Millennials like me had numerous characters we looked up to during our childhood. There were funny characters like Spongebob Squarepants and Mike Myers's Cat in the Hat, and then there were heroes like Spider-Man and Danny Phantom. But of all these characters, there was one character who was not only downright hilarious, but was also the greatest hero we ever knew...
In June 2017, our favorite childhood hero will finally be getting his own movie, courtesy of Dreamworks. While I would have loved this as a kid, I am sure that I will still love it as an adult. Better late than never, after all!
While not everything about this upcoming superhero movie is public, we do know a few key details. Here's the most important information we have so far about Captain Underpants...
1. Ed Helms And Kevin Hart Will Star
This film carries a terrific voice cast. The most prominent actors on this list are Ed Helms (The Hangover, The Office, Vacation) and Kevin Hart (Ride Along, The Wedding Ringer, Get Hard). Ed Helms will be voicing the titular hero, Captain Underpants. Kevin Hart will be playing George Beard, one of the two boys that creates Captain Underpants.
Harold Hutchins, the other boy, will be voiced by Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley, The Campaign, The Wolf of Wall Street). The primary protagonists of the books were George and Harold, so I look forward to seeing the vocal chemistry between Hart and Middleditch. The film will also feature Kristen Schaal, Nick Kroll, Lesley Nicol, and Jordan Peele.
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2. The Director Has A Lot Of Animation Experience
The director of the film is (rumored to be) David Soren. While he may not be the most well-known name in Hollywood, he does have plenty of experience, particularly in animation. He has worked in the animation department on a number of major films, including Shrek, Over the Hedge, and Shark Tale.
He has provided voices in numerous other animated films, inluding Shark Tale, Madagascar 2: Escape Africa, and Turbo. As for directing, he directed Turbo, in addition to a few Madagascar shorts. Soren has plenty of animation experience under his belt, and I look forward to seeing what he can create with Captain Underpants.
3. It Will Be Animated In The Same Way As The Peanuts Movie
There are certainly a plethora of different animation styles, many of which Dreamworks created. Of all the different styles, it is not too surprising that Captain Underpants will follow the style of The Peanuts Movie.
Not only was The Peanuts Movie a success — both critically and at the box office — but it also was entertaining to watch because of its appealing animation style. Considering that Captain Underpants is also based on a book / comic-book, the cartoon-ish style of The Peanuts Movie is a perfect fit.
4. The Writer Is A Comedy Genius
Writer Nicholas Stoller (pictured center) is also quite experienced in his line of work. However, Stoller's line of work isn't animated films — it's comedy films. Stoller has written some of the best comedies of the past 10 years, including Yes Man, Get Him to the Greek, Sex Tape, The Muppets, Muppets Most Wanted, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, Zoolander 2, and Gulliver's Travels.
The only legitimate animation experience he has is Storks, which he directed, wrote and produced. While this is a great feat, Stoller clearly has more experience in comedy than animation. Since he is not an actual part of the animation team, however, this works perfectly. Stoller's comedy talents are sure to play a pivotal role in the final product. I just seriously hope he included "Tra-la-laaa!" at least 10 times in the script.
5. Professor Poopypants Will Be The Villain
The biggest question I thought when I first heard that the Captain Underpants movie is finally happening was "who will be the villain?". Captain Underpants has had a number of villains over the years, from Turbo-Toilet 2000 to Wedgie Woman, from the Dandelion of Doom to the Bionic Booger Boy. However, one of Captain Underpants's greatest villains — who has actually appeared more than once — is Professor Pippy P. Poopypants, a.k.a. Tippy Tinkletrousers. He will be voiced by Nick Kroll, who you might recognize from TV sitcoms such as The League, Parks and Recreation and Kroll Show, or his smaller parts in comedies like I Love You, Man and Date Night.
For those who don't know Poopypants, he was a genius scientist who had everything going for him in life, except for his unfortunate last name. After being bullied again and again, he finally cracked and became an insane supervillain, designing a giant mechanical suit to take over the world and change everyone's names. I'm seriously excited to see one of my favorite childhood villains appear on-screen. I just hope that this song is used at some point...
Though I am supposedly a grown adult with responsibilities and morals, I will without a doubt be seeing this movie. Captain Underpants was such a great part of my childhood, with its ridiculous concepts and the fun yet clever Flip-O-Rama's.
While I hope the movie does not inspire me to become a superhero who wears only underwear, I am sure it will allow me to relive part of my childhood. This was a movie I desperately wanted to see as a child, and neglect seeing Captain Underpants in theaters would be to fail my younger self. That is not something I am okay doing.
And that is my excuse to go see this movie.
Will you be seeing Captain Underpants? Let me know in the comments, and thanks for reading!