History WesternAnimation / DespicableMe

21st Jun '16 2:47:39 AM MrNickelodeon
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Creator/IlluminationEntertainment started their own string of future projects 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, and a duplicate being opened at the Hollywood park in 2014.

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Creator/IlluminationEntertainment started their own string of future projects 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, and followed by a duplicate being opened at the Hollywood park in 2014.
2014, with a third version set to open at the Japan park in 2017.
16th Jun '16 10:00:41 PM LBHills
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* MacrossMissileMassacre: When Vector steals the ShrinkRay, Gru responds with [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill an enormous barrage of missiles]] that would have certainly have wound up destroying the loot. [[WorfBarrage If even one had hit Vector, anyway.]]

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* MacrossMissileMassacre: When Vector steals the ShrinkRay, ShrinkRay right out of Gru's aircraft, Gru responds with [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill an enormous barrage of missiles]] that would have certainly have wound up destroying the loot. [[WorfBarrage If even one had hit Vector, anyway.]]



-->'''Gru''' (to Nefario): "No, I said DART gun, not ''fart'' gun!"

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-->'''Gru''' (to Nefario): "No, I said DART '''dart''' gun, not ''fart'' gun!"not... Oh, never mind.
16th Jun '16 9:59:32 PM LBHills
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* MacrossMissileMassacre: When Vector steals the ShrinkRay, Gru responds with [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill an enormous barrage of missiles]] that would have certainly have wound up destroying the loot. [[WorfBarrage If even one had hit Vector, anyway.]]
20th Mar '16 9:27:11 AM longWriter
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* VileVillainLaughableLackey: The cute and hilarious minions are laughable lackeys for their VillainProtagonist boss, Gru.
12th Mar '16 11:18:00 PM LadyNorbert
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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) 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: orphans - Margo, Edith, and Agnes (MirandaCosgrove, Dana Gaier and Elsie Fisher) - to carry out his EvilPlan.



The film was a surprisingly huge hit. It received very good reviews; it earned a 81% "Certified Fresh"/ 89% (top critic) rating from Website/RottenTomatoes with their response, "Borrowing heavily (and intelligently) from Pixar and Looney Tunes, Despicable Me is a surprisingly thoughtful, family-friendly treat with a few surprises of its own.", and made $543.1 million worldwide with $56.4 million made in its opening weekend. This film is also Universal's 6th highest-grossing film & the 10th-highest-grossing animated feature of all-time in North America. In worldwide earnings, it is the sixth biggest film of Creator/{{Universal}} Studios, the fourth highest-grossing animated film of 2010.

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The film was a surprisingly huge hit. It received very good reviews; it earned a 81% "Certified Fresh"/ 89% (top critic) rating from Website/RottenTomatoes with their response, "Borrowing heavily (and intelligently) from Pixar and Looney Tunes, Despicable Me ''Despicable Me'' is a surprisingly thoughtful, family-friendly treat with a few surprises of its own.", and " The film made $543.1 million worldwide with $56.4 million made in its opening weekend. This film is also Universal's 6th highest-grossing film & the 10th-highest-grossing animated feature of all-time in North America. In worldwide earnings, it is the sixth biggest film of Creator/{{Universal}} Studios, the fourth highest-grossing animated film of 2010.



A prequel feature film titled ''WesternAnimation/{{Minions}}'' starring Gru's yellow henchmen, was released on July 10, 2015.

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A prequel feature film titled ''WesternAnimation/{{Minions}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Minions}},'' starring Gru's yellow henchmen, was released on July 10, 2015.



** Your kids being taken away ''period'', by someone in the foster-care business.
** After you die, your children get put into a series of dangerous environments with cold, cruel guardians who exploit them for financial gain, make them eat out of dog bowls, lock them in solitary confinement, etcetera.
** In the non-parental AdultFear category, Gru's heartfelt, serious, and very saddening explanation to his minions that he has no money left and has to let everyone go is completely and easily understood as a speech that many high and mid-level managers were forced to give to their employees during economic hard times.

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** Your kids being taken away ''period'', by someone in the foster-care foster care business.
** After you die, your children get put into a series of dangerous environments with cold, cruel guardians who exploit them for financial gain, make them eat out of dog bowls, lock them in solitary confinement, etcetera.
etc.
** In the non-parental AdultFear category, Gru's heartfelt, serious, and very saddening sad explanation to his minions that he has no money left and has to let everyone go is completely and easily understood as a speech that many high and mid-level managers were forced to give to their employees during economic hard times.



** Vector is the same as Gru; wanting to be ''numero uno''. His attempts to get attention are even more pathetic, see GettingCrapPastTheRadar below.
* AwesomeButImpractical: Much of technology used by Vector or Gru. Vector's marine life guns are a particularly extravagant example.

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** Vector is the same as Gru; Gru, wanting to be ''numero uno''. His attempts to get attention are even more pathetic, see GettingCrapPastTheRadar below.
* AwesomeButImpractical: Much of the technology used by Vector or Gru. Vector's marine life guns are a particularly extravagant example.



* BewareTheSillyOnes: Vector is a nerdy villain who creates technology like a [[ImprobableWeaponUser "piranha gun" and a "squid launcher"]], and is [[ButtMonkey constantly abused by everything]]. At the same time, he's competent enough to steal the Pyramids, his fortress is guarded by a MacrossMissileMassacre, and he has no qualms against kidnapping and potentially killing young girls.

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* BewareTheSillyOnes: Vector is a nerdy villain who creates technology like a [[ImprobableWeaponUser "piranha gun" and a "squid launcher"]], and is [[ButtMonkey constantly abused by everything]]. At the same time, he's competent enough to steal the Pyramids, his fortress is guarded by a MacrossMissileMassacre, and he has no qualms against about kidnapping and potentially killing young girls.



** If you know Spanish, even a few words, you'll know what Gru actually calls Miss Hattie when he tries to flatter her. She later buys a Spanish-English dictionary and finds out he says, basically, "Your face looks like a donkey's." Bonus in that he actually asked her if she spoke Spanish implying that he knew what he was calling her.

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** If you know Spanish, even a few words, you'll know what Gru actually calls Miss Hattie when he tries to flatter her. She later buys a Spanish-English dictionary and finds out he says, basically, "Your face looks like a donkey's." Bonus in that he actually asked her if she spoke Spanish Spanish, implying that he knew ''knew'' what he was calling her.



** The part when Gru's mom shows the girls Gru's baby photo, they showed Gru's Sunday best photo instead.

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** The part when Gru's mom shows the girls Gru's baby photo, photos, they showed show Gru's Sunday best photo instead.



* BreakTheCutie: When the girls have fulfilled their dreams of being adopted, they start to enjoy their exciting new home all until Dr. Nefario, worried that they're too much of a distraction for Gru, [[spoiler:has them returned to the orphanage. Agnes begs Gru not to let Ms. Hattie take them back, while Margo just quietly thanks him for everything, and Edith gets really pissed with her arms fold. And even then, the three of them still hope that he'll make it to the recital...]]

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* BreakTheCutie: When the girls have fulfilled their dreams of being adopted, they start to enjoy their exciting new home all - until Dr. Nefario, worried that they're too much of a distraction for Gru, [[spoiler:has them returned to the orphanage. Agnes begs Gru not to let Ms. Hattie take them back, while Margo just quietly thanks him for everything, and Edith gets really pissed with her arms fold.folded. And even then, the three of them still hope that he'll make it to the recital...]]



* DancePartyEnding: In-canon, even. Interrupting an excerpt from Swan Lake... with what? Something contemporary? A gratuitous rap remix? One better: ''Disco''. Which Gru turns out to be adept at. It's Music/TheBeeGees' song "You Should Be Dancing", complete with Gru mimicking Creator/JohnTravolta's moves from ''Film/SaturdayNightFever''.

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* DancePartyEnding: In-canon, In-universe, even. Interrupting an excerpt from Swan Lake...''SwanLake''... with what? Something contemporary? A gratuitous rap remix? One better: ''Disco''. Which Gru turns out to be adept at. It's Music/TheBeeGees' song "You Should Be Dancing", complete with Gru mimicking Creator/JohnTravolta's moves from ''Film/SaturdayNightFever''.



* EmbarrassingSlide: After successfully stealing the shrink ray, Gru explains his plan for stealing the moon to Mr. Perkins using slides to back up his story. In between however is a drawing his three adopted daughters made of him sitting on the toilet.

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* EmbarrassingSlide: After successfully stealing the shrink ray, Gru explains his plan for stealing the moon to Mr. Perkins using slides to back up his story. In between however between, however, is a drawing his three adopted daughters made of him sitting on the toilet.



* {{Foil}}: Vector and Gru. Gru was a smart kid motivated by WellDoneSonGuy from his indifferent mother, who became a supervillain JerkWithAHeartOfGold because of his desire to become an astronaut and go to the moon. He struggled to get where he is, is legitimately talented, and likes to make friends, with the Minions, Nefario, and eventually the girls, functioning as a sort of [[TrueCompanions family]]. Vector, on the other hand, is a spoiled rich kid who became a supervillain because he was tired of being a nerd. He doesn't have any real goals except to enjoy himself and win at all costs, even going to the length of kidnapping the girls. He has no real talent, presumably getting all the money he uses to buy his nifty toys from his Dad's bank, no non-aggressive contact with anyone in the film other than his father, and no one else is ever invited into his house. Even their houses play off each other; while Gru lives in a normal (though, admittedly, slightly large and foreboding) house with a secret lair underneath, Vector's house just screams "Look at me! Look at me!"
* 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.]]

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* {{Foil}}: Vector and Gru. Gru was a smart kid kid, motivated by WellDoneSonGuy the desire to earn a [[WellDoneSonGuy word of praise]] from his indifferent mother, who became a supervillain JerkWithAHeartOfGold because of his desire to become an astronaut and go to the moon. He struggled to get where he is, is legitimately talented, and likes to make friends, with the Minions, Nefario, and eventually (eventually) the girls, girls functioning as a sort of [[TrueCompanions family]]. Vector, on the other hand, is a spoiled rich kid who became a supervillain because he was tired of being a nerd. He doesn't have any real goals except to enjoy himself and win at all costs, even going so far as to the length of kidnapping kidnap the girls. He has no real talent, presumably getting all the money he uses to buy his nifty toys from his Dad's dad's bank, no non-aggressive contact with anyone in the film other than his father, and no one else is ever invited into his house. Even their houses play off each other; while Gru lives in a normal (though, admittedly, slightly large and foreboding) house with a secret lair underneath, Vector's house just screams "Look at me! Look at me!"
* 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!]]



* GoodFeelsGood: Gru's HeelFaceTurn begins when he experiences this at the amusement park. After a JerkAss target shooting booth attendant rips off little Agnes, who hits the target but fails to knock it over, Gru (who the Jerk Ass also insults, before learning he's been BullyingADragon- or, rather, MuggingTheMonster, since the schmuck had no idea Gru was a Pistol Packing Evil Genius) growls "My turn!", whips an absolutely freaking GINORMOUS disintegrator pistol out of his HyperspaceArsenal and not only destroys the target, but also the rest of the booth and most of the Jerk Ass Attendant's hair, thus winning the prize for Agnes. ("Knocked O-VER!!!") The look on Gru's face as the girls react by showing true affection for him for the very first time is wonderful. Even Margo, the most skeptical one, pays tribute to his MomentOfAwesome. When they arrive back home after a GilliganCut, Gru is laughing along with the girls and his HeelFaceTurn is complete.

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* GoodFeelsGood: Gru's HeelFaceTurn begins when he experiences this at the amusement park. After a JerkAss target shooting booth attendant rips off little Agnes, who hits the target but fails to knock it over, Gru (who (whom the Jerk Ass JerkAss also insults, before learning he's been BullyingADragon- BullyingADragon - or, rather, MuggingTheMonster, since the schmuck had no idea Gru was a Pistol Packing Evil Genius) growls "My turn!", whips an absolutely freaking GINORMOUS disintegrator pistol out of his HyperspaceArsenal and not only destroys the target, but also the rest of the booth and most of the Jerk Ass Attendant's hair, thus winning the prize for Agnes. ("Knocked O-VER!!!") The look on Gru's face as the girls react by showing true affection for him for the very first time is wonderful. Even Margo, the most skeptical one, pays tribute to his MomentOfAwesome. When they arrive back home after a GilliganCut, Gru is laughing along with the girls and his HeelFaceTurn is complete.



* IdeaBulb: Never ''shown'', but Gru tends to say "Liiiightbulb" when he gets an idea.

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* IdeaBulb: Never ''shown'', but Gru tends to say "Liiiightbulb" "Liiiight buuuulb" when he gets an idea.



-->'''Edith:''' It poked a hole in my juicebox.

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-->'''Edith:''' It poked a hole in my juicebox.juice box.



* KarmaHoudini: Miss Hattie, who for being by far the worst character in the film, is never shown to get her just deserts.

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* KarmaHoudini: Miss Hattie, who for being by far the worst character in the film, is never shown to get her just deserts.desserts.



* NakedPeopleAreFunny: A random {{Wolfman}} when the moon diappears.

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* NakedPeopleAreFunny: A random {{Wolfman}} when the moon diappears.disappears.



** Ms. Hattie bears a resemblance and sounds like Edie [=McClurg=].
* NoConservationOfMass: Shrunk items don't seem to retain their old mass, instead weighing what you'd expect an object that size to weigh.

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** Ms. Hattie bears a resemblance to and sounds like Edie [=McClurg=].
* NoConservationOfMass: Shrunk Shrunken items don't seem to retain their old mass, instead weighing what you'd expect an object that size to weigh.



* OrphanageOfFear: The girl's institution is so soul destroying that it's no wonder being adopted by Gru seems like an improvement [[spoiler:and truly becomes that in the end.]]

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* OrphanageOfFear: The girl's girls' institution is so soul destroying that it's no wonder being adopted by Gru seems like an improvement [[spoiler:and truly becomes that in the end.]]



* PapaWolf:
** [[spoiler:Gru, during the climax.]]

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* PapaWolf:
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PapaWolf: [[spoiler:Gru, during the climax.]]



** And they surely didn't get the "Lehman Brothers" joke, either.

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** And they surely didn't get the "Lehman Brothers" joke, either. Heck, neither did many of the adults.



** So many, many things were introduced and then subsequently forgotten in this movie like Gru's mother's kung-fu skills and the anti-gravity serum. There are dropped Chekhov's Guns littered throughout.

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** So many, many things were introduced and then subsequently forgotten in this movie movie, like Gru's mother's kung-fu skills and the anti-gravity serum. There are dropped Chekhov's Guns littered throughout.



* RunningGag: Gru popping children's balloons, Gru freeze raying anything that happens to annoy him, and Vector's sea life themed weaponry.

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* RunningGag: Gru popping children's balloons, Gru freeze raying freezing anything that happens to annoy him, and Vector's sea life themed weaponry.



** And consider the even cooler possibility of Gru [[spoiler:apprenticing the girls in the way of supervillainy and pulling off even more epic crimes.]]

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** And Alternately, consider the even cooler possibility of Gru [[spoiler:apprenticing the girls in the way of supervillainy and pulling off even more epic crimes.]]



** The scene where the minions go "ooooooooooo!" as they watch [[spoiler:Gru shrink the moon]] brings to mind the squeeze toy aliens from ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory''.

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** The scene where the minions go "ooooooooooo!" "Ooooooooooo!" as they watch [[spoiler:Gru shrink the moon]] brings to mind the squeeze toy aliens from ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory''.



* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: The owner of the carnival game Gru takes the girls to. They have to knock over a flying saucer that's nearly impossible to hit and a direct hit can't knock down. [[PapaWolf Gru takes this personally]].

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* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: The owner of barker at the game in the carnival game where Gru takes the girls to.girls. They have to knock over a flying saucer that's nearly impossible to hit and a direct hit can't knock down. [[PapaWolf Gru takes this personally]].



* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Edith is a naughty and loudmouth kid who has a taste for weapons, although she likes to wear pink all the time, but acts pretty apathetic. Margo is an overprotective older sister of the girls who is also quite bitter, but she could qualify for being a girly girl, especially Agnes.

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* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Edith is a naughty and loudmouth kid who has a taste for weapons, although she likes to wear pink all the time, but acts pretty apathetic. Margo is an overprotective older sister of the other two girls who is also quite bitter, but she could qualify for being a girly girl, especially as could Agnes.
28th Feb '16 11:09:10 AM MyFinalEdits
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** It'd be easy to argue that the carnival worker was just doing his job when he said Agnes couldn't have the unicorn because she didn't technically win... but he was such a ''jackass'' about it that Gru blowing up the whole game and scaring the guy into giving her the unicorn anyway is just plain awesome.

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** It'd be easy to argue that While the carnival worker was just doing seems to do his job when he said says Agnes couldn't can't have the unicorn because she didn't doesn't technically win... but he was win, he's such a ''jackass'' about it that Gru blowing up the whole game and scaring the guy into giving her the unicorn anyway is just plain awesome.



* LuckyTranslation: the scene with the cookie robots, which actually are boogie robots, is rendered very well in the Italian dubbing of the film. They have been renamed "Bisco robots", where "bisco" is short for "biscotto" (cookie), and then revealed as disco robots, a joke that works as well as, if not better than, the original English language pun.

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* LuckyTranslation: the LuckyTranslation:
** The
scene with the cookie robots, which actually are boogie robots, is rendered very well in the Italian dubbing of the film. They have been renamed "Bisco robots", where "bisco" is short for "biscotto" (cookie), and then revealed as disco robots, a joke that works as well as, if not better than, the original English language pun.
28th Feb '16 7:35:33 AM AdelePotter
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* KickTheDog: Gru's EstablishingCharacterMoment. No, he didn't have to stop and make a balloon animal for the kid who just dropped his ice cream, only to pop it... but it [[RuleOfFunny was funny]].

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* KickTheDog: KickTheDog:
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Gru's EstablishingCharacterMoment. No, he didn't have to stop and make a balloon animal for the kid who just dropped his ice cream, only to pop it... but it [[RuleOfFunny was funny]].


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** It'd be easy to argue that the carnival worker was just doing his job when he said Agnes couldn't have the unicorn because she didn't technically win... but he was such a ''jackass'' about it that Gru blowing up the whole game and scaring the guy into giving her the unicorn anyway is just plain awesome.
8th Feb '16 8:29:50 AM StFan
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* EverythingsFunkierWithDisco: The "boogie robots", karaoke that sounds like Copacabana by Music/BarryManilow, the DancePartyEnding with Music/TheBeeGees... there's a surprising amount of disco in this movie.


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* GratuitousDiscoSequence: The "boogie robots", karaoke that sounds like Copacabana by Music/BarryManilow, the DancePartyEnding with Music/TheBeeGees... there's a surprising amount of disco in this movie.
1st Feb '16 7:04:33 AM spirasen
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* ProductionForeshadowing: Margo wears a [[WesternAnimation/TheLorax Lorax]] shirt through much of the film.
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