Megamind (DreamWorks) – 2010

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Megamind
megamind

Summary:

Two babies from two different planets come crashing to earth at the same time. One baby lands in the home of a wealthy couple. The other lands inside prison walls, along with Minion, who has come along to take care of the baby. Although they both attend the same school, the wealthy boy has super powers of strength and flight, becomes very popular and receives praise for common acts of bribery. The prison boy lacks superpowers, but is highly intelligent. He is shunned for trying to duplicate the actions of the wealthy boy, but through his own restricted means. A jealous rivalry is born between the two. The wealthy boy grows up to become the superhero, Metro Man, while his rival decides that since everyone expects him to be bad, he will be a super villain, and dubs himself Megamind. Metro Man usually wins their battles, and Megamind ends up home, behind bars. But one day, Megamind unexpectedly defeats Metro Man. Megamind rules the city, and fear spreads. However, once his rival is gone, his life begins to feel pointless. He decides to create a new hero to fight so that he can renew his glory days. However, things don’t go exactly as planned, and now the city is in even greater danger than ever before.

Lessons:

Children form their self worth according to the expectations of those around them as well as how they are treated. If they are expected to be good and praised for their efforts, then they will try hard to be good. But if they are expected to be bad, and their attempts at acceptance are punished, then they will retaliate. People often end up being products of their environment, unless they find the determination to be otherwise. This determination will often come from the acceptance of someone that they admire or respect. They feel that if this one person believes in them, then they can convince others to believe in them as well. People need motivation to propel them on their path, and what motivates one person may not motivate someone different. Even a noble path can seem pointless if there seems to be no personal reward for doing good deeds.

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Quotes:

(first lines)
Megamind: Here’s my day so far: went to jail, lost the girl of my dreams and got my butt kicked pretty good. Still, things could be a lot worse. Oh, that’s right… I’m falling to my death. Guess they can’t. How did it all come to this? Well, my end starts at the beginning… The very beginning!

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(as children, Metro Man is given stars from the teacher, while Megamind is made to stand in a corner)
Megamind: No matter how hard I tried, I was always the odd man out, the last one picked, the screw-up, the black sheep… the bad boy. Was this my destiny?… Wait. Maybe it was! Being bad is the one thing I’m good at! Then it hit me: if I was the bad boy, then I was going to be the baddest boy of them ALL! (sets off a chemical explosion in the schoolhouse) I was destined to be a supervillain, and we were destined to be rivals! The die was cast! And so began an epic enduring lifelong career… and I LOVED IT! Our battles quickly got more elaborate. He would win some, I would ALMOST win others! He took the name: Metro Man, defender of Metro City. I decided to pick something a little more humble: Megamind, incredibly handsome criminal genius and master of all villainy!

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Megamind: He bought their affections with showmanship and deliciousness. So I, too, will make this pop-ed corn and win over these mindless drones.

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Megamind: Maybe we never really know how good we have it until its gone.

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Hal: You’re so pathetic! No matter what side you’re on, you’re always the loser!
Megamind: There’s a benefit to losing: You get to learn from your mistakes!

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