Catching Fire won over kids because it was action-packed with some unexpectedly funny scenes, an amazing plot twist and a cliffhanger.
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) March 17, 2014
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire wasn’t just the biggest box office smash of the year, it was the best movie of the year, according to kids. With nearly 24,000 votes cast, the 8th Annual KidsPickFlicks.com PICK Awards reveal which movies and performances kids thought were the best of 2013, as well as one that wasn’t so great.
List of Winners:
PICK Movie of the Year: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
PICK Actor: Ty Simpkins, Iron Man 3
PICK Actress: Sophie Nélisse, The Book Thief
PICK Scene Stealer: Kamil McFadden, Grown Ups 2
PICK Superhero Movie: The Wolverine
PICK Villain: Loki, Thor: The Dark World
PICK Hero (without superpowers): Katniss Everdeen, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
PICK Music Documentary: Mindless Behavior: All Around the World
PICK Song: “Let It Go,” Frozen
PICK New Character: Olaf, Frozen
ICK Movie of the Year: The Lone Ranger (not the worst, but the film kids found most disappointing)
Winning with 38% of the vote, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire beat out some of the biggest movies of the year, like Frozen, Monsters University and Despicable Me 2. Catching Fire’s Katniss Everdeen was also voted PICK Hero. “Catching Fire won over kids because it was action-packed with some unexpectedly funny scenes, an amazing plot twist and a cliffhanger – so the audience was left holding their breath,” says Riley Roberts, the 12-year old president of KidsPickFlicks.
The youth who won the acting categories made a major impact: PICK Actor Ty Simpkins not only kept up with Robert Downey Jr., he proved to be an excellent comic foil to Tony Stark in Iron Man 3. Relatively unknown in the kid world, PICK Actress Sophie Nélisse was mesmerizing while staying in command of difficult subject matter in The Book Thief. In the role of Bumpty, PICK Scene Stealer Kamil McFadden managed to steal the focus from comedic giants Adam Sandler, Chris Rock and Kevin James.
The Wolverine dominated the other Superhero Movies, winning with a whopping 68%. Kids may like their superheroes hairy, but they like their bad guys to be clever: the trickster Loki (Tom Hiddleston) from Thor: The Dark World took 61% of the vote to win PICK Villain.
Frozen had two wins: PICK New Character for Josh Gad’s warm-hearted snowman Olaf (triumphing over Catching Fire’s dashing Finnick Odair and the imaginative Foodimals from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2) and PICK Song for “Let It Go,” which is also nominated for an Academy Award.
Defying conventional thinking, Mindless Behavior’s Concert Documentary All Around the World beat out the docu's from One Direction and Justin Bieber.
Interesting to note this is the second year in a row that kids felt let down by Johnny Depp. The Lone Ranger was voted the ICK of the Year, the film that was the most disappointing. Depp’s Dark Shadows took this category last year. KidsPickFlicks’ 19-year old founder Cole McNamara explains, “Like its climax, The Lone Ranger is an expensive train wreck that takes a legendary character and burdens it with a confusing storyline with bland to downright offensive characters.”
About Kids Pick Flicks:
KidsPickFlicks.com, a Fanlala company, is a movie review site where all kids (ages 7-17) can be movie critics by posting their own film critiques. KidsPickFlicks founder, Cole McNamara, launched the site in 2004 at age 9 to give kids a voice in the movies made for them. Kids decide if a movie is a “Pick” or an “Ick”. Since its introduction, the site boasts over 600 kid-reviewed films.
KidsPickFlicks.com is not only beneficial to the movie industry, but also to kids, parents and educators. Writing movie reviews reinforces the practical skills kids are learning in English classes while also developing critical and independent thinking skills. Kids can see their reviews published on the site, which can be enormously motivating and empowering. As children enter the teen years, it’s essential for parents to have activities that they share and are involved in together. Making KidsPickFlicks.com a part of a family’s life provides that bonding activity.
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