If the chatter during Dreamworks' Megamind panel was any indication, their upcoming animated superhero flick is going to be 90 minutes of blistering Mel Gibson mockery. Unfortunately, the 5 minutes of footage director Tom McGrath brought for us suggests that the film might do away with that approach, instead choosing to involve traditional elements such as plot, characters, and unrelenting Dreamworks face.
Megamind is the story of... Megamind (voiced by Will Ferrell). By which I mean that the film's most intriguing idea is that it's not the story of an evil villain dueling his stoic and chin-heavy arch-nemesis (Brad Pitt), but rather the story of an evil villain defeating his do-gooding rival. What does an evil villain do with his beautifully bland Metropolis (er... Metro City) and its terrified townsfolk once he's finally conquered that pesky hero? It's a neat idea, and its perfectly cast lead actors (Ferrell, Tina Fey, Jonah Hill, and a cardboard cut-out of Brad Pitt) were all on hand to stir the excitement. The banter on stage was top notch, but as for the film itself... there were a few promising moments, and a few moments that made me miss how Pixar & Brad Bird mined this miliieu with The Incredibles.
So here are 6 bits from the panel that gave this good citizen hope, and 4 things that made me think Dreamworks is better off training their dragons.