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Captain Underpants: a superhero who needs your help

Simon Brew Aug 23, 2017

One of the best family movies in ages is struggling at the box office. We take a look...

Trawling through the box office totals for 2017’s family movie releases is not the cheeriest of jobs. For me, the two most entertaining and funniest have been The Lego Batman Movie and Captain Underpants. Both have the best written gags I’ve enjoyed at the cinema all year, and both have found their box office slightly depressed.

The Lego Batman Movie, for all the noise it rightly made during its release period, actually recorded box office totals a good deal less than most of us would have expected a) for a Lego movie, and b) for a Batman movie. Still, Warner Bros’ marketing machine is busy selling DVDs right now to right that wrong.

But the underperformance of Captain Underpants is borderline criminal. Based on the excellent series of children’s books,
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10 films to beat the 2017 franchise fatigue

Mark Harrison Aug 1, 2017

Bored with massive films and special effects? Then here are 10 smaller movies well worth your consideration...

It's that time of year when we usually give you a list of films playing in cinemas during August, as the summer blockbuster season winds down, that will help cleanse your palate after all the tentpoles and sequels that have proliferated throughout the year so far. But to be honest, this summer has been so good to us, we're more refreshed than usual.

Even aside from originals like Edgar Wright's Baby Driver and Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk, this year's blockbusters have been of an unusually high standard. Wonder Woman pulled the Dceu out of its critical nosedive, War For The Planet Of The Apes is a gorgeous and emotional conclusion to the reboot trilogy, Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 and Spider-Man: Homecoming proved that Marvel's ever expanding continuity is still going strong.
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Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie review – more than just flatulence gags

This surprisingly nuanced animation intersperses lavatory humour with narrative invention

Although one of the foundations on which much children’s cinema was built, lavatory humour was always perceived as an inglorious last resort. Can’t think of a funny line? Have a character break wind instead. By this logic, Captain Underpants, a film almost entirely crafted out of lavatory humour, should be a soul-crushing, puerile slog. However, David Soren’s animation, which was adapted from the children’s books by Dav Pilkey, is a delightful surprise. It’s a celebration of friendship, of the boundless creativity of children’s minds. It’s a dizzily silly collection of sly cultural references. It’s visually inventive, narratively agile. And yes, it has fart gags.

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'The Mummy' reaches $222m worldwide

'The Mummy' reaches $222m worldwide
Meanwhile, Wonder Woman surges to $483.2m globally.

Universal Pictures International’s The Mummy, from director Alex Kurtzman and starring Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella, stands at $181.5m after debuting in 65 territories last week day-and-date with North America.

Universal’s first instalment of its ‘Dark Universe’ series of monster movie revivals stands at $222m worldwide as it heads into five additional territories this week, including France.

Following The Mummy, Universal will release several more monster movies including The Invisible Man, Frankenstein and Dracula.

Universal’s latest animation Despicable Me 3 will debut in five territories, including Australia and the Philippines this week.

The third instalment of the successful franchise is directed by Kyle Balda and Pierre Coffin and features the voice talents of Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, and Jenny Slate.

F. Gary Gray’s action tentpole The Fate Of The Furious has reached $1.007bn internationally. Get Out from director Jordan Peele stands at $75.2m and has no new
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'The Mummy' has reached $222m worldwide.

'The Mummy' has reached $222m worldwide.
Meanwhile, ‘Wonder Woman’ surges to $483.2m globally.

Universal Pictures International’s The Mummy, from director Alex Kurtzman and starring Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella, stands at $181.5m after debuting in 65 territories last week day-and-date with North America.

Universal’s first instalment of its ‘Dark Universe’ series of monster movie revivals stands at $222m worldwide as it heads into five additional territories this week, including France.

Following The Mummy, Universal will release several more monster movies including The Invisible Man, Frankenstein and Dracula.

Universal’s latest animation Despicable Me 3 will debut in five territories, including Australia and the Philippines this week.

The third instalment of the successful franchise is directed by Kyle Balda and Pierre Coffin and features the voice talents of Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, and Jenny Slate.

F. Gary Gray’s action tentpole The Fate Of The Furious has reached $1.007bn internationally. Get Out from director Jordan Peele stands at $75.2m and has no new
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Video Movie Review: Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017): So Stupid, It’s Great

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017) Video Movie Review, a DreamWorks Animation movie directed by David Soren and starring Kevin Hart as George Beard, Thomas Middleditch as Harold Hutchins, Ed Helms as Mr. Krupp, Jordan Peele as Melvin and Nick Kroll as Professor Poopypants. In this video review, I delve into David [...]

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Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie | Review

Director: David Soren Writers: Nicholas Stoller, Dav Pilkey, David Soren Starring: Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, Nick Kroll, Thomas Middleditch, Jordan Peele, Kristen Schaal If you’re under the age of 12 and/or potty jokes are your cup of tea, there’s a pretty good chance that you’re really going to enjoy Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie. Otherwise, this is a […]
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Film Review: ‘Captain Underpants’ Saves Us From the Summer Snooze

Chicago - I’m sure from the title you can glean the level of seriousness to expect, but how funny “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie” turns out to be is no laughing matter. The film’s surprising irreverence and respect for the comic book genre makes this the animated hero we’ve needed, and the second best superhero film out this weekend (See: Wonder Woman).

Rating: 4.0/5.0

For obvious reasons, most animated films like this one are aimed at children, but only the truly impressive ones incorporate aspects for adults, realizing that they will be the ones who have to sit through the film with their children. The general humor in the film caters to young boys, with enough potty humor to clog a toilet with. Nicholas Stoller adapts David Pilkey’s popular book series enough care to stay faithful to the series’ superhero essence while creating an original story with it.
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Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Review

There’s no question that – despite the timeless Marvel vs. DC debate (or perhaps because of it?) – superhero cinema is here to stay for a long time. The recent releases of such critically acclaimed efforts as Logan and this week’s Wonder Woman, however, underscore the genre’s need to explore some fresh approaches to comic book storytelling, lest the million think pieces heralding the cinematic fall of superheroes come to fruition. So, while adults looking to satisfy their bloodlust can see Hugh Jackman shredding off limbs in the aforementioned latest X-Men film, children can root for a decidedly less self-serious hero in Dreamworks’ latest release, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie.

Based on the 12-book series by author Dav Pilkey, the film follows elementary school students George (Kevin Hart) and Harold (Thomas Middleditch), who stumble upon the perfect way to keep their school’s notorious Principal Krupp (Ed Helms
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Movie Review – Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017)

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, 2017.

Directed by David Soren.

Featuring the voice talents of Kevin Hart, Thomas Middleditch, Ed Helms, Nick Kroll, Jordan Peele, and Kristen Schaal.

Synopsis:

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

As superhero films shift more in the direction of mature themes (even the PG-13 offerings are starting to push the envelope), a specifically child-friendly hopeful franchise starter such as Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie is an appreciated gift. Based on the series of novels by Dav Pilkey, directed by David Soren (Turbo), and notably written by Nicholas Stoller (most known for critically acclaimed R-rated comedic efforts such as Forgetting Sarah Marshall, also having successfully proven himself at adapting material for younger ones by writing both The Muppets Movies), the animated feature expectedly embraces lowbrow toilet humor,
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Film Review: ‘Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie’

Film Review: ‘Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie’
The world of mainstream animated comedy, in case you hadn’t noticed, has been regressing to infantile states of being. Last year we had “Storks,” a light kiddie fantasy about how newborns get delivered; earlier this year, there was “The Boss Baby,” in which a glowering infant tyrant traded in his diapers for a corporate power suit and attitude to match. Now, the reversion to what Sigmund Freud — or maybe it was Adam Sandler — diagnosed as the 5-year-old funny bone reaches its apotheosis in “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie,” a high-spirited, low-comedy adaptation of the first of Dav Pilkey’s hugely popular series of children’s novels. (It was published in 1997, and in the years since there have been 11 sequels and three spinoffs, which have sold a combined 50 million copies in the U.S. alone.) Parents: Are you ready to hold your nose and giggle?

The title character of
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‘Despicable Me 3,’ Pixar’s ‘Coco,’ ‘The Big Bad Fox’ to Bow at France’s 2017 Annecy Animation Festival

‘Despicable Me 3,’ Pixar’s ‘Coco,’ ‘The Big Bad Fox’ to Bow at France’s 2017 Annecy Animation Festival
Illumination’s “Despicable Me 3,” China, Disney-Pixar’s “Coco” and “The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales” look set to figure among highlights at June’s 2017 edition of France’s thriving Annecy Intl. Animation Film Festival, a Mecca for animation companies and creatives from Hollywood and the world over.

In one sign of still-continued growth at Annecy, its International Animation Film Market (Mifa) will add an extra day, moving from three to four. Attendance at Mifa has grown year-on-year for the past decade, rating the film and TV market, which rolls off the dynamism of the international animation scene, as one of the fastest growing industry events in Europe.

Announced by the Annecy Festival as a world premiere, “Despicable Me 3” continues Chris Meledandri’s close relationship with the French festival which has hosted the bows of the first two parts of the franchise and “Minions” – to increasingly gargantuan worldwide box office.
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Poll: Which Summer Superhero Movie Are You Most Excited for?

Poll: Which Summer Superhero Movie Are You Most Excited for?
Summer popcorn movie season is fast approaching, and with that comes the inevitable: Superhero movies.

Both DC and Marvel have big films in the pipeline, ready to make their debuts in the summer months. Disney and Marvel will kick things off with a bang on May 5 with “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” the follow-up to the 2014 hit. James Gunn returns to direct, with stars including Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana also returning.

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The following month, on June 2, DC will bring Princess Diana of Themyscira to the big screen with “Wonder Woman.” Gal Gadot, who made her debut as the superhero in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” stars in the highly anticipated movie directed by Patty Jenkins.

Also on June 2, but with a very different tone, 20th Century Fox will debut “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie,
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Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie trailer takes silly to new heights

  • HeyUGuys
Author: Zehra Phelan

From the makers of Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and Madagascar, Dreamworks animation, comes an all new animated movie adaptation of Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie with Ed Helms and Kevin Hart heading up the voice cast. From its first trailer, nothing but trouble is heading their way.

Captain Underpants is based on the book series of the same name, and centres on a pair of school pranksters who aggravate their principal to the point that he moves to separate them into separate classes, vowing, “I’m going to annihilate your friendship.” The book series will be remembered by those who grew up in the late 1990s and early 2000s for its silliness and total dedication to all things excrement, toilets, wedgies, underpants and snot, so expect a ton of toilet humour.

Captain Underpants Movie Poster

The trailer unfolds the story in just under three minutes, more
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Official Trailer for Animated 'Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie'

"You are now the amazing Captain Underpants!!" 20th Century Fox has unveiled an official trailer for the animated Captain Underpants movie, titled in full - Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie. This is based on the very popular books by Dav Pilkey about two mischievous kids who hypnotize their mean elementary school principal and turn him into their comic book creation, the kind-hearted and elastic-banded Captain Underpants. Kevin Hart voices George, and Thomas Middleditch voices Harold, with Ed Helms voicing their principal. Also featuring Nick Kroll, Jordan Peele and Kristen Schaal. As fun as this looks in a few scenes, DreamWorks tends to focus too much on the goofy comedy, and not enough on the story or characters. I'm sure it will be good for kids, but this doesn't seem like the big hit of the summer. Here's the first trailer for David Soren's Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie,
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Kevin Hart and Ed Helms Introduce Us to Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie

Throughout the years I have seen a lot of my favorite books as a child be transformed into either live or animated film adaptation which has been fun to see. Some that come to mind as I write this is Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs and Holes. This year DreamWorks Animation is bringing yet another one of these children's series to life, the mighty Captain Underpants.

The Adventures of Captain Underpants was written by American author and illustrator Dav Pilkey. The series is so popular it has sold over 70 million books worldwide. The story follow two kids George and Harold who hypnotize their mean principle Mr. Krupp. This accidentally turns him into their homemade comic book hero Captain Underpants, he later gains superpowers. The series concluded in 2015 with it's twelfth book and will soon come big screens everywhere this summer.

The film is titled Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie.
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‘Captain Underpants’ Is Born in First Trailer for Movie Adaptation

‘Captain Underpants’ Is Born in First Trailer for Movie Adaptation
Ed Helms and Kevin Hart have unveiled the first trailer for the DreamWorks animated comedy “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie.”

“He doesn’t have X-ray vision, he can’t even climb a tree — wearing a cape does not make him a superhero,” says Hart in introducing the trailer with Helms. “Yes it does!” protests Helms.

Based on the book series of the same name, “Captain Underpants” centers on a pair of elementary school pranksters who aggravate their principal to the point that he moves to separate them into separate classes, vowing, “I’m going to annihilate your friendship.”

But the duo then manage to hypnotize the principal into believing he’s a seriously stupid superhero: “When I snap my fingers, you will obey my every command. You are now the amazing Captain Underpants!”

At one point, Captain Underpants — voiced by Helms — takes on an inflated monster, evoking the comment from Hart,
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Watch the trailer for Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie

DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox have debuted the first trailer for the upcoming animated action comedy Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie. Based on Dav Pilkey’s bestselling children’s book series, the film is directed by David Soren and features a voice cast that includes Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, Nick Kroll, Thomas Middleditch, Jordan Peele, and Kristen Schaal; check it out below after the official synopsis…

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.

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
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Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Trailer Has Arrived

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Trailer Has Arrived
DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox have released the first trailer for Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie! Based on the worldwide sensation and bestselling book series and starring Kevin Hart and Ed Helms, Captain Underpants tells the story of George and Harold, who hypnotize their principal into thinking he's a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants.

Ed Helms and Kevin Hart were on hand to introduce this first look teaser, giving the animated comedy adventure a little star powered boost. It's too bad that they can't agree on who or what Captain Underpants truly is. Kevin Hart offers this take on Cu, who may or may not be a superhero.

"Check out this sneak peek of our new movie, Captain Underpants. It's the story of a superhero. I'll take that back...He's barely a superhero. He doesn't have X-ray vision. He can't even climb a tree. Wearing
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Captain Underpants: the first trailer

Simon Brew Mar 23, 2017

Captain Underpants is being adapted for the big screen with Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, and more. Here's everything else.

DreamWorks Animation has a pair of movies out this year, with The Boss Baby heading into cinemas in two weeks’ time. Ahead of the release of that, the studio has released the trailer for its next project, the first big screen adaptation of Dav Pilkey’s hugely successful Captain Underpants novels.

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David Soren, who helmed Turbo, is steering the ship on this one, and his cast includes Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, Nick Kroll, Thomas Middleditch, Jordan Peele and Kristen Schaal. Nicholas Stoller has put together the screenplay.

The movie lands in Us cinemas on June 2nd, although we have to
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