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Kid Critic Challenge winners announced!

Posted May 29, 2014

Congratulations to the kids who won Marbles Kids Museum's Kid Critic Challenge! They viewed the new movie "Island of Lemurs: Madagascar 3D" at Marbles IMAX theater. Go Ask Mom was excited to be a part of it!

The movie tells the story of lemurs, which arrived in Madagascar as castaways millions of years ago and evolved into hundreds of diverse species but are now highly endangered. I've seen it with my own kids and highly recommend it. My kids have had a fascination with lemurs since visiting the Duke Lemur Center a few years ago. So we all enjoyed learning more about the animals and how they've evolved over time.

But let me let the kids tell you all about the movie. Here are the winning reviews! 

Second and Third Grade

FIRST PLACE
Joyce Anne Reynolds, Grade 3

Watching this movie taught me new things about lemurs. I learned there are 80 different kinds of lemurs. They only live in Madagascar and are an endangered species. The villagers burn part of the rainforest and ruin the lemurs’ homes.
I like that they are different colors and have different tails. It was really funny when they danced across the beach, it made me laugh. I liked discovering new lemurs with the woman scientist.
The movie is really, really awesome. You would enjoy watching the movie because it tells you lots of amazing facts about these amazing creatures that were designed by a creative God.

SECOND PLACE
Hollis Baker, Grade 3

The lemurs of Madagascar 3-D film was very cool. I would prefer to see it in 3-D because it explains more about them, like how they move. The filming seemed right, probably done by a professional filmer. The music was awesome; it matched the part of the movie that it was in. There was a part that was very funny and everyone was laughing. I thought why throw some funny parts in a serious movie? But I guess a good laugh is okay sometimes. The movie was factual. It had lots of questions that were answered by the end of the movie, such as why lemurs are endangered. It was an awesome movie.

THIRD PLACE
Kelsey Smith, Grade 3

I thought the documentary Island of the Lemurs: Madagascar 3D was an absolutely fabulous documentary. My favorite part was when the lemurs were sharing news, it sounded like they were singing. I loved the huge screen, the surround sound, and the cute lemurs. It made me feel like I was in Madagascar. Thank you for having this production. I recommend this movie highly.

Fourth and Fifth Grades

FIRST PLACE
Kailey Wurr, Grade 4

I thought the movie was cool. I never knew lemurs were such amazing creatures. My three favorite types of lemurs were the Shifauk, Ring-tailed, and the Bamboo. I liked the Shifauk because of how they dance. I like the Ring-tailed because their tails look different than all the other lemurs’ tails and because the alpha female leads the troop. I like the Bamboo lemurs because of the way they eat and because in the movie the scientist thought there was only two Bamboo lemurs left but then they found more Bamboo lemurs and put them all together.
What I didn’t like in the movie was that most of the lemur’s habitats got destroyed by humans in Madagascar. You can help out the lemurs by not burning fires in Madagascar’s forests. I liked how some people in Madagascar starting fighting fires to try to save the lemurs.

SECOND PLACE
Rebekah Hardman, Grade 5

Island of Lemurs Madagascar is a great movie with many aspects that are funny, joyful, and educational. Seeing this movie in IMAX 3D made me feel on Madagascar with those comical lemurs. In the movie we follow a woman named Patricia Wright who has researched and helped to protect these lemurs for many years. We see the loudest and largest lemurs called Indri, to the smallest lemurs called Mouse lemurs. The Indri have a very loud and interesting way of communication that is exquisitely presented in the movie. Another special lemur type that we got to see are the Shefec who hilariously "Dance" the night away. It is so great that the lemurs are being rescued because Madagascar's human inhabitants are burning down the forests that the lemurs live in so that they can grow crops. Lemurs are begin forced to move into unusual areas. Let's hope they can rescue those wonderful lemurs.

THIRD PLACE
Rayn Baughman, Grade 4

I think that this documentary deserved 4 out of 5 stars. I gave this document 4 stars because it was sad, amazing and mind blowing to me but the main thing I wanted to know was what do they eat? I wanted to know that because I saw the lemurs eating leaves, moss, berries and lots of other things but do the lemurs eat all of those things or were they just eating that other stuff to survive? I also wanted to know how the females take care of the baby lemurs and stay in charge of all the other lemurs. This document gave me the idea to go to Madagascar and save the lemurs and I will never let those adorable animals out of my heart. And that is my review on Island of Lemurs!!!

Sixth to Eighth Grade

FIRST PLACE
Gabriela Frank, Grade 6

“Island of Lemurs: Madagascar” brings you to the only native island of the lemur, with an inside view of the different species and lives of lemurs. From the ring-tailed lemur, climbing and jumping rock to rock on the beautiful cliffs, to the heart warming father-daughter pair of greater bamboo lemurs finding new friends. The movie was full of singing and dancing that both raises the spirit and makes you smile. The movie did a marvelous job of increasing awareness of the lemurs. The 3D effects were as if you were there hanging upside down with the lemurs, or sitting beside the scientists studying them. The narrator was both entertaining and funny. “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar” is a great mix of learning, laughs, and lemurs, and is highly recommended for all ages!

SECOND PLACE
Nicholas Schwartz, Grade 8

I found the movie, Island of Lemurs: Madagascar to be a very informative yet engaging and playful film about one of the world’s most underestimated and overlooked animals: Lemurs!
Before seeing this movie, only Ringtail lemurs came to my mind whenever the subject of lemurs was brought up. I never knew that there was such an amazing and plentiful variety of lemurs. Island of Lemurs showcased many different lemurs and the many different aspects of their lives, as well as first-hand accounts from some of the brilliant scientists that get to work with lemurs. The history of lemurs was also shown at the beginning of the movie, and contained facts I had never heard of before, like how lemurs were actually human’s earliest ancestors, and how they lived alongside the dinosaurs yet live with humans today. Overall, it was a great movie, and I enjoyed getting to learn about lemurs.

THIRD PLACE
Lily Smith, Grade 7

Island of the Lemurs: Madagascar - from singing lovely duets to dancing in the road, Lemurs can do it all. This documentary shows how the Anthropologist Dr. Patricia Wright strives to save this dying species. Lemurs have been around sense the Dinosaurs and survived the meteor crash that killed off all the Dinosaurs. They traveled to Madagascar on a raft; when they arrived they quickly adapted to their surroundings, finding ways to adapt with their new life. I found this movie interesting because it informed me on a whole new species that I knew little about. Now, consider myself an expert. When watching the documentary, there was never a time I felt bored with what they where telling me. I would recommend this to people of all ages and give it a two thumbs up!

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