AMAZING KIDS!® AND PERRY’S PREVIEWS ANNOUNCE FIRST-EVER
“AMAZING KIDS!’ PERRIFIC OSCAR® PICKS! CONTEST”
Young Entrants to Predict Best Animated Feature of 2010
February 2, 2011; Seattle, WA - Amazing Kids! ® (www.amazing-kids.org ) and Perry’s Previews TM (www.perryspreviews.com ) announced that entries are now being accepted for their first-ever “Amazing Kids!’ Perrific Oscar® Picks!” Contest. Amazing Kids! and Perry’s Previews are challenging kids and teens worldwide, ages 6-17, to predict the Oscar® winner for Best Animated Feature of 2010 for the upcoming 83rd Academy Awards® and make their voice heard. Contestants are asked to name which of the top 3 Oscar®-nominated feature animation films, How to Train Your Dragon (DreamWorks Animation), Toy Story 3 (Disney/Pixar), and The Illusionist (Sony Pictures Classics), they predict will win at the Academy Awards ceremony on February 27, 2011. Contestants have the option of submitting the reason for their pick in 50 words or less on the contest site.
Prizes will include DVDs of the best animated feature film of 2010 Oscar® nominees and winner, and will be awarded to contest winners in a random drawing from those entries which correctly predict the Oscar winner. In addition, one grand prize winning “Best Essay” entry will receive copies of all three DVDs. The winners’ names will be featured on the Amazing Kids! website, amazing-kids.org  with a following of nearly 1 million yearly visitors, and in the Amazing Kids! Magazine (mag.amazing-kids.org ), as well as on Perry’s Previews (Perryspreviews.com ). The winners will also be announced in the contest’s media sponsor, Kid Scoop, a syndicated weekly kids’ educational activities column appearing in over 300 newspapers across the U.S. (kidscoop.com/ ).
DreamWorks Animation is the first “Contest Sponsor,” having shipped 20 DVDs of “How to Train Your Dragon” as part of the prizes for the contest winners. Entries have been received from the United States, The United Kingdom, and Canada. More entries from other countries are expected in the coming weeks.
The “Amazing Kids!’ Perrific Oscar® Picks!”contest is one of several movie-related contests planned by Amazing Kids! and Perry’s Previews in the coming months, including an upcoming kids’ movie review writing contest for kids which will be judged by Perry Chen, Amazing Kids! resident film critic, along with some of today’s most prominent adult critics.
The deadline to submit entries for the “Amazing Kids!’ Perrific Oscar® Picks!” is February 26, 2011, one day prior to the 83rd Academy Awards. More information and contest rules can be found on the main “Contests” page on the Amazing Kids! http://amazing-kids.org/contests .
Contestants (and/or their parents) are encouraged to become Facebook fans of Perry’s Previews and Amazing Kids to get timely updates about the contest:
For more information on this contest, listen to Canadian Radio Talk Show “Cutting Room Floor” hosted by Casey Ryan, featuring Perry Chen, his mom and co-producer of his animation film Dr. Zhu Shen, Amazing Kids President Alyse Rome, and Karina Bessoudo, Vice President of Marketing, Toom Boom Animation, a sponsor of Perry Chen’s animation short about a young Holocaust survivor: Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest.
About Amazing Kids! ®
Founded in 1998 by Amazing Kids! President Alyse Rome, Amazing Kids! (http://amazing-kids.org ) is a children’s educational non-profit organization and award-winning website dedicated to inspiring excellence in children, while helping them to realize their amazing potential and launch their dreams. A recent recipient of the American Library Association’s Top 24 “Great Websites for Kids” for 2010, the Amazing Kids! website supports kids’ achievement, creativity, critical thinking, and literacy through hosting ongoing creative contests and publishing the award-winning, kid-created Amazing Kids! Online Magazine.
For the past 13 years, Amazing Kids!’ Contests, http://amazing-kids.org/contests , have become widely-known and respected as one of the best online resources for kids contests (and appear in the top 2 listings for “kids contests” in Google rankings). Amazing Kids!’ Contests continue to receive the support of a “Who’s Who” of highly respected national and international corporations who act as contest sponsors. Past Amazing Kids! Contest sponsors have included such well-respected companies like DreamWorks Animation, Nintendo America, Carnival Cruises, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Random House and Ty, Inc.
About Perry’s Previews (www.perryspreviews.com  ) and Perry Chen
Perry’s Previews (www.perryspreviews.com ) is an online resource for kids, teens, parents, educators, and movie lovers of all ages to read and comment on family-friendly movie reviews from a kid’s perspective. To date, over 50 reviews are listed on a multi-media platform, including TV, radio, print, and web. In addition, Perry’s Previews features Perry’s art and animation videos. Reader participation is encouraged through and via Perry’s website, Facebook fan page
About Perry Chen - Gifted with a keen eye from a young age, Perry began writing movie reviews for his website “Perry’s Previews” at age 8. Characterized by his starfish rating system, his “Perrific™” favorite movies, and his family-friendly movie choices, Perry is often regarded as one of the great up-and-coming movie critics. The youngest honoree at the recent San Diego Press Club Excellence in Journalism Awards, Perry also serves as the resident movie critic for the Amazing Kids! Magazine (mag.amazing-kids.org ), film critic and blogger on Animation World Network (www.awn.com ), a leading professional animation industry publication; a movie panelist for the San Diego Union Tribune (www.signonsandiego.com ) with over a million weekly readers; and the San Diego Entertainer Magazine’s (www.sdentertainer.com ) youngest columnist and entertainment critic, reviewing films, restaurants, and entertainment events.
Perry has been featured in numerous publications and television interviews, including a recent (October 22, 2010) article in Variety, which spotlighted the top 3 up-and-coming young movie reviewers; and The Young Icons, a nationally-syndicated TV show. In May 2009, Perry made his national television debut on CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, and in March 2010, he appeared in his first national radio interview on National Public Radio (NPR) with host Liane Hansen. Perry’s hobbies outside of film reviews include drawing, reading, folding origami, exploring nature, and gardening. Perry is represented by Rebel Entertainment Partners, a talent agency in Hollywood.
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