Those supervillain blues
Voices: Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt
Direction: Tom McGrath
Sympathetic supervillains seem to rule in Hollywood’s animated realm nowadays. Hot on the heels of the recent cartoon romp, Despicable Me comes yet another 3D adventure about a criminally gifted genius.
As Megamind kicks off, the eponymous bulbous-headed villain (voiced with giddy comic energy by Ferrell) gets his wish and vanquishes his superhero foe (Pitt reduced to a supporting voice role).
But wait. Without a do-gooder to confront on a regular basis, the insecure nemesis's antics turn pretty dull. So, with help from his talking-fish sidekick (David Cross, a fun highlight), he decides to create another virtuous opponent in the form of a TV cameraman.
Rather conveniently, the plan doesn't work out, providing our evil mastermind with a chance to redeem his ways.
Tom McGrath, who co-directed both Madagascar movies, somewhat laboriously seeks to impart a message for kiddie viewers regarding the fine line separating the goodies from the baddies.
There are some inspired gags such as the constantly abducted news reporter (Tina Fey) pleading,"Could someone please stamp my frequent kidnapping card?" The lush visuals are a treat for the eyeball.
In sum, Megamind is likely to appeal to a fairly large segment of the holiday season audience.