Wild Kratts

Wild Kratts is an American-Canadian 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 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.

Wild Kratts
Wild Kratts Title Screen.png
Title card
GenreEdutainment
Created byChris Kratt & Martin Kratt
Written byEva Almos
Chris Kratt
Martin Kratt
Chris Roy
Directed byLuc Chamberland ("Polar Bears Don't Dance");
Eva Almos
Chris Kratt
Martin Kratt
(all others)
Presented byChris and Martin Kratt
Voices ofChris Kratt
Martin Kratt
Athena Karkanis
Heather Bambrick
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 episodes151 (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! (2011-2013)
TVOParents (2011–2013)
PBS Kids (2013-present)
TVOKids (2013–present)
Picture format720p (HDTV)
Original releaseJanuary 3, 2011 (2011-01-03) –
Present
Chronology
Preceded byBe the Creature
Related showsKratts' Creatures
Zoboomafoo
External links
Official Website
Production website

The show is broadcast in the United States and Africa (PBS Kids), Canada (TVOntario, Knowledge and Tele Quebec), Latin America, Brazil, 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.

PremiseEdit

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 seque 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.

EpisodesEdit

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)
326April 7, 2014 (2014-04-07)July 22, 2015 (2015-07-22)
426July 29, 2015 (2015-07-29)April 14, 2017 (2017-04-14)
518July 24, 2017 (2017-07-24)January 23, 2019 (2019-01-23)
623April 15, 2019 (2019-04-15)TBA

CastEdit

MainEdit

  • Martin Kratt (voiced by himself) – Martin is a zoologist who likes to give names to animals he finds, allowing the audience to bond with the said animal. His signature clothing color, including his Creature Power suit, is blue. Martin is more the jokester of the two Kratt brothers. He is also often rushing and impulsive, unlike his younger brother Chris. Plus, he is an exceptionally good artist. Martin is slightly disorganized, emotionalized, but is prepared for any situation. In contrast to his brother Chris' climbing skills, Martin is a more experienced swimmer. At times, Martin seems to know more about animals than Chris does, as shown in "Red Panda Rescue" and "Fire Salamander". He also likes to get into the mind of the animal at various times, saying such things as "Be the walrus!" He has a childish heart, due to his fun and humorous nature. He also seemed to have become more technical throughout the show since he created an almost perfect Creature Power disc in "The Erminator".
  • Chris Kratt (voiced by himself) – Zoologist Chris is the exact opposite of his brother, and the more methodical of the two. His signature clothing color, including his Creature Power suit, is green. Unlike Martin, he likes to take his time testing animals' DNA to understand the animals better and save them from the villains. Chris is organized, intellectual, and calm, but can be narrow-minded, as seen in "A Huge Orange Problem" when he insists that orangutans are incapable of thinking on human levels. He is an experienced climber, although in one episode, he falls from a tree and temporarily develops acrophobia.
  • Aviva Corcovado[citation needed] (voiced by Athena Karkanis) – An engineer and inventor, and the leader of the Kratt brothers' support team. She designs and builds all of the fantastic gadgets the Kratts use, including the Creature Power suit which augments a human body to give the wearer the abilities of any animal which she can program into software disks that pop into the suits. She designed the Tortuga, a turtle-shaped jump jet and spacecraft in which the team flies between expeditions and uses as a home base. She also created a matter transporter to pass equipment to the Kratt brothers when they are out on expedition, a miniaturizer, and a time machine. She is kind and she can be confident of her abilities and her opinions. Once she has made up her mind, it takes appealing to her emotions and overwhelming evidence to change it. She is also competitive, rivaling Zach in invention contests, the Kratts, and even nature itself, most notably in "Cheetah Racer", where she bet that she could invent a land vehicle faster than a cheetah. She occasionally wears a purple Creature Power suit, as shown in episodes like "Birds of a Feather", "Groundhog Wake Up Call", "The Amazing Creature Race", and "Praying Mantis".
  • Koki (voiced by Heather Bambrick[4]) – An African-American mechanical engineer and computer expert, Koki works on the computer database of the Tortuga HQ, researches animals for the brothers, and often uses the computer to track the villains via satellite. She manages the communications system of the Tortuga, keeping in touch with Chris and Martin throughout their missions. She sometimes receives signals from other people who want to communicate with the Wild Kratts, and intercepts signals sent by the villains. She is not afraid to speak her mind and tell the truth as she sees it. Her Creature Power Suit color is gold, as shown in episodes like "When Fish Fly", "A Creature Christmas", and "The Amazing Creature Race"; the color was mentioned in the season 6 episode "Wolf Hawks", where she was called Gold Hawk.
  • Jimmy Z (voiced by Jonathan Malen) – The pilot of the Tortuga, who operates the ship's teleporter, using his game controller to send items and Creature Power Discs to the Kratts. He sometimes helps Aviva with inventions by handing her the items she needs as she works, which often has hilarious results when he helps her test the prototype. His Creature Pod and scuba gear are both orange. His tail attachment is red, as revealed in "The Great Creature Tail Fail"
  • Kratt kids — Members of the Kratt brothers' worldwide fan club sometimes communicate with the team via internet, and are occasionally called on to render assistance to the team.

VillainsEdit

  • Zach Varmitech (voiced by Zachary Bennett) – A robotics inventor who grew up alongside the Kratts and met Aviva at summer camp. He tries to develop robots and inventions by controlling creatures' minds and then use them as workers or by selling the mind-controlled animals as products, and in certain cases, for his own benefit. He is constantly trying to steal the Kratt brothers' technology. He uses a jet while travelling long distances, and usually rides on the shoulders of a Zachbot otherwise. He is scared of the dark, as seen in "Platypus Cafe", and does not like it when other villains tell his Zachbots what to do.
  • Donita Donata (voiced by Eva Almos) – A fashion designer who travels using a pink jet or boat, and is never without the best comforts life can afford. Her main purpose is her clothing line, Donita Donata's Live Jewelry of Nature. She uses a "pose beam" to paralyze live animals so she can sell them as jewelry or clothing, and has also created robotic mannequins which go out and catch animals for her. Donita is symbolic of real world fashion designers who use animal products in the manufacture their clothing. She is always foiled by the Kratts and never gets the chance to use the desired animal in her fashion designing plans.
  • Dabio [citation needed] (voiced by Cory Doran) – Donita's muscular and childike henchman, who tries to help Donita design her fashions, but usually fails to satisfy her. Though usually shown to be unintelligent, Dabio is able to remember facts about animals more correctly than Donita, but in "Mystery of the Mini Monkey Models", he could not say the animal names correctly.
  • Chef Gaston Gourmand (voiced by Zachary Bennett) – A traveling chef with a Louisiana Cajun accent. He prefers to cook and serve rare or endangered animals, which caused him to lose his chef's license. He usually travels in a camper that features a fold-out restaurant, but has also been seen using a jet or boat with a fold-out outdoor restaurant and kitchen. He invites other villains, mostly Donita and Zach, to try his food; this usually ends up with them running away when his captured animals are let loose by the Kratts.
  • Paisley Paver (voiced by Julie Lemieux) – A businesswoman and the CEO of Paving Nature Industries, who believes that turning natural landscapes into factories and parking lots will create a better world for future generations. She is depicted as determined, impatient, orderly, and bossy, but still respects her intern, Rex. Paisley is symbolic of the real world problem of construction companies building over natural habitats.
  • Rex (voiced by Cory Doran) – Paisley's intern, who assists her in her plots against the Wild Kratts. Though usually enthusiastic, he is still evil, as he loves to operate Paisley's technology and flatten land for her building sites.

Background and productionEdit

Wild Kratts is the latest of the Kratt Brothers' hit television series, preceded by Kratts' Creatures (1996), Zoboomafoo (1999-2001), and Be the Creature (2003-2004). 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 been signed for 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.

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 Central American Costa Rica, 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 Dr. 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 piloted with "Mystery of the Flamingo's Pink." The show is currently in the 6th season, in its 9th year. 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 “Tardigrade X-treme”, the series went into hiatus 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.

BroadcastEdit

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 1-4.

DVD releasesEdit

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

Other mediaEdit

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[8] 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.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  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. ^ "Heather Bambrick gets up for it | Toronto Star". thestar.com. Retrieved December 11, 2016.
  5. ^ Bynum, Aaron H. (February 15, 2010). "9 Story Goes To Work On "Wild Kratts" Animation". Animation Insider. 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. ^ "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.
  9. ^ Moore, Antoinette (January 16, 2020). "Power your imagination with 'Wild Kratts Live 2.0'". Longview News-Journal. Retrieved February 29, 2020.

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