Fun in Balloon Land

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Fun in Balloon Land
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Genre: Interactive
Photography: Color
Running Time: 53 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: 1965
Directed by: Joseph M. Sonneborn Jr.
Distributed by: Giant Balloon Parades
Starring: Dorothy Brown Green

Fun in Balloon Land is a obscure 1965 American fantasy musical "film" apparently created by a balloon parade company Giant Balloon Parades, Inc. (the film is so obscure that there is no credited director or actors even on IMDb) for kid matinees.

The film can honestly be described as The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure if it was made in the 1960's, had an even lower budget, and have absolutely no story telling whatsoever. The film has an incredibly low score of a 1.1 out of 10 on IMDb.


The film begins with a song about the supposed joys and wonders of Balloon Land; after that, the film really starts with a little boy named Sonny sitting on his mother's lap as she reads a bed time story to him. As they both soon fall asleep, Sonny starts having a dream where he enters the titular Balloon Land. As soon as he enters, he finds other kids who also are in Balloon Land apparently being cursed to fall asleep. The only way to wake the kids up is to have the prince balloon kiss the princess balloon. As the two kiss, the kids wake up and get to experience dancing ballerinas entering the room.

Some time later, Sonny goes under the sea to meet the king of the sea. The king invites Sonny to come to his place and he accepts it, and starts having fun playing tag with the under sea creatures. After that, Sonny explores more of what Balloon Land has to offer and starts playing the role of a cowboy trying to stop the thiefs from getting away; as soon as Sonny fires his pretend gun, the film stops being about Balloon Land as it resorts to using stock footage of a 1965 Philadelphia Christmas-themed balloon parade that the balloon company that made this film apparently did and takes up 40 minutes of the remaining running time of 52 minutes.

In the 1965 Christmas-themed balloon parade that takes place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a narrator (or local citizen from the city; it's hard to tell because no one is credited on this film) tells us what each balloon is and comes up with a story for each of them. As soon as it ends, the film returns to Balloon Land with Sonny returning to his mother and sleeps with her.

But wait! The film is still not over yet, as the company that made this film decided to pad out the running time by including a game of remembering the names of the balloon characters and the narrator decides to also include a game of encouraging the kids to participate in the film by doing what the narrator says to do. After all that, the film finally ends with the film's theme song being sung again, except it is sung in past tense.

Why It Sucks

  1. It barely even qualifies as a film because it uses stock footage of a 1965 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania balloon parade to pad out the running time as it takes up about 77% of the film, hence why we put film under quotations.
  2. Non-existent story.
  3. Terrible acting.
  4. Horrid songs. The opening song alone is so badly and creepily sung to the point that it is enough to cause nightmares. It's even worse in the ending because it is sung in past tense.
  5. The special effects are terrible even by 1960's standards; none of the balloons have animated mouths that make them look like they are talking, so the company makes them appear static and are obviously moved around by the crew of the film.
  6. Speaking of the balloons talking, whenever they do, it's obviously someone off the camera who does a bored sounding voice for them.
  7. The narrator sounds so bored and unenthusiastic (most of the time anyway; when she does get excited for a certain balloon, she sounds way too enthusiastic) that's not hard to fall asleep.
  8. Pretty much like the Oogieloves (unlike this film, however, the Oogieloves does interaction with the audience throughout the whole film), the film decides at the end to include 2 games of guessing the balloon character and interacting with the audience to do what the narrator asks them to do, only it's less effective because of the bored sounding narrator.


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