Faster Than a Speeding #2, the ‘Captain Underpants’ Trailer Is Here
There’s no arguing that superheroes currently own the cineplex, but in a slight change of pace, one of this upcoming summer’s cape-clad defenders won’t hail from the pages of Marvel or DC. Kids (and nostalgia fetishists in their mid-to-late twenties) will get a colorful crimefighter of a different stripe with Captain Underpants, the computer-animated adaptation of Dav Pilkey’s long-running line of sophomoric chapter books about a delusional elementary school principal’s adventures in doo-doo derring-do. The first trailer hit the internet today, and if you were wondering if it contains the same Steve Aoki club banger as the War Dogs trailer, then have I got some good news for you!
Following a brief intro from a slightly captive-looking Ed Helms and Kevin Hart, the trailer lays out Captain Underpants’ goofy origin story: pint-size pranksters George and Harold (Hart and Thomas Middleditch) get dragged to the office of stuffy Principal Krupp (Helms) for the umpteenth time, and when they fear he’s finally had it with their assorted shenaniganery, George uses his trusty hypno-ring to get the situation under control. But he only complicates matters when he uses Krupp’s suggestible state to turn him into Captain Underpants, nearly-nude nemesis of all toilet-related villainy. Speaking of which, the creepy new science teacher (Nick Kroll) at their school appears to be up to no good — could this be the rise of Professor Pippy Pee-Pee Poopypants? (It could.) The cast list indicates that reliable talents Jordan Peele and Kristen Schaal will also pop up to voice George and Harold’s classmates.
The studio that brought audiences the sight of Shrek farting in a mudbath should be a natural fit for subject material this juvenile, and they’ve amassed a fine stable of vocal talent. One element of the film gives me pause, however — the title card announces the film as Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie. Set aside the continued defiling of the word “epic” and that still leave the presumptuous franchising inherent to the subtitle. You can almost hear the 20th Century Fox executives now: “You’re gonna watch our weird little underwear superhero movie, and whether you like it or not, there’s gonna be more where that came from.” Whatever happened to waiting until a movie actually proves itself successful to capitalize on its success?
With a throaty battle cry of “tra la laa!” Captain Underpants will swoop into theaters on June 2.