Despicable Me is a 2010 American computer-animated 3D comedy film from Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment that was released on July 9, 2010 in the United States. It is Illumination Entertainment’s first film. It was directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud, based on an original story by Sergio Pablos.
Released on July 9, 2010, in the United States, Despicable Me opened at the number one spot at the box office and pulled in $56.3 million, making it the third biggest opening grossing for an animated film in 2010 behind Toy Story 3 and Shrek Forever After.
The film was animated in the French studio Mac Guff in Paris, and although a US production, it was written and directed by Spaniards and Frenchmen, making Despicable Me (2010) a very cross-cultural production.
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.
One of the pictures hanging on the walls of Gru’s home (it can be seen when the three girls first enter the house, next to the front door to the left) is a ‘Wanted’ poster for the capture of Jesse James, a notorious Wild West gunman and bandit.
Engineers held a viewing of Despicable Me with a discussion about the engineering involved in the movie. The discussion covered everything from Gru’s ridiculous “car” if you can even call it that, to the method he has of getting to his basement, and finally to the shrink ray that Gru and Vector fight over. The first problem us engineers had with Gru’s car was the fact that it was jet powered, yet seemed to have the same sort of throttle response as a standard car. This just isn’t possible as regular cars transfer energy through gears and drive shafts to directly power the wheels, whereas Gru’s jet car would use thrust and the power would not go through the wheels., this means that Gru could not have done the burnouts he did.
The film stars the voice of Steve Carell as Gru, a super-villain who adopts three girls (voiced by Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier, and Elsie Fisher) from an orphanage; and the voice of Jason Segel as Vector, a rival of Gru who steals the Great Pyramid of Giza. When Gru learns of Vector’s heist, he plans an even greater heist: to shrink and steal the Earth’s moon.
Gru: Hello, Fred. FYI. Your dog has been leaving little bombs in my yard, and I do not appreciate it.
Fred McDade: Oh you know dogs… they go where they want to go.
Gru: Unless they’re dead.
Gru: I’m joking! Oh, though it is true. Anyway, have a good one.
Young Gru: Mom, someday, I’m going to go to the moon.
Gru’s Mom: I’m afraid you’re too late, son. NASA isn’t sending the monkeys anymore.
Dr. Nefario: Here’s the new weapon you ordered.
[Shoots minion with the fart gun]
Gru: No, no, no. I said DART gun.
Dr. Nefario: Oh yes. Cause I was wondering… under what circumstances would we use this?