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  • Steve Carell said that this movie may be his last as the voice of Gru. However, Carell stated that if he was asked to do a cameo in any future Minion sequels, he happily would. In Minions: The Rise of Gru (2021), Carell was confirmed to reprise his role as Gru.
  • This movie featured Balthazar Bratt as the new villain. Other villains in the "Despicable Me" franchise have been Vector, El Macho, and Scarlet Overkill - voiced by Jason Segel, Benjamin Bratt, and Sandra Bullock, respectively.
  • This is the first Illumination Entertainment movie produced in a 2.35:1 widescreen aspect ratio. All of the company's previous movies were produced in the taller 1.85:1 aspect ratio.
  • Agnes' voice actress Elsie Fisher from the first and second movies was replaced by Nev Scharrel, due to Fisher getting too old for the role.
  • Alan Tudyk was considered for the role of Balthazar Bratt.
  • The diamond featured in the first trailer is a parody of the "Pink Panther" diamond.
  • The cast includes one Academy Award winner: Dame Julie Andrews; and five Academy Award nominees: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker, Steve Coogan, and Pierre Coffin.
  • This is John Cygan's last movie. He died on May 13, 2017, a month before this movie was released. This movie is dedicated to his memory.
  • Shipped to theaters under the pseudonym "Double Bubble".
  • When Mel and the other Minions are roaming the streets, there is a poster for a television show called "SING!" This is a reference to another movie made by Illumination Entertainment.
  • When the giant Balthazar Bratt robot is attacking Hollywood, K.I.T.T. from Knight Rider (1982) can be seen backing away.
  • In one scene in Gru's lair, the Minions are standing in front of a big computer machine with a green screen. The screen is displaying the Page R (the music sequencer screen) from a Fairlight CMI synthesizer series II, which cost around thirty thousand pounds sterling when originally launched back in 1982. It is unclear from the brief appearance in this movie what is being played back on the screen.
  • The country in which Dru lives and from which Gru originates is the fictional European country of Freedonia. This is the same name as a similar fictional European country in The Marx Brothers' movie Duck Soup (1933). The name of the diamond Bratt tries to steal is the Dumont Diamond, named after Margaret Dumont, who appeared in several Marx Brothers movies, including Duck Soup (1933).
  • This movie opened in a record four thousand five hundred twenty-nine theaters on June 30, 2017.
  • There are two posters titled "onions" as a parody of the Minions poster. These can be seen towards the end in the Hollywood studios.
  • In France, the voices for Gru and Dru were performed by Gad Elmaleh and Arié Elmaleh, who are brothers in real-life.
  • Though Dr. Nefario can be seen in a flashback, he remains silent. This makes this the first "Despicable Me" movie to not feature Russell Brand voicing that character.
  • Steve Carell, Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier, and Pierre Coffin are the only ones to reprise their roles in all three movies. However, along with said characters, Kristen Wiig is also one of the few actresses to be in all three movies, as she voiced Miss Hattie in Despicable Me (2010).
  • Margo's shirt has The Grinch on it. This is a reference to Illumination's next movie.
  • John Cena, Ty Burrell, Ed Helms, Ed O'Neill, Josh Gad, Bill Hader, Danny McBride, Steve Zahn, Andy Samberg, Ashton Kutcher, Will Forte, Diedrich Bader, Bruce Willis, and John Malkovich were considered for the role of Balthazar Bratt.
  • In the prison, Minions collect valuables from the prisoners, one of them is Mr. Bean (1990) teddy.
  • The animated sequence at the first part of the end credits, in which Dru and Gru are trying to outdo one another, is a reference to the opening credits sequences of the classic "Pink Panther" movies.
  • This is the first movie to have the Illumination Entertainment logo simply read "Illumination".
  • The second Illumination Entertainment movie rated PG for action and rude humor by the M.P.A.A., after Minions (2015).
  • When Dru reaches into the power supply of the robot, the mechanism he pulls out is remarkably similar to the flux capacitor from Back to the Future (1985), also released by Universal Pictures.
  • From Illumination Entertainment, the creators of Minions (2015) and The Secret Life of Pets (2016).
  • The costumes Gru and Dru wear are reminiscent of the classic 1960s Italian comic series "Diabolik", who is a ruthless master thief and typically steals from criminals.
  • In September 2017, this movie grossed over one billion dollars worldwide, becoming the only movie released in the summer of 2017 to do so, and also becoming the year's third-highest grossing movie.
  • The second Illumination Entertainment movie and sixth animated movie to gross one billion dollars worldwide.
  • The song the Minions sing in the singing competition, "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General", is from W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan's 1879 comic opera "The Pirates of Penzance". The competition was a nod to the various singing reality shows like American Idol (2002), America's Got Talent (2006), Britian's Got Talent (2007), and The X Factor (2011).
  • Balthazar Bratt's giant robot resembles the children from Trey Parker's (Bratt's voice actor's) show South Park (1997).
  • When Balthazar Bratt stomps on the Hollywood sign, he leaves the first three letters alone, so it just says, "HOL". There was a game in the 1980s called "Human Occupied Landfill", and the cover of the book just said "HOL".
  • The first "Despicable Me" movie to not be nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature.
  • Agnes has a mobile over her bed that resembles an Alexander Calder in the shape of a Minion. This effect of a mobile forming a familiar figure in one position only is also used by Pathé who are one of the collaborators in another animation studio, Ardmann Animation. The outline of their cockerel logo is formed by the shadow of a similar mobile.
  • Jenny Slate's fifth animated movie after The Lorax (2012), Zootopia (2016), The Secret Life of Pets (2016), and The Lego Batman Movie (2017).
  • With this movie and Minions (2015), the Despicable Me film franchise became the first animated franchise to have two movies earn one billion dollars at the box-office.
  • Balthazar Bratt's lair seems to contain references to the Neon Mix Tape level of the video game Plants vs. Zombies 2 (2013). Notice the yellow video arcade consoles, the floor with squares outlined in a lighted grid, the yellow-wheeled roller skates, the large speakers, the keytar, the boombox, and the triangle-shaped decorations.
  • The eighth Illumination Entertainment movie rated PG by the M.P.A.A. after Despicable Me (2010), Hop (2011), The Lorax (2012), Despicable Me 2 (2013), Minions (2015), The Secret Life of Pets (2016), and Sing (2016).
  • Universal Pictures' second animated movie produced in 2.35:1 after The Tale of Despereaux (2008).
  • Mel the minion is bald on top, with hair around the back and sides. Considering the producers' interest in the 1960s, as seen in Minions (2015), it is likely that this Minion was named after the similarly balding character Mel Cooley (Richard Deacon) from The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961).
  • Trey Parker stated that his daughter was a key factor in his decision to take the role of Balthazar Bratt. He said that she was almost two at the time and he thought it would be cool for her to "actually watch something I've done." Parker is best know as co-Creator of South Park (1997), with partner Matt Stone.
  • The second and last animated triquel released in 2017 after Cars 3 (2017).
  • Although it is unclear how long this movie takes place after Despicable Me 2 (2013), it can be assumed that very little time has been passed between these two movies. There are several pieces of evidence that support this theory, as the fact that the girls surprised Gru and Lucy with a Hawaiian luau party for their honeymoon. In addition, Lucy's personal conflict within the movies was discovering herself as a new mother to the girls, suggesting that a small amount of time passed since the wedding and the beginning of this movie.
  • Vector, from Despicable Me (2010), is briefly mentioned after he's been stranded on the moon at the end of the first movie. According to the Anti-Villain League's profile on him, he's still alive on the moon and can be seen through telescopes as a tiny orange dot.
  • Idina Menzel was considered for the role of Valerie Da Vinci.
  • This is the first Universal Pictures animated sequel produced in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio, unlike the previous installments, which were produced in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio.
  • The sixth animated sequel produced in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio, unlike the previous installments which were produced at 1.85:1, after Rugrats Go Wild (2003), Shrek Forever After (2010), Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012), Planes: Fire & Rescue (2014), and Ice Age: Collision Course (2016).
  • The first animated franchise that originated in 1.85:1 to have a 2.35:1 aspect ratio for its third movie since Rugrats Go Wild (2003).
  • Balthazar Bratt (Trey Parker) resembled Police Officer Carey Mahoney's (Steve Guttenberg's) undercover character "Jughead" from Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment (1985).
  • The scene in which Bratt's giant robot walks out of the ocean into the city is mostly likely a nod to the Godzilla film franchise, where the monster often makes its appearance in a similar way.
  • The fourth movie from Illumination Entertainment that featured John Cygan after The Lorax (2012), Despicable Me 2 (2013), and Minions (2015). It was also the only one of his to not feature his on and off partners Jack Angel and Joseph Bologna, and his last Illumination Entertainment movie before his death.
  • The sequence with Balthazar Bratt (Trey Parker) attempting to steal the diamond is set to the Michael Jackson song "Bad". The next time we see Bratt, he is wearing a massive fat suit, similar to the one "Weird Al" Yankovic wore in the music video for his parody version of the same song ("Fat").
  • This is the first Illumination Entertainment movie shown in Dolby Cinema.
  • The sixth animated movie to gross one billion dollars worldwide, after Toy Story 3 (2010), Frozen (2013), Minions (2015), Zootopia (2016), and Finding Dory (2016).
  • The second Illumination Entertainment movie to gross one billion dollars worldwide after Minions (2015).
  • The second Universal Pictures animated movie to gross one billion dollars worldwide after Minions (2015).
  • This is the first Illumination Entertainment sequel produced in 2.35:1, unlike the other sequels, which were produced in 1.85:1.
  • The second Universal Pictures animated sequel rated PG by the M.P.A.A. after Despicable Me 2 (2013).
  • A major plot point references A Kid for Two Farthings (1955), in which a small innocent child becomes the proud owner of small, white, one-horned kid (young goat) and believes it to be a lucky unicorn.
  • The ninth theatrically released animated triquel after Pokémon 3: The Movie (2000), Rugrats Go Wild (2003), Shrek the Third (2007), Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009), Toy Story 3 (2010), Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012), Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016), and Cars 3 (2017).
  • This movie, along with Despicable Me (2010), are the only films of the franchise to not be released the same year as a Pixar movie that's directed by either Pete Docter or Dan Scanlon, Despicable Me 2 (2013) released the same year as Monsters University (2013), Minions (2015) released the same year as Inside Out (2015), and Minions: The Rise of Gru (2020) released the same year as Onward (2020) and Soul (2020).
  • Gru's visual appearance was based on Christopher Lloyd's Fester Addams in The Addams Family (1991), while Dru's visual appearance was based on Lloyd's Fester Addams in Addams Family Values (1993).
  • The thirteenth computer animated sequel produced in 2.35:1 after Shrek Forever After (2010), Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011), Cars 2 (2011), Happy Feet Two (2011), Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012), Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013), Rio 2 (2014), How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014), Planes: Fire & Rescue (2014), Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016), Ice Age: Collision Course (2016), and Cars 3 (2017).
  • Jenny Slate (Valerie Da Vinci), also played Mona-Lisa Saperstein on Parks and Recreation (2009). The Mona Lisa is a painting by Leonardo da Vinci.
  • Balthazar Bratt's name is most likely a reference to Benjamin Bratt who previously voiced the villain, El Macho, from the previous film Despicable Me 2 (2013). The color of Bratt's clothes being purple might also be another reference to either the evil purple minions or the PX41 serum.
  • Balthazar's sidekick is a robot named Clyde. On Trey Parker's (voice of Balthazar) South Park there's a kid named Clyde who is voiced by Parker too.
  • Due to Universal Pictures' completed acquisition of DreamWorks Animation and further release date changes for future films, this marks the last time both an Illumination Entertainment or another Universal Pictures animated film and a DreamWorks Animation film have been theatrically released in the same month, with this film only releasing four weeks after Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017).
  • It's Trey Parker (Balthazar Bratt) who sings Hug Me with Pharrell Williams during the end credits.

Spoilers

  • When Lucy uses a helicopter to rescue Gru, Dru, and the diamond from Balthazar Bratt's lair, this is possibly a reference to The Beatles' song "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds".
  • The army of Bratt dolls that Balthazar Bratt sends to kill Gru are referred to as "the Bratt pack". This is a reference to the name given by the media, to a group of 1980s actors and actresses, popular for movies such as The Breakfast Club (1985) and St. Elmo's Fire (1985).
  • At the end of this movie, Lucy Wilde is left tied up and gagged in a closet. At the end of Despicable Me 2 (2013), she was also tied up and strapped to a rocket.
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