You buy movie tickets, popcorn and drinks that cost close to $60 (or more) for a family of four.
The movie starts and about ten minutes in your little one starts to get antsy. They get up out of their seat and start talking loudly while in a paranoid state you say, “Shhhh” hoping they will sit down and remain quiet.
They start to cry, you start to sweat and then find yourself standing outside the theater for the rest of the movie.
Been there right? I think most of us have at some point.
Last week I had the fun opportunity to attend the pre-screening and roundtable discussion with the creators of The Oogieloves In The Big Balloon Adventure.
When I say that that this movie will make you want to get out of your seat and dance silly with your kids….it does (take it from me, the mom dancing in the aisle). Best part – they encourage you to get up and wiggle!
I wanted to share a few things that I learned during the roundtable discussion with producer Kenn Viselman, also known for The Teletubbies, Thomas the Tank Engine and Eloise, and writer Scottt Stabile.
#1. Their entire mission for The Oogieloves was to create a GGG rated movie to keep our kids safe from watching movies that contain violence and evil. There is NOTHING bad about this movie. Their mom isn’t killed off (which happens in a lot of children’s movies), no evil, bad language or scary scenes.
As a mom of two boys, I truly appreciate this. Most movies my boys want to watch contain some type of bad guy and a lot of fighting. This results in them trying “the moves” on each other and someone always ends up crying.
#2. Kenn stated that 92% of children from the age of 6 months watch at least 1 hour of TV a day. Pretty crazy statistic when you think about it. He is not against letting your child watch tv in moderation (we all need a break). That’s why he wanted to create a show where parents can feel good letting their children watch.
#3. Includes small stories within the movie so little kids can understand and stay involved as well as the older kids. Plus, when they say the commonly used phrases in the movie, the words light up at the bottom of the screen. This is perfect for early readers like my 6 year-old.
#4. It’s a movie where kids can get up dance, sing and interact with the characters on the big screen. No more feeling like we have to keep them quiet like my above story. Kenn and Scott called it, “a Rocky Horror Picture Show” type of movie for kids.
Overall, my boys absolutely loved it especially the fact they were not confined to their seats and could get up and move around. As a parent, I was more relaxed and could enjoy the movie while watching my boys have a blast.
At opening day every child gets a fun wand that glows in the dark — it really helps make the film more of a family musical event than a regular ‘ole movie.
Synopsis: THE OOGIELOVES IN THE BIG BALLOON ADVENTURE is a simple story of a loving friendship, a surprise birthday party and a BIG adventure…It’s a beautiful day in Lovelyloveville. It’s Schluufy’s birthday and the Oogieloves (Goobie, Zoozie, and Toofie) along with their friends J. Edgar, Windy Window and Ruffy, are organizing a party (Ssshh! It’s a secret). Everything is going along just perfectly until J.Edgar trips and loses the last five magical balloons in all of Lovelyloveville – OH NO!!! The Oogieloves immediately take action and set out to find the magical balloons in time to save their friend’s party. Along the way the they meet some very interesting characters indeed, including Dotty Rounder (Cloris Leachman); Bobby Wobbly (Carey Elwes); Milky Marvin(Chazz Palminteri), Rosalie Rosebud (Toni Braxton) and Lola and Lero Sombrero (Christopher Lloyd and Jaime Pressly). Can these new friends help them recover the magical balloons and get back to the cottage in time to celebrate Schluufy’s surprise birthday?
Official Site: www.oogieloves.com
Disclaimer: We received complimentary tickets to the #Oogieloves movie. I was also compensated for my time, but all opinions and thoughts are 100% mine.