Minions: The History and Future of the Despicable Me Franchise
Minions: Everything You Need to Know About the Lovable Yellow Creatures
If you are a fan of animation, comedy, or cute characters, chances are you have heard of Minions. These small, yellow, capsule-shaped creatures have become a global phenomenon, appearing in several movies, TV shows, games, books, and merchandise. But what exactly are Minions, and why are they so popular? In this article, we will explore the fascinating world of Minions and answer some of the most common questions about them.
What are Minions?
Minions are an all-male species of fictional yellow creatures that appear in Illumination's Despicable Me franchise. They are characterized by their childlike behavior and their language, which is largely unintelligible. The Minions serve as the official mascots for Illumination, and have also been described by The New York Times as "corporate icons" for Comcast in the years since their 2013 purchase of Illumination's parent company NBCUniversal; similar to Mickey Mouse for The Walt Disney Company, Bugs Bunny for Warner Bros., Mario for Nintendo or Woody Woodpecker for Universal Pictures.
The Origin of Minions
Minions, the 2015 animated feature film, shows that they have existed since the beginning of life on Earth. Minions are biologically wired to seek out and serve the most terrible of villains; when they have no "boss" to serve, they become depressed and listless. They were created by Eric Guillon, Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud.
The Characteristics of Minions
The Minions are small, yellow capsule-shaped creatures with round sliver goggles. They are depicted as being roughly one-third to one-half the height of humans but they were later revealed to be 3 feet 7 inches (1.1 m) tall. They have one or two eyes, and their irises are almost always brown (except for Bob, who has one green and one brown eye). They have three fingers and toes per hand and foot, respectively. There appears to be no other difference between the two types beyond the number and color of eyes, and their height. They have no discernible noses but seem capable of smelling, as they are shown smelling fruit and are affected by the Fart Gun. They are also shown without ears but can hear and respond to sounds. Most Minions appear either bald or with a few wispy strands of black hair on their heads. After leaving their home country of Switzerland in favor of a new life in America during the late 1960s, their clothing consists of blue overalls emblazoned with Gru's logo, black rubber gloves, shoes, and goggles. While shown as somewhat absent-minded and having very mischievous streaks, they also possess exceptional engineering abilities, being able to design and construct spaceships and playthings for Gru's adopted daughters, particularly the youngest, Agnes. They are also shown to have a degree of invulnerability, as Kevin, Stuart and Bob are able to survive a European torture chamber without any injuries, even playing with the torture devices. In the 2010 short film "Banana", the Minions are revealed to have an almost uncontrollable craving for fruit, especially bananas.
The Language of Minions
One of the most captivating aspects of the Minions is their unique language, known as Minionese. At first glance, it may seem like gibberish, but upon closer inspection, youll One of the most captivating aspects of the Minions is their unique language, known as Minionese. At first glance, it may seem like gibberish, but upon closer inspection, youll notice that it actually contains words from various languages, such as English, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Hindi, and more. The language was created by Pierre Coffin, one of the directors and voice actors of the Minions. He said that he improvised the language based on his own impressions of foreign languages. He also said that he wanted to create a language that was funny and emotional, but not understandable. Minionese has no grammar or syntax rules, and the meaning of the words depends largely on the context and the tone of voice. Some examples of Minionese words are:
Tulaliloo ti amo
We love you
Muak muak muak
Kiss kiss kiss
Hana, dul, sae
One, two, three (Korean)
Bee do bee do bee do!
Fire alarm sound
Can we start? (Filipino)
Oooh la la!
Oooh la la!
What are the Minions Movies?
The Minions have appeared in five feature films so far, four of which are part of the Despicable Me franchise and one of which is a spin-off prequel. Here is a brief overview of each movie:
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Despicable Me (2010)
This is the first movie that introduced the Minions to the world. It tells the story of Gru, a supervillain who adopts three orphan girls as part of his plan to steal the moon. The Minions are his loyal henchmen who help him with his schemes and provide comic relief. The movie was a huge success, grossing over $543 million worldwide and receiving positive reviews from critics and audiences alike. It also spawned two sequels and a spin-off.
Despicable Me 2 (2013)
This is the second movie in the Despicable Me franchise. It follows Gru as he is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to stop a new villain named El Macho. Along the way, he falls in love with Lucy Wilde, an AVL agent, and becomes a father figure to his adopted daughters. The Minions play a bigger role in this movie, as they are kidnapped by El Macho's henchman Dr. Nefario and turned into evil purple minions. The movie was even more successful than the first one, grossing over $970 million worldwide and receiving positive reviews from critics and audiences alike. It also won an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.
This is the spin-off prequel movie that focuses on the origin and adventures of the Minions. It takes place before they met Gru and shows how they searched for a new boss throughout history. The movie follows Kevin, Stuart and Bob as they travel to New York City in 1968 and join forces with Scarlet Overkill, a female supervillain who wants to steal the crown from Queen Elizabeth II. The movie was a massive hit, grossing over $1.1 billion worldwide and becoming the highest-grossing animated film of 2015. It also received mixed to positive reviews from critics and audiences alike. Despicable Me 3 (2017)
This is the third movie in the Despicable Me franchise. It follows Gru as he meets his long-lost twin brother Dru, who wants to follow in their father's footsteps as a villain. Together, they face a new enemy named Balthazar Bratt, a former child star who is obsessed with the 1980s. The Minions also have their own subplot, as they quit working for Gru and end up in prison. The movie was another success, grossing over $1 billion worldwide and receiving mixed to positive reviews from critics and audiences alike.
Minions: The Rise of Gru (2022)
This is the upcoming sequel to the Minions spin-off movie. It will take place in the 1970s and show how the Minions met and joined Gru, who was a young aspiring villain at the time. The movie will feature new characters, such as the Vicious 6, a group of legendary villains who are Gru's idols. The movie was originally scheduled to be released in 2020, but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is now set to be released on July 1, 2022.
Why are Minions so Popular?
The Minions have become one of the most popular and recognizable characters in the world, with millions of fans and followers. But what makes them so appealing and influential? Here are some possible reasons:
The Appeal of Minions
One of the main reasons why Minions are so popular is because they are funny and adorable. They have a quirky and innocent personality that makes them hilarious and endearing. They are also very expressive and emotive, using their body language, facial expressions, and sounds to convey their feelings and thoughts. They are also very relatable and human-like, as they have their own desires, fears, joys, and sorrows. They are loyal to t