Despicable Me is a computer-animated comedy film franchise distributed by Universal Pictures and produced by Illumination Entertainment. It consists of three feature films, ten short films and additional merchandise. It centers on Gru, a super-villain (who later becomes a dad and superhero); his yellow-colored Minions; and his three orphan girls, Margo, Edith and Agnes. It began with the 2010 film, Despicable Me, and its 2013 sequel, Despicable Me 2. A prequel featuring Gru's minions, titled Minions, was released in 2015. The franchise also includes a simulator ride attraction Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem at Universal Studios Florida and Universal Studios Hollywood.
Despicable Me (2010) Edit
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Despicable Me, the first film in the series, and the first film from Illumination Entertainment, was released on July 9, 2010. It was directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud, based on an original story by Sergio Pablos. The film stars Steve Carell as the voice of Gru, Miranda Cosgrove as Margo, Dana Gaier as Edith, Elsie Fisher as Agnes, Jason Segel as Vector, Russell Brand as Dr. Nefario and Julie Andrews as Marlena, Gru's mother. It tells the story of Gru, a super-villain who adopts three girls, Margo, Edith and Agnes, from an orphanage to try and steal a shrink ray from Vector (otherwise known as Victor), his rival, to shrink and steal the Earth's moon. Despicable Me received positive reviews, and grossed over $543 million worldwide, against a budget of $69 million, launching a new franchise.
Despicable Me 2 (2013) Edit
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A sequel, titled Despicable Me 2, released on July 3, 2013, was directed again by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud, and written by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio. Steve Carell, Russell Brand, Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier, and Elsie Fisher reprise their roles as Gru, Doctor Nefario, Margo, Edith and Agnes, respectively. Kristen Wiig, who voiced Miss Hattie in the first film, voices Lucy Wilde, an agent of the Anti-Villain League who recruits Gru to take down a new villain. New cast members include Benjamin Bratt as Eduardo, the film's main antagonist; Bratt replaced the previously cast Al Pacino. Steve Coogan voices Silas Ramsbottom, lead director of the Anti-Villain League (AVL).The sequel was met with positive reviews and grossed more than its predecessor with over $970 million worldwide.
Despicable Me 3 (2017) Edit
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Steve Burke, the NBCUniversal CEO, confirmed in September 2013, that a third film in the Despicable Me series is in the works. In January 2014, it was announced to be released on June 30, 2017. Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio, the writers of the first two films, will also return to write the screenplay for the third film.
Minions (2015) Edit
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A prequel, featuring the Minions as the protagonists, was released on July 10, 2015. Written by Brian Lynch, it was directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, and produced by Chris Meledandri and Janet Healey. Sandra Bullock voiced Scarlet Overkill, the villain of the film and Jon Hamm voiced her husband and inventor, Herb Overkill.
Short films Edit
Three short films based on the Despicable Me films, Home Makeover, Orientation Day and Banana were released in 2010, on the film's DVD and Blu-ray. Despicable Me 2 DVD and Blu-ray release in 2013 included another three short films: Puppy, Panic in the Mailroom, and Training Wheels. A series of Minions short films screened in 2015 with Minions. Another short film, titled Mower Minions, was released in 2016, with The Secret Life of Pets, being the first short Minions film released theatrically.
Home Makeover (2010) Edit
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After the events of Despicable Me, two minions help Margo, Edith and Agnes renovate Gru's house, so the inspector does not take the girls back to Miss Hattie's Home for Girls.
Orientation Day (2010) Edit
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Three new minions go for bomb-carrying duty, which was harder than they thought when they suddenly have an argument with two others carrying a giant bomb.
Banana (2010) Edit
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Three minions fight over a banana. In the process, they wreak havoc in the Minions' workplace.
Puppy (2013) Edit
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Dave the minion watches neighbors walking their dogs on the street, which leads him to search for a pet puppy of his own. Despite several attempts failing, he comes across a stray UFO that takes the role of a puppy for him.
Panic in the Mailroom (2013) Edit
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Two minions (Ken and Mike) are working in a package room to send parcels through different parts of the lab, while Ken is busy playing a handheld video game. When a package containing expired PX-41 (the serum that El Macho used to transform the minions and himself in Despicable Me 2) gets jammed in the pneumatic delivery system, it transforms Mike into an evil minion- but he keeps shifting back and forth, much to Ken's amusement.
Training Wheels (2013) Edit
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Agnes is unsatisfied with her toy bike after collapsing off it while riding to get ice cream. Three minions then volunteer to modify it and help Agnes improve her skills.
Binky Nelson Unpacified (2015) Edit
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After a successful robbery at a museum, the Nelsons tell their youngest son Binky (who lost his pacifier in the theft) that now he is a big boy and has to leave his pacifier. Binky at night sneaks into the museum and finds his pacifier. Just as he takes it the guard comes and finds all the museum artifacts missing and finds Binky and tells him to return all the property but instead he causes a statue to fall over the guard and takes his pacifier. In the end the Nelson parents return to see Binky at night in his room and find him sleeping calmly. As they leave the room Binky takes out the pacifier and the guard's hat and wears it.
Competition (2015) Edit
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Two Minions challenge themselves to numerous attacks, ending up on the lab's conveyor belt in the process.
Cro Minion (2015) Edit
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Two Minions look after a cave baby while a caveman goes to find a bull to eat for lunch. But it's harder than the Minions think.
Mower Minions (2016) Edit
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Mower Minions was released theatrically on July 8, 2016, with The Secret Life of Pets. In this short, the Minions mow a lawn at the local old people's home to try and earn money to buy a blender they have seen on a TV commercial.
Main characters Edit
- Felonious Gru (voiced by Steve Carell): The protagonist of the Despicable Me franchise. He is the adoptive father of Margo, Edith, and Agnes, husband of Lucy, and the current boss of the Minions. At the beginning of the original film, Gru is ambitious, and seeks approval from his mother, until the adoption of the trio convinces him that their happiness is important. In the second film, Gru leaves his villainous past behind to care for the girls, but then soon joins forces - unwillingly - with secret agent Lucy Wilde, whom he later marries.
- The Girls: Gru's three adoptive daughters, whom he constantly seeks to please.
- Margo (voiced by Miranda Cosgrove): Gru's oldest daughter. In the original film, among the trio, Margo was the most suspicious of Gru initially; but came to trust him in the epilogue. She is something of a protectress to her sisters.
- Edith (voiced by Dana Gaier): The tomboyish middle daughter; the first to enjoy Gru's eclectic possessions, when adopted by him. Practices martial arts in the second film.
- Agnes (voiced by Elsie Fisher): The happy-go-lucky youngest child, and the quickest to trust Gru in the initial film. She is sometimes presented as an innocent, against her more worldly sisters.
- Minions: Gru's small, yellow, comical henchmen who have one or two eyes. The Minions speak a language that Coffin created by mixing gibberish with words from many languages, including French, English, Spanish and Italian. Although seemingly nonsensical, the English-sounding words are dubbed for every country, in order to make them recognizable. It is shown in Minions that they have existed since the beginning of life on Earth, and desire above all else to serve the most terrible of villains. In the short film "Banana", the Minions are revealed to have an uncontrollable craving for fruits, especially bananas. The principal minions are Kevin, Bob and Stuart, the heroes in Minions. Bob always carries his teddy bear with him and befriends small animals. Mentioned in the films and other media are Dave, Jerry, Carl, Phil, Paul, Jorge, Tim, Donny, Mark, Lance, Mike, Ken, Tom, John, Steve, Norbert, Tony, Chris and Eric.
- Lucy Wilde (voiced by Kristen Wiig): A cunning secret agent who has teamed up with Gru to hunt down an extremely dangerous super-villain. She loves one-upping Gru with her quirky gadgets and has perfected her own form of martial arts by combining jujitsu, krav maga, Aztec warfare and krumping. After 147 dates, she marries Gru and becomes the girls' mother.
- Dr. Nefario (voiced by Russell Brand): Gru's hearing-impaired inventor and partner-in-crime. He seems to have a romantic interest in Gru's mother.
- Marlena (voiced by Julie Andrews): Gru's mother. Her neglect of Gru's ambitions is identified among the main reasons why he became a supervillain. In the denouement of the first film, she admits to him that he is a better parent than she. Marlena later makes a silent cameo appearance in the second film at Gru and Lucy's wedding.
- Silas Ramsbottom (voiced by Steve Coogan): Director of the Anti-Villain League in Despicable Me 2. The minions (and Gru) make fun of his surname.
- Victor "Vector" Perkins (voiced by Jason Segel): The main antagonist of the first film; Gru's rival, and the son of Mr. Perkins, the President of the Bank of Evil that supplies loans to villains in their schemes (formerly including Gru).
- Mr. Perkins (voiced by Will Arnett): The enormously fat and equally strong President of the Bank of Evil, responsible for giving out loans to villains in their schemes. It is unknown what happened to him following Vector's defeat.
- Miss Hattie (voiced by Kristen Wiig in a Southern accent): The charismatic but cruel owner of the orphanage from which Gru adopts his daughters. She often uses child labor to punish her charges.
- Eduardo Perez/El Macho (voiced by Benjamin Bratt; formerly by Al Pacino, who left a month before the film's premiere): A supervillain and the primary antagonist of the second film. As El Macho, he was believed to have died after strapping 250 lbs. of TNT on himself and riding a shark into an active volcano. However, it turns out that he actually faked his death, and he became the owner of a Mexican restaurant. He has a son named Antonio, with whom Margo is infatuated at first, until Antonio abandons her. It turns out that Eduardo was aware of Gru's life as a villain and plans to kidnap most of Gru's minions and mutate them into purple-furred monsters with a dangerous chemical compound he stole called PX-41, and send the mutated Minions to major cities to take over the world. In the final battle, as Gru manages to restore the mutated Minions to normal, Eduardo drinks the compound himself, turning into a big furry monster to fight Gru. He is defeated by Gru and Nefario.
- Meena: A stalker and very bad girl. She only appears in Despicable Me: Minion Rush where, she is the boss of Gru's Street (Residence Area). She launches Cookie-Bots to the Selected Minion, but if the elusive, defeating ends, she will tell her mum.
- Scarlet Overkill (voiced by Sandra Bullock): The primary antagonist of the prequel/spin-off Minions. She is the world's first female super-villain who is fierce and bent on world domination. She was furious to take her revenge on the Minions and threatened to kill them after Bob took the throne.
- Balthazar Bratt (voiced by Trey Parker): The primary antagonist of the third film. He is a former child star who grows up to become obsessed with the character he played in the '80s.
- Minions (2015)
- Orientation Day (2010)
- Banana (2010)
- Despicable Me (2010)
- Home Makeover (2010)
- Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem (2012)
- Puppy (2013)
- Training Wheels (2013)
- Despicable Me 2 (2013)
- Panic in the Mailroom (2013)
- Mower Minions (2016)
- Despicable Me 3 (2017)
Principal cast Edit
|Characters||Main films||Spin-off film|
|Despicable Me||Despicable Me 2||Despicable Me 3||Minions|
|Felonious Gru||Steve Carell|
|Dr. Nefario||Russell Brand||Silent Cameo|
|Minions||Pierre Coffin||Pierre Coffin||Pierre Coffin|
|Victor "Vector" Perkins||Jason Segel|
|Mr. Perkins||Will Arnett||Silent Cameo|
|Marlena Gru||Julie Andrews||Silent Role||Silent Cameo|
|Miss Hattie||Kristen Wiig|
|Lucy Wilde||Kristen Wiig|
|Silas Ramsbottom||Steve Coogan|
|Scarlet Overkill||Sandra Bullock|
|Herb Overkill||Jon Hamm|
|Balthazar Bratt||Trey Parker|
|Dru Gru||Steve Carell|