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Bumperlicious Wed 12-Jan-11 08:58:03

I have a few questions about Octonauts:

What is Captain Barnacles accent? Is it southern? Northern? It doesn't seem to be consistent.

Proffesor Inky-whatsit, is he meant to be an octopus that looks like a cat?

Why are the girls relegated to mere sidekicks & not even mentioned in the opening titles? Is because their girls or because they're both forrin?

Are the animals featured real animals (I mean the ones they rescue, not the Octonauts)?

dinkystinky Wed 12-Jan-11 09:03:37

Barnacles voice reminds me of a radio 4 presenter - he's supposed to be heroic and slightly posh I think.

Prof Inkling - slightly deformed octopus. The giant squid is his cousin so he's an octopus family member.

I suspect the girls arent mentioned in the opening titles as Twink and Dashi dont sound like particularly heroic names (unlike Kwazi and Peso hmm). Shellington otter doesnt get mentioned either in the opening titles - and he's a bloke. Its an ensemble piece.

Yes they are real. Take a look at the creature reports on CBeebies - they have a few clips of the actual creature in them.

As you might be able to tell, DS1 and DS2 are Octo-nutters so we watch alot of it in the dinky household...

RoundRobyn Wed 12-Jan-11 09:08:16

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dinkystinky Wed 12-Jan-11 09:29:23

My question - what on earth do those Vegemals do all day (other than bake)? And are they all called Turnip?

iwouldgoouttonight Wed 12-Jan-11 10:13:23

I'm also confused because Dashi is called Dashi on the TV show but in the books she is called Sauci.

sunshineandshowers Wed 12-Jan-11 10:38:47

I too am confused by the Veginmals and Chunip? Are all the vegimals called chunip? My DS is a massive Octonaut fan. Chunip (?) makes fish biscuits apparently.

Have you noticed how every other card onm the birthday bit has octonauts on?

dumbelina Wed 12-Jan-11 10:41:39

Octonauts rule in my house too - DS is completely hooked. I'm rather keen on the theme tune actually, it's like the perfect action / spy music.

Bumperlicious Wed 12-Jan-11 10:42:47

The theme tune is strangely compelling though, I find myself humming it throughout the day!

Bumperlicious Wed 12-Jan-11 10:43:28

X post dumbellina - not just me then!

captainbarnaclesmum Wed 12-Jan-11 11:47:01

My DCs are mad on Octonauts too. DS now runs around the house humming and "der, der,der der" -ing around the house. Whilst each family member has been given a character name by DD.

piprabbit Wed 12-Jan-11 11:54:17

DS wants to know where the people are.

I want to know why the land-based animals have been able to develop advanced technologies and mutant vegetables, but the marine animals haven't.

PocketMouse Wed 12-Jan-11 12:06:18

I want to know why Peso needs to wear a helmet when he's diving with the other Octonauts.. he's a penguin.. surely he can swim underwater!

Professor Inkling baffles me..

piprabbit Wed 12-Jan-11 12:34:34

I think Professor Inkling is meant to be a Dumbo Octopus, like this.

PocketMouse Wed 12-Jan-11 12:46:36

piprabbit, thank you! Every time I watch that blasted program that annoys me grin

gethinsglubs Fri 09-Nov-12 17:51:29

Can anyone help me. I need a pair of octogoggles! They don't appear to be available as merchandise, so please: in which episode(s) do they appear please? I can then (hopefully) manufacture a pair for an avid 3 year old fan.

PeggyCarter Fri 09-Nov-12 17:57:09

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noblegiraffe Fri 09-Nov-12 18:40:36

You mean like the goggles with this magazine? www.ebay.com/itm/Octonauts-Magazine-Issue-10-Tweak-Playset-/380472552253

We've got a pair if you desperately need them? They're a bit small for my 3 year old.

elfycat Fri 09-Nov-12 18:48:14

We're addicted here too.

DH and I are both scuba divers and we've done a fair share of H&S at work and their working practices make us shudder. There's too many examples for me to bore you with share.

But to make the point I will point out that in one episode the Octopod is moved without doing a role count BEFORE. Tweak has pulled out a dangerously low-powered battery and when called away puts it back in, leaving the GUP looking safe to use, Peso doesn't tell anyone he is leaving the Octopod. There is no back-up radio when the power fails DH works at sea and made a cats-bum face.

PeggyCarter Fri 09-Nov-12 18:53:28

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elfycat Fri 09-Nov-12 18:56:05

grin

SinisterBuggyMonth Fri 09-Nov-12 20:52:28

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noblegiraffe Fri 09-Nov-12 20:55:25

We went to the Natural History museum in London recently and they had a marine section. DS was all 'giant squid!' 'look mummy, it's a vampire squid' 'puffer fish!' and I was all smug and not letting on to the clearly awed visitors around us that he'd learned it all from CBeebies grin

scrappydappydoo Fri 09-Nov-12 20:56:04

I don't get why a polar bear and a penguin are even approximately the same size.

TunipTheHollowVegemalLantern Fri 09-Nov-12 20:56:58

Dinkystinky - Tunip, not Turnip smile

One of the vegemals is called Tunip, the others don't seem to have names. We bake barnacle biscuits, fish biscuits (Kwasi's favourite) and kelp cakes.

'Why are the girls relegated to mere sidekicks & not even mentioned in the opening titles? Is because their girls or because they're both forrin?'

It is because of the patriarchy.

TunipTheHollowVegemalLantern Fri 09-Nov-12 20:57:54

Elfycat - excellent post.

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