The DC Universe Original Animated Movies aren’t your only source of feature-length, animated superhero fun. The last few years have seen a spate of family friendly CG extravaganzas: The Incredibles, Megamind, Despicable Me. While the former was based around the exploits of an (almost literally) nuclear super-heroic family, the latter two concerned the diabolical schemes of two wannabe supervillains who are, in a word, less-than-competent.
While Megamind might feature the vocal talents of superstar Brad Pitt as oafish, insensitive, ukelele-playing Superman clone Metro Man, Despicable Me is my favorite of the two, if only for the sake of the Minions, a bunch of stumpy yellow incompetents who serve as a force of henchmen/dependents for aspiring supervillain Gru (Steve Carell). Jason Segel appeared as rival supervillain, Russell Brand as Gru’s geriatric sidekick, with Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier, and Elsie Fisher as the three orphan girls Gru adopts as part of moon-shrinking masterplan.
The sequel, the reliably titled Despicable Me 2, is due out on July 3rd. Kristen Wiig lends her voice to the part of Lucy Wilde, an agent of the Anti-Villain League and presumed love interest for Gru; with Steve Coogan as the head of the AVL, Silas Ramsbottom; Al Pacino as Eduardo, the film’s main antagonist; and Ken Jeong in a role yet TBA. Promising to feature more Minion-related mayhem than its predecessor, we at AP2HYC are definitely looking forward to it.