Ardent fans of Despicable Me have a reason to smile. Illuminating Entertainment and Universal Studios, the makers of this animation have announced a third sequel; ‘Despicable Me 3’. What can we expect from this third sequel? Let’s look at what we know so far.

 

1. Release date

Despicable Me 3 is set to be released in the coming summer. The exact date is 30th June 2017. That’s not too far away. Fans will be eagerly waiting for this release date.

 

2. All your favourite characters are back

Don’t you just love Lucy, Margo, Edith and Agnes? Well, prepare to marvel at these adorable characters because they make a big comeback in the third sequel.

 

3. There is a new villain

The new villain is known as Balthazar Bratt. If you think this name is weird, wait till you witness the villain’s antics. He is moody, evil and on a mission to take vengeance on everyone who mocked him when his rock star career faded away. After a successful rock music career in the 80s, his glory days take a hit when he hits puberty. His enemies encompasses just about everyone in the world and he is out to show the world who the boss is.

 

4. Felonius Gru finds his twin

Felonius remains the doting adoptive dad to Agnes, Margo and Edith and a loving husband to Lucy. He is still the boss of the lovely minions. However, there is a new twist to the plot. Felonius long lost twin brother, Drew, comes into his life again. The two look exactly the same save for the Drew’s blond hair and all-white attire. They even sound the same having been both voiced by Steve Carell. The introduction of Drew introduces a theme of sibling rivalry into the plot. Fans are likely to identify with this theme more. We can’t wait to see what antics Drew has in store for fans.

 

5. Kevin, Bob and Stuart are still loyal

The magnificent minions that featured prominently in the 2015 Despicable Me spinoff ‘Minions’ also get to feature in this third sequel. They remain the most loyal minions to their master, Felonius Gru, partly because they are the oldest of the minions. Felonius increasingly relies on them as hunch men. Kevin is the undisputed leader of all the minions. They will continue to use their Minionese language that sounds a bit like creole. And they continue to follow the orders of their master Felonius.

 

6. Agnes gets a different voice

Even though cute Agnes is back with her hilarious antics, expect to hear a little difference in her voice. Voice-over for the character has been done by Nev Scharrel and not Elsie Fisher as in the two previous instalments. We don’t expect a whole lot of difference though. Anyway, we can always put down any voice changes to growth.

The Despicable Me franchise has raked in billions with the previous two instalments. We expect that the third sequel will surpass the billion dollar mark. Who knows? It may even surpass the earning’s grossed by ‘Minions’, the Despicable Me spin-off at the worldwide box office. Whatever the animation earns, we expect that ardent fans will have a great time come next summer.

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The thrill in watching animated films may not lie entirely in the characters and events taking place, but in poring over the movie frame by frame, in search of Easter eggs. An Easter egg in a movie is not actually an egg but a deliberate inside joke, a feature in an interactive program, a hidden message and a reference to real life features. There are several Easter eggs in the minions movies.

1. The resemblance between minions and Gru’s daughters

The minions, or the yellow blobs, are a fascinating breed of creatures working under their more human master, Gru. Gru has three daughters, Margo, Edith and Agnes. There is nothing strange about the daughters until you notice that they have a striking resemblance to each of the three minions. The tall minion, Kevin, is a depiction of the eldest daughter, Margo while his one-eyed counterpart is no different from Edith.

2. Reference to President Nixon

The three yellow minions make their way to New York where they come across a campaign poster of a US presidential candidate, Richard Nixon. The poster carries the words: “Finally A Name You Can Trust”. However, there is nothing to trust about this presidential candidate as he was known for being very crafty.

3. TV Cameos

The minions are going about their business in New York when they decide to watch TV. Watch carefully when they shuffle through the channels and you will get glimpses of Dragon Tales and the Big Comfy Couch. Reference to the more contemporary films may suggest that the producer of the Despicable Me had taken advantage of the fact that Dragon Tales and the Big Comfy Couch were public service television shows; hence, had no issue with copyrights.

4. The minions’ gibberish language

You can find an Easter egg in the minions’ seemingly nonsensical language. Most of what they say may not be clear but if you listen hard enough, you will hear a smattering of English, French and host of languages used across the world. One minion describes a banana as “Miam Miam” which is a direct translation from French meaning sweet.

5. Twisted pieces of fine art

As the camera pan out in the girls’ bedroom, you realize that the girls’ father, Gru, had stolen some famous works of art such as Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. A closer look will reveal that Mona Lisa’s forehead has been twisted to reflect the one-eyed minion. If you look hard enough, you will discover Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” leaning against the wall on the floor.

6. Marketing bananas

This could be attributed to the unprecedented success of the movie, Despicable Me. You will notice that the minion is holding bananas and each of the bananas has a sticker. To promote the movie, the producers had to print one billion stickers so that each banana in the movie would bear one.

7. Lucy’s cell number

Most movies won’t clearly display phone numbers as characters exchange contacts. However, in this movie, Lucy gives Gru her cell number and it is clearly visible as 626-584-5723. Now, this is a real phone number which you can call if you wish to listen to Kristen Wiig in character.

This movie is full of many more Easter eggs. You can locate them but you have to watch the movie again and again. The Easter eggs serve to add intrigue to the plot and make it more enjoyable.

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We all have, at one point or another, wondered: “Just how are the Minions created? Where do they come from? How do they reproduce?” It’s the question which has been on everyone’s mind since the first Despicable Me movie came out. There are many theories out there concerning the origins of the Minions and how they reproduce. We’ve put together a list of the most popular theories on the matter, from the most logical ones to the really silly and crazy ones. Let us know which theory sounds the most plausible to you!

1) The Minions are created off one single strand of mutated DNA.

In the short film “Orientation Day” which premiered on the Blu-ray release of the first Despicable Me movie, the Minions are getting a briefing about what they can expect from their new job as bomb transporters. In the video, it is implied that the Minions actually come from a single strand of mutated DNA. This could explain where the Minions came from, but doesn’t tell us how they reproduce! Unless they periodically sprout forth from that strand of DNA.

2) The Minions are made from life force

As you probably know there are no female Minions and this is why most people keep wondering where the Minions come from. Some have posed the theory that the Minions are born from life force, and simply spring from the earth, created from an all powerful force which created all living beings on earth. People adapted this theory from the many Overlord video games, which feature minions characters and overlords characters. In this video game series, life force is necessary to create different types of minions. This theory is mostly popular among fans of the Minions movies and the Overlord video games.

3) The Minionizer

It seems Gru created a device called “The Minionizer” which is a ray gun that turns humans into Minions. You simply have to point “the Minionizer” towards a human, press start, and the human is turned into a Minion right away. This was considered *the* official theory since it comes from the creator of the Minions themselves, but it seems this story of Gru’s Minionizer was only created for the Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride at Universal Studios. This theory is no longer considered “canon” (meaning part of the official back story of the Minions) and is rejected by most fans as just a side story part of the Universal Studios ride.

4) The Dark Lord theory

There is a very dark theory out there which says that the Minions are actually created from everything that is dark and evil into the world. There seems to be a Dark Lord, or Dark Entity that created the Minions to serve his (or her?) purposes and when he/she was done with them, released them into the world. The Minions have since been on the lookout for another Dark Master, another evil creature to serve, and they reproduce by feeding on the dark feelings which floats in the world’s atmosphere.
If you want our opinion, we think this theory is too much like something out of “Lord of the Rings” and although it sounds very good on its own, isn’t much in tone with the Despicable Me series. It is too dark and scary! We would be very surprised if this was the actual way the Minions were created and how they reproduce.

5) They are aliens

Some think the Minions are aliens who come from another galaxy and who reproduce normally, like humans do. However, this theory does not have an explanation for how they got to earth and where are the female Minions! We think this could be a very good explanation, but would need to be fleshed out.

As you can see, the theories about how the Minions reproduce, and mostly where they come from, are at each end of the spectrum.

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