Taglines: 50% Hero. 100% Cotton.
George and Harold are two imaginative pranksters who make the depressing Jerome Horwitz School a better place. They hypnotize their nemesis, the mean-spirited principal Mr. Krupp. He transforms into the incredibly clueless yet kind-hearted and enthusiastic superhero named Captain Underpants. Even without the mean principal, they discover that having Captain Underpants comes at a steep price. Meanwhile, Professor Poopypants tries to eliminate laughter with the school snitch Melvin, and George and Harold discover that there may be more to Mr. Krupp than they had originally thought.
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie is a 2017 American computer-animated superhero comedy film based on the children’s novel series of the same name by Dav Pilkey. It was produced by DreamWorks Animation, and Mikros Image Montreal provided animation. It was directed by David Soren from a screenplay by Nicholas Stoller, and stars the voices of Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, Thomas Middleditch, Nick Kroll, Jordan Peele, and Kristen Schaal. The plot follows two imaginative elementary school pranksters named George Beard and Harold Hutchins (voiced by Hart and Middleditch) who hypnotize their mean-spirited principal, Mr. Krupp (voiced by Helms), into thinking he is Captain Underpants, a superhero who fights crime while wearing only underwear and a cape, and the main protagonist of George and Harold’s comic books.
The film premiered on May 21, 2017, at the Regency Village Theater in Los Angeles, and was released in the United States on June 2, 2017, in 3D and 2D. The film received very positive reviews from critics and has grossed $125 million worldwide against a budget of $38 million, making it the lowest-budgeted computer-animated feature of DreamWorks Animation’s history. This was the last DreamWorks Animation film to be distributed by 20th Century Fox, before Universal Pictures will take over distribution in 2019 with How to Train Your Dragon 3.
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017)
Directed by: David Soren
Starring: Kevin Hart, Thomas Middleditch, Ed Helms, Jordan Peele, Nick Kroll, Kristen Schaal, DeeDee Rescher, Brian Posehn, David Soren, Tiffany Lauren Bennicke, Lynnanne Zager, Leslie David Baker
Screenplay by: Nicholas Stoller
Production Design by: Nate Wragg
Film Editing by: Matt Landon
Music by: Theodore Shapiro
MPAA Rating: PG for mild rude humor throughout.
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: June 2, 2017