Megamind Review and Blu-ray Features
5 Nov 2010
Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
“Yes we can”
After Megamind has taken over the town, his large “No you can’t” posters are a reference to American president Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign posters featuring the slogan “Yes we can”.
Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of superheroes.
To promote the film, Will Ferrell assembled 1,580 of his friends and their acquaintances at a superhero costume function. This party set a Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of superheroes.
Reference to Superman
There are numerous references to Superman in this film. These include: – The way Megamind’s parents put him in a capsule to Earth just before his planet is destroyed – The love interest is a reporter – Hal’s “space dad” is obviously modeled after Marlon Brando as Superman (1978)’s father in Richard Donner’s film version – Almost all of Metroman’s super powers are the same as Superman’s – Megamind’s pronunciation of Metro City has the same stress pattern as ‘Metropolis’ in Superman – Megamind’s alter ego Bernard wears glasses like Clark Kent. – In the Metro Man Museum, there’s a statue of Metro Man preparing to catch an airplane. This is a reference to John Byrne’s ‘Superman’ comics, where Superman made his first appearance by catching a plane and saving Lois Lane.
The film’s plot was based on the premise: “What if Lex Luthor defeated Superman?”
At school, the young Megamind dehydrates Minion. When re-hydrated, Minion is floating upside down, pretending he is dead, and foreshadowing faking his demise later in the movie. In the same scene, Metro Man is playing “Itsy Bitsy Spider” on the guitar in the background, also foreshadowing becoming “Music Man”.
Hal Stewart is an amalgamation of various comic characters
His appearance was based on Jimmy Olsen, he was named after the Green Lantern (a title notably held by Hal Jordan and John Stewart), and his character was based on Spider-Man 3 (2007)’s Eddie Brock.
Superman: Red Son
Megamind lands in a prison, where he is raised to be a criminal. This alludes to ‘Superman: Red Son’, a graphic novel which demonstrates what could happen if the infant Superman had crash-landed and was raised in a location other than a Kansas farm (in the story it was the Soviet Union). Both also have similar endings: the hero retires by pretending to be dead, goes into hiding and leaves his work in the hands of his former nemesis.
According to director
According to director Tom McGrath, the film draws inspiration from Batman: The Movie(1966) and Superman (1978).
RT/Meta Critic Review
It may not raise the bar of this rapidly developing genre, but it manages to pack a lot of fun and spectacle into its running time.(click here to see)
Megamind‘s 1080p Blu-ray transfer unfortunately comes up short of perfection. While the majority of the image is strikingly handsome and colorful, things often run afoul when nasty bouts of shimmering, false colors, jagged edges, and banding appear with regularity. The banding is present but not obnoxiously troublesome, but the other problems are real eyesores that stick out with every appearance and ruin otherwise breathtaking scenes. Viewers will note such issues primarily on building façades, but they’re also evident with regularity in characters’s hair and around picture frames and other assorted objects inside Metro Man’s secret lair into which viewers are taken at one point in the film. Otherwise, the transfer is a real winner, even though the pluses often seem lessened by the unfortunate minuses. As one would expect of a brand-new animated release, colors really sparkle. Megamind’s blue skin is the real standout shade, but this is an all-around infinitely bright and cheery movie that even looks good in several of the darker scenes, all of which do sport handsome, deep blacks. Fine detail is superb as well, as good as the animation will allow, and viewers will note even the most intricate texturing on various metal objects, clothing, and faces. The image is meticulously clean and polished-in-appearance; it’s sharp, shiny, and sports nice depth even considering the limitations of the 2D environment. The transfer is certainly not a disaster, but it has its fair share of troublesome problems that simply should not be present in a brand-new animated movie unleashed onto Blu-ray.
Megamind zooms onto Blu-ray with a reference-quality Dolby TrueHD 7.1 lossless soundtrack. Unlike the video, there are no warts here; it’s full steam ahead for lossless audio fun from beginning to end. This is a track that manages to be strong and hefty but not obnoxious. Bass is potent but tight and accurate, with several well-placed rumbles managing to enhance the action without overwhelming it. Music is spacious and clear as a whistle; both instrumental score and the various Rock and Pop tunes heard throughout the movie play with a solid and immensely crisp frontal foundation supported by just the right amount of back channel activity. Speaking of the surrounds, they’re engaged throughout the movie. The track incorporates both discrete effects and pinpoint imaging with regularity; whether an off-camera voice coming naturally from the rear or a vehicle zipping across the soundstage, the track is always on top of things with accurate sound placement and using the extra rear channels to fine effect. Rounded out by strong and crisp dialogue,Megamind‘s lossless soundtrack is a real pleasure in every area.
Megamind unleashes a steady diet of extra content for its 2D-only Blu-ray release.
- The Animators’ Corner (1080p): The film’s commentary track (see below) presented in a picture-in-picture format, occasionally showing the participants but intercutting various storyboards and computerized previsualization sequences. Additionally, the commentary cuts out for the occasional behind-the-scenes segment with cast and crew that showcase the animation process and offer on-set interviews with the cast. The secondary video box is just the right size and the various features are interesting in terms of both the examination of the story and various technical tidbits that delve into the making of the movie.
- Trivia Track: Watch the movie with a pop-up trivia track that occasionally appears to offer some background tidbits on the movie.
- Comic Creator (1080p): Users may choose from nine scenes and add to them their own pre-chosen words, phrases, and symbols, comic book-style. Users can also save their creations for playback at a later time.
- Behind the Mind (1080p): Users may learn more about Megamind by selecting any one of the four options presented on-screen and scrolling through various conceptual artwork: Hideouts, Inventions, Vehicles, andMegamind: Good & Evil.
- Meet the Cast of Megamind (1080p, 9:26): The voice actors share their thoughts on the film and the characters they play, while crew analyze the film and discuss the actors who lend their voice talents to the film.
- Deleted Scene (1080p, 1:36): “The Toothbrush Scene.”
- Inside Megamind’s Lair (1080p, 7:17): A look at the design of the Megamind character; his costumes; the evil contraptions seen around his lair; the look of the vehicle he pilots at the end; and the design of his companion, Minion.
- AnimatorMan (1080p, 2:01): An all-too-brief look at the critical role of animators and the acting they must perform in order to accurately depict the characters.
- You Can Draw Megamind (1080p, 13:14): Story Artist Andy Schuler guides viewers through the process of pencil-drawing Megamind.
- Mega Rap (1080p, 1:01): A Megamind-themed Rap tune.
- The Reign of Megamind — Video Comic Book (1080p).
- Spot the Difference (1080p): A game that challenges viewers to look at two nearly-identical drawings and locate the subtle differences. Available to play on three difficulty levels.
- Filmmakers’ Commentary: Director Tom McGrath, Producers Lara Breay and Denise Nolan Cascino, and Writers Alan Schoolcraft and Brent Simons guide viewers through the project with an affable tone that doesn’t fall victim to the pitfalls of the multiparticipant commentary where the thoughts become jumbled under irrelevant chatter and laughter. This is the full version of the commentary that plays during parts of the picture-in-picture video feature. Available with optional English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese subtitle options.
- Previews (1080p): Kung Fu Panda 2, Rango, and ‘Megamind’ THQ Game Trailer.
- Megamind: The Button of Doom (1080p, Dolby TrueHD 7.1, 15:22): An all-new animated short feature starring characters from the film.
- DVD Copy.