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Kids World

Beleaguered by adult-imposed rules, a 12-year-old boy casts a spell to make all grownups disappear. Everything is great until his teenage friends begin to disappear too.

Genre - Comedy

Director(s) - Dale G. Bradley

Writer(s) - Michael Lach

Cast - Blake Foster, Christopher Lloyd and Olivia Tennet

Blue Rider's Role - International sales representatives; Walter is executive producer

Distributor(s) - Mainline Releasing, Blue Steel Releasing, Hannover House, Scanbox International, Arkles Entertainment (Australia)

Release Date - 2001

Synopsis - A 12-year-old boy whose parents don't understand and whose teenage brother is constantly getting him in trouble is in love with the 12-year-old girl across the street, who is dating the local bully. One afternoon, while being chased by the bully, our protagonist falls into a sinkhole, which happens to be in an ancient Indian burial ground. There he finds a witch doctor's Wishing Glass. When Ryan Mitchell discovers the Wishing Glass, he wishes that all the teenagers and parents would disappear. Soon it's "Kids World," with nobody over the age of 12 anywhere.

Awards for Kids' World
This movie was nominated for Young Artist Awards as Best Family Film and Best Lead Performance in a Family Film (for Blake Foster). Olivia Tenant won the New Zealand Film Award for Best Juvenile Performer.

Release Data:
Kids World had a limited U.S. release on Dec. 7, 2001 and then debuted in New Zealand on March 28, 2002.

As of Feb. 27, 2009, when 112 viewers had rated Kids World at the Internet Movie Database, the demographic groups liking it best were women 45 and older, followed by women 18-29, followed by men 45 and older.

Critic's Kudos:
Australian reviewer Louise Keller in Urban Cinefile cheered: "It’s refreshing to see a film where kids actually behave like kids. Kids World is somewhat of an old-fashioned film, in that it relies on its storyline and engaging performances by a terrific young cast. A bright, colourful adventure, Kids World is an enjoyable fun fantasy, jam-packed with humour, action and enough twists and turns to keep us engaged. It’s fast-paced, with an outstanding up-beat music score."

Major Cast and Crew Credits and Awards:
Director is Dale G. Bradley (wrote and directed produced Terror Peak and Wild Blue; directed Cupid's Prey, Lost Valley, Chunuk Bear; In Her Line of Fire, No One Can Hear You, Hope Ranch, Kiss Me Deadly, The Vector File, Exposure).

Writer is Michael Lach (Ozzie, Our House, 5ive!)

Stars Blake Foster (Young Artist Award noms for Kids World and Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie; appeared in Above Suspicion, Casper Meets Wendy, Street Knight, The Brady Bunch in the White House, Family Album, Drifter TKD and two episodes of Skater Boys) and Olivia Tennet (won New Zealand Film Award for Kids World; The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Ozzie, Boogeyman, Watermark 54 episodes of Shortland Street and five episodes of Maddigan's Quest).

Cast also includes Christopher Lloyd (three-time Emmy winner for Taxi and Road to Avonlea; won Independent Spirit Award Best Supporting Actor for Twenty Bucks; Saturn Award nominations for Back to the Future and Who Framed Roger Rabbit; two other award nominations for Cyberchase and When Good Ghouls Go Bad; also appeared in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The Addams Family, Addams Family Values, Back to the Future II and III, Clue, Eight Men Out, Man on the Moon, Dennis the Menace, The Postman Always Rings Twice, The Onion Field, Anastasia, 93 episodes of Taxi, 26 episodes of Cyberchase, 20 episodes of Stacked, 13 episodes of Deadly Games, 12 episodes of Clubhouse, four episodes of I Dream and 111 other movies and TV projects); Anton Tennet (Grace, Her Majesty, Ozzie, September, Maiden Voyage, Power Rangers Dino Thunder: Triassic Triumph); Michael Purvis (E.R., Presidio Med, Boston Public); Todd Emerson (The World's Fastest Indian, Her Majesty, Atlantis High, Shorthand Street, eight episodes of Amazing Extraordinary Friends and six episodes of Being Eve) and Anna Wilson (Human Traffic, The Fishing Trip, Eddie's Million Dollar Cook-Off).

Executive Producers are Devesh Chetty (Komodo, Just Buried, The Girl in the Park, The Shrink is In, Redball, Under the Gun); Walter Josten (Emmy for The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie; also produced Rescue Dawn, Around the World in 80 Days, Then She Found Me, Wake of Death, The Hollywood Sign, Falling Sky, O Jerusalem and 32 other films and TV projects); Wolfram Tichy (won Locarno Film Festival's Silver Leopard for Love the Hard Way; also produced Bowling for Columbine, Better Than Chocolate, Hard Core Logo, The Five Senses, When Night is Falling, Eclipse, Nur über meine Leiche and five episodes of Lexx); John Massam (debut) and Alex Krem (debut).

Producers are Grant Bradley (Exposure, Wild Blue, Lost Valley, The Vector File, Terror Peak, Kiss Me Deadly, Acolytes and three Treasure Island Kids movies); Tom Taylor (Fried Green Tomatoes, Sweethearts, Kissing Miranda) and Dale G. Bradley (Treasure Island Kids: The Battle of Treasure Island, Hope Ranch, In Her Line of Fire).

Cinematographer: Neil Cervin (shot The Art of War II: Betrayal, Wild Blue, In Her Line of Fire, Ozzie, Kiss Me Deadly and The Lunatics' Ball; also worked on Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, Willow and The Shrimp on the Barbie).

Editor: Douglas Braddock (cut Lost Valley, Wild Blue and Ozzie; post-production supervisor on Secret Agent Men and The Vector File).

Composer: Bruce Lynch (The Vector File, four Power Rangers movies, three Treasure Island Kids movies, Signing Off, Terror Peak, No One Can Hear You, Exposure).

Production Designer: Mark Robins (won Art Directors Guild Award for The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers; won National Board of Review Best Production Design Award for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring; art directed Hercules, Bread and Roses, Lord of the Rings: Return of the King and 30 Days of Night).

Special Effects Supervisor: Jabin Dickins (did special effects on The Matrix Reloaded, Superman Returns, Black Hawk Down, The Mummy Returns, King Arthur, Vertical Limit, King Arthur, Nim's Island, The Four Feathers and The Price of Milk).

Visual Arts Producer: Thomas Mulack (Palmetto, Taking Sides, The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes and Küss mich, Frosch).

Visual Arts Coordinator: Thomas Mandl (MythQuest, Lexx: The Dark Zone, Hostile Waters, Deeply and Sex Up - Jungs Haben's Auch Nicht Leicht).

Filming Location:
Although set in Oregon, Kids World was filmed in Auckland, New Zealand.

Internet Movie Database entry for Kids World


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