After they stole the show as super villain Gru’s (Steve Carell) miniature yellow henchmen in 2010’s Despicable Me — and filmmakers kicked their unique blend of slapstick and gibberish up a notch in the 2013 sequel, Despicable Me 2 — the minions are returning this summer to give movie-goers what they really want: more minions.
Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s Minions will share the backstory behind these banana-loving creatures, and take audiences on a journey to learn more about what these lovable “bad guys” were up to long before they met Gru.
The film is set 42 years B.G. (Before Gru) and the hilarity unfolds when minions, Kevin, Stuart and Bob venture to Villain-Con (in Orlando, Florida, of course… the site of Universal Studios, where the minions are quickly becoming what Mickey Mouse is to Disney World). Set in the late 1960’s, Minions tells the story of what happens when these little guys are forced to set out on their own to find a new boss to serve.
The minions evolved from single-celled organisms that have existed since the dawn of time to fulfill a single purpose: to serve history’s most evil master, from the Tyrannosaurus Rex to Napoleon Bonaparte. Of course, if you’ve seen either of this franchise’s first two movies, you’ll know that, in reality, they often take greater pleasure in bonking each other on the head than fulfilling their dastardly tasks.
No surprises here: the plot begins as the minions prove continually unsuccessful in meeting their master’s needs — They accidentally destroy everyone from Dracula to Genghis Khan — and deep despair sets in as they find themselves without a master.
Sandra Bullock voices Scarlet Overkill, the world’s first female super villain, and if there’s one thing the minions seem to appreciate more than bananas, it’s an attractive lady. Scarlet quickly proves herself to be a true baddie, as it is revealed that her plan is to steal the Queen of England’s crown —and, eventually, along with her inventor husband, Herb (Jon Hamm), to take over the world. (Because, really, isn’t that all bad guys really want?) The minions end up on a journey from Antarctica to New York City before facing their final challenge in London: saving minionkind from annihilation.
Directed by Kyle Balda and Pierre Coffin (who also voice the minions) and written by Brian Lynch, Minions will likely prove that your main characters don’t even have to enunciate in order to make audiences fall in love with them. If you found yourself chuckling (or laughing hysterically) at the minions’ hi-jinks as they fulfilled their roles as Gru’s “evil” counterparts, this computer-animated prequel will surely delight audiences of all ages.
Because honestly, who among us isn’t just a little bit curious about what life is like as a minion?