Voiceover: Please be reminded that once the show starts, if you plan on talking, if you feel like singing, and if you can't stop dancing...
Toofie: Then you're in the right place!
The Oogieloves: We're the Oogieloves!From Kenn Viselman, the marketing genius (not creator) behind such franchises as Teletubbies, comes the adventuriffic 2012 kids' film The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure, based on costumed characters in a 2009 series of PSAs, who in turn are the watered-down versions of a little-known 2004 kids' show called My Bedbugs, whose rights were sold off to Viselman by its owners as their production company was about to be shut down during the 2008 economic meltdown.And yes, this is a theatrically-released film, not a Direct-to-Video movie.As Goobie, Zoozie, and Toofie work with their friends J. Edgar the vacuum cleaner, Windy Window, and Ruffy the Goldfish to organize a surprise party for their friend Schluufy the Pillow note , J. Edgar trips and loses the last five magical balloons in all of Lovelyloveville, setting the Oogieloves to find them all in time. Along the way, they meet a variety of characters (including a polka dot-obsessed woman played by Cloris Leachman and a cowboy/mariachi played by Christopher Lloyd) who help them out on their quest.The Oogieloves came about after Viselman saw Tyler Perry's Madea Goes To Jail and observed the audience shouting advice to the characters. He figured he could work backwards from that idea by making an interactive aspect with a children's movie around it, with auditory and visual cues telling kids when to sing, dance, and respond to the on-screen action, as well as when to sit down.It is considered by many to be one of the biggest box office bombs of all time. It underperformed Delgo in its opening weekend.
— From one of the movie's trailers
This film contains examples of:
- Alliterative Name: Several characters or groups of characters.
- Arbitrary Skepticism: Goobie refuses to believe that the balloons are magical and can talk, stating that it is scientifically impossible. This despite the fact they live in a house with a magic talking window, a talking pillow, and a talking vacuum cleaner.
- Audience Participation: Strongly encouraged here.
- Clap Your Hands If You Believe: All over the film, especially in the climax.
- Character Name and the Noun Phrase
- Cordon Bleugh Chef: The Oogieloves have a rather strange taste in milkshakes, but it's one Milky Marvin is willing to cater to.
- Crunchtastic: The characters all have a Catch-Phrase with this type of word.
- Deus ex Machina: At the climax the balloons get lost again but the Oogieloves blow kisses for them to return. You read that right.
- Distracted by the Sexy: Toofie (when Jubilee shows up)
- Flat Character: All of them.
- Goofy Print Underwear: Toofie's underwear has bunnies on it.
- Hipster: Goobie is certainly dressed like one.
- If My Calculations Are Correct: Goobie's catchphrase.
- Large Ham/No Indoor Voice: The Oogieloves themselves.
- MacGuffin Title
- Merchandise-Driven: Even though there's no merchandise. Yet. Or ever.
- Ms. Fanservice: Rosalie Rosebud.
- No Antagonist: The only real problem is finding the balloons.
- Parental Bonus: Multiple attempts, but they're all really transparent. A painful example, as who in the target audience would understand the reference to the vacuum being named J. Edgar?
- People in Rubber Suits
- Phrase Catcher: The audience is supposed to say "Goofy Toofie! Pick up your pants!" whenever Toofie's pants fall down. It happens a lot.
- The Power of Love: Towards the end the Oogieloves blow kisses to call the balloons back and call the audience to do the same.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Goobie.
- Speaks Fluent Animal: Zoozie claims she can speak any language, and talks to animals throughout the film.
- Spexico: Lero and Lola Sombrero embody this trope, despite neither being played by a Spanish or Hispanic actor.
- Sugar Bowl: The 1950s-inspired Lovelyloveville.
- Title Drop: "Good luck on your Big Balloon Adventure!" said by all the guest stars the the end of their segments.
- Toilet Humor: Ruffy burps after drinking a milkshake in a contest.
- "This is Penelope! Her bunions are bothering her, and she's gassy."
- Viewers Are Moronic Goldfish