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Thursday, December 03, 2009

Oobermind Update

Got an update on an animated film I've been keeping tabs on, the upcoming DreamWorks film Oobermind. Well, actually, the big news is it's changed its title. It's now called MegaMind.

The plot, as I've recapped before, is thus: the supervillain MegaMind finally manages to defeat his arch-enemy, the superhero Metro Man. But instead of going out and conquering the world, this actually kind of thrusts MegaMind into a mid-life crisis. His solution is to create a new superhero for him to fight, and so he creates a hero called Titan. Thing is, Titan falls to the dark side and wants to be a supervillain, so then it's up to MegaMind to turn hero and defeat Titan.

MegaMind is voiced by Will Ferrel, Metro Man is voiced by Brad Pitt, Titan is voiced by Jonah Hill, and Tina Fey does the voice of Roxanne Ritchi, the Lois Lane-like reporter who's trying to figure out what the heck is going on in the superhero world.

Granted, this is coming from DreamWorks, and I've been kind of "meh" towards their films for the past few years, but this has piqued my curiosity for two reasons.

1) It's a superhero tale. I believe that superheroes and animation are a genre and a medium made for each other.

2) Written and produced by Ben Stiller. Stiller is the mastermind behind this, and he's usually a pretty solid talent when he stays behind the camera.

It's due out a little less than a year from now...November 2, 2010.

Another announcement today about a DreamWorks film that caught my eye. They also have an animated film currently in development called The Guardians. Based on the forthcoming children's novel The Guardians of Childhood, the film tells the tale of a demonic force known as Pitch that threatens to harm the children of the world. So, Santa Claus, Jack Frost, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and the Sandman must join forces to defeat Pitch and save the children of the world.

It was announced today that Leonardo diCaprio will be voicing Jack Frost. It's diCaprio's first foray into voice acting.

That one's due out in 2012.

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