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Film Mom: Why 'Oogieloves' Shouldn't Scare You, Parents

By: Tara McNamara on August 29, 2012 at 5:09PM Comments (3)

Family Film Mom is a weekly column about family entertainment for parents with kids (and kids with parents) by Tara McNamara, the editor and founder of KidsPickFlicks.com.

A parent venturing into a theater with a toddler just signed up for 90 minutes of "shush"-ing, "be still"-ing, "I’m sorry"-ing,  and shuttling in and out of the theater. Even if it’s Finding Nemo, little guys just can’t sit still.

As an avid moviegoing mother of a 2-year-old, I am ecstatic about new release The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure. This is the rare Mommy and Me movie that is actually made for tots. It may be the only intentionally interactive film that asks the audience to stand up in the theater, dance and sing – kind of like The Rocky Horror Picture Show for rugrats.

Who are the Oogieloves and why should you be excited to go on a journey with them? No one knows. The Big Balloon Adventure is actually their first adventure ever, but that's OK--the creator of Oogieloves has kiddie cred: Kenn Viselman is the producer of the Teletubbies and Thomas the Tank Engine TV shows. He’s cast familiar faces adults will recognized like Jamie Pressley, Toni Braxton and Cary Elwes, who clearly relished the opportunity to be over-the-top silly.  The Oogieloves may be the giggliest movie you’ll ever have had the back of your chair kicked to.

Other movies to see with your family this weekend:

ParaNorman. An 11-year-old who talks to the dead is really a metaphor for the millions of kids who feel like outcasts, even in their own families, because they are “different.” Two warnings: a) it’s not for children’s whose age is in the single digits and b) bring Kleenex.

 

 

The Odd Life of Timothy Green. Everyone sees Timothy Green as odd – except Timothy Green. What is most enchanting about this magical movie is how Timothy’s self-confidence teaches the people around him to accept who THEY are. Also, bring Kleenex.

 

 

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days. To get out of spending his summer interning for his dad, Greg Heffley tells his parents he is working at the country club. Greg’s lies catch up to him in hilarious fashion in the most relatable Diary of a Wimpy Kid yet.

 

 

To find out what kids think about these movies, go to www.KidsPickFlicks.com, where all kids are movie critics.

 

Categories: Family Films

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  • Sep 3rd 2012 3:58PM

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    The best review I can leave comes from the mouth of the 18 month niece of a friend of mine. We went to see it on opening weekend and at the end she was down in the front of the theater telling us she did not want to leave. "More?" She asked. When told there was no more her response was, "AGAIN!" Couldn't have been happier to have a movie that isn't pushing an agenda and just gives kids a place to be kids. Also, if you're worried about you child sitting through the movie, it seemed that each time our little one was about to get squirrily, it was time to get up and dance again. Perfectly timed. I'm sure we'll be buying the DVD as soon as it's out. :)

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  • Aug 31st 2012 7:46PM

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    Great movie for a kid to just be a kid, sing a little, dance a little, and and just enjoy. My kids could not stop talking about it all the way home. They wish it could be a TV show so they could see them every day and blow kisses. We loved it and want more. 5 stars from my family .

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  • Aug 30th 2012 11:27AM

    Javajive  said...

    Cute...'sorta similar to "Romper Room or Pee-Wee Herman" children entertainment for 'tweet tiny people/toddlers 2 and under. Sweet, the tiny people will like it...'particularly for all the colors & interactive sing along. Fun and family friendly adventure.

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