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The Jungle Bunch * A Wacky Animated Film That Will Have You Laughing

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The Jungle Bunch * A Wacky Animated Film That Will Have You Laughing
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Get ready for the wildest ride of your life! Maurice may look like a penguin – but he’s a real tiger
inside! Raised by a tigress, he’s the clumsiest Kung-Fu master ever. Along with his friends, The
Jungle Bunch, he intends to maintain order and justice in the jungle, as his mother did before
him. But when Igor, an evil koala, decides to destroy the jungle once and for all with the help of
his army of silly baboons, Maurice faces his biggest challenge yet! Your family will go bananas
for The Jungle Bunch, a fresh and funny adventure that’s full of laughs and memorable
characters! KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Will C. comments, “The Jungle Bunch is a wacky animated
movie with talking animals that doesn’t make a lot of sense, but still entertains. Based on a
popular French kids’ series, this film has lots of action and some laughs. My favorite part of the
movie is when an exploding mushroom captures the entire Jungle Bunch. In order to get out,
they throw a pebble which starts a chain reaction to set them free.” Ivey H. adds, “This is a cute
film about a group of animals, called the Jungle Bunch, that protect and watch out for the jungle.
They put out forest fires, fight bad guys, save animals and help the community. I really enjoyed
the bright colors and scenes from the jungle.” Elle S. wraps it up with, “The film draws me in for
many reasons. It’s nice to see how each animal is portrayed by voice over, characteristics and
challenges. Igor, the wicked koala, is small but forceful with throwing mushroom grenades that
burst into big, bright fireworks exploding across the screen. I appreciate the teamwork between
the animals.” See their full reviews below.
The Jungle Bunch
By Will C., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10
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The Jungle Bunch is a wacky animated movie with talking animals that doesn’t make a lot of sense, but
still entertains. Based on a popular French kids’ series, this film has lots of action and some laughs.
The Jungle Bunch begins by introducing us to a civilized nation of animals where an evil koala tries to
throw mushroom bombs at everyone. The Champs are saviors of the jungle – a tiger, sloth, rhino and
porcupine. The tiger raises a penguin as her own, which in turn raises a fish as his own child. Maurice the
tiger-penguin joins up with a gorilla and a bat, among others, to save everyone from Igor the koala
mastermind.
While the animation isn’t quite the level viewers are used to from Disney and Pixar, it’s still quite colorful
and interesting to watch. The jungle setting is especially well done with convincingly animated tropical
plants. The writers probably tried to squeeze too much plot into this film by including the origin story, but I
was still able to follow it well enough. My favorite part of the movie is when an exploding mushroom
captures the entire Jungle Bunch. In order to get out, they throw a pebble which starts a chain reaction to
set them free.
The Jungle Bunch is a movie of champions. “You don’t have to wear stripes in order to be
strong like a tiger.” We follow the lives of different creatures, both heroic and evil, to see how
they respond when devastation hits their habitat.
The battle is on between Natasha, the tiger and former leader of the champs. She stands for
justice and equality and won’t stop protecting and serving her home. Igor, a wicked koala, wants
revenge and power. He’s relentless when it comes to commanding all the animals of the jungle
for his own benefit. They fight for the future of the jungle and who is in control is tested at
ultimate lengths. Natacha has rescued and raised Maurice, a strong willed penguin with a tiger
spirit. He follows in the footsteps of his mother as he teams with a group of animals to protect
and serve.
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This film offers positive outlooks when it comes to equality, problem solving and finding hope
during hopeless situations. The overall production quality is great. The imagery and sound
quality is sure to keep children engaged. Only a couple of scenes go on a little longer than
needed. For the most part, the film maintains a positive flow.
Children that love animals, fireworks explosions, monkey butt jokes and rescue missions will
absolutely enjoy this. It is recommended that you enjoy the film in its entirety as there is a
special bonus clip that is sure to please. There are multiple scenes using freeze framing, bold
bright animation and music that fit well with the flow of the film. The film takes place in a jungle,
so I loved hearing the birds squawking, animals hooting and other sounds of nature.
The film draws me in for many reasons. It’s nice to see how each animal is portrayed by voice
over, characteristics and challenges. Igor, the wicked koala, is small but forceful with throwing
mushroom grenades that burst into big, bright fireworks exploding across the screen. I
appreciate the teamwork between the animals.
There is a menu that offers the film to be played in its entirety or to select certain scenes. A
trailer clip, audio, and subtitles are also available to select. The most impactful message I got
from the film promotes equality and justice. I really enjoyed that Natasha, the tiger, loved and
raised Maurice, a penguin like her own. That equality and unconditional love is passed down to
Maurice when he raises his goldfish, Jr. The moral and love for the community doesn’t change
regardless of the animal or upbringing. This is a positive message for audiences. The message
is that you don’t have to have stripes in order to have the tiger spirit.
I rate this film 4 out of 5 stars for its wildness, comedy, production and impactful socially-positive
messages throughout. I recommend it for ages 5 to 12. The content is appropriate and user
friendly with its jokes and imagery. Reviewed by Elle S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.

The New Adventures of Gumby: The 1980’s Series, Vol. 2 * Fully Re-mastered With Great Visuals and Sound

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The New Adventures of Gumby: The 1980’s Series, Vol. 2 * Fully Re-mastered With Great Visuals and Sound

The New Adventures of Gumby: The 1980s Series Volume 2. Welcome back Gumby and Pokey in this wild, wacky and inventive collection of 80 s episodes! Featuring 49 clay-animated episodes, fully re-mastered from their original camera rolls and soundtracks. Also making appearances are Prickle, Goo, the Blockheads, Professor Kapp, Dr. Zveegee, the Moon Boggles, and Gumby s parents Gumbo and Gumba. New characters include Gumby’s sister Minga, Denali the Mastodon and Tilly the chicken! KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Nathalia J. comments, “The 1980’s show was a hit when my mom and uncle were growing up and it brought back so many memories for my mom. We welcome back Gumby and Pokey in this wild, wacky and inventive collection created and written by Joe Clokey. I love that this DVD features 49 claymation episodes that are fully re-mastered from their original camera work and soundtracks.” Beatrice N. adds, “Do you have little kids in your house? If you do, you should definitely share with them The New Adventures Of Gumby: The 1980’s Series, Volume 2. This claymation show from the 1980’s is the perfect series for any little kid with an imagination and a creative mind. For all you adults out there who remember Gumby & Pokey, then welcome back!” See their full reviews below.

The New Adventures of Gumby: The 1980’s Series Volume 2
By Nathalia J. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10

The 1980’s show was a hit when my mom and uncle were growing up and it brought back so many memories for my mom. We welcome back Gumby and Pokey in this wild, wacky and inventive collection created and written by Joe Clokey. I love that this DVD features 49 claymation episodes that are fully re-mastered from their original camera work and soundtracks. Gumby and Pokey return for fun-filled adventure. Get ready! It’s going to get wild.

This DVD takes you alongside Gumby and his imaginative friends as they solve problems, have fun and help others. These episodes include a lot of audience interactions, which lets the audience contribute to Gumby’s adventures.  The characters include Gumby, Pokey, Prickle, Goo, the Blockheads, Professor Kapp, Dr. Zveegee, the Moon Boggles and Gumby’s parents, Gumbo and Gumba. Also making an appearance are new characters – Gumby’s sister Minga, Denali the Mastodon and Tilly the chicken.

My favorite part is the fact that each episode is fully re-mastered from the original. How iconic is this? I’d say pretty cool! The animation is extremely creative with loveable color episodes. There are a variety of songs on this DVD, with various tempos and music types.

My favorite character is absolutely Gumby, because he’s always positive and shares his positivity with others. I also love how he never gives up and works so well with his team. He’s dedicated to his friends and to the idea of friendship.

I watched The New Adventures Of Gumby: The 1980s Series, Volume 1previously and I very much enjoyed Gumby’s many adventures with his friendly bud with yellow pricks on his tail, named Prickle.

There are multiple episodes on this DVD, which express multiple messages. If had to choose the main message, I would say it is that “teamwork makes the dream work.” That and “don’t be afraid to ask for help.” There is no bad language on this DVD or any unsafe actions that kids will try to imitate.

I give this film 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 3 to 7, as well as adults. It’s a series that  certainly will bring back memories if you grew up watching Gumby when you were younger. It’s available now, so look for it. You’ll be glad you did.

The New Adventures Of Gumby: The 1980’s Series, Volume 2
By Beatrice Nail, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 9

Do you have little kids in your house? If you do, you should definitely share with them The New Adventures Of Gumby: The 1980’s Series, Volume 2. This claymation show from the 1980’s is the perfect series for any little kid with an imagination and a creative mind. For all you adults out there who remember Gumby & Pokey, then welcome back! We rejoin Gumby along with Pokey, Prickle, Goo, The Blockheads, Professor Kapp, Dr. Zveegee, the Moon Boggles, Gumby’s mother Gumba and his Father Gumbo….plus a couple of hilarious newcomers.

Gumby was once just a slab of clay then one day he rose to life. He can walk into any book and once inside the book, he becomes part of it! Every time he gets knocked down he becomes flattened like a pancake. But he always gets back up and right back into shape again! Every episode is a new adventure and sometimes there is a lesson to go along with it. Gumby can have the best time with his friends, or the worst time with the Blockheads, depending on the storyline and characters in the episode. Speaking of characters, the new friends we meet include Gumby’s sister Minga, a mastodon named Denali and a chicken called Tilly!

The theme song is a fun tune sung by kids that will make you want to sing along with them. In every episode the music changes. In some episodes the music is creepy. In some it can be silly and bubbly. It all depends on the episode. Gumby originally debuted in 1956, was re-introduced in the 1970’s and came out again, for a third time in the 1980’s! The animation is unique because it is claymation. The creator and writer of the series, Mr. Art Clokey, also voices Pokey the horse, Gumby’s sidekick. Fun Fact, the bump on Gumby’s head is based on a picture of Mr. Clokey’s father from when he was a kid. In the picture, his hair is sticking up on one side creating a little bump. Mr. Clokey always thought this was funny, so he gave the same bump to his title character Gumby! Let’s talk about some of the other supporting characters, shall we? Prickle is a cheerful dinosaur who goes on Gumby’s adventures with him, the two mischievous Blockheads can’t ever seem to get themselves out of trouble and Goo is a hilarious clay person with a bubbly personality.

The message of the story is to never grow up and that it’s okay to let your brain wander and to always be creative. I give this series 4 1/2 out of 5 stars and recommended it for ages 3 to 8. It is available on DVD now.

The Octonauts: Season 3 Gift Set * Dive In And Learn About Creatures In The World’s Oceans

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The Octonauts: Season 3 Gift Set * Dive In And Learn About Creatures In The World’s Oceans
Animated series based on the books by Vicki Wong and Michael C. Murphy. Dive into adventure with your
favorite underwater explorers, the Octonauts! Join brave Captain Barnacles, daredevil ex-pirate Kwazii,
and medic Peso Penguin, along with the other Octonauts as they explore the world’s oceans, rescue the
creatures who live there and protect their habitats – above and below the waves! KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Will C. comments, “The Octonauts Season 3 DVD Gift Set is a great choice for the preschooler in your
life. Not only do you get almost 300 minutes of educational animated adventures on two discs, you also
get some awesome toys so you can play along with the Octonauts. Little kids will love this set, and as a
bonus, they will learn a lot while they watch and play.” Katherine S. adds, “The cool thing about
Octonauts: Season 3 Gift Set is that it not only comes with the DVDs, it also comes with two small toy
speeders. My favorite episode is The Harbor Seal because the harbor seal is such a fun character and he
really helps out other animals.” Selene W. wraps it up with, “The storyline of each episode really brings
these adventures to life thanks to the talented team of writers behind this series. In addition, there is a
creative team that brings the art and the storylines together to make each episode a learning adventure
as well. The message of this series is to explore life and to rescue and protect the world around us and
the things in it. As we learn about different creatures and different environments we should be aware of
how we interact and impact each other.” See their full reviews below.
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The Octonauts: Season 3 Gift Set
By Will C., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10
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The Octonauts Season 3 DVD Gift Set is a great choice for the preschooler in your life. Not only do you
get almost 300 minutes of educational animated adventures on two discs, you also get some awesome
toys so you can play along with the Octonauts. Little kids will love this set, and as a bonus, they will learn
a lot while they watch and play.
The Octonauts are back for a third season, ready to dive in and learn about creatures in the world’s
oceans. They also help protect the animals’ habitats and rescue sea creatures when they need help. All
your favorite characters return, like Captain Barnacles and Peso Penguin. They head out from their home
base, the Octopod, to carry out their missions all around the globe. At the end of each episode, they sing
a “creature report” song to summarize what they’ve learned.
You’ll learn about some common animals in Season 3, such as pelicans and seals, but also some more
unusual creatures like water bears, also known as tardigrades. The Octonauts stick to singing “water
bear” though, maybe because it’s hard to find a good rhyme for tardigrade! The animation and voice
acting is just right to appeal to the target age range and I could definitely see my little cousins watching
this over and over.
The message of this series is that you should be curious and bring your own unique skills to work
together as a team. Preschoolers will take away not only lots of positive messages but also tons of new
information.
I rate this series 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for children ages 2 to 5. The Octonauts: Season 3 is
available on DVD August 6, 2019. Reviewed by Will C, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
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Octonauts: Season 3 Gift Set
By Katherine S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 11
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This DVD is so enjoyable! It has the cutest animation and best underwater adventures. If you’re a fan of
the Octonauts, Season 3 will not disappoint you. It has 23 awesome episodes.
The Octonauts are a group of animals that explore, rescue and protect. They encounter a wide variety of
animals, from sea pigs to barracudas. They travel to different parts of the world including the Amazon
River and the Mariana Trench. Episodes include, The Water Bears, The Loggerhead Sea Turtles, The
Duck-Billed Platypus, The Pelicans and many more. The run time is almost 5 hours, so children will be
entertained for a long time.
The cool thing about Octonauts: Season 3 Gift Set is that it not only comes with the DVDs, it also comes
with two small toy speeders. My favorite episode is The Harbor Seal because the harbor seal is such a
fun character and he really helps out other animals.
There are many positive messages throughout the episodes, including being kind to animals, always try
to help and the importance of friendship. Octonauts: Season 3 has no bad language and it has no bad
behavior. Everyone treats each other kindly. The only dangerous thing that kids might try to do is swim in
the deepest part of the ocean.
I give this DVD 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 3 to 8. Adults will also think the DVD is fun and
probably learn as much about different animals as their kids will. This DVD is available now, so look for it.
The Octonauts: Season 3
By Selene W., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 11
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“Let’s Do This!” The Octonauts is an incredibly fun and engaging show which teaches us about the
world’s oceans and aquatic life. The Octonauts team rescues sea creatures and protects the ocean and
the life within. The marine life that the team encounters are based on real animals and habitats around
the world. The Octonauts Season 3 has 23 exciting adventures filled with interesting creatures and
underwater fun.
The Octonauts team is made up of eight diverse characters led by Captain Barnacles whose motto is
explore, rescue and protect. My favorite episode is The Immortal Jellyfish because I love how he is able
to transform from an old jellyfish to a new jellyfish over and over. Who wouldn’t want an immortal life or
the chance to relive an adventure? Octonauts: Season 3 includes fun episodes such as The Artificial
Reef, The Sea Skaters and The Urchin Invasion so come aboard with The Octonauts this season and
explore.
The storyline of each episode really brings these adventures to life thanks to the talented team of writers

behind this series. In addition, there is a creative team that brings the art and the storylines together to
make each episode a learning adventure as well. The message of this series is to explore life and to
rescue and protect the world around us and the things in it. As we learn about different creatures and
different environments we should be aware of how we interact and impact each other.
I rate this series 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 to 7. The DVD releases August 6, 2019
soon so look for it.

The Day Henry Met: Season Two – Explore Life and Friendship. Be Curious. Learn from Others!

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The Day Henry Met: Season Two – Explore Life and Friendship. Be Curious. Learn from Others!

Every day Henry meets something new! I wonder what Henry’s going to meet today? Henry is a 4-year-old boy who always wants to learn and find out more. In each episode, Henry has a friendly chat with whatever he meets and discovers something new…”Hello, Caterpillar. How do you turn into a butterfly?”  “Hello, Bear. What is hibernation?” “Hello, Telescope. What is a constellation?” No matter what Henry meets, they’re always delighted to talk, laugh and share their amazing world with him. After finding out so many amazing things about his new friends, Henry lets his imagination run wild and imagines himself. As a Paleontologist discovering dinosaurs. As a skateboarder learning how to jump, flip and grind. As a show jumper to help a horse win a top prize. As a teacher learning all about school. As a detective solving cases. And more! KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Selene W. comments, “Henry is an inquisitive and playful little boy who loves to learn!  Every day he meets new friends, whether they are a human, animal or an object, they are all of interest to him.”  Ethan P. adds, “I like this DVD because the music is very catchy and the episodes are short and entertaining… The moral of these episodes is not let people, well in this case things, underestimate your abilities to do something you want to do or be.  Henry is always positive; he can do whatever his imagination tells him to do.” Siaki S. wraps it up with, “I like this DVD and it reminds me to be more like Henry – be creative, active and enjoy the moment that is given to us. Henry reminds us to never give up and that is true in life.” See their full reviews below.

 

The Day Henry Met: Season Two

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

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Henry is an inquisitive and playful little boy who loves to learn!  Every day he meets new friends, whether they are a human, animal or an object, they are all of interest to him.  The Day Henry Met DVD has 26 episodes to inspire curiosity.  Who or what will Henry meet next?

 

My favorite episode is The Day Henry Met… A Dinosaur Bone as I love the museum setting and the fact that he travels back in time.  This episode is both educational and fun.  There are so many good moments in this series including The Day Henry Met… a Violin, a Tennis Racquet and an Ice Cream Van.  Can’t forget The Day Henry MetA Comic BookSuper Henry appears to make the city safe and happy.  Love all the fun characters and situations in this episode.

 

The voices in this series reflect all of the diverse characters that Henry meets and really bring the characters to life.  This series, directed by Gary Gill, is playful and will appeal to younger children.  The illustrations are reflective of children’s drawings and are quite appealing.  It is so imaginative that it makes you view the world around you in a different light as Henry talks to whomever or whatever he meets each day.

 

The message of this series is to explore life, friendship, be curious and learn from those around you.  There is something to learn in every situation, even if you are with a dustbin or a sponge!

 

I rate this DVD 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 3 to 8.  Reviewed by Selene W., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic. For more reviews by youth, visit kidsfirst dot org.

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The Day Henry Met; Season 2
By Ethan P., KIDS FIRST!, Film Critic, Age 10

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I like this DVD because the music is very catchy and the episodes are short and entertaining. The Day Henry Met; Season Two has 26 episodes of cute little stories.

 

The storyline is about a 4-year-old, red-head boy named Henry, who has a big imagination.  In every episode Henry meets something new.  He talks to different objects, animals or things.  Once Henry interacts with the objects such as a violin, a skateboard, a camera, a horse or a bear, these things or animals make Henry’s imagination go wild.  For example, Henry imagines such things as being a conductor or a detective.  Henry also wants to learn and find out more about the objects he interacts with.  At the end of each episode, Henry’s mom calls him and Henry’s imagination ends by him saying goodbye to the objects he was talking to.

 

The animation style of this DVD is simple and plain, looking as if it is hand drawn. Basically, all the objects have eyes and a mouth, including the house.  What caught my attention is that Henry has a voice like a 12-year-old.  He sounds much older than a little kid.  I like how friendly his chats are with the different animals and objects.  The episodes are so short that I didn’t lose interest while watching them.  My favorite episode is “The Day Henry Met A Dustbin” because, out of all the episodes, this particular one is the most realistic one for my age.  Henry wants to be a garbage man so he can help his trash can and all the other trash cans in his neighborhood to be emptied, because the garbage man who had that route is sick and cannot pick up the trash that day.

 

The moral of these episodes is not let people, well in this case things, underestimate your abilities to do something you want to do or be.  Henry is always positive; he can do whatever his imagination tells him to do.

 

I give this DVD 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 3 to 8, but adults can watch it with their kids and might find it interesting.  This DVD is available now, so look for it.

 

The Day Henry Met Season 2

By Siaki S., KIDS FIRST!, Film Critic, Age 16

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This series of episodes is definitely full of laughs and fun to watch, which I didn’t expect it to be. It took me by surprise.  This DVD is definitely colorful, entertaining and a big “yes” to capture younger kids’ attention spans quickly. The show is produced and directed by Susan Broe and Gary Gill who are definitely tuned into the younger audience.

 

This story follows a little 4-year-old boy, Henry, who is eager and excited about life and learning new things. He’s always discovering interesting facts and tactics in every episode. One of my favorite episodes is called “Running Shoes,” because Henry becomes an athlete, as well as an opponent to the running shoes, to help the running shoes compete against himself in the 100 meter dash and finish the competition. Although the shoes are just a pair of shoes, he wants to give the shoes meaning. As Henry is inches away from winning, he scurries over to the running shoes to put them on and finish the race.

 

I like this DVD and it reminds me to be more like Henry – be creative, active and enjoy the moment that is given to us. Henry reminds us to never give up and that is true in life.

 

I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 10, as well as adults. Adults will enjoy it all the messages that remind us to be better and always try harder – to be just like Henry in many different ways. This DVD is available now, so look for it.

 

 

 

This DVD features the incredibly talented and funny Martin Short as the voice of the Cat in the Hat

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This DVD features the incredibly talented and funny Martin Short as the voice of the Cat in the Hat

The illustrations and animation are what you would expect from the Cat in the Hat’s world and I especially enjoyed the fantastical wilderness scenes. ” Morgan B. comments, “I absolutely love all the different things I learned about from this DVD! The animation is spot on in this show which brings out a lot of cool stuff.” Alejandra G. adds, “ This series is very enjoyable for kids to watch. The plot is well designed for kids to understand and relate to the stories.” Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror adds, “What a great DVD to get you in the mood for the upcoming summer vacation! I’m a big fan of the Cat in the Hat and his shenanigans. This one does not disappoint!” See their full reviews below.

 

The Cat in The Hat Knows a Lot About Camping!
By Selene Weiss, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 11

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Looking for adventure this summer?  Look no further than the new DVD The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Camping!  Join The Cat in the Hat, Nick, Sally and Fish on their trip to Fish’s family reunion.  Along the way they are joined by the Little Cats as well as an appearance by Thing 1 and Thing 2!  Plenty of trouble ahead for this group.

 

On the way to Fish’s family reunion his fancy new fishbowl starts to leak.  The Cat in the Hat tries to fix this problem for his friend and as usual lands the group in more trouble.  The “thingamajig” heads to a crash landing and Thing 1 and Thing 2 appear to help their friends.  The group starts on a wilderness trek to help Fish make his way to his family when they discover the joys of nature.

 

This DVD features the incredibly talented and funny Martin Short as the voice of the Cat in the Hat!  The illustrations and animation are what you would expect from the Cat in the Hat’s world and I especially enjoyed the fantastical wilderness scenes.  The river scenes in particular are my favorite animation on this journey.

 

The message of this adventure is to enjoy the great outdoors and don’t get lost in your screen-time.  Interacting with people, things and the world around you is more important than viewing life on a screen.  The Little Cats learn this lesson several times on this DVD.

 

I rate this DVD 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 to 12.  The DVD is available now so look for it.

 

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Camping!
By Ethan P., KIDS FIRST!, Film Critic, Age 10

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I like this DVD because it is very entertaining and useful.  The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Camping has a duration of one hour and you can watch it in English or Spanish.

 

This DVD is about two kids named Nick and Sally pretending to camp in their backyard on their first day of summer vacation.  The Cat in the Hat (Martin Short) comes to visit them with his friend Fish who has a family reunion at the time.  The Cat in the Hat tellls Nick and Sally that he is going to set up a camp at Fish’s family reunion.  Nick and Sally are very excited because they really are going camping. The Cat in the Hat takes his hat off and his three little cousins come out of the hat, Little Cat A, Little Cat B and little Cat C.  During their journey to Fish’s family reunion, The Cat in the Hat teaches the kids and the little cousins a lot about nature, insects and the beautiful landscape, with the help of a special electronic device.  Meanwhile, Fish is worried about his special suit not getting ruined during their journey to the reunion and his fancy fish bowl not getting muddy (so he can show it off to his family).  Unfortunately, this trip is not going the way Fish wanted to go.

 

The animation on this DVD is the same as other Cat in the Hat movies.  The songs are catchy and pleasant to listen to.  The show features Martin Short, from The Three Amigos, as the voice of the Cat in the Hat.  My favorite scene is when the Cat in the Hat, Fish, Nick and Sally are flying in the air in the Thingamajigger singing “Go, go, go, go on an adventure.”

 

The moral of this show is “no matter how you dress, how look, or what you have, your family will  love you for who you are.”  Family doesn’t care about your appearance or your possessions.

 

I give this DVD 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 3 to 8.  Adults can watch this with their kids and might even learn some tips about camping. The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Camping! is available now, so you can enjoy it as much as I did.

 

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Camping!
By Alejandra G., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15

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To start off, this DVD impacts children in a positive way with its great vocabulary and important lessons that are taught in each episode. This series is very enjoyable for kids to watch. The plot is well designed for kids to understand and relate to the stories. I can understand why kids are attracted to it. The way the show is made, with all the colorful objects and cute plots draw the kids in quite easily and, in that moment, their life seems interesting.

 

All the episodes on this DVD have different stories and plots, but the format and the meaning is pretty much the same. All the adventures are different, but every one teaches the lesson that you can play and have fun in nature enjoying the most awesome sights. You can have a great time without damaging the environment yet, you still need to respect and take care of it. Along with that, the viewer experiences some great adventures that are unforgettable.

 

My favorite scene is at the end of one episode when The Cat in the Hat, Nick, Sally, Fish and all his family gather together in one musical finale extravaganza where they are all celebrated as true adventurers. I like this scene because it is very creative, has great songs and the little musical finale is so well organized. It definitely gets children’s attention since it really stands out. <p>The important message gleaned from these episodes is that people and children can have fun without electronic devices. This DVD teaches kids about the wonder in nature. It shows how phones, computers and other electronic devices are not more fascinating than the activities you can do in nature. It shows you how to share quality time with the people you love and learn about your surroundings.  This DVD is available now so, go check it out. It’s just in time for summer vacation.

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Camping!
By Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Juror

What a great DVD to get you in the mood for the upcoming summer vacation! I’m a big fan of the Cat in the Hat and his shenanigans. This one does not disappoint! It’s entertaining for the whole family and children, ages 3 to 9 will love it! I like that all the characters such as the Fish are included in this fun outdoor adventure. It also has a great story line from the beginning to end and it’s just so fun to watch. I found myself laughing out loud more than a few times. I also like that it is rather original and the animation and soundtrack are great. I give this 5 out of 5 stars and think that the adults will also enjoy watching this one with their young children. This is available now, be sure to go check it out.

 

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.

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