Splash and Bubbles

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Friendly fish introduce preschoolers to ocean science.

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 15 reviews

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 4 reviews

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Educational value

This series introduces kids to the diversity of life in the ocean without overcomplicating marine biology concepts for its young audience. Each episode explores a new scientific term like "bioluminescence" or "invertebrates," presenting a handful of examples and incorporating the subjects into songs. A follow-up segment called "Get Your Feet Wet" shows kids related topics in real-life terms with video footage of actual sea creatures in action.

Positive messages

Kids learn about marine life with the help of engaging characters and their friendly, music-filled adventures. The series also incorporates social themes like overcoming fear and dealing with self-consciousness. Diversity helps make the ocean a vibrant and exciting place where each species is specially adapted to live and thrive. Strong messages about the rewards of curiosity.

Positive role models & representations

Splash and Bubbles know that the best way to learn is by experiencing things firsthand (er, firstfin), so they jump right in to new adventures together. Even so, some can be intimidating or bring up feelings of self-doubt, so they lean on each other and their other ocean pals to find courage in those moments. Even with so many differences among the characters and the species they represent, the ocean is a place of symbiotic existence.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Splash and Bubbles is a preschool series from the Jim Henson Company that explores ocean science and marine biology concepts in fun, age-appropriate ways. Titular characters Splash and Bubbles serve as kids' guides through the deep as they embark on adventures to experience new places and meet new ocean species, learning about different creatures' adaptations to their habitats, as well as unique characteristics like bioluminescence. Every episode ends with a live-action sequence that reinforces the story's concept with real footage of ocean creatures in action. With music, friendly faces, positive messages about healthy expression of emotions, and lots of laughs, this fun series is a great pick to inspire kids' curiosity about the natural world.

User Reviews

Parent Written byMiriam S. November 24, 2016

Very dissatisfied

It did not seemed to be as educational like the other cartoons. I personally did not liked the cartoon for my child.
Educator and Parent Written bydee g January 4, 2017

disgusting

While some episodes seem innocent, other are not so much. The puffer fish creates designs in sand to attrack females. He sings the dumbest song, "I dont kn... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old December 8, 2016

Just plain awful

This show is even worse than I expected it to be. The characters are very ugly, and some of them look like puppets more than actual fish. And they use motion ca... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written by21chmccar April 14, 2017

Kinda gross

I was at my grandma's house with my seven year old cousin. My grandma didn't want her to watch spongebob so she turned it on this show. What happend i... Continue reading

What's the story?

SPLASH AND BUBBLES follows two best friends -- a yellowback fusilier named Splash (voiced by John Tartaglia) and a mandarin dragonet named Bubbles (Leslie Carrara) -- on their far-flung adventures in their ocean habitat to learn about other species and their underwater surroundings. Their Reeftown home is a lively, colorful place, but Splash and Bubbles yearn for the great beyond and the secrets it holds, so they set off with their pals Dunk (Raymond Carr), a somewhat timid pufferfish, and Ripple (Aymee Garcia), a sensitive seahorse, to make new acquaintances and see the sights. Inevitably this leads them to discoveries about the ocean and its inhabitants but also about themselves.

Is it any good?

This charming series inspires respect for marine life and the ocean's diversity by pairing the characters' comical adventures with more traditional educational segments. Splash and Bubbles entices youngsters much the same way Finding Nemo's vibrant scenery and endearing characters did, bringing a certain intimacy to the vast expanse of the ocean through its friendly characters. Reeftown is a bustling community of all different kinds of marine life, but when Splash and Bubbles explore beyond its boundaries, they discover even more diversity and fascination.

What really distinguishes the educational quality of this show, though, is the pairing of the characters' stories with the live-action "Get Your Feet Wet" segments that reinforce the oceanography concepts. When an animated octopus shows how being an invertebrate lets him move in unusual ways, it doesn't resonate quite as much as does seeing an actual octopus squeeze into a narrow bottle, for instance. These close-up views of the wonders of marine life will amaze preschoolers and inspire curiosity about more wonders of the underwater world.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • How do Splash and Bubbles' adventures inspire your curiosity? What other character strengths and life skills do you think are important? 

  • Families can talk about the different creatures Splash and Bubbles meet. What makes them similar? How do their differences help them survive in their unique surroundings? Why is diversity important even within the same habitat?

  • Do your kids like science topics? How does marine biology rank among their interests? What practical applications of science do you see in your own life?

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