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This wonderfully inventive animated yarn tells the story of ruthless baddie Gru (voiced by Steve Carell), who finds his position as the world's greatest villain threatened by up-and-coming youngster Vector (Jason Segel). To re-establish himself as top dog, Gru and his boffin sidekick Dr Nefario (Russell Brand) hatch a plot to steal the Moon. Gru adopts a trio of young sisters from the local orphanage to help him infiltrate Vector's lair and purloin his shrink-gun gizmo to accomplish his evil plan. But a growing bond with the orphans threatens to soften Gru's resolve. The ingenious gadgetry and retro-futurist design is reminiscent of Pixar's
and, in common with several of that studio's films,
also boasts a well-crafted subplot about the importance of family. The film is constantly laugh-out-loud funny, and the voice cast (which also includes Julie Andrews as Gru's disapproving mother) is exemplary. And prepare to fall head-over-heels in love with the impossibly cute "minions", Gru's diminutive yellow helpers.
A criminal mastermind hopes to seal his reputation as the greatest villain of them all by stealing the moon. First he needs to get his hands on a shrinking ray owned by a rival evil genius, and adopts three orphan girls to help him - but finds that fatherhood brings out his long-buried caring side. Animated comedy, with the voices of Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand and Julie Andrews.
Cast & Crew
Jerry the minion
Universal Pictures Int (UK)
DVD and Blu-ray
15 Oct 2010
Full Episode Guide
A guide to the Minions language
We chat to the directors of the yellow fellows' spin-off movie about how their unique style of speech was born
The Minions travel in three different Tardises for Doctor Who-inspired video
Minions to get their own comic book series
Despicable Me takes a twisted turn as it's unnecessarily censored...
Despicable Me’s Minions get a film trailer
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets: "a visually astonishing marvel"
You need to see Kristen Wiig and Steve Carrell's brilliant Golden Globes skit
Did you spot all these mistakes and Easter Eggs in the background of your favourite movies?
"Minions has its flaws, but you’ll be too busy chuckling to notice" - the Radio Times review