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.

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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:

 

 

 

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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:

 

 

 

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PBS Kids’ Latest ‘Wild Kratts’ Collection Will Educate And Entertain Audiences Of All Ages

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Courtesy: PBS Kids/PBS/PBS Distribution

Chris and Martin Kratt are back again with yet another new collection of episodes from their hit PBS Kids series Wild Kratts in the form of Wild Kratts: Wild Reptiles.  Released late last month, the new four-episode collection is another enjoyable presentation that audiences will find just as enjoyable and useful in the classroom as the living room.  That is due on part to the episodes that make up the body of the collection.  That will be discussed shortly.  The lessons that are taught within each episode are just as important as the episodes themselves to the collection’s presentation.  The bonus material that is included with the collection rounds out its most important elements.  Each element plays its own part in the collection’s overall presentation.  All things considered, Wild Kratts: Wild Reptiles proves to be, again, yet another enjoyable collection of Wild Kratts episodes whether in the classroom or the living room.

PBS Kids’ latest collection of Wild Kratts episodes is yet another enjoyable collection whether in the classroom or the living room.  It is a collection that elementary school science and biology teachers will find to be as effective of a teaching tool as parents would find it to be in the home.  That is due in part to the episodes that make up the body of the collection.  There are only four episodes featured in this collection.  But all four episodes follow the central theme presented in the collection’s title.  This is important to note because of the number of compilations from other companies out there whose episodes hardly follow the theme of their titles.  Believe it or not there are compilations out there that suffer greatly from that issue.  To be fair even PBS has released compilations that suffer from this problem.  It hasn’t happened a lot but it has happened.  Luckily though, that didn’t happen here. Rather, a different reptile was profiled in each episode complete with original story line to make the episodes even better.  These two elements, when combined, show why the episodes featured in this collection are so important to its presentation.  They are, collectively, just part of what makes the collection so enjoyable.  The lessons that are presented within each episode are just as important to the set as the episodes themselves.

The episodes that make up the body of PBS Kids’ new Wild Kratts compilation are in themselves hugely important to the set’s presentation.  That is because they each follow the collection’s main theme rather than deviating from that theme.  They are, collectively, just part of what makes the collection so enjoyable.  The lessons that are presented within each episode are just as key to the set as the episodes themselves.  That is thanks not just to the fact that each lesson is different from the others but because of how each lesson is presented.  “Crocogator Contest” is a prime example of this.  Audiences are taught the difference between crocodiles and alligators when Chris and Martin take part in a race to see which one—a crocodile or an alligator—would perform best against the other.  The episode points out the physical traits and even gait of each that separates the massive creatures from one another.  It’s a great way to both entertain and inform audiences.  Considering that few adults can tell the difference between the two, some older audiences might even find this episode enjoyable and informative, too considering this.  The set’s opening episode “The Gecko Effect” teaches viewers how geckos are able to stick to walls when the Kratt brothers have to keep the villainous Zach Varmitech from shrinking every animal in the world.  In “Rattlesnake Crystal” viewers learn about rattlesnakes’ sensory abilities and how they are used to help the snakes survive. The lesson is taught when the Tortgua runs low on power and is forced to crash-land in the Sonoran Desert. It’s up to Chris and Martin to find more tellurium crystals, the crystals that power the Tortuga so that the gang can get the ship running again.  Yet again, here is a story line that is entirely separate and original from the others.  The same applies with the other noted episodes and in the case of “Chameleons on Target.”  Simply put, the different lessons presented within each episode and the difference in the ways that they are presented prove to be just as important to this set’s presentation as the episodes themselves.  They are still not the only important elements to note in examining the collections presentation.  The bonus material that is included in the set is just as important to examine as the set’s episodes and their associated lessons.

The episodes that are featured in PBS Kids’ new Wild Kratts DVD and their associated lessons are both undeniably important to the set’s presentation.  Each element is important for its own specific reason.  They are not the set’s only key elements, though.  The bonus material that is included in the set is just as important to its presentation as its episodes and their lessons.  The bonus material is important to note because it comes in the form of two more lessons that are both fun and educational.  The first of the bonus lessons is directly associated with the featured episode “Rattlesnake Crystal.”  The lesson teaches children about how rattlesnakes use their rattles by having children make their own “rattlers.”  In this case they get to make homemade shakers.  So not only do kids get an extra biology lesson here but also the starting point in an elementary level music lesson, too.  The second of the bonus lessons teaches about the difference between reptile eggs and bird eggs.  On the surface it is a basic lesson.  On a much higher level, educators in higher education (believe it or not) could use this lesson in discussions on whether or not today’s birds are ancestors of ancient dinosaurs because of the difference in the species’ eggs.  That surprising lesson adds even more interest and importance to this lesson.  All things considered here, it is clear why this collection’s bonus material is so important to the set’s overall presentation.  When they are set alongside the set’s featured episodes and their associated lessons, all three episodes show undeniably why Wild Kratts: Wild Reptiles is yet another set of Wild Kratts episodes that is just as fitting in the classroom as it is in the living room.

Wild Kratts: Wild Reptiles is hardly the first ever collection of episodes to be released from the hit PBS Kids series.  It is, though another collection that parents and teachers alike will enjoy and appreciate.  That is due in part to the set’s featured episodes. All four episodes follow the set’s theme, which is set by its title.  The lessons that are featured within the episodes are each different from one another and different in how they are presented.  The bonus material that is included in the collection is just as important to note because of the extra lessons that it introduces.  Each element is obviously important in its own unique way.  All things considered, the noted elements make this collection, once again, yet another piece that will be just as welcome in the classroom as in the living room.  It is available now in stores and online, and can be ordered online direct via PBS’ online store.  More information on Wild Kratts: Wild Reptiles is available online now along with all of the latest Wild Kratts news, activities and more at:

 

 

 

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PBS Kids’ New Wild Kratts DVD Is A Fin-Tastic Collection

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PBS Kids’ will release its latest collection of episodes from its hit kid-friendly wildlife series Wild Kratts next Tuesday, April 14th. The DVD, Shark-Tastic, is a nice addition to any family’s Wild Kratts DVD collection regardless of the number of DVDs that families may or may not already own. The DVD, the series’ eighth, features four episodes for the whole family. Two of those episodes—‘Speaking Dolphinese” and “Stuck on Sharks” are bonus episodes. But they have actually been previously released on two other Wild Kratts collections—Lost at Sea and Predator Power. That aside, all four episodes present a similar theme tying each episode together. Keeping that in mind, the episodes featured in this latest collection make for at least one reason that families will enjoy it. The run time of each episode adds to the DVD’s overall enjoyment. Each episode runs roughly twenty-five minutes. That is just long enough for the series’ intended audiences. What’s more, it is a standard held by the show since its inception two years ago. Last to note the makes Wild Kratts: Shark-Tastic worth the watch is its bonus material. PBS Distribution has included again as bonus material an extensive aquarium guide and matching game that encourages audiences to match the given animals with their correct habitats. Both bonuses have been included in previous Wild Kratts DVDs. This is of course more the case for those that are just starting their Wild Kratts DVD collection. Keeping that in consideration along with the DVD’s episode selection and the episodes’ run times, Wild Kratts: Shark-Tastic still proves to be an enjoyable watch for any family even if a family already owns any of the series’ other DVDs.

Wild Kratts: Shark-Tastic is a fun watch for any family regardless of how many of the series’ previous DVDs a family may or may not already own. The central reason for this is the DVD’s episode selection. Included in this DVD are four episodes that take the brothers Kratt into the deep blue sea for four very different reasons. Two of the episodes in question—“Speaking Dolphinese” and “Stuck On Sharks”—have both already been included in previous Wild Kratts DVDs. On the surface this might not seem like much worth noting. But a deeper examination reveals much more. A deeper examination reveals that all four of the episodes featured here presents its own original story separate from any of the others. At the same time, all four episodes are tied together by one continuous theme of aquatic life. “Octopus Wildkratticus” (Season One) examines the adaptations of the octopus while the Kratt brothers try to reclaim their lost power suits. In “Tortuga Tune Up” (Season Two), Chris and Martin introduce the Hawksbill Sea Turtle and the Tiger Shark to audiences while they try to help Aviva develop the Tortuga’s ability to swim underwater. “Speaking Dolpinese” (Season One) sees Chris and Martin learning to speak the language of the dolphin when they encounter a pair of young dolphins that have been separated from its pod. And in “Stuck on Sharks” (Season Two), the Kratts present a lesson on one of the ocean’s deadliest yet most misunderstood predators, the Great White Shark. The stories themselves are well worth the watch if only for their educational and entertainment content. That all four also maintain a central theme will especially ensure audiences remain engaged through all four episodes. It’s just one way in which Wild Kratts: Shark-Tastic proves itself worth the addition to any family’s library even if said families already own the DVDs on which “Speaking Dolphinese” and “Stuck On Sharks” were previously released.

The episodes that make up the body of Wild Kratts: Shark-Tastic by themselves make for plenty of reason for audiences to check it out. Younger viewers will be able to catch the concepts delivered by the series’ writers just as easily as older adults. This applies both with the DVD’s primary pairing of episodes and its bonus episodes, too. What’s more, all four episodes stand as their own stories yet stay connected via one continuous theme of aquatic life. That all four episodes follow that one theme yet stand out as their own works will keep viewers engaged and in turn aid in helping viewers catch the concepts handled in each episode. The easily accessible writing displayed in each of the DVD’s episodes coupled with their solid continuity is important to the overall presentation of Wild Kratts: Shark-Tastic. But without a proper run time, the writing and continuity of the episodes would be moot. Each of the DVD’s episodes comes in at roughly twenty-five minutes. Being that the concepts presented in the episodes are typically aimed at older children (typically third grade and up), twenty-five minutes is just long enough. Were the episodes any longer, the show’s heads would risk losing the attention of its viewers. So keeping this in mind, it shows even more why the episodes’ run times are so important to the presentation in whole.

The combination of the writing and the run times in all four episodes combined with the episodes’ sensible run times makes the argument in favor of this DVD even stronger than if one were to use only one element or another. Together, they assure that the show’s key audiences will remain engaged and entertained from beginning to end with each episode. This is of the utmost importance to the enjoyment of this latest Wild Kratts compilation. As enjoyable as the episodes prove to be, they are just part of the reason that audiences will enjoy this DVD. The material included as bonus features makes the DVD even more enjoyable. This is especially the case for those that perhaps don’t already own the show’s previously released DVDs. The reason for this is that the bonus material included on this disc is the same material included in those noted releases. The material in question includes a printable activity that lets younger fans to match animals to their proper habitat and an extensive aquarium guide that kids can use. Now that summer is just around the corner, both the activity sheet and the aquarium guide will serve as their own positives to help keep kids learning while they’re out of school. So to that extent, both extras definitely deserve to be called bonuses at least in this case. It’s one more way that Wild Kratts: Shark-Tastic proves itself to be another welcome addition to any family’s Wild Kratts collection.

Wild Kratts: Shark-Tastic presents plenty of reasons for the whole family to enjoy this latest collection of episodes from PBS Kids’ hit wildlife series. All four episodes featured in this collection follow the same aquatic theme. Two of the episodes are even pulled from previous Wild Kratts DVDs to complete the episode list. The run time of each episode comes in just under the half hour mark. That in itself is a long-held tradition by the people behind Wild Kratts. And coupled with the easily accessible marine biology lessons presented in each episode, the DVD becomes all the more entertaining for audiences of all ages. The addition of the DVD’s bonus material makes the overall presentation all the more enjoyable and successful especially with summer right around the corner. All three elements taken into consideration, Wild Kratts: Shark-Tastic proves exactly why it is yet another welcome release from what is one of PBS Kids’ best series. Wild Kratts: Shark-Tastic will be available next Tuesday, April 14th. It can be ordered online via PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=58235516&cp=&kw=wild+kratts+shark-tastic&origkw=Wild+Kratts+Shark-Tastic&sr=1. More information on Wild Kratts: Shark-Tastic is available online along with all of the latest Wild Kratts news and games online at:

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