The Octonauts: Meet The OctonautsAFTER an “hour of Octonaut power’’ on ABC For Kids on Sunday and full viewing of The Octonauts: Meet the Octonauts DVD, I figured it was time I shared what it was about this show that has mesmerised nearly preschooler Princess Ella. And me, for that matter.

I don’t recall the last show that captured Ella’s imagination to this extent. Every game we play now starts with: “Octonauts, to your stations’’ and “Explore! Rescue! Protect!’’. I’m quite happy to stay in the safe surrounds of the Octopod, to be honest.

The show is based on the books by award-winning design team, Meomi. Captain Barnacles Bear, Lieutenant Kwazii Cat and Medic Peso Penguin dive into action (bad pun, I know) when there is trouble under the sea. Using some rather incredible looking vehicles, they rescue sea creatures and explore the underwater world.


What Ella has taken away from watching the show is:

  • Recognition of different sea creatures and an appreciation for the beauty of the underwater world. Although, let me know if you ever spot that turnip creature.
  • Understanding the need to protect and preserve our oceans.
  • Has fostered her imagination, which has spilled through to our playtime activities and her drawing. She can draw a rather impressive Peso.
  • The importance of team work in achieving goals. Milking this one during pack up time.
  • Teaches her about different emotions and how to deal with them.

The Octonauts is such a cute concept and thoroughly enjoyable for children AND parents (I always think this is hugely important. Don’t get me started!). The CGI characters are bright visually, but also in nature as they play out what are strong storylines.

Some may argue the storyline is simply regurgitated each episode – a sea creature finds itself in trouble and the Octonauts come to the rescue – but each plot is fresh and interesting. As all good fish should be. It is, for sure, ABC for Kids’ shining star at the moment, capturing the hearts and imaginations of children.

The Octonauts DVD (RRP: $19.95) has a run time of 77 minutes.

Giggle and Hoot Hoot-tastic Dress Ups

This month Roadshow and ABC are also releasing Giggle and Hoot: Present Hoot-tastic Dress Ups DVD (RRP: $19.99) taking from the popular TV show, and

Giggle and Hoot Stories and Songs

Giggle and Hoot: Bedtime Stories and Songs CD (RRP $14.95). The CD includes guest appearances from characters from The Wiggles, Shaun the Sheep and Play School to sing 15 songs, including Birdcage Boogie to Hoot’s Lullaby.

Would you like to win a copy of all three titles? For a chance to win ONE OF TWO ABC FOR KIDS PACKS (including The Octonauts: Meet The Octonauts DVD, Giggle and Hoot: Present Hoot-tastic Dress Ups DVD and Giggle and Hoot: Bedtime ABC for Kids logoStories and Songs CD), simply leave a comment telling us your child’s favourite Octonauts character. The giveaway closes Tuesday, November 1 at 7pm and a winner will be drawn randomly and announced on this blog and via Facebook and Twitter. Australian residents only. Limit of four entries.

Want extra entries? Then here’s how you can up your chances in the draw. Each task is worth one extra entry, but must be included as a separate comment (or it won’t count).

  1. Click the Facebook button below and share this giveaway with your Facebook friends. Then leave a separate comment saying something along the lines of “I’ve shared this on Facebook’’.
  2. Click the Twitter button below and share this giveaway with your Twitter followers (Twitter handle is @ThreeLil). Then leave a separate comment saying something along the lines of “I’ve shared this on Twitter’’.
  3. Follow me via the Google Friend Connect button over there in the sidebar and leave a comment telling me you’re now a follower.

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**DISCLOSURE: I received a  complimentary copy of The Octonauts: Meet The Octonauts DVD for review. All opinions expressed are purely my own.

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105 Responses to Would you like to meet the Octonauts? Review and giveaway

  1. Mel Phillips says:

    Kwazzi Cat is definitely my son’s favourite character! He is cat mad at the moment, so he is in love with every cat he sees!!

  2. Mel Phillips says:

    I’ve shared this link on Facebook!!

  3. Nicole says:

    Kwazii is my boys favourite character, he loves the Octonauts.
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  4. Nicole says:

    Tweeted this.
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  5. Lisa Blackman says:

    Peso the penguin is Miss 3’s favourite.

  6. Lisa Blackman says:

    Shared on FB

  7. Sandra G says:

    Captain Barnacles Bear is Mr 3’s favourite.

  8. Charlotte says:

    My daughter loves the Octonauts! Her favourite character is Peso the Penguin 🙂

  9. Seana Smith says:

    Hi there, my wee ones love the Octonauts…one prefers the cat and one the penguin, but I love ’em all!
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  10. Emma says:

    He love Peso! Super cute. It is a greta concept
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  11. Emma says:

    Shared on facebook
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  12. Emma says:

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  13. Emma says:

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  14. My kids love Octonauts. I think Mahli loves the bear and Caden likes the penguin… Ethan just loves all the pretty colours, lol.

    We have Octonauts books that are a hit, they will be sure to love the DVD!
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  15. I have tweeted
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  16. I have shared on facebook 🙂
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  17. I follow you via GFC too!
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  18. nicole disbrey says:

    I have never seen the Octonauts and neither has my son. Everyone seems to love it so would love for him to see it (would make a change from Thomas and Bob!) I’m sure he’d love the penguin!!

  19. Sally D says:

    We have a penguin fan in our house too 🙂

  20. nicole disbrey says:

    shared on fb 🙂

  21. nicole disbrey says:

    tweeted!!

  22. Jennie Clean says:

    Octanauts is a great show, my kids love it, too and I am more than happy about it because it is very good, no negative messages and etc!

  23. Jessie Boan says:

    I have 3 Octonauts fanatics at my house. The youngest is only 18 months and to her anything Octonauts related is called “Peso”. She is his biggest fan!

  24. Jessie Boan says:

    I am a follower with GFC

  25. Jessie Boan says:

    Shared on facebook with a tag.

  26. Harmony says:

    I asked my daughter which Octonaut was her favourite and she started saying “captain, captain”. So i am guessing Captain is her favourite 🙂 is there one called Captain?

  27. Harmony says:

    P.S i have shared on FB

  28. Kellie B says:

    My almost 4 year old daughter likes Tweak Bunny (I had to check out the website to find out the proper name 🙂 probably because she loves rabbits at the moment. My 2 year old hasn’t really specified a favourite but loves to watch with her sister.

    They also love Giggle and Hoot.

  29. Kellie B says:

    Tweeted too.

  30. Paula Johnson says:

    We haven’t seen the Octonauts yet, but I’m sure why kids would love the Penguin… can’t wait to see this one with the kids.

  31. Michelle S says:

    We love the Octonauts! My children’s favourite is Peso the Penguin! We are all desperate to be Peso when we are pretending to be the Octonauts; so it has been a great way to learn to share and take turns by allowing others to have their turn at being Peso too! Octonauts is such a fun TV program and I love the way it also encourages our creative play.

  32. Di Childs says:

    My son loves Medic Peso Penguin. It’s such a cute show!
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  33. Di Childs says:

    Ive shared this on Facebook (Dianne Childs) 🙂
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  34. Di Childs says:

    Ive shared this on Twitter (@ShinyGlitterBug)
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  35. Di Childs says:

    Im a GFC follower as Di from Max The Unicorn
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  36. rachel bishop says:

    my daughter LOVED Kwazii, until the episode that there was a whale in..and suddenly he was chopped liver!

  37. Kylie Devlin says:

    When we play Octonauts at home, we usually argue over who gets to be Kwazii, though I can usually persuade my preschooler to be Captain Barnacles by telling him he gets to be the boss!
    We love Octonauts in our house.

  38. Judith M says:

    Peso Penguin is Miss Five’s favourite. She wants to be a doctor/medic just like him and help all the underwater animals.

  39. Kirsty says:

    My kids love all the main characters – favoritism seems to move weekly between Peso, Barnacle and Kwazii! My son’s favourite episode is the one where they help the Albino Whale who gets sunburnt – a really positive view of albinism for kids and a great way for my son to explain his condition to others!
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  40. Kirsty says:

    Shared on fb as My Home Truths
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  41. Kirsty says:

    Shared on twitter as @KirstyRussell
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  42. Mary Preston says:

    Peso Penguin is the favorite in our household.

  43. Mary Preston says:

    GFC: Mary Preston

  44. Matt Brown says:

    Captain Barnacles Bear,he is a entertaining and educating captain.
    He’s terrific 🙂

  45. amie says:

    Books, did you say books – apparently santa is bringing an octonauts book for maya for christmas, have you seen them anywhere?

    At the moment Maya’s favourite seems to be Peso’s friend, I am not 100% sure if she means hugo or Peso’s little brother!

  46. Gillian Harridge says:

    Captain Barnacles Bear,he’s the best of the best
    when it comes to cool captain’s.

  47. amie says:

    shared on FB 🙂

  48. Gillian Harridge says:

    Have shared to friends on facebook.

  49. Michelle Nielsen says:

    My 4 y.o daughter loves Dashi (Sauci) Dog and Tweak Bunny as they are the girls and she is girl obsessed!! But I think she loves them all. When she plays with her Barbie dolls, she re-names them after the Octonauts!! Ha ha

  50. Michelle Nielsen says:

    Shared on FB

  51. I am following via google too.
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  52. Michelle Rivett says:

    My son loves Captain Barnacles Bear!

  53. Bianca says:

    My 3year old son couldnt decide on just one character he told me he LOVES.. Captain Barnacles, Kwazii and Peso he just loves the show 🙂

  54. Bianca says:

    Shared on facebook!

  55. My kids are captivated by the Octonauts too. As soon as the theme song comes on, we all have to run around the stairs in center of our home and shout Explore Rescue Peotect. We have all also been assigned characters by my 4yo. Her favorite is Dashie and my 3yo loves Peso. I am Quasi and their daddy is Captian Barnicle. Yes, The Octonauts are fun for the whole family.
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  56. xtremehuzzah says:

    Peso is my son’s (2.5 yrs old) favourite character. It is because he has seen Peso apply cream on the albino humback whale that he has allowed me to apply cream for his eczema. Peso is our hero!

  57. Laureny says:

    I think Peter’s fav is called Quazzi? The names aren’t important – they are animals in boats and that’s what Peter cares about 🙂
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  58. Laureny says:

    Shared on twiiter

  59. Laureny says:

    Shared on facebook 🙂
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  60. Laureny says:

    Following with GFC.
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  61. Cate says:

    My nieces favourite is Captain Barnacle Bear. Whereas my son is a little small to be able to tell me- just yet, but squeals at any of the characters.

  62. Barbara says:

    Captain Barnacle Bear <3 <3 <3

  63. Barbara says:

    tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/beejay_61/status/127897700501946369
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  64. Lisa Wood says:

    wow – what a great competition you have at the moment! Our youngest loves animals..he walks around with green frogs all of the time!

    He would love to watch this DVD – his favorite is “Captain Barnacle” – actually he loves all of the characters! Such a good show!

    Cheers
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  65. melanie w says:

    My little muffin said she likes peso cause he helps animals but she likes all of them.

  66. melanie w says:

    Follow via GFC

  67. Addison loves Peso. Although I think the rest come a very close second! She can’t get enough of this show!.
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  68. Kate Woods says:

    One of daughters loves Dashi and the other loves Kwazii. “Octonauts to your station” has become the call for dinner in our family 🙂

  69. Claire Lewis says:

    Another fabulous giveaway!
    My little girl loves Peso the penguin – actually, any penguin at all, at the moment! We love this show, it has such positive messages about the environment and caring for others!

  70. Chont says:

    I think they’re all very cute, son likes Peso the penguin

  71. Claire Lewis says:

    Also a follower on GFC 🙂

  72. Chont says:

    Shared on FB as Chon Ky

  73. Chont says:

    Google friend as chonny88

  74. Suzi says:

    Oh we love the Octonauts so much in this house. Peso is our absolute favourite!!

  75. Suzi says:

    Following on GFC as MardyMax

  76. Deb says:

    Dashi Dog..because she is a girl!
    Only my 5 year old daughter would say this!

  77. jodi says:

    kwazzi – the coolest cat in town

    also liked on facebook

  78. roberto colombi says:

    I’ve shared this on Twitter

  79. Linda T says:

    My daughter says Peso is her favourite but its always Captain Barnacles she pretends to be. I play all the rest, but love that I can play Professor Inkling when I NEED to be doing other things 😉

  80. Linda T says:

    shared the post on facebook too

  81. Jessica says:

    dads an engineer, so Tweak bunny is my daughter’s favourite. Great show, and totally agree …. parents DO need to like the shows too … its fine at the moment as Cait can’t read so I’m able to look at whats coming up and change before anything I hate comes on (aka, the never ending Dora!).

  82. Jessica says:

    I’m now a GFC follower 🙂

  83. My five year old cried the first morning that Octanauts was not on at 8 am.

    Please let me win this!

  84. Adela Maizey says:

    In the words of my 5 year old daughter: “Dashi – because she’s a girl”.

  85. Alison says:

    My little girl is a bit small at the moment for this but it sounds like a lot of fun. It surely sounds a heck of a lot more interesting than In The Night Garden, which she loves. *yawn*

  86. JENNY LEARMOND says:

    shared link on FB

  87. Trish says:

    Peso the penguin is one boys favourite and the other twin’s is Captain Barnacles. They adore the Octonauts.
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  88. Melissa Okimoto says:

    My Daughter loves Peso the Penguin! 🙂

  89. Jodie says:

    Apparently Captain Barnacles Mum, cause he’s the biggest!

  90. Sivy says:

    Peso the penguin, cutest and the best!

  91. Sivy says:

    I’ve shared this on Twitter’’

  92. Taing says:

    You can’t go pass Peso the penguin!

  93. Taing says:

    I’ve shared this on Twitter’

  94. Belinda says:

    Emily said her favourite character is Kwazzi 🙂
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  95. Belinda says:

    Shared on Facebook
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  96. Belinda says:

    Already follow GFC
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  97. Elisha says:

    Peso !!! I think its cause its the only one my boys can say !! haha, they love them though =)

  98. Elisha says:

    Facebooked !

  99. Kel says:

    E likes Peso Penguin the best – she has a book about a penguin who is scared of the water and how he overcomes that to be brave and swim with his friends. She likes to point out that Peso is already brave and should teach other penguins to swim 🙂
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  100. Jessica says:

    Captain Barnacles would have to be Josh’s fav character…I think I have entered this comp in the last hour, hope not too late. Thanks for the chance.
    -Jess

  101. Kel says:

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