Despicable Me (2010)
Description: In a happy suburban neighborhood surrounded by white picket fences with flowering rose bushes, sits a black house with a dead lawn. Unbeknownst to the neighbors, hidden beneath this house is a vast secret hideout. Surrounded by a small army of minions, we discover Gru (Steve Carell), planning the biggest heist in the history of the world. He is going to steal the moon. Gru delights in all things wicked. Armed with his arsenal of shrink rays, freeze rays, and battle-ready vehicles for land and air, he vanquishes all who stand in his way. Until the day he encounters the immense will of three little orphaned girls who look at him and see something that no one else has ever seen: a potential Dad. The world’s greatest villain has just met his greatest challenge: three little girls named Margo (Miranda Cosgrove), Edith (Dana Gaier), and Agnes (Elsie Fisher).
Directors: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud
Writers: Cinco Paul (screenplay by), Ken Daurio (screenplay by)
Stars: Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand
Directors Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud wrote a language for the gibberish the minions speak throughout this movie. They called it “minion-ese”. Each word the minions speak in this movie translates into an actual word.
While Gru is floating in space, while orbiting the moon, we see that the number on Gru’s “Swan Lake” ticket is 072069 – July 20, 1969 is the date of first moon landing, which Gru is seen watching in flashbacks.
The bedtime story “Sleepy Kittens” was made into a tie-in board book that can be purchased, although it does not include the pull out brush that was featured in this movie.
Gru (Steve Carell) tells Miss Hattie (Kristen Wiig), in Spanish, that her face is “como un burro”. This means “like a donkey.”
Will Arnett gained weight for the role of Mr. Perkins, because since he’s playing a large, heavy-set man, he thought it would improve his voicework.
The producers only wanted comedic improvisational actors in the cast, such as Steve Carell, Russell Brand, et cetera.
In his application to adopt the girls, Gru’s first name is given as Felonious.
To make Elsie Fisher laugh during recordings, her dad would sometimes sneak up behind her and tickle her.
Throughout the movie, you can see Dr. Seuss’ Lorax character imprinted on Margo’s shirt, under her jacket.