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Illumination, originally Illumination Entertainment, is an American animation film production company, founded by Chris Meleandri in 2007. It is now owned by Universal Studios, a subsidiary of Comcast. The company is best known for its first animated feature film, Despicable Me (2010), its sequel, Despicable Me 2 (2013) and its first $1 billion highest-grossing film and prequel/spin-off to the Despicable Me filmsMinions (2015).

History Edit

Meledandri left his post as President of 20th Century Fox Animation in early 2007 where he supervised or executive produced movies including Ice Age (2002), its sequel Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006), Robots (2005), Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007), and Horton Hears a Who! (2008). After leaving, he founded Illumination Entertainment. By 2008, a deal was announced positioning Illumination as NBC Universal’s family entertainment arm that would produce one to two films a year starting in 2010. As an independent production company, Illumination retains creative control and Universal exclusively distributes the films. During the Summer of 2011, Illumination acquired the animation department of the French animation and visual effects studio Mac Guff, which animated Despicable Me (2010) and The Lorax (2012), and formed Illumination Mac Guff.

Filmography Edit

Feature films Edit

Released films Edit

# Title Release date Animation service(s) Budget Gross RT MC
1 Despicable Me July 9, 2010 Mac Guff $69 million $543.1 million 81% 72
2 Hop April 1, 2011 Rhythm and Hues $63 million $184 million 25% 41
3 The Lorax March 2, 2012 Illumination Mac Guff $70 million $348.8 million 54% 46
4 Despicable Me 2 July 3, 2013 Illumination Mac Guff $76 million $970.8 million 73% 62
5 Minions July 10, 2015 Illumination Mac Guff $74 million $1.159 billion 55% 56
6 The Secret Life of Pets July 8, 2016 Illumination Mac Guff $75 million $875.5 million 74% 61
7 Sing December 21, 2016 Illumination Mac Guff $75 million $632.2 million 73% 59
8 Despicable Me 3 June 30, 2017 Illumination Mac Guff $80 million $1.034 billion 60% 49
9 The Grinch November 9, 2018 Illumination Mac Guff $90 million $270.6 million 70% 81
10 The Secret Life of Pets 2 June 7, 2019 Illumination Mac Guff $80 million $401 million 60% 51

Upcoming films Edit

# Title Release date Animation Service(s)
11 Minions 2: The Rise of Gru June 2, 2021
12 Sing 2 December 22, 2021
13 Untitled Super Mario film June 29, 2022
14 Untitled Pierre Coffin film June 28, 2023
15 Untitled Dr. Seuss film June 27, 2024

Films in development Edit

Title
Lockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase
The Secret Life of Pets 3
Untitled Pharrell Williams animated film

Short films Edit

# Title Release date
1 Home Makeover, Orientation Day and Banana December 14, 2010
2 Brad & Gary July 1, 2011
3 Phil's Dance Party March 23, 2012
4 Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem July 2, 2012
5 Serenade

Wagon-Ho and Forces of Nature

August 7, 2012
6 Puppy

Panic in the Mailroom and
 Training Wheels

December 10, 2013
7 Cro Minion

Competition and Binky Nelson Unpacified

December 8, 2015
8 Mower Minions July 8, 2016
9 Norman Televison and Weenie December 6, 2016
10 Gunter Babysits, Love at First Sight and Eddie's Life Coach March 21, 2017
11 The Secret Life of Kyle December 5, 2017
12 Yellow is the New Black 2018
13 Santa's Little Helpers February 5, 2019

Also see Edit

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