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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