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Product Type: Videos
Age: Late 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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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
October Sky
(Universal $14.98 Score:) It's 1957 and Homer's sights are on the stars and Sputnik, not the coal mines that have swallowed the dreams and hopes of his father's generation. An inspiring film that speaks to believing in oneself and keeping hope alive. Closed-captioned. PG.

Age: 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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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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2001 Award
Tarzan
(Disney $24.99 Score:) Okay, Johnny Weismuller he's not, but this adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan of the Apes is another way into the jungle. Less scary than we feared, this animated feature has terrific songs by Phil Collins with voices by heavy hitters such as Glenn Close, Minnie Driver, Wayne Knight, Rosie O'Donnell, and Tony Goldwyn as Tarzan. Compared to the original Saturday afternoon potboilers, with the required alligator fight, this is pretty fare tame. 6 & up.

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

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2001 Award
The Real Macaw
(Paramount $19.95 Score:) Here's an old-fashioned adventure with buried treasure, a "boy and his dog"-oops! make that "boy and his macaw"-on a mission to save his grandfather (Jason Robards) from financial doom. A tall yarn that stars a 150-year-old bird (voice by John Goodman) with just the right blend of suspense and humor. For family fun, The Real Macaw is the real McCoy! Not rated. 6-11.

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

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