Everything in Dreamworks’ new 3D animated film is huge, from its mega cast –namely, and in order of funny: Will Ferrell, Jonah Hill, Tina Fey, David Cross and Brad Pitt– to the mega blue head of its interplanetary protagonist Megamind. And, in between them, the mega redemption story of a villain who defeats the hero but gets bored with the success of Evil (“to be the best in the worse, a whole mission to accomplish”, sing the 107 Faunos in a song that might as well could have been in the soundtrack). And so, he, invents a new order-restoring figure so he can defeat him again, but later sees that new hero turn into a villain, so, finally, he decides to take on the role of hero in order to stop him. Yes, all that and a few more things take place in Will Ferrell’s return to animation, after his participation in Curious George brought to you by Madagascar director Tom McGrath. Contradicting that common place film critics use, one might say after watching Megamind that when it comes to animated films “more is (definitely) more”. –Mar del Plata International Film Festival
Thomas “Tom” McGrath (born August 7, 1964) is an American voice actor and animator who is best known for co-directing (with Eric Darnell) the 2005 comedy Madagascar and its sequels, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa in 2008 and Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted in 2012. He has also worked as a voice actor on other DreamWorks animated features like Flushed Away in 2006 and Shrek the Third in 2007. He also stepped in on Flushed Away to help make improvements prior to its release.
Life and career
McGrath studied Industrial Design at the University of Washington and graduated from the Character Animation program at Cal Arts.1 McGrath’s experience in both television and feature animation includes work as an animator on Ralph Bakshi’s film Cool World (starring Brad Pitt), storyboard artist and director for the popular series The Ren and Stimpy Show, animator on the Joe Pytka-directed Space Jam (starring Michael Jordan), and storyboard artist on the live… read more
Pleasantly surprised. Funny and sweet at times. Better than I thought it would be.
If you view the "art of" book, Megamind was, at point, a story in absolute chaos. Too many villains, too many big ideas, it was a mess. But DreamWorks took what could have been another one of their instantly forgettable productions and made something special despite the occasional failed joke. A love story interlined with the moral dilemma of a city's super-villain after achieving his life goal.