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DVDs Honored With Parents' Choice Awards

30 Apr, 2004 By: Meryl Schoenbaum

The Parents' Choice Foundation has announced the winners of its Parents' Choice awards for spring 2004. The awards are given to children's products that meet and exceed standards set by committees consisting of educators, scientists, performing artists, librarians, parents and kids themselves.

According to the organization, entries were judged on the basis of having excellent production values, universal human values, appeal to children and age appropriateness. Products must be free of racial or gender bias and cannot contain violence.

Two of the top 10 DVDs were bestowed the Classic award: Buena Vista Home Entertainment's Sleeping Beauty: Special Edition and Warner Home Video's The Looney Tunes Golden Collection. According to the foundation's Web site, the Classic award is given to material that meets the criteria for its Gold award and that, for at least five years, has maintained its original excellence.

Among the Gold award winners is Fred Rogers: America's Favorite Neighbor, co-produced by WQED Multimedia and Family Communications Inc. The documentary traces Rogers' life. It may be ordered via WQED's Web site at www.wqed.org, or by calling 1-800-876-1316.

While the top 10 list includes the expected heavyweights (Buena Vista Home Entertainment's Finding Nemo and The Lion King: Special Edition, and DreamWorks Home Entertainment's Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas), there are also some lesser-known titles, such as LeapFrog Enterprises' Letter Factory, Vickilew's I Gotta Go! and MGM Home Entertainment's Stellaluna.

For the complete list of winners, visit www.parents-choice.org.

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