The first non-Disney or Pixar animated film to take in one billion dollars worldwide at the box-office.
The language known as "Minionese" which is spoken by the minions is a mix between several languages, including English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Indonesian, Hebrew, Malay, and gibberish.
The leading three minions were designed to resemble the three little girls from the Despicable Me movies: Margo, Agnes, and Edith.
The only movie, with a budget under one hundred million dollars, to cross the one billion dollar mark worldwide (without being re-released).
The first teaser of this film is seen towards the ending credits of Despicable Me 2 (2013), where three minions are auditioning for this film. Although the audition features the same three minions, they have changed slightly since their first appearance. Bob's eye color is more obvious in this film compared to the teaser, for instance.
Gargamel from The Smurfs (1981) can be seen sitting in front of the minions at Villain Con.
There's some of the Minionese's words taken from Indonesian such as "terima kasih" (thank you), "kemari" (come here), "yang mulia" (your highness) and others. This is mainly because Pierre Coffin's mother is an Indonesian writer.
Before Scarlet's (Sandra Bullock's) test starts for new henchman, you can see Richard Nixon get pushed by the wrestler villain at Villain Con.
When Dr. Nefario has a cameo at Villain Con at one of the booths, Little boy Gru is standing in front of his booth.
Kevin, Stuart, and Bob visit Villain Con, which shares a lot in common with Comic Con. Indeed, Scarlet Overkill's bombastic presentation takes place in "Hall H", commonly used for some of Comic Con's biggest events.
Depending on the country where the film is shown, the bulk of the minions trek from Australia to differing countries, including at least India and Japan.
The film takes time in 1968, and forty-two years B.G. (Before Gru). If you add forty-two years on 1968, it will be 2010, the year Gru and the Minions made their debut in Despicable Me (2010).
The carpet in the lab of Herb Overkill is the same as the carpet in the Overlook Hotel in The Shining (1980).
The song the minions sing to the Yetis is Donald O'Connor's "Make 'Em Laugh" from Singin' in the Rain (1952).
In the first trailer, a minion picks a banana from under a rock. He then says: "C'est Banana, Miam Miam!". In French that translates into: "It's a Banana, Yummy!"
The Kevin in this film is a different Kevin to whom Gru acknowledges in Despicable Me (2010).
Professor Flux at Villain Con is named after the flux capacitor from the Back to the Future trilogy. The flux capacitor was what made time travel possible, while Professor Flux invented the first time machine, which he uses to collect future versions of himself, and bring them back as his assistants.
During the wolf bedtime story scene, the background music is Sergei Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf.
The butler from the palace is the same butler from Despicable Me 2 (2013). He can be seen serving tea at the AVL to agent Ramsbottom.
Kevin often uses the phrase "Se pa la", which could be used as the French terms "C'est par là" (It's that way), or "C'est pas là" (It's not there).
At the beginning of the film, we see Kevin, Bob, and Stuart exploring New York City. They enter an alleyway full of clotheslines and their overalls. That is the same alleyway that appears in "The Secret Life of Pets".
In Despicable Me 2 (2013), in the background, while the minions are mashing fruits, you can see Bob, Stuart, and Kevin mashing the fruits as a group.
Among the collection of treasures, you can see a signed Jimi Hendrix guitar (signified by the playing of the song "Purple Haze").
Bob has a similar bear to the one Rowan Atkinson's Mr. Bean (1990) owns, however Bob's bear, "Tim", has shorter arms.
When arriving in New York City, a billboard is shown for Richard Nixon's 1968 Presidential Campaign with the slogan "Finally, a name you can trust".
This film shows how the minions come cross their iconic dungarees. However, the dungarees don't sport Gru's logo, as they don't work for Gru at the time.
In the French version, Marion Cotillard and her husband Guillaume Canet, are the voices for Scarlet and Herb Overkill (who are married in the movie).
Kevin, Stuart, and Bob travel to Orlando, Florida for Villain Con. Orlando is currently home to the Universal Studios Florida theme park, which features a Despicable Me ride, in which guests are "transformed" into Minions.
After the minions left the mirrors room, you can see a mannequin which resembles Lucy from Despicable Me 2 (2013).
The movie's trailer also contained the scene where Kevin gets hit in the groin by the elderly Tower guard, but longer, showing that Kevin doesn't feel any pain ever it (suggesting a lack of genitalia).
The television shows watched in the department store during their overnight stay were: The Saint (1962), Bewitched (1964), and The Dating Game (1965).
The song "Hair" by The Cowsills is sung in Minionese by Stuart, to hypnotize the guards with his hypno hat.
The authors declared that the so-called "Minionese" language had its inspiration from the lingo of Salvatore, the deformed monk from The Name of the Rose (1986).
In the scene where Scarlet begins her speech, you are able to see Mr. Perkins, from Despicable Me (2010), in the background, just off center, wearing a red vest and black tie doing a fist pump in the air.
In the scene in Villain Con of Professor Flux's booth, one of the video displays in the background is a stylized version of the PDP-1 vector display.
Andy Capp from the comic strip makes a five second cameo appearance as one of guys at the pub where Queen Elizabeth has a drink and tells a couple of jokes.
The crown in the Tower of London is guarded by several "beefeater" guards. The guard leftmost of the crown looks exactly like the UK's Prime Minister at the time of the film's launch, David Cameron.
In the Three Little Pigs bedtime story, and the picture she drew as a child, the young Scarlet is shown holding a teddy bear which bears a striking resemblance to Bob's bear, Tim. This might explain her fondness for the stuffed animal.
When Scarlet Overkill asks the minions if they know who Queen Elizabeth is, Kevin answers in Spanish "La Cucaracha", which in Spanish means, "The Cockroach".
The stained glass window in Westminster Cathedral features three priests resembling Bob, Stuart, and Kevin, a tall one and short one both with two eyes, and the third of medium height with his hand over one eye.
In this movie, the minions goggles change from a gold color to a silver color while crossing the ocean.
This is the second highest-grossing animated movie of all time, after Frozen (2013).
After the family robs the bank, the song that plays is "I'm a Man" by The Spencer Davis Group. This song also plays in one of the episodes of the last season of Mad Men (2007), introducing Don Draper, who was played by Jon Hamm, who also appeared in this movie.
In the Roger Ebert critic review of Despicable Me 2 (2013), the phrase "therein lies the rub" is used in the first paragraph. Two years later, the line is used in the opening scenes of this movie, describing the difficulty in keeping a Boss.
In New York City, the shop next to the record store bears the name "R. Meledandri", a nod to Director Chris Meledandri, and possibly one of his sons.
WILHELM SCREAM: A high-pitched scream is heard during the end of the second minion travelling sequence.
When the trio first arrive at Scarlet Overkill's castle, one makes fun of the romance by turning his back and wrapping his hands around his sides so it appears he is kissing someone. This is a nod to the "fake-out make-out" trick used by James Bond in Diamonds Are Forever (1971).
The television at the department store, where the Minions set up camp for the night, is a "Dodgson", a nod to Editor Claire Dodgson.
Allison Janney (Madge) and Geoffrey Rush (Narrarator) provided character voices in Finding Nemo (2003). Allison Janney voiced Peach, and Geoffrey Rush voiced Nigel.