This is the sequel to Despicable Me (obviously) and you don't need to have watched the first one to enjoy this one, but it will give you some background to the story. However this one easily stands alone as a great movie. They did a great job with the sequel with bringing back a lot of the stuff that you love and adding in a lot of new elements, such as a new arch enemy for Gru. Gru teams up with Lucy Wilde and the Anti-Villain League to stop the spread of a horrible serum that turns good creatures into purple furry evil creatures.
Despicable Me 2 came out in 2013 as a sequel to the 2010 film of the originating name. It was released by Illumination Entertainment and is the first ever sequel to be produced by them. With a budget of $76 million dollars it grossed $918 million, suffice to say it was a box office success. It was the second highest grossing film of 2013.
Benjamin Bratt voiced the villain El macho who was originally supposed to be voiced by Al Pacino who left the film due to creative differences just a month before premiere. At the time of his departure, Pacino's character had been already fully voiced and animated. It always cracks me up to think of Russell Brand voicing Doctor Nefario. No matter how many times I watch the films I just have a hard time picturing Russell Brand behind his voice haha.
I must admit that I didn't realize that Kristin Wiig also voiced Miss Hattie in the original film, so that makes sense that they would bring her over into this one as well. Her and Steve Carrel (Gru's voice) play off one another very well. I would love to see them in a real-live comedy together someday.
Excited future news is that a spinoff film titled Minions is set to be released in July of 2015 and will focus on the awesomely amazing minions of Gru. It will features the Minions in the 1960s before meeting Gru as they try to compete to work for Scarlett Overkill voiced by Sandra Bullock. There is also rumor that a Despicable Me 3 is in the works.
Overall I highly recommend this film to anyone and give it 5 out of 5 stars
If you would like to see the Move site go to: Despicable Me.com