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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- While collecting junk one day, best friends Sonny and Sam meet Slappy, a mischievous talking dummy from an unpublished "Goosebumps" book by R.L. Stine.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


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Series: FEATURE, AGES 7-12
Topic - Family
Description - A children's storybook author reminisces about his childhood adventures with his brothers and friends. In a time before kids spent hours watching television, on the computer, playing video games and texting, they went to the park to play with their friends. As military brats, these kids lived their own adventures. They lived a different sort of childhood that challenged their imaginations to soar to a different level. Following in their parents footsteps, they pretended to be soldiers as they played army in the woods. Life seemed simpler back then, until danger came to town. In our story, a cynical man comes across a Civil War General's old map that may lead to long lost treasure buried deep in a mining tunnel. The kids come across the man and his team and learn about the treasure. Our heroes come up with a plan to try to find it first. ?Things take a serious turn when the kids are discovered. The thieves up their status and become kidnappers as they take one of the children's fathers hostage. The kids, in full army gear, set out for a rescue mission. As they learn more about each other they form a bond of brotherhood and friendship called ...THE RACK PACK.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The Rack Pack is a funny film that pays respect to our military, all while expressing independence for the youth. I appreciate the diversity and persistence of these school-aged children. Yes, some rules are broken, pranks occur and sometimes a skunk just needs to let one rip. But, overall this movie makes your inner child smile. One of the most appealing things is finding out who the pack includes and why they were given this name. I like that there's a bit of rebellious behavior, taking charge of adults and how the humor is all kid-friendly.

The film flows well. I like seeing the diversity in both race and genders, when it comes to forming a team - on both the child and adult side. I was drawn in from the beginning to the end.

There are various characters and scenes that involve bullying. Some of that goes unresolved or are dealt with retaliation. There are moments when kids get revenge on adult thieves, but it is handled in a more imaginary and comedic way.

As a viewer, I wanted to see how the kids would find the villain and recover the treasure. The way the kids handle the situation lines up with what a tween or young teen would do if they were trying to confront a thief.

I found the production value of this film above average for a lower budget film. I watched an online screener which included bonus footage showing bloopers and behind the scenes content on which was enjoyable.

The message of this film is that children can join forces and fight for not only their community, but for being respectful human beings. Children of all types can be their own advocates and fight for what they believe in. I think those are compelling messages to learn.

I love action films. There's something about being covered in dirt and playing outdoors or "members only" zone where you can just let loose and be yourself. There is a specific message about the fight, that not only stems from its military theme, but also from inside the minds of each character. Whether characters are labeled good or bad, they fight for what they value. Self evaluation, action and adventures are a big part of this film. I give this movie 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10 to 14. I do suggest parental guidance since there are some mild examples of fighting and weapons. Reviewed by Elle S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The Rack Pack makes fun of its goofy 80s vibe, but ultimately falls a bit flat with its underdeveloped plot. However, the acting and cohesive script provide vibrant energy. This is sure to be a enjoyable watch for anyone looking for that nostalgic 80s goodness.

The story follows the adventures of military nerd brothers Darrell (Nico Ford), Gerald (Hunter Lee Manning), and Loren (Wyatt Walter). Their escapades take a dangerous turn when they come under the contact of a Civil War treasure map. To compete, the cynical duo Ted (C. Thomas Howell) and DJ (Nick Vernon) race to obtain the map and sell it to criminals. However, the boys slip themselves to the thieves leading to their own dad (David Schifter) getting involved and kidnapped. In a race against time, the boys must save both their dad and map all while earning the legendary name The Rack Pack.

Nico Ford, as Darrell, excels with his sharp, yet reckless thinking. His banter with Tammy also add one of the movie's funniest dynamics as she continuously dupes him. Hunter Lee Manning, as Gerald, sells the eldest brother dynamic with his wise mentorship even if he can come across as disloyal. As well as Wyatt Walter, as Loren, who wonderfully presents his cute youngest brother self always following his elders into trouble. David Schfiter, as Mr. Rackley, excels with his fatherly presence as he holds the family together through tough times and is always willing to take risks to save lives. C. Thomas Howell and Nick Vernon, as Ted and DJ, allow for a charismatic villainous presence, with DJ being my favorite character as his comedic timing was perfectly handled. Last but not least, Cece Kelly, as Tammy, accelerates a fun side-plot as her biting remarks never got old.

Thomas J. Churchill talentedly directs the movie with great 80s gags and adventure with the Goonies being a big influence. My favorite scene is when the boys attempt to stop the duo's perilous plans which result in some truly hilarious scenes as they rely on outsmarting than violent means. However, my problems with this movie stem from the plot of the movie in general which feels devoid of any emotional appeal or development. At times, it feels like there is zero plot. Thankfully, the movie's quirky characters are able to hold attention as their wise cracks always bring something new to the table.

The message of the movie to always trust in your team as the Rack Pack always powers through and fights for what is right. I give this film 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 7 to 10 as some scenes can come across as intense. The movie is available on DVD, so check it out.

Reviewed by Arjun N., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 7-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Web Series


HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS, THE

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UNIVERSAL STUDIOS - THEATRICAL DIVISION
Series: FEATURE, AGES 8 - 18
Topic - Family
Description - Lewis Barnavelt, after losing his parents, is sent to Michigan to live with his uncle Jonathan. He discovers his uncle is a warlock, and enters a world of magic and sorcery. But this power is not limited to good people: Lewis learns of Isaac Izard, an evil wizard who wanted to cause the Apocalypse so that he could see what happened afterwards. To do this, he constructed a magical clock with black magic, as long as it exists it will keep ticking, counting down to doomsday. He died before he could finish the clock, but he hid the clock in his house, where Uncle Jonathan now lives. Now Lewis and Jonathan must find the clock before it's too late, and before Isaac's wife, Selena, gets to it.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Gather around and get ready to travel to a land of magic adventure and mystery, where things come to life before your eyes and people and places are different, because they are filled with magic and beauty. In this land we shall meet new people and see fabulous things that have never been seen before, such as talking couches, Griffins and much more. So come with me and you will see all the magical things that lie inside the world of The House with a Clock in Its Walls.

Lewis Barnavelt (Owen Vaccaro) is a wonderful warlock. As a mater a fact, he is my favorite warlock throughout the entirety of this film, because he grows during his adventures and becomes a better warlock, friend and family member. As he becomes a better person, we see him learn magic with the help of a few friends and family members. These scenes are just adorable.

Jonathan Barnavelt (Jack Black) and Florence Zimmerman (Cate Blanchett) are the two best magic teachers in all the land. After all, they have an entire enchanted house which they use to teach magic and they also know how to be great family members when you stay with them. These two characters have totally different personalities and that is what makes them the perfect couple. Jonathan Barnavelt is very funny and acts just like the person who portrays him, Jack Black. While Florence Zimmerman is very serious and kind, she is a lady and acts like it too. She is the perfect replica of Cate Blanchett who portrays her perfectly.

Isaac Izard (Kyle MacLachlan) and Selena Izard (Ren�e Elise Goldsberry) are the villains we love to hate. I have to say that their plan for world domination is actually very scary. They make this film perfect for Halloween by adding scary little trick and treats up their sleeves that gets us into the mood for this special holiday that comes once a year.

The best scene in this film is when Lewis Barnavelt taps a water fountain and makes plants come to life as he taps it. I found my eyes lighting up, just like the stars as I watched the plants pass me by in the blink of an eye. Also, I like that it has so many different plants and that the cast interacts with them by juggling them and bouncing them on top of their heads.

I love the graphics because they not only look lifelike, but they act as if they are real, not just computerized graphics. This is one of the many reasons why I love the Griffin, the Couch and the Glass Mural. Each and every one of them has a personality and they act like people, not just old abandoned furniture that you might see in an old house such as the one that Jonathan Barnavelt and Florence Zimmerman live in.

Since this film has some scary aspects such as ventriloquist dolls, live pumpkins with faces, demons, the devil, witches, warlocks and many more, I recommend that your kids know that they are all fake and not real. As long as they know this, then they are okay and will enjoy the movie with no problems. I recommend it for ages 10 to 18 and give this film 5 out of 5 stars.

Reviewed by Morgan B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13

This is an amazing live-action film. It is funny, exciting and a little spooky. I don't usually like scary movies, but this one has just the perfect amount of scary. This film is based on a novel of the same name from 1973 from writer John Bellairs. I haven't seen too many movies with Jack Black in it, but I can tell you Jack Black has usually played funnier roles. This time he plays a more serious character. Cate Blanchett is the perfect addition for this cast. I think the editing is very well done. The sound effects and the film effects are also really good and create an enchanting atmosphere. This story is a classic tale about self discovery in a beautiful magical set up, just like a good old magic trick.

The movie is directed by Eli Roth who is better known as a producer, but has directed a few films with some dark content. This is actually the director's first film not rated R.

The storyline follows a 10-year-old boy, Lewis (Owen Baccaro) who lost his parents and goes to live with his uncle Jonathan (Jack Black) in a very old house with a peculiar thinking heart. His uncle is quite mysterious. He is a warlock and his neighbor, Florence is a good witch (Cate Blanchett). A warlock is basically a boy witch and Jonathan is not a very good one, but he is sweet and has the best intentions. Florence's spells do not always come out right, but she is very caring.

Lewis wants a normal life, but he soon discovers some strange forces dormant within the house. His new home is magical, because a long time ago, a man named Isaac (Kyle McLachlan) lived there with his wife Selena (Ren�e Elise Goldsberry) and they constructed and hid a powerful clock to bring the world into apocalypse. One day, he was doing a spell that accidentally killed himself and his unfinished purpose was hidden in the house with a clock in its walls. Lewis tries to adapt to his new strange home and school. He tries to make new friends and impress the popular boy in the school. By doing so, he releases Isaac and Selena from the tomb on Halloween night, causing chaos in the old pacific town. Lewis goes through an incredible journey in order to have the life he wants.

The story is very engaging at the beginning, but loses a bit of interest as it progresses. The actors are very good. The cinematography and production design are beautiful and immerse the audience in a fantastic world. The music and sound effects are my favorite technical aspects. To me, they become a character themselves.

I definitely give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommended from ages 8 to 18, as well as adults. The message is that things happen and you can't really change them, but magic and great things are always within our hearts. This film opens in theaters September 21, 2018.

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

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


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INVENTING ESTONIA
ALJONA SURZHIKOVA
Series: FOREIGN DOCUMENTARY, AGES 5-18
Topic - Family
Description - Inventing Estonia. There are nice documentary stories about fantastic children's inventions. Leen Bumeister (10) is created staff ruler. Erik Maidla (10) did a cocoon mattress and Aap Petrov (11) built glove for health control. We see the views of Estonia from the point of view of flying birds Tallinn, middle Estonia M�rjamaa and South Estonia V��psu village
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Great and inspirational film! Inventive minds keep dreams alive! Let your imagination run wild and other people will appreciate your ideas and your gizmos. This short film follows children in Estonia who have a knack for inventing things that relate to their hobbies or passions. Music, in one young girl's case and camping, in one young boy's case. Another boy is very kind-hearted and wants to help people live healthier lives. The girl invents a staff ruler. It's for creating a musical staff on which you can later write musical notes. You cannot do this with a regular ruler. Another invention is a cocoon mattress. It eliminates need for a suitcase, heavy backpack or mattress when going camping. A third inventor creates a health glove for managing both epilepsy and cold temperatures. The filmmaker is quite accomplished and this production exemplifies her excellent filmmaking skills. The sets are very pleasing to the eye. Aerial views show lots of green fields, trees and fishing ponds. I particularly love the excellent close-up photography of bees pollinating some pink flowers. There's also a really nice emphasis on nature and natural wonders. These are all good inspirations for invention! Another beautiful close-up is of a very ornate accordion that a woman is playing. There are interesting views of her grandmother's old house in need of repair, including some unusual objects hanging on the outside walls. Perhaps they are some old inventions created by her grandmother or other elders. I noticed a recurring blue and white animated computer graphic of some sort of motorized mechanical device. It seems to be the visual theme or some sort of logo for this film. Perhaps this is some kind of graphical design software that's available to people in Estonia. The cinematography of the flowing rivers and the bustling city streets (where the boy likes to folkdance) captures the viewer's attention. One boy doesn't want to patent his invention. He is very unselfish in that he wants to allow anybody to produce these cocoon mattresses. This boy suggests keeping an invention notebook, to write down or draw all of one's inventions. My favorite part is hearing how happy these children are living in their country. There is a lot of national pride and appreciation for everything their homeland offers them. The message is to figure out what you really enjoy doing in life and then create some new object to make that even better for yourself and other people. Inspiring! I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 16. Reviewed by Jeff M., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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Runtime: 15 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-15
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


PICK OF THE LITTER

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SUNDANCE SELECTS
Series: DOCUMENTARY, AGES 5-18
Topic - Family
Description - Pick of the Litter follows a litter of puppies from the moment they're born and begin their quest to become Guide Dogs for the Blind, the ultimate canine career. Cameras follow these pups through a two-year odyssey as they train to become dogs whose ultimate responsibility is to protect their blind partners from harm. Along the way, the dogs meet a community of dedicated individuals who train them to do amazing, life-changing things in the service of their human. The stakes are high and not every dog can make the cut. Only the best of the best. The pick of the litter.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Pick of the Litter is such an adorable movie. It has an amazing topic that not many people know about, so you are not bored. It's a great family movie with all of the cute dogs. Pick of the Litter follows such a sweet storyline that you just fall in love with all of the dogs and their journey through many different homes.

Pick of the Litter follows a litter of puppies from the moment they are born through their journey to become Guide Dogs for the Blind. The "P" litter has to go through two years of training with many different owners to train them on their journey to become Guide Dogs. But only the pick of the litter will get the chance to become Guide Dogs.

This documentary is such a feel good movie. There are some moments that bring tears to your eyes. When my family and I watched the movie, it was fun for us to guess which dogs would pass the tests and become Guide Dogs. All the dogs are so cute and the relationships the dogs go through with their trainers and finally when they get paired with their official owners, is very emotional. The five dogs in the litter are Patriot, Potomac, Phil, Primrose and Poppet. All the dogs have such unique personalities. My favorite out would have to be Patriot because he has a lot of different trainers and he has so much energy. He has the biggest personality. He also ends up with such a sweet family and really helps the family he's with. The movie has so much for people of all ages. The charming dogs are enjoyable for everyone and the story they tell is delightful and sends a great message.

The message The Pick of the Litter sends is that dogs go through a lot of work to become Guide Dogs and, even if they don't become one, they still bring joy to whomever owns them. I recommend this film for ages 8 to 17. There is so much to learn about the training Guide Dogs go through and this film has lots of things for kids to learn. I give it 5 out of 5 stars, because it has such a great topic and the dogs are super adorable. You can find this film in a theatre near you on August 31, 2018 so, check it out!

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

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


FLOOGALS: PROJECT BIRTHDAY CAKE

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N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 3=7
Topic - Family
Description - Each day, Captain Fleeker, First Officer Flo, and Junior Boomer encounter something that sparks their curiosity, setting in motion the day's research "project" and triggering an exciting adventure! In Project Birthday Cake, Boomer's built a little fizzerific food finder attachment for his Fizzer controls.�It's supposed to be able to sniff out food - a subject close to Boomer's heart.�Flying by a massive birthday cake the food finder goes out of control and Boomer crashes. The Floogals have to work out how to re-make the frosting and in the process find out what a birthday cake and decorations are for.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Small alien life forms, the Floogals, explore life in an everyday home setting with a particular family, where they discover certain human objects such as birthday cake, ice (for beverages), roller skates and a record player. The most fascinating and unusual part of this series is the background setup - the house is life action as well as the family members (mother, father, and kids). Think of this as a family sit-com. The Floogal characters are done in claymation. They take interest in particular objects located upstairs, downstairs, in the basement, the bathroom, kitchen and elsewhere.

I like the originality of having the real-life backgrounds juxtaposing with the animated characters. The episode with the record player is particularly funny, since it is an older generational way of listening to music. Young children might be as clueless as the Floogals with regards to this "strange object," more so than any other object they explore.

This DVD consists of approximately nine, 8 minute episodes. I recommend this for ages 3 to 6 who will find it really fascinating for expanding their imagination (with every room the Floogals explore) and keep their attention with the pastel-type colors. Curious slightly older kids might tune in for the same reasons. I give this DVD 5out of 5 stars.

Reviewed by Kimberly M., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - These educational episodes are great for younger kids to learn practical things. The animation is colorful, detailed, and the characters, besides the "hoomans" or humans, are unique looking creatures. It is also interesting to look at the human household and human items, from their smaller point of view.

In these episodes, there are three main alien-like characters. Their names are Captain Fleeker, Junior Boomer and First Officer Flo. They live hidden inside the hooman's house. Fleeker, Boomer and Flo explore around house and try to learn more about the hooman ways. They encounter a birthday cake, some ice, a mirror, a banana, a toothbrush, sand, roller skates, a record player and a jewelry box.

Jules de Jongh voices Flo with authority and wisdom. Even though Flo isn't the Captain, you can tell that she knows what she is talking about and that she is more mature than the other two boys. Junior Boomer is the complete opposite of Flo. His name fits him as he has a lot more to learn than Flo and Fleeker. Hugo Harold-Harrison aptly portrays, through his voice, that Junior Boomer is a lot younger and more immature.

They use a mix of animation and live camera shots for these episodes. This brings the Floogals to life as they venture outside their ship. It is interesting to look at the world we know so familiarly from a completely different point of view. To Fleeker, Boomer and Flo everything looks weird and abnormally large. It's like entering a modern giant's house.

My favorite scene is when they first discover the birthday cake. Their facial expressions are so in awe of this great smelling piece of art in front of them. The birthday cake is based on outer space and looks very delicious and colorful. This is my favorite scene because it really is where the Floogals come to life.

There isn't a moral or message in these episodes. Their main purpose is to educate younger viewers about the properties of everyday items and how to use them. For example, in the episode "Project Ice," the Floogals teach viewers that ice can be used to keep things cool, but when it gets hot, it melts back into water.

This DVD offers great learning tools for younger viewers. I recommend it for ages 3 to 5 and give it 5 out of 5 stars for the effort put into it. It is available on DVD now, so check it out!

Reviewed by Jolleen M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13
Runtime: 90 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 3-6
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
Media: DVD


CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT! SEASON 2, VOLUME 2

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CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT! SEASON 2, VOLUME 2
N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 4-12
Topic - Family
Description - The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! follows the adventures of 6-year-old best friends, Sally and Nick, as they are whisked off on extraordinary 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! Enjoy the second volume of the second season of The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! In this volume set, kids will learn the answers to questions like what is the Earth's atmosphere, why do we need bones, and how is paper made. The discoveries don't end there! We learn how polar bears survive the arctic winter, how our ears work and so much more!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I'm a big fat of Cat in the Hat! I have been since I was a little girl and, as an adult, I'm still a big fan! This DVD does not disappoint! It has 20 episodes! The Cat in the Hat definitely shows us that he knows a lot about many things - from the names and locations of the planets in our solar system, to how animals walk with more than two legs. It is entertaining, engaging and great for young children and even slightly older children and their parents! I recommend this for ages 2 thru 11. Children will enjoy watching The Cat in the Hat and his friends Sally and Nick as they go on adventures learning new things. One of my favorite episodes is about the solar system, as The Cat in the Hat teaches Sally and Nick the order of the planets and their names. It features Martin Short as the voice of Cat in the Hat, who is incredible. I also enjoy the theme song. It sticks in your mind kindly. I give this 5 out of 5 stars, because I think it will be a hit. It's engaging, very entertaining and very educational. Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Adult Reviewer
Runtime: 220 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.99
Media: DVD


FRANKIE DRAKE MYSTERIES

FRANKIE DRAKE MYSTERIES
PBS DISTRIBUTION
Series: TV SERIES, AGES 8 TO 18
Topic - Family
Description - Period drama set in stylish 1920s Toronto, following the female-only agency Drake Private Detectives led by the eponymous Frankie Drake and her partner Trudy Clarke, as they investigate mysteries and crimes that either the police refuse to take on, or that their clients cannot take to the police at all. Set against a backdrop of social change, radical politics and jazz music, the series is immersed in both the real Toronto of the 1920s and the world of mystery and suspense conjured by creators Carol Hay and Michelle Ricci.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This 30 minute mystery series is new to the PBS line-up this season. Private Detective Frankie Drake, along with fellow detective Trudy combine their skills to solve distinctive cases within each episode. Frankie Drake is head of her own detective agency located in Toronto, CA in the 1920s. The pilot episode, involves a case of a wealthy man whose pearls are apparently stolen from the safe at his residence. In its place is a mysterious white feather. A policewoman notifies Frankie and brings the feather along to tell her that the feather was the trademark of her father, Ned Drake, a con-man who passed away ten years prior. While investigating the case, Frankie finds out that the wealthy man's wife is Frankie's mother, Nora Drake. This is shocking for Frankie, as she thought her mother had been long dead. Nora Drake is a hustler in her own right, as she married rich men and left them not long after, simply for the payday. Frankie is the total opposite - choosing to work for a living, which is very avant garde for the time. By the end of this premiere episode, it is clear that Frankie is stuck with Nora in Toronto for awhile, whether she likes it or not. As the series develops, I believe Frankie and Nora will learn to tolerate and inevitably like each other. I believe Nora will be some sort of ally to Frankie in helping to solve cases.

The Frankie Drake Mysteries is a very female-friendly program, set in the Roaring 20s, the era when one of the first big Feminist Movements occurred. Young girls, in particular, can look up to Frankie as being ahead of her time. Young black girls can also look up to Trudy as being equal to Frankie at the detective agency. She will also be considered ahead of her time, working as a professional private eye. In this era, many black woman could only find servitude work, as Nora Drake assumes Trudy for when she first visits Frankie's agency.

As a serial drama, the Frankie Drake Mysteries is straightforward and flows easily from beginning to end - the set-up of the mystery; Frankie and Trudy notified of the case; the who, what, where, when, how; the conflict, climax, and conclusion of the case.

Based on watching this pilot, I would guess that the rating would be TV-PG or TV-G. It is witty and the humorous dialogue will hold your attention. The setting and costumes make it interesting for the viewer, especially children, since most are unfamiliar with the timeframe. There appears to be little or no bloody violence. I recommend it for ages 8 to 18, as well as adults and give it 5 out of 5 stars. I thoroughly enjoyed this mini-series and will remind myself to catch an episode or two whenever I can, on PBS this season.

Reviewed by Kimberly M., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: TV


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KIDZ STEM SONGZ       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
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Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 5-8
Topic - Family
Description - Three discs: STEAM 16 compilation CD of science songs showcasing a diverse group of children's music artists on a wide range of Science, Technology, Engineering, Math subjects; Dan Crow's CD Concoctions; DVD of five animated science music videos.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Everybody loves a bargain so buckle up because this CD/DVD package fits the bill. Now that I have your divided attention, let me tell you more. First we have the magnanimous Dan Crow's Concoction CD featuring five flagship STEM tunes finely produced and performed along with their companion karaoke tracks for future rock stars to sing. But wait there's more! How about four STEM-themed music videos and a surprise bonus track featuring animated dynamic teen Anny Dallshouse leading the fun? And wait there's even more!! How about we add an 'A' to make it an artsy STEAM and load up 16 terrific tunes by 16 different and unique artists? How is this possible you ask? That's beyond me, but just be thankful. Love it all. Why this is the biggest no-brainer since before people had brains. There are terrific production values and performances which make it a fun learning experience in every way. Kids will love the wealth of songs and music videos in these hours of fun. The structure is very sound, because the artists follow a specific concept with STEM/STEAM. STEM is a buzz word (science, technology, engineering, math) and this is a fun and great way to further education and employment in our fast-moving society. Children are exposed to the STEM concept in school, so this package supports and augments what they are learning in school. This CD/video package is top-notch throughout. The vocals and production are weaved together seamlessly. It offers major learning experiences on a variety of subjects. There is lots to follow up on for students, teachers and families. I have to rest now...Enjoy! I give a Golden Buzzer on this one, two big thumbs up, 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 10, as well as adults who will find it equally enjoyable. Reviewed by KIDS FIRST! Music Expert, John Wood
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Runtime: 90 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-8
Suggested Retail Price: $ 19.99
Media: AUDIO


TASHA NON-STOP (2018)
NATASHA HANINA
Series: TV SERIES, AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - Tashi Non-Stop is a TV pilot comprising short, educational comedic skits geared towards 3 to 6-year-olds. During the show, kids are introduced to an array of colorful characters from around the world. Think 'Blue's Clues' meets 'Tracey Ullman.' The show combines live action and animation.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Tashi Non-Stop has good intentions with its "Never Giving Up" theme. It just doesn't quite deliver. There are parts that I do not believe will be entertaining for children of the target age, 2 to 5. Tashi takes on various characters such as Ms. Wallaby and Tashi the Vampire. She raps and, although it isn't completely inappropriate, I don't see the point of many of the lyrics. It shows that Tashi isn't great at rapping and makes its point about never giving up. Basically, from watching this a child might learn how to rap, eat spaghetti and learn the proper way to sneeze. The humor is a bit annoying, especially for adults. I recommend it for ages 4 to 7, but I'm not sure how likable the character's various roles would be for this age. Although I admire the theme, the different skits don't quite deliver. I feel this needs a rewrite to bring in more age appropriate humor for ages 2 to 5. I give it 2.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.

This pilot reflects the overall spirit of the program, if it is developed into a series. This reflects some revisions which the producer made after KIDS FIRST! expressed concerns about safety issues in a segment, which has now been deleted. Therefore, I give them credit for listening to constructive criticism. I believe that the rapping kangaroo segment would be engaging to many young viewers. I particularly like that it teaches children manners. The pilot is simply okay. The Dracula segment could be seen as too scary for preschool viewers. The talent's name, Tashi, is original and likeable. The vocabulary is basic enough to be understood by the intended viewer. The live action visuals are clear, big, colorful and bright. This is good for the intended audience. The segments are structured well. The show basically features Tashi throughout each episode, without any additional cast members. In one segment, she shows children how to cover a sneeze correctly as to not spread germs. This concept is appropriate for the target audience. The other entertainment elements include the rapping animal, a vampire, and a cook. Overall, it is entertaining and educational show for young children. I recommend it for ages 4 to 8 and give it 3.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Kimberly M., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.


KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Are you ready for educational entertainment made for kids! Get ready to enjoy some humor, exciting, over-the-top, friendly, meaningful topics with animated storytelling. Tashi Non-Stop is the perfect animated story for you and your kids. There's so much merriment in the scenes that will have you eager and attentive in what's happening on screen. Each scene deliveries important lessons in a fun way.

This TV pilot is filled with pleasure and lots of giggles. Each episode will have you experience an unforgettable adventure. This family entertainment pilot follows a very joyful, fun, unique, sweet lady named Tashi, who takes you on a journey on her show Tashi Non-Stop, a show for kids for preschoolers that shows them how much fun it is to be creative. You will experience different scenes with Tashi such as the jungle, the granny gym, the Italian restaurant and you even get to teach a vampire how to sneeze properly. How fun is this?

What an outstanding job Natasha Hanina does who plays Ms. Wallaby, Agnes Mcmonagle, an Arabic instructor, a chef and Tashi the Vampire? Tashi ( Natasha Hanina) is very pleasant, charming and speaks with a British accent that really stands out and sounds beautiful. Natasha Hanina is an actress and producer. I appreciate Tashi's ( Natasha Hanina) distinct take on using entertainment to help refresh the imagination and encourage creative play.

I must say the animation is fantastic. I mean the jungle is standardized. It looks just like a real jungle. The restaurant looks like any other restaurant you walk into. And, the vampire and the gym are just amazing.

My favorite part is clearly when Ms. Wallaby and the Kangaroo perform a humorous rap song together. I declare this part my favorite because it made me start dancing and at least trying to sing. It had me giggling for sure! I also love this part because it's the funniest scene of all.

I believe the whole family will enjoy this TV show and hope it gets produced. It is a program designed with love. The message raises a positive message through kid-friendly humor. Never give up is the lesson and it encourages you to overcome every obstacle that comes you way. Never, never give up. This is certainly a series of entertaining and educational scenes with self-expression and independent thinking. It has a positive message that promote positive social behavior. I give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 5.

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

Tashi Non-Stop is a playful, comedic educational series that has lots of fun scenes that are silly and have a positive message to offer younger kids. The message of this episode is "Never Give Up" and, with practice you can get better.

In this short pilot (under 9 minutes), there is a funny narrator who introduces each scene, played by the talented comedian, Natasha Hanina. The different scenes include a zoo wildlife caretaker called Ms. Wallaby who introduces us to the forest and her trying to hip hop. There's also a scene with a French chef teaching us about how to eat spaghetti and another with a vampire teaching the proper way to sneeze to avoid germs.

My favorite character is Ms. Wallaby because she is awkwardly funny as corks dangle from her hat all over her face and she talks about wildlife. She also attempts to hip hop dance with a kangaroo (in costume). I also really like the French restaurant scene where Tashi dresses up as a chef with a long mustache. It's cute seeing the animated penguins delivering food to the chef in this spaghetti scene. The sound affects also add to the enjoyment of the production. For example, in the restaurant scene we hear Tashi slurping her spaghetti. The point being that Tashi needs to learn the proper way to eat spaghetti and, with practice, she will.

The background music in the production suits the individual scenes quite well, with its upbeat and childlike arrangements. I also like the simple animation. My favorite part of this pilot is the animals that pop up in the window behind Tashi as she narrates. Tashi's ability to speak with different accents also makes the different characters she plays more believable and enjoyable.

I like the positive message to "Never Give Up" and "with practice you can get better." Little kids will like watching this show because of the fun skits, colorful backgrounds, animation and upbeat music.

I recommend this for children ages 2 to 5 as it deals with simple topics like eating spaghetti and how to correctly sneeze. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

Reviewed by Abigail Zoe L., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11

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


KIDS FIRST ENDORSED
JOSH LOVELACE & FRIENDS PRESENT: YOUNG FOLK
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Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - Josh Lovelace, Knoxville, Tennessee native and member of the Grammy Nominated rock band NEEDTOBREATHE, has been making music his entire life. As a young kid, he would sing songs and put on shows for his family and friends, pretending to be the world's next big superstar. Now, 33 with two kids of his own, he is reliving the spirit of those early years with a collection of children's music the whole family can enjoy. This CD features 15 original songs, written from Josh's experiences as a father. Produced and recorded in his East Tennessee home, the record includes guest appearances by Ben Rector, Ellie Holcomb, Spirit Family Reunion and legendary children's recording artists Sharon & Bram. There is something for every member of the family to enjoy!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Josh Lovelace's Young Folk album is sweet candy for the ears and soul. It's like being wrapped in a warm blanket, staring with wonder at the night skies with someone you love. Love is the overriding theme in this wholesome family collection that talks directly to and not down to inquisitive little ones, with just the right touch of zany added to the mix. Lovelace and Friends' vocals are smooth and inviting as a summer day. Fine production and songwriting round out a lovely, gentle listening experience. It is very accessible for children and adults alike - striking just the right balance. The flow of the album is perfect with each song a nice surprise. Lovelace draws from his family observations as he treasures every moment through his art. Love of family and each other permeate the collection along with caring and sharing life experiences. The songs are perfectly constructed with the intended audience in mind and include a few gems for adults. I can't say enough good things about it. I love the vocals and instrument choices. I would hope that the listener would model awareness of the moments and observations of the world around us. I definitely give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 3 to 8. Reviewed by John Wood, KIDS FIRST! Music Specialist.

Josh Lovelace and Friends presents Young Folk is a rock n roll and folk-inspired collection of children's music the whole family can enjoy. This CD features 15 original songs written by Josh Lovelace, produced and recorded in his East Tennessee home. The record includes exciting guest appearances by Ellie Holcomb, Spirit Family Reunion and legendary children's recording artists Sharon & Bram. There are additional vocals by Josh's wife Whitney and his son Henry, age four. His daughter, Margo, lends her toddler talents in the form of baby coos and sound bites. The songs are inspired by Lovelace's personal experiences as a father of two. While some songs will have you rocking out, there are also a few incredibly smooth sleepy-time ballads. The cover artwork on the inner sleeve is a high quality, colorful portrayal of the Lovelace family enjoying music and picnic time. Included are pages of whimsical illustrations alongside the lyrics to each original track. Lovelace dedicates the album as a "love letter to my children" and the beautiful music and heartfelt lyrics prove that's exactly what it is. Reviewed by Eli Byerly, KIDS FIRST! Adult Reviewer
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Josh Lovelace and Friends Present: Young Folk is an album for the whole family with a nice, mellow atmosphere throughout including a few silly, fun songs. The collection is geared towards children by Josh Lovelace of the band NEEDTOBREATHE, who has been nominated for a Grammy. My favorite song on this album is You're My Very Best Friend because it is very sweet with good usage of backup vocals and it describes friendship quite well. It also tells me this is going to be different from other kids' albums with a much more sophisticated feeling to it.

Where this album really succeeds is in its broad appeal. There are one or two louder, repetitive tracks on the album you might find on your typical children's CD, but there are also more quiet, reflective pieces that parents will also enjoy. This is why I give this CD and age recommendation 4 to 15 and rate it 4 out of 5 stars. I think I might go back and listen to this one again. I recommend you listen to this album for its fun, yet sophisticated atmosphere.

Reviewed by Benjamin P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13
Runtime: 34 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 3-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
Media: AUDIO


WORLD FAMOUS INANIMATES, THE

KIDS FIRST ENDORSED
WORLD FAMOUS INANIMATES, THE
GUILLERMO MACHADO
Series: BOOK, AGES 5-10
Topic - Family
Description - A spent sock, puny penny, kicky key, brainy bookmark and soft spoon each have a special story to tell.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I like this e-book of different stories and found it refreshing and appropriate for the intended age group. I felt that it would inspire young children to take a more positive outlook on every day, ordinary items such as a sock that lacks a matching sock. The rhyming storytelling is fun and engaging. The colorful illustrations really add a colorful pop and makes these items even more appealing! I recommend this for ages 5 through 10 and give it 4 out of 5 stars.
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KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-10
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Book


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VINCENT NUMES: MOVE, MOVE, MOVE
LIGHTHOUSE RECORDS
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 2-5
Topic - Education/Instructional
Description - The tenth CD of original, interactive music from Vincent Nunes emphasizes age-appropriate movement fundamentals for early learners. This fun, catchy collection of songs is already the winner of a 2018 NAPPA award, Tilliwig Award and Parents' Picks Award.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Move Move Move is a Winner Winner Winner! A tasty mixture of good songs, strong performances and natty arrangements - with a perfect helping of audience participation - make this collection an irresistible fun-fest. Years of onstage and up-close interaction with children has molded singer-songwriter Victor Nunes into a positive Pied Piper planting seeds of love, acceptance and engaging entertainment wherever he goes. "Our future is in the hands of our children. I can't think of a more important job," states Nunes. Hear Hear Hear! I give this one 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 to 7. Reviewed by John Wood, KIDS FIRST! Music Specialist
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I adore this new and silly CD because it has lots of rhythm and cute new songs to sing. It not only brings joy to every child listening, but it also teaches life lessons and moral values which stick with you for a long time. This is something I treasure because it makes this CD perfect for the whole family.

My favorite song is "ABC Jones." I couldn't help but sing this song to my mom because her last name is Jones and it made me think of her and my family. This song is perfect for young kids who don't yet know their ABCs because it is funny and catchy. At the same time, it is a fun new way to think about the Alphabet. If you want, you can even make a version for yourself.

I can see why Move, Move, Move has won multiple awards including NAPPA, Tilliwig and Parents' Picks. It is due to the catchy music and upbeat rhythm, which has everybody dancing and singing. Kids as young as 2 to even 13-year-old kids will enjoy this. Some of the songs are very quirky, so they are bound to grab the attention of younger audiences.

The creators of this CD are very talented and they know how to appeal to different ages. Both kids and adults will want to listen to the same songs on the CD and adults won't get bored. A;; the music is catchy and fun to listen to and there is a variety of music genres so there is something for every one.

Another thing to like about this CD is its versatile language. The songs use simple words that younger kids will understand and more complex words that older kids will understand. I recommend this CD for ages 2 to-11 and give it 5 out of 5 stars.

Reviewed by Morgan B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13

Kids, are you ready to move, move, move? Let's get ready to listen to some catchy, kid-friendly and fun songs. Then get ready to dance, bounce, move your feet and clap your hands to the beat. I fully love all eleven songs plus the hidden bonus song. Yes, there's a bonus song that completes this lovely adventure. There is no way you won't be dancing to these songs. Each one is highly entertaining and definitely interactive. This is a great CD to add to your music collection.

This CD is filled with kid-friendly, enjoyable, funny, fun, curriculum-based music for kids. The songs are full of rhymes, fun beats and stick-in-your-head lyrics. I love each and every song because they all have a specific tone from fun and festival, to slow, to upbeat!

My favorite song is definitely "ABC Jones," because it brings such a cheerful and upbeat feeling with great laughter and joy. The song had me giggle with its rhyming, high energy and drums that had me bouncing off the walls - literally. My favorite lyric is "I know I won't forget his name, even though it's long because I learned to sing this song, ABCD...Jones!" This song made me dance and sing along. Such active music!

Who is the creator of this CD full of songs? Vincent Nunes who just released his tenth recording of original music for children. He sure knows how to make little ones want to dance and move. Vincent is the winner of the 2018 NAPPA Awards, the 2018 Parents' Pick awards, and the 2018 Tillywig Awards. He is a musical artist, award winning composer and a fantastic performer. Vincent Nunes music is adored by many children.

I believe every child will enjoy this astonishing collection of songs. I give it 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 7. This CD is now available so look for it. For more information on Vincent Nunes please visit: www.VincentNunes.com

Reviewed by Nathalia J., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 9
Runtime: 38 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 15
Media: AUDIO


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BILLIE
MAKI YOSHIKURA
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 8-12
Topic - Education/Instructional
Description - The Labradoodle Billie's happy life comes to a sudden end when one morning her beloved owner doesn't wake up anymore. She is taken away to a place she does not recognize. She is sad and lonely until one day her life takes a new turn...
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - What's not to like - dogs and happy endings! It's heartwarming to see how dogs enrich our lives. Billie the pooch gets so attached to his new owners as he learns to love them like he did his original owner. Show him a walking cane and he'll show you some great affection.

Billie's original owner, who walked with a cane, dies suddenly in his sleep. Billie has fond memories of playing ball with that owner. When a new family adopts him, their ball toy doesn't seem to interest Billie. But the grandmother, who walks with a cane, gets his spirit going again.

This short has some issues with continuity. Jump cuts take place that move the story along very quickly but make it a little hard to follow at times. I liked the zooming-in special effects that highlight Billie's facial features and the curly patterns of his fur. Also, the visual effect of the thrown ball rolling into a washed-out, featureless wasteland emphasizes Billie's initial feeling of loneliness after his original owner dies.

My favorite part is when Billie warms up to the new family, after Grandma shows up with her walking cane. The message of this film is to give dogs and other shelter animals a chance. They can very easily learn to love again.

I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 12. It would make a lovely addition to a film festival for youth and families, especially one that showcases the importance of animals in our lives. Reviewed by Jeff M., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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Runtime: 4 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


TEEN TITANS GO! TO THE MOVIES

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WARNER BROS. PICTURES
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 7-12
Topic - Family
Description - It seems to the Teens that all the major superheroes out there are starring in their own movies-everyone but the Teen Titans, that is. But de facto leader Robin is determined to remedy the situation, and be seen as a star instead of a sidekick. If only they could get the hottest Hollywood film director to notice them. With a few madcap ideas and a song in their heart, the Teen Titans head to Tinsel Town, certain to pull off their dream. But when the group is radically misdirected by a seriously super villain and his maniacal plan to take over the Earth, things really go awry. The team finds their friendship and their fighting spirit failing, putting the very fate of the Teen Titans themselves on the line.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Teen Titans Go! To the Movies is such a hilarious film. During the premier at the Chinese Theatre, the laughs echoed around the room. The film stays true to the TV show, with inside jokes about Robin's baby hands and beautiful butt. Even with those things from the TV show, the film still makes sense if you haven't watched the show before. And, there are new things for people who have watched the TV show.

This film is about the Teen Titans trying to get their own movie in order to become official superheroes. To do that, they need an arch nemesis and they come across Slade (Will Arnett). This causes them to get a movie deal with Jade Wilson (Kristen Bell) who has some ulterior motives.

As an original viewer of the TV show, I can tell you that it's classic Teen Titans with many added aspects. One of which is the songs. There are occasional songs in the TV show, but this movie is jam packed with amazing songs by Jared Faber that help keep it interesting and move the story along. They are so catchy that I could hear people singing them as they left the theatre. The jokes in this film only make it better. This film just keeps you laughing throughout and at the edge of your seat with all the action.

The cast is really spectacular! They have the original five from the TV show - Tara Strong (Raven), Greg Cipes (Beast Boy), Khary Payton (Cyborg), Hynden Walch (Starfire) and Scott Menville (Robin). They also have a couple of new voices, including Kristen Bell (Jade Wilson), Will Arnett (Slade), Nicolas Cage (Superman), Stan Lee (Stan Lee), Halsey (Wonder Woman) and Lil Yachty (Green Lantern) who also does a remix of Go! My favorite character would have to be Beast Boy, because he is so hilarious and is always there for all the Titans. My favorite line is Robin's catchphrase, "Crack an egg on it... ca caw!" It's just so ridiculously funny and random.

The message of this film is the classic: "You don't have to be super to be a superhero, you just have to be yourself." I give this film 5 out of 5 stars, because it kept me laughing and smiling for an hour and a half. I recommend it for ages 7 to 14, because the jokes are more geared to older audiences, with some really more for adults. Check it out when it opens, July 27, 2018.

By Dariana Alvarez, KIDS FIRST Film Critic, age 12

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 7-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


FAMOUS LITTLE GIRLS

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FAMOUS LITTLE GIRLS
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Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 5-10
Topic - Family
Description - Jenny is a 7 years old girl that is suffering bullying at school. Her life changes after she starts to dream of little girls - her fanciful version of famous, powerful women that she is reading about - visiting and talking to her.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The best thing about this film is its story line which empowers women. I like how it explains that women don't have to wear skirts or wear makeup in order to make men happy. I think many children would benefit from watching this movie.

Although the young performers are quite adorable, their performances are a tad lackluster. However, they speak clearly, which is a plus. The audio and video aspect has some quality issues. At times, there is a lot of background noise and sometimes the actors lines are lost. The camera work is pretty good. The sets, costumes, hair and make up are extraordinary, particularly for the historical characters. Kudos to the production team for executing those so well. The film has good structure and makes sense. It has good continuity, age appropriate vocabulary and a topic suitable for its target audience.

I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 10. Reviewed by Dariana A., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
Runtime: 18 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-10
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


DREAM BIG: ENGINEERING OUR WORLD

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DREAM BIG: ENGINEERING OUR WORLD       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
SHOUT! FACTORY
Series: DOCUMENTARY, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - Narrated by Academy Award� winner Jeff Bridges, DREAM BIG: Engineering Our World is a first film of its kind for IMAX� and giant screen theaters that will transform how we think about engineering. From the Great Wall of China and the world's tallest buildings to underwater robots, solar cars and smart, sustainable cities, DREAM BIG celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small, and shows how engineers push the limits of innovation in unexpected and amazing ways. With its inspiring stories of human grit and aspiration, and extraordinary visuals for the world's largest screens, DREAM BIG reveals the compassion and creativity that drive engineers to create better lives for people and a more sustainable future for us all. DREAM BIG is a MacGillivray Freeman film produced in partnership with American Society of Civil Engineers and presented by Bechtel Corporation.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This documentary is extremely educational and filled with a lot of information about engineering. I enjoyed the narration by Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges and found the different scenes quite amazing! The scenery is my favorite thing about this film. I also enjoyed the background music and the inspirational stories by all the different engineers. Overall, this is enlightening, inspirational and quite interesting. I like how it shows that engineering really makes a difference in our lives. My grandfather, who was an engineer, would have loved this film. That being said, I think kids may get a bit bored after a while, unless engineering is something that really interests them and they want to learn more about it. I wanted to love it, but have to admit, even I was a bit bored about half way through, because there is a lot of information. I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18 and anyone who is interested in learning more about engineering and all its wonders. Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This film is really informational and the camera shots are amazing. The only drawback is that it gets a bit boring after a while. There is so much information that isn't all that interesting. This documentary would really appeal to those interested in architecture and engineering.

The film reveals stories about different engineers who all want to make the world a better place. They create buildings that won't collapse in earthquakes and build bridges across rivers so people can get to school. It shows that engineering is an occupation that can really impact the world and make it a safer place.

Jeff Bridges, as narrator of the film, has the sort of deep voice that suits the documentary. Some of the information seems a bit random and doesn't enhance the story. The best parts for me are when they tell the back stories of peoples' lives and how difficult they are. After the engineers help them, I love seeing them so happy and having easier lives. Those are things that inspire people to want to become engineers.

I have to say, the camera shots and angles are truly amazing. They capture massive cities and buildings beautifully. There is obviously lots of effort that went into editing this film and adding suitable background music. These all really help the viewer picture engineering as an art, that is very helpful. They show majestic buildings that glow at night, roller coasters that give so much happiness and thrills, and bridges that help you access high areas and look down at the scenery or up at the beautiful stars.

My favorite scene is definitely the story about the engineers building a bridge across a river so kids could get to their school. Before the bridge, they literally risked their lives getting to school. Many people have drowned in the river, but they crossed it everyday in order to get an education. After the bridge is built everyone, including the children, is extremely excited and relieved. They are dancing, playing music and getting to school without risking their lives or getting wet. The bridge changed their lives.

The moral of this film is that engineering is a profession that helps people. This film shows that engineering is interesting and rewarding. However, I did find parts of it a bit boring, with the exhaustive information. I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages of 11 to 18, as well as adults. If you are interested in engineering, you will definitely enjoy this documentary. It is available now on DVD so check it out.

By Jolleen M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13

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


PECK - A LONELY, LITTLE LOVEBIRD DOWN UNDER

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PECK - A LONELY, LITTLE LOVEBIRD DOWN UNDER
REMI NICOLE
Series: BOOK, AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - A little lovebird named Peck lives happily in Australia with his animal friends until he starts to feel like he is the only one without someone to share his life with. Peck decides he must travel to a faraway land to find what he seeks, but he learns through his many adventures that there is so much fun in the journey along the way.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a simple story with likable characters and engaging illustrations. Peck is a likable character and the illustrations are quite lovely. It's a simple story and appropriate for younger children who will enjoy Peck and the images. It has a nice message about meeting new people. But, the ending is bit surprising since you may think that Peck will find someone to really become his friend. The ending is not a strong which is slightly disappointing. The beginning and middle flow really well. It does make sense and is suitable for the target audience. There is nothing inappropriate or out of place. Peck feels lonely and got on a search to find someone to love. Most of the characters he meets are pleasant, except for a jealous Bee. Young children could be asked what does Peck learn by going out on his own? The illustrations fit the story and are quite eye-catching. There is a message that the main character realizes he won't be lonely because there are new creatures to meet. There is also a subtle message that you don't have to find someone just like you to not be lonely. I'm not sure if it will motivate kids of the target age to further action or inquiry. However, I think they will get the subtle message. It certainly meets and exceeds the KIDS FIRST! criteria, is appealing and engaging. I recommend this for ages 3 through 6 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
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KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $ 2.99
Media: Book


MUCHOKIDS: GALAXIA AND HER QUEST TO SAVE THE UNIVERSE

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MUCHOKIDS: GALAXIA AND HER QUEST TO SAVE THE UNIVERSE
MUCHOKIDS
Series: BOOK, AGES 8-12
Topic - Family
Description - Thee Book of Azbel, whispered in fable across the universe as the key to all knowledge and magic. The Book was kept safe by Galaxia on Amethyst, a world of beautiful, rare minerals and kind people. But one fateful night, Alekko, a mysterious boy and force of destruction beyond compare came looking for it and left Galaxia's planet in pieces. Now, with Alekko hot on her trail, Galaxia must assemble a team to help protect The Book and save the universe. Let the adventures begin!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This story is wonderfully engaging. I love the descriptions. It left me wanting to read more about Galaxia and Kazar and hear more about the Muchokids that Galaxia was starting to form. The story is only the beginning, so I do not know how it will all end and whether Galaxia will save planet Earth. The two main characters are excellent role models. It has a great story line about space. Children will find it entertaining and will want to know if Earth will be saved by the Muchokids in future chapters. The story flows well and makes sense. I was a bit uncertain about Galaxia being on her own, but other than that it makes sense and has a great plot. The vocabulary and the subject matter are suitable for the target age and there is no violence or bad language.�The storyline demonstrates a keen It friendship and trust between Kazar and Galaxia. I like when Kazar could have stolen The Book from Galaxia, but decides not to do so because he realizes the consequences and makes the best choice.�I like all the characters, but especially Galaxia. It has great illustrations which add a lot to the book. I would have loved to see even more. Perhaps in subsequent volumes, the author will consider that. Ultimately, this has excellent entertainment value as well as pro-social messages about trust and friendship. I am not sure it will motivate children to further action, but I do feel very strongly that they will want to read more about Galaxia and Kazar and the Muchokids. I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 7 thru 12. Personally, I would like to see more about the Muchokids.
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KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 5.99
Media: Book


CAMP ANDYLAND

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CAMP ANDYLAND
ANDYLAND MUSIC
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 5-8
Topic - Family
Description - Strikingly crafted pop songs for kids, with stick-in-your-head lyrics and catchy melodies - plus a memorable cast of characters that bring kids into Andy's world, taking them on a musical adventure. The camp every kid will want to go to.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Lets go to Camp Andyland or camp in general or stay at home and listen to the CD! This CD is well produced and entertaining. If your busy schedule does not allow you to take your valuable time and refresh and renew at a Camp near you, then sit back, relax and listen to the infectiously fun Camp Andyland - a world inhabited by zany dinosaurs, not-so-scary pirates and a host of other silly sausages! The songs are engaging, delightful adventures that will tickle your ear lobes - and we all need that - so make a date to have some fun and sing-a-long with your new found friends at Camp Andyland! The character voices are quite engaging as are the different musical styles and fun kid-friendly topics. I predict lots of fun and participation from young audiences as they experience the quirky adventures and music. This exemplifies good songwriting skills, terrific use of tempo and instrumentation and very experienced kid-friendly content. Explore and learn about the many wondrous things in this big wide world! Andy respectfully connects to the kids, because he still retains the joys of the child within. He has a handle on what kids like and respond to and doesn't talk down them, but leans in to their level. This is a professional recording all around. Andy does most of the heavy lifting on vocals, instruments and character voices and the recording quality is well done. I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 8. Reviewed by John W., KIDS FIRST! Adult Music Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Are you ready for camp? Sit back, relax and listen to the upbeat, feel-good music to cheer you up! Let's take a trip with Camp Andy, the camp every kid will want to go, with true joy from beginning to end. I perfectly love tuning in, singing and grooving to the songs. This collection of appealing, remarkable fun, lovely adventures is produced, arranged and engineered by Andy Z.

This CD is filled with strikingly crafted pop songs for kids, stick-in-your-head lyrics and catchy melodies - plus, a memorable cast of characters that bring kids into Andy Z's world. This infectious collection of songs contains many from the popular AndyLand series such as "Welcome to AndyLand," "Return to AndyLand" and "Summer in AndyLand."

This collection includes 16 songs, each with a catchy melody and memorable lyrics. I must say, it's an astonishing set of songs. Each song puts you into the camp vibe. Plus, the memorable cast of characters brings kids into Andy Z's world. You can see Andy's creativity and imagination in each song. This whole CD definitely kept me engaged from the beginning to the end.

My favorite song is definitely "I Went to a Party with Dinosaurs," because the lyric are outstandingly funny. This song certainly gave me a laugh-out-loud moment. The rhymes have a way of making you giggle. For example, here's one of my favorites lyrics: "I went on over to say 'hello' and he almost bit off my nose." That rhyme shows why it made me laugh like crazy. The song brings has a professional vibe with its high pitch instruments and great vocals.

Who is Andy Z? Andy is the creator of Camp AndyLand and all its humorous songs. He is an multiple award-winning children's performer, singer, songwriter and educator who combines music, movement, storytelling and character puppets to create a experience that capture children's attention.

I believe the whole family will enjoy this musical collection and kids will enjoy the funny, kid-friendly, exciting, intriguing set of songs. I give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 8. This CD is now available online and at discriminating music stores.

By Nathalia J., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 9
Runtime: 34 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-8
Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.98
Media: AUDIO


HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: SUMMER VACATION

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HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: SUMMER VACATION       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT
Series: FEATURE, AGES 6-18
Topic - Family
Description - Mavis surprises Dracula with a family voyage on a luxury Monster Cruise Ship so he can take a vacation from providing everyone else's vacation at the hotel. The rest of Drac's Pack cannot resist going along. But once they leave port, romance arises when Dracula meets the mysterious ship Captain, Ericka. Now it's Mavis' turn to play the overprotective parent, keeping her dad and Ericka apart. Little do they know that his "too good to be true" love interest is actually a descendant of Abraham Van Helsing, ancient nemesis to Dracula and all other monsters.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This comedy film had me laughing the entire time with all the ways the creatures are portrayed and how the director, Genndy Tartakovsky, manages to bring them to life through the exceptional animations. I love how all the actors resonate with their creature, making it sound natural and fitting. I was excited waiting for this movie to come out since it is the third film in the Hotel Transylvania series. I have seen the previous films and, when I found out there was going to be a sequel, I practically counted the days to the premiere.

The story follows the monster family embarking a vacation on a monster cruise ship. They mostly go so that Drac can take a summer vacation from providing everyone else vacations at his hotel. The whole pack starts to have fun by getting involved in all of the activities the cruise has to offer such as monster volleyball, excursions and tanning. But, the amazing vacation turns into a nightmare when Mavis realizes her father likes Ericka, the captain of the ship, who she suspects to be hiding something from Drac and his family.

My favorite scene is when Ericka, the captain of the ship, welcomes all the guests and informs everyone that the first time that a monster cruise has been created. Because monsters are not allowed to live and socialize with people that are not monsters, they have had the opportunity to take a cruise before. I like this scene because, in it the variety of creatures are shown and I was amazed at the creative animations that the creators designed and brought to life.

The important message of this film is that letting go of old grudges and being open to changes in your life are very important. This film is a reminder that one has to honor the past, but be willing to allow new aspects to take place in your life. For example, since his mother's death, Drac has never fallen for anyone else. But when the family arrives for the cruise, the head of the pack starts having feelings for someone else, making it weird for the rest of the family. As time progresses, Mavis, her daughter and the rest of the family accept the fact that they have to let go of the past and be open to new changes in their lives. I recommend this film for ages 5 to 18 and I rate this 5 out of 5 stars. This film opens in theaters July 13, 2018 so look for it.

Reviewed by Alejandra G., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation is an entertaining animated film filled with unique creativity. Wonderful voice acting and a distinctive animation style separate this from the majority of animated films. This is sure to be a worthwhile watch for all families.

The movie follows Dracula (Adam Sandler) as his boring hotel business and lack of love continue to bring him down. Wanting to bring back his joy, daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez) surprises Dracula and the rest of his best friend-monster pack with an adventurous monster cruise. Initially angered by this, Dracula slowly begins enjoying himself and even finds a new crush in the mysterious yet charming cruise captain Ericka (Kathryn Hahn). However, things take a left turn when former nemesis Abraham Van Helsing (Jim Gaffigan) hunts the cruise, threatening the lives of all monsters aboard.

Adam Sandler, as Dracula, is my favorite character as his transformation to being his old adventurous self is well-presented. His love for his daughter and kind acceptance of humans also provide for a nice central message. Selena Gomez, as Mavis, continues to shine by providing an equally strong father-daughter bond with Dracula. Kevin James, as Frankenstein, greatly presents a dumbfound friend to Dracula whose deteriorating body assures for some inventive comedy. Steve Buscemi, as Wayne/Wolfman, regales with his signature voice highlighting the character's parenting struggles with his many cubs. David Spade, as Griffin/Invisible Man, equally entertains despite not having a corporeal form. Last but not least, Keegan Michael-Kay, as Murray/ Mummy, completes the pack with his unique, child-like nature. Kathryn Hahn, as Ericka, adeptly portrays her mysterious past and interesting attraction for Dracula. Jim Gaffigan, as Abraham Van Helsing, exhibits a new take on the legend monster hunter.

Genddy Tartakovsky brings out his zany and fast-paced direction in new ways. In spite of that, this is nowhere as memorable and groundbreaking as his other works, such as Samurai Jack and Dexter's Laboratory. My favorite scene is the opening one which quickly introduces us to the Dracula-Van Helsing rivalry and sets the stage for a grand adventure. The biggest flaw in the movie is that some of the humor comes across as farcical and this could dissuade adults from watching. Also, the plot is rather one-note and forgettable, especially when compared to the standard of Tartakovsky's other work.

The movie's message is to never discriminate against a person based on their looks and instead, appreciate them for who they are. I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 6 to 18. The movie releases in theaters on July 13, 2018, so check it out.

Reviewed by Arjun N., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 6-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


TREASURE HUNT

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TREASURE HUNT
RUSTY RHODES
Series: STUDENT FEATURE, AGES 8-13
Topic - Family
Description - Three desperate treasure hunters form an uneasy partnership to find hidden bank robbery loot. The difficulty of their quest escalates each moment because the married couple might lose their home, the wife doesn't trust her philandering cousin, there's a desperado in hot pursuit, and someone plans a betrayal.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Treasure Hunt is a pretty decent film, especially considering that it is essentially a student project. The story follows Lily, her husband Earnest and estranged cousin Sadie as they try to find a hidden wealth of money from a bank heist. I enjoyed some parts of the film and others not so much. The locations are really well selected. They really tried to capture the old west. The soundtrack is pretty good. It tries to deliver typical western songs with guitars and other instruments and accomplishes it quite well. The most appealing thing has to be the story which has a good heart to it. Most children will enjoy the old west theme. The story flows well. It does drag at times, but not too badly. It is easy to follow and makes a good deal of sense. Some of the language might go over the heads of younger kids. I need to discuss the acting in this film. In some parts the acting is fine, but in other parts it lacks emotion. For example, in one part it seems as if Sadie has betrayed Lily and Earnest. Then we discover it's a ruse when Lily, who has been angry at Sadie for a long time, delivers lines expressing her love for Sadie. But, the lines are delivered really flatly.

Overall, it is an okay film. Considering that it was created by the Christian Youth Film Society and that both the cast and crew are students who have attended their camps and workshops, I have to give the filmmaker credit for creating a credible product. It isn't completely mind-blowing, but it is entirely watchable. I believe it is most suitable for a student film festival since, the key above and below the line talent are all students (the youngest being 11 years old). I give this 3.5 out of 5 Stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 13.
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Runtime: 90 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-13
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


FOLKTALE

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FOLKTALE
AJITESH SHARMA
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - A young Indian boy's idea of heroism depicted in fables is challenged in the real world as he takes up a journey with his little Russian friend, who he believes is a fairy.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is truly a wonderful, heartfelt short film with wonderful music and actors. If you believe in magic, you'll love this film. It is a cool example of how storytelling can transport you to a happier world!

An Indian boy named Prince Veer is seemingly hypnotized by a blonde-haired Russian girl, Masha. Prince Veer's wooden sword that he carries around is his constant reminder that life is truly an adventure, with many opportunities to be a hero.

The production quality is terrific, from the camera work to the background music to the editing. I didn't want this film to end. It truly exemplifies excellence in filmmaking and is quite appropriate to a youth and family audience. Coming from India, it offers the viewer the opportunity to glimpse into the world of another culture. The dialogue is in both English and Hindi, with the latter sub-titled. I like the use of slow-motion and the distant shots.

There is simplicity in the lives of these villagers and we see the children playing simple games. I enjoyed the emphasis on the trees in Veer's village. They serve as a fun place to hang out with friends to relax. They use some simple 2D animation to portray Dada's stories. These moving images help convey the sense of far-flung travel, magic and mystical characters. There are sweeping scenes of the beautiful mountainside where Veer believes God resides.

My favorite part is when Veer plunges his sword into the rocky terrain as a way of praying for the rains to return to his village. It's almost an Excalibur kind of moment. The spiritual message is that, despite our struggles, God is always there to help everyone. It's very important to keep the faith! Dreams can come true, if you make special sacrifices such as giving up your precious warrior's sword! You must understand that dreams may take a while to come true. They can turn into stories for future generations to enjoy. Dreams are what legends are made of!

I wholeheartedly recommend this film for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12. Reviewed by Jeff M. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Jurors.
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Runtime: 23 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


GRIZZY AND THE LEMMINGS- TELEPORTATION'S THE WAY TO GO!

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GRIZZY AND THE LEMMINGS- TELEPORTATION'S THE WAY TO GO!
JOSSELIN CHARIER
Series: FOREIGN ANIMATED SHORT, AGES 6-12
Topic - Family
Description - As soon as the Forest Ranger is away, GRIZZY feels it's only natural that the Ranger Station becomes his territory. And no other animal dares to contest this privilege. Except the LEMMINGS! They are small, but there are a lot of them - and they want their share of the Eldorado! Grizzy finds two identical vases that are actually communicating vessels in a Native American Indian chest. If he sticks his hand in one, it comes out the other, regardless of the distance between them. This should satisfy Grizzy's natural lazy streak, unless the Lemmings realize the incredible games they could play with the magic vases. by Victor Moulin, graduate of Supinfocom in France.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Very well executed piece of animation. I would love to see other episodes of this series. It has a bit of gratuitous cartoon violence, but nothing replicable per se. The storyline follows the antics of a greedy bear and a group of lemmings who seem to thwart his plans at every turn. It's bright, colorful, has good background music and is well constructed. The most interesting part is the ending which you will have to watch to find out what it entails. I recommend it for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival, for ages 6 to 12 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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Runtime: 7 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 6-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


NATURE CAT: ONWARD AND PONDWARD
PBS DISTRIBUTION
Series: DVD, AGES 5-10
Topic - Family
Description - Streams, swamps, ponds, and more! Go Onward and Pondward with everyone's favorite backyard explorer extraordinaire, Nature Cat! Along with his friends Hal, Squeeks, and Daisy, the team learns where a stream begins and explores new environments along the way. These are a few of the seven fun-filled outdoor adventures you do not want to miss! Tally Ho!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This fun and educational DVD includes ?seven stories about Nature Cat and his friends Hal,? ?Squeeks and Daisy. I like that ?it ?teaches about things such as where a stream begins and ends and really focuses on Earth Day. I have to say that the Earth Day episodes ?are my favorite?. I love how it shows how bad plastic bags ?are for the environment. Children will love the silly characters, fun music and ?all the adventures. It truly explores nature and encourage?s? children to go out?, explore and have their own adventures in ?nature. I give this 4.5 out of 5 ?stars and recommend it for ages 3 to 7. It is thoroughly engaging, entertaining and educational. There are no major extras on the DVD?,? but there are previews of other DVD?s. Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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Runtime: 80 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.99
Media: DVD
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THOMAS EDISON'S SECRET LAB: IT'S ALWAYS SHARKEST (2018)       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 8 - 15
Topic - Family
Description - Unknown to the world, Thomas Edison built a secret lab where he invented a virtual version of himself and a steampunk robot named Von Bolt. Years later, Angie, a twelve-year-old science prodigy, discovers the lab. Join Angie and friends as they learn and explore a variety of science topics from a shark s sense of smell to plants and pollinator s roles to radioactive decay to DNA and more! While visiting one of Kent s relatives, the kids come up with a great idea for attracting more tourists to his restaurant - the only catch is that it also attracts a very big shark with very big teeth! What will the Secret Lab Kids do? Guided by fun-loving Edison, Angie and friends will show just how fun science can be!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a great DVD! Watching this team of kids makes you see the value of science and helping others. They provide positive role models for the viewer as you see them think, behave as friends and students of science. I appreciate the mentions of Thomas Edison and Charles Darwin, as well as others. Watching this made me want to learn more, so I imagine young children will feel inspired to discover "scientific motives" to resolve issues in their everyday lives. This DVD made me think, laugh and want massive amounts of garlicky fried chicken! I really appreciate the music video that informs kids about the real dangers of sharks, while teaching about them, their DNA and what makes them hunt thousand of miles a year for food. The Secret Lab kids tackle problems, transform a business owner, and benefit their community in a big way. They are very smart and friendly. They travel through a teleport, shrink in size and have a very cool yet informative chat with Thomas Edison.

Sharks are one of the most popular types of fish, but they're dangerous too. Learning about them, in an informative but not as scary way, is fun. Sharks, science, cartoon characters and lab experiences are all included in this DVD. We see a shark being lured up a mega slide that the kids help build, in hopes for a piece of famous fried chicken. The colors are bright. The motion from the wind gadgets, teleport and even the non-fat garlic butter dripping from the slide look appealing. The only thing I would change, because I am a fan of fried chicken, is to add more of a crunch sound since this chicken is supposedly so good! There is a menu that helps you selecting a certain episode or play everything. The DVD cover shows each episode title as well. There is a bonus segment but I did not see different language options.

This DVD flows well and has tons of educational benefits. I learned that sharks can smell one part of blood per every million parts of water. The social benefits are endless. There are some jokes and phrases that I, as an adult found comical and relatable, such as "ultimate negative vibes." I should mention that some of the characters sound a bit stuffy so it took a replay to hear the names clearly. The music video and breakdown from Charles Darwin to Thomas Edison to Von Bolt provides a helpful recap of scientific terms and facts.

Even if you're not into science, there are plenty of informative, eye-opening, and music moments to enjoy. I recommend it for ages 8 to 12 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. I felt good after watching this movie and I believe kids will too. All I can say is that I want to watch more episodes. Reviewed by Elle S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Thomas Edison's Secret Lab: It's Always Sharkest is an entertaining DVD that helps children find fun in learning about science related topics.

This DVD contains eight episodes. The series follows a group of children who find the famous scientist Thomas Edison's secret lab, where he built a virtual version of himself as well as a robot named Von Bolt. Each episode includes a science related topic that teaches us about things such as DNA or a shark's sense of smell.

This is the second DVD I have watched from this series and, I must say, they are lots of fun. The episodes are very informative and perfect for kids interested in science. There are a couple of different famous scientists that appear in the episodes, including John B. Watson and Charles Darwin. They help teach the kids about the different topics. It's nice seeing a children's DVD that is both funny and informative. There are lots of silly jokes embed throughout the episodes, which makes the episodes much more humorous. I am not in the target age for this DVD, but I would thoroughly enjoy it if I was younger. Believe it or not, I actually learned some things about sharks that I had no idea about! The episodes are short and sweet, which helps hold the audience's attention. Some children's TV shows tend to drag on for a long time, but these episodes are a perfect length at less than 15 minutes long.

I absolutely love the fun songs in this DVD. In each episode, there is a music video at the end of the episode. The songs are very upbeat and usually have a very catchy tune. The songs relate to what is being taught or something that relates to the episode we just watched. The songs bring lots of lightness to the series, which is perfect for a younger audience. The songs definitely will get the kids up and dancing.

The animation brings a lot of character to the show. When animated programs have an overwhelming amount of colors and precision detail, it's difficult for children to focus on what the show is trying to teach. This series has calm, relaxing colors and pretty basic looking characters. I think that helps kids stay focused.

I found this series fun and entertaining. The storylines are interesting. The characters have great personalities. It all makes learning fun. I recommend this DVD for ages 4 to 9 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. This DVD is out now so, look for it.

Reviewed by Talia J., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15

This DVD is a collection of episodes from the slightly odd TV series, Thomas Edison's Secret Lab. It includes lots of science, but makes it interesting enough that you are not be bored. It features Thomas Edison as a hologram, a robot called Van Bolt and kids named JD, Angie, Nicky and Kent.

In each of the eight episodes, the kids find a problem that seems unsolvable such as when their hamster starts growing rapidly in "Mutant Mascot." They go through the Virtual Reality Window, which instantly transports them to a scientist who helps them. They usually end up finding a scientific solution.

Even though the whole series is built upon facts, the unrealistic parts make for some of the appeal. The talking shark in "It's Always Sharkest" is so amusing that you will not care about the strangeness. The giant slime monster in "Slime Time!" is also fun.

The scientific factoids are explained clearly so you will not forget them easily! Unlike actual teachers, the characters do not talking directly to you. I find it easier to learn when I feel "invisible." Other kids might feel this way as well.

I think this is an amazing TV series and DVD of select episodes. It has just the right balance of fact vs. fiction and is chock-full of science. The plots have twists that keep you hooked until the very end! I give this DVD 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 6 to 10. If you are a kid who loves science or a parent who wants your child to learn something, check this out! It's available now in the usual places.

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

Thomas Edison's Secret Lab: It's Always Sharkest is a really good blend of entertaining content mixed with lessons about science. This show is the perfect thing for kids to watch during summer break, because it is entertaining and yet, kids will also learn a lot. I watched this DVD during my summer break and learned a lot from watching it.

Thomas Edison's Secret Lab is an animated TV series that teaches science to kids through entertaining episodes that are filled with adventure and fun. Thomas Edison is a hologram and the main characters can talk to him. The shows are all about science, but they are also funny and have lots of interesting characters who learn about science or are expert scientists. There is a group of kids named Angie, JD, Kent and Nicky who are the stars of the show. They are kids who are just a little bit older than me and work very well as a team, figuring out problems.

In each episode there are different stories and every single one explains how something works. When I watched the shows, I learned how something works or why it happens. The stories taught me a lot and they also have lots of factoids, which I really like. I love factoids! The lessons are very good. I think watching these shows can actually help kids understand what is taught in their science classes in school.

The animation is a bit simple compared to other flashy, animated shows. Also there are music videos between the episodes, which I found a little bit bizarre. But, they sort of wrap up the lesson that was taught in the previous episode.

Even though I learned a lot from this DVD, I also had fun. That is what makes it so easy to watch a bunch of these episodes in a row. This DVD definitely kept me entertained for a long time. I give this DVD 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 6 to 10. It is available on DVD now, so look for it.

By Izzy C., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 9

Thomas Edison's Secret Lab: It's Always Sharkest is an entertaining DVD that helps children find fun in learning about science related topics.

This DVD contains eight episodes. The series follows a group of children who find the famous scientist Thomas Edison's secret lab, where he built a virtual version of himself as well as a robot named Von Bolt. Each episode includes a science related topic that teaches us about things such as DNA or a shark's sense of smell.

This is the second DVD I have watched from this series and, I must say, they are lots of fun. The episodes are very informative and perfect for kids interested in science. There are a couple of different famous scientists that appear in the episodes, including John B. Watson and Charles Darwin. They help teach the kids about the different topics. It's nice seeing a children's DVD that is both funny and informative. There are lots of silly jokes embed throughout the episodes, which makes the episodes much more humorous. I am not in the target age for this DVD, but I would thoroughly enjoy it if I was younger. Believe it or not, I actually learned some things about sharks that I had no idea about! The episodes are short and sweet, which helps hold the audience's attention. Some children's TV shows tend to drag on for a long time, but these episodes are a perfect length at less than 15 minutes long.

I absolutely love the fun songs in this DVD. In each episode, there is a music video at the end of the episode. The songs are very upbeat and usually have a very catchy tune. The songs relate to what is being taught or something that relates to the episode we just watched. The songs bring lots of lightness to the series, which is perfect for a younger audience. The songs definitely will get the kids up and dancing.

The animation brings a lot of character to the show. When animated programs have an overwhelming amount of colors and precision detail, it's difficult for children to focus on what the show is trying to teach. This series has calm, relaxing colors and pretty basic looking characters. I think that helps kids stay focused.

I found this series fun and entertaining. The storylines are interesting. The characters have great personalities. It all makes learning fun. I recommend this DVD for ages 4 to 9 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. This DVD is out now so, look for it.

Reviewed by Talia J., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15
Runtime: 90 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 6.99
Media: DVD


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ALISA KNOWS WHAT TO DO! SEASON 1 (2018)       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Alisa Knows What to Do! Is based on the extremely popular Russian science-fiction novels by famous Russian author Kir Bulychiov about a young girl from the future, Alisa Salazar. This animated series weaves a tale about the adventures of a group of teenagers living at the end of the 21st century. The world has changed yet the burning questions that occupied people at the beginning of the century are still pertinent today. Alisa and her friends not only battle evil and injustice but they are also concerned with global problems like the natural balance, both on the planet and in space.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Based on the Russian science fiction novels by well-known Russian author Kir Bulychiov, this is the story of a young teen form the future (end of 21st century) and her group of friends. The characters are quite unique with their brightly colored outfits, hairstyles and personalities. Kids will enjoy watching them in their adventures. The group of teens go on adventures, solving mysteries and battling evil. The animated series is fun and futuristic and, even has moments of edge of your seat excitement! I really like that this series is not only fun to watch, but also teaches about global problems of today. The group of friends are very concerned with global problems on the planet and in space. I give this 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 7 thru 14. This will be a hit with kids this summer and has over 10 hours of fun that will entertain them. REviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Alisa Knows What to Do: Season 1, directed by Olga Baulina, is an action packed, Star Wars like universe where thrills are around every corner! Each episode seems as if I am watching a movie, with high depths of emotion, mystery, humor, and untold tales. The animation is realistic in some aspects yet surreal in others forming the futuristic universe of a myriad of planets and species.

The story follows a group of five teenagers who can't seem to escape trouble, in or out of school. When their daily actions lead them to trouble, or Alisa becomes entangled in one of her father's scientific cases, they work together to solve the case in front of them. Through a series of hysterical events and intense scenes, each teenager's unique personality plays a role in their exciting victory.

The animation is a combination of a variety of elements because of its realistic yet science fictional story. On Earth, the humans are life-like with their facial features but their hair and outfits are an original, special addition to the teenagers. The city has skyscrapers with soft and circular edges forming distinctive spires. However, these obscure features are contrasted with the familiar bushes and trees decorating the streets. Each episode also consists of a journey to a different planet. On these journeys the clips of space are the most naturalistic, with beautiful hues of all different colors and millions of stars decorating the night like glitter. Once they land on the planet, any familiarity with our world today diminishes and a new surprising and imaginative world is created. These were my favorite parts of the shows because even though there is a world like ours, there are a variety of other ones in this episode which are fascinating and captivating to watch.

Although the story and animation are original and engaging aspects, the dialogue and jokes can be clich� at times which takes away from the story. However, there are an abundance of humorous scenes and dialogue which made me smile and relate to these characters.

The messages of Alisa Knows What to Do: Season 1 are countless but some of the most pertinent are to being different is wonderful, and teamwork can help you in any situation. I give this show 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12. Be sure to check out Alisa Knows What to Do: Season 1 on DVD June 13, 2018.

Reviewed by Sahiba K., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 12.99
Media: CDROM


BLUE TOES

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BLUE TOES
ISOBELLA ANTELIS
Series: STUDENT FILMS 8-16
Topic - Family
Description - Blue Toes is a story that fights to break the rules of gender normative behavior between kids. It follows a young boy named Mickey, who is teased for liking things boys usually don't like. In the beginning we establish that Mickey does not have many friends, and is often alone. The one place where he feels accepted is afterschool with his swim team. He is one of the best swimmers on the team and feels a part of the group. Mickey also has an older sister that helps him express himself whether it be through trying different kinds of makeup, or throwing on an old dress of hers. The point of the story is to show that kids should be accepted, no matter what their interests are, regardless of their gender.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This film gives shy and awkward kids a fair shake. It shows that it's alright to be different. Everyone has something positive to offer, if given a chance or if you look beyond the surface.

Mickey's loving sister really gets what he's about and supports him. She shares her belongings with him and helps him see the lighter side of life, even though he doesn't act like a traditional boy. She accepts him for what he is.

There is one funny scene where Mickey is hiding under his bed sheet with his flashlight on. His sister knocks on his head to ask if she can come in. It's a fun way to see how siblings can comfort each other when life gets tough.

My favorite part of this film is when Mickey's black team mate, with his toes painted purple, sits down next to Mickey and cracks a good-natured joke. It's great to see Mickey smile and feel accepted. If only life's differences could be solved by accepting the color of each other's toes!

The message of this film is to treat all people with respect, despite our differences. It brings to light that everyone has their own unique way of being in the world. To stigmatize any one based on their outward behavior only builds walls among people. Acceptance is the theme and I applaud it. Recommend this film for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival because it can be a good discussion starter on the topic of tolerance. I give this film 4 out of 5 stars. I recommend it for ages 8 to 16. Reviewed by Jeff M. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Jurors.
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Runtime: 11 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
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PIGTAILS

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PIGTAILS
CAITLYN CHASE
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 2-12
Topic - Family
Description - A pig in a pet store only wants to be adopted, but doesn't realize he only needs to be himself to do it. Directed by Caitlyn Chase, graduate of Huntington University.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Too cute. Great message, lovely 2D animation. I love this short film. It's message is so on target for kids and families. Be yourself. There is someone out there who will appreciate you for exactly who you are. Love comes from the most unexpected places sometimes. Lovely background music, lovely concept. Highly recommended for ages 2 to 12. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 3 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-12
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Media: VIDEO


FEARLESS AND FLUFFY

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FEARLESS AND FLUFFY
DILPREET KAUR WALIA
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - The friendly Grim Reaper Junior is not a chip off the old block, leaving his dad open to being hoodwinked by the evil Birthday Candlewicks.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This screen play is not what I expected and I mean that in a good way! The ones I thought would be bad are the good guys and the ones I thought would be good...are bad. This is a refreshing change! I really like the imagination and creativity of the characters and the story line and could see this as a movie that tweens and teens would enjoy. I recommend it for ages 8 through 18. I also like that it is entertaining but has a message about not changing for others and being yourself. I give this 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
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Media: Screenplay


MINNIE NOIR

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MINNIE NOIR
KATIE GROTZINGER
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 5-8
Topic - Family
Description - Minnie Hughes is a hardboiled noir detective that also just so happens to also be the shortest girl in the fourth grade. When a candidate for class president's show and tell South African ostrich egg goes missing, Minnie jumps on the case. Meanwhile, she also deals with her best friend Lincoln Park feeling under appreciated after she calls him her secretary and struggles with asking her crush, Vijay Sampat, a kind of male femme fatale, to be her dance partner for gym class.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The script was enjoyable to read. The term Film Noir (French for suspense film) is most likely a double-entendre since the main character is African-American and is a mystery solver. Strengths- Multicultural cast of characters, main character is an African-American female, which is unusual for any story. Weaknesses - One character is a bit stereotyped. Yes because the WHODUNIT mystery theme is very universal and the school setting makes it relatable to most viewers. Theme- Helping another out in a time of crisis and helping them receive justice. In an increasingly terrifying world and last years headlines exposing injustices against women, Kids need to know that they can attain control over some situations and feel empowered. Plot and Structure- Narrative Logic: A good example is when the viewer can sense that Minnie will get to dance with Vijay when in gym class by the end of the story. Emotional Impact: the best example is when the viewer wonders where Minnie's parents are (or what happened to them) at the synopsis' conclusion. Dramatic drive: a good example is when Vijay kicks open the bathroom door and Dash appears with a bloodied nose. Structure of the storyline: Introduction of characters and story, mystery to be solved, finding the culprit, and conclusion are clear and straightforward. Characters and dialogue: Minnie is the most thoroughly developed character because she is the main protagonist. She is quick-witted and adept, yet comes across as bashful to her crush Vijay, and is annoyed/irritated by her ally in crime-solving, Lincoln. The characters, such as Lincoln and Dash, are not as fully drawn out. They can be described as geeky and devious, respectively. Dialogue- an example of the wittiness, humor, and power in the dialogue includes Lincoln injecting comments at Minnie which irritates/annoy her, but makes the audience laugh. Rhythm/ pace: script does not seem to lag and is easy to read from beginning to end, making it a good film production choice (viewers would not zone out.) Tone of script is light-heartedness. Narrative voice: Minnie is the type of character who is driven and will fight for justice of the deserved and will not stop until she finds the justice. Nothing will get in her way. Highly recommended for ages 5-8. Reviewed by Kimberly M., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-8
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Screenplay


FEET OF FIRE

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FEET OF FIRE
AMANDA ABICALAFFE
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - When a fiery pair of red dance shoes unleash a burning passion for contemporary dance, an obedient ballerina stands up to her cold controlling mother in order to become her new true self.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - What a shining example of independence and assertion at an early age! The young dancer, Amelia, proves that what's in your heart is what matters most. It is refreshing to see a child take a stand against an overbearing parent.

We see the control-freak mom lose her balance when she tries on some old ballet slippers. She gets teary eyed when she realizes she can no longer perform and rigidly expects her daughter to follow in her footsteps. Then, the mother turns to booze and screaming when she finds evidence that her daughter is finding her own way. I wanted to cheer when Amelia shows signs of independence and daring, borrowing the red dance shoes, brushing her own hair and putting on her own makeup. The French-speaking dance instructor seems very realistic.

This is well produced with good video and audio. It is well cast. The young protagonist dances well and is suited for this role. The mother is also quite believable. At times the lighting could use some work as the images are very flat at times.

My favorite part of this film is when the heel of one red shoe breaks off, at the start of Amelia's audition. It makes you wonder if her mom is trying to sabotage her daughter's future. Jealousy and anger rear their ugly heads, inside the mom's private world. At the same time, the girl's performance truly breaks out of the boundaries she has been held back by.

The message is how restricting it can be to live someone else's dreams. It is better to be brave and reach for one's own stars. There is also a darker message that resorting to drinking does not solve one's problems.

I highly recommend this for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. You can tell that the creator is a dancer because of the insight she provides. I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8-18. Reviewed by Jeff M. and Julie S. KIDS FIRST! Adult Jurors.
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Runtime: 19 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


PIGJUICE

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PIGJUICE
CASEY LAING
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 8-12
Topic - Family
Description - A young girl fights to save her town from an evil farmer who wants to transform it into a giant pig farm, while rediscovering her mother, who died when she was just a baby.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This screenplay is very engaging. It has great characters, a story line that flows well and a happy ending. I also like the subtle way a young girl and her father are able to bond over the past death of the mom / wife in a more positive way. The dialogue is natural and realistic and I can see this on a big screen. There are few grammar and spelling mistakes and over all it is entertaining and has lessons to be learned.

The characters are my favorite, especially Emma and her dad Basil. The dialogue is done well and, although it is a bit predictable at times, it does hold your interest. I wanted to keep reading to discover how it ends. The one weakness is that I wasn't quite sure how the bad guy ended up with the winning pig that belonged to someone else. I suspect that he paid Percy's father for it but would have liked for this to be clearer.

I believe it has commercial potential and like that there is a soundtrack and descriptions of the scenes. It's a realistic theme that resonates with today's environment, where the rich and powerful try to own everything, yet it ends well. It does have conflict and resolution, and the story line is done quite well. It flows well and the characters are natural and realistic. It has a bad guy but he actually changes at the end, which is a nice twist.

I liked how well the dialogue is formed and how natural it seems. It fits the characters and flows well.

I like that one of the main characters, Emma is persistent and does not give up easily. She is a good role model. I also like that the rich and powerful do not always win.

Kids could be asked what they learned from the story and who their favorite character is and why?

I would possibly make it a little more straight forward about how Bulbous Swigbottom (what a name!) gets hold of the pig that wins. Did he steal it or did he pay for it?

I found very few grammar and spelling mistakes. On page 11 there is one sentence that needs correction: She is doesn't seem to know anyone. But, over all there are few mistakes. YES ! Highly recommended. It meets or exceeds the KIDS FIRST! criteria, is appealing and engaging.
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KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
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Media: Screenplay


HARVIE AND THE MAGIC MUSEUM

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HARVIE AND THE MAGIC MUSEUM
MARTIN KOTIK
Series: FOREIGN FEATURE, AGES 5-18
Topic - Family
Description - Harvie is a smart but a bit lively boy with one ambition, to finish the last level of his computer game. Once in the Gamers Hall of Fame, his absent-minded father, Mr. Spejbl, would finally be proud of him. But finishing the game turns out to be only the start of a real adventure that takes Harvie, his dog Jerry, and his friend Monica deep into the forgotten realms of the city's old puppet museum.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I thoroughly enjoyed this wonderfully animated film from the Czech Republic. The animation style is outstanding and sure to garner the attention of kids as well as adults. As for Harvie's adventures, it will have you wanting more adventures such as this one from Harvie and his friends. In the beginning, Harvie seems like a typical, somewhat spoiled kid who is rather gamer addicted. He does what he wants without listening to anyone else, even his friends and father. However, in the end, he realizes that he is wrong and steps up to the plate. His dedication to saving his father and the entire city shows that ultimately, he is well intentioned. This film teaches a very important lesson about selflessness and determination. The colorful expression of this animated piece makes it fun and entertaining, with little quirks that will make you laugh. The storyline flows well. The concept and presentation are suitable for the target age. The special effects are highly entertaining and fun to watch. The quality of the film is outstanding. I recommend this for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival for ages 5-18, as well as adults, and give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Raquel Y., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This movie features a very animation style that any audience is sure to enjoy. It will have you wanting more adventures such as this one from Harvie, and his friends. The call to action in this film is heavily influential. Harvie's dedication to saving his father and the entire city shows great characteristics that everyone should foster. This film teaches a very important lesson about selflessness and determination through colorful expression which made it fun to watch. I believe any child would enjoy this because it teaches an important lesson through colorful expression. The storyline flows well. The material is suitable for the target age. The special effects are highly entertaining and fun to watch. The quality of the film enhances as the screen gets bigger, watching it the first time on my phone, and then again on my laptop, the images became more defined. I recommend this for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival for ages 5-18 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Raquel Y., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 85 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-19
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


LAND OF WOGE, THE

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LAND OF WOGE, THE
UNITED AUBURN INDIAN COMMUNITY MEDIA
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 4-8
Topic - Family
Description - In a time before humans inhabited the Earth, the animals could talk to each other. They taught each other through music and dance. Led by Little Big, of the Big Foot clan, the animals of the Redwood Forest teach each other how to be kind and caring. "The Land of Woge" is an educational children's TV program based off an old Native American legend: An ancient space creature comes to Earth to teach the plant people, rock people, and animals about the humans who would be arriving to Earth. The show is geared towards young children, ages 2-6, and focuses on teaching about gratitude. The show is musically charged, with lots of fun song and dance numbers, as well as encourages reading skills, cultural appreciation, and social intelligence skills.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The Land of Woge is a simple yet heartfelt short that teaches kids pro-social values. Jack Kohler writes, directs and produces this film. He is a member of the Hoopa Valley Tribe and has worked with young people for some time. As a Native filmmaker, he has garnered many prestigious awards for his work, including working with young talent.

This educational show is based on an old Native American legend and focuses on teaching gratitude. The story follows a group of animals, which are actors in animal costumes, to learn life lessons. For example, in one scenario, Mouse is afraid of Sasquatch because he has heard stories about how mean and scary Sasquatch is. However, Mouse discovers that Sasquatch is exactly the opposite. This story teaches kids not to stereotype people, which is a great lesson to learn at a young age.

This film definitely has a good heart. It wants to teach viewers to respect the earth as well as other life lessons. Some of the vocabulary might be over the heads of younger kinds, but they would still get the core message. The sound track is quite well done and the cinematography is pretty good, for the most part. It's primarily shot outdoors and the setting is quite suitable for the show. One problem with the show is the acting by the child actors. At times, they seem to be reciting their lines but they don't seem to "live them." The music is well suited to the show and quite original.

For a low budget film, it truly strives to step up to the plate. And, it definitely has a heart behind it, which you can see in every scene. I recommend this film to the KIDS FIRST! Film Critic with the caveat that, the programmer needs to remember that the performers are not professional actors so, but the message is superb.

I give this film 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 to 8. Reviewed by Angel U., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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Runtime: 26 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-8
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


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MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC: RARITY       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
SHOUT! FACTORY
Series: DVD, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Friendship Is In Fashion! welcome to the Carousel Boutique, home of Ponyville's own fashionista -- not to mention Spike's #1 crush -- Rarity! But in addition to being up-to-date on the latest trends and styles, Rarity is particularly known for her generosity. See for yourself, as Rarity, along with her best friends, Twilight Sparkle, Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash, Applejack, Fluttershy and, of course, Spike, prepare for the Grand Galloping Gala, search for the loveliest of gems, investigate crimes, and more!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This very wildly entertaining series is based off a sassy and sophisticated pony, Rarity. It's easy to consider her as a fan favorite, because she is a trend setter, go getter and very creative character. There are plenty of cameos of primary cast members, so this DVD appeals to a wide audience. The show has so many characters with powers, big personalities and lots of problem solving that children will enjoy. All the characters encounter circumstances and challenges, yet remain positive, honest, fair and friendly.

This DVD starts out by showing us a very patient Rarity going through drastic measures to prepare for an upcoming fashion show. Things don't go as planned. Most people will relate to putting others first or being flat out embarrassed which makes this completely relatable. Episode 2 is filled with suspense and action. Rarity is in sudden danger due to some greedy diamond dogs that want to strip her of her magical advantages. You won't believe how she strategically deals with these dogs. Episode 3 is about mystery and fashion. Lastly, episodes 4 and 5 really tie together nicely because they focus on internal beauty and lasting relationships.

The production is bright and colorful with excellent animation. The menu allows you to play separate episodes or all at once. It is only available in English as there are no other language choices to make. There are no bonus features. It does teach some practical skills such as sewing in Episode One. Episodes Two through Five address lots of pro-social behaviors and fashionable commentary. The comedic timing is extraordinarily entertaining as are the fun songs about friendship. The message of this show is about being true to your self, accepting of change and to learn more about what is pleasing inside of you.

I rate this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12. There are lessons to be learned in every episode, a fun sing-a-long and an overall loving and joyous show.

By Elle S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I love how My Little Pony always teaches kids different lessons and morals in an interesting scenario. It is always intriguing to watch. These episodes teach deep messages that are crucial to know.

This DVD is mainly about Rarity and some of the challenges she goes through. The other ponies make appearances and help her through her problems, but sometimes they are the cause. It is fascinating to see all of the ponies' different takes on how the problems should be solved. They each have unique personalities, which sometimes clash, but may also be beneficial. This DVD is perfect to teach many great morals.

Rarity is either super confident or super stressed out. Tabith St. Germain, the voice of Rarity, articulates these emotions really well, while maintaining the sophisticated character that Rarity is. St. Germain is the perfect voice for this character. Fluttershy (Andrea Libman) is the kind of character who is very quiet, sounds very timid and doesn't use very much expression. Even though she is quite reserved, you can still sense her emotions. With the help of animating Fluttershy's face, we are able to see Fluttershy's emotions. Libman's voice over goes from very quiet and reserved to a whole other range of emotions.

Rarity's costumes are quite beautiful. They are unique to her personality, but with a little twist. I love the dresses that she comes up with, as well as the "ugly" dresses that the ponies closely monitor the making of. I thought it was so interesting to see the ponies' characteristics and personalities come out even more in the ugly dress.

My favorite scene in this DVD is when Rarity shows off the dresses she likes in her fashion show and, when asked who is the designer, she confidently struts out in a dress of her own. On the contrary, everyone hates the other dresses she showed the first time when she shamefully came out as the designer. I love this scene because, she is so happy to be the designer of her work the second time. The first time she tried to please her friends and that made a huge mess of her work.

The message of this DVD is all about working with other people, knowing you can't please everyone and forgiveness. Rarity learns all these lessons through her mistakes and the help of her friends. This DVD is very helpful for children experiencing problems of their own or just for learning new things. I give it 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 12. This is available on DVD now so look for it. Reviewed by Jolleen M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

Everyone clap your hands and get ready for a show! No, I don't mean just any show, I mean a fashion show by the one and only Rarity! This stunning and amazing pony is on a role, because in My Little Pony Friendship is Magic: Rarity she has brand new gowns and fabulous new looks, all while being a detective, a great sister and good friend. So, come on and let's see what Miss Rarity is up to now.

With this DVD, I got a Friendship card for National Friendship Day. I like it very much and can't wait to give it someone. After all, it is very cute and has the main six on it. If you have a friend who likes the show, you can bond over the card as well as the show. It is one of my favorites and I have quite a few friends who like it, because of the unique characters and storylines. Make sure to check out the sing-along so you can sing with Rarity and her friends.

The show's animation is very detailed. I sometimes feel like I'm a pony walking along the streets of Ponyville and Canterlot. Also, the town is just too adorable with all its bright colors and fun houses. This really adds eye candy. Young children will love the colors of the streets, as well as the ponies with their silly cutie marks on their flanks.

I enjoyed all the new episodes on this DVD, as well as some of the older ones, because we get Rarity (Tabitha St. Germain) for the kind, courteous and fabulous pony she truly is. They show her work life and her personal life so we see two different sides of her - one is very sweet and gentle towards the other ponies and her sister Sweetie Belle (Claire Margaret Corlett). The other side is very persuasive and passionate, but also full of flare and style, while making her outfits. Rarity is my pick of ponies, because she is not only a girly girl, but she is also a business woman and a magnificent friend.

My favorite episode on this DVD is "No Longer a Foal." I like this episode because it reminds me of my sister and how she sometimes thinks I'm a child (or in this case, a foal) and doesn't remember that I am 13! It also made me laugh when Sweetie Belle and Rarity take pictures and eat tiny ice creams.

I recommend this DVD for ages 4 to 15 and give it 4� out of 5 stars. It is available on DVD and Digital now so, go check it out.

Reviewed by Morgan B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13
Runtime: 110 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.98
Media: DVD


GRAVITY FALLS: THE COMPLETE SERIES

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Series: DVD, AGES 8 - 15
Topic - Family
Description - Collector's Edition. Welcome To Gravity Falls! Twin brother and sister Dipper and Mabel Pines are sent to the small town of Gravity Falls, Oregon to spend their summer vacation with their great uncle (Grunkle) Stan. Upon arrival, Grunkle Stan enlists the siblings' help in running The Mystery Shack, a self-owned tourist trap that overcharges unsuspecting customers. While Dipper has a hard time getting used to his new surroundings, Mabel's upbeat optimism comes in handy in her quest to find true love. But there may be more to Gravity Falls than meets the eye as Dipper and Mabel encounter strange occurrences and weird creatures. When Dipper stumbles upon an elusive book, he discovers it is the answer to uncovering the town's mysterious happenings. Soon, Dipper and Mabel realize they must rely on each other to navigate this unfamiliar place. Meanwhile, Grunkle Stan guards a secret of his own: one that just might hold the key to unlocking the deeper mystery that is Gravity Falls. Includes All 40 Episodes!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Let's not mince words here, people! Gravity Falls may be one of the finest western animations of all time. Large claim, no? Allow me to back up why this show deserves this recognition.

Gravity Falls follows the main characters, Dipper and Mabel Pines, preteen twin siblings who are spending their summer vacation visiting their Great Uncle or "Grunkle" (and local con man), Stanford Pines in the small town of Gravity Falls, Oregon. Stan lives in and operates a local tourist trap called the Mystery Shack, where he employees the other two main characters - lovable loser and gentle giant Soos, and local teenage, cool girl Wendy. Not all is what is seems in Gravity Falls, as our characters are made to tangle with everything from abducting gnomes, autonomous video game characters, vengeful apparitions, living wax statues, time travelling police officers, extra-dimensional eldritch entities and many more! All the while, Dipper and Mabel attempt to unravel the many mysteries of Gravity Falls with the help of a mysterious journal that they find which catalogues all of the creepy goings on in this sleepy town.

Interesting premise, no? The sheer plethora of all the different, and mostly antagonistic creatures the protagonists run into is staggering, and not a single one of them is boring. But, despite a great plot, it's the shocking amount of attention given to tiny details that exemplifies the deep quality of this program. The show contains a large amount of Easter eggs and tiny plot devices that carry through the entire the series. In fact, almost every ending credit contains a different word cipher puzzle that contributes plot details to the series! But, if you had to pinpoint the most distinguishing feature of this series, it's most certainly the pitch perfect writing. It's truly one of the funniest shows I've ever seen and my children (age 2 to 17) both agree. The humor varies so dramatically between all the main characters, yet they seem to mesh perfectly. I truly believe this series is enjoyable for kids aged 2 to 18 and virtually any adult. And, despite being aimed at kids, the story (delicately woven over 40 episodes) is astoundingly deep and touching by the end. It's strong emphasis on interpersonal relationships and personal character arcs is second to none and makes for a story that invests you in virtually every character in the show. Full disclosure, I cried on several occasions while watching this program. Also, without spoiling any plot for the readers, this series contains a genuinely terrifying antagonist for older viewers. However, this antagonist is not frightening for the younger crowd, so you've nothing to worry about in that regard.

If this series can galvanize the attention of every toddler, pre-teen, adolescent and adult that gave it a glance in my house, I have no issue recommending this to a wide audience. The Special Edition DVD set contains a full DVD devoted to extras, ranging from commentary, childhood stories, shorts and deleted scenes. Before receiving this Special Edition, I had seen the full series probably a dozen times. Getting the chance to relive the fun with all the extras has been a blast. I give this series 5 out of 5 stars and honestly, I believe this series will stand the test of time.

By Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Adult Reviewer
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - To be honest, this is one of the best shows I've ever watched. I could talk for hours about how fantastic this series is. It is short for television show standards, but it is a perfect show to binge watch with friends due to the mysteries that keep you invested until they're solved and the comedy is spot on.

The story follows twins, Dipper and Mabel Pines, who are sent to Gravity Falls, Oregon for the summer with their Great Uncle Stan. Things change when Dipper finds a journal revealing that the town is filled with all kinds of paranormal creatures and the show follows the adventures that Dipper, Mabel and their friends undertake in this strange town.

It's pretty much my tradition to discuss the animation and the animation in this show looks great. While I feel it is technically the weakest aspect of the show, it is anything but bad. The animation is still very charming and very atmospheric. There's a nice "summer Oregon feel" to the world that makes the forest of Gravity Falls very inviting. Later episodes look great. The colors and scale of the setting quickly goes from great to amazing in the last few episodes. The character designs are also outstanding. I'm not sure why, but I really like how each character design has its own flare and shows off the individual personalities.

The best thing in the show is definitely the characters. Aside from the Pines twins, their friends, Wendy and Soos are truly cool. Wendy's personality is pretty much just being the coolest person imaginable. And I'm not making this up. She's laid back, incredibly skilled and just cool in general. As for Soos (one of the many characters voiced by the show's creator, Alex Hirsch), he's just the sweetest character and a great guy overall. I have to give credit to the voice acting as well. I mentioned that the show's creator, Alex Hirsch voices Soos. He also voices Stan Pines, Old Man McGucket, a bunch of background characters and the show's main villain. It's pretty hard to tell, unless you know he's voicing these characters. Another stand out actor is Kristen Schaal who voices Mabel. Mabel's adorable, hyperactive energy is all due to Kristen Schaal. The relationship between Dipper and Mabel is the epitome of what anyone with a sibling would be envious of and hope to model.

This show is also a perfect show for those who like theorizing about shows because this show is jam packed with mysteries, clues, codes and more. It keeps you invested. I recommend this show for ages 7 to 18 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. The DVD box set also has some pretty cool stuff such as audio commentaries, shorts and funny deleted footage. It is must buy if you are a Gravity Falls fan! Available on DVD July 24, 2018.

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

Gravity Falls is a very thrilling series. It keeps you at the edge of your seat with new mysteries in every episode. With baffling things happening in every episode, all you want to do is keep on watching. Since this DVD includes all 40 episodes as well as the special features, you really can do just that! Although it is a show about mysteries, the writers still find a way to insert comedy, so it has an element for every type of viewer.

This show is about the twins Dipper (Jason Ritter) and Mabel (Kristen Schaal) Pines who summer in Gravity Falls, Oregon with their Great Uncle Stan (Alex Hirsch), working in his tourist trap, The Mystery Shack. During their vacation, Dipper finds an elusive book that contains writings about all the mysterious occurrences that happen in Gravity Falls.

Gravity Falls is anything but a predictable show. It has an amazing blend of comedy and mystery that keeps you wanting to watch until the end. This DVD includes every episode plus some special features such as deleted scenes, behind the animation and interviews with the cast and creators of the show, looking back at the past 40 episodes. This show has the perfect blend of every element a TV show should have, with a little something for every type of viewer. For example, Dipper and Mabel are twins, but complete opposites. Dipper is very logical and nerdy while Mabel is an imaginative free spirit. So, even there you have two different elements many people can relate to. One of my favorite characters is Soos (Alex Hirsch). He works at the Mystery Shack and accompanies Dipper and Mabel on many of their adventures. He is always there for the young Pines and is the first person to believe Dipper about his findings in the book and even helps the twins hunt down the Gobblewonker. The cast of this show really makes the characters. Jason Ritter's voice is on the deep side, but it adds so much more to the character and his relationship with Kristen Schaal (Mabel Pines) higher pitched voice. Alex Hirsch who wrote, produced and voices the characters Gruncle Stan and Soos really makes the show what it is because the whole story is based on his own summer experiences. My favorite episode is season 2, episode 19, Weirdmageddon 2: Escape From Reality because it is so sweet to see the brother sister relationship in the way that Dipper saves Mabel in that episode.

The message of this show is about asking questions and investigating thing you're curious about, just like Dipper does. I give this series 5 out of 5 stars for being the most unique comedy mystery sci-fi fantasy cartoon show out there and recommend it for ages 10 to 14 and beyond, because it has something for people of every age. You can find Gravity Falls: The Complete Series on DVD now so, look for it.

By Dariana A., KIDS FIRST Film Critics, age 12

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-15
Suggested Retail Price: $ 99
Media: CDROM


SUPER 4: MEET RUBY

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N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 5-8
Topic - Family
Description - Inspired by the world of PLAYMOBIL� toys, set out on a series of adventures with the Super 4 as they travel through the wider PLAYMOBIL� universes. Join Ruby and friends as they embark on 7 fun-filled pirate adventures! First, understand how Ruby came to be the amazing pirate she is. A wicker basket washes up on the shore of Gunpowder Island holding a little baby. Surprise, it's a girl! When Ruby is old enough to jump on ship to join in on a pirate raid, little Ruby sits on the sidelines and watches it all. To prove she is a real pirate, Ruby must set out to obtain a mythical treasure. Will she find it and become a true pirate? Find out in Meet Ruby!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Pirates! Who doesn't love a good pirate tale? That's the first thought that came to me when I saw the cover of this DVD. What adventures will she get into and, since girls were not allowed on pirate ships, will Ruby really become a pirate? The story of Ruby and her adoptive dad, Pirate Rubins is very interesting because stories of pirates usually begin with a pirate ship a sea, looking for treasures and other ships to capture. This story begins with a wicker basket washing up on the shore of Gunpowder Island holding a baby, a girl baby! Since Rubins is the pirate who finds her, he feels it is his duty to keep and raise her, hence he named her Ruby. He knows that he can't continue the life of a pirate and raise a daughter so he works and raises her the best he knows how. She hears so much about pirates while growing up she knows one day she will become a pirate. When the time comes for her to become a pirate, sets out to prove her worth to everyone, including her dad. The vocabulary and concepts are suitable for the intended audience. Most children have experienced a pirate phase at a young age and these episodes are exciting enough to hold their interest. Even though pirates are usually portrayed as villains, there are a lot of good pirates who help Ruby become the pirate she wants to be. Questioning, probing and problem-solving are encouraged in an appropriate manner. The episodes encourage lots of critical thinking and problem solving skills such as team work, asking questions, use of reasoning and logic. The animation is clear, easy to identify and quite colorful. The visuals are characteristic of the period of the pirate era. There are no menu access, chapters, nor special features. This is an adventure that will appeal to school age children between 5 and 10. I give it 5 out of 5 stars. It really is a must see! Reviewed by Tina B., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This film has a great plotline and gives each character lots of personality. The plotline becomes even more interesting because of all the strong personalities. Even though this film is meant for younger ages, I still was quite entertained.

This film is all about meeting and getting to know who Ruby is. It starts from pirates discovering her as a baby, watching her go on adventures and figuring out who she wants to be. She goes off to the sea for the first time by herself and encounters problems. Eventually she is able to overcome them. She then goes off and solves multiple tests to be able to acquire treasure.

Laetitia Lefebvre has a determined and strong child-like voice which perfectly fits Ruby because Ruby has all of these traits. Ruby at times can sound very stubborn, scared, determined and strong. The Black Baron (Tom Wayland) sounds determined as well. The Black Baron is a very manipulative character and Wayland changes his voice accordingly. For example, he can sound convincing, caring and sweet, but also ominous.

The animation is very colorful and has lots of details. I also love that their faces express emotion and their body language does as well. The pirate costumes are very unique. I loved seeing all the different types of clothing that doesn't repeat for everyone.

My favorite scene is when Ruby smartly doesn't get distracted by the Black Baron when he wants to steal the treasure. I felt really proud of her and I knew that she was fit to become a knight.

The message of the story is to always believe in yourself no matter what. Ruby was born as a pirate, but girls aren't allowed to be pirates. Even though this is true, Ruby goes out and proves her worthiness. She encounters many problems, but stays strong and believes in herself. She stays determined every time. She doesn't stop continuing on her journey. Instead she just becomes stronger and fights even harder. This is a good message for female empowerment. Even though people want to limit you because you are a girl, don't let them. Do what Ruby does. Everyone is against her and she still manages to achieve all of her goals and become successful.

This DVD, just like the rest of the Super 4 series, is well made. It has a wonderful message and an entertaining plotline. I recommend this for ages 6 to 11 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. This is available on DVD now, so definitely check it out.

By Jolleen M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13.
Runtime: 45 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-8
Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.99
Media: DVD


ABC MONSTERS: THE COMPLETE SEASON

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Series: DVD, AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - Enjoy the complete season of ABC Monsters! Embark on one phonics adventure after another while learning each letter of the alphabet in this complete set! Twenty six cuddly ABC Monsters live within the walls of Capital Castle. Each monster represents a letter of the alphabet but should any of the monsters go missing for longer than a day, all the letters will be wiped out from every book in Capital Town! So it's very important to make sure that all the ABC Monsters are safely back in Alphabet Gardens before the sun goes down. However, this isn't as easy as it sounds. The ABC Monsters are naturally curious creatures and often wander off from Alphabet Gardens to try and find new and fun items, inevitably getting themselves lost in the process. When Alice, Brian and Cherry Berry set out to find the ABC Monsters, they learn to spell multiple items that start with that ABC Monsters letter as well as play other phonics games and sing songs! Get set for a spellbinding series of magical adventures that engages the imagination all while making learning the alphabet exciting and entertaining!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - In the city of Capitol Castle live 26 adorable Alphabet Monsters. The city is full of fun and excitement. However, there is one sad fact - should a monster go missing for more than a day all of the letters disappear from all literature in Capitol Castle! Be prepared for tons of adventures and rescue missions. I have watched several volumes of ABC Monsters, but I was super excited to watch the complete season. Different episodes and volumes of this series feature a select few alphabet monsters, so you get a limited view of this very fun, living alphabet. Being able to sit down and watch the full season has been very enjoyable. Every single monster is different in both personality and look and they work so well with their pals Alice, Brian and Cherry Berry. Every episode focuses around trying to find a lost letter and discovering new things that just happen to start with the specific letter featured in the episode. There are plenty of fun and catchy song to sing along with. I genuinely love watching how the creators managed to make this so jam packed with educational opportunities and yet, so attention grabbing. It's wonderful! I love the cute animation and my toddler agrees. This is great for ages 3 to 6. This lovely series has earned itself 5 out of 5 stars! Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror

Learning can be fun! ABC Monsters: Complete Series DVD is quite an exciting tool for learning the alphabet, learning new words large and small, solving puzzles, writing, learning about directions (north, south, east, west) and the characters teach children about the importance of teamwork. This series concentrates on the alphabet in a fun, lively and energetic way. It also helps with counting. Young children will enjoy singing along with Alice, Brian, Cherry Berry and all the letters when they sing the alphabet song. The song is repeated twice in each episode, bringing the audience back to the original focus of the show - learning the alphabet, writing the letters and learning new words. Each letter comes alive with their colorful outfits, colorful hair, hats, clothes, eyes and funny looking feet and hands. The songs also help with learning the alphabet, as well and learning new words, and finding the missing letters in the puzzle clues. I enjoyed watching this series and rate it 5 out of 5 stars. I recommend it for ages 4 to 8. I know these kids will love this series.

Reviewed by Tina B., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This delightful, animated series had me smiling the entire time. I learned how to read and write many years ago, but it was quite exciting to relearn both with the ABC Monsters. From the vibrant animation to exciting adventures and amusing characters, a child is sure to learn their phonics in no time. If you want to take a trip down memory lane, and enhance your vocabulary, let the ABC Monsters help you, because they make learning so much fun.

Set within the boundaries of Capital Castle, twenty six lovable and friendly ABC Monsters appreciate the beauty life has to offer. Each monster symbolizes a distinct letter of the alphabet. If one of the letters goes missing for longer than a day, everything becomes chaotic and every letter becomes erased from all of the books in Capital Town. Because of this, it is imperative that all twenty six letters are home in the Alphabet Gardens before sunset. However, it is an immense challenge to keep all of the letters in one place, since each letter is inquisitive and analytical about every situation, leading them to constantly wander off and explore as much as they can. The viewer joins Brian, Alice and Cherry Berry in finding the ABC Monsters, and watching them learn early language skills through sing-along videos and unforeseen circumstances.

Alice is such a sweet, little girl who loves adventures and meeting new people. She is not afraid to discover new places and enjoys a difficult challenge. Whenever a problem arises, she goes above and beyond to have the ABC Monsters back safely. Brian is Alice's best friend and one of the happiest people you will ever see. Given that he is from Capital Town, he often visits Alice at the castle and always has intriguing questions to ask. He and Alice both are more than eager to correctly solve puzzles and games that are very prominent in their daily lives. Cherry Berry is a lovely Court Jester in Capital Castle who cheers on Alice and Brian as they try their best to find the ABC Monsters. She becomes ecstatic when they get a puzzle correct and will flip and do multiple cartwheels to demonstrate her excitement. Since I used to be a gymnast, Cherry Berry is easy to relate to, and she makes tumbling look so easy. I wish she could teach me how to be a better gymnast.

The animation in this series is beyond adorable. Each letter has a different personality and appearance, which I greatly admire. No matter who you are or what you believe in, you are sure to fall in love with one of the twenty six letters. My favorite part of this series has to be seeing King Wordy in action. He is Alice's dad and he never puts a book down. He reminds me of my sister who loves to read. It amazes me how some people love reading so much, but others do not. You are sure to love King Wordy, because he is hilarious and a great dad to Alice.

The message of the series is to never give up in any situation. As long as you have friends and the will to persevere, nothing is impossible. Reading and writing are essential in everyday life. Even if it is not your cup of tea, there are ways to make it fun. Just ask the ABC Monsters!

I give this series 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 6 to 10. Although it is intended for a very young audience, it is a fantastic, comedic series to watch with your entire family because, no matter how old you are, there is always something new to learn about the alphabet. ABC Monsters: The Complete Season is available on DVD now so check it out. Find out which letter you truly are.

Reviewed by Samantha M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 18

ABC Monsters: The Complete Season is a fun and educational experience for young kids. It inspires them to learn, enjoy learning and even encourages them to participate in physical activity. It is creative and interesting all the way through. If I was a parent, I would use this DVD to help me teach my kid about the alphabet and early language skills.

I have reviewed other episodes of ABC Monsters previously and enjoy how each episode is different. For example, one of the episodes is based on introducing kids to the letter "A." In this episode, the Alphabet Monsters are so excited about the archery competition when suddenly, all the arrows go missing! Alice, Bryan and Cherry Berry (the protagonists) go on a mission to find the missing arrows and the missing letter of the alphabet, which just so happens to be Letter "A." On the way, they go on a lot of mini quests such as helping Amy the Alligator find her armband and help Farmer Alex find his apple. At the end of the episode, Alice, Bryan and Cherry Berry review everything we learned in the episode and include fun little songs and dances for us to do and sing.

Everything about this show is child friendly and appropriate for a young age group. The storylines are consistent without being repetitive and are quite easy to follow. This show would be very entertaining for young kids. The visuals are bright and colorful which will attract young viewers. The music is upbeat and cheery. The characters are adorable and likable. I think that all of these aspects are important in order for kids to enjoy watching a program.

I give this DVD 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for kids ages 1 to 5. I believe that this show will intrigue kids with its cute characters and interesting plotlines. It will get them excited about learning, music and physical fitness. It will help parents teach their kids about spelling, grammar and phonics while keeping them hooked and wanting to learn more. This show offers quality entertainment for young children who need to be introduced to the alphabet. Parents can feel confident about using this DVD to enlighten their little ones about the English language. It is available on DVD now so, check it out.

By Ella L., KIDS FIRST! Film Critics, age 14
Runtime: 575 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.99
Media: DVD


INCREDIBLES 2

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Series: FEATURES, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - Bob Parr (Mr. Incredible) is left to care for Jack-Jack while Helen (Elastigirl) is out saving the world.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Incredibles 2 is here! It has been 14 years since Incredibles and, I believe that the long -awaited sequel is quite good. I thoroughly enjoyed this Pixar super hero sequel.

The storyline is about the Parr family - Bob/Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson), Helen/Elastigirl (Holly Hunter), Violet (Sarah Vowell), Dash (Huck Milner) and baby Jack-Jack (Eli Fucile) returning to save the world. The Incredibles continues their battle in balancing family life with saving the world with their super powers.

I like the addition of the new cast of super heroes including Lucius Best/Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson) and Voyd (Sophia Bush). This film continues with action similar to the original film and the animation is truly amazing as it shows the various adventures of the family members.

The storyline features Elastigirl taking the lead in a campaign to bring Supers back, while Mr. Incredible is given the responsibility of caring for the kids. Their mission is derailed, as a new villain emerges with a brilliant and dangerous plot that threatens everything. But the Parrs don't shy away from a challenge, especially with Frozone by their side. This is what makes this family so incredible.

My favorite scene is when Bob Parr/Mr. Incredible discovers baby Jack Jack has super powers. He goes through walls, becomes a ferocious beast and duplicates himself, just to name a few of his powers.

This film contains action, adventure, comedy and It could be too intense for very young or sensitive kids. I think it will surely be a fun summer movie for many families.

I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10 to 18. Many adults will enjoy it also. The film opens in theaters nationwide June 15, 2018. Be sure to check it out.

By Juanita L., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Fourteen years after the first film was released, we finally have the continuation of the Pixar animated hit and I would dare say, every year of waiting was worth it because this film is truly incredible.

The story follows the Parr Family, as it looks like being super heroes (Supers) is against the law, but then an opportunity for Elastigirl to change people's view of Supers occurs, while Mr. Incredible stays at home with the kids.

I always talk about the animation first, so let's do that. The animation in the first movie was pretty good by 2004 standards. What I find interesting is that this movie looks really similar to the first. It feels as if it's the same animation, just updated. That isn't a bad thing. In fact, I actually like it. I love how you can actually see such small details such as the fabric textures on the clothes. You can see the sleep deprivation on the characters' faces and not just in bags under the eyes. I really like seeing all these details.

Since the main characters are all super heroes, there's lots of action. I feel like this movie is really creative with all the different powers, particularly those for Violet and Elastigirl. There's lots of cool stuff they do with Violet's force fields and Elastigirl's stretching. They also introduce a group of new Supers who are very creative. From the design, to the powers, I think the group is a cool addition to the story.

Of course the elephant in the room is Jack-Jack. In the first movie, they show that Jack-Jack has powers. They never specify what powers he has. An important plot point in the movie is about Jack-Jack's powers. However, now I'm even more confused. Off the top of my head, he has 11 powers and I may have forgotten some. The movie also has slight implications that this isn't normal and now I'm incredibly curious. Hopefully it won't take 14 years for an answer. Yes, I am ready for Incredibles 3!

This movie also excels in character development. Since the typical parent roles are switched, with the mom working and the dad staying at home watching the kids, it very subtly shows off both Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl's character and motivations. It genuinely feels like a continuation, as it does address Mr. Incredible's desire to be a super hero again. It also shows how raising a family is team work.

I give this movie 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, as the movie is kind of dark at times. The movie opens in theaters June 15m 2018 so check it out!

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

Incredibles 2, directed by the legendary Brad Bird is a timeless classic that has been reborn fourteen years after The Incredibles! Although bound to be compared to the original, Incredibles 2 creates a legacy and masterpiece in itself with a myriad of creativity and uniqueness. The story takes me back to my childhood and into the future with the retro, but futuristic feel created by integrating new superhero technology and vintage technology.

The story picks off from where the Incredibles ends, when the Underminer threatens the city and superheroes are still illegal. To try and bring the superheroes back into business, a rich entrepreneur by the name of Winston Deavor (Bob Odenkirk) enlists the help of Helen Parr, also known as Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) to win the people's hearts once again. Bob Parr, also known as Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) stays at home to take care of his three super children.

The same voice actors play the same characters in The Incredibles and Incredibles 2 except Dash Parr, played by Huck Milner. It made me feel as though no time has passed since I was a young child watching The Incredibles. When I was watching this film, I didn't realize the actor was different for Dash. He has the same childish innocence and humor in his voice, as well as Dash's famous sarcasm. Due to the fact that the same cast plays the same characters fourteen years later, Craig T. Nelson's voice is more raspy, but it adds an element that elevates Bob Parr's character. Bob is a lot more exhausted throughout the film and the raspy addition makes the character feel realistic and relatable.

The animation uses many of the features from the first film, while adding new perspectives and elements of modern filmmaking. The animated camera angles are a special component. During a variety of fight scenes and other relaxed scenes, the perspective switches from third person to first person quite often. This engaged me as a viewer and adds to the intensity and excitement of a superhero chase and being in a world with superheroes. The fight scenes are memorable with each one becoming better and more innovative than the last. The director, Brad Bird makes sure each of the superhero's powers are used to the best of their ability. For example, Elastigirl acquires a new motorbike that can split apart while she provides the bridge keeping it intact, allowing for easy mobility in difficult situations.

The message of this film is that parents are heroes, whether or not they wear super suits. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 6 to 18. Be sure to check out this long-awaited sequel in theatres nationwide June 15, 2018. Reviewed by Sahiba K., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14

The Incredibles 2 is a great sequel to an amazing movie. The animation is brilliant, plus, the two main plots balance out well to create a well-rounded film.

The Incredibles 2 continues the story of the Parrs, a super hero family that had to go into hiding because of a law banning supers. This film focuses on Elastigirl as she tries to end the anti-super laws that stop her from being a superhero. Meanwhile, Mr. Incredible struggles to keep the kids in check.

My favorite part is when Jack-Jack uses his powers to fight a raccoon because he thinks it's a criminal. This scene is hilarious. I really enjoyed how Mr. Incredible is sleeping in the foreground, while all the action happens in the back. I also like the scene when Elastigirl chases after the new hover train. This scene is fast paced and funny.

The animation in this film is great. I specifically like the glass breaking, the water features of the house and Frozone's ice. The glass and the water are both super realistic and I really like how they kept the same style as the original film for Frozone's ice. I felt they underused Dash in this film though. His only part in this film is needing help with math. I feel this wastes Dash, because I really enjoy him as a character. The Incredibles 2 has some very topical morals in it. It asks the question of whether a law should be followed if it is unlawful. It also focuses on the concept of "when enough people have the same idea and they fight for it, that things will change".

The voice acting is quite good. You can hear the emotion in the actors' voices, so you can really connect to their characters. The music in this film is truly brilliant. They wrote theme songs for Frozone, Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl that are written like 60s super hero themes. These are scattered around the movie and really make a major comedic effect.

I give this film 5 out of 5 stars because, while it's not as good as the original, it is still an incredible film. I recommend it for ages 7 through 18 because it's really a film a huge variety of different people will enjoy. I believe adults will really enjoy watching this film as well. It opens in theaters nationwide June 15, 2018 so, check it out.

Reviewed by Rohan F., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 1

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
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Media: FeatureFilm


WE ARE ERCOLINI

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WE ARE ERCOLINI
GIACOMO DEL BUNO
Series: FOREIGN DOCUMENTARY, AGES 5-16
Topic - Family
Description - the history of the first youth soccer team made up of young Roma, dreams, expectations and hopes of a group of young players towards integration.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I thoroughly enjoyed this film and highly recommend it to the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. This documentary film from Italy shows how life-changing team sports can be! The enthusiasm of a great coach can raise kids' confidence to amazing new levels. Insisting on good school grades, in order to play on the Ercolini team, is a powerful way to improve kids' futures. Gypsy boys from the "wrong side of the tracks" in Italy are helped by a terrific soccer coach who is stern, yet generous. He demands that the kids attend school and that they study a lot at home. In return, he offers free transportation for them to soccer matches in different towns. The coach teaches them the power of a positive attitude and good teamwork. He encourages an energetic, brave outlook on life, and shows these boys how to set the world on fire, with or without him being there. It is fun to watch the boys all singing together in the team van after losing a game. This keeps their spirits high and their sense of belonging alive. Their first trip ever to a beach is a real treat for them all. The set and location of the trailer park and abandoned gypsy camp where the coach first met these boys is a moving scene. It makes you appreciate how sports combined with education can be a way to escape this poverty. My favorite part is when the boys unfold a large sign in front of the hospital, pleading for the coach to recover and come back to the team soon. What a display of love and caring for their adult hero! The message of this film is that a kid's real goal and victory in his or her young life is to get good grades in school to ensure a better future. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 16. In Italian with English sub-titles. Reviewed by Jeff M., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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Runtime: 52 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-16
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Media: VIDEO


GIRL WHO TALKS TO THE MOON, THE

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GIRL WHO TALKS TO THE MOON, THE
FREDERICK KROETSCH
Series: FOREIGN ANIMATED SHORT, AGES 4-7
Topic - Family
Description - The Girl Who Talks to the Moon is a web-series funded by the CBC in Canada. It follows the adventures of an inquisitive girl named Harmony who lives on the magical island of Haida Gwaii. Every night before she falls asleep, the moon gives Harmony a fun task, like learning how to make a kite. In her dreams Harmony completes the task with the help of friendly animals. Along the way she learns about the ancient Haida language through song and play. The show is a combination of stopmotion animation, live action and hand puppets. Pilot Episode Synopsis: Wanting a new toy, Harmony learns how to make a kite from �uuya the Raven.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This short Canadian film starts using stop-motion animation showing a girl named Harmony who talks to the moon before bed each evening. The moon then gives her a small task based upon what they talked about, which she then completes with the help of some animal friends (puppets) while she is dreaming. This part takes place in live action. The production quality is very good. It switches from stop motion to live action to parts that are slightly animated. It is very fun to watch. The material covers Harmony learning new words in the ancient Haida language through music, while she builds a toy kite with the help of her friend, the raven. There are talking animals, a child on a mission and lots of wonderful music. The structure flows well. It teaches a new language. The young actress portraying the girl is quite charming and radiant. All the voice over talent is excellent as well. Visually the set is quite well done and all the different types of media - animation, live action and stop motion make it intriguing to watch. I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars! This film is most suitable for children ages 4 to 7 and I highly recommend it for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. Reviewed by Amana M. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Jurors
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Runtime: 5 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-7
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Media: VIDEO


OUR WAY TO FALL

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OUR WAY TO FALL
ZOEY PECK
Series: STUDENT FILM, AGES 5 TO 12
Topic - Family
Description - A young girl on the playground is unsatisfied with her life until she encounters a girl who changes her perspective.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Lovely short live action student film. Set on a playground, this short film shows a young girl and her grandmother. The girl is acting bored. Grandma tells her to go and play. She plays by herself for a bit, but then gets bored once again. A few other girls are playing with a ball that is thrown in her direction. She brings it back and hopes they'll ask her to play with them. Instead, they make fun of her because she is carrying around a stuffed animal. She becomes discouraged and goes back to playing alone. There is another girl playing on the monkey bars whose mom shows interest in her child, unlike the protagonist's grandmother. She joins the girl on the monkey bars and they both fall down laughing. The protagonist realizes that the other girl uses a wheelchair and all of a sudden, she realizes her life isn't all bad. It's a lovely awakening about recognizing the positive things in your life. The production values of the film are quite good. The location and costumes are very realistic. Video and audio quality are quite acceptable and would work well for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. For a five minute short, it tells a compelling story. I love the message about inclusion. Recommended for ages 5 to 12 and I give this 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Amanda M. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! jurors.
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Runtime: 5 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
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ALL IN GOOD TIME

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ALL IN GOOD TIME
DYEHOUSE FILMS
Series: FOREIGN INDIE SHORT, AGE 8-12
Topic - Family
Description - All In Good Time is a comic fantasy for children. It's about the friendship that develops between Mal, an Irish boy who lives on the west coast of Ireland in 1918 and Sam, an Indian-Irish girl who lives in the same place in 2018. They are magically able to communicate across the ages through messages in a bottle they throw into the sea. Their parents are too busy or sceptical to believe them but they don't care. They're having too much fun learning about each other's world and sending each other things through the bottle. Sam is also able to help Malachy confront the older boy who bullies him with the help of some modern intervention. But when Sam's Dad tells her they have to move away due to financial difficulties Malachy and Sam hatch a time-twisting plan to solve the problem. This is a visually-driven story with an emphasis on fun about the culture clash and unique friendship that develops between two mismatched kids who come from different worlds.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I highly recommend this charming short from Dublin, Ireland. This is exactly the sort of film that we look for! The fantastical time and space elements are particularly enjoyable. I believe children will be drawn to it as they tend to love magical stories. This has an enticing story which draws the viewer in from the beginning to end. It flows well. The cinematography is excellent with clear audio and visuals. The sounds of the ocean and the breaking of the bottle stand out. The cinematography in coastal Ireland are stunningly beautiful. The lighting correlates well with the fantasy nature of the story and adds to its mystery. I love the key cast characters, the boy and the girl both give quite believable performances that make them seem quite real. Their expressions in their close-ups are completely charming. I really enjoyed the soundtrack. It is quite suitable for the storyline with sort of a Celtic sound and it adds to the sense of wonder throughout the film. To differentiate the 100 year difference in time, the characters' costumes obviously have to be different - some for the early 1900s and others for present day. They are well executed and suitable for the two time periods. The language is appropriate for the target age as well. This would make a great addition to any children or family film festival that wants to show how different cultures live in different times. I love the ending! The whole film is magically realistic! I heart fully recommend it for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival for ages 8 to 12 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Kimberly M. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! jurors.
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Runtime: 13 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


SHERLOCK GNOMES

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PARAMOUNT PICTURES
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - After a string of garden gnome disappearances in London, Gnome & Juliet look to legendary detective Sherlock Gnomes to solve the case of their missing friends and family.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Breaking news from London - garden gnomes have been kidnapped! "Oh fertilizer!" This is one of many amusing jokes from the very British characters in Sherlock Gnomes, sequel to the 2011 animated film Gnomeo and Juliet. Although the plot of this family-friendly movie is somewhat predictable, it is still quite funny and clever.

In this sequel, the formerly star-crossed lovers Gnomeo (James McAvoy) and Juliet (Emily Blunt) are married and have just moved to London where they are appointed by their parents as joint heads of the garden. Both Juliet and Gnomeo feel the pressures of their new leadership roles and the marriage begins to suffer through lack of communication and mutual appreciation. Meanwhile, their gnome friends are disappearing from homes all over London, and they attempt to search for and save them. With the help of Sherlock Gnomes (Johnny Depp) and Watson (Chiwetel Ejiofor), the adventure begins - to defeat the evil pie company called Moriarty (Jamie Demetriou) and save all gnomes. We also see that poor Watson is quite ignored and under-appreciated by Sherlock.

My favorite aspects of this movie are the music, Johnny Depp and the "planning" sequences. I love the song choices used in transitions between scenes. If you are a fan of Sir Elton John, you will be pleased to hear many of his hits, including "Don't Go Breaking My Heart," "I'm Still Standing," "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting" and a fantastic new song performed by the great Mary J. Blige. Johnny Depp is hilarious with his condescending British accent. I have seen almost every movie he has ever been in and he never disappoints with his comedic intensity. Another interesting thing that happens is when we see the inner workings of Sherlock's mind in 2-D black-and-white animation. One clinker for me is when super-intelligent Watson, looking for Gnomeo, says "Gnomeo, Gnomeo! Oh don't make me say it - wherefore art thou, Gnomeo?" (Of course "wherefore" means "why" in Romeo and Juliet.)

The message of this story is a good one - that you will succeed by respecting the people who support you. Sherlock learns that lesson when he realizes that Watson feels that Sherlock isn't listening to him or respecting him. Juliet learns it when she realizes that Gnomeo feels as if Juliet is ignoring him, too.

I rate this film 5 out of 5 stars because, almost all the scenes kept me laughing, the music is great, and I love the message. I recommend this movie for ages 7 to 18. This is available on DVD/Blu-ray June 12, 2018 and on Digital June 5, 2018. If you are looking for a fun family movie, this is it!

Reviewed by Lucia F., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 19
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Sherlock Gnomes is a great movie! I really like the storyline because it has an amazing good versus evil plot.

The story follows Gnomeo and Juliet's move to London where they become the new leaders of the garden. On their first day, somebody kidnaps all the gnomes in the garden! Luckily, Sherlock Gnomes and Watson are there. Gnomeo and Juliet help Sherlock save all the gnomes in London.

The animation in this movie is excellent. The gnomes look like real life gnomes with a small touch of cartoon. I like how, in the beginning, a couple of gnomes are standing on a book talking about how they are going to read about Sherlock Gnomes. Sherlock Gnomes is a great detective just like Sherlock Holmes, but instead of protecting people he is the sworn protector of Gnomes. This gives the feeling that the entire movie is about those three gnomes reading us a book about Sherlock Gnomes.

The movie has lots of characters named from other movies and books such as Gnomeo and Juliet whose names are take offs of Romeo and Juliet. Sherlock Gnomes is based on Sherlock Holmes. I like how the gnomes freeze around humans. They just stay completely still so humans don't realize they move. The frozen position is also what they do when fall asleep. As soon as they get frozen, they can choose to fall asleep instantly or not.

The characters in the film include Gnomeo (James McAvoy), Juliet (Emily Blunt), Sherlock Gnomes (Johnny Depp) and Watson (Chiwetel Ejiofor). My favorite character is Benny, (Matt Lucas) because he is smart with technology, but otherwise very clumsy. I find that funny.

My favorite scene is when Benny trips and he is forced to put on a show to distract the guard while Gnomeo escapes. That scene is a mix of action and comedy. Another of my favorite scenes is when Gnomeo comes up with a plan to get past Reggie the gargoyle (Dexter Fletcher). I like how they show the plan with paper versions of all the gnomes.

The message of this movie is never take advantage of your friends. I rate this movie 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 through 11 because of its great storyline and message. I think adults will like watching this movie as well. It comes out on DVD and Blu-ray June 10 so, be sure to check it out. Reviewed by Damon Foxe, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10.

Sherlock Gnomes is a frequently clever animated film that has a few fun moments, yet suffers from a jumbled story and too many characters to fully engage you in the movie as a whole.

Sherlock Gnomes is a sequel to Gnomeo and Juliet and brings together garden gnome versions of the famous detective and the Shakespearean couple from the first installment. Gnomeo and Juliet move to a new garden in London that disappoints their entire faction of gnomes. Gnomeo and Juliet are appointed the new leaders to turn the garden into a beautiful wonderland for their little village. Meanwhile, several gardens have been erased of all signs of gnomekind and soon, Gnomeo and Juliet's is too. The dynamic duo of the incredibly smart, but sometimes selfish detective and protector of London's garden gnomes Sherlock Gnomes and his trusty sidekick Watson are on the case and intend to catch the culprit and track down the missing gnomes, with the help of Gnomeo and Juliet.

Unfortunately the collision of these literary duos doesn't work very well. Their stories have very different characters and tones. The film makes clever references to Sherlock Holmes and his works that will be enjoyable for fans of the character's inspiration, but the collaboration still feels forced. Gnomeo and Juliet go through a storyline that feels out of place and their conversations have a repetitive message. The characters feel less developed against the more engaging Sherlock Gnomes.

My favorite character is Sherlock Gnomes (Johnny Depp). He embodies the qualities of the literary detective and makes his portrayal of Sherlock his own, giving him a more fun and comedic manner. He also nails Sherlock's complex relationship with Watson.

I recommend this film for ages 5 to 9 due to some crude humor. Younger kids will enjoy the film's bright colors and caper elements and older kids and adults might enjoy some of the humor. However, this film lacks the vivid animation and nuance that offers the same wide appeal of other animated films. I give it 2.5 out of 5 stars because the story is a bit confusing, although it has some characters and good laughs.

Reviewed by Benjamin P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12
Runtime: 86 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD


RAIN TOWN

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RAIN TOWN
MEXICAN FILM INSTITUTE
Series: FOREIGN INDIE SHORT, AGE 7-18
Topic - Family
Description - Carmen and her grandparents live in Oaxaca�s mixtec region. When a drought threatens her family�s crops, Carmen finds a way to make it rain.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This thoughtful documentary provides insight into the rural residents of the Oaxaca region of Mexico and their lifestyle. The performers are very authentic in their dress. The set is very typical of the region. The interaction between the child and grandparents very typical. Although the pace is pretty slow for an American audience, it is thoughtful and delivered with grace and style. I recommend it for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival for ages 7 to 18 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
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Runtime: 12 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 7-18
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Media: VIDEO


HORSE'S STONE

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HORSE'S STONE
MEXICAN FILM INSTITUTE
Series: FOREIGN INDIE SHORT, AGE 8-14
Topic - Family
Description - Matilde, a dying Little girl, will search for the Stone that will not only allow her to fulfill her dream of becoming a horse, but also, perhaps, even cheat death.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This exceptional film from Mexico accomplishes a lot in its short runtime. The dialogue is in Spanish with English sub-titles. It is filled with hope and magic that is sure to capture anyone's imagination.

The story follows a young girl who is terminally, Matilde, who dreams of becoming a horse. Her rancher father catches a horse that won't let anyone ride it and the horse and Matilde develop a bond. Matilde is portrayed by Camila Robertson Glennie as a very sensitive little girl who may be wise beyond her years. Even though the subject of death underlies this story, it is not done in a dark or menacing way.

The cinematography is very well done and captures every scene with great beauty. The actors are also really talented, from the father with his stern, yet caring demeanor to the hopeful character of Matilde. The storyline flows well and is easy for kids to follow and relate to. The vocabulary is appropriate for a youth and family audience. The film is well paced and all the characters draw you in. A child would like its message about how your dreams can come true. I particularly enjoyed the animated segments when the grandmother tells Matilde the story about humans and horses. It's quite beautiful aesthetically and magical in its storyline.

The cinematography is excellent although there are times when the scenes are very dark and it's difficult to see people clearly. Yet, the close-ups are beautifully shot and reveal the characters' emotions very believably. The background music is quite lovely, especially during the animated section. The sets and locations are well chosen and the costuming quite appropriate. The closing credits are extraordinarily well done with terrific animation reflecting the entire film once again.

This is exactly the type of film that we look for! I give this film 4.5 out of 5 stars and highly recommend it for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. I recommend it for ages 8 to 14 as well as adults. Reviewed by Angel Urquidi, KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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Runtime: 20 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-14
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Media: VIDEO


HALKAA (PICHKU'S DREAM)

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HALKAA (PICHKU'S DREAM)
NIL AMADHAB PANDA
Series: FOREIGN FEATURE, AGES 10-18
Topic - Family
Description - This is a portrayal of eight-year-old, Pichku and all the questions about his basic existence as a child and his questions to adult. Growing up in one of the oldest slum in Delhi. His existence becomes more important, when he realizes, that he is a big boy (9 year old) now and cannot roam around naked. And the intolerant nose, which can't breathe the filthy smell of the community, where he lives! This realization leads to the unusual decision of not defecating in open, where it is a common practice every morning in his community on the railway tracks. The story is about a child's thought, translating and unfolding inner mysteries of the world in their own way and on their own terms. Pichku knows he lives in an isolation inside the community because he is different from the others. But he knows there is nothing called miracle. He himself has to do something to end this misery. All he realizes that he has to fight over it. From India, directed by Nilamadhab Panda
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - What a beautiful film that provides insight into the culture of India. The most appealing thing about this film is Pichku's kind nature and his will to achieve his dream. I believe that a child will appreciate how Pichku works hard to achieve his dream once he realizes that no one is going to provide it for him. The pace is a bit slower than many films but it is suitable to the storyline. It has easy to follow concepts and dialogue that most children will be able to follow. The cinematography is really well done and the music is delightful. There are some musical numbers that show off all the different locations to their fullest.

The story is really terrific. It follows Pichku, a young boy from the slums of India, an area so poor that they don't have indoor toilets so most people use the bathroom outside. Pichku is different from many of the other people from his slum in that he doesn't want to use the bathroom in public. So Pichku and another young boy decide to build a bathroom for the village. In order to do so, they have to raise money by working various jobs around town such as recycling trash.

I found myself rooting for Pichku because, once he sees that no one will give him the thing he wants most, that he decides to go after it himself. There are some scenes where the rich kids come down to the slums to see how the other half lives and they never make fun of Pichku and his friends. In fact, quite the opposite happens. There is a scene where Pichku and Gopi sneak into the rich kid's school and walk through the halls and they are absolutely awestruck. The only character that I didn't care for is Pichku's father. I know what they were going for, but in some parts it feels as if they drop the ball with him several times.

The cinematography is very well done, the background music is excellent and the locations are well chosen. They show both sides of the wage gap, from the small huts where Pichku and his family live to the clean interiors of modern buildings. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed this film, except for perhaps how Pichku's father is portrayed.

The film is in Hindi with English subtitles. There is some mild cursing which they censor out in the subtitles. There is also a scene where a man is urinating but you do not see his private parts. This is exactly the type of film that the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival seeks to showcase. I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars and highly recommend it to kids ages 10 to 18. The filmmaker is quite accomplished and has received some very prestigious awards for his work including one of the highest civilian honors of India, "Padmashree" in 2016, by the President of India. Reviewed by Angel U., and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Jurors.
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Runtime: 110 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO



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