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xplore! Rescue! Protect! If you recognize that clarion cry, then you have a little one who is a fan of The Octonauts, an animated children’s TV series that originated in the U.K. and now runs on the Disney Channel and Disney Junior in the U.S. Now there’s an action-packed stage show featuring the Octonauts characters, including Captain Barnacles, a bear; Kwazii, a kitten; Peso, a penguin; Dr. Shellington, a sea otter; Dashi, a dog; Tweak, a bunny; Professor Inkling, an octopus; and Tunip, the “vegimal.” (To the uninitiated, that’s part vegetable, part animal.) The Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure  features brand-new and fan-favorite songs led by the anthropomorphic crew members, who invite their legions of “Octo-Cadets” to join them on an exciting (and educational) underwater adventure aboard the Gup-X rescue vehicle to find Bob, a missing blobfish, before a volcano erupts. The show anchors on Saturday, December 3 at the Walt Disney Theater. Showtime is 5 p.m. and tickets start at $29.50. A premium Octonaut Explorer Party Package, priced at $130, includes gallons of perks, among them a meet-and-greet, photographs with the cast and plenty of merchandise. The Octonauts, which is based on a series of children’s books, debuted in 2010 on CBeebies, a BBC channel aimed at the under-7 demographic. It was picked up by the Disney Channel two years later and is now shown all over the world. Kids love the adorable characters and their aquatic adventures. But their parents love the fact that the show was created

with the assistance of two actual marine biologists, Dr. Lara A. Ferry-Graham and Dr. Michael H. Graham, who had previously consulted on the film Finding Nemo. The 11-minute episodes follow the cuddly crew as they encounter unusual (but real) sea creatures, about which they must learn a biological or behavioral fact to rescue it (or themselves) from danger. The theme song finishes with the chant “Explore! Rescue! Protect!” because, well, that’s what Octonauts do. The Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure is a rollicking sensory experience, combining costumed characters, big-screen animation and a cool set design that mimics the seabed. Plus, it offers a rare chance to find out what a blobfish is.  — Randy Noles EVENT: The Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure DATE/TIME: Saturday, December 3, 5 p.m. VENUE: Walt Disney Theater NOTES: The animated children’s series comes to life as the Octonauts set out to rescue Bob, a missing blobfish. The show combines costumed characters and animated scenes projected onto huge screens. TICKETS: Prices start at $29.50. Ask about the premium Octonaut Explorer Party Package, which includes a meet-and-greet after the performance. 844.513.2014 • drphillipscenter.org

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