DreamWorks Animation and Disney/Pixar are usually pretty close when it comes to similar concepts, with AntZ/A Bug’s Life, Shrek/Monsters, Inc., Shark Tale/Finding Nemo,… But DreamWorks is running late this time as their animated superhero film Master Mind will come out six years later than Disney’s The Incredibles, which came out in 2004.
Master Mind is to be directed by former Disney man Gary Trousdale (Atlantis: The Lost Empire), and while the voice cast hasn’t been set, Robert Downey Jr. (Tropic Thunder) and Tina Fey (NBC’s 30 Rock) are in negotiations. It will be a satirical take on superhero films (how trendy!) and will feature a supervillain losing his pizzaz after killing his enemy (aka the superhero).
DreamWorks Animation are known to play up the easy laughs as opposed to the heart and long-lasting appeal the Disney/Pixar movies have, so don’t expect this to be nearly as good as The Incredibles. That said, you can look out for Master Mind in the winter of 2010.