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CN Launches "Krypto the Superdog" as Lead-In to New Pre-School Block

Cartoon Network today officially announced Krypto the Superdog, a series of paired 11-minute animated episodes based on DC canine Krypto and his young human sidekick, Kevin Whitney. The show will lead into a major new initiative for CN, a block aimed at preschoolers called Tickle U (as in University).

Krypto will also feature Batman’s dog, the Bat-Hound, and The Dog Star Patrol, a sort of canine Justice League, as well as Sqeaky, the cat next door. The show is set for an April 4 premiere and will air Monday-Friday at 9 am.

Tickle U, the new preschool block, will begin August 22 and will air from 9-11 am E/P with Krypto as a lead-in. As CN vice president of development and programming Alice Cahn emphasizes, CN wants to take a different approach from other preschool blocks, in that Tickle U will not teach arithmatic or the alphabet, but rather it will try to teach humor. “No one is born funny,” she says. “Children learn to create humor and appreciate humor. Tickle U will help make children happy and support their acquisition of these important skills.” The block will limit advertising to the breaks between shows, on the half-hour and hour, and will be developed in collaboration with the Child Development Advisory Board.

The block’s intial programming slate will include, in addition to Krypto, Firehouse Tales, a series about talking fire trucks, and Gordon Gnome, which Kahn described as “what would happen if Martha Stewart joined forces with Bob the Builder.” Also in production for the block are Harry and His Bucketful of Dinosaurs, which follows a boy who can travel to the world of dinosaurs, Peppa Pig, about a family of pigs, and Gerald McBoing Boing, based on a classic Dr. Seuss story about a child who can only speak in sound effects. The show looks like it will stylistically emulate the classic UPA shorts of the same name with something of an updated feel.

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