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“So she moves me up a grade because I wasn’t fitting in so now I’m even more not fitting in. I was getting good grades, like all As…”
“and then my mom says, You need stimulation”
“and I go, “No, I’m stimulated enough right now!”
“But she goes, Nuh-uh, you don’t have a challenge. You have to have a challenge”
“So now I’m challenged, all right!”
“I’m challenged to hold on to my lunch money”
“because all the big mooses want to pound me”
“because I’m a shrimpy dork who thinks he’s smarter than them”
“But I don’t think I’m smarter, I just do the stupid homework”
“If everyone else just did the stupid homework”
“they could move up a grade and get pounded too.”
“Is there any more coffee?”
The Swan Princess.
~Far longer than forever.
I find this movie is quite amazing.
The trailer was deceptively inaccurate in the humor, really. I don’t know if that’s Dreamworks’s advertising campaign, but they really like highlighting who their voice actors (like they did with Shrek, madagascar, kung fu panda). Disney uses famous voices too, but they sort of use their content more (and the Disney name) to pull in viewers. So for Dreamworks, because of the emphasis on the voice actor (usually comedian), you kind of get this image of what sort of humor is really going to be.
I associate Will Ferrell with stupid humor, and yeah, a lot of the humor in the trailer was random and…out of context, fairly stupid and over the top.
But in reality?? The humor is done PERFECTLY. Might I even say, I appreciate it more than Kung Fu Panda’s…and that’s saying A LOT, coming from me.
First of all, Megamind really harnesses the power of superhero cheesy lines (ie, see the what-i-thought-was-stupid-and-over-the-top). Kind of like the characters kind of understand that this posturing is what makes superheroes amazing, not even their super powers/devices are as defining.
It’s all about the PRESENTATION!!
For those superhero cheesy moments in the film, its flies by so fast, it doesn’t try to carry the joke on it’s own, which I appreciate. I think that’s sort of the failure of the trailer/advertising, it takes a lot of the minor parts of the jokes/situation and used it as a punchline. But in the movie, it was really part of a larger, awesomer joke, and suddenly so much more funnier. It was kind of like that feeling of how I didn’t think the Inception like “You mustn’t be afraid to dream a little bigger darling” was SO EPIC in the theaters than as the tagline in the trailers.
Second, the original jokes that they pull out and revisit SO very wittingly…like Megamind’s phonetics problems, or the BANTER. OMG. THE BANTER. the most unusual conversations and words just come out of these characters’ mouths!! wtf awesome. There’s a lot of originality that I can’t even recall it all in a paragraph, so please, watch it yourselves and find your awesome moments.
Aside from tons of WTFlol moments, the plot line and character development are top notch as well. Dreamworks is really finding their niche in using completely unlikely heroes (almost…anti-heroes) rising to the cause. They take your expectations of a genre/character and kind of just shred it apart in this random situation…and becomes profound as well. Pixar has been great at doing this, especially with Ratatoullie, Wall-e, and Up. (ok, I swear I’m not going to compare anymore. It’s just really interesting to see how animated/family films are developing, and really why some are greater than others, or what’s really trending)
It’s a lot of fun, with very expressive and emotional characters (the facial expressions that Megamind runs through is just crazy in one scene), and very controlled and yet wild at the same time. They really integrated the plot devices quite subtlely so the twists/surprises were really fun to watch too…I already want to rewatch it again.