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Minions: The Rise of Gru (also known as Minions 2: The Rise of Gru, or just Minions 2) is a sequel to the 2015 film Minions. The film was released on July 1, 2022.

Cast and Characters

Starring by

Additional Voices

  • Kyle Balda
  • Bob Bergen
  • Beau Billingslea
  • Catherine Cavadini
  • David Chen
  • Will Collyer
  • Meilee Condron
  • Antonio Raul Corbo
  • Debi Derryberry
  • Scarlett Estevez
  • Kellen Goff
  • Jake Green
  • Isa Hall
  • Ramone Hamilton
  • Aaron Hendry
  • Barbara Iley
  • John Karliak
  • Evan Kishiyama
  • Sam Lavagnino
  • Dawnn Lewis
  • Amari McCoy
  • Levi Nunez
  • Benjamin Plessala
  • Alex Puccinelli
  • David Randolph
  • Carla Rempp
  • Nev Scharrel
  • James Sie
  • Mindy Sterling
  • Fred Tatasciore
  • Regina Taufen
  • Nisa Ward
  • Debra Wilson
  • Nora Wyman

Additional Voices (Uncredited)


During the Chinese New Year of 1976, eight years after the events of the first film, 11-year-old Gru has allowed the Minions to work for him as their new leader.

One day, Gru receives an audition invitation from the Vicious 6, a criminal organization founded by the supervillain Wild Knuckles; now led by newly-appointed leader Belle Bottom following Knuckles' death, who hopes to find a new member. Gru's interview goes poorly but, much to the outrage of the Vicious 6, he manages to steal a stone capable of turning anyone into one of the animals of the Chinese Zodiac by Chinese New Year.

After an escape with Kevin, Stuart, and Bob, Gru finds out that Otto, a large, blabbering Minion, has traded the stone for a pet rock, causing him to fire the Minions before going alone to find the stone. However, Wild Knuckles, who is soon revealed to be alive, kidnaps Gru before taking him to San Francisco.

Without the stone, Kevin, Stuart, Bob set out to San Francisco to find Gru. Otto insists on helping, but Kevin implores him to find the stone first so they can trade it to save Gru. Otto see’s the stone on a biker used as a necklace and chases him. Soon enough Kevin, Stuart and Bob end up piloting a plane to get to San Francisco. When they reach Wild Knuckles' house, they are chased by his goons they find Master Chow, a former Kung Fu teacher, who agrees to teach them after they beg for her to do so. When their teaching is complete, the trio head back to Wild Knuckles' home to try and get Gru back. Meanwhile, Otto tries to chase the biker who still, has the stone as a necklace. When he manages to catch up to him at Death Valley, the biker gives the stone back to Otto and takes him to San Francisco.

Gru starts to bond with Wild Knuckles after the latter's goons quit on him. After saving Knuckles from a crocodile attempting to eat him alive, they decide to rob the Bank of Evil, managing to steal the Mona Lisa painting. After they get home, they see that Wild Knuckles' home has been destroyed by the Vicious 6, Knuckles decides to give up, leaving Gru to take it upon himself to stop them.

At a Chinese New Year parade in Chinatown, Otto and Gru find each other with the stone but are cornered by the Vicious 6, who in turn are confronted by the Anti-Villain League. However, after the clock strikes midnight, the Vicious 6 use the stone to turn themselves into animals (Bottom as a dragon, Jean Clawed as a baboon, Nunchuck as a cobra, Svengeance as a tiger, and Stronghold as a bull) from the Zodiac, and kidnap Gru, planning to kill him as revenge. Kevin, Stuart, and Bob manage to find Gru, but are turned into weak animals.

Wild Knuckles returns and fights the dragon Bottom. While the Minions manage to defeat most of the Vicious 6, Knuckles is badly burnt by Belle when trying to take the stone back but Otto manages to save Gru, who uses the stone to turn the Vicious 6 into rats. The Vicious 6 are arrested, including Wild Knuckles, who is taken to a hospital where he succumbs to his injuries off screen. At Knuckles' funeral, Gru gives a heartfelt eulogy, but it is later revealed that Knuckles faked his death. Later, he and Gru drive off vicariously into the sunset.

In a mid-credits scene, Gru hires Dr. Nefario in gratitude for an invention of his that helped him steal the stone. Nefario originally declines but decides to join him after he and the Minions beg, thus creating a bridge to Despicable Me.

Release Date

It was originally intended for a 2020 release to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the first Despicable Me movie, but ended up being delayed and was pushed to July 1st, 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, same as Disney Pixar's Soul being moved to November 2020, and live-action remake of Mulan being moved. It was later delayed for another year and was published to July 2022.


  • This movie has the most references to the first feature film created by Illumination: Despicable Me.
  • This was the longest advertised film that Illumination has ever created due to the 2 year delay since 2020.
  • This film became a trend on social media which then later became an internet meme which started off by using the phrase "Three Tickets to Minions: The rise of Gru please." Another trend similar to this that was later spawned involved a bunch of teenage men wearing black suits and sunglasses ("Gentleminions") walking to a movie theater (and most notably going up the escalator) to see that film with bananas in their shirt pockets. The employees of the theater had to kick them out of the theater when they started throwing the bananas at the screen. The trend was later discovered by Illumination and they decided to invest in it and have minions in black suits with sunglasses going up an escalator in a social media post.
Despicable Me
Released film(s)
Despicable Me (2010) • Despicable Me 2 (2013) • Minions (2015) • Despicable Me 3 (2017)
Upcoming film(s)
Minions 2 (2020)
Short films
Minion Madness (Home MakeoverOrientation DayBanana) (2010) • (PuppyPanic in the MailroomTraining Wheels) (2013) • (Binky Nelson UnpacifiedCompetitionCro Minion) (2015) • Mower Minions (2016)

Minions: The Rise of Gru Release Dates

Australia 16 June 2022
Netherlands 22 June 2022
Peru 29 June 2022 cinemas
Portugal 30 June 2022
Slovakia 30 June 2022
Argentina 30 June 2022 (internet)
Bulgaria July 2022
Brazil July 2022
Canada July 2022
Chile July 2022
Czech Republic July 2022
Germany July 2022
France July 2022
UK July 2022
Indonesia July 2022
Ireland July 2022
Iceland July 2022
Japan July 2022
Singapore July 2022
Turkey July 2022
Finland 1 July 2022
Lithuania 1 July 2022
Sweden 1 July 2022
USA 1 July 2022

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