When I first saw Megamind, I didn’t know what to expect. I thought for a few moments that the good guy, Metroman, might be the big villain in the end. But what actually happened was much more fulfilling and exciting.
This is a story about a villain who wins and then realizes that his whole purpose is lost.
I went through a script available online at imsdb.com… it was definitely not the finished script. There were MANY differences between that script and the final film. Which is a good thing. The creators slimmed the amount of characters down and focused mostly on Megamind himself.
Simple = better.
I wonder what building this film was like. What was it like to design an evil villain who’s conceited and destroys the hero? How can one make an audience like that character?
I noticed a number of things they did within the story that made us like Megamind. One, we see him as an adorable baby.
I studied the establishing scene to see if I could understand what else makes us love Megamind from the very beginning:
Then we also see his struggle to try and fit in at school, with Metroman as a kind of haughty, unlikeable antagonist. Audience relates to that.
They also made Megamind lovably naive. He wears pajamas, spins in his chair at work, and, when he defeats Metroman, he pillow fights with sacks of money. He’s more like a little kid than a grown up.
This is a great part of Megamind’s design. He’s sensitive and flashy. We can’t help BUT like him.
The casting definitely helps too. I can’t imagine what it was like to read lines with Tina Fey, Will Ferrell, and Jonah Hill, but it must have been fun.
Not to mention some of the one-liners that my husband and I quote literally ALL THE TIME.
Some of them are:
“The SUN is warming up?!”
“I’m sure they’re smiling down from evil heaven.”
“It’s called Formal Speedwalking, but that’s not important!”
“There is no tooth fairy, there is no easter bunny, and there is no Queen of England!”
“Girls, girls, you’re both pretty. Can I go home now?”
“Can I stamp my frequent kidnapping card?”
“You, of all people, know we discontinued that promotion.”
Cinematically, I really love some of the transitions and cuts! For example, in the beginning, Megamind tells Minion to “Punch it!” in the invisible car, then it cuts to Metroman punching through a brick wall.
Then there’s when Megamind’s hand gets bit by the brain bot and he screams and it cuts to the sound of the crowd screaming for Metroman.
And finally, one of my favorite cuts….
Minion is watching the TV …. “If only Metroman were still alive…”
cuts to: Megamind and Roxie, “You’re alive?!”
There are also a few things slipped into the story that, after watching it six or seven times, I noticed. In the beginning, when Metroman is giving his speech, he says,
“Who would I be without you?”
After knowing that Metroman was a little depressed that day, this line makes so much sense. And, for a single frame, we can actually see Metroman behind Megamind in the fake observatory. (sorry, I don't have a screencap of it, went too fast for me.)
There’s also a subtle hint of Megamind’s destiny from his parents’ attire in the beginning. It’s white, the same color of the ‘good’ cape that Metroman (and Megamind) wear in the end.
I really love the blue/orange/yellow color scheme used throughout the film. So fun! So vibrant!
In all, this is a great film. I can watch it over and over and always find something hidden in the layers of story and animation. Gah. The expressions. They're always spot on.
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