Trivia / Despicable Me 2

  • Actor Allusion:
  • 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 Minion costumes form Universal Studios in it).
  • Career Resurrection: Pharrell Williams, who had name for himself in the early 2000s as a member of rap group N.E.R.D and production team The Neptunes, had faded from the limelight by the same he did the song for the first Despicable Me movie. The year this movie came out, he was a featured vocalist on two #1 hit songs (Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" and Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines"), eventually having his own with "Happy" a year later, catapulting him back into the mainstream.
  • Children Voicing Children: Elsie Fisher as Agnes.
  • Dawson Casting:
    • Word of God is that Margo is 12, Edith is 9, and Agnes is 6. All three are voiced by somewhat older actresses (several years older, in the case of Miranda Cosgrove).
    • Steve Carell as young Gru.
    • Like the previous movie, the young Russell Brand once again voice acts the elderly Dr. Nefario.
  • 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!
  • I Knew It!: Many fans correctly guessed that Gru and Lucy would become a couple.
  • Image Source:
  • Name's the Same: Lucy Wilde just so happens to share the same last name as Nick Wilde, and the Meaningful Name trope still applies to both, but they are not related; she also shares the exact same name with a porno actress, Lucie Wilde.
  • 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.
  • Talking to Himself:
    • Pierre Coffin as Kevin, Stuart, Bob, other minions and Evil minions.
    • Chris Renaud as other minions and Evil minions.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Initially El Macho was voiced by Al Pacino, but he dropped out due to "creative differences".
    • According to the directors' commentary on the DVD, Edith was originally going to sneak away and follow Gru when he goes to save Lucy.
    • Concept art showed Lucy with a pet dog she carried around with.
    • This shows an alternated ending of Gru and Lucy's wedding. They're at a church with two Minions showing up to give the rings. Eduardo and El Pollo are present (while still in custody). Margo and Antonio are still a couple. And Marlena was about to object to the marriage, only to be stopped by Lucy's taser. The ending shows the couple and their daughter walking out of the church, hand-and-hand.
    • This originally showed Gru catching up to Lucy's plane to Australia to ask her out on a date. With his daughter and Minions following. She accepts.
    • During the battle with the Evil minions, Antonio was going to save Margo from, they would share a Big Damn Kiss, and then Gru shooting at them with a jelly gun to stop kissing. And then compliment Antonio for the save. And then Margo would tell a confused Antonio that Gru is starting to like him.
  • Word of God: Writer Cinco Paul revealed that Lucy's parents were killed by a villain when she was very young. That's the reason she became an AVL agent.

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