The Oogieloves Movie Review, In Theaters Now

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Written by Sara, guest reviewer

The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure Movie
When was the last time your family enjoyed a G rated movie in a theater? As a mother of four small boys, I’ve found that most of the children’s movies we’ve attended are rated PG and usually have some dark scenes and sexual innuendos. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to take your child to a movie and not have to worry about if it will scare them or if the humor will be more adult oriented? That’s what the new movie, The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure, sets out to do. Producer Kenn Viselman (of Teletubbies fame) has created a new, interactive movie-going experience for the youngest of audiences.

 

 

My boys and I had the wonderful opportunity to be a part of a screening of The Oogieloves a few weeks ago. From the moment we arrived, we were whisked away into the world of the Oogieloves. While my children were taught the songs and cheers found in the movie, I was able to participate in a roundtable discussion with Kenn Viselman (producer) and Scott Stabile (writer). These two described how they set out to create a movie unlike any other.

 

 

One of the many ways that The Oogieloves is different is that it is an interactive movie! Your children are encouraged to stand up, sing along, dance, and have fun! This is the first movie of its kind, and as such, the movie has cues that come on screen to tell you when it is time to stand up and when it is time to sit back down. In fact, this is the first movie to come with a Parent’s Guide to help you know what you can do to prepare your child for an interactive movie experience (the parent guide is found at www.oogieloves.com). As a parent of small children, I can tell you that we don’t take our children to movies very often because it is hard to get them to stay in their seats and stay quiet for 90 minutes or so. This movie was a breath of fresh air because my 2 year old and 4 year old were able to get their wiggles out as they participated in the movie and I didn’t have to worry if we were disturbing the people behind us! I had so much fun watching them and my 6 year old dance around to the music.

 

In so many movies today, we find that the main conflict in the movie has to do with a villain, a death, or some other tragic loss. With so much negativity in the world, the creators of The Oogieloves, wanted to produce a film where the main source of conflict wasn’t something that would frighten children. In the Oogieloves, they are in search of five magical balloons that floated away while they were being delivered to a friend’s birthday party. In their search for the balloons, they model for children how to cooperate, problem solve, and use team work to reach a goal.

 

One of the many parts of the movie that I loved was the use of repetition and words on the screen when the characters would say cheers. I loved that my oldest could read along as he cheered and my two middle children could learn to connect written words with spoken language. I was absolutely delighted that my children were not only being entertained, but were also having learning concepts introduced to them.

 

 

When the movie was over, and as we walked out of the theater, my oldest son said to me, “Mom, that was a weird movie!” I was concerned that maybe he was too old for the movie as it is geared more towards preschool aged kids. In an attempt to not offend anyone who created the movie, I quietly asked him why he felt that way. He answered, “Well, it talked about love a lot and you never see that in movies! Everyone was so nice and worked together. It was just different.” I think the producers of the Oogieloves would be pleased. In fact, I was pleased because that is the kind of entertainment I want my children to see.

 

 

The Oogieloves and the Big Balloon Adventure is in theaters August 29th. For more information, you can visit The Oogieloves website, follow @theoogieloves on Twitter or like Oogieloves on Facebook.

 

Thank you to the representing company or PR agency for allowing our family to view the movie in order to facilitate this review. I also received a gift card to thank me for my time and participation. All opinions remain 100% my own.

 

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Comments

  1. 4

    looks cute!

  2. 5

    I’ve never heard of this interactive type of movie for children. What a wonderful idea for family fun! Its nice as noted, to find a movie without death or inappropriate scenes or dialogue for a change!

  3. 6

    This looks like a breath of movie going fresh air! I hope that we get it here at our tiny theater!
    Thanks for sharing!
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  4. 7

    This looks like such a cute movie! I think my grandson would enjoy it.

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