PBS Kids’ Second ‘Wild Kratts’ Box Set Is One Of This Year’s Top New Family DVD/BD Box Sets

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School is still out for the summer, and right now many school districts’ officials remain uncertain when and how the new school year will look.  That is leaving many parents and students in limbo, too.  For parents, they are left in the dark as to how they are going to have to handle schedules.  For the students, their educational opportunities largely remain on hold until such time, especially since parents, in many cases, cannot be there to help their children learn.  Thankfully PBS Distribution offered a new resource for parents and students alike last month with the release of the new Wild Kratts DVD box set, Around The World Adventures.  The three-disc set is a presentation that the whole family will welcome.  That is due in part to its episode listing, which will be discussed shortly.  The set’s packaging also plays into its presentation, too.  It will be discussed a little later.  The set’s average price point rounds out its most important elements and will also be addressed later.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of Wild Kratts: Adventures Around The World.  All things considered, they make the set one of this year’s top new family DVD/BD box sets.

PBS Distribution’s new Wild Kratts box set Around The World Adventures is a presentation that the whole family will appreciate regardless of whether school is in session.  It is a resource that will educate and entertain audiences of all ages.  That is due in large part to its featured episodes.  The set is composed of 21 episodes spread across three discs.  That totals a run time of approximately 10 hours.  Parents especially will appreciate (for cost reasons, which will be discussed later), that the majority of the episodes featured in this set are previously unreleased.  In comparison to PBS Distribution’s only other Wild Kratts box set Wildest Animal Adventures, only two episodes from that set – ‘A Huge Orange Problem’ and ‘Mimic’ – are carried over from to this presentation.  What’s more, in looking at the roughly 21 (yes, 21) total single disc Wild Kratts collections that are available, only six episodes from those collections – ‘The Food Chain Game,’ ‘Cheetah Racer,’ ‘Rainforest Stew,’ ‘Shadow: The Black Jaguar,’ ‘Mimic’ and ‘A Huge Orange Problem’ – are carried over to this collection.  In other words, the majority of the episodes featured in this collection are previously unreleased, including the Wild Kratts “movies” ‘Amazin’ Amazon Adventure’ and ‘Back In Creature Time.’  Adding to the importance of the set’s episode list is that by comparison, Wildest Animal Adventures culls the episodes from four of the series’ standalone compilations, Creature Adventures, Jungle Animals, Lost At Sea and Predator Power.  The total episode count there is 20.  So in other words, odds are this collection likely would cull episodes from as many DVDs as no standalone DVDs featuring the majority of the noted episodes have been released.  This leads into another of the set’s most important elements, its packaging.

Adventures Around The World takes up half the space of the Wildest Animal Adventures set on racks because of the packaging.  The packaging in question places two of the new set’s three discs on either side of an insert inside the box.  The set’s third disc sits on its own spot on the inside back of the set’s case.  By comparison, the Wildest Animal Adventures places each of its four discs in its own standalone slipcase inside a larger box.  This means more material is used for packaging with the “older” set, and in turn more space taken up on racks.  So the saved space that results from the “newer” packaging model is to that extent, its own positive.  Half the space of another set might not seem like much, but like pennies, it adds up.

On another note, the discussed saved space that results from the packaging and the previously unaired episodes featured in this set mean that families will not have to worry about buying potential future standalone DVDs, which will save space in its own right.  It will also save families money.

Speaking of money saved, the average price point for this three disc set is another positive worth noting.  The average price point for Around The World Adventures is $15.99.  That’s for three discs of episodes that again, have largely been previously unreleased.  It’s well under the $20 mark, and considering the amount of entertainment and education offered through that span, that is not a budget breaker.  The price in question was obtained by averaging prices at Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Barne & Noble Booksellers, and PBS’ online store.  It was not listed through Target and Books-A-Million at the time of this posting.  PBS’ price of $19.99 and Barnes & Noble Booksellers’ price of $17.99 both exceeded that average while the other three listings each were noted at $13.99, well under the average.

By comparison, Wildest Animal Adventures is almost impossible to find through any major retailers.  It is not even listed through PBS’ store or that of the official Wild Kratts website.  An extensive search for the set did locate it at Walmart at a price of $25.85, but it was listed as being out of stock.  Amazon also listed the set.  Its least expensive price listing was $69.99 while it reached as high as $249.98.  In other words, odds are that set is now out of print.  This means that audiences who don’t already own said set will have to spend $10-$15 on each of the four DVDs culled for said collection if they do not own those DVDs either.  Meanwhile the set’s initial average price listing was about the same as that for Around The World Adventures.  So audiences would have spent about the same price for each box set.  Keeping this in mind, the relatively affordable price point for PBS Distribution’s latest Wild Kratts DVD box set proves just as positive to Around The World Adventures’ presentation as its content and packaging.  All things considered, they make this latest Wild Kratts box set one of this year’s top new family DVD/BD box sets.

Around The World Adventures is another welcome addition to PBS Distribution’s ongoing series of Wild Kratts presentations.  That is due in no small part to its episode listing, which offers audiences a grouping of episodes largely unavailable on the series’ previous DVD episodes.  Only six of the set’s episodes are available on the series’ other DVDs.  That leans 15 episodes unavailable on said DVDs.  The set’s packaging takes up half the space of its predecessor, the previously released box set Wildest Animal Adventures.  The set’s average price point of less than $20 dollars is affordable especially considering the amount of content featured across its three discs.  Each noted item is important in its own way to the whole of Adventures Around The World.  All things considered, they make the set one of this year’s top new family DVD/BC box sets.

More information on Around The World Adventures is available online along with all of the latest Wild Kratts news and games online at:

Website: http://pbskids.org/wildkratts

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‘Arthur’ Leads 2019’s Top New Family DVDs/BDs With Its New Celebration Of Diversity

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Entertaining children and keeping them  entertained is not an easy task.  Every parent out there can attest to this statement, including this critic.  Thankfully, new DVDs and Blu-rays are released annually that go a long way toward keeping children entertained while also bringing families together.  This year saw its own share of strong new DVDs and Blu-rays for families, too.  That was thanks to PBS Distribution, Shout! Factory  and even — believe it or not — Warner Brothers Home Entertainment.  From Sesame Street to Wild Kratts to even Scooby Doo and more, this year’s family-friendly DVD and BD releases offered hours of entertainment.

As with every list presented so far, this year’s list features the Top 10 titles of the year, plus five honorable mention titles for a total of 15 new releases.  Without further ado, here for your consideration is Phil’s Picks 2019 Top 10 New Family DVDs and BDs.

 

PHIL’S PICKS 2019 TOP 10 NEW FAMILY DVDs/BDs

  1. ArthurArthur Celebrates Community
  2. Ready Jet Go!One Small Step
  3. Ready Jet Go!Space Rocks
  4. Nature CatNature Cat & Mr. Hide
  5. The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales
  6. Mister Rogers’ NeighborhoodMister Rogers & Making Mistakes
  7. Ready Jet Go!Chasing The Sun
  8. Sesame StreetAwesome Alphabet Collection
  9. Sesame StreetCelebrate Family
  10. Scooby Doo & The Curse of the 13th Ghost
  11. Wild KrattsCreepy Creatures
  12. Wild KrattsBriny Blue Sea
  13. Splash & BubblesPole To Pole
  14. Dinosaur TrainDinosaurs Big & Small
  15. Oddsockeaters

 

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PBS Distribution’s Latest ‘Wild Kratts’ DVD Will Make Lots Of Positive Waves

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Early this spring, PBS Distribution released a new addition to its collection of Wild Kratts DVDs in the form of The Briny Blue Sea.  Released April 9, the DVD features two more episodes of the hit animated series.  The episodes in question follow the theme of the DVD’s title throughout.  This will be addressed shortly.  The secondary lessons about what makes the episodes’ featured creatures so great adds to the DVD’s appeal.  That content and the DVD’s primary content coupled, they make the DVD’s pricing affordable.  That affordability joins with the DVD’s primary and secondary content to make the DVD in whole another welcome addition to any family’s Wild Kratts collection.

PBS Distribution’s latest addition to its ongoing series of Wild Kratts DVDs is a welcome addition to that series and to any family’s Wild Kratts collection.  That is due in part to the DVD’s four featured episodes.  The episodes in question – “Osprey,” “Aye Aye,” “Puffin Rescue” and “Sea Otter Swim” – all follow the DVD’s central theme of the DVD’s title.  Given, “Aye Aye” does not necessarily follow the them in the purest sense of the word, as the story finds the Wild Kratts gang learning about the aye aye – a land creature – as they pretend to be pirates while aboard the Tortuga.  The other three episodes however, tend to follow the DVD’s central theme much more directly.  “Osprey” finds Chris and Martin having to recover the keys to the Tortuga after Jimmy accidentally loses them in the ocean.  It’s up to the brothers Kratt to recover them before Zach Varmitech gets his hands on them.  “Puffin Rescue” finds the Wild Kratts “gang” being separated after a rogue wave hits the Tortuga, spreading the group across the ocean.  Martin ends up washed up on a deserted island inhabited only by Puffins, which end up helping Aviva develop a Puffin creature suit for him.  He uses the suit to rescue the rest of the group, leading Chris to use his squid creature suit to help pull the Tortuga from the water.  “Sea Otter Swim” features Jimmy learning how to swim from a sea otter whom Chris and Martin have aptly named “Coach.”  In the process, the group learns about the “powers” that make sea otters stand out.  Again, all of thee episodes follow the DVD’s central theme of “The Briny Blue Sea.”  It’s hardly the first time a Wild Kratts DVD has done so, either.  To that end, it’s just one way in which the DVD impresses just as much as its predecessors.  The secondary lessons featured throughout the stories adds even more appeal to the DVD.

The secondary lessons featured in each of the DVD’s episodes are once again about various creatures and their interesting “creature powers.”  Audiences learn, for instance, in “Aye Aye” that the Aye Aye, which is a member for the lemur family, uses one of its fingers very much in the same way that a woodpecker uses its beak – to find and catch their meals.  It also notes the power of aye ayes’ ears.  “Osprey” teaches viewers how Ospreys use their wings and their powerful eyesight to spot fish in the water and catch them so quickly and precisely.  While “Sea Otter Swim” focuses mainly on sea otters and their powers, it also features other sea creatures, such as the starfish, bottlenose dolphin and the bald eagle, and how their interact with one another in and above the waves.  “Puffin Rescue” focuses on puffins’ beaks and wings, as well as their quite impressive vision.  Simply put, there is a lot of in-depth content that teaches young viewers what makes the featured creatures so interesting.  Once again, that content is delivered in a way that makes it accessible for any viewer.  Yet again, it’s a positive way to get young viewers interested in the biological and ecological sciences.  When this is considered along with the DVD’s primary content and its value, the whole of that content gives audiences a lot to appreciate.  On the same note, it makes the DVD’s average price point worth its low price point.

The average price point of Wild Kratts: The Briny Blue Sea is $11.98.  Amazon, Walmart, Target and Best Buy offer the lowest prices at $9.90 (Amazon and Walmart) and $9.99 (Target and Best Buy) while PBS and Books-A-Million list the DVD at the most expensive price at $14.99.  Barnes & Noble Booksellers’ price of $14.12 is just below that of PBS.  Given, PBS presents one of the most expensive listings, but regardless of where audiences get the DVD, a portion of the money will still go to benefit PBS, so the money is well-spent no matter which retailer consumers choose.  Add in the content featured in the DVD, the price is affordable and worth paying regardless of retailer.  Keeping this in mind, the DVD proves, in the end clearly why it is a welcome addition to any family’s Wild Kratts collection.

Wild Kratts: The Briny Blue Sea is another enjoyable addition to PBS Distribution’s ongoing series of Wild Kratts DVD releases.  That is proven in part through the four episodes that make up the body of the DVD.  They all follow the DVD’s central theme of the ocean.  The secondary content, which features more lessons about the featured creatures and their powers adds even more enjoyment and engagement to the DVD’s presentation.  Collectively, they make the DVD’s average price point money well-spent, regardless of retailer.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the DVD.  All things considered, they make the DVD one that will make plenty of waves in the best way possible.  More information on the DVD is available online along with lots of Wild Kratts games, activities, printables and more at:

 

 

 

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New ‘Wild Kratts’ DVD Is Creepy Fun For The Whole Family

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August is officially here, and while the nation is still in the dog days of summer, the last full month of summer means the countdown to fall’s return is on.  With that countdown is also the official countdown to the unofficial opening of the annual holiday season, Halloween.  As that countdown begins, PBS Distribution is getting an early start getting families into the holiday spirit with an early Halloween treat – Wild Kratts: Creepy Creatures.  Set for release Aug. 13, the 65-minute DVD features two Halloween-themed episodes of the hit series that will give audiences of all ages plenty of creepy fun.  The stories themselves are just one part of what families will appreciate about this new DVD.  The lessons that are tied into the stories make for their own share of engagement and entertainment.  They will be discussed a little later.  Considering the DVD’s combined primary and secondary content, they make the DVD’s average retail price point money well spent.  This will also be addressed later.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of Wild Kratts: Creepy Creatures.  All things considered, they make Wild Kratts: Creepy Creatures a wonderful new educational and entertaining treat for audiences of all ages.

PBS Distribution’s new Wild Kratts DVD, Creepy Creatures is an enjoyable new early Halloween treat for audiences of all ages both in the classroom and the living room.  That is proven in part through the stories featured within each of the DVD’s two episodes.  The story in the DVD’s title episode finds Chris, Martin and their friends preparing for a Halloween party.  The preparations feature a search by Chris and Martin for costumes that are based on some creatures that most people might find otherwise creepy.  The brothers Kratt are not the only ones looking for some creepy creatures, though.  Zack Varmitech is spying on the brothers as they make their plans, and decides to kidnap a bunch of animals to create his own haunted house, all in an effort to make money off of his villainous ways.  The catch is that Zack can’t do it alone, so he gets his fellow villains to help him.  Of course things don’t go exactly as planned for the bad guys, as the Wild Kratts gang coming out on top.

The DVD’s second episode finds Chris, Martin and company dealing with a group of intruders to the Tortuga. Before Chris and Martin discover who the intruders are, the Jimmy Z is led to believe the Tortuga is haunted by an eight-eyed creature, leading to the Halloween theme.  The intruders in question turn out to be a mother raccoon and her babies.  The discovery leads to some more new creatures powers for the brothers, as well as a lesson about what makes raccoons so unique.  Along the way, there is also plenty of entertainment for audiences of all ages.  The entertainment offered through this episode’s story, and that in the DVD’s main episode leaves audiences agreeing the stories themselves that are featured in the DVD give viewers plenty of reason to add this DVD to their Halloween viewing.  While the stories present their own entertainment value to the DVD, the lessons tied in with the stories adds its own share of interest and entertainment, too.

The lessons that are presented within each of the DVD’s episodes are key in that they serve to dispel the beliefs that people have about the featured “creepy” creatures.  Case in point is a brief but concise lesson about the reality of vampire bats.  The brothers, in their search for the perfect Halloween costume, find a vampire bat.  They explain vampire bats are not at all what Hollywood has made them out to be.  They explain how little blood vampire bats take from other animals in order to survive and how little damage they do to other animals in getting that blood.  It makes fully clear that humans have nothing at all to fear from vampire bats.  Chris and Martin also find a certain species of tarantula, another creepy creature.  They dispel the beliefs about those arachnids, too.  There is even a dispelling of sorts about raccoons in the DVD’s second episode.  Many people have the belief that raccoons are disease ridden and just ramble through people’s garbage, causing all kinds of problems for people.  Chris and Martin show, through this lesson that they are in fact, not the rabble rousing scavengers that they have been made out to be. Rather, they are just out there surviving, and generally try to stay away from humans.  It’s just one more key lesson featured in the DVD.  There are plenty of others for viewers to discover when they purchase this DVD themselves.  When the collective lessons are considered along with the entertaining and engaging stories in the two featured episodes, the whole of that primary and secondary content makes the DVD’s fully affordable average price point money well-spent.

The average price point of Wild Kratts: Creepy Creatures does not break the $10 mark.  In fact, it barely breaks the $5 mark, coming in at approximately $5.70.  The price is obtained by averaging prices at Amazon, Target, Best Buy, Books-A-Million, Barnes & Noble Booksellers and PBS’ store.  The DVD was not listed at Walmart at the time of this review.  The most expensive of the listed prices is $6.99 – at the sites of PBS and Books-A-Million – and the least expensive is $4.65 – at Barnes & Noble Booksellers.  Regardless of which retailer one uses, PBS still benefits from those sales.  The money spent, again regardless of retailer, is again money well-spent.  It will obviously not break any family’s budget.  What’s more, buying the DVD means audiences can watch the DVD any time, not just on Halloween or the days leading up to Halloween.  There are no worries about trying to find the episodes online if viewers have it in physical form.  There again is even more proof of the value of the DVD.  When this is considered along with the content itself and its value, all things considered make Wild Kratts: Creepy Creatures clearly an early Halloween treat the audiences of all ages will enjoy.

PBS Distribution’s new Wild Kratts DVD Creepy Creatures is another enjoyable offering from the series.  That is despite the fact that the DVD features only two more episodes, which is a standard for the company’s Wild Kratts DVDs.  It is so enjoyable in part because of the presentation’s primary content, its featured stories.  The lessons featured along with the stories adds even more appeal to the DVD’s presentation.  The combined content makes the DVD’s average price of less than $6 money well spent, especially considering that audiences who purchase the DVD will be able to enjoy all of the noted content whenever they want.  Each item noted in this review is important in its own way to the whole of the DVD.  All things considered, they make Wild Kratts: Creepy Creatures anything but creepy, but rather an entertaining, enjoyable early Halloween treat for audiences of all ages.  It will be available Aug. 13.  More information on the DVD is available along with lots of Wild Kratts activities, games, printables and more at:

 

 

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PBS Distribution Giving Families A Special Early Halloween Treat Next Month

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Chris and Martin Kratt return to DVD next month with a new Halloween-themed collection of stories.

Wild Kratts: Creepy Creatures is scheduled for release Aug. 13.  The DVD features two family friendly Halloween-themed episodes; the first being the DVD’s title episode.  In this episode, Chris and Martin decide to find some “creepy cool” creatures in order to celebrate Halloween.  In the process, Chris and Martin learn that Zach and his fellow villains have some naughty tricks up their sleeves, so it is up to Chris and Martin to save Halloween.

The DVD’s second episode, “Masked Bandits,” finds some spooky things going on around the Tortuga.  Jimmy thinks the Wild Kratts’ gang’s airship is haunted because of everything going on, but that might not necessarily be the case.

Wild KrattsCreepy Creatures‘ run time is 74 minutes on one disc.  The DVD will retail for MSRP of $6.99.  It can be pre-ordered online at PBS’ online store.

More information on Wild Kratts‘ new DVD is available online along with lots of games, printables and activities at:

 

Website: http://pbskids.org/wildkratts

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PBS Distribution Releasing New ‘Wild Kratts’ DVD Next Month

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The Kratt Brothers are hitting the high seas again in another new Wild Kratts DVD.

Wild KrattsThe Briny Blue Sea is scheduled for release on April 9 on DVD and digital.  The DVD features four more episodes from the hit animated series that find Chris, Martin and their friends going on a variety of aquatic adventures.

In the episode “Osprey,” Jimmy accidentally loses the keys to the Tortuga, leaving Chris and Martin to use Osprey powers to find the keys before things get real bad for the group.  Jimmy is the center of attention in another of the DVD’s episodes, “Sea Otter Swim.”  He learns how to swim from none other than a sea otter.

Aye Aye, yet another of the DVD’s episodes, finds the Kratt brothers having to save an aye aye who was washed away from its home by a strong storm.  “Puffin Rescue” finds the Kratt brothers and their friends strewn across the sea by a rogue wave.  It is up to Chris and Martin to use Puffin powers to reunite everyone and get everyone back to the Tortuga.

Wild KrattsThe Briny Blue Sea‘s run time is 105 minutes.  It will retail for MSRP of $14.99.  It can be pre-ordered now via PBS’ online store.

More Wild Kratts episodes are available now along with activities, games and printables at:

 

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‘The Railway Children’ “Steams Ahead” Of The Competition In Phil’s Picks’ 2018 Top 10 New Family DVDs/BDs List

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This critic, for those who might not know, is a parent and is married.  It makes finding time to go through everything needed difficult at times.  It also means trying to find ways to keep a child entertained quite often.  Keeping a child entertained includes finding DVDs and Blu-rays that will entertain and educate at the same time.

Thankfully, that part of doing this job is not too difficult, as companies, such as Public Media Distribution, Film Movement and Shout! Factory Kids have offered again this year, plenty of options.  Those options include, and are not limited to two new (and seemingly the last) Transformers Rescue Bots DVDs, two more fun-filled collections of episodes from Nature Cat and more new material from Wild Kratts and Dinosaur Train.

Of course that new material is just some of the fun new fare offered for families this year.  Film Movement’s release of The Railway Children live is a welcome new take on a stage presentation that also honors its literary source material, and Nickelodeon’s long-awaited Hey ArnoldThe Jungle Movie is a bit of a disappointment, but still worth at least one watch thanks to some major writing problems.

The top spot in this year’s Top 10 new Family DVDs/BDs list goes to the noted stage adaptation of The Railway Children.  This adaptation honors its source material while also presenting a one-of-its kind stage presentation that is unlike almost anything that American audiences have ever seen from stage plays.

The number two and three spots on this year’s list go to Public Media Distribution’s two new Nature Cat DVDs, Onward & Pondward and Winter Dance Party.  Each DVD’s episodes follow a specific theme while also teaching lessons that are directly linked with the themes.

Also included in this year’s list, as noted already are the new Wild Kratts  DVDs and those from Transformers Rescue Bots along with the new Hey Arnold! movie, just to name a handful of titles.  As always, the top 10 pics are the best while the five that follow are honorable mention titles.  Without any further ado, here is Phil’s Picks 2018 Top 10 New Family DVDs & BDs list.

PHIL’S PICKS 2018 TOP 10 NEW FAMILY DVDs & BLU-RAYs

  1. The Railway Children
  2. Nature CatOnward & Pondward
  3. Nature CatWinter Dance Party
  4. Transformers Rescue BotsOutdoor Adventures
  5. Transformers Rescue BotsTeam Rescue Bots
  6. Dinosaur TrainMaking New Friends
  7. Wild KrattsAdventures on the African Savannah
  8. Wild KrattsMdagascar Madness
  9. Littlest Pet ShopBest Pet Friends
  10. Ready Jet Go!Jet’s First Halloween
  11. Super WhyThe Adventures of Little Bo Peep & Her Sheep
  12. Arthur: D.Wand the Beastly Birthday
  13. Hotel Transylvania 3
  14. Disney Pixar Short FilmsVolume 3
  15. Hey Arnold!The Jungle Movie

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‘Wild Kratts’ Second DVD Of 2018 Is “Twice As Nice” As The Year’s First Offering

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Over the course of the past six years, brother Chris and Martin Kratt have taken families around the world and taught fun and unforgettable lessons in biology, ecology, zoology and more through their hit animated series Wild Kratts.  The series has become one of PBS Kids’ biggest hit series since its debut, running now five seasons and a sixth very likely to be announced soon.  It has also led to the release of now 17 DVDs featuring the adventures of Chris, Martin and their friends Aviva (Athena Krakanis – Manifest, The Expanse, Low Winter Sun), Koki (Heather Bambrick – The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That, Doozers, Atomic Puppet) and Jimmy Z (Jonathan Malen – The Mist, Mean Girls, Charlie Bartlett).  From North America’s desert southwest to the depths of the Atlantic to the frozen far reaches of the Arctic and Antarctic and beyond, the Wild Kratts gang has time and again given audiences unforgettable adventures and invaluable lessons in every episode.  Now thanks to Public Media Distribution, two more of those episodes are available in the latest Wild Kratts DVD, Adventures on the African Savannah.  As that title notes, this time the brothers Kratt and company are in Africa.  The two adventures featured in the 55-minute DVD are enjoyable in themselves.  The lessons connected to the stories are also enjoyable for the whole family.  Considering that content, the DVD’s relatively affordable average price point proves to be money well spent.  When it is considered alongside said content, all three elements make Wild Kratts: Adventures on the African Savannah yet another enjoyable addition to any family’s DVD library.

Adventures on the African Savannah, the second of Public Media Distribution’s Wild Kratts DVD releases so far this year – the first, Madagascar Madness, was released April 10 – is another successful and enjoyable presentation from PMD and PBS Kids.  It is a collection that despite featuring only two episodes, every family will find welcome in their DVD library.  That is actually due in part to the stories themselves.  This time out, Martin and Chris (and their friends) take on a game of tag in the first episode, “The Food Chain Game.”  Of course, this is no ordinary game of tag.  This game involves Chris and Martin racing to the top of the Savannah’s food web by touching and turning into various different animals that roam the savannah.  They start at the bottom and work their way up, all the while learning about each creature’s strengths and weaknesses.  By the time it’s all said and done, Aviva has crafted a giant food web from Chris and Martin’s friendly competition that plays directly into the lessons, which will be discussed shortly.  In the second of the brothers’ adventures, Chris and Martin face off in another competition.  This time it’s a test to see which is the dominant animal – a rhino or an elephant.  However, at least one person wants to ruin the fun.  That person is the Kratt gang’s longtime foe Zack Varmitech (Zachary Bennett – Designated Survivor, Total Drama All Stars, Ranger Rob).  Zach, who is jealous of Aviva’s accomplishments uses his mini-bots to disrupt Chris and Martin’s suits so that they can’t finish their competition.  In an added effort to ruin the group’s fun, his bots also disrupt the Tortuga’s systems, trapping Aviva, Jimmy and Koki inside…at least temporarily.  Obviously the story has a happy ending with Zack being defeated once again.  How that happens won’t be given away here, but it will leave viewers laughing once again.  Of course, this story offers its own subtle biology lesson that adds to the story’s enjoyment.  Said lesson will be discussed along with the biology lesson included in the DVD’s lead story.  Keeping in mind the enjoyment offered through the stories themselves, it creates a solid foundation for the DVD’s presentation.  That foundation gives audiences plenty of reason in itself to add this DVD to their DVD libraries.  The noted lessons tied into the DVD’s presentation give families even more reason to add the DVD to their Wild Kratts collections.

The basic biology lessons incorporated into each story are easily accessible for viewers of all ages.  The lesson incorporated into the lead story is straight forward.  It teaches the interconnection of different organisms within a given food chain.  It’s just one example, but shows in a simple fashion, the depth and diversity that is possible in any given food chain.  At the same time, viewers also learn some interesting facts about the given organisms and animals featured within the given food chain.  What’s really interesting to note here is that the writers don’t try to hide the educational content here, unlike in other episodes in which said content is smartly woven into the story.  It’s right out front.  Yet somehow even with the content being right out there, the writers have still managed to keep the episode interesting both for grown-ups and children alike.  The writing staff is to be highly commended for that.  The lesson is a little bit more subtle in the second story.  It basically highlights the adaptations that make different animals fitted for various climates and territories.  For instance, the walrus is more fitted for cold climes while certain reptiles are definitely not suited for the savannah.  The strengths and weaknesses of the rhino and elephant are both pointed out in the long run, too.  It’s just interesting to see so much incorporated into one story and done so smoothly in the process.  It doesn’t make the educational content so outright, balancing very well with the story itself.    When this is considered along with the balance of educational and entertaining content in the DVD’s lead story, it makes the educational content that much more valuable to the DVD’s presentation.  While the stories and lessons are both key to the DVD’s whole, they are not its only important elements.  The DVD’s rather affordable average price point makes it that much more welcome in any family’s home DVD library.

The average price point of Adventures on the African Savannah is $5.19, not counting taxes.  Adding tax, that price probably rises to almost $6.00 if not barely more than that. Considering the amount of entertainment and education that this DVD offers, even with just two episodes (at 55 minutes), that honestly is a rather affordable price.  It’s money well spent to entertain and educate children while also bringing the whole family together in the process.  That is something of which this country needs more – family togetherness.  That’s especially the case considering how television is in itself ripping families apart more and more because of content aimed at specific audiences.  Keeping all of this in mind, the DVD’s average price point is the proverbial cherry on top for its  presentation.  It is not a bad price to pay, even with tax, for that togetherness, education and entertainment.  To that end, this second Wild Kratts DVD offering this year is another welcome addition to any family’s Wild Kratts DVD collection.

Public Media Distribution’s second Wild Kratts DVD of the year, Adventures on the African Savannah, only boats two episodes from the hit animated series, but despite that, those two episodes offer audiences of all ages plenty to appreciate.  That is evidenced in part through the stories that make up the body of the DVD.  The lessons tied into the stories are expertly balanced in their presentation.  That balance shows the amount of time and thought put into each story’s writing overall.  The writers, again, are to be commended for such attention to detail.  The DVD’s rather affordable price point makes that content extra valuable and the DVD that much more worth the purchase in turn.  Keeping all of this in mind, all three elements join to make this DVD a presentation that will lead the whole family to want to join the Kratt brothers on their African Savannah adventures again and again.  It is available now and can be ordered direct via PBS’ online store.  More information on the DVD is available online along with lots of printables, activities and more now at:

 

 

 

Website: http://pbskids.org/wildkratts

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/wildkrattsofficial

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PBS Announces New ‘Wild Kratts’ DVD Release Date, Specs

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PBS Distribution will get a little “Wild” this October.

The company will release a brand new Wild Kratts DVD Oct. 10 in stores and online titled Wild Kratts: Wild Winter Creatures.  The four-episode collection will retail for MSRP of $14.99 and can be pre-ordered online now via PBS’ online store.

The brothers Kratt have to deal with the vile Zach Varmitech in “Polar Bears Don’t Dance”, one of the disc’s featured episodes, after they find out he has kidnapped a walrus calf and Polar Bear cub.  In “Journey to the Subnivean Zone,” Martin and Chris get miniaturized and discover the world of the meadow vole.

A search for Chris’ Creature souvenir leads the Kratts and their friends back to the Arctic and a lesson about the Musk Ox in “Musk Ox Mania.”  In “Mystery of the Weird Looking Walrus,” Chris and Martin have to deal with Zack Varmitech again after Zach and Donita Donata partner to kidnap a herd of walrus for evil purposes.

More information on Wild Kratts: Wild Winter Creatures is available online along with plenty of Wild Kratts games, activities, printables and more at:

 

 

 

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‘Wild Kratts: Creature Christmas’ Is One Of 2016’s Top New Holiday Offerings

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Christmas is still a few months away but don’t tell the people at PBS Kids.  That is because they are already getting audiences in the holiday mood with the new Wild Kratts DVD WildKratts: Creature Christmas.  The new Wild Kratts “movie” will be released Tuesday, October 4th in stores and online.  There is plenty to say to the positive about this new offering from PBS Kids beginning with its story.  That will be discussed shortly.  As enjoyable as its story makes it, Wild Kratts: Creature Christmas is not a perfect presentation.  Even with the movie being a full-hour-long presentation, there are no bonus features included with the movie.  That will be discussed later.  Of course it doesn’t completely ruin the movie.  The movie’s pacing ensures audiences will remain engaged and entertained throughout the course of its hour-long run time.  All things considered even without any bonus material to accompany it, Wild Kratts: Creature Christmas still proves to be an enjoyable holiday flick for the whole family.

PBS Kids’ new Wild Kratts “movie” Creature Christmas is an enjoyable holiday flick for the whole family.  That is due in large part to its story.  The story at the center of this movie stands out because it isn’t just another rip-off of It’s a Wonderful Life or Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.  Those two movies serve as the basis for so many of today’s holiday flicks.  So it’s nice to see from this movie that it isn’t just another one of those pieces.  In the case of this movie, Chris, Martin and their friends have to stop Zach Varmitech, Donita Donata, and Gaston Tato from kidnapping a bunch of animal babies for their own nefarious purposes.  This means splitting up and going after the trio of villains and recovering all of the animal babies that they have ever saved before.  What audiences will especially appreciate here is that the “movie’s” writers don’t just make it easy for the Kratt brothers and their friends.  They actually present something of a challenge for the gang.  Of course the whole thing comes out with a happy end.  And at no point will it ever leave audiences upset.  Considering this, the “movie’s” story proves in the end to be one of its key elements if not its sole key element.  As much as the story does for the “movie’s” presentation, it is not a perfect presentation.  Unlike PBS Kids’ other Wild Kratts DVDs, this presentation doesn’t include any bonus material.

The story at the center of Wild Kratts: Creature Christmas is an undeniably important piece of the “movie’s” presentation.  The show’s writers are to be hugely applauded for not taking the easy route with this story and just making it another rip-off of It’s A Wonderful Life or A Christmas Carol.  For that reason alone, this “movie” makes itself well worth the watch any holiday season.  As important as that is not note, the DVD’s lack of bonus material is just as important to note as the story.  That is because there are no bonus features included in the DVD’s presentation here.  It would have been nice to see some bonus activities centered on children making their own animal themed holiday decorations or something similar, but none of it is present here.  There is no denying the fact that this detracts from the “movie’s” presentation.  In defense of the “movie,” though the creature features at the beginning and end of the “movie” are present just as with every other Wild Kratts DVD.  To that end, it at least somewhat makes up for the disc’s lack of bonus material.  Considering this, the “movie’s” lack of bonus material doesn’t completely detract from its presentation.  The pacing of the “movie’s” story works with the story and the standard creature features to make Wild Kratts: Creature Christmas even more worth the watch.

 

The story at the center of Wild Kratts: Creature Christmas and its standard creature features, which bookend the special, do plenty to make it a holiday flick that the whole family will enjoy.  That is the case even though the special comes without any bonus material.  The movie’s pacing through its hour-long run time never once lets up nor does it move too fast.  The special’s writers balanced the pacing just enough that no viewer will ever feel lost or left behind at any one point.  It is that easy to follow from beginning to end.  Being that it is so easy to follow audiences will remain engaged and entertained throughout.  By the time the story ends, audiences will agree that the story’s pacing is indeed an important part of the special’s presentation, and just as important as the story itself.  When it is set alongside the “movie’s” story and the standard creature features that bookend the story the presentation in whole proves to be one of the year’s best new holiday offerings.

Wild Kratts: Creature Christmas is one of 2016’s first great holiday offerings.  It is a special that is a great holiday flick for the whole family.  That is due in part to the special’s story.  It is an original presentation that stands out clearly from all of the rip-offs of It’s a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Carol.  Even though the DVD lacks the bonus material that is commonplace in the series’ previous DVDs, the creature features that bookend the movie make up for that lack at least to a point.  That is because they are standard to the series’ standard episodes.  The story’s solid pacing works directly with the story itself to keep viewers completely engaged and entertained from beginning to end.  When all three elements are combined, they reveal the “movie” to be one of the year’s best new holiday offerings and an enjoyable holiday flick for the whole family. Wild Kratts: Creature Christmas will be available in stores and online on Tuesday, October 4th.  It can be ordered online direct via PBS’ online store.  More information on this and other Wild Kratts DVDs is available along with all of the show’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://pbskids.org/wildkratts, http://www.krattbrothers.com

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