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Published On: Wed, Nov 20th, 2013

Minions were planned to be ‘Orc-like’ says ‘Despicable Me 2’ director, ‘Minions’ movie set for 2015

Despicable Me 2 creators Chris Meledandri, Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud and Pharrell Williams shared some of their creative processes following a showing of their popularVariety Screening Series.

Variety details the interactions beginning with Williams loving animation and working in the industry.

Minions will have their own film in 2014 photo/Universal Pictures

Minions will have their own film in 2014 photo/Universal Pictures

Williams couldn’t stop gushing about animation and working with Illumination, in particular. “I love cartoons. I’ve loved them all my life and still, to this day — I’m 40,” and he wanted to be involved with them in some way.

It was Coffin and Renaud who talked about the evolution of the Minions, which “started out in the first movie as a device to make their comedic villain Gru more sympathetic.”

The Minions ended up becoming so popular that they are more central to the plot of the sequel. The characters were originally planned to be big hulking creatures in the original story by Sergio Pablos.

“Initially the Minions were supposed to be this army of Orc-like brutes, but they just kept becoming smaller and smaller,” said Coffin, who also provides the voices for a majority of the Minions. “We needed to make Gru sympathetic and the easy way was to actually have him surrounded by incompetence.”

“Then you can understand his frustration,” Renaud added.

Now those yellow Minions are set to star in their own film starring Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm and Steve Carell returning for a Gru appearance.

Minions will arrive in theaters July 10, 2015.

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  1. James says:

    It’s a good thing they didn’t go the orc-like route. Clearly there’s something about the Minions as they are currently that is appealing to people. Plus it seems as though each Minion has its own personality, which makes me wonder what they were based off of. There are even sites out there trying to match minions with personalities, something like Which Minion Are You?

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