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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

Additional Voices

  • Aaron Hendry
  • Alex Puccinelli
  • Alanna Ubach
  • Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld
  • Amari McCoy
  • Antonio Raul Corbo
  • April Stewart
  • Ashly Burch
  • Barbara Iley
  • Beau Billingslea
  • Ben Diskin
  • Benjamin Plessala
  • Bill Farmer
  • Billy West
  • Blayke Busby
  • Bob Bergen
  • Carla Rempp
  • Carlos Alazraqui
  • Catherine Cavadini
  • Chris Diamantopoulos
  • Cristina Vee
  • Chris Henry Coffey
  • Christopher Ragland
  • Claire Ryan Crosby
  • Colleen O'Shaughnessey
  • Courtenay Taylor
  • Corey Burton
  • Danny Mann
  • Daran Norris
  • Dave Fennoy
  • David Chen
  • David Cowgill
  • David Errigo Jr.
  • David Kaye
  • David Randolph
  • Dawnn Lewis
  • Debi Derryberry
  • Debra Wilson
  • Deven Mack
  • Diane Michelle
  • Eric Bauza - Vicious Six Fanatic #2, Disco Announcer, additional
  • Evan Kishiyama
  • Fred Tatasciore
  • Grey Griffin
  • Harris Doran
  • Ian James Corlett
  • Isa Hall
  • Jake Green
  • James Arnold Taylor
  • James Sie
  • Janice Kawaye - Discotheque DJ, additional
  • John Karliak
  • Julian Rebolledo
  • Kari Wahlgren
  • Keith David
  • Keena Ferguson
  • Kellen Goff
  • Kyle Balda
  • Levi Nunez
  • Lizzie Freeman
  • Lloyd Sherr
  • Matthew Gumley
  • Meilee Condron
  • Mindy Sterling
  • Nev Scharrel - Agnes (flashback), additional
  • Nisa Ward
  • Noah Munck
  • Nolan North
  • Nora Wyman
  • Paul Greenburg
  • Ramone Hamilton
  • Regina Taufen
  • Rob Paulsen
  • Robin Atkin Downes
  • Rodger Bumpass
  • Roger Craig Smith - Vicious Six Fanatic #1, additional
  • Sam Lavagnino
  • Scarlett Estevez
  • Scott Menville - Vicious Six Fanatic #3, Boombox Dancer, additional
  • Sean Chiplock
  • Sean Schemmel
  • Shara Kirby
  • Simon Helberg
  • Steve Blum
  • Stephanie Sheh
  • Tara Strong
  • Trevor Devall
  • Troy Baker
  • Will Collyer
  • Zeno Robinson

Plot

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 and they only got 2 days to save Gru, the Minions implores Otto where the stone is and tells them the owner who has it. As Kevin, Stuart and Bob head into the house where the stone was, Otto see’s the stone on a biker used as a necklace and chases him. Soon enough Kevin, Stuart and Bob have to go to to San Francisco to save Gru and they 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 by letting the clock tear him. Kevin, Stuart, and Bob manage to find Gru, but are turned into weak animals (Kevin as a rabbit, Bob as a goat, and Stuart as a rooster).

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 Minions 3.

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.

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)
Kazakhstan 30 June 2022
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
Israel 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
Ukraine 7 July 2022
UK (Netflix) 9 July 2023

Also Known As (AKA)

Sequel

A sequel to the film is scheduled for June 30, 2027.[1]

References

Despicable Me
Released films
Despicable Me (2010) • Despicable Me 2 (2013) • Minions (2015) • Despicable Me 3 (2017) • Minions 2: The Rise of Gru (2022) • Despicable Me 4 (2024)
Upcoming films
Minions 3 (2027)
Short films
Minion Madness (Home MakeoverOrientation DayBanana) (2010) • (PuppyPanic in the MailroomTraining Wheels) (2013) • (Binky Nelson UnpacifiedCompetitionCro Minion) (2015) • Mower Minions (2016) • (The Secret Life of KyleYellow is the New Black) (2017 and 2018) • Santa's Little Helpers (2019) • Minion Scouts (2019) • (Minions and MonstersPost Modern Minions) (2021 and 2022) • Mooned (2023)

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