Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie

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Captain Underpants is certainly designed for kids.  I think that kids would enjoy this more than I did.

I was actually pretty bored by this.

In fact, I might have slept through parts of it.

George (Kevin Hart) and Harold (Thomas Middleditch) are two troublemakers at an elementary school who have been tormenting the principal Mr. Krupp (Ed Helms) for years.  They have also been writing and drawing comics of the super hero Captain Underpants.  When the boys are finally caught red handed during one of their pranks, Mr. Krupp prepared to split the boys into different classes in order to destroy their friendship.

Facing the threat of losing their friendship, George and Harold somehow hypnotize Mr. Krupp into thinking he is the aforementioned Captain Underpants.  Water brings Krupp out of his hypnosis and the snap of the fingers brings him back.

The arrival of Professor Poopypants (yes, that is what his name was) provides the boys and Captain Underpants with a new foil to battle.

Okay, let’s start with this.  I really enjoyed the animation, specifically the variety of animation that was in this film.  There was a section where the animation switched to a flip book style.  There was a sock puppet section.  It gave the film a distinct feel that is unlike most of the animated films around today.

I also enjoyed the fourth wall breaking of the film.  George and Harold spoke to the audience as if they are in on the joke.  The banter between Kevin Hart and Thomas Middleditch is strong and funny.  The friendship is believable and their chemistry is obvious.

The film ends with a new theme song by “Weird Al” Yankovic, which was an awesome surprise.

Now, I have already said that I found this pretty boring except for these items.  The story was not engaging.  The jokes were very juvenile and full of poop and fart jokes.  There was a lot of repetition with the switching of Captain Underpants’s personalities.  Though it has some humor, it is not anywhere near as clever as what it thinks it is.

Kids should enjoy this very much, and in that way, it has done its job.  However, I snoozed through much of it and was happy when Weird Al started singing at the end.

2.5 stars

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