Netflix Dogs in Space animated series trailer is adorable

Six different breeds of animated dogs in spacesuits prepare to explore an alien world.

The least deceptive advertising possible on a program called Dogs in space.
Screenshot: Netflix

In 1957, the Soviet Union launched a dog appointed Laika in orbit. It was a big milestone in the space race, but it didn’t end well for Laika. Hopefully the canine stars of Netflixthe new animated series of Dogs in space will do better.

I have to assume they will, because they are drawn Hello Kitty– cute level, and it looks a lot like a cartoon made for kids with bright colors and silly jokes and apparently no tendency to distort anything for an older audience. Here is the trailer:

And just in case you’re having a hard time figuring out the show’s title, here’s a description from Netflix instead: “In the not-so-distant future, genetically improved dogs are being sent across the universe in search of a. new home for the human race. It’s a giant cosmic salvage game, as the dogs search for a planet that will save humanity and, more importantly, let them return to their beloved owners.

I am skeptical of owners who have allowed their pets to be launched into space for a mission that surely would be better run by humans, but I appreciate that the show seems to go very light on dog jokes, like no gags on a planet where aliens look like fire hydrants. Since the show’s first season consists of 10 19-minute episodes, the outdated dog tropes would age very quickly.

Dogs in space, a show about animals called canines that takes place in the infinite, inky, and empty expanses of the universe, stars Haley Joel Osment as Garbage, Sarah Chalke as Stella, Kimiko Glenn as Nomi, Chris Parnell as Ed, David Lopez as Chonies, William Jackson Harper as Loaf and JP Karliak as Happy. It will air on Netflix on November 18.

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