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Age: Late Elementary School Years

 


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
Works: Fabulous Foods
(Sony $12.95 Score:) The best title in this "Work" series looks at familiar products and how they are made. Here, learn how apple juice, yogurt, bread, blueberries, and pasta are made. Footage of cows being milked and blueberries being cleaned and sorted fascinated our testers. In My House looks at flowers, mail service, and how bricks, baskets, and pottery are made. Narrated by kids who wear a "magic" hat, these are pretty straightforward-not incredibly compelling, but informative for "how do they do that?" curiosity. Fun and Games was a disappointingly slow look at how crayons and toys are made. Will be enjoyed by the next age group. 4-9

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

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2001 Award
Awesome Adventures
(Blackboard Entertainment $12.95 Score:) Dive into a tropical reef, snowmobile on Polar ice, explore a rain forest and an ancient cave, in a series of kid-centered adventures around the world. No corny jokes or talking puppets needed-these adventures speak for themselves without talking down to kids or over their heads! 7 & up.

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

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2001 Award
The Big Boom!
(Little Mammoth Media $14.95 Score:) Go inside an active volcano, follow a demolition team as it implodes a 22-story building, and watch supersonic jets flying faster than the speed of sound. Although some of the "factoids" about sound vibrations offered are a stretch for young viewers, kids with an appetite for science information will like this one. 6 & up. Still top-rated, The Big Space Shuttle, with splendid footage of the Shuttle, astronauts in training, and space camp. A wonderful way to explore the vast frontier of space. 5 & up. Platinum Award '99.

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

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2001 Award
The Blue Angels: In Pursuit of Excellence
(Dreams Come True $14.98 Score:) Get a sense of the precision involved, not just in flying in formation in shows, but at all times as the Blue Angels' team of more than 100 works together to make it all happen. Amazing footage puts you right in the cockpit and for a few heady moments you too will have the wings of an angel! The Big Airshow from the same company was too slow paced for our testers. 7 & up.

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

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1995 Awards
Building Skyscrapers
(David Alpert Association $19.95 Score:) Kaboom! down with the old and up, up, up goes a new skyscraper in New York City. Step by step from implosions to raising the steel and concrete oozing out of the hoses, here's a ringside seat for watching a building go from a foundation to finish. Real construction people, both male and female, answer the questions of a seven-year-old child in a well-paced, clearly written film that was shot from many perspectives, including a helicopter. PLATINUM AWARD '95.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 1995.

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1997 Awards
Dare to Dance
(Grey Dawn Productions $19.95 Score:)

This is not a how-to dance-along tape. It is an inspiring and beautifully crafted video with interviews and film of three young talented dancers from ten to seventeen that captures their feelings and love of dancing. 8-17

Also, I Want to be a Ballerina (Big Kids Productions $14.95) features a behind-the-scenes look at the casting, rehearsing, and highlights of the Nutcracker by student dancers.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 1997. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2001 Awards
Really Wild Animals
(Columbia Tristar $14.95 Score:) A lively blend of splendid film footage, information, and music have made this series a hit with kids. Dudley Moore narrates all three videos: Monkey Business looks at animal families; Dinosaurs and Other Creature Features explores the mysteries and characteristics of some of the weirdest wildlife; Polar Prowl travels from North to South Pole. Closed-captioned. 5-11

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

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1995 Award
Free Willy
(Warner Bros. $24 Score:) Eleven-year-old Jesse finds new meaning in his life when he meets Willy, an orca whale who is being held in captivity. His concern and friendship grows and so does he. Video stores.

Age: Early School Years,Later School Years. Award Year: 1995.

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