Parents' Guide to

Octonauts & the Caves of Sac Actun

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Some tense moments in exciting rescue mission tale.

Movie NR 2020 72 minutes
Octonauts & the Caves of Sac Actun Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 4+

Based on 9 parent reviews

age 4+

We love it. Watched it many times with my 4 year old girl. Entertaining for parents too, in my opinion! Funny moments and overall engaging story (better than your average Octonauts episode).
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.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (9 ):
Kids say (2 ):

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.

Movie Details

Inclusion information powered by

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.

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