Captain Underpants On Netflix: More Than Just Potty Humor

by Tito W. James

I was scrolling through Netflix when I noticed that Captain Underpants was available to stream. I remember enjoying the series as a kid and I was curious as to what the film adaptation would look like.

The movie captures the feel of the books and even incorporates the fourth-wall breaking elements. It also utilizes mixed media and creative scene transitions reminiscent of an Edgar Wright film. This combination of elements creates an animated movie that stands apart from most CGI films both visually and tonally.

Captain Underpants is laugh out loud funny. The voice actors nail their respective roles and even the lunch lady made me crack up. There are some fantastic slapstick set-pieces, colorful caricatures, and a few satirical jokes thrown in. They even make self-conscious jokes about how potty humor is lowbrow.

I would recommend Captain Underpants for families, animation students, and millennials who feel even a hint of nostalgia for the books. This is a superb adaptation and deserves more attention.

Tito W. James

Tito W. James writes action adventure comics for all ages that juxtapose creepy content with beautiful imagery. He is the mastermind behind CROSSBONE JONES and GANGSTERS VS GATORS. Tito’s goal is to create comics that capture the bombastic fun of old comics with the emotional resonance of new ones. ​