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The directors actually wrote a language for the gibberish the minions speak throughout the film. They called it "minion-ese". Each word the minions speak in the film translates into an actual word.
Will Arnett gained weight for the role of Mr Perkins because since he's playing a large, heavy-set man he thought it would improve his voicework.
The bedtime story, "Sleepy Kittens" was made into a tie-in board book that can be purchased, although it does not include the pull out brush that was featured in the film.
Throughout the movie, you can see Dr. Seuss's Lorax character imprinted on Margo's shirt under her jacket.
In his application to adopt the girls, Gru's first name is given as Felonious.
Gru tells Miss Hattie, in Spanish, that her face is "como un burro." This means "like a donkey."
The directors did the voices of the minions which is why they sound French and English at the same time.
Originally, the minions were supposed to be more like henchmen (human-like) but the studio didn't have the money for that. That's why they're all so short.
When Gru is seen entering the "Bank of Evil", the subtitle "Formerly Lehman Brothers" can be seen over the door.
In the Gru family tree, you can see Gru's mother's name is Marlina, and his father's name is Robert.
The film was animated in the French studio Mac Guff in Paris, and although a US production, it was written and directed by Spaniards and Frenchmen, making Despicable Me (2010) a very cross-cultural production.
The producers only wanted comic improvisational actors in the cast, e.g. Steve Carell, Russell Brand, etc.
Steve Carell describes Gru's accent as a cross between Ricardo Montalban and Bela Lugosi.
Gru's profile resembles an Emperor Penguin, which is appropriate because the male Emperor Penguin is the one that cares for its young.
During the dance sequence, the DJ Minion is using a "Gru-ray Disc" player, with the same color and font style on the writing as a Blu-ray Disc player.
Gru's date of birth is 09.28.1960 as shown in the state adoption file on the computer. This makes him of about 9 years when the moon landing event happened.
The name of the main protagonist, Gru, appears to be taken from the Russian Military Intelligence agency GRU. GRU is an acronym for Glavnoye Razvedyvatel'noye Upravleniye (roughly translates to Main Intelligent Department/Directorate), the foreign military intelligence directorate of the Russian Armed Forces. It is the largest Russian intelligence agency, six times larger than the SVR (formerly the KGB). This may hint at Gru's own origins.
In the scene where Gru enters the bank, there is a board inside the reception counter which spells 'we are always alert to all your needs' while the receptionist is shown as sleeping.
The soda cup that the Carnival Barker is drinking from (red with a purple stripe at the top) is based on the ones used at Walt Disney World.
The girls undercharge Vector when they deliver his cookies. Based on the clipboard Margo is holding when they pay him the initial visit, the prices of each of the box of cookies is thus: Coconutties $6, Choco Swirlies $6, Minty Mints $6. Vector ordered 4 Minty Mints, 15 Coconutties, 2 Toffee Totes and 2 Caramel Clumps. The Minty Mints and Coconutties alone would cost $114, plus the cost of the Toffee Totes and Caramel Clumps, means that the girls charge of only $52 was way below what it should have been.
WILHELM SCREAM: When Gru's mother kicks the punching bag and the karate instructor goes flying.
Mr. Perkins' portrait hanged on his office wall is based on Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres' "Napoléon Bonaparte on his Imperial Throne".
One of the pictures hanging on the walls of Gru's home (it can be seen when the three girls first enter the house, next to the front door to the left) is a "Wanted" poster for the capture of Jesse James, a notorious Wild West gunman and bandit.
Mr. Perkins, the boss at the Bank of Evil, has two tufts of pointy hair, possibly modeled on the "Pointy-Haired Boss" of Dilbert fame.
The look and body language of Gru bears more than a passing resemblance to British comic cartoon character Grimly Feendish.
A possible reason for the origin of Gru's name is that the French word "la grue" means a crane. Gru's legs are long and thin, and resemble those of a giant crane.
Vector is left-handed. You can see this when he is inside of his home playing the Nintendo Wii. He uses his left hand, hinting that his left is the dominant hand.
Super Silly Fun Land is a reference to Pacific Park in Santa Monica, CA. Both are built on a pier and feature roller coasters.
When Gru first comes home in the beginning of the movie the tv is on and the talk show host is interviewing a guest who appears to be Sia, which can be determined by her blond hair with bangs covering her eyes.
In Gru's lair, the NBC logo can be seen on the top of the Jumbotron.
The price of the unicorn toy that the minions get for Agnes is $1.98.
Gru's date of birth is 09.28.1960 as shown in the state adoption file on the computer. But the information that the minions enter into the computer says that gru has received a Nobel prize in the year 1952
Argentinian film producer Axel Kuschevatzky dubbed Mr. Perkins on the Latin American Spanish speaking prints of the movie.
In the beginning, the model plane that the little boy (Justin) is holding is an F-16 Falcon.
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The voice of the TV character heard at the beginning of the movie is remarkably similar to that of Chris Pirillo, known as Lockergnome.
Gru's right-hand man is Dr. Nefario. The word "nefarious" means extremely wicked or villainous.
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The manufacturer name plate on the DJ turntable mixer is MINIONMIX.
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In the last scene, the dj's table has the "Blu-Ray Disk" logo on it but it says "Gru-Ray Disk"
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The original title was Evil Me
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

While Gru is floating in space while orbiting the moon, we see that the number on Gru's "Swan Lake" ticket is 072069 - July 20, 1969 is the date of first moon landing, which Gru is seen watching in flashbacks.
After the girls' bedroom has transformed into a more comforting place, the camera angle allows the audience to see some famous paintings that Gru has stolen. 'Leonardo Da Vinci''s "Mona Lisa" hangs on the wall, and Vincent van Gogh's "Starry Night" can be seen leaning up against the wall on the floor.
May 26, the day around which the entire film revolves - it's the day of the girls' dance recital, the capture of the moon, and the big chase to rescue the girls from Vector which leads to Gru and the girls becoming a family - is the birthday of Steve Carell's daughter, Annie. Elisabeth Anne Carell, who was Steve and wife Nancy's first child, was born Saturday, May 26, 2001. He said in 2008: "When Elisabeth Anne was born six years ago, something inside me just snapped and my perspective on what was important changed overnight."
There is a nod to a scene from The Godfather the morning after Gru has "given" the girls back to Miss Hattie. He reveals the playdoll hairdresser head and begins to scream and gesture in the same manner when a bloody horse head is discovered in the sheets.
The scene where Nefario flies after Vector's ship to rescue Gru and the girls, when he says "there he is" appears to be a nod to Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back when Lando Calrisian flies the Millenium Falcon up under Cloud City to rescue Luke, and also says "there he is". In both scenes someone is hanging precariously, and they are surrounded by clouds with a low sunset type of lighting.
You can see the Great Pyramid of Giza that Vector stole behind his house. It's painted blue with white clouds on it so as to blend in with the sky.
At the end when the minions are cheering you can see in the right corner of the screen two minions are hand-shaking and then they kiss.
Gru shares some characteristic features with the Dreamworks character Megamind. Both are introduced as villains and end up being the hero of their respective movies, both have great intellect they use to create high tech weapons and gadgets and while Gru has an army of Minions at hand, Megamind's most trustworthy and loyal ally is a talking fish in a robotic body called Minion.
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