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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