Sunday, October 10, 2010
OCTONAUTS by Nick Roche
This week saw the premiere on Cbeebies of OCTONAUTS, a pre-school animated series produced by Oirish cartoon purveyors, Brown Bag Films. My sisticles was a production assistant on the blimmin' thing, so I watched it out of duty. Only now, I've become properly hooked by it. The series is based on a series of books by design company Meomi, and the whole things is ridiculously cute, with the most child-friendly, Nintendo Wii-esque design aesthetic you'll ever see (www.octonauts.com). A style, you'll notice I haven't tried to emulate here. I gave 'em a more superhero team vibe, so here as you'll never see them again, is Captain Barnacles, Kwaazi the Pirate Cat and Peso the medi-penguin. Like Thunderbirds for toddlers, but with more marine biology lessons, the Octonauts patrol the ocean, protecting all manner of sea life. Check it out daily on Cbeebies at 4.50 pm every weekday.