Wednesday, March 23, 2011

What is it about dirt that brings out the best in kids?

The Hill trio from left to right, Hunter, 8, Amanda, 10, and Heather, 6., who attend Green Elementary in Chesterfield Township lassoed first prize for their creative poses and sweet version of the dirt dessert.

To celebrate the new release of "Rango" starring Johnny Depp and to give our younger readers a chance to coral some free movie tickets, we launched a contest inviting children and their parents to make their best version of a dirt dessert. Dirt is the name of the gritty, gun-toting town where Rango, the less-than-courageous pet chameleon, becomes sheriff and the last hope against the bullies.

Amanda Hill.
Say howdy to our contest winners. 

Not only did the Hill trio of Chesterfield Township, including Hunter, 8, and his sisters, Heather, 6, and Amanda, 10, make the dirt dessert, but sent amazing proofs of the pudding.

Heather Hill loved the topping of worms.

"The kids are big Johnny Depps fans," said Carol Hill, mom and official photographer. "They had an idea of what the movie would be like and they thought the cowboy outfits would be perfect."
They were right, and for their creative efforts they won movie tickets for the entire family -- including dad, James Hill -- along with a prize package featuring  Rango T-shirts, posters, water bottles and nifty little fans (in case Michigan gets as hot as Dirt), courtesy of Paramount Pictures and Allied Integrated Marketing of Bloomfield Hills.
"We had so much fun making our dirt treats," said Hunter, who was designated spokesman for the Hill trio. "They were gooey, messy and tasty. The worms were a lot of fun. My sister Heather said, 'It would be pretty gross if they were real worms in real dirt, but these are candy.' I am excited to see the movie. We have seen previews and it looks like a great story. Amanda said, 'Johnny Depp always gives his characters a special life of their own, and I am sure Rango will be no exception.’"

Hunter Hill.

"Most of us just go about our day-to-day work without thinking about it, but our kids really are working hard at school," said Carol. "This is a great reward. It's a way to say thank-you for being good kids. It was a good together project, too. They were smiling and laughing the whole time."

As an added bonus, and because Hunter, Amanda and Heather are such devoted Johnny Depp fans, shown below are the latest images from "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," which will sail into theaters May 20.

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Young missionary Philip Swift (Sam Claflin) and enigmatic mermaid Syrena (Astrid Berges-Frisbey) are mysteriously drawn to each other despite the fact that they should be natural enemies in "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides." 
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Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) and Joshamee Gibbs (Kevin R. McNally) are unpleasantly surprised to find themselves at the gates of St. James Palace rather than freedom as they exit a paddy wagon.

Today's Muse
Children of the same family, the same blood, with the same first associations and habits, have some means of enjoyment in their power, which no subsequent connections can supply ~ Jane Austen

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