Audiences go bananas as the Minions’ movie approaches theaters this coming summer. Past success with these yellow henchmen in the movies Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2 raise the bar for the Minion’s debut.
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By: Paige Fry, Editor-in-Chief 

Coming July 2015, Minions, the long awaited spin-off and prequel of the family-loved animated movie, Despicable Me, will be premiered on the big-screen. In this film, the gibberish speaking, one or two-eyed, yellow minions are showing the world their life before working for the evil mastermind, Gru, in Despicable Me.

“I think that this movie will be way better than Despicable Me because the minions are the best part of the Despicable Me movie, and everyone loves them,” says sophomore Alexis Hamlin.

Minions will open up with the little banana-loving creatures seeking the most despicable master possible, starting in prehistoric times. Finding new fearless rulers after vicious predators, to work for is the easy part for the little sidekicks, but keeping a master for a long period of time causes the minions quite some trouble.

Once realizing that the little bunch of helpers have been masterless for a devastatingly long time, three brave minions — Kevin, Stewart, and Bob — seek out to find the most devious potential leader possible. While on a quest for the best, the trio finds themselves at Villian-Con in Orlando, Florida.

At the Con, the minions are hired by the first female supervillain, Scarlet Overkill, who is voiced by Sandra Bullock. Overkill doesn’t have time for fun and games; she strictly means evil business, and one slip-up for the minions could cause them some serious problems.

Senior Brenda Magana says, “I’m expecting a lot of chaos [in Minions] such as the minions being destructive, things not going as planned, [and] a lot of goofy minion jokes. [Minions] is a cute family movie that could give anyone a good laugh.”

Similar to the Despicable Me movies, Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment, an animation company, is producing this film. However, unlike the previous movies, Pierre Coffin, the director of Despicable Me, will be co-directing with Kyle Balda, the director of The Lorax. Coffin loves his minion-filled movies and personally voiced every single one of the minions in the movies Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2, and Minions. In order to complete this animation-expert team, the screenplay for Minions was written by Brian Lynch, film writer of Hop and Puss in Boots.

“I think the Minions movie is going to be really funny. I’m going to take my little brothers and cousin because they’re obsessed with the minions,” says junior Jarryd Williams.

Universal Studios Florida holds Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem, a 3-D motion ride where you join Gru, his daughters, and the minions on their newest adventure with a twist: you become a minion! Illumination Entertainment worked side-by-side with Universal Studios in order to create the interactive story line and animation. In addition,  all of the voices one hears while on the ride are the real actors’ voices from the Despicable Me movies.

Fans of Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2 are anxious to find out if the minions can hold their own and prove worthy of having their own movie. So far, the success of the previous movies and Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem is showing promise for the adorable accomplices.