In the heart of the 1970s, amidst a flurry of feathered hair and flared jeans, Gru (Steve Carell) is growing up in the suburbs. A fanboy of a supervillain supergroup known as the Vicious 6, Gru hatches a plan to become evil enough to join them. Luckily, he gets some mayhem-making back-up from his loyal followers, the Minions. Together, Kevin, Stuart, Bob, and Otto - a new Minion sporting braces and a desperate need to please - deploy their skills as they and Gru build their first lair, experiment with their first weapons, and pull off their first missions. When the Vicious 6 oust their leader, legendary fighter Wild Knuckles (Alan Arkin), Gru interviews to become their newest member. It doesn't go well (to say the least), and only gets worse after Gru outsmarts them and suddenly finds himself the mortal enemy of the apex of evil. On the run, Gru will turn to an unlikely source for guidance, Wild Knuckles, and discover that even bad guys need a little help from their friends.
Did You Know?
When Gru enters the waiting room, one of the villains is reading a copy of Mad magazine. The cover has an image of a poster congratulating Richard Nixon's presidential win. This issue had two front covers - one on the front and one on the back. When flipped over, the back cover had the same scene, but congratulating John F. Kennedy's presidential campaign. This was issue #60, which came out in January 1961. At the time it was being prepared the election was just about to take place, making the actual winner impossible to guess.
This dates this film to early 1961. In the typical mash-up of the Gru universe, the film also features a pet rock, which did not come out until mid 1975. The googly stick-on eyes were never a feature of pet rocks but people would buy them from craft stores and stick them on. See more
Oh, sorry. I didn't mean to scare you. Now, WHERE'S GRU?