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QUEEN MARLENE'S TOY MUSEUM AND FRIENDS: TRAFFIC SAFETY TOYS

What to know: Fun presentation of safety issues for kids done in the most whimsical way.
QUEEN MARLENE
Recommended age 4-10
8 minutes
VIDEO
MARLENE HOCHMAN
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QUEEN MARLENE
Queen Marlene's Toy Museum and Friends: Traffic Safety Toys makes use of a formula that is proven across the board to work for young children, mimicking higher-budget shows you might see on Disney Junior or a similar platform.

The story follows Queen Marlene who has a busy day ahead as she prepares to open the Toy Museum for the day and exhibit traffic safety toys to the guests. The viewer learns, alongside her friends, what it means to obey traffic safety rules and stay safe.

The film presents an important message to children in a fun and enticing way, using loveable characters and silly scenes. Children will be drawn to the colorful characters and all Queen Marlene's friends. For the most part, the production is quite well made. I appreciate the drawn backgrounds that stand in place of an actual set. At times the cinematography falls a bit short. For example, the green screen work is not as transparent as one would hope. On the other hand, I was greatly impressed by the professional use of puppets and the acting.

The costumes are whimsical and fun! They reflect exactly what children might picture when thinking of a castle, a queen, guards, cooks, butlers and similar. They are exaggerated, but in a charming manner. Some of them are just outrageously fun. There seem to be one or two sets, while optimizing a green screen to create others. Converting the castle and its rooms into blocky, colorful pieces that look like a child's drawing is a smart way to work within a smaller budget. The music and sound effects are clear and concise, and definitely enhance the story. The sound in this film carries the story development without overshadowing it. One can appreciate how the creators stayed within their budget by creating purposefully childlike special effects, mirroring children's colors and drawings. While they are not real, they are particularly effective, especially to young viewers.

I was pleasantly surprised by the acting. Each actor has excellent delivery, impressive facial expressions, and helps make clear the safety issues of the film. The guards in particular stand out as a delightful comedic duo. With a few technical investments, this certainly could work on television.

The message of the film is that traffic rules are created to make us safe. When we follow them, we help ourselves and the people around us.

I give Queen Marlene's Toy Museum and Friends: Traffic Safety Toys 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 to 8. It would easily fit into any film festival focused on teaching preschoolers life lessons. Reviewed by Cassidy S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.

Queen Marlene's Toy Museum and Friends: Traffic Safety Toys makes use of a formula that is proven across the board to work for young children, mimicking higher-budget shows you might see on Disney Junior or a similar platform.

The story follows Queen Marlene who has a busy day ahead as she prepares to open the Toy Museum for the day and exhibit traffic safety toys to the guests. The viewer learns, alongside her friends, what it means to obey traffic safety rules and stay safe.

The film presents an important message to children in a fun and enticing way, using loveable characters and silly scenes. Children will be drawn to the colorful characters and all Queen Marlene's friends. For the most part, the production is quite well made. I appreciate the drawn backgrounds that stand in place of an actual set. At times the cinematography falls a bit short. For example, the green screen work is not as transparent as one would hope. On the other hand, I was greatly impressed by the professional use of puppets and the acting.

The costumes are whimsical and fun! They reflect exactly what children might picture when thinking of a castle, a queen, guards, cooks, butlers and similar. They are exaggerated, but in a charming manner. Some of them are just outrageously fun. There seem to be one or two sets, while optimizing a green screen to create others. Converting the castle and its rooms into blocky, colorful pieces that look like a child's drawing is a smart way to work within a smaller budget. The music and sound effects are clear and concise, and definitely enhance the story. The sound in this film carries the story development without overshadowing it. One can appreciate how the creators stayed within their budget by creating purposefully childlike special effects, mirroring children's colors and drawings. While they are not real, they are particularly effective, especially to young viewers.

I was pleasantly surprised by the acting. Each actor has excellent delivery, impressive facial expressions, and helps make clear the safety issues of the film. The guards in particular stand out as a delightful comedic duo. With a few technical investments, this certainly could work on television.

The message of the film is that traffic rules are created to make us safe. When we follow them, we help ourselves and the people around us.

I give Queen Marlene's Toy Museum and Friends: Traffic Safety Toys 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 to 8. It would easily fit into any film festival focused on teaching preschoolers life lessons. Reviewed by Cassidy S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.

Queen Marlene's Toy Museum and Friends," is produced by The Toy Museum of NY. With over 21 years of experience working with children, families, teachers and students, the Museum has created a series of educational and entertaining films to enable anyone from anywhere to enjoy a visit to the Toy Museum. Hosted by Queen Marlene, who is also the Founder of The Toy Museum of NY, the castle serves as the Museum's home and provides the perfect setting for giving tours and teaching young audiences about toys in a fun way.
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