actually-megamind

Sick of all the Minions? Go watch Dreamwork’s Megamind

It’s one of my  FAVORITE dreamworks movies actually that I’ve never really talked about before somehow??? And it’s sad bc it came out the same year as Despicable Me and thus got overshadowed, which is too bad because it has so much cool stuff to offer this is just the things that immediately come to mind

  1. Everybody loves The Incredibles because of how it cleverly deconstructed superhero tropes, but Megamind also does it REALLY WELL from a super Villain perspective!  Megamind and Metroman play up Generic Superhero tropes to their laughable conclusion, complete with the overly witty and puntastic banter  that turn the Superhero/Supervillain conflict into the kind of ridiculous staged performance that it really is.
  2. Does away with the black and white Hero/Villain dichotomy completely, shows that having superpowers does NOTHING FOR YOU if you’re just a selfish jerk
  3. MAIN GIRL ROXANNE RITCHIE AAAAHHH while originally seems set up to be the “damsel in distress” sort of character she ends up being super competent and observant and sees through everyone’s crap and is also a kind and supportive person I love her ok
  4. Pretty much explains Privilege in a nutshell within the first 3 minutes
  5. There is only ONE Minion, and he’s not a disgusting yellow corn kernel creature but a thoughtful and supportive friend and side character.
  6. Also the Brainbots are just 100x more badass and cute than aforementioned disgusting yellow corn kernel creatures
  7. Overall the entire story is just super heartwarming without having to resort to forced cuteness and everyone’s character development is really interesting and if you’re complaining about that Minions movie I advise u to rent/borrow Megamind and just feel better about yourselves ok?

btw here are the brainbots if you ever get tired of Minions look at these ok

(My personal reason 8 is that Megamind is just a modern retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac and if anyone wants me to elaborate I most certainly can and will eheheheheh)

FRIENDLY REMINDER THAT ROXANNE IS THE ONLY CHARACTER IN MEGAMIND TO ACTUALLY MOVE THE PLOT AT ALL BECAUSE MEGAMIND METRO MAN AND MINION ARE ALL TOO BUSY MOPING AND BICKERING LIKE CHILDREN AND MEGAMIND PURPOSEFULLY STARTS A FIGHT WITH TIGHTEN BY MAKING KISSY FACES AND ESSENTIALLY SAYING “LOL I TOTALLY BOINKED YOUR CRUSH HAHA BYE NERD”

In which Megamind is autistic/aspie.

Going to copy/paste some actual criteria because Megamind is so autistic, and I love it.

• Being “in their own world”
• Can spend hours in the library researching
• Clumsiness
• Early in life they often have a speech impediment (shool/ollo/metrocity)
• Eccentric personality
• Highly gifted in one or more areas
• Intense focus/hyperfocus
• Likes and dislikes can be very rigid
• Limited interests
• Loves learning and information
• May have difficulty staying in school/college despite a high level of intelligence
• Preoccupied with their own agenda (it’s destiny)
• Repetitive routines or rituals
• Single-mindedness
• Speech and language peculiarities / hyperlexia
• Naive
• Abused, bullied, or taken advantage of as a child
• Escapes regularly through fixations, obsessions, and over-interest in subjects (hero/villain game)
• Feelings of polar extremes (depressed/over-joyed; inconsiderate/over-sensitive)
• Questions place in the world
• Searches for right and wrong
• Sense of humor sometimes seems quirky, odd, or different from others
• Highly susceptible to outsiders’ viewpoints and opinions (“Then it hit me: if I was the bad boy, then I was going to be the baddest boy of them all!”)
• Rejects social norms and/or questions social norms

There’s so much more I could add - could be great if fellow autistics and aspies familiar with this awesome film could pitch in!

And let’s not forget - Aspergers and autism are often referred to as ‘wrong planet syndrome’. Megamind being so obviously alien just turns that metaphor more concrete.

Being an aspie, I’ve frequently had to 'pass’ as neurotypical just to be treated 'normal’. Much like Megamind’s disguise watch - I slip on a new face/voice and suddenly no one looks at me like a 'freak’. But it’s not natural. I’m still an alien underneath it all.

Roxanne: To Bernard, for being the only normal thing in my crazy upside down world.
Megamind: *disguised* To… Being normal.

What if..

Okay so I had this kinda sad thought…
What if Megamind were doing “evil” things downtown (pre-movie) in front of a croud but then suddenly got a heartattack. Would people run up to him and give him cardiac resuscitation (CPR)? Or would they just let him die there cuz he’s the villain of the city and nobody rly cares for him?
What would Roxanne do if she was on camera with Megamind in the background, and then she hears screams so she turns around and sees Megamind lying lifeless on the ground? Would she keep reporting about it or would she run towards him and do CPR? SO MANY QUESTIONS HELP ME.

This would’ve been a great fanfic *heavy breathing*

I just ranted in the mirror for like 20 minutes to myself about how Dreamworks makes terrible decisions and how I really hope they’re not so ignorant as to question why everyone prefers Pixar over them and how I know so many people who would see a Megamind 2 or a Monsters vs. Aliens 2 over a Madagascar 4 or Puss in Boots 2 any day and how the decisions Jeff Katzenberg makes are seriously laughable I feel so much better