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Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie is a 3D CGI superhero comedy film that was produced by DreamWorks Animation. It is based off the first four books in the Captain Underpants saga. The movie was released on June 2, 2017 in the United States.


In Piqua, Ohio, George Beard and Harold Hutchins are two fourth-grade friends and next-door neighbors who often bring joy to their school, Jerome Horwitz Elementary School, by excessively pranking the mean staff at the school, especially their cruel principal, Mr. Benjamin "Benny" Krupp, which puts them at odds with him. The duo also creates comic books about a superhero named Captain Underpants, a character who has superpowers yet merely wears underwear and a cape. They sell these to their schoolmates through a comic company called Treehouse Comix Inc., located in their treehouse. George and Harold's pranks come to an apparent end when they are caught tampering with a toilet invention, the Turbo Toilet 2000, made by the school's resident intellectual and snitch, Melvin Sneedly. This gives Mr. Krupp a chance to put the boys in separate classes, thinking that he can destroy their friendship with it.

To prevent this, George hypnotizes Mr. Krupp with a "3D Hypno-Ring" he received out of a cereal box; the boys notice that Mr. Krupp bears a resemblance to Captain Underpants without his toupee and command him to be so. The boys soon learn the severity of this when Captain Underpants begins causing trouble around Piqua and thus decide to take him to their treehouse. There, they discover that they can turn Captain Underpants back into Mr. Krupp by splashing water on him and back into Captain Underpants by snapping their fingers. Realizing that Mr. Krupp will continue trying to separate them, they decide to settle with Captain Underpants yet insist that he be dressed up as Mr. Krupp under the pretense of a "secret identity", to which Captain Underpants agrees. His sudden personality change even manages to attract the attention and affection of the school's shy lunch lady, Edith.

Just when George and Harold believe that their troubles have ended, an odd and German-accented scientist named Professor Pee-Pee Diarrheastein Poopypants Esq. visits Jerome Horwitz Elementary School, whom Captain Underpants (still disguised as Mr. Krupp) hires to be the new science teacher, but George and Harold are suspicious due to his short-tempered and violent behavior. As it turns out, Poopypants is seeking to get rid of laughter altogether due to the fact that people never took him seriously for years due to his name, as explained in a traumatic flashback when he was almost given a Nobel award before the committee laughed at him for his silly name.

With Captain Underpants as principal, the school is a more lively place, with a fair being set up in the yard. However, a rainstorm occurs and Captain Underpants turns back into Mr. Krupp, who finally finishes the paperwork to put George and Harold into separate classes. Meanwhile, Poopypants recruits Melvin into his plan, as he has no sense of humor and does not find his name funny. Soon, Poopypants tries to take over the town with a giant version of Melvin's Turbo Toilet 2000, fueled by the school cafeteria's toxic leftovers left out by Edith and uses Melvin's brain as the power source to a zombie-ray to turn the children into glum, humorless zombies. Captain Underpants tries to stop them, but due to having no actual superpowers, is effortlessly defeated and thrown into the toxic pool. George and Harold are captured and turned into zombies but are able to escape when their laughter from the joke that made them friends in kindergarten overloads the zombie-ray, which damages the Turbo Toilet 2000's computer and returns the kids to normal. Upon consuming the toxic leftovers, Captain Underpants acquires superpowers and, with George and Harold's help, defeats and shrinks Poopypants, who escapes on a bee shortly thereafter.

Knowing that they can't control Captain Underpants forever, George and Harold destroy the Hypno Ring in order to permanently change him back into Mr. Krupp. Feeling that Mr. Krupp would be a lot nicer if he had friends, the boys set him and Edith up on a date, making Mr. Krupp have a change of heart and return the comics he confiscated from George and Harold, while even admitting their comics to be humorous. However, the toxic waste from the Turbo Toilet 2000 transforms all the toilets at a scrap yard into an army of Talking Toilets, which attack the restaurant where Mr. Krupp and Edith are dining. Upon snapping his fingers accidentally, Mr. Krupp once again becomes Captain Underpants, carrying George and Harold away to help him fight them to Edith's surprise and admiration.

In a mid-credits scene, George and Harold realize that Mr. Krupp's secretary Miss Anthrope, whom they put on the phone via a false competition for $1 billion, has been on the phone for the entire film. They then get a hold of her and she drops the phone to her dismay.






DreamWorks Animation announced on October 19, 2011 that they had acquired the rights to make a film based on the series. DreamWorks had been attempting to secure the rights since the series was first published in 1997, but Pilkey was not interested. However, after seeing "the subtle way that morality and personal responsibility were handled" in How to Train Your Dragon and the Kung Fu Panda movies, he realized a film could "properly convey what [he] was trying to do with the books".

On October 2013, it was announced that Rob Letterman will direct the movie.[1] Later, on January 21, 2014, the cast was announced, with Ed Helms joining as Mr. Krupp and Captain Underpants; Kevin Hart as George Beard, Thomas Middleditch as Harold Hutchins, Nick Kroll as Professor Poopypants, and Jordan Peele as Melvin.[2] The film was scheduled for release on January 13, 2017.[3] In January 2015, it was announced that the film will be instead "produced outside of the studio’s pipeline at a significantly lower cost" and will be released sometime in 2017.[4] On February 26, 2015, it was revealed that Letterman left the film and DWA was in talks with David Soren to replace and Soren was being fitted for the project, who previously directed DWA's Turbo.[5]

Deleted Scenes[]

Animatics of these deleted scenes are included as a bonus feature in most home media releases of the movie.

  • OPTION B: After Mr. Krupp orders George and Harold to his office, he gives two options. The boys choose Plan B and are forced to do Mr. Krupp's chores.
  • THE DISICIPLINARY COMMITTEE: Mr. Krupp shows the disciplinary committee the tape from The Tattle Turtle 200's spy camera, only for a tape from the Purple Dragon Sing-Along Show to play instead.
  • The Captain's Secret Identity: After Mr. Krupp turns himself into Captain Underpants, George and Harold need him to dress as his secret identity.
  • THE DIABOLICAL PROFESSOR POOPYPANTS COMIC: Professor Poopypants reads a comic and sees a supervillain version of Melvin on one of the pages. He then buys an ice cream truck.
  • ANTI-HUMOR BOY: Melvin walks past Pippy, who finds out that the boy was born without a sense of humor.


On 9 December 2020, it was announced that a Dog Man feature film is in development at DreamWorks Animation with Peter Hastings directing at the helm after his experience with Dav Pilkey's works from The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants.


  • This is the final Dreamworks Animation film to be distributed by 20th Century Fox since The Croods.
  • When George and Harold start to show one of their comics, they say, "A long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away". This line is a reference to the opening narration of almost every Star Wars movie.
  • It appears that when George used the Hypno Ring, that there is some supernatural stuff going on, since the whole setting was changing and not only that, George and Harold were hovering off the desk in a way that would indicate something supernatural. This did not occur in the first novel book.
  • Before its original release date in the US, the movie was shown as part of the Seattle Film Festival.
  • The film's theme song is sung by Weird Al Yankovic, which is likely a reference to the first Captain Underpants book, where several of his songs played on the intercom as a prank by George and Harold.
  • Captain Underpants in the comic series strongly resembles the real world Captain Underpants and his alter ego Benjamin Krupp. In the original book series, the comic version of Captain Underpants bore little to no resemblance to Mr. Krupp.
  • Despite the movie's events taking place throughout multiple days, the calendar in Miss Anthrope's office is always on the 28th of an unknown month.
  • The ice cream truck song came from Mister Softee.
  • The dachshund from the Dav Pilkey book "The Hallo-Wiener" makes a cameo appearance being walked by his owner on a leash.
  • Along with The Emoji Movie, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie became the first film in Saudi Arabia to be shown to the public on January 13, 2018 since the 1983 cinema ban in the country.
  • In the DVD release, there is a trailer for Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul. Coincidently, the DVD release of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul has a trailer for Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie.
  • Professor Poopypants buying an Ice Cream Truck is a pop-culture reference to The Fairly Oddparents, Where a character named "Mr. Crocker" buys an ice cream truck to track down fairies. Although, some fans speculate that could be a coincidence.



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