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Animation Weekend


Its been really some time that I have watched a good animation movie. To be honest, I am quite put off by what is being released  over the past year or so, quantity clearly does not make for quality. With advancements in animation technology, movies seem like “experimenting” grounds for what visual wonders can be created rather than an entertaining and meaningful experience. This trend is going slightly over the edge with 3D movies. Sometimes I get the feeling that movies are becoming more gimmicky and contain less of “story-telling”. I think the last animation movies that I truly enjoyed were Kung Fu Panda (for its humor) and Wall-e (for its poignant message and animation).

Anything else that I have watched after that is honestly a blur. However, one of the stay-at-home weekends, hubby and I decided to just watch “cartoons” for a change.  We incidentally picked two very similar movies. Here’s my brief review about both of them.

Despicable Me

This movie was brilliant. Non-stop funny. In this story, the world’s greatest villain Gru (brllliantly voiced by Steve Carrell)  has recently been upstaged by a pyramid stealing newbie. Clearly, he has to establish his supremacy and he hatches a brilliant plan, which is to – wait for it!- steal the moon! But moon-jacking equipment can be expensive and even a super-villain has debt issues. The underworld bank (Lehman Brothers! – I kid you not) will only loan him the money if he can procure a key weapon. To do that he must adopt 3 cookie selling orphan girls – why, what, how can be answered when you watch the movie.

It is hilarious to watch this evil but soft spoken villain, become a reluctant parent to these adorable girls. Even more entertaining are the minions  creatures that work in his factory . The movie is full of both in your face slaptstick as well as subtle understated humor. I was laughing throughout.


The story of a special blue boy sent to Earth by his loving parents as their planet collapsed about them. They told him that he was destined for greatness. And no this is not “Superman”. At the same time, another boy was sent to Earth, by his loving parents, as their planet collapsed about them. Why is Earth the destination for all alien spawn, I don’t know.

Anyway, the blue boy obviously suffers from bad luck. He lands in a prison, and from childhoold all his attempts at greatness fail and he just appears to be making wrong, almost criminal choices. He is often upstaged by the other boy (who looks completely human), and is a savior of all humans. Frustrated by his unpopularity and his inherent destructive nature – he decides to be the greatest villain of his time – Megamind.  The good boy goes on to become the all American hero – Metro Man- the guardian angel of Metro city.

As I read back my synopsis, this is sounding like an extremely emotional and intellectual kind of movie. Its not. Its funny and sometimes hilarious, when you see Megamind’s attempt to constantly destroy  Metro Man in repeated almost cliched ways. Things go awry and the fun really begins, when Megamind actually succeeds in killing Metro Man, and taking over the city.

Will Ferrel, Brad Pitt and Tina Fey lend their voices to the leading characters. The script is okay but needed to pack more punch for an animation movie. I found myself yawning more than once. The twist in the tale is actually the movie–saver , and the twist-in-the-twist in the tale is just meh. Still, the concept is refreshingly different and sort of nice to see a cartoon where the villain is the hero.


Author: Vipula

Before talking about who we are, we’d like to tell you a bit about how and why Shades of Words came into being. It all started with the idea of “A place where we could share with likeminded people about things we enjoy. From books to music to movies to travel; Shades of Words was to be a place about the best of our experiences” We thought about why should anyone read us? The answer was that whatever we review would be a mix of our experience of the thing along with interesting and useful information about it. So in case you are reading us regularly or even checking us out once in a while then we have succeeded in our efforts someway somewhere. Who are we? Known as Kapil Sood and Vipula Gupta, we thought of Shades of Words on one fine Sunday afternoon. Tired of writing interesting RFP’s and project documentation; we decided to give this a shot. Yes! We work in Indian IT industry. Cupid struck us while were innocently slogging together on the highly intricate job of formatting and beautifying documents! And since then, we have been working together to establish Shades of Words as a place that we can claim as ours. (Because buying a house is still years away!) What else? Kapil also writes some blogs which you can read here and here.

3 thoughts on “Animation Weekend

  1. Well written reviews…I agree, these both were good movies. I think Megamind was definitely a take on SuperMan with a twist. Perhaps just a coincidence, but both these had villians who became heroes in the end.

  2. Oh I loved Megamind for its unique story where the villain gets the attention for change. So tired of seeing your typical heroes and what they should be 🙂 I totally enjoyed Megamind whereas Despicable Me was…different but didn’t give me that wow factor that Megamind did. Good to know that you and Kapil enjoyed these movies. I recommend Disney’s Tangled. Its entertaining with a twist as well.

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