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Friday, November 20 2015 22:03

Preview - PBS KIDS presents WILD KRATTS: A CREATURE CHRISTMAS + the Premiere of NATURE CAT!

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PBS KIDS VIP (Very Involved Parent)On November 25, the Holiday Programming Season kicks into high-gear on PBS KIDS with the premiere of WILD KRATTS: A CREATURE CHRISTMAS, an all-new, one hour movie event. In this new special, the Kratt Brothers must race against the clock to return lost baby animals to their families before Christmas arrives. Immediately following the premiere of A CREATURE CHRISTMAS comes the premiere of NATURE CAT, a new animated series from brothers David Rudman (“Cookie Monster” and “Baby Bear” on SESAME STREET; “Scooter” and “Janice” on THE MUPPETS) and Adam Rudman (TOM & JERRY, SESAME STREET, CYBERCHASE), and produced by Spiffy Pictures and WTTW right here in Chicago! Check out preview clips below...

“In WILD KRATTS: A CREATURE CHRISTMAS, we showcase a variety of creature powers, helping our viewers discover that animals can help them explore many different science concepts."Chris Kratt, co-star, co-creator and co-executive producer of WILD KRATTS

NATURE CAT follows Fred, a house cat who dreams of exploring the great outdoors. In each episode, once his family leaves for the day, Fred transforms into Nature Cat, “backyard explorer extraordinaire.” Nature Cat can’t wait to get outside for a day of backyard nature excursions and bravery, but there’s one problem: He’s still a house cat with no instincts for nature. Like many of today’s kids, Nature Cat is eager and enthusiastic about outside activities, but is at times intimidated by them. With the help of his animal friends, Nature Cat embarks on action-packed adventures that include exciting missions full of nature investigation, “aha” discovery moments and humor, all while inspiring children to go outside and “play the show.”

NATURE CAT is voiced by an all-star line-up of comedic actors, including Saturday Night Live stars Taran Killam (Nature Cat), Kate McKinnon (Squeeks), Bobby Moynihan (Hal) and Kenan Thompson (Ronald); and Kate Micucci (Scrubs, The Big Bang Theory) as Daisy.

Off-Screen Holiday Fun with WILD KRATTS & PBS KIDS:

Thanksgiving week is a perfect time to get the Holiday Spirit rockin', and PBS Parents and PBSKIDS.org have some fantastic FREE Holiday-themed printables, coloring sheets, crafts and more that are fantastic primers. As a PBS KIDS VIP (Very Involved Parent), we received a viewing kit with some some fun, animal-themed items (an Animal Puzzle from Ravensburger, an Animal Coloring Pad from Melissa & Doug) along with some of the printables - stuff well-worth checking out! Kids can make their own wrapping paper, gift tags and even Christmas tree ornaments. Click here to check out all the goodies.

Wild Kratts Ornaments

For the full lineup of PBS KIDS Holiday Programming, check your local listings, or visit PBSKIDS.org.

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

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