Kevin, Stuart, Bob, Otto, and the rest of the Minions : The Rise of Gru tells the story of Pierre Coffin and Sandra Bullock’s new movie, Minions. The film follows our beloved yellow henchmen, Kevin, Stuart, Bob, Otto, and the rest of the Minions as they work their way up from being dominated by master villain Gru to becoming global super villains in their own right – plotting global domination from their new home in England! Kevin – Stuart – Bob – Otto and the rest of the Minions : The Rise of Gru

Wanna Minion?

If you’re wondering if it’s really worth seeing Minions, I have one word for you: minions. Yes, they are that adorable. As writer-director Pierre Coffin says in a behind-the-scenes video on the film’s DVD release (and as his minions chant back to him in creepy unison), Just give them an Awwww! And I wholeheartedly agree. If a cuteness overload is what you seek from an animated movie about a supervillain who steals Queen Elizabeth II for his evil schemes, then Minions delivers in every way possible.

Introducing the Minions

Meet Kevin, Stuart, Bob, Otto: little yellow pill-shaped creatures who get by as best they can in a world that doesn’t understand them. They live in an old sewer under Gru’s headquarters. For now. Until they meet Dave (Jason Segel), a teenage boy who works at a local grocery store with his mom.

Kevin - Stuart - Bob - Otto and the rest of the Minions : The Rise of Gru
Kevin – Stuart – Bob – Otto and the rest of the Minions : The Rise of Gru

That’s when everything changes for our beloved bunch of misfits. One minute they’re annoying an anti-social supervillain; next thing you know, they’re helping him steal the moon…but there are just some things money can’t buy (or is that minions?). It’s all part of their biggest plan yet—taking over earth!

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Director Pierre Coffin

Pierre Coffin is an American animator, film director and writer best known for co-directing every Despicable Me installment with his long-time collaborator Chris Renaud. He also directed numerous shorts for such films as The Lorax, Bee Movie, Megamind, and Monsters vs. Aliens. Prior to that he worked on various television series including Camp Lazlo where he had been a director from 2005–2008. In 2008, he was credited as a supervising animator on the film  with Jed Alexander. Coffin has been nominated three times at Primetime Emmy Awards for his work on Nickelodeon’s television series’ broadcast between 2008–2010.

Meet our Favorite Minions

Over time, we have come to love and adore Gru’s crazy assistant-turned-henchmen. They may look like little yellow monsters from outer space, but they are actually just sweet lovable creatures who do not know any better when it comes to following orders. Over time, each Minion has had his own special character trait that has led them all to success as villains. Here is a list of our favorites

Kevin - Stuart - Bob - Otto and the rest of the Minions : The Rise of Gru
Kevin – Stuart – Bob – Otto and the rest of the Minions : The Rise of Gru

Meet Gru’s New Minion Sidekicks

Pierre Coffin spent a great deal of time with Entertainment Weekly on his way to Austin to promote Despicable Me 2, but he was most excited about talking about a major change in his character’s life. Indeed, Gru is getting two new sidekicks for his evil-doing: yellow minions Kevin and Stuart; red ones named Bob and Tony; one purple-hued female minion named Lucy; plus an additional four unnamed minions. And that doesn’t even include Ginger from Despicable Me 2. A few dozen or so additional minions will also appear in some form or another, whether via cameos or as fully developed characters.

From Supervillain to Dad Material

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New Kids on the Block

Once upon a time there was a brilliant doctor named Grug. He had an idea for how to create minions. And so he created Kevin, Stuard and Bob. They were not just regular minions though as Gru was a brilliant doctor he made them special ones. And so they did everything with him like exploding cars or stealing moon rock from NASA but after one year Gru left them behind because he didnt want to pay their rent anymore. Thats when they met their current owner Vector who is quite evil in his own right. Thats where I come in… I needed 3 new minions who would be able to help me steal stuff such as candy (which is my favorite) or awesome stuff such as self-lacing sneakers… you see i am EVIL!

Kevin - Stuart - Bob - Otto and the rest of the Minions : The Rise of Gru
Kevin – Stuart – Bob – Otto and the rest of the Minions : The Rise of Gru

Nefarious Plans Backfire

Despite some initial trepidation from most film critics, Illumination Entertainment’s Despicable Me 2 managed to charm its way into a $367 million worldwide box office. Indeed, Despicable Me 2 is not only an improvement on its predecessor but could be argued as one of 2013’s best animated films yet. So what’s next for Illumination? For starters, there are plans for a spin-off centered around maniacal supervillain Gru (Steve Carell) and his minions that’ll likely arrive in 2015 or 2016. However, although many fans were initially skeptical about how well a full-length feature surrounding these yellow ‘toons would work—and despite me personally loving it—I don’t think any fan could deny they want to see more just like it.

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Surprises in Store

In 2010, Despicable Me was released as a computer-animated film. It introduced audiences to an evil mastermind named Gru who tried to steal a secret formula from three orphans (Margo, Edith, and Agnes) with his minions Kevin, Stuart and Bob. Universal Pictures loved director Pierre Coffin’s vision so much that they soon began developing a prequel. There would be no script for what became Despicable Me 2 , though.

Ego Strikes Back

Over time, it became clear that Despicable Me is more than just a cute little movie. It’s made a substantial profit ($521 million worldwide) and was nominated for a Golden Globe. More importantly, it’s become one of those rare films—like Shrek or Finding Nemo—that has transcended its animated status to become an icon in kids’ culture. It may seem like no big deal to adults that Minion dolls are a hot gift for kids this holiday season (they’ve also spawned an entire line of apparel), but these cuddly minions make all sorts of other appearances at kid events from birthday parties to soccer games.

Kevin - Stuart - Bob - Otto and the rest of the Minions : The Rise of Gru
Kevin – Stuart – Bob – Otto and the rest of the Minions : The Rise of Gru

Who is Gru modeled after?

Pierre Coffin. He voices all of the Minions in Despicable Me (and all other related media). His wife Sandra provides additional vocals for the female Minions in Minion Rush, including Scarlet Overkill, who is voiced by Jennifer Saunders. In addition to his voice work for both live-action and animated films, he has also done some on-screen appearances such as voicing Eddie Epps Jr., son of Ray Epps Sr., in Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach

Who plays Kevin The Minion?

Kevin is voiced by Pierre Coffin. Kevin is one of Gru’s Minions, as well as his second-in-command (Minion leader). Kevin is passionate about toilets and balloons. He can be very sentimental at times, but he also has a short temper at times. Like all minions, he is incapable of speaking any languages other than Minionese.

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