‘Despicable Me 3′ and ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ Get Release Dates

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Back in the mid-1990s, Disney and Pixar set a precedent for computer-animated films with the release of Toy Story. As the first full-length feature of its type, that film set Disney apart from competing studios, but Dreamworks ultimately established itself as a major player with the Shrek franchise a few years later.

In the decade or so since then, the palette of animated films has expanded dramatically; studios like Fox and Universal have joined the fray in a big way with their Ice Age and Despicable Me franchises, respectively. Now, the latter has announced release dates for a couple of new projects that should keep audiences coming back for more.

Universal has officially announced that Despicable Me 3 will hit theaters on June 30, 2017, followed on November 17, 2017 by the big-screen release of a new animated take on Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Both films will be produced by Illumination Entertainment, continuing Universal’s long-term partnership with the production company.

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Considering the $935 million worldwide box office gross that Despicable Me 2 reined it, it’s absolutely no surprise that Universal aims to keep the adventures of Gru, his children and his beloved minions alive. However, it’s worth noting that the 2017 release will actually mark the fourth film in the franchise, as Universal has already staked out a summer 2015 release date for the Minions spinoff. It’s clear that the studio is banking on long-term plans for the Despicable Me brand. So fans (and non-fans alike) had better get used to the pointy-nosed anti-hero and his yellow colleagues.

As for Grinch, the previously-announced film is expected to follow the visual and tonal template of Universal’s last adaptation of Seuss in the 2012 hit The Lorax, also produced by Illumination. History has certainly proven that the works of Seuss are perhaps better suited to animated productions. Universal’s 2000 live-action Grinch and its 2003 take on The Cat in the Hat – while financially successful – were critically slammed and heavily criticized as not remaining true to the spirit of the source material. Hopefully, an animated take on these classic stories (Universal is also developing a Cat in the Hat film) can hew more closely to what Seuss fans expect.

Are you looking forward to more Despicable Me, or do you think Universal is stretching the franchise too far? Does the prospect of an animated Grinch sound like a refreshing re-start or a lazy retread of a story that’s already been told? Sound off in the comments section.

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Despicable Me 3 will hit theaters on June 30, 2017. Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas is set for release on November 17, 2017.

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  1. Here’s what I don’t understand. When something is created and is perfect the first time out, why does it need to be remade. No remake of the Grinch is going to come close tot he Boris Karloff version. I watch it every December and it still holds up today.

    • I’ll give you two reasons. First, The Grinch is one of the most popular Dr. Seuss characters and has a really good story. It’s never going to replace the original Grinch cartoon, but I don’t doubt that it’s going to be a huge success financially because everyone knows and loves the story and will go to see a modernized version of it. Secondly, it’s going to be used as a tool to bring a Grinch themed expansion to the Seuss Landing section of Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park in Orlando. As a theme park/roller coaster nerd, there were rumors going for a while about a family themed Grinch ride to coincide with a possible new movie. Universal Studios did the same with Despicable Me.

  2. I’m looking forward to Despicable Me 3. It’s fun and light-hearted. My kids love it. Pharrell has done a fantastic job with the music for the franchise and I look forward to his polish on the next installment. The movies are slick,fun and fall for the trap of taking themselves too serious.

    for The Grinch, I also look forward to that. I still own the original Grinch cartoon on DVD and my son loved it. The live-action remake left much to be desired. Carey was good, a little over the top, but good. The lighting in the movie was so dark and dreary and the whole love interest aspect was wierd. But if the handlers of Lorax are behind it then I trust them to make a feel good story that elaborates on the original while wrapping it all together quite nicely. My only hope is that they find a way to incorporate the original narrative to the story. Lorax removed a LOT of Seuss’ narrative and I think it took away from it. Plus the writing for the Grinch is so great!

  3. Kinda interested in the Grinch. Absolutely love the cartoon version so I don’t mind seeing it updated. Hopefully it turns out great.

  4. I don’t know what it is, but I’ve always been off put by the whole Despicable Me franchise. I know people love it, hell everyone in my family loves it, but I just can’t stand any of the characters, the stories, even the entire concept of what the franchise is all about bothers me. Sure, like the saying goes, if you don’t like, don’t watch. But when I see it beating out everything in the box office but 2 other mega block busters, I can’t help but have it on the mind.

    • What’s not to like about Despicable Me? I don’t have any kids, and I love both films.

    • I hear you! Mind you I do like the minions. Other than those characters I find the story boring and the other characters bland and not very likable at all.

  5. No please no Despicable me 3! Don’t become what Shrek is like. Bland and lame stories. They better be careful not to over do it. The second one was really good. But I’m afraid it will become on of ‘those’ franchises…like Shrek…please, no…

  6. Despicable Me 3 could be ok. I won’t look forward to it too much. But Minions? Awww yea. That’s my stuff.

    I think it’ll be cool to see a new Grinch if for no other reason than to really start a uniform catalog of Dr. Seuss movies. Just like how Disney had their uniform style

  7. Bring more Despicable films on. The quicker the studio makes them, the faster the franchise will die out. The second film was more focused on the Minions than in all the other characters. That’s why they are working on the Minions spinoff.

  8. I was really hoping for an adaptation of “Yertle the Turtle” or the “Star-Belly Sneetches”. I know the Grinch will end up being good but I wish they would invest their time into different Seuss properties not ones we’ve already seen done in the past.

    • I would love to see Yertle or Sneetches too but this are really short. A studio expanding the story that much would worry me a little. I would still love to see some new Seuss movies. Maybe the new Grinch will open that door. I think they should do “Horton Hatches the Egg”, they already have the one successful Horton movie so the world is established. Then they have the 2 Bartholomew Cubbins ones too….Oh the places they can go (pun fully intended).

  9. People are ridiculous. Bring on more Despicable Me movies.

    Just about all movie lovers want more of the same just slightly different. We all have our favorite genres etc.and when we see something we like we want more. Look at the Shrek franchise. Sure some of them weren’t as good as others but the majority of their fans still wanted to see the movies because they got to spend more time with the characters they’d come to love. Same with any other series/franchise.

    Do companies go for the quick buck and run franchises into the ground? Sure they do but often times the fans are forgiving as long as their favorite characters remain true to themselves.

  10. I don’t think I’ll be seeing either. I have to agree that both originals were the best, and they should have left it at that.

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