Based on the supremely popular stories by Soviet science fiction writer Kir Bulychov, Alisa Knows What to Do is a 3D series produced by Russian studios and now available in the U.S. on DVD from N Circle Entertainment. The stories follows the incredible adventures of 12-year-old Alisa Selezneva and her friends in the late 21st century. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Gerry O. comments, "It is exciting to see a very unique style of camera shots and coloring. On top of that, the English dubbing is exceptionally well don and very smooth. I didn't even realize that characters were re-voiced until the second episode." Morgan B. adds, "Their adventures have many learning lessons including: The power of friendship is greater than anything; You should not judge people or animals based on their looks; Personality and true hearts are better traits then just good looks." See their full reviews below.
Alisa Knows What To Do: The Mystery Of The Last Truenox
By Gerry Orz, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 13
There are so many great Sci-fi movies and TV shows out there. However, very few of them are meant for kids or are poorly done. Well, Alisa Knows What to Do!, is a beautifully animated and exciting Sci-fi series distributed by N Circle Entertainment that is great for kids and adults.
Each episode is a separate adventure featuring middle school student Alisa and her friends filled with action and even some fun teenage romance. All the stories are kids friendly and yet, contain original humor that adults will appreciate too. Add to that some stunning animated visual effects and it makes it for a great show that a wide audience will enjoy.
Alisa is a young girl living many years in the future. The show follows all her crazy and fun adventures with her family and friends and involves animals and technical gadgets that we hope to have in a future. Additionally, each episode delivers a positive moral story which is nicely portrayed nicely within the show itself. The show stays exciting with fun adventures. If you are a fan of science fiction or enjoy dreaming about the future possibilities like I do, you will enjoy this show where we see lots of technology such as space jumpers, hover boots and even cloning!
The Russian-produced show is produced by Timur Bekmambetov's Bazelevs Group, Riki Group and Animation Studio Moskva. It is exciting to see a very unique style of camera shots and coloring. On top of that, the English dubbing is exceptionally well don and very smooth. I didn't even realize that characters were re-voiced until the second episode. The series is based on the books by Russian science fiction author, Kir Bulychiov. For people who have read his books, as my family did for many years, it is cool to see the characters come to life. However, the stories are original to the show, which allows even readers of his books to be surprised.
My favorite episode is Wipe Out Creativity in which a few of Alisa's friends sign up to take implants to make them smarter and stronger. However, they get in trouble and Alisa and some of her new friends rescue them. I love this episode because the subject is very interesting and starting to come up in today's world. The moral of it is: Don't let others mold you; only you can make you. I think that is very important and agree 100 per cent.
The show is designed for young kids. A few parts may be a bit intense so, I recommend it for ages 7 to 18. I also give it 5 out of 5 stars because it is beautifully animated, has an exciting story, impressive voiceovers and original comedy. Welcome to United States, Alisa Selesneva - kids here are going to love you!
Alisa Knows What To Do: The Mystery Of The Last Truenox
By Morgan B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 11
I found this DVD to be unique and interesting. This four episodes tells all about Alisa and her four teenage friends embarking on many adventures. The first episode focuses on an adorable creature called a Truenox. It is original, funny and quirky with the added bonus of having many mysteries to solve. It was very enjoyable to watch.
My favorite episode, A Singing Showdown has a mystery and a shocking outcome. Hilariously funny with great music, this show down wants to see who will rule the planet.
The colorful characters resemble real teenagers. Real geniuses who think outside of the box, they create new and cool ideas to save people, creatures and their planet. My favorite character has to be Alisa because she shows girl power, humor and potentially your best friend. She rises to the occasion whenever danger lurks.
The voiceovers actors truly match the emotions and voices of real teenagers. Each character has its own unique voice and characteristics, which match their avatar. This makes the film very believable.
The Truenox, which they rescue in the first episode The Mysteries of the Last Truenox, has to be the cutest pet that I have seen. I could hug it for days. He turns out to be an alien that helps Alisa and her friends on their adventures. Comical almost to a fault, he adds humor to the series which made me laugh a lot. Just one smile from him and I found myself smiling back.
Their adventures have many learning lessons including: The power of friendship is greater than anything; You should not judge people or animals based on their looks; Personality and true hearts are better traits then just good looks. The colorful animation has amazing details. I felt as if I was living in the future. I could actually imagine living on this futuristic planet. The animated people feel like they are real. I found this an amusing place that I would enjoy being a part of. Flying cars and boots would be amazing to own. The unusual design of the different gadgets and modes of transportation add to the futuristic feel of this movie. All of the space aliens look peculiar and plausible.
I recommend this film for ages 6 to 15 because of its cuteness, bright animation and easy to follow storyline. I give this movie 5 out of 5 galactic stars.
Gerry O., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14
Morgan B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12