The Oogieloves: Roundtable Discussion with the Creator & Camp Oogie

As many of you may have noticed I took a brief hiatus Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. But it was for an exciting reason and one that I can’t wait to share with all of you!


I had the opportunity to participate in a roundtable discussion with Kenn Viselman (pictures below with me), The Oogieloves creator and marketer behind Teletubbies, Thomas the Tank Engine and Eloise.  During the roundtable discussion the subject of appropriate FAMILY friendly films was addressed and the fact that there is a lack of QUALITY family entertainment.  True, Hollywood has released films that they felt were appropriate for young children but if you really sit back and contemplate those movies most, if not all, were not appropriate. True many were cartoons, but, just because movies are animated doesn’t make them appropriate for young children. Take a moment and think about the movies that have been released for children this summer. Now, if you were to make those animated movies into a movie with live actors would that movie be appropriate for your young child? I know I personally wouldn’t allow my 2-year-old to view those movies. 

As a mother to 3 children ages 2, 5, and 6 years old I want to be able to take all 3 of my children to an APPROPRIATE QUALITY FAMILY film and…..

I do not want to have to leave my older two children in the theater by themselves while I walk around with my 2-year-old because there was a “scary” scene during a film. (True story, this did happen and thankfully my mom was with us to stay with the older two kiddos while I walked the halls of the theater with my 2-year-old while they finished watching the film).

Or, worse, after spending over $40 for my family to enjoy an afternoon at the theater together, having to leave because there are just too many “scary” scenes.  Given our family budget I know I can’t afford to take a gamble like that!

I do not want to have an awkward discussion with my children during or after the film about adult issues. (Up was one such movie that was followed by a slew of questions from our preschooler that I was not prepared to address at such a young age).

The Oogieloves in The Big Balloon Adventure has heard us moms loud and clear and is a TRUE G-rated film. In fact this movie is a mommy film going ally.  Not only do us moms not have to worry about scary scenes in the film for our toddler, or awkward discussions with our preschoolers, but we can also eliminate the constant request to…”sit down please”…” be quiet please”….”shhh”….”put your hands down”….”sit on your bottom”….etc.

Asking young children to sit still for over an hour is asking a lot. Also, they are young and inquisitive, they will have questions, and that is good. Now imagine if you could address the questions and actually interact during a film?  Shocker right!?! Once again The Oogieloves in The Big Balloon Adventure delivers.

Children are encouraged to get up, out of their seats, and dance! As well as talk and interact with the film while in the theater. There is queuing in the film that indicate when it is time to standup and dance and when it is time to sit back in your seat.  The queuing is easy for a child to comprehend and follow, the butterflies fluttering across the screen indicate it is time to get out of your seat, while the turtles indicate that it is time to slow down and be seated.

At the culmination of the round table discussion I found myself quite eager to attend The Oogieloves in The Big Balloon Adventure Premiere the next day.  As I left the roundtable discussion I felt such gratitude because my voice as a mommy had finally been heard! The Oogieloves in The Big Balloon Adventure was finally going to provide the quality family entertainment us moms have been longing for.

Speaking of moms, Kenn Viselman’s mom attended the roundtable discussion and I also invited my mom to attend. Here is a picture of Kenn Viselman with his mother, me, and my mom. We give The Oogieloves in The Big Balloon Adventure a thumbs up!!

While I was attending the roundtable discussion my children were attending Camp Oogie!  Where they had fun decorating an Oogieloves lunch bag, learned songs from the movie, learned some dances from the film, and had an all-around fabulous time.

As we left The Townsend Hotel on Tuesday we were all elated and in much anticipation for the premiere of The Oogieloves in The Big Balloon Adventure the next day.

Here is The Oogieloves in The Big Balloon Adventure trailer….

2 thoughts on “The Oogieloves: Roundtable Discussion with the Creator & Camp Oogie

  • It’s nice to know that some movie creators want feedback from the parents. The characters do look pretty cute! I think my kids might actually be entertained by this one. How long was the movie?

    • I think your kiddos would really enjoy this film. It is 88 minutes long but it feels like ½ and hour with all the fun and dancing. My kiddos even asked if we could get the music so we could dance at home!

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