Wild Kratts

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Wild Kratts
Wild Kratts Title Screen.png
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GenreEducational Adventure Comedy
Created byMartin Kratt
Chris Kratt[1]
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 Kratt
Martin Kratt
Voices ofChris Kratt
Martin Kratt
Athena Karkanis
Heather Bambrick
Jonathan Malen
Zachary Bennett
Eva Almos
Cory Doran
Theme music composerPure West
Opening theme"Gonna Go Wild Kratts"
Ending theme"Gonna Go Wild Kratts" (instrumental)
Country of originUnited States
Canada
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes141 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Chris Kratt
Martin Kratt
Vince Comisso
Steven Jarosz
Producer(s)Cheryl Knapp
Chris Kratt
Martin Kratt
Running time25 minutes
Production company(s)Kratt Brothers Company
9 Story Media Group
Distributor9 Story Distribution
Release
Original networkPBS Kids
Picture format720p
Original releaseJanuary 3, 2011 (2011-01-03) –
present
Chronology
Preceded byBe the Creature
Related showsKratts' Creatures
Zoboomafoo
External links
Official Website
Production website

Wild Kratts is an American-Canadian educational children's live-action/animated series created by Chris and Martin Kratt. The Kratt Brothers Company and 9 Story Media Group produce the show, which is presented by PBS in the United States. The show's aim is to educate children[2] about biology, zoology, and ecology, and teach kids small ways to make big impacts. It has ties to the Kratts' previous show, Zoboomafoo, and contains many of its characters.

The show is broadcast in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Brazil, Australia, Spain, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Iceland, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Portugal, Belgium, the Netherlands (Dutch dubbed versions as Kratts in het Wild), Middle East, India and Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Macedonia in Serbian language.[3]

Plot[edit]

The basic plot of each Wild Kratts episode is to save an animal or animals under threat, be it by villains (Zach Varmitech, Gaston Gourmand, Donita Donata & Dabio, and Paisley Paver & Rex), general human influence, or confusion on a baby animal's part. Most episodes focus on villains, but some focus on a real-world problem, either directly (as seen in "Stuck On Sharks" where Gourmand captured a shark for making shark fin soup) or indirectly through allegory ("Build It Beaver" had the beaver's dam destroyed repeatedly as a result of deforestation). Additionally, some episodes aim to change the way a creature perceived as threatening is seen – such as bats and crocodiles.

The Kratt brothers are helped by Aviva Corcovado, a programmer who invents "creature power suits" to help the brothers achieve their goals. The power suits are created to mimic abilities of animals and aid in defeating the villains. Koki is the mechanic and computer expert who deals with the running of the "Tortuga", their flying turtle ship, which is piloted by Jimmy Z, who also operates the teleporter to send new Creature Power discs to the Kratt brothers and helps Aviva with testing her inventions.

Along the way, viewers learn about the animals and their lives as the Wild Kratts gang figure out ways to either right wrongs or to get out of the situations they are in. It was stated in an interview that the villains do not learn about the animals and this is why they are always unsuccessful.[citation needed]

Some of their adventures have put them in grave danger. In some cases, such as "Platypus Café", "Honey Seekers" and "Opossum in my Pocket" did 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 (some of which are voiced by the children of the Kratt Brothers).[citation needed]

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Original air date
First aired Last aired
1 40 January 3, 2011 (2011-01-03) October 25, 2012 (2012-10-25)
2 26 October 15, 2012 (2012-10-15) January 31, 2014 (2014-01-31)
3 26 April 7, 2014 (2014-04-07) July 22, 2015 (2015-07-22)
4 26 July 29, 2015 (2015-07-29) April 14, 2017 (2017-04-14)
5 20 July 24, 2017 (2017-07-24) January 23, 2019 (2019-01-23)
6 TBA April 15, 2019 (2019-04-15) TBA (TBA)

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Martin Kratt (voiced by himself) – Martin (wearing blue) likes to give names to animals he finds, allowing the audience to bond with the animal. 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 a little disorganized, emotional, and excited but knows when to be serious. Despite being disorganized, Martin 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) – Chris (wearing green) is the exact opposite of his brother and the more methodical brother of the two. 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, he can also be very clueless, as shown in "Mystery of the Squirmy Wormy" and "Little Howler". Chris can also be narrow-minded, as seen in "A Huge Orange Problem", when he insisted that orangutans were incapable of thinking on human levels. He is an experienced climber, although, in one episode, he falls from a tree and develops acrophobia that later subsides. After this episode, there is a running gag that he falls from a tree unharmed.[citation needed]
  • Aviva Corcovado[citation needed] (voiced by Athena Karkanis) – Aviva is the leader of the Tortuga gang, second in command to Chris and Martin, but she is more serious than the brothers. She designs all of the inventions the Kratts use, usually inspired by nature. She is an engineer and inventor. Although she's a kind person, she can be quite arrogant and stubborn. 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 that was faster than a cheetah. Her Creature Power Suit color is purple. For instance, she used this to become a Lawes's parotia in "Birds of a Feather", a groundhog in "Groundhog Wake Up Call", a Thomson's gazelle in "The Amazing Creature Race", and a giant female praying mantis to humiliate Zach in "Praying Mantis", etc.
  • Koki (voiced by Heather Bambrick) – As a mechanic 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 orange, as shown in the episodes "When Fish Fly", "A Creature Christmas", and "The Amazing Creature Race."
  • Jimmy Z (voiced by Jonathan Malen) – Jimmy Z is the Shaggy Rogers/Launchpad McQuack-inspired pilot of the Tortuga HQ and operates the ship's teleporter. He cannot live without his game controller, which he uses to teleport items and Creature Power Disks to the Kratts. He sometimes helps Aviva with inventions by handing her the items she needs as she works, and has hilarious results when he helps her test the prototype, such as when they were trying to figure out the formula for bioluminescence and his hair turned green in the episode "Fireflies." He does not have a Creature Power Suit, but his Creature Pod and scuba gear are both orange.

Antagonists[edit]

  • Zachary "Zach" Varmitech (voiced by Zachary Bennett) – Zach is a robotics inventor with a vocal impression of Gilbert Gottfried. Having the most appearances in the show, he is considered the main antagonist of the series. He 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 often screams when he sees an animal, hinting that he has a fear of all animals. He does not know much about the animals he captures, often mispronouncing their names. Zach usually calls Martin "Blue Boy" and Chris "Green Guy," especially when they are in their Creature Power Suits. As a running gag, he calls the Kratts "Wild Ratts", with the Kratts usually correcting him. He is always designing robots, usually around animals. His most frequently seen inventions are his Zachbots. When travelling long distances, he uses his jet. Otherwise, he usually rides on the shoulders of a Zachbot. He is scared of the dark (as seen in "Platypus Cafe"). In most episodes, Zach attempts to commit acts of crime, including piracy, in "The Gecko Effect", "Race for the Hippo Disc", and "Skunked"; portable hacking in "Creature Power Challenge"; attempted breaking and entering in "Bandito: The Black-Footed Ferret"; and skyjacking in "Osprey", and he acts like a hacker in "Mosquito Dragon." Sometimes Zach calls animals various names just because he doesn't know what they are. For instance, he calls a polar bear "Sasquatch" in "Polar Bears Don't Dance", the walruses "Seal Thingies" in "The Mystery of the Weird Looking Walrus", the hippopotamuses "Pig Thingies" in "Race for the Hippo Disc", and the tadpoles "Fish Thingies" in "Aqua Frog." In "Choose Your Swordfish", he is shown to have competent fencing skills. He does not like it when other villains tell his Zachbots what to do as shown in the season 5 episode "Komodo Dragon" where he gets angry at Gourmand for telling his Zachbots to dig.
  • Donita Donata (voiced by Eva Almos) – Donita Donata is a fashionista. She travels in a pink jumbo jet and a pink boat with a pool and a lounge chair, 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 put animals in suspended animation and sells them as jewelry or clothing. In "Snowy Owl Invasion" she has added robotic mannequins to her arsenal which go out and catch animals for Donita, they can also shoot pose beams to make the catching easier. Some viewers have raised the point that the animals are still fully conscious while paralyzed. She refers to Chris as "Chrisangelo" and Martin as "Martino." She is also a bit of a flirt as seen in "Flight of the Draco", with her close interactions with Martin.
  • Dabio (voiced by Cory Doran) – Dabio is Donita's henchman. He is shown to be extremely muscular. Dabio rarely speaks except to say, "Yes, Donita", and when he does, he comes across as childlike. He tries to help Donita design her fashions, but she is unsatisfied with his suggestions. He is patient and cheerful, even under Donita's dictating ways. Though he is shown to be unintelligent, he can remember animal facts more correctly than Donita. Their relationship is loosely based on that of Yzma and Kronk in Disney's animated feature film The Emperor's New Groove.[citation needed]
  • Chef Gaston Gourmand (voiced by Zachary Bennett) – Gourmand is a traveling chef with a heavy Southern accent. He prefers to cook and serve rare and/or endangered animals (except in the episode "Honey Seekers" Zach says that he once served an endangered mushroom salad), which has caused him to lose his chef's license. In "Honey Seekers", he claims that he never cooks the same dish twice, but in "Rainforest Stew," he brags that once people gets a taste of his "Rainforest Stew," he'll be serving it all over the world (meaning he will be cooking it a second time and more). He travels in a camper that features a fold-out restaurant, although in "Stuck on Sharks", "Hermit Crab Shell Exchange", and "The Last Largest Lobster" he used a boat with a fold-out outdoor restaurant and kitchen and a jet, seen in the episodes "Raptor Roundup" and "To Touch a Hummingbird." He calls the Kratt brothers names based on their favorite colors: Chris has been called "Green Grape", "Green Bean", and "Green Pea", while Martin suffers with "Blueberry."
  • Paisley Paver (voiced by Julie Lemieux) – Paisley Paver is a businesswoman and the CEO of Paver Industries; she believes that turning natural landscapes into factories and parking lots (influenced by the real-world issue of urbanization) will create a better world for future generations. Unlike the other villains, her schemes don't involve targeting animals; rather, her plans make use of their habitats. Paisley is depicted as determined, impatient, and bossy (but still respects her intern, Rex). She is shown to be a neat-freak, as she criticized some bushes and a river for not being in order; and nearly had a panic attack when she stepped onto the ground, and only calmed down after she stepped onto some pavement laid down by Rex. Her first appearance is in the Season 4 episode "Spirit Bear". As of the episode, she is the newest villain of Wild Kratts to date.
  • Rex (voiced by Cory Doran) – Rex is Paisley's intern and assists her in her plots against the Wild Kratts. Although he's usually enthusiastic, Rex is still evil as he loves to operate Paisley's technology ("pavers" and construction equipment) and flatten land for her building sites.

Background and production[edit]

Wild Kratts is the latest of the Kratt Brothers' hit television series, preceded by Kratts' Creatures, Zoboomafoo and Be the Creature. Chris is listed as the Executive Producer, and Martin is listed as the Executive Director. It is written by either the Kratts themselves, Eva Almos (who also plays Donita Donata), or Chris Roy. It is filmed in Canada, the United States, and countries around the world. PBS dedicated nearly $500,000 to developing the series.[4]

The show makes use of comedic devices such as slapstick comedy as per their previous kids' shows (Kratt's Creatures and Zoboomafoo). Wild Kratts debuted on January 3, 2011,[5] on most PBS stations and has currently been signed for a fifth season with both PBS and TVOntario.[3] The series currently has 128 episodes, of which not all have been shown.

The show 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. The last segment is then followed by additional clips about other animals that relate to the focus animal. International rights were signed by 9 Story in September 2010, with North American rights being held by Kratt Brothers Company.[6]

The episode "Polar Bears Don't Dance", originally being the pilot episode, features an animation style different from the rest of the episodes, and was omitted from the first DVD release. In addition, PBS Kids got out of order with many episode, including "Mom of a Croc" which many fans have accepted as the premiere episode. It is also directed by Luc Chamberland, who did not direct any subsequent episodes, and worked on animated films like Space Jam, Quest for Camelot & Joseph: King of Dreams. Foreign countries seem to get future episodes before the United States and Canadian watchers. 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 4 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 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 will focus 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, with "The Last Largest Lobster" and "Stars of the Tides". Habitats featured included Chinese bamboo forests, the Amazon rain forest, the Arctic, and the rocky intertidal zone of the Atlantic Ocean. On November 25, 2015, a holiday special known as "A Creature Christmas" aired on television.

In late April 2016, new season 4 episodes started airing on PBS Kids such as "Box Turtled in", "The Other Martins" and "Sea Otter Swim".

In July 19, 2016 - July 25, 2016 a series of episodes featuring Chinese animals aired, including "Panda Power Up", "Pangolin Rescue", "Golden Snub Nosed Monkey Man", "Red Panda Rescue" and "The Colors of a China".

In November 23, 2016, the special "Creatures of the Deep Sea" aired.

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 Zoobomafoo.

Season 4 ended when the remaining 5 episodes ("Archerfish School", "This Orca Likes Sharks", "Baby Tooth and Kid Musky", "Cheetah Adopted" and "Muskox Mania") aired during the week of April 10, 2017 to April 14, 2017.

Season 5 began on July 24, 2017 with the premiere of "Wild Kratts Alaska: Hero's Journey" as well as "Mystery Of the North Pole Penguins" and "Temple of Tigers". This season focuses on habitats such as Europe's Black Forest, and Antarctica, as well as the Indian jungles. In October 2018, aired the Halloween special, "Creepy Creatures". In early 2019, "Hercules - The Giant Beetle" marked the end of Season 5.

In 2019, Season 6 was announced and piloted with "Mystery of the Flamingo's Pink." The show is currently in the 6th season. Speculation occurs that there will be a direct to television film featuring Dinosaurs, an episode which has been heavily suggested by fans.

Errors[edit]

  • In the episode "Googly-Eye: The Night Guru" a brown tree snake (Boiga irregularis) is claimed to be a python, but the brown tree snake is not considered a python, and is just a colubrid snake.
  • In the episode "Tenrec Treasure Hunt", Aviva says that the mouth of a river is where it begins, yet the mouth of a river is its terminus.
  • In "Creature Power Challenge", Chris says that elephants are omnivores, but they are actually herbivores.

Broadcast[edit]

Wild Kratts airs on PBS Kids in the United States. 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.

DVD releases[edit]

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"

Madagascar Madness – April 10, 2018

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

Adventures on the African Savannah – June 2018

  1. "The Food Chain Game"
  2. "Creature Power Challenge"

The Briny Blue Sea - April 9, 2019

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

Creepy Creatures – August 13, 2019

Other media: magazine[edit]

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. It was in display until October 14, 2017.

Tie-in products: food[edit]

In 2016, Whole Foods Market introduced a line of products including crackers, vitamins, and soap[7] carrying the WILD KRATTS branding.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cutler, Jacqueline (January 6, 2011). "Cartoon 'Kratts' educational, amusing". The Journal Gazette. Retrieved 2011-06-22.
  2. ^ "Wild Kratts: About the Show". PBS Parents. PBS. Retrieved 2012-04-05.
  3. ^ a b "Second Season Of Animated Children's Series Wild Kratts Launches At MIPCOM". The Business of Film. Retrieved 2012-01-31.
  4. ^ Bynum, Aaron H. (February 15, 2010). "9 Story Goes To Work On "Wild Kratts" Animation". Animation Insider. Retrieved 2012-01-31.
  5. ^ "Wild Kratt's Airs On PBS Kids!". 9 Story Entertainment. Retrieved 2012-01-29.
  6. ^ Kristin Brzoznowski (September 29, 2010). "9 Story Signs Co-Development Deal, New International Sales". Retrieved 2013-03-29.
  7. ^ "Meet the Wild Kratts! (And Check out the Wild Kratts Collection for Back-to-School ... )". Retrieved 2018-06-23.

Live Show Performance[edit]

Two theatrical film 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 Zachary 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 disks from Zach.

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