Wild Kratts blends animated stories with live-action sequences in this half-hour series inspired by the real-life Kratt brothers, Martin and Chris. Their animated counterparts love adventure and with the help of their inventor pal Aviva, they get to explore it using high-tech tools that give them the “creature power” they crave.
Storylines delve into the science and biology behind animal behaviors. In “City Hoppers,” they study grasshoppers, an adventure that intersects with Aviva’s efforts to build a catapult. That leads to a study of muscle tension, and that leads to a superhero sequence in which the Kratts use grasshopper-inspired suits to battle the Legion of Villainous Villainhood.
In “Komodo Dragon,” the real Kratt brothers introduce monitor lizards, and then the episode transitions to the animated Kratts as they explore the “creature power” of one of the komodo dragon. They and their friends track it in the wild, noting its hunting and eating techniques, how it uses its claws, and how it uses its tongue to sense and “smell” the air. Those skills come in handy when the guys track down thieves who stole komodo dragon eggs.
The science is sound and for all its fantastical elements, there’s a clear educational line between what counts as a STEM concept and what is simply wacky window dressing to dial up the entertainment value. Things move pretty fast in the world of the Wild Kratts and adventurous kids and budding biologists are sure to enjoy tagging along.
Gina Catanzarite ©2018 Parents’ Choice
Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, mom and media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1987 and counts 9 Emmy awards, 26 Emmy nominations, a Matrix award, two Pennsylvania Broadcaster’s Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.