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The first film adaptation of a Dav Pilkey book, though it is based on several of the "Captain Underpants" books. See more »
When Captain Underpants jumps out the window, the glass appears to be broken & jagged; but once he's outside, the hole in the glass is the exact shape of Captain Underpants. However, this is merely an illusion since indoors the hole is seen in close-up so is less recognizable, but actually it's still the same shape. For instance, the jagged edges next to George are really the Captain's left armpit with the arm curving round, below which is a sharp angle made by the Captain's raised left heel with the left flank of his torso; then next to Harold is the crease between the Captain's right buttock & right leg, with his right armpit just visible up by the boy's head. See more »
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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 »
This review of Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie is spoiler free
PERHAPS THE MOST unlikely superhero story to grace the screen is Captain Underpants in his aptly named first film Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie. Based on Dav Pilkey's children's book series about a vicious principal who is hypnotised into an idiotic, hyperactive and super-dumb superhero who uses his quick witted quips and glistening tighty whiteys to unlock your inner child.
An unlikely origin story, as we open with two overly imaginative pranksters George and Harold (Kevin Hart and Thomas Middleditch) who spend their free time creating comics in their tree house. Meanwhile at school is the real nightmare - their mean principal (Ed Helms), makes their life seemingly impossible, he tries to separate them to annihilate their friendship. Until he's hypnotized into their creation, however they soon find that this may be their biggest regret, as he causes mayhem pretending he's a superhero he's quite hard to control. A particularly funny introduction to the superhero which will indeed tickle your funny bone.
The film succeeds in its inventive storytelling, there are two overly imaginative pranksters who help the story flow with their incredible chemistry, there's a humourless nerdy child (Jordan Peele) who's the teacher's pet, finally there's an evilly mad science teacher (Nick Kroll) with a plan to take over the world. However there's more on offer here than the average run-of-the-mill superhero film - which has a villain taking over the world and it's up to the hero to save the day, no this is different. The film maintains this goofy, innocently naughty nature for nearly its entire running time. And it's brilliant - for most of the time.
The innocently naughty nature works for a while, there are many fart jokes and a few too many toilet jokes that are sadly hit-and-miss also the evil Einstein look-a-like is sadly more loud than he is funny. Still it looks great there are many moments here that will have you smiling. Captain Underpants maintains the most laughs with his quips and his chanting of "Tralalaaa" is endlessly funny, particularly in a standout hero to alter ego switching montage. It's as if Pilkey's eccentric imagination from every page of his books has been transferred onto the screen without any changes. From his way of using hilarious dialogue, through the fourth wall breaking storytelling which keeps it fresh enough to put a smile on your face, but the overly silly idiotic nature of Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie will leave older audiences scratching their heads. Despite the flaws, this is a funny, fresh and bouncy animation which will keep the smiles coming.
VERDICT: A funny, fresh and frantically inventive animation that succeeds in its whims and its wits, but sadly becomes mediocre from the silly nature.
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