I must admit that I don’t watch a lot of children’s animated films, but even I couldn’t miss all the posters for Despicable Me 2. It’s the follow-up to the 2010 film that won the Golden Globe for Best Animated film and grossed over $250,000,000 in the U.S. alone. The second film has almost topped that already. In French, the title is Moi, Moche et Méchant (mwa mosh ay mayshahn), which means “Me, Ugly and Bad.”
Besides the cute title, what’s the connection to France? The animated films were co-directed by Frenchman Pierre-Louis Coffin, born on March 16, 1967, who also played the voice of three of the minor characters. He was educated at the Gobelins school for the visual arts in Paris. (French animators are among the best in the world.) He’s currently working on a spin-off to the two Despicable films, named after the characters that he voices in the films, Minions. The animation was completely done in France in the Mac Guff studio. It has since been acquired by Universal Studios.
The films both feature the voice of Steve Carell as the main character. In the French version, the very popular Gad Elmaleh voices super-villain, Gru. In the first film, Gru adopts three girls from an orphanage. Gru’s rival steals the Great Pyramid of Giza and Gru decides to top this with a bigger caper – shrinking and stealing the moon. Gru and the crew are back in the sequel for more outrageous fun.