Minions
File:Minions poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by
Written byBrian Lynch
Produced by
Starring
Edited byClaire Dodgson
Music byHeitor Pereira[3]
Production
company
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release dates
  • June 11, 2015 (2015-06-11) (premiere)[1]
  • July 10, 2015 (2015-07-10) (United States)[2]
Running time
91 minutes[4]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Box office$12.5 million[5]

Minions is a 2015 American 3D computer-animated comedy film and a prequel/spin-off to Despicable Me (2010) and Despicable Me 2 (2013). Produced by Illumination Entertainment for Universal Pictures, the film was written by Brian Lynch, directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, and produced by Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy.[6] The film stars Pierre Coffin (as the Minions), Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Allison Janney, Steve Coogan, and Geoffrey Rush. The film premiered on June 11, 2015, in London, and is scheduled to be released in the United States on July 10, 2015.[2] The film was first foreshadowed in the ending credits of Despicable Me 2, where Stuart, Kevin and Bob, three of the Minions, are seen auditioning for the film.[7]

Plot

Minions are small, yellow creatures who have existed since the beginning of time, evolving from single-celled organisms into beings who have only one purpose: to serve history's most despicable masters.[8] But after accidentally destroying all their masters, including a T. Rex, a caveman, an Egyptian pharaoh, a medieval king, a pirate captain, Genghis Khan,[9] Napoleon[2] and Dracula,[10] they decide to isolate themselves from the world and start a new life in Antarctica.[10] By 1968, the lack of a master drives them into depression, so one Minion named Kevin comes up with a plan to find a new one for his people.[2][9][10] The rebellious teenage Minion Stuart volunteers to join Kevin by accident, while the lovable kid Minion Bob joins by begging Kevin, who thought he was too young.

After a long journey, the Minions arrive at New York 42 years B.G (Before Gru), where they learn that Villain-Con, a villain convention where supervillains from around the world gather to search for henchmen, was to be held in Orlando, Florida. They manage to hitch a ride to Orlando. Coincidentally, the family who drove them there were criminals heading to Villain-Con as well. The Minions were impressed by some of the villains, including a sumo wrestler and an aquatic supervillian called Frankie Fish Lips. In the end, they attempted to become the henchmen for Scarlet Overkill, the world's first female supervillain. Hundreds of audience members rush on stage to participate in Scarlet's challenge, but they are eliminated easily by the supervillian. Amidst the confusion, Bob wins the challenge by swapping Scarlet's ruby with his teddy bear, Tim. Scarlet declares the Minions her new henchmen.

Scarlet takes the Minions to her residence in London, where she instructs the Minions to steal St Edward's Crown for her. Through a bedtime story, which scared both Stuart and Kevin while lulling Bob to sleep, Scarlet threatens to execute them if they fail in their mission. With the help of Scarlet's husband Herb Overkill's weapons, the Minions break into the Tower of London successfully, but the crown was already delivered to Queen Elizabeth II. The Minions steal the crown from the Queen's carriage, destroying it in the process, while pursued by the police. Bob crash lands on the mythical Sword in the Stone, where he pulls Excalibur out easily to defend himself. Elizabeth is then removed from the throne, and Bob is crowned King of the United Kingdom.

Scarlet confronts the Minions, calling them traitors. King Bob eventually abdicates in Scarlet's favor. However, Scarlet betrays the Minions as well, locking them in the palace dungeon where they are to be tortured by Herb. However, the medieval torture devices fail to work on the Minions due to their unusual shape and abilities. When Herb goes to attend his wife's coronation, the Minions escape the dungeon through a sewer. Along the way, they steal a funeral wreath and write an apology note for Scarlet on it.

At Westminster Abbey, the Minions accidentally interrupt Scarlet's coronation by unscrewing a chandelier, which falls and crushes Scarlet before she could be crowned. Scarlet orders the attendees of the coronation, some of which are supervillains, to execute the Minions. Stuart and Bob are captured while Kevin hides in a bar, where he finds Elizabeth working there. After learning that Scarlet is going to execute Stuart and Bob, Kevin breaks into Herb's laboratory, where he triggers a machine which turns him into a giant and destroys the Overkill residence.

Simultaneously, the rest of the Minions in Antarctica encounter a few yetis. The Minions begin to work for the leader of the yetis, but once again execute him by accident. The remaining yetis pursue the Minions in anger. The rest of the Minions rode in kangaroos' pouches in Sydney. The Minions escape the continent and, after much trouble, get on a plane to Britain.

Kevin rescues his companions from execution. Scarlet attacks Kevin with missiles but misses every shot. The army of Minions arrive in London and gathers on the street to see Kevin. Scarlet is distracted by the army of Minions and Kevin knocks Scarlet away. The supervillian escapes with Herb using her dress rocket, but Kevin holds onto the rocket, causing it to explode. Kevin shrinks back to his original size and lands safely using his still gigantic overalls.

Elizabeth is once again crowned Queen of the United Kingdom and, in front of a crowd, presents Kevin, Stuart and Bob with their rewards. Bob is given a tiny crown for Tim, Stuart is given an electric guitar (but receives a snowglobe instead when he smashes the guitar on stage) and Kevin is knighted by the Queen. Scarlet is suddenly revealed to be alive and snatches the Queen's crown with Herb, but she is stopped by a young Felonious Gru, who freezes the Overkills and takes the crown before leaving with it. Bob, knowing how much Scarlet wants a crown, gives his tiny crown to Scarlet. The Minions see Gru as their new potential boss and chase after him, setting up the plot for Despicable Me.

Cast

Production

In July 2012, Universal Studios and Illumination Entertainment announced that the Minions from Despicable Me would get their own spin-off film, and was planned for a 2014 release.[21] On August 21, 2012, it was announced that the film would be released on December 19, 2014.[22] In February 2013, Sandra Bullock joined the cast to voice Scarlet Overkill,[12] with Jon Hamm joining two months later as her husband Herb Overkill.[13] On September 20, 2013, the film's release date was pushed back from December 19, 2014 to July 10, 2015,[23] due to Universal's satisfaction with the July release of Despicable Me 2[24] and desire to exploit fully the merchandising potential of a summer film.[23]

Release

The film had its world premiere on June 11, 2015 at Odeon Leicester Square in London, United Kingdom.[1] On June 17, 2015, it was released theatrically in Indonesia and Australia.[25] The next day, on June 18, they were followed by releases in Malaysia and Singapore,[25] and by a screening at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, in France.[26] It was theatrically released in the United Kingdom on June 26, 2015, and will be theatrically released in the United States on July 10, 2015.[2]

Marketing

A series of comics and graphic novels based on the film will be published by Titan Comics.[27] The series will include four comic book issues, two digest collections, two hardcover editions and a paperback collection.[27] Drawn by Didier Ah-koon and Renaud Collin, the series launched on June 17, 2015, with the release of the first issue of the Minions comic book and the first digest collection.[27][28]

Reception

Box office

Minions is scheduled to be released in 44 overseas markets in the month of June and July ahead of its North American release.[29] It earned an estimated $12.5 million in its opening weekend from 4 countries on 621 screens.[30] It added $36 million in its second weekend from 10 countries.[31]

It had the biggest opening day of all-time for an animated film in Indonesia and Malaysia,[29][32] and Universal's second-biggest opening day of all-time in Indonesia (behind Furious 7).[29] Also, it set the record for the biggest opening weekend of all-time for an animated film in Brazil ($7.2 million), Indonesia and Malaysia.[30][31] In Australia, it opened with $4.4 million.[30] In U.K., Ireland and Malta, the film received the widest release ever for an animated film — in 573 screens — and grossed an estimated $16.1 million.[31] Elsewhere, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and New Zealand all opened No. 1.[31]

Critical response

Minions has received generally positive reviews from critics. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a rating of 75%, based on 40 reviews, with an average rating of 6.5/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "The Minions' brightly colored brand of gibberish-fueled insanity stretches to feature length in their self-titled Despicable Me spinoff, with uneven but often hilarious results."[33] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 63 out of 100, based on 10 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[34]

Soundtrack

Untitled

The official soundtrack for the film will be released on July 10, 2015 by Back Lot Music. The soundtrack also features the film's original music, composed by Heitor Pereira.[35]

Track listing

All music is composed by Heitor Pereira, except where noted

No.TitleWriter(s)PerformerLength
1."Universal Fanfare"Jerry GoldsmithThe Minions (Pierre Coffin)0:32
2."Happy Together"Garry Bonner, Alan GordonThe Turtles2:54
3."I'm a Man"Steve Winwood, Jimmy MillerThe Spencer Davis Group3:05
4."You Really Got Me"Ray DaviesThe Kinks2:14
5."My Generation"Pete TownshendThe Who3:16
6."Mellow Yellow"DonovanDonovan3:41
7."Revolution"Lennon–McCartneyThe Minions (Pierre Coffin)2:22
8."Minions Through Time"  4:34
9."Kevin, Stuart and Bob"  2:57
10."Minions Run Amok"  1:29
11."Tortellini"  0:21
12."The VNC"  1:11
13."Minions in the U.S.A."  2:13
14."Orlando"  0:46
15."Scarlet Overkill"  1:07
16."Ruby Fight"  2:58
17."Make 'Em Laugh" The Minions (Pierre Coffin)0:44
18."Scarlet's Fortess"  3:31
19."Traveling Tribe"  0:49
20."Tower of London"  1:39
21."Hair" The Minions (Pierre Coffin)0:54
22."Fighting the Crown Keeper"  1:43
23."King Bob"  0:57
24."(Theme From) The Monkees" The Minions (Pierre Coffin)0:29
25."Dungeon Mayhem"  0:35
26."Goodbye Fabrice"  2:28
27."Minion Mission"  4:56
28."Sneaking In"  2:34
29."King Kong Kevin"  3:30
30."Our Hero Is Back"  1:14
31."Minions Victory"  2:49
32."Greatest Renegade Unveiling (GRU)"  2:39
Total length:67:11

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