I try to go to blogger events when I can. When it comes to events that are kid friendly many times my kids are either in school, or with my ex-husband. When the opportunity came to get a private little screening of the Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure on a day the kids were home with me, I HAD to jump on the chance. The fact that we all had a chance to go see an up-and-coming movie was a huge bonus.
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, 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 movie opens in theaters “Oogust” 29th.)
Kenn Viselman, the creator of The Oogieloves in the BIG Balloon Adventure (due out “Oogust” 29th) believes in the The Power of Mom. So much so he and his team have been traveling around the country engaging bloggers in conversations about what constitutes quality G-rated entertainment. Other than a few wildlife documentaries and a re-release in a popular children’s movie in 3-D, Hollywood has completely ignored the youngest moviegoer. The best they give us for our kids – animated PG films – are loaded with aggression and bloodshed.
You have the power to change what Hollywood pushes on your children. In fact, there is no voice more powerful than yours. You control the home, the family budget and your child’s welfare. Aren’t you tired of watching moms die in the first ten minutes of so many animated movies? Aren’t you tired of seeing your children confused by the aggression towards their beloved movie characters? There’s no place for such violence in a children’s movie. Enough is enough.
It’s this “enough is enough” attitude that got Kenn Viselman, the marketing genius who introduced us to Teletubbies, Thomas the Tank Engine,Noddy and Eloise, mad as h*ll. The end result: The Oogieloves in the BIG Balloon Adventure, a film that reinvents 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.
My DD loves going to the movies, but DS cannot keep still or quiet, so many times I find a sitter for DS and take DD alone. As a parent of young kids you feel so obligated to shush your kids during a kids movie, plus try and keep them sitting still in their seats, most the time its a futile effort. Even at the age of 5, DD cannot sit still in the theater for very long, which is one of the reasons we pick seats away from anyone else (lol). When I found out Oogieloves was interactive I was thrilled. To be honest, it was very relaxing for me as a parent to not have to try and keep DD still and quiet. She was having a blast, I got to enjoy the movie, and enjoy watching her enjoy the movie.
This movie has such an upbeat and uplifting vibe to it that I even felt comfortable about taking DS along to see it too. Now DS is 2 and has less of an attention span than his sister, but at his age I worry more about whether the movie would not only have a theme appropriate for his age but also NOT scare the crap out of him. The Oogieloves was a huge success for getting over that hurdle as a parent of a young toddler. I will admit that DS’ attention was focused on the movie for about 45mis (30 or which was due to the fact that he had his own bag of popcorn), BUT the fact that I didn’t have to worry about him moving and climbing all over the place made me feel a bit more compfrtable that he WAS climbing and moving all.over.the.place. (plus eating popcorn off the floor).
The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure is the perfect kids movie for the 5 and under crowd. For the older kids, its interactive and lets them enjoy a movie while encouraging them to burn off energy (be it physical or audible, or both). For the younger kids its bright, colorful, happy, and a feel-good theme. As a parent of kids in this age group it felt good to have a movie that caters to this age group and turn the in-theater outing into one that makes you feel as relaxed as you were in your own home with the kids jumping, climbing, and singing their heads off. With the price of movies so high right now, this one would be worth every penny as it delivers on so many levels.
To celebrate and promote this great movie I am giving away one Oogieloves Prize Pack to one of my lucky readers. The prize pack has value of about $150 and includes one Oogieloves tent, one Oogieloves mobile, Glitter Tattoos (2), two Oogieloves beach balls, and two sheets of Oogieloves stickers. Since the prize pack will be shipped to the winner via UPS Ground, at this time I can only open this contest to my readers/followers in the US.
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