Animated films like How to Train Your Dragon and Megamind demonstrate that Dreamworks Animation doesn’t only make misses like Shrek 3 and Monsters vs. Aliens. I guess you could say that this is a studio that produces either a hit or a miss. Nothing in the middle. I was pleasantly surprised with this one because the trailers/ads just made it seem weird. There are lots of laughs due to original jokes and a different twist on the whole superhero concept. It is appropriate for all ages. Films like this remind me how far animated films have come.
While they are still infants two aliens are put in escape pods in order to flee their planets that are being swallowed up by a large black hole. The humanoid infant with great powers crash lands on Earth in a well-to-do neighbourhood. The other is a large-headed blue alien lands close by in a prison yard. The two aliens are perfect examples of nature versus nurture. When they go to school they become bitter rivals. One is looked at as a hero while the other is treated as an outcast. Tired of trying to fit in he decides to become a villain.
As adults, the hero now calls himself Metro Man (voiced by Brad Pitt – Seven, Legends of the Fall) while the villain goes by Megamind (voiced by Will Ferrell – The Other Guys, Anchorman). The two wage a constant battle within the confines of their city, Metro City. As it would happen, Megamind finally is able to kill Metro Man and now assumes control of Metro City, which becomes a place where chaos rules. Despite having everything he thought he wanted, Megamind is now bored, so he sets out to create another hero he can do battle against.
Will Ferrell is perfect as Megamind. Or should I say that Megamind is perfect for him. He does some stupendous voicework in the film. His character is a villain, but because he is so flawed he ends up being likeable. Megamind is intelligent yet still keeps screwing up. And he crazy flamboyant. What’s not to like?! Brad Pitt, though his role is quite small, and Tina Fey, as the girl who keeps getting kidnapped, are also good.
The script is genuine and funny without going too far. Comedically it works because, go figure it, the funny bits are actually funny. There is a nice balance of sweet, serious and funny in the film. The balance of it all that allows you to become emotionally invested in the characters.
On top of that all the animation is great. That isn’t always the case in films like this.
- Megamind: The Button of Doom
- The Animators’ Corner
- Trivia Track
- Comic Creator
- Behind the Mind
- Meet the Cast of Megamind
- Deleted Scenes
- Inside Megamind’s Lair
- You Can Draw Megamind
- Mega Rap
- The Reign of Megamind – Video Comic Book
- Spot the Difference
- Filmmakers’ Commentary