Titanic on DVD KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions

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‘Finding Nemo’ Rides the Waves Again in 3-D KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions

Finding Nemo, the 2003 film that captured hearts and won the Best Animated Feature Oscar in 2004, has gotten a studio makeover and has been filling movie theaters in its 3-D version. “I thought the 3-D was cool,” says KIDS FIRST! youth film critic Anthony Aranda, age 10, who goes on to say there wasn’t enough of it: “… but they needed to add more 3-D parts to the movie.”  [Read more…]

‘Barbie: The Princess & the Popstar’ Is Barbie-Glamour Tweak on Twain KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions

Mark Twain’s classic The Prince and the Pauper gets a glamorous modern makeover in the new DVD release from Universal Studios, Barbie: The Princess & the Popstar. While Twain contrasted two opposites – a prince, which everyone would want to be, and a pauper, which was not so attractive – Universal’s two heroines both live a life that every young girl thinks she wants. But glamour isn’t necessarily all it seems to be. [Read more…]

‘Thunderstruck’ – Who’s Got the Talent? KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions

We all love to root for the underdog, but when he becomes top dog through a fluke rather than hard work, well, it’s not so satisfying. Brian Newall, who magically acquires the talent of his hoops hero Kevin Durant (who plays himself), eventually finds he’d rather get the talent back to its rightful owner. There are plenty of laughs along the way, from Brian’s klutzy ball playing in the beginning to what KIDS FIRST! youth film critic Brianna Beaton, age 12, describes as her favorite scene, when Kevin’s agent “is trying to get Kevin his talent back. He is doing all kinds of things, going from holding the basketball together with saying a message to rubbing the carpet and then finally to a stun gun.” Brianna was there at the red carpet to interviews cast members, including father and son actors James and Robert Belushi who share how they brought comedy from their own NEWSLETTER BREAK
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The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions, www.kidsfirst.org

Reviewed by Morgan Bertsch

Happy Labor Day! Disney Sponsored Movies

In case you and your family are bored this long weekend, why not catch up on three fantastic films still playing in theatres?


Have a wonderful Labor Day!!



‘Mia and the Migoo’ a Hand-painted Masterpiece in an Era of CGI KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions, www.kidsfirst.org

With this new release of Mia and the Migoo from Entertainment One, director Jacques-Rémy Girerd reprises the 2008 film that won him the Grand Prix award for Best Feature Film from the China International Cartoon and Digital Art Festival and the European Film Award for Best Animated Film from the European Film Awards – and the film is an astonishing achievement created from 500,000 hand-painted cels.  [Read more…]

‘The Odd Life of Timothy Green’ Is Rooted in Love KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions

Jack planted magic beans and grew a giant beanstalk. What Cindy and Jim Green plant is something more ephemeral – heartfelt dreams and desires – and what grows from that is even more special.  “Kids and parents can enjoy this movie because it shows a lot of imagination and a lot of love,” says KIDS FIRST! youth film critic Anthony Aranda, age 10, recommending it for all ages because there’s nothing scary in it, although the Motion Picture Association of America gives it the mildly cautionary PG rating. Audiences can expect to have their heartstrings tugged. Says KIDS FIRST! youth film critic Cheyenne Nguyen, age 8, “This movie emotion is like riding a roller coaster. I am laughing and crying during the same scene.” She gives particular kudos to CJ Adams, who plays Timothy Green, calling him “a great actor.”

Reviewed by Cheyenne Nguyen


Reviewed by Anthony Aranda