Director: David Soren. Cast: Kevin Hart, Thomas Middleditch, Ed Helms, Nick Kroll, Jordan Peele. U cert, 88 mins.
It’s hard to remember the last time an animation as blissfully silly as Captain Underpants was allowed to bound around on a $38m budget. The film has scads of charm and only token gestures at redeeming moral value. That’s why – kind of in the Beano spirit – it’s such a delight.
For DreamWorks Animation, it’s the lowest-budgeted feature to date, which is exactly how they’ve gotten away with it: for once, we don’t have to deal with long-range character arcs whereby everyone learns their inevitable lesson. There is no lesson, except that life is the ailment and laughter the cure. The baddies, throughout, are characters who never see the funny side.