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Press Release: Amazing Kids!® & Perry’s Previews Announce Winners Of First-ever “Amazing Kids!’ Perrific Oscar® Picks! Contest”

Published on: 2nd March, 2011

Perry Chen with contest winners Iain Hutchinson & Laura Jang and their 5th grade teacher Lisa Wilken (photo by Zhu Shen)

Amazing Kids! Perrific Oscar® Picks Contest Winners!!!

Helping Kids Realize Their Potential and Launch Their Dreams!


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40 Winners to Receive DVDs of 2011 Oscar® Winning Animated Film Toy Story 3 and Nominee How to Train Your Dragon ; One Grand Prize Winner to Receive DVDs of all Three Oscar® Nominated Films

March 2, 2011; San Diego, CA– Amazing Kids! and Perry’s Previews are pleased to announce the winners of their first-ever Amazing Kids!’ Perrific Oscar® Picks! Contest. Entrants spanned three continents including Europe, Asia, and North America and encompassed all age categories.

Alyse Rome, founder and president of Amazing Kids!, notes, “We were so delighted to have had hundreds of kids participate in our contest from around the globe, from as far away as China, India and UK!  And thanks to our sponsors Disney Pixar and DreamWorks, forty very lucky kids will be receiving DVDs of Toy Story 3 or How to Train Your Dragon in their mailbox very soon.”

The contest asked kids and teens worldwide to predict the winner of Best Animated Feature of 2010 of the 83rd Annual Academy Awards® Ceremony. In addition, entrants were given the option to submit a short essay describing the reason for their choice. Forty winners have been randomly selected from those contestants who correctly predicted that Toy Story 3 would win the Oscar® for Best Animated Feature. From those who submitted both a correct prediction and an essay, one grand-prize winner was chosen.

The judges, who included acclaimed kid movie critic Perry Chen, have selected 11-year-old Ryan Traynor, of Emerald Hills, California, as the grand-prize winner of the Amazing Kids!’ Perrific Oscar® Picks! Contest. Ryan will receive DVD copies of all three Oscar® Nominated Films, including How to Train Your Dragon, The Illusionist, and Toy Story 3.

“I loved reading kids’ essays about their Oscar picks,” said Perry Chen, who also predicted that Toy Story 3 would win the best animation Oscar.  “Many kids’ essays are thoughtful and showed great analytical skills in 50 words or less, not easy to do! I had a hard time choosing my favorite essay. I want to thank all the kids who entered the contest to let their voice heard and hope they will continue writing about movies.  I also want to especially thank all the Oscar-nominated directors: Lee Unkrich of Toy Story 3, Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders of How to Train Your Dragon, and Sylvain Chomet of The Illusionist for bringing us these magical animation films to enjoy again and again!  I look forward to seeing their next films!”

“I want to thank many non-profit organizations, media, and friends who helped us spread word about our contest,” said Zhu Shen, CEO of Perry’s Previews.  “Without their help, we would not be able to reach as many kids as we did. We look forward to continuing our partnership with these wonderful organizations.” For a complete list of sponsors and partners with link to their website, visit

Contest winners will receive DVD copies of 2011 Oscar®-winning animated feature film Toy Story 3 or Oscar®-nominated film How to Train Your Dragon. For a complete list of the winners’ names, visit the official contest page on the Amazing Kids! website at: and

About Amazing Kids! ®

Founded in 1998 by Amazing Kids! President Alyse Rome, Amazing Kids! (  is a children’s educational non-profit organization and award-winning website dedicated to inspiring excellence in children, while helping them to realize their amazing potential and launch their dreams. A recent recipient of the American Library Association’s Top 24 “Great Websites for Kids” for 2010, the Amazing Kids! website supports kids’ achievement, creativity, critical thinking, and literacy through hosting ongoing creative contests and publishing the award-winning, kid-created Amazing Kids! Online Magazine. For the past 13 years, Amazing Kids!’ Contests,, have become widely-known and respected as one of the best online resources for kids contests (and appear in the top 2 listings for “kids contests” in Google rankings).  Amazing Kids!’ Contests continue to receive the support of a “Who’s Who” of highly respected national and international corporations who act as contest sponsors.  Past Amazing Kids! Contest sponsors have included such well-respected companies like DreamWorks Animation, Nintendo America, Carnival Cruises, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Random House and Ty, Inc.

About Perry’s Previews ( and Perry Chen

Perry’s Previews ( ) is an online resource for kids, teens, parents, educators, and movie lovers of all ages to read and comment on family-friendly movie reviews from a kid’s perspective. To date, over 60 reviews are listed on a multi-media platform, including TV, radio, print, and web. In addition, Perry’s Previews features Perry’s art and animation videos. Reader participation is encouraged through and via Perry’s website, Facebook fan page

( and Perry’s twitter feed @PerrysPreviews.

Perry Chen signing autograph for fans at Oscar Night America San Diego (photo by Zhu Shen)

About Perry Chen – Gifted with a keen eye from a young age, Perry began writing movie reviews for his website “Perry’s Previews” at age 8. Characterized by his starfish rating system, his “Perrific™” favorite movies, and his family-friendly movie choices, Perry is often regarded as one of the great up-and-coming movie critics. The youngest honoree at the recent San Diego Press Club Excellence in Journalism Awards, Perry also serves as the resident movie critic for the Amazing Kids! Magazine (, film critic and blogger on Animation World Network (, a leading professional animation industry publication; a movie panelist for the San Diego Union Tribune ( with over a million weekly readers; and the San Diego Entertainer Magazine’s youngest columnist and entertainment critic (

Perry has been featured in numerous publications and television interviews, including a recent (October 22, 2010) article in Variety, which spotlighted the top 3 up-and-coming young movie reviewers; and The Young Icons, a nationally-syndicated TV show.  In May 2009, Perry made his national television debut on CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, and in March 2010, he appeared in his first national radio interview on National Public Radio (NPR) with host Liane Hansen. He regularly interviews Oscar-nominated and Oscar-winning filmmakers at press junkets, red carpet premieres, film festivals and awards, and is the first child film critic presenter at the Annie Awards for Animation, the highest honor for animation.

Perry Chen interviewing Toy Story 3 directors Lee Unkrich at the Academy of Motion Pictures Feb 24, 2011 (photo by Zhu Shen)

How to train your dragon co-directors Dean DeBlois (L) Chris Sanders (R) producer Bonnie Arnold (M) with Perry Chen at Annie Awards red carpet (photo by Zhu Shen)

Perry was invited as a celebrity guest to attend the Oscar Night America®- San Diego, a charity event to benefit Community Campership Council, a children’s charity to help send under-privileged kids to summer camps.

Watch Perry’s interview of Oscar-winning director Lee Unkrich of Toy Story 3 and Oscar-nominated directors Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders of How to Train Your Dragon:

Perry’s hobbies outside of film reviews include drawing, reading, folding origami, exploring nature, and gardening. Perry is represented by Rebel Entertainment Partners, a talent agency in Hollywood, and Shamon Freitas Agency in San Diego.  He just had his first TV commercial shoot for Rosetta Stone, a leading language software company. Become a fan on Perry’s Previews Fan Page by clicking below:

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Zhu Shen, Ph.D, MBA,

CEO, Perry’s Previews

Email: perryspreviews at gmail dot com

Phone: 858-761-7955

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