Despicable Me: DVD/Blu-Ray: Take Gru, The Minions, And The Orphans Home December 14
Released back in July, 2010, UNIVERSAL’s Despicable Me took the world by storm. Full of quirkiness and material across the board for just about everyone, moviegoers felt pretty thrilled and satisfied with one of this year’s best animated features. Fast forward five (5) months later, and this masterpiece of a film can now be enjoyed in the comfort of your own home.
Available on December 14, 2010 from UNIVERSAL Studios Home Entertainment, you can obtain three (3) new Mini-Movies starring ‘The Minions!’ Available on the Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D combo packs for an enjoyable experience and on DVD double pack as well. (Limited)
In a happy suburban neighborhood surrounded by white picket fences with flowering rose bushes, sits a black house with a dead lawn. Unbeknownst to the neighbors, hidden beneath this home is a vast secret hideout. Surrounded by a small army of minions, we discover Gru (Steve Carell) planning the biggest heist in the history of the world. He is going to steal the moon, yes, ladies and gentleman, the moon. Gru delights in all things wicked. Armed with his arsenal of shrink rays, freeze rays, and battle-ready vehicles for land and air, he vanquishes all who stand in his way. 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. Amidst his ultimate plans, the world's greatest villain has just met his greatest challenge: three little girls named Margo, Edith and Agnes.
Along with the original Ice Age, Despicable Me stands as one of the best non-Pixar/Disney computer animated films ever, and like most Pixar/Disney films, it puts its cast of notable voices to good use in turning inanimate pixels into living, breathing characters.
Steve Carell's (The Office, The 40-year-old Virgin) real voice is a little hard to hear behind the thick accent of his evil genius character, but he injects the creepy Gru with the same over-the-top lunacy that makes Michael Scott (or his character in Dinner for Schmucks) so comically appealing.
Likewise, the rest of cast doesn't really sound like themselves, but they all still deliver amazing performances in bringing their quirky characters to life.
Jason Segal (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, I Love You, Man) is also nearly unrecognizable as competing villain, Vector, where he draws favorable comparisons to The Incredibles foe, Syndrome/Incredi-Boy.
The hilarious Russell Brand (Get Him to the Greek) leaves Rock-God, Aldous Snow behind with a very low-key performance as the sometimes clueless, but always sardonic, Dr. Nefario.
An unlikely combo of Julie Andrews, Kristen Wiig, Will Arnett, and Miranda Cosgrove round out the excellent voice cast.
Overall, Despicable Me succeeds because aside from its neat animation, it has something for everyone; the kids will love the slap-stick, mayhem, while the older crowd will embrace the subtle humor and affecting emotional pull. Gather up your minions – I punned – this is great stuff to embrace during this holiday season.
Cast: Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Miranda Cosgrove, Elsie Fisher, Kristen Wiig, Julie Andrews, Will Arnett, Dana Gaier, Jack McBrayer, Danny McBride, Jemaine Clement, Mindy Kaling, Ken Jeong
Director: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud
Genre: Children & Family, Family Animation, Family Comedies, Blu-ray, Universal Studios Home Entertainment
(Available December 14. 2010 where ever DVDs/Blu-rays are sold)
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