A guest post from Trish Adkins, writer, christian, yoga teacher, mother to two miracles: one a brain tumor survivor, and publisher of Yoke.
We are always on the look out for wholesome, adorable movies for our children. Both my girls have vivid imaginations and sensitive hearts, so sometimes even Disney is too dramatic for them to handle. We were invited to a screening of The Oogieloves in The Big Balloon Adventure and decided to give it a try.
At first glance The Oogieloves seems a little, well, strange. The creator, Kenn Viselman, created the film with the purpose of entertaining the younger set and encouraging them to get up and dance. My two girls, ages 6 and 3, needed a little nudging to get dancing when the movie cued it. After all, they are used to being shushed as soon as the previews begin to roll. The movie contains a series of short adventures that all connect in one overall story arc. For my youngest, this helped keep her attention as it was as if she was watching several short pieces versus one long film. For my oldest, the overall story and adventure was enough to keep her hooked to the end.
Take a look at this video clip
The conflict in the movie is simple and not sinister, revolving around lost balloons and a series of adventures to retrieve the balloon before a birthday party. The Oogieloves are large plush characters, very reminiscent of Barney. The film also contains cameos from well-known actors and actress including Jaime Pressley, Toni Braxton, Christopher Lloyd and Cloris Leachman.
This is not a movie that any adult would ever see alone–and while my six-year-old enjoyed herself, I am not sure every young elementary schooler would. It is absolutely a safe bet for the ages 2-4 set. The movie is rated G; however the creators are marketing it as rated GGG–there is not a touch of adult content, violence or anything scary. It is totally family friendly and the only side effect will be your children singing and dancing for days. To read more about our family’s experience: http://2yoke.
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About The Oogieloves in The Big Balloon Adventure
The Oogieloves try to save a friends’ surprise birthday party by rescuing lost magical balloons all throughout Lovelyloveville. The adventure takes them through a series of various tasks and includes several scenes of singing and dancing. Through out the film, audience participation is encouraged and cued.
Run time: 1 hour 23 minutes
Release date: August 29, 2012
Released by: Kenn Viselman presents