On a Monday afternoon, Universal Pictures unveiled its latest project, “Dog Man,” an animated feature set to adapt the beloved book series penned by Dav Pilkey. Pilkey, celebrated for his enduringly popular kids’ graphic novel series, “Captain Underpants,” has crafted another tale that promises to captivate audiences. The studio has marked January 31, 2025, for the wide release of this animated gem.
Previously shrouded in mystery as the “Untitled DreamWorks Animation Film” on the release schedule, “Dog Man” stands alone on its designated release weekend, unchallenged by competitors. The anticipation builds for the cinematic debut of this canine-human hybrid hero.
Emmy-winning director Peter Hastings, recognized for his work on “The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants,” takes the helm of “Dog Man.” The animated feature unfolds a captivating narrative, beginning with a dog and a police officer encountering a life-altering incident on the job. A crucial and life-saving surgery follows, resulting in the creation of Dog Man—a unique character with a sworn duty to protect and serve, albeit with a humorous weakness for squirrels.
The storyline unfolds as Dog Man relentlessly pursues his arch-nemesis, the feline supervillain Petey the Cat. However, the familiar dynamic takes an unexpected turn with the introduction of an adorable kitten clone of Petey, aptly named Lil Petey. This unexpected addition not only alters the dynamics of the rivalry but also injects a fresh and heartwarming element into the narrative.
Beyond the silver screen, the origins of “Dog Man” trace back to the Scholastic series, which debuted in 2016. The series, currently comprising 11 books, has been a literary sensation, translated into 45 languages and selling an impressive 60 million copies in print. The success of the series has also given rise to a spinoff, the “Cat Kid Comic Club,” which made waves globally upon its debut in 2020.
The producer at the helm of bringing “Dog Man” to life is Karen Foster, known for her work on “Spirit Untamed.” Hastings, the visionary director, is represented by Gotham Group, adding another layer of talent to this promising cinematic venture. As the release date approaches, fans eagerly anticipate the on-screen magic that will bring Dog Man to life, with the promise of laughter, heart, and the enduring spirit of Dav Pilkey’s imaginative storytelling.
Shrek, Fiona, Donkey, Puss in Boots, Lord Farquaad