Lessons from Captain Underpants

September 20, 2017

This week, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie is being released. Based on the worldwide sensation and bestselling book series, and boasting an A-list cast of comedy this film brings audiences the long-awaited global movie event, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie. This triumphant ‘tight-y white-y’ comedy for the entire family tells the story of two overly imaginative pranksters named George and Harold, who hypnotize their principal into thinking he’s a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dim-witted superhero named Captain Underpants.

Captain Underpants, is a superhero who fights crime while wearing only underwear and a cape who George and Harold write comic books about. As if this isn’t bad enough, their newest teacher is a disgraced evil scientist bent on exacting his revenge at their school. George, Harold and Captain Underpants must band together to thwart his evil agenda and save the day!

Many kids will remember the Captain Underpants comics and flipping through the corner of the pages to watch him fly. However, what you may also remember was the awesome message that each Captain Underpants comic held about standing up for yourself, friendship, truthfulness and the power of laughter and creativity, truly valuable lessons to learn as a kid.

Young readers were drawn to these comics because for the first time in their reading lives they were understood, entertained, and catered to all at once. The books gave a feeling of exclusive ownership that forges the kind of connection everyone should have with at least one book in their life. The movie successfully translates this celebration of friendship, of the boundless creativity of children’s minds. It’s a dizzily silly collection of sly cultural references – visually creative, and narratively quick and sharp.

The movie has also turned out to be a raging success. For a film that is almost entirely based slapstick comedy of the fourth grade reading level, there is some wisdom to be found in the saga of Captain Underpants. The film contains strong messages about the ability of art to speak truth to power and the astonishing nature of laughter. Captain Underpants also conveys a worldwide lesson about the difference between laughing with someone, rather than at them, and most importantly, about being able to laugh at yourself.

So go and give Captain Underpants a watch this weekend. Enjoy yourself and learn some valuable lessons, if nothing else, for old times’ sake. What more can I say, “Here we go again!”

Hannah Skelton

Critical Thinking Challenges:
1. Do you believe that the Captain Underpants novels had a good message? If so, in what way?
2. Do you think that movie sounds like it will have a good message, or will just be silly? If so, in what way? If not, why?
3. Do you enjoy movies with a message behind them or do you prefer pure enjoyment?

Practical Tasks:
1. Ask you peers if they remember the Captain Underpants novels? See if they every took a message from them or only ever thought of them as fun?
2. What is your opinion on this article? Do you agree or disagree that the messages of truth and the power of laughter are important? Share your own opinion in the COMMENTS BELOW.

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My name is Shem Banbury. I am the owner and Chief Editor of Kiwi Kids News. By day I am a school teacher and by night a wannabe triathlete.

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cool but i've already seen it


this is so cool


That is so cool


I like that Captain underpants jumpes out windows. I wonder why whenever he jumps,
Like a pouncing cat, he doesn't Land gooood ?? 🤾🏻‍♀️


The Captain Underpants movie sounds awesome! It seems that heaps of people like it. I think I might like it.


I wonder what the movie contains. I really want to see it because people are saying it's so cool.


I can't wait for this movie to be on in Palmerston North. I wonder what my Principal Nick would be like as Captain Underpants.


I havent seen the movie yet


Haven't watched the movie but read the books


My school had a preview of the movie. Everyone said it was very good. I want to watch it now! Sounds like a great movie with a great message.


awesome news! can't wait to watch it!


Captain underpants awesome