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The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure Review Critics


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  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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  • 30

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times

    For the sake of the children, The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure should be allowed to quietly float away.

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  • 30

    out of 100

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    Hallie's dad said it was Rocky Horror for toddlers whatever that is. Me and Hallie are 7 and we thought it was for babies.

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  • 30

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    If the target audience for this film were any younger, they'd be embryos.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Village Voice

    If today's youngsters grow up thinking of Christopher Lloyd as the old guy with the bongos from The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure, at least they'll be thinking of Christopher Lloyd at all.

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  • 91

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    Parents who have had to sit through a myriad of mindless kids movies will appreciate a chance for their kids to be themselves at the theater and to be silly right alongside them. On the whole, it can serve as a good introduction to the movie-going experience.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 2+

Enthralling for preschoolers; much less so for anyone else.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure is an independently produced, preschool-friendly puppet movie from the marketing executive who introduced American audiences to the Teletubbies and Thomas the Tank Engine. The Oogieloves are giant-headed, human-sized creatures that look like puppets but are actually actors in costume. With the characters' rhyming names and interactive instructions for kids to follow along, this movie brings the Dora and Diego style of engaging kids to the big screen. Teamwork and friendship are emphasized, and there's very little iffy stuff, even for the youngest viewers. It's unlikely that anyone over the age of about 5 or 6 will be interested or entertained, but the movie's good intentions and appeal for preschoolers earn it an extra star.

  • Families can talk about the Big Balloon Adventure's interactive aspects. Do you think little kids will enjoy following the instructions? What about older kids?
  • What do you think will draw preschool-aged viewers to the movie? The color palette? The simple story line? The Oogielove creatures?
  • What can kids learn from this movie? Is it important that little kids learn something every time they engage with media?

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true2

    Educational value: Kids might learn about colors, shapes, and numbers and pick up some vocabulary words (although some of the words used to describe the Oogieloves are made up).

  • message true4

    Messages: The Oogieloves foster teamwork, love, friendship, and discipline. They're very good friends to Schluufy, willing to travel around their world to find the magical balloons. The movie's interactive parts encourage activity and movement.

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: The Oogieloves are extremely devoted to Schluufy (and to throwing his birthday party) to go on such an involved adventure to find the five magical balloons. Along the way, they overcome each obstacle together.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence and scariness: Not applicable

  • sex false0

    Sexy stuff: Lola gives Ruffy a goodbye smooch and then says "holy mackerel"; Toni Braxton's song and dance is kind of sultry. One characters pants fall down, exposing his underwear.

  • language false0

    Language: Not applicable

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: Although there are no product placements in this independently produced movie, it has a huge marketing budget, so there have been a ton of ads, billboards, mall take-overs, and such.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not applicable