First Trailer for MINIONS

I've said it before and this will no doubt be the last time, but I always feel the spin-off is a cheap way to over-extend something that worked unexpectedly and is now being mined to death. With Despicable Me 2 becoming a bonafide worldwide smash last summer though and the third film not coming out until 2017, Illumination Studios was quick to capitalize on the popularity of Gru's minions and give them their own feature. Now, while I, like most people in the world, enjoy the minions and their shenanigans while trying to assist their criminal mastermind leader-giving them a whole feature to themselves initially felt like a bit much. They are great as supporting players, as comic relief, but to be the stars is to ask the question of how much will they overstay their welcome? With the first trailer for next summers easily titled Minions, directors Kyle Balda (The Lorax) and Pierre Coffin (Despicable Me 1 & 2) have taken us back to the beginning of life on earth and seem to have delivered the origin story of these little yellow creatures that influenced a fair amount of events throughout history eventually leading them to New York City in 1968 where the lore of these Igor-inspired servants becomes much deeper and more entrenched in villainy. I am always cautious to the idea of spin-offs or any piece of entertainment that feels specifically manufactured for the sole purpose of exploitation and profit, but darn if the film doesn't look like it will deliver the goods. Minions features the voice talents of Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Katy Mixon, Chris Renaud, Steve Carell as well as Coffin and opens on July 10, 2015.

   

Synopsis: The story of Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s Minions begins at the dawn of time. Starting as single-celled yellow organisms, Minions evolve through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable of masters. Continuously unsuccessful at keeping these masters—from T. rex to Napoleon—the Minions find themselves without someone to serve and fall into a deep depression. 

But one Minion named Kevin has a plan, and he—alongside teenage rebel Stuart and lovable little Bob—ventures out into the world to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow. 

The trio embarks upon a thrilling journey that ultimately leads them to their next potential master, Scarlet Overkill (Academy Award® winner Sandra Bullock), the world’s first-ever female super-villain. They travel from frigid Antarctica to 1960s New York City, ending in mod London, where they must face their biggest challenge to date: saving all of Minionkind…from annihilation. 

Featuring a soundtrack of hit music from the ’60s that still permeates our culture today, Minions is produced by Illumination’s Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, and is directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda. Brian Lynch has written the screenplay for the 3D-CG comedy adventure, and Chris Renaud serves as executive producer of the film.