all over the world, but something goes wrong: Santa's magic starts malfunctioning. Almost a whole year goes by after the catastrophe and the magic is back to normal, but during a present delivery, another incident happens - something really bad. After all that mess, Scott realizes that he has to do the two things he has dreaded all 28 years of his career -- find a new Santa and retire. Scott tries to find a new Santa within his first son, Charlie (Eric Lloyd) and his other son, Buddy (Austin Kane), but neither seem interested, and it leaves Scott heartbroken and stressed over finding the perfect new Santa Claus.

The thought of Christmas and snow and everything that makes winter the "holiday season" absolutely delights me, which is why this show is perfect. My favorite parts are the amazing special effects used to enhance the magic of Christmas. I love when Scott and Noel are flying above all of the houses with the reindeer -- even if it is just a lot of greenscreen and wiring. It gives the perfect image of Santa Claus trying to make every child in the world happy and believe in the magic of Christmas. I also love how the director, Jason Winer, keeps the original characters, since we all like them. Scott "Santa Claus" Calvin is still the enjoyable, ambitious character he once was 28 years ago, and Charlie is still the spontaneous, kind young man he has been and always will be.

The message of this show is that family will always come first, no matter the situation. Scott Calvin has proven again and again that, even when Christmas is in danger, he always makes room for his family.

I give The Santa Clauses 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10 to 18, plus adults. It begins streaming on Disney+ November 16, 2022.

By Ari P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

The Santa Clauses is a perfect series to watch with your family during the holiday season. I loved its spin on classic songs and its message about taking time for family.

The story follows Santa Claus (Tim Allen) making serious decisions for the future of the holiday season when he feels his magic starting to fade away. Mrs Claus (Elizabeth Michell), who has been living in the North Pole for almost 30 years, sees an opportunity to start a normal life, back in the city around normal people, with her family including her two children, Cal (Austin Kane) and Sandra Calvin-Claus (Elizabeth Allan- Dick).

This series has a modern spin to classic songs, vivid colors, great humor and realistic special effects, which all combine to bring a classic holiday story to life in a refreshing new way. One of my favorite scenes is when Santa, with his big belly, tries to get into a house - watch and see the secrets of being Santa! Kids around the world love and believe in Santa Claus. One girl in particular, Grace Choksi (Rupali Redd) insists on telling her father, Simon Choksi (Kal Penn) that Santa Claus is real and has always helped her decorate the house during the most magical day of the year. On one Christmas Eve, Grace receives a present from Santa Claus, which makes her Father research the truth about the existence of Santa Claus. Kal Penn, a businessman, with lots of interesting ideas, wants to find ways to make his business successful and sees an opportunity when he looks at the sky and watches Santa flying across the sky on his sleigh. For our beloved Santa, understanding that it is time to find a replacement isn't easy but he certainly has fun watching the Elves take the challenge to help him. I can't wait to watch the next episode of The Santa Clauses!

The message of this series is that magic is real if you believe in it and, if it is time to take a break and focus on your life, health and family, don't think twice.

I give The Santa Clauses 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 18, plus adults. It is available at Disney+ beginning November 16, 2022.

By Keila V., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-18
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Media: TV


CHRISTMAS STORY CHRISTMAS, A

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HBO MAX
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-18
Topic - Family
Description - Follows the now-adult Ralphie as he returns to the house on Cleveland Street to give his kids a magical Christmas like the one he had as a child, reconnecting with childhood friends, and reconciling the passing of his Old Man. Peter Billingsley returns to the role that has made kids of all ages anticipate Christmas morning like no other.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - A Christmas Story Christmas is the highly anticipated and long-awaited follow-up to the classic Christmas movie, A Christmas Story. It's full of new and old faces and, of course, plenty of hilarious scenes. This movie certainly gets you ready for the holiday season.

Peter Billingsley returns as Ralphie in A Christmas Story Christmas. He's back and all grown up, and tries to give his kids a magical Christmas, just like the ones he had when he was younger. But with an unexpected loss, he must do it by himself. Can he live up to his dad's standards and give his kids the perfect Christmas?

As the title suggests, this movie is the sequel to A Christmas Story, nearly 40 years in the making! It isn't necessary to watch the original movie to make sense of this one; however, there are references to the original movie that may be a bit confusing for those who haven't viewed it. Also, A Christmas Story is one of my favorite Christmas movies and is a joy to watch, so I do recommend it before watching this one if possible. One of my favorite parts of this movie is the fact that most of the original cast members play their same characters. Flick (Scott Schwartz), Schwartz (R.D. Robb), Randy (Ian Petrella), and even Scut Farkus (Zack Ward) all make an appearance. It is surreal (in a good way) to see what these former childhood actors now look like all grown up. I've never searched for their current appearances, so they are all a pleasant surprise. I also love how the sequel stays true to the original movie with all the sets, transitions and personalities of the characters. The narration is even similar to the first movie. Peter Billingsley, on top of just acting in this movie, also co-wrote and produced it. Kudos to him for all the work he did to bring us this movie. Speaking of some of the actors, my favorite performances are from Peter Billingsley (Ralphie), Julie Hagerty (Ralphie's mom) and Erinn Hayes (Sandy). Peter Billingsley keeps all his mannerisms and quirks from Ralphie even in his adult years, which makes this movie feel familiar and comedic. Julie Hagerty replaces Melinda Dillon as Ralphie's mom, and she fills her shoes so well. Erinn Hayes plays the newly introduced character Sandy and fits right in. She makes me feel as if she has been there forever because of the amusing interactions she has with other characters. The actors have so much chemistry, no doubt due to the fact that most of them have known each other for so long.

The primary message of A Christmas Story Christmas is that sometimes, it's the thought (and effort) that counts. This movie also deals with the loss of loved ones. There is some mild profanity and consumption of alcohol.

I give A Christmas Story Christmas 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 18, plus adults. Fans of original movie will enjoy this movie as well as those who are unfamiliar with the original. It comes on HBO Max November 17, 2022.

By Katherine S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14

A Christmas Story is a must-watch and part of many families' holiday traditions. Holiday memes, ads, cards and messages are riddled with the film's iconic quotes and scenes (remember the LEG LAMP?). For diehard fans of this Christmas classic comes the long awaited sequel, full of the adventure and comedy like what made the first movie so memorable. Can Ralphie Parker honor his dad, create holiday magic and achieve his dream of becoming a writer - all before Christmas day? A Christmas Story Christmas is a hilarious and touching continuation of the life of the character we know and love which will pull at your heartstrings this festive season.

A Christmas Story Christmas follows a grown-up Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley) as he tries to navigate the adult struggles of Christmas after his father passes. Ralphie and his family - his wife (Erinn Hayes), daughter (Julianna Layne) and son (River Drosche) head to Indiana from Chicago to console Ralphie's mother (Julie Hagerty) and spread some holiday cheer. What Ralphie doesn't know is that filling his late father's shoes is no small task. Frantically shopping for presents and buying the biggest tree imaginable, Ralphie tries to create the best Christmas for his family, all while trying to meet his Christmas writing deadline. Yuletide joy and Christmas spirit are ever present throughout this exciting film.

The true magic in this movie is in how sentimental and relatable it is for families who have lost a loved one, but still have the audience cackling with laughter. I don't think I have ever heard so many giggles in one theater. Layne, as Ralphie's young daughter, contributes many funny moments, displaying expert comedic timing, being sarcastic, adorable and relevant all at once - a huge feat for such a young actress. Another hilarious element of this film is the relationship between Ralphie's mother and his wife. These two actresses perfectly capture the beauty and awkwardness of in-laws. Their petty remarks had the audience rolling on the floor laughing. A Christmas Story Christmas is definitely a feel-good classic in the making.

The key message of this film is that when people show up for each other, there can be magic. Ralphie is only one hero of this story. Each Parker family member comes through in times of need, and that is what makes their Christmas so memorable and full of light. Without the support of family, such happiness and prosperity is far less likely.

I give A Christmas Story Christmas 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 18 to 18, plus adults. You can see A Christmas Story Christmas on HBO Max beginning November 17, 2022.

By Allison B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 16

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-18
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Media: Web Series


TRANSFORMERS: EARTHSPARK

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NICKELODEON
Series: TV SERIES, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - A new species of Transformers must find their place and purpose among Autobots, Decepticons, and the human family who adopts them.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I like the series Transformers: Earthspark! It is an action-packed adventure with heartwarming friendships and strong family bonds that I enjoyed with my whole family.

Fans familiar with the Transformers franchise will enjoy the familiar characters and meet some new ones. Anyone new to Transformers will quickly become acquainted with their history while discovering the first bots born on Earth along with a brother and sister duo, Robby Malto (Sydney Mikayla) and Mo (Zion Broadnax), who share a unique bond. Robby and Mo recently moved from Philly to small town Witwicky where their mom, Dot Malto (Benni Latham) has taken a job as a park ranger and they have left their friends behind. When Robby, frustrated with his new life, decides to bike back to Philly, his sister Mo, who is never left out of his adventures, follows along. A strange encounter with Autobots and some unusual spiderbots has them tumbling off a bridge and discovering a secret cave. Their curiosity and sense of adventure lead them to forming a bond with the first earthborn bots, Twitch (Kathreen Khavari) and Thrash (Zeno Robinson) who they are emotionally connected to. Through some humorous activities and harrowing adventures Twitch and Trash become the vehicle bots that suit their personalities and are part of the Malto Family.

The production quality is superb with vivid animation and crisp colors; the images are so realistic. For example, the texture of Mo's hair looks real. The voice acting is excellent with each character distinct and believable. Robby is voiced by a female but sounds like a teen boy and when Mo and Robby take a tumble their grunts and groans sound believable. And of course, the action is exciting and explosive! When the Transformers click into action the battles are fast and furious. The sound effects really enrich the story and propel the action. The Autobots whirl and rev into their Transformer selves. In terms of the storyline, the amazing bond that Robby and Mo share is special, and the strength and determination of Mo is truly inspiring. It's so great to see a female protagonist take the lead. Another strong female character is Skywarp (Nicole Dubuc); she is smart, self-assured and fierce. There are old school favorites from previous films in the franchise like Optimus Prime (Alan Tudyk), Mr. Malto (Jon Jon Briones) and Bumblebee (Danny Pud) who I love seeing here.

The message in these episodes revolve around togetherness and learning to fit in. These episodes are sure to be great fun with the classic struggles with the Autobot Decepticons Transformers robots, the togetherness of the human Malto Family, and the first Transformers robots to be born on Earth - the Terrans, who are learning how they fit in.

I give Transformer: Earthspark 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12, plus adults. Transformers: Earthspark premieres on Paramount + Friday, November 11, 2022.

Madeleine H. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10

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


JURASSIC WORLD: CAMP CRETACEOUS HIDDEN ADVENTURES

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NETFLIX
Series: TV SERIES, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Based on the show Camp Cretaceous, Hidden Adventure is an interactive special series where the campers survive more danger put against them on Isla Nublar. After a big storm, food is scarce -- and hungry dinos are everywhere. It's up to you to help the Camp Fam survive in this thrilling interactive special.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous Hidden Adventures is an interactive episode that gets you involved and keeps you more entertained by deciding what happens next. It's fun to be able to choose what the characters do and what leads up to that because it's not something you can do with a regular movie or show.

This interactive episode is about Darius (Paul-Mik�l Williams), Kenji (Ryan Potter), Brooklyn (Jenna Ortega), Yasmine (Kausar Mohammed), Ben (Sean Giambrone), Sammy (Raini Rodriguez) who are struggling in the aftermath of a huge storm that happened on the island. They have no food, no shelter and, to make matters worse, the dinosaurs have no food so the dinosaurs are out of control. The kids learn that someone has hidden food somewhere on the island and we have to make decisions for them to keep them safe and direct them to the food.

This is a great episode to watch. Something that I like about this show is the teamwork and the communication between the group. Even in such a dire situation, they communicate and run their decisions with each other before making it. I also like how, even if things take a wrong turn, you can always undo your answer and try again. My favorite character is Darius because we are Darius's thoughts and we make the decisions for him when he doesn't know what to choose and when the others don't know as well. Something that confuses me in the show is that, in the series before this, the group leaves the island - so how did they get back on the island? Regardless, I was entertained the whole time and the concept is just a great idea.

The message of Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous Hidden Adventures is that if you argue you won't get anything done; you need to compromise and work together. At times in the episode you see the group get into arguments about what to do next, and that's where your choices come in. You help them decide and you help stop their conflict. This show is totally family-friendly.

I give Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous Hidden Adventures 4.5 out 5 stars and recommend it to ages 5 to 12. You can watch this on Netflix starting November 15, 2022. Be sure to check it out!



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GOODNIGHT OPPY

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AMAZON PRIME
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - The film follows Opportunity, the Mars Exploration Rover affectionately dubbed Oppy by her creators and scientists at NASA. Oppy was originally expected to live for only 90 days but she ultimately explored Mars for nearly 15 years.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Goodnight Oppy, by Ryan White, is a documentary that brings both excitement and curiosity. I love learning about how the scientists related to Opportunity, nicknamed Oppy, almost as if she/it was their child. I also love that, no matter what went wrong, they never gave up and always thought she would go on. And she did! She outlived her life expectancy by 150 months!

The inspirational true story follows Opportunity, the veteran interplanetary Mars Exploration Rover, affectionately dubbed Oppy by her creators and scientists at NASA. Oppy was originally expected to live for only 90 days but ultimately explored Mars for nearly 15 years. The film follows Oppy's groundbreaking journey on Mars and the remarkable bond forged between a robot and her humans millions of miles away.

Exploring the last 15 years of interplanetary exploration with Opportunity and her twin sister is so interesting. Opportunity and Spirit were identical twins, both 5'2" tall, with human like eyes. I love how the humans associated with them thought of them almost as their children. It takes a long 6 months to get to Mars from Earth. Spirit was launched on July 7, 2003 and Opportunity followed three weeks after that date. I found I it fascinating how, no matter what happened to the rovers, the scientists kept believing that they would work again. My favorite part of their day was the wake up song! It is amazing how Opportunity and Spirit could respond and think for themselves. I enjoyed watching their journey exploring Mars and all the photos they sent back. What stands out most in this documentary is how everyone believes in the two rovers; they never give up.

This inspiring documentary reveals the discoveries that these two rovers gave us about Mars. The film helps audiences understand the incredible amount of work that the scientists and the robots' creators put in to achieve the accomplishments of these two robots. They gave us so much information we never had previously.

I give Goodnight Oppy 5 out of 5 stars from me and I recommend it for ages 12 to 18, plus adults. It releases in theaters November 4 on Amazon Prime Video November 23, 2022.

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

Goodnight Oppy is a fascinating inside look at the stories of Opportunity and Spirit, with beautiful visuals and a cool soundtrack. This film appealed to me as I love learning about the importance of human resilience.

Goodnight Oppy is a documentary that tells the story behind the team in charge of the two Mars rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, which were launched in 2003. It starts at the beginning of the project with Steve Squyres, the principal scientist of the project, up until the project closed in 2018. The film shows the difficulties and challenges of the nearly 15-year-long mission, whilst showing the collaboration and teamwork of those involved.

It is clear that the director, writers and the whole production group had a lot of respect for the team behind Opportunity and Spirit. The film excels at showcasing the talent and determination of the all the scientists and engineers involved in the project and how hard they worked. The visuals of Mars are incredible and eye opening; it really helped me understand what the scientists saw and how their observations gave us new information about Mars. The juxtaposition between the scenes of the rovers and the scenes of the team show the interaction between the robots and the scientists. The difficulties that the rovers experienced are reflective of those of the team, which helps further connect the team with the rovers. I love all of the interviews with the team members as it gives us a more personal side to the story and is really entertaining. My favorite part is definitely the scenes involving the morning music; it brought a smile to my face every single time. It perfectly represents the unity and the family-like environment in the workroom and helps break up the serious moments.

The documentary showcases the work ethic and intelligence of the team at NASA, showing the audience the importance of resilience, collaboration and determination.

I give Goodnight Oppy 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18, plus adults. It releases in theaters November 4, 2022 and on Amazon Prime November 23, 2022.

By Emma D., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
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BOONIE BEARS, THE: MONSTER PLAN 2

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WOW NOW ENTERTAINMENT
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - The second of eight installments in the Boonie Bears: Monster Plan series. This film will be available on DVD, DISH, InDemand, and Comcast on 11/1. AVod platforms, such as The Roku Channel and TubiTV to follow. We are also releasing Boonie Bears: Forrest Frenzy - all 16 films - on AVOD platforms starting in November.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Boonie Bears: Monster Plan 2 has funny jokes and focuses a lot on physical comparisons.

The Boonie Bears are a group of animals including bears, a monkey, a skunk, a raccoon and a wild cat. The animals all work together to overcome their weaknesses as they try to defeat an evil villain who is trying to steal their strengths. If one villain isn't enough, the animals are also being threatened by poachers. Each animal in the forest utilizes its unique strength or overcomes a perceived weakness such as being scared, stinky or not strong to help the friends along the way.

The quality of the animation is strong and vibrant. The animals live in a beautiful pine tree forest. Vick (Paul "Maxx" Rinehart) and Bramble (Joseph S. Lambert) are up against the Doctor Rex Vector and his hamster assistant, Mr. Pete. The crazy scientist and his assistant are trying to take their strength away by using a power absorbing gadget. Each animal in the forest utilizes its unique strength or overcomes a perceived weakness in their many encounters with the evil doctor. As they work to defeat Doctor Rex Vector and Mr. Pete, the animals build their confidence. I feel that the storyline lack cohesiveness as it jumps from one mission to the next, which might be difficult for younger children to follow.

The message of the show is that everyone has weaknesses and strengths. My one issue with the show is that it may draw too much attention to self-worth by utilizing negative self-worth language and calling characters things such as "stupid" and "fat." The intent of the message is good, but its execution could be better.

Boonie Bears: Monster Plan 2 gets 2 out of 5 stars from me and I recommend it for ages 5 to 12. It releases November 1, 2022 on DVD and many streaming networks.

By Angels G., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I enjoyed the film Boonie Bears: Monster Plan 2 a lot, mainly because it is Funny, Has Great Animation, Wonderful Characters, And Is Suitable For Young Kids, plus it could also entertain older kids. This film really held my attention.

The storyline follows two bears, Briar (Ricky Jay Glen) and his brother Bramble (Justin J. Wheeler). Briar, Bramble and their friends run into many problems with their arch nemesis Rex Vector, who wants to steal their powers and use them to destroy them. So Briar, Bramble and all their friends jump in to solve their problems with Rex Vector and others.

This film is really great. I really found the characters and humor outstanding and perfect for its target age group. All the characters have outstanding personalities; each with a terrific sense of humor. They are also thoughtful and kind to their friends, as well as people or animals around them. The humor in this film is also commendable; there are many things that made me laugh or smile. Even when something bad is happening it always finds a way to make me laugh. However, apart from all these positive things is one not so good thing - the sound. The characters' voices have issues with the sound quality, but the film was still very interesting. I also love the life lessons of this film - they are very heartfelt and real.

This film's life lesson is an inspiring reminder that no matter what happens to you, you are unstoppable as long as you have someone there for you. I relate to this because I have found the importance of support from a friend or family member in my life and believe that you can do anything and maybe even everything with the right support.

Boonie Bears: Monster Plan 2 gets 3.5 out of 5 stars from me and I recommend it for ages 5 to 8, plus adults. This film can entertain people young and maybe even old. It will be available on most streaming platforms and DVD November 1, 2022. Be sure to check it out.

By Gavin S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11

Boonie Bears: Monster Plan 2 is an exciting and kid-friendly film, with beautiful animation and color, but it lacks some cohesiveness in its storyline.

The storyline follows Bramble (Joseph S. Lambert) and his friends on a fun adventure in the forest, on their quest to defeat the evil Doctor Rex and his sidekick Mister Pete. The evil duo devises a plan to steal some of Bramble and his friends' animal abilities in order to create a robotic monster. The gang uses teamwork and friendship to prevent Doctor Rex and Mister Pete from stealing all of their abilities and ruining their home.

The animation is, by far, my favorite part of the film. The animators' creation of the forest filled with beautiful creatures and plants is superb. The animals are especially well done and beautifully detailed. At first, I was a somewhat put off by the voices, but once I got over my shock, I found them very entertaining. Some of the voices are difficult to understand, particularly the skunk. I couldn't make out what it was saying at times. The storyline picks up at the end and I wish there was a recap at the beginning to give us a bit more context, since it left me with a few questions regarding the plot. Bonnie Bears: Monster Plan 2 is split into five parts, all with different plots. I wanted to better understand what took place in the episode prior to this one.

Boonie Bears: Monster Plan 2 promotes friendship, teamwork, kindness and resilience. It also highlights the importance of fighting for those you love and how important it is to overcome your fears if you are to obtain your goals.

Boonie Bears: Monster Plan 2 gets 3 out of 5 stars from me and I recommend it for ages 4 to 10. It will be released on November 1, 2022, on DVD and many streaming networks.

By Emma D., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16

The Boonie Bears: Monster Plan 2 is one of the cutest children's movies I have ever seen! It's all about nature and saving the day. It also shows the importance of friendship and perseverance. This is definitely a children's movie favorite for me.

The storyline follows a bear named Briar who needs to save his friends from the evil Rex Vector and his hamster, Mr. Pete. Once Vector and Mr. Pete realizes the group has escaped, they start to work on another project that they think will be their greatest one yet. Briar, his partner Bramble (Joseph S. Lambert), and his human best friend Vick know that they need to save the day and they have a few adventures along the way.

My favorite part of this film is the funny voices used by the actors for their characters. I love how the bears' voices are all just so cute and adorable and Dr. Vector's voice is perfect for a young villain. I also love the setting of this film. It seems so peaceful and quiet when there isn't an evil scientist trying to rule all the animals. It's set in a park with all kinds of monkeys, skunks and other cute animals. The only thing I didn't exactly capture from the film is the emotions from the characters. Neither Rex Vector nor Mr. Pete show as much enthusiasm as I hoped for. For example, when Rex Vector laughs maniacally about a gadget of his working, he doesn't seem so excited. Also, once Mr. Pete answers a question Briar asks him, there is a small amount remaining of "unsureness" in his answer. Otherwise, I absolutely adore this film.

The message of this film is that you have to persevere in order to succeed. If the characters didn't persevere through the different challenges throughout the movie, they never would have stopped Doctor Rex Vector. They also would not have made it through the other challenges along the way.

Boonie Bears: Monster Plan 2 gets 5 out of 5 stars from me and I recommend it for ages 5 to 10. It is available on DVD and many streaming channels beginning November 11, 2022.

By Ari P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

Boonie Bears: Monster Plan 2 is a fun, comedic film that's perfect for a kid's first action movie. Colorful animation brings out the best in the plotlines. Each character is funny, relatable, and helps to highlight the important messages and educational aspects.

The storyline follows a group of animals including bears, skunks and squirrels who navigate through life in the forest with various enemies and problems along the way.

Boonie Bears: Monster Plan 2 has colorful and vibrant animation. The settings are realistic, yet creative and bright. One example that stands out is s the hunter's pit. Some of the animals get stuck in a poacher's trap, and we see various angles from inside the hole. The attention to detail is incredible. There are little worms on the ground, weeds growing out of the sides of the walls and even indents in the dirt. Although these tiny details don't affect the plot, it makes situations seem so much more realistic and truly engages viewers. In addition, each character has its own unique features and physical characteristics that are emphasized in the animation. These characters also have very fun personalities. Each trait helps develop an important theme or subtly teach a lesson. The comedy is perfect for the intended audience; little kids will laugh their heads off while watching. It's cool that there are so many smaller, individual conflicts and plotlines that take place throughout the film. However, sometimes having multiple plotlines makes it difficult to stay engaged, follow the main plot, and keep watching.

The message of Boonie Bears: Monster Plan 2 is that everyone has strengths and weaknesses. Many of the characters wish to be stronger or smarter, but they realize that, just because they aren't smarter or stronger, doesn't mean that they aren't talented in other ways. There are also other themes such as teamwork, kindness and friendship that are built upon throughout the film.

Boonie Bears: Monster Plan 2 gets 4 out of 5 stars from me and I recommend it for ages 2 to 8. You can watch Boonie Bears: Monster Plan 2 on DVD and many streaming services beginning November 1, 2022.

By Kyla C, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 13

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
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Media: FeatureFilm


LYLE, LYLE, CROCODILE

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SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 5-18
Topic - Family
Description - Based on the best-selling book series by Bernard Waber, Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile, starring Academy Award-winner Javier Bardem, Constance Wu and Shawn Mendes, is a live-action/CGI musical comedy that brings this beloved character to a new, global audience. When the Primm family (Wu, Scoot McNairy, Winslow Fegley) moves to New York City, their young son Josh struggles to adapt to his new school and new friends. All of that changes when he discovers Lyle - a singing crocodile (Mendes) who loves baths, caviar and great music-living in the attic of his new home. The two become fast friends, but when Lyle's existence is threatened by evil neighbor Mr. Grumps (Brett Gelman), the Primms must band together with Lyle's charismatic owner, Hector P. Valenti (Bardem), to show the world that family can come from the most unexpected places and there's nothing wrong with a big singing crocodile with an even bigger personality.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile is an outrageous musical movie that the whole family will adore, especially those who have read the Lyle the Crocodile books.

This film is based on the beloved books about the super adorable singing crocodile, Lyle (Shawn Mendes) who lives in New York City. Lyle can't talk, but he can certainly sing, and the first to discover that is an unemployed and undiscovered actor and magician Hector P. Valenti (Javier Bardem). After a failed attempt at becoming famous, Valenti leaves and Lyle is found by a young boy Josh Primm (Winslow Fegley), and they become best friends. But what will Josh's parents and crazy neighbor do if they find out? Watch to see

I love Lyle's character design. The CGI is realistic, yet cartoonish, and his face is so cute. I really enjoy his big size and chubby body as the animation makes his movements clumsy and unstable. My favorite parts of the movie are the original songs - "Top of the World," "Take A Look At Us Now," "Rip Up The Recipe," "Carried Away," and "Heartbeat" - and their respective scenes. Kudos to Shawn Mendes and the song-writing team for creating such fitting songs. Shawn Mendes, Constance Wu and Brett Gelman deliver my favorite performances. Shawn Mendes, as always, has an absolutely outstanding, beautiful and breathtaking voice, and I couldn't wait for him to start singing again in each scene. Constance Wu, as Mrs. Primm, is such a perfect fit for the loving and caring motherly figure. Brett Gelmen shows just how fitting the name Mr. Grumps is for his character.

The messages of Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile are that joy can be found even when things seem hectic and overwhelming, and that friendship can be found in unexpected ways and places. This movie is great for the whole family. There are some scenes that may be a bit frightening to younger children.

I give Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12, plus adults. Fans of the book will definitely enjoy this movie. It releases in theaters October 7, 2022.

By Katherine S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14

Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile is a fabulous musical film about overcoming your fears, to accept something new while pushing the traditional boundaries of what we call family.

The storyline follows a boy, Josh (Winslow Fegley), moving to New York City with his parents and being uncomfortable with new challenges like an unfamiliar home, crowded New York City and meeting new friends at a new school. Josh is a kind soul, but he's frequently afraid and lacks confidence. However he had no idea how much his life would change in a matter of days after his family's move to the new city.

This movie is funny; the music is contagious; and the love and care of one another is beautiful. The special effects and scenes of the film are incredible! What I love about the film is how Lyle the Crocodile (Shawn Mendes), with his special talent changes the lives of the main characters in the film. It starts with Hector (Javier Barden), a struggling showman who never gives up on Lyle's talent or his own and, after some bumps, learns the importance of friendship and family. Josh and Lyle become friends in a very awkward way and from then on never want to be separated from each other. Josh's Mom (Constance Wu) and Dad (Scoot McNairy) can't believe their eyes when they see Lyle for the first time, and their hearts open wide for the big creature. My favorite scene is when Josh and Lyle sing, without any fear, to the whole city. The trust between them is honest and cute. As in almost every film, a bad guy (and his pet) are around. In this case, Mr. Grumps (Brett Gelman) - a very not fun and unhappy neighbor and his cat, Loretta, who almost destroy the show of a lifetime and a beautiful family. You must see it!

The message of Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile is "Trust and believe your family and closest friends; they are always looking out for you and your success."

I give Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 18, plus adults. It is available in theaters beginning October 7, 2022.

By Keila V., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10

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


BLUE'S CLUES & YOU! RAINBOW PUPPY ADVENTURES

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NICKELODEON
Series: DVD, AGES 2-8
Topic - Family
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The Nickelodeon kids show Blue's Clues & You is back for yet another adventure with Rainbow Puppy. This DVD is full of captivating and fun episodes for younger children. Rainbow Puppy had such a positive attitude that it makes every episode so enjoyable to watch. If you are a Blue's Clue's fan or just a person ready for some adventure, you should check this out.

This DVD follows Rainbow Puppy (Brianna Bryan) as we watch her through multiple adventures with Blue (Traci Paige Johnson) and Josh (Joshua Dela Cruz) from "skidoo" to "skidoo" finding different clues to get answers to things. While she grew up in the Blue's Clues world, she's made it Broadway BIG in New York City! With a vibrant personality to match her colorful fur, she has a song in her heart and is always singing, dancing, and is positively bubbling with talent!

This is a great show for young children. The music in the show is one of the key factors that keeps the audience entertained. With catchy beats and lyrics, you will be singing along with them in no time. "Mail Time" and the theme song are definitely songs that get stuck in your head. I like all the different colorful places that they travel like Clue Lagoon and the colorful house they live in. This aspect could be something that audiences find appealing. My favorite character is Rainbow Puppy because she brings so much positivity and creativity to the show.

The message of this DVD is that life can be an adventure if you let it be an adventure. Blue, Josh, Rainbow Puppy and the other characters show that if you use your imagination and your creativity you can create your own adventures. This show is completely family-friendly.

I give Blue's Clues & You: Rainbow Puppy 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 8. The DVD releases October 4, 2022. Be sure to check it out!


Runtime: 60 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-8
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.96
Media: DVD


HOCUS POCUS 2

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DISNEY+
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 5-18
Topic - Family
Description - A curious youngster moves to Salem, where he struggles to fit in before awakening a trio of diabolical witches that were executed in the 17th century.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Lock up your children and grab some salt just in case! Just in time for Halloween, the wicked Sanderson sisters are back in Hocus Pocus 2, the live-action, comedy sequel to the 1993 film Hocus Pocus. The musical performances in this film are to die for.

Hocus Pocus 2 follows the Sanderson sisters -- Winifred "Winnie" (Bette Midler), Sarah (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Mary (Kathy Najimy), as they seek revenge on the town that cast them away ... again. It's been 29 years since someone lit the Black Flame Candle and resurrected the 17th-century sisters, and they have a spell to settle. Three high-school students accidentally bring back the Sanderson Sisters to modern-day Salem and must figure out how to stop the child-hungry witches from wreaking havoc on Salem before dawn on All Hallow's Eve.

This film is perfect to get you in the Halloween spirit. In this sequel, we finally learn the origin of the Sanderson sisters, which helps us understand why they are who they are, why the sisters were banned from Salem as youngsters, and why they became involved in witchcraft. I love that the original actors who played the sisters reprised their roles here. With this film taking place 29 years later, it makes for hilarious moments watching the sisters get familiar with the "new town," such as watching them search for new beauty products to become younger and having young fans wanting to take selfies with them. The Sanderson's spell-bounding rendition and performance of "One Way of Another" (Hocus Pocus 2 Version) they sing to the residents at the festival is entertaining and original.

Hocus Pocus 2 is about friendship, sisterhood, and forgiveness. Many of their issues are resolved once the trio realizes what is most important to them and stop holding grudges. Even the high school teenagers have to realize they are better together than apart. This film also highlights the importance of reading labels and ALL of the instructions and spells; otherwise, you may miss an important warning. Parents should be aware of the reference to virgins that have to light the Black Flame Candle (but with a hilarious "parent-like" definition), which will probably have kids asking more questions.

Hocus Pocus 2 gets 4 out of 5 stars from me and I recommend it for ages 5 to 18, plus adults. I recommend watching the original film, since this one has plenty of references to Hocus Pocus. Hocus Pocus 2 premieres September 30, 2022, exclusively on Disney+.

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

An exciting, heartwarming and nostalgic adventure, this film brings back old memories of day-one fans, and will captivate and capture a new audience as well through its wild fun journey.

Hocus Pocus 2 returns to Salem, Massachusetts where it all began. It follows the original film, after years have passed with the Sanderson Sisters being nothing but a spooky story. However, not everyone believes that they are just a myth, particularly Becca (Whitney Peak), Izzy(Belissa Escobedo) and Cassie(Lilia Buckigham), who are three teenage girls that have always had a fascination with magic and witches. On Halloween they find themselves doing their yearly spell rituals, expecting nothing from them, when they accidentally find themselves bringing back the iconic Sanderson Sisters. The girls now must find a way to stop the child-hungry sisters from finding a way to stay alive forever.

The execution of this film is outstanding. Although it is a sequel, this movie truly lives up to the original. It continues the story with a modern twist, and still has that same nostalgic feeling. Years have passed, but watching this movie takes you right back, and the Sanderson Sisters weave their way back to the top. It's evident that Director Anne Fletcher fully understands the nostalgic feeling of this sequel, which we see in every aspect of the film. Another thing that really stands are the costumes. The time put into each and every detail is magnificent and all the accessories and outfits are so personal to each character; that is something that I personally really appreciate and adore! Lastly, I truly enjoy the constant comedic moments. This movie really gives the audience a good laugh. They really take into account the difference of a new generation watching this and play a lot with that aspect in the script.

The message of Hocus Pocus 2 is that "in the end, nothing is worth it if you don't have those you love most there with you."

Hocus Pocus 2 gets 4.5 out of 5 stars from me and I recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. You can watch Hocus Pocus 2 now on Disney Plus+.

By Mikella G., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-18
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UNDER WRAPS 2

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DISNEY CHANNEL
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - While Amy is preparing for her father's Halloween-themed wedding, she, Gilbert and Marshall discover that Harold and Rose may be in danger. An evil mummy is unexpectedly awakened and out for revenge.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - As a horror film enthusiast, I must admit, I fancy a well-executed spooky comedy. If you are anything like me, Under Wraps 2 is a film to watch. This film really gives viewers just the right balance of Halloween fright, mummy madness, gut-busting humor, and friendship feels. If eerie films, impromptu dance scenes and happy endings are your thing, don't deprive yourself of watching this scary, family-friendly fun film.

Chaperoned by a kooky and delightful friend, Buzzy (Melanie Brook), best friends Marshall (Malachi Barton), Gilbert (Christian J. Simon), and Amy (Sophia Hammons) prepare to attend the Halloween-inspired wedding of Amy's father (Claude Knowlton) and his adoring fiance (Anotion Cayonne). Marshall, Gilbert and Amy are soon met with unexpected chaos when they crack a mystery museum burglary. The mystery reveals their best mummy friend, Harold (Phil Wright) and his doting mummy bride Rose (Rryla McIntosh) are in grave danger. These pals will do anything to rescue their ancient companions from harm.

This spooktacular live action film follows the trio as they race against the clock to save their mummy besties from the spine-chilling, evil mummy named Sobek (T.J. Storm) who was accidentally resurrected, by a naive museum guard, Larry (Jordan Conley). Sobek wants nothing more than to destroy Harold and run away with Rose, and with the help of a hypnotized Larry, he might just get away with it. The director of this film, Alex Zamm hooks viewers in from the beginning. His ability to make horror films fun to watch speaks to his creative genius. The comedic timing of the characters such as Larry and Beuller, the jeweler (Adam Wiley), gives the film a light-hearted element. There are several times throughout the film that viewers experience unanticipated twists that seem to fit perfectly. Under Wraps 2 has remarkable camera work that gives you the illusion that you're in the film with the actors. Also, the sound effects are so stellar you feel like you're watching the movie in surround sound. I would be remiss if I did not mention the realistic special effects. The mummy masks and costumes are detailed and frighteningly realistic. My favorite scene in Under Wraps 2 is when Harold and Rose order an astronomical amount of room service and end up in a synchronized dance battle at the town's Halloween fair. As a close second, there is a scene where a party of people experience a messy chocolate fountain mishap -- that is hilarious.

Subtly, diversity and inclusion are cleverly wrapped in the fiber of this film, which is overflowing with empowering messages. Under Wraps 2 reminds us of the power of friendship as these besties show us how real friends will go to any length to help one another, even when it means facing your deepest fears. It also reminds us that "love is love" and to never judge others, simply because they are different. You should be aware that there is an LGBTQ+ marriage and same-sex kissing scene.

Under Wraps 2 gets 5 out of 5 stars from me and I recommend it for ages 5 to 12, plus adults. This is a family fun movie that everyone can enjoy. Under Wraps 2 released on Disney Channel September 25 and will be released on Disney+ September 30, 2002.



KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
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BOONIE BEARS, THE: MONSTER PLAN

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WOW NOW ENTERTAINMENT
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - The crazy scientist, Doctor Rex Vector, and his hamster assistant, Mister Pete, return to Pine Tree Mountain with Vector's new, evil invention: a robo-monster complete with animal abilities. But first, Vector needs to collect these skills. He comes up with a power absorbing gadget, which he often disguises, in order to trap and steal abilities from the innocent animals. Vick, Briar and Bramble, along with other animal friends, must stand up against this "monster plan" of Vector's. It's going to be a fierce fight between wild animals and poaching villains.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Entertaining, kid-friendly, and adventurous are just the words to describe the animated film, Boonie Bears: Monster Plan! From adorable characters to an amazing animation style, young kids are sure to love watching.

Dr. Rex Victor, the evil and crazy scientist, and his hamster assistant are back in Boonie Bears: Monster Plan 3 with a new, evil invention: a robo-monster with animal abilities. They are wreaking havoc on Pine Tree Mountain with their "monster plan" and it's up to the bear brothers, Briar (Rick Jay Glen) and Bramble (Justin J. Wheeler) to stop them. With Dr. Victor trying to create a perfect monster, the Boonie Bears stand up against him, which sends the characters into endless adventures.

This is a great film that's sure to keep young viewers entertained. Boonie Bears: Monster Plan is the third installment of the Boonie Bears: Monster Plan movie series. This is the most popular Chinese kid's television show and it's cool that it not only has been adapted into a film franchise but also is translated into English for non-Chinese speakers to watch and enjoy. I love the animation style as well as the voice acting which is very soft and cute, just like you would expect from a kids' show. My favorite part of this film is when Briar, Bramble and Logger Vick help save Dr. Rex Victor by dressing up as him and distracting the Badger from chasing Victor.

There are multiple messages of Boonie Bears: Monster Plan. The film shows how important friendships are and that they are something worth saving, because a friend is someone who is there for you and always cares for your well-being. It also highlights the importance of teamwork and how, when you work together, you can accomplish more, whether it's to help someone or to accomplish a joint project.

Boonie Bears: Monster Plan gets 4 out of 5 stars from me and, since it is very kiddy, I recommend it for ages 5 to 12. You can watch Boonie Bears: Monster Plan on digital platforms and DVD starting October 4, 2022.

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

What do you get when you combine a mad scientist, a crazed hamster sidekick, a pack of brave bears, and a forest full of animal friends? You get a lighthearted, adorable, funny animated comedy. Boonie Bears: Monster Plan is quirky and fun to watch.

The storyline follows Doctor Rex Vector and his dedicated hamster comrade, Mister Pete, as they set out on a vicious mission to create a robot monster. The wicked duo has a brilliant idea to steal the animal abilities from the forest animals and give their powers to the robo-monster. Led by the bears, Briar and Bramble, the animals join forces to prevent Doctor Rex Vector from stealing their special skills and taking over the forest they call home.

As a lover of animated films, I must admit that this cast presents some of the most unique and comical voices. For example, you might expect the bears would have deep baritone voices. Ironically, the bear characters in this film have high-pitched, squeaky voices; this makes them fun to watch. The storyline follows bear best friends, Briar (Rick Jay Glen) and Bramble (Justin J. Wheeler), as they team up with the other animals to defeat the evil scientist. This dynamic duo makes an excellent team and is incredibly entertaining to watch. They are best pals, but they are more like brothers. It is as if one bear always knows what the other is thinking without them having to say anything. Their connection ultimately helps save the day. My favorite part of the film is when the animals have an intense fight scene with Doctor Rex Vector, Mister Pete, and a weapon that fires jelly and ice. Despite a determined Doctor Rex Vector and Mister Pete, they are no match for the forest animals. The fight between the forest animals and the wicked villains kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time.

This film empowers viewers to never accept defeat. Doctor Rex Vector is relentless in his mission to steal the forest animals' special skills, but they persevere and never give up. The story reminds us that, sometimes, the only way to be victorious is to work with others. The animals alone are not strong enough to fight Doctor Vector and Mister Pete, but together they are a mighty force.

I give Boonie Bears: Monster Plan 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 to 9; it is perfect for family movie night. Boonie Bears: Monster Plan releases on VOD and DVD October 4, 2022.

By Hanadie K., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11

Boonie Bears: Monster Plan is a fun and upbeat romp through the forest! There are lots of fun forest friends and many loveable characters to get to know in this wildly popular animated series. You don't need to have watched the previous episodes to fall in love with these furry friends and join their adventures saving their home.

The story follows bear pals Briar and Bramble, along with their animal friends, who must stand together to defeat the "Monster Plan" of crazy scientist Doctor Rex Vector and his hamster assistant Mister Pete. Rex Vector returns to Pine Tree Mountain with his newest invention, a robo-monster, made with various animal abilities. Mister Pete is sent on a mission by his master to steal the best abilities from different animals and the Boonie Bears have their work cut out for them to defeat Rex Vector's technological wizardry and save their friends.

The animation in Boonie Bears: Monster Plan is really superb. I love the detail and the movement of all the various characters, as well as the beautiful forest backgrounds. There is so much detail and movement in all of the character's facial expressions. The forest scenes are so beautifully depicted that you can see each leaf and appreciate the depth of field. The voice actors in this series each take on multiple roles and really bring each character to life through dialogue and all their funny sounds. The music directors Kate Qin and Zhiping Li bring in a fun and upbeat tempo to the series as well.

The message of this series is that you can choose to do the right thing and follow your instincts. It is important to pay attention and learn your lessons while supporting your friends. However, friendship can be complicated and it is interesting to watch the forest friendships evolve.

I rate Boonie Bears: Monster Plan 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 8. These new episodes will be released on October 4, 2022.

By Selene W., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 19.99
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