Despicable Me 3[a] is a 2017 American 3D computer-animated comedy film produced by Illumination Entertainment for Universal Pictures. It is the third installment in the Despicable Me film series, and the sequel to Despicable Me 2 (2013). The film is directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, co-directed by Eric Guillon, and written by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio.
In the film, Gru teams up with his long lost twin brother Dru in order to defeat a new enemy named Balthazar Bratt, a 1980s child actor who grows up to become a villain. Steve Carell, Miranda Cosgrove and Dana Gaier reprise their roles of Gru, Margo and Edith from the first two films, and Julie Andrews who returns as Marlena, Gru’s mother from Despicable Me (2010). Kristen Wiig and Steve Coogan return from Despicable Me 2 and Trey Parker, Jenny Slate and Nev Scharrel (replacing Elsie Fisher as Agnes) join the cast.
Despicable Me 3 premiered on June 14, 2017 at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, and was released in the United States on June 30, 2017 by Universal Pictures. The film received mixed reviews from critics and has grossed over $737 million worldwide, making it the sixth highest grossing film of 2017.
Following the previous film, Gru is now an agent for the Anti-Villain League (AVL) and he and his wife Lucy are sent to foil the plans of Balthazar Bratt, a supervillain who was a former child actor who portrayed a young supervillain in a popular television series “Evil Bratt” before it was cancelled as a result of his puberty, and his waning popularity led to him adopting his former persona to become an actual supervillain. Gru manages to stop Bratt from stealing a very expensive diamond, but is unable to capture him. As a result of constantly failing to capture Bratt, Gru and Lucy are fired from the AVL by its mean new director Valerie Da Vinci, following the retirement of Ramsbottom.
Gru and Lucy reluctantly tell their children, Margo, Edith, and Agnes, of their termination, but assure them they will find new jobs someday. Already upset Dr. Nefario has frozen himself in carbonite, most of Gru’s Minions leave Gru when he refuses to return to villainy despite losing his job. Meanwhile, Lucy struggles to adapt in her new role as the children’s new mom. The next morning, the family is approached by Fritz, the butler of Gru’s long-lost twin brother Dru, who lives in a distant country named Freedonia and longs to meet him. Stunned at this revelation, Gru confronts his mother who reveals after divorcing Gru’s father, they agreed to keep one child each. The family decides to meet Dru and they are surprised at his immense wealth which Fritz attributes to their pig farm business. Meanwhile, the Minions are arrested after trespassing at a talent show set, and Bratt manages to steal the diamond once again as he intends to use the diamond to power his giant robot to destroy Hollywood by re-enacting the episode where Bratt cuts off Hollywood and uses inflatable gum to elevate the city to outer space, as revenge for cancelling his show.
While Lucy takes the children around Freedonia, Dru reveals to Gru their father was a legendary supervillain. As Dru was constantly dismissed by their father as a disgrace, he turned to his brother to teach him how to be a villain. When Gru refuses to revert back to his old ways, Dru brings him on a joyride around Freedonia in their father’s highly technological car where the siblings bond. Meanwhile, Lucy tries to balance her tasks as a mom which she exhibits after turning away a young boy named Nico who had fallen for Margo in the midst of a traditional cheese festival, all while Edith and Agnes stumble into a local tavern and learn from the bartender that the mythical unicorn lurks in the nearby forest. Gru, fatherly, attempts to convince Agnes that unicorns are imaginary, but decides not to on account of her anticipation. The next day, Agnes and Edith set out into the woods to track the mythical horse, only to find, unexpectedly, a one-horned goat whom Agnes dubs “Lucky” and takes to her heart. Meanwhile back in Los Angeles, the Minions exert control among the prisoners at their jail, but their longing for Gru motivates them to escape the prison.
Having discovered Bratt has stolen the diamond, Dru convinces Gru to steal the diamond for one last heist to infiltrate Bratt’s lair with Gru secretly intending to bring it to the AVL in order for Da Vinci to reinstate his work. Despite several setbacks, they manage to retrieve the diamond back, and are rescued by Lucy who had followed them earlier after a narrow escape. After finding out Gru’s true motives, Dru confronts his brother on why he lied to him, and the latter insults him and decides to leave Dru’s mansion. Bratt infiltrates Dru’s mansion by disguising as Lucy, kidnaps the children, and once again acquires the diamond which leads the three to resolve their differences and pursue him.
With his robot powered, Bratt terrorizes Hollywood just as planned. Lucy saves the children while Gru and Dru weaken Bratt’s robot with the weapons of their father’s car. Gru is knocked unconscious when the car is destroyed and Dru, having seemingly gained his inner villian, destroys the robot’s core from the inside when Bratt threatens to kill Gru. When Gru recovers, he battles Bratt in a dance fight and uses it as a distraction to grab his keytar, which ends in Gru trapping Bratt in his own gum and blasting him away. Having rendezvoused with Gru, the Minions manage to destroy the gum already covering the city, and Gru and Dru reunite.
Soon afterward, Gru and Lucy are reinstated in the AVL and the newly united family celebrate in Gru’s home. Lucy is acknowledged by the children as their mother; Dru, who still yearns to be a villain, steals Gru’s ship, accompanied by the Minions. Gru and Lucy decide to give them a five-minute head-start before engaging pursuit.
Written by Cinco Paul
Based on Characters
by Sergio Pablos
Edited by Claire Dodgson
Distributed by Universal Pictures
June 14, 2017 (Annecy)
June 30, 2017 (United States)
Country United States
Budget $80 million
Box office $737.7 million