From writer/director Denis Chernov and SHOUT! Kids Factory comes an island like no other and characters to love with “Kikoriki: Legend of the Golden Dragon.”

On colorful Kikoriki Island live some of the most amazing animals! Their island scientist Dokko has invented a helmet called the Improveizor. It has the ability to share personality traits between each other.

Wally decides that it is just what he needs to become braver. He uses the device without really knowing how it works and instead of a braver personality, Wally becomes a caterpillar.

His friends know that they have no choice but to help Wally but what they don’t expect is plane crashes, mistaken identities, volcanoes and natives who are not as friendly!

All of that can change when you accept who you are.

Wally is such a sweet character but clearly unhappy with himself which leads to all sorts of problems — big and small. Krash is the headdress wearing hyper-fun character who Wally wants to be like.

Chiko makes friendly look easy and he is always looking for peaceful solutions the group’s problems. Rosa is hilarious with a mind completely her own. Dokko wants to make the world a kinder place with his inventions but the Improverizer might be the one gadget they could all do without.

Barry is the gruffy cheerful islander who sometimes is misunderstood. Pin totally believes in only what he can see for himself which makes their adventure hard to take at times. Carlin likes to think about things before jumping right in which can help sometimes. Olga is a sweet character that doesn’t need the adventures the others seem to enjoy. She’d rather be home safe and sound.

Each of these characters brings something different to the group and it is those differences that make everything possible.

This is not the first adventure for the residents of Kikoriki Island as the series is beloved around the world. In the United States, the GoGoRiki series is how fans know these characters and now they are in their own movie.

SHOUT! Factory has grown into a tremendous multi-platform media company. Releasing new animated features such as the exquisite “Long Way North,” and the epic fantasy “Beauty And The Beast.” Also their own original horror film, “Fender Bender,” gives fans a good scare. For more of what SHOUT Factor has to offer go to www.shoutfactory.com.

Riki Group brings animation with the successful Russian animation of “Kikoriki: Team Invincible,” “Kikoriki: Dejavu” and “The Fixies.”

“Kikoriki: Legend of the Golden Dragon” has received the Dove.Org Family Seal of Approval for all ages. The DVD includes a digital download and the bonus features of “Character Profiles” as well as a “Special Egg-Decorating Kit.”

This film has the storyline of friendship, loyalty, and meeting new friends in the most outrageous situations. The animation is stunning and colorful and writer/director Chernov has brought something pretty original to my family.

It is always a thrill to experience new animated characters that are fun, silly yet teach lessons that I want my grandchildren to learn. The biggest lesson is that there are no limits when believing in yourself. This animated film means the entire family can have an amazing time together as well. Add “Kikoriki: Legend of the Golden Dragon” to your animated home library on March 7 from SHOUT! Kids Factory.

In the end — the legend is about to come true!

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