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KIDS FIRST! Kids Shine at the ‘Winnie the Pooh’ Premiere

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Premiere_1.jpgWith flash bulbs popping and microphones extended to talent whose voices were, perhaps, more recognizable than their faces, the lucky kids at KIDS FIRST! Boot Camp plied their media skills at the pre-camp special event: Walt Disney Studios’ red carpet celebration for the new Winnie the Pooh movie opening this Friday (which gets an all-star rating from KIDS FIRST!).

Reviewing the film a thte screening that followed the red carpet appearances were seasoned KIDS FIRST! film critics Anthony Aranda (age 8), Makai Colvin (age 9) and Raven Devanney (age 13). Be sure to check out their reviews.

With the live set of Christopher Robin’s room in the background, Boot Camp-ers mingled with co-director Stephen Anderson and many of the actors whose voices give life to the beloved characters – Tom Kenny (Rabbit), Craig Ferguson (Owl), Jim Cummings (dual role of Winnie the Pooh and Tigger) — and some of the often unsung talent of the wonderful animation, like Andreas Deja, supervising animator of Tigger. Then, taking with them all the behind-the-scenes insights from these conversations, Boot Camp-ers headed to Disney’s theater — and all the excitement culminated with the premiere of the movie itself.

Disney’s Animation Studio

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Take a Fun Spin with ‘Cars 2’

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Cars2.jpgAnimation is for every age, especially when it comes from leaders of the genre at Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Pictures. This sequel to 2006’s award-winning movie Cars is in theaters now, and KIDS FIRST! film critic Ny’Asia Bell (age 7) gives us several reasons to make Cars 2 a summer entertainment choice.

Cars 2
Reviewed by Ny’Asia Bell

Today I will be reviewing the new Cars 2.

This movie was great – full of fast cars, lots of action and flawless animation.

Lightning McQueen is voiced by Owen Wilson, and his long-time best friend, tow Mater, is voiced by Larry the Cable Guy. They accept a challenge from Francesco Bernoulli (John Turturro) to compete in the World Grand Prix in Tokyo. While there, Mater gets mistaken for an American secret agent, and eventually helps to solve a big and dangerous case.

My favorite characters are Mater, because of his courage and humor. He is a real hero.
Then there are the characters Holley Shiftwell (Emily Mortimer) and Finn McMissile (Michael Caine). I loved all their cool gadgets.NyAsiaBell_forweb.jpg
My favorite part of the film is when Mater cracks the case and finds out what car is behind all this mayhem.
I rate this movie 4 out of 5 stars, because it does contain some violent scenes. I recommend this movie to kids ages 7 and up.
Photos: Cars 2 poster (top), Ny’Asia Bell (bottom)

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‘Annie’ Still a Hit for All Ages

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Annie.jpgThe story of Annie has continued to warm the hearts through the decades, since Harold Gray created the comic strip “Little Orphan Annie” in 1894. The sons from the musical version, Annie, which hit movie theaters in 1982, seem to be as enduring – “Tomorrow” is eternal. Take seven-year-old KIDS FIRST! film critic Ny’Asia Bell’s review to your heart, and plan to tune in to HDNet Movies on July 11 and even sing along.

Reviewed by Ny’Asia Bell

Today I will be reviewing one of my favorite movie musicals – the original classic Annie.

This movie is about a cute optimistic little orphan named Annie, played by Aileen Quinn, who gets lucky and is chosen to spend the week with Oliver Warbucks, the billionaire, played by Albert Finney. Only he does not like her and wants to trade her in for a little boy. His private secretary, Grace, played by Ann Reinking, persuades him to let her stay. While there, she softens him up, and opens his eyes to see things in a different way. Mr. Warbucks wants to adopt Annie, but she does not want to be adopted, and wants to find her biological parents. So he agrees to help her. Does she find her biological parents or does he adopt her? Find out for yourself.
My favorite part is when Annie rescues Sandy from the boys in the alley. I thought that was hilarious.
My favorite character has to be Annie, because even though she was an orphan she still remained hopeful.NyAsiaBell_forweb.jpg
Annie is one of many film classics being brought to your home by HDNET movies on Kid Scene, a morning and Friday night programming block specifically for kids and families.
I rate this movie 5 out of 5 stars because it is fun and entertaining. I recommend this movie to everyone because it is definitely family oriented.
This has been Ny’Asia Bell reporting for KIDS FIRST!

Photos: Annie poster (top), Ny’Asia Bell (bottom)

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