Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: G Length: 88 minutes
Age Appropriate for: 3+. The film is interactive, with its characters encouraging audience members to get up and dance, cheer, and sing along, and that participation may be most attractive to younger children. Two of the human female characters show a little cleavage and do some suggestive salsa dancing moves, respectively, but nothing else is really questionable.
Writer Scott Stabile and director Matthew Diamond bring you the Oogieloves, a trio of three—children, maybe?—characters, each with specific interests and personality quirks, who want to teach your kids about loving one another and following the rules. But while ‘The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure’ is well-meaning, its interactive elements aren’t enough to combat its too-long length and lack of charisma.
By Roxana Hadadi
The people behind “The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure” wants parents and kids to be excited about the film’s interactive elements, when its characters—including a talking, rolling vacuum, a woman’s face in a window, and three multicolored beings who resemble overgrown, big-headed children—encourage audience members to sing, dance, and cheer on the film. Perhaps that would have been novel if the TV show “Dora the Explorer” hadn’t been doing the same thing for years, or maybe the repetition would have been excusable if “The Oogieloves” offered a really interesting plot or intriguing characters. Alas, the film doesn’t.