Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie

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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.

Title:Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
Release Date:June 1, 2017
Genres:Action, Animation, Comedy, Family
Production Co.:DreamWorks Animation, Scholastic Entertainment
Production Countries:United States of America
Director:David Soren
Casts:, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Plot Keywords:underwear, school, principal, grade school
Alternative Titles:
  • Captain Underpants: Der supertolle erste Film - [DE]
  • Alsógatyás kapitány: A film - [HU]
  • Las aventuras del Capitán Calzoncillos: la película - [MX]
  • Kapten Kalsong - [SE]
  • Капітан Підштанько - [UA]
  • Капітан Підштаники: Перший епічний фільм - [UA]

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Reviews

  • As An Adult I Was Absolutely Entertained.
    by HealthyLove on 4 June 2017

    85 out of 112 people found the following review useful:

    The plot follows 2 imaginative elementary school prankster students, George Beard and Harold Hutchins (Hart, Middleditch) who hypnotize their mean-spirited principal, Mr. Krupp (Helms), into thinking he is Captain Underpants, a hero in comic books George and Harold write together.

    It is absolutely entertaining for adults and enchanting for all children who are looking for comedy and entertainment.

    Captain Underpants is DreamWorks' computer-animated feature film and that is why it will be number 1 in most countries of the world.

  • You'll never look at tighty-whities the same way again!
    by Dave McClain ( on 2 June 2017

    50 out of 81 people found the following review useful:

    Don't let the title lead you to believe that "Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie" (PG, 1:29) is "just another dumb kids' movie" or anything like that. It's more – surprisingly, much more! First of all, the film is based on the series of children's novels written and illustrated by Dav Pilkey. The main series of 12 books (not counting three spin-offs) were published 1997-2015 and received a 2006 Disney Adventures Kids' Choice Award. The books have been translated into 20 languages and sold over 70 million copies worldwide. So, that means that the books were successful enough to make the leap to the big screen, but the question here is whether the movie is any good as a standalone piece of entertainment. Well, if you're anything like me, being only vaguely aware of the titular character's existence (if at all) and skeptical of the film's title, you might need some convincing regarding whether Captain Underpants is worthy of your entertainment dollars – or your time – or that of any tykes in your life. For now, I'll just say that watching the movie convinced me that the answer to all those questions is a resounding "yes"! The movie takes characters and plot points from each of the first four books (especially the fourth one) – and some of the others – while mixing in some new stuff and functioning as both origin story and fun animated action/adventure. The story follows two 4th grade boys who are best friends and next-door neighbors, George Beard (voiced by Kevin Hart) and Harold Hutchins (Thomas Middleditch, from TV's "Silicon Valley"). Mainly because of their mean, child-hating principal, Mr. Krupp (Ed Helms), George and Kevin don't like being students at Jerome Horowitz Elementary (a fictional Ohio school using the birth name of Curly Howard, of "Three Stooges" fame). The boys funnel their frustrations, mischievous natures, natural creativity and 4th grade sense of humor into a series of pranks which puts them even deeper in Principal Krupp's dog house. With George as the writer and Harold as the illustrator, they also produce a series of comic books which depict the adventures of a dimwitted but enthusiastic superhero whom they call Captain Underpants (because most superhero costumes look like underwear anyway).

    With the help of their humorless and nerdy classmate, Melvin Sneedly (Jordan Peele), Principal Krupp gets some evidence of the wily George and Harold pulling one of their pranks and decides to place them in separate classes. The boys worry that this will result in the end of their friendship, so they take action. George hypnotizes Principal Krupp with a cereal box prize (a "3D Hypno Ring") and commands him to become Captain Underpants. Krupp embodies all of the hilarious positive and negative traits of the boys' comic creation, which forces them to stick with him to keep him from getting into trouble or getting hurt. Then they discover that Captain Underpants reverts to Principal Krupp when he gets wet, but becomes Captain Underpants again when George snaps his finger. The movie plays that back-and-forth for lots of laughs – and gives this superhero a villain to fight when a new science teacher who calls himself Professor P (Nick Kroll) turns out to be an evil genius who is trying to rid the world of laughter.

    "Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie" delivers all the charm of the books – and then some. The type of animation (similar to 2015's "The Peanuts Movie") is perfect for this one and the voice work couldn't be better. Sure, potty humor is this film's stock-in-trade, but it's so innocently and humorously presented, that it's hard not to smile (or laugh – repeatedly). But the beating heart of this script by Nicholas Stoller ("Storks", the "Neighbors" movies, 2011's and 2014's "Muppets" movies) is the friendship of the Captain Underpants creators, which is enhanced by a subtle anti-bullying message. Director David Soren ("Turbo") gives us jokes, comic timing and sight gags that are funnier and more enjoyable than most live action comedies – and includes a great balance of laughs and lessons. You could think of it as an Adam Sandler comedy appropriate for kids – and just as enjoyable by adults who will appreciate the relative innocence of George and Harold, while relating to their mischievousness.

    This movie takes common foibles, flaws and fantasies of elementary school students and turns them into a creative, clever and comedic animated adventure. But don't just take my word for it. I submit the following reactions for your consideration: During the preview screening I attended, both adults and children frequently laughed out loud, the audience applauded as the credits rolled and I even saw a teenage girl literally dancing out of the theater as the theme song by Weird Al Yankovic played. It's hard to believe that so much enjoyment can be packed into one little movie. Let's just hope it lives up to its title – namely, that it is indeed only the first epic Captain Underpants movie. Whether you're a fan of the books or not, give this one a chance. You'll never look at tighty whities the same way again. "A+"

  • Hard to know at what age this is pitched
    by fletcherj on 4 August 2017

    17 out of 20 people found the following review useful:

    I went with my five year old daughter and she was obviously getting bored by about two thirds of the way through.

    Some of the humour was a little beneath her but at the same time, there were sections I thought a tad scary.

    The story was a bit loose and everything was rather too hectic. But I'm not a five year old I suppose.

    In summary, I've sat through many children's films, most of which were better in terms of plot, nuance, implementation, etc.

    Five year old's dad (aged 50).

  • Nostalgic, Fully Of Potty Talk, And Incredibly Hilarious, "Captain Underpants" Is Major Loads Of Fun
    by TheJediWay9 on 2 June 2017

    41 out of 69 people found the following review useful:

    "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.

  • Great Movie for both children and adult
    by hoseini-09701 on 10 June 2017

    25 out of 40 people found the following review useful:

    Son: i really love the last part it's so funny i almost broke my spleen laughing i love the movie you should definitely check it out. read the whole captain underpants series at your local library. Father: I watched the movie with my son as he commented above. No doubt that was great movie for children but as a adult i would say there are many jokes and part you would love to and I think they also reminded me my school days.

  • Humorless, you might have to be retarded or below the age of 5 to enjoy this
    by riteshshergill on 26 August 2017

    13 out of 18 people found the following review useful:

    It is a really bad movie. The jokes (if any) are nonexistent unless you laugh at people named poopypants in which case you should watch it. On paper, it looks like an interesting idea but the execution is terrible. The main motive of the supervillain is to eradicate laughter from the world and he seems to have succeeded because I wasn't laughing at all. I don't think anybody was. There is no story, the dialog is meaningless and boring, the plot - no plot here. I don't understand why this movie had to be made. There is no place for jokes about poop and silly names n movies anymore, maybe a long time back but Hollywood has come a long way and if they feel that such jokes are still in vogue, they have underestimated the audience. Or maybe they haven't and I am being harsh. No. That's not it. This is clearly a cash grab and it's pathetic.

  • You get what you expect with the very silly Captain Underpants, but by embracing it's own madness, you also get a very funny movie
    by RforFilm on 7 June 2017

    24 out of 40 people found the following review useful:

    What fuels the imagination of children? Some say it's intellectual inspiration or reminders from their favorite TV shows. The truth of the matter is that ironically, boredom seems to be the catalyst for most children to build their own worlds. Think about it. Go back to when you were eight years old within your elementary school years. Say you were studying an uninteresting subject like the history of hay staking or how barrels of organized. When you find yourself board in that subject, what do you do? Your mind will wonder somewhere that's more interesting and cause you to conjure up characters and stories that would more fascinating.

    When kids do it, it's likely going to be more crude, but you can't deny that they try. The subjects in todays movie face one of their own creations and the insanity it insures.

    I'll say now that I never read any of the Captain Underpants books even as a kid, but I see them every time I walk into a Barnes & Noble, so you can take that their popular. I figured that they were about goofy characters, and Captain Underpants delivers that, but I was surprised by how creative and funny this was.

    Within the Jerome Horwitz Elementary School, forth-graders George Beard (played by Kevin hart) and Harold Hutchins (played by Thomas Middleditch) are the class clowns to do everything to make the rest of the students happy. They also make up their own comic series called "Captain Underpants". Though their pranks are harmless, their cruel principal Benjamin Krupp (played by Ed Helms) despises them and seems to only be happy when the children of his school are expressionless drones. When the pranks prove too much for Mr. Krupp, he reveals that he's going to place the boys in separate classes. In response, George accidentally hypnotizes their principal with a Cracker Jack ring.

    The boys set up Mr. Krupp's mind so that whenever fingers are snapped, he becomes Captain Underpants. Though the new superhero alter ego proves to be nicer and funnier to the kids, he's also under the delusion that he has powers, causing to boys to follow him everywhere to make sure he doesn't get hurt. Not only does this reveal how sad Mr. Krupp's life is outside the school, but he accidentally hires a new science teacher Mr. PP (played by Nick Kroll) who wants to rid the world of laughter. Can the boys find a way to stop him and keep Captain Underpants in control?

    With a name like Captain Underpants, of course your going to get a very silly story with juvenile names and occasional potty humor. I can tell you now that it's aware of that and fully embraces it to its advantage. The movie keeps up its child-like tone to a point where I was laughing along with the kids in my theater. While there are the immature jokes you'd expect, a lot of jokes are genuinely funny and address the stress that kids, and even teachers go through within their daily lives.

    I think what made this work were the voice actors. At first I thought it was odd to have big name celebrities voice kids rather then just having child actors, until I realized that the level of speed needed to get to the fast pace seems to suit Kevin Hart and Thomas Middleditch better. Ed Helms does well as both Captain Underpants and Principal Krupp, as they keep switching him back and forth to give us a manic, but fun performance. Even Nick Kroll, who is definitely goofy as a mad scientist, does get a moment about his backstory, that made you somewhat sympathetic to him (though how could you not laugh at a name like Professor Poopypants?).

    You may notice that Captain Underpants has a similar animation style to the Peanuts Movie, where despite being computer animated, has a look that resembles the flat, hand-drawn feel. I enjoy that, as it only gives more variety to the animation offerings we have. It seems to resemble the illustrations from the book (which we also get in various parts in the movie) without trying to make things to close to real life.

    I'll give this eight Captain Underpants books out of ten. While it's not a great movie, I can't imagine what great things you could do with this subject. It's silly and fun; sometimes that's alright as long as it's done well. If you look at the film and only see it as too juvenile, it's unlikely you'll like this. It knows that kids are going to be ones to enjoy this the most, but even this understands that all adults were children at some point. If you can accept that a silly idea can go with itself all the way through, then put on some underpants, and probably some pants over that, and give it a watch.

  • Exactly what kids love....
    by MartinHafer on 6 June 2017

    25 out of 42 people found the following review useful:

    This has been a huge week for "Wonder Woman", as it set a record for a female-directed movie with over $100,000,000 at the box office. However, in all the excitement over this film there is another superhero movie that debuted as well that deserves our attention as well…"Captain Underpants"! And, after having seen both films, I have to admit that I enjoyed watching "Captain Underpants" more because it is something few superhero movies are these days….it's fun! Please understand me…I am not saying it's necessarily better. However, it is a lot of fun and lighthearted…things you'd almost never associate with today's very dark superhero films…and reasons you might not want to take kids to see most of the pictures in this genre.

    In order to enjoy the Captain Underpants movie it sure helps if you are a child…or if you are a bit childish. My daughters grew up reading the Captain Underpants books and Dav Pilkey's character certainly has been a hit among kids. Why do kids love Captain Underpants? Well, it's everything serious literature is not…it's filled with potty humor, bad jokes and silliness because Pilkey wrote and illustrated the books as if they were really created by mischievous children…the same George and Harold who are the stars of the film. And, having been a middle school teacher as well as a man who adamantly refuses to grow up, I had a wonderful time seeing it with my 22 year-old daughter…who also loved the movie.

    The story begins with George and Harold being called into their very grouchy principal's office. As usual, they are up to no good and as usual the mirthless man is about to throw the book at the boys… sending them to separate classrooms…which is horrible since they are best friends. However, in desperation, George tries out his cheap hypno- ring he got in a cereal box and amazingly it works…turning the principal into the boys' slave. They decide to make him become Captain Underpants…the hero in the comic book the boys have created. And, like this character, the principal begins running around town fighting crime….in his underwear! Little do the boys realize that they'll need his help when the evil Professor Poopypants arrives with his latest weapon!

    Okay…I'll admit this does not sound like Shakespeare or Jane Austin. You've got Professor Poopypants, comments about Uranus and fart jokes. But these are exactly what kids really love…and I heard lots of kids laughing throughout the movie. And, even though I am supposed to be sophisticated and above all this, I found myself laughing too.

    I also appreciate how the Canadian team who made the film managed to capture the look, style and spirit of the Captain Underpants books. While the CGI is not the most complicated I've ever seen, it matches the characters perfectly…and even offers a cute added sock puppet show! Funny, well written and a lot of fun, this is NOT a good date night movie but a perfect film if you've got kids (young or even grown like mine) who grew up with Pilkey's creation. Not to be missed.

  • Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie should tickle your funny bone!
    by tavm on 9 June 2017

    27 out of 46 people found the following review useful:

    When I decided to watch this with my movie theatre-working friend, I didn't really know much of what it was about other than it was based on some books I never read and that it had a satirical bent concerning superheros and kids' imagination in creating them. George and Harold are a couple of pre-teen boys who love comics to the point of creating the title character mentioned above. But the principal at their school has had enough of their pranks and resolves to separate them by having them in different classes. I'll stop there and just say this was quite funny and maybe a bit touching in how some things get resolved. But the fact the fourth wall is often broken seems a sure sign that nothing is meant to be taken seriously. My friend had seen this before and liked it enough to let me watch it with him. It really tickled my funny bone, that's for sure! So on that note, I-and he-highly recommend Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie.

  • The First Big Screen Adventure of Captain Underpants is Beautiful, Funny and Pretty Weird
    by CANpatbuck3664 on 4 June 2017

    32 out of 56 people found the following review useful:

    *Minor Spoilers Ahead* George (Kevin Hart) and Harold (Thomas Middleditch) are two elementary school kids that write and animate comic books in their tree house. Their favourite character is Captain Underpants and we get an introduction to his comic origin in the beginning. Moving back to George and Harold, their friendship is as close as it gets and they spend their days making these comics and pulling pranks on the faculty. To any adult looking in, they're a pain to deal with but they bring life to their dull and dreary environment. Principal Krupp (Ed Helms) definitely is in the camp that believes that these two are a menace and he makes it his goal to put an end to their shenanigans. He's unable to catch them in the act so he has to endure their constant misadventures until the school tattletale Milton (Jordan Peele) records them messing with his project for the science fair. Krupp sees this as the opportunity to move them into separate classes, effectively destroying their friendship. There's little hope but in an act of desperation, George tries to hypnotize Krupp using a Hypno-Ring that he found in his cereal. Against all the odds, it actually works and he falls under their command. They come up with the idea to turn him into Captain Underpants. It works but Krupp gallops out of the office to fight evil with George and Harold running behind him trying to get a handle on the situation.

    I got a chance to read a few of the books when I was younger and while they're very much geared towards kids, the books were pretty funny and surprisingly creative. To my surprise, they change the story around a little but Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie is very faithful to Dave Pilkey's work. The characters all have the same spirit, the message of the books carry over and perhaps most importantly, the movie shares the same adventurous sense of humour. I was laughing constantly in this movie despite being an adult and most of the kids in the theatre were laughing along with me. The movie has a very fast pace and the jokes are firing at a mile a minute clip. On the downside though, although I thought this was one of the funniest animated movies I've seen in a while, it is definitely more geared towards kids. There's a lot of potty humour and while they pay respect to the Captain Underpants books by including so much of it, there's only so many times you can laugh at Professor Poopypants as an adult. I was familiar with the material so I knew what to expect but to the uninitiated it might be a tad jarring. Some great kids movies include some jokes to tide the adults over, this movie has some meta humour but there's not as much as I would have liked.

    While the plot of the movie is pretty simple and it's carried by the comedy, the animation is awesome. Dreamworks really did a great job of following the art style of the books but presenting a great looking movie. It reminded me a lot of the Peanuts Movie that was put out by Blue Sky Studio in 2015 (I mean that as a big compliment). It's hard to find a balance between calling back to the source yet compete in a crowded big budget animated movie market. Dreamworks normally deliver solid entertainment but I was pretty blown away by what they accomplished with this property.

    Looking at the voice acting talent, you've got some big names filling these roles which is typical of Dreamworks. I wasn't sure that Kevin Hart and Thomas Middleditch would work given that their characters are supposed to be kids. But they were both really good and they both flawlessly delivered the jokes yet brought warmth to their characters. Ed Helms was impressive as Principal Krupp/Captain Underpants. I wouldn't have though he'd be a talented voice actor but he definitely got the job done. Nick Kroll is fresh off Sausage Party and after this I think he's definitely becoming an authority in this area. Jordan Peele and Kristen Schaal round out a solid voice cast and they were good in their supportive roles.

    I think my favourite part of this movie was the fact that it wasn't afraid to be really weird. They don't just stick to conventional animation or conventional storytelling. We get portions of the story told through George and Harold's comics, sock puppets and regular puppets. They have different animation asides and they even incorporate one of my favourite parts of the books in something that was completely unexpected (I can't spoil what). They also have parts where they break 4th wall and explain things to the audience directly. I loved those aspects of Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie and it helped make things different and memorable.

    This movie won't be everyone's favourite movie and I can completely understand that. This is going to work for kids and adults who remember these books but this movie also puts in way more effort than it had to. The movie even has a decent message of friendship and trying to look at issues from different sides. This isn't Dreamworks best movie (I would still give that to the original How to Train Your Dragon) but I would put among their best movies ever. If you're a fan of Captain Underpants you're going to love this and I think you'll get enough out of this that it won't be a pain to see this with the kids.

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