Megamind is a 2010 American computer-animated superhero comedy film directed by Tom McGrath and released by Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Animation. It features the voices of Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Jonah Hill, David Cross, and Brad Pitt.
|Directed by||Tom McGrath|
|Edited by||Michael Andrews|
|Box office||$321.9 million|
The film tells the story of a super-intelligent alien supervillain, Megamind, who after a long-lasting battle one day actually destroys his foe, the much-loved superhero Metro Man. Having Metro City for himself, Megamind finds out that his villainy has no purpose, and thus creates a new superhero to serve as his nemesis. His plan backfires, and he ends up creating a new supervillain. With Metro City spiraling out of control, Megamind joins forces with reporter Roxanne Ritchi as they attempt to set things right and help Megamind discover his newfound purpose—as a superhero.
Megamind 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. With a budget of $130 million, the film grossed over $321 million worldwide, becoming one of DreamWorks Animation's lowest-grossing CG animated films of the 2010s. It received mixed reviews from critics.
Megamind and Metro Man are life-long rivals in Metro City, Michigan. Both are orphans sent to Earth from their dying planets, but are raised on earth in far different circumstances. Metro Man eventually becomes a superhero, defending the city from Megamind's villainous plans that he executes with the help of his henchman Minion, a fish-like creature he was given by his mother, who lives and acts from inside a mechanical gorilla-like suit. Megamind once again escapes from prison through a holographic disguise, sprays reporter Roxanne Ritchie with mace and kidnaps her, luring Metro Man to a copper-lined observatory. Metro Man collapses and then states that copper is his only weakness, which allows Megamind to kill him with a solar-powered death ray. Megamind quickly takes over the city, but finds that, with no one to challenge him, his villainous life has no purpose.
Megamind prepares to destroy the recently opened Metro Man museum, trying to forget the city's former hero, but when he sees Roxanne wandering inside, he takes on the holographic disguise as Bernard, the museum curator (temporarily dehydrating the real Bernard into a small cube). Megamind finds himself attracted to Roxanne, and from her, gets the idea of creating a new hero to fight. In his lab he creates a serum from Metro Man's DNA to give his target superhero powers, but it is accidentally injected via his defuser gun into Hal Stewart, Roxanne's incredibly dimwitted cameraman, when she enters the lab. Megamind finds Hal is easily coerced, and using a hologram of "Space Dad," trains him to become a superhero. Hal takes the name "Tighten," misunderstanding Megamind's suggested "Titan." Meanwhile, Megamind continues to see Roxanne using the Bernard disguise and the two begin to fall for each other.
Feeling Hal is ready, Megamind schedules a date for the two to fight. However, on the night before, Megamind has a falling out with Minion, while Hal sees that Roxanne has no feelings for him as she prepares for a date with "Bernard," leaving him dejected. While on her date with "Bernard," Megamind's disguise falters, and she storms out of the restaurant. Megamind rushes after her in the rain and Roxanne realizes he has feelings for her. Furious at his trickery, she harshly rejects him and walks away, causing Megamind to misplace his invisible car and the defuser gun.
The next day, after Tighten fails to appear, Megamind seeks him out. He learns, to his horror, that Tighten has become a villain instead, having gone on a crime spree the previous night, after Roxanne rejected him (revealing that he became a hero only to woo Roxanne). Tighten suggests an alliance with Megamind, but the latter instead goads him into fighting, revealing all of his disguises and manipulations, which deeply infuriates Tighten. Fed up with Megamind, Tighten intends to kill him rather than sending him to jail. After eventually realizing that he's now fighting for his life, Megamind traps Tighten in a ball of copper, but it fails to do anything, much to his shock. Megamind manages to escape, and Tighten begins terrorizing the city. Megamind finds Roxanne and asks her to take her to Metro Man's secret lair, where they find him alive. Metro Man explains that he faked his own death (and his weakness to copper) as he wanted to retire and take up music, having been forced into the superhero business at a young age. He refuses to help, but reminds Megamind a hero will always emerge to challenge evil.
Feeling responsible, Megamind turns himself in to the authorities and is imprisoned, while Roxanne tries to appeal to Tighten directly, but instead ends up captured and tied to the top of the network tower of Metro City. Tighten challenges Megamind to a fight, threatening Roxanne. Megamind appeals to the warden to let him go, and is surprised to see that the warden was Minion in disguise.
Megamind and Minion use holographic disguises to trick Tighten into believing that Metro Man is back, but Tighten sees through it based on Megamind's odd pronunciation patterns. Tighten attacks Megamind, and during the fight, he finds his invisible car. He recovers the defuser gun and drains Tighten's powers with it, reverting him back to his human form.
Hal is arrested for his crimes, while Megamind is treated as a hero by the city and begins a romantic relationship with Roxanne. In disguise in the crowd, Metro Man congratulates his former foe as he opens the new Megamind Museum.
In a mid-credits scene, the original Bernard is rehydrated while Minion is doing the laundry. When Bernard complains that this had been the worst day of his entire life, Minion knocks him out with the Forget-Me-Stick (which was used on Hal earlier in the film) to help him forget all the misery he's been through.
- Will Ferrell as Megamind, a blue-skinned, humanoid alien supervillain with a large cranium. He is a spoof of Lex Luthor, Brainiac and The Leader while his "Space Dad" persona is a parody of both the physical resemblance of Jor-El as played by Marlon Brando in the 1978 film Superman and Brando's voice as Vito Corleone in The Godfather. The DVD commentary notes that his costume and showmanship are purposely evocative of Alice Cooper.
- Tina Fey as Roxanne Ritchie, a TV news reporter who becomes Megamind's love interest. She is a spoof of Lois Lane.
- Jonah Hill as Hal Stewart / Tighten, Roxanne's hapless, dimwitted but nerdy cameraman who has unrequited feelings for her. His motivation throughout the film is to get her back to his apartment with him. Given powers by Megamind to become a superhero named Tighten (he misspells "Titan") he instead becomes a supervillain. The name Hal Stewart refers to Hal Jordan and John Stewart of the Green Lantern Corps.
- David Cross as Minion, a talking fish who has been Megamind's sidekick and best friend since childhood. His costume is evocative of Ro-Man from Robot Monster.
- Brad Pitt as Metro Man, Megamind's former nemesis who would rather pursue a career in music. He is a spoof of Superman. The DVD commentary notes that his costume and showmanship are purposely evocative of the late Elvis Presley.
- J. K. Simmons as The Warden, the head of Metro City Prison.
- Ben Stiller as Bernard, a museum curator whom Megamind impersonates to win Roxanne's affections.
- Christopher Knights as Prison Guard
- Tom McGrath as Lord Scott / Prison Guard
- Jack Blessing as Newscaster
- Justin Theroux as Megamind's Dad
- Jessica Schulte as Megamind's Mom
- Rob Corddry as Random Citizen
The film was written by Alan J. Schoolcraft and Brent Simons. It was first titled Master Mind, and then Oobermind. It was suggested that Ben Stiller would be cast as Megamind, and later Robert Downey Jr. but Will Ferrell was ultimately given the role, due to "scheduling conflicts" for Downey. Lara Breay and Denise Nolan Cascino were the film's producers, and Ben Stiller and Stuart Cornfeld were the executive producers. Justin Theroux and Guillermo del Toro worked as creative consultants on the film. Del Toro only came on board three weeks before the end of production, 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.
Megamind premiered on October 28, 2010 in Russia, and was theatrically released in the United States on November 5, 2010. 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. Megamind was promoted at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con International, with Tom McGrath, Tina Fey, Jonah Hill, and Will Ferrell, who was dressed as Megamind. It 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. The Button of Doom also had its television premiere on Nickelodeon, which was aired on February 26, 2011. It was the seventh-best-selling DVD of 2011 with over 3 million units sold. The film made a total of $70.4 million in DVD and Blu-ray sales. As of November 2012, 5.6 million home entertainment units were sold worldwide. The film was released on Blu-ray 3D in March 2011 exclusively as a part of Samsung 3D Starter Kits, and on September 11, 2011, exclusively at Best Buy stores. In 2014, the film's distribution rights were purchased by DreamWorks Animation from Paramount Pictures and transferred to 20th Century Fox; the rights are now owned by Universal Pictures.
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Megamind opened to $12.5 million on opening day, and earned $46 million 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 fellow DreamWorks Animation film 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 $29.1 million for a $7,374 average from 3,949 theaters, and bringing its 10-day cumulative total to $88.8 million. On its third weekend, it fell 45% to $16 million 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 $12.6 million 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 $4.9 million 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 $148.4 million in North America, and $173.5 million in other countries, for a worldwide total of $321.9 million. The final gross was low for a DreamWorks Animation film, but was still signified a box office success because it had surpassed the production budget of $130 million. 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 ($494 million), the highest-grossing film worldwide in both Ferrell's and Fey's careers, as well as the fifth-highest-grossing computer-animated superhero film, behind Incredibles 2, The Incredibles, Big Hero 6 and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
The review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film an approval rating of 72% based on 183 reviews, and an average rating of 6.70/10. The site's consensus states, "It 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." On Metacritic the film has a weighted average score of 63 out of 100 based on reviews from 33 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A−" on an A+ to F scale.
Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film three stars out of four, 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." Stephen Holden, of The New York Times, positively wrote in his review, "Visually Megamind is immaculately sleek and gracefully enhanced by 3-D." 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." 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." 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."
The main point of criticism was the film's perceived lack of originality. Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune wrote: "You have seen all this before". 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." Claudia Puig of USA Today even asked: "Do we really need Megamind when Despicable Me is around?".
|38th Annie Awards||Animated Effects in an Animated Production||Krzysztof Rostek||Nominated|
|Character Animation in a Feature Production||Mark Donald||Nominated|
|Character Design in a Feature Production||Timothy Lamb||Nominated|
|Storyboarding in a Feature Production||Catherine Yuh Rader||Nominated|
|Writing in a Feature Production||Alan Schoolcraft, Brent Simons||Nominated|
|Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards 2010||Best Animated Film||Nominated|
|2011 Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Buttkicker||Will Ferrell||Nominated|
|The National Movie Awards||Best Animated Movie||Nominated|
|The Comedy Awards||Best Animated Comedy Movie||Nominated|
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.
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