UPDATE: Congrats to Crystal Foth, who won the 2 Sid the Science Kid DVDs! Thanks so much for participating. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your address. Thanks to everyone who participated!
Sid the Science Kid: The Movie hit store shelves last week, and this full-length animated movie, now on DVD from NCircle Entertainment (SRP: $12.99), is adorable, encouraging and a great way to teach kids -- yes, even little ones -- about teamwork.
In the 75-minute movie, Sid and his friend Gabriela win a science fair contest in the 4-6 year-old category, aka "Junior Investigators," and are invited to tour the new Super Ultimate Science Museum before the general public. They're met by Yangyang and Niuniu, the older "Future Scientist" winners from China. Not only that, but they also get to know the eccentric scientist Dr. Bonabodon (cleverly voiced by Christopher Lloyd).
In a word, the new science museum is amazing. There's an oversized solar system, in which the sun looks as big as a hot-air balloon, and there's also the bee exhibit that features larger-than-life bees and explains how they work in the hive.
But it's when their robot tour guide goes haywire, literally, that the kids must band together to fix everything before the museum opens for everyone.
The story is very sweet and shows a nervous Sid and Gabriela, who feel they're too young to help out -- especially with the older "Future Scientists" there. What they learn is that everybody needs help sometime -- even from pint-sized participants.
I watched the movie with CC, who enjoyed it. I could tell, though, that she's starting to outgrow her little friend, Sid. It's really bittersweet to see, because she was so little when he first appeared on PBS Kids. She liked it, but I could see that she was identifying more with the bigger kids. At 6 1/2 and almost done with kindergarten, I guess I shouldn't be surprised.
The movie did remind her, though, of how much she loves our very own California Science Center -- where she even saw a certain Sid a couple of years ago.
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