Despicable Me is a very good animation movie. Though the target audience for the movie is kids, it is enjoyable for young adults, adults and even older fellows as well.
With the success of Despicable Me the makers have gone ahead to carry forward the legacy and made Despicable Me – 2. The movie is equally enjoyable and have even better animation.
Despicable Me 2
|Producers||:||Chris Meledandri, Janet Healy|
|Directors||:||Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud|
|Written By||:||Cinco Paul, Ken Daurio|
|Production Company||:||Illumination Entertainment|
|Distributed by||:||Universal Pictures|
|Music||:||Pharrell Williams, Heitor Pereira|
5 June 2013 (Australia)
3 July 2013 (USA)
|Voice Actors||:||Steve Carell (Felonious Gru), Kristen Wiig (Lucy Wilde), Benjamin Bratt (Eduardo “El Macho” Pérez), Miranda Cosgrove (Margo), Russell Brand (Dr. Nefario), Steve Coogan (Silas Ramsbottom), Ken Jeong (Floyd Eagle-san), Elsie Fisher (Agnes), Dana Gaier (Edith), Moisés Arias (Antonio Pérez), Nasim Pedrad (Jillian), Kristen Schaal (Shannon), Pierre Coffin (Kevin, Stuart, Bob and additional and evil Minions.), Chris Renaud (additional and evil Minions and Italian waiter.), Vanessa Bayer (Flight Attendant.), Nickolai Stoilov (Arctic Lab Guards), and others…|
Recently I got a chance to watch it, and I cannot stop myself from sharing my unbiased and personal Views and Reviews for it.
The plot as it unfolds
Gru is a changed man now. He have left the world of crime a long ago. He is a doting father now to 3 girls Margo, Edith and Agnes. He is a businessman now and he wants to live genuine life only.
However there is something else destined for him in the heart of the future.
In the beginning of the movie we see that a mysterious vehicle using a huge magnet steals a highly potent mutagen known as PX-41 from a secret laboratory in the Arctic Circle.
The Anti-Villain League (AVL), have decided look into the matter and find who stole it. In order to capture the one who can execute such a dangerous task swiftly the AVL contacted Gru to lead the investigation. Gru, however wanted to live a normal life with his kids refused it.
Also the girls were missing to have a “mom” and was looking forward to have one, so Gru need to imply his efforts in that area also.
The circumstances lead it to a way where Gru ultimately decide to work for AVL and he was partnered with a beautiful AVL agent Lucy Wilde. On the other hand Dr. Nefario, Gru’s friend and inventor of many gadgets have decided to leave for better employment, before sometime ago. He was missing the spark of being evil and thrills of the same.
Will Gru and Lucy be able to resolve the case of theft? Will Gru and Dr. Nefario be in touch with each other anytime soon? Who is the villain (or say Super villain) who have executed the theft? Will the girls be able to get a loving and caring mom for them? All these questions are answered in the rest of the movie.
Views and Reviews
Many incidents in the movie (like its predecessor – Despicable Me – are inspired by James Bond movies. And they are fun to explore. The real hero of the movie are the special effects, which are of fabulous quality. It is much better than those in the previous installment. The SFX and VFX department’s hard work is visible on screen. Regardless of whether you watch it in cinema hall or home theater, or on regular Television set, you will be able to see the detailing and will surely admire it.
The voice artists have a responsibility to live the character through their voice, and they all succeed in doing it. Of course the protagonists got to do more dubbing but almost everyone have put in their genuine efforts during recording.
The script plays a vital role in all movies, but they require special attention when you are making an animation movie where your primary target audience is kids. You have to plant humor and thrills together. At the end of the movie, you need to show that good qualities won. And the excitements should remain reflective throughout. We must say that the writers did good job here. And with a few misses they almost hit the target.
The background music is very effective and it adds to the positives of the movie. It plays a good aide to the scenes and special effects to make their impact even stronger. The dialogs are simple and witty.
We bought the DVD from Amazon when it was available at a very competitive rate during a sale, and we found it worth the price. The DVD quality is satisfactory in terms of Audio and Video both. The movie is dubbed in many languages (including Hindi) and if you are not much familiar with English and keen to watch it, you can look for the regional language alternative for you.
Behind the scenes
The movie performed pretty well at the box office. It earned a really remarkable amount of money. And it was recognized critically as well. It was nominated for many prestigious awards in various categories, and bagged some of them successfully as well. Here is the short list of awards it was nominated for.
|Academy Awards||Best Animated Feature||Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin & Chris Meledandri||Nominated|
|Academy Awards||Best Original Song||Happy – Pharrell Williams||Nominated|
|Alliance of Women Film Journalists||Best Animated Feature||Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud||Nominated|
|American Cinema Editors||Best Edited Animated Feature Film||Gregory Perler||Nominated|
|Annie Award||Best Animated Feature||Nominated|
|Annie Award||Best Animated TV/Broadcast Commercial||Won|
|Annie Award||Character Animation in an Animated Feature Production||Jonathan Del Val||Nominated|
|Annie Award||Character Design in an Animated Feature Production||Eric Guillon||Nominated|
|Annie Award||Music in an Animated Feature Production||Heitor Pereira, Pharrell Williams||Nominated|
|Annie Award||Production Design in an Animated Feature Production||Yarrow Cheney, Eric Guillon||Nominated|
|Annie Award||Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production||Eric Favela||Nominated|
|Annie Award||Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production||Kristen Wiig||Nominated|
|Annie Award||Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production||Steve Carell||Nominated|
|Annie Award||Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production||Pierre Coffin||Nominated|
|British Academy Film Awards||Best Animated Film||Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin||Nominated|
|British Academy Children’s Awards (BAFTA)||BAFTA Kid’s Vote (Feature Film)||Won|
|Cinema Audio Society Awards||Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for Motion Pictures – Animated||Charleen Richards, Tom Johnson, Gary A. Rizzo, Chris Scarabosio, Alan Meyerson, Tony Eckert||Nominated|
|Critics’ Choice Movie Award||Best Animated Feature||Nominated|
|Critics’ Choice Movie Award||Best Song||Happy – Pharrell Williams||Nominated|
|Denver Film Critics Society||Best Animated Film||Nominated|
|Golden Globe Award||Best Animated Feature Film||Nominated|
|Kids’ Choice Awards||Favorite Animated Movie||Nominated|
|Kids’ Choice Awards||Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie||Steve Carell||Nominated|
|Kids’ Choice Awards||Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie||Miranda Cosgrove||Won|
|People’s Choice Awards||Favorite Family Movie||Won|
|People’s Choice Awards||Favorite Movie||Nominated|
|Producers Guild of America Award||Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Picture||Janet Healy, Chris Meledandri||Nominated|
|Satellite Awards||Satellite Award for Best Original Song||Happy – Pharrell Williams||Nominated|
|Saturn Awards||Best Animated Film||Nominated|
|Visual Effects Society Awards||Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture||Chris Meledandri, Janet Healy, Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin||Nominated|
It is a good movie to watch and have the appeal for kids, young adults, adults and elders. You can watch out for a good deal on online shopping sites to get the best deal for you.
It is also worth to note that prequel of Despicable Me is made with the title Minions and the sequel of the movie is made with the title Despicable Me 3. So the franchisee is getting bigger and we will provide you reviews for the same in the coming days, so watch out for it 🙂
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