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The Painting - Maya Lauer's Review

Reviewer Maya Lauer is 10 years old and a student at Edison Language Academy.

For readers who may have forgotten, this wonderful film will be a gentle reminder to appreciate the way you are and things you have.

That’s the overlying message that The Painter delivers.

This animated film was great. The general idea is that the whole movie is a picture – all part of a painting – which helped symbolize the meaning or lesson that there is more to a painting than just the picture we see.

Helping to guide my appreciation was the style of animation. It was unlike any I have ever seen before. The style was much more artistic than in a cartoon style.

My favorite character was Lola, because, unlike the other characters in the movie, Lola appreciated the way she was. She wanted to stay a “halfie” (not a “whole person”) because she felt like that’s how she was born and how she was meant to be.

I definitely recommend the movie – great for kids and helps them understand what art is really about in a deeper way.

The Painting plays May 5, 2013, at 11am at The Aero Theatre. Buy tickets in advance through this link to make a donation to the school of your choice.

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Kids Flix Mix 2 - Ethan Schmieder's Review

Ethan Schmieder is 9 years old and a student in the third grade. Kids Flix Mix 2 is a collection of shorts; Ethan has reviewed The Extinction of the Saber-toothed Housecat:

This was my favorite cartoon. The cat is doing all the things that cats do: eat, play, stretch, be lazy, chase butterflies. The music with the meteor meant something scary was going to happen and then they go to the cat and he is playing. I would see this again with my friends. I did not like the Grandma Tree one and the one with the guy who takes off his head. Those were creepy. They didn't make sense and made me scared.

The Extinction of the Saber-toothed Housecat plays as part of Kids Flix Mix 2 on May 4, 2013, at 11am at The Aero Theatre. Buy tickets in advance through this link to make a donation to the school of your choice.

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The Painting - Sage Guzman's Review

Reviewer Sage Guzman is 9 years old and a student at Holly Avenue Elementary School.

With an extraordinary story this unique, detailed, French animated film makes you feel as if you're with the characters in scenes jumping in and out of different paintings with different colors, emotions, and even different styles of art. The main characters are Lola, a halfie who is a curious girl with a never-ending imagination (she is my favorite); Magenta, a dainty little boy in a red uniform who is from a war painting; and Ramo, who is an artistic aldon in a forbidden love with another halfie.

Together the friends set out on a journey through the art world created by the painter who never finished the halfies or sketchies. My favorite part of the movie is when Lola enters the forbidden forests, because there are so many whimsical plants curling out as if they are alive, and it makes you feel like you're a part of the whole scene. I would recommend this movie for kids 8 and up, because there is a tiny part in the movie where a woman is naked in a painting. If you are a creative person with a huge imagination, trust me; you will absolutely fall in love with this fantastic film!

The Painting plays May 5, 2013, at 11am at The Aero Theatre. Buy tickets in advance through this link to make a donation to the school of your choice.

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Kids Flix Mix 2 - Rosalie Moore's Review

Reviewer Rosalie Moore is 7 years old and a student at Castle Heights Elementary School.

Kids Flix Mix 2 is a collection of shorts, of which Rosalie has reviewed three:

Fresh Guacamole
I like Fresh Guacamole because the filmmaker uses things to pretend it is tomatoes or onions. I think it is funny because they pretend it is food ingredients. It is an animation; that'’s why I like it. I think you should see it.

Lola
They are two dolls, a boy and a girl in a store, and a man buys Lola the girl doll. This doll boy goes into an adventure, because he wants to find Lola, the girl doll. The boy doll went all over the world; finally he arrived at the end of his adventure. I like it because the filmmaker took pictures and added dolls to it, and I like adventure. I think you should look at this movie. I recognized Paris and San Francisco.

Going to Mum's
I did not like Mum's because it is a sad story. The boy is scared; the mum and the dad were fighting. They fight about clothes, but I think you should still watch it because I am not you.

Kids Flix Mix 2 plays on May 4, 2013, at 11am at The Aero Theatre. Buy tickets in advance through this link to make a donation to the school of your choice.

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Kids Flix Mix 2 - Mia Rainbow's Review

Reviewer Mia Rainbow (aka Mia Safdie) is 5 years old. Kids Flix Mix 2 is a collection of shorts, of which Mia has reviewed The Storyteller.

My favorite character was the granddaughter, because she has a strong relationship with her grandfather that was based on respect, kindness, and love.

This was my favorite movie of the short films because of the story. I liked the beginning where they were playing with coconuts. I think it's a really great, surprising story. I liked how they used some real life footage and then animation for the characters.

This movie is good for children aged 5, because I am aged five, and for children who are older.

The Storyteller plays as part of Kids Flix Mix 2 on May 4, 2013, at 11am at The Aero Theatre. Buy tickets in advance through this link to make a donation to the school of your choice.

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Kids Flix Mix 2 & The Painting - Ethan Appelbaum-Schwartz's Review

Reviewer Ethan Appelbaum-Schwartz is 9 years old and a student at Marquez Charter School.

Kids Flix Mix 2 is a collection of shorts, of which Ethan has reviewed several:

Snack Attack
It was very funny. It was about two people fighting for a snack. The setting is at a train station. It is appropriate for all ages. I liked it because it was full of suspense and mystery.

Paper Touch
It was a song made out of objects. I did not really like it, but it was still cool. It was not animated. You can say the people who made it were very talented.

The Storyteller
It was about a grandpa who forgets how to tell a story that he always tells. It was sad, sweet, and cute. The story was about a man who did not catch many fish so someone gave him a spell to make him catch more fish. I liked it because it was very suspenseful - because there are fisherman, spies, and fish!

Grandmother
There are some scenes in this movie that could scare children under 5 years old. It is about a kid that has a very active imagination who visits her grandma’s house and has very scary nightmares, like her grandmother turning into a tree. She wakes up and finds her grandmother sitting on a rocking chair. It was a really good movie, and I recommend for you to watch it!

The Painting
It was really cool, sad, and I liked it. It was about pictures from paintings that are alive, and they are trying to find their painter. I would recommend children 6 and over to watch this movie. It is like Romeo and Juliet at first, but it gets different. There are some slavery-like people in the painting that are completely done and are called “all-dones,” and the people that are almost done but not done are called “halfies,” and the mistakes on the painting are called “sketchies.” The “all-dones” are treated like they are royal and “halfies” and “sketchies” are like slaves.

Kids Flix Mix 2 plays on May 4, 2013, at 11am at The Aero Theatre. The Painting plays May 5, 2013, at 11am at The Aero Theatre. Buy tickets in advance through this link to make a donation to the school of your choice.

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Kids Flix Mix 2 & The Painting - Olivia Israel's Review

Reviewer Olivia Israel is 7 years old and a student at Will Rogers Elementary School.

Kids Flix Mix 2 is a collection of shorts, of which Olivia has reviewed several:

Paper Touch
This movie made me happy. I think it is a great movie for all ages because there are no scary parts. It is a very creative way of using paper and animation. Paper Touch is bright and colorful. I really loved it, and I'm sure you will too.

Guacamole
Guacamole is a very clever film. It shows you how to make something in the kitchen out of things that you don't usually have in your kitchen. I love to cook, and it made me want to go home and make guacamole and eat it with a bag of chips. Lots of fun!

Mi Abuela
This movie was a little scary. It has no words but tells the story of a little girl who visits her grandma, who spends a lot of time knitting and rocking. She has a dream that seems to come to life, and it scares her. I liked it but would not recommend it for five and under. It was a little scary for me, and I'm seven. The only thing that was not scary is the ending, which was nice and happy.

Lola
This is a very cute movie about two dolls that are separated, and what they do to try to find each other. It's a very sweet story, and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to put a smile on their face. I loved Lola so much, because it really made me smile and feel happy.

The Painting
This is a story about characters in a painting that come to life. The artist never finished the painting so some of the characters are not finished, which causes lots of problems for them. Two of them fall in love, but they are not allowed to be together because they are different from each other. This is a very creative movie, with lots of pretty colors, great animation, and I liked it a lot! The best part is how all the characters realized they really could all live together with each other and get along. Kids under five might not understand it, but I loved it, and I'm seven. I would definitely see this again!

Kids Flix Mix 2 plays on May 4, 2013, at 11am at The Aero Theatre.
The Painting plays May 5, 2013, at 11am at The Aero Theatre. Buy tickets in advance through this link to make a donation to the school of your choice.

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Kids Flix Mix 2 - Lilianah Barton's Review

Reviewer Lilianah Barton is 9 years old and a student at Roosevelt Elementary School.

Kids Flix Mix 2 is a collection of shorts; Lilianah has reviewed The Extinction of the Saber-toothed Housecat:

Having a bad day? Worried about something? Scared? Well, there is one film that can cheer you up! It's called The Extinction of the Saber Tooth House Cat. It's a film about a cat and what he does every morning. What he doesn't know is that his life might be in danger.

On a scale from 1 to 10, I would rate this film 100! Great animation! I like how they take pictures in reality and add an animated figure. I think that everyone should see this movie. If you don't get to see this movie then all I have to say is that it's hilarious. You should go see that movie!

The Extinction of the Saber-toothed Housecat plays as part of Kids Flix Mix 2 on May 4, 2013, at 11am at The Aero Theatre. Buy tickets in advance through this link to make a donation to the school of your choice.

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Kids Flix Mix 2 - Anya's Review

Reviewer Anya is 9 years old and a student at Edison Language Academy.

Kids Flix Mix 2 is a collection of shorts, of which Anya has reviewed several:

Snack Attack
Really funny short film. Great characters. Big surprise at the end.

At the Opera
Great singers, though what they were seriously surprised me. I almost expected them to drown in tears.

Subway Train
Really creative drawings. Loved the song and animals.

Paper Touch
I loved how much imagination and creativity they put into it. I never knew you could create stuff like that using paper.

I’m Going to Mum’s
I found it really sad. I have to say, though, that there were a lot of clothes.

Lola
What a big adventure for such a little doll!  I thought it was really good and that the places the doll goes to are great.

Fresh Guacamole
Just looking at the movie made me hungry.  Great use of "ingredients."

Ernesto
I loved the teeth. I can't believe he went as far as drawing on them. Good film.

Kids Flix Mix 2 plays on May 4, 2013, at 11am at The Aero Theatre. Buy tickets in advance through this link to make a donation to the school of your choice.

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The Painting - Ivy Starr's Review

Reviewer Ivy Starr is 6 years old and a student at Franklin Elementary School.

I thought The Painting was a journey to a magical, unreal world. It had lots of cool characters, dark colors, and bright colors. I also liked the mix between the real world and the painting world.

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