The movie trailers for this year’s Super Bowl XLIX have already started to flood the ‘Net, though the previews for big upcoming tentpoles like Furious 7 and Jurassic World won’t drop online until closer to the actual football championship game. In the meantime, though, we can tide ourselves over with clips like the one above, for the computer-animated film Minions – one that teaches everyone how to embrace their inner Minion while watching the big game.
Illumination Entertainment’s latest animated offering is, of course, a spinoff for the Despicable Me franchise, albeit one without the brilliant super-villain Gru (voiced by Steve Carrell) and/or any other human characters from the previous installments. Despicable Me 2 was, in many ways, as much about the Minions’ shenanigans as it was a story about Gru and his adopted daughters, so it’s not surprising that a full-blown Minions spinoff is serving as the next step in progression for the series (before Despicable Me 3 arrives in 2017).
Here is the official synopsis for Minions:
The Minions, breakout stars from “Despicable Me,” are presented in an origin story that showcases their unpredictable personality and physicality, and pairs them with equally memorable human characters. As it turns out, Minions have existed since the beginning of time. They have evolved from single (yellow) cell organisms into the familiar beings we know, and they live for a collective purpose: to seek out and serve the most despicable master they can find. Academy Award winner Sandra Bullock will lead the voice cast of the human characters as Scarlett Overkill, the world’s reigning super-villain of the 1960s.
The Minions have often been scene-stealers in the Despicable Me movies; but, as with all comical side characters, that doesn’t mean they’ll be able to carry their own feature – without their antics growing tiresome, anyway. Having said that, the Minions trailer footage has been funny enough, and it sounds as though Bullock’s character should help to fill the hole in the narrative left by Gru and his kids.
Minions was co-directed by Kyle Balda (The Lorax) and Pierre Coffin (Despicable Me 1 & 2), and written by Brian Lynch (Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem 3D) – meaning, if you’ve enjoyed Illumination’s animated projects in the past, then there’s a fair chance you’ll enjoy this offering too.
Minions opens in U.S. theaters on July 10th, 2015.