When I was a kid I used to watch the Smurfs every week. I was a big fan and also had some of their books which I’d read over and over. I know it sounds dorky to admit in a blog, but I used to pretend they were real and whenever I was in my grandparents’ back yard I used to hope I would see their mushroom houses. When the Smurfs movie came out a few years ago we skipped it because my kids were too young to see it– but at a recent screening of The Smurfs 2, my kids got to finally see the Smurfs and have new characters to love.
I love books and I’m a strong believer that they should enhance our imagination. Sometimes movies can do that, too. For example, there are movies that deal with fantasy and open up to us an entire world we didn’t know existed before. One such film is Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. I recently got to see some exclusive footage from it and got a chance to view a world of soaring imagination. Read the rest of this entry
Moms in today’s society face a tremendous pressure to “keep up” with this fast-changing world. Toddlers are growing up so quickly that they are expected to be able to handle PG-rated movies that usually deal with concepts that are way over their heads, such as war and death. Oftentimes there are movies that – if they were not animated – would be pretty difficult to watch, even for adults. G-rated movies that just have innocent fun are hard to come by. But perhaps these types of movies are actually better for young kids?! And what if these types of movies include dances and sing-a-longs, so that kids can actually get a little workout and even interact with the characters on the screen?!
The Oogieloves in The Big Balloon Adventure is an interactive movie aimed at kids ages 2-8 that encourages kids to sing and dance along with the characters. The film is about 3 friends who are searching for golden balloons and end up meeting some interesting friends along the way. It stars Toni Braxton, Jaime Pressly, Cary Elwes, Christopher Lloyd and more.
Visit the Oogieloves website for songs and videos from the film, online games, printable puzzles and coloring pages and even a special PDF file for parents with information on how to prepare kids for the movie so that they’d get the most out of it, in terms of getting them to participate during the film and even helping them learn some of the vocabulary used in the film.
The Oogieloves in The Big Balloon Adventure is coming to theaters on August 29th. Be sure to check it out with your little ones!
I was not compensated for this post. I did receive a gift card to cover travel expenses.