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4th Grade Film Critic Perry Chen to Blog on AWN

Perry S. Chen, the award-winning 4th grade film critic, TV personality and radio talk show host, has started a new film review blog on AWN.

Perry S. Chen, the award-winning 4th grade film critic, TV personality and radio talk show host, has started a new film review blog on AWN.  The youngest writer ever to be published by AWN, Perry will provide a child movie-watcher’s unique perspective on animation and visual effects-driven films.  His first published review, DreamWorks’ just released How to Train Your Dragon, can be found at     According to Dan Sarto, AWN’s co-founder and publisher, “Perry will provide Animation World with the unique perspective of a 10-year-old boy who at an early age developed a love and appreciation of cinema well beyond his years.  He represents an audience every studio strives to reach.  What better way to gain insights into that audience than have Perry blog about the latest animated and visual effects-driven feature films. We are thrilled to have Perry review films for us.”

“I am thrilled to join AWN so that all the filmmakers and stars of my favorite animation films can read my reviews about their films,” said Perry.  “DreamWorks' How to Train Your Dragon is an ideal movie for my first blog:  I am a true Dragonologist!  Born in the year of the dragon, I always love to read about and draw dragons.  I even make sculptures of different kind of dragons from tin foil. I had such a Perrific time at the film’s press junket, interviewing directors Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders, as well as voice talents Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera and Craig Ferguson.  It was a 5-starfish experience!"  

Perry Chen started writing movie reviews of G and PG-rated films in November 2008 when he was an 8-year-old third grader at the San Diego Del Mar Union School district’s Torrey Hills School.  He has published over 20 movie reviews and film festival news as a film critic and columnist on nine San Diego newspapers.  He is the host of “Perry Previews the Movies” on wsRadio, a leader in internet talk radio.  Perry regularly reviews movies on several local television stations, including KUSI, Fox 5 and CW Channel 6.   Perry won an “Excellent Writer Award” given by “We Chinese in America” newspaper and magazine on January 17, 2010 for his movie review column.  Perry’s unique starfish rating system is child-friendly and popular with families. The highest rating is five starfish.  Perry's movie reviews are well-known for the insight from a child's perspective, lively description, sense of humor, and summary of moral at the end.   “When I watch one of my favorite movies in a cinema, I feel like I am in it myself, experiencing the thrill and the action,” said Perry, “When I watch a movie, I look for interesting storyline, rich and colorful characters, amazing visuals, and powerful moral.  These are trademarks of a ‘Perrific’ film.  I think that movies, especially animation films, are superb because they create more wonder, show us a different and often dazzling, imaginary world, and teach us important lessons about life.  That is why I love the world of films.”   Perry became a national sensation after appearing on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric in 2009.  He has been extensively featured on regional, national, and international media, including Fox, NBC 7/39, ABC 10 News, KUSI, KFMB CBS 8, CW Channel 6 San Diego Living, Roots Up Radio, The Big Biz Show, Art Rocks! Radio, San Diego Union Tribune, San Diego News Network, San Diego Magazine, San Diego Family, World Journal, The China Press, and more. Perry has been invited to speak at school fundraisers and attend many film festivals, awards, and events as the youngest credentialed media, including the 37th Annie Awards for animation, ComiCon, Disney D23 expo, San Diego Asian Film Festival, San Diego Film Festival, and San Diego International Children’s Film Festival.  He interviewed Oscar-winning filmmakers such as Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera of “Up,” John Musker and Ron Clements of “The Princess and the Frog,”  Bill Plympton of “Hot Dog” and “The Fan and the Flower,” French animation master Michel Ocelot of “Azur and Asmar,” Tze Chun of “Children of Invention,” Laura Bari of “Antoine,” Howie Snyder of “My Beijing Birthday,” and Vanessa Gould of award-winning documentary “Between the Folds.”  

You can find more of Perry’s work on the following websites:

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Dan Sarto is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.