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The Octonauts: Here Come the Octonauts

The Octonauts: Here Come the Octonauts

Spring 2014 DVD
Ages: 3 & Up
DVD Price: $12.99

Underwater heroes known as The Octonauts offer six separate episodes of the popular television series (based on the popular children's books) in a collection called Here Come the Octonauts.

Each episode runs about 11 minutes long as a polar bear known as Captain Barnacles leads a team of underwater adventurers on missions that call for exploring the depths of the sea, rescuing a sea creature in trouble, and learning how to protect its underwater habitat. This DVD collection has stories that incorporate basic biology facts about sea animals and their habitats, featuring sea snakes and sea urchins, penguins, crabs, an electric torpedo ray, a walrus, and a colossal squid. Vivid CGI animation and tongue-in-cheek action music fill out the simple storylines and although the focus is on sea life, each story also demonstrates how the Octonauts must cooperate to overcome obstacles. The Octonauts: Here Come the Octonauts runs about 70 minutes long and includes a bonus collection of "Creature Reports," short musical sequences recapping scientific facts about the oceanic creatures featured in each episode.

Many children's programs feature anthropomorphized animals in beat-the-clock adventures and The Octonauts rely on a lot of familiar devices from that genre. Still, they're popular among the preschool set and parents will appreciate the educational components and the nod to protecting the environment.

Gina Catanzarite   ©2014 Parents' Choice
Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, mom and media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1987 and counts 9 Emmy awards, 26 Emmy nominations, a Matrix award, two Pennsylvania Broadcaster's Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.

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