Dear Parents: ‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’ Isn’t Just a Kids’ Movie

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At long last, the Minions are back, baby.

Originally slated for release back in 2020, Minions: The Rise of Gru was supposed to be released to theatres on the 10th anniversary of 2010’s Despicable Me, but was soon pushed to 2021. Then, the Delta strain came and messed up those plans, pushing Minions: The Rise of Gru to 2022.

The Despicable Me franchise is officially the most successful animated franchise of all time, a record it’s sure to hold onto now that The Rise of Gru is set to hit cinemas.

The new film is a prequel, which takes us back to the 1970s, where we meet young Gru, who’s determined to become the world’s most successful supervillain.

If the trailer is anything to go by, it seems that the film won’t just be intended for children, but rather, is intended to be fun for the whole family.

Millennial parents everywhere will recognise the very familiar tune of “Lose Yourself”, which Eminem wrote for 8 Mile way back in 2002. The rapper even won an Oscar for it, and although he wasn’t at the ceremony to accept his award in person back then, he did randomly pop up at the 2020 Oscar ceremony to perform the song live.

Is there anything that lets millennials everywhere know that they’re old more than an Eminem song being licensed to a kids’ film? Perhaps not, but hey, it’s still an iconic song, TBH!

Minions: The Rise of Gru is directed by Kyle Balda (Despicable Me 3, Minions), alongside co-directors Brad Ableson (The Simpsons) and Jonathan del Val (The Secret Life of Pets franchise).

Ahead, all your Minions: The Rise of Gru questions, answered.

What Is Minions: The Rise of Gru About?

The film’s offical logline is as follows: “Set in the 1970s, Minions: The Rise of Gru explores the origins — and growing pains — of evil with young Gru and his Minions, giving us a first-hand look at how they became the world’s most despicable team.”

Who Is Starring In Minions: The Rise of Gru?

Steve Carrell is leading the all-star voice cast, reprising his role as Gru for the latest instalment in the Minions franchise. Also returning to Minions: The Rise of Gru is Pierre Coffin, who has voiced upwards of 899 minions thus far, including Kevin, Bob, Stuart, Mel and the Evil Minions. Coffin also co-directed Despicable MeDespicable Me 2Minions and Despicable Me 3.

Also on the voice cast for Minions: The Rise of Gru are the following:

  • Taraji P. Henson as Belle Bottom
  • Jean-Claude Van Damme as Jean Clawed
  • Michelle Yeoh as Master Chow
  • Dolph Lundgren as Svengeance
  • Lucy Lawless as Nunchuk
  • Danny Trejo as Stronghold
  • Julie Andrews as Marlena Gru
  • Russell Brand as Dr. Nefario
  • Alan Arkin as Wild Knuckles, and
  • Rza, in an unknown role, with a special appearance by Rk Rakesh Boro

Is There a Trailer for Minions: The Rise of Gru?

There is indeed, and you can watch it right here:

Who Is the New Minion?

New movie, new minion, right? In the trailer above, you’ll meet Otto, the newest minion in town. Otto is described as chatty and easily distracted, and has a charming braces-induced lisp. In fact, Otto is the only minion with braces to date!

When Will Minions: The Rise of Gru Be Released in Australia?

Minions: The Rise of Gru will be in HOYTS cinemas from Thursday, June 23, 2022.

How Long Is Minions: The Rise of Gru?

Worried your kids won’t be able to sit through it if it goes for two and a half hours? You’re in luck! Minions: The Rise of Gru is a swift 87 minutes.

Where Can I Watch Minions: The Rise of Gru?

Minions: The Rise of Gru will be a theatrical release, screening in HOYTS cinemas from Thursday, June 23rd. No word just yet on when it will hit streaming.

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