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The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure



Enthralling for preschoolers; much less so for anyone else.
  • Review Date: August 28, 2012
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2012
  • Running Time: 83 minutes

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids might learn about colors, shapes, and numbers and pick up some vocabulary words (although some of the words used to describe the Oogieloves are made up).

Positive messages

The Oogieloves foster teamwork, love, friendship, and discipline. They're very good friends to Schluufy, willing to travel around their world to find the magical balloons. The movie's interactive parts encourage activity and movement.

Positive role models

The Oogieloves are extremely devoted to Schluufy (and to throwing his birthday party) to go on such an involved adventure to find the five magical balloons. Along the way, they overcome each obstacle together.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff

Lola gives Ruffy a goodbye smooch and then says "holy mackerel"; Toni Braxton's song and dance is kind of sultry. One characters pants fall down, exposing his underwear.

Not applicable

Although there are no product placements in this independently produced movie, it has a huge marketing budget, so there have been a ton of ads, billboards, mall take-overs, and such.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure is an independently produced, preschool-friendly puppet movie from the marketing executive who introduced American audiences to the Teletubbies and Thomas the Tank Engine. The Oogieloves are giant-headed, human-sized creatures that look like puppets but are actually actors in costume. With the characters' rhyming names and interactive instructions for kids to follow along, this movie brings the Dora and Diego style of engaging kids to the big screen. Teamwork and friendship are emphasized, and there's very little iffy stuff, even for the youngest viewers. It's unlikely that anyone over the age of about 5 or 6 will be interested or entertained, but the movie's good intentions and appeal for preschoolers earn it an extra star.

What's the story?

The three brightly colored Oogielove friends (green Goobie, a "scientastic" inventor; yellow Zoozie, a "deliciousness" animal lover; and purple Toofie, an "adventurific" risktaker) live together in LovelyLovelyville, where they're taken care of by an upright vacuum (appropriately named J. Edgar) and visited daily by Windy, who shows up as a face in their home's window. The Oogieloves are throwing a birthday party for their friend Schluufy, a fuchsia pillow, but their plan is ruined when five magical golden balloons (Shluufy's present) float away. To retrieve the balloons in time for the party, the Oogieloves and their pet fish, Ruffy, follow Windy's directions to visit five wacky adults, who each have a balloon.

Is it any good?


The Oogieloves are like a mash-up of the colorful Teletubbies creatures and the upbeat musical friendliness of Barney the purple dinosaur and his prehistoric pals. They're a bit odd looking (although not as much as the Teletubbies), but the youngest viewers will watch in awe as Goobie, Zoozie, and Toofie encourage kids to stand up and perform different little exercises or dance moves at each stop on their overlong (83 minutes to find five balloons!) mission to recover Schluufy's gift.

The five human friends the Oogieloves make on their big balloon adventure are a treat for parents desperate for a familiar face amidst the made-up adjectives and oversized Oogielove heads. Cloris Leachman, Chazz Palminteri, Cary Elwes, Toni Braxton, Jaime Pressly, and Christopher Lloyd all make notable appearances, but they can't save the movie for grown-ups. Pressly's awful accent as supposedly Spanish-speaking Lola, a salsa dancer, is especially cringe-inducing, as is the slightly inappropriate allure of Braxton's song-and-dance number. But none of that matters to preschoolers, who will be charmed nonetheless.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the Big Balloon Adventure's interactive aspects. Do you think little kids will enjoy following the instructions? What about older kids?

  • What do you think will draw preschool-aged viewers to the movie? The color palette? The simple story line? The Oogielove creatures?

  • What can kids learn from this movie? Is it important that little kids learn something every time they engage with media?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:August 29, 2012
DVD release date:February 5, 2013
Cast:Cary Elwes, Cloris Leachman, Toni Braxton
Director:Matthew Diamond
Studio:Kenn Viselman Presents
Genre:Family and Kids
Run time:83 minutes
MPAA rating:G

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Kid, 12 years old August 29, 2012

Parents, You Know You're Not Going to Like It

I have seen the trailers and it looks so horrible that it will probably get a Worst Picture at the Razzie Awards show (an awards show for worst picture, worst actor, etc.) Too many childish jokes and everything. I have read a critic's review of it and he said that the famous actors who were in it seemed embarrassed in the film. I would be too. But if you have a toddler or preschooler, I think they would like it. But, you, parents, are probably going to shake your head and sigh. But, parents, you are probably going to be happy that your kid will enjoy it. So if your kid sees an ad for it, don't be surprised if they beg to see it.
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Great messages
Great role models
Too much consumerism
Teen, 15 years old Written byMrMovieBuff June 19, 2013

Epic fail.

I hate The Oogieloves in The Big Balloon Adventure with a burning passion. How can anyone like this horrible mess of a movie? I wouldn't even call it a movie. It's soooooooooo childish and sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo annoying. I'm so angry that it's getting TWO SEQUELS and a TV show. Don't watch this unless you want to waste your time. EDIT: Hey avcodatewhat'sright. I do have evidence about this. I heard it's getting 2 sequels and a TV show on YouTube. That sucks. Why would they even do that if it had a mega-flop in the box office (which it deserved)? I hope the 2 sequels have mega-flops too. I also hope the TV series fails in ratings.
Parent of a 5 year old Written byJeannette in Utah September 4, 2012

A perfect choice for kids.

My husband and I took my 6 year old son to see the Oogieloves on Thursday. He will not stop talking about the movie, or singing the March and Moo song. The music is great and really fun. So is the Oogielove cheer. We went with my neighbor and her four kids, and all the kids had so much fun together. It's strange at first, as a parent, to allow your kid to stand up in a theater and dance and clap and cheer. But it becomes fun really fast. This movie is very pure. As a conservative parent, I like very pure. Nothing but love in Lovelyloveville. I was disappointed to see that this movie had such negative critical reviews. I wonder how many of those critics watched it with young children. I can't imagine they would have been as negative. The Oogieloves is really delightful for little kids.
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