If like me you eagerly await the Despicable Me sequel then news of a spinoff staring the films loveable, slapstick henchmen The Minions, should get the blood pumping. Mad Men’s John Hamm and Sandra Bullock have signed on as voice talent for Illumination Entertainment’s next feature.
The synopsis is as follows:
‘This spinoff establishes that Minions have existed since the beginning of time, in service of history’s most ambitiously evil villains. Through their lovable ineptitude, Minions have managed to thwart and ultimately destroy all of those bad guys. This story picks up in the 1960s, before they hench-ed for Gru. With no more super-villains to serve, the Minions fall into a collective depression and three of them set out to seek a new evil master. They wind up at a villain convention, where they compete for the right to be henchmen for Scarlet Overkill, whose Audrey Hepburn-like high style appearance belies her world domination ambition and her aspirations to become the world’s first female super-villain.’
News of spinoffs often generates a hateful reaction in the world of cinema, worse than sequels, but honestly this one has got my attention. I love the Minions, they make me laugh… a lot. I can’t help but think that they are the best part of Despicable Me. This may just be my opinion and I know that comedy like theirs only works with a strong cast of supporting characters but the testament of the voice actors they have on board is certainly encouraging news.
Minions is slated to premiere 19th December, 2014.