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UPSIDE -DOWN MAGIC (2020)

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UPSIDE -DOWN MAGIC (2020) - DISNEY CHANNEL
Series: TV SERIES, AGES 10-18
Description - In "Upside-Down Magic, a Disney Channel Original Movie, 13-year-old Nory Boxwood Horace discovers she can flux into animals, and her best friend Reina Carvajal can manipulate flames. Together, they enter the Sage Academy for Magical Studies. Reina's expert ability to harness the power of fire lands her at the top of her class of "Flares," but Nory's wonky magic and proclivity for turning into a "Dritten"-a half-kitten, half-dragon-lands her in a class for those with Upside-Down Magic, otherwise known as UDM. While Headmaster Knightslinger believes the UDM's unconventional powers leave them vulnerable to dangerous and evil "shadow magic," Nory and her fellow UDM classmates set out to prove that Upside-Down Magic beats right side up
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This adventurous movie Upside Down Magic is about a girl named Nory and her friend Reina, who are accepted to the Sage Academy for Magical Studies (think Hogwarts from Harry Potter meets Auradon Prep from Descendants). And no wands at this school for sorcery--all the magic comes from within. Plus there are five different schools of magic for Flyers, Flickers, Floaters, Flares and Fluxers. Nory is a Fluxer which means she can shape-shift into animals, but, during her first-day demonstrations of her powers, Nory's not-so-perfect magic turns her into a "Dritten" (a half-kitten, half-dragon) that puts her into a class for the kids with "wonky" (or broken magic) called "upside down magic" also known as UDM. Nory's BFF Reina is a Flare which means she can create heat or fire or sparks from her hand. Reina has amazing abilities, but is tempted to make her powers even stronger when she comes across a book of Shadow Magic, a type of dark black magic that can turn you from good to evil.

Throughout the movie, Nory is convinced that the UDM's can be just as powerful as the rest of the school and, with the help of her teacher Scriff, all the UDM kids learn how to focus to turn their upside down magic...into right side up magic, even if it's not quite perfect.

Like most Disney Channel movies, this is fun, colorful, and full of unique characters. But...not a lot of singing in this one, surprisingly. And I can't spoil from whom and when the singing does come--you'll need to see the movie to find out! It is a little dark and scary at times, but the scariest moments come towards the end of the movie. Otherwise it's full of comedy, friendship, and, of course, lots of magic!

The messages of this film are to sometimes let kids be kids and also to never give up on what you believe you can achieve. Nory wants to be an official Flexer so bad but gets put into UDM. Yet does she settle and give up? Well, you'll have to watch to find out. (Wink.)

If you love movies like the Harry Potter series or Disney's Descendants, then you'll love Upside Down Magic. I give this movie 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to18 and adults will absolutely love it too. Upside Down Magic debuts on Disney Channel on July 31, 2020. Don't miss it.

By Lindalee R., KIDS First! Film Critic, Age 12
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WIZARDS: TALES OF ARCADIA

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WIZARDS: TALES OF ARCADIA - NETFLIX
Series: TV SERIES, AGES 10-15
Description - Tales of Arcadia is a trilogy of American computer-animated science fantasy television series created for Netflix by Guillermo del Toro and produced by DreamWorks Animation and Double Dare You. The series comprising the trilogy follows the inhabitants of the small suburban town of Arcadia Oaks, which is secretly home to various supernatural creatures and the young heroes who fight against the forces of evil that lurk in the shadows. Currently, the first two installments of the trilogy, Trollhunters and 3Below, have been released worldwide. A third and final series of the trilogy, Wizards will August 7, 2020 on Netflix.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Guillermo del Toro's new series Tales of Arcadia: Wizards will enrapture its viewers because of its high-quality animation, detailed emotional rollercoaster plot and strong script. The eight-time Emmy award-winning team behind this production creates a whole new fantasy world to dive into with the intricate CGI in this show--the mesmerizing floating castle of Camelot, incredible flying contraptions and futuristic technology complete the look. Designed with the utmost care, the many characters of this show are illustrated with clear lines and realistic coloring for skin, whether human or monstrous, hair, fangs and even fingernails--now that's detail-oriented!

Now to the plot of Tales of Arcadia: Wizards. The main character in this TV show is Hisirdoux or Douxie, our favorite clumsy wizard-in-training. After a stand-off with the Arcane Order - an evil band of magicians led by the wily Morgana - goes wrong, the group of do-gooder wizards (Merlin and Hisirdoux, along with the Guardians of Arcadia: Claire, Toby, and Steve, as well as Archie and Jim) set off on a time-twisting adventure to the times of 12th-century Camelot. The control of magic, the nature of all the supernatural worlds, and Hisirdoux's status in his mentor's eyes all lie in the balance.

The plot is intricate and crafted carefully - there are several plot twists along the way, and all of the characters are nuanced and lifelike. Well, the ones that aren't monsters are lifelike. I found it very hard to peel my eyes away from the screen throughout the ten episodes! Surprisingly, for a fantasy series, I was unable to predict what would happen next!

A highly talented and vaunted figure in television series lore, Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, one of the many executive producers of the film, is well-known for his expertise in the industry. It shows in this TV series as well. Throughout the series, I found myself going through tears of joy and sadness, and cracking a super-wide smile at several parts. The script of Wizards, written by Andie Bolt, Ian Rickett and Lila Scott, was truly feature-film quality.

Colin O'Donoghue plays Hisirdoux; I found "Douxie" to be possibly the most nuanced of all the characters, and O'Donoghue is excellent at portraying all the facets of his personality. Steven Yeun plays Steve on the show, and he portrays the clumsy jock with comedic genius. Lena Headey plays the conflicted Morgana with finesse. Those are my three favorite characters on the show, with Archie as a runner-up - you have to love the cat/dragon's sarcastic commentary and incredible portrayal by Alfred Molina. Toby seems like an accessory character in this show and does not have much importance in lines or scenes.

There are several sweet messages incorporated throughout the show--messages of acceptance, perseverance, camaraderie and believing in yourself. The emotional development and maturing of Hisirdoux surely will cause you to shed a few tears as well, and you can't help but be proud of Callista, a troll with an interesting secret, for stepping up and casting aside what other trolls thought of her.

I rate Tales of Arcadia: Wizards 4 stars out of 5 and recommend it to children aged 10 to 15. Tales of Arcadia: Wizards is coming to Netflix August 7, 2020!

Reviewed by Eshaan M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14
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GUEST, THE
GUEST, THE - STEPHAN LEEPER
Series: STUDENT ANIMATED SHORT, AGES 13-18
Description - An award winning animated Music Video. This UPA-style animation is set to the music and lyrics of Bill Burnett's hilarious song as a husband and wife anticipate a very special arrival. Once our couple realizes who, or what, they've invited into their home. . . it's too late.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Oh my gosh, this is absolutely delightful. Any parent would truly find this hitting home with a hilariously sarcastic bent. It's beautifully animated, exquisitely sung by Bill Burnett and just delightful in every way. I am so impressed with what these students have created, under the tutelage of a highly qualified instructor. My only regret is that I wish it was longer. But, that being said it is a perfect short animated film. I give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10 to 18, plus Adults. Adults will love this, as will teens. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The Guest is a funny, animated musical and animated film! The song is very catchy. The film illustrates in a funny way just how a baby, or guest, can turn your world upside down. The animation keeps your attention throughout. This animated short film is about a husband singing to his wife why they should not have a baby, and he refers to the baby as The Guest. I love the music, which is mostly an accordion playing with the husband. He is a pretty good singer and the only one singing throughout the film. There are no special effects and the graphics are pretty good. Yes, this would make a fun film to include in a KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. My favorite thing is the music because it is very unique and catchy. The message is to think twice before you consider to have a baby, or a guest, as the husband refers to the baby. Babies are a handful to take care of and to raise. I give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 13 to 18 plus adults. Teenagers and adults should consider the consequences of having a baby. This film makes that point. Reviewed by Ethan P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
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MIRA, ROYAL DETECTIVE

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MIRA, ROYAL DETECTIVE - DISNEY JUNIOR
Series: SERIES, AGES 4-9
Description - A CGI-animated mystery-adventure children's television series inspired by Indian culture and customs. It debuted on Disney Junior channel the United States on March 20, 2020. Set in a fictional kingdom called Jalpur which resembles a late 19th Century India, the series follows the brave and resourceful girl Mira, a commoner who is appointed to the role of royal detective by the queen and travels throughout her kingdom to help royals and commoners alike. Joining Mira are her two mongoose sidekicks Mikku and Chikku.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Chalo, chalo, let's go (!) solve a case with Mira and her friends! Mira, Royal Detective is so enchanting with its brilliant animation, authentic South Asian culture and positive messages.

Mira, Royal Detective is about a young girl, named Mira (Leela Ladnier), who lives in the mystical land of Jalpur (a fictional place based on India and the South Asia region). She is appointed by the queen as the official Royal Detective, and she's the first girl ever to have this position. We follow her while she solves mysteries with her best friends.

Mira, Royal Detective is fun to watch because she teaches us to solve our own mysteries. The animation is super beautiful, the colors are so vivid and the outfits are gorgeous! Every little thing in every nook and cranny is very detailed and the dancing and music is reflective of traditional Indian culture. The music is light-hearted, happy and very catchy. The cast, which is all South Asian, is outstanding. Leela Ladnier has an extraordinary voice for a kind, little girl like Mira. Karan Brar (Prince Veer) voices a perfect practical prince and Kamran Lucas (Prince Neel) has a "sweet inventor" tone to his voice. My favorite character is (of course) Mira because she is so charming, but Mikku and Chikku are also memorable characters because these snack-loving mongooses are both funny and adorable.

There are many positive messages throughout the show, including never give up, pay attention to the little things, girl power and always lend a helping hand to a friend in need. Since Mira depicts a strong female character in a traditional male role, she serves as a good role model as well. Every character is kind to one another and inspires each other, including the audience.

I give Mira, Royal Detective 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 through 9. This show is available to watch now on Disney Jr.

Reviewed by Katherine S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12
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LOST ON BARDUINO
LOST ON BARDUINO - KARI THOMAS
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 8-12
Description - They had to get lost in space...to find what really matters.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Nicely executed. This student production delivers a great story taking place in space through the use of great costumes and visual effects. The youth actors are quite good, the storyline is imaginative and the editing is excellent. This would make an excellent addition to a KIDS FIRST! Film Festival, especially one that features student productions. I give this 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 12, plus adults. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Nicely executed. This student production delivers a great story taking place in space through the use of great costumes and visual effects. The youth actors are quite good, the storyline is imaginative and the editing is excellent. This would make an excellent addition to a KIDS FIRST! Film Festival, especially one that features student productions. I give this 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 12, plus adults. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Z-O-M-B-I-E-S 2

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Z-O-M-B-I-E-S 2 - DISNEY CHANNEL
Series: TV SERIES, AGES 8-15
Description - The continuing adventures of Seabrook High students Addison and Zed, whose budding romance is threatened by the arrival of werewolves.
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AMERICAN MARRIAGE
AMERICAN MARRIAGE - GIORGIO FONTANA
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 5-18
Description - Leonardo, an Italian immigrant who lives in New York, marries a Latina woman, Nikki, to obtain the American green card. Through the comedy of it all Nikki and Leo fall in love "for real" but it looks like "Uncle Sam" will be the one to have the last laugh.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I enjoyed this short film, which addresses the issue of immigrants marrying just to get their green card, but end up finding true love instead. When I first read the synopsis of the film I expected it would be fairly political and, in a way, it is. However, it has a sweet underlying story about finding love when you least expect it. The cinematography is quite good, with bright and vibrant the colors. The costuming is very good, as is the set, especially in the apartment. The locations are also very beautiful. I found the actors quite sweet and the one who steals the show is the young boy, who is unequivocally the essence of sweetness, especially when he steps in at end to rescue his mom. The immigration office, played by Lori Hammel, is a little over-the-top, but they can be that way in reality, so I let it go. And the two principal actors that play the supposedly married couple are straight out of central casting, and quite believable. The message of this film is about finding "true love" when you least expect it. There is a bit of mild profanity. I recommend this film for ages 14 to 18, plus adults and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Reviewer
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EMBARKO
EMBARKO - KAILEE HAGUE
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 8-18
Description - When two delivery dogs on a job discover buried treasure in the mountains, their conflicting interests lead to dire consequences.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This film is adorable and pretty unique. I really enjoyed that there aren't any words, yet it is so clear what the animals are saying to one another. I also love the twist and resolution. It appeals to me because it has lots of action and adventure, while not overpowering the storytelling. Another aspect is the unexpected ending which is surprisingly happy. Embarko flows extremely well. After the first 30 seconds, I found myself engulfed in the film and loved it. The ending is my favorite part, due to the twist. The story doesn't have any plot holes and makes a lot of sense. The only thing that took me by surprise is the scene showing the raccoon's revolver. Having a gun included raises the audience age. The soundtrack is really appealing, it helps shift your mood in the various scenes and increases your engagement. The animation style is pretty unique. I love the way the animals are portrayed. The 2D characters are simply illustrated, but effectively so. The mixture of unusual animation, cohesive storytelling, and a well-written plot about delivery dogs finding treasure in the mountains makes this a great film. I adore that the story has no dialogue, clearly defined characters, an unpredictable ending, and plenty of action and adventure. It is the perfect amount to keep a short film exciting and entertaining. My only concern with Embarko is when the antagonist raccoon pulls out a gun, it raises the maturity level of the film. I recommend this film for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festivals due to its unique animation and great storytelling. I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10 to 18, plus adults. Reviewed by Brad M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
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MY GRANDPA KNOWS KING KONG
MY GRANDPA KNOWS KING KONG - PROMOFEST
Series: FOREIGN INDIE SHORT, AGES 7-12
Description - An incredulous Grandfather and his excited granddaughter go to the cinema to see a film of King Kong. The film is from when King Kong was in the grandfather's town. From Spain with English sub-titles.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Delightful and imaginative piece of animation. I love the little girl and her persistence to get her grandpa to take her to the movies. The animation is wonderfully executed. The voice over talent is outstanding. The storyline is engaging and fun. The dialogue is in Spanish with English sub-titles, so I recommend this for ages 7 to 12. If playing at your festival, you may want a reader so younger children can follow along. I give this 4 out of 5 stars. It's quite lovely. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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DRAGON RECIPES
DRAGON RECIPES - MARIA PAVLOU
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 4-9
Description - Dragon Recipes is a sweet story about friendship and acceptance, for the whole family to enjoy. The protagonist, a young apprentice witch, idolizes a really scary, green witch from magazine clippings and posters. She dreams of becoming a grand witch like her icon and of having her own fierce, fire-breathing dragon. Spontaneous as she is, our little hero decides to create her own dragon, using an old recipe and magic spells. But the inexperienced youngster will surely make mistakes; magic mistakes that will eventually get her a dragon, but not the fire-breathing one she has in mind. Instead, she gets a dragon with a big heart and a special, magical skill. The little apprentice is about to learn a very important lesson about tolerance and personal sacrifice.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Oh my gosh, this is so adorable. The animation is delightful, with bright colors and clearly defined and cute characters. It has just the right amount of suspense for a preschool or early elementary child and a wonderful message of love, even for a little girl who wants to make a dragon for herself. It is from Cyprus, but there is no dialogue, so no problem understanding it. There are a couple of sub-titles, to identify objects, but one can understand it even if you don't know exactly what they are. I give this 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 3 to 7. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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RAISING DION

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Series: TV SERIES, AGES 10-18
Description - A single mother must hide her young son's superpowers to protect him from exploitation while investigating their origins and her husband's death.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I really enjoyed Raising Dion because there are lots of themes about finding your place and bullying that are well represented. The story tries to deal with so many different elements that it loses focus, especially during the first episodes. Still, I'm curious to see what will happen in the second season, and that is a good thing because I ended up wanting to see more.

Netflix delivers a TV series with a little bit of everything for the whole family: Raising Dion. As its name states, it's about family. This is a story of a single mom, Nicole (Alisha Wainwright) raising her son Dion (Ja'shia Young) with superhero-like powers. For Nicole, to be the mom of a kid with powers is a struggle, more than being just fun. The series centers on Dion's journey of adapting to a normal life. The series is produced by actor Michael B. Jordan who plays Marc, Dion's father, a scientist who passed away tragically during a storm. Pat, Marc's best friend, becomes a best friend for Nicole and Dion's mentor.

The series is a mix of genres: drama, fantasy and sci-fi. Through the evolution of the series or each "issue" (what each episode is called), audiences learn more about Dion's father and where his powers come from. The first episodes are more family-oriented, but the sci-fi elements and supernatural aspects increase toward the later episodes in the first season. Getting close to the end of season one is when it becomes really exciting.

The series has a very realistic look, and the special effects are well done. I love the work of the actors: their performances are natural. The kids' acting is quite well done. Ja'shia Young makes Dion a very believable superhero. He is a good son and a good student and that will be very relatable for so many kids. Sammi Haney plays Esperanza, Dion's best friend. She is smart and sweet, and she doesn't feel "less than" because she in a wheelchair. In real life and in character Sammi has brittle bone disease, and supports awareness, acceptance and love for people with disabilities. Kudos to the creators of the show for including actors with disabilities.

Raising Dion is very good for young audiences. The message of the series is to find the powers within yourself, learn how to use them wisely and embrace them.

I rate Raising Dion 4 of 5 stars, and recommend it for ages 10 to 18 and adults as well. You can find it on Netflix.
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MOLLY OF DENALI

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MOLLY OF DENALI - PBS DISTRIBUTION
Series: TV SERIES, AGES 4-8
Description - Molly of Denali is an American-Canadian animated television series created and produced by Atomic Cartoons and WGBH Kids for PBS Kids and CBC Television. It premiered on July 15, 2019. The series is the first ever nationally distributed children's show to feature an Alaska Native as the main character and protagonist. Thirty-eight half-hours have been ordered. Between the two 11-minute story segments, there is a special live-action segment filmed in Alaska. The series follows 10-year-old Molly, an Alaska Native girl from the fictional village of Qyah, and her family, friends Tooey and Trini, her dog Suki, and other residents. Her family runs the Denali Trading Post. It was created by Dorothea Gillim and Kathy Waugh and stars Sovereign Bill. The Molly of Denali theme song is sung by Phillip Blanchett and Karina Moeller. KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Molly of Denali is an animated TV series featuring a strong Native American 10-year-old girl from Alaska. The show I watched has two 11-minute episodes: Grandpa's Drum and Have Canoe will Paddle. The focus is on problem solving, while incorporating literacy and technology skills.

Alaskan Native values are modeled including respect, sharing, team work and honoring elders, family and cultural awareness.

The program highlights a Native American community in Alaska. The lead character Molly is a strong, energetic young girl, full of life and an inquiring mind. In Grandpa's Drum, she and Tuli find an old photograph of her grandpa when he was young together with a young girl. They discover he doesn't like to sing anymore, because he no longer has his drum. They go on a quest to find the girl and his drum by using their research skills. In Have Canoe Will Paddle, Molly, Tuli and Trini get resourceful once again with their literacy skills to learn how to paddle a canoe. With their friendly social skills, they find an appropriate coach to teach them, so they can enter a race. With their friendly social skills, they find an award winning coach to teach them how to canoe so they can enter a race. They are all terrific role models for young children to get excited about learning!

Native Alaskan children will proudly see themselves and their way of life and a broader audience will be introduced to a new culture. They will experience adventures with the lead characters and see their contemporaries problem solving, learning and having fun. In Grandpa's Drum, they will see Molly and Trini singing and their Grandpa remembering songs with his drum and teaching them. In Have Canoe Will Paddle, they will see the steps Molly and friends make to learn how to canoe and master the race. They will learn to know that we are more alike than different. Viewers may be motivated to explore their own cultural backgrounds as a result.

This is a very engaging show with fun characters that are eager to learn. Each episode flows well, incorporating literacy and technology skills that young children can relate to. It encourages them to go out and learn the skills they need to problem solve and have fun while doing so.

Young children, parents, teachers and caregivers alike will learn about the Native Alaskan culture and learn new Native vocabulary, as well as the difference between now and then. In Grandpa's Drum, we learn that when he was a young boy, he had to go to boarding school and was not allowed to celebrate his culture at school. Today, we find out that this does not happen. Children are at home going to school and can celebrate their culture. This animated show is truly delightful and quite authentic in portraying three generations - grand parents, parents and children. The images are true to form and culture.

In addition to the two animated shorts in each episode, there is a live action piece. In this episode, Molly answers questions about life in Alaska. We see children who live there at the river comparing old photographs of a similar place and see what it looks like today. They learn a traditional song from an elder. One girl says, "When I am dancing with ancestors, I connect with the past."

Molly of Denali has all the benefits of inviting the viewer to question, probe and problem solve as described above, while introducing the viewer to a new culture and environment. It encourages one to look into situations such as in Grandpa's Drum when it helps him to reconnect with his youth, re-learning the songs he loved with his new found drum, and then teaching and passing them on to the younger generation. Viewers will be motivated and encouraged to explore their own cultural backgrounds. Similarly in Have Canoe Will Paddle where it shows how one can learn a new sport, if they so desire. The role modeling of determination is inspiring.

The moral of the series is: if there is a will, there is a way as it models problem solving to get the results you want, gaining new skills and having fun while doing it! Molly and her friends are terrific, inspiring role models for young children to get excited about learning!

I give this series 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 through 8. This airs on PBS Kids and CBC Television now, so look for it.

Reviewed by Terry S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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GABBY DURAN & THE UNSITTABLES

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GABBY DURAN & THE UNSITTABLES - DISNEY CHANNEL
Series: TV SERIES, AGES 12-18
Description - A girl finally finds her moment to shine when she inadvertently lands an out-of-this-world job to baby-sit an unruly group of very important extraterrestrial children who are hiding out on Earth with their families, disguised as everyday kids.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Gabby Duran & The Unsittables is entertaining! The transformation between alien and human is unpredictably funny. The green Gorman had me anticipating the next alien. I am ready for the next episode.

The story is based on the novel by Elise Allen and Daryle Conners. Kirby Buckets' Mike Alber and Gabe Snyder serve as showrunners as well as executive producers alongside Just Add Magic's Joe Nussbaum.

The series focuses on 12 year old stylish and confident Gabby Duran (Kylie Cantrall) who constantly feels like she's living in the shadows of her lucrative mother and brainy little sister. Gabby lands an out-of-this-world job as a babysitter to a group of peculiar, extraterrestrial aliens who are hiding on Earth disguised as everyday kids. Resourceful Gabby steps up to the challenge to protect these aliens and their secret identities. She proves to be the best sitter ever.

I was committed to the visual effects waiting to see what Jeremy, played by Callan Farris was going to morph into. Without giving too much away, whatever Jeremy eats he turns into. No doubt my favorite character is Gabby Duran played by YouTube sensation Kylie Cantrall. She is definitely setting trends in this episode. Her outfits from the neon orange distressed jacket to the aloha knee length shorts gave a 90's vibe most definitely. One of my favorite scenes is when Gabby meets Jeremy for the first time and beats him up with a rake. There were so many funny scenes, but you will have to watch it.

Beside the message that I need some knee-length purple camo shorts in my life... having a good attitude is crucial. Making the best of where you are is a game changer. It's emphasized the importance to always be yourself, because the right people will like you. I give this series 5 out of 5 stars and recommend this for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. My mom actually enjoyed watching this and she laughed along with me. Be sure to watch Gabby Duran & the Unsittables beginning October 11, 2019 on the Disney channel.

Reviewed by Milika L., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11
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GROWN BOY
GROWN BOY - TYLER KNUTT
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 12 - 18
Description - Robert must open up to his young son about the truth behind his divorce, and the man he really is.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This short narrative film tackles a subject that is sorely in need to addressing within the LGBTQ community. That is of explaining a non-heterosexual lifestyle to your child. For those who grew up in the "Dick & Jane" world, explaining that there are different ways to have adult relationships outside of the traditional "mom and dad" role models, this film offers a short introduction to the topic.

The one issue I have with the film is that the audio level is too low and I had a difficult time hearing the dialogue, especially when they are whispering. I hope the filmmaker can provide a copy with better audio so that it plays better in exposition.

Other than that, it is very well produced with excellent video quality that will project well onto the big screen. The actors all perform quite well. The little boy is particularly charming, but also the two men perform equally well in their roles.

I recommend this for KIDS FIRST! Film Festival, especially those with a LGBTQ focus. I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18, plus adults. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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STAR WARS RESISTANCE

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STAR WARS RESISTANCE - DISNEY CHANNEL
Series: TV SERIES, AGES 12-18
Description - Kazuda Xiono, a young pilot for the Resistance, is tasked with a top secret mission to investigate the First Order, a growing threat in the galaxy.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Get ready for a high-flying adventure. Star Wars Resistance is back - the animated TV version, that is. I am beyond excited! Who doesn't love Star Wars? Disney's newest series is inspired by Japanese anime. This astounding, well-intentioned, well-crafted and powerful series is executive produced by renowned Lucasfilm animation veterans Dave Filoni, Brandon Auman, Athena Yvette Portillo and Justin Ridge with Art Direction by Amy Beth Christensen.

The series centers on Kazuda (Kaz) Xiono (Christopher Sean), a young pilot with big dreams, adventurous and a bit overconfident, who is recruited by Poe Dameron to join the resistance and spy on the forthcoming threat of the First Order. Kaz is the son of a wealthy senator from New Republic and also serves in the New Republic military. The time period for the show is set just months before the events of The Force Awakens, so the First Order hasn't shown their destructive power yet and General Leia Organa's resistance is helping to secure the galaxy.

The lead characters are Kazuda Xiono (Christopher Sean), Tam Ryvora (Suzie McGrath), Jared Yeager (Scott Lawrence), Hype Fazon (Donald Faison), Jim Rash (Bobby Moynihan) and Torrance Dona (Myrna Velasco).

My favorite character is definitely Kazuda Xiono. He is the new character who has this fierce attitude dealing out some serious damage. Christopher Sean makes a great protagonist. He brings out his character by showing his passion for flying and his confidence in his own skills as a pilot. I absolutely love his determination.

The animation in Star Wars Resistance is extremely beautiful, vibrant, engaging colors and charming. The visuals provide clear and effective impressions. I also fell in love with the music. As a fan, it brings a feeling that draws me in and made me enjoy the first two episodes that I watched. Lucasfilm Animation has excelled in creating a real organic 3D world that looks undoubtedly like the galaxy. It looks so modern and fresh and definitely makes a great impression with its outstanding visual effects.

I give episodes one and two 5 out of 5 stars and recommend this series for ages 6 to 18, as well as adults. The series far delivers what fans have come to expect from Disney in terms of the humor and style of art. You don't want to miss it! You can find this series on the Disney Chanel, DisneyNOW and Disney Channel VOD. Streaming airings will also be available on Disney XD. The next how airs October 14, 2018. Look for it!

Reviewed by Nathalia Marie J., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10
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FRANKIE DRAKE MYSTERIES
FRANKIE DRAKE MYSTERIES - PBS DISTRIBUTION
Series: TV SERIES, AGES 8 TO 18
Description - Period drama set in stylish 1920s Toronto, following the female-only agency Drake Private Detectives led by the eponymous Frankie Drake and her partner Trudy Clarke, as they investigate mysteries and crimes that either the police refuse to take on, or that their clients cannot take to the police at all. Set against a backdrop of social change, radical politics and jazz music, the series is immersed in both the real Toronto of the 1920s and the world of mystery and suspense conjured by creators Carol Hay and Michelle Ricci.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This 30 minute mystery series is new to the PBS line-up this season. Private Detective Frankie Drake, along with fellow detective Trudy combine their skills to solve distinctive cases within each episode. Frankie Drake is head of her own detective agency located in Toronto, CA in the 1920s. The pilot episode, involves a case of a wealthy man whose pearls are apparently stolen from the safe at his residence. In its place is a mysterious white feather. A policewoman notifies Frankie and brings the feather along to tell her that the feather was the trademark of her father, Ned Drake, a con-man who passed away ten years prior. While investigating the case, Frankie finds out that the wealthy man's wife is Frankie's mother, Nora Drake. This is shocking for Frankie, as she thought her mother had been long dead. Nora Drake is a hustler in her own right, as she married rich men and left them not long after, simply for the payday. Frankie is the total opposite - choosing to work for a living, which is very avant garde for the time. By the end of this premiere episode, it is clear that Frankie is stuck with Nora in Toronto for awhile, whether she likes it or not. As the series develops, I believe Frankie and Nora will learn to tolerate and inevitably like each other. I believe Nora will be some sort of ally to Frankie in helping to solve cases.

The Frankie Drake Mysteries is a very female-friendly program, set in the Roaring 20s, the era when one of the first big Feminist Movements occurred. Young girls, in particular, can look up to Frankie as being ahead of her time. Young black girls can also look up to Trudy as being equal to Frankie at the detective agency. She will also be considered ahead of her time, working as a professional private eye. In this era, many black woman could only find servitude work, as Nora Drake assumes Trudy for when she first visits Frankie's agency.

As a serial drama, the Frankie Drake Mysteries is straightforward and flows easily from beginning to end - the set-up of the mystery; Frankie and Trudy notified of the case; the who, what, where, when, how; the conflict, climax, and conclusion of the case.

Based on watching this pilot, I would guess that the rating would be TV-PG or TV-G. It is witty and the humorous dialogue will hold your attention. The setting and costumes make it interesting for the viewer, especially children, since most are unfamiliar with the timeframe. There appears to be little or no bloody violence. I recommend it for ages 8 to 18, as well as adults and give it 5 out of 5 stars. I thoroughly enjoyed this mini-series and will remind myself to catch an episode or two whenever I can, on PBS this season.

Reviewed by Kimberly M., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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TASHA NON-STOP (2018) - NATASHA HANINA
Series: TV SERIES, AGES 2-5
Description - Tashi Non-Stop is a TV pilot comprising short, educational comedic skits geared towards 3 to 6-year-olds. During the show, kids are introduced to an array of colorful characters from around the world. Think 'Blue's Clues' meets 'Tracey Ullman.' The show combines live action and animation.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Tashi Non-Stop has good intentions with its "Never Giving Up" theme. It just doesn't quite deliver. There are parts that I do not believe will be entertaining for children of the target age, 2 to 5. Tashi takes on various characters such as Ms. Wallaby and Tashi the Vampire. She raps and, although it isn't completely inappropriate, I don't see the point of many of the lyrics. It shows that Tashi isn't great at rapping and makes its point about never giving up. Basically, from watching this a child might learn how to rap, eat spaghetti and learn the proper way to sneeze. The humor is a bit annoying, especially for adults. I recommend it for ages 4 to 7, but I'm not sure how likable the character's various roles would be for this age. Although I admire the theme, the different skits don't quite deliver. I feel this needs a rewrite to bring in more age appropriate humor for ages 2 to 5. I give it 2.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.

This pilot reflects the overall spirit of the program, if it is developed into a series. This reflects some revisions which the producer made after KIDS FIRST! expressed concerns about safety issues in a segment, which has now been deleted. Therefore, I give them credit for listening to constructive criticism. I believe that the rapping kangaroo segment would be engaging to many young viewers. I particularly like that it teaches children manners. The pilot is simply okay. The Dracula segment could be seen as too scary for preschool viewers. The talent's name, Tashi, is original and likeable. The vocabulary is basic enough to be understood by the intended viewer. The live action visuals are clear, big, colorful and bright. This is good for the intended audience. The segments are structured well. The show basically features Tashi throughout each episode, without any additional cast members. In one segment, she shows children how to cover a sneeze correctly as to not spread germs. This concept is appropriate for the target audience. The other entertainment elements include the rapping animal, a vampire, and a cook. Overall, it is entertaining and educational show for young children. I recommend it for ages 4 to 8 and give it 3.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Kimberly M., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.


KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Are you ready for educational entertainment made for kids! Get ready to enjoy some humor, exciting, over-the-top, friendly, meaningful topics with animated storytelling. Tashi Non-Stop is the perfect animated story for you and your kids. There's so much merriment in the scenes that will have you eager and attentive in what's happening on screen. Each scene deliveries important lessons in a fun way.

This TV pilot is filled with pleasure and lots of giggles. Each episode will have you experience an unforgettable adventure. This family entertainment pilot follows a very joyful, fun, unique, sweet lady named Tashi, who takes you on a journey on her show Tashi Non-Stop, a show for kids for preschoolers that shows them how much fun it is to be creative. You will experience different scenes with Tashi such as the jungle, the granny gym, the Italian restaurant and you even get to teach a vampire how to sneeze properly. How fun is this?

What an outstanding job Natasha Hanina does who plays Ms. Wallaby, Agnes Mcmonagle, an Arabic instructor, a chef and Tashi the Vampire? Tashi ( Natasha Hanina) is very pleasant, charming and speaks with a British accent that really stands out and sounds beautiful. Natasha Hanina is an actress and producer. I appreciate Tashi's ( Natasha Hanina) distinct take on using entertainment to help refresh the imagination and encourage creative play.

I must say the animation is fantastic. I mean the jungle is standardized. It looks just like a real jungle. The restaurant looks like any other restaurant you walk into. And, the vampire and the gym are just amazing.

My favorite part is clearly when Ms. Wallaby and the Kangaroo perform a humorous rap song together. I declare this part my favorite because it made me start dancing and at least trying to sing. It had me giggling for sure! I also love this part because it's the funniest scene of all.

I believe the whole family will enjoy this TV show and hope it gets produced. It is a program designed with love. The message raises a positive message through kid-friendly humor. Never give up is the lesson and it encourages you to overcome every obstacle that comes you way. Never, never give up. This is certainly a series of entertaining and educational scenes with self-expression and independent thinking. It has a positive message that promote positive social behavior. I give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 5.

Reviewed by Nathalia J., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 9

Tashi Non-Stop is a playful, comedic educational series that has lots of fun scenes that are silly and have a positive message to offer younger kids. The message of this episode is "Never Give Up" and, with practice you can get better.

In this short pilot (under 9 minutes), there is a funny narrator who introduces each scene, played by the talented comedian, Natasha Hanina. The different scenes include a zoo wildlife caretaker called Ms. Wallaby who introduces us to the forest and her trying to hip hop. There's also a scene with a French chef teaching us about how to eat spaghetti and another with a vampire teaching the proper way to sneeze to avoid germs.

My favorite character is Ms. Wallaby because she is awkwardly funny as corks dangle from her hat all over her face and she talks about wildlife. She also attempts to hip hop dance with a kangaroo (in costume). I also really like the French restaurant scene where Tashi dresses up as a chef with a long mustache. It's cute seeing the animated penguins delivering food to the chef in this spaghetti scene. The sound affects also add to the enjoyment of the production. For example, in the restaurant scene we hear Tashi slurping her spaghetti. The point being that Tashi needs to learn the proper way to eat spaghetti and, with practice, she will.

The background music in the production suits the individual scenes quite well, with its upbeat and childlike arrangements. I also like the simple animation. My favorite part of this pilot is the animals that pop up in the window behind Tashi as she narrates. Tashi's ability to speak with different accents also makes the different characters she plays more believable and enjoyable.

I like the positive message to "Never Give Up" and "with practice you can get better." Little kids will like watching this show because of the fun skits, colorful backgrounds, animation and upbeat music.

I recommend this for children ages 2 to 5 as it deals with simple topics like eating spaghetti and how to correctly sneeze. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

Reviewed by Abigail Zoe L., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11
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TALKING GOLDFISH, THE
TALKING GOLDFISH, THE - ROGER AN
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 8-18
Description - Rodrigo, a charismatic talking goldfish, has had enough of his hapless owner Conner. Tired of performing tricks for snacks, our scaly hero sets his sights on Bianca, a beautiful marine biologist. The Talking Goldfish is a comedic short film merging live action with CG animation to bring a photo-realistic talking 3D goldfish to life. Almost nine years in the making and self-funded by director Roger An, The Talking Goldfish, is a funny, thought-provoking journey into the minds of one of our most innocuous but personable of pets. The Talking Goldfish is the children's version of the Alpha Fish short.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I love this short film. It's beautifully executed. The blend of animation and live action is pretty seamless. The live actors are charming and suitable for their roles. The voice actor for the goldfish is simply outstanding. Great background music, plot. It's a perfectly constructed short film that I would love to see expanded into a longer piece. It leaves you wanting more. Nemo watch out! You've got competition!!! Highly recommended. I give it 5 out of 5 stars and recommend for ages 8 to 18. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror
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BOY AND HIS TEDDY BEAR, A
BOY AND HIS TEDDY BEAR, A - B-TV LORA BATCHELOR MIDDLE SCHOOL
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 8-12
Description - This is a silent film in the slap-stick comedy genre about a boy and his special gift - a teddy bear.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I love this little live action student short about a boy and his teddy bear. It's done in a very very quirky slap stick comedic style with no dialogue and is absolutely charming. The storyline is about a boy who receives a teddy bear for his birthday, loves it very much and takes it everywhere with him. Created by teenage filmmakers, I commend their production values, which are pretty good - from the camera work to the background music and editing. Some of the costumes are quite silly such as giant wigs and fake beards that aren't realistic, but they are fun. There are no spoken words, but there are some written captions like old silent movies have. The storyline will appeal to anyone who may feel that they are getting too old for their favorite toys. The story is easy to follow and enjoyable movie to watch. The most appealing thing is how much the boy loves his teddy bear, like I do. Kids would like this film because most children have a favorite stuffed toy. The message here is to be true to yourself even if you get teased for it
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MECH-X4

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MECH-X4 - DISNEY CHANNEL
Series: TV SERIES, AGES 8-18
Description - Mech-X4 is an American comedy television series created by Steve Marmel. The series stars Nathaniel James Potvin, Kamran Lucas, Pearce Joza and Raymond Cham. The series is scheduled to premiere on November 12, 2016, on Disney XD.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Amazing! I got a sneak peek of the first episode of Mech-X4 and was pleasantly surprised because this is not your typical Disney TV show. It made me feel like I was watching a movie with its wonderful storyline, graphics and acting. This fun-filled adventure show airs on Disney and Disney XD Saturday, November 12 so be sure to check it out. In this incredible show, there is an amazing cast, graphics and an awesome storyline - all of which are quite believable.

This show stars Ryan Walker (Nathaniel James Potvin). With his dreamy eyes, he is a typical teenage boy who finds out that he is a technopath. While chit chatting with Nathaniel, I discovered that he loves his super power which is being the master of all technology. His personality matches his character perfectly as he is fun and easy to talk to. His new-found superpower awakens a 150 foot robot called Mech-X4 and its job is to protect the city from crazy monsters.

Ryan Walker then recruits his friends to help. Harris (Kamran Lucas) is the brains of the group. In real life, he has been doing Martial arts since he was 5 years old and he does most of his own stunts. Harris is cautious and protective of his friends and the new-found robot. Harris is a geek who wants to make sure that everyone has their facts straight before they jump into things. He is amazing at martial arts and play his character quite believingly.

Spyder (Pearce Joza) is adventurous and ready for anything. I also met him and found his easy going nature quite enjoyable. In real life, he loves snowboarding. He provides the comedic relief for the group and is extremely funny. He loves all the gadgets for the robot and, since this is all new for them, sometimes things don't work out as planned.

Ryan also recruits his brother Mark (Raymond Cham) to help. He is not a mechanic in real life, like his character and the two of them are exact opposites. Mark's main job is to be the mechanic and fix everything. Mark is usually the leader in his family so he has to get used to the fact that he needs to let his brother shine and he has to stand back a bit. Raymond loves the idea of mixing two animals together to get cool and creative monsters for the show. He wishes he had the super power to see free movies at the box office. Skateboarding is his thing.

I was lucky enough to be able to meet all these fantastic actors and visit with them about their roles in this show. They are all so grateful to be a part of this magnificent show. The one thing that is missing is girl power. Disney already gave the green on Season 2 before Season 1 even airs. WOW ! And, the guys told me to keep a look out for girl power coming soon.

The graphics of this show are spectacular. I love the way the robot and monsters all seem so realistic. It feels like you really are there and as if you are going on this adventure with Ryan and his friends while protecting the world. I love all the amazing places they shot in Canada, the wonderful acting and the insight into each character.

My favorite scene in this episode is when Ryan, Spyder, Mark and Harris are fighting a gigantic snake/octopus monster with the robot. It is filled with action, adventure and a little comedy. Plus the graphics are incredible and realistic.

I recommend this series for ages 8 to 18 because the action and comedy. I also think adults will enjoy it, especially the story line and the characters. According to Steve Marmel and Anupam Nigam, Executive Producers of the show, their target audience is a wide range. They want parents to enjoy watching this TV show with their kids. Be sure to check out my amazing interviews and learn more about the cast on our YouTube Channel. I give this TV show 5 out of 5 gigantic robot stars.

Reviewed by Morgan B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12
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LEGO STAR WARS: THE FREEMAKER ADVENTURES - DISNEY XD
Series: DVD, AGES 8 - 15
Description - The series stars the Freemakers, a family of scavengers who build and sell starships from the scoured debris of space battles strewn throughout the galaxy. When their youngest discovers a natural connection with the Force through an ancient artifact . The Kyber Saber, his world is turned upside down, and he and his family are thrown into an epic struggle against the Empire to restore peace and freedom to the galaxy. Throughout their adventures, the Freemakers explore new worlds, meet new and familiar characters, and learn the true value of what it means to be a family.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Just when you thought you would have to wait a year for the next Star Wars movie to come out, Disney is here to rescue the world from the long wait. On June 20th, Star Wars fans will have a new series to watch on Disney XD.

There are people who follow the Lego kits step by step and then, there are those who think outside of the box and build from their imagination and this is what a Freemaker truly is all about. Bill Motz and Bob Roth have captured the feel, characters and storyline of Star Wars which is why I love this new TV series. It feels like you are connecting with a friend who you have not seen for a while. It is easy to watch and everything is relatable and, of course, there are new ships, characters and gadgets to add to the Star Wars treasure chest.

There is a family of three scavengers who operate a salvage and repair shop in space living in the time period after The Empire Strikes Back and before Return of the Jedi. They are just trying to survive and pay the rent.

Roger Roger is back and has moved up to become a sidekick. I just love saying Roger, Roger, as it brings a smile to my face. No one but Matthew Woods could do it so perfectly. He has been a part of Star Wars forever and continues to work on various projects with great enthusiasm for this fantasy realm originally created by George Lucas. This series has the Star Wars humor, high stakes, the fate of lives, secrets and creative fun characters. I am with you Roger, Roger.

Nicolas Cantu as Rowan Freemaker, the little brother, is humorous as he is a klutz and trouble loves to follow him. His voice matches the animation and enhances the epic adventures he undertakes. He is my favorite character and I can't wait to see what will happen to him next. He has abilities that always seem to get the Star Wars characters into trouble as they learn to defeat the dark force and fight for good. Yes of course there is Darth Vander, his minions and the Storm Troopers who lurk in the background to trip up our heroes.

Eugene Byrd is no stranger to acting and his voice is an added bonus as the older brother who is still a kid but the real genius of the family. Zander Freemaker is the pilot and the one who knows how to build everything.

Kordi Freemaker is the female who tries to keep the family together. She has girl power, charm and charisma and uses these qualities to her advantage. Ferlark the landlord is no match for Vanessa Lengies who voices this character. She is always there to keep the boys in check. I love that she is a problem solver and smart.

The animation offers the LEGO'ized look of the Star Wars world. It is crisp and clear and gives you the sense of watching a Stars Wars movie. With this new series, the creators have also made yet another planet for us to visit and learn about.

The story line is great but my favorite thing about this series is all the new characters they have added. Even better is the fact that LEGO has made the characters and ships for this series. So buckle up and get ready for another Star Wars adventure.

I recommend this series to kids ages 8 to 18. Everyone who is a Star Wars fan will love this. After the first episode and I am hooked and waiting impatiently for the next installment. I give this series 5 out of 5 light sabers and May the Force be with You!!! Look for this series on Disney XD.

Reviewed by Morgan B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11.
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SUPERGIRL (TV SERIES)

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SUPERGIRL (TV SERIES) - CBS
Series: TV SERIES, AGES 8-18
Description - The adventures of Superman's cousin in her own superhero career.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I think this is a charming show with a cheerful, female heroine who young girls can emulate. Her innocence is refreshing and the setting very up to date. Kara is cute, nerdy and someone you can actually relate to. She doesn't try to be something she isn't. She has a devil of a boss and yet, she deals with her straight on. This is definitely a show I wouldn't mind my younger kids watching.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Supergirl is an incredible TV about the other side of Superman's life that we were never told. Supergirl is Superman's cousin who was sent to earth to protect her cousin, Superman. Unfortunately, her coordinates to earth were disrupted when her planet Krypton blew up and she arrives years later. Kara (Melissa Benoist), aka Supergirl, ends up getting stuck in a time vertex for 24 years and does not age. When she arrives to earth she realizes her cousin is grown and doesn't really need her help so she tries to blend in with everyone else and we will soon see how far that takes her.

There are many great characters and actors in this series. James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks), Hank Henshaw (David Harewood) and Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart). I have to say my favorite character is Kara Danvers (Melissa Benoist) because she is brave, strong and courageous. She is only 13-years-old when her parents give her the mission to escape their planet and leave everyone and everything she knows to protect her baby cousin on a completely different planet!

My favorite scene is when Kara is talking to her adopted sister and says, "I think I'm going to go to bed now, I just carried an entire plane on my back." It is hilarious! She makes the statement so calmly and it's not every day a girl carries a large plane on her back.

The message of this series is "if someone tells you to hide who you are and not be yourself, don't listen to them because you have to do what you are created to do and that's all that matters." We all have a unique purpose that only we can fulfill.

Supergirl promises to be a fantastic and interesting series! I recommend this series to boys and girls ages 5 years old to 18. I give this series 5 out of 5 stars. You can watch Supergirl on CBS every Monday beginning October 26, 8:30/7:30c.

Reviewed by Kendyl P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13
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STAR WARS REBELS

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STAR WARS REBELS - WALT DISNEY STUDIOS
Series: TV SERIES, AGES 8-15
Description - An animated TV series set between the events of Episode III and IV, Star Wars Rebels takes place in a time where the Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights as a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking shape.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This animated show returns October 14 on Disney XD and promised to be a great follow up to the first season. Starring Vanessa Marshall, Freddie Prinze Jr and Steve Blum, it follows a brave and clever ragtag starship crew that stands up against the evil Empire as it tightens its grip on the galaxy and hunts down the last of the Jedi Knights. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Gerry O. comments, "One thing I love about the series is that they include a lot of characters from Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the last TV series featuring Star Wars." See his full review and his interview with Vanessa Marshall below.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - It has been around 40 years since the very first Star Wars film came out and, the legendary universe is back again with this animated Disney TV show. Star Wars Rebels has action, drama, comedy and everything else you would love and come to expect from the epic Star Wars franchise.

Star Wars is an action series with a compelling story full of drama and comedy that makes the viewers pity the characters and also fall in love with them as they grow and become more familiar. Relationships between the characters are created, causing some romance, but it is not overdone.

The story takes place 40 years between the events of Episode III and IV, when the Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights as a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking shape. The story focuses on a group of rebels as they try to do what little they can to take down the evil and powerful empire. In the first season, the group goes against small government and not many big people. But in the second season, they get the attention of some bugger figures including Darth Vader himself.

One thing I love about the series is that they include a lot of characters from Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the last TV series featuring Star Wars.

My favorite episode is the Season 2 premiere. It features many characters from Star Wars: The Clone Wars, a series close to my heart because it is one of the first things related to Star Wars that I ever saw. And, it is one of my favorite TV series ever. I fell in love with the characters and it is nice to see them back in Star Wars Rebels, better than ever before.

For the most part, this series is very nicely made for several reasons. Dave Filoni, one of the creators, includes a lot of aspects from Clone Wars, which I like. The animation is very similar. The dialogue is common. And, I like the way he makes it seem like it's all connected in one big universe.

The voice acting is wonderful. It is rather hard to voice act a Jedi because you need to make them kind, and peaceful, but powerful. Freddie Prinze Jr. who plays Kanan, one of the Jedis, really excels in his role. The rest of the cast is very good as well.

Star Wars is not meant for little kids. It is more suitable for pre-teens, teens and adults. It is something really the whole family can enjoy together. I give it 5 out of 5 stars because Star Wars Rebels is very entertaining and continues the ever-lasting story of Star Wars. If you would like to see Season 2, watch for it on Disney XD on October 14th.

Reviewed by Gerry Orz, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13
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1001 NIGHTS

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1001 NIGHTS - BIG BAD BOO STUDIO
Series: TV SERIES, AGES 5-12
Description - 1001 Nights is an animated show that brings the famed 1001 Arabian Nights to the screen. You've heard of Sinbad, Aladdin, and Ali Baba? You've got 998 more stories to go! Join the heroine, Shahrzad, as she weaves tales of adventure, intrigue, and excitement!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - 1001 Nights really wasn't exactly what I had expected from the theme song but this series is entertaining, engaging and appropriate for ages 7 to 12. There are beneficial social lessons children will learn from watching this series such as all actions have consequences or that rules need to be reinforced. The characters are fun to watch and the story lines are easy to follow because they flow well. The most important thing is that these shows will motivate children to think before they act. Maybe they will think before they make fun of someone. Maybe they will realize there are consequences to their actions. The series makes it a fun way to learn these important social lessons.

The shows have appealing characters, there is humor and each show has a lesson to be learned. The animation is also fun to watch and eye catching. The series is also available in a variety of different languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Persian and Urdu. The one thing that may be a slight drawback is that it is slightly difficult to find out all the names of the characters and remember their names. The theme song expresses that there will be adventures and many thrills. Two of the shows didn't seem to go along with the song.

The shows flow well and are easy to follow. They make sense and each starts with a problem of some type and then a story is told and a lesson is learned. All actions have consequences, rules are rules and should be followed. For example, in the first episode, The Joke's on You, the young prankster needs to learn that there are consequences for his joking/pranking behavior. He learns that if you play a practical joke on someone that you need to be prepared that someone will play one back on you. The consequences definitely do not go undetected.

It is visually appealing. The characters and the animation are eye-catching and entertaining. There are bright colors and it is simply fun to watch. The theme song is delightful but I'm not sure it's a perfect fit for the show. There seems to be lots of adventures in the stories but there are more lessons than adventures and thrills. It is action packed at times.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The animated comedy series, 1001 Nights, is playfully exciting and keeps it fun for young viewers. Based on the classic stories from Arabic literature, 1001 Nights, is humorous and educational. The series was nominated for 13 Leo awards and won 4. It won Best Screenwriting in an Animation program or series in 2012 and 2013 and won Best Animation Program or Series in 2012.

In Episode 3:Sinbad and the Valley of Serpents, a porter, Sinbad, comes to the palace and accidentally drops all the fruit in front of the Queen. The Queen asks if he's ok and he tells her he hates his job as a porter. She asks him why he doesn't get a new job and he tells her he's too poor and untrained. The Queen tells him the story of another Sinbad who started out as a poor fellow but became a rich merchant due to perseverance and intelligence. The rest of the episode is an adventure about how ancient Sinbad became rich through tenacity and keen wits. It is told in a funny, light, exciting way. There's a serpent, treasure, huge rooks and a whale!

1001 Nights was produced by Big Bad Boo Productions, from Vancouver, Canada. They are the production company that did Mixed Nuts which airs on PBS. Chad Van De Keere and Mike Myhre are the two main animation executives on the series. Mr. Van De Keere also worked on Being Ian (TV Series), Ren and Stimpy and Madeline: My Fair Madeline (TV movie). Mr. Myhre work on Monster High (TV Series) and George of the Jungle (2007 TV series).

1001 Nights grabs you in with its wonderful short stories based on tales from the classic book. In each episode it is the Queen, Shahrzad, who tells an ancient tale, just like in the book. So each episode has a story within a story. Each episode also has a gently imparted moral. The members of the Queen's family are always included in the ancient tale in some way. And, there's always a bumbling character, who thinks he's smart and wonderful, but humorously messes everything up. The only thing I didn't like was the animation style. It is flat and uninspiring, like most of Saturday morning animated TV.

Despite its mediocre animation style, 1001 Nights is a good series for kids aged 5-10. The fast-paced storytelling style and the educational elements make it a worthwhile series. I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Reviewed by Clayton Powell, KIDS FIRST! Critic, age 15.
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Series: TV SERIES, AGES 12-18 ANIM
Description - As the A-Troupe dancers prepare for the regional dance competition, relationships and loyalties are put to the test at the Next Step studio. Created by Frank Van Keeken. Starring Victoria Galdesarra, Isaac Lupien and Trevor Tordjman
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The pilot episode of this TV show was full of so many amazing dance moves that it was hard to keep my eyes off of the screen. The drama that occurs within a group or a team was conveyed perfectly, and every dancer on the show performed flawlessly.

This first episode basically provides the background as to what the season will be about. The Next Step is a dance studio in Canada, and in the first episode, teenage dancers whose lives are devoted to dance compete for a spot on the coveted A-Troupe. Auditions took place, and each teen dancer showed off his or her moves to the adults who would decide on the members of the groups. There is a sort of "queen bee" of the teens named Emily, who heads the A-Troupe and is the studio's best dancer. The episode made it clear that drama and tension will certainly sprout from her.

The audition portion of the episode was very interesting. Some of the girls who spoke about themselves very highly and as if a spot on the A-Troupe was guaranteed failed to dance as impressively as some of the more humble ones. It was also interesting when the new girl, Michelle came along, and seemed to put all the cocky dancers in their places when she danced. The dancers, especially the girls, spoke about Michelle as if she were inferior, so I found it nice how Michelle rose up like a dark horse and performed ten notches above the other dancers.

Tiffany, who is played by Tamina Pollack-Paris, is shown to be a standout actress in the show. Her personality is very bubbly and optimistic, yet it doesn't seem artificial or forced at all; she seems like a genuine person. Brittany Raymond's portrayal of Riley, Emily's younger sister, also stood out. While Emily seems like a diva who simply wants to hold her tiara as the head of A-Troupe, Riley seems much more down to earth. She doesn't say anything rude about others, and seems to be a complete foil to her older sister.

Since it was merely a pilot episode, the general moral of the show cannot be said. However, it could be said that we should throw words to the side and simply let our actions do the talking. Words are merely words, while actions actually prove our abilities and what we have to offer the world.

The talent and the genuine passion that the teenagers have is a nuance that stands out. Without the abilities of the teenagers, the concept of a dance competition and drama show would not appear realistic. Although some of the teens dance more impressively than others, all of them clearly have the skills. They are all truly passionate about dance, and it is nice to see that while they perform.

The episode meets the KIDS FIRST! criteria and would suit kids the ages of 9-15. Girls would enjoy it more because of the typical drama that females tend to endure, although boys would like it as well. This first episode would receive a 3.5/5 star ranking from me, and the rest of the episodes of the season would be interesting as well. Reviewed by Carissa Payongayong, age 15
Juror Recommended Age: 9-15 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media:


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NEXT STEP, THE
NEXT STEP, THE - HULU, LLC
Series: TV SERIES, AGES 12-18 ANIM
Description - Follow the lives of a group of elite dancers at The Next Step Dance Studio as they train hard, rehearse and hang out. With the regional championships coming up, the A-Troupe needs to come together if they want to win and qualify for the national title. The Next Step is a Canadian teen drama series shot in a reality television style. The show was created by Frank van Keeken.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The Next Step is a great drama TV show. What I like about the show is watching actors dance.

The show is about is the dancers of A-Troupe preparing for the regional dance competition. While they prepare, relationships and loyalties are put to the test. My favorite part of Episode 1, which I watched, is watching the dancers audition to be on A-Troupe.

The main characters in the show are Michelle (Victoria Baldesarra), Eldon (Issac Lupien), James (Trevor Tordjman), Kate (Bree Wasylenko), Riley (Brittany Raymond), Giselle (Jordan Clark), West (Lamar Johnson), Chloe (Jennifer Pappas), Emily (Alexandra Beaton), Stephanie (Samantha Grecchi), Daniel (Brennan Clost) and Chris (Shamier Anderson). The acting is okay but the dancing is fab.

After watching the show, something that stuck in my head is wanting to find out what happens next in the next episode. This show does a good job of leaving cliff hangers.

I recommended this show to kids age 6 to 18. Younger kids will enjoy watching the dancers dance and older kids will be hooked on the drama as well as the dancing. I would give this show 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Tiffany Richard.
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