The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants

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The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants
Season 1 promotional poster
GenreAnimation
Adventure
Action
Comedy
Surreal Comedy
Based onCaptain Underpants
by Dav Pilkey
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
by David Soren
Developed byPeter Hastings
Mark Banker
Voices of
Narrated bySean Astin
Theme music composerPeter Hastings
ComposersJared Faber
Fred Kron
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes45 (plus 3 specials) (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producerPeter Hastings
ProducersTodd Grimes (supervising)
Peter McCown (line producer)
Running time21 minutes
Production companiesDreamWorks Animation Television[1]
Scholastic Entertainment
Original release
NetworkNetflix
ReleaseJuly 13, 2018 (2018-07-13) –
December 4, 2020 (2020-12-04)

The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants is an American animated television series produced by DreamWorks Animation Television. It is based on the film, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, which is based on the Captain Underpants book series by Dav Pilkey.[1][2]

The show's first season was released on Netflix on July 13, 2018. Its second season was released on February 8, 2019, and the third season released on July 19, 2019. The fourth season, titled The Epic Adventures of Captain Underpants in Space!, was released on July 10, 2020, though it was classified by Netflix as its own show rather than being part of the series. Three specials were made as well, with the first being released in 2019, and the other two debuting on the service the following year.

Premise[edit]

Season 1[edit]

The series revolves around the adventures of George Beard and Harold Hutchins, two best friends who are devoted pranksters and aspiring comic book artists. The two attend Jerome Horwitz Elementary School, overseen by the strict principal Mr. Krupp, who was hypnotized by George and Harold to become their comic book character Captain Underpants[2], a brief-wearing superhero in a red cape and underpants, whenever he hears the sound of fingers snapping. Conversely, Captain Underpants turns back into Krupp after touching water. Both personalities remain ignorant of the other.

Most episodes deal with a threat to the school brought about by an ordinary person, often a teacher, being turned into a monster depicted in George and Harold's comics through intentionally contrived coincidences.

Season 2[edit]

A future version of George and Harold's nemesis Melvin takes over the school and replaces Mr. Krupp so he can get his younger self into Eliteanati Academy.

Season 3[edit]

The third season involves George and Harold heading to a summer camp, with them having to deal with Mr. Krupp being the camp instructor and the eventful hijinx of the camp owned by the Federation of United National Camps (AKA the F.U.N.C.).

In Space![edit]

George and Harold are recruited for a mysterious mission in space, but by the second episode, Melvin, George and Harold's enemy, gets captured by Biglyans.

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
First releasedLast released
113July 13, 2018 (2018-07-13)
213February 8, 2019 (2019-02-08)
313July 19, 2019 (2019-07-19)
In Space!6July 10, 2020 (2020-07-10)
Specials3October 8, 2019 (2019-10-08)December 4, 2020 (2020-12-04)

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

On December 12, 2017, Netflix and DreamWorks Animation Television announced that there would be an animated series to follow up the film, entitled The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants.[3][4] Originally going to be named "Captain Underpants and the Epic Tales of George and Harold,[5]" It premiered on the streaming service on July 13, 2018,[6] and was executive-produced by Peter Hastings. A second season was announced and to be released on February 8, 2019. The third season was announced to be released on July 19, 2019. A new series, which contained six episodes, was announced to be released on July 10, 2020.

In October 2019, Netflix released a 46-minute Halloween special of the series titled The Spooky Tale of Captain Underpants: Hack-a-Ween.[7] In February 2020, an interactive special titled Captain Underpants: Epic Choice O' Rama was released. In December 2020, a 46-minute Christmas special titled Captain Underpants: Mega Blissmas was released.[8]

Release[edit]

The series was first released on Netflix on July 13, 2018. The second season was released on February 8, 2019,[9] and the third season was released on July 19, 2019. The series also aired in the UK on CITV.[10]

Notes[edit]

1.^ As depicted in Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
2.^ Animation was handled by Titmouse, Inc.'s Canadian Studio

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kofi Outlaw. "Netflix and DreamWorks Announce She-Ra, Trolls, Captain Underpants and More". ComicBook.com. Retrieved December 12, 2017.
  2. ^ "Netflix, DreamWorks Partner for Six Animated Shows in 2018, Including 'Trolls,' 'Boss Baby' Series". Variety. December 12, 2017.
  3. ^ Maglio, Tony (December 12, 2017). "'She-Ra' Scores Netflix Reboot Through DreamWorks Animation". TheWrap.
  4. ^ "Netflix to Debut DreamWorks 'The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants' on July 13".
  5. ^ horrible captain underpants intro storyboard, retrieved September 30, 2023
  6. ^ Milligan, Mercedes (June 20, 2018). "DreamWorks 'Epic Tales of Captain Underpants' Opener Undressed". Animation Magazine.
  7. ^ "Captain Underpants Halloween Special Clip Features Balloon Monsters". Collider. October 7, 2019.
  8. ^ "Have Yourself an Animated Xmas with New Netflix Specials!". October 7, 2020.
  9. ^ "The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants Season 2 Coming to Netflix in February 2019". What's on Netflix. January 18, 2018.
  10. ^ "Have Yourself an Animated Xmas with New Netflix Specials!". October 7, 2020.

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