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  • Steve Carell said that Despicable Me 3 (2017) may be his last film 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. However in Minions: The Rise of Gru (2020) Steve Carell was confirmed to reprise his role as Gru.
  • This film features 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.
  • Trey Parker released South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999) on June 30, and this movie is being released exactly 18 years later, with him playing as Balthazar Bratt.
  • This is the first Illumination film to be produced in a 2.35:1 widescreen aspect ratio; all of the company's previous films, plus the previous "Despicable Me" films, 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.
  • Trey Parker's first role in a movie targeted to children.
  • Jenny Slate's third Illumination Entertainment film after The Lorax (2012) and The Secret Life of Pets (2016).
  • 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.
  • Ironically, actor Benjamin Bratt previously voiced the villain, El Macho, from the previous film Despicable Me 2 (2013) and now the new villain in this film happens to be named Balthazar Bratt.
  • The film has five Academy Award nominees: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker, Steve Coogan and Pierre Coffin.
  • Illumination's 8th feature film.
  • This is the first Despicable Me film to be produced in a 2.35:1 widescreen aspect ratio, unlike the Despicable Me films were produced in 1.85:1.
  • This is John Cygan's last film. He died May 13th, 2017, a month before the film was released. The film is dedicated to his memory.
  • Shipped to cinemas under the Pseudonym "Double Bubble".
  • Trey Parker's first PG movie
  • The two clown fish at the beginning of the film is a reference to Marlin and Nemo in Finding Nemo.
  • Dr. Nefario froze himself into a block of carbonite is a reference to Han Solo frozen in carbonite in Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back.
  • At the talent show, the Minions sing in Minionese "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General" from The Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert and Sullivan.
  • The country that Dru lives in and Gru originates from 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 for actress Margaret Dumont, who appeared in several Marx Brothers films, including Duck Soup.
  • The film opened in a record 4,529 theaters on June 30, 2017.
  • In France the voices for the twins Gru and Dru are performed by Gad Elmaleh and Arié Elmaleh, who are brothers in real life.
  • Steve Carell, Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier and Pierre Coffin are the only actors to reprise their roles in all three films. However, along with said characters, Kristen Wiig is also one of the few actors to be in all three films, as she voiced Miss Hattie from Despicable Me (2010).
  • Margo's shirt has The Grinch on it. This is a reference to Illumination's next film.
  • Jenny Slate's character, Valerie da Vinci's hair and looks are a reference to Kellyanne Conway.
  • 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 all considered for the role of Balthazar Bratt.
  • Balthazar Bratt's name is likely a reference to Benjamin Bratt, who previously voiced the villain, El Macho, from the previous film Despicable Me 2 (2013).
  • Ironically, actor Benjamin Bratt previously voiced the villain, El Macho, from the previous film Despicable Me 2 (2013), and now the new villain in this film happens to be named 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 film to have the Illumination Entertainment logo simply read "Illumination".
  • The last Illumination Entertainment film to use the credit of IATSE.
  • The second Illumination film to be rated PG for action and rude humor by the MPAA, 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).
  • Jenny Slate's 3rd Universal film after The Lorax (2012) and The Secret Life of Pets (2016).
  • From Illumination 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 film grossed $1 billion worldwide, becoming the only film released in Summer 2017 to do so, and also becoming the year's third highest grossing film.
  • The second Illumination film and sixth animated film to gross a billion dollars worldwide.
  • Near the start of the film as Gru and Lucy are racing to the ship in mini subs, they show two clown fish, with one looking bigger than the other. One of the subs then hits the smaller one and all we see that is left is that fish's fin. This is most like a reference to the "Finding Nemo" movies, as Nemo had a bad fin.
  • Bratt's giant robot resembles the children from Trey Parker's (Bratt's voice actor) show "South Park" (1997).
  • The first "Despicable Me" film to not be nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature.
  • The museum director Balthazar Bratt is dressed up as bears a strong resemblance to Mayor Shelbourne, the gluttonous and egotistical mayor from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009).
  • Andy Serkis, Larry the Cable Guy, Steve Buscemi, Zach Galifianakis, James Franco, Matt Damon and Jonah Hill were considered for the role of Balthazar Bratt.
  • Jenny Slate's fifth animated film, after The Lorax (2012), Zootopia (2016), The Secret Life of Pets (2016) and The Lego Batman Movie (2017).
  • When Gru is hanging in front of the window and sings happy birthday, he says "Happy Birthday dear Jan". Jan was one of Michael Scott's lovers in 'The Office'. Both Gru and Michael were voiced by Steve Carrell.
  • With this film and Minions (2015), the Despicable Me movie series became the first animated franchise to have two movies earn a billion dollars in the box office.
  • The seventh Universal's animated film to be rated PG by the MPAA, after Despicable Me (2010), The Lorax (2012), Despicable Me 2 (2013), Minions (2015), The Secret Life of Pets (2016) and Sing (2016).
  • The eighth Illumination film to be rated PG by the MPAA, after Despicable Me (2010), Hop (2011), The Lorax (2012), Despicable Me 2 (2013), Minions (2015), The Secret Life of Pets (2016) and Sing (2016).
  • The second Universal's animated film to be 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 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 2nd and last animated triquel to be released in 2017 after Cars 3 (2017).
  • Idina Menzel was considered for the role of Valerie Da Vinci.
  • This is the first Universal's animated sequel to be 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 to be 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 film since Rugrats Go Wild (2003).
  • The last Illumination film to use the credit of Dolby Digital logo.
  • The last Illumination film to use the credit of SDDS Sony Dynamic Digital Sound logo.
  • This is the first Universal's animated sequel to be rated PG by the MPAA, unlike the other animated sequels to be rated G.
  • Balthazar Bratt character resembles officer Mahoney 'Jughead' (undercover character) from the Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment film.
  • The fourth film from Illumination Entertainment to feature 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 film before his death.
  • The sequence with Balthazar Bratt 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 film to be shown in Dolby Cinema.
  • The sixth animated film to gross a billion dollars worldwide, after Toy Story 3 (2010), Frozen (2013), Minions (2015), Zootopia (2016) and Finding Dory (2016).
  • The second Illumination film to gross a billion dollars worldwide, after Minions (2015).
  • The second Universal's animated film to gross a billion dollars worldwide, after Minions (2015).
  • This is the first Illumination sequel to produced in 2.35:1, unlike the other sequels were produced in 1.85:1.
  • The second Universal's animated sequel to be rated PG by the MPAA, after Despicable Me 2 (2013).
  • 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 film along with Despicable Me (2010) are the only films of the franchise to not be released the same year as a Pixar film 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) would release the same year as both Onward (2020) and Soul (2020).
  • The twelfth computer-animated sequel to be produced at 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), 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 plays Mona Lisa Saperstein in Parks and Recreation. The Mona Lisa is a painting by Leonardo Da Vinci.

Spoilers

  • When Prof. Nefario accidentally freezes himself, it is a reference to Star Wars (1977).
  • The ending credits, where Gru and Dru are chasing each other, is possibly inspired by the Spy Vs. Spy comics from Mad magazine.
  • When Mel and the other Minions are roaming the streets there is a poster for a TV show called SING!, this is a reference to another film made by Illumination.
  • When the giant Bratt robot is attacking Hollywood, K.I.T.T. from Knight Rider (1982) can be seen reversing 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 actually displaying the Page R (the music sequencer screen) from a Fairlight CMI synthesiser series II which cost around £30,000 when originally launched back in 1982. It is unclear from the brief appearance in the movie what is being played back on the screen.
  • There are two posters titled "onions" as a parody of the Minions poster. These can be seen towards the end in the Hollywood studios
  • Though Dr. Nefario can be seen in a flashback, he remains silent. This makes it the first "Despicable Me" film to not feature Russell Brand voicing that character.
  • Freedonia keeps a lot of coincidences with Italy, Slovenia and Spain. The villagers keep an accent and gestures consistent with Italy traditions. The villages and outdoors also resemble Nice, Palermo, Sicily and Spain forests. The festivals where Margo, Agnes, Edith and Lucy go are alike to the old gypsy festivals in Spain. This was done in order to have less stress over portraiting a particular country, besides the fact that keeps Gru family tree even more mysterious.
  • When Lucy uses a helicopter to rescue Gru, Dru and the diamond from Bratt's lair, this is likely 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 clear reference to the name given by the media, to a group of 1980s actors, popular for films such as The Breakfast Club (1985) and St. Elmo's Fire (1985).
  • 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 is obviously a nod to the various singing reality shows like "American Idol" (2002) and "The X-Factor" (2011).
  • When 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.
  • Agnes has a mobile over her bed that resembles an Alexander Calder in the shape of a Minion.
  • At the end of this film, Lucy Wilde is left tied up and gagged in a closet. At the end of the previous film Despicable Me 2 (2013), she was also tied up and strapped to a rocket.
  • Bratt's lair seems to contain obvious references to the Neon Mix Tape level of the video game Plants vs Zombies 2. 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.
  • Although it is unclear how long the film takes place after "Despicable Me 2", 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 films was discovering herself as a new mother to the girls, suggesting that a very small amount of time passed since the wedding and the beginning of "Despicable Me 3".
  • Vector (from the first "Despicable Me" movie) is briefly mentioned after he's being stranded on the Moon at the end of the first movie. Accordong to the Anti-Villain League's profile on him, he's still alive on the Moon and can be seen through telescopes as an tiny orange dot.
  • The scene in which Bratt's giant robot walks out of the ocean into the city is mostly likely a nod to Godzilla movies where the monster often makes its appearance in a similar way.
  • Major plot point references the 1955 movie 'A Kid For Two Farthings' 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.
  • Gru's visual appearance is based on Christopher Lloyd's Fester Addams in The Addams Family (1991), while that Dru's visual appearance is based on Lloyd's Fester Addams in the sequel Addams Family Values (1993).
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