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Child Film Critic & Animator Perry Chen to Predict Oscar Winners on TV at Oscar Night America

Published on: 23rd February, 2012

                                                                                                 Perry Chen with mom Zhu Shen and 2011 Oscar Night America – San Diego Host

Award-winning Child Film Critic & Animator Perry Chen to Predict Oscars on ABC 10 News LIVE at Oscar Night America official San Diego Party

Feb 22, 2012

11-yr-old award-winning film critic and animator Perry Chen will attend the official Oscar Night America – San Diego charity event to predict Oscar winners on ABC 10 News on Feb 26, 2012.  Perry has interviewed many Oscar-nominated directors, including from DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda 2, Puss in Boots, and animated shorts “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore,” Pixar’s “La Luna,” and “A Morning Stroll.”  Perry will meet Oscar-nominated shorts directors at the exclusive ShortsHD Shorts Awards in Hollywood on Feb 24, 2012.  ShortsHD and Shorts International distribute all Oscar-nominated shorts and Perry’s first animation short “Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest,” about a young Jewish girl’s survival during the Holocaust, in collaboration with animation legend and 2-time Oscat nominee Bill Plympton.  Perry and his film received an enthusiastic welcome in Dec 2011 at DreamWorks Animation when he was introduced by his big fan and supporter, Oscar-nominated director Dean DeBlois of “How to Train Your Dragon.” He is also featured in the Feb 2012 issue of Animation Magazine: (Animation Magazine: Wise Beyond His Years, Feb 2012)

Perry Chen with Susan Thorning at 2011 Oscar Night America – San Diego event (photo by Zhu Shen)

Susan Thorning, the executive director of San Diego Community Campership Council and organizer of the Oscar Night America – San Diego event, welcomes Perry back after his popular appearance at the same event in 2011.  “It is an honor to have Perry Chen returning to make his predictions at Oscar Night® America ~ San Diego.  In one short year, he has progressed from critic to film maker.  We believe that he is on a fast track to stardom.”

Perry loved the 2011 experience, “I am honored to be invited back to this ‘Perrific!’ event.  I’ve enjoyed watching many Oscar-nominated animation and live action films last year, and would love to share my Oscar prediction and thoughts about these films with film lovers of all ages.  Making movie is more exciting and challenging than reviewing movies, as I learned last year.  It’s awesome to benefit such a great cause to help more kids go to summer camp.”

Perry Chen introduced by Dean DeBlois while presenting  “Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest” at DreamWorks Animation (photo by Zhu Shen)

Oscar Night America – San Diego Event Tickets still available! 

For more info about the 2012 Oscar Night America San Diego event and order your tickets, visit or call 858-268-9888

                                                                                               Perry Chen predicting Oscar winners on CBS 8 LIVE at 2011 Oscar Night America – San Diego, on the red carpet (photo by Zhu Shen)

                                                                                                Perry Chen on the red carpet with fans at 2011 Oscar Night America – San Diego event (photo by Zhu Shen)

Watch the Oscars and Help Send Kids to Camp

By Scott Marks | Posted February 9, 2012, 9:47 a.m.

On Sunday, February 26, 49 charities in as many locations will host authorized viewing parties during the 84th Academy Awards ceremony. San Diego’s officially sanctioned soiree will be held at the Joe and Vi Jacobs Center, 404 Euclid Ave.

All proceeds for the Oscar Night America party benefit the Kids to Camp Program of the Community Campership Council. Since 1966, the CCC has provided financial aid in the form of camp scholarships, or “Camperships,” to 70,000 deserving kids aged 7 to 16 across San Diego County.


My leisurely summers spent attending Adventure Day Camp bring back vivid memories. None beam brighter than that afternoon the rain hit the sidewalk like bullets, forcing us to pile onto the big yellow school bus and head to Chicago’s Riviera Theatre to mine the riches of Snow White and The Three Stooges.

Seeing the boys in CinemaScope and Color by DeLuxe far outclassed spending the day in a forest preserve drinking egg-water from a pump, braiding lanyards, and fashioning glittery jewelry boxes for mom out of used tuna cans and Tempera paint. I was the only kid on the camp roster who awoke each morning praying for rain.

Tickets for the gala range from $85.00 – $100.00. The extra $15.00 nets you a commemorative photo, a “Predict the Winner” ballot, and official Oscar program (while supplies last) identical to the one Marty will no doubt be tossing to the floor in disgust when they slight Him.

The Red Carpet Reception kicks off at 5:00 p.m., the telecast at 5:30 p.m., and the plated-dinners begin rolling out of the kitchen at 6:00 p.m. For more information please visit the Kids to Camp website.

Guests are encouraged to come decked out in glitzy attire or dressed as their favorite film star, like I did for the 1977 Oscar Night America shindig.


Portrait of the artist as a young Bickle.

How the organization was able to acquire the services of in-demand Renaissance child, Perry Chen, is a riddle for the ages. My assiduous friend and esteemed colleague will be on hand with ABC 10 News anchor Virgina Cha, her camera crew in tow, for a live broadcast of his Oscar predictions. PC assures me that he’ll put in a good word for Hugo. The Young Master, wise beyond his years, calls Hugo, “my favorite film of 2011.” I told you he’s a genius!


Perry Chen with Oscar-nominated director Martin Scoresese’s photo at DreamWorks Animation (photo by Zhu Shen) 

Perry knows who’s the boss!

Perry was kind enough to invite me to join him, but I don’t need some adorable 12-year-old kid showing me up on live television. Besides, you don’t want to be around me on Oscar night, particularly when Marty stands to lose to some guy whose last name I can’t pronounce.

The Reader’s unauthorized viewing party will take place at an undisclosed bar in National City where fellow Big Screener Matt Lickona and I will have a cheap laugh or three at the expense of Academy voters, while washing down Gino (Siskel) Pizza Rolls with bottles of Rhine Wine and Cluny Scotch. We’ll be live-blogging beginning at 5 p.m., but Matt and I will probably start hitting the sauce no later than 8 a.m. when the tailgate party commences. A couple of pots of coffee and we’ll be good to blog. Be sure to stop by and leave your sobering conclusions.

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Perry S. Chen is an 11-year-old award-winning child film critic, artist, animator, TEDx speaker, and entertainment personality, currently in 6th grade from San Diego.  He started reviewing movies at age 8 in 3rd grade using a kid-friendly starfish rating system, and has been featured in CBS, NPR, NBC, CNN, CCTV (China Central Television), Variety, The Young Icons, The Guardian, The China Press, etc.  He was a presenter at the 2010 Annie Awards for Animation, and has written movie reviews for Animation World Network, San Diego Union Tribune, Amazing Kids! Magazine, and his own Perry’s Previews blog:

Perry won an “Excellence in Journalism Award” from San Diego Press Club in 2010 and 2011 for his movie and restaurant reviews, an “Excellence Writer Award” from “We Chinese in America” Magazine in 2010 for his movie review column. Perry is widely recognized as an authoritative spokesperson about movies for his generation, and appears frequently at red carpet movie premieres, awards, and film festivals, interviewing prominent directors from such films as Toy Story 3, Up, How to Train Your Dragon.  He was a presenter at the 2010 Annie Awards for Animation in Hollywood.

“Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest” is Perry’s first film as the sole animator, with storyboard and character design by Bill Plympton, directed by Kevin Sean Michaels, produced by Drs. Zhu Shen and Jud Newborn, a Holocaust historian. The film premiered to critical acclaim at LA Shorts Fest & Comic-Con in July, 2011, acquired for worldwide distribution in Sep 2011 by Shorts International, distributor of Oscar-nominated shorts, won a “Special Jury Award” for “Extraordinary Vision” at Flyway Film Festival in Wisconsin in Oct, 2011, featured as a bonus film at the 2011 Animation Show of Shows, and has been touring film festivals around the world. In addition to animating “Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest,” Perry also animated one scene in Bill Plympton’s award-winning “Guard Dog Global Jam.”  Perry and his mom Dr. Zhu Shen are featured in a new book about parenting and youth entrepreneurship, “The Parent’s Guide to Raising CEO Kids,” published in Aug 2011.

Become a fan on Facebook: (Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest official FB page) (Perry’s Previews fan page)

Subscribe to Perry’s YouTube channel and watch his filmmaker interviews:

For more information about Perry Chen, his animation films, and movie reviews, contact Dr. Zhu Shen,

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