20th Century FOX has set a home box office release-date for “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie,” which will be flying into homes starting this August. The film will release in Digital HD format first ($19 at Amazon), on August 29. You won’t have too long before the physical copies are available, the DVD, Blu-ray and 4K UHD versions of the film will be available on September 12th (starting at $20 on Amazon). The studio also stated that, for a limited time while supplies last, tiny fans will get a wearable cape if they buy “The Hero Edition” on Blu-ray or 4K UHD.
The film is based on the bestselling book series by Dav Pilkey, and was certified Fresh on RottenTomatoes. The family-comedy tells the story of two overly imaginative best friends, George (Kevin Hart) and Harold (Thomas Middleditch), who hypnotize their principal (Ed Helms) into thinking he’s the hero from their comic books. The film also features the voice talent of Nick Kroll as Professor Poopypants. The film itself was directed by David Soren (Turbo) with Mireille Soria and Mark Swift serving as producers.
The film did very well in theaters, considering that it opened against “Wonder Woman” back in June. After a $23M opening weekend, the film went on to make over $72M domestically and over $87M worldwide.
The studio added over 30min of extras, including “The Really Awesome Adventures of Captain Underpants” Motion Comic and “The Professor Poopypants (Totally Original and Supercool) Guide to Being a Villain.” There will also be deleted scenes, and a lyric video from “Weird Al” Yankovic, and more.
The next animated-adventure to hit the big screen will be “The Nut Job 2,” currently scheduled to release on August 11, 2017. The story follows the events of the first film, and Surly and his friends must stop Oakton City’s mayor from destroying their home to make way for a dysfunctional amusement park. Cal Brunker directed the film, which features the voice-talents of Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl, Maya Rudolph, Jackie Chan, and Bobby Moynihan.