Trivia: Despicable Me 2

  • Actor Allusion: One of the Amusing Injuries inflicted on Gru by the boobytrapped Supervillain Lair is a dart through the nose, very similar to what happened with Maxwell Smart.
  • All-Star Cast: Unsurprisingly.
  • Award Bait Song: On January 16, 2014, Despicable Me 2 was nominated for two Academy Awards, one for "Best Original Song" (Pharrell Williams' "Happy") and the other for "Best Animated Feature Film."
  • Breakaway Pop Hit: The aforementioned "Happy" hit #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 nearly nine months after the movie's release, and it is also a track on Pharrell Williams' 2014 album G I R L, a legitimate, non-soundtrack album. In fact, many people who like the song now don't realize that it was created for a Despicable Me film until someone tells them (or until they see the music video, which has dancing Minions in it).
  • Dawson Casting: Word of God is that Agnes' birthday party at the start of the second movie is her sixth. In the same movie Margo meets her first boyfriend, so she is most likely 12. Edith is about midway between these two. All three are voiced by somewhat older actresses (several years older, in the case of Miranda Cosgrove).
  • Fan Nickname: "Village Minions" for the Minions mimicking the Village People in the Dance Party Ending. It's even in Youtube's auto-complete now!
  • Hey, It's That Voice!:
  • The Other Marty: Al Pacino was cast as El Macho in the second film, but was replaced late in post-production with Benjamin Bratt. His name could still be seen on most of the trailers leading up to the movie's release.
  • What Could Have Been: Initially El Macho was voiced by Al Pacino, but he dropped out due to "creative differences".