It's a case of nature versus nurture when super villain Megamind (voiced by Will Ferrell) finally defeats his arch nemesis Metro Man (Brad Pitt) and gains control of Metro City. With the hero out of the way, the villain grows bored of tormenting the humans and creates a new hero, Tighten (Johah Hill), in order to put a little fun back in his life. But when the hero turns out to be evil, will Megamind do the right thing and save the city and people he's grown fond of?

While not as good as How to Train Your Dragon or Toy Story 3, this is a lot of fun to watch, and you could tell the voice actors were having a blast in the recording studio. Sadly, the video presentation is not up to par with other animated titles and exhibits some banding and rampant aliasing that degrades the otherwise visually stunning disc. The audio suffers no such faults, and the Dolby TrueHD 7.1 soundtrack is definitely demo-worthy.

Metro City

  • Chapter 4, 00:16:02
  • Aliasing
  • I didn't want to start on a down note, but here's just one of the many scenes exhibiting aliasing. As the digital camera pans up the cityscape, look at the shimmering building on the left hand side of the screen.

Death ray

  • Chapter 4, 00:19:23
  • Dynamics, frequency response, surround envelopment
  • When Megamind's death ray hits its target, listen and feel the explosion as it engulfs the room.

Tighten gets his suit

  • Chapter 9, 00:45:20
  • Aliasing
  • Here's another example of some shimmering. Look at the old man's hair while the camera moves and you should see the artifacts swimming in his Brando-inspired hairdo.

Daring rescue

  • Chapter 13, 01:16:43
  • Color saturation, frequency response, surround envelopment
  • As Megamind makes his daring rescue, notice the vivid primaries in his "prop." When it explodes, a sonic shockwave engulfs the room from front to back.

Release Date: February 25, 2011
Studio: Dreamworks Animation

Movie: 8/10
Picture: 8/10
Sound: 10/10