Last night at our screening for “Brave,” they showed the most horrible, appallingly bad trailer for an ill-conceived children’s movie I have ever had the misfortune to sit through. This is from some of the people behind “The Teletubbies” (which I liked, in a surreal sort of way), and the point of it seems to encourage kids to get up and yell at the screen, interact with the characters, and dance (all wonderful goals–for a DVD that the kid is watching at home. But this movie is aimed at the under-5 set, who aren’t known for their high levels of understanding about “this movie is okay to dance and sing and yell at, but this one (and pretty much every other movie they’re likely to see) isn’t.”)
I present (and don’t say I didn’t warn you): The Oogieloves.
As a disclaimer, I don’t have kids and don’t relate very well to very young ones. But I can certainly see the point behind things like Teletubbies and The Wiggles and other similar entertainment aimed at little kids. But this just looks like a bad low-budget PBS show on steroids. Might work as a kids’ TV or DVD series, but as a movie? Yeah, no.
I seriously pity the parent who’s forced to sit through this trainwreck. I can’t see how it would have anything that would engage them at all, unless you call having your brains dribble out your ears “engaged.”
Has anyone here even heard of “The Oogieloves”? Even the name sounds like something you’d get tossed in jail for attempting.