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CARS ON THE ROAD

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DISNEY+
Series: TV SERIES, AGES 2-8
Topic - Family
Description - Set months after Cars 3, the new series follows Lightning McQueen and his best friend Mater on a cross-country road trip across the United States as they journey eastward to attend a wedding for Mater's sister. The episodes depict the characters in various scenarios, for example, them being chased by dinosaur-like cars. It is set in new locations with a multitude of new characters, including their new friend Ivy, a girl monster truck who travels with them, as well as featuring the return of already established characters from the franchise.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Get ready to go "Lightning" fast when you watch Cars on the Road, a new spinoff series from Disney/Pixar. With nine episodes ranging around ten minutes in length, this show is perfect for pre-existing Cars fans and younger kids. The catchy tunes are a wonderful backing for the colorful animation and short stories happening on screen. Get comfortable in your seat because Cars on the Road will keep you riveted with its action and adventure.

Cars on the Road follows Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) and Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) as they go on a long road trip to attend Mater's sister's wedding. A distinct mini-plot takes up the majority of each individual episode, with the only overlapping plot points being the roadtrip. One of the best episodes involves a well-developed character who discovers her inner self and finds where she belongs. With appearances of other characters from the original Cars movies, as well as many brand new characters, Cars on the Road is sure to keep you watching.

Cars on the Road has some of the most real looking, 3D-seeming animation I've ever seen. In one of the episodes, Lightning and Mater arrive at a speed stop, where cars are getting attachments in order to drive faster. They stop to talk and there's a building and trees in the background. It is truly stunning how much the cars look like they are popping off the screen. The animation throughout the show is also colorful and fun, setting a cheerful tone. However, when the show hits a couple of dark moments, that cheerful color vanishes, replaced by a dark and gloomy feel. So, not only is the animation pleasing for the eyes, it helps to tell the story with changes in moods. On the other side of things, the music is so upbeat and fun. It's engaging and catchy. The theme song that plays at the beginning of each episode is the perfect short clip for this show. On top of that, there are a few other songs spread throughout that have to do with that episode's story. They are naturally included, and I always look forward to when the next song will appear. The animated dancing that goes along with these songs is also pretty brilliant. To put a cherry on top, the acting performances are wonderful. A few of the original Cars actors star in this show, as well as plenty of actors new to the Cars world. They make their characters' personalities funny, vulnerable, sweet and always lovable by kids. One character and acting performance that stands out as adding positive energy to the show is Ivy, who is played by Quinta Brunson. She gives the already lively character her own personal spark. Ivy truly shines throughout the show.

Cars on the Road is definitely a perfect pick for a young child. There are vital messages that are clearly conveyed in each episode. Sometimes, the characters even talk about that episode's lesson and reflect on how they could've been a better friend or sister. Among many others, teamwork, healthy friendships and knowing that your opinion isn't the only opinion are some of the primary themes of Cars on the Road.

I give Cars on the Road 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 8. Three-two-one-GO! have some fun watching Cars on the Road exclusively on Disney+ beginning September 8, 2022.



KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-8
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: TV


DINOSAUR SCHOOL

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DINOSAUR SCHOOL
DANA LEIGH SNYDER (NORA 6592)
Series: PRESCHOOL SHORT, AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - When a new student comes to Dinosaur School, he doesn't look or act like all the others. It isn't long before this new student finds friends.

From the minds and hands of 5 year olds, 'Dinosaur School' is a story created and partially animated by Urban Wildlife Arts "Animated Storytelling" class.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I love the concept of Dinosaur School and love that it was created by the hands and minds of five-year-olds. The characters and animation are interesting and fun.

The story follows a new student who enrolls in Dinosaur School. He doesn't look or act like the other students, but at Dinosaur School, everyone is welcome and he soon makes new friends.

The story is adorable. I would love to see it developed more, but this is a super cute start. The animation style is really interesting; it looks like paper cut outs that move. All the characters are well drawn and interesting. For a film made by pre-school students, the character drawings are quite impressive. The "new student" is particularly interesting, its name is a dead giveaway - E.T. - and E.T. appears to be very alien-like in appearance. I love the scene when E.T. is introduced to the class and the class's reaction to meeting E.T. I also enjoyed all of the backgrounds and there are quite a few. The music and sound effects are fun, lively and appropriate to the story. My favorite sound effect is of the rocketship taking off. In terms of the characters and their interaction, they are all very friendly and upbeat; the voice talent is made up of a group of preschoolers who definitely work together as a tight ensemble cast. That is without a doubt my favorite thing about this film, the young creators who designed and executed the story and the film are truly given a voice and a platform. I love that they are all five-year-olds - very impressive. The photo at the end of film showing this talented group made me giggle. Also to be commended is the director, Dana Leigh Snyder, who portrays The Teacher in the film.

The message of this film is to accept and embrace others who may be different from you and to find common ground.

I give Dinosaur School 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 8. By Selene W. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I love the concept of Dinosaur School and love that it was created by the hands and minds of five-year-olds. The characters and animation are interesting and fun.

The story follows a new student who enrolls in Dinosaur School. He doesn't look or act like the other students, but at Dinosaur School, everyone is welcome and he soon makes new friends.

The story is adorable. I would love to see it developed more, but this is a super cute start. The animation style is really interesting; it looks like paper cut outs that move. All the characters are well drawn and interesting. For a film made by pre-school students, the character drawings are quite impressive. The "new student" is particularly interesting, its name is a dead giveaway - E.T. - and E.T. appears to be very alien-like in appearance. I love the scene when E.T. is introduced to the class and the class's reaction to meeting E.T. I also enjoyed all of the backgrounds and there are quite a few. The music and sound effects are fun, lively and appropriate to the story. My favorite sound effect is of the rocketship taking off. In terms of the characters and their interaction, they are all very friendly and upbeat; the voice talent is made up of a group of preschoolers who definitely work together as a tight ensemble cast. That is without a doubt my favorite thing about this film, the young creators who designed and executed the story and the film are truly given a voice and a platform. I love that they are all five-year-olds - very impressive. The photo at the end of film showing this talented group made me giggle. Also to be commended is the director, Dana Leigh Snyder, who portrays The Teacher in the film.

The message of this film is to accept and embrace others who may be different from you and to find common ground.

I give Dinosaur School 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 8. By Selene W. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 5 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


MINI PET PALS START SCHOOL

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MINI PET PALS START SCHOOL
KRISTINA B. SIMON
Series: PRESCHOOL SHORT, AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - In this new series, Mini Pet Pals go to school, where they have fun learning about themselves and the world through theatre, music, trips to cities and museums and math games. School is also a chance to make new friends and meet inspiring teachers. From Italy by Sergio Manfio
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Mini Pet Pals Go To School is a sweet, animated show perfectly suited for a preschool audience with its bright colors, cute fantasy characters, clear voices and fun storyline that helps kids know more about musical instruments.

Mini Pet Pals are animated animal characters that go to school and, in this episode, learn about musical instruments and how to make music in the world around them.

Younger children will appreciate seeing all the various musical instruments and hearing their sounds. The animated show also reminds views that it takes practice to play a musical instrument, and you can literally make music with everything - even our bodies.

The animation is very cute with lots of different animal characters. The characters are all animals that kids will recognize - a cat, a dog, a rabbit, a duck, a bird, a fox, plus a pink flamingo, Mr. Sebastian, who is the instructor. Directed by Sergio Manfio, who clearly knows his way around the field of animation, with very capable voice talent (uncredited), this is perfectly suited for preschoolers. My favorite character is Holly, The Tabby Cat, because she is the most energetic at the beginning as she runs around the screen with a blue ribbon.

The message of the story is that practice makes perfect and music is everywhere.

I give Mini Pet Pals Go To School 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 5, plus adults. By Kira O. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Mini Pet Pals Go To School is a sweet, animated show perfectly suited for a preschool audience with its bright colors, cute fantasy characters, clear voices and fun storyline that helps kids know more about musical instruments.

Mini Pet Pals are animated animal characters that go to school and, in this episode, learn about musical instruments and how to make music in the world around them.

Younger children will appreciate seeing all the various musical instruments and hearing their sounds. The animated show also reminds views that it takes practice to play a musical instrument, and you can literally make music with everything - even our bodies.

The animation is very cute with lots of different animal characters. The characters are all animals that kids will recognize - a cat, a dog, a rabbit, a duck, a bird, a fox, plus a pink flamingo, Mr. Sebastian, who is the instructor. Directed by Sergio Manfio, who clearly knows his way around the field of animation, with very capable voice talent (uncredited), this is perfectly suited for preschoolers. My favorite character is Holly, The Tabby Cat, because she is the most energetic at the beginning as she runs around the screen with a blue ribbon.

The message of the story is that practice makes perfect and music is everywhere.

I give Mini Pet Pals Go To School 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 5, plus adults. By Kira O. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 6 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


LOST AND FOUND (2022)

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LOST AND FOUND (2022)
MINA SON
Series: PRESCHOOL SHORT, AGES 2-8
Topic - Family
Description - One day while a princess and her horse were out for a walk, they meet a friend. The princess and the friend get so involved with their day, they don't notice that the horse is no longer with them. This story is about the people they encounter and the adventures involved in finding the horse.

Lost and Found is a stop motion animation short film created by the Star Room preschool class of Growing Place. What started as a storytelling exercise blossomed into a year long production in which the children created storyboards, sewed puppets, made their own props and backgrounds, and composed their own music.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - First of all, this is such an impressive piece of work created by preschoolers! Kudos to the team at Growing Place for making this happen. I love this short animated film, Lost and Found, because its message is about loving being around family.

The story follows Princess Hazel who goes on a walk with the horse Magic Crystal and they meet a friend. The princess and her friend get so involved with different adventures that they fail to notice the horse is no longer with them. The rest of the story is about the adventures they have as they try to find the horse.

What an interesting storyline this has. I love the look of the animation; the characters appear to be made of fabric or paper scraps decorated with sparkly things. I love how they experience a bit adventure, going to the ocean, a Ferris wheel and even a dog house. We see under water critters at the ocean.

The images are quite beautiful and extremely colorful. At times you can see a hand on the screen, but it's not disruptive enough to be a bit issue. I love all the images of castles, the forest and the sky - to name a few. The costuming is terrific and clever, especially the princess dress which is very shiny and bright. The big drawback is the narration, which is done by the four and five-year-olds that created this. At times it's difficult to understand their words. The film is a stop motion animated film created 20 students of the Star Room preschool class of Growing Place. The students created the storyboards, sewed puppets, made their own props and backgrounds and composed their own music. That alone is so remarkable, and the final film is really a joy to behold.

My favorite part is when they all sing Happy Birthday to Magic Crystal.

The film's message is to have fun like there is no tomorrow.

I give Lost and Found 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 8. This is an extraordinary film made by very young students. By Keila V. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - First of all, this is such an impressive piece of work created by preschoolers! Kudos to the team at Growing Place for making this happen. I love this short animated film, Lost and Found, because its message is about loving being around family.

The story follows Princess Hazel who goes on a walk with the horse Magic Crystal and they meet a friend. The princess and her friend get so involved with different adventures that they fail to notice the horse is no longer with them. The rest of the story is about the adventures they have as they try to find the horse.

What an interesting storyline this has. I love the look of the animation; the characters appear to be made of fabric or paper scraps decorated with sparkly things. I love how they experience a bit adventure, going to the ocean, a Ferris wheel and even a dog house. We see under water critters at the ocean.

The images are quite beautiful and extremely colorful. At times you can see a hand on the screen, but it's not disruptive enough to be a bit issue. I love all the images of castles, the forest and the sky - to name a few. The costuming is terrific and clever, especially the princess dress which is very shiny and bright. The big drawback is the narration, which is done by the four and five-year-olds that created this. At times it's difficult to understand their words. The film is a stop motion animated film created 20 students of the Star Room preschool class of Growing Place. The students created the storyboards, sewed puppets, made their own props and backgrounds and composed their own music. That alone is so remarkable, and the final film is really a joy to behold.

My favorite part is when they all sing Happy Birthday to Magic Crystal.

The film's message is to have fun like there is no tomorrow.

I give Lost and Found 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 8. This is an extraordinary film made by very young students. By Keila V. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 13 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-8
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


TINY TREE, THE

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TINY TREE, THE
ANNIE CUSICK WOOD
Series: PRESCHOOL SHORT, AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - Travel to a distant galaxy aboard Roger Rocketship with intrepid space explorers, Matt and his Dad. When their spaceship malfunctions and Dad comes close to floating off, they land on the nearest planet to safely assess the problem. Here on this seemingly lifeless planet, Matt stumbles upon a magical blue seed, and wants to keep it. But this planet and its inhabitants have other ideas - they need the blue seed to heal the planet, as it's their last chance for survival. They cannot let Matt take the seed with him on Roger Rocketship. Through upbeat songs, scrapes and adventures with tiny fluffy Curio creatures, a two headed Caterpillar, and a one-legged purple Bird, Matt and Dad get caught up in a galactic wind storm, stuck in an underground cave, and discover the true potential of this tiny seed. With the help of their newfound friends, they learn the value of looking after the planet and each other, and embrace how each of us grow - just like the tiny seed - in our own time.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The Tiny Tree is an amazing film using puppets portraying a father and son astronaut team and delightfully cute space creatures that include a purple bird with one leg. It is based on a 2015 stage play by Honolulu Theatre for Youth. The catchy music made me want to dance with the space creatures!

The storyline follows a father and son astronaut team traveling in a spaceship that has mechanical issues and is forced to land on a planet inhabited by strange, but friendly, space creatures. They find a seed of an unknown plant and try to figure out how to plant and nurture it. The father places the boy in charge of keeping it safe and the adventure begins.

This is a witty and entertaining film that teaches important lessons. The story line is very imaginative and easy to follow. It presents the dynamics between parents and kids along with the importance of not disturbing the universe, even if it is just a little seed. The filmmakers met the challenge of making a film entirely with puppets. While at times you can see the puppeteers, it does not detract from the essence of the film. All the puppets are extremely cute and well suited to the story line.

The materials used to create the spaceship and the planet are all very imaginative. They help make the story fun. The background music is original and very catchy. It definitely drive the pace of the film. My hat's off to director, Annie Cusick Wood, who was the Artistic Director of POLKA Theatre in London for five years before moving to Hawaii and collaborating with Honolulu Theatre for Youth (HTY) as a director and playwright. My favorite part of the film is the scene when the boy finds himself in a hole with cute and friendly space creatures that jump and tickle him.

The film really has two messages -- that parents should listen to their kids and that plants benefit the whole ecosystem and should not be removed from their habitat. That's a good message that relates to ecological issues on Earth as well.

I give The Tiny Tree 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 7, plus adults. Reviewed by Pam L., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The Tiny Tree is an amazing film using puppets portraying a father and son astronaut team and delightfully cute space creatures that include a purple bird with one leg. It is based on a 2015 stage play by Honolulu Theatre for Youth. The catchy music made me want to dance with the space creatures!

The storyline follows a father and son astronaut team traveling in a spaceship that has mechanical issues and is forced to land on a planet inhabited by strange, but friendly, space creatures. They find a seed of an unknown plant and try to figure out how to plant and nurture it. The father places the boy in charge of keeping it safe and the adventure begins.

This is a witty and entertaining film that teaches important lessons. The story line is very imaginative and easy to follow. It presents the dynamics between parents and kids along with the importance of not disturbing the universe, even if it is just a little seed. The filmmakers met the challenge of making a film entirely with puppets. While at times you can see the puppeteers, it does not detract from the essence of the film. All the puppets are extremely cute and well suited to the story line.

The materials used to create the spaceship and the planet are all very imaginative. They help make the story fun. The background music is original and very catchy. It definitely drive the pace of the film. My hat's off to director, Annie Cusick Wood, who was the Artistic Director of POLKA Theatre in London for five years before moving to Hawaii and collaborating with Honolulu Theatre for Youth (HTY) as a director and playwright. My favorite part of the film is the scene when the boy finds himself in a hole with cute and friendly space creatures that jump and tickle him.

The film really has two messages -- that parents should listen to their kids and that plants benefit the whole ecosystem and should not be removed from their habitat. That's a good message that relates to ecological issues on Earth as well.

I give The Tiny Tree 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 7, plus adults. Reviewed by Pam L., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 35 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


WHO IS IT: WHO IS SINGING?

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WHO IS IT: WHO IS SINGING?
PUBLIC TELEVISION SERVICE, TAIWAN
Series: TV SERIES, AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - One day, the lion and his wife are playing musical instruments together. Unexpectedly, someone begins to sing along with the melody. The lion and his wife are very excited, so the two embark on a journey with their musical instruments to find the beautiful voice.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - If this doesn't cheer up your day, nothing will. I admit that I watched Who is it: Who is singing? after a long day of watching films, many of which were pretty tedious and this just perked me right up and made me giggle.

The storyline follows a lion couple who are playing musical instruments together - a wind instrument for him and an accordion for her. Unexpectedly, someone begins to sing along with them. The lion couple are very excited, and embark on a journey with their musical instruments to find the beautiful voice.

I am completely enchanted by the characters and how they are drawn. They are all so darn cute. The bird, the lion couple, frog, the penguins... -- adorable. Plus, the lions play instruments and talk to animals. The colors of this animated short are bright and cheery - yellows and reds and blues. The two main characters are a lion couple - man and wife. They play their music and travel around enchanting other animals along their way who sing and dance with them My favorite part is when they are with the penguins in the snow.

The message of this film is about observing the world around us and sharing our gift, whether music or something else, with others.

I give Who is it: Who is singing? 4 out of stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 5, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - If this doesn't cheer up your day, nothing will. I admit that I watched Who is it: Who is singing? after a long day of watching films, many of which were pretty tedious and this just perked me right up and made me giggle.

The storyline follows a lion couple who are playing musical instruments together - a wind instrument for him and an accordion for her. Unexpectedly, someone begins to sing along with them. The lion couple are very excited, and embark on a journey with their musical instruments to find the beautiful voice.

I am completely enchanted by the characters and how they are drawn. They are all so darn cute. The bird, the lion couple, frog, the penguins... -- adorable. Plus, the lions play instruments and talk to animals. The colors of this animated short are bright and cheery - yellows and reds and blues. The two main characters are a lion couple - man and wife. They play their music and travel around enchanting other animals along their way who sing and dance with them My favorite part is when they are with the penguins in the snow.

The message of this film is about observing the world around us and sharing our gift, whether music or something else, with others.

I give Who is it: Who is singing? 4 out of stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 5, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 3 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-6
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


EUREKA!

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DISNEY CHANNEL
Series: TV SHOW, AGES 2-8
Topic - Family
Description - Eureka! tells the story of a young girl inventor who is way ahead of her time. Utilizing creative out-of-the-box thinking, she designs inventions and contraptions in the hopes of making the world a better place and moving her prehistoric community into a more modern era. With the help of her supportive parents, teacher, best friends -- Pepper and Barry -- and beloved pet mammoth Murphy, Eureka is learning to embrace that she is not ordinary ... she's extraordinary.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Eureka! Coming your way is a new animated, music-filled series full of life lessons, adventures, and "thinkering!" Eureka! Is the perfect show for kids to learn more about the world of S.T.E.A.M. and problem solving. This show has a diverse cast of characters, endless entertainment, and relatability, and is perfect for the whole family to watch.

Eureka! Follows a fearless, young girl inventor named Eureka (Ruth Righi) who lives in Rocky Falls with her parents and pet Mammoth, Murphy (Fred Tatasciore). Eureka is always designing new inventions and contraptions in her prehistoric community to help make it more modern. From finding a way to get Murphy into the house when he couldn't use the door to creating a one-person band of instruments, whenever she "thinkers" she is sure to solve whatever issue she comes across.

Eureka as the lead character is the perfect role model for younger girls. It's amazing to see a young female like Eureka showing other kids that they aren't too young to be in the world of S.T.E.A.M. I love the support Eureka gets from her family, friends, teachers and the rest of her community. It really encourages her to be confident even when she doesn't always fit in. One of my favorite scenes is when Eureka and her mom Roxy (Ren�e Elise Goldsberry) are singing about the Rubber Tree Soup, and she shows that her mom doesn't give up when the soup doesn't come out the way she expects it to. While this series is set in a prehistoric time period, viewers will love watching Eureka modernize her community. An example is when Eureka redirects underground steam to create an oven for her mom's restaurant. It gives the show a unique twist that will draw viewers to it.

There are multiple messages throughout the series, like never giving up on your goals, and that even when you fail it's important to try again. Eureka also teaches young viewers about responsibility by taking care of her pet Mammoth, Murphy. Overall Eureka! Teaches kids all about the world of S.T.E.A.M., being fearless when solving problems, and creating inventions even as kids.

I give Eureka! 5 out of 5 stars. This is definitely a kid-focused, family-friendly series, so I recommend it for kids 2 to 8. Eureka! Debuts on Disney Junior June 22, 2022, and on Disney+ the same day.

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

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-8
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: TV


MIMI'S GOOD NIGHT

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MIMI'S GOOD NIGHT
JACKIE ROSS
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 2-6
Topic - Family
Description - These children have a hard time going to bed until they fall into their bedtime routine.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Mimi's Good Night will make you smile as you watch the transition from chaos to calm.

The storyline follows a group of young children engaged in a bit of pre-bed chaos until the mom intervenes and bedtime rituals and a calm transition to bedtime takes over.

I really like the animation style that the creator, Jackie Ross, uses. It's whimsical and fun. Her images of the children at the beginning in complete chaotic pillow fight mode are laughable. When the mom steps in and leads the children into following a little bit more regimented bedtime transition, from teeth brushing to star gazing, it makes you appreciate the value of order in our lives. The gentle background music is well utilized in this non-narrative piece, which relies on the music to enhance its mood. The message of the film is that routine leads to calmness, especially at bedtime.

I give Mimi's Good Night 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2-6, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Mimi's Good Night will make you smile as you watch the transition from chaos to calm.

The storyline follows a group of young children engaged in a bit of pre-bed chaos until the mom intervenes and bedtime rituals and a calm transition to bedtime takes over.

I really like the animation style that the creator, Jackie Ross, uses. It's whimsical and fun. Her images of the children at the beginning in complete chaotic pillow fight mode are laughable. When the mom steps in and leads the children into following a little bit more regimented bedtime transition, from teeth brushing to star gazing, it makes you appreciate the value of order in our lives. The gentle background music is well utilized in this non-narrative piece, which relies on the music to enhance its mood. The message of the film is that routine leads to calmness, especially at bedtime.

I give Mimi's Good Night 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2-6, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 2 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-6
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


LOS MUSSI

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LOS MUSSI
PROMOFEST
Series: FOREIGN ANIMATED SHORT, AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - The Mussi are three protective elves of childhood and nature that with their action repair and monitor the well-being and balance of human beings on the planet.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This animated short is filled with positive thoughts and words, accompanied by beautiful visuals. It's a "feel good" music video really.

The storyline is about the Mussi, three protective elves that repair and monitor the well-being and balance of humans.

The animation is fun and lighthearted, like a kaleidoscope of goodness. The music track is delightful; the lyrics very positive and encouraging. At four minutes, it makes a wonderful interstitial for any KIDS FIRST! Film Festival.

The message I about taking care of one another and the planet. I give Los Mussi 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 5, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This animated short is filled with positive thoughts and words, accompanied by beautiful visuals. It's a "feel good" music video really.

The storyline is about the Mussi, three protective elves that repair and monitor the well-being and balance of humans.

The animation is fun and lighthearted, like a kaleidoscope of goodness. The music track is delightful; the lyrics very positive and encouraging. At four minutes, it makes a wonderful interstitial for any KIDS FIRST! Film Festival.

The message I about taking care of one another and the planet. I give Los Mussi 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 5, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 4 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


GIGGLE WIGGLE - HOT SUMMMER DAY

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GIGGLE WIGGLE - HOT SUMMMER DAY
MARZENA NEHREBECKA
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - Giggle Wiggle tells a story of a friendship between a great green gnome Giggle Wiggle and a little girl named Blabberina, who engage (be it willingly or otherwise) in colossal conflicts of tiny nations. In Giggle Wiggle's world, quarrelsome characters are small and silly. From Poland
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Giggle Wiggle - Hot Summer Day is a cute little animated short from Poland, with English dialogue. It's refreshingly adorable.

The story is about a green gnome, Giggle Wiggle, and a little girl who engage in a constant push and pull of conflicts, but are friends all the same.

The characters are cute as can be, especially the gnome. The little girl is a kick, although I could do without her high pitched squeaky voice. The narrator, on the other hand, has a terrific voice and his narrative pulls together the whole story, as well as its lesson at the end. I love the designs of the characters - they are whimsical and fun. The storyline features how the gnome is reluctant to do anything he is unfamiliar with - starting with not wanting to go into the water. But, once he gets in, he discovers that he loves it and doesn't want to leave. Later, when the moon turns strawberries into ice cream, he doesn't want to try it because he's never had ice cream before. Who does that remind you of? Someone in your life? I can definitely relate to this.

The message of this short piece is about trying things you've never done before.

I give Giggle Wiggle - Hot Summer Day 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 5. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Giggle Wiggle - Hot Summer Day is a cute little animated short from Poland, with English dialogue. It's refreshingly adorable.

The story is about a green gnome, Giggle Wiggle, and a little girl who engage in a constant push and pull of conflicts, but are friends all the same.

The characters are cute as can be, especially the gnome. The little girl is a kick, although I could do without her high pitched squeaky voice. The narrator, on the other hand, has a terrific voice and his narrative pulls together the whole story, as well as its lesson at the end. I love the designs of the characters - they are whimsical and fun. The storyline features how the gnome is reluctant to do anything he is unfamiliar with - starting with not wanting to go into the water. But, once he gets in, he discovers that he loves it and doesn't want to leave. Later, when the moon turns strawberries into ice cream, he doesn't want to try it because he's never had ice cream before. Who does that remind you of? Someone in your life? I can definitely relate to this.

The message of this short piece is about trying things you've never done before.

I give Giggle Wiggle - Hot Summer Day 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 5. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 6 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


SPACE BEAR FRIENDS

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SPACE BEAR FRIENDS
MIKE SCHLEIF
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - Bella and Zaara join their classmates Sammy and Fifi and learn about the number 1, the letter A, and apples.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a cute show, with new episodes from a show we have featured previously. It's just as cute as ever.

The story follows Bella and Zaara as they join their classmates Sammy and Fifi and learn about the number one, the letter A and apples.

I find the characters quite charming and the 2D animation well made. The voices are cute; you can imagine these kids in real time. I like the opening showing the kids in outer space, being picked up by the Galactic School Bus. The storybook about apples is a nice inclusion, and helps deliver an educational message for its preschool audience. The background music works well with the show. It's a sweet package, all in all.

The film offers an educational experience for preschoolers in a fun and interactive way.

I give Space Bear Friends 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 5. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is a cute show, with new episodes from a show we have featured previously. It's just as cute as ever.

The story follows Bella and Zaara as they join their classmates Sammy and Fifi and learn about the number one, the letter A and apples.

I find the characters quite charming and the 2D animation well made. The voices are cute; you can imagine these kids in real time. I like the opening showing the kids in outer space, being picked up by the Galactic School Bus. The storybook about apples is a nice inclusion, and helps deliver an educational message for its preschool audience. The background music works well with the show. It's a sweet package, all in all.

The film offers an educational experience for preschoolers in a fun and interactive way.

I give Space Bear Friends 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 5. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 7 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


BLUE COOLER

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BLUE COOLER
LAURA MARGULIES
Series: SHORTS, AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - Blue Cooler, an oil painted animated short film, captures small moments of life in Hawaii through a montage of richly painted and colorful brush strokes, sounds and images. Like home movies that spark an atmosphere or feeling, the moving paintings in Blue Cooler pop with familiar experiences and vivid observations. The animation is hand painted frame by frame using oil paints.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Gorgeous, absolutely spectacular! Blue Cooler opens a window into the real world of Hawai?i - not the tourists' world, but the reality of everyday life for the people and families of the Islands. The images and sounds of holoholo, ukulele, surfing, paddling, fishing, picnics, shave ice, dogs and kids playing on the beach, the sounds of birds and insects, children in school, high school graduation, Christmas, supermarkets, even the city traffic. The images, painted in oil and shot frame by frame, capture what those who live here may take for granted, but constitute the fabric of our lives - the big and little things that make living in Hawai?i such a great privilege and pleasure. These are precious slices of life shared with everyone who watches the film. I give this film a rousing and appreciative 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 18, plus adults. By Ann B., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Gorgeous, absolutely spectacular! Blue Cooler opens a window into the real world of Hawai?i - not the tourists' world, but the reality of everyday life for the people and families of the Islands. The images and sounds of holoholo, ukulele, surfing, paddling, fishing, picnics, shave ice, dogs and kids playing on the beach, the sounds of birds and insects, children in school, high school graduation, Christmas, supermarkets, even the city traffic. The images, painted in oil and shot frame by frame, capture what those who live here may take for granted, but constitute the fabric of our lives - the big and little things that make living in Hawai?i such a great privilege and pleasure. These are precious slices of life shared with everyone who watches the film. I give this film a rousing and appreciative 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 18, plus adults. By Ann B., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 8 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


BEFORE IT'S TIME TO SAY GOODNIGHT - A BEDTIME LULLABY

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BEFORE IT'S TIME TO SAY GOODNIGHT - A BEDTIME LULLABY
DIANE BAUMANN
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 2-8
Topic - Family
Description - Pansie the piglet can't sleep because she is terrified of the outside noises. Fiore the Fairy helps her to overcome her fear and shows her that the night sounds are not so scary after all.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Before It's Time to Say Goodnight - A Bedtime Lullaby is a great video for children to watch and listen to before bedtime. I love the music and the animation. Little ones will be off to sleep in no time after watching this.

The story is about Pansie the piglet who is unable to sleep. So, Fiore the Fairy comes to help her by singing her a lullaby to help her to relax.

This is a perfect short animated film that helps young children wind down for naptime or bedtime! I love listening to music at night; it always helps me go to sleep. The music stands out in this film and is very soothing. So is the voice of Fiore the Fairy (Diane Bauman). The animation really enhances the lyrics of the lullaby; it's easy to watch and follow along. Pansie the piglet seems a bit over-dressed for a pig getting ready for bed, but her outfit is certainly adorable. The sets are perfect for a child imagining where Pansie might be. The entire film is sort of a visual lullaby. The two characters are Pansie the Piglet and Fiore the Fairy; both are voiced by Diane Baumann who is also the director, writer and producer. The film is only three minutes long, so there isn't much time for character development. The only character development really is watching little Pansie the piglet fall asleep and see her dream softly flowing over her head.

The film offers a great inducement to help children learn to relax and gently fall asleep.

I give Before It's Time to Say Goodnight - A Bedtime Lullaby 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 8, plus adults. By Tiana S., and Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Before It's Time to Say Goodnight - A Bedtime Lullaby is a great video for children to watch and listen to before bedtime. I love the music and the animation. Little ones will be off to sleep in no time after watching this.

The story is about Pansie the piglet who is unable to sleep. So, Fiore the Fairy comes to help her by singing her a lullaby to help her to relax.

This is a perfect short animated film that helps young children wind down for naptime or bedtime! I love listening to music at night; it always helps me go to sleep. The music stands out in this film and is very soothing. So is the voice of Fiore the Fairy (Diane Bauman). The animation really enhances the lyrics of the lullaby; it's easy to watch and follow along. Pansie the piglet seems a bit over-dressed for a pig getting ready for bed, but her outfit is certainly adorable. The sets are perfect for a child imagining where Pansie might be. The entire film is sort of a visual lullaby. The two characters are Pansie the Piglet and Fiore the Fairy; both are voiced by Diane Baumann who is also the director, writer and producer. The film is only three minutes long, so there isn't much time for character development. The only character development really is watching little Pansie the piglet fall asleep and see her dream softly flowing over her head.

The film offers a great inducement to help children learn to relax and gently fall asleep.

I give Before It's Time to Say Goodnight - A Bedtime Lullaby 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 8, plus adults. By Tiana S., and Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 3 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-8
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


TO BETSY, FROM SANTA

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TO BETSY, FROM SANTA
ANDREW HUXLEY MILLER
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 2-10
Topic - Family
Description - A North Pole Elf must deliver a gift which never was placed on the Sleigh.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - To Betsy, From Santa is very heartwarming and gets you into the Christmas mood. It's long enough to understand, but short enough to hold your attention.

The storyline is about Mira, an elf from the North Pole, who is sent to deliver a very special present to a girl named Betsy whose present was left off the sleigh.

This is a very sweet, uplifting, feel good story. However, the beginning is a bit confusing because there is nothing that informs us about why this is all taking place. As it develops, it's easy to figure out what happened. The camerawork is pretty good, although the lighting is not good at all and most of it is very dark. It does not appear to be in high definition either. The costumes and set are very workable. Mira's elf costume is a bit under stated perhaps. The background music is Christmas music and is only present during the beginning and at the end. The strongest performance is from Madison Steiner who plays Mira. Her cheerful interpretation of an elf is very believable. Betsy's father, played by Ryan Thomas Harris, also has a good performance as you can feel how he cares for daughter, Betsy. Angelina Biron, who plays Betsy, is cute as a button although her performance is pretty bland. My biggest issue is that this film appears pretty grainy and I suspect it is not high definition, which would make it unavailable for play in theaters, but it would work for virtual screenings. My favorite part is the ending because it is very happy and heartwarming, but I can't tell you what happens.

The message is to work hard for those you care about and believe in magic.

I give To Betsy, From Santa 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 10. It will make people happy, especially those that celebrate Christmas. By Katherine S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - To Betsy, From Santa is very heartwarming and gets you into the Christmas mood. It's long enough to understand, but short enough to hold your attention.

The storyline is about Mira, an elf from the North Pole, who is sent to deliver a very special present to a girl named Betsy whose present was left off the sleigh.

This is a very sweet, uplifting, feel good story. However, the beginning is a bit confusing because there is nothing that informs us about why this is all taking place. As it develops, it's easy to figure out what happened. The camerawork is pretty good, although the lighting is not good at all and most of it is very dark. It does not appear to be in high definition either. The costumes and set are very workable. Mira's elf costume is a bit under stated perhaps. The background music is Christmas music and is only present during the beginning and at the end. The strongest performance is from Madison Steiner who plays Mira. Her cheerful interpretation of an elf is very believable. Betsy's father, played by Ryan Thomas Harris, also has a good performance as you can feel how he cares for daughter, Betsy. Angelina Biron, who plays Betsy, is cute as a button although her performance is pretty bland. My biggest issue is that this film appears pretty grainy and I suspect it is not high definition, which would make it unavailable for play in theaters, but it would work for virtual screenings. My favorite part is the ending because it is very happy and heartwarming, but I can't tell you what happens.

The message is to work hard for those you care about and believe in magic.

I give To Betsy, From Santa 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 10. It will make people happy, especially those that celebrate Christmas. By Katherine S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 6 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-10
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


DO, RE &MI

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AMAZON STUDIOS
Series: TV SERIES, AGES 2-8
Topic - Family
Description - Join birdie friends Do, Re and Mi in the musical world of Beebopsburgh, an island where instruments grow in the Falsetto Forest and a giant Music Mountain towers above all their adventures. Discover the sounds and melodies, move to the beat and see how music helps solve any problem. Featuring an original song each episode.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Do, Re & Mi is a fun and educational show with many fun characters that make it so enlightening. With so much fun it's hard not to get into a show like this.

This show follows three little birdies, Do (Luke Youngblood), Re (Jackie Tohn) and Mi (Kristen Bell). They go on lots of adventures together such as trying out for a singing job or getting a new guitar and getting lost. With lots of fun messages and characters this show will appeal to a variety of kids. Each episode is about 23 minutes long and split into two stories.

This web series has lots of fun things to point out, starting with the theme song introducing all the main characters and introducing some inspirational messages. It will have your preschooler repeating the song around the house all day. There are also lots of other songs, hence the title Do, Re & Mi. Each episode has at least two, if not more songs and two different problems that the three birdies try to solve. There is a cool little animation that happens every episode. The animation is clear and sharp and is really fun since it's based on birds. Lots of bird terms are toyed with, such as humamazing, absohootly and high wing which make for a fun addition, since the whole show is about birds. We also learn some music terms such as tempo (speed of the song) and dynamics (volume of the song).

The message of the show is about being yourself and never stop singing.

I give Do, Re & Mi 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 8, plus adults who will enjoy watching it with their little kids and can join them in singing along. This launches on Amazon Prime Video September 17, 2021. Be sure to check it out.

By Avalon N., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-8
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: TV


BACK TO SCHOOL DURING THE PANDEMIC

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BACK TO SCHOOL DURING THE PANDEMIC
MARIE LEINER
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 2-12
Topic - Family
Description - Children's return to school during the pandemic can be, at best, an experience that will eventually prove to be insignificant. But it can also be an experience that will be repeated, causing concern and uneasiness, so children should be prepared to cope comfortably with such an experience. The importance of hand washing and the use of masks is presented as an effective form of protection, along with a clean school, which is also the best option for reducing health problems. The story, without dialogue, describes the present, a possible future and the appearance of a new virus. Fear of the appearance of a new virus and possible anxiety are reduced through breathing exercises and the concept of meditation is introduced as a mechanism to overcome uncertainty and prevent anxiety.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - What is realized during the course of this animated film short, is that the viewer, whether a parent, a teacher or a child, is getting a first rate understanding about what COVID means to kids. From the very simple premise of mask wearing and hand washing, children that watch this film will integrate their disappointment with a sense of health and well being.

Back to School During the Pandemic starts showing elementary school kids in masks, counting the weeks and months to be mask-less again. The animated COVID-19 virus is shown are like little Pac-Mans, troublesome bad guys trying to get into their masks.

The director, Marie Leiner, is a science researcher who has written and produced a number of health education shorts and has made this very relevant topic cute and fun to watch, which hopefully rallies kids to be careful. The final segment also teaches kids how to breathe to relieve their stress. So if, and when, they have to wear masks again, kids will still be able to be happy and curious about life's lessons. There is no narration in this film. The groans, ooh's and ah's are the only sounds we hear. A toddler could understand this film, because the teacher teachers her lessons in incomprehensible mumbles, another cute idea. The music is appropriately timed with the ups and downs of the scenes and helps keep things moving. The animation is a bit stiff, but the content is important enough to quickly make that irrelevant. This short film could be enjoyed by any kindergarten or elementary school child.

The message of the film is that there are germs out there that we are fighting together and we'll do so using science as our guide.

I give Back to School During the Pandemic 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 through 12. By Nancy K., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - What is realized during the course of this animated film short, is that the viewer, whether a parent, a teacher or a child, is getting a first rate understanding about what COVID means to kids. From the very simple premise of mask wearing and hand washing, children that watch this film will integrate their disappointment with a sense of health and well being.

Back to School During the Pandemic starts showing elementary school kids in masks, counting the weeks and months to be mask-less again. The animated COVID-19 virus is shown are like little Pac-Mans, troublesome bad guys trying to get into their masks.

The director, Marie Leiner, is a science researcher who has written and produced a number of health education shorts and has made this very relevant topic cute and fun to watch, which hopefully rallies kids to be careful. The final segment also teaches kids how to breathe to relieve their stress. So if, and when, they have to wear masks again, kids will still be able to be happy and curious about life's lessons. There is no narration in this film. The groans, ooh's and ah's are the only sounds we hear. A toddler could understand this film, because the teacher teachers her lessons in incomprehensible mumbles, another cute idea. The music is appropriately timed with the ups and downs of the scenes and helps keep things moving. The animation is a bit stiff, but the content is important enough to quickly make that irrelevant. This short film could be enjoyed by any kindergarten or elementary school child.

The message of the film is that there are germs out there that we are fighting together and we'll do so using science as our guide.

I give Back to School During the Pandemic 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 through 12. By Nancy K., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 4 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


REGINALD THE FLYING LLAMA

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REGINALD THE FLYING LLAMA
LAUREN RICHMOND
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 2-18
Topic - Family
Description - A llama named Reginald has dreams that are sky high, because all he wants is to be able to fly. Will Reginald be able to take flight or is he destined to live out his life on land?
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This animated short is fantastical and fun.

The whimsical and magical comedic story follows a llama named Reginald who has dreams of flying. Will Reginald be able to take flight or is he destined to live out his life on land?

Once in a while we all need just a bit of fantasy to brighten our day and this is certainly that. Do llamas really fly? I think now; but in animation and make believe, anything is possible. And so it is with Reginald as he dances and prances across the screen, only to dream of flying while watching the birds in the sky. The music is charming, the poetry in iambic pentameter, the suspense when he jumps off the cliff is sustained and rewarded when he next appears dancing across the sky - no spoiler intended here. I love it and will probably be singing this song for the rest of the day. Da de da da...

Message - never give up on your dreams, however wild they are.

I give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 18, but only if older people have a sense of humor. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This animated short is fantastical and fun.

The whimsical and magical comedic story follows a llama named Reginald who has dreams of flying. Will Reginald be able to take flight or is he destined to live out his life on land?

Once in a while we all need just a bit of fantasy to brighten our day and this is certainly that. Do llamas really fly? I think now; but in animation and make believe, anything is possible. And so it is with Reginald as he dances and prances across the screen, only to dream of flying while watching the birds in the sky. The music is charming, the poetry in iambic pentameter, the suspense when he jumps off the cliff is sustained and rewarded when he next appears dancing across the sky - no spoiler intended here. I love it and will probably be singing this song for the rest of the day. Da de da da...

Message - never give up on your dreams, however wild they are.

I give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 18, but only if older people have a sense of humor. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 2 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


CHARLIE'S COLORFORMS CITY: FANTASTICK ADVENTURES

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CHARLIE'S COLORFORMS CITY: FANTASTICK ADVENTURES       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 2-6
Topic - Family
Description - Once upon a time, there was... Charlie! A friend like no other! Charlie is YOUR silly, creative playmate and best friend. He is SOOOOO excited to take YOU on adventures with him. Charlie created Colorforms City out of his imagination so that he can tell the best stories possible... like a knight trying to save a balloon, adventuring to the other end of the rainbow, or Charlie's epic quest to solve a mystery. Come along with Charlie and his friends as they solve problems using creativity, ingenuity, and the shapes Charlie sees all around him.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - In Charlie's Colorforms City: Fantastick Adventures Charlie and his friends create stories and imagine doing different things around their city such as being a mechanic and solving mysteries. Charlie invites the audience to use their imagination to create the story along the way. This DVD is educational and promotes problem-solving while simultaneously teaching children about shapes and colors.

I find this show appealing as an adult, because even though the questions Charlie prompts the audience with are simple, it is still fun to participate in an interactive show. I think children will enjoy this show because they will feel immersed creating the story along with Charlie. The city where Charlie lives is funky and vibrant, which will keep the children engaged and interested.

The episodes are easy to follow. Each one begins with Charlie introducing the audience, followed by the main theme song. After that, Charlie invites the audience to join him in creating a story. Usually throughout, Charlie asks the audience to create something with him to help fix a problem that arises in the story. In the end, all the loose ends are tied up perfectly and Charlie proposes that the audience continue the story on their own. The characters, especially Charlie, are very likable. We are inclined to relate to Charlie and feel empathy towards him. The vocabulary is very suitable for the intended age group. The concepts are also easy to follow. For example, when Charlie talks about shapes, it is not expected that children know what each shape is. Charlie prompts the audience by asking what is the best shape to create a particular animal and then explains why or why not each shape would or wouldn't work. It also teaches children what colors are associated with what feeling. For example, when Charlie says "paint me blue" and is sad, the viewer understands that blue is often associated with feeling gloomy. The visual quality is very inviting and cheerful. The DVD allows one to access specific episodes they want to watch. It also is equipped with subtitles, but I only saw them available in English. The most important benefit of the show is giving children the confidence to make their own decisions and use their imagination to help create their own story. Charlie's Colorforms City does allow for children to problem-solve when they need to use their imagination to create the remainder of the story.

I give Charlie's Colorforms City: Fantastick Adventures 5 out of 5 stars because it encourages children to use their imagination, is interactive and visually appealing. It is significant that children continue to use their imagination and Charlie promotes just that. In each episode, Charlie asks the audience to create something with him to help fix a problem that arises in the story. In the end, even though all the loose ends are tied up, Charlie proposes that the audience continue the story on their own. This further encourages the children to think on their own. The vibrancy of the series will easily draw children in, as well as all the funky shapes of the city. The main takeaway for both children and adult viewers is to remind them that they have the power to tell and create their own story. I recommend it for ages 4 to 10, plus adults.

By Tor F., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Are you ready for a colorful, playful and interactive adventure that's both fun and educational for the whole family? Then you've got to watch the amazing Charlie's Colorforms City: Fantastick Adventures. In this educational animated series, you'll be inspired to create colorful and magical stories, while developing your critical thinking skills. So, buckle up and get ready for new and exciting adventures that are better than ever!

Charlie's Colorforms City: Fantastick Adventures is all about exploring Colorforms City with Charlie and his two best friends, Red and Violet. In this series, you go on eight whimsical, interactive, storytelling adventures in Colorforms City while learning about different colors, shapes and sizes. Every story Charlie and his friends create is an adventure, so you never know what's coming next because Charlie is always shaking things up! Whether Charlie's a mechanic or a chef - you're in for a real treat.

This cast is filled with so many talented actors throughout the series. Jacob Soley plays Charlie, your creative, fun companion. He connects with his character in such a way that you all will be best friends instantly. Tyler Barish plays one of Charlie's best friends, Red. He is engaging and really connects with his character. Saara Chaudry plays Violet who delivers a dynamic performance. She is my favorite character because she always looks on the bright side of things. My favorite episode is "Mystery Charlie" because someone is stealing all the color from Colorforms City! Charlie and his friends have to work together using their problem solving and critical thinking skills to solve the mystery and save the day. Oh! And I just love the animation and music. The theme song is so catchy! When you hear it you can't help but jump to your feet and dance.

The intent of this DVD is to motivate kids to learn more about colors, shapes and sizes. With Charlie's imagination leading the way, you'll be inspired to create colorful and magical stories, while developing your problem solving skills. Charlie also teaches friendship skills such as being kind, respectful, supportive and being an active listener.

I highly recommend Charlie's Colorforms City: Fantastick Adventures for ages 2 to 6 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. This DVD is available now so, jump to it because you've got a great story to create!

By Ella M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10

Charlie's Colorforms City: Fantastick Adventures is a new DVD where we get to revisit our good friend Charlie who is back and more creative than ever. With new stories and new adventures, young kids will feel like they are a part of the journey too!

Charlie's Colorforms City: Fantastick Adventures is about a young boy named Charlie (Jacob Soley) who loves to go on adventures and create stories. He lives in a very vibrant and fun place called Colorforms City, where everyone is friendly and works together. In this DVD, Charlie does things he's never done before, like becoming a cowboy and having his own restaurant. Kids will learn so much as they join Charlie on his colorful journeys!

Charlie's Colorforms City: Fantastick Adventures is a show that will teach kids valuable lessons. I've seen previous episodes of Charlie's Colorforms City, but this new DVD has a uniqueness of its own. The main thing that sets this DVD from previous ones is the new storylines. We all know that Charlie is very fond of stories and in the episode "Sick Charlie" we see a plethora of stories in a short amount of time. That's because Charlie has a case of "story sneezing." Yup, that means every time Charlie sneezes, he is transported into another story. This is something Charlie has never experienced before, which can be a welcome adventure for fans of the show. It definitely shows off his out-of-this-world imagination. Charlie's Colorforms City: Fantastick Adventure is geared towards younger audiences. Kids who are just starting school may even be watching this show, which is perfect if they want to have more practice learning about shapes, colors and using their minds to entertain themselves. Because the characters and the objects are two-dimensional, it's simpler for young kids to understand. Audiences will never be overwhelmed when watching this DVD; they'll only want more.

The message of this show is that you don't have to wait to be creative. You can be creative anytime, anyplace. No matter where Charlie is, he's thinking ingeniously and wondering what he can do next. This is very family-friendly and is perfect for parents to watch together with their young children.

I rate Charlie's Colorforms City: Fantastick Adventures 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 6. The DVD is available now, so make sure you check it out!

By Maica N., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13
Runtime: 90 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-6
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
Media: DVD
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DR. DADDY

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DR. DADDY
SOEUN PARK
Series: INDIE SHORT AGES 2-8
Topic - Family
Description - A little girl misses her father, a doctor, who is unable to be with her during the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Dr. Daddy skillfully balances a message of family and bravery with loss and suffering in only six minutes. The music and production are simple, yet are thoughtfully incorporated to let the storyline and acting shine. As I watched the ending, the message changes the light-hearted tone of the film to one of pain. The connection that I made with the main character in only a few minutes enhanced the emotional effect of the ending. Dr. Daddy has a clear goal to convey, which guides the directors, actors, writers and production team to success.

Directed, produced and written by Soeun Park, Dr. Daddy follows Carrie Lee (Kyriana Kratter), a young girl who is excited to speak to her father Henry Lee (Henry Mark) who is also a doctor during the COVID-19 pandemic.

I like that the story is well thought out, because the ending illuminates certain scenes that seem mysterious or foreboding. For example, during an online video call, Henry mutes and goes off camera for a moment. Later, we discover Henry has COVID-19 and is trying to hide it from his daughter. Another heartbreaking scene occurs as Henry promises to make his daughter her favorite dish when he comes home, but the reality of the situation is that he might never be able to. Within six minutes, the writer masterfully designs a short film that offers a tribute to the healthcare workers on the frontlines of COVID-19 in a subtle way. The message left me thinking about the doctor's bravery and sacrifices long after it had finished. The camera work is primarily focus on the actors' faces for most of the film. These close-ups allowed the viewer to feel deeply for the characters and their conversation, leading to an emotional bond with them. After only a few minutes, I already felt as if I understood them and their personalities. The end shot zooms out from the father and reveals that he most likely has COVID-19. As the shot backs away from him, we see that Henry is in his car on a deserted street, a worrisome image that shows how isolated he is. The cinematography escalates the emotions of the story while illuminating certain facts that convey its message. Watching the father and daughter communicate via an online video call was prominent for many families during the pandemic. Furthermore, I expected Henry to at the hospital, yet seeing him in his car depicts his struggles. It is used as a kind of "show-not-tell" to indicate what Henry is going through and is very successful in doing so. There are only two instances where background music is used - the beginning and the end. And in both cases it is well executed and appropriate to the story. The music at the start is uplifting and joyous while the music at the end is solemn. The juxtaposition between these two tones highlights the gravity of the situation, because the uplifting tone is representative of Carrie's excitement to see her father while the solemn tone is representative of Henry's worrisome future. Therefore, despite the background score's simplicity, it is used effectively to convey a deeper meaning of family and the bravery of frontline healthcare workers. Kyriana Kratter plays Carrie Lee and she grabbed my attention from the start. She rushes into the room and her excitement is easily visible. She made me curious as to why she was excited and what story I was about to enter. Kyriana continues her mastery of acting as she speaks with her father in the story, successfully exhibiting a wide range of emotions from worry to joy. Henry Mark plays Henry Lee. He also kept me engaged because it seems as if he was hiding something throughout his conversation with his daughter. He maintains a certain dignity throughout the conversation with his daughter and afterwards, his face becomes solemn. It is implied that he has COVID-19 through his terrible cough and the shift in his character is clear and well communicated. Soeun Park's clear vision and message elevates the simplicity of the acting, production, music and locations. She utilizes every aspect of the production so that it engages and elicits a thought-provoking response from the audience. Additionally, while each aspect tells us something new about the story, they are all united by a common theme that gives the film the final bang it needs to make an impact. The film begins from the perspective of Carrie Lee and thus, the music, cinematography and sets are focused on Carrie's side of the story. However, it ends from Henry's perspective and thus, the music, cinematography and sets are focused on his side of the story. The stark contrast engenders the separation of father and daughter and the comfort of their video call falls away, leaving the viewer to revisit the meaning of the call. My favorite part of the film was watching Carrie and seeing her sweet character. She feels very authentic and her puns made me quickly warm up to her.

The message is that throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, frontline healthcare workers have exhibited bravery and strength as they have left their families and risked their lives for the wellbeing of others. Since Henry, the doctor, is Asian American, the film also addresses the Asian American violence that began when COVID-19 was suspected to have originated in China.

I give Dr. Daddy 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 7 to 16. I recommend it for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival because it delivers an important message of inclusivity while unveiling the harsh realities of COVID-19. It caters to a younger audience as the main actress is a young, bright child who loves making puns and telling silly jokes. Yet, it seeks to expand the perspective of the young audience by revealing the plight of her father who is suffering from COVID-19 despite his calm and kind exterior. This qualifies as an Asian American or pandemic special interest topic. Reviewed by Sahiba K., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Dr. Daddy skillfully balances a message of family and bravery with loss and suffering in only six minutes. The music and production are simple, yet are thoughtfully incorporated to let the storyline and acting shine. As I watched the ending, the message changes the light-hearted tone of the film to one of pain. The connection that I made with the main character in only a few minutes enhanced the emotional effect of the ending. Dr. Daddy has a clear goal to convey, which guides the directors, actors, writers and production team to success.

Directed, produced and written by Soeun Park, Dr. Daddy follows Carrie Lee (Kyriana Kratter), a young girl who is excited to speak to her father Henry Lee (Henry Mark) who is also a doctor during the COVID-19 pandemic.

I like that the story is well thought out, because the ending illuminates certain scenes that seem mysterious or foreboding. For example, during an online video call, Henry mutes and goes off camera for a moment. Later, we discover Henry has COVID-19 and is trying to hide it from his daughter. Another heartbreaking scene occurs as Henry promises to make his daughter her favorite dish when he comes home, but the reality of the situation is that he might never be able to. Within six minutes, the writer masterfully designs a short film that offers a tribute to the healthcare workers on the frontlines of COVID-19 in a subtle way. The message left me thinking about the doctor's bravery and sacrifices long after it had finished. The camera work is primarily focus on the actors' faces for most of the film. These close-ups allowed the viewer to feel deeply for the characters and their conversation, leading to an emotional bond with them. After only a few minutes, I already felt as if I understood them and their personalities. The end shot zooms out from the father and reveals that he most likely has COVID-19. As the shot backs away from him, we see that Henry is in his car on a deserted street, a worrisome image that shows how isolated he is. The cinematography escalates the emotions of the story while illuminating certain facts that convey its message. Watching the father and daughter communicate via an online video call was prominent for many families during the pandemic. Furthermore, I expected Henry to at the hospital, yet seeing him in his car depicts his struggles. It is used as a kind of "show-not-tell" to indicate what Henry is going through and is very successful in doing so. There are only two instances where background music is used - the beginning and the end. And in both cases it is well executed and appropriate to the story. The music at the start is uplifting and joyous while the music at the end is solemn. The juxtaposition between these two tones highlights the gravity of the situation, because the uplifting tone is representative of Carrie's excitement to see her father while the solemn tone is representative of Henry's worrisome future. Therefore, despite the background score's simplicity, it is used effectively to convey a deeper meaning of family and the bravery of frontline healthcare workers. Kyriana Kratter plays Carrie Lee and she grabbed my attention from the start. She rushes into the room and her excitement is easily visible. She made me curious as to why she was excited and what story I was about to enter. Kyriana continues her mastery of acting as she speaks with her father in the story, successfully exhibiting a wide range of emotions from worry to joy. Henry Mark plays Henry Lee. He also kept me engaged because it seems as if he was hiding something throughout his conversation with his daughter. He maintains a certain dignity throughout the conversation with his daughter and afterwards, his face becomes solemn. It is implied that he has COVID-19 through his terrible cough and the shift in his character is clear and well communicated. Soeun Park's clear vision and message elevates the simplicity of the acting, production, music and locations. She utilizes every aspect of the production so that it engages and elicits a thought-provoking response from the audience. Additionally, while each aspect tells us something new about the story, they are all united by a common theme that gives the film the final bang it needs to make an impact. The film begins from the perspective of Carrie Lee and thus, the music, cinematography and sets are focused on Carrie's side of the story. However, it ends from Henry's perspective and thus, the music, cinematography and sets are focused on his side of the story. The stark contrast engenders the separation of father and daughter and the comfort of their video call falls away, leaving the viewer to revisit the meaning of the call. My favorite part of the film was watching Carrie and seeing her sweet character. She feels very authentic and her puns made me quickly warm up to her.

The message is that throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, frontline healthcare workers have exhibited bravery and strength as they have left their families and risked their lives for the wellbeing of others. Since Henry, the doctor, is Asian American, the film also addresses the Asian American violence that began when COVID-19 was suspected to have originated in China.

I give Dr. Daddy 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 7 to 16. I recommend it for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival because it delivers an important message of inclusivity while unveiling the harsh realities of COVID-19. It caters to a younger audience as the main actress is a young, bright child who loves making puns and telling silly jokes. Yet, it seeks to expand the perspective of the young audience by revealing the plight of her father who is suffering from COVID-19 despite his calm and kind exterior. This qualifies as an Asian American or pandemic special interest topic. Reviewed by Sahiba K., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 6 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-8
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


This title is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
MY BOX OF MEMORIES
PRISMA DISTRIBUCION
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 2-8
Topic - Family
Description - Ines spends her days looking for rays of sun that she stores in her box of memories. One day, a sad memory escapes from it. She remembers that long ago, the goat Yago left indelible marks on her. Now that this is no longer a secret, she can heal.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The short is cute and captivating, with interesting symbolism. The animation style of My Box of Memories is extremely charming. It reminds me of a picture book or a soft pastel painting.

The story follows a girl collecting rays of sunlight to keep in her box of memories. One day, a sad memory escapes the box and she must confront this memory so she can heal.

Even though this film is aimed at younger children, it portrays a very deep and adult message. Thus, it teaches children about an important topic. Most of the animation is unremarkable, but I really like the scene where the girl is facing her traumatic memory. The backgrounds are not that unique, though the colors are nice. I like how calm the music is, and how it becomes more ominous when the sad memory is introduced. I did find that the audio level of the background music sometimes made hearing the voiceover difficult as it overshadowed it a bit. The slow pace of this film fits with the childlike aesthetic that the visuals represent. The characters do not have clear personalities and I find it difficult to address the voice-acting because it is in Spanish and I am not fluid in that language. However, the subtitles are very clear and easy to read. The art style as well as the color palette. It's very cute and appealing.

The message is that you can heal from a traumatic experience by acknowledging the pain and confronting it.

I give this one 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 8. Reviewed by Calista B., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The short is cute and captivating, with interesting symbolism. The animation style of My Box of Memories is extremely charming. It reminds me of a picture book or a soft pastel painting.

The story follows a girl collecting rays of sunlight to keep in her box of memories. One day, a sad memory escapes the box and she must confront this memory so she can heal.

Even though this film is aimed at younger children, it portrays a very deep and adult message. Thus, it teaches children about an important topic. Most of the animation is unremarkable, but I really like the scene where the girl is facing her traumatic memory. The backgrounds are not that unique, though the colors are nice. I like how calm the music is, and how it becomes more ominous when the sad memory is introduced. I did find that the audio level of the background music sometimes made hearing the voiceover difficult as it overshadowed it a bit. The slow pace of this film fits with the childlike aesthetic that the visuals represent. The characters do not have clear personalities and I find it difficult to address the voice-acting because it is in Spanish and I am not fluid in that language. However, the subtitles are very clear and easy to read. The art style as well as the color palette. It's very cute and appealing.

The message is that you can heal from a traumatic experience by acknowledging the pain and confronting it.

I give this one 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 8. Reviewed by Calista B., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 6 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-6
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


HOME WITH THE NIINE LITTLE BEARS

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HOME WITH THE NIINE LITTLE BEARS
WOODY YOCUM
Series: INDIE SHORTS, AGES 2-6
Topic - Family
Description - The purpose of a good bedtime story is to help children make peace with whatever day they have had and to feel the world is a good and safe place, before they drift into sleep. This is what we have tried to embody in Home with the Nine Little Bears.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - What a fun little short film; a bedtime story about a fictional family of nine young bear siblings. I love how these critters are anthropomorphized by giving them a home, complete with all the accoutrements you would expect in a human home, clothing on the older family members, and relationships with their extended family.

The story is a simple one about this fictional family of bears following their interactions with the world around them throughout the seasons. We watch them interact with their siblings, their parents and their community in a charming and sweet way.

The images in this film are stunning; the opening looks like a watercolor that has come to life; the bears are adorable, and each one is suitably named. I really love the voice of the narrator, which is soothing and clear. I like how the filmmaker makes use of simple graphic enhancements to grab our attention. The storyline is easy to relate to - well, if you have 8 siblings. We observe the lives of these adorable nine bears as they wander the forest meadow, the blueberry patches, the bubbling stream, and observe all that they experience in their natural environment. The motion of the bears is perfect, as they run and jump across the forest, dance around a tree, and fall asleep at the end. The locations are delightful, from the forest, to their charming home. We watch the seasons change and the behavior of the bears change with the seasons. The guitar-strumming background music suits the film; I particularly enjoyed the ending song which left me humming along after the film ended.

What I took away from this film is the simplicity and beauty of nature, and the critters that live in it, even fictional ones.

I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 3 to 7. It would make a sweet addition for a youth film festival. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - What a fun little short film; a bedtime story about a fictional family of nine young bear siblings. I love how these critters are anthropomorphized by giving them a home, complete with all the accoutrements you would expect in a human home, clothing on the older family members, and relationships with their extended family.

The story is a simple one about this fictional family of bears following their interactions with the world around them throughout the seasons. We watch them interact with their siblings, their parents and their community in a charming and sweet way.

The images in this film are stunning; the opening looks like a watercolor that has come to life; the bears are adorable, and each one is suitably named. I really love the voice of the narrator, which is soothing and clear. I like how the filmmaker makes use of simple graphic enhancements to grab our attention. The storyline is easy to relate to - well, if you have 8 siblings. We observe the lives of these adorable nine bears as they wander the forest meadow, the blueberry patches, the bubbling stream, and observe all that they experience in their natural environment. The motion of the bears is perfect, as they run and jump across the forest, dance around a tree, and fall asleep at the end. The locations are delightful, from the forest, to their charming home. We watch the seasons change and the behavior of the bears change with the seasons. The guitar-strumming background music suits the film; I particularly enjoyed the ending song which left me humming along after the film ended.

What I took away from this film is the simplicity and beauty of nature, and the critters that live in it, even fictional ones.

I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 3 to 7. It would make a sweet addition for a youth film festival. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 15 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-6
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


CLEVER PRANKSTERS

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CLEVER PRANKSTERS
DALA ANIMATION
Series: EPISODICS
Topic - Family
Description - High in the foothills of the Alatau Mountains, four friends - Maral, Bulan, Suyr, and Insin, who are thick as thieves, live next to each other. Every day the little kids play in their cosy village, constantly learning about the world, exploring their surroundings and making discoveries. Every day the little animals have exciting adventures, go on fascinating hikes, play various games and of course learn many new things. Friends and mentors, who they meet along the way, help them to learn about the world around them. These are the representatives of fauna inhabiting the steppes, mountains and forests of Kazakhstan. In this series, the animals build an Altybakan (swing) and prepare for Nauryz, but because of their misunderstanding, they almost ruin the holiday, however, the wise Bulan helps his friends resolve the conflict and celebrate Nauryz.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Clever Pranksters educates and enthralls viewers. Rich in Kazakh culture and beautifully animated, each character has its own special personality, accentuated by unique voice talent and an easy to follow plot.

In the Alatau mountains of Kazakhstan, four neighbors and friends, Maral, Bulan, Suyr and Insin are preparing for the Nauryz Festival, marking the beginning of spring and the Persian New Year. The four build an altybakan swing and are looking forward to eating special Nauryz kozhe, but Maral, Suyr and Insin's impatience nearly ruins the holiday.

I did not know much about Kazakh traditions, and this show enlightened me about how Kazakhs celebrate Nauryz. Additionally, even though the characters are animals, they show human values which makes watching the show even more fun and relatable. The animation is well executed; the shots of the friends' village in the mountains are picturesque, and the motion graphics (while not reflecting real life) are engaging as well. The characters have some exaggerated movements, but its fun for a kids' animated short. The show is set in the Central Asian country of Kazakhstan, but one wouldn't necessarily know from the animation, as it could be set in any hilly area. The universality of the setting is a bit at odds with the plot, which focuses heavily on Kazakh culture. I would have appreciated a more definitively Central Asian backdrop, but it's lovely nonetheless. The sets are well animated, with some lifelike plants and houses, and other details that stretch your imagination. The background music doesn't necessarily drive the action of the film. It's a flute piece with a constant tempo throughout the film and seems like stock music. On the other hand, the title track is carefully composed by Galymzhan Sekeev and sung by Yerzet Ramazanov. It's my favorite piece of music in the film, but I wish it had subtitles. Dinara Abikeeva, Tolykn Nurbekova and Daniyar Bazarkulov are the voice actors in this film. They provide a unique dimension to each character, speaking clearly, with some unique twists depending on the character. Though the film is in Kazakh, their clear diction lines up perfectly with the closed captions, making the film an easy watch. It's evident that the producer, Bakytkyzy Moldir, and director, Dilshat Rakhmatullin, have taken the utmost care in weaving together the film. I love the final scene of the film, with the constructed altybakan and bright colorful lights gleaming as the sky darkens. It's a lovely ending that brings the plot and several themes of the film together.

The message is "haste makes wastem" as Bulan says. Also, the film promotes cultural appreciation of Nauryz and Kazakh traditions. It does show kids doing risky things that kids might imitate such as when the characters are shown trying to play on a half-built swing.

I give this one 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 to 14. The film is educational and fun to watch; it's sure to be a hit with families across the globe! By Eshaan M., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Clever Pranksters educates and enthralls viewers. Rich in Kazakh culture and beautifully animated, each character has its own special personality, accentuated by unique voice talent and an easy to follow plot.

In the Alatau mountains of Kazakhstan, four neighbors and friends, Maral, Bulan, Suyr and Insin are preparing for the Nauryz Festival, marking the beginning of spring and the Persian New Year. The four build an altybakan swing and are looking forward to eating special Nauryz kozhe, but Maral, Suyr and Insin's impatience nearly ruins the holiday.

I did not know much about Kazakh traditions, and this show enlightened me about how Kazakhs celebrate Nauryz. Additionally, even though the characters are animals, they show human values which makes watching the show even more fun and relatable. The animation is well executed; the shots of the friends' village in the mountains are picturesque, and the motion graphics (while not reflecting real life) are engaging as well. The characters have some exaggerated movements, but its fun for a kids' animated short. The show is set in the Central Asian country of Kazakhstan, but one wouldn't necessarily know from the animation, as it could be set in any hilly area. The universality of the setting is a bit at odds with the plot, which focuses heavily on Kazakh culture. I would have appreciated a more definitively Central Asian backdrop, but it's lovely nonetheless. The sets are well animated, with some lifelike plants and houses, and other details that stretch your imagination. The background music doesn't necessarily drive the action of the film. It's a flute piece with a constant tempo throughout the film and seems like stock music. On the other hand, the title track is carefully composed by Galymzhan Sekeev and sung by Yerzet Ramazanov. It's my favorite piece of music in the film, but I wish it had subtitles. Dinara Abikeeva, Tolykn Nurbekova and Daniyar Bazarkulov are the voice actors in this film. They provide a unique dimension to each character, speaking clearly, with some unique twists depending on the character. Though the film is in Kazakh, their clear diction lines up perfectly with the closed captions, making the film an easy watch. It's evident that the producer, Bakytkyzy Moldir, and director, Dilshat Rakhmatullin, have taken the utmost care in weaving together the film. I love the final scene of the film, with the constructed altybakan and bright colorful lights gleaming as the sky darkens. It's a lovely ending that brings the plot and several themes of the film together.

The message is "haste makes wastem" as Bulan says. Also, the film promotes cultural appreciation of Nauryz and Kazakh traditions. It does show kids doing risky things that kids might imitate such as when the characters are shown trying to play on a half-built swing.

I give this one 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 to 14. The film is educational and fun to watch; it's sure to be a hit with families across the globe! By Eshaan M., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 7 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-15
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


TICKLEBERRY PLACE

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TICKLEBERRY PLACE
LAUREN MCELROY
Series: EPISODICS, AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - In a small imaginary and magical world called Tickleberry Place there are small farms, gardens, trees, and plants. Tickleberry Place is home to the miniature Tickleberries that spend their days helping each other and the world around them. Terry, Evie, Kato and Kina are best friends. This particular group of Tickleberry children love to play. Every day they visit their secret playhouse where they are presented with new items to play with. Through simple story telling and songs, these four friends are introduced to ideas which build their emotional intelligence, self-awareness and social skills, while encouraging positive communication methods.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Tickleberry Place has adorable animation, excellent voice overs and incredible embedded education. Along with this, there are fun and meaningful songs and kid-friendly, important messages that are crystal clear. Being educational and entertaining at the same time. I'm impressed by it.

The storyline follows a few young characters baking a cake and they must take turns in order to make a delicious treat. Along the way, they learn some important life lessons; in this episode, the lesson is about patience.

The story is definitely appealing and great for young kids. However, it doesn't have much detail, so keep that in mind. The 2D animation is well executed and brightly colored. The music is definitely one of the strong points of the show; it creates a joyful environment that makes learning and understanding life messages fun. There are a couple of songs that I really liked, the first one introduces the characters and setting, later, there is one that emphasizes importance of patience. The voiceover actors are very good with lively and relatable dialogue and fun singing; all of which makes the show enjoyable.

The show addresses issues such as problem-solving, cooperation with friends and others, and more. It includes some basic math, spelling, vocabulary skills as well as life lessons such as patience.

I give this one 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 3 to 7. The story moves a bit slowly and is most suitable for younger kids. It promotes positive messages while being entertaining. Reviewed by Kyla C., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Tickleberry Place has adorable animation, excellent voice overs and incredible embedded education. Along with this, there are fun and meaningful songs and kid-friendly, important messages that are crystal clear. Being educational and entertaining at the same time. I'm impressed by it.

The storyline follows a few young characters baking a cake and they must take turns in order to make a delicious treat. Along the way, they learn some important life lessons; in this episode, the lesson is about patience.

The story is definitely appealing and great for young kids. However, it doesn't have much detail, so keep that in mind. The 2D animation is well executed and brightly colored. The music is definitely one of the strong points of the show; it creates a joyful environment that makes learning and understanding life messages fun. There are a couple of songs that I really liked, the first one introduces the characters and setting, later, there is one that emphasizes importance of patience. The voiceover actors are very good with lively and relatable dialogue and fun singing; all of which makes the show enjoyable.

The show addresses issues such as problem-solving, cooperation with friends and others, and more. It includes some basic math, spelling, vocabulary skills as well as life lessons such as patience.

I give this one 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 3 to 7. The story moves a bit slowly and is most suitable for younger kids. It promotes positive messages while being entertaining. Reviewed by Kyla C., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 15 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


CITY OF GHOSTS

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NETFLIX
Series: TV SERIES, AGES 2-8
Topic - Family
Description - A group of kids discover stories around their city by communicating directly with the ghosts who inhabit it.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - What could possibly be clever, charming and also refreshing? The new short series City of Ghosts! displays a new authentic animation style that is really pleasing to the eye and will make you want to watch the show more and more. The show delivers a very creative plot that makes you fall in love with both the show and its characters.

City of Ghosts follows a group of children that love ghosts. Together they decide to make a homemade show discovering different ghosts around the city. The children go to various places meeting new people and new friends.

City of Ghosts has a very different animation style than most other shows. The physical characters are animated, but the environment around them is real world settings. This seems odd at first, but over time you start to adore it. The animation really stands out because of this creative new angle of animation it delivers.

The show has many themes of friendship, family and exploration. City of Ghosts also has many morals. It teaches children the importance of creativity and the concept that you can do anything you put your mind to.

I give City of Ghosts 5 out of 5 stars and I recommend it for ages 2 to 6. This was definitely a highlight of the New York International Film Festival and is available now on Netflix.

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-8
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: TV


GIGANTOSAURUS: SEASON 1, VOL.2

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N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 2-8
Topic - Family
Description - Life is an adventure for 4 dinosaurs - new volcanoes are popping up all the time, long-necked brachiosauruses and enormous triceratopses roam free, meteor showers light up the night sky and the big bad Gigantosaurus reigns over it all!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Gigantosaurus: Season 1, Vol.2 is such an upbeat and fun series and has the most delightful and beautiful color palette. The friendship between the dinosaurs seems very genuine.

The storyline follows a group of dinosaurs that take off on adventures and deal with struggles such as planning parties and combating seasonal allergies. These dinos have fun together and their friendship is exceedingly strong. Some of the other dinosaurs claim that Gigantosaurus is the biggest and baddest of them all, but through their adventures together they realize that Giganto is not so bad after all.

Young children will enjoy this because of the fun, different-looking dinosaurs that are also spunky and likable. Of course, the adventures are fun and definitely relatable. Most importantly, various life lessons are woven into their dialogue, making it easy for kids to grasp. Each episode flows well and certainly makes sense. The structure goes as follows: the dinosaurs encounter a problem (whether it is losing an hour of daytime or dealing with the sniffles), then the group faces obstacles, but ultimately Giganto helps them solve their problem. The material and vocabulary are suitable for the intended age group. For example, instead of using the word allergies, they call it the sniffles, since children can grasp the action of sniffling and sneezing better than the word allergies. The animation is great. The color scheme is always vibrant - light blue, green and yellow, which is also calming. The DVD cover shows a big jungle that is also shown in the episodes. The backgrounds are whimsical and vast and incorporate small details such as volcanoes and big trees. The visuals most definitely relate to the dinosaurs' jungle adventures. The user can select any episode they want, fast forward through them, or drag the buffer button across the screen. It also remembers where you left off.

The show focuses on problem-solving and not jumping to conclusions. For example, while planning a party, everything seems to go wrong, but through communication and problem solving, the dinosaurs are able to create a fun party and Giganto makes them realize, all the elements of the party do not matter, it's being with friends that makes a party. Two takeaways for children are "never judge a book by its cover" and "do not jump to conclusions."

Gigantosaurus: Season 1, Vol.2 gets 5 out of 5 stars from me and I recommend it for ages 3 to 10. Younger children will enjoy the beautiful visuals and cool, vibrant looking dinosaurs. Older ones will understand the messages, while also appreciating the visuals.

By Tor F., KIDS FIRST! Adult reviewer
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Gigantosaurus: Season 1, Volume 2 will bring much entertainment to young dino-lovers. The animation is colorful, the storyline is full of adventures and the message is always positive.

This DVD follows the travels of four young dinosaurs named Rocky (Dylan Schombing), Bill (Nicholas Holmes), Tiny (Aine Sunderland) and Mazu (Nahanni Mitchell), who live in the Cretaceous period. Episodes include The Floating Stone, Racing Giganto, A Tiny Favor, Crying Wolfasurus, and How Giganto Got His Roar. This DVD has four hours of fun with 26 episodes.

I found the animation very appealing and really unique. It has vibrant backgrounds and a distinctive style that looks like the characters are hand drawn, but also look 3D. The voice work is very well executed. Mazu, voiced by Nahanni Mitchell, is a clever Ankylosaurus that always has a plan. Rocky, voiced by Dylan Schombing, however, just goes for it. Even his voice sounds adventurous. Aine Sunderland has a peppy and bubbly voice that fits Tiny's character perfectly. Bill, who is a shy Brachiosaurus, is voiced wonderfully by Nicholas Holmes. My favorite character is Tiny, the playful Triceratops, because she has a fun personality and I think I would be most like if I was a dinosaur in the Cretaceous period. My favorite episode is An Artist is Born, which is about Tiny's older brother finding a new passion. The award-winning series is produced by Cyber Group Studios in France and directed by Olivier Lelardoux.

There are many positive messages throughout this DVD, including the benefit of helping others and having patience, learning from trying new things and, of course, the power of teamwork and friendship.

Gigantosaurus: Season 1, Volume 2 gets 4 out of 5 stars from me and I recommend it for ages 3 to 8. Dinosaur-lovers will really enjoy is. This DVD is available now, so look for it!

Reviewed by Katherine S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13

Gigantosaurus: Season 1, Volume 2 is a very unique DVD, based on the TV show. It has four main characters, plus Gigantosaurus, who does not speak.

This show is about four little dinos, Rocky (Dylan Schombing), Tiny (�ine Sunderland), Bill (Nicholas Holmes) and Mazu(Nahanni Mitchell) who go on all sorts of adventures together such as frozen party and finding a flower. Gigantosarus is a dino that does not talk; he only growls and roars and is generally seen as a big, mean, scary and green dino. Once you get to know him he is not such a bad guy, but he often gets blamed for things he didn't do.

This DVD is amazing. This show has truly fascinating characters and storyline. All the voice actors are really terrific. They are all adult actors yet, in the show, they sound like kids. If you listen to them and then see what they look like in person, you would be surprised. This show has lots of cool animation. It is very clear and cool looking. The background scenes are like nothing I have seen before. All are unique to this show and include scenes that show us jungle where the dinosaurs live. The growls and roars made by the dinosaurs are really amazing. They sound like a real dinosaur made them.

The message of this show is that friendship is what matters. In the end, friends will always prevail and you can count on them for anything. If you can't, they are not real friends. You should always be able to trust your friends and rely on them.

Gigantosaurus: Season 1, Volume 2 gets 4 out of 5 stars from me and I recommend it for ages 2 to 8. The DVD is available now, so look for it. This could also be a fun family show to watch with younger kids.

by Avalon N., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

Gigantosaurus: Season 1, Volume 2 is a beautifully animated, lively and positive DVD that kids will surely enjoy! With crisp voiceovers, sweet messages and lovable characters, you'll find it difficult to tear yourself away from the screen.

The show follows the life and times of four dinosaurs - Rocky (Dylan Schombing), Bill (Nicholas Holmes), Tiny (�ine Sunderland) and Mazu (Nahanni Mitchell), who live in the adventurous Cretaceous period. And of course, the title character - Gigantosaurus. Known by the four as Giganto, this seemingly scary, yet actually kind giganotosaurus aids the four dinosaurs in their efforts. This DVD includes 26 "Dino-mite" episodes that, in total, span four hours. Episodes include "The Shortest Day," "The Best Crest," "Coco Bill" and "Patchy Sees the Light."

This DVD has some amazing, vibrant animation that goes perfectly with the tone of the episodes; that's my favorite part of the whole viewing experience. All elements are intricately drawn, including details like water droplets, nostrils and even skin texture. The voice actors show their talent in their portrayal of the various characters; you feel the emotion in the characters' voices throughout the show. When Tiny is dejected, you too feel sad. When Rocky is off on another adventure, you feel like you're along for the ride with him, and are absorbed by his happy-go-lucky tone. My favorite character is Mazu, because he's pragmatic and a great role model for kids. That's one clever Ankylosaurus! I love all the episodes, but one of my favorites is "The Best Crest," because it encourages perseverance and resourcefulness, and promotes the message that even things that seem disadvantageous have an upside.

This brings me to the values and morals that Gigantosaurus promotes. Each episode has a different focus, but courage, teamwork, friendship, perseverance, kindness and selflessness are just a few of the amazing lessons that kids are taught in this DVD.

Gigantosaurus: Season 1, Volume 2 gets 5 out of 5 stars from me and I recommend it for ages 2 to 7. This DVD is great for dino-lovers and is available now.

By Eshaan M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15
Runtime: 286 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-8
Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.99
Media: DVD
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GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE FAMILIES OF BEARS

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GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE FAMILIES OF BEARS
WOOLLY VISION
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - This film accompanies an original song based on the story of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears". This story introduces three new bear families to represent family life as it is in the world today. The panda baby bear has two Mums, the polar baby bear has two Dads and the brown baby bear has a Mum and a Dad.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Goldilocks and the Three Families of Bears takes a story that we have not heard in a long time and does something new with it, making the story into a song. Also, it includes three types of bears which is something the original does not do - Polar, Panda and Grizzly.

The story line is sort of a cross between Three Little Pigs and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. It follows Goldilocks going to three different bears' houses, all different types of architecture, and she samples stuff in each house while they are not there like their food, beds and chairs. When they get home they notice their stuff has been used.

I like the innovative twist on the classic story here. The puppets are adorable. The camera work is quite good. The main shot that impressed me is the one of their houses - a Japanese style home, an igloo and a log cabin - where you can see both the inside and the outside. I also like how detailed the sets and the locations are. What really stands out to me about the music is that it comes from London and the singer has a British accent. The best part things about it are the music and the puppets. Gemma Storr's voice is quite wonderful.

The message is that individual actions can hurt others, like when one person destroys or uses someone else's property. The only warning is that Goldilocks does go into people's houses when they are not there, which isn't so cool.

I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 2 to 18. It would make a sweet addition to a film festival for youth and families. Reviewed by Ayden P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Goldilocks and the Three Families of Bears takes a story that we have not heard in a long time and does something new with it, making the story into a song. Also, it includes three types of bears which is something the original does not do - Polar, Panda and Grizzly.

The story line is sort of a cross between Three Little Pigs and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. It follows Goldilocks going to three different bears' houses, all different types of architecture, and she samples stuff in each house while they are not there like their food, beds and chairs. When they get home they notice their stuff has been used.

I like the innovative twist on the classic story here. The puppets are adorable. The camera work is quite good. The main shot that impressed me is the one of their houses - a Japanese style home, an igloo and a log cabin - where you can see both the inside and the outside. I also like how detailed the sets and the locations are. What really stands out to me about the music is that it comes from London and the singer has a British accent. The best part things about it are the music and the puppets. Gemma Storr's voice is quite wonderful.

The message is that individual actions can hurt others, like when one person destroys or uses someone else's property. The only warning is that Goldilocks does go into people's houses when they are not there, which isn't so cool.

I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 2 to 18. It would make a sweet addition to a film festival for youth and families. Reviewed by Ayden P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 2 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


BETHJEAN DAYDREAM, A: GNOMES FIND A NEW HOME!

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BETHJEAN DAYDREAM, A: GNOMES FIND A NEW HOME!
BETH JEAN
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 2-6
Topic - Family
Description - A segment from my series, "A Beth Jean Daydream". Gnomes need to find a new home, and decide the greenhouse is the perfect place! Watch as the go on an adventure to get there! Originally aired on WTIU Public Television.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - A BethJean Daydream - Gnomes Find a New Home is pretty cute and silly. I think that young children would find it enjoyable. The concept of having gnomes live in a hole in the wall is a very original idea. The rhyming words of the script add a fun element.

The storyline follows two gnomes living in a hole in the wall and want to find a new place to live. A lady starts talking about her greenhouse and the gnomes overhear her, knowing where their new home should be. They make a daring adventure towards the greenhouse, only to be greeted by the lady with welcoming arms. The two gnomes live happily ever after in the greenhouse. The problem and plot of the story promotes kindness. There is a problem that the gnomes are able to fix which involves problem solving skills. The camera work for this short film is great. I like all the different backgrounds and the combination of live action and animation. The sets and locations are bright, have fun colors, and are quite whimsical. I really enjoyed the part where the gnomes travel through the carpet. My favorite part is when the gnomes land in the greenhouse and the lady finds out she has gnomes living in her house.

The message of the film is to never give up. The gnomes do not give up, even when their adventure to the greenhouse gets difficult.

I give this 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 6. Reviewed by Avery P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - A BethJean Daydream - Gnomes Find a New Home is pretty cute and silly. I think that young children would find it enjoyable. The concept of having gnomes live in a hole in the wall is a very original idea. The rhyming words of the script add a fun element.

The storyline follows two gnomes living in a hole in the wall and want to find a new place to live. A lady starts talking about her greenhouse and the gnomes overhear her, knowing where their new home should be. They make a daring adventure towards the greenhouse, only to be greeted by the lady with welcoming arms. The two gnomes live happily ever after in the greenhouse. The problem and plot of the story promotes kindness. There is a problem that the gnomes are able to fix which involves problem solving skills. The camera work for this short film is great. I like all the different backgrounds and the combination of live action and animation. The sets and locations are bright, have fun colors, and are quite whimsical. I really enjoyed the part where the gnomes travel through the carpet. My favorite part is when the gnomes land in the greenhouse and the lady finds out she has gnomes living in her house.

The message of the film is to never give up. The gnomes do not give up, even when their adventure to the greenhouse gets difficult.

I give this 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 6. Reviewed by Avery P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 5 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-6
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


FLOOGALS: SEASON ONE

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N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 2-6
Topic - Family
Description - Join the Floogals on a mission of discovery as they explore Earth and the funny hoomans who live there! The show centers on three three-inch tall extraterrestrials called Floogals who have come to Earth to study its inhabitants. Upon landing, a human boy, thinking their spaceship is a toy, hangs their craft onto the ceiling of his bedroom. The Floogals, however, don't seem to mind as they carry on with their studying.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The DVD Floogals: Season One is a collection of episodes from the animated children's TV show that teaches kids about new things in a fun way. The characters are colorful and fun, and they never run out of new things to explore. This show is entertaining and interesting, which is perfect for a younger audience.

The show is about tiny aliens named Fleeker, Flo and Boomer who are from the planet Floog. After coming to Earth, they observe and learn new things every day. As the aliens roam around the "hoomans'' house, they learn about things that people use, such as a balloon, flashlight, and a trumpet. After the aliens are done investigating and learning all about the new objects, they send a report back to their home planet Floog. If the other aliens like their report, the aliens get a sticker. The aliens go to sleep and get ready to learn something new the next day.

The theme song of the show is very catchy. I could see myself listening to it multiple times. My favorite character is Boomer, voiced by Hugo Harold-Harrison, because he is funny, caring and kind of silly and that makes him even more funny. For example, at the end of each episode, after the aliens send their report to Floog, Boomer either makes a joke or does something funny to make the audience laugh. The storylines are easy to follow because they help kids learn about basic things, such as a doll, a cast, and a tent. Also, the aliens don't use big words; they use words that young children will know and understand. Many animated kids' shows don't show a contrast between cartoons and humans, so that part is pretty cool.

The message of Floogals is you can learn something new with everything you do. There is always a way to learn something, even if you don't notice it. This is totally kid-friendly.

Floogals: Season One is a great DVD to watch! I give it 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 6. The DVD releases on January 19, 2021. Go check it out!

Reviewed by Giana N., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 9

The DVD Floogals: Season One is a collection of episodes from the fantastic animated TV show Floogals. It is perfect for young children with its fun, playful storyline. It's very kid-friendly and enjoyable for other family members to watch as well. I like how short each episode is. Parents don't want their young children watching screens all day, and these short episodes combat that problem.

The storyline follows the Floogals, a team of intergalactic alien explorers named Captain Fleeker, Junior Boomer and First Officer Flo, who travel to Earth to learn more about its wonders. In each episode, the Floogals find different objects that the "hoomans" use, learn more about them and report back to their planet.

This voice-acting in this show is very enjoyable. Ramus Hardiker (Captain Fleeker), Jules de Jongh (First Officer Flo) and Hugo Harold-Harrison (Junior Boomer) perfectly portray explorer aliens on a whole new planet. Their voice-acting really brings life to the characters in this show. Also, I love the animation, which is full of bright colors and perfect for young kids. Lastly, I love the theme song. It's really catchy and has a memorable tune.

I think the message of this film about exploring. The show really encourages kids to ask questions and be curious.

I rate Floogals: Season One 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 4 to 6. This DVD is available January 19, 2021.

Reviewed by Kayla A., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10

Floogals: Season One is a fun DVD because of the mixed animation and live action. This is something unique that sets Floogals apart from other kids' shows. I like that the show gives each floogal a different personality instead of making them all the same. I also can't help but notice their costumes are all different. This is good because, in some shows it is really hard to distinguish the characters. This allows kids to pick their favorite floogal and associate that floogal with a color or look.

The story is about four-inch curious aliens named Floogals. The Floogals explore earth as their first mission from their home planet. The show focuses on the floogals' visit to earth and the many firsts they experience in our human world. While each episode ends with a new floogal experience, there is one thing that really bothered me, they don't show the humans. It would have been interesting to see how the Floogals actually viewed humans.

The lead characters in Floogals are Captain Fleeker, played by Rasmus Hardiker; Boomer, played by Huge Harold Harrison; and Flo, played by Jules de Jongh. The voice-over actors excel at bringing their characters to life. One of the things that stood out to me is how unique the designs of the characters are. They are colorful and got my attention. I'm so glad they didn't make this show live action, because they could never look as good as they do in animation. Plus, it's pretty hard to make four-inch aliens fit in with actual people. My favorite character is Boomer, because out of all of them, he made me laugh the most. He's the silly one of the group. One fun part of Floogals is when I realized the characters have personalities that I've seen before on other kids' shows. This sticks true to this type of kids' show genre.

The message of this show is: if you explore you can learn something new that you never knew about. Plus it's okay to make mistakes. They help you learn as you explore and help you grow. This is a positive message for kids that are very impressionable to see and hear, especially because kids often repeat behaviors that they see.

I give Floogals: Season One 3 out 5 stars and recommend this DVD for ages 3 to 6. Parents might enjoy watching it with their kids. Floogals: Season One is available on DVD now. Look for it!

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

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-6
Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.99
Media: CDROM
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CHARLIE'S COLORFORMS CITY: MEET CHARLIE!

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CHARLIE'S COLORFORMS CITY: MEET CHARLIE!       Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 2-6
Topic - Family
Description - In CHARLIE'S COLORFORMS CITY, Charlie goes on shape-filled adventures he creates using his big imagination.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Charlie's Colorforms City: Meet Charlie is an engaging and hilarious DVD comprised of episodes from the TV series! This show has so many great messages that both young and old need to hear. Also, it awakens imagination and creativity.

Charlie's Colorforms City follows Charlie (Jacob Soley) and his friends Violet (Saara Chaudry) and Red (Tyler Barish) through a series of adventures in the engaging form of a story where the audience are the storytellers. Each adventure or episode has its own conflicts and resolutions, but most importantly fun.

Jacob Soley has an amazing voice which perfectly fits Charlie's character. The opening theme music by Voodoo Highway Music and Post, performed by Niiko Soul is undeniably the best I've heard for a children's television series; it's extremely catchy and dance worthy. The animation in this series is great. However, as most of the characters are 3D shaped, the 2D animated backgrounds look a bit out of place. The different settings such as outer space, underwater and the jungle are very colorful and full of detail. Although this show is targeted at younger audiences it teaches complex subjects such as geometry, entrepreneurship, various emotions, hygiene and weather, just to name a few. Angela Santomero, the creator of this show is to be applauded for her ideas of creating such amazing themes and messages, while still making it fun. The best episode is "Rock Star Charlie," where Charlie and his friends create a rock band and dance and sing.

Do you sometimes feel afraid when trouble arises because you don't know the outcome? "Not if we are the one's telling the story!" Charlie explains that we are the storytellers of our own story, or, in this case, our lives. So, when our story gets sticky and stickier, we can create a fun plot twist and change our story to the way we would like it.

Charlie's Colorforms City: Meet Charlie gets 4 out of 5 stars and I recommend it for ages 2 to 7. It is available on DVD January 19, 2021. Look for it!

By Ashleigh C., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I especially love the DVD Charlie's Colorforms City: Meet Charlie because of the interactive adventures! This show promotes imagination, games, colors, shapes and much more.

The storyline is about Charlie (Jacob Soley) who takes you on a whimsical adventure while introducing colors, shapes, sizes and all you need to know about creativity. Throughout the story Charlie also introduces other friends such as Violet (Saara Chaudry) and Red (Tyler Barish). With your help, you and Charlie get to create new stories filled with imagination.

I enjoyed the fun personalities of all the characters and the way they are so inclusive. Charlie loves to interact with his friends and the viewers, which keeps the audience engaged. I also got to build new inventions and talk with Charlie. Each new shape-filled story is repetitive enough to promote fun learning. My favorite episode is the first one, "Charlie the Pancake Chef," because it involves problem solving skills. Each new short story promotes behaviors of kindness and sharing. This series is perfect for a good role modeling. The backgrounds in the show are bright and whimsical. There are many areas where one can participate and spot out shapes. I really enjoyed the catchy and bubbly introduction in each new short story. There are four segments with two short stories ranging from ten to fifteen minutes in each episode. An entire episode is around twenty minutes long. This is perfect for the intended audience. I love the way that Charlie's Colorforms City can help kids learn so much about the world around them.

I got lots of messages from the show, although the one that keeps going with the theme is to stay active and creative. I really like how this DVD is trying to encourage kids to use their imagination more. With each colorful adventure they will have loads of fun.

I give Charlie's Colorforms City: Meet Charlie 5 out 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 6. I also think that this would be great for families to watch together.

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

Are you ready for a fun filled, colorful, interactive adventure? Then you have to check out Charlie's Colorforms City: Meet Charlie In this animated series, your creative imagination will flourish. So, buckle up and get ready for a fantastic animated adventure that's both fun and educational for the whole family.

Charlie's Colorforms City: Meet Charlie is all about going on unpredictable, interactive, storytelling adventures in Colorforms City with Charlie and his best friends, Red and Violet. Every adventure is different and unique, so you never know what to expect. Charlie is always shaking things up. With Charlie's imagination leading the way, you'll be inspired to create colorful and magical stories, while developing your critical thinking skills.

The cast is filled with many talented actors. Jacob Soley (Charlie), Tyler Barish (Red) and Saara Chaudry (Violet) all connect with their characters throughout this series and deliver awesome performances. I love the colorful animation and music. Sometimes, I just jumped to my feet and start dancing. My favorite part is when Charlie uses his imagination to build a rocket ship using different shapes, sizes and colors to travel to outer space in order to send his friend home. And, I absolutely love the part, when he can't decide which pet to have; so his solution is to build one mega-super pet by using various shapes along with one trait from each animal he wants.

The intent of this DVD is to inspire kids to learn about different colors, shapes and sizes as well as work on their critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Charlie also teaches friendship skills such as being kind, considerate, respectful, supportive and being an active listener. I wish I lived in Colorforms City, don't you?

I highly recommend Charlie's Colorforms City: Meet Charlie for ages 2 to 6 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. This DVD is available January 19, 2021. Look for it, you've got a great story to create!

By Ella M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10

The Charlie's Colorforms City: Meet Charlie DVD is a compilation of episodes from the educational TV series that will have kids laughing and learning the whole time! It combines shapes, colors, creativity and music to entertain watchers and teach them how to problem-solve and create stories. This is a show with a lot of concepts that are easy to understand.

Charlie's Colorforms City is about Charlie, a very silly and creative friend. Charlie invented Colorforms City from his imagination. It is a city full of colors and shapes that can make anything you dream of. From making pancakes to finding the end of a rainbow, Charlie and his best friends Violet and Red go on CRAZY story quests and solve the problems that get in their way.

This series has many components that make it as good as it is - for one, the musical part. I love performing and music. Music is always around me. This show includes upbeat songs and background music. For example, the theme song is SO catchy, explains what the show is about, and, by the way, has impressive vocals. Something else I noticed with this series are the storylines. They are easy to follow and are entertaining. They're not too complex but they also get you thinking. That's a nice balance, so props to the creator, Angela Santomero, and the writers of the show. Like a lot of shows for young kids, Charlie's Colorforms City has "call and response." I love how this element is used in this show. It allows kids to be included in the story. When I was watching this I thought: "Wow! These characters sound excited!" It's all thanks to the voice actors. The actor who plays Charlie, Jacob Soley, really stands out to me. He is always enthusiastic and caught my attention immediately. My favorite episodes of this series so far are "Charlie the Pancake Chef" and "Adventure Charlie." They are intriguing and they have the best storylines. Who doesn't love pancakes and a little adventure?!

The messages of Charlie's Colorforms City are: creativity can lead you anywhere, and learning can be fun! Whenever the characters run into a problem, they use creativity and imagination to solve them. There is nothing inappropriate in this show and it is kid-friendly.

Overall, Charlie's Colorforms City: Meet Charlie is an incredible DVD for kids! With it being fun and educational, I rate it 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 6. It's also a good series for parents to watch with their kids! The DVD releases nationwide January 19, 2021. Check it out, I'm sure you will enjoy it.

By Maica N., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13

From the series we all know and love comes Charlie's Colorforms City: Meet Charlie. I was entertained and delighted with this spectacular DVD. Follow along with me, so I can show you how this story provides color and brightness in a time like this when we are surrounded by gray darkness.

Charlie's Colorforms City: Meet Charlie is an eight episode DVD. The episodes consist of Charlie the Pancake Chef, Rock Star Charlie, Racer Charlie, Adventurer Charlie, Starry Charlie, Birthday Charlie, Knight Charlie and Charlie's Pet. Each episode tells a fun and uplifting story about our the character, Charlie, trying new things. From adventuring to the other end of the rainbow, to eating a pancake, Charlie's stories make us smile and laugh along with him. Watch to see how Charlie and his friends use their imaginations to create their own worlds from stories.

When I watched Charlie's Colorform City: Meet Charlie, something I noticed right away was how wonderful this show can be for kids who are still learning about shapes and colors. This show teaches them about those things in a fun way, where they can use their imaginations. The show encourages creativity in a way that is different from other kids' shows. Charlie creates a city out of his imagination and the possibilities are endless. Kids should be learning from a young age that imagination is the key to following your dreams. Charlie's Colorforms City demonstrates that by making wonderful stories and taking you on his adventures. Another thing I like is the design of the show's animation. The bold colors and easy shapes of buildings such make it appeal to the target audience. For example, Charlie's whole neighborhood is filled with light blues, purples and greens. Young children will be drawn into this fabulous world of neon colors and hexagons.

The message of this show is to use your imagination to create wonderful things. Kids love to imagine things and when Charlie creates Colorforms City, he shows the audience how to put your mind to something and make it happen.

I give Charlie's Colorform City: Meet Charlie 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 11. This DVD is available January 19, 2021.

By Allison B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age, 14

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-6
Suggested Retail Price: $ 9.99
Media: CDROM


MARIA THE SUPER HELPER / MARIA LA SUPER AYUDANTE

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MARIA THE SUPER HELPER / MARIA LA SUPER AYUDANTE
LUZ MARIA MACK
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - In this animation and book, you find Mar�a and her siblings discover fun ways to work together as a family. At the same time, they help out with housework and small backyard farming chores, and the best part it's in English/Spanish.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The animated short film, Maria the Super Helper is very fun to watch and gives you a feeling of happiness! The animation style is good and very simplistic, as is the story. And, it is told in both English and Spanish. This makes it great for younger audiences and for people learning English or Spanish. Although it is a bit slow at times, it is definitely worth watching.

The storyline describes a day in the lives of Maria and her family. Maria wakes up, cleans the house, sweeps the porch, washes the dishes and does other chores with her family. They also eat and play with each other.

The storyline is quite basic. The images are lovely, however the animation is not full motion animation, which may be a turn off for some. On the other hand, its bilingual element makes up for that and there are many shots that are just charming. One that stands out is the shot of Maria cleaning the house with her siblings as it has an interesting camera angle. Another shot of note is of Maria and her siblings sweeping the porch where the camera zooms out to show an interesting angle of Maria's house. The sets and locations are different parts of inside and outside of Maria's house. We see the bedrooms inside and the pigs and hens outside. I like how it captures the environment that Maria lives in quite well. The sound effects are typical of the environment from birds chirping to running bath water. The characters are Maria, her parents and her brothers. The key influencers of the film are Luz Maria Mack (author), Vanessa Balleza (illustrator), Victor Colon (animator) and Carter Mangan Jr. (musician). Of these, Vanessa Balleza and Victor Colon probably stand out the most because the imagery in the film is what drives it.

The film focuses on how Maria and her family work and play hard together. It shows the value of hard work, family and interpersonal relationships. It exudes happiness in every way. My favorite part of the film is the ending, when "super helpers" are able to have a snack with their parents. After spending the day working, they are able to enjoy a moment with their family.

I give Maria the Super Helper 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 5. I think it would be a valuable and interesting addition to a youth and family film festival, particular those with a Hispanic or multi-cultural focus. Reviewed by Raj S. KIDS FIRST! Youth Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The animated short film, Maria the Super Helper is very fun to watch and gives you a feeling of happiness! The animation style is good and very simplistic, as is the story. And, it is told in both English and Spanish. This makes it great for younger audiences and for people learning English or Spanish. Although it is a bit slow at times, it is definitely worth watching.

The storyline describes a day in the lives of Maria and her family. Maria wakes up, cleans the house, sweeps the porch, washes the dishes and does other chores with her family. They also eat and play with each other.

The storyline is quite basic. The images are lovely, however the animation is not full motion animation, which may be a turn off for some. On the other hand, its bilingual element makes up for that and there are many shots that are just charming. One that stands out is the shot of Maria cleaning the house with her siblings as it has an interesting camera angle. Another shot of note is of Maria and her siblings sweeping the porch where the camera zooms out to show an interesting angle of Maria's house. The sets and locations are different parts of inside and outside of Maria's house. We see the bedrooms inside and the pigs and hens outside. I like how it captures the environment that Maria lives in quite well. The sound effects are typical of the environment from birds chirping to running bath water. The characters are Maria, her parents and her brothers. The key influencers of the film are Luz Maria Mack (author), Vanessa Balleza (illustrator), Victor Colon (animator) and Carter Mangan Jr. (musician). Of these, Vanessa Balleza and Victor Colon probably stand out the most because the imagery in the film is what drives it.

The film focuses on how Maria and her family work and play hard together. It shows the value of hard work, family and interpersonal relationships. It exudes happiness in every way. My favorite part of the film is the ending, when "super helpers" are able to have a snack with their parents. After spending the day working, they are able to enjoy a moment with their family.

I give Maria the Super Helper 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 5. I think it would be a valuable and interesting addition to a youth and family film festival, particular those with a Hispanic or multi-cultural focus. Reviewed by Raj S. KIDS FIRST! Youth Juror
Runtime: 5 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


GRAMMAR REALM, THE: REMEMBER S

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GRAMMAR REALM, THE: REMEMBER S
JEREMY ARTHUR
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 2-8
Topic - Family
Description - Do your kids find learning grammar to be a boring, anxiety-inducing nightmare? Well, perhaps a comedic sci-fi fantasy fever dream is just what the teacher ordered. Join S, an ill-mannered, self-centered snake, cast down from his realm of ever-growing plurality by a well-meaning, not-so-all-knowing Sun, and sent on a mission to help lonely, young Brad find a friend. Together they uncover some important lessons about subject-verb agreement, but will it be enough to solve poor Brad's growing existential crisis? Spoiler alert: it won't. But the truths they uncover while exploring the Grammar Realm will help people of all ages to establish a firm foundation in English grammar understanding, while allowing their sense of wonder to thrive.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The Grammar Realm is fun and goofy with a glorious combination of bright colors and delightfully quirky characters, plus an out of this world set.

The film brings life to learning about numbers, words and grammar. It creates a world of characters representing letters, numbers and words to make learning more fun.

I like how this film brings everything together smoothly to help teach these things without preaching. It's a great hook that makes it easier for kids to retain information after viewing. The animation is quite fun and the images are very childlike. The costumes are funny and exaggerated that just add to the silliness of the whole experience. I like the locations being outside with a blue sky and green grass and seeing the tree in the background drinking coffee. It adds to the quirkiness. The outer space location offers a great change of scenery that goes with when they are teaching a different lesson. The background music adds to the quirkiness. The music is really fun and exciting, especially when they are dealing with changing singular status to plural. All the characters are really funny and different. The sun stands out even though the face seemed initially too simple, it grows on you. All the faces are what really make this great. The bright colors and unique quirky style will really attract the attention of young viewers. My favorite part is where Brad is in a state of confusion and spinning.

The message of this film is that learning can be fun and it demonstrates how grammar and numbers are used in our everyday lives.

I give The Grammar Realm 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 8. It has an excellent unique style, which makes it a great educational tool. Reviewed by Melissa M., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The Grammar Realm is fun and goofy with a glorious combination of bright colors and delightfully quirky characters, plus an out of this world set.

The film brings life to learning about numbers, words and grammar. It creates a world of characters representing letters, numbers and words to make learning more fun.

I like how this film brings everything together smoothly to help teach these things without preaching. It's a great hook that makes it easier for kids to retain information after viewing. The animation is quite fun and the images are very childlike. The costumes are funny and exaggerated that just add to the silliness of the whole experience. I like the locations being outside with a blue sky and green grass and seeing the tree in the background drinking coffee. It adds to the quirkiness. The outer space location offers a great change of scenery that goes with when they are teaching a different lesson. The background music adds to the quirkiness. The music is really fun and exciting, especially when they are dealing with changing singular status to plural. All the characters are really funny and different. The sun stands out even though the face seemed initially too simple, it grows on you. All the faces are what really make this great. The bright colors and unique quirky style will really attract the attention of young viewers. My favorite part is where Brad is in a state of confusion and spinning.

The message of this film is that learning can be fun and it demonstrates how grammar and numbers are used in our everyday lives.

I give The Grammar Realm 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 8. It has an excellent unique style, which makes it a great educational tool. Reviewed by Melissa M., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
Runtime: 15 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 1-8
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


HEALING DANCE, THE

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HEALING DANCE, THE
SHAELYN JOHNSTON
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 10-15
Topic - Family
Description - Rosie is preparing to dance in her first pow wow, but after Nookomis tells her the origin story of jingle dancing, she worries that she's not as ready as she thought she was. The drums are calling, but will Rosie answer them?
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I like the short animated film, The Healing Dance, because it is full of culture and brings out many messages relating to important and spiritual topics. The little girl is drawn to the music of the dance and learns about its healing origins in this film. Her grandma encourages her to get out and dance with her heart, to not think about it too much. The girl overcomes her fear and helps heal her community not just from physical sickness, but mental also.

A young girl of Native American descent, Rosie, learns the story behind a dance she is most fond of. Her grandmother tells her that a long time ago a girl was very sick and the father of that girl dreamed about women dancing in special dresses. The man then made the dresses and had the women of the tribe do the dance, which healed the girl. The little girl then participates in the dance and helps her people.

I like that this film includes some history and not only focuses on the one little girl the whole time. The animation is quite detailed, reflecting the culture. The costumes when the traditional festivities happen are traditional tribal clothing, which are very interesting. The background music is primarily drumming. The music and the dancing are what drives the girl to participate in the activities. Rosie is played by Kailani Austin; Nookomis by Monica M. Benso; the mother by Nicole Cardinal; the father by Douglas Treloar. The voice acting by all is quite good. This short film taught me about the healing dance and what its purpose is. My favorite part is when Rosie pushes away her fears and starts dancing from her heart. Its only short-coming is that it is not full-range animation. I know that will be a draw back for some viewers. I wish the filmmaker had engaged an animator for this so it would have full motion. It tells such a beautiful story, but the lack of full animation holds it back.

This film tells a story of lessons, beliefs, and culture. The message is about learning the importance of culture and realizing that nothing should hold you back from pursuing something dear to you and your family.

I give The Healing Dance 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 11. I like that it talks a lot about Native Americans and a little bit of the government's affects on them culturally. Reviewed by W., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I like the short animated film, The Healing Dance, because it is full of culture and brings out many messages relating to important and spiritual topics. The little girl is drawn to the music of the dance and learns about its healing origins in this film. Her grandma encourages her to get out and dance with her heart, to not think about it too much. The girl overcomes her fear and helps heal her community not just from physical sickness, but mental also.

A young girl of Native American descent, Rosie, learns the story behind a dance she is most fond of. Her grandmother tells her that a long time ago a girl was very sick and the father of that girl dreamed about women dancing in special dresses. The man then made the dresses and had the women of the tribe do the dance, which healed the girl. The little girl then participates in the dance and helps her people.

I like that this film includes some history and not only focuses on the one little girl the whole time. The animation is quite detailed, reflecting the culture. The costumes when the traditional festivities happen are traditional tribal clothing, which are very interesting. The background music is primarily drumming. The music and the dancing are what drives the girl to participate in the activities. Rosie is played by Kailani Austin; Nookomis by Monica M. Benso; the mother by Nicole Cardinal; the father by Douglas Treloar. The voice acting by all is quite good. This short film taught me about the healing dance and what its purpose is. My favorite part is when Rosie pushes away her fears and starts dancing from her heart. Its only short-coming is that it is not full-range animation. I know that will be a draw back for some viewers. I wish the filmmaker had engaged an animator for this so it would have full motion. It tells such a beautiful story, but the lack of full animation holds it back.

This film tells a story of lessons, beliefs, and culture. The message is about learning the importance of culture and realizing that nothing should hold you back from pursuing something dear to you and your family.

I give The Healing Dance 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 11. I like that it talks a lot about Native Americans and a little bit of the government's affects on them culturally. Reviewed by W., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
Runtime: 4 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-11
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


DOUG UNPLUGS

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APPLE TV
Series: TV SERIES, AGES 2-9
Topic - Family
Description - Hailing from DreamWorks Animation and based on Dan Yaccarino's "Doug Unplugged" book series, "Doug Unplugs" follows a young robot named Doug who senses there's more to life than just the facts. While other robots plug in for their daily download, curious Doug unplugs and journeys into the human world, and with his best friend Emma, experiences its wonders firsthand. "Doug Unplugs" is executive produced by Jim Nolan, Aliki Theofilopoulos and Dan Yaccarino, and stars the voice talents of Brandon James Cienfuegos, Kyrie McAlpin, Eric Bauza, Mae Whitman, Leslie David Baker and Becky Robinson.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I like the animated series Doug Unplugs because it blends fun and education. I like how vibrant the characters are and how I learn something new from each episode. Every episode also has music incorporated into it, which adds another fun element to the show.

Doug Unplugs is an AppleTV+ series about a six-year-old robot named Doug (Brandon James Cienfuegos) who unplugs to visit the human world to learn about things. He gets together with his best friend Emma (Kyrie Mcalpin), who teaches him about a bunch of stuff from her world--whether it's explaining what table tennis is or describing what people do at a beach. Doug is full of curiosity, while Emma is always excited about what she can show her friend next. They have a bunch of new experiences together and always seem to be having a good time.

My favorite character is Emma because she is super outgoing and gets excited about everything. She reminds me of myself, since I'm outgoing too. I also like how there are songs in the episodes. They mostly are upbeat songs that help you remember something special about the episode. Sometimes they get stuck in your head because they are pretty catchy. The animation of this series is full of color and is really cute. Brandon (who voices Doug) and Kyrie (who voices Emma) have perfect voices for their characters. They both have good energy, which makes you want to watch the next episode to see what adventure they will go on. If you like learning about things, you'll enjoy watching this series.

The message of the film is to always be curious about things and don't be afraid of trying something new. Just because you are unfamiliar with something doesn't mean you should be scared of it. You might learn something and have fun doing it. I know I was a little scared to try snow skiing, but once I tried it, I had so much fun--even thought I might have fallen a few times.

I give Doug Unplugs 5 out of 5 stars and recommend the series for ages 2 to 9, although adults will probably enjoy watching this series with their kids because they might learn something, too. Doug Unplugs is available now, so check it out on Apple TV+.

Reviewed by Cadence G., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-9
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: TV


SOCKZ THEATRE'S THREE LITTLE PIGS

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SOCKZ THEATRE'S THREE LITTLE PIGS
CHRISTIAN PERRY CASTRO
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 2-8
Topic - Family
Description - Three Pigs. Three houses. One wolf with an enormous lung capacity.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Sockz Theatre's Three Little Pigs' set is whimsical. It's cool to see how different everyday materials are used. I also like how each characters has a certain instrument or music associated with it. It's a fun story, that is perfect for younger audiences.

The storyline tells the classic tale of the three little pigs, where three pigs each build a different type of house and the wolf tries to blow each one down. But it's told with sock puppets and a set made of everyday found objects.

I like how each pig has its own personality and shares a little about its house. The wolf has a couple of cute and funny lines, even though he's mean. The camera work pretty much stays the same the whole time and it's well executed. The costumes on the sock puppets are super cute, especially for the wolf. The wolf puppet has a bunch of cute details; I like that it is purple and yellow, like the Vikings. The set is adorable. It is fun to figure out what was used to make the background and props, because everything looks like it is made from stuff you might find around your house. There is background music attached to the characters and it sets a particular tone for what is going to happen next. The music used for the wolf, for example, has a bit of a scarier tone, so you know he's the villain. Eric Tsuchiyama and Christian Perry Castro are the dynamic duo of taking on multiple roles for this production - directing, writing and voice acting. My favorite parts are the set design and clever writing. I love the ending comment when the wolf delivers a funny line that plays on words.

The message of the film is about making smart decisions. It's beneficial to plan ahead and be prepared if something bad happens. Although this storyline isn't anything new, what is new is how the film shows that you can make cool-looking things from stuff that you already have.

I give Sockz Theatre's Three Little Pigs 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 8, plus adults. It's a fun, short, appealing film that tells a classic tale in a cute way with a very appealing set. And I love that it uses puppets, which you rarely see in films. Reviewed by Cadence G., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Sockz Theatre's Three Little Pigs' set is whimsical. It's cool to see how different everyday materials are used. I also like how each characters has a certain instrument or music associated with it. It's a fun story, that is perfect for younger audiences.

The storyline tells the classic tale of the three little pigs, where three pigs each build a different type of house and the wolf tries to blow each one down. But it's told with sock puppets and a set made of everyday found objects.

I like how each pig has its own personality and shares a little about its house. The wolf has a couple of cute and funny lines, even though he's mean. The camera work pretty much stays the same the whole time and it's well executed. The costumes on the sock puppets are super cute, especially for the wolf. The wolf puppet has a bunch of cute details; I like that it is purple and yellow, like the Vikings. The set is adorable. It is fun to figure out what was used to make the background and props, because everything looks like it is made from stuff you might find around your house. There is background music attached to the characters and it sets a particular tone for what is going to happen next. The music used for the wolf, for example, has a bit of a scarier tone, so you know he's the villain. Eric Tsuchiyama and Christian Perry Castro are the dynamic duo of taking on multiple roles for this production - directing, writing and voice acting. My favorite parts are the set design and clever writing. I love the ending comment when the wolf delivers a funny line that plays on words.

The message of the film is about making smart decisions. It's beneficial to plan ahead and be prepared if something bad happens. Although this storyline isn't anything new, what is new is how the film shows that you can make cool-looking things from stuff that you already have.

I give Sockz Theatre's Three Little Pigs 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 8, plus adults. It's a fun, short, appealing film that tells a classic tale in a cute way with a very appealing set. And I love that it uses puppets, which you rarely see in films. Reviewed by Cadence G., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 5 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-8
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


GIGANTOSAURUS: SEASON 1, VOL. 1

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N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 2-11
Topic - Family
Description - Four curious young dinosaur friends explore the mystery of Gigantosaurus, the largest, fiercest dinosaur of all.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The DVD Gigantosaurus: Season 1, Volume 1, a collection of episodes from the animated children's TV show, is incredibly adorable and perfect for preschoolers. The voice acting is very high quality and the dialogue easy for kids to understand. Cyber-Group Studios' animation is quite smooth, plus the cinematography, by Director Olivier Lelardoux tells the story clearly with its high-key lighting and, for the most part, eye-level shots. With each episode presenting a new fun adventure for four friendly dinosaurs, it will surely keep your kids' interest peaked.

The storyline follows Rocky, Tiny, Marshall and Mazu - a pack of dinosaurs that spend their time going on exciting journeys that often involve provoking the most threatening dinosaur of all, Giganotosaurus! As time passes, the group finds out that perhaps that the biggest dinosaur isn't so scary after all.

The way the story is told is very engaging for young minds. The episodes stand alone quite well so you don't need to watch it in chronological order to understand what's going on -- always a plus in a kids' show. The production design is appropriate for youngsters. For one thing, the color schemes are bright and eye-catching, so it really sets a childish mood. There are plenty of things for children to learn from in the show - being smart is like a superpower, boldness is essential to success. When it comes to preschool DVDs, Gigantosaurus: Season 1, Volume 1 is the cream of the crop.

The message that Giganotosaurus always promotes is "never judge a book by its cover." The other dinosaurs often fear Giganotosaurus because he is huge, but he is actually very nice and completely unlike their expectations.

I rate Gigantosaurus: Season 1, Volume 1 a 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 3 to 8. The DVD is available now so look for it.

By Joshitha B., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I enjoyed the DVD Gigantosaurus: Season 1, Volume 1 because this collection of episodes is full of adventure. I think kids will really like to watch this series featuring four young dinosaurs named Rocky, Bill, Tiny and Mazu who are all afraid of a huge dinosaur named Gigantosaurus.

Each one of these 26 episodes tells stories about this crew of four characters who are best friends. In one episode, they try to get one of Gigantosaurus's scales; in another episode, Rocky (Dylan Schombing) tries to be brave and goes to the top of a volcano. Many wild things happen to the group of friends through their adventures, but they always seem to figure things out.

My favorite part of this series is the time when Gigantosaurus slaps Rocky with his tail, and Rocky flies through the air. It is a super funny part because what seems like a bad thing at first--getting hit with Gigantosaurus's tail--ends up helping Rocky get to where he wanted to go. I also like the upbeat theme song at the beginning of each episode--it sets an energetic tone. I like the animation because each character is cute and colorful. Rocky is my favorite character because he may be small, but he's super confident.

The message of the film is don't judge people or things by what they look like. Just because Gigantosaurus looks scary, he might not necessarily be mean or evil. And even though Rocky is on the smaller side, he still can be really brave. (I understand because I get judged for being small, but I am capable of many things that might surprise people!)

give Gigantosaurus 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 3 to 10. This DVD is available now, so look for it.

By Cadence G., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11

Gigantosaurus: Season 1, Volume 1 is a very cute and entertaining animated series for younger kids to enjoy with friends and family. What I like the most about this DVD is that it comes in a gift box package which includes two discs with 26 episodes of Gigantosaurus and two action figures, Rocky and Mazu adding up to over four hours of fun.

Gigantosaurus: Season 1, Volume 1 is about four small funny dinos living in the forest and discovering new things. The dinos Rocky, Bill, Tiny and Mazu are the perfect team. Rocky is a red dino who is very brave. Bill is a blue dino that is kind of scared of literally anything. Tiny is a green dino who loves to be silly, tell jokes and have fun. Mazu is a brown dino who is extremely smart, and he is the one with the brains. These four together have incredible adventures and they help anyone along the way. There's one thing that they cannot do, which is go near Gigantosaurus. Gigantosaurus is the biggest, fiercest dino of all. He is 100x their size and can destroy anything in his path. He does help them, though; he gets them food by walking because the trees shake when he moves around causing the coconuts to fall.

This educational preschool TV series is based on a book and was first made into a series in France. The graphics are super impressive, the voice-overs fit each character and the music is appealing. My favorite episode is "Don't Cave In" because it's about how Tiny hears a rumor that there's a monster in a cave. The gang is running away from Giganto, when they run into the cave that they weren't meant to.

One of the morals of the series is not to brag because Rocky brags about how he was going to win the talent show, but instead he crashes it. This tells kids not to brag in any way or form--instead just do your best.

I rate Gigantosaurus: Season 1, Volume 1 the highest, 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 6 to 18 plus adults can enjoy this DVD with their kids as well. It is available now, so look for it.

By Ethan P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12
Runtime: 290 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-8
Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.99
Media: DVD
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HELPSTERS

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APPLE TV
Series: TV SERIES, AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - Cody and the Helpsters are a team of monsters who love to solve problems. Whether it's planning a party or mastering a magic trick, the Helpsters can figure anything out - because everything starts with a plan.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - An entertaining and educational show, Helpsters will keep preschoolers glued to the screen when it is on TV! This Sesame Street-esque live-action show with unique plotlines and lovable characters also teaches kids problem-solving skills and the basics of coding!

Helpsters follows five friendly monsters who love solving problems. They are Cody (Stephanie D'Abruzzo), Heart (Ingrid Hansen), Mr. Primm (Martin Robinson), Scatter (Tim Lagasse), and Jackie (Jennifer Barnhart). Each episode consists of two parts; the Helpsters solve two sets of problems from two sets of people. And everything starts with a plan, as they like to say... or rather, sing! The fun five devise a plan of action and then use sequences (here's where the coding basics begin) and specific, simplified instructions to execute that plan and help their friends, like Astronaut Amrita and Robbie and Rhonda Runner.

As a toddler, I loved puppet-based shows; they seemed so real! And, even as I've grown older, I've grown to recognize the skill of the puppeteers in creating the illusion of life. Sorry if that spoiled the magic for anyone... No, but seriously, the puppeteers behind Helpsters show great prowess. Also, the production value of Helpsters is very high--the sets are intricately designed and the amount of thought that went into something as small as the transition scenes is jaw-dropping. Kudos to Alex Fox, Rachel Lewis, and Michael J. Cargill ! I would lastly like to highlight two superb characters, whose performances I really enjoyed. Heart (Ingrid Hansen), the massive orange monster, is so endearing, despite his massive size. His simple style of speech belies his massive heart -- thus the name, I guess! Scatter (Tim Lagasse), the scatterbrained dude in blue, fulfills his role of comic relief well, and I definitely laughed at several parts. And a third character also entertained me! Cody--the ringleader of the bunch--is super caring and sweet; Stephanie D'Abruzzo channels her inner child in acting the part.

Helpsters is a super cute and, actually, a really educational series! I can guarantee you that your preschooler will definitely learn some great problem-solving skills from this show. Besides its innately educational nature, Helpsters also spreads a message of helping your friends whenever possible and having patience throughout trying times.

I give Helpsters 4.5 out of 5 stars and would recommend this show for ages 2 to 5. Helpsters is coming to Apple TV+ on October 2, 2020.

Reviewed by Eshaan M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14

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


BABY MINE PROJECT, THE: A LULLABY COLLECTION

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BABY MINE PROJECT, THE: A LULLABY COLLECTION
THE BABY MINE PROJECT
Series: AUDIO CD FOR AGES 0-5
Topic - Family
Description - Produced by Grammy nominee Chris Jay, David Shipman, Aaron Safer and Music Arranger Jamsheed Master, The Baby Mine Project: A Lullaby Collection is the first major fundraising campaign for the recently established non-profit whose mission is to support the health and wellness of children in underserved areas of Africa while providing them a source of comfort through the development of music and art. Curated by The Baby Mine Project's creator and co-founder Shipman, the collection features a diverse group of U.S. artists and African children's choirs coming together in a compilation of familiar and new songs designed to provide comfort and soothe the listener, regardless of age, all for a good cause.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The Baby Mine Project: A Lullaby Collection is a finely crafted, produced and performed album of original and classic melodic tunes guaranteed to gently nudge your little one to sleep. The addition of The African Children's Choir and the Kenyan Boys Choir is a treat along with a talented array of terrific vocalists. Deft arrangements and instrument choices are spot-on and perfectly support our journey to Dreamland.

Impeccable arrangements and performances. Since this is a lullaby album, I certainly recommend it to parents who are seeking quality music for their child that will grow with them.

The quality of the material coming from a variety of sources flows extremely well. The intelligent song choices, whether classic or original, fit the lullaby genre like a glove. Themes of peace and love permeate, along with gentle reminders that the little ones are being watched over and cared for. Again, it comes around to the soothing production and the terrific vocal performances.

Lullabies are an individual choice for parents to utilize as an aid for creating a soothing transition to dreamland and, in some cases, represent music, styles and artists they want to expose their child to. All the songs contained are terrific and carefully chosen and performed very well. It is lovely recorded.

Bottom line: the child is hopefully asleep - mission accomplished. As a fundraiser for the non-profit Baby Mine Project the purchase of this album supports children in Africa and beyond. Kudos to the creators for doing that. I give The Baby Mine Project: A Lullaby Collection 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 0 to 4. Reviewed by John Wood, KIDS FIRST! Music Specialist
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I like the CD The Baby Mine Project: A Lullaby Collection, because it reminds me of listening to my church choir. All the songs are very calming and relaxing. They are perfect if you're feeling stressed out or, for a baby having a hard time falling asleep. I will listen to this again when I need to take it easy and take a break from a challenging situation.

Some of the songs are about being brave and doing things by yourself and being confident in yourself. Other songs make you want to go to bed. I definitely can see playing this CD if you have to put your baby or younger sibling to bed. It would probably make a kid stop crying because it's soothing to listen to.

My favorite song is "A Million Dreams" because it is the cover song from the musical The Greatest Showman which I love. I always love hearing songs sung by a variety of people because each sings it differently and that is so cool and interesting. I especially enjoy the version of "A Million Dreams" which delivers it in a way I've not heard before. All of the singers on this CD have beautiful voices.

The message of this collection of songs is to always believe in yourself, even if things are hard. You just have to push to get through them. Sometimes I do not feel confident in myself when things get really hard, but I keep telling myself "you can do this," it keeps me moving forward.

I give The Baby Mine Project: A Lullaby Collection 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 12 plus adults.

Reviewed by Cadence G., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11

I can't name an album that sounds as angelic and ethereal as The Baby Mine Project: A Lullaby Collection. This collection brings back a desire to crawl into my mother's arms and be cradled to sleep letting the world around me slow down exponentially in the process.

The Baby Mine Project's mission is to support the health and wellness of children in underserved areas of Africa while providing them a source of comfort through the development of music and art. This CD is produced by Aaron Safer and David Shipman, along with Grammy nominee Chris Jay. It includes 13 songs by various artists including the African Children's Choir. You might recognize some of the songs in this collection as they are renditions with a heavenly delicacy from classic Disney songs.

I adore the celestial background music going on behind the lead singer in multiple songs. It adds an extra divine layer to the song. It feels like I am laying down on an open field of flowers and angels are flying about and singing to me. Sometimes I imagine that I am being lifted into the kingdom of heaven. I can only imagine how the little cherubs that get this lullaby played to them as they drift off into peaceful sleep might feel. One of my favorite songs in this collection has to be You'll Be In My Heart sung by Kristen Michelle Wilson, originally from Disney's Tarzan. I've fallen in love with Disney songs like that throughout my childhood so to hear it in a lullaby rendition makes me fall in love with it all over again, in a completely different way. I also love the song You Are My Sunshine sung by Julia Ceslee Marie as the cute vocals are backed with a ukulele to make a super sweet song. I also can't forget to mention Hushabye Mountain sung by Robyn Adele Anderson for its fantastically mysterious sound. Overall this collection is one I would listen to on my own. I have already listened to it twice and I am currently listening to it as I write this review.

I rate this CD 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for infants to age 3. You can purchase The Baby Mine Project: A Lullaby Collection as a CD or digital at babymineproject.org. At least 50% of the gross proceeds go to The Baby Mine Project and the project is partnered with Ovi Childrens hospital, a non-profit hospital for Kenyan Orphans with life threatening illnesses. You can also listen to the complete collection on Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, Amazon Music or purchase it on Itunes.

Reviewed by Anokhi L., KIDS FIRST!, age 18


Runtime: 43 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 0-5
Suggested Retail Price: $ 20
Media: AUDIO


BEAVER, FROG AND FROG BFF

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BEAVER, FROG AND FROG BFF
COREY SNYDER
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - In the paper puppet musical, Beaver Frog and Frog (BFF), two best friend frogs lose each other when their pond is drained by builders, but are brought back together by an optimistic beaver who builds a dam that saves their environment and brings back their pond. BFF sparks a curiosity in creation care by shining a light on real animals who really help each other in nature!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Beaver, Frog and Frog BFF is a throwback to classic 80s style animated paper puppet show. I was looking forward to watching this film, however half way through my attention wandered due to the repetitive music, all of the same tempo.

The story follows two talking, singing frogs, that are best friends, meet a new friend, the beaver, that joins them in this musical comedy about love with a strong underlying environmental message.

There are some funny parts to the story such as when the frogs thought they were separated for life, but were just on the other side of the log from each other. The beaver's French accent is a bit quirky and adds comedy value to his character. My favorite character is the raccoon. He isn't a main part, but he steals the scenes with his pop in cameos when he holds up signs saying what he thinks. Both the frogs are excellent singers. The lip syncing of the characters' mouths and their singing is well done. It makes you believe that the puppets are actually singing the songs. I like the unique paper puppets, especially the beaver with his realistic wet fur look. The set is a swamp located. The layers of the hills and musical reeds give depth to the set and the flies adds to the swampy feeling. The only shortcoming is the music, which is very repetitive. This film reminds me how small things can have a big impact on the environment and, although we may not think about actions we take on daily basis may add to these issues.

The message of this film is that we sometimes have feelings for each other, but don't admit it until it's almost too late. This theme applies to the frogs, but carries over to the bigger concern about the environment and the damage we are doing to nature. We need to take action before it is too late.

I give Beaver, Frog and Frog BFF 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 5. Reviewed by Katie F., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Beaver, Frog and Frog BFF is a throwback to classic 80s style animated paper puppet show. I was looking forward to watching this film, however half way through my attention wandered due to the repetitive music, all of the same tempo.

The story follows two talking, singing frogs, that are best friends, meet a new friend, the beaver, that joins them in this musical comedy about love with a strong underlying environmental message.

There are some funny parts to the story such as when the frogs thought they were separated for life, but were just on the other side of the log from each other. The beaver's French accent is a bit quirky and adds comedy value to his character. My favorite character is the raccoon. He isn't a main part, but he steals the scenes with his pop in cameos when he holds up signs saying what he thinks. Both the frogs are excellent singers. The lip syncing of the characters' mouths and their singing is well done. It makes you believe that the puppets are actually singing the songs. I like the unique paper puppets, especially the beaver with his realistic wet fur look. The set is a swamp located. The layers of the hills and musical reeds give depth to the set and the flies adds to the swampy feeling. The only shortcoming is the music, which is very repetitive. This film reminds me how small things can have a big impact on the environment and, although we may not think about actions we take on daily basis may add to these issues.

The message of this film is that we sometimes have feelings for each other, but don't admit it until it's almost too late. This theme applies to the frogs, but carries over to the bigger concern about the environment and the damage we are doing to nature. We need to take action before it is too late.

I give Beaver, Frog and Frog BFF 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 5. Reviewed by Katie F., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 10 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


STAR BRIGHT

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STAR BRIGHT
PROMOFEST
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGE 1-5
Topic - Family
Description - Emmy (5 years old) has always dreamed of flying through the stars with his best friend GooRoo, the giant bear. A starry night, GooRoo and Emmy make acquaintance with a lovely tiny star that will help them learn about the nature of their friendship and how our dreams are sometimes closer than we thought. (From Spain)
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - tar Bright is a magical animated short film from Spain about two friends on a dream-like adventure. I like the animation which is done in a classic style with beautiful vibrant colors complemented by a soft, gentle trance like musical score. This is ideal to a younger audience as it will captivate their attention. The cute characters, colorful landscape and soft music all take place in the ideal timeframe of seven minutes.

This storyline tells the tale of a little girl and her favorite teddy bear as they embark on a wonderful adventure through a magical forest where they share memories which lead them to make an interesting new friend.

Every little girl has a favorite teddy. This film is nostalgic as it reminds me of my friendship with my own teddy rabbit. When I was younger we used to go on many magical adventures together. I enjoyed the old style animation which is beautifully smooth and modern. The little girl wears a cute little dress and the bear is humanized by his little paper hat. They go from a cute, cozy bedroom to an imaginary, magical forest filled with dream colors and fantastical creatures.

The story is told by the music. For example, when the friends are flying the music is happy, light and bouncy with a quick tempo. When the bear feels left out the music slows down to convey a sad emotion. Truly the music helps make the magical forest come to life. My favorite part of the film is when they send all the pictures flying up to a star, which gives off a realistic vibrant glow. The animation style gives real depth to the scene bringing a 3D feel to 2D animation.

The message of Star Bright is that true friendship can never be broken and that it is okay to have other friends.

I give Star Bright 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 5. It is a family friendly film and would fit well in a KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. Reviewed by Katie F., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - tar Bright is a magical animated short film from Spain about two friends on a dream-like adventure. I like the animation which is done in a classic style with beautiful vibrant colors complemented by a soft, gentle trance like musical score. This is ideal to a younger audience as it will captivate their attention. The cute characters, colorful landscape and soft music all take place in the ideal timeframe of seven minutes.

This storyline tells the tale of a little girl and her favorite teddy bear as they embark on a wonderful adventure through a magical forest where they share memories which lead them to make an interesting new friend.

Every little girl has a favorite teddy. This film is nostalgic as it reminds me of my friendship with my own teddy rabbit. When I was younger we used to go on many magical adventures together. I enjoyed the old style animation which is beautifully smooth and modern. The little girl wears a cute little dress and the bear is humanized by his little paper hat. They go from a cute, cozy bedroom to an imaginary, magical forest filled with dream colors and fantastical creatures.

The story is told by the music. For example, when the friends are flying the music is happy, light and bouncy with a quick tempo. When the bear feels left out the music slows down to convey a sad emotion. Truly the music helps make the magical forest come to life. My favorite part of the film is when they send all the pictures flying up to a star, which gives off a realistic vibrant glow. The animation style gives real depth to the scene bringing a 3D feel to 2D animation.

The message of Star Bright is that true friendship can never be broken and that it is okay to have other friends.

I give Star Bright 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 5. It is a family friendly film and would fit well in a KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. Reviewed by Katie F., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 7 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


BEAVER, FROG, AND FROG BFF

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BEAVER, FROG, AND FROG BFF
COREY SNYDER
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - In the paper puppet musical, Beaver Frog and Frog (BFF), two best friend frogs lose each other when their pond is drained by builders, but are brought back together by an optimistic beaver who builds a dam that saves their environment and brings back their pond. BFF sparks a curiosity in creation care by shining a light on real animals who really help each other in nature!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Beaver, Frog and Frog BFF is a throwback to classic 80s style animated paper puppet show. I was looking forward to watching this film, however half way through my attention wandered due to the repetitive music, all of the same tempo.

The story follows two talking, singing frogs, that are best friends, meet a new friend, the beaver, that joins them in this musical comedy about love with a strong underlying environmental message.

There are some funny parts to the story such as when the frogs thought they were separated for life, but were just on the other side of the log from each other. The beaver's French accent is a bit quirky and adds comedy value to his character. My favorite character is the raccoon. He isn't a main part, but he steals the scenes with his pop in cameos when he holds up signs saying what he thinks. Both the frogs are excellent singers. The lip syncing of the characters' mouths and their singing is well done. It makes you believe that the puppets are actually singing the songs. I like the unique paper puppets, especially the beaver with his realistic wet fur look. The set is a swamp located. The layers of the hills and musical reeds give depth to the set and the flies adds to the swampy feeling. The only shortcoming is the music, which is very repetitive. This film reminds me how small things can have a big impact on the environment and, although we may not think about actions we take on daily basis may add to these issues.

The message of this film is that we sometimes have feelings for each other, but don't admit it until it's almost too late. This theme applies to the frogs, but carries over to the bigger concern about the environment and the damage we are doing to nature. We need to take action before it is too late.

I give Beaver, Frog and Frog BFF 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 5. Reviewed by Katie F., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Beaver, Frog and Frog BFF is a throwback to classic 80s style animated paper puppet show. I was looking forward to watching this film, however half way through my attention wandered due to the repetitive music, all of the same tempo.

The story follows two talking, singing frogs, that are best friends, meet a new friend, the beaver, that joins them in this musical comedy about love with a strong underlying environmental message.

There are some funny parts to the story such as when the frogs thought they were separated for life, but were just on the other side of the log from each other. The beaver's French accent is a bit quirky and adds comedy value to his character. My favorite character is the raccoon. He isn't a main part, but he steals the scenes with his pop in cameos when he holds up signs saying what he thinks. Both the frogs are excellent singers. The lip syncing of the characters' mouths and their singing is well done. It makes you believe that the puppets are actually singing the songs. I like the unique paper puppets, especially the beaver with his realistic wet fur look. The set is a swamp located. The layers of the hills and musical reeds give depth to the set and the flies adds to the swampy feeling. The only shortcoming is the music, which is very repetitive. This film reminds me how small things can have a big impact on the environment and, although we may not think about actions we take on daily basis may add to these issues.

The message of this film is that we sometimes have feelings for each other, but don't admit it until it's almost too late. This theme applies to the frogs, but carries over to the bigger concern about the environment and the damage we are doing to nature. We need to take action before it is too late.

I give Beaver, Frog and Frog BFF 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 5. Reviewed by Katie F., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 10 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


STAR BRIGHT

This title is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
STAR BRIGHT
PROMOFEST
Series: FOREIGN INDIE SHORT, AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - Emmy (5 years old) has always dreamed of flying through the stars with his best friend GooRoo, the giant bear. A starry night, GooRoo and Emmy make acquaintance with a lovely tiny star that will help them learn about the nature of their friendship and how our dreams are sometimes closer than we thought.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Star Bright is a magical animated short film from Spain about two friends on a dream-like adventure. I like the animation which is done in a classic style with beautiful vibrant colors complemented by a soft, gentle trance like musical score. This is ideal to a younger audience as it will captivate their attention. The cute characters, colorful landscape and soft music all take place in the ideal timeframe of seven minutes.

This storyline tells the tale of a little girl and her favorite teddy bear as they embark on a wonderful adventure through a magical forest where they share memories which lead them to make an interesting new friend.

Every little girl has a favorite teddy. This film is nostalgic as it reminds me of my friendship with my own teddy rabbit. When I was younger we used to go on many magical adventures together. I enjoyed the old style animation which is beautifully smooth and modern. The little girl wears a cute little dress and the bear is humanized by his little paper hat. They go from a cute, cozy bedroom to an imaginary, magical forest filled with dream colors and fantastical creatures.

The story is told by the music. For example, when the friends are flying the music is happy, light and bouncy with a quick tempo. When the bear feels left out the music slows down to convey a sad emotion. Truly the music helps make the magical forest come to life. My favorite part of the film is when they send all the pictures flying up to a star, which gives off a realistic vibrant glow. The animation style gives real depth to the scene bringing a 3D feel to 2D animation.

The message of Star Bright is that true friendship can never be broken and that it is okay to have other friends.

I give Star Bright 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 5. It is a family friendly film and would fit well in a KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. Reviewed by Katie F., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Star Bright is a magical animated short film from Spain about two friends on a dream-like adventure. I like the animation which is done in a classic style with beautiful vibrant colors complemented by a soft, gentle trance like musical score. This is ideal to a younger audience as it will captivate their attention. The cute characters, colorful landscape and soft music all take place in the ideal timeframe of seven minutes.

This storyline tells the tale of a little girl and her favorite teddy bear as they embark on a wonderful adventure through a magical forest where they share memories which lead them to make an interesting new friend.

Every little girl has a favorite teddy. This film is nostalgic as it reminds me of my friendship with my own teddy rabbit. When I was younger we used to go on many magical adventures together. I enjoyed the old style animation which is beautifully smooth and modern. The little girl wears a cute little dress and the bear is humanized by his little paper hat. They go from a cute, cozy bedroom to an imaginary, magical forest filled with dream colors and fantastical creatures.

The story is told by the music. For example, when the friends are flying the music is happy, light and bouncy with a quick tempo. When the bear feels left out the music slows down to convey a sad emotion. Truly the music helps make the magical forest come to life. My favorite part of the film is when they send all the pictures flying up to a star, which gives off a realistic vibrant glow. The animation style gives real depth to the scene bringing a 3D feel to 2D animation.

The message of Star Bright is that true friendship can never be broken and that it is okay to have other friends.

I give Star Bright 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 5. It is a family friendly film and would fit well in a KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. Reviewed by Katie F., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 7 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


SCAT

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SCAT
STEPHAN LEEPER
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 2-18
Topic - Family
Description - This film was done in collaboration with my students in Intro to Animation as a fun way to introduce the grueling process of lip-sync animation. . . not to mention vintage scat blues by Sarah Vaughan.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Scat is an animated lip-synch to the song Scat Blues by Sarah Vaughan. I love the constantly changing backgrounds of this short film. The music is upbeat and it's a fun interpretation with different animated mouths accompanying song. I like how the different types of mouths are represented and the changing backgrounds. The music is great. Who doesn't like Scat Blues by Sarah Vaughan. The music and animation together can simply make you happy. My favorite scene is the bird's beak scatting as it is quite unexpected after all human mouths. I give Scat 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 18, plus adults. I definitely recommend this for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festivals as it would make a nice interstitial break between other pieces. Reviewed by Selene W., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Scat is an animated lip-synch to the song Scat Blues by Sarah Vaughan. I love the constantly changing backgrounds of this short film. The music is upbeat and it's a fun interpretation with different animated mouths accompanying song. I like how the different types of mouths are represented and the changing backgrounds. The music is great. Who doesn't like Scat Blues by Sarah Vaughan. The music and animation together can simply make you happy. My favorite scene is the bird's beak scatting as it is quite unexpected after all human mouths. I give Scat 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 18, plus adults. I definitely recommend this for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festivals as it would make a nice interstitial break between other pieces. Reviewed by Selene W., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 3 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


SECRET OF THE RAINFOREST, THE

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SECRET OF THE RAINFOREST, THE
CLAUS JOHNSEN
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 2-18
Topic - Family
Description - The story is based on an old myth telling the story about the birth of the worlds largest river - the Amazon river. This movie is made together with kids from the Kukama tribe in Santo Tomas in Peru.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The Secret of the Rainforest is an animated short film about an old man who keeps the location of his water a secret from two children. The two children scheme on how to find out where he gets it and work with other animals of the rain forest to do so. It explores the myth of how the Amazon River came to be. The dialogue is in Danish, with English sub-titles and the film was made together with kids from the Kukama tribe in Santo Tomas in Peru.

I really like the look of this short. It has a sort of endearingly well-crafted, handmade quality to it. The fable really fits well into the format of a short film. I like that it is self-contained and the story itself is very otherworldly and fantastical. I really like the final shot of the river forming an image shaped like a tree. The tree plays a large role in the story and the tree itself is quite majestic. The music grounds you in the world and creates an almost ethereal feeling. The whole look of this short is really it's biggest asset. My favorite part is the closing moments when the river flows and the life around the chopped tree begin to flourish.

The message of this film is "do not withhold that which could assist the lives of others from the people around you."

I give The Secret of the Rainforest 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 2 to 18, plus adults. It's a legend that I think will captivate all audiences. Reviewed by Benjamin P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The Secret of the Rainforest is an animated short film about an old man who keeps the location of his water a secret from two children. The two children scheme on how to find out where he gets it and work with other animals of the rain forest to do so. It explores the myth of how the Amazon River came to be. The dialogue is in Danish, with English sub-titles and the film was made together with kids from the Kukama tribe in Santo Tomas in Peru.

I really like the look of this short. It has a sort of endearingly well-crafted, handmade quality to it. The fable really fits well into the format of a short film. I like that it is self-contained and the story itself is very otherworldly and fantastical. I really like the final shot of the river forming an image shaped like a tree. The tree plays a large role in the story and the tree itself is quite majestic. The music grounds you in the world and creates an almost ethereal feeling. The whole look of this short is really it's biggest asset. My favorite part is the closing moments when the river flows and the life around the chopped tree begin to flourish.

The message of this film is "do not withhold that which could assist the lives of others from the people around you."

I give The Secret of the Rainforest 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 2 to 18, plus adults. It's a legend that I think will captivate all audiences. Reviewed by Benjamin P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 16 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


GARGANTUA VS. THE ROBOT

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GARGANTUA VS. THE ROBOT
BIRKE DUNCAN
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 2-12
Topic - Family
Description - A retired circus star rescues kids from a rogue robot.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Gargantua vs. the Robot is about a Gorilla that saves a school bus from a giant Robot.

This film is very simple in terms of production design and is easy to connect with, because the characters are like the toys that every kid plays with. This film could inspire kids to create their own films. It is cute and simple, although the ending is a bit confusing, as it doesn't really explain how the bus got back on the road.

The cinematography is very realistic. The scenarios suit the story nicely. I love the music and the effects. They are so simple, yet they work. The production quality is quite good. I think it will project well onto the big screen. My favorite part is when gargantuan swings to the rescue!

The message of the film is: nature is kind to us and can save us. I learned that we can all create a short film; simple elements and basic story can create a great movie.

I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 12. I recommend this for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival Reviewed by Zoe C., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Gargantua vs. the Robot is about a Gorilla that saves a school bus from a giant Robot.

This film is very simple in terms of production design and is easy to connect with, because the characters are like the toys that every kid plays with. This film could inspire kids to create their own films. It is cute and simple, although the ending is a bit confusing, as it doesn't really explain how the bus got back on the road.

The cinematography is very realistic. The scenarios suit the story nicely. I love the music and the effects. They are so simple, yet they work. The production quality is quite good. I think it will project well onto the big screen. My favorite part is when gargantuan swings to the rescue!

The message of the film is: nature is kind to us and can save us. I learned that we can all create a short film; simple elements and basic story can create a great movie.

I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 12. I recommend this for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival Reviewed by Zoe C., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 2 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


LLAMA LLAMA'S BEST SUMMER EVER! (2020)

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N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 2-7
Topic - Family
Description - Llama Llama springs to life in these heart-warming tales based on the award-winning book series by author and illustrator Anna Dewdney. Join Llama Llama, Nelly Gnu, Luna Giraffe, Euclid the Sheep and Gilroy Goat as they explore their safe, friendly hometown and make childhood memories. On this DVD, join Llama Llama as he camps, boats, floats and swims his way through his BEST summer ever! Adventure and learning awaits with Llama Llama and pals!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Llama Llama Best Summer Ever! DVD is tons of fun and will appeal to kids and families. It's a bright and happy animated series that is based on Anna Dewdney's books about an adventurous llama and his circle of family and friends. This DVD has eight episodes with an option to play all the episodes or select them one at a time at an approximate run time of 90 minutes of lively entertainment. The series employs bright colors, fun animals and engaging story lines that align with the daily activities that many kids are involved in, to capture their interest. The cute story lines deliver positive messages. For example, Llama Llama's kite is torn on the last day of summer and his mom teaches him resourcefulness. There's no need to buy a new one, we can fix this one and it will be better than before. The writing structure is straightforward and geared towards its target audience. The continuity and style reinforce each episode's message, teamwork, resourcefulness and helping others. The series uses vocabulary that appeals to young kids. For example, when Llama Llama's kite is torn his mom states that she will help him make a swirl-o-rama kite!

Through Llama Llama and his friends Nelly Gnu, Luna Giraffe, Euclid the Sheep and Gilroy Goat, kids will learn how to problem-solve, work as part of a team, help others, develop friendship and enjoy their families with awesome summer activities such as making lemonade, camping, boating, swimming and kite flying. The series visually appeals to kids with its bright colors and cute animal friends. The DVD cover is appropriate and appeal as it features Llama Llama and his friends. There is also a listing of each episode included, with a picture next to it representing what the episode is about. There are educational benefits as kids are taught about problem solving and teamwork. For example, Llama Llama wants to help his friend buy a new bike tire, so he opens a lemonade stand to earn the money. His friends help him improve his product and help with marketing it. Additionally, kids are shown that everyone can be included even if they don't do the same things. i.e. Euclid the Sheep shows up when everyone's flying kites. He doesn't have a kite, but he can make calculations on wind, temperature and time to help the other kites fly. There are several messages in this series about teamwork, resourcefulness, friendship, family and helping others. The DVD menu has an option to watch all the episodes or select them one at a time. I give this DVD 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 11.

Reviewed by Jennifer V., KIDS FIRST! juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Llama Llama is an animated series full of family values and nature adventures! This heartwarming series is based on the beloved children's books by Anna Dewdney who also illustrated the books. There are eight episodes on the new DVD Llama Llama BEST Summer Ever!

Llama Llama has exciting adventures with his family and friends which include valuable life lessons at the beach, camping and around the town. The series features Jennifer Garner as the voice of the loving Mama Llama. My favorite episode is "Last Day of Summer" where Llama Llama seizes the day with friends and goes to the park to fly kites and ends up using imagination when the weather complicates their plans. Change can be exciting and fun!

The message of this series is to learn from family and friends and to enjoy childhood. Change can be tough but you can always enjoy time with family and friends.

I rate this DVD 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 3 to 6. The DVD is available now.

Reviewed by Selene W., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11

Llama Llama's Best Summer Ever! is so entertaining to watch. It has adorable characters, fun animation, great music and lots vibrant content. The short episodes are the perfect length to keep young children entertained.

This DVD is about Llama Llama and his friend having the time of their lives on their summer vacation. Episodes include Let's Go Camping, Beach Day, Boat Float and Last Day of Summer. Wherever Llama Llama goes, there will always be fun.

The Llama Llama animated series is so cool, because they are based on the award-winning book series by author and illustrator Anna Dewdney. There are several lovable characters including Llama Llama, Nelly Gnu and Luna Giraffe. This DVD is approximately 90 minutes long with eight episodes. My favorite episode is Last Day of Summer, because it shows that even if the weather is bad you can still have fun indoors during the summer.

There are a lot of positive messages in this DVD including keeping a positive attitude when your plans change unexpectedly and, if you go with the flow and have a positive attitude, the outcome can still be fun. We also learn that a little bit of practice can make you feel more confident and that if you feel as if you are not getting enough attention from your parents, just know that they still love you. This DVD has no bad language and there is nothing risky or dangerous that kids might try to do. However, there are scenes showing jealously.

I give this DVD 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 8. This DVD is available now. I totally recommend this DVD for your kids.

Reviewed by Katherine S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11

I like Llama Llama's Best Summer Ever because it is very entertaining. It is a great tool to entertain young children or kids my age, especially during this pandemic. Each episode is very well illustrated and the script is well written.

This DVD is based off the award-winning book series by author and illustrator Anna Dewdney. One of Dewdney's of the first books in the series is Llama Llama Red Pajama. Her Llama Llama books have been adapted into an animated television series for Netflix and this DVD is a compilation of episodes about summer. Llama Llama and his friends Nelly Gnu, Luna Giraffe, Euclid the Sheep, Gilroy Goat explore their hometown and have fun at the same time making childhood memories. This is truly the best summer ever for Llama Llama and his friends! Every episode is a new story with a new story line. This DVD includes eight episodes with a duration of approximately 11 minutes each for a total of 90 minutes of fun and adventure.

The animation is neat with bright colors, very detailed and colorful landscaping and excellent voice-overs that match each character. My favorite episode is "Last Day of Summer" which is about Llama Llama going kiting with his mom and friends at the beach, but it starts raining so his mom suggests doing indoor activities. His mom thinks of a fun way to go kiting indoors. They place a sand-looking mat on the floor; turn on a fan and Luna stands on the background to move fake waves made by cardboard. This episode is my favorite because it gives you a very good idea of how to have fun while staying at home during this pandemic.

The moral of this show is to never give up because Llama Llama does not stop trying to sell lemonade and keeps trying till he eventually gets customers. This shows how to keep trying even when things don't work out the way you want them to. It teaches children to be persistent because there is no worse battle than the one you don't fight for. This show also teaches children to be creative and to be resourceful like when they are kiting inside the house.

I'd give Llama Llama's Best Summer Ever 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it ages 5 to 18, plus adults can watch and enjoy this DVD with their children! This DVD is available now so go and look for it! It's perfect for summer and pandemics.

Reviewed by Ethan P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11
Runtime: 90 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-11
Suggested Retail Price: $ 6.99
Media: Video and DVD


OCTONAUTS: OCEAN ADVENTURES

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N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 2-12
Topic - Education/Instructional
Description - The Octonauts are a team of adventurers who explore the world s oceans, rescue aquatic creatures and protect their habitats - from the bustling eco-system along the Amazon River to the deepest depths of the Mariana Trench. Deploying a set of aquatic vehicles, Captain Barnacles, daredevil ex-pirate, Kwazii, medic Peso and the rest of the crew embark on missions around the globe before returning safely to their home base, the Octopod. On this exciting DVD, join the Octonauts as they journey to the Midnight Zone to rescue a bomber worm! Come along with Dashi as she teams up with her sister, Koshi, so solve a mysterious disappearance. And when Shellington crashes the Gup-D, he and Kwazii team up to pick up the pieces. Enjoy these adventures and more with the Octonauts!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Octonauts Ocean Adventures is an exciting educational DVD that follows the adventures of a team of friends that explore the world's oceans. It is comprised of six colorful and fun episodes including titles such as Kelp Monster Mystery, The Loneliest Whale and Operation Cooperation. Follow the crew in this action-packed series as they explore mysterious ocean life, learn about and rescue curious sea creatures and teach us how to protect their environments and habitats. The team is lead by Captain Barnacles, the bravest polar bear you will ever meet and always the first to rush in and help whenever there is a problem to be solved. Other characters include Kwazii - the daredevil cat, Dr. Shellington - the coolest marine biologist sea otter around, Dash dog - a sweet natured IT officer and Tweak - a bunny who's ready to lend a helping hand. From their underwater Octopod, they are always ready for excitement and the challenges that await them in the deep blue sea. The DVD's run time is 66 minutes and includes menu options such as episode selection and comes with a colorful booklet with information about The Octonauts and other shows from NCircle Entertainment. This series is highly recommended for any child that enjoys colorful characters, fun songs, adventure and learning about the ocean and its creatures. I give Octonauts Ocean Adventures 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 through 10. It's available on DVD now, so check it out. Reviewed by Eli B, KIDS FIRST! Juror.

Octonauts: Ocean Adventures is a DVD collection of episodes from The Octonauts, a group of sea creatures lead by Captain Barnacles to go on exciting missions all across the world. This is a highly educational show, though this fact is hidden in many fun and informative adventures. Kids enjoy the mindful characters and upbeat music while learning a lot.

All the characters are engaging and interesting. They have good interpersonal relationships. The storylines oftentimes highlight problem solving-skills and thoughtful learning. The characters work together as a team, which is great modeling for kids to see. The animation has bright colors and backgrounds. The backgrounds make the film really interesting and fun to watch. The music is very catchy and any child who has heard it will recognize it immediately. It's definitely danceable for both preschoolers and young elementary school aged. The music is very much a highlight of the show.

Of course none of these stories would happen in real life, as it is a fictional cartoon. Captain Barnacles and Dashi are the most memorable characters in the series. They are mindful, personable characters. My favorite part is when they're surrounded by all the creatures that want to eat Little Jimmy and they try to fight off the creatures. They use the boat to get out and are followed to the main ship and then they turn on the lights. Captain Barnacles is a brave person and a true leader. He helps people when necessary, especially people in need. Always help people in need when you can is a prominent message in each episode. I learned all about bomber worms and how they use flares to defend themselves and signal their friends. They live in the middle of the trench because if they go to the bottom they can't swim back up and can easily die.

I give Octonauts: Ocean Adventures 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 9. It is available now on DVD so look for it.

By Hanna M., KIDS FIRST! Adult reviewer
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I like the Octonauts: Ocean Adventures because the animation is so cute and the characters are super funny. It can get a little repetitive for older kids when you watch more than a couple episodes, but I think little kids would want to watch all six episodes on the DVD. I really like how each episode shows the actual animal, and not just the animated one. It allows viewers to get a better idea of what the animals looks like in real life.

This DVD has different episodes about a specific animal that lives in the ocean. The Octonauts, featuring Captain Barnacles, ex-pirate Kwazii (a cat) and medic Peso (a penguin) go on a bunch of adventures under the ocean. In one episode, the Octonauts help two very competitive shrimp that are fighting, become best friends. In another one, a confident polar bear goes underwater with Kwazii and Peso to talk to little worms they meet and look for one worm that sank to the bottom of the ocean. Other characters, like an otter, help Kwazii search for parts after their ship crashes to the bottom of the ocean. It's a very fun DVD because there is a lot of action and you always want to know what will happen next.

All of the characters have their own personality, such as the penguin, named Peso. Peso is very scared, but Kwazii (the cat) is not afraid of anything. I love how all of the characters are so different from one another. It reminds me of some of my friends who like different things than I do, or have a shy personality. Even though we are different, we still have fun together. My favorite part about this DVD is when Peso gets so scared of the huge "monster," but it's not quite a monster. You'll have to watch the DVD to find out what the creature actually is. I also like the blobfish who always wants food--especially worms--but is so slow he often misses out on a snack. That character is probably the funniest part of the DVD.

The message of this show is: if you work together, you can even save people's lives. It's amazing what you can do when you work together. Even if you different from one another, you can still use the strengths of each person in the group to be successful.

I give this DVD 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 to 9. This DVD is out now, so go look for it.

Reviewed by Cadence G., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11

I was absolutely thrilled with the stories told in the DVD Octonauts: Ocean Adventures. This series of tales is full of twists and turns that will keep you engaged throughout the six action packed episodes. You will have tons of fun and learn valuable lessons along with the Octonauts, Captain Barnacles, ex-pirate Kwazii and medic Peso.

Octonauts: Ocean Adventures follows a team of underwater explorers that save ocean life and protect their habitats. The Octonauts help all animals and sea life ranging from the predatory mantis shrimp to the wiggly bomber worms. While doing this, the gang faces troubles such as transportation breaking down and fights between other animals. Even though the troubles seem tough, the Octonauts always manage to come through and learn skills to help them in life.

In this DVD, we are introduced to six episodes: Mantis Shrimp, Kelp Monster Mystery, Bomber Worms, Loneliest Whale, Operation Cooperation, and Spinner Dolphins. Each episode tells a unique story. I truly enjoyed each episode and did not get bored with any of them. The fun ocean setting captivated me, since there are so many things that are unknown about the ocean habitat. I was happily surprised when I heard the voices of all the characters. Instead of having high, cartoonish voices, the Octonauts voices are deep, and some even have accents. I particularly liked Captain Barnacles' English accent voiced by Ross Breen. That isn't the only audible thing I enjoyed. I was very entertained by the music. It sets a tone and makes situations seem much more relaxed, dire or whatever the mood may be. The clever theme music composer Darren Hendly is to thank for the catchy intro. Lastly, I really appreciate the animation style in this show. It is funny and adorable, without giving a fake impression of how these animals truly look.

The message behind these episodes is that, even when there are problems that seem tough and unsolvable, you can count on teamwork and kindness to always help you out. If we all help each other out, the problems can be fixed and you can gain important lessons from them.

I give Octonauts: Ocean Adventures 5 out of 5 stars and I recommend it to ages 6 to 12. This collection can be found on DVD and Digital now.

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

I am a big fan of the Octonauts series and this DVD is one of my favorites. It never gets boring and kept me looking forward to the next episode.

Octonauts: Ocean Adventures is about a team of under-the-sea adventurers. They explore, rescue and protect everything in the ocean. We follow them along many expeditions like cleaning the ocean and helping a lonely whale. Episodes include Mantis Shrimp, Operation Cooperation, Kelp Monster Mystery and more. The DVD runs about an hour, so it is the perfect amount of entertainment for a younger audience.

This is such an educational, yet fun DVD. I learned about animals that I had no idea even existed! Children will enjoy it, and so will others! It is great for the whole family to watch. The animation is simple, yet adorable, and the sea animals are darling. There are a lot of episodes in the Octonauts series and, just when you think that you have learned it all, NCircle Entertainment always throws more stuff at you to learn, and you're having a blast doing it. The characters' voices in Octonauts fit their personalities perfectly. Simon Greenall has a flawless, bold polar bear voice, Paul Panting plays a wonderful, gentle penguin and Bob Rackstraw voices a magnificent, dare-devil cat. My favorite episode is Bomber Worms because I learned about this animal for the first time and how interesting and unique they are.

There are many positive messages throughout the DVD including teamwork, friendship, being adventurous, and loving animals.

I give this DVD 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 through 9. This DVD is currently available.

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

The Octonauts: Ocean Adventures is such a fun and educational DVD! It offers a good mix between learning about marine life and entertaining younger kids. This series will entertain kids for more than an hour while they explore the world's oceans.

Octonauts: Ocean Adventures is about a team of adventurers called the Octonauts that explore the world's oceans, rescue the creatures who live there and protect their habitats on land and sea. The DVD includes 6 episodes of fun, underwater adventures that teach kids all about the oceans and many of the animals that live there.

The protagonists in the movie are Captain Barnacles (Simon Greenall), Kwazii (Rob Rackstraw), an ex-pirate and a doctor named Peso (Wayne Grayson). Other animal friends show up on different episodes to join the Octonauts on their various quests. My favorite episode was The Loneliest Whale because I love how the Octonauts help the lonely whale, named Joe, find other whales and food. It is really heart-warming. The characters are all really nice, sweet, open-minded and have hearts of gold. While I love the main Octonauts, my favorite characters are Dashi and her little sister Koshi, because they work well together, have a great bond, love the same things and can relate and understand each other. The animation is so fun that it makes you feel like you are on missions with the Octonauts. The setting under the sea is really beautiful with neon colors that kids will love watching. It is really creative how everything the Octonauts use, such as the Octopod and the Gups, look like real animals.

This DVD encourages friendship, kindness and teamwork. The message across all episodes is that when you have kindness you can build great friendships and that teamwork is really important because it helps you get the job done faster. This movie has a G rating and there isn't anything parents need to be warned about.

Octonauts: Ocean Adventures is a great show for younger kids. Kids will definitely learn about the world's oceans, smarine life and how to be great friends and work together. I rate it 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for kids ages 2 to 8. This is out on DVD now, so make sure you go check it out.

By Tiana S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 9
Runtime: 66 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 6.99
Media: DVD
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GIGANTOSAURUS: DINO TALES

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N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 2-8
Topic - Family
Description - ROCKY, BILL, TINY and MAZU are four young dinosaurs growing up in the Cretaceous period. Life is always an adventure: new volcanoes are popping up all the time, long-necked brachiosauruses and enormous triceratopses roam free, meteor showers light up the night sky and the big bad Gigantosaurus reigns over it all! On this exciting DVD, join Rocky, Bill, Tiny and Mazu as they explore the world of Cretacia. Embark on a mission to help find a lost egg s missing parents. Join the four friends as they venture out on a sleepover at the lake and camp among the herds in the desert. The adventures don t end there! Race with Mazu to see a once-in-a-lifetime comet and join Bill as he becomes invisible during a game of hide and seek. Enjoy these adventures and more with our Dino pals!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Gigantosaurus: Dino Tales is an English dubbed collection of episodes from the titular French CGI-animated preschool series. Kids learning through early childhood education will find plenty of great messages and funny characters. Most of the episodes follow a repetitive structure, although there are a few standouts.

This anthology follows the adventures of Rocky (Dylan Schombling), Bill (Nicholas Holmes), Tinu (Aine Sunderland), and Mazu (Nahanni Mitchell) who are four young dinosaurs growing up in the Cretaceous period. Surrounding these tales is the overarching mysterious Gigantosaurus who helps them on a few adventures.

The four leads share great banter allowing for believable friendships. Keep in mind, they are all child actors who are slowly coming into their own. Dylan Schombling, as Rocky, is easily my favorite of the bunch overcompensating his masculinity towards his inner fears. His dynamic with Bill, voiced by Nicholas Holmes, is strongest with a touching episode addressing how he helps his friend face his fears. The dynamic between Tinu, Mazu and other pair-ups are not as strong, although Aine Sunderland and Nahanni Mitchell give charismatic performances.

The animation is easily the most impressive feature here. The character models appear swiftly, and the environments fully capture the Cretaceous aesthetic. I should point out that the episodic plots follow a similar pattern, and the characters lack distinct personalities, especially the antagonists who are always juvenile bullies. Granted this is a cartoon made for preschoolers, so this will not be as obvious to them as it is to an older viewer such as myself. "The Island" is the one episode that really stands out for me, featuring a touching plot about friendship as Bill helps Rocky face his fear of swimming.

The message of this film is to always value friendships. All four of the dinosaurs have a great dynamic that revolves around trust and teamwork. I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 3 to 7. This DVD us available now on DVD and digital so check it out.

Reviewed by Arjun N., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 18
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I like the Gigantosaurus Dino Tales DVD because it is very entertaining and funny. This show amuses younger children as well as older children like myself.

This DVD is a compilation of eight funny episodes with each episode a duration of 11 minutes approximately. The episodes do not follow a sequence. Each one has its individual story line. This DVD is about four "dino" friends, named Rocky, Bill, Tiny and Mazu, who explore the world of Cretacia, where they live and make missions along the way. This show is very entertaining for young audience, keeping their attention their entire time.

The graphics are very bright and colorful. I especially like the jungle background. The voice-over talents suit each character. The music is appealing, especially the theme song. The episodes are short and interesting. My favorite episode is "Mazu's Comet," which is about Mazu wanting to see a comet with his name, because he is actually named after the comet. This is a special day for him because the comet only passes by every 100 hundred years. He makes a telescope, but the lens of the telescope breaks, so he scavenges to find a new lens in the desert. He only has a limited time to get back to the mountain to watch the comet. Finally, he finds the lens he needs but he gets distracted by another dinosaur in need of assistance and forgets all about the lens that he needs to see this special comet. He travels back without the lens and keeps helping more fellow dinosaurs along the way. When he finally arrives at the mountain he realizes that he forgot his lens. All the dinosaurs that Mazu helped along the way help him get his lens back and Mazu watches the comet successfully. My favorite character is Rocky because he is very adventurous dinosaur.

The moral of this DVD is that "teamwork makes the dream work," while having fun together. There is nothing like having a strong bond with our closest best friends to experience adventures together while exploring our surroundings or hometown.

I give Gigantosaurus Dino Tales DVD 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 12, plus adults can watch this DVD with their children as well. This DVD is available now so look for it!

Reviewed by Ethan P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11

What I like about this DVD is seeing how all the characters of different types get along as great friends. I like how they work together as a team to solve problems. I also love the animation.

This DVD is a collection of episodes from the TV show by the same name. The story line is four young dinosaurs growing up in the Cretaceous period where there is a new adventure every day from volcanoes popping up, to meteor showers lighting up the night sky to all the various dinosaurs that you might run into at any time. The young dinosaurs, Rocky, Bill, Tiny and Mazu invite the audience to join them in their adventures.

What stands out in these animated episodes are the minute details of each dinosaur and the positive relationship between the four characters. The dinosaurs are very distinguished so that the viewer can determine their various types. The lead character Rocky pretends to be very brave, but his friend assures him that it's okay to have fears. The character Bill shows his loyalty as a friend. Mazu and Tiny are committed to their friendship. It's also fun that the dinosaurs have human-like qualities, making them anthropomorphic.

The message of this DVD is to demonstrate friendship, acceptance and compassion. The episodes focus on taking care of one another and being thoughtful. I learned to continue to value my friends and enjoy fun times together. I also learned how to pronounce some of the difficult names of dinosaurs.

I give Gigantosaurus: Dino Tales 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 5. It is available now on DVD or digital, so look for it.

Reviewed by Bailey Rae F., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 9
Runtime: 90 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-8
Suggested Retail Price: $ 6.99
Media: DVD
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SATURDAY CLUB

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SATURDAY CLUB
AGNES LESTI
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 2-6
Topic - Family
Description - Saturday Club is a preschool animation that strengthens social and emotional skills and helps to build kids' capacity for empathy.

The story follows the adventures of four friends - Tian, Jo, Suzie and Jamie - who meet in a play den each Saturday to discuss their week. Each episode introduces a situation where preschoolers have to put themselves in others' shoes and think about how others feel.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Quite fun and imaginative. Love the colors of the animation, so suitable for preschoolers. The length and pace of the storyline is perfect, just long enough for a "teachable moment" without getting too stuffy or detailed. I'd love to see more episodes from the show as this one definitely perked my interest. The voices are of British kids, which pose a bit of a challenge for some US audiences. However, that seems to be disappearing at least in some parts of the country. I definitely feel this would be a hit at a KIDS FIRST! Film Festival, give it 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 6, plus adults. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Quite fun and imaginative. Love the colors of the animation, so suitable for preschoolers. The length and pace of the storyline is perfect, just long enough for a "teachable moment" without getting too stuffy or detailed. I'd love to see more episodes from the show as this one definitely perked my interest. The voices are of British kids, which pose a bit of a challenge for some US audiences. However, that seems to be disappearing at least in some parts of the country. I definitely feel this would be a hit at a KIDS FIRST! Film Festival, give it 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 6, plus adults. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
Runtime: 3 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-6
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


I GOT YOU A PRESENT!

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I GOT YOU A PRESENT!
REIMAGINE PR
Series: E-BOOK, AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - A quest for the perfect birthday present leads to ever grander (and ever more imperfect) gift ideas from our hero, a duck. "I wanted to get you the greatest present ever,!" our narrator tells us. But somehow, none of the best ideas seem to pan out. First, there was the pair of hand-knitted birthday socks (have you ever tried knitting birthday socks?). Then, the ten-scoop ice cream cone (a disaster to carry), the magic kit (it disappeared, just like magic!), the apple juice-fueled jet pack (still a few kinks to work out) and the dinosaur (I couldn't find one anywhere). And now, time has run out, and our narrator still has nothing to give. Or, maybe there is something after all. Something that contains all those awesome gifts in one. Something that can be enjoyed again and again, just by turning the pages.

In their debut picture book, Emmy Award-winning children's television writers Mike Erskine-Kellie and Susan McLennan have taken a metafiction approach (speaking directly to "you"). Cale Atkinson's is the illustrator. Though a book about finding the perfect birthday present is itself the perfect birthday present, it's also a simple a good read year round because it offers character education lesson on perseverance. There is also a live show.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I really enjoyed this book. The illustrations are engaging and brightly colored, which will attract young children. The story itself is a fun read with a lovely message. Also, the character is very likable.

The story is about a quest for the perfect birthday present. The main character does not know what to get a friend for his birthday explores various options and why they are not suitable. The character finally comes up with a clever solution. The story flows very well and the ending is lovely. It makes sense and is very appropriate for preschool and early elementary age children. A young child could be asked questions about birthday gifts and what to get for friends and family. One could even ask them which gift idea they liked the best.

This is an e-book with visual appealing the illustrations. They really make the book. It is primarily entertaining but also has a message about birthday celebrations with people who are special to you. It might make kids start thinking about what they want for their birthday. (how fun is that?) My only concern is the vocabulary. I am not an expert in this, but I would pass it on to someone who is, because there are some words that might not be the most suitable for the target age.

I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 to 7. Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $ 18.8
Media: Book


GIGANTOSAURUS: THE BIGGEST, FIERCEST DINOSAUR OF ALL!

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N CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: DVD, AGES 2-8
Topic - Family
Description - In GIGANTOSAURUS, four dinosaur pals team up for big adventures around their community as they help others, solve problems, and learn about the mysterious Gigantosaurus that lives among them. Often it's Mazu's curiosity that leads the group's charge, and her friends Tiny, Bill, and Rocky eagerly join in her explorations. Whether it's returning a lost egg to its herd or saving an insect species from extinction, these dinosaurs never give up on a challenge.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I absolutely love this adorable animated series. It is unlike any other animated series I have seen. The dynamics between all the friends is interesting and it is so pleasing seeing how supportive they are of each other.

Gigantosaurus: The Biggest, Fiercest Dinosaur of All! is centered around four tiny dinosaur friends and their gigantic dinosaur friend, that have a love-hate relationship with. Each of the tiny dinosaurs has a different personality. One is brave, one gets scared but loves food, one's silly and one is smart. Together they form the perfect team and are able to solve any problem. Their friend Gigantosaurus doesn't talk, so Gigantosaurus isn't close with them. Gigantosaurus' size is beneficial to them because he is protect their herd, but his size can also cause some problems when he walks around. Therefore, the tiny dinosaurs still fear Gigantosaurus and they become cautious whenever he is near.

The voice actors for this series are all ages, to separate the adult dinosaurs from the innocent tiny ones. Even though there is this contrast between the adult voice actors and the younger voice actors, it is hard to tell the difference between the younger voice actors. Even so, the younger voice actors are quite remarkable. They are lively and portray various emotions well.

The animation is pretty detailed and very colorful. It is wonderful to see that the effort put into animating so many different types of dinosaurs, as well as other animals including birds, a rodent and an interesting walking fish. There is a lot of detail in their facial expressions which portray their emotions quite well.

My favorite part of this DVD is that it is so fun and educational. Hidden inside the plot are actual dinosaur facts that kids can learn, which is amazing.

There can be multiple messages in any episode, all of which are extremely valuable. It is great to see how encouraging the dinosaur friends are towards each other, as well as how all the characters are accepted. For example, Gigantosaurus is a large, scary-looking dinosaur, yet he is so caring, protective, and never means any harm. The tiny dinosaur who is considered to be the brave, adventurous one is encouraged by his friends to let out his soft, caring side. Most importantly, this DVD shows kids to look past the stereotypes and accept others, which I love.

Gigantosaurus: The Biggest, Fiercest Dinosaur of All! is a wonderful animated DVD collection which kids will absolutely love and learn a lot from. I give it 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 to 8. It comes out on DVD January 13, 2029, so make sure to pick it up!

Reviewed by Jolleen M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I like this DVD because it is very funny and teaches children different morals. Gigantosaurus, The Biggest, Fiercest Dinosaur of All! is approximately 90 minutes long and has eight 11 minute episodes including "Giganto's Laugh," "Frozen Giganto," "The Lost Egg," "The Island," "The Biggest Hero," "Treasure!," "Seeing Stars" and "Dinosia."

Gigantosaurus, The Biggest, Fiercest Dinosaur of All! follows four dinosaur friends - Mazu, Tiny, Bill and Rocky - who team up to help animals in need and to solve their community's situations or problems. They also learn about the Gigantosaurus that live among them. Mazu is the leader of the group and her three friends follow her on different adventures. The graphics are neat and very colorful. The landscape is very detailed. The music is pleasant and appealing in each episode. The voice-overs match each dinosaur's personality.

One of my favorite episodes is "Treasure!" This episode is about the four dinosaur friends playing on a playground. Tiny says to get cave moss for Giganto before they leave. When Rocky gets the cave moss, he falls in some sticky water and Tiny pulls him out. Tiny notices a little shiny gold pebble. Mazu takes the gold pebble and brings it home. Eventually, almost all the dinosaurs are chasing each other for the pebble. The only one who's not chasing or fighting over the shiny gold pebble is Giganto. My other favorite episode is "The Biggest Hero," because it teaches an important lesson. This episode is about Rocky and Tiny fighting over who is the best hero. They compete by solving a ton of problems and trying to help everyone in need. At the end they are both heroes.

The moral of Gigantosaurus, The Biggest, Fiercest Dinosaur of All! is about coming together as friends and never give up on any challenge or obstacle that you might find on your path. These four dinosaur friends defeat every obstacle and challenge without giving up and help their community and other animals in need.

I give the DVE Gigantosaurus, The Biggest, Fiercest Dinosaur of All! 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 5 to 18, plus. This DVD is available now so look for it!

Reviewed by Ethan P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11

Gigantosaurus, The Biggest, Fiercest Dinosaur of All! is not my favorite DVD, but I can see how younger kids would love it. It's not really a show that makes you laugh, but there are lots of lessons that can be learned from each episode. I really love how every character has its own unique personality.

Gigantosaurus, The Biggest, Fiercest Dinosaur of All! is an animated show based on the book by the same name by Johnny Duddle. The DVD contains eight episodes about four young dinosaurs that go on many adventures. They all work hard to face their own fears and solve problems together on their journeys. While they are on their quests, their frenemy, Gigantosaurus, who is the largest, fiercest dinosaur of all, makes appearances. Sometimes the friends help him and other times he helps them. The four young dinosaurs learn different things about Gigantosaurus during each adventure.

The main characters are Tiny (�ine Sunderland), Bill (Nicholas Holmes), Rocky (Dylan Schombing) and Mazu (Nahanni Mitchell), which are all dinosaurs. Even though they are all different species, they still treat each other like brothers and sisters. One of the things I felt lacking is more of the stories are not about Gigantosaurus, which is who the show is named for. I expected Gigantosaurus to be the main character, but he only makes a few appearances in each episode. The other characters talk about him a lot and they learn about him, but the four dinosaur friends are the main characters. My favorite part of each episode is how Tiny, Bill, Rocky and Mazu learn to overcome their fears. You can really see their true friendship whenever any of them needs a little help. They are always there to help each other throughout the day. I also love how they never give up.

The message in the movie is: everyone has a different talent that is useful for different things. You should appreciate others' differences and believe that their talent has a true purpose. Since this is a kid's movie, there isn't much for adults to look out for except parts where kids may imitate bragging and scaring people on purpose.

Gigantosaurus, The Biggest, Fiercest Dinosaur of All! will have younger kids roaring with laughter. I rate it 4 out of 5 stomps and recommend it for ages 3 to 6. You can find it now on DVD.

Reviewed by Tiana S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 9

I absolutely love this adorable animated series. It is unlike any other animated series I have seen. The dynamics between all the friends is interesting and it is so pleasing seeing how supportive they are of each other.

Gigantosaurus: The Biggest, Fiercest Dinosaur of All! is centered around four tiny dinosaur friends and their gigantic dinosaur friend, that have a love-hate relationship with. Each of the tiny dinosaurs has a different personality. One is brave, one gets scared but loves food, one's silly and one is smart. Together they form the perfect team and are able to solve any problem. Their friend Gigantosaurus doesn't talk, so Gigantosaurus isn't close with them. Gigantosaurus' size is beneficial to them because he is protect their herd, but his size can also cause some problems when he walks around. Therefore, the tiny dinosaurs still fear Gigantosaurus and they become cautious whenever he is near.

The voice actors for this series are all ages, to separate the adult dinosaurs from the innocent tiny ones. Even though there is this contrast between the adult voice actors and the younger voice actors, it is hard to tell the difference between the younger voice actors. Even so, the younger voice actors are quite remarkable. They are lively and portray various emotions well.

The animation is pretty detailed and very colorful. It is wonderful to see that the effort put into animating so many different types of dinosaurs, as well as other animals including birds, a rodent and an interesting walking fish. There is a lot of detail in their facial expressions which portray their emotions quite well.

My favorite part of this DVD is that it is so fun and educational. Hidden inside the plot are actual dinosaur facts that kids can learn, which is amazing.

There can be multiple messages in any episode, all of which are extremely valuable. It is great to see how encouraging the dinosaur friends are towards each other, as well as how all the characters are accepted. For example, Gigantosaurus is a large, scary-looking dinosaur, yet he is so caring, protective, and never means any harm. The tiny dinosaur who is considered to be the brave, adventurous one is encouraged by his friends to let out his soft, caring side. Most importantly, this DVD shows kids to look past the stereotypes and accept others, which I love.

Gigantosaurus: The Biggest, Fiercest Dinosaur of All! is a wonderful animated DVD collection which kids will absolutely love and learn a lot from. I give it 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 to 8. It comes out on DVD January 13, 2029, so make sure to pick it up!

Reviewed by Jolleen M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15
Runtime: 90 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-8
Suggested Retail Price: $ 6.99
Media: DVD
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