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Instead of voicing his character from within a sound booth, Brad Pitt, who is a very active actor, insisted on using a handheld microphone for his performance and roaming around the studio.
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A whole crew of animators was dedicated solely to the movement of capes.
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The film's plot was based on the premise: "What if Lex Luthor defeated Superman?"
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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.
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Ben Stiller and Robert Downey Jr. were approached for the role of Megamind, but turned it down due to scheduling conflicts. Stiller instead appears in the role of Bernard the curator.
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This was originally pitched as a live-action film.
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Megamind's dehydration gun also bears the commands DECOMPRESS, DEBILITATE, DEMORALIZE, DECOUPAGE, DEREGULATE, DEATH RAY, and DESTROY.
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When Megamind (Will Ferrell) is channel surfing towards the end of the movie, he comes upon a news report of a squirrel water skiing. Ferrell had played Ron Burgundy in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004), in which Burgundy does a report on a water skiing squirrel.
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After Megamind has taken over the town, his large "No you can't" posters are a reference to President Barack Obama's 2008 campaign posters featuring the slogan "Yes we can".
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Metro Man's appearance and costume was based on Elvis Presley.
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There are numerous references to Superman in this film: 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 modelled after Marlon Brando, as Superman (1978)'s father in Richard Donner's film version. Almost all of Metro Man'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 takes on a bespectacled secret identity similar to 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.
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Guillermo del Toro was hired as a creative consultant three weeks before the film completed production. He majorly assisted in editing the film to make it more exciting.
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The film was finally released on June 23, 2018 in Japan, after nearly seven years. It was supposed to be released in March 2011, but was cancelled due to the devastating earthquake that happened at the same time.
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Megamind mispronounces words twenty times throughout the movie, most noticeably Metro City as "Metrocity" (rhyming with atrocity).
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Metro City is located in Michigan. This can be clearly seen in a shot where Megamind's satellite is in orbit around the Earth.
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David Cross was based in London during production. While his performance was not literally "phoned in" it was recorded remotely and transmitted back to the producer.
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When Megamind transforms into different forms, his voice changes to match the character. Yet when Megamind transforms into Bernard, his voice remains that of his owm. This is explained by the watch recording the warden's voice during Megamind's escape from prison. He didn't get the chance to record Bernard's voice in the rush to replace him in the museum and had to use his own voice.
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It's clear through watching the movie that Megamind's crimes usually involve property damage and robbery more than violence. Megamind seems to choose unoccupied areas to cause his mayhem (ie: abandoned observatory), which shows that he's quite uncomfortable with the idea of actually killing anyone.
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Megamind's invisible car is a combination of two famous superhero vehicles: the Batmobile and Wonder Woman's invisible plane.
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Hal Stewart is named after two characters who have held the title of the Green Lantern, Hal Jordan and John Stewart. According to the original Master Mind script, Metro Man's civilian name is Wayne Scott after two Golden Age DC Comics heroes (Bruce Wayne/Batman and Alan Scott/Green Lantern), although it is unknown whether or not it was changed.
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Bruce Campbell was originally considered for the voice of Metro Man before Dreamworks decided to cast an actor with more star power. Still, Campbell's face was partially used as inspiration when designing Metro Man.
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The film was originally titled "Master Mind". However, that name had already been trademarked by the makers of the 1970s board game and television show Mastermind (1972). It was suggested as "Oobermind", a misspelling of the term "über-mind." The word "über" refers to something that is large or great; the title character's over-swollen skull/brain. This didn't sound right and was revised to "Megamind".
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Massachusetts Branch Showcase Cinema accidentally showed Saw: The Final Chapter (2010) instead of Megamind at the time of Megamind's release, frightening young audiences.
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The mega-explosion of the Observatory took a team of seven artists nearly four months to create.
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Megamind starts his first years on Earth in the Metro City Prison for the criminally gifted, a play on Professor Xavier's school for the gifted from X-Men (2000).
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Despite a worldwide gross in excess of $320 million, this is one of DreamWorks Animation's lowest grossing films.
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An early version of the script has a reporter asking Hal how to spell "Titan", but since Megamind (as Space Dad) never taught him the correct spelling, Hal misspells it as "Tighten."
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One of the venues at which Megamind trains Hal to be Titan is modeled after the original Donkey Kong arcade game, complete with rolling barrels and angled surfaces.
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Megamind CFX worked with a professional tailor early in production to learn more about clothing design, tailoring, fitting, and other cloth properties so the simulated garments could more accurately mimic real life. Megamind CFX artists sewed their own capes and wore them while doing serious research and development such as flying on rope swings, zip lines, and indoor skydiving.
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In the last dance scene during "Bad", Megamind does the Dougie, the Stanky Leg, and the Jerk.
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Metrocity took up one terabyte of disk space with over 90,000 buildings and roads.
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The Ark of the Covenant from Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) can be seen in Megamind's treasure room.
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Megamind's invisible car is a heavily modified 1950's Hudson Hornet.
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Both Megamind and Metro Man arrived on Earth in the year 1991.
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Each of the three superhumans in the film has a color scheme: Megamind's in variations of blue and black, Metro Man is always seen with white and gold, and Titan in red and orange.
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Megamind (Will Ferrell) is a combination of Batman (dark attire, lots of gadgets) and Lex Luthor (Bald head, evil), while Metro Man (Brad Pitt) is basically Superman.
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Metro Man's biceps are 25" in diameter, bigger than Arnold Schwarzenegger's at the height of his career.
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This movie was promoted at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con International, with Tom McGrath, Tina Fey, Jonah Hill, and Will Ferrell, who was dressed as Megamind.
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Roxanne tells Megamind 'get some ray guns, hold them sideways and just go gangsta on him (Titan)' the same thing said by Claire Foster (also played by Tina Fey) in Date Night (2010).
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In the box office, this movie earned less than all the Madagascar films, but in critical reception, the film is a lot better than all three Madagascar films.
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The giant Megamind Brainbot head in the finale is made of nearly 100,000 individual Brainbots.
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The dust coming off the thrown building by Titan was composed of over 13.5 billion discreet animated particles.
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Originally, the writers were planning to let Megamind accidentally fuse Roxanne with Metro Man's DNA and turn into a superhero or villain.
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Is the only DreamWorks Animation film directed by Tom McGrath to not become a franchise.
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The brainbots 'mouths' are modeled after bear traps.
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It is widely believed that Minion was created by at least one of Megamind's parents in order to have someone to look after Megamind once he was sent off of their home planet. In the movie, Megamind calls Minion a "dimwitted creation of science" and when they argue Minion claims that "[Minion's] sole purpose in life is to look after [Megamind]".
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The observatory was modelled after the Griffith Observatory outside Hollywood.
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When Megamind discusses about training someone to Minion, in one shot there is a picture of Mr. Miyagi from The Karate Kid (1984).
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Metro Man's (Music Man's) song was written by Justin Theroux (voice of Megamind's Father) and sung by Brad Pitt.
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According to director Tom McGrath, the film drew inspiration from Batman: The Movie (1966) and Superman (1978).
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Megamind is 5'5" tall. However, he is only 4½ heads tall proportionately. This makes him the same head to body proportions as a toddler or a Lego mini figure.
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The density of crowd car traffic was determined by the area of the city in which they appear; industrial areas had fewer cars than residential and downtown areas. In addition, the city streets were intentionally not completely horizontal, so all crowd cars were animated to settle into their spots according to the slope.
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When Metro Man bursts out of the wall in the opening of his museum, he does the "Carlton Dance" from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air (1990).
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Some of the words on Hal's t-shirts include "Game Over" and "Error 404: Request Not Found".
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Megamind has a problem with mispronouncing words. It's unclear whether he does it intentionally or if he simply misread them the first time he'd seen it written. For example, he pronounces Metro City as Metrocity (rhymes with atrocity) and he pronounces school as shool. He seems to realize he is pronouncing school incorrectly when he is disguised as Bernard and stops himself from calling it shool. He also mispronounces melancholy as mel-on-colly when he was feeling down. Implying that he didn't realize he was mispronouncing that particular word. He even said 'ollo' instead of hello, which was later corrected by Minion and used by the latter to Tighten that he's gonna take his Metro Man-like powers away.
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Several shots took over 24 hours to render, with the maximum being 50 hours for a single shot.
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Tighten flying with Roxanne over the city was one of the most complex sequences to process. In the shot where Roxanne is being thrown over the building, it required over 3,500 layers of compositing.
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Hal's / Tighten's space dad (disguised by Megamind) is based on Marlon Brando's Jor-El, Superman's real father in Superman (1978).
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There are a total of sixteen face smashes throughout the movie.
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Just under 100,000 storyboards were created for the film.
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This is the last DreamWorks Animation film to have a PG rating for mild language.
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The alligators seen when Megamind opens up the hatch below Roxanne are the same ones in the 'Exit' door, in which Bernard (disguised by Megamind) refers to as "exciting".
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Both Megamind and Metro Man are the last members of their species, just like how Superman is the last 'son of Krypton'.
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Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times awarded the film three out of four stars, stating "This set-up is bright and amusing, even if it does feel recycled from bits and pieces of such recent animated landmarks as The Incredibles with its superpowers and Despicable Me with its villain."
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When someone disguises as another through the watch, the person is physically similar to the impersonated one, with exception of the eyes. This is seen when Megamind impersonates as the Warden, Metro Man and Bernard. But at the end, when Minion impersonates Megamind, his eyes remain green, when they should be brown, as Minion's are.
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The name of the teacher in the "school for lil' gifted kids" is Ms. Jane Doe.
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The song 'A Little Less Conversation' by Elvis Presley (remixed by Junkie XL) plays when Metro Man bursts out of the wall. Metro Man's face is modeled after Elvis himself.
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The home planets of Megamind and Metro-Man are called Mega-Planet and Metro-Planet respectively (their names appear very briefly, mostly obscured by the word "PANIC", on a giant monitor in the beginning of the movie). This fact led to a fan theory that the city was renamed as Metro-City to honor Metro-Man, rather than Metro-Man naming himself after the city, but the movie establishes that the city had this name before both babies landed on Earth (a "Welcome to Metro City prison" sign can be seen as baby Megamind flies in).
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Before Megamind goes to Hal Stewart's apartment, he passes a speed limit sign that says "69".
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Titan is voiced by Jonah Hill, who is also the voice of Green Lantern in The Lego Movie (2014) and The Lego Batman Movie (2017). The coincidence is both characters real first names are Hal.
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Megamind plays a snippet of Minnie Ripperton's "Loving You" after supposedly killing Metro Man and taking over Metro City. Will Ferrell, the voice of Megamind, was castmates on Saturday Night Live (1975) with Ripperton's daughter, Maya Rudolph.
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Most of the film's score is composed by combining suspense, action, cartoon, thriller, beatboxing and orchestrals.
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Originally, there was supposed to be an evil team called the 'Doom Syndicate', which is a group of superhumans who terrorize Metro City. However, the writers decided to make Hal (Tighten) the new main antagonist.
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When Megamind trains Hal, he uses a training regimen based on Hal's love of video games. This is similar to Kung Fu Panda (2008), where Po was trained through food-based exercises.
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In the closing credits, a newspaper clipping holds an equation that reads: "I-1/4(3.14) BB=Oober". This is a reference to the original name of the film and its main character, "Oobermind".
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There were over 10,000 simulated garments that were used in the movie, including 726 capes and over 5,500 crowd characters. 320 total simulated garments were developed for the movie including 44 original garments designed for hero characters, and 39 original garments designed for generic characters.
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Roxanne says the quote "I know there's still good in you" to Hal / Tighten, a reference to Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983).
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The little bolts of electricity were created using the same software used to generate hair and grass.
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When Megamind, disguised as Bernard, is in the library with Roxanne, the book he reads before the next scene is titled 'Megamind Unmasked'. The back of the book is actually a summary of a different book, 'The Happiest Me I Can Be' which is a book not seen until later into the movie.
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DreamWorks Animation and WildStorm produced a 32-page full-color comic book titled 'The Reign of Megamind', which was released in July 2010 exclusively at the Comic-Con convention. Full version of the comic is also available on the film's website.
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In Megamind's treasure room, there is a statuette of the maltese falcon from The Maltese Falcon (1941).
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Megamind is seen with a soul patch throughout the movie, but it is missing in the main poster.
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The solar system from which both Megamind and Metro Man came from is located in the "Glaupunk" Quadrant.
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The film's Japanese release was cancelled, following the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami waiting until June 2018 for its theatrical release.
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Baby Megamind is voiced by Joey Dinitere, while Baby Metro Man is voiced by his brother, Noah Dinitere.
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Is the fourth highest grossing superhero comedy film, behind Incredibles 2 (2018), The Incredibles (2004) and Big Hero 6 (2014).
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Reference for the Metro Man "water tornado" (during the Metro Man celebration) included movies from a myriad of Las Vegas water fountain shows.
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The school kids are not shocked, but are actually fascinated by 10 year old Metro Man's powers. In DC comics, Clark Kent (Superman) always keeps his powers a secret, especially during his junior years.
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Unlike Superman, Metro Man can see through lead, this is proven when Music Man sang, "I have eyes that can see, right through leeeaaaaaaaaaad."
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Megamind's BrainBots bear a striking resemblance to Doris, the "Helping Hat" from Disney's Meet the Robinsons (2007). Both are flying hat-like objects with dangling appendages and a big red eye.
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Metro tower is 3,172 feet (966.83 meters) high, 455 feet (138.68 meters) taller than the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa (skyscraper in Dubai).
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The least expensive DreamWorks Animation film released in 2010, only costing $130 million to make, when compared to the $165 million it cost to make How to Train Your Dragon (2010) and Shrek Forever After (2010).
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The shot where Megamind is impaled by the Metro Tower spike is a reference to the end of Ming the Merciless, who got impaled on a rocket nose cone in Flash Gordon (1980).
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Minion's robotic gorilla suit resembles Ro-Man's suit in Robot Monster (1953).
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When the death ray hits the observatory and explodes, you can briefly see Minion's skeleton once the flames erupt.
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Megamind's alias in the beginning is "Incredibly handsome criminal genius and master of all villiany."
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In the original Master Mind concept arts, there are about 6 alternate designs for Megamind's giant battle suit. Some are even reminiscent of the Iron Man Armor from Marvel Comics.
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The song "Bad to the Bone" by George Thorogood and the Destroyers is split into 2 parts in the full complete score of the film.
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Metro City is obviously inspired by Metropolis, Superman's city in DC comics.
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Metro Man's adoptive parents are named Lord 'Robert Scott' and Lady 'Sally Scott'.
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This is David Cross' second DreamWorks Animation film after Kung Fu Panda (2008).
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The giant robot suit that Megamind uses to battle Tighten stands at 46½ feet (14.17 meters) tall.
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In the film's full complete score, the soundtracks 'Metro Man Day' and 'Stars and Tights' are actually the same, both are Metro Man's themes.
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There was supposed to be another team of supervillains called the Doom Syndicate. They were created to be Metro Man's other job while Megamind was on the low. It was scrapped since that would've caused a lot more plot lines than necessary.
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The film was released on both Blu-ray Disc and DVD on February 25, 2011, accompanied with an all-new short titled Megamind: The Button of Doom (2011). The Button of Doom also had its television premiere on Nick, which was aired on February 26, 2011.
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The seventh best selling DVD of 2011.
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Tighten / Hal Stewart highly resembles his voice actor, Jonah Hill (curly red hair and husky frame).
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First superhero themed film to star J.K. Simmons outside Tobey Maguire's live action Spider-Man franchise.
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This film and Monsters vs. Aliens (2009) have many similarities. First, they are parodies of other Pop culture icons: Monsters vs. Aliens is inspired by monsters from the 50's and 60's, while Megamind is inspired by superheroes and villains like Superman, Batman, and Lex Luthor. Second, they talk about empowerment: Susan aka Ginormica feels proud to be a monster while Megamind accepts his role as a hero. Third, they both have aliens: Monsters vs. Aliens has Gallaxhar and Megamind has the titular character and Minion. And fourth, they both grossed over 300 million in the world-wide box office: Monsters vs. Aliens earned $381 million while Megamind earned $321 million.
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When Megamind returns home, he says "there's no place like evil lair", a reference to The Wizard of Oz (1939).
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The second collaboration between Will Ferrell and David Cross. The first was Curious George (2006), which was also animated.
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Jonah Hill's second animated film of 2010, after How to Train Your Dragon (2010) which was also from DreamWorks Animation.
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The character Titan could be a play on DC comics' hero Superboy Prime or Bizarro, Superman's literal opposite.
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Third DreamWorks Animation film for Ben Stiller, after Madagascar (2005) and Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008), which also had been directed by Tom McGrath.
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For a reccesive gene, Megamind has his mother's eyes and his father's complexion.
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Jellyfish were used as reference for the crowd brainbot motion.
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The short film, Megamind: The Button of Doom (2011) is the closest to having a sequel for this film.
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There are over 700,000 raindrops in a downpour during the scene where Megamind and Roxanne argue in the rain.
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Several video game tie-ins published by THQ were released on November 2, 2010 to coincide with the film's release. An Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 version is titled Megamind: Ultimate Showdown (2010), while the Wii version is titled Megamind: Mega Team Unite (2010) and the PlayStation Portable and Nintendo DS versions are both titled Megamind: The Blue Defender (2010). All three versions of the game have been rated E10+ for fantasy violence by the ESRB.
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Some of the film's score sounds eerily similar to that of the soundtracks from The Incredibles (2004).
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The character, Tighten, is also named Hal during the movie.
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Minion, while analyzing Hal after he was given super powers, states that he's twenty-eight years old, which is one year younger than his voice actor Jonah Hill had been at the time of this film's release.
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Ben Stiller, who voices Alex the Lion in the Madagascar franchise, voices Bernard the curator in the film. He was given the opportunity to voice the titular character, but he turned down the offer, and the creators cast Will Ferrell instead.
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The opening title, and part of the closing credits, is composed out of a gallery of newspaper clippings and documents.
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The spider that Megamind calls 'arachnis deathicus' is a black widow spider.
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Metro Man's secret lair is somewhat similar to Batman's batcave, which is found underground and located in the outskirts of Metro City (Gotham for Batman).
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The guard reading the newspaper in prison bears a very strong resemblance to the father carrying the crying baby when confronted by the brainbot and Metro Man in the Museum's crowd. The animators re-used similar faces of certain people in most scenes of the film.
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Megamind turning into a hero takes some inspiration from DC comics' story 'Crisis on Infinite Earths', where Lex Luthor is a good guy and helps the Justice League defeat the Crime Syndicate, their opposite counterparts.
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Robert Downey Jr., who is primarily known for his role as Tony Stark aka Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, was highly considered for the titular role, but turned down the offer due to scheduling conflicts with other films. He was particularly busy promoting Iron Man 2 (2010), which was released in the same year.
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Fans would often compare YouTuber Markiplier (Mark Edward Fischbach) to Metro Man with a beard.
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Second DreamWorks Animation film where "Little Less Conversation" by Elvis Presley is played at some point in the film, after Shark Tale (2004).
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The curtains simulated on the movie were large, ranging in size from 58 feet, 81 feet, and 405 feet tall.
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The lighting reference for the police surrounding the City Hall in sq. 200 was the exterior shots from the movie Die Hard (1988).
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The observatory shown towards the beginning of the film bears a very similar resemblance to the famous Griffith observatory in Los Angeles, CA.
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Minion's robotic bodysuit is modeled after a gorilla's body.
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After Megamind blasts the doors of the Mayor's office in Metro City Hall, Minion sings a snippet of the song "Miss America" by Bernie Wayne, only replacing it with "Mr. Evil Overlord".
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Metro Man and Roxanne Ritchie are based on Superman and Lois Lane, but they don't fall in love in the film.
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Director Tom McGrath, Ben Stiller, Christopher Knights, Mike Mitchell, and Stephen Kearin have all appeared in the Madagascar franchise.
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Metro Man renames himself as "Music Man", referencing The Music Man (1962).
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Both this film and Megamind: The Button of the Doom (2011) have songs that include the words 'bad' and 'bone': For this film, 'Bad to the Bone' by George Thorogood and the Destroyers, and the latter, 'Bad Bones Three' by Cliff Truesdell.
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In the ending, Minion holds the boom box the same way how Lloyd Dobler did in Say Anything (1989).
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Megamind's greatest desire is to be normal. Jonah Hill (Hal / Tighten) would seem to be the perfect nemesis. He was once quoted as saying, "I despise common people. They make me throw up."
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Hal's comment "a dingo watches a human baby" to Roxanne is from A Cry in the Dark (1988). Considering the facts behind the reference - the true story of a baby being carried away and killed by a dingo - the joke is in extraordinarily poor taste.
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Included in "The A to Z of Superhero Movies: From Abar to ZsaZsa via the MCU", written by Rob Hill.
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J.K. Simmons voices the character of the Warden, but in HBO's Oz (1997), he plays a white supremacist prison inmate by the name of Vernon (Vern) Schillinger.
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1,317 man weeks were used for Megamind CFX which works out to over 25 years of work if one person was doing it or 6,585 workdays.
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In July 2014, the film's distribution rights were purchased by DreamWorks Animation from Paramount Pictures and transferred to 20th Century Fox, the rights are now owned by Universal Pictures.
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Cameo 

Ella Olivia Stiller, Quinn Dempsey Stiller: Producer Ben Stiller's children are the children in Megamind's childhood.
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Justin Theroux: Script consultant as Megamind's father.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

When Metro Man is discovered, Megamind at first believes he is a ghost and says "Speak, apparition". This line came from William Shakespeare's Hamlet, Act V, Scene 1.
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In the early portion of the movie, when Megamind has Metro Man trapped in the real abandoned observatory, look closely at the scene where the images of Megamind and Metro Man are being projected upon the buildings. Just after Megamind orders Minion to fire the death beam, there is a single frame where Metro Man fades slightly from the observatory screen and reappears faintly behind Megamind on the opposite screen. This foreshadowed Metro Man faking his death through superspeed.
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The dresses Roxanne wears throughout the film visualize her relationship with Megamind. When she first appears, she wears a red dress, when Megamind was her enemy (blue is the opposite of red). Later, she wears purple, as she and Megamind develop a better relationship. Roxanne's final dress is blue, as she has fully accepted Megamind.
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Megamind brings yellow roses to Metro Man's statue after Metro Man's apparent death, yellow roses are symbolic of friendship.
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Hal the cameraman is seen wearing a yellow "sad face" badge. This is a tribute to the Alan Moore comic "Watchmen", where The Comedian wore a yellow "smiley face" badge. Since The Comedian was an unbalanced vigilante, this foreshadows Hal's instability and corruption.
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When Metro Man faked his own death by escaping in the last millisecond, and replacing his body with a skeleton, it directly mimics events in the major DC Comics storyline "52", which documents a full year where Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman have disappeared from the public eye and are presumed dead (similar to the events of "Megamind"). In "52", time-travelling superhero Booster Gold also faked his own death in an identical fashion to Metro Man by replacing his body with a skeleton at the last second.
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In the office, where Megamind in lamenting his destruction of Metro Man, the camera pans across the room until it stops on Megamind addressing an infamous "Drinking Bird". As the camera pans, you can see what appears to be the Ark of the Covenant from Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) as well as what seems to be the title statue from The Maltese Falcon (1941) on the desk to the right of Megamind, as he begins to address the Drinking Bird.
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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 have happened if the infant Superman had crash-landed, and was raised in 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.
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In the ending, when Megamind opens the curtains to his giant statue, if you look very closely, there is also a mini statue of Minion inside the globe.
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During the opening of the Metro Man museum, "A Little Less Conversation" by Elvis Presley plays. This foreshadows the later part of the film, when it is revealed that Metro Man faked his own death, grew a beard, and lives in hiding, as persistent rumors claim Elvis did.
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At the end, when Michael Jackson's song "Bad" was playing, and Hal was dancing along with it, the Warden was seen to play along with two of his guards. Their "head shaking step" was taken from Saturday Night Live (1975)'s "The Roxbury Guys" skit, which also starred Will Ferrell.
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Minion's suits increase in scale throughout the film: he is first seen wearing a remote-controlled suit in Megamind's childhood. He is seen throughout the film in his own robotic suit. At the end of the film, he is riding the giant battle suit.
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Hal Stewart's appearance was based on Superman's friend and photographer Jimmy Olsen, and his character was based on Spider-Man's rival and photographer Eddie Brock.
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At school, the young Megamind dehydrates Minion. When re-hydrated, Minion is floating upside down, pretending he is dead, 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".
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Metro Man (Brad Pitt) appears in the movie for less than 10 minutes.
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After Megamind and Roxanne Ritchie discover Metro Man in hiding, he sings a snippet of a song for them. The lyrics being, "I have eyes that can see right through lead". The tune which he sings it to is Nirvana''s 1991 song "Come As You Are". Appropriately, lead is the one thing that Superman cannot see through.
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In the scene where Titan talks about Roxanne not wanting to be with him, he places the torn magazine on the level of Megamind's neck before burning it with his lazer vision. The cover shows Metro Man (without the head part) saving Roxanne, hence the magazine foreshadows Megamind's fate in the end: he becomes a hero and saves Roxanne.
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Megamind has four disguises: Bernard, Warden, Space Dad, and Metro Man.
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All of the weapons that Megamind activates on Roxanne are: Alligators, a Minigun, a Gauntlet of blades, a Chainsaw, a Flamethrower, a wheel of spiky boots, and lastly the spider.
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Megamind uses three guns in the film: The dehydrator pistol, the DNA infuser gun, and the giant dehydrator gun on the Spiderbot.
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Two AC/DC songs are heard in the film: Back in Black (when Megamind roams around Metro City in his giant robot suit) and Highway to Hell (when Megamind and Minion arrive in the City Hall). The song "Highway to Hell" is also featured in another superhero movie, Iron Man 2 (2010), released in the same year.
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Metro Man retires as a superhero, and pursues a new career as Music Man, just like Elvis Presley (whom his appearance and persona is inspired from).
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During the climax, Minion (David Cross) is able to let Megamind (Will Ferrell) out of prison to face off Tighten (Jonah Hill) and become a hero, in disguise as the prison warden (J.K. Simmons) after apologizing for his villainry. Cross and Simmons appeared in DreamWorks Animation's Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016).
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