Despicable Me is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated comedy film from Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment that was released on July 9, 2010, in the United States. The debut film of Illumination, the film was animated by the French animation studio Mac Guff, which was later acquired by Illumination. It was directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud as their feature debut film, with a story by Sergio Pablos. The title references the main character as he refers to himself, and is accompanied by a song by Pharrell Williams.
The film stars Steve Carell, the voice of Gru, a supervillain who adopts three girls (voiced by Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier, and Elsie Fisher) from an orphanage; and the voice of Jason Segel as Vector, a rival of Gru who steals the Great Pyramid of Giza. When Gru learns of Vector's heist, he plans an even greater heist: to shrink and steal the Earth's moon. However, despite Gru's villainous intentions, he grows increasingly touched by the girls' growing love for him and find himself changing for the better because of it.
Despicable Me grossed over $546 million worldwide, against a budget of $69 million. It launched the Despicable Me franchise series of films, including the sequel Despicable Me 2 in 2013, another sequel, Despicable Me 3 in 2017, and the prequel, Minions, released in 2015, which featured Gru's Minions as the main characters.
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