Minions is a 2015 American 3D computer-animated comedy film, serving as a spin-off/prequel to the Despicable Me franchise.
Directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, written by Brian Lynch, and produced by Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy.
It was first foreshadowed in the end credits of Despicable Me 2 (2013), where Kevin, Stuart, and Bob, three of the Minions and the film’s main characters, are seen auditioning for the film. A sequel is planned for release in 2020.
Geoffrey Rush as The Narrator
Pierre Coffin as Kevin, Stuart, Bob and The Minions
Sandra Bullock as Scarlet Overkill
Jon Hamm as Herb Overkill
Michael Keaton as Walter Nelson
Allison Janney as Madge Nelson
Katy Mixon as Tina Nelson
Steve Coogan as Professor Flux and The Tower Guard
Jennifer Saunders as Queen Elizabeth II
Michael Beattie as a VNC Announcer and Walter Nelson Jr.
Hiroyuki Sanada as Dumo, the Sumo Villain
Dave Rosenbaum as Fabrice
Alex Dowding as The Royal Advisor
Paul Thornley as a News Reporter
Andy Nyman as Frankie Fishlips, a Gill-man-like creature super-villain
Steve Carell as Young Gru
The minions were always the best part of Despicable Me. Here they get to play to their strengths of causing mirth and mayhem. The basic plot is that they want to work for the biggest, baddest villain of the time. We get to see them working for everyone from the Egyptians to Napoleon. This is set in 1968 (although it feels very modern). Three minions leave their home in the Arctic and journey to America where they find Scarlet Overkill. She takes them to England where they are instructed to steal the Queens crown….
Sandra Bullock gets the right amount of villiany to be fun without
menacing. Jon Hamm is surprisingly good as a really thin husband to Scarlet. And Jennifer Saunders really nails a young Queen Liz, who would have been 42 at the time.
This is a movie that survives repeated viewings. Each time you get
something new from it.