My Favorite Minions

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Did you see the animated film, “Despicable Me,” starring Gru (voiced by actor Steve Carell)?

Gru was a despicable despot who planned to shrink and steal the moon so he could take over the world.

His loyal staff consisted of several hundred pint-sized workers who looked like tiny, mostly bald, robotic yellow cylinders wearing identical blue denim uniforms, tiny black leather gloves and boots.

They all wore over-sized silver goggles to protect their eyes. Most had two eyes but a few were short-changed and possessed only one.

By the end of the movie, Gru was no longer evil, and I had become enamored of his strange but appealing loyal staff known as minions.

Three years later, a sequel was released, “Despicable Me 2,” with those adorable, naïve, mischievous minions and that film earned almost twice as many millions as the first.

How much did these two films earn?

Despicable Me (2010) – $543,113,985

Despicable Me 2 (2013) – $970,761,885

With grosses like that, you could well imagine there has to be another animated “Minions” film to be released. And you would be correct.

A third movie, a prequel, is in production and will feature three of my favorite mischievous minions – Kevin, the leader; Stuart, the teenager; and little Bob.

Since I have had no difficulty interviewing deceased celebrities, weird animals and inanimate objects, arranging an interview with these creative creatures was supernaturally simple. Here is what I learned.

Interview with Stuart, Kevin and Bob

me – It’s nice to meet you – Stuart . . . Kevin . . . Bob. I appreciate your taking some time off from your shooting schedule for this interview.

Bob[alarmed] Shooting? What are you talking about?

Kevin – Don’t be afraid, Bob, that’s just a show biz expression.

me – The third Despicable movie to be released this summer is a prequel titled “The Minions.”

Bob – What’s a prequel?

Stuart – A prequel tells a story to explain what happened before the first film and its sequel.

Bob – What’s a sea gull got to do with it?

Kevin – Absolutely nothing! A sequel tells a story to explain what happened after the first film.

me – I watched your new movie trailer and learned that minions have been around much longer than anyone knew. Take a look at this preview and see for yourself what transpired.

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Kevin – Since the beginning of time, minions have been programmed to serve powerful and sometimes evil leaders.

me – Your new film indicates that minions were involved in a number of hysterical, historical events.

For example, what really happened to cause one of the famous Egyptian Pyramids to tip over?

Bob – What’s a pair of ‘mids’?

Kevin – The Pyramids, Bob, are ancient structures that still stand in Giza not far from Cairo. The minions just wanted to christen that pyramid as if it were a large ship. Who knew?

me – It was news to me that minions served in Napoleon’s army.

Stuart – Minions never shirked their duties. When they served in Napoleon’s army, their gunnery talents, you might say, blew him away.

Bob – I ate a Napoleon once – it was delicious.

me – You have excellent taste, Bob. Did you know that in your new movie, minions also worked with Dracula and were the cause of his decomposition?

Kevin – That was simply an unavoidable accident. It was the bright light of sunshine and all those lit candles on his Surprise Birthday cake that caused Dracula to disintegrate.

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Stuart – It wasn’t in the movie but it was a minion assistant working in Sir Alexander Fleming’s lab in 1928 who failed to thoroughly clean a contaminated Petri dish the scientist had discarded.

Fleming noticed the mold in the dish was dissolving all surrounding bacteria. Voila! Penicillin was discovered.

me – I didn’t know a minion was involved.

Kevin – That’s not all. A minion working for Percy Spencer, an engineer, at Ratheon Corp. in 1946 was eating a candy bar near a new vacuum tube in Spencer’s lab and it started to melt. The candy bar, not the tube.

In 1947, the first commercially produced microwave oven was about 6 feet tall, weighed about 750 lbs, and cost $5,000 ($52,800 in today’s dollars).

me – So that’s how the microwave was discovered?

Bob – Oh, yeah! And it was a marketing minion at Ford Motors who convinced Edsel Ford that the Edsel automobile would be a winner.

me – The Edsel was a stupendous failure, Bob. In the late 50s, Ford lost about $250 million with that car – about $2 billion in today’s dollars.

Bob – So? Nobody’s perfect.

me – Those are fascinating anecdotes about mischievous minion mishaps. Can you verify them?

Kevin – Of course . . . NOT! Those stories have been handed down from generation to generation by our ancestors.

me – Speaking of ancestors, how did minions get to America?

Stuart – We borrowed a small rowboat and the three of us rowed across a really big ocean to reach the U.S. in the 60s before we met Gru.

Kevin – We were searching for a new master to serve and we found Scarlet Overkill, an ambitious female villain (voiced by Sandra Bullock), and her husband, Herb Overkill, an eccentric inventor (voiced by Jon Hamm).

Bob – I loved Sandra in that movie about a visually impaired dog.

me – That’s a film I must have missed. What was the title?

Bob – “Blind Spot”!

me – That was a good one. Bob. Thank you all for the entertaining interview. I look forward to seeing “The Minions” when it’s released this summer.

Good luck with your film, and break a leg!

Bob[whispering to Kevin] That wasn’t a very nice thing to wish us.

Kevin – Don’t fret, Bob – that’s just a show biz expression.

Note: If you are a dedicated Minions fan like me, you may have noticed that many of the Minions' teeth were crooked and not aligned in their first "Despicable" movie. But by the time they appeared in "Despicable Me 2", every single Minion had perfect, beautiful teeth.

Hmmmm! Must have been the work of those dental wizards: Dr. David H and Dr. Nico.

© Copyright BJ Rakow, Ph.D. 2015. All rights reserved.

Author, "Much of What You Know about Job Search Just Ain't So."

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ArtDiva 23 months ago from Yountville, CA

I haven't seen the movies, but I love when I see these little guys, especially the one with one eye, such expressive animation. My brother gave me a DVD player for Christmas, think I'll go out and rent Despicable Me! Thank you for the smile, as always!


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mary615 23 months ago from Florida

I've seen these little guys advertising their movie on TV, but have not seen their movies. Looks like their movie would be fun, though.


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Faith Reaper 23 months ago from southern USA

Hahaha, oh, my, how delightful. I must see these movies now after reading your enjoyable and most entertaining hub here. Bless their little hearts for they were able to have their teeth fixed perfectly after the millions they made from the first movie!

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Blessings always


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billybuc 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

You are a kick. I doubt I'd see this movie, but I love their voices. They make me laugh when I see the ad for the movie. Thanks for the chuckles.


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Jodah 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

I love the Despicable Me movies drbj, and I love the minions....can't wait to see the prequel. This was a very funny interview...got to love 'Bob'. Well done.


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always exploring 23 months ago from Southern Illinois

Geez, I'm not a fan and didn't see the movie, but I love your interview. The video made me laugh, so this is a winner!


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Nellieanna 23 months ago from TEXAS

Dear DR BJ, Well, you've done it again! You've created a darling, interesting, funny and ultimately informative interview! Thank you. I haven't gotten into minions, but came to the hub because I'm recently fascinated with the word. These characters fit it to a T. Now I must seek out the Minion films.

Hugs!


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida

O my drbj you are so clever...you have so much fun with words which of course makes it fun to read your work. The minions are the cutest for sure.

Many Angels are on the way to you this evening ps

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MartieCoetser 22 months ago from South Africa

Awesome and funny interview with the three minions, Stuart, Kevin and Bob. I loved the videos in here. I am going to look out for this The Despicable Me series. My grandchildren will love it.

I hope you are fine, happy, peaceful and healthy, my favourite dr.prof BJ.


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agvulpes 22 months ago from Australia

I sat down and watched Despicable Me with my grandchildren and I think I laughed more than they did.

Now, that I feel through your interview that I know them personally I must see the Movie when it comes out !

Interesting thing about Alex Fleming , the minions don't get a mention in any of the write ups? Oh well such is life :)


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dahoglund 22 months ago from Wisconsin Rapids

I've been away from watching cartoons and was unaware of these. From these I would guess that cartoons are once more a creative art.


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Genna East 22 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

I haven’t seen these films, but will make every effort to do so after reading this delightful article and “interview.” Thank you for bringing chuckles and grins into my day! Voted up and shared. :-)


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AudreyHowitt 22 months ago from California

This was delightful! I haven'e seen the movies--but these little guys are everywhere so maybe I should!


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drbj 22 months ago from south Florida Author

Hi, ArtDiva. The Minions ARE expressive - that is exactly the right word for them. By all means, view those two 'Despicable' movies. You will love them. Guaranteed! Thank you for your comments; you are most welcome for the smile.


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drbj 22 months ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Mary. The minions are the best part of the Despicable Me films, so a movie of their own should be hilarious. Hope you are well and comfy in your new abode.


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drbj 22 months ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Mary. The minions are the best part of the Despicable Me films, so a movie of their own should be hilarious. Hope you are well and comfy in your new abode.


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drbj 22 months ago from south Florida Author

Dear Faith, you always know the perfect comments to make, m'dear. Thanks for the laughs and enjoying this hub. The minions thank you, too. And thanks for the Up and the sharing. Blessings backatcha!


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drbj 22 months ago from south Florida Author

What a sweet comment. Billy. I am proud to be a 'kick.' The minions are fun to watch and their voices and language make me laugh, too.

You are most welcome for the chuckles. Any time.


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drbj 22 months ago from south Florida Author

Thanks for loving the minions and the 'Despicable' movies as I do, Jodah. I'm also looking forward to the prequel. And I love Bob, too. It's always a pleasure to read your comments.


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drbj 22 months ago from south Florida Author

Thanks for loving my interview, Ruby. Delighted the video made you laugh. Those minions are a funny bunch.


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drbj 22 months ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, Nellieanna, for those lovely, gracious adjectives. So happy you have been mesmerized by those adorable, mischievous minions. They ARE hard to resist. If you have cable TV, the 'Despicable' films are occasionally run in the evenings. Hugs 'n stuff backatcha.


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drbj 22 months ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Patricia. Thanks, m'dear, for finding it fun to read my work. That is the greatest compliment. And those minions are fun to watch on film and to write about.

Thanks for the Angels, the Up and the sharing. You are the best!


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drbj 22 months ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Martie. Thanks for enjoying this interview and the funny videos. Your beautiful grandkids will love the 2 'Despicable' films as well as the prequel when it's released this summer. I guaranteed it. :)

And thanks for the good wishes from one of my favorite beautiful people in S.A. The other is Charlize.


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drbj 22 months ago from south Florida Author

Hi, agvulpes. That's what I find so enchanting about the 'Despicable' films - adults find them just as funny as the kids do. Delighted you enjoyed this interview.

You are absolutely correct. The bios of Fleming, Spencer and Edsel carry no mention of the minions. Now that they are becoming world-famous, their personal PR rep will remedy that. ;)


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drbj 22 months ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Don. Creative animated films (cartoons) like the 'Despicable Me' series have become very popular with movie-goers. And very profitable for the film creators since the costs for movie talent (voice-overs) are so much lower.


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drbj 22 months ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Genna. Let me know how much you enjoy these films after you view them. Thanks for finding my interview delightful and for the Up and the sharing. You are most welcome for the chuckles and the grins, m'dear.


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drbj 22 months ago from south Florida Author

So happy you found this delightful, Audrey. As you pointed out, these adorable, mischievous minions are becoming more popular every day.


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Pamela99 22 months ago from United States

I haven't seen the movie either, but they look so cute. I enjoyed your interview as usual; it was very entertaining.


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drbj 22 months ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Pamela. Those minions ARE cute which is why movie-goers like myself seem to be so fascinated by them. Thanks for enjoying this 'entertaining' interview. Kevin., Stuart and Bob thank you, too.


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TheHoleStory 22 months ago from Parsons, West Virginia

Awesome hub drbj on one of my favorite all time movie characters. You have a wonderful imagination. I even went as far as making a minion from out twinkie. I've seen the movie several times, and for those who haven't I highly recommend it. I also want to tell you drbj that two more mystery beer questions are waiting on your arrival. You might have some trouble with one of the questions. See you around!


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drbj 21 months ago from south Florida Author

Hi, THS - You made a Minion from a Twinkie? You ARE talented, my friend. Thanks for dropping by and the kind words. Believe I have answered your mystery beer questions.

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