Watch The Adventures of Zack and Molly!


ECOGIG video series and learning guide now available to the public!

The Adventures of Zack and Molly is a new, three-part video series about an unlikely duo exploring the deep ocean produced by ECOGIG in collaboration with Sherman's Lagoon creator and filmmaker Jim Toomey.

Zack is more interested in the small world of his smartphone than the larger world around him. His online request for a roommate is answered by Molly, a tech-savvy Dumbo Octopus on a mission to tell the world about the importance of the deep ocean. Molly wants to use Zack’s apartment for her global communications headquarters, but Zack is skeptical. To win Zack over, Molly takes him to her deep ocean home in the Gulf of Mexico to see its unique features and diverse marine life, and to help him understand how human activities threaten its health.

Where can I view the series?

Right here on this page! 

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Learning guide

The LEARNING GUIDE provides discussion points, connections to Next Generation Science Standards, hands-on activities, and further resources.

I would like to show these videos to my students. Can I do that?

ABSOLUTELY. Anyone can download and share these videos and LEARNING GUIDE

About the director

Jim Toomey is an award-winning cartoonist and filmmaker who created the popular comic strip Sherman’s Lagoon, which appears in over 250 daily newspapers, in 20 countries and six languages. Jim has just completed his 23rd book, published by Andrews McMeel. The strip’s underwater theme explores environmental issues in a way that appeals to adults and children alike. In addition to creating the daily strip, Jim is an award-winning videographer, and has produced videos for the United Nations, the Pew Charitable Trusts and World Resources Institute. His videos feature a blend of animation and live-action that appeals to a broad variety of viewers.

Other ocean conservation videos by Jim Toomey

A Visual Glossary of Ocean Terminology
Two Minutes on Oceans with Jim Toomey
Videos about ocean conservation by Jim Toomey

Film festival screenings to date

Save the Waves Film Festival (multiple dates and locations)
Twisted Oyster Film Festival, Chicago, July 20 - August 5, 2018
San Diego International Kids Film Festival, August 24-26, 2018
Moondance International Film Festival (virtual screening room)
Eugene Environmental Film Festival, Eugene, OR, October 5-7, 2018
Kids First! Film Festival, (multiple dates and locations)
Wildlife Conservation Film Festival, New York City, October 18-28, 2018
Green Screen Environmental Film Festival, Trinidad & Tobago, October 31 - November 3, 2018
Marcellus Mini Movie Family Film Festival, New York, November 3, 2018
Barcelona International Environmental Film Festival (FICMA), November 2-9, 2018
Children’s Day International Film Festival, Denver, November 10-11, 2018
International Green Culture Festival “Green Fest’ Belgrade, Serbia, November 13-15, 2018
Los Angeles International Children's Film Festival, Los Angeles, CA, Dec 1-29, 2018
Cinema Verde Environmental Film & Arts Festival, Gainesville, FL, February 14-17, 2019 
Colorado Environmental Film Festival, Golden, CO, February 21-23, 2019
NatureTrack Film Festival, Los Olivos, CA, March 22-24, 2019
Elements International Environmental Film Festival, Vancouver, BC, Canada, April 8-14, 2019
Ekotopfilm - Envirofilm 2019, Bratislava and Banská Bystrica, Slovakia, May 27-31, 2019


Best Animation (Jim Toomey), Wildlife Conservation Film Festival
Award of Excellence: Nature / Environment / Wildlife (Jim Toomey), Best Shorts Competition, September 2018
Award of Merit: Southern Shorts Awards, January 2019 

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