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Top DVD Gifts for Kids Ages 6-9 (2009)

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Looking for the perfect movie for a 6-9 year-old? 6-9 is kind of a transition age. Kids in this age category are often moving on from the preschool shows and into the tween shows like Hannah Montana or iCarly. Of course, like all kids do, they want to grow up so fast! Here are some ideas for DVD or Blu-ray titles that are popular with 6-9 year olds:

1. Up

Up
Photo © Disney/Pixar
78-year-old balloon salesman Carl Fredricksen is pushed beyond his limit when builders force him to move out of his own home, where he and his late wife had built their lives. Determined to live out a lifelong dream and show everyone that he won't be living in an old folks' home, Carl ties thousands of balloons to his house and lifts off toward Paradise Falls, South America. But his trip turns into a real adventure when he realizes that an 8-year-old Wilderness Explorer named Russell has accidentally come along for the ride. Some moments of peril may be frightening for young kids, see the Up Review for Parents for more information. (Rated PG)

2. Shorts

Shorts
Photo © Warner Bros.
Toe Thompson is tired of being the nerdy kid in school, and he is especially sick of being picked on by school bully Helvetica Black and her henchmen. Toe is intent on finding a way to change things. But then, ironically, the means to change everything just hits him over the head. A bully just happens to throw a magic rainbow wishing rock at Toe, and he discovers the awesome possibilities when he makes his first, serendipitous wish. All kinds of hilarious chaos ensues as kid -- and worse, adults -- begin to get what they wish for. (Rated PG)

3. Monsters vs. Aliens

Monsters vs. Aliens
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After being hit by a meteor full of outer space gunk, bride-to-be Susan Murphy grows to 49-feet-11-inches tall. Her wedding plans are squelched when government agents come and take her away before she even realizes what has happened to her. Now, alone without her family and beloved fiance, Derek, Susan is trapped in a government facility with a group of miscellaneous monsters. But it gets worse -- Susan and her eclectic band of monster helpers must stop an invading alien and save planet earth. On an adventure she never could have dreamed up in her worst nightmare, Susan just might find out something valuable about herself. (Rated PG)

4. Ice Age Dawn of the Dinosaurs

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
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Our prehistoric pals from the previous Ice Age movies are still together and things seem to have settled down -- but not for long. Manny and Ellie are expecting a baby, but their happy news is making Diego feel tied down and like a third wheel. When he decides to leave the herd, Sid takes it to heart and goes off to search for a family of his own. Imagine his delight when he finds three large and unprotected eggs that are about to hatch. Only when they hatch, three baby dinos emerge, and Manny and the gang soon find themselves in a lost underground world attempting to find and rescue Sid. For the mammoths, it is very unnerving to be surrounded by creatures bigger than they are. (Rated PG, contains some scary scenes and innuendo)

5. Hotel for Dogs

Hotel for Dogs
Photo © DreamWorks
Kids this age are big animal lovers, and Hotel for Dogs features a LOT of dogs in a typical kids save the day kind of movie. When their new guardians forbid 16-year-old Andi (Emma Roberts) and her younger brother, Bruce (Jake T. Austin) to have a pet, they have to find a new home for their dog, Friday. Having learned to be resourceful from their time in foster care, the kids use their street smarts and talents to turn an abandoned hotel into the ultimate doggy destination for Friday, and many others. (PG)
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6. G-Force

G-Force
Photo © Disney
In a last ditch effort to save his super secret program training animals in espionage from being scrapped by the FBI, Ben Kendall sends G-Force -- an elite and highly trained team which includes guinea pigs, a mole and a fly -- on a mission to infiltrate the home of ex-arms dealer CEO Leonard Saber. With the extreme popularity of pet hamster toys this season, G-Force seems to fit right in. The movie may be a little painful for adults to sit through, but it's a hit with kids. The movie does contain some violence and guinea pig peril, the usual fart jokes, and a couple of bad examples of kids' treatment of animals. (Rated PG)

7. Hannah Montana the Movie

Hannah Montana the Movie
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Miley Stewart's alter ego, Hannah Montana, allows Miley the best of both worlds. She gets to be a rock star, but when she wants a normal life, she just takes off the wig and goes back to being a regular teenager. When Hannah's rock star life in the fast line begins to take over, though, Miley's dad decides she needs a dose of reality. This movie based on the popular TV series was a hit among kids ages 6-9 and tweens. The DVD contains bonus features including a dance-along so kids can learn "The Hoedown Throwdown." (Rated G).

8. Wizards On Deck With Hannah Montana

Wizards on Deck with Hannah Montana
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This cross-over TV show event was one of the most highly viewed nights on the Disney Channel ever when it aired. Characters from three shows -- Wizards of Waverly Place, The Suite Life on Deck, and Hannah Montana -- all come together when the Russo kids (Wizards) win a cruise on the S.S. TIPTON (Suite Life), and then everyone finds out that Hannah Montana will be checking in on her way to a sold-out show in Hawaii. All sorts of hilarious chaos ensues as the story progresses through each of the three shows.
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9. Princess Protection Program

Princess Protection Program
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Teenager Carter Mason and her dad Joe are getting along just fine, living an unassuming life in Lake Monroe, Louisiana -- until the day Joe decides to bring his work home with him. Joe is a covert agent in the international Princess Protection Program, and when he saves one Rosalinda Marie Montoya Fiore, the soon-to-be teenage monarch of the tiny country of Costa Luna, he is charged with watching over her until things in her country are stable again. Starring Disney Channel favorites Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato,

Princess Protection Program tells a story about friendship and tolerance. (Rated TV-G)

10. Wizards of Waverly Place the Movie

Wizards of Waverly Place the Movie
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Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie (based on the Disney TV show) follows the Russo family as they embark on a vacation to the Caribbean resort where Jerry and Theresa first met. Alex, upset that she was forced to accompany her family on the trip, conjures a spell that erases her parents' fateful first meeting and puts the Russo family’s very existence in peril. Can Alex and her brothers get along -- just this once -- long enough to fix their major problem? (Rated TV-G)
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