Krypto the Superdog
Krypto the Superdog title card.jpg
GenreComedy
Superhero
Based on
Developed byAlan Burnett
Paul Dini
Directed byScott Jeralds
Terry Klassen (voice)
Voices of
Theme music composerAt Last
Opening themeKrypto the Superdog, performed by At Last
Ending themeKrypto the Superdog (Instrumental)
ComposerWilliam Kevin Anderson
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes39 (75 segments) (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
Producers
  • Paul Dini
  • Linda M. Steiner
  • Alan Burnett and Scott Jeralds (supervising producers)
Editors
  • Illya Cano
  • Susan Edmunson
  • Ken Solomon
Running time22 minutes
Production companies
DistributorWarner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution
Release
Original networkCartoon Network
Original releaseMarch 25, 2005 (2005-03-25) –
December 15, 2006 (2006-12-15)

Krypto the Superdog is an American animated television series produced by Warner Bros. Animation, based on Superman's canine companion Krypto, which premiered on Cartoon Network on March 25, 2005 (exactly 50 years after his comic debut),[1] and aired on The CW's Saturday morning block Kids' WB from September 23, 2006 until September 15, 2007. 39 episodes were produced.[2]

A comic book series (based on the TV show) was published by DC Comics under the Johnny DC imprint, which lasted 6 issues, from 2006 to 2007.

The show was developed by producers Alan Burnett and Paul Dini, who had produced the successful Batman: The Animated Series and Superman: The Animated Series.[3] Instead of continuing in that style, Krypto was produced in a manner reminiscent of the Hanna-Barbera shows of the 1960s to the 1980s, from the sound effects down to the animation style (veteran Hanna-Barbera designer Iwao Takamoto served as a creative consultant).

Plot

Main article: List of Krypto the Superdog characters

As the planet Krypton is about to be destroyed, Superman's father Jor-El makes a ship and puts a white puppy named Krypto into it for a test flight to see if it is safe enough for interstellar travel. While aboard the ship, Krypto was playing with his ball when he accidentally destroyed several wires and causes the ship to release a sleeping gas to put him into a deep sleep while it heads on to Earth. When he arrived in Earth's solar system he woke up and found himself fully grown. The rocket's computer system gave him a collar and an ID with an intergalactic communicator.

Upon landing on Earth, Krypto is a full-grown dog, possessed of superpowers similar to those of Superman's (since all Kryptonian life-forms gain superpowers from exposure to a yellow sun, such as Earth's sun). Later, he is adopted by Kevin Whitney, a 9-year-old boy, with whom Superman arranges for him to stay (as Superman himself is often too busy saving the world to take care of him). Krypto poses as an ordinary dog while living with Kevin's family, but adopts the secret identity of Krypto the Superdog for his superheroic deeds; Kevin is aware of Krypto's dual identity, but the rest of Kevin's family is not (excluding Kevin's spoiled cousin Bailey, who found out accidentally). Kevin lives next door to Andrea, a girl who takes care of Streaky.

In the series, the various animals, including Krypto, all are capable of speaking to each other, but not to humans, except for Kevin and later Andrea (they are able to communicate with Krypto and the other animals thanks to a universal translator that they wear, known as an intergalactic communicator). The viewers can understand them, though, especially when Krypto and Streaky talk to the camera.

With his allies Streaky the Supercat, Ace the Bat-Hound, and Stretch-O-Mutt, Krypto fights the plots of Lex Luthor's pet iguana Ignatius, Joker's pet hyenas Bud and Lou, Penguin's trained birds called the Bad News Birds, and Catwoman's cat Isis. When working with a group of alien dog superheroes known as the Dog Star Patrol, Krypto faces off against the evil Mechanikat and his agents Snooky Wookums and Delilah.

Episodes

Main article: List of Krypto the Superdog episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
126March 25, 2005 (2005-03-25)December 5, 2005 (2005-12-05)
213April 24, 2006 (2006-04-24)December 15, 2006 (2006-12-15)

Voice cast

Additional voices

Ending and broadcast reruns

On December 15, 2006, the series ended. Reruns were shown on Kids' WB as part of the then-new CW network's E/I requirement, but stopped airing due to Kids' WB opting to use Cookie Jar Entertainment's shows Will & Dewitt and Magi-Nation. Krypto was aired on Boomerang from February 5, 2007 for a duration of 7 years until January 3, 2014.[4][5] The two-part holiday special, "Iguanukkah", aired on Cartoon Network, December 21, 2008 (as well as Christmas Eve and Christmas Day), as part of the all-day holiday specials marathon. It was shown on Boomerang. Overseas, the show currently airs on Boomerang in Australia[6] and on France 3 (as part of Ludo) in France. The show began airing on Boomerang Latin America in 2014. In the UK & Ireland, the series, upon starting, aired on the CBBC Channel before later moving to Cartoonito. However, as of November 2017, it appears to be no longer broadcast on that channel. Since September 2018, It started airing reruns on Tooncast in Latin America.

Home media

Warner Home Video released two DVD volumes in 2006 - each featured a few episodes from the first season; no further releases took place until it was announced that the complete series would be released on DVD on September 27, 2022.[7] The series was recently added alongside other DC animated shows onto HBO Max, but currently only in Latin America.

Region 1
Title Season(s) Episode count Release date Episodes Special Features
Cosmic Canine 1 4 June 20, 2006 "Krypto Scrypto Parts 1 and 2", "Super Flea", "A Bug's Strife", and "Meet the Dog Stars" "Krypto's Hideaway: Cool Guided Tour of Krypto's Spaceship, His Second Home", and "Unaired Promo Introduction to the Series"
Super Pets Unleashed 1 5 October 24, 2006 "The Streaky Story", "Diaper Madness", "Feline Fatale", "Dog-Gone Kevin", and "The Dark Hound Strikes" "Power Up!: A Rrrrousing Rrrrundown of Krypto's Special Powers"
Complete Series 1-2 39 September 27, 2022 Includes all 39 episodes from the entire series. N/A

References

  1. ^ "FOR YOUNG VIEWERS; Even Superman Had A Man's Best Friend". The New York Times. April 3, 2005. Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  2. ^ Crump, William D. (2019). Happy Holidays—Animated! A Worldwide Encyclopedia of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and New Year's Cartoons on Television and Film. McFarland & Co. p. 162. ISBN 9781476672939.
  3. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 347–348. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  4. ^ "1/25/2006 - Classic Characters Krypto The Superdog and Gerald McBoing Boing to Join Boomerang Line-up in February". Boomerang Pressroom. Cartoon Network Boomerang. 2006-01-25. Archived from the original on 2007-05-04.
  5. ^ "Cartoon Network Schedule - Boomerang". Cartoon Network. Time Warner. February 9, 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-02-10.
  6. ^ "Krypto on Boomerang". Retrieved 20 February 2018.
  7. ^ Milligan, Mercedes (May 10, 2022). "'Krypto the Superdog' Soars to First-Ever Complete DVD Set". Animation Magazine. Retrieved May 17, 2022.