- Cast: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Miranda Cosgrove, Russell Brand, Steve Coogan, Ken Jeong, Moises Arias, Benjamin Bratt, Elsie Fisher, Dana Gaier, Nasim Pedrad, April Winchell, Bailey Gambertoglio, Jan Rabson, Andre Robinson, Georgia Cook, Óscar de Brito
- Directors: Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin
- Writers: Cinco Paul, Ken Daurio
- Producers: Janet Healy, Christopher Meledandri
- Art Direction: Eric Guillon
- Casting: Carla Hool
- Editor: Gregory Perler
- Musics: Heitor Pereira, Pharrell Williams
- Production Design: Yarrow Cheney
Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment's worldwide blockbuster, "Despicable Me," delighted audiences around the globe in 2010, grossing more than $540 million and becoming the 10th-biggest animated motion picture in U.S. history. In Summer 2013, get ready for more minion madness in "Despicable Me 2." Chris Meledandri and his acclaimed filmmaking team create an all-new comedy animated adventure featuring the return of Gru (Steve Carell), the girls, the unpredictably hilarious minions... and a host of new and outrageously funny characters.
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
- MPAA Warning: Rude humor and mild action
- Production Companies: Illumination Entertainment
2013 Guide Analysis: "Universal and Illumination Entertainment shook up the CG animated feature world with 2010's "Despicable Me," a fairly economical $69 million film which scored solid reviews and ended up raking in over half a billion dollars worldwide at the box-office. It was the second highest-grossing animated film of 2010, behind only "Toy Story 3," and immediately turned Illumination into a serious rival to both Pixar and Dreamworks Animation.
The company's subsequent films "Hop" and "The Lorax," weren't as well-regarded or successful, so the green lighting of a sequel was inevitable. In fact, Universal thinks there's enough material here that they have already begun work on a spin-off film centring on the cute yellow Minions with the plans to get it into theaters by Christmas 2014. Back to the immediate sequel though, and the various key talent from the first film are back - including Kristen Wiig who takes on a new role in the sequel.
Joining them for this entry is the likes of Al Pacino as the villain, and both Steve Coogan and Ken Jeong in key unspecified roles. Universal is keeping the plot specifics under tight wraps, with the various purpose-built trailers released so far not showcasing any real footage from the movie. Even so, they've been cute and funny little short films that work on their own. Set for the July 4th weekend, just two weeks after Pixar's "Monsters, Inc." prequel opens, it'll be interesting to see who comes out on top."