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The Painting - Anna Thompson's Review

Reviewer Anna Thompson is 11 years old and a student at El Segundo Middle School.

The Painting is a fairly fast-paced, hand-drawn, animated film from France. It has an artistic style, made to look as though the characters were inside paintings. The characters jump into paintings of a castle, a war scene, a Venetian celebration, and a self-portrait.

In the main setting, an unfinished painting of a castle, there are three social levels of characters. Named for how completed they were by the painter, the Allduns, who are all-done, are at the top of the hierarchy. The Halfies who are partially colored, follow them, and the Sketchies, who are not at all colored, and are only sketched, are at the bottom. The Halfies and the Sketchies are treated unfairly by the selfish Allduns, who are convinced they are the only ones the painter cares about. This social leveling serves as the conflict of the film.

In every good story, there are compelling characters who want to resolve the conflict. From the unfinished castle painting, three characters from varying social levels join together to seek out the painter to ask him to finish their painting. There’s Ramo, an Alldun who is in love with Halfie Claire; Lola, Claire’s curious, self-confident friend; and Quill, a Sketchie who wants to help his best friend, Gum. Along their journey, they enter a painting of a war and meet Magenta, a brave and compassionate drum boy who joins them on their quest. They also get help from the painter’s grumpy self-portrait, and a semi-nude painting of the painter’s love interest.

The Painting’s director, Jean-François Laguionie, uses music and color to move along the story. During a scene before danger, the orchestra warns the audience by playing ominous music, and during a scene that is happy, wind instruments play lighter music. The director also uses varying colors to illustrate the settings of the different paintings. The castle has cool colors, because most scenes occur at night. The War has red soldiers fighting against green soldiers. And Venice is bright and happy, with the exception of a few shadowy scenes where death is chasing a Sketchie.

The Painting is a film best recommended for kids ages 7 and up. Adults will also appreciate the artistic style and sophistication of the film. Anyone who likes art, Greek Mythology, or the book Katie Meets the Impressionists - or doesn’t know their own destiny - would enjoy seeing this film. The moral of the film is to know that there is always an opportunity to change, though it is your decision whether or not to do so. You have the ability to complete yourself, and to always wonder, “Who painted you?”

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 - Paige A's Review

Reviewer Paige A is 7 years old.

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

At the Opera
All the people at the opera are crying their eyes out and tears are everywhere, I mean everywhere; everyone is crying. At the end there is an uncommon surprise!

Paper Touch
Paper Touch
is about an animated paper ball that goes through a pinball machine and makes one thing turn into another thing. For example, paper cones bloom into flowers when touched by the paper ball. The pinball machine is really big. This movie made me feel happy because it is fun and colorful.

I’m Going to Mum’s
This live action film is about a boy that goes back and forth between his mom and dad’s houses, and he wears a bunch of clothes. When he gets to the last place, he has 20 layers of clothes on. On one trip he wore a “Bank of Dad” t-shirt to his mom’s. And when he went to his dad’s, he wore a shirt that says “I Heart Mom.” There is a funny part where his dad says he cannot have breakfast until he takes his shower. So, Jacob turns on the shower, but does not go in the shower. He comes into the kitchen and tiptoes to the refrigerator to get breakfast. Then he sneaks back to his mom’s without a shower. Jacob is unhappy because his parents are fighting and they are divorced. He wears a lot of clothes because his dad puts him in clothes that his dad likes and his mom puts him in clothes that she likes.

Lola
Lola
is about two dolls that are in a store, and one doll gets purchased, and the other doll tries to find the doll. The one doll goes around the world to find his friend. He goes to Grand Canyon, Paris, San Francisco, London, the Arctic Ocean, and many other places. As long as you try, you will always find your friend. This film made me feel sad if I ever lost my best friend. This film is not animated.

Fresh Guacamole
This is one of my favorite short films. It is about a person making fresh guacamole, and he gets a bunch of objects and turns them into other objects. For example, he turns a pincushion that looks like a tomato into red dice. When he is done making guacamole, he gets poker chips as chips. And he eats it. When he puts the poker chip in the guacamole, the poker chip breaks. It almost feels like it is real ingredients.

Extinction of the Saber-toothed Housecat
This film is a combination of animation and live action. This film is very funny. It is about a cat that is sleeping at first. Then he wakes up in the field, sits in the field and just stares there. He is licking his paws and “boom” something happens.

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 & The Painting - Nicolas Ladreyt's Review

Reviewer Nicolas Ladreyt is 9 years old and a student at Roosevelt Elementary School.

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

Snack Attack
You have to see this short, great movie. I would give it five stars. This movie appealed to me because it had very interesting characters. It was funny because an old woman and a teenage kid both acted differently than you would think. It had a surprising ending that you won’t forget.

Subway Train
A little crazy with music-making animals, but has great animation with hand drawn pictures. It was very creative, and good for anybody that likes animals and music. See this movie to believe me.

Fresh Guacamole
A man makes Guacamole with normal stuff. This makes it hilarious! Short but great!

The Painting
This unique movie is my favorite. It is an emotional and touching story about pictures coming to life with a lot of character drama. You need to see this -- a 5-star movie.

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 - Christopher Ladreyt's Review

Reviewer Christopher Ladreyt is 9 years old and a student at Roosevelt Elementary School.

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

Snack Attack
This short film was my favorite. It made me nervous because I felt for an old grandma who got scared. The story also had prominent animation that made you feel like you were in the movie. It also had a surprising end. It is a whirlwind of nervousness for the character and not knowing what will happen next.

The Extinction of the Sabre-toothed Housecat
This is a very fun film. They used the music well. Then, basing the story on a clever idea that connected two seemingly different events made it hilarious. It had great cartoon-like animation. The ending had a great twist. This is good because it amazes the watcher.

Subway Train
Turn up the music add some awesome pictures and voilà! Subway Train!
This short has the best animation of all! This is because everything was hand drawn. NO CAMERA !!!
Let’s be honest, no one uses hand drawn pictures anymore. That is what makes it special.

The Painting
This is a great, colorful film, and I for one have never seen anything like it. The idea of having "all-dones," "halvies," and sketches represent artwork at different stages of completion is just outstanding.
 

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 - Ian Brown's Review

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

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

If you’re talking hilarious, The Extinction of the Saber-toothed Housecat, I think, would be the funniest film ever made in the world’s history. It’s dramatic, crazy cuckoo, hilarious, and it’s family-friendly. From one second old into your hundreds, even in your teens, this movie is one of the only movies that everyone would like if they knew about it.

It’s about a cat with long teeth who has a very unfortunate day and sadly does not survive it. Luckily it has no potty talk. It has real pictures with cartoons drawn over them and opera music.

So, my friends, this is your goal. After you see this movie, your whole world will change into happiness and laughter, and you’ll be dying to show it to everyone you know, and they’ll crack up and laugh with you every time.

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 - William Kjenner-Love's Review

Reviewer William Kjenner-Love is 9 years old and a student at Edison Language Academy

Sketchy was my favorite character, because he had no color, and he was the one that didn’t get squished. He reminded me of C-3PO from Star Wars.

The movie was sad sometimes, because of the bad who were hurtful to the nice people, but in the end it was worth it to watch because it had an important lesson: all people should be accepted for what they are and not for what they look like.

I would most likely recommend my friends to see this movie.

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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The Painting - Kai Lauer's Review

Reviewer Kai Lauer (Critic at Large) is 8 years old and a student at Edison Language Academy.

This is a very interesting movie. I liked it because it had a different take on what I like a lot in a movie: Action!

The movie makers managed to have big adventure happen in the setting of many different paintings! The characters would leap from the setting of one painting, a war scene, to another, like a landscape scene. This was not like any other animated films I'd seen. It showed animation in a "real world" setting (no space ships or aliens in this movie) and was very beautiful but also fast moving.

The important thing is that there was a lesson: people shouldn’t try to get others to be like themselves. They should accept other people as they are. I think a lot of people should go out and see this movie. It's different!

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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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!

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