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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
Disney Presents Annie
(Disney $19.99 Score:) If you missed this on network TV during the holidays or you wish you could see it again, here's a masterful, made-for-TV production of the musical Annie. Kathy Bates plays the dastardly Miss Hannigan to 12-year-old Alicia Morton's spunky Annie, with Victor Garber as Daddy Warbucks and Audra MacDonald as his secretary. It's better than the movie or other revivals we've seen. This is a keeper! 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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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
Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea
(Disney $26.99 Score:) A satisfying sequel to the "happily ever after" tale of the Little Mermaid. The drama begins when Ariel's daughter Melody is threatened by the sea witch Morgana. To keep her safe, Ariel decides that her daughter should never know of her mother's past or her relations in the sea. Rebellious like her mother, Melody dives in and runs into her own set of underwater sidekicks and big-time trouble. Another happy ending, of course. The music isn't as grand, but will satisfy those looking for more adventures. Two fins up! Because the opening is particularly scary, our recommendation is to save this for 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Awards
Joseph: King of Dreams
(Dreamworks $26.99 Score:) It's refreshing that this animated version didn't take liberties with a story that needs no added drama. Joseph's coat is not quite as colorful as one might imagine it, but the story of jealousy, dishonesty, courage, and forgiveness is all here. Though the animation does not compare to Dreamworks' Prince of Egypt, the images, the straightforward script, and even the music bring Joseph and his dreams to life without turning them into a nightmare! 6 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Awards
Play with Maisy
(Universal $12.98 Score:) Maisy's little slice of life adventures with her friends are very slow-paced and are just right for young video viewers. Play with Maisy includes time at the playground and the fair. 2 & up. Still top rated, OPPENHEIM TOY PORTFOLIO PLATINUM AWARD 2000 winner, Count with Maisy, where she is the conductor of the train and picks up two giraffes, three peacocks... you get the idea.

Age: Toddlers. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Awards
Goodnight Moon & Other Sleepytime Tales
(HBO Kids Video $9.95 Score:) (HBO Kids Video $9.95) Our favorite video of the year. Though toddlers might enjoy the title story, this is not a film for the very young. Through interviews with dozens of real kids, this refreshing film captures kids' typical feelings about dreams and bedtime. Viewers will find comfort in knowing that they are not alone in some of their fears. Laced throughout these wise remarks from kids are Natalie Cole narrating Faith Ringgold's Tar Beach, Billy Crystal's telling of Mercer Mayer's There's a Nightmare in My Closet, and familiar bedtime songs sung by Tony Bennett, Aaron Neville, Lauryn Hill and Patti LaBelle. Oh, yes, and Goodnight Moon comes to life faithfully with brilliant color and minimal animation, and read just as it should be with simplicity by Susan Sarandon. Save this for kids from 4-7.

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

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2001 Awards
Little Bear's Band
(Paramount $9.95 Score:) This series continues to be one of the best for preschoolers with age appropriate stories about friendship and family. Little Bear's Band with four musical tales includes our favorite, "Diva Hen." Also recommended, Summertime Tales, with four adventures revolving around games Little Bear and his friends play in the garden and in the woods. OPPENHEIM TOY PORTFOLIO PLATINUM AWARD '00. Also entertaining: A Kiss For Little Bear, Friends, Winter Tales, and Goodnight, Little Bear (PLATINUM AWARD '99). Forget Little Goblin Bear, a seasonal attempt at safe scare with several dream sequences that may be edgy for some viewers. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Awards
Discover Spot
(Disney $19.99 Score:) A creative blend of short animated stories featuring Spot and his friends and live action showing real kids doing similar things. For example, when Spot and his friends see a band in the park they go home to make their own music. Video then features real-life kids trying different instruments. Features the voice of Haley Joel Osment as Spot. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2001.

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2001 Awards
Birthday Stories
(Time Life $12.95 Score:)

A collection of seven animated stories about birthdays by well-known writers and illustrators such as Alan Ahlberg, Michael Foreman, Helen Oxenbury, and Shirley Hughes. They have a true storybook quality that is charming, but quieter and slower than most video fare for this age group. Watch this 44-min. video in several sittings rather than one long sit-down. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool. Award Year: 2001.

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