Everyone who often catches movies at their local Cinemark theater can probably describe the “Stars are Brighter” promo – featuring the Minions from Despicable Me – beat by beat, after having watched it before nearly every single screening. If so, you may be able to understand why some people – which, admittedly, includes this writer – have become a little weary of the trailers for Despicable Me 2 (which are mostly just collections of Minion shenanigans).

Fortunately, most under-age moviegoers – and their parents – don’t seem to have lost interest in watching the wacky little yellow critters wreak havoc (… yet). That’s good, considering how much they’re featured in the half-dozen Despicable Me 2 TV spots that are now airing. (Not to mention, Gru’s associates are going to be getting their own Minions spinoff movie in 2014.)

Watch the additional five Despicable Me 2 TV spots below:

Thankfully, some of these Despicable Me 2 clips offer a change of pace, by focusing more on the comedy inherent to Gru – the bald and animated Steve Carell-voiced ex-supervillain – behaving like a proper father and raising his adopted daughters in the suburbs.

In particular, the relationship between Gru and Agnes (Elsie Kate Fisher) looks as tender and cute as ever. Hopefully, that’s a sign that the animated sequel will have as strong an emotional-core (re: heart) as its predecessor – and not just an over-abundance of Minion antics – to go along with all the lively cartoony action and the in-your-face 3D elements that’s expected from the film. (Sidenote: is anyone else not quite sure how to feel about Despicable Me 2 marketing’s use of Eminem’s “Without Me”?)

Despicable Me 2 was scripted by Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul – the writing duo that was behind the original film – with Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud back as the directors. The voice cast includes Kristen Wiig (Anchorman: The Legend Continues), Ken Jeong (Community), Steve Coogan (Our Idiot Brother) and Benjamin Bratt (Law & Order), with Russell Brand reprising his Despicable Me voice role as Dr. Nefario.

The animated feature opens in 2D and 3D theaters around the U.S. on July 3rd, 2013.

Source: Illumination Entertainment