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DE­SPI­CA­BLE Me con­sti­tutes ex­cit­ing, in­ven­tive and highly en­joy­able all-ages en­ter­tain­ment. As an an­i­mated fea­ture, it doesn’t quite hit the lev­els reg­u­larly struck by mar­ket lead­ers Pixar. Nev­er­the­less, De­spi­ca­ble Me is a cut above most other toons that dropped in last year.

The proudly evil pro­tag­o­nist self-rev­er­en­tially namechecked in the ti­tle is Gru (voiced by Steve Carell), a pro­fes­sional bad dude of sev­eral years stand­ing.

Be­liev­ing him­self to be the world’s lead­ing su­pervil­lain, Gru avails him­self of ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to be pos­i­tively neg­a­tive. Home for Gru is an in­con­gru­ously con­spic­u­ous se­cret lair on a sunny sub­ur­ban street. Be­low ground, we find Gru’s el­derly house­mate, Doc­tor Ne­fario (Rus­sell Brand). He spear­heads the so­phis­ti­cated evil lab­o­ra­tory that brings all of his boss’s best schemes to fruition. Do­ing all the dirty work be­hind the scenes are mil­lions of lit­tle crit­ters known as Min­ions.

Best de­scribed as a cross be­tween an Oompa Loompa and a box of Lego pieces, a typ­i­cal Min­ion talks in gib­ber-

Proudly evil : Gru

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