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Despicable Me (2010)

  • Rate: 7.6/10 total 134,948 votes 
  • Genre: Animation | Comedy | Crime | Family
  • Release Date: 9 July 2010 (USA)
  • Runtime: 95 min
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  • IMDb page: Despicable Me (2010)
  • Rate: 7.6/10 total 134,948 votes 
  • Genre: Animation | Comedy | Crime | Family
  • Release Date: 9 July 2010 (USA)
  • Runtime: 95 min
  • Budget: $69,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $543,113,985(Worldwide)(20 January 2011)
  • Stars: Steve Carell, Jason Segel and Russell Brand|See full cast and crew
  • Original Music By: Heitor Pereira  Pharrell Williams   
  • Soundtrack: FUN, FUN, FUN
  • Sound Mix: DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS
  • Plot Keyword: Girl | Moon | Minion | Neighbor | Little Girl

Writing Credits By:

  • Cinco Paul (screenplay) &
  • Ken Daurio (screenplay)
  • Sergio Pablos (story)

Known Trivia

  • In Gru’s lair, the NBC logo can be seen on the top of the Jumbotron.
  • Steve Carell describes Gru’s accent as a cross between Ricardo Montalban and Bela Lugosi.
  • During the dance sequence, the DJ Minion is using a “Gru-ray Disc” player, with the same color and font style on the writing as a Blu-ray Disc player.
  • Throughout the movie, you can see Dr. Seuss’s Lorax character imprinted on Margo’s shirt under her jacket.
  • WILHELM SCREAM: When Gru’s mother kicks the punching bag and the karate instructor goes flying.
  • When Gru is seen entering the “Bank of Evil”, the subtitle “Formerly Lehman Brothers” can be seen over the door.
  • Vector is left-handed. You can see this when he is inside of his home playing the Nintendo Wii. He uses his left hand, hinting that his left is the dominant hand.
  • The soda cup that the Carnival Barker is drinking from (red with a purple stripe at the top) is based on the ones used at Walt Disney World.
  • Gru tells Miss Hattie, in Spanish, that her face is “como un burro.” This means “like a donkey.”
  • The directors actually wrote a language for the gibberish the minions speak throughout the film. They called it “minion-ese”. Each word the minions speak in the film translates into an actual word.

Goofs: Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Gru grabs Edith while trying to get the girls to sleep, Agnes is shown hopping on her bed while she laughs out loud, the sound of her laughter continues to play briefly even after she stops laughing.

Plot: When a criminal mastermind uses a trio of orphan girls as pawns for a grand scheme, he finds their love is profoundly changing him for the better. Full summary »  »

Story: In a happy suburban neighborhood surrounded by white picket fences with flowering rose bushes, sits a black house with a dead lawn. Unbeknownst to the neighbors, hidden beneath this home is a vast secret hideout. Surrounded by a small army of minions, we discover Gru, planning the biggest heist in the history of the world. He is going to steal the moon. (Yes, the moon!) Gru delights in all things wicked. Armed with his arsenal of shrink rays, freeze rays, and battle-ready vehicles for land and air, he vanquishes all who stand in his way. Until the day he encounters the immense will of three little orphaned girls who look at him and see something that no one else has ever seen: a potential Dad. The world's greatest villain has just met his greatest challenge: three little girls named Margo, Edith and Agnes.Written by Universal Pictures  


Synopsis: The film begins with the news revealing that an Egyptian pyramid was stolen. When super-villain Gru (Steve Carell) hears of this, his pride is wounded and he plans to pull the biggest heist of the century by stealing the Moon.

Gru tries to get a loan from the Bank of Evil (Formerly Lehman Brothers) and meets a young super-villain, Vector (Jason Segel), who annoys him. Bank president Mr. Perkins (Will Arnett) refuses to grant Gru the loan until he obtains the shrink ray necessary for the plan. Mr. Perkins tells Gru that he is getting too old and that new super-villains are younger and better, like Vector, who is revealed to be the one who stole the Pyramid of Giza.

Gru and his minions steal the shrink ray from a top secret research facility in East Asia, but Vector steals it from him and shrinks his ship. Gru attempts to get the shrink ray back from Vector’s lair, but all his attempts to enter the lair prove futile. After seeing three orphaned girls, Margo (Miranda Cosgrove), Edith (Dana Gaier), and Agnes (Elsie Fisher) enter the lair to sell cookies to Vector. Gru adopts the girls from Miss Hattie (Kristen Wiig), the head of the orphanage, to use them to steal back the shrink ray. Gru has his assistant Dr. Nefario (Russell Brand) build robots disguised as cookies. He then has the girls sell the robots to Vector, and the robots help Gru steal the shrink ray.

On the way home the girls ask to go to an amusement park. Gru agrees, intending to leave the girls there. Instead, the attendant says he, as an adult, has to ride the roller coaster with them. Gru ends up having fun with the girls. Back at home, he presents his plan to Mr. Perkins via video. The girls keep interrupting him. Perkins again refuses to give him the loan, claiming that although he doesn’t have a problem with the plan, he just wants a younger villain to do it instead. Gru has a flashback of his childhood, depicting his wanting to go to the moon after seeing the first moon landing. When he tried to impress his mother (Julie Andrews) with models of the rocket (and an actual working one), she just ignored him. Mr. Perkins calls Vector (revealed to be his son, whose real name is Victor) to the Bank of Evil to inform him that Gru has the shrink ray. Vector reassures his father that he will get the Moon. Gru almost abandons his plan due to lack of funds, but the girls and the minions take up a collection to keep it going.

However, Gru has to make a choice, because the moon will be in the optimal position for the heist on the same day as the girls’ ballet recital. Dr. Nefario, seeing the girls as a distraction, contacts Miss Hattie, who arrives to take the girls back. Gru, the Minions, and the girls are heartbroken. Gru goes on with his plan and flies to the moon.

Gru successfully shrinks and pockets the Moon. Gru remembers the ballet recital and rushes to it. However, it has ended by the time he arrived. There, he finds a ransom note from Vector demanding the moon in exchange for the girls. After Gru hands over the moon, Vector reneges on the deal, keeping the girls and the moon. This enrages Gru, who storms Vector’s lair, this time successfully breaching the defenses. Vector flies off in an escape pod with the girls. Gru holds on to the exterior of the ship. He nearly falls to his death, but is rescued by Dr. Nefario piloting the same ship that Vector shrunk before. Nefario reveals that the bigger the object, the quicker the effects of the shrink ray wear off. Very soon, the moon begins to grow and roll around inside Vector’s ship, hurting him and freeing the girls. The girls see Gru outside of the ship, and Gru tells them to jump over to him. Edith and Agnes successfully make it onto the ship, but before Margo can jump, Vector grabs her. The moon rolls again and knocks Vector over, and Margo grabs onto Gru’s grappling hook. Gru rescues her with the help of his minions, while the rapidly-expanding Moon wrecks Vector’s controls, causing his ship to carry it back into orbit.

Gru and the girls settle down to live a happy life as a family and Vector is stranded on the Moon. The girls give a special ballet recital for Gru, his minions, and his mother, who finally tells him she is proud of him and acknowledges him to be the better parent. The music changes from Swan Lake to You Should Be Dancing, and everyone rushes on stage to dance as the film ends.


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • John Cohen known as producer
  • Janet Healy known as producer
  • Christopher Meledandri known as producer (as Chris Meledandri)
  • Sergio Pablos known as executive producer
  • Nina Rappaport known as executive producer
  • Robert Taylor known as associate producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Steve Carell known as Gru (voice)
  • Jason Segel known as Vector (voice)
  • Russell Brand known as Dr. Nefario (voice)
  • Julie Andrews known as Gru's Mom (voice)
  • Will Arnett known as Mr. Perkins (voice)
  • Kristen Wiig known as Miss Hattie (voice)
  • Miranda Cosgrove known as Margo (voice)
  • Dana Gaier known as Edith (voice)
  • Elsie Kate Fisher known as Agnes (voice) (as Elsie Fisher)
  • Pierre Coffin known as Tim the Minion / Bob the Minion / Mark the Minion / Phil the Minion / Stuart the Minion (voice)
  • Chris Renaud known as Dave the Minion (voice)
  • Jemaine Clement known as Jerry the Minion (voice)
  • Jack McBrayer known as Carnival Barker / Tourist Dad (voice)
  • Danny McBride known as Fred McDade (voice)
  • Mindy Kaling known as Tourist Mom (voice)
  • Rob Huebel known as Anchorman (voice)
  • Ken Daurio known as Egyptian Guard (voice)
  • Ken Jeong known as Talk Show Host (voice)
  • Charles Bright known as (voice)
  • Katie Leigh known as (voice)
  • Ranjani Brow known as (voice)
  • Scott Menville known as (voice)
  • Holly Dorff known as (voice)
  • Edie Mirman known as (voice)
  • Jackie Gonneau known as (voice)
  • Al Rodrigo known as (voice)
  • Wendy Hoffman known as (voice)
  • Jakob Roston known as (voice)
  • James Kyson known as (voice) (as James Kyson-Lee)
  • John Hans Tester known as (voice) (as Hans Tester)
  • Tony Lee known as (voice)
  • Debi Mae West known as (voice)



Supporting Department

Art Department:

  • Katie Ballentine known as art coordinator
  • David Berthier known as storyboard artist
  • Cal Brunker known as storyboard artist (as Callan Brunker)
  • Sergio Casas known as color designer
  • Olivier Delabarre known as color designer
  • Derek Evanick known as additional storyboard artist
  • Jun Falkenstein known as additional storyboard artist
  • Jun Falkenstein known as storyboard artist
  • Matt Flynn known as storyboard artist
  • Stephan Franck known as storyboard artist
  • Marec Fritzinger known as environment designer
  • Clément Griselain known as color designer
  • John Infantino known as additional storyboard artist
  • Piet Kroon known as additional storyboard artist
  • Javier Ledesma known as storyboard artist
  • Carlos León known as color designer
  • Rita Lichtwardt known as additional storyboard artist
  • Paul Mager known as set designer
  • Vincent Massy known as set designer
  • Glenn McCoy known as additional storyboard artist (as Glen McCoy)
  • Steve Moore known as storyboard artist
  • Raymie Muzquiz known as additional storyboard artist
  • Mark O'Hare known as storyboard artist
  • Wilbert Plijnaar known as additional storyboard artist
  • Wilbert Plijnaar known as storyboard artist (as Wilbert Plinjaar)
  • Loïc Rastout known as set designer
  • Peter Shin known as additional storyboard artist
  • James Suhr known as storyboard artist
  • Philippe Tilikete known as additional character & prop design
  • Philippe Tilikete known as props
  • Christophe Vacher known as art department
  • Adam Van Wyk known as additional storyboard artist
  • David Wachtenheim known as additional storyboard artist




Production Companies:

  • Universal Pictures (presents)
  • Illumination Entertainment

Other Companies:

  • 20th Century Fox Studios  score recorded at
  • B-MAC  location laboratory support
  • Criteria Recording Studio  mixing studio (as Criteria)
  • DeCrescent / Rotter  orchestra contractor
  • Digital Media Services (DMS)  digital marketing asset management
  • EFilm  digital intermediate
  • Germano Studios  mixing studio
  • Hit Factory, The  mixing studio
  • Howard Schwartz Recording  dialogue recording studio
  • Intelligent Media  international monitoring agency
  • Interscope Records  soundtrack
  • London's Centre for Young Musicians  girl vocalists (as Centre for Young Musicians London)
  • Midnight Blue Studios  recording studio
  • Peninsula Films  location production support
  • RAK Recording Studio  music recording studio: choir
  • Remote Control Productions  music mixed at
  • Reprise Music Services  music preparation (as Reprise Music)
  • Rok!t Studio  end title roll
  • Sergio Pablos Animation Studios (AKA Animagic)  character concepts, concept art, storyboard
  • Skywalker Sound  post-production sound services
  • Star Trak Entertainment  soundtrack
  • The Record Plant  recording studio


  • Universal Studios (2010) (worldwide) (all media)
  • Paramount Pictures (2010) (New Zealand) (theatrical)
  • Solar Entertainment (2010) (Philippines) (theatrical)
  • Toho-Towa (2010) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2010) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2010) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2010) (Philippines) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2010) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures Canada (2010) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2010) (Australia) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2010) (Belgium) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2010) (France) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2010) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2010) (Ireland) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2010) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures (2010) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Zon Lusomundo Audiovisuais (2010) (Portugal) (theatrical)
  • Finnkino (2010) (Finland) (all media)
  • Home Box Office (HBO) (2011) (USA) (TV)
  • SBS6 (2012) (Netherlands) (TV)
  • Universal Home Entertainment (2011) (UK) (DVD)
  • Universal Home Entertainment (2011) (UK) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Universal Pictures Benelux (2011) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Universal Pictures Benelux (2011) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Universal Pictures (2011) (Germany) (DVD)
  • Universal Pictures (2011) (Germany) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Universal Studios Home Entertainment (2010) (USA) (DVD)
  • Universal Studios Home Entertainment (2010) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Universal-Studio Canal (2011) (France) (DVD)
  • Universal-Studio Canal (2011) (France) (DVD) (Blu-ray)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Mac Guff Ligne (character animation and computer graphics) (as Mac Guff)

Visual Effects by:

  • Jerome Auliac known as digital compositor
  • Guillaume Barlier known as character technical director
  • Marie-Claire Bazart known as visual effects supervisor
  • John R.A. Benson known as stereoscopic supervisor
  • Alexandre Bermond known as lighting artist
  • Florian Bestel known as digital compositor
  • Vincent Blanqué known as visual effects artist
  • Adrien Borzakian known as characters surfacing supervisor
  • Marie Bourguet known as lead digital compositor
  • Xavier Breuil known as effects technical director
  • Bertrand Breuze known as senior compositor
  • Mickael Caramelo known as pipeline technical director
  • Emmanuelle Carlier known as visual effects producer
  • Merlin Carroll known as rotoscope artist
  • Blandine Chanteur known as lighting artist
  • Matthieu Chatelier known as digital compositor
  • Bruno Chauffard known as CG supervisor
  • Bruno Chauffard known as computer graphics supervisor
  • Charles Chorein known as visual effects
  • Justine Codron known as lighter
  • Jean-Denis Coindre known as lead digital matte painter
  • Jean-Nicolas Costa known as digital compositor
  • Rudyard Cretenet known as digital compositor
  • Clement Darbois known as digital compositor
  • Vivian David known as lighting artist
  • Antoine Douadi known as digital compositor
  • Christophe Duflaut known as digital compositor
  • Steven Dupuy known as character effects artist
  • Labbe Elodie known as visual effects artist
  • Thomas Foncelle known as lead render wrangler
  • Lucien Fostier known as digital compositor
  • David Fourrage known as character modeler
  • Julien Frantz known as software developer
  • Valerie Gabriel known as stereo lead
  • Delphine Garrelis known as digital compositor
  • Damien Gautron known as lead character technical director
  • Pierre Gobilliard known as lighting artist
  • Stephan Guerin known as digital compositor
  • Stephan Guerin known as lighting artist
  • Mathieu Gérard known as digital effects technical director
  • Thomas Haas-Christensen known as character effects
  • Guy-Laurent Homsy known as layout/previs artist
  • Vincent Houze known as visual effects
  • Philippe Huberdeau known as digital compositor
  • Aurelien Hulot known as set modeling
  • Josselin Jallut known as character effects artist
  • Dean Koonjul known as digital compositor: Mac Guff Ligne
  • Jola Kudela known as digital compositor
  • Khaled Labidi known as digital compositor
  • Francois Launet known as set modeling lead
  • Thomas Lefebvre known as digital compositor
  • Yann Leroux known as lead digital compositor
  • David Liebard known as senior character technical director
  • Pierre Lopes known as lighting artist
  • Sergeï Lourié known as senior digital compositor
  • Olivier Lukaszczyk known as digital compositor
  • Mathieu Malard known as visual effects artist
  • Gaston Marcotti known as digital compositor
  • Olivier Martiny known as lighting artist
  • Le Meur Mathieu known as lighting artist
  • Molina Matthieu known as lighting artist
  • Thomas Metais known as software developer
  • Adrien Montero known as character modeler
  • David Pelle known as assistant computer graphics supervisor
  • Maya Pelle known as digital compositor
  • Alexis Peraste known as digital compositor
  • Benoit Philippon known as Stereoscopic Compositing Supervisor
  • Eric Placoly known as software engineer: research & development
  • Delphine Potevin known as assistant computer graphics supervisor
  • Simon Rafin known as digital compositor
  • Dane Rapaport known as digital compositor
  • Quentin Ricci known as pipeline technical director
  • David Rodrigues known as character cloth artist
  • Privat de Fortunie Romain known as character effects lead
  • Stephanie Saillard known as digital compositor: Mac Guff
  • Marine Samyn known as digital compositor
  • Gourdal Sebastien known as lighting artist
  • Antonin Seydoux known as compositing supervisor
  • Ken Shimizu known as character effects artist
  • Niranjan Siva known as digital compositor
  • Hugues Ssosse known as lighting artist
  • Sebastien Stoianov known as character effects artist
  • Jeremy Séguin known as digital compositor
  • Josselin Tonnellier known as effects technical director
  • Mathieu Trintzius known as senior character technical director
  • Nicolas Valade known as digital artist
  • Gerome Viavant known as digital compositor
  • Anthony Voisin known as digital compositor
  • Milan Voukassovitch known as character effects artist
  • Fabien Yorgandjian known as modeling artist
  • Henri Zaitoun known as layout artist
  • Joel Bentow known as main title animator (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • Russia 20 June 2010 (Moscow Film Festival)
  • USA 27 June 2010 (Los Angeles Film Festival)
  • Kazakhstan 30 June 2010 (Astana International Action Film Festival)
  • Kazakhstan 8 July 2010
  • Malaysia 8 July 2010
  • Russia 8 July 2010
  • Singapore 8 July 2010
  • Canada 9 July 2010
  • Indonesia 9 July 2010
  • USA 9 July 2010
  • Kuwait 15 July 2010
  • Taiwan 23 July 2010
  • Australia 24 July 2010 (Melbourne International Film Festival)
  • Peru 24 July 2010 (pre-estreno) (Lima)
  • Peru 28 July 2010
  • Argentina 29 July 2010
  • Croatia 29 July 2010
  • Colombia 30 July 2010
  • Mexico 30 July 2010
  • Uruguay 30 July 2010
  • France 3 August 2010 (Lama Film Festival)
  • Israel 5 August 2010
  • Syria 5 August 2010
  • Brazil 6 August 2010
  • India 6 August 2010
  • Poland 20 August 2010
  • Romania 20 August 2010
  • Philippines 1 September 2010
  • Iceland 3 September 2010
  • Turkey 3 September 2010
  • France 4 September 2010 (Deauville American Film Festival)
  • Australia 9 September 2010
  • New Zealand 16 September 2010
  • South Korea 16 September 2010
  • Germany 30 September 2010
  • Switzerland 30 September 2010 (German speaking region)
  • Austria 1 October 2010
  • Bulgaria 1 October 2010
  • South Africa 1 October 2010
  • Sweden 1 October 2010
  • France 6 October 2010
  • Denmark 7 October 2010
  • Georgia 7 October 2010
  • Spain 8 October 2010
  • Netherlands 13 October 2010
  • Switzerland 13 October 2010 (French speaking region)
  • Estonia 15 October 2010
  • Finland 15 October 2010
  • Ireland 15 October 2010
  • Italy 15 October 2010
  • Lithuania 15 October 2010
  • Norway 15 October 2010
  • UK 15 October 2010
  • Czech Republic 21 October 2010
  • Portugal 21 October 2010
  • Japan 24 October 2010 (Tokyo International Film Festival)
  • Belgium 27 October 2010
  • Japan 29 October 2010
  • Hungary 4 November 2010
  • Greece 25 November 2010

MPAA: Rated PG for rude humor and mild action



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