After a summer spent in the Lone Star state, celebrity pug Phoebe Rose is once again in the state with all the stars, and one of the first famous faces the roving Rover reporter ran into upon her return to Tinseltown was Cloris Leachman, The animal-loving luminary, who can currently be seen on the small screen in the FOX family comedy Raising Hope, spends her hours off the set raising awareness for such organizations as Much Love Animal Rescue, Best Friends Animal Society, Rikki’s Refuge, The Humane Society of the United States and PETA.
The canine correspondent, who met Ms. Leachman at a press junket for the new children’s movie The Oogieloves Big Balloon Adventure, files her report with a little help from her Mom, Sheila Appleby Williams. To read more about the adventures of Phoebe Rose, visit her websites www.atravelingpug.com and www.poshpettravel.com.
Soaring temperatures couldn’t keep canine correspondent, Phoebe Rose from missing the press junket for the new kid’s movie, The Oogieloves, starring veteran actress and animal rights advocate and PETA poster girl, Cloris Leachman. Ms. Leachman travels with her Shitzu, Peony and most recently advocated for citizens’ rights to document animal cruelty.
Miss Rose sat in on the “round table” discussion with Ms. Leachman, producer Kenn Viselman and members of the press – making kissy face with the star of Fox’s comedy “Raising Hope” and enjoying the luxe pet friendly vibe of the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills.
The film’s producer, veteran marketing guru, Kenn Viselman (two n’s are more fun than one)traveling with his muse (mom, Barabara) is responsible for the Teletubbies phenomena. of the late 90’s. He has created an interactive family film experience with the theme “anything is possible” (a Viselman family motto) and a retro 50’s aura of a safe, brightly colored world of soft plush characters, get out of your seat and shake your booty dance music and a G rating.
The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure cost roughly $60 million: about $20 million to produce and over twice that to market and distribute according to Mr. Viselman. The movie follows the three Oogieloves, who resemble giant Cabbage Patch dolls but with jelly bean-colored faces—as they search for five magical balloons in their hometown of Lovelyloveville.
The movie is an interactive experience, with cues for kids to get up to dance or move in sync with the human characters : Christopher Lloyd as Lero Sombrero, Cary Elwes as Bobby Wobbly, Cloris Leachman as Dotty Rounder (Ms. Leachman sees herself as more of a triangle), Chazz Palminteri is Marvin Milkshake and Toni Braxton is Rosalie Rosebud.
Screenings have been held for influential mommy bloggers and kids-with wildly enthusiastic responses. As Viselman says “you can’t make a 3 or 5 year old like something.”
The Oogieloves opens nationally on August 29th. To learn more, visit www.oogieloves.com.
Photos courtesy Sheila Appleby Williams