CATEGORIES Animation, Comedy, Casting, Deals, Dreamworks, Comic/Superhero/Geek, Movie News, CinematicalAfter the brilliant Pixar film The Incredibles, I don't think it is necessary to make an animated superhero satire. And after the disappointing Mystery Men, I don't think it is a good idea to let Ben Stiller make another superhero satire. But DreamWorks Animation is going ahead and making a superhero satire, titled Master Mind, and it has Stiller producing the movie, as well as possibly voicing the main character. The plot of the movie focuses on a supervillain who loses his enjoyment in life after he kills his superhero rival. If it isn't enough that such a storyline has been used either directly or implied in countless comics and some straight superhero films, the satire will need to go much further. Since the superhero's name is Uberman, though, I don't expect a whole lot of brilliant ideas for smart comedy.
My other concern with the film is how it will play to children. Uberman is killed in the first few minutes of the film, which could be harmful for kids to see. And then the rest of the movie apparently deals with a depressed criminal. Sure, there have been tons of cartoons through the years that centered on the villain, and this movie will certainly have the supervillain finding redemption, but it still sounds a little heavy -- mostly because of the murderous characteristics -- for children to deal with. I mean, there weren't a whole lot of deaths in animation when I was growing up, save for Bambi's mother (not that I honestly would have cared since I was watching horror films in first grade). The movie will be directed by first-timers Cameron Hood and Kyle Jefferson, both seasoned vets of the DreamWorks Animation team, and was written by Alan Schoolcraft and Brent Simons. According to Stiller, who was making a joke on the long process of making an animated feature, it will come out in 15-20 years.