Parents' Guide to

One Big Ocean

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Biodiversity, environmental concerns in marine adventures.

Movie NR 2017 60 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 3+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 3+

Decent environmental messages, non-scary content

This was my 3-year-olds first exposure to Splash and Bubbles and he loved it. It has positive environmental messaging and a nice storyline about what it means to move and find a home. There is very minor sadness when the characters are worried their migratory friend may leave them, but it wasn’t upsetting for my super-sensitive kid. My only complaint is the constant use of “guys” for everyone, regardless of gender identity. The PBS-style segment with real people at the end was also lovely. We’ve been listening to the songs over and over since (at the 3-year-olds request).
age 3+

Halfway through, my kiddo said “when I watch movies, I like talking—not singing.” I probably have a slightly higher tolerance for musicals but this one is definitely not compelling. However, the animation is decent, the environmental messages are good, and most importantly for my easily-scared kid—it doesn’t have any scary parts.

Is It Any Good?

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This musical underwater venture teaches kids important lessons about marine life, ecosystems, and the responsibilities everyone has to their respective larger communities. As Splash and his friends ride ocean currents to new places and new friends, they discover that even though they're far from home, they have much in common with all kinds of sea dwellers. A shared sense of purpose emerges, inspiring the characters to look for ways to make small changes that will have a big impact on the ocean -- and its residents -- on the whole.

Of course, educational content is only as good as its presentation, and getting kids to tune in for something for learning purposes can be a trick. Luckily One Big Ocean is more of the same kid-friendly, engaging action that viewers have come to expect from the Splash and Bubbles crew, with similar threads of friendship and diversity throughout. Fun music, unique characters, and vibrant animation make this an excellent choice for preschoolers.

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