The Minions have been the oppressive rulers of our vile popular culture for more than ten years. The “Despicable Me” franchise is the highest-grossing animated film series in history thanks to the Minions, the yellow, Twinkie-shaped henchmen of reformed supervillain Gru. Along with the feature films, the “Despicable Me” franchise also consists of 14 short films, a TV special, a number of video games, a ride at Universal Studios, and, for some reason, all the embarrassing memes your Great Aunt posts on Facebook about booze and Covid vaccinations.
In “Minions: The Rise of Gru,” the follow-up to the spin-off prequel (yeah, you read that right), a 12-year-old Gru in the suburbs devises a scheme to become nasty enough to be admitted into the supervillain group known as the Vicious 6. As the series approaches its fifth chapter. If this sounds like the storyline from “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-along Blog,” but from the viewpoint of a young child, it’s because it is. After a disastrous interview, Gru and the Minions take a priceless stone from them, making them the enemies of the height of evil. Now, Wild Knuckles, the villainous former leader of the Vicious 6, must be sought out for assistance by Gru and the Minions.
Otto, everybody’s favourite Minion, is the focus of an exclusive first look from “Minions: The Rise of Gru” from Universal Pictures.
A Cross-Country Tricycle Journey
Otto sets off on the longest trike adventure in history, leaving behind the suburbs and travelling across the country through the rain, through ponds, and through forests, all while riding alongside a motorcycle stunt driver and flying through the air off a huge ramp across the Grand Canyon. Otto isn’t the only one travelling; the clip also has fellow Minions Kevin, Stuart, and Bob on their own excursions. They can be seen piloting a plane, DJing a party, dressing as farm animals, operating a trolley, and practising in a karate dojo. When your kids get their hands on this, get ready to watch it 500 times because the slapstick humour is well on display.
Both Gru and the Minions’ voices, provided by Pierre Coffin and Steve Carell, are back. Taraji P. Henson, Michelle Yeoh, Alan Arkin, RZA, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Lucy Lawless, Dolph Lundgren, Danny Trejo, Russell Brand, and Julie Andrews are in attendance as well.
On July 1, 2022, “Minions: The Rise of Gru” is scheduled to have its theatrical debut. The availability of streaming is still unknown, but we’ll keep you informed as the release date approaches.