Megamind features Will Ferrell (Anchorman) as the titular Megamind, an alien sent to earth from a dying planet. Once on earth, he is raised as a human but it's clear with his primary-coloured skin and oversized head that he isn't just a regular kid. His entire life he has been overshadowed & outshone by Metro man (Brad Pitt - Fight Club) - the poster boy of Metro City so, determined to excel in one way or another, Megamind becomes the antithesis to Metro man. When Metro man is finally defeated by Megamind, he feels empty - "a Yin without a Yang" and rues not having a nemesis, but this is about to change as Megamind becomes the only thing between Metro City and a new foe...
Will Ferrell will make you laugh as Megamind, with his selection of zany gadgets and weapons, always accompanied by the faithful, fish-headed, Minion. His "Brain bots" are the staple helpers no animated tale would be complete without (Think the aliens out of Toy Story and the minions out of Despicable Me). It's all very colourful and well animated, the gags are funny and well executed but you can't help feeling that it's all been done before, Despicable Me already did a Bad Guy who turns out to be good and most of the gags are just playing up to the tiresome 3D-aspect of the film (super-extendable arms going off into the camera etc).
There is the distinct feeling that the cast are just cashing in on the highly-lucrative merchandising rights of animated cinema. Some of the characters literally serve no purpose but you can be sure that the plush toy is already being churned out of a factory somewhere and advertised on a kids program playing near you. Nonetheless, the cast are seasoned and have some big names for bit parts (Ben Stiller, Justin Long and even Brad Pitt's part) and provide decent voice acting to well-animated avatars - the animation is snappy and crisp and holds up well on Blu-ray.
Extra content: A feature that works much like MovieIQ; "The Button of Doom," leads the set's extras. Other bonus offerings include interactive activities, picture-to-picture storyboards, behind-the-scenes footage and interviews, a meet the cast featurette, a trivia track, a visit to Megamind's lair, a lost scene, a lesson on how to draw Megamind, a commentary track and a video comic book.
All in all, a good film that will make you laugh, Megamind is such a slapstick character that any of the intended emotional weight to the story is lost but it's fun along the way. A great suite of extras that is guaranteed to keep the kids happy, but adult's attention might wander. Good performance from Ferrell and Tina Fey but nothing that hasn't been done before.