A new trailer for the second Minions movie was released on Wednesday and is making waves as fans excitedly anticipate the next adventure of superhero Gru and his fun yellow besties. he. The latest installment in the ever-expanding Gruniverse, Minions: The Rise of Gru, will be released in the UK on July 1st and is set in the 1970s, with a much younger Gru (the series’ protagonist). Despicable Me) is trying to be part of a villainous group known as the Vicious 6. But an interview with the tape doesn’t go well, and Gru and his trusted minions have to go on the run.
If you’re new to this world and it all sounds a little crazy, you’re right. That is. We’re talking about a movie about the adventures of a group of identical tiny yellow Tic Tac-shaped assistants who wear goggles and denim aprons.
Minions are completely dedicated to supporting their evil boss. But fortunately for the good of the world, they are quite trash in their work. They are easily distracted and thoughtless. They speak a gobbledygook language and behave like children.
But to give them their match, the Minions are also a resilient bunch – adaptable, lovable, and courageous, in their own right. They can turn into all sorts of useful (giant) and useless (glow sticks). And they have likable personalities, which become more apparent as the series progresses.
So what are Minions?
Minions have existed since the very beginning, and served evil masters. Think of the most evil villains in history – obviously the Minions were there, wholeheartedly helping them. But, for one reason or another, they always end up killing their bosses – including Count Dracula and one of the Pharaohs.
The first Minions film, released in 2015, began with them firing a cannonball at Napoleon and being pushed into isolation. The story follows the three main Minions – Kevin, Stuart and Bob – as they set out to find a new owner. After all, serving is what they do best, and they feel a bit disheartened not to see this as a goal.
So how do they fit into the Gruniverse?
It all started with Despicable Me, the movie about super villain Gru voiced by Steve Carell. When it was released in 2010, it was the ninth highest-grossing film of the year.
In the first movie, Gru tries to steal the moon and is ready to destroy anyone who gets in his way, bwah ha ha ha ha. But then the three orphaned girls decide they want him to be their father. Even if you haven’t seen the movie, you can certainly guess what happens next…
Despicable Me 2, released in 2013, follows a reformed Gru as he tries to balance fatherhood with helping the Anti-Villains Alliance. The third part, Despicable Me 3, was released in 2017 and the fourth part is due in 2024.
Where did the first Minions movie leave things?
The first Minions movie is set in the 1960s. Kevin, Stuart and Bob set out to New York City to find a new owner. They stumble across an advertisement for Villain-Con, where the villains will come together to share despicable plans. There couldn’t be a more perfect event to find a new boss, so the Minions naturally went away. They are hired, come to London, and become part of a plot to steal the Royal Crown from Queen Elizabeth II.
One thing leads to another, and Bob eventually becomes King. Yes, from England. But Bob resigned – he wasn’t interested in the role (although, as Elizabeth II might point out, it’s all about serving…). Then the evil boss of the Minions will imprison them by all means. They escape, and intend to go apologize to their boss. But again, things go a little wrong. There are some hides, some captures, a rocket, an explosion, a knight. The film ends with a young Gru stealing the crown, and the Minions following him, judging him as their best bet for a new leader.
How Minions made it
Although the Minions are an offshoot of the Despicable Me series, the little yellow (?) creatures have become hugely successful in their own right. The 2015 film Minions brought in more than $1.15 billion worldwide, double the revenue of 2010’s Despicable Me and more than all subsequent Despicable Me films. Their popularity may be due to the fact that Eminem seems to have given the movie rights to use his song One Shot as the soundtrack for the trailer.
Minions can be found everywhere – on mugs, t-shirts, shoes and hats. Despicable Me and Minions merchandise made around $267 million in January 2016. Looks like even if you haven’t watched Minions, you can still tell Kevin, Stuart, and Bob’s faces from just the merchandise and advertisement.
So, if you’ve always wondered about the movies, but aren’t sure if that’s your cup of tea, this is your sign. With the release date still three months away, there’s also plenty of time to catch up with the franchise as a whole, recommended if riotous animated comedies are your thing. And if not, where is your joy?
Minions: The Rise of Gru is due out in the UK on July 1