Universal Pictures distributes animated films from Universal and non-Universal studios. Illumination Entertainment, which began as Universal’s feature animation department and produced its first full-length animated picture Despicable Me in 2010, is responsible for the majority of the films. Universal began releasing animated films by DreamWorks Animation, which was bought by NBCUniversal in 2016, with How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World in 2019. Talking about the most successful Universal Pictures Animated Movie to date, it is Minions.
Minions is a 2015 computer-animated screwball comedy released by Universal Pictures and produced by Illumination Entertainment. It is the third entry in the Despicable Me franchise and a spin-off prequel. The film stars Pierre Coffin as the Minions (including Kevin, Stuart, and Bob), Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Allison Janney, Steve Coogan, Jennifer Saunders, and is narrated by Geoffrey Rush. It was directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, written by Brian Lynch, and produced by Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy. It is the most successful Universal Pictures Animated Movie to date.
On June 11, 2015, Minions premiered in London, and on July 10, 2015, it was released in the United States. Despite mixed reviews from critics, the film was a box office triumph, generating over $1.1 billion worldwide during its theatrical run, making it the fifth highest-grossing picture of 2015, the tenth highest-grossing film of all time, and the second-highest-grossing animated film of all time. Minions: The Rise of Gru, the sequel, is set to be published in July 2022.
Minions are tiny, yellow creatures who have been from the dawn of time, developing from yellow single-celled organisms into entities dedicated solely to serving history’s most terrible lords. The Minions are driven into isolation and start a new life in a massive cave after rolling a Tyrannosaurus into a volcano, having their caveman leader eaten by a bear, crushing a Pharaoh under a pyramid after building it upside-down, exposing Count Dracula to sunlight, and accidentally firing a cannon at Napoleon while in Russia. After a long period of time without a master to serve, the Minions grow despondent and uninspired.