“Back in Creature Time Day of the Dodo”, also known as “Back In Creature Time – Go Dodo Go, Part 1”, "Back in Creature Time, Part 1: Day of the Dodo", and various other names, 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. On July 7, 2014, “Back in Creature Time Day of the Dodo”, along with “Back in Creature Time Tasmanian Tiger”, premiered in a Wild Kratts special Back in Creature Time.
In this episode, Aviva unveils her newest contraption which she calls the Time Trampoline—a trampoline-shaped device that permits time travel. The Kratt brothers and Koki use it to travel back in time to hang out with dodo birds.
The episode begins with a live action segment. The Kratt brothers head to the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, where they find skeletons of extinct animals on display. Afterwards, they ask their “What if?” question and the show transitions into the cartoon segment.
The Kratt brothers are in their Tarsier Creature Power Suits in the rainforests of the Philippines. They find some bird eggs, and Chris does some analysis. Chris finishes just before the father of the to-be chicks—a Philippine monkey-eating eagle, swoops towards them. They hop away, land on Aviva, and she takes them back to the Tortuga. The two deactivate afterwards. They then go upstairs, where a female Philippine eagle is recovering from a broken wing. Aviva explains that they need to protect the eagles, and then says the word “extinct”. The Kratt brothers begin lamenting about never being able to adventure with “extinct” creatures, and they faint. Not to disappoint them, Aviva unveils her newest contraption: the Time Trampoline—a trampoline-shaped device that permits time travel. The enthusiastic Kratt brothers, wanting to use the Time Trampoline to head back in time to adventure with extinct creatures, spin a spinner with pictures of extinct animals on it to help them decide which creature to adventure with. Meanwhile, inventor Zach Varmitech sends one of his Zachbots to spy on the Wild Kratts.
The spinner eventually lands on a picture of a dodo. Aviva sets the time machine to take them to early seventeenth-century Mauritius Island—the original home of the dodo. She then 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 reach their destination after Martin throws down the Remote Trampoline. Not long after, a dodo pecks Martin’s face. Zach finds out about the success of the Time Trampoline and heads to the Tortuga to “get a closer look” at it.
Martin gives a rock to the dodo and names it Rocko. Rocko then heads to some bushes, and he eats some of its fruits. Afterwards they hear a man call out “Land ho!”. The man, who Martin thinks reminds him of Chef Gourmand (which makes him his great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather), rows to shore after getting off his sailing ship. He then stuffs a few dodos in his bag. Afterwards, he jumps into his ship’s boat and rows back to his ship. To prevent the dodo’s from becoming his next meal, the Kratt brothers activate their Dragonfly Creature Power Suits and fly off to his ship. They successfully lure all the dodos off the ship and into the ship’s boat with a berry. However, the Kratt brothers realize that they need to get “Great Great Granddaddy Gourmand” away from the island forever in order to truly keep the dodos safe. Later, after Great Great Granddaddy Gourmand marks Mauritius on a map, Chris erases the mark, and instead marks Antarctica. Chris flies away, and he helps 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. Hidden from the Wild Kratts’ view, Zach puts on an Invisibility Cloak and enters the Tortuga, where he overhears Aviva mention an obvious risk of time travel—getting trapped in time. The Kratt brothers, on the other hand, decide to go on another trip to the past, and Aviva spins the spinner.
The show transitions into the concluding live action segment. The Kratt brothers find a dodo skeleton, and later a dodo replica. Afterwards, the Kratt brothers conclude the episode by saying “Keep on creature adventuring; we’ll see you on the creature trail!”
Live Action Videos
- Japanese macaque (called Macaque monkey)
- Extinct horse
Key facts and Creature Moments
- Hunting and invasive species are often blamed for the extinction of the dodo in the late 17th century (around 1690).
- The dodo is a 3 foot tall member of the pigeon family.
- The dodo can't fly because he didn't need to. There weren't any predators on the island of Mauritius at the time (including 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 anyway.
- Dodos eat rocks to help them digest. They 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, like pigs, dogs, and even macaque monkeys, and they ate dodo eggs and chicks, destroyed dodo habitats, and not long after that, there weren't any dodos left.
- “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 (which the Kratts visit in the next episode), the other extinct animals on the Extinct Creature Spinner 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 isn't related to penguins), the 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.
- The macaque shown on Chris' creature pod while he explained the extinction of the dodos was the Japanese macaque. However, the crab-eating macaque was the species that was introduced to Mauritius.
- Time travel is Sci-Fi because it currently isn’t possible in real life.
- ↑ "Wild Kratts—Back In Creature Time – Go Dodo Go, Part 1." KET. Retrieved January 18, 2015.
- ↑ (June 6, 2014). "Wild Kratts: Back in Creature Time & New Episodes." WMHT. Retrieved January 18, 2015.