The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure
The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure is a 2012 (although production for this film ended in 2009, akin to Foodfight!) American interactive adventure film for children directed by Matthew Diamond. It is the brainchild of Teletubbies marketer Ken Viselman, who could not obtain rights to make a movie based on that series due to disputes with the series' creator and decided to repurpose an obscure Detroit-based show, My Bedbugs, to make the film.
It's their friend Schluufy's birthday, and the Oogieloves -- Goobie, Zoozie, and Toofie -- are planning a secret surprise party. But, when the last five magical balloons in LovelyLoveville are lost, Goobie, Zoozie, and Toofie must find them, or the party will be a disaster. Along the way, the Oogieloves meet some interesting characters (Toni Braxton, Cloris Leachman, Christopher Lloyd) who help them in their quest, but will the three friends find the balloons in time to save the party?
Why It Sucks
- The film is intended to be for small children but treats its audience like idiots.
- A movie actively encouraging toddlers to get up and mess around inside a theatre full of steps to fall off and steel-framed seats for them to hit their heads on is not a very good idea.
- On the topic, parents may be immune to realizing how annoying their own children are in movie theaters, but this instinct notably does not extend to anyone else's. In fact, the movie was released to theaters nationwide instead of being a straight-to-video or made-for-TV film just makes it even worse.
- The Oogieloves themselves are creepy-looking, with unexpressive animatronic faces (in particular, their eyebrows are totally static), mouths that can barely open, arms that bulge weirdly, obvious seams in their heads, lower eyelids that are always part-closed and make them look stoned, and soulless glassy eyes that constantly reflect the studio lights.
- Not only that, but the fact that they are placed in the presence of actual humans, where it turns out they are about seven feet tall and have heads so big they could reasonably fit an adult's entire head in their mouth, does not help in the slightest. They are even more grating than the Teletubbies. Schluufy (who sounds like Meatwad) and the side characters look even more unsettling.
- The songs are pretty pointless, and would rather be jeered at than danced to, such as the song about nasal congestion and the song about Penelope having bunions and being gassy.
- Paper-thin, and loosely written plot.
- The movie has very poor attempts at comedy, whether there are running gags ("Goofy Toofie! Pick up your pants!") or lame puns (a treehouse shaped like a teapot = a treepot).
- Weirdness and nonsense all around (wrong science facts, a Mexican walking like an Egyptian, and a Spanish person playing East-Indian music).
- For a movie aimed at toddlers, the camera is sure interested in showing off Jubilee's rear. Same when Toofie says "I can't wait to get the snipples again!" (she is probably trying to say "sniffles," but it doesn't sound like it at all), which it's very inappropriate for the toddler audience.
- Awful acting from the humans, even Christopher Lloyd, and especially with the Oogieloves.
- It features an unintentionally creepy scene where Bobbly Wobbly the cowboy (played by Cary Elwes) asks the Oogieloves to come into the back of his truck for some "Bobbly Wobbly fun" which does not exactly sound wholesome to an adult viewer. This could come off as teaching kids to trust weird strangers who ask anyone if they'd like to get into their vehicle to give them something.
- The infuriatingly stupid ending makes the whole journey seeking the balloons entirely pointless.
- The lyrics to Windy Window's song sound like they were written by Dr. Seuss while drunk and horribly depressed.
- At the beginning of the movie, there is blatant, self-praising bias when Zoozie exclaims that it's "the most amazing movie ever."
The movie was panned by critics, and audience alike, reaching a 30% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but for a strange reason, it had a 63% audience score rating on the same site. IMDb gave the film a 2/10 rating.
The movie was a critical and box-office bomb, grossing $1.1 million against a $20 million budget and surpassed Delgo for the record for the worst opening weekend for a film playing in over 2,000 theaters, earning $443,901 (an average of $205 per theater). The film's box office dropped over 90% on its second weekend, and it subsequently vanished from theaters after three weeks.
- Although the movie had been completed in 2009, it was shelved for four years due to the producer wanting to patent the visual cues and synchronized house lights used in the movie.
- The movie was nominated for Worst Screen Ensemble and Worst Picture during the 33rd Golden Raspberry Awards, but both awards were won by Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2.
- Not long after the movie's release, numerous 10-star reviews came in for the movie on IMDb. The accounts that posted the reviews joined not long after the movie's release and had similar name structures. Although nobody is sure as to why it happened, one possible explanation for the sudden spike is that somebody involved with the movie was attempting to make the movie look good. After enough complaints were made, IMDb eventually made all 10-star votes on the title invalid in order to prevent further vote stuffing.
- Although the 10-star votes placed before IMDB's invalidation of them no longer count towards the film's score, the number of votes are still counted, and it is currently #99 on IMDb's Bottom Rated Movies list
- This movie was never released outside Canada, the UK, and The US.