KIDS FIRST! Film and Video Festival 2001

KIDS FIRST Best Children's Film, Video or DVD of the Year
Award Winners

KIDS FIRST! Best Children's Film or Video of the Year Award Winners

Ages 0 to 2: Baby Genius: Four Seasons
Genius Productions
Ages 2 to 6: Bear in the Big Blue House: Early to Bed
Jim Henson Productions
Ages 7 to 12: Shrek
Dreamworks
Ages 12 to 15: Princess Diaries
Buena Vista Home Entertainment

The winners of the KIDS FIRST Best Children's Film, Video or DVD of the Year Award are selected by kids across the nation via online and live voting. KIDS FIRST! established the award in to honor media that are non-violent and non-biased but also engage a child's imagination; stimulate curiosity and creativity; respect cultural diversity; and challenge kids to think, reason, and ask questions. More than 3500 children nationwide have helped select these winners. A list of finalists and semi-finalists are found below.s'

KIDS FIRST! Best of the Year Finalists

Ages 0-2
Baby Genius: Four Seasons
So Smart: Colors
Teletubbies: Go Exercise

Ages 2-6
Bear in the Big Blue House: Early to Bed, Early to Rise
Clifford the Big Red Dog: Clifford Tries His Best
Dora the Explorer: To the Rescue
Dragon Tales: Let's Be Friends
Little Bill: What I Did at School
Sesame Street: Kids Favorite Songs 2
Very Hungry Caterpillar

Ages 6-12
Badger's Parting Gifts
Kirikou
Monet: Shadow & Light
Scholastic's Magic School Bus Creepy, Crawly Fun!
Shrek
Trouble on Planet Wait Your Turn

Ages 12-15
Color of Friendship
Miracle Worker
MVP: Most Valuable Primate
Princess Diaries

KIDS FIRST! Best Semi-finalists

Ages 0-2
Baby Genius: The Four Seasons
So Smart! Colors
Teletubbies: Christmas in the Snow
Teletubbies: Go! Exercise with the Teletubbies
Teletubbies: Magic Pumpkin and Other Stories

Ages 2-6
Baby Songs: Silly Songs
Bear in the Big Blue House: Early to Bed
Bear in the Big Blue House: Storytelling With Bear
Dora the Explorer: Swing into Action
Dora the Explorer: To the Rescue
Dora the Explorer: Wish on a Star
Dragon Tales: Let's Be Friends
Dragon Tales: Let's Play Together
Dragon Tales: School is Cool
Clifford the Big Red Dog: Clifford Tries His Best
Little Bill: What I Did at School
Little Bill: Me and My Family
Little Bill: Big Little Bill
Oobi
Sesame Street: Kids Favorite Songs 2
Very Hungry Caterpillar

Ages 6-12
All about Health & Hygiene
Badger's Parting Gifts: Reading Rainbow
Barbie in the Nutcracker
Bear with Me
Can of Worms
Eclipse: The Day the Sky Went Dark
Goya: Awakened in a Dream
Horse Sense
Kirikou
Monet: Shadow & Light
Motor Crossed
My America: a Poetry Atlas of the United States
Peter Pan (Cathy Rigby)
Pisces and Gemini: A Case of Vanishing Stars
Ram in the Pepper Patch
Scholastic's Magic School Bus Creepy, Crawly Fun!
Shrek
Sword in the Stone
Trouble on Planet Wait your Turn
You Are a Masterpiece

Ages 12-15
Color of Friendship
Miracle Worker
MVP: Most Valuable Primate
Princess Diaries

KIDS FIRST! ® FILM FESTIVAL 2001

Film Festival Chat Schedule and Transcripts
Chat with Tara Strong, the voice of Baby Dil in Rugrats in Paris: the Movie (transcript not available)
April 16, 2001, 7 p.m. ET, 4 p.m. PT

Baby Dil Pickles is Tommy's three-month-old baby brother and is prone to crying, tantrums, and looking very cute when he wants to. In Rugrats in Paris, the Rugrats embark on a hilarious Parisian adventure when Stu Pickles is asked to work on a new theme park, EuroReptarland. The Rugrats kids quickly discover that fun can be had in any language while they learn valuable lessons about courage, loyalty and true love. Rugrats in Paris has just received the KIDS FIRST! Endorsement from the Coalition for Quality Children's Media, which endorses movies that kids love and parents, educators and child development professionals approve.

You can hear Tara Strong's voice on the animated series Batman, 101 Dalmatians, The Powerpuff Girls and many more. She can also be heard in the animated feature film sequel to the Little Mermaid. As an actress, Tara Strong has appeared in the television movie Sabrina Goes to Rome and in guest roles on Party of Five, Maybe this Time and Kung Fu the Legend Continues. She has also appeared in the feature film National Lampoon's Senior Trip.

Transcript of Chat with David Devine, producer of Winslow Homer: An American Original
March 29, 2001, 7 p.m. ET, 4 p.m. PT

Producer/director David Devine is the producer of Winslow Homer: An American Original, which tells the story of the Civil War-weary painter who learns with two neighboring children about how to bury the ghosts of the past to move forward with their lives. The film is set during the Civil War and is historically accurate. Winslow Homer: An American Original is a nominee for the KIDS FIRST! Best Children's Film, Video, DVD award. It can be seen on HBO and on the big screen at the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival, which is touring the United States through October.

David Devine is a native and current resident of Toronto, Ontario in Canada where he is the man behind the scenes in the popular HBO series The Artists' Specials, The Inventors' Specials and The Composer Specials. David Devine is the owner of Devine Entertainment, whose films have won over 100 international awards, including five EMMY Awards.

Transcript of Chat with Frankie Muniz, the star of My Dog Skip
March 21, 2001, 7 p.m. ET, 4 p.m. PT

In My Dog Skip, Frankie Muniz stars as Willie Morris, a shy boy whose life changes when he receives Skip, a spirited terrier, for his tenth birthday. Willie and Skip turn bullies into friends, tangle with hapless moonshiners and win the affection of the prettiest girl in school in this coming-of-age tale. My Dog Skip is a finalist for the KIDS FIRST! Best Children's Film, Video, DVD Award for 2001 and can be seen at the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival 2001, which is touring the United States through October.

Award-winning actor Frankie Muniz also stars as "Malcolm" in the hit television series Malcolm in the Middle. Frankie has also starred in The Disney Channel movie Miracle in Lane 2 and appeared in the television movie To Dance with Olivia and the CBS presentation of What the Deaf Man Heard. In addition to appearing in numerous plays, Frankie Muniz's voice can also be heard on various animated programs. Born in Woodridge, NJ and raised in Knightdale, NC, Frankie Muniz developed his passion for acting after watching his sister perform in a play. Muniz currently resides with his family in both New Jersey and Los Angeles.

Transcript of Chat with Shadia Simmons, the star of Dear America: A Picture of Freedom
March 15, 2001, 7 p.m. ET, 4 p.m. PT

Dear America: A Picture of Freedom (Scholastic) is the story about Clotee, played by Shadia Simmons, a twelve year-old slave who teaches herself how to write and risks everything to help her friends and her family. Clotee learns that freedom is more than just a word-it's an entire world. Dear America: A Picture of Freedom is a finalist for the KIDS FIRST! Best Children's Film, Video, DVD Award for 2001. Dear America: A Picture of Freedom can be seen at the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival 2001, which is touring the United States through October.

Shadia Simmons has starred in many other productions, including a few Disney TV Movies and the TV show I Was a Sixth Grade Alien. Shadia plays the lead role of "Piper" in The Color of Friendship. Shadia speaks French fluently and enjoys sports, singing, dancing and playing the violin. She lives in Toronto, Canada with her younger brother and sister.

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