Creator: Illumination Entertainment
Illumination Entertainment is an American film production company, founded by Chris Meledandri in 2007. It has an exclusive financing and distribution partnership with Universal Pictures and it is based in Santa Monica, California. The company is best known for its 2010 animated feature Despicable Me, which was the first film by the company. The company is currently finishing up on its spin-off prequel Minions (2015).
List of films:
- Despicable Me (2010)
- Hop (2011)
- The Lorax (2012)
- Despicable Me 2 (2013)
- Minions (2015)
- The Secret Life of Pets (2016)
- Clifford the Big Red Dog (2016)
- Despicable Me 3 (2017)
- A reboot of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (2017)
- A reboot of The Cat in the Hat (in development)
Tropes associated with Illumination Entertainment:
- All-Star Cast
- Cash Cow Franchise: Despicable Me
- Running Gag: Expect disco to pop up somewhere in the movie.
- Sleeper Hit: So far all of its films have managed bigger-than-expected grosses.
- Tough Act to Follow: Other than both Despicable Me films, none of their films have been particularly well received critically, so time will tell if they have what it takes to be the next Pixar or DreamWorks.
- What Could Have Been: Their first film was going to be a dialogue-free film about dinosaurs (similar to what The Land Before Time was originally supposed to be) and would have been directed by Genndy Tartakovsky. It eventually became Walking with Dinosaurs.