Actress Cloris Leachman – who is one of several stars who have cameo appearances in “The Oogieloves in The Big Balloon Adventure” – is not shy about revealing the real reason she took a part in the new family flick.
“The money,” Leachman joked during a recent interview with pingroof.com. “No, really, you just read something and think that it is nice and that the people are nice so you see if you can work it out. And then you do.”
In “The Oogieloves in The Big Balloon Adventure,” which opened yesterday at movie theaters throughout the Valley, three siblings set out to ﬁnd ﬁve magical golden balloons in time for their friend’s surprise birthday party.
With the help and support of many extraordinary new friends whom they meet along the way, the Oogieloves use creative thinking, teamwork and enthusiasm to rescue these one-of-a-kind balloons in time for the big celebration.
Leachman plays one of those new friends – a woman named Dotty Rounder who lives, sleeps and breathes polka-dots. Although the actress admits that she likes polka-dots, she is nowhere near the fanatic about them that her character is. However, it was still easy for her to get into Dotty’s head.
“It does not take anything for me to do that,” Leachman explained. “You read the part, see where the character is going or what the writer is trying to accomplish and just start doing it while trying to make it as interesting as you can for the audience.”
Leachman added that her technique when acting opposite an Oogielove is the same as it would be when acting opposite a normal-appearing human being. However, she noted that “The Oogieloves in The Big Balloon Adventure” is quite a unique experience for audiences.
“I saw a spot on television and thought, ‘This is no way to see it,’” said Leachman, explaining that the movie is much more interactive than most. “You need to see it on the big screen where you can do what the movie invites you to do with everyone else.”
Moreover, Leachman moves quite well for a woman who is 86 years young and shows off some of those singing and dancing skills in the film. She noted that most of those moves are a result of sheer determination and that she only recently started exercising again after 15 years.
“I am a bucket of noodles,” said Leachman, adding that “The Oogieloves in The Big Balloon Adventure” helped her realize that she needed to lose a little weight – particularly in her stomach – and work harder to get back into shape.
Of course, “The Oogieloves in The Big Balloon Adventure” is only one of Leachman’s many projects. She reprises her role as Maw Maw this fall on FOX’s comedy “Raising Hope,” which is now in its third season. The actress added that she enjoys keeping as busy as she does.
“Nothing is hard,” Leachman explained. “We hopscotch if we have to but it is easy. Plus, they are not all made at once.”
“The Oogielovies in The Big Balloon Adventure” (G – 88 minutes) opened yesterday at movie theaters throughout the Valley. Visit FirstLook.com for specific showtimes and locations.