'Wild Kratts: Wild Reptiles'
(Martin Kratt, Chris Kratt / DVD / NR / 2016 / PBS Kids!)
Overview: When Martin Kratt and Chris Kratt find themselves in a jam, they turn to wild reptiles to help them save the day!
DVD Verdict: For those not in the know, Chris and Martin Kratt are brothers (in real life!) who explore the wild throughout the world to learn more about animals and share conservation information. They have three friends who travel in the Tortuga HQ with them named Aviva, Koki and Jimmy Z.
The brothers have creature power suits that allow them to experience what it's like to be the animals they find. The team helps them by creating power suit creature disks for each animal they study. They also bring them supplies and help them out of tricky situations when their adventures get dicey.
In the first of the four episodes contained here on 'Wild Kratts: Wild Reptiles', in "The Gecko Effect" there's a mystery to be solved, as the Wild Kratts team wonders how a Gecko lizard climbs up smooth surfaces and can even climb upside down. The gang uses their miniaturizer to shrink down and discovers it's all about physics: all objects have electrical charges that attract one another and the gecko's marvelous toe pad structure charges so much that they can walk on surfaces as smooth as glass. But in the meantime Zach has stolen their miniaturizer and imprisoned them in a glass terrarium. Martin and Chris activate the new Gecko powers of their Creature Power Suits and must retrieve the miniaturizer before Zach shrinks all the animals in the creature world.
In "Crocogator Contest", a pop creature quiz challenge about the differences between crocodiles and alligators turns into a full-blown "crocogator" contest to find out what actually is different about these two similar creatures.
In "Rattlesnake Crystal", after the Tortuga crash lands in the Sonoran Desert, Koki discovers that the Tellurium crystals have run out of power and they need a new supply. Martin and Chris volunteer to go out into the desert to find this important source of energy and discover more than they were expecting!
And finally, in "Chameleons on Target", aviva's special ring chip invention is stolen by a mysterious lemur! Chris and Martin set off after it, with a little help from the amazing creature powers of the chameleon.
In short, 'Wild Kratts' is a great cartoon adventure show for kids where they can learn about new animals and why conservation is so important to the world, not just them. Also, we get to learn fun facts, straight from the box cover art work, in this case: How many teeth are in an American alligator's mouth? The answer is a mind-blowing - but you'll find that out when you buy this DVD, of course! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the four (4) aforementioned Wild Adventures of: "The Gecko Effect", "Crocogator Contest", "Rattlesnake Crystal", and "Chameleon on Target".