Lately I have been so disappointed in the movies available for my kids. Even G rated ones have left me shaking my head sometimes. I love a certain company’s movies. Well, I have anyway. They make great quality animation movies for kids full of great color, graphics and stories we all (most of us) grew up loving, learning and quoting. I always wondered why they felt the need to kill off parents, especially moms, why they have to have voodoo, witchcraft and sorcery, AND WHY ON EARTH THEY HAVE TO PUT SOMETHING SCARY IN IT EVERY SINGLE TIME!! Yeah, I’m yelling there. It ticks me off. Nothing like not being able to put a cute looking movie on because your kid has nightmares from the scariness they inevitably contain.
Enter #RatedGGG. Did you ever hear of GGG? No? That’s because it isn’t a real rating. Maybe it should be. The idea behind a GGG rating is that a movie rated this would contain nothing scary, nothing thematic, and would be completely appropriate for ANY kid. No worries about your kid having nightmares or repeating THAT adult joke they didn’t get but heard everyone laugh about. Call me picky but our kids haven’t gotten to see the latest movies because apparently it is all important to make sure kids’ movies include stupid, lame or off colored adult humor. I’m really tired of having to say “Sorry sweetie, that awesome movie is a no-go”
Enter Kenn Viselman, Scott Stabile, and the Oogieloves team. Kenn Viselman is behind Thomas the Tank Engine, Eloise, and the Teletubbies. Ken wants to know why we have to have evil, scariness and adult themes in KIDS’ movies. Scott Stabile is the writer of The Oogieloves and the Big Balloon Adventure. Why can’t we make movies good for 0-120? Making a movie that’s clean enough for a two year old may not appeal to the older crowd, as I can say The Oogieloves in The Big Balloon Adventure doesn’t. However,even with the kid friendly cheesiness and exaggerated acting generally designed with kids in mind, there are things to get even an adult laughing, and it features actors/actresses that make you say “Hey, I know who that is.” I love that I can tell you that it is the best movie to take your kids to. Full of fun, laughter, and problem solving, your kids will laugh, sing, and get involved in the story line. EVEN IN the theater!! That’s right, it’s designed for your kids to have fun even in the movie theater, with fun interactive songs and activities. The team behind The Oogieloves has even gone a step farther and provides a Parent Guide that is available online. check it out before you go see the movie and feel confident knowing that this movie is great for your kids and designed with them in mind.
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You can also check out CommonSenseMedia.org for information on ratings and reviews, keeping you informed on what’s in the movies you want to take your kids to and allows you to make an informed decision rather just picking a movie and having the potential of walking out half way through.
Disclaimer: My kids and I had the opportunity to meet Kenn Viselman and Scott Stabile and to see a pre-screening of The Oogieloves in The BIG Balloon Adventure. That being said, all opinions here are my own.