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Despicable Me: Movie Review

Animation, Comedy, Family
Rated: PG
Directed by: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud
Starring: The voices of Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Julie Andrews, Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier, Elsie Fisher, Will Arnett, Kristen Wiig
Released by: Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures

In Short: Tons of fun for both kids and adults, this first animated offering from the new Illumination Entertainment movie studio is a real winner.

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Animated Evil with a Heart of Gold

When we first meet Gru, the super-evil mastermind the new 3D animated comedy “Despicable Me” is named after, he’s not a very nice person. He’s despicable, in fact. And he’s really, really mad, since a nerdy new super villain named Vector has just pulled off quite a feat by stealing one of the Egyptian pyramids.

The two despicable villains happen to live in the same town, but Gru has a secret weapon that makes him a powerful enemy: his scores of funny little yellow “minions,” willing and ready to do his bidding. And thus the struggle to be the most evil of evil begins, with some seriously comedic sight gags and laugh-filled moments along the way.

Gru, cleverly voiced by Steve Carell (who seems to be doing an homage to Bela Lugosi), enlists three little cookie-selling orphan girls to unwittingly help him with his grandiose plot to steal the moon and thus regain his position as the world’s worst villain. Margo, Edith and Agnes are smart, spunky and really in need of a dad, and poor evil Gru barely has a chance against their combined adorableness. By the time his crazy plot comes to fruition, he’s something of a changed man.

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“Despicable Me” is the first offering of Illumination Entertainment, a new movie studio created by Chris Meledandri, whose previous job as the head of Fox Animation Studios brought us the smash-hits “Ice Age,” “Robots” and “Alvin and the Chipmunks.” He and his new company’s crack team of directors, writers and animators definitely have a winner with this inaugural film, and may just be able to give Pixar a run for its money in the animation arena.

It’s a really fun flick for both kids and adults, forging its own unique animation style; especially with some of the comical 3D effects they create. Make sure to stay for the credits, when those little minions—we guarantee you will have come to love by that point—return for some hilarious hi-jinks.


Reviewed by Jenny Peters

(Updated 07/09/10 CT)

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