Starring Cary Elwes, Christopher Lloyd, Jaime Pressly, Cloris Leachman, Toni Braxton, and Chazz Palminteri. Written by Scott Stabile and Kenn Viselman. Directed by Matthew Diamond. Produced by Michael Chirco, Gayle Dickie, Scot Moceri, Jeff Peyton, Wendal Scott Reeder, Angela Rivet, David Schwarcz and Kenn Viselman.
After ten years in the making, the Michigan-produced film has finally made it to the big screen and families couldn't be more excited. Not only was it funded by Macomb residents Mike Chirco and Scot Moceri, it was written by Lathrup Village native Scott Stabile and had a 95-percent Michigan-based crew (including special effects producer Jim Gilmore) as well as being filmed at several familiar locations like Stony Creek, the Tulip Festival in Holland and a diner in Canton. Parents are relieved to have a G-rated film the entire family can enjoy and on top of that, it's the first interactive kids movie to hit theatres – viewers are encouraged to get up as well as sing and dance along with the characters on screen. The film was inspired by the PBS children's show, My Bedbugs, and through it the beloved characters Goobie, Toofie and Zoozie live on.
We follow these characters through their journey to retrieve five lost golden balloons to give to their friend, Schluffy the Pillow, on his birthday. Along the way, they run into all sorts of obstacles and meet some interesting people, including some familiar faces like Bobby Wobbly (Elwes), Dotty Rounder (Leachman), Marvin Milkshake (Palminteri) and Rosalie Rosebud (Braxton), who add plenty of humor and pizzazz to the film. One of the children's many favorite scenes included getting up to salsa dance with the hilariously animated Lero Sombrero (Lloyd) and Lola (Pressly) in order to achieve their last mission.
In addition to providing us with a groundbreaking theatre experience, the makers of this film have done something even more rewarding – they've presented Henry Ford Health systems with a $150,000 check to go toward a program aimed at fighting childhood obesity, which goes along perfectly with the film's goal to encourage kids to get up and move around. So, in participating in The Oogieloves and the Big Balloon Adventure, you'll be a part of something positive that changes the movie-going experience for children as well as contributing to a cause that betters the lives of children long after they leave the theatre. | RDW