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PBS KIDS: 20 INCREDIBLE TALES

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PBS KIDS: 20 INCREDIBLE TALES
PBS DISTRIBUTION
Series: DVD, AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - It's a bird ... It's a plane ... It's your favorite PBS KIDS friends! In this action-packed collection, watch as Oscar and Dr. O save the day when all of Odd Squad comes down with a case of the jinx, Sheep becomes WordWorld's first superhero and saves the day with the letter S, and lots more! Join these PBS KIDS characters as they jump to the rescue and have several superhero adventures along the way! This DVD features 20 stories from 13 different PBS KIDS series. Children can watch as their favorite PBS KIDS characters take on problems and save the day. In the DANIEL TIGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD episode, Super Daniel!, kids follow Daniel Tiger as he pretends to be the superhero, Super Daniel. In the ODD SQUAD episode, Jinx, Oscar and Dr. O save the day when all of Odd Squad comes down with a case of the jinx. And Sheep becomes WordWorld's first superhero while saving the day with the letter S, in the WORDWORLD episode, Superhero Sheep.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I have always loved PBS Kids. Everything they make is wonderful, fun and educational. My toddler is a picky media viewer. He has a very specific taste in animation and music. Having the chance to review something like 20 Incredible Tales has been fantastic! There are thirteen different shows included in this collection. Some of these shows were around when I was a kid such as Arthur and Caillou. Having this wide a variety to see what your child does and does not like is a godsend. All of the episodes teach different lessons, encourage polite behavior and several have musical numbers. I found out that my three-year-old really likes Super Why!, WordGirl and Peg + Cat. Somehow, I have a feeling that it's because they are all superhero related. I highly recommend this collection, not just for picky viewers, but for a great variety of wholesome, family-friendly adventures! This collection is great for ages 3 to 7 and I give it 5 out of 5 stars! Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Adult Reviewer
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Runtime: 299 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $ 6.99
Media: DVD


SESAME STREET: CELEBRATE FAMILY

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SESAME STREET: CELEBRATE FAMILY
SHOUT! FACTORY
Series: DVD, AGES 2-7
Topic - Family
Description - Celebrate your family with this fun-fest of five family stories from Sesame Street! First, Abby's family has dinner at Elmo's house, where Abby learns that different families can have fun working together to make a meal. Then, Cookie Monster realizes he's forgotten a gift for his mommy for Mother's Day what should he do? For Father's Day, Rosita wants to make a video for her dad, but she needs some help from her friends. Next we meet Rudy, Abby's new stepbrother! And finally, Hooper's Store is throwing a special party for kids and their grandparents.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This delightful DVD carries the Sesame Street legacy of learning and fun, mixed with new characters, updated theme song elements and scenery. The various segments included here celebrate family, including Mother's and Father's Day and introduces one of the main character's new stepbrother.

The storylines have meaning and there is nothing threatening about them. One can rely on Sesame Street for great live action cinematography, great characters and thoughtful stories. I always enjoy the uniqueness of the Muppet costumes along with the Sesame Street set. The characters bright colors stand out and help hold the attention of younger viewers.

As to the characters in this show, I like seeing the older characters along with some new ones. We see Oscar, Elmo, and Abby meeting and learning about new human fraternal twin siblings.

Another favorite part for me is the segments where they sing about different types of families. In one segment, the human twin siblings argue over music until they find common ground with jazz. That's fun!

Sesame Street excels at presenting humor in their sketches, effectively making kids and older viewers laugh along. I enjoy that this DVD celebrates all different aspects of family. It is geared primarily for young children and they will benefit by learning about sibling rivalry and other aspects of family that may be unfamiliar to them.

There are no unsavory aspects to this show. Sesame Street has a long-standing reputation, since 1969 of creating conscientious programming for preschoolers and this DVD is reliably thoughtful, educational and fun. The DVD is 140 minutes in length and can easily be enjoyed by watching it in segments. I truly enjoyed it and give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. I recommend it for ages 2 to 5, as well as adults. It is available now on DVD, so look for it.

Reviewed by Kimberly M., KIDS FIRST! Adult Reviewer
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I absolutely love each episode of Sesame Street: Celebrate Family, because the characters are so colorful and cute. Each episode has an abundance of vibrant energy and many great lessons for families. This DVD is a great place to learn about the importance of family.

Sesame Street: Celebrate Family has five parts covering different topics with all of the different Sesame Street characters. The stories include Abby and her stepfamily visiting Elmo for a fun "father/kids' night" learning about the different things families do together. We get to see the challenges that Cookie Monster has trying to make something for his mom on Mother's Day. He just likes to gobble everything up because it reminds him of cookies (surprise!). For Father's Day, Rosita makes something special for her dad since he's away from home. We also get to see a grandparent's party and learn about different grandparents such as Baby Bear's grandpa.

The main characters are, of course, Elmo, Abby, Rudy (Abby's step brother) and Rosita. The puppeteers are fabulous with all their actions and different voices. The songs are so stinking cute, catchy and easy to follow along with. My favorite part is when Cookie Monster eats the locket he planned to give to his mom because the picture reminded him of how they eat cookies together. You probably guessed that my favorite character is Cookie Monster. If so, you guessed right.

There are several positive messages throughout the DVD. My favorite is that family is so very important, and you should take time to celebrate with them. Family is important no matter what you do or how different yours is. These episodes also touch on ways to have self-control, acknowledge your differences and give love to your family and friends. They also show that it is okay to be nervous about meeting new people, and that you can still celebrate even if your special person isn't there. Each episode makes me want to celebrate family even more.

Sesame Street: Celebrate Family is very kid friendly. It promotes positive social behavior and treating one another appropriately. There is no bad language and nothing risky or dangerous that children might imitate. I give this DVD 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 through 11. Adults will also enjoy this this show. This DVD is available now, so look for it. I recommend it.

By Katherine Schell, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11

The DVD Sesame Street: Celebrate Family is incredibly adorable! It is absolutely amazing to watch, focusing on positive messages that teach kids about family values. It also shares terrific lessons about kindness and many other uplifting messages. What I really love and appreciate is how each character highlights a different point of view that all relate back to friendship and family. This film is filled with catchy music, comedy, valuable lessons, and features funny and adorable characters.

The DVD is centered on five family stories from Sesame Street! The first adventure is about Abby and her families' dinner with Elmo's family. She discovers that not all families are the same; each has their own way of doing things. The second story involves Cookie Monster and Mother's Day. He is great at creating gifts, but always ends up devouring them. He finally is able to restrain himself from eating the cookies he gives his mom as a gift for Mother's Day. The next story is about Father's Day and how Rosita wants to make a special video for her father. In order to complete the video she needs help from her friends. Then there's a story about Abby and her new stepbrother Rudy! The last adventure shows happiness through a special celebration held for grandparents at Hopper's store.

The characters we see here include Elmo (Kevin Clash), Abby (Leslie Cadabby), Rudy, Rosita, Cookie Monster (David Rudman), Oscar (Caroll Spinney), Slimy, Prairie Dawn (Fran Brill), Elmo's Father (Bill Barretta) and Abby's Father. I love all the messages that are taught in the different episodes. Each gives cute and warm fuzzy feelings as it focuses and draws attention to the importance of family relationships, family support and having family right by your side.

My favorite moment on this DVD is when Elmo Face Times his grandparents. It is a simple gesture and form of communication, but their reaction of joy and happiness is priceless. It teaches us an important lesson that, even if distance separates us from family, there is always a way to keep in touch, especially in the world of modern technology.

I rate this DVD 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 3 to 11 and adults as well. This DVD is so adorable, with meaningful lessons and teachable moments. I'm sure that anyone that watches it will truly enjoy it! It is available now so look for it!

Reviewed by Nancy F., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12
Runtime: 140 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-7
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.96
Media: DVD
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LEGO MOVIE 2, THE: THE SECOND PART

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Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-15
Topic - Family
Description - The citizens of Bricksburg face a dangerous new threat when LEGO DUPLO invaders from outer space start to wreck everything in their path. The battle to defeat the enemy and restore harmony to the LEGO universe takes Emmet, Lucy, Batman and the rest of their friends to faraway, unexplored worlds that test their courage and creativity.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part is a superb follow-up to the original film that lives up to the years' worth of hype surrounding it. Vibrant voice talent, including new standouts, and quippy writing make for a cartoon genre-defying blast. Any fans of the LEGO franchise must check this out.

The movie follows five years since "everything was awesome," as the citizens of Bricksburg suffered irreparable damage from the forces of LEGO DUPLO invaders. Bricksburg descended into Apocolaypseburg, where the citizens brood. Luckily, Emmet (Chris Pratt) always retains hope, even when General Mayhem (Stephanie Beatriz) captures many of his friends. This takes Emmet on a journey across multiple unexplored worlds, including a central DUPLO musical land, as the fate of the LEGO galaxy relies upon him.

The ensemble cast not only features one role from Chris Pratt as, of course Emmet, but also as Rex Dangervest. He continues to shine as Emmet, with the reluctant hero taken to deeper territories as his hope to regain his friends is tested. Rex Dangervest shines and is my favorite character, as he remains a charming presence and even mirrors many of Pratt's roles in Hollywood. His relevance to the plot also provides for some mind-bending revelations. Elizabeth Banks, as Lucy/Wyldstyle, continues in her heartfelt buddy dynamic with Emmet, as she even wants him to do something more intimidating. This proves for an interesting drive in his quest to find Lucy. New additions from Stephanie Beatriz and Tiffany Haddish are welcome ones, with their unique DUPLO builds taking the spotlight. In particular, Tiffany Haddish as Queen Watevra Wa'Nabi, shines with her malicious intent and deceitful musical numbers. Will Arnett, Allison Brie and Charlie Day return from the previous movie and continue their signature work, with all even having a moment to shine amid this gigantic cast.

Mike Mitchell spectacularly directs the movie with a great mastery of unconventional animation found within, that pans out beautifully. Also, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller return with a script that might even be funnier and more meta than the original. My favorite scene is the musical number between Batman and Queen Watevra Wa'Nabi that is just a true showcase of this series' unique sense of meta-commentary and humor. My problems with the movie do stem from the real world scenes. Even though the dynamics between siblings Finn (Jadon Sand) and Bianca (Brooklynn Prince) is a very touching and even humorous one, it just doesn't lead to much and feels tacked on, with the time gap seeming like something of an afterthought.

The message of this film is that everything will not always be awesome, but in times like those, we must always let people in and help others as much as we can. I give this film 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 6 to 18. The movie releases in theaters on February 8, 2019, so check it out.

Reviewed by Arjun N., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 17

With all its clich�s, The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part is as original as its predecessor, The LEGO Movie! An intricately, well thought out plot steals the show along with jokes that hit my funny bone. The two types of animation, stop motion and CGI, are used at appropriate times, connecting the LEGO world and our world to merge reality with imagination.

Starting right where The LEGO Movie ended, the story follows Emmet (Chris Pratt) and his best friend, Lucy (Elizabeth Banks) who are now living in a post-apocalyptic world. When Lucy and his other friends, Batman (Will Arnett), Unikitty (Alison Brie), MetalBeard (Nick Offerman) and Benny (Charlie Day) are kidnapped by General Mayhem, Emmet must embark on a dangerous quest to save them and unravel an evil plot.

Chris Pratt voices two characters, Emmet and Rex, who are disparate characters. Emmet is innocent and kind while Rex is more hardened and a typical action hero. It is evident that Chris Pratt voices Rex because of Chris Pratt's experience in the role of the action hero, but the way that he is able to contrast that with the sweetness of Emmet is commendable. Tiffany Haddish has an abundance of personality in her voice that is necessary for her character, Queen Watevra Wa'nabi. The uniqueness of her voice is key in helping understand who she is. Her character has an ability to change shape, preventing us from viewing who she really is, so her voice tells us the most about her personality.

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part is surprisingly a bit of a musical, with original songs. Ironically, my favorite song is actually in the end credits, although it is hard to pick a favorite. Each songs' lyrics are comedic and manage to have very catchy beats. By the time I finished watching the film, "The Catchy Song" was stuck in my head all day, but I honestly did not mind. It might even be my favorite soundtrack from a movie.

The message of The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part is to never change who you are. I recommend it for ages 5 to 18, because the jokes are suited for all ages and I give it 5 out of 5 stars. Be sure to check out The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part when it opens in theaters on February 8, 2019.

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

The LEGO Movie: The Second Part is fascinating and I loved that everything is still awesome! It's dynamic, colorful and funny. While watching this film I saw how cool all the little LEGO figures look, because the animation is so well done that they look like they're really moving and the amount of detail this film is incredible.

This movie picks up where the first LEGO Movie ends and adds new exciting scenes. This film is about our hero Emmet (Chris Pratt) and his friend Lucy (Elizabeth Banks) battling in outer space. The Duplox LEGO blocks attack the regular LEGO world, specifically the citizens of Bricksburgh. Everyone tells Emmet he should grow up, because he thinks everything is always awesome and LEGOS are facing a terrible menace. We meet a new character named General Mayhem (Stephany Beatriz) whose identity is unknown and whose voice is very intriguing. She takes all of Emmet's friends, including superhero Batman (Will Arnett) faraway for a strange ceremony. In this journey, they travel into galaxies and planets and they are part of several music episodes. While Emmet is sometimes insecure and Lucy is battle ready, they are forced into parallel adventures that lead them into a re-discovery of empathy and friendship.

I love how the movie uses all kinds of LEGO brands - LEGO Friends, regular and Duplox. There are many twists which make the movie a lot more interesting. At one point, you think the movie is over, but it's really not. There are lots of new, fun characters and the jokes appeal to both kids and grown-ups. I also love that you can never really guess what is going to happen next, because there is always a twist. All the characters have very distinctive personalities. The work of the voice actors is fantastic, as they are in the first one. And, there are a lot of references to classic films.

In this film, human participation seems even bigger than in the first one. I like those scenes, because it makes it more evident that the story is told from the LEGO's perspective. The rhythm is great and it is funny and touching at the same time. It's awesome how the producers have created a world made of little, and not so little bricks, that is so engaging for all audiences.

Another thing I love about this film is how they took songs from the original movie and made them completely different. And, you don't need to see the first movie to understand this one. This film proves that sequels can be awesome!

The message of this film is that we don't always need to grow up. Being mature does not mean that we lose our kindness, sweetness or imagination. I give this film 5 of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12 and adults as well. The Lego Movie: The Second Part opens February 8, 2019 and I totally recommend it! Be sure to watch our YouTube Channel for my videotaped review of this one.

Reviewed by Zoe C., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part keeps everything pretty awesome. This sequel has a lot of what I loved about the first film, but isn't afraid to go in some pretty bizarre directions and explore new aspects of the characters.

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part follows Emmet Brickowski. Years after attacks by the destructive Duplo, Emmet lives in the town of Apocalypseburg. He and his positive demeanor are still having trouble adjusting to the hardened wasteland of chaos and disarray. Emmet still has his friends by his side, but when they are taken by a masked figure, he searches for answers on how to get them back. Emmet teams up with the macho Rex Dangervest to bring his friends home from the clutches of an evil alien queen and save them from impending doom.

I really like the humor in this film. As with many of the other LEGO films, there are so many jokes coming at one time. Screenwriters Phil Lord and Chris Miller take full advantage of the LEGO toy box at their disposal having Velma from Scooby Doo, Aquaman and Beetlejuice ALL show up in the same scene. This film takes on a lot of new characters and develops the world of this franchise, but above all LEGO Movie 2 is a blast.

I love all the characters. Rex Dangervest is a great character for Emmet to play off of. Emmet is a carefree do-gooder who always looks on the bright side of things and goes on an adventure with Rex, the hardcore adventurer. This is nowhere close to who Emmet is, but he wants to prove to his fellow LEGO people that he is capable of living in a wasteland. He learns that maybe the person he wants to be is more complicated than he thought.

I recommend this film for ages 6 to 18, due to some crude humor. I think adults will really like the countless pop culture references. The fact that this film can make me care so much about a bunch of plastic bricks is impressive. Seeing these characters back on screen is more than worth the price of admission. I give it 4 out of 5 stars. It opens in theaters February 8, 2019 so look for it.

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

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-15
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


DREAM CATCHER

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DREAM CATCHER
RYAN ADKINS
Series: SHORT AGES 5-8
Topic - Family
Description - Six-year-old Dorian Hubble escapes his loneliness into the fluid, watercolor World of Dreams with the help of a magical dream catcher and a little imagination. As he journeys through the fantastical world, he finds strength and happiness in this enchanted land filled with creatures both big and small. Dorian returns to his bedroom confident in himself and his dreams, unsure of whether or not his surreal adventure really happened.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Beautifully animated short with a message of encouragement and creativity. Love the background music and the song at the end. The animation is smooth. I love the soft, muted pastel colors. The story is one that kids can all relate to. Who has never felt a sense of loneliness? Anyone can relate to this young boy discovering his creativity in his dream world. Or, is it a dream? This is exactly the type of content we look for at KIDS FIRST! I wholeheartedly recommend this for ages 5-8, as well as adults and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror
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Runtime: 4 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-8
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


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WE ARE ONE
ANIMAL FARM MUSIC
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - The message of "We Are One" is all about bringing people together through, like Aesop's Fables, the use of animal characters - whether it's something humorous like a baby bat who is afraid of the dark or something more serious like a monkey witnessing deforestation - songs that talk about our shared humanity.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Animal Farm's, We Are One, is a wonderful CD filled with songs that promote social and emotional learning and self-expression. It uses animal characters to help bring people together. There's great storytelling and really cool beats to help to make this group of educator's and musician's version of Aesop's Fables come to life.

Each track tells a story that makes the listener either feel happy or sad. From shouting out animal noises in Cranky Pants, to learning how to deal with life's challenges in It Always Could Be Worse, children are taught humanity through different mixes of all genres of music including jazz, blues, salsa, afro-pop and more.

We Are One is surprisingly not a CD with songs simply about animals with human-like qualities. It teaches kids creativity and encourages them to use their imaginations to understand real life situations and people. After listening to the chorus of these tracks, you'll find that colorful songs like Awesome Possum and Snow Bird will stick in your head.

I give this CD 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for kids ages 2 to 6. You can stream these songs online at https://animalfarmband.bandcamp.com/album/we-are-one or buy the CD. Thanks for listening, peace out!

Reviewed by Brandon James J., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 9
Runtime: 46 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 15
Media: AUDIO


BALANCE

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BALANCE
RAYMOND LIMANTARA
Series: STUDENT FILM, AGES 4-8
Topic - Family
Description - Balance is a 2D animated short film about a boy and a girl fighting for painting space, both refusing to give in until the mess they create goes out of control. They then realise the only way out is to work together and strive for coexistence.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This short animated, non narrative film has a wonderful message, but most importantly is a delight to watch. The filmmaker portrays a genuine love for his characters whose styles differ greatly until they reach a compromise. It's fun to watch them execute their painting squabble and see all the colors explode all over the place. I believe younger kids would love it and get the message as well. I recommend it for ages 4-8, as well as adults and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 3 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-8
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


STORY TIME!

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STORY TIME!
JEROMINE ADER
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - This is a collection of beautiful tales - both forgotten wonders and original stories. The series has been designed to pass on these narratives and to open children's minds to other cultures. Set to beautiful music, each episode takes us on a new journey. With the magic words "Once upon a time..." the wonderment begins and the mischievous storyteller brings to life a cast of extraordinary characters from around the world. This endearing and amusing series is suitable for preschoolers and the whole family. From France.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Beautiful. This is exactly the type of programming that resonates with us for inclusion in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festivals. Beautifully animated and wonderfully inspiring storyline. The story revolves around the loss of the seasons and a young Native boy who goes out to find the Bear that controls the seasons. His journey is difficult but he perseveres, finding assistance from many along the way. He eventually has to wander into the dream world to find the Bear. This is one episodes from a longer series and I would love to see more from this series. The animation is lovely - bright, simple and mindful of portraying the culture accurately. The background music adds much to the story, without being obtrusive. The storyline is classic Native storytelling and one worth passing down to generations. I highly recommend it, giving it 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12, as well as adults. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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Runtime: 13 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


MOKO THE YOUNG EXPLORER

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MOKO THE YOUNG EXPLORER
JEROMINE ADER
Series: ANIMATED FEATURE, AGES 4-15, EPISODIC
Topic - Family
Description - Moko is a young boy full of curiosity and gifted with a generous imagination. His one and great challenge is to discover the globe in its every corner. Thus, he travels through the African, the Asian, the European and both American continents. He is a true adventurer who loves to meet new people, deal with new situations and feel new emotions. He is both fascinated and scared by all the natural phenomenon surrounding him: stars, rainbows, tornados, seasons... At the end of the episode, a 1-minute segment provides children with the concrete explanation of the encountered phenomenon and an answer to Moko's question.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This animated short is quite charming. I love its shadow style of animation, which reminds me of Indonesian shadow puppets. The storyline is one that kids will relate to - exploring the world we live in. We watch Moko and his friend paddling their boat across the sea, diving in and swimming among the fish and marine life. The animation under the sea is brilliantly colored and makes you want to jump right in and join them. In addition to Moko's fantasy journey, at the end we learn facts about marine life, from coral to fish. I really enjoy the narrator's voice, which is strong yet calming. And, the musical accompaniment at the end is upbeat and fun. This was entered as an episodic so I presume there will be additional shorts from the series, which would be most welcomed. I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 to 7. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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Runtime: 5 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-7
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


SYMPHONY OF TRIANGLE, THE

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SYMPHONY OF TRIANGLE, THE
SIMO LIU
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 3-18
Topic - Family
Description - The Symphony of Triangle is stop-motion animation that plays with different triangles for fun!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Ah yes! This is exactly the type of film we look for. Fun, bright, clever... I love how these triangles reconfigure to make different shapes, all in time with the music. I could watch this for a long time. It's almost meditative. Kudos to Simo Liu for creating such a fun piece. Love to see more of her work. I recommend this for ages 3 to 18, as well as adults and give it 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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Runtime: 2 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 3-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


POLAR OPPOSITES

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POLAR OPPOSITES
DIANA WEY
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 4-10
Topic - Family
Description - A grumpy penguin flees his colony to be by himself, but has to protect his iceberg from a friendly polar bear who wants company.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Polar Opposites is a charming little animation about a grumpy penguin and a friendly polar bear. The penguin does not want to share his ice or food. It is quite fun to see this big kid of a bear invading the grumpy penguin's space and snatching his food. When the penguin has finally had enough of the bear's behavior he separates the two from the ice they were resting on. The two have such distinct personalities that are portrayed without any dialogue, only background music. I love simple animations like this that disguise lessons of friendship and sharing into such a cute little story. I could see this developing into a longer film. The ending resolution is quite satisfying. The characters are cute, funny and engaging. The storyline flows well. The 2D animation is well executed with surprising close ups that delight you. The background music perfectly portrays their various emotions. I highly recommend this for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. It is exactly the type of film we love to share with our audiences. It tells a wonderful story about sharing and friendship, showing that even polar opposites can find common ground (or ice). I recommend this for ages 4 to 10, as well as adults. Reviewed by Rachael V. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult jurors.
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Runtime: 4 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-10
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


THREE BEARS AND THE PERFECT GIFT, THE

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THREE BEARS AND THE PERFECT GIFT, THE
THREE BEARS MOVIE LLC
Series: DVD, AGES 5-10
Topic - Holiday
Description - When Baby Bear steals a turnip from the wicked Boo-Hag's garden - she transforms him into a human. Unless he finds the perfect gift before Christmas morning, he will remain a boy forever and Mother Nature will banish him from the Enchanted forest.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - A loving heart can be the greatest gift of all. The Three Bears: The Perfect Gift is sure to be a holiday favorite. It revisits the classic Three Bears story, adding a modern twist filled with suspense and thought provoking circumstances. Can humans, animals and make believe characters find the courage within to help each other on Christmas? We take a journey through an enchanted forest where multiple tragedies take place. Boohag, a wicked witch who lives in a secluded space called black hollow, is to blame. She is a mean old witch that will ruin the lives of anyone that crosses her path. Find out what happens when two loving fathers join forces to rescue their family.

Goldie, Benny the Beaver and Baby Bear travel along an amusing journey of danger, mystery and magic. Most importantly, we find out if spells are cast and if wishes really do come true. Curious children decide to collect gifts on Christmas Eve, but find much more than they bargain for.

I enjoyed the actor's performances, the graphics and the storyline. The message is about learning to be brave and put differences aside to problem solve. I really liked seeing a new version of this childhood classic with a holiday theme that appeals to kids and families. I had to stream the video on a different device because the first one kept pausing. But, once I got it working, it was entertaining and held my attention immediately after the first few minutes. The film progressively gets better. The story is a little predictable, but the ways in which problems occur is unexpected. The costumes are also quite charming.

The production quality is very good, although some scenes and graphics don't match the actual settings. But, all images are clear. The sound is great. I enjoyed the bonus features and bloopers at the end. It gives us a chance to see the actors without their costumes on.

I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 5 to12. This is available now on DVD so, keep a look out for it, especially for the next holiday season. Reviewed by Elle Stewart, KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I really like the adventurous plot, the realistic and detailed costumes and the character personalities in this remake of the class Three Bears story.

This film tells about how Baby Bear sneaks out on Christmas morning to find the perfect gift for his parents, Mama and Papa Bear, only to cross paths with the evil Boo Hag who transforms him into a human. It is the prefect mixture of action, sadness and silliness. It is 100% live action, with the animals being people in costumes instead of being CG.

The characters that stand out the most to me are Bedilia Beaverton (Maile Flanagan) because she's hilarious and Madame Rosa (Elissa Dowling) because I like her accent. They are very realistic and yet they also have human characteristics as well. They are always in one forest or another. My favorite setting is the scene where they are walking through the woods and all of the trees are lit up with Christmas tree lights.

I like the song in the beginning a lot. It reminds me of barn dance music. All of the songs are good, but the singing could have been better. There are only two special effects. One is a kind of scary banshee. The other is a fairy that is a glowing pink orb half of the time.

The message of the film is that a perfect gift doesn't always have to be something big and extravagant. Sometimes, the perfect gift is something small but meaningful. Some things to be aware of are that first, we see Baby Bear, Benny and Goldie sneaking off without telling their parents where they are going and then, they talk to and trust a stranger. There are some scary images that would make it unsuitable for younger kids.

I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. It will be available November 15, 2019 so look for it.

By Kayenta C., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12
Runtime: 84 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD


CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT! SEASON 3, VOLUME 1

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N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 5-10
Topic - Family
Description - Enjoy the first volume of the third season of The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! The award-winning television show follows the adventures of 6-year-old best friends, Sally and Nick, as they're whisked off on amazing voyages of scientific discovery with the Cat in the Hat. Thanks to the Thinga-ma-jigger and our friends, exploring has never been more exciting! In this volume set, kids will learn how accidents and mistakes can lead to discovery, how the shape of an object impacts the way it bounces, and how changing the direction of a force can make heavier things easier to move. But the discoveries don't end there! We learn how mirrors reflect and bounce images, how to change the volume and pitch of a sound, and much, much more! So let's go, go, go, go on an adventure - we're flying with The Cat in the Hat today!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - In this DVD, the Cat in the Hat, along with 6-year-old best friends Sally and Nick, Thing #1 and Thing #2 and Fish go on numerous adventures dealing with scientific discoveries. The separate stories include dealing with the phenomenon of shadows and how they are made, why a slide loses friction, why accidents can be a positive thing and why some magnets attract and others do the exact opposite. The stories are approximately 15 minutes each. The set consists of two discs and is approximately 220 minutes long.

The DVD consists of 20 episodes plus a bonus section with five snippets around two to three minutes each, all of which reinforce the scientific facts in the stories. Also available is a Spanish language sub-title option. The Cat in the Hat is voiced by well-known comedian Martin Short.

The segments are short enough to hold the attention of the target age group. Children will most likely want to see more than one story at a time. Thus, they can absorb science information in an exciting way. I like the separate adventures that deal with science facts. I could relate to the story about the children's slide because I recall being at a popular amusement park as a child, where one of the popular attractions was a gigantic slide. When I was younger, I was able to slide down gracefully. Years later, as a pre-teen, I was not able to slide down the slide without becoming stuck at some point because of the friction issues. This was probably because of the bumpiness in the aging attraction. After many complaints, it was dismantled. Another story segment I found interesting was the opposites magnets attracting. I enjoyed when they were streaming down the river in red and blue boats and have to match the color of the boat with the same color of the oncoming rock in order to keep from crashing into it.

I recommend this DVD for ages 5 to 9 and give it a 5 out of 5 stars. It is available on DVD now, so check it out!

Reviewed by Kimberly M., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - To start off, I want to comment on how The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That: Season 3, Volume 1 and the rest of this series impacts children in a positive way due to the vocabulary and other lessons taught in each episode. This series is very enjoyable for kids to watch since the plots are well prepared in a way that kids can both understand and relate to. I didn't follow The Cat in the Hat when I was younger, but I feel it is very attracted to its target audience. The way the show is made, with all the colorful objects and the plots that draw you in is quite interesting.

The episodes on this DVD contain different stories and plots, but the format and the meaning are consistent. All the adventures have different plots and all the characters are inquisitive and enthusiastic about learning. This motivates kids' curiosity about the natural world and encourages them to follow the positive examples.

My favorite scene is at the end of when episode when The Cat in the Hat, his cat cousins, Nick, Sally, Fish and all his family gather together for a great musical finale where they are celebrated as true adventurers. I like this scene because it is a very creative with great songs and how the it is organized. It definitely gets children's attention in every way possible.

The important message that this show teaches is in encouraging kids' curiosity about the natural world. The series answers questions about natural science in a kid-friendly way. They learn about the seasons, animal behavior, habitats and more - learning to appreciate the wonder of exploration and discovery. The day and night concept, animals, plants, planets, gravity and a lot more are taught in fun ways and make kids catch it fast. I recommend this for ages 5 to 8 and give it 4 out of 5 stars.

By Alejandra Garcia, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16

The Cat in the Hat is superb! I love the Cat in the Hat because he makes me laugh with his made up words and his corny jokes. The first episode that I watched was about Sarah the Inventor. This series has been around since 2010, but every time I watch it, I see something new. I think it is for everyone. The family can learn lots of lessons from each show. Sarah is an inventor like me. I create masterpieces on canvas, but Sarah invented the paint fall. When Sally hits the paint fall, all the colors get mixed up and start forming a color that one of the characters needs for his mountain. This episode is called "Accidents Happen if You're Lucky." As we get older, we learn that sometimes the things we plan don't go the way we want them to, but can still have a good outcome. Different doesn't always mean better and that is something we should understand about people. All people do not look alike, but we are all important in our own ways.

The second episode is called "Play Ball." It is a funny story about Sally getting a new ball and a boy loses it when he throws it up and it gets caught in the tree branches. Cat then takes them to a really cool ball palace with lots and lots of cool balls. They try to find the right bouncy ball for Sally. Cat gives her a tool that helps her look closely to see if the balls bounce. They finally find a ball she likes. Sometimes, things can be replaced and sometimes they can't. One thing is for sure, we will always lose stuff, even people. We have friends and sometimes they might lose our belongings and we get mad. Sometimes friends do stuff to hurt our feelings. We have to decide if the object is more important than our friend or is our friend more important. Losing anything is not fun, but it happens.

The third episode is "Gravity Drop." This is my second favorite episode. It is about a boy getting his plane stuck in a tree. They go to a valley that allows you to have more or less gravity. It looks fun because they are floating through the air when there is less gravity. It reminds me of going on a rollercoaster and going up into the air and then getting dropped back down. This is like a learning video because it teaches the viewer about gravity.

The last episode, "Design Time" is my favorite of all. It is my favorite because Sally makes a vase for her mom and the boy makes a robot for his dad. Sally has trouble making the vase so Cat takes them to blueprintia where they learn how to create blueprints of what they want to make. They learn that they must have a plan in order to do something correctly. That is like life, too. You have to have a plan. You have to think before you do something or make something. If you want things to go right, plan it first. I give this DVD 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12. This is available on DVD now so, be sure to look for it.

By SaniyaRain F., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11
Runtime: 220 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 12.99
Media: DVD
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TOPAZ TROOP, THE

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TOPAZ TROOP, THE
TORI EWING
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 4-7
Topic - Family
Description - Troop leader Jane, and her ambitious pup, Coco, have planned an adventurous camping trip for The Topaz Troop. After the weather ruins their plan, Jane discovers that Coco is afraid of thunderstorms and Claire, one of the scout members, is afraid of the dark. The Topaz Troop must work together to help Claire and Coco think of unique ways to face their fears, while putting a positive spin on a rainy day.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This show has a lot going for it. The pace reminds me of Mr. Rogers as it takes its time to explore different themes. That's a good thing, especially in contrast to all the fast-paced shows commonly available on TV today. This episode features a group of scouts and their leader getting ready to embark on a camping trip, only to get side railed by bad weather and then discover that one person in the group is afraid of the dark and another is afraid of thunderstorms. Yikes. In true scout fashion, the leader turns lemons into lemonade and they end up overcoming their fears and having a fun time. This is well produced with good video and audio qualities although, at times the audio is difficult to hear. I hope the filmmaker can provide a copy with better audio levels for exhibition. The talent is well cast, from the leader to the 3 scouts to the dog muppet. They are all quite believable and all have good singing voices as well. This is a student production by quite an accomplished filmmaker and it appears that this might be the beginning of a series, which would be quite suitable. I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 to 7. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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Runtime: 15 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-7
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Media: VIDEO


LITTLE FISH AND THE CROCODILE,THE (2019)

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LITTLE FISH AND THE CROCODILE,THE (2019)
MARKUS KAATSCH
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 4-18
Topic - Family
Description - This is a fable from the rainforest in the Odzala National Park in the Republic of Congo told by the children of the Sanza Mobimba kindergarten.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - From the Congo comes, The Little Fish and the Butterfly, a visual roller coaster that tells a fable by interesting, unique means with good direction and cinematography. The storyline follows a little fish and a butterfly that live in the same body of water. They get along just fine and one night, they eat together. Then, they fall asleep and the fish wakes up in horror the next morning. The fish finds out that the crocodile ate all his eggs and discovers the unfortunate fact that nature has its own laws, even when they are cruel. This story is told through the reenactment of the tale and the final lesson is that stories like this need to be passed down through generations to live on and continue to be told. It is a live action piece with colorful characters in beautiful costumes. The locations are so well shot, with excellent camera angles and beautiful close-us. The director uses fabulously interesting visuals to tell the story. It flows well and is very watchable. Seeing the fish eggs being eaten is a bit dark, but it is not too dark for the target age group and, it portrays the honesty of nature. I give this short film an age rating of 4 to 18 and 4.5 out of 5 stars and highly recommend it for inclusion in the film festival. Reviewed by Benjamin P. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
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Runtime: 16 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-18
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NEKO NO HI - CAT DAYS (2019)

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NEKO NO HI - CAT DAYS (2019)
MARKUS KAATSCH
Series: ANIMATED SHORT, AGES 5-16
Topic - Family
Description - Jiro, a little boy, feels sick. His father takes him to see the doctor. She diagnoses a harmless case of cat flu. However, according to the doctor, this means that Jiro must be a cat. As father and son try to cope with the boy's new identity, things go awry. Jiro's father wishes him to connect with other cats at the animal shelter, but Jiro gets scratched. Complying with a handbook on raising cats, Jiro's father sends his son outside. This leads to encounters with a friend, with nature and with a wild white cat. In the end, though, everything will feel right again.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I believe a child would enjoy this because of the cute animals and the cool animation. The most appealing thing about it is the animation and the boy's condition. The film flows well, has a structure and it is watchable, but some parts were confusing to me. It uses vocabulary and concepts suitable for the target audience. The sound and visual quality are very good. You can tell that there is a lot of work put into creating this production. I recommend this for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festivals because it is cute and simple enough for kids and families to enjoy, especially cat lovers. I recommend it for ages 4 to 9 and give it 3.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Jolleen M, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic I love this adorable short film. From Germany, with dialogue in Japanese, the crisp animation is very modernistic and minimalistic. In fact, the art design is so clever that I could easily watch this film all day without the audio. Yet, the voice over talent is well cast and their voices enhance the characters in a remarkable way. The storyline is surprising, particularly when the doctor tells Jiro's father that he must be a cat because he has cat flu, which only cats get. Jiro's dad sends him outside to play and he has an encounter with a cat in the woods which could be frightening to younger kids. The ending has a comforting resolution and all is well. This would play well at KIDS FIRST! Film Festivals for ages 5 to 16, as well as adults. I give it 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror
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Runtime: 11 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-16
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


DONUT THIEVES FROM VARGON V

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DONUT THIEVES FROM VARGON V
MOONBASE2020 PRODUCTIONS
Series: SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Robots are invading the Earth to steal the irresistible donuts! What will the Earthlings do....?
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This Australian student production from elementary and middle school students is campy in the most adorable way. I love the space suits made out of cardboard boxes and the audio track which is distorted to make you think the two kids are talking to us from space. I love how the beginning starts with text similar to the opening of Star Wars. It's a good take off. So is the set with the "Breaking News" scrolling across the top. The make up with drawn on mustaches and beards is fun as are the titles. The kid cast appear to be having a wonderful time making this film. There are some issues with audio that is a bit uneven, such as when the kids are outdoors and we heard the wind. But, the quirky storyline and delivery make it something that I think elementary and middle school kids will enjoy. You just have to remind them that this IS a STUDENT PRODUCED film. Recommended for ages 5 to 12. I give this 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Reviewer.
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Runtime: 10 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
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Media: VIDEO


REUVEN DOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD-ONE LAST TIME

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REUVEN DOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD-ONE LAST TIME
RICHARD DANIELS
Series: DOCUMENTARY, AGES 5-10
Topic - Family
Description - Six-year old Reuven is moving out of the first neighborhood he's known. He shows us where he played, learned, lived and liked to eat.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This sweet short gives an insiders point of view about life for a 6 year old in upper Manhattan. Sensitively shot by Richard Daniels, with moderate commentary from 7-year-old Ruben.

The documentary follows Ruben as he explores all his favorite places in the neighborhood he's grown up in, prior to moving someplace else. He shows us all his favorite places from the park where he's played all his life, to the neighborhood cafe, his school and more.

The cinematography is well done with good, clear audio. There are some parts when the wind mucks around with the audio but not enough to keep you from hearing what's being said. The selection of locations really give someone who's unfamiliar with the city, an idea of the types of places a young child might frequent.

I like the idea of this film as it documents contemporary life in a big city. It shows the relationships that Ruben has with the various people running or working at the different locations and we see evidence of community in action.

I recommend it for select KIDS FIRST! Film Festivals and give it 3.5 out of 5 stars. It is most suited for kids ages 5 to 10, especially those curious about how people live in another city and what their culture is like. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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Runtime: 16 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-10
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AEIOUY

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AEIOUY
EDWARD RAMSAY-MORIN
Series: SHORT, AGES 5-8, ANIMATION
Topic - Family
Description - no description
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This short animation is about cute little vowel monsters and their equally cute and adorably quirky poems that describe activities that each monster does using a specific vowel. It is a simple way to educate preschoolers about vowels and introduce the placements of vowels in words. It is well produced with clear audio and video quality. It would project well onto the big screen with its cute, almost painted animation. The poems are cute and well narrated. The music is simple and helps the audience stay focused on what they are watching. The characters are charming. The rhymes are enjoyable. Each poem is partnered with a cute and quirky animation. I recommend this for ages 4 to 8 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. It would splendid in a KIDS FIRST! Film Festival for preschoolers and early elementary students. Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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Runtime: 1 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-8
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


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OCTONAUTS: REEF RESCUE
N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 5-10
Topic - Family
Description - The Octonauts are a team of adventurers who explore the world's oceans, rescue aquatic creatures and protect their habitats - from the bustling eco-system along the Amazon River to the deepest depths of the Mariana Trench. Deploying a set of aquatic vehicles, Captain Barnacles, daredevil ex-pirate, Kwazii, medic Peso and the rest of the crew embark on missions around the globe before returning safely to their home base, the Octopod. On this exciting DVD, join the Octonauts as they journey to a colorful coral reef to rescue the creatures that live there! Come along with Dashi as she saves a pair of surfing snails. And when poisonous sea snakes get stranded on a beach, Peso must figure out a way to get them back into the ocean. Enjoy these adventures and more with the Octonauts!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The Octonauts are a group of anthropomorphic animals that go on maritime adventures which often include educational experiences with undersea creatures and locations. Despite how cutesy this series may look on the surface, it has a decent amount of depth in its premise, with the characters going on adventures that feel like something you might find in Star Trek. Though, this may be a little too slow and difficult for younger ones, this show is best enjoyed by kids ages 4 to 8. As for the adults watching along, it is certainly entertaining for them too. In my opinion, that is quite a compliment for a children's television program that is so very cutesy. Bottom line, I definitely recommend this and give it 5 out of 5 stars! I thoroughly enjoyed it while watching with my preschooler.
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Runtime: 90 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-10
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
Media: DVD
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CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT CHRISTMAS

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N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - 'Twas the day before Christmas and all through the yard the Cat in the Hat and his guests partied hard. When the party was over, and the guests all departed one poor baby reindeer was left broken-hearted! Can the Cat in the Hat, Sally, Nick and the Fish help make come true little Ralph's Christmas wish? to be with his family, in far-off Freeze-Your-Knees. Will you help see him home? Come be our guests, please!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Looking for an original family fun DVD to watch with the younger kids during the Holiday Season? The Cat In The Hat Knows A Lot About Christmas is the one to watch This is a great addition to the other Cat In The Hat Knows A Lot About That shows. Like the others, it features Martin Short as the voice for the Cat, is colorfully animated, has very catchy music and is just fun to watch. It starts out at the Cat's big Christmas party with all his various creature friends, from elephants to a very little mouse. We learn that a caribou is the same as a reindeer. There is a delightful story about finding Ralph the Caribou and taking him home for Christmas. I highly recommend this for children ages 3 to 8, and their parents too. I give it 5 stars out of 5 for its terrific entertainment value. Reviewed by Denise A. B., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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The Cat In The Hat Knows A Lot About Christmas is filled with excitement, adventure and teamwork. The setting takes place on Christmas Eve and is based on the struggles of an inquisitive reindeer, Ralph, who needs to get home in time for Christmas. We travel through a town called Freeze Your Knees, a waterhole, and even Christmas Island where the crew faces lots of mysterious circumstances. There are creative moments of learning, laughter and problem solving. The climatic moments of this film teach us not to give up, no matter where we end up. The holiday season is most known for caring and sharing and this film focuses on that message. There are lots of surprise appearances from family members and animal friends of the Cat, Nick, and Sally. There are many moments of music the encourage you to sing along. Every character has a helpful role that contributes to the journey to save Christmas. Opportunities for education are surely part of this film. This is a great film to view with friends and family, especially during the holidays. The story has messages about being brave, working together and finding your way back home. I recommend it for ages 5 to 13 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. By Elle Stewart, KIDS FIRST! Juror
Runtime: 60 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 5.99
Media: DVD
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SNOWMAN, THE

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N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 5-18
Topic - Family
Description - One crisp, winter morning, a young boy wakes up to find a thick blanket of snow has covered the ground as far as the eye can see. Filled with excitement, the boy decides to build a snowman using a tangerine for his nose, coal for his buttons and eyes, and tops him off with a hat and scarf. Later that night, at the stroke of midnight, the snowman comes to life! The young boy and the snowman embark on a magical adventure of discovery where the snowman explores the young boy's world and in return he takes him flying to his home in the North Pole. Upon arriving at the North Pole, the two join a party as the guests of honor to a very special person. Based on Raymond Briggs book, THE SNOWMAN is a family classic for generations to enjoy.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This classic animated film, based on the Raymond Briggs book, is one of my all-time holiday favorites. I have seen it shown with a live orchestra accompanying it, which was an incredible event. I'm so that that NCircle is celebrating its 40th anniversary as I firmly believe it belongs in everyone's holiday film collection, to be shared with youngsters and family members annually. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror

The Snowman (1982) harkens back to a more pure form of animation: hand-drawn, nearly wordless and not a pop culture reference in sight. The story of a boy whose snowman comes to jolly life unfolds in bursts of warm color, the images flowing into each other in a mesmerizing effect. Based on the popular children's book by Raymond Briggs, this 30-minute short was made for British television, earning a BAFTA TV Award and an Academy Award nomination. The texture and tremulous nature of the hand-drawn animation is of a piece with the author's original drawings, truly a book brought to life in a swirl of images and music, most notably the ethereal "Walking in the Air." This DVD release, celebrating the film's 40th Anniversary, includes two excellent bonus features: an alternate opening with David Bowie created for the 20th Anniversary and a 25-minute "making of" that goes into great detail about how the animation was done. Recommended for ages 4 to 18 and older. 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Michael F., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.

Winter is a magical time for children, especially when the snow falls. Every child looks forward to that one giant snowfall of the season. You know the one, where the whole world looks like it's engulfed in a comfortable, soft blanket. It makes even adults reach into their soul for their inner child and go outside to make snow angels, forts and of course... a snowman. The reality of the wonder of a heavy snowfall is what makes The Snowman such a wonderful story. The Snowman is based on the 1978 wordless picture book of the same name. The story is about a young boy who goes outside on a particularly snowy day to build himself a snowman. To his delight, at midnight the snowman comes to life! James and the snowman have all kids of fun together and even go on a little adventure to the North Pole! This story differs a bit from its source material, but it is a wonderful adaptation. The Snowman received a sequel called The Snowman and the Snowdog. This 40th anniversary DVD has some great special features, including an alternate introduction by David Bowie. This story has aged very well and the animation is still breathtakingly beautiful. This story is great for children ages 2 to 12, but anyone in the holiday spirit will really enjoy watching this! I give it 5 out of 5 stars for being so wonderful! Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The Snowman is a masterpiece that will bring families closer together for the holidays. The film is based on the classic UK picture book by Raymond Briggs, which has sold more than 8.5 million copies since it was first published in 1978.

In The Snowman, a young boy James wakes up one morning and finds snow on the ground. He quickly gets dressed and runs outside. He then builds a huge snowman. He gives it eyes, a nose, a scarf and a hat. He even gives it a big smiley face. After building the entire snowman by himself, it is time for James to go to bed. When he wakes up he notices that the Snowman has moved a little, so he runs downstairs and out the door. He then notices that the Snowman is glowing, moves some more and then, totally comes to life. James is flabbergasted to see a live Snowman. The Snowman and James introduce themselves and become great friends. The rest the film shows the two flying around having so much fun and adventure throughout the day.

The Snowman book was adapted for the screen in 1982 and earned a nomination for an Academy Award for best animated short film. The animation of the drawings is just amazing, bringing to life so many memories from the days of movie shorts. There is no dialogue, which makes it even more beautiful and somewhat old-fashioned. The music by Howard Blake, Peter Auty and the Sinfonia of London is amazing. It fits perfectly with everything the boy and the snowman are doing. Each song tells a story, with each pluck of a string or push of a piano key. The songs in the movie are catchy and addicting to sing along with. I am sixteen and I sung along with the songs!

The Snowman is directed by Dianne Jackson and produced by John Coates. This extravagant film has a little touch of magic which will keep you on your toes with excitement. I recommend this for ages 1 to 12 and give it 5 out of 5 stars.

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

This heartwarming film about the winter season never ceases to amaze me. It reminds me of myself during the holidays. For example, when the boy has to scrounge up snow for his snowman, I thought about when I tried to do the same thing!

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

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

I give this DVD 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for kids ages 2 to 6, as well as adults. This movie is available both on DVD now so check it out. Enjoy this winter delight!

Reviewed by Eden T., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10

Holiday movies are one of my favorite forms of entertainment. Especially those that have adorable characters and a heartwarming tale. That is what this short film is all about. Add magnificent hand drawn animation and you have the perfect Christmas movie.

I love that this film has no words is both beautifully illustrated with animated images. The orchestra for the original film is Sinfonia of London. Their performance is stunning. Each piece of music fits the scene perfectly because it made me feel as if I was in the scene myself. Also the music is superb to relax to. So grab a hot cup of cocoa and put your feet up.

The images in this film are hand drawn with pastels and pencils, which make it special and unique. I like having a break from all the CGI we see and seeing animation as it was made years ago. This is something that many other kids will appreciate as well. This movie never gets old and people from all over the world will absolutely adore it. This DVD has become one I have added to my holiday collection and will watch it every year. Even really young children can watch it because it is so beautiful and the message is all about friendship, love, cheer and what the holidays are all about. I give this DVD 5 out of 5 golden stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 18, as well as adults.

Reviewed by Morgan B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13
Runtime: 30 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-18
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
Media: DVD


ZOONICORN SING-ALONG SONGS VOL. 1

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ZOONICORN SING-ALONG SONGS VOL. 1
ZOONICORN, LLC
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - Four Zoonicorns, magical hybrids of zebras and unicorns, take young animals who are facing a real-life challenges on imaginative adventures in the dreamland Zooniverse. Songs introduce the characters and share empowering social-emotional lessons that teach the power to win is always within!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Zoonicorn Sing-Along Songs, Volume 1 is a web series that features 3-D multicolored unicorn characters, My Little Pony-ish, with unique magical strengths that impart through song and story positive and uplifting answers to children's fears and esteem issues. The songs are well-performed and produced, though somewhat repetitive in style. Children will be drawn to the vivid color and texture of the scenery and characters as well as the child-like voices. In addition, children will identify with the trials and tribulations of the little Otter, Pancake, as he learns life lessons with the help of the Zoonicorns. Nicely produced and performed music. Orchestration is particularly well done on the Pancake story. There is definitely value in the positive messages such as: You can do anything if you try. Don't give up. Keep your eyes on the prize. The sample episode and songs follow the uplifting winner approach of this concept and the 3-D visual style works well as a platform. One problem I have with it is that some concepts or particular phrase are over the heads of little target audience such as 'go with the flow' or 'dot your i's and cross your t's'. It teaches children about tools to use to overcome fear or self esteem issues. Recommended for ages 2 to 5. I give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by John Wood, KIDS FIRST! Music specialist.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Are you ready to listen to the unique, magical and joyful web series that features 3-D multicolored unicorn characters. Get ready to view real-life challenges and imaginative adventures in the dreamland Zooniverse. This colorful masterpiece web series is created and executive produced by Mark Lubratt and directed by Cliff Dew and Ariel Yamus.

The web series follows four Zoonicorns, magical hybrids of zebras and unicorns, taking young animals facing real-life issues on imaginative adventures in the dreamland Zooniverse. The songs introduce the characters and share empowering social-emotional lessons that teach the power to win is always within. When the animals fall asleep, the Zoonicorns appear in their dreams.

The set of songs are well-performed and produced. Along with each song, you will meet seven new colorful, inspiring and adventurous friends as you visit beautiful Zooniverse. The songs provide age appropriate lyrics for which kids can easily sing alone. How fun is this? The music provides positive impact for children to build their vocabulary. No question that every child will be drawn to the vivid colors and texture of the scenery and characters, as well as the child-like voices.

This web series deliveries very powerful messages - for every problem, there is a solution; nothing is impossible, if you just believe in yourself; you can do anything; don't give up! Some of my favorite themes are about showing children to care about themselves, to be creative and to use their imaginations. The Zoonicorns provides lots of positive answers.

I believe the whole family will enjoy this web series and kids will certainly enjoy the catchy tunes This web series launches December 1, 2018 so look for it. Enjoy the fun adventures of the Zoonicorns. I recommend it for ages 2 to 5 and give it 5 out of 5 stars.

Reviewed by Nathalia J., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 9

The Zoonicorns are four mixes of Unicorns and Zebras that help other animals with their problems. When the animals fall asleep, the Zoonicorns appear in their dreams. As the Zoonicorns help others, they sing and their singing provides lyrics for which kids can easily sing along. This singing is great for preschoolers. The Zoonicorns provide answers to problems. The solution they find for every problem is that it comes from within and nothing is impossible if you believe in yourself. Teaching a child about caring for themselves, using their imagination and creativity is another part of their message. The sing along builds up and introduces words to help the child expand their vocabulary, understanding new words and learning how to use them. This great web series comes out December 1, 2018. You can find it online so look for it. Enjoy the fun adventures of the Zoonicorns. I recommend it for ages 2 to 6 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. By Cemre C, KIDS FIRST! Youth Reviewer, age 14
Runtime: 17 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: AUDIO


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LLAMA LLAMA RED PAJAMA       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - Adventure and learning await in these heart-warming tales based on the award-winning book series by author and illustrator Anna Dewdney. Join Llama Llama, Nelly Gnu, Luna Giraffe, Euclid the Sheep and Gilroy Goat as they explore their safe, friendly hometown and make childhood memories. On this DVD, watch Llama Llama at his first sleepover with friends! Learn how to share on a play date with Nelly Gnu! Discover what makes Llama Llama's red pajamas so lucky and so much more! Learn and play with Llama Llama and pals!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I found this DVD quite appealing. I like Llama and the other characters, especially Mama Llama. As a mom, even though my son is now a teenager, the first episode on the DVD brought back memories about a young child not wanting to go to bed. I also like the catchy rhyming. It's a fun series of shows. There are eight different episodes on the DVD featuring Llama Llama and his mama and friends. All are engaging and have different storylines and are appropriate for young children and some may even teach children how to share.

I like the story lines because they are fun to watch. They are engaging with likable characters and perfect for preschoolers. The shows are all animated with bright colors and different scenes. I like that there are different types of stories and not all based on the same theme. The characters are unique because - well, how many cartoons feature llamas? I especially like Mama Llama because she is easy to relate to and is a good mom character. The costumes fit with the characters. Most of the scenes take place where in Llama and Mama's neighborhood and in their house. They may not be memorable per se, but they fit the story lines. The music sticks out, especially the theme song which is catchy. I can imagine young children singing along.

There is a message to the shows about being kind to others and learning how to share and be a friend. Young children will learn things such as being a friend and how to share. I give this DVD 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 5 years old. It is available on DVD now from NCircle Entertainment so look for it.

Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Wow, this series is so adorable and imaginative! This series is adorable and imaginative because the characters are so curious and always find a new adventure! Llama himself is very, very curious.

The series is about Llama, his mama (Mama Llama) and one of Llama's best friends, his favorite stuffed animal Fuzzy! In each episode, the characters face a problem and always seem to find a way to get around them! Llama loves his friends and cares about them a lot. Llama and his friends go through almost everything together. Llama and his friends are inseparable!

I like the way Noelle Wright wrote this series! It has a good plot, a very curious Llama which kids love and finds a way to put humor into the story. I also really like the intro music. It gets me in the mood! My favorite part of each episode is when Llama finds a problem because it gets me more into the story or scene.

This series is perfect for kids and has no bad actions or bad language. The message this show is trying to teach is that whenever there is a problem, you can get past it. Also, it reminds you that you can do anything if you put your mind to it!

I give this 4 out of 5 stars, because I like the lesson they are teaching. I wish there had more challenges for Llama and his friends though. I recommend this series for kids ages 2 to 18. It is available on DVD now, so look for it!

Reviewed by Ava L., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10

Are you ready to join the adventurous characters Llama Llama, Luna Giraffe, Nelly Gnu, Euclid the sheep, Gilroy Goat, Mama Llama and more? This kid- friendly, adventurous, funny and teachable series, created by Anna Dewdney, will have you laughing and giggling throughout most of the episodes. It is intriguing, attractive, hysterical and mirthful.

Adventure and learning awaits in these heart-warming tales based on the award-winning book series. The stories follows Llama Llama and his five friends as they explore their friendly hometown and make childhood memories. They face different problems, but always find a way to get around them. You get to see Llama Llama's get-go sleep-over with three of his friends. You also get to watch Llama Llama as he learns to share at his play-date with Nelly Gnu, which involve his new car his grandparents give him.

My favorite part is when Llama Llama learns how to be separated from his adorable bear named Fuzzy Llama, who is his best friend and who he can't sleep without. I love this part because it's unquestionably relatable. Fun Fact: I also have my very own Fuzzy Llama, who I can't bear being separated from. When I'm away from home, it's my bear CJ and my blanket Cozy.

My favorite character is Mama Llama, because she is such a kind, peaceful and loving mother and definitely proves that throughout the series. This DVD's message teaches you valuable life experiences. It is fantastic for kids and has no bad actions or bad language.

I give this DVD 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 through 10. It is available January 29, 2019. So, look for it! By Nathalia J., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10

Llama Llama Red Pajama, based on the book by Anna Dewdney is cute, relatable and playful. You get to meet llama llama's adorable friends such as the adventurous Nelly Ngu, the fashionable Luna Giraffe, Euclid the Genius sheep and the Bully who becomes a friend of Gilroy the Goat. I love how these friends become closer through service, sleepovers and playdates!

In the episode "Noisy Neighbor," Llama Llama and his friends take up community service where they have to clean up the yard of a scary neighbor. They are interrupted several times by the neighbor and can't finish their work. Eventually, they figure out who the scary neighbor really is. To find out who the neighbor is you've got to watch this DVD.

I have so many favorite parts, but if i had to pick one, it would be from the episode "Time to Share." Nelly Ngu accidentally rips off Llama Llama's favorite teddy bear's arm. Mama Llama saves the day by sewing the arm back on and their friendship is saved. In that moment, they realize that sharing is really caring. Luna the Giraffe is my favorite character. Besides the fact that she's so fashionable, she's also silly and crafty. In the episode "Lucky Pajama," Luna helps Llama Llama spread the luck with their friends. She does this by making accessories out of the red lucky pajamas. The music is lighthearted and made me feel like I wanted to be apart of their town. Llama Llama lives in a little peaceful town where he bike rides almost everywhere with Mama Llama. In this little town everyone knows each other.

There are many messages that I took away from this, but the most important is to be kind, practice patience and realize that your actions can effect others in a positive and negative way. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 8. This DVD is available January 29, 2019 so look for it.

Reviewed by Milika L., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11
Runtime: 90 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-7
Suggested Retail Price: $ 6.99
Media: DVD
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DAVID AND GOLIATH (2018)

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DAVID AND GOLIATH (2018)
C.A. MACFINN
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 5-18
Topic - Family
Description - A retelling of the classic bible story of David And Goliath using computer animation.

C. A. MacFinn is a Canadian - American animator and filmmaker who has been interested in the intersection of art and technology ever since he saw Star Wars as a small child. His animated short "The No Face Doll", was an award winner at Canada Shorts, and it, "Why The Nighthawk Has Such Beautiful Wings", "Glooscap and The Baby" and his thesis short "Raccoon Trouble" have been official selections and screened at over 32 international festivals including three films at Athens Animfest (Greece). "Glooscap and The Baby" and "The No Face Doll" were also invited to screen in a special showing at The Water Protector's School at Standing Rock Camp in 2016.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Visually stunning. This short film shows triumph for the little guy! It's always great seeing the underdog persevere and win the day! Luck can come in handy, too.

In this retelling of the classic Bible story, we see a computer generated David trudging through a blowing sandstorm and coming upon a sleeping giant, Goliath. Goliath awakens and gives chase, with evil intentions in mind. A fleeing David trips over a rock, happens to find a small stone nearby, and lets it fly from his trusty slingshot. The resulting climax is Biblical history.

The animation in this short film is quite detailed. Goliath blinks his eyes slowly and sleepily when first awakened. He rolls over on his side to get himself up from his prone position. There is interesting use of moving shadows. When the protagonist and antagonist walk or run, their shadows follow them closely. The production design is appropriate, with the story set in the desert.

My favorite part of this film is the sandstorm, where you can barely see David amidst the swirling wind and clouds of dust. It's hard to know what you are looking at in this scene, so it raises the viewer's curiosity.

The message of this film is that size doesn't usually matter. It's the effort and the precision that counts most of the time! I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 18, as well as adults. Reviewed by Jeff M and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult reviewers.
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Runtime: 2 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


LET'S FLY WITH AZIZA

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LET'S FLY WITH AZIZA
ADASTRA DEVELOPMENT
Series: FOREIGN ANIMATED SHORT, AGES 2-10
Topic - Family
Description - Aziza wants to fly! But how? Go on this magical journey with Aziza, from the jungle, to the city, to outer space!

Let's Fly With Aziza is a digital adaptation of the children's stage production 'Let's Fly', which was a co-production between Little Angel Theatre, based in Islington in London, and Goblin Theatre.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Discover so many different ways to fly in this short animated film from the U.K. The protagonist, Aziza, has a blast being air-lifted around the world in various ways. She learns how different flying objects manage to get off the ground.

The film features different types of flying objects, such as birds, airplanes, balloons and space rockets. Aziza gets to experience the power of them all. She finds out there are many cool places to travel to both on and beyond the earth.

This film utilizes an interesting type of animation. Aziza's face appears to be carved from wood, giving it lots textures and angles. The bright, colorful set looks like it is made of pieces of painted paper glued to a wall. It gives the background a mixed-media feel. The sky, clouds, mountains, ocean, planets and city skyscrapers are all constructed in the same way. It is an unusual and attractive set design.

I enjoyed the clever special effects where a swimming crab made of two reddish-colored hands flaps its fingers up and down in the ocean water. Similarly, the wings of a flying seagull seem to be constructed of two hands flapping in the air.

My favorite part is when Aziza rides on the back of her new friend, Stephan the Seagull, who brings Aziza to new, faraway places for adventures.

The message is to spread your wings and allow yourself to experience the marvels of the world. Travel can be very gratifying and exciting! I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 10. It would make a wonderful addition to any festival with a pre-school and early elementary audience.

Reviewed by Jeff M., KIDS FIRST! juror
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Runtime: 7 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-10
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


HA HA HAIRIES

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HA HA HAIRIES
ADASTRA DEVELOPMENT
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 2-10
Topic - Family
Description - BAFTA winning and 3 times BAFTA nominated pre-school comedy show teaching kids to be generous, fun loving and inclusive. Singing, dancing and a lot of laughs!

The Ha Ha Hairies live in Hairyland, where the Hairy Fairies have turned the world hairy! Unfortunately they've run out of spells and can't change it back! However, the Ha Ha Hairies don't mind, they just enjoy life in each other's company, but the same can't be said for Boris Boo Hoo who's always got a plan and is generally up to no good!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - From the UK comes this three times BAFTA nominated animated pre-school comedy show where the hairier, the better. Sometimes, the whole world seems overgrown with different types of hair. This shows us a fun and colorful place to hang out with family and friends where you can enjoy.

Ma creates a toy called a hairy hideysun that comes in very handy around Hairyland. It is utilized as an umbrella, a flying mechanism and a strainer for a special cactus cocktail.

The production design includes Chateau Shampoo, a purple hairy-looking castle which makes a good addition to the set design. Many other features of the landscape are hairy, furry, fuzzy or feathery in appearance. It's probably the first time the audience has ever seen a stringy sun or car. So, the entire set is an accurate reflection of the film's title.

The dance scene with twirling, hairy hideysuns is well choreographed. The dancers spin around in well-timed unison. The music director has selected cheery, happy-go-lucky songs that will appeal to young children in the audience.

My favorite parts are the ranting-out-loud vocalizations of Boris Boo Hoo. Is he speaking a real language? His verbalized plans are nonsensical, but very appropriate for an eccentric character.

The message of this film is about enjoying life, one day at a time. Don't bog yourself down with too many plans or schemes for success. I give this short film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 10. Reviewed by Jeff M., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
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Runtime: 12 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-10
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU: CHRISTMAS TO THE MOON AND BACK

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GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU: CHRISTMAS TO THE MOON AND BACK       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
SLR PRODUCTIONS
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 2-7
Topic - Family
Description - On a snow-covered Christmas Eve, Little Nutbrown Hare and his friends stumble across a little Brown Bear who is lost. Determined to return their young friend back to his mother in time for Christmas, the friends venture bravely into the unknown woods. Through this epic journey we are reminded that the greatest gift of Christmas is being with the ones you love.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I thoroughly enjoyed this short film and highly recommend it for kids and families. This is a heartwarming tale about Little Nutbrown Hare who wanders outside one night when he can't sleep and discovers a rare, all white fawn dancing in the snow. He knows all white fawns are rare and when he talks to her she runs away. Through lots of escapades Little Nutbrown Hare finally is able to convince his forest friends the fawn is real and able to befriend the white fawn. The characters are interesting and charming. A field mouse and a squirrel friends are all friends with Little Nutbrown Hare and they interact with each other in the most loving way. I felt sorry for Little Nutbrown Hare when no one believes that he had seen the white fawn. Eventually the truth comes out and they finally see her and believe Little Nutbrown Hare. The morale of this story is about love. The love between Little Nutbrown Hare and his dad, the love of friends and possibility of the love of strangers. The negative behaviors shown are about doubt, but that disappears over time. I particularly enjoyed seeing the field mouse trying to protect Little Nutbrown Hare by making a white fawn out of snow. He tries to protect his friend's honor in doing so. The educational and social elements that make this film valuable emphasize the various ways that you can show someone how you love them. Adults often tell children that they love them and they can hear it in this story in a way they can relate to. The production values are outstanding, from the animation to the voice over talent to the background music. The images look like watercolors brought to life. I love them! I recommend this for ages 2 to 7 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. It uses vocabulary and ideas which little children can understand and enjoy. Questioning, probing and problem-solving are developed in a manner suitable for the target age. It is very enjoyable and charming. If you have a festival for preschool and early elementary kids, this will fit right in. Reviewed by Tina B., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This film is based on the British book series written by Sam McBratney and illustrated by Anita Jeram, published in 1994 in the UK and in 1995 in the US. The book was a ALA Notable Children's book and sold over 28 million copies worldwide!

Now, I have an adorable special guest who helped review the film with me, Little Field Mouse. I really love this film because it captures the Christmas spirit by showing us all the characters telling us what they think about Christmas. They show us that Christmas really means family. It's really about spending time with your family, not about giving gifts or any of that stuff. It's spending time with your Mom and Dad and anyone else you love. That's what I really respect about the film.

I really do cherish the story and also the animation in this film which is true to the original illustrations in the book. It really captures the adventures of Little Nutbrown Hare and his adventures. The show is produced by SLR Productions Australia (Suzanne Ryan) and Scrawl Studios and stars the voice of Ky Baldwin. They really capture all the original pictures from the book which look just like watercolors. I love them. It looks like a beautiful story that was drawn by a little kid. I really love that! The animation is something that everyone will truly enjoy.

I really love the characters in the story, especially my friend Little Field Mouse. Of course Little Nutbrown Hare is my favorite character. He's absolutely adorable and at the same time, kind and thoughtful. Just his love for everything around him makes me love him more. He's kind of fun and silly, but really he is just adorable.

The film is really suitable for preschoolers but also older kids, up to age 8 will enjoy this because of all the fun and silly stories. I even think tween and teens will like this show. Of course, adults can enjoy this as well and it makes a great show for families to enjoy during the holiday season. I definitely give this 5 out of 5 Magnificent Stars. It is available now on DVD so, look for it!

Reviewed by Morgan B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14
Runtime: 26 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-7
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET

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RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
WALT DISNEY STUDIOS MOTION PICTURES
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-18
Topic - Family
Description - Video game bad guy Ralph and fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz must risk it all by traveling to the World Wide Web in search of a replacement part to save Vanellope's video game, "Sugar Rush." In way over their heads, Ralph and Vanellope rely on the citizens of the internet -- the netizens -- to help navigate their way, including an entrepreneur named Yesss, who is the head algorithm and the heart and soul of trend-making site BuzzzTube.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Ralph Breaks the Internet is a colorful, fun-filled adventure that builds on characters and friendships. Going into this movie I thought it was going to be a predictable and boring washed-up sequel. That is not the case. The film builds upon the friendship that Ralph and Venellope have with each other. The climax of the movie is a heartwarming test of their friendship which brings light that friends don't always need to agree on everything.

Ralph Breaks the Internet is about Mr. Litwack installing the Internet to his arcade and his "Sugar Rush" game breaking, which leads to their adventure through the internet. Mr. Litwack orders the parts on eBay, but it costs $200 which is more than the game makes a year. Ralph and Venellope overhear him talking and decide to go on a quest to find the part and save Venellope's game. They travel to the router and get transported to the magical world of the Internet. They awe at the vibrant colors and variety of the internet and go directly go to the search bar where they ask to go to eBay. When they realize they have to bid for the wheel, they bid the highest number they can think of, not realizing they have to pay. This causes them to go on an epic adventure to get $27,001 in under 24 hours or else the item would be re-bid. They find a pop-up ad that shows them how to make money playing video games. They decide to get a car owned by Shank. They race Shank until they get beat by her. She gives them a tip and tells Venellope she races well.

My favorite scene is when they go to the Disney section of the Internet and we see a whole lot of cameos from favorite characters such as Eeyore and Stan Lee. I especially love when Venellope is being chased by Stormtroopers and goes into the princess lounge where she teaches them about modern comforts. I found that hilarious.

This film has huge star power. Ralph is voiced by John C. Reilly, the man behind Step Brothers and The Sisters Brothers. Also, Sarah Silverman plays Venelope who started in SNL and has appeared in The battle of the Sexes.

The message of this movie is that, even if you are best friends with someone that doesn't mean you can't disagree. This movie has nothing be inappropriate for kids. I recommend it for ages 7 to 18 and give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. It is in theaters now so look for it.

Reviewed by Abraham F., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13

Ralph Breaks the Internet is an astonishing new film that's full humor and excitement. It is about Ralph aka Wreck it Ralph who goes on a trip with his best friend Vanellope into the internet to buy a steering wheel for Vanellope's game so it doesn't get shut down. The internet is a whole new thing for Ralph and his friends and they walk into some trouble while trying to get the wheel. A few of the inconveniences they run into are not knowing where to go and also not having money. Before Ralph and Vanellope find out they need money, they place a bid of $27,000 on the steering wheel. When they get to checkout and they don't have money, the cashier says they have 24 hours before their bid expires. That's when they embark on their journey through the internet.

All the same characters from the original movie Wreck it Ralph are in this film and there are even some new ones introduced. Nathan Warner, the cinematography director excels at giving the movie a realistic cartoonish look. It really fits in with the whole video game plot and scenery. The theme is that friendships come in all shapes and sizes and that friends are forever.

If you plan on bringing kids under 11 or 12, I strongly recommend that you watch the trailer with them and ask if they would want to see the full movie because there are a lot of puns about Twitter and a lot of jokes that I don't think younger kids will get. I'm not saying that you shouldn't bring younger kids, because they will still understand the majority of what's happening and enjoy the film, but the director geared this film for older audiences such as 12 and above. I recommend this for ages 10 to 18, as well as adults. It seemed that the adults were laughing more than the kids during the movie. I give it 4 out of 5 stars because it is a hilarious movie that kept me interested for all two hours.

Make sure you stay for both scenes after the credits. You can find this movie in USA theaters November 21, 2018 and worldwide in the days and weeks after. Put it on your calendar!

Reviewed by Na'im S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13

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


NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE

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NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE
THE STORY PIRATES
Series: AUDIO, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - From the creators of the hit Story Pirates Podcast comes an album full of songs for kids that parents will love, too! Nothing Is Impossible features twelve infectious songs, written and performed by the Story Pirates, based entirely on stories written by KIDS! To learn more about the us, visit storypirates.com!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The Story Pirates have created a lovely 12 song album based on original stories written by children ages 4 to 11. The imagination is brilliant throughout this project and the performances are impeccable. Each song is based on a different child's original story so each structure is unique to that particular content. You know you're in for a ride when the opening song is "Fart Out Loud Day," written by two sisters from Colorado. I'm sorry, but "Pass Gas Out Loud Day" just doesn't have the same je ne sais quoi - excuse my French. "All Eight Unicorns" are pretentious valley girls and reminded me of the Kardashians - silly unicorns! These are well produced arrangements and performances that are absolutely creatively stimulating for young minds. They are smart songs with a child's sensibility where imagination rules the day and written stories can blossom into something very special. The performances and production are first-rate across the board! Sharing observations and fun, silly ideas with peers can build positive social interaction. I would hope this concept would encourage a child to write down their own stories and observations. This would be a fun activity for the classroom. The hits keep coming and the smiles are plenty, so find your way to this gleaming pot of gold because Nothing Is Impossible! I give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 5 to 12. It is well produced, entertaining and fun.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Nothing is Impossible is a collection of songs that are impossible to get out of your head (in the best way possible)! These tunes are funny, addicting and creative. Kids and parents alike will love this music. Even as a teenager, I found this album really funny and musically impressive. I really enjoyed listening to each song and felt that I was listening to music that I could show my kids in years to come.

Nothing is Impossible features songs written and sung by the creators of the hit Story Pirates Podcast. It's based entirely on stories written by young children. The influences for these stories include six-year-old Leah from Maryland's story about being in the car (hence the title "In the Car"), a comic made by eleven-year-old Peer from California ("The Guy") and ten-year-old Alex from New York's story about a talking carrot ("Fred the Carrot"). One story that really caught my eye was four-year-old Ethan's from New Jersey. Ethan has heterotaxy, so he has a special heart and battery. He said the reason behind writing his story was that he would "love to run and catch a seagull, but I can't even jump that high so I wrote a story about it." I really want to commend Story Pirates for choosing Ethan's story and allowing him to express himself. It is really heartwarming to listen to that song and read Ethan's artist statement.

Nothing is Impossible is really an awesome album. Kids will laugh hysterically at songs such as "Fart Out Loud Day" and "Fred the Carrot." Even I had to stop myself from chuckling. Some of these song lyrics are really creative, as are the concepts. It's hard to believe that young kids came up with these ideas. The songs promote self-love and positive messages for young kids, such as believing in yourself and being confident and proud. The concept of this collection is an original one. I've never heard of anyone basing songs off of kids' ideas. Kids can be smarter than grown-ups sometimes, so it is really interesting to see all of these cool concepts played out in song form.

I recommend Nothing is Impossible for kids ages 2 to 10 and give it 5 out of 5 stars, because of its creativity and humor. This CD is a fun and entertaining way for young children to enjoy music and life. Thanks to its positivity, it may also boost their spirits and confidence. I really enjoyed this CD and I think younger kids will enjoy it even more.

Reviewed by Ella L., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14
Runtime: 45 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
Media: AUDIO


GRINCH, THE

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UNIVERSAL STUDIOS - THEATRICAL DIVISION
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - For their eighth fully animated feature, Illumination and Universal Pictures present The Grinch, based on Dr. Seuss' beloved holiday classic. The Grinch tells the story of a cynical grump who goes on a mission to steal Christmas, only to have his heart changed by a young girl's generous holiday spirit. Funny, heartwarming, and visually stunning, it's a universal story about the spirit of Christmas and the indomitable power of optimism. Academy Award� nominee Benedict Cumberbatch lends his voice to the infamous Grinch, who lives a solitary life inside a cave on Mt. Crumpet with only his loyal dog, Max, for company. With a cave rigged with inventions and contraptions for his day-to-day needs, the Grinch only sees his neighbors in Whoville when he runs out of food. Each year at Christmas they disrupt his tranquil solitude with their increasingly bigger, brighter, and louder celebrations. When the Whos declare they are going to make Christmas three times bigger this year, the Grinch ...
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The Grinch is a cute and funny movie that reminds us of the real spirit of Christmas. This film is based on the famous Dr. Seuss book about the Grinch who hates Christmas so much. He tries to spoil it for everyone in the very Christmassy town he lives in, Whoville. Meanwhile, a small Who child tries to catch Santa, so she can talk to him about something very important that she wants for Christmas. The Grinch is an orphan and never had a family Christmas. He used to sit at his window watching all the Whos playing and celebrating outside. This made him hate Christmas. Years later, he decides to try to stop it. The Whos are a species that are always incredibly jolly around Christmas, so it will be hard to take it away from them.

I like how the music is the same music from How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966), but modernized with a hip-hop beat, complements to Danny Elfman. The way the Whos move around the town quickly is quite unique. Instead of roads, the Whos get around get on snowmobiles and sleds. The main characters in this movie are, The Grinch (Benedict Cumberbatch), the only person that hates Christmas and Cindy Lou, (Cameron Seely), the little-girl that is trying to catch Santa and talk to him.

The Grinch lives in a cave north of Whoville that is full of rooms with inventive passageways and elevators to move between them. It is clear that the Grinch is very inventive. For example, in the music room there is a thin pathway that leads to a massive organ for the Grinch to play and a tiny drum set, for Max, his faithful dog. The Grinch is always telling Max to stop playing because he is ruining the vibe, but eventually gives in. He does this most times Max wants something, showing he is not as mean a character as he pretends.

Max is my favorite character in this movie. He goes about his day using Rube Goldberg machines to help the Grinch get ready for his day. My favorite scene is when Cindy Lou is sliding down the hill to get to the postman and crashes into the Grinch. That scene is hilarious and cool at the same time, featuring lots of fast action and comedy. Another good scene is when the Grinch is choosing his clothes. Inside his closet, he has clothes that have tags on them that read, "sad, very sad, miserable, very miserable, Christmas or happy." The happy pants are super clean while the very miserable pants look old and worn. This shows that the Grinch has been extremely sad lately.

The message of this film is that being together with friends and family is the only gift you ever need. Cindy Lou shows this through how forgiving she is, even though he steals their Christmas. I rate this movie 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 3 to 18, because it is a great family Christmas movie with a good message. This movie opens in theaters on November 9, 2018. Be sure to check it out.

Reviewed by Damon F., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11

What a touching moment! This full-length animated film intensely has you gazing at the screen, without a doubt. This enjoyable, wonderstruck, emotional, touching and kid-friendly movie is directed by Yarrow Cheney and Scott Mosier. Get ready to enjoy this perky piece of family entertainment, just in time for the holidays. It is filled with memorable and touching moments that catch you off guard.

The story follows a mean-spirited, cynical and grumpy Grinch who sets his eye on a mission, with his energetic dog Max, to destroy Christmas for one deplorable reason. The Grinch really hates Christmas, especially the loud, bright celebrations in Whoville. In order to get some peace and quiet, the Grinch disguises himself as Santa Clause and you'll have to wait to see how he steals Christmas from The Who's. He doesn't expect what happens when he meets a young girl names Cindy Lou. The Grinch realizes he is only afraid of one thing that has affected him his whole life.

The lead characters in this film are Grinch (Benedict Cumberbatch), Cindy Lou (Cameron Seely), The Mayor of Whoville (Angela Lansbury), Izzy (Scarlett Estevez) and narrator (Pharrell Williams).

My favorite part of the film is when the grumpy and cruel Grinch changes his attitude and action choices. He has a change of heart and experiences his old ways to become happy and respectful as he feels valued (which is what everyone should feel). A quick theory of what happens is the small young girl changes the Grinch heart with a sentence, and that sentence changes everything.

This holiday film will definitely bring lots of laughs and humor. The film certainly provides positive messages about optimism, compassion and generosity. The animation deserves a big round of applause. It is jaw dropping, extraordinary, realistic to the story theme, beautiful and vibrant. The amazing animation is brought to life by Cinzia Angelina (storyboard artist), Sylvia Deboissy (Character Designer/ Development Artist), Patrick Muylken (color designer) and many more.

I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 to 16, as well as adults. Truly, the whole family will enjoy the film. It is designed with so much reaction moments. Don't miss this live-action film when it opens nationwide November 9, 2018.

Reviewed by Nathalia J., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10

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


PUPPY STAR CHRISTMAS

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AIR BUD ENTERTAINMENT
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - A song-filled new Air Bud 'Pup Star' movie that introduces four new pups to the family, who stow away on Santa's sleigh and find themselves trapped at the North Pole, trying to save the world's Christmas spirit.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The most amazing thing about the Pup Stars films is how the filmmakers animate the live animals so you actually believe they are talking. After the first 10 minutes, you just accept for what it is and buy into the idea that this parallel universe has talking dogs in it.

This film is the fourth in the Pup Star franchise and it is as cute and charming as the other, with a Christmas theme as its focus. Who can resist a combination of cute dogs with their even cuter puppies, celebrating a favorite holiday. Of course, there has to be a antagonist thrown in, in the form of a pack of evil dogs that want to take over Christmas and commercialize it, making more money than anyone ever imagined.

Most of the original characters have returned, Mackenzie Moss as Lou, David DeLuise as Steven. Most importantly, the voice actors that play the dogs - Kaitlyn Maher as Tiny, Mackenzie Sol as P.U.P., Dillon Fontana as Brody, Oakley Bull as Cindy and Chloe Coleman as Charlie all deserve high fives for their outstanding voice talent.

The moral of the story is one that we can all resonate, that Christmas is really about family, not commercialization. Look for this film on Netflix November 20. It'll make a fun one to watch with your family Thanksgiving weekend and throughout the holiday season. Get grandma and auntie and Uncle Joe to sit down and laugh together watching the antics of these cute pups. I give it 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I am not usually a fan of musicals, but this movie is better than some that I've seen. I really like how the dogs are animated in this movie. It really looks as if they are actually talking and dancing. That makes the movie as entertaining as it is.

Puppy Star Christmas is a Christmas themed sequel to Pup Star 2 that follows the Pup Star company making a Christmas special right after Tiny has puppies. The movie follows the pup's parents getting ready for Christmas. It also focuses on the pups as they carry out some crazy ideas and plans that sometimes get them into trouble. For example, the pups decide to go to the North Pole to meet Santa, but while trying to do that, some evil dogs are trying to take over Christmas! Tiny and the Pup Star staff are working on the Christmas special while searching for the missing pups.

The four new members to the Pup Star family are Brody (Dillon Fontana), an adventurous little pup that thinks of something fun to do and his sisters usually follow. Rosie (Vivienne Rutherford) is the pup who always thinks of herself as the star of everything. Cindy (Oakley Bull) is the pup who knows when something will go wrong, but none of her siblings ever listen to her. Last is Charlie (Chloe Coleman), the sarcastic one, who has some of the best lines.

My favorite scene in this movie is when the elves sing "The Worst Christmas Ever," while the villains think they are singing the same thing as they are - "The Best Christmas Ever." Another good scene is when the reindeers bring Roland to the Pup Star stage. The reindeers are doing loop the loops, while going as fast as they can, just to be mean to Roland. My favorite character is Brody, because he is adventurous and he loves to eat, just like me. He also comes up with a bunch of crazy ideas that get him in trouble, but I don't think he will ever learn. For example, in the beginning of the film Brody tries to eat both the turkey and the pumpkin pie. That really gets him into trouble.

The message of this movie is that Christmas isn't just about the gifts, it is about being with family. The pups show that throughout the entire film. I rate this film 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 3 to 18, because it is an amusing movie that shows the meaning of Christmas in a great way. I think adults will enjoy watching this film with their children. This movie will be available exclusively on Netflix on November 20, 2018 so look for it!

Reviewed by Damon F., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 11

"It is Christmas in the heart, that puts Christmas in the air!" once said W.T Ellis. Jingle bells, Jingle bells, Jingle all the way. Yup, it's Christmas time - presents, cookies, family and vacation time. This astonishing, touching, intriguing, heart-warming, well-intentioned and adorable movie is directed by Robert Vince and written by Pier Rae and Robert Vince.

This film follows Tiny and P.U.P whose four new pups take a trip into the dark night sky with a special guest named Santa Claus. Trouble comes with they find themselves with the evil dog Bark and trapped at the North Pole. The pups get saved, but you'll have to see the movie to know how. This song-filled new Air Bud "Pup Star" movie will have you enjoying the Christmas spirit.

The lead characters in this film are Tiny (voiced by Kaitlyn Maher), P.U.P (voiced by Mackenzie Sol), Lou (Mackenzie Moss), Santa Claus (Richard Riehle), Rosie (voiced by Vivienne Rutherford) and complimented by many more.

My absolute favorite part of this film, without giving anything away, is when the Christmas spirit is saved. I love how the four pups set on a quest to find Santa Claus and recover the true meaning of Christmas with the help of their family. I think this part of the film will charm many because of the huge heart the little pups have!

This film delivers a very special message. It's not about the gifts; it is about being with family. The pups show that meaning in this film. This touching movie will have you singing Christmas songs on your way to school, work and perhaps your Christmas recital.

I give this film a 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 7 to 14, as well as adults. This film will release exclusively on NETFLIX on November 20, 2018. Make sure to check it out!

Reviewed by Nathalia J., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10.

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


METAMORPHOSIIS OF A BOTTLE CAP, THE

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METAMORPHOSIIS OF A BOTTLE CAP, THE
KATHRYN JANKOWSKI
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - This is a stop motion animated film which incorporates handmade puppets and illustrations. Set in a developing nation this short film focuses on the repeated reuse of an object highlighting the creativity and ingenuity of the local people and is an example of the positive affects of cross-cultural exposure. Most of the film props, sets and characters were made with local repurposed materials, a process inspired by living and working in Africa.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Highly recommended for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival! It's amazing how energetic a bottle cap can be! There are so many countless ways to repurpose this everyday object. Who knew it could be so useful?

Bottle caps become an important part of the landscape in this animated film. Suddenly they get incorporated into a checker game, then they function as wheels and tires for a bottle car, and later they fit nicely into wind chimes as well as facial masks worn by the local citizens.

At the opening of this film, the colorful drawings of leaves and masks immediately set the ambiance for upcoming scenes from Africa. The constructed set of the desert and jungle have a very realistic looking sandy texture. The bottle caps, when rolling through the sand, leave little tire tracks behind. It is a very clever type of animation.

I enjoyed the anthropomorphic nature of the bottle caps. They travel around the countryside seeking adventure and new experiences, just like a curious human might do. The stop motion animated format also features intricate handmade puppets that dance gleefully in the sand. The musical score is very suitable, with African tribal music in the background. My favorite part is the sand crab playing with the bottle caps. His manual dexterity is amazing.

The message of this film is to recycle everyday "waste objects" as much as possible. Help preserve our beautiful environment and save the planet! Have fun in the process! I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12. Reviewed by Jeff M., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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Runtime: 6 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


GRANDPA IN MY POCKET

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GRANDPA IN MY POCKET
ADASTRA DEVELOPMENT
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - BAFTA winning and four times BAFTA nominated hit kids TV show about a magical shrinking Grandpa and his grand children.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Who knew old folks could be fun? Even grandpas can get dressed up like superheroes and save the day! What an untapped source of entertainment!

This four timed BAFTA UK television show features young Josh and Elsie spending time with their family at a fun hotel, shaped like a windmill. They've got lots of spare time on their hands, so they willingly take over experiencing excitement and adventures in and around the hotel. Their older brother is the only other person who knows Grandpa's tiny secret.

incredibly bright colors used in the set design are a real mood-lifter. Enter the magical black cap. One soon discovers that old-fashioned magic can happen without things like remote controls. The shrunken grandpa reminds me of Tinkerbell flying around in the Peter Pan movies.

Many comical scenes are included such as tiny grandpa entering the flashing spaceship and taking off to rescue a pair of panties stuck in a tree. I enjoyed the 3D animations of the flying objects like airplanes and spaceships. It gives you a real sense of the vehicles quickly approaching and then retreating away from the audience.

The actress who plays Olga Orbit conveys her star-struck amazement at the planets, while gazing out at the universe. Her spaced-out personality is very convincing.

The special effects of the shrunken grandpa riding a bird, standing on a moving toy train and flying out from the chimney while inside a spaceship are all quite memorable. The animation is smooth and well executed.

My favorite part is when the eccentric astronomer Olga Orbit meets the full-size Captain Dumbletwit (magic grandpa). Heroes can appear in real life, not only in cartoons.

The message of this film is to appreciate one's elders. They have a lot of wisdom and skill to offer the world around them. Take advantage of their kindness!

I rate this show 5 out of 5 stars. I recommend it for ages 5 to 12. Reviewed by Jeff M., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
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Runtime: 12 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


MILES AWAY

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MILES AWAY
BARBARA BRUNNER
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 4-10
Topic - Family
Description - Miles is a little boy whose best friend is a tree. Together they venture on a roadtrip and enjoy a perfect Summer day at the funfair. "Miles Away" is a short movie for kids, with one simple message: You'll never be lonely or bored as long as you let your imagination lead the way.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - What a delightful film about imagination and friendship. I love that Miles' best friend is a tree. We see what friendship means to Miles and his best friend, the tree, as they embark on a wonderful summer day, exploring fun things. The most appealing thing is definitely the 2D animation. It is creative, colorful and vibrant.

I had such a amazing experience watching this short film because the animation truly brings the story together as well as the creative kid friendly locations. It truly entertained me from beginning to end. I enjoyed the boy's explorations and the storyline I definitely think other kids will too. Who wouldn't like exploring all the fun places that he does in his imagination.

I definitely recommend it for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival and give it 5 out of 5 stars. I recommend it for ages 4 to 10. Reviewed by Nathalia J. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and KIDS FIRST! adult juror.
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Runtime: 4 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-10
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


PRINCESS'S TREASURE, THE

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PRINCESS'S TREASURE, THE
MIRCO DA LIO
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 5-18
Topic - Family
Description - An elderly man comes to the rescue of a girl who is lost inside an Etruscan tomb. While he is helping her look for her parents he tells her a story. The story sounds like a fairytale but maybe it's not..... a magical land, a Princess who emerges from a lake, her encounter with a young man, and how that encounter changes his life. The Princess explains to him the history and importance of that magic land and makes him realise that it's place to be safeguarded for all and everyone...
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - What a lovely short film! Romance is alive and well! But is the princess just a figment of the excavator's imagination? Is she just supposed to teach him something important, only to disappear?

This subtitled Italian film begins with a lost little girl, Elisa, bumping into Matteo, an excavator inside a tunnel maze. This set establishes an ambiance of mystery, suspense and lonesomeness. Matteo proceeds to tell Eliza a story about a princess he once knew.

The use of flashbacks is very effective to show the old man, Matteo, as a much younger man. The audio effect of whispering voices in the distance adds to the air of mystery. The music director chooses a great musical score for the princess when she first arises out of the water. It makes her seem very seductive. The necklace that Matteo finds is an effective prop. You wonder if it has magical powers or holds some secret.

The aerial views of the Italian countryside, with horses running through it, are very romantic. So are the architectural ruins that young Matteo and the princess go wandering through.

My favorite part is the upside-down bat perched in one of the caves. This makes Matteo's cave dwelling seem more realistic.

One message of this film is to leave historical artifacts and treasures alone. Preserve their integrity to honor the past. Another message is that there are ways to overcome loneliness.

I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 18, as well as adults. It will make a lovely addition to any film festival for youth and families. Reviewed by Jeff M., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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Runtime: 15 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-15
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


MR. JIM

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MR. JIM
JACK FOLEY
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - A recently widowed veteran gets a new lease on life by striking up a friendship with a mom and her young daughter.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - It is reassuring to see the healing powers of human touch and interaction. The open way in which a young girl, Emma, embraces Jim is very touching. She satisfies his need for positive human contact in a simple, trusting fashion. Their budding relationship restores one's faith in basic human kindness.

Jim is an elderly veteran with pleasant memories of his recently deceased wife. However, there is an element of sadness and loneliness in his current existence. Emma's mom (Carrie Plumley) picks up on his good nature and helps nurture a friendship that forms between the three of them.

The old man, Mr. Jim (Jack Mansbach) has a quick smile and knows how to make a child feel good about herself. The director creates wonderful contrasting sets from the bland, silent living room and kitchen in Mr. Jim's house to the energetic, bustling playground where Emma hangs out with her friends.

My favorite part of this film is the flashback scene when Jim, as a young soldier, carries his new bride across the threshold of their house. It is clear from the #24 on the doorpost that the couple lived in this same house throughout their entire marriage. It implies they had a happy, stable life together.

The message in this film is about giving elders in our society a chance. The benefits will be experienced by both sides. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12. Reviewed by Jeff M., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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Runtime: 13 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


AUDITION

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AUDITION
SEULKI KIM
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Ung-bi, who is a child actor, is worried that she might not get the role because she can't cry. She tries hard to cry.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I really enjoyed this subtitled film from Korea. It gives us some insight into their culture. The storyline here is about Ung-Bi, a child actor, both in the film and in real life. She is adorable, in both appearance and performance. The film follows her auditioning for a role in a film when she has difficulty crying to play her character. She tries everything to learn how to cry on cue, from trying to think of something sad to trying to make herself sad. As a fellow filmmaker, I know that working with child actors can be difficult, from forgetting their lines to not being able to portray a particular emotion. But, I never found it irritating. This short film has a build up to something I thought was going to happen, but it never does. I like how it averted my expectations. The cinematography is very good. The plot flows easily and is easy to follow. The vocabulary is age appropriate for a youth audience. The performances are all very good. All the child actors are very talented and deliver very good performances, especially Ung-Bi. I give it 4 out of 5 stars and enthusiastically recommend it for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival
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Runtime: 22 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


NEW ADVENTURES OF GUMBY, THE: 1980S VOLUME 1, PLUS BENDABLE

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N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Limited edition includes bendable Prickle and Goo figures. Two DVD set. Welcome back Gumby and Pokey in this wild, wacky and inventive collection of '80s episodes. Featuring 50 clay-animated episodes, fully remastered from their original camera rolls and soundtracks. Also making appearances are Prickle, Goo, the Blockheads, Professor Kapp, Dr. Zveegee, the Moon Boggles, and Gumby's parents Gumbo and Gumba. New characters include Gumby's sister Minga, Denali the Mastodon and Tilly the chicken!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This lovely collector's edition comes with two bendable toys that are two new lovable characters from this Gumby DVD. The characters are Prickle, a cute yellow dinosaur/dragon and Goo, a green gooey mermaid. Having been a fan of the original Gumby series, I enjoyed seeing my favorite characters rejuvenated on screen with better film quality and sound. The stories are always so eccentric and fun-loving and this collection is no different. My favorite episode from Vol 1 is Birthday Party in the Middle Ages. During this story, Gumby and friends are invited to King Ott's birthday party from the middle ages book. I love seeing all of these characters brought to life in true Gumby form; the shapes and colors are fantastic. This DVD is captivating for the younger ages. I recommend it for ages 3 to 7 and give it 5 out of 5 stars for its timelessness. Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The New Adventures Of Gumby: The 80's Series is a good show that retains the groundbreaking animation and immense amount of creativity at the forefront of past iterations of Gumby.

This DVD contains over 40 episodes that follow the vivacious chunk of green clay named Gumby and his friends - Pokey, Prickle the little yellow dinosaur and a blue flying mermaid named Goo. Gumby can go anywhere, including inside books, and turn into anything. The crew goes on lots of fantastical and quirky adventures together. One of the things I enjoy about this DVD is its diverse set of characters. This collection has all the favorite characters from the previous series such as The Blockheads and Professor Kapp.

My favorite character from this collection is Gumby. This altruistic do-gooder is a character whose values are something kids can aspire to adopt. Gumby is one of the few characters that, if we all aspired to be, the world would be a better place. He is very likable and consistently fights for the common good. I also really like Gumby's friends. This collection also highlights how pivotal these characters were to the series' success. I really enjoy Gumby as a character, but without Prickle, Goo and Pokey as foils and characters for him to interact with, this series just wouldn't be as good.

I really have to give credit to the animators for using Claymation and not going with another type of animation. When such a specific brand like Gumby is been created and such dynamic characters are established, it's difficult to divert from the Claymation style. The difference here is I can tell that the character models and the environments have improved from the 60s, but the show doesn't lose the charm of the Claymation format.

I recommend The New Adventures Of Gumby: The 80's Series for ages 6 to 8.These are short cartoons that match younger kids' attention spans. The episodes are extremely colorful, but I think kids under age 6 won't understand the jokes. I give it 3 out of 5 stars. I didn't find this collection as compelling as the 60s series, but it carries the torch of the Gumby legacy well. You can find this collection on DVD now.

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

This lovely two DVD set comes with limited edition bendable Prickle and Goo figures. How awesome is that! The 1980s show was a hit when mom was growing up and it bought back so many memories for her. Welcome back Gumby and Pokey in this wild, wacky and inventive collection of 80s episodes, created and written by Joe Clokey.

My favorite character is, by all odds Gumby, because he is always so energetic and happy. I enjoyed watching how Gumby and his genial friend Pokey take an adventure through an Ice Cave. I enjoyed this mirthful episode because it made me laugh. I really enjoyed seeing the characters come to life. The colors also really bring a sense of enjoyment.

The characters in this series are Gumby, Pokey and Prickle, an adorable yellow dinosaur that looks like a dragon. Also making an appearance are Goo, the Blockhead, Professor Kapp, Dr. Zveegee, the Moon Boggles and Gumby's parents Gumbo and Gumba.

I have to tell you about the story behind this release. Did you know that each episode and song was fully re-mastered from the original camera rolls and soundtracks? How cool is that! Here's a chance to see Gumby as it has never been seen before.

I give this DVD 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 3 to 7, as well as adults. This series is certainly unique and will definitely bring back memories if you grew up watching Gumby. This DVD is available now so, check it out.

Reviewed by Nathalia J., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10

What I like about this collection is that each episode is different and each character is made differently. The clay figurines are all unique and super cute. It is a different type of show than what I am used to seeing. I don't often see animated clay shows like this. The claymation is a little old school, like in my parents' days. In some episodes it seems a little slow moving, but according to my parents, Gumby was a pretty hip and legit cartoon to watch when they were young.

Gumby, Pokey and friends make a major comeback in this re-mastered collection. The characters are all made of clay and delivered in "claymation" on this two disc DVD. You do not want to miss out on this wacky, wild and original 50 episodes. One of my favorite episodes is "Gumby's Circus," where you see this circus almost flip upside down by the Blockheads.

My favorite character is Goo, because she is blue like my favorite color and very cute. I love mermaids and it so happens that Goo plays a mermaid. Her powers are extremely awesome! She has the power to fly and spit balls of clay. Pretty awesome! Girl power!

My favorite part of "Gumby's Circus" is when Gumby allows his sister Ming to be part of his circus show. Gumby's parents, Gumbo and Gumba attend the circus show to check out Gumby and Ming's performances. They are definitely proud of their children.

The message of this show is about Gumby being kind-hearted by allowing his sister to join his circus act. Although the Blockheads try to ruin the circus show, by destroying the tent, they are captured by a Good Samaritan cowboy and put into a cage until authorities arrive. Everyone helps save the circus from becoming a huge disaster.

I give this DVD 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 3 to 9, as well as adults. It's great animation for a child starting to recognize persons and things. It's available on DVD now, so check it out.

Reviewed by Sev'n F., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 9
Runtime: 250 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 24.99
Media: DVD
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FABLES OF LIVING WATER, THE

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FABLES OF LIVING WATER, THE
MARIANA MECHOULAM
Series: SHORT, AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - M�nica and Sergio, two brothers that play a fight all day. They have a playing room where they have all their toys. When they have any problem, with their imagination they fly to Agua Viva, where all their toys get life. The toys help to solve their problems with a story. Director - Gerardo Paz 6a637c2136 headshot Ratings Rate ProjectThis project has not yet been rated. Notes Ranny Levy on October 18, 2018 � Shared with Submitter This animated 2D short is perfect for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festivals. In Spanish, with English sub-titles, it delivers a fun story with an important message about dishonesty, honesty and forgiveness. I love the line, "someone who steals loses his tranquility." The characters are adorable. The thief, a monkey, didn't intend to steal, He was attracted to the object and couldn't help himself. But, he's sorry, confesses and promises to never do it again. This is well produced with lovely animation, bright colors and a good message. We learn that it takes courage to confess, that we all make mistakes and that the most important thing is to learn from them. The music is catchy and reiterates the theme of the show at the end. I can see kids singing the song along with it, or humming it afterwards. I recommend this for ages 2 to 5 and give it 3.5 out of 5 stars. You should know that sometimes the sub-titles are a bit off, so be prepared for that. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror To submitter: Congratulations! We are delighted to include your film in our national KIDS FIRST! Film Festival where it will be available to 50 venues that partner with us. Please see required deliverables in the official letter of acceptance from filmfreeway. Send your digital file through dropbox, google docs or similar. Allowing a download from film freeway is also acceptable. And, we need your poster art in 72 dpi (max height 3") or a production still for online publicity purposes. One more thing, KIDS FIRST! is starting a new Digital Channel in association with xerb.tv. We will send you more information about how you can participate in that, if you so choose. Delete Add a note about this entry. Send a copy to the submitter. Add Note Project Links Website Facebook
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This animated 2D short is perfect for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festivals. In Spanish, with English sub-titles, it delivers a fun story with an important message about dishonesty, honesty and forgiveness. I love the line, "someone who steals loses his tranquility." The characters are adorable. The thief, a monkey, didn't intend to steal, He was attracted to the object and couldn't help himself. But, he's sorry, confesses and promises to never do it again. This is well produced with lovely animation, bright colors and a good message. We learn that it takes courage to confess, that we all make mistakes and that the most important thing is to learn from them. The music is catchy and reiterates the theme of the show at the end. I can see kids singing the song along with it, or humming it afterwards. I recommend this for ages 2 to 5 and give it 3.5 out of 5 stars. You should know that sometimes the sub-titles are a bit off, so be prepared for that.

Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
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Runtime: 8 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-7
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


UNDER PRESSURE

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UNDER PRESSURE
GABE SCHMIDT
Series: STUDENT FILM, AGES 11 TO 16
Topic - Family
Description - Garrett, a student and star athlete, struggles to keep up with the demands of school and sports. His friend, Lucas, suggests he try a medication that has been a help for him. Garrett has to decide what he's willing to sacrifice to get what he wants.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I like that this film attempts to educate people about the dangers of prescription drugs, although it doesn't fully educate people about why these drugs can be dangerous. I believe a child who doesn't know much about drugs would learn something from watching this. The storyline flows well, makes sense and it is watchable. The subject of drugs is handled well, even if it falls short of making a home run in its message. I think most students can relate to the pressure to perform highly. It's far too easy to succumb to the peer pressure of using drugs to alleviate the stress. The information they give in this film is accurate and the topic is definitely on target. It's a message that kids need to be aware of, before it becomes a problem.

The film basically tells viewers to not do drugs because they are bad. The quality of the video is very good and the cast give very believable performances. At times the camera shots move too fast but, in general the filmmaker makes creative use of the camera angles.

I recommend this for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival because it delivers a good message. And, though it falls short about why drugs can be dangerous, parents and teachers could elaborate on the topic and teach kids more about it. I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 11 to 16.

Reviewed by Jolleen M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
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Runtime: 7 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 1-16
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


OCTONAUTS, SEASON 2

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N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 2-7
Topic - Family
Description - Dive into adventure with your favorite underwater explorers, the Octonauts! Join brave Captain Barnacles, daredevil ex-pirate, Kwazii, medic Peso Penguin and the rest of the crew, as they explore the world s oceans, rescue the creatures who live there and protect their habitats - above and below the waves!

Based on the richly imaginative books by Meomi, this series combines immersive visuals and 'submersive' humor to transport young children into a world that is both real and fantastic, full of mysteries to unravel and surprises around every corner.

In this season set, encounter all types of creatures from the Great White Shark to Lionfish and more! The adventures don't end there! Embark on an Amazon adventure with the Octonauts as they travel down the Amazon River in search of a lost city and Kwazii's long lost grandfather, Calico Jack! So come aboard the Octopod for 24 exciting missions!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - It's the Octonauts to the rescue! Well, they actually do more than just rescue, but I really enjoyed the rescue. They also explore and protect and I can add another one - they educate young children. The characters are extremely likable and engaging. There are so many different adventures in this season's collection. I especially enjoyed the one about the Great White Shark which the group needed to rescue and at the same time had to be very careful so they didn't end up as the Great White Shark's lunch! The underwater scenes are fun to watch. The dialogue is creative. I highly recommend for ages 3 through 7. One of my favorite things is how, at the end of each show, they give facts about sea animals such as the Great White Shark and Sea Snakes. I give this 4 stars out of 5 stars for its entertainment and educational aspects. Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The Octonauts: Season Two is a very cute children's television series animated in Ireland and voiced by British actors. The show is based on American-Canadian children's books by Meomi Design Inc., which make it ideal for young kids! The series is very entertaining and educational. It contains lots of information and if you love the ocean, I definitely recommend this series for you.

You don't need to watch Season One to understand Season Two. From the very first episode, you are immersed in a colorful underworld, discovering the adventures of the very likable characters. The intrepid Octonauts travel in nautical space ships and the Octopod and will remind parents of Star Trek and the expeditions of French oceanographer Jacques Cousteau. I like that they work as a team and how they respect each other. Each character brings something different; they have different specialties and each one is unique.

My favorite characters are Peso, the penguin and Barnabas the polar bear captain which I found very classy. But, all six adventurers are fun to watch - Kawazii (the cat), Inkling (the Dumbo octopus), Shellington (the sea otter), Tweak (the rabbit), Dash (the dog) and Tunip (half animal, half vegetable). They are not only adorable, but it is easy to relate to them. They all have different accents and, by the sound of their voices, they are different ages too.

Everything is very interesting in this show. Each episode follows a different mission where you learn fascinating information about the ocean and marine life in a very fun manner. Each episode is based on one particular sea creature or animal and the Octonauts not only explore the ocean but also protect their habitat. The technology in the series is imaginary, but the creatures are based on real ones.

The show's color palette is beautiful with lots of light blues and greens. It's quite refreshing and calms you down, which I think is ideal for little ones. I really like the animation, especially the graphic transitions at the end of each episode as it gives a recap (Creature Reports) to the episode and additional information about each animal. Each episode is also focused on a particular conflict or problem, but you can enjoy them individually since there's no sequence between them.

Season Two comes with two discs, with 12 episodes each and 12 Creature Reports, which are music videos about the animals featured in that episode. This gives a nice recap on that segment. The message series is "explore, rescue, protect." There's a whole ocean out there to discover, but we have to care and preserve our nature for future generations and ourselves.

I give this DVD 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 8, but parents watching with their little ones will enjoy as well. It's available on DVD now, so look for it. Reviewed by Zoe C., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10

In this animated deep-sea adventure series, Captain Barnacles and his group of explorers roam the oceans in search of finding a creature that needs help. The Octopod is home to Kwazii, Shellington, Dashi, Captain Barnacles and Tweak. Throughout this season 2 collection, the Octonauts save many sea creatures including sharks, manatees, bowhead whales and many more.

This show is great for any kid over the age of 3. It's a wonderful way to learn about different types of sea animals. One episode starts with the Octonauts finding a sea animal needing help and, as the episode continues, the problem is solved. As they solve problems throughout each episode, we learn lots of information about the creature they save.

This really is a terrific show. It is well produced with excellent and colorful animation, has great informative content and it's fun! I recommend this for ages 3 to 7 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. It's available now on DVD so look for it. Reviewed by Cimre C., KIDS FIRST! Juror

I like the Octonauts series because it teaches kids about sea creatures. I also like how cute the animation and the characters are.

This series is about a bunch of underwater explorers that research sea animals. It is based on the books by the author Meomi. The Octonauts are led by Captain Barnacles. The three main characters are Captain Barnacles, Peso and Kwasii. Every episode is a fun adventure of learning about sea animals such as the Great White Shark, Long Armed Squid, Lionfish and more!

The animation in this show is adorable. The animation looks just like the book version. I love how colorful everything is and appreciate that they put a pop of color in every scene. They use colors to show how vivid the ocean is.

The characters in Octonauts are adorable. My favorite is Kwasii because of how funny he is. I love his stories about his days as a pirate. I also love how much of a daredevil he is. It's very thrilling to see him barely getting away from a shark or fighting with Swordfish. I also love his accent because he truly does sound like a pirate. I also like Peso. I love how knowledgeable he is about sea animals. He loves to help sea creatures and I think that's great.

I'm glad that this show teaches children about sea animals. It's important that kids know about animals. A lot of kid shows do not teach kids about meaningful things, but this show does. It's refreshing to see that kids are being taught things that can help them in the future. It is so important that kids learn about the oceans and marine life. It's important to learn about the necessity of protecting the ocean and its creatures.

I give Octonauts: Season Two 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 to 8. This is available now on DVD so look for it.

Reviewed by Carla P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14
Runtime: 286 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 3-7
Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.99
Media: DVD
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HELLO, GOODBYE, HELLO

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LIGHTHOUSE RECORDS
Series: MUSIC VIDEO AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - This video from Vincent Nunes' 10th CD of original music for children is fun and catchy and introduces early learners to the idea of respecting others even when they are different.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - If a picture is worth a thousand words then Victor Nunes' video of his song Hello, Goodbye, Hello must indeed speak a few thousand more. The simple repeated gesture of multi-ethnic children shaking hands and moving together to the positive lyrics of the title song exemplify love, acceptance and cooperation for the human beings we share this planet, this country, this neighborhood, this school and this life with. Sometimes it is just a song and dance together. The video has children as its focus and the material is uplifting. The song flows well. The continuity of the visuals could be more interesting and less repetitious. The material is right on for the intended age group. I recommend this for ages 5 to 8 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by John Wood, KIDS FIRST! Music specialist.
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Runtime: 3 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


LITTLE WOLF'S BOOK OF BADNESS

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N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 5-10
Topic - Family
Description - All Little Wolf wants to do is stay at home with Mum, Dad and his brother, Smellybreff. However, Mum and Dad are worried that their precious son, Little Wolf, is not as bad as a small wolf should be. So they decide to send him off to Cunning College in Frettnin Forest to learn the Nine Rules of Badness from his Uncle Bigbad. Uncle Bigbad is a hopeless teacher, but armed with determination and native wit, Little Wolf thinks things out for himself. Sent out by his Uncle to round up a troop of boy scouts to eat for supper, Little Wolf discovers that the scouts have many useful skills that Little Wolf can learn from them. In the end, Little Wolf decides not to follow outdated rules of proper wolf behavior but to be true to himself. As a result, he inherits his Uncle's fortune and becomes master of Cunning College. Based on a world-famous series of best-selling Little Wolf story books, this one-off is a treat for the whole family!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is one of the absolutely cutest stories I have ever seen. I have read several of the short stories that spawned this movie and loved all of them. In this Little Wolf Adventure, his family is concerned that perhaps Little Wolf isn't as big, bad and tough as he should be. Their reaction to this is shipping him off to Cunning College to learn the Nine Rules of Badness from his Uncle Bigbad, whom is voiced perfectly by Michael Gambon (Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter film series). During his time at the college he continuously struggles with the ideas of being such a bad wolf, but at the same time he just wants to make his family proud. At one point his uncle gives him the terrible task of fetching some unsuspecting boy scouts to gobble up. Little Wolf sees all of these things that the scouts do and decides he wants to learn to do all of these amazing things himself. He may not be a bad wolf, but he sure is a big wolf now! I love the fact that this is a little story where we actively see a child decide who they want to be and being so proud of themselves. This is the kind of feel good story that every child needs to watch. This is great for ages 7 to 11 and I give it 5 out of 5 stars for being so cutely inspirational. Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Little Wolf's Book of Badness, directed by Karsten Kiilerich, is unique and unexpected! With its spiral of surprises, I never could predict what would happen in the next scene. The story also puts a twist on common fairy tales such as Three Little Pigs and Little Red Riding Hood.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reviewed by Jolleen M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11

I really enjoyed this animated short film! Little Wolf is charming throughout the film. The whole concept of Little Wolf's Book of Badness is also keen.

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

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

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

The message of the film is to be yourself by being good, even if being good is bad. I give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 to 9. This DVD is available now so, be sure to check it out. Reviewed by Kamryn B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16
Runtime: 30 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-8
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
Media: DVD
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GOOSEBUMPS 2: HAUNTED HALLOWEEN

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SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - While collecting junk one day, best friends Sonny and Sam meet Slappy, a mischievous talking dummy from an unpublished "Goosebumps" book by R.L. Stine. Hoping to start his own family, Slappy kidnaps Sonny's mother and brings all of his ghoulish friends back to life -- just in time for Halloween. As the sleepy town becomes overrun with monsters, witches and other mysterious creatures, Sonny joins forces with his sister, Sam and a kindly neighbor to save Sonny's mom and foil Slappy's plan.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween is spooky, fun and creative! It is very engaging and entertaining throughout the whole film.

The story is about a young boy, Sonny (Jeremy Ray Taylor) and his best friend, Sam (Caleel Harris) who finds a book. When they open it, a doll called Slappy comes out! The boys lose the book, but keep Slappy. The friends are very surprised and a bit scared when they discover that the doll can talk. He seems nice at the beginning. He wants to have a family. But later, the boy, his sister Sarah (Madison Iseman) and his best friend realize he is strange and don't want him to be part of their family anymore. Slappy has his own personal agenda and decides to create his own family. He makes Halloween come to life as he invades the whole town with monsters and all the creatures as allies. This is a very scary Halloween for the town of Wardenclyffe, where the story takes place, as all creatures make real chaos. Sonny, Sam and Sarah team up with neighbor Mr. Chu (Ken Jeong) to find the book that Slappy from to figure out how to stop him. They discover that the book can suck up monsters and they are determined to save the city.

The story is based on R.L Stine's books. This is where Jack Black comes in as he reprises his role from the 2015 film, playing the writer who came to help. His performance as the author is excellent. I love him.

The movie is funny and spooky in equal amounts. There is mystery and discovery all combined in the storytelling. There's kind of a homage to horror films, as we see some classic monsters. My favorite scenes are the ones with the Halloween decorations coming to life in the store and the fight with the gummy bears that become real and attack Sonny and Sam.

The effects are very well done. This story focuses on the 3 main characters and the actors did a good job carrying the film. There's a tribute to the books and literature. There's a beautiful metaphor with the blank pages in the book which is powerful. It is so interesting and kind of reminded me that reality is scarier than fantasy and there will be more stories to be written. The message of this film is, "when we face our own fears we learn how not to be scared."

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween opens October 12, 2018 and is the perfect movie for kids this Halloween. I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommended it for ages 6 to 13 and grown ups as well.

Reviewed by Zoe C., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10

Boo! Trick or treat! Who is ready for a perky piece of family entertainment? Giant spiders made of balloons, pumpkin-headed scarecrows, witches with glowing heads are the factual stars of Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween. Who's ready to pop some popcorn with a fresh drink and enjoy the film?

This very funny, energetic, colorful and well-crafted film is directed by Ari Sandel. The film follows best friends Sonny and Sam, who meets Slappy, a frisky talking dummy from an unpublished "Goosebumps " book by R.L. Stine. Slappy hopes to start a family of his own. Well you will see how that unfolds. Slappy kidnaps Sonny's mother and brings all of his frightening friends back to life, literally bringing Halloween back to life! Just in time for Halloween. As the Slappy town becomes infested with monsters, witches and other shadowy creatures, Sonny joins powers with his sister, Sam and a concerned neighbor to save Sonny's mom and stop Slappy's strategy.

The lead characters are Kathy Quinn (Wendi McLendon-Covey), Sarah Quinn (Madison Iseman), Mr. Chu (Ken Jeong), Sonny Quinn (Jeremy Ray Taylor), Sam Carter (Bryce Cass) and Slappy (Mick Wingert).

My favorite part of the movie is pretty much, the whole movie. This movie is one of those sequels where it gets restated in a new way, greater and sillier than before. I love how Slappy uses his magical powers to bring typical "Goosebumps" monsters to life.

Wow! Can I say the music in this film is surprising? Composer Dominic Lewis creates a perfect match to the Halloween theme. Every action coordinates with perfect music accompaniment. The music provides escalating emotions and had me jumping out of my seat a few times - in a good way, not a super spooky way. The animation has lively, attractive colors and put me in the spirit for Halloween.

I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 16, as well as adults. I believe the whole family will enjoy this film. The film is designed with so much fun reaction moments. It delivers on what Goosebumps fans have come to expect. Don't miss this live-action film when it opens nationwide October 12, 2018.

Reviewed by Nathalia Maria J., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10

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


FRANCIS THE FIREHOUSE MOUSE

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FRANCIS THE FIREHOUSE MOUSE
NEPTUNE PRESS LLC/ D.G. STERN
Series: EBOOK, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - My name is Francis. As you can see, I am a mouse, but I am not an ordinary mouse. From the time I was very young, I was bigger than all the other mice - and I always wanted to be a firefighter. Being a firefighter is a very rewarding job. You get to help put out lots of different kinds of fires and sometimes save people and even animals.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I feel this picture book will truly be a hit with younger children, because it is engaging and educational. The combination of cartoonlike and realistic illustrations really bring the story to life. Francis is a likable hero, because he is a firefighter. I loved the quote by Tom Hanks in the beginning: "A hero is somebody who voluntarily walks into the unknown." The storyline is simple, with vocabulary that children will understand. This story flows quite well and it does make sense. It is a simple, fun picture book that teaches about firefighters. It shows how firefighters help others, put out fires and rescue people and animals. Young children will learn what firefighters do besides put out fires. I give this 4.5 stars out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 7. I believe this story will entertain young children and includes many pro-social social and educational benefits. Many young readers may want to visit a fire station or learn even more about these amazing heroes after reading this book. Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.95
Media: Book


SOPHIE THE SKUNK

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SOPHIE THE SKUNK
NEPTUNE PRESS LLC/ D.G. STERN
Series: EBOOK, AGES 5-8
Topic - Family
Description - Sophie the Skunk is a funny, heartwarming story for young children, which emphasizes the importance of children trying new experiences and of their parents allowing them to investigate different avenues without pressure. Sophie the Skunk is written for all those who hope to give their children the opportunity to find for themselves their talents and to have confidence in themselves as they learn that trying is good and winning is not everything. In our world of competition, Sophie the Skunk stands out as a hope for simplicity and growth.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This story is quite engaging and contains many social positive elements. I believe young children will enjoy Sophie and relate to her struggles and obstacles as she searches to find her talent. The illustrations are wonderful. Sophie herself is quite adorable. The story flows very well. I could see this book develop as a series. I love how the story promotes trying new things and accepting help from others. It shows how Sophie is not afraid to try new things and that, even though she may stink at some things, she has to try new things to find out what she is good at. This book includes some wonderful questions at the end that would be fun to ask kids. Additionally, there is a free work book that the reader can download. What a great tool to help build a child's self confidence. I really love this book! The illustrations are lovely, especially Sophie the Skunk. I love how she is drawn. Without any hesitation, I give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 3 to 8. This is available online now so look for it. Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-8
Suggested Retail Price: $ 12
Media: Book


KID SEE, KID DO

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KID SEE, KID DO
AVA CONNOLLY
Series: STUDENT FILM, AGES 5 TO 15
Topic - Family
Description - Written by 8 year old actor Ava Connolly about people's addiction to cell phones
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I'm impressed by this student film from a third grader. It deals with an issue that is rampant in our country and world-wide as well. A young girl is sad that no one wants to play with her because everyone is on their phone.

So, what does the family do? They get her a phone, which is silly because the whole issue is that kids are addicted to their phones. In the end, it's resolved but it does point out issues about phone use that are keeping families and friends from communicating with one another. The production quality is quite well done. The visuals and audio content is clear and well executed.

The acting suits the topic as do the sets. I'm not sure how well this will project onto a large screen so that is something that festival will need to consider. I give the filmmaker credit for taking on a major social issue and addressing it.

Therefore, I find it suitable to the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival and recommend it for ages 5 to 15. I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed by Abraham F. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I'm impressed by this student film from a third grader. It deals with an issue that is rampant in our country and world-wide as well. A young girl is sad that no one wants to play with her because everyone is on their phone.

So, what does the family do? They get her a phone, which is silly because the whole issue is that kids are addicted to their phones. In the end, it's resolved but it does point out issues about phone use that are keeping families and friends from communicating with one another. The production quality is quite well done. The visuals and audio content is clear and well executed.

The acting suits the topic as do the sets. I'm not sure how well this will project onto a large screen so that is something that festival will need to consider. I give the filmmaker credit for taking on a major social issue and addressing it.

Therefore, I find it suitable to the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival and recommend it for ages 5 to 15. I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed by Abraham F. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
Runtime: 3 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-15
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


CHANDAN VAN

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CHANDAN VAN
INVENGER TECHNOLOGIES
Series: FOREIGN FEATURE, AGES 5-13
Topic - Family
Description - 'Sanjana' the city girl from a wealthy family, during her mid-term holidays visits her Grandfather's house at the Western Ghats in Karnataka. Born nature lover, gets adjusted to the village set up, spends time in going around the forest, making friends with village children, one fine day going around the forests finds the tree crying and requesting to save the last plant of sandalwood tree, to which Sanjana promises of keeping and preserving it for future. "Edavattu Enkappa" the leader and the smuggler, who thinks of modernization takes place only through cutting down the trees. And helps Krishna Hedge, the business man, who wanted large amount of paper for their huge project with the Chinese Company. 'Kisha' the friend of Sanjana from America , who keep connecting through video calls, comes to know the whereabouts of the village and the talking plant, to which she promises of her help through her mother, who is a scientist. Eliza Kisha's mother helps her daughter, through the assistance of Research team, who joins them to come to India and to bring an awareness of the forests destruction that has already taken place.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I highly recommend this for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival because children will learn a lot while enjoying the appealing visuals, sweet music and humor.

Directed by Santosh Shetty Kateel, this film offers an innocent and light-hearted look at India where the important topic of environmental preservation is expressed. The storyline is creative. The humor is notable. Most appealing is how the message is conveyed. What is somewhat unappealing is that, at times, there is way too much going on. I believe children will enjoy this, because there is humor, music and dance that are sweet, educational and catchy. The main characters are children so other a youth audience will be able to connect to the storyline. Even the antagonists are appealing as they are a little goofy which offsets their villainous vibe.

The story flows well and the style is quite creative. The story line is comprehendible, although sometimes there are way too many sub-plots going on. However, all the sub-plots come together at the end in a way that makes sense. The subject of environmental preservation is handled well and counterarguments are also addressed. The material is entirely suitable for a youth an family audience. The vocabulary is age appropriate and the story is easy to follow. Although there are a couple of intense scenes, they are lightened by the villain's side kicks who reminded me of the Three Stooges.

The film begins with the narrator, Mother Nature, introducing the topic of environment awareness while animated storybook pages are being flipped on screen, illustrating the narrator's story. This idea of using the storybook adds a childish sensibility and sets the creative tone. The production quality is well done, with clear sound, high screen quality and sublime landscape shots. The story takes place in a village near a vast sandalwood forest, the Chandan Van. One of the songs shot in the forest displays the beautiful aspects of nature. It made me fall in love with nature and want to protect it. The shots are clear, beautiful and interspersed throughout the film. Songs compliment what is happening and are appropriately spaced throughout the film. They brought a smile to my face. In one song, the protagonist and her grandfather explore and address the splendor of India. The costumes they wear when singing this song reflect a culture I have never seen before, connecting to the playfulness of the song.

The only part where the production quality lacks are in some of the special effects. In some scenes, the animated wildlife is not great quality. In the songs and shots of the scenery, the cinematography stands out and captures nature's qualities. However, in some of the chase scenes, when the characters are falling down, the shots are choppy. For example, when the children are biking and fall, it is unclear what happens that makes them fall. However, throughout the film, the production quality generally meets high standards.

The acting ranges from effortless to forced. Throughout the film, the main characters succeed in maintaining the childish heart of the film. The villain maintains an intimidating aura, yet his quirks make him somewhat humorous. However, some of the non-essential characters lack emotion. Since they do not have major roles, the main characters' acting steals the show.

The songs are truly a highlight of the film and they are cleverly interspersed throughout. I found myself smiling during every song because of the innovative lyrics that subtly have underlying teachings as well as fun-filled humor . The message of the film is about protecting Mother Nature and learn to live happily with what we have.

I definitely recommend this film for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festivals because the moral of the story is important in today's environment, the humor is innocent and it is filled with emotion. I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 13.

Reviewed by Sahiba K., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
Runtime: 120 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-13
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


TOCO TIM AND THE TURTLES

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TOCO TIM AND THE TURTLES
STEVEN EDWARDS
Series: ENVIRONMENTAL SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Toco Tim shares advice on how human behavior affects the lives of leather back turtles.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Trinidad! What a lovely place. I love the animated host. The sense of humor in this piece along with the fun animation and live action, make for an informative, educational and fun piece - all wrapped into one. This has some great environmental messages presented that would be a hit with any festival that has an environment focus. What's good for the environment is good for kids. 4 out of 5 stars, recommended for ages 5 to 12. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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Runtime: 3 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


VERY BEST CHRISTMAS TREE EVER!, THE

This title is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
VERY BEST CHRISTMAS TREE EVER!, THE
MARK STEPHENS
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 3-8
Topic - Family
Description - Zoey wants to be the very best Christmas tree in the whole wide world, but the holiday season isn't going anything like she'd planned. Before Christmas Day comes and goes, Zoey needs to be adopted by people whose love will bring to her the most rare of all Christmas magic! A half-hour animated Christmas special for children ages 5 to 105
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I really enjoyed this holiday script that addresses not giving up and also shows a view of Christmas with a non-materialistic view and shows the special family bond of a family that is homeless. This is definitely a feel good move and appropriate for young children and would be a great family friendly movie. I rate this 4 stars out of 5 stars because I really enjoyed the characters and their dialogue as well as the unique story line. The scenes are very detailed and I could see this as a beloved annual holiday TV movie. I recommend for ages 3 to 8 and their families.
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KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 3-8
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Screenplay



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