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The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 2+

Enthralling for preschoolers; much less so for anyone else.

Movie G 2012 83 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 9 parent reviews

age 18+

Very gruesome

age 2+

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 keep them entertained, but anyone over the age of 4 will find this boring and cringeworthy. There is nothing inappropriate; the only somewhat questionable thing is at one point the vacuum cleaner seems to be flirting with the window. The video game-style plot is repetitive and predictable. This movie is only really good for keeping small children under the age of 5 quiet for 90 minutes, and even they'll probably think its dumb.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (9 ):
Kids say (17 ):

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.

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