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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Sid the Science Kid: Sid the Movie is based on the same-named preschool series, so new fans may want to check out the show after enjoying this story. The movie is set in a museum where the young characters explore topics like weather, dinosaurs, and static electricity, and the dialogue does an impressive job of incorporating scientific jargon on a level that preschoolers can understand. The characters' enthusiasm for learning is infectious and may inspire your own kids to think in new ways about how machines, weather patterns, and biological systems work.
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What's the story?
In SID THE SCIENCE KID: SID THE MOVIE, Sid (voiced by Drew Massey) and his friend Gabriela (Alice Dinnean) learn that winning a worldwide science contest entitles them to an exclusive preview tour of The Super Ultimate Science Museum. There they meet the museum's eccentric creator, Dr. Bonabodon (Christopher Lloyd), and his staff of robots, including Bobbybot (Bruce Lanoil), a state-of-the-art artificial intelligence prototype who guides the kids' behind-the-scenes tour. Accompanied by a team of contest winners from China -- Yangyang (Allan Trautman) and Niuniu (Julianne Buescher) -- Sid and Gabriela explore the museum, develop new friendships, and learn a lot about teamwork when Bobbybot's programming goes haywire and they have to help Dr. Bonabodon set him straight before the museum opens to the public.
Is it any good?
Kids are sure to be inspired by Sid's enthusiasm for learning, giving families a great incentive to build on their kids' interest with some explorations of their own. Already preschoolers' ambassador for science exploration, Sid now stars in his own feature-length movie, which has ample time for the characters to explore a variety of scientific disciplines. From astronomy to simple machines, there's something new and wondrous to discover around every corner in this museum, and the movie does a good job of incorporating and demonstrating scientific vocabulary like "hypothesis," "fulcrum," and "probability" in a way that doesn't detract from kids' enjoyment of the overall story.
Since the advent of his TV show, Sid has caught some flak for being, well, a little grating in his delivery, and there's no departure from his characteristic exuberance in this movie. What's more, there's a lot more of him to go around in this 75-minute feature than there is in his regular TV format, which might contribute to the movie seeming to plod along at times. Kids won't notice these issues, of course, and the wealth of inspiring educational content more than makes up for it from a kid's point of view, but parents might not experience the same joy in sharing this movie with their kids the way they might some of The Jim Henson Company's other offerings.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what makes learning fun. Kids: What are your favorite things to learn about? Do you visit museums, the library, or the great outdoors to do so? What did you learn from Sid the Movie?
Explore some of the scientific concepts raised in this movie. Build a simple machine to make a difficult job easier, explore the area around your home to learn about animal habitats, or spend an evening star gazing.
Kids: Do you ever feel like you have a hard time being heard by grown-ups or older kids? When you have an idea to share, can you? What role do you play in your family's "team"? Why is it an important one?
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