The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure is an adventure in its own right. Producer Kenn Viselman wanted to create for young children a movie experience in line with their natural energies to move and dance and sing aloud, rather than forcing them to sit like little adults in the theater, and KIDS FIRST! youth film critics love it. Morgan Bertsch, age 7, calls the concept “awesome,” and says, “No one tells you to please sit down and be quiet. You get to have fun.” Cheyenne Nguyen, age 8, says, “I can’t wait to watch it again with friends, so we can do the Oogie cheers and dances together.” In addition to reviewing the film the two sat down for one-on-one interview with some of the stars, at the film’s recent red carpet event.
Viselman, an innovative force in children’s TV programming, shares more about the movie on KIDS FIRST! weekly radio show Coming Attractions, which streams on VoiceAmerica Kids.
The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure
Reviewed by Morgan Bertsch
(See her full review on video.)Kenn Viselman, who helped make “Thomas the Tank Engine” and “Teletubbies” household names, has come up with a new movie concept for kids, with Matthew Diamond as the director. Scott Stabile is the writer. The concept is awesome.
This is a movie like no other I have ever seen. You actually get to dance, sing and cheer in the movie theater. No one tells you to please sit down and be quiet. You get to have fun. The butterflies tell you when it is time to get up and move around and the turtles tell you when it is time to slow down, take a seat and enjoy the show. Don’t forget to clap for all the little dancers when they are done. The movie is interactive, and you feel like you are part of the movie because you get to participate in the actual show. There is no violence or villains, just a fun, family-friendly movie.
Chazz Palminteri as Marvin Milkshake and Guistina Chirco as Marna make you rethink what you want in your milkshake the next time you order one.
The Oogieloves Goobie, Zoozie and Toofie live in Lovelyloveville, which is a colorful, happy place. When their five balloons fly away, they go on an adventure to retrieve them. Windy Window provides clues to J. Edger (Hoover) to help them on their hunt for the balloons to give to their friend Schluufy for the big surprise birthday party. They must use problem-solving skills at each adventure to solve the many puzzles of how to capture the balloons. The clock is ticking — will they make it in time for the big party?
Along the way they meet a great cast of characters: The fabulous Cloris Leachman plays Dotty Rounder. Jaime Pressly is Lola Sombrero. Christopher Lloyd is the bongo-playing Lero Sombrero. Cary Elwes with his crazy bird is Bobby Wobbly. Toni Braxton is the singer Rosalie Rosebud, and there are many more people you will get to know and love.
The songs are original, creative and you will have the lyrics stuck in your head with a smile on your face.The puppets look real and are very funny. Wait till you see what the raccoons can do.
It is appropriate for all your youngsters. Your children can go see a movie and act like a kid. I would recommend this movie for ages 3 and up.
I give it five ***** twinkling stars.
This movie will be showing nationwide Oogust 29, 2012.
The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure
Reviewed by Cheyenne Nguyen
(See her full review on video.)
Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure is the first-ever interactive movie. I can’t wait to watch it again with friends, so we can do the Oogie cheers and dances together.
The fun characters in this movie are Goobie, Zoozie and Toofie. They go on an adventure to look for the balloons that flew away from Lovelyloveville. They are able to trace the balloons’ locations one by one. However, the Oogieloves need the audience and their friends to help get the balloons. They need to find these balloons before Schluufy wakes up. These magical balloons are for Schluufy’s surprise birthday party.
This movie has so many famous and fun actors. Toni Braxton, Cloris Leachman, Christopher Lloyd, Cary Elwes and Jaime Pressley. These great actors sing, dance and do cheers through-out the movie. All the songs are very catchy and easy to remember.
They explain to us that when we see the butterflies going across the screen, we can stand up and follow the actors’ lead. When we see the turtles going across the screen, we can sit down. I was not comfortable with getting out of my seat at first until I saw the 2-year-old in front of me just go out in the aisle and dance and sing. The songs are so good that I just had to stand up and sing along. I was so surprised that the same 2-year-old in front of me was so focused on the movie and got the cues right away.
Most of the audience interacts with the movie, so it was great being able to do what I feel like doing while watching a movie. All the kids sing, dance and have a great time. It’s like watching a movie with a sing-along and dance at a party.
The costumes in this movie are vibrant with colors and full of designs that kids love to see. The music makes us all want to dance and move around. This movie set is magical.
My favorite character is Ruffy the fish. He has always wanted to do the hard tasks and protect the Oogieloves. He is the funniest character in this movie.
The messages of this movie are lots of love and teamwork.
I rank this movie five out of five stars.
I give this an age range of 2 to 8.
Photo: The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure poster
Also enjoy interviews with the film’s stars by KIDS FIRST! youth film critics Morgan Bertsch and Cheyenne Nguyen at the Oogieloves red carpet.