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This page is trivia about Minions: The Rise of Gru. Please add any trivia that pertain to that article.


  • The song used in the 2nd trailer of Minions: The Rise of Gru is the famous 2002 song "Lose Yourself" by Marshall Mathers (aka Slim Shady, aka Eminem).
  • The movie contains a few notable inconsistencies with the first Minions film and Despicable Me.
    • In Minions, The Minions are shown meeting Gru for the first time in 1968, however Rise of Gru takes place during the Chinese New Year of 1976, where Gru is shown to have not aged at all despite 8 years passing.
    • Gru is shown meeting Dr. Nefario for the first time at Villain-Con in Minions, however Rise of Gru shows them meeting for the first time at Criminal Records. The first Minions film also shows Gru using Nefario's freeze gun from Villain-Con, however Rise of Gru has Nefario claiming that the Sticky Fingers gadget is the first weapon he ever gave Gru.
    • The first Despicable Me film takes place in 2010 and Gru is 50-51 years old by then, so his birth year would be sometime in early 1960. But with the info about this movie, then his birth year would be sometime in the year 1965, making it so he would be 44 or 45 in Despicable Me.
  • Minions is the fourth Illumination film to become a franchise, following Despicable Me, The Secret Life of Pets and Sing.
    • Minions is the first Illumination film to be a subfranchise as well.
  • This is the first Despicable Me/Minions film not to be directed by Pierre Coffin.
  • This film was originally set for July 3, 2020 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Despicable Me, but due to the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic's impact on the film industry, it was pushed back to July 2, 2021 before eventually moving to July 1, 2022, making it the longest-advertised animated film in motion picture history and also the longest-delayed Illumination film ever (due to a nearly 2½-year gap between its first trailer and its official release). It instead was released to celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Lorax.
    • The film was officially completed and finished on July 1, 2020 and is the third longest-advertised film in motion picture history (following Paramount Pictures' Top Gun: Maverick with the same duration and 20th Century Studios' The New Mutants with three years prior to its 2020 release), due to a nearly 2½-year time-gap between its first trailer and its official release.
    • Specifically, the film also ends the five-year gap between installments of Despicable Me movies (the previous installment by release date) being released in 2017).
    • The film is rated PG for some action/violence and rude humor, making it the first Illumination film to receive a rating from the MPA two years before its official release (likely due to being finished way too soon).
    • All of these factors are due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Nev Scharrel, the voice of Agnes in Despicable Me 3, was one of the Additional Voices In this film.
  • The tenth animated sequel to be produced in a 2.39:1 aspect ratio, unlike the previous installments which were produced at 1.85:1, after Rugrats Go Wild, Shrek Forever After, Ice Age: Continental Drift, Planes: Fire & Rescue, Ice Age: Collision Course, Despicable Me 3, Sherlock Gnomes, Toy Story 4 and A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon.
    • Thus, it is currently the most recent feature film in the Despicable Me franchise to be produced in the former ratio, due to the next installment Despicable Me 4 reverting to the 1.85:1 aspect ratio.
  • In the post credits scene, the minions dungarees featured a 'Gru' emblem, remarking that have already started working for Gru.
  • The Chinese version of the movie, released much later in August 2022, modified the ending.
    • The funeral of Wild Knuckles was cut and replaced with a slideshow stating that Wild Knuckles was arrested and sentenced to twenty years in prison, pursued his love of acting and started his own theater troupe, while Gru "returned to his family."
    • The slideshow further mentions that Gru's greatest achievement would be his fathership to his three girls, set to a screenshot of the ending of Despicable Me 2 (Another one of Illumination's sequels) during Gru and Lucy's wedding reception, when the Minions sang "Y.M.C.A".
  • The film was dedicated in memory of animator Madeline Montero, who died during production of the film.
  • 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.
  • Much Prior to the film's release, some people rumored that the film would be a flashback movie set weeks after the events Despicable Me 3 and that Margo, Edith and Agnes would appear while Gru sits with Lucy Wilde, his Brother Dru and the girls and tell the story.
  • In the credits, Gru and the Minions go trick-or-treating. Gru dresses up as Willy Wonka, while the Minions dress up as Ooompa-Loompas from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
  • In the movie theater, a movie called Jaws is playing. Jaws is actually a different movie that exists in real life.
  • The old lady in a purple dress from Minions and Mower Minions appears in Booth 2 and the movie theater.
  • Bob (from the Dating Game in Minions) appears in the Bank of Evil, as he watches Wild Knuckles.
  • Minions: The Rise of Gru (2022) The roadshow theatrical release including with Overture and Exit Music from Darling Lili (1970) music by Henry Mancini and lyrics by Johnny Mercer.
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