Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (or simply known as Captain Underpants) is an upcoming 2017 American 3D computer-animated children’s superhero fiction comedy film based on the children’s novel series of the same name by Dav Pilkey. The film is being produced by DreamWorks Animation and Scholastic Entertainment with animation production provided by Mikros Image. It is being directed by David Soren, written by Nicholas Stoller, and stars the voices of Ed Helms, Kevin Hart, Nick Kroll, Thomas Middleditch, Jordan Peele and Kristen Schaal. The film is scheduled to be released on June 2, 2017, in 3D and 2D in the United States. It will be the last DreamWorks Animation film distributed by 20th Century Fox.
Two imaginative elementary school students, George Beard (Kevin Hart) and Harold Hutchins (Thomas Middleditch), hypnotize their mean-spirited principal, Mr. Krupp (Ed Helms), into becoming the dim-witted superhero known as Captain Underpants, created by George and Harold. Together, they set out to a journey to stop the mad scientist Professor Poopypants (Nick Kroll), the Turbo Toilet 2000 and tattletale (snitch) genius Melvin Sneedly (Jordan Peele) from destroying Captain Underpants, taking over the world, and annihilating laughter forever.
Ed Helms as Mr. Benjamin “Benny” Krupp / Captain Underpants, the grumpy principal of Jerome Horwitz Elementary School, who is hypnotized into becoming the kind-hearted superhero created by George and Harold.
Kevin Hart as George Beard, a troublesome fourth grade student that wears a tie and a flat top haircut. He is Harold’s best friend and writes stories for the comics he and Harold make.
Thomas Middleditch as Harold Hutchins, a troublesome fourth grade student that wears a t-shirt and a ridiculous hairline. He is George’s best friend and illustrates for the comics he and George make.
Nick Kroll as Professor Pippy Poopypants, a once brilliant scientist that becomes mad after being constantly made fun of and not taken seriously for his name and then decides to have an evil plan to takeover the world and destroy Captain Underpants.
Jordan Peele as Melvin Sneedly, George and Harold’s nemesis and the tattletale genius of the school that produces many complex inventions and wanting to join Professor Poopypants to takeover the world and become the world’s greatest supervillain and plans to threaten Captain Underpants.
Kristen Schaal as Edith, the school lunch lady and the love interest of Mr. Krupp.
Interest in the film rights to the Captain Underpants series date back to when the first installment was published in 1997. DreamWorks Animation had been on Dav Pilkey’s tail to pursue the film rights. Pilkey was very skeptical on the idea, but after seeing their adaptation of the How to Train Your Dragon books, he came into an appreciation to the idea.
In October 2011, DreamWorks Animation reportedly acquired the rights to make an animated feature film based on the Captain Underpants series. In October 2013, Rob Letterman was announced as director and Nicholas Stoller as scriptwriter. It would be the second film to involve Letterman and Stoller working together; the first was Gulliver’s Travels. In January 2014, the cast was announced. Ed Helms joined as Mr. Krupp a.k.a. Captain Underpants, Kevin Hart as George Beard, Thomas Middleditch as Harold Hutchins, Nick Kroll as the “insidious villain” Professor Poopypants, and Jordan Peele as George and Harold’s “nerdy nemesis” Melvin Sneedly.
On June 12, 2014, the film was scheduled for release on January 13, 2017. Following DreamWorks Animation’s reorganization in early 2015, the studio announced that the film will be produced outside of the studio’s pipeline at a significantly lower cost. It will instead be animated at Mikros Image in Montreal, Canada, and it will look differently than most of DWA’s films. A month later, Letterman left the project, and David Soren, the director of Turbo, entered talks to direct the film.
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie was expected to be released on March 10, 2017, by 20th Century Fox, but in September 2015, The Boss Baby took over its date. The film is now scheduled for release on June 2, 2017. Other territories such as Europe and Asia will receive the film between July and October 2017.