Megamind

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This article is about the film. For the video game, see Megamind (video game). For the short film, see Megamind: The Button of Doom.
Megamind
Poster showing primary characters; from left to right: Metro Man, Minion, Megamind, Roxanne and Tighten.
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Tom McGrath
Produced by Lara Breay
Denise Nolan Cascino
Written by Alan J. Schoolcraft
Brent Simons
Starring Will Ferrell
Tina Fey
Jonah Hill
David Cross
Brad Pitt
Music by Hans Zimmer
Lorne Balfe
Edited by Michael Andrews
Production
  company
DreamWorks Animation
Pacific Data Images
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s)
  • October 28, 2010 (2010-10-28) (Russia)
  • November 5, 2010 (2010-11-05) (United States)
Running time 96 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $130 million[2]
Box office $321,885,765[2]

Megamind is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated superhero action comedy film directed by Tom McGrath. It was produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Paramount Pictures. The film premiered on October 28, 2010 in Russia, while it was released in the United States in Digital 3D, IMAX 3D and 2D on November 5, 2010. It features the voices of Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Jonah Hill, David Cross, and Brad Pitt.[3]

The film tells the story of a super-intelligent alien supervillain, Megamind, who after a long-lasting battle one day actually destroys his nemesis, the much-loved superhero Metro Man. Having the fictional Metro City for himself, Megamind finds out that his villainy has no purpose and thus creates a new superhero for him to fight. As his plan does not work and Metro City is spiraling out of control, Megamind attempts to set things right and discover his newfound purpose as a superhero.

Megamind received generally positive reviews from critics, praising its strong visuals, but criticizing its unoriginality.[4] With a budget of $130 million, the film grossed over $321 million worldwide,[2] and despite being a moderate box office success, it became one of the lowest grossing DreamWorks' CG animated films.[5]

A short film, titled Megamind: The Button of Doom, was released on February 25, 2011, on the Megamind DVD and Blu-ray.

Plot[edit]

Megamind (Will Ferrell) is a super-intelligent alien and the supervillain of Metro City who continually battles - and loses - against his nemesis, Metro Man (Brad Pitt), a rivalry that has extended since the two arrived on Earth as infants. On the day of dedication of a museum in Metro Man's honor, Megamind escapes from jail, rejoins his sidekick Minion (David Cross), and kidnaps reporter Roxanne Ritchi (Tina Fey) to lure Metro Man into a copper-lined observatory. Inside, Metro Man weakens because copper drains his powers and is killed by a death ray that Megamind fires at the observatory from an orbiting satellite. Megamind revels in his victory, but this is short-lived as without a nemesis, his villainy has no purpose.

Megamind prepares to destroy the Metro Man statue, saying his last goodbyes, but is forced to take the holographic disguise of the museum's curator Bernard (Ben Stiller) when Roxanne approaches. Roxanne unwittingly gives Megamind the idea to inject Metro Man's DNA into a worthy target to create a new superhero for him to challenge. Megamind returns to his lair and creates the serum, unaware Roxanne and her dimwitted cameraman Hal (Jonah Hill) have snuck in. Chaos breaks out when Roxanne is discovered, and ultimately Hal is accidentally injected with the serum. Later, Megamind disguises himself as Hal's "space dad" to groom him into being a superhero so as to lead to an all-out battle with Megamind in the near future. Hal adopts the name "Tighten", a misunderstanding of Megamind's suggested name "Titan". During this, Megamind continues to see Roxanne using the Bernard disguise and the two develop a relationship. Minion becomes upset that Megamind wants to date Roxanne and has foregone his villainy, and leaves Megamind.

On the night before Hal's battle with Megamind, Megamind takes Roxanne out to dinner, unaware that Hal, who also had feelings for Roxanne, has watched them. Megamind's disguise falters during dinner, and Roxanne rejects him, even after Megamind admits his feelings for her. He further misplaces his invisible car, which has the anti-serum to revert Hal to normal. Despite these setbacks, he prepares to meet Hal, but the hero does not show up. Instead, he finds Hal bitter at losing Roxanne to Bernard, and has begun using his powers for ill-gotten gains. Megamind tries to convince Hal to stop by revealing how he had manipulated him, but this infuriates Hal further, with Hal threatening to kill Megamind. Megamind tries to catch Hal in a copper-lined trap but this fails to stop Hal, and he along with Roxanne flee the city as Hal threatens the rest of the city with his powers.

Roxanne leads Megamind to Metro Man's secret lair, hoping to find something to stop Hal, and are astonished to find Metro Man there. The superhero explains that on that day, he had had an epiphany, wanting to forgo the superhero business to go into music, and so he had faked his death. Metro Man refuses to help despite the danger to the city. Roxanne tries to convince Megamind that he could be the hero, but Megamind believes that he is destined to be the villain, and turns himself in at prison. While he is there, he discovers on the TV that Roxanne has been captured by Hal, who threatens to harm her if Megamind does not fight him. Having a change of heart, Megamind requests the warden for his release, but discovers that the warden is really Minion in disguise, who also has had a change of heart and returned to help.

Megamind rescues Roxanne, but Hal impales him with the pinnacle of Metro Tower. Metro Man shows up to berate Hal and chase him away. Roxanne goes to Megamind but finds that he was actually a holographically-disguised Minion, otherwise unharmed. Megamind reveals that he had disguised himself as Metro Man as part of the plan. However, Hal returns, having realized the deception from the unique way Megamind had spoken as Metro Man, and begins to fight Megamind. In the battle, Megamind stumbles on his invisible car, and quickly fires the anti-serum at Hal. Hal is reverted to normal and taken to prison, while Roxanne convinces both Megamind and the city's populace to make Megamind their hero. Some time later, Megamind and Roxanne are in a budding relationship, and the city dedicates a new statue to Megamind, with Metro Man, disguised in the crowd, silently congratulating his friend.

Cast[edit]

Will Ferrell, Tina Fey and Jonah Hill at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con International
  • Will Ferrell as Megamind, an extraterrestrial mastermind who turns from supervillain to superhero. He is a spoof of Lex Luthor and Brainiac.[6] The DVD commentary notes that his costume and showmanship are purposely evocative of Alice Cooper.
  • Brad Pitt as Metro Man, Megamind's former nemesis. He is a spoof of Superman.[7] The DVD commentary notes that his costume and showmanship are purposely evocative of Elvis.
  • Tina Fey as Roxanne "Roxie" Ritchi, a TV news reporter who becomes Megamind's love interest. She is a spoof of Lois Lane.[7]
  • Jonah Hill as Hal Stewart/Tighten,[8] Roxanne Ritchi's hapless, dimwitted cameraman who has unrequited feelings for her. His motivation throughout the film is to get her back to his apartment with him. He later becomes a villain named Tighten (he misspells "Titan"). The name Hal Stewart refers to Hal Jordan and John Stewart of the Green Lantern Corps.[9]
  • David Cross as Minion, a sapient talking fish who has been Megamind's sidekick and best friend since childhood. His costume is evocative of Ro-Man from Robot Monster.
  • J. K. Simmons as the Warden, the no-nonsense head of Metro City Prison.
  • Ben Stiller as Bernard, a museum curator whom Megamind impersonates to win Roxanne's affections.
  • Justin Theroux as Megamind's father, a parody of Jor-El, Superman's father, as played by Marlon Brando in Superman.[7]
  • Christopher Knights as a Prison Guard.
  • Tom McGrath as Prison Guard.
  • Jack Blessing as Newscaster.
  • Jessica Schulte as Megamind's mother.

Production[edit]

Director Tom McGrath promoting the film at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con International

The film was written by Alan J. Schoolcraft and Brent Simons.[10] It was first titled Master Mind, and then Oobermind.[11] It was suggested that Ben Stiller will be cast as Megamind,[12] and later Robert Downey, Jr.[13] but Will Ferrell was ultimately given the role, due to "scheduling conflicts" for Downey.[3][14] Lara Breay and Denise Nolan Cascino were the film's producers, and Ben Stiller and Stuart Cornfeld were the executive producers.[11] Justin Theroux and Guillermo del Toro worked as creative consultants on the film. Del Toro only came onboard three weeks before the end of production,[15] but went on to have a more substantial role in subsequent DreamWorks Animation films. The opening of the film, where Megamind is falling to his apparent death, was del Toro's idea.[16]

Music[edit]

Megamind: Music from the Motion Picture is a soundtrack to the film of the same name, composed by Hans Zimmer and Lorne Balfe, and released on November 2, 2010 by Lakeshore Records.[17][18]

Release[edit]

Megamind premiered on October 28, 2010, in Russia, and was theatrically released in the United States on November 5, 2010.[19] It was supposed to be released in Japan on March 12, 2011, but because of the earthquake and tsunami a day before, the Japanese release was cancelled.[20][21]

Marketing[edit]

Megamind was promoted at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con International, with Tom McGrath, Tina Fey, Jonah Hill, and Will Ferell, who was dressed as Megamind.[22]

Home media[edit]

Megamind was released on both Blu-ray Disc and DVD on February 25, 2011, accompanied with an all new short titled Megamind: The Button of Doom.[23] The Button of Doom also had its television premiere on Nick, which was aired on February 26, 2011. It was the seventh best selling DVD of 2011 with over 3 million units sold and total sales of $43 million.[24][25]

The film was released on Blu-ray 3D in March 2011 exclusively as a part of Samsung 3D Starter Kits,[26] and on September 11, 2011, exclusively at Best Buy stores.[27]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Megamind received positive reviews from most critics. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives a score 73% based on 172 reviews with an average rating of 6.7.[4] The site's consensus states the film "regurgitates plot points from earlier animated efforts, and isn't quite as funny as it should be, but a top-shelf voice cast and strong visuals help make Megamind a pleasant, if unspectacular, diversion."[4] Another review aggregator, Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 top reviews from mainstream critics, calculated an average score of 63 based on 33 reviews.[28] Audiences polled by Cinemascore gave Megamind a grade A-, on a scale from A+ to F-.[29]

Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times awarded the film three out of four stars, stating "This set-up is bright and amusing, even if it does feel recycled from bits and pieces of such recent animated landmarks as The Incredibles with its superpowers and Despicable Me with its villain."[30] Stephen Holden, of The New York Times, positively wrote in his review, "Visually Megamind is immaculately sleek and gracefully enhanced by 3-D."[31] Entertainment Weekly reviewer Owen Gleiberman graded the film a B+ and wrote, "...too goofy-surreal to pack a lot of emotional punch, but it's antically light on its feet, with 3-D images that have a lustrous, gizmo-mad sci-fi clarity."[32] Peter Travers of Rolling Stone commented, "What this raucous 3D animated fun house lacks in originality (think bastard child of The Incredibles and Despicable Me) it makes up for in visual and vocal wit."[33] In a mixed review, Betsy Sharkey of The Los Angeles Times wrote, "Just as Megamind struggles to find his center, at times, so does the film."[34]

The main point of criticism was the unoriginality of the film. Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune wrote: "You have seen all this before",[35] while Justin Chang of Variety said: "Though enlivened by some moderately clever twists on the superhero-movie template, Megamind never shakes off a feeling of been-there-spoofed-that."[36] Claudia Puig of USA Today even asked: "Do we really need Megamind when Despicable Me is around?".[37]

Box office[edit]

Megamind opened to $12,530,397 on opening day, and earned $46,016,833 over the three-day weekend, taking the No. 1 spot and averaged $11,668 from around 7,300 screens at 3,944 theaters. The opening was a bit higher than How to Train Your Dragon, which earned $43.7 million back in March 2010. It was the fifth-highest opening for an animated feature in 2010. In its second weekend, it repeated at No. 1 and dropped 37% to $29,120,461 for a $7,374 average from 3,949 theaters, and bringing its 10-day cumulative total to $88,822,635. On its third weekend, it fell 45% to $16,012,831 and finished second to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1, averaging $4,237 from 3,779 theaters. Over Thanksgiving weekend, it held well with just a 22% drop to $12,575,778 and slid to third place behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 and Tangled (it earned $17,304,307 over the five-day Thanksgiving period). Following Thanksgiving, the film fell a sharp 61% in its fifth weekend to $4,936,851 and finished in sixth place.

The film closed in theaters on February 24, 2011 (a day before it was released on DVD and Blu-ray), earning $148,415,853 in North America, and $173,469,912 in other countries, for a worldwide total of $321,885,765.[2] The final gross was on the low end for a DreamWorks Animation film, but was still a box office success since it beat its $130 million budget. It is the sixth highest-grossing animated film from 2010 worldwide, behind Toy Story 3 ($1.063 billion), Shrek Forever After ($753 million), Tangled ($591 million), Despicable Me ($543 million), and How to Train Your Dragon ($495 million). The film also became the highest-grossing film worldwide in both Ferrell and Fey's careers.[38][39] It was also the second highest-grossing superhero comedy film, behind The Incredibles.

Accolades[edit]

Award Category Name Outcome
38th Annie Awards[40] Animated Effects in an Animated Production Krzysztof Rostek Nominated
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards 2010[41] Best Animated Film Nominated
2011 Kids' Choice Awards[42] Favorite Buttkicker From An Animated Movie Will Ferrell Nominated
The National Movie Awards[43] Best Animated Movie Nominated
The Comedy Awards[44] Best Animated Comedy Movie Nominated

Video games[edit]

Several video game tie-ins published by THQ were released on November 2, 2010 to coincide with the film's release. An Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 version is titled Megamind: Ultimate Showdown, while the Wii version is titled Megamind: Mega Team Unite and the PlayStation Portable and Nintendo DS versions are both titled Megamind: The Blue Defender. All three versions of the game have been rated E10+ for fantasy violence by the ESRB.[45]

Comic books[edit]

DreamWorks Animation and WildStorm produced a 32-page full color comic book titled The Reign of Megamind, which was released in July 2010 exclusively at the Comic-Con convention.[46] Full version of the comic is also available on the Megamind website.[47]

Ape Entertainment released under Kizoic label five full colour comic books based on the film. A 52-page prequel titled "MEGAMIND: Reign of Megamind" was released in October 2010. It features two stories titled "The Reign of Megamind" and "MINION 2.0". The stories show Megamind and Minion's biggest failures in their attempt to defeat Metro Man. In 2010 and 2011 followed a mini series of four 32-page books. The comic book #1 features story titled "Can I Have This Dance", #2 features "Bad Minion! Bad!", #3 features "Megamutt" and #4 features "A Sidekick's Sidekick".[48]

Sequel[edit]

In April 2011, DreamWorks Animation's CEO, Jeffrey Katzenberg, commented that the studio did not have plans to produce future movie genre parodies like Shark Tale, Monsters vs. Aliens, and Megamind, saying that these films "all shared an approach and tone and idea of parody, and did not travel well internationally. We don't have anything like that coming on our schedule now."[49]

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