A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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.
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
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.
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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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