Wow! That is the first word that comes to mind when I think of The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure world premiere. The second word, or question rather, that comes to mind is, why Michigan?
The Michigan film tax incentive played a huge role in giving life to the film. It was written by Michigan native Scott Satible and funded by Mike Chirco and Scot Moceri both of whom reside in Michigan. Also, the movie was filmed in various locations throughout Michigan, one such example is the Tulip Festival in Holland Michigan and another scene, Milky Marvin’s, in a diner in Canton. Also, over 90% of the film crew was from Michigan. But there was also a little Hollywood in the movie thanks to the cameos from Cloris Leachman, Chazz Palminteri, Toni Braxton, Jamie Pressly, and Christopher Llyod. So, as Tim Allen would say, The Oogieloves in the Big Ballon Adventure is Pure Michigan. On with the Premiere….
As we entered the Emagine Theater in Royal Oak Michigan the lobby had been transformed into a child’s dream come true. Our first stop was Sparkeliciousness stencil glitter tattoos that caught the eye of my 5 & 6-year-old. What better way to express your Oogie love than in glitter?
Meanwhile the cubes and tubes seemed to be very entertaining to my toddler, I don’t get it but toddlers love it!
Then the excitement began, the masses crowded to hit the red carpet for a photo opportunity followed by the introduction of the creator, writers, marketers, etc.
After which the film producers presented Henry Ford Health Systems with a check for $150,000 to support funds for a new program aimed at combating childhood obesity. Then the party was officially started….
As we entered the party space the atmosphere was inviting, it was a symphony for the senses. The aroma took you back to childhood memories, like a day at the circus. The aroma potpourri of pizza, hot dogs, root beer floats, cotton candy etc. was a warm welcome. The golden balloons that danced in the air, the screens playing clips from the movie, clowns with animated expressions, and the smiles on the children’s faces was such a wonderful vision. They even had a favorite snack for adults that were sure to channel childhood memories, Cracker Jacks!
The soirée successfully awakened our senses and in doing so brought back fond childhood memories and it was as if you couldn’t tell where childhood ended and adulthood began. The crowd had transformed and we were all childlike at heart. The anticipation, excitement, and energy continued building as we made our way to the theater to view the world premiere of The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure.
Synopsis: THE OOGIELOVES IN THE BIG BALLOON ADVENTURE is a simple story of a loving friendship, a surprise birthday party and a BIG adventure…It’s a beautiful day in Lovelyloveville. 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 (Ssshh! 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 Oogieloves immediately take action and 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 (Cloris Leachman); Bobby Wobbly (Carey Elwes); Milky Marvin(Chazz Palminteri), Rosalie Rosebud (Toni Braxton) and Lola and Lero Sombero (Christopher Lloyd and Jaime Pressly). Can these new friends help them recover the magical balloons and get back to the cottage in time to celebrate Schluufy’s surprise birthday?
Review to follow…..