History WesternAnimation / DespicableMe

24th Mar '17 7:10:18 AM TheBigBopper
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Creator/{{Universal}}'s first CGI animated feature[[note]]in-house, they distributed [[WesternAnimation/ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnythingAVeggieTalesMovie two computer-animated]] [[Literature/TheTaleOfDespereaux films produced by other companies]] in 2008[[/note]], and the first animated film from Creator/IlluminationEntertainment, executive-produced by former Creator/BlueSkyStudios head Chris Meledandri. The plot revolves around a {{Supervillain}} named Gru (Creator/SteveCarell) plotting to steal the moon while he hides in his ElaborateUndergroundBase in a suburban neighborhood.

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Creator/{{Universal}}'s first in-house CGI animated feature[[note]]in-house, they feature[[note]]they distributed [[WesternAnimation/ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnythingAVeggieTalesMovie two computer-animated]] [[Literature/TheTaleOfDespereaux films produced by other companies]] in 2008[[/note]], and the first animated film from Creator/IlluminationEntertainment, executive-produced by former Creator/BlueSkyStudios head Chris Meledandri. The plot revolves around a {{Supervillain}} named Gru (Creator/SteveCarell) plotting to steal the moon while he hides in his ElaborateUndergroundBase in a suburban neighborhood.
20th Mar '17 7:45:32 AM Jackie-Chaos-Bunny
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* AFatherToHisMen: Gru toward the minions, in a rare villainous example. He seems to genuinely care about them, and is upset when he has to lay them off. [[spoiler: The minions reciprocate the feeling by offering to tap into their own savings to complete the Moon launch, indicating that Gru really ''was'' an above-and-beyond employer and that the minions really care about him in return. And don't forget the scene where they ''all'' want to be kissed goodnight!]]



* AFatherToHisMen: Gru toward the minions, in a rare villainous example. He seems to genuinely care about them, and is upset when he has to lay them off. [[spoiler: The minions reciprocate the feeling by offering to tap into their own savings to complete the Moon launch, indicating that Gru really ''was'' an above-and-beyond employer and that the minions really care about him in return. And don't forget the scene where they ''all'' want to be kissed goodnight!]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: The first scenes show a little child who does a perilous thing trying to get the attention from his oblivious father. Later, we will see the [[FreudianExcuse real reason why Gru wants to steal the moon]].

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* AFatherToHisMen: Gru toward the minions, in a rare villainous example. He seems to genuinely care about them, and is upset when he has to lay them off. [[spoiler: The minions reciprocate the feeling by offering to tap into their own savings to complete the Moon launch, indicating that Gru really ''was'' an above-and-beyond employer and that the minions really care about him in return. And don't forget the scene where they ''all'' want to be kissed goodnight!]]
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The first scenes show a little child who does a perilous thing trying to get the attention from his oblivious father. Later, we will see the [[FreudianExcuse real reason why Gru wants to steal the moon]].moon]].
** A subtle one, but the weapon Vector shows Gru during their first meeting is his Piranha Gun. [[spoiler:Male piranhas are known for being [[PapaWolf incredibly protective of their young]], which is exactly what Gru becomes towards the girls by the time Vector kidnaps them]].
11th Mar '17 5:02:37 PM nombretomado
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Unfortunately, a younger villain, Vector (Creator/JasonSegel), steals the shrink ray Gru was in the middle of stealing, and he needs to get it back. That's when Gru notices how willing Vector is to let orphans selling cookies into his house and ...[[CatchPhrase lightbulb]]! Gru proceeds to adopt the three orphans - Margo, Edith, and Agnes (MirandaCosgrove, Dana Gaier and Elsie Fisher respectively) - to carry out his EvilPlan.

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Unfortunately, a younger villain, Vector (Creator/JasonSegel), steals the shrink ray Gru was in the middle of stealing, and he needs to get it back. That's when Gru notices how willing Vector is to let orphans selling cookies into his house and ...[[CatchPhrase lightbulb]]! Gru proceeds to adopt the three orphans - Margo, Edith, and Agnes (MirandaCosgrove, (Creator/MirandaCosgrove, Dana Gaier and Elsie Fisher respectively) - to carry out his EvilPlan.
1st Feb '17 8:24:18 AM Qicetrini
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* SpellMyNameWithAnS: In Gru's profile on Miss Hattie's computer, Gru's first name is spelled as "Felonious," and in the Gru Family Tree, it's spelled as "Felonius."
29th Jan '17 1:40:13 PM Qicetrini
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A sequel to ''Minions'' was recently announced, and is scheduled to be released on July 3, 2020.

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A sequel to ''Minions'' ''Minions 2'' was recently announced, and is scheduled to be released on July 3, 2020.
26th Jan '17 8:03:16 AM akaun6899
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A sequel to ''Minions'' was recently announced, and is scheduled to be released on July 3, 2020.
18th Jan '17 1:22:02 PM Andyroid
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* DramaticPause: Parodied.

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* DramaticPause: Parodied. When Gru announces to his Minions that they're going to steal the moon, he mutters the words "Pause for effect" to himself during the dramatic pause.
13th Jan '17 12:57:36 PM Bisected8
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* LiterallyPrizedPossession: One of the turning points in Gru's fondness towards the girls happens when he takes them to an amusement park and the owner of a shooting booth holds back on giving Agnes the stuffed unicorn she won on a technicality. Gru pays for another turn for himself and uses his own gun, demolishing the booth and convincing the owner to give Agnes the unicorn. Gru winning the unicorn for Agnes is significant because before, he was just trying to use the girls for his plan and get them out of his life again as soon as possible.
8th Jan '17 12:37:27 PM XDiakos
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* ImpossibleShadowPuppets: During the credits of the first film, one of the minions makes a perfect shadow puppet of Gru.
31st Dec '16 11:59:40 AM Mario1995
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The film's success convinced Universal that the time had come for another player in feature animation, and sure enough, Creator/IlluminationEntertainment became their main animation powerhouse. The [[Film/{{Hop}} string]] [[Film/TheLorax of]] [[WesternAnimation/TheSecretLifeOfPets future]] [[WesternAniation/{{Sing}} projects]] are due to the successes of these films, including a ride based on the film, called ''Ride/DespicableMeMinionMayhem'', which opened in 2012 at the Orlando Ride/UniversalStudios, followed by a duplicate being opened at the Hollywood park in 2014, with a third version set to open at the Japan park in 2017.

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The film's success convinced Universal Universal, who for years had been reluctant to become a major challenger against Creator/{{Disney}}, Creator/{{Pixar}} and Creator/DreamWorksAnimation, that the time had come for another player in feature animation, and sure enough, Creator/IlluminationEntertainment became their main animation powerhouse. The [[Film/{{Hop}} string]] [[Film/TheLorax of]] [[WesternAnimation/TheSecretLifeOfPets future]] [[WesternAniation/{{Sing}} projects]] are due to the successes of these films, including a ride based on the film, called ''Ride/DespicableMeMinionMayhem'', which opened in 2012 at the Orlando Ride/UniversalStudios, followed by a duplicate being opened at the Hollywood park in 2014, with a third version set to open at the Japan park in 2017.
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