Film / The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure

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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 one of the movie's trailers

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, underperforming Delgo in its opening weekend as one of the lowest-grossing wide-release films.note 

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.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Toofie (when Jubilee shows up)
  • Excuse Plot: The plot is not so much threadbare as it is a single fraying string. As pointed out by The Cinema Snob
    • While J. Edgar claims he can't just buy more balloons because these were the last five magical ones in the land, the Oogieloves have plenty of other fantastic inventions they could just give Schluufy as a present instead. He wouldn't even notice, as he was asleep during most of the film and turns out to have the mind of a baby.
    • At the climax, the Oogieloves lose the balloons again but summon them back with kisses. It's never said why they didn't do this in the first place.
    • As pointed out by Bobsheaux, there are many other ways The Oogieloves could've gotten the balloons. They could've just simply asked the people for their balloons back or get a ladder to climb up to get higher placed ones rather than having to do half of the things they do in order to find get the balloons back.
  • Flat Character: All of them, the closest to having a personality is Ruffy and even then his basic character is being grumpy.
  • 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: This seems to be the idea behind the Oogieloves film's conception, but given its failure, none was ever distributed.
  • 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.
  • Running Gag: Goofy Toofie! Pick up your pants!
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Goobie loves to speak in big words.
  • 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

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