flip o rama

Honestly tho Captain Underpants was so good. The animation style absolutely did the books justice, I hope other cg animation studios take note. Also yes, there was a Flip-O-Rama bit.

Also, some fun bits from the director QnA with David Soren:

  • Apparently many studios have wanted to do a Captain Underpants movie for a long time, but Dav Pilkey didn’t feel ready to do one until he brought the series to a close.
  • The reason Dav chose to make this film with Dreamworks was because everyone showed up to the pitch meeting wearing their underwear outside their pants.
  • The film was made in three countries total, in studios in Los Angeles, California, USA, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and in Paris, France.
  • David Soren himself came onto the project about two years ago, which between then and now is a very short amount of time to create an animated film.
  • David’s favorite part of making the film was getting to do a brief harmonica solo near the beginning of the film.
  • Ed Helms has said he is ready to make 30 more films.
  • Three children in the audience asked why Captain Underpants only wears his underpants.
  • One child asked why he’s a captain.
Everything amazing in the Captain Underpants movie:
  • The inclusion of the ‘Everything Except Fabric Softener Store’ and the ‘Piqua Pizza Palace’ in the backgrounds.
  • The various art/animation styles used which really made it feel like a kid’s imagination.
  • Harold’s complete inability to chill.
  • “I noticed that this tuna casserole had your name spelled out on the top in jalepeno slices.” 
  • Ms. Ribble’s voice was PERFECT!
  • The entire scene where they reopen the closed off art room.
  • “You’ll have a weird haircut and I’ll be wearing a suit for some reason…”
  • Melvin actually, physically, has no sense of humor.
  • Edith the Lunchlady, enough said.
  • “We are so guilty.” 
  • How perfectly depressing Mr. Krupps house is.
  • “The bee is not the bad guy.”
  • Harold successfully parallel parking an entire construction crane. 
  • All of the comic book style scenes, and how much Captain Underpants ADORES the comics themselves.
  • “Benjamin Krupp you sly dog.”
  • “We’re closed for Ebola.”
  • The revenge of the Stuck-On-Hold Lady.
  • The army of Talking Toilets.
  • Edith is into Captain Underpants just as much as she’s into Krupp.
  • The inclusion of George and Harold’s ‘silly’ names from the fourth book.
  • Captain Underpants actually successfully flirting with Edith.
  • They mention New Swissland.
  • The inclusion of Captain Underpants’ catchphrase thing ‘Faster than a speeding waistband, more powerful than boxer shorts, and able to leap tall buildings without getting a wedgie!” 
  • The unadulterated glory that is the Treehouse.
  • The Tattle Turtle 200
  • “I can pee a little in my underwear and no one can say anything!!” “Dude where are you going with that? Do you actually do that?”
  • “Not actual magic, we aren’t practising the dark arts…”
  • He didn’t say it but god if George’s face didn’t scream “I can’t believe I’m about to do this…” as he turned Krupp into Captain Underpants so he could save them
  • “It’s a bird!” “It’s a plane!” “It’s an egg-salad sandwich!” 
  • “How many a’s does Tra La Laa have? I’ll just go with eleven.”
  • Mr. Krupp lives on Curmudgeon Road.
  • Underpanty World, led by Big Daddy Long-Johns and Princess Pantyhose.
  • “Potty humor is like, the lowest form of comedy.” “DON’T YOU SAY THAT HAROLD!”
  • “Is that high def cause you can definitely tell that that’s us…”
  • Harold’s obsession with Dolphins.
  • “…how much of that was out loud…?”
  • Uranus
  • Captain Underpants putting all of the teacher’s in detention.
  • Professor Poopypants’ impressive collection of lip-balms.
  • Harold’s hand gets biggified.
  • The movie perfectly ending with George and Harold clutching desperately to Captain Underpants’ cape as he flies away while they shout ‘Here we go again!” 
  • The end credits all being actual comic style scenes from all the books.

Feel free to add your own!!

There’s a scene in Captain Underpants where the mean principal under a hypnotic control unlocks a heavily locked and bolted door labeled ART DEPARTMENT, letting in a large group of kids who excitedly take up dust-covered equipment and start drawing, painting, what have you. Under the surface-level toilet gags and general silliness, what really drew me to the series as a young kid was it’s surprisingly cynically satirical depiction of the failings of public school in America and the ways in which the more creative aspects of children are often neglected in favor of standardization. Yes it was silly, but there was a joy and wit in that silliness. With a name like Captain Underpants a lot of the gags are smarter than they have any right to be and there’s a genuine heart to the friendship between the two main characters that a lot of children’s writing often struggles to replicate. Dav Pilkey, the author, had ADHD and Dyslexia in school and was often dismissed by his teachers as having his head in the clouds for his love for making silly drawings over busy work. Yet he persevered to make a beloved series of books that features two characters who face similar dismissals but find solace in each other and making goofy comics that bring laughter to their peers. I wasn’t a trouble maker in school, but I often had a lot of lonely years where even in my hardest days I could find refuge in making crazy characters and knowing that despite everything I had enough creativity to make other people laugh. And as ridiculous as it sounds, the Captain Underpants books made me feel like my sharpened but often off the wall sense of humor over the more desirable traits like popularity or athleticism was a strength. All George and Harold needed to be happy was each other and the ideas that came from their head! That’s the power of art and all the ways we can interpret it. From start to finish this movie is a love letter to creativity. Through stop motion, sock puppets, 2D animation, and crude comic squiggle vision (even Flip o Rama!) this movie was a love letter to all the ways kids can be creative and just enjoy this sense of youth even in the face of a school system that wants to suppress that. And not in a way that has a personal disconnect like Middle School Max Keeble style movies, but ways that feel like they come from a real place such as a history teacher literally yelling out a list of years to memorize to a room of depressed children.

By all accounts I don’t mean to bring politics into a post about Captain Underpants of all things, but in a society where our own president wants to defund the arts for children, I can’t stress enough how important it is for kids to see a fun and witty movie where so much joy is displayed to be found through drawing or painting or writing. One of the most heartwarming moments that takes a break from the endless gags is just a wordless sequence where George and Harold are just sitting back to back making comics and laughing at the jokes that the other are making. Everything else not mattering because they have this moment of creativity and when they have the chance to control their principal under the guise of Captain Underpants, they make one of their commands to unlock the art room and share this happiness with the rest of the stifled students.

And that’s why even with the silly names and giant robot toilets (although in my eyes those are an added bonus) this is an important film to take kids with budding minds. It’s wacky and fast and fun but also has some smartness behind it that more animated movies need. That even though you KNOW it’s stupid and immature it’s okay to laugh at the word Uranus and just have the ability to laugh even when the rest of the world is rough. It certainly did a lot for me when I was their age.

Captain Underpants Japanese Translation Notes

okay I’m finally actually looking through the japanese books, and this post is to list all the translation differences/interesting things I find. I’ll put it under a readmore cause it’s probably gonna get long but it might be an entertaining bit of trivia?

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Yup, I still have bunch of CU fan art/bunch of drawings I still need to ink in me. (I think someone already beat me to this scenario, but there’s my take up there).

My attempt at trying the ‘classic’ art style, except it looks less like ‘Dav Pilkey’ and more ‘Earthbound.’

In a near perfect world that was set ‘? years later’ (and at least in the film version) I would like to hope that things got better to the point that the boys would be on good terms with Krupp. I think it would be funny if he did end up having a child and, even though I’d imagine he’d mellow out by this point, he still has his jerk moments now and then. (And in case anyone is curious, I named the little oc infant Alexandra, after my friend who was probably more of a CU fan than I was back in 4th grade. Also, yes I made at least one of the boys a Legend of Zelda fan for the heck of it. If the film took place in the 90′s like the first book did, then its hard to guess what they could have been into during high school).

And finally…

(When you switch between the two images on photoshop, it’s like you unintentionally made your own flip-o-rama).

Alright, but who wants to talk about Melvin Sneedly?

In the book series, he was always kind of my favorite villain to start with (I have a thing for adorable sassy child villains- look at how many posts I’ve liked with tags like “Gideon Gleeful” “Diamond Tiara” or “Barry Bling” if you don’t believe me)-I mean, he was cute, stuck-up, and kind of a fun character to laugh at. Personally, I think he’s best just a villain of the children, waging battle against the children, but then again, he had quite a few different forms throughout the series, including Octo-Melvin, the Bionic Booger Boy, and Mr. Melvin-so yes, a fun character on his own.

Look at that. Look at that picture of Melvin showing off PATSY 2000 with that adorable smug face and tell me he isn’t the best. 

And then came the movie.

Generally, I’m not too huge of a fan of books being made into movies, as they can’t show all the detail, gloss over a fair amount, and have to do some creative work to get it from one character’s perspective. (And, according to Mac’s principal, must cost under $500 to produce and have an underlying message of friendship!) But, although I ramble a lot about Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, I must say, Dreamworks did it beautifully. (Complete with Flip-o-ramas, misspellings, and whoopee cushions!) And everything they did to Melvin’s character just adds to how Melvin-y he really is, starting from the slightly  cliche first-appearance-reading-a-dictionary, to finding out he has no biological sense of humor. At all. 

Oh, and the extra-credit roll definitely marks him up to the Cinnamon Roll Hall of Fame. ((Shout-out to that moment when Mr. Krupp pretends to throw Melvin the extra credit and Melvin catches it…! And tucks it in his pocket..! Aaaa, my goodness, I could watch that all day.)) 

So yes. In essence, Melvin Sneedly is amazing. That is all. 



Friend: *forcibly drags me away from computer*

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017)

So we’ve come to the most recent film that DreamWorks Animation has released this year and their 2nd film of 2017, with the other being The Boss Baby, which I had absolutely no interest in seeing and didn’t think there was much to talk about.

With this film, being “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie”, I was extremely excited to see this film, because to be perfectly honest, I am a HUGE fan of the Captain Underpants novels created by Dav Pilkey!

As a kid I’ve read the novels up to the 8th book and lost a bit of interest, but only recently heard that the book series came to a close with the 12th book called “Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot” and I was able to read them all before this movie came out, which I was so glad I did, as the books remain some of the funniest and smartest children’s novels out there.

With this film adaptation of Dav Pilkey’s books, did this stay true to the source material and a great addition to the Captain Underpants books?

The answer to that is a wholehearted “Yes!” This film exceeded my expectations, especially from DreamWorks that they managed to make a Captain Underpants movie one of their most enjoyable and funniest film in years.

The plot of the film follows both the first and fourth novels respectively, with making a few minor changes to the events and storylines from the books, while still making it feel original, which I really have to give the film credit for not adapting the material, “word-for-word” that would’ve made it feel dull and almost like a copy and pasted recap of the story.

And speaking of the story, in the novels’ tradition, the movie is about two kids named “George Beard” and “Harold Hutchins”.

George is the kid with the tie and the flat top, while Harold is the kid with the t-shirt and bad haircut. Remember that now.

George and Harold are notorious for pulling pranks at their elementary school, while at the same time both love to make comic books to sell at their school and their favourite comic is about a superhero named “Captain Underpants”.

The school that George and Harold go to is full of misery, lame teachers and worst of all, the meanest school principal named “Mr. Krupp”, to which he vows he will get them into big trouble.

Unfortunately George and Harold do get into big trouble after messing with a toilet invention made by the schools smartest and snitch “Melvin Sneedly”, which ends up recording footage of the boys tampering with the invention.

Mr. Krupp decides that he wants to separate the boys and try to destroy their friendship, much to George and Harold not wanting for that to happen, as they are extremely close friends and always stick together.

To stop that from happening, George & Harold use a hypnotic ring to hypnotize Mr. Krupp and make him think he’s the greatest superhero, “Captain Underpants!”

And although they thought it was a joke, Mr. Krupp now believes he is Captain Underpants and ends up causing havoc in the city of Piqua, Ohio.

George and Harold find out that Captain Underpants turns back into Krupp whenever water is splashed onto him and can turn back at the snap of a finger.

The boys like the idea of their principal being a cool and heroic superhero, they still have to make sure he’s not getting into trouble.

While that’s happening, a science teacher by the name of “Professor Poopypants” is hired by Captain Underpants and plots to take over the world and get rid of everyone’s laughter, because of being made fun of his ridiculous name for years.

The rest of the film is up to George and Harold to stop Professor P and to make sure that Captain Underpants doesn’t get into trouble.

As I’ve mentioned before, this film portrays the source material very accurately, even with the comedy and of course, animation style.

The animation is very similar to Blue Sky’s The Peanuts Movie, where the characters are 3D models, but are drawn with 2D faces and are identifiable by their appearance.

And although The Peanuts Movie was a lot more unique by using many hand-drawn techniques, Captain Underpants still uses many forms of animation, such as comic drawings, to the classic “Flip-O-Rama” in a hilarious fight scene and even one scene completely done with sock puppets!

I’d like to also mention that this was actually one of the cheapest CGI films that DreamWorks Animation has produced with a budget of $38 million.

The majority of the film was animated at Mikros Image in Montreal, Canada and for a film of a lower budget; the film still has some fast-paced and comedic animation.

The only thing is that the animation is good, but it doesn’t really break new grounds or should be considered a landmark in animation.

I can say that I’m very happy to see that Dav Pilkey’s drawings made a great leap onto the big screen and the colours and lighting of the film works solidly!

The comedy of this film also stays true to Dav Pilkey’s books, while giving some characters like Mr. Krupp a bit of a more sympathetic side to him, not shown in the novels, which I have to give this film credit for making me feel an emotional connection to one of the most unlikable characters in the books.

This is easily some of the crudest, immature potty humor that has ever been put to an animated film for a while and may also be one of the most ridiculous movies to ever come out of 2017, but that is what makes Captain Underpants really enjoyable for both kids and even a lot of moments for adults!

I’ve even noticed how even this movie takes a jab at how many schools don’t allow children to use their imagination and have fun during their youth, as that was one of Dav Pilkey’s morals in the books is to include that in an education.

Dav Pilkey was diagnosed with ADHD and had trouble going to school, so he always felt like he was being alienated by his school, so you have to understand the books and films’ message by being creative and having fun, from that perspective.

This review is only focusing on the movie and not so much on Dav Pilkey and the controversy of the books themselves, but I will say that if you were a fan of Captain Underpants as a kid or even look back on it as a part of your childhood, then this is definitely a “must-watch”!

For those who never read the books or just want to have a funny film to laugh at, then you’ll probably still enjoy it, regardless, but not as much as the fans of the books.

I don’t think I consider this one of DreamWorks’ best films, but it’s definitely a huge improvement over films like Trolls or Boss Baby, which just seem like manipulative movies made by an executive to sell products.

Considering how the only other film from DreamWorks that’s coming out is How to Train Your Dragon 3 in 2019 and the other films are just sequels to Trolls, Boss Baby and Shrek, this may very well be one of DreamWorks’ better films in years.

Give it a watch and see for yourself!