Octonauts & the Caves of Sac Actun

Movie review by Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
Octonauts & the Caves of Sac Actun Poster Image

Common Sense says

age 4+

Some tense moments in exciting rescue mission tale.

NR 2020 72 minutes

Parents say

age 4+

Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 5+

Based on 2 reviews

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

A Lot or a Little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Stands out for and .

Community Reviews

age 6+

Disappointed by emotional peril.

We love watching the Octonauts, and generally learn a lot about ocean life. It’s one of the reasons we like the show. This movie was different though. My 4-year old tends to be more emotionally sensitive and has woken up in the middle of the night countless nights now talking about what the lizards say right before they enter the caves "Not everyone who goes into the cenote comes out of the cenote" and about the Captain being afraid in the caves. My child is sensitive to emotions and has been scared for the captain and has now also started talking about being scared of small spaces. She has never been scared of tight or small spaces before. Not what I wanted to come about as a result of seeing this movie. (To explain: The movie shows captain as a child being trapped in a well as a kid and getting rescued and now he’s scared of going through tight spaces in the cave). For reference she did fine with the ring of fire because it was typical peril found in the Octonauts show. Unfortunately, watching this 1x was enough for us. Recommend for older children.
age 3+

My 3yo loves "the spooky Octonauts movie"

Although there are a few perilous moments in the film, the actual scary parts (getting trapped underwater in a cave with oxygen running out) aren't treated as scary, and the scariest part is the intro, which is weirdly spooky. Granted, our kiddo loves spooky things, but she found the volcano Octonauts movie far scarier. After two watches, you'll never want to hear "Not everyone who goes into the cenote comes out of the cenote" again. Other than that it's fairly fine to hear in the background as an adult.

Movie Details

Our Editors Recommend

Character Strengths

Find more movies that help kids build character.

  • Young girl playing
    See all
  • Child cross country skiing
    See all
  • Hands together
    See all

Themes & Topics

Browse titles with similar subject matter.

  • Cartoon magic wand on orange background
    Magic and Fantasy
    See all
  • Cartoon picture of luggage and a map
    See all
  • Cartoon picture of a shark and fish
    Ocean Creatures
    See all

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate