The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure
|The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Matthew Diamond|
|Produced by||Kenn Viselman
|Written by||Scott Stabile|
|Story by||Scott Stabile
|Music by||Joseph Alfuso
|Edited by||Girish Bhargava|
|Distributed by||Kenn Viselman Presents|
|Running time||87 minutes|
|Budget||$20 million (Production)
$40 million (+ Marketing)
The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure is a 2012 American children's film produced by Kenn Viselman and directed by Matthew Diamond. It is based loosely on the children's television series My Bedbugs. It stars Toni Braxton, Cloris Leachman, Christopher Lloyd, Chazz Palminteri, Jaime Pressly, and Cary Elwes. Marketed as an "interactive film", The Oogieloves encourages the viewers in the theater to sing and dance along.
The film was released on August 29, 2012. On its opening weekend, the film became one of the biggest box office bombs of all time for films released in at least 2,000 theaters, being panned from critics and audiences. The film was released on DVD on February 5, 2013, exclusively at Walmart.
On Schluufy's birthday, the Oogieloves, Goobie, Zoozie, and Toofie, and their friends J. Edgar, Windy Window, and Ruffy, work on organizing a party. Everything is going as planned until J. Edgar trips and loses the last five magical balloons in all of Lovelyloveville, prompting The Oogieloves to set out and find the magical balloons in time for the party. Along the way, they meet Dotty Rounder, Bobby Wobbly, Milky Marvin, Rosalie Rosebud, and Lola and Lero Sombrero.
- Toni Braxton as Rosalie Rosebud
- Cloris Leachman as Dottie Rounder
- Kylie O' Brien as Jubilee Rounder
- Christopher Lloyd as Lero Sombrero
- Chazz Palminteri as Marvin Milkshake
- Jaime Pressly as Lola Sombrero
- Cary Elwes as Bobby Wobbly
- Maya Stange as Windy Window
- Misty Miller as Goobie
- Stephanie Renz as Zoozie
- Malerie Grady as Toofie
- Alecia Jai Fears as Rochelle Rosebud
- Iris Farrugia as Ruby Rosebud
- Randy Carfagno as Ruffy
- Mia Elliott as Windy
- Taras Los as Schluufy (voice)
- Guistina Chirco as Marna
- Nick Drago as J. Edgar
Production completed in 2009, but the film sat on the shelf for 4 years because the producer wanted to patent the film's method of providing visual cues and synchronizing house lights for a semi-interactive experience. Young viewers are encouraged to get up and dance when butterflies fly across the screen, and sit down when turtles appear.
The film was written by Scott Stabile and produced by Kenn Viselman, who was behind the American localization of the British children's series Teletubbies and Thomas & Friends. Viselman claims that he and Teletubbies creator Anne Wood had multiple disputes with each other, because Wood refused to let Viselman pursue a film adaptation of the show. The film is loosely based on the characters from the children's TV show My Bedbugs.
After seeing Madea Goes to Jail in a theater, where he saw how the audience members would shout out advice to the characters on screen, Viselman was partially inspired to create a children's film in the vein of Teletubbies with the interactive aspect, allowing the children to sing, dance, and respond to the characters on screen. He felt that "The idea of interactivity isn't new, but the idea of interactivity in a theater is."
The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure was panned by critics, with a 27% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 21 reviews, and a score of 32% on Metacritic, based on 11 reviews. Loren King of the Boston Globe considered The Oogieloves to be a "dumbed-down mash-up of the least creative parts of Teletubbies, Barney & Friends and Pee-wee's Playhouse" which preschoolers would enjoy due to its interactivity, but would be a waste of time for parents "in a world where Sesame Street is on TV every day [and/or] even in a world where Sesame Street didn’t exist." King also questioned whether the intent of the film was to set the stage for future merchandising of its characters. Mark Olsen of the Los Angeles Times criticized The Oogieloves for being a "prefab construction meant to appear like a beloved set of characters", and for being "so ineffectual and disengaging that it may be better to call it just plain dumb." A. O. Scott of the New York Times published a review sent to him by the seven-year old daughter of a family friend. She stated that she "thought it was for babies" and observed, among other things, that none of the children in the audience were paying attention to the film, and that the toddler whose family she saw it with fell asleep partway through the movie.
In its debut weekend, Oogieloves proved to be the biggest box office bomb of all time for films released in at least 2,000 theaters. Its production budget was $20 million, in addition to another $40 million in marketing costs. On August 29, 2012, the film opened at #17 at the box office to $102,564 in 2,160 theaters, with a per-theater average of $47. Box Office Mojo said the film "needs at least $5 million to avoid being dubbed a legendary flop". It grossed only $445,000 in its opening weekend, surpassing Delgo for the lowest opening weekend of a film in 2,000 or more theaters. Delgo also played in the same number of theaters as Oogieloves. The film has the second worst opening weekend per-theater average for a widely released film at $206. "To put that in perspective, if each location played Oogieloves five times a day on one screen at an average ticket price of $7, that would translate to fewer than two people per showing", according to Box Office Mojo. Over the life of its exhibition in theaters, the film grossed a grand total of $1,065,907 as measured by total box office gross, only Delgo had a worse theatrical gross by total gross; however, The Oogieloves played for 23 days while Delgo played for only seven.
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