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Parents need to know that Octonauts & the Caves of Sac Actun is a feature-length movie starring the characters from the Octonauts TV series. This story involves some scenes in which the explorers encounter dangers like predators, cave-ins, and limited air tank reserves underwater. Such scenarios can be worrisome for young viewers, but they always turn out well in the end. Curious kids will learn some things about the ecology of the Yucatan Peninsula and the vast underwater caverns and tunnels below ground. The characters' actions also illustrate strengths like perseverance and courage, especially in the case of two main characters who overcome personal fears to help facilitate rescues.
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In OCTONAUTS & THE CAVES OF SAC ACTUN, Captain Barnacles (voiced by Simon Greenall) and Peso (Paul Panting) chart a course across Mexico to return an octopus named Coba (Jo Wyatt) to his home in the Caribbean Sea. But when trouble strikes and they find themselves in the middle of the Yucatan jungle instead, they embark on a perilous journey through underwater caves and tunnels to get Coba back home. As their Octonaut friends launch a rescue mission to locate the missing travelers, it’s a race against time to get everyone back safely.
Is it any good?
This intrepid rescue team saves the day again in an exciting story that introduces kids to geological formations like underwater caverns and cenotes local to the Yucatan region of Mexico. The story has several perilous moments as the characters evade predators, avoid disasters, and deplete their resources too quickly, but predictably everything works out in the end. As the Octonauts face one sticking point after another, they show their young viewers the value of determination and courage in facing their fears.
Octonauts & the Caves of Sac Actun uses its setting to expose kids to the unique scientific qualities of the Yucatan and Caribbean regions. As the characters make their way through the jungle and follow the caverns, they encounter indigenous inhabitants like remipedes and limpets, see stalactite formations, and learn about cenotes and how they create water reservoirs in the jungle. The Octonauts also use various navigational tools and maps to guide their explorations and demonstrate quick thinking to solve problems in sticky situations. These kinds of educational factors are secondary to the exciting storyline, but even so, they let young viewers glimpse some aspects of the geological diversity of the planet.
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Families can talk about Octonauts & the Caves of Sac Actun's messages about perseverance. Why is this a valuable character strength? Who demonstrates perseverance in this story? How does it feel to overcome a difficult challenge?
Was Captain Barnacles' admission of a personal fear a surprise to you? Why do we often forget that even leaders and mentors in our lives have fears of some kind? How does having a friend help you face a fear make it easier to do so?
What does this story teach you about life in the underwater caverns of the Yucatan? How are these life forms different from the ocean creatures you are used to seeing and hearing about? How do they demonstrate adaptations to their habitats?
- On DVD or streaming: August 14, 2020
- Cast: Teresa Gallagher, Simon Greenall, Paul Panting
- Director: Blair Simmons
- Studio: Disney
- Genre: Family and Kids
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Ocean Creatures
- Character strengths: Courage, Perseverance, Teamwork
- Run time: 72 minutes
- MPAA rating: NR
- Awards/Honors: Common Sense Selection
- Last updated: October 23, 2020
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