Despicable Me (franchise)

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Despicable Me
Despicable Me logo.svg
CreatorSergio Pablos[1]
Films and television
Video games
  • Despicable Me: The Game
  • Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem
  • Despicable Me: Minion Rush
Short films
Theme parks
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Despicable Me
Despicable Me logo.svg
CreatorSergio Pablos[1]
Films and television
Video games
  • Despicable Me: The Game
  • Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem
  • Despicable Me: Minion Rush
Short films
Theme parks

Despicable Me is a computer-animated comedy film franchise distributed by Universal Pictures and produced by Illumination Entertainment that consists of three feature films, six short films, and additional merchandise. It centers on Gru, a super-villain; his yellow-coloured minions; and on three orphans, Margo, Edith, and Agnes. The franchise also includes a simulator ride attraction Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem.

Feature films[edit]

Despicable Me (2010)[edit]

Main article: Despicable Me

Despicable Me, the first film in the series, and the first film from Illumination Entertainment, was released on July 9, 2010. It was directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud, based on an original story by Sergio Pablos. The film stars Steve Carell as the voice of Gru, Miranda Cosgrove as Margo, Dana Gaier as Edith, Elsie Fisher as Agnes, Jason Segel as Vector, Russell Brand as Dr. Nefario, and Julie Andrews as Marlena, Gru's mother. It tells the story of Gru, a super-villain who adopts three girls, Margo, Edith, and Agnes, from an orphanage to try and steal a shrink ray from Vector (otherwise known as Victor), his rival, to shrink and steal the Earth's moon. Despicable Me received positive reviews, and grossed over $543 million worldwide, against a budget of $69 million, launching a new franchise.

Despicable Me 2 (2013)[edit]

Main article: Despicable Me 2

A sequel, titled Despicable Me 2, released on July 3, 2013, was directed again by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud, and written by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio. Steve Carell, Russell Brand, Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier,[2] and Elsie Fisher[3] retake their roles as Gru, Doctor Nefario, Margo, Edith and Agnes, respectively.[4] Kristen Wiig, who voiced Miss Hattie in the first film, voices Lucy Wilde, an agent of the Anti-Villain League who recruits Gru to take down a new villain. New cast members include Benjamin Bratt as Eduardo, the film's main antagonist;[5] Bratt replaced the previously cast Al Pacino.[6] Steve Coogan voices Silas Ramsbottom, head of the Anti-Villain League (AVL).[4] The sequel met with positive reviews and grossed more than its predecessor with over $970 million worldwide.[7][8]

Despicable Me 3 (2017)[edit]

Steve Burke, the NBCUniversal CEO, confirmed in September 2013 that a third film in the Despicable Me series is in the works.[9] In January 2014, it was announced to be released on June 30, 2017.[10]

Spin-off films[edit]

Minions (2015)[edit]

Main article: Minions (film)

A spin-off prequel feature film, featuring The Minions as the main characters, is scheduled to be released on July 10, 2015.[11] Written by Brian Lynch, it will be directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, and produced by Chris Meledandri and Janet Healey.[12] Sandra Bullock will voice Scarlet Overkill, the villain of the film, titled Minions,[13] and Jon Hamm will voice her husband and inventor, Herb Overkill.[14]

The film will focus on the Minions, which are yellow henchmen who have existed since the beginning of time, serving history's most ambitious villains. Destroying all bad guys through their ineptitude, the story picks up in the 1960s, where three of the Minions set out to find a new evil master. Arriving at a villain convention, they compete for the right to be henchmen for Scarlet Overkill, a stylish and ambitious villain determined to dominate the world and become the first female super-villain.[13][14]

Short films[edit]

Three short films based on the Despicable Me film, Home Makeover, Orientation Day, and Banana were released in 2010, on the film's DVD and Blu-ray.[15] Despicable Me 2 DVD and Blu-ray release in 2013 included another three short films: Puppy, Panic in the Mailroom, and Training Wheels.[16] A series of Minions short films will screen in 2015 with Minions.[17]

Home Makeover (2010)[edit]

Two minions help Margo, Edith, and Agnes renovate Gru's house so the inspector doesn't take the girls back to Miss Hattie's Home for Girls.

Orientation Day (2010)[edit]

Three new minions go for bomb-carrying duty, which was harder than they thought when they suddenly have an argument with two others carrying a giant bomb.

Banana (2010)[edit]

Three minions fight over a banana, in the process they wreak havoc in the Minions' workplace.

Puppy (2013)[edit]

Dave the minion watches neighbors walking their dogs on the street, which leads him to search for a pet puppy of his own. Despite several attempts failing, he comes across a stray UFO that adopts the role of a puppy for him.

Panic in the Mailroom (2013)[edit]

Two Minions (Ken and Mike) are working in a package room to send parcels through different parts of the lab, while Ken is busy playing a handheld video game. When a package containing expired PX-41 (the serum that El Macho used to transform the Minions in Despicable Me 2) gets jammed in the pneumatic delivery system, it transforms Mike into an Evil Minion- but he keeps shifting back and forth, much to Ken's amusement.

Training Wheels (2013)[edit]

Agnes is unsatisfied with her toy bike after collapsing off it while riding to get ice cream. Three minions then volunteer to modify it and help Agnes improve her skills.


Main characters[edit]


Principal cast[edit]

Despicable Me characters
CharacterMain filmsSpin-offsShort filmsOther
Despicable MeDespicable Me 2MinionsHome MakeoverOrientation DayBananaPuppyPanic in the MailroomTraining WheelsDespicable Me: Minion Mayhem
Felonious GruSteve CarellSilent CameoSilent CameoSteve Carell
Dr. NefarioRussell BrandSilent Cameo
MargoMiranda CosgroveMiranda CosgroveSilent CameoMiranda Cosgrove
EdithDana GaierDana GaierSilent CameoDana Gaier
AgnesElsie FisherElsie FisherSilent CameoElsie Fisher
MinionsPierre Coffin, Chris Renaud, Jemaine ClementPierre Coffin, Chris RenaudPierre Coffin
VectorJason Segel
Mr. PerkinsWill Arnett
MarlenaJulie AndrewsSilent Cameo
Miss HattieKristen WiigMentioned Only
Lucy WildeKristen Wiig
Silas RamsbottomSteve Coogan
El MachoBenjamin Bratt
Evil MinionsPierre Coffin, Chris RenaudPierre Coffin
Scarlet OverkillSandra Bullock
Herb OverkillJon Hamm
Note: A gray cell indicates that the character did not appear in that medium.

Principal crew[edit]

Main series
Despicable MePierre Coffin
Chris Renaud
Chris Meledandri
Janet Healy
John Cohen
Cinco Paul
Ken Daurio
Sergio Pablos
Heitor Pereira
Pharrell Williams
Gregory Perler
Pamela Ziegenhagen-Shefland
Despicable Me 2Chris Meledandri
Janet Healy
Cinco Paul
Ken Daurio
Gregory Perler
MinionsPierre Coffin
Kyle Balda
Chris Meledandri
Janet Healy
Brian LynchHeitor PereiraN/A


Box office performance[edit]

The film series has grossed a total of $1.513 billion,[26] with an average of $756 million per film, making the Despicable Me franchise the fifth highest-grossing animated franchise (behind Shrek, Ice Age, Toy Story, and Madagascar).

FilmRelease dateBox office revenueBox office rankingBudgetReference
United StatesForeignWorldwideAll time domesticAll time worldwide
Despicable MeJuly 9, 2010$251,513,985$291,600,000$543,113,985#78#106$69,000,000[27]
Despicable Me 2July 3, 2013$368,061,265$602,000,000$970,761,885#26#20$76,000,000[8]

Critical response[edit]

FilmRotten TomatoesMetacritic
Despicable Me81% (191 reviews)[28]72% (35 reviews)[29]
Despicable Me 275% (165 reviews)[7]62% (39 reviews)[30]
Average ratings78%67%

Video games[edit]

Despicable Me: The Game[edit]

Despicable Me: The Game is an adventure/action game released with the first film, on PlayStation 2, Wii, and PlayStation Portable systems.[31] During the game, the player controls Gru as he fights off enemies. Despicable Me: The Game – Minion Mayhem, on the other hand, is released on Nintendo DS systems only.[31] Instead of controlling Gru himself, the player controls his Minions.

Despicable Me: Minion Rush[edit]

Despicable Me: Minion Rush app logo

A mobile action video game (developed by Gameloft), titled Despicable Me: Minion Rush, also played as a Minion who must defeat Vector and a villain made for the game, was released with the second film, on iPhone, iPad, Windows Phone, Windows 8 and Android devices.[32][33]


Novels written by Annie Auerbach are based on the films.[34][35][36]


Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem is a simulator ride at Universal Studios Florida opened on July 2, 2012 and on April 10, 2014 at Universal Studios Hollywood, starring Steve Carell as Gru, Miranda Cosgrove as Margo, Dana Gaier as Edith, Elsie Fisher as Agnes, and Pierre Coffin as the Minions.


In order of the Despicable Me franchise history:

  1. Minions (2015)
  2. Orientation Day (2010)
  3. Banana (2010)
  4. Despicable Me (2010)
  5. Home Makeover (2010)
  6. Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem (2012)
  7. Despicable Me 2 (2013)
  8. Puppy (2013)
  9. Panic in the Mailroom (2013)
  10. Training Wheels (2013)
  11. Despicable Me 3 (2017)


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