Despicable Me 2 (2013) Poster


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Despicable Me (2010)
Banana (2010) (Short)
Home Makeover (2010) (Short)
Orientation Day (2010) (Short)

Followed by 

Minions (2015)
Minions 2 (2020)


Despicable Me: Minion Rush (2013) (Video Game)
Game based on the movie.
Puppy! (2013) (Short)
spin-off mini-movies
Panic in the Mailroom (2013) (Short)
spin-off mini-movies
Training Wheels (2013) (Video)
spin-off mini-movies


The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Lucy refers to the minions as "Munchkins."
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
El Macho is said to have died by strapping himself to a bomb and riding it to his death, just like an iconic scene from this film.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
When the minion wearing the maid's outfit is turned evil, his new look is that of Magenta - A Domestic.
Bugsy Malone (1976)
The jelly guns used by the Grus in the climax strongly resemble the Splurge Guns
The Love Boat (1977) (TV Series)
One of the minions in the island dresses like Isaac, the bartender.
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
When Lucy's car jumps off the pier and turns into a submarine.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
The musical floor to access the elevator is replied by bass ending notes when the door opens, as at the end of the Spielberg's film.
Saturday Night Fever (1977)
The low shot of Gru's feet walking on the pavement, after his date with Lucy.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
A transformed minion screams and points in the same way that Donald Sutherland does at the film's conclusion.
Alien (1979)
In Eduardo's restaurant, Pollito bursts through Gru's clothes like a 'Chestburster'
The Fog (1980)
Fight atop a tower references the top of the lighthouse in Carpenter's The Fog
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
"El Macho's" theme draws heavily from Vader's theme
The Blues Brothers (1980)
Minions Dave and Stuart drive through The Paradise Shopping Mall like Jake and Elwood does to escape the police.
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1983)
The way Gru plans to infiltrate El Macho's lair - handcuffed, led by two disgiused minions and approaching a large sliding door - is similar to how Luke Skywalker gains access to Jabba the Hutt's palace.
Sudden Impact (1983)
"Bake My Day" bakery
Mr. Bean (1990) (TV Series)
After two minions are abducted by a light beam, the same light beam opens and drops the cat, the same way Mr. Bean is dropped in the TV series intro.
Toy Story (1995)
When the Minions become suddenly airborne behind Lucy's car, one says (in Minionese) "To infinity and beyond!" just like the Woody/Buzz rocket scene.
Mission: Impossible (1996)
title mentioned by Gru
The Matrix (1999)
Slow motion scene in the final battle when Gru fires shotguns on purple minions is the same as The Matrix slow motion fight scene.
Being John Malkovich (1999)
Lucy begins hallucinating and imagines everyone on board her flight to be Gru, much like Malkovich sees everyone as himself when he enters the portal.
X-Men (2000)
Eduardo pulls out a set of knives from his hand, resembling Wolverine.
Dora the Explorer (2000) (TV Series)
People who resemble Dora and Diego appear at the Cinco De Mayo party.
Star Wars: Attack of the Clones (2002)
Gru's plane was modified to appear and function similar to the Low Altitude Assault Transport (Gunship) used in the battle scenes on Geonosis. Several of the sound effects and shot framings are identical to sequences in the film.
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
Edith says Gru resembles Gollum.
Shrek 2 (2004)
Pollito fight with Gru is similar to Puss fight with Shrek - an innocent small creature turns out to be a threat, getting inside the clothes and bursting out the chest Alien style
Meet the Robinsons (2007)
When Lucy is leaving the plane for Gru, one of the twins from "Meet the Robinsons" is visible.
Get Smart (2008)
Gru has to pull darts out of his face just like Max, who was also played by Steve Carell
The Dark Knight (2008)
Gru's motorcycle resembles Batman's motorcycle, and it comes from underground garage like from a superhero's lair.
Bridesmaids (2011)
Kristen Wiig's character Lucy Wilde works undercover in a cupcake shop. Wiig's Bridesmaids character Annie is a skilled baker and once owned a cupcake shop.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
The competing colors in the laser battle between Gru and Lucy resembles the wand battles between Harry Potter and Voldemort.
I Am Bruce Lee (2012) (TV Movie)
When Margo and Agnes flee from Evil Kevin, Edith is using a nunchuck to play tabletennis with a minion similar to a Bruce Lee video where he also uses a nunchuck for tabletennis
The Lorax (2012)
Before the disguised ice cream truck arrives, one of the three kids is playing with a plane, which is the same one Ted played with at the beginning of the film.
Man of Steel (2013)
The scene when the minion is held by a sheet and is "flying".
Minions (2015)
"Minion movie audition" closing credits gag

Referenced in 

Midnight Screenings: ParaNorman/The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned as a trailer before Oogieloves
Animation Lookback: Top 5 Best & Worst Animated Films of 2012 (2013) (TV Episode)
Mentioned as an upcoming 2013 animated film.
Chelsea Lately: Episode #7.101 (2013) (TV Episode)
Chuy mentions the movie by name.
Midnight Screenings: The Lone Ranger/Despicable Me 2 (2013) (TV Episode)
movie is reviewed
On Cinema: 'The Lone Ranger' and 'Despicable Me 2' (2013) (TV Episode)
Tim and Gregg review this film
Bum Reviews: Despicable Me 2 (2013) (TV Episode)
movie is reviewed
The Cinema Snob: The Legend of the Lone Ranger (2013) (TV Episode)
Snob mentions this movie doing far better at the box office than Lone Ranger
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.175 (2013) (TV Episode)
Jay said that this movie was #1 at the box office
Midnight Screenings: Turbo (2013) (TV Episode)
Brad recommends taking your kids to see this movie instead.
Chelsea Lately: Episode #7.114 (2013) (TV Episode)
Chris mentions the movie by name.
The Queen Latifah Show: Episode #1.8 (2013) (TV Episode)
Queen Latifah mentions the soundtrack to this movie
AniMat's Reviews: Frozen (2013) (TV Episode)
The only animated film of 2013 which AniMat admitted he really liked prior to seeing Frozen.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Tyler Perry/Ken Jeong/The Head and the Heart (2013) (TV Episode)
Jay mentions that Ken Jeong's voice is in the film
Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)
The coded floor, keyed to enter El Macho lair, is like the boobytrapped Sphinx floor Sherman blazed through
Impractical Jokers: Episode #2.4 (2014) (TV Episode)
The movie poster is seen on the wall of the cinema foyer.
The Show Show: Third Time's the Charm (2014) (TV Episode)
Nicholas Zebrun mentions "Happy," the song from the film.
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 13 May 2014 (2014) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Tom Waddle in discussion of movies
The Jack and Triumph Show: Sorvino's Pants (2015) (TV Episode)
Poster is seen across the streets of LA
A Wonderful Country: Episode #12.16 (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Oren Hazan
Tvoje tvár má známý hlas: Episode #1.9 (2016) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Ondrej Sokol.
The Secret Life of Pets (2016)
"Happy" is used in one scene.
PWN: Disappointing Movies: PWN #8 (2016) (TV Episode)
Title is mentioned
I Hate Everything: I Hate Sing (2016) (2017) (TV Episode)
Alex calls the movie "awful".
Movie Dude 98 Reviews: Minions (A Viewer Request) (2017) (TV Episode)
Indirectly mentioned by Sean throughout the review.
AniMat's Crazy Cartoon Cast: It's Not Ogre Yet (2018) (TV Episode)
Brought up in discussion.
AniMat's Crazy Cartoon Cast: Onward to Weird Hedgehogs (2018) (TV Episode)
Brought up in discussion.

Featured in 

ReelzChannel Specials: Richard Roeper's Red Hot Summer (2013) (TV Episode)
Movie featured in this episode.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.170 (2013) (TV Episode)
a clip from the film starring Steve Carell is shown
Projector: Despicable Me 2 (2013) (TV Episode)
movie is reviewed
AniMat's Reviews: Despicable Me 2 (2013) (TV Episode)
Reviewed, clips shown.
Maltin on Movies: Pacific Rim (2013) (TV Episode)
Movie reviewed in this episode.
Nostalgia Critic: Sailor Moon (2013) (TV Episode)
the minions laugh at Sailor Uranus
71st Golden Globe Awards (2014) (TV Special)
Nomination presentation for best animated feature film.
19th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards (2014) (TV Special)
Nominee clips
Animation Lookback: Top 5 Best & Worst Animated Films of 2013 (2014) (TV Episode)
Second best animated film of 2013.
The EE British Academy Film Awards (2014) (TV Special)
Clips shown.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Animated Sequels (2015) (TV Episode)
Despicable Me 2 is #9.
AniMat's Reviews: Minions (2015) (TV Episode)
AniMat talks about the Minions in the Despicable Me franchise. Clips shown.
Nostalgia Critic: When Does a Joke Go Too Far? (2015) (TV Episode)
a shot of the Minions laughing
Honest Trailers: Minions (2015) (TV Episode)
Clip is shown
Honest Trailers: Despicable Me 1 & 2 (2017) (TV Episode)
Used in trailer


Scarface (1983)
Gru jumping off the helicopter while wielding two machine-gun like jelly guns.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
Gru passes protective booby traps similar to the one Indiana Jones passes on his way to Holy Grail.
GoldenEye 007 (1997) (Video Game)
The way Agnes shoots the jelly gun at the Bad Minions was the same shooting movement from this game.
The Matrix (1999)
The scene where Gru jumps in slow motion while firing jelly guns at the purple minions.
CSI: Miami (2002) (TV Series)
Gru mimics Horatio Caine by putting on and off his sunglasses while delivering a oneliner
The Chronicles of Riddick (2004)
You can see one of the purple minions wearing the Hero Lensor Necromonger helmet and the other one behind him looking at a screen that is tethered to the helmet.
World War Z (2013)
The scene near the ending when the minions run up the tower similar to the zombies in the Israel scene.

Spoofed in 

Funny Show Presents: Smurfs-Parody (2015) (TV Episode)
based on the characters
The Brothers Grimsby (2016)
Barkhad Abdi's character refers to Mark Strong's spy character as the guy from the Depsicable Me movies
Game of Minions (2017) (Short)
parody of

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