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Yesterday – An Unbelievable Plot and a Film Filled With The Beatles Music

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Yesterday – An Unbelievable Plot and a Film Filled With The Beatles Music
Jack Malik is a struggling singer-songwriter in an English seaside town whose dreams of fame are rapidly
fading, despite the fierce devotion and support of his childhood best friend, Ellie. After a freak bus
accident during a mysterious global blackout, Jack wakes up to discover that The Beatles have never
existed. Performing songs by the greatest band in history to a world that has never heard them, Jack
becomes on overnight sensation with a little help from his agent. KIDS FIRST! Adult Reviewer Kimbirly O.
comments, “Imagine a world without music from The Beatles. As I type these words, I realize how far-
fetched this sentence appears and, as a music lover, it’s preposterous! The Beatles have influenced
thousands of musical artists who followed in their hallowed footsteps post-Liverpool. While unbelievable,
this is the premise behind Director Danny Boyle’s (Oscar-winning Director, Slum Dog Millionaire) latest
film, Yesterday.” KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Katherine S. adds, “This new world that Jack now lives in, is
crazy. It does not have The Beatles. And John Lennon is alive. Can you imagine? The movie is creative
in many ways, including using locations that inspired several Beatles’ song titles such as Eleanor Rigby’s
grave and Penny Lane. My favorite character is Ellie, Jack’s manager. She is sweet, funny and beautiful.
My favorite part is when Jack searches for The Beatles on the Internet.” Ethan P. wraps it up with, “This is
a very entertaining and funny movie! This film has two hours of comedy, romance and music. I really
enjoyed watching this movie and listening to some of The Beatles classic songs.” See their full reviews
below.
Yesterday
By Kimbirly Orr, KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
https://youtu.be/Ry9honCV3qc
Imagine a world without music from The Beatles. As I type these words, I realize how far-fetched this
sentence appears and, as a music lover, it’s preposterous! The Beatles have influenced thousands of
musical artists who followed in their hallowed footsteps post-Liverpool. While unbelievable, this is the
premise behind Director Danny Boyle’s (Oscar-winning Director, Slum Dog Millionaire) latest film,
Yesterday. When a 12-second global power outage occurs, Jack Malik (Himesh Patel, EastEnders) is
riding his bicycle, collides with a bus, and lands in the hospital with serious injuries. During his recovery,
he casually utters statements, which are song lyrics from the Fab Four, and no one gets it. His confusion
leads him to Google, where Jack types “The Beatles,” only to received definitions of beetles. Try as he
may, he can find no reference of The Beatles anywhere and, throughout the film; we learn other brands
are also nonexistent in this alternate universe, such as Coke. Jack suddenly realizes he is the only person
on Earth who remembers The Beatles.
Things get very interesting as Jack has always been a struggling musician. Think kid’s birthday parties,
lackluster music festivals and coffee shops. He is lovingly looked after by his lifelong friend Ellie (Lily
James) who is also his manager, roadie and his only faithful supporter. If this level of closeness was not
enough, we also witness unrequited attraction between the two main characters and, since the script
comes from Richard Curtis (Love Actually), we know where this is headed.
Jack decides to learn the songs of The Beatles and make them his own – and he finds success! So much
success, Ed Sheeran (playing himself) discovers him. Along with the pop superstar, comes his agent
(Kate McKinnon), a money-grubbing, tremendously offensive yet also a funny woman who thinks she
found the proverbial pot at the end of the rainbow. Things don’t quite ‘Come Together’ entirely.
Things get ridiculous as Jack and Ed Sheeran embark on a world tour and meet a few interesting people
along the way. The song selection is impeccable with “‘Help” providing an accurate reading of the song’s
rarely spoken meaning, appropriate to the character and plot. The “Long and Winding Road” of the film is

truly a musical journey.
I give this film 3 of 5 stars for the some of the casting, the humorous interludes, Kate McKinnon’s
performance, UNBELIEVABLE MUSIC (kudos to whoever had to manage clearances for this film –
WOW!) and female empowerment. This film will appeal to ages 12 to 18 and introduce or re-introduce the
music of The Beatles to younger generations. This writer found herself toe tapping, singing along and
loving all the memories this music holds. Check it out when it opens in theaters June 28, 2019.
Yesterday
By Katherine S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11
https://youtu.be/KMhzT6EAXdM
This movie is very entertaining. It has great songs, great singing and a little romance. The acting really
pulled me into the story.
Yesterday is about a man named Jack who wants to become a famous singer. While riding his bike, the
world’s power goes out and Jack gets hit by a bus. After recovering, his friends give him a new guitar and
he tries it out by singing a song by The Beatles. His friends have never heard the song before or even
know who The Beatles are. So, Jack gets an idea to claim those songs as his own, so he can become
famous.
This new world that Jack now lives in, is crazy. It does not have The Beatles. And John Lennon is alive.
Can you imagine? The movie is creative in many ways, including using locations that inspired several
Beatles’ song titles such as Eleanor Rigby’s grave and Penny Lane. My favorite character is Ellie, Jack’s
manager. She is sweet, funny and beautiful. My favorite part is when Jack searches for The Beatles on
the Internet.
The message of Yesterday is to follow your dreams, put love first and tell the truth. It has a bit of bad
language and a lot of drinking, but hey, it takes place in England, so I guess that is to be expected. It has
some negative behavior and other risky things that kids might try to do.
I give this movie 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 11 to 18. Adults will like this as well. This
movie is in theaters June 28, 2019.
Yesterday
By Ethan P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 10
This is a very entertaining and funny movie! This film has two hours of comedy, romance and music. I
really enjoyed watching this movie and listening to some of The Beatles classic songs.
Yesterday is about a British musician name Jack Malik (Himesh Patel) who writes his own songs. Jack is
not a successful musician and is about to give up his career as a singer/writer, but his long time friend
Ellie (Lily James) encourage him to continue with his dreams to keep writing and singing. One night,
while Jack is riding his bike, the entire world suffers a 12 second blackout. Jack gets hit by a bus and
sent to the hospital. For some reason, after the global blackout, The Beatles are erased from history;
they don’t exist. No one knows who The Beatles are except Jack.
The combination of comedy, romance and music is really good. Not only does Himesh Patel sing all The
Beatles songs himself, he has an extraordinary voice and plays several instruments as well. My favorite
part of this movie is seeing Ed Sheeran as himself. Ed visits Jack and invites him to sing with him. Ed’smanager Deborah (Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live) is extremely funny. She becomes Jack’s
manager and helps him make a great album singing The Beatles’ songs. Jack becomes super famous.
My favorite scene is when Jack sings “Help!” on top of a roof, in front of huge crowd. I also love the cast,
because they are all very funny. For example Jack’s best friend Rocky is played by Joel Fry, who is
hysterical and James Corden plays as himself and he is always very funny to watch. .
The moral of this movie is not to lie. In the movie Jack lies by telling the world he wrote all the songs and
becomes famous. Also, he is in love with Ellie and doesn’t have the courage to tell her. Lying can get
you into more trouble than you are already in.
I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 9 to18. This movie comes out in theatres June
28, 2019. Look for it.

Sonic Boom, Go Team Sonic! – Be Prepared for Numerous Wild Adventures

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Sonic Boom, Go Team Sonic! – Be Prepared for Numerous Wild Adventures
Its a Sonic you havent seen before an ensemble comedy that pokes fun at actionadventure
storytelling, but still manages to deliver plenty of adrenaline! Wherever he goes and whatever hes up
against, Sonic the Hedgehog is aided by his sidekick, Tails, and his friends Knuckles, Amy, and Sticks
and, of course, attacked by his arch nemesis, Dr. Eggman. On this actionpacked DVD, join Sonic and the
gang as they accept a dare from Dr. Eggman. Tag along with Sonic and Knuckles as they enter a game
show. And find out what happens when Sonic’s status as the town’s biggest hero is threatened. And so
much more! “I like the graphics and the music is intense. The voice-overs are so cool, especially because
it’s the first time I hear Sonic and his friends talk. They do not talk in the video game, rather than saying
“Oh Yeah!” Each episode is funny and fun to watch, because they are short, so it keeps your attention
the whole time.” Nathalia J. adds, “On this action-packed DVD, you get to tag along with Sonic the
Hedgehog and his pals as they escape from the evil enemies, fight for justice, work together as a team,
defeat evil and so much more.” Lukas L. wraps it with, “In every episode, there is a funny and creative
conflict with one of the characters and their band of friends come together to help them solve it with the
main leader Sonic. There is a fully developed plot and each of the characters have their own quirky
personality.” See their full reviews below.
Sonic Boom, Go Team Sonic!
By Ethan P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 10
https://youtu.be/aFbatiDykg
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I love this DVD. I love any show that has to do with my favorite childhood game characters. In this case,
the DVD is about Sonic, a super fast, blue hedgehog and his friends.
This DVD includes eight episodes and a bonus episode from Season 2, “If You Build it They Will Race“.
It also gives you a choice to watch the episodes in English or Spanish. Each episode is approximately
ten minutes with a total of 90 minutes of fun. In every episode, Sonic and his friends -Tails, Knuckles,
Amy and Sticks – come together to stop crimes against their number one enemy, Dr. Eggman. Dr.
Eggman is an evil scientist who wants to destroy Sonic and his crew. In every episode something evil
happens to Sonic and his friends, but they always manage to save the day.
My favorite episode is “Counter Productive” because it is about Sonic’s friend, Knuckles, fighting a giant
robot. This archaeologist named Charlie meets Knuckles and, from there on, Knuckles decides to help
him with his work. At one point, Knuckles becomes a bit annoying because, instead of helping Charlie, he
interrupts his work by messing it up. Knuckles and Charlie do not get along, to the point that Charlie
constructs a giant robot to fight big, red Knuckles. Of course, I am not going to tell you who wins the fight,
because you need to watch this cool DVD to find out.
I like the graphics and the music is intense. The voice-overs are so cool, especially because it’s the first
time I hear Sonic and his friends talk. They do not talk in the video game, rather than saying “Oh Yeah!”
Each episode is funny and fun to watch, because they are short, so it keeps your attention the whole
time. I got to see a sneak peek of the first episode of Season 2. I like how the bonus episode of Season
2 plays the theme song from the “Knight Rider” show.
The message of this DVD is “team work makes the dream work.” When Sonic and his friends work as a
team, they accomplish their mission by defeating the bad guy, Mr. Eggman.
I rate Sonic Boom, Go Team Sonic! 5 out of 5 stars, because I enjoyed watching Sonic and his friends in
a cartoon show, besides playing the game. I recommend this for ages 7 to 18 because teenagers will als oenjoy watching this DVD. The DVD is available now so look for it. Looking forward to watch Sonic Boom Season 2!
Sonic Boom: Go Team Sonic
By Nathalia J., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10
https://youtu.be/1VdtfiIWg0M
Go Team Sonic! This DVD includes eight Sonic-Powered episodes that will take you on numerous wild
adventures alongside Sonic the Hedgehog and his pals. This 90 minute DVD also includes a bonus
episode. How fun is that! On this action-packed DVD, you get to tag along with Sonic the Hedgehog and
his pals as they escape from the evil enemies, fight for justice, work together as a team, defeat evil and
so much more.
This DVD follows Sonic the hedgehog aided by his sidekick, Tails and his friends Knuckles, Amy and
Sticks. Each episode focuses on a new wild adventure as the whole gang fights their evil arch nemesis,
Dr. Eggman. As each action-packed episode goes along, you find out how Sonic’s status as the town’s
biggest hero is threatened. Not only do you get to fight alongside the leaders, you get to find out what life
is like being a hero.
The lead characters are Sonic the Hedgehog, his sidekick Amy, Tails, Knuckles and Dr. Eggman. My
favorite character is, without-a-doubt, Amy because she’s very outspoken, brave, fearless and powerful.
What I love most about Amy is the fact that she brings excitement to each episode, whether it’s through
her ambition to fight, her unexpected plans or even the real truth (which always ends up coming out of
Amy’s mouth).
My favorite episode on this DVD is Episode 4, “Fuzzy Puppy Buddies”. I enjoyed this episode more than
others, because it has a surprising twist when one of Sonic’s pals becomes Fuzzy Puppy Buddies with
their enemies. It brings so much suspense to the table.
There is no bad language in this DVD, no risky actions that younger kids might try to imitate. This film
shares an important message about always helping a friend in need.
I give this DVD 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 16, as well adults. The DVD is available
now so, make sure to check it out!
Sonic Boom: Go Team Sonic
By Lukas Loza, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, 12
https://youtu.be/H66IA1Cc5s0
I really enjoyed watching the DVD Sonic Boom: Go Team Sonic, because the characters are super fun.
There are a couple of things I found somewhat distracting such as the mouthing of the characters which is
out of sync and the characters seem a bit bland, which detracts from the show.
Sonic Boom: Go Team Sonic is a collection of nine episodes from the computer animated Sonic Boom TV
series produced by Sega of America and Technicolor Animation Productions based on the video game
Sonic the Hedgehog. It stars Sonic the Hedgehog and his friends. In every episode, there is a funny and
creative conflict with one of the characters and their band of friends come together to help them solve it
with the main leader Sonic. There is a fully developed plot and each of the characters have their own
quirky personality.
This series stars Robert Craig Smith voicing Sonic the Hedgehog. His friends are voiced by Colleen
O’Shaughnessey (fun fact, she is the first female to ever voice the character Tails), Cindy Robinson and
Travis Willingham. It is created by Evan Baily, Donna Friedman and Sadrine Nguyen. Their voices have
distinct personalities, so the lip synch issue is not too noticeable. The characters are very well constructed
and you really see their personalities come through. However, the animation gives them very blank
expressions, which distracts from what is actually going on.
This series is entertaining and doesn’t have a great moral message, except reinforcing the concept of
friendship and solidarity.
I would give this series 3 out of 5 stars with an appealing age range of 5 to 8 years old and you can find
this on DVD and at the KIDS FIRST! Film festiva

Llama Llama Best Summer Ever! – Tons Of Fun, Appealing To Young Kids And Families

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Llama Llama Best Summer Ever! – Tons Of Fun, Appealing To Young Kids And Families
Llama Llama springs to life in these heart-warming tales based on the award-winning book series
by author and illustrator Anna Dewdney. Join Llama Llama, Nelly Gnu, Luna Giraffe, Euclid the
Sheep and Gilroy Goat as they explore their safe, friendly hometown and make childhood
memories. On this DVD, join Llama Llama as he camps, boats, floats and swims his way through
his BEST summer ever! Adventure and learning awaits with Llama Llama and pals! KIDS FIRST!
Film Critic Katherine S. comments, “Llama Llama’s Best Summer Ever! is so entertaining to
watch. It has adorable characters, fun animation, great music and lots vibrant content. The short
episodes are the perfect length to keep young children entertained. Selene W. adds, Llama
Llama is an animated series full of family values and nature adventures!...There are eight
episodes on the new DVD Llama Llama BEST Summer Ever! Llama Llama has exciting
adventures with his family and friends which include valuable life lessons at the beach, camping
and around the town.” KIDS FIRST! Adult Reviewer Jennifer V. wraps it up with, “Through Llama
Llama and his friends Nelly Gnu, Luna Giraffe, Euclid the Sheep and Gilroy Goat, kids will learn
how to problem-solve, work as part of a team, help others, develop friendship and enjoy their
families with awesome summer activities such as making lemonade, camping, boating, swimming
and kite flying.” See their full reviews below.
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Llama Llama’s Best Summer Ever!
By Katherine S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11
https://youtu.be/oQe3bWF0DDQ
Llama Llama’s Best Summer Ever! is so entertaining to watch. It has adorable characters, fun
animation, great music and lots vibrant content. The short episodes are the perfect length to
keep young children entertained.
This DVD is about Llama Llama and his friend having the time of their lives on their summer
vacation. Episodes include Let’s Go Camping, Beach Day, Boat Float and Last Day of Summer.
Wherever Llama Llama goes, there will always be fun.
The Llama Llama animated series is so cool, because they are based on the award-winning book
series by author and illustrator Anna Dewdney. There are several lovable characters including
Llama Llama, Nelly Gnu and Luna Giraffe. This DVD is approximately 90 minutes long with eight
episodes. My favorite episode is Last Day of Summer, because it shows that even if the weather
is bad you can still have fun indoors during the summer.
There are a lot of positive messages in this DVD including keeping a positive attitude when your
plans change unexpectedly and, if you go with the flow and have a positive attitude, the outcome
can still be fun. We also learn that a little bit of practice can make you feel more confident and
that if you feel as if you are not getting enough attention from your parents, just know that they
still love you. This DVD has no bad language and there is nothing risky or dangerous that kids
might try to do. However, there are scenes showing jealously.
I give this DVD 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 8. This DVD is available now. I
totally recommend this DVD for your kids.
Llama Llamas Best Summer Ever
By Selene W., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 11
https://youtu.be/YPBjICXv8sI
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Llama Llamas Best Summer Ever is a DVD filled with episodes that are full of family values and
nature adventures! This heartwarming animated series is based on the beloved childrens books
by Anna Dewdney who also illustrated the books. There are eight episodes on the new DVD
Llama Llama BEST Summer Ever!
Llama Llama has exciting adventures with his family and friends which include valuable life
lessons at the beach, camping and around the town. The series features Jennifer Garner as the
voice of the loving Mama Llama. My favorite episode is Last Day of Summer where Llama
Llama seizes the day with friends and goes to the park to fly kites and ends up using imagination
when the weather complicates their plans. Change can be exciting and fun!
The message of this series is to learn from family and friends and to enjoy childhood. Change
can be tough but you can always enjoy time with family and friends.
I rate this DVD 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 3 to 6. The DVD is available now.
Llama Llama’s Best Summer Ever
By Jennifer V., KIDS FIRST! Juror
https://youtu.be/9e7sw5vJDps
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Llama Llama’s Best Summer Ever! DVD is tons of fun and will appeal to kids and families. It’s a
bright and happy animated series that is based on Anna Dewdney’s books about an adventurous
llama and his circle of family and friends. This DVD has eight episodes with an option to play all
the episodes or select them one at a time at an approximate run time of 90 minutes of lively
entertainment.
The series employs bright colors, fun animals and engaging story lines that align with the daily
activities that many kids are involved in, to capture their interest. The cute story lines deliver
positive messages. For example, Llama Llama’s kite is torn on the last day of summer and his
mom teaches him resourcefulness. There’s no need to buy a new one, we can fix this one and it
will be better than before. The writing structure is straightforward and geared towards its target
audience. The continuity and style reinforce each episode’s message, teamwork, resourcefulness
and helping others. The series uses vocabulary that appeals to young kids. For example, when
Llama Llama’s kite is torn his mom states that she will help him make a swirl-o-rama kite!
Through Llama Llama and his friends Nelly Gnu, Luna Giraffe, Euclid the Sheep and Gilroy Goat,
kids will learn how to problem-solve, work as part of a team, help others, develop friendship and
enjoy their families with awesome summer activities such as making lemonade, camping,
boating, swimming and kite flying. The series visually appeals to kids with its bright colors and
cute animal friends. The DVD cover is appropriate and appeal as it features Llama Llama and his
friends. There is also a listing of each episode included, with a picture next to it representing what
the episode is about.
There are educational benefits as kids are taught about problem solving and teamwork. For
example, Llama Llama wants to help his friend buy a new bike tire, so he opens a lemonade
stand to earn the money. His friends help him improve his product and help with marketing it.
Additionally, kids are shown that everyone can be included even if they don’t do the same things.
i.e. Euclid the Sheep shows up when everyone’s flying kites. He doesn’t have a kite, but he can
make calculations on wind, temperature and time to help the other kites fly. There are several
messages in this series about teamwork, resourcefulness, friendship, family and helping others.
The DVD menu has an option to watch all the episodes or select them one at a time. I give this
DVD 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 11.

Sonic Boom, Go Team Sonic! – Be Prepared for Numerous Wild Adventures

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Sonic Boom, Go Team Sonic! – Be Prepared for Numerous Wild Adventures

It’s a Sonic you haven’t seen before — an ensemble comedy that pokes fun at action-adventure storytelling, but still manages to deliver plenty of adrenaline! Wherever he goes and whatever he’s up against, Sonic the Hedgehog is aided by his sidekick, Tails, and his friends Knuckles, Amy, and Sticks and, of course, attacked by his arch nemesis, Dr. Eggman. On this action-packed DVD, join Sonic and the gang as they accept a dare from Dr. Eggman. Tag along with Sonic and Knuckles as they enter a game show. And find out what happens when Sonic’s status as the town’s biggest hero is threatened. And so much more! “I like the graphics and the music is intense.  The voice-overs are so cool, especially because it’s the first time I hear Sonic and his friends talk.  They do not talk in the video game, rather than saying “Oh Yeah!”  Each episode is funny and fun to watch, because they are short, so it keeps your attention the whole time.”  Nathalia J. adds, “On this action-packed DVD, you get to tag along with Sonic the Hedgehog and his pals as they escape from the evil enemies, fight for justice, work together as a team, defeat evil and so much more.” Lukas L. wraps it with, “In every episode, there is a funny and creative conflict with one of the characters and their band of friends come together to help them solve it with the main leader Sonic. There is a fully developed plot and each of the characters have their own quirky personality.” See their full reviews below.

Sonic Boom, Go Team Sonic!
By Ethan P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 10

I love this DVD.  I love any show that has to do with my favorite childhood game characters.  In this case, the DVD is about Sonic, a super fast, blue hedgehog and his friends.

This DVD includes eight episodes and a bonus episode from Season 2, “If You Build it They Will Race“.  It also gives you a choice to watch the episodes in English or Spanish.  Each episode is approximately ten minutes with a total of 90 minutes of fun.  In every episode, Sonic and his friends -Tails, Knuckles, Amy and Sticks – come together to stop crimes against their number one enemy, Dr. Eggman.  Dr. Eggman is an evil scientist who wants to destroy Sonic and his crew.  In every episode something evil happens to Sonic and his friends, but they always manage to save the day.

My favorite episode is “Counter Productive” because it is about Sonic’s friend, Knuckles, fighting a giant robot.  This archaeologist named Charlie meets Knuckles and, from there on, Knuckles decides to help him with his work.  At one point, Knuckles becomes a bit annoying because, instead of helping Charlie, he interrupts his work by messing it up. Knuckles and Charlie do not get along, to the point that Charlie constructs a giant robot to fight big, red Knuckles.  Of course, I am not going to tell you who wins the fight, because you need to watch this cool DVD to find out.

I like the graphics and the music is intense.  The voice-overs are so cool, especially because it’s the first time I hear Sonic and his friends talk.  They do not talk in the video game, rather than saying “Oh Yeah!”  Each episode is funny and fun to watch, because they are short, so it keeps your attention the whole time.  I got to see a sneak peek of the first episode of Season 2.  I like how the bonus episode of Season 2 plays the theme song from the “Knight Rider” show.

The message of this DVD is “team work makes the dream work.”  When Sonic and his friends work as a team, they accomplish their mission by defeating the bad guy, Mr. Eggman.

I rate Sonic Boom, Go Team Sonic! 5 out of 5 stars, because I enjoyed watching Sonic and his friends in a cartoon show, besides playing the game. I recommend this for ages 7 to 18 because teenagers will also enjoy watching this DVD.  The DVD is available now so look for it.  Looking forward to watch Sonic Boom Season 2!

Sonic Boom: Go Team Sonic
By Nathalia J., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10

Go Team Sonic! This DVD includes eight Sonic-Powered episodes that will take you on numerous wild adventures alongside Sonic the Hedgehog and his pals. This 90 minute DVD also includes a bonus episode. How fun is that!  On this action-packed DVD, you get to tag along with Sonic the Hedgehog and his pals as they escape from the evil enemies, fight for justice, work together as a team, defeat evil and so much more.

This DVD follows Sonic the hedgehog aided by his sidekick, Tails and his friends Knuckles, Amy and Sticks. Each episode focuses on a new wild adventure as the whole gang fights their evil arch nemesis, Dr. Eggman. As each action-packed episode goes along, you find out how Sonic’s status as the town’s biggest hero is threatened. Not only do you get to fight alongside the leaders, you get to find out what life is like being a hero.

The lead characters are Sonic the Hedgehog, his sidekick Amy, Tails, Knuckles and Dr. Eggman. My favorite character is, without-a-doubt, Amy because she’s very outspoken, brave, fearless and powerful. What I love most about Amy is the fact that she brings excitement to each episode, whether it’s through her ambition to fight, her unexpected plans or even the real truth (which always ends up coming out of Amy’s mouth).

My favorite episode on this DVD is Episode 4, “Fuzzy Puppy Buddies”. I enjoyed this episode more than others, because it has a surprising twist when one of Sonic’s pals becomes Fuzzy Puppy Buddies with their enemies. It brings so much suspense to the table.

There is no bad language in this DVD, no risky actions that younger kids might try to imitate. This film shares an important message about always helping a friend in need.

I give this DVD 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 16, as well adults. The DVD is available now so, make sure to check it out!

Sonic Boom: Go Team Sonic
By Lukas Loza, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, 12

I really enjoyed watching the DVD Sonic Boom: Go Team Sonic, because the characters are super fun. There are a couple of things I found somewhat distracting such as the mouthing of the characters which is out of sync and the characters seem a bit bland, which detracts from the show.

Sonic Boom: Go Team Sonic is a collection of nine episodes from the computer animated Sonic Boom TV series produced by Sega of America and Technicolor Animation Productions based on the video game Sonic the Hedgehog. It stars Sonic the Hedgehog and his friends. In every episode, there is a funny and creative conflict with one of the characters and their band of friends come together to help them solve it with the main leader Sonic. There is a fully developed plot and each of the characters have their own quirky personality.

This series stars Robert Craig Smith voicing Sonic the Hedgehog. His friends are voiced by Colleen O’Shaughnessey (fun fact, she is the first female to ever voice the character Tails), Cindy Robinson and Travis Willingham. It is created by Evan Baily, Donna Friedman and Sadrine Nguyen. Their voices have distinct personalities, so the lip synch issue is not too noticeable. The characters are very well constructed and you really see their personalities come through. However, the animation gives them very blank expressions, which distracts from what is actually going on.

This series is entertaining and doesn’t have a great moral message, except reinforcing the concept of friendship and solidarity.

I would give this series 3 out of 5 stars with an appealing age range of 5 to 8 years old and you can find this on DVD and at the KIDS FIRST! Film festival.

Llama Llama Best Summer Ever! – Tons of Fun for Young Kids & Families

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Llama Llama Best Summer Ever! – Tons of Fun for Young Kids & Families

Llama Llama springs to life in these heart-warming tales based on the award-winning book series by author and illustrator Anna Dewdney.  Join Llama Llama, Nelly Gnu, Luna Giraffe, Euclid the Sheep and Gilroy Goat as they explore their safe, friendly hometown and make childhood memories. On this DVD, join Llama Llama as he camps, boats, floats and swims his way through his BEST summer ever!  Adventure and learning awaits with Llama Llama and pals! KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Katherine S. comments, “Llama Llama’s Best Summer Ever! is so entertaining to watch. It has adorable characters, fun animation, great music and lots vibrant content.  The short episodes are the perfect length to keep young children entertained.” Selene W. adds, “Llama Llama is an animated series full of family values and nature adventures!…There are eight episodes on the new DVD Llama Llama BEST Summer Ever! Llama Llama has exciting adventures with his family and friends which include valuable life lessons at the beach, camping and around the town.” KIDS FIRST! Adult Reviewer Jennifer V. wraps it up with, “Through Llama Llama and his friends Nelly Gnu, Luna Giraffe, Euclid the Sheep and Gilroy Goat, kids will learn how to problem-solve, work as part of a team, help others, develop friendship and enjoy their families with awesome summer activities such as making lemonade, camping, boating, swimming and kite flying.” See their full reviews below.

Llama Llama’s Best Summer Ever!

By Katherine S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11

Llama Llama’s Best Summer Ever! is so entertaining to watch. It has adorable characters, fun animation, great music and lots vibrant content.  The short episodes are the perfect length to keep young children entertained.

This DVD is about Llama Llama and his friend having the time of their lives on their summer vacation. Episodes include Let’s Go CampingBeach DayBoat Float and Last Day of Summer. Wherever Llama Llama goes, there will always be fun.

The Llama Llama animated series is so cool, because they are based on the award-winning book series by author and illustrator Anna Dewdney.  There are several lovable characters including Llama Llama, Nelly Gnu and Luna Giraffe. This DVD is approximately 90 minutes long with eight episodes.  My favorite episode is Last Day of Summer, because it shows that even if the weather is bad you can still have fun indoors during the summer.

There are a lot of positive messages in this DVD including keeping a positive attitude when your plans change unexpectedly and, if you go with the flow and have a positive attitude, the outcome can still be fun.  We also learn that a little bit of practice can make you feel more confident and that if you feel as if you are not getting enough attention from your parents, just know that they still love you. This DVD has no bad language and there is nothing risky or dangerous that kids might try to do.  However, there are scenes showing jealously.

I give this DVD 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 8. This DVD is available now. I totally recommend this DVD for your kids.

Llama Llama’s Best Summer Ever

By Selene W., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 11

Llama Llama’s Best Summer Ever is a DVD filled with episodes that are full of family values and nature adventures!  This heartwarming animated series is based on the beloved children’s books by Anna Dewdney who also illustrated the books.  There are eight episodes on the new DVD Llama Llama BEST Summer Ever!

Llama Llama has exciting adventures with his family and friends which include valuable life lessons at the beach, camping and around the town.  The series features Jennifer Garner as the voice of the loving Mama Llama.  My favorite episode is “Last Day of Summer” where Llama Llama seizes the day with friends and goes to the park to fly kites and ends up using imagination when the weather complicates their plans.  Change can be exciting and fun!

The message of this series is to learn from family and friends and to enjoy  childhood.  Change can be tough but you can always enjoy time with family and friends.

I rate this DVD 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 3 to 6.  The DVD is available now.

Llama Llama’s Best Summer Ever
By Jennifer V., KIDS FIRST! Juror

Llama Llama’s Best Summer Ever! DVD is tons of fun and will appeal to kids and families. It’s a bright and happy animated series that is based on Anna Dewdney’s books about an adventurous llama and his circle of family and friends. This DVD has eight episodes with an option to play all the episodes or select them one at a time at an approximate run time of 90 minutes of lively entertainment.

The series employs bright colors, fun animals and engaging story lines that align with the daily activities that many kids are involved in, to capture their interest. The cute story lines deliver positive messages. For example, Llama Llama’s kite is torn on the last day of summer and his mom teaches him resourcefulness. There’s no need to buy a new one, we can fix this one and it will be better than before. The writing structure is straightforward and geared towards its target audience. The continuity and style reinforce each episode’s message, teamwork, resourcefulness and helping others. The series uses vocabulary that appeals to young kids. For example, when Llama Llama’s kite is torn his mom states that she will help him make a swirl-o-rama kite!

Through Llama Llama and his friends Nelly Gnu, Luna Giraffe, Euclid the Sheep and Gilroy Goat, kids will learn how to problem-solve, work as part of a team, help others, develop friendship and enjoy their families with awesome summer activities such as making lemonade, camping, boating, swimming and kite flying. The series visually appeals to kids with its bright colors and cute animal friends. The DVD cover is appropriate and appeal as it features Llama Llama and his friends. There is also a listing of each episode included, with a picture next to it representing what the episode is about.

There are educational benefits as kids are taught about problem solving and teamwork. For example, Llama Llama wants to help his friend buy a new bike tire, so he opens a lemonade stand to earn the money. His friends help him improve his product and help with marketing it. Additionally, kids are shown that everyone can be included even if they don’t do the same things. i.e. Euclid the Sheep shows up when everyone’s flying kites. He doesn’t have a kite, but he can make calculations on wind, temperature and time to help the other kites fly. There are several messages in this series about teamwork, resourcefulness, friendship, family and helping others. The DVD menu has an option to watch all the episodes or select them one at a time. I give this DVD 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 11.

Floogals: Season 1, Volume 1 – Wonderful Series Introducing Kids to How the World Works

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Floogals: Season 1, Volume 1 – Wonderful Series Introducing Kids to How the World Works

Join the Floogals on a mission of discovery as they explore Earth and the funny hoomans who live there!  Each day, Captain Fleeker, First Officer Flo, and Junior Boomer encounter something that sparks their curiosity, setting in motion the day’s research project and triggering an exciting adventure.  Includes 26 Super Adventures! KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Will C. comments, “Floogals: Season 1 Volume 1 is a lot of fun for little kids! This DVD has 26 11-minute episodes filled with humorous scientific exploration for preschoolers. It combines live-action with 3-D cartoon animation to create a show parents can enjoy along with their young children.” Katherine S. adds, “Floogals Season 1 Volume 1 has so many episodes to enjoy. The Floogals are tiny happy aliens that zoom in from outer space and end up in a child’s toy bin.  And from Project Ice to Project Piano, the Floogals are always finding everyday items to explore. “ See their full reviews below.

Floogals: Season 1 Volume 1
By Will Chuhta, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 9

Floogals: Season 1 Volume 1 is a lot of fun for little kids! This DVD has 26 11-minute episodes filled with humorous scientific exploration for preschoolers. It combines live-action with 3-D cartoon animation to create a show parents can enjoy along with their young children. At 9, I’m well out of the target age range for this series, but there are still some parts I found really funny, and I could see myself watching it with my little cousins.

The main characters are three alien explorers who come to earth to observe “hooman” behavior with often amusing results. Since the Floogals are aliens, they haven’t encountered common things like dogs, babies, mirrors, and beds. The preschool audience this show is aimed at will be delighted that they know more than the Floogals do! But the show seems to be less about teaching kids about the actual objects the Floogals discover and more about showing the aliens working together to use the scientific process.

The voice actors for Flo, Fleeker, and Boomer make it believable that they don’t understand what all these common objects are. The animation is convincing especially when the animated characters move objects in the real world, like when they hide inside a real teapot or bowl of fruit. My favorite part is when they run away from a balloon that they think is a monster!

This series has a lot of positive messages about teamwork and the joy of discovery. Even when things go wrong, the Floogals are always ready to encourage and support their teammates.

They don’t always get to the right answer on their first try, but they’re always learning, just like real scientists!

I give this series 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 5, but parents won’t mind watching along with their kids as well. Floogals: Season 1 Volume 1 is available on DVD May 7, 2019.

Floogals: Season 1, Volume 1
By Katherine Schell, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11

This DVD is very good for a young audience. It entertains kids by showing them how to find, question, and explore everywhere they go. There are 26 different adventures and each is filled with the cute animated Floogal characters – covering over four hours of fun.

Floogals Season 1 Volume 1 has so many episodes to enjoy. The Floogals are tiny happy aliens that zoom in from outer space and end up in a child’s toy bin.  And from Project Ice to Project Piano, the Floogals are always finding everyday items to explore.

This DVD is for a younger audience because the skills that the Floogals are learning are geared towards children pre-K through first grade. The characters are fun to watch as they have adorable faces and wear vibrantly colored space suits. My favorite character is Junior Boomer because he is funny, slightly clumsy, and always hungry.

Throughout this DVD there are a lot of positive messages, which include the fun in being curious, the benefit of learning and of course, teamwork. This DVD has no bad language and no bad behavior. There is nothing risky or dangerous that kids might try to do.

I give this DVD a 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 6. This DVD is available now. I totally recommend buying this for your young kids.

Molang: Season 2 – Funny Animated Shorts Following the Adventures of a Chubby Bunny and a Tiny Chick

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Molang: Season 2 – Funny Animated Shorts Following the Adventures of a Chubby Bunny and a Tiny Chick

 

Join Molang, a round, fluffy, and happy rabbit, and his friend, Piu Piu, a poised, timid, and reserved yellow chick, as they explore everyday life. Despite their many differences, Molang and Piu Piu enjoy a special friendship. They have amazing times together ranging from the ordinary to the extraordinary. From finding themselves in the middle of the jungle, going to the circus or enjoying a rainy day, Molang and Piu Piu embrace every daily adventure together. Who knew dancing in the rain with your best friend could be so much fun? No matter what happens, every single moment with these two is filled with sheer happiness. Embark on 52 lovable adventures with Molang and Piu Piu! KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Will C. comments, “Molang: Season 2 is 52 episodes of animated fun for kids. I enjoyed these funny cartoon shorts, each only about 3 to 4 minutes long, following the friendship between a chubby bunny and a tiny little chick. Together they have little adventures, both ordinary and extraordinary.” Sahiba K. comments, “The adorable, warm-hearted duo of Molang and Piu Piu are back in Molang Season 2 directed by Marie-Caroline Villand and Stephanie Miziak! The writers compose plots that are incredibly simple, yet engaging and expressive.” Selene W. adds, “Molang is an adorable and funny series that’s great for kids! My favorite episode is Chickenpox; when cute Piu Piu, the little chick, gets chickenpox all over his face.” See their full reviews below.

Molang: Season 2
By Will C., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 9

Molang: Season 2 is 52 episodes of animated fun for kids. I enjoyed these funny cartoon shorts, each only about 3 to 4 minutes long, following the friendship between a chubby bunny and a tiny little chick. Together they have little adventures, both ordinary and extraordinary. They go on safari, plant a vegetable garden, act in a movie, and dance in the rain.

 

There’s no real dialogue in these short animations, because the characters speak their own made-up language. The only words they use consistently are their names- Molang, the bouncy, happy rabbit, and Piu Piu, the shy and timid chick. This must be a fun challenge for the animators and voice actors because they have to use body language, facial expressions, and tone of voice to help the audience understand what’s going on. When there’s a more complex idea that needs to be communicated, a speech bubble with a picture appears above the character to show that they’re thinking about doing the dishes or riding on a mechanical bull.

The art direction uses soft, beautiful pastel colors to create a peaceful, friendly world that preschoolers will enjoy. The characters are drawn in such a simple way that they look like icons, which makes sense if you’ve ever noticed them as stickers in apps like Facebook Messenger or on merchandise from night lights to face cream. The music is bright and cheerful, and creates a positive atmosphere that really suits the characters and action.

 

This series has some positive messages about friendship, working together, and problem-solving in difficult situations. My favorite part is when Piu Piu and Molang grow a prizewinning watermelon so big they have trouble moving it to the competition. They don’t give up, though, and eventually they find that a helicopter with a plunger is the solution!

I give this show 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 8, but older kids and parents will also be amused, especially since these episodes are so short. Molang: Season 2 is available on DVD now.

Molang: Season 2
By Sahiba K., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 16

The adorable, warm-hearted duo of Molang and Piu Piu are back in Molang Season 2 directed by Marie-Caroline Villand and Stephanie Miziak! The writers compose plots that are incredibly simple, yet engaging and expressive. The directors are skilled in easily conveying the plot, jokes and emotion without the use of dialogue.

These stories take Molang and Piu Piu on adventures near and far, as they help others and bring joy to the lives of everyone they touch. They often run into a friend or neighbor who could use a helping hand or a mood boost. Molang and Piu Piu find unique solutions to everyday experiences and make many friends along the way.

The lexicon of Molang and Piu Piu is incomprehensible, so the animation, sound effects and music work together to transcend words. The animation uses simple images to convey the characters’ ideas and concepts. For example, when Piu Piu or Molang have a solution to a complication, a thought bubble pops up to show it in a quick image. The sound effects are either bright or dark, based on the mood of the scene. For example, when Piu Piu gets stressed, which is quite often, he screeches in distress. Furthermore the music, composed by Nicholas Varley, is very adventurous and upbeat, especially during the traveling scenes. It is lively and adds all the more to the jovial ambience.

The art of the animation is pure and simple, yet gives a relaxed and easy going aura. The colors are soft, not too bright or too dark, making the visuals sweet and appealing. Many of the objects such as the houses, characters, trees, vehicles and hills are all rounded creating the huggable, lovable world of Molang.

For me, the most appealing part is the happiness that surrounds each and every episode. Piu Piu and Molang are inseparable and their friendship is beautifully strong. This foundation sets the mood of each episode and their kindness reaches out to my heart.

The message of Molang Season 2 is to brighten the days of those around you and to help those in need. I give this DVD 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 10. It is available on DVD now so, be sure to check it out.

Molang:  Season Two
By Selene W., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 11

Molang is an adorable and funny series that’s great for kids! My favorite episode is Chickenpox; when cute Piu Piu, the little chick, gets chickenpox all over his face.  I also love the other episodes, but that one is my favorite. There are so many good episodes in this series including The Side Car, The Aquarium, At the Circus  and The Competition to name a few. Each episode is overrun with happiness, which makes me smile nonstop.

Molang is a round, fluffy and happy rabbit who has adventures with his friend Piu Piu.  Molang and Piu Piu enjoy a special friendship, filled with laughter and giggles. They have amazing experiences such as finding themselves in the middle of the jungle, going to the circus or enjoying a rainy day.  Who knew dancing in the rain with your best friend could be so much fun?

The music for this series, by Nicholas Varley, is upbeat and really adds another dimension to the various scenes. The music is playful and fun for kids to dance or move to and will hold their attention. I love the animation of the imaginative and pastel world created for Molang and thank the many artists that contributed to the production.

 

The message of this series is to enjoy life and value friendship. In all of the 52 episodes, Molang and Piu Piu find every good thing in each bad or sad moment and they always stick together, no matter what.  Friendship is important and the two of them find ways to have fun together.

I rate this DVD 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 3 to 7.  The DVD is available now so look for it.

Sesame Street: Awesome Alphabet – Fun Songs and Parodies for Each Letter of the Alphabet

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Sesame Street: Awesome Alphabet – Fun Songs and Parodies for Each Letter of the Alphabet
it’s time for A to Z with Sesame! Little ones will love to learn their ABCs with classics such as
“The Beetles Perform Letter B” and “C is for Cookie” plus animation, parodies, and the best from
recent seasons covering all 26 letters. Celebrating the alphabet alongside their furry friends are
Norah Jones duetting with the letter Y, Tori Kelly trying a little kindness, and Pharrell Williams
belting it out for the letter B. Maya Angelou stops by to talk hugs, Sheryl Crow helps “I” soak up
some sun, and Ricky Gervais attempts a lullaby. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Katherine S. comments,
“Every single scene of Sesame Street: Awesome Alphabet is lovable. This DVD has the funniest
songs and parodies for each letter of the alphabet. Each part has so many cute characters and
great lessons for the whole family.” Ethan P. adds, “This DVD is about learning the
alphabet. Mostly all of the characters from Sesame Street sing the alphabet and encourage the
kids to sing along. There are about three scenes or songs for each letter so that you can
understand how to use each one. There are also very different types of scenes and songs, each
of them really cool and fun, so it keeps you entertained.” Ivey H. chimes in with, “All of my favorite
characters make an appearance such as Big Bird, Bert, Elmo, Cookie Monster, the Grouch and
many more. The music, songs and lyrics are fun to sing along with and are education as well. I
love how everything in the video relates to the topic of learning your ABC’s.” Will C. wraps it up
with, “There’s even a bonus feature, Elmo’s Amazing Alphabet Race and ABC-themed printable
activities. Since it’s a compilation of segments from over the years, there’s a wide range of styles
representing older and newer segments.” See their full reviews below.
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Sesame Street: Awesome Alphabet
By Katherine Schell, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11
https://youtu.be/1hpRLTob1DI
Every single scene of Sesame Street: Awesome Alphabet is lovable. This DVD has the funniest
songs and parodies for each letter of the alphabet. Each part has so many cute characters and
great lessons for the whole family. Your children will love to learn their ABC’s with all of their
favorite characters.
Sesame Street: Awesome Alphabet has two hours of fun for everyone! It spends approximately
five minutes on each letter. We see a wide range of themes from Tori Kelly singing about
kindness to Chance the Rapper in a play with Cookie Monster. In all cases, we are learning about
the alphabet with so many talented artists. It’s a mix of old and new Sesame Street episodes
such as Big Bird and Mr. Snuffleupagus singing a song together to Sia singing about how she
loves songs.
The DVD includes many of our favorite Sesame Street characters including Elmo, Big Bird and
Cookie Monster as well as some of our favorite people in real life including Maya Angelou and
Pharrell Williams. I love the songs because it makes you want to sing along. Also, some of the
songs are parodies, which I very much enjoy. My favorite part is when Elmo can’t sleep so Ricky
Gervais comes in and sings a “celebrity lullaby”.
Throughout this DVD, there are a lot of positive messages. My favorites are learning is fun and
using your voice in a fun way.
I give this DVD 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 7. Adults will also like all of the
parodies of the songs. This DVD is available now. I totally recommend buying this for your young
kids.
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Sesame Street: Awesome Alphabet Collection
By Ethan Persten, KIDS FIRST!, Film Critic, Age 10
https://youtu.be/TlKKzSl9TSU
I enjoyed the Sesame Street: Awesome Alphabet Collection on DVD because it is funny, even for
me, and I’m 10. It is made for small children, but I still could not stop laughing and enjoying the
music.
This DVD is about learning the alphabet. Mostly all of the characters from Sesame Street sing the
alphabet and encourage the kids to sing along. There are about three scenes or songs for each
letter so that you can understand how to use each one. There are also very different types of
scenes and songs, each of them really cool and fun, so it keeps you entertained.
The songs are very catchy, and the scenes are really funny and cute. I like how they use
celebrities like Chance the Rapper. I think kids will enjoy seeing these celebrities because they
know them. My favorite part is when Sia sings for the letter “S”, and it shows her face, because
she has not shown her face before on TV. One funny scene is when two detectives confuse the
“W” for an “M” when trying to find the criminal W.
The message or point of this DVD is to teach kids how to use the letters of the alphabet and how
they sound — the scenes are put together from all of Sesame Street’s “Letter of the Day” specials.
This DVD makes it fun for kids to learn the alphabet. I believe these songs can make the process
of learning the alphabet simple and fun, and that students will like the characters. I can see it
might be particularly helpful for kids with special needs or learning disabilities.
I give Sesame Street Awesome: Alphabet Collection 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2
to 5. This DVD is available now so look for it.
Sesame Street: Awesome Alphabet Collection
By Ivey H., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13
https://youtu.be/Kw1WDrLAXKc
The Sesame Street: Awesome Alphabet Collection DVD is just that – awesome! It really brought
back amazing childhood memories of watching the show.
This particular collection teaches kids the alphabet. Not only is it educational, but provides a
source of entertainment which will keep kids interested while learning. All of my favorite
characters make an appearance such as Big Bird, Bert, Elmo, Cookie Monster, the Grouch and
many more. The music, songs and lyrics are fun to sing along with and are education as well. I
love how everything in the video relates to the topic of learning your ABC’s. There is lot of
repetition, which is a great technique for learning. Something else that caught my eye is how they
use different types of animation, such as clay and paper. I really enjoy the mix of puppetry, real
people, animals and insects. Some episodes even have celebrities singing along. Look out for
Norah Jones, Tori Kelly, Cheryl Crow and many others.
All the Muppet characters are so cute and adorable. My favorite is Cookie Monster (Frank Oz,
David Rudman), because he brings laughter to this collection. My favorite skit is when Cookie
Monster sings about the letter “C” and how cookies are good enough for me. Ryan Dillon plays
the role of everyone’s favorite loveable character – red, fluffy Elmo. Carol Spinney plays another
fan favorite – Big Bird. They use many real life animals to help you associate with the words that
are being taught. This video is very bright, colorful and cheery. You will enjoy every minute.
I recommend this for ages 2 to 7, depending on the maturity level of the child. It’s always a good
refresher for anyone who is having trouble with their letters or spelling to review the basics. The
star rating I give this is 4 out of 5 stars.
Sesame Street: Awesome Alphabet Collection
By Will C., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 9
https://youtu.be/OsVy6tcnjQw
Sesame Street: Awesome Alphabet Collection is a fun introduction to the alphabet for
preschoolers. This is a two-hour compilation of animation, pop-culture parodies and favorite
segments for each letter of the alphabet. The all-star lineup of celebrity guests is enough to hold
the interest of parents too.
Sia, Pharrell Williams, Maya Angelou, Tori Kelly, Chance the Rapper and others introduce Elmo
and his friends to each letter of the alphabet. There’s even a bonus feature, Elmo’s Amazing
Alphabet Race and ABC-themed printable activities. Since it’s a compilation of segments from
over the years, there’s a wide range of styles representing older and newer segments.
Even though I’m not in this film’s target audience, I still found it entertaining to see various
celebrities on the same screen, with puppets, helping kids learn the alphabet. My favorite
segment is Ricky Gervais singing Elmo a lullaby for the letter “N”, that’s anything but relaxing!
I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for children ages 2 to 5. Sesame Street:
Awesome Alphabet Collection is available now on DVD and digital download from Shout! Kids
and Sesame Workshop. Look for it

Munki and Trunk: Meet the Jungle Crew – Adorable Characters, Wonderful Animation

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Munki and Trunk: Meet the Jungle Crew – Adorable Characters, Wonderful Animation

Ain’t no mountain high enough, river wide enough, or banana big enough to tear these two apart! Our brave, curious monkey and big-hearted elephant live together in the jungle, as children imagine it: a playground with vines to swing on, trampoline mushrooms to bounce on, and a crew of jungle buddies to share endless adventures. Munki and Trunk explore their world together, facing fears, having fun and helping friends in a comedy adventure that’s brim-full of heart, and built on a bedrock of friendship. Includes 8 tree-crashing, rock-smashing, water-splashing, fruit-mashing episodes! KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Jolleen M. comments, “The characters are so adorable and hilarious. This is such a fun DVD to watch as it teaches the importance of friendship and teamwork. There is no dialogue, so the story can be understood universally.” Sahiba K. adds, “Although simplistic, the plots never fail to surprise me with the direction that they take, making me laugh, gasp and empathize with the characters. I fell in love with main characters again and again as every episode elaborate on their relationship.” See their full reviews below.

Munki and Trunk: Meet the Jungle Crew
By Jolleen M, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14

The characters are so adorable and hilarious. This is such a fun DVD to watch as it teaches the importance of friendship and teamwork. There is no dialogue, so the story can be understood universally.

The only characters that are named are Munki (the monkey) and Trunk (the elephant). They are best friends and the main characters. The other characters include a giraffe, an ostrich, a baby ostrich, a chameleon, a rhino, a porcupine and a frog.

The animals communicate with each other through sighs and grunts. Brent Dawes, voice of Munki, and Alison Lambole, voice of Trunk, really bring their characters to life. Somehow they make it possible for us to understand their emotions or motives through small yelps and wails.

In terms of the animation, this is one of my favorite animated films. I love how realistic it looks with so much detail and additional adorable elements. The animators add great details to the patterns on the vegetation and the hairs on the animals. The animals closely resemble actual animals with the only difference being giving them bigger eyes.

My favorite parts of this DVD are whenever Munki and Trunk interact. They have such an amusing friendship. Since Trunk is an elephant and much bigger than Munki who is a monkey, Trunk throws Munki around or sometimes she catches him. Munki often jumps on Trunk’s back like a trampoline.

The moral of this show is centered on friendship and working together. Throughout all the conflicts and problems they work together. Although the pair is not the brightest in coming up with solutions, they succeed in the end. This message of friendship and teamwork is always a good message to be taught to children over and over again.

I enjoyed watching this hilarious DVD and it made me laugh. Munki and Trunk’s interaction is entertaining and I love the cute animation. I recommend this for ages 2 to 7 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. Munki and Trunk: Meet The Jungle Crew!is available on DVD now so check it out!

Munki and Trunk: Meet the Jungle Crew!
By Sahiba K., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 17

Munki and Trunk: Meet the Jungle Crew! is a simple delight! Although simplistic, the plots never fail to surprise me with the direction that they take, making me laugh, gasp and empathize with the characters. I fell in love with main characters again and again as every episode elaborate on their relationship.

The story follows best friends Munki and Trunk who run into troubles as their playfulness unexpectedly backfires. These bumps in the road strengthen their love for each other. Several episodes also explore the beauty and differences between the two characters, a concept that teaches the importance of being unique.

The series is devoid of any dialogue, an aspect that is for the best. It makes the relationships of the jungle crew more authentic as the emotions surpass the language barrier between the different animals. Despite having no dialogue, the series masters individuality by giving side characters personality through glimpses of their lives. For example, a porcupine named Humph is always found in a bad mood, either disapproving Munki and Trunk’s antics or mowing his lawn. From these few scenes, one can determine that Humph is like the grumpy old man of the jungle who has his soft spots. Additionally, when one of the animals re-enters the plot like Humph, I became excited, because they are all humorous in their own way and different from each other.

The animation has its strengths, but also some weaknesses. There are several strong cinematography moments that create humor, shock and curiosity. For example, in one scene, it  cuts to a first person perspective with someone running, but is unclear where they are running to or why. The excitement of the moment glued me to my seat. The only criticism I have is with the brightly colored scenery in certain scenes. For instance, one scene involves Munki running through the prairie’s tall bright yellow grass. It is so bright that becomes blurred against Munki’s darker brown fur. Otherwise, the simple animation adds to the overall effect and specialty of the series.

The message is that friendship can lift you up in difficult times and bring out the best in you. I give Munki and Trunk: Meet the Jungle Crew! 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 8. It is available on DVD now, so check it out.

Tito and the Birds – Deserves To Be Seen By Anyone Who Appreciates The Medium Of Animation

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Tito and the Birds – Deserves To Be Seen By Anyone Who Appreciates The Medium Of Animation

Tito is a shy 10-year-old boy who lives with his mother. When an unusual epidemic starts to spread, making people sick whenever they get scared, Tito quickly discovers that the cure is somehow related to his missing father’s research on bird song. He embarks on a journey with his friends to find the antidote. Tito’s search becomes a quest to find his missing father and save the world from the epidemic. “One of the most memorable films for 2018” – Elvis Mitchell, Film Independent. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Izzy C. comments, “From the moment I saw the artwork on the cover of the packaging for the Brazilian animated film, Tito and The Birds, I knew I had to see it! The animation style is beautiful! I love the look of it.” SaniyaRain F. adds, “Tito and the Birds is about real life problems that people face. Even though it is an animation film, it is serious. Sometimes movies teach kids about real life and that is what Tito and the Birds does.” Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Adult Reviewer  wraps it up with, “The BIG selling point of this film is its sensational art!  It is an interesting mesh between digital animation and what appears to be layers of living oil paintings.  It’s hard to accurately describe the visuals in a way that gives credit in which it richly deserves.  I assure you, this film deserves to be seen by anyone who appreciates the medium of animation.” See their full reviews below.

Tito and The Birds
By Izzy Cruz, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10

From the moment I saw the artwork on the cover of the packaging for the Brazilian animated film, Tito and The Birds, I knew I had to see it! The animation style is beautiful! I love the look of it. Its Brazilian directors Gustavo Steinberg, Gabriel Bitar and Andre Catoto have made something that looks like a moving painting.

The story is based on a boy named Tito (Pedro Henrique) and his friends working to stop an epidemic from spreading through their town.  It gets pretty intense! Luckily, they have the help of Tito’s dad Rufus (Matheus Nachtergaele), a very smart scientist.  Hopefully this will be enough to save the town.

The supporting characters, besides Tito’s father, include Tito’s mother Rosa (Denise Fraga) and his friends: Sarah (Marina Seritiello), his brave female friend who gives him hope; Buiú (Vinicius Garcia), his best friend, who becomes sick and is the main reason they want to find a cure.  And then there is Téo (Enrico Cardoso), his rival. I relate mostly to the character of Tito because he is brave and wants to help.  He cares about people. The musical score by Ruben Feffer and Gustavo Kurlat brings a lot of emotions to the movie. The music helps tell the story as much as the dialogue does.

Even though this story is from Brazil I think people from everywhere can relate to it, because it is a story  about love and love is universal. There is a good lesson wrapped inside the story of Tito and The Birds: never be afraid, and help when it’s needed. Also, another lesson is to be yourself, and let no one tell you to be anyone else.

I give Tito and The Birds 5 out of 5 stars ! I love it! The animation is amazing! The storyline is told beautifully. I love the voice actors’ performances.

This film is perfect for ages 10 to 18, because the epidemic and sickness storyline could be a bit scary for younger audiences. I also think adults will enjoy this movie, too.  Go and check it out! I recommend it!

Remember you can get Tito and The Birds digitally or anywhere that your favorite DVD’s are sold.

Tito and the Birds
By SaniyaRain Fowler, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11

Tito and the Birds is about real life problems that people face. Even though it is an animation film, it is serious. Sometimes movies teach kids about real life and that is what Tito and the Birds does. It is a little scary because it is so real.

The first thing I noticed, besides it being a dark film, is the relationship Tito has with his dad. Tito and his dad work together to help their community overcome fear of a disease that is spreading.  Everyone is getting the disease and they do not know why. Everyone is scared to catch this disease because it makes people turn into rocks. The fear that everyone has in the community is so strong that people can’t live their lives. They are panicking and the news makes it worse.

Tito’s friends are awesome because they stick by his side and believe in him. He even makes friends with a boy who wants to beat Tito in a contest. Tito has some good friends, and we all need good friends when we are having a hard time in life. The friends show that they are real friends, not fake.

Tito learns a lot in the movie. He learns not to give up and to believe in himself. He also understands that sometimes things are hard and that everything is not going to be easy in life. He keeps trying to make his dad proud and build the machine right. Tito also learns that even a kid can make a difference.

I recommend this film for ages 8 to 14. It is too scary for little kids  I give this movie  2 out of 5 stars, because it is so frightening.  However, we all can learn about being brave and being different, so check it out if you find this intriguing.

Tito and the Birds
By Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Adult Reviewer

Tito and the Birds is an oddly dark tale that is highlighted by its remarkably original art style.  By dark, I don’t mean gritty or vulgar. It is heavier in tone than many young adult films, but anyone that has seen Corpse Bride or Coraline won’t be addled in the slightest by this story about a fear pandemic.  The BIG selling point of this film is its sensational art!  It is an interesting mesh between digital animation and what appears to be layers of living oil paintings.  It’s hard to accurately describe the visuals in a way that gives credit in which it richly deserves.  I assure you, this film deserves to be seen by anyone who appreciates the medium of animation. I recommend it for ages 10 to 18, however, younger and older viewers may enjoy it as well. I certainly did. I give it 5 out if 5 stars because it is so stunning.

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