Despicable Me 3

Despicable Me 3 is a 2017 American computer-animated comedy film produced by Illumination and distributed by Universal Pictures. It is the sequel to Despicable Me 2 (2013), the third main installment, and the fourth installment overall in the Despicable Me franchise. Directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, co-directed by production designer and character designer Eric Guillon, and written by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio, the film stars the voices of Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker, Coffin, Miranda Cosgrove, Steve Coogan, Jenny Slate, Dana Gaier, Nev Scharrel, and Julie Andrews.

Despicable Me 3
A yellow creature with one eye in a black-and-white striped clothing, with a tattoo that reads "GRU LIFE" around his arms.
Theatrical release poster
Directed by
Written by
Produced by
Starring
Edited byClaire Dodgson
Music by
Production
companies
Distributed byUniversal Pictures[1]
Release date
  • June 14, 2017 (2017-06-14) (Annecy)
  • June 30, 2017 (2017-06-30) (United States)
Running time
90 minutes[2]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$80 million[3]
Box office$1.035 billion[4]

Despicable Me 3 premiered at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival on June 14, 2017, and was released in the United States on June 30. The film received mixed reviews from critics and earned $1.035 billion worldwide, becoming the fourth-highest-grossing film of 2017 and the fourth-highest-grossing animated film of all time during its theatrical run.

Plot

Married Anti-Villain League agents Gru and Lucy Wilde are sent to stop Balthazar Bratt (a former child actor turned supervillain after his show "Evil Bratt" was cancelled when he reached puberty) from stealing the Dumont diamond. Gru recovers the diamond, but Bratt escapes. Displeased, Director Valerie Da Vinci, taking former Director Silas Ramsbottom's place, dismisses Gru and Lucy from the AVL.

When Gru and Lucy return home, they tell their adopted children Margo, Edith, and Agnes of their dismissal, but assure them they will soon have new jobs. When Gru refuses to return to being a supervillain, and his assistant Dr. Nefario is frozen in carbonite,[N 1] most of his Minions, led by Mel, abandon him to find new jobs. Dave and Jerry stay behind, but the rest of the Minions have several misadventures throughout the film, eventually landing in jail.

A butler named Fritz arrives at Gru's home with an invitation from Gru's long-lost twin Dru, who lives in a distant country named Freedonia. The family travels to meet Dru, and are surprised by his immense wealth and massive mansion. Fritz attributes this success to their large pig farming business. Meanwhile, Bratt steals the diamond again, intending to use it to power a giant robot that will destroy Hollywood in revenge for the cancellation of "Evil Bratt". Dru reveals to Gru that their deceased father was a supervillain known as "the Bald Terror", whose villainous activities and technological advances are the real source of the family's wealth. Dru wants Gru to teach him how to become a villain, but Gru refuses to revert to his old ways. While Lucy struggles with her new tasks as a mother, Dru and Gru become closer, especially after joyriding in their father's high-tech vehicle.

Gru and Dru decide to steal the diamond; however, Gru secretly intends to bring it to the AVL to convince Da Vinci to rehire him and Lucy. They narrowly escape with the diamond and are rescued by Lucy. Dru, finding out Gru's true motives, is hurt that Gru lied to him about teaching him to be a villain. In return, Gru insults Dru's incompetence and declares he will leave Freedonia and end their relationship.

Bratt, disguised as Lucy, kidnaps the children, and once again acquires the diamond. Gru and Dru put aside their differences and pursue him after realizing the deception. With his robot powered by the diamond, Bratt terrorizes Hollywood, covering it in superpowered bubble gum in hopes of lifting the city into outer space. Lucy rescues the girls as Bratt attempts to kill Gru with the robot's laser. Dru manages to break into the robot and power it down from the inside, nearly dying in the process. Bratt confronts Gru, who challenges him to a dance fight, eventually stealing Bratt's weaponized keytar and defeating him with it. The Minions, having escaped jail, reunite with Gru. Dru and Gru also reconcile.

Gru and Lucy are reinstated into the AVL. The newly united family celebrates in Gru's home, and Lucy bonds with the girls and acknowledges them as her daughters. Dru, along with most of the Minions, steals Gru's aircraft and flies away. Gru and Lucy decide to give them a five-minute head-start before engaging pursuit.

Voice cast

  • Steve Carell as Gru, the spy and former supervillain turned Anti-Villain League agent, Margo, Edith, and Agnes' adoptive father, and Lucy's husband.[6]
    • Carell also voices Dru, Gru's long-lost twin brother and the girls' adoptive uncle.[6][7]
  • Kristen Wiig as Lucy Wilde, an Anti-Villain League agent, Gru's wife and the girls' adoptive mother.[8]
  • Trey Parker as Balthazar Bratt, a supervillain and former child star who grows up to become obsessed with the character he played in the 1980s and is bent on world domination.[6]
  • Pierre Coffin as Mel, Kevin, Stuart, Bob, and the Minions[9]
    • Coffin also voices a museum director[10]
  • Miranda Cosgrove as Margo, Gru and Lucy's oldest and clever adopted daughter.[8]
  • Steve Coogan as Silas Ramsbottom, the director of the Anti-Villain League, who retires at the beginning of the film.[10]
    • Coogan also voices Fritz, Dru's butler.[10]
  • Jenny Slate as Valerie Da Vinci, a tyrannical member of the Anti-Villain League who becomes the new AVL director.[11]
  • Dana Gaier as Edith, Gru and Lucy's middle tomboyish adopted daughter.[12]
  • Nev Scharrel as Agnes, Gru and Lucy's youngest innocent and immature adopted daughter.[13]
  • Julie Andrews as Gru and Dru's mom[10]
  • Andy Nyman as Clive the robot, Bratt's sidekick.[10]
  • Adrian Ciscato as Niko, a boy from Freedonia who falls in love with Margo.[10]

Production

Development

Steve Burke, the NBCUniversal CEO, confirmed in September 2013 that a third film in the Despicable Me series was in development.[14] Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio, the writers of the first two films, announced that they would return to write the screenplay for the film.[15]

Casting

In April 2016, Steve Carell was reported to reprise his role as Gru, and Carell would also voice his twin brother Dru while Trey Parker was cast for the film as Balthazar Bratt.[6] In September 2016, Miranda Cosgrove and Kristen Wiig were reported to reprise their roles as Margo and Lucy Wilde, respectively while Nev Scharrel replaces Elsie Fisher in the role of Agnes. [8][13]

Music

Despicable Me 3: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by
Various Artists
ReleasedJune 23, 2017 (2017-06-23)
GenrePop
R&B
Length51:14
Label
Producer

The soundtrack for Despicable Me 3 was released on June 23, 2017. Pharrell Williams released the new song "Yellow Light" for the soundtrack, which was made available through digital download and streaming.[16]

Charts

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[17] 76
US Soundtrack Albums (Billboard)[18] 17

Marketing

The digital campaign of Despicable Me 3 have been promoted before its release, which included activations, such as the star ratings being replaced with those marking the Minions during the Amazon's "Minion Day", and BuzzFeed's "character takeover" badges.[19] In New York City, 600 taxicabs had the sculpted Minions atop of them, of which had a Minionese greeting.[19]

McDonald's released a promotion for a toy set offered in their Happy Meals for the film between May and June 2017.[20][21] Additional marketing partners for the film included 23 & Me, Chiquita, Ferrero, Kellogg's, Procter & Gamble, Topps, and Yummy Spoonfuls.[19]

Release

Theatrical

 
Director Pierre Coffin at the film's screening at the 2017 Annecy International Animated Film Festival

The film premiered on June 14, 2017, at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival,[22] and was released in the United States on June 30.[23]

Home media

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment released Despicable Me 3 through digital download on November 21,[24] and on Blu-ray and DVD in December.[25] The releases also included a short film, titled The Secret Life of Kyle.[26]

Reception

Box office

Despicable Me 3 earned $264.6 million in the United States and Canada and $770.2 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $1.034 billion,[4] making it the fourth highest-grossing film of 2017[27] and the fourth highest-grossing animated film of all time.[28] Deadline Hollywood calculated the net profit of the film to be $366.2 million, accounting for production budgets, marketing, talent participations, and other costs, with box office grosses, and ancillary revenues from home media, placing it third on their list of 2017's "Most Valuable Blockbusters".[3]

Released alongside The House and Baby Driver, as well as the wide expansion of The Beguiled, on June 30, 2017,[29] Despicable Me 3 made $29.2 million on its first day,[30] including $4.1 million from Thursday night previews.[31] It went on to debut with $75.4 million[32] from 4,529 theaters, making it the widest release ever[33] until it was surpassed by Avengers: Endgame (2019) with 4,662.[34] Its second weekend saw the box office drop by 53% to $34 million[35] as well as the increased theater count of 4,535,[36] and Despicable Me 3 grossed another $19.4 million the following weekend.[37] Despicable Me 3 completed its theatrical run in the United States and Canada on December 21, 2017.[38]

Worldwide, Despicable Me 3 made $9.9 million in its opening weekend in five markets on June 16, 2017.[39] In its third weekend, the film made $95.6 million in 46 markets.[40] The film's top international markets were China ($158.2 million), Japan ($66.2 million), the United Kingdom ($62.7 million), Germany ($43.8 million), and France ($41.4 million).[41]

Critical response

On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, which categorizes reviews only as positive or negative, 58% of 195 reviews are positive, with an average rating of 5.70/10. Its critical consensus reads, "Despicable Me 3 should keep fans of the franchise consistently entertained with another round of colorful animation and zany—albeit somewhat scattershot—humor."[42] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 49 out of 100 based on 37 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews."[43] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A−" on an A+ to F scale, down from the first two films' and Minions's (2015) "A".[32]

Alex Welch of IGN gave the film a six out of ten score, saying, "It's not much, but Despicable Me 3 is at least enough for the younger fans of the franchise."[44] Peter Debruge of Variety wrote, "Despicable Me 3 is unwieldy, but it mostly works, as co-directors Pierre Coffin (who also voices the Minions) and Kyle Balda never lose sight of the film's emotional center, packing the rest with as much humor as they can manage. The jokes come so fast and furious, the movie can hardly find room for Heitor Pereira's funky score, and though Pharrell Williams has contributed five new songs to sell soundtracks (including the sweet "There's Something Special"), the movie hardly needs them."[45] Alonso Duralde of TheWrap gave the film a mixed review, saying: "Ultimately, none of these flaws will matter to the throngs of little kids who have made the previous Despicable Me movies (and the superior Minions spin-off) into giant global hits."[46]

Sandy Schaefer for Screen Rant gives the film a three stars out of five saying "Despicable Me 3 offers enough in the way of zany, irreverent entertainment (with a dose of heart) to please steadfast fans of the franchise."[47] Jordan Mintzer for The Hollywood Reporter gave the film a positive review saying "This rather clever, breakneck-paced cartoon gives fans exactly what they want: Like the new nemesis voiced by Trey Parker, it shoots multiple machine-gun bursts of bubblegum at the audience, asking them to chew and enjoy"[48] Peter Travers of Rolling Stone gave the film three stars out of four, saying "Pierre Coffin (who voices the Minions) and co-director Kyle Balda keep the plot spinning merrily. Pharrell Williams contributes five new songs to the mix, including the hummable "There's Something Special." It's no mystery why Illumination's franchise is still something special after three go-rounds—the box-office gross is a whopping $1.5 billion and counting."[49] Leah Greenblatt of Entertainment Weekly gave the film a 'B' grade, saying "What shines through is the visual wit and innate sweetness of the storytelling, and Carell's cackling, cueball-skulled misanthrope a (mostly) reformed scoundrel who can still have his cake, and arsenic too."[50]

Accolades

Award Category Recipient(s) Result
45th Annie Awards[51] Best Animated Feature Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy Nominated
Animated Effects in an Animated Production Bruno Chauffard, Frank Baradat, Nicolas Brack, and Milo Riccarand Nominated
Character Design in an Animated Feature Production Eric Guillon Nominated
ACE Eddie Awards[52] Best Edited Animated Feature Film Claire Dodgson Nominated
Art Directors Guild[53] Production Design in an Animated Feature Olivier Adam Nominated
Cinema Audio Society Awards[54] Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Motion Picture – Animated Film Carlos Sotolongo, Randy Thom, Tim Nielson, Brandon Proctor, Greg Hayes, and Scott Curtis Nominated
23rd Critics' Choice Awards[55] Best Animated Film Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda Nominated
Golden Trailer Awards 2017[56] Best Animation/Family Despicable Me 3 Nominated
Best Animation/Family Poster Despicable Me 3 Nominated
Golden Reel Awards[57] Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing Feature Animation Dennis Leonard, Tim Nielsen, Matthew Hartman, Mac Smith, Andre J.H. Zweers, Christopher Flick, Richard Gould, John Roesch, Shelley Roden, and Slamm Andrews Nominated
Hollywood Music in Media Awards 2017[58] Best Original Song – Animated Film "There's Something Special" by Pharrell Williams Nominated
Houston Film Critics Society Awards 2017[59] Best Animated Film Despicable Me 3 Nominated
2018 Kids' Choice Awards[60] Favorite Animated Film Despicable Me 3 Nominated
Producers Guild of America Award[61] Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Picture Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy Nominated
Saturn Awards[62] Best Animated Film Despicable Me 3 Nominated
St. Louis Film Critics Association[63] Best Animated Feature Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda Nominated
16th Visual Effects Society Awards[64] Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature Pierre Coffin, Chris Meledandri, Kyle Balda, and Eric Guillon Nominated
Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature Eric Guillon, Bruno Dequier, Julien Soret, and Benjamin Fournet for "Bratt" Nominated
Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature Axelle De Cooman, Pierre Lopes, Milo Riccarand, and Nicolas Brack for "Hollywood Destruction" Nominated
Outstanding Model in a Photoreal or Animated Project Eric Guillon, Francois-Xavier Lepeintre, Guillaume Boudeville, and Pierre Lopes for "Dru's Car" Nominated
Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature Bruno Chauffard, Frank Baradat, Milo Riccarand, and Nicolas Brack Nominated
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards 2017[65] Best Animated Feature Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda Nominated

Sequel

Illumination's CEO Chris Meledandri revealed in an interview in September 2017 that a fourth Despicable Me film is in development.[66]

Notes

  1. ^ Carbonite, a fictional substance from The Empire Strikes Back (1980), is referenced in the film.[5]

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