Flat­u­lent, but not fatu­ous hol­i­day fun

South Waikato News - - Out & About -

The hu­mour is broad, the an­i­ma­tion chunky and the vo­cal per­for­mances over-the-top, the per­fect com­bi­na­tion for the books’ mostavid au­di­ence.

to bring their some­what flawed su­per­hero to life.

Ar­riv­ing 20 years after Dav Pilkey cre­ated the first of his 12 much-loved and high­ly­con­tro­ver­sial (they are banned by many US schools be­cause of their anti-au­thor­i­tar­ian lean­ings) books, David Soren’s (Turbo) in­au­gu­ral an­i­mated adap­ta­tion is both a de­light­ful primer and solid school hol­i­day en­ter­tain­ment.

Like last year’s The Peanuts Movie, this does a ter­rific job of cap­tur­ing the spirit and style of its source ma­te­rial. The hu­mour is broad, the an­i­ma­tion chunky and the vo­cal per­for­mances over-thetop, the per­fect com­bi­na­tion for the books’ most-avid au­di­ence.

Kevin Hart (The Se­cret Life of Pets), Ed Helms (The Hang­over) and Kris­ten Schaal (Flight of the Con­chords) are among those de­liv­er­ing Ni­cholas Stoller’s (the most re­cent Mup­pet movies) well­honed and hi­lar­i­ous di­a­logue.

The con­stant potty hu­mour may test some older ac­com­pa­ny­ing view­ers’ tol­er­ance (much fun is made of a key char­ac­ter’s sca­to­log­i­cally ori­en­tated name) and the film’s flights of fancy aren’t for ev­ery­one, but there’s an aw­ful lot to like about this Su­per­bad for pri­mary school­ers.

And amongst the ref­er­ences to a Whoopee Cush­ion Orches­tra and Pro­fes­sor Poopy Pants, there’s some clever use of dif­fer­ent an­i­ma­tion styles, sub­ver­sion of comic-book tropes and a timely dis­cus­sion on the value mod­ern so­ci­ety places on ed­u­ca­tion.

Flat­u­lent, but not fatu­ous fun. James Croot

Cap­tain Un­der­pants is both a de­light­ful primer to the book se­ries and solid school hol­i­day en­ter­tain­ment.

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