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TOPAZ TROOP, THE is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 4-7
15 minutes
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This show has a lot going for it. The pace reminds me of Mr. Rogers as it takes its time to explore different themes. That's a good thing, especially in contrast to all the fast-paced shows commonly available on TV today. This episode features a group of scouts and their leader getting ready to embark on a camping trip, only to get side railed by bad weather and then discover that one person in the group is afraid of the dark and another is afraid of thunderstorms. Yikes. In true scout fashion, the leader turns lemons into lemonade and they end up overcoming their fears and having a fun time. This is well produced with good video and audio qualities although, at times the audio is difficult to hear. I hope the filmmaker can provide a copy with better audio levels for exhibition. The talent is well cast, from the leader to the 3 scouts to the dog muppet. They are all quite believable and all have good singing voices as well. This is a student production by quite an accomplished filmmaker and it appears that this might be the beginning of a series, which would be quite suitable. I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 to 7. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
Troop leader Jane, and her ambitious pup, Coco, have planned an adventurous camping trip for The Topaz Troop. After the weather ruins their plan, Jane discovers that Coco is afraid of thunderstorms and Claire, one of the scout members, is afraid of the dark. The Topaz Troop must work together to help Claire and Coco think of unique ways to face their fears, while putting a positive spin on a rainy day.
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