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WOOT!

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WOOT! is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 8-18
100 minutes
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JANICE LIPSKY MEYERS
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WOOT! is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
This script is fairly seamless and beautifully character driven. The content is learner friendly in its manner of addressing complex issues such as diversity, feelings, healthy family communication, rising about fear of being hurt. By using the characteristics of an above average pigeon, Woot, in communication with a sensitive, creative young boy, Daniel, each trying to find each other and return home, this script is a winner. I give it 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. Reviewed by Juror #10
This script is fairly seamless and beautifully character driven. The content is learner friendly in its manner of addressing complex issues such as diversity, feelings, healthy family communication, rising about fear of being hurt. By using the characteristics of an above average pigeon, Woot, in communication with a sensitive, creative young boy, Daniel, each trying to find each other and return home, this script is a winner. I give it 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. Reviewed by Juror #1
Daniel Wilson is not a typical twelve-year-old. He shares an unusual hobby with his father, Jed. They breed and race homing pigeons! As if that wasn't different enough, Daniel escapes the harsh realities of middle school and his home life by living in a secret world where he can converse with the birds. They reveal their secret society, made up of class dynamics by sundry breed (e.g. fantails are the most beautiful, homers and tumblers are high performers). Daniel's favorite bird is Woot, the coolest racing pigeon in the loft. Jed decides to enter Woot into the upcoming Southwest Regional Pigeon Race and solicits Daniel's help training the bird. Despite Woot's initial promise as a champion, he gets lost during the race when a dust storm and monsoon hit. Daniel becomes distraught when Woot doesn't return, facing the scorn not only of his father, but of the class bully. Over Jed's objections, Daniel sets off to rescue Woot but becomes lost himself in the desert. As Daniel and Woot struggle to reunite, they each encounter personified animal allies (e.g. feral street pigeons in downtown Phoenix) and opponents (snakes, hawks and javelinas), making for some hilarious, as well as moving scenes. Ultimately, Woot leverages his homing instinct to save Daniel, proving the value of this derided species and forcing a catharsis for Jed and for Daniel's classmates.
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