Flatulent, but not fatuous holiday fun
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.