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Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017)

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017)




Kevin Hart

Ed Helms

Nick Kroll

Thomas Middleditch

Directed by David Soren

Well I never saw the movie when it came out because, who would want to watch a movie that has the title Captain Underpants. When I actually started I found myself laughing to the ridiculousness of the whole matter. This animation was made categorically for children. Mind you, if I have children I will not let them watch it because of the theme. The plot is very simplistic enough for children to follow and not get bored. What I clap the writers on the back for is that even as an adult viewing it, I found some of the silliness funny. Although I felt the villain at the first half of the film, the principal was more fun than the villain at the second half of the film, Professor Poopypants.

The animation is based on a series of children books written and illustrated by Dav Pilkey titled Captain Underpants.

The plot is about two boys George Beard (Kevin Hart) and Harold Hutchins (Thomas Middleditch) who love to write and draw. They are so gifted in what they do that they make their own comics. For laughs they made a comic book character called Captain Underpants which they find so much fun reading and laughing at the ridiculousness they created.

In their school is a mean short tempered principal called Mr. Krupp (Ed Helms). Krupp has been the butt of many of the boys pranks and he has been eager to catch them red-handed. He has also seized many of their comics starring Captain Underpants, which we later discovers he reads.

After one incident of their pranks led to them being caught, Krupp happily told them that he will separate them and they will not be in the same class again.

The boys now being cornered accidentally hypnotize Mr. Krupp and ask him to start behaving like their comic book hero Captain Underpants. What started off as a laugh soon became a chore for the boys as they now have to watch out for their principal who believes he is a superhero.

To make it worse an evil villain (Professor Poopypants) has enrolled in their school who wants to end laughter in all humans.

I can understand why any parent will not want their children to see it, the movie sort of encourages children to be disobedient. Then goes further to encourage being mischievous, making jest of others and further encourage making fun of people’s name and character.

Nonetheless the movie was very successful commercially which led to an animated TV-Series which has been running for four seasons on Netflix titled The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants.

Like I said, you can enjoy this movie as an adult or with a more matured child.


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