New wave of toons urge kids to save seas
CORAL reefs may be dying off at an alarming rate, with pollution and overfishing emptying the seas.
But fear not. Help is at hand in the form of a new wave of cartoon superheroes determined to save the oceans.
While Disney blockbusters Finding Nemo and Finding Dory have been attacked for sparking a spike in the poaching of tropical fish, Muppets creator Jim Henson Company said on Sunday that its new animated children's series Splash And Bubbles would help mobilise a new generation to save the undersea world.
The big-budget, 40-episode series, which will screen on PBS in the United States next year, aims to "turn the tide of our world to save the planet".
Boss Lisa Henson, daughter of Jim Henson, the puppetry genius behind The Muppets and Sesame Street, said the series, which premiered at the
MIPJUNIOR festival in the French resort of Cannes, comes at a vital time.
The series comes in the wake of the huge success of The Octonauts, the most-watched cartoon by pre-school children in Britain, Ireland and Australia.
The "edutainment" show has a team of animated animals rescuing sea creatures from their base in the Octopod.
With its catchphrase slogans of "Explore! Rescue! Protect!", it has been described as Star Trek meets Jacques Cousteau.
Film-makers are now working with the Monaco oceanographic museum to create another series about child heroes fighting for marine conservation.
Pirates Of The Abyss will feature four friends who go off on aquatic adventures in an old submarine to right the wrongs of pollution and the overexploitation of the oceans.
Producer Aymeric Castaing said the series would tap into their anger and impotence at what is happening to the environment.
"The world we live in will soon be in the hands of these kids. It is they who will have to save the oceans," he added.