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Despicable Me getting a sequel, Minion spinoffs

Jul. 13, 2010by: Paul Tassi

NBC Universal has been floundering lately in almost all areas you could imagine, but recently a beam of light pierced the clouds in the form of DESPICABLE ME, which had a hearty $56M opening.

And now, naturally, there are talks of a sequel already, as the studio believes it’s onto something with its first hit in a while. Universal animation head Chris Meledanddri and writers Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio are already brainstorming. What giant landmark should Gru steal next?

The article over at Deadline also mentions that two short films featuring the Minions (Gru’s babbling, alien-ish helpers) are being planned, but it’s unclear if they’d precede another film in the style of Pixar, or appear elsewhere.

Universal has a long-term animation plan past their newest IP, as next up will be HOP, a Easter Bunny film with Russell Brand, Dr. Seuss’ THE LORAX, WHERE’S WALDO, THE ADDAMS FAMILY and Ricky Gervais’ FLANIMALS.

While DESPICABLE ME was certainly entertaining, I didn’t think it was anywhere close to a Pixar caliber film. What did you think?

Extra Tidbit: I could not tell that Vector was Jason Segel at ALL, and could barely hear Russell Brand in the Doctor. Whats the point of hiring famous actors if you cant even tell its them, just a big name to put on the poster?
Source: Deadline

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10:32PM on 07/13/2010

Russel Brand?

...was the doctor? i didnt even would think twice if that was him, but i did Segal as Vector, there was a certain tone of his voice that was heard. But as enjoyed the film, it was probably worth only viewing once, even though the premise of the film was very interesting, it could of been done waay better. But who knows, making a sequel might make them correct mistakes they did previously & make a solid film.


P.S. The little yellow dudes were hilarious, best part of the whole film actually.
...was the doctor? i didnt even would think twice if that was him, but i did Segal as Vector, there was a certain tone of his voice that was heard. But as enjoyed the film, it was probably worth only viewing once, even though the premise of the film was very interesting, it could of been done waay better. But who knows, making a sequel might make them correct mistakes they did previously & make a solid film.


P.S. The little yellow dudes were hilarious, best part of the whole film actually.
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9:20PM on 07/13/2010
Just got back from the movies and all I can say is that this movie was really good and worth the price of admission. It was very cute and uplifting. Something everyone needs once in awhile.
Just got back from the movies and all I can say is that this movie was really good and worth the price of admission. It was very cute and uplifting. Something everyone needs once in awhile.
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8:52PM on 07/13/2010

meh

I'm going apeshit if they mess up The Lorax.
I'm going apeshit if they mess up The Lorax.
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3:55PM on 07/13/2010
Though I really enjoyed the film, I don't know if it deserves a sequel. I predicted that the minions would get their own movie and I'm kind of excited about that, they're adorable! While it isn't up to Pixar standards it was definitely a lot better than many movies out right now.
Though I really enjoyed the film, I don't know if it deserves a sequel. I predicted that the minions would get their own movie and I'm kind of excited about that, they're adorable! While it isn't up to Pixar standards it was definitely a lot better than many movies out right now.
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2:43PM on 07/13/2010

I'm willing to give it a shot

but I saw this coming as soon as I saw DM's first weekend numbers. Very funny film, but Illumination's not in Pixar's league. But it looks like they're making a good start.

And as for Brand and Segel being unrecognizable, that's what we plebes call "acting."
but I saw this coming as soon as I saw DM's first weekend numbers. Very funny film, but Illumination's not in Pixar's league. But it looks like they're making a good start.

And as for Brand and Segel being unrecognizable, that's what we plebes call "acting."
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1:09PM on 07/13/2010
Seeing this today and can't wait. My co-workers and I can't stop quoting "It's So Fluffy!!!". It's not surprising that this is getting a sequel based on reviews. As for the extra tidbit, I disagree 110%. I enjoy when actors in animated movies try to disguise their voices or make it a little different. It's makes it alot more entertaining.
Seeing this today and can't wait. My co-workers and I can't stop quoting "It's So Fluffy!!!". It's not surprising that this is getting a sequel based on reviews. As for the extra tidbit, I disagree 110%. I enjoy when actors in animated movies try to disguise their voices or make it a little different. It's makes it alot more entertaining.
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12:50PM on 07/13/2010
Agreed, it was entertaining enough but isn't anywhere near the league of Pixar. If you take into consideration the quality of animation, it's not even in the league of Dreamworks - some of DM's characters were hidious.

Also IMO, the minions were the best part of the film. Would love to see more of them.
Agreed, it was entertaining enough but isn't anywhere near the league of Pixar. If you take into consideration the quality of animation, it's not even in the league of Dreamworks - some of DM's characters were hidious.

Also IMO, the minions were the best part of the film. Would love to see more of them.
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12:39PM on 07/13/2010
I completely agree with filmguy450 on this. They are ACTORS, not just celebrities. The whole point is that they fit the role well and created a true character, as opposed to, say, Eddie Murphy who, while amusing, just uses his own voice for every animated movie he does. This is a little something called integrity that the filmmakers decided to use. This was definitely a misguided tidbit.
I completely agree with filmguy450 on this. They are ACTORS, not just celebrities. The whole point is that they fit the role well and created a true character, as opposed to, say, Eddie Murphy who, while amusing, just uses his own voice for every animated movie he does. This is a little something called integrity that the filmmakers decided to use. This was definitely a misguided tidbit.
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2:22PM on 07/13/2010
I agree, but I think sometimes using their regular voice is what the filmmakers want, not because it's recognizable, but because they cast the actor because they think his or her regular voice fits the animated character in their film. I think Pixar does a good job of casting actors who use their regular voices but in such a way that it sounds natural coming out of the mouths of these characters. Toy Story is a great example (mainly because it is their first movie and therefore the best place
I agree, but I think sometimes using their regular voice is what the filmmakers want, not because it's recognizable, but because they cast the actor because they think his or her regular voice fits the animated character in their film. I think Pixar does a good job of casting actors who use their regular voices but in such a way that it sounds natural coming out of the mouths of these characters. Toy Story is a great example (mainly because it is their first movie and therefore the best place to start, even though I feel all the movies are perfectly cast). Tom Hanks IS Woody. Tim Allen IS Buzz. The list goes on.

I think, though, some animation studios cast actors because they are recognizable, and then it becomes "hey, it's this actor voicing (insert character)". which distracts from the film experience. It's great recognizing an actors voice (and even more fun looking at the credits to see who voiced who, especially when you recognize a voice but don't know the name), but I want to still feel like I am hearing the character speak. I want it to fit what is happening on the screen. Sometimes that requires changing the voice, other times it's speaking regular. To me, all that matters is that the voice does not distract from the character.

It's like when I watch live action films. I may recognize the actor, but I want to be watching a character, not the actor acting.
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12:38PM on 07/13/2010

Saw This Coming

I enjoyed the movie for what is was. I told my friend when it was over to definitely expect some kind of sequel. Definitely no Pixar film, but it was alright.
I enjoyed the movie for what is was. I told my friend when it was over to definitely expect some kind of sequel. Definitely no Pixar film, but it was alright.
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12:18PM on 07/13/2010
I haven't seen the movie yet, though I intend to as soon as possible, but I'm already irritated at the prospect of a franchise.
I haven't seen the movie yet, though I intend to as soon as possible, but I'm already irritated at the prospect of a franchise.
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12:02PM on 07/13/2010

Haven't Seen The Movie, But Extra Tidbit

You hire them because they are good for the role. I am a little amazed at how asinine this extra tidbit is.
You hire them because they are good for the role. I am a little amazed at how asinine this extra tidbit is.
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12:16PM on 07/13/2010
Yeah, and I'm sure the entire cast of Kung Fu Panda was "good for the role" when Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu and Seth Rogen had under four lines each. I just don't think Segel or Brand added anything, and they were just used for their names.
Yeah, and I'm sure the entire cast of Kung Fu Panda was "good for the role" when Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu and Seth Rogen had under four lines each. I just don't think Segel or Brand added anything, and they were just used for their names.
12:42PM on 07/13/2010
I could be wrong (because I really don't feel like checking) but Segal and Brand's names weren't on any of the posters. I didn't even know they were in this. I'd much rather have them use different voices than be hired and use their normal voice. That's just fucking lazy. Just like Kung Fu Panda (which I did like btw)
I could be wrong (because I really don't feel like checking) but Segal and Brand's names weren't on any of the posters. I didn't even know they were in this. I'd much rather have them use different voices than be hired and use their normal voice. That's just fucking lazy. Just like Kung Fu Panda (which I did like btw)
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