CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS FILM REVIEW
Is it a bird, is it a plane no we get from DreamWorks Animation an epic feature film about a hero and his underpants. It’s … tra-la-la…CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS. Based on the books by Dave Pilkey, can this film translate the adventurous sense of humour? The omens look great.
George (Kevin Hart) and Harold (Thomas Middleditch) are two elementary school kids that write and animate comic books in their tree house. Their favourite character is Captain Underpants and we get an introduction to his comic origin in the beginning. Moving back to George and Harold, their friendship is as close as it gets and they spend their days making these comics and pulling pranks on the faculty. To any adult looking in, they’re a pain to deal with but they bring life to their dull and dreary environment. Principal Krupp (Ed Helms) definitely is in the camp that believes that these two are a menace and he makes it his goal to put an end to their shenanigans. He’s unable to catch them in the act so he has to endure their constant misadventures until the school tattletale Milton (Jordan Peele) records them messing with his project for the science fair. Krupp sees this as the opportunity to move them into separate classes, effectively destroying their friendship. There’s little hope but in an act of desperation, George tries to hypnotize Krupp using a Hypno-Ring that he found in his cereal. Against all the odds, it actually works and he falls under their command. They come up with the idea to turn him into Captain Underpants. It works but Krupp gallops out of the office to fight evil with George and Harold running behind him trying to get a handle on the situation.
Director David Soren gives us jokes, comic timing and sight gags that are funnier and more enjoyable than most live action comedies and includes a great balance of laughs and lessons. The movie takes common foibles, flaws and fantasies of elementary school students and turns them into a creative, clever and comedic animated adventure. Stand up David Soren for giving us a summer film comedy appropriate for kids and just as enjoyable by adults who will appreciate the relative innocence of George and Harold, while relating to their mischievousness.
Looking at the voice acting talent, you’ve got some big names filling these roles in this Dreamworks film. Both Kevin Hart and Thomas Middleditch are really good and they both flawlessly delivered the jokes yet brought warmth to their characters. Ed Helms was impressive as Principal Krupp/Captain Underpants. Nick Kroll as the villain called Professor Poppypants gives a fabulous camp performance that would not be out of place in an Austin Powers film. Jordan Peele and Kristen Schaal round out a solid voice cast and they were good in their supportive roles.
Captain Underpants has potty humour as the film’s stock-in-trade, but it’s so innocently and humorously presented, that it’s hard not to smile or laugh repeatedly.
The ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dim witted superhero named Captain Underpants is,,, Tra-la-la…a box office winner.