January 2nd, 2017 by Nancy
Tra laa laaaaaa! Are you ready for the Captain Underpants movie? This year, the world was given an amazing belated Christmas present: the first look into what the upcoming Captain Underpants movie looks like!
For those of you who are NOT familiar with Captain Underpants (whhaaaaa how is that possible?!!?!), here is a refresher:
Captain Underpants is a novel series by the amazing writer and illustrator Dav Pilkey — also known for Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot series, The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby, and many, many other hilarious graphic novels and picture books. In Captain Underpants, fourth graders George Beard and Harold Hutchins are best friends, next-door neighbors, and class clowns. George and Harold also write and illustrate their own comics, which they sell to their classmates.
Check out the actors who are voicing George and Harold:
Principal Benjamin “Benny” Krupp is George and Harold’s nemesis. (Boo!! Hiss!!!) He’s the meanest, cruelest, lamest, principal to ever grace the halls of Jerome Horwitz Elementary School and he’s always trying to quash George and Harold’s grand plans.
One day (SPOILER ALERT!), George and Harold hypnotize Principal Krupp to think he is… tra la laaaa, Captain Underpants! Captain Underpants styles himself with white underpants (obviously) and a red cape. Principal Krupp transforms into Captain Underpants unknowingly with a literal *snap* of a finger, but reverts back to Principal Krupp when he’s soaked with water.
Principal Krupp / Captain Underpants will be voiced by Ed Helms:
There are many books in the series and so many interesting side characters too! We have yet to see a video trailer or more movie posters with any other characters, like brown-nosing Melvin Sneedly or Miss Edith Anthrope, the school secretary. It’s so cool to see Dav Pilkey’s hand-drawn, flat 2D-style characters transformed into 3D-style animation. The movie is produced by Dreamworks Animation, which made the wonderful How to Train Your Dragon movies, so I can’t wait to see more than just a photo!
Questions I already have: Will we see Sulu and Crackers, George and Harold’s pets? Will there be any musical numbers? Will the movie be based on the first book, all of the books, or any of the books? Does Captain Underpants put on shoes when he needs to walk across gravel?
(That last question will probably not be answered in the movie.)
Are you as excited about the Captain Underpants movie as I am? Leave a comment below on what you think about the first look, or about your favorite book in the series.
Nancy doesn’t think she could ever pull off the cape look, but hey, she’s no captain.