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Minions

Minions is a 2015 American computer-animated comedy film produced by Illumination Entertainment and distributed by Universal Pictures. It is the spin-off/prequel and the third installment overall in the Despicable Me franchise. Directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda (in Balda's directorial debut) , produced by Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, and written by Brian Lynch, the film stars the voices of 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.

Minions debuted in London on June 11, 2015, and was released in the United States on July 10. It was a financial success at the box office earning $1.159 billion worldwide, and became the fifth-highest-grossing film of 2015, the 10th-highest-grossing film of all time, and the second-highest-grossing animated film of all time during its theatrical run. The film was followed by Minions: The Rise of Gru in 2022.

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Minions are small, yellow pill-like creatures who have existed since the beginning of time, evolving from yellow single-celled organisms into beings which exist only to serve history's most evil masters, but they accidentally end up killing all their masters: rolling a Tyrannosaurus into a volcano, letting a caveman get eaten by a bear, crushing a Pharaoh to death with the Great Pyramid of Giza, and exposing Count Dracula to sunlight on his 357th birthday. They are driven into isolation after firing a cannon at Napoleon while in Russia, and start a new life inside a cave, but after many years the Minions become sad and unmotivated without a master to serve. To regain their dignity and sense of purpose, three Minions named Kevin, Stuart and Bob go out on a quest to find a new master.

The three journey in 1968 to New York City, where they end up in a department store for the night, and accidentally discover a hidden commercial broadcast for villains advertising Villain-Con, a convention for all villains and supervillains in Orlando. The next day, they manage to hitchhike a ride with the Nelsons, a family of thieves. At the convention, they see Scarlet Overkill, the world's first supervillainess, who unexpectedly hires them and takes them to her home in London. They phone the rest of the Minions to get them to join. Scarlet plans to steal the Imperial State Crown from Queen Elizabeth II, and promises to reward the Minions if they steal it, and kill them if they do not.

Her husband Herb supplies them with inventions to aid in the heist, but they are nearly caught when they break into the Tower of London. The chase leads to Bob accidentally crashing into the Sword in the Stone and pulling it free to defend himself and his friends, causing Bob to remove the Queen from the throne and become King. Enraged that someone else accomplished her dream of stealing the throne, Scarlet confronts the Minions, so Bob abdicates the throne in her favor. Undeterred, Scarlet imprisons the three in a dungeon, and Herb attempts to torture the trio, but they escape with the intention to apologize to Scarlet at her coronation.

After making their way to Westminster Abbey, Stuart and Bob interrupt the coronation by inadvertently dropping a chandelier on Scarlet, who survives the falling fixture and orders their execution. Stuart and Bob are captured by other villains, while Kevin hides in a pub. He sees Scarlet on television, promising that she will kill Stuart and Bob if Kevin does not show up by dawn. With the villains still searching for him, Kevin sneaks into Scarlet's castle to steal weapons, and accidentally triggers a machine Herb was building, which causes him to grow into a giant. Kevin tramples through London, rescues his friends, and battles Scarlet, just as the other Minions turn up in London. Scarlet tries to eradicate them by firing a massive missile, but Kevin swallows it. Scarlet and Herb attempt to escape with her rocket dress, only for Kevin to hold onto it and get pulled into the sky. The missile explodes, presumably killing Kevin, Scarlet, and Herb. As the Minions mourn the loss of their leader, Kevin survives, and returns to his normal size.

The Queen gets her throne and crown back. She rewards Bob with a tiny crown for his teddy bear Tim, Stuart with an electric guitar, and Kevin with a knighthood. The still alive Scarlet and Herb steal the crown again, but a young Gru uses a freeze ray on them and flees with the crown on a rocket-powered motorbike. The Minions run after him, deciding he is the new master they were looking for.

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In summer 2022 a sequel has release under the name Minions: The Rise of Gru and like his previous movie it's a huge financial success at the box office.

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