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  • All-Star Cast: So much so that the teaser trailer devotes 10 seconds just for the roll call of names; unique for an animated film with this depth of talent, however, just about all of the actors put on various accents to emphasize their characters as opposed to using their normal voices.
  • Breakthrough Hit: While not groundbreaking in terms of story and animation, the film was able to establish Universal as a new and capable player in the animation world. Something that would be solidified with the success of its sequels and spinoffs a few years later.
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  • Cash Cow Franchise: The film series has become this for Illumination Entertainment, becoming its most profitable work. As of 2020, it is the highest grossing animated film franchise of all time. note 
  • Children Voicing Children:
    • Elsie Fisher as Agnes, and Dana Gaier as Edith.
    • The same goes in the Japanese dub with Agnes, as she was voiced by Mana Ashida, aka young Mako Mori.
  • Completely Different Title:
    • Japanese -> 怪盗グルーの月泥棒 (Phantom Thief Gru's Moon Heist)
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    • Polish -> "Jak Ukraść Księżyc" (How To Steal The Moon)
    • Vietnamese -> "Kẻ cắp mặt trăng" (The Moon Thief)
    • Spanish -> "Mi Villano Favorito" (My Favourite Villain)
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  • 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, and various other amusement parks.
  • Dueling Movies: With Megamind from (of course) Dreamworks.
  • Edited for Syndication: When the movie airs on television networks such as Discovery Family, Nickelodeon and Freeform, the scene where the girls play a carnival game to win Agnes her unicorn is shortened, skipping the entire first attempt and going right to the part where Agnes hits the spaceship but doesn't knock it down. Additionally, they skip the balloon animal part of Gru's Establishing Character Moment and instead start the scene at Gru using the freeze ray at the coffee shop.
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  • 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.
  • The Other Darrin: Steve Carell still voices Gru in the video game, but Dr. Nefario and Vector are both voiced by JB Blanc and Jason Harris.
  • 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.)
    • In the first film, Kristen Wiig voices the cruel, child-hating Miss Hattie, who contrasts severely with her more good natured and comedic characters. This stands out even more since in the sequels Wiig plays Lucy Wilde, who is much more in line with her usual typecast.
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  • 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.
    • Pierre Coffin as the minions Bob, Mark, Phil, Stuart and Tim.
  • 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.
  • What Could Have Been: Behold, concept art for the Minions. Among the various concepts for them, the Minions were considered as short, big-nosed men in overalls, robots, and lumpy mutant-looking creatures before settling on something resembling their current design.
    • Despicable Me has its orgins in 2008. At the time, it was originally titled Evil Me. This article features a pitch bible to Universal and Illumination that is drawn by Sergio Pablos. The early drafts are similar to the final film except for a few different things:
      • Gru had a more villianish design with a draculaesqe appearance he also had hair.
      • The girls had younger designs, looking more like three-year-olds.
      • There was going to be superheroes and Gru would've been the traditional villain.
      • Before Mr. Perkins was created, Gru would've made a deal with the entire goverment to steal the moon.
      • There was no Dr. Nefario character.
      • And last but not least, the Minions were going to be mythology and monster villans such as Frankenstein's monster and Medusa, and originally they were going to be the minions of Gru.
    • The feature commentary reveals a few as well:
      • Kyle was originally the name of Gru's Igor-like human assistant, while his "dog" was named Kragul. The dog also talked at one point in development.
      • The opening scene was originally Gru making breakfast with all of the implements of evil in his kitchen.
      • The minions' trip to the store was originally much longer, with them doing things like foiling a robbery, winning some money, and buying a car. The crew also played around with the idea of said minions coming back from their trip to save the day in the end, or not reappear at all until the credits.
      • Early on, Vector's shark belonged to Gru and was a shark-rhino hybrid.
      • The crew briefly talked about making Vector's base turn into a giant robot in the climax.
  • 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 (making him two years older than his voice actor, Steve Carell).
    • 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.
    • Steve Carell describes Gru's accent as "a cross between Ricardo Montalban and Bela Lugosi."
  • 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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