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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
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