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Octonauts: Above and Beyond

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Lessons about science, nature in gentle adventure show.

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age 3+

Infected by Netflix

Big fans of the original series, this one disappoints in multiple ways, mostly due to Netflix's focus on agendas. What we enjoyed about the original was it's focus on marine biology, the importance of team and service leadership, focus on roles and responsibilities, and the lack of agenda. Structurally the show is the same: some minor disaster occurs and the team has to work together to solve it. Very Scooby Doo in that the scary things resolve to be misunderstood animals. The new show falls flat in a couple ways. First, the primary legacy character they kept as a regular was the most boring one. The others make appearances, but they aren't big parts of the show. The new characters are fine, although the monkey's annoying. Either way it's the typical trap of introducing new characters to sell new toys instead of developing the old characters in interesting ways. Secondary, the show relies on textbook style exposition too much. The original had a bit of this, but now it's like a read along in places. Lastly, every show just about has some climate doomsday plot point. It's a kids show, you don't need to be trying to scare them that the world is ending. I know Netflix has to push their checklist of agenda items, but it doesn't make it appropriate or palatable. To summarize, if your kids are into Octonauts you won't be able to avoid this one, but if you can I'd skip it. It's lost its charm.
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age 4+

Lovely kids show

My boys (age 5&7) love this show! I like that the characters are generally kind to one another and speak respectfully to each other. My youngest loves everything ocean and submarine, so it’s great to have found a show about this stuff. They’re sensitive to meanness and scariness in shows, and I don’t like exposing them to the overstimulation of lots of kids shows, so we haven’t found many different shows to watch. Mostly David Attenborough documentaries and, on AppleTV: Stillwater, now this. They loved Daniel Tiger, too, especially when they were 4&6, to give you an idea of media consumption in our house. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Intrepid, brave, and always up for helping an animal in need of rescue, the Octonauts are as full of derring-do on land as they were in the ocean, and this spin-off echoes the original in every way. Already minted fans of the British children's show will be familiar with the show's setup: The Octonauts team heads out at the beginning of each episode on a mission (business or pleasure) before soon running into animals that need some sort of aid, along with an expert who can explain the science behind whatever predicament the animals are in. Someone hatches a plan, it's a crazy idea but it just might work, and then: It does!

The familiar rhythm and easy-to-hop hurdles, accompanied by very gentle suspense, are comforting to preschoolers, who absorb messages about concepts like droughts, wind, or volcanoes while they're carried along by the storyline. The puffy anthropomorphic animal characters are easy to love, too, especially the Vegimals, half-plant, half-animal creatures that speak in sweet unintelligible squeaks and vocalizations (that only one Octonaut can understand). Parents will also appreciate that the voice acting has a mellow, soothing cadence that won't grate on adults' nerves. For science lessons served with a side of super cute, Octonauts: Above & Beyond is worth a watch.

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