We went to the LA premiere of the Oogieloves in The Big Balloon Adventure.
My husband had no idea what he was getting into as he finished putting together a mask for our son to wear of Toofie on the long ride into LA.
Did I ask Wonder Boy which he would want? No, because just mentioning the movie got him excited about his favorite purple tree-climbing friend.
Grauman’s Chinese Theater- that place where all of the actors got their handprints done outside.
The Hollywood Walk of Fame is forever long. You can recognize most of the people on this block easily.
It was hot out, but they had an amazing carnival waiting.
I snacked here and there on carnival food, fancy appetizers and freshly-squeezed lemonde, but we could only convince Wonder Boy to eat a strawberry. However, he really got into playing games, even though he was to small to really play.
We also went into the theatre early to escape the heat and get aisle seats, since I knew Wonder Boy would be up and out of his seat. He immadiately made friends with the little boy in front of him, whos parents has wisely leashed him.
There was a little bit of chaos in the theatre after everyone went through a couple rounds of the Oogieloves Cheer. Wonder Boy was proudly in the aisle, hugging himself and dancing right along.
The lights turned down, and the room was filled with the butterfly wands swishing away.
After some sugary drink and half a bag of popcorn, my son was fueled up and ready to run.
I saw parents get up and dance with their kids, and kids jump up and down and get loud.
A couple kids, like my son, went traveling up and down the aisle.
Well, I thought to myself, this is what they wanted.
This is a movie geared to the preschool set, with direction to get up, down, cheer, sing and dance.
It was a surreal event- any one of those actions in a regular theatre would get shushed immediately.
I let him wave his wand dangerously close to another person.
I let him dance in the aisle.
I let him eat Pop Rocks.
I let him have fun doing what he wanted, just to see what he would try to do.
After all, this was his movie.
I only chased him when he started going up the stairs toward the exit or so far down the aisle we could no longer wave him back easily. (There were some little girls in the aisle far in front of us, luring him in with their aisle dance party.)
While it was adorable and a little stressful to watch him run around, my son went above and beyond the call of involvement.
His main man, Toofie, is not a fan of wearing belts.
Well, anyone with an active boy who has pants just a little too big understands what would happen next.
I looked over to see my son had pulled down his pants and was inching up the aisle saying, ‘Oh, no, my pants fell down” over and over, the lights on his shoes just drawing even more attention.
I laughed but ran over, embarrassed my son was That Kid, pulled up his pants and told him not to do it again. My husband was mortified, especially when he heard a little girl point it out to her mommy.
I ignored the snickers around us and let him go back to dancing and enjoying the movie, hoping that was the last of it.
He eventually made it to the front of theater, found a new little friend for a couple of minutes and then promptly pulled his pants down again, again bemoaning the fact his pants fell down.
This time a whole new group got to point and giggle.
The motral of this tale is, if you have an active son like mine, who loves adventure, being silly and the center of attention, make them wear a belt to the Oogieloves.
Tomorrow I’ll have here the importance of this movie to me and my guide for taking the family to see The Oogieloves in The Bog Balloon Adventure…
And a giveaway!