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The Minions Movie to be Released July 2015

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Minion Mayhem to Premiere in Theaters July 10, 2015

The Prequel to Despicable Me

Are you a fan of Despicable Me?  If you are then you are among the millions of people who helped launch the original movie into the popularity stratosphere, making it one of the top grossing movies of 2010 and the tenth highest ranking animated film in North American history.[1]

The plot of the movie centers around a super-villain, the notorious Gru, who hatched a plot to steal a shrink gun so he could then capture the moon and rule the world. Along the way, he adopts three precocious orphaned sisters who steal his heart and help him change his evil ways.

There is much laughter in this movie, and fans were captivated by the characters so much that a second movie, Despicable Me 2, will be hitting the theaters on July 3, 2013.

As much as movie goers loved Gru and the girls, there was an ensemble of creatures who captured our imaginations even more.

They were the Minions.

Meet Scarlet Overkill

Breakout Characters

Writers never know when a character or group of characters is going to overshadow or takeover a program or movie.  For some unknown reason, the audience makes a connection to a person who originally secondary to the plotline, but breaks out to the forefront.

For example, when the 1970’s television series Happy Days premiered, The Fonz was a secondary character.  But people took a shine to him and by the series’ end, he was the central character around whom many plotlines revolved.

Frasier Crane was just a guy at the bar in the 1990’s sitcom, Cheers.  But he not only became a regular, he was spun off into his own successful and long lived television series.

In Despicable Me, it was Gru’s henchmen, the Minions, that became the breakout characters of the movie. They were so popular, they are set to have their own movie, Minion Mayhem, released on December 19, 2014.

Minions Groovy Backpack for Back to School 2015

Breakout characters become so popular that they appear on all kinds of related merchandise. For back to school 2015, the minions will be appearing on all kinds of school supplies marketed for both boys and girls. This groovy pink backpack reflects the era of the film.

Stuart Talks!

Minions Tumbling' Stuart
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This toy makes lots of cool sound effects.

What Are Minions?

Minions are simple minded, childish creatures who are yellow and are round or oval in shape. Seen en masse, they all look alike, but up close, there are differences.  For example, Phil has short hair that lays scattered and cropped flat atop his head and two eyes, whereas Dave has his long strands of hair parted in the middle.  Stuart’s hair is like Dave’s, but he only has one eye. Tim is shaped like a pill and has a spike of hair on top.

Gru’s henchmen are impulsive, and react to each other in inappropriate ways.  They argue a lot in a language we cannot understand, and then they start smacking each other around.  It is funny in an old fashioned slapstick sense, because if these were humans acting this way, we would be more appalled.  It is their physical comedy that gets viewers giggling.

The minions are loyal to Gru and his girls, and even though they are mean to each other, they also care (a least a little bit) when one goes missing.  This is part of the plot line of Despicable Me 2.

Movie Trailer Number 3

Everyone Loves Bob and His Teddy Bear

Minions Bob with Teddy Bear
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One of the funniest scenes in the preview trailers is Bob using his teddy bear as a fierce weapon-NOT!

What is the Plot of The Minion Movie?

Illumination Entertainment and Universal Studios hope to have a smash hit on their hands in time for the 2015 summer movie season.

Several top stars have already signed on to star in the third movie. Sandra Bullock will be voicing the villain Scarlett Overkill, who is seeking world domination.  Jon Hamm, star of Mad Men, will play her husband.[3]

The plot of the movie takes place in the 1960's  before they meet Gru.  Minions have always existed, and somehow they have destroyed all the evil doers they worked for.  Because there are no new bad guys to employ them, three of the minions break away from the group to find one.  That is where they run into Scarlett and her plans for world wide domination.[2]

Minion Movie Stuart Plush

Since this film takes place in the 1960's, you will see the minions dressed like this one. Stuart is wearing a groovy tie dye outfit.

The Infamous Fart Gun

Despicable Me 2 Exclusive Banana Scented Fart Gun
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Gas and bananas may seem like an unusual combination, but for fans of Despicable Me, they go together like wine and cheese.Kids willl love this toy, which releases a banana scent.

Will the minions be enough to carry a movie on their own?  That is hard to predict, but one thing is for sure.  Fans of this movie franchise, myself included, will be looking forward to The Minion Movie in the summer of 2015 when it is released.  



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  1. "Despicable Me." wikipedia.org. 11/06/2013 <Web >
  2. Mike Fleming "At Illumination, Jon Hamm Lends Voice To ‘Minions’ Movie; Tito Ortiz Returns As Executive." www.deadline.com. 30/04/2013. 11/06/2013 <Web >
  3. Germaine Lussier "Jon Hamm Joins Sandra Bullock in ‘Despicable Me’ Spin-Off ‘Minions’." www.slashfilm.com. 30/04/2013. 11/06/2013 <Web >

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