Sergio Pablos must own a swimming pool filled with Dom Pérignon, because he’s the genius who created the Minions.
Those yellow talking Tic Tacs are the best part of the enormously popular “Despicable Me” franchise, which has grossed $3.7 billion worldwide since it debuted in 2010.
With ho-hum names such as Bob and Kevin, they speak in helium-pitched, gibberish Span-French-talian, hit each other with blunt objects and giggle about their pain.
Nothing more. And yet it is damn near impossible not to love those little scamps.
The hyperactive henchmen’s farcical antics are back in the franchise’s fifth film “Minions: The Rise of Gru,” an enjoyable prequel explaining.
How the titular reformed supervillain (voiced by Steve Carell) succumbed to evil as a 12-year-old eccentric outcast.
While a tad too light, as these films often are, nobody is making animated characters as funny or likable (or marketable) as the Minions.
This time, little Gru growing up in the groovy 1970s is obsessed with a Suicide Squad-esque group of villains called the Vicious Six and dreams of joining their ranks.
When one named Wild Knuckles (Alan Arkin, a natural voice artist) disappears,
Guru interviews for the gig but enrages the Six by stealing a powerful Chinese medallion that can unleash “the power of the Zodiac.” Destroy the world, yada yada.
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