Heartwarming: Despicable Me
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- Gru reading to the girls his own puppet book.
One big unicorn, strong and free, thought he was happy as he could be. Then three little kittens came around and turned his whole life upside down. They made him laugh, they made him cry. He never should have said goodbye. And now he knows he can never part from those three little kittens that changed his heart.
- And trying to convince Margo to jump from Vector's ship to Gru. He promises her "I will catch you...and I will never let you go again."
- After Gru finishes his book, he gets up to leave, stops for a beat... and kisses the girls on the forehead!
- But wait—it gets even more heartwarming! When Gru reaches Margo to give her a bedtime-kiss, the girl (who said earlier that "Just so you know, you're never gonna be my dad" and also hesitated to jump over to Gru) suddenly jumps up, flings her arms around his neck and whispers "I love you..." and Gru replies "...I love you, too."
- And after that, his minions are waiting outside the door, each one wanting a kiss too! It becomes SO heartwarming, it goes back to Funny again!
- For context, Gru refused all of the girls' previous requests for goodnight hugs and kisses. Seeing him finally do it, without being asked, shows how far he's come from the start of the film.
- An earlier, less obvious CMoH, but Agnes giving Gru her piggy bank after the Bank of Evil stops funding him serves as this, and also leads to the most uplifting moment in the entire movie. The minions also show their loyalty and love for Gru by offering up their savings, because they're not about to just give up on him!
- The minions' "toy unicorn" counts when Agnes kisses the minion's goggles.
- As does the sheer delight on his face.
- The montage where he starts to enjoy and get used to the little girls' presence.
- When they showed the wall with Gru's family tree, and the heart around Gru and all the girls' doodles.
- The first time Gru refers to a minion by their name, you can't help but pause and D'Awww.
- It's implied that Gru knows all of the minions by name! And there are literally hundreds (possibly thousands) of them! Can you say "Benevolent Boss"?
- At the very end of the movie when Gru's mother admits that Gru is a good parent...maybe even better than her.
- Gru's expressions through that whole scene just sell it. At first he's annoyed at her glib behaviour, but when she amends her statement, he gives a small, warm smile.
- Gru dodges the same missiles and punches the same shark that once made his life miserable, just to save his kids.
- How about the entire movie from the carnival game onwards?
- Speaking of the carnival game, Gru winning the unicorn for Agnes (via unconventional means) and her sheer delight afterwards ("IT'S SO FLUFFY!!!!")
- Upon reaching Vector's lair, Gru is ordered to give up the moon in exchange for the girls. Keep in mind, giving up the moon will mean not only abandoning his childhood dream but also flushing years of work down the drain for three little girls. It takes Gru about five seconds to decide which is more important.
- The very end the girls put on their own ballet so Gru can see them dance that he missed earlier, and everyone is there to watch.
- Kyle, who disliked Agnes throughout the film, eventually befriends the little girl and is even seen sleeping at the foot of her bed at the end of the film. He even continues to do this in the sequel.
- Mr. Perkins looking at a picture of himself and his son Victor/Vector, showing even he has loved ones.
- Credits bonus: a Minion appears in silhouette and makes a hand puppet to somehow resemble Gru, and imitates his voice, going 'I am Gru. Back to work! Back to work!' Gru appears and the Minion quickly retreats off screen...and then Gru chuckles. Not only does it show that he's a softie underneath, but he genuinely appreciates his minions.