'Splash and Bubbles: One Big Ocean'
(DVD / G / 2018 / PBS)
Overview: Catch the current and embark on an underwater adventure with Splash and Bubbles!
DVD Verdict: For those not yet in the know, a yellow fusilier fish named Splash and his friend Bubbles, a Mandarin dragonet, explore life under the sea with their pals in "Splash and Bubbles," the newest series from PBS Kids.
Co-produced by The Jim Henson Co., the animated series is designed to teach children aged 4-7 about marine life and the ocean and help them build social-emotional skills.
The series features the voices of John Tartaglia (who also created the series), Leslie Carrara-Rudolph, Raymond Carr and Aymee Garcia.
In their brand new adventure, 'One Big Ocean,' Splash, Bubbles, Ripple, and Dunk journey across the sea to help a friendly young sea turtle named Scoot.
Along the way, the Reeftown friends learn that all creatures are interconnected and even small gestures can have a great ripple effect on their friends and neighbors!
Now out on DVD through PBS, 'Splash and Bubbles: One Big Ocean' contains the following 6 fun and watery episodes:
'One Big Ocean: Reeftown Rangers'
'One Big Ocean: Riding the Currents'
'One Big Ocean: The Fixer-Upper'
'One Big Ocean: No Place Like Home!'
'Kelp Forest Keepers'
'The Greatest Treasure of All'
This charming series inspires respect for marine life and the ocean's diversity by pairing the characters' comical adventures with more traditional educational segments.
Splash and Bubbles entices youngsters much the same way Finding Nemo's vibrant scenery and endearing characters did, bringing a certain intimacy to the vast expanse of the ocean through its friendly characters.
Reeftown is a bustling community of all different kinds of marine life, but when Splash and Bubbles explore beyond its boundaries, they discover even more diversity and fascination.
What really distinguishes the educational quality of this show, though, is the pairing of the characters' stories with the live-action "Get Your Feet Wet" segments that reinforce the oceanography concepts.
When an animated octopus shows how being an invertebrate lets him move in unusual ways, it doesn't resonate quite as much as does seeing an actual octopus squeeze into a narrow bottle, for instance.
These close-up views of the wonders of marine life will amaze preschoolers and inspire curiosity about more wonders of the underwater world. Well done, 'Splash And Bubbles.' This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.