New series is latest animated take on author Dav Pilkey’s world-renowned characters.
Best friends George Beard and Harold Hutchins, along with their fan-favorite world of pranks, super villains, a world-renown underwear-wielding superhero and his famous “TRA-LA-LAAAA!” refrain, will soon be back in action as their new Netflix original series, DreamWorks The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants premieres July 13.
From Peabody Award and Emmy-winning executive producer Peter Hastings, the series is based on Dav Pilkey’s hugely successful novels that have sold more than 70 million copies worldwide. According to the author, "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!"
The series 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 Netflix series is the latest animated property based on Pilkey’s books, following the successful 2017 DreamWorks Animation release of Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie. Produced with Montreal’s Mikros Image, the film grossed $125 million internationally on a reported budget of $38 million.
Source: DreamWorks TV
Dan Sarto is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.