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"Under Frozen Pond" is the fifth episode of Season Three of the PBS Kids show, Wild Kratts. It was both directed and written by Martin Kratt. It is the seventy-first episode of the series overall and premiered on January 19, 2015.

Synopsis

The gang and some Wild Kratts kids head to a frozen pond to see what the water animals there do during winter. However, Zach, Donita, and Gourmand want to have a secret meeting in that area. The gang meets Zach, Donita, Dabio, and Gourmand, who all play a hockey game to see who stays and who goes.

Recap

The episode begins with a live-action segment. It is the middle of winter, and the Kratt brothers are searching for animals that survive during the winter without migrating. After stopping at a pond, they ask their "What if?" question, and the show transitions into the cartoon segment.

While sledding downhill, the Wild Kratts and three Wild Kratts kids meet Slider – an otter they met in a previous adventure, slide down the hill on his belly. They follow Slider to his home pond, which is completely frozen over. Seeing how animals like otters survive the winter without migrating, the Wild Kratts decide to venture under the ice to see how pond-dwelling animals survive during the winter. The Kratt brothers throw down the Miniaturizer. Jimmy teleports the Amphi-Sub on top and miniaturizes it. The Wild Kratts and the kids miniaturize, get into the Amphi-Sub and descend into the pond. At the same time, inventor Zach Varmitech heads to the same pond, which he believes is a remote-enough location to host a meeting with the other Wild Kratts villains.

The Wild Kratts (from left to right: Koki, Chris, Jimmy, Katie, Aviva, Gavin, and Ronan) inside the beaver lodge of Timber, Sticker, Twig and Buddy

The Wild Kratts find three rainbow trout, and the Kratt brothers say that trout survive during the winter by slowing down their metabolism. Afterward, the Wild Kratts head to the bottom of the pond. Meanwhile, Zach lands his plane right on top of the pond, unknowingly blocking the hole in the ice. He then calls fashion designer Donita Donata and Chef Gourmand, telling them that he found the perfect place to hold their meeting.

The Wild Kratts find a hibernating bullfrog, and the Kratt brothers say that bullfrogs take in small amounts of oxygen from the water and are extremely efficient at using that oxygen while hibernating. They then attempt to resurface but are unable to because a piece of metal (the landing gear of Zach's jet) is blocking the hole in the ice. Instead, they follow a beaver to its lodge. The Kratt brothers explain to their team how beavers survive in the winter: they eat sticks collected before winter. Afterward, the Kratt brothers activate their Beaver Creature Power Suits and make an escape hole in the lodge. They patch it the hole, return to the Miniaturizer, and return to normal size. However, the villains find out and Zach is furious that they are "trying to sabotage" their meeting. Since only one side can stay, they all agree to settle the dispute by playing a game of pond hockey – the villains versus the Kratt brothers and the kids, and a Wild Kratts kid says whoever reaches five points, wins. At first, the villains score three consecutive points and then the Wild Kratts score one point and then the villain score another point, bringing them to four points, but when Chris activates his Beaver Creature Power Suit and Martin activates his Otter Creature Power Suit, the Wild Kratts reach five points, win the game, and the villains abandon each other. In the end, the Wild Kratts start another game of pond hockey.

The show transitions into the concluding live action segment. The Kratt brothers are at an outside skating rink, mentioning several animals that survive during the winter without migrating. Afterward, they conclude the episode by saying "Keep on creature adventuring; we'll see you on the creature trail!"

Characters

Animals

Animation

Note: Featured animals are in bold.

Images

  • Polar Bear (image on Wild Kratts hockey team jerseys)

Mentioned

Note: Mentioned animals are linked to Wikipedia.

Live Action

Note: Live action animals are linked to Wikipedia.

Trivia

  • This is the first episode where Zach is referred to by his full name, Zachary Varmitech.
  • This marks the third time that all three of the main Wild Kratts villains have appeared together in the same episode, with the first times being in "Platypus Cafe" and "The Gecko Effect".
    • This is the first episode where Dabio appears alongside the three main villains in an episode.
  • This is the first use of the Tortuga's snow camouflage (not counting the alternate design seen in "Polar Bears Don't Dance").
  • Zach doesn't know how to use his cellphone very well.
  • During their meeting, the villains mention some of their past encounters with the Wild Kratts, including "The Hermit Crab Shell Exchange" and "Flight of the Draco".
  • The hockey-playing kids in the live action segment were wearing the same polar bear jerseys that the Wild Kratts wore in the episode.
  • This is the first time someone other than a Wild Kratts member corrects Zach for deliberately mispronouncing the Wild Kratts' name. It was Gourmand corrected him in this episode.
  • This is the third episode where the Kratt brothers activate Creature Powers to participate in a sports competition, following "Caracal-Minton" and "Neck and Neck".

Key Facts and Creature Moments 

  • Some birds and butterflies will migrate for the winter.
  • In winter, river otters will often get around on land by sliding on their bellies.
  • Rainbow trout swim a little slower during the winter, making them easier for predators to catch.
  • Bullfrogs hibernate in the muddy bottoms of ponds. Their bodies require so little energy during this time that they get all their oxygen by breathing water through their skin.
  • Beavers have their very own "fridge" that they use during the winter. Throughout the summer, the beavers collect sticks and store them by the entrance of their lodge. The cold water keeps it fresh for longer.

Gallery

Wild Kratts episodes
Seasons: 123456
Season 1

"Mom of a Croc" • "Whale of a Squid" • "Aardvark Town" • "Flight of the Draco" • "Mystery of the Squirmy Wormy" • "Platypus Cafe" • "Polar Bears Don't Dance" • "Build It Beaver" • "Voyage of the Butterflier XT" • "Honey Seekers" • "Bass Class" • "Fireflies" • "Mystery of the Weird Looking Walrus" • "Tazzy Chris" • "Octopus Wildkratticus" • "Walk on the Wetside" • "Elephant in the Room" • "Let the Rhinos Roll!" • "Kickin' It With the Roos" • "The Blue and the Gray" • "Falcon City" • "Koala Balloon" • "Cheetah Racer" • "Kerhonk" • "Mimic" • "Caracal-Minton" • "Zig-Zagged" • "A Huge Orange Problem" • "Seasquatch" • "The Food Chain Game" • "Masked Bandits" • "Flight of the Pollinators" • "The Gecko Effect" • "Little Howler" • "Quillber's Birthday Present" • "A Bat in the Brownies" • "Stuck on Sharks" • "Birds of a Feather" • "Googly Eye: The Night Guru" • "Raptor Round Up"

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