If you are a teacher or a parent over a child in elementary school, then you have certainly heard about Captain Underpants. Written and illustrated by Dav Pilkey, this is a series of books that adults either love or loathe, but kids, especially boys, love them.
What is The Captain Underpants Book Series About?
There are twelve books in the series. The first, titled The Adventures of Captain Underpants, An Epic Novel introduces us to the protagonists, George Beard and Harold Hutchins, a pair of fourth graders whom the principal, Mr. Krupp, does not like at all. They spend their time pulling pranks and drawing comics, two unacademic and unacceptable kinds of activities. One of their favorite things to do is turn the principal into the superhero they created, the round man in tighty whitey underwear.
Throughout the book series, children are entertained from the start, with titles such as Captain Underpants and…
The Attack of the Talking Toilets: The Second Epic Novel
The Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies from Outer Space (and the Subsequent Assault of the Equally Evil Lunchroom Zombie Nerds): The Third Epic Novel
The Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants: The Fourth Epic Novel
The Wrath Of The Wicked Wedgie Women:The Fifth Epic Novel
The Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy Part 1: The Night of the Nasty Nostril Nuggets: Night Of The Nasty Nostril Part 1
The Big, Bad, Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy, Part 2
The Preposterous Plight Of The Purple Potty People
The Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers
The Revolting Revenge of the Radioactive Robo-Boxers
Captain Underpants and the Tyrannical Retaliation of the Turbo Toilet 2000
Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot
Not all parents are fond of this book series. Despite being New York Times best sellers, many adults feel the books are not only thin on plot, but they are promoting toilet humor, something that not all parents enjoy or appreciate. Several of the words in the book are misspelled, as it is written by George and Harold, who are not the most academic types. There are parents who feel that exposing their child to incorrect spelling will tell them that it is okay, spelling does not matter.
On the flip side of the coin, there are teachers and parents, myself included, who promote these books because they are silly, funny and encourage non-readers to read. The only way a child will improve her skills is to practice, and if reading Captain Underpants encourages a reluctant reader to pick up a book, then I am all for it.
It took many years to convince Dav Pilkey to permit his beloved characters to be translated to the big screen. He was fearful that what he wanted the books to convey would not translate well into a movie. However, Dreamworks Animation convinced Pilkey that his work was safe in their hands after seeing How to Train Your Dragon and the Kung Fu Panda movie.
In fact, Dreamworks offered Pilkey as much involvement in the film as he wanted. His only request to DreamWorks was that the movie focused on George and Harold’s friendship and how they use their creativity to, in Pilkey’s words, save the world.
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The Voices Behind the Captain Underpants Movie
This computer generated animated picture need vocal talent in order to tell the story. The talented Kevin Hart portrays George Beard, half of the creative duo, while Thomas Middleditch voices Harold Hutchins, the other half of the comedic duo. Ed Helms provides the voice of two of the movie’s characters- Mr. Krupp and Captain Underpants, the hero of the film. Kristen Schaal portrays Edith Anthrope, who is the lunch lady (she was the school secretary in the book series). Finally, there is talented Nick Kroll who has the chops to voice Professor Poopypants, the movie’s villain.
The Plot of the Captain Underpants Movie
This is not an elaborate movie plot. George and Harold hypnotize their mean high school principal and turn him into the kind Captain Underpants.
The movie is scheduled to be released on June 2, 2017.