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June 28, 2013

'Despicable 2' makes much of its Minions

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See a Minion sit on another Minion’s shoulders so that he’s big enough to be a coxswain burbling a Minion-speak version of “Stroke STROKE” to Gru as he rows them ashore. Watch the Minion millions go all Oompa-Loompa as they sing and dance and eat way too much sugar.

Carell positively revels in his simple voice role and the film’s design of the character — wide-shouldered, skinny legs, ungainly but light on his feet — complements that. Among the new voice actors, Bratt dials up the Latin charm past hilarious, also matching his gracefully rotund character’s perfect design.

Here’s a 3-D movie that makes actual gimmicky, joking use of the 3-D medium, with a splashy production design full of Bond Villain Lairs and bright, noisy colors.

And Minions. Don’t forget the Minions. They’re what make “Despicable Me 2” the funniest kids cartoon of the summer.

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