A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
This story exposes preschool viewers to some general facts about the Great Barrier Reef, including the fact that it is the largest coral reef system in the world. The various characters represent their real-life counterparts, young Corey indicates that coral reefs grow from small polyps, and the Octonauts' presence invites mention of the delicate balance of vulnerable ecosystems like the Great Barrier Reef.
Standout themes of teamwork, kindness, outreach, and helpfulness. Strong leadership organizes a rescue effort for the reef, but it's the contributions of individual residents that make the difference in protecting their home. The story touches on the concept of environmental endangerment and conservation.
Positive Role Models
The Octonauts are all about helping others, and they demonstrate that selfless and tireless mission in their efforts to protect the reef and its diverse population. While they are the ones to organize the effort, its success really depends on the unique attributes of creatures of all sizes and abilities in the habitat. Corey is an excellent reminder that size doesn't determine potential, and there are several examples of unlikely symbiotic relationships among the reef residents, promoting the idea that we all have something positive to offer someone (or something) else.
Violence & Scariness
The "villains" of the story are a populous group of starfish invaders the characters call an "outbreak." They threaten the health of the reef and thus the safety of its residents, which could be scary to sensitive viewers, but the story eventually has a happy ending for everyone.
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Products & Purchases
This special is part of the Octonauts series.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Octonauts & the Great Barrier Reef is a special from the Octonauts TV series that raises issues related to environmental protection for vulnerable ecosystems and the Great Barrier Reef in particular. The story evolves through the eyes of a small coral polyp who hopes to become a big coral one day, but his chance of doing so is threatened by an ecological imbalance in the reef. It's a friendly and feel-good way to broach the subject of conservation with preschoolers, and its very happy ending leaves viewers feeling hopeful. The Octonauts prove themselves to be helpers extraordinaire, able to problem solve on the fly and use the resources available to them to do so. This story promotes environmental awareness, community responsibility, teamwork, and compassion, and boasts some fantastic original music. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The Octonauts show off their best qualities -- resourcefulness, helpfulness, and kindness -- in this utterly delightful musical special. We first meet darling Corey and see the magnitude of the Great Barrier Reef through the eyes of this tiny newcomer with big dreams. As he takes in his new surroundings and meets new neighbors, viewers come to appreciate the diversity of the notable habitat. That same diversity becomes invaluable as the Octonauts launch a massive rescue mission to protect the delicate reef from an invasive species and to ensure that Corey's new home is in tip-top shape.
Octonauts & the Great Barrier Reef is exceedingly fun to watch (even for grown-ups!) because of the fun original songs, the positive themes, and the likable characters who teach about their real-life counterparts. Families that watch together can expand on what this story introduces about natural diversity, ecosystems, and matters related to conservation. The story's message of environmental responsibility is prominent without being preachy and relatable to the appealing characters, making it well positioned to inform youngsters and remind adults of the need to protect vulnerable ecosystems like the Great Barrier Reef.
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