Minions creator: they’re all male because they’re ‘dumb and stupid’

The man behind the box-office hit explains why there are no female creatures in the film

The breakout stars of the Despicable Me Minions films have turned into a box-office draw all on their own with Minions easily becoming the year’s biggest animated hit.


Pierre Coffin: Me and my Minions
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But, given their popularity, questions have arisen about the curious lack of female minions. Pierre Coffin, who created the characters, has revealed his reasoning. “Seeing how dumb and stupid they often are,” he said to the Wrap. “I just couldn’t imagine Minions being girls.”

He didn’t explain how the creatures reproduce however. Coffin, who voices the three main characters, told the Guardian last month that their language comes from a mixture of sources. “It’s gibberish. It’s a mixture of all the languages of the world and it’s about finding a particular magical rhythm and melody that makes the nonsense make sense.”

Minions has followed in the footsteps of smash hit sequel Despicable Me 2 and has already made more than $620m (£398m) worldwide and is already the fourth biggest film of the year. As well as Coffin, the film features the voices of Jon Hamm and Sandra Bullock. With such box-office success, a sequel wouldn’t be surprising, though there has been no official announcement on a sequel yet.

When Does ‘Despicable Me 3′ Come Out? The Franchise’s Next Installment Could Conquer The World


The Despicable Me Minions franchise enters new territory on July 10 when its first spinoff film, Minions, hits theaters. Although Minions is centered on the now-iconic and extremely popular yellow henchmen from the first two Despicable Me films and features some stellar voice talent in franchise-newcomers Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, and Michael Keaton, fans still might be feeling nostalgic for Steve Carell’s Gru and the rest of the Despicable Me gang. Even though a young version of Gru will be making a cameo in Minions, frankly, it’s not enough. We need more Gru in our lives, and it seems the only way to get it is with a proper sequel to 2013’s Despicable Me 2. So, when does Despicable Me 3 come out?

Unfortunately, we’ve still got a bit of a wait ahead of us. Despicable Me 3 isn’t slated to premiere until June 30, 2017. Yes, we’re aware that’s a full two years in the future, which is definitely fodder enough for a supervillain origin story. But before you start making plans to steal the moon, know this: when it does eventually get released, Despicable Me 3 just might become the biggest hit of the entire franchise. Here are a few reasons why.

The Minions Have Raised The Bar



Already the breakout stars of the first two Despicable Me Minions movies, the Minions are only going to grow in popularity following the debut of their own film. Especially when you consider the fact that Minions’ opening weekend box office take is predicted be $85 million in North America, which would put it ahead of both Despicable Me’s $56.3 million and Despicable Me 2’s $83.5 million. No small feat, especially considering that the latter film went on to gross almost one billion dollars at the worldwide box office.

This Could Be Steve Carell’s Last Outing


While nothing is confirmed, IMDb claims that Despicable Me 3 might be the last go-round for Carell as Gru, the franchise’s star. Carell’s performance (along with the Minions) has largely driven the series to this point, so it makes sense that a lot of people would turn out to bear witness to his swan song.

Inside Out Had Major Success

If a rising tide lifts all boats, then the success of Pixar’s Inside Out can only be good news for Despicable Me 3. Inside Out has been a resounding critical success and will likely surpass Monsters University’s total domestic box office take by its fourth weekend to become the animation studio’s biggest hit since 2010’s Toy Story 3. With Pixar, seen by many as the leader in film animation, officially out of their recent slump (if you want to call it that), then other animation studios like Despicable Me 3 producer Illumination Entertainment can only benefit.

It’s gonna be a long time before the next Despicable Me movie hits theaters, but thankfully, we have this month’s Minions to make the wait go smoother before Gru and the rest of his gang come back into our lives for another round.

Review: ‘Minions’ offers laughs, but characters lack depth of those in ‘Despicable Me’

Despicable Me’s” little yellow henchmen got their own origin movie with “Minions,” but how does an entire movie about gibberish-speaking comic relief characters stack up? Community blogger Brendon McCullin offers his take.


In this image released by Universal Pictures, various minion characters appear in a scene from the animated feature, “Minions.” (Illumination Entertainment/Universal Pictures via AP)

Any parent of a child under 12 is familiar with the Minions, the comic relief of 2010′s “Despicable Me” and its sequel, 2013′s “Despicable Me 2.” With the third film in the series not due to be released until 2017, the little yellow, pill-shaped henchmen were given their own origin story film with “Minions.”

Of course, making a feature film about characters that talk in a weird amalgam of gibberish mixed with stray English, Spanish and French words is a unique challenge.

The story follows the yellow dudes as they initially spend history trying to find a villain to follow. From a T-Rex through Napoleon, they seek out the baddest of the bad to offer their undying support. Viewers of the Minions’ other work, however, are well aware that despite their best intentions, things don’t always go the way they want.

Caught in a rut, three of group — leader Kevin, hipster Stuart and sweetly dim Bob — are charged with trying to find a new master, leading them to the United States circa 1968. At an event in pre-Disney Orlando, they boys hook up with a female super-villain named Scarlett Overkill, voiced by Sandra Bullock.


Along with Scarlet’s husband, Herb (John Hamm), the group jets off to swinging London to try to steal the Crown Jewels from a very feisty Queen Elizabeth (Jennifer Saunders of “Absolutely Fabulous” fame).

As one would expect, the plot is more an excuse to get from joke to joke, and some of the jokes are certainly funny. Palace guards are hypnotized into performing “Hair,” the Minions use London Tower’s dungeon as a playground, and their former masters all meet their demise in comical fashion.

What’s missing, though, is anything of particular interest from the human characters. Whereas in the first two films the relationship between not-quite-evil Gru and his adopted daughters give the yellow dudes something to play against, all of the human characters in “Minions” lack any real depth.

Given the lack of communication skills of the title characters, directors Pierre Coffin (who provides the voice of the Minions) and Kyle Balda might’ve been expected to harken back to the days of silent film comedians like Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd. Those early film stars didn’t need words to be convey emotions while they were being funny, and the animated Minions are capable of the same. Instead, they treat the film as just an extended version of the various short films that have been tagged onto the earlier films’ DVD releases.

The scattershot nature of the humor will be plenty to keep the kids laughing, and many of them have been waiting months to see the latest exploits of the little yellow guys, as evidenced by the film’s $115-million opening weekend. It just might have been nice to find more of the earlier films’ heart mixed in with the candy-colored antics.

‘Minions’ met Scarlet Overkill and Herb in ‘Despicable Me’ prequel

The Minions, co-stars of Despicable Me minions and Despicable Me 2 take centre stage in their very own movie.

The film traces the development of the cute yellow perils as they do their very best to serve some of histories most notorious masters.

The Minions, co-stars of Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2 take centre stage in their very own movie.

The film traces the development of the cute yellow perils as they do their very best to serve some of histories most notorious masters.

The film is directed by Kyle Balda and Pierre Coffin.

Kyle Balda says they are more than just creatures:“I think that when we worked with the Minions we were trying to give them lots of qualities that are quite human you know, they are not just creatures, they are thinking, feeling, they are mischievous. I think there is a lot of personification that people can project themselves on to them.”


Co-director Pierre Coffin enjoys the way they communicate:“The magic thing to them also is that they speak this weird language, but hopefully everything is understandable even though you don’t understand the proper words.”

Minion Kevin and his Minion mates Stuart and Bob go out in search of a new evil master and discover female super-crook Scarlet Overkill voiced by Sandra Bullock.

The film goes on release through June and July.


Witness the Amazing Origin Story of Despicable Me’s MINIONS in New Trailer!!

A recent trailer for the new Despicable Me minions spin-off Minions dives into the strange origin story for the little yellow creatures that have won the hearts of millions. Did you know that the odd peg shaped guys pre-date the birth of man? That they rode dinosaurs like mighty prehistoric warriors? That they were there to witness Napoleon’s Waterloo? That it was they, not Van Helsing, that slew Dracula? Indeed, this is a missing link revelation that deserves to a thorough breakdown…


Yes, it would seem that these odd creatures we refer to as Minions were there at the dawn of time – already bashful about not wanting to come out of the prehistoric waters without covering their private bits with some star fish. Immediately they were drawn to the captivating power of evil – from the most vicious dinosaur to rule the land, to the most fearsome caveman…


Despite their inclination to be the servants for the despicable forces of villainy, these yappy yellow ageless creatures could be the unwitting champions of good – placed on Earth as part of some mysterious plan to vanquish the nefarious intentions of whatever new offender may arise next.


For throughout the ages the Minions were there. From the time man forged steel to wield mighty blades for evildoing, they were sure they fell upon them – or that they fell and the sword fell on them. And when gunpowder was invented and cannons roared across the territories, the Minions dispatched the power-hungry lunatics.


Yes, even the supernatural beings that haunted the nightmares of mankind were not immune to the ways of the Minions. Dracula himself, on his 357th birthday, was another victim of the curious intentions of these be-goggled beings. And now it would seem that the time has come for a certain Scarlet Overkill to be seduced and destroyed by three Minions in particular – Kevin, Stuart and Bob.


They may seem innocent enough and we find out that Scarlet Overkill has somehow fallen under the spell of these beings of mysterious origins and have enlisted them to help her steal the Queen’s crown jewels. No doubt the Minions are only laying in wait, holding out for the perfect opportunity to foil Scarlet’s plans.

Or have the Minions finally succumb to the powers of evil? Have the trappings of modern times, like tantalizing fire hydrants, caused the Minions to loose sight of their purpose on this planet?


Have these odd tic-tac shaped creatures finally gotten a taste of power and allowed it to get to their heads? Do they even have heads? Will Scarlet Overkill prove to be too much for these three brave Minions? Will the power that comes with British Royalty be the undoing of these magical beings?


Let us hope and pray that our righters of wrongs, the Minions who have kept the balance of good over evil throughout time eternal have not fallen to the dark side. What would become of humanity were it not for the Minions and their mysterious ways of keeping the worlds greatest villains from ever achieving their goals. Be sure to find out on July 10th when The Minions, perhaps the most important movie you will ever see, opens at a theater near you.

‘Minions’ 2015 Movie Trailer 3: Supervillain Sandra Bullock Leads ‘Despicable Me’ Spinoff [WATCH]

Following the massive success of the animated comedy “Despicable Me 2,” which earned nearly $1 billion at the worldwide box office, Universal Pictures decided that not only would they go forward with the obvious “Despicable Me 3,” but also get more mileage out of the franchise with this summer’s spinoff “Minions.”

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Steve Carell isn’t returning to voice Gru, instead the spinoff will feature the voice of Sandra Bullock as new lead supervillain Scarlett Overkill. The rest of the voice cast includes Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”), Michael Keaton (“Birdman”), Allison Janney (“Juno”) and Steve Coogan (“Happyish”).

The film’s co-director, Pierre Coffin, also provides the voices of the three main minions – Kevin, Bob and Stuart. Kyle Balda (“The Lorax”) co-directs from a screenplay by Brian Lynch (“Puss in Boots”, “Hop”).

Plot Details:

“Starting as single-celled yellow organisms, Minions evolve through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable of masters. Continuously unsuccessful at keeping these masters-from T. rex to Napoleon-the Minions find themselves without someone to serve and fall into a deep depression. But one Minion named Kevin has a plan, and he-alongside teenage rebel Stuart and lovable little Bob-ventures out into the world to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow. The trio embarks upon a thrilling journey that ultimately leads them to their next potential master, Scarlet Overkill (Academy Award winner Bullock), the world’s first-ever female super-villain. They travel from frigid Antarctica to 1960s New York City, ending in mod London, where they must face their biggest challenge to date: saving all of Minionkind… from annihilation.”

Minions” is sure to be one of the biggest hits of the summer, competing with Pixar’s “Inside Out” for the highest grossing animated movie at the box office.

Minions” is set for a July 10th release date and they’ll return to the big-screen in “Despicable Me 3″ on June 30th, 2017.

The Lovable ‘Despicable Me’ Minions Get Their Own Pantone Color

Just in time for the warm weather, Pantone has announced a brand springy color: Minion Yellow. Based on the hit animated film Despicable Me, the bright and zesty hue will be the paint company’s newest swatch of the season, and the first ever movie-inspired color produced by Pantone.minion-yellow1-e1429547697483

Pantone Minion Yellow is inspired by the favorite little monsters and helpers of Despicable Me protagonist/semi-villain Gru, voiced by Steve Carrell. The minions were so popular that they’re set to star in their own spin-off film, titled Minions, in theaters July 10.

The company is producing the color in collaboration with Pharrell Williams, who created the film’s theme song Happy. At the Pantone Color Institute, researchers analyzed the the movie’s palette with animators in order to find its most distinguishing color. In this case, that was the distinctly soft tone that comprises Minion Yellow.

“Just as the sun’s rays enliven us, Pantone Minion Yellow is a color that heightens awareness and creates clarity, lighting the way to the intelligence, originality and the resourcefulness of an open mind,” Pantone Color Institute executive director Leatrice Eiseman said in a statement. “This is the color of hope, joy and optimism.”


The announcement comes just months after Pantone declared Marsala—a deep purple, nearly wine-colored hue—the 2015 Color of the Year. The decision left many perplexed and questioning Pantone’s tastes. But, despite the controversy, Pantone is pretty certain that Minion Yellow will gain the success it deserves.