After their opportunity to shine on the big screen in Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, the misadventures of George, Harold, and the waistband warrior will continue in a brand new Netflix original series. Featuring all the action, thrill and laughs you would expect, DreamWorks Animation Television is pleased to present The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants (and it’s new super-catchy theme song)!
Taking inspiration from Dav Pilkey’s beloved novels and DreamWorks’ hilarious movie adaptation from last year, the series centres on troublemaking best friends George Beard and Harold Hutchens, who hypnotize their mean school principal Mr. Krupp into their dim-witted comic creation Captain Underpants. What could possibly go wrong?
Although faithful to the books, this series will differ from last year’s movie, such as featuring an entirely new voice cast. Instead of adults, the kids will be voiced by child actors, including Ramone Hamilton (Blaze and the Monster Machines) as George, and Jay Gragnani (Bubble Guppies) as Harold. We also have Nat Faxon (Disenchantment) taking over as Mr. Krupp/Captain Underpants, and Sean Astin (Balto III: Wings of Change) serving as the narrator. Additionally, the series utilizes hand-drawn animation to faithfully replicate Pilkey’s illustrations, along with other animation types such as stop-motion.
Helmed by executive producer Peter Hastings (Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness), Pilkey has already given his blessing towards the series. In Animation Magazine, Pilkey stated:
“I binge-watched all of the episodes in one afternoon… I couldn’t help myself. Peter Hastings has totally captured the craziness and heart of the Captain Underpants multiverse and I hope everybody will love the show as much as I do. Kids have been asking for more Captain Underpants books for years, and to me it feels like we are getting brand-new books – except they’re animated!”
With the faithfulness of the books proudly shown in the intro, as well as Pilkey’s approval, this series looks to be a fun continuation that will be sure to satisfy fans (including me) and even newcomers alike. The first season of The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants will be available to stream on Netflix starting from July 13, 2018.
What are your first impressions of the opening? Is the theme song already stuck in your head? Lets us know what you think!
Deep down in New Zealand, Karl "Karlamon" Smith is a Kiwi who is passionate in animation, seeing it as an artistic medium that expresses vast creativity and brings unique characters and worlds to life. Whenever an animation-related fact pops up, it will more than likely be cemented in his brain for a long time. Some of his favourite animated movies include Zootopia, Balto, Bolt, Over the Hedge, The Fox and the Hound, the How to Train Your Dragon trilogy, The Iron Giant, and The Prince of Egypt.
Prior to contributing to Rotoscopers, Karl has served as a bureaucrat on Ice Age Wiki, and a moderator/site builder/news reporter on Animation Source. Karl is also a Computer Science and Digital Design graduate of AUT University. That, and with his additional fascination in aviation, he hopes someday to be both an animator and a pilot (if that is even possible).