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Captain Underpants was a planned live-action movie or possibly a TV series based off the book series of the same name by author Dav Pilkey, who wanted Chris Farley to play the title role. The books told about the wacky misadventures of Jerome Horwitz Elementary 4th-grade friends George Beard and Harold Hutchins, who hypnotize their cruel-hearted principal Mr. Benny Krupp into becoming the duo's original hero, 'Captain Underpants', a gold-hearted but sort of absent-minded bald man only wearing underwear and a red cape with black polka-dots. Mr. Krupp is able to transform into the Captain at the snap of a finger (Mr. Krupp always wears a toupee so it isn't a problem to become bald), and back into Mr. Krupp when dumped with water. Faced with danger such as robbers, mad scientists, aliens, robots, and supervillains, George and Harold are unwillingly forced to save Mr. Krupp/Captain Underpants from idiotically putting himself in harm's way. is not to be confused with the 2017 movie of the same name, or it's Netflix spin-off TV series.


The plot would’ve been George, Harold & Captain Underpants stopping Dr. Diaper & his evil robots. Harold would have hung out with the popular kids, causing a rift between him and George.

Why It Was Cancelled[]

  1. Chris Farley died due to a drug overdose on December 18, 1997, the same year that the first book in the series was published.
  2. Live action did not work well for this franchise.


  • The movie/show was permanently cancelled.
  • On October 20, 2011, it was reported that DreamWorks Animation had acquired rights to make an animated feature film based on the Captain Underpants series. On October 25, 2013, it was reported that Rob Letterman would direct the film, while Nicholas Stoller would write the script. It would have been the second film to have Letterman and Stoller working together, the first being Gulliver's Travels. On January 21, 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. On June 12, 2014, the film was scheduled for release on January 13, 2017. Following DreamWorks Animation's reorganization in early 2015, the studio announced that the film would be produced outside of the studio's pipeline at a significantly lower cost. It would be instead animated at Mikros Image in Montreal, Canada, and it would look differently than most of DWA's films. A month later, Deadline reported that Letterman had left the project, and that David Soren, the director of Turbo, was in talks to direct the film, but Letterman returned to the project and served as an executive producer with Dav Pilkey. The film was expected to be released on March 10, 2017, but in September 2015, DreamWorks Animation's The Boss Baby took over its date. The film was released on June 2, 2017. It had gained positive reviews.
  • The Captain Underpants book series ended in book 12.
  • Edith's name was called Doris at the time.