Captain Underpants

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Captain Underpants
Captainunderpantscover.jpg
Cover of The first Captain Underpants book
AuthorDav Pilkey
IllustratorDav Pilkey
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
GenreChildren's novel, Humor, Superhero fiction, Science Fiction
PublisherBlue Sky (US),
Scholastic (US)
Published1997–present
Media typePrint (hardcover and paperback)
 
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Captain Underpants
Captainunderpantscover.jpg
Cover of The first Captain Underpants book
AuthorDav Pilkey
IllustratorDav Pilkey
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
GenreChildren's novel, Humor, Superhero fiction, Science Fiction
PublisherBlue Sky (US),
Scholastic (US)
Published1997–present
Media typePrint (hardcover and paperback)

Captain Underpants is a children's novel series by American author and illustrator Dav Pilkey. The series revolves around two fourth graders, George Beard and Harold Hutchins living in Piqua Ohio, and Captain Underpants, an aptly named superhero from one of the boys' homemade comic books, that accidentally becomes real when George and Harold hypnotize their megalomaniacal principal, Mr. Krupp.

The series includes 10 books and 3 spin-offs, and won a Disney Adventures Kids' Choice Award in 2007. As of 2013, the series had been translated in over 20 languages,[1] with more than 70 million books sold worldwide,[1] of that, over 50 million in the United States.[2] DreamWorks Animation acquired rights to the series to make an animated feature film adaptation.

Characters[edit]

Main[edit]

CharacterFirst AppearanceAppearances
GeorgeBook 1All books
HaroldBook 1All books
Captain UnderpantsBook 1All books
Mr. KruppBook 1All books
SuluBook 6Book 6–10
CrackersBook 7Book 7–10
Melvin SneedlyBook 2Book 2–11

Minor[edit]

Villains[edit]

Novels[edit]

The main series of Captain Underpants novels has developed a pattern of alliteration from the second book on - with the exception of the third book, whose "annoyingly long" title becomes a running joke in future books.

Captain Underpants novels[edit]

  1. The Adventures of Captain Underpants (1997)
  2. Captain Underpants and the Attack of the Talking Toilets (1999)
  3. Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies from Outer Space (and the Subsequent Assault of the Equally Evil Lunchroom Zombie Nerds) (1999)
  4. Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants (2000)
  5. Captain Underpants and the Wrath of the Wicked Wedgie Woman (2001)
  6. Captain Underpants and the Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy, Part 1: The Night of the Nasty Nostril Nuggets (2003)
  7. Captain Underpants and the Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy, Part 2: The Revenge of the Ridiculous Robo-Boogers (2003)
  8. Captain Underpants and the Preposterous Plight of the Purple Potty People (2006)
  9. Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Re-Turn of Tippy Tinkletrousers (2012)[3]
  10. Captain Underpants and the Revolting Revenge of the Radioactive Robo-Boxers (2013)[4]
  11. Captain Underpants and the Tyrannical Retaliation of the Turbo Toilet 2000 (August 26, 2014)[5]
  12. Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot (August 2015)[5]
  13. TBA (2016)[1]

Captain Underpants activity books[edit]

  1. The Captain Underpants Extra-Crunchy Book o' Fun (2001)
  2. The All-New Captain Underpants Extra-Crunchy Book o' Fun 2 (2002)

Super Diaper Baby novels[edit]

  1. The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby (2002)
  2. Super Diaper Baby 2: The Invasion of the Potty Snatchers (2011)

Ook and Gluk novels[edit]

  1. The Adventures of Ook and Gluk: Kung-Fu Cavemen from the Future (2010)
  2. The Adventures of Ook and Gluk Jr.: Kung-Fu Cavekids in Outer Space (TBA)

Captain Underpants collectors' editions[edit]

  1. The Adventures of Captain Underpants: Collectors' Edition (2005)
  2. Captain Underpants and the Attack of the Talking Toilets: Collectors' Edition (2007)
  3. Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies from Outer Space: Collectors' Edition (2008)

Captain Underpants collections[edit]

Captain Underpants in Full Color[edit]

Controversy[edit]

Book bans[edit]

The Captain Underpants books were reported by the American Library Association to be the most frequently challenged books in the year 2012.[7] Dav Pilkey also mentioned this in his website. According to the American Library Association, Pilkey's Captain Underpants series was banned in some schools for insensitivity and being unsuited to age group, as well as encouraging children to disobey authority.[8]

Costumes[edit]

In 2006, Captain Underpants Halloween costumes created controversy at Long Beach High School in Long Island, New York. Three female students dressed up as Captain Underpants causing the principal, Nicholas Restivo, to enact a costume ban for all students. The three girls put on beige leotards and nude stockings under white briefs and red capes. According to Principal Restivo, "the appearance was that they were naked."[9]

Hiatus[edit]

Although the first few books came out on a regular basis, the ninth book, Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers (advertised in a teaser at the end of the eighth book), wasn't released until 2012, after a six-year wait. During this time, Dav Pilkey was caring for his terminally ill father, who died in 2008.[10] In 2009, he signed a deal with Scholastic for four new books, the first of which was The Adventures of Ook and Gluk: Kung-Fu Cavemen from the Future, released August 10, 2010. The second was Super Diaper Baby 2: The Invasion of the Potty Snatchers, released June 28, 2011.[11] The third book, Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers, was released August 28, 2012. The fourth book, Captain Underpants and the Revolting Revenge of the Radioactive Robo-Boxers, was released January 16, 2013.

Film[edit]

In October 20, 2011, it was reported that DreamWorks Animation has acquired rights to make an animated feature film based on the Captain Underpants series.[12] In October 2013, it was reported that Rob Letterman will direct the film, while Nicholas Stoller will write the script.[2] It will be the second film to have Letterman and Stoller working together, first was Gulliver's Travels. In January 2014, the cast was announced, with Ed Helms joining as Mr. Krupp/Captain Underpants, Kevin Hart as George Beard, Thomas Middleditch as Harold Hutchins, Nick Kroll as the insidious villain, Professor Poopypants, and Jordan Peele as Melvin, the nerdy nemesis of George and Harold.[1] On June 12, 2014, the film was scheduled to be released on January 13, 2017.[13]

Reception[edit]

Censors in the United States have targeted the Captain Underpants books after the first one was released in 1997.[14] The Office of Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association reported that in the United States, Captain Underpants as the most banned book in libraries in 2012.[15] Several parents accused the book of having language inappropriate for the book's target audience, children enrolled in elementary schools.[16]

Jessica Roake, in an article published in Slate, argued that the books are well suited for young readers. She wrote that "They're drawn to them because for the first time in their reading lives they are understood, entertained, and catered to all at once. It is theirs, not ours, and that feeling of exclusive ownership forges the kind of connection everyone should have with at least one book in their life. For that, most every English teacher of my acquaintance will be more than happy to take the shot to the ego the Captain provides."[14]

Distribution outside the USA[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Captain Underpants Saves The Day By Recruiting Top Comedy Talent To Voice New DreamWorks Animation Film". PR Newswire. January 21, 2014. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Kit, Borys (October 25, 2013). "Rob Letterman to Direct 'Captain Underpants' for DWA (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 26, 2013. 
  3. ^ "'Captain Underpants' author goes digital". Yahoo!. January 12, 2012. Retrieved March 1, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Captain Underpants and the Revolting Revenge of the Radioactive Robo-Boxers". Amazon. Retrieved April 12, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Scholastic To Publish Two New Captain Underpants Books By Worldwide Bestselling Author Dav Pilkey, Plus Newly Re-Illustrated Editions Of Pilkey's Ricky Ricotta Series, With All New Full-Color Art By Bestselling Artist Dan Santat". PR Newswire. October 8, 2013. Retrieved October 11, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies From Outer Space: Color Edition". Barnes & Noble. Retrieved July 31, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Frequently challenged books of the 21st century". American Library Association. Retrieved 2013-04-22. 
  8. ^ "Top ten most frequently challenged books of 2002". American Library Association. Retrieved 2010-09-14. 
  9. ^ "No Halloween Costumes for New York High School After 2006 Captain Underpants Caper". Associated Press. 2007-10-29. Retrieved 2010-09-14. 
  10. ^ Italie, Hillel (2010-03-18). "'Captain Underpants' Is Back: Author Dav Pilkey Signs On For Four More Books". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2010-09-14. 
  11. ^ "What's Up with the Next Book, Bub". Dav Pilkey official site. Retrieved February 27, 2011. 
  12. ^ Fleming, Mike (October 19, 2011). "DreamWorks Animation Wins Auction For ‘Captain Underpants’ Feature Film Rights". Deadline. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  13. ^ "DreamWorks Animation Release Dates Include Madagascar 4". Collider.com. 2013-11-20. Retrieved 2014-06-12. 
  14. ^ a b Roake, Jessica. "One Nation, Underpants." (also "Dav Pilkey's Captain Underpants books: Why kids love them, and parents should make peace with them.:") Slate. September 7, 2012. Retrieved on October 25, 2013.
  15. ^ "Frequently challenged books of the 21st century." American Library Association. Retrieved on October 25, 2013.
  16. ^ Engel, Pamela. "Why 'Captain Underpants' Is The Most Banned Book In America." Business Insider. September 26, 2013. Retrieved on October 25, 2013.
  17. ^ "木坂涼さんのまき." (Archive) Tokuma Shoten. Retrieved on December 5, 2013.

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