"A Mega Day for Megamind at Port Discovery!" reads the pithy press release. The official title is "Mega Super Hero Day," it's Tuesday, October 5, 10a.m.-2p.m. (at, yes, Port Discovery in the Inner Harbor), and it promises face-painting, coloring, cake-eating (all properly "Mega!") and a "Mega KIDS Superhero costume contest" -- a kick-off to the Halloween season.

it may not be as grand an occasion as the Saturday publicity event in Los Angeles that broke the Guinness World Record for largest gathering of costumed superheros (1,580). But a query to the Baltimore publicist reveals, "Iron Man and Captain America will be there as well!"

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The Baltimore event is skewed pretty young for a cartoon that stars Will Ferrell as super-villain Megamind and Brad Pitt as his virtuous archenemy, Metro Man (is that code for metrosexual?), along with Jonah Hill, Tina Fey, and David Cross (who was smart and funny on "Real Time with Bill Maher" last week).

But the "Megamind" director, Tom McGrath (above, at the LA event), is the same funny man who previously co-directed "Madagascar" and "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa," and played the scene-stealing chief penguin commando, Skipper, in both movies. In 2008, he told me he saw and voiced that character as a combination of "Robert Stack, Charlton Heston and Peter Graves, in those roles where they're always barking out orders." McGrath enumerated several keys to the "Madagascar" penguins' peculiar charm. "They are psychotic: They treat everything as a life-or-death drama. The universe has somehow aligned itself to let them do things they shouldn't be able to do, like jump on a keyboard and get command of a ship. They have no idea they're 12 inches tall and penguins."

If he has brought the same wit and ingenuity to "Megamind," the PG audience will be in good hands.

Did you find the "Madagascar" movies as funny and engaging as I did, especially "Madagascar 2?"

Photo by Kevork Djansezian for Getty Images.

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