By Emily Ashby,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Spunky sub and friends teach kids valuable life lessons.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series includes basic knowledge related to the natural sciences and oceanography. Viewers see ocean creatures in and around Marin's community, and concepts like environmentalism are explored as they relate to the episode's theme.
Kids see Marin and his friends seek out adventures around their bustling underwater community, learning important life lessons along the way. Their enthusiasm often leads them into problematic situations that require teamwork and some help from a grown-up to fix. Major themes include friendship, handling emotions, resilience, and learning from your mistakes.
Positive Role Models
For the most part, Marin and his friends are left to their own devices, but when adults are around, they model positive behavior. Teachers help kids learn new things, and parents, grandparents gently guide them to make good choices. Marin's impulsivity can get him into trouble, but he knows when to admit mistakes and look for help.
Violence & Scariness
Occasionally they find themselves in perilous situations, usually after disobeying and trying to do something they shouldn't (like piloting Marin's grandfather's hot air balloon), but it's always resolved quickly and safely.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Bubble Marin is a preschool show with prominent examples of young characters encountering and working together to fix dilemmas they face in their daily experiences. Marin and his friends often wind up in sticky situations of their own making, and they must put their heads together to come up with the solutions. Sometimes that involves an adult, and sometimes not, but in every case the resolution requires them to analyze their actions and make better choices. Some stories show the young characters in peril that's quickly resolved. Positive themes of friendship, responsibility, and handling emotions round out this cute series.
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What's the Story?
BUBBLE MARIN is the story of a young submarine named Marin, whose family settles in a quaint underwater community called QuaQua. There he meets a handful of new friends, all of whom are eager to join him on his many adventures in and around his new home. But when those adventures lead to dilemmas of one sort or another, Marin and his buddies must find a way to overcome them and get back to the important work of playing and learning.
Is It Any Good?
This Korean show's animation propels an otherwise ordinary kids' series that has age-appropriate educational content and life lessons for preschoolers. The problems the characters face will sound familiar to many parents with young kids --being scared of getting a shot, having a disagreement with a friend, and making promises you can't keep, for instance. In each case, Marin and his friends discover that they must acknowledge their mistakes before they can fix them, and that fixing them sometimes requires grown-up help.
While it's no Finding Nemo, Bubble Marin does expose kids to some of the sights and sounds of the ocean world, this time through the eyes of characters who are vehicles rather than natural underwater inhabitants. Another bonus? The show incorporates some educational content related to the natural sciences, oceanography, and environmentalism when it fits the story.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about solving problems in Bubble Marin. Kids: How do you know when a problem needs grown-up help to solve? Is it ever difficult for you to ask for help? Why is it important to take responsibility for the things we do, even when we know we've done wrong?
In what instances do Marin and his friends show strong character traits like courage, determination, or teamwork? How do these characteristics help them overcome challenges? What are some of your best characteristics?
Kids: What ocean creatures do Marin and his friends encounter in their village? How do creatures big and small coexist in ocean habitats? Where can you learn more about the ocean and other natural sciences?
- Premiere date: January 1, 2014
- Network: Kids Central
- Genre: Kids' Animation
- Topics: Friendship, Ocean Creatures
- TV rating: TV-G
- Last updated: September 20, 2019
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