Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie is based a set of books (Captain Underpants) which were made for children about two elementary school students, Harold and George. Harold and George go to a school that is very boring and they try to pump some life into it by pulling pranks and writing comic books. They created a superhero called Captain Underpants, who wears underpants and a cape and fights crime. One day, Harold and George hypnotize their mean principle, Principle Krupp, and turn him into Captain Underpants. Adventure ensues due to this event.
Now, I might be a little biased because I used to love these books as a kid. This is a kid’s movie through and through but it isn’t necessarily a bad movie by any means. This movie feels like you’re watching a Captain Underpants book and that’s great in my opinion. Some of the humor falls flat for viewers that aren’t children, but some parts of this movie had me cracking up.
Looking back at this movie, there isn’t much that I loved or hated about it. The movie is actually kind of forgettable. If this movie came out when I was a young lad, I probably would have loved it. The movie is very much like a Captain Underpants book so naturally, there’s a lot of toilet humor. As a viewer that isn’t a child, most of it falls pretty flat.
I’m a big fan of the animation and voice acting. It’s a Dreamworks movie, so the animation is pretty quality. The movie is star studded with voice acting talent from Kevin Hart, Thomas Middleditch, Ed Helms, Jordan Peele, Kristen Schaal, and Nick Kroll.
I really don’t have much to say about the movie but I do have a few things.
When we took a look into Harold and George’s comics, it felt like I was back in elementary school reading a Captain Underpants book. I don’t know if they actually had the artists that did the books to do these parts of the movie but these parts just felt right.
The segment where they showed the Flip-O-Rama for Captain Underpants’ fight against Professor Poopypants took me back and I loved it. Pick up a Captain Underpants book and read it and you’ll understand why. I used to LOVE the Flip-O-Ramas as a kid. Breaking the fourth wall and saying they did the fight as a classic Flip-O-Rama because it would have been to expensive to animate god a good chuckle out of me.
I don’t know if it was just me but the time from when we meet Professor P. to the time Captain Underpants defeats him seems very fast. (I just checked back, Professor P. is in more than half of the movie, it’s just a short movie.) I understand that it’s a movie made for kids and you need to get to the point quick but it just seemed too quick.
The part that got the biggest laugh out of me was when Professor P. was a giant and so was Harold’s hand and they began to fight over the ray gun. When Professor P. grabs the ray gun and Harold just slaps it out of his hand with his enlarged hand made me laugh pretty hard. I don’t know what it was about this scene that made me find it so funny, but I loved it.
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