Despite the massive success of the animated hits Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2, directors Kyle Balda and Pierre Coffin did not immediately jump at making a movie about the Minions. It took some convincing and the realization that the Minions were stars in their own right for the directors to reunite to make a film about the genesis of those lovable gibberish-speaking yellow guys. The animated film follows the little yellow organisms as they set out to find a new super-villain to worship, eventually discovering Scarlet Overkill (voiced by Sandra Bullock).
Also featuring the vocals of Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton and Jennifer Saunders, the film has already become a big hit following its release earlier this month - an outcome Pierre didn't expect.
The feature is set in 1960s London, UK, where Scarlet orders the Minions to break into the Tower of London and steal a crown. But things take a sudden turn when Minion Bob releases the mythical Sword in the Stone to defend himself and ends up taking the throne from Britain's Queen Elizabeth II. Sandra Bullock ( one of the nicest people on the planet) finds her inner bad gal to play Scarlet Overkill and does a darn fine job manipulating our heroes to get what she wants.
I had the opportunity to see Minions at the world premiere in London, England and it is where I sat down with directors Kyle Balda and Pierre Coffin about how they came up with the idea for the Minions back story and how they come up with the gibberish language that really makes total sense!