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Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017)

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

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David Soren

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Nicholas Stoller (screenplay by), Dav Pilkey (based on the epic novels by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Hart ... George (voice)
Ed Helms ... Captain Underpants / Mr. Krupp (voice)
Nick Kroll ... Professor Poopypants (voice)
Thomas Middleditch ... Harold (voice)
Jordan Peele ... Melvin (voice)
Kristen Schaal ... Edith (voice)
DeeDee Rescher ... Ms. Ribble (voice) (as Dee Dee Rescher)
Brian Posehn ... Mr. Rected (voice)
David Soren ... Tommy (voice)
Mel Rodriguez ... Mr. Fyde (voice)
Susan Fitzer Susan Fitzer ... Ms. Dayken (voice)
Lynnanne Zager ... George's Mom (voice)
Tiffany Lauren Bennicke ... Sad Girl (voice) (as Tiffany Bennike)
James Ryan James Ryan ... Mime (voice)
Leslie David Baker ... Officer McPiggly (voice)
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Storyline

George and Harold are two imaginative pranksters who make the depressing Jerome Horwitz School a better place. They hypnotize their nemesis, the mean-spirited principal Mr. Krupp. He transforms into the incredibly clueless yet kind-hearted and enthusiastic superhero named Captain Underpants. Even without the mean principal, they discover that having Captain Underpants comes at a steep price. Meanwhile, Professor Poopypants tries to eliminate laughter with the school snitch Melvin, and George and Harold discover that there may be more to Mr. Krupp than they had originally thought. Written by Ken

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Rated PG for mild rude humor throughout | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

2 June 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,851,539, 2 June 2017, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$73,921,000, 9 November 2017
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Ed Helms' 4th Animated Film, after Everyone's Hero (2006), Monsters vs. Aliens (2009), and The Lorax (2012). See more »

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The name of the school changes back and forth from Serome Norwitz to Jerome Horwitz and the flyer that is advertising for the school says, Jerome Horowitz. However, due to George and Harold being pranksters, it is possible that they changed the school's name for their amusement. See more »

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[first lines]
George Beard: DreamWorks Animation presents. In association with Treehouse Comics!
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Crazy Credits

Continuing a running gag in the film, in a mid-credits scene, Miss Anthrope is revealed to still be on hold and George and Harold to finally answer her only for her to accidentally hang up. She screams in frustration which then becomes a new Captain Underpants comic titled "Captain Underpants and the Attack of the Stuck on Hold Woman" See more »

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References The Simpsons (1989) See more »

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Hallelujah
Lyrics by David Soren
Performed by Kevin Hart, Thomas Middleditch, and Ed Helms
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Nostalgic, Fully Of Potty Talk, And Incredibly Hilarious, "Captain Underpants" Is Major Loads Of Fun
2 June 2017 | by TheJediWay9See all my reviews

"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.


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