Last week Avery and I were invited (or, maybe we kind of invited ourselves…) to the Boston screening of “The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure” We drove out to Boston to see the film and sit in on a round table discussion with the film’s writer, Scott Stabile and producer, Kenn Viselman! Now you too can see the movie, it’s out in theaters today, Oogust 29th!
Of course, as is Avery’s way, she started pooping as soon as the round table started….Because, that’s her “thing” now. Meet a celeb? Poop. In a quiet theater with Hollywood folks? Poop.
The story follows the Oogieloves – Goobie, Zoozie and Toofie – as they prepare for a surprise birthday party for their friend, Schluufy. When their guardian, J. Edgar (he’s a vacuum….) loses the last five magical balloons in all of Lovelyloveville, the Oogieloves take action. Along the way, they meet Rosalie Rosebud (Toni Braxton), Dottie Rounder (Cloris Leachman), Lola and Lero Sombrero (Jaime Pressly and Christopher Lloyd), Milky Marvin (Chazz Palminteri), and Bobby Wobbly (Cary Elwes).
The Film’s creator, Kenn Viselman (the marketing genius who introduced us to Teletubbies, Thomas the Tank Engine, Noddy and Eloise) wanted to make a film that reinvented the movie-going experience. This film – basically a movie and a live show rolled into one – is the first-of-its-kind interactive family musical that encourages the audience to get out of their seats, dance, and sing. Visual and auditory cues invite the audience to “move” the action along, allowing parents and kids to interact not only with the characters, but also with one another.
So what did I think of the movie? Well, it is not a movie that is made for grownups. It’s all about the kids. But I don’t see anything wrong with that. There is absolutely no violence, no adult themes that your kids will be asking you to explain after the movie. The most “inappropriate” event is that one character’s pants are always falling down (and the kids are prompted to yell at him for it “Goofy Toofie! Pick up your pants!”) The creators wanted to give the film a GGG rating, to show that it truly is a movie you can take your little ones to without any worry about what they my see on the screen. And I think that is the key here.
Avery is still too young to really participate in the singing and dancing portion of the movie, however, she was smiling and giggling, and I sang along with the songs to her. (Please note: Before I get hate mail, I do not normally let her watch TV. This was a special thing, and she really only saw about 20-30 minutes of it. OK?) Other kids in the theater were dancing and singing. So while I think it may not be the most enjoyable hour for parents, you should at least get a kick out of watching your kiddos dance and sing in the theater!
I must say, my favorite part of the experience was Kenn Viselman’s mother! Kenn is from the Boston area and his family was also in attendance. His mom is clearly a wonderful and supportive mother! She was up on her feet, dancing and singing every word to every song! She was beaming with pride, and that made me really like the movie even more! (she also came over and “oooh’d and ahhh’d over Avery, so, ya know, I liked her!)
Check out @TheOogieloves on Twitter, and follow the hashtag: #ratedGGG. More info can be found at www.oogielovesinfo.com
If you’d like to enter to win an Oogieloves Prize pack for your little loves, Go “Like” The Oogieloves on facebook: www.facebook.com/TheOogieloves Then “Follow” them on twitter: twitter.com/TheOogieloves Then leave me a comment letting me know that you’ve done those two things! I’ll draw the winner on Tuesday Sept. 4th!
*Disclosure: Avery and I were compensated for our travel, and we did receive free popcorn and soda at the theater (the know the way to my heart!) But the opinions written here are my own……they’d have had to give me free Twizzlers in order to “buy me” And, I promise that the fact that Kenn, his mom, and writer Scott all told me how cute Avery is, did not cloud my review!*