2017. Directed by David Soren.
By Brian Wallinger
This highly anticipated film adaption of the popular novel series originally written by Dav Pilky brings all the nostalgia and potty humor to bear for a fulfilling experience. Despite its flaws I found it to be entertaining and well crafted.
The animation style is above average yet there are some solid variations in style that add to the flow of the movie. Nicholas Stoller's screenplay does become a bit tiresome and repetitive, however the film has a nicely put together run time and does give way to some solid voice work provided by Kevin Hart, Ed Helms Thomas Middleditch, and Nick Kroll. The story begins with two mischievous best friends who decide to hypnotize their school principal in fear of being separated into individual class rooms. They then force their principal to become a fictitious and outrageous super hero.
Captain Underpants does have good intentions and it draws in younger viewers who will undoubtedly want to read the novel. The film's successes come mostly from the power of 90's pop culture nostalgia, and who wouldn't want that in a movie? This is everything you'd expect it to be: junior high humor that will manage a genuine laugh or two. What really matters is that the kids in the audience will love it.