Illumination Entertainment founder and CEO Chris Meledandri announced new castings for two of 2017’s most highly anticipated films. In addition, Meledandri announced the first in-theater Minions short film, Mower Minions, which will debut with Illumination’s The Secret Life of Pets, opening in theaters on July 8, 2016.
Benedict Cumberbatch voices the title role of The Grinch in the newly imagined version of the enduring holiday classic. Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas will be released on November 10, 2017.
Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award winner Trey Parker, co-creator of Comedy Central’s global phenomenon South Park and the Broadway smash The Book of Mormon, has joined Despicable Me 3 to voice the role of villain Balthazar Bratt, a former child star who’s grown up to become obsessed with the character he played in the ’80s. He proves to be Gru’s most formidable nemesis to date. The team who brought you Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, returns to continue the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions. Set for release in theaters on June 30, 2017.
Mower Minions—a never-before-seen short film starring the Minions—will debut with Illumination and Universal’s new film, The Secret Life of Pets, when it arrives in theaters domestically on July 8, 2016, and also all around the world. Correlating to the format in which The Secret Life of Pets is showing in specific theaters, Mower Minions will be available in both 3D and 2D.
It’s been a year since Minions appeared on movie screens, and will be another year until they show up in Despicable Me 3 next summer. Fans are always asking us for more content with the Minions, so the timing felt right for them to star in an all-new short film right before audiences experience Illumination’s newest original film, The Secret Life of Pets,” said Meledandri.
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