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Octonauts & the Great Barrier Reef

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Fantastic musical special promotes environmental awareness.

Movie NR 2020 47 minutes
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age 3+

Based on 18 parent reviews

age 4+

Great family movie!!

Great movie! Love that there’s no villains, just hungry starfish that need to be redirected to other food to save the reef. My kids love the sea and they loved this movie! Great introduction to the tv series. It’s hard to find movies without scary and violent scenes. I think adults get desensitized to it and then don’t realize what they’re exposing kids to, or don’t thinks it’s scary. But who wants their kids’ bodies flooded with adrenaline from a movie? Not us!
age 4+

Really loved this. As usual with the Octonauts movies, they are a repeat watch for us. This one is particularly musical, and the songs are surprisingly enjoyable and catchy . The bit with the marching army of sea critters (towards the end) along with a song about them coming to eat the coral may be a tense and scary moment for kids, but it has a good resolution, like all Octonauts films and episodes. If you want a very mild movie to watch with your kids that will engage you both - the Octonauts films are it!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (18 ):
Kids say (2 ):

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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