It can be hard to keep up with pop culture. One Direction, is that a band? That new redheaded Disney starlet, what's her name? It's a peril of modernity that no matter how much a person wants to stay tuned in, there's just no way to keep up.
So when something such as “The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure” rolls around, it is understandable to start wondering: Did I miss something? Should I know this?
The answer, in every way imaginable, is no. “The Oogieloves” are not an already-beloved set of characters, but a prefab construction meant to appear like a beloved set of characters, three brightly colored, oversize felty friends along with a talking pillow, fish, window and vacuum cleaner.
The results are so ineffectual and disengaging that it may be better to call it just plain dumb.
Goobie, Zoozie and Toofie get Schluufy some magic balloons for his birthday. When the balloons get away from them, they set off on an adventure around Lovelyloveville to get them back, aided by Ruffy, Windy and J. Edgar (yes, he's the vacuum).
No more can be said of the story. Chazz Palminteri, Jaime Pressly, Cary Elwes, Christopher Lloyd and Cloris Leachman appear in brief roles, all looking slightly confused and vaguely embarrassed.
The film, which has a curious 2009 copyright date, should have just stayed on whatever shelf it had been sitting on.
At a recent press screening, the youngsters in attendance lost steam at a steady clip, stopping with the standing and the sitting in favor of simply running up and down the aisles.
For the sake of the children, “The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure” should be allowed to quietly float away.
— Mark Olsen, The Los Angeles Times