PBS KIDS is inviting youngsters and their guardians for a swimmingly swell time as it premieres the first television movie event for its undersea preschool property Splash and Bubbles, from The Jim Henson Company. “One Big Ocean” will launch in tandem with the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel and live stream announced in February on Monday, January 16, and air across all its platforms.
The one-hour special will teach kids about marine life and explore how small gestures can make big ripples across a larger community as the Reeftown friends learn that we are all part of one big ocean.
“One Big Ocean” will also repeat throughout the month on PBS KIDS and PBS KIDS 24/7, as well as being available for free through pbskids.org and the PBS KIDS Video App for mobile and OTT. Splash and Bubbles also gets a new sand-art design game on pbskids.org and the PBS KIDS Games app the week of Jan. 9, Sand Art Spectacular, inspired by the ocean floor patterns created by pufferfish.
“Splash and Bubbles helps kids discover the great wonders of the ocean, while supporting their social-emotional learning, building on PBS KIDS’ commitment to sparking all children’s curiosity,” said Lesli Rotenberg, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Children’s Media and Education, PBS. “Through the new ‘One Big Ocean’ special, we welcome families around the country to join us in exploring the incredible diversity and lessons of interconnectedness and inclusiveness that apply to our world.”
New episodes of the series will premiere Tuesday (“Super Splash!/Pearlene”), Wednesday (“Guess Who?/Sleepless Sleepover”) and Thursday (“The Kelp Needs Help/Mountain of Fire”) following the movie’s debut.
Read more about Splash and Bubbles in Tom McLean’s story “Diving In” for the Nov. 2016 issue of Animation Magazine.