Despicable Me 2 – Is this the animated film of the year?
What’s the background?
After the original Despicable Me proved to be a huge box office hit ($550 million and counting), it seemed only natural for Gru and his vast band of minions to return for a sequel.
This time, Gru (voiced once again brilliantly by Steve Carrell) and his minions have been recruited by Lucy Wilde (voiced by Bridesmaids star Kristin Wigg), an agent for the Anti-Villain League. They’ve brought him on board to help deal with a powerful new super criminal, El Macho, who is set on wreaking havoc.
Who’s behind the camera?
With the success of the first film, there’s no difference in key personnel for Despicable Me 2. Directing double-team Chris Renaud and Pierre Coffin return behind the camera and writers Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio have also been kept on.
Given this film made over $900 million at the box office, you’d imagine it’d stay that way for Despicable Me 3 too.
Are there any new characters?
The main new addition is Benjamin Bratt, who joins the cast to voice the part of El Macho, the less than trustworthy owner of the Salsa & Salsa restaurant with a sideline in super villainy.
Steve Coogan also joins the gang, voicing the character of Silas Ramsbottom, who is the head of the Anti-Villain League.
Are there any DVD extras we can look forward to?
Across the various editions of the movie, you will be able to feature a Feature Commentary with directors Chris Renaud & Pierre Coffin and three new 'mini movies' titled Puppy, Panic in the Mailroom and Training Wheels.
So is it any good?
It’s the animated film of the year. Hands down. It will make kids and adults alike cry with laughter and want to watch it time and again.
Despicable Me 2 is released on DVD and Blu-ray on Monday (November 25).