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What to know: This short has a great messsage: It's alright to be different.
BLUE TOES is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 8-18
11 minutes
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This film gives shy and awkward kids a fair shake. It shows that it's alright to be different. Everyone has something positive to offer, if given a chance or if you look beyond the surface.

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

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

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

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

Blue Toes is a story that fights to break the rules of gender normative behavior between kids. It follows a young boy named Mickey, who is teased for liking things boys usually don't like. In the beginning we establish that Mickey does not have many friends, and is often alone. The one place where he feels accepted is afterschool with his swim team. He is one of the best swimmers on the team and feels a part of the group. Mickey also has an older sister that helps him express himself whether it be through trying different kinds of makeup, or throwing on an old dress of hers. The point of the story is to show that kids should be accepted, no matter what their interests are, regardless of their gender.
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