The writing of this film was surprisingly refreshing, in my opinion. Yes, there is a large amount of slapstick and potty humor found throughout, and some of it is funny, but you must keep in mind that this humor is aimed at the film's target audience. The film also requires a lot of suspension of disbelief and ends up being over-the-top at times. Yet, within all of this silliness is a great deal of commentary revolving around both the nature of the education system and the superhero genre of film. These parts were the most thoughtful and enjoyable to me, and the intelligence of this commentary really caught me off-guard.
The animation is primarily computer-generated 3D, but there is one really cool sequence that uses sock puppets, and it is really funny. There are some things that the film does in its presentation, with flashbacks, asides, and breaking the fourth wall that add to the humor and quality of the film. There are a couple of unnecessary songs in the film, but they aren't horribly distracting. The voice cast does an extremely good job in the film, too, delivering the humor very well.
Overall, I enjoyed "Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie". It was a nice distraction for me, and I'm sure that younger audiences will really enjoy it.
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
Big Tuna's Rating: B
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Maybe.