the adventures of captain underpants series

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The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants CONFIRMED!

Remember that long-rumored Captain Underpants TV series? It got officially confirmed by DreamWorks themselves! Here’s the description of the show:

“Based on the books by Dav Pilkey, this new series follows the adventures of George Beard and Harold Hutchins, two best friends who’ve bonded through their love of pranking, comic books and being the thorns in Principal Krupp’s side. Their fun gets them mixed up in adventures crazier than their outrageous comic books, which is when they call on their greatest creation: Captain Underpants. From executive producer Peter Hastings, the series will be available to Netflix members worldwide in 2018.”

Yes, you read that correctly. Peter Hastings of Animaniacs fame is executive producing the series, so this means that’s it’s possibly going to be great! I can’t wait to watch this series, and I hope Professor Poopypants is in it!

Originally posted by kagtobio

Character: Harold Hutchins 

From: Captain Underpants (book series) 

Representation: LGBTQIA+ (mlm), ADHD

Their Importance: Harold is one of the main characters of the prolific young children’s book series Captain Underpants. The books follow him and his best George as they get into trouble and go on ridiculous and funny adventures. Both Harold and George have been diagnosed with ADHD. This is never portrayed negatively and it’s noted that they both see their diagnosis as a badge of honour, since George’s dad told them people with ADHD tend to be more creative.

In the last book, George and Harold travel to the future and end up meeting their adult selves. They’re both married with two children and have jobs they love. It’s also happens that Harold is married to a man named Billy. At no point does anyone seem surprised by this and it’s never mentioned as anything out of the ordinary. For many children this is the first introduction to queerness and it’s so, so important for young queer folk who got to see themselves represented for the first time.

Thanks to @shadowwolf for the write up!

Captain Underpants is getting a Netflix series

http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/trollhunters-season-3-trolls-boss-baby-netflix-1202637829/


“The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants”

“Based on the books by Dav Pilkey, this new series follows the adventures of George Beard and Harold Hutchins, two best friends who’ve bonded through their love of pranking, comic books and being the thorns in Principal Krupp’s side. Their fun gets them mixed up in adventures crazier than their outrageous comic books, which is when they call on their greatest creation: Captain Underpants. From executive producer Peter Hastings, the series will be available to Netflix members worldwide in 2018.”

THE BOYS ARE COMING BACK

Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009

1. Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling
2. Alice series, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
3. The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier
4. And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell
5. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
6. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
7. Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
8. His Dark Materials (series), by Philip Pullman
9. ttyl; ttfn; l8r g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle
10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
11. Fallen Angels, by Walter Dean Myers
12. It’s Perfectly Normal, by Robie Harris
13. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
14. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
15. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
16. Forever, by Judy Blume
17. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
18. Go Ask Alice, by Anonymous
19. Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
20. King and King, by Linda de Haan
21. To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
22. Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily von Ziegesar
23. The Giver, by Lois Lowry
24. In the Night Kitchen, by Maurice Sendak
25. Killing Mr. Griffen, by Lois Duncan
26. Beloved, by Toni Morrison
27. My Brother Sam Is Dead, by James Lincoln Collier
28. Bridge To Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson
29. The Face on the Milk Carton, by Caroline B. Cooney
30. We All Fall Down, by Robert Cormier
31. What My Mother Doesn’t Know, by Sonya Sones
32. Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
33. Snow Falling on Cedars, by David Guterson
34. The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things, by Carolyn Mackler
35. Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging, by Louise Rennison
36. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
37. It’s So Amazing, by Robie Harris
38. Arming America, by Michael Bellasiles
39. Kaffir Boy, by Mark Mathabane
40. Life is Funny, by E.R. Frank
41. Whale Talk, by Chris Crutcher
42. The Fighting Ground, by Avi
43. Blubber, by Judy Blume
44. Athletic Shorts, by Chris Crutcher
45. Crazy Lady, by Jane Leslie Conly
46. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
47. The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby: The First Graphic Novel by George Beard and Harold Hutchins, the creators of Captain Underpants, by Dav Pilkey
48. Rainbow Boys, by Alex Sanchez
49. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey
50. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
51. Daughters of Eve, by Lois Duncan
52. The Great Gilly Hopkins, by Katherine Paterson
53. You Hear Me?, by Betsy Franco
54. The Facts Speak for Themselves, by Brock Cole
55. Summer of My German Soldier, by Bette Green
56. When Dad Killed Mom, by Julius Lester
57. Blood and Chocolate, by Annette Curtis Klause
58. Fat Kid Rules the World, by K.L. Going
59. Olive’s Ocean, by Kevin Henkes
60. Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson
61. Draw Me A Star, by Eric Carle
62. The Stupids (series), by Harry Allard
63. The Terrorist, by Caroline B. Cooney
64. Mick Harte Was Here, by Barbara Park
65. The Things They Carried, by Tim O’Brien
66. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, by Mildred Taylor
67. A Time to Kill, by John Grisham
68. Always Running, by Luis Rodriguez
69. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
70. Harris and Me, by Gary Paulsen
71. Junie B. Jones (series), by Barbara Park
72. Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison
73. What’s Happening to My Body Book, by Lynda Madaras
74. The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold
75. Anastasia (series), by Lois Lowry
76. A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving
77. Crazy: A Novel, by Benjamin Lebert
78. The Joy of Gay Sex, by Dr. Charles Silverstein
79. The Upstairs Room, by Johanna Reiss
80. A Day No Pigs Would Die, by Robert Newton Peck
81. Black Boy, by Richard Wright
82. Deal With It!, by Esther Drill
83. Detour for Emmy, by Marilyn Reynolds
84. So Far From the Bamboo Grove, by Yoko Watkins
85. Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes, by Chris Crutcher
86. Cut, by Patricia McCormick
87. Tiger Eyes, by Judy Blume
88. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood
89. Friday Night Lights, by H.G. Bissenger
90. A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeline L’Engle
91. Julie of the Wolves, by Jean Craighead George
92. The Boy Who Lost His Face, by Louis Sachar
93. Bumps in the Night, by Harry Allard
94. Goosebumps (series), by R.L. Stine
95. Shade’s Children, by Garth Nix
96. Grendel, by John Gardner
97. The House of the Spirits, by Isabel Allende
98. I Saw Esau, by Iona Opte
99. Are You There, God?  It’s Me, Margaret, by Judy Blume
100. America: A Novel, by E.R. Frank

Banned Books Week: How censorship through the decades cracked down on literary sex, drugs... and poo poo head

The fatwa issued in 1999 against ‘Satanic Verses’ author Salman Rushdie was deemed by Iran’s state organisation for Islamic propaganda to be still in force on 13 February 2000 – hence these Tehran newspaper reports the morning after AFP

Consider suppressed books and what do you think of? Someone carefully measuring out the ingredients for a bomb in their mother’s cellar, poring over The Anarchist’s Cookbook? A 1980s Britain supposedly blissfully unaware of the revelations in Peter Wright’s banned MI5 memoir Spycatcher, while the rest of the world laps up his allegations? Well-thumbed copies of Lady Chatterley’s Lover being passed surreptitiously between filth-hungry readers?

Or do you perhaps think of the Great Poo Poo Head Incident of 2011?

Allow me to remind you of that one. Back then, Tammy and Randy Harris’s son was six-years-old. He was given a one-day suspension from his school in Texas for deploying with wild abandon the phrase “poo poo head”.

Which might seem a bit harsh. But then Tammy discovered that the self-same epithet uttered by her son was also to be found in a book kept in the school library, to wit The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby, a graphic novel from the same creators behind the hugely popular Captain Underpants series of prose books.

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That’s Great!

Boogie & I were talking about why they banned The Adventures of Captain Underpants. I told him that I looked it up briefly & found 2 things:

~ The book uses potty talk that a lot of teacher think is inappropriate for school. So, it was banned from a lot of book fairs.

~ In one of the recent books in the series, one of the characters has a dream/imaginary scenario where they live with a male partner as an adult.

To these things, my son said that he thought it sounded like a bunch of people overreacting & being dramatic. I agreed with him. Then he said that it would be great if he could either marry our next door neighbor’s daughter who is about his age or one of his favorite friends at school who is a boy. He said that he would probably marry one of them because he liked both of them a lot & I said, “Yep. You can do whatever you want.” 

Kids are the best :) It’s conversations like these that make me feel that we were probably much more open minded as kids.