What fuels the imagination of children? Some say it's intellectualinspiration or reminders from their favorite TV shows. The truth of thematter is that ironically, boredom seems to be the catalyst for mostchildren to build their own worlds. Think about it. Go back to when youwere eight years old within your elementary school years. Say you werestudying an uninteresting subject like the history of hay staking orhow barrels of organized. When you find yourself board in that subject,what do you do? Your mind will wonder somewhere that's more interestingand cause you to conjure up characters and stories that would morefascinating. <br><br>When kids do it, it's likely going to be more crude, but you can't denythat they try. The subjects in todays movie face one of their owncreations and the insanity it insures. <br><br>I'll say now that I never read any of the Captain Underpants books evenas a kid, but I see them every time I walk into a Barnes & Noble, soyou can take that their popular. I figured that they were about goofycharacters, and Captain Underpants delivers that, but I was surprisedby how creative and funny this was.<br><br>Within the Jerome Horwitz Elementary School, forth-graders George Beard(played by Kevin hart) and Harold Hutchins (played by ThomasMiddleditch) are the class clowns to do everything to make the rest ofthe students happy. They also make up their own comic series called"Captain Underpants". Though their pranks are harmless, their cruelprincipal Benjamin Krupp (played by Ed Helms) despises them and seemsto only be happy when the children of his school are expressionlessdrones. When the pranks prove too much for Mr. Krupp, he reveals thathe's going to place the boys in separate classes. In response, Georgeaccidentally hypnotizes their principal with a Cracker Jack ring. <br><br>The boys set up Mr. Krupp's mind so that whenever fingers are snapped,he becomes Captain Underpants. Though the new superhero alter egoproves to be nicer and funnier to the kids, he's also under thedelusion that he has powers, causing to boys to follow him everywhereto make sure he doesn't get hurt. Not only does this reveal how sad Mr.Krupp's life is outside the school, but he accidentally hires a newscience teacher Mr. PP (played by Nick Kroll) who wants to rid theworld of laughter. Can the boys find a way to stop him and keep CaptainUnderpants in control?<br><br>With a name like Captain Underpants, of course your going to get a verysilly story with juvenile names and occasional potty humor. I can tellyou now that it's aware of that and fully embraces it to its advantage.The movie keeps up its child-like tone to a point where I was laughingalong with the kids in my theater. While there are the immature jokesyou'd expect, a lot of jokes are genuinely funny and address the stressthat kids, and even teachers go through within their daily lives.<br><br>I think what made this work were the voice actors. At first I thoughtit was odd to have big name celebrities voice kids rather then justhaving child actors, until I realized that the level of speed needed toget to the fast pace seems to suit Kevin Hart and Thomas Middleditchbetter. Ed Helms does well as both Captain Underpants and PrincipalKrupp, as they keep switching him back and forth to give us a manic,but fun performance. Even Nick Kroll, who is definitely goofy as a madscientist, does get a moment about his backstory, that made yousomewhat sympathetic to him (though how could you not laugh at a namelike Professor Poopypants?).<br><br>You may notice that Captain Underpants has a similar animation style tothe Peanuts Movie, where despite being computer animated, has a lookthat resembles the flat, hand-drawn feel. I enjoy that, as it onlygives more variety to the animation offerings we have. It seems toresemble the illustrations from the book (which we also get in variousparts in the movie) without trying to make things to close to reallife.<br><br>I'll give this eight Captain Underpants books out of ten. While it'snot a great movie, I can't imagine what great things you could do withthis subject. It's silly and fun; sometimes that's alright as long asit's done well. If you look at the film and only see it as toojuvenile, it's unlikely you'll like this. It knows that kids are goingto be ones to enjoy this the most, but even this understands that alladults were children at some point. If you can accept that a silly ideacan go with itself all the way through, then put on some underpants,and probably some pants over that, and give it a watch.