The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Enthralling for preschoolers; much less so for anyone else.
  • G
  • 2012
  • 83 minutes

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 15 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

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 & Representations

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
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.

Language
Consumerism

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

What 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.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bymyopinionisbest May 22, 2017

Stupendously Dumb

This movie is insultingly simplistic and unchallenging. If you absolutely need to put this on for your toddler, the bright colors and positive atmosphere will k... Continue reading
Parent of a 8-year-old Written byAkhil K. December 12, 2019

Worst film ever!!!

A big ripoff of Teletubbies and Ragdoll Shows?! Not fair!!
Stick with Brave (2012 Pixar film) or The Pirates: Band of Misfits.
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 mov... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old May 5, 2014

Save me!

All I can say is...get me a barf bag.

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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