Common Sense Note
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.
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.
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.
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.
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