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  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: G
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • Release Date: July 16 2013

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Beyond the human ken! Sept. 19 2012
By Robert R. Josef - Published on Amazon.com
Over Labor Day Weekend, I took my 5-year-old to see the "Oogieloves" movie (as in, desperate parent needs something to distract child). There were 11 people in the theater, counting us. My son, of course, adored it. For an adult, however, it's a mind-****ing experience in utter badness! I found it fascinating the way people find train wrecks interesting. Take the more bizarre aspects of the Wiggles and multiply them by 50, and you get the idea. Things like weirdly colored puppet people, lead characters such as a vaccum cleaner and a throw pillow, a cowboy with bubbles in his pants, a giant tulip, a flying sombrero and people like Toni Braxton and Christopher Lloyd totally humiliating themselves in an incredibly tacky looking production. It cost $20 mil to make, $40 mil to market, and has taken in $1.0 mil so far! I'm part of a historical event -- one of the few people to see in the theater one of the worst big budget bombs ever!

I'm looking forward to the DVD release, actually. My wife wasn't with us in the theater, and she really needs to experience this with us. I only hope she doesn't file for divorce immediately afterwards for spousal abuse...
16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
For bad movie enthusiasts only. Feb. 10 2013
By Allen Hall - Published on Amazon.com
It's probably safe to assume that a lot of the people reading this review had no idea that "Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure" even existed until a few days ago, when it suddenly turned up in the electronics department of their local big box store. Its theatrical release was very poorly marketed; I remember seeing only one TV ad, which protrayed the Oogieloves as though the viewer should already know who and what they are. Then it tanked at the box office. How badly? Well, it had a budget of around $20 million, and it only barely managed to break $1 million in earnings, making it one of the biggest flops in film history. Ouch. It will be interesting to see if it does any better now that it's available for home viewing.

I'm not sure if I want it to.

The bad movie enthusiast in me--who adores "Birdemic: Shock and Terror", "Troll 2", "The Happening", and movies made by The Asylum--wants everybody who shares my taste for the charmingly awful to see this movie. It somehow managed to cost $20 million, but you wouldn't know it. The tiny sets, little more than glorified dance floors, are minimally decorated. The body suits used to portray the characters are abysmal: they sag onto themselves in several places, the seams are obvious, and what little puppetry exists almost never works like it should. Eyes wobble indistinctly. The mouths are very special: bottom lips jut out, corners droop. They're always hanging open, too, giving the overall look of a manta ray filtering plankton. For heaven's sake, the puppets in "Neverending Story 3" are better than these things! There are only a handful of special effects worth mention, and they're all so bad that you may as well be looking at a game produced for the Sega CD or the Philips CD-i. In fact, even the practical stuff somehow manages to look like this at times. It makes your eyes water.

Alright, so it's ugly. What about the story?

Here's the setup: it's Schluufy's birthday. Schluufy is a pillow. Don't ask. He.. she.. it? lives with these creatures. They're Oogieloves, and their names are Goobie, Zoozie, and Toofie. They want to throw a surprise party for Schluufy. Their friend, an upright vacuum cleaner called J. Edgar (Get it?) is on his way with five magical balloons. Some squirrels startle him (At least, I think that's what happens.) and he lets the balloons go. The rest of the movie is about the oogieloves (Is this a species? Is it a name? Should I be capitalizing it?) wandering around and trying to find them. That's it. It tries to set up something sort-of like conflict with the loss of the balloons, but it's so trivial that it really shouldn't count. There are no antagonists. There are no consequences. In other words, we are given no reason at all to care about what happens in this movie.

(Oh, except for the weird pseudo-romantic tension between J. Edgar and a window. Don't ask.)

The writing is exquisitely lazy. It's loaded with agonizing dialogue, the stupidest of puns, and embarrassing songs about things like how to climb ladders. It's supposed to be interactive, but all that really happens is the audience gets told to repeat asinine rhymes (Such as, "One! Two! One, two, three! Windy Wendy, what do you see?"). It tries to present itself as a sort of variety show, but what you really get is various celebrities looking confused. You thought it was embarrassing seeing Harvey Korman in the "Star Wars" holiday special? Wait until you see Christopher Lloyd in "Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure". It's awful.

(I do have to say that Cary Elwes as Bobbly Wobbly is a lot of fun to watch. He clearly knew exactly what sort of movie he was in and was just doing whatever he wanted in front of the camera. It's a riot.)

"Ah," I hear you say, "But it was made for kids!" Sorry, but that's not good enough. "Sesame Street" is also made for kids. The Dr. Seuss shorts were made for kids. Don Bluth's movies were made for kids. Most of Disney's animated movies are made for kids. "Animaniacs" was made for kids, which might come as a bit of a shock to those of us who re-watch it as adults. All of these can be enjoyed by children and adults, too, because they aren't written with the assumption that the target audience is stupid. "Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure" is.

If you're a bad movie enthusiast looking for something new, sure, give this a shot.

If you're a parent looking for something new for your kids, don't waste your money, your time, or their time.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I wish movies were still stored on prints so I could destroy the master tape March 31 2014
By whyofbladez - Published on Amazon.com
I have too much respect for kids to ever show this atrocity to them, and I bloody hate children -- let that fact sink in about how horrible this movie is to not just adults but kids and I'm fairly certain that this goes along the same lines as Barney in that it's detrimental to children and coping with reality...
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
So bad, that it actually is good again July 29 2013
By Stefan Brunner - Published on Amazon.com
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I became fascinated with the bad press this movie got. It must have been the worst rated movie - ever - at least in numbers of visitors it got in theaters. I like mysteries, specifically when they include business models. Here, you have some guy with a much exaggerated ego, Kenn Viselman, who is some sort of self proclaimed genius, a marketing visionary. He is often quoted as the father behind Thomas the Tank Engine and Teletubbies where in reality he did nothing else than distribution in the US.

Oggieloves is the own creation of marketing visionary Kenn Viselman. You have to leave this to Viselman, it introduces some innovation, the interactive movie for very young children. I read somewhere that Viselman applied for a patent for that concept. You can read it in many places, the rest of the movie is beyond pathetic. Though, it is a harmless movie. There is absolutely nothing disturbing happening in the movie, (besides some erotic dreaming of a vacuum cleaner towards a sexy window - I mean your kids won't get this part). No, I find lots of inappropriate content in some teen oriented Disney creations, but this movie is really harmless and pleasant. It kind of leaves the taste like, I want to shoot myself, if I have to sit through another minute of this, but my three kids, 4, 5, and 6 actually enjoyed it.

According to Viselman, he spent $20m making the movie, and another $40m marketing it. Certainly not a "lean"production. Perhaps his genius comes from how you can spend $40m in the most ineffective manner - I meant this is lots of money to get rid of. Even the $20m for production, where did it go?

The worst for me as an adult was the plump, amateurish way, how the marketing visionary Viselman believes people are just stupid and they will buy whatever you tell them to buy. From the cheap print on the DVD cover, which reads "the first-ever Oogieloves movie", to the reemphasizing of the Oogielove brand during the movie - go and buy merchandize. In that sense the movie is an insult to sanely minded parents, more so than the content. The movie itself is a rage - if you are in the right mood: I really cannot believe that this happening... My all-time favorite is Carey Elwes as Bobby Wobbly - I found myself going back to that scene again and again, poor Carey.

I am pretty sure that this movie will go into the hall of fame of movie history - but I am pretty sure that this is not just the first-ever Oogieloves movie - but also the last.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I understand July 1 2013
By Bryan R. Hess - Published on Amazon.com
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After renting this movie, I understand why it didn't do too well at the theaters and why most people stayed away from it except those preschool kids who begged their parents to take them to see it. Although this movie allows kids to make a ruckus at the theater, it's a good thing it only stayed there for a week or two. Otherwise, theater employees would be out of a job. That being said, why this movie went to theaters is beyond me. This movie has straight-to-video written all over it. It also didn't have much of a plot. It had a premise like a video game for little kids. Those color-coded creatures would have to get five "magical" balloons back to their home before a surprise birthday party begins for a pink pillow. Pillows don't have birthdays. They're not even alive. Plus, whenever they go for a balloon, they have to do musical numbers and they repeat a cheer they do when they finally get a balloon. Not to mention there were other things the movie suggests that were too repetitive for my liking. I even had to make up some decent MST3K-type responses so I wouldn't get bored. Folks, do yourselves a favor. No matter how much they beg or cry, do NOT rent or buy this movie for your kids. Give them Wreck-it Ralph or Toy Story or The Lorax or something but stay away from the Oogieloves.

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