Will Ferrell Replaces Robert Downey Jr. in Dreamworks Animation’s OOBERMIND

     August 16, 2009


Dreamworks Animation’s superhero spoof “Oobermind” may have lost Robert Downey Jr.’s singular voice due to scheduling conflicts but the studio has rebounded quickly, signing Will Ferrell to replace Downey Jr. as the voice of the eponymous supervillain.  In addition Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill, two Dreamworks Animation’s alums, have both thrown their lots in with “Oobermind” as well.  All the details after the jump.

Back in May, when Dreamworks’ CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg announced his master plan to stop his company from hemorrhaging suck, one original title was mentioned that sounded kind of… well, good.  “Oobermind”, a superhero satire slated for release in the fall of 2010, would feature Robert Downey Jr. as the voice of a supervillain who unexpectedly finds himself without a nemesis.

Having defeated his archrival Metro Man (Brad Pitt), Oobermind sets about creating a new super-powered opponent in Titan (Jonah Hill).  Unfortunately, Titan likes to play on the dark side of the street, forcing Oobermind to take up the mantle of good.  Tina Fey also stars as a local reporter on the caped crusader beat.

Sure, it sounds like a none-too-subtle rip off of Pixar’s “The Incredibles”, right?  But the addition of Downey Jr. was something that made the premise instantly appealing to many.  Now that Tony Stark is out in favor of Ferrell, director Tom McGrath (“Madagascar”) will have an uphill battle trying to convince audiences that “Oobermind” is something they haven’t seen before – and no, the fact that the movie will be in 3D no longer counts.

As for the addition of Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill, a little star power certainly can’t hurt “Oobermind”.  Then again, Seth Rogen’s voice really didn’t help “Monsters Vs. Aliens” in the end, did it?


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