The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants
The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants is an American Flash-animated web-television series produced by DreamWorks Animation that is based on the film Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, in turn, based on the Captain Underpants series of books by Dav Pilkey.
Why It Rocks
- Terrific animation, even by Flash standards. It even uses different animation like claymation and even sock puppets.
- Just like the movie and books, it breaks the fourth wall.
- Also just like the movie and books, it knows how to make good toilet jokes.
- The voice-acting is good because their casting is better as George and Harold now sound like kids.
- The show gives more depth onto Melvin’s character, going from an intelligent tattletale into an outright villain, even having Season 2 take place in a time where Melvin (or rather his robot future self) won.
- It treats itself like the books. Usually, at times, it'll say what the number of the chapter it is. It even references "Remember that now!" and "To make a long story short".
- The “graphic violence chapters” doesn’t limit itself to just Flip-o-Rama!, it’ll often experiment with different o-Ramas tying in with the theme of the episode.
- Like the movie, It Stays faithful to its source material.
- The new characters are all both memorable and funny, so chances are the viewer will stop the series with at least one favorite character.
- It pokes fun of the deceased cartoon community who always complain about cartoons being more silly than dark. As being said, in episode 8, it has a Her-O-Rama where the battle between Captain Underpants and Judge J.O.R.T.S becomes more "dark" and "gritty."
- It has a lot more depth in the plot and the episodes. Like the end of the first season involving George and Harold to get Mr. Krupp fired to avoid being expelled.
- Season 2 has many plot elements that are similar to the books but they feel unique and not just copies of those same concepts.
- Despite being advertised as a spin-off from the movie, it has very little connection to the movie and feels more like a stand-alone universe.
- Captain Underpants and Mr. Krupp, depending on your view, were both flanderized.
- Krupp is flanderized as a child-hating idiot who was meaner then he was in the movie. He even cheated on Edith (although she didn't appear in the series).
- Captain Underpants is flanderized to become dumber than usual. Also, he is now childish.
- George and Harold's drawings look nothing like their movie and book's counterpart.
- Certain elements from the movie, such as Harold’s love for dolphins, weren’t carried over to the show. However, this could be excused since the show is more of a stand-alone series rather than a direct tie-in.
- The theme song, while not bad, is not as good as the Weird Al theme used in the movie.
- They has some bad episodes like The Bizarre Blitzkrieg of the Bothersome Butt-erflies
The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants has a 6.7 out of 10 on IMDb.