Kratts, Dogs, Wild Museums

Netflix and the PBS Kids’ Amazon Prime add-on channel debut episodes of three animated educational adventures for the grade-school-and-younger set this week.

Monday, July 12

Wild Kratts: Cats & Dogs, one episode (PBS Kids)

Real-life brothers Chris and Martin Kratt play cartoon versions of themselves in this 26-minute episode that takes place on the African savanna. When the brothers spot wild cats and dogs interacting with each other, Wild Kratts kids from around the world call to ask if these creatures are like their own pets. Meanwhile, the villainous robotics inventor Zach Varmitech (Zachary Bennett) cooks up a plan to capture and sell them as “special” pets. Chris, Martin, Aviva (Athena Karkanis), Koki (Heather Bambrick) and Jimmy Z (Jonathan Malen) race to ensure these wild cats and dogs remain free.

Tuesday, July 13

Ridley Jones, six episodes (Netflix)

Echoing Ben Stiller’s Night at the Museum movie franchise, young Ridley Jones (voiced by Iara Nemirovsky) and her Eye Team pals are protectors of the local natural history museum and its magical secret: the exhibits come alive at night.

From Chris Nee, the creator of Doc McStuffins, the voice cast also includes Jane Lynch, Blythe Danner, Sutton Foster, Laraine Newman, Bob Bergen, David Errigo Jr., and Carolina Ravassa.

You can watch the first episode free on Netflix’s YouTube Channel or right here:

Friday, July 16

Hero Elementary: four episodes (PBS Kids)

Hero Elementary is a school for budding superheroes. The kids’ adventures involve discovering their innate abilities while exploring science.

The four new episodes include:

“Heroes in Space” – Sara (Stephany Seki) and friends are excited about a planned full-moon viewing, only to discover half the moon seems to be missing. Sparks’ Crew (the group name for the superhero kids, led by their teacher Mr. Sparks) fly to the moon to investigate.

“Squeak to Me/Team’s Song Theme Song” –  Sparks’ Crew collaborates on a theme song but must first get the hang of such things as pitch.

“Search and Rescue/Secret Lives of Teachers”— The kids are shocked to see their teacher on the weekend outside of school.

“Back on Track/Switcheroo-er” — A toy train display featuring a model replica of City Town is ruined.

You can add the PBS Kids channel for $4.99 a month, with a seven-day free trial, if you have an Amazon Prime or Amazon Video membership. An Amazon Prime membership costs $12.99 month/$119 annually and includes the streaming service, free shipping and other benefits. An Amazon Video membership costs $8.99 a month just for the streamer. For more information, visit Amazon.

Episodes of PBS Kids shows are also available on PBS stations (check local listings), the PBS Kids 24/7 over-the-air channel, on PBSKids.org, or via the PBS Kids video app.

Netflix offers $8.99, $13.99 and $17.99 per month plans. For more, visit Netflix.

(Top image: ‘Ridley Jones.’ Source: Netflix)

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