PBS Kids Announces Release Date, Info For New Wild Kratts DVD

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Courtesy: PBS/PBS Kids

Officials with PBS Kids announced this week that the network will release the latest DVD from its hit animated wildlife series Wild Kratts.

Wild Kratts: Tiny Trouble will be released Tuesday, June 10th. The DVD features two more episodes from the award-winning series created by brothers Chris and Martin Kratt. The first of the adventures included on the upcoming DVD, “Termites vs. Tongues,” sees the Kratt brothers having to save their friends Aviva and Koki after the pair is carried away by termites. Chris and Martin have to use their creature powers to turn into a termite and termite predator in order to save Aviva and Koki. Viewers learn through this episode how predators and prey develop their own defenses and attacks in order to protect themselves from one another.

In a turn of events, the crew of the Tortuga is forced to rescue Martin after he’s whisked away by a baby spider monkey. He and Chris had miniaturized to study spider monkeys, which leads to the abduction by the baby monkey. Now, there’s no doubt what the brothers’ next adventure is. It’s up to Chris and the rest of the Tortuga’s crew to get Martin back. Viewers will learn through this short about the different anatomical adaptations that animals use to move through specific habitats.

Wild Kratts: Tiny Trouble will be available Tuesday, June 10th. It can be pre-ordered now via Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Wild-Kratts-Tiny-Trouble/dp/B00FQF4IE8/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1400376066&sr=1-1&keywords=wild+kratts+tiny+trouble. More information on this and other Wild Kratts DVDs, as well as the latest news from the Kratt brothers is available online at http://www.facebook.com/wildkrattsofficial and http://www.krattbrothers.com Parents, students, and children can watch more episodes of Wild Kratts online now and play Wild Kratts games online at http://pbskids.org/wildkratts/home.html. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Viewers Of All Ages Will Bug Out Over New Wild Kratts DVD

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Courtesy: PBS Kids/PBS

PBS Kids released the latest DVD from its hit wildlife series Wild Kratts this past February. The DVD, Wild Kratts: Bugging Out, is another fun collection of episodes for fans of this family favorite series. Wild Kratts: Bugging Out boasts two more fun-filled episodes for the whole family. And as with previous DVDs from the series, this one also boasts coloring pages that can be printed out for kids as well as activities for those same audiences. There is much to say of both of these factors. But both together make this DVD one more that any teacher, parent, or student will enjoy just as much as previous Wild Kratts DVDs.

The two episodes contained on Wild Kratts: Bugging Out are collectively the foundation for the overall enjoyment of the recently released disc. The first of the episodes, “Secrets of the Spider’s Web” sees Martin and Chris having to face off against old foe Donita Donata once again. This time , Donita is trying to steal spiders for the silk that they spin. She wants it for her own fashion designs. And in the set’s second episode, “Attack of the Tree Eating Aliens”, the brothers Kratt have to figure out what’s causing a whole forest full of trees to die. The writers behind both episodes are to be commended for the work put into each one. Both stories move just fast enough to keep young viewers engaged through their near half-hour run time. At the same time, the writers throw in just enough geography and biology to make the show as interesting as it is entertaining. In this case, young viewers get to learn about how spiders spin their webs and how their webs actually catch prey. They also learn in the set’s second episode about the potentially disastrous effects of introducing foreign species into an environment in which they are not native. Both lessons make for good starting points for any biology teacher’s lessons. For that, the writers deserve their share of applause.

As much enjoyment as the two episodes included on this disc bring, the activity sheets and coloring pages are just as noteworthy. They are, much like the lessons in the episodes, wonderful tool for teachers and parents alike. One of the activities included in this disc teaches about the human body’s five senses. For teachers, it encourages them to set up a free zoo tour in which children can learn how different animals use their senses in the wild. It also offers a reading list for young readers that will better help them to understand how humans use their own senses every day. For parents, it offers an experiment involving various items that test the senses right in one’s own kitchen. There’s also a suggestion about talking to organizations such as National Organization of Parents of Blind Kids and the National Organizations of and for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. All of these activities and suggestions go hand in hand and can better lead to not only understanding of how people use their senses but also to an appreciation of how different people use senses in different situations.

Another activity included in this latest Wild Kratts DVD is a matching exercise for younger viewers. It asks children to match up a group of animals with their proper habitat. It also encourages building vocabulary skills by asking children to circle the animals whose names begin with vowels. Just as with the DVD’s other included activity, this double duty activity of sorts will impress parents and teachers even more. Together with the DVD’s two episodes, the entire package proves to be yet another great experience for viewers of all ages.

Wild Kratts: Bugging Out is available now on DVD and can be ordered direct from PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=30820966&cp=&kw=wild+kratts+bugging+out&origkw=Wild+Kratts+Bugging+Out&sr=1. Audiences can see even more episodes and enjoy even more activities from Wild Kratts online now at http://pbskids.org/wildkratts/home.html. More information on Wild Kratts is also available online at http://www.krattbrothers.com and http://www.facebook.com/wildkrattsofficial. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Wild Kratts’ Box Set A Wild Bunch Of Episodes For Any Family

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Courtesy: PBS/PBS Kids/9 Story Entertainment

Wild Kratts is one of PBS Kids’ best shows.  The adventures of Martin and Chris Kratt have entertained audiences of all ages since 2011.  In that time, Martin, Chris and their friends have traveled the globe, introducing all kinds of animals to audiences.  Now thanks to PBS Kids and 9 Story Entertainment, those audiences can enjoy twenty episodes from the beloved series in one large box set, titled Wild Kratts: Wildest Animal Adventures.

Wild Kratts: Wildest Animal Adventures features twenty episodes from the brothers’ animated series in five discs.  All five discs are placed inside their own slim cases.  Only one collection is missing from this set.  That set is Wild Kratts: Jungle Adventures.  Does this take away from the overall presentation of the set?  It does.  But it doesn’t take away so much that it hurts the set, either.  The very fact that PBS Kids and 9 Story Entertainment would go so far as to release four of the show’s five collections in one set is impressive in itself.  Keeping that in mind, it makes the collections culled for this set one of the set’s positives.  Just as much of a positive are the combined lessons of nature and conservancy taught through each episode.

The brothers Kratt offer viewers lots of animated fun throughout the twenty episodes included in Wild Kratts:  Wildest Animal Adventures.  They offer more than just fun, though.  Throughout each episode, Chris and Martin have to face some not so nice individuals who in their own way help to illustrate the guys’ lessons about conservancy.  As bad as they are, the noted baddies are also quite dopey and entertaining in their own way.  This makes the included episodes even more family friendly.  What’s most important about the lessons taught throughout each episode is that unlike say Captain Planet and the Planeteers, Wild Kratts is nowhere near as preachy.  The show’s writers don’t press the issues so much as they offer gentle nudges.  Simply put, it teaches without preaching.  And that is the best thing about the writing in each episode culled for this latest collection from PBS Kids.  Add in animation that even if it is CG based, one can’t tell that it’s CG based, and audiences get a show that is a perfect balance of entertainment and education.  That balance makes Wild Kratts one of PBS Kids’ best shows on the air right now.  And it makes Wild Kratts: Wildest Animal Adventures a welcome set for any parent, teacher, or child.  It will be available on DVD Tuesday, September 3rd.  It can be ordered online direct from the PBS online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=20875686&cp=&kw=wild+kratts+wildest+animal+adventures&origkw=Wild+Kratts+Wildest+Animal+Adventures&sr=1. More information on Wild Kratts is available on the PBS Kids Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/PBSKIDS.  And more full adventures are available online on the Wild Kratts PBS Kids website at http://pbskids.org/wildkratts/home.html.

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Wild Kratts’ New DVD Even More “Wild” Fun For Families

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Courtesy: PBS

Martin and Chris Kratt are back again with another new DVD that’s loaded with fun for the whole family.  This latest DVD features two more episodes for parents and kids to enjoy.  It also boasts a pair of activities that parents can do with their kids or that teachers can use in the classroom.  One of those activities offers kids the chance to make their very own passport.  The other, a bat box project, is more closely relevant to this latest DVD.  It teaches kids and adults like how to build an actual bat box and where to best place them in order to offer bats a place to live.  Also included is a link to a website that teaches about a fungus that is killing off the bat population.  Together with the two episodes included in this latest disc, it makes for more fun for the whole family.

The first of the two episodes included in this disc is titled “Rainforest Stew.”  Sounds like an odd name, yes.  But it’s this episode that is most closely linked to the bonus family friendly bat box building activity.  “Rainforest Stew” teaches in large part, the importance of how every member of a given ecosystem works together, and the impact that the loss of even one member of said ecosystem can have.  The lesson is taught when the Kratt brothers have to go up against Gourmand once again.  This time they have to stop him from trying to make a “rainforest stew” from animals in the rainforest.  Of course, the brothers Kratt come out on top.  The episode as a whole continues that tradition of offering plenty of entertainment and information for audiences.  And there is also the continued original animation style that sets the show completely apart from other animated and CG-based shows out there.

Gourmand isn’t the only villain that Martin, Chris, and their friends have to face off against in the Kratt brothers’ new DVD.  They also have to face off against Zach Varmitech again. This time, Zach is after a rare Black Jaguar in South America.  Chris and Martin have to intervene and protect the young jaguar from Zach as he intends to use it for his own evil reasons.  Just as with “Rainforest Stew”, “Shadow: The Black Jaguar” offers audiences even more entertainment and information expertly balanced.  The show’s writers are yet again to be commended as young viewers especially won’t even know that they are learning about biology through this episode.  They learn about the difference between dominant and recessive traits in this episode.  That this lesson is made so viewer friendly is more tribute to the work put in by the show’s writers to keep kids entertained while also teaching lessons that could be referenced in the classroom.

The writers behind this wonderfully entertaining show did an outstanding job of mixing entertainment and information in both of the disc’s featured episodes.  And the artists behind the show continue to play their own part in making Wild Kratts stand apart from all the other kids’ shows out there today, both on PBS Kids and on mainstream television.  This all comes together to make this latest DVD just as enjoyable as previous Wild Kratts DVDs.  The bonus activities included on the disc make this new disc even more enjoyable.  Parents, kids, students, and teachers alike will especially appreciate the “Bat Box” activity.  It teaches how to build a “bat box” that bats can use for a home away from home of sorts.  And thanks to the link included in the activity, everybody can learn more about a fungus called “White Nose Syndrome” that is killing bats.  There is also a listing of books and other websites that parents and teachers can use to help learn even more about bats and their impact on different ecosystems.  The information on the page raised via the link explains in depth what “White Nose Syndrome” is.  It’s definitely interesting, and will interest viewers, too.  As in depth as it is, it’s still easy enough for the average viewer to comprehend, and then understand the importance of trying to help the bat population in one’s own region.

As one should be able to note from all of this, while this new DVD may boast only two more episodes, those two episodes  alone have more than enough entertainment and educational content to please both adults and children alike.  The same can be said of the bonus activities that can be accessed simply by putting the disc in one’s computer and opening by going to “My Computer.”  By the time kids and their parents—or teachers—have taken in everything that this disc has to offer, they’ll agree that it’s proof that one should never judge a book—or a DVD—by its cover.  It is available in stores and online now, and can be ordered online direct via the PBS online store at http://www.shoppbs.org.

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New PBS DVD “Wild” Fun For The Whole Family

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Courtesy: PBS

Chris and Martin Kratt, the famed Kratt brothers, are back with another new DVD.  The fourth new DVD from the hit series features two more half hour episodes from the siblings’ hit PBS Kids show, Wild Kratts.  This time out the Kratts head into the deep blue sea where they learn to speak the language of the dolphins in the first of the episodes.  And then Chris and Martin have to help save a blowfish from the evil Donita Donata.  The episodes themselves are fun for the whole family.  That they’re shown in their entirety along with the companion live action segments makes for even more enjoyment for the entire family.  And of course the hand drawn animation adds one more touch of enjoyment to this latest pair of “wild” adventures from the Kratt brothers.

The first of the pair of adventures included in the new Wild Kratts DVD takes Martin and Chris undersea where they meet up with a group of dolphins.  Long-time fans of Wild Kratts will appreciate right off the bat the continued excellence of the show’s animators.  In an age when even so much of children’s programming has gone the route of cg-based “animation”, it’s nice to see that real animated cartoons still exist.  The original hand drawn style has always given this show a big part of its identity.  And it continues to do so here.  This applies not only to the general style of art, but also to the use of bright colors.  This is subtle.  But its use helps to maintain the show’s positive vibe for younger audiences.  The animation of both this episode and its companion piece is just a tiny fraction of what makes this another outstanding DVD for the family.  As subtle as it is, the show’s writers did something that adds its own share of enjoyment to the first of the episodes presented here.  That subtle act was tied directly tied in to the brothers’ quest to learn the language of the dolphins.

In the first of the DVD’s two episode, the show’s writers pair the Kratts with a group of dolphins so as to learn the dolphins’ language.  It would have been so easy to go the standard route and suddenly have the dolphins speaking human.  But thankfully, the writers didn’t take that route.  Instead, they went a more realistic direction and had Martin and Chris have to figure out by mere chance what every sound meant that the dolphins were using.  This semi-realistic take makes this episode enjoyable by itself.  Just as interesting is the subtle addition of Aviva switching back and forth between English and Spanish.  It might not have been the immediate intent, but what the writers have done in incorporating this is noting the importance of learning a second language.  Ergo, those behind the scenes of this episode are to be applauded for such subtlety. 

The subtle inclusion noted and the animation make “Speaking Dolphinese” an enjoyable episode all its own.  The enjoyment doesn’t end with this episode though.  Audiences will also appreciate the DVD’s second episode, “Blowfish Blowout.”  Sure, there’s a bit of fantasy in Chris and Martin taking a little trip on an ocean current.  That can easily be forgiven.  Just as with the previous episode, the bright colors and original hand drawn animation continue to make for their own elements of enjoyment.  What really makes episodes such as this one so enjoyable for all audiences is its balance of teaching an important message and entertaining audiences at the same time.  It teaches ecological conservation without being preachy.  This balance of infotainment is something that other shows have gotten wrong, but that Wild Kratts continues to get right even here.  Adding to that balance is a villain in Donita Donata who is more entertaining than she is evil.  Versus villains from the likes of Captain Planet and the Planeteers, she and the villains in Wild Kratts are interestingly enough just as entertaining as Chris and Martin.  Audiences know they’re villains.  But she [Donita] and the show’s other villains somewhat harkens back to the days of cartoon villains from television’s early days.  They come across as bumbling clowns of sorts.  In simple terms, they’re more entertaining than threatening.  That minor element is actually pretty big in that it makes the show that much more family friendly.  And mixed with all of its other positive elements, they all join together to make for one more DVD that the whole family will enjoy it.  One can only hope that with future Wild Kratts DVD releases, audiences will get more than just two episodes.  That aside, it’s still a fun feature for the whole family.  And it will be available Tuesday, January 22nd.  It can be ordered online via PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org.

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