|Krypto the Superdog|
|Format||Animated television series|
|Created by||DC Comics, Warner Bros. Animation|
|Directed by||Scott Jeralds|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||78|
|Producer(s)||Warner Bros. Animation
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Original run||March 25, 2005– December 15, 2006|
Krypto the Superdog is an American animated television series produced by DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation, based on the DC Comics character Krypto. The show premiered on Cartoon Network in March 25, 2005 and aired on Kids' WB! in September 2006.
A comic book series (based on the TV show) was published by DC Comics under the Johnny DC imprint, which lasted 6 issues, from 2005 to 2006. Unlike most superhero cartoons, the show appeals to young children.
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 inadvertently presses a few buttons and causes the ship to put him into a deep sleep while it heads on to Earth.
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, Krypto is adopted by Kevin Whitney, a young boy, with whom Superman arranges for him to stay. Krypto poses as an ordinary dog while living with Kevin's family, but adopts the secret identity of "Superdog" for his superheroic deeds; Kevin is aware of Krypto's dual identity, but the rest of Kevin's family is not.
In this series, the various animals, including Krypto, all are capable of speaking to each other, but not to humans, save for Kevin (who is able to communicate with Krypto and the other animals thanks to a universal translator Kevin wears, known as an intergalactic communicator) and, of course, the viewers.
On December 15, 2006, the series was canceled. Reruns were shown on Kids' WB, but stopped airing due to 4Kids TV and Kids' WB joining to make CW4Kids. Krypto the Superdog is also airing on the cable television channel Boomerang. 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's now airing on Cartoon Network, showing old episodes of the series.