Wild Kratts
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GenreChildren's television series
Created byChris Kratt
Martin Kratt
Written byChris Kratt
Martin Kratt
Directed byChris Kratt
Martin Kratt
Chris Roy
Louis Champagne
Presented byChris and Martin Kratt
Voices ofChris Kratt
Martin Kratt
Athena Karkanis
Heather Bambrick
Sabyn Rock
Jonathan Malen
Zachary Bennett
Eva Almos
Cory Doran
Julie Lemieux
Theme music composerPure West
Opening theme"Gonna Go Wild Kratts" by Sterling Jarvis
Ending theme"Gonna Go Wild Kratts" (instrumental)
ComposerPure West
Country of originUnited States
Canada
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes152 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producersChris Kratt
Martin Kratt
Vince Commisso
Steven Jarosz (seasons 1-5)
Blake Tohana (season 6-present)
ProducersCheryl Knapp
Chris Kratt
Martin Kratt
Running time25 minutes
Production companiesKratt Brothers Company
9 Story Media Group
Distributor9 Story Distribution
Release
Original networkPBS Kids Go! (2011-13)
TVOParents (2011–13)
PBS Kids (2013-present)
TVOKids (2013–present)
Knowledge Network
Tele-Quebec
Picture format720p (HDTV)
Original releaseJanuary 3, 2011 (2011-01-03) –
present
Chronology
Preceded byBe the Creature
Related showsKratts' Creatures
Zoboomafoo

Wild Kratts is a live action/Flash-animated television series created by the Kratt brothers, Chris and Martin. The Kratt Brothers Company and 9 Story Media Group produce the show, which is presented by PBS Kids in the United States and by TVOKids in Canada. The show's aim is to educate children[1] about biology, zoology, and ecology, and teach kids small ways to make big impacts. It has ties to the Kratts' previous shows, Kratts' Creatures and Zoboomafoo, and contains numerous characters from the latter. Spanning over ten years, Wild Kratts is the longest running program made by the Kratt Brothers.

The show is broadcast in the United States and Africa (PBS Kids), Canada (TVOntario, Knowledge and Télé-Québec), Latin America, Brazil, Mexico (Clic Clac!) Australia (9Go!), Spain, the United Kingdom (POP), Ireland, Iceland, Slovenia, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Portugal, Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands (Dutch-dubbed versions as Kratts in the Wild), Middle East, Korea, Japan, India and Serbia, Montenegro, Romania, China, Taiwan, New Zealand, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Macedonia in Serbian.[2] The show was a finalist for a Peabody Award[3] and a Television Critics Association Award.

Premise

Each episode begins and ends with live-action film of the Kratt brothers describing the characteristics and capabilities of a particular species of animal (which they characterize as "creature powers") featured in the story. They segue into the episode by asking, "What if we had the powers" of this animal, and strike a dramatic pose, as the scene changes to their cartoon images. The brothers go on expeditions to study animals "living free and in the wild", but usually end up having to rescue them from threats caused by confusion on a baby animal's part; general human influence; or from villains such as Zach Varmitech, Gaston Gourmand, Donita Donata and Dabio, or Paisley Paver and Rex. Some episodes aim to change the way some creatures (such as bats and crocodiles) are perceived as threatening.

The Kratt brothers are supported by Aviva Corcovado, a biomechanical engineer who invented "creature power suits" which allow humans to mimic the abilities of animals, and other equipment to aid the brothers in their animal studies and defeating the villains. Koki is a mechanical engineer and computer expert who maintains their flying turtle ship, the Tortuga, which is piloted by Jimmy Z. Jimmy also operates the teleporter to send equipment such as new Creature Power discs to the Kratt brothers, and helps Aviva test her inventions. Along the way, viewers learn about the animals as the team figure out ways to either right wrongs or to get out of the situations they are in.

Some of their adventures put them in grave danger. In some episodes, such as "Platypus Café", "Honey Seekers", and "Opossum in my Pocket", the villain (Gaston Gourmand) intended to cause harm to one of the brothers. In other episodes, the villain had not thought it through (Zach in "Mystery of the Weird Looking Walrus"), or was not aware of the medical risks involved. They occasionally enlist the help of the Wild Kratts Kids, children who help the Wild Kratts from their home however they can, whether it is moving animals or helping rebuild habitats, or providing local knowledge about the creature in question.

Episodes

Main article: List of Wild Kratts episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
140January 3, 2011 (2011-01-03)October 25, 2012 (2012-10-25)
226October 15, 2012 (2012-10-15)January 31, 2014 (2014-01-31)
324April 7, 2014 (2014-04-07)July 22, 2015 (2015-07-22)
422July 29, 2015 (2015-07-29)April 14, 2017 (2017-04-14)
516July 24, 2017 (2017-07-24)January 23, 2019 (2019-01-23)
616April 15, 2019 (2019-04-15)July 12, 2021 (2021-07-12)

Characters

Main

Villains

Background and production

Wild Kratts is the latest of the Kratt Brothers' hit television series, preceded by Kratts' Creatures (1996), Zoboomafoo (1999-2001), and Be the Creature (2003-2007). The series combines animation and live action, featuring a donut sequence that asks "What If?", that sets up the cartoon segment and introduces the focus animal (or focus trait/behavior if more than one animal is the focus); the principal cartoon show; and a concluding live-action segment that sums up the cartoon.

Each episode is written by either Chris or Martin Kratt themselves (who also serve as Executive Producers), Eva Almos (who also voices Donita Donata), or Chris Roy. It is filmed in Canada, the United States, and in several countries around the world. PBS dedicated nearly $500,000 to developing the series.[5]

Wild Kratts makes use of comedic devices such as slapstick comedy, as per their previous kids' shows (Kratt's Creatures and Zoboomafoo). The show debuted on January 3, 2011[6] on most PBS stations, and has currently aired a 6th season with both PBS and TVOntario. The series currently has 158 episodes, 146 of which have aired so far in the United States, and is in its 11th year.

International rights were signed by 9 Story in September 2010, with North American rights being held by Kratt Brothers Company.[7]

PBS Kids often releases episodes out of order. For example, the episode "Polar Bears Don't Dance", which is supposed to be the pilot episode (but airs as the seventh episode on PBS stations), features an art style different from the rest of the series, and was also omitted from the first DVD release. Additionally, it is directed by Luc Chamberland, who did not direct any subsequent episodes. Chamberland worked on animated films such as Space Jam, Quest for Camelot and Joseph: King of Dreams. Foreign countries seem to get future episodes before the United States and Canadian watchers. For example, the episode "Caracal-Minton" was shown in South America before being aired in English.

On October 15, 2012, in the United States and Canada, Season 2 began with four episodes. This is the first season to begin with a view of the Earth before the Kratt brothers are shown introducing the audience. This season focused on the Western Hemisphere, including the Costa Rican rainforest, coral reef, temperate woodlands, and the Sonoran Desert.

On October 25, 2012, the Season 1 finale of the show was shown on PBS, along with all other unaired episodes in the following week.

On January 21, 2013, a special aired which combined two Season 2 episodes called "Speaking Dolphinese" and "Blowfish Blowout". These episodes later aired separately, with "Speaking Dolphinese" airing on February 5, 2013, and "Blowfish Blowout" airing on February 7, 2013, on most stations. The Season 2 finale, "Groundhog Wake-Up Call", was aired on January 31, 2014.

On the week of August 19 to August 23, 2013, Reptile Week came which aired 4 new reptile-themed episodes, including "Gila Monster Under my House", "Roadrunner", "Tortuga Tune Up" and "Rattlesnake Crystal".

On April 7, 2014, in the United States and Canada, Season 3 began with 5 episodes. This is the second season to begin with a view of the Earth before the Kratt brothers are shown introducing the audience. This focuses on habitats of the Western Hemisphere, such as the jungle and forest habitats of Madagascar, beach and coastal habitats of the Caribbean, prairie or Great Plains habitat of the central United States, ocean habitats of the Caribbean, and the cypress swamp habitat of Florida. On July 7, 2014, "Back in Creature Time" aired. On April 20, 2015, a "Spring Special" aired with episodes such as "Chameleons on Target" and "Lemur Stink Fight". The "Summer Safari" started July 1, 2015, with a rerun of "Back in Creature Time", as well as some Madagascar episodes like "Aye, Aye", "Lemur Legs" and other Madagascar episodes, including the episodes of "Fossa Palooza" and "Mini Madagascar" that marked the end of Season 3.

Season 4 premiered on July 29, 2015 in the USA with the release of the first two episodes, "The Last Largest Lobster" and "Stars of the Tides". Habitats featured in this season included Chinese bamboo forests, the Amazon rainforest, the Arctic, and the rocky intertidal zone of the Atlantic Ocean. On November 25, 2015, a holiday special known as "Wild Kratts: A Creature Christmas" was released in the USA. On November 23, 2016, the special "Creatures of the Deep Sea" was released in the USA.

From January 16–20, 2017 new episodes of Season 4 began to air, including "Liturgusa krattorum", "Snowy Owl Invasion" and "Eel-Ectric". "Liturgusa Krattorum" was a special episode dedicated to an event in 2014/15 in which Gavin Svenson discovered an animal by the episode's same name, naming it after Chris and Martin Kratt, for their excellent work on Wild Kratts, as well as their other shows including Be the Creature and Zoboomafoo.

Season 4 concluded in the USA when the remaining 5 episodes ("Archerfish School", "This Orca Likes Sharks", "Baby Tooth and Kid Musky", "Cheetah Adopted" and "Muskox Mania") aired from April 10–14, 2017.

Season 5 premiered on July 24, 2017 in the USA with the release of the two-part special "Wild Kratts Alaska: Hero's Journey", as well as the episodes "Mystery of the North Pole Penguins?" and "Temple of Tigers". This season focuses primarily on habitats such as Europe's Black Forest, and Antarctica, as well as the Indian jungles. Also, a Halloween special, entitled "Wild Kratts Halloween: Creepy Creatures", was released in the USA on October 22, 2018. Season 5 concluded in the USA on January 23, 2019 with the release of the episode "Hercules - The Giant Beetle".

In 2019, Season 6 was announced and began with "Mystery of the Flamingo's Pink."The other episodes in season 6 were about ocelots, white tailed deer, harris hawks, hammerhead sharks, leaf cutter ants, tamarins and marmosets, stingrays, and a movie special about the Amazon rainforest called Amazin Amazon Adventure. Season 6 focuses on the Sonoran Desert, The Amazon Rainforest, the Caribbean Sea and Africa.

After the premiere of “The Great Creature Tail Fail”, on October 7, 2020, the series went into hiatus for 9 months due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and the Kratt Brothers focusing more on live appearances. However, it was later announced that a new episode called “Cats and Dogs” would air on July 12, 2021 as part of the sixth season. Unlike the rest of the cast members, though, Heather Bambrick did not reprise her role as Koki due to controversy over Bambrick voicing an African American character. Instead, the part was played by Canadian black actress Sabryn Rock, who has been confirmed to voice Koki in future episodes.[8] "Cats and Dogs" is the only episode to air in 2021 and served as the Season 6 finale. Afterwards, the series went into another hiatus.

On July 5, 2021, it was announced that the series had started production of a 7th season, the release date of which is still unknown. Additionally, a feature film and autobiography have been confirmed to be in development. The film will mark the first theatrical adaptation of the Kratt Brothers' works.[9]

Broadcast

Wild Kratts airs on PBS Kids in the United States and Africa. In Canada it is shown on TV Ontario in Ontario, Knowledge Network in British Columbia, and Télé-Québec/Le Skwat in Quebec. In Australia it is shown on GO! (now 9Go!). Season 1 and 2 are available on Netflix Singapore. In the United Kingdom it is shown on POP. Netflix Canada streams Seasons 3-4.

Reception

Jacqueline Cutler of The Baltimore Sun wrote, "The best of what PBS kids shows can be."[10]

DVD releases

Creature Adventures – April 5, 2011

  1. "Mom of a Croc"
  2. "Whale of a Squid"
  3. "Aardvark Town"
  4. "Flight of the Draco"
  5. "Mystery of the Squirmy Wormy"
  6. "Platypus Café"
  7. "Build It Beaver"
  8. "Voyage of the Butterflier XT"
  9. "Honey Seekers"
  10. "Bass Class"

Predator Power – March 20, 2012

  1. "Stuck on Sharks"
  2. "Mimic"
  3. "Little Howler"
  4. "Raptor Roundup"

Jungle Animals – July 10, 2012 Distributor: Paramount Pictures

  1. "Walk on the Wetside"
  2. "A Huge Orange Problem"
  3. "Birds of a Feather"
  4. "Googly-Eye the Night Guru"

Lost at Sea – January 22, 2013 Distributor: Warner Bros.

  1. "Speaking Dolphinese"
  2. "Blowfish Blowout"

Rainforest Rescue – April 9, 2013

  1. "Rainforest Stew"
  2. "Shadow: The Black Jaguar"

Bugging Out – February 25, 2014

  1. "Secrets of the Spider's Web"
  2. "Attack of the Tree-Eating Aliens"

Tiny Trouble – June 10, 2014

  1. "Termites vs. Tongues"
  2. "Bugs or Monkeys?"

Shark-Tastic! – April 14, 2015

  1. "Octopus Wildkratticus"
  2. "Tortuga Tune Up"
  3. "Speaking Dolphinese"
  4. "Stuck on Sharks"

Super Sprinters – June 23, 2015

  1. "Falcon City"
  2. "Cheetah Racer"

Australian Adventures – January 6, 2016

  1. "Koala Balloon"
  2. "Kickin' It With the 'Roos"
  3. "Platypus Café"

Wild Animal Babies – May 3, 2016

  1. "Elephant in the Room"
  2. "Bad Hair Day"
  3. "Zig-Zagged"
  4. "Let the Rhinos Roll!"

Wild Reptiles – August 23, 2016

  1. "The Gecko Effect"
  2. "Crocogator Contest"
  3. "Rattlesnake Crystal"
  4. "Chameleons on Target"

A Creature Christmas – October 4, 2016

Panda-Monium – April 2017

  1. "Panda Power-Up"
  2. "Red Panda Rescue"
  3. "Colors of China"
  4. "Snowy Owl Invasion"

Wild Winter Creatures – October 10, 2017

  1. "Polar Bears Don't Dance"
  2. "Mystery of the Weird Looking Walrus"
  3. "Journey to the Subnivean Zone"
  4. "Musk Ox Mania"

Triple Feature: Rainforest Rescue, Lost at Sea, and Predator Power:

  1. Stuck on Sharks
  2. Mimic
  3. Little Howler
  4. Raptor Round Up
  5. Speaking Dolphinese
  6. Blowfish Blowout
  7. Rainforest Stew
  8. Shadow the Black Jaguar

Around the World Adventure: With 22 episodes:

  1. Tazzy Chris
  2. Kerhonk!
  3. Search for the Florida Panther
  4. Golden Bamboo Lemur
  5. Tenrec Treasure Hunt
  6. Mimic
  7. Back in Creature Time:Day of the Dodo
  8. Back in Creature Time:Tasmanian Tiger
  9. Liturgusa Krattorum
  10. Eel-lectric!
  11. Cheetah Adopted
  12. Temple of Tigers
  13. The Dhole Duplicator
  14. A Huge Orange Problem
  15. Shadow the Black Jaguar
  16. The Food Chain Game
  17. Cheetah Racer
  18. Rainforest Stew
  19. Sloth Bear Suction
  20. The Amazing Creature Race
  21. Caracal-Minton
  22. Amazin' Amazon Adventure!

Madagascar Madness:

  1. Lemur Legs
  2. Lemur Stink Fight
  3. Fossa-Palooza
  4. Mini Madagascar

Adventures on the African Savanna

  1. The Food Chain Game
  2. Creature Power Challenge

Cats and Dogs

  1. Cats and Dogs
  2. Spots in the Desert
  3. Adapto the Coyote
  4. Little Howler

The Briny Blue Sea

  1. "Sea Otter Swim"
  2. "Aye-Aye"
  3. "Osprey"
  4. "Puffin Rescue"

Creapy Creatures

  1. "Masked Bandits"
  2. "Creepy Creatures"

PBS Kids: 20 Snowy Tales

  1. Snow Runners

PBS Kids: 20 Sports Stories

  1. Cheetah Racer

PBS Kids: 20 Furry Tales

  1. Slider the Otter

PBS Kids: 15 Sports Tales

  1. Road Runner
  2. City Hoppers!

PBS Kids: 15 Frozen Tales

  1. Under Frozen Pound
  2. Musk Ox Mania

PBS Kids: Ocean Adventures

  1. Rocket Jaw: Rescuer of the Reef
  2. Capture the Fishmobile

PBS Kids: 15 Pet-Tastic Tails!

  1. Little Howler

PBS Kids: 20 Music Tales

  1. Birds of a Feather

PBS Kids: 20 Incredible Tales

  1. Fireflies
  2. Pangolin Rescue

PBS Kids: Happy Birthday!

  1. Quillber's Birthday Present

PBS Kids: Christmas Collection

  1. A Creature Christmas

Wildest Animal Adventures

  1. "Mom of a Croc"
  2. "Whale of a Squid"
  3. "Aardvark Town"
  4. "Flight of the Draco"
  5. "Mystery of the Squirmy Wormy"
  6. "Platypus Café"
  7. "Build It Beaver"
  8. "Voyage of the Butterflier XT"
  9. "Honey Seekers"
  10. "Bass Class"
  11. "Stuck on Sharks"
  12. "Mimic"
  13. "Little Howler"
  14. "Raptor Roundup"
  15. "Walk on the Wetside"
  16. "A Huge Orange Problem"
  17. "Birds of a Feather"
  18. "Googly-Eye the Night Guru"
  19. "Speaking Dolphinese"
  20. "Blowfish Blowout"

Other media

A Wild Kratts magazine appeared in Wal-Mart in October 2017. It had animals from when this show started in 2011 to about until 2017.

In 2016, Whole Foods Market introduced a line of products including crackers, vitamins, and soap[11] carrying the WILD KRATTS branding.

Two theatrical live shows based on the animated series premiered at an unknown time at a large stage. The first stage show featured the Kratt Brothers leaping out of the animation and interacting with the audience, and later using their Creature Power Suits to rescue the miniaturizer from Zach Varmitech. A theatrical sequel to that live show in 2019 titled Wild Kratts Live 2.0: Activate Creature Power! premiered at a live stage. The live stage performance had featured the live-action Kratt Brothers shrinking down and exploring, only to later rescue their Creature Power discs from Zach.[12]

References

  1. ^ "Wild Kratts: About the Show". PBS Parents. PBS. Archived from the original on June 1, 2012. Retrieved April 5, 2012.
  2. ^ "Second Season Of Animated Children's Series Wild Kratts Launches At MIPCOM". The Business of Film. Archived from the original on October 7, 2011. Retrieved January 31, 2012.
  3. ^ Unruh, Wes (April 12, 2016). "The Peabody Awards - The 60 Peabody FInalists". The Peabody Awards. Retrieved March 8, 2021.
  4. ^ Crawford, Trish (March 3, 2012). "Heather Bambrick gets up for it | Toronto Star". The Toronto Star. Retrieved December 11, 2016.
  5. ^ Bynum, Aaron H. (February 15, 2010). "9 Story Goes To Work On "Wild Kratts" Animation". Animation Insider. Archived from the original on December 12, 2019. Retrieved January 31, 2012.
  6. ^ "Wild Kratts Airs On PBS Kids!". 9 Story Entertainment. Archived from the original on January 16, 2011. Retrieved January 29, 2012.
  7. ^ Brzoznowski, Kristin (September 29, 2010). "9 Story Signs Co-Development Deal, New International Sales". Retrieved March 29, 2013.[dead link]
  8. ^ "Wild Kratts Recasts Black Role with Black Voice Actress Ahead of Season 7". August 15, 2021.
  9. ^ "How the Nature-Loving Kratt Brothers Became PBS Rock Stars for the Younger Set". July 3, 2021.
  10. ^ Cutler, Jacqueline (December 30, 2010). "'Wild Kratts' exudes animal magnetism - Baltimore Sun". The Batlimore Sun. Archived from the original on December 13, 2019. Retrieved May 27, 2022.
  11. ^ "Meet the Wild Kratts! (And Check out the Wild Kratts Collection for Back-to-School ...)". Archived from the original on June 24, 2018. Retrieved June 23, 2018.
  12. ^ Moore, Antoinette (January 16, 2020). "Power your imagination with 'Wild Kratts Live 2.0'". Longview News-Journal. Retrieved February 29, 2020.