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Product Type: Videos
Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: Feature-Length Films

 

 
2012 Awards
McKenna Shoots for the Stars
(American Girl $14.95 Score:)

Aspiring young gymnasts will relate to McKenna's ambitious dreams of becoming an Olympic star. Even non-gymnists will find common ground with her school problems and need for a tutor and the rivalry that grows when her childhood friend becomes jealous of McKenna's new friendship with her tutor. Though the music is somewhat intrusive and the situations a bit predictable, this is like the old after school specials with lots of good messages and events that echo kid's own experiences. McKenna's tutor is wheelchair bound and though she is older and wiser, McKenna learns a lot about friendship and supporting someone else's needs as the story develops. It also delivers a serious message that needing the help of others is noto something to be ashamed of at any age. This is a film for school aged kids, not preschoolers. I hr. 35 min.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2009 Awards
Mary Poppins 45th Anniversary Edition
(Walt Disney $29.95 Score:)

A two DVD set of a loveable classic that you probably saw when you were the same age as your own kids. Along with the full length feature, this set includes a deleted song, a reunion with Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, an animated adventure with Julie Andrews and a backstage extra of the Broadway show. Sure it will air on TV, but this is the way to see it without all the commercials and whenever a little spoonful of sugar is needed! Still a treat!

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2009. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2001 Awards
Chicken Run
(Dreamworks $26.99 Score:) Like many so-called family films, this one is loaded with visual quotes from movies that kids won't know. Yet, on a very basic level, this is the tale in which the underdogs (make that the chickens) join forces and use their ingenuity to outwit the evil, greedy, inhuman humans who are plotting to turn them into pot pies. With plenty of sunny-side up chicken/egg jokes to lighten the dark side, it's "Stalag 17" and "The Great Escape" recast in fine fowl claymation. 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Awards
My Dog Skip
(Warner Bros. $22.96 Score:) With the help of his dog, 9-year-old Willie overcomes loneliness, fear, and his small stature. Set in WWII, this is a good blend of humor, adventure, and the bigger issues of growing up, finding friends, and figuring out what being a hero really means. Skip's eventual death, after Willie grows up, is treated sensitively at the end, with just a voice-over. 8 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Awards
Stuart Little
(Columbia Tristar $24.96 Score:)

Those who loved E.B. White's book may feel betrayed yet again with the Hollywood version, but some parents preferred the film to the original. Unlike the book's ending, here Stuart (Michael J. Fox) is happily reunited with the Littles (played by Geena Davis, Hugh Laurie, and Jonathan Lipnicki). The mix of animation and live-action high jinks can be confusing and a bit scary to preschoolers who don't have real and make-believe sorted out quite yet. A better choice for 6 & up. Closed-captioned.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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1999 Awards
Fairy Tale
(Paramount $19.95 Score:) During World War I when so many lost loved ones, sťances and a belief in spiritualism was not at all unusual. In fact, famous people such as Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle were well known for their beliefs in the supernatural. Set against that time and place, two girls, who have also suffered losses, discover real fairies in the garden. Their photos cause quite a stir among both believers and others. Not for small children. A beauty! 8-80s.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 1999.

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1999 Awards
The Lion King II: Simba's Pride
(Disney $26.99 Score:) In this Romeo and Juliet tale (with a much happier ending), Simba's daughter and Scar's son meet, and their love story is the vehicle for making peace with the past and reuniting the two prides. The lines between good and evil are very clear and, therefore, scary scenes are more suspenseful than terrifying. Smaller in scale than the original, it is visually beautiful and clearly conveys that prejudices and grudges need not be passed from one generation to the next. Not for preschoolers. 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 1999.

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2005 Awards
Mulan
(Disney $24.99 Score:) We have not yet seen the DVD of this winning film. We expect the additioni of games, extra music and behind the scenes features will only make a good thing better. In a season with not too many bright choices, this is a welcome retred of a previous Platinum winner. This is what we wrote in 2000. "Featuring a strong and courageous girl who fights in her father's place and rejects the traditional female role, this video won high marks from our viewers. The music and imagery of China are stunning for any age audience. Although this film is not without violence (it is about war, after all), it is not here for its own sake. There is a bigger story here with clear lines of good and evil. Suspenseful without being overly violent, Disney should use this well-crafted film as a model for future films. 6 & up."

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2005.

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2000 Awards
Air Bud Golden Receiver
(Disney $19.99 Score:) Buddy, once a star canine slam dunker, now uses his considerable talents to help his pal Josh score as a quarterback on his school's football team. Break out the popcorn-this is one the whole family will enjoy watching together. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2000.

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1999 Awards
The Borrowers
(Polygram $19.95 Score:) Based on the classic Borrowers books, this updated version stars John Goodman as a villain/lawyer who tries to rob a family of its home and, with them, the family of little people who inhabit the walls of their house. The whole family will enjoy this. Why not read the book together and use the book and video as an exercise in comparative literature? 8 & up.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 1999.

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