Taking a few ideas from superhero films the animated adventure Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie flies onto DVD, Blu-ray and Digital HD for home viewing. The comical kid’s movie has some great characters and a cool plot that will keep tots to tweens laughing and talking about the fun film. The movie comes with over 30 minutes of fascinating extras, mostly for the youngsters.
The movie opens with 5th grade schoolers George Beard and Harold Hutchins showing off the comic book they created about a world called “Underpanty” where people only wear underwear. Much like the beginning of Superman, there hero gets catapulted to Earth from a distant planet about to blow up. Landing on Earth the child starts to save cities from the likes of Egg Salad Sandwich Man.
Switch to reality and we find George and Harold in the school yard being surprised by their Principal Mr. Krump. He thinks that George and Harold spend too much time thinking up and drawing comic book characters instead of schoolwork. The boys are remanded to Krump’s office where he goes over many of the pranks the two have played and warns them if he ever gets proof, they’ll be sorry.
The two boys have a tattle-tale watching over them named Melvin who would like to see George and Harold get expelled. In math class an announcement comes over the intercom about Saturdays mandatory invention convention. That afternoon after school the boys meet at George’s treehouse, their headquarters for Tree House Comix Inc. When they play a prank on Melvin at the invention convention and get caught, Krump places them in separate classes as their punishment.
Now this all happens in the first 13 minutes of the film. So what about Captain Underpants? Well, you’ll just have to watch the movie for the greatest adventure of George and Harold. Director David Soren sets up his audience for a lot of fun that includes an accidental hypnosis, the evil Professor Poopypants, and an invention that can take over the world.
The voice cast includes the familiar Ed Helms (as Andy Bernard in “The Office”), Nick Kroll (as Gunter in Sing), Kevin Hart (as Snowball in The Secret Life of Pets), Kristen Schaal (as Louise Belcher in “Bobs Burgers”) and Thomas Middleditch (as Penn in “Penn Zero: Part-time Hero”).
BONUS FEATURES: Over thirty minutes of features and fun.
“The Really Cool Adventures of Captain Underpants Motion Comic”
“The Captain Underpants Guide to Being a Hero”
“The Professor Poopypants (Totally Original and Supercool) Guide to Being a Villain”
“Missing Underpants: Deleted Scenes”
“Kevin Hart and Ed Helms Surprise Fans”
“Lunch Lady PSA with Kristen Schaal”
“Sock Puppets Real Stars”
“Captain Underpants Theme by ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic”
“A Friend like You” Lyric video by Andy Grammer
“Tighty-Whitey Q&A with the Stars” – Part 1 and Part 2
The film has been rated PG by the MPAA for mild rude humor throughout. Most of the overtones will probably go over the youngster’s head, but to be safe please watch the film before allowing immature children to view the movie. Captain Underpants is available in a combo pack that includes the Blu-ray, DVD and a Digital HD download code.
FINAL ANALYSIS: For tots to tweens this is one of the better animated films this year.
Specifications and additional video information:
Voice Cast: Ed Helms, Nick Kroll, Kevin Hart, Thomas Middleditch, Jordan Peele, Kristen Schaal, DeeDee Rescher, Brian Posehn and David Soren as Tommy. Director: David Soren. MPAA Rating: PG for mild rude humor throughout. Genre: Comedy, Family, Animation. Running Time: 1 hr. 30 min. Video Release Date: September 12, 2017. Original Theatrical Release Date:June 2, 2017. Language: English (changeable to English Descriptive Audio, Spanish or French). Reviewed Format: Blu-ray. Audio: English Blu-ray- DTS-HD Digital 5.1, DVD- Dolby Digital 5.1. Video: Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1. Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French. Number of Discs: 2 Discs + Digital Download Code. Distributed by: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Released in: Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD.
The comments within this review are the critic’s expressed opinions.