Splash and Bubbles: Rhythm of the Reef
Splash and Bubbles is a Jim Henson Company produced PBS Kids series that follows a yellowtail fusilier, Splash, who after much searching, settles in Reeftown. There, he befriends Bubbles, a mandarin dragonet, and the duo explore the reef in a series of adventures. Each episode also includes a documentary segment, Get Your Feet Wet, which features kids asking questions that are occasionally followed up by a musical number. It’s the programs many musical numbers throughout that are often the highlight of the shows. Here, the soundtrack from season one includes the catchy 50s style, rocking theme song; the breakneck paced “My Best Friend Ever,” the exploratory “I Never Knew About You,” and the soulful ballad “One Small Ripple.” Other highlights include, the deep water rave up “It’s Dark in the Deep,” the Motown-ish song of conservation “One Big Ocean,” the wonderfully silly “Yucky,” and the funkified “Hangin’ With Friends.” There are also six songs from the documentary segments, where the singers use their own voices instead of their fish character personas. The music is not unlike the high energy, glossy and slickly produced songs found on much of modern children’s programming; the difference is that most of these tunes are far more intelligent and better written. The songs are well written and sung, so that they could be enjoyed on their own, but if you and your child are a fan of the TV series, then this soundtrack is essential listening.
Lahri Bond ©2018 Parents’ Choice
Lahri Bond is a father, a writer, music historian and an art professor in Western Massachusetts. His published books include Spinning Tales Weaving Hope (with the Stories For World Change Network) for New Society Press and People of the Earth (coauthored with Ellen Evert Hopman) for Destiny Books.