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Dog Man | Universal | January 31, 2025

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https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/dog-man-movie-in-the-works-from-dreamworks-animation-exclusive?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter

 

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DreamWorks Animation has gone to the dog.

 

The animation arm owned by Universal, is developing a feature film adaptation of Dog Man, the mega-selling graphic novel series by Dav Pilkey.

 

Peter Hastings, who cut his teeth writing influential '90s animated series Animaniacs and Pinky and the Brain, is attached to direct Dog Man, whose rights DreamWorks recently optioned.

 

Published by Scholastic, the Dog Man series of books follows the madcap adventures of Dog Man, a lovable canine superhero, and his friends Li’l Petey, a curious kitten who embodies love, optimism and hope, and 80-HD, a robot who expresses himself best through his art. They call themselves the “Supa Buddies.”

 

Pilkey began the series after winding down his previous hit creation, Captain Underpants. Dog Man became an even bigger hit, thanks to the writer-artist's humor and heart, with the books exploring universally positive themes including empathy, kindness, persistence, becoming a better version of one’s self and the importance of doing good. Also, the unique style of the graphic novels is intended to encourage the love of reading and creativity in kids.

 

It’s important to underscore the massive nature of the series. Forget about all nine books becoming No. 1 best-sellers. The recent titles have had first printings of 3 million and 5 million copies, unheard-of numbers in the graphic novel industry and squashing anything close to the majority of offerings from the bigger names in comics, DC and Marvel. Pilkey is operating in the realm of authors such as Stephen King, and in 2019 he was named Publisher’s Weekly person of the year, the first time a cartoonist had received the recognition. His book tour events sometimes take place in packed arenas.

 

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“Directed by Emmy winner Peter Hastings (The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants), Dog Man‘s plot is thrust into motion when a dog and a police officer are injured together on the job. A life-saving surgery thereafter changes the course of history when Dog Man is born. Half dog, half man, Dog Man is sworn to protect and serve — as long as he isn’t distracted by squirrels — as he doggedly pursues his arch-nemesis: the feline supervillain Petey the Cat. But the rivalry between Dog Man and Petey is upended by the arrival of an adorable kitten clone of Petey, Lil Petey, who changes the game for both of them.”


Yes! They’re keeping the child custody battle!

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1 hour ago, YM! said:

“Directed by Emmy winner Peter Hastings (The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants), Dog Man‘s plot is thrust into motion when a dog and a police officer are injured together on the job. A life-saving surgery thereafter changes the course of history when Dog Man is born. Half dog, half man, Dog Man is sworn to protect and serve — as long as he isn’t distracted by squirrels — as he doggedly pursues his arch-nemesis: the feline supervillain Petey the Cat. But the rivalry between Dog Man and Petey is upended by the arrival of an adorable kitten clone of Petey, Lil Petey, who changes the game for both of them.”


Yes! They’re keeping the child custody battle!

Oh wow. Glad to know some Animaniacs writers from the 90s get work today.

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