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.
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.
The only movie with a budget under one hundred million dollars to cross the one billion-dollar mark worldwide (without being re-released).
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.
When Dr. Nefario has a cameo at Villain Con at one of the booths, Little boy Gru is standing in front of his booth.
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 film is set in 1968, forty-two years B.G. (Before Gru). Adding forty-two years to 1968 gives 2010, the year Gru and the Minions made their debut 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.
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 different from the Kevin Gru acknowledges in Despicable Me (2010).
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).
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.
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).
Among the collection of treasures, you can see a signed Jimi Hendrix guitar (signified by the playing of the song "Purple Haze").
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.
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).
The song "Hair" by The Cowsills is sung in Minionese by Stuart, to hypnotize the guards with his hypno hat.
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).
This is the third-highest-grossing animated movie of all time, after Frozen (2013) and Incredibles 2 (2018).
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.
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.
After the minions left the mirrors room, you can see a mannequin which resembles Lucy from Despicable Me 2 (2013).
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 television shows watched in the department store during their overnight stay were: The Saint (1962), Bewitched (1964), and The Dating Game (1965).
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 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).
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 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 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.
The first film in the Despicable Me franchise to earn a billion dollars worldwide. The second one would be Despicable Me 3 (2017).
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.
In this movie, the minions goggles change from a gold color to a silver color while crossing the ocean.
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.
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".
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 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.
The television at the department store where the Minions set up camp for the night is a "Dodgson", a nod to editor Claire Dodgson.
Sandra Bullock's second animated film. Her first was The Prince of Egypt (1998) released 17 years prior.
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.
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.
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 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).
WILHELM SCREAM: A high-pitched scream is heard during the end of the second minion travelling sequence.
Third animated film for Jennifer Saunders. Her first two were Shrek 2 (2004) from Dreamworks Animation and Coraline (2009) from Laika.
This is the first Illumination Entertainment film to have a female main antagonist.
First CGI film where Allison Janney voices a human who's not a strict villain, but rather a kind-hearted anti-hero who supports villains.
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).
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).
Steve Carell and Allison Janney's second animated film together after Over the Hedge (2006).
Illumination Entertainment's first film where a studio member is mentioned during the casting call of main cast members outside the credits, this applies to director Pierre Coffin, the voices of the minions themselves.
Universal Pictures' first animated film where a studio member is mentioned during the casting call of main cast members outside the credits, this applies to director Pierre Coffin, the voice of the minions themselves.
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.
The only film in the Despicable Me franchise to not have a character voiced by Russell Brand.
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 film to gross a billion dollars worldwide, after Toy Story 3 (2010) and Frozen (2013).
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).