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Kid Critic Challenge winners announced!

Posted February 7, 2014

I know there are some very anxious kids out there wondering about the results of the Kid Critic Challenge held through Marbles Kids Museum last month.

The challenge, which Go Ask Mom is a part of, involved kids checking out a free screening of "Journey to the South Pacific 3D" at Marble's IMAX theater and then sharing their reviews of the movie. Thank you to all of the kids who sent in their reviews for a chance to win prizes from Marbles and its IMAX theater. I was so impressed with all of the reviews. It was so hard making a decision! We have a lot of future writers out there! 

Alas, we did have to come up with some winners. Here they are. Congratulations!

Second to Third Grade

First Place: Zachary Fagerstrom, second grade

One child can make a difference in rebuilding the South Pacific reef.

The movie “Journey to the South Pacific” is about a young boy from West Papua named Jawi who goes on a school boat called the Kalabia. His uncle works on the boat and teaches him about the water and what lives there. Jawi gets to be a part of a lot of adventures, like when he feeds whale sharks and swims with them.

I like this movie because it is fun, exciting and colorful. One of my favorite scenes showed the manta rays swimming above us, and they looked like Batman flying over us. This movie is important because it teaches you about how fish and animals in the South Pacific live. I think this movie would be great for people or kids who are interested in learning about sea creatures.

Second Place: Aiden Fankhauser, third grade

This movie was the awesomest thing I have ever seen in my whole life. It felt like I could actually touch the whale shark without getting wet. I liked that the narrator was a kid close to my own age because I could imagine myself doing what he did. My least favorite part was when the boy was swimming with the whale sharks and it looked like he almost got smashed.

Overall, I really learned a lot — like some sharks are not dangerous, the rock fish is poisonous, and the sea horse is good at camouflage. It was really beautiful to see!

Third Place: Annabel Snyder, second grade

In Journey to the South Pacific, there were a lot of things that most people couldn’t do. Like, swimming with huge whale sharks, not to mention feeding them. A thirteen-year-old boy named Jawi grew up on an island in New Guinea. He was chosen to take a two-month journey on a floating school that used to be a poacher’s boat but they turned it into a boat that did exactly the opposite.

Jawi could hold his breath for a whole minute. He looked like a sea turtle when he was swimming and he saw so many fishes in so many coral reefs. He visited a ton of islands. The ocean looked like it was magical.

They said that big fish have disappeared by 90% in the oceans and sea turtles have disappeared almost that much. I thought it was a great movie and I hope this inspires others.

Fourth to Fifth Grade

First Place: Will Trotman, fourth grade

A trip into the beautiful South Pacific is amazing and different to us, but to Jawi it is his enormous backyard. When a floating school arrives on Jawi's island, he is chosen to leave home and go on a journey of a lifetime to learn about marine wildlife far out in the waters of the South Pacific. He sees the effect of poaching explosions and even imagines singing fish! There he gets up close to manta rays, sea turtles and even hand feeds a whale shark! This movie turned a regular day in downtown Raleigh into a sea sized, fun adventure. I promise you will not want to miss it.

Second Place: Sofie Wright, fifth grade

Journey to The South Pacific is a heart-warming story about a boy who learns how to save the coral reefs of West Papua. I think it would be a good movie for kids ages 7 and up. The movie welcomes the viewer in a magical way, when a group of animated Angelfish pass the screen in 3D. My funniest moment is when the boy said, “ If you treat the fish with kindness, they will sing to you” and then the fish start singing; it mixed a comical moment in with the movie’s main message about conservation, building confidence, and saving the coral reefs. My favorite scene of the whole movie was when the boy was swimming and feeding Whale Sharks; it was breathtaking for me. On a scale of 1 to 10, it would be a 10. Enjoy the movie everyone!

Third Place: Lindsay Lopez, fourth grade

Journey to the South Pacific is a thrilling movie! I recommend it for all ages of kids and parents because it’s rated G and it’s educational. Jawi lives on Papua, a South Pacific island. When the islanders discover that outsiders are killing fish with dynamite, Jawi decides to take action and goes on a ship with adult crew members to nine islands. He jumps into waters to discover coral reefs and captures many sea animals including clownfish, anchovies and plankton. Jawi learns that in order to save the reef, he must learn more about it. 

Journey to the South Pacific is one of the coolest movies I’ve ever seen! It looked amazing in 3D and it felt like I was in the ocean! Everything about it was great, especially the photography. I give this movie 5 out of 5 stars, because it’s a great movie to see with your family.

Sixth to Eighth Grade

First Place (tie): Sydney Rowlette, seventh grade, and Max Wright, sixth grade

Sydney Rowlette

Whale sharks, huge sea turtles, pretty fish, and more! I highly recommend ‘Journey to the South Pacific’, narrated by Cate Blanchett at Marbles IMAX. The story was portrayed through a 13 year-old boy named Jawi. He lives in the South Pacific Islands, where he gets a chance to spend two months on the educational ship, the Kalabia. His life seems so delightful on the island which sets the mood for the entire documentary. He journeys to many different islands and I was fond of all the facts about the underwater reef habitats. We do learn the number of big fish around their island has dropped by 90%. This saddens you, but the documentary stays light and happy when Jawi counters this fact with his motto, "protect the reef and it will sing to you." When Jawi returns home, he understands how to protect his island’s reef environment. My only complaint about the documentary was that it was only 45 minutes long and I would have liked to learn more about the cultures of the people living on the islands. Overall, the IMAX 3D scenery was amazing and I loved it!

Max Wright

I thought that the documentary, “Journey to the South Pacific” was a really great movie that I learned a lot from while having a good time with my family. This movie is a mix of fun, laughs, and educational facts. My favorite scene was of the whale shark feeding. This was something I had never seen before in any documentary and it was motivating to see a boy my age be so brave. The boy was inspiring to me and made me think about doing things that I have never done before, like swimming with sea animals and also helping them. Cate Blanchett narrates this movie and does a really good job putting in emotion to the story. The whole theme of the movie was that we need to protect our oceans and anyone of any age can make a difference. I recommend this movie for all kids and adults.

Second Place (tie): Roshni Arun, seventh grade, and Caleb Vaughn, seventh grade

Roshni Arun

Journey to the South Pacific is an inspiring documentary about a young village boy named Jawi. He is getting an exclusive learning experience on the moving school Kalabia. Jawi gets to do many exciting things like swimming with and feeding whale sharks. That’s not all though, he helps plant mangroves and hatch baby turtles. It was well understood that the coral reefs of the South Pacific are in danger.

Gorgeous views of the coral reefs and vivid imagery in West Papua explained that Macgillivray Freeman did an impressive job at creating this movie. Cate Blanchett was a spectacular narrator. There was a variety of incredible sea animals such as the orangutan crab, wobbegong shark, pacific leatherback turtle, manta ray, and many others. Overall, Journey to the Pacific is a great movie, and I would encourage kids of all ages to go watch it.

Caleb Vaughan

Journey to the South Pacific 3D follows a boy named Jawi who takes a three month trip on a floating school to learn all about the coral reefs that help to make up his beautiful island home. Stunning IMAX 3D makes you feel like you are actually swimming through the reef along with him, while giant turtles, dolphins, and the many other animals that call the reef home swim all around you. This movie shows what life is like for the people and animals that make their homes in the islands and reefs of the South Pacific ocean. I’m not a huge of nature films but I totally love this one, and think that it deserves four stars. If you want to learn about the beauty, magic, and wonder of the islands and reefs of the South Pacific ocean, than this movie is totally for you.

Congratulations again to all of the winners! For movie showtimes, click here

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