2012 Summer Movie Guide

Diva to the Oogieloves

TFK chats with Toni Braxton about The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure, in theaters August 29

July 23, 2012
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Rosalie Rosebud (played by Toni Braxon) performs with Oogieloves Goobie, Toofie and Zoozie in the film.

Have you ever wanted to get out of your seat and dance at the movie theater? A new musical family film, The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure, encourages kids to sing, dance and cheer along. During the movie, symbols will appear on the screen to help you know what to do. The movie is about three Oogieloves—Goobie, Zoozie and Toofie—who are throwing a surprise birthday party for their friend, Schluufy. When all the magical balloons are accidentally blown away, the Ooglieloves go on an adventure to find them before the party. The movie hits theaters Oogust 29 (August 29).

The Oogieloves find one of the magical balloons with Rosalie Rosebud, a loveable and talented diva played by R&B singer Toni Braxton. Braxton has won six Grammy Awards for her music. She has also starred on Broadway in the Disney musicals Beauty and the Beast and Aida. Recently, TFK chatted with Braxton about her character and Rosalie’s song, “Ode to Adelaide (The Scratchy Sneezy Cough Cough Song).” Read the interview below. Then, click here to watch a special video clip from the movie.

 

TFK:

You play a character called Rosalie Rosebud. How would you describe her?

TONI BRAXTON:

She is a little bit of me, a little bit of (diva singers) Mariah (Carey), the late great Whitney (Houston), Celine (Dion). (The filmmakers) wanted Rosalie to be fun, a diva and very talented. The funniest part about the character is she has 23 pieces of luggage. I have never had that many, but there have been moments when I have been criticized (about having too much) luggage. You never know what you are going to need! And Rosalie’s fun-loving. The greatest thing is that there is a little bit of Rosalie in all of us, when we were little girls and loved to play dress up.

TFK:

What do you think the best thing about being a diva?

BRAXTON:

There are a lot of perks, I can’t deny that. The greatest thing is that if you don’t feel like sharing, you don’t have to share. Rosalie shares in the end. Even though there’s a little diva in us who doesn’t want to share, in the end it’s about giving and helping others.

TFK:

What kind of adventure does Rosalie go on with the Oogieloves?

Rosalie Rosebud (Toni Braxton) holds one of the magical balloons in The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure.
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Rosalie Rosebud (Toni Braxton) holds one of the magical balloons in The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure.

BRAXTON:

She goes on an adventure of sharing (and learning to) give up the magical balloon. She ends up sharing. So the adventure is finding out a little bit about herself, giving and finding out she’s made friends along the way.

TFK:

Rosalie also sings a song called “Ode to Adelaide (The Scratchy Sneezy Cough Cough Song)” in this movie (click here for a special clip). What’s it about?

BRAXTON:

Rosalie has a cold. She loves roses. Roses are her favorite thing in the world, but she is allergic to them. But instead of giving them up, she decides to live with the sneezes that she gets, but in the midst of it she catches a cold. (In the song), she talks about what to do when you have a flu or a cold; you sneeze to get the germs out of your body. It’s a wonderful little thing for kids.

TFK:

Was it hard to have to cough and sneeze while you were singing?

BRAXTON:

It was kind of hard. It was really funny because I had a terrible cold. I have this very deep, not-kid-friendly voice when I have a cold. So at my voice-over, I said, “Make my voice higher.” My cold was horrible, but singing (the song) was a lot of fun and sneezing, sneezing, sneezing—I didn’t have to fake the sneezes.

TFK:

You are an award-winning singer, and you’ve starred on Broadway. This is your first musical film. Why did you want to be a part of The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure?

BRAXTON:

I have kids, and as a mom, I’ve always loved the little-kid animated morning shows. I had been on Blue’s Clues (on Nick Jr.), and I loved it. When I heard about the Oogieloves and that it was (by) the maker of Thomas the Tank Engine, which my youngest son Diesel was a fan, I fell in love. I just love stuff like that. I’m a big kid at heart.

TFK:

Have you seen the movie yet with your two sons?

BRAXTON:

Oh yeah, I’ve seen it with my kids. My kids are 9 and 10 years old now. They were like, “Well, mom, that’s for little kids. You have to watch it with (your niece and nephew).” And of course, I watched it with them, and they loved it. They are like 4 and 5 years old. And my kids were excited that I was in it.

TFK:

There are many colorful characters in the movie, from humans to Oogieloves and a talking fish. Aside from Rosalie, did you have a favorite character?

BRAXTON:

I’m a huge Cloris Leachman fan, so I loved her character (“Dotty Rounder”). I thought she was funny—Aunt Dotty—everyone has one of those aunts.

TFK:

Why should kids go see this movie?

BRAXTON:

It’s a wonderful story of friendship and surprise birthday parties. It’s just a great adventure. Though it’s geared toward a younger audience, I think the movie is for all ages. There is a lot of audience participation. Little kids have to stand up and become involved. It brings out the kid in all of us. And it’s about (making) new friends.

TFK:

Do you have any advice for aspiring singers?

BRAXTON:

Never stop! If people tell you, “I don’t think you have it,” never listen to them. Go be a kid, have fun and learn about yourself. People told me I couldn’t sing because my voice was always very low as a kid, but look at me now. Never stop practicing because that’s how you become determined in your career. Moments always come to you, and you want to be ready for them.

TFK:

Are you working on any new projects?

BRAXTON:

I am working on an album right now, and I’m shooting a Lifetime movie next month, where my (9-year-old) son, Diesel, plays my son.

TFK:

Are you looking forward to working with him?

BRAXTON:

I am! He plays my son, so it’s going to be easy for us. He’s a kid. He’s playing his Nintendo DS at the table, like all kids do, and Mom says, “Put it away.” So we will be very much at home while shooting the movie.

Click here to watch a special clip from the movie.

The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure is rated G. Also starring Cloris Leachman as Dotty Rounder, Christopher Lloyd as Lero Sombrero, Jaime Pressley as Lola Sombrero, Chaz Palminteri as Milky Marvin and Cary Elwes as Bobby Wobbly.


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