Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
Two overly imaginative pranksters named George and Harold, hypnotize their principal into thinking he’s a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants.
We went to see the Captain Underpants movie on opening day with some friends. We all loved it. There is a lot going on in this movie; it’s kind of overstimulating. It loosely follows the plots of The Adventures of Captain Underpants (Captain Underpants #1), Captain Underpants and the Attack of the Talking Toilets (Captain Underpants #2), and Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants (Captain Underpants #4). They included the origin of Captain Underpants and then some of the attack of Professor Poopypants, only he’s equipped with the Turbo Toilet 2000 instead of the Gerbil Jogger 2000.
They did an excellent job capturing the essence of the characters. George and Harold were the trouble-making, comic-loving, best friends that are portrayed in the books. Mr. Krupp was a little bit more awful than the series makes him out to be, but of course the movie needed a villain. Captain Underpants is impulsive and dense, but incredibly funny.
There is a large plot about the boys being put into separate classes, which kind of fuels the whole movie, but it works. There really isn’t a lot of plot in the books between the comic books the boys draw and the villains in each story, so this added storyline makes the movie work.
I loved the comic books at the beginning and throughout the movie. And the best, best part is when they broke the action to do flip-o-rama. In the movie! It was so amazing and so perfect for this series. I hope there are more movies.
My Verdict: Two Thumbs Up! (out of two)