Thomas Middleditch & Nick Kroll on How ‘Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie’ Changed Through Production

     June 1, 2017

More than any other film type, animation is constantly changing and shifting during production.  The Emperor’s New Groove was originally a musical titled Kingdom of the Sun. Toy Story 2 began life as a planned straight-to-DVD sequel. Brad Bird replaced Jan Pinkava as director on Ratatouille with less than a year until release. These stories aren’t the exception; they’re the norm, as animated films are constantly being re-written, re-cast and re-worked all the way up to release.

Thomas Middleditch and Nick Kroll have been on Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie from the first table read through the final re-recording and as such, have seen first hand how the film changed through the process – entire storylines excised and then re-shaped. The finished film, based on the popular children’s book series, focuses on two troublesome fourth graders, George and Harold (Kevin Hart & Thomas Middleditch), who hypnotize their cruel principal (Ed Helm) into thinking he’s a comic book superhero, the titular Captain Underpants. Of course – when an actual super-villain (Nick Kroll) enters the picture, the kids will need their hypnotized hero to become the real deal in order to save the day.


Image via DreamWorks Animation

In the following interview with Middleditch & Kroll, they discuss how Captain Underpants changed during production, coming up with the voices to their characters and what they were like at ten-years-old. For the full interview, watch above.

Thomas Middleditch & Nick Kroll:

  • Kroll & Middleditch on what they were like at ten years old
  • Middleditch on getting into the mindset of a ten-year-old boy
  • Kroll on coming up with the voice for Professor P
  • Middleditch and Kroll on how Captain Underpants changed during the recording process

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