Summer is prime time for big movie releases, especially for those films looking to reach a big audience of kids. Most animated blockbusters make their debut during the summer, and DreamWorks is hoping to join the ranks of high-grossing summer fare with their latest project, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie.
Based on the beloved book series of the same name, Captain Underpants tells the story of Harold and George, two elementary school troublemakers who hypnotize their principal into thinking he is a ridiculous superhero. We saw the movie’s hilarious poster debut last month, and got a sneak peek at some promo images late last year. Now, it looks like DreamWorks is really looking to ramp up excitement for the film as they release its first-ever trailer.
The trailer promises a movie as wacky and irreverent as its in-print predecessor, starting with a charming introduction to the promo by stars Ed Helms (who plays Principal Krupp) and Kevin Hart (who plays Harold). Check out the first full trailer for Captain Underpants, above, to learn how the Captain himself came to be.
This movie comes two years after the end of Dav Pilkey’s beloved eponymous book series. In the books, Harold and George are two harebrained friends who create Captain Underpants when Principal Krupp blackmails them into doing extra homework and washing his car. It looks like the film adaptation will pull from Pilkey’s first book, The Adventures of Captain Underpants, twenty years after it was first published, but it also appears to meld various elements from across the series. For instance, antagonist Tippy Tinkletrousers (voiced by Nick Kroll) doesn’t make an appearance until the fourth book in the series. Since this is being billed as “The First Epic Movie,” and is primed for box office success, a sequel is likely in the works, so it will be interesting to see how that fits in with DreamWorks’ page-to-screen adaptation process.
Whether you’re a fan of the original series or not, so far Captain Underpants promises to be harmless fun for kids and families. With an all-star comedy cast and a cool animation style that honors the series’ original art, it looks like this adaptation will do Pilkey and his generations of fans proud. You should probably stay away from this particular 2017 superhero movie if you don’t care for toilet humor, though.
Source: DreamWorks Animation