Trivia / Despicable Me


  • Actor Allusion:
  • Adored by the Network: ABC Family, Disney Channel, and Disney XD airs this movie every single month, twice in a row. Like ABC Family does the back-to-back presentations, Disney Channel does the limited commercial interruption, and Disney XD does the 8:00-5:00 timeline. Although it is a Universal film, so it won't be only on the Disney-based channels. It will air on NBC (possibly), FX (possibly), Cartoon Network (possibly), USA Network (not the animation type but possibly), MTV (same as USA), Nick (possibly), TBS (possibly), ION (possibly), AMC (50/50 chance), Spike, Bravo, TNT, VH-1, Starz, and Enccore. Not to mention Teletoon, HBO, and Cinemax aired this movie also.
  • Defictionalization:
    • The Sleepy Kittens book can now be found on Amazon. Doesn't come with the little brush though.
    • Stuffed unicorns like the one Agnes gets at the carnival can be found at Universal Studios.
  • Completely Different Title:
    • Japanese -> 怪盗グルーの月泥棒 (Sticky Moon Thieves)
  • Dueling Movies: With Megamind from (of course) Dreamworks.
  • Fan Nickname: Doofenshmirtz: The Movie, with all the similarities the character of Gru has. The critic's nickname Wile E. Coyote Vs. Wile E. Coyote also counts.
  • Missing Trailer Scene: The scene where the kid whose balloon Gru popped in the beginning of the first film comes back to exact revenge on him, with his friends to back him up, and the limp balloon still on his face... yeah, that wasn't in the finished film.
  • Playing Against Type: According to the DVD extras, Julie Andrews was chosen as Mrs. Gru specifically because, of all well-known actresses, she was the least suitable person to play an evil old woman — so choosing her to do so invoked the Rule of Funny. (She refused the part at first, but was persuaded.)
  • Sleeper Hit: The first film was the first CGI animated film by Universal, and it was the second highest grossing animated film that year. Then the sequels came out and turned the series into a Cash Cow Franchise.
  • Talking to Himself: In the European Spanish version, actor and humorist Florentino Fernández voices Gru and Gru's mother.
  • Viral Marketing: NBC is absolutely determined that you remember the title of this film. The judges of Last Comic Standing ended up going into mass Sarcasm Mode after the advertising department forced them to "audition" someone in a minion suit. ("Nice job, whores.") The NBC logo also shows up prominently near the start of the film - Gru stole the Jumbotron from Times Square.
  • The Wiki Rule: Here is the wikia for the movie franchise.
  • Word of God:
    • The minions are genetically engineered corn kernels. The "genetically-engineered" part of that description, however, might have been retconned, judging by the backstory of Minions.
    • Gru's first name is Felonious and his birthday is September 28, 1960.
    • Margo, Edith, and Agnes aren't biologically related to each other. But they always hang out with each other and consider one another as sisters.
  • Working Title: The film's original title was "Evil Me," but was changes so as not to reflect then-president George W. Bush's controversial statement about Iran, which he called the "axis of evil."

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