Despicable Me

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on 12/28/2011

I will admit, that I expected this to be a flop of a movie, but after watching it, I found it very refreshing and an amazing movie! It gives a unique view point from a villain named Gru ( played by the talented Steve Carell) and his life as a villain and how 3 children change his life. Kids will love the 'cousins' of Gru and the parents will enjoy the light hearted music and laughs will be had by all!

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Despicable Me

on 6/11/2012

Super cute movie with memorable characters and humor.

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Gru delights in all things wicked. Until the day he encounters the immense will of three little orphaned girls who look at him and see something that no one else has ever seen: a potential dad.


Studio Universal
SKU 217388527
UPC 025192018176
UPC 14 00025192018176
Format DVD
Release Date 3/13/2012
Rating Rating
Computer Animation
Family (General)
Kids Adventure
Editors Note
Note 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.
Hollywood Reporter "[I]t's funny, clever and warmly animated with memorable characters..." 06/09/2010
Box Office 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "[A] rousingly funny, heartfelt and imaginative 'toon blessed with the vocal talents of Steve Carell and loaded with whimsy and smarts." 07/05/2010
Entertainment Weekly "[S]prightly filmmaking....[A] charming tale of bad intentions and happy endings." -- Grade: A- 07/09/2010
Chicago Sun-Times 3 stars out of 4 -- "The film is funny, energetic, teeth-gnashingly venomous..." 07/07/2010
Wall Street Journal "[T]he animation is a grabber all the way through....Stylish..." 07/09/2010
Movieline "A picture that manages to feel both original and pleasingly nostalgic without straining for either effect." 07/09/2010
A.V. Club "[A] giddy joy....Mostly, DESPICABLE ME is a joyously creative, refreshing piece of work..." -- Grade: B 07/08/2010
Washington Post 3 stars out of 4 -- "[A]n improbably heartwarming, not to mention visually delightful, diversion..." 07/09/2010
Total Film 3 stars out of 5 -- "Combining INCREDIBLES-style hardware with a SHREK-esque protagonist....Satirical, scatological and slapsticky..." 10/01/2010
Sight and Sound "[Pharrell Williams] contributes some of the coolest, glitchiest would-be mumbled rap ever heard." 11/01/2010
Empire 3 stars out of 5 -- "Naturally, there's a trip into space and a spectacular near disaster, but it's the heart which makes DESPICABLE ME effective." 10/15/2010
Uncut 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he yarn has its own sly humour." 03/01/2011
Cast & Crew
Tom Johnson - Sound Re-Recording
Kathy Nelson - Music Director
Ken Daurio - Screenwriter
Vicki Hiatt - Music Editor
Cinco Paul - Screenwriter
Lionel Gallat - Director of Animation
Christopher Scarabosio - Sound
Christopher Scarabosio - Sound Re-Recording
Pharrell Williams - Composer
Pharrell Williams - Song Composer
Slamm Andrews - Music Editor
Carter Goodrich - Character Design
Jean Hemez - Animation Supervisor
Skywalker Sound - Sound
Pierre Avon - Animation Supervisor
Pierre Leduc - Animation Supervisor
Nicolas Bauduin - Animation Supervisor
Heitor Pereira - Composer
Mac Guff - Animation
Barthelemy Boirot - Animation Supervisor
Luc Degardin - Animation Supervisor
Elisabeth Patte - Animation Supervisor
Julien Soret - Animation Supervisor
Nicholas Brack - Lighting Director
Julie Andrews - Voice
Steven Carell - Voice
Will Arnett - Voice
Jason Segel - Voice
Ken Daurio - Voice
Russell Brand - Voice
Kristen Wiig - Voice
Miranda Cosgrove - Voice
Rob Huebel - Voice
Jemaine Clement - Voice
Jack McBrayer - Voice
Mindy Kaling - Voice
Chris Renaud - Voice
Ken Jeong - Voice
Pierre Coffin - Voice
Danny McBride - Voice
Dana Gaier - Voice
Elsie Fisher - Voice
Jeannine Berger - Post-Production Supervisor
Sergio Pablos - Story
Pierre Coffin - Director
Chris Renaud - Director
Technical Info
UPC 00025192018176
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 95 minutes
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Review An enjoyable blend of sweetness and silliness, with loads of giggles and just enough dark-edged humor to keep the adult companions interested (the Bank of Evil, where Gru seeks financing for his schemes, carries a small-print legend above its grandiose portals: "Formerly Lehman Brothers"), Despicable Me ranks as the second-best digital-animated family film of the summer. But when the gold medal belongs to Toy Story 3," there's no shame in that. And unlike every other 3-D film I've seen since Avatar, this one actually uses the technology with grace, daring and a sense of wonder.
Reviewer Andrew O'Hehir
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review To make a villain into the hero of an animated comedy is daring, but the filmmakers bring in three cute kids to restore good feelings. They are Margo (Miranda Cosgrove), Edith (Dana Gaier) and Agnes (Elsie Fisher). Gru finds them at his friendly neighborhood orphanage, run by the suspicious Miss Hattie (Kristen Wiig). His plan is to keep them at his home until his moon scheme is ready to hatch, and then use them to infiltrate Vector's home by subterfuge ? pretending to sell cookies, say. It follows as the night does the day that the orphans will work their little girl magic on Gru and gradually force the revelation that the big lug has a heart, after all.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 7
DVD, English, Spanish, French, Widescreen
Product Attributes
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Claudia Puig, USA TODAY Whip-smart. Offbeat and original.
Matt Sullivan, In Touch Weekly Hilarious! A blast for all ages
Pete Hammond,Boxoffice Magazine Roaringly funny, heartfelt and imaginative.

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