If someone told me I was going to take my three and one year olds to the movies together, I would have thought they were crazy. No way would they sit still for a movie in a dark theater. Turns out I can take them to a movie.
Last week, we had the chance to attend a showing of the movie The Oogieloves in The Big Balloon Adventure. It was 83 minutes long and filled with light, laughter and love. No scary enemies to explain, no dead parents, and no fast animation. The movie creators consider this film to be “Rated GGG”. It is unlike any other children’s movie in the market. The audience was targeted to ages three to five, not a broad family audience like many “children’s” movies. There is even a parent’s guide to the movie to read ahead of time.
The coolest thing about the movie experience is the interaction. I know my little ones couldn’t sit down for a long movie. At Oogieloves, they are not expected to. There are fun little butterflies that dance across the screen to encourage moviegoers to get up out of their chairs and dance. My kids were up in the aisles and it was ok. There was no need to sush them and pull them back into their chairs. Well, at least until the turtles make their appearance on screen.
At a round table discussion with the creator Kenn Viselman, he mentioned the statistic that the average American child is in front of a screen 54 hours a week. This sedentary activity is part of what’s leading our country’s children down the path of childhood obesity. Maybe this one movie will make a difference and encourage other producers to get people moving. As a parent of young children, I hope to see more happy, dancing filled movies available to them.
The movie opens on “Oogust” 29th at your local theater. On opening day, the little movie goers will get a butterfly wand too! I may go back just for that since my daughter has been singing the movie songs since the show.
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About Emily Roach
Green Boston mom of three young children. Focused on family nutrition, wholesome recipes, and an eco-friendly lifestyle.