'Minions' trailer shows the animated yellow creatures through the ages

'Minions' centers on the mischievous sidekicks previously seen in the 'Despicable Me' movie series. The film will star Sandra Bullock and Jon Hamm, among others.

A new trailer for the movie “Minions,” a spin-off of the “Despicable Me” animated movie series, has been released.

The minions, small, yellow creatures that talk in a mostly-nonsense language and assist wannabe supervillain Gru (Steve Carell) in the “Despicable Me” series, are now at the center of the story in the upcoming film. The story will focus on the characters Stuart, Kevin, and Bob, all voiced by actor and co-director Pierre Coffin, who was behind the vocals of minion characters for the past two “Despicable Me” films, which he also co-directed.

According to the narrator of the new trailer, minions have been on Earth for many years and “they all share the same goal: to serve the most despicable master around.” If they have no master, “they had no purpose. They became aimless and depressed.” So Stuart, Kevin, and Bob set off for America and arrived in New York City in 1968. 

Most likely unbeknownst to “Despicable Me” fans, minions participated in the building of the pyramids and fought in various historical battles, according to the new clip. 

According to Deadline, the movie will also star “Gravity” actress Sandra Bullock as villainess Scarlet Overkill, while Jon Hamm of “Mad Men” will be behind the voice of Herb Overkill, Scarlet’s inventor spouse. Actors Michael Keaton, Allison Janney, and Steve Coogan will also star in the film.

“Despicable Me,” which was released in 2010, and “Despicable Me 2,” which came out in 2013, starred Steve Carell as Gru, who in the first film adopts three girls (Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier, and Elsie Fisher) initially to further his evil plans but soon finds himself being converted to the side of good by his role as a father. In the sequel, he encounters Lucy (“The Skeleton Twins” actress Kristen Wiig), who wants to bring in Gru to work for the Anti-Villain League. 

The first movie was mostly well received by critics, currently holding a score of 72 out of 100 on the review aggregator website Metacritic, while “Despicable Me 2” was slightly less so, with a Metacritic score of 62.

"Minions" will be released this July.

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