Kenn Viselman (creator Thomas the Tank, Teletubbies) has really outdone himself this time with his new feature film, The Oogieloves and the BIG Balloon Adventure. As the first interactive feature-length film made directly for the 2-5 age group, Oogieloves is truly a delightful film that everybody in the family will enjoy.
When we meet the Oogieloves- Goobie, Zoozie, and Toofie are planning a surprise birthday party for Schluufy (a sleepy pillow) along with their friends Windy Window, J. Edgar, and Ruffy. But when J. Edgar accidentally loses the last five magical balloons in Lovelyloveville, it’s up to the Oogieloves to reclaim the balloons and save the party!
With an extremely simplified plot, Oogieloves is definitely made with kids in mind. Adorable songs and dances kids are actually encouraged to do in their seats and in aisles are what make up a part of the fun. Wacky characters keep them entertained with bold colors and unique personalitites. Kenn Viselman really put such thought into the details of the film that the color black was perpetually eliminated from the film and most sharp edges were rounded out. There is no villain, and each balloon rescued is basically a mini episode within itself. I have nothing but mad respect for that kind of planning.
Though aimed towards a younger audience, parents will find enjoyment in Oogieloves as well. With a star studded cast that adults will certainly recognize, each balloon rescue is often accompanied by a silly character that will keep parents giggling. I know I did, my personal favorite being Cary Elwes as the wobbling cowboy salesman Bobby Wobbly.
As Kenn Viselman said, Oogieloves was created for a child to go to the theater and for the next ninety minutes, feel nothing but love. I think achieved this and much more, leaving the bar high for the next children’s movie.
Oogieloves is rated G, and was actually up for a triple G rating. There is no movie more filled to the brim with love and friendship.
For such bright innovation that was well executed, I give the Oogieloves 4 1⁄2 magic balloons.
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