Wild Kratts: A Creature Christmas

Movie review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Zoologist brothers spread merriment in rescue mission.
  • G
  • 2015
  • 60 minutes

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Educational Value

Kids learn about different animals from all over the world. Live-action sequences show clips of creatures such as elk, snowshoe hares, and whitetail deer in their natural habitats as the Kratts talk about each one. In the context of the animated story, there's less focus on the animals individually, but kids still get a sense of where in the world those featured come from and what unique traits they have.

Positive Messages

The story encourages appreciation for nature's diversity by putting on a display of different animals and habitats that span the globe. There are also feel-good messages about minding the important matters during the holidays, enjoying giving gifts rather than receiving them, and always putting other people's (or, in this case, animals') needs above your own. Among the cast are two clever female characters, one of whom invents all kinds of gadgets that help the team members on their missions. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Each member of the Wild Kratts team has special skills that help the group work effectively as a team. They will do anything to save animals from villains' clutches, even if it means giving up their long-awaited holiday. In live-action sequences, Chris and Martin share their obvious enthusiasm for all things wild with viewers. 

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This holiday special stars the cast of the Wild Kratts series and occasionally references their previous adventures. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Wild Kratts: A Creature Christmas uses the same format as the popular TV show to teach kids about different animal species within the context of a merry story with feel-good holiday themes. It originally aired as a TV movie. Animated incarnations of zoologists Chris and Martin Kratt team up with their three friends to come to the aid of animals in danger, teaching viewers about many creatures along the way. The educational content is more along the lines of intriguing trivia than in-depth biology lessons, but much of it will stick with kids nonetheless. In keeping with the holiday spirit, this merry show has some heartwarming messages about finding joy in helping others.

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Kid, 12 years old November 29, 2015

A good adventure, but you might want to watch it with your toddler, just in case!

Some of the clips are sad, but the Kratts get their way in the end. Yes, just like the shows, only the movies are a little more adventurous. Rated PG for 4 and... Continue reading

What's the story?

Christmas is here, and the Kratt brothers are looking forward to some well-deserved down time and merriment with their friends in WILD KRATTS: A CREATURE CHRISTMAS. But when baby animals start disappearing around the globe, Chris and Martin leap into action to rescue them. Can the Kratts, with the help of teammates Aviva (voiced by Athena Karkanis), Koki (Heather Bambrick), and Jimmy Z (Jonathan Malen), free all the creatures from the clutches of villains Donita Donata (Eva Almos), Dabio (Cory Doran), and Gourmand (Zachary Beckett) before time runs out on their holiday? 

Is it any good?

Kratt-style adventure is on full display in this exciting addition to the Wild Kratts library that's sure to brighten your season. Wild Kratts: A Creature Christmas opens with live-action Chris and Martin talking about creatures such as snowshoe hares and reindeer before their animated versions take to the screen and their rescue mission begins. As always, mixed in with some funny predicaments and ill-meaning villains are many teaching points that show kids about animal adaptation and diversity.

At the same time, the story touches on some meaningful themes that are just right for kids at the holidays -- most obviously, the joy of giving. The Kratts and their friends postpone their own celebration to help others, for one, and they're richly rewarded by the appreciative animals. It's also heartwarming to see Aviva's joy in giving her homemade gifts to her friends and their excitement in receiving them. It's enough to put you in a real holiday spirit. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how different animal species adapt to their surroundings in Wild Kratts: A Creature Christmas and in general. Which physical qualities do they have to weather harsh climates? What do they eat, and how do they find it? How do they avoid predators?

  • Kids: Do you like a little learning with your entertainment? Are Chris and Martin good teachers? Are they better in their real forms or in their animated ones? 

  • What are some of your family's holiday movie favorites? How does this one compare?  

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