“Tony Tonina: Fins in Action”: The proposal of the Millennium Institute of Oceanography to bring Marine Sciences to children

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

From “Marine Flavors”, the most successful and exquisite restaurant in the Pacific Ocean, we found a particular group of friends. Tony, a Chilean dolphin with many culinary talents; Lala, a sophisticated lobster who is a kitchen helper; Estelita, a naive and innocent starfish, will do anything to help her great friends. Don Gritardo, a demanding and plaintive sea lion.

All of them give life to the children animation TV series: “La Receta Científica de Tony Tonina”, released during 2016 its First Season (Project financed by Explora Conicyt).

Inspired in the TV series, IMO will be releasing next 17 August, the puppets show “Tony Tonina: Fins in Action”. It will be presented in Penco city, with the presence of children from primary school. After the show, which is performed by the local actors George Soto and Gonzalo Ramirez, it will be held a new version of the “Itinerant Scientific Audiovisual Show (MACI in Spanish)”.

Pablo Rosenblatt, Director of Outreach says: “we are tremendously excited about the arrival of Tony and his friends in a show that captivates little ones with their adventures and promotes the care of our ocean, essential for life on the planet”. Additionaly, Bárbara Léniz; Deputy Director of Outreach, values the fusion of this puppets show with the realization of MACI, symbol project of the Millennium Institute of Oceanography. "We are offering an integral activity: educational, playful and innovative, where we bring together theater, puppets and music, with a later audiovisual experience where children realize new knowledge, while being entertained and familiarizing with the characters of the series. It will certainly be an enriching instance for each of the participants, who will be learning while sharing and enjoying the adventures of Tony”.

This proposal is an alternative for bringing the Ocean and its importance, to children from an early age.

Also, IMO wanted to launch this project outside Concepcion,to mark a landmark of inclusion to inhabitants of a commune who are very concerned about raising awareness about these issues from early childhood.

Tony Tonina and his friends will be happy to receive so many people at the premiere of this entertaining show. In addition, it counts on the support of the IMO monitors: undergraduate, master and phD students in areas related to Marine Biology and Geophysics.

During this year, the puppets play will be visiting other communes from Biobio region, like Quillón and San Pedro.

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