Thunderpants is the kind of kids film that make you wish it had been around when you were a kid. I already knew the basic premise—a boy struggles with his uncontrollable flatulance until NASA discovers they can harness it to launch a rocket. I knew with a plotline like this the film had to be funny, but I had no idea it would be as good—or as inspiring—as it is.
It is of course a very silly movie, with the perpetually farting Patrick Smash going on tour with the world’s second-greatest opera tenor (called “number two” by the press) so he can produce an unreachable high note with his rear end. But it is also a film that entertainly conveys a message to kids–everyone has to struggle to struggle to overcome their problems, and everyone has their own special gift, even if that gift is being able to sing from the sphincter.