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'Oogieloves' writer to detractors: 'You’d think we were trying to turn 3-year-olds onto the crack pipe'


Scott Stabile, the writer of The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure, the preschool-targeted film that last month had the worst opening weekend in box office history, has written a lengthy post on the film’s official Facebook page to address the kid flick’s very vocal detractors.

“Even for a part-time Pollyanna like myself, an avalanche of negativity can take its toll,” says Stabile, who wishes that critics could have viewed the film “in the company of little kids, for whom the film was created.” Stabile expresses frustration with the decisive schadenfreude with which writers (including this one) approached The Oogieloves and its financial failure. “From some of the backlash our movie has provoked, you’d think we were trying to turn three-year-olds onto the crack pipe,” he writes. “I honestly don’t see how we help anyone, and definitely not artists, by being hurtful and snide in the way we discuss their work.”

While Stabile argues passionately that The Oogieloves‘ is appropriate viewing for young children (“Why do we have to expose preschoolers to anything but innocence and love in a 90-minute movie?”), he does have a sense of humor about the whole ordeal. “If more people had seen it, I would not currently be a reigning box office record-holder,” he jokes.

Check out his full statement below: READ FULL STORY

The 'Oogieloves' tanked, but expect the dancing to continue

While no one was expecting The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure to own the box office Labor Day weekend after its slow start on Wednesday, its ranking as the worst debut ever, with a $445,000 haul for the three-day weekend, was a big surprise… to everyone. “Only an idiot or a liar could say that they weren’t disappointed in those numbers,” says producer Kenn Viselman (Teletubbies, Thomas the Tank Engine).

But don’t expect Viselman, who produced and distributed the movie under his Kenn Viselman Presents company, to hang up his hat now. He is moving forward with two sequels (The Oogieloves in the Big Family Adventure and The Oogieloves in the Big Holiday Adventure), though he might have to reconsider whether to release them theatrically or straight to DVD. Additionally, a TV series initially planned for 2015 will be moved up by at least a year to capitalize on familiarity with the new characters. The movie’s backers remain committed to the brand, Viselman says, and its potential for long-range gains (merchandising and licensing). “It’s about the long play, not the short. [The financers] told me ‘This chapter did not go well, but it’s a good story.'” READ FULL STORY

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