[adrotate banner=”1″]Aw, yes, Captain Underpants will be making his feature length debut in an animated fashion! For those of you who haven’t bothered to look around a bookstore lately, Captain Underpants is a series of children’s books featuring two kids who accidentally hypnotize their principal into thinking he’s the super hero known as Captain Underpants. Then all sorts of wacky things happen. Besides the ridiculous humor, the Captain Underpants books feature flip-o-rama, where you flip pages back and forth rapidly to simulate animation of various action scenes. The series is written by Dav Pilkey and is at 12 published entries, with more on the way (and that’s not including spinoffs!)
The animated motion picture version will be produced by DreamWorks, and the voice cast has just been announced. Ed Helms will voice evil principal Mr. Krupp as well as his unknown alter-ego, Captain Underpants. Kevin Hart and Thomas Middleditch will play George Beard and Herold Hutchins, the two students who hypnotize Principal Krupp. Jordan Peele voices Melvin the nerd, and Nick Kroll will play the villain, Professor Poopypants. A name I hope he keeps high on his resume!
You might be interested to know that the Captain Underpants books are among the most challenged in school libraries. Not only to parents object to the toilet humor (there are actual villainous toilets!), but they complain the books teach kids to disrespect authority. But if your authority is so bad that a children’s book threatens it, maybe your authority sucks in the first place! Captain Underpants and Freedom of Speech for Life!
My one hope is this movie succeeds, and thus we get a movie for The Day My Butt Went Psycho.