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Parents need to know that Wild Kratts: Creatures of the Deep Sea is an animated movie starring the brothers Kratt of the popular Wild Kratts series. It features all the fun adventures and science-based educational content the franchise is known for, but there are a few moments that can be scary for small children (such as sharks trying to eat the Kratts and them almost getting crushed in their vehicle). But no one gets hurt, and any tense moments are explained and resolved using science.
What's the story?
WILD KRATTS: CREATURES OF THE DEEP SEA is an animated movie starring the Wild Kratts research team as they explore the deep sea. It features brothers Chris (voiced by Chris Kratt) and Martin (voiced by Martin Kratt), zoologists who head up the creature-loving gang, including Aviva Corcovado (Athena Karkanis), Koki (Heather Bambrick), and Jimmy Z (Jonathan Malen). In hopes of finding an undiscovered species, they board Aviva's newly engineered deep-sea explorer vehicle and go down to the deepest parts of the ocean to collect information about what they find. The team also exchange lots of information about what they find along the way. They enjoy exploring but run into some challenging moments. Meanwhile, Chef Gourmand (Zachary Bennett) is trying to capture undiscovered creatures to make new meals.
Is it any good?
This fun special, which serves as the introduction to a new installment of the Canadian Wild Kratts franchise, uses science and technology to tell stories while teaching viewers about deep-sea creatures. From sharks to shrimps, it offers lots of specifics about the animals and underwater habitats they come across. Meanwhile, it shows how sea creatures' natural ways of coping with their habitats can inform the development of new technology.
It's appealing, but there are a few harrowing moments (including one that points to potential death), but these things are treated in an upbeat manner and resolved with science and invention. More importantly, these events don't overshadow the messages Creatures of the Deep Sea sends about the value of exploration, the need for science education, and the importance of learning and respecting what the ocean has to offer.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the reasons the Kratts are willing and able to explore creatures from all over the world the way they do in Wild Kratts: Creatures of the Deep Sea. What do the Kratts teach us about the animals living on the planet?
What is a zoologist? What kinds of science do they use to do their jobs? How do they use what they learn from sea creatures to develop their own deep-sea technology? Does Wild Kratts: Creatures of the Deep Sea offer an accurate picture of what zoologists do and how they work?
- Premiere date: November 23, 2016
- Cast: Chris Kratt, Martin Kratt, Athena Karkanis
- Network: PBS Kids
- Genre: Educational
- Topics: Great Boy Role Models, Great Girl Role Models, Ocean Creatures, Science and Nature
- Character Strengths: Curiosity, Teamwork
- TV rating: TV-Y7
- Available on: Streaming
- Award: Common Sense Seal
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