Two mischievous kids hypnotize their mean elementary school principal and turn him into their comic book creation, the kind-hearted and elastic-banded Captain Underpants.
|Release Date||:||June 1, 2017|
|Genres||:||Action, Animation, Comedy, Family|
|Production Company||:||DreamWorks Animation, Scholastic Entertainment|
|Production Countries||:||United States of America|
|Writers||:||Nicholas Stoller, Dav Pilkey|
|Casts||:||Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, Thomas Middleditch, Nick Kroll, Jordan Peele, Kristen Schaal, Dee Dee Rescher, Brian Posehn, Grey Griffin, Fred Tatasciore, Mel Rodriguez, David Soren, Susan Fitzker, Lynnane Zager, Tiffany Lauren Bennicke, James Ryan, Leslie David Baker, Sugar Lyn Beard, Lesley Nicol, Chris Miller, Coco Soren|
|Plot Keywords||:||underwear, school, principal, grade school|
"Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie" is a movie that is finally released that is based off the book series of the same name by Dav Pilkey and is about two fourth graders named George and Harold who are troublemakers in their school and are often ridiculed by their mean principal Mr. Krupp. When they decide to hypnotize Mr. Krupp into thinking he is the superhero Captain Underpants, a superhero the boys created in their homemade comic books, chaos and mayhem then ensues.
I remember reading these books in elementary school. They were always sold at our seasonal book fairs, and because it was a Catholic elementary school, they eventually got banned and were deemed inappropriate. Captain Underpants was a big part of my childhood, and though I never finished reading the series as I got too old to continue with the series, I have always been fond of the series and one day want to go back and re-read the books. The movie certainly helped with this. This is a movie that could've been either really good or really bad. Luckily, it was really good.
This movie, like the books, is very self-aware. It knows it's a movie. The characters know that, and break the fourth wall constantly. This worked because by doing so it stuck to the source material. The books constantly broke the fourth wall and were very self-aware that they were books as well. If the movie didn't have that element, then this movie would not have worked as well as it did. That is a key component from the books that I think has to be in the movie, especially to play up the laughs.
The animation is very smooth as well. No technical problems with the animation in this movie as far as I am concerned. It is a very beautiful, colorful looking movie.
This movie isn't a straight adaptation of the first book. The villain in this movie is Professor Poopypants, probably the most iconic Captain Underpants villain in the books, and that's what I liked. You give the most iconic villain from the book series a plot to work with that is similar to his own book that it felt so nostalgic that it was great. It was full of potty talk which was great. I know that is a complaint for many people with these types of movie, but listen, you have to stick to the source material, and the source material had a lot of "potty" talk. It had to be in here. There is a sequence from the books called "Flip-O-Rama" that is a prominent staple in the books and it somehow made its way into the movie and was awesome!
This is nostalgic fun, full of potty talk, with smooth animation that has laughs for kids and adults alike. I am going to give Captain Underpants an A.