Oogieloves: The Big Balloon Adventure [DVD]
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It's Schluufy's birthday, and the Oogieloves, along with their friends are organizing a party. (Shh! It's a secret.) Everything is going along just perfectly until J. Edgar trips and loses the last five magical balloons -- OH NO! They'll need plenty of creative thinking, teamwork and enthusiasm to rescue these one-of-a-kind balloons in time for the big celebration. With the help of their best friends and the support of many extraordinary new friends whom they meet along the way, can they recover the magical balloons in time for the party?
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The plot - gathering birthday balloons, some sub-kindergarten song-and-dance, and that's about all - is thinner than a Donald Trump campaign
promise, and the fact that the guest of honor is a talking pillow named "Schluufy" guarantees appeal only to those who find Barney the Dinosaur
too cerebral. The Oogies themselves look like the product of some misbegotten collaboration involving Jim Henson, Sid and Marty Krofft,
and the creators of the Teletubbies (a horse designed by committee ends up as a camel; a Muppet designed by committee ends up as an
Oogielove). One bit of wit, though - a talking vacuum cleaner named J. Edgar (he's probably a Hoover - ha ha). In short, this is the most
idiotic kiddie movie since "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" (although, thankfully, it's an hour shorter)....but face it, folks, you don't go to an Oogieloves
movie expecting to see "War and Peace".
Some thoughts- That pillow seems awfully... relaxed. Tree girl is pretty darn cute. J Edgar Hoover?!? brilliant joke guys. The cow and the bubble segments are easily the best. Cary Elwes really does something special here. Gad damn it. Balloons. BALLOONS!
Oggieloves is the own creation of marketing visionary Kenn Viselman. You have to leave this to Viselman, it introduces some innovation, the interactive movie for very young children. I read somewhere that Viselman applied for a patent for that concept. You can read it in many places, the rest of the movie is beyond pathetic. Though, it is a harmless movie. There is absolutely nothing disturbing happening in the movie, (besides some erotic dreaming of a vacuum cleaner towards a sexy window - I mean your kids won't get this part). No, I find lots of inappropriate content in some teen oriented Disney creations, but this movie is really harmless and pleasant. It kind of leaves the taste like, I want to shoot myself, if I have to sit through another minute of this, but my three kids, 4, 5, and 6 actually enjoyed it.
According to Viselman, he spent $20m making the movie, and another $40m marketing it. Certainly not a "lean"production. Perhaps his genius comes from how you can spend $40m in the most ineffective manner - I meant this is lots of money to get rid of. Even the $20m for production, where did it go?
The worst for me as an adult was the plump, amateurish way, how the marketing visionary Viselman believes people are just stupid and they will buy whatever you tell them to buy. From the cheap print on the DVD cover, which reads "the first-ever Oogieloves movie", to the reemphasizing of the Oogielove brand during the movie - go and buy merchandize. In that sense the movie is an insult to sanely minded parents, more so than the content. The movie itself is a rage - if you are in the right mood: I really cannot believe that this happening... My all-time favorite is Carey Elwes as Bobby Wobbly - I found myself going back to that scene again and again, poor Carey.
I am pretty sure that this movie will go into the hall of fame of movie history - but I am pretty sure that this is not just the first-ever Oogieloves movie - but also the last.