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The First Sequel To Call Itself DESPICABLE??

Merrick here...
I've yet to see DESPICABLE ME yet, although I intend to because Capone really liked it and, above all, my 3 1/2 year old really, really dug it. Which is awesome for Capone and my 3 /12 year old, 'cause it looks like we'll soon be getting more of it.
Despicable Me 2 talks are already underway among the studio, Meledandri, and writers Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio. Illumination is also making two short films featuring The Minions, the adorable yellow thumb-shaped henchmen of larcenous Gru (Steve Carell).
...says Deadline HERE. There doesn't appear to be any timeframe in place for when this DESPICABLE new material will arrive; it's also unclear is said shorts will precede the theatrical sequel, be issued concurrently with it, or...what? More as we know more.
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  • July 13, 2010, 11:23 a.m. CST

    That was quick.

    by palimpsest


  • July 13, 2010, 11:24 a.m. CST

    Did any talkbackers see this?

    by D.Vader

    I mean, really, is it any good? I've kinda lost faith in the AICN reviewers lately. It just seems so... damned odd and predictable.

  • July 13, 2010, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Holy crap, they don't hang about...

    by LordPorkington

    Do they? I suppose they have to keep the money train rolling eh?

  • July 13, 2010, 11:29 a.m. CST

    I've yet to read an article yet

    by StarryNight

    on this site that isn't a typographical disaster. yet. It's distracting and it kind of devalues whatever you're trying to say. I mean, such a major screw-up as that forced me to skip the entire article and scroll right down here to complain. that's not really a good thing, is it?

  • July 13, 2010, 11:31 a.m. CST

    Jesus. Take a break, Universal.

    by daggor

    It's all about franchise, franchise, franchise. it sounds like it cost less than half what a Pixar movie costs. Imagine how cheap it would be if they just hired good, unknown voice talent instead of "big names."

  • July 13, 2010, 11:32 a.m. CST

    DVade not sure about the review thing

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    But this site sure does suck a lil more ever since a certain show went off the air

  • July 13, 2010, 11:36 a.m. CST


    by Nesskid

    I guarantee that the sequel is called "Despicable Me Too" and it'll be a new character who teams up with the old character or is the old character's enemy. Anything to utilize a shitty cutesy title.

  • July 13, 2010, 11:37 a.m. CST

    Hey StepDaddy

    by D.Vader

    Good to see you. I'll tell you, my life sure seems to suck a lil more ever since a certain show went off the air. <p> I rewatched the Desmond episode this morning while trying to force myself to eat something for breakfast.

  • July 13, 2010, 11:37 a.m. CST

    Haven't seen it yet

    by ValMcKee

    But all this positive feedback is making me want to catch it...

  • July 13, 2010, 11:39 a.m. CST

    lol Vade

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    My life seems better without that certain show...but now I have nothin to argue about which sucks...

  • July 13, 2010, 12:16 p.m. CST

    This isn't really about Universal

    by Dreamwriter's about Illumination, the small studio that made the movie. Being a small studio, having just completed their very first motion-feature project, they of course are looking for more work. And their movie is doing great, so they are talking with Universal about making a sequel.

  • July 13, 2010, 12:23 p.m. CST

    Sequelize everything.

    by kwisatzhaderach


  • July 13, 2010, 12:23 p.m. CST

    Not suprising.....

    by sam jacksons wig

    .... since the first one did almost its entire budget in opening weekend.

  • July 13, 2010, 12:25 p.m. CST


    by vini77

    Called it

  • July 13, 2010, 12:30 p.m. CST

    Was the movie you saw yesterday around 11...

    by Lashlarue

    Awesome or Despicable?

  • July 13, 2010, 12:36 p.m. CST

    I actually did see the movie

    by DrumsInTheDeep

    and I thought it was cute. Not Pixar, or even Kung-fu Panda, but sporadically funny. Great design work and voice acting, but the script definitely flagged. The minions were absolutely the best part, though, and are probably going to be over-exposed a la Madagascar's Penguins. Overall, about on par with last year's Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.

  • July 13, 2010, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Quite possibly my favorite movie of the summer.


    Granted, that's not saying much, but I look forward to a sequel.

  • July 13, 2010, 1:14 p.m. CST

    I've seen it...

    by The Dum Guy

    It is really aimed for kids, but it has a few chuckle inducing moments. And, I didn't see it in 3D.

  • July 13, 2010, 1:19 p.m. CST


    by RainesMaker

    no suprise

  • July 13, 2010, 1:31 p.m. CST

    Despicable You. Or That's Dethhhhhhpicable!

    by Snake Foreskin

    Thank you Daffy Duck.

  • July 13, 2010, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Dithpikable Me

    by Squashua

    Starring a duck.

  • July 13, 2010, 1:51 p.m. CST

    Animation sequels...

    by xile1c

    They ALL suck. I've never seen an animated sequel that did justice to the original, ever, and never will. Why the hell can't they just make a classic and come up with more new stuff instead of cheapening the great original films?

  • July 13, 2010, 2:06 p.m. CST

    The Toy Story sequels were good,

    by Dingbatty

    and that's coming from someone who is ambivalent to somewhat disdainful toward Pixar.

  • July 13, 2010, 2:41 p.m. CST

    Dipstickable Me

    by Stunt Vocalist 709

    Porn ripoff coming soon...

  • July 13, 2010, 2:48 p.m. CST


    by SpyGuy

    Considering most of the crap kids are subjected to these days, I have no problem with this. Bring it.

  • July 13, 2010, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Dispicable who? me two!

    by idrinkyourmilkshake

  • July 13, 2010, 2:59 p.m. CST

    ODISPICABLE ME: The rise of Gru

    by idrinkyourmilkshake

  • July 13, 2010, 3 p.m. CST

    It's 80% a French film by the way...

    by CrystallineGreen

    That was entirely done in a French studio except for the production (money) and part of the writing. There is a kick ass animation team who worked their asses off in Paris to make it work, and I think it's about time that these movies are not always, by default, made in the US. A big congrats to them, and hopefully to the future films produced by Universal with the same Parisian studio (a Dr Seuss adaptation is next...). Voila :)

  • July 13, 2010, 3:04 p.m. CST

    and to Dreamwriter

    by CrystallineGreen

    The studio who did the film is not a small studio, it's a big one which has been working on shit loads of stuff for more than 15 years, including a French animated feature film before, and it's called McGuff. Illumination is only doing some sides stuff with the minion characters. Just sayin :)

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  • July 13, 2010, 4:20 p.m. CST

    I've yet to fuck you yet.

    by 3 Bag Enema

    You really just don't care, do you.

  • July 13, 2010, 4:37 p.m. CST

    no-experience, normal dude review of DM.

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    This was a fun movie.<BR> The main issue is that it seemed to want too much to be emotional like Pixar, and ended up trying too hard. It's as if the writers watched Monsters Inc., The Incredibles, Wall-E, Up, etc., and decided they can do that sappy stuff too. <BR><BR> 1. EMOTIONAL?<BR> Okay, let's have three kids...little girls!...and let's make them orphans!....and let's have this mean bitch that puts them under paper boxes and literally say to them "No one is ever gonna adopt you!!"<BR> C'mon! That's a little too much. Watching this movie, there was the constant sense that it was trying very hard be emotional/touching, to the point where it wasn't any more. It's like someone trying too hard to convince you of something you were initially inclined almost don't want to anymore. And this is also related to... <BR><BR> 2. THE CHARACTER FLOW.<BR> This movie doesn't flow as well as Pixar. In Up, Carl Fredrickson is not a bad person, but is grumpy and generally doesn't care about anything other than getting that house to that cliff. It was not until he reads the message from his wife, that he is emotionally released to care again. You can see it. <BR> Here, you don't really know why the bad guy starts caring for those kids, or when it happens. He just does for some odd reason...just to be emotional. He happily plans to ditch the kids, then suddenly gives a shit when one doesn't win a stuffed animal. Why?? This is the guy who runs over cars parallel parking...he shouldn't give a shit. The kids gave this man no reason to like them. Yet by the end of this movie, he's like all loving, proclaiming he will care for them forever.<BR> Huh?? <BR><BR> 3. THE LOONEY TUNES GOOFINESS.<BR> You're trying to be emotional like Pixar, but you got all this goofy shit going on that doesn't blend with it well. Punching the shark (which seems to change sizes) and all that stuff. You've established a universe where the main character can walk away from getting hit by 100 why should the audience feel any sense of danger during the finale's rescue? These are indestructible Looney Tunes people, so who cares about them?<BR> The characters in Up were vulnerable...the bird, the kid...Carl was an old you cared for their safety. Not here. <BR><BR> 4. THE MINIONS.<BR> They gave away the best parts in the trailers. They added almost nothing beyond what you see there. <BR><BR> I hope the emotion and feel from the sequel comes more naturally, rather than stuff like having three orphan girls getting bullied. Sheesh.

  • July 13, 2010, 5:06 p.m. CST

    Where is the Predators review on this site???

    by Jabroni

    Just sayin'

  • July 13, 2010, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Saw it on Sun with my kids

    by Failure101

    I liked it. It's predictable, sure. But fun and the minions have some excellent moments.. The sequal will definitely be called "DISPICABLE US" and will feature Gru and the Girls trying to reign supreme as the worlds greatest villan team.

  • July 13, 2010, 6:28 p.m. CST

    2SPICABLE ME ???

    by Skraggo

  • July 13, 2010, 7:15 p.m. CST

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    by Stunt Vocalist 709

  • July 13, 2010, 7:38 p.m. CST

    I've seen DM

    by James_Camera_On

    And yes, it is good. Definitely in the league of the Toy Story movies. In fact, I enjoyed it a little more that Toy Story 3. Note: I saw it in 3-d, but only because that was the early showing and I had to get on with my day. Not sure if 3-d adds that much to the enjoyment of the film. I suspect not.

  • July 13, 2010, 7:45 p.m. CST

    Deadline Followers?

    by AgentGuy

    Wow, for a site that called out Deadline you all sure seem to use it a lot.

  • July 13, 2010, 9:03 p.m. CST

    The 3D does add to the closing credits sequence.

    by DiscoGodfather

    And if you're able to get that Best Buy smart phone app, do so.

  • July 13, 2010, 10:28 p.m. CST

    More fart jokes! YAAAAAY!

    by Triple_J_72

    Fuck you, Hollywood.

  • July 14, 2010, 10:44 a.m. CST

    Charles Addams' Fester

    by MrShootist

    Still looks like a Fester rip-off to me.

  • July 14, 2010, 8:07 p.m. CST

    Funnier and more 'edgier' than Grown Ups.

    by Tikidonkeypunch