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|
|Based on||My Bedbugs
by Alex Greene and Carol Sweeney
|Music by||Joseph Alfuso
|Edited by||Girish Bhargava|
Kenn Viselman Presents
Big Balloon Adventure Movie
|Distributed by||Kenn Viselman Presents
|Box office||$1.1 million|
The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure (also known as The Oogieloves) is a 2012 American live action musical comedy adventure children's film edited by Girish Bhargava, written by Scott Stabile, produced by Kenn Viselman and Gayle Dickie, co-produced by Kenn Viselman Presents and Big Balloon Adventure Movie with music by Joseph Alfuso and Robert Rettberg and directed by Matthew Diamond. It is based loosely on the children's television series My Bedbugs by Alex Greene and Carol Sweeney. It stars Toni Braxton, Cloris Leachman, Christopher Lloyd, Chazz Palminteri, Cary Elwes and Jaime Pressly. Marketed as an "interactive film", The Oogieloves encourages the viewers in the theater to sing and dance along. The film was theatrically released on August 29, 2012 by Kenn Viselman Presents and Freestyle Releasing. The film was panned by critics and it earned $1,065,907 on a $20 million budget. The film was nominated for Worst Picture and Worst Screen Ensemble at the 33rd Golden Raspberry Awards, but lost both to The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2. 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.
- Malerie Grady as Toofie
- Stephanie Renz as Zoozie
- Misty Miller as Goobie
- Toni Braxton as Rosalie Rosebud
- Cloris Leachman as Dottie Rounder
- Christopher Lloyd as Lero Sombrero
- Chazz Palminteri as Marvin Milkshake
- Cary Elwes as Bobby Wobbly
- Jaime Pressly as Lola Sombrero
- Maya Stange as Windy Window
- Nick Drago as J. Edgar
- Alecia Jai Fears as Rochelle Rosebud
- Kylie O'Brien as Jubilee Rounder
- Taras Los as Schluufy the Pillow
- Randy Carfagno as Ruffy
- Guistina Chirco as Marna
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 22 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 reviewed the film in the persona of 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 needed "at least $5 million to avoid being dubbed a legendary flop, and it's not going to come anywhere close". 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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- Polkadotty Shake your Body - Cloris Leachman and Kylie O'Brien
- Ode to Adelaide (Scratchy Sneezy Cough Cough) - Toni Braxton
- Wobble with your Wiggle - Cary Elwes
- Jump, Step, Clap - Christopher Lloyd and Jaime Pressly
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