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When the property came into Cartoon Network, it underwent an evolution from its first conception, according to Burnett. "At first it was Krypto and the Super Pets, where they would take a lot of the pets from other DC characters. It moved through a couple of different designers as well, and by the time it came to me, stylistically, I'm into the older Hanna-Barbera stuff like Atom Ant, Secret Squirrel, Frankenstein Jr. and the others. That was the stuff that really got me wanting to draw when I was a kid, and made me want to get into the business, so when I draw, that's kind of the style I gravitate towards.
"They kind of wanted a different look than what was out there, so I gave it a go in my style. It wasn't necessarily 'different,' but rather it was something that people really hadn't seen in thirty years or so. Even though it's had a resurgence in reruns, that Hanna-Barbera look is still a style that's relatively rarely seen these days. For this generation, that's grown up on Rugrats and Spongebob, Powerpuff Girls, Dexter's Lab and things like that, Krypto's style has a very familiar feel, and people like it - they can't put their finger on why it's familiar, but it's somehow familiar."
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