Captain Underpants The First Epic Movie DVD Reviewed By Jon E Clist

The Premise
Two overly imaginative pranksters named George and Harold hypnotize their principal into thinking he's a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants.

The Review
The Captain Underpants books have enthralled millions of kids all over the world. It was only a matter of time before some smart producer took the toilet jokes and immature gags and turned it into kid friendly cinematic gold. By gold, I mean a film franchise that already has a massive market built on books and ready to drop serious coin at the box office. We have seen many kids’ books make it into the big screen with great success and some that certainly didn’t deserve it.

Here, I am happy to say, is a film that has plenty of laughs, clever dialogue and a whole lot of clever animation too. So many great belly laughs for all ages are spread throughout the film and are a nice mix of silly/immature and then some cleverly crafted gags. Sure, this is a kids film and yet as an adult I enjoyed it as did the adults around me.

This film has been a long time coming. When development for either a live-action film or TV series began, Dav Pilkey wanted Chris Farley to play Captain Underpants. However, Farley tragically passed away, and the project was shelved. So here we are two decades after the book was first released and finally we get the superhero we deserve.

Don’t get me wrong, this is still very much a film for the kids an they will enjoy it immensely however there is lovely tone to it that will resonate with the adults to make it more than bearable to sit through. Plus the cast is brilliant.

The Verdict
My pick as the best of the kids films releasing at the moment and a lot of fun overall. Plus if your kids have read the books it will connect with their imaginations and if they haven't, then maybe it will encourage them to read them now.

The Trailer

The Info
DVD Releases: 20th December 2017
Rating: G
Duration: 89 minutes 
Genre:  Animation, Family
Starring: Ed Helms, Kristen Schaal, Kevin Hart, Nick Kroll & Thomas Middleditch
Director: David Soren (Films)

The Extras

Released on the year of the book series' 20th anniversary.

The last DreamWorks Animation film to be distributed by 20th Century Fox before Universal Pictures took over.

In the first book, one of the pranks that George and Harold pull is having the PA system in the school playing "Weird Al" for six hours. The film's theme song is sung by none other than "Weird Al."

This is the sixth Dreamworks movie to be adapted from a children's book, the first five being Shrek (2001), How to Train Your Dragon (2010), Rise of the Guardians (2012), Home (2015), and The Boss Baby (2017).

The school around which the film's actions are centered is named "Jerome Horwitz Elementary." Jerome Horwitz is the birth name of Curly Howard.

This will be Dreamworks Animation's 31st film adaption.

This movie will be based on several of the Captain Underpants books by Dav Pilkey.

The subtitle for the film says "The First Epic Movie," despite no sequel announced yet. This is because the books had the subtitles "The First, Second, Third, etc. epic novel."

Ed Helms' second Dreamworks Animation Film after Monsters vs. Aliens (2009).

First film adaptation of a Dav Pilkey book.

The shot of the school children marching sadly into school in the rain is an homage to the shot in Joe Versus the Volcano of workers marching slowly in the rain into a factory; a scene which in turn references the great Sci Fi classic Metropolis, in which workers march like clockwork automatons into the factory.

This will be DreamWorks' first superhero movie since Megamind (2010).