- Adaptation Displacement: While Oogieloves is notorious for how bad it is, there's hardly anything on the entire Internet about My Bed Bugs aside from a few clips on YouTube and some DVD listings on Amazon.
- Audience-Alienating Premise: As many reviewers have pointed out, the very concept of a film that encourages small children to make as much noise as possible in a movie theatre is not going to appeal to many parents. Your own children dancing around to a movie at home is one thing; dancing around in the crowded aisles of a theatre with dozens of other children is quite another. Though, considering the box office numbers, 'dozens' turned out to be wild optimism.
- Bile Fascination: Many who saw the film being advertised thought (and hoped) that it would turn out to be a parody of stupid, overly saccharine kids' shows and films.
- Cliché Storm: This film copies every cliché from live-action children's shows: Animate Inanimate Objects, randomly introduced songs, and overly eccentric people.
- Director Displacement: One of the most notorious examples — it's known for its marketer rather than its director (Matthew Diamond).
- Ensemble Dark Horse: Cinematic Excrement and Emer Prevost both admit in their respective reviews that Ruffy is their favourite character in the movie. This likely stems from Ruffy being considerably grouchier than the rest of the cast (thereby giving him more characterization than literally every other character involved) and feeling like the Only Sane Man among the Oogieloves (namely, his line "Will this day never end?!"), which makes it easy for non-fans of the movie to identify with him.
- Ham and Cheese: Cary Elwes was clearly having fun playing Bobby Wobbly in this movie. Same with Chazz Palminteri as Milky Marvin, as well as Christopher Lloyd as Lero Sombrero.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: Three years after this film was released, AMC Theaters introduced their Sensory Friendly Film screenings, which encourage kids to do the same things in the theater that they're encouraged to do in this movie.
- It's Not Supposed to Win Oscars: The director made the rather exact excuse that this wasn't made to win the Academy Award. Strangely enough, he wasn't the least bit concerned that the movie bombed either.
- Memetic Molester: Bobby Wobbly, an erratic cowboy trucker with an obsession with bubbles who invites children into his furnished truck bed to "wobble" with him.
- Memetic Mutation: Courtesy of Brad Jones: "DO YOU LIKE BUBBLES?!"
- Nausea Fuel: The flavors of the milkshakes the Oogieloves order, most of which are weird, gross, or silly... or all three.
- No Such Thing as Bad Publicity: Kenn Viselman is not deterred by the negative reviews and low box office numbers that this movie has. In fact, he thinks that the film's negative publicity will expand the Oogieloves' popularity, raising sales of Oogielove merchandise and media. If there had ever been any Oogieloves merchandise, we might be able to judge the validity of this argument, but we definitely know that it was an embarrassing flop.
- Retroactive Recognition: Garrett Clayton of Teen Beach Movie and Hairspray Live! fame is one of the diner dancers.
- The Scrappy: Nobody in this movie is really liked to begin with (except maybe Ruffy), but special mention goes towards Goofy Toofie, mainly for the neverending gag with his pants constantly falling off.Rotten Tomatoes Critical Consensus: Although it may serve as a passing diversion for very young viewers, The Oogieloves fails to offer much more than several brightly colored examples of the worst stereotypes of modern children's entertainment.
- Tastes Like Diabetes: It's notorious for this to the point of mockery. Simply put, it makes A Troll in Central Park look like God of War!
- Took the Bad Film Seriously:
- Even Brad Jones, who called the movie "filth" noted that Cary Elwes gave a great performance. Some even claim that Bobby Wobbly falls under Creepy Awesome instead of Uncanny Valley because he fully embraced the insanity of the role.
- Toni Braxton also deserves credit for fully embracing the opportunity to do some self-parody. Her role as a Comically Serious diva who performs an extravagant ballad about allergies feels like an Affectionate Parody created specifically for Braxton, in a film that otherwise has some bizarre casting choices.
- Uncanny Valley:
- From Nathan Rabin's "My World of Flops" article: "Oogieloves are supposed to look plush and friendly, but their big, dead eyes and mouths are as distractingly inexpressive as their movements are lumbering and awkward. Theres a thin line separating creepy-cute from just plain repulsive, which Oogieloves crosses early and often."This makes it particularly jarring that the Oogieloves shown in the thumbnail◊ of The Cinema Snob's review actually do look cute and friendly.
- The human characters also fall into this. Rabin's essay describes Cloris Leachman's grandmotherly character as "a cross between a human-sized candy cane and Bette Davis in Whatever Happened To Baby Jane by way of Faye Dunaway's Joan Crawford in Mommie Dearest". Cary Elwes' cowboyish character is "something from a deleted scene from Blue Velvet". Brad Jones sums up Leachman as the "David Lynch version of a psycho cat lady."
- What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: When the least weird things in the movie are a talking vacuum cleaner, an unintelligible pillow and a real grump of a fish, you know you're in for a hell of a ride.
- WTH, Casting Agency?: For some reason, the filmmakers decided to cast Christopher Lloyd and Jaime Pressly as a Mexican couple.
YMMV / The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure