Wild Kratts: Kratt Brothers' Nemesis, Zach VarmitechClosed Captioning
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|1||Closed CaptioningVideoPlatypus Cafe||While kayaking in Australia, Martin and Chris encounter one of the world's most unusual creatures, a platypus mother with her eggs. But unscrupulous endangered animal chef, Gourmand, plans on making the platypus eggs his next delicacy. The Wild Kratts team must use the special "sixth sense" of the platypus to save the eggs. Science Concept: Organisms use their senses to find out about their surroundings and themselves. Different senses give different information. Platypus have a special electromagnetic sense that detects objects, like food.||26:31||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|2||Closed CaptioningVideoBass Class||Martin and Chris are in the middle of a friendly competition to find Small-mouth and Large-mouth Bass when they meet Wild Kratts Kid, Gavin, who is fishing. Before they can join him, Zach Varmitech arrives and challenges them to a fishing contest. The Wild Kratts team must use their knowledge of bass biology to win the tournament fair and square. Science Concepts: Species differentiation.||26:31||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|3||Closed CaptioningVideoMystery of the Weird Looking Walrus||Chris and Martin are out to investigate why the walrus looks so weird, but then find out that Zach Varmitech has kidnapped an entire herd to mine precious pearls for Donita Donata's fashion line.||26:31||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|4||Closed CaptioningVideoAardvark Town||When a young aardvark accidentally becomes a stowaway in Chris's backpack, the Wild Kratts team sets off on a "door to door" search to return him to his home burrow. Along the way, they discover the incredible (and valuable) service the aardvark provides to all the burrow-living creatures of Africa. Science Concept: Aardvarks manipulate earth materials and alter landscapes.||26:31||$1.99||View In iTunes|
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Thank you to the Kratt brothers for helping to provide a healthy, educational, nature-centered outlet for my son's obsession with superheroes! I love how he imagines himself with "creature powers" like the Kratts, and that he wants to use those powers for good. Loved the older Kratt + lemur show too, but this one is updated for this generation. Nice attention to multicultural and gender issues as well.
Hooked on the Kratts
My 4 yr old grandson and I are big fans of Wild Kratts. I like it because it is fun, intelligent and teaches about how living organisms adapt to their environment. It is infinitely fascinating to me. My grandson just got into superheroes. It's fabulous that he can pretend to have creature powers. Favorite show on tv. And I love that the two bros are adventurous and yet always come up laughing. They have a great brotherly chemistry.
Solid Programming, "bad guys" a little over the top
The Kratt Brothers, Chris and Martin, are high-tech animal enthusiasts out to save the world from a series of arch nemeses - ranging from Zach Varmitech (think Steve Jobs with a poaching streak), the Gourmand (a chef), and Doneta Donnata (sic - fashion designer who uses animals to decorate her wares.). The show is terrific - the brothers use their creature power suits and "creature powers" to come out on top of whatever situation arises. The portrayal of Aviva, the computer wizard, is a nice touch as is the slapstick antics of her sidekicks (hipster employees of the Kratts).
I have found the "bad guy" element to be a little much for my youngsters - kidnapping, assault, fighting - basic animal trafficking stuff but still - a little angry and mean spirited for the kiddos. We've actually taken to filtering out the episodes with "bad guys" and limit our kids to those without - "Mom of a Croc", "Built it Beaver", "Elephant in the Room" and one other (I forget).
All in all a great show - but note to producers: Dial back the angry villain element! Or come up with another way for the Kratts to save the animals...