What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this cartoon series for young children is filled with positive messages about kindness, respect for others, honesty, and responsibility. Preschoolers will easily relate to the troubles that Olly and his friends face, and they'll benefit from seeing how communication helps the group resolve problems and improve their social behavior. In some scenes, predatory sea creatures like sharp-toothed barracudas chase the little subs, but overall the tone is light and shouldn't frighten youngsters.
What's the story?
DIVE OLLY DIVE follows the oceanic escapades of Olly (voiced by Robbie E. Harrison), a young submarine-in-training who works under the direction of Diver Doug (Gibson Nolte) at the Special Underwater Research Facility -- SURF for short. Olly and his best friend, Beth (Allisyn Arm), help Diver Doug maintain the ocean floor for the creatures and watercraft that call it home. When they're not on the job, the subs head off for adventure in their underwater wonderland with friends like transport vehicle Skid (Julie McGregor) and Brandt (Shane Withington), a hermit crab who aspires to be a pirate.
Is it any good?
This engaging series is sure to delight preschoolers with its colorful characters and crisp animation, which will help open kids' eyes to the world's diversity and perhaps pique their curiosity to learn more about the real-life versions of the characters. Kids will easily relate to the issues that Olly and his friends face in their relationships with each other and their underwater exploration, and they're well served by the strong positive messages about values like helpfulness, respect, cooperation, and honesty.
Very sensitive youngsters may need a little reassurance during scenes in which predatory creatures chase or intimidate the little subs, but overall there's nothing to worry about in sharing this vibrant, enjoyable series with your preschoolers.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about responsibility and doing a job well. What jobs do Olly, Beth, and Skid do for Diver Doug? How do they use their individual talents to get the jobs done? What might happen if they didn't do their work? Why is it important to do what we're asked to do? Kids: What responsibilities do you have? What would happen if you didn't live up to them? Families can also discuss the issues raised by the show -- including honesty, forgiveness, and self-confidence -- and relate the stories to kids' own experiences.