Gru Battles New Foe In Largely Minion Free 'Despicable Me 3' Trailer

Gru Battles New Foe In Largely Minion Free 'Despicable Me 3' Trailer

By Robert Dougherty Dec 14, 2016 12:52 PM
Photo Credit: Illumination Entertainment

Illumination Entertainment let the Depicable Me Minions off to their own franchise last year, but the original series with their master Gru is far from over. Despicable Me 3 is off and running with its first trailer, which doesn't even need the Minions until the last 10 seconds.

Steve Carell's Gru is back in the lead, now alongside his new wife voiced by Kristen Wiig. Yet the big newcomer here is a very 80s themed child star turned villain voiced by a far less TV-MA rated than usual Trey Parker.

Naturally, Michael Jackson's "Bad" is the theme song to all this, with nemesis Balthazar Bratt even doing some of Jackson's dance moves and phrases in battle with Gru. Parker already voiced Jackson several times on South Park, but this is the first time it will be safe for children to hear his voice. Given that Illumination already brought on fellow adult cartoon kingpin Seth MacFarlane to do a voice for Sing, this may not seem so surprising.

It may be a sign of restraint that they wait until the very end to show any Minions, even after the Minions big success on their own last summer. With that in mind, it may be no wonder that two of them are kicking back on spring break while Gru is hung out to dry in some gum.

That less than appealing view will likely get an even bigger display on Dec. 21, since the trailer should be attached to Sing in theaters when it opens then. Once Illumination gets that temporary break from Minions, supervillains and pets out of the way, it will go back to its old favorites when Despicable Me 3 opens on June 30, 2017.

Tags: Despicable Me 3 (2017), Sing (2016), Despicable Me (2010), Minions (2015), Steve Carell, Trey Parker, Kristen Wiig
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