Megamind (franchise)

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Created byAlan Schoolcraft
Brent Simons
OwnerDreamWorks Animation
(Universal Pictures)
Films and television
Film(s)Megamind (2010)
Megamind vs. the Doom Syndicate (2024)
Short film(s)Megamind: The Button of Doom (2011)
Animated seriesMegamind Rules! (2024)
Video game(s)Megamind: Ultimate Showdown (2010)
Megamind: Mega Team Unite (2010)
Soundtrack(s)Megamind: Music from the Motion Picture
Official website

Megamind is an American media franchise created and owned by DreamWorks Animation, which began with the 2010 animated film of the same name written by Alan J. Schoolcraft and Brent Simons. The franchise follows the adventures of a supervillain named Megamind who suddenly gets a chance to defend Metro City from the forces of evil after the superhero Metro Man retires.

Feature films[edit]

Film U.S. release date Director Screenwriter(s) Producer(s)
Megamind November 5, 2010 Tom McGrath Alan Schoolcraft and Brent Simons Lara Breay and Denise Nolan Cascino
Megamind vs. the Doom Syndicate March 1, 2024 Eric Fogel

Megamind (2010)[edit]

Megamind is a 2010 American animated superhero comedy film directed by Tom McGrath, produced by DreamWorks Animation, and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It features the voices of Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Jonah Hill, David Cross, and Brad Pitt.[1]

The film tells the story of Megamind, a highly intelligent alien supervillain who becomes depressed after finally defeating his nemesis Metro Man. He creates a new superhero from Metro Man's DNA, but must become a hero himself when the new "hero" becomes a much more dangerous villain than he ever was.

The film was written by Alan J. Schoolcraft and Brent Simons.[2] It was first titled Master Mind, and then Oobermind.[3] It was suggested that Ben Stiller would be cast as Megamind,[4] and later Robert Downey Jr.[5] but Will Ferrell was ultimately given the role, due to "scheduling conflicts" for Downey.[1][6]

In 2014, the film's distribution rights were purchased by DreamWorks Animation from Paramount Pictures and transferred to 20th Century Fox;[7] the rights are now owned by Universal Pictures.

Megamind vs. the Doom Syndicate (2024)[edit]

In February 2024, a sequel film was announced to be released exclusively on Peacock on March 1, 2024.[8]

Short film[edit]

Megamind: The Button of Doom (2011)[edit]

Megamind: The Button of Doom is a 2011 animated short film directed by Simon J. Smith and written by Alan Schoolcraft and Brent Simons, released on DVD/Blu-ray with Megamind on February 25, 2011, starring Will Ferrell and David Cross. Produced by DreamWorks Animation and Pacific Data Images, the short sets after the events of the film to show off Megamind's first day as Defender of Metro City.[9][better source needed]

Television series[edit]

Megamind Rules! (2024)[edit]

On February 11, 2022, it was announced that Peacock had ordered a CG animated series from DreamWorks Animation Television serving as a follow-up to the film, originally titled Megamind's Guide to Defending Your City. The series chronicles the new hero's quest to become a social media influencer and a true superhero. The original writers of the film, Alan Schoolcraft and Brent Simons, are signed on as executive producers with Celebrity Deathmatch creator Eric Fogel. JD Ryznar is co-executive producer and story editor.[10]

On August 5, 2022, Simons confirmed that the show's writing was completed and production was moving forward.[11]

The series premiered on March 1, 2024.[12][8]

Cast and crew[edit]

Characters Films Video games Short film Television series
Megamind Megamind vs. the Doom Syndicate Megamind:
Ultimate Showdown
Mega Team Unite
The Button of Doom
Megamind Rules!
Megamind Will Ferrell Keith Ferguson Will Ferrell Keith Ferguson
Minion David Cross Josh Brener Drew Massey David Cross Josh Brener
Roxanne Ritchi Tina Fey Laura Post Megan Hollingshead Laura Post
Hal Stewart / Titan Jonah Hill Archive footage Jonah Hill
Metro Man Brad Pitt Rick Pasqualone Brad PittA TBA
The Warden J. K. Simmons
Bernard Ben Stiller
Jody Smelt / Mayor Stephen Kearin Roger Craig Smith Roger Craig Smith
Keiko Morita Maya Aoki Tuttle Maya Aoki Tuttle
Gail / Lady Doppler Emily Tuñon Emily Tuñon
Lord Nighty-Knight Talon Warburton Talon Warburton
Pierre Pressure Scott Adsit Scott Adist
Behemoth Chris Sullivan Chris Sullivan
Big King Fish Todd Haberkorn Todd Haberkorn
Blue Mackerel Eric Murphy Eric Murphy
Red Snapper Joey Rudman Joey Rudman
Melvin / Mr. Donut Tony Hale Tony Hale
Christina Christo Jeanine Mason Jeanine Mason
Polly 227 Eric Fogel Eric Fogel
Machiavillian Adam Lambert Adam Lambert
Destruction Worker Fred Tatasciore
Psycho Delic Keith David
Hot Flash Cara Pifko
Judge Sludge Monte Markham
Lance Lafontaine Cam Clarke
Mega-Megamind Will Ferrell
Damien Jordan Alexander Hauser
Dude Monkey Max Mittelman
Rochelle Lucie Pohl
Benett Schlurg-Peterman Jeremy Jordan
PAL-3000 John Lavelle
Mrs. Donut G.K. Bowes

Additional crew and production details[edit]

Film Detail
Executive Producer(s) Composer(s) Editor Production




Running time
Megamind Ben Stiller and Stuart Cornfeld Hans Zimmer and Lorne Balfe Michael Andrews DreamWorks Animation
Pacific Data Images
Paramount Pictures 1hr 36mins
Megamind vs. the Doom Syndicate Matthew Janszen and Bryan Winslow DreamWorks Animation Television Peacock 1hr 25mins


Box office performance[edit]

Film Release date Box office gross Budget Ref.
North America Other
Megamind November 5, 2010 $148,415,853 $173,469,912 $321,885,765 $130 million [13]

Critical and public response[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore
Megamind 73% (182 reviews)[14] 63 (33 reviews)[15] A−[16]

In other media[edit]

Video games[edit]

Year Title Developer(s) Publisher(s) Platform(s) Ref.
2010 Megamind: Ultimate Showdown THQ Studio Australia THQ Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 [17][18][19]
Megamind: Mega Team Unite Wii [20]
Megamind: The Blue Defender Tantalus Media PSP, DS
2019 Dreamworks Universe of Legends Firefly Games
Riva Games
N/A iOS, Android [21]
2023 Dreamworks All-Star Kart Racing Bamtang Games GameMill Entertainment Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows, Xbox Series X and Series S, Xbox One [22]


After signing a licensing deal with Dreamworks in 2010, the comics publisher Ape Entertainment produced a five-issue Megamind comics series titled DreamWorks' Megamind: Bad. Blue. Brilliant (2010–2011).[23]



Title U.S. release date Length Label
Megamind: Music from the Motion Picture[24][25] November 2, 2010 48:10 Lakeshore Records


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