I’m somewhat surprised that, considering the plethora of ridiculous properties being adapted for the screen — “Monopoly,” “Candyland,” “View-Master,” to name a few — no one has bothered to snatch up the rights for Mad Magazine’s “Spy Vs. Spy.” What could be cooler than watching two interchangeable pointy-faced lunatics destroying each other to kingdom come and back for 90 minutes?
Well, judging from the copious injurious antics taking place in the second teaser trailer for the animated super-villain clash-and-bash extravaganza “Despicable Me,” Universal Pictures is bringing us the very next best thing.
The flick stars Steve Carell as, what looks like, a Penguin/Igor/Blofeld hybrid named Gru, a banana-nozzled megalomaniac at war with shrimpy brainiac Vector (voiced by Jason Segel, and strongly resembling the male counterpart to costume-maestro Edna ‘E’ Mode of “The Incredibles”) for global supremacy.
Apparently, the story also involves a trio of little orphan girls and a plot to steal the moon, but those particular details are absent from this gag-heavy clip.
While it doesn’t appear to be trying for the emotional resonance or awe-inspiring artistry of your average Pixar release, “Despicable Me” looks like it could, with the right mixture of wit and invention, prove to be an amusing animated escapade in the vein of the current hit “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.”
Plus, with a supporting cast which includes the voice talents of Russell Brand, Will Arnett, Kristen Wiig, Danny McBride, Julie Andrews and Ken Jeong, there’s bound to be at least a handful of memorable zingers.
“Despicable Me” pratfalls into theatres on July 9, 2010.
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