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  • This will be DreamWorks Animation's 31st film adaptation.
  • Nick Kroll's third animated film after Sausage Party (2016) and Sing (2016) both of which are released in 2016.
  • This will be the second time Kevin Hart is a voice in an animated movie. His first time was in The Secret Life of Pets (2016).
  • This is DreamWorks second superhero movie. The first being Megamind (2010) released 7 years ago.
  • Kevin Hart and Ed Helms previously starred together in Meet Dave (2008).
  • The last DreamWorks Animation film to be distributed by 20th Century Fox before Universal Pictures took over.
  • Development for a live-action film or TV series began in 1997, when the first book came out. Dav Pilkey wanted Chris Farley to play Captain Underpants. The project was shelved when Farley died.
  • Not counting sequels, this is the sixth DreamWorks movie to be adapted from a children's book. The others were Shrek (2001), How to Train Your Dragon (2010), Rise of the Guardians (2012), Home (2015), and The Boss Baby (2017).
  • Released on the year of the book series' 20th anniversary.
  • Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, Nick Kroll and Kristen Schaal each did voice work at Illumination.
  • Ed Helms' second DreamWorks Animation Film after Monsters vs. Aliens (2009).
  • The first film adaptation of a Dav Pilkey book, though it is based on several of the "Captain Underpants" books.
  • The second collaboration of Ed Helms and Nick Kroll, the first being Vacation (2015), which featured Peele's on-and-off partner Keegan-Michael Key.
  • First, and official, trailer for the film released the day after the DVD release of Nick Kroll's previous animated film, Sing (2016), where he also spoke with a German accent.
  • Th film is centered around "Jerome Horwitz Elementary." Jerome Horwitz is the birth name of Curly Howard, of The Three Stooges.
  • Thomas Middleditch and Kristen Schaal have also done voice work on animated Disney shows.
  • Released five years after Ed Helms' most recent animated movie, The Lorax (2012), which was also based on a children's book.
  • 'Weird Al' Yankovic, who sings the theme song, is mentioned in several of the source novels, including the first one.
  • Unlike all of the previous DWA films, which were animated in-house in Los Angeles, this is the first to be outsourced; it was done at a lower-budget company in Montreal, Canada.
  • The subtitle for the film says "The First Epic Movie," despite no sequel announced yet. This is because the books had the subtitles "The First, Second, Third, etc. epic novel."
  • The shot of the school children marching sadly into school in the rain is an homage to the shot in Joe Versus the Volcano (1990) of workers marching slowly in the rain into a factory. That scene in turn references a scene in Metropolis (1927), in which workers march like automatons into the factory.
  • Ed Helms and Leslie David Baker starred in The Office (2005).
  • Not counting sequels, this is DreamWorks Animation's eleventh film to be named after the main character. The first ten were Shrek (2001), Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002), Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (2003), Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005), Megamind (2010), Puss in Boots (2011), Turbo (2013), Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014), and The Boss Baby (2017).
  • When George and Harold find a drawer to the confiscated items dedicated to themselves, it is indeed an ode to Harry Potter novels in which Fred and George find a drawer dedicated to themselves in Filch's office.
  • Jordan Peele's second animated film, after Storks (2016), another film where he voiced one of the villains.
  • During the puppet fantasy sequence where George and Harold bump into each other, store names at the mall include "24 Hour Bunion Removal" "Everything Except Fabric Softener", "Fake Plant Paradise", "Monocle Mania", "Edna's Brazziers" "Lots and Lots of Phones", and "Robot & Wizard Supply".
  • The fourth DreamWorks Animation film that's not a sequel to be subtitled, after Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002), Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (2003), and Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005).
  • Kristen Schaal's 2nd DreamWorks Animation film, after Shrek Forever After (2010).
  • Ed Helms' 4th Animated Film, after Everyone's Hero (2006), Monsters vs. Aliens (2009), and The Lorax (2012).
  • Kristen Schaal's fifth animated film after Shrek Forever After (2010), Toy Story 3 (2010), Despicable Me 2 (2013), and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013). It's also Schaal's first animated film to not be a follow up to a previous film.
  • This film ends DreamWorks Animation's 18-year streak of releasing films every year, which began with The Road to El Dorado (2000). Three films scheduled for 2018 were cancelled or moved/pushed back to a later date: Larrikins was scrapped, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) was moved to 2019, and The Croods 2 (2020) was scrapped before continuing production with a later release date, although another streak would begin with How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019).
  • Despite positive reviews, this film only made $125.5 million worldwide, making it DreamWorks Animation's lowest grossing film since Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (2003). This was probably because it was released around the same time as Cars 3 (2017) and Despicable Me 3 (2017), sequels to popular animated franchises. On the other hand, DreamWorks Animation's other 2017 film, The Boss Baby (2017), received mixed-to-negative reviews but grossed $527.9 million worldwide, and spawned a sequel, The Boss Baby 2 (2021).
  • This film went on to be nominated for the Annie Award for Best Voice Acting with Nick Kroll, the voice of Professor Poopypants, making this the first DreamWorks Animation film to have its antagonist nominated since Rise of the Guardians (2012) with Jude Law as Pitch Black.
  • This was the 18th DreamWorks Animation film to be nominated for the Annie Award for Best Voice Acting.
  • DreamWorks Animation's 29th PG movie, of which all of their films but Chicken Run (2000), Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002), and Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005) were rated G.
  • David Soren's second directorial effort for a DreamWorks Animation film, after Turbo (2013).
  • Ed Helms (Krupp/Captain Underpants) and Kristen Schaal (Edith) both have their birthdays on January 24th, with Helms being 4 years older than Schaal.
  • Originally, John Debney was supposed to score the film, but he turned it down, and was replaced with Theodore Shapiro. Which would make this film one of DreamWorks Animation's films to change composers for the final film.
  • The last DreamWorks Animation film to feature the 2010-2017 DreamWorks Animation SKG logo.
  • DreamWorks Animation's first film to be composed by Theodore Shapiro.
  • The animation style is similar to Illumination's The Lorax (2012), Sony Pictures Animation's Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017), Blue Sky Studios' The Peanuts Movie (2015) and Supamonks' Best Sports Ever! (2014).
  • Brian Posehn's third theatrically released animated film after Brother Bear (2003) and Surf's Up (2007).
  • DreamWorks Animation's last film of the 2010s to be rated U by the BBFC.
  • In the DVD extras there's a section on other 'Captain Underpants' comic front pages: two have the titles (of 'Captain Underpants and'): 'the Turbulent Washing Machines' and 'The horrible and incredibly naughty cafeteria ladies'.
  • Due to Universal Pictures having completely purchased/acquired DreamWorks Animation and some further release date changes for future DreamWorks Animation films, this remains to be the final time in which a DreamWorks Animation film releases theatrically in the same month as an Illumination Entertainment film or another animated film from Universal Pictures, with this film releasing only 4 weeks previous than Despicable Me 3 (2017).
  • At various parts of the film, you can see Lincoln Peirce's creation, Teddy Ortiz, from the comic strip Big Nate.
  • Ed Helms and Thomas Middleditch would reunite in Tag(2018).


  • During the Flip-O-Rama segment, as Harold steps on the book pages, his footprints leave marks that closely resemble the guide areas in the actual Captain Underpants books, in which the reader places their hands in order to properly flip through the pages.
  • In the novel, Professor Poopypants' full name is Pippy Pee-Pee Poopypants. This is changed in the film to the even ruder Pee-Pee Diarrheastein Poopypants.
  • Melvin is the fifth character in a DreamWorks Animation film to be a hidden secondary/tertiary antagonist, where he changes over to the side of the villains. The previous six films where someone does something like that are Shark Tale (2004) with Lola, Shrek the Third (2007) with Rapunzel, Puss in Boots (2011) with Humpty Dumpty, and Trolls (2016) with Creek.
  • When Captain Underpants (disguised as Mr. Krupp) puts his head in the cotton candy machine, the cotton candy resembles the Electro starfish mask from Marvel's Spider-Man comics.
  • Even though Melvin Sneedly is the smartest kid in the school, he failed to notice that Mr Krupp is wearing a toupee to hide his baldness problem.
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