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

 


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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2001 Award
The Tigger Movie
(Disney $24.99 Score:)

Poor Tigger is looking for someone to go bouncing with, but none of his pals are big on bouncing. So Tigger goes looking for his Tigger family. When he can't find them, Roo, Pooh, and all his pals dress up as Tiggers. It takes an avalanche (a not too scary one) to make him understand that the friends who love and worry about you are family, too. Now on DVD, this is the 10th Anniversary edition with two new Tigger Adventures.


Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2001. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2002 Award
Charlotte's Web
(Paramount, Paramount $19.99 Score:) Few characters in literature are as memorable as dear Charlotte the spider, who teaches young Wilbur the pig about friendship, trust, and life and death. This reissued animated version from 1972 of E. B. White's classic features the voices of Debbie Reynolds, Paul Lynde, Agnes Moorehead, and Henry Gibson. Bring home the book for the complete experience!

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2002 Award
Shrek
(Dreamworks, Dreamworks $24.99 Score:) Based on William Steig's novel, the folks at Dreamworks have crafted a witty and visually stunning animated tale that has a valuable moral: that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Shrek, an endearing troll (Mike Myers), is sent by evil Lord Farquaad to rescue Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) from the dragon guarded castle. Eddie Murphy plays Shrek's sidekick donkey and provides much of the comic relief. A giant of an animated tale! PG (for some language and crude humor) but would be fine for 5s & up. Available as video or DVD with a novel feature that allows viewers to voice-over parts and become part of the show.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2002.

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2003 Award
Spirit
(Dreamworks $26.99 Score:) Early reviewers indicated that this was a film no one over six would watch. We'd say this is a beautiful film that no one under six should see. Like an old fashioned western (only more politically correct) this is part one of "How the West was Won". It has the requisite chase through canyons and a fall into rapids with a waterfall drop that the main characters survive. Only here the main characters have manes and the story is told from the point of view of a wild mustang that is captured by the cavelry and rescued by a Native American. This has more than one frightening moment and might lead some young viewers to believe that the Plains are still home to the Lakota People and wild mustangs. Still the images are beautiful and the story has more meaning than all too many so called family films. 6-10.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
Cinderella II
(Disney $23.99 Score:) On her return home to the palace the King decides that Cinderella should now be in charge of balls. Not all the ladies of the court are happy about this. They try to teach Cinderella how it should be done. But Cinderella has a mind of her own and takes charge. Imagine that, an independent Cinderella. There are two other tales here. One is about the mean old stepmother and one of the stepsisters who falls in love with a baker. There are some not-too-scary cat-and-mouse chase scenes, but the mice always win, and the fairy godmother sings her Bibbity Bobbity song to open and close the stories. (73 mins.)

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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2003 Award
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
(Warner Bros. $26.99 Score:) Our Harry Potter fans were more than satisfied with the first movie installment of J. K. Rowling's best-selling books. They were very concerned that the movie be faithful to the book. The film will be enjoyed most by school-age children (and even then our row of 9 year olds covered their eyes on occasion). The final showdown between Harry and Voldermort was pretty intense. The DVD version also has some extra "never seen before" footage for kids who can't get enough Harry!

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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Lilo & Stitch
(Disney $22.98 Score:) When alien Stitch lands on Earth, he encounters Lilo, a Hawaiian girl who has lost both of her parents (this is Disney, after all). In the opening scenes Lilo punches, bites, and and threatens to kill herself, and her social worker is from MIB central casting. Heralded by many as a kinder, gentler Disney film, we found the film to have too many unpleasant rough edges, and none of the beauty of "Lion King" or "Little Mermaid II."

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: .

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2003 Award
The Rookie
(Disney $22.99 Score:) This is family entertainment at its best. Based on the true story of baseball player Jim Morris, it's a movie about hope, family, friendship, and dreams. We applaud the G rating and the absence of bathroom humor (except for a funny diaper-changing scene). Having sustained an injury, Jim Morris leaves his big-league dreams behind and becomes a high school science teacher and baseball coach. His "bad news" high team challenges him to try out for the majors again if they win the state pennant. Dennis Quaid's portrayal appeals to both kids and parents. A home run of a movie! (127 mins.)

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 2003.

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