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"Back in Creature Time" is an hour special with both parts Wild Kratts Back in Creature Time: Day of the Dodo and Back in Creature Time: Tasmanian Tiger together. is the 25th episode of the third season of Wild Kratts, originally airing on PBS Kids on July 8, 2014. Overall, it is the 91st episode of the series. The episode was written and directed by Chris Kratt.
In the episode, Aviva unveils the Time Trampoline, a trampoline-shaped machine that permits time travel. The Kratt brothers and Koki use it to travel to Mauritius Island in the 1600s to see dodos. There, they learn a little about dodos and even save several dodos from becoming the next meal of an ancestor of Chef Gourmand. Meanwhile, inventor Zach Varmitech spies on the Wild Kratts. After realizing that Aviva invented a time-travel machine, he heads to the Tortuga to take a closer look at it. Than the Kratt brothers and Aviva use the Time Trampoline to travel to Tasmania in the 1880s to see Tasmanian tigers. There, they learn about Tasmanian tigers and even protect a family of them from the ancestors of fashion designer Donita Donata and her henchman, Dabio, who are trying to start a sheep farm in Tasmania. However, inventor Zach Varmitech decides to complicate things by attempting to trap Aviva and the Kratt brothers back in time.
The episode begins with a live-action segment. The Kratt brothers head to the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York City, where they find skeletal remains of extinct mammals on display in the Hall of Primitive Mammals. After explaining several of the mammals, they ask their "What if?" question, and the show transitions into the animated segment.
The Kratt brothers are in their Tarsier Creature Power Suits in a Philippine rainforest, doing a checkup on Philippine monkey-eating eagle eggs. They finish the checkup just before the father of the eggs arrives. They hop away and land on Aviva, who takes them back to the Tortuga. After deactivating, the Kratt brothers and Aviva head upstairs into the main room, where a female Philippine eagle is recovering from a broken wing. Aviva and Koki tell their teammates that they need to protect the eagles from going extinct, which causes the Kratt brothers to begin lamenting about never being able to see extinct creatures, and subsequently, they fall into a coma-like trance. However, Aviva sees this as the perfect moment to unveil the Time Trampoline, a trampoline-shaped machine that permits time travel. The Kratt brothers, now out of their trance, want to use the Time Trampoline to head back in time to see extinct creatures. To help them decide with one to see first, they spin a spinner with pictures of extinct creatures on it. Unbeknownst to the Wild Kratts, inventor Zach Varmitech sends one of his Zachbots to spy on the Wild Kratts.
The spinner lands on the dodo. Aviva sets the Time Trampoline to take them to early seventeenth-century Mauritius Island, where the dodo was once endemic. She hands the Kratt brothers the Time Trampoline's Remote Trampoline, which is to be used in the past to bring them back to the present. The Kratt brothers, along with Koki, jump, and jump, enter the time warp and successfully land on Mauritius Island after Martin throws down the Remote Trampoline. Not long after, a dodo pecks Martin's face. Martin gives a rock to the dodo, which he names Rocko. Suddenly, they hear a man call out "Land ho! Drop anchor!" The man, who reminds Martin of Chef Gourmand, rows to shore from his sailing ship. He finds dodos and, hoping to make them part of his next meal, stuffs several in a bag. Afterwards, he jumps into his ship's boat and rows back to his ship. To save the dodos, the Kratt brothers activate their Dragonfly Creature Power Suits and fly off to the man's ship. Using a berry, they lure all the dodos out of the ship and into the ship's boat. However, the Kratt brothers realize that they need to get "Great Great Granddaddy Gourmand" away from Mauritius Island forever in order to truly keep the dodos safe. Later, after Great Great Granddaddy Gourmand marks Mauritius Island on a map, Chris erases the mark and instead marks Antarctica. Chris flies away to help Martin pull the ship's boat to shore. After deactivating, the Kratt brothers and Koki jump on the Remote Trampoline and return to the present. Zach, who found out about the Time Trampoline after the Kratt brothers and Koki successfully traveled back in time, arrives in the Philippine rainforest and puts on an invisibility cloak. He enters the Tortuga, where he overhears Aviva mentioning an obvious risk of time travel: getting trapped in time. However, the Kratt brothers are itching to go on another trip to the past. Aviva tells them that they can still make one more trip to the past, and she spins the spinner of extinct creatures to find out which creature to see next.
The spinner with pictures of extinct creatures lands on the Tasmanian tiger. Thrilled, the Kratt brothers and Aviva climb up to the bed of the Time Trampoline. Aviva sets the destination to Tasmania in the 1880s. After jumping up and down, Aviva and the Kratt brothers enter the time warp. Aviva throws down the Remote Trampoline before she and the Kratt brothers flop onto Tasmania. The Kratt brothers head off to find Tasmanian tigers, while Aviva stays with the Time Trampoline to make sure there are no problems. Meanwhile, Zach Varmitech continues spying on the Wild Kratts with his invisibility cloak.
The Kratt brothers find a family of Tasmanian tigers after hearing an unusual sound. They call Aviva, who leaves the vicinity of the Trampoline to see the tigers. When she arrives, the three see a Tasmanian tiger joey coming out of its den. Martin names the father Tasdad and the mother Tasmom. While Martin thinks of a name for the joey, back at the Tortuga, Zach Varmitech uncloaks himself in front of Koki. Zachbots then trap her and Jimmy in an energy field.
Martin names the joey Little X, because of an "X" on its back. Kangaroos then appear in the distance, and the entire Tasmanian tiger family runs after them, with the Kratt brothers following from behind. However, they notice an old-fashioned truck coming up a nearby road. The Kratt brothers stop the Tasmanian tigers before they come into view of the people in truck. Once the truck stops, a woman named Shonita, who is similar in appearance to fashion designer Donita Donata, gets out and tells her assistant, Shabio, who is similar in appearance to Donita's henchman, Dabio, her plan to start a sheep farm in the area, and orders him to eliminate any sheep predators. The Kratt brothers believe that, in order to protect the Tasmanian tigers from Shonita and Shabio, they need to teach them survival tactics. Aviva hands them a pair of Tasmanian Tiger Discs, and they activate their Creature Power Suits.
Zach and two Zachbots travel back in time to steal the Time Trampoline, but before doing so, Zach decides to tell the Kratt brothers and Aviva his plan to trap them back in time forever because he "can't wait to see their faces." After the Kratt brothers perform a few acts to get the Tasmanian tigers to stay away from traps and sheep, Zach approaches them and tells them his plan. He immediately gets on his Zachbot, and the Kratt brothers run after him. However, his Zachbot eventually runs out of power and crashes. Zach then tells the Kratt brothers he has another Zachbot at the Trampoline. In response, the Kratt brothers run to the Time Trampoline, with Zach following from behind. The Zachbot is about to destroy the Time Trampoline, when Martin attacks and destroys it by pointing the Zachbot's disintegrating arm at its chest. Chris jumps up and down the Time Trampoline to bring Zach back to the present. Once Zach returns, he falls onto the Zachbot guarding Jimmy and Koki, freeing them. The Kratt brothers and Aviva return to the present just before the Time Trampoline explodes. After Zach makes his getaway, the Wild Kratts notice that the wing of the captive Philippine eagle has healed, and they release it back into the wild.
The episode transitions into the concluding live action segment. The Kratt brothers are in the AMNH's Hall of Biodiversity. They find a dodo skeleton and replica and explained the extinction of this species. The Kratt brothers mention several endangered animals. Afterwards, they conclude the episode by saying "Keep on creature adventuring; we'll see you on the creature trail!"
- Chris Kratt
- Martin Kratt
- Aviva Corcovado
- Jimmy Z
- Zach Varmitech
- Great Great Granddaddy Gourmand
- Shonita Donata
Note: Featured animals are in bold.
- Dodo: Rocko, Brainio
- Tasmanian Tiger: Tasdad, Tasmom, Little X
- Globe Skimmer (called Dragonfly)
- Tasmanian Devil
- Tiger Quoll (called Tasmanian quoll)
- Wedge-tailed Eagle
- Red Kangaroo (called Kangaroo)
Live Action videos
Note: Live action animals are linked to Wikipedia.
- Eastern gray squirrel (called Squirrel)
- Rock dove (called Pigeon)
- Peregrine falcon
- Black rhinoceros (called African black rhino)
- Ethiopian wolf
- Bornean orangutan (called Orangutan)
- African bush elephant
- Golden bamboo lemur
- American bison
- Harpy eagle
- African wild dog
- Great white shark
- Whale shark
- Scott's horse (listed as Equus)
- Gomphotherium productum
- Toxodon burmeisteri
- Blastoceros pampaeus
- Megaladapis edwardsi (called Megaladapis)
- Smilodon fatalis
- Lestodon armatus
- Glossotherium robustum (called Giant ground sloth)
- Phascolonus gigas
- Wheatley's ground sloth (listed as Megalonyx wheatleyi)
- Scelidotherium cuvieri
- Paraceratherium transouralicum (listed as Indricotherium)
- Edaphosaurus pogonias
- Ophiacodon retroversus
- Hipparion proboscideum
- American mastodon
- Columbian mammoth
- Irish elk
- Narwhal (listed as Monodon monoceros)
Mounted and Preserved Specimens and Models (incomplete)
- Indian Ocean oriental sweetlips
- Black marlin
- Green moray eel
- Spotted ratfish
- Australian ghostshark
- Great cormorant
- Snowy owl
- Scarlet ibis
- Knobbed hornbill
- Blue-winged kookaburra
- Raggiana bird-of-paradise
- King of Saxony bird-of-paradise
- American alligator
- Atlantic puffin
- White-nosed coati
- European hedgehog
- Northern tamandua
- American lobster
- Giant panda
- Green sea turtle
- Black-and-white ruffed lemur
- Giant squid
- "Back in Creature Time: Day of the Dodo" marks the first time the Kratt brothers travel to New York City in real life.
- The Kratt brothers do not like to hear the word "extinct," and will go into a trance when they do.
- Besides the dodo and the Tasmanian tiger, the other extinct animals on the spinner of extinct creatures are the Rocky Mountain locust, the golden toad, the baiji, the great auk (which was called an auk penguin in this episode even though it is not related to penguins), Megaladapis (specifically Megaladapis grandidieri), and the passenger pigeon.
- The Megaladapis, the great auk, the Tasmanian tiger, and the golden toad were also shown on the screen when Chris and Martin were figuring out which one they would see first.
- The macaque shown on Chris' creature pod while he explained the extinction of the dodos is the Japanese macaque. However, the crab-eating macaque was the species that was introduced to Mauritius.
- Tasmanian Tiger Power is the first Creature Power Suit involving an extinct animal.
- This is the first one-hour special of the series, which would later be followed by A Creature Christmas, Creatures of the Deep Sea, Alaska Hero's Journey, and Creepy Creatures!
Key Facts and Creature Moments
- Hunting and invasive species are often blamed for the extinction of the dodo in the 17th century.
- The dodo is a three-foot-tall member of the pigeon family.
- The dodo can not fly because there were no predators on the island of Mauritius before the arrival of humans, so dodos evolved to be flightless ground birds without anything to be afraid of. They were also too big, plump, and heavy to fly away.
- Dodos eat rocks to help them digest. The rocks sit in the dodo's stomach and help grind up the fruit they eat.
- When people first came to the island of Mauritius, dodos were an easy meal for hungry sailors, and people brought other animals to, such as pigs, dogs, and macaque monkeys, which ate dodo eggs and chicks, destroyed dodo habitats, and not long after that, there were no dodos left.
- The extinction of the Tasmanian tiger is often blamed on mass killings of them in order to protect livestock, which resulted in their extinction in the 1930s.
- Interesting characteristics of Tasmanian tigers include their gaping jaws, and the ability to be bipedal in order to see from far away.
- Tasmanian tigers actually are now believed to have been no threat to livestock.