Disney had it right!
If you look at some of the most profitable animated films in history, you’ll notice a common theme; memorable sidekicks. From Timon and Pumbaa in “The Lion King” to an entire castle of enchanted objects in “Beauty & The Beast,” both heroes and villains seemed to thrive more with partners. Universal Studios realized that in 2010 with the smash hit “Despicable Me” and judging by the newly released first trailer for the sequel, they now stand ready to capitalize even more on a great concept.
Featuring the voice of Steve Carell, “Despicable Me” earned over $250 million in the summer of 2010 and became a huge worldwide success. A majority of that acclaim came from the film’s many mischievous minions, who instantly became breakout stars in their own right. At times during the movie’s heavy promotional campaign you really couldn’t walk in a mall or even down the street here in New York without seeing a poster of a smiling minion staring back at you.
Mostly voiced by the movie’s directors Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud, the pint sized scene-stealers are expected to play an even bigger role in the second film, as well as in the upcoming theme park attraction being developed for Universal Studios.
So it really shouldn’t be a surprise that Universal made them the stars of the sequel’s first teaser trailer which was just recently released. In the footage, four of the minions are on-screen singing along to a version of the Beach Boys classic “Barbara Ann,” but in their own special language. While this reveals absolutely nothing about the plot, it is a wonderful reminder of why audiences should be looking forward to the next film and is honestly a great way to perk up your day if you need a laugh.
The minions have also become a trademark of Illumination Entertainment, the company that helped develop “Despicable Me” alongside Universal. The film was one of the company’s first partnerships which have also led to such success as “Hop” and “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax.” Together the studios seem on to something big and filmgoers can’t wait to see what they have coming up next.
“Despicable Me 2” will hit theaters in New York and nationwide on July 3, 2013.
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