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The Octonauts
OctonautsTitleCard.jpg
Kwazii, Barnacles and Peso
GenreChildren
Created byMeomi: Vicki Wong
& Michael C. Murphy
Written byStephanie Simpson (head writer)
Billy Aronson
Glen Berger
Ian Carney
Cydne Clark
Cusi Cram
Sarah Durkee
Steve Granat
Carin Greenberg
Jonathan Greenberg
Peter Hirsch
Adam Idelson
Dave Ingham
Susan Kim
Catherine Lieuwen
Myles Mcleod
Allan Neuwirth
Sascha Paladino
Gabe Pulliam
Directed byDarragh O'Connell
Henry Lenardin-Madden (uncredited)
Creative director(s)Stephen Robinson
Voices ofSimon Greenall
Rob Rackstraw
Paul Panting
Keith Wickham
Jo Wyatt
Teresa Gallagher
Michael C. Murphy
Theme music composerDarren Hendley
Country of originUnited Kingdom/United States
Language(s)English
No. of series1 (Series 2 in production)
No. of episodes52 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Kurt Mueller
Stephanie Simpson
Cathal Gaffney
Darragh O'Connell
Jackie Edwards (CBeebies)
Producer(s)Adam Idelson
Karen Ialacci
Gillian Higgins
Running time50 x 11 minutes
1 x 23 minutes
Production company(s)Brown Bag Films
Broadcast
Original channelCbeebies/Disney Junior
Original runSeptember 16, 2010 (2010-09-16) – December 11, 2011 (2011-12-11)
 
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The Octonauts
OctonautsTitleCard.jpg
Kwazii, Barnacles and Peso
GenreChildren
Created byMeomi: Vicki Wong
& Michael C. Murphy
Written byStephanie Simpson (head writer)
Billy Aronson
Glen Berger
Ian Carney
Cydne Clark
Cusi Cram
Sarah Durkee
Steve Granat
Carin Greenberg
Jonathan Greenberg
Peter Hirsch
Adam Idelson
Dave Ingham
Susan Kim
Catherine Lieuwen
Myles Mcleod
Allan Neuwirth
Sascha Paladino
Gabe Pulliam
Directed byDarragh O'Connell
Henry Lenardin-Madden (uncredited)
Creative director(s)Stephen Robinson
Voices ofSimon Greenall
Rob Rackstraw
Paul Panting
Keith Wickham
Jo Wyatt
Teresa Gallagher
Michael C. Murphy
Theme music composerDarren Hendley
Country of originUnited Kingdom/United States
Language(s)English
No. of series1 (Series 2 in production)
No. of episodes52 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Kurt Mueller
Stephanie Simpson
Cathal Gaffney
Darragh O'Connell
Jackie Edwards (CBeebies)
Producer(s)Adam Idelson
Karen Ialacci
Gillian Higgins
Running time50 x 11 minutes
1 x 23 minutes
Production company(s)Brown Bag Films
Broadcast
Original channelCbeebies/Disney Junior
Original runSeptember 16, 2010 (2010-09-16) – December 11, 2011 (2011-12-11)

The Octonauts is a British - American children's television series, produced by Silvergate Media for Cbeebies and animated by Brown Bag Films. The TV series is based on the children's books written by Vicki Wong and Michael C. Murphy of Meomi Design Inc.

The Octonauts follows an underwater exploring crew made up of stylized anthropomorphic animals, a team of eight adventurers who live in an undersea base, the Octopod, from where they go on undersea adventures with the help of a fleet of aquatic vehicles.

The subject matter is reminiscent of a blend of Star Trek and Jacques Cousteau. Although it is science fiction as regards its technology, the exotic creatures and locations that the crew encounter are real marine animals in their natural habitats.

Contents

Books

The original books were first published in the USA by Immedium in 2006, and were republished in the UK by Harper Collins in 2009. Four titles by Meomi have been published:

TV series

In 2010 The Octonauts was adapted into a 52 episode CGI animated television series co-produced by Chorion and Brown Bag Films. It first aired in the UK on October 4, 2010 on CBeebies, a BBC television channel for the 7-and-under range. The show ended after 52 episodes on December 11, 2011.

The Octonauts had its US premiere on the Disney Channel in January 2012. It has since been shown in Ireland (RTÉ Two) and Australia (ABC Television). The show has been translated and shown in French (TF1), Spanish and Portuguese (Discovery Kids Latin America), and Finnish (YLE TV2).

The series was made with the help of marine biologists Dr. Lara A. Ferry-Graham and Dr. Michael H. Graham, who had previously worked on the making of Finding Nemo.[1]

The TV show is episodic, with each ten minute episode seeing them encountering an unusual but real sea creature as they explore strange underwater worlds. Often they must discover a vital biological or behavioural fact about that creature to rescue it or themselves from danger. The stories usually feature three main characters: Captain Barnacles, Kwazii and Peso, with the other five Octonauts acting in supporting roles.

In the TV series they use five sea-creature inspired underwater vehicles called GUP-A to GUP-E,a pedal driven GUP-F, driven by Captain Barnacles and Kwazii, which appears in Episode 10 of Series 1 (The Speedy Sailfish), and a powerful and sturdy tracked GUP-X, first appearing in Episode 52 of Series 1 (The Great Christmas Rescue).

The opening theme tune finishes with the chant "Explore! - Rescue! - Protect!", which informs the narrative of all the episodes.

The TV series was well received when shown on CBeebies in the UK. According to the authors' website, it was the No. 1 pre-school age show in the UK, and the first pre-school show to be ranked in the top ten by older audiences (aged 4–15).[2] It has been rated 7.8 out of 10 on IMDb.[3]

TV spin-off books

A series of shorter books based on individual episodes from the TV series is being published by Simon and Schuster. These titles can be distinguished by the "As seen on TV" moniker on the covers and are not written or illustrated by Meomi.[4] The books have the same titles as the episodes they are based on.

Characters

PartNameSpeciesVoice castFeatures
CaptainBarnaclesPolar BearSimon Greenall (speaking voice)
Ross Breen (singing voice)
Barnacles is the brave polar bear captain of the Octonauts. He can drive any ship or gup, and is strong enough to lift a giant clam. Most commonly said phrases: "Octonauts, let's do this", "Sound the Octo-Alert!" and "Octonauts, to the launch bay!".
Lieutenant and CryptozoologistKwaziiCatRob RackstrawKwazii is a daredevil cat with a mysterious pirate past. He believes in many sea monsters such as the Nackerwhack,Tri-Toothed-Terror, Giant Shrimp Monster, Monster of Creepy Cove and other monsters and likes to drive fast in the Gup-B. In the episode "The Octonauts and the Giant Spider Crab", it is revealed that he has a fear of spiders. Most commonly said phrase: "Shiver me whiskers".
MedicPesoPenguinPaul PantingSpanish. He is the medic of the Octonauts. He's not too fond of scary situations, but if someone is hurt or in trouble he can be the bravest Octonaut of all. He has a younger brother called Pinto. Most commonly said phrase: "Flappity flippers!".
Oceanographer and FounderProfessor Inkling, Inkling, or ProfessorGrimpoteuthis (Dumbo Octopus)Keith WickhamInkling brought the Octonauts together, to study the oceans and have adventures.
Scientist (Marine biologist)Shellington (Dr)Sea otterKeith WickhamScottish. Shellington is a scientist who knows a lot about ocean creatures. He isn't a very good driver, though. Most commonly said phrases: "Jumping jellyfish!" and "Fascinating".
EngineerTweakRabbitJo WyattAmerican with a Southern drawl. Tweak lives and works in the launch bay. She often invents things like the Friend Finder she made for her friend, Sandy the Leatherback Sea Turtle. She often refers to Captain Barnacles as "Cap". Most commonly said phrases: "Right away, Cap!" and "...faster than you can say 'buncha munchy crunchy carrots'!".
Information technology Officer and PhotographerDashi (Sauci In The Books)Dog (Dachshund)Teresa GallagherAustralian. Dashi is the photographer for the Octonauts, and takes care of all the computers aboard the Octopod.
Ship's Cook and GardenerTunipTurnipMichael C. MurphyTunip is half-animal, half-vegetable, like all the vegimals. He loves to make kelp cakes and work in the garden-pod. He and the other vegimals speak another language that only Shellington understands (sometimes). He often faints at shocking news.

Note: Recent UK editions of the books changed Sauci's name to Dashi to match the television series.

Vehicles

Episodes

#TitleOriginal air date[5]
1"Octonauts and the Whale Shark"4 October 2010 (2010-10-04)
When Dashi is swallowed by a whale shark she thought was a cave, the Octonauts venture inside it to rescue her. 
2"Octonauts and the Undersea Storm"5 October 2010 (2010-10-05)
Kwazii's Gup-B crashes while trying to outrun a storm. When the GUP-C's tow-rope snaps while rescuing him, some reef lobsters Kwazii had helped reach shelter lend a hand. 
3"Octonauts, the Crab, and the Urchin"6 October 2010 (2010-10-06)
A carrier crab and the urchin it keeps on top of its shell as a defence against predators[6] have a falling out. 
4"Octonauts and the Walrus Chief"7 October 2010 (2010-10-07)
A walrus mistakes Peso's medical bag for a clam and takes it home. Walruses don't like other animals near their colonies, so Captain Barnacles, Kwazii and Peso disguise themselves as a fellow walrus to sneak into the dangerous colony and retrieve the medical bag. 
5"Octonauts and the Flying Fish"8 October 2010 (2010-10-08)
A school of flying fish accidentally make off with Professor Inkling's rare book. 
6"Octonauts and the Giant Squid"11 October 2010 (2010-10-11)
The Octonauts set out to find and photograph Inkling's long lost cousin, the giant squid. 
7"Octonauts and the Orcas"12 October 2010 (2010-10-12)
An enormous Orca whale is stranded on a beach, and with some help from some crabs, the Octonauts manage to rescue it. 
8"Octonauts and the Great Algae Escape"13 October 2010 (2010-10-13)
The crew must catch a runaway Octopod after it is hijacked by a group of crustaceans who are trying to flee an area of seabed being polluted by a broken pipeline. 
9"Octonauts and the Remipedes"14 October 2010 (2010-10-14)
Shellington goes to search for a group of Remipedes in a cave but he hasn't driven the GUP-D before and ends up crashing it and breaking it. The other Octonauts try to save him but they get lost too. Luckily, a group of blind Remipedes help them find their way out of the cave. 
10"Octonauts and the Speedy Sailfish"15 October 2010 (2010-10-15)
Barnacles and Kwazii use some help from some Sailfish to round up all the runaway Gups. 
11"Octonauts and the Blobfish Brothers"18 October 2010 (2010-10-18)
The Octonauts must evacuate some slow moving, gelatinous Blobfish before an undersea volcano erupts. 
12"Octonauts and the Monster Map"19 October 2010 (2010-10-19)
Kwazii has a pirate map showing the location of a sunken treasure ship which allegedly harbours a Kraken-like sea monster (but which turns out to be an octopus which can change colour to camouflage itself). 
13"Octonauts and the Lost Sea Star"20 October 2010 (2010-10-20)
Searching for the home of a lost luminous Sea Star, the Octonauts crash-land in the Midnight Zone, having met Brittle stars and a Sunflower starfish on the way down. 
14"Octonauts and the Albino Humpback Whale"21 October 2010 (2010-10-21)
The Octonauts think they've seen a ghost but it turns out to be an albino Humpback Whale which is moaning from the pain of some nasty sunburn. 
15"Octonauts and the Giant Kelp Forest"22 October 2010 (2010-10-22)
Kwazii's favorite sub, the Gup B, goes missing in a huge kelp forest due to Kwazii pressing the eject button while the engine was active (Something Tweak advised him not to do) and the Octonauts must retrieve it. 
16"Octonauts and the Enemy Anemones"25 October 2010 (2010-10-25)
The Octonauts land on an island for a picnic but must first help some crabs trapped between two warring groups of aggregate anemones. Meanwhile back on the Octopod, a hoard of out of control puddings are attacking. 
17"Octonauts and the Narwhal"26 October 2010 (2010-10-26)
Cruising underwater to Captain Barnacles' homeland, the North Pole, the Octopod gets trapped in the Arctic sea ice. But one of Barnacles' old friends, Boris the Narwhal, helps them to break through the ice with his long tusk. 
18"Octonauts and the Midnight Zone"27 October 2010 (2010-10-27)
The Octonauts explore the deepest part of the ocean where no daylight ever reaches and find some hydrothermal vents where vent fish, limpets and tube worms live, and also discover a new species of worm to put in Shellington's book. 
19"Octonauts and the Snapping Shrimp"28 October 2010 (2010-10-28)
A little shrimp with a big claw makes such a loud noise that it stuns the Octonauts. A video of it made by Dashi reveals that the sound and accompanying shock wave are caused by the shrimp makng a cavitation bubble with her claw. 
20"Octonauts and the Snot Sea Cucumber"29 October 2010 (2010-10-29)
An injured snot sea cucumber named Slippy gets loose on the Octopod, so to let her breathe, they flood the ship. 
21"Octonauts and the Giant Whirlpool"1 November 2010 (2010-11-01)
The Octonauts race against time to rescue Tweak's pal, a Leatherback sea turtle named Sandy, when she is swept away from the Australian coast where she was about to lay her eggs. 
22"Octonauts and the Hermit Crabs"2 November 2010 (2010-11-02)
With half the crew stranded in a rock pool due to a low tide, Peso and Tweak help to remove a stuck Hermit Crab from its shell. 
23"Octonauts and the Mixed Up Whales"3 November 2010 (2010-11-03)
The Octonauts clean and repair their ship, the Octopod, but discover that creaking noises from the Octopod are confusing two Blue Whales who are looking for each other. 
24"Octonauts and the Kelp Forest Rescue"4 November 2010 (2010-11-04)
Peso's little brother Pinto visits the Octonauts and gets an eyepatch from Kwazii. He becomes more interested in being a pirate than a medic (stating that he wanted to be a 'real' Octonaut like Kwazii). But when he helps Barnacles, Kwazii and Peso in a mission to help Dashi and Shellington escape, he begins to like being a medic. 
25"Octonauts and the Decorator Crab"5 November 2010 (2010-11-05)
The Octonauts stake out a thief, who turns out to be a decorator crab. 
26"Octonauts and the Beluga Whales"6 December 2010 (2010-12-06)
The Octonauts lead a pod of Beluga Whales stuck under the pack ice to safety by getting them to follow Peso while he's playing the same tune as the Beluga's song on his xylophone. 
27"Octonauts and the Hungry Pilot Fish"7 December 2010 (2010-12-07)
The Octonauts are chased by a whitetip shark only to discover all it really needed was a pilot fish to clean its teeth, and it just so happens that they have just met a lonely pilot fish that is hungry for action. 
28"Octonauts and the Vampire Squid"8 December 2010 (2010-12-08)
On a solo training dive to the Midnight Zone, Peso encounters a hurt vampire squid. Scared by the sudden arrival of Kwazii and Captain Barnacles it sprays them with sticky bioluminescent mucus and flees, but in the end Peso is able to help it. 
29"Octonauts and the Seahorse Tale"9 December 2010 (2010-12-09)
After a storm, the Octonauts help a female seahorse search for her missing mate. She tells them to Kwazii's surprise that the missing male seahorse is about to give birth. 
30"Octonauts and the Giant Jelly"10 December 2010 (2010-12-10)
The Octonauts must rescue Peso when he gets trapped inside a giant Comb Jelly
31"Octonauts and the Cookiecutter Sharks"13 December 2010 (2010-12-13)
A trio of pesky Cookiecutter Sharks make holes in the Octonauts' equipment. 
32"Octonauts and the Oarfish"14 December 2010 (2010-12-14)
Dashi catches a glimpse of an elusive creature that appears to be a giant sea serpent and manages to photograph its tail. 
33"Octonauts and the Combtooth Blenny"15 December 2010 (2010-12-15)
Kwazii crashes the GUP-E, leaving him and Peso marooned on a desert island inhabited by a fish that can walk on land. Their SOS message to the Octonauts is relayed in increasingly garbled form via the Blenney, a squid, and an Angler fish
34"Octonauts and the Jellyfish Bloom"16 December 2010 (2010-12-16)
Shellington gets trapped by sea nettle jellyfish whilst observing garden eels in the GUP-E. Barnacles, Kwazii and Peso attempt to save him but Barnacles gets stung by a jellyfish. Luckily, Peso heals it using vinegar and then goes to save Shellington along with Kwazii. 
35"Octonauts and the Baby Dolphin"29 December 2011 (2011-12-29)
A young dolphin follows Kwazii home and the Octonauts must search for its mother. 
36"Octonauts and the Scary Spookfish"29 January 2011 (2011-01-29)
Peso gets jammed in an ocean trench when the GUP-E's battery dies and is surprised by a strange deep sea fish with a transparent head: a Spookfish called Boo, whose ability to see vertically comes in handy as GUP-C winches GUP-E back up the narrow trench. 
37"Octonauts and the Arctic Orcas"25 January 2011 (2011-01-25)
Captain Barnacles and Peso get lost in the icy Arctic sea when the GUP-E gets stuck in an iceberg and the gup finder is damaged. 
38"Octonauts and the Slime Eels"26 January 2011 (2011-01-26)
In the North Atlantic, Kwazii searches the sunken shipwreck of his pirate grandfather, Calico Jack, for his gold spyglass. It's guarded by blind hagfish (slime eels), but their slime unexpectedly helps him when he gets stuck. Kwazii ends up leaving the spyglass because it's now the home of sea creatures. 
39"Octonauts and the Enormous Elephant Seal"27 January 2011 (2011-01-27)
An enormous Elephant seal is brought into the Octopod to moult as moulting underwater is dangerous. 
40"Octonauts and the Sardine School"29 January 2010 (2010-01-29)
The Octonauts must work together as a team to help a lost sardine find her school. 
41"Octonauts and the Dolphin Reef Rescue"31 January 2011 (2011-01-31)
Peso and the gang try to cure bleached dead areas on a coral reef by transplanting healthy coral, but a pod of playful dolphins make mischief for them until they realise that helping can be fun too. 
42"Octonauts and the Eel Ordeal"1 February 2011 (2011-02-01)
The Octonauts help a injured migrating swamp eel on his difficult journey when he gets stranded from the others. 
43"Octonauts and the Marine Iguanas"2 February 2011 (2011-02-02)
The team are preparing for a feast of red seaweed on the Galapagos Islands but a trio of salt-sneezing Marine Iguanas raid the Octopod and eat it all. 
44"Octonauts and the Dwarf Lanternshark"3 February 2011 (2011-02-03)
The Octonauts must help a tiny, injured Dwarf Lanternshark, but they have to find him first. 
45"Octonauts and the Pirate Parrotfish"4 February 2011 (2011-02-04)
When the Octonauts go on a pirate treasure hunt, Kwazii meets a Parrotfish, who helps them when they encounter some moray eels. 
46"Octonauts and the Electric Torpedo Rays"7 February 2011 (2011-02-07)
Some electric torpedo rays give the Octopod a jump-start when its batteries go flat during a trip to see Tweak's pal, Sandy the leatherback sea turtle. 
47"Octonauts and the Crafty Cuttlefish"8 February 2011 (2011-02-08)
Captain Barnacles allows Tunip to use his Octo-compass. But when Tunip loses it, a Cuttlefish takes it. 
48"Octonauts and the Lost Lemon Shark"9 February 2011 (2011-02-09)
The Octonauts look after a Lemon Shark who has hurt his nose and can't find his way home. 
49"Octonauts and the Humuhumunukunukuapua'a"10 February 2011 (2011-02-10)
The Octopod's waterworks become flooded with frightened Humuhumu fish. 
50"Octonauts and the Giant Spider Crab"11 February 2011 (2011-02-11)
The Octonauts help a 100-year-old spider crab which has got its leg trapped in a giant clam whilst en route to its own 100th birthday party. It turns out that Kwazii's afraid of spiders, but he still helps, even though he thought it was a real spider at first. 

Christmas specials

#TitleOriginal air date
51"Octonauts and the Great Penguin Race"13 December 2010 (2010-12-13)
Peso is going home to Antarctica to watch an annual penguin triathalon, the Iron Clam Competition, but learns to his dismay that his little brother Pinto has entered him in it. Peso will have to slide, dive and swim his way to victory, against the annual winner, Hugo. 
52"Octonauts and the Great Christmas Rescue"24 December 2011 (2011-12-24)
The Octonauts travel for Christmas to Professor Inkling's childhood home, an underwater mountain, but soon find that they're involved in a rescue mission when there is a rockslide endangering some rare coral and Professor Inkling's nephew Squirt. 

Creature Reports

Each regular episode concludes with a one-minute, musical, poem-like "Creature Report" sequence which recaps the facts learned about the sea creature that the Octonauts encountered in that episode.

References

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