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What to know: This stop-motion animated short tells the bittersweet story of Nick, a piece of candy who falls in love with a girl who seems out of reach.
RUTH & NICK: A CONFECTIONERY TALE is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 5-18
6 minutes
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Ruth & Nick: A Confectionery Tale has so many different candies. It also plays off some words like Ruth is a Baby Ruth and having the popular kids "snicker." There is a dancing scene that is very visually appealing and fun to watch.

Nick is a nice carefree guy who just wants to have fun in life. Then he meets Ruth and instantly falls in love. But Ruth is part of the popular kids and Nick is not in the most popular crowd. Nick goes to a Candy Gala and sees Ruth. Will they get together? Watch to find out.

I really like how this story reflects things that people relate to. It shows how lots of schools operate and reflects on life from the point of view of candy. The stop motion is well made. It is really visually appealing and really catches the eye. There are some cool backgrounds for the dance with an amazing construction paper created dance floor and great looking rolling hills background, also made from construction paper. Some cool background music plays while the characters are being explained and during the dance. All the music is courtesy of YouTube's audio library. All the voice overs for the candy characters are by Carter Rostron, who is also the creator of the film. It taught me more about how the film was made using stop motion. My favorite scene is when they go to the gala.

The message is that love is sweetest when it is a surprise.

I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 6 to 18, plus adults. Reviewed by Avalon N., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

I love the short student film Ruth and Nick: A Confectionary Tale. It has three of my favorite things - classical music, stop motion and candy! The storyline is very creative and cute. The music and sound effects are wonderful.

This story is about a piece of candy named Nick. Nick loves to dance. When he sees Ruth, it is love at first sight. The problem is, Ruth is a popular candy and Nick is not. When there is a dance, Nick starts dancing and Ruth joins in with him and they dance the night away. And they live happily ever after.

I love that the storyline is a candy love story, not just a random love story. I also like that it includes popular candies such as Reeses and Twix, and less popular candies like Tootsie Rolls and Smarties.

The film is made in stop motion animation, which is a very tedious process, and it looks great. The backgrounds are all homemade, which you can tell. They fit the storyline perfectly. The background music and sound effects music are constant and definitely enhance the action of the film. I especially like the music that they danced to. The narrator is Carter Rostron, who is also the creator. His voice is very clear with good inflections. (He's also from Kansas City, my home town!) My favorite scene is when Ruth and Nick dance the night away, because the stop motion movement is very smooth and fun, plus I love the music choice.

The message of the film is stated at the end: "Love is sweetest when it's a surprise" and you can find love no matter who you are.

I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 to 18, plus adults. It is cute, clear, and will bring a smile to anyone who watches it. Reviewed by Katherine S., KIDS FIRST!

This stop-motion animated short tells the bittersweet story of Nick, a piece of candy who falls in love with a girl who seems out of reach. This film was made by 15-year-old Carter Rostron of Kansas City, using cardboard, construction paper, and a bunch of candy.
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