FUN IN BALLOON LAND (1965 U.S.)
A little boy imagines that he enters a fairy tale book, and encounters lots of huge inflatable balloon characters. People shouting from off-camera try to create the illusion of interaction with the child (who flubs his lines, and often seems bored and fidgety), so this seems like a filmed school play in a balloon wharehouse. I like the two cheerful cowboys, and pipe-smoking octopus best (note "underwater" sound fx). There are also some people in costumes (blowfish, lobster). The film then shows no mercy by including 30 mins. of footage (the whole thing only runs 53) of a Christmas street parade with those (sometimes quite impressive) balloon character floats (also note the black men as clowns in whiteface make-up!). A very enthusiastic woman narrates. There`s also a (terrible) sing-a-long theme tune. It seems to have been shot (very cheaply) in Philadelphia. My hearts goes out to the local kids who after suffering the parade year after year, had to sit through a movie about it during a Saturday morning matinee! If threadbare balloon-themed surreal kids movies, or obscure parade documentaries are your thing, go for it (Something Weird Video have it)!

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