Parents need to know that The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure is an independently produced, preschool-friendly puppet movie from the marketing executive who introduced American audiences to the Teletubbies and Thomas the Tank Engine. The Oogieloves are giant-headed, human-sized creatures that look like puppets but are actually actors in costume. With the characters' rhyming names and interactive instructions for kids to follow along, this movie brings the Dora and Diego style of engaging kids to the big screen. Teamwork and friendship are emphasized, and there's very little iffy stuff, even for the youngest viewers. It's unlikely that anyone over the age of about 5 or 6 will be interested or entertained, but the movie's good intentions and appeal for preschoolers earn it an extra star.
- Families can talk about the Big Balloon Adventure's interactive aspects. Do you think little kids will enjoy following the instructions? What about older kids?
- What do you think will draw preschool-aged viewers to the movie? The color palette? The simple story line? The Oogielove creatures?
- What can kids learn from this movie? Is it important that little kids learn something every time they engage with media?