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Daily Debate: What’s Your Favorite Moment from the ‘Despicable Me’ franchise?

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Despicable Me was a runaway hit back in 2010 when it was released. Since then, it has spawned two sequels (the third of which hits US theaters this Friday) and one spin-off film, Minions. The franchise put Illumination Entertainment on the map, allowing it to bring us even more fun films like The Secret Life of Pets and Sing.

From Gru and the girls to the adorable yellow Minions, this franchise has brought us a lot of good times and hilarious moments. So that leads us to today’s Daily Debate:

What is your favorite moment from the Despicable Me franchise?

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  • TripleStrykeLover

    Hard to say, I don’t like the franchise, the jokes are painful, the character design is uninspired and the characters are either annoying or stereotypical. But I guess the chemistry between Gru and the daughters is pretty touching even if it’s generic.

    • Manuel Orozco

      Trust me, I thought the first one was going to be a joke because of Gru starting out as this Superbad desperate to commit the biggest crime of the century with the help of gibberish yet lovable doofuses with banana heads. But nearly a year later, I was proven dead wrong.

      • Lee DeWald

        A co-worker and I were just discussing this this morning.

        When I went to see the second film, as a single adult, I figured it would be parents and their kids in the theater. I thought I’d be the only single adult, without kids in tow, in attendance. I, too, was proven dead wrong. The entire crowd that night were adults.

        We had a good time that night.

        • Manuel Orozco

          I thought the second one is the best so far. In fact, I’ve seen all the movies in the series on its opening day except the original. I’m going Friday morning to see the new DM. By the way, I was 17 when the first movie came out and I’m 24 now.

  • David Kang

    Tbh, the fart gun was pretty funny. Gru is like “Ugh..why are you soooo.. old?” Damn it got me so bad.

    • Manuel Orozco

      I’m not ususally into potty humor but I found it funny.

  • Manuel Orozco

    Mine would be Gru dancing to Happy in the second movie! I never could have imagined the song would be a big hit and compete with Let It Go from Frozen at the Oscars. When I think of Gru dancing, I thought it would have been a thrill if the scene was choreographed by Fred Astaire or Gene Kelly if either them were alive today. Two Hollywood legends whose innovations in the musical genre cannot be compared.

  • Lee DeWald

    Since I absolutely adore this franchise, so many come to mind. But I’ll just stick with two, and they’re for completely different reasons.

    1. The scene in the first film when Gru realizes his daughters are getting a raw deal at the carnival. He whips out a gun and blows the stand to smithereens. His daughter wins a unicorn and bellows, “IT’S SO FLUFFY!”

    2. Every once in a while, when I get a brilliant idea, out loud and for no apparent reason, I will say to myself, “Light. Bulb.” Just like Gru says in the first film.

    • Manuel Orozco

      I liked Light Bulb but I don’t say it often.

  • David Kang

    I’m havin’ a bad, bad day
    It’s about time that I get my way
    Steam rollin’ whatever I see,
    Huh, despicable me

    I’m havin’ a bad, bad day
    If you take it personal that’s okay
    Watch, this is so fun to see
    Huh, despicable me

    Why ask why? Better yet “Why not?”
    Why are you marking x on that spot?
    Why use a blow torch isn’t that hot?
    Why use a chainsaw? Is that all you got?
    Why do you like seeing people in shock?
    But my question to you is “Why not?”
    Why go to the baker, stand in line
    Just use a freeze gun it saves me time.
    (from Depicable Me song by Pharrel Williams)

  • Alex Beezley

    Although the two films have a wide variety of great moments, my personal favorite is when the girls meet Lucy for the first time in Despicable Me 2.

  • Yellow

    When the first movie ended.

  • Trev

    The whole history of the Minions was pretty amusing in their spin-off movie.

    • Manuel Orozco

      Minions was on par with the 1st movie but not #2. Wasn’t all I expected but was very nice indeed to see their history before finding their “perfect” master in Gru.

      • Trev

        Personally, I’ve never been a fan of Gru and the girls; it was always the Minions that stole the show for me. So I actually think that Minions was better than both Despicable Me movies. Granted, all three of the movies are kinda ‘meh’, but I like Minions the best.

        • Manuel Orozco

          Are you kidding? If it wasn’t for Gru’s redemption story, half of the success the franchise has had this past decade never would have happened. Plus I didn’t always think the Minions were all that funny. I said this past decade by the way because Illumination this year is celebrating its 10th anniversary of its establishment.

          • Trev

            Personally, I’ve never been a fan of Gru and the girls.

          • Manuel Orozco

            That’s okay

          • Marielle

            Personally, I’ve never been a fan of the minions. What drew me in was always the “emotional core” of the story, ie. the bad guy turning into a father.

          • Manuel Orozco

            You’re in for a little bit of satisfaction because in this new one, Gru shares less screen time with the Minions except two of them.

          • Marielle

            You forget all those useless scenes where the minions go their own way and do nothing except take time away from the main story.

          • Manuel Orozco

            That was pretty stupid of them wanting to go back to villainy. At least I found their moments funny.

  • I think it has to be the first time Gru and the girls met when they were selling cookies, and when he adopts the girls and shows them his home 🙂

  • Marielle

    Maybe when Gru reads the storybook he wrote for the girls.

  • “The physical appearance of the ‘please’ makes no difference, it is still no.”

  • I only watched the first Despicable Me. I liked the part where Gru became
    the caretaker of the girls.

    • Manuel Orozco

      Second one is the best. I’m seeing #3 tomorrow

  • Rachel Wagner

    Best laugh by far is when Gru reads the book of the 3 little kittens ‘This is literature’