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''Despicable Me'' is an animated
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centering on Gru, a reformed super-villain (who later becomes a father, husband, and secret agent), and his yellow-colored Minions. It is produced by Illumination and distributed by
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. The franchise began with the 2010 film of the same name, which is followed by two sequels: ''
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'' (2013) and ''
Despicable Me 3 ''Despicable Me 3'' is a 2017 American computer-animated comedy film produced by Illumination and distributed by Universal Pictures. It is the sequel to ''Despicable Me 2'' (2013), the third main installment, and the fourth installment overall i ...
'' (2017); and two spin-off prequels: '' Minions'' (2015) and the upcoming '' Minions: The Rise of Gru'' (2022). The franchise also includes many short films, a television special, several video games, and a theme park attraction. The franchise is the highest-grossing animated film franchise and the 15th highest-grossing film franchise of all time, having grossed over $3.7 billion at the global box office.


Film series


Main series


''Despicable Me'' (2010)

Felonious Gru, a super-villain who adopts three girls, Margo, Edith, and Agnes, from an
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to try and steal a shrink ray from his rival Vector (otherwise known as Victor), to shrink and steal the moon.


''Despicable Me 2'' (2013)

Lucy Wilde recruits Gru to the Anti-Villain League (AVL) to try defeating El Macho, a supervillain who reportedly died by riding a shark into an active volcano with 250 pounds of dynamite strapped to his chest and whose body was never found; and his evil Minions, whom he transformed into rabid and indestructible monsters using the stolen PX-41 serum.


''Despicable Me 3'' (2017)

Gru teams up with his long-lost twin brother Dru in order to defeat a new enemy named Balthazar Bratt, a former child actor, obsessed with the 1980s, who grows up to become a villain after having his show cancelled following adolescence.


''Despicable Me 4''

Illumination's CEO
Chris Meledandri Christopher Meledandri (; born May 15, 1959) is an American film producer, and founder and CEO of Illumination. He is best known as the producer of the ''Despicable Me'' franchise. Early and personal life Meledandri was born in New York City. He ...
revealed in an interview in September 2017 that a fourth ''Despicable Me'' film is in development.


Spin-off series


''Minions'' (2015)

Kevin, Stuart, and Bob lead to find a new master, until finding a female supervillain named Scarlet Overkill, and her husband named Herb, who try to kill them.


''Minions: The Rise of Gru'' (2022)

12-year-old Felonious Gru tries to become evil enough to join the supervillain group the Vicious 6. With the help of his Minions, he must stop the Vicious 6 after he stole a precious object.


Short films

A total of 14 short films have been released in the franchise. Three short films based on ''Despicable Me'' (2010) were released in December 2010 on the film's
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and
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. The ''Despicable Me 2'' DVD and Blu-ray, released in December 2013, included another three short films. Three short films were released in 2015 on the Blu-ray and DVD of ''Minions,'' while one short film was released in the Blu-ray and DVD of ''Despicable Me 3'' (2017). A short film titled ''Mower Minions'', was released in 2016 with ''
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'', being the first short Minions film released theatrically. A second theatrical short film was released in 2018 with ''
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'' (2018), while another one was released in ''The Grinchs DVD and Blu-ray.


''Home Makeover'' (2010)

Released in ''Despicable Me'' (2010) DVD and Blu-ray. After the events of ''Despicable Me'', two Minions help Margo, Edith, and Agnes renovate Gru's house, so the inspector does not take the girls back to Miss Hattie's Home for Girls.


''Orientation Day'' (2010)

Released in ''Despicable Me'' (2010) DVD and Blu-ray. Three new Minions go for bomb-carrying duty, which was harder than they thought when they suddenly have an argument with two others carrying a giant bomb.


''Banana'' (2010)

Released in ''Despicable Me'' DVD and Blu-ray. Three minions fight over a banana. In the process, they wreak havoc in the Minions' workplace.


''Puppy'' (2013)

Released in ''Despicable Me 2'' DVD and Blu-ray. A minion watches neighbors walking their dogs on the street, which leads him to search for a puppy of his own. After several failed attempts, he comes across a
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that takes the role of a puppy for him. After many happy moments, the UFO along with its master is expelled for the mess the UFO has made in Gru's home. After the minion finds out that his pet is homesick, he sends an email to the UFO's home planet and allows it to return home.


''Panic in the Mailroom'' (2013)

Released in ''Despicable Me 2'' DVD and Blu-ray. Two Minions, Ken and Mike, are working in a package room to send parcels through different parts of the lab, while Ken is busy playing a handheld video game. When a package containing expired PX-41 (the serum that El Macho used to transform the Minions and himself in ''Despicable Me 2''), gets jammed in the pneumatic delivery system, it transforms Mike into an evil Minion but he keeps shifting back and forth between being transformed and back to his normal self, much to Ken's amusement. At the end, Mike spits out the PX-41 and it lands on some kittens, turning them evil.


''Training Wheels'' (2013)

Released in ''Despicable Me 2'' DVD and Blu-ray. Agnes is unsatisfied with her toy bike after collapsing off it while attempting to catch up to an ice cream truck with Margo, Edith, and their friends. Three Minions then volunteer to modify the bike and help Agnes improve her skills.


''Binky Nelson Unpacified'' (2015)

Released in ''Minions'' DVD and Blu-ray. After a successful robbery at a museum, the Nelsons tell their youngest son Binky, having lost his pacifier in the theft, that now he is a big boy and has to leave his pacifier. Binky at night sneaks into the museum and finds his pacifier. Just as he takes it, the guard comes and finds all the museum artifacts missing and finds Binky and tells him to return all the property but instead he causes a statue to fall over the guard and takes his pacifier. In the end, the Nelson parents return to see Binky at night in his room and find him sleeping calmly. As they leave the room, Binky takes out the pacifier and the guard's hat and wears it.


''Competition'' (2015)

Released in ''Minions'' DVD and Blu-ray. Under the same street the Minions hitchhiked in ''Minions'', two Minions challenge themselves to numerous attacks, ending up on the lab's conveyor belt in the process.


''Cro Minion'' (2015)

Released in ''Minions'' DVD and Blu-ray. Two Minions look after a cave baby while a caveman goes to find a bull to eat for lunch. But it is harder than the Minions think.


''Mower Minions'' (2016)

Released theatrically with ''
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'' (2016). In this short, five Minions mow a lawn at the local old people's home to try and earn allowances to buy a blender they have seen on a TV commercial. However, all their work results were chaotic, and four of them were in terrible states after the chaos, such as one Minion having his head stuck in a bee hive, another Minion blackened and naked after an explosion when he turns on the grill, another being inflated like a balloon in the hazmat, and another Minion ends up nauseous with his face turning green. But as it turns out, the old people were very entertained. For this the Minions get 2000 pennies and are able to purchase the blender. However, they then see a commercial of an improved version of the blender and then go to earn more money to buy that one.


''The Secret Life of Kyle'' (2017)

Released in ''Despicable Me 3'' DVD and Blu-ray. After the events of ''Despicable Me 3'', we follow Kyle and his secret life when Gru and his family are gone. This short was directed by Bruno Chauffard and Glenn McCoy.


''Yellow is the New Black'' (2018)

Released theatrically with ''
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'' (2018). Before they all make their big escape from prison in ''Despicable Me 3'', a couple of lucky Minions get a taste of freedom as they break free with the help of one of their fellow human inmates.


''Santa's Little Helpers'' (2019)

Released in ''The Grinch'' DVD and Blu-ray. Kevin, Stuart, and Bob, having been accidentally dropped off at the North Pole, make the most of the situation by trying to become elves.


''Minion Scouts'' (2019)

Released in ''
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'' (2019) DVD and Blu-ray. After being dazzled by the girls, a group of Minions become scouts in an attempt to earn badges.


Television special


''Minions Holiday Special'' (2020)

A half-hour compilation of Minions mini-movies, containing ''Santa's Little Helpers'', ''Training Wheels'', ''Puppy'', and ''Minion Scouts''. Additionally, the special includes holiday-themed interstitials featuring characters from Illumination's ''
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'' and '' Sing'' franchises. The special aired on
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on November 27, 2020.
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, who previously voices Margo in the films, provides narration between the short segments.


Video games


''Despicable Me: The Game''

The video game, titled ''Despicable Me: The Game'', was released for the
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,
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, and
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Wii
. A
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version was released under the name ''Despicable Me: The Game - Minion Mayhem''.
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also released a version for the
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and
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iPad
platform entitled ''Despicable Me: Minion Mania'', developed by Anino Games.


''Despicable Me: Minion Rush''

The action video game, titled ''Despicable Me: Minion Rush'', was released on June 13, 2013. The game, developed by
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, was adapted for
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,
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iPad
, Android, and
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devices. Played as one of the Minions, it allows customization of the character, who must perform various tasks, including defeating Vector and a new villain created for the game, to earn the title of Minion of the Year. The game was downloaded more than 100 million times in the first three months after its release, and won a British Academy Children's Award in the category
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's Kids' Vote.


''Minions Paradise''

The free-to-play mobile game developed by
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(otherwise known as EA), titled ''Minions Paradise'', was released in summer 2015. Playing as Phil, players will help Minions design and build their own utopia set in a tropical environment.


Books

In May 2010, three books related to ''
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'' have been published, as well as the children's puppet book featured in the film. The first, ''My Dad the Super Villain'' (), was rated as a preschool book. The second, ''Despicable Me: The Junior Novel'' (), was rated as being a Junior Reader for ages 8 to 12. The third, ''Despicable Me: The World's Greatest Villain'' (), was rated for ages 3–6 years. The puppet book ''Sleepy Kittens'' () was written by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio and illustrated by Eric Guillon. Six books have been released for ''
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'': ''Despicable Me 2: The Junior Novel'', ''The Anti-Villain League Handbook'', ''Undercover Super Spies'', ''Attack of the Evil Minions!'', ''Make a Minion'', and ''Meet the Minions''.


Theme park attraction

''
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'' is a
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that opened on July 2, 2012 at
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and on April 12, 2014 at
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, starring
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as Gru,
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as Margo,
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as Edith,
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as Agnes, and
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as the Minions. A similar attraction (featuring a Japanese voice cast) opened on April 21, 2017 at
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.


Characters


Main characters

* Felonious Gru or Felonius Gru (voiced by
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): The grouchy but usually smart
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in the ''Despicable Me'' series who speaks with a non-specific East European accent. He is the son of Marlena, the twin brother of Dru, the adoptive father of Margo, Edith, and Agnes, husband of Lucy, and the boss of the Minions. At the beginning of the first film, Gru is an ambitious supervillain, and seeks approval from his mother, until the adoption of the trio convinces him that their happiness is important. In the second film, Gru leaves his villainous past behind to care for the girls, but then soon joins forces - unwillingly - with secret agent Lucy Wilde, whom he later marries. In the third film, after he and Lucy are fired from their jobs at the Anti-Villain League, Gru learns that he has a twin brother, Dru. Along with Lucy and the girls, Gru meets Dru at his mansion in Freedonia, and they form a brotherly relationship over the course of the film. Felonious Gru was originally conceived as a
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-like character, but directors Chris Renaud and Pierre Coffin later opted for a villain who would echo "the world of
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, thinking of characters like Goldfinger and obviously the Bond-ian world of technology". Gru also bears some similarities with British comic-book character Grimly Feendish, and with the pre-
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version of
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* Minions (voiced by
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in all films and the theme park attraction,
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in the first two films xcept spin-offs and attractions
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in the 2010 video game, and
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as Jerry the Minion in the first film): Gru's small, yellow, comical henchmen who have one or two eyes. The Minions speak a language that Coffin created by mixing gibberish with words from many languages, including French, English, Spanish, and Italian. Although seemingly nonsensical, the English-sounding words are dubbed for every country, in order to make them recognizable. It is shown in '' Minions'' that they have existed since the beginning of life on Earth, and desire above all else to serve the most terrible of villains. In the short film "
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", the Minions are revealed to have an uncontrollable craving for fruits, especially bananas. Mentioned in the films and other media are Stuart, Kevin, Bob, Mel, Otto, Ken, Mike, Dave, Jerry, Carl, Tom, Phil, Tim, Mark, Jorge, and Norbert. * The Girls: Three sisters, whom Gru adopts to further his scheme in the first film and gradually comes to love. ** Margo (voiced by
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): The mature oldest sister. In the first film, among the trio, Margo was the most suspicious of Gru initially; but came to trust him at the end of the film. She is something of a protectress to her sisters. ** Edith (voiced by
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): The
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in the second film. ** Agnes (voiced by
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in the first two films; Nev Scharrel in the third film): The happy-go-lucky youngest sister, and the quickest to trust Gru in the first film. She is presented as an innocent, against her more worldly sisters, and has a strong love for unicorns. In the third film, she "adopts" a one-horned goat whom she names Lucky after mistaking him for a unicorn. Even after learning he was a goat, Agnes continues to love Lucky. * Lucy Wilde (voiced by
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): A cunning secret agent who has teamed up with Gru to hunt down an extremely dangerous super-villain. She loves one-upping Gru with her quirky gadgets and has perfected her own form of martial arts by combining
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, and krumping. After 147 dates, she marries Gru and becomes the girls' mother. * Dr. Nefario (voiced by Russell Brand, JB Blanc in the video game): Gru's hearing-impaired inventor and partner-in-crime who speaks with a British accent. He seems to have a romantic interest in Gru's mother, Marlena. He is planned to join Gru, Lucy and the Girls to meet Dru in the third film, but absent from the film having accidentally frozen himself in carbonite, similar to that of Han Solo from ''Star Wars''. * Dru (voiced by Steve Carell): Gru's charming, happy-go-lucky long-lost twin brother, who is also in the super-villain business. Dru looks just like his brother, only he has blonde hair and wears white attire. He is Lucy's brother-in-law and the adoptive uncle of Margo, Edith, and Agnes. * Marlena (voiced by Julie Andrews): Gru and Dru's mother. Her neglect of Gru's ambitions is identified among the main reasons why he became a supervillain. In the denouement of the first film, she admits to him that he is a better parent than her. Marlena later makes a silent cameo appearance in the second film at Gru and Lucy's wedding. In the third film, Marlena reveals to Gru that after she and Gru and Dru's father divorced, they promised to never see each other again and they each got to take one son with them, with Marlena saying that she got "second pick". * Fritz (voiced by Steve Coogan): Dru's courteous, well mannered butler who speaks with a British accent. He takes Gru, Lucy, and the girls to meet Dru at his mansion in Freedonia. * Silas Ramsbottom (voiced by Steve Coogan): Director of the Anti-Villain League in the second film. The Minions (and Gru) make fun of his surname. In the third film, he retires from the AVL and is replaced by Valerie Da Vinci as the new Director of the AVL. * Valerie Da Vinci (voiced by Jenny Slate): A ruthless member of the Anti-Villain League who replaces Silas Ramsbottom as Director in the third film. She fires Gru and Lucy due to them failing to capture Balthazar Bratt.


Antagonists

* Victor "Vector" Perkins (voiced by Jason Segel, Jason Harris in the video game): The villain in the first film, Gru's rival, and the son of Mr. Perkins, the President of the Bank of Evil that supplies loans to villains in their schemes (formerly including Gru). * Mr. Perkins (voiced by Will Arnett): Vector's father and enormous and equally strong President of the Bank of Evil, responsible for giving out loans to villains in their schemes. * Miss Hattie (voiced by
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): The charismatic but cruel owner of the orphanage from which Gru adopts his daughters. She sends Margo, Edith, and Agnes out to sell cookies and makes them sleep in cardboard boxes if they fail to meet their quota. * Eduardo "El Macho" Perez (voiced by Benjamin Bratt): A Mexican-accented supervillain in the second film. As El Macho, he was believed to have died after strapping 250 pounds of dynamite on himself and riding a shark into an active volcano. However, it turns out that he actually faked his death, and he became the owner of a Mexican restaurant. He has a son named Antonio, with whom Margo is infatuated at first, until Antonio abandons her. It turns out that Eduardo was aware of Gru's life as a villain and plans to abduct most of Gru's minions and turn them into hairy, purple, savage, evil minions with a dangerous chemical compound he stole called PX-41 and send the mutated Minions to major cities to take over the world. In the final battle, as Gru manages to restore the mutated Minions to normal, Eduardo drinks the compound himself, turning into a big purple furry monster to fight Gru. He is defeated by Gru and Nefario. * Balthazar Bratt (voiced by Trey Parker): A supervillain in the third film. A former 1980s child star, he adopts the identity of his supervillain character after the onset of puberty leads to the cancellation of his television series. He is obsessed with 1980s pop culture and uses a giant robot armed with a laser and inflatable bubble gum to exact revenge on Hollywood. * Clive (voiced by Andy Nyman): A robot who acts as Balthazar Bratt's sidekick. * Scarlet Overkill (voiced by Sandra Bullock): In '' Minions'', she is the world's first female super-villain who is bent on world domination. * Herb Overkill (voiced by Jon Hamm): Scarlet's husband and an inventor. * The Vicious 6: A group of six supervillains who appear in '' Minions: The Rise of Gru''.


Cast and crew


Voice cast

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Crew


Reception


Box office performance

The franchise has grossed a total of more than $3.7 billion, making the ''Despicable Me'' franchise the highest-grossing animated film franchise, and the 15th List of highest-grossing films#Highest-grossing franchises and film series, highest-grossing film franchise of all time


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Producers Guild of America Award


References


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