Archives for September 7, 2017

AquaBall Hosts Sugarless Back to School Sweepstakes

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Beloved children’s beverage brand AquaBall is hosting a Sugarless Back to School Sweepstakes with awesome prizes just in time for back-to-school season. AquaBall is the only zero-calorie, sugar-free and preservative-free children’s beverage currently on the market. The naturally flavored water is available in four flavors – Berry Frost, Fruit Punch, Grape and Strawberry Lemonade – and features fan favorite characters from Disney’s “Frozen”, Disney Princesses, Marvel’s “Avengers,” and Disney Classic Characters.

AquaBall’s Sugarless Back to School Sweepstakes will run from August to September 2017. Entering is super easy! Simply visithttp://www.aquaballdrink.com/offers/ and complete the entry form including a photo of your child with their favorite AquaBall – don’t forget to tag#Sugarlessbacktoschool and @aquaballdrink.

  • Six lucky participants will win a one month’s supply of AquaBall (one 6-pack of each flavor), which will be drawn every Monday between August 14th and September 18th
  • Ten winners will receive a one year supply (twelve 24-count packs), which will be drawn Monday September 18th.

I received samples of AquaBall and the Fruit Punch and Grape are a hit in our house!

Happy Back-to-School!

 

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to post. Image was also provided.

Molang: Season 1 – Each Episode Is Overrun With Happiness

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Join Molang, a round, fluffy, and happy rabbit, and his friend, Piu Piu, a poised, timid, and reserved yellow chick, as they explore everyday life. Molang savors every moment of his life, imbuing it with joy and wonder. He pays attention to the smallest details, giving meaning to even the tiniest things. Molang puts his heart into his actions, and he has a huge heart. Even when he does absolutely nothing, he does it well! Piu Piu, on the other hand, doesn’t t like calling attention to himself. He likes to do things carefully and well. When unexpected situations arise (and Molang’s unpredictable behavior often causes such situations to occur!), Piu Piu can become quickly unsettled, even panicked. Despite their many differences, Molang and Piu Piu enjoy a unique friendship. They have amazing times together ranging from the mundane to the extraordinary. From finding themselves in a lifeboat in the middle of the ocean to riding camels in the desert, Molang and Piu Piu experience unexpected situations. Throughout it all though, every single moment with these two is filled with happiness. Embark on 52 unforgettable adventures with Molang and Piu Piu! KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Sahiba K. comments, “Molang and Piu Piu’s innocent demeanor makes them lovable characters that I rooted for every step of the way. Their love for each other and their society made me fall in love with both of them.” Samantha M. adds, “This delightful series had me laughing the entire time. I enjoyed it tremendously, because there is no dialogue.” Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror sums it up with, “. The animation in this program is amazing and fun. The fluffy thick lines make it very kid-friendly and hold the attention of the viewer.” See their full reviews below.

 

Molang: Season 1

By Sahiba Kaur, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 15

 

 

Molang: Season 1 is full of fun and laughter! Molang and Piu Piu’s innocent demeanor makes them lovable characters that I rooted for every step of the way. Their love for each other and their society made me fall in love with both of them. Each episode is overrun with happiness which made me smile nonstop.

 

The story follows the everyday life of a fluffy rabbit named Molang and its best friend Piu Piu the chicken. On their journeys together, Molang and Piu Piu face different situations and find creative ways to help others and fix their unique problems. Together, they happily enjoy the surprises their lives bring.

 

There is no dialogue in this show, but the animation and music easily make it understandable. The animation is bright and rounded giving it a soft and calming feeling. During the daytime, the trees, hills and grass are radiant shades of yellows, greens, pinks and oranges. It adds to the brightness of the mood when Molang and Piu Piu are adventuring through their world. During the night, the aura changes as the colors turn soft shades of purples and blues. The hills, trees, snow, sand and nature are drawn with different colorful patterns as are the walls, floors and ceilings which adds a playful and cheerful feeling. The character’s expressions easily convey their thoughts and increase the visual appeal.

 

The music spoke to me as the dialogue would. Throughout the different episodes, the music changes whenever the situations change. For example, when Molang and Piu Piu are going to the beach or on vacation, the music becomes lively and venturesome. When they run into a problem, the music transforms to a slow rhythm. The music imbued the feelings of Molang and Piu Piu into me. It made me feel a part of their journey.

 

My favorite part of this show is the character, Molang the bunny. Molang never gets worried and always remains calm when everything seems to be going wrong for Piu Piu. Molang is quick to think of ideas and does anything to help others. Therefore, Molang took a spot in my heart.

 

The messages of the show address the importance of friendship, teamwork, kindness, loving everybody and helping those in need. I give this DVD 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 8. Check out Molang: Season 1 on DVD when it is released on August 15, 2017.

 

Molang: Season 1

By Samantha Marcus, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 17

 

This delightful series had me laughing the entire time. I enjoyed it tremendously, because there is no dialogue. Each episode is filled with multiple adventures, so you will never be bored!
You are invited to join Molang and Piu Piu as they explore what life has to offer. Molang is a big, ecstatic rabbit, who finds ways to enjoy his life in every circumstance. Piu Piu is his best friend, a small, shy little chick who is dragged along on every adventure and is often frightened by the unexpected situations they both face. These best friends are completely opposite, but both manage to experience happiness in every situation.

 

Bruno Gueracague, the sound coordinator, composed an extremely catchy, opening song. While there are 52 episodes, it only takes two to get it stuck in your head, which is a great way for kids to remember the series. Marie-Caroline Villand, one of the series’ directors, successfully communicates themes of happiness and friendship to kids, no matter their culture or dialect. The absence of dialogue leaves the interpretation up to the audience, which gives something for everyone to relate to.

 

The animation is adorable and leaves you on the edge of your seat the entire time. The characters are incredibly cute, which makes them very relatable. I could not stop watching the series, because I love the unique friendship that Molang and Piu Piu share. My favorite episode is, “The Goldfish.” Molang and Piu Piu try to get the goldfish’s attention and have a disco party, which is hilarious. The fish loves the party, so next time you want your fish’s attention, make sure to involve a disco ball!

 

The themes of the series are happiness, friendship, respect and unity. It is important to maintain great friendships, live your life to the fullest, care for one another and stick together.

I give this series a 5 out of 5 stars, recommend it to kids ages 3 to 18 and believe that adults will enjoy it too. I could not stop laughing, because it is funny seeing animals act as people in everyday situations. Check out Molang: Season 1 on DVD now, because it will undoubtedly make you laugh.

 

Molang Season One

By Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Juror, Adult

 

Molang is about a very cute relationship between Molang, a joyful rabbit and Piu Piu, a reluctant chick. Their dynamic is adorable and together they go on many adventures and have great fun. The animation in this program is amazing and fun. The fluffy thick lines make it very kid-friendly and hold the attention of the viewer. There are many episodes on this DVD and my favorite is called “The Underground Walk.” In this episode, the duo goes on an underground tour and, due to their mischievous behavior and lack of discipline, they get lost from the tour group and must work together to find their way out of the tunnels. I like this episode because you really get a good taste of why they work so well together and you get the feeling that maybe without each other they could not accomplish as much. I recommend this for ages 2 to 6 and give it 5 out of 5 stars.

Credit: KIDS FIRST!

The Trip to Spain – Entertaining and Lighthearted Deadpan Comedy

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Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon embark on a six-part episodic road trip through Spain, sampling the restaurants, eateries, and sights along the way. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Tristan T. comments, “entertaining and light-hearted.  The writer/director, Michael Winterbottom leaves the audience with an ending that encourages some interesting discussion as well as making me want to go grab a late night snack!” See his full review below.

 

The Trip to Spain

 

By Tristan Tierce, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14

 

 

I surprised myself by actually enjoying this film.  It is entertaining and light-hearted.  The writer/director, Michael Winterbottom leaves the audience with an ending that encourages some interesting discussion as well as making me want to go grab a late night snack!

 

The Trip to Spain is a deadpan comedy about two friends, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, playing themselves, traveling across Spain, writing about food while they take in culture and talk about life. This is the third in a series of “trip” films and aired at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival.  What I find interesting is Michael Winterbottom never actually wrote a script. It is more of an outline explaining where each scene takes place, who is in it and what subjects will be discussed.  Most of the lines are improvised by the actors.

 

The Trip to Spain is shot on location which allows for some magnificent cinematography.  There are numerous breathtaking views from the many restaurants they visit.  One thing I found annoying was the abrupt cuts the camera takes to show locals eating or sitting around.  I found it unnecessary and actually distracting from the plot.

 

I enjoy dry, deadpan humor.  I also think the many impressions Steve and Rob do throughout the film are fun to watch.  Obviously, I cannot relate when they make references to their 50-year-old selves, but I often laughed at the situational humor.

 

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18. Because of the content and dry humor, I think older teens and adults will appreciate it most.  It is playing in theaters now so, go check it out.

 

Credit: KIDS FIRST!

The Day Henry Met: Season 1

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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, Whale. How do you stay under water for so long? Hello, Car. What makes you go so fast? Hello, Moon. Why do you only come out at night?” 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 knight rescuing the missing sword… As a singer performing in a band… As a deep sea diver swimming along sea creatures… As a fireman rescuing others… As an astronaut flying to the moon… And more! KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Samantha M. comments, “I enjoyed watching Henry act as an inquisitive 4-year-old. I am a little jealous because he is so intelligent and I wish I was that intelligent when I was 4!” Jolleen M. adds, “This DVD is very educational and cute. It is simply amazing that a child can enjoy watching a film while learning so much at the same time.” Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror wraps it up with, “I think this show really inspires adventure and curiosity. I love how it makes every small event seem so fun and worthwhile.” See their full reviews below.

 

The Day Henry Met: Season 1

By Samantha Marcus, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 17

 

 

This creative animated series left me feeling intrigued the entire time. I enjoyed watching Henry act as an inquisitive 4-year-old. I am a little jealous because he is so intelligent and I wish I was that intelligent when I was 4! Throughout the series, I couldn’t wait to see what Henry would encounter next.

 

Henry is a young boy who desires to learn something new in his everyday life. In each episode, Henry meets a new object and his imagination comes to life when he puts the object to use. He finds a soccer ball and acts as a referee, finds a shield and acts as a knight and even acts as a deep sea diver, swimming alongside marine life. The best part is, Henry builds so many friendships and everyone he meets is eager to help him find the answers to his questions.

 

Steve Austin, the series animator, makes the setting and characters look incredibly realistic, since they aren’t picture-perfect. The animation looks pencil sketched, which makes the series more relatable, since nothing in life is perfect. Susan Broe, the series producer, incorporates a multitude of family-friendly themes to make this series fun for everyone to watch.

 

The music in the series is centralized with an orchestra, which is very calming for young kids and was for me also. It’s very unique, which I greatly admire, because most TV shows today have similar types of music. My favorite episode is called, “A Parrot.” Henry meets a parrot, begins talking to him and finds out it’s his 101st birthday. He tells Henry about his famous grandfather parrot, which is hilarious because parrots aren’t usually famous. It reminded me of going into pet stores and seeing talking parrots.

 

The message of the series is to explore everything life has to offer and to be nice to everyone you meet. Henry is grateful for his life and treats everyone with compassion and respect, which is what everyone should do. I give this DVD 5 out of 5 stars, recommend it to kids ages 6 to18 and adults would enjoy it too. I love how every object comes to life in Henry’s imagination and the unique plot had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. This comes out on DVD August 15, 2017. I can’t wait to watch Season 2.

 

The Day Henry Met: Season 1

By Jolleen Mejia, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

 

 

This DVD is very educational and cute. It is simply amazing that a child can enjoy watching a film while learning so much at the same time. A child can acquire so many positive traits and behaviors from watching this show. The animation is so cute. I have never seen this style of animation before.

In this show, Henry meets a new object every day and goes on adventures learning more about them. He helps his object friends with their problems and learns the correct way to act in different situations. He learns to be fair, honest and kind. The show is somewhat predictable and not as original as some educational kids’ shows. I love the plot of Henry meeting a new object. That is very original.

One interesting thing is that all of the objects (trees, clouds, pillars) have eyes on them. The eyes are huge and wide, even on Henry. Another thing is that everything is always moving. For example, all the trees in the background sway in the wind. There are tiny details like that which make everything seem a bit more life like.

 

My favorite episode is “The Day Henry Met a Football.” In this episode, there is Henry, two boots and a football. The two boots argue with each other about who is the best. The two boots play a game together with the football and eventually get super tired. Then they start arguing that they aren’t the best. This reminds me of when me and my brother argue and it made me laugh. I wonder if the boots are siblings as well.

 

There are multiple messages in the stories. The most common ones are about being honest, kind to others, playing fair and facing your fears. These are all very important and good to teach to children at an early age.

 

This DVD is great for young children who are ready to learn. I recommend it ages 3 to 7 and give it 3 out of 5 stars. The animation is super cute and unique, but the stories are not all that original. Still, this is a wonderful DVD and is available now, so check it out!

 

The Day Henry Met: Season 1

By Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Juror

 

This is truly a neat little program. This show is exactly as it sounds. It’s all about Henry meeting all kinds of people and things. He goes on tons of wacky adventures and I loved every minute of it. The art is goofy and feels as if it came from a child. I believe that is appealing to children who think that they too could create such a little journey. My favorite episode is “The Day Henry Met… A Panda.” It may because I love pandas, haha. In this episode, Henry helps a panda at the zoo search for its cousin and, in turn, becomes a zookeeper for the day. it’s very fun seeing him meet all the zoo animals and create a friendship with the panda as they search together. I think this show really inspires adventure and curiosity. I love how it makes every small event seem so fun and worthwhile. I recommend this DVD for ages 3 to 5 and give it 5 out of 5 stars.

Credit: KIDS FIRST!