Despicable Me

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Overview

A mysterious criminal mastermind has stolen one of the pyramids in Egypt, sparking a fit of jealous envy in evil genius Gru Steve Carell, who hasn't managed to make headlines since he and his minions swiped the Times Square JumboTron years back. Ever since Gru was a little boy, he dreamed of going to the moon. Now, if Gru can just build a rocket and get his hands on a powerful shrink-ray, he can cement his reputation as the greatest thief who ever lived by stealing the Earth's satellite right out of the sky. But ...
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Overview

A mysterious criminal mastermind has stolen one of the pyramids in Egypt, sparking a fit of jealous envy in evil genius Gru Steve Carell, who hasn't managed to make headlines since he and his minions swiped the Times Square JumboTron years back. Ever since Gru was a little boy, he dreamed of going to the moon. Now, if Gru can just build a rocket and get his hands on a powerful shrink-ray, he can cement his reputation as the greatest thief who ever lived by stealing the Earth's satellite right out of the sky. But immediately after Gru heists the shrink-ray, the cunning super-nerd Vector Jason Segel swoops in and snatches it right out of his hands. Now, in order to claim the moon, Gru must first reacquire the weapon from Vector. Armed with the knowledge that his nemesis has a mean sweet tooth, Gru adopts cookie-selling orphans Margo Miranda Cosgrove, Agnes Elsie Fisher, and Edith Dana Gaier and commissions a new line of cookie robots from the evil Dr. Nefario Russell Brand, his personal weapons specialist. But as Gru and his diminutive yellow minions prepare to carry out the biggest heist in history, something strange happens. Gru discovers that the three little girls who have come into his life are much more than simple pawns. They actually seem to care about Gru, and it turns out the scheming evildoer makes a pretty good father. When Gru realizes that his upcoming moon mission clashes with a ballet performance by the girls, he must decide what's more important -- being a present parent or cementing his nefarious reputation once and for all.
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Special Features

The World Of Despicable Me; Despicable Beats; Gru's Rocket Builder
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Despicable Me is the kind of kiddie flick that has enough fart jokes to keep the small fries giggling, and just enough heart to keep their parents smiling. And to the credit of the filmmakers, they maintain that equilibrium fairly well. The early scenes, focusing on ambitious master criminal Gru's bumbling efforts to outsmart a rising star in the super-villain community, are inventive and funny; the later scenes, in which our diabolical antihero discovers his inner softie, are convincingly affectionate and endearing. Add to that some playful action set pieces and hilarious voice performances, and the result is an animated treat with a little something for everyone. A mysterious criminal mastermind has stolen one of the pyramids in Egypt, sparking a fit of jealous envy in evil genius Gru Steve Carell, who hasn't managed to make headlines since he and his minions swiped the Times Square JumboTron years back. Ever since he was a little boy, Gru dreamed of going to the moon. Now, if he can just build a rocket and get his hands on a powerful shrink-ray, he can cement his reputation as the greatest thief who ever lived by stealing the Earth's satellite right out of the sky. But immediately after Gru heists the shrink-ray, the cunning super-nerd Vector Jason Segel swoops in and snatches it right out of his hands. Now, in order to claim the moon, Gru must first reacquire the weapon from Vector. Armed with the knowledge that his nemesis has a mean sweet tooth, Gru adopts cookie-selling orphans Margo Miranda Cosgrove, Agnes Elsie Fisher, and Edith Dana Gaier and commissions a new line of cookie robots from the evil Dr. Nefario Russell Brand, his personal weapons specialist. But as Gru and his diminutive yellow minions prepare to swipe the moon from the sky, something strange happens. Gru discovers that the three little girls who have come into his life are much more than simple pawns. They actually seem to care about Gru, and it turns out the scheming evildoer makes a pretty good father. When Gru realizes that his upcoming moon mission clashes with a ballet performance by the girls, he must decide what's more important -- being a present parent or cementing his nefarious reputation once and for all. The only thing moviegoers love more than a great hero is a great villain. Thanks to screenwriters Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul, we get both iconic archetypes rolled into one. When we first meet Gru, he's the kind of wretch who gets great joy from making others miserable -- a high-tech scoundrel who will make a balloon animal for a little boy, just to savor the child's tears when he pops it with a pin. Later, as the icy coating around his heart begins to melt away, playful flashbacks offer comical insight into his formative years, gradually revealing the neglected, wide-eyed boy behind the chrome-domed baddie. It's this simple but effective character arc that makes Despicable Me more than just a rollicking series of sight gags, and offers Carell the opportunity to instill the character of Gru with genuine personality. And while virtually every other character in the film is essentially one-dimensional, Segel, Brand, Kristen Wiig, and Julie Andrews all get their moments to shine. The animation in Despicable Me is nothing groundbreaking, though the crew does deserve credit for creative use of light during an early scene in which Gru attempts to inspire his minions, and the format does allow the filmmakers the freedom to indulge their every outrageous super-villain whim. Action set pieces throughout the film are exciting and inspired, making particularly good use of the 3D format for a wild roller-coaster ride and a climactic airborne chase. The only things in Despicable Me that come off as entirely stale are the pop dance numbers, which seem to have become a virtual requirement for animated children's movies in the past decade. One needn't be an icy-hearted super-villain to observe that it's time to call for a moratorium on cutesy animated beasties bopping to Top 40 hits. The trend has run its course -- now let's get back to having some real fun on the big screen.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/14/2010
  • UPC: 025192018176
  • Original Release: 2010
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Slip Sleeve / Subtitled / Dubbed
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:35:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 671

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Steve Carell Voice Only
Jason Segel Voice Only
Russell Brand Voice Only
Julie Andrews Voice Only
Will Arnett Voice Only
Kristen Wiig Voice Only
Miranda Cosgrove Voice Only
Dana Gaier Voice Only
Elsie Fisher Voice Only
Pierre Coffin Voice Only, Voice Only, Voice Only, Voice Only, Voice Only
Chris Renaud Voice Only
Jemaine Clement Voice Only
Jack McBrayer Voice Only, Voice Only
Danny McBride Voice Only
Mindy Kaling Voice Only
Rob Huebel Voice Only
Ken Daurio Voice Only
Ken Jeong Voice Only
Technical Credits
Pierre Coffin Director
Chris Renaud Director
Yarrow Cheney Production Designer
John Cohen Producer
Ken Daurio Screenwriter
Eric Guillon Art Director
Janet Healy Producer
Christopher Meledandri Executive Producer, Producer
Kathy Nelson Musical Direction/Supervision
Sergio Pablos Executive Producer, Original Story
Cinco Paul Screenwriter
Heitor Pereira Score Composer
Gregory Perler Editor
Nina Rowan Executive Producer
Christopher Scarabosio Sound/Sound Designer
Skywalker Sound Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Taylor Associate Producer
Pharrell Williams Score Composer, Songwriter
Pamela Ziegenhagen-Shefland Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Despicable Me
1. Global Panic [3:23]
2. Meet Gru [3:09]
3. Crime of the Century [5:32]
4. Home for Girls [1:45]
5. Bank of Evil [4:48]
6. Shrink Ray Theft [4:27]
7. Vector's Fortress [2:49]
8. Adoption [4:44]
9. Setting Some Rules [4:07]
10. Top Secret [4:54]
11. Pinky Promise [3:55]
12. Cookiebots [4:40]
13. Fun Land [4:32]
14. Cotton Candy? [:14]
15. New Funding [3:38]
16. Sleepy Kittens [5:21]
17. To the Moon [7:15]
18. Rescue [7:01]
19. One Big Unicorn [6:16]
20. End Titles [4:53]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Despicable Me
   Play
   Scenes
   Bonus
      The World of Despicable Me
      Despicable Beats
      Gru's Rocket Builder
      A Global Effort
      Despicable Me Game Previews
         Despicable Me: The Game Trailer
         Despicable Me: Minion Mania App Trailer
      Commentary with Directors Chris Renaud & Pierre Coffin Featuring the Minions: On/Off
   Setup
      Spoken Language
         English 5.1
         Español 5.1
         Français 5.1
         DVS (Descriptive Video Service)
      Commentary with Directors Chris Renaud & Pierre Coffin Featuring the Minions
      Subtitles
         English SDH*
         Français
         Español
         Subtitles: Off
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted February 7, 2014

    Great movie, my granddaughter loved it too.

    Its an enjoyable movie that's entertaining for both adults and children.

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  • Posted April 13, 2012

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    A Soft Heart.

    Nice storyline and will have you laughing-out-loud at times. Even though the plot of the storyline is not an original one the voice talents of the "cast of characters" and especially the antics of the minions will make this a real treat and worth watching. Select this DVD if you would like a nice escape from your reality and want to laugh and release some stress. *Good entertainment.

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  • Posted May 28, 2011

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    Don't judge a movie by its cover!

    I had decided early on that I didn't plan on watching this movie. The commercials for the movie looked silly to me, and so I immediately decided not to waste my time on it. It was no waste of time! What a great movie for kids! I thought it was going to be another silly little movie without any lessons to be learned from it,full of potty humor, and the not-so-family-friendly style that all of the new tv shows for kids are broadcasting now. This movie did have lessons for the kids in the audience, very little potty humor, and was so family friendly! With the cute story line that starts with Gru, the main character, as a not-so-evil villian being beaten out by a younger super villian...it continues from there with lots of laughs and lots of cute little yellow henchmen. This movie is a great FAMILY movie (the kind Hollywood doesn't make anymore).

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  • Posted January 24, 2011

    A GREAT movie for the whole FAMILY!!!

    I totally recommend this movie for all ages! It doesn't matter how old you are, but you will love it. Vector steals the pyramid of Egypt. Gru doesn't like that, because he wants to be the biggest and ONLY thief in the world. Gru tries to still the moon, so he can still be the biggest thief in the world. He adopts three orphans, Margo, Edith, and Agnes. But he uses them to get in Vectors house to sell "cookies". The cookies are really spying little robots. Then something weird happens, Gru finds himself profoundly changed by the growing love between him and the three orphans. Will he change his mind from stealing the moon?

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  • Posted January 20, 2011

    Best animated movie I've seen in a long time! A must see!

    I avoid kids movie whenever possible, especially animated films, but I ended up going to see this, in 3-D, with my two little boys last summer when my husband was out of town. I laughed so hard that my face hurt! I insisted that my husband take the boys as soon as he got back. The writing for this film was amazing! Genious! Truly a film for families that everyone can enjoy! A must see, and a must own! LOVE IT!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2011

    The most entertaining movie for the whole family.

    It is cute, it is funny, it is a safe movie for even the very young kids. My 5years old son couldn't stop laughing through out the movie. A must to watch for kids and adults who love to laugh.

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  • Posted January 2, 2011

    BEST. MOVIE. EVER!!!

    This is the FUNNIEST, most ENTERTAINING, movie EVER!!! You HAVE to watch it! My whole family loved it!!

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  • Posted December 29, 2010

    Despicably Good! You Must Watch This!

    This movie was so funny! One of my all time favorites. I really loved how and evil supervillian can change and learn to love! It just proves how people can be.=)

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