When development for either a live-action film or TV series began when the first book come out in 1997, Dav Pilkey wanted Chris Farley to play Captain Underpants. However, Farley tragically passed away, and the project was shelved.
This is the 6th Dreamworks movie to be adapted from a children's book the first being Shrek, the second being How to train your dragon, the third being Rise of the guardians, the fourth being Home and the fifth being The Boss Baby.
This will be Nick Kroll's third animated movie since Sausage Party (2016) and Sing (2016).
This film will be the last DreamWorks Animation film distributed by 20th Century Fox. Post-Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie films will be distributed by Universal Pictures, as DreamWorks has been acquired by Universal, which will start in 2019 with How to Train Your Dragon 3.
This will be the second time Kevin Hart is a voice in an animated movie. His first time was in The Secret Life of Pets (2016).
The animation for this film is similar to The Peanuts Movie (2015) , another film distributed by 20th Century Fox.
It is the first time that Kevin Hart will lend his voice for Dreamworks Animation feature.
First trailer for the film released the day after the DVD release of Nick Kroll's previous animated film, Sing.
The second collaboration of Ed Helms and Nick Kroll, the first being _Vacation (2015)_.
The school around which the film's actions are centered is named "Jerome Horwitz Elementary." Jerome Horwitz is the birth name of Curly Howard.
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