A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this is a fairly innocuous cartoon about a superhero dog (originally owned by Superman) who, along with his coterie of companions, saves the city of Metropolis from an array of villains. Each half-hour episode is broken down into a pair of shorter stories, making this a good length for younger viewers; the action is suitable for the little ones as well, since the bad guys get theirs, but in a pretty tame fashion -- often tangled up in their own tails or scared right into a cage.
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What's the story?
In this animated series, Superman's dog Krypto (voiced by Sam Vincent) strikes out on his own. Joined by new friends Streaky (Brian Drummond) the super-cat, Ace the Bat-Hound (Scott McNeil) and others, Krypto battles villains in and around Metropolis. Krypto, who shares most of his former owner's powers, lives in a suburban neighborhood with a 9-year-old boy named Kevin (Alberto Ghisi). The villains he faces are only as scary as adorable kitten Snooky Wookums (Nicole Bouma) -- who turns out to be more than he initially appears. Other baddies include the pets of DC villains like the Joker and Lex Luthor.
Is it any good?
Krypto is a great cartoon for younger viewers. The animation is crisp and vibrant, with bright colors and lots of fun sound effects. Plots center on innocent events like the theft of a boatload of crackers by a parrot pirate and the arrival of a collective of intergalactic dogs who come to Earth to prevent a cat takeover.
Characters work together to solve problems and frequently help each other out in times of distress. The jokes are funny and clever, so parents can watch with kids and not get bored. Episodes are split into two stories per half-hour, so even kids with shorter attention spans can follow the plots. All in all, this is good family fun.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about issues raised by the show. In one episode, for example, when Streaky becomes a "supercat," he wants to use his powers against the dogs who have bullied him in the past. Krypto comes to the rescue and offers some advice about Streaky's new duties. Children can explore what it means to have responsibility, and what their individual responsibilities are. On the lighter side, parents can ask kids what it would be like to have a pet with super powers.
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