Despicable Me was an expected smash hit and its sequel 2013 Despicable Me 2 was an even bigger success making nearly a billion dollars at the box office (and that's before home video sales). With summer 2015's Minions breaking the records set by Despicable Me 2 the minion phenomenon doesn't seem to be stopping any time soon.
There's clearly something special about these these small, Twinkie-shaped, minion-ese speaking, banana-loving henchmen, that the whole world adores.
So we decided to take a look at the franchise and dig up some fun facts about minions - the little yellow guys and the series itself that you may not know. These are the best fun facts about minions, Despicable Me, and more!
Minions Has a Cute Way of Establishing Its Chronology
The film takes place in 1968 and 42 years B.G. ("Before Gru"). If you add 42 years to 1968, it would be 2010, the year Gru and the minions made their debut in Despicable Me.
There Is a Retroactive Easter Egg in Despicable Me That Ties to Minions
The British Royal Crown being worn by Bob during his "coronation" scene in Minions can briefly be seen in Despicable Me when the minions are all offering up treasures to help fund Gru's attempt to steal the moon.
The Minion Language Is a Mix of Real Languages from All Over the World
The directors Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud actually voice the minions and in providing the voices, they used words from languages including French, English, Spanish, and Italian with additional elements of Russian and Korean.
“There are a lot of food references,” Renaud said. “For example, ‘poulet tiki masala’ is French for the Indian chicken dish.”
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Minions Isn't the End of the Line for the Despicable Me Franchise
A third Despicable Me film has been confirmed by Universal, set for release in summer 2017.