Trailer for Dreamworks Animation’s Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie.
Based on the worldwide sensation and bestselling book series, and boasting an A-list cast of comedy superstars headed by Kevin Hart and Ed Helms, DreamWorks Animation brings audiences the long-awaited global movie event, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie. This raucously subversive comedy for the entire family tells the story of two overly imaginative pranksters named George and Harold, who hypnotize their principal into thinking he’s a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants.The film is based on the children’s novel series “Captain Underpants” by American author and illustrator Dav Pilkey. The series follows two fourth graders, George Beard and Harold Hutchins, and Captain Underpants, an aptly named superhero from one of the boys’ homemade comic books, that accidentally becomes real when George and Harold hypnotize their ill-tempered principal, Mr. Krupp. The Captain Underpants series includes 12 books and 3 spin-offs, and won a Disney Adventures Kids’ Choice Award on April 4, 2006. As of 2016, the series had been translated in over 20 languages with more than 70 million books sold worldwide!
Although these Captain Underpants books are wildly popular, they do not come without any controversy. The series has been banned in some schools for insensitivity and being unsuited to age group, as well as encouraging children to disobey authority. Plus there are many parents who do not care for the “potty” humor. Also, the 12th book received controversy due to a reference to Harold being gay and some elementary schools have banned the book just for this reason. You find any wildly successful book, and it is a matter of time until Hollywood turns it into a movie, no mater the subject. And that is exactly what we have here.
The animation is very reminiscent of the old school look that was also used in . I am not sure why they chose to go this route…possibly to appeal more to the younger generations? It doesn’t really bother me, just an interesting choice.