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Megamind
Written by Sandra Fitzpatrick   
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 00:00

MegamindMegamind seems to be late for a box-office brawl against Despicable Me. Though both films are hilarious and feature amazing voice casting and animation, Megamind doesn’t quite have the heart to beat out Despicable Me for the title of Most Loveable Villain. That doesn’t mean it isn’t worth dishing out the dough for if you are looking for a fun and funny animated film.

Minion and MegamindWill Farrell is the voice of Megamind, an alien who was sent here as a baby by his parents when his solar system was destroyed. Raised by prisoners at the county jail, and outcast because he is different, Megamind decides that if he can’t do anything right he might as well be the best at being bad! His opponent is Metro Man (Brad Pitt) who also arrived on earth as an infant but lived a life of privilege and is loved by everyone, including sassy reporter Roxanne Ritchie (Tina Fey). He and Megamind are constantly duking it out in a battle over Metro City (or “Metrocity” as Megamind calls it), but when our loveable villain finally defeats Metro Man he realizes that being evil isn’t nearly as much fun when there is no one there to stop him.

Roxie and MegamindMegamind is smart, funny and definitely as entertaining for the adults as the kids but it doesn’t quite reach the golden standard set by the summers best animated films Despicable Me or Toy Story 3. The difference is that although it made me laugh, it didn’t make me cry. That may seem counterintuitive for an animated comedy but sometimes it’s the best way to connect.

As I watched Megamind, I couldn’t help but draw comparisons to Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, a three-part musical web series that I’d highly recommend! It came from the genius brain of Buffy creator Joss Whedon and stars Neil Patrick Harris as the loveable villain who is constantly trying to outdo the city’s arrogant superhero Captain Hammer (Nathan Fillion). I couldn’t help but feel that Megamind creators must have had a moment of “inspiration” after watching this brilliant series.

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Directed by Tom McGrath, starring Will Ferrell, Tina Fey and Brad Pitt.

To promote the film Will Ferrell organized 1580 people to dress up in superhero costumes, setting the Guinness World Record for largest gathering of superheroes!

Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog is available on DVD.