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The Oogieloves in The Big Balloon Adventure (2012)

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Average Rating: 3.4/10
Reviews Counted: 22
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 16

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.

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Average Rating: 4.7/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 6

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.

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It's Schluufy's birthday, and the Oogieloves (Goobie, Zoozie and Toofie), along with their friends J. Edgar, Windy Window and Ruffy, are organizing a party. (Shh! It's a secret.) Everything is going along just perfectly until J. Edgar trips and loses the last five magical balloons in all of Lovelyloveville--OH NO! The Oogiloves set out to find the magical balloons in time to save their friend's party. Along the way, they meet some very interesting characters indeed, including Dotty Rounder

Feb 4, 2013

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The whole thing runs about an hour too long: It should have been a TV show. The adventure's too big for the kids who would love it the most.

August 31, 2012 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Comments (5)
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If only there were something on screen to keep your adult brain from dissolving into strained peas.

August 31, 2012 Full Review Source: Newsday | Comments (4)
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A prime contender for most peculiar wide release of the year.

August 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Variety | Comments (6)
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There are no villains in this movie but there's lots of suspense and problem solving involved in retrieving the balloons.

August 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Comments (14)
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It's like paying to watch a dumbed-down mash-up of the least creative parts of "Teletubbies," "Barney & Friends," and "Pee-wee's Playhouse."

August 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Comments (6)
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If you have preschoolers or fond memories of tots smiling at friendly costumed characters, you may find a soft spot for this gentle film ...

August 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Comments (3)
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excruciating for anyone over the age of five.

July 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Racket
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Forget Saw, I'd argue this is the most freakishly disturbing outing of Cary Elwes career.

September 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Final Cut on Film
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I am somewhat hesitant to attempt to describe this...peculiar concoction for fear of being accused of base mendacity.

September 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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Some of the words used are too adult for kids and the length of the movie is much too long.

September 4, 2012 Full Review Source: jackiekcooper.com
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Meant to tickle toddlers, Balloon isn't worth punishing multiplex pricing, delivering small-scale thrills on a limited budget. It's definitely a rental, offering parents a chance to escape while wee ones bop around.

August 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com | Comments (4)
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There's potential to this picture, even if the initial box office reaction is, well, terrible

August 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Comments (4)
Boxoffice Magazine

The road to hell, they say, is paved with good intentions. Walking up that road are The Oogieloves, a trio of the most cloyingly unbearable characters a parent could ever introduce to their preschool child.

August 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune | Comments (4)
Salt Lake Tribune

The tale of three multi-colored blobs hunting for lost magical balloons feels like a bad pilot, the kind that post-Barney PBS would reject out of hand.

August 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Comments (4)
Boston Phoenix

One of the characters proclaims this will be "the greatest movie ever", and you know it won't be. Even the 4-year old sitting behind me was dubious of that claim.

August 29, 2012 Full Review Source: WaffleMovies.com | Comments (4)
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I kept hearing someone mutter, 'The horror...The horror,' as the nearly 90 minutes dragged on for what seemed like an eternity, and then realized those words were coming from me.(Full Content Review for Parents also available)

August 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Screen It! | Comments (5)
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Enthralling for preschoolers; much less so for anyone else.

August 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comments (5)
Common Sense Media

The Oogieloves play a lot like Teletubbies in Pee Wee's Playhouse and it looks to become a staple in many a small child's DVD collection and possibly a cult item in college dorm rooms.

August 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Comments (4)
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Enduring this brainless kid's film is akin to witnessing the end of the world.

August 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Comments (3)
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