(credit goes to sonniku of YouChew.net)
You know that preschool movie by the person who brought Thomas the Tank Engine to America, Kenn Viselmann, called "The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure?" You could have, since that movie had the lowest-grossing opening for a wide-released film ever. Just by the looks of the titlular characters (pictured right) alone might give many the creeps, but what makes this movie even scarier is the dark backstory to this innocent-looking film for preschoolers.
The Oogieloves were actually a band formed in 1967, but it disbanded in 1969 due to the arrest of the three members and their manager. You might just think this is a coincidence, but clearly, Kenn was inspired by this band to make this film, taking the members and turning them into candy-colored children. And how are they similar? In this theory, I will tell you how similar it is to this long-lost band.
First, there's the main three characters, Goobie, Zoozie, and Toofie. They share resemblances to the three members of the Oogieloves, Valentin O'byrne, Hanna Derby, and Murchadh Randall.
Valentin O'byrne was the smartest of the bunch, scoring a 154 in an IQ test. He would tell where to put the stage props and would often fix electrical problems. Both of them needed glasses to wear, and they both had red hair (Valentin was Irish-born). The drug that Valentin smoked was cannibis, so that is why Goobie's skin is green. It could also represent the color of the four-leaf clover. Valentin played the guitar, so does Goobie. Even though Valentin was the smartest, Hanna knew more languages, and could talk in English, French, German, and even a little bit of Chinese. Even though Zoozie has red hair, Hanna's hair was black. Both of them were stereotypical girly girls, but Hanna was a little more manlier. Hanna played anything related to pianos, so Zoozie plays a keyboard. Hanna used the ecstasy drug, and sometimes, the tablets could be yellow, so Zoozie is yellow. Murchadh was the youngest of the Oogieloves, and played the drums and sang the lyrics. He was the bravest of the bunch, and liked to climb mountains, especially the Matterhorn. Murchadh had blonde hair and blue eyes, which Toofie also has. Murchadh used LSD, which is odd, considering that Toofie is purple.
The members of the house in the Oogieloves represents a publicity stunt the band did. Ruffy the Goldfish represents a goldfish that Valentin swallowed while on LSD. Schluufy the Pillow was created when Murchadh thought a pillow was talking to him. Windy was a window that Hanna smashed with a potted vase, because she thought the window was talking to her. However, J. Edgar is a unique case. When the Oogieloves were arrested for drug use, J. Edgar Hoover watched over the FBI during the time. Two of the Oogieloves, Hanna and Valentin, were drug-free at the time, and didn't act off (other than the worrying and crying). Murchadh, on the other hand, had snorted cocaine he had hidden, and when interviewed, started attacking the interviewer. When he was put in a straightjacket, Hoover walked into the interview room, and Murchadh spit in his face.
Lero and Lola Sombrero represent two Mexicans who tried to sneak into the back room of their concert, Blas and Elisa Echevarria. When the Oogieloves toured in Mexico City, the two tried to sneak into the backroom, but they were caught by security. Blas tried to fight security, but he was thrown out. Angered, when Valentin got out of jail, Blas murdered him in his sleep. The whereabouts of Blas are unknown, but he is believed to be dead. Milky Marvin was a WWII vet, Malcom "Marvin" Durant, who had lost his friend in the war. Schizophrenic and abused as a child, he was extremely sadistic, and loved to torture people for hours. Eventually, he found out that combining certain chemicals into milkshakes would turn them into effective drugs. He sold them underground to many people, and the Oogieloves took a liking to it. Marvin was found out about his drugs days after the Oogieloves were arrested, and shot himself when they broke into his home.
Bobby Wobbly (the cowboy) was a backing man for the show. His name was Robert, but to this day, it is unclear what his last name is; Ramsey, Gordon, or Quigley. He was Texan-born on a ranch, and loved to do rodeos back in the day. The reason why he makes bubbles is because he was a EXTREME alcoholic. The alcohol led to his liver cancer in 1971, at the age of 29. That's all the comparisons I can make for now; I need to research more into Rosalina Rosebud and Dotty Rounder. I'll think of more later. Oh, and before I stop, I want to say that the title, the Big Balloon Adventure MIGHT represent the time when they got high off helium before a concert. To quote from one of the concertgoers; "It sounded like a trash compactor crushing two brothers and a loud cat."