Dav Pilkey’s Captain Underpants series has captured children’s imaginations since its debut in 1997, revolving around a comic book superhero turned real after a couple of fourth graders bring him into the real world. Now, though, he’s about to get even more real with an animated big-screen adaptation involving funnymen Kevin Hart and Ed Helms.
Dreamworks recently announced part of the film’s cast, which includes Nick Kroll, Jordan Peele, and Thomas Middleditch in addition to Hart and Helms. Pulling talent like that—all of whom have worked on big-name networks and shows—ought to result in something at least tolerable by parents—if not enjoyable.
Hart will voice fourth-grader George Beard, while Middleditch will take over as his best friend, Harold Hutchins. Helms plays the scheming, megalomaniacal principal, Mr. Krupp, whom Hart and Middleditch will hyponotize to get Captain Underpants in the flesh. The villain, though? Nick Kroll, who will voice the nefarious Professor Poopypants.
Expect Captain Underpants in theaters sometime in fall 2016. And remember, you don’t need to bring the kids—everyone can enjoy a little mild toilet humor now and again.