Winner of the San Diego International Kid’s Film Festival

for Best Educational Film, 2015

Written and Directed by Norland Téllez and C. J. Jones


This is an engaging film about believing in yourself and how you can make your dreams come true. Also, it emphasizes that you do not need to be perfect and that you must not be overly confident to the point that you lose your humility. It is all told in sign language but has words as well so, it is easy to follow and suitable for children who hear as well as those who don’t. The special effects of the Magic Mirror are quite entertaining. It is visually appealing and has social and educational elements that make it valuable. The messages are positive: “If you can dream it, you can do it,” “Believe in yourself.” It is a subject matter than most children will relate to as many have a tough time believing in themselves and have a fear of performing in front of others. The story flows well and is easy to follow. It is entertaining and fun to watch. It also shows that if you keep trying, you can get better and better. It is set in modern day. There are fun signs at the end where children can learn to sign certain words.

Review by KIDS FIRST!


The Artists


Norland Tellez is a master draftsman. His experience as a life drawing instructor have helped enhance his incredible animation skills. Norland concentrated on character animation at CalArts and majored in Greek philosophy and Latin studies at LACC. While attending CalArts he was invited to join the Disney Feature Animation Internship Program in Florida. He returned to CalArts after his time at Disney only to be invited
to join Hanna Barbera/Turner’s Internship Program the following summer. Tellez has become a freelance designer/animator/storyboard artist for Vortex Media Arts, Corny Cole Ill Prods., and Warner Brothers Feature Animation.