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Little Prince: The Planet of Bamalias
Little Prince: The Planet of Bamalias
DVD ~ The Little Prince
Price: $9.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not your average fairytale, April 27, 2016
The Little Prince: The Planet of Bamalias is not your average fairytale. With many twists and turns, The Little Prince must undertake a difficult journey to gain his memories back and stop the vicious Snake from fulfilling his evil plans to destroy planets. It is the fight between what’s right and what is worth fighting for. This is a fight worth watching.

This film is everything but predictable. Just when everything starts to be okay, the evil Snake appears and causes chaos. The most memorable moment is when The Little Prince has a flashback about saving his best friend, Fox. Fox needed the Little Prince to help him get out of a volcano that the Snake threw him in. As they try to get out, the Little Prince finally realizes that he possesses power within himself to conquer all things. It was very sad because he had to decide what was more important friendship or love.

Usually my favorite characters are the heroes but here, Snake is my favorite. Although he is bad, there is just something enticing about the way he moves. I love how he disappears and reappears in a matter of seconds. The editor builds suspense by having dark music play just before he appears. The best characteristic of Snake is his ability to change his form and feed off of people's fears.

This film stands out from others because the director doesn't set a limit to his creativity and imagination. The plot is well developed and the setting takes place in a different galaxy where things are quite different. That is one of the reasons why I recommend this film to ages 4 to 10 because it is an escape from reality but it also discusses important lessons. One of the most important messages is that you should fight for what you believe in. Kids would really identify with the Little Prince because he is little kid trying to learn from his own mistakes and to do the right thing. Parents can really appreciate that this film is educational and encourages the viewers to never give up.

I give this film 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Shelby R., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic. For more youth reviews, go to kidsfirst dot org.


Albert: Up, Up And Away!
Albert: Up, Up And Away!
DVD ~ Various
Price: $9.99
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3.0 out of 5 stars Cute with good messages about friendship, kindness and making smart choices, April 25, 2016
This review is from: Albert: Up, Up And Away! (DVD)
Albert Up, Up, and Away! is a cute animated DVD for younger kids that delivers positive messages about friendship, kindness and making smart choices. The stories revolve around two best friends, Albert and Egon and the adventures they share. Not an average kid Albert learned to walk and talk at two months old. He has a tenacity for getting into trouble but never on purpose. His parents knew he would change the world one day. Years pass and Albert decides he wants get an air balloon and become its captain so he can replace the statue that he accidentally destroyed when he was younger. His best friend Egon wants to become a pirate captain. However, a mean bandit takes advantage of the bewildered boys and wants them to help him steal the world’s biggest diamond. Together they have to face this obstacle while their adventure develops.

This is a good film. The animation is well done but I found myself comparing it to other animated and it scores about average. I liked it although the storyline was too predictable for me, and the pace a bit slow. It is definitely better suited for a much younger audience. I recommend it for ages 3 to 7. It has good, clean humor and lots of action scenes, which younger kids would enjoy.

The menu offers scene selection, trailers and setup. Or you can just play the film. I enjoyed the scene selection feature because it makes it easy to return to where you left off. I enjoyed the trailer because it filled me in on what the movie looks like and gave me the general idea about the film before I started watching it.

I give this film 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it to people who like action, adventure and children films. It is now available now on DVD so, so go check it out.


Miracles From Heaven
Miracles From Heaven
Price: $30.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie. Very inspirational, religious. Makes you think about the miracles in your life., March 30, 2016
This review is from: Miracles From Heaven (DVD)
I love this movie! Miracles from Heaven is very inspirational, very religious and all about miracles. It really makes you think about all the miracles that are happening in your life.

Miracles from Heaven is about a young girl named Anna Beam (Kylie Rogers) who has a very rare stomach disorder. Her family pulled out all the stops to help her. When an amazing event happens it changes everything.

This is a real story and it is very heartwarming. The Beam family's faith in God is undeniable. They are very religious and go to church every Sunday. Even if you are not really religious, I still think that you would enjoy this movie.

All of the characters in Miracles from Heaven are likable, but especially Christy Beam (Jennifer Garner). She is very believable and makes you feel really sad when she is sad and happy when she is happy. She is a mom that a lot of people would want to have as their own, because she would never give up and she works very hard. The dad, Kevin Beam (Martin Henderson) is a very good dad and cares a lot about his kids.

My favorite character is Dr. Nurko (Eugenio Derbez). He is very funny and he works very hard to make all the kids in the hospital happy. And if I was ever really sick I would want a doctor like him.

My favorite scene is at the end of the movie where it is showing all the miracles that happen in their lives. This scene really makes you think about what miracles could be happening to you and it makes you feel great about other people around you.

The moral of the story is never to give up on hope. Even though Anna struggles and she ends up in the hospital many times, her family never gives up and tries to help her. You learn to love Anna and root for her along the way. This movie made a lot of people in the audience cry and tear up.

I rate Miracles from Heaven five out of five stars because it is very inspirational and it makes you really think about what miracles you could be having in your life. I recommend the ages 7 to 18 because there are some surgical procedures, but they're not that graphic. Go see this movie on March 16 in theaters near you.

Reviewed by Mia A, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic. For more reviews by youth, go to kidsfirst.org


Kung Fu Panda 3
Kung Fu Panda 3
DVD ~ Jack Black
Price: $15.96

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Visually Stunning, Emotional Rollercoaster, Comedic Sequel, March 30, 2016
This review is from: Kung Fu Panda 3 (DVD)
In the third installment of the popular family film series Kung Fu Panda, you will find yourself on an emotional rollercoaster, with just enough action, comedy and love to go around.

Large and adorable panda Po (Jack Black) realizes he has a lot to learn if he wants to surpass his next obstacle from his role-model instructor. During this long, adventurous process, he finds himself reunited with his long-lost father (Bryan Cranston). Po must find a way to morph into the teacher he was always destined to be. With help from his new panda family, the martial-arts masters come together to fight the envious and malevolent Kai (J.K. Simmons), a warrior who came back from the spirit realm, in order to steal everyone’s chi.

I have always been a kid at heart but watching this film truly made me feel like it was my first time ever watching Kung Fu Panda in the movie theater. Since it brought back a ton of memories, I couldn’t help but notice all of the fantastic, quality changes the film has gone through. This has always been a great series from the start, but this movie takes the gold when it comes down to storyline and visual effects. There is no doubt in my mind that the creative directors and graphic designers behind this film spent tons and tons of hours developing such amazing oriental scenes within this movie. Every single color, movement, saying or setting in this film truly embodies what Kung Fu Pand” is all about, which makes the meaning and experience for an avid movie-goer all the more understanding and worthwhile. Because of the sincere storyline, it will hit home to lots of viewers and family members. One thing I do wish I had the opportunity to see more of are the famous and Furious Five (voiced by Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu, Angelina Jolie, David Cross, and Seth Rogen) and Master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman) in action altogether, especially when attempting to defeat the evil Kai.

Ultimately, Kung Fu Panda 3 is a hilarious and charming film for everyone in the family to enjoy. Whether it’s moving you to tears from laughter or gloominess, you’ll find it hard not to smile with satisfaction when the credits begin rolling. This movie is rated PG for its martial arts action and some mild rude humor, so I think this will be just perfect for kids ages 5 to 18. I rate this film 4.5 out of 5 five stars.

Reviewed by Michelle C., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic. For more reviews by youth, go to kidsfirst.org


Alisa Knows What to Do: Mystery of the Last Trueno
Alisa Knows What to Do: Mystery of the Last Trueno
DVD ~ Kir Bulychiov
Price: $6.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unique and interesting! Original, funny and quirky stories. It is perfect!, March 30, 2016
I found this movie to be unique and interesting. This four episode DVD is about Alisa and her four teenage friends embarking on many adventures. The first episode is about an adorable creature called a Truenox. This series is original, funny, and quirky with the added bonus of mysteries to solve and I found it very enjoyable to watch.

My favorite episode was A Singing Showdown because it had a mystery and the outcome was shocking. It was hilarious and I loved the music attached to this show down to see who will rule the planet.

The characters are colorful and resembled real teenagers. They are real geniuses who think outside of the box to create new and cool ideas to save people, creatures and their planet. My favorite character was Alisa because she showed girl power, humor and she would be a great best friend.

She rises to the occasion whenever there is danger or a problem. The voiceovers were perfect. They matched their emotions and the voices of real teenagers. Each character has their own unique voice and characteristics, which match the avatar. This made the film very believable.

The Truenox was a cute pet that I could just hug for days which they rescue in the first episode The Mysteries of the Last Truenox. He is an alien that helps Alisa and her friend’s on their adventures. He is comical and adds humor to the series which made me laugh a lot. Just one smile from him and I found myself smiling back.

Their adventures had many learning lessons including, the power of friendship is greater than anything. You should not judge people or animals based on their looks. Personality and their true hearts are better traits then just good looks.

The animation is colorful and has amazing details. I felt like I was in the future and could live on this futuristic planet. The people are done in a way which makes them feel real. I found this to an amusing place which I would enjoy being a part of. Flying cars and boots would be amazing to own. The different gadgets and modes of transportation added to futuristic feel of this movie. All of the space aliens were peculiar and plausible. Their design is unusual and entertaining.

The age range is 6-15. It is cute and funny and the story line is easy to follow. The bright animation is sure to keep everyone engaged and entertained. I give this movie 5 galactic stars.

Reviewed by Morgan B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic. For more reviews by youth, go to kidsfirst.org.


ABC Monsters: Starring Ijkl
ABC Monsters: Starring Ijkl
DVD ~ ABC Monsters
Price: $6.39
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4.0 out of 5 stars Parents, this is a great tool to help you introduce your preschooler to words and phonics., March 30, 2016
This review is from: ABC Monsters: Starring Ijkl (DVD)
Even though I am much older than the target audience for this show, I must say that the this DVD excels at introducing letters of the alphabet while making it fun and interesting. Throughout the different episodes and stories, there is letter recognition, spelling and the opportunity to write out each letter. These are just a few of the learning mechanisms contained in this volume.

This particular volume focuses on the letters I, J, K and L. Of course, it is very informative with these letters of the alphabet and, at the same time entertains little ones in this aspect of early language learning. The story revolves around the letters missing. They are nowhere to be found. The family and friends of the people that live in Capital Castle must solve riddles and clues to find these missing letters, one episode at a time.
It has many different bright colors which are visually fun and catch the attention of young viewers. The sing along songs are enjoyable and, at the beginning of every episode, I found myself singing the opening song. I enjoyed the songs and like how they transition from one letter to the next as well. My favorite character is the Princess because she is very optimistic and curious – things I relate to. She just wants to know stuff. My favorite episode is “L” mostly because I enjoyed the word choices. Each episode leaves you with wanting more and more. One facet of this show that I don’t particularly like is the length. Each episode is about 30 minutes which, in my opinion, is a bit too long to focus on one letter and just three words associated with it.

Parents, this is a great tool to help you introduce your preschooler to words and phonics. You can even watch it with them and show how excited you are when they are learning. Learning is exciting and fun and this is a great age to do so.
I recommend this DVD for ages 2 to 5 and give it 3½ out of 5 stars due to its length and limited word choice. It is a great learning DVD for preschoolers and I’m sure the little ones will truly have fun and enjoy it.

Reviewed by Brianna Hope B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critics. For more reviews by youth, go to KIDSFIRST.ORG.


The Good Dinosaur (BD + DVD + Digital) [Blu-ray]
The Good Dinosaur (BD + DVD + Digital) [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Jeffrey Wright
Price: $19.99
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Finding Your Roar!, March 24, 2016
What if? That’s the beginning of this film with its spectacular scenery, a beautiful soundtrack, an exciting story and so much more. What I really love about this film is the animation. A good 20 minutes of the film is dedicated to looking at the scenery, which is incredible. The design of the landscape, with its hills, valleys, mountains and rivers is truly breathtaking.

This movie is not all comedy, there is quite a bit of drama. In many scenes you feel touched by the characters and even pity them. The whole plot is a large and exciting adventure which allows for some mild action. There is a bigger moral to the story which is “discover your voice.” Disney has focused on that in its “Find Your Roar” campaign, encouraging kids everywhere to “find your own voice or ‘your roar!’”
The story starts when an infamous meteor hits the Earth. Millions of years later, a dinosaur named Arlo is separated from his family and home. He goes on a huge adventure to get back home, which involves enemies, friends and more.

The story is dramatic and takes turns that surprise the audience multiple times. The voice acting is excellent in every role, making characters sound alive, personable and full of energy. One of my favorites is Butch (Sam Elliot). Butch is a T-Rex and a pretty cool one too. Sam makes him seem menacing and dramatic, but still friendly, even a bit funny at times.

In the Blu-ray version, there are a dozen special features, including an option to listen to commentary throughout the film from some of the creators, including storyboard artists and editors talking about the process they used to make the film. A perfect example of this is when they discuss how they based the terrain on the western United States. The special features also include deleted scenes and some cool interviews.

My favorite scene is when Arlo meets the T-Rexes. He and his companion, Spot, are running away from scavenger birds. They see a dinosaur in the distance and plea for help. It turns out they find two powerful T-Rexes and the T-Rexes assist Arlo and Spot to get to safety and on with their journey. The staging in this scene is intense and dramatic, especially when you don’t know if these giant carnivores will be more dangerous than the birds.

This film is most suitable for ages 6 to 18. Younger kids may find the more intense and dramatic scenes way too frightening. I give it five out of five stars for its beautiful animation, emotional voice acting, an intense story and smooth editing.

Reviewed by Gerry O, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic. For more youth reviews, go to kidsfirst dot org.


Gumby: 60's Series V1
Gumby: 60's Series V1
DVD ~ Gumby and Pokey
Price: $9.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gumby Thrives and Holds His Own Next to Today's Animated Shows, March 6, 2016
This review is from: Gumby: 60's Series V1 (DVD)
The Adventures of Gumby, the 60s series
Samantha Alexander 12 years

This is a very enjoyable and fun claymation series that is about a green humanoid character named Gumby and his side-kick and best friend Pokey. They go on wacky adventures throughout all the episodes. Some of my favorite episodes are “The Zoops,” “The Glob,” “Santa Witch,” and “Hidden Valley.” There are lots of other great episodes in this series as well, but these really stand out.

Something I immediately noticed about this series is that the animation isn't like any film series you see made today. It is a clay animated show. This type of animation is particularly interesting because, they photograph each movement the characters make. The animation process is described in the bonus features. This show is also very creative. I watched the episodes and was amazed. I often wondered how they came up with these ideas. From the punch lines to the plot lines of each and every episode, it is fun and unusual.

The bonus features on this DVD disc are something special. They included behind the scene footage, a photo gallery from making the series, the first aired pilot episode with sound and a very rare episode called “space ball.” I love that they includes photos because it gives you an inside look at what was happening when they animated and it makes you feel connected to the show even more. Also, getting an exclusive look at never before seen special episodes is very cool because, while watching them, I kept thinking about how rare they are.

I recommend this series for ages 5 to 18 because they are classic films that anyone can enjoy and they first aired over 60 years ago so this disc is perfect for anyone who grew up with Gumby and would like to see him in action again. I give this series 5 out of 5 stars because they are fun episodes that anyone can enjoy and the animation is interesting. Also, seeing the bonus features on the disc make a it much more enjoyable because I knew what went into making this classic show.

Reviewed by Samantha A., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12.


Guess How Much I Love You: The Song of Spring
Guess How Much I Love You: The Song of Spring
DVD ~ Guess How Much I Love You
Price: $6.39
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully Cute and Perfect for Spring, March 4, 2016
The animated DVD, Guess How Much I Love You: The Song of Spring is really wonderful. It is super cute and has lots of life lessons to learn. I especially like the main character, Little Nutbrown Hare because he is always so curious. If there is a problem he tries to figure it out.
There are 7 different stories on this DVD based on the classic books by Sam McBratney. In each of the stories there is a mystery to solve and important lessons to learn. Every episode is about growing up and learning life lessons by friends helping each other.

One of the episodes I especially like is the Busy as a Bee story. In this fun episode Little Nutbrown Hare makes a promise to help his father but really wants to play with his friend, Little Field Mouse. Little Nutbrown Hare learns a valuable life lesson; in this case, even when you may want to do something else like play with your friends, if you have already made a promise it is important to keep that promise. Another episode I really like is Little Green Worm. Here we learn some science facts such as discovering how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly. We also learn some cool science vocabulary like chrysalis, which means cocoon.

The message of this film is to feel free to explore, don’t be scared and how having a friend at your side helps you get through anything. I love that this message is told through heartwarming stories about friendship, family science and more.

I think the character voices are amazing and fit the characters just perfectly. The animation is simple, but very believable. The animated characters are adorable and all the stories take place in an animated forest and meadow that are beautifully colorful.

I think viewers will love this DVD released by N Circle Entertainment because, overall there is a lot of heart, great messages and lots of educational lessons. It is a fun and an entertaining DVD. N Circle offers a nicely package product and they even include a fun craft activity. The animation and stories are simple enough for little ones to understand and, at the same time, offer good learning lessons for older kids. I give this DVD 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 to 8. Check it out!
Reviewed by Abigail Zoe L. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 8. For more reviews by youth, go to kidsfirst dot org.


Thomas Edisons Secret Lab: Secret Lab Meeting
Thomas Edisons Secret Lab: Secret Lab Meeting
DVD ~ NCircle
Price: $6.39
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stealth Learning at Its Best, January 20, 2016
Thomas Edison's Secret Lab is a fun, educational adventure that had me humming songs about science for days. I like this show because it makes science a lot more fun. It’s a series about four kids who solve problems using all kinds of science. One of my favorite parts of the show is the relationship between the characters. I like that they would nearly do anything to keep each other safe throughout the show.

The Secret Lab Meeting is a collection of different episodes from the television series that teaches children cool stuff. The main characters are the kids in the lab, Kent, Angie, JD, and Nicky. With the help of their hologram of Thomas Edison and their robot Von Bolt they can solve nearly anything, from a zombie virus to a slime monster and even stinky teenagers.

My favorite character is Thomas Edison because he is very smart and he is always willing to help the kids. He’s wise and stays calm during a crisis. My favorite episode is If The Fossil Fits because it’s about dinosaurs and dinosaurs are really cool and studying them can teach you a lot about archeology.

My least favorite episode is Dunkin Zombies. It’s the first episode in the collection but there is no introduction to the characters and I had trouble figuring out the characters and the story line for a while. I like the second episode No Volts For Von Bolt because of how they explain the elements by introducing a fake police department that specializes in cases involving elements from the periodic table. It’s a great genre flip from the modern-day setting to the feeling of an old school detective show.

In the third episode, we see the crew from the lab use the virtual reality room to travel back in time and meet someone who contributed to science. A cartoon Louis Pasteur makes a cameo appearance to teach the kids how to melt slime to destroy a monster. I like the balance between the history and the action scenes.

The history in this show is really cool and educational. The people the kids meet when they travel back in time have accomplished very interesting feats to help science and its progress. One example is Jonas Salk who created the vaccine for polio.

Each episode has a different topic from chemistry to agriculture and even cloning. At the end of each episode, there is a fun little song recapping all the major vocabulary from the episode. I recommend this series for ages 7 to 11. Younger kids might not understand the more complicated science lessons. I give Thomas Edison's Secret Lab 3 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Benjamin P. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10


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