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Wednesday, June 20 2018 13:18

TRA-LA-LAAAA! Here's Your First Look at DreamWorks' "The Epic Tales Of Captain Underpants"

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Last December, I was among the first to bring you news that DreamWorks Animation was bringing Captain Underpants to television as a Netflix Original Series. Today comes your first look at the full opening for DreamWorks' The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants coming to Netflix on July 13.  Oh yes, George and Harold are back!

George Beard and Harold Hutchins are two best buds who share a love of comic books and practical jokes – and a strong dislike for their cranky, fun-hating school principal, Mr. Krupp. When their over-the-top pranks get out of hand, the boys unleash their creative superpowers by transforming Krupp into the bumbling, briefs-baring superhero, Captain Underpants! The future of Jerome Horwitz Elementary is always in jeopardy, and it’s up to two prank-loving fourth graders and one goofy caped crusader to save it. What could possibly go wrong?

From Peabody Award and Emmy-winning executive producer Peter Hastings, the series is based on the epic novels by Dav Pilkey that have sold more than 70 million copies worldwide. Pilkey himself has praised the show saying "I binge-watched all of the episodes in one afternoon...I couldn’t help myself. Peter Hastings has totally captured the craziness and heart of the Captain Underpants multiverse and I hope everybody will love the show as much as I do.  Kids have been asking for more Captain Underpants books for years, and to me it feels like we are getting brand-new books--- except they’re animated!"

DreamWorks The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants stars both established and emerging voice talent including Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings, "Stranger Things", The Goonies) as the series' narrator, Nat Faxon ("Ben and Kate", “Married") as Captain Underpants/Mr. Krupp, as well as young actors Jay Gragnani and Ramone Hamilton who voice best pals, George Beard and Harold Hutchins. The lively cast comes together to bring Pilkey's classic, fun-filled creation to life. Below is a link to both opening credits and artwork for the release.

DREAMWORKS THE EPIC TALES OF CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS has a voice cast featuring:

  • Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings, "Stranger Things") as The Narrator
  • Nat Faxon ("Ben and Kate", “Married") as Captain Underpants/Mr. Krupp
  • Jay Gragnani (“Bubble Guppies”) as George Beard
  • Ramone Hamilton (“Will & Grace”) as Harold Hutchins
  • David Koechner (Anchorman) as Mr. Meaner
  • Tress MacNeille (“The Simpsons”, “VeggieTales in the House”) as Ms. Hurd
  • Laraine Newman (“DreamWorks Trollhunters”)as Ms. Tara Ribble
  • Stephen Root (“Barry”, “King of the Hill”) as Mr. Morty Fyde
  • Jorge Diaz (“Elena of Avalor”) as Melvin Sneedly
  • Mindy Sterling (Austin Powers) as Melvin’s mom
  • Erica Lutrell (“Salvation”, “Steven Universe”) as Erica Wang
  • Dayci Brookshire (“Home Adventures with Tip & Oh”) as Jessica Gordon
  • Evan Kishiyama (“Mickey and the Roadster Racers”) as Steve “Gooch” Yamaguchi
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