Minions: The Rise of Gru will tell the life of Gru and how his friendship with the Minions 2 was born, and his path to being one of the greatest supervillains in history. Joining him will also be Stuart, Bob, and Kevin, as well as the rest of the minions plus Gru. In addition to Belle Bottom, Wild Knuckles, Jean Clawed, Master Chow, Marlena Gru, the mother of the main villain and the juvenile version of Doctor Nefario.
I feel sorry for the Minions: The Rise of Gru. Surely, when those severely jaundiced tick-tocks first hit screens in the 2010 movie Despicable Me, no one imagined that they would one day become Facebook memes for Boomers.
Now it's hard to look at their inoffensive little expressions and not immediately imagine some tasteless play on words like “a balanced diet is chocolate in both hands” floating around in your head. The cultural pervasiveness of the Minions has backfired spectacularly. Now, a decent part of the population considers them an active threat.
It certainly doesn't help that there hasn't been a Minions-centric movie since 2017's Despicable Me 3, which means their reputation has been left exposed and totally vulnerable.
Until now. Minions: The Rise of Gru is a rousing, if by no means daring, reminder that Minions really aren't as annoying as you might remember. They're even quite amusing, when they function as mere agents of chaos, like a U-rated version of the Gremlins.
The fact that The Rise of Gru has been sold as a Minions movie, when it is actually a Despicable Me prequel, underscores the real reason this franchise has gained momentum for five installments (six when Despicable Me 4 was released). premiere in 2024).
There's nothing special about The Rise of Gru, but it runs like a well-oiled machine. The year is 1976. Gru (Steve Carell), Minions 2 the franchise's vaguely European-accented villain and former boss of the Minions, is 12 years old.
And his dreams are about to come true, after he gets an audition to join the malevolent supergroup known as the Vicious Six, after their founding member, and Gru's personal hero, Wild Knuckles (Alan Arkin) is unceremoniously fired. and left him to his death.
When Gru's request is denied for the mere fact of being a boy (Carell doesn't go out of his way to look like a boy, which seems to be part of the joke), he decides to prove himself by stealing the almighty magic stone that is essential to all plans. villains of the group.
The film's plot seems to be structured largely around how many celebrity voices they can fit into the film's short 88-minute runtime: Michelle Yeoh, Taraji P. Henson, Danny Trejo, Lucy Lawless, Dolph Lundgren, and Jean- Claude Van Damme participate, along with a Julie Andrews who returns as Gru's mother.
But a light frame is possibly just what a movie like this needs. Minions, stripped down to their basic core (speaking of which, have you ever thought what internal organs they have?), are simply vehicles for antics.
And The Rise of Gru offers them plenty of opportunities for slapstick, whether it's using fart bombs to dislodge a Jaws screening or trying to blow up a commercial airliner to San Francisco.
Where Pixar's Lightyear strove for visual realism, Minions and Despicable Me 3 director Kyle Balda doubles down on primary colors and unlikely action in a way that feels like taking advantage of the game. maximum the medium without losing its attractiveness. And if there's anything distinctive about The Rise of Gru, it's the way its 1970s setting has been taken to the psychedelic extreme.
The soundtrack is packed: from Linda Rondstadt's "You're No Good" to a "Bad Gru Rising" twist on the Clearwater Revival classic. There's even an homage to the classic Bond sequence, in which the Minions look into the camera. All in all, it's almost enough to forgive them for directly taking one of Shrek 2's most famous jokes (you'll know it when you see it).
“Minions: The Rise of Gru”, produced by Universal Pictures, suffered several setbacks due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Initially, the tape was scheduled to be released in 2020, the year in which it was 10 years since the premiere of the first film in the franchise. Two years later it reaches cinemas around the world. So, who are the actors who lend their voices to these funny characters?.
Steve Carell as Gru
American actor, comedian and producer. Steve Carell won a Golden Globe sequel for his role as Michael Scott in the series "The Office" and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor in 2014 for "Foxcatcher."
Pierre Coffin as Kevin, Stuart, Bob, Otto, and the rest of the Minions
Pierre Coffin is a French animator and director. He is known for co-directing the “Despicable Me” movies with Chris Renaud, and as the voice of the Minions.
Taraji P. Henson is known for her roles as Yvette in Baby Boy, Shug in Hustle and Flow, and Queenie in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2009.
Michelle Yeoh as Master Chow
Michelle Yeoh was discovered for the general public in "Tomorrow Never Dies" and exalted by "The Tiger and the Dragon".
Actor, screenwriter, producer and director of Belgian action cinema. Jean-Claude Van Damme is a specialist in martial arts, second degree black belt in Shotokan Karate-Do.
Minions: The Rise of Gru premieres today, the Illumination Studios movie that comes to conquer the summer by continuing the origin story of our favorite villain.
This time we meet a 12-year-old Gru (Steve Carrell) who has to deal with all the usual things for a boy his age, such as school, homework and obeying his mother.
But, in addition to the normal, Gru has big dreams of greatness and one of them is to be part of the best group of villains in the world, Los Vicio6, which is made up of disco diva Belle Bottom (Taraji P. Henson). , the roller skating champion Svenganza (Dolph Lundgren), the strongest of the Steel Hands team (Danny Trejo), a French supervillain with a large pincer for an arm named Jean Clawed (Jean-Claude Van Damme), a nun expert in use of the chacos under the name of Nunchuck (Lucy Lawless) and the founder and leader of the group, the ex-wrestler Wild Knucles (Alan Arkin).
In a strategic move, the team decides to dispense with the services of Wild Knuckles, so they set a trap for him to leave him out. The team now with 5 members decides to open a casting to choose among the best villains in the world to replace Knuckles and to provide fresh blood.
Minions 2 The Rise of Gru finds out about this and decides to go into casting, but the supervillain team, seeing that he is just a boy, taunts him. In response, Gru steals a rare gem from them that has supernatural powers and leaves it in the Minions' care. But the team of villains kidnaps Gru and releases him in exchange for the little Minions taking the gem to San Francisco.
Bob, Stuart and Kevin, the most recognizable Minions in the entire saga, decide to rescue Gru. This time they will be joined by Otto, another talkative Minion who will get them into trouble over and over again. Gru will have to learn the value of friendship and decide whether to continue with his yellow minions or embark on the journey alone to become the greatest villain of all time.
Since the appearance of these tiny and cute yellow beings in the first Despicable Me movie, the Minions have become the favorite characters of both children and adults. Thanks to that, Illumination decided to make movies centered on them that would also serve as prequels to what was seen in the first film.
There is no doubt that Illumination is becoming a more than important studio that improves its animation techniques in each film it produces. That's the case with Minions 2: thanks to the wise direction of the creative team, led by director Kyle Balda, the film feels fresh due to the great references they add from the seventies, ranging from colors, costumes, scenarios and some on-screen graphics that have a recognizably retro feel.
Thanks also to the musical selection and the original music produced by Jack Antonoff, it manages to plunge us fully into the seventies world.
The story is full of sight gags, references to other movies, and nods to the Despicable Me movies. In that sense, there is an improvement over the previous installment: in the first Minions tape, the story felt chaotic, aimless, going nowhere; now with Gru's raid from the start and focusing the story only on the Minions mentioned above, everything is easier to follow and develops better.
The combination of these gags and the references to the seventies and kung fu movies make the story work in each of its parts and that the final act is visually and narratively effective.
In conclusion, Minions: The Rise of Gru (Minions: The origin of Gru) is a well-achieved animated family comedy that follows in the footsteps of its predecessor but improves in terms of the presentation of the story and the visual style that this time is frenetic, explosive and at the same time very retro. Thanks to that, moments of emotion and a perfect closing are achieved that will make them leave the cinema with a smile.
It may not be as memorable as its Favorite Villain counterparts, but it's better than the last one; Although the same formula is repeated, the new elements added save it to make it one of the funniest movies of the year so far.
Waze, the geolocation and navigation application has allied 'The Minions' for the promotion of the new Minions movie, which is titled "The Rise of Gru". The film has already reached theaters in Mexico and hopes to break records of previous films in the saga at the box office.
The fun campaign to promote this film has included cameos and unexpected versions of the franchise, such as a collaboration with soccer player Javier 'Chicharito' Hernández, and a recreation of the characters in 'The Office'. The impact of this collaboration has been quite optimistic, as it invites imagination and fun for fans of the saga, while taking into account the meaning of the app.
Waze is one of the most famous and most used mapping applications in the world. Minions: The Rise of Gru The peculiarity of a navigator with GPS from apps like Google Maps, Here WeGo, Sygic, Maps.ME and of course Waze, is that of drawing a route that facilitates the arrival at your destination. Likewise, apps such as TomTom AmiGO and Petal Maps, which also have their own peculiarities, have considered various fundamentals regarding their use.
Mainly, the work with the maps must be updated continuously, as well as the possibility of working offline from downloadable functions. Some, like Waze itself, consider aspects such as the volume of traffic and even radars that report problems.
Waze is already one of the leaders in this sector in Spain. In 2021, 12 percent of app users said they used the aforementioned social network once a day, while 24 percent used it weekly.
However, the presence of Google Maps in the market ensures that it is the reason why the app is not better positioned. According to information from AppMagic, during 2021, the geolocation app with the highest number of downloads in the United States was Google Maps. The application had just over 25.4 million downloads. Waze, meanwhile, was in second place, although with a recognized increase of 13.4 million downloads.
Extensive competition between these apps has led to others mentioned above such as Here WeGo, Sygic and Maps.ME garnering moderate acceptance from the general public. Although we can remember the example of social networks, with TikTok being a new network that soon managed to become one of the leaders, managing to register a turnover of more than 4.5 billion US dollars in 2021 alone.
The transport app usually uses voices from licenses known as “El Tigre Toño”, famous for the Zucaritas cereal, or even one of the most recognized, “Master Chief”, the protagonist of the Halo saga. The intention is not only to give the most precise directions in real time, but also to enjoy the trip.
In this way, the cinephile community and users of navigation apps have been surprised by the arrival of the app. Different videos have been seen about the reception of the Waze promotion for the new Minions movie. Now you can download the voice of "Gru", the protagonist of the film.
Jean-Claude Van Damme, one of the stars of the eighties and nineties martial arts movies, is one of the six villains of Vicious 6 or, rather, one of the voices of the animated characters who oppose Gru in "Minions: The Rise of Gru".
Van Damme, who has been one of the actors summoned by Sylvester Stallone for his film series "The Expendables", where he played a villain, plays Jean-Clawed in the animated film, a man with a huge lobster claw instead of hand. In the Spanish version Jean Langosta, the character was thought of with Van Damme in mind.
"I've always loved doing voices and I was honored when they approached me with this role that was written for me," Van Damme said in an interview shared by Universal Pictures. “I think voicing animated characters comes naturally to me because I loved doing voices with my kids, so it was easy for ME to get excited about this project.”
Van Damme was surprised to see his character animation. “Seeing what he looked like helped me voice the character because he doesn't look anything like me. Every time I make a film, I focus completely on it, and Kyle Balda and the team at Illumination made it easy for me. They supported me, helped me, and also allowed me to put my own ideas into the character.”
The Swedish Dolph Lundgren, Van Damme's antagonist in "Universal Soldier" and precisely in "The Expendables", is here another member of the Vicious 6 team: Svengance, a Swedish roller skating champion who runs after his enemies and eliminates them at the tip of spinning kicks from his spiked skates.
The Ivan Drago of "Rocky IV" commented: “At the beginning of my career I did a lot of action movies. In more recent years, I've had opportunities for some more dramatic and directing roles, and when I got the chance to voice Svengeance, I was excited about another new and different challenge. I have always been fascinated by the animation process. The work that animators do is so impressive and unique. So, I was excited to have the opportunity to see that process firsthand.”
Stronghold, Manos de Acero in Spanish, is voiced in the English version of Danny Trejo, the protagonist of the movies "Machete. His character literally has a pair of fists of steel." I love playing exaggerated characters in animation . I don't usually get to do comedy in real life,” he explained.