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Splash and Bubbles "One Big Ocean" Premieres January 16 on OETA-HD
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Parents and children across the country are invited to catch the current and tune in to OETA-HD for the premiere of the first SPLASH AND BUBBLES movie event. “One Big Ocean” launches Monday, Jan. 16 at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m on OETA-HD. In the one-hour special, children learn about marine life while also discovering the great ripple effect their small gestures can have on a much larger community. In the movie, the Reeftown friends learn that we are all part of one big ocean.

“One Big Ocean” repeats throughout the month on OETA and the OETA’s PBS KIDS channel. It will also be available for free on both and the PBSKIDS Video App, which is accessible on a variety of mobile devices and platforms such as Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Xbox One and Chromecast. Additional new episodes from SPLASH AND BUBBLES will also debut throughout the week at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on OETA-HD.

Teaching children about marine biology and the ocean, along with interconnectedness and acceptance, SPLASH AND BUBBLES extends OETA’s offering of programming that helps children build both science and social-emotional skills. In fact, three-quarters of parents report that their children exhibit more positive behaviors after engaging with PBS KIDS series.1 Further, in its recently issued guidelines for children’s media use, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends PBS KIDS as a resource for quality children’s media content.2

New digital content from SPLASH AND BUBBLES will include “Sand Art Spectacular,” a game that encourages kids to design their own sand art creations inspired by the sand patterns that some pufferfish make on the ocean floor. The game will be available the week of January 9th on and on the free PBS KIDS Games app.

One Big Movie Event at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on OETA-HD
In “One Big Ocean,” Splash, Bubbles, Dunk and Ripple embark on an epic journey across the sea to help a friendly young turtle. Along the way, they learn that all creatures are interconnected and that even a small gesture can greatly affect the friends and neighbors who share the one big ocean they call home.

New Episodes
New episodes of SPLASH AND BUBBLES will also premiere throughout the week of January 16.

“Super Splash!/Pearlene” – premieres Tuesday, January 17 at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on OETA-HD
“Super Splash” – While playing, Splash senses something is wrong and quickly swims out of Dunk’s way as he comes in for a hard landing. The strange thing is that Splash wasn’t even looking in Dunk’s direction, so how did he know he was coming?  Convinced that he has some sort of superpower, the kids begin testing Splash’s limits in a series of sneak attacks, which never work. Gush soon explains that Splash isn’t a superhero, but simply has a lateral line sense, which is common for fish.

“Pearlene” – Ripple feels as though she is struggling to be part of her group of friends, then meets a shy oyster named Pearlene, who also feels isolated from those around her. Seeing how nice and kind Pearlene truly is, Ripple encourages her to “open up” to others and make new friends. She does, and finds that, despite her rocky, mucky exterior, she has a great inner beauty: not just the pearl inside her shell, but also her warmth and compassion for everyone.

“Guess Who?/Sleepless Sleepover” – premieres Wednesday, January 18 at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on OETA-HD
“Guess Who?” – Splash, Dunk and Bubbles try to help a fish that they’ve never seen before find out who it is and where its home is.

“Sleepless Sleepover” – When Splash joins Bubbles, Dunk and Ripple for a sleepover in the Sandy Bed, they discover that Splash doesn’t sleep much; after unsuccessfully trying to help him, they learn that “schooling fish” don’t need as much sleep.

“The Kelp Needs Help/Mountain of Fire” – premieres Thursday, January 19 at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on OETA-HD
“The Kelp Needs Help” – After putting some Asterina starfish in the Kelp Forest where they don’t belong, Splash, Ripple and Tidy must get rid of them before the starfish eat all of the kelp. 

“Mountain of Fire” – Dunk, Bubbles and Ripple don’t believe Splash when he tells them about a mountain that spits out fire that can be found in the water really far down in the deep. To solve this mystery, the kids find Lu, who takes them into the deep to find a submarine volcano.

SPLASH AND BUBBLES is executive produced by Lisa Henson and Halle Stanford of The Jim Henson Company, Julie Phillips and Merrill Puckett-Miller of Herschend Enterprises, as well as John Tartaglia, Michael Shawn Lewis and Jill Shinderman. Tom Keniston is producer and David Skelly is supervising director. The Jim Henson Company oversees all distribution and merchandising for the property, and Herschend Enterprises administers all themed entertainment rights. The series is funded in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by the National Science Foundation (NSF).