Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, a movie review

A move review by: Lee Sonogan

(2017) 1h29min/Animation, Action, comedy

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[first lines]

George Beard: DreamWorks Animation presents. In association with Treehouse Comics!

As a kid, Captain underpants were some of the first books that I first finished. With a budget of $38 million it made over $98 million at the box office. IMDB desribes this movie as two overly imaginative pranksters named George and Harold hypnotize their principal into thinking he’s a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants.

When development for either a live-action film or TV series began when the first book came out in 1997, Dav Pilkey wanted Chris Farley to play Captain Underpants. However, Farley tragically passed away, and the project was shelved. The last DreamWorks Animation film to be distributed by 20th Century Fox before Universal Pictures took over. This is the sixth Dreamworks movie to be adapted from a children’s book, the first five being Shrek in 2001, How to Train Your Dragon (2010), Rise of the Guardians (2012), Home (2015), and The Boss Baby in 2017.

This movie will be based on several of the Captain Underpants books by Dav Pilkey. Kevin Hart and Ed Helms previously starred together in Meet Dave in 2008. This will be the second time Kevin Hart is a voice in an animated movie. The second collaboration of Ed Helms and Nick Kroll, the first being Vacation in 2015, which featured Peele’s on-and-off partner Keegan-Michael Key.

Over the top and kiddish, it did not do it for me. It did not bring the¬†nostalgia in me. Maybe I am getting old? The main villain makes the more interesting humour in the story. Other than that it would only be sorta impressive if you have never heard of it before or something else. The ending sums up the Captain Underpants concept with the two kids. I recommend this movie to kids…

5.46/10

Professor Poopypants: Hiyah class, I’m your cool new teacher, not some scary guy with a secret evil agenda

 

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