DreamWorks’ Captain Underpants: Critics’ Reviews.

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Captain Underpants : The First Epic Movie’: Change is Coming.

DreamWorks Animation’s Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie is coming to theaters this weekend. The movie is based on the children book series by Dav Pilkey. Captain Underpants movie is opening alongside Wonder Woman and expected to gross $29.5 Million domestically at the first weekend.

Captain underpants movie is directed by David Soren (Turbo), based on a screenplay by Nicholas Stoller (Yes Man, Neighbors, Get Him to the Greek, The Muppets).

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Here are the critics’ reviews for Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie


Movie Nation – Roger Moore

Adults sentenced to sitting through yet another animated film with their kids look for on thing in the experience – a hint of anarchy, a taste of Looney Tunes mayhem and wit.

Kids? They’re waiting for the pooped-my-pants, teacher humiliated in his tidy whiteys gags.

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie,” delivers both.

An endlessly inventive and anarchic Dreamworks romp based on the Dav Pilkey children’s books, it thrives on prankster pals, over-matched adults and a hand-drawn comic book hero’s ethos. Full review

Boston Globe – Tom Russo

In short, the film owns its immaturity. And the argument it appealingly offers in defense is that it’s healthy, even vital, to be able to laugh at scatological silliness, adults included.

The movie infectiously translates and expands on Pilkey’s doodly aesthetic, even making room for the books’ “flip-o-rama” snippets and a bit of DIY sock puppetry. And the youthfully attuned spirit of the storytelling gives it an authenticity recalling classic “Peanuts” cartoons, right down to the off-key singing. Full review

The A.V. Club – Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

Given DreamWorks Animation’s track record with adapting children’s books to film (most recently in The Boss Baby), the appealingly silly Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie counts as a pleasant surprise. Translating the kid logic and chunky art style of Dav Pilkey’s popular series into the fineries of digital animation.

Captain Underpants’ charm lies in its lighthearted and lightly scatological silliness, so it’s a shame that the movie sometimes overstuffs itself. Full review

Los Angeles Times – Katie Walsh

Dreamworks Animation has done right by the adaptation in hiring comedy filmmaker Nicholas Stoller to adapt the screenplay. The story of Captain Underpants is funny, fresh and frantic, playing with format and genre, adding meta, self-reflective winks. The film is propelled by its hyperactive energy and quirky style…and the combustible chemistry between the two leads.

For a film that is almost entirely based on toilet humor of the fourth grade reading level, you may be surprised that there is some sage wisdom to be found in the saga of Captain Underpants. The film contains strong messages about the ability of art to speak truth to power, the importance of standing up to oppression and the subversive nature of laughter. Turns out that sometimes the crayon can be mightier than the sword. “Captain Underpants” also imparts a universal lesson about the distinction between laughing with someone, rather than at them, and most important, about being able to laugh at yourself. Full review

TheWrap – Alonso Duralde

It’s hard to say the name “Captain Underpants” without smiling, and the big-screen debut of the skivvies-clad superhero (the film’s subtitle is “The First Epic Movie”) maintains that same goofy, innocently naughty nature for nearly its entire running time.

The film’s animation finds a happy medium between the intentional pencil-sketch look of the books’ drawings and a more realistic CG style, and since the lead characters are themselves comic-book artists, the movie allows them to guide the storytelling to flip-books and even sock-puppet theater at appropriate moments in the plot.

Throw in a heroic theme song by “Weird Al” Yankovic, and “Captain Underpants” covers all the bases as both a hilarious comedy and a rousing adventure.  Full review

The New York Times – Neil Genzlinger

Yes, “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie” has arrived. It’s a frenetic animated film from DreamWorks whose title is really all you need to know. If your child would be amused by seeing the word “underpants” in the name of a movie, this one will entertain.

The best animated movies for children are sublime. This one generally settles for noisy, though it throws in a positive message at the end. Full review

Variety – Owen Gleiberman

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie” a high-spirited, low-comedy adaptation of the first of Dav Pilkey’s hugely popular series of children’s novels. (It was published in 1997, and in the years since there have been 11 sequels and three spinoffs, which have sold a combined 50 million copies in the U.S. alone.) Parents: Are you ready to hold your nose and giggle?

Captain Underpants isn’t out to be more than a trifle; that’s part of its appeal. It’s not so much potty-mouthed as it is a potty-minded kiddie burlesque, one that finds the supreme innocence in naughtiness. Full review

The Hollywood Reporter – Michael Rechtshaffen

In the absence of a sturdier storyline and more dimensional characters, the manic, rapid-fire delivery, while yielding some well-deserved laughs, proves more exhausting than inspired. The end result is still admittedly less painful than a wedgie and should give Fox a payoff closer in line to The Boss Baby than its recent Wimpy Kid disappointment. It also marks the last DreamWorks Animation title to be released through Fox (the first was 2013’s The Croods) as a result of the division’s 2016 acquisition by Universal.  Full review



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  • Synopsis: Two overly imaginative pranksters named George and Harold, hypnotize their principal into thinking he’s a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants.
  • Director: David Soren.
  • Cast: Nick Kroll, Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, Jordan Peele, Thomas Middleditch, Kristen Schaal, Dee Dee Rescher, Brian Posehn, David Soren, Mel Rodriguez.
  • Runtime: 89min.
  • Release Date: June 02, 2017.
  • MPAA Rating: PG.
  • Genres: Action, Comedy, Family, Animation.

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