When Gru, the world's most super-bad turned super-dad has been recruited by a team of officials to stop lethal muscle and a host of Gru's own, He has to fight back with new gadgetry, cars, and more minion madness.
The Dragon Warrior has to clash against the savage Tai Lung as China's fate hangs in the balance: However, the Dragon Warrior mantle is supposedly mistaken to be bestowed upon an obese panda who is a tyro in martial arts.
Spoiled by their upbringing and unaware of what wildlife really is, four animals from the New York Central Zoo escape, unwittingly assisted by four absconding penguins, and find themselves in Madagascar.
The magically long-haired Rapunzel has spent her entire life in a tower, but now that a runaway thief has stumbled upon her, she is about to discover the world for the first time, and who she really is.
When the newly crowned Queen Elsa accidentally uses her power to turn things into ice to curse her home in infinite winter, her sister, Anna, teams up with a mountain man, his playful reindeer, and a snowman to change the weather condition.
Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse.
In a happy suburban neighborhood surrounded by white picket fences with flowering rose bushes, sits a black house with a dead lawn. Unbeknownst to the neighbors, hidden beneath this home is a vast secret hideout. Surrounded by a small army of minions, we discover Gru, planning the biggest heist in the history of the world. He is going to steal the moon. (Yes, the moon!) Gru delights in all things wicked. Armed with his arsenal of shrink rays, freeze rays, and battle-ready vehicles for land and air, he vanquishes all who stand in his way. Until the day he encounters the immense will of three little orphaned girls who look at him and see something that no one else has ever seen: a potential Dad. The world's greatest villain has just met his greatest challenge: three little girls named Margo, Edith and Agnes. Written by
For those who are really into details: Gru's first name is Felonius. His parents were Marlena and Robert. His fraternal grandparents were Joesph and Helen. Through them he has and uncle Jeffrey and a stepuncle Steven (a jungle explorer) from his grandmother's previous marriage. He also has a greatuncle named John. His maternal grandparents were Henry and Madeline. Henry had a brother Helmut, who was married to Jane. They had a son known only as convice 3619. His greatgrandparents on his father's side were Able and Antoinette. His greatuncle Henry's parents were a gyspy named Yolanda and Marcel, who was a werewolf. Yolanda's parents were Art and Lucy. His greatgrandmother's parents were Elixabeth and a soldier named Oliver. Oliver has a daughter, Little Ponyand a son named Charles. Oliver had a cousin named Willian (a mad scientist), whose parents were Mareva (a Pacific Islander) and a one-eyed sea captain named ron. Gru's greatgrandparents on his grandfather's side were Mathid and Francois. Prancois' parents were Charlotte and Leopolde/ Mathid's parents were Sara and a mountain man named Jack. There you have it: all six generations. (Taken from the family tree chart on the wall in the hallway near the girls' bedroom.) See more »
When Mr. Perkins of the Evil Bank shows Victor Perkins (Vector) the screen capture from his video conference with Gru, the shot that he displays never happened. It displays the Shrink Ray and all three girls at the bottom of the image with Gru. During the actual scene, the only person in the screen with the Shrink Ray present is Gru. Additionally Edith is the only daughter whom we ever see come into view on Mr. Perkins' screen. See more »
[a minion drinks from a bottle, starts floating]
We've been working on this for a while now. It's an Anti-gravity serum.
[the minion floats out an open skylight]
I meant to close that. He'll be alright, I'm sure.
Do the effects wear off?
[looking up at some minions floating on the roof]
Uh... so far, no. No, they don't.
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Two minions take turns trying to see how far each one can stretch their arm out into the audience (in 3-D). See more »
Despicable Me's teasers and trailers seemed to represent a few different movies, and that's reflected by the general segregation of comedy styles that the film begins with. At the film's start, Gru (Steve Carrell) handles the dark comedy, the trio of orphans get the cutesy comedy, and the minions handle the slapstick. As the film progresses, though, these lines begin to blur, building to a strong emotional finale and a satisfyingly complete tale. (This is one of those rare non-Pixar animated films that doesn't seem destined for sequel-dom.)
The tale of rival villains isn't terribly original. Nor is the idea of a villain having his heart melted by adorable children. But the way Despicable Me blends these two ideas is just fantastic. There's humor, action, and heart -- what more could you want from an animated film?
Also notable is the way the star-studded voice cast handles their characters. While there are a ton of big names filling out the roster, most of them use accents which render them familiar but not too much so. It's a different route than many animated films take, and it's refreshing. Julie Andrews and Steve Carrell especially do well at straddling the line between their trademark voices and their characters' accents. The voice that steals the movie, however, is the adorable Elsie Fisher as Agnes. Almost every line gets either a laugh or an "Aw..." (On a related note, I love that the orphan girls are named Edith, Margo, and Agnes. I love old names for young people.)
The plot has enough twists and turns to keep things interesting, and the antics of the minions provide a nice side of fun to the proceedings. Also, their reaching contest during the credits is a fun use of 3-D that had the kids in the theater reaching for the screen.
Last year was a banner year for animation, and this year seems to be following suit. How to Train Your Dragon amazed, Toy Story 3 is one of the best animated films of all time, and Despicable Me impresses. A very pleasant surprise.
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