A cartoon about grade school children that gain the power to turn into their spirit animals at whim once given the ability by an old witch with a powerful gem. Similar to the magic of Merlin in Sword in the stone - they are humans temporarily in animal bodies, and have to learn how to move properly. They can only turn into animal. The animals are all city familiar, meaning if you saw one it wouldn't mean calling the zoo to find out if a lion is loose or something.
They aren't supposed to use their powers in school, although of course they do sometimes to get revenge on bullies or cheat on tests. But Ms. Wu trains them to use their powers for good, to stop criminals and evil corporations from dumping toxins into the environment and stop big developments etc. And of course they save people from falling in rivers, and getting trapped in old abandoned buildings. Lassie mixed with Captain planet.
Old lady hermit witch- lures kids into woods on a treasure hunt. She turns into a great horned owl and each episode start with her spying on bad guys in the night and flying away. Then the theme song starts. She is their 'splinter' who trains them to use their animal forms in the woods.
Boy, 12, Caucasian. Spirit animal is a dog. He can bark, and warn the cops like Lassie, bite the baddies butts, rescue people from rivers. Likes to chase sticks, easily distracted by petting. He's the natural leader but just wants it to be democracy and wants everyone to agree and be happy and save the town.
Girl 11, Asian. Spirit animal of cat. Rarely agrees on the group consensus. Likes doing things solo, her way. Annoyed by lack of abilities of other animals. Sneaks around ninja like, super acrobatic. Claws at crooks to scratch them and distract them. When learning how to be a cat her cat instincts take over and she always lands on her feet. Has the closest calls but many lives. Incredibly daring.
Boy, 11, Hispanic. Spirit animal Raccoon. He's a bit clumsy but tough and speaks his mind. Always arguing with his younger sister. He seeks adventure but is a bit scared when things get too dangerous.
Girl, 9, Hispanic. Spirit animal squirrel. Younger sister of Raccoon. She is rambunctious and speedy. Doesn't take anything seriously. Over estimates leaping ability and strength often. Gets in trouble all the time. Fearless to a fault.