The first non-Disney or Pixar animated film to take in $1 billion 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 $100 million to cross the $1 billion mark worldwide (without being re-released).
Gargamel from The Smurfs (1981) can be seen sitting in front of the minions at Villain Con.
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.
Some of the Minionese words are 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, N.H Dini.
Before Scarlet's (Sandra Bullock) test starts for new henchman, you can see Richard Nixon get pushed by the wrestler villain at Villain Con.
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.
The song the minions sing to the Yetis is Donald O'Connor's "Make 'Em Laugh" from Singin' in the Rain (1952).
The carpet in the lab of Herb Overkill is the same as the carpet in the Overlook Hotel in The Shining (1980).
The film is set in 1968, 42 years B.G. (Before Gru). Adding 42 years to 1968 gives 2010, the year Gru and the Minions made their debut in Despicable Me (2010).
The Kevin in this film is different from the Kevin Gru acknowledges in Despicable Me (2010).
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.
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 (2016).
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 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.
When Stuart is presented with the guitar at the end of the film, he plays the guitar solo of Van Halen's "Eruption". Given the movie was set in 1968 while "Eruption" was released in 1978, this means that Stuart played this nearly ten years before Van Halen.
At Villian Con, in the scene where you see Frankie Fish-Lips, you can see El Macho from Despicable Me 2 (2013) at the top right.
During the wolf bedtime story scene, the background music is Sergei Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf.
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.
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).
There are references to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's opera "The Magic Flute" scattered in the Minions' gibberish, in scenes associated with fire hydrants. Stuart calls the fire hydrant he falls for "Papagena" and later the tune Kevin whistles when he releases the spray from underneath a fire hydrant resembles the first line of "Der Vogelfanger bin ich Ja" from the same opera.
Among the collection of treasures, you can see a signed Jimi Hendrix guitar (signified by the playing of the song "Purple Haze").
One of Scarlet's paint collections is Andy Warhol's "Campbell's Soup Cans". There are 32 of these paintings. Each of them features a different flavor. The one Scarlet has in her collection is the Tomato Soup, which debuted in 1897 by the Campbell Soup Company. The company is still making this soup. Warhol first exhibited these 32 paintings in 1962. Given the movie its set in 1968, it fits into the movie's timeline. These 32 paintings are now a part of New York City's Museum of Modern Art's permanent collection.
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.
Near the beginning, when the Minions are climbing out of the water to become land-based creatures, the last one out stops to put a pair of starfish on its chest, the narrator says, "That's Norbert. He's an idiot." Norbert is old British slang for someone who is a few bricks shy of a load.
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).
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".
Bob has a similar bear to the one Rowan Atkinson's Mr. Bean (1990) owns, however Bob's bear, "Tim", has shorter arms.
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).
The song "Hair" is sung in Minionese by Stuart to mesmerize the guards with his hypno hat. This was the title song of the musical by the same name and was written by Galt MacDermot. The musical, which was a celebration of the hippie culture, debuted in 1968.
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.
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.
After the minions left the mirrors room, you can see a mannequin which resembles Lucy from Despicable Me 2 (2013).
This film shows how the minions come across their iconic dungarees. However, the dungarees don't sport Gru's logo, as they don't work for Gru at the time.
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.
The highest-grossing prequel of all time worldwide and the fourth highest-grossing animated movie of all time, after The Lion King (2019), Frozen (2013), and Incredibles 2 (2018).
The television shows watched in the department store during their overnight stay were: The Saint (1962), Bewitched (1964), and The Dating Game (1965).
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.
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 from it (suggesting a lack of genitalia).
The fire hydrant in London is a red American-styled one. In fact all fire hydrants in the UK are under the pavement covered by yellow drain covers marked with an "H". Additionally there is always a yellow sign with a large black "H" on a wall nearby so the location is easily identified.
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.
The only film in the Despicable Me/Minions series to date (2018) that does not feature Kristen Wiig, the voice of Miss Hattie in Despicable Me (2010) and Lucy Wilde in Despicable Me 2 (2013) and Despicable Me 3 (2017).
In the RogerEbert.com 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.
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).
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".
When the Minions come ashore in New York City, the ship in the background is the S.S. France, an ocean liner which was later purchased by Norwegian Cruise Lines and renamed the S.S. Norway. In its later life, following a boiler explosion, the S.S. Norway was scrapped off the coast of India.
Scarlett Overkill passes her bear to Herb Overkill and says "hold my bear" prior to leaping in to action. A clear allusion to the well known internet meme "hold my beer".
The first film in the Despicable Me franchise to earn $1 billion worldwide. The second one would be Despicable Me 3 (2017).
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.
The television at the department store where the Minions set up camp for the night is a "Dodgson", a nod to editor Claire Dodgson.
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.
Like with Despicable Me 2 (2013), some cast members from previous films in the franchise appear with a different role, which applies to Steve Coogan
It reached $1 billion worldwide in 49 days, or 7 weeks. At the time that was the fastest of any animated film, but in 2018 Incredibles 2 (2018) reached it in only 46 days or about 6.6 weeks.
Sandra Bullock's second animated film. Her first was The Prince of Egypt (1998) released 17 years prior.
WILHELM SCREAM: A high-pitched scream is heard during the end of the second minion travelling sequence.
Allison Janney (Madge), Geoffrey Rush (Narrarator), experienced voice actor Carlos Alazraqui (Additional voice), Jack Angel (Additional voice), Joseph Bologna (Additional voice), Bob Bergen (Additional voice), Jess Harnell (Additional voice), David Cowgill (Additional voice), experienced voice actress Sherry Lynn (Additional voice), experienced voice actor Danny Mann (Additional voice), Mickie McGowan (Additional voice), experienced voice actress Laraine Newman (Additional voice), Reneé Taylor (Additional voice), Jan Rabson (Additional voice), Phil Proctor (Additional voice), Jim Ward (Additional voice), Corey Burton (Additional voice), experienced voice actor Keith Ferguson (Additional voice), experienced voice actor Fred Tatasciore (Additional voice), Dee Bradley Baker (Additional voice), and Frank Welker (Animal Vocals) provided character voices in Finding Nemo (2003). Janney voiced Peach the Starfish, Rush voiced Nigel the Pelican, Angel voiced Mr Johanson the Halibut, Alazraqui voiced Bill the Longnose Butterflyfish, Proctor voiced Bob the Seahorse, Ward voiced Ted the Flapjack Octopus, Burton voiced one of the swordfish and some of the seagulls, Bologna, Bergen, Harnell, Cowgill, Lynn, Mann, McGowan, Newman, Taylor, Rabson, Ferguson, Tatasciore, and Baker voiced minor characters without any names (all of which are either fish, seabirds, marine mammals, marine reptiles, mollusks, echinoderms, or bugs (specifically crustaceans)), and Welker provided the vocals for the barracuda at the start, the anglerfish, and the whale respectively.
The third animated spin-off, after Puss in Boots (2011) and Penguins of Madagascar (2014), the third animated prequel, after Puss in Boots (2011) and Monsters University (2013) and the third animated film to gross a billion dollars worldwide, after Toy Story 3 (2010) and Frozen (2013).
This is the first Illumination film and first Universal animated film to gross a billion dollars worldwide.
The Minions language is sounds similar to many words in the English and Spanish language. Words include: Come esta, Gracious, Uno, You da best, Thank You and Super Mega Ukelele.
In the Castilian Spanish version of the movie, Scarlet Overkill and her husband are voiced by Quim Gutiérrez and Alexandra Jiménez. Both appeared as a couple in the Spanish film Spy Time (2015).
Third animated film for Jennifer Saunders. Her first two were Shrek 2 (2004) from Dreamworks Animation and Coraline (2009) from Laika.
Illumination's fifth feature film, first spinoff and first film to have a female main antagonist.
Steve Carell and Allison Janney's second animated film together after Over the Hedge (2006).
When the minions are in the sewer underneath London, they come across a rat that they pet. A direct reference to Ratatouille.
The only film in the Despicable Me franchise to not have a character voiced by Russell Brand.
The seventh animated film where characters voiced by studio members are listed during the casting call of main cast members outside the credits, which applies to director Pierre Coffin as the minions themselves (protagonists). The previous six like this had been Open Season (2006) with Cody Cameron as Mr Weenie (a tritagonist), Ratatouille (2007) with Lou Romano as Alfredo Linguini (a deuteragonist), Up (2009) with co-director Bob Peterson as Dug and Alpha (a tritagonist and a secondary antagonist), director Pete Docter as Kevin (a tetartagonist), and Jerome Ranft as Gamma (a tertiary antagonist alongside Beta), Shrek Forever After (2010) with Walt Dohrn as Rumpelstiltskin (a main antagonist), Monsters University (2013) with Peter Sohn as Scott "Squishy" Squibbles (a tetartagonist along with the other 3 additional members of Oozma Kappa), and Penguins of Madagascar (2014) with Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, and Christopher Knights reprising their roles as Skipper, Kowalski, and Private, as well as Conrad Vernon filling in for John DiMaggio as Rico (protagonists).
Geoffrey Rush's third theatrically released animated film after Finding Nemo (2003) and Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (2010). It is also his first to not have any characters voiced by Bill Hunter.
The last Despicable Me film to be produced at 1.85:1 and the only film of the Minions spin-off/prequel series with this aspect ratio.
The background music during the "three little pigs"-story is Peter 's theme, from the musical fairytale "Peter and the wolf" by Sergeï Prokoviev.
The Jimi Hendricks guitar is strung for a right handed guitarist when he actually played left handed.
Jennifer Saunders (Queen Elizabeth) and Geoffrey Rush (Narrator) share the same birthdate on July 6th.